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Pets – where would we be without them? They become part of our families, part of the glue that holds us all together, our companions, playmates and loyal friends. My family is most certainly enhanced by our little kitty and I wouldn’t be without her cheeky ways, even if she does leave muddy paw prints all over the house! We take a good look at how to provide the best for them and enjoy a fun and loving relationship together. Turn to page 20 to read the full feature, and help you find your perfect pet pal. Sussex is a pretty eclectic place full of interesting and exciting things to do and see, none more so than lawn mower racing! The British Lawn Mower Racing Association was dreamt up over a pint in a Sussex pub in 1973 and today attracts a dedicated following of competitors and spectators. Lisa de Silva tells the story from page 6. Hopefully the weather will continue to grace us through May as there is loads to get involved with out and about in Sussex. Open gardens welcome us in (page 34-36) and it’s National Walking Month (page10), so make sure you get your trainers at the ready! It’s also time to get all alfresco, break out the BBQ and brush down the garden furniture. Turn to page 46 to get inspired by the gorgeous Australian-style beach house we’ve got featured this month. 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. Wedding bells will be ringing out across the country on May 19th as the Royal Wedding takes place at Windsor Castle. We wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle much happiness together. Enjoy the celebrations everybody!


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It’s race day - a spectacular sight is in front of the crowd who are pumped with adrenalin, the air is thick with competitive tension as the drivers take their place on the starting grid. Get ready. Get set. Mow! Welcome to the entertaining and convivial world of lawn mower racing. With all the spills and thrills of any motorsport, this is grassroots racing in its purest form. In line with many good ideas, the notion of racing lawn mowers was first dreamt up by a group of friends over a drink down the pub back in 1973. “Our founder, Jim Gavin had just come back from an epic rally from London to Sydney and was bemoaning the expense involved in motorsports. As the beer owed, they started thin ing about ways to make it cheaper and easier for people to get involved. Then they looked up and happened to see the ground keeper mowing the local cricket pitch and Jim shouted out, Let’s race em, and that s how the idea first took hold,” explains Peter Hammerton, President of the British Lawn Mower Racing Association (BLMRA).



Shortly after that fateful day in the pub, im organised the first Lawn Mower Grand Prix, which was held on the very field that had inspired the idea. “To be honest, that was the first and last time we ever raced there,” laughs Peter. “We made quite a mess!” Under Jim’s leadership the sport began to ta e off and today, lawn mower racing has spread throughout the UK, Europe and the United States, establishing itself as a professionally-run, competitive and fun pursuit. Described as the “cheapest form of motorsport,” mower racing has remained true to its aim of making motorsport available to more of the population. As a consequence of this, the sport involves no sponsorship, no continued on page 8

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commercialism, no cash prizes and no engine modification. e re really strict about eeping the sport non commercial, eter tells me. e don t have cash pri es, ust trophies which eeps the competition friendly. e re also big on rules and regulations, first and foremost from a safety and originality point of view and secondly,

to eep everyone on a level playing field. The few modifications allowed have to be chec ed by our technical team and all racing mowers still have to function as lawn mowers. That means the racing is all about driver s ill. There are four racing groups Group involves running behind a basic cylinder domestic mower Group

includes roller driven cylinder mowers of the type commonly used to prepare cric et pitches, modified for racing with a towed seat Group is for domestic garden ride on mowers and Group is for wheel driven lawn tractors. In all cases, the machines need to be chec ed by the race committee s technical team to ensure that any modifications comply with the rules. s the popularity of mower racing has grown, new clubs have been established nationwide and the sport is now found all over the country from Susse to the orth of ngland and est ountry. The season runs from ay to ctober and incorporates a number of events including the ritish

We’ve all made friends through racing and there’s even been a few marriages hampionship, ritish Grand ri and one of the first and most famous races, the our ndurance Race, which starts at pm on a summer s evening, finishing at am the following morning, with teams of three drivers. ver the years, celebrities such



as Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, and Guy Martin have all tried their hand at this cult sport, with Murray Walker even commentating. Its popularity has spread to Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, France and Finland, where there’s an annual ice race. In the US, lawn mower racing has just celebrated its 25th anniversary with members of the BLMRA crossing the pond for a celebratory race meeting. Peter took over as president of the BLMRA last year after Jim retired, having first got involved in racing as a mechanic during the first our ndurance Race in . I ve never actually raced a mower myself, but the sport has been my life’s hobby. The social side is fun and everyone’s really friendly. We’ve all made friends through racing and there’s even been a few marriages.” All those involved in the sport are volunteers and as a non profit ma ing organisation, any profits are donated to local charities. Lawn mower racing can often be seen at county shows and steam rallies and if it’s something that you’d like to get involved in, the association welcomes new members. For anyone thin ing about racing themselves, I’d say come along to one of our events, says eter. e re a really friendly bunch and people are more

than happy to chat and offer advice, so have a walk around the pits, watch the racing and decide which racing group you’re interested in. Once you’ve joined the association and have a machine, you’re all set to go.” Even if the actual racing is not for you, there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved as a marshall or lap-keeper and Peter has a special request from any

landowners who may wish to host an event. If anyone out there has a field of around acres that they intend to plough at the end of the year, we’d love to use it as a race venue and any profits generated would be donated to a charity of their choice.” Unconventional and eccentric but lots of fun, it beats mowing the lawn any day.

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walking! Families across Sussex are celebrating the benefits of wal ing this ay as they ta e to their feet for al to School ee ay . al to School ee is organised by Living Streets, the charity for everyday wal ing and ta es place during ational al ing onth each ay. Last year, over , classes too part that s around , children wal ing to school. This year loo s set to be bigger than ever, with parents and carers from across Susse oining families around the to pledge to wal their child to school during al to School ee . perts advise that children are active for at least minutes a day to stay healthy but only one in five year olds achieve this. The ourney to school provides the perfect opportunity for children to achieve part of the recommended daily amount of physical activity before they ve even reached the school gates. hen children wal to school, not only do they reap the physical and mental health benefits of being more active and



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lower than it used to be. generation ago over per cent of primary school children wal ed to school, now it s ust over half. Living Streets will be using this year s al to School ee to try and help families give wal ing a go, with parents and carers who pledge to wal their child to school during al to School ee on the Living Streets website being sent ideas of how to ma e the wal to school safer, easier and more en oyable. The Tuesday of al to School ee is appy Shoesday , with children being encouraged to wear the shoes that ma e them happiest whether that is the brightest, a iest or cra iest shoes they own or by downloading the shoe capes template from the Living Streets website and creating their own designs to put over their school sho. upils, parents and teachers can use appy Shoesday to raise money for Living Streets wal ing pro ects by donating to Living Streets in e change for wearing their happy shoes. oin in the celebration of wal ing by getting involved in al to School ee or if you re not a parent or carer, there are still lots of ways to get involved with ational al ing onth. Living Streets website is full of handy tips to help you start reaping the benefits of wal ing more.

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Alighting at Southease Station, take the track behind platform two and follow it around the corner towards the River Ouse and Southease swing bridge. 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 1880’s 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. eyond the stile is a field of



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…



saplings, planted in lines. Aim diagonally across the field towards the railway, following the tracks towards Newhaven and a temporary stile. 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. 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. 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. 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. The path becomes grassy and firm underfoot as it

nears the int walled age s New Barn. Adjacent to the path is a small memorial and marbled bench. The path ramps uphill for 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. 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 ipside by extremely good mobile phone reception. t 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 use alley as the waves of euphoria justify every single step uphill. Follow the South Downs ay west, along the int 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

The waves of euphoria justify every single step uphill 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 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 straightening. A hairpin bend follows, before the path straightens again, becoming

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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. 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 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! Whilst Les Campbell is recuperating from an accident, Robert Veitch has taken on the role of being Les’ legs. We hope that Les will be back out and walking again soon and wish him all the best with his recovery. Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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)

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the Falklands 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

served a five month post war detachment in the Falkland Islands. His primary responsibility was to oversee Air Transport Operations on the islands. eanwhile his family was living in married quarters at RAF Northolt in Ruislip iddlese . 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

Rob hopes that this book may be an inspiration to other parents working away from home 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 roblunn550@ Book price is £5 with donations going towards Help the Heroes.

Illustrations by Janet Allen

Rob 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 to pursue a ying career as a Navigator in the R F. e ew 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 enfield edical entre. They have two children, Robert and Alexis and three grandchildren. In 1983, working in the RAF, Rob



The most beautiful

Whilst it may seem a little unusual to host an open day at a burial ground, Clayton Wood want to demystify and dispel any myths about natural burial and give visitors the opportunity to ask questions, talk to the team and fulfil their curiosity. They hope that the informal open day is an opportunity for the local community to come along and celebrate the year birthday, to view the beautiful grounds, find out more about natural burial and meet the Clayton ood team. The open day on Saturday 9th June from am pm, will give visitors an interesting and reassuring insight into natural burial. Colleagues from The ereavement entre, which offers free bereavement counselling and hosts support and friendship groups, will also be available on the day to meet informally over coffee and ca e. isitors can also learn about the wildlife and conversation wor at the grounds with walk and talk tours hosted by the ildlife Trust. On the day there will also be oristry demonstrations and advice on native plants that can


be planted at the site, examples of biodegradable coffins and natural memorial options from local suppliers. hen I recently visited Clayton Wood, immediately on entering the grounds I noticed a tangible tran uillity, the spectacular uninterrupted views of the South Downs and famous landmar s, the ac and ill windmills, perched in the distance. Spring and summer transform the areas into beautiful wooded gardens where people can sit and have a picnic with their loved ones and their precious memories. own paths wind through glades and meadows punctuated by around native species trees which are already home to birds and wildlife. There is a supportive community springing up alongside the trees; every last Thursday of the month, layton ood hosts a bereavement coffee morning from noon where people can visit a member of the team and socialise together in an informal setting.

eople who choose layton ood as a resting place for their loved ones have a wonderful e perience to remember one lady commented how, I was overwhelmed by the sensitivity and indness shown to me... having to cope on my own, they literally ‘held my hand’ throughout. This sense of being included as part of the community is palpable here; Clayton Wood support inston s ish, a charity for bereaved children and create events to raise money for this valuable cause. Whether dealing with a present bereavement or planning for a future resting place, this e tra special burial ground is one of a kind, bursting with life in leaf and birdsong with a view to cherish forever.

