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Melody Maker

Sussex music producer Anna Barry

Autumn Wedding Special

An anniversary story and favour inspiration

Visiting Hassocks

The story of trains and trees in Hassocks

Care Month Feature

Five inspiring care articles for you

Breast Cancer Awareness


A personal tale of positivity

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Editor’s Comment We’ve had a busy month here at Sussex Living HQ getting the October issue ready for you, our lovely readers and advertisers. We have a great interview with Anna Barry, an inspiational music producer and a Sussex girl too, plus features on care, weddings, seasonal recipes and loads more. Enjoy the read!


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Melody Maker Multi-Grammy-nominated music producer Anna Barry talks to Ruth Lawrence from her family home in Keymer about the highs and lows of her long and illustrious career


lthough Anna Barry travels the world as music producer to some of the most talented artists alive, she is a Sussex girl at heart. I met her at the house her family have lived in since 1932 to find out her experiences during her rewarding and hugely successful career in music. The large welcoming house in Keymer is now home to Anna’s mother and once belonged to her grandparents who sold it to her parents after the family 8 SUSSEX LIVING | October 2019

moved from Hurstpierpoint when Anna was 14. “We were free range children,” she remembers, learning piano at the age of five and progressing to the Royal College of Music Junior Department when she was just 12. She had lessons with

She had lessons with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mother, learned violin and studied composition

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mother, learned violin and studied composition. When home Anna sang in Keymer Church choir and she has fond memories of a marvellous music teacher from primary school called Bertha Martin. “She made sure every child could read music and play instruments,” Anna recalled. “My love of music was supported from an early age.” Once Anna reached 18 she headed for Switzerland to study music for three years then achieved a first-class degree at the Royal College of Music, graduating in piano

and composition. From there, Anna went to work in the TV industry supplying cultural programming. It was while Anna was working at EMI in 1984 in the marketing department that she applied for a job as a music producer. Thinking she was in with a good shot, Anna was shocked to learn from the head producer during a drink after work that although she’d been right for the job, she hadn’t been given it because she was a woman. It was a blow she hadn’t expected but she was determined not to let it hold her back. Soon afterwards Anna met Andrew Lloyd Webber during a promotional trip to Stockholm and the pair got on as though they’d known each other for years. During their long conversation she told him she wanted to produce and the next day a driver appeared to take her to Andrew’s house in Sydmonton. Over dinner, he told her that if she could help him form a business plan for a classical label, he would pay for her to produce it. Ecstatic, Anna grabbed the opportunity by the horns, booking the famous Abbey Road studios to make 12 recordings and make her the only woman in the classical recording field at the time. She felt so much gratitude for being given the first step on the ladder as in the 1980s her calling was a very tough job. After this she was headhunted by Philips Classics in Holland and spent two and a half weeks every month travelling on early and late flights which ruled out a social life. She remained close

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to her family, school friends and neighbours everywhere and has no regrets about the demands of the job as she “loved every minute of it”. In 1989 Anna met Dmitri Hvorostovsky who had just won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition against Bryn Terfel in the ‘Battle Of The Baritones’, and she also went to Russia to meet Valery Gergiev, head of the Kirov Opera, which is now known as the Mariinsky Theatre. Anna began recording in the Mariinsky Theatre, which turned out to

be immensely challenging as there wasn’t enough power to do multi track recordings and they were only able to record in stereo. “We had to ask them to turn off the ice cream fridges because of the noise and stop the snow ploughs outside for the same reason,” she remembered. Anna’s eyes were opened to the responsibilities of a producer, as everyone looked to her to solve their problems; “The buck stopped with me!” she said. Anna learned to speak basic Russian during her time

Anna in the Sistine Chapel with the adult choir members in front of the altar, 2018

Recording with Dmitri Hvorostovsky

in Russia; and recalls some of the difficulties she faced during her time there; “it was 1990 and there was only one fax machine in Moscow, at the Savoy. They charged $50 per page and they were the first place to have a direct dial phone booth that took Amex cards.” The conditions just before the collapse of the Soviet Union were so bad that people in the opera company had no medicines and little food; it was hard to imagine for people back home but this was the reality they were living in. Anna was the first Western person allowed to visit Dmitri’s home city of Krasnoyarsk which was right in the geographical centre of Russia and although there are now flights there and it’s completely changed, at that time it was a closed city.

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Although Anna wasn’t a vocal specialist, she learned on the job and found she had a natural knack for editing voices and an open mind for post-production. She worked with famous blind tenor Andrea Bocelli and two of the best mezzo-sopranos in the world, Latvian Elina Garanca and Cecilia Bartoli. Two of the recordings she made with Elina were in Valencia and Gran Canaria, which meant Anna could indulge in her favourite sport, scuba diving, while her balance engineer enjoyed his passion for flying! Anna is a Master Scuba Diver after taking it up two decades ago; her favourite

dives are in Bonaire, in the Dutch Antilles near Venezuela. “It’s my favourite place on the planet,” she admitted, “you can walk into the water and see extraordinary things.” It’s the perfect counterbalance, along with spending time with her partner Ingrid Sutej and their seven dogs, to the intensity of her cultural work and she revels in the contrast. She told me that one of her most amazing experiences was diving through a ring of 15 reef sharks on the Great Barrier Reef at night with a guide. Although Dmitri Hvorostovsky tragically died of a brain tumour just two years ago, Anna is very close to his widow and five children and she still works with Elina and an amazing young






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cordon with the entire recording on a memory stick! Luckily, Meghan and Harry’s wedding was more relaxed and Anna and her team were all well practiced. All Heathrow flights were diverted during the ceremony at Windsor Castle to avoid unwanted noise, although since the first royal wedding Anna recorded there is now de-noising audio and

many wonderful advances in technology. Both albums were available to listen to mere hours after the event. It is clear that Anna has loved her career from the very beginning. It was enormously inspiring to meet such a dynamic and talented woman who has spent her life ensuring that people are empowered, heard and appreciated. l

Anna signing Dmitri Hvorostovsky to Philips Classics in Nice, 1989 (photo: François Roussillon)

Italian pianist called Alessio Bax. She also records the choir of the Sistine Chapel and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, telling me that, “I’m a lucky person and have never regarded my job as work. I’m very happy quietly empowering people from the background”. Anna was delighted to be asked to record two recent Royal Weddings, HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 and HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. An interesting

challenge at Westminster Abbey became apparent when an early security sweep at 6.30am before the wedding of Kate and William meant the area was cordoned off. Anna dashed across town after spending the night volunteering for the Samaritans and making sandwiches for the recording team. Once everything was recorded, Dickon Stainer, the head of the recording group, was deemed the fastest runner, so he ran over to a courier bike at the edge of the security

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The members of Haywards Heath Movie Makers are celebrating 70 years of award winning movie making by inviting you to a very special Public Film Show, ‘Showcase 70’, which will take place in the Wesley Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd October. The club was formed in 1949 as the Haywards Heath and District Amateur Cine Society so 2019 marks our 70th anniversary. The first public show given by the club was on Tuesday 13th December 1949 in the Public Hall, Haywards Heath, and we’ve been able to trace a copy of one of the films presented at that very first show. The film, Devon Holiday 1949, was made by founder members Mr and Mrs Church, and is a charming holiday film of the period. We’ll be presenting this and other rarely seen and fascinating films made over the past 70 years. 14 SUSSEX LIVING | October 2019

They’ll be an opportunity to see Haywards Heath railway station, and shots of the town in 1952, in an extract from the club’s first film, TV Thief. We’ll also see shots of Harry Secombe’s visit to the town in 1959. From 1962 we’ll see shops and businesses in South Road, The Broadway and Sussex Road, many of which have long since gone. We’ll also take you on a journey following the River Ouse from source to sea, along the South Downs Way through Sussex, and for a trip on the Historic Commercial Society’s run from London to Brighton. With a further mixture of drama and comedy this will be an evening not to be missed. Admission is £5.00 at the door to include programme, tea or coffee and biscuits. Further details are available from Graham Quantrill Tel: 01273 845977

This is part of The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride on 13th October. Forget the Bike Ride though, the Trike Ride is the race that really gets all the attention and attracts the local paparazzi! Organised by The Kangaroos and in aid of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity. If you think your little tearaways would like to, well, tear away then please pop into Haywards Heath Town Hall or visit: or telephone 01444 455694 / 01444 453399


In the interest of bringing the community together some new groups have been set up in Hurstpierpoint: Weekly Tuesday drop-in groups: • Board games for young & older people from 13:00 – 14:30 in the main hall at the Scout Hut. • Storytime & play for children from 14:45 – 16:15 at the Scout Hut. Weekly Wednesday drop-in groups: • Coffee & cake for older people from 13:00 – 14:30 in the conference room at the Village Centre. • Board games for older people from 14:45 – 16:15 in the conference room at the Village Centre. £3.50 per group which includes coffee and cake, or £5.50 per group for parents, which includes 1 adult and 2 children plus drinks and cake. The £5.50 also includes a free £4 book voucher. To find out more email: or just drop into a group, no pre-booking is necessary.

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aving married on Christmas Eve our anniversary celebrations are usually absorbed into the season’s general festivities. Yet having chalked up 25 years of married life, this year we decided to break with tradition, forgo any silverware and celebrate with a road trip across Southwest America. Enticed by big skies, epic scenery and the romance of the open road, we spent the winter months planning our anniversary adventure and finessing our itinerary to include all five of Utah’s magnificent national parks. March seemed like the best time to travel as it was good value for money, less likely to be crowded and hopefully not too cold and we flew out to Las Vegas mid-month. Thanks to jetlag we were up early for the drive north to Zion National Park. Winter was receding and the canyon was in the grip of spring, with snow melt powering the mighty


pinnacles and red rock hoodoos, carved by millions of years of weather erosion. Gazing down into the 70 million-year-old Canyon still covered in snow, the otherworldliness of the jagged peaks made it feel like we were on another planet. From here we picked up Highway 12 designated an ‘AllAmerican Road,’ taking us to Capital Reef National Park. This is one of Utah’s great drives, over panoramic mountain passes, through deep green aspen forests and along the famous Hell’s Backbone, a ridge road with sheer drops on either side – every twist and turn of the road rewarding us with jaw-dropping views. The highlight of Capital Reef is the Waterpocket Fold, a ‘wrinkle’ on the surface of the planet that creates natural water pockets. The hiking here is pretty accessible and we saw the historic remains of Fruita, a town established by Mormon pioneers in the 1880s. We spent that night in a cowboy cabin which was great but did not expect to wake up to six inches of snow! Back home it would have caused weeks of disruption, but the local farmers and US snow-patrols had the roads cleared in no time at all and we were soon on our way to Moab.

waterfalls and sunlight glinting off of sandstone skyscrapers. Our main ambition was to hike the Narrows. One of the world’s most incredible slot canyon trails, the path is basically the Virgin River and the canyon so narrow that you are often wading waist deep through the water. Despite hiring ‘waterproof’ gear, we got soaked. All that snow melt meant the river was running high and fast but it was a fantastic experience and a great way to begin our trip. Next stop was Bryce Canyon to see the maze of rock spires, twisting A small and friendly town with a new age vibe, Moab was our next base. From here both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are easily accessible. The sight of Mesa Arch at sunrise and the sheer magnitude of the canyons made Canyonlands our favourite Utah park.

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our visit to the Grand Canyon – so vast, beautiful and majestic there was an almost spiritual element to it. As always, we visited early in the day feeling like pioneers with the whole world to ourselves. Our final drive was along the ‘Mother Road,’ Route 66 to Las Vegas. After all that natural beauty Vegas was a shock to the system and it took a while to adjust to all the people, lights

As huge fans of cowboy westerns, a trip to Monument Valley was always going to be a highlight. Here we stayed in a traditional tipi in the Navajo Tribal Park, overlooking the ethereal beauty of the deep red buttes, mesas and spires. I’d been nervous about staying in the tipi but it was a wonderful experience of star-filled skies and howling coyotes, despite the arctic temperatures. Another incredible experience was a visit to the geological wonderland of Antelope Canyon, near Page in Arizona. A stunning slot canyon and sacred Navajo site, erosion has sculpted the multi-coloured sandstone rock into mesmerising shapes which twist and turn like a corkscrew. Surely nature could not better this? But she did on

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and noise. Both keen poker players, we met up with some of our poker group to play in a tournament, which my husband won and while it wasn’t enough to pay for the trip, we all ate well that night. This was the trip of a lifetime and a wonderful way to celebrate 25 years of marriage. l

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Your wedding dress is very precious to you, and deserves to be cleaned and heirloomed with care. Sarah will care for your dress, discussing the best cleaning techniques with you. They will also care for the Groom, Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids’ garments. You can choose from boxes by The Empty Box Co, or our own Treasures Box, should you wish to preserve your dress for the future. A true family business, now in it’s fifth generation, Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning are experts in the dry cleaning of vintage clothing and vintage wedding dresses. Our expert staff have the knowledge to handle and care for delicate fabrics and garments. 1 College Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1QN Tel: 01444 416644

Beautiful, historic surroundings Make your occasion ‘a day to remember’ with our choice of suites with variable layouts and the flexibility of catering choices, our enthusiastic staff will help you create your own perfect wedding or celebration from an intimate ceremony to a large reception. celebration. Provided by:

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The tradition of giving keepsakes to guests is on the rise. Hanna Prince reveals everything you need to know about wedding favours

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ike bridal white, garter tossing and bouquet carrying, wedding favours are a tradition that dates back for hundreds of years. One of the first to chronicle the giving of mementos to guests was the French writer M. Misson. In his Travels Over England printed in 1696, he says: “Formerly in France, they gave Livrees de Noces, which was a knot of ribands, to be worn by the guests upon their arms; but that is practiced now only among peasants. In England it is done still amongst the great noblemen. These ribands they call ‘favours’ and give them not only to those that are at the wedding, but to five hundred people besides.” In France and Italy, the practice of handing out

schedule. If you can’t face the extra stress then don’t panic – there’s no pressure.

