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Arsenal’s former manager talks sport

Ten Page Dementia Special

Terry Neill

Keeping us dementia aware in Sussex

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Some FA Cup finals disappear into the mists of time, some remain etched in the memory forever. Robert Veitch met up with former Arsenal manager Terry Neill to relive one of the greatest finales in FA Cup history

The Five Minute Final


ack in May 1979, a new broom had swept into Downing Street, Art Garfunkel was at number one with a song about rabbits, and Terry Neill, the youngest manager in Arsenal’s history was returning to Wembley for a date with Manchester United, the FA Cup, and destiny. Wind the clock forward 40 years and Terry is opposite me, recalling what became known as “The Five Minute Final.”

We had a TV reporter embedded Wolves in the semi. The night before the final, we had with us, making the journey from a relaxed team meal in the hotel at the hotel to Wembley Stadium Bisham Abbey, a bit of banter between

Terry reminisced, “Back then there was no extra time and penalties, just replays. We took five games to get past Sheffield Wednesday in the 3rd round. We beat Notts County in the 4th round, Nottingham Forest in the 5th, Southampton in the quarter-final and

friends. There was no curfew or rules because I trusted the players, they were all good professionals.” On match day, after breakfast, it was time to don the cup final suits and board the coach. “We had a TV reporter embedded with us, making

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Nothern Ireland Vs England in Belfast 1964. The teams are led out by Terry Neill and Bobby Moore, with George Best and Gordon Banks following

the journey from the hotel to Wembley Stadium,” he recalled. Driving up Wembley Way at walking pace was something to behold, through masses of fans, supporting both sides, mingling together. Terry told me, “The regalia of the day was everywhere; banners, flags, homemade FA Cups, but far fewer replica kits back then. Everyone, regardless of which team they supported was in a good mood, desperately hoping it was going to be their day. Players acknowledged the fans, soaking up the atmosphere. There were no dark sunglasses, no mobiles or headphones back then – the players were more approachable. It was a terrific experience.” The traditional pre-match walkabout on the hallowed Wembley turf took place, and then it was down to business.

Alan Sunderland wheeling away in celebration, arms raised, head shaking like a disbelieving schoolboy remains the iconic moment of the day “We didn’t have selection issues, because our squad generally knew who was playing, it was usually the same starting eleven. We had a squad of 20 players for the 1978-79 season, and played 60 games. But it was the same for all the teams back then. Our physio, Fred Street, who was the England physio for Don Revie, Ron Greenwood, Sir Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor said to me years later, ‘How did we manage in those days? You, me and Don Howe, up to 70 games a season with only 15 regular players.’ I didn’t fear the Manchester

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United players, because our players were of a similar calibre. My coach, Don Howe and I would point out the various strengths and weaknesses of our opponents, but there was no fear. Have faith in your own players, they’re the stars.” When the bell went, the gladiators left their dressing rooms, led to the cauldron by their managers. Both Terry and Manchester United counterpart Dave Sexton were at ease, chatting

and laughing as they made their way across the pitch. The teams lined up, the national anthem played and Prince Charles was introduced to the players. The coin toss took place and then it was game on… The hottest day of the year was unlikely to create a high tempo game, but an intriguing chess match ensued. By half time Arsenal were 2-0 up, with goals from Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton. The second half mirrored the first, but without the goals. Then towards the end, it all changed, it became memorable for all the right reasons. The energy sapping Wembley pitch played a part, as did the heat. Players’ socks were rolled down, shin pads were removed, and hands were on hips as players inhaled deeply hankering for breath. Carry on, carry on, nothing else matters, this is the FA Cup, the opportunity might never come again. In those days, the management team and support staff sat on simple wooden benches, out in the open, a long way

Terry Neill (far left) at Arsenals’ new home, The Emirates Stadium

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from the plush comfy seats of today. With five minutes of regulation time left, Terry wasn’t complacent; “The game could still be turned on its head, I knew there was time for that. Manchester United were in the ascendancy during the second half.” He was right, Gordon McQueen scored for United in the 86th minute, then Sammy McIlroy equalised in the 88th. “At 2-2 I did the best acting I’ve ever done in my life,” Terry remembered. “I knew where the TV cameras were. After losing to Bobby Robson’s Ipswich Town the year before, I knew cameras would be on me. I didn’t want to be seen as a serial cup final loser. I disguised my

Terry Neill in 1979

Pitchside with Pele

At 2-2 I did the best acting I’ve ever done in my life true feelings as best I could.” Terry didn’t look at me as he talked – he was in another place. His eyes were looking through me, reliving the past, looking across the Wembley turf more than half a lifetime later. Viscerally experiencing those coruscating moments again, the tension was etched in his face. And then he came back to me. “Liam Brady was a super player, his run to set up that winning goal was superb, drawing players onto him, playing a pass to Graham Rix that demanded to be crossed. It was a brilliant cross, arcing away from United keeper Gary Bailey, putting him in an impossible situation.

It was dipping too, onto the right foot of Alan Sunderland, who was arriving at speed, at the far post. It was the 89th minute. Alan Sunderland wheeling away in celebration, arms raised, head shaking like a disbelieving schoolboy remains the iconic moment of the day. When Sunderland scored the Arsenal bench erupted, Terry’s arms aloft in exultation, “I just couldn’t hold myself back.” Tension released, he straightened his tie and sat back down… there was still a minute to go. “What an amazing cup final”, exclaimed Brian Moore on the ITV commentary. “Sunderland… it’s there… it’s 3-2”, screamed John Motson on the BBC. Terry picked up the story. “At the sound of the final whistle my heart


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was bleeding for Dave Sexton, he was experiencing what I had the previous year. He was a great man, a wonderful man. He congratulated me and I was saying sorry to him, commiserating with him. There was a certain sort of camaraderie back then.” After the match players from both sides were interviewed together in front of blue velvet curtains, swigging milk from old-fashioned pint bottles. The managers were interviewed side by side. A contrast to interviews in front of sponsorship laden boards with the media savvy players of today. “We had a few drinks to celebrate that night, including champagne from the FA Cup. We also did what all teams did back then – an open top bus ride the following day – parading the trophy through the streets of Islington in front of thousands of fans.” The day after the day after had its own tale too. “I was back at Highbury, with Ken Friar the Club Secretary. Ken said it was too late to put the trophy in the safe because it was locked for the night. So I popped it in the boot of my car and drove home. When I got there my daughters greeted me. I got the FA Cup out of the boot and showed it to them. “Well done Daddy,” they go, “but it’s all mucky and dirty.” Because of course, it hadn’t been cleaned since the

The 1984 fundraising climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro

celebrations began. We spent the rest of the day at our neighbours and the FA Cup spent more time in their swimming pool than it did on dry land.“ “I live in Hurstpierpoint these days and still see some of the players from time to time. They were a great bunch of guys. I still go and watch the Arsenal, they’re still my team. I’m from Northern Ireland, a beautiful little town called Bangor where there’s no big I am. We have a good work ethic. 1979 might be what I get remembered for, but it’s not my greatest moment. That was the gift of life itself from my parents, and then having two daughters of my own.” Over the years Terry has contributed

to several charities. In the 1960s in Northern Ireland during ‘The Troubles’ it was low-key. In 1984 he helped raise £80,000 for the Sick Children’s Trust after leading a team to Kilimanjaros’ summit. Terry ran the Belfast Marathon for Barnardo’s and the London Marathon for Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 1996 Terry toured Burkina Faso and Ghana with Frank Skinner and David Baddiel amongst others for Comic Relief’s ‘Balls to Africa’ campaign. Now in his late 70s Terry continues to support good causes. And with that we headed for the park, bouncing a ball as we went. Jumpers for goalposts, smiles in the sunshine, anyone fancy a kickabout? l

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Melissa Luckin tells us about High Trees, her parent’s beautiful garden opening in June this year for Alzheimer’s Research UK


igh Trees Garden in Seaford will be opening its gates again this year on Saturday 29th June to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, following its successful inaugural opening for the charity in 2018. Garden owners, Susan and Tony Luckin have been opening their garden annually since 2013, raising funds for charitable causes including Seaford in Bloom, the Seaford Mayor’s Trail and the National Garden Scheme. In the first year opening its gates to the public, High Trees garden scooped four awards in the Seaford in Bloom Competition: ‘Best Back Garden’, ‘Best New Entry’, ‘Best Hanging Basket’ and ‘Best Overall Entry.’ The garden raised a total of £1300 for charity in 2018, with £875 raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The couple wanted to support Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Susan’s mother, Daisy, who lived with vascular dementia and passed away in 2017 after celebrating her 100th birthday. “Living with dementia is a terrible disease which affects not only the individual but their whole family. By sharing our love of gardening with others, we are able to open our garden and raise funds to contribute to vital research that hopefully will one day cure this awful illness for future generations,” says Susan. Visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens, the secret woodland and the serene koi pond as well as discovering a brand new feature in the

courtyard for 2019. “We like to add something new to the garden each year to provide interest and a new focal point to attract regular visitors as well as newcomers,” says Tony. Tea and delicious homemade cakes served on vintage china will be baked once again by Dominic Avey, Young Mayor of Seaford, which proved a huge success in 2018. There will also be plants and homemade cards for sale, as well as a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds from the event will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK, which powers world class studies focusing on

at Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “We are so grateful to Susan and Tony for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK once again by opening up their beautiful garden. Dementia affects a significant proportion of the population, yet wonderful fundraising efforts such as this will help us to deliver those lifechanging research breakthroughs for people with dementia.” l