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As Sayers Common Community Shop celebrates its fourth anniversary, Bob Sampson tells us more about the shop that is helping to rebuild community spirit For most small villages the local shop is a vital lifeline and for some people, especially those without transport, it is an important connection with the world beyond their front door. It is a meeting place and an important lynchpin of village life. Sayers Common lost its previous shop over 14 years ago. Before that it lost its school, its post office and much of the community spirit that existed in the village. Whilst we cannot go back in time, people in the village believed they did not have to accept the situation. Much of the appeal of living in a village rests on its sense of community. Those responsible for the creation of a community shop believed it would go a long way towards recreating a community spirit. It would also help provide some of the conveniences needed to ease the stresses of today’s hectic lifestyles. This has certainly been the case. The Community Shop’s success comes from selling a wide range of everyday foodstuffs, fruit and



vegetables, fresh meat and sausages. A big attraction is the range of freshly made sandwiches, made daily on the premises, and barista-style take-away coffees made from freshly ground, Fair Trade, coffee beans served in recyclable paper cups. As well as newspapers and soft drinks there is a selection of local and national brand beers, local and international wines to suit every pocket and taste. The be-all and end-all of the shop is to help the community and to this end any surplus profits, after running costs and contingency funds for equipment replacement, are distributed to the community in the form of grants. We have helped get a Defibrillator outside the Village Hall and made grants to local groups including: The Woodland Flora & Fauna Group, Sayers Common Boules Club, Hurstpierpoint Scout Group, Retired Greyhound Trust, and supported a local resident travelling to Sierra Leone to work with Street Children Charity. Organisations wanting to be considered for a

grant should contact the shop for an application form. The Sayers Common Community Shop is owned by the community and mainly staffed by volunteers for the benefit of the community. It was opened in April 2014 It has now been running for four years and is going from strength to strength. Because of this, there is always a need for more volunteers. You don’t have to live in Sayers Common to volunteer, people from Albourne, Twineham and Hurstpierpoint are helping the shop, and the overwhelming feedback from them is that it is a really enjoyable experience – this is borne out by the fact that many of our volunteers have been with us since day one. Not all volunteers work behind the counter. There are jobs that need doing behind the scenes. If you have an hour or two to spare and would like to join the happy band that give their time to this valuable community asset, pop into the shop. Find us at London Road, Sayers Common, Hassocks BN6 9HX, www.

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It’s a Dog’s Life By 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 Talking of old and new, at least I’ve got an extra set of paws to help with the springtime 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. Whilst we are talking about the outdoors, an old/



new replacement that hasn’t gone down very well with me, is the fence around the vegetable garden. hen 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

things that appear new, which are actually old. Take the barbeque; it appears, during the first warm, sunny wee end of the year, gleaming and full of promise, but it is in fact a hardly perennial, that over-winters in the shed. nd 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. nd 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 If 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 wor hopefully you will receive a lot of love and affection bac . ets 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. hildren

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can find a best friend and a loyal playmate in a pet, and the physical benefits of e ercising with your pet are numerous. From a vigorous horse ride, a refreshing dog wal , 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. It has even been suggested that owning pets increases o ytocin levels, which has been associated with many health benefits. owever, pet ownership is not a responsibility to be ta en lightly. efore you decide on an animal companion it s essential to loo deeply into your own

motivations and thin about the long term commitment, including the financial one, to the animal s welfare. The et dvertising dvisory Group G offers e cellent advice on pet welfare. s defined under the nimal elfare ct , all owners must provide for the five welfare needs of their pets. The first is a suitable living environment this is often the most overloo ed re uirement 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 uiet space if it needs Is there a garden for a continued on page 22


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cat or dog to e plore nimals confined to indoors when their natural instinct is to roam can develop destructive behaviours to cope with being contained within four walls. 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 ta e a close loo at your own home, you can consider whether the kind of animal you’d like would thrive there or if 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 eep 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

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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 e ample, 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. Small pets should be kept with at least one friend of the same species. Care needs to be taken in introducing new individuals gradually. continued on page 24


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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 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. Cats need to be protected against cat u, enteritus and feline leu aemia while dogs require vaccinations against distemper, ennel cough, parvo, hepatitis and leptospirosis. Rabbits need protection too, namely from myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease. If something unexpected does unfortunately happen to your pet, it is advisable to be covered. Half of all pet owners have had to ma e 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 in ury while the latter ma es routine treatments more affordable. Routine procedures include ea and worm treatments, annual vaccinations and regular health chec s. health plan will ensure that vaccinations are ept up to date and booster abs are given to top up the immunity. n annual health chec is given to nip potential problems in the bud and provide treatment before anything gets worse. Diet and weight consultations are part of a health plan; a tailor-made diet will ensure weight is ept healthy and advice can be given on the correct foods and exercise. Over 80% of vets have seen a rise in pet obesity in the last two years and the health ris s are serious for the pets involved. Overweight cats are three times more li ely to suffer from diabetes and this is due to owners feeding treats and larger portions than is necessary. 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 tuc s 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. eterinary charity DS provides a useful guide to help owners body condition score their own pets with photos and information, although

Animals can have surprisingly sensitive hearing and loud or constant noise can be upsetting to some creatures it may also be a good idea to tal to your vet or nurse about the specific feeding needs of your animal. Rabbits, for e ample, should not be fed rabbit muesli style foods as this is lin ed to dental and digestive disorders. Instead, let them en oy 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 ma e sure they are in small, measured rations. Small animals li e guinea pigs, rabbits and rats need to exercise in a permanent, si eable run on grass to provide the opportunity to dig, climb, explore and run about if they are to

avoid becoming overweight. ost 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. n older dog for instance may need urine analysis and extra nurse examinations and annual blood screening while a kitten may need neutering, a microchip, a first vaccination course and three months worth of ea and worm treatment. Food health plans are also available for pets which include a recommended diet and a nurse weight check every six months. fter 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

Pets need to be vaccinated usually once a year although this varies according to breed, age, travel habits and lifestyle 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. Re-homing an abandoned pet is a two way relationship, beneficial to both animal and owner and there is no shortage of suitable animals to match you and your home environment. Pets from reputable rescue centres will be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and come with advice, support and encouragement. There are of course other places to find your new pet pal, from family and friends to reputable and responsible breeders. G have provided this advice to help you make the right choice: “If buying a pet be sure to follow G s advice, including doing your research and finding a breeder interested in the welfare of the animal they have bred. good breeder will as 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. efore 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 well-deserved love of a happy pet. SUSSEX LIVING May 2018




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Send us all your news and events for the local Mid Sussex, Lewes and Worthing community, then read about them here. A Charmed Life at Cuckfield Museum Following a slight re-organisation of our display cases, we have started a collection of small personal keepsakes and curios treasured by their owners for bringing good luck or, in some cases, warding off evil. any sayings, superstitions and symbols are familiar fingers crossed, four leaved clover, lucky horseshoes and pennies, black cats, white rabbits, touch wood, thumbs up, white heather sprigs etc. and our display has references to all of these but there are of course very many more. ost of the items already loaned by local residents have been passed down through families and have immense sentimental value. They include a 17thC witch bottle bellarmine, Victorian Christmas pudding dolls and coins, a silver WWI Fums p figure on its original

card, blue glass beads, a muchtravelled worry doll, bees in a bag, a dashboard St. hristopher, a very odd ceramic Scottie dog in a bath, vintage good luck cards and a solar-powered black kitten waving good fortune to whoever it faces. If you have a small item that you feel has been a lucky mascot in some way and would maybe be prepared to lend it to the museum over the summer, do let us now. e d love to see it and hear its story.

Hurst Films n Thursday ay is the Finnish comedy, The ther Side of ope . This is a very funny, straight-faced comedy directed by a master of deadpan humour. Syrian asylum see er escapes from a Finnish detention centre and forms an unlikely friendship with an elderly restaurant owner.

T Live are broadcasting the new adaptation of acbeth on Thursday ay, with Rory innear and nne arie Duffy in the central roles. n Sunday ay we are screening Film Stars Don t Die in Liverpool . nnette ening stars in this endearing retelling of the stranger than fiction, but true, story about a struggling young actor and the scar winning film star, Gloria Grahame We close our Spring season on Friday ay with the scintillating comedy The arty , starring ristin Scott Thomas, atricia lar son and illian urphy. anet hosts an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her high profile political appointment. After her acerbic best friend and others arrive, some with dramatic news to share, an announcement by anet s husband provo es a series of revelations. Further info on all films and

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Ditchling Film Society n Thursday, ay our film will be nited ingdom which tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Kharma, the ing of echuanaland modern otswana and Ruth illiams, the London office wor er he married in in the face of fierce opposition from their families as well as the ritish and South frican governments. Seret e played by David yelowo and Ruth played by Rosamund i e defied family, Apartheid and Empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle ung in their path and in so doing, they transformed their nation and inspired the world. yelowo and i e give beguiling performances as the two leading characters and the film cleverly avoids being slushy.

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A remarkable, true story told with terrific warmth, idealism, style and wit. Director mma sante, 2016, 111 mins, 12A Cert The film will be shown in Ditchling illage all and starts at 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free par ing behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5.00 payable at the door.