‘ribands’ to guests evolved into the giving of edible ‘bomboniere’. Sugar cubes – expensive, and therefore a subtle sign of wealth – were often presented in jeweled boxes. As the price of sugar dropped, couples turned to other sweet treats to express their appreciation. Sugared almonds were a common wedding favour in the 18th century and remain popular today. TO DO OR NOT TO DO? When it comes to planning a wedding, many couples like to feel that they’re following the same age-old customs as their parents and grandparents before them. Wedding favours are as much a part of the traditional British wedding as the aisle entrance and the white dress.

Even if you’re not a traditionalist, favours are a nice touch. They can be a way to express your creativity, thank guests for attending and gift them a memento of the day to take home. Of course, not everybody wants to give themselves yet another addition to the packed pre-wedding

HOMEMADE HANDOUTS From chocolate truffles to homegrown flowers, handmade wedding favours are one way to wow your guests. Sweet treats such as sugared almonds are a nod to tradition as well as being easy to make at home. Other twists on the foodie theme include small bottles of sloe gin, fudge and macaroons. If you really want to push the boat out (and time isn’t an issue in the days before the wedding), why not bake some gingerbread men and decorate them to resemble your guests? Nature-themed favours are another top option. Divide bulk-bought wildflower or tree seeds into individual bags, or re-pot small succulents into glass jars for your guests to take home. Fancy getting crafty? Try your hand at customised coasters, stamped salt dough hearts, cork key rings or paper roses. Handmade soaps and candles are harder

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to pull off, but the results are guaranteed to impress. SOMETHING NEW Buying in your wedding favours doesn’t have to be costly - and it’s certainly less time-consuming than the DIY route. There’s plenty of choice out there, with edible (and drinkable) favours topping the popularity stakes. Think personalised chocolate hearts, artisan popcorn, rock sticks, lollypops, pink gin and bottled water inscribed with the couple’s names. If your budget is bigger, opt for keepsake favours. Creative options include pin badges, charms, Christmas tree baubles, candle holders and personalised shot glasses.

Favours needn’t be something your guests can take home with them. How about a ‘wedding survival bag’ complete with confetti, sweet treats, lip balm and even paracetamol for the day after. Alternatively, a packet of sparklers will help create plenty of after-dark photo opportunities. CHANGE A LIFE As an alternative to wedding favours, some couples are opting for charitable donations. Charities (including Macmillan, the NSPCC, RSPCA, Dogs Trust, Mind, the Alzheimer’s Society and Bluebell Wood) have caught onto the trend and many offer pin badges or personalised cards to give to your guests. Maybe you like the idea of transforming the life of somebody close to you instead? Lottery tickets make fun and low-cost wedding favours. Perhaps somebody else might see their dreams come true on your wedding day. l

Roffey Park The perfect venue for any occasion

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Sussex countryside, Roffey Park lies amongst 40 acres of lawns and meadow at the edge of St Leonard’s Forest. With 60 bedrooms, wonderful food and convenient location, our contemporary venue provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony, celebration, reception or private occasion.

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The busy commuter town of Hassocks grew from the train station to what we see today; thriving businesses, a generous community spirit and all surrounded by beautiful countryside and woodland. Ruth Lawrence tells the story


t could be said that trains created Hassocks. Before the railway came, the area consisted of woods and common land and a sandy lane that linked Hurstpierpoint with Keymer. Sheep were the likely reason why a station was built here; geographically this was a perfect spot to transport the numerous Southdown sheep that grazed the hills in this area. Cattle were catered for too as sidings for cattle trucks existed at the northern end of the station and an adjacent market yard held sales on alternate Thursdays. In 1881 the station was extended southwards and a new station master’s

house, offices and waiting rooms were built on the site of the former level crossing. The station master was also the village’s first post master and parcels could be posted and stamps purchased from a small wooden kiosk on the platform. Renowned architect David Mocatta designed the original building which remained as a cottage and the goods yard contained a coal wharf, a turntable and extensive sidings to cater for freight trains heading to the Sussex coast. The new premises had a

The station master was also the village’s first post master and parcels could be posted from a wooden kiosk on the platform mock Tudor façade and unusually wide platforms covered by canopies while roaring coal fires heated the waiting rooms. Unfortunately, these fine buildings later fell into disrepair and the authorities demolished them, much to the disappointment of local residents. Before the First World War there were trains that delivered milk and

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S at mornings and evenings the station approach was full of horse drawn carts loaded with milk churns. Cattle pens lay behind the fence between the Hassocks Hotel and the station and livestock was driven there from afar, children earning some money from driving them back to the farms after school. Children attending school in Burgess Hill could reach the station by horse-bus; one lady remembered the driver handing her the reins as a treat as the horses cantered up the slope to the station, pulling up sharply at the


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front as she hauled them to a stop. Not far from the station, nestled between the railway line and a residential street lies a small gem of a woodland, owned by the Woodland Trust. Called Butchers Wood, it was originally part of the large Danny Estate which planted oaks as a crop. The estate was sold off in lots in the early 1980s and in 1989 the Trust purchased the tangled woodland which was in urgent need of management. Although open to the public, the wood is a highly sensitive environmental area and needs walkers to respect it by keeping strictly to the paths. Delicate wood anemones and bluebells carpet the woodland floor in their season and no bikes are permitted in the wood because of the mud that gathers on the paths after rain. I spoke to warden Linda Fitter, who told me that workers from the Butchers Wood Volunteers are carrying out coppicing, a traditional technique that stretches back 2,000 years, where hazel sticks are cut low to the ground as they emerge from the trunk. Hazel grows quickly, up to six feet a year and is used to make peasticks and hurdles and it is still utilised in the ancient building method of wattle and daub. Planned management over the years has allowed sunlight to reach to the woodland floor which encourages

Hazel grows quickly, and is used to make peasticks, hurdles and wattle and daub plants to flourish in previously overgrown areas. Plants attract insects, and insects bring in more birds, an entire ecosystem developed from sympathetic stewardship. Coppicing takes place from early November to the end of February, the time when leaves have dropped but before birds begin nesting. Ash dieback disease will affect the woodland, here as across the entire

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Marchants are proud to be celebrating over 80 years of estate agency in Hassocks. Having opened our Hassocks office in 1938, Marchants has witnessed large changes in both the local community, technology, and of course the property market itself. With the development and popularity of social media and online property services in the last 20 years rising, it has brought arguably the biggest social change seen in the last century. The way people now browse, research and shop is dramatically different to when the office first opened in 1938, no more so with property. When Right Move was launched in the year 2000, it took the industry by storm. It, along with now more recent sites such as have opened the doors to a massive change in the way people search for property and have access to information at the palm of their hands. So you may think, what role does an estate agent play that the internet and/or online agent cannot provide? At Marchants, we are real people. We want you to be happy and

relaxed knowing you are in trusted hands. We pride ourselves not only with years of experience in the property market but also as being a part of the much-valued local community both professionally and personally with expertise that reflect this. Whether you are an applicant, landlord or property/land owner looking to sell or let, we aim to listen to your needs and can offer honest, productive and professional advice either on the phone, with a home visit or in the office 6 days a week. We are competitively priced and provide an unrivalled successful service. Since our recent Hassocks office refurbishment and rebranding, we have expanded our department of technology so that as well as being active online and on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, we are now also the only local agent to house a large exterior touchscreen at our Hassocks branch. This is available for you to view our portfolio of properties and further arrange appointments and viewings any hour of the day, 7 days a week at your convenience. | 01273 843333 | | 1 Keymer Road, Hassocks, West Sussex

country and most of the ash trees will eventually be lost. Nature, however, will always fill a gap left by the decline of a species and Linda told me how hornbeam has begun to self seed in the woodland after thirty years of coppicing has opened the floor to sunlight. Hornbeam is a beautiful tree and could become an important species of the future; its native habitat is in the southeast, but it has been successfully planted as far as Scotland. It has an exceptionally hard wood and was used for butchers’ blocks and skittles as well as cogs in wind and water mills where

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long durability was required and it was also coppiced for charcoal burning in the past. Its name originates from the hardness which was more comparable to horn than wood and in parts of East Anglia, the name hardbeam still persists. Ditchling Morris cut sticks from ash and hazel in this wood, trimming them into 3ft lengths after being left to season for six months. The group travel as far as Brittany with Morris sticks grown in this small corner of Sussex. Butchers Wood is a prime example of how well-planned management can benefit a small woodland in a semi rural setting. As building encroaches on precious land that was once the preserve of birds and mammals, such remaining pockets of wildlife are crucial. At 17 acres, Butchers Wood is a breeding ground for new life, providing food, shelter and space for numerous species to develop and spread to surrounding land and gardens. If you are waiting for a train at Hassocks station and watch birds perch near the track, there’s a good chance they may have hatched in Butchers Wood and grown to maturity on insects that fed on the flowers there. Thanks to the tireless work of volunteers, the descendents of those birds will remain singing over Hassocks when the next generation of commuters is boarding the train. l

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Perfect for every occasion Treat friends or family to a meal in our restaurant by purchasing a Thatched Inn Gift Voucher. Our vouchers can be personalised to your own specification and customised to the value of your choice, from a minimum starting price of ÂŁ15. Please call David or Leisa on 01273 842946 to order.

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Come and join us for a lovely home cooked, reasonably priced lunch every week day at your local social day centre. Our menu can be viewed online. Transport can be provided by our minibus from Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common if required. Please ring to enquire further or book lunch on

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Lost and Found IN HASSOCKS When Ray and Valerie Carpenter visited the Sussex Living office with a montage of monochrome photos of Hassocks Station from the 1950s, they recalled some fascinating memories to Ruth Lawrence, which brought the fine quality images to life


alerie’s uncle, Alfred John Archer was the station master at Hassocks during those years. His father, Alfred Archer had been the station master at Haywards Heath station. Valerie remembers how her uncle would wear a black suit with a flat topped cap with braid; the station master had an important job and always looked the part. Eventually, he left the role, left Hassocks, and emigrated to Australia. While he was working in Hassocks a clerk called Arthur Jenner took many

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photos on his Novoflex single lens reflex camera which was unusual in having a self-timer button. One photo shows Arthur, diligently working in the booking office sometime between 1950 and 1954. Arthur made an album of his photos and captioned many of them to add interest. At some long forgotten point in time he gave them to Valerie’s uncle and they ended up on the other side of the world with

When uncle Alfred passed away Valerie’s cousin visited the UK and told her she had found the photos in the attic him. When uncle Alfred passed away Valerie’s cousin visited the UK and told her she had found the photos in the attic. Eventually they came back to Hassocks, to the stewardship of Valerie and Ray. Arthur had known Fred Baker, a carter for Hurstpierpoint College who was featured in one of the pictures

with the cart pulled by a horse called ‘Laddie.’ The covered wagon was for transporting the pupils’ luggage when they had emerged from the train. Another photo shows the old signal box designed by Thomas Myres. There’s also a picture of an early Scammell Scarab next to Laddie the horse - the mechanical future arriving to replace the horse drawn past. The hands-on nature of railway work can be seen in an image of a man switching the points in a signal box and a photo of the goods shed shows items stacked high in large wooden crates waiting to be loaded onto the train. Workers can be seen unloading coal for the SE Gas Board and in a photo of the platform, the shop selling newspapers to commuters is stacked full of reading material to while away the journey. Thanks to Arthur Jenner’s long hours in the darkroom developing these wonderful pictures, Valerie and Ray retain a treasure trove depicting the elegance of times past and a poignant reminder of her uncle’s involvement with Hassocks Station all those years ago. l





Shhh…let’s whisper it for now but there is no denying Christmas is coming and it’s time to get organised! Sara Whatley tells you how


jolly good Christmas consists of a few key things: lots of good food and drink, a beautifully bedecked home, giving and receiving thoughtful gifts and most importantly, sharing the festive cheer with your loved ones. Get planning your Christmas now and when the time comes you can relax and enjoy it, rather than rushing around for last minute presents and decorations. The Christmas dinner is a main focal point for many, and while plenty of happy home cooks love nothing more than donning the chef’s hat and getting stuck in, there are just as many who would rather have a professional do it for them. Thankfully there is no shortage of fabulous eateries in

Sussex catering for pretty much any taste and food preference for the big day itself or for festive meals and parties beforehand. If you are planning a meal out it’s wise to book a table early to avoid tears on Christmas Day! Getting a few presents sorted early is not only an load off your mind, but also helps spread the load financially. Use our gift guides in November and December to help you find some brilliant gifts for your loved ones. Many garden centres and shops already have their Christmas decorations out, so get in early and nab the pick of the bunch before everyone else! Now all you have to do is gather your loved ones around and enjoy. l

The Rose and Crown is a family-run restaurant, bar and garden located in the attractive village of Cuckfield

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Enjoy thefor view of the South you eat. If you’re looking a great lunch thenDowns call in atwhile Ockenden Manor If you’re looking for a great lunch then call in at Ockenden Manor and experience our award-winning restaurant. and experience our award-winning restaurant. Ockenden Manor HotelHotel & Spa, Cuckfield Ockenden Manor & Spa, Cuckfield To book a table, call: call: 01444 416 416 111111 To book a table, 01444 information: More More information: This voucher entitles you to a two course lunch for £16 per person, or a three course lunch for £20 per person from our daily lunch

This voucher to course a two course lunch forper £16person, per person, a three course lunch £20 perperson personfrom fromour ourdaily daily lunch lunch This voucher entitles entitles you to you a two lunch for £16 or aor three course lunch forfor £20 per menu.Valid Monday key to availability menu. Validuntil until29th 29thNovember November2019, MondaytotoThursday. Thursday.Maximum Maximumsix sixguests guestsper pertable. table,Excludes one glass perdates, guest.subject Excludes key dates, menu. Valid until 29th 2019, 2019, Monday Thursday. Maximum six voucher guests per table, one glassthis per guest. Excludes key dates, and cannot be November used inand conjunction anyinto other offer. Please bring this withbring you to redeem offer. subject to availability cannot bewith used conjunction with any other offer. Please this voucher with you to redeem this offer. subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Please bring this voucher with you to redeem this offer.



