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Editor’s comment Welcome to the May issue of Sussex Living, which we are delighted to celebrate with the results of our first ever photo competition, in association with Park Cameras. Springtime in Mid Sussex’ was the theme – and the best entries are featured in all their technicolour glory on pp. 7-11. We sent Roger Linn to Maidenbower to discover what lies behind the modern façade of this vibrant community. We are indebted to local historian David Palmer who very kindly agreed to share his extensive research on the subject with us (pp. 63-64). Over in East Grinstead, the town is celebrating its first Townscape (pp. 88-89), an exciting contemporary art trail which will run for 6 months, bringing the work of 10 local artists right to the heart of the community. This month’s Home & Garden feature (pp.12-17) is all about what to do with the spare room, should you be lucky enough to have one. Home office? Guest room? Home gym? The possibilities are endless… Lisa de Silva went to meet Pamela Parsons MBE, founder of Burgess Hill based charity Midwives And Parents Support (MAPS). Seeing a gaping hole in the provision of emotional and practical assistance for those who have lost a baby, midwife Pamela has dedicated herself to helping bereaved parents. Read her moving and inspirational story on pp. 55-57. Chantry Farm in Poynings (pp. 32-34) is one of those places that seems to have always been there, adapting to the

surrounding community through the centuries. Ruth Lawrence spoke to owner Beki Adams and was given the guided tour of the glorious countryside. Also this month, we are introducing two new columns: ‘Trash to Treasure’ (p. 47) sees Ruth making something amazing out of nothing special every month, reflecting the popular trend to re-use, upcycle and conserve natural resources. ‘Mind Body Soul’ (p. 58) takes a look at holistic perspectives and complementary approaches to wellbeing. We hope you enjoy them both. May, of course, wouldn’t be complete without an appreciation of the great outdoors, and where better to do this than in a Charity Open Garden? Every year throughout spring and summer, hundreds of private gardens take part in this wonderful initiative, and we always try to feature as many as we can in the magazine. This month, it’s Chelwood Gate and West Hoathly’s turn (pp. 444-45). Here’s hoping for more sunshine and flowers!

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Contents 7-11

Springtime in Mid Sussex


Photography competition results


Home & Garden: Work that spare room! by Lisa de Silva


The Kitchen People: How to wow

20 21

The View from the Downs

31 32-34


Could you be a foster carer? Food Glorious Food by Robert Hanson

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You can count on PRB Accountants Diary Dates


Martin & Co: No more fretting about letting!

MOTivated vehicle servicing


Business to Business

Local Living


East Grinstead Townscape 2014 by Lisa de Silva

Lindfield Motors



Driven by success


Letters & Feedback

Chantry Farm: In the lands of time by Ruth Lawrence



by Roger Linn at Ditchling MOT’s Ltd


Crawley Down Walk by Les Campbell

Chris Elsey


The Last Word by Tanis Banham & Carla Faulks


Local Business Directory

Carving words in stone


Blooming Times by Flo Whitaker, Burgess Hill Horticultural Society




Charity gardens to grow your imagination by Ruth Lawrence and Hanna Lindon


Trash to Treasure by Ruth Lawrence


Mirror mirror on the wall‌ by Nicole Tata


Health & Beauty Marvellous May is here to stay!


Back to health with AG Pusey Associates




Midwives and Parent Support Remembering our angel babies by Lisa de Silva


Mind Body Soul by Nicole Tata


Everycare Mid Sussex Home is where the heart is


Maidenbower: Modern living country style by Roger Linn SuSSex Living May 2014


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This spring, readers of Sussex Living and customers of Park Cameras had the chance to win a Canon PowerShot Sx50 HS, worth over £500, with our latest photo competition. We wanted you to get creative with your cameras, and you certainly didn’t disappoint – entries to the photo competition were many and varied! Not only is it obvious from all the glorious images you sent in how beautiful spring is in this part of Sussex, it was also fascinating to discover how different people interpreted the theme. We would like to thank all those who took part in the competition – as you can see from these pages, the standard was extremely high, meaning choosing a winner was no easy task!


Congratulations to Carole Baker whose photo of a bee collecting nectar charmed us all. Carole should feel very proud to be winning first prize, a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, courtesy of Park Cameras. What we loved about this photo was the colours and detail that had been captured, along with the patience that it must have taken to get the shot. Carole used the caption ‘Lunch Time! Next flower please....’

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In second place was Jon Ashe with his image ‘The Great Spring Flood’. The floods affected so many people, not only in Mid Sussex but across the UK. Whilst the sky is grey and overcast, there is still a lot of light and detail in the photo, with the bright green grass and reflection of the tree. There is even a rainbow appearing in the background. Just wonderful.

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Third place was awarded to Peter Holy with his image ‘Sheep on Devil’s Dyke’, taken on a cold spring morning. We liked how the sheep seemed to be in an orderly circle in the fields, and how it was shot, with the photo leading the eye mysteriously across the fields, waiting for the viewer to explore more of Mid Sussex. continued on next page


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Home Office

Working from home is a reality for many of us, and the spare room can make a great home office. At first blush, you might think you don’t need much: a desk, chair, some shelving – how hard can it be? However, if the room is a multi-functional space, your mantra ought to be ‘storage, storage, storage’. No-one wants to see piles of files on the floor or desk, and being surrounded by clutter is not conducive to a calm, efficient mind. Built-in

cupboards, shelving and drawers can work wonders for hiding paperwork and general mess, making the room look pleasant and tidy when the office is closed. If the room is small, consider a glass desk to give the impression of spaciousness, and do invest in a really good office chair if you spend a lot of time sitting at the desk – your back will thank you. continued on next page S u ss e x L i v i n g May 2014



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Many of us dream of how amazing we could look if all our clothes, shoes and jewellery were organised and accessible. A dressing room is what we need! Storage is key here, so streamline the look with fitted and hanging cupboards along one wall for easy access to everything in your wardrobe. Keep colours light and neutral and perhaps invest in a full-lenth mirror, so you can get dressed in comfort and style, confident of your appearance before you step out. If the room doubles up as a guest bedroom, a convertible chair bed is a good option, as is a cheval mirror that can be moved elsewhere if necessary.

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Do you have friends or family to stay a lot? Having a guest bedroom definitely takes the strain out of sofa surfing in the living room! Make it a proper room, giving the same attention to style and decor as you would your other bedrooms, but perhaps keeping to a slightly more neutral colour palette. If the room is not that spacious, try to fit a (small) double bed in all the same. Alternatively, you might want to consider bunk beds – particularly useful for children and teenagers – or a space saving sofa bed.


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Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a room where all is calm – a sanctuary from the daily hustle and bustle, a place where you could go to lose yourself in a book, for quiet contemplation or perhaps yoga practice? A dedicated reading room would be my personal idea of heaven. Obviously, you will need to consider the amount of books to be housed and maybe find a good carpenter to fit bespoke bookcases. Floor-toceiling bookshelves can look fantastic, and a whole wall of books will give you that genuine library vibe. Lighting will be important, and comfort too. A daybed or sofabed could double up as a guest bed, and don’t forget the scatter cushions! Think of having bright directional light for reading, which can be dimmed or switched off altogether when you want to relax completely.

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Whether your passion is sewing, painting, photography or furniture making, a room specifically set aside for you to enjoy your hobby is a fantastic resource. No need to set up or clear away, you can simply indulge your interests whenever you feel like it. Depending on your chosen activity, it’s important to think about the practicalities here – hardwearing flooring, blackout blinds, a large worktop, special equipment – and plenty of storage is essential.

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right for their lifestyle and space, along with choosing the right materials and colours. But best of all, I love seeing them thrilled with their new kitchen.” The Kitchen People have always enjoyed an enviable reputation; owner Paul Edwards and Sarah both work hard to deliver outstanding customer service in all aspects of kitchen design and installation. Recently, they have made a conscious decision to broaden their selection of suppliers so that a wide range of kitchen styles – from traditional Shaker to sleek ultramodern – are now available across all budgets. The remodelled showroom

displays provide plenty of inspiration for those who are not yet decided on a particular look. “The trend at the moment is for a modern, contemporary style,” explains Sarah. “We’ve redesigned the showroom to show clients the type of look that can be achieved with handleless units, finished in either high gloss or matt, along with the latest in designer appliances and accessories.” These include a stunning designer extractor fan (which wouldn’t look out of place in the Tate Modern!) and printed glass splashback. Whereas the trend has been to paint the back of the glass in an accent colour, with advances

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“The overall result is amazing and I’m totally delighted. The Kitchen People listened to my brief and created a real wow design. Their attention to detail, professionalism, quality of workmanship and general overall quality was simply awesome.”

in digital printing clients can now choose to print anything, such as a favourite location, faux brickwork or even a picture of the family, on the back of the glass. Also new are midi towers for housing appliances. Less intrusive than full height towers, “midi towers are great for softening the impact of the kitchen. As many kitchens are now multi-zone rooms, with dining and lounging areas, they help the kitchen area interact with the rest of the room without overpowering it,” explains Sarah. “If you’re thinking of a new kitchen, the best advice is to come in, have a look round and have a chat with us,” says Paul. “We both have a huge amount of experience and can help inform your decision making. Over the years, I’ve seen every shape, colour and style of kitchen in every type of house from

“Our kitchen was very central to the design of our new home. We wanted it to be contemporary but we needed to embrace the warehouse space the house offered. The Kitchen People came up with some amazing ideas to work with our steel and glass and we are thrilled with the result. They were extremely professional and made the whole experience a lot of fun.” studio flats to windmills, so I’ve got a good idea of any potential pitfalls, and more importantly, how to get around them!” It’s this time spent planning and the attention to detail that makes the service offered by The Kitchen People stand out. Once you have an idea of the type of kitchen you would like, Paul will make an initial site survey and ask you for a ‘wish list’. Then it’s over to Sarah who will

create a computer-aided design incorporating these elements within the budget and give everyone a photo-quality 3D tour of the new kitchen. To ensure a top quality and stress-free installation service, The Kitchen People always use the same fitters, whom they know and trust, while in-house project management means there is complete peace of mind. They take care of all electrics, plumbing, plastering, decorating and can also complete any building or extension work needed, so clients don’t need to co-ordinate or organise anything at all. Regardless of whether you’re simply replacing an old kitchen or planning a larger project to remodel your kitchen space and give it the wow factor, everyone benefits from the same high level of service. What’s more, having a presence on the High Street means clients can call in any time to discuss changes or concerns. “We love being on the High Street,” Sarah tells me. “We have clients who had kitchens three or four years ago who still call in to say hello.” While the majority of the company’s work is local, personal referrals have recently seen The Kitchen People extending their reach to the wider parts of the county, working in Arundel, Worthing and West Wittering. “We always say to people:, don’t assume you can’t afford to shop for a kitchen locally,” says Paul. “Come and talk to us, because once you’ve taken into account the quality of the fitting and the service we offer, you’ll find we are competitively priced.”

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Strictly Gardening Strictly Gardening, Haywards Heath’s community gardening show, is certainly growing in reputation, with The Telegraph’s Helen Yemm and our new High Sheriff of West Sussex, Jonathan Lucas, both taking part this year. The event, which takes place in The Orchard’s Shopping Centre on Saturday 10th May, 10am4pm, will provide the very best of advice, ideas and inspiration for gardeners – both green-fingered or just green – as well as lots of stalls and entertainment. The very popular celebrity panel will also be there to answer your questions, chaired by Jean Griffin of BBC Radio Sussex, and anything goes as far as the questions are concerned – the more intriguing, the better! Meanwhile, the whole community will be involved with the schools’ painting competition ‘Over the Rainbow’, a Scarecrow Procession and Award and a quite beautiful sculptured bird table prize for the best mosaic from our Care and Nursing Homes. And, with the help of a West Sussex County Council grant, all these homes have been given the plants to create their own Sensory Garden. There will be a vibrant display of exhibitors and stalls, selling everything conceivable for your garden and, of course, fun quizzes for our visitors, with prizes from The Gardener’s Arms in Ardingly and Borde Hill Garden, not to mention our local school choirs and Pom Pom girls who’ll be entertaining us, and an ‘idiot’s guide’ to arranging flowers by de Novo Flowers. Hosting the Show, Orchards Manager Nicola Bird, is very excited: “The best thing about Strictly is that it involves the whole of our community,” she says. “Also, I’m getting married this year, so it’s pretty fantastic for me as we move into our own home, that I’ll be getting all the gardening help I’m going to need!” For more information and to get involved, please contact Nicola Bird on 01444 410 620 ( or Ruth de Mierre on 01444 453 399 (


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Burgess Hill Bike Ride The 22nd annual Burgess Hill Bike Ride takes place on Sunday 8th June. For the first time, this local popular event is being organised by the Lions Club and Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District. There will be some key changes under the ‘new management’, although most of the event will be familiar to regular participants. Cyclists will still have a choice of 10-mile, 20-mile and 40mile circular routes, all starting and finishing at Oakmeeds Community College in the town centre. All courses pass through the beautiful Sussex countryside around our town, including the South Downs at Fulking and views over parts of East Sussex. Entrants will be asked to pay their entrance fee but will not be asked to collect any sponsorship monies. In a new departure this year, only fees will be used to provide funds for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and other local charities. Open Days will be held at the Market Place on Saturdays 3rd and 17th May and at the South Downs Nurseries on Sundays 11th and 18th May. Members of Lions or Rotary clubs will be in attendance. Entrance fees are £15 for adults and £5 for children aged 10 to 15, who must be accompanied by an adult. As an incentive to families, organisers are also offering a family ticket for up to two adults and two children, priced at a bargain £30. So the kids go free! “I am delighted that the Lions Club and Bike Ride Chairman Malcolm Stephens invited us to jointly organise this important local event. I am sure it will be just the start of a major collaboration, and I believe, a whole new

chapter for the Burgess Hill Bike Ride,” said President of the Rotary Club of Burgess Hill and District, Annemarie Allen. The famous Burgess Hill Bike Ride T-shirt, which is of a different design every year, will again be given away free to all advance bookers whilst stocks last. T-shirts will also be on sale to entrants on the day for just £5. All proceeds will go to the designated charities.