Bedelands Bimble & BBQ Stuc for something to do on ay an oliday ee end Join us on Saturday 5th May for a fun filled day at edelands Nature Reserve. Families are invited to come along for a woodland wal with activities and prizes to be won. This event is to promote the beauty of our Nature Reserve and all that it offers. e will also be organising a litter pic through the day with a prize for the most litter collected fterwards, why not oin us for a free courtesy of the urgess ill aywards

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Jonathan Veira in East Grinstead onathan eira, renowned Bass Baritone, returns to the Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead after a year absence on Saturday ay . e will be launching his Songs of Freedom one-man tour at the Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead at 7.30 pm with all proceeds going to the Prison Fellowship. onathan, who can sing in seven languages, is that rare thing an accomplished opera singer who has made the crossover into popular music and still retained his credibility. Thoroughly adept on eyboard and guitar and sounding completely at home in a range of styles and sounds. In between

each song, this Guildford based husband and father uic ly wins the hearts of his audience with his convivial, down to earth personality. Totally relaxed, onathan recounts unli ely anecdotes from his personal and professional life, mi ing them with such a constant stream of humour that it s easy to imagine him earning his living as a full time stand up comedian. hy not have an evening of song, good humour and help the Prison Fellowship with their work in prisons and with ex-prisoners across the Tic ets for the ay , rison Fellowship benefit concert, are available online vtour at each or from alerie aynard telephone 07846 201277.

ME/CFS Awareness Conference in Burgess Hill reMEmber, the Sussex-based charity for people who have hronic Fatigue Syndrome will hold its FS wareness onference in urgess ill. anice ent, the Director of reMEmber says, “reMEmber

holds the Queen’s Award for oluntary Service which shows how highly our wor is valued. This year we are calling on doctors, rehabilitation teams, healthcare professionals and, of course, patients and carers to come along to our onference and tell us what FS patients need so that we can press the health and welfare services for improvements. The onference will ta e place in the Sheldra e Suite at artlets all on Saturday th ay starting at pm. There will be two key speakers; Dr Amolak ansal, consultant immunologist and edical dviser to reMEmber, and Dr Charles Shepherd, edical dviser to the ational ssociation. ecause the event will be so popular reMEmber advises people to get tic ets early. Tic ets are each including light refreshments. ou can buy them online through ventbrite by going to our website www. , or send a che ue and a stamped addressed envelope to reMEmber, PO o , assoc s, est Sussex, BN6 9GQ. For further


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Wivelsfield Little Theatre Spring Production The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan. This lyrical, absorbing play, premiered by the RSC, is set in Accrington during 191416. The ‘Pals’ are the men from the local volunteer battalion who march high spiritedly off to the Great War with their experiences in the trenches contrasted with those of the women left behind. At times funny, at times sad, it paints a moving and powerful picture of the changes in civilian life during wartime. Curtain up at 7.30pm on May 17th, 18th and 19th at ivelsfield illage all, astern Road, ivelsfield Green R G. o ffice . Tickets £9.

Show Your Brain Some Love From 14th to 20th May The Disabilities Trust are celebrating their annual campaign ‘Show Your Brain Some Love’. The week aims to have fun while spreading the word on how to keep your brain healthy, as well as raise awareness of the support the team at the Trust offer to individuals with acquired brain injury. This year they want to hear what you do to keep your brain healthy. So, if you, or someone you know, is a budding vlogger why not create a short video showing what you do to keep your brain healthy? Share on Facebook or Twitter using the #FromMyBrainToYours and tag The Disabilities Trust on Twitter @theDTgroup and on Facebook @DisabilitiesTrust. Find full details on the campaign at showyourbrainsomelove.

The Shinewater Collective The Shinewater Collective is a group of creative service users from Shinewater Court Centre in Eastbourne, a residential purpose-built centre providing accommodation and support for adults with complex physical disabilities. It forms part of the nationwide network of support services provided by The



Disabilities Trust. They meet on Monday mornings with artists from Compass Community Arts, an Eastbourne-based charity that works to provide high-quality creative projects to enrich lives and local culture. The artists have been focused on developing their methods, styles and techniques in painting. The Collective will be exhibiting in Shinewater Court on 14 June 2018. As well as being creative with art, the people at Shinewater Court are also able to use the assistive communications technology provided at the onnect bility ub , which was opened last October. The ub is also open, free of charge, to the disabled people in the local community; giving them a chance to trial equipment that will enable, or make it easier for them to shop, bank and communicate with family and friends, all of which enhance their independence. To make a booking to visit the onnect bility ub at Shinewater Court, please call Anita on 01323 769196. A booking can be made by an individual, family member, carer or professional via the phone or the referral form at www.

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Ringing Remembers 1918-2018 ave you ever thought how special the sound of church bells is to your local community? It is thought that 1,400 bellringers from this country lost their lives during the First World War. To honour their memory, the ‘Ringing Remembers’ campaign is hoping to recruit the same number of new ringers, with a view to their being part of the ringing on the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November 2018. Ringers come from all ages, and although some are churchgoers, many are not. Ringing is a physical activity, and once bell control is mastered, methods can be rung, when the order of the bells alters, making it a mental activity too. Why not visit the campaigns website at or the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers at to find your local tower and then pop in and see them. You’ll be made most welcome.



Philip Downer, Managing Director of Calliope Gifts, explains why shoppers on the lookout for that something special in Haywards Heath can find all the inspiration they need in this wonderfully eclectic shop Based in the town’s Orchards Shopping Centre, the eclectic emporium purveys an interesting and attractive selection of gifts, cards, books and homewares for the discerning shopper. “Our aim was to create a small shop where you’d be able to find a gift for anybody, says Managing Director Philip Downer. “All of our ranges of gifts, homewares, fashion accessories, books and toys mean that we can offer a gift for everyone – family, friends, children and work colleagues. Wherever there’s a need for a gift, we can fill it. Philip and business partner Andy Adamson have a lifetime of retail experience, and they own two other Calliope shops in Dorking, Surrey and Alton, Hampshire. Five years ago, they decided that there was an opportunity

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With extra services such as gift-wrapping, loyalty cards and gift vouchers on offer, this really is the shop that keeps on giving to bring greetings cards and gifts together. “We have an enormous range of about 5,000 greetings cards for every occasion, which is probably the biggest range that you ll find in town, he explains. “Greetings cards are very important to us and remain incredibly popular. Once customers have chosen a card, they can select an appropriate gift to go with it – and we’re happy to wrap gifts free of charge too. With additional items dedicated to children, as well as a series of ‘his and hers’ products to choose from, there’s something to suit all ages at this familyfriendly outlet. And in spite of increasing internet sales, Philip believes that there’s still a market for a more tangible and

organic shopping experience. “We’re also online, at www.calliopegifts., which we’re rebuilding and relaunching as a fully responsive site this summer, e plains hilip, but for the full Calliope experience, customers should come along to the Orchards and meet Mel, Tracey, Charlotte and the team in person, and we ll help you find an ideal gift. “We have a host of wonderful brands like Sophie Allport homewares, Estella Bartlett jewellery and accessories, Orange Tree toys and Kikkerland novelties – we deal with over 100 suppliers, and offer a sense of discovery in our shops – the sort of serendipity that s hard to replicate online. Indeed, it’s up to Philip and his team to direct their customers towards

that dream purchase. Calliope also stocks a wide range of their own craftsman-made candles and reed diffusers. hilip e plains, our manufacturers in the Cotswolds use fine uality oils combined with the all-natural plant wax material, and we typically carry around different scents. We’re always on the lookout for new brands, new suppliers and new ideas – we’ve always got something fresh and different to offer. nd with e tra services such as gift-wrapping, loyalty cards and gift vouchers on offer, this really is the shop that keeps on giving. Finally, excitedly, Philip announced, “we have been shortlisted for a national award, The Greats Awards recognise giftshops and gift retailers around the country, and we have been nominated for Best Giftshop in the Southern Counties award. Fingers crossed – we won a Best Newcomer award a few years back, and it would be great to balance that on the mantelpiece with an award for an established shop

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Just 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 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 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



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

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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

Even at his size, the male is still capable of bringing down birds large as a thrush

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.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to create something amazing with those owers you get handed to you when hosting a dinner party or when family and friends visit ou now the ones the bunches of tulips or roses which in my case sometimes get left in their cellophane overnight until the ne t day, when they finally get plon ed in a vase. ave you always wanted to be one of those people who artfully pluc s some green foliage from the garden and mi es it with any number of stems out there to make something stunning With the popularity of lifestyle blogs and beautifully curated content on social media, where owers feature heavily seems you aren t alone. This is where Lindfield Flower lub comes in Founded in 1958 and dedicated to promoting the art of ower arranging, it s now one of Lindfield s most popular regular gatherings and continues to go from strength to strength with a blossoming membership. It welcomes people of all ages, genders and bac grounds with the aim of educating and inspiring them in aspects of the world of all things oral. Says their hair endy, we always have so much fun here at the club and we are a really friendly and sociable bunch New members and their friends are always welcomed with open arms. In fact, this it seems, is a ey part of their success. s endy e plains, new people joining brings fresh ideas and as a club we are constantly loo ing at ways to evolve, so we can continue to offer our members the latest innovative and up to date demonstrations and tal s. The club meetings ta e place monthly and






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gardener can do their bit for bees. Springtime weather is notoriously fic le. any bees perish due to cold conditions and lac of food. arly owering, pollen rich plants can ma e all the difference to their survival. Snowdrops and aconites are usually first to ower with hellebores, daffodils and crocus in hot pursuit. Shrubs such as camellias, viburnums, winter honeysuc le and mahonias will be eagerly sought out by hungry bees and if you have room for a small tree such as a ha el or ornamental cherry, so much the better. crab apple will produce clouds of blossom as well as attractive autumn fruits for birds to en oy. erbs such as lavender, thyme, borage and oregano are particularly pollen rich. uddleias, fo gloves, alliums and lupins will provide food in early summer, while sedums, cone owers and verbenas e tend the larder into autumn. any annual owers are favoured by pollinating insects. s the name suggests, annuals are plants that

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OPEN-PLAN SPACE Louise has created three distinct areas in the open-plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room area that runs across the back of the house OLD & NEW Louise has softened her modern kitchen, with its porcelain floor tiles, by choosing printed fabric curtains and old pieces of free-standing furniture 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. riginal 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 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 continued on page 60 SUSSEX LIVING May 2018


ECLECTIC MIX The dressing table in Sophie’s bedroom, a charity shop find, fits perfectly with the wallpaper

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

Original plans for two bedrooms became three when Louise and Ian found out they were going to have a second child areas ow into each other. lthough 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 ure a about the house now it s finished, says Louise. s in, ure a we ve finally found what we were loo ing for.



