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May 2017


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With the sun finally coming out of hiding, it’s time to appreciate the great outdoors with the added benefit of topping up on some vitamin D. Here at Sussex Living we are thoroughly enjoying the sights and sounds of Spring in full swing. We have a wealth of flora in this month’s issue, from local Open Gardens; where you can see some beautiful blooms, whilst raising some much needed funds for charity from page 24; to floral design inspiration in our Stitch in Time feature on page 20. Flo Whitaker adds to the floral fun with poppies and pruning on pages 30 & 34. If you turn to page 38, Lisa de Silva shares some great tips on how to enjoy and make the most of your outside space in the first part of our Alfresco feature. Look out for part two in our June issue. Have you ever wondered where your town or village name derived from? Starting on page 44, Phil Pavey gives a detailed overview of the origins of place names from Anglo-Saxon and Old English through to modern English, you may even find out where yours originated. If you’re short on cooking inspiration, have a look from page 49 where we have a fabulous fish pie followed by delicious fairy cakes (we know, as they have been sampled in the office!). If you have an appetite for alfresco, we have some top tips for your barbeque bangers too. Ruth Lawrence and Robert Veitch have been out and about enjoying the sunshine this month. Ruth visited Burgess Hill; giving us the lowdown on this busy bustling town, turn to page 66 to find out more. With Robert finding out more about the history of the hidden gem Offam Chalk Pits, near Lewes on page 62. With more features to peruse, we hope you enjoy reading May’s issue, hopefully in the garden with a cup of tea! See you next month.

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A Life Lived

and Loved After living in Henfield for so many years, Eric Etheridge defi nitely fi nds it good for the soul! Eighty six year old Eric Etheridge is one of those rare people who has spent most of his long and interesting life in the area he grew up in. I spent an enjoyable morning talking about his memories of Henfield as it experienced massive social change through the decades. Eric spent his early life on a farm; his father had six heavy horses who worked in pairs. The horses, named Punch and Judy, Duke and Duchess and Captain and Flossie, made a huge impression on the boy. They toiled tirelessly in all weathers alongside the men. People drove horses and carts before the war and cars were few and far between. The village blacksmith was always busy shoeing horses and petrol pumps were simply positioned at the roadside before forecourts existed. Eric remembers walking through the large orchards on the way back from school picking plums to take home and going ferreting on a Sunday as rabbits were so plentiful then. “It was a lovely place to grow up” he recalled, “there was no TV so people used to go to the pub to socialise and play darts and skittles together.” When WWII



began, Eric was eight and he recalls the air raid siren when doodlebugs were dropping and watching dogfights high in the sky above the village. He went to school one day and came home to fi nd an emergency landing strip had been built through fields and hedges for the Canadian military, which had a large presence in Henfield. “A B25 bomber landed there, loaded with bombs that weren’t dropped because of fog over France,” Eric told me. “They’d been on a low level attack and instead of ditching them into the channel, they

The village blacksmith was always busy shoeing horses and petrol pumps were simply positioned at the roadside before forecourts existed brought them back here.” In 1948 Eric was sent to Malaysia for two years of active National Service. He was in the medics and even when he was allowed a holiday over there, he still had to take his rifle and ammunition with him. He enjoyed his time overseas but was glad to return home and integrate once more into the village life he missed. After working in the dairy, he got a job with the butchers for five years, recalling that jobs were plentiful in those days and there was virtually no unemployment. He worked for a local builder before going on to a job in civil engineering in Shoreham, but returned to the builders until his retirement. Eric’s fi rst wife Ivy had

died and he was feeling lonely. One day he went for a walk in the local area because his car was in the garage. Walking through a housing estate, he heard a door shut and turned to recognize his childhood sweetheart, Liz, who he hadn’t seen for forty years. “It was like a fairytale” he told me, “we got on so well we married in 1989 and meeting her again was the happiest day of my life.” They enjoyed 24 wonderful years together before Liz sadly passed away and he told me of their trips to New Zealand to visit her children over there. “We flew in the fi rst Airbus 380,” he recalled. All passengers were were given a memento pack of cards featuring the enormous new aircraft as a souvenir. Eric considers that the largest change during his long life has been the transformation of the village from a self contained unit, providing everything you needed, into a place where people commuted from, having their workplace elsewhere. “Estates have sprung up and the pubs are more like restaurants,” he told me, recalling how you could once visit your local with a bottle and jug to be fi lled with beer. “We lived our lives outside when I was a boy,” he remembered, “there was no TV or computers and we used to build tree camps and rafts for fun.” Eric clearly has a life of wonderful, rich memories that he now shares with the younger generation and I’m certain that he’ll stay busy enjoying new experiences in the place he has always loved for many years to come.

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Sussex Living supports the local Mid Sussex community. Send us all your news and events, then read about them here. Calling ALL Hassocks Traders! Would you like to network and get to know the other traders and businesses in your village? Ruth from Profi les and Wendy from Marchants, are hoping to start an informal group of traders from Hassocks, that want to grow their businesses within the village. There will be no joining fee or subscriptions. Just a friendly meeting a few times a year to discuss village life from business perspective and the opportunity to network and enjoy a chat! Their fi rst mission is to start up a new security ‘ring around’ system. They will be gathering this information over the next few weeks. If you would like to be involved in these networking events please contact them at HassocksTraders@gmail. com

Artists Open Houses in Ditchling Art in Ditchling is a group of local artists who participate in Brighton Artists Open Houses during The Brighton Festival. The Art in Ditchling Trail showcases a range of high quality art, design and craft in houses, studios and workshops. Make a day of it to meet the artists and makers, explore the historic village as well as Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft. A number of venues will be open on both Bank Holidays in May. Please check the individual house pages for details. For more information please visit

Cancervive Local charity, Cancervive provides emotional support and practical help for people affected by cancer. when someone close to you is diagnosed with cancer it can be an overwhelming experience. through face-



to-face sessions and 24/7 nationwide telephone support, we help our clients to cope with this life changing news. We support patients, their family and friends through: 1-2-1 support at the clients home or at our office, support groups, 24-hour phone helpline and online forum. Cancervive is holding 3 events in May to help keep this much needed charity to carry on. The fi rst is a Quiz Night on Thursday 4th May at the Woolpack in Burgess Hill at 7.00pm, £5.00 entry. There will be a Coffee Morning on Thursday 11th May in Marram Trading in Hurstpierpoint at 9-11.30am. Entry free. Come and join us for coffee/cake and a raffle. We are also holding a charity shoot. This is a private event at the end of May at a local rifle club. For more information about Cancervive or any of the events, please visit

Ditchling Film Society In May we are showing two fi lms, the fi rst of which on Friday, 5 May 2017, is ‘Ethel & Ernest’. A tender animated adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ bestselling graphic novel about his parents. In addition, we are delighted to announce that Raymond Briggs will be joining us that evening for a question and answer session so do have your questions at the ready! Director: Roger Mainwood, English, 94 mins, PG Cert Our second fi lm is on Thursday 18 May 2017 and called ‘I Daniel Blake’. The fi lm is about the struggles of a hard-working, middle-aged carpenter, Daniel. Director: Ken Loach, English, 2016, 100 mins, 15 Cert The fi lms will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Films start at 8.00pm, doors open at 7.30pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample

free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5.00 payable at the door, unfortunately we are unable to sell any tickets in advance.

Wartime at Henfield Museum Henfield village museum has lots for you to discover. Specially featured at Henfield Museum in May are exhibitions illustrating wartime history and service to one’s country. On now until 5th May is ‘RAF in Wartime.’ A collection mainly from WW2 showcasing articles as diverse as the rear wheel from a Spitfi re, an engraved tankard marking the Battle of Britain on October 31st 1940, plus models of bombers, insignia and poignantly, pre war silver tennis cups won by a pilot from the Pathfi nder Force. From the 12th May until the beginning of September the emphasis shifts to Henfield in WW1. 2017 is the centenary of the battles of the Western Front that began at Ypres. This exhibit will feature the stories of the Henfield men who fought in the Great War. There will be postcards from the time and objects and ephemera from the period to help paint a picture of the people who lived, served and died in this ‘War to end all wars’. Henfield Museum is part of the Henfield Hall, BN5 9DB. Car park outside. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:0012:00, Wednesday 14:3016:30 and Saturday 14:3016:00. Follow the museum on Facebook @henfieldmuseum

Ditchling Players Concert The Friends of St. Peter’s Church are holding a Spring Concert on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 7.30 pm in our beautiful country church of St. Peter’s, Chailey

Green BN8 4DA in aid of the Fabric Fund. We are delighted to welcome back The Mid Sussex Choir together with soloists, The 4Tune Seekers Barbershop Quartet and the ever popular Margaret Watson on harp. The programme includes beautiful music to listen to on a Spring evening including music by Brahms, Faure and Goodall. There will be an interval with refreshments. Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the night with accompanied children under 16 free. Tickets available on the door or from Janet Barnes on 01825 722574 friendsofstpeterschailey@ www.

Foster Care Fortnight Do you have the desire to make a difference to a child or young person’s life? West Sussex County Council’s Fostering Recruitment Team is inviting you to come and fi nd out what’s involved in fostering and Supported Lodgings care during the Foster Care Fortnight 8-21 May: Supported Lodgings information evening – Wednesday 10 May, 6.30pm, County Hall North, Horsham Fostering drop-in – Friday 12 May, 10am-2pm, Crawley Library Fostering information evening – Tuesday 16 May, 6.30pm, County Hall North, Horsham Find out more at www. or call 0330 222 7775.

Duets by Peter Quilter Rehearsals for our Spring 2017 production are well under way, with the auditions held in January well attended, producer Penelope Bennett, was able to fi ll all of the roles. Duets is described as a comedy in four acts and ‘a funny examination

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of the chaotic world of love and relationships’. It looks at 4 couples all at crucial moments in their lives. ‘Blind Date’ follows a couple on a blind date. ‘Secretarial Skills’ looks at a boss who isn’t really that interested in women but whose secretary sees it as no reason for him to stop trying. ‘The Holiday’ fi nds a couple who have decided to holiday in Spain to fi nalise their divorce and, fi nally, in ‘The Bride-to-Be’ we discover a woman who is marrying for the third time, much to the dismay of her brother. All four plays are a tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart. Performance dates are 10th to 13th May. Tickets are £8.00 (Wednesday) and £9.00 (Thursday to Saturday) and go on sale on Monday 17th April from Chatts Estates, 34 High Street, Ditching, 02713 844500. We look forward to seeing you in the audience.

M.E. Conference in Burgess Hill Following the success of last year’s conference, reMEmber, the Mid Sussex based charity for people who suffer from M.E (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) will once again hold their National M.E Awareness Week Conference in Burgess Hill this year. It will be in the Sheldrake Suite at Martlets Hall on Saturday 13th May starting at 2pm. There will be two key speakers; Professor Kevin Davies, Head of Clinical Research at Brighton Medical School, University of Sussex and Dr Charles Shepherd, Medical Advisor to the ME Association. Professor Davies will speak about a major research study the Medical School will be conducting into chronic fatigue and pain, and he will be looking for volunteers to take part in this study. Dr Shepherd, who has ME himself, will speak about the latest developments in the ME world including research and welfare benefits. Because the event will be so popular reMEmber advises people to get tickets



early. Tickets are £4 each including light refreshments. You can buy them online at, or by sending send a cheque and a stamped addressed envelope to reMEmber, PO Box 1647, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9GQ. For further information about this event or M.E. generally contact Janice on 01273 831733, me_cfs @

Little Horsted Fun Run Little Horsted Fun Run on Sunday 14th May, is a family event with 1k, 5k and 10k distances. It is a wellestablished event which has been going for 8 years now. Every participant will get a medal, with some exciting prizes for fi rst, second and third places. Adults £10, children £5, family tickets (2 adults plus children) £25. Registration at 9am and run at 10am. Venue is Isfield recreation ground TN22 5XH. Parking and toilets available. There will be tea, coffee and cakes available. Money raised is for equipment for Little Horsted School. More information available at www. Your support is much appreciated.

