September 2014 – Sussex Living Magazine

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September 2014 No 112

Autumn Show & Game Fair

Show it’s


Get ready to cosy up this Winter

East Grinstead Hockey Club

Giving it some stick!

Scaynes Hill VILLAGE

Anchored in History

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Editor’s comment Hello and welcome to September at Sussex Living. And with it the return of crisp mornings and chilly evenings. Summer may be fading fast but that hasn’t dampened our moods; this issue is positively bursting at the seams! What better way to get in the spirit of the changing season in our beautiful countryside than with the Autumn Show & Game Fair. Ruth Lawrence went along to the South of England Showground to get the latest from the participants themselves (p. 7-13), and what a lot they have to offer this year. I can’t wait to get my wellies on and have a wander around. Staying in the festive mood, we celebrate two fantastic festivals this month (p. 103-105) both on our doorsteps in Hurstpierpoint and slightly further afield in Lindfield. Both offer plenty of fun and informative activities for all ages to enjoy, so be sure to take part in those. From outdoor pursuits to cosying up indoors, Lisa de Silva weighs up the options for heating your home in the coming winter months on pages 48-54. You may not need to crank the heat up just yet, but it never hurts to think ahead.

Lunchbox? Check. Pencil case? Check. You’re ready for the new term, now browse through our Education Feature on pages 27-45 where we cover all bases from learning difficulties to drama and creative writing. And Roger Linn finds out what East Grinstead Hockey Club are up to. We also have all our great regular columns and features which our readers enjoy so much. Flo Whitaker fills her basket with the bounty of her garden; tis the harvest season after all. We have all sorts of health and beauty in story for you, including our brand new style page (80), which looks absolutely corking. Food is covered by Robert Hanson and Roger Linn shares a pensive View From The Downs. And Hanna Lindon looks at the history of Scaynes Hill from page 89. I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. This first month has flown by, but I have enjoyed every second working with the brilliant team here; long may it last.

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HOme HeaTInG Get ready to cosy up this Winter

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Anchored in History

Giving it ! some stick

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September 2014 No 112 SCayneS HIll VIllaGe

COVER: Autumn Show & Game Fair 7 by Ruth Lawrence Microchips Ltd 11 Pet-ID Lost and Found


Heath Veterinary Clinic

Perfect partners for your pet

Living 16 Local Community news and events & Co 19 Martin Booming business for buy-to-let Searches 21 Census Tracing family names and heirs Feature: Special learning for all 27 Education by Lisa de Silva


Autumn Show & Game Fair

at Chailey Heritage 32 Futures Discovering the life skills centre

Mirror on the wall‌ 79 Mirror by Nicole Tata

Feature: 34 Education Drama, All the worlds a stage


Feature: 36 Education Creative Writing, Say it with words


by Hilary Handel

by Sara Harman-Clarke

Grinstead Hockey Club 41 East give it some stick! by Roger Linn


History: Anchored in Scaynes Hill



The new face of Rusdens

Paul Andre Jewellers

Let it sparkle!

Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning


In store and on-line!

Embrace autumn with this months statement pieces


and Garden: Heating your home 48 Home this winter by Lisa de Silva

Stylish Living

For perfectly finished garments

by Hanna Lindon

Diary Dates

Listing of local events in your community

Hurst Festival 10th Anniversary by Sara Harman-Clarke


Trash to Treasure

Arts Festival 105 Lindfield by Esther Featherstone


The View from the Downs

& Feedback 106 Letters Send us your views and reviews

by Ruth Lawrence by Roger Linn

Times 66 Blooming by Flo Whitaker,

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society


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The Garden of Invention at Ham Cottage by Ruth Lawrence


The Last Word


Business to Business

by Tanis Banham & Carla Faulks

Haywards Heath Town Team working together

South Chailey Walk

108 Distribution Find Sussex Living in your local area

Food Glorious Food

111 Local Business Directory

by Les Campbell

by Robert Hanson

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Have you been tempted to try out a new skill or sport but been daunted by cost or lack of opportunity? This year’s Autumn Show & Game Fair in Ardingly offers numerous chances to taste a variety of country sports and pursuits over one action packed weekend. Learning something new is beneficial on so many levels; putting aside fresh social opportunities, the positive effects on wellbeing add up and can lead to life changing goals. Personal challenge is one of the best ways to extend your comfort zone and increase confidence beyond the chosen activity. I spoke to some of the most engaging organisations appearing at the Autumn Show to find out how participating in a new pursuit could spark a lifelong passion.