SOPHIE’S BEDROOM Sophie’s bedroom on the first floor is a carnival of bright wallpaper, polka dot blinds and furniture that Louise has up-cycled with fabrics and paint – all set against a soothing backdrop of pinks and blues

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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. e put tarp over it every night and prayed to the weather gods, says Louise. Luc ily the weather held for nearly three weeks.” hen Ian had finished wor on what Louise called the base , she could get started on what she does best interior design. trained orist with a een eye for colour, Louise often chooses clashing colours and then ties them together in a scheme that includes vintage oral prints and pieces of furniture that she finds in charity shops and brings bac to life with swatches of fabric or wallpaper. Ian li es contemporary beach style, she e plains. I li e retro, vintage and really big oral prints. This house is a mi of the two, but it seems to wor . hoosing neutral creams and grey blues for walls and ooring means that all the different living

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Crab&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

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Visiting The Cat Inn is one of life’s little joys, whether it’s on the spur of the moment, or booked in advance. It’s a 16th century pub at the hub of West Hoathly, under the enthusiastic stewardship of Andrew Russell since 2010. The warm welcome begins at the bar, as eagle eyed attentive staff, make diners feel at home straight away. Our sense of anticipation increased as we were shown to our table and offered a bowl of curry popcorn while we browsed the menu. Curry popcorn might seem strange, but it’s a clever snack; a light hit of curry, preceding the natural avour of popcorn. Every Cat dish is cooked to order, yet our starters arrived in under ten minutes. My friend Joe opted for salt and pepper squid, which he revelled in. “Succulent and deliciously tasty, with a little kick from the sweet chilli sauce,” was his description. I chose ham hock nuggets which were delightful; tender and meaty, complemented by a deliciously tangy, piccalilli ketchup. The ingredients at The

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of philosopher and revolutionary Thomas Paine. “We are the oldest county archaeological society in the country,” e plains mar eting officer Debbie Matthews, when we meet on the atmospheric first oor of ull ouse. “Over the years we’ve gradually grown, and now we open six properties to visitors and an active membership scheme.” Since it first too on the tenancy of Lewes Castle in 1850, the Society


SUSSEX PAST 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



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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

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. 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. finds liaison officer helps members of the public to identify and record chance archaeological discoveries, while research officer heads up e cavations. With no government funding, the Society is heavily reliant on visitors, members and fundraising. In return, it runs a packed programme of membersonly 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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In 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

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Ruth’s garden was her life. Dahlias. Peonies. Fuchsias. Sweet peas. Friends said her garden was a rainbow. So we helped her family to decorate the church with flowers from Ruth’s own garden. The church looked particularly colourful that day. And afterwards, everyone took a flower home.

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BOOK REVIEWS Elizabeth Kay offers Sussex Living readers her thoughts on recent reads that have caught her attention. She gives her views on a selection of books from different genres which may capture your interest

The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

Although the basic premise is a bit farfetched – Yasmin, an astro-physicist, travels to northern Canada with her ten-year-old daughter, Ruby, to find husband att 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. 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. The underlying mystery about att s disappearance is lin ed to fracking, and there is an environmental undercurrent throughout the boo . It s tense, it s dramatic, it s different. nd I had no idea how it was going to end.



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The Dry by Jane Harper This book relies on secrets that the protagonist knows, and the reader doesn t. It ma es a nice change to have a pleasant character at the centre; most detectives these days have relationship issues, psychological problems or dark pasts. The story revolves around a multiple shooting that loo s at first glance like two murders followed by a suicide. The apparent perpetrator was Aaron’s childhood friend, Luke. There are conse uently a lot of ashbac s 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 bla ing sun is something I hadn t properly imagined before, but it also makes one aspect of the ending no surprise at all. 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.

The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell I first read this reissued book in the nineteen sixties and was captivated by the description of the Australian outback. 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. When he encounters another palomino, domesticated and held captive (in his view) he rescues her and becomes even more of a target. The writing is above average, and very educational about the ora and fauna of the region. I think this is a must for horse-mad kids.

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Hooray for Handcross Handcross has managed to retain its village atmosphere and there is a lively, close knit community which hosts a surprising number of clubs, societies and events for its size. The Petanque Club for Mid Sussex is based in Handcross and promotes itself as “an exceptionally friendly club,” which actively welcomes members who are new to the game, also known as boules. It’s an enjoyable competitive game which can be played by all ages and abilities, and the club caters for those who want to play for fun and those who love the thrill of competition. There’s a strong social element to the club, which meets for informal games every Sunday



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and Wednesday and those who want to progress to league matches or even national events can find support to do so. Handcross Bowls Club also welcomes new members who can practice daily

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Handcross is the largest of the four villages that consist of Slaugham Parish and its position within a stone’s throw of the A23 make it ideally placed for commuters to London and Brighton. Ruth Lawrence finds out more

throughout the summer and take part in home and away matches at the weekend. If football’s more your game, the village has two teams that play in the Mid Sussex League and weekend matches take place at the recreation ground with training on a Wednesday and Thursday evening. Gardeners who want to grow their own can take on a council run allotment in the village; renting a plot can be an e cellent way to eep fit, make new friends and of course bring home plenty of the fruits of your labours. Older members of the community are particularly well catered for in the village; the Handcross Rosemary Club is a friendship group who meet on the third Wednesday every month for tea, sandwiches and entertainment with two outings a year and a Christmas party. The Spotlight/Dorcas Group is a formal service for the more mature members of the Parish, combined with the ladies who produce knitted and crocheted goods for homeless people and those in need. The group supports charities including St Catherine’s Hospice and Faith in Action. The charmingly named Handcross Mustard Seed Group is a Parish ministry for mature friends in the four villages who meet in All Saint’s Church in Handcross. They aim to provide at least two lunches and a Christmas meal for each member between September and April in warm, comfortable surroundings. There is also a Handcross Ladies Association that meet regularly. Young people have their own youth continued on page 76

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club with games, crafts and activities and Amigos is a childrens club who offer games, sport, craft, worship and activities on onday afternoons. elp at and is a voluntary group who organise transport for those with no other means of ma ing essential trips such as hospital appointments and visiting relatives and volunteer drivers are always needed for this service. Local history enthusiasts will enjoy the comprehensive archive of over , photographs collected from the village they weave a tapestry of village life from

Local history enthusiasts will enjoy the comprehensive archive of over 1200 photographs collected from the village

the th and th century. rowsing them provides a wonderful glimpse of the days before cars and the great changes brought about by two world wars. In one photo, dated , a fully laden stagecoach is about to hitch up its leading horse to assist with the long haul up andcross ill and another scene in shows a collection of villagers awaiting a wedding carriage. In a single car travels down the High Street, passengers being driven by a man in a cap, most li ely the family chauffeur. There s a photo of the igh Street

decked in bunting for the coronation of ing George I in and numerous fascinating pictures of individuals at village fairs, shows and sports days. Handcross may have changed over the centuries but it still retains its community based village intimacy and offers a welcoming social hub for residents and newcomers alike. Facebook/Handcross Ladies’ Association

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Multiple Sclerosis This month Dr Rees gives us a greater understanding of Multiple Sclerosis, the most common neurological disease causing disability in young people

Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is the most common neurological disease causing disability in young people. The UK incidence is about 1:1000 and is slightly more common in Scotland, it is more common in women than men, clearly runs in families and typically starts between the ages of 20 and 30. The precise cause is unknown but there is a very strong auto immune basis. It is more common further away from the equator and there is a very definite genetic in uence general incidence 1:1000 but 1:3 in identical twins). It is part of a group of disorders called demyelinating diseases where the primary event is a breakdown of the fatty, insulating covering of nerves in the brain and spinal cord known as myelin. This seems to be due to the body’s immune system inappropriately attacking the myelin causing demyelination. The patient is only aware of this when they notice that vision, sensation, balance, muscle strength or bladder control is affected, and these symptoms relate to where the demyelination has occurred in the nervous system. Attacks or relapses as they are called , tend to develop gradually over a few days, last for a few weeks or occasionally longer and then recover, although some are left with some residual disability. Many patients notice that they become temporarily worse if they exercise, develop an acute illness or are exposed to increased temperature e.g. a hot bath.

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The commonest form of MS is called Relapse/ Remitting MS. This means that patients have intermittent attacks between which they may be perfectly normal or stable, if they already have a disability from previous attacks. After many years relapses cease and a gradually progressive form takes over. The next commonest is Primary Progressive disease where the patient gradually becomes a little worse over years, typically with regard to walking. There is a very small group with Benign MS, with little if any progression, over many decades. Most patients can continue work or home life. Life expectancy overall is only a few years less than the general population, but most patients develop some disability varying from mild to severe. Only about 30% of patients need a wheelchair.

