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Last remaining property on this high-quality development by Sussex builder J W Stratton Ltd. The property will be a stunning ultra-modern home, designed to maximise light and space, with over 2500sq.ft. with generous entrance hall, staircase with glass balustrading and cloakroom, large lounge with bi-fold doors to the landscaped garden and a fireplace with wood burning stove. Open plan kitchen with central island and dining area, separate utility area. First floor with 4 bedrooms, all with built in wardrobes and 2 with en-suite shower rooms and a family bathroom. Second floor comprises a stunning master bedroom suite with vast floor to ceiling window to take advantage of the view, en-suite bath/shower room and a dressing room. A family room completes the accommodation. Construction is now well under way and it is hoped that the house will be ready for occupation in Late Spring/Early Summer 2018. College Place is a small select development of 14 properties in a superb location being close to the town centre and walking distance of railway station and amenities.









A handsome detached family house offering spacious and bright accommodation standing in a lovely garden of just under half an acre (not measured) with far reaching rural views. Situated in a quiet location within easy reach of the centre and railway station. Entrance hall, sitting room, living room, study, kitchen/dining room, utility room, shower room, 4 bedrooms, family bathroom, OCH, double glazing, garage, parking, large garden, far reaching views. EPC = D

An immaculately and tastefully presented, spacious, detached five bedroom house with colourful, beautifully landscaped, manageable gardens. Situated within a gated development in the grounds of Harlands Farmhouse overlooking playing fields to the rear. Entrance porch, entrance hall, cloakroom, study, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/family/ breakfast room, 5 bedrooms, 2 en-suite shower rooms, family bathroom, GCH, double glazing, double garage, parking, garden. EPC = C

A superb opportunity to purchase an individual detached house situated in a semi-rural location in large grounds with fantastic southerly views. Entrance hall, shower room, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility room, 2 ground floor bedrooms, first floor lounge, 2 first floor bedrooms, bathroom, double garage with bedroom/lounge over and shower room, GCH, gardens and grounds understood to extend to about 1.1 acres. EPC = D

A spacious and really nicely presented modern detached house much improved by the current owners and situated in a tucked away location fronting an open space and landscaped pond. Entrance porch, entrance hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, study, kitchen/ breakfast room, superb conservatory, 4 bedrooms two with en suite shower rooms, bathroom, gardens, garage, garden room, parking, GCH, double glazed windows and doors. EPC = C 87 High Street, Uckfield TN22 1RJ 01825 765559

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Stonebanks brings us four NGS charity gardens opening across Sussex in May. Robert Veitch has also mapped out a fantastic route around the Ouse Valley area, so if you fancy a lovely walk out for the afternoon, have a read on page 54. Pets–wherewouldwebewithoutthem? We take a good look at how to provide the best for them and enjoy a fun and loving relationship together. Turn to page 38 to read thefullfeature,andhelpyoufindyourperfect pet pal. This month we also have a couple of fabulous history features. On page 22 Mark Broad details all about the Archbishop’s Palace.Also,HannaPrincemetwiththeSussex Archaeological Society to find out about the restoration work they do. Hopefullyyouwillenjoyreadingthisissue of Magnet in some lovely May sunshine. See you next month!

Louise and Ian Whittaker transformed their 2-bedroom coastal bungalow into an Australian-style family home and embraced alfresco living with indoor-outdoor spaces and contemporary beach style décor

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f you are thinking about finding a pet to share your home with, there is a wealth of support out there to help you give an animal the love and care it deserves, and in return for all your hard work hopefully you will receive a lot of love and affection back. Pets can provide a wealth of positive benefits to your life, both mentally and physically. They offer companionship, especially for those living on their own, and an antidote to loneliness. Children can find a best friend and a loyal playmate in a pet, and the physical benefits of exercising with your pet are numerous. From a vigorous horse ride, a refreshing dog walk, a game of chase with your cat or even playing with guinea pigs and rabbits in their run, both pet and owner will reap the rewards of an active and playful relationship. However, pet ownership is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. Before you



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The ‘Pet Advertising Advisory Group’ (PAAG) offers excellent advice on pet welfare. As defined under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, all owners must provide for the five welfare needs of their pets. The first is a suitable living environment; this is often the most overlooked requirement but it really needs to be considered from the animal’s point of view. Is the space too noisy? Is your pet able to find a quiet space if it needs? Is there a garden for a cat or dog to explore? Dogs like a space where they can be outside off a lead; History they need regular

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exercise and put on weight if they are not able to exercise themselves or be taken on decent walks once or twice a day. Animals can have surprisingly sensitive hearing and exotic species need very specific environments, often temperature and humidity controlled. It’s best to be realistic about what you can offer an animal and if you take a close look at your own you can consider whether the kind |home, by Hanna Prince of animal you’d like would thrive there or if Magnet May 2018

Sussex Archaeological Society plays a key role in preserving and showcasing local sites of historic interest. Hanna Prince profiles the country’s oldest county archaeological society


n October 1845, a construction team working on the new Brighton to Lewes railway made an extraordinary discovery. Buried beneath the ruins of Lewes Priory were two lead caskets containing the 800-year-old remains of William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, and his wife Gundrada.

Fascinated by this and other discoveries made during the railway excavations, local historians decided to form a Sussex archaeological society. Its aim? “To embrace whatever relates to the civil or ecclesiastical history, topography, ancient buildings or works of art within the county.” Today, Sussex Archaeological Society helps to conserve sites of major historical interest across the county. The charity opens several sites to the public, alongside offering archaeological grants, and providing an itinerary of events and activities to its members. Its headquarters are based at Bull House - once the home of philosopher and revolutionary Thomas Paine. “We are the oldest county archaeological society in the country,” explains marketing officer Debbie Matthews, when we meet on the atmospheric first floor of Bull House. “Over the years we’ve

Spread across these historic sites are finds of international importance. The Roman mosaics at Fishbourne are among the largest and best preserved in the world. Debbie also points with pride to the Near Lewes Middle Bronze Age Hoard - a treasure trove of jewellery dating to between 1250 and 1500BC. “Our aim is to keep history alive, and Sussex is a wealth of history,” she says. On top of caring for some of the county’s most important historic sites, the Society works to support continued archaeological research. New discoveries and theories are published annually in the Sussex Archaeological Collections. A finds liaison officer helps members of the public to identify and record chance archaeological discoveries, while research officer heads up new excavations. With no government funding, the Society is heavily reliant on visitors, members and fundraising to help support and fund its work. In return, it runs a packed programme of members-only events, talks and visits to key historic properties around the country. To find out more about becoming a member and how to support the Society more generally, visit


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gradually grown, and now we open six properties open to visitors and an active membership scheme.” Since it first took on the tenancy of Lewes Castle in 1850, the Society has worked to engage the public with Sussex history. Barbican House was acquired in 1908 and quickly became a fascinating museum. Anne of Cleves House, the Priest House, Bull House and Michelham Priory followed. A more recent acquisition is Fishbourne Roman Palace, which is currently celebrating fifty years since opening its doors to visitors.

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s we start gearing up for the summer months, hopefully with the weather continuing to grace us throughout the month, our thoughts here at Magnet have turned regal! Following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son at the end of April, we have the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle taking place on May 19th. We wish them much happiness and hope you enjoy the celebrations! Now is the perfect time to go alfresco, dust off the garden furniture and get the sausages sizzling on the BBQ. With that in mind turn to page 10 to be inspired by the gorgeous Australian-style beach house. Indoor really meets outdoor with clever adaptable spaces and design and a fun mix of retro and beach shack décor – a feast for your eyes. Continuing on the outdoor theme, take a look on page 46 where Geoff

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Alfresco Style Living Louise and Ian Whittaker transformed their 2-bedroom coastal bungalow into an Australian-style family home and embraced alfresco living with indoor-outdoor spaces and contemporary beach style dĂŠcor


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ouise and Ian Whittaker were absolutely not looking to buy a house when they pushed open the gate to view the little seaside bungalow with peeling paint on the name sign - ‘Eureka’. “That was certainly not what I felt when I first saw the house,” says Louise. “I wanted a house with more character, it was an awful yellow colour inside and I just could not see the potential.” Luckily, her builder husband Ian could, and although the couple, who had just returned to the UK after five years in Australia, had planned to rent for a while

they could not resist the chance to secure a place on one of their favourite roads. “The house is one row back from the beach, but it sits opposite a lane between two other houses which means the sea view will never be obscured. We will always have that view,” says Louise. So, barely a month back in the country they found themselves moving out of their rented home into a tiny two-bedroom bungalow. With six previous renovation and house build projects under their respective belts, the couple had soon planned what they wanted

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“When the doors are open and the sun streams in I can almost feel like I am back in Australia”

GUEST BEDROOM Floral wallpaper gives one of the two downstairs guest bedrooms a distinctly vintage feel, while the soft carpet anchors the room. The bed and bedside cabinet are charity shop finds DOWNSTAIRS WET ROOM The downstairs wet room features a large shower area, delineated from the rest of the room by a mosaic of wall tiles. The sleek double sinks, heated and illuminated mirror and all other bathroom fixtures and neutral colour scheme are brightened with pops of colour like the rug and a retro stool that Louise re-covered

SITTING ROOM Vintage pieces like the yellow sofa by Louise’s front door and her Ercol chair are both charity shop finds. The blinds were made locally using shop bought fabric

from the house and top of the list was a summerhouse so they could enjoy a bit of the Australian outdoor life here in the UK. “We built it in the garden, on the basic footprint of an old garage,” explains Louise. Planning permission was granted within a couple of months and work started in Spring 2011. The couple had bought the house without a mortgage, but borrowed £40,000 for the initial build. Costs were kept low because 12

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Ian designed the structure, did much of the work himself and through his building company he knows someone to contact for every job. One thing the couple did not skimp on were the finishing touches, from natural stone flooring tiles to cedar clad ceilings and a Brazilian slate worktop in the kitchen that is kitted out with high-end appliances. “I have learnt from previous projects that good quality finishes and products

always look much better and last longer,” says Louise. “When I look back now at how much we financed out of our own money I can’t quite believe how we did it – but somehow we managed it.” The plan was always to link the summerhouse to the main house via a kitchen extension. “Initially we thought about just doing the extension and leaving the loft conversion until a later date,” says Louise. “But I’m so glad we did all the work at the same time. Magnet May 2018

SITTING ROOM Set against a soft backdrop of pale walls and laminate flooring, the bright blue accessories, like the mirrors, give an instant seaside feel when you step through the front door into the sitting room

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Especially since I got pregnant with Jamie during the build and suddenly we needed an extra bedroom.” Louise and Ian worked with an architect to draw up plans that would create three extra upstairs bedrooms, including the master bedroom with en suite bathroom. However, they faced a setback when planning permission was initially refused because the roof’s ridge was deemed too high. Reworked plans were approved after two months, but the planners refused to budge on one point. “I wanted a balcony at the back of the master bedroom as well as the front,” says Louise. “There’s a lovely view out across the fields. But, that was a flat ‘no’.” Having borrowed a further £60,000, work started on the kitchen extension in September 2013. Within eight weeks the shell was watertight. “It was right on schedule and within budget,” says Louise. “But then it’s not


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our first project and Ian does this for a living, so it would be embarrassing if it hadn’t been!” The extension was rather like blowing up a stone balloon, the house grew in all directions. As well as extending at the back, which created space for the new sitting area, the main kitchen and a dining room which then leads down to the summer house, the couple also pushed out the front of the house to increase the size of the main sitting room and downstairs bedrooms. “You used to come in through the front door into the sitting room and the house ended at the back of that room. Both the bedrooms, the kitchen and the bathroom were off to either side,” says Louise. “I love the fact that now when you come through the front door you can see right through down to the kitchen and out into the back garden.” To the left of the sitting room are an en suite guest bedroom and the family wet

LIVING ROOM Louise created the wave wall with a steady hand and some seagull wall stickers she found online. Louise bought the piano in a charity shop

DINING ROOM Louise favours mismatched chairs around her retro round glass-topped dining table, which she found in Australia