Brazilian Extravaganza! Dancers, drums, cocktails and food. Book early to avoid disappointment. OPENING HOURS Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Friday 12pm - 2.30pm/6.00pm - 9.30pm • Saturday 12pm - 4pm/6.00pm - 9.30pm Sunday All day 12pm - 8pm • Pub: Monday - Saturday 12pm - 11pm • Sunday 12pm - 9pm

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The Jack & Jill Inn


Freehouse run by the Harman family since 1970

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Quality food, wines and real ales in a traditional pub atmosphere

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cater for functions large and small. • We garden room is great for larger parties and boasts • Our stunning views of the Downs. beautiful west lawn and garden are perfect for • The marquees, with views of the Downs and Jack and Jill

windmills. Christmas bookings now being taken.

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A friendly family pub, open all day every day from noon. Quality meals made from locally sourced produce, served daily in a friendly relaxing atmosphere. Always a warm welcome. We pride ourselves on our cask marque real ales. Rooms available for functions. Call Nicole on 01273 890311 or email The Plough Inn, Station Rd, Plumpton Green, Plumpton BN7 3DF 117 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9PU



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David and Leisa welcome you

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Perfectly situated for breakfast business meetings – just off the A23 and near to Burgess Hill & Haywards Heath Families and their children are most welcome as are walkers and cyclists

•Locally Sourced Food • Cask Marque Ales •Parties & Celebrations •Large Free Car Park •Dogs Welcome Food is served Mon-Fri 12-3pm & 6-930pm; Sat 12noon – 930pm; Sun 12noon – 7pm Breakfast 8.30-11am, Sun 9-11am Bar service 7 days a week, usually until 11pm (9pm Sun)

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Pre Christmas Party Menus from 28th November Boxing Day: Regular menu served 12-2.30pm Booking essential New Year’s Eve: Regular menu served 6-9.30pm

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THE CAT INN After a decade in charge at the Cat Inn, owner Andrew Russell chats to Lisa de Silva over a delicious and memorable lunch, reflecting on the past, present and future at his historic pub


ne of the finest destination pubs in Sussex, the 16th century Cat Inn is full of welcoming historic charm. Proud to be celebrating ten years at the helm, owner Andrew Russell has built a loyal team who take pride in delivering exceptional service along with high quality food and drink in a relaxed and friendly setting. After a decade in charge, Andrew believes customer service is the driving force behind the Cat’s continued success. “Above all else we value our customers. We get to know them and remember their food and drink preferences which they really appreciate,” he tells me. During the last ten years, Andrew has seen a rise in demand for local products, as well as vegan and gluten free menu options. Given this, the Cat

Head chef, Alex Jacquemin and his team have enjoyed the challenge of creating flavoursome vegan and gluten free dishes and the beautifully presented harissa and tofu stuffed tempura courgette flower, served with spiced Freekeh, Romesco sauce and a watercress salad was a vegan delight offering a delicious combination of flavour, texture and colour. Deceptively simple, char-grilled chicken Caesar salad can be hard to get right, but the Cat served up perfection on a plate, with crispy bacon, light but crunchy croutons, soft egg, salty anchovies and beautifully tender chicken strips. To round off we sampled the glorious chocolate and hazelnut sour dough bread and butter pudding bathed in a silky marmalade crème anglaise, alongside a creamy lemon posset served with poached strawberries, strawberry sorbet and a nut crumb, full of rich fruit flavour and a welcome crunch. Andrew is hugely proud of his team some of whom have been with him from the beginning. “I believe that happy staff create a great atmosphere resulting in happy customers and there’s nothing as satisfying as those customers coming back. It makes it all worthwhile.” A fabulous meal, excellent service and a warm ambience make our return guaranteed. l The Cat Inn North Lane, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4PP 01342 810369

I believe that happy staff create a great atmosphere sources its food and drink from local suppliers wherever possible, including wines from the Bluebell and Kingscote Vineyards, ales from Sussex and Kent breweries, apple juice from the Priest’s House in the village, along with fresh seasonal produce from Courtlands Nursery, Trenchmore and Grange Farms. Famed for its culinary prowess, the Cat offers classic mainstays like fish and chips, pies and burgers complemented with a changing seasonal menu and daily specials. On a recent visit we started with a velvety mushroom soup, served with crispy potato, a swirl of vibrant green tarragon oil and sour dough bread, which was full of autumnal comfort. In contrast, the salt and pepper squid in crispy batter served with crayfish, avocado, apple and radish salad spoke of summer, with a sweet chilli dressing packing a playful punch of flavour. October 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 37


Sweetcorn Relish With autumn upon us and the harvest almost complete it's that time of year to engage in a little food preservation to remind us all of warmer days while we endure the cooler months. This delicious relish is so versatile it goes well with almost everything and who knows, variations on the recipe could inspire the beginnings of a cottage industry

INGREDIENTS 2-3 fresh corn on the cob, husks and silk removed, slice kernels off the cob with a sharp knife ½ large red pepper, washed and cored, finely chopped ½ large green pepper, washed and cored, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped ¼ large onion, finely chopped 38 SUSSEX LIVING | October 2019


Makes about 2 pints Prep Time 15 minutes Cooking Time 20 minutes

250ml apple cider vinegar 100g sugar 1 tsp whole yellow mustard seeds or a sprinkle of ground dry mustard 1 tsp salt 1 whole allspice berries METHOD Finely chop the onions, red and green bell peppers and the celery.


Remove the husks and 2 silk from the corn and cut the kernels off the cobs Combine all the 3 ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring

until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. the mixture 4 Spoon into hot sterilised jars

leaving ¼ inch of head space and seal with lids. Place in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Store the jars in a cool dark place and they’ll keep for at least a year. Once it's made, wait a week or two before eating the relish to allow time for the vinegar to mellow out. Once a jar is opened, store in the fridge for up to two months.

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Shearer’s Fine Foods has been treating customers to great tasting foods and drinks for over 5 years now and the recurring feedback they receive is that once you have tasted their food and drink you will definitely return. Owner Nick Shearer searches for the best products from across the UK and Europe but his starting point is always with local producers, typified by his unrivalled range of Sussex and Kentish cheeses. Shearer’s is also renowned for its extensive range of Spanish products which you would normally only find in a more specialist London retailer, and which draws customers in from far and wide. With an array of interesting products, it is helpful to have the knowledgeable Shearer’s team on hand to answer questions about the products and guide customers through the different areas within the deli: •Cheese: over 50 cheeses available cut to order, with free tastings, a

discounted cheese of the week, a range of crackers and condiments plus invaluable cheese knowledge. •Charcuterie: at least 10 cooked and cured meats and pates sliced to order plus a range of mustards, chutneys and jellies. •Olives and Antipasti: a changing range of 9 serve yourself olives and antipasti including whole, pitted and stuffed olives plus the best olive in the world (you decide). •Ingredients: herbs and spices, salts,

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oils and vinegars, pickles, stocks and sauces, beans and pulses, pasta, rice plus fresh Chalk Hills Bakery bread. •Frozen: loose sweet and savoury pastries, loose fruit and vegetable mixes, loose potato products plus restaurant quality desserts and ready meals. •Chilled: cooking chorizo, humous and dips, prepacked cheese, curry pastes, anchovies plus cooked and cured meats. •Sweet Treats: boxes of chocolates, truffles, Turkish delight, Italian pastries, nougat and the incomparable Rabitos chocolate coated figs. •Wine & Drinks: English, French and Spanish wines plus local fruit juices, cordials, non-alcoholic fizz plus teas and coffees.

•Kitchen Equipment: pestle and mortars, paella pans, salt pigs, olive oil jugs, olives dishes and presentation boards. With the delicious deli ingredients Shearer’s offer the best food to go, specifically freshly made to order deli sandwiches and tapas boxes using Chalk Hills Bakery bread. They also offer food and drink for customer events which can include cheese boards, whole cheeses, cakes of cheese, charcuterie platters, whole hams, canapés, sandwiches and handmade cakes and desserts. An ever-popular choice for Shearer’s customers, especially at Christmas time, are the food and drink gift hampers, which are boxed, packed and wrapped for free, and for which customers can choose their own contents. The future for Nick is all about delivering more of what his customers want, which means talking to more customers, searching for new products and further reducing his environmental impact by building on recent changes including a ‘bring your own container’ scheme for both loose olives and loose frozen products and introducing compostable cheese paper and frozen product bags. • October 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 39 We are open from 9am until 5.30pm from Monday through to Saturday


Tomato & Apple Chutney Over the next few months Bryony Hill, cook, author, keen gardener and wife of the late footballing legend Jimmy Hill, will be sharing some of her very own recipes and photographs with us. Bryony can usually be found at home in Sussex either stirring something on the range or out tending her two acres of garden and vegetable beds, at all times clad in an apron and wellington boots! Enjoy this seasonal tomato and apple chutney using local produce if you can, or even better, home grown. Made now, it can be kept for festive cold buffets and sandwiches.

INGREDIENTS 1kg tomatoes (skinned – see below) 300g sugar (I used light brown muscovado sugar) 100g raisins or sultanas 250g apples (I used cookers) peeled and roughly chopped 200g onions, finely sliced 225ml cider vinegar 40 SUSSEX LIVING | October 2019

and place in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave 3-4 minutes. Drain and rinse under the cold tap before peeling off the skin. Chop roughly and place in a large saucepan or preserving pan. ½ tsp allspice ½ tsp ground ginger pinch / ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes METHOD Using a knife, make a cut in the skin of each tomato


Add all the other 2 ingredients and place on the hob. Bring to the boil

stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved. Place 5-6 clean jars in a low oven for 10 minutes in order to sterilise them. Allow the chutney

mixture to bubble away, stirring regularly to prevent it sticking and burning, and cook until it is thick and you can almost divide it with a wooden spoon. Allow to cool for a 3 minute or two before carefully pouring the

chutney into a heatproof jug and fill the hot jars through a jam funnel if you have one, to prevent spillage. Seal, label and store in a cool place for at least a month before eating. l




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It’s a Dog’s Life Teddy the Border Terrier is champing at the bit to get in his new wheels on an upcoming biking holiday. Hold on tight Teddy, says Helen Stockton, aka ‘Her Indoors’


hen it comes to getting around, us dogs are truly blessed. We already have four-wheel drive as standard, and can easily out-pace and out-last our biped family members when on a long walk. Some of us might be a little unreliable in bad weather but we are quite environmentally friendly, with the exception of occasional, accidental emissions and assuming biodegradable poo bags are appropriately deployed, so we have the advantage in a number of departments. However, sometimes for reasons of convenience, speed or distance, we have to use alternative forms of transport. Although I haven’t been living with ‘Them Indoors’ for that long, I’ve already been in a lift and on a train, and I know my predecessor, the Boss, had been on buses and even on a rather dubiously named form of transport, a catamaran. There are occasions however, when transport for people has to be adapted before us dogs can safely use it.

