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Editor’s comment

As the year merrily skips into September and summer slowly weaves it’s way into autumn, we leave the lazy hot days behind and enter the season of golden hues and crisper evenings. This month here at Sussex Living we have a bumper issue for you. It’s the time of year where for some, thoughts turn back to school, read on from page 62 for the start of our fantastic education feature. Local writer and actor Robin Driscoll talks to us about his educational journey and how he made it to where he is today. We also had a couple of lovely work experience students in the office with us for a week. We tasked them with writing a piece each for the magazine, have a look at page 74 to see how they fared. Love or fear them, reptiles and amphibians certainly are striking to look at. In our feature starting on page 77, Ruth Lawrence met with the East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society to discover how they are helping eradicate the public’s anxiety and the proper management for looking after these glorious creatures. With thoughts turning to colder weather we have a fantastic heating feature on page 48 to get you all fired up! Whilst you may be thinking of preparing for the winter months, why not get your crafty hat on and have a read about making your own pot pourri. On page 36 Flo Whitaker explains how to make the perfect homemade gift – just in time for Christmas! Finally, from all of us at Sussex Living we hope you have a marvellous September and your umbrellas don’t have to work too hard! And don’t forget to look out for our wonderful wedding feature coming up in the October issue.


Keeping warm

History of heating through to modern day technology

62 Education special

Back in time at Temple Grove, Robin Driscoll and work experience

77 Exotic welfare

Learning all about reptiles and amphibians

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Circular stroll on the Downs

Family race day

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From turkey Bolognese to Eton mess

Book club

Reviewing new fictions

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Fun childcare club in Hassocks

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Pot Pourri

The Sportsman

Cumnor House Kudize kids

Haywards Heath town Haven in Mid Sussex

Railway Land

Nature reserve in Lewes

Beach House Park

Hidden history in Worthing

Regulars 10 Local living

The latest community news and events

Find your perfect autumn trend

70s revisited

Forest foraging

Waging war on weevils

Recycling in the environment

Feedback from our readers

Benefits of a new build

Actively supporting small companies

Local event listings

Find Sussex Living in your local area


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Action in Rural Sussex

34 Natural living

Keeping an eye out in your local area Fun and frolics at this family friendly fest

Care in communities

Tisshaws – supporting families with domestic issues

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Sussex fungi

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Kitchen updates

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Neighbourhood Watch Following his Hurstpierpoint home being burgled, Mike Cheetham decided to join the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Here he details the benefits and supportive role being part of the organisation can provide Our curtains remained un-twitched until we were burgled in 1989, while living in Hassocks Road, Hurstpierpoint. After this terrible intrusion into my home I joined Neighbourhood Watch, in the hope at least of warning others what to look out for and keeping householders informed about general security. Neighbourhood Watch, then known as Home Watch was up in 1982 in Cheshire. It followed the first scheme that was formed in New York in 1962. In 2007, Neighbourhood Watch representatives, along with support from the Home Office and police designed the initial national umbrella organisation. Apparently four million households in the UK are now covered by it. The idea is simply to bring people together to do something themselves to make their neighbourhoods better and safer places to live. The objectives of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme are to improve safety, to prevent crime through increased security and vigilance, to assist and improve communication with the police, and to improve contact, particularly with the more vulnerable members of the community. A Main Coordinator in a town, village or district sets up a scheme. They will then recruit a number of coordinators


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covering a street, road, or other designated area. These will then call on and encourage individual households on their territory to become members. Membership to the scheme is free. When I joined, and for a good many years thereafter, contact was made initially by a phone call from police to coordinators, reporting for example, their desire to trace a suspicious vehicle. The recipient would then type out the message, repeat it as many times as possible on a piece

of A4 paper, cut that into strips with a message on each, and then take them round on foot to all members on their territory! Nowadays, when recruiting members the coordinator will note the name, address and phone number, and if possible will obtain the email address. This facility has transformed the task of communication for coordinators as messages can be forwarded to all members within seconds of receipt, if urgent. If considered sufficiently important,

The idea is simply to bring people together to do something themselves to make their neighbourhoods better and safer places to live those without email are called upon on foot with hard copies. It is unfortunate that like Belgium, Neighbourhood Watch has been the butt of jokes by comedians lacking in knowledge or experience of the subject. But there is no doubt that the police, have become aware that we, the general public, have become increasingly important to them as their eyes and ears. For more information on how to get involved in your local Neighbourhood Watch please visit

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for all I recently met Matt Hatton, one of the Festival’s organisers, who outlined the eclectic nature of the entertainment, workshops and sustenance on offer for all ages. The festival kicks off with The Frow Show on Friday evening, a family comedy and variety show, which promises to be a fun filled introduction to the weekend. Saturday sees some hugely popular bands playing, and there will also be a show by talented street dancers. Following along on the musical theme there will be a Young Musicians Concert performance along with community art all day at the Baptist Church. One of the most unusual events is named the Eye Contact Experiment explored by the Troubadours of Forest Row, inspired by the Liberators International, a global family of

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Now in its 17th year, the free Forest Row Festival promises to deliver thought provoking ideas, fabulous food and drink, talented musicians and original performance on and around the Foresters Green over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th September

people ‘ready to be part of the change we’d like to see in the world.’ It involves a very simple concept; holding sustained eye contact with another person, which can turn out to be an extremely liberating, if slightly unfamiliar, sensation. Complementing this is The Big Listen, the first event of its kind in the UK, which, if successful, will be a launch pad for a nationwide initiative. Based on a model called the Listening Partnership, it invites people to listen without interruption or judgement to a stranger, who then reciprocates the invitation. Throughout the weekend there will be workshops across a variety of disciplines including African drumming, yoga, kids football and craft. There will be a potters open studio hosted where you can try out your ceramic skills and if you decide you’d rather just relax with a beer, there will be a beer and cider festival which may be just what you’re looking for! The festival market will

have upcycled clothing, Chinese crafts, vintage accessories and contemporary jewellery and ceramics, while the food section of the festival offers an international selection to sample and enjoy. From a fish BBQ, Czech and Slovak food and Scandinavian street food to vegan treats, wood fired pizza, pies and paella, there will be something to tempt even the most jaded of palates. Sunday has another great musical line up and if you fancy seeing some theatre there will be a performance of The Ugly Duckling in the morning. There will also be a magical puppet show of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. To find out about all the events that are lined up please visit the festival website. The festival is also seeking volunteer stewards and organisers for the village cycle ride, so if you feel up to the challenge, send them a mail and get involved in this fantastic community event. For further information and volunteering enquiries please contact

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Send us all your news and events for the local Mid Sussex, Lewes and Worthing community, then read about them here. 50th Anniversary of Burgess Hill’s Save the Children Fundraiser As she watched on the news the horrific plight of children in war torn areas in the Middle East and Africa, Linda felt compelled to help, even if in some small way. In 1982 she joined Save the Children and became a volunteer member of the Burgess Hill branch and has been fundraising with the other old and new members for the past 35 years. They have organised events, such as musical concerts, themed dinners, fashion shows and variety concerts, using amazing local talents. Their next event, on 9th September, is a unique dinner with sports Q&A evening, where you can meet players from Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and Sussex Cricket. For tickets to this event, priced at £35, please call 01273 917716 or email Linda would like to thank all those who have supported them with their generosity over the years. If you can spare a little time – the Burgess Hill Save the Children branch would really welcome new members to volunteer and continue the good work. They strive to make their meetings and events fun, friendly and supportive. Please call Linda on 01444 871630 – she would love to hear from you.

Make a Will Fortnight Chailey Heritage Foundation is partnering up with five local solicitors’ firms who are waiving their usual fees for Will writing from 11th to 22nd September. Participating solicitors are all donating their time and services free of charge and simply ask that you make a donation to Chailey Heritage Foundation, in lieu of their fee. Suggested donation amounts are £120 for a single Will or £180 for a joint Will. All funds raised during this year’s Will Writing Fortnight will be put towards the charity’s Dream Centre Appeal to build


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Vivace! Choir Seeks Members to support Sussex charities Vivace! perform about ten concerts a year at venues throughout Sussex to help raise funds for charities large and small. If your tastes include Barbershop, Swingle, Irving Berlin, Manhattan Transfer or Gershwin, then it’s likely Vivace! already sing some of your favourites – and they are continually adding to their repertoire. Vivace! are a very friendly choir of around 25 members and their catalogue is very wide ranging. Weekly rehearsals are held on Wednesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Ditchling Unitarian Chapel (the Old Meeting House) in The Twitten, Ditchling, except during August. Rehearsals resume on Wednesday 13th September after their summer break. New members are warmly invited to attend any week but are asked to let the choir know in advance so they can have copies of the music ready for you. No formal auditions are held but the ability to read music at some level is a must. If you would like to find out more about Vivace!, either as a singer or see how they may be able to help support your own charity’s fundraising, please contact them either via their website www.vivacechoirsussex., by email markhassocks@ or call 01273 842994.

The Children’s Trust Fundraiser at Plumpton Racecourse The Children’s Trust are holding an event at the Plumpton

Racecourse Family Race Day on the 24th of September, with all proceeds from their bucket collections going to the charity. Gates open at 12 noon, the mascot parade is scheduled for 1.10pm and races go on all day. If you’d like to attend the event, have any spare time to help them there on the day, or if you have fundraising ideas of your own, please get in touch with Community Fundraising Manager for Kent and Sussex, Samantha Carter – you can reach her on 07850 938135 or at Samantha. – she would be delighted to hear from you. The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. They work with children and young people from across the UK, both from their specialist centre and in their local communities. Their vision is for all children with brain injury to have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Steyning Family Foodie Fun Day Family Foodie Fun Day at Cobblestone Walk, Steyning. 30th September 2017, 10am to 4pm. There are some great Special offers, competitions, food tastings, cake and biscuit decorating and talks. Lookout for Goldilocks and the three bears, delicious food and lovely items for sale, from the mystical to the garden to the clothes and jewellery with Eastern promise. There are 25 independent traders, lots of family fun, a great

day out for all the family. This is a very unusual and enchanting area, just tucked off Steyning High Street, opposite the car park. Look out for our magical days on 28th October and The Battle of Britain Day on 11th November. Come and visit, you are sure to have fun.

Dog training charity is calling for volunteers Canine Partners provide specially trained assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. Since it was founded 27 years ago the charity has created more than 700 partnerships between people and these amazing dogs, including 388 that are currently in action. The dogs are trained to help with everyday tasks including opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. These practical skills of the dogs help to boost people’s independence, confidence and sense of security. However, in order to train more of these dogs and help more people, Canine Partners needs more volunteers to join its ranks. The charity are particularly looking for people who can help socialise puppies during their first year, provide a weekend foster home for dogs in the later stages of training, or support its fundraising activities. For more information call 08456 580480 or visit caninepartners

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Roy will be joining the garden club at The Henfield Hall for a talk, My Life with Plants, and will entertain the audience with interesting stories from his life of gardening. Roy’s passion and knowledge about the natural world makes him an inspiring figure for gardeners and young horticulturists – he really is an expert on his subject, receiving many awards, including an OBE, a CBE, and an Honorary Doctorate of Science by the Universities of Bolton and Winchester. He is also President of the Maple Society, the Hardy Plant Society and Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society. There is sure to be a great deal to learn from such a busy and well informed man! The talk is free to Garden Club members, and tickets for non-members are £5. Please call 01273 492483 to find out where you can purchase tickets, or to obtain them by post. Contact jbs@backsettown. or ring 01273 493900 to become a member of Henfield Garden Club,

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Delivering Sustainable Change in Nepal On the 4th of October this year, former Sussex Living intern, Will Kemp, will be travelling to Nepal with Raleigh International on an International Citizen Service placement for three months, living with locals and volunteering in rural villages in the Makwanpar region. His team will be working to improve access to safe, clean water and teach sanitation and health, building community resilience to climate change and teaching entrepreneurial skills to the local businesses of young people there. Will’s target is to raise £1500 so Raleigh and ICS can continue to send young people to developing projects worldwide and help achieve some of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Friends of Worthing Hospitals – volunteers urgently needed! Can you spare three hours of your time per week? Worthing Hospital are looking for volunteers for the trolley shop, which provides service on the wards and runs twice daily. The Friends of Worthing Hospitals are a long established registered charity, formed in 1949 working for the benefit of patients, relatives and staff in the Worthing Hospitals. They provide medical and non-medical items to enhance the patient’s care, comfort and stay in thier local health care hospitals. Their funding is mainly from bequests, donations for their shop, member’s subscriptions

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An ambitious new project launched by Action in Rural Sussex could transform the way care is delivered in rural communities. Hanna Lindon finds out more Recently, Action in Rural Sussex (AirS) began to notice a worrying trend emerging across the communities it serves. The charity, which exists to improve the quality of life for people living in rural communities, especially those isolated from services, noticed that its Village Agents were reporting a shortage of carers working in the villages. The problem seemed to be down to a lack of funding. With care agencies operating on increasingly tight budgets, they simply can’t afford the extra cost of transport. “This is a real issue, because society’s aim is for people to stay in their own homes longer,” explains Teresa Gittins, head of outward-facing services at AirS. “For that to happen, you have to give them help with daily tasks, such as cooking meals, shopping, collecting prescriptions and looking after pets. The government provides an allowance for eligible people so that they can buy in the services themselves as an alternative to moving into a care home. However, the cost of transport means that many personal assistants simply are not able to cover the expense of travelling to rural communities.” AirS has come up with an innovative solution to this cross-county problem. Instead of asking qualified care workers to commute from nearby towns, why not train local people up to become personal assistants?

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With a huge shortage of part-time jobs in smaller communities, it’s an idea that solves two problems in one stroke. “The situation now is that many people are already helping within their community for free,” says Teresa, “so why not give them and others the right skills to develop that further and offer it as a service?” AirS is currently working

The situation now is that many people are already helping within their community for free, so why not give them the right skills to develop that further and offer it as a service?

with local authorities to provide a personal assistant training programme at low cost and delivered locally. The course participants will then be well placed to advertise themselves as personal assistants, allowing members of their community in need of care to employ them. The project is a prime example of the work that AirS does in helping communities to look after themselves. The charity employs village agents, each of whom provide support across eight or ten villages. The help they offer can be anything from facilitating the establishment of a lunch club, a community garden or village befriending service. On top of that, AirS works to support children and families in rural areas, aid the development of affordable housing, offer advice regarding village halls and community buildings, and raise awareness of rural issues. With many local businesses and rural organisations increasingly under threat, the work it does has never been more important. Visit to find out more

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Welcome to Mill View care home coffee shop and cinema room, so your loved one can make the most out of each day. Keep active and have fun

Mill View is a beautiful and modern, purpose-built care home in East Grinstead, West Sussex. We provide a warm welcome in luxurious surroundings and the very best in care, from short respite stays, through to full time nursing and residential care. We are also proud of our expertise in caring for people with dementia.

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Care tailored to your loved one Our ethos at Mill View is based on person- centred care. That means we put you - and your family right at the heart of everything we do. When your loved one joins us, we take time to get to know them so that we can develop a care and activity plan that is entirely tailored to their unique needs and interests. Our chef-led catering team will also ensure that individual preferences are factored into their menu plans.

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Staying active and engaged with life is the key to maintaining independence as we get older. That’s why our lifestyle team will support and actively encourage your loved one to take part in activities that will help them to remain physically and mentally active. You name it, we do it: from baking and cake decorating to a variety of arts and crafts. We also organise regular reminiscence sessions, sing-alongs, games and quizzes.