Effective treatment for MS is relatively recent and employs drugs that modify the body’s immune system

Before the advent of Magnetic Resonance R scanning, diagnosis was largely on a clinical basis, now it is a combination of the clinical picture and particular MR abnormalities. ffective treatment for S is relatively recent and employs drugs that modify the body’s immune system. They are new, expensive and require detailed supervision since there are many, sometimes serious side effects. However, these drugs are very effective and can reduce relapse rates by 30-50 % and recently for the first time, one of these drugs has been shown to halt deterioration in the progressive form. The recent success with stem cell transplant is very exciting but more research is required. Other drugs help with stiffness of muscles spasticity , bladder and other symptoms that may be troublesome. Physio and occupational therapy are frequently a major part of treatment. Neurological departments have consultants with special expertise in MS to supervise patients, especially those who are on the immune modifying drugs. They are supported by a team of specialist MS nurses who are trained to deal with the practicalities of drug management and any other problems that may arise. The national MS Society and its local branches are a beacon for MS patients for their various needs and a major contributor to the extensive research programme into the disease.

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Alzheimer’s Society in Sussex is calling for everyone to unite and take action to make a difference this Dementia Action Week (2127 May). No action is too big or small and, in Sussex, there are a whole host of activities taking place throughout the week From becoming a Dementia Friend to spreading the word of dementia, Susse residents can find out more about dementia and take action. Alan Rumary from Alzheimer’s Society’s Horsham Rusty Brains – a group of people living well with dementia, explained why it is important to take action this Dementia Action Week. He explains, “raising awareness of dementia and being able to take action is really important. It is action we need. It is help, and support.



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Turning awareness into action will ma e a difference to people living with dementia and, hopefully, make it better. People can come together and make a positive impact in our communities. Everyone with dementia is different and everyone has different experiences. Taking the time for people to understand that can make all the difference. There will be two Living Well days in Crawley and Worthing, where people can try out different sports. argaret

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This year’s Dementia Action Week theme is community change and we want to see a big impact in Sussex. People with dementia and carers have shared actions with us that will make a difference helping them to feel included in their communities and able to live the lives they want. For free awareness or fundraising materials, visit DementiaActionWeek


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During Dementia Action Week, which runs from 21 – 27 May, Burgess Hill Dementia Friendly Town Committee is co-ordinating a range of free events to raise awareness of dementia and the support available locally, and we are delighted to announce that udy arfitt is opening our Burgess Hill Action Week Dementia Conference on 24th May. Wednesday 23 May - St Augustinian Care Home on Ditchling Common is holding a coffee morning and showing the film live Inside. For those who require transport, minibuses will pick up outside SpecSavers in Church Road at 9.45am, 10.15am and 10.45am. Thursday 24 May - Open Morning with dementia support and advice services and a presentation from The Virtual Dementia Tour, at Martlets Hall, from 10am - 2pm. Friday 25 May - Talented musician Mrs Rosalie Birchmore will play Memorable Music at the Salvation Army Hall in Cyprus Road, at 10.30am. Refreshments provided. Burgess Hill Radio will hold dementia advice sessions, memorabilia displays and music during the week. Just drop in. These events are sponsored by continued on page 85

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Live Well Worthing Day - Wednesday 16 May, 12 to 4pm at Worthing Leisure Centre. Free taster sessions for people over the age of 50 include yoga, Pilates, walking football and table tennis, plus free health checks including an opportunity to meet representatives from NHS audiology. Garden Party and Cream Tea – Sunday 20 May, 2 to 4pm, at Warnham Park, near Horsham. There will be live music from Tideway Folk Group, a museum tour, ba e off and lawn games. Dementia Awareness Drop-in – Monday 21 May, 10.30am to 1pm, at Horsham Library. Find out more about dementia and the support available

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Run for Charity Chailey 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. Each 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. s 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

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face painters, a bouncy castle, hot food and refreshments. ll monies raised from the run will go towards Chailey Heritage Foundation s D.R. . . . entre ppeal to build a state of 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. . . . entre will be fully realised and is encouraging those who would like to donate to visit www. Chailey Heritage Foundation is

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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

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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 ow. All good!


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game of tennis, the lower body is used for running, stopping and starting as well as jumping and crouching. Then you have the action of hitting the ball either single or double handed which means your core and torso does a lot of work, as well as your shoulders and upper back.


When you play a game of tennis, you are almost constantly on the move, which means it’s a great way of burning calories reportedly between calories an hour in a singles game!).


Regular exercise increases peak bone mass and tennis is no exception. After the age of thirty we experience a natural decline in our bone

density but this can be slowed through regular exercise. Tennis is a great weight-bearing exercise proven to build stronger bones.


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 e ibility and coordination.


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! any 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!

CAUTION: If you have any long-standing health concerns, always consult your GP if you’re starting a new exercise.

Official 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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WORK A PONYTAIL It might be your go-to ‘do for a spin class and lazy Sunday mornings, but this year the humble ponytail is set to get a high fashion makeover. With dozens of different ta es on the trend seen across the Spring catwalks, there’s something to suit almost anyone. Here’s our pick of the best new styles.

HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? 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 bac 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 thinfaced ladies. STYLE EXPLOSION Another key catwalk trend this season

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is 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 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 ero effort, scraped bac 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

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WETLOOK LOCKS Whether worn in a ponytail, slicked down over the ears or messily windblown, 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 fi 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 skip it? It’s trickier to coax thick or Afro hair into this style. Try straightening it first for an on-trend look.

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In the Swim From crocheted bikinis to tassels and ties, swimwear this season is gloriously girly

You don’t have to be a catwalk model to work summer’s swimwear trends. Forget last year’s garish colours and eye popping orals the key styles of 2018 are wondrously wearable. We’ve picked out the styles that should be making their way into your holiday wardrobe. Cute crochet: The catwalk at Miami Swim Week revolved around crochet. Think crocheted cream bikinis and tankinis with crochet details. Brighter, Aztec-style crochet patterns are making a comeback as well. High-cut legs: If you’re

not adverse to showing off a bit of hip, embrace the new trend for 90s-style highcut one pieces. For added impact channel the look by keeping it monochrome. Strappy style: The more straps your swimwear has this season, the better. Monokinis are in, with top linked to bottom by a labyrinth of delicate straps. High-cut one pieces featuring straps over the hips also made an appearance this season. Shine and shimmer: At the other end of the spectrum from the sporty look is a playful trend for glamour. Thin ond girl gold one pieces with a subtle shimmer, bikinis adorned with tiny sequins and blingy adornments. A question of sport: If you actually plan to swim in your swimwear (gasp) then you re in luc the trend for sporty styles shows no signs of abating. Work activewear chic with surfer bikinis, zip-up bralettes and funky tank tops.

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Garden Photography Workshop: Spring Photography with your DSLR Nymans, Staplefield Road, Handcross RH17 6EB Capture the garden in spring on a photography workshop. Some experience of using a digital SLR camera useful. Booking essential. £20 plus normal garden admission. Call 01444 405250 to book www. Tuesday 01 May, 10:00–12:00

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Forest Row Parish Council

Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home coo ed meal delivered. Soup , ain eal . , Dessert . The cost to deliver a meal is p per day. Contact: Sara Smart Wednesday 02 May, 13:45 for 14:00-16:30

Burgess Hill Flower Club Demonstration by Lucinda Knapman

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN onthly offee orning with Trevor Weeks of the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and mbulance Service. ew members welcome. £1.50 including ra e tic et.

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Demonstration, members competition, refreshments, ower ra e and sales table. isitors . , first visit free with Susse Living Magazine. Contact: Judith Alexander 01444 871886

Tuesday 01 May, 10:15-11:45

Wednesday 02 May, 19:15-19:30

Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning

NHS Retirement Fellowship (Mid Sussex Branch) Meeting

Franklands Village Hall, Franklands Village, Haywards Heath RH16 3RS Monthly Branch Meeting with arianne Griffiths, hief ec. Brighton & Sussex Uni. Hosps S Trust and estern Susse osps. S Foundation Trust. ew members are always very welcome. ontact David Goodger 483480. Tuesday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 May, 10:3013:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. For more information please see our website or our facebook page @theitgirlltd Emma 07938 838861. Tuesday 01 May, 19:30-21:00

Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors Club

Worthing Library Lecture Theatre, Richmond Road , Worthing BN11 1HD Our talk for 1st May is by Ronnie Archer-Morgan from BBC’s Antique Roadshow. All are welcome. Annual membership is £30 or £5 per talk. Contact: Andrew Pescott 07984403890 or Tuesday 01 May, 20:00-22:30

Ronnie Smith’s Big Band Concert St Symphorin’s Church , Durrington Hill, Worthing BN13 2PU Music from the 40s including Glen iller, ount asie, Stan enton. £8 per person. Contact: Jane inter , theoffice Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG echoslova ia and etherlands ast Indies presented by vonne & Richard Wheatley. Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Wednesday 02 May, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society - Open Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: The A-Z of Garden Plants, spea er ar Saunders, ead Gardener at Fittleworth ouse, near Pulborough. Admission: Members free, isitors . ll welcome 01444 245509.

Thursday 03 May, 19:30

Ditchling Film Society

Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Rd, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8TT See Local Living. Friday 04 May, 11:00-16:00

Taster Day with Organic Baby Care Products

The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE We will be sampling creams and lotions, giving away freebies and talking about Organic Baby Care roducts from umma Love and ‘Weleda’. 01342 824673 Friday 04 May, 11:00-15:00

Burgess Hill Means Business

33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR This event will highlight local organi ations, products and services, and provide an opportunity for people to see the full extent of the knowledge and e pertise available on their doorsteps. Friday 04 May, 13:00

Lunch Time Concerts in Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ eridian oices. oncerts are held on the first Friday of each month. Tea, coffee and s uash available from 12:30 and there is no charge. Friday 04, 11, 18 & 25 May, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club - Happy Hour

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW appy our every Friday, with beer from £2.50. Contact: 01342 822856 frvillageclub outloo .com www.