Unite with us for Dementia Awareness Week This year’s Dementia Awareness Week will be part of Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest ever awarenessraising campaign in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The ‘United Against Dementia’ campaign will run for four weeks from 24 April and conclude in Dementia Awareness Week on 14 - 20 May. Alzheimer’s Society is calling on people to forget their differences and come together to urgently fi nd a cure, improve care, and offer help and understanding. Monday 15 May from 10.30am to 1pm, at Horsham Library, there will be a dementia awareness drop in. There will be information about dementia and the

support available locally. Tuesday 16 May from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, at New House Farm Tea Room, in Faygate, there will be a Horsham Carers Support event with cream tea and live musical interlude with Tommy Parson. Thursday 18 May from 1pm to 4.30pm, at K2 Leisure Centre, in Crawley, where there will be free activities for everyone over 50. Saturday 20 May from 2 to 4pm, at Warnham Park, near Horsham, there will be a garden party and cream tea, with live music, cream tea and a bake a cake competition. Unite with us now at and show your support for Dementia Awareness Week on social media with #DAW2017 #UnitedAgainstDementia

Oh What a Lovely War The next production from the Henfield Theatre Company will be the classic show, conceived in the early 1960s, by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, Oh What a Lovely War. The show is a theatrical masterpiece, which brings home the injustices of the Great War while emphasizing the enormous strength of spirit of the ordinary soldiers who had to do their duty. The facts are still hard to believe, even for those who have seen the fi lm or the stage show before. For Henfield Theatre Company the show has special significance because of its links with the 1969 fi lm version, fi lmed mainly in Sussex. One of the cast of that fi lm, Jean Reeve, has been a member of Henfield Theatre Company for many years, as has her daughter, Helen Fyles, who will be performing in the Henfield production. The stage show is directed by Peter Ingledew, musical direction is by David Barnett and the choreographer is Alice Forward. Performances are on Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 May, at The Henfield Hall, starting at 7.30 pm. The Box Office is open from

Tuesday 2 May. Tickets are priced £10 and £12. For more information please see the HTC website: www.

Wivelsfield Little Theatre Presents Our Spring 2017 production will be ‘Breaking The Code’ by Hugh Whitemore, which is based on the book ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ by Andrew Hodges. A powerful tribute to the life and death of British mathematician and computer pioneer, Alan Turin. A key player in breaking the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park during WWII, his later prosecution for homosexuality took his reputation and ultimately his life. The play contains adult language and themes. The production dates are May 18th, 19th and 20th. Curtain up at 7.30pm, licensed bar open from 7pm at Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green, RH17 7QH. Tickets £8 are available from our Box Office on 01444 471751.

Heber Opera Presents Gounod’s Faust Heber Opera return to Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks with Gounod’s Faust - the story of youth regained but in return for the loss of one’s soul. The performances are sung in English and set in the round - as accessible as opera can be. Tim Crouch returns to Heber in the title role as Faust, with Veronica Brooks as his beloved Margarita. Steve Hawksley portrays Mephistopheles full of guile and temptation and Nick Forrest is the doomed Valentine. Andy and Margarida Holden and Liffey Carverhill complete the principal line-up. The soloists, chorus and orchestra are under the expert guidance of Michael and Dorothy Withers, as musical and stage directors. This is Dorothy’s second show as stage director for Heber and she says, “Everyone is working so


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Lindfield Dramatic Club Readings On Saturday May 27th Lindfield Dramatic Club is presenting an evening of rehearsed readings, with an interval long enough to enjoy a fish-and-chip supper and drinks from the bar. Readings commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen will be to the fore, supported by the works of other English writers. The event is being held for members and friends of the dramatic club. It

begins at 8pm and costs £10 and all those interested should contact Rex Cooper on 01444 831512.

Wild About Mid Sussex Wild About Mid Sussex celebrates the wildlife and countryside around Burgess Hill and Mid Sussex. It’s held on Saturday 3rd June, from 10am – 4pm, at the 100ft Festival Marquee in St John’s Park. There are displays by local and national wildlife conservation groups, with fun activities for the whole family, including live exotic reptiles, bees, owls, pond-life, rescued native mammals, free gifts, and maybe the chance to stroke a bat! The Life Sciences departments of some local universities are represented, with detailed information on degree courses. In this 5th year of ‘Wild’

we also showcase a few traditional country crafts, including demonstrations by a blacksmith and some ‘extreme’ outdoor activities, to encourage all ages to enjoy getting out into our wonderful countryside. As well as martial arts demos, we hope to feature drones and a paragliding club. The event is free to exhibitors and public alike. Children under 11 must be

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Monday 29th May 2017. The route goes cross country around the village and runners see some beautiful Sussex views on the way, while raising money for Lindfield’s King Edward Hall, a registered charity. Experienced runners can pre-book online onto the 10 kilometre run (£10 per entry), or there is a 5 kilometre option for families and ‘fun’ runners (£4 per entry). Refreshments will be available for both runners and supporters. Everyone who finishes is given a medal and the times are recorded and published on the Hall’s website. The following Saturday, why not go along to Village Day? A fun day out for all the family, the event takes place on Lindfield Common on Saturday 3rd June, starting at 12.45pm with the ‘Strictly Lindfield’ themed procession down the High Street led by the Brighton School of Samba; it finishes with the Grand Raffle Draw between 4pm and 4.30pm.

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World Class Modern Art comes to Haywards Heath Open and free to the public, from 22 June to 16 July, the ‘Walking on Water’ art exhibition will be showing 48 artworks from the Methodist Modern Art Collection by artists such as Graham Sutherland, Elisabeth Frink, Edward Burra and Maggi Hambling. Located in two churches, which have been turned into galleries, the exhibition is open from 12 pm – 4 pm Mon-Sat at Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, and Haywards Heath United Reformed Church, South Road. A programme of talks, workshops and musical concerts is scheduled during the exhibition and refreshments are available at both venues. For more details see our website at www. or call Nicola on 01444 412927.

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Monday 01 May, 10:00-4:00pm Please come along to the East Grinstead and District Lions 39th annual May Fair in East Grinstead High Street. A fun day out for all the family. We also raise an incredible amount of money for all the charities we support, and the day offers other organizations that run stalls along the historic High Street the opportunity to recruit new volunteers. The event includes the Mayday Queen Competition. Entrants can apply at the stage on the day or contact Brian Richens at www.

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Thursday 18 May, 10:30-3:30pm This prestigious fair has become known as West Sussex’s mini ‘Chelsea’, bringing together specialist plants, gardening products and locally produced food. Advance tickets for this fair’s special bubbly breakfast and stall preview, ahead of general public entrance, from 09:00 are just £12.50. General public entrance £5pp. Contact: Suzanne Connor 01293 447367 In aid of New Horizons Appeal for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Burgess Hill Spring Fair

Saturday 20 May, 10:30-3:00pm Join us for a vibrant and fun event filled with local artisans, crafters and independent businesses showcasing their unique and unusual wares. It is located at the Martletts Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH155 9NN. Free entry.

Steyning Country Fair

Monday 29 May The fair is a fun day organised and run for the people of Steyning and surrounding areas. The theme of the fair is a throw back to the heritage of Steyning. The traditional crafts, farmers livestock and produce are a great attraction. This year there will be music and dance acts, not forgetting the dog show. Turn back the clock and experience the atmosphere of Steyning as an old market town, complete with livestock, rural crafts, stalls and demonstrations, together with clowns, jugglers, puppets, music and other entertainment for all the family. Contact: Andrew Lake 07593 659323.

Lindfield 10K Village Run, 5K Family Run & Village Day

Monday 29 May Lindfield Village Run is a traditional cross-country course over some beautiful Sussex countryside. The course is fully marshalled and marked out. The run starts and finishes at Hickmans Lane recreation ground in Lindfield where there are changing facilities, refreshments and some showers. The following Saturday, is Lindfield’s annual Village Day. The event takes place on Lindfield Common on Saturday 4th June, starting at 12.45pm with the transport-themed procession down the High Street led by Mid Sussex street dance group BPM Dance Academy. It finishes with the Grand Raffle draw between 4pm and 4.30pm.


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aving had a weight problem for 35 years, Rachel was desperate to find a way of being able to lose weight once and for all. ‘I had just about resigned myself to the fact that I would be overweight for the rest of my life, when I came across the principles of the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme. I followed these and to my amazement, I lost 3 stone in just over 3 months and then went on to successfully maintain my weight. The relief was enormous to have found something that finally worked for me.’ Rachel became passionate about wanting to help as many people as possible with their weight problems, which led her to become a qualified weight loss consultant. In the last 12 years, she has helped over 4,000 clients from all walks of life to help bring their dieting days to an end once and for all. Clients’ ages range from 8 to 90 years, so there is hope for everyone!

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One-to-one support Rachel and her team give weekly one-to-one consultations, guiding you through the programme with personalised support, lots of empathy and total conviction in the success of the programme. Email support is available in between consultations. For those who are not able to visit, a very successful remote support service is provided throughout the UK and overseas.

With an average weight loss of 7-14lb a month for clients and hundreds of hand written testimonials, Rachel’s results speak for themselves.

Clients often comment on how impressed their doctors are with their results. ‘My doctor is very happy– I’ve been able to come off blood pressure and cholesterol medication,’ says one. Another doctor said, ‘All my lady patients on thyroid medication are struggling to lose weight, but you’ve lost 2 ½ stone despite being on thyroxin – well done!’ With an average weight loss of 7-14lb a month for clients and hundreds of hand written testimonials, Rachel’s results speak for themselves. ‘I see real results daily, time after time I see people’s lives change in front of me.’

One of the popular aspects of the Metabolic Weight Loss Programme is there’s nothing faddish about it. There are no meal replacements, diet shakes or diet pills. All the foods on the programme are easily obtainable. Clients frequently say just how easy it is to follow, they don’t feel hungry and are not having to constantly battle with cravings. The four stages of the programme are tailored as necessary to provide the maximum results for each client.

Rachel offers free consultations for those who are wanting to lose their weight once and for all

‘This isn’t an open-ended slimming club,’ says Rachel. ‘We set your target weight at the beginning and then get on with the business of helping you lose the weight, addressing any difficulties along the way, then we help you keep it off – for good!’

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Shimmer and shine this summer by adding a good dose of glitter to your usual make-up routine – your eyes will never have shone so bright! This season beauty trends are at centre stage and are brighter and bolder than ever. By adding an abundance of glitter to the mix, this summer will see no shortage of shimmer. It’s time to forget those thoughts of primary school art and craft sessions, as glitter is now enjoying a very adult moment. Though it will never be a low maintenance look or a quick application process, it isn’t as hard as you might expect. Follow this guide for the perfect application and fi nd out how to easily pull off this season’s most coveted make-up trend that is sure to become your favourite summer craze. Let’s start with the most obvious: the eyes. It’s amazing what a smudge of your favourite colour bedazzled with glitter can do to your look. The perfect statement party eye is easier and quicker to achieve than you might anticipate. Apply your favourite coloured chunky eyeshadow pencil all over your eyelid in your desired shape (winged, squared or rounded shapes are all great options). Then use a smudging brush to soften the edges of the shape



It’s your time to you’ve drawn on. Place a tissue or large cotton wool pad under your eye and hold it in place with your fi nger while you press loose glitter powder on top of your applied eyeshadow. The trick is to apply a thin layer of glitter to prevent the excess

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dropping off later. Now for the most exciting and boldest look of all – the glitter lips. First apply plenty of lip balm to soften your lips and leave it on for a few minutes before wiping off with a tissue. Use your chosen lip pencil to colour in your lips so you have a solid block of colour to work with. When you are happy that your lips are evenly covered, hold a tissue under your bottom lip and apply a thin layer of powder glitter with your fi nger. Before you remove the tissue exhale gently, through pursed lips, to ensure the excess glitter is removed. For a more daring party look add creamy lipstick on top of the pencil

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Revisit well-loved interior design features of the 60s and 70s by donning decadent floral prints – they’re anything but prim! The home décors of the 60s and 70s are among the most distinctive interior design styles, which we all instantly recognise, to this day. Favourite colours used included dark green, brown, yellow and orange hues and these featured heavily on the wallpaper, carpets, curtains and upholstery of the most stylish homes. More often than not, the bright flower patterns, which adorned wallpaper and furniture, were the highlights of these homes and dominated these groovy and free flowing artistic interiors. Popularised by interior decorators and designers, such as David Hicks, the use of bold colours, mixing antique and modern furnishing and collecting contemporary art were all significant aspects of the two decades. This summer we revisit these interior design

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While it may not match the easy, everyday convenience of heading out for a quick run or a stroll, swimming is a wonderful way to get your body moving to shape up and slim down. It’s also a good route to introducing some variation into your fitness regime, as it works the body in different ways with the added benefit of putting zero stress on your joints.