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Now this trouser shape has returned to the fashion scene in charming pastel colours or in the 70s favourite shades of orange and tobacco. However, the trousers differ from those of the past in that they come in a more relaxed fit. Looser on the knee, the leg flare is subtler and smaller, adding a touch of style to your (already chic) look. But forget about those Cuban heels – the biker boot or Chelsea boot is what to pair these trousers with for the ultimate modern twist on this delightfully retro style. These mini flares help give an elongated leggy appeal, so they look great on everyone – go on, give them a try!

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Fruits of the Forest Foraging for wild fruits is a fantastic way to spend warm afternoons in September. Sasha Kanal talks us through some of the best pickings we can discover

Autumn brings so many rewards to the Sussex dweller – sharp mornings where mists wrap around hedgerows, ochretinged afternoons, brisk walks in ancient woodland and an abundance of produce to be found, both wild and cultivated. September has always been seen as the natural point in the year to prepare for the colder months ahead and preserve the foods reaped during harvest. The British Isles have a strong tradition of this and of course the harvest festival remains a fixture in the Sussex calendar to this day. But what can be found for those wanting to find their very own free harvest around and about the Sussex countryside? Walk along any public footpath or bridleway in Sussex and you are likely to encounter the ubiquitous blackberry. 2016s wet winter months and 2017s long hot summer have made it a bumper year for this humble brambleberry. Perfect in pies, crumbles, compotes and jams, its natural partner is apple and they freeze beautifully, ready to pop, still frozen, into hot porridge on an icy January morning. Look beyond the brambles and you’re likely to see rosehips in all their plump, reddishorange glory dotting the hedgerows. With twenty times more Vitamin C per 100g than oranges, the British Government

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syrups, jams and teas for a great hit of vitamin C in preparation for the colder weather. Rowan trees or the Mountain Ash can often be seen lining suburban avenues and streets in the UK. Their clusters of small red, hanging berries are rich in vitamins A and C. They are very bitter as a raw fruit, but when cooked with the addition of sugar and lemon juice, can be made into a wonderful dark orange sauce with a marmaladish flavour – a great accompaniment to rich meats such as lamb and venison. Nothing beats the feeling of bringing home a box full of free food foraged from the countryside and judging by the plethora of foraging blogs, books and apps out there – there have never been so many ways to get into it. There’s plenty to find amongst the undergrowth and the pleasure is as much in the identification of the plant or berry as in the picking of it. Just make sure you identify all the stuff you find correctly and then wash thoroughly when you get your haul home. No such thing as a free lunch? Think again and happy foraging!

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Hedgelaying Far from being a dying craft, hedgelaying is thriving in Sussex. Hanna Lindon talks to Gary Moore, Trainer Officer with the South of England Hedgelaying Society, about how it’s done Back in the 1950s, hedgelaying had all but died out. The traditional smallholding model, where farmhands spent the winter digging ditches and laying hedges, was changing. Why pay a craftsman to spend a day meticulously laying a hedge when you could use a machine to shape it and then plug the gaps with electric tape? Now, though, we’re seeing a resurgence of the old ways. “People do it recreationally,” says Gary Moore, the South of England Hedgelaying Society’s training officer. “We see a lot of people coming down from the city because they want to unwind and do something different. Hedgelaying is incredibly satisfying.” The South of England Hedgelaying Society began in the 1980s with just 12 members – now it has over 100 and runs a packed calendar of training courses. Most of the demand is from gardeners who want their boundaries to look attractive, but conservationists are driving a resurgence in the craft as well. “If you have a hedge that’s 18 or 20 feet tall then pretty much the only thing that will nest in it is magpies,” explains Gary. “If you lay it, though, then that will attract lots of songbirds and small animals.” The hedgelaying process begins with clearing out rubbish and brambles before selecting a stem and cutting through 90 per cent of it – a process known as ‘pleaching’. You then bend it over (‘lay’ it) and cut off

the heel of the branch with an axe or chain saw. The final step is to hammer in stakes around 18 inches apart and then bind the top with willow or hazel. While this is the general method, each area of the UK has its own unique style. “Down here we were mainly farming sheep and cattle,” explains Gary. “The South of England style is a double brush hedge so that stock could be kept on both sides of it. Go up-country into the Midlands, where arable was just as important as stock, and you get the Midlands style. There they lay the hedge at a slight angle into the field with the brush on one side and the other side bare to allow for regrowth. Then there’s Yorkshire, where they thin the hedge out by 70% and put a board down the centre so that the sheep can’t push through, and Kent where they traditional lay a low brush hedge because it didn’t need to keep in cattle.” Nowadays, it’s the hedgelaying competitions at ploughing matches that really keep the craft alive. Head to the Hurstpierpoint and District Ploughing Match on October 7th to see experienced hedgelayers in action or visit the South of England Hedgelaying Society’s website at to find out more. For further information about work and training please contact Gary on 07767 894961.

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Weevils When observing the activities of garden insects it pays to know your enemies and give a helping hand to your friends There is a pest for every season. My award for September’s ‘Pest of the Month’ goes to the Vine Weevil beetle. Adult beetles are 8-10mm long, grey-ish/black with dull yellow spotting. They are most active at dusk, munching irregular-shaped holes on foliage. The damage is annoying, but mostly cosmetic - a more serious problem is caused by the juvenile grubs. Throughout the summer, female beetles lay eggs just below the soil surface. As they hatch, the creamy-white larvae burrow deeper, feasting

drier than garden soil; the perfect environment for larvae to burrow and overwinter. Potted conifers, acers, primulas, hydrangeas, fuchsias, cyclamen, rhododendrons and azaleas are their favourite foods, so be vigilant. I seldom use garden chemicals, but do treat my patio pots against Vine Weevil every autumn, while the young grubs are active, but before they have a chance to do significant damage. I use a ‘drench’ method; diluting the chemical as directed, then drenching the soil with a watering can fitted with a fine rose. The random bite marks of Vine Weevil vandals should not be confused with the activities of the admirable Leaf Cutter bee - they have far superior table manners. Leaf Cutters neatly snip near-perfect semicircles around leaf edges, (rose leaves are a particular favourite,) then, with heroic effort, carry the pieces off to a nest site. Each leaf portion is rolled into a cone shape and pushed inside a hollow stem or a crevice in rotting timber. A single egg is laid into each cone, and the end sealed with more leafy material. They are diligent parents; regularly checking their incubating offspring and making repairs to the nursery. When clearing your borders this autumn, don’t be too tidy. Leave clumps of hollow-stemmed plants standing and tuck handfuls of dry leaves under a hedge or in the corner of a sheltered border. These hidey holes will give protection to many beneficial overwintering insects. Leaf Cutter bees are passive individuals who very rarely attack. In any case, their venom is 50% less powerful than a honey bee sting, so you can tell their hearts aren’t really in it. These charming creatures are some of the most important pollinators on earth. The very least we can do is to give them a helping hand.

The random bite marks of Vine Weevil vandals should not be confused with the activities of the admirable Leaf Cutter bee – they have far superior table manners on plant roots before pupating into adults the following year. Out of sight and undetected, it could be months before the gardener becomes aware of the infestation. Come springtime, affected plants attempt to grow but the severe root damage ensures their rapid demise. Established plants growing in open ground often survive an attack. Hedgehogs, birds and frogs predate on adults and larvae, but newly-planted specimens are highly vulnerable, as are any potgrown plants. Patio pot compost is lighter and


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Hidden Lives This year’s prolonged warm weather has led to an explosion of summer growth; it seems that no sooner than shears and trimmers have been put away, more foliage has instantly taken its place. Rather than expending time, energy and money trying to get rid of all this ‘waste’, it might be beneficial to rethink this process. Firstly, consider the species that would benefit from unobtrusive piles of wood, twigs and unwanted foliage being left to provide much needed homes and habitat within the confines of the garden. The fact that beetles and insects could live and breed in your discarded wood means that their predators would also thrive. Songbirds, lizards, frogs and hedgehogs all depend on invertebrates for food and who wouldn’t want to encourage more of these? Dead branches, instead of being cut and discarded can be simply left on the tree to eventually fall naturally; they may seem lifeless to our eyes, but birds can use them as perches while lichens, mosses and fungi can thrive on their surface. Large decaying branches, if positioned where their presence is safe, provide essential nest sites for birds and bats. Old stumps become particularly rich habitats and should be left alone; a walk in any woodland will reveal the variety of life that makes a home in a stump, let alone a fallen tree. If you want to kill an

unwanted shrub or tree, it isn’t necessary to fell and remove it. Ring-barking will do this for you; simply make two thick cuts about 20cm apart around the trunk deep enough to cut into the wood and strip the wood in between. Bulky clippings can be made into woodpiles which will rot down naturally. It isn’t necessary or beneficial to shred the wood; simply leave it in direct contact with the ground, preferably in dappled shade and in compact piles to retain humidity. Leaving it in full sun will heat the wood too greatly to support much life while dense shade is too cold for insects. It’s interesting to find creative ways to use your garden waste; long sticks can be woven among unsightly wire fencing to make a useful rustic boundary that will act both as windbreak and support for climbers. Stakes can be driven into the ground to create vertical boundaries for stacked, discarded wood which will provide useful habitat in a tidier form. Unsightly gaps in hedges can be filled with dead bendy branches with twigs that hold themselves in place by tension and make the hedge more predator proof for nesting birds. Bear in mind the idea that human trash can be other species treasure and your garden wildlife will thank you for the resulting increase in food, prey and shelter.

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Beauty ‘Proper’ pot-pourri is made using wet, fermenting flowers and foliage. The resulting foul-smelling sludge slowly and mysteriously turns into an aromatic powder, (‘pourri’ comes from the French word for ‘rot’ - how charming.) Happily there is also a ‘dry’ method, which will not offend the eye or nose… Lavender flowers and foliage are staple pot-pourri ingredients, as are roses, (pull the flowers apart and dry the petals individually.) Delphinium, marigold, chrysanthemum, verbena, geranium and helichrysum flowers dry easily. Thyme, sage, bay, rosemary and lemon balm provide aromatic foliage, while nigella, poppy and aquilegia offer interesting seed heads. After harvesting, thoroughly dry your ingredients. Line tea trays with kitchen paper and scatter the material in thin layers. Place the trays in a cool, dimly lit room. The drying process typically takes 10-14 days. Now blend everything together, adding a few drops of fragrance oil of your choice to enhance the aroma. Expensive pure flower distillations were traditionally used. Modern ‘home fragrance’ oils are far cheaper and will adequately do the job. Finally, add a ‘fixative’. This is not essential, but it will help the fragrance endure. Orris powder is best. Made from ground iris root, it’s sold by craft suppliers and specialist florists. You’ll need a heaped teaspoon of powder for every pint of dried ingredients. Seal the finished pot-pourri in a plastic bag and keep in a cool, dark place for 8-10 weeks to mature. Supermarket spice aisles offer exotic additions such as star anise, cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods and cloves. Ground nutmeg or cinnamon powder make good alternatives to orris root, as do orange and lemon rinds. Remove the rinds with a vegetable peeler, leaving most of the pith behind, (‘Easy Peel’ clementine rind is perfect for potpourri.) Chop the rind into pieces and dry thoroughly before use. Botanical pot-pourri rapidly degrades in a humid bathroom

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Fungi are everywhere. They’re in your fridge, on every single leaf, even in your lungs and on your skin whilst you’re reading this (sorry if this news has made you itchy, but at least now I’ve got your attention!). Fungi inhabit almost every single ecological niche one can imagine, yet we know so little about them, because most of the time they remain invisible to the human eye. They are so diverse and numerous that it’s impossible to write a small introduction to them without making some gargantuan omissions. There are over 3,000 species of fungi that have been recorded in Sussex, though the real figure is probably over 10,000. It’s surprisingly easy to find a species that hasn’t ever been recorded here. We generally find at least one species per year in Sussex that hasn’t been documented anywhere in the UK. Occasionally we get really lucky and find a species that hasn’t ever been listed. The larger, more photogenic fungi that we might stumble across in woodland generally have one of two ecological strategies: Some are saprobes, which means they decay rotting stuff. Examples of saprobic fungi are ‘Dripping Bonnet’ Roridomyces roridus and the slightly gross ‘Dog Stinkhorn’ Mutinus caninus.

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Other woodland fungi are ‘mycorrhizal’ which means they have a special symbiotic relationship with certain trees. The roots of the tree and the underground bits of the fungus join up and interact, so each tree and fungus is connected up to a subterranean network (a bit like the internet!), which enables a kind

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Dripping Bonnet

The Fungi of Sussex of chemical communication. It turns out that trees and fungi are social creatures. There are several hundred different mycorrhizal fungi in Sussex, and they are generally quite fussy about which trees they associate themselves with. For example the rare and fatally toxic ‘Deadly Webcap’ Cortinarius rubellus only grows with Spruce trees. But woods are not the only places we can find fungi in Sussex, in our wildflower meadows we have an amazing diversity of important and colourful species, including ‘Ballerina Waxcap’ Porpolomopsis calyptryformis, ‘Meadow Coral’ Clavulinopsis

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corniculata and the gloriously slimy ‘Parrot Waxcap’ Gliophorus psittacinus. As our meadows are declining in number and quality, so are the associated fungi, which is why a good number of these species are now considered threatened. Many of them have cryptic lifestyles that haven’t been explained yet by science, because they refuse to be grown in laboratory conditions. We can only guess that they need some kind of magical ingredient to survive. Some fungi have adapted to live in very wet places, and have more or less aquatic lifestyles. Sometimes their spores are produced underwater to

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another that grows on live dock leaves. Without these small but important fungi we’d be neck deep in plant debris. Fungi continue to be discovered and described from novel places. Species that are parasitic on insects or mosses (there are many of each) rarely get much attention, and fungi that grow on other fungi are common, but seldom studied locally. Recently a new species was discovered growing on a mobile phone in India, so perhaps we should begin looking closer to home for our rare species.

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If the thought of renovating your kitchen is overwhelming, our two part series provides a comprehensive guide to help you through the process. Part one covers design and planning and next month we look at styling and accessories. Kitchen Practicalities While it is easy to gather together ideas and inspiration for how you would like your kitchen to look, translating this into reality can be difficult. The practical issues you need to consider before you start thinking about style and design include the following:

 here does the water and gas supply •W enter the kitchen? Will these need to be moved? •T  he position of electrical fixtures? Will the new kitchen need another electrical circuit? •D  o any doors and windows need to move? •T  he different uses the room needs to encompass – cooking, dining, relaxing, working? •T  he type and extent of storage required •H  ow the kitchen will be assembled or installed – built in situ, flat pack, or ready assembled? • The size of your budget Kitchen Zones Back in the 1940s, the idea of the kitchen ‘work triangle’ was developed to continued on page 44

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From the luxury of our centrally-heated homes it is hard to imagine how our ancestors managed to keep warm and cosy during the cold winter months. Here we take a look at past methods used to keep us warm, along with their influence on modern day trends Interestingly the Latin word for hearth is ‘focus’ because in days of old, a fire was the central feature of any home. In fact, long before language had evolved, a fire for warmth and cooking was essential to man’s survival. This basic heat source was given a sophisticated spin by the Romans who developed hypocaust-heating systems. This method pumped heated air into open spaces beneath buildings, acting as an early version of underfloor heating, which is still a fashionable choice for contemporary homes today. Yet when the Romans left our shores in AD 410, we reverted back to living in smoky mud huts. Living amidst the grime and smoke must have been awful, despite the addition of a central hole in the roof for the smog to escape. Life continued like this for hundreds of years until the Normans conceived the chimney. This development finally meant that in 14th century Europe the hearth no longer had to occupy the centre of the room, but could be moved


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Franklin Stove, which stood in the middle of the room. This provided more heat and produced less smoke than an open fireplace. What’s more it used less wood, with the cast iron furnace radiating heat throughout the room long after the fire itself had gone out. Say hello to the increasingly popular modern day wood burning stove. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that central heating became a practical reality. With steam power heralded as the miracle of the age, fires were replaced by boilers which pushed steam or hot water through a series of enormous pipes which radiated heat. The pipes took up an enormous amount of space, but in 1857, the first radiator was invented in Russia, a development which helped this type of hot water heating system to flourish. Shortly after this in 1883, Thomas Edison invented the first electric heater. So, we now had a choice of open fires, stove heating, hot water central heating continued on page 50

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If you think litter picking is only a job for the Council you might be surprised to learn that volunteers are also keeping Sussex tidy in 2017 When I met Neil Kerridge and Rebecca Anderson of the ‘Brighter Fletching’ group, Neil had just completed two hours litter picking along a quarter of a mile stretch of verge on the A26. Slamming his car boot on the four bags within it, he said he would be making arrangements for the local council to collect the remaining six from the roadside. Neil used to live in the outskirts of the capital, which he described as “a lovely part of London, ruined by litter,” until he moved to Sussex eight to nine years ago. He’s been involved with the ‘Brighter’ groups for about six years, but




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has been a litter picker for over twenty years. “I got involved because no-one else was doing it. I’m not a neat freak but litter bugs me,” he revealed with unerring honesty. By contrast, Rebecca is something of a novice, but no less committed. “I was inspired by the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign last year, which was part of the Great British Spring Clean.” She enthused and revealed litterpicking sits well with her love of the countryside and desire to protect the natural environment.