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Jacqui Smith from the Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance tells us how to make our work places dementia friendly environments, where some simple changes can make a big difference


hether at home or at work, a person’s environment will have a massive impact on their health and wellbeing; for someone living with dementia, this is especially significant. There are many different types of dementia, each with differing symptoms but the main challenges are: difficulty in remembering things; struggling to work things out (cognitive impairment); finding it hard to learn new things; the general changes that come with age but a reduced ability to understand them and cope with them and generally heightened levels of stress. This is by no means an exhaustive list but here are a few suggestions on how changes in the built environment can provide support. People living with dementia need to feel as familiar with their surroundings as possible and clear and easy to understand signage is vital. Ensure that entrances and exits are clearly marked and visible and that routes out as well as in to spaces such as WCs are easy to navigate. Increasing light levels for somebody

with deteriorating vision and dementia can make a world of difference. Maximise natural light by keeping curtains and blinds clear of the window. Paint the room a lighter colour and ensure that it is well lit including task lighting like desk lamps to aid close work. Glare can be an issue whether from sunlight streaming through the window at certain times of the day or

an artificial light source with a bulb on show. Both can cause discomfort and disorientation. A person with dementia may also experience impaired hearing. I know myself how since losing the sight in my left eye, a busy office can have me shutting my eyes before speaking, to enable me to concentrate properly. For a person with dementia too much noise will exacerbate the inability to think, so simply considering the general background noise in an environment and how it might be turned off or down will help a person to formulate thoughts and lessen overwhelm. Contrasts in floor surfaces can appear like a step to a person with dementia and might cause a person to trip or make them nervous about walking over it. Dark door mats in the hall against a lighter floor can appear like a hole. When considering hard floor surfaces they should be matte to avoid glare; a shiny tiled floor in bright sunlight can look wet and cause confusion. Ideally the flooring throughout a building should be similar in tone regardless of the surface. Colour contrast helps to highlight a switch or rail. Skirting painted to contrast with the floor defines the edges of a corridor and contrast grab rails in WCs makes them easy to see. Some thought and simple changes to our environment can make a big difference to people with dementia in the workplace. l

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Join us at our open day for an exclusive look at our new home Walberton Place is a brand new care home, providing family led residential and dementia care. Our home has been built with the residents needs fully in mind. Whilst our care home is luxurious and beautifully furnished, it retains a warm family atmosphere making residents and their families feel extra special. Come and join us at our open day, sample our mouth-watering menus and chat over a drink in the cafĂŠ or in our very own pub. Pop in and see us at any time throughout the day.

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Welcome to Mill View At Mill View, Care UK’s purpose-built luxury care home in East Grinstead, we offer a complete range of high quality care services for older people, including residential and respite care, nursing and dementia care.

Living at Mill View is all about luxury and comfort. As well as providing superb round-the-clock care, the home has a café, hair and beauty salon, cinema plus lovely landscaped gardens – all of which you can use whenever you wish. All the comfort of home Our home has been designed entirely to support you to continue to enjoy a fulfilling, varied and comfortable lifestyle, featuring fully-furnished and beautifully decorated rooms complete with private en-suite facilities. Throughout the home you’ll find a range of spacious lounge and dining rooms, activity spaces and quiet areas to relax in. What’s more, the home is built

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to the latest dementia-friendly design standards, enabling all residents to maintain their independence in a calm, supportive setting. A unique and personal approach We deliver person-centred care, which means we put residents at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, we will take the time to get to know you so that we can develop a care and lifestyle plan that is tailored to your unique needs and interests. Our chef-led catering team will also ensure that your individual preferences are catered for. One big family We’re passionate about providing all-round care and

support for you and your family. Your friends and relatives can visit at any time and stay for as long as they wish. We’re here to answer their questions or simply provide a listening ear and a cup of tea whenever they need us. We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Mill View very soon. For more information or to book a visit please call 01342 886785 or email Mill View care home Sunnyside Close Dunnings Road East Grinstead RH19 4QW

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Our next event at Mill View

Dementia friends sessions Tuesday 14th May 2019 2pm - 4pm Saturday 18th May 2019 10.30am - 12.30pm

Dementia friend champion Amy Batchelor from Care UK will present insights into dementia as well as practical advice. • Information on how to assist your loved one to ‘live well’ • Understand the support available and meet other carers • Become a Dementia Friend and pick up our free guide To find out more or to book your free place call us on 01342 886785 or email

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Let’s talk

SPORT! Talking and reminiscence is good for our memories and our well-being. Come and talk sport with some fellow enthusiasts, says Linda Bowen, and keep your mind fit and active


s a Sporting Nation we spend a large portion of our lives talking about sporting events. We have many sports in common that we don’t even think about – you may watch the London Marathon or the Olympics but never be interested in running! Knowing the current score, league position or who scored what goal, is information we often pick up during our normal day. So much information, so many memories! There is medical evidence that reminiscence is good for us, improving well-being and confidence. The Sporting Memories foundation has developed reminiscence activities that improve the mental and physical well-being of all older people (50+) through tapping into their passion, knowledge and love of sport. Sporting Memories clubs have been running all over the country for a number of years and have now come

to Sussex. Following the success of the club at the Sussex Cricket Museum in Hove, there are two new groups now in Worthing and soon to start in Polegate. They are open to anyone over the age of 50 who likes Sport, and enjoys

There is always great fun and laughter and you never know where the discussion will go

reminiscing about their experiences of watching or playing any sport. Sporting Memories provide amazing resources that can prompt discussion. They have a huge library of audio and visual memories from many sporting legends and some members also bring their own memorabilia to show and discuss. There is always great fun and laughter and you never know where the discussion will go. The clubs will take place each week and are guaranteed to have a really friendly, welcoming environment. Many of our existing members attend to enjoy the company of other older sports fans, some of our members live with memory problems or physical challenges, all have one thing in common, a love for sport! The clubs will incorporate a little fun activity such as skittles and we are hoping to forge links with other clubs such as Walking Football, Walking Netball and Walking Cricket in the areas. The sessions are a great way to meet new people, chat, and have a brew in a friendly and welcoming environment, all the while improving your health! l HOVE GROUP When: EVERY TUESDAY, 10.00am – 11.30am Where: Sessions are held in the Sussex Cricket Museum, 1st Central County Cricket Ground, Eaton Road, Hove, Sussex BN3 3AN Full disabled access and facilities. Cost: Sessions are FREE of charge, refreshments available Parking: Car parking may be available WORTHING GROUP When: EVERY THURSDAY, 10.00am – 11.30am. Where: Sessions are held in the clubhouse, Worthing Football Club, The Bibby Financial Services Stadium, Woodside Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 7HQ Full disabled access and facilities. Cost: Sessions are FREE of charge, refreshments available Parking: Car parking is available POLEGATE GROUP – STARTING 22nd MAY When: EVERY WEDNESDAY, 10.00am – 11.30am Where: Sessions are held in the Polegate Community Centre, 54 Windsor Way, Polegate, East Sussex BN26 6QF Full disabled access and facilities. Cost: Sessions are FREE of charge, refreshments available Parking: Car parking is available Contact us - For further information please contact Linda Bowen, either ring 07947 521836 or email

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Floating freely is not only for dreamers and astronauts… Discover the wonder of flotation therapy just as Sasha Kanal has done



magine a feeling to total weightlessness and relaxation away from all the noises and cacophony of everyday life. Add to this a soothing and darkened space and an absence of sensory distractions. clinical studies have revealed that If you think the closest you’ll ever because of the deep meditative state get to this is sleep, then think again. achieved via the therapy, it floods the Aside from deep, unadulterated shutbody with endorphins and dopamine eye, you can also achieve this blissful – natural stress relievers and pain state of being whilst inside a flotation killers. Endorphin release is associated tank via flotation therapy. Just as with lower blood pressure and is the name suggests, flotation therapy believed to relieve symptoms of anxiety is the practice of having your body and depression. Health experts are suspended effortlessly in a special tank increasingly aware of the importance of salted water at body of good mental health temperature and in and its bearing on health isolation from external as we age. In fact, recent It floods the body stimuli. with endorphins and UK medical research has Many gyms, spas shown that living with dopamine – natural severe to moderate anxiety and floatation centres throughout Sussex and depression in mid life stress relievers and and the South East, can increase a persons pain killers offer this therapy chances of developing late through a state-of-theonset dementia in later art float pod – a water-filled, filtrated life. Sobering stuff. tank, especially designed to create the optimum conditions to ‘float’ in. ZERO GRAVITY Aside from the multi-faceted IN SUSPENSE psychological benefits to be gained from Floatation therapy has long been flotation therapy, the physical effects are seen as a panacea for stress, both undeniable and floatation is often used physiological and psychological. Many by elite athletes to aid rest and recovery

between training. Floating free of gravity is said to aid the passing of lactic acid out of the muscles faster – helping to reduce stiffness and pain and enabling a faster recovery. Something us nonathletes can also tap into. Because of its endorphin boosting associations, flotation can also help with pain relief, both chronic and temporary. As the body is completely suspended, all stress and weight bearing is taken off the joints and muscles. Unsurprisingly, pregnant women and the elderly in particular can benefit from this effect. This complete suspension in water also mimics the same sense of relaxation achieved in deep sleep, which in turn allows the body to heal, clear toxins and improve the immune response. CAST ADRIFT The sense of peace achieved from 60 minutes in a flotation tank cannot be overstated. Your mind is literally cast adrift and free to roam, usually ending up in a deep state of tranquillity and meditation. So when’s your next float? l

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Offering help and support where you need it most is paramount to Sight Support Worthing. Ruth Lawrence went along to find out what it’s all about


e interpret much of our world through our eyes so if our sight begins to falter, expert support is required. I went to meet Frances Pritchard and Joe Butcher of Sight Support in Worthing, a charity that has been helping people deal with sight loss for over a century. “We offer support and we want to encourage people to come in,” Frances told me before adding that many younger people who may be struggling with visual impairment may not be aware of the help they can access. Joe’s role is to engage with people and introduce them to the tools and resources the charity can offer, all freely available to use at home. “Social inclusion is very important; we have transport and a

A vision of the future car and can take people out or bring them here,” said Frances. The centre itself has numerous activities including crafts, music appreciation, exercise and themed events and offers a befriending service run by dedicated volunteers. Membership is completely free and offers help on many levels while being open to ideas and suggestions; most people discover the centre themselves or through a friend although many are referred by rehabilitation officers for the visually impaired.