We already have four-wheel drive as standard, and can easily out-pace and out-last our biped family members Take cars for example. It used to be that us dogs could roam around the interior, unsecured, until it came to the attention of people who consider such things, that having a dog following their own inclination, might be a driverly distraction as well as dangerous, to both the dog and other occupants, in the event of an accident. So now it is recommended all dogs traveling in a car should be appropriately restrained. For some, this means travelling in a crate in the boot, but, as ‘Her Indoors’ has a Mini convertible, if she does this to me, I’m calling Dog-Line. My preferred option is a specially designed car seat, like a box, suspended just 42 SUSSEX LIVING | October 2019

above the seat from the headrest, fastened in with a seat belt. If it’s just me and ‘Her Indoors’, my car seat is in the front, which means I can rest my chin on the rim of my box, and gaze adoringly at her, from close range, something she finds a bit unnerving. She worries that when the roof is down, I might get something in my eyes, as she has sunglasses to prevent this for herself. Somebody on Twitter,

showed a dog wearing Doggles, a cross between sun glasses and goggles as the name suggests. She bought me a pair – social media has much to answer for – but, if I say so myself, I do look quite cool wearing them, so I’m hoping to attract attention from eligible lady dogs. And I’ve recently experienced a different mode of transport. ‘Them Indoors’ have bought new bikes which they intend to take with them when motorhoming. The topic of how best to accommodate me was discussed, and ‘Her Indoors’ suggestion that I go in the basket on the front, was fortunately vetoed by ‘Him Indoors’, which is just as well, I’m no-one’s handbag pooch! Instead, a trailer has been purchased in a fetching shade of red and I’m looking forward to my bike rides, although I’ve some doubts about ‘Her Indoors’ cycling abilities. I’m wondering if I need a crash hat… l

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Stepping up to the mark

suffering from chronic conditions or a disability - Caremark caters for a wide variety of situations with a tailored approach to suit an individual’s need. There’s a huge range of domestic care options available to people, from a friendly face popping by the house for 30 minutes each day, to live-in care and 24 hour support. Every eventuality is catered for, from help with personal care and grooming, to cooking and domestic duties. Carers can assist with medication, admin and everyday chores Caremark services enable individuals to remain in the comfort for those who need this, as well as simple companionship and someone to and familiarity of their own home, as Sasha Kanal discovered chat to over a cup of tea. on a recent visit to their Haywards Heath office Sarah-Louise White, director of Caremark Mid Sussex Sussex & Crawley says, “We pride ourselves hen you or a loved one on the fact that support is at a point in life when was awarded an It’s the quality of Outstanding Rating are you could do with a staff, their training and arrangements in June 2018 from the tailored to every person’s little helping hand, wellbeing that is key regulatory care body specific needs, agreed reassurance is needed about who you The Care Quality with clients and relatives allow into your home and the standard Commission. Caremark is one of beforehand and then carried out with of care available. Can I trust this only 2% of homecare providers to the utmost diligence and respect. This person? Will they respect my wishes be awarded this rating. High praise is what we’ve become known and and my dignity? What do they know respected for”. about my condition? Are they able to fit indeed. With its very own Sussex provision, Caremark Mid Sussex and Opening it’s door in December into my life? Relatives too will want to Crawley offer unsurpassed care in the 2007, with the aim to raise care know if a family member is with a ‘safe form of personal care, home help and standards and improve people’s pair of hands.’ companionship services for people of all access to considerate and attentive Enter Caremark, the longages and with differing needs. care at home, Caremark has always established, multi award-winning From dementia and Alzheimer worked closely with local services. Sussex based home care provider. clients, children and adults recovering Marketing Manager Natalie Bloom Amongst its many accolades, from illness, respite care offerings explains, “Close contact with local including the prestigious Mark of for carers who need a break, to those authorities, doctors, district nurses Excellence award, Caremark Mid


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and occupational therapists amongst others, means carers really have their finger on the pulse when it comes to a client’s requirements and everything is linked up. We have a really good reputation with authorities because of this relationship and approach.” It’s no surprise that for a service based on human contact and professional home care, it’s the quality of staff, their training and wellbeing that is key. “We are always on the lookout for great staff,” says SarahLouise. “Ours is a wonderful company to work for because we really look after our people and this is evidenced by many of our carers celebrating over 9 years of service, which is very rare in our sector. Caremark offers guaranteed contracts to care staff if they want them. This is unusual in an industry in which carers are often only paid for ‘contact’ time with a client. It’s giving staff peace of mind if they need it. Yet the flexibility is there too if a carer wants a zero hours agreement, to fit in with their life.” So what core qualities are needed to be a great carer? SarahLouise smiles, “Positive attitude, compassion and kindness, with a desire to make a difference to people’s lives”. Car drivers are a must as we

provide care for people in their own homes We ask for no qualifications, other than a bundle of common sense. It’s being able to gauge if someone is unwell due to a change in their medication.” Natalie adds, “We have staff ranging from ages 18 to 67 in our company. Many have had their own experiences of caring for someone and realised it’s something they want to pursue as a career. There have been great advances in equipment for clients, and technical help with hoists, so there’s no heavy lifting.”

Support arrangements are tailored to every person’s specific needs

Training is extensive and inclusive as well as hands-on. “We have our own in-house training scheme and offer the new Care Certificate. We use a blended learning scheme that is more visual than written. Trainees are also mentored and attend shifts with experienced carers so they really get to see how it’s done. All this is monitored by our Field Care Supervisors and Managers to ensure best practice and to support each carer individually.” It’s plain to see that both SarahLouise and Natalie truly love what they do. “The best thing about my job is connecting with the local community,” says Natalie. “To attend events such as Haywards Heath Town Day or functions for Parkinson’s Disease and meet people from the locale and make a difference – it’s what we’re all about.” Sarah-Louise started her career at Caremark as a community carer and worked her way up to Registered Manager and Director. “There are so many opportunities for career development here at Caremark. Our ongoing training and opportunities allows for continual improvement that gives us our reputation.” This continual striving for progression and improvement is reflected in their care offerings. An innovative new service called PatchCare® has been rolled out as an alternative to Live-In care and residential care, with the aim to keep people independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. Caremark carers are assigned to a local ‘patch’ of no more than 10 clients each. PatchCare® Assistants then deliver a wide range of personal care on these patches as and when they are needed between the hours of 7am and 10pm. This flexible approach has been designed to simplify home care and allows PatchCare® Assistants to react to clients in a more responsive way, as well as spend more time with them if needed. PatchCare® also tackles social isolation and lonliness as Clients are also encouraged to socialise with other PatchCare® clients if they want to, creating a sense of community in the process. Sarah-Louise explains, “One success story of a beneficiary of PatchCare® looks something like this. An 80 year old lady and beloved grandma who underwent a double hip operation is now walking again and cooking her own meals after support from Caremark.” Result! l Caremark Suite 3b, JYW House, Bridge Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1UA 01444 455800 October 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 45

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Michelle Crowley from West Sussex County Council tells us about the latest local care initiatives


s we grow older we all want to be healthy and well. It’s important that we all look at how we can remain as independent as possible and live our lives with meaning and purpose. Estimates indicate that within the next 20 years the number of people aged 65 and over living in West Sussex will increase by more than 100,000. People aged 85 and over will make up a third of this increase. Here in West Sussex we know that older people contribute a huge amount to their families, communities, the workplace and volunteering and it’s important that people are able to continue to do this and live well as they become older. As 1st October marks Older People’s day, it’s a time to celebrate the contribution older people make to our communities and to encourage them and their families to look for advice and information about groups, activities, volunteering, financial plans, keeping well and living at home safely.

A new campaign being launched by the County Council aims to offer just that. As part of the campaign there is a survey that asks us what it’s like to age well in West Sussex and what more can be done. Over the next few months you can also discover a range of practical information, advice and activities that you can take part in, just sign-up to the newsletter at

As 1st October marks Older People’s day, it’s a time to celebrate the contribution older people make to our communities CONNECTING UP TO SUPPORT Perhaps you would benefit from a little extra help and support at home but don’t know where to look? Finding reliable information and advice about care and support can be

difficult and sometimes the choices can seem overwhelming. That’s where the West Sussex Connect to Support website comes in, www. It’s designed for anyone in West Sussex who is looking for information and advice about ways to maintain their health and independence, as well as extra care and support with their daily life. You can also browse and shop for products and services, and discover local groups and activities across West Sussex. BE CARE WISE As we continue to live longer, it’s never been more important to think about our future care. If you’re thinking about long-term care for yourself or a loved one and you’re a bit concerned about how you might pay for it, think about contacting the Carewise care funding scheme. Whatever your financial circumstances Carewise can help you make the right choices and help you maintain a secure income to pay for good quality care at home or in your chosen care home. You wouldn’t take out a mortgage without financial advice, so don’t go without financial advice for long-term care funding. What’s more, your first consultation with a care fees specialist is free of charge. Visit the Carewise website at or call 01243 642121 and choose the Carewise option. l October 2019 | SUSSEX LIVING 47

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POWER OF ATTORNEY what you need to know

Should appointing an ‘attorney’ be on your financial to-do list? Hanna Prince takes a look at the process


he popularity of ‘Lasting Power of Attorney’ (LPA) arrangements is on the rise. More than 800,000 LPAs were taken out last year; three times the number granted in 2013. Nobody wants to dwell on what might happen should they lose the capacity to handle their own affairs – but planning for the worst can help protect your welfare and your family’s peace of mind.

WHAT IS A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY ? An LPA is a legal document that grants somebody else the power to act on your behalf. It’s designed to be used when mental capacity is lost, whether that’s through stroke, dementia, accident or other circumstance. There are actually two types of LPA, one relating to property and finance and the other to personal health and welfare. A property and financial affairs LPA gives your ‘attorney’ the power to manage your bank accounts, pay bills on your behalf, collect your pension and make decisions about your money and property. A health and welfare LPA will allow them to oversea your medical care and make important calls 50 SUSSEX LIVING | October 2019

such as when you might be moved into a care home. WHY DO I NEED ONE ? Unfortunately, many of us can expect to lose full mental capacity towards the end of our lives. Appointing an attorney while still in command of your faculties is a sensible move. If you’re judged to have lost mental capacity before filling in the Power of Attorney forms, your family or friends will need

There are two types of LPA, one relating to property and finance and the other to personal health and welfare

to apply through the court to become your ‘deputy’ – a long, expensive and sometimes intrusive process. According to Age UK, anyone over the age of 18 can set up a Power of Attorney. However, adds the charity, “if someone is diagnosed with a condition likely to cause loss of capacity, they may well be advised to think about who they want to make decisions for them when they can no longer do so.” HOW DO I APPLY ? It’s possible to set up and register an LPA yourself, but the process is complex and most people will employ a solicitor. If you do choose to go it alone, the first step is to download and fill in the appropriate forms from uk. You’ll need to appoint a trusted friend or relative to be your attorney and find a ‘certificate provider’ to sign the forms. This can be somebody you’ve known for over two years or a professional with knowledge of your situation – but it can’t be a family member. Once the forms are signed and submitted to the Office of the Public Guardian along with payment, it can take between eight and ten weeks for registration to be complete. Issues can crop up during the process, so applying early is the best way to protect yourself and your family. l


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Your local financial adviser I am an Adviser with Wellesley Wealth Advisory, a Principal Partner Practice of St. James’s Place. Having worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years, I can help you plan effectively in a clear, strategic manner – I pride myself on making complex planning understandable to all. As a Wealth Manager I advise people on all aspects of holistic financial planning, and specialise in: • Pensions • Retirement planning • Investment • Inheritance tax planning. I get a great deal of pleasure from seeing others do well and enjoy working closely with clients to achieve their objectives, building a long and trusting relationship. I have been with Wellesley Wealth Advisory since 2015. Wellesley is underpinned by St. James’s Place, which guarantees the suitability of the advice we provide.

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – what are the risks? Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPA’s”) are documents which can be prepared by you to appoint another individual(s) to help you make decisions about your Property and Financial Affairs and/or your Health and Welfare, if you are unable to make these decisions yourself as you have lost capacity. These appointed individuals are known as Attorneys.

What powers are granted to the Attorney? When you create a Property and Financial affairs LPA, you’re granting your Attorneys wide powers over your assets, including access to your bank accounts, investments and the ability to sell your property. However you can limit the scope of their powers by placing restrictions in your LPA which they are legally obliged to follow. Similarly when you create a Health and Welfare LPA you’re granting your attorneys powers to make decisions about medical treatment for you if you have lost capacity, decisions on where you should live, your daily routine and even decisions on life sustaining treatment. Choose your Attorney carefully You should think carefully about whom you appoint as your Attorney as it should be somebody you trust to act in your best interests at all times. If you think there may be a dispute with your family and friends over your chosen Attorney you should consider notifying them at the outset of your intention to make an LPA to prevent any difficulties after the LPA is registered.

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Would you like help in living life to the full? Debbie Beesley tells us about the WellBalanced Programme, designed for health, fitness and mobility


s people get older, muscles start to deteriorate as a natural part of ageing. Weakened muscles are not as strong to cope with everyday tasks such as getting up from a chair or walking, and balance can be affected. Reduced strength and balance can also increase the risk of falls, particularly for people aged 65 and over. Doing gentle regular exercises at least twice a week, in addition to taking a daily walk can help keep you strong and walking steadily, reducing the risk of falls. Suitable exercises include Tai Chi, Walking, Yoga, Dance, Bowling and Strength and Balance classes. Strength and balance programmes, such as the WellBalanced Programme, used across the world have been shown to reduce falls and injuries and these are available in Mid Sussex. The WellBalanced Programme is a community based exercise programme for people over 65 years of age who are at risk of falling. It provides a ‘step down’ service for those exiting the NHS falls prevention service or a step up for people unsteady on their feet wishing to prevent a fall.