Balcombe History Society ‘Treasures from our Archive’ is the title of the Society’s Exhibition on Saturday 3rd May, 10am-4pm at the Victory Hall. A wide range of interesting exhibits will be on view, many of them new to us and never been shown before. Everyone will be welcome. Entry price is £1 and children are free. More than 40 archive items and local pictures will be available for all to enjoy. Many of the albums are from records kindly donated by Joan Dutton and put into presentation format by Tony Perkins. Some of the medieval coins and the 14th century bronze water jug found in Balcombe in 1897 – ‘The Balcombe Find’ – will be on display. Some of the groats, half groats and pennies minted in the reigns of Edwards I, II and III and Richard II (on loan from a private collection) will be exhibited and this will be a rare opportunity to see these items. A history of this discovery will be available and on display. The Coroner’s Inquest jury at the Half Moon Inn declared that the 12 gold coins and 742 silver coins were Treasure Trove. We shall have pictures of these gold Nobles – now held by the British Museum, on view. ‘Balcombe at War 19141918’ is a new Balcombe History Society book and will be on sale at the Exhibition at £5. This book describes the experiences of Balcombe families and is based mainly on the names on the War Memorial at the Victory Hall. It has been written and edited by Roy Bliss, Jasmine Waters and Richard Davison. Michael Noble designed

the evocative cover. These three busy people, our World War I study group, set out to research some of the effects the war had on life in Balcombe and on its people. Their work of the last five years results in this book. They will be at the Exhibition to tell you how they set about it. Over 200 men from Balcombe families served in the War. The total of those killed is not completely clear but 39 of them who did not return are named on the War Memorial at St. Mary’s Church. As much information as available about each of the men who fell in the War, including extracts from the War Diary, is provided in the central chapter of the book. The story includes “Life on the Home Front’ and the work of the VAD hospital in Stockcroft Road, as well as village events in the war years. This is a comprehensive study of special interest to Balcombe families and is a fitting tribute to all those who gave their lives for this country.

Little Horsted Fun Run Organisers of the Little Horsted Fun Run are delighted that a sponsor has stepped forward to pay for the promotion of the event along with the medals this year. Over the last four years, Little Horsted on the outskirts of Uckfield have staged a series of Charity Fun Runs. The runs have now established themselves to become an annual event, with over 250 runners taking part. This year, the organisers were very keen that everyone who participates should receive a medal. Unfortunately, due to a change of circumstance, the usual sponsor was unable to support the run this year and a plea went out in February to



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The Cemetery Club A Review by Jean-Pierre and Joan Pirault of the recent production: Director Sheila Nye and the Henfield Theatre Company team have delivered a very professional and engaging rendering of Ivan Menchell’s ‘The Cemetery Club’, a successful Broadway Play and a 1990s American film. The story is a poignant comedy and parody of the bereavement of four very different Jewish widows Ida, Doris, Lucille and Mildred. The first three ladies are ostensibly friends and share the post husband experience, but each have their own mantra and manner of coping. The scenes move smoothly between Ida’s comfortable upper middle class living room in Forest Hills, New York, to a corner in a Jewish cemetery with the Brooklyn skyline as a backdrop. Ida, Doris and Lucille meet monthly in these two locations,

swapping memories and searching for a way forward. The arrival of Sam, an uncomplicated widowed Jewish butcher, who also comes to honour his dead wife, in the cemetery, quickly leads to deceit, refined squabbling, teasing and highs and lows of the three widows, revealing their inner desires and truths. He is simply the match that lights the fire for the subsequent story of emotions, although he too is wary of new relationships. Sam is cajoled into chauffeuring the trio, who are bridesmaids, plus Mildred, his latest ladyfriend, to another Jewish widow’s wedding.

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Mayday Fair The entire length of the town’s famous Mediaeval High Street will be closed to traffic for the day (Monday 5th May) and filled with a host of stalls, some run by town organisations offering goods and produce for sale and other commercial stalls offering fun and entertainment. It’s hugely popular with townsfolk and

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LOCAL hunt for the children, a raffle with a glorious Gardener’s Hamper and other fine prizes. Some of the gardens have featured in national publications, so it promises to be a visual treat. The Village Hall will be stocked with an eclectic mixture of wares from local companies, from cards to gifts to local cheeses. There will also be an opportunity to purchase some plants in the school playground. The popular local artist, Lorna Holdcroft BA Hons, will be positioned at Atheralls Farm demonstrating her artistry and raffling off a beautiful piece that she has recently completed. This year, another exciting feature is the Wealden Astronomy Group, usually based at the Observa-tory Science Centre at Herstmonceux, who will be on hand to give an insight into amateur astronomy and giving visitors the opportunity to observe the Email your local news to sun through the society’s solar telescopes (weather permitting!). One of the gardens, ‘Stroods’, hosts a pop-up café serving delicious light lunches, refreshments and home-made cakes throughout the day, all set in an idyllic location. Mr T’s delicatessen will also be offering a warm welcome. All of this for just £6 per adult and no entry charge for children. Tickets should be purchased on the day from the school playground. Our brochure includes a map to help you navigate your way around the village.

Spring Concert The Friends of St. Peter’s Church, Chailey, invite you to a Spring Concert on Saturday 10th May, 7.30pm in our beautiful country church on Chailey Green. After a very enjoyable and successful concert in 2012, we

We have planned a programme of works to be completed in two stages and the plans for Stage 1 will see the provision of a toilet for use by disabled persons, a kitchen and better facilities for the community. We would envisage use by a crèche, Mother & Toddler groups, a meeting point for the elderly and other community functions. Tickets are priced £10, children (under 16) free, and will be available on the door. For details, please contact Fiona Pearl,, tel. 01825 723135 or Janet Barnes,, tel. 01825 722574.

are delighted to welcome back the Mid Sussex Choir (under the direction of Andrew Sutton) and Margaret Watson with her ever popular harp music. The choir will be singing pieces by John Rutter, George Shearing and other popular choral numbers. The programme will also feature the 4Tune Seekers Barbershop Quartet and soloists. Refreshments will be available in the interval. Free car parking. This year, the popular concert is part of St Peter’s fundraising effort ‘Doorway to the Future’.

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Can you remember how much you drank last night? Did you have an alcoholic drink last night? Did it start out as one glass of wine, but end up as two or three? Let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be the only one! Many people enjoy a drink, but what do you do when you find yourself drinking a bit too much a little too often? A new Alcohol Advice Line has been launched in West Sussex. Whether you want to know more about units and what the recommended limits are for lower-risk drinking, or if you are concerned you might be drinking a bit too much, the Alcohol Advice Line can help – just call 01243 642181 for guidance and information. There are lots of reasons why we should all have a think about our levels of drinking. The average wine drinker in

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LOCAL diary: Sunday 18th May. And this year, we want to make sure that even the SMALLEST riders can take part so, while making sure that we provide a challenging ride for the Bradley Wiggins impersonators amongst you, there’s a free Mini Bike Ride for your little ones too! Once the main Ride has begun, The Broadway will be transformed into a safe cycling track for Under Four’s and Over Four’s to have their very own Bike Ride track. We’d like as many children as possible to take part, so bring the family out for the day and don’t forget: there will be medals for all finishers! To make sure that everyone stays safe, Anna James and her team from Robin’s Nest Nursery are busy planning the very best zig-zags and chicanes for the older ones, while large coloured rubber markers and cones will keep the little ones happy as they zoom around the track. Email your local news to The Over Fours will need to bring their own cycles but there will be bikes available for all Under Fours! For those of us with tired or creaky muscles, the exciting news is that massage therapist, Maria Humphrey, has joined the Bike Ride Team. She will be on hand both before and after the event to help ease all those aches and pains; all she asks is that you make a small donation to our local St. Catherine’s Hospice. Organiser Mike Oliver says: “With the Ruwach Church Choir coming to sing our riders home and lots of fun and games planned for the afternoon, it looks as if this year’s GREATER Haywards Heath Bike Ride is not only going to be one of the toughest for our ‘professional’ riders but a great day out for everyone!” Please do join us on 18th May to make this the biggest and

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Friends and Neighbours A great night of entertainment is promised for Friday 6th June when ‘A Night of Variety’ is staged at Adastra Hall in Hassocks by local concert party ‘Friends and Email your local news to Neighbours’. Curtain up is at 7.30pm with two hours of song, dance, magic and audience singalongs. Advance tickets go on sale from Monday 26th May at Pavilion Electrics in Hassocks or by ringing 01273 845291, with refreshments included in the price of £4 per ticket. 6th June is the actual 70th anniversary of D-Day, so it is an ideal opportunity to come along and join us in song during the programme to commemorate that important date. Proceeds will benefit the Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association to fund much needed research into the serious illness of Crohn’s Disease. Enquiries: 01273 845291.

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The wonderful, entertaining and energetic world-famous Hammersmith Morris Men will be visiting over the first May Bank Holiday weekend. Look out for their top hats and yellow and blue striped socks in Hassocks and Keymer on Sunday 4th May at: Villa Adastra 10:30-11:00am; The Thatched Inn 11:3012:30; Oldland Mill Open Day 1-2:30pm; and The Greyhound 3-4pm. Their Sussex May weekend is the team’s first full weekend of dance in a busy year that will see ‘Smiffs’ appearing at UK folk festivals including Cambridge, Shrewsbur y and Whitby as well as further afield in Italy and Corfu.



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by success The motoring industry is a highly competitive marketplace, so for an independent garage like Lindfield Motors to be celebrating its 40th anniversary is a superb achievement. Not only does it mean that they’ve been doing many things right all these years, but they’ve been able to embrace the huge changes that have occurred over that time – changes in car ownership, changes in the economy and, perhaps most of all, changes in technology. Lindfield Motors has always been a family business. Founded by Jim and Janette Yule, these days the garage business is run by their son Alan and his wife Nicola – and what a team they make! Alan is the technical expert and runs all the electronic and mechanical side of the business, ably supported by four highly qualified mechanics. Nicola’s front-of-house expertise is a hit with the customers and, together with two colleagues, she is in charge of all admin functions. Lindfield Motors provide a full range of garage services including MOTs and servicing, but also offer more sophisticated facilities such as engine and vehicle diagnostics for virtually any modern car. “We have always invested in technology and we have the skills and the software necessary to diagnose and fix even the most complex vehicle systems in house,” Alan said. “Customers can bring in any car and we can work on it without in any way endangering the manufacturer’s warranty, as long as we use approved replacement parts.”

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Gone are the days of simply getting under the bonnet with a spanner because, as Alan explained, computers run pretty much all the car’s systems now, with some vehicles having as many as 40 separate control units. “So when you’re at Lindfield Motors and you see a mechanic sitting in the front seat of your car with a laptop, remember he’s not watching telly but simply doing his job,” Nicola laughed. Circumstances may have changed a lot over the last 40 years, but at the heart of the company’s success has always been a genuine care for their many, many customers. “And while we’re not ‘bargain basement’,” Nicola went on, “we don’t charge a premium on labour rates like main dealers who need to pay for swish showrooms and smart waiting areas. You’ll find a fish tank and a big smile in our reception area.” But Lindfield Motors has much more than that: an enviable reputation built up over 40 years for being a friendly, highly competent and good value local business.