Making a Splash An easy swimming routine can burn up to 500 calories per hour for an average sized person, with as much as 700 calories burned with more vigorous effort. In addition to blasting those calories while you swim, your body is also effectively undergoing a resistance workout, that’s because water is 800 times denser than air. This in turn builds lean muscle, vital for boosting your metabolism, ensuring that you continue to


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From pretty plants, ponds and peonies, to woodland, wildflowers and water features, St Peter & St James Hospice invites you to visit some of the most beautiful gardens in Mid-Sussex this summer Whether you’re a passionate gardener seeking inspiration, or just want to enjoy a cup of tea in a picturesque setting, there will be a diverse range of spaces opening to the public, from charming courtyards and quaint village hideaways, to grand gardens with stunning views across the Sussex countryside. Visitors can also purchase plants to transform their own gardens and enjoy the delicious, homemade food on offer. The season, which raised an amazing £23,000 for the hospice last year, starts at St Peter & St James Hospice itself on Saturday

20th May, between 1.30pm and 5pm. Guests can wander through 28 acres of glorious grounds and admire the work of the hospice’s volunteer gardening team. There will be a plant sale and the Burgess Hill W.I. will be supplying tasty homemade teas. There will also be a selection of stalls selling crafts, as well as a raffle. Across June and July there are wonderful village trails in Hurstpierpoint, Lindfield, Ringmer, Hassocks and Burgess Hill. The trails give those with the greenest fi ngers the chance to visit multiple gardens in one day. There are also some lovely, larger gardens opening throughout the season. These include the tranquil Stonehealed Farm at Streat and the beautiful Newtimber Garden, both of which are NGS gardens, as well as the wonderful, waterside Mill House at Plumpton. Each Open Garden promises a fantastic, funfi lled day out. St Peter & St James Hospice hope to see you for a blooming marvellous summer! Full details of all gardens can be found in the Open Gardens event booklet, which you’ll be able to pick up from St Peter & St James charity shops and other local venues in early May. You can also stay up to date at

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Hurstpierpoint Horticulture A wonderful opportunity to visit an eclectic mix of garden gems hidden away in the little village of Hurstpierpoint. All proceeds going to St Peter & St James Hospice Exciting times for the 2017 Hurstpierpoint Open Gardens, opening their gates on Sunday 11th June from 13:00-17:30, with a really wide choice of gardens to suit plant enthusiasts and those who want to stroll and put their feet up now and again. It is also rumoured that there will be live music at one of the venues this year! Thanks to some kind local Hurst gardeners, you can visit big and small gardens; some full to the brim with flowers and

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Road/Cuckfield Road and Orchard Way. As at previous Open Garden events, there will be a hop-on, hop-off minibus service running throughout. Locally grown plants and home-baked cakes will be on sale with more always needed. Please contact Prue if you can donate any, as they really help to add funds to the purse! Come rain or shine, it promises to be a wonderful, sociable, interesting early summer’s afternoon, enjoyed by all ages, with the

opportunity to see what’s behind those walls and hedges. Entrance is only £6.00 for adults (to include entry to all gardens) and free for 14s and under. The website is constantly updated and will soon have a list of gardens with descriptions, so you can plan your route. Please contact Prue Heron on 01273 835064 / 07769 904724 prueheron@ or www. hurspierpointopengardens. if you require any further information.

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Get ready for Summer at Rushfields!

Whether it’s beautiful Summer plants; hanging baskets and planters, we have it all right here at Rushfields Plant Centre. And Summer also marks the opening of our ‘Outdoor Living Marquee’, displaying everything you’ll need to relax in your garden. Choose from a wide range of garden furniture – tables, chairs, loungers and umbrellas as well as a vast array of chimineas, fire-pits, equipment, fuel and accessories. Say Hello to the Summer at Rushfields

Take a look at our Award-winning Farm Shop and deli counter. We have a tasty selection of Summer time treats – ideal for picnics or barbecues. Choose from homemade, medal-winning pies and sausages, superb Sussex cheeses and continental delicacies. Relax over a light, al fresco lunch, refreshing cold drink or tea and decadent cakes in our spacious Café.


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With its fleeting and mesmeric beauty, no flower is more captivating than the poppy. Individual flowers only last for a day or two, so take time to appreciate them and drink in their beauty. All parts of the plant contain opiates, but UK law permits the growing of poppies for horticultural purposes, so gardeners can happily cultivate them with abandon. As their name suggests, ‘annual’ poppies germinate, grow, flower, set seed and die within the same year. There’s just time to sow some now for blooms throughout mid-late summer; they will quickly fi ll gaps in the borders. No special treatment is required, just a gentle raking and levelling of the soil surface before thinly scattering the seed and watering in. There are many varieties to choose from. Nothing is more poignant than the scarlet



Oriental poppies are the operatic divas of the plant world and will give a show-stopping performance – just so long as you agree to their demands field poppy, (Papaver rhoeas). Seed is easily obtainable and some seed merchants give a percentage of the sale to armed forces charities. The variety ‘Angel’s Choir’ is a doubleflowered form in soft shades of pinky-mauves, white and apricot. The petals shimmer in the slightest breeze and look as if they’ve been made from tissue paper. Stunning

‘Ladybird’ is deep red with jet black markings on each petal. All will grow 60-90 cms high and develop decorative seed pods, as will another useful gapfi lling annual, Nigella, in hazy blue shades. Sow them together for a classic cottage garden look. Unlike their annual cousins, ‘Oriental’ poppies are perennials, making large, long-lived clumps. Growing 60-120 cms high, they are the operatic divas of the plant world and will give a show-stopping performance, just so long as you agree to their demands of rich soil that is moisture retentive, but never waterlogged. They also require an open situation as their heads like to feel the sun. ‘Cedric Morris’ has pale pink blooms that fade to a gentle grey. It’s a reliable old variety, as is ‘Mrs Perry’, who comes to the party dressed in frilly salmon-pink petals. If it’s drama you’re after, then nothing beats ‘Goliath’, with blooms of fi re engine red. Orientals are selfish characters

who only care about themselves. Their sprawling foliage quickly covers other plants, so as their flowering ceases, cut away any foliage that is threatening to smother the life out of their neighbours. You can easily remove 50% of the leaves without doing any harm. Papaver rupifragum is the easy-to-please exception to the rule. Smaller than its diva sisters, this perennial beauty reaches 6080 cms in height, comes in zingy shades of tangerine-orange and is a prolific self-seeder; usually in places where you don’t want it. Never mind, wayward seedlings are easy to pull out and it looks stunning when combined with those other early summer stalwarts; euphorbia and purple aquilegias.

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BEE RESCUE What is the best to help a struggling bee? Ruth Lawrence explains some of the best rescue remedies

The drone of a passing bumblebee is one of the surest indicators of summer. They are large, vitally important pollinators and luckily their size makes them easier to spot if they are in distress. Recently, I spotted one, weak with exhaustion or lack of sustenance and was able to help it simply by scooping it onto a leaf and taking it to a nearby tree laden with cherry blossom. After being unable to move save for a weakly waving leg, once placed gently upon the flower, the bee soon sank its proboscis into the nectar and within a few minutes was strong enough to fly away.



A day later I was able to help another bee in the same way, this time with the help of a dandelion from which the bee drank enough to revive it. Intrigued by the speed of their recovery I discovered that there are other ways to rescue bedraggled bees, which are often bumblebees that have been caught in the rain. If it is still raining and the bee looks exhausted, the most helpful thing to do is to take it to a nearby dry place, neither too cold nor too warm. If there are no suitable flowers nearby, you can offer the bee a solution of clean sugar water (not artificial sweeteners or Demerara sugar). Organic sugar is best and it should be mixed in a ratio of 1 sugar to 2 of water; say half a teaspoon of sugar to one teaspoon of water. Do not offer honey to any bee as it may contain viruses that could be passed on to the wild bee. The sugar water can be placed in a shallow bottle cap so that the bee can drink but not fall in. Once the bee has revived it can fly off in its own time or remain sheltered if it is still raining. If you fi nd a bee with mites

on its body and it is active, leave it alone but if one seems barely moving and has many mites, you can attempt to carefully help it. Using a very fi ne, child’s paintbrush or the fi nely twisted end of a moist piece of kitchen towel, you can very gently fl ick the mites from the bee’s body. The best way to help bees in your garden is to provide the right plants; they are all listed, according to season on the website at the end of this article. There is so much satisfaction in seeing a wild creature return to its natural habitat after being able to help it. If you fi nd a bee in distress, stop and give it some attention and you’ll be rewarded by the wonderful sight of seeing it revived to fly, feed and continue its essential life in the local ecosystem.

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Get busy with the secateurs before your garden turns into a jungle! A reluctance to prune is a seldommentioned medical condition that affects many gardeners. ‘FOP’ disease, (Fear of Pruning) is a nervous malady that occurs in varying severity. Some gardeners exhibit mild symptoms. They may require back-up when dealing with a particularly brutish customer, but show confidence when chopping a shrub rose down to size. At the other end of the scale, some FOP’s are so anxiety-ridden, they can barely bring themselves to cut the grass. Simply put, gardening is the manipulation of nature by humankind. We’re supposed to be in charge, yet the reverse is so often the case. Anyone who’s found themselves in a scurrilous relationship with a clematis will recognise the signs; you boldly approach with secateurs held high, then quickly loose your nerve and beat a hasty retreat indoors. Meanwhile, the clematis continues to block the path and strangle the washing line. Not surprisingly, when it comes to shrubs, FOP disease runs rife. After all, shrubs can be costly to buy and take time to reach a decent size; making pruning seem counterintuitive. Shrubs often have family connections too - bought in memory of a loved-one, or the plant may have been grown by a relative and passed down the generations. In these cases, no-one wants the burden of responsibility and the worry of doing the wrong thing. A plant may become neglected through fear, but it does not have to be so. Most springtime shrubs produce blooms on stems they grew the previous year. Pruning soon after flowering gives them the maximum amount of time to put on new growth that will bear flowers next spring. You can confidently prune


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required, varieties of clematis Montana can be cut back very hard now. Indestructible and rampant by nature; they will return to laugh in your face next year. If you are lucky enough to have such a ‘problem’, old camellias and magnolias can be pruned too. With age they make venerable-looking specimens that enhance a garden, even when not in bloom, so, if you must prune, go gently and do it over several years, cutting out just one or two branches per season. Remember; these are stately plants that could easily outlive us all. An apologetic speech, followed by a respectful bow of the head before you wield the pruning saw is not overdoing it.

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Behind the garden gate there is a history of charitable giving but also a quality garden, a great welcome and tea and cake!

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Miss Elsie Wagg had a bright idea, why not raise the money through the nation’s obsession with gardening? People were asked to open their gardens to visitors for a modest entry fee. In 1927 The National Garden Scheme was founded. Individuals opened their gardens for ‘a shilling a head’. In the first year 609 gardens raised over £8,000. Now the district nursing organisation is the Queen’s Nursing Institute, QNI. Once the NHS was introduced it removed the need to fund district nurses; however the Scheme continued to support nursing charities. By 2016 the number of gardens opening had grown to around 3700; a record £3

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How does the death of the wife of William Rathbone in Liverpool in 1859 relate to your being able to sit in a beautiful private garden, enjoying a cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake in 2017? Liverpool merchant William Rathbone employed a nurse to care for his wife at home. After his wife’s death, Rathbone kept the nurse on to help poor people in the neighbourhood. Subsequently he raised funds to employ more district nurses. Following the death in 1925 of Queen Alexandra, who was the patron of the district nursing organisation, fund raising in her memory began. This would raise funds, which would pay for training and help retiring nurses.

million was raised for the nursing beneficiaries with Sussex gardens alone raising £270,000. Over the years, Macmillan Cancer Support has received £15.7 million and Marie Curie has been given nearly £8 million. The other beneficiaries are Hospice UK, Carers Trust, QNI, Perennial and Parkinson’s UK. Few people realise that the Scheme is the most substantial charitable funder of nursing in the country. This year The National Garden Scheme celebrates 90 years of supporting nursing charities with an Anniversary Weekend: 27th, 28th, 29th May. In Sussex we are lucky that we have two 1927 gardens that will be opening for the Anniversary Weekend. The Scheme rejuvenates itself in many ways; a legacy has paid for major re-branding and this August sees the first ‘Gardens and Health’ week. However the addition of new gardens is vital. Ninety years ago the gardens open were large and prestigious, whereas now all sorts, styles and sizes of garden open for the Scheme. We need gardens of quality, character and interest. One new garden opener wrote after enjoying an event for garden owners, “I feel that I belong to a very special organization.” Would you like to be considered to open your garden gate and be part of the long tradition? If so, contact Jane Baker on 01273 842805 or jane.baker47@ Find out more about the open gardens and what makes us tick by visiting our fun website:

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Alfresco Living As the sun shines and grey skies turn to blue, a sure way to lift the spirits is to spend some time alfresco. It’s a well known fact that spending time in nature can improve our mood and sense of wellbeing, so why not give your outside space a makeover this year to really reap the benefits of outdoor living. In this two part series we help you make the most of your outside space. Part one considers all the structural elements that can transform your space to suit your needs as an individual, couple or family, while part two gives you lots of ideas and inspiration for styling the space with furniture, accessories and temporary structures, such as gazebos and tents.