As Neil told me, “the first time a section of verge is cleared I was astonished to discover, rubbish can be several feet deep in places.” As if to hammer home the point Neil went on, “I still

Neil regards himself as an extreme litter picker although he comes across as just a regular guy with a good sense of humour

find old fashioned ring pulls in the verges and I understand the new style arrived in 1984.” Rebecca agreed. The first time an area is cleared is the hardest, removing years, maybe decades of discarded waste. For example, this year Rebecca found a 1920s baby feeding bottle in Fletching. “After that,” she said, “it’s ongoing maintenance and regular checking of known hotspots where litter gathers with alarming regularity.” Neil stated, “if you think an area needs attention, then give it some. Start small and start local.” Litter pickers need to build a working relationship with the local

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council because it’s normal to collect lots of bags of rubbish and to leave them at the roadside could leave pickers open to the accusation of ‘fly-tipping.’ Rebecca’s advice is that councils are only too happy to work with the ‘Brighter’ groups. Neil pointed out, “it takes mass action to get things done.” Rebecca believes more people are getting involved realising things won’t change, unless they do. “I adore the countryside,” she said “and love doing my bit to help maintain it.” It appears that the great joy of litter picking is two-fold. Firstly there’s no schedule, roster or rota; volunteers pick when it suits them, joining others in a group sometimes, flying solo at others. The secondary joy is the sense of achievement and satisfaction at having

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This year I found a 1920s baby feeding bottle in Fletching made a difference, which Rebecca and Neil both confirmed with a smile. There’s interaction with the public while out litter picking, but Neil said it’s

almost always positive, “people I meet are very appreciative of what we do.” Neil regards himself as “an extreme litter picker” although he comes across

as just a regular guy with a good sense of humour. He does not occupy the moral high ground of the evangelistic do-gooder, he just wants to make a difference and keep Britain tidy. With a genuine sense of conviction he told me “I would litter pick full time if I could find a way to make a living from it.” He continued, “I would love to see a ‘Brighter’ group along the A272. It’s a classic English road, travelled by many tourists each year.” Residents of Newick, Chailey, Scaynes Hill, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Bolney, Ansty and Cowfold take note, or better still become proactive and get involved. But why stop with the A272? From a Brighter Fletching to a Brighter Britain is surely the way to go! For Further Information: Facebook @brighterfletching




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many more clean plates and smiling faces. Complimenting Sunday and breakfast offerings are lunch and evening menus, plus daily specials. The Sportsman specialise in using local producers and products with food cooked to order and menus tweaked to individual requests wherever possible. There’s no conveyor belt of pre-prepared offerings here, it’s all worth waiting for. There’s no need to rush a meal or gulp down a drink. Just forget the time, soak up the ambience and relax in the surroundings. I sampled a ‘Sussex Wagyu Beefburger’, which comes from Trenchmore Farm in Cowfold, who also supply the Angus

Burgers and Silly Moo Cider. Cider at Trenchmore is made with apples from their own orchard as well as donated apples from places like The Sportsman. Cattle at Trenchmore graze the orchards as part of their diet. My Wagyu burger was exquisite cuisine; lean, tender,

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textured and an absolute delight to eat. It was bookended with a freshly made rustic bun from Truffles, the local chain of bakers. The chorizo mayonnaise, fat chips and beetroot remoulade all brought something to the plate and made this a meal to savour, to enjoy slowly. Seeing other guests eyeing your meal with envy as it’s brought to your table creates the feeling that they’ll be back another time to try it for themselves. Licensee Matt revealed The Sportsman has farmed its’ own pigs in the past, to home produce the chorizo, ham and sausages. “We are delivering an experience” he said, “it’s good quality pub food that’s reasonably priced. People keep coming back time and time again.” A ‘Honey & Thyme glazed boxed baked French Camembert’ was being devoured next to me, complimentary noises ebbing across the ether. The Camembert

The monotony of the A23 can be replaced with the solitude and peacefulness of The Sportsman in under five minutes is supplied by Portslade based, The Cheese Man, who supply all the cheese here. Unfortunate diners who might have to be clock watching can pre-order their food over the phone, then make use of the free Wi-Fi on site and still enjoy their time-limited lunch. Being a ‘Cask Marque’ free house there’s a variety of

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Turkey Bolognese Stuffed Marrow Rings Cooking marrows seems to be a lost art. People look at this large strange vegetable and just don’t know what to do with it. This recipe is an easy and delicious option, especially if it is finished with bubbling cheese. I hope that this dish will change your opinion!







1 large marrow 800g breast turkey mince 1 tablespoon of olive oil 1 large onion chopped 2 carrots grated 2 celery sticks finely chopped 1 tin of tomatoes or 500g 1 tablespoon of tomato puree 1 red or yellow pepper diced 1 large pinch of sugar 1 desert spoon of garlic powder 1 pinch of chili flakes 1 dessertspoon of Italian herbs Salt and freshly ground black pepper 50g fresh white breadcrumbs (optional) 25g mature cheddar, finely grated (optional)


1 Fry the onion and pepper until soft 2 Add the mince and fry until completely sealed 3 Add the celery and carrot and cook for 3 minutes

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4 Add the tin of tomatoes, sugar and herbs 5 Season to your taste with salt and pepper 6 Peel the marrow and cut into 4cm deep rings and remove the seedy middle bits

7 Place the marrow rings in a lightly oiled oven dish and fill the centres with the mince mixture. Cover with foil 8 Cook in the oven at 190° C /Gas 5 for 30 minutes 9 If using the breadcrumb/

cheese topping, after 30 minutes in the oven, remove the foil and sprinkle the topping over the marrow rings. Return to the oven and bake for a further 15 minutes or until the topping is golden and crispy, with the marrow tender and juicy

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Two books to certainly get you thinking; Patrick Souiljaert’s journey with Cerebral Palsy, and Caroline Scott’s account of the importance of women’s work in the First World War

STAIRS FOR BREAKFAST BY PATRICK SOUILJAERT When Patrick Souiljaert was born his oxygen was restricted for four minutes, which left him with a severe condition called Cerebral Palsy, a life-long condition that affected his movement and speech. Yet instead of letting this condition weigh him down, Patrick took it all in and went for what he wanted anyway. Since Patrick couldn’t walk he crawled everywhere. Learning to climb the stairs was one of his first challenges, but learning to walk was where he stood out. When Patrick moved from Belgium to England at the age of ten he went from mainly crawling to walking, using crutches and a wheelchair for long distances. Patrick recounts his life’s journey in joyous spirit, through good times and bad, from boarding school to

university, his top music moments being as important as his school grades. His attitude shining throughout, he often says he never really thought himself disabled and hasn’t let Cerebral Palsy stop him from doing anything. He truly believes with self-belief and hard work you can achieve anything in life – and his life is the proof of it. This is the fi rst edition of Patrick Souiljaert’s memoirs. An inspirational and light-hearted book. Patrick simply says how he sees it; no pandering to people and defi nitely no excuses. (He has a photographic memory to prove it.) Patrick is now publishing his second book, ‘Screw It, I’ll Take The Elevator’, and is inviting people to pre-order copies of it in order to cover the publishing costs. You can do so, fi nd out more and see Patrick in video at:

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their stockings, as the well-known ‘dirty work’ was now the only work that mattered. Our civilised culture had become proud to have fewer women working in the fields of England compared to the rest of Europe. With only eight percent of women having jobs on the farm land and our nation actively encouraging women to seek after office or factory jobs. Women were seen

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TEMPLE GROVE SCHOOL Even though Temple Grove School has closed its doors, it continues to be tied to education for the present and future generations. Lisa de Silva explores its fascinating history

For nearly two hundred years, Temple Grove School educated both the great and the good, becoming one of the oldest prep schools in England. Old boys include wartime airman Douglas Bader, cricket commentator Brian Johnstone, intrepid explorer Pen Hadow and zoo-keeper John Aspinall. Here we take a look at the school’s rich history, it’s relocation from London to Heron’s Ghyll and how the work of the Temple Grove Schools Trust continues to benefit local primary education today. Founded in 1810 by Dr William Pearson, Temple Grove School was initially housed in a Jacobean mansion in East Sheen, when it was still relatively rural. The school was named after a previous owner, the 17th century politician Sir William Temple, whose secretary was the author Johnathan Swift. Dr Pearson himself had been a schoolfellow of William Wordsworth and was a founder of the London Astronomical Society. Initially Temple Grove attracted the sons of the aristocracy, including those of the Duke of Wellington, but numbers rose steadily as the school intake expanded to include the sons of the merchant classes. By 1860, the roll call stood at around 120 boys, with the school reaching the peak of its success in the late 19th century, when Temple Grove was classed as one of the ‘Famous Five’ top English prep schools.


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Traditionally the upper classes sent their boys away to be made into men and life at the boarding school was harsh. Beatings were part and parcel of school life and throughout the winter months it was reported that, ‘in the dormitories, snow piled frequently upon the blankets and ice formed on the water jugs’.

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In 1907, as the suburbs began to encroach upon East Sheen, the decision was taken to move the school to Eastbourne. Yet the location eventually proved too costly and in 1935, Temple Grove moved to its final home in the hamlet of Heron’s Ghyll - a country house with around 40 acres, near Uckfield. The stable block was converted to provide a chapel and gymnasium, a swimming pool was built and over the years a programme of modernisation developed which included science laboratories, increased classroom and dormitory space, along with a theatre. However, by the early 1990s, the trend for full-time boarding was in decline and despite now admitting girls, it was clear that a new approach was necessary. So in 1991, the school’s trustees approached Jenny Lee, Headmistress of St Nicholas prep school based in Harrock House, Buxted. “We had a day school which was predominantly girls,” continued on page 64

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explains Jenny. “Temple Grove had amazing grounds and facilities and we thought it was a great opportunity to improve the education we could offer our pupils. It also allowed both schools to try to build something for the future in terms of meeting the trend for co-ed schooling and a more relaxed boarding experience.” Jenny ran the school which became known as Temple Grove with St Nicholas from 1992

to 2001, during which time the school developed a more flexible approach to boarding. “We had a small group of core boarders, but we also started offering boarding on a weekly and nightly basis. It was actually really popular and some children even chose boarding for a night or two as a birthday present. The staff were brilliant and made the whole thing a great adventure. With such extensive facilities and grounds both day and boarding pupils were never short of

something interesting to do.” Several years after Jenny left, with numbers falling, the trustees decided it was time to ring the bell one last time and in 2005, Temple Grove was closed. “I think many people were disappointed and upset when the school closed. All of the children were very happy there, it was an idyllic rural setting and a lovely environment.” The money raised from selling the house and grounds was put into the Temple Grove Schools Trust, which continues to be actively involved in primary education in disadvantaged areas of London and the South East. Today the Trust provides schools with both governors and funding for enrichment activities, providing a lasting legacy that Dr Pearson would be proud of.

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The new nursery at Cumnor House Sussex is helping this leading prep school to forge stronger links with the local community. Hanna Lindon meets headmaster Christian Heinrich to find out more

In a sunlit nursery with views over the distant Downs, several small children have settled down cross-legged for story time. Around them are signs that an enormous amount of fun has already been had this morning – colourful clothes crammed onto dressing up racks, a mat covered in Duplo towers and low tables neatly stocked with art supplies. Through the floor to ceiling windows, I can see past a grassy playground to the expansive playing fields beyond. This is Cumnor House Sussex’s idyllic new nursery, and it’s helping the school to forge even closer links with the surrounding community. “What’s really brilliant about the nursery is that fees are in line with other local offerings but the children have access to all the school’s incredible facilities,” nursery manager Emily Tier tells me after story time. “They use the indoor swimming pool, the theatre, the sports hall, the Woodpeckers forest school and the playing fields.” The sleek new nursery building only opened in

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at Cumnor Nursery January 2017, but there are already plans to extend its operating hours. From September, it will provide flexible childcare from 7am to 7pm for 50 weeks per year. Pyjama-clad kids can be delivered in time to have breakfast alongside the older boarders and then picked up all ready for bed at night. “I think that it’s going to be a real game changer for the school,” says Cumnor House Sussex’s headmaster Christian Heinrich, as we sit down in his office later for a chat. “It’s going to position us within the community and give us a real sense of belonging. The idea, you see,

is that everybody can use the nursery, not just people whose children will continue to the pre-prep and prep school.” Cumnor House Sussex now provides for children of two all the way up to 13, and it’s hard to think of a more magical place to grow up. On top of the seriously impressive facilities – 65 acres of land for the kids to roam in, 14 sports fields, a brand new state-ofthe-art STEM block, two swimming pools, music barn and full-size theatre just for starters – there’s an emphasis on kindness, consideration and courtesy that gives the school a genuinely happy feel. Christian is also justly

There’s an emphasis on kindness, consideration that gives the school a genuinely happy feel

proud of Cumnor House Sussex’s involvement in the local community. The school lends its theatre for local productions, gives some nearby primary schools free use of the facilities and holds popular science enrichment days. Still more excitingly, a unique new initiative called the Cumnor Foundation offers fully paid bursaries to children who live within a 20-mile radius of the school and show a particular ability academically and in sport, music, drama, DT or art. On the way out, I mention to Christian that I’ve got an 18-month-old daughter at home. “Well bring her in for a visit,” he enthuses, “see what she thinks of the nursery!” I’m going to. And I’m pretty convinced that she’ll love it.