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Chantry Farm:

In the lands of time… Beki Adam had a dream

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As Beki’s story unfolded, I realised that her premonition could have arisen from her remarkable connection to land and spirituality. She was a Buddhist nun for 17 years in Scotland and travelled widely in Tibet and Nepal where she developed a deep reverence for the Earth and sustainable practice. Together with her partner Karl, she has slowly begun to repurpose an ancient farm with roots that go back to the 14th century, when the land was connected with the chantry at Poynings. People are known to have lived here during the Bronze Age (2000-700 BC) where hill ceremonies took place on ridge constructions; a round barrow tops the summit near the farm and closer still is a rare, well preserved platform barrow. This would have been a funerary monument, a low, flat-topped mound of earth surrounded by a shallow ditch, material from which would have been used to construct the barrow. Standing on the hill overlooking the farm, I could imagine someone gazing out over this landscape 4,000 years ago. Close to an orchard of fruit trees that Beki and Karl have recently planted is a feature that suggests territorial land division in the middle Bronze Age, marking out space within communities. Called a cross dyke, a long ditch runs parallel to banks. Walking through this ancient monument connects us to the lives that lived, farmed and worshipped in this area. A round barrow lies near the top of the cross dyke; this was a rubble funerary mound around 18m in diameter and a meter high. The relationship between the two features


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points to a connection between land division and burial practices. Was land ownership a Bronze Age concept that secured burial in a specific place within that land? Chantry Farm disappeared when Henry VIII seized all chantries for the Crown. It reappeared in records in the 1600s when it was part of the Danny Estate. Beki discovered a chunk of Tudor glass from the late 17th century while turning over the manure pile. Listed by Lewes Museum as the kick-bottom of a wine bottle, it still gleams with a gold patina from 400 years under the soil. Pyecombe Village suffered so severely from outbreaks of Plague that, in 1603, people moved away and there are not many visible remains of the original village today. Human habitation was far more fluid then, vulnerable to the ravages of disease and liable to upheaval.

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who worked in Pyecombe forge, now a private house. eBay eventually brought up a ‘Pyecombe Hook’, a shepherd’s crook with a superbly forged hook, made by George himself. The hook was forged from an old gun barrel and was used by the shepherd to grab a sheep by the hind leg, not the neck as is commonly thought. Made in the 1940s, it’s a reminder of how land use has changed over such a comparatively short time. Although Swaledale sheep graze Chantry pasture, its main income is now as a low impact, sustainable campsite, complete with shepherds huts which now shelter campers instead of shepherds. Beki and an industrious team of volunteers and friends are reintroducing small scale food production, which has not been done here since the Black Death decimated the population. Land use was altered irrevocably when people who had grown cereals, rye and oats were no longer there and the sight of a single man and his flock was quickly to dominate the downland scene. The campers now help to fund farm restoration and make sustainable food production viable once again. It’s a successful process. One visitor commented: “I knew it was going to be

spectacular, but I didn’t know it would be this good.” Beki believes low-tech living is a respectful nod to such an ancient setting; it echoes the way of life that would have been the norm for countless generations who have lived and worked at Chantry Farm since those early Bronze Age peoples. The cross dyke now acts as a convenient place to gently net birds so that they can be ringed before migration; it’s an example of how a landscape continues to be re-imagined by new generations. Birds are netted by local bird ringing charity, the British Ornithological Trust, delighting campers who might just catch more than a glimpse of feather here and there. Wildlife research is now of prime importance as the threat of human disease is no longer an issue. The local Woodland Flora and Fauna group have placed an owl box on a specific site at Chantry and I was lucky enough to see two Barn Owls emerge as the box was checked. Flying pale and silent from the trees, they are another reminder of how people’s connection to wildlife is changing. Barn Owls used to be persecuted as harbingers of death but now enjoy concentrated efforts to conserve them, even though their habitat is still dwindling. Beki’s determination to leave the tussocky grass alone has resulted in the owl’s favourite hunting ground being plentiful. Patches of long grass where voles wander ensure well-fed owl chicks and delighted campers who get to see the large birds quartering the fields at dusk. From prescient dream to fully functioning reality, Chantry Farm is very much about the future, having travelled full circle through millennia, returning to simpler, sustainable ways to live.

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Blooming Times When planning for a succession of colour and interest in your garden, the month of May can be a stumbling block. Most spring blooms have faded, whilst many that herald summer are yet to appear. Why not make an expedition to your favourite garden centre and discover some plants to fill the gaps. You can never have too many fritillaries. Some years ago, inspired by a visit to the fritillary meadows at Magdalen College, Oxford, I determined to grow my own ‘meadow’. Alright, I confess it’s only a 6ft x 8ft patch but, nevertheless, it is looking pretty good, with about 100 flowers that have self-seeded from the original dozen bulbs. Dampness is what fritillaries crave. Mine spent much of last winter under floodwater, but they didn’t care a bit and have come up stronger than ever this year. You’ll find pots of them for sale now. Sit the pot on a patio table to enjoy the mysterious flowers close up. Plant them out when the blooms have faded. Surprisingly perhaps, they also make splendid cut flowers. On the subject of cut flowers, euphorbia is one of those plants known as ‘the flower arranger’s friend’, making an acid green foamy backdrop to other blooms. Wear gloves when handling euphorbia; the stems produce a skin-irritating sap. Euphorbia ‘Craigieburn’, with its beetroot-red foliage, looks fabulous planted with orange tulips. Most varieties like a dry, sunny spot. The vigorous ‘robbiae’ is the exception to the rule and loves it cool and shady. I wouldn’t be without it, but it has the propensity to run riot, so keep it under control.

In the 1980s, herbaceous poppies dropped off horticulture’s fickle fashion catwalk but they’re now making a welcome return to favour. Like operatic divas, they stand in the spotlight, clothed in sumptuous costumes holding their audience in raptures – and then abruptly flounce offstage. Their flowering performance may be fleeting, but they still give good value throughout spring as their emerging foliage beautifully compliments other flowers. Plant them in a sunny position; they enjoy rich living. Good varieties to try include ‘Goliath’ (fiery red), ‘Royal Wedding’ (pure white) and ‘Mrs Perry’– launched as a new variety in 1903, it’s still one of the best pink forms. No-one can deny the beauty of forget-me-nots, but they become invasive thugs if you’re not careful. Instead, try Brunnera macrophylla, a well-behaved hardy perennial which bears dainty forget-menot-type flowers and interesting marbled leaves that, unlike forget-me-nots, remain mildew-free. Some varieties produce blue flowers, others pure white. The variety, ‘Jack Frost’ makes a neat clump of silvery foliage that lasts all summer long. A stunning plant for a shady border, Brunnera is a real class act – add it to your shopping list!…


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Charity gardens to grow your

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gardens is opening to the public, with some truly magical places just waiting to be discovered. Deirdre and Keith Birchell had a daunting task on their hands when they moved to Holly House in Chelwood Gate, back in 1971. There was no garden except a tangled scrub of spindly trees that obliterated the entire house, making it invisible from the street. Deirdre and Keith’s first task was to fell 150 trees, packed so close together that it was impossible to walk between them. They did, however, manage to find some hidden gems among the chaos; Deidre planted a twig they found beneath a shading rhododendron which eventually grew into a magnificent tulip tree. With two young children, their initial need was for a play area, so


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much of the new garden became lawn, but as their needs changed, the garden evolved with them. Holly House was turned into a residential school for children with learning difficulties and Deidre took lessons in the garden; the children grew alongside the trees and flowers and many still write to fondly recollect their magical time at the house. Now, bed & breakfast guests get to wake in what must be one of the most tranquil settings imaginable: foxes, badgers, slow worms and toads are regular visitors, leading to some wonderful photo opportunities. Birds are attracted to the multitude of berries and insects in the garden, while red polls, siskins, nuthatches and woodpeckers are seen in season, and a pair of jackdaws roost in the chimney. Deidre’s favourites are the fuchsias and roses but she has a soft spot for the Liquid Amber tree which displays deep red leaves in the autumn. Keith’s speciality is ponds; the larger pond at the bottom level of the garden has newts and I spotted a large frog basking among the carp in the cottage pond.

A toad has taken lodgings in a hole in the swimming pool wall and herons frequently visit, perhaps fooled by the large lead heron that Deidre bought from Chelsea Flower Show. An unusual feature is a stunning spiral sunken garden constructed by Deidre and Keith’s son. It leads into a gravel base corralled by a low sweeping wall – an excellent space for contemplating the surrounding trees.This peaceful acre is a perfect place to unwind and wander. Teas will be served. Tucked away behind a high hedge on the outskirts of West Hoathly is a rambling ex-alehouse with three acres of glorious gardens. Diana Hill has lived here at Duckyls Holt since her husband carried her over the threshold in 1968. Over the years, Diana and her daughter Sophie have poured oodles of love, care and creative attention into the grounds. The result is a series of enchanting landscaped spaces, each with its own very distinct character. “When I first arrived, there were just a few shrubs here and an awful lot of lawn,” says Diana, as she leads me along a groomed gravel walk away from the house. It’s early spring and the beds on either side of us are looking a little sparse, but by the time Duckyls Holt opens to the public at the end of this month the place will be a riot of blooming colour. “I can’t claim to be a landscape gardener,” Diana adds modestly. “The garden just evolved. We started by planting a lot of rhododendrons over the big expanse of lawn at the back, and it really just went from there.”

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Home for spring Spring is here and the morning air is full of birdsong; nests are being built and territories claimed. Although it’s easy to attract songbirds with food, it’s harder to persuade them to make a home in your garden. They need to nest in the middle of a fruitful place which will provide enough food for the hungry nestlings and the hardworking adult pair. While building a simple nest box from scrap wood will not guarantee an occupant, it’s an easy project that gives birds another option; site it well and you could be rewarded with the appearance of a healthy brood. I used an old pine plank pulled from a skip. Any untreated wood can be used as long as it has a minimum width of 15cm (6 inches). I tried a basic design that can be cut from a single 150cm (5 foot) length of timber. Mark out the lines according to the measurements below and cut with a jigsaw, or handsaw if you’re feeling energetic. Once you have the pieces cut, drill pilot holes for screws in the places shown and join together, leaving the roof separate. Next, drill the entrance hole using a 2.5cm (1 inch) drill bit if you want to exclude house sparrows and larger birds. It’s important

not to have a wider entrance than needed – you really don’t want squirrels to gain access and eat the eggs within! Drill a hole under the entrance to push in a sturdy twig or short length of dowel for a perch. The roof needs to lift so that you can clear out old nesting material; it’s best to make a hinge which covers the join of roof and back. This can simply be a length of rubber, roofing felt or even a leather strip from an old belt. I used a spare piece of self-adhesive roof flashing, with drawing pins as added strength on either side of the join. You can then either secure the roof against lifting (by Herculean squirrels) with a single removable screw or attach a small hook and eye. The final task is to drill a couple of holes on the backplate to attach to a suitable tree. Site the box away from the prevailing wind at least

2m (6 foot) above the ground in a shaded place, reasonably hidden but accessible to a prospective user. Hopefully the box will become occupied if the birds consider there is enough regular food for their growing brood nearby. Once you’ve mastered a basic design like this, you can build larger or more elaborate boxes. Guidelines for more box dimensions and entrance holes suitable for different bird species can be found on the RSPB website Happy building!

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is shopping an art or a science? Pleasure or pain? Your favourite pastime or just hard work? The vast majority of women I know have a complicated relationship with shopping, and especially when it comes to buying clothes. This contrasts sharply with the men in my life who, on the whole, try their best to avoid anything that smacks of a ‘retail experience’. For us girls, going shopping has become so much more than just buying stuff. It’s a glimpse into the glamorous world of youth and beauty, of fashion and style, where self-confidence is tied up with how we look, what we wear, how we present. Of course, the fashion industry is only too keen to encourage us to spend some ‘me time’ indulging in ‘retail therapy’ because ‘we’re worth it’. While this may work for Paris Hilton et al, those of us with more down-to-earth lifestyles and budgets can’t afford to get carried away. So, how do you shop smart?

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set a budget. Much, much easier said than done but do try – it’s the best antidote to expensive impulse buys you could easily regret later. Have a ballpark figure for each item and stick to it. Better still, leave your credit cards at home and only take cash. Not only does it make overspending impossible, it helps you to connect with the money you’re paying out, making the transaction much more meaningful.

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Back to health With Rupert Pusey joining the family practice AG Pusey Associates, Mid Sussex can look forward to another 30 years of outstanding osteopathic care.