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GARAGE SALE CHIC Louise bought the large blue dresser in an Australian garage sale and sanded back layers of paint to achieve a driftwood effect. She uses the cabinet to display her collection of coloured glass and bundles of books that match the room’s colour scheme

ALFRESCO LIVING The outdoor kitchen in the rear extension has a Brazilian slate worktop. The natural stone floor provides a border between the room and the deck outside even when the bi-fold doors are open

“Ian likes contemporary beach style,” she explains. “I like retro, vintage and really big floral prints. This house is a mix of the two, but it seems to work”


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LIVING ROOM By using old photo frames on walls, and up-cycled wooden console tables around her modern sofa, Louise keeps the contemporary look very family friendly

room. The second en suite bedroom and home office are neatly tucked away down a hallway to the right. On weekends, the office door can be closed and life happens at the back of the house where long bi-fold doors open from the kitchen onto the patio and the garden. “We spend all our time in the kitchen now,” says Louise. “When the doors are open and the sun streams in I can almost feel like I am back in Australia.” Work on the loft conversion started in December 2013. The designs evolved as the project progressed. A staircase planned for the side of the house was moved to the centre so that all three upstairs bedrooms and a playroom now open off a small central landing. Original plans for two bedrooms became three when Louise and Ian found out they were going to have a second child. “Sophie’s bedroom was cut in half to carve out space for Jamie’s room,” explains Louise. “My one regret is that we had to lose the old wood burner in the sitting room downstairs,” explains Magnet May 2018

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Louise. “The chimney breast went right up through the loft so it had to go, but it was a real shame that we couldn’t find some way to keep it.” Louise also altered the architect’s plans for the new kitchen. “He had designed the kitchen at the end where we now have our sofas,” explains Louise. “I wanted it to be the centre of the room, with views out across the garden to the fields beyond.” The family saved money by living in the house during the work. “With every new project, I always vow I never will and then we do,” says Louise. “I hate the dirt and the brick dust which finds its way into everything, but of course you don’t have to pay out rent.” They also took the decision not to invest £5,000 in waterproof scaffolding when the roof came off. “We put tarp over it every night and prayed to the weather gods,” says Louise. “Luckily the weather held for nearly three weeks.” When Ian had finished work on what Louise called ‘the base’, she could get started on what she does best – interior design. A trained florist with a keen eye for colour, Louise often chooses clashing colours and then ties them together in a scheme that includes vintage floral prints and pieces of furniture that she finds in charity shops and brings back to life with swatches of fabric or wallpaper. “Ian likes contemporary beach style,” 18

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she explains. “I like retro, vintage and really big floral prints. This house is a mix of the two, but it seems to work.” Choosing neutral creams and grey/ blues for walls and flooring means that all the different living areas flow into each other. Although each room has its own colour personality, Louise’s favourite oranges and blues pop up throughout to bring the overall scheme together. The house name on the front gate has been given a crisp new coat of paint and does now seem more apt. “I feel way more ‘Eureka’ about the house now it’s finished,” says Louise. “As in, ‘Eureka’ – we’ve finally found what we were looking for.”

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Ruins of the Palace at Mayfield


Sussex History The Archbishop’s Palace By Mark Broad

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Mayfield Palace boasts a rich and varied history, Mark Broad maps out some of the key events


he ruins of old Mayfield Palace made a pleasant spot for a picnic and Princess Victoria visited there one summer’s day when she was just 14 years old. With her mother the Duchess of Kent and royal party, the Princess rode from Tunbridge Wells, arriving in a very dusty state, to meet with Lord and Lady De La Warr and others. A call for a clothes brush followed! On May 26th 1863, another picnic – this time founder of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Sister Cornelia Connelly and pupils, on a trip from St Leonards. They marvelled at the site’s beauty and, perhaps, its future potential. The Duchess of Leeds duly purchased the ruined palace for the holy order and E.W. Pugin was

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mountable, when Mr. Michael Baker gave up residing at the ‘Old Place’ ... and under a clause of his father’s will, unroofed and dismantled the banqueting hall, between the years 1730 and 1740.” (Mayfield – The Story of an Old Wealden Village, E.M. Bell-Irving) Spanning nearly forty feet, the same impressive arches now support a restored roof, covering the college chapel.

commissioned to undertake restoration. It became the convent and ladies college. The Archbishop’s Palace and its ruins feature in many artistic portrayals of the Wealden landscape, from over the centuries. “The three lofty arches for the support of the roof remained as entire and solid as when the building was in perfect state and formed a most striking feature of the ruined Palace. It is said they were only left because the difficulties attending their proposed demolition proved insur22

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At some point in time between the years 823 and 836 King Egbert of Wessex (or his son, Ethelwolf) granted The Manor of Malling, near Lewes, to the Archbishop of Canterbury, along with a corridor of mostly forested land that reached all the way to the Kent border. This was the origin of the peculiar jurisdiction Canterbury held over a number of parishes along the way, where villages such as Ringmer, Framfield, Mayfield and Wadhurst grew up. The Saxon Archbishop Dunstan, a man of great influence who mentored a succession of youthful Wessex kings, is credited with building a wooden church at Mayfield. At its dedication, they say, he noticed it was slightly out of the line of sanctity, so with his shoulder he nudged it into the correct East-West orientation. Dunstan founded the Archbishop’s Palace nearby, originally just a shelter and relatively safe resting place on journeys across the Weald, to and from Malling. As a keen metal-worker, Dunstan also had his forge. “Saint Dunstan, so the story goes, Caught old Satan by the nose, He pulled full hard and made him roar, So he was heard three miles or more.” Over time the ‘Field of Mayweed’, sometimes known as Magafeud, Maghefeld, Maughfield, Mayefylld or Maighfeld, became a favoured stopping point for archbishops, including Thomas a Beckett who, of course, is supposed to have planted a fig tree (him and his figs!). In the 13th and 14th centuries the site was a preferred retreat and summer residence of several primates. Archbishop Boniface in 1261 obtained a charter from Henry III granting Mayfield a Thursday market and a Fair on St Dunstan’s Day (May 19th). Building development work on the Palace began soon after. John Peckham (1230-1292) was the only friar to become Archbishop of Canterbury,

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“Saint Dunstan, so the story goes, Caught old Satan by the nose, He pulled full hard and made him roar, So he was heard three miles or more.”

a post he held from 1279 until his death. Archbishop Peckham was a Sussex man, educated at Lewes Priory, and is credited with further building works at Mayfield and in the area – he also had a ‘palace’ or bishop’s seat at Tarble Down in Framfield parish. At Mayfield Archbishop Peckham received homage from his tenants, Roger de le Warr, Richard de Waleis (ancestor of General Trevor) and Henry de Berham (great-nephew of Sir Reginald FitzUrse, who had a hand in Becket’s murder). Archbishop Robert de Winchelsea held ordinations at Mayfield and from there in 1298 issued a letter of thanksgiving for King Edward I’s victory

in Scotland, after the battle of Falkirk. King ‘the hammer’ Edward had visited Robert at Mayfield Palace before the campaign and did so again afterwards. In 1332 Archbishop Simon Meopham convened a synod at Mayfield which entailed the village and surrounds accommodating all number of high-ranking clerics and their retinues of guards, servants and clerks. The subject of debate was festivals and holidays – with the conclusion that, “holidays, which were designed for the promotion of God’s glory, are too often profaned by rioting and drunkenness and all manner of iniquity.” (It’s the ‘too often’ that gets me, as if occasionally would have been okay!). In 1357 Edward ‘the Black Prince’ stopped by with his hostage from the Battle of Poitiers, John, King of France. Another royal visitor was Queen Elizabeth I, in 1573, but by that time everything had changed – her father Henry VIII had obliged Archbishop Cranmer to ‘exchange’ the property for a royal grant, after which it was sold on to a succession of private owners, one of whom was Elizabeth’s ‘great financier’, Thomas Gresham, founder of the Royal Exchange. Gresham felt it necessary to build a special separate stairway for the Queen. As a boy, Thomas May, poet, dramatist and historian, lived in and around Mayfield Palace. He found favour in the court of Charles I and a friend in Ben Jonson. During the Civil War May wrote for the parliamentary cause and compiled a History of the Long Parliament. On his death in 1650 May was honoured with burial in Westminster Abbey and a tomb bearing the inscription, “Defender of the English commonwealth”. After the Restoration it was destroyed and his bones flung into a pit. Sussex History




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Magnet Meets – Dan Luscombe Plant Hunter by Peter d’Aguilar


an Luscombe grew up in Devon on the outskirts of Dartmoor. His grandparents were farmers and Dan enjoyed an outdoor life from the start. After school and a YTS stint in a local independent record shop, Dan began a three-year gardening apprenticeship with the National Trust – initially at Killerton House in Exeter and subsequently at Saltram, near Plymouth. “Both houses had an abundance of trees and shrubs, which I personally prefer to herbaceous plants,” says Dan. “I then did an HND in Horticulture at Bicton College, which has the longest avenue of monkey puzzle trees anywhere in Britain. This fired my interest and enthusiasm for conifers.” A project in the Pinetum at the adjoining Bicton Botanical Gardens added further fuel to this embryonic passion. The Bicton Pinetum was the creation of eminent nineteenth century horticulturist James Veitch, who also sponsored many early plant hunting expeditions. This experience led Dan logically to apply for an apprenticeship at Bedgebury National Pinetum – the world’s most complete collection of conifers. “I really got to know and love conifers under the guidance of Bedgebury’s propagator Jeff Phillips and was encouraged to develop my knowledge by the Pinetum’s curator Chris Reynolds.” Initially Dan worked as a forest craftsman, moving in 2001 from local digs into Park House - a cottage in the heart of the Pinetum surrounded by the tree nursery. After a secondment to Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh’s conifer conservation programme, Dan made the first of many overseas excursions to New Zealand for an International Dendrology Society conference and ten days of seed collecting, followed by a memorable field trip to New Caledonia. Since then he has made plant hunting expeditions to South Africa, Australia, Spain, Sicily, Turkey, Serbia, Bosnia, East and West Coast USA (his first trip with the Millenium Seedbank at Wakehurst Place) Tasmania, Chile (home of the monkey puzzle), China, Vietnam and Japan. In 2016, he travelled to Malawi to advise on the conservation of their national tree - the critically-endangered Mulanji Cedar. “We set up a nursery and also replanted a mountainside, both to prevent erosion and to establish a cash crop.” Dan explains. “I’m hoping to return this summer to check on progress.” Now the Pinetum’s Collections Manager, Dan takes great satisfaction from the fact that trees he collected as seed and propagated in the Bedgebury nursery are now thriving in the Pinetum; as well as in botanical collections all over the country. “A quarter of all conifers in the world are threatened with extinction,” says Dan. “Some species are down to just a handful of trees. Seed collecting creates the chance to conserve genetic diversity away from the wild where the threats lie. We are always experimenting, learning how to grow different species, 26

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the best ways to germinate the seeds and recording all of this important information to share the knowledge learnt.” Two of Dan’s proudest achievements are the cherry tree avenue leading from the visitor centre to the play area - now looking at its most beautiful - and, in contrast, the sympathetic landscaping and planting out of the new car park. One of his greatest pleasures is to walk round the Pinetum after all the visitors have left, enjoying the tranquillity and the dark skies at night. Dan’s role at Bedgebury has opened up many opportunities, including taking a party round the Count and Countess of Wessex’s private garden, advising Lord Heseltine on conifer plantings and escorting singer Rick Astley round the Pinetum before his performance at Bedgebury’s Forest Live concert. Dan acts as an adviser to various nature-based organisations, including The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the RHS’s woody plants committee and the International Dendrology Society, and has given talks everywhere from Ticehurst to Oregon. The National Pinetum consists of over ten thousand trees growing across more than three hundred acres; including many rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It is home to over ninety vulnerable or critically endangered species and five NCCPG National Collections (Yew, Juniper, Thuja, Lawson Cypress and Leyland Cypress). In 2025, it will celebrate its centenary. By then, Dan himself will have clocked up twenty-five years of service. “Bedgebury has become a very popular visitor attraction, with nearly half a million visitors each year,” says Dan. “While many come for the recreation activities, it is our job to educate them about the importance of the tree collection, our conservation work, the fight against pests and diseases, its value as a wildlife habitat and the creation of a living legacy for future generations.” To quote an old Greek proverb: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” And to quote Dan Luscombe: “Conifers are for life, not just for Christmas.”