To create a garden that the whole family can enjoy, try thinking of the space in terms of how you will use it and divide it up into zones. You might want a zone for relaxing, one for entertaining and cooking, one for the children to play in and even one to work in. These zones can be defi ned using fencing, architectural planting schemes, trees and hard landscaping in the form of paths and low walls. Small wooden



arches and trellis can also be used to map out ‘rooms.’ You could even use the colours and perfumes of different plants to match each area. For example, you might only want to have white blooms in your relaxation area, or lavender plants, which give off a soothing scent during the warm summer months. Most gardens have some sort of patio area which acts as

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a transitional space between the inside and outside of the house. This place is the obvious area for entertaining, cooking or just relaxing with a cup of tea and a book. To add interest to this zone, you might want to consider having some raised terrace areas, or incorporating some curved shapes. Adding a pergola or roof will also have the added advantage of providing shade and extending the amount of time the space can be used throughout the year. Even if you don’t want a complete revamp of the area, weeding and cleaning the patio will make a big difference, giving the space a new lease of life. For those with only a small garden, think about having built in seating and planters so you can maximise the space. Even a balcony can become a relaxing chill out zone with a beautiful array of plants and a small lounger or bean bag.


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Downlighters affi xed high on a fence or trellis, complemented by uplighters fi xed under foliage will not only balance the light, but also create a sense of theatre and drama. If you have any water in your garden, such as a pool or a pond, it can be a magical surface to light, as it reflects rippling patterns and shadows onto the surrounding areas. Mains powered lighting needs specialist installation, or use low voltage lights that plug directly into an outdoor socket. These use a transformer to reduce the voltage and increase the safety. Another alternative is solar powered lights which need no wiring at all and are a great option for outdoor lanterns and fairy lights, which can be used to create an enchanting evening glow. And if you’re on a really tight budget, nothing beats candles. Whether you use tea lights in jam jars, or floating candles in decorative bowls of water, we all look better in the soft glow of candlelight!

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NAME? Ever been curious about the name of your town or village – where did it come from and what does it mean? In this enlightening article Philip Pavey tells us the origins of some place names in Mid Sussex Most of us will have wondered at one time or another about the origin of the name of the place where we were born or where we live. For our county an early authority on this is The Place-Names of Sussex by A. Mawer and F.M. Stenton with J.E.B. Gover, from which this article draws the original, mostly Anglo-Saxon or Old English (OE), names of all places mentioned, and their meanings in modern English. Central Sussex (the Mid-Sussex District and its periphery) gives us a good cross section of the county’s place names, and can show how their formation developed and changed over time. As with much of England, and particularly in the south, the majority of place names date from the period of Anglo-Saxon settlement in the fi fth to seventh centuries, with little reference to the Celtic Britons and Romans who preceded them. One of the most common elements is the Anglo-Saxon or Old English (OE) word inghas, which means ‘people of’. It survives as ’-ing’ or ‘-ings’ on the end of place names, often following the name of the warlord who founded the settlement - hence Weorth-inghas (Worthing) and Haest-inghas (Hastings). It occurs in other counties too (eg Dorking, Ealing, Reading) but curiously it appears to be most common in Sussex, with a concentration of no fewer than fi fteen within a ten mile radius of Worthing. Central Sussex contains the eastern tail of this group, where, stretching along the bottom of the South



Downs – probably the initial area of Anglo-Saxon settlement - we have Beeding (Baeda-inghas), Fulking (Folca-inghas), Poynings (Puna-inghas) and Ditchling (Dicel-inghas). Beeding of course bears the prefi x ‘Upper’, in contrast to Lower Beeding, which paradoxically lies over ten miles upstream on the river Adur, and on higher ground. Mawer, Stenton and Gover suggest that Upper Beeding was probably the original settlement (hence upper in the sense of chief or more important) with a later Wealden offshoot to the north used for swinepasture. With Ditchling, I wondered in an earlier article whether its prospective founder ‘Dicel’ might not have been an Anglo-Saxon warrior but the Irish monk Dicuil, recorded by the eighth century historian Bede as the fi rst to bring Christianity to Sussex. His unsuccessful mission at Bosham near Chichester was supplanted by that of St Wilfrid, who had little time for Celtic Christianity, so it seemed possible that Dicuil could have moved thirty miles eastwards to evangelise East Sussex continued on page 46

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Just west of Ditchling lies the village of Keymer, whose meaning is ‘cow pool’ (OE cu mere), a watering place for cattle continued from page 45

from Ditchling. I have now found that I was not the fi rst to think of this – a history of the village written a century ago puts forward the same possibility. If true, it gives Ditchling a major role in the early history of the county. Just west of Ditchling lies the village of Keymer, whose meaning is ‘cow pond’ (OE cu mere), a watering place for cattle. On old maps it is spelt Kymer and a resident I once met insisted that this was the correct pronunciation. Within a mile lies Clayton, with its ancient church and windmills (and tunnel!) whose name means ‘farm on the clay’’ (OE claeg tun). I have certainly climbed the Downs from here starting in woodland and been surprised at the muddy clay path where I would expect well drained chalk. The other ‘–ton’ name in the locality is Westmeston, at the foot of Ditchling Beacon, whose name means ’ most westerly farm (OE westmaest tun). Mawer, Stenton and Gover suggest that this means a farm on the edge of a landholding centred further east, perhaps at Plumpton or Lewes. Close by, in among the lower slopes of the central South Downs, lie the hamlets of Pyecombe and Saddlescombe, whose meanings are ‘valley marked by a projecting hill’ (OE peac cumb) and ‘valley of or near a saddle of land’ (OE saedel cumb). When I was growing up in Moulsecoomb, a south-facing valley at the back of Brighton, it was commonly held that combe or coomb was a rare borrowing into English from the Celtic British language, the precursor of Welsh and Cornish - the Welsh for valley being cwm (pronounced coom) as in Cwm Rhondda. If so then these two names unusually retain a Celtic linguistic root. The same would be true of Balcombe, around fi fteen miles further north in the high woodland of the Weald, whose name means ‘Bealda’s valley’ (OE Beala cumb). The French-speaking Normans curiously made little impact on place names in Sussex, as elsewhere. The only examples I can fi nd in central Sussex are Hurstpierpoint, near the Downs, and Horsted Keynes in the Weald. Hurst means ‘wooded hill’ in Old English to which the new eleventh century lord, Robert de Pierrepont, added his surname. Mawer, Stenton and Gover add that this derived from his home village of Pierrepont (stone bridge?) near Falaise in Normandy. Horsted Keynes similarly retains its Anglo-Saxon name, which means place where horses are kept (OE hors stede) and adds Keynes (pronounced canes) from the new proprietor, William de Cahaignes. Mawer, Stenton and Gover locate this also as a village in Normandy, between Vire and Bayeux. Moving from the east to the west side of the



Wealden part of central Sussex we fi nd Ansty, curiously meaning ‘a track’ (OE an stig).I have always pronounced it An-stee though I know some who insist on An-stye. Nearby is Bolney, meaning Bolla’s island (OE Bolla eg) which could suggest that the surrounding area, by the river Adur, was marshland. A few miles east, in the heart of Mid-Sussex we have Cuckfield, meaning ‘cuckoo haunted open land’ (OE cucu feld) which explains why the fi rst syllable of the village name is pronounced ‘cook’ rather than rhyming with Uckfield; and Lindfield, meaning ‘lime (tree) open land’ (OE linda feld). It seems to me from this that the Anglo-Saxon word feld was perhaps closer in meaning to the Dutch and Afrikaans veld than its modern English descendant ‘field’. Both names also seem suggestive of tracts of land which were named before they became settlements. Nearby Wivelsfield, though, is named from its Anglo-Saxon proprietor (OE Wifelesfeld) possibly indicating Wifele’s residence there; while to the west Staplefield, meaning ‘open land marked by a post or staple’ (OE stapol feld) also seems to have someone staking a claim to it. In my experience there is unanimity that neighbouring Slaugham is pronounced ‘Slaff ham’, and its name, as so often in this area, is a geographical description, ‘Sloe ham’ (OE slah continued on page 48

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ham). I understand ham here will mean village, since a hamlet is a small one. Going north into the area of Sussex that is still mostly woodland we have Ardingly, meaning ‘clearing of Earda’s people’ (OE Eardingalega) and West Hoathly, meaning ‘heath clearing’ (OE haeth lega). The prefi x ‘west’ fi rst appears some centuries later, as does the ‘east’ in East Hoathly, clearly so as to distinguish the two. It seems possible that in the –ly suffi x we may have etymological evidence of the Anglo-Saxons moving north from their more easily farmed Downland environment and hewing new settlements out of the forest. In my experience Ardingly is invariably pronounced Arding-lie, but local people I have asked have differed as to whether West Hoathly is Hoath-lie or –lee. The old Sussex saying which guides on such pronunciation – “East Hoathly, Chiddingly and Hellingly – three lies and all true” – implies that West Hoathly should follow suit. But since it concerns three villages clustered way over in eastern Sussex it might not necessarily apply here. Mawer, Stenton and Gover cite the fi rst known reference to Handcross as 1617, and think it may refer to a one-armed cross serving as a signpost. It seems the origin of my favourite place name in the county, Pease Pottage, might be from a similar period, as they quote a source identifying it as a stop for a meal for prisoners en route to Horsham gaol. Further east Turner’s Hill appears to be the property or residence of someone whose trade (or whose ancestor’s trade) was that of a turner, ie of wood on a lathe. Close by, near the county boundary with Surrey, is the market town of East Grinstead, whose name just means ‘green place’ (OE grenesteda), the ‘east’ being appended in more recent centuries, as with ‘west’ for its more westerly namesake. Also at the northern tip of central Sussex is Worth, now subsumed in Crawley, but once an enclosure (OE worth) in the forest - still a small community but possessed of a relatively large and splendid late Anglo-Saxon church. One local explanation I have heard for this is that perhaps the enclosure was a base for royal hunting parties. Worth is close by Three Bridges, also included in the post-war creation of Crawley new town but apparently dating back only to the opening of the London to Brighton railway line in 1841. Mawer, Stenton and Gover cite earlier references to a bridge, and also to two bridges, in the area, but nothing clearly indicating an earlier community. The map shows three bridges in the locality, where

Burgess Hill was just a hill before the age of steam, though in this case named from its association with a fourteenth century family called Burgeys 48


the railway line passes over one road and under two others, so it seems to me that the name might have been a creation of the railway company. Further down the line Haywards Heath was just a heath before 1841, lying between Cuckfield and Lindfield which both opposed the railway line in their areas, though I can fi nd no indication of who Hayward was. In similar fashion Burgess Hill was just a hill before the age of steam, but in this case Mawer, Stenton and Gover say it is named from its association with a fourteenth century family called Burgeys. Even more prosaically they tell us that the next community and station southwards, Hassocks, was previously merely a field in the district with very tough hassocks, meaning tussocks or clumps of grass. Following the main line through Clayton tunnel we arrive at Preston Park, the village name meaning ‘priests’ farmstead’ (OE preost tun) and ultimately Brighton – spelt on old maps ‘Brighthelmstone’ and according to local tradition founded by a Saint Brighthelm. A nineteenth century history of the borough (now of course with Hove a city) says that Brighthelm was a bishop who arrived with the Saxon warlord Aelle in 447. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records Aelle’s invasion of the Sussex coast from 477 to 491 but makes no mention of Brighthelm. If the story were true it would make Brighton the cradle of English Christianity (rather than Canterbury with St Augustine’s arrival in 597) but sadly it appears this is mistaken! Nevertheless Brighton is one of a select few places to be named after a founding saint, and it is a pity in my view that he is so little referenced and recognised in the city. The further we delve into place names, down to street names and even house names, the more we are enlightened about the area we reside in. So, your quirky or interestingly named town or village might mean more than just your home. REFERENCES: 1 1 Mawer, A. , Stenton, F.M. , Glover, J.E.B. , The PlaceNames of Sussex, Cambridge University Press, Vol. I 1929, Vol. II 1930. 2 Armstrong, J.R., A History of Sussex, Phillimore & Co. Ltd, London & Chichester, 3rd edition 1974, p.39 3 Bede: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Oxford World’s Classics, (2008), Translated by Bertram Colgrave. With the Greater Chronicle and Letter to Egbert translated, and edited with introduction and notes by Judith McClure, and Roger Collins. Oxford University Press, p.193. 4 Ibid., p.155. 5 Cheal, Henry,The History of Ditchling in the County of Sussex, Lewes & South Counties Press ltd, 1901 (re-published by Country Books, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 2004, p.3). 6 Lucas, E.V., Highways and Byways in Sussex, second edition 1935, reprinted 1950, Macmillan & Co. Ltd, London, p. 342 7 Martin, Henry, The History of Brighton and Environs, 1871, John Beal, Brighton, p.3. 8 Translated & collated by Anne Savage, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, Book Club Associates, London, 1982, pp.29 & 35.