Whether you wish to be entertained, delighted or involved, this year’s Autumn Show & Game Fair has it all!

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Andrew Farley of Warrenby Gundogs is a man with a mission; to show owners of Retrievers, Spaniels and Hunt, Point and Retrieve breeds (HPRs) how to focus their dog’s natural abilities to achieve their potential and harness their unique character. These dogs need to be shown their position in a pack so that they can carry out the role they were bred to perform; Andrew told me that the dogs will show great affection, loyalty and respect once they have a consistent rapport with

their owner and know what they are being asked to do. During the two or three slots a day, a team of 20 handlers will be demonstrating skills including body language, heel work and obedience, remaining continued on page 8

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on hand to impart advice and the knowledge from two decades of experience. He mentioned that most owners have little idea of the potential lying dormant in their dog; the genetic ability that blossoms after a few training sessions and deepens the bond between dog and owner. The youngest handler is 11 year old Josh, proving that youth is no deterrent to a fruitful partnership; Meg, Scooby, Clyde and Indy are dogs that handlers will use to demonstrate how easy the training skills are to master with a bit of hard work. Dogs of all ages will show how training progresses from puppy to adult; any owner will gain from tapping in to their companion’s natural instincts to obey, work and retrieve. If you have ever been intrigued by angling but not known where to begin, help is on hand with twice daily demonstrations from the Sussex branch of the Salmon and Trout Association. Chairman Rod Yuill told me how six qualified

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game anglers will be instructing visitors how to cast a fly line on the small lake at the showground. A safe roped off area will be available to practice your new skill, with no hooks to worry about as you cast your first line over the water. Children apparently love to try it; remember when you enthusiastically tied a cork and a piece of string to a stick, hoping to watch it disappear under the water in the mouth of some mysterious fish? Complete novices are as welcome as more experienced anglers who wish to improve their technique and Brian Smart, one of the country’s foremost fly fishing instructors will be offering personal instruction to people of any age or ability with a trout line and a double handed salmon rod. The S&TA will have a marquee where visitors can take away literature and information about the organisation and learn about the environmental issues that affect the activity. continued on page 10


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One of the main objectives of the S&TA is to maintain rivers to help conserve fish stocks and protect the aquatic environment; salmon travel up rivers in the north of England and Scotland and healthy rivers are paramount to their success. This gives an idea of how game angling can have a wide reaching positive effect on the environment and keep rivers in a healthy state for the future. One of the most spectacular displays of the show has to be the supreme aerial skills of the falcons from Huxley’s Birds of Prey; as the fastest living creatures on the planet, these hunters soar and dive with an ease that defies belief. I participated in one of their ‘hawk walks’ last year and had the pleasure of feeling one of these top predators land on my gloved hand after watching him fly free above open fields beneath the South Downs. This unforgettable experience will be available to members of the public invited to join in the main arena display over the weekend. Julian and Stephanie Ford will be displaying a number of spectacular birds including owls, falcons, hawks and eagles; people will be able to see them up close to understand why they are such successful hunters in the wild. Julian aims to fly a team of four Harris hawks and two or three falcons during the aerial display. Falconry is an ancient art spanning some 4,000 years, appearing in Europe around 400AD; visitors will be able to ask

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questions and meet the same species that have hunted alongside humans for countless generations. Fun has always been a feature of the Game Fair; whether it is to engage younger visitors or to demonstrate a light hearted side of a traditional country pursuit. Sheepdogs are generally assumed to herd sheep but Bob Hogg’s crowd drawing display puts an unusual and