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You need only turn the pages of this delightful book to enjoy stories about the creatures and birds that live on the Falkland Islands. Jo Austin met up with Rob Lunn to discover his inspiration behind the writing


ob Lunn has been a resident of Blackstone in Sussex since 1985. He was brought up in Kenya where his family enjoyed a life of outdoor adventure with an abundance of wildlife. In 1966 Rob came to the UK to pursue a flying career as a Navigator in the RAF. He flew primarily Hercules Transport aircraft and travelled worldwide. He completed two overseas tours in Cyprus and Holland. Rob’s career in the RAF has not been without its incidents. In 1975 he ejected from a Phantom over the North Sea and since then he has become a regular contributor to the RNLI! In the same year Rob married Lynne to whom he has now been married for 43 years. For 16 of those years Lynne ran the branch surgery at Partridge Green for Henfield Medical Centre. They have two children, Robert and Alexis and three grandchildren. In 1983, working

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Rob hopes that this little book may also be an inspiration to other parents working a long way away from home At that time, the only personal communication between the UK and the Falkland Islands was by the famous ‘bluey’ air-letter form. Rob wrote frequently to Lynne but wanted to keep his four-year-old son, Robert, from forgetting his Dad, so he decided that the best solution was to write bedtime stories that could be read to him by Lynne. Out of this grew a series of stories linked by the elements of wildlife on the Islands.

Robert junior turns 40 this year and his mother had the inspired idea of collating the stories into a book. The letters were resurrected and with the help of a local editor and illustrator the book Letters to Robert was born. Rob retired from the RAF in 1996 as a Wing Commander and then worked in HR until 2005 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He hopes that this little book may also be an inspiration to other parents working a long way away from home and encourage them to send similar stories back to their family and children. For more information and to find out where to purchase the book email Rob on Book price is £5 with donations going towards Help the Heroes. Magnet May 2018

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by Elizabeth Kay

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

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The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell

This book has had a lot of bad reviews, which seems rather unfair. Although the basic premise is a bit far-fetched – Yasmin, an astro-physicist, travels to northern Canada with her ten-year-old daughter, Ruby, to find husband Matt who is missing, presumed dead, in the Arctic wilderness. To make matters worse, Ruby is profoundly deaf and refuses to try and speak in anything other than sign language, and it’s winter, so the sun never rises and it’s perpetually dark. The irresponsibility of Yasmin’s behaviour is the main problem, and although the writer tries to justify her course of action in the character’s own mind, I’m not convinced. Ruby is a bit too adult for her age in many ways. Her unswerving belief in her father’s survival flies in the face of the evidence and her high intelligence. The depiction of the Alaskan tundra is excellent, and you can almost feel the extreme cold – it’s a book to read with a blanket or a duvet wrapped around you. There’s a lot of information on the Arctic, its animals, its unpredictable climate, its fragility.

This book relies on secrets that the protagonist knows, and the reader doesn’t. However, it was The Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year, and although at times the pace is very slow it speeds up towards the end, with some surprises in store. It makes a pleasant change to have a pleasant character at the centre. Most detectives these days have relationship issues, psychological problems or dark pasts. Despite the fact that Aaron Falk didn’t have the ideal childhood, he hasn’t turned out too badly at all.

I first read this in the nineteen sixties, and was captivated by the description of the Australian outback. It’s been reissued, and now is available for the Kindle as well. A brumby is a wild horse, and most of them live in the Australian Alps. They are descended from animals that have escaped, and have a mixed ancestry which can range from carthorse to thoroughbred to Arab. Every so often they are rounded up – mustered – and the best of them broken in and used as stock horses. The story is told in the third person from the point of view of Thowra, a palomino stallion, much sought after by man for his unusual cream colouring. We are privy to his thoughts, and those of some of the other horses, but the book never becomes sentimental, following his life from birth to independence, and the struggle to form a herd of his own. When he encounters another palomino, domesticated and held captive (in his view) he rescues her and becomes even more of a target. It’s a story of survival, with narrow escapes, fights for dominance and battles against the elements.

The depiction of the Alaskan tundra is excellent, you can almost feel the extreme cold The underlying mystery about Matt’s disappearance is linked to fracking, and there is an environmental undercurrent throughout the book. The journey across the frozen wastes is a little drawn-out, but I still carried on reading with no urge to jump ahead and skip bits. It’s tense, it’s dramatic, it’s different. And I had no idea how it was going to end.

The book’s main strength lies in the unusual setting; a small town in Australia The story revolves around a multiple shooting that looks at first glance like two murders followed by a suicide. The apparent perpetrator was Aaron’s childhood friend, Luke. There are consequently a lot of flashbacks from different perspectives, but they are never confusing. The book’s main strength lies in the unusual setting; a small town in Australia, in the middle of a drought, which is well-described and atmospheric. The economic effect the lack of rain has on everyone – as well as the sheer stress of living under a blazing sun – is something I hadn’t properly imagined before, but it also makes one aspect of the ending no surprise at all, although it didn’t pan out quite as I expected. Isolated communities seem to have a convoluted life of their own, as people frequently marry those they’ve known their entire lives, and histories and misunderstandings go back a long way.

“Just as the grey light crept over the valley a flock of black cockatoos flew screaming, crying, to the south, borne on the wind…” The writing is above average, and very educational about the flora and fauna of the region. I think this is a must for horse-mad kids.

Elizabeth Kay is a published author of numerous books including The Divide trilogy, a series of children’s fantasy novels. A teacher of creative writing and a keynote speaker at Accio 2005, the Harry Potter conference as well as appearances at other literary events, including the Cheltenham and Edinburgh festivals. Elizabeth offers Magnet readers her thoughts on recent reads that have caught her attention. 32

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Sparrowhawks are now fairly common throughout the country and more of us can enjoy the breathtaking sight of these spectacular, small birds of prey. Ruth Lawrence shares her own remarkable sighting with us


ust woken, I caught sight of fast turning wings just outside the bedroom window; as their owner settled on a nearby branch just a few feet away, I had a clear and unforgettable sight of a male sparrowhawk. Considerably smaller than his female counterpart, the male weighs just half of her weight and is about a quarter shorter than her; this fellow perched long enough for me to see him in superb detail. With a grey back and wings and barred orange brown bars on his chest, he held his body still while turning his head, searching the garden for prey. Even at his size, the male is still capable of bringing down birds as large as a thrush; sparrowhawks’ main prey are small birds although they’ve been recorded predating on 120 species, including bats. I’ve only ever seen a female attack her prey, bringing down a pigeon in the middle of a road, but these birds have a reputation for tenacious hunting. They are able to follow 34


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birds at speed, even through gates, tilting themselves to fit through and often plucking and eating their unfortunate victims while still alive. They perform a vital role in keeping their prey populations healthy as they weed out the unwary and sick and contrary to popular belief they do not affect songbird numbers, as their own population only increases with prey numbers. They hunt by surprise, bursting after their prey and sadly they sometimes fatally crash into windows during pursuit. Sparrowhawks that return to the same nesting territory in successive years will usually keep the same mate; this must be a relief for the smaller males as the female can and sometimes does kill a courting suitor. Once paired, the male provides the female with extra food so that she has sufficient fat to lay eggs and most young sparrowhawks will then breed within a few miles of where they were raised. The male can live until he is seven or eight, but his mate can outlive him by up to four years. And thankfully, since the banning of DDT pesticide, sparrowhawks are a more common sight. One of the most mesmerising aspects of the sparrowhawk I noticed were his piercing, bright yellow eyes; he stared right at me once or twice and I could see the small black iris in the centre. In some older males the eye can turn orange or occasionally red. His beak too was clear in perfect detail; needle sharp and hooked, it is the ideal killing tool and I can see why songbirds fear this agile hunter, always on the lookout for their presence. Magnet May 2018

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It’s a Dog’s Life by Rolo – the Border Terrier


y the time we get into May, it’s safe to say that spring should have sprung! After a particularly grim winter that has played havoc with my senior arthritis, since March we’ve been looking hopefully for signs of newness, against the worn-out remnants of last year. ‘Her Indoors’ has been exclaiming over every Hawthorn bud and Primrose for months, when we’ve been out on our walks, and if I have to look at another Bluebell… Still, talking of old and new, at least I’ve got an extra set of paws to help with the spring time duties, as Teddy, our foster Border Terrier, is shaping up nicely under my careful tutelage. He is proving quite useful at certain things that are areas for development with me. Take sheep. They have a habit of staring through the hedge and I can’t resist barking back. Who do they think they are? ‘Her Indoors’ doesn’t take kindly to this behaviour and, although I’m safely on a short lead, she won’t take me down the lanes at lambing time in case I offend the sheep’s maternal sensibilities. Teddy, on the other paw, just completely ignores them, which allows ‘Her Indoors’ and ‘Junior Her’ if she’s

at home, to stand and coo over the antics of the lambs, jumping and frolicking around, like mint sauce had never been invented. I personally don’t see what all the fuss is about. If they want something cute and furry to pet, they’ve got me and Teds.

With it comes another old and very important entitlement, my divine right to the last sausage Another perilous new thing that comes with spring are baby birds. I’ve always had a thing about birds, the big ones in particular, and I gather Teddy has previous history with pigeons too. However, the baby ones are the real problem. They’re okay when they’re still safely in the nest, but what I don’t understand is why they leave when

they haven’t mastered the basics for selfpreservation. They can’t even fly properly and flutter about, swerving and crash-landing like an inept pilot with a drink problem. And this is where the difficulty lies. Any bird that flutters out from under my paws is likely to get the typical terrier response, which upsets ‘Them Indoors’. Whilst we are talking about the garden, an old/new replacement that hasn’t gone down very well with me, is the fence around the vegetable garden. When we first moved here, it wasn’t fenced in at all. ‘Her Indoors’ always says that the fencing was to keep the rabbits out, but I think she had another four-legged furry in mind too. I don’t know why they always objected to me helping with the watering; I like to feel I added a distinctive flavour to the home-grown veg, but I have been firmly fenced out. And just as the old fencing was getting suitably fragile, providing a distinct opportunity for a couple of enterprising small dogs with a liking for soft fruit, they go and get it replaced. Apparently, the new picket fencing is guaranteed for ten years, and although I’m doing pretty well in the longevity stakes, that probably just about rules me out. Teddy might be in with a chance though, if he plays his cards right and keeps an eye out for rotting at the base. However, there are some things that appear new, which are actually old. Take the barbeque; it appears, during the first warm, sunny weekend of the year, gleaming and full of promise, but it is in fact a hardy perennial, that over-winters in the shed. And with it comes another old and very important entitlement, my divine right to the last sausage. This might be news to Teddy, as the new dog on the block, but he wants to stick with me as his older partner, there are some advantages to having been around for a while. And if there’s two sausages left, I might be prepared to share.

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Pet Pals For thousands of years across the world humans have been sharing their homes with animals. From hamster to horse, animals can bring joy, purpose and love. Ruth Lawrence explains more f you are thinking about finding a pet to share your home with, there is a wealth of support out there to help you give an animal the love and care it deserves, and in return for all your hard work hopefully you will receive a lot of love and affection back. Pets can provide a wealth of positive benefits to your life, both mentally and physically. They offer companionship, especially for those living on their own, and an antidote to loneliness. Children can find a best friend and a loyal playmate in a pet, and the physical benefits of exercising with your pet are numerous. From a vigorous horse ride, a refreshing dog walk, a game of chase with your cat or even playing with guinea pigs and rabbits in their run, both pet and owner will reap the rewards of an active and playful relationship. However, pet ownership is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. Before you



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decide on an animal companion it’s essential to look deeply into your own motivations and think about the long term commitment, including the financial one, to the animal’s welfare.