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early 1970s, that he developed his love affair with performance. “I started running a performance workshop at the college a couple of days a week and was also enthralled by a theatre company called Incubus.” Incubus were renown for their street and festival work. Famed for smashing up the preconceptions of what theatre should be about, they developed a reputation for a new kind of exciting entertainment, often referred to as ‘rock n’roll theatre’. Inspired by their unconventional humour and approach, Robin asked for a



Actor, scriptwriter and author, Robin Driscoll is best known for writing Mr Bean, one of the UK’s most successful TV exports. A true Renaissance man, although he’d probably prefer the term Renaissance bloke, Lisa de Silva meets him down the pub to get the lowdown on his career Undiagnosed dyslexia branded Robin a ‘slow learner’ at school and he left Boundstone Comprehensive in Sompting with just one CSE in English Language. With no opportunity to stay on at school, the resilient Robin jumped on a bus to Worthing Art College clutching a portfolio of his artwork. His initiative paid off with the offer of a place on an Art Foundation course. “My dad worked as a bus fitter but he was a really good artist,’ Robin tells me. “He taught me all about perspective and the basics of how to draw and paint. He was a great cartoonist. I always remember if he managed to get a cartoon into the Daily Sketch, he’d earn a fiver.” Robin describes his childhood growing up in Sompting and Lancing as working class and loving, but there was clearly a creative atmosphere. His mother


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had worked as a seamstress, sewing dresses for royalty, but with a large family (Robin has three brothers and a sister), worked as a dinner lady while bringing up the family. At Art School, Robin found a place he could excel and after completing the foundation course signed up for a threeyear art diploma. It was during this time, in the

I was picked to write Bean because Rowan and Richard felt I was the only writer that ‘got’ him

year’s sabbatical to work at Shoreham Community Arts Workshop. So at the age of 18, he was doing performance work with groups like Gingerbread, Downs Syndrome children and those with learning difficulties. “It was great fun, but when I went back to the college to finish my diploma there was a new principal who’d never liked me. He told me it was no longer Worthing Art College, but was now West Sussex College of Art & Design and that there was no longer a place for me. So, I was out on my ear.” With that door now closed, Robin returned to the workshop in Shoreham, where he continued to work until he and three colleagues, decided to branch out on their own. “The politics were going badly and we thought, forget this, let’s form our own theatre company and that’s how Cliff hanger Theatre Company started. We did performances in rooms above local pubs, charging about three quid a show. Most of the shows were serials or soaps, so people had to keep coming back to find out what happened next,” he laughs. This economic ingenuity was supplemented by a grant from the Arts Council. The money was used to get better continued on page 68

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sets, lighting designers, directors and to gradually become more professional. This allowed Cliff hanger to start touring community centres and small civic theatres up and down the country, each year culminating in a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As their reputation grew during the 1980s and 90s, Cliff hanger were invited to tour in Europe, America and Australia. “We had a riot,” laughs Robin. In fact, the company became so successful they no longer needed any Arts Council funding, becoming one the Council’s success stories. Members of the audience included many of our comedy greats, such as Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Dave Allen, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones, who were all big fans of Cliff hanger’s surreal style of humour. “Mel and Griff actually asked us if we’d like to join the writing team for Not the Nine O’Clock News. So all four of us wrote some stuff, but we were inexperienced at writing for TV and none of it got in,’ explains Robin. In those days Robin was living in Preston Park, Brighton, with a wife and newborn son and was desperately in need of a boost of cash. On hearing that a TV series for kids, Dramarama, was looking for stories, he made an appointment to see the producer, borrowed the train fare to Maidstone and pitched his wares. “At the meeting, he asked me for my ideas. I said look, I don’t want to waste your time, I’ve got a list of twenty ideas in my head, why don’t you tell me what you’re looking for. So he does and I say right, you’ve just picked idea number three, which just happens to be my favourite.” Having improvised a story he made up on the spot, Robin won over the producer, who agreed to buy it there and then. It was something of a turning point, because straight after that Mel and Griff approached Cliff hanger about writing for their new show, Alas Smith and Jones. This time their attempts met with success and not only did the team write for the show, but appeared in the


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S Most of Cliffhanger’s productions were serials or soaps so the audience had to keep coming back sketches too. “Because we’d written the stuff, it was easier to get us into costumes to act it out,” he explains with characteristic humility. This led to other supporting roles in some of our best loved

TV comedies, including Only Fools and Horses (Robin played the Great Ramondo), Waiting for God, Dear John and the Lenny Henry Show. Yet his most famous role is writer of Mr Bean. “I’d always loved Blackadder and when I saw the pilot for Mr Bean, I thought you clever so and so. How the hell did you go from Blackadder to that? I knew then it was a programme that without any language barriers, would sell all over the world. So when my agent rang and said they were commissioning writers for the show, I was more than up for it. Despite approaching twelve writers for material, I was the only one picked because they felt that I ‘got’ Bean.” So the boy with just one CSE certificate, joined forces with some of the best Oxbridge comedy scribes, Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, to bring



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could write a novel without first learning the craft. Rising to the challenge, he enrolled on a couple of courses and taught himself the craft of writing a novel. With one novel already published, ‘Rough Music’, another written and a third on the way, Robin is certainly busy. And it is this work ethic, resilience and ability to constantly create new opportunities that characterise his career. Aspiring performers and writers would do well to emulate his style. In spite of his screenwriting triumphs, the highlight of Robin’s career has been performing on stage with Cliffhanger. “Every single night was different. Every night you sweated and every night you’d take the audience by the nose and pull them through the performance for two hours. There’s nothing like that.” Big on talent, heart and hard work, Robin is a great inspiration on how to develop and sustain a career in the creative arts. Rough Music can be purchased online at author/driscoll-robin and other online bookshops.

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the duo has lined up, I can’t see many kids taking the den-building option. Kudize’s secret is an impressively talented multi-cultural team. Nauris teaches the children Spanish and runs a cooking club after school on Mondays,

It was just two years ago that Becky and Donna came up with the idea of starting a wraparound care club in Hassocks. The pair wanted to create something unique – an after-school experience that was childled, activity-packed and just as fun as they are. The result was Kudize Club, which quickly became a focus for the Hassocks community and today offers breakfast, after-school and holiday care out of a base on Keymer Road. Not content to rest on their laurels, though, Becky and Donna are expanding Kudize’s offering this September to include afterschool and holiday clubs at The Windmills Junior School. “This won’t be your standard after-school club,” says Donna, when we meet in The Windmills’ colourful school library. “It’s going to be really child-led – we’ll be laying on plenty of activities, from cooking and music to science and sports, and the children can join in or just

Kaori from Brighton-based band The Go Team is in charge of music classes and Gav will lead the kids in multi sports activities with an obstacle twist. Then there’s science workshop leader Viktoria, who has a PhD in science and nutrition, and Lyndsay of the Hassocksbased Animal School. Lyndsay brings in everything from bearded dragons and tarantulas to giant rabbits and a pug to get the children

This won’t be your standard after-school club relax and read a book if that’s what they prefer.” “Yes,” puts in Becky with a twinkle, “If they just want to build a den under the table and let us feed them for two hours then that’s fine too!” With the programme that

engaged with different types of animals. An important part of the Kudize ethos is teaching kids about healthy eating. The club’s vegetables all come from a local, organic supplier and meals focus around fish and veg. There’s even a vegetable patch at the school where children can learn about where food comes from. “We want parents who have to work longer hours to rest assured that their kids are in a safe environment where they are being inspired by healthy food and positive messages,” explains Becky. The new club is exclusively for pupils at The Windmills and will run from 3.15pm to 5pm or 6pm with a hot meal provided for children staying until 6pm. Other kids from the age of 3 upwards can join Kudize’s breakfast, after school or holiday clubs at its Keymer Road site. To find out more or book using Kudize’s new online system, visit

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My name is Alex and this is my experience of football over the past decade Since 2006 I have followed Oxford United. Over that time the fans have witnessed two promotions, six managers and countless players. The first season that I can remember was our first non-league one. In our first season we finished 2nd, but lost in the playoffs to Exeter City. It would take us another three seasons and three managers to finally achieve promotion in the 09/10 season, when we beat York City 3-1 in the final. I still have the scarf I wore on that day in my bedroom. The next 4 seasons saw us hover around the playoffs until in 2016 we were promoted to League 1. The last game of the season was at Oxford against Wycombe and we won 3-0 and were promoted. I have a photo I took of the players celebrating. The next season, after a late promotion push that saw us win 3-0 at Millwall and what a game that was, beating them in their own backyard. We went on to finish 8th. that season. Over my time I have been lucky enough to meet a club legend in Jimmy Smith, one of the best managers we’ve ever had and have also experienced many brilliant away days such as Portsmouth and Swindon away. I cannot wait to see what the future holds.


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In our buzzing world of blaring screens, tsunamis of pixels and rapid-fire reactions, we’ve got to discover real life again. But how can experiencing the majesty of nature help us rethink our priorities? Firstly, explore. Our area (an intricate harmony of heathland, coastlines, hills and wetlands) holds the only Sussex diving beetles and among them, roams the rare club-tailed dragonfly. Another way to build a relationship with the living world is to consider how we consume it, today people generally are a lot more conscientious about food using Fairtrade, free-range and organic. Simple knowledge lets us make real decisions, and in conjunction with personal morals ensures truly ethical eating. Logically we will reduce food miles, protect workers’ and animal rights, and maintain biodiversity, and the planet benefits. No one is ever truly aligned with nature, but a conscious effort to experience as much as you can, before the next season snatches it away, gives you the right to a life fully lived. The health benefits of being less sedentary are numerous, and all your problems are placed in the stress-free context of a whole planet. If we apply a slither of commitment to consider and enjoy our surroundings, the science of earth would strip away all the noise, leaving what truly matters.

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Ruth Lawrence recently met with Lee Hollman, secretary of the East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society to discover how members educate the public and eradicate fear of these unusual pets Whites Tree Frog

Lee explained that East Sussex Reptile and Amphibian Society (ESRAS) is part of the umbrella organisation the Federation of British Herpetologists or FBH, which promotes the wellbeing and proper welfare of the animal as well as sharing knowledge and information. “We get asked the same questions at our shows,” he said, “namely ‘does it bite?’, ‘is it venomous?’ and ‘is it safe?’ and we find that interaction with the animals soon reduces or eliminates Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches

fears.” Although most of the society’s members keep their own animals, many don’t and simply wish to learn more or offer to provide temporary fostering for animals in need of a new home. Children are enthusiastic members and start to learn responsibility by caring properly for their unusual pet. The society re-homes animals for free within the club and any potential keeper has to become a member, which ensures the animal will continue to receive the best care and its keeper belongs to a support network. Three of the most common exotic species kept as pets are Corn snakes, Royal pythons and Mediterranean

Children love to interact with all creatures; conquering their fears leads to increased confidence and a sense of pride

tortoises; Corn snakes originate in SE and central USA and are extremely popular due to their docile nature, moderate adult size and huge variety of colours or ‘Morphs’. In the wild they usually live for around six to eight years but this can treble in captivity and is one of the reasons they often need to be re-homed. Lee mentioned that, “people don’t realise how long some species live and if a young person goes to university or leaves home, the parents often don’t want to be responsible for the snake continued on page 78

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once that happens.” Royal pythons are popular for the same reasons, stockier than the Corn snake, they originate in Africa and range in size from three to six feet long, while tortoises are relatively easy to look after and can live outdoors in the garden. ESRAS members keep some of the most unlikely sounding pets; the Hissing cockroach being one of the most unusual. Growing to three inches long, it is an excellent climber although it cannot fly and emits several types of hiss depending whether it is communicating disturbance, distraction or aggression. Male Giant Atlas beetles grow to five inches long, have large horns on the head and thorax and spend most of their lives as a grub before emerging for the rest of their several month adult lives in beetle form. Scorpions, Praying mantises and Geckos are among the menagerie that members take to shows to educate the public and schools to familiarise children, who are inevitably fascinated with these exotic creatures they can touch and interact with. Owners can now keep their pets in what is known as a ‘bioactive environment’, which


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involved in what can be an extended social network with the animal’s welfare at its core. The club has a monthly meeting, usually on the first Wednesday of every month, with September being the exception, at Falmer Village Hall at 7.30pm throughout the year (please check the website for details), which usually involves a talk, ‘bring your animal’ nights, photo competitions and discussions, all washed down with tea

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means that instead of housing the animal in a standard vivarium, they live in something that mimics a section of their natural habitat. This may include a ‘clean up crew’ of specialised insects that keep the space (or ‘terrascape’) clean naturally and special lighting that more closely replicates natural light. ESRAS has worked with the BBC’s ‘Live and Deadly’ show and has stands at major shows and science festivals in its educational role. Lee told me how members can help at shows and become

and cake. Once a year, members have the opportunity to enjoy a subsidised trip to the FBH conference and Reptile Expo in Doncaster and there are extra social events in the summer and Christmas. Members can take part in shows at the Brighton Science Festival and at ‘Bright Sparks’ at Hove Park School every

February, while September brings the Laughton Autumn Show on the 9th10th and Hurst Festival on the 17th. Membership costs an exceptionally reasonable £12 per year for an individual with discounts for couples, families, students and children and the club is run entirely on a not for profit basis. ESRAS’s membership ranges from Hastings to Worthing and Haywards Heath making it a wide reaching club with all the benefits that sharing knowledge and expertise can bring. Lee emphasised how the club is run mainly for the education of its members and the public, which translates, into proper care and welfare for the animals that lie at the heart of ESRAS. “We try and help people with phobias, particularly snakes,” he told me before remembering how at a show, two ladies had kept returning to the ESRAS stand who were terrified of snakes. By the end of the day they were handling a 15ft Reticulated python and it’s this kind of transformation that makes public education so rewarding for the keepers of exotic animals. Children love to interact with all creatures; conquering their fears leads to increased confidence continued on page 80

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and a sense of pride. Nurturing an animal is an invaluable skill for later life, fostering responsibility and perseverance. As most snakes eat rodents, mice and rats are bred specifically as their food; they are humanely killed before being frozen and sent to the owner who thaws them out before presenting them to the snake. Crickets, locusts and cockroaches are also bred as food for Bearded Dragon

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lizards and other invertebrates – and some keepers breed their own prey specifically to feed their pets. Lee told me that 98% of these exotic pets are now bred in captivity which might include operations ranging from an individual to a large company. This accounts for the increased longevity of many captive species as their natural predators or diseases are no longer an issue when they will never live in the wild. I asked Lee when his fascination with exotics was fi rst ignited. He described how he got his fi rst, an Amenalistic Corn snake at 13, a female who he named Teeny. His Dad got a Carolina Corn snake while Lee moved on to a Black Pine snake called Jet before obtaining a pair of Blonde Burmese pythons. ESRAS’s chairman, Dave Breden, keeps a pair of Reticulated pythons called One and Two, the quirky names explained by the fact that the male is a Purple Albino with a number ‘one’ in the scales behind his head! Most of the reptiles are solitary and need their own enclosure and they vary in their enjoyment of human

interaction. Lizards apparently develop more dependency upon people and Bearded dragons seem to enjoy human company and being played with; their ‘beard’ remains brightly coloured when they are in a good mood but turns black if they are agitated. The advantages of joining ESRAS are legion; “nothing replaces one to one interaction and sharing information,” Lee explained. “Online info can be confl icting and our keepers have years of experience that they are happy to share with any new owner.” When continued on page 82

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an animal is re-homed to a member, support is always on hand and reassurance is a phone call or an email away and the club promotes good keeping and as best a life as possible for the animals. I wondered whether some people expand their collection of exotic pets too far. Lee told me of a house abandoned by a tenant who had amassed a huge collection of Tarantulas before leaving it to be discovered by the horrified managing agents. Needless to say, there followed a substantial challenge to re-home the spiders but thankfully, most exotic pets are found new keepers relatively easily within the club. The

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rescue figures for in enclosures in exotics are small a dedicated compared to room while cats and dogs, others keep which tend enclosures or to be young vivariums as animals part of the bought on human living a whim and space so they tragically can enjoy just as quickly watching and abandoned. interacting with People consider the animals. the consequences Making the Carolina Corn Snake more carefully when decision to keep an taking on a snake or exotic animal should lizard and a creature such as a be an extremely careful one, giant Millipede is so unusual that the many originated from humid, hot places decision to keep one is unlikely to be and conditions as close to their natural taken lightly. climate must be the aim if they are to ESRAS currently has one of the thrive. Tarantulas for example may largest memberships in the country die during their moult if the humidity with seventy individuals ranging drops below 50% or if they are left from youngsters to people in their without water for long. They require seventies. Lee told me that they are temperatures of between 21 and 24 always looking for new members with degrees centigrade, which will mean a or without their own animals; people heated tank must be provided. Many can always temporarily foster animals die in the first few days of ownership between homes and get a feel for because their new home hasn’t been which species ignites their interest the prepared properly. The owner owes it to most. Some members keep their pets any animal to learn as much as possible

so that its life, which will sometimes run into decades, is as good as possible. Animals have no choice about who decides to own them and the more that they are kept in captivity, the greater the need for proper management, care and the improvement of suitable conditions for each species. ESRAS has a dedicated section on its website for over fifty exotic species, including care sheets and information. However, the best path is to join the club, go and meet keepers before you embark on any potential step to becoming an owner. Unless you are totally committed to the animal’s continued lifetime welfare, its better not to take the route to ownership and perhaps temporarily foster animals in need of re-homing, which would be a valuable role to become involved in. Whether as admirer, enthusiast, fosterer or keeper, ESRAS can help you make informed choices, improve your knowledge and offer support and you will meet others who share a fascination with some of the most unique animals you are ever likely to experience.