Perhaps it was written in the stars, but with both parents working as osteopaths, Rupert Pusey (pictured above) always knew osteopathy was his vocation. “I grew up with osteopathy,” he tells me, “and so had first-hand experience of the benefits it offers. At school, I played a lot of rugby and would often end a game smashed up. Luckily, my parents were brilliant at patching me up and Dad even taught me some basic manipulations.” This informal training was soon built upon when Rupert went to study at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. Rupert’s four years of training also involved studying naturopathy, meaning he is also qualified to give nutritional advice to supplement any osteopathic therapy. Although osteopathy is often thought to be just for back and neck pain, this gentle but effective treatment can help treat a wide range of conditions, from headaches to sleep problems and sports injuries. What’s more, as 21st century lifestyles often include

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Be breast aware – at any age! Breast cancer is often associated with younger women, yet around 1,300 women aged 70+ are diagnosed across Kent, Surrey and Sussex each year. Survival rates are lower in this age group compared to the under 70s.

Dr Tina George, lead GP for cancer at NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is heading up a campaign to increase awareness of the disease in older women. Awareness of symptoms is as important as attending mammograms and regularly checking your breast area. Dr George said: “The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the higher the chance of survival. More than 90% of all women diagnosed with the earliest stage survive for at least fi ve years, compared to 15% of women diagnosed at a late stage.” Signs and symptoms of breast cancer include: › a lump in the breast

› a nipple that’s turned in (inverted)

› a change in the size or shape of the breast

› a rash (like eczema) on the nipple

› dimpling of the skin or thickening in the breast tissue

› swelling or a lump in the armpit

› discharge from the nipple

Mother-of-two Sharon Botting from Cuckfield was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. She said: “I felt pins and needles in my chest area. I went to see my GP who examined me and found a lump.” Because of the hidden location of the lump deep within the breast tissue, Sharon had a series of mammograms (x-ray pictures) and then a biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope).

Sharon was diagnosed w ith a n aggressive form of breast cancer and began treatment with surgery, then chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She recalled: “When they said it was cancer, I was in total shock. I just wasn’t ready for that. I was scared. I had moments when I questioned if I could get through this, but I dealt with everything that was thrown at me. Walking away from the last of my regular appointments was a fantastic feeling – an incredible relief.” Sharon said: “If there is anything of concern – get it checked out. Don’t hesitate, don’t be afraid. Had I ignored the early symptoms, I don’t know if I would still be here. You have to take responsibility and be aware of the signs. Please – don’t put off going to see your GP.”

Joan Brown, 81, cancer survivor

1 in 3 women who get breast cancer are over 70, so don’t assume you’re past it. A lump isn’t the only sign of breast cancer. If you’re worried about any changes to your breasts, tell your doctor straight away. Finding it early makes it more treatable and could save your life.


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by Lisa de siLva

communit y

There can be little comfort for those who have lost a baby, but sharing

support, experiences and advice

with others can be an important part of the grieving process.

Remembering our angel babies The Midwives And Parents Support (MAPS) charity was established by midwife, Pamela Parsons in 1991, to offer both emotional and practical support to those who have suffered stillbirth, late miscarriage, termination due to foetal abnormalities, stillbirth or cot death. As a midwife, Pam was deeply affected by the distress and sadness bereaved parents suffer. One night in 1988, when Pam was working nights at the old Cuckfield Hospital, she cared for a young mother in early labour with her second child. Sadly, her baby boy was stillborn. Shocked and upset, Pam mourned with her and her husband over the loss of their beautiful baby. “Sharing in their loss created a bond between us and after she went home, she would phone me at the hospital whenever I was on night duty to talk. She would also come into the hospital and just sit at the top of the stairs in a daze. As much as I wanted to talk with her, I was in charge of a busy maternity unit and couldn’t give her the time she needed. It set me thinking that there must be so many other people in the same situation and that’s where I got the idea to start a support group,” explains Pam.

angel of my Tears How do you love a person who never got to be, or try to envision a face you never got to see? How do you mourn the death of one who never got to live. When there’s nothing to feel good about and nothing to forgive? I love you, my little baby, my companion of the night. Wandering through my lonely hours, beautiful and bright. What does it mean to die before you ever were born, to live the lovely night of life and never see the dawn? Ah! My little baby, you lived like anyone! Life’s a burst of joy and pain. And then like yours, it’s done. I love you, my little baby, just as if you’d lived for years. No more, no less, I think of you, the Angel of my tears. (Author Unknown)

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With financial help from her husband, who gave her his Christmas bonus of £100, Pam set up MAPS. Their first meeting was in July 1991. “I didn’t know what to expect,” confides Pam. “It was very emotional, but I’ve always believed in listening to bereaved parents and then trying to help them with whatever needs they have.” To improve her ability to help, Pam self-funded three counselling courses, including a bereavement course, and undertook a scanning course, so she could help reassure mothers during subsequent pregnancies. Support group meetings are held on the first Friday of every month in a room at the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, 7.30-9pm. “It helps people to realise that they do not have to cope alone. By sharing support and experiences they appreciate that some of their more uncomfortable feelings are part of the grieving process,” says Pam. “Also, when you share your loss with others who have been through the same experience, it can offer a degree of comfort and hope.” As men can sometimes bottle up their feelings, MAPS For Men has a dedicated place on the website, for men to share and offload their thoughts and feelings, anonymously if they choose. There is also help for siblings who may be unable to say what they feel, so MAPS provides diagrams and drawings to help them express their emotions. As these babies are important and deserve to be honoured and remembered, however short their lives, MAPS holds a Memorial Service once a year, usually in November, to remember the life of each baby. This Family Service of Remembrance includes readings and poems and Pam decorates a named candle for each baby. The candles are lit and each name is read out. “We had over 150 people last year,” Pam tells me. “One girl said: it’s the one time I can take time out to just sit and cry.” There is also a Book of Remembrance, kept in the Chapel at the Hospital. Each baby has a page with their name and family members can write their messages and thoughts on it. The pain of losing a child never goes away and Pam will also try to trace babies for those with a past loss. She recently traced a baby born in 1963, and the family attended the Memorial Service to finally have the funeral they had always wanted and needed to experience. The charity also provides memory boxes for those who come in to hospital and lose their baby. “They are in total shock and don’t have anything with them,” explains Pam. “We provide them with a memory box which includes a blanket, tiny babygros or, if the baby is really small, a knitted angel pouch, an appropriately-sized teddy, a camera, photograph album and a candle.”

Right: Pamela Parsons MBE. Below: Annual Family Services of Remembrance, with a decorated name candle for each baby.

There are also support materials kept in Casualty for hand and footprints of babies who have been lost to cot death, and notification cards to tell family and friends the sad news. MAPS can also support bereaved parents with information on hospital procedures, post-mortems and funerals for their babies. Pam is now retired and can devote herself to her charity full-time, visiting people at home. She is always on call and can be contacted at any time, either by the hospital or directly by bereaved parents themselves. In 2007, Pam was awarded an MBE having been nominated by six different couples that she helped. However, her biggest reward was delivering live babies to previously bereaved parents. “There’s nothing like that after you’ve been there when a baby has died. It was absolutely lovely.” Contact Pamela Parsons by telephone 07979 014120 or email You do not have to be in the area for Pam to help, or indeed have suffered your loss in recent years.

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It is always the space that makes sense of things: the white page between words, the silence between sounds, and so it is with allowing and training your mind to be still.

“Everywhere you look, you see information on Mindfulness. It has become the focus of scientific studies, with proven benefits: relieving stress, anxiety, depression and many other mental issues. Equally, those interested in wellbeing, happiness and creativity have adopted it as a core technique. Mindfulness has, at its roots, an ancient Buddhist practice of meditation. It has relevance for the lives of all people seeking to escape, for whatever motivation, from the fast-paced technological, materialistic world we live in. Mindfulness meditation is a technique that allows you to observe yourself moment to moment, meeting the moment as it is and becoming ‘aware’. As you develop more awareness, it is not always the reality you expect. In fact, you can find that your


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habits of mind are undermining your happiness and contributing to your state of unhappiness. The good news is that meditation is about transformation, and with awareness you see that you have choices and can change. In closing your eyes, far from escaping or shutting off from life, you can, in that moment, come right up to face yourself. What seems like a way of avoiding is, in fact, the opposite and can have the effect of making you feel more alive and expansive than ever before. It gives you a taste of freedom. With this awareness, you are able to be with the rawness of your life, and realise so much time is spent trying to pursue and cling on to desires and push away fears. The mindfulness practice helps us to let go of this automatic habitual reaction, this cruise control set to cling to pleasure and

avoid pain. This awareness that we don’t need to react helps us in our ability to deal with discomfort and difficult times that come our way. The mindfulness practice creates space in our busy lives. It is always the space that makes sense of things: the white page between words, the silence between sounds, and so it is with allowing and training your mind to be still. From this stillness will come a creativity to take into your life. Mindfulness may start by sitting quietly on a cushion, but it is a way of being that helps everywhere – in traffic jams, dealing with fractious kids or after a stressful day at the office. You can find out for yourself what having that space could do for you. Find a quiet spot, sit still, close your eyes for one minute and see how you feel.”

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Home is where the heart is for those leaving hospital or needing extra comfort during the night. Drawing on his own experience, David appreciates that the most important elements of the service are providing companionship, warmth, empathy and continuity of care. David now owns the Everycare franchise for Mid Sussex. In keeping with his ethos of offering the highest quality of care possible, he has initially decided to concentrate his efforts around Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and the surrounding villages. “In time, I will expand and hope to open offices in East Grinstead, Horsham and the Steyning area, but at the moment I’m keeping it small, because I can’t expect my carers to travel such long distances,” he explains. Having started the business at the end of May last year, the first member of staff was soon appointed: Katie Manville, Registered Care Manager. With 20 years’ experience in the care


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industry, Katie was instrumental in helping with the compliance necessary to achieve Care Quality Commission accreditation. It was all in place by last October and Everycare welcomed their first client in November. With the growth of the business, the latest addition to the office team is Keighly O’Reilly who works as co-ordinator and administrator in the office; it’s her job to organise the carers’ rota. The carers are the heart of the business. Everycare firmly believe that one of the best ways to offer a better quality service is by looking after their own top quality staff; loyalty is rewarded. Carers receive good rates of pay, mileage allowance and holiday pay, ensuring that service users can be confident they receive the continuity of care other providers often struggle to provide. “We look for people with the right attitude and aptitude. Once on board, we give them thorough training in all our policies and procedures,” says Katie.

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All carers undergo an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check and are fully insured. As you would expect, the industry is heavily regulated and the carers are all helped and supervised by Katie to ensure that high standards are maintained and everything is done to a client’s specific wishes. Once a client or family member has made contact with Everycare, Katie will visit to make an initial assessment of their specific needs, often with the help of a relative. “Everything we do is built around the individual,” she explains. “We want to know everything – from how they like to be addressed, how they take their tea and coffee, where they like to eat their meals, how they like their sandwiches made and what medication they need to take and when. When someone is living at home, it’s completely different to being in hospital or a care home. We are very aware that our carers go into clients’ private home and are

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Modern living country style Maidenbower,

a neighbourhood near Crawley, was

built around 20 years ago – but its origins date back much further.

I was wrong. For 20 years or so I’ve been driving up and down the M23, passing and thinking of the Maidenbower development just south of Crawley as yet another crowded blot of huddled houses on our Sussex landscape. Then I spent a little time there researching the place, and I now know that Maidenbower is in fact a thriving community built around green fields and open spaces. There are modest houses and substantial homes, mature trees and quiet streets. In Maidenbower Park, there are sporting and recreational facilities for every age group including a social club and an airy, bright indoor/outdoor café. So how did this thoroughly successful new ‘village’ come about? ‘Modern Living Country Style’ was the slogan created to describe what life would be like as a resident of the proposed large housing development to the south east of Crawley. Today we know it as Maidenbower, but it can be difficult to remember that this bustling 3,700 household strong community where close to 10,000 people live was only begun in the late 1980s.

In 1986, Crawley Borough Council published their new local plan stating that the principal area for future housing development would be the parcel of land formed by the triangle defined by the M23 to the east, the London to Brighton railway line to the west and the area around Pound Hill to the north. Then, as now, there was a strong demand for new housing. It was driven by Crawley’s economic growth and the continuing expansion and success of Gatwick airport, but the plans met with strong and organised protest, largely by the residents of Pound Hill and Three Bridges. However, their opposition came to nothing, perhaps because the proposal was not for simply another housing estate, but for a ‘village’ with all its own amenities and infrastructure continued on next page

Top: Balcombe Road looking towards Street Hill, c1905. Bottom: Little Blackwater Farm, Three Bridges.

The name Maidenbower first appears on maps in the 1700s when the land was part of

the Crabbet Park Estate.