Dogs need regular exercise and put on weight if they are not taken on decent walks once or twice a day The ‘Pet Advertising Advisory Group’ (PAAG) offers excellent advice on pet welfare. As defined under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, all owners must provide for the five welfare needs of their pets. The first is a suitable living environment; this is often the most overlooked requirement but it really needs to be considered from the animal’s point of view. Is the space too noisy? Is your pet able to find a quiet space if it needs? Is there a garden for a cat or dog to explore? Dogs like a space where they can be outside off a lead; they need regular

exercise and put on weight if they are not able to exercise themselves or be taken on decent walks once or twice a day. Animals can have surprisingly sensitive hearing and exotic species need very specific environments, often temperature and humidity controlled. It’s best to be realistic about what you can offer an animal and if you take a close look at your own home, you can consider whether the kind of animal you’d like would thrive there or if Magnet May 2018

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you may be better suited to a pet that would cope with your particular environment. The second requirement is diet. Can you provide the kind of food that will maintain the animal into old age and keep it healthy? Large animals, particularly horses and ponies can get through enormous amounts of extra feed in winter and large dogs will require more food than smaller dogs. Exotic animals may need to feed on prey animals, which may present an entire ethical consideration in itself. The third requirement is that the animal is able to behave normally; this often ties in with suitable environment but also relates to your own capabilities. Are you able to walk a dog every day, come rain or shine, give a cat room to roam freely, ideally with outside space as well, and find a quiet place to rest? The key here to is research the animal’s natural behaviours and ask yourself honestly if you are able to provide for these. The fourth need is companionship and this varies largely with species and individuals. For example, not all cats are solitary, some bond with close family members, and many dogs prefer a person all to themselves. This is where rescue centres can really help as they know each animal’s idiosyncrasies and will always seek to home a pet with an owner who can provide suitable companionship. The last requirement is health and being protected from suffering, pain, injury and disease. With so much information available from vets and online, it’s easy to research


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Pets need to be vaccinated usually once a year although this varies according to breed, age, travel habits and lifestyle

the health needs of particular breeds and species. Pets need to be vaccinated usually once a year although this varies according to breed, age, travel habits and lifestyle. If something unexpected does unfortunately happen to your pet, it is advisable to be covered. Half of all pet owners have had to make an unforeseen visit to the vet within the last two years, and insurance can help with covering the sometimes considerable costs involved. There are differences between pet insurance and pet health plans; the former covers the cost of unexpected illness or injury while the latter makes routine treatments more affordable. Routine procedures include flea and worm treatments, annual vaccinations and regular health checks. A health plan will ensure that vaccinations are kept up to date and booster jabs are given to top up the immunity. An annual health check is given to nip potential problems in the bud and provide treatment before anything gets worse.

Over 80% of vets have seen a rise in pet obesity in the last two years and the health risks are serious for the pets involved. There is a method used by vets called ‘body condition scoring’ which assesses by eye and touch where areas of fat can be scored. Dogs and cats should have a clearly defined waist that tucks in behind their ribs when seen from above. From the side, their waist should follow a clear line upwards behind their ribs and should not be level or sagging. Their ribs should be easy to feel by running the hands over them gently. Veterinary charity PDSA provides a useful guide to help owners body condition score their own pets with photos and information, although it may also be a good idea to talk to your vet or nurse about the specific feeding needs of your animal. Rabbits, for example, should not be fed ‘rabbit muesli’ style foods as this is linked to dental and digestive disorders. Instead, let them enjoy a diet of hay and grass, some leafy green vegetables and safe herbs and weeds. Good quality rabbit pellets or nuggets can be fed as well, but make sure they are in small, measured rations. Small animals like guinea pigs, rabbits and rats need to exercise in a permanent, sizeable run on grass to provide the opportunity to dig, climb, explore and run about if they are to avoid becoming overweight. Most pet health plans will offer discounts on common veterinary procedures such as neutering, dental work and nail clipping and it may be a false economy to avoid taking one out for your pet. The cost can be spread to save money and there are plans for young and senior animals to help with specific needs. After you have done all the planning and research of pet ownership, it’s time for the fun part – go and choose your pet! This is where the rescue centres can help as they provide advice, support and a realistic assessment of your own requirements and ability to offer a long term home to a loving animal. Rescue centres in this country are bursting with pets that are in need of a good, responsible home and it honestly makes little sense not to search for a pet there. You may have to wait a while to find the perfect match, but it is worth being patient to find what will hopefully become your companion. There are of course other places to find your new pet pal, from family and friends to reputable and responsible breeders. PAAG have provided this advice to help you make the right choice: “If buying a pet be sure to follow PAAG’s advice, including doing your research and finding a breeder interested in the welfare of the animal they have bred. A good breeder will ask you as many questions as you will ask them and they’ll also not pressure you to buy and won’t insist on you buying the pet on the first visit.” Before buying any pet it is worth spending time in each other’s company to make sure you are compatible before committing to the relationship. Time taken to fully consider the future relationship with a companion animal is time well spent and will lead to a lifetime of joyful memories and most importantly, the welldeserved love of a happy pet. Magnet May 2018

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Blooming Times

Gardening by Flo Whitaker

Bee Smart Bees are in serious decline. Why not grow some bee-friendly plants and help put the sound of summer back into our gardens


stonishingly, there are approximately 250 different types of bee in the UK. Some species are extremely rare, occurring in a few specific locations. Others are far more familiar and can be readily seen in our parks and gardens, but all have been affected to a greater or lesser extent from modern methods of farming, gardening and habitat loss. Other pollinating insects have suffered similar fates which could have serious repercussions for us all. Simply put, if there were no pollinators in the world, the human race would starve. Taking a wildlife-friendly approach to gardening makes sense in so many ways. We assume that our modest-sized plots can make no difference but, collectively, our gardens cover a million acres; ‘we’ are the biggest landowners in Britain! For some, the term ‘wildlife-friendly gardening’ conjures up an off-putting image of Steptoe’s Yard, but there are many garden-worthy flowers that also make excellent pollinator plants - even the 42

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tidiest gardener can do their bit for bees. Springtime weather is notoriously fickle. Many bees perish due to cold conditions and lack of food. Early-flowering, pollen-rich plants can make all the difference to their survival. Snowdrops and aconites are usually first to flower;

with hellebores, daffodils and crocus in hot pursuit. Shrubs such as camellias, viburnums, winter honeysuckle and mahonias will be eagerly sought out by hungry bees and if you have room for a small tree such as a hazel or ornamental cherry, so much the better. A crab apple will produce clouds of blossom as well as attractive autumn fruits for birds to enjoy. Herbs such as lavender, thyme, borage and oregano are particularly pollen-rich. Buddleias, foxgloves, alliums and lupins will provide food in early summer, while sedums, coneflowers and verbenas extend the larder into autumn. Many annual flowers are favoured by pollinating insects. As the name suggests, annuals are plants that complete their life cycle in one year. They provide bursts of colour in the borders for little effort and

For some, the term ‘wildlife-friendly gardening’ conjures up an off-putting image of Steptoe’s Yard are naturally fast-growing - it’s not too late to sow some now. Nasturtium and cosmos seed will germinate within a few days. Sow thinly in trays and prick out the seedlings when they have reached Magnet May 2018

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about 2 cms in height. Hold seedlings by their leaves - not their stems. It’s so easy to accidentally crush a soft young stem, with fatal results; whereas a torn leaf is seldom the end of the world as a vigorous seedling will quickly produce another one. Sweet peas are also beloved by bees. You won’t get prize-winning blooms from a May sowing, but the bees won’t care! Sweet peas hate root disturbance - sow individually in small pots and when the seedlings are approximately 6 cms high, pinch out the growing tips. This will create multi-stemmed plants, giving more flowering shoots. If faffing about with seedlings is not your thing, Sweet Sultan (Amberboa), Candytuft (Iberis) and Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella) can be sown directly into the border. Rake and level the soil surface, removing any weeds. Sow thinly, then gently firm the soil with the back of the rake. This will push the seeds into the soil crevices. Water using a fine spray and cover the area with chicken wire or mesh to deter curious birds and pets. When the seedlings appear, remove the mesh and thin the plants to about 10 cms apart. It’s tempting to leave them all in situ but they need room to grow - be ruthless! A few twiggy supports placed between the young plants will aid stability and will soon be hidden from view. ‘Natural meadow’ gardening has recently become all the rage and certainly makes a brilliant habitat for bees. Whilst you don’t necessarily need a lot of space to


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achieve the look, it is more labour-intensive and artificially manipulated than it may appear. Apart from the world of fungi, grasses are the most successful group of plants on earth. Tough and tenacious; they’ll easily smother other plants. Meadow flowers thrive on poor soil - a garden lawn environment is too nutritious for them. Grass can be weakened by frequent mowing and raking but it’s often better to completely remove the turf in order to give meadow flower seeds a chance to germinate and establish, otherwise the seedlings will be outpaced and swamped by grasses. Greater success is often achieved by using a mix of field poppy, corncockle and corn marigold seeds as these plants enjoy rich soil and compete better with grass. Their vivid colours were a regular sight on agricultural land before the introduction of modern herbicides. If you simply stop mowing an area of grass, anything can happen! Meadow plants such as red clover, bird’s foot trefoil and knapweed are doubtless already

The vivid colours of poppies, corncockles and corn marigolds were a regular sight on agricultural land before the introduction of modern herbicides

present in your lawn, but as the mower regularly cuts off their flowering heads you probably don’t notice them. Seeds are easily carried on the wind and exciting colonisers such as scabious and orchids may appear. Long grass also provides hiding places for wild creatures. My own wild flower ‘meadow’ measures a laughable 2 x 3 metres, yet supports all manner of plants, including bee-friendly fritillaries, cowslips and primroses. During the hot days of summer, frogs burrow into the damp soil below while busy blue tits swoop like acrobats, feasting on the seed heads above. My sole contribution to the scene was the initial planting of a dozen fritillary bulbs - nature has done the rest. Sometimes the secret to successful gardening is to Do Less.

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Geoff Stonebanks picks an eclectic mix of four very different gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme in May rare shrubs, embothrium, with many different varieties of meconopsis and abutilons. Not to be missed. Legsheath Farm, Legsheath Lane, near Forest Row RH19 4JN. Admission £5, children free. Home-made teas.

The Beeches

Tilgate Park

A unique opportunity awaits the garden visitor on the 23rd and 24th May, between 6.30 and 9pm. A rare chance to explore the walled garden and heritage grounds of Tilgate Park in the early evening, including a talk from the Head Gardener, Nick Hagon, at 7pm. The azaleas, camellias, candelabra primulas, plus the rhododendron collection, make a colourful impact at this time of year. This Green Flag Award parkland comprises lawns, lakes and important tree and shrub collections which are at their very best in spring when the extensive rhododendrons bloom for all to see. The Walled Garden at Tilgate Park, Tilgate Drive, Tilgate, Crawley RH10 5PQ. Admission £7, children free. Cash only. Includes glass of wine and canapés.

An 18th century walled garden in all its splendour can be visited on the 27th May, from 2 to 5pm, with cut flowers, vegetables, salads and fruit. Visitors can also see, a separate orchard, a rose garden and lots of herbaceous borders, plus extensive lawns and an 18th century barn. A hazel walk is being developed. The two greenhouses produce many varieties of tomatoes, peppers and chillies, with basil, aubergines and cucumbers and there are also many different varieties of cut flowers. The Beeches, Church Road, Barcombe, Lewes BN8 5TS. Admission £5.00, Children free. Home-made teas.