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Enjoy a ramble up and around the stunning scenery of Cissbury Ring as our walk loops the loop at this historic ‘Scheduled Ancient Monument’

Cissbury Ring Walk At Cissbury Ring there’s plenty of parking at the junction of Storrington Rise and Long Meadow, on the eastern side of Findon Valley, just off the A24. From the car park pass between two white-topped metal bollards, across flattened grass towards the north-east

At the top of the field, through a badly hung metal seven-bar gate, keep going uphill. Purple heather on both sides indicates most of the legwork is done and that perseverance will overcome the rest of the gradient. Just shy of the metal kissing gate is Jane Elizabeth Milner’s bench. Pause, take a seat and enjoy the view from whence you came. On a clear day, the transmitters of Glatting Beacon can be seen, some 15 miles away as the crow fl ies. Beyond the kissing gate, pass through the open ditch and up the steps, bearing left and walking along the ridge. Follow the path and keep going north-east, enjoying the views along the way. An open ditch surrounds all 60-65 acres of Cissbury Ring. Originally it was three metres deep, and surrounded a wooden wall on the ridge you are walking. It protected an Iron Age hill fort, which was the largest in Sussex. Prior to that, fl int was mined during the Bronze Age. The remains of the pits and mounds can be viewed along the southern and western perimeters of the ring. More recently, Romans are thought to have lived here briefly. The site then remained uninhabited for almost two millennia, until WWII when a large gun was put in place to protect the English Channel. It’s long since removed from the site. At the end of the 1970s attempts to hold music festivals were stifled by the Police. These days, Cissbury Ring is owned and managed by the National Trust. Cissbury Ring is currently home to a semi-wild herd of New Forest ponies, which are mostly chestnut in colour. The public are asked to keep dogs on leads and to resist the urge to feed the ponies.

The site remained uninhabited for almost two millennia, until WWII when a large gun was put in place to protect the English Channel corner. A fingerpost with a blue arrow indicates a route between trees, into the field beyond. The path hugs the left side of the field, deftly working its way uphill. Small clumps of purple heather appear sporadically while blackberries ripening in the hedgerow linger temptingly, longing to be picked. Towards the top of the field the path sweeps around to the right. About 50 metres further on, turn left into trees, then right at the bench. Wander up the arboreal steps; made up of the roots of sycamores and beeches that inhabit the canopy above. Atop the steps, stay left and follow the field boundary once more.

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The transmitters of Truleigh Hill slip into view as the path reaches its northern apogee. Jo and Brien Howard’s bench is well located under a sycamore tree and worth a hiatus. Moving on, the path reaches a crest along a thin line of chalk in the downland grass. If the light is good, the views are tremendous; Wolstonbury Hill and Truleigh Hill on the scarp side of the South Downs; Worthing, Brighton and Seaford Head on the leeward side. Out to sea the Rampion Wind Farm continues to grow. Trot down the steps in the embankment, turning left and following the beach-encrusted chalk underfoot towards the five-bar gate. Beyond it, bear right and stride 200 metres to the fi ngerpost. The fi nger pointing right marked ‘Public Bridleway’ is the route to follow. It’s a well-worn rutted track, steep to begin with and snaking its way around the contours. This is the head of a dry valley that was once home to a Roman vineyard, but now contains a golf course.

Summiteers can celebrate their arrival at the highest point on Cissbury Ring by dancing a jig, high fiving and roistering to their hearts content Up and over a brow then skipping downhill, the track has the feel of a rollercoaster. Then, uphill steeply, but not for long, the route banks right under the canopy cast by trees. A Green Woodpecker flew across the track here, brightening my journey with flashes of its plumage. At the intersection of several paths, bear right at the water trough, striding uphill alongside beech trees. When the trees peter out, pass through the embankment and walk up the wide green fairway populated with stunted oaks on the right. Where the fairway splits, fork right. When it splits again, bear left and follow it to the trig point. Congratulations on claiming the 183 metres (602 feet) summit. Summiteers can celebrate their arrival at the highest point on Cissbury Ring by dancing a jig, highfiving and roistering to their hearts content. From here, walk downhill and easterly towards Brighton. Two hundred metres further on things might begin to look very familiar! At the cutting in the embankment climb the steps on the right and follow the ridge south and then south-easterly towards Findon Valley. Below, the dry valley golf course and path, walked earlier, will be visible. After a quarter of a mile clamber down the steps through the cutting and up the other side. Again, it will look familiar. Follow the embankment and if

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the skies are clear Selsey is 25 miles away and the Isle of Wight is almost 40 miles distant. The embankment swings around the southern tip of Cissbury Ring and the loops are almost complete. Soon enough, the steps that were fi rst ascended will appear. Turn hard left and descend, maybe pausing at the bench one more time. From here it’s downhill all the way to the car park and home in time for tea and cake.

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Dear Sussex Living... …Thank you for the article on Lewes Priory by Hanna Lindon. I think the article captures the spirit and the history of the place and conveys what an important asset it is to the town - one which even local people do not know! I am delighted that the article links to the Trust’s website and hope that your readers will be inspired to follow the work of the Trust and to visit the site for themselves. I always enjoy reading the magazine and the variety of articles and local information it provides in the calendar are always much appreciated. Many thanks and best wishes, Arthur Franklin …Thank you for the competition in the August issue – something my Mum, aged 92, also enjoyed thinking about! Best wishes, Pat


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Haywards Heath Lying just 36 miles from central London, Haywards Heath is the perfect commuter town, set amid extensive countryside yet with fast rail and road links to the capital and coast The town began its expansion following the arrival of the London and Brighton Railway in 1841 although it gained a mention in the English Civil War records in 1642. Back in 1544 it was known as Haywards Hoth, meaning ‘heath by the enclosure with a hedge.’ Earlier still, the name appears as ‘Heyworthe’ in deeds which survive from 1265. At that time a Philip of Hayworth is mentioned and in 1358 a land transaction refers to a John of Hayworth. We know from the Domesday Book that animal enclosures were called hays, in which game was conserved for hunting and so the name Hayworth appears to mean an enclosure for keeping animals for sport. From a population of just a couple of hundred people in the 1850s it has grown to one of the larger towns of West Sussex with a population of over 27,000. The town seems to have connections with more than its fair share of celebrities; from Suede frontman Brett Anderson and actress Greta Scacchi to singer Natasha Bedingfield and Olympic


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decathlete Daley Thompson to name but a few who have spent part of their life here. Haywards Heath is close to some of the regions best gardens open to the public and has plenty of open space of its own including Victoria Park on South Road, which offers views of the South Downs and a woodland plantation. A skate park, tennis courts and football pitch complement an outdoor gym and table tennis which are both free to use. The recreation ground contains Clair Meadow, a conservation area with a wooded part, appreciated by local dog walkers and birdwatchers. Beech Hurst Gardens has a miniature railway, tennis courts and a

Retail addicts are well catered for in the town bowling green. Ashenground and Bolnore Woods Local Nature Reserve inhabit an area of ancient woodland which is accessible to wheelchairs and buggies via a surfaced path. Situated south of a bridleway that runs from Ashenground Road to Bolnore Village, the wood has a unique habitat which forms a valuable wildlife refuge and resource. A group called ‘Friends of Ashenground and Bolnore Woods’ helps to care for the woods on behalf of the local community. Retail addicts are well catered for in the town; a large shopping centre complements the numerous stores lining the long High Street while coffee shops, restaurants and cafes are abundant. If historical buildings grab your attention, strolling round the quieter areas of town will reveal almshouses, art deco offices and former artisans’ houses, all detailed in the Haywards Heath Society’s informative website which provides an insightful guide to this increasingly popular town.

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Offering a wide range of services, the Federation of Small Businesses actively supports local companies. Read on to see if your business could benefit from becoming a member The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is very active in West Sussex and has many decision maker friends. Led by Ann Swain, FSB West Sussex Policy Chairman, the FSB has a seat at many of the steering groups and partnerships and is a big influencer on many local issues. These include improving broadband coverage in rural areas, ensuring proper funding for improvements to the A27, lobbying for a reliable, effective railway service, supporting Gatwick Airport and Coast to Capital initiatives, particularly in the Gatwick Diamond, Coastal West Sussex and Rural West Sussex areas. The FSB is also active in promoting higher level apprenticeships and over the last three years has sponsored the West Sussex Apprentices Graduation Ceremony in Chichester. It has also been raising awareness of the need for the provision of IT training schemes to meet the needs of our leading edge technology focussed small businesses to ensure a healthy forward looking economy in the county. The FSB’s mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Established over 40 years ago to help our members succeed in business, the FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political membership organisation. The FSB offers its members a wide range of relevant business services including legal advice, online legal documents,


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The FSB’s mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions insurance cover, tax investigation protection, health and safety advice, cyber protection and business banking. The most recent addition to the member benefits package is a debt recovery service. The FSB not only provides excellent membership benefits, but is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on

delivering change that supports small businesses to grow and succeed. The lobbying arm has a team in Westminster that regularly sits down with government ministers and opposition parties to discuss UK and English policy issues. The FSB also provides networking opportunities at various local events, often with speakers providing presentations on important issues and regulatory changes affecting businesses. Current plans include a members meeting with Coast2Capital LEP, a meeting for coastal members on the improvements needed to the A27 and briefings on the implications of the new GDPR (Data Protection Regulations) for small businesses. For more information and how to join, contact Mark Durant, FSB Membership Advisor on 07825 429428, or write to him at mark.durant@ To contact Ann Swain email

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Lewes Railway Land Lewes is surrounded by downland and crossed by the River Ouse; at its south eastern edge sits the Railway Land, over twenty acres saved from development by local residents to become a rich and unique nature reserve and home to the Railway Land Wildlife Trust Once occupied by extensive railway sidings and the formal gardens of a large Victorian house, the land was declared a local nature reserve in 1995 and a year later, Project Director Dr John Parry had set up a junior management board to involve young people in important decision making processes. Now, the Railway Land, on the floodplain of the River Ouse, boasts many different water habitats that are very important to wildlife. The Railway Land Local Nature Reserve is owned and managed by Lewes District Council. Wet woodland supports mosses and lichens and ponds are home to fish and newts. The floodplain grassland, packed with aquatic invertebrates is made up of a system of ditches, fed by the Winterbourne stream which flows through the middle of the reserve and under the tidal sluice gates into the River Ouse. This chalk stream is fed by water which has fi ltered through the surrounding downland hills and only runs after rain. In winter, the stream regularly overflows, fi lling the habitats with fresh water. A reed bed called the Heart of Reeds, created by a local environmental artist is not only a beautiful feature and focal point, but in summer, is fi lled with singing reed warblers.


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Take the time to visit the Railway Land and you’ll find yourself lingering longer than expected The Railway Land Wildlife Trust provides inclusive outdoor learning, community events and volunteering opportunities, they interpret, conserve and care for the reserve in partnership with Lewes District Council. The Trust is based in the Linklater Pavilion, a purpose built, sustainable octagonal community hub and centre for study which hosts regular visits for school children of all ages and provides space for many local groups. The Pavilion is open every Sunday from May to September from 2-5pm for

the public to enjoy a range of environmental displays and enjoy a free activity, guided walk or talk between 3 and 4pm. The Trust is always keen to recruit volunteers in a variety of roles, particularly to help with the Sunday openings and one off events. Fundraisers and DIY helpers are also needed and the ‘Meadow Minders’, who meet at 1.30pm on the fi rst Sunday of the month offer a chance to help out with practical conservation work to restore important wildlife habitats. Take the time to visit the Railway Land and you’ll find yourself lingering longer than expected; it’s a rich, intimate landscape, therapeutic and stimulating in equal measure and a rewarding place to engage with others who appreciate its abundance and variety. Volunteers can call programme coordinator Helen Meade on 01273 477101.

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

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Beach House Park Beach House Park in Worthing has both an interesting history and an international outlook

Along Brighton Road in Worthing you might see the rear of what unwittingly appears to be a non-descript white building. That building is Beach House and it claims a regal history. Originally known as ‘Merino Mansion’ it was designed by Worthing’s principal Georgian architect, John Rebecca. The first residents moved in during 1820. Regal status was acquired after King Edward VII stayed here three times between 1907 and 1910. The ‘back garden’ across Brighton Road is just over 9½ acres and was part of the Beach House Estate until 1922 when Worthing Borough Council purchased it. In 1924 it re-opened as Beach House Park and the council have run it ever since. The park is bordered on both the eastern and western boundaries by mature Plane and Maple trees, extending north to Lyndhurst Road. The southern half of Beach


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House Park is laid out with lawns and flowerbeds. The broad range of plants and flowers will bring enjoyment to those who wander by. When we visited, the poppy beds were

The northern half of the park is home to tennis courts, outdoor chessboard, café and bowling greens. There were two greens initially until more were added in 1926, 1934 and 1967. Beach House Park is home to Bowls England who administer the sport. Both the Men’s and Women’s World Championships have been won here and the National Championships have been staged here since 1974. From fuzzy childhood memories I recall David Bryant seemingly conquering all before him on the beautiful greens of Worthing. Wielding his pipe in one hand and a wood in the other, it seemed perplexing to a boy in primary school that lawn bowls along with darts and snooker were ‘sports’ that could be enjoyed whilst having a smoke and maybe a tipple too. With the prospect of a few warm days this September, there are worse things to do than enjoy an hour in the ‘back garden’ of Beach House in Worthing. Beach House Park is on Lyndhurst Road,Worthing,West Sussex, BN11 2DB, and is open 365 days of the year. You can contact Worthing Council at for more information.

The poppy beds were a wonderful array of vibrant colours, shimmering in the late afternoon sunshine a wonderful array of vibrant colours, shimmering in the late afternoon sunshine. The park is also home to a Japanese Cherry, the ‘tree of life,’ a memorial to the holocaust and other genocides. There is also a memorial to the ‘Battle of Boars Head,’ designed by students from Chatsmore Catholic High School in Goring-by-Sea. It’s a thought provoking installation. The intriguing ‘Warrior Birds’ memorial is the only one of it’s kind. Primarily, it recalls the sacrifice of carrier pigeons during war. West End actress Nancy Price, who lived in Findon, commissioned it. Local sculptor Leslie Sharp created it and in July 1951 the Duke and Duchess of Hamilton unveiled it. Sadly, the monument is fenced off from the public making it barely visible.