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Fun has always been a feature of the Game Fair‌ the light hearted side of country pursuits

highly entertaining spin on an age old skill; his border collies herd not only the four hoofed and woolly, but the winged and waddling! Ducks, geese and even a chicken named Paxo join the sheep to be herded, with humour and laugh out loud surprises making sure that no display is ever the same. Working up to four dogs simultaneously, Bob begins by explaining how the dogs are trained before introducing the more unusual cast to delighted onlookers. Dog owners are well catered for at the show; recognised crossbreeds can enter the gundog scurry where entrants have to retrieve a dummy in the fastest time and the Mid Downs Dog Agility Club will be holding an agility show. Plenty of other animals will be represented; a donkey show takes place on Sunday and the Fur and Feather area offers displays of rabbits, ducks, geese and chickens,

while farm animals will be shown at close quarters in the Abergavenny building. If you’ve ever struggled to keep a kite aloft in the sky, the Brighton Kite Flyers will be promoting their enjoyable and affordable sport while offering advice and the chance to try a variety of members’ kites for yourself. As colourful as the kites but less strenuous are the traditional vintage fairground rides and the perennial favourites, Mr Punch and wife Judy will be arguing their way through the weekend. Lovingly restored vintage agricultural machinery will be available for close inspection and members of the South East Vintage Agricultural Club will be talking to visitors about how much work is involved in maintaining these magnificent machines that have worked the land and now enjoy a new lease of life.

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Dan Kerwood is hoping his daugher Charlotte, who was crowned Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist for the fourth time this year, will join him at the Clay Pigeon Shoot stand again this year. Enthusiasts can enter the competition and Dan is also encouraging complete beginners to come and try their hand at this increasingly popular sport. Whether your interest lies in seasonal, local food and drink or trying your hand at a new hobby, whether you wish to be entertained, delighted or involved, this year’s show aims to throw open the doors to our countryside and welcome you to fresh possibilities, whatever your age or ability.

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When I spoke to Sarah Solomon, Practice Manager for Heath Veterinary Clinic, she told me how pets soon learn “to trust a familiar face; continuity of care builds a rapport with client and animal.” As a small private practice with branches at Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint, Heath Vets have all the advantages of a larger practice but with the priceless personal attention that corporate concerns lack. Saving you an agonising wait, blood results are available within 10 minutes from their in-house laboratory, while digital x-rays discover any problem swiftly and accurately. This is what prompts clients to write of “professionalism, compassion and kindness….”. Such comments grow from regular preventative care; puppies and kittens are seen once a month to acclimatise them, and their owners, to their own vet. New vet, Rhian Jones told me how she loves meeting clients and discovering the unique personalities of their pets whilst feeling “one of the family” among her welcoming colleagues. Preventative care is given great attention at Heath Vets; their Pet Care Plan is a highly cost effective way of providing routine health care by spreading a small monthly cost and working alongside insurance. The plan is very comprehensive, with six month checks, flea and worm control and 10% off everything including

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Grinstead and the surrounding rural areas. Local people donate some spare time to help the charity and the organisation is now in need of a unique volunteer, a Volunteer Coordinator, to provide much-needed guidance and support. The organisation is also dependent on volunteers on its Trustee Board. Although the Board is strong and has

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overcome some very real challenges, it needs new members to develop its expertise. Do you live in or near East Grinstead? Would you be interested in dedicating some time to supporting a local charity to benefit older people? If so, please contact Pam Mitchell, Chief Officer, on 01342 327046 or email ceo@ Age UK East Grinstead & District is based at Swan Mead, Queens Road, East Grinstead RH19 1BE. Age UK East Grinstead & District is an independent charity, funded locally to support local people.

An Evening of 60s Music You are warmly invited to come and dance to the great bands of the 60s, such as the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Kinks, Supremes, Manfred Mann and many more at Ditchling

Village Hall on Saturday 18th October at 7.30pm. Our DJ, Tom Bonner, better known as ‘Tommy The Legend’, will be keeping the floor filled for this charity event. We are supporting Fauna & Flora International (reg charity 1011102), backed by Sir David Attenborough and under the patronage of HM the Queen. Last year we helped endangered Mountain Gorillas and this year have decided to donate the proceeds to this project again. Mountain gorillas have been reduced to a tiny number, just 780 individuals, because of habitat destruction and hunting. Funds from this event will help to protect their shrinking forest habitat and to monitor these gentle and charismatic animals, involving the local communities in this vital work. We can help FFI to increase mountain gorilla numbers to achieve their target of 1001 individuals. Tickets are £13, available now