Legsheath Farm

Opening on May 20th from 1.30 to 4.30pm was first mentioned in Duchy of Lancaster records in 1545. It was associated with the role of Master of the Ashdown Forest. It is set high in the Weald and has far reaching views of East Grinstead and the Weirwood Reservoir. The garden extends over 11 acres, with a spring fed stream feeding ponds. There is a magnificent davidia,

The gardens offer rich cottage-style planting schemes, varied ponds, delightful courtyards, practical kitchen gardens and habitats for wildlife

Harlands Gardens

An eclectic mix of town gardens will be on show on the 19th and 20th May in Haywards Heath, from 1 to 5pm. Harlands Gardens are designed, built and maintained by busy people who love and enjoy their plots, they comprise awkward shapes and differing gradients and are designed with relaxation and socialisation in mind. The gardens offer rich cottage-style planting schemes, varied ponds, delightful courtyards, practical kitchen gardens and habitats for wildlife. Harlands Gardens, 52 & 55 Penland Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1PH (plus 5 Sugworth Close and 27 Turners Mill Rd) Admission £5 children free. Home-made teas at 27 Turners Mill Road. Full details can be found at 46

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Spotlight Events Open Gardens in Aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice

Spectacular Bluebell Walks at Heaven Farm Early May Take time to walk through Early May the ancient woodlands and enjoy the spectacular vistas of bluebells at their peak in early May. As you make your way around the trail there is much of interest - from an ancient bloomery to a “Millenium” water wheel and don’t forget the wallabies with their joeys lazing in the sun. The parkland and waterside walks of the Nature Trail hold Conservation Awards and have also featured in many BBC TV programmes. Located on the A275, south of Chelwood Gate, Heaven Farm has welcomed visitors since 1988. With ample free parking, a farm shop, tea rooms and Granary flowers, why not make a day of it!

May and June Enjoy visiting the St Wilfrid’s Open Gardens this year. With no admission fees, all donations will be welcome, and every penny – including the sales from the raffles and refreshments - will go to St Wilfrid’s hospice. Sat 5th May - Framfield Grange, Framfield TN22 5PN Sat 19th May - Meads Care, 26 Denton Road, Eastbourne BN20 7ST - 10am-2pm Sun 27th May - 13 Bowden Rise, Seaford BN25 2HZ Sun 3rd June - Sunniva Harte’s Garden, Oak Gate, Hankham Street BN24 5BG Sat 9th June- Sherrington Manor, Selmeston BN26 6UB Sat 16th June - Friston Place, Friston BN20 0AL & Misty Acres Lower Horsebridge, Hailsham BN27 4DN

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Sun 24th June – 2a Downs Road, Willington BN22 0JH – 2-5pm All gardens open 11am to 4pm unless stated otherwise. Visit www.stwhospice. org or call 01323 434241

The Civic Centre Uckfield – Royal Wedding Celebratory Lunch

Sat 19 May

Saturday 19 May 2018, 11.30am Join us to watch the Royal Wedding ceremony on our 60” screen while enjoying our special two- or three-course luncheon. Pre-booking essential as spaces are limited. See our website for the menu and booking form. Two Courses £17.95 Three Courses £21.50 including a glass of prosecco on arrival royal-wedding-celebration-lunch.html Civic Centre, Civic Approach, Uckfield TN22 1AE

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The Big Brocante Antiques & Decorative Fair Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May, 8am-4pm Arrive early at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, for the pick of the crop of The Big Brocante! Fri 25 - Sun 27 May A cosmopolitan experience bringing together the best Antique, Vintage and Decorative items in the South of England. Traders offer an array of silverware, decorative antiques, brocante, haberdashery, jewellery, glassware, china, memorabilia, kitchenalia, retro designs, antique art, small furniture and much more. There will be an array of indoor and outdoor stalls, award winning street


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food, drinks and live music to create a unique shopping experience. Weekend Tickets £3.50 online or £5 on the gate. Friday Tickets £5 online or £10 on the gate. Free parking Children under 10 years free with access to The Hop Farm Family Park. The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood TN21 6PY

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The 71st Heathfield & District Agricultural Show Saturday 26th May Enjoy a great family day out at the Heathfield Agricultural Show. A favourite area of the Show is Countryways, which features demonstrations of by gone crafts. From bee keeping to Sat 26 May

spinning, wood carving to a badger, many an hour can be spent wandering around these demonstrations. This year there are even more local ‘crafters’ than ever, with a greater array of products for sale and hands on displays. The United Retriever Club will be doing dog obedience and the Sussex Falconry will be flying their raptors. Also, the inaugural ‘Human Tractor Pull’ with humans pitting their strength against a tractor. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance online: Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, TN21 8UE

Fabulous Shopping Experience at the Boutique & Artisan Shopping Fair Thursday 10th May A not to be missed one day shopping experience! Put the date in your diary, call your friends because if you’re looking to freshen up your wardrobe or home, buy a unique gift or just have a little me time to relax and enjoy some retail therapy with friends, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With over 50 independent boutique owners, artisan makers and small businesses, selling a huge range of items from gorgeous clothing and accessories to homeware, gifts, beauty products, children’s clothing, plus artisan food and drink from chocolate to gin! All hand-picked for quality, design and overall loveliness! Plus enter to WIN £50 to spend on anything there. East Sussex National Hotel, Off A22, Uckfield TN22 5ES £4 cash entry (under 16 years FOC), onsite restaurant & free parking Competition and more info on

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Waterlily Festival At Sheffield Park And Garden

Sat 9 June - Sun 15 July

Saturday 9th June to Sunday 15th July As synonymous with Sheffield Park and Garden as the wonderful autumn colour, this year why not take a closer look at the waterlilies during the first Waterlily Festival. Visit between 9 June and 15 July to celebrate the beauty of these flowers on the lakes through a series of displays, events and talks. Nearly a thousand new waterlilies have been planted to add to the already impressive display which will be best viewed from the floating pontoon, accessible throughout the festival. Alternatively take an exclusive opportunity to see the garden at dusk at one of the midsummer evening events. 01825 790231 Sheffield Park & Garden, Sheffield Park, Uckfield TN22 3QXk

Have a Fun-Tastic day out at Drusillas this Summer! Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out that includes hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. However, animals are only half the fun! Kids will adore all the themed adventure play areas including Go Wild!, Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure, plus there’s a Hello Kitty Secret Garden, a Get Wet! splash pad and Go

Safari! – Drusillas’ brand new three ride attraction. Don’t forget there’s a fun-filled diary of events throughout the year including appearances from The PJ Masks, PAW Patrol, Bing and Flop, Peppa Pig & George, The Gruffalo and more. Drusillas Park, Alfriston Road (Just off the A27), BN26 5QS

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Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain 16 June 2018 Framfield Grange, Framfield, E Sussex 4pm - Picnic in the beautiful gardens, beside the lake or hire a table in the picnic marquee 7pm - Performance in a separate auditorium marquee Complimentary Champagne reception in the interval Suggested Dress Code: black tie Tickets: £40 - £95 from: YOU’VE SEEN  THEM  AT  THE  SYDNEY     OPERA  HOUSE  AND  CARNEGIE  HALL   .....NOW  SEE  THEM  AT     FRAMFIELD  GRANGE!!!

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gradually grown, and now we open six properties open to visitors and an active membership scheme.” Since it first took on the tenancy of Lewes Castle in 1850, the Society has worked to engage the public with Sussex history. Barbican House was acquired in 1908 and quickly became a fascinating museum. Anne of Cleves House, the Priest House, Bull House and Michelham Priory followed. A more recent acquisition is Fishbourne Roman Palace, which is currently celebrating fifty years since opening its doors to visitors.

History | by Hanna Prince

Sussex Archaeological Society plays a key role in preserving and showcasing local sites of historic interest. Hanna Prince profiles the country’s oldest county archaeological society


n October 1845, a construction team working on the new Brighton to Lewes railway made an extraordinary discovery. Buried beneath the ruins of Lewes Priory were two lead caskets containing the 800-year-old remains of William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, and his wife Gundrada.



Fascinated by this and other discoveries made during the railway excavations, local historians decided to form a Sussex archaeological society. Its aim? “To embrace whatever relates to the civil or ecclesiastical history, topography, ancient buildings or works of art within the county.” Today, Sussex Archaeological Society helps to conserve sites of major historical interest across the county. The charity opens several sites to the public, alongside offering archaeological grants, and providing an itinerary of events and activities to its members. Its headquarters are based at Bull House - once the home of philosopher and revolutionary Thomas Paine. “We are the oldest county archaeological society in the country,” explains marketing officer Debbie Matthews, when we meet on the atmospheric first floor of Bull House. “Over the years we’ve

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Spread across these historic sites are finds of international importance. The Roman mosaics at Fishbourne are among the largest and best preserved in the world. Debbie also points with pride to the Near Lewes Middle Bronze Age Hoard - a treasure trove of jewellery dating to between 1250 and 1500BC. “Our aim is to keep history alive, and Sussex is a wealth of history,” she says. On top of caring for some of the county’s most important historic sites, the Society works to support continued archaeological research. New discoveries and theories are published annually in the Sussex Archaeological Collections. A finds liaison officer helps members of the public to identify and record chance archaeological discoveries, while research officer heads up new excavations. With no government funding, the Society is heavily reliant on visitors, members and fundraising to help support and fund its work. In return, it runs a packed programme of members-only events, talks and visits to key historic properties around the country. To find out more about becoming a member and how to support the Society more generally, visit Magnet May 2018

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Local Walk Southease Walk By Robert Veitch

The Facts Distance: 7½ miles Walk Time: Between 3 hours for fast feet and 4 hours for strollers Stiles: 8 Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL11 and OL25 Refreshments: One pub en route and cafe near Southease station Trains: Hourly from Lewes and Seaford Bus Routes: 123 & 132 (both Lewes to Newhaven)

At 7½ miles, this walk is a lovely half-day out, combining the flat of the Ouse Valley, the suburbia of Newhaven and the glory of the South Downs. We took the train from Lewes…

The Walk Alighting at Southease Station, take the track behind platform two and follow it around the corner towards the River Ouse and Southease swing bridge. 01. As the approach to the bridge steepens, take the gate on the left that leads to the eastern bank of the river. After 50m, pause and take a look at the swing bridge. It was built in the 1880s and is grade II listed. Despite being restored a decade ago, it’s not been used since 1967. Across the valley the round tower of Southease church can be seen. 02. The path runs atop the embankment and parallel to the river for the next 2½ miles. In the distance, due south above Newhaven is Rushy Hill aerial. 03. The first stile appears as the river bends to the right. The cutting of channels helped improve navigation and drainage along the River Ouse. Lime, manufactured in the chalk pits around Lewes was ferried to Newhaven along the river before the advent of the railway.

The mooring posts and boats at Piddinghoe appear across the river 04. Further along, beyond a gate, the mooring posts and boats at Piddinghoe appear across the river. The round Norman tower of the Parish Church of St John is clearly visible. 05. Beyond another stile, and then a broken stile, the imposing spectacle of the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility dominates the view ahead. Approximately 100m before the Energy Recovery Facility the path veers left, down the embankment towards a stile. Beyond the stile is a field of saplings, planted 54

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in lines. Aim diagonally across the field towards the railway, following the tracks towards Newhaven and a temporary stile. 06. Beyond the stile, the railway needs to be crossed. It is necessary to take great care, to look both ways and be aware at all times. There is a stile beyond the railway; then mesh fences border the path to the next stile. Beyond this comes the relative shock of an industrial estate. 07. Turn right and walk to the end. Crossing the main road, turn left and follow the pavement for 100m into the residential section of New Road, with its’ row of terraced houses. At the other end, turn right in to Avis Road and follow the pavement as far as Iveagh Crescent, turning left here and beginning the long haul to the summit of the South Downs. 08. After 350m turn left at the Denton Iveagh Cresent bus stop and follow the path to the top of the slope, emerging into Forward Close before turning right. At the end of Forward Close turn left, walking past South View Terrace towards the pub. This is South Heighton. 09. A little further on, bear right onto the track at the 20% gradient sign. The track eases uphill with a gradual gain in altitude, eventually breaking free of suburbia and reuniting with nature. Stunted trees populate the path, sculpted by the prevailing wind over many years. On a calm day, birdsong is the dominant sound. 10. The path becomes grassy and firm underfoot as it nears the flint-walled Page’s New Barn. Adjacent to the path is a small memorial and marbled bench. The path ramps uphill for Magnet May 2018

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The Walk Continued 300m, levelling off as the twin aerials of Beddingham Hill emerge over the horizon. The route to the summit is clearly visible, although it’s further than it looks.

straightening. A hairpin bend follows, before the path straightens again, becoming chalky underfoot. Another gate precedes a long left-handed bend, leading to Itford Footbridge over the A26. This relatively recent construction removes all the usual danger of crossing a very busy road.