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DiaryDates Friday 01 September, 10:00-15:00

Vegan Cheese Taster Day With Tyne Chease

The Seasons Healthfood Shop, 10-11 Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DN Come and try some amazing vegan cheese. Tyne Chease is lovingly handmade in the North East of England using the finest organic ingredients. 01342 824673 Friday 01 – Thursday 28 September, 10:00-16:00

Teacher Recruitment Open Days – Lewes & Pulborough

The Mallings Business Centre, 112 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RG Looking for supply work in local schools across Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent? Registration is easy. Call Class Cover Team: 01273 957908 or 01798 872446 Friday 01 September, 13:00

Lunch Time Concerts in Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ King Henry’s Concert - Recorder Group. Concerts are held on the first Friday of each month. Tea, coffee and squash available from 12:30 and there is no charge. Friday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 September, 19:00-20:00

Aikido (Self Defence)

K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defense classes based on Yoshinkan Akido. Warm and friendly club, suitable for all genders who would look to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free, £37.50 monthly. Contact: George 07882 186130 or Stan 07581 511801, CrawleyAkidoClub

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galore! Refreshments available – hot bacon rolls from 8.30am! Sellers may arrive from 7.30am. Free entrance. Contact: Karen 01342 302083

Saturday 02 September, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Wolstonbury Hill Climb

Jack & Jill Windmills Car Park BN6 9PG Jack & Jill Windmills, Clayton Rec, up Wolstonbury Golf Course, South Downs Way, Windmills. TQ 302 133. 4.3mi/6.9km. Moderate. Contact: Frances 01273 842628 Saturday 02 September, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Village Market

Community Centre Car Park or Forresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine foods and crafts market, with a social atmosphere including activities and demonstrations. Contact: Sue Young, DMA (Market Manager) 01342 822661 sue.young@forestrow., Saturday 02 & Sunday 03 September, 10:00-16:00

Vintage Harvest Fair

Townings Farm, Chailey BN8 4EJ Working vintage machinery, rural crafts, farm animals, shearing and spinning demonstrations, trailer rides, folk music, beer tent and refreshments. Adults £5 each all children free. 01444 471352 info@towningsfarm., Saturday 02 & Sunday 03 September, 10:00-17:00

Crowborough Arts Open Studios

Crowborough, East Sussex TN22 40 Artists working in a range of media showing in 19 studios in and around Crowborough.

Friday 01 September, 19:00-23:00

Saturday 02 September, 10:00-17:00

Hop Yard Brewing Co, The Yard, Lewes Road, Forest Row RH18 5AA Monthly music night showcasing blues, reggae, ska, rock and much more. Contact:

Burgess Hill Girls, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 OEG An ideal opportunity to see many aspects of the railway scene recreated in miniature. Admission costs for adults £5, children £3 and family (2 adults + 2 children) £13. Full details on

New Medicine Present - Live Music at Hop Yard

Friday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 September, 19:30-22:00

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following: Fox hunt, talk on ZCS smart phones, radio night, prep evening for Haywards Heath Town Day, Haywards Heath Town Day and Skittles evening. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 Saturday 02 September, 08:30-12:30

Car Boot Sale with Table Top Inside St Mary’s Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DS £10 per pitch in advance. Bargains

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Burgess Hill Model Railway Club’s Exhibition

Saturday 02 September, 12:00-16:30

Hartfield Fete Horticultural & Dog Show

The Town Croft, Hartfield High Street, Hartfield TN7 4AA A superb afternoon of enjoyment for all the family, professional children’s entertainers. BBQ , bar, teas, traditional sideshows and many stalls. Contact: nancyholmes@ Saturday 02 September, 13:30–15:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society – Autumn Flower and Produce Show

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX A traditional flower show. Teas and refreshments available. Plant and produce stall – everything homegrown and homemade! Admission: 50p. 01444 257806 www.

holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503

Sunday 03 September, 12:00–18:00

Methodist Church, 42 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RR Rehearsals start on an exciting and enjoyable programme for our Christmas concert in the Village Centre on 10th December. If you enjoy singing, come and try us out before joining. Contact: David Redd 01273 831801

Ashurst Fair & Fun Dog Show

Ashurst Recreation Ground, Ashurst, Near Steyning BN44 3AY Includes country stalls, silent auction, welly wanging, archery, fun dog show and agility course, terrier racing and great food. All proceeds to Ashurst Village Hall Charity. Contact: Mandy Hedley 01403 711036 Sunday 03 & Sunday 17 September, 10:00-14:00

Conservation Work Parties

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve, Car Park, Burgess Hill RH15 Come and help to conserve your local green area. Stay as long as you wish. Please see for details of other events. Sunday 03 September, 12:00-16:00

Special Event Day

Oldland Mill, Oldlands Lane, Keymer, Hassocks BN6 8ND We are hosting a musical medley and invite you to come and enjoy our eclectic mix of music. The mill will be open, with refreshments (BBQ , teas, homemade cakes) mill gifts, beer tent and children’s games. A free shuttle bus will be provided every 20 minutes from the eastern end of Grand Avenue. Voluntary Donations appreciated. Contact: Prof. F J Maillardet 01273 842342. Sunday 03 September, 12:00-20:00

Sunday Bake Off

The Fox Eating & Drinking, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly RH19 4PJ One on one battle between ‘The Chefs’. Who wins? You decide! First Sunday of every month. Contact: 01342 810644 Sunday 03 September, 15:00-17:00

A Feldenkrais One-to-One Taster Experience, followed by an ‘Awareness Through Movement’ Lesson

Ditchling Village Hall, Ditchling BN6 8TT Lessons involve exploring habits and patterns of movement (in sitting or lying) in order to find greater ease and comfort. Contact: Feldenkrais International Training Centre 01273 844140 Monday 04, 11, 18 & 25 September, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes NB7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction

Monday 04 September, 19:30–21:30 & subsequent Mondays

Hurstpierpoint Singers

Tuesday 05, 12, 19 & 26 September, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. The IT Girl Ltd, Emma 07938 838861 Tuesday 05 September, 18:30–22:30

Lindfield Bonfire Society Badge Night

The Stand Up Inn, 47 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HN Come and meet LBS members and purchase your 2017 badge and programme at this informal social event. Contact: Sarah Tampion-Lacey 01444 487470 Tuesday 05 September, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women

A pub in Lewes Unattached? Aged 50+? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. 400 members in Sussex, and on that evening there will be at least 30 of them there. The Group is not a dating agency, but it is an opportunity to meet other single men and women. We also meet in Burgess Hill, Horsham and Brighton. Walks, dining, golf, theatre, holidays etc. Take a look at the website, then give us a call. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service – Forest Row Parish Council Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home-cooked meal delivered. Soup £2, Main Meal £4.50, Dessert £2. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart Wednesday 06 September, 14:15

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s summer is hotting up, so is the programme for the Lindfield Arts Festival. Next month sees the return of the eighth annual festival, and this year is looking bigger and better than ever. Whatever you are into and whatever your age, there is something that will fit the bill at the top ticket in town this season. Families are in for a treat as the High Street transforms with an abundance of activities on offer, including the centre stage with a variety of performances including the return of the circus shows. Look out for the Dressed Ducks in the shop windows and, if you have ever wanted to learn to crochet or decoupage then Dolly’s craft van will be the place to go.

Further afield around the village, a varied programme of arts, drama, dance and entertainment will be taking place. A fine art exhibition will be staged at Lindfield Primary Academy on Saturday and Sunday featuring work by talented local artists, with refreshments from The Bonfire Society, kindly supported by Tisshaws Family Solicitors. On Sunday innovative Robot Relays, sponsored by Personal Potential Training see competitors get creative in an almighty battle of the bots on space hoppers whilst supporters cheer from the hay bale amphitheatre. A mini festival of its own will take place at the United Reformed Church on Saturday featuring a craft exhibition supported by Handelsbanken with the opportunity to snap up goods from talented local artists. A diverse programme of performances and workshops is also on offer, from drama, dance and creative writing to – wait for it – mutant toy hacking.

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What could be better than reinventing a toy slightly past its sell by date into a brand new, bespoke creation that will be the envy of the playground? Think Toy Story on steroids! More activities are being confirmed all the time including two very special evening events on Friday night. The Coffee Works will host Poetry Night featuring a group of Sussex-based local poets, including a former musician from the Ronnie Scots Club in London, which will set the stage for the Festival on opening night. Meanwhile, Komedia regular Rob Dumbrell, will compère a Comedy Night at the Bent Arms, bringing along some well-known, tried-andtested names from the comedy circuit for your amusement. For all you budding comedians, there are a couple of 5 minute stand-up comedy sets up for grabs, if you think you have what it takes! We also have short comedy films by local director Richard Rimmer.

Registration for workshops and events will open on-line in mid-August with SWALK acting as the Lindfield Box Office. If you would like to contribute in any way or exhibit, perform, play or volunteer during the Festival weekend (8th, 9th, 10th September) please email enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival. com or call Stix: 07868 879084 for more information.

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DiaryDates The Girl Guide Headquarters, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Speaker: From Burgess Hill Fire Station – Home Fire Safety. Competition: A Bell. Visitors welcome £3.

Hop Yard Brewing Co, The Yard, Lewes Road, Forest Row RH18 5AA DJ Little Rik spins original vinyl 45s. Blues, Jump Rock, Rockabilly and Rock and Roll. Contact:

Victoria Park, Haywards Heath RH16 4HT Join Safe Haven for Donkeys as they have a stall for the duration of the event. Adopt a donkey or purchase some new donkey merchandise.

Friday 08 September, 20:00-21:30

Saturday 09 September, 14:00-17:00

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Jackie Marsh-Hobbs on the development and architectural beauty of the station revealing the hidden places beneath the platforms. Members £1. Visitors £3.

Cuckfield Baptist Church, Polestub Lane, Cuckfield RH17 5GP Horticulture, food and drink, crafts, art and photography, floral art and junior sections. WI teas and Mid Sussex Brass Band will be playing. Entry: £1.50 adults, children free. Free parking.

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Friday 08 September, 20:30

Saturday 09 September, 14:00-17:00

Wednesday 06 September, 19:15 for 19:45

Fox Eating & Drinking House, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly RH19 4PJ Playing live, mixing classic rnb, soul, funk, blues, ska reggae and rock from the past to the present. 01342 810644

Wednesday 06 September, 14:30

‘Dinosaur Discoverers’ for Cuckfield Museum

Queens Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL John Cooper, former Curator at the Booth Museum, talks about the exciting early 19th century years of dinosaur discovery in Sussex. £5 or £3 for members. Please contact Mike Nicholson 01444 457448 to book a place. Wednesday 06 September, 19:15 for 19:30 Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG Members’ Displays. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 47189 jespeth@hotmail

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society – Illustrated Talk Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Open Meeting. Speaker: Ed Nugent of Garden Sage, Hassocks – Setting up a New Nursery. Members free. Visitors £1. Contact: 01444 245509 www. Wednesday 06 September, 20:00

An Inspector Calls by Neil Sadler

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Strange things that have happened at police talks and updates on previous cases. Also Gatwick Airport’s amazing coincidence and a strange request at a WI meeting! All welcome, entry free. John Chapman 01444 484470 Thursday 07 September, 19:30 for 19:4521:45

East Grinstead Choral Society New Season Launch

Burgess Hill History Society – Brighton Station

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Saturdays starting 09 September, 09:30-12:30

Introduction to Calligraphy

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY A four session course for beginners on calligraphy and hand lettering. All materials supplied. See our website for more info. £120 for 4 sessions. 07967 819540 Saturday 09 September, 10:00-12:00

Paws & Claws Autumn Fair

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Autumn Fair with homemade cakes, clothes, books, toys, jewellery, cards, gifts, tombola and raffle. 20p entry. Saturday 09 September, 10:00-16:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Bonsai Display

Cuckfield Village Show

Worth Horticultural Society at Crawley Down Village Fayre

Crawley Down Village Green, Crawley Down RH10 4HY Our stall will contain a display of dahlias which will be on sale and also a promotional stall, so please visit us to find out more about our Society. Saturday 09 – Sunday 10 September, 19:00-21:30

Evening Opening for the NGS

30 Sycamore Drive, Burgess Hill RH15 0GH See this garden transform at night into a candlelit calm oasis, a summerhouse, and lots of seating. Come and enjoy this magical space. Ticket only event £6 to include first drink and canapés. Licenced bar. Contact: 01444 871888 garden/29961/ Saturday 09 September, 19:00 for 19:30

Dinner with Sports Q&A

Spen Cama Pavilion, Sussex Cricket Club, Hove BN3 3AN See Local Living Saturday 09 September, 20:30-23:59

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Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Adults £3. Children under 16 free. Tea and coffee and snacks will be available. Ray Brunsden 07342 650713

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Classic rock covers from Heart to Kings of Leon, Whitesnake to Bruce Springteen. Happy Hour every Friday 5-8pm. Members free, non members £3. 01342 822856 frvillageclub@outlook. com

Thursday 07, 14, 21 & 28 September, 20:00

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Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT Every Thursday. Whatever your talent, come and show it off or just watch others. Pop in for a fun night out – entrance free!

St Symphorian’s Church, Durrington Hill, Worthing BN13 2PU Refreshments and a few stalls available 10am – 12 noon. Church open until 4pm for visitors. Free entry.

Victory Hall, Balcombe RH17 6PH Calling all walking enthusiasts! Come and enjoy a beautiful Autumnal walk through Balcombe and the stunning, surrounding countryside, embracing nature at its best, all whilst raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice. Join free at: balcombewalk

Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL EGCS launches its new season including Schubert Mass and much more. New singers always welcome. First two sessions free.