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Haywards Heath Music Society We open our 73rd season of professional chamber music concerts on Saturday 20th September at St Wilfrid’s Church, with a return from spectacular pianist Samson Tsoy. He will play pieces by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy. Top-quality performances are assured for the rest of the season as well. On 19th October, two well-known local singers, Eloise Irving and Lawrence OlsworthPeter will combine to present “A Night at the Movies”, based on familiar pieces that have found their way into the world of films. The November 8th concert will feature the distinguished piano duet team of Anne Applin and

Geoffrey Pratley performing a wide, varied and attractive repertoire, familiar and unfamiliar, for all to enjoy. The Society’s first evening of 2015, on 21st February, will feature an illustrated lecture by Janet Canetty-Clarke on “Northern Lights: Grieg and Sibelius”. This is followed on 21st March by another local offering, Ensemble Reza, who will play a Mozart string quintet and Schoenberg’s lyrical (and tonal!) “Verklärte Nacht”; there will be an introductory talk at 6.45pm by Pavlos Carvalho, to which all ticket holders are invited. For the final concert on 11th April, the Society welcomes the up-and-coming violinist Allesandro Ruisi, who will perform Franck’s popular violin sonata and works by Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel. Further information on all these concerts is available from www. haywardsheathmusicsociety. or by telephoning the Secretary on 01444-456227. Non-members welcome. Tickets available from Carousel Music, www.haywardsheath- or on the door. £12 adults, £11 seniors, £3 students, and up to two adults accompanied by an under-18 will be admitted for half price.

Peter James Golf Classic Local, best-selling author, Peter James is calling on competitors and local businesses to get involved now with his Golf Classic event, organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research The annual event is now in its fifth year, raising over £52,000 for the charity, and will take place on Wednesday 10th September, again at the finely manicured and carefully maintained Haywards Heath Golf Club. Sponsored by the Harwoods Group, the South East car dealership, it is limited to 32, 4-ball teams and has some great prizes up for grabs. Peter is calling on all with a love of golf to get involved and sign up now. He is also urging local businesses to support the event. “I know that child health research is desperately under-

funded so it’s great to work with Action Medical Research and help them with the incredible work they do,” he says. Places are going fast so sign up now, or show your support by sponsoring a hole, advertising in the event magazine, making a donation or giving a raffle prize. Also, Peter himself will be on hand to autograph his latest crime thriller, Want You Dead, at the Golf event. Action Medical Research is currently funding work around conditions including premature birth, stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions. More information on the Peter James Golf Classic visit www. _classic

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Booming business for buy-to-let I visited Jason Chandler, the Branch Manager at Martin & Co in Burgess Hill to chat about today’s property and letting market in Mid-Sussex. As always I received a friendly welcome. The staff go about their business with refreshing and cheerful enthusiasm - perhaps one of the reasons they’ve won so many awards. Jason told me about the extraordinary level of demand for rental properties in our area. “We’ve helped an unprecedented number of tenants this year even more than our outstanding performance in 2013, and we have potential tenants queuing up for properties of every sort.” Sounds like a good time to be a landlord. It turns out that the buy-to-let market is indeed growing very quickly. Jason put this down to a number of factors including rising rents, house prices and the availability of cheap mortgages. The currently poor returns on other forms of investments, such as savings, is also pushing the demand for property. Rental returns can deliver over 5% annually, a return on capital hard to match in other markets.

Winners of the Gold Award for Best Letting Agent in the UK, Martin and Co are delighted to help their clients every step of the way through the housing market.

Of course, rising house prices add to the attraction of buy-to-let as an investment, as the value of the rented property appreciates and provides an exciting alternative to traditional annuitybased pension arrangements. I asked Jason how I’d go about taking advantage of this

Rental returns can deliver over 5% annually, a return on capital hard to match in other markets. opportunity and he explained that Martin & Co could help every step of the way. “If they don’t already have a house to let, we can help potential investors find suitable property, advise them on expected rental return, find tenants and ultimately, fully manage the entire letting agreement.” This comprehensive package of support comes from one of the most experienced teams of property specialists anywhere, where personal service and

attention to detail are at the heart of everything they do. It is worth remembering that when landlords voted Martin & Co winners of the Gold Award for Best Letting Agent in the United Kingdom, they were rated as ‘excellent’ by 98% of the respondents. The company is also committed to our community and this month they’ll be helping to sponsor the Haywards Heath town day which coincides with the Tour of Britain bike race on Saturday13th September. With their intimate knowledge of MidSussex and their willingness to go the extra mile for their clients, Martin & Co seems ideally placed to help both experienced and first-time landlords benefit from today’s buy-to-let marketplace.