11. As the summit nears, the path deviates left of the aerials. Summit baggers can detour right and claim their prize (188m / 597 feet). The uneasy, slightly sinister hum of the aerials is balanced on the flipside by extremely good mobile phone reception.

15. Follow the path to the t-junction before turning left and completing the last few steps back to Southease Station. While waiting for the train it’s time to contemplate… The exhilaration of completing the walk may be matched in equal measure by tiredness.

The waves of euphoria justify every single step uphill 12. At the four-way fingerpost by the cattle grid take a moment to rejoice in the knowledge the 2½ mile leeward slope of the downs that began at the bottom of Iveagh Crescent has been climbed. Enjoy the 360° of panorama – Newhaven, Seaford, Glynde, Mount Caburn, Lewes and the Ouse Valley - as the waves of euphoria justify every single step uphill. 13. Follow the South Downs Way west, along the flint track. It’s downhill all the way for

the last couple of miles. Beyond another gate, the path continues, with the watery ribbon of the River Ouse visible below. The dried up circular remains of Red Lion Pond precede the only trig point (164m / 538 feet) along the route. The adjacent rusted disc harrow looks like it hasn’t been used in years.

The train will begin the journey home, which in our case, led to tea and cake – but not just any cake, it was Gin and Tonic Cake!

14. The altitude continues to dissipate as the path passes through another gate and on to Itford Hill. The swing bridge at Southease can be seen in the distance. On Itford Hill the path swings around to the left and across the gradient, before

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Anyone for Tennis? If you’re looking for a complete mind and body workout, within a fun and sociable environment, then tennis might just be the sport for you. Sasha Kanal explains further


fficial tennis season is fast approaching and with it the excitement of traditional British tournaments such as Wimbledon and Eastbourne. It’s easy to be inspired to get out there and play when watching the professionals do their stuff (and the sun is shining!), but there’s so much more to this great sport than fair-weather play. Tennis is in many respects the ultimate workout for the human body and here’s why:

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Oxygen intake is increased when you play which in turn increases your heart rate and helps the blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. This aids the increase in capillaries within the muscles so they have a greater blood supply and flow. All good!

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A lot of simultaneous actions take place when playing tennis. Balance is key as well as the ability to manoeuvre yourself into the correct position to make contact with

the ball. Do this regularly and you will see a huge improvement in your flexibility and coordination.

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Doing all of the above, requires planning, strategic thinking and creativity on the part of our brains. So, the more you play, the better the grey matter becomes at doing this. Building neural connections of any kind in our brains can help aid memory and learning.


We are lucky to have so many wonderful tennis clubs here in Sussex with beautiful grounds and facilities often offering classes and groups in which to hone skills and get out on the court. Classes are always a good way to meet new people and the game of doubles itself requires a lot of communication between players on the same team which can be a lot of fun! Many clubs offer classes for all ages and free taster weekends during the summer months. There’s also the potential for small group and one to one tuition at many establishments. If you don’t want to go down this route, all you need is a racket and someone to play with and you can head down to many of the municipal village and town courts for a small fee. A simple knockabout around the court is also a brilliant way to get moving, especially you are unsure of the rules of the game. Enjoy! Magnet May 2018

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Easy, chic and surprisingly grown-up, the latest ponytail trends can be tweaked to suit any face shape

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t might be your go-to ‘do for spin class and lazy Sunday mornings, but this year the humble ponytail is set to get a high fashion makeover. With dozens of different takes on the trend seen across the Spring catwalks, there’s something to suit almost anyone. Here’s our pick of the best new styles.

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Super-low ponytails first made an appearance last year, but their star shows no sign of falling. Try a texturised look by spritzing volumiser into wet hair, rough drying it and dragging it back with your fingers – then use a loop of hair to disguise the elastic. Chin-level bangs complete the look. At the other end of the spectrum is the ‘strict school-dame’ take on the low ponytail. The trick is to get a dead-centre parting, tame frizz with a smoothing treatment and finish with a good spritz of holding spray. Who should try it? This slimming look suits round and heart-shaped faces. Who should skip it? Long and thin-faced ladies.

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the ‘explosion pony’. The key to the look is slicked-back locks fastened at the nape of the neck and then crimped to create crazy volume in the ‘tail’. Add hair brushed-back hair extensions for extra oomph. Who should try it? Long-haired ladies with any face shape. Who should skip it? Shy types – this isn’t a look for shrinking violets.

The trick is to get a dead-centre parting, tame frizz with a smoothing treatment and finish with a good spritz of holding spray All that glitters

Forget zero-effort, scraped back styles – this summer, the ponytail is all about bling. Ribbons are a mainstream trend. Loop them around a braid, dress up a loose

ponytail with fire engine red or canary yellow colours, or add a velvet ribbon the same length as your pony to make a summer look really pop. Another top trend is mouldable wire twisted around braids or crimped locks (yup, it’s time to get the pliers out). If that sounds a bit too out there, keep it subtle with a barrette slide into your style or a trio of embossed clips. Who should try it? Anybody who loves experimenting with style. Who should skip it? This probably isn’t one for the office.

Wet-look locks

Whether worn in a ponytail, slicked down over the ears or messily wind-blown, wet-look hair was huge on the AW2018 catwalk. It’s already a big celebrity trend as well, with actresses rocking slick locks on the red carpet. To make that ‘just got out of the shower’ pony last all day, use old-fashioned pomade and fix the ‘do in place with grips behind your ears. Who should try it? Those with fine hair and soft curls with any face shape. Who should skp it? It’s trickier to coax thick or Afro hair into this style. Try straightening it first for an on-trend look. Magnet May 2018

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It’s time to lace up your trainers and get ready for the Focus Run, a 10k, 5k and Mini Mile to help raise funds for Chailey Heritage Foundation


hailey Heritage Foundation has announced the launch of a brand new run – the Focus 10k – to take place on 3rd June at Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, with all proceeds going to Chailey Heritage Foundation. The run, which will encompass a 10k option, a 5k option and a mini mile for children will be open to all levels of runners from first time competitors to those experienced in running mid-long distances. æEach runner will be time chipped and there will be winners’ trophies, a top fundraiser prize and a medal and goody bag for all the finishers. As well as the opportunity to complete the course, there will be a host of exciting child centric activities for the whole family to participate in including face painters, a bouncy castle, hot food and refreshments. All monies raised from the run will go towards Chailey Heritage Foundation’s D.R.E.A.M. Centre Appeal to build a stateof-the-art, purpose-built environment where the whole Chailey Heritage community can come together to take part in sports such as wheelchair football and trampolining, as well as drama, dance and other performances. Chailey Heritage Foundation is still fundraising for the last £200,000 to ensure that the D.R.E.A.M. Centre will


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All monies raised from the run will go towards Chailey Heritage Foundation’s D.R.E.A.M. Centre Appeal

and cares for over 220 children and young people with complex physical disabilities and health needs. Those interested in running to raise funds can sign up at www. or go to the Facebook page (runchaileyheritage) to find out more information. Costs to enter the race are £20 for the 10k, £15 for the 5k and £10 for the Mini Mile for children. Sally-Anne Murray, Development Director at Chailey Heritage Foundation comments, “We hope this event will help us with the final push to reach our target for the D.R.E.AM. Centre Appeal, which will be such an amazing facility for the children and young people at Chailey Heritage.” Chailey Heritage Foundation Haywards Heath Road, North Chailey, Lewes East Sussex BN8 4EF 01825 724 752

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Linda O’Sullivan, Alzheimer’s Society Head of Region for London and the South East, stated that, “in the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes and almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected. Yet too many people face the condition alone without adequate support. We’d love to see Sussex residents during Dementia Action Week take action for people affected by dementia.” To find out more about Alzheimer’s Society services or events happening during Dementia Action Week, call the Sussex Helpline on 01403 213017. There are more than 27,400 people living with dementia in Sussex and too many face the condition alone without adequate support. Here are top four ways you can get involved in 2018:


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Rockinghorse Children’s Charity Launches Ventilator Appeal Rockinghorse Children’s Charity has launched an appeal to raise funds for a ventilator at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton. The charity wants to provide the new ventilator for the High Dependency Unit (HDU) at the Alex, where there is an increasing number of patients each year. In 2014, Rockinghorse provided the Alex with four ventilators as part of a campaign called ‘Sabrina’s Wish’. The appeal was led by parent Martin Blencowe following the successful treatment of his daughter, for viral bronchiolitis when she was just four-months-old. Together with the support of individual donors, schools, trusts and businesses, the charity provided the most advanced non-invasive ventilation equipment available. Treating the most poorly patients, the ventilators are used in the critical care of over 130 children and babies a year.

Louise Bartha, Appeals and Trusts Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, said: “We are committed to providing an additional ventilator to the Alex as soon as possible. By doing so, we can ensure that all critically ill children who need this type of treatment will receive it immediately without the need for staff to juggle patient priority against equipment resource.” To donate to the charity’s appeal, Visit or call 01273 330044

Saturday Social in Uckfield A get together for those living with dementia, their carers and families Alison Scutt, owner of Home Instead Senior Care Lewes and Uckfield, and Margaret Dodé-Angel from Sussex Support Service are excited to be launching Saturday Social, a supportive, safe and caring gathering for people living with dementia, their carers and family members, where they can socialise with others in a similar situation. Launching on Saturday 12th May 2018, Saturday Social will be held at Sussex Support Service LTD, Victoria Pavilion, Victoria Pleasure Ground, Uckfield from 2pm to 4pm. The event will give residents in Uckfield and the surrounding areas the opportunity to enjoy companionship while engaging in a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, workshops, music and singing. The Café is free to attend. For more information regarding Home Instead or Saturday Social call Alison on 01825 605030 or visit lewesdistrict&uckfield For more information regarding Sussex Support Services or Saturday Social call Margaret 01825 760176

Tee Off for the Starr Trust and Help Local Youngsters Join in the fun and sign up for The Starr Trust’s Annual Golf Day this May 9th at the beautiful East Sussex National Golf Club in Uckfield. This popular event, sponsored by Beales of Worthing, Gardner and Scardifield


It’s all about Charity

and Creative Pod, promises to be the most exciting yet, with a stunning 18-hole course, a delicious 2-course Carvery Dinner, prizes for Nearest the Pin, Best Individual Golfer and Hole in One plus some fantastic raffle and auction prizes to be won. This popular event has been running for the past 7 years and has raised a magnificent sum of £22,860 for young people in Sussex! Tracey Narvaez from the Starr Trust told us, “this is a great opportunity for local businesses to network and enjoy a relaxing and fun day of golf whilst helping a really good cause. Any non-golfers out there can

get involved by sponsoring a hole or donating a prize.” Players meet at 10am for bacon rolls and a hot drink. Entry to play is £400 per team of 4. To find out more about taking part, to sponsor a hole and advertise your business, please contact Tracey@, call 01273 715882 or go to Proceeds from the event will go to the Starr Trust, which supports young people living in the BN post code area to fulfil their potential in Art, Sport and Education with Awards of up to £5000. Magnet May 2018

Home care with a difference Home Instead CAREGivers are provided with the latest in Alzheimer’s education and home care techniques, assuring client’s families and friends that they are being cared for by trusted, professional experts. We will be running workshops and activities in support of Dementia Action Week 21-27 May

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If someone in your family needs a little help please call Alison Scutt on

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The Month of

May by Michelle Brett

his month is a stampede of blossom and leaves, buds and blooms with celebrations and festivals beginning up and down the land at the awakening of the summer. May is when the Dawn Chorus reaches its height, with our feathered friends defending their territories and singing their little hearts out to attract a mate, beginning about an hour before sunrise. The bluebells should now be in full flower with carpets of them spreading across woodland floors. With the ash being the last of the trees to break bud, most of the trees should now be in leaf. May is possibly connected with the Greek goddess Maia. She was the daughter of Atlas and the mother of Hermes. A nurturer and an earth goddess, it explains the connection with spring.