THE PROGRAMME MAYBE SUITABLE IF YOU: • Feel unsteady on your feet • Have experienced a fall • Want to prevent a fall

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exercises designed to reduce the risk of falls at only £1.50 per class. 65 year old Tony recently completed the programme and said: “When I started I had to have furniture around the house and garden to hold onto. I no longer need this, I am a lot more confident going out and coping with slopes. It keeps you motivated and I enjoyed meeting others. The instructors are excellent, they were very helpful. I am very grateful to have attended the classes.” l Interested? Ask your GP or Practice Nurse to refer you to Mid Sussex Wellbeing or please call 01444 477191 or email

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aren lives in Robertsbridge and has four children, plus two grandchildren. On the surface it seems a blissful existence, the same sort of thing many people experience. An ordinary person doing ordinary things. But there’s another story too, it’s a tale that Karen shares with many others, that of the unpaid carer. Back in 2004 when Karen was a primary school teacher, her mother Pauline was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Initially life wasn’t too bad, but then her stepfather Roy was diagnosed with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Karen recalled, “At first, my mum and Roy could still drive, but once their driving licences were withdrawn, they lost their independence and gradually became increasingly dependent on myself and my brother Neil.” “My mum and Roy lived in Hadlow, forty-minutes away, up the busy A21. Neil lived nearby, in Tonbridge. We both helped out and worked as a team.” “Roy’s Alzheimer’s slowly got worse and my mum’s condition deteriorated imperceptibly” over the years that followed. Karen’s involvement gradually increased to the point where caring became a way of life for 2-3 years. It was the same for her brother. “Caring for someone else is tiring, it places restrictions on your own life.” Poignantly, she recalled, “Eventually, their need became greater than I could give.”

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Ultimately, Karen left her teaching career as depression and ongoing anxiety affected her wellbeing. People like Karen is the reason why Embracing Carers™ has launched Time Counts, a call to action for people to give their time to a carer they know to offer support. From a five minute phone call to a two hour grocery shop – your time could make a real difference to someone

Eventually, their need became greater than I could give who is caring for a loved one. Karen noted, “We have been mostly able to manage ourselves, but it’s reassuring to know there are people out there willing to help.” Roy passed away about a year ago and Pauline is now in residential accommodation. Karen is working again, as a dinner lady in a Bodiam school. She delights in telling me, “I have a lovely

partner, he is very supportive and I have a very understanding family.” Life goes on. Karen and Neil now care for their father. “Our dad manages, but he needs help. He’s ‘safe’ at home, but at 83 we need to look out for him. My brother does a lot for dad. Sometimes I just like to sit and pass time with my dad.” Carers often get little support or recognition for the work they do and are often selfless, taking care of their loved ones first and far too often, ignoring their own needs. This is where Time Counts can help people to make a difference in the life of a carer, like Karen, by giving their time.. Like her brother, and so many others who live a similar life, Karen is not the least bit ordinary, she’s one of those extraordinary people, doing extraordinary things. l

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espite care is short-term care provided for very old or very sick people so the person who usually cares for them can have a break. Carers Rights Day, on Thursday 21st November, highlights and recognises the UK’s unpaid carers – many of whom seek support, to provide respite care in their own homes not just for the elderly but also younger people with special needs. Angela Scott, from Littlehampton, relies on in-home care to support her in caring for her youngest child, Gabby, who has Cerebral palsy. At seven years old, Gabby can’t speak, and it’s likely her condition will deteriorate as she gets older. “Gabby goes to a specialist primary school and I volunteer with adults with learning difficulties,” said Angela. “Without regular visits from Gabby’s care worker, I don’t know what I would do. Sending Gabby to a respite centre wouldn’t work for us as a family. It’s a shame people think respite care means sending their loved one away for days at a time. That just isn’t the case.” Angela first sought support when Gabby was nine months old. With support, Angela can have some one56 SUSSEX LIVING | October 2019

on-one time with her three elder children. After seven years, Gabby is still cared for by the same small team of care workers – something Angela is extremely grateful for. “Gabby loves spending time with her carers, and because she is only seven, it’s important to me that her care is consistent. If I sent her into a respite

Gabby loves spending time with her carers centre, she might be seeing a different person every time which would be unsettling for her. Because her care worker comes to see us at home, I’m given a much-needed break and feel safe in the knowledge that Gabby is in a safe environment where she feels happy.” Despite the positive impact respite centres have on communities, the financial burden is a consideration for a lot of parents. With the average cost of a few days in a facility upwards of £300, the fees can become unmanageable if regular breaks are needed. In-home respite care can be

provided for a few hours – allowing time to pop to the shops and see friends – or live-in care can be arranged by many providers. Andrew Demetriou, who runs an in-home respite care provider, understands the benefit of these muchneeded breaks for unpaid carers who silently support the vulnerable. “Caring for a loved one is a rewarding role and, for many, a considerable responsibility. Without the possibility of a shortterm break, a carer’s ability to care is sacrificed, which can lead to their loved one needing to go into long-term facilities. It’s important to understand respite care centres are not the only option available and a few hours of inhome care every week may provide a lifeline.” l

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ith a holistic approach in the local community, offering talks to health, a sustainable and advice on health and wellbeing.” ethos which includes While the main focus of the clinic planting a tree for is to resolve issues such as back and every chiropractic adjustment neck pain or headaches, Peter is keen made and the very latest in to emphasise the clinic’s holistic hi-tech 3D scanning and approach to health matters. printing technology, “We like to work with our Nimbus Clinics clients so they understand have embraced the what factors have caused challenges and spirit their problems. For of the 21st century. example, if you have So, it’s no surprise to shoulder pain which is learn that this thriving linked to stress, we can chiropractic company is relieve the symptoms expanding with a move and also provide ideas and to bigger premises in advice on stress management Burgess Hill. techniques to help “Moving to prevent future problems.” Getting people to upgraded premises in Both Peter and Burgess Hill allows Sorcha are committed to optimum health us to serve a larger this philosophy of holistic is a wonderful community,” explains health and wellbeing and owner and chiropractor feeling. We aim to this mind set extends to Dr Peter Blenkarn the wider world, with heal, educate and DC. “There are great sustainable policies empower our clients train links, it’s on the integral to the practice. ground floor with no For every chiropractic steps making it suitable for disabled adjustment made a tree is planted and access and there’s a dedicated room for for every person that signs up to their our sports therapist, Sorcha Berriman. new wellbeing programme, one kilo With more space we can not only treat of plastic is removed from the ocean. more people but also get more involved What’s more, couch and toilet rolls are

recycled paper, sanitary wipes are biodegradable and massage oil is made from Scottish beeswax. The new premises will also offer clients the benefit of cutting-edge technology in the form of a 3D scanner to allow an in-depth pressure analysis of foot function and a dynamic gait analysis. This then uses 3D printing to create orthotic insoles to correct any problems. Nimbus are the first clinic in Sussex to offer this technology. “Most orthotics are handmade in a lab from a foot cast but sometimes the accuracy isn’t there. Using 3D technology, the measurements are exact and repeat scans can monitor the corrective process more precisely,” explains Peter. Whether it is helping someone pick up their baby without neck pain, helping someone get back to exercising by relieving back pain or helping someone train for a marathon, getting people to optimum health is a wonderful feeling. “We aim to heal, educate and empower our clients and there’s nothing more satisfying than people telling us we’ve given them their lives back,” smiles Peter. l Nimbus Clinics 91 Church Walk, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9BQ 01444 812888

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AWARENESS MONTH With a diagnosis of TNBC, Lucy Harris is keen to share her story to help raise awareness of breast cancer. She talks to Lisa de Silva about her care, support and positive attitude


uring Breast Cancer Awareness Month around 5,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease, which is the most common form of cancer in the UK. While research breakthroughs in how breast cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated means that today almost 9 out of 10 people survive breast cancer for five years or more, there is still much more work to be done. A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating. In a bid to help others living with breast cancer, Cuckfield-born Lucy Harris has chosen to share her story, highlighting the importance of both emotional support and the need to fund further research into some of the rarer forms of the disease. Raised in a theatrical family, Lucy has channelled her creativity into a career as a Theatrical Costumier, touring across Europe and throughout the UK with both opera and

9 out of 10 people survive breast cancer for five years or more commercial theatre companies. But 10 years ago, the pull of the Sussex countryside brought her back to the county for a job as Running Wardrobe Manager at a local opera house. It was against this backdrop of a busy working life that Lucy was given a diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 43 years old. “When you first get diagnosed with breast cancer everyone wants to know what type you have,” she tells me. “I was diagnosed with a relatively rare form of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) which is not fuelled by oestrogen or any other hormone. Unlike oestrogen receptive breast cancer, there are no suppressants such as tamoxifen that you can take once you’ve finished treatment to help inhibit the cancer’s return, so it feels a bit like being left out at sea with nothing to protect you.” Only 15% of breast cancer sufferers are diagnosed with TNBC. One of these was radio presenter Rachel Bland, a

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Maria (left), Katharine (middle) and Lucy. Katharine and Lucy were both under the care of Maria, (Breast Care Nurse) who provided such wonderful support

What has made a huge difference to Lucy has been the emotional support on offer, particularly from the charity, Breast Cancer Care information and advice on diet, fitness and managing stress levels can all offer vital support at such a challenging time. “It can be difficult to tell friends and family about your diagnosis as you then have to deal with their

reactions when you’ve got enough of your own emotions to deal with,” she confides. “What I needed more than anything was to find people with the same diagnosis to share the experience with. I needed the empathy of people who knew exactly what I was going through.” Lucy met fellow TNBC patient and now close friend, Katharine Horner on a social media group and Katharine echoes these feelings. “I was a regular visitor at a Macmillan Centre, a place where I could sit in a room with other people who just ‘got it.’ But for me it



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was after my hair had grown back, I’d returned to work and resumed my life that I found I needed emotional support because although I now looked ‘normal’ I didn’t feel it.” This is a feeling that Lucy and Katharine’s breast cancer nurse Maria Daultrey recognises from decades of practise. “There’s nothing equal to being with somebody that you don’t have to tell your story to because you both share that story and often it’s after patients have finished their treatment that it hits them. It’s then that they need the emotional support to process their experience of breast cancer,” she explains. While Lucy feels that the cancer has robbed her of the freedom of health, she was determined that it would not define her. “Positivity has been an important part of my recovery and during treatment I carried on working as much as possible. Everyone at work was fantastic. Human kindness is a powerful medicine which I found a huge source of strength and comfort to get me though each day and I’d encourage people to reach out and build a support network because you’re not alone.” Post-treatment both Lucy and Katharine recognise the importance

of embracing survivorship, along with building relaxation into their lives through mindfulness, meditation, yoga, a walk in the forest, as well as screen-free time. Lucy is also an avid fundraiser for Breast Cancer Care, a charity which helped her enormously. “I think it’s important to give back and I hope that some of the money donated can go into raising awareness of triple negative breast cancer, funding research into what fuels this type of cancer and finding a targeted therapy to deal with it.” Richard Simcock, Lucy’s oncologist explains, “There is an urgent need to understand the abnormalities and weaknesses within triple negative tumours. I am hoping that current trials will lead to more effective treatments for triple negative breast cancer so that our cure rates match those of patients with the hormone-fuelled type of this disease.” As early detection leads to better outcomes, Lucy urges all women to be body aware and Breast Cancer Care offers an excellent guide on how to check your breasts. “I’ve had to adapt my lifestyle but positive thinking, giving something back and the phenomenal support out there has helped to get me through.” l

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With National Burn Awareness Day on the 16th October, burns nurse Kristina Stiles tells us about prevention and awareness


have been a burns nurse for 16 years, working as part of a specialist team of NHS professionals in supporting lives and recovery of burn survivors and their families. In the last year I joined a wonderful team at the Katie Piper Foundation – a burn survivor charity – in establishing the first UK-based Rehabilitation Centre for adults living with the consequences of burns. Most of the burn survivors who attend our Centre have been injured in their adult life, however a surprising amount of individuals suffered burns in their early childhood, which continue to impact their life throughout adulthood. It is not a coincidence that the slogan of this year’s National Burn Awareness Day, supported by the British Burn Association and the Children’s Burns Trust, is a testament to this and proclaims that ‘a burn injury is for life’. The majority of burn injuries are preventable and most of them happen at home. Luckily, many of them are minor and do not require hospital admission or surgery. However, what is evident is that often the general public are unsure about the correct immediate first aid, which means that burns are subject to inappropriate and ineffective practices like application of toothpaste, creams, butter or ice. This can lead to deepening of the burn, which may then require a skin graft operation and result in life-long scarring. The Family Oops and Burns First Aid is a book for children and families, and is my personal contribution to the burn awareness campaign. A rhyming story, which introduces the reader to an accident-prone family who are not aware of burn prevention. The narrative raises awareness of the dangers of sunburn, hot drink scalds, hair straightener burns and the use of accelerants on open flames. The characters in the book attend a school to learn the importance of appropriate burns first aid, which is key in reducing the pain, depth and size of the burn. Upon graduation from the school the family want to share the messages they’ve learned, taking burn awareness beyond the classroom and the immediate family circle – making sure to promote healthy, connected and burn aware communities locally. 64 SUSSEX LIVING | October 2019

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The Family Oops and Burns First Aid is a book for children and families, and is my personal contribution to the burn awareness campaign

Trust and can be downloaded from the website here: Happily, it has already travelled across the UK, the US and Australia too. I am incredibly proud to have witnessed such wonderful acts of kindness from everyone involved along my journey in making The Family Oops and Burns First Aid. I hope that by sharing messages in burn prevention and first aid through reading and storytelling, the Family Oops can bring our communities closer together, and educate and nurture our future generations of burn first aiders from a very young age. l Please, follow and support the National Burn Awareness Day on 16th of October 2019 via #BeBurnsAware, #SafeTea, and #FamilyOops hashtags.