Martin & Co 3-4 Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 0AD Tel: 01444 242 059 Email:

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usually end up with most of the cast in hysterics! The story revolves around six unemployed men who try to become strippers to raise some money, mainly so that Jerry, the lead, can pay his alimony in order that he can still see his son. They obviously have quite a few hang-ups about dancing naked in public and the story explores this very well. Luckily, our actors don’t have any problems with getting their kit off! The story, although very close to the original film script, is set in Buffalo, New York. This is because it was created by American writers, but the cast are quite pleased by this as otherwise they would have had to try and produce Sheffield accents! The show is on at the Chequer Mead Theatre in East Grinstead from the 15th to the 20th of September. Tickets cost £14- £15 and can be obtained from the box office on 01342 302000 or from their website

Banger Challenge Update Thomas Henton and Jack Dunckley are busy gaining lots of support from local companies, family and friends for their Motorscape banger rally this September. They would like to thank the Sussex Sign Company for the amazing job they did with the signage they provided for their Golf, and Sussex Living Magazine for their support with Local Living. The Golf, which will take the boys on their journey, had a lovely valet by Cloud 9 in Henfield, and the toolbox and tent have been packed in case they end up stranded. Here is the boy’s itinerary: Day 1, Haywards Heath to St Omer in Northern France where we register for the Motoscape rally. Day 2, The main start! St Omer to Koblenz, Germany. Day 3, One of our longest days, 7 hours driving through the Rhine valley to Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Day 4, Leave Garmisch for Trento, a day of driving through the Austrian passes. Day 5, Completing the journey to Venice. Once they have driven back through France, they will have covered around 3000 miles in a car bought for £500. As of 8th August over £600 has raised. All sponsorship is greatly appreciated and should you wish to sponsor the rally please visit the Just Giving website

and search Thomas Henton. All money raised is going to St Peter and St James Hospice in Wivelsfield.

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For over forty years Lady Teviot has been involved in this fascinating detective work; tracing family histories, finding missing links in family trees and tracking down people who may have inherited from an estate they knew nothing about. That was of course the purpose of the very popular TV programme ‘Heir Hunters’ in which Lady Teviot featured prominently. When a person dies without leaving a will, solicitors attempt to find possible inheritors. If none are found, the inheritance is turned over to the State. Lady Teviot is expert at establishing the sometimes complex chain of relationships which can extend from the deceased, which is why lawyers trust Census Searches Ltd. Research can be a lengthy process, often taking the search overseas and sometimes with multiple claimants to a single estate. Before the age of the internet with its wealth of available information, conducting a search into family history was much more difficult. But the world-wide network of contacts and resources Lady Teviot has established is unrivalled. This deep background knowledge gives her an almost instinctive ‘feel’ for where relevant information may be hiding and how to uncover it. The cost of this research is usually estimated initially on the amount and quality of information the client

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the day are made to Macmillan. In 2013 154,000 people signed up to coffee morning, raising a record £20 million for charity. The event started in 1990, when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning where people came along to meet and mingle, but donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process. Since then it has raised over £113 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support. There are coffee mornings being held all over the country, but here we have found some of the local ones to Mid Sussex. The New Inn, Hurstpierpoint. Friday 26th September at 11.00 come in for a coffee and cake. Email Hassocks Coffee Morning, Freedom Leisure Sports

Centre. Friday 26th September at 10.00. Email natasha. Woolpackers/Twinklies coffee morning, Burgess Hill. Wednesday 24th September at 9.30. Email chris.j.bushell@ Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield. Coffee morning on Friday 26th, starts at 9.30. Email Henfield Bowls Club, The Daisycroft. Friday 26th from 10.00. Email karenkennedy22@ Clayton Wood Natural Burial Ground coffee and cake morning from 10.30. Email

Chailey Commons Society 50th Anniversary 1964 - 2014 The Chailey Commons Society was established in 1964 as a local social group for those interested in the heathland around the area. The Society

was formed by those interested in preserving the assets of the common land and its abundant flora and fauna. The Commons Society has its own programme of events each year for its members and those interested in the heathlands. As it is the Society’s 50th year, they are holding an Exhibition on Saturday 27th September to celebrate their achievements over the years. This will be in the Chailey Village Hall at Chailey Green by the A275. It

will be from 11.00.a.m. until 4.00.p.m. with displays from the Society and other local items of interest. There will be free refreshments all day and those joining the society on the day will receive a year’s free membership. There is free car parking and the Compass Bus 121 between Lewes and Newick stops outside. The Society is always pleased to welcome new members and looks forward to meeting you.