In the Kitchen

Salads should be becoming more prominent in our gardens and fridges this month, with carrots, lettuce, peas and spinach to name a few, being in season. British strawberries will begin to start reaching your greengrocer, and of course let’s not forget the brief asparagus season being upon us. It’ll deteriorate relatively quickly after picking but needs little doing with it. Enjoy it with a drizzle of olive oil, black pepper and some Parmesan shavings. Best if bought fresh, maybe from a local seller

In the Garden Longer and warmer days, risk of frost passing as each night goes by, it’s time to get the summer bedding plants into your pots, along with your seedlings planted out this month. But…Slugs. Time to start their prevention! Concentrate any treatment you’re using around the base

It’s time to get the summer bedding plants into your pots, along with your seedlings of hedges and evergreen shrubs – this dense cover is where they often live, and they can wipe out your nurtured seedlings on one night. There’s various treatments and ways of stopping them – some more gruesome than others, but hard work now will pay off later as they prefer the younger, more immature plants. 74

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such as South Brockwells Farm Shop in Little Horsted ( See their advert in this month’s issue, and maybe grab yourself some free asparagus!

Enjoy it with a drizzle of olive oil

Wood pigeon and lamb are in season, with fish and seafood such as plaice, sea trout and crab. Were you aware that the humble plaice reaches maturity at five to seven years and can live for up to thirty?!

Facts and Figures

Believe it or not, but we’re already in the penultimate month where the day length will increase! By the end of the month we’ll have a super 16hrs and 17 minutes of daylight (London), and quite a big increase in the average sea temperature to 11.4° in Brighton. This month’s full moon is on the 8th and the on the 27th, weather permitting, you may be able to spot Jupiter as they’ll pass close from 10.30pm, 17° above the south-eastern horizon. May’s birthstone is the Emerald: the rarest of the gemstones and considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love with the birth flower being the Lilly of the Valley, symbolising love and appreciation. The zodiac signs for this month are Taurus and Gemini, and celeb May birthdays include Bono (10th), Adele (5th), Sir Ian McKellen (25th), Brooke Shields (31st) and George Clooney (6th) to name a few!

Enjoy your two Bank Holidays this month!

Magnet May 2018

Sussex Asparagus Freshly cut every day Late April to mid June

Free Asparagus Bundle For First 10 People With This Magnet Advert Home grown vegetables and plants

South Brockwells Farm

Little Horsted, Nr Uckfield TN22 5QS

DIRECTIONS: Between A26 and A22 Near Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum s Watch for the road sign

01825 750466



Food served lunch and evening - Home Cooked Food - Log Fires

- Freehouse - Real Ales

01323 870590

Perfect place to visit before or after your bluebell/ country walk



Recipe of the Month by Gillian Reay-Young

Crab and Asparagus Tart From the end of April until June it is British asparagus season. Boil, steam, grill, roast or BBQ, this versatile vegetable will elevate any dish with its delicate and delicious flavour. Enjoy it paired with crab in this tart, perfect served with a crisp salad on a warm evening. Ingredients • 150g/6oz of shortcrust pastry (I use ready-made pastry) • 2 eggs plus 1 yolk • 140ml double cream • 1 tsp brandy • 200g/8oz crabmeat • 25g butter • 25g plain flour • 140ml milk • 2 tsp grated Cheddar cheese • Salt and cayenne pepper to taste • 8/10 cooked spears of asparagus 76

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Serves: 4 Cooking time: 30 minutes

Method 1. Line and lightly grease a 20cm/8” flan dish with the rolled pastry. 2. Beat the eggs, cream and brandy together, flake the crabmeat with a fork and mix into the egg mixture. 3. Melt the butter in a solid pan and stir in the flour, then cook for a minute or two. 4. R  emove from the heat and gradually stir in the milk. Return to the heat and stir until the sauce thickens. Add the cheese and seasoning to your taste. 5. S  tir the crabmeat mixture into the cheese sauce and pour into the flan. Decorate the top with the asparagus spears, pushing them slightly into the mixture. 6. Bake in a preheated oven 190C/375F/Gas mark 5 for 35-40 minutes until slightly set. Magnet May 2018

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Station Road, Berwick, East Sussex BN26 6SZ Next to Berwick Train station


with this voucher (Offer valid during May)


• Breakfast • Function Rooms and Events • Large Car Park and Beer Garden


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Guide to Local Events For What’s On listings we now offer a special reduced rate of £25.00 + VAT for a 1 column x 5cm display box advert with larger sizes also available. Please call the Sales Team on 0845 872 2885 for more details. Non-profit making charity events can still be listed free. Please supply details by email to marking it “What’s On Listing” before the 15th of each month prior to publication. Details listed will include date, time, venue and contact details. Please note distribution of Magnet can take up to a week.

May What’s On 4–7B  elatane Fire Festival at Wild Woods, TN8 7EA. Contact: 5 Open Garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at Framfield Grange, TN22 5PN 11am – 4pm All monies raised during the day will go to the hospice – 5 -7 East Dean & Friston Art Group Exhibition and sale of members work at East Dean Village Hall. (5th 2pm – 5pm; 6th 10am – 5pm; 7th 10am – 4pm) Come and see the paintings and enjoy a cup of tea and home-made cake. Free entry. Free parking. Contact: Margaret Butler on 01323 894975 5/6  Blindley Heath Heavy Horse & Country Show at East Bysshe Showground, Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath, RH7 6LF. 8am to 6pm. Largest gathering of heavy horses in southern England plus historic vehicles, dog show, crafts, shops, rides. £10 adults on gate/ £8 in advance U16s and Parking free. Contact: Jackie Shearman on 01737 645857 - 9

A  Potted History of Britain at Uckfield Civic Centre, Bellfarm Lane, TN22 1AE. 2.15pm to 4pm. A history of the last 6,000 years of British ceramics illustrated by the work of inspiring potters and some beautiful pots. Free to members, £7 to visitors. Contact:

10 Boutique and Artisan Shopping Fair at the East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield, TN22 5ES. A not to be missed one day shopping experience with something for everyone at a Country Lifestyle Shopping Fair, supporting small A5 Flyer.qxp_Layout 1 16/03/2018 12:11 Page 1

Gardens and Grounds much more than just a castle…

Father’s Day, Celebration Carvery Lunch Sunday 17th June served between 12–2pm

3 course lunch including a vegetarian choice. £18.00 for adults | £12.00 for children (4 –16 years) To be served in the Castle’s Great Hall with cash bar. Price includes entry to the gardens and grounds. For bookings telephone 01323 834479 or email Payment on booking.

Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN Enquiries 01323 834479


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 inot to Phytuema: the story of the Rathfinny Wine P Estate at Alfriston – so far with East Hoathly & District Preservation Society at East Hoathly Village Hall. A talk by Richard James, the Operations Manager. A professional ecologist working on the South Downs for 15 years with an interest in wine. Admission is free to members, visitors: £4. Contact: Toni Whewell 01825 872 460

11/12 “Never Again” Two comedy plays with dinner - ‘The Uncivil Servant’ by Ian Pinkerton and ‘Last Panto in Little Grimley’ by David Tristram, at the Crowborough Community Centre, TN6 1FE. 7.30 pm. Tickets £14, includes dinner. Contact the Box office for further information: www.thecrowplayers. com - 01892 300 567 12

 ansion Market at Kidbrook Mansion, Priory Road, Forest M Row, RH18 5JB. 11am – 4pm. Lively market including original clothing, crafts, arts and produce. All day café. Free admission. 01342 824944

12  Plant Fair at St. Barnabas Pastoral Centre, Worth Road, Pound Hill, RH10 7DY. 10.00am – 12 noon. Variety of plants, annuals, perennials, vegetables, pots, etc. Free entry. All welcome. Contact: Parish Office, 0300 111 8150 - 12

I talian Street Party, Castle Street, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1XJ. (Between The High Street and London Road.) 10am – 4pm. Fun day of Italian food, drink, gelati, ladies fashion, Italian travel, fortune teller and live music from modern to opera.

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Show Secretary: Nicola Magill - Tel: 01435 864587

17  ‘Birding Japan & Outlying Islands’ An illustrated talk by Prof. Bob Self - Birder, Naturalist and Photographer. A Sussex Wildlife Trust Eastbourne Group Event at Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1UE. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. £3.00 for SWT members, £4.00 for visitors. Contact:




14  Floral Workshop titled Cascade at Ninfield Memorial Hall, Bexhill Road, TN33 9EE. 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Contact: Ninfield Flower Group -

Saturday 26th May

AGRICULTURAL SHOW Reduced priced tickets available from local outlets or online at

Contact: Lynette Swift 01580 200332 / 07721 092988 - lynette@ -

8am – 5.15pm Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, East Sussex


International traders with an eclectic mix of good quality stock for the home, garden and beyond An outdoor event with marquees.

01424 218803 / 07828 772475 BENTLEYSFAIRS.CO.UK

What’s On


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The Pete Cater Big Band at Frant Church, High Street Frant, Nr. Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9DX. 8pm. UK Drum legend Pete Cater and his stunningly talented 16-piece big band, featuring music made famous by Buddy Rich! £18. Contact: or tel. Paul Barber 01892 750665. (

18-20 The Attic Club Original Art Fair at The Village Hall, 18 Lewes Road, Ditchling, BN6 8TT (18th 12 – 8pm / 19th & 20th 10am – 5pm.) Art, Sculpture, wood turning, glassware, jewellery, cards and prints. Free entry, with voluntary contributions to the TNLI. Contact: Carole-Lynn Duffy 01444 482375 – Open Garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at Meads Care, Eastbourne, BN20 7ST. 10am – 2pm. All monies raised during the day will go to the hospice -


Royal Wedding Celebration Lunch at The Civic Centre, Uckfield. Enjoy a two or three course lunch whilst watching the ceremony on their 60” screen. Starts at 11.30am with a welcome glass of prosecco. From £17:95. Contact: html


Paws & Claws Bookfair at Lewes Town Hall (side Entrance) - 10am-4pm. 40 dealers offering 1000’s of second-hand, rare, readable and collectable books. Refreshments available. Admission 50p. Contact: 01273 477555


Day Trip to De Havilland Aircraft Museum, Hertfordshire. A Spring outing by Etchingham Military & Aviation Preservation Group. Return coach just £20. Pickups

Fun in Framfield 30 May 2018 10am-4pm Framfield Grange, Framfield, East Sussex TN22 5PN

Walk the woodland paths and you might spy the Gruffalo amongst the trees! Make sock puppets, masks, stick men and snakes. There is pond dipping, story telling and lots, lots more! Picnic on the lawn beside the lake or buy a delicious tea in the marquee.