The main purpose of the centre is to support people in connecting with others and increase their quality of life On June 1st, there is going to be an awareness raising day in Montague Place in Worthing town centre which will include fun activities, a singer and an ‘eye pod’ from Manchester which will be staffed by the RNIB. The eye pod is a simulator which will be positioned facing the sea front and allows normally sighted people to

experience the effects of different eye conditions which will be superimposed onto their view of the promenade. Bob Smytherman, the Town Crier and president of Sight Support Worthing will be there and people will be able to meet the team and get all the info they need to access help and support. The centre’s ‘triobike’ will be there, which is effectively a couch on wheels which bowls along the prom, driven by volunteers. It even has a name, ‘Rosemary’ named after a lady in memory of her legacy. The day will be about making people aware of looking after their eyes and how much help there is for those dealing with visual impairment and sight loss. The centre offers another unusual

service by collecting plastic milk bottle tops, which are sent to a recycling company who transform them into children’s toys; people can drop them at the centre to be recycled. The main purpose of the centre is to support people in connecting with others and increase their quality of life. People needing help getting to appointments or activities can access the centre’s car and minibus, all driven by volunteers, more of which are always needed to help run this essential service. Go along to the event on June 1st to find out more and discover how Sight Support can help you or a friend get the most out of life with visual impairment and find out how much help is waiting. l

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Guild Care becomes the sole provider of contracted ‘Take time for you’ respite and short breaks for carers services in Worthing West Sussex County Council has awarded its respite and short breaks for carers contract in Worthing to local charity Guild Care. The charity currently provides a range of ‘Time Out’ services for carers and people they care for, particularly those living with dementia. These services include group activities based at its Bradbury Wellbeing Centre and its Guild Care Centre, group outings in the local community, and a range of

social opportunities for people to go out together. They are all provided with support from well-trained and caring staff, in a safe, secure and caring environment. The new contract awarded by WSCC means that Guild Care will now be able to expand its ‘Time Out’ services for carers and the people they care for across Worthing. Suzanne Millard, Guild Care’s CEO said: “We are really delighted that we have been awarded the contract to deliver respite and short breaks for carers in Worthing. Guild Care has a long tradition of supporting people with dementia, and the elderly. We know the expansion of our services will make a real difference to carers in Worthing giving them the break from caring that they need to recharge their batteries and have some time to themselves.” To find out more about Guild Care’s ‘Time Out’ services for carers please contact the Customer Services Team on 01903 327 327 or email

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Harnessing radical thinking and some lambs, Jamie Feilden set about changing the way disadvantaged children are taught. He tells Ruth Lawrence about how Jamie’s Farm was born and where they are today


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ocial and academic exclusion are the reality for many young people today. As a result those children are finding it difficult to discover their potential as adults and their wellbeing and employability suffer. So how can we stop this? Could farming be the answer? Back in 2005, Jamie Feilden was teaching in a Croydon comprehensive; shocked by the lack of engagement he was witnessing, he decided to bring some lambs from his farm in Wiltshire into the school for pupils to look after.

It immediately became clear that the children with the greatest social difficulties benefited most from the sense of responsibility required in nurturing these young animals. He decided, along with his mother, Tish, who had 30 years of experience as a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, to develop a method using farming, family and therapy to invite children to participate in during weeklong visits to the family home. They gave the youngsters real jobs with real purpose, which, when combined with therapy and a loving framework of support, sparked

60% of the youngsters are no longer at risk of exclusion and 67% report improved self-esteem powerful, long reaching results. Once thirty five pilot weeks had proved how successful their approach was, they realised they needed a farm converted specifically for purpose. The first ‘Jamie’s Farm’ was launched near Bath in 2009 and remains the charity’s HQ; ten years later there are four rural farms and a city farm in Waterloo, the most recent, here in Sussex, sits in May 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 33

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There will be practical conversations about how to succeed after they return; most of the young people are from urban areas and this is usually the first time they have experienced tending for animals in a rural environment. After their transformative time at the farm they are supported in re-engaging in their school and community with the help of their teachers. Their parents are sent a letter outlining

The farm will be largely self sufficient, growing its own food and raising meat and milk from its own herds beautiful countryside near Lewes. I met Jamie at Allington Farm, a classic red brick Sussex house which oozes homeliness and hospitality, nestled among fields beneath the nearby rolling South Downs. Jamie explained how visiting children will be given responsible tasks on the 200 acre farm which will boost their self-esteem and, when combined with therapy and family life, will enable them to take what they have experienced back to their own lives across the south coast, Kent and South London.

their achievements and six weeks later, there is a review of how changes are being sustained. The results speak for themselves: after six months, 60% of the youngsters are no longer at risk of exclusion and 67% report improved self-esteem as a result of their stay at Jamie’s Farm. Allington Farm is a real working farm, stocked with 300 ewes, cows, goats, pigs and chickens for the youngsters to engage with. Eventually there will also be horses for equine therapy. The farm will be largely self


sufficient, growing its own food and raising meat and milk from its own herds, and will employ five full time and two part time staff. Jamie’s Farm has been named 2019 Charity of the Year for the South of England Agricultural Society and Jamie admits he has been overwhelmed by the positive response and welcome the team have had from the people of Sussex since putting down roots here. Setting up a concern as ambitious and far reaching as this needs funds and Jamie outlined the many practical requirements the farm will be seeking from people who would be able to


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help. The farm still needs garden tools, pots, seeds and wheelbarrows, as well as regular volunteers to help create a garden brimming with herbs and vegetables for the children to harvest and cook. Monthly giving will support the costs of running visits here whilst their immediate need is raising funds towards a minibus. I visited the farm when there was a group of young ‘ambassadors’ staying. These are children and young adults who have spent time at the other farms and developed in confidence to the point where they were helping to launch this project. I spoke to sixteenyear-old Georgie (which incidentally means ‘farmer’), a young man from London brimming with newly discovered potential, now keen to work

in farming or start his own business. He told me the Jamie’s Farm Ambassador programme has helped him work out that he enjoys being a leader as it gives him more responsibility and his suggestions are listened to. He explained how “everyone is very open, warm and loving here; you can be who you want to be and not be scrutinised which gives me the potential to be myself.” He appreciated the fact that “people listen to you like family and having one to one attention is a real bonus.” During his times on the farms Georgie told me he had come to discover that, “It’s easier to be myself after being here; I used to be antisocial and this has helped me come out of my shell and express how I feel.” He felt the experience has also given him “respect for the food on my plate because you learn how much effort it takes to rear lamb.” He mentioned how living at the farm helped him create a second family which he wants to make as good as it can be. Hearing how a young person like Georgie has benefited so much from

simply being listened to, being given responsibility and having a sense of cohesive interaction with others was humbling; testimonials like his are the proof that Jamie’s Farms are working brilliantly at what they set out to do. These farms are transforming young lives and the long term effects of their work are valuable beyond measure. Allington Farm will become a launch pad for the wellbeing of youngsters across the region to take part in creating a better society and a brighter future. l

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Incredible Edibles

Some plants have got the lot – they look good and do you good. Flo Whitaker recommends planting some handsome vegetables in your flower borders


here are reasons why a traditional vegetable garden looks the way it does. Centuries of trial and error has come up with a system that’s hard to beat. Crops grown in neat rows take up less space and are easier to water and harvest, but if there’s no room in your garden for a designated veg plot you can still grow some vegetables. Many have great ornamental qualities and can be mingled through the flower borders to good effect. The yields will

be smaller this way, but it’s always fun to grow a few edibles. Carrots have elegant, border-worthy foliage. The small ball-type varieties don’t require much depth of soil and can also be grown in a container; likewise radishes, which are very quick to crop. Incidentally, radish flowers are beautiful – a few roots left unharvested will produce delicate flowers in gentle mauve and cream shades. Wigwam supports are quick and easy to make. Use bamboo canes or hazel poles firmly bound at the top with string. Each support needs to be spaced approximately 20 cms from its neighbour and pushed 15cms into the soil (keep that in mind when considering the eventual height of the plants you want to support!). A tall wigwam of French or runner beans makes a bold statement in a border. The annual climber, Ipomoea lobata, (‘Spanish Flag’) can be combined with runner beans. Vigorous by nature, it will easily keep up with the rapid

Lettuces and violas make surprisingly companionable bedfellows

growth of the bean plants and bears unusual blooms in graduating shades of red/orange/yellow. Mangetout peas have dainty flowers, are easy to grow and will quickly scramble up a support. Some varieties have snazzy pink or purple pods. Courgettes and squash can be trained up a wigwam or over a trellis arch. Some gardeners actually prefer this method, reckoning the additional airflow makes for less mildew/rot problems. Make sure your supports are sturdy as these plants will become heavy as they start to crop. Cut-and-come-again lettuce is surely the easiest vegetable of all. It’s best grown in a patio pot where the leaves will remain cleaner. Beetroot seedlings are my latest salady-obsession. You’ll require a seed tray filled with general purpose compost, sharp scissors and a heart of stone, for once you’ve snipped and harvested the cress-like leaves, the seedlings die – but they are so delicious, with the distinctive taste and colour of mature beetroot. They look fabulous scattered over a green salad. Lettuces and violas aren’t an obvious combination, but make surprisingly companionable bedfellows. Violas enjoy the shade cast by the developing lettuces and if you grow dark-leaved lettuce, really interesting colour combinations may occur. Viola flowers are edible and make a pretty garnish for summer cordials – or a G&T! l

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fter a rest for Hurst gardeners and us organisers last year, we are back with renewed determination this year and have now set the date for the Open Gardens. The buzzing Hurstpierpoint Open Gardens will be held on Sunday 2nd June from 13:00 to 17:30. Please put the date in your diaries as the event promises to have lots of variety and something to please everyone, from lawns, to beds to veg galore. Around 8 gardens will open for charity, and, as before, we’ll be raising money for our local St Peter & St James Hospice. We can’t think of a better cause which has touched most of our lives at some time and which so depends on our support. Would you be willing to open your garden this year? We are still looking for one gardener – especially in the College Lane, Hurst Road to Langton Lane areas. It doesn’t have to be perfect or weed free – it just has to offer something interesting for people to look at! We would also very much welcome donations of plants to sell on our plant stall and, of course, cakes, cakes, cakes! As before there will be some gardens selling teas, coffees, cakes and plants. Also one with live music and items to buy made by local artisans, and there will be luxury transport on tap for you this year. l You can contact the organisers by email or phone 01273 835064. And please take a look at our website