Greyhound – Open Mic Night

Church Open Day with Coffee Morning

Friday 08 – Sunday 10 September

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The Red Lion, Lion Hill, Stone Cross, Pevensey RH10 1BQ Look out for The Red Lion’s second Beer Festival this September, featuring great beers, live music, fresh food and more! Vila Klimek 01323 761468 Twitter: @TheRedLionSC Facebook: /TheRedLionStoneCross

Victoria Park, South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4HT Lots of prizes at the dog show for all. Classes include scruffiest dog and waggiest tail. Judging from 13:15. Entry £2 per class. Contact: Georgie at the Mewes Vets, 4 Haywards Road, Haywards Heath. 01444 456886

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Haywards Heath Town Day – Fun Dog Show

Saturday 09 September, 12:00-16:30

Haywards Heath Town Day

Balcombe Walk. 4 routes – 4, 6, 9 & 12.5 miles

Sunday 10 September, 10:00–14:00

RSPCA South Godstone Car Boot Sale

RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB Free parking + disabled parking. Set up from 9am, opens 10am. Light refreshments. Dogs welcome on lead. No food sellers/traders. Buyers: admission by donation. Sellers: All vehicles £10.00, trailers

+£3.00. Contact: 0300 123 0741

Sunday 10 September, 11:00-16:00

Sussex Horse Rescue Trust Gala Closing Day Visit the Equines, stalls, barn shop and tearoom. Pony rides available. Your visit helps us raise funds for the winter months. £2 adults, £1 children. Contact: 07545 616722

Sunday 10 September, 11:00-17:00

Broadwater Dog Show and Market

Broadwater Green, Worthing BN14 9DJ Come along and enter your pooch or just spectate with your four-legged friend and join in the family fun. Free entry. Dog show classes £2 each. Helen Tidball helen.tidball@, 01903 528613 Sunday 10 September, 14:00-16:30

Tree and Fungi Walk on Bedelands Nature Reserve

Meet in car park off Maple Drive, Burgess Hill RH15 This walk will be led by group members. Contact: Mary Smith 01444 242667 Monday 11 – Friday 15 September

Understanding Veneering – Making an Inlaid Tray

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Ideally some knowledge of woodworking is useful but not essential. All materials are included in the cost of the course. Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 Monday 11 – Friday 22 September, 09:00-17:00

Make a Will Fortnight

Participating solicitors are based in Haywards Heath, Lewes, Hassocks, Brighton & Hove. Full details on our website. See Local Living Monday 11 September, 10:00-12:00

The Arts Society Steyning – Illustrated Talk

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ This talk is from Toby Faber on Indians, Buffalo and Storms: The American West in 19th Century Art. 01903 905302 Monday 11 September, Arrival Drink at 12:00

Ladies Lunch – Partners Welcome

Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Our annual partners welcome luncheon, with a delightful live performance of our magnificent organ in the converted chapel. Tickets are £37.50 per person. Contact: 01342 824988 pgraham@elitehotels. partners-ladies-lunch Monday 11 September, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY Gideon Mantell – the dinosaur doctor of Lewes - a talk by Ray Hale. Members

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Monday 11 September, 20:00

Greyhound - Quiz Night

Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT We currently hold a monthly quiz on the second Monday of each month. Why not pop along for this fun night and pit your wits against other. Monday 11 September, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women

A pub in Burgess Hill Unattached? Aged 50+? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Burgess Hill on the 2nd Monday evening of every month. 400 members in Sussex, and on that evening there will be at least 30 of them there. The Group is not a dating agency, but it is an opportunity to meet other single men and women. Walks, dining, golf, theatre, holidays etc. Take a look at the website, then give us a call. Tuesday 12 September,10:00–12:00

Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning with speaker, Gill Parker

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Monthly coffee morning with speaker talking about My Life as a Playgirl Bunny. New members welcome. £1.50 including raffle ticket. Elizabeth Taylor, 01444 235837 Wednesday 13 September

East Grinstead Art Society – Demonstration: Oil Painting – Janet Moore

East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Demonstrations in Meridian Hall and Workshop in Cranston Suite. Nonmembers and members welcomed once a month to EGAS Demos to update and learn about different mediums. Visitors of all ages and abilities welcome. £3 per meeting. Free parking available. Contact: Wendy Vick 01342 311093 Wednesday 13 September, 19:30-21:30

Vivace! Choir Rehearsals

Ditchling Unitarian Chapel, The Twitten, Ditchling See Local Living Wednesday 13 September, 19:30

Storrington Film –Viceroy’s House

Sullington Hall, Thakeham Road, Storrington RH20 4PP Rotary Film for Storrington Viceroy’s House. Tickets from Card Shop. For transport help please contact Marion on 01903 813014. Tickets £5. Ken Collins 01903 740745 Contact: Ken Collins 01903 740745 Wednesday 13 September, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

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Talk by Andy Thomas, International Presenter. Andy will provide some insight into these mysterious occurrences. Do come along for an interesting evening. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. 01273 842516

Wednesday 13 September, 20:00

Balcombe History Society - A talk by Dr Geoffrey Mead - Ashdown Forest - Landscape of Sussex Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP The geology, soils and natural vegetation of the forest and how they have influenced its historic uses. £1 members and £3 visitors, including refreshments. Contact: Julie Budgen (Secretary) 01444 811 641 julie. Thursday 14 September, 10:30-13:30

The Curious History of the Cottage Garden with Stephanie Donaldson

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP A fascinating talk tracing the history of many plants associated with the cottage garden. Includes light refreshments and Garden tour. Tickets: £24.00 (RHS Members & Friends of Borde Hill), £30.00 non-members. Andrew Loin 01444 450326, Friday 15 September, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947 Friday 15 September, 19:00-21:00

Turners Hill Twinning Classical Concert

St. Leonards Church, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4PB Classical Concert in aid of St Leonards Church. Artists include Margaret Watson, Harpist and D’Arcy Trinkwon, International and local Organist. £7.50 tickets reserved www. link Classical Concert Friday 15 September, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Organist/keyboard player Paul Carman. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269 Friday 15 September, 19:30-21:30

East Grinstead Society Meeting – Biggin on the Bump Main Hall, East Court Mansion, East Grinstead RH19 3LT By Bob Ogley, the Author and fundraiser for the Benevolent Fund, on all who made it the most famous fighter station in the world. £1 member and £3 per non-member. Contact: Joan Roberts 01342 322648 Friday 15 -Sunday 17 September 09.30–17:00  

Bentley Woodfair

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, Harveys Lane, Halland, East Sussex, BN8 5AF Woody fun for all the family – includes woodcraft, forestry displays, children’s activities, local food, falconry, Welsh Axemen and much more. Adult: £14 Senior/Student: £12 Child (5-15years – under 5 free): £10 Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children): £47 10+ group rates available.Contact: Cathy Cordery, 01825 840573 uk, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September, 09:30-16:00

Pink Gift Fair in aid of Cancer Research UK Brighton Laboratories

Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL Each day they will be offering more than just gift related stalls. Please visit for more information. Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 September, 10:00-17:00

Food & Drink Festival 2017

Steyne Gardens, Worthing BN11 3DY This is the 6th year for the Food Festival in Worthing. There will be stalls outside and the kitchen and additional stalls in a giant marquee. Other food related activities each day will help make this a culinary weekend to remember.

by tea and cake! There will be no charge for this event but we will have a retiring collection in aid of church funds.

Saturday 16 September 19:30

Los Endos

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Los Endos play music of Genesis from Gabriel and Hackett era in the 70s, focussing on music from all the hit albums up to Wind & Wuthering. Tickets £20. Contact: 01444 242888 Sunday 17 September, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Hurstpierpoint Festival Walk 1

Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9SJ Car Park, Bedclam Street, Belmont Lane and Hurst Wickham, Car Park. TQ 281 165. 3.5mi/5.6km Leisurely. Contact: Phil 01273 835931 Sunday 17 September, 12:30-17:30

Hurst Festival Super Sunday

High Street and South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint BN6 Street party to celebrate the opening of this year’s Hurst Festival. Lots of free entertainment for the whole family. Most events free.

Saturday 16 September, 10:00-14:00

Sunday 17 September, 19:30

Victory Hall, Balcombe RH17 6HP Come and enjoy this market and be inspired by the wide selection of stalls selling unique gifts including upholstery, handmade soaps and Neals Yard. Local food produce: sausages, hams, cakes, chutney, jams, Game On jellies, Monty Bojangles’ truffles and Luigi’s produce. Contact: 01444 811462. Fundraising for Canine Partners Charity.

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Wartime romantic comedy/drama starring Gemma Arterton & Bill Nighy. Based on Lissa Evans’ novel, Their Finest Hour and a Half. Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores, The Cock Inn, or online. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval.

Balcombe Village Craft, Gift & Produce Market

Saturday 16 September, 11:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Discover Barcombe

Village Stores, Barcombe Cross BN8 5DH Barcombe Cross, Barcombe St Mary’s Church, Barcombe Mills, Barcombe House, Anchor Inn, Royal Oak Barcombe Cross. Please bring a picnic lunch and there will be a chance to have a liquid refreshment only at the Anchor Inn. TQ 420 158. 7mi/11.3km. Moderate. Contact: Jill 01273 480167 or 07938 833868 on the day. Saturday 16 September, 14:30

Hassocks Horticultural Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Lots to see at our Autumn Show – so come along to see members’ exhibits of flowers, floral art, veg and fruit, cookery, preserves, handicrafts, photography and paintings. Also a children’s open class. Plants for sale and refreshments. Saturday 16 September, 15:00

Choral Treat

St John the Evangelist, Church Lane, Newtimber, Hassocks BN6 9BT Nick Andrews (our organist) will be singing the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with two of his friends. Followed

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Monday 18 September, 14:00 for 14:15-16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL Lunch at the Bent Arms from 12.00. Irish Postal History by Florence McCarthy. Jim Etherington 01273 471897, Monday 18 September, 19:30

Hurst Singers Open Practice

The Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9SA We have an exciting and enjoyable programme to prepare for the Christmas Concert on Sunday 10th December. If you want to see what we do before giving us a try, then come along to the Open Practice. Contact: David 01273 831801 Monday 18 September, 19:45-21:15

East Grinstead Natural History Society

St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT Barn Owl Conservation – Peter Flower – Warden of Kent Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre at Bough Beech Reservoir. £4.50 for guests including refreshments.

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An AGA Can Do It All – Demonstration

The AGA Shop, 10 Market Square, Horsham RH12 1EU A complete days cooking to demonstrate the versatility of the New Generation AGA cookers for prospective, new and inherited AGA owners. £18.00 or free to customers thinking of purchasing an Aga. Lots more dates available for Autumn and Winter. Contact: The AGA Shop, 01403 254955, 01403 262588, agaliving-co Tuesday 19 September, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY Craft Evening with Hazel, Beryl, Brenda and Helen. Jane Biggs 01273 834421 Tuesday 19 September, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £2 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741 Wednesday 20 September, 10:15 for 10:45 - 12:00

The Arts Society Mid Sussex

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Talk by Leslie Primo on Joseph Wright

of Derby and the Men and Art of the Lunar Society. Through paintings exploring the life of men of the Lunar Society. Non members welcome, £7 on the door.

coffees and lunches. Entry £5.00.

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Wednesday 20 September, 20:00-22:00

Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Retrouvailles, vin et tombola followed by the short AGM. All members and visitors are most welcome. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN A talk by a member of the Lindfield Bonfire Society Committee about the history of the bonfire night celebrations in Lindfield. Please call the Library on 01444 255444 for free tickets.

Durrington Community Centre, Romany Road, Durrington BN13 3FJ Angela was an Air Hostess in the 1950s and 60s when it was considered to be a very glamorous job. She will recount her travels and stories, including celebrities and her life as a writer and TV appearances after settling down in the UK. Members £2. Visitors welcome £4.

Wednesday 20 September, 20:00-22:30

Thursday 21 September, 14:30

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

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN This month’s lecture is Resorting to the Coast-Sussex Seaside History by Dr Geoffrey Mead. Membership £7, plus £3 per Lecture. Non-members £5 per Lecture. Contact: Anne Tucker 01444 455803

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – Retrouvailles & AGM

Meeting of the Royal Marines Association

Thursday 21 September, 09:30–15:30

Autumn Gift Fair in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice

Knepp Castle, West Grinstead, Shipley, Nr Horsham RH13 8LJ Browse a superb selection of 80 stalls selling, gifts, fashion, accessories, food and much more not to be found on the high street. Tea,

Guy Fawkes, The Gunpowder Plot and Lindfield’s Celebrations

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Thursday 21 September 18:00 – 21:00

Raw Food Workshop/ Supper Club with Steve Charter

One The Square, Forest Row RH18 5HD This workshop will inspire you to include more raw food into your daily diets with delicious ingredients. Steve will guide you through the principles of eating raw and together you will prepare a delicious supper. £35 per person 01342 826465

Flying in 1950s & 60s – tales from a retired Air Hostess

Thursday 21 September, 20:00-21:00

Wivelsfield Historical Society – Anglo Saxon Angleland

Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QG Our speaker, ‘Osgar’ aka Mak Norman, will examine who the Anglo Saxons were and what brought them to the land of the Britons. Friday 22 September – Saturday 08 October

Carol Farrow: Crossing Boundaries – A Commemorative Exhibition Jointure Studios, 11 South Street, Ditchling, Sussex BN6 8UQ A show of her pioneering wall-hung paperworks and sculptural paperclay Contact: Friday 22 September, 09:30-15:30

Sketchbook Club

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY

‘The Curious History of the Cottage Garden’

Talk & Tour with Stephanie Donaldson

14 Sept, 10.30am - 1.30pm (advance booking) Trace the history of many plants associated with the cottage garden. During this fascinating talk, Stephanie gradually assembles the plants creating a stunning table top cottage garden. Stephanie is a renowned garden author and former garden editor of Country Living magazine. RHS Members and Friends: £24, Non-members: £30 Includes light refreshments plus a Garden tour. 01444 450326 Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP


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Friday 22 September, 10:00-12:00

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Bowls Club, South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9QB Local ladies are holding a Coffee Morning with stalls and raffle. Everyone most welcome. All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support. Do come along. £3.50 to include delicious cake. Friday 22 September, 10:00-16:00

Clearspring Taster Day

The Seasons Healthfood Shop, 10-11 Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DN We will be giving you a chance to try some of the amazing organic products that Clearspring have to offer! 01342 824673 Friday 22 September, 19:45 for 20:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society – A Talk

The Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Nature through the Year – January to June by Speaker, Peter Lovett. Admission: Free to members, non-members welcome: entrance fee £3. £2 to members of other Historical Societies. (A Hurstpierpoint Festival event). Saturday 23 September, 09:00-13:00

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook/Hassocks Village Market Saturday 23 September

Hurstpierpoint College Open Morning

College Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS You are warmly invited to the PrePrep, Prep and Senior School Open Morning. The Heads, teaching staff and pupils look forward to welcoming prospective pupils and their families to their Open Morning. For further information please contact Dianne Allison on 01273 836936 or email Saturday 23 September, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society Autumn Show

Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY All the bounty of Autumn produce and flowers plus cookery, photography and children’s exhibits. Tea and home-made cake. Raffle and auction of produce at end of show. Exhibiting is free and open to all. Schedules with full details from Gibsons in the High Street. Entry: £1. Kathy Green

Saturday 23 September, 19:00-23:00

Fawlty Towers Comedy Evening

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield BN5 9LJ Join us for the comedy dinner event of the year, which combines a sumptuous 3 course meal and classic comedy action. £37.50 per person booking essential. 01903 815757 info@tottingtonmanor. Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Bluebell Railway – Steam Through the Ages

Horsted Keynes Station, Near Haywards Heath RH17 7BB Sheffield Park will recreate a Victorian era, leading on to Horsted Keynes with a 1940s wartime display. Kingscote will offer a recreation of a 1960s restaurant and East Grinstead will recreate the sounds of the 1980s. Travel tickets are valid all day, so hop on and off the trains to explore what is going on at each station as much as you like! Please see www. steam-through-the-ages for more information or 01825 720800 Saturday 23 September, 19:45-22:00

Haywards Heath Music Society Concert

St Wilfrids Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH Virtuoso international prizewinning pianist Samson Tsoy will play 5 Preludes by Rachmaninov and Schumann’s Kreisleriana. £12 members, £15 non-members. Student and family ticket concessions. www. Sunday 24 September, 10:00-17:00

Classics in Town & U3A Promotion Town Centre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Come and see a selection of what our U3A Groups do displayed outside Lidl’s. Also, a selection of Classic and Vintage motor cars will be displayed. Contact: Fred Bone 07773 778484 Sunday 24 September, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Hurstpierpoint Festival Walk 2

Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9SJ Car Park, Wanbarrow Farm, Albourne, Sayers Common, Coombe Farm, Car Park. 5mi/8km Leisurely. Contact: Brian J 07985 201335 on the day. Sunday 24 September, 11:00-15:00

Wedding Show

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield BN5 9LJ Join us for a fashion show, live entertainment, wedding cake competition, free bridal goodie bag and so much more. Free entry. 01903 815757 Sunday 24 September, 12:00

The Children’s Trust Foundation – Family Race Day Plumpton Racecourse BN7 3AL See Local Living Sunday 24 September, 16:00

String Trio Concert in Newtimber

Steam through the Ages Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September Travel through 100 years of history in one day! This new event will bring different eras from history to life with a different decade recreated at each station. The London Brighton and South Coast Railway, from which the Bluebell Railway evolved, began life in the 1840s and it is the Victorian Era that Sheffield Park will depict. Horsted Keynes Station will give a flavour of life during the war years of the 1940s while Kingscote will be a groovy kind of place to be with the 1960s taking centre stage.


Take away the fear of a blank page using copying and tracing techniques and build your artistic skills, perfect for beginners & improvers. Lots more info on our website. £65. www. 07967 819540

Halloween Scream Train October 27th 2017 New for 2017!