Thursday 03, 10, 17 & 24 May, 13:15-14:15

Friday 04, 11, 18, & 25 May, 19:00-20:00

Chequer Mead, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BS Gentle, encouraging step by step yoga for beginners. Additional classes C.M. Friday and at Forest Row ommunity entre. Drop In bloc boo ing disc. available Sarah 07950 380921 hello yogaloves.u

K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defense classes based on Yoshinkan Akido. Warm and friendly lub, suitable for all genders who would loo to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free, . monthly. Contact: George 07882 186130 or Stan , faceboo .com CrawleyAkidoClub

Wednesday 02 May

Friday 04, 11, 18 & 25 May, 19:45-21:45

The Towers Convent School, Henfield Road, Upper Beeding BN44 3TF This pen orning will provide an opportunity to see the school in action on a normal wor ing day. To register, please contact admin or online at

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have ag & atter ight, rep for ills on ir, n ir ight, onstruction ontest, ag & atter ight. ontact Stella Rogers 07803 086838

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Thursday 03, Sunday 20 & Friday 25 May

Hurst Films See Local Living.

Aikido (Self Defence)

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Saturday 05, Sunday 06 & Monday 07 May

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend

Saturday East Grinstead, Sunday Haywards Heath, Monday Burgess Hill Each day features a leg of the Mid

Susse arathon, the id Susse ile and id Susse Fun Run, not forgetting iles the dog

Saturday 05 May, 09:00-12:00

The Worthing Craft Supplies Market

St Symphorian’s Church, Durrington Hill, Worthing BN13 2PU A one-stop market for an eclectic mix of craft supplies from items which are used every day and those which are tric y to find in high street shops. Free entry. Saturday 05 May, 09:00-13:00

Worth Horticultural Society Plant & Garden Jumble Sale

Crawley Down Allotments, Crawley Down RH10 4HY Our usual bedding and herbaceous plants will be available, as well as vegetable plants and bulbs. e will also have used garden tools on sale, all at very reasonable prices. Saturday 05 May – Thursday 31 May

Reasons to be Cheerful

Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL uc field useum celebrates the royal birth and wedding with exquisite antique wedding dresses and objects from childhood. Entry free but donations welcome. More information from www.cuc Saturday 05 May, 09:30-13:00

Bowls Visitor Morning

St Francis Bowls Club, Haywards Heath RH16 4EX Come and try this great game at this welcoming club. ust bring at shoes. Totally free For further information contact Ian Goacher 01444 454357. Saturday 05 May, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Market

Community Centre Car Park, or Foresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Locally produced fine food and crafts market. Contact: Mrs Sue Young ar et anager sue.young Saturday 05 May, 11:00-17:00

Bedelands Bimble & BBQ

Bedelands Nature Reserve, Maple Drive, Burgess Hill RH15 8AN See Local Living. Saturday 05 – Monday 07 May, 10:30-17:00

Food Festival

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU Enjoy the best of the south east’s food and drin heritage to the modern day with free demonstrations and tal s. adults, . child years and under enter free , . disabled helper, family adults children . office Saturday 05, 12, 19 & 26 April, 12:00-16:00

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Sussex Crafts – Knit & Natter

130 South Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4LT All levels and abilities welcome. We can help you get started and give advice. Come and join us and make new friends whilst having fun. £2 incl. tea coffee and biscuits. 01444 455611. Saturday 05 May, 19:30

Jonathan Veira Concert

Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL See Local Living.

Blindley Heath Heavy Horse and Country Show

East Bysshe Showground, Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath RH7 6LF Largest gathering of heavy horses in southern England + historic vehicles, dog show, crafts, shops, rides. £10 on gate, £8 in advance, under 16s and parking free. Jackie Shearman, 01737 645857 Monday 07, 14, and 21 May, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Show Of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Book online, phone 01444 or pop in to the o ffice.

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex NB7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503

Sunday 06 & Monday 07 May, 09:00-17:00

Monday 07 May, 10:00-16:00

Saturday 05 May, 20:00

Where We’re Bound: Show Of Hands, Geoff Lakeman

Spring Live!

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL Enjoy performances from our music stage, gardening demos, dog agility, animal barn, artisan food and drink, fairground attractions and so much more! £11 Adults , £9 Seniors/ Students. Children under 16 free with a paying adult. Book online for 10% discount. 01444 892700 Sunday 06 and Bank Holiday 07 Monday May

East Grinstead & District Lions Club 40th May Fair

May Fair, 120 stalls, children’s rides, child entertainer, live entertainment, refreshments, May Queen competition (min 8yrs). Supporting local charities. Brian Richens 07743 742801

Monday 07 May, 10:30-17:00

Ancient Crafts Festival

Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS Have a go at ancient building


techni ues, weaving, pottery & int knapping. Explore other ancient crafts and local archaeological finds. ormal admission applies.01323844224

Monday 07 May, 10:30-13:00

Coffee, Cake and the Collection at East Grinstead Museum

East Grinstead Museum, Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BJ An opportunity to handle artefacts and share memories over a cup of tea and cake at the Museum. info@ eastgrinsteadmuseum Monday 07 May, 14:30-16:30

Delicious Cream Tea

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Delicious cream tea with Friends and eighbours as your hosts. . Advance tickets Pavilion Electrics or ring . Ra e. Dorrie Mottram 01273 845291 Tuesday 08 May, 19:45

The Sensory Garden at St. Lawrence School

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society, Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by Kate McMinnies who designed and looks after the garden. £1 members, £2 nonmembers. Contact: Kathy Green Tuesday 08 May, 20:00–23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

A pub in Lewes A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Wednesday 09 May

Henfield Garden Club Outings

Arrival at venues 10:30 & 14:30 Car outings to explore two beautiful gardens in Chiddingfold. Morning Ramster and afternoon The Coach House. Members only: £14.50

Wednesday 09 May, 19:30-20:00

Perennial Gardeners’ Questions Panel Discussion

Hassocks Horticultural Society, Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QF An entertaining and informative evening with two gardening experts from the horticultural charity Perennial. Q & A Questions. Entrance . , which includes tea or coffee, plus cake. Wednesday 09 May, 20:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society: A Talk - Organic Growing

King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield Sandy Wansbury of Africa Organics will talk about Africa Organics established in 2004 to assist remote African villages to establish permanent sustainable communities. £1 members. £3 visitors All welcome. Contact: 01444 458509.


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Friends of Ashdown Forest - Tea Party

Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JP The Friends are hosting a Tea Party (with lots of cake!) to celebrate the purchase of the land. Members of the public are welcome to come along and find out more about the Forest and the Friends. Please reserve a place by contacting: Pat Arnold 01892 611414 or Thursday 10 May, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN This month’s lecture The History of Scotney Castle and its Families is by Ray Shayler. Membership £7, plus £3 per lecture. Non-members £5 per lecture. Contact: Anne Tucker 01444 455803. Friday 11 May, Arrive 08:30 for Shotgun start at 10:00

Charity Golf Day in aid of local special needs charity, Kangaroos

Visit for more details. Teams of 4 in each. Lots of pri es to be won. uffet, presentations, ra e and auction. Sponsorship packages available. £55 per person. Contact: Samantha Norgate 01444 459108 or 0782701l061

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 May, 09:00-17:30 (Sunday 10:00-16:30)

Chichester Garden and Craft


Chichester City Centre, East Street & North Street, Chichester PO19 1LB A superb range of quality plants, garden-related gifts, furniture, artwork, woodwork, jewellery and a host of wonderful crafted delights. info@ 01243 641306. Friday 11 – Sunday 13 May, Fri. 11-20:00, Sat. 10:30-18;00, Sun. 10:30-17:00

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Petworth Park, Petworth GU28 OQY Annual fair featuring over 50 exhibitors selling high quality art, antiques and objects from the ancient to the contemporary. £10 includes readmission and free entry to Petworth House during the fair. info ad .co.u Friday 11 May, 11:00-16:00

Seggiano, Real Foods From Italy Taster Day

The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE We are very excited the Vinzenco from Seggiano will be in the house, sampling organic olive oil, at breads, pesto and dips. Free. 01342 824 673 Friday 11 May, 19:30

Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice The Capitol Horsham, North Street,

Horsham RH12 1RG Two-time Golden Globe winner Kathleen Turner stars in her debut Cabaret show. Songs and stories from her remarkable life. £29.50 (£28.50 oncessions . o ffice 750220

with other parents, then there will be a presentation from one of our Kindergarten Teachers. Book online at 01342 822275

Friday 11 May, 20:00

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May, 09:30-16:00

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Ian Gledhill gives an illustrated talk about the history of this iconic building. £3 visitors, £1 members. Contact: Fred Avery 01444 235088.

Made and Making at East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield Get some time away from it all and spend the weekend with us. Work on projects, take mini tutorials and also workshops. £175. 07967 819540 sarah@

Burgess Hill History Society, The Story of Crystal Palace

Saturday 12-Thursday 31 May. Gallery Hours

Jessica Ford Abstract Art Exhibition

Artologie 18 High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JU Jessica Ford, Brighton based abstract painter is featuring during May at uc field Gallery rtologie, to celebrate a year since opening. Contact: 01444 708380studio@ Saturday 12 May, 09:30-12:00

Early Years Open Morning

Michael Hall Steiner School, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA Come to an Early Years Open Morning and see for yourself how beautiful and homely our Kindergartens are. There will be time to have a coffee and mingle

Sewing Retreat Weekend

Saturday 12 May, Pre-Prep: 10:00-11:00 Prep: 10:00-11:30 Senior: 10:30-13:00

Prep/Pre-Prep Open Morning & Senior/Sixth Form Open Morning

Hurstpierpoint College, BN6 9JS Prep/Pre-Prep: Chalkers Lane Senior/Sixth Form: College Lane These Open Mornings provide an opportunity to tour the facilities, listen to presentations by the Headmaster and current pupils and meet key members of staff. ontact rep re Prep: Christina Treadaway, Christina. 01273 836927Senior/Sixth Form: Dianne Allison, 01273 836937 Saturday 12 May, 10:00-12:00