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Now a nationally renowned garden opening and raising thousands for charity, Ruth Lawrence talks to the man behind Driftwood in Seaford, Geoff Stonebanks



ne of Sussex Living’s very own contributors, Geoff Stonebanks, has created a nationally renowned garden from an exposed site close to the coast at Seaford and I went along to find out how he has conjured so much magic from such a compact plot. After looking at 140 properties, Geoff and his partner Mark found and purchased ‘Driftwood’, a 1930s house overlooking the sea and started gardening with only limited knowledge and no real plan in mind. Over the years the garden has evolved into a haven bursting with 1600 varieties of plants and shrubs. They first opened to the public for the first time for Seaford in Bloom after friends kept suggesting that people would love to see it. By 2012, Driftwood was opening on its

The garden has welcomed 20,000 visitors and raised a staggering £114,000 for charity own for the National Garden Scheme and won Best Small Garden of the Year in the Garden News Awards and became a finalist out of 1200 entries in a national newspaper garden

competition. Hamish Webb, one of the judges praised the garden as being “up there with the best” after seeing hundreds of gardens over his 21 years of judging the competition. After being featured by most of the major dailies weekend magazines and having slots on national TV, the garden has welcomed 20,000 visitors so far and raised a staggering £114,000 for charity over the years. Primarily, the money raised by the Driftwood Fundraising Group has been focused on Macmillan Cancer Support and in 2018, Geoff was invited to a Macmillan Cancer Support Reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH Prince of Wales. A few months later, Geoff was invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and took his 91 year old mother Barbara, who wore a splendid hat which was immediately noticed by Camilla after Prince Charles shook her hand! In the same year, Geoff was awarded the Don Mabey Award for “exceptional services to the town of Seaford” presented by the mayor, Cllr Linda Wallraven. Geoff admits that the garden has “changed his life” and is constantly “amazed at the impact a garden can have on your life.” He has had coach visits from Sweden, a group of ladies visiting from Tokyo and a family who travelled from Beijing to see the garden. Although Geoff has never regarded himself as an expert, he hosts a personal guided tour of the garden, detailing the story of its development with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. This year, Driftwood will be opening for five garden events including ‘Art in the Garden’ where twelve artists’ work will be creatively displayed in the beach inspired setting. Homemade teas and cakes and light lunches will be served on vintage china in the garden and a grand raffle for artist donated prizes will support Macmillan, with over £65,000 raised for them to date. Make a visit to this legendary garden a priority this year; it is a truly transformative place, guaranteed to inspire and gladden the heart in equal measure. l

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all about self-sufficiency; for me being diagnosed with Chronic Lymes Disease in my late 30s it was to create a more organic way of life – wanting to effect real change with what we consumed and how we lived.” Previously Toby had lived in London, and Lisa, Brighton. Having moved to a farmhouse near Falmer in 2005 they liked the idea of being more remote. “An estate agent sent us details for Hawthbush Farm – Toby had just left his job and we were looking to do something different. The farm provided the perfect opportunity to create our dream home, instigate real lifestyle changes and develop new business ideas,” says Lisa. The farm was purchased in 2008 and two former outbuildings were converted immediately into cottages,

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abound throughout – reflecting Lisa’s eye for contemporary meets traditional. Upstairs the children sleep in two of the original bedrooms; and a former master bedroom and bathroom have been converted into a new family bathroom and staircase gateway. “We have lowered floors, re-insultated the roof and walls, taken out the old kitchen and knocked down a study wall to create a larger sitting room space,” says Lisa. The farmhouse uses a clean air system to pull warm fresh air into the house and all the buildings are fed by solar panels, a communal wood chip boiler and natural spring water from the farm’s own source – unearthed by Lisa with the help of a dowser. “The use of natural materials was important and everything is non-toxic,” says Lisa. “Electrics are encased in copper to reduce electropollution; paints are clay based; beds organic, and materials all natural fibres.” Seven years on the farm has become prosperous and Lisa has made a full recovery. “We are enjoying family country life to the max – it’s the busiest we have ever been, but the happiest and healthiest too,” laughs Lisa. l Photos: Emma Lewis/Narratives Styling & Writing: Ali Heath/Narratives

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Land of the From one of the first inoculation houses to a pioneering social experiment to house the poor, Ruth Lawrence discovers how Lindfield is overflowing with history and culture


he first view of Lindfield, approaching from the south is of a cluster of period houses gathered snugly round the perimeter of a picture perfect duck pond. It’s the archetypal English village and has origins stretching back almost 1300 years. A Saxon charter of 765AD referred to ‘Lindefeldia’, or ‘open land of lime trees’ and in 1343 King Edward III granted the town a royal charter to hold a Thursday market and two annual week long fairs. These fairs continued for centuries and the summer event became one of the largest sheep sales in Sussex. In the 18th century, diseases were rife and smallpox often proved fatal; it was in Lindfield that early inoculations against the disease were practiced by Dr John Dutton who lived in the village in the 1730s. This process was in its infancy, initiated by Lady Mary Wortly Montagu who had discovered that in Turkey, healthy people were deliberately infected with smallpox and inoculated with a small amount of pus. She introduced the concept of inoculation to Britain and a few pioneering doctors, including Dutton adopted the procedure. In 1744, he and his wife Elizabeth purchased a large country house and land called Cripland and established it as a ‘pest house’, where sufferers were kept away from healthy people. He began inoculating people in the village with smallpox


pus to help them against outbreaks but unfortunately, many did not understand what he was trying to achieve and he was required to halt the practice. He was asked to enter into a £600 bond with a term of sixty years payable if he began inoculating again. He complied with the arrangement and sold the land

King Edward III granted the town a royal charter to hold a Thursday market and two annual week long fairs in 1767 although it continued to be known as Pest House Farm until the late 1880s when it reverted to Cripland Farm. In the 1820s the village again became the scene of a social experiment, this time the fight was against poverty. William Allen, an eminent Quaker, philanthropist

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and social reformer wished to establish colonies of cottages for poor agricultural labourers with allotments for rent and Lindfield was chosen as the place for a pioneering colony because poverty was so rife. He established 12 dwellings, six modest single storey thatched cottages and six larger cottages, each with one and a quarter acres of land. Three pairs of semi detached cottages with land were built nearby and immediately became known as ‘The Colony’ and also ‘America’, inspired by the idea of land as a promise for settlers. The

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The pair have accumulated over forty years of experience in prime central London, where Jackson-Stops has a large network of offices. Until recently, both were based in the Chelsea branch: Toby heading up the central London sales team and Guy running the high net worth property acquisition department. However, both share a deep love of Sussex, with Toby being born, bred and educated here, and having lived for several years just outside Lindfield with his young family. Guy has visited the area regularly since he was a young boy, has loved spending time with friends and family and is passionate about the Sussex countryside. “Having cut our teeth in London, we always knew we wanted to return to this area. The beautiful countryside, quintessential villages and excellent towns, all containing

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DIVERTICULAR DISEASE Dr Keith Hine is our expert medical practitioner this month, and as a retired Gastroenterologist he is perfectly placed to divulge the ins and outs of Diverticular Disease


diverticulum is the name given to a small pouch which bulges out from any hollow structure in the body. The plural of diverticulum is diverticula. Diverticular disease of the colon is a disease of western civilisation. In the UK approximately half the population over 65 years of age have diverticular disease. Many people have the condition without realising, because it causes no symptoms and does them no harm. The condition is much less common in the developing world, possibly because of differences in diet. We cannot be entirely certain what causes diverticula to form in the colon. Increased pressure within the bowel probably forces pouches of bowel lining through points of weakness in the muscle layers to form diverticula. Studies have shown that diverticular disease is more common in those countries with a western diet – high in animal protein and fat and low in vegetable and cereal fibre. A low intake

of fibre results in a smaller volume of material passing through the colon. In these circumstances the pressures produced within the colon are higher. Thus, diverticular disease is thought to be one result of a low-fibre diet. There is no increased risk of cancer in diverticular disease. However, since diverticular disease and bowel cancer may cause similar symptoms, your doctor may want to be entirely sure that cancer has been excluded by arranging an X-ray of the colon (a barium enema or CT colonography) and, possibly,

Diverticular disease is thought to be one result of a low-fibre diet a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy (a telescopic inspection of the bowel). Even though diverticular disease has a widespread prevalence, complications are surprisingly few but the following may occasionally occur: • Diverticulitis – inflammation due to bacterial infection and usually treated by antibiotics. • Perforation of a diverticulum which may cause peritonitis (a serious

condition requiring hospital admission), an abscess (collection of pus) or a fistula (a connection into the bladder or vagina). Any perforation may require surgical intervention. Most patients with diverticular disease do not have any symptoms, however, some patients experience: • a change in bowel habit (either more constipated or more loose than usual). • colicky discomfort, especially on the left side of the abdomen. • distension of the abdomen. Occasionally, there may be: • pain, which arises because the diverticula become inflamed (diverticulitis). • blood in the motions. If this occurs it should be reported to your doctor. For many patients simply increasing vegetable and cereal fibre in the diet will relieve their symptoms and return their bowel activity to normal. Fibre intake can be supplemented by adding coarse wheat bran to food (such as yoghurt, soup, gravy, mashed potatoes, cereals). Your doctor may prescribe fibre bulking agents, such as ispaghula husk. A few patients who still experience colicky pain and distension need treatment with drugs called anti-spasmodics. There are several such drugs some of which are available over the counter. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise. l