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who was about to go on a ranch holiday, and the dress code? Western Chic! The men don smart jeans, cowboy boots, shirt with collar and a casual jacket and, of course, Stetson. For ladies it’s cowboy boots

If in doubt, I say go for the smarter end; you can never be over-dressed, right? with trousers, skirt or dress, a braided shawl or top and possibly a Stetson with feminine overtones – make of that what you will! The very same man noted that it is always possible to recognise an off-duty army bod by their

chinos, short sleeved shirt and buttoned up collar. To some that would be pretty smart, but it’s all about context. One of the first things to consider when trying to solve your smart casual conundrum is where you are going. If your event is at a swanky club or hotel, shorts or jeans and a light shirt probably aren’t going to cut it, but if it’s a garden party then shiny lace up shoes might be overstepping the mark. Consider the weather too. Summer smart casual dressing is

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This month, Sasha Kanal enjoys the exercise for people who don’t like to exercise, learning that beginners are just as welcome as experts. Pump up the music, pop on the lycra, it’s time to Zumba!


learning these kind of dance styles in isolation. Although it’s an instructor-led workout, you don’t have to follow their moves exactly. The actions are a little more open to interpretation, so it’s great for beginner and advanced levels alike. Because of the fun factor and its upbeat vibe, Zumba seems to be the perfect regime for people who don’t actually like to exercise. FUN, FUN, FUN… But with all this ‘fun,’ is it actually a good workout? In short, it’s a resounding ‘yes’ and here’s why. A scientific analysis of a Zumba class revealed that a 40 minute class will burn around 370 calories – roughly

MOVE YOUR BODY Zumba is a full body workout but in disguise. With its dance-choreographed activity, all muscle groups are used. Heavy on the step count and with lots of hip and torso movements, it’s also beneficial for core strength and flexibility. Coordination is also tested and like anything, will improve the more you do it. Any Zumba devotee will tell you that they don’t view classes as hard work, simply because they’re having SO much fun. This is good news, because it means people are more likely to return again and make classes a regular habit. Perfect for enabling and building a healthy lifestyle. ALTOGETHER NOW The very act of joining in and losing your inhibitions as you dance is wonderful for building confidence and affecting your mental health in a wholly positive way. We all know the great sense of camaraderie and bonding to be had in totally letting go while in the company of others. Make the wrong move or make a fool of yourself briefly? No matter, you’re not the only one, so laugh it off and carry on! It’s ‘so’ good for the soul. l

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anna salsa, merengue and shimmy your way to fitness but without learning the complicated dance moves? Then Zumba, a Latin dance-inspired workout, may be the answer to all your prayers. 12 million people can’t be wrong – Zumba is reportedly one of the most popular exercise classes on the planet performed in over 125 countries around the world. What’s the Buzz? According to afficionados, it’s the fusion of different dance moves such as reggaeton and flamenco set to Latin music that keeps it so interesting and varied. Zumba is also a little more relaxed compared to

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HOME TRUTHS THE PROPERTY: Victorian terraced cottage


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The powder blue front door offers just the tiniest hint of what you’ll find inside this white-painted Victorian terrace that is home to self-confessed colour addict Suzanne Smith and her husband of 8 years, Matt. Step across the threshold and you are welcomed into a home that immediately excites the senses with its rainbow of colours, patchwork of patterns, and cute kitsch collections. “I was never able to decorate my room in my childhood home as I wanted,” explains Suzanne, “so 13 years ago, when Matt and I left our respective parents and moved in together I was eager to make my mark. I am incredibly lucky that Matt is very easy going and trusts me entirely, and that he does actually feel comfortable

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with the décor, which, it has to be said, is more feminine what with all the flowers, bunting and lots of pink.” Suzanne masterminded a complete overhaul of their first home, which when they bought it was already pretty colourful, but not really in the right way, as she explains: “The sitting room had yellow painted textured wallpaper on the walls, orange curtains, and a diamond-pattern terracotta coloured carpet. In the kitchen/diner, the walls were a bright orange at one end, a mid blue at the other, a combination that continued into the bedroom that I now use as a craft room; the master bedroom, meanwhile, was a rusty red.” Needless to say, since moving in, the couple have gradually transformed the house: gutting the ill-planned kitchen and the carpeted bathroom, stripping off the 1990s wallpaper throughout, and beginning the seemingly never-ending task of replastering the walls and ceilings; and Suzanne is doing her utmost to calm the once dated decor with some warm off-whites to show off her colourful accessories and the furniture she loves to upcycle with jolly paint shades. “I’ve tried to let go of the concept of colour scheming,” she says. “But there are certain tones that do feature all around

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the house, which makes switching things around easier as they will always look right wherever they are.” Suzanne is not against wallpaper, however; in fact, she loves it, but prefers to add pretty patterns rather than the textured designs favoured by the previous owners. “Although the most obvious thing to do to keep your home decor versatile would be to paint the walls, I just love wallpaper, particularly ones with bird and floral motifs,” she smiles. Well known and loved floral design in the sitting room, spotty and fun classics in the bedroom and bathroom, and some vintage off-cuts at the back

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of shelves and inserted into door panels; this home celebrates them all. And the pattern doesn’t stop there: Suzanne has hung flowery curtains; laid layers of quilted and crochet blankets on the bed, and on the sitting room sofa and chair; recovered dining seats with vintage fabric remnants; and dotted cute lamps, rugs, and cushions at every turn. And then there are all those collections that can’t help but induce a warm fuzzy feeling for people of a certain age… “When I was made redundant from my retail career a few years ago, I started The Junk Dolly, initially upcycling furniture, but now sourcing and selling preloved items; I want to try to communicate that choosing vintage items for your home isn’t going to make it look like great aunt Beryl’s fusty house, but instead can evoke a sense of nostalgia, become a talking point, and most importantly add fun to your décor so that you smile as soon as you arrive home.” The Smiths’ home certainly feels very happy. “Both of us love living here,” says Suzanne, “and know it’s going to be a hard place to leave if and when we decide to move; but maybe we never will!” l


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Welcome to the wonderful world of leaf mould. What is it? How to make it? How to use it? Flo Whitaker explains all


ll decaying plant matter will eventually turn into compost but different materials decompose at different speeds. Soft vegetable peelings and grass clippings can rot down in a few weeks, whereas tree leaves take a year or more. Leaves with glossy surfaces or tough veins, (sycamore, horse chestnut, laurel, holly) take even longer, which is why tree leaves are best composted separately from general garden/kitchen waste. Compost containers have solid sides and lids to raise the temperature of the

heap and aid the composting process, but a leaf mould container, (‘bin’), requires no insulation – leaves decompose faster when exposed to cold, wind and rain. A bin can be easily constructed by using wooden posts, (tree stakes or 2” x 2” tanalised timbers are ideal) a roll of chicken mesh netting, staples and galvanised wire. Drive the posts into the ground to make the outline shape of your container, then wrap the mesh horizontally around the outside of the posts, securing with staples hammered into the posts as you go. Overlap the netting slightly and ‘stitch’

the overlapped edges together with galvanised wire to make a cage, (wear gloves – the wire ends can be sharp!) What size of leaf mould bin? Well, think about how much material you’re likely to collect. A pile of newlyfallen leaves takes up a lot of space, so make your bin as large as possible. Decomposed leaves will eventually reduce to about a third of their original volume. If DIY is not your thing, vigorously stab an old compost bag with a border fork to make drainage/ aeration holes. Two-thirds fill the bag with leaves, loosely turn over the top, hide it away behind the shed and you’ll have leaf mould next October. Don’t overfill the bag or tightly secure the top – the leaves need good airflow otherwise they’ll rot into a sludgy mess. Builders’ bulk bags aren’t pretty but they make excellent leaf mould containers; again, be sure to add plenty of drainage/aeration holes. Leaf mould is naturally low in nutrients. When finely sieved, it makes perfect seed compost, (many seedlings do better in ‘weak’ soil.) Add coarser leaf mould to your borders, either dug in as a soil improver or spread thickly as a weed-supressing mulch. Its waterretention properties are unsurpassed; a few spadefuls mixed into a barrow load of potting compost will ensure your patio pots and hanging baskets never dry out again. Our planet could not exist without leaves. They convert sunlight into food, lock up harmful carbon dioxide and release life-giving oxygen into our atmosphere. Even fallen leaves keep on working – creating perfect conditions for beneficial soil microbes to thrive. Oldtime gardeners referred to leaf mould as ‘Black Gold’. How right they were. l

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o enjoy all the benefits of this route and magnificent landscape, walk it on a clear day when the scenery disappears into infinity. Alighting at Southease Station, take the track behind platform two and follow it around the bends towards the River Ouse and Southease swing bridge. Cross the swing bridge, before taking the gate on the right. Take the path atop the levee and follow the Ouse upstream. The smooth dome of Mount Caburn will be in the distance. After about half a mile there’s a gate, then half a mile later, there’s another. Turn left, away from the river, down the slope and along the track. The track leads through a gateway and under telephone cables towards Rodmell – reversing the final journey of the village’s most widely known resident, Virginia Woolf. Beyond a metal gate, the track evolves into tarmac, which leads through Rodmell. The flint walled buildings give the place a nostalgic serenity and elegance in dappled sunlight. Once at the main road, cross with care to Mill Lane opposite. Walk to the left of the barn with the electric blue paintwork. It’s half a mile to the end of the road, but civilisation finishes before then. Be sure to turn around on the ascent of Mill Hill

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to inhale the views. Even with a small gain in height there’s still a wow factor. At the top of Mill Hill, turn right onto the South Downs Way, walking between the feathered edge fencing panels. Beyond the metal gate, the majesty of the Downs opens up. Wander down into the col, then once through the pair of metal gates, continue up to a wooden gate. Beyond this is a concrete track, which seems a little other-worldy in this landscape. Follow the concrete over Front Hill and then Iford Hill. After a mile the concrete turns sharp left, but our route turns sharp right. After 50m and once through a gate, it turns left and leads to the summit of

Even with a small gain in height there’s still a wow factor Swanborough Hill, which at 180m (591 feet) is the high point of the day. The surface underfoot is packed hardcore, which somehow feels more natural than the concrete. The path veers left around a bend and a first view of Kingston appears. Continue to the wooden gate, then 75m beyond it on Kingston Hill, take the path to the right by the fingerpost. It passes a burial mound before the

descent begins. The track of chalk and flint drops away steeply, losing 100m of altitude over the next 800m of distance as it snakes downhill to a metal gate. By the time the tarmac of Kingston Ridge appears, the outlying homes of suburbia border the route. The road dips down to the junction with Ashcombe Hollow. Cross with care onto the historic Juggs Road. This was once a route to Brighton, and Juggs was a term for Brighton fisherman, whose wives would transport their husbands’ catch across the Downs in baskets or earthenware jugs, loaded onto donkeys. Past the replica of Ashcombe Mill, built around 90 years after the original was destroyed by high winds in 1916, lies the last of the open downland; a final

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chance to enjoy the expansive panorama on this walk. Beyond a redundant gate, the path follows the field boundary, beneath the trees, gradually widening, eventually giving way to tarmac once again. It’s gently downhill, dropping away a little more steeply as the drone of traffic increases in volume. After natural sounds of the walk, traffic noise feels a bit of a shock. A sharp left precedes the bridge across the A27 and railway. It seems more like crossing a gorge, but once over it, the road turns sharp right and leads downhill past Jubilee Gardens to a t-junction. Turn left, and then right at the mini-roundabout onto Southover High Street. It’s a delightful road, with a seemingly endless variety of buildings along the way. After almost half a mile, turn left at the mini-roundabout and Lewes Station will be a minute or two away. It might be time to head home, or it might be time to head into town for a well-deserved treat. Your feet will tell you the answer! l Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

Distance: 10½ miles Walk Time: 3¼ – 4 hours Stiles: 0 Map: Explorer OL11

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DATES Tuesday 01 – Thursday 31 October, 10:00-16:30

Morris & Co. Inspired by Nature

Standen House & Garden, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead RH19 4NE The exhibition tells the story of the origins of Morris & Co. and reveals the inspiration behind its iconic patterns. National Trust members free. Adults: £12.60. Child: £6.30. 0134 2323029, Finishes Sunday 10 November. Tuesday 01 October, 11:00

Celebrating ‘St John’s at Christmas’ and Meet the Artist The Spire Café, St John the Evangelist, Lower Church Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9AA A local artist, Melanie Hodge, will be launching a picture of the Church (Christmas Cards and fine art prints) alongside an exhibition of her work. Refreshments will be provided. From Tuesday 01 October

‘Harvest Home’

Cuckfield Museum, Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Cuckfield’s farming past. How did you use a horse rasp or a ‘beatle’? How did a dairymaid preserve her complexion? Entry free but donations appreciated. More information from Finishes Saturday 14 December. Tuesday 01 October, 19:00 for 19:30

Bob Flowerdew talk on ‘No Work Gardening.’ Invited by Henfield Garden Club Henfield Hall, High Street, Henfield BN5 9DB Bob will suggest ways to reduce labour but increase yield of produce and flowers. Expect some humorous vitriolic diatribe also! £5 ticket entry for non-members from Village Care shop. Pat 01273 493973. Wednesday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 October, 12:30-15:00

The Young at Heart Club (Members & Non-members) The Salvation Army Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Musical guest, movie shows, guest speakers, quizzes, chair aerobics, craftwork etc. Members £5 per month, non-members £2 per week. 2 course lunch extra. Contact: Angela 07931 426691 Wednesday 02 October, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting

Do you have a Mid Sussex community event to promote? Email and ask for a Diary Dates form. Visit our Diary Dates page. on Trinity Hall, Coleman’s Hatch TN7 4HF Run by the Trinity Cafe team and friends, Raffle and competition as well as excellent tea, coffee, cakes and scones. Free entry. If you would like to donate prizes or cakes or just pop along, we look forward to seeing you. Pauline 01342 823618.