Open Morning

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DiaryDates Copthorne RH10 3HR A wonderful opportunity to see our school and all it offers. Guided tours with our children. ontact Kathryn Billingham-West, Registrar, admissions Saturday 12 May, 10:00-13:00 Brinkley Lodge, London Road, Cuckfield RH17 5EU wide range of plants owers and veggies – all excellent value, homemade refreshments, and an attractive garden to wander around. ntrance free. ontact ary rouch . Saturday 12 May, 10:00-14:00

Turners Hill Plant Sale

The Ark, Mount Lane, Turners Hill RH10 4RA In aid of St atherine s ospice. Refreshments available. ny donated plants should be delivered on Friday th between to . . Saturday 12 May, 10:00-16:00

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP The exhibition will feature examples of wor from alcombe artists and a display mar ing the th anniversary of the end of the First orld ar. ntrance and children are free. Saturday 12 May, 10:00-12:00

St. Barnabas Pastoral Centre, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Variety of plants, annuals, perennials, vegetables, pots, etc. Free entry. ll welcome. arish ffice , office

Rainbow, Brownie, Guide & Senior Section Garden Fete

Burgess Hill Division Guide Hall, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EU nnual Garden Fete in aid of urgess ill Division Guide all. Various stalls, competitions, including ower arranging, ra e and display celebrating years of omen s Suffrage. in. richards Saturday 12 May, 11:00-16:00

Mansion Market

Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA ar ing and entry are free to this lively mar et in beautiful surroundings. lothing, crafts from many parts of the world, plants, delicious local organic produce and more. uppet shows, all-day café and fun for all the family To boo a stall . Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May, 12:00-15:00

National Mills Weekend at Michelham Priory

wor ing watermill with fascinating tal s from our e perts ntrance to the mill is free but normal admission cost to the main site. www.susse adminmich susse

Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS n annual festival of ritain s milling heritage. ear the history of our

Stonepit Lane, Henfield BN5 9QU This is the start of our season with a full range of plants. bouncy castle and refreshments are available. Something for all the family! Sunday 13 May, 10:00-14:00

Saturday 12 May, 14:00

Saturday 12 May, 10:30–12:30

NSPCC Plant Sale

Balcombe History Society Exhibition

Plant Fair

reMEmber’s ME Awareness Week Conference

Sheldrake Suite, Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN SeeLocal Living. Saturday 12 May, 14:00-17:00

Birchanger Open Gardens

Birchanger Gardens, High Street, Balcombe (On B2110 between Handcross & B2036) ith ind permission of the orrall family. ntrance Fee hildren go free . Teas, ca es, tombola, boo s etc. ll proceeds to acmillan ancer Support. Saturday 12 May, 19:30

Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra Concert

St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 OLG or s include o art, verture from osi Fan Tutti and boe oncerto . Soloist ia lift and erlio Symphonie Fantastasti ue. Tic ets . ccompanied under s free from urgess ill elp oint or or on the door. Sunday 13 May, 09:30-17:00

Stonepit Nursery Open Day

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB Free par ing disabled par ing. Set up from am, opens am. Light refreshments. Dogs welcome on lead. o food sellers traders. uyers admission by donation and sellers ehicles , trailers . Darren arrish . Sunday 13 May, 12:00

Storrington Village Duck Race!

Riverside Walk RH20 4NN / Storrington Library RH20 4PA To add to the fun, there will be funfair rides and face-painting, craft stalls, music, bar, refreshments, ice-cream and ca es, plus the ever popular . Monday 14 May, 14:30

The Arts Society (Henfield) – Alchemy and Adventure

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB Lynne Gibson investigates dangerous pigments used by artists – cochineal, Indian gold nuggets, lapis la uli and lead. Guests . .



Competitions: Best dressed lady, gent and child. Prizes to include: A 2 night stay at Buxted Park hotel… plus more! Tipster Talks Fun Fair Live Roaming Music Marquee Restaurant Paddock Restaurant

Gates opening 12pm • First Race 2:10pm • Last Race 5:25pm Tickets from £10 in advance Tel. 01273 890383 SUSSEX LIVING May 2018

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Show Your Brain Some Love showyourbrainsomelove See Local Living.

Monday 14 & 21 May, 19:15-22:00

The Harmony Corporation Rehearsals

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

The King’s Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR Mid Sussex’s new ladies a cappella chorus. All women aged over 16 welcome to join any Monday evening. Monthly standing order membership free is £15 once you join. LadiesChorus@sussexharmonisers.

25th – 29th May

The Bluebell Railway is delighted and exciting to announce that the 60163 ‘Tornado’ will be making a whistle-stop to Sussex between 25th and 29th May! You’ve seen this fabulous locomotive in the movie, Paddington™ 2, and now you can see it in the flesh!

Teddy Bear︐s Picnic 26th, 28th & 29th May On 26th, 28th and 29th May there will be ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ to enjoy on one of the trains. Why not bring the family along and take a trip behind the fantastic locomotive Tornado! Prices include reserved seats in the buffet car. A picnic tea for children is included in the price, and adults can add a picnic tea to to their ticket it they’d like. Bring Teddy too – book a place for him and he gets his own ticket! Advance booking is essential for this special event.

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Upstairs Function Room, The Royal British Legion, 9-11 Buckingham Road, Shoreham by Sea BN43 5UA A gathering of Ex Royal Marines and veterans to have a meeting about local events and to socialise together. Yearly Membership Fee of £15 plus £3 local subs. Contact: Maureen Copelin 01273 236437. Thursday 17 May, 10:30–13:30

A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call.

Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 May, 19:30

Tuesday 15 May, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers Wivelsfield to Plumpton and back

Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green Rec Ground RH17 7QG. Parking in road. T . ivelsfield, lac broo ood, Streat, lumpton, St elena Farm, est oods. Flat wal . lease bring picnic lunch. 12mi/19.3km Moderate. Elizabeth 07989 217818. Tuesday 15 May, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Resolutions followed by ‘Introducing myself ’ by three invited members. Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Tuesday 15 May, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Fol dancing for fun, no partner needed. including tea coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741.

The Arts Society Mid Sussex

The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL Booking is essential for some services. Please see website for details and T&C's. Twitter @bluebellrailway

Meeting of the Royal Marines Association

New Horizons Garden and Produce Fair

Wednesday 16 May, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

Tel: 01825 720800

Wednesday 16 May, 20:00-22:30

Monday 14 May, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

See the 60163 ‘Tornado’

is entitled Charles de Gaulle. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385.

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN The Role of the Arts in the Cycle of Crime, Prison and Reoffending. A lecture by Angela Findlay who works as an artist within the Criminal Justice System and will demonstrate how art helps offenders to confront their crime. Non-members welcome - £7 on the door. Wednesday 16 May, 20:00-22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society - An Illustrated Talk Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN An illustrated talk in French by rofessor ulian ac son. This tal

Cuckfield Park, Cuckfield RH17 5AB High quality gardening and food gifts, e clusive bubbly brea fast and homemade cakes and lunches in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. General ntry, ubbly Breakfast (Advance booking required.) Suzanne Connor 01293 447367 www.stch. new-horizons

Wivelsfield Little Theatre - The Accrington Pals

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG See Local Living. Friday 18 May, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947. Friday 18 May, 11:00-16:00

RAWnCHi Chocolates

The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE ery proud to have i artin in, owner of R n i hocolate, sampling his ama ing vegan, gf, sugar free and raw chocolates, ca es and drinks. 01342 824673 Friday 18 - Sunday 20 May, 12:00-20:00

The Attic Art Club Original Art Fair Ashenground Woods

The Village Hall, 18 Lewes Road, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8TT riginal wor s of art for sale, including paintings, woodturning, sculpture, glassware, ewellery, cards and prints by Sussex based artists. Admission free with refreshments. Voluntary contributions to RNLI arole Lynn Duffy, , carolelynnduffy Friday 18 – Sunday 20 May

Bluebell Railway Branch Line Weekend

Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing Bluebell Railway’s small locomotives. Tickets: bluebell.vticket. Friday 18 – Sunday 20 May

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Wedding Flower Festival

St Peter’s Church, 2a Station Road, Cowfold RH13 8DA For more information please contact Christine Haddrell at haddrell@ 01444 881617 or 07966 429664. Friday 18 May, 20:00-22:00

Zodiac Club

Sheddingdean Community Centre, Maple Drive, Burgess Hill RH15 8HP embers are playing all y luff preceded by an optional stroll around the Bedelands Nature Reserve. This long established club is for older single people in Mid-Sussex with evening as well as daytime events (meals, theatre, days out, coffee mornings, etc. . ontact ane Donald . Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 May, 09:30-17:00

Paws in the Park – A Great Day Out for You and Your Dog! Ardingly Showground RH17 6TL Lots of ‘have a go’ activities, competitions, arena events and companion dog show. In advance adults and for a child. www.pawsinthepark.ney Saturday 19 May, 19:30

Verdi’s Rigoletto

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Containing some of his best known arias, Verdi’s opera is sung in English and performed in the round. nreserved, Reserved. Tic ets from: . Saturday 19 May, 10.00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. RepairCafeForestRow/

Tuesday 22 May, 19:00-20:00

Fertility Information Evening

BMI The Esperance Hospital, Hartington Place, Eastbourne BN21 3BG Free fertility information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital. Take the opportunity to speak with our team about the available treatment. To book call us on 0800 092 9029 or e-mail Wednesday 23 May, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group—Group Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH This meeting is for Bonsai enthusiastsbeginners and experienced. A demonstration on all aspects will take place by aul slinger. Free for first visit.Tea and coffee will be available. Ray runsden Thursday 24 May, 19:00-20:00

Hips and Knees Information Evening

BMI The Esperance Hospital, Hartington Place, Eastbourne BN21 3BG 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 call us on 0800 092 9029 or e-mail Thursday 24 May, 20:00

Sussex Literary Landscapes

The Council Chamber, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Geoffrey ead loo s at the literature of Sussex with sources as varied as Graham Greene and the Anglo Saxon hronicles. and for members. Please ring Mike Nicholson 01444 to boo a place or email events cuc

Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL You’ve seen it in Paddington 2, the movie now see it in the esh There will also be a ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ to enjoy on one of the trains. Advance booking is essential.