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Low-lying pasture land, once ancient woodland where iron was forged, has been transformed into today’s dynamic, modern community. continued from previous page

such as schools, a neighbourhood centre and medical facilities. This new community was to be known as Maidenbower, which was quite lucky for today’s residents because the other name that could have been used to describe the area was Frogshole. One thinks that houses might not have sold quite so easily on Frogshole estate. Maidenbower and Frogshole were the two principal farms in the area selected by the planners. The latter, though not chosen as the title of the new development, has become a well-frequented local hostelry: Frogshole Farm pub. Sadly, much of the old 16thcentury building was destroyed by fire in 2008 but a number of the original features such as the large inglenook fireplace remain. Situated in the heart of the community, the now rebuilt pub with its beautiful half-timbered front is extremely popular and recently its pub garden was voted the best in Crawley.  From top: The old Frogshole Farm; Frogshole Farm 1969; Railway Line Worth; Worth Rectory Lodge 1908.

Maidenbower as a name first appears on maps in the 1700s when the land was part of the Crabbet Park Estate. It was owned by the apparently delightfully eccentric Lady Wentworth, who had inherited it from her father, Sir Wilfred Scawen Blunt, who had brought the first Arabian horses to England. Lady Wentworth was passionate about two things: her Arabian horse stud and Real Tennis, and in 1916 she employed one Geoffrey Covey as stud manager and tennis coach. He was world champion at the sport and, in fact, went on to win the world title three more times after coming to Crabbet. Part of his duties there involved two hours of coaching a day for Lady Wentworth in the specially built Real Tennis court. She styled herself as ladies’ Real Tennis champion; during coaching sessions, nobody was allowed into the spectators’ gallery. Lady Wentworth ultimately rewarded her stud manager and coach with the gift of Maidenbower Farm, which included the derelict Frogshole farm buildings. It was a modest enough gift because the quality of the farmland was poor. However, when the land was compulsorily purchased in 1986, three grandchildren of Geoffrey Covey who were now the owners, received what is thought to be a substantial amount of money for their property. Not a bad reward for a few tennis lessons! One measure of how successful the Maidenbower development has been is given by the growth of the school population. Maidenbower First School opened its doors to only 13 pupils in January 1992; now there are at least 2,000 children attending Maidenbower’s infant, primary, junior and senior schools. Maidenbower’s construction was completed largely on schedule by the turn of the century. Now, 26 years after the first sod was turned, the low-lying pasture land which was once ancient woodland where iron was forged, has been transformed into today’s dynamic, modern community.

In writing about Maidenbower and its history, I drew heavily on ‘A Brief History of Maidenbower’, the historical research conducted by David Palmer, which can be found at, and on conversations with several of Maidenbower’s friendly residents.


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Crawley Down Walk Discover the countryside around

Crawley Down on this easy walk

along tracks and field paths.

This walk starts from the centre of Crawley Down by the small parade of shops in Old Station Close. The parade of shops marks the site of Grange Road Station, one of two stops on the former Three Bridges to East Grinstead railway. From Old Station Close, turn right, and walk ahead up Sandhill Lane. Where Sandhill Lane swings right, carry on ahead along Burleigh Lane. At the entrance gates to Burleigh House, sidestep to your left to go over a stile and into a field. Follow the wide track ahead; where the track finishes carry on ahead on a right-hand field edge. On reaching a junction of paths, turn right along the obvious path towards Fen Place Mill. At the corner of a wood, go through a gate and bear left. Follow the wide track ahead which bears right and then left around a pond, and carry on along the meandering track which eventually swings right to follow alongside a stream. The stretch of water away to your right is the mill pond at Fen Place Mill. The path bears left. In a few yards, go sharp left over a stile and a small footbridge. Walk uphill and when you have reached the top, go over a stile to drop slightly downhill, then bear right along the left-hand edge of a long narrow field.

After about 300 yards, look for a plank bridge on your left, cross this and walk uphill on the signed path. At the top of the hill, follow a right-hand field edge to a crossing path. Turn right and walk through an open field, with farm buildings on your right. Opposite the farm buildings, turn left on a signed path and follow the obvious track ahead. Pass through a gap in the trees and maintain direction, ignoring the track that bears away to your right. Pass through another gap in the trees to shortly join the Worth Way. Once on the Worth Way, you might like to turn right for just a few yards to look through the trees to Gulledge. Gulledge is a magniďŹ cent Grade II listed building, a timber-framed property with a three-gabled carved Jacobean front that replaced an earlier exterior. To return to the walk, turn left along the Worth Way all the way back to Crawley Down. continued on next page SuSSex Living May 2014


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The Worth Way is a 7-mile shared user route between Crawley and East Grinstead and mostly follows the course of the former railway between Three Bridges and East Grinstead that was closed in 1967. Shortly after passing Crawley Down Pond on your right, the Way enters a residential area and you should follow the Worth Way signs back towards the start of the walk. At the end of Hazel Way, ignore the Worth Way sign pointing right, and cross the road and go along a tarmac path with a post in the middle. This leads into Copse Close and on reaching a T-junction, turn left to arrive at the centre of Crawley Down.


4.5 miles




Ordnance Survey Explorer Map No. 135


Old Station Close, by the parade of shops


The Royal Oak, Crawley Down

We are very grateful to Les Campbell for bringing us new and exciting local walks every month. A founder member and former Chairman of the Mid Sussex Ramblers, he is a very experienced and enthusiastic walker indeed. Les insists on testing all routes personally, making sure they are suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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Food Glorious Food Hail bounteous May, when crab, asparagus and Jersey Royals are all in season. What more could you possibly want? Roast Asparagus My favourite way to prepare asparagus is to roast it, which seems to intensify the flavour. This is ridiculously easy to do: Cut off the stem ends. Oil a roasting dish with olive oil and sprinkle on a little sea salt. Add the asparagus spears and a little more oil to coat the spears. Roast them for 10-20 minutes. Serve with lots of melted, unsalted butter. Utterly delicious!

Watercress & Jersey Royal Soup serves 4

The watercress season runs from April until mid-November; the Jersey Royal season is April, May, and the first half of June. This soup’s season, therefore, has to be April to mid-June, in other words: May. Incidentally, you may be interested to know that watercress is said to be a good cure for a hangover and was once thought to be a remedy for baldness too! INGREDIENTS: 2 bunches of watercress 200g small Jersey Royal new potatoes, sliced finely 50g butter

1 litre vegetable stock 2 echalion shallots, peeled and finely sliced

1. Put the shallots, butter and sliced potatoes in a heavy based saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 9 minutes.

serves 4

INGREDIENTS: 100g fresh white crab pieces I small chorizo

5 small Jersey Royal new potatoes 1 bunch of fresh dill

1. Boil the potatoes until they are done but still fairly firm (approx 8 minutes), then put them aside until they are cool enough to peel.

2. Cut the chorizo in to four lengthwise, then slice each quarter into 12 chunks.

2. Add the stock to the pan and bring to the boil.

3. Peel the potatoes when they have cooled.

3. Once the stock has boiled for 5 minutes, add the

4. Crush the potatoes, add the chorizo and crab. Mix

4. Pour the freshly blended soup through a fine strainer

5. Fry the cakes in a little butter and oil for 2-3 minutes

watercress leaves and blend the contents of the pan immediately. and into serving bowls.


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The Accountants you can count on

PRB Accountants LLP are a substantial firm of accountants and business development specialists in Haywards Heath with a complete range of tax and accountancy services aimed at both private individuals and commercial clients. Business clients can choose from a very extensive menu of corporate services – from routine financial and accounting operations, to the much more sophisticated business of planning strategies for growth and succession. And if all that makes the firm sound quite scary and heavyweight, that’s not at all the impression I gained when I visited their offices recently. Chris Whitley-Jones, PRB’s personable Managing Partner, made me feel very welcome when he took me round their bright, open-plan offices and introduced me to their cheery, friendly staff. “I hope,” said Chris, “that you’ll think we are good communicators who have a genuine commitment to our clients, because that is very much our operating style. We are so much more than just number crunchers.” He went on to tell me that, as a company, they are essentially proactive in their approach, seeking always to help clients improve their profitability or their tax position, and always responding quickly to client requests. “We try to look after our smallest personal tax client in the same way and with as much care as a big commercial client, because you never know what may develop. From little acorns... as they say,” he laughed. “We are very proud of our reputation as a team of dynamic and approachable professionals.”

With four partners and 15 other staff, PRB Accountants are not a small enterprise – in fact, they’re probably the pre-eminent accountancy firm in the Haywards Heath area, with some 2,000 clients on their books and a roughly equal balance of commercial and personal customers. The company’s steady growth over many years has been driven almost exclusively by word-of-mouth recommendation from happy clients and from involvement in networking forums, where PRB’s openness and experience has proved invaluable to members of the business community. As Chris says, “this is a people business and it’s very exciting to deliver a result for them, whether it’s getting a tax refund from HMRC, mitigating a tax position or helping to set up a new business.” What’s more, PRB’s computer technology and clever software allows them to model many different business scenarios and options for their clients, continually asking ‘what if ?’ to obtain the optimum strategy for moving forward. With a wide range of technical as well as professional skills in house and a genuine desire to help, PRB are highly motivated to provide the maximum support, help and peace of mind for their many personal and commercial clients.

We are proud of our reputation as a team of dynamic and approachable professionals. We’re

more than just number crunchers!

PRB Accountants Kingfisher House, Hurstwood Grange, Hurstwood Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 7QX Tel. 01444 458252 Email:

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Friday 02 – Sunday 04 May, 12:00-23:00

and online advance ticket discounts visit or contact 01444 892700,

will be free! Contact: Hazel Foster, 01273 757176,

Cock Inn, North Common Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7RH

Sunday 04 May, 11:00-16:00

burgess hill horticultural society

wivelsfield beer & cider festival 15+ Real Ales and Ciders with live music. Free entry. Contact: David, 01444 471668,, www.

Friday 02 May, 20:30

wilbury Jam

The Sportsman, Goddards Green, Nr Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9LQ

Sit back and enjoy beautifully arranged ballads, popular songs from iconic acts such as The Beatles, Eva Cassidy, Cat Stevens and Simon and Garfunkel. Free entry. Contact: 01444 233460

Saturday 03 – Monday 05 May

mid sussex marathon weekend

East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend begins with a 10-mile race in East Grinstead on Saturday 3 May, moves to Haywards Heath for a 10-mile race on Sunday 4 May and finishes with a 10-kilometre race in Burgess Hill on Monday 5 May. Combined, the three races cover a total of 26.2 miles – the classic marathon distance.

Saturday 03 May, 09:00-17:00

Lindfield shopping day

Lindfield High Street, Lindfield, West Sussex

Visit the picturesque High Street and enjoy exciting promotions in an eclectic mix of shops and cafes. These include Leaping Hare, Tufnells, Swalk, Toll House, Doodie Stark. Contact: www.lindfieldshopping. com, 01444 482188.

Saturday 03 May, 10:00-16:00

balcombe history society

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe

oldland mill open day

Oldland Mill, Oldlands Lane, Hassocks

The Mill will be open and run if weather permits. Refreshments, memorabilita and gifts for sale. Morris Dancing and Beer Tent. No car parking available near the Mill but a free shuttle bus will run every 20 minutes from The Thatched Inn, Ockley Lane. Groups can also be picked up by shuttlebus from Hassocks Station by prior arrangement. Contact:

Sunday 04 May

hammersmith morris men Hassocks and Keymer

The world famous Hammersmith Morris Men are wonderfully entertaining and energetic. Look out for their top hats and yellow and blue striped socks at: Villa Adastra 10:3011:00; The Thatched Inn 11:30-12:30; Oldland Mill 13:00-14:30; The Greyhound 15:00-16:00. Contact: Jeremy Wakeham, 07796 264537.

Monday 05 May, 08:00-13:00

car boot sale

Victoria Park, Haywards Heath, West Sussex Rotary Club of Haywards Heath car boot sale. Cars: Pre-paid £6. On the day £10. Vans & Trailers Pre-paid £12. On the Day £15. Enquiries & Bookings: 01444 800045, info@ Cash bookings: Baldwins, 120 South Road, Haywards Heath.

Monday 05 May, 09:00-13:00

oakmeads association (Pta) fundraising car boot sale

Oakmeads College Car Park, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EA

Prebook pitches (£8 per car) at Oakmeads Community College Reception 1-2pm (term time only). £12 per car on the day. Buyers free. Contact: Karen Corbett, 01444 245481 / 07801 417392,

‘Treasures from our Archive’ – 40+ archive items and range of exhibits on view. Entry is £1, children free. ‘The Balcombe Find’ will also be on show. ‘Balcombe at War 1914-1918’ , a new Balcombe History Society book, will be on sale at £5.