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG GB Looks East presented by Brian Baldock. Jim Etherington 01273 471897

Thursdays 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October, 09:30-14:30

Downlands Community School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP For more details about this outstanding school, please come along to our Open Evening. Call 01273 845892 for more information or

The League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals’ Maria’s Good as New Sales Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH11 7DH Lots of items for sale. Donations of unused toiletries and any unwanted presents suitable for Raffle prizes needed, please. Contact: Maria 01293 403432. 70th Anniversary this year! Thursday 03 – Sunday 06 October

Cuckfield Book Festival

Queen’s Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 A packed weekend with many famous authors including Jenni Murray, Robin Ince, Penelope Lively, Simon Williams, Vanessa Berridge, and more! Starting at £10 per session. Sheila Mortimer Thursday 03 – Monday, 10:00-17:00 – Every Week

Clock Field

North Street, Turners Hill RH10 4NS A development of 33 three, four and five bedroom houses. Clock Field Marketing Suite 01342 616 105 Thursday 03 – Monday, 10:00-17:00 - Every Week

The Willows

Church Street, Warnham RH12 3DZ A private development of two, three and four bedroom houses and 4 one and two bedroom apartments. The Willows – 01403 611191 Thursday 03 October, 12:00

Burgess Hill and District Probus Club Meeting

This event is for professional and business men. Lunch followed by a short talk by a professional speaker – providing an opportunity to meet with those of similar interest. Contact for details, 01444 236661 Thursday 03 October, 14:30

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: ‘The Winter Garden’, with Andy McIndoe; author, plantsman and winner of 25 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. Admission: Members free. Visitors: £1. All welcome! www.burgesshillhorticulturalsociety. com 01444 245509.

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Thursday 03 October, 09:30-12:00

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Queens Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Ian Everest uses fascinating photos and film footage to illustrate his talk on farming life in Sussex in the 1950s. £5 or £3 for members. To book a place please phone Mike Nicholson on 01444 457448 or email

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Thursday 03 October, 18:00-20:30

Downlands Community School Open Evening

Thursday 03 October, 19:30 for 20:00

Ditchling Film Society “Woman at War”

Ditchling Village Hall, Ditchling BN6 8TA Director: Benedikt Erlingsson, Icelandic 2018, 101 mins – 12A Cert. Free coffee, tea and biscuits are available and wine can be purchased by the glass beforehand. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door. Fridays 04 & 18 October, 09:30-15:00

The League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals’ Book Sales Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH11 7DH Lots of different books for sale from only 50p each. Fridays 04 & 05 October, 10:00-12:00

Open Mornings

Copthorne Prep School, Effingham Lane, Copthorne RH19 4NE Two opportunities to visit: see the school in action on Friday, more time to talk to staff on Saturday. Copthorne Prep School 01342 712311. Friday 04, 11, 18 & 25 October, 19:45-21:45 unless stated

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Rear basement of Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX 1- ChrisG4ZCS - “Time” & its relevance to Amateur Radio. 2 – Radio Night. 3 – PhilG4UDU “Where is Radio Going.” 4 – Radio Night. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 Saturday 05 – Sunday 06 October

John Lloyd Fine Furniture – Wood Machining Bankside Farm Workshops, Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill RH15 OSJ An introduction to using machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop. Skill Level: Beginner/ Intermediate £300. For more details: Saturday 05 October, 09:30-12:30

Windlesham House School Open Morning Windlesham House School, London Road,

Pulborough, Washington RH20 4AY (off A24 Southbound) Meet our Headmaster and other members of staff and enjoy an individual tour of the school with some of the children. Contact: Sophie Armstrong-Flemming 01903 874701 Saturday 05 October, 10:00-12:00

Elisabeth Willett Silver Sunday Coffee Morning

Upstairs at the Help Point (stairs to right of building), 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9AS Mid Sussex Older People’s Council’s free coffee morning for over 60’s in memory of Elisabeth Willett. No need to book. Nicola 01444 242760 Saturday 05 October, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Market

Hartfield Road, Forest Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market. Contact: Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062 Saturday 05 October, 10:30-11:30

Coffee Morning, run by Burgess Hill Methodist

Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Entrance off Gloucester Road. Come and have a chat over tea or coffee. All welcome. No charge. 01444 236733. Saturday 05 October, 10:30-13:00

Hurst College Sixth Form Open Morning Hurst College, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS Provides an opportunity to tour the facilities, listen to presentations by the Headmaster and current students and meet key members of staff. Contact: Dianne Allison 01273 836937 Saturday 05 October, 10:30-13:00

Lancing College Open Morning Lancing College, Lancing BN15 ORW Ideally suited for parents and pupils considering the Third or Fourth Form at Lancing College from 2020 and beyond. Please register: admissions/open-mornings. Saturday 05 & Sunday 06 October, 10:00-17:00

Surrey Hills Wood Fair

Fish Pond Copse, Bookhurst Road, Cranleigh GU6 7DW A great family day out with lots to see and do in beautiful woodland and meadows celebrating the Surrey Hills. Children under 12 go free. £7.50 on-line or £10 on the door. Wendy Varcoe 01483 661150 Book on-line at Tickets also available from Guildford


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October 26th & 27th

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Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Spellbinding Halloween 26 October - 3 November, 10am - 5pm daily

Visit the Academy of Witches & Wizards and help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers on a daily Garden trail*. * £2 plus admission to include a prize (FREE to Friends)

Autumnal - 12th October Festive - 4th December Willow - 7th December

Booking required, see website for details.

Hallowe’en Weekend Sat 26th & Sun 27th October

Activities, crafts, children’s trails, Halloween café menu & fun.

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair Sat 9th & Sun 10th November

Festive fun with stalls, decorations, music & Father Christmas in this beautiful historic setting.

Activities on selected days:

reptiles, magic shows, crafts, wand making, explosive experiments, and more (additional charges apply) See website for details

Christmas at the Priory

30th Nov,1st, 7th, 8th 14th & 15th Dec

Enjoy some hearty fare, music & activities. Christmas through the ages.

Pumpkin Carving

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5th December, 6.30pm to 10pm

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Saturday 05 & Sunday 06 October, 10:30-17:00

Draw in the Forest 2019

Autumn & Countryside Show: Farming/ Food/Horticultural

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton PO18 OEU Experience the sights and sounds of the countryside and celebrate the end of the harvest at this wonderful seasonal show! Standard museum entrance fees apply. See website for details. 01273 811363 Sunday 06 October, 09:30-14:00

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB Free parking + disabled parking. Set up 8.30am. Buyers 9.30am. Refreshments. Dogs welcome on lead. No Food Sellers or Traders. Adult buyers: 50p admission. Sellers: All vehicles £10. Trailers £3. Pay on entry. 0300 12 0741. Sunday 06 October, 10:30-11:30

Harvest Festival, Family Service, All Age Worship Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Entrance off Gloucester Road. Come and join us, as all ages worship together. All food donated given to Burgess Hill Food Bank. A free will

Sunday 06 October, 11:00-15:00

The Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JP Come draw, doodle, scribble, sketch or paint on the Ashdown Forest. For more information: 01342 823583 Sunday 06 October, 14:00-17:00

Monday 07, 14, 21 & 28 October, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503

Oldland Windmill Open Afternoon

Monday 07 October, 19:30

Oldland Windmill, Oldlands Lane, Hassocks BN6 8NB Our final Open Afternoon of 2019, where refreshments, memorabilia and our own flour are available. Please find further details at Voluntary donation of £3 per person, £5 per family

Holy Trinity Church Hall, Forest Row RH18 5AF Rehearsals start in early October and we would welcome new members to sing Carols to raise funds for the RNLI. For more information ring Jenny 01342 825371 or Roger 01342 324196.

Sunday 06 October, 14:30

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Esther Dawson will be giving a talk on the Ridgeview Wine Estate. £1.50p to include a raffle ticket. Elizabeth Taylor 01444 235837

Brass Fusion in Concert St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG In aid of End Polio Now, Rotary present an afternoon of music by Brass Fusion where members of the audience are given the opportunity to choose from a Jukebox list. Tickets £5 in advance from Burgess Hill Family Funeral Services, Burgess Hill, or Mansell McTaggart, Haywards Heath or Julie Smyth on 07759 698831. Tickets £6 on the door.

Forest Row Lifeboat Choir

Monday 07 October, 09:45-12:00

U3A Monthly Meeting “Ridgeview Wine Estate”

Monday 07, 14, 21 & 28 October, 20:00

Minton Badminton Club

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP We meet every Monday. New members of any ability would be most welcome. There is no need for

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a partner as pairings are changed throughout the evening. Contact: 01444 400054. Tuesday 08 October, 19:00 for 19:30–22:00ish

The League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals’ Quiz Evening The Apple Tree Pub, West Green, Crawley RH11 7DL A fun Quiz Evening for all the Family, teams of 6 but come along and we’ll make up a team. £9 including buffet or veggie buffet. Maria Hains 01293 403432. This is the League’s 70th Anniversary year. Tuesday 08 October, 19:45

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society – A Head Gardener’s Year Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by Mark Saunders, Head Gardener at Fittleworth House. £1 members £2 non-members. Kathy Green Wednesday 08 October, 20:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society: A talk by Julie Sargeant, Chelsea Gold Medal winner King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Juliet Sargeant will be sharing her experience in garden design which led to a Gold at Chelsea. Entry £5, £2.50 members. All welcome. 01444 458509. Wednesday 09 October, 08:30-13:00

Open Morning

Michael Hall Steiner Waldorf School,

Open Mornings Friday 4 & Saturday 5 October 10.00am - 12 noon

DIARY DATES Kidbrooke Park, Forest Row RH18 5JA Visit the School and see just how it feels to be a child in this environment, soaking up this stimulating and rewarding teaching environment. 01342 822275. Wednesday 09 October, 11:00-15:00

Bonhams Jewellery and Fine Art Valuation Day

Charleston House, West Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL Appointments and enquiries: 01273 220000 Wednesday 09 October, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society – British Alstroemeria & UK Cut Flower Industry

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QF Ben Cross, specialist from Crosslands Flower Nursery will be giving a talk on the British Alstroemeria and the UK Cut Flower Industry – insight into growing alstroemeria and the impact of imported flowers. All welcome. Members £1.50. Refreshments included. Derek Swaine 01273 842516. Wednesday 09 October, 20:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – An illustrated talk in French Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN ‘Le Consul a l’exemple du livre eponyme de William Boyd’ by Michael

Smewing. All members and visitors are most welcome. 01444 452385. Thursday 10 October, 14:00-16:00

Arts Society Ashdown Forest Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove, Crowborough TN6 1FE Pots and Frocks: The World of Grayson Perry from Essex Punk Potter to Superstar National Treasure. Lecture by Ian Swankie. Members free, guests £6. Donald Speedie 01892 663388 Friday 11 October, 09:00-13:00

Hospice Care Week Annual Charity Coffee Morning South Downs Nursery, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY All profits from our hot drink sales and other fun events will be donated to our chosen local hospices. Representatives from each hospice will be present to help. Last year we raised more than £2,500! Friday 11 October, 11:00-16:00

Taster Day with Brambletye Fruit Farm The Seasons, Medway House, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE We are delighted that Ellis from the Farm will be here talking sharing her harvest with us and talking about their Organic and Biodynamic Farming Methods. 01342 824 673 Social media sites

Friday 11 October, 19:00-21:30

Burgess Hill Heritage and History Society Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX 20:00. AGM followed by a talk by former Town Crier, Neil Batsford. The museum will be open from 19:00. Members £1.50, guests £3.50. Fred Avery 01444 235088. Saturday 12, 10:00-16:00 & Sunday 13 October, 10:00-15:00