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4 Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas 6. 5 Pour the fish stock into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the salmon and cod to the stock (or the haddock if you’ve chosen this) and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes.

8 Mix the cornflour with one tablespoon of cold water and add to the stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. Add the leeks, peas and corn and pour the stock mixture over the fish. Gently mix everything together and season well.

6 Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fish to a large, shallow ovenproof dish. Add the prawns, eggs and parsley to the fish and gently mix together.

9 Top the fish with the mashed potatoes, smooth down with a fork, sprinkle with a little grated cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes or until nicely browned.

7 Strain the fish stock into a clean pan and place over a high heat.

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Offham Chalk Pits are beside the A275, north of Lewes, south of Offham, nestled away in the Downs. Blink and you’ll miss it’s scenery for the average motorist on the daily commute. The remains of this and other former chalk pits pockmark the Downs all around Lewes, indicative of a different way of life during eras past. It’s thought chalk quarrying and lime production has been at Offham since medieval times. The Battle of Lewes took place in 1264 close to the top of the chalk pits. By the turn of the nineteenth century it was the horse and cart loaded with lime, which

The remains of this and other former chalk pits pockmark the Downs all around Lewes made the hazardous journey from the chalk pit down the slope to the flood plain, River Ouse and berthed barges on the wharf below. Being so close to the River Ouse made onward transportation all the easier and the chalk pit began to flourish. Significant change began in 1801 during the industrial revolution and the unique nature of Offham became apparent by 1809. Industrialisation took place under the stewardship of George Shiffner, who went on to represent Lewes in Parliament from 1812-1826. Shiffner employed William Jessop, the civil

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engineer responsible for the construction of several canals and London’s West India Docks to create a funicular railway. It was thought to be the first railway of any sort in southern England. A

View of the Chalkpit Cut, leading to the River Ouse


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funicular railway is steeply inclined, using a cable to connect wagons on parallel tracks, by means of a large pulley at the top of the slope. It used gravity to function, with loaded heavy wagons descending on one track, hauling the lighter empty wagons up the adjacent parallel track, via the cable and pulley. Jessop’s railway ran from the chalk pit office, under the forerunner of the modern A275, down the slope to the flood plain and River Ouse. The drop down was 40 metres, at a gradient of more than 30%. The manmade Chalkpit Cut is a short tributary of

the River Ouse that allowed barges to sail up to the wharf at the base of the funicular railway. It was here that lime in the wagons was transferred onto waiting barges, ready for the onward journey. The production of lime was predicated on an abundant supply of chalk. At Offham, chalk was plentiful and burnt in four limekilns, which were in operation from 1809-1890. At around 900 degrees Centigrade carbon dioxide is released from chalk and the remainder is known as quicklime. Quicklime is ‘slaked’ once it is mixed continued on page 64

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with water to create a chemical reaction. When the mixture dries out, lime is the result. Lime can be used as agricultural fertiliser, or in the building industry as mortar, plaster or cement. Step inside the chalk pits today and try to imagine where the natural line of the Downs once was. Once upon a long ago a bustling workforce would have worked this pit, with pickaxe and gunpowder, gradually dismantling the landscape. It’s easy to visualise just how much chalk has been removed and how this place, once a hive of industry, is now silent but for birdsong and passing traffic. The railways came to

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Lewes in 1846, the funicular closed in 1870 and the chalk pit shut in 1890. The quarry office remains intact today. For many years it was a pub, latterly it’s become a curry house. The tracks and machinery are long gone. Mother nature has done her best to reclaim the land on which the funicular was built. Chalkpit Cut was navigable during its heyday 150 years ago but old father time has seen it transformed, silt up and currently little more than a wide ditch. The parallel tunnels under the road were just over 20 metres long and 2 metres high when they were constructed. In 2013, 140 years after they closed, English Heritage granted them grade II listed status. They’ll still be there next time you whizz over the top of them in that blink and you’ll miss it scenario. Some of you… driving to, or from, a home built with lime from the chalk pits at Off ham.

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Burgess Hill is a thriving town with a rich history, vibrant community spirit and progressive nature. Nestled amongst beautiful countryside, Ruth Lawrence pays a visit Now a thriving town of 30,000 residents, Burgess Hill offers a pleasant place to live with extremely easy access to open, rolling countryside and excellent transport routes to London and the south coast. Its origins lie in the brick and tile industry; by the early 1600’s this was a flourishing trade but the town’s blossoming came with the opening of the London to Brighton railway line in 1841. Many of the detached Victorian houses and workmen’s terraced cottages survive from this period and give the town a reassuringly solid and historic feel. It is now home


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its green spaces; St John’s Park in the town centre offers sporting facilities and areas for quiet enjoyment. Batchelors Farm boasts sweeping views across to the South Downs and is easily accessible at the town’s southern edge. Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve contains a diverse range of habitats, making it both a paradise for wildlife and a tranquil place to walk and relax the senses. The Burgess Hill Green Circle Network is a joined up collection of green spaces in and around the town which provide a protected place

The town’s blossoming came with the opening of the London to Brighton railway line in 1841

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Blooming Great Tea Party Nothing beats getting friends and family together for tea and cake in the sunshine – particularly if you can raise money for a good cause at the same time. Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party event, which kicks off in June, is the perfect excuse for a tea-themed celebration. Whether it’s a few cuppas with your family in the garden or a buntingbedecked extravaganza for the whole street, your event could help fund nursing care for those most in need. “We’re encouraging everybody to get together this summer to hold a party, enjoy themselves and fundraise for Marie Curie at the same time,” explains Kate Megson, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie West Sussex. “All you need to do is register your interest on our website and we’ll send you a free fundraising pack.” Using your event to support a good cause couldn’t be easier. Marie Curie’s party pack is bursting with props and ideas, from a home collection box to a sweep


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stake. Hosts in previous years have sold cups of tea and slices of cake, held raffles and raised extra funds with garden games. Every £20 raised supports an hour of nursing care. Marie Curie nurses provide palliative care at home, allowing terminally ill patients to spend the remainder of their lives

Every £20 raised supports an hour of nursing care surrounded by the people and the things that they love. Nurses arrive at 10pm and leave at 7am, giving family members vital relief and rest. When the charity was established in 1948 it focussed exclusively on cancer sufferers. Now, though, it provides support for people

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Our train slowed to a halt at Goringby-Sea station. From here, cross the road and walk west, parallel to the railway towards Ferring. After almost half a mile, turn right by the fingerpost. Small, lichen covered trees border the path. Walk beneath power cables towards the distant homes. The path kinks left between two properties, emerging onto Ferring Lane. Turn right and continue to the end, passing over Ferring Rife along the way. At the end the busy A259 will need to be crossed. Barriers make it easier but as Jago observed, “It’s dangerous because the cars go by so fast, but ok if you’re sensible.” Take the access road opposite, walking uphill against a gradually stiffening gradient. The access road peters out and becomes a flint-crusted bridleway. “Take your time, don’t go too quick or you’ll run out of energy before the top,” was Jago’s advice.

The Great Storm of 1987 felled many trees, which have not been replaced


Near the top beyond a gate, the path bears left and west, flattening out, populated in places with rabbit scrapings, which are best avoided. Walk about a ¼ of a mile until a fence is encountered. Turn right, and after a few strides uphill, turn left and continue west. Ferring is off to the left with the coast beyond. “It’s a good view to the sea on a clear day” claimed Jago. Another ¼ mile further on, the route shuffles downhill and beneath the tree line. A pair of fingerposts will appear. Turn right, then left, as if heading in the same general westerly

direction. Ignore the stile to the immediate right. Small Scots Pine and Hawthorn are flourishing on the left. The murmur of traffic and the sound of birdsong will compete for your attention. Follow this path for just over a 1 /3 of a mile until the fingerpost appears. Beyond it Highdown New Mill (or Ecclesden Mill) will be visible. Turn right and walk between the fences. The windmill was built in 1826 and is a private residence. Jago noticed it has no sails. Beyond the mill the path turns 90 degrees right and heads uphill. From here it’s ¾ of a mile to the summit. The path sweeps right, then left, then through a kissing gate. Beyond the gate, head towards the trig point away in the distance some 81m (266 feet) above sea level, the nominal summit of Highdown Hill. The trig point sits on a ring of earthworks by a small colony of scattered trees. Highdown Hill was first occupied around 1,000BC, with evidence of an Iron Age hill fort dating from 600BC. The Romans settled here, more recently AngloSaxons maintained a cemetery. continued on page 74

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John Olliver’s windmill survived until 1826. During WWII, a radar station was constructed. The Great Storm of 1987 felled many trees, which have not been replaced. Under cloudless calm blue skies Jago noted, “It’s amazing here, incredible views and relaxing as well.” Beyond the earthworks, journey downhill across short downland grass with the urban sprawl of Worthing in the distance. Aim for the gap in the trees with a silo above in the middle distance. Turn sharp right afterwards, and follow the path to the tomb of John Olliver. John Olliver had his tomb built in 1766, though he lived until 1793. During his lifetime the

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Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning with Kent/Sussex Air Ambulance Service

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Monthly Coffee Morning with speaker from Kent/Sussex Air Ambulance Service. New members welcome. £1.50 including raffle ticket. Tuesday 02 May, 10:00-14:00

Bonhams Specialist Jewellery Valuation Day

No 4, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BE Please call 01483 504030 to make an appointment. Tuesday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 May, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. The IT Girl Ltd, Emma 07938 838861 Tuesday 02 – Friday 05 & Monday 08 – Wednesday 10 May, 11:45 & 14:35

Bluebell Railway ‘Bluebell Specials’

Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL Travel in our 1913 Observation Carriage for full panoramic views of the Bluebells. Tuesday 02 May, 14:00-15:00

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Paws in the Park Spring Show

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly RH17 6TL Endless activities for you and your dog! Be entertained by expert pooch handlers and ‘have a go’ at fun attractions with your pup! Adults £10.50, Seniors and Children £8, Family (2 + 2) £33, Family (2 + 3) £35. Discounts available for booking in advance online! Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service Forest Row Parish Council

Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home-cooked meal delivered. Soup: £2.00, Main Meal: £4.50, Dessert: £2.00. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart Wednesday 03 May, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint WI Meeting

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ At The New Inn we run a monthly quiz on the first Tuesday of the month. Teams from 4-6 people. All funds go to a charity chosen by the participants.