Monday 05 May, 09:00-16:30

Saturday 03 May, 10:30-13:00

Lindfield & district folk dance club

open morning

Lancing College, Lancing BN15 0RW

You are warmly invited to join us for tours of the College for prospective pupils for 13+ and 16+ entry. Please register with Gilly Prichard, Admissions Officer, 01273 465805

Sunday 04 – Monday 05 May, 09:00-17:00

spring garden & Leisure show

South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL(Near Haywards Heath. Junction 10 off M23)

1000s of plants and gardening delights on offer plus top tips about how to restore your garden after the wet winter from experts in the ‘Gardening Theatre’. A fantastic family day out with animal workshops; Mini Sheep Show; Crufts qualifiying Open Dog Show; poultry talks; South East Regional Alpaca Show; musical entertainment; shopping galore and tempting food hall. Dogs welcome. Adults £10; Children £5; Senior Citizens/Students £8; and Family Tickets just £25, plus free parking. For full show details

Wednesday 07 May, 19:45

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill

Illustrated talk: ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’ with Russell Bowes. Members free, visitors £1. Contact 01444

Thursday 08 – Thursday 22 May, 09:30-13:30

dressmaking from Patterns

Made and Making, The Workroom, Unit 3 Turner Dumbrells, Dumbrell Court Road, Ditchling BN6 8GT

Nervous about making your own clothes? Can’t read all those funny markings? Come along with the pattern and fabric of your choice. Fee: £80 for three weeks. Contact: 07967 819540, www.madeandmaking.,

Friday 09 – Saturday 10 May

hi-fi audio event

Norman Hobbs – Audio Visual Specialists. 13-15 Sussex Road, Haywards Heath

Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Norman Hobbs will be joined by AVID Hi-Fi with their awesome turntables, together with the full range by Ruark Audio. Free Entry. Call now to register and book your attendance. Tel. 01444 413353, marc@normanhobbs.

Friday 09 – Saturday 10 May

arise women’s conference

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath Friday, 19:00-22:00 / Saturday 09:00-22:00. Ruwach Christian Church is delighted to host Pastor Yvonne Brooks at this year’s Women’s Conference. Fee: £15 for full conference. Book online at www.ruwach. or call 01444 459025.

Friday 09 May, 09:00-12:00

open morning

Tavistock and Summerhill School, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath

High Street, East Grinstead See Local Living.

You are warmly welcomed to a whole school Open Morning, with an opportunity to experience the school routine. Contact: Registrar 01444 450256.

Tuesday 06 May, 20:00-22:00

Friday 09 May, 10:00-12:00

the east grinstead may fair

coffee morning

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath

Sayers Common Church Hall BN6 9HX

Wednesday 07 – Saturday 10 May, 19:30

Friday 09 May, 20:00

The Seaforth Hall, Cuckfield Lane, Warninglid RH17 5UB

Players Theatre, 147 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9PU

Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £2 including refreshments at half time. First evening free. Contact Mike, 01444 482741.

warninglid Players: dirty business

A light meal followed by One-Act play ‘Dirty Business’, written by Derek Webb, and directed by Lesley Jenks – a very funny topical comedy about spending cuts at the local County Council! Box Office: 01444 461391, Rita Still (Secretary), Rita.still@ Tickets £8 per person.

Wednesday 07 May, 13:45

burgess hill flower club

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill

Floral demonstration: ‘Flower & Glory’, by Gill Sadler. Visitors welcome, with a copy of Sussex Living Magazine your 1st visit

Refreshments and cakes in support of Albourne, Sayers Common and Twineham Christian Aid. Contact: Jean MacCarthy, 01444 248520.

hurst village films: berberian sound studio (15) Director: Peter Strickland, 2012. 92 mins. Tickets £4 (£6 non-members) from Mishon MacKay, online or on the door. Refreshments available.

Saturday 10 – Sunday 25 May

Mon/Tue). Rare opportunity to view and acquire paintings from a critically acclaimed post war artist. Rural scenes of Cornwall, Billingsgate Fish Market, various landscapes and abstract compositions. Exhibited in a unique post-industrial space on the old Phoenix Foundry site. “An eloquent tribute to an exemplary life in art” (Quentin Blake). Free entry. Contact: Artemis Arts, 01273 486595,,

Saturday 10 May, 09:30-10:30

Pre-Prep & Prep school open morning Hurstpierpoint College, Chalkers Lane, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9 JS

Families of pupils aged 4-7 years are invited to tour the school and meet the Head of Hurst Pre-Prep department, Michele Finnegan. There is a playalong session for the children. If you would like to find out more about the Pre-Prep School before the Open Morning, we invite you to arrange a personal visit. Families of pupils considering their 7+ and 11+ opportunities are invited to tour the Prep School and meet the Head of Hurst Prep, Ian Pattison. The morning finishes with a buffet lunch. If you would like to find out more about the Prep School before or after the next Open Morning (if you are not able to attend the Open Morning), we invite you to arrange a personal family visit. For further information about the Pre-Prep and Prep School, contact: The Prep School Admissions Officer, prepregistrar@hppc. tel. 01273 836927, fax 01273 836900.

Saturday 10 May

the great british bake-off Adastra Hall, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks

An exciting new baking competition, run by Sussex Vale Rotary Club and Hassocks WI, in aid of The Sussex Air Ambulance. Contact: Duncan Honeyman, 01273 845068,

Saturday 10 May, 10:00-16:00

strictly gardening

Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath See Local Living.

Saturday 10 May, 10:00-11:45

Parish Plant fair and market

St. Barnabas Church, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley, RH10 7EB

Plants, books, bric a brac, clothing, toys/ games, etc. Refreshments. Free entry. Contact Mrs Phyl Pennell, 01293 883362,

Saturday 10 May, 10:00-17:00

open day at Plumpton college

Ditchling Road, Plumpton, East Sussex BN7 3AE A great day out! Farm, animals, shearing, dog showing, tree skills, riding displays, fair, sports, forges, machinery, crafts. Food, plants, floristry, metalsmithing, crafts, wines. Courses & careers. Free entry for under 16s. £5, adult. £3, senior. Contact: 01273 890454,

stanley simmonds 1917-2006: a retrospective exhibition

Saturday 10 May, 10:00-17:00

Lewes House, High Street, Lewes BN7 2LX and The Foundry Gallery, North Street, Lewes BN7 2PH

Forest Garden Shovelstrode, Shovelstrode Lane, Ashurstwood, Sussex RH19 3PH

Lewes House 10:00-17:00 (closed Mon/ Tue), Foundry Gallery 12:00-17:00 (closed

basket willow weaving

This course will teach you the techniques of making a frame willow basket, man’s earliest type of basket. Cost: £90.00. Contact SuSSex Living May 2014


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Saturday 10 May, 10:00-12:00

Lindfield bowls club: come & try morning Lindfield Bowls Club, Lindfield Common Open morning for anyone interested in trying bowling. Just come along and bring the kids. Flat shoes please. Contact Sue on 01444 452883.

Saturday 10 May, 10:15-13:30

cuckfield nsPcc Plant sale Brinkley Lodge, London Road, Cuckfield 100s of plants from annuals, biennials, perennials, bedding plants for your pots, plus vegetable plants. Coffee and cakes for sale. Contact Diane Stenning, 01444 452395.

Saturday 10 May, 10:30

senior school & sixth form open morning Hurstpierpoint College, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9 JS What happens at an Open Morning? After a short introduction to the College by Headmaster, Tim Manly, and a brief address from a couple of current students, families of pupils considering their options at 13+ and 16+ have the chance to meet and talk to current pupils and staff, tour the school and join pupils and staff for a relaxed buffet lunch. If you would like to find out more about the Senior School and Sixth Form before or after the next Open Morning, (if

you are unable to attend the Open Morning), we invite you to arrange a personal family visit. For information about the Senior School & Sixth Form, please contact: Mrs Dianne Allison, Head of Admissions, tel. 01273 836937, fax 01273 835257, email: registrar@

Saturday 10 May, 10:30-12:30

garden fete Burgess Hill Division Guide Hall, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EU Annual Garden Fete for Rainbows, Brownies and Senior Section, in aid of Burgess Hill Division Guide Hall. Stalls, competitions, raffle and display. Free entry. Contact: Dave Virgo, 01273 833036,

Saturday 10 May, 11:00-16:00

mansion market Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row This popular Market is held in and around an atmospheric 18th century mansion with stalls offering interesting, high quality and unusual local crafts, organic produce and goods from many parts of the world. Plants, toys, clothing, jewellery, stained glass, wood/metal/leatherwork and more. Puppet Shows, taster therapy sessions, allday cafe. Free admission and parking.

Saturday 10 May, 11:00-16:00

cuckfield vintage emporium The Queen’s Hall, High Street, Cuckfield


Vintage treasures, decorative homeware, rustic gardenalia, pre-loved cashmeres and silks, handmade jewellery and country antiques. Friendly tearoom; delicious homemade cakes (free tea/coffee when you buy cake). Also free prize draw. As featured in May’s edition of Homes & Antiques. Entry Fee: £1. Contact: Darcy Shepherd, 07773 360631,,

ever! Not just something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue BUT each bride will have a silver sixpence for her shoe on the big day. Entrance free. Contact: Nicola Bird (NBird@, 01444 410620) or Ruth de Mierre (, 01444 453399).

Saturday 10 May, 19:30-21:45

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton BN7 3AL

Sunday 11 May, 14:00

Plumpton racecourse Ladies day

Featuring the Mid Sussex Choir singing Rutter and Shearing, with soloists, Margaret Watson on Harp and 4Tune Seekers Barbershop Quartet. Tickets £10, Under 16s Free. Contact: Fiona Pearl, 01825 723135, Proceeds in aid of St Peter’s restoration fund.

Gates Open: 11:30, Race: 14:00, Last Race: 17:00. Plumpton Racecourse is getting set for a Ladies Day full of fun, fizz and fashion. Ladies Day is Plumpton’s most glamorous raceday of the year, and features fashion competitions for the most stylish ladies, men and children. Admission Prices: Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure: £18 on the day, £14 in advance, Senior Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure: £14 on the day – photo ID required. Picnic Enclosure: £10. Children under 18: FREE Race programme and parking: FREE.

Sunday 11 May, 10:00

Sunday 11 May, 19:30

spring concert St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 4DA

Little horsted fun run

the ballad of martha brown: angel exit theatre

Isfield Recreation Ground See Local Living for details.

Marltets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill

Sunday 11 May, 10:00-15:00

1856. A story toils its way out of the deepest, darkest Dorset mud. A tale of jealousy and passion, an ordinary woman and her ordinary husband, a murder and a hanging. A crow caws, a horse is wrongly accused, a black silk dress comes to life and

wedding fair & fashion show Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath The greatest Wedding Fair & Fashion Show

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the mob at the hang-fair gawp in glee. The audience is invited into a darkly humorous world where the events of Martha’s life are played out under the constant stare of the gallows above. Featuring cabaret music inspired by Kurt Weill, The Ballad of Martha Brown is presented in the company’s rich visual style, blending storytelling and striking physicality, spliced through with wicked humour and macabre songs. Price: £11 / £9 concessions. Please contact the venue to confirm event and admission details before travelling. Tel. 01444 242888, online, email :

refreshments supplied. Fee: £24. Contact: 01444 236607,

Monday 12 May, 20:00-23:00

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ

the group

A pub near Haywards Heath

A club for single men and women, aged 45+, meets in Haywards Heath on the second Monday evening of every month and also in Lewes, Brighton, Horsham and Worthing. Walking, eating out, sport, arts & music, theatre, travel. Not a dating agency, but an opportunity to make new friends doing the things you enjoy.

Tuesday 13 May, 19:00-21:00

metal Jewellery – hammer textures Get Crafty, 24 The Martlets, Burgess Hill Learn to create hammer textures on copper or sterling silver, and finish your own beautiful jewellery! Materials and

hurstpierpoint horticultural society

speaker Pete Crawford from the Sussex Wildlife Trust. We are sure of a great evening, so do come along. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Contact: Sylvia Hancock. 01273 844544,

New ploughing competition and historic wheels section, country crafts, dog show, biggest collection of heavy horses, dray rides, fairground and food-stalls. £8, under 16s and parking free. Jackie Shearman 01737 645857.

Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint

Friday 16 May, 09:30-13:00

Saturday 17 May

Tuesday 13 May, 19:45

‘Making the most of your greenhouse’ - an illustrated talk by Nick Morgan, RHS Wisley, on productive greenhouse, seasonal veg and fruits under protection of greenhouses and tunnels. Members £1. Non-members £2. Contact:

Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 May

the russian ice stars: Peter Pan on ice The world-renowned Russian Ice Stars with a new adaptation of the famous fantasy adventure by J.M. Barrie. Contact: 01293 553636.