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tay sharp, elegant and most importantly stylish this summer and invest in a beautiful hat. With the summer social season fast approaching and those dressy events looming on the sartorial horizon, then it pays to seek out some fabulous millinery. Sussex is full of small boutique hat designers and businesses, ready to make you something unique design works well for the and bespoke for any special mother of the bride or if your occasion. I had the pleasure outfit is doing all the talking of speaking to many UK and you don’t want your hat milliners at London Hat to, too! Week last month, and almost A simple Panama hat all of them reiterated the or trilby worn with a fitted fact that they can design linen suit and you have the and produce a hat that chicest ensemble ready to is individual and to any wear anywhere. budget, however large or small. DEMURE One local designer I met The velvet headband has explained “Many people made a gorgeous comeback spend hundreds on an outfit this season. Ideal if you and then finish with an want something demure off-the-peg fascinator that and understated. Some doesn’t do it justice. Little come adorned with lace or do they realise they can pearls. Others are covered approach a small designer in silk or organza. Add high who can create something feathers and truly unique for built up motifs just a little more and you have a spend. I’ve had fascinator! clients come in Whatever with their outfits you go for, or an idea of there’s a myriad what they will Heading to the races this summer? Whatever dressy event of styles and it’s be wearing and well worth researching we produce something you’re attending, go with a hat! Sasha Kanal gives us the what you like. Try incredibly fun and inside scoop with what’s hot right now before you buy so you bespoke”. can see what suits your This season, the natural you make an entrance. Often face and personality and if world is a huge trend in hat using fruit motifs, feathers you can support our local design, with milliners taking or dramatic swathes of home-grown design talent their cue from flora and tulle there is sometimes a and small businesses here in fauna. From the rosy hues cheekier element to this kind the UK and Sussex, all the and delicate of hat. Largely better. Hats off to you! l blooms of a designed with traditional A simple trilby worn height, these English are the kind of with a fitted linen cottage looks that make garden to the suit and you have the front page bolder more the chicest ensemble after the races. structural shapes and colours CLASSIC associated with tropical A wider brim or an elegant plants and exotic flowers. side perch on the head these creations don’t demand DRAMA attention like their dramatic If you want to be noticed, cousins above, rather they then large dramatic just are. Classic, confident statement hats will guarantee and reliable, this kind of hat

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It’s a Dog’s Life Teddy the Border Terrier is venturing out and about this month and he is quite partial to a bit of motorhoming, writes Helen Stockton, the pen behind the paw


ell the year is progressing, the weather improving and holidays are looming! The concept of the perfect holiday is a bit subjective, but if I had to vote, it’d be motorhoming, paws down. Now I’m a dog who likes to keep my family within sight; I’ve already lost one owner and I’m not about to let that happen again, so a motorhome is ideal, after all it’s everything you need in a small space and there is little opportunity for your nearest and dearest to go out of sight for more than a few minutes. I have a special bed that fits in between the front cab seats and there’s blown air heating with the outlets at the perfect height for a small dog with a strong sense of

alignment, so what more could I ask for. The Boss, Rolo, used to like that kind of holiday too when he was alive, and he was the master of escape. On caravan sites, dogs are supposed to be kept on tethers, but

that’s nothing to a small dog with determination. ‘Them Indoors’ made the mistake of thinking the awning was a secure location with its firmly pegged down sides, but the Boss launched his own great escape under the flaps and was eventually returned on a borrowed lead to a frantic ‘Her Indoors’, having appeared in someone else’s caravan because they were cooking something tasty. You’ve got to admire his style! I too, have launched my own successful escape bid. When we were away recently, ‘Her Indoors’ went to go outside and as she was poised in the doorway, she witnessed a caravan accidentally uncoupling from its hitch to the towing car, and rolling back down the hill towards a parked motorhome. In all the excitement, I escaped and ran after it barking, with ‘Him Indoors’ running after me. He managed to catch me, and the caravan ran into the verge of its own accord so no-one was hurt, but I like to think I added to the sense of drama.

I have a special bed that fits in between the front cab seats One of the advantages of being on holiday is that I get to try out different forms of transport. I went on a train recently and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Guard, having noticed me getting on, made a point of seeking me out. I was a bit worried initially, as I didn’t have a ticket, but fortunately ‘Them Indoors’ did and the Guard was a dog lover who just wanted to say hello and give me a quick ear tickling, which was fine by me. I had a similar experience on a bus when one of the fellow passengers turned out to be a Border Terrier owner too. He had some shopping so he opened his packet of crunchy nut cornflakes especially to share. I notice none of the other passengers got any. Still, holidays are supposed to be about eating and drinking unfamiliar things as well as having different experiences so this ticked all the boxes. Happy days! l 66 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019

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re you a pet life, and although on owner? If so, Having a pet can reduce the odd occasion when you’re in good stress and loneliness, emptying a litter tray, company cleaning out a hutch or adding an additional as almost half the UK walking a dog in the population has a pet, rain with a poo bag in dimension to our lives with dogs and cats hand this might not proving the most popular. Apparently, be instantly apparent, having a pet can mice are the least common animal for reduce stress and loneliness, adding an people to own, and although I know additional dimension to our lives. there’s a world of difference between Choosing a pet to share your life and the domestic variety and the feral home is a significant decision not to be kind scrabbling around in the loft, I’m undertaken lightly. After all, you will be certainly hosting some of the latter! responsible for that animal for its life’s So why do we keep animals in our duration: feeding it, making holidayhomes? The value of having pets is care arrangements, keeping it happy and well documented. The vast majority of stimulated, and paying for insurance owners say that having a pet makes them and vet’s bills, when the need arises. feel happy and improves their quality of There are a few important things to

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take into account when deciding which pet is suitable for you: • Your size of home and outside space  ow much money you •H have to spend on your pet •W  hether there is someone at home during the day •H  ow much time you’ve got to care for your pet •H  ow often you are away from home on business or holidays • Your personal preference If you have your heart set on a particular type of animal, there are often ways round specific problems,

but you’ll need to think about them in advance. For example, if a dog is your pet of choice, there are varieties to suit every home and lifestyle, but it wouldn’t be fair to have a Border Collie, with their boundless energy and intelligence, if you lived in a small flat in a town or city centre without access to green space, and were out a lot. Various organisations, such as the Kennel Club, provide information on the different breeds and hold ‘Discover Dogs’ events where you can meet the dogs and chat to their owners. A good rule of and go for something thumb is to consider Small breeds, like a Devon Rex or a what the breed was Dachshunds, were bred like Russian Blue. If you live originally intended for flushing badgers or on a busy main road, to do. For example, you might want to get a retrieving breeds in the case of Terriers, breed that will be happy are generally people dealing with vermin as an indoor cat, such as focused and anxious a Persian. to please, so often Whatever you decide, you will take make good family pets. Small breeds, on a whole new set of responsibilities, like Dachshunds, were actually bred keeping your pet fit and healthy. As for flushing badgers or in the case of a nation, we tend to over-indulge our Terriers, dealing with vermin, so they animal companions with almost half are feisty, independent thinkers often of all dogs and a third of cats being with a strong prey drive. Like dogs, there are different breeds overweight or obese. So how do you know if your pet is overweight? For both of cat to suit varying requirements. dogs and cats you should be able to just It is still possible to own one even if see and feel their ribs without excess fat you have allergies, but you’ll need to think about the breed type carefully covering, see a noticeable waist when

viewed from above, and have a slightly tucked up belly when viewed from the side in dogs, and an absence of a saggy belly and excess fat for a cat. A bit similar to us actually, so go easy on the treats and maximise the exercise! We also indulge our pets in other ways, with UK dog owners spending a generous £57 billion pounds annually on their animals. You can buy them luxury accommodation, bowls, collars, toys, the list is almost endless! Apparently, one in five UK adults buys a Valentine’s Day gift for their pet which just goes to prove the age-old adage, we’re a nation of animal lovers, so which animal would you like to snuggle up with? l

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With longer days and warmer evenings on the horizon, we sent Robert Veitch and one of Sussex Living’s designers, Jo Grey on a late afternoon stroll around Henfield and the surrounding countryside


rom the car park, walk along Coopers Way to the High Street, then turn right and walk north. Cross at the pelican crossing, then turn left into Church Street. There’s an eclectic mix of housing on either side as a succession of side roads are crossed; Craggits Lane, Chestnut Way, Martyn Close, Parsonage Road and then Church Lane. It’s worth pausing for the view of St Peter’s Church. Jo rejoiced at the rows of beautifully maintained yew trees. Continue west along what is now Upper Station Road, passing Hacketts Lane, Broomfield Road, Fabians Way, Faircox Lane, Staples Barn Lane and Station Road, before arriving at the car park on the right. Turn right and walk north along the Downs Link. This 37-mile route was established in 1984, after the closure of the railway almost 20 years earlier. It links the North Downs with the South Downs, and the coast at Shoreham-by-Sea. After ½ a mile, pass between a pair of concrete blocks. A whisker over a third of a 72 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019

It’s a pleasant southwesterly amble with a far-reaching vista mile later there’s a kissing gate and fingerpost on the left. Beyond this, it’s a short trot to the top of the levee and the eastern arm of the River Adur. It was familiar territory for Jo who recalled spending time in the area in her youth, “Such lovely views, so rural,” she observed. It’s a pleasant southwesterly amble with a far-reaching vista towards Chanctonbury Ring. Remember there may be

livestock in the fields and they should be treated with respect. After ½ a mile there’s a confluence with the western Adur. The river is tidal here, and barely ten miles from the sea. Keep following the riverside path downstream, and an eye out for some of the swans that call this landscape home. There’s a wooden footbridge after half a mile and ¾ of a mile after that, is the ‘Take 5’ bench. “Well worth a rest,” noted Jo. Two stiles in quick succession precede Bineham Bridge. Continue southeasterly, over another stile, and the panorama should begin to open up. Atop the distant South Downs from west to east are the summits of Truleigh Hill, Devil’s Dyke, Newtimber Hill and Wolstonbury Hill. There are up to four stiles to cross before the remains of a dried up moat appear on the left, its alignment highlighted by a ring of trees and bushes. The path then rejoins the Downs Link at Stretham Bridge. Nostalgic visions of yesteryear are easy to imagine… Smoke rising from the chimney as the 5:15pm from Horsham to Bramber passes through. Back on the Downs Link, walk north, passing a wooden bench and metal bench along the way. Both offer pleasing westward views. After 1¼ miles, just after a brick bridge, the link comes to a crossroads, at a post and rail barrier half blocking the way. Turn right and immediately right again by the telegraph pole, heading downhill, between conifers on the left and fencing on the right. At the t-junction, the brick arch of the bridge crossed moments earlier is visible on the right. Turn left, wandering east,