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. This musical drama tells the story of the showman P T Barnum and his circus in New York in the mid s. Tic ets in advance from the ost ffice and illage Stores or The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval.

28th and 29th May Paddington will be on hand to see you all on board and help wave the green flag to get you on your way on 28th and 29th May!

The Foyer, The Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN All enquiries to Judy Redd 01444 .

Ashenground Woods Bridleway/Renfields Cross, bolnore Village RH16 4TG Guided walk on history of Ashenground & Bolnore Woods. Weather permitting. Non-members welcome. Free.

Wivelsfield Films – Greatest Showman (PG)


Coffee Morning in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice

Friday 25 – Tuesday 29 May

Sunday 20 May, 19:00 Doors, Film 19:30

Come and Meet

Saturday 25 May, 10:00-12:30

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Friends of Ashenground & Bolnore Woods – History Walk

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

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Friday 25 May, 20:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society

The Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Speaker: Kevin Newman - Empires, Migration and Identity Admission: Free to Members. Nonmembers welcome ntrance . to embers of other istorical Societies. Saturday 26 May, 09:00-12:30

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road,

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DiaryDates Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’. Saturday 26 May 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall, Coffee Morning and Messy Church

Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Buy fairly traded groceries and chocolate. Sample fair trade coffee or tea. hildren s activities. Julia Scotland, 01444 871812, 07522866237, Saturday 26 – Thursday 31 May, 09:3017:30

New Life Half Term

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB See what’s hatching out this spring with our friendly guides and roaming wardens. Pond dipping and daily crafts too! Centre Admission prices from: Adults £11.81, Concess.: £10, Child. £6.31, Under 4’s free. 01903 881530

Dogs Trust Shoreham Fun Day!

Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Brighton Road, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 5LT Entrance costs £2 for adults, £1 for children & OAPS with dogs going free! Attractions include: Our famous Fun Dog Show, Ra e, Tombola, Have a Go Agility, Doggy Dash and much more. Sunday 27 May, 18:00

Verdi’s Rigoletto

Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Containing some of his best known arias, Verdi’s opera is sung in English and performed in the round. £12 Unreserved, £14 Reserved. Tickets from: 01435 866737.

Mammoth Car Boot Sale

Burgess Hill Academy, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EA Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club Mammoth Car Boot Sale raising funds for local and international communities and charities. £10 per car, Small Vans £15, Large Vans £20. 07564 632733 Monday 28 May, 12:00-16:00

Wakehurst, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath RH17 6TN An action-packed weekend of woodland activities for all the family. Activities include birds of prey, demonstrations, workshops, storytelling, tree climbing and more. Included with entry to the gardens. Please note: There will be additional charges for some activities and crafts. 01444 894066

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield West Sussex BN5 9LJ Spend a relaxing afternoon with friends & family in the beautiful Sussex Downs, with a tasty BBQ and music by Pete Lowe. Booking essential. £22.50 per person. Sara Luff,

Saturday 26 May, 15:00

Friends of Ashenground & Bolnore Woods – Nature Photography Afternoon

Ashenground Bridge, Ashenground Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4QA Nature photography with Royal Photographic Society member. If weather bad, reserve date is Saturday 9 June 2018, 15.00. Non-members welcome. Free. Saturday 26 May, 20:00

Lindfield Dramatic Club – What the Dickens!... and chips

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH An evening of rehearsed readings from the works of Charles Dickens, followed by a Victorian Melodrama. Tic ets and includes a fish and chip supper. Bar open at 19:30. Call Rex Cooper 01444 831512 for tickets. Sunday 27 May, 10:00–16:00

Introduction to Beekeeping

Forest Garden Shovelstrode, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood RH19 3PH Learn all about the honey bee, how to look after bees with a chance to see into a hive. £75. Lisa Aitken lisa@ 07956 815458.



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Bonhams Valuation Day – Asian Art and Jewellery

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Dear Zoo Live!

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham RH12 1RG Rod Campbell’s timeless children’s classic book makes its stage premiere! Child engaging puppets, music and lots of audience interaction. £15. Box ffice



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A Sign of the Times From paint and brushes to high tech equipment, signwriting has come a long way. John McQuillan details its progression and what to consider when making your own sign From the moment the first cave dwellers scratched rudimentary pictures on the wall of their caves in a primitive attempt at passing on knowledge, signs have been one of the most important forms of communication. Today, they are more significant than ever, as new image technology seeps deeper into our lives, having an evergreater in uence on our decision making. Signage has come a long way since that early cave drawing, although, a traditional sign writer, working deftly with their brushes can still be found if that is your preference. The modern sign-maker’s tools however, are very different and will include, computers, vinyl printer/cutter and laminator. A workshop will also be needed to house them all. We are bombarded with signs of all kinds from all directions, so how can you get your message to stand out among all the others? Well, there are a number of things

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stationary? As a rule of thumb with signage, ‘less is more’. If your sign or reader are on the move, you may only have a few seconds to command attention. There is more time if everything is stationary, however, I would suggest the same advice holds true. People catch the headlines, but in today’s fast-moving world there are so many distractions to quickly divert their interest. This is where colours and fonts can help. Use them to grab attention and send out the correct image for your product or service. It’s no mistake that danger signs are usually depicted in bold, bright red, unfussy lettering, while a delicate, wispy font in silver perhaps, might be seen promoting a beauty product. If you’re selling high quality, how about trying gold lettering? However, large, bold capitals are not always the clearest. For instance, if your sign is to be read from some distance, upper and lower-case lettering is easier to read – take a look at motorway signs. Your sign maker will advise on fonts and colours. final tip if you have a catchy and memorable strapline and/or illustration – wonderful. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so maybe that caveman had the right idea after all.

you should consider carefully. The fact that it is now possible to eat a photograph that’s printed on a cake, should tell you that today almost any application is possible with signs. First of all, take the time to research your full range options within your budget. A good sign company can advise about the possibilities and will offer ideas. It is important to consider what your reader’s situation might be when reading your sign. For instance, will they be moving or

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• Garden design & waterscapes • Hard & soft landscapes • Paving & driveways Decking & • Decking & fencing Pond maintenance • Pond maintenance For friendly advice & a free quote • Planting & tree work

▪ Mid Sussex Based ▪ ▪ 1-4 Passengers ▪ ▪ Prestige vehicles ▪ ▪ Competitive prices ▪

For friendly advice and a free quote, please contact:

of Ditchling Ltd C re a t o r s oEst.1960 f beautiful water and landscape gardens

01273 843283

07734 489222

Web: Email:

Keeping Business Local! HOURS OF OPERATION

Mon-Fri: 8-5.30pm Sat: 8-12pm

CLASS 4 , 5 & 7

Available 6 days a week


Clinical Foot Consultant Qualified Chiropodist Corns – Callus Nail Problems Heel Problems Athlete’s Foot Fallen Arches

Foot Treatments

With Manipulation and Laser Therapy

Tel: 01444 241455

Adrian Inman Painting and Decorating

Strained Ligaments and Tendons Skin Problems Heel Spurs Enlarged Joints Morton’s Neuroma

Dorothy Dickson

D.S.Ch., M.Inst. Ch.P., Dip.I.I.H.H.M. 72 West Street, Burgess Hill Tel. 01444 870429 Laser Therapy and Acupuncture for Foot – Knee – Hip – Back Shoulder – Neck – Elbow

Unit 18, SM Tidy’s Industrial Estate, Ditchling Common, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8SG

For all your Domestic & Commercial Painting & Decorating needs Whether you need a single door painted, damaged paintwork or wallpaper replaced, or a whole room or house redecorated, you can rely on me to provide a proffessional and skilled service.

Call now for a free estimate

01444 443972

Adrian Inman | Mob: 07810 752608 | Tel: 01444 443972 |


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Domestic and commercial pest control by qualified and insured female technician

Rats Mice Moles Wasps/Bees Fleas Flies Bed Bugs Moths Ants Cockroaches

Specialising in Wool, Yarn & Needlecrafts Knit, Crochet & Natter Creative Machine Stitching Needle Felting Glass Painting Children’s Parties Holiday Workshops Quilting

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Stockists of King Cole, Gutermann, West Yorkshire Spinners, DMC, buttons, ribbons, felt, fabrics

Vanessa Akers

07762 239847

130 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LQ 01444 455611

Burgess Hill Acupuncture Clinic The range of treatments we offer have evolved over many thousands of years. Where conventional medicine cannot help, we often can, especially in the relief of pain. So do contact us to see what we can do for you. Suite 4, 1 Teknol House, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9LH

Tel: 07735 083316

find your feet Podiatry & Chiropody Dedicated To Providing First Class Podiatric Care HCPC registered

verruCae, nail surgery

general foot Care adviCe

BiomeCHaniCs and insoles

nails, Corns, Calluses

Home visit serviCe only

01444 455242 / 07970 756642

noW at unit 1 teknol House, viCtoria road, Burgess Hill, rH15 9lH



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Mobile Showroom Free Estimates Carpet Cleaning Service Available

For all your carpets, vinyls and laminate flooring Fitting by professionals We now accept Over 30 years experience el

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15-17 Church Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9BB

01444 245340

new bedroom furniture & new beds in stock also visit our carpet Warehouse at 30-32 station road, burgess hill, rh15 9ds

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We work closely with our customers to understand their requirements, and with teams of very experienced arborists, complete works to the highest standard. ANY SIZE JOB • FULLY INSURED • ARBORICULTURAL ASSOCIATION APPROVED

Additional Services:


Fencing • Soft Landscaping • Garden Maintenance • Landscaping Products • Seasoned Logs • Kerb Side Green Waste Collection •




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