The Sussex Baby Show, with Babytodd

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly RH17 6TL Explore, Shop and Enjoy! A unique and fun shopping showcase event for expecting and young families, in and around Sussex. Earlybird £3.50 (pre-booking required) £5.00 on the door. U16’s free with supervision. 07760115433 Saturday 12 October, 10:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society: Coffee Morning and Plant Sale King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A chance for a chat over coffee or tea and plants for sale. Entry £1. All welcome. 01444 458509 Saturday 12 October, 10:00 -12:00

Autumn Fair

Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Club suite, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY

Plenty of stalls including cakes, bric-a-brac, gifts, plants, books, cards, jewellery, household, prize every time tombola, all at 50p stall raffle and refreshments. In aid of Paws & Claws Animal Rescue charity. Saturday 12 October

High Hurstwood Bonfire High Hurstwood, Uckfield TN22 4AD Torch lit procession followed by a bonfire and fireworks. Contact: Kimberley Goodey Sunday 13 October, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – A circular walk from Ansty Ansty Recreation Ground Car Park RH17 5GW, TQ290233 Butler’s Farm, Hilders Farm, Lovell’s Farm, Bolney Crossways, Bunction Lane, Pickwell Farm, Black Forest, Ansty. 5.5mi/8.9km Moderate. Contact: Margaret 01444 441530 or 07961 618373 on the day. Monday 14th October – 10am start Sunday 20th October – 10pm end

World Snooker English Open K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RHAA 9BQ English Open Snooker is the first of the Home Nations series, snooker’s top stars battling for the chance to win a £1million bonus. Tickets start from just £10! 0117 317 3200






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DIARY DATES Monday 14 October, 10:00 Coffee, Talk 10:30-12:00

The Arts Society Steyning – Turbulent Times: Russian History as depicted by 19th Century Painters The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN443XZ Tony Brenton takes a tour through itinerant art and its interactions with the vast, repressed and unruly Russia that it both loved and detested. Visitors £5.00 donation. Leonard Warner 01903 812752. Monday 14 October, 14:30 preceded by the AGM 14:00 sharp

Beautiful, Curious and Rare

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB James Taylor will take us through the Russell Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, Bournemouth completed in 1901 in the Art Nouveau style as a present for his wife. Guests welcome to attend at £8.00 per lecture. 01273 494633 Stephen Wyman. Monday 14 October, 20:00-23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+ A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Theatre, Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Lewes, Brighton and Horsham. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Tuesday 15 October, 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. £3 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Wednesday 16 October, 20:00-22:00

Royal Marines Association, Brighton & Hove District Adur Bowling Club, Recreation Ground, Old Barn Way, Southwick BN42 4NT Socials – Battle of Trafalgar Meeting and Social. Contact Secretary as alternates between two venues. £3 Branch Membership. Contact: Maureen Copelin 01273 236437. Wednesday 16 October, Lecture:10:00-11:50, Coffee:10:00

The Arts Society Mid Sussex Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Lecture by Sarah Deere-Jones on ‘The History of the Harp.’ Nonmembers welcome: £7 on door. Wednesday 16 October, 20:00-21:30

Balcombe History Society

Academic excellence

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP Ros Black – ‘Grace Kimmins / Chailey Heritage’ - she worked in the slums of London before setting up her Chailey craft school. £1 Member, £3 Visitors – includes refreshments. 01444 811641. Wednesday 16 October, 14:30-16:30

St Symphorian’s You Group – Peter Hills on Pills, Potions and Patients The Atkinson Room, St Symphorian’s Church Hall, Durrington BN13 2PU A friendship group sharing fresh knowledge, friends and experiences. A nostalgic look at common cures. £3 per person includes refreshments. Jane Winter 01903 268109. Thursday 17 October, 10:30-12:30

MSOPC Silver Sunday Coffee Morning

Upstairs at East Grinstead Library, 32-40 West Street, East Grinstead RH19 4SR Mid Sussex Older People’s Council’s free Coffee Morning for over 60’s. No need to book. Free. Nicola 01444 242760 Thursday 17 October, 13:00-14:00 – Doors open 12:30

Free Lunchtime Concert

All Saints United Reformed Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 OJS Bring a pre-concert packed lunch and we will supply free coffee and tea. Classical cellist, Ivana Peranic and

guitarist, Jon Rattenbury. Tim Penn 01444 232035. Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 October, 19:45

Henfield Theatre Company – One Man, Two Guvnors

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB One Man, Two Guvnors, by Richard Bean, is a wonderful comedy that was a smash hit in the West End. The play, set in 1960s Brighton, is a mad mixture of farce, slapstick, pantomime, music hall and audience participation. Plus a live skiffle band! £8 and £10. Box Office: Stevens Estate Agents, Henfield 01273 492141 and on line at Friday 18 October, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Doors open at 18:00. Organist/ keyboard player John Cooper. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269. Friday 18, 19:30 & Saturday 19 October, 15:00 & 19:30

ACE Theatre Company Presents Bothered and Bewildered by Gail Young King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A poignant comic drama, sure to provide both laughter and sadness as a family come to terms with Altzheimer’s Disease. Tickets £11, concessions £9. Raising funds for

A breath of fresh air

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Dementia Action Alliance. Chrissie White 01342 893010 acetheatre

free, but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. RepairCafeForestRow

Saturday 19 October, 10:00-16:00

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Beginner Photography Workshop

Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB Understand the fundamentals of photography, master your camera and find out how to take your pictures to the next level with Ben Cherry, an award winning photojournalist. £70 per person – online booking only. 01903 881530 Saturday 19 – Thursday 31 October

Hever Castle – Halloween Half Term

Hever Road, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Treat the children to a spine-tingling programme of entertainment over the Half Term break with prizes for the best Halloween costumes. 01732 865224. Saturday 19 October, 10:00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil, bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 October, 10:00-17:00

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP Over fifty professional craftspeople exhibit their stunning work in the auditorium at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion. £3 adults, students and children free. The Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery 01273 479565 Saturday 19 October, 19:30-21:30

Mid Sussex Sinfonia Concert – “Nordic Legends” The King’s Centre, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR Sibelius’s ‘Finlandia’ and Symphony No.2 and Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt’ Suite No.1. £12 in advance; £14 on the door; £3 under 18’s. Sue Carpenter 01273 478036 Saturday 19 October, 19:30-21:45

Haywards Heath Music Society Alexandra Lomeiko, violin and piano recital St. Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath, Church Road RH16 3QH A first appearance for this award winning violinist who will play works by Bach, Faure, Ravel and

Szymanowski. £12 members/£15 non-members. Under 18/Student £3.00/5.00. Christine Colbourne 01444 456227 www.haywardsheathmusicsociety. Sunday 20 October, 10:00

Foraging in the Forest & Lunch Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Enjoy a morning of mushroom foraging on our estate followed by a delicious lunch, with wine, coffee and petit fours. £49.50 per adult. Contact: 01342 824988. Sunday 20 October, 19:30

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Wivelsfield Films, Off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores or The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval.

Tuesday 22 October, 18:30-20:30

West Sussex County Council Fostering Information Session Centenary House (Committee Room 4), Durrington Lane, Worthing BN13 2PQ If you’re thinking about fostering, our information sessions are the best way to find out more about the fostering process. Wednesday 23 October, 19:45-21:30

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society - Illustrated talk: ‘Vikings – There Goes the Neighbourhood!’ Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Tour guide, linguist and cruise ship speaker, Jane Ann Davey, tells the fascinating history of the Vikings in Britain. £3, including tea/coffee refreshments. 01444 245509. www.

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Wednesday 23 October, 20:00-22:00

Worthing Opening at a new Worthing venue - Country walk? Dinner? Theatre? A round of golf? Day at the races? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from the Group diary. The Group meets in Worthing on the third

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH At this meeting, Lee Verhorevoort will be demonstrating on all aspects of a Japanese White Pine. All welcome to attend. First visit free. Tea and coffee will be available. Contact:

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British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition 2019 At Bodiam Castle 5 October 2019 - 5 January 2020 Showcasing stunning photographs of British wildlife and nature within the atmospheric backdrop of Bodiam castle.

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Community Sing-a-Long (Dementia Friendly) St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG A fun afternoon for people living with dementia and their carers. Singing, tea and cake. Organised by Burgess Hill Rotary. Free entry. Thursday 24th October 2019, 10am - 1pm

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Crawley Keyboard Music Concert Furnace Green Community Centre, Ashburnham Road, Crawley RH10 6QZ Great evening of live music showcasing popular Pete Shaw. Visitors made welcome. Tea and Coffee available. Members £5. Visitors £7. Brenda Mayne 01293 784166 Saturday 26 October, 09:00-12:30

Hassocks Village Market

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National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR Held every 4th Saturday in the month, this is a lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts people. Huge selection of fresh produce, plants and much more. Contact: or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’.

Friday 25 October, 11:00-16:00

St. Barnabas Church Hall, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Lots of stalls including books, bric-abrac, clothing, toys, etc. Refreshments available. Adults 50p, children free. All welcome. Parish Office 0300 1118150 Saturday 26 October, 10:00-11:45

Taster Day with Conscious Chocolate

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Sussex Chorus

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Jumble Sale

Children’s Monster Craft Morning St Symphorian’s Church, Durrington Hill BN13 2PU Ten monster crafts for children to try. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child aged 2- 12 years. Jane Winter 01903 268109 Saturday 26 October, 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall, Coffee Morning and Godly Play Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Traidcraft Stall. Sample a cup of fairly traded Machu Pichu ground coffee. Children’s activities. Julia Scotland 01444 871812 07522866237 Saturday 26 October, 10:00-17:00 Daily

Spellbinding Halloween Trail & Activities

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers on a bewitching Garden trail. Includes other activities on selected days. £2 per trail, plus admission, to include a prize (FREE to Friends). Additional charge applies for some activities. Andrew Loin 01444 450326 Finishes on Sunday 03 November. Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 October, 10:30-16:30

Crafts Show

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Hallowe’en Weekend

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker BN27 3QS Traditional entertainment with Punch & Judy, crafts, trails and heaps of scary Hallowe’en fun with Crazee Hazzee. Standard Admission. 01323 844224 Saturday 26 October, 20:00

Strictly Dance Magic – Ballroom Dance – Halloween Theme Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Doors open 7.45pm. Ballroom, Latin, Jive, Sequence. New dancers always welcome. Lovely wood sprung floor, soft lighting. Free on-site parking. £7 with complimentary refreshments. Details 07767 411115, 01444 248926. Sunday 27 October, 12:00-17:00

Serenity Fayre

Felpham Community Hall, Meaden Way, Felpham PO22 8FA Serenity Fayres working with Cancerwise to bring an inspirational event to soothe, cleanse and inspire your mind, body and spirit. £3 donated to Cancerwise. Chris Warden 07885 838402

Saturday 9 November 2019 7.30pm St Andrew’s Church Cants Lane Burgess Hill RH15 0LG

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Halloween Afternoon Tea and Pumpkin Carving

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH1 85JR A great afternoon for children of all ages. Pumpkin carving, cake decorating and afternoon tea! Fancy Dress Competition too! £18.50 per child (12 years and under) £29.50 per adult. Contact: 01342 824988. Monday 28 – Thursday 31 October, 10:00-18:00

Lingfield Art Exhibition

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH “History of Lawnmowers and The Budding Foundation.” A talk by Clive Gravett. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Tuesday 29 October

Rotary Charity Quiz Night Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Lower Street, Pulborough RH20 2BF A fun night out for teams of 2 to 6. Prizes, Raffle and Licensed bar. Tickets £10 per person (with a light supper). Malcolm Gray 01798 873643 Wednesday 30 October, 19:15 for 19:30

Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre, High Street, Lingfield RH7 6AB Original art works. Paintings, ceramics, sculpture and cards by local artists for sale. Affordable prices. Refreshments and home-made cakes available. Free Entry (Catalogue £1). Also open on 01 and 02 November and Sunday 03 November 10:00-16:00. 0134 324929.

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The Main Hall, East Court, College Lane , East Grinstead RH19 3LT Mike Mockler will give an illustrated talk about this spectacular country for wildlife. £4 RSPB group members, £5 non-members. Phil Holland, EG-RSPB group 01342 311295.

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Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton PO18 0EU Finishes 01 November. Enjoy the great outdoors this autumn half term at the Museum, with fantastic Hallowe’enthemed family activities! General entry fee applies. 01243 811363 Monday 28 October, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG British Ocean Lines presented by Charles Kay. Jim Etherington 01273 471897. Wednesday 30 October, 19:45-10:00

‘Tanzania’ – Land of Endless Space

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Eastbourne Blind Society, 124 – 142 Longstone Road, Eastbourne BN22 8DA

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Wivelsfield Little Theatre presents ‘HEROES’

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Lindfield Dramatic Club’s Production of Ten Times Table by Alan Ayckbourn King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2HH This production is also on Friday 01 and Saturday 02 November. One of Ayckbourn’s hilarious comedies. A committee organizes a local pageant, but battle rages between rival factions. Tickets £10 from Caragon, Lindfield or 01444 482933 events/lindfielddramaticclub

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