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past the pond on the left. The path chicanes right left, then under willow trees until it reaches a stile by a stream. Follow the stream and its refreshing sound of gurgling water. Jo noticed a solitary newt sunbathing in a pool, enjoying the afternoon glow of spring. A low wall precedes a pair of stiles and three railway sleeper bridges, after which there are two sections of boardwalk. At the five-way fingerpost, turn left and endure the only incline of the day. Spring Hill is short and shallow in gradient, evolving into a track at the top, bordered by a yew hedge on the left. Follow the track to the road, the village sign clearly visible on the other side. Walk up the High Street, past period properties, back into the heart of the village. Find the war memorial and consider the odyssey complete. All that’s left to do is to treat oneself to some refreshments in the delightful, welcoming and historic environment of Henfield. l

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Family Fun! Maggie Chamberlain tells us why we should make a date for the Staplefield Village Fete and Car Show on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May


he ever popular Staplefield Village Fete and Car Show will once again take place on the late May Bank Holiday 27th May. Nestled between two pubs in the beautiful setting of Staplefield Common, this traditional Fete has been held nearly every year since the 1920s. The fete draws people from near and far. It’s continuing success is remarkable for such a small village, and can be directly attributed to the enthusiasm and dedication of our close knit community. Everyone can find something to enjoy, from Maypole Dancing, traditional fair ground rides, bouncy slide, games, radio controlled cars, and many interesting stalls. The

Car Show provides a spectacular display of vehicles from the weird to the wonderful, and a highlight of the day is the Fun Dog Show compèred again this year by Clive Panto. Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by a fantastic big band, and youth choir and there are many great prizes on offer in the Grand Draw, with top prize of £100. There are plenty of pit stops to keep you going through the day including pulled pork baps, teas, cakes and savouries, vegan meals, beverages and BBQ. We take pride that we always provide ample seating and tables and shelter so that people can relax, listen to the band and soak up the atmosphere. There will also be designated disabled parking. l

To book a pitch or exhibit a vehicle contact Maggie Chamberlain on 01444 484825 or email Staplefield Common, RH17 6EU Bank Holiday Monday 27th May, 12:00 – 16:00


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Rhubarb Ice Cream

Field grown rhubarb is at the peak of its season in May and June, producing vibrant stems of shocking pink, mauve and even green. Make the most of this tangy taste bud tingler with some refreshing, grown up ice cream INGREDIENTS 500ml double cream 150ml full fat milk 1 vanilla pod 2 tsp vanilla extract 6 small egg yolks 360g caster sugar 1kg rhubarb, chopped 250ml water

Prep Time 30 minutes Cooking Time 30 minutes Serves 8

METHOD Put the cream and milk in to a saucepan and scrape in the seeds from the vanilla pod. Bring to the boil over a medium heat then put to one side and add the vanilla extract.


Whisk the eggs in a bowl with 120g 2 caster sugar until pale and thick. Gradually pour in the cream and milk mixture and whisk until combined. Pour the mixture back into a clean pan and heat on a low heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until it thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool.

Next put the rhubarb and remaining 3 sugar into a pan with the water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until the rhubarb is soft and the liquid is reduced by half. Next pour the rhubarb into a blender and blitz then pour the mixture through a sieve leaving a smooth puree.

1 hour to thicken. Scoop and serve immediately or put the ice cream into a container and store in the freezer until needed. If you don’t have a machine pour the cooled custard mix into a container big enough to stir around, freeze for 30 minutes then take out and stir in the ice crystals. Repeat every 30 minutes until the ice cream is set, about 4 hours. 76 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019


Pour the puree into the cooled 4 custard mixture and then churn in an ice cream machine for at least

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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 ONE OF US IS LYING

by Karen M. McManus (Penguin)

The protagonists in this are teenagers, and as it’s set in the US most of them have cars and drive to school. It took me a while to get into it, as there are a lot of things that are unfamiliar to British kids, and there are several narrators. That’s a lot of characters to get to know, as you need to understand their parents and friends as well. But once you’ve got over that initial hurdle, this book is terrific. Fast-moving, full of plot twists, and I didn’t guess the ending. Five kids are given a detention for carrying mobile phones in their bags. They all deny that the phones are theirs, and as they have other handsets it seems very plausible that they’ve been set up. Especially when one of the five


by Sarah Haywood (Two Roads) We’ve had a lot of socially inept characters writing in the first person in recent years, and by now we’re used to seeing the world through the eyes of someone with a problem. I feel a little uncomfortable using the word entertaining or amusing about a book such as this, but there’s no doubt that the device of the reader seeing things far more clearly than the main character gives you the same feeling as getting questions right on Mastermind. Susan says exactly what

Her row of well-tended cactuses are a neat parallel for the sort of person she is she thinks, considers her regimented life is perfectly acceptable, and her row of well-tended cactuses are a neat parallel for the sort of person she is. She’s in her mid-forties, and conducts relationships the way she conducts everything else – at an arm’s length. The story revolves around what happens after her mother dies, and she has to reach an agreement with the brother she thoroughly despises. But circumstances are not always under her control, and she eventually has to change with them. I really enjoyed this, as Susan doesn’t engender pity because she is too well organised – so you’re really rooting for her by the end. 78 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019

There are a lot of people who hate him, and a lot of potential suspects has an allergic reaction, and the other four are accused of murder. Simon, the boy who dies, is a blogger with a very nasty line in exposing secrets about other kids at his school. There are a lot of people who hate him, and a lot of potential suspects… Except that most of them wouldn’t have had the opportunity to lace his drink with peanut oil…

THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS by Pat Barker (Hamish Hamilton) I don’t usually recommend violent books, but this is different. Nothing is gratuitous; this is Ancient Greece during the Trojan War, and the picture it paints of death, torture, plague, and enslavement is so real you can almost taste it. Women were meant to stay in the background and say nothing, whatever happened to them, and what did happen was very unpleasant indeed.

Achilles is depicted as a complex person, half thug and half abandoned child This is the story of Briseis, the wife of King Mynes. When Achilles sacked Lyrnessus and killed her husband and brothers, she was awarded to him as a prize. Her subsequent transition from a free woman to an object that could be traded sounds totally authentic. She was the cause of the dispute between Agamemnon and Achilles, which led to the death of Patroclus, Achilles’ soulmate, and the only really sympathetic male character. Achilles is depicted as a complex person, half thug and half abandoned child, which gives some insight into his behaviour. Like Mary Renault, Pat Barker can weave mythical elements into a story so that we can see how the people of the time believed in the supernatural although the present-day reader can see both the psychological and the scientific explanations. Compulsive reading.


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Your essential guide to some of the best upcoming events in the area this month Bluebell Vineyard Bluebell Vineyard is home to the award-winning range of Hindleap sparkling wines. Highlights this May include the launch of our stunning new picnic range, including vegan and seafood options, our new ‘Bubbles and Bites’ tour and tasting with each wine expertly paired with delicious seasonal canapés and our first ever ‘Yoga, Vines and Wine’, an idyllic morning of yoga overlooking the vineyard, followed by elevenses, tour and wine tasting. Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Sliders Lane, Furners Green, TN22 3RU 01825 791 561

Woolbeding Gardens

Now open for the year, Woolbeding Gardens is one of Sussex’s best-kept secrets. This horticultural haven provides an oasis of tranquillity surrounded by modern yet romantic planting, with sensational views of the River Rother. Comprising elegant garden rooms and meticulous borders with a wooded landscape that conceals dramatic follies, Woolbeding Gardens draws you in with something new and picturesque at every turn. Woolbeding Gardens is open on Thursdays and Fridays until 27 September. New for 2019, you can explore the gardens on Wednesdays from 26 June to 28 August. All visits must be pre-booked by telephoning 0344 249 1895

Castle Characters Arrive at Bodiam Castle Visitors to Bodiam Castle this spring and summer will discover a new castle characters display, where the people who would have lived and worked at this medieval castle will be brought to life through eight child sized illustrations PIC: NATIONALTRUSTIMAGES/HEATH PACKHAM



Horse Drawn Experiences at The Horse Drawn Carriage Company Choose from a range of driving experiences including champagne carriage drives, family picnic drives, 1 or 2 hour driving lessons, all in the beautiful Sussex countryside. “Through life, if you are lucky, you may have some wonderful and memorable experiences. We had one of those today… We have recommended many places throughout the world but, if you want a personal, relaxing day with a unique experience of a horse-drawn carriage ride, then we cannot recommend anything more highly” - Mr and Mrs Ansell www.thehorsedrawncarriagecompany. com 07821742016

around the castle. Not only will this provide a great photo opportunity, but accompanying information shields will reveal what we think the rooms would have looked like in 1385, how they would have been used and the important roles the various characters such as the minstrel, steward and priest would have played in castle life. Please visit bodiam-castle for further details.

Father’s Day Supercars at Hever Castle & Gardens Supercars in a stunning location – the perfect way to thank dad this Father’s Day is at Hever Castle & Gardens. There will be supercars on display as well as fun activities for the kids. This two-day event is supported by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain with a stunning selection of Alfa Romeos displayed on Saturday

15th June and fabulous Ferraris on Sunday 16th June. Kids will have the chance take part in a free craft workshop. Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG 01732 865224 Normal admission prices apply, see website for details

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Haywards Heath: “Cuckfield’s Noisy Neighbour” Cuckfield Museum, Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL This continues through April and May. How the coming of the railway in 1841 transformed a deserted heath into a thriving market town. Free, but donations welcome. For more information visit

Do you have a West Sussex community event to promote? Email and ask for a Diary Dates form. Visit our Diary Dates page on details. Standen House & Garden 01342 323029

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providing an opportunity to meet with those of similar interest. 01444 236661

Wednesday 01 May, 11:00-15:00

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wednesday 01 - Saturday 4 May

Thursday 02 May, 17:00

Bonhams Valuation Day Charleston House, West Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL Fine Art, Jewellery and Books. Enquiries: 01273 220000

Wednesday 01 May, 19:30 for 19:45-21:00

Wednesday 01 May, 13:45 for 14:00-16:30

St Thomas a Becket Church Hall, 23 Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH Steven Moore of Rapkyns Nursery will be talking about Salvias, Penstemons and other perennials for chalk. £3 for guests and free for members. Sara Callarman 01273 970021,

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Flower Demonstration by Pat Macdonald entitled “It will be an adventure.” Competition – Flights of Fancy. Visitors £6.00, first visit free with Sussex Living magazine. Judith Alexander 01444 871886.