Sussex Crafts, High Street, Cuckfield RH16 4QE Do you like to sew? We are a friendly group of self-taught sewing lovers who meet up to sew and chat. £5.00. Contact: Sarah Sussex Crafts 01444 455611

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Chapter 12 Wine Bar & Restaurant,12 High Street, Hailsham BN27 1AN Tasting five different wines with matching canapés. Plus fun presentation. Every evening is a different country with different wines. £12.00 per head for 4 May and £15.00 per head for 18 May, as we have more expensive wines. Contact: Ian Shearer, Fizz on Foot Ltd 01323 737271 Mobile: 07971 851777

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The Girl Guide Headquarters, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Resolutions for National Federation – Discussion and Vote. Competition: Todd Cup Miniature Flower Arrangement (4” max. overall). Visitors welcome £3.

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Wednesday 03 May, 09:00

Coach Outings – Great Comp & Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks

Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, High Street, Henfield BN5 9DB

Sewing Bee Group

Wednesday 03 May, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: ‘ Permanent and Seasonal Planting for Containers’. Speaker: Andy McIndoe, winner of 25 gold medals at the RHS Chelsea Show. Members free, Visitors: £1. All welcome! Flo Whitaker: 01444 245509 Thursdays & Saturdays, from 27 April-25 May, 09:30-21:30

Nightingale Safari

Knepp Wildland Safaris, New Barn Farm, Dial Post, Nr Horsham RH13 8NN A safari to hear the intoxicating nocturnal song of the Nightingale

Thursday 04 May & Thursday 18 May, 19:00-21:30

Fun Wine Tasting Evenings

Thursday 04 May, 19:00


The Woolpack, Howard Road, Howard Avenue, Burgess Hill RH15 8NN See Local Living Thursday 04 May, 19:30-21:00

Talk: Food & Mood and the Depression Connection

The Yews Community Centre, 55 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BJ People with depression is increasing each year. Come and learn how to overcome it. David will explain how by using the macrobiotic approach you can improve mood and outlook on life. £7. To book or call 07710 805683 Thursday 04 May, 19:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Talk – ‘Timber-framed Houses in the Weald – including in particular Wealden Hall Houses’ by Brian Braby. £3.00 Members £5.00 Non-members. Members do not need to be NT members now. Contact: Gail Burrell 01444 482055 Thursday 04 May, 20:00

Historic Gardens of Sussex

Council Chamber, Queens Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Jim Stockwell looks at the history of some of our most beautiful Sussex gardens. £5 or £3 for members. Tickets from Mike Nicholson on 01444 457448 or email Thursday 04 May,

Star Wars Day!

Olivers Coffee & Wine, 17/18 Borers Yard, Borers Arms Road, Copthorne RH10 3LH Contact: 01342 821755 Thursday 04, 11, 18 & 25 May, 20:00

Greyhound - Open Mic Night

Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT Every Thursday! Whatever your

talent, come and show it off or just watch others. Pop in for a fun night out - entrance free!

Friday 05, 11:00-20:00, Saturday 06, 10:3018:00 & Sunday 07 May, 10:30-17:00

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair

Petworth Park, Petworth GU28 0QY Annual art and antiques fair, launched in 2015, featuring close to 50 specialist exhibitors selling fine quality objects spanning the centuries. £10 per person, to include free entry to Petworth House. Contact: 01797 252030 Friday 05 May, 18:15

BH Biz Awards

Mayo Wynne Baxter Suite, Amex Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL The judges work is about to begin. We have an excellent MC in David Farmer, and an entertaining speaker in Tony Cottey. Friday 05, 12, 19 & 26 May, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club Happy Hour

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Watch out for June Band Night – Far Cry. Contact: 01342 822856 Friday 05 May

Rat Pack Evening

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield BN5 9LJ Dean Ager will be here to entertain with music from Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and Michael Buble. £35 per person including 3 course meal. Contact: Sara Luff 01903 815757 Friday 05, 12, 19 & 26 May, 19:00-20:00

Aikido (Self Defence)

K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defence classes based on Yoshinkan aikido. Warm and friendly club. Suitable for all genders who would look to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free. £37.50 monthly. Contact: George 07882186130 or Stan 07581522801 Friday 05, 12, 19 & 26 May, 19:30-22:00

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following:Talk, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Prep for Mills, ‘On Air Night’, Computer Logging Tuition. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 newsletter@, Friday 05 May, 19:30

Vienna Festival Ballet – ‘Cinderella’

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Friday 05 & Thursday 18 May, 19:30 for 20:00

Ditchling Film Society – 1) Ethel & Ernest, 2) I Daniel Blake

Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8QT See Local Living Saturday 06, 13, 20 & 27 May – June

From Boots to Bustles – Costume Finds from Sussex Attics Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Cuckfield Museum’s new costume display featuring locally donated treasures. Entry free, but donations appreciated. More information from

St Mary’s Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DS Large selection of plants at very reasonable prices. Shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs. Mount Noddy Allotment Association attending. Home made refreshments. Plant donations welcome. Contact: 01342 322617 Saturday 06 May, 19:30-21:45

The Friends of St Peter’s Church Chailey – Spring Concert

St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, Near Lewes BN8 4DA See Local Living Sunday 07 May, 09:30-17:00

Stonepit Nursery Open Day

Stonepit Lane, Henfield BN59QU This is the start of our season with a full range of plants. A Bouncy Castle and refreshments are available. Something for all the family!

Saturday 06 May, 10:00-15:00

Sunday 07 May, 10:00

Community Centre Car Park or Forresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market, with a social atmosphere including activities and demonstrations. Contact: Sue Young AIPM, DIMA (Market Manager) 01342 822661 sue.young@ http/ forest-row-market.aspx

Cuckfield, Whitemans Green playing fields RH17 5DB, TQ301 257 Cuckfield, Staplefield Road, New England Wood, High Weald Landscape Trail, Sparks Lane, Whitemans Green. 4.5mi/7.2km. Leisurely. Contact: John 01444 483860 or 07810 785681 on the day.

Forest Row Village Market

Saturday 06 May, 10:30-12:30

Annual Plant Sale

Mid Sussex Ramblers Bluebells at Cuckfield

Sunday 07 May, 10:00-13:00

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Car Boot Sale

Chailey Heritage Foundation, Haywards Heath Road, North Chailey BN8 4EF Sell your unwanted items or hunt out a bargain. All funds raised will be dedicated to http://www. Pitch £15. Public Entry £1 (Children free). To book a pitch click on link on or call 01825 724444 ext 718. Sunday 07 May, 12:00-14:30

Storrington Village Duck Race

Riverside Walk & Library Car Park, Ryecroft Lane, Storrington RH20 4PA Duck races on the river, fun-fair rides, face-painting, craft stalls, live music, ice-cream, cakes, BBQ and more. Contact: Friends of Storrington School (FOSS) Sunday 07 May, 12:00-16:00

Oldland Windmill Family Fun Day Oldlands Lane, Hassocks BN6 8ND Come and visit an historic piece of our nation’s heritage, a beautifully restored, award winning, working post mill. Voluntary contribution. Contact: Fred Maillardet Monday 08, 15 & 22 May, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction Gorringes, Garden Street, Lewes, East

Sussex NB7 1TJ 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 478221 Monday 08 May, 14:30

Adur Valley Fine Arts Society - The Splendours of Egypt

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB David Roberts - Artist Extraordinary by Clive Barham Carter. David Roberts was a Scottish painter, especially known for a prolific series of detailed lithograph prints of Egypt and the Near East. Guest Welcome - £5. Contact: 01273 494945 Monday 08 & 22 May, 19:30-21:30

Keymer Folk Dance Club

23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB ‘Folk dancing is Friendship set to Music’. All welcome and you don’t need a partner. Membership £2.50 and £1.50 each evening. First evening free. Monday 08 May, 20:00

Greyhound - Quiz Night

Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT We currently hold a monthly quiz on the second Monday of each month. Why not pop along for this fun night and pit your wits against others. Monday 08 May, 20:00


Top events Coming Soon Tony Stockwell Thursday 11th May Martlets Hall

Dogs don’t do ballet Friday 2nd June Clair Hall

17 - 18 June 2017 • 10.30am - 5.00pm

The Big Chris Barber Band Friday 9th June Clair Hall

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The Group

Burgess Hill Unattached? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Burgess Hill on the 2nd Monday of every month. Not a dating agency, but an opportunity to meet other single men and women. Our members tend to be aged 50+. We also meet in Lewes, Horsham and Brighton. Walks, dinners, golf, holidays, theatre etc. Tuesday 09 May, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers, Hassocks and the Downs Hassocks Station, West Side, BN6 8JF, TQ 303 155 Jack and Jill Windmills, Ditchling Beacon, Oldlands Mill, Hassocks. Please bring picnic lunch. No dogs please. 8.5mi/13.7km. Moderate. Contact: Pam B 01444 248717 Tuesday 09 May, 19:45

A Nurseryman’s Life

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by Ed Nugent, a lifetime nurseryman and owner of local nursery Garden Sage. He has worked in and run nurseries from Yorkshire to Oregon. £1 members, £2 non-members. Wednesday 10 May, 18:30

Supported Lodgings Information Evening County Hall North, Park Street, Horsham

RH12 1XH Do you have the desire to make a difference to a child or young person’s life? West Sussex County Council’s Fostering Recruitment Team is inviting you to come and find out what’s involved in supported lodgings care. Find out more at uk/forstering or 0330 222 7775. Wednesday 10 May, 19:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers Chailey

Red House Common car park BN8 4JD TQ 393 217 Chailey Common. 2.5mi/4km. Easy. Contact: 01273 480167 or 07938 833868 on the day. Wednesday 10 May, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG Annual General Meeting and Auction. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Wednesday 10 – Saturday 13 May,

Ditchling Players - ‘Duets’ by Peter Quilter See Local Living

Wednesday 10 May, 19:30

Film ‘SULLY: Miracle on the Hudson’

Sullington Hall, Thakeham Road, Storrington RH20 3PP Starring Tom Hanks. The story of landing a damaged plane on the Hudson River. £5.



Contact: Ken Collins 01903 740745

Wednesday 10 May, 20:00-22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society

Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Illustrated talk in French by Edward Cholmondeley-Clarke about the escape of French prisoners from Britain in Napoleonic times. All members and visitors are most welcome. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385 Thursday 11 May, 09:00-11:30

CANCERVICE Coffee Morning Marram Trading, 113 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9PU See Local Living Thursday 11 May, 19:30-21:00

Talk: How to Improve your Digestion ‘Heal your Gut the Macrobiotic Way’

The Yews Community Centre, 55 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BJ With bloating, IBS, Crohn’s Disease and other digestive disorders on the rise, David will be sharing his wealth of knowledge by discussing how to improve your gut health by strengthening your digestion. £7. To book: call 07710 805683 or www., Friday 12 May, 10:00-14:00

Fostering Drop-in Session

Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley

RH10 6HG Do you have the desire to make a difference to a child or young person’s life? West Sussex County Council’s Fostering Recruitment Team is inviting you to come and find out what’s involved in fostering care. Find out more at forstering or 0330 222 7775 Friday 12 May, 09:00-All day

Plenish Cleanse Tasting Day

Seasons Forest Row, 10-11 Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DN A Tasting Day with Plenish Cleanse serving raw and organic juices and nut milks. Contact: 01342 824673 Friday 12 May, 20:00-21:30

Plumpton Roman Villa – Burgess Hill History Society Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Dr David Rudling gives an illustrated talk on the excavations which he has supervised there. Members £1, Visitors £3. Contact: Fred Avery 01444 235088 Saturday 13 May

Hurstpierpoint College Open Morning (Pre-Prep, Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form) Hurstpierpoint College, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks BN6 9JS An opportunity to tour the facilities, listen to presentations by the Headmaster and current pupils, and meet key members of staff.