During the Hours of daylight, Halloween Scream train will be running for all of you spook loving children! Come and travel on our vintage steam train with some of the characters, to their rather chaotic station with all sorts of ghastly go-ing’s on! Please do bring a spare tissue along for the rather snotty, ‘Dr. Bo Gey’!

For those who yearn for a more dark and scary experience. Do you dare to come along to the Bluebell Railway’s Plague Platform this Halloween? Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a light hearted ‘Ghost train’, but an immersive steam journey to a historic location with a dark secret. Due to the nature of the evening event, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and it is not suitable for those under the age of 12. Booking is essential for these services.

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DiaryDates St John the Evangelist, Church Lane, Newtimber BN6 9BT Classical concert followed by tea and cake. Schubert – Bb, D471. Kodaly – Intermezzo. Bach – Goldberg Variations. £12 for adults (£6 for under 18s). Limited tickets. Lucy. 01273 831877 Monday 25 September, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY Lagwood - a talk by Paul Roberts. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351 Tuesday 26 September, 10:00-16:00

Jewellery and Antiques Valuation Day

The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Bonhams specialists will be offering free auction valuations on items you may be considering selling. hove@ Tim Squire-Sanders 01273 220000 Wednesday 27 September, 19:45 for 20:00

East Grinstead RSPB local group – AGM & Illustrated Lecture

Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT AGM followed by lecture – Southdown Farmland Initiative by Bruce Fowkes, a Conservation Officer with the RSPB. £5 for guests, £4 members. Contact: Mark Roberts 01342 843190 Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 September, 10:15-11:30

Steyning Grammar School Year 7 Open Days Church Street, Steyning BN44 3RX An opportunity to visit and sample a school that values every student and encourages them to be the ‘best they can be’. Contact: 01903 814555, Wednesday evenings 27 September & 04 October

A Course of Two Evening Sessions

One The Square, Forest Row RH18 5HD These beautiful, tactile baskets hang across the body and are perfect for carrying things in. This course is particularly suited to beginners, but those with previous experience will be able to develop existing skills. Tutor: Ruby Taylor, Native Hands. £90 for both evenings. 01342 826465 Wednesday 27 September, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Malcom Driffield – Demonstration on all aspects of Bonsai. Free for first visit. Tea and coffee will be available. www.sussexbonsaigroup. Thursday 28 September, 10:00-16:00

Teacher Recruitment Open Days – Lewes and Pulborough

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Thursday 28 September

Steyning Grammar School Open Evening

Church Street, Steyning BN44 3RX Presentation from the Headteacher and tours at 5.45pm and 6.30pm. Boarding tours available at 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Contact: 01903 814555 Friday 29 September, 10:00-12:00

Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Village Hall, London Road, Sayers Common BN6 9HX Do come along and support this special Coffee Morning where you will enjoy homemade cakes, pastries and delicious coffee. We will also have a Bring & Buy stall. If you are unable to attend and wish to donate, please text 70550 to donate £5 to donate, and text code MUG PCR6. Friday 29 September - Sunday 01 October Friday 12:00-20:00, Saturday/Sunday, 10:00-17:00

The Attic Art Club Original Art Fair

The Queen’s Hall, High Street, Cuckfield, West Sussex RH17 5EL Refreshments served 6pm. Original paintings, woodwork, sculpture, glassware and jewellery for sale by Sussex based artists. Admission free but voluntary contributions to Dame Vera Lynn’s charity for children with cystic fibrosis.

Enjoy a fun-packed line-up of countryside displays, ‘have a go’ country sports, great shopping and delicious food and drink. £11 adults, £9 seniors/students. Children under 16 free with a paying adult. Book online for 10% discount, offer ends midnight 29 September. 01444 892700

Saturday 30 September, 09:30-12:30

Windlesham House School Open Morning Windlesham House School, London Road, Pulborough, Washington RH20 4AY Pre-Prep and Prep School Open Morning with presentations from Headmaster and Director of Studies and individual tour of school. Contact: 01903 874701 whsadmissions@windlesham. com, Saturday 30 September

£10 Tray Day

Clive Miller Butchers, 2 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RU £10 Tray Days are on the last Saturday of every month. 20 different varieties of meats to choose from. Contact: Clive Miller 01273 832256 Saturday 30 September, 10:00-12:00

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Ballard & Shortall Forest Row, East Grinstead, Horley, Horsham, Crawley & Lingfield branches Come along and support this worthy

charity whilst having a chat and enjoying light refreshments. Donations welcome. Contact: Pippa Yates 01342 822120

Saturday 30 September, 10:00-13:00

Burgess Hill Theatre Club Coffee Morning

Burgess Hill Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9AS Coffee Morning – Enjoy coffee, tea and cakes at the Theatre. Also, the Box Office opens for The Tin Woman. Saturday 30 September, 10:00-16:00

Steyning Family Foodie Day Cobblestone Walk, Steyning See Local Living

Saturday 30 September, 19:30

Mercury – The Official UK No. 1 Tribute to Queen

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Mercury is now established as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to Freddie Mercury and Queen. Tickets £18. Contact: 01444 242888 Saturday 30 September, 20:00

Strictly Dance Magic

Croft Hall, Burgess Hill School for Girls, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 OEG Doors open 19:45. £6. Complimentary refreshments, ballroom, latin, jive and sequence. Large hall with sprung floor, soft lighting and ample on-site parking. 07767 411115, 01444 248926

Friday 29 September, 19:00

Crawley Keyboard Concert

Maidenbower Junior School, Harvest Road, Maidenbower RH10 7RA Great evening of live music showcasing David Harrild. Members and visitors made welcome. Members £4. Visitors £6. Contact: Brenda Mayne 01293 784166 Friday 29 September

Tapas Evening

The Five Bells Inn, Chailey Green BN8 4DA An evening of authentic tapas food and traditional Spanish music. Contact: 01825 722259 Friday 29 September, 19:30-22:30

Old Time Music Hall – Including Supper

St Andrew’s Church, Edburton BN5 9LX Social evening listening to and singing music hall songs with the Pyecombe Choir in a wonderful downland church setting. £10.00. Jane Warne 07812-465-559 Saturday 30 September, 09:00-17:00

Muddy Dog Challenge 2017

Hever Castle, Hever TN8 7NG Jump, run, slip and slide round a 2.5k or 5k course with your dog, friends, or on your own. From £37. 32. Saturday 30 September & Sunday 01 October, 09:00-17:00

Autumn Show & Game Fair

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL

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free magazine Pick up a free copy of Sussex Living from any of the local businesses listed here. Our widespread distribution means that you don’t have to go out of your way to find us. Businesses highlighted on the list have one of our distinctive swing signs. We try to make sure these locations always have magazines to pick up.


Haywards Heath


Cuckfield Pantry and Tea Rooms, Marcus Grimes, Haywards Heath Rugby Club, The Wheatsheaf Inn, Wealden Stores, Sussex Crafts, Cuckfield Pet and Country Store


Norman Hobbs, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Clair Hall, Deli 13, The Dolphin, The Orchards Shopping Centre, Nuffield Health Hospital, Mid Sussex D.C., Haywards Heath Homecare, Café Elvira (Borde Hill), The Bay Tree, Haywards Heath Town Council, Middleton Butchers, Mulberrys, The Birch Hotel, Archies Sandwich Bar, Fox & Hounds, Northlands Pharmacy, Action for Deafness, The Style Lounge, The Letting People, Antares, Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning, Strands, Go Gourmet, The Clinic at Borde Hill

Village Hall, Ernest Doe Power

Ansty Ansty Cross Service Station


Ardingly Post Office

Ditchling Post Office, The White Horse, Hogg House Café, Middleton Common Farm Shop, Oaks Poultry Farm

Ashurst Wood

East Chiltington

Ardingly New Store, Post Office

The Jolly Sportsman


East Grinstead

Balcombe Tea Rooms, Balcombe Stores, Cowdray Arms

Bolney Bolney Cross Service Station, Eight Bells, Old Mill Farm Shop

Bramber The Castle Inn Hotel

Burgess Hill Bolney Grange Garage, Co-op (Sheddingdean), Coffee Zone Burgess Hill Station, Help Point, Market Place Shopping Centre, Martlets Hall, The Triangle, Miss Mabel’s Magnificent Emporium, Mid Sussex Porsche, Peewees Hairshops, The Town Fish and Chips, Hair+Beauty for Everyone, Heights, Disco Furnishings, The Letting People, Arington Estate Lettings, So Sussex Osteopathy, Munchies, P&S Gallagher, Real Ales at Worlds End, Bodle Brothers, Jupps Fish & Chips, Upmarket 22

Chailey The Five Bells, South Chailey Stores, Chailey Heritage Foundation

Chelwood Gate National Cat Centre

Clayton Jack and Jill

Copthorne Olivers Coffee & Wine, Acorns Gym

Crawley Down The Haven Centre, Dental Care Centre, The Dukes Head

Cowfold Camelia Botnar


Granary Flowers at Heaven Farm

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Edburton Springs Smoked Salmon, Tottington Manor

Felbridge Alfresco Shop

Findon Findon Village Stores

Fletching Griffin Inn

Forest Row Llama Park, Cyrnel Bakery, Forest Row Community Centre, Forest Row (Social) Club, Ziggy’s Pet Supplies, Co-op, Java & Jazz, Seasons Bishops Home Hardware

Fulking Shepherd and Dog

Goddards Green The Sportsman

Handcross Sabrina’s Sweet Things, Royal Oak Inn, Wyevale Garden Centre, Bellamie, Handcross Hardware, High Beeches Tearooms, Handcross Butchers

Hassocks Mama Ghanoushe, Budgens, Hassocks Station, Marchants Estate Agents, The Purple Carrot, JJ’s Café, Royal British Legion, Garden Sage, Identity

Henfield Budgens, Stokes, Swains Farm & Garden Centre, The George Inn, Blacklands, Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery, Kebab Knight, The Wheatsheaf

Hickstead Wishing Wells

Horsted Keynes The Crown Inn

Hurstpierpoint Washbrooks Farm, Cutters Barn, Co-op, The Mace Shop, Janton News, Feathers, Sussex Living Head Office

Keymer The Greyhound Inn

Lewes Keizer Frames, Fillers Cafe, The Dorset, John Harvey Tavern, The Volunteer, The Bus Station, Newman & Burtenshaw, Lewes Emporium, Robsons, Clifford Dann, Harveys Brewery Shop, The Needlemakers, Riverside Café, White Hart Hotel, Brewers Arms

Lindfield SWALK, Co-op, Limes, Glyn Thomas Butchers, Clough’s, Field + Forrest

Lingfield Lingfield Station, Loulou Jane Cakes, Lingfield Community Centre, McColls

Maidenbower Co-op, The Frog’s Hole

Maresfield The Chequers

Newick Sussex Village Stores

North Chailey Forget Me Not Cafe & Tea Rooms

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Upper Beeding

The Curry Cottage, Blacksmiths Arms

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Beeding News, The Rising Sun, Nisa Local


Sheffield Park

West Grinstead

Bluebell Railway, Trading Boundaries

The Orchard Restaurant

New Priory Vets

Plumpton Half Moon, Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton College

Plumpton Green Village Store and Post Office, The Plough Inn

Poynings The Royal Oak, Rushfields Garden Centre

Pyecombe Pyecombe Golf Club, The Plough Inn, Wayfield Park Farm, Pyecombe Church

Sayers Common Community Shop

Small Dole Stores and Post Office

Staplefield Jolly Tanners, The Victory Inn

Streat Blackberry Wood

Steyning Flicker Rose, Get Waisted, The Steyning Tea Rooms, Sussex Produce Company

Turners Hill

Grange Farm, The Dukes Head, Central Stores

West Hoathly

The Fox Eating and Drinking House

Wineham The Royal Oak

Wivelsfield Green Post Office, The Cock Inn

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to find out more please call

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The Smiling Upholsterer

Made and Making


Creative workshops

for adults & children sewing-knitting-crochet-printing patchwork-papercraft-calligraphy felting and lots more 1-2-1 & group bookings available

Forest Row

Tel: 07947 242467

Fine Hand-made Goods Annie Sloan Paints Craft Workshops Raw Organic Juice Café

learn it, love it, make it

Visit or call 07967 819540

Pod 4 & 8, Town Place Farm, Sloop Lane, Scaynes Hill , RH17 7NN

One The Square, Forest Row, RH18 5HE 01342 826465


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Do you need help with keeping your garden tidy? Would you like your garden to look beautiful again? What we do:

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Local collection & return service courtesy cars available

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No job too big or small, we love them all!


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Forest Row Village Club Friendly CIU Affiliated Club

Open to both members & non-members

Tom’s Food offers a relaxed, stylish space to indulge in tasty coffees, brunch dishes and seasonal lunches along with teas and homemade cakes. In the evenings Tom caters for private dining, with bespoke menus as well as pop up restaurant nights.

Darts, Pool & Snooker Sky Sports Free Wifi & Car Park ** Friday Happy Hour **


For hire Open 7 days a week Corner House, High Street, Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5JX

Tel: 01444 473 384


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Inc. Ballard & Shortall Forest Row 01342 822 120 Showroom: 27 Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5DY

01342 823397

An extensive range of homecare products at affordable prices in a 5000 sq ft warehouse – your one stop shop in Haywards Heath

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Brian Sykes Est.30 years 07977 273 023 | 01444 236 128


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Haywards Heath Homecare

QUALITY. INTEGRITY. RELIABILITY A full-service decoration company with more than 15 years of experience. Our staff pride themselves not only on the quality of the work, but also their professionalism. We will turn up on time and do work at the very highest specification for the agreed price.

Contact us for a free quote. All work undertaken.

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Landscaping Garden Care

• All aspects of landscaping & design • Walls • Paving • Fencing • Ponds • Turfing   • Hedges cut • Mowing • Garden clearance • General maintenance • Block paving & patio surface renovations • Royal Botanic Gardens trained • 25 Years experience • Fully insured Tel Steve on

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Everything you could possibly wish for to keep your pets happy & fed with a range of food, English-made beds & toys Huge range of wild bird feed & feeders coal, logs & calor gas LARGE FREE CAR PARK - LOCAL HOME DELIVERY OPEN 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday Staplefield Road Cuckfield l West Sussex l RH17 5HY

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House Signs • Handcarved house names • House numbers • Restoration carving 07761 065857 01444 456105


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Keeping Business Local!

Southdown Bodyshop • Accident Repairs

• MOT Welding • Valeting

• Trade / Retail / Dents / Scratches / Stains

• ICI Mixing Scheme – Low Bake Oven

• Loan Cars Available

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Unit 27, Mid Sussex Business Park, Ditchling Common, Ditchling, West Sussex BN6 8SE Email: Tel: 01444 254910 / 07788 580024


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Unit 18, SM Tidy’s Industrial Estate, Ditchling Common, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8SG Tel: 01444 241455

Windows > Conservatories > Folding Doors > Timber Products

Adrian Inman

BHW Glass Ltd

Painting and Decorating

Specialists in quality replacement windows, doors & conservatories Over 25 years of experience For all your Domestic & Commercial Painting & Decorating needs Whether you need a single door painted, damaged paintwork or wallpaper replaced, or a whole room or house redecorated, you can rely on me to provide a proffessional and skilled service. Call now for a free estimate

Replacement windows & doors PVCu, timber & aluminum • Fascia, cladding, soffits

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

The Gables, Church Road, Partridge Green, West Sussex, RH13 8JS

01403 713757 |

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Burgess Hill

Tel: 01444 25 33 28


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Monday-Friday: 8.30 - 5.30 • Saturday: 8.30 - 12.00 • Sunday: Closed

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