Wednesday 14 – Thursday 15 May, 10:00-17:00

fine art, antiques & collectables auction Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes BN7 2PD Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables Auction. Contact: Julie Kelly juliek@ 01273 472503

cuckfield crafts and market

Queens Hall High Street Cuckfield RH17 5EL 35+ plus quaint, quirky and contemporary stalls comprising of jams to jewellery, vintage homewares to Italian handbags! Refreshments available. Free admission. Contact: Beverley Smith 01444 440274,

Friday 16 May, 19:30-21:30

Main Hall, East Court Mansion, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3LT

Talk by John Davey ‘The Lost Industries of Lewes’, with photos from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Non-members £1.50, members £1 including refreshments. Contact: Joan Roberts, 01342 322648.

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 May

heavy horse & country show

Adastra Hall, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks

East Bysshe Cross Country Showground, RH7 6LF on the A22 between Blindley Heath and Newchapel.

‘Urban and Wildlife Gradening’ with guest

Wivelsfield Village Green Show of classic cars. Contact: Richard Spencer 01444 471295. Organised by the Wivelsfield Support Group in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice.

Saturday 17 May, 10:00-17:00

burgess hill model railway club Burgess Hill School for Girls, Keymer Road

east grinstead society meeting

Wednesday 14 May, 19:45-22:00

hassocks horticultural society

classic car show

Sewing and craft workshops

Annual model railway exhibition with 15+ layouts from 2mm to 16mm live steam, trade support including new and second hand railways, scenics, accessories etc. Adults £5, Children £3 and Family (2+2) £13. Contact: Mr Chris Reeve 01444 232638,

Saturday 17 May, 10:00-16:00

fostering drop-in session Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6HG Interested in becoming a foster carer? Come along for a friendly, informal chat and find out more! Contact: www.westsussex., 0330 222 7775.

Open Day May 9th

Join us for beginners sewing, crochet, needlefelting, patchwork, dressmaking, china decoration and more! Friendly and relaxed classes for all abilities and ages. Bring your own machine or use one of ours. out Ask ab sewing parties

Visit or call 07967 819540

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11am - 4pm Queens hall, High St, Cuckfield. tearoom serving homemade cakes, teas and coffees.

“A happy family school producing well educated, rounded, confident children who enjoy learning” Parent

An Exceptional Co-educational Nursery and Preparatory School

We put learning at the heart of all we do Summerhill Lane Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1RP Tel: 01444 450256 Tavistock & Summerhill School is a registered charity number 800086.

SuSSex Living May 2014


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Sunday 18 May, 10:00-12:00

Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough TN6 1FE

Albourne Road Allotments, Hurstpierpoint

Keep it Local craft fair

The Keep it Local team are back for another of their hugely popular craft fairs. Contemporary items sit comfortably alongside traditional crafts – reclaimed timber articles, canal boat art painted jugs, leather notebooks, beautiful needlework, fun family sweaters that squeak when you press the tummy – all sorts of goodies! Come along and see what you’ve been missing. Bring a friend too – it’s free entry! Contact: Mrs Anne Marriner, 01342 328427, 07902 151850,

Saturday 17 May, 19:30

bach in Leipzig, danehill

All Saints Church, Lewes Road, Danehill

A second programme of Bach’s music for orchestra and singers. Soloists will include Nick Milner-Gulland on harpsichord and Helen Pye on oboe. Two excerpts from church cantatas, an oboe concerto, and the Coffee Cantata. Proceeds from the concert to St Peter & St James Hospice. Tickets (£10) from John Mangold on 01825 790282, or on the door.

Sunday 18 May, 08:45

Come along and see what’s growing and stock up with plants for the summer!

Spend an afternoon swapping plants, seedlings and anything horticultural. Entry £2. Contact: Wendy Rose 07877 427247,, http://www.

Sunday 18 May, 10:00-13:00

Sunday 18 May, 19:30

spring vegetable, flower & Plant sale

Past Lives and Life between Lives

wivelsfield films: the railway man (15)

Vinings Natural Health Centre, Church Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3UF Half-day workshop explores how past life traumas can affect this life issues such as health, money and relationships. Your soul groups travel with you through lifetimes – who’s in yours now, and why? Fee: £20. Contact: Judy Sharp, 07597 020 512judy@ www.

Sunday 18 May, 10:30-14:30

childrens make and take craft workshop Ninas Craft Shop, upstairs in the Market Place Shopping Centre, Burgess Hill Come along and have fun with glitter and glue and make something that you can take home and keep. Hourly sessions, £4 per person. Bookable in advance. 07726 597721.

Sunday 18 May, 13:00-17:00

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky, 2014, starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman. Doors/licenced bar from 7pm. Refreshments. Tickets £5.50 on the door, in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores or The Cock Inn, via the Facebook page for Wivelsfield Films or

Pop-up ‘Plant recycling Plant’

The Broadway, Haywards Heath

Newtimber Place, Newtimber, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9BU

Tuesday 20 May, 10:00-16:00

Paintings valuation day

Bonhams, 19 Palmeira Square, Hove BN3 2JN Bonhams Paintings Specialist will be at the office to offer free and confidential auction valuations on items you are considering selling. By appointment. For information or to make an appointment, please contact Jenny Bouston on 01273 220000 or email

Tuesday 20 May, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & district folk dance club

Monday 19 – Friday 23 May

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath

John Lloyd, Bankside Farm, Jacobs Post, Ditchling Common, East Sussex RH15

Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £2 including refreshments. First evening free. Contact Mike on 01444 482741.

veneering & Laminating

Beginner/Intermediate course. Applicants should preferably have completed ‘Furniture Making I’. Contact: 01444 480388 or info

Monday 19 May, 19:30

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Wednesday 21 May

get to Know your sewing machine Made and Making, The Workroom, Unit 3 Turner Dumbrells, Ditchling BN6 8GT Inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee? This is a beginners workshop. Come along and master tension, seams, stitches and more whilst making your own cushion. Fee: £60. Contact:, sarah@, 07967 819540.

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Wednesday 21 May, 19:45-22:15

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Thursday 22 May, 10:00-16:00

fostering drop-in session

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Thursday 22 May, 10:00-16:00

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Saturday 24 May, 14:00-17:00

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Director: Jeff Nichols, 2013. 130 mins. Tickets £4 (£6 non-members) from Mishon MacKay, online or on the door. Refreshments available.

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Thursday 22 May, 18:00-19:00

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Come along for a delicious selection of cakes and refreshments, and an exciting silent auction, all organised by the Ditchling School PTA and Ditchling Preschool.

Saturday 24 May, 09:00-13:00

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Saturday 24 May, 19:30

National Tyres Forecourt, Keymer Road, Hassocks

All materials, instruction and refreshments are supplied. Perfect for total beginners! Fee: £15. Contact: 01444 236607, getcraftyonline@

Come and see Maple Leaf Gardens at this vibrant monthly market, held every fourth Saturday of the month.This month advice will be given on perrenials, grasses, shrubs and ferns. Also help can be given on what to plant and where to plant it!

Friday 23 – Saturday 24 May, 20:00

Saturday 24 May, 10:00-12:00

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afternoon tea on the green

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Lindfield Dramatic Club present two one-act comedies either side of a fishand-chip supper, with the bar open from 7.30pm. First up will be one of the hugelysuccessful ‘Deckchairs’ series, by Jean McConnell, directed by Ron Skinner. The after-supper play is a delightful comedy by Michael Fosbrook, directed by Rex Cooper. Tickets (£12.50) from Happy Feet shoe boutique, in Denman’s Lane, Lindfield.

Friday 23 May, 20:00

hurst village films: mud (12a) Players Theatre, 147 High Street,

Many exciting stalls including cakes, pickles, jams, plants, gifts, Traidcraft and activities for children. Free entrance. Contact: Pat and John Pallister, 01273 844583.

Saturday 24 May, 10:30-15:00

introduction to metal Jewellery making Get Crafty, 24 The Martlets, Burgess Hill Learn to cut and finish a beautiful pendant from copper or sterling silver. Materials and refreshments supplied. Perfect for beginners! Fee: £39. Contact: 01444 236607,

Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum’, Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony’, Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’. Sussex Chorus are singing with the Musicians of All Saints, conductor Alan Vincent and soloists: Elaine Tait, Susan Legg, Mark Curtis and Jack Holton. Tickets: £15, concessions £12, students/children under 16 £5, available from or ticket manager 01444 412579 or Dome Box Office 01273 709709 or Retiring collection in support of St Peter & St James.

Sunday 25 May, 10:00-18:00

south of england food & drink festival South of England Showground, Ardingly

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open day & fun dog show Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, Brighton Road, Shoreham by Sea BN43 5LT A great day out for all the family. Attractions include a dog show, agility, kid’s rides, stalls and refreshments. £1 adults, children and OAP’s free. Contact: Naomi Tucker, naomi., 01273 466971.

Monday 26 May, 09:00-13:00

rotary mammoth car boot fair Oakmeads College, Station Road, Burgess Hill Vintage, Garage and other various items. All hard standing for cars. Sellers £10, set up by 8am. Buyers free. Contact: 01273 844314,

Monday 26 May, 10:30-16:30

staplefield village fete & car show Staplefield Common, Handcross Road, Staplefield RH17 6EF Classic Car Show (10.30-16.30) and traditional Village Fete (12.00-16.30). Lots of family activities. All proceeds to charity. Contact Elspeth Montgomery (fete), 01444 400241 or John Stevenson (car show), 01444 400429.

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Redwood Centre, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath

Is this the greenest home in Sussex? A beautiful garden, supporting an eco house….with Rainwater harvesting to ground source heating. £4 admission. Contact: Peter & Brenda Martin, 01825 722680,

Wednesday 28 May, 19:30-21:30

slide show and music Plumpton Village Hall, 1 West Gate, Plumpton Green BN7 3BQ Mike Dennet will present a talk and slides showing views of Sussex set to Music. Tickets £5 per person to include wine and nibbles. Details from Sue Akers, 01273 891701 or Gill Gamble 01273 891218. Organised by the Plumpton Support Group in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice.

An evening hosted by the Haywards Heath Society with representatives from local energy groups. Members and non-members welcome. £2 to include refreshments.Contact: Janet Rider (Secretary),

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Saturday 31 May, 20:30-23:30

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Clayton & Keymer Royal British Legion, Woodsland Road,Hassocks BN6 8HE

Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 May, 20:00

Pat & the Boys are back covering all the classics from the 60s. £3 entry fee for non-members. Free for members. Contact:, 01273 845829.

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Saturday 31 May, 10:00-12:00

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Cuckfield Dramatic Society presents ‘Anyone for Breakfast?’, a delightful comedy by Derek Benfield. Tickets from

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Greenstede Gallery,Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BS

Coffee Morning in support of St Peter & St James Hospice. Come and visit the newly reordered Parish Church and listen to the Handbell Ringers.Various stalls including stained glass ornaments, greeting cards, decorated flower pots, plants and cakes. Contact Christine Sadler, 01273 834586.

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Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 3LT Illustrated Lecture: The Jewel Hunters, with Chris Goodie. £4 for guests. Contact: Shaun Taylor 01892 770254 or 0788 7568331.

Wednesday 28 May, 20:00-22:00

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Friday 30 May – Sunday 30 November

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children’s green woodworking

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Jack and Jill Playgroup Jumble sale Adastra Hall, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks Selling clothes, shoes, accessories , toys, books, CDs/DVDs, children’s equipment. No electrical equipment. 50p entry. Bring donations along to Adastra Hall on the day (8.30-11am). Contact Caroline, 07927 400249,

Cuckfield Crafts & Market Judie Tzuke The Woman Overboard Tour 2014 Sat 3 May | Martlets Hall

Paul Chowdhry Comedy from the Star of BBC1’s Live At The Apollo Fri 23 May | Clair Hall

Kast Off Kinks Former members of The Kinks play all the hits Fri 9 May | Martlets Hall

Sids Show Cbeebies presenter returns with his fantastic new show! Sat 31 May | Clair Hall

Rat Pack - Vegas Spectacular Sensational show with a live orchestra Sat 17 May | Martlets Hall

Blunter Bros with Pee Wee Ellis and The BB dancers Sat 7 June | Clair Hall

The Searchers All the classic hits and more Fri 23 May | Martlets Hall

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Friday May 16th 9.30am-1pm Lively village market offering a delightful mix of stalls with something for everyone, including a huge plant stall. Tea, coffee and cakes are available.