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Hurstpierpoint Open Studios - 24 Artists at 14 Venues On the 10th Anniversary of Hurst Festival the Artists of HOS invite you on a trail round Hurstpierpoint on Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th and Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014 from 10am-5pm. Visit and chat to us in our studios and homes and browse or buy our art. An eclectic range of media is on show ranging from paintings in various media to photography, digital prints, silver jewellery, handmade glass beads, etchings, stained glass, textiles and sculpture. Miriam Leech (pictured) has just had her Degree Exhibition and has some of her work on show. Brian Rickard has opened a new Gallery in Hurstpierpoint. This will be the only bespoke public gallery space currently available in Hurstpierpoint, and more frequent exhibitions and events will take place in the future. Those interested in the gallery, the in-house art, or showing their work in future events should email Ella Berthoud has written a book called ‘The Novel Cure: an A-Z of Literary Remedies’. It is proving to be an enormous success and has sold nearly 100,000 books worldwide. Come and see her paintings inspired by ideas gathered from books she listens to whilst painting. Sylvia Thornhill and her happy band of helpers will be serving light lunches and teas for WSAD (Local Charity Group for disabled) on the first

weekend.Sit, relax and enjoy the scenery as well as Sylvia’s artwork! More information may be found at and Facebook. Flyers with map and artists names will be available from Libraries and local shops.

SUSSEX CHORUS – A NEW YEAR OF MAKING MUSIC Sussex Chorus is preparing for a challenging new season, performing less well known music, beginning with a concert on 8th November at All Saints Church, Hove. The choir will perform Vaughan Williams’ “Towards the Unknown Region”, suitable for a time of remembrance in the centenary year of the beginning of the First World War. Alan Vincent, the Chorus’s recently appointed Musical Director, read music at Clare College Cambridge and founded Kent Chamber Choir and Kent Youth Choir. He also works with Gravesham Choral Society and Orchestra. New members are always assured of a warm welcome. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7.30 pm at St. Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill, starting September 8th. For further details please visit wwwsussexchorus. org or contact the Hon. Secretary – 01444 454091 – or email If you are interested in joining the choir please contact the Membership Secretary, Diana Williams at d459williams@ or on 01273 843203. S u ss e x L i v i n g September 2014



Gilva Tisshaw, Director, has been based in Haywards Heath for 18 years, having qualified 25 years ago and is the longest established family solicitor in the area. “The ethos of our firm is as the provider of high quality legal advice within a caring, friendly and approachable environment. We want clients to feel that they are being listened to and their needs, where possible, are being met.” Gilva has been a member of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel since 2002, Past President of the Sussex Law Society and sits as an Assistant Coroner. Tisshaws received Lexcel, the gold standard legal quality mark held by only 8% of law firms within just three months of incorporation, and is recognised as being a top provider of legal services.

Tisshaws, a locally-based specialist family law firm, has grown from strength to strength since its incorporation as a specialist firm in April 2012.

Caring for your family law Why Consult a Family Law Solicitor?

Tisshaws recognises the difficulties people face in taking the first step towards consulting a solicitor, particularly coming to terms with the fact that they may need advice. With the ending of Legal Aid for many aspects of legal work people can feel increasingly alienated from the legal processes around separation, divorce, finances and matters involving children. Being informed provides a platform on which decisions can be made. Decisions made at the outset can have a huge impact on the future and the emotional and financial cost of separating cannot be underestimated.

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“ I couldn’t have wished for a better firm of solicitors to have acted on my behalf and to helping bring successful closure.” client requires at that particular time. The majority of our clients prefer to instruct us as they find the support and professionalism Tisshaws provide is invaluable. However, it is possible to represent yourself with advice and guidance from Tisshaws as and when it is required throughout the legal process stage. Here at Tisshaws we aim to keep our fees and charges as competitive as possible. Our main priority is keeping our clients satisfied; we always put them first. Together with our wealth of experience this continues to make Tisshaws a busy and thriving practice.