Wednesday 01 – Friday 31 May

Standen Tulip Festival

The Young at Heart Club (Members & Non-members)

Standen House & Garden, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead RH19 4NE See the colourful spectacle of thousands of tulips and spring flowers as they carpet the terraces and borders at Standen. Free entry for National Trust Members – see website for

The Salvation Army, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Musical guests, movie shows, guest speakers, quizzes, chair aerobics, craftwork, adult colouring etc. Members £5 per month and nonmembers £2 per week. 2 course

A Gardeners Talk

Burgess Hill Flower Club

Wednesday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 May, 12:30-15:00

The Capitol, North St, Horsham RH12 1RG Starting on Monday 29 April. Starring Jonathan Wrather. Featuring Oscar Wilde’s famous wit, this fast-paced thriller will keep you on the edge of your seats. Tickets from £21.50. 01403 750220 Wednesday 01 May, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: “A World of Lavender” by Simon Charlesworth, owner of Downderry Lavender Nursery. Admission: members free, visitors £1. All welcome! 01444 245509. www.

Windlesham Open Evening for Prep and Pre-prep Entry Windlesham House School, London Road, Pulborough RH20 4AY The evening will begin with a welcome from our Headmaster, Richard Foster and the opportunity to hear from our Director of Studies and our Head of Junior Curriculum. To register: 01903 874701 or Friday 03, Saturday 04 and Sunday 05 May

Beer Festival with Live Music The Jolly Tanners, Handcross Road, Staplefield RH17 6EF Beer Festival with live music. Free entry. 01444 400335

Thursday 02 May, 12:00

Friday 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 May, 19:45-21:45 unless stated

Various This event is for professional and business men. Lunch followed by a short talk by a professional speaker –

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month – Talk by John G8JBJ, Radio Night and Table Top Sale, Radio

Burgess Hill and District Probus Club Meeting

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Kids' days out

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Night, Natter Night, Radio Night and Table Top Sale. For more information please contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 Saturday 04 – Monday 06 May

Hever Castle May Day Festival Hever Castle, Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Traditional celebrations to welcome in the spring from the mythical Green Man of folklore and Jack-in-the-Green plus Maypole dancing on the castle forecourt. For further info: 01732 865224 Saturday 04 – Monday 06 May 11:00-21:00 (Sat-Sun) 11:00-18:00 (Mon)

Foodies Festival

Hove Lawns, Kingsway Road, Brighton BN3 2WN The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink! Weekend Ticket £29, Weekend Family £58 (2 adults + 4 kids), Family Day Ticket £38, Adult Day Ticket £19/17, Kids Day Ticket £5, Under 12’s Free, VIP Ticket £38. 0131 558 7134

Saturday 04 May, 10:30-11:30

Coffee Morning, run by Burgess Hill Methodist Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Entrance off Gloucester Road. Come and have a chat over tea or coffee. All welcome. 01444 236733. Saturday 04 May, 10:30-13:30

Lancing College Open Morning Lancing College, Lancing BN15 ORW Our Open Morning is a good opportunity to visit Lancing, meet the Head Master, staff and pupils and to experience what makes the College a successful and popular place. To register: 01273 465805 Saturday 04, 11, 18 & 25 May, 12:00-16:00

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 04 May, 19:30-21:45

Forest Row Market

St Peter’s Church Chailey – Spring Concert

Hartfield Road, Forest Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market. Contact: Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062

St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, Near Lewes BN8 4DA Beautiful music for a spring evening. Mid Sussex Choir and others concert featuring music from around the World. Music Director Andrew Sutton. Tickets: £10 in advance or £12 on the

Saturday 04 May, 10:00-15:00

night (accompanied children under 16 free). Janet Barnes 01825 722574 Sunday 05 May, 09:30 –14:00

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB Free parking + disabled parking. Set up 8.30am. Buyers 9.30am. Refreshments. Dogs welcome on lead. No Food Sellers or Traders. Adult buyers: 50p admission. Sellers: All vehicles £10. Trailers £3. Pay on entry. 0300 123 0741. Sunday 05 & Monday 06 May

Spring Live

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL Adults £12, £10 concessions, under 16s free with paying adult. Book tickets: 01444 892700. Sunday 05 May, 11:00-17:00

Oldland Mill “Music and Morris”

High Salvington Windmill, Furze Road, High Salvington, Worthing BN13 3BP We will be open on the first and third Sundays during the summer months until 15th September. There will also be one or two special extra days, so watch out for them too. £1 adults, accompanied children FREE. Monday 06 May, 08:00-12:00

Bank Holiday Monday Rotary Car Boot Sale Storrington Library Car Park, Rycroft Lane, Storrington RH20 4PA A popular event for buyers and sellers with lots of bric-a-brac, clothes, plants and curios on sale. Free for buyers. Sales pitches are available at £7 per car and from £10 for vans. Contact: Ray Miles 01903 745140 Monday 06 May - Registration from 12:00, Classes start at 13:00

Cuckfield Cuckoo Fayre Dog Show

Oldland Windmill, Oldlands Lane, Hassocks BN6 Featuring Ditchling and Hammersmith Morris, Punch and Judy, Animal School, a Hog Roast and live music provided by the Millers Blues Band, Ditchling Singers and Kevin Russell. Please park in Grand Avenue near the Thatched Inn. Voluntary donation £5 per person.

Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Off the High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EN The Mewes Fun Family Dog Show. There are 7 classes to enter plus the chance to be Best in Show. £2 per class. Contact: Helen Bentley

Sunday 05 & Sunday 19 May, 14:30-17:00

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DIARY DATES Country walk? Dinner? Theatre? A round of golf? Cinema? The Group meets in Worthing on the third Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Brighton, Lewes, Burgess Hill and Horsham. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call.

needed. £3 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Tuesday 07 May, 20:00-23:00

The Group for unattached men and women, aged 50+

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Jo will be talking about the Samaritans. Entry £1.50 including raffle ticket. Contact: Elizabeth Taylor 01444 235837

Lewes Day at the races? Country walk? Casino? Quiz? Holiday? These are events from the Group diary. The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Meetings also in Brighton, Burgess Hill and Horsham. Visit www.thegroup. and give one of the contact numbers a call.

Tuesday 07 May, 10:00

Wednesday 08 May, 19.30

Ditchling Common Car Park BN6 8SQ TQ315896. Plumpton Green, Wivelsfield Green, Ditchling Common Country Park. Please bring a picnic lunch. 7mi/12.1km Moderate. Brian 07985201335 on the day.

King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield Experts Jean Griffin, David Fitton, Vanessa Jones, Paul Seaborne will take questions on all things gardening and horticultural. £5 members. £6 visitors All welcome. Includes complimentary drink. Lindfield Horticultural Society, membership enquiries: 01444 454816

Tuesday 07 May, 09:45-12:00

U3A Monthly Meeting with speaker Jo Peters

Mid Sussex Ramblers Bluebell Walk from Ditchling Common

Tuesday 07 May, 18:30-21:00ish

Stoolball Game

Under Hill Lane Recreation, Clayton BN6 9PJ Tuesday 07 May, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner

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Wednesday 08 May, 14:00 for 14:15-16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL Annual General Meeting and President’s Display of Chile. Jim Etherington 01273 471897

Thursday 08 May, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN A talk: “Unexplained Mysteries and Cover-ups” by Andy Thomas. 01444 482055. Wednesday 08 May, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society – Borde Hill Garden Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QF The owner of Borde Hill House and Garden, Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, presents the History, plant hunters and current highlights of the House and Garden. All welcome. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Derek Swaine 01273 842516. Friday 10 May, 10:00-17:00

Sculpture Exhibition – 20th Anniversary Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP An enticing collection of contemporary sculpture displayed within a stunning historic garden, featuring works in bronze, stone, metal, glass and ceramic. Price included in Garden admission. Andrew Loin 01444 450326. This event finishes on Monday 30 September.

Crawley Museums, Past, Present and Future. Helen Poole talks about her involvement in setting up the new museum. Members £1.50, guests £3.50. Contact: Fred Avery 235088. Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May

Country Show and Horse Trials Firle Place, Lewes BN8 6LP A weekend of family entertainment! for further details. Saturday 11 May, 10:00-11:45

Plant Sale

St Barnabas, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Variety of plants, annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, pots etc. Refreshments available. In aid of refurbishment project. Free entry. All welcome. Contact: 0300 111 8150. Saturday 11 May, 10:00-13:00

NSPCC Plant Sale

Brinkley Lodge, London Road, Cuckfield RH17 5EU Popular annual plant sale with a large selection of plants, flowers and veggies – all excellent value. Homemade refreshments. Contact: Mary Crouch 01444 459579. Saturday 11 May, 10:00-12:00

Friday 10 May, 20:00-21:30

Copthorne Preparatory School Open Morning

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX

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Prep and we warmly welcome all prospective parents and children to explore the school’s superb facilities, as well as hearing about the ‘Copthorne experience’ first hand from our pupils. Please register: 01342 712311 Saturday 11 May, 10:30-12:30

Rainbow, Brownie, Guide & Ranger Garden Fete Burgess Hill Division Guide Hall, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EU Annual Garden Fete in aid of Burgess Hill Division Guide Hall. Various stalls, competitions, including flower arranging, raffle and display 40th Birthday of Girlguiding Sussex Central County. Ian Richards 01825 733432. Saturday 11 May, 12:00

Jumble Sale

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Haywards Heath Lions Club Jumble Sale including toys, books, clothes, bric-a-brac, homemade refreshments and tombola. Jumble donations appreciated from 9am. 50p entry. Saturday 11 May, 11:00-16:00

AEG Live

Optimum, H3 Burrell Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1TW AEG expert will be demonstrating steam cooking and induction cooking. Contact: 01444 451551 or to book a place.