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Marcus Grimes estate agents move to bigger premises in Hurstpierpoint. After 10 years on Hurstpierpoint High Street, Marcus Grimes Estate Agents have moved all of 50 yards into larger offices. With the growth in sales turnover and their successful rental business also getting busier, the company has taken the opportunity to move to 151 High Street, directly opposite South Avenue in the village. Preparations are well underway and by the time you read this, they will have moved in and be operating from their new smart double-fronted offices. Marcus Grimes have been trading for over 25 years as a successful, highly knowledgeable, independent family-run firm with other branches in Haywards Heath and Cuckfield. Company Principal Marcus, who lives near Albourne and Henfield, will be spending more time in the branch supporting his Office Manager Robert Turner and Senior Negotiator Alexa Mallett. To find out how Marcus Grimes can help you move this summer, call today for a friendly chat and a free valuation of your home.


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Budding entrepreneurs as well as existing and new companies will be able to bid for support grants again this year, when West Sussex County Council (WSCC) launches its second wave of ‘Be the Business’ funding. Businesses across West Sussex were boosted to the tune of more than half a million pounds last year thanks to the support programme from the County Council and its partners. More than 100 new, start-up and existing companies applied in a bid to unlock funding of up to £30,000. Projects had to be 50% match funded. A total of 38 bids were successful, with £653,705 being awarded in the first round of funding. The County Council has set aside a further £500,000 this year to run the programme again. Louise Goldsmith, West Sussex County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for the Economy, said: “I’m delighted we are in a position to be able to run our ‘Be the Business’ programme again this year. We were hugely oversubscribed with bids last year, so to be able to offer people the chance to have another go is great. “A key priority for West Sussex County Council is the economy, promoting West Sussex as a great place to come and do business and helping our existing businesses to grow and thrive. “Our county has so much potential. These additional funds can help unlock that potential

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by allowing people to perhaps have the confidence to take that step to become an entrepreneur and start up their own business. And, of course, the funding that has been awarded to our established companies is just as important in these hard economic times.” Of the businesses that received funding last year, 41% were companies that had been trading for less than three years and 59% were established organisations that had been trading for more than 3 years. Successful applications came from a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, retail, education, child and youth services, food manufacturing and production, tourism and leisure, engineering and IT from across West Sussex. As well as an opportunity to bid for funding, the ‘Be the Business’ programme offers all businesses and companies across the county one-to-one support as well as peer-to-peer business networking sessions, workshops and events. Details about how people can apply for funding will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Celebrate contemporary art and discover east

Welcoming visitors for over 1,000 years, East Grinstead has a rich history, enjoying an attractive architectural grinstead through an heritage and a thriving community spirit. This spring, exciting new art trail. the town welcomes an exciting new initiative, Townscape 2014, a contemporary art trail, which was the brainchild of Example, a group of local artists. “The idea was to find a way to bring art to a community that doesn’t have access to big museums and art galleries, giving local people and children a chance to experience contemporary art,” explains artist, Hannah Buckley. To make the art trail possible, Hannah put together a successful bid for £25,000 from the Arts Council. “I think we were successful because not much funding comes this way, which probably helped,” confides Hannah. The trail will run for six months, from 30th May to 30th November and artwork from 10 local artists will be showcased at 14 sites throughout the town. In addition, Standen, the National Trust property,


will also host a display. The project includes work from the seven artists who make up Example as well as three others, who responded to an open call for artists with strong links to East Grinstead. All of the art on display has a link to the town in some capacity. Visitors can enjoy exhibits that include portraits of well-known faces around town, an artist in residence in a High Street bookshop, a quilt composed of children’s drawings and textiles based on medieval maps of East Grinstead. “Townscape is a community project for everyone to enjoy, so it was important that access was free and that the sites were easy to visit. We’re planning to have two trails for people to follow, but as the art will be on display for six months, we are hoping that people will just dip in and out as it suits them,” Hannah tells me. As well as discovering art, Townscape also encourages visitors to discover spaces in their town that they may not previously have visited or appreciated. The project has been well received by the local community and all the cafés and venues involved are very excited to be part of the project. The Bluebell Railway Station is one of the sites and

Townscape Subway work in progress

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Phil Andrews inspects work in progress on the subway project

10 local artists showcased

at 14 sites throughout East Grinstead.

Townscape will be a great introduction to the town for passengers arriving at East Grinstead. “We’ve got a beautiful town,” says Hannah. “The trail will be a great way for people to discover more of what it has to offer.” While all the artworks will be on display for six months, one piece, Route 22, will be a huge permanent art installation in the town subway. Created by Example artists and pupils at Sackville School, the piece incorporates handmade ceramics and sprayed stencils. Suggested by the town’s youth council to refresh what was a scruffy space, supported by art teacher Mr Andrews and funded by the Mid Sussex and Community Initiative Fund, Route 22 has transformed a once unloved part of the town. “Overall, we’re hoping that Townscape will get the community switched on to visual art as well as encouraging people to become an artist for the day, either taking photographs or bringing along their sketch pads. We’re also looking to incorporate The

Big Draw during October half term, giving visitors the chance to experiment drawing in different art mediums,” explains Hannah. The launch event is open to all, so if you’d like the opportunity to meet the artists involved in Townscape, do go along to the Greenstede Gallery, Chequer Mead Theatre, on Friday 30th May, 6-9pm and get inspired.


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Malcolm Glover work in progress

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Electrical Services t. 01444 211959 m. 07894 111102

✓Full or part re-wires ✓Extra lights ✓Fuse board upgrades ✓Extra sockets & more

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Jays Brushes


Painter & Decorator


Sussex 0800 917 0796

Interior & Exterior • Garden Design • Hard and Soft Landscaping

07940 326495

1st Call Plastering All aspects of Plastering The best affordable rates Free estimates & advice Ian Bailey Call. 07917193692 01273 840603

Lynnem House 1 Victoria Way Burgess Hill West Sussex RH15 9NF Tel 01444 257047

• Accounts • Tax Planning • Self Assessment • Book Keeping • Company Formations • Payroll APPRENTICE & ADMIN ASSISTANT WANTED Email your CV to

AmberACLTD Local Electricians

Tel: 01273 890010 • Electrical Installation • Maintenance • Testing / Inspection • Rewiring

24hr Emergency Callout also available 07834 828459








07806 754971

Contemporary and traditional garden rooms Why not be the envy of every other garden this year? Our garden rooms create a space at a fraction of the cost and stress of an extension. Choose from our bespoke design and build service or one of our off the shelf garden pods.

Offices Spare Rooms Games Rooms Play Rooms Gymnasium Studio

07823 772664 SuSSex Living May 2014


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PS Flooring


Airport tAxi Mid Sussex • 1-8 passengers PrestigeService Vehicles • Taxi prices 077 344 89 222 ▪ Mid Sussex ▪

▪ 1-8 passengers ▪ ▪ Prestige Vehicles ▪ ▪ Taxi prices ▪ ▪ Fixed fares available ▪

01444 810662

Sussex Trichology

Specialist Treatment for Hair and Scalp, including:

Commercial and Domestic Flooring

Carpets & vinyl supplied & fitted Free estimates Competitive pricing Fast, friendly service Call us today for inmmediate attention on:

07765 771921



Professional Carpentry

• hair loss and thinning • oily, flaky, dry, itchy scalp • allergic reactions, eczema and psoriasis • poor hair condition

Bespoke carpentry Kitchen and bathroom fitting

Consultant Trichologist Shuna Hammocks has been a hair and scalp specialist for 12 years. She is a Member of The Institute of Trichologists and of The Royal Society of Medicine. “I will take the time to listen to your concerns and offer individual treaments, advice and support.”

Property maintenance 30 years’ experience, based in Sussex

Franklyn Suite 6, The Priory, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3LB | t: (01444) 448082 |

01273 478183 - 07454 314875

Clinical Foot Consultant LEWIS DECORATIONS Tel.01444 Tel. 01444233073 233073

QUALITY DECORATING SERVICES Established 25 years. City and Guilds Qualified.

Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground Creating a new English wood in the heart of Sussex. Full Burial and Ashes Plots available. For further information or if you would like us to send you one of our brochures, please contact the office.

Qualified Chiropodist • • • • •

Corns – Callus Nail Problems Heel Problems Athlete’s Foot Fallen Arches

Foot Treatments

With Manipulation and Laser Therapy

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

Dorothy Dickson

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

Tel - 01273 843 842 Email - Clayton Wood, Brighton Road, Clayton, West Sussex, BN6 9PD


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Make your oven gleam, call us for a clean!


New spring clothing,

Ariat, Kingsland, Horze, B. Vertigo, Equetech, Schockemohle, Mark Todd, Whitaker, Stubben, Tagg

10% off

when quoting this advert

Unique 3

(Domestic & Commercial Cleaning)

Pyecombe, Sussex BN45 7ED

01273 845545

Contact Dawn on 077569 16987 07761 065857 01444 456105




Painting | Decorating Carpentry | Joinery Laminate Flooring | Tiling Gardening | Shed Roofs Quality Workmanship Experienced | Fully Insured Reliable, Friendly Service Free Estimates

Tel: 01444 246538 Mob: 07719 358174

House Signs • Handcarved house names • House numbers • Restoration carving



THE TILE PEOPLE t:01444 474740 Tindaya Castano Wall Tiles From Spain Best Wood Effect Tile 5 Designs 25x40 In Town Only Now Only!!

£12.35 per sq mtr Inc £21.65 mtr Inc



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S&P Flooring

Onion sets, bulbs and plants NOW IN

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Pet Feeds & Accessories Garden Equipment Feeds & Treatments Compost & Fertilisers Coal, Logs & Gas Mower Spares & Repairs

Unit 1, 30 Bridge Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1TX

Tel: 01444 474019


Carpets Natural Woods Vinyl Laminates Luxury Vinyl Tiles Free Quotations 35 Years Experience Hurstpierpoint: 01273 833839 Mobile: 07971 599908


Landscaping Garden Design • Bespoke design service • Traditional to contemporary • All aspects of landscape • Construction undertaken • Royal Botanic Gardens trained • Free estimates. Fully insured • All types of fencing and gates • Clearance Contact Steve 07703 537316


PC and Laptop repairs Computer Supplies Printer and screen repairs

IT Services





Software Supplies Website Design & Hosting Graphic Design

01342 716971 Unit 6, Grange Farm, Turners Hill Road, West Sussex, RH10 4EY

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30 New England Road, Haywards Heath West Sussex RH16 3JS Tel: 01444 454928 Mob: 07803 159860 Email:


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Denture Care Centre Horsham – 01403 210616 Crawley Down – 01342 716822

Bricks & Brushes

Garden Machinery Sales & Service

We clean your oven so that you don’t have to! For cleaner, brighter Ovens, AGAs, Range Cookers, Microwaves and Barbecues, call Oven Deep Clean on:




01444 233524 07908 115800 / 07794 915459

Find Your Feet Podiatry & Chiropody Dedicated To Providing First Class Podiatric Care







01444 455242 / 07712 241232

F R A N K LY N N S U I T E 4 , T H E P R I O RY B U S I N E S S C E N T R E SY R E S H A M G A R D E N S , H AY WA R D S H E AT H R H 16 3 L B

Andy the PlAsterer over 35 yeArs exPerience Andy the PlAsterer over 35 yeArs exPerience

A clean reliable service A clean reliable service at prices at competitive competitive prices Artex plastered overover Artex plastered specialists in specialists domestic works

in domestic works 01444 410711 07946 445531

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R. A. Palmer

07946 445531

Collection & Delivery throughout Mid Sussex T: 01273 832016/833008 E: W:

Michaelmas, London Road Sayers Common, BN6 9HX

ADVERTISE HERE from as little as £24 + VAT per month. Call 01273 835355.








new builds

We are experienced and reliable tradesmen offering only high quality workmanship – from renovations right through to new builds – to every customer. All of the work we do is fully insured for your safety and peace of mind.

Call Sean Pollard 01444 471988



Kitchen splash backs & shower screens • Glazing and double glazing repairs and servicing • Leaded lights - installation and repair • Sash windows - installation and maintain • Glass balustrades • Replacement windows, doors, conservatories and roof lanterns • Commercial shopfronts

07954 216234 - 01444 440119 email:

Worship the ground you walk on

Stone tiles • Quartz tiles • Granite tiles • Pebble tiles • Mosaic tiles OPEN: MON-FRI 8am-5pm SAT 9.30am-12.30pm

Marblemosaics Ltd Unit 45, The Old Brickworks Station Road, Plumpton Green East Sussex BN7 3DF

01273 891144

May 2014 – Sussex Living Magazine  

May 2014 – Sussex Living Magazine

May 2014 – Sussex Living Magazine  

May 2014 – Sussex Living Magazine