Our clients prefer to instruct us rather than act in person as they find the support and professionalism Tisshaws provides is invaluable.

For Matters of Divorce

Getting a divorce is never a pleasant process, but here at Tisshaws we aim to make it as smooth as possible for both parties involved. Our Fixed Fee Divorce is £950.00 and includes a Court fee of £410, costs of £450 and VAT of £90 for uncontested divorce. This includes the preparation of the Divorce Petition, the supporting documentation for the Court and dealing with each step of the divorce procedure. Often these fees will be paid for by the other party in full or shared. However, this does not include financial advice. Other work is done on the basis of hourly, competitive rates. We try to manage our clients’ expectations and offer realistic and practical advice. One of our particular strengths lies in assisting towards the resolution of the financial matters of divorce proceedings and separation. There are so many factors that have to be taken into account when considering a financial settlement. These may include housing and income needs and present and future provision, including pensions. Children are also a major, and emotional factor to think about. That is why we are pleased to offer specialist advice in matters concerning children. One of our clients has kindly commented: “Thank you very much for all your hard work but most of all the understanding of all the emotions that divorce brings. I couldn’t have wished for a better firm of solicitors to have acted on my behalf and to helping bring successful closure.” If parties can reach an agreement a Consent Order can be drawn up within the divorce proceedings. This clearly sets out the agreement reached. The importance of taking legal advice

cannot be underestimated. Many people do not realise that if they do not have a financial agreement then either party is able to come back in the future and make a claim. We are understanding of our client’s financial position and we acknowledge that immediate access to large sums of money can sometimes be difficult. Therefore, we do discuss payment programmes. Gilva says, “The client feedback we receive is very good and it brings us a lot of satisfaction to know that we have really helped people to resolve matters at particularly difficult times of their life”. Tisshaws prides itself with the high level of mutual trust and respect between us and our clients. We think of each client as an individual and treat their needs respectfully and are proud to be an inherent part of the Mid Sussex community. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance to you or your family and friends.

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by Lisa de Silva

Education Feature

Special learning for all Special Educational Needs (SEN) affect all social classes and intellects and although children do not grow out of their symptoms, they can learn to cope with them. The term is used for those who have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn, covering a broad range of issues. For example, some children have physical impairments such as Down’s Syndrome, Spina Bifida, hearing or sight problems. Some children have behavioural difficulties, including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism – conditions that may exacerbate social and communication difficulties. It can be more of a challenge to identify children with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). These children can be intelligent and articulate and often it is only their own sense of frustration that offers any clues. Broadly speaking, there are four types of Specific Learning Difficulties: dyslexia (reading and writing), dyscalculia (maths), dyspraxia (coordination) and dysgraphia (writing). Many of these children, consciously or unconsciously, use their wits, common sense and intelligence as coping strategies to disguise their SEN difficulty and to fit in with their peer group. In these cases, any SEN will only be picked up when the child’s adaptability finally runs out. This is how some dyslexic children, for instance, can slip through the diagnosis net right up to A-Levels! Often, parents will be the first to notice that their child seems to be having difficulties, although many children will normally struggle at some point during the normal phases of

What do Sir Richard Branson, Keira Knightley and Albert Einstein have in common? They all had Special Educational Needs at school. childhood. This, again, makes diagnosis of a SEN a complicated process. However, the types of symptoms a parent needs to look out for include a combination of the following: a child that is easily distracted, engages in aggressive or disruptive behaviour, does not enjoy school, makes little or no progress, is disorganised, is forgetful, has an awkward pencil grip, has poor spatial awareness, or finds making friends problematic. Taking into account that most children will display some symptoms of learning difficulty during certain stages of childhood, parents, with the holistic knowledge of their own child, will often suspect a ‘learning difference’ before it is officially picked up. If this is the case, it is important to seek advice. Depending on the age of your child, your GP or health visitor might be a good starting point. If your child is at school, continued on page 28