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Could you be a foster carer? This May, Foster Care Fortnight, highlights the need for more foster carers. West Sussex County Council urgently needs carers for children and teenagers On any given day, there are over 62,000 children living with foster families in the UK. Yet it is estimated that another 9,000 foster carers are needed to provide nurturing and supportive homes for children in need. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the main criterion for becoming a foster carer is that you can meet the needs of the child. Age, sexuality, marital status, religious beliefs, whether you’re a home owner or tenant, whether you are working or claiming benefits – none of these will ever be a barrier as long as you have the skills and qualities to meet the needs of the

Age, sexuality, marital status, religious beliefs, home owner or tenant, working or on benefits – none of these will ever be a barrier to fostering, as long as you have the skills to meet the needs of the child. child. Obviously, all potential foster carers will need to go through an in-depth assessment to become a foster carer and they will need to provide the foster child with their own bedroom. There is a huge demand for foster homes for older children. Speaking to experienced foster carers Jane and Peter, it is clear that while there can be challenging behaviour, nothing is insurmountable. “Once you’ve set down the house rules and given them the time, patience and encouragement they need, looking after older children can be very fulfilling,” says Peter. Jane agrees. “By the age of seven to nine, children are beginning to get a sense of who they are, and they’re developing their own interests which you can nurture. You can really see the difference you’re making and that is very rewarding.” Jane and Peter also feel that it’s important to keep an open mind when reading about prospective foster children. “What one carer may find difficult may not bother you, so keep a sense of perspective when filtering out what would and wouldn’t work for your situation,” explains Peter.

The couple run a family business from home and so are fortunate to have the flexibility in their working lives that foster caring often requires. While many people do both work and foster, it’s important to realise that fostering may include doing the school run and there will be meetings and training to attend, so a flexible or part-time job may be more suitable. “There’s nothing more rewarding than helping families in difficulties. Given the space to resolve their problems, it’s a fantastic feeling to see families reunite and children return home where they belong.” smiles Jane.

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Carer, please contact the Fostering Recruitment Team on 0330 222 7775, or visit West Sussex County Council Fostering Recruitment Team will be holding three events where you can find out more about becoming a foster carer: - Supported Lodgings information evening on Wednesday 10 May, 6.30pm-8.30pm County Hall North (Parkside), Horsham - Fostering drop-in desk on Friday 12 May, 10am-2pm Crawley Library - Fostering information evening on Tuesday 16 May, 6.30pm-8.30pm County Hall North (Parkside), Horsham

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DiaryDates St. Barnabas Pastoral Centre, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Variety of plants, bedding, annuals, perennials, vegetables, etc. Books, bric-a- brac, clothing, DVD’s, games, home produce, household items, shoes, toys. Free entry. All welcome. Refreshments available.

Please register at: 01273 833636

Saturday 13 May, 09:30-12:00

Early Years Opening Morning

Michael Hall Steiner School, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA Come to an Early Years Open Morning and see for yourself how beautiful and homely our Kindergartens are. There will be time to have a coffee and mingle with other parents. There will also be a presentation from one of our Kindergarten Teachers. Please book. Contact: Julie Ruse 01342 827918

Saturday 13 May, 10:00-13:00

NSPCC Plant Sale

Brinkley Lodge, London Road, Cuckfield RH17 5EU A large variety of plants for sale, all excellent value. Homemade refreshments. Attractive garden. Free entry. Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May

Bluebell Railway ‘Branch Line Weekend’

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May, 09:30-17:00

Paws in the Park Spring Show

Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL A 2 day event where 5 of our SE & CR locomotives take centre stage alongside LNWR Coal Tank visiting from its base at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

South of England Showground – Ardingly Selsfield Road, Haywards Heath RH17 6TL Endless activities for you and your dog! Be entertained by expert pooch handlers and ‘have a go’ at fun attractions with your pup! Adults £10.50, Seniors and Children £8, Family (2 + 2) £33, Family (2 + 3) £35. Discounts available for booking in advance online! Contact: Jacqui Curtis 07952 971452,,

Saturday 13 May, 10:00-16:00

Balcombe History Society Exhibition – ‘Never a Dull Moment’

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP We will trace the many clubs, societies and organizations that have been a big part of the village over the years. Adults £1, and children free. Contact: Julie Budgen 01444 811641

Saturday 13 May, 10:00–12:00

Plant Sale and Market

Saturday 13 May, 10:30–12:30

Rainbow, Brownie, Guide & Senior Section 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, raffle and display. Free entry. Contact: 01825 733432 Saturday 13 May, 11:00-16:00

Mansion Market

Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA Parking and entry are free to this lively market in beautiful surroundings. Clothing, crafts from many parts of the world, plants, delicious local organic produce and more. Puppet shows, all-day café and taster therapy sessions. Something for everyone! To book a stall: 01342 824944 Saturday 13 May, 14:00

reMEmber’s ME Awareness Week Conference Sheldrake Suite, Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN See Local Living Saturday 13 May, 19:00-Late

Butterfly Ball

Warren Ballroom, Worthing College, Sanditon Way, Worthing BN14 9FD Join us for a special evening of entertainment, live music and magic! 3 course meal and auction. £49pp

includes 3 course meal. Contact: Katie Banister 01903 528613

Saturday 13 May, 19:30

Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra Concert

St Andrew’s Church, Cants Lane, Burgess Hill RH15 OLG Celebrating the music and birthday of film composer John Williams. Tickets £12 from Burgess Hill Help Point 01444 232067 or box-office. Tickets £14 on the door. Narrated by Katie Derham. Saturday 13 May, 19:30-22:00

‘A Murder Mystery Game’ - in aid of the charity Sussex Search and Rescue

St Symphorian’s Church Hall, New Road, Durrington, Worthing BN13 2PU For teams of up to 6 for all ages. Licenced Bar. Raffle. Free nibbles. Prizes for winning team. £6 per ticket. Contact: Linda Upperton 01903 525764 or Yvonne Eddleston 01902 605067 Sunday 14 May, 09:00 for 10:00

Little Horsted Fun Run

Isfield Playing Fields, Isfield TN22 5XH See Local Living Sunday 14 – Saturday 20 May

Dementia Awareness Week See Local Living

2017! Garden opens 1st June

Sussex Prairies Garden 2017 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

1st-30th JUNE Jean Jean Genius- the longest strip of decorated denim in the world in aid of Jeans for Genes charity 2nd JULY Rude Mechanical Outdoor Theatre – The Commercial Traveller – a comedy in the garden 15th-16th JULY Spirit of the West and the Blackfeet Lodge – Native American enthusiasts exhibiting in the garden

11th- 20th AUGUST Indian Summer Bazaar – 5 marquees of ethically traded clothing, jewellery, homewares, talks, free children’s activities and curry lunches 3rd SEPTEMBER Unusual Plant and Garden Fair – a host of specialist plant nurseries and gardenalia exhibiting in the garden

Open six days a week 1pm until 5pm. Closed Tuesdays from 1st June-15th October 2017. Adult £7, child £3.50, season ticket £25. Individual £60 family (2 adults and up to 3 children)

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June 3rd/4th at Knepp Castle, Shipley, Nr Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8LJ

Quirky fair with a vintage twist. Plants and wildlife stalls, classic cars, artists and craftspeople. Street food and picnicking, music and singing. 10.30am to 5pm both days. Adults £6.50, children under 14 £1.00, children under 4 free. Dogs welcome on leads. For more Information call Jean on 07939 272443


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DiaryDates Sunday 14 May, 10:00–14:00

Felbridge Bowling Club Open Day

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale

RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB Free parking and disabled parking. Set up from 9am, opens 10am. Light refreshments. Dogs welcome on lead. No food sellers/traders. Buyers: admission by donation. Sellers: All vehicles £10.00, trailers +£3.00. Darren Parrish 0300 123 0741 Sunday 14 & 28 May, 10:00-14:00

Conservation Work Parties

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve. Meet in car park Come and help to conserve your local green area. Stay as long as you wish. Mary Smith 01444 242667 Sunday 14 May, 12:00-18:00

Ladies Day

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, Nr. Lewes BN7 3AL Something for everyone from picnics to ultimate hospitality packages, great horseracing and amazing prizes for best dressed! Tickets from £10 per person when booked in advance. Tickets from £10 per person when booked in advance. Plumpton Racecourse 01273 890383, Sunday 14 May, 14:00-16:00

Felbridge Bowling Club, Crawley Down Road, Felbridge RH19 2 RN Come along for a taster session – qualified coach and all equipment provided. Fun in the Sun at Felbridge! Contact: Sunday 14 May, 14:45 – approx. 17:00

The Conductor’s Story, from G & S to Grand Opera

The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH17 7SF The rising young conductor James Hendry will entertain us with stories, and songs to his own piano accompaniment. £6 for members and £12 for non-members, both prices include interval refreshments. Contact: Edwin Cowley 01342 715709 Monday 15 May, 19:45-21:15

East Grinstead Natural History Society

St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT ‘Broadwater Warren’ – (How to create a Nature Reserve) by Alan Loweth Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator of Weald Reserves. £4.50 for guests including refreshments. The Secretary 01342 315051.

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Mid Sussex Ramblers Hassocks Stroll

Tuesday 16 May, 19:45

Wednesday 17 May, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY Resolutions and talk about the RNLI by Jo Kaddish. Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421 Tuesday 16 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 needed. £2 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half-time. First evening free. Mike 01444 482741 Wednesday 17 May, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

Mid-Sussex Decorative & Fine Arts Society

Tuesday 16 May, 18:30

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN A Talk by Anne Haworth on ‘The Miseroni Family, Lapidary Artists of Milan and Prague: a Story of Royal Patronage and Dazzling Brilliance’. Non-members welcome: £7 on door.

County Hall North, Park Street, Horsham

Wednesday 17 May, 19:30

Fostering Information Evening

Dale Avenue long stay car park BN6 8AR, TQ307 154 Car park, Woodslands Road, Adastra Park, Keymer Parkwood Copse, Downsview Road. 3.5mi/5.6km. Leisurely. Contact: John 01444 483860 or 07817 032135

Behind the Scenes at Chelsea Flower Show

Hassocks Horticultural Society, Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AH Alan Sargent is our speaker this month. Alan has designed and built over 60 RHS show gardens, so he has extensive experience of the fascinating background of this famous show. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Thursday 18 May, 09:00-15:30

Garden and Local Produce Fair

Cuckfield Park, Cuckfield RH17 5AB An opportunity to browse a range of garden and local produce stalls, coffees and lunch all in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Entry: £5. Contact: 01293 447367 Thursday 18 - Saturday 20 May, 19:30

Wivelsfield Little Theatre – ‘Breaking The Code’ by Hugh Whitemore

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Talk: Overcoming the Sugar-Blues - How to Develop a Healthier Relationship to Sweet Food The Yews Community Centre, 55 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BJ Sugar is as addictive as nicotine or heroin and responsible for many modern diseases. Come and find out how sugar affects your physical and emotional health. Learn how to reduce this. £7. To book:, info@ or call 07710 805683

Friday 19 May, 14:00

Hurst, Hassocks and Ditchling U3A ‘Conspiracy History of the World’

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH A talk by Andy Thomas. Contact: Jacqueline Brewer 01273 841072 Friday 19 May, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

Friday 19 May, 09:30-13:30

Furniture Painting Workshop

Made and Making, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Acquire tips and tricks and then try them out with the help of professional furniture painters Crabbitt & Co. Bring along your own small item. £55. sarah@ 07967 819540 Friday 19 - Sunday 21 May, 19:30

The Attic Art Club Original Art Fair

Lynn’s Children’s Charity. Contact: Carole-Lynn Duffy 01444 482375.

The Village Hall, 18 Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT Friday 12:00–20:00. Refreshments from 18:00-20:00. Saturday and Sunday,10:00-17:00. Original works of art for sale, including paintings, woodturning, sculpture, glassware, jewellery, cards and prints by Sussex based artists. Admission FREE but voluntary contributions to Dame Vera

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Celebrated international organist Dirk Jan Ranzjan. Entry £5 on the door. Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269 Doors open 18:00.

and readings by fire and candlelight. Pre-booking required. £25 each. Over 16s only. 01243 811363 office@wealddown.

Evening: Wine and Cheese Tasting. £5 entry fee for the Wine & Cheese Tasting. Contact: Ballard & Shorthall 01342 822120

Saturday 20 May, 10:00

Paws & Claws 40th Anniversary Celebration Open Day

Storrington Community on Show Ravenscroft Guide and Community Hall, Brown’s Lane, Storrington RH20 4LG The Community Partnership are hosting a variety of local groups, all displaying information about their work, and with members on hand keen to explain what is involved. Contact: David 01903 746101 for more information. Saturday 20 May, 10:00-16:00

Introductory Saturday to Macrobiotics

Main Hall, East Court Mansion, East Grinstead RH19 3LT By David Tas about his career in agriculture and his time as Farm Manager, Standen. All welcome. Nonmembers £3.00 – members £1.00 – Including refreshments. Contact: Joan Roberts 01342 322648

Birch Avenue, Haywards Heath RH17 7SL David and Nicola McCarthy will take you on a journey of discovery, discussing how you can achieve longterm health simply through the food that you eat. They will share their expert knowledge in talks and cooking demonstrations. £80. Refreshments and a delicious macrobiotic lunch will be included. To book info@ or call 07710 805683

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 May, 20:45-23:00

Saturday 20 May, 11:00-23:00

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU Join an enchanting guided walk. Visit rescued historic houses to hear tales

The Swan, Forest Row RH18 5AA Fundraiser for Fire Brigade & Holy Trinity Church. Daytime: Stalls, BBQ , Mystery Celebrity Live Music.