Saturday 11 May, 13:00-15:00

Bubbles and Bites

Bluebell Vineyard, Sliders Lane, Furners Green TN22 3RU A vineyard and winery tour, followed by a sparkling wine tasting, expertly paired with delicious locally sourced and seasonal canapés. £35. Bluebell Vineyard 01825 791561 Saturday 11 May, 14:30

reMEmber’s ME Awareness Week Conference Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Conference on ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Key speakers Dr Charles Shepherd and Dr Nina Muirhead. Please bring your questions. Tickets £5. Online via Eventbrite, go to www., or send cheque and S.A.E to Janice Kent, PO Box 1647, Hassocks BN6 9GQ. Saturday 11 May, 19:30

Mid Sussex Brass Band Spring Concert St John the Evangelist, Lower Church Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9AA With Mid Sussex Youth Brass Band. Tickets £8, available from Burgess Hill Town Help Point on Church Walk, Church Office and online at Ticketsource. Sunday 12 May, 10:00-17:00

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Commercial Vehicle Run Crystal Palace, London to Madeira Drive, Brighton BN 180 Lorries, Buses, Fire Engines and Steam Vehicles, 1906-1990. Entry: Free on route, £3 by programme on Madeira Drive, BN2 1PS. Contact: Geoff Heels 0372 278071

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The Story of English Country Parks

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The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB Paul Rabbits, with a passion for public parks and bandstands, will share his enthusiasm and give thanks to the enlightened Victorians who brought nature into deprived urban areas. Guests welcome to attend at £8.00 per lecture. Contact: 01273 494633 Stephen Wyman.

Monday 13 & 20 May, 08:00-17:00

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Sunday 12 May, 11:00-15:00

Chirpee Flowers by Steph Willoughby at Stanmer House Wedding Fair

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

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 Monday 13 May, 10:00-12:00

The Arts Society Steyning The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN443XZ Coffee 10:00, Talk 10:30-11:30. Janet Canetty-Clarke will give an illustrated talk – The Rakes Progress – Stravinsky, Hogarth and Hockney. Annual

Minton Badminton Club Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP We meet every Monday. New members would be most welcome – we are particularly short of men at the moment! Come along for a “taster” – no obligation to join. Contact: 01444 400054. Tuesday 14 May, 19:45

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society - Wakehurst – Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by Iain Parkinson. £1 members, £2 non-members. Contact: Kathy Green Wednesday 15 May, 10:00-11:50

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15th-23rd June 2019 More than a week of world music with international and local performers. Ten events will range from jazz to classical and folk to popular. Tickets from or via the website

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DIARY DATES Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Coffee at 10:00. Lecture by Caroline Rayman on “Three Great Families and their Gardens” The Astors, Rothschilds and Sackville Wests. Non-members welcome: £7 on door.

Freeman Brother Funeral Directors, 126 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9PX Celebrate the opening of our branch. Learn how easy discussing funerals can be, plus enjoy free refreshments and goodie bags. Contact: Chrissie Wilkie 01273 831497

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 May, 20:00

Wivelsfield Little Theatre – “Yes, Prime Minister”

Ditchling Players – “How the Other Half Loves”

Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT This intriguing play is by Alan Ayckbourn who is an Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright. To book tickets online and for further details please look at our website Wednesday 15 May, 20:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – “Le vin anglais: une industrie jeune, dynamique et en essor” Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN An illustrated talk in French about English wine and the speaker will be the curriculum Manager of Plumpton College Wine Division, Chris Foss. All members and visitors are most welcome. 01444 452385. Thursday 16 May, 13:00-16:00

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Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 May, 19:30 Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG A comedy by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. Tickets £9.50. Tickets online at Wednesday 16 May, 20:00-22:00

Royal Marines Association, Brighton & Hove District Adur Bowling Club, Recreation Ground, Old Barn Way, Southwick BN42 4NT Socials – Battle of Trafalgar Meeting and Social. Contact Secretary as alternates between two venues. £3 Branch Membership. Contact: Maureen Copelin 01273 236437. Friday 17 May, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Doors open at 18:00. Organist/ keyboard player Jean Martyn. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269.

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May, 09:30-17:00

Paws in the Park Spring Show

The South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL Great show for you and your dog, have-a-go activities, arena events, competitions and shopping. Adult £12, Child (3-15)/Senior £9, Family (2+2) £35. Save money by booking tickets in advance at 07952 971452. Saturday 18 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 Saturday 18 May, 10:00-16:00

Transforming Tomorrow: A FREE day of Fun & Laughter The Orchards Shopping Centre, St Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH A FREE day of fun for all the family to raise funds for Save the Children in its Centenary Year. Contact: Nicola Bird, Manager 01444 410620 Saturday 18 May, 11:00-15:00

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Birchanger Open Gardens Birchanger, High Street, Balcombe RH17 6JY By kind permission of the Warrall family these beautiful gardens open in aid of the Ardingly branch of the NSPCC. Adults £5. Children Free. Dogs allowed strictly on lead. Saturday 18 May, 19:30

Heber Opera – Bellini’s “Norma” King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Opera sung in English and performed in the round. Tickets: £15 reserved and £13 unreserved. Online booking: heberopera or 07503 783403. Will also be performing in Uckfield, Hassocks, Steyning and Hurstpierpoint. Sunday 19 May, 10:00-16:00

Great Betley Farmhouse Wedding & Event Venue Open Day Great Betley Farmhouse, Stonepit Lane, Henfield BN5 9QT Wedding and Event venue launch open day. Contact: Kim Stewart 07899664070, kim@greatbetleyfarmhouse. GreatBetleyFarmhouse/

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Forest Garden Shovelstrode Spring Fayre Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood, RH19 3PH A great family day out! We will have a large variety of stalls selling local hand craft, demonstrations of green wood working, pony rides and wonderful homemade food. Entry: Adults £2, children free. 07956 815458/07957 621672. Sunday 19 May, 19:30

Wivelsfield Films “Fisherman’s Friends” Wivelsfield Films, Off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village 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. Tuesday 21 May 4.45am

Dawn Chorus Walk Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB Be an early bird and enjoy the morning music as the reserve comes awake. Entry £12. Doors 4.45am for 5am start £12pp. Call 01903 881525 to book. Tuesday 21 May, 17:00

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Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Resolutions followed by Hurstpierpoint Hedgehog Haven by Ann Winney. Visitors welcomed. Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Tuesday 21 May, 19:00 for 19:30-22:00

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The Apple Tree Pub, West Green, Crawley RH11 7DL A fun Quiz Evening for all the family. Teams of 6, or come along and we’ll make up a team. £9 including buffet or veggie buffet. Maria Hains 01293 403432. Wednesday 22 May, 14:00-16:00

Understanding Dementia Bowes House Nursing Home – Care UK, 25 Battle Road, Hailsham BN27 1DU Understand what living with dementia is like, what dementia is, how memories are lost. Overcoming the barriers with positive approaches. Free event – booking is essential as spaces are limited. Karen Milligan 01323 440188

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Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Alan Peacock will be Demonstrating the art of Bonsai - including Styling etc. All welcome to attend. First visit free. Contact: Ray Brunsden 01444 244267 Wednesday 22 & Thursday 23 May

Hanging Basket Workshop & Afternoon Tea Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Create floral masterpieces with our Estate Manager in our glass house, followed by Afternoon Tea in our luxurious drawing rooms. £47.50 per person. 01342 824988.

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Attic Art Club 80th Anniversary Exhibition – Artist’s Open Houses Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT Exhibition of high quality Art, Craft and Sculpture by 30 Sussex Artists. Refreshments 6-8pm on Friday 24th. Wendy Standen 01273 504588. Friday 24 May, 20:00-22:15 & Saturday 25 May, 14:30-16:45 & 20:00-10:15

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Lindfield Dramatic Club – Spring Production Double-bill

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King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH An evening of comedy with Curses, Foiled Again! by Evelyn Hood where the local amateur dramatic society’s rehearsal is going wrong, and a spoof on Shakespeare’s Hamlet called Poor Yorick by Phil Mansell. Tickets £10. 01444 484474

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Traidcraft Stall, Coffee Morning and Messy Church Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Fairtrade groceries and chocolate. Enjoy a cup of fairly traded coffee or tea and a piece of cake. Children’s activities. Contact: Julia Scotland 01444 871812 07522 866237.

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Hever Castle – “Edwardian Life” Hever Castle, Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG This event finishes on Sunday 2nd June. Step back in time to the early 20th when the Astor family were in residence. Meet costumed characters from the Edwardian era and play traditional games of the period. For further info: 01732 865224 Sunday 26 May, 11:30-16:00

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Saturday 25 May,12:00-16:00

World Day for Cultural Diversity Celebration 2019 Crawley Civic Hall, the Boulevard RH10 1UZ Diverse Crawley hosts the world Day for Cultural Diversity join us for music, food tasting, dance and a fashion show. Marilyn Le Feuvre 07709 821741 Free entry.

Dogs Trust Shoreham, Brighton Road, Shoreham by Sea BN43 5LT Free parking on Adur Recreation Ground. Fun Dog Show, Raffle, Tombola, Agility, Doggy Dash, Refreshments, Trade Stands, Fun new games for humans and dogs and much more! Adults £2. Children & OAP’s £1. Dogs Free! Lisa Herbert & Pia Offord 01273 466971.

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Felbridge Village Hall, Crawley Down Road, Felbridge RH19 2NT ASPS in conjunction with Chris Rapley are holding a stamp fair and convention. East Grinstead P.S. display, postcards, food available. John Bushell 01444 245940 Monday 27 May

Live Music with ALTER EGO The Jolly Tanners, Handcross Road, Staplefield RH17 6EF After the Staplefield Fun Day on the Village Green. 01444 400335


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Birds Eye View

The Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT The Ever-changing Landscape, focusing on the wildlife, management and history of the North Kent marshes – Rolf Williams. £4 members, £5 non-members. Mark Roberts 01342 843190. Friday 31 May, 20:00

“Sport and Scandal at Sheffield Park” Guide HQ, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Illustrated talk by Roger Pacham. Free to members, £3 to non-members or £2 to members of other historical societies. Bill Kent 01273 832280

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