One price entry for adults and children (under 3yrs free)           £7.00

- advance entry price    £10.00 - on the gate entry (online ticketing closes 29.5.18) #gruffalofunframfield Reg. Charity No. 1089306


What’s On

The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 1999 –Macmillan Children’s Books


Magnet May 2018

Etchingham and Hastings. £6 per person. Contact: Brian Pitt – 01424 814118 20 V  erdi’s Rigoletto with Heber Opera at The Civic Centre, Uckfield - 6pm. Containing some of the best arrias for tenor, soprano and baritone. 21

 hanging Roles – Women Then and Now at The Great C Space, Herstmonceux Health Centre, Hailsham Road, BN27 4JX. 10am-12 noon. A chance to share stories of what women have achieved and reflect on how things have changed. Join us in our fun quiz too! No charge but a donation would be appreciated. Contact: Sheila Charlton on 01323 833673 -

22  Fertility information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital, Hartington Place, Eastbourne, BN21 3BG. 7pm - 8pm. FREE fertility information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital. Take the opportunity to speak with the team about the available treatment. To book: 0800 092 9029 23

 erry Ingham – Illustration and Drawing Workshop K at Burrswood, Groombridge TN3 9PY, 9am - 4pm - Local illustrator and counsellor Kerry Ingham joins Burrswood to explore the art of drawing for fun and inner peace. Tickets £60 pp to include tuition, art materials, pastries on arrival, lunch and a cream tea (plus good company) - 01892 865988

24 H  ips and knees information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital, Hartington Place, Eastbourne, BN21 3BG. 7pm 8pm. FREE hips and knees information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital. Take the opportunity to speak with our team about the available treatment. To book: 0800 092 9029 -

Chaucer Business Park, Di�ons Road, Polegate. East Sussex BN�6 6JF What you can expect from a holiday with L.J. Edwards

 Door to door service included in

the price if you live in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Has�ngs, & Seaford

 No coach interchange  Minimum 3 star, usually 4 or 5 star  Porterage  Execu�ve modern coach with washroom, air condi�oning and reclining seats

 Services of our driver and courier throughout your stay

 Entrances to a�rac�ons and

excursions - unless otherwise stated

Free door to door transfer (additional charge if not within our free pick up area - please check)

Warner’s Li�lecote House

Warner’s Alvaston Hall Nantwich, Cheshire

Hungerford, Berkshire

Mon 11 - Fri 15 June Half Board from £479.00 p.p

Norfolk Heritage & History

�pera�on Dynamo & Dunkirk Evacua�on (via Ferry)

Mon 14 - Fri 18 May Half Board from £449.00 p.p

4* Sprowston Manor, Norwich

Mon 21—Fri 25 May Half Board from £515.00 p.p

North Yorkshire Explorer

4* Gisborough Hall, Guisborough

Mon 28 May - Fri 1 June Half Board from £529.00 p.p

Warner’s Bembridge Coast

Welcome Hotel, Dunkirk

Sun 17 – Mon 18 June Bed & Breakfast from £149.00 p.p

(No door-to-door pick up. Limited pick-up points apply)

North Ayrshire Isles of Arran & Bute

4* Hallmark Hotel Irvine, Ayrshire +overnight hotels

Isle of Wight Tue 19 – Tue 26 June Mon 4 – Fri 8 June Half Board from £699.00 p.p Half Board from £479.00 p.p

DAY TRIPS London Shows

Please call our office to enquire about dates and prices:

 Motown The Musical  Aladdin  Lion King  42nd Street  Mamma Mia  School of Rock  Dreamgirls  Kinky Boots

Highgrove Garden Tour & Highgrove Shop Tuesday 8th May or Sunday 19th August £57.50 p.p For our day trips, set pick-up points apply, please call our office

What’s On




25-27 The Big Brocante at The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood TN21 6PY – Antiques, vintage and decorative fair, indoor and outdoor stalls, street food, drinks and live music for a unique shopping experience – discounted tickets online

Weekly classes and One Day Workshops at Framfield and Forest Row with professional artist JOSEPHINE HUDSON


Military Exhibition by Etchingham Military & Aviation Preservation Group at Horam Village Hall, (A267) Horam, TN21 0JE - 10am –4pm. Military items from First World War to now with homefront artefacts plus wartime and collectable vehicles. Entry £4, children free.


Heathfield & District Agricultural Show at Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield, TN21 8UE. Discounted tickets in advance from:

01435 867982


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Town Place Open Garden - Talk on Colditz at Cumnor House School, Danehill, RH17 7HT. 7.30 – 8.30pm. on behalf of Not Forgotten Association, For Military Veterans. £10. Contact: Hal Clarke on 01342 810343 -

26-28 Alfriston Art Club Exhibition and Sale at Alfriston War Memorial Hall, BN26 5TL. 10.30am – 5.30pm. A large number of original paintings and cards for sale at affordable prices. Homemade refreshments. No credit card facilities. Free entry. Contact: Janet Banham on 01323 870717 – antony. 26-28 Annual Festival & Flowers at Christchurch Methodist Church, Holliers Hill, Bexhill, TN40 2BX. 10am – 4.30pm Sat & Mon, 2pm – 4.30pm Sun. Stunning displays, plants, books, cakes, bric-a-brac, lunches Sat & Mon, cream teas, refreshments, music, and a warm welcome! Free admission, donations welcome for church funds. Contact: Mrs Chris Cox on 01424 220524 -

Forthcoming Events & Workshops Kerry Ingham – Illustrations and Drawing Workshops 1 & 2 Wednesday 23rd May & Saturday 23rd June, 9am - 4pm Local illustrator and counsellor Kerry Ingham joins Burrswood to explore the art of drawing for fun and inner peace. Tickets £60 per person to include tuition, art materials, pastries on arrival, lunch and a cream tea (plus good company).

Finola Maynard – Pop Up Pottery Workshop

Wednesday 13th June, 9am – 4pm Make your own bowl and vessel on the pottery wheel, have some fun designing your own tiles and learning new hand building skills. Tickets £60 per person includes tea, coffee and pastries, a delicious lunch and cream tea. Call Reservations on 01892 865988 to find out more or book your place. For full details on all events visit


Contact 01825 768077 82

What’s On

Magnet April 2018


Open Garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at 13 Bowden Rise, Seaford, BN25 2H. 11–4pm. All monies raised during the day will go to the hospice.


28/29 Meet Paddington at The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL Paddington will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day! Tickets - 01825 720800 30

The Gruffalo Fun at Framfield Grange, Framfield TN22 5PN - 10am-4pm. Walk the woodland paths and you might spy the Gruffalo amongst the trees! Lots of fun activities for the kids, story telling. Picnic on the lawn or buy delicious tea in the marquee. Tickets: £7 in advance or £10 on the gate under 3 yrs free in aid of Friends of Sussex Hospices

June 3




Week and One at Framfield with prof JOSEPH

Sat 12th May at Kidbrooke Mansion, Priory Rd, Forest Row, East Sussex

Lively market in a lovely country house set in beautiful grounds. Original clothing, crafts, arts, organic produce, puppet shows and musicians. Free admission & Car parking 11-4



Tel: 01342 824944 Charity no 307006

Wadhurst Open Gardens, TN5 6AA. 2 -6pm. Delightful gardens to visit, including Helen Yemm’s (The Telegraph’s gardening correspondent). Cream teas and plant stall. Entry: £5.00. Raising funds for Carillon Cottage, a community resource centre, run by volunteers. Contact: 01892 785658 - Open Garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at Sunniva Harte’s Garden, Hankham Street, BN24 5BG - 11am – 4pm. All monies raised during the day will go to the hospice. Open Garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice at Sherrington Manor, Selmeston BN26 6UB - 11am – 4pm. All monies raised during the day will go to the hospice. Bentleys Flea & Collectors Fair, Nash Street (A22), Golden Cross BN27 4AA – Trade from 8am £10, Public from 9am £3 – all kinds of everything, outdoor event with arcade marquees – - 01424 218803/07828 772475



Fri 25th - FULL HOUSE Tue 6th - Folk & Blues Sat 26th - TBA Fri 9th - Full House Sun 27th - Beer & Music Sat 10th - Snake Bite Festival Sun 11th - Assorted Nuts ALL DAY BEER, CIDER ... ... ...

Fri 4th - Snakebite Sat 5th - Replica Radio Sun 6th - Assorted Nuts Jazz ... ... ... Fri 11th - Purley Cubes Sat 12th - Paul & Paul Sun 13th - Savannah Jazz Tues 15th - Folk & Blues ... ... ...


Fri 16th...- ... Pearly ... Cubes Sat 17th Dirty Shoes Tues 29th - Folk & Blues Sun 18th - Savannah ... ... ...

Fri 18th - Maelstrom Sat 19th - The Banned Its Sun 20th - Savannah Jazz

Tel: 01825 872227

Tel: 01825 872227


Royal Wedding Lunch Saturday 19 May - 11.30am (pre-booking essential) Enjoy a two or three course lunch while watching the ceremony on our 60” screen Two courses £17.95 Three courses £21.50

Bye Bye Baby a celebration of Frankie Valli

Coming soon... An Evening with Burnside - 7 Sept The Snow Queen - 24 Oct Italian Opera Dinner - 26 Oct Booking Office: 01825 769694

Nature Trail Heaven Farm judged one of England’s most beautiful farms Dazzling Wood Anemones and Primroses Now in Bloom Spectacular Bluebells - April to May Come and see the large family of wallabies with their joeys in the magnificent parkland surrounding this ancient farm.

Stable Tea Room

for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon cream teas (10am-5pm)

Fri 2nd Marc Sat 3rd Sat 4th - A ...

Folk & Blues Club alternate Tuesdays. Musicians Folk andbring Blues Club alternate Tuesda your own instruments Musicians bring your own instrumen

Civic Centre Uckfield presents

and The Four Seasons Saturday 23 June - 7.30pm Tickets: £17.50 (no concessions)

Tue 20th Fri 23rd Sat 24th Sun 25th ...

Heaven Farm Shop

supplying locally-sourced products (Every day 9am - 6pm)

Granny’s Ice Cream Parlour at The Granary

Cards, Gifts, Flowers & Plants A275 between Danehill and the Bluebell Railway 01825 790226 / 790888 -


OPEN EVERY DA FREE ENTRY INTO Y FARM NATURE TRAI Adult £5, Child £2 L .50 OAP £4, Family £12

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Money Matters Property and Trading Relief Two new allowances The Chancellor made two new £1,000 tax-free allowances available from 6 April 2017; the trading relief and the property relief. Trading relief The aim of the trading allowance was to give a bit of leeway for people who made a small amount of money, for example by giving private tuition or buying and selling things on platforms such as eBay. In its simplest form, the trading allowance allows for a complete exemption from income tax if total trading and miscellaneous income in the year is less than £1,000. Inaddition,whereasanyonecarryingouttradingactivitieswould normally be required to register as self-employed with HMRC, anyone falling into the trading allowance bracket does not need to register. Of course, as with anything that relates to HMRC, there are some complications and exceptions to be aware of: Individuals who qualify for full exemption will need to monitor their income levels year-on-year - if their trading income goes above £1,000 they will fall back into self-assessment and will need to file a return. The alternative is that where trading income exceeds the £1,000 limit, you can claim what is termed ‘partial relief’. Partial relief allows you to deduct the £1,000 allowance from your total income. Unfortunately, if you do this, you can’t claim any other expenses, just the £1,000. You can decide which approach to take on a yearly basis. Businesses with regular and recurring expenses such as the buying and selling of goods, are likely to be better off claiming actual expenses. Businesses supplying services only, such as a selfemployed tutor, with minimal overheads and costs are likely to find the trading allowance more beneficial unless they have a one off large expense in any year. Of course, there are also some exceptions to the rules. • Youcan’tclaimanyreliefifyourincomecomesfromyouremployer,or your spouse/civil partner’s employer.

• You also can’t claim trading relief if you are a partnership or if you would normally claim rent-a-room relief. • You aren’t eligible for relief if your income comes from a company in which you are involved as a director or shareholder. The first of these is particularly restrictive – any amount of such income would completely prevent you from claiming relief for the whole year. For example, if you are employed and have a part time business selling haircare products, the sale of one product to your employer (or your spouse’s employer) will stop you from claiming the trading allowance, even if you sell lots of products to other unconnected parties. Property relief Property relief applies to both UK and overseas property which can be residential or commercial. As with the trading allowance, the property allowance means that an individual can receive income of up to £1,000 a year without having to pay tax and without registering for self-assessment. You can also claim the same partial relief as with the trading relief. Property relief is not available where rent-a-room relief applies. As a result, the property allowance is most likely to be of benefit for those people who might rent out a spare garage or a holiday home. One added benefit to property allowances though is that unlike rent-a-room relief, if property is jointly held then each person is entitled to the full £1,000 property allowance. As with trading relief, there are exceptions to the relief. • You can’t claim any relief if your property income comes from your employer, or your spouse/civil partner’s employer. • You also can’t claim property relief if you are a partnership. • You aren’t eligible for relief if your income comes from a company in which you are involved as a director or shareholder. It remains to be seen just how useful these reliefs are going to be.

Money Matters is written by Melanie Richardson - Managing Partner Swindells LLP Chartered Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisers Tel: 01825 763366 As individual circumstances vary considerably from person to person, the views expressed in this article are meant only as a general guide, and any specific advice required should be sought from your own professional adviser or by contacting the writer at her place of work. No responsibility for loss resulting to any person acting as a result of any material in the above article can be accepted by the writer or Swindells LLP.


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