Friday 19 May, 19:30-21:30

East Grinstead Society Meeting – My Farming Life

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Coombe Down, London Road, Sayers Common BN6 9HZ Stalls of gifts, cards, plants, bric-abrac, toys, books, raffle, tombola and homemade cakes, (weather permitting). Music by Raye Du-Val Jazz Duo. Contact: 01273 831125 Saturday 20 May, 20:00-22:45

Strictly Dance Magic – Ballroom Dance

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Doors open 19:45. Licensed Bar, Ballroom, Latin, Jive and Sequence. Sprung floor and soft lighting. £7.50. Contact: 07767 411115, 01444 248926 Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 May

Military and Home Front Weekend

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, Station Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT A weekend of nostalgia and history to go back in time to the wartime period, with re-enactments, dioramas to watch. Adults £11.50, Seniors £10.50, Children £7.00. Contact: 01798 831370,

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Come and visit our stand at the South of England 50th Anniversary Show, 8, 9 & 10 June You can find us on the Wildlife, Farming and Forestry area (close to the Blue Gate) We have a variety of timber products on offer, demonstrations and exhibitions of some of our machinery available for contract hire as well as live chainsaw and hand sculpture. Pop by for a chat, a brew or something stronger and we can help with all of your woodland management, woodfuel supply or sawn timber needs.

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Sussex Bonsai Group

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Malcolm Stewart will be holding a Bonsai Talk with slides etc. All welcome. Free for first visit. Tea and coffee will be available.

Sunday 21 May, 10:00-16:30

Thursday 25 May, 19:30-21:00

Introduction to Beekeeping

Forest Garden Shovelstrode, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood RH19 3PH Learn about the bees and how to maintain a beehive. £75, lunch included. Contact: Lisa Aitken 07956 815458 Sunday 21 May, Doors/Licenced Bar: 19:00, Film 19:30

Wivelsfield FILMS – Allied - 15

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan, who encounters French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. 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. Monday 22 May, 09:30-13:30

Roman Blind Workshop

Made and Making, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Learn how to measure and make your own Roman Blinds. Small or sample blind will be made during the session. £60. 07967 819540 Monday 22 – Friday 26 May

French Polishing & Modern Hand Finishes

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common, RH15 OSJ Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate. Cost £590. John Lloyd 01444 480388 Monday 22 – Sunday 28 May

Help Chestnut Tree House during Children’s Hospice Week! This is the UK’s awareness and fundraising week for children with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions and the services that support them. Please support by holding your own fundraising event. 01903 871820

Tuesday 23 May, 10:00-15:00

Jewellery and Antiques Valuation Day

The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Bonhams specialists will be at The Courtlands Hotel to give free advice on items you may be considering selling at auction. Tim Squire-Sanders 01273 220000 Wednesday 24 May, 20:00-22:00

Talk: Allergies and How Macrobiotics Can Help You

The Yews Community Centre, 55 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BJ More than 21 million people in the UK have allergies and the number is increasing each year by 5%! David will explain how allergy sufferers can improve their health. £7. To book: info@ or 07710 805683 Thursday 25 May, 20:30

Quiz Night

The Fox Eating & Drinking House, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstead RH19 4PJ Think you know it all? Prove it? We will be raising funds towards St Margaret’s Church extension. Cheese fondue will also be available, please order. Contact: 01342 810644 Friday 26 May, 19:00

Crawley Keyboard Concert

Maidenbower Junior School, Harvest Road, Maidenbower RH10 7RA Great evening of live music showcasing Chris Magrath. Members and visitors made welcome. Visitors £6. Contact: Brenda Mayne 01293 784166 Friday 26 May, 19:30-22:30

Supper Club - Introduction to Raw Eating Mama Ghanoushe, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AH Join us for a 3 course meal and learn about the benefits of eating raw – menu on website.£22.50. Contact: Emma 01273 842534 Friday 26 May

The Five Bells Inn Wine & Supper Club

Chailey Green, Nr Lewes, BN8 4DA A chance to explore our wine list with a four-course menu perfectly complementing each wine. Contact: 01825 722259 Friday 26 May, 20:00-22:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society Talk

Guide Hall, Adjacent to Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY The Lion and the Tiger: The History of the British Raj in India. A talk by Margaret Nicolle. Please note that this meeting will be preceded by the brief AGM at 19:45. Free for members, £3 for non-members. Contact: Bill Kent 01273 832280 Saturday 27 May

£10 Tray Day

Clive Miller Butchers, 2 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RU £10 Tray Days are on the last

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Branch Line Events 13th & 14th May 2017 A two day event where five of our SE & CR locomotives take centre stage alongside LNWR Coal Tank visiting from its base at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. All engines will be running passenger trains throughout the day scheduled to an intensive timetable.


Between Bucks Barn and Cowfold on the A272 Join us at our Open Weekend 20th & 21st May, Craft demonstrations and much more. Contact: 01403 864773,

Rail Ale Evenings

19th May, 21st July & 22nd September 2017

Enjoy a steam hauled train ride, evening supper & Live Jazz at Horsted Keynes, plus everyone’s first pint will be free!Choice of Real Ales available at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and on board the train.


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Bluebell Specials Visit the Bluebell this Spring and see why the railway got its name! Travel in our 1913 Observation Carriage for full panoramic views of the bluebells. Services will depart from Sheffield Park Station. Sit back and enjoy a trip through the beautiful Sussex countryside – ideal for groups but lovely for everyone! Seats limited best to book in advance.


Saturday 20 09:00-17:00 & Sunday 21 May, 10:00-16:00

Bright Bricks Build it Weekend 27th & 28th May 2017 Lego® and steam trains – who could ask for anything more? Fun for all ages. See website for more details.

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Saturday 27 May, 09:00-13:00

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’.



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Bluebell Railway ‘Bright Bricks Build It Days’

Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL This is a fantastic new event for all the family to enjoy. Make your own model train, take part in our big mosaic build and mini figure treasure hunt. Saturday 27 May, 10:00-12:00

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve – ‘Pond Dipping at Bedelands’

Meet at Bedelands Car Park off Maple Drive to walk to the dipping pond Come and discover hidden mini-beasts below the water! Led by Dominic Moore. All equipment provided and all ages are welcome. Mary Smith (Secretary of Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle Network) 01444 242667 Saturday 27, 14:00-17:00 & Sunday 28 May, 10:00-13:00

‘Play Bowls’ Open Days W e ald & doWnla nd living MuseuM

West Hoathly Bowls Club, Hook Lane, West Hoathly RH19 4PT Have a try at playing bowls. Enroll for free coaching sessions and special membership offer of £30 for your first season. Contact: Nick Goodman 01342 604084 nickgoodman69@sky. com, Saturday 27 May, 09:00-17:00

Children’s Green Woodworking

Forest Garden Shovelstrode, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood RH19 3PH Learn about greenwood, using traditional tools. £85 for parent and child. Contact: Lisa Aitken 07956 815458, Saturday 27 May, 19:00-21:30

Summer Music: Charity Concert in aid of St Wilfrid’s Primary School St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH Instrumental and Choral: Malcolm Arnold, Richard Rodney Bennett and premieres of pieces by Sarah Cattley and Andrew Storey. Free Admission with Retiring Collection. Andrew Storey: 07900 602860 Sunday 28 May, 0900-17:00

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Forest Garden Shovelstrode, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood RH19 3PH Learn about greenwood, using traditional tools. £85 lunch included. Lisa Aitken, 07956 815458 Sunday 28 May, 10:00-14:00

Olivers Coffee & Wine Car Meet

Olivers Coffee & Wine, 17/18 Borers Yard, Borers Arms Road, Copthorne RH10 3LH An opportunity for you to show off your car or bike and meet up with fellow petrol heads. No entry fee, just turn up and enjoy. Contact: 01342 821755 Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May

Traditional Crafts Weekend

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, Station Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT Over the May Bank Holiday we have many visiting craftspeople, some demonstrating their skills and techniques. Adults £11.50, Seniors £10.50, Children £7.00. 01798 831370 Sunday 28 May, 11:30-16:00

Dogs Trust Shoreham Fun Day

Dogs Trust, Brighton Road, Shoreham BN43 5LT Dogs Trust Shoreham’s Annual Fun Day: a great day out for all the family, two & four legged! £1. Lisa Herbert & Pia Offord, 01273 466971, Sunday 28 May, 13:00-19:00

Acoustic Sunday

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ A variety of acoustic music - from pop to blues, folk and rock on two stages in the foyer, plus real ales, ciders and tempting food. Admission: Free. Box Office 01293 553636, Monday 29 May – Sunday 04 June, 11:00-16:00

Half-Term Activities

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU Head to the Museum this half-term for fantastic indoor and outdoor children’s activities and trails with a ‘hands-on history’ theme. Adult £13.50, 65+ £11.50, Child £6, Family £36. 01243 811363, Monday 29 May, 11:00-17:00

Cuckfield’s Royal Observer Corps Post Opening Observer Field, Cuckfield The Cold War underground bunker built in 1961 and in use until 1991 has been restored. Entry by donation. cuckfieldnuclearbunker Monday 29 May

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Wednesday 31 May, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Birds, their Habits and Habitats – John Buckingham Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT East Grinstead RSPB local group. Very interesting illustrated lecture. New members welcome. £4 for Members, £5 for Guests. Contact Mark Roberts 01342 843190

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business to business

STEM Sussex works in partnership and education and outreach with schools and employers organisations. to inspire young people Karen England, of about science, technology, Thomas Bennett School, engineering and maths became involved with (STEM). This summer, Crawley STEMfest in 2015 several free STEM and says that activities help events are taking place to students to understand why encourage young people to science is important and consider the many varied to see the range of careers career opportunities that involving STEM that are open up to them when they available to them. She says: study their STEM subjects. “The more students can see Now in its sixth year, that STEM is relevant to Crawley STEMfest aims to their lives the more they can raise awareness, improve engage in the classroom, and perception and inspire the more STEM careers they the next generation are aware of, the more of young people to motivation they have to consider careers in do well.” STEM. In partnership The Big Bang Fair with Crawley Borough also hosts the regional Council heats of the prestigious and Central Big Bang UK Young Sussex Scientists & College, Engineers STEM Sussex Competition, put on a series which is open of interactive to all 11-18 shows, year-olds who Committed to supporting and encouraging youths have workshops and completed a demonstrations in project or activity to actively and enjoyably engage with science, schools and colleges, in any area of technology, engineering and mathematics in STEM Clubs and at STEM. Students a major public event in from across the South Crawley during May and Bronagh Liddicoat from celebration of STEM aimed East region present their June. Tomorrow’s Engineers at young people aged between work to a panel of judges from quoted, “STEMfest helps to 9-19 years. The Big Bang industry and academia at the make schoolchildren aware of Fair South East takes place event, and the best projects the many training and career on Wednesday 28th June, and will be chosen to represent opportunities in STEM this fun-filled day consists the region in the national subjects that are available on of around 200 interactive finals in Birmingham in their doorstep. It’s exciting STEM-related shows, March 2018. and inspiring for both schools workshops, demonstrations and businesses and it has had and stimulating activities, a huge impact on both over which offer young people the A wide range of opportunities to become the past few years.” chance to experience the rich, involved is still open to businesses and The Big Bang Fair South and varied careers STEM organisations, whose support is vital to East is the culmination of can offer them. These the continuing success of this important Crawley STEMfest. It is part activities are generated from annual occasion. For any schools or of the nationwide Big Bang a variety of sources, including organisations wishing to register to Programme coordinated South East based and attend the Big Bang Fair South East, by EngineeringUK, and is national employers, scientific email: the region’s biggest single and professional associations,

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01903 238269

Pop in today to sample some 1950s goodness!

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