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a teacher or SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), responsible for a school’s SEN policy, would be appropriate figures to turn to. In today’s schools, teachers are becoming more alert to SEN and many now routinely screen for specific learning difficulties. Each child’s needs differ, but schools can offer extra help from a learning support assistant and one-on-one, or small group, teaching. If this isn’t sufficient, a child could be given School Action Plus, which provides help from an external therapist, such as a speech therapist. In more severe cases, a child would have a

formal assessment carried out by the local council, leading to a ‘statement of special educational needs’. This is a document detailing the child’s learning difficulties and the help they will be given. Only 2% of children are given a statement, as they are only necessary where a school is unable to meet the child’s needs on its own. Having said that, the changes in the Children and Families Bill are now set to reform the way SEN is supported from September 2014, with a new code of practice placing children at the centre of the planning. continued on page 30

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“ You don’t know the depths of victory and joy until you see your child overcoming some of their challenges.“ continued from page 28

In practice, this should mean that for children under 16 years, parents are more involved in helping to decide what sort of support is needed. After the age of 16, the child will be consulted directly, with their views taking precedent over their parents’ views. SEN statements will be replaced with Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans, although existing statements will stay in place until the transition is complete in September 2017. School Action Plus will also end, with schools taking responsibility for external specialist support, and teachers will be accountable for the progress of all children, even those supported by specialist staff. The challenges of helping a child with special educational needs can be many and varied and the National Parent Partnership Network (www. offers a confidential and impartial service

providing advice and information. The national charity IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) can also provide independent support and free legal advice to families with SEN children. Most SEN children are taught in mainstream schools. When choosing the school, it’s important to consider the SEN policy in place, alongside the pastoral care available. You will find a wide range of provision, from fairly minimal intervention, to tailor-made curricula. Knowledge and understanding of your child’s abilities will help to guide you. The challenges of having a SEN child can be considerable – often stressful, isolating and tiring. Yet, while it shatters all the ‘should be’s’ in life, it replaces them with love and understanding. As one mother said, “you don’t know the depths of victory and joy until you see your child overcoming some of their challenges.”


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by Roger Linn

Run by highly qualified, committed and caring staff for the benefit of disabled adults, the Futures Life Skills Centre is a very special place.

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Chailey Heritage When I visited Chailey Heritage Foundation 18 months ago, the amazing staff there told me of their bold vision for the future: a modern, ground-breaking leisure and life-skills centre for young adults with learning and/ or physical disabilities. Now that vision has become a breathtaking reality: Futures Life Skills Centre. Neil James-Evans is the Centre Manager. When I was invited back to Chailey to meet him and be introduced to the new facilities, I was struck by his obvious pride in the extraordinary new Centre and by his passion for the constructive role it can play in the lives of so many people.

Although originally conceived by Sylvia Lamb, former CEO and Principal of Chailey Heritage Foundation, as a facility to help disabled 19-25 year-olds in their transition to independent adult life, the Centre now has a much wider remit. Its activities are available to anyone aged 16+ with a learning or physical disability, and currently the oldest user is an 87-year-old lady who uses the spa. Costing around £3.1 million to build, the Centre has been specifically designed to meet the needs of its physically disabled users, with wide corridors lined with paintings and spacious work areas. It is an exciting state-ofthe–art kind of place, simply packed with modern, assistive technology of every sort.

Neil couldn’t wait to give me the tour. We started in the superbly equipped Living Skills Kitchen where some young adults with complex disabilities were making puddings. These cookery sessions – and there’s a busy weekly programme of them – are as much about fun and making friends, and each participant is taught how to employ the range of specially enabling equipment available. These range from clever switching devices to ‘rise and fall’ work surfaces, cupboards and ovens and even ‘talking’ appliances. In the Arts and Crafts area, I was greeted by an enormous orange, ginger haired papiermaché head which had been constructed by Chloe, one of the busy class participants in the ‘All-Sorts Art’ session. They often work on projects such as ‘art from around the world’ and ‘smART

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Activities are available to anyone aged 16+ with a learning or physical disability sculpture and model making’, which run over a number of weeks. The range of arts and crafts equipment is outstanding and includes a fully adjustable ‘rise and fall’ potter’s wheel, the Centre’s own kiln and even a computer-linked embroidery machine. Mandy Dennis is the Craft Co-ordinator and it’s her energy that drives the classes, though she was keen to point out that “everybody is encouraged to do their own thing within the framework of the topic”. Admiring some of the items on display – the brilliantly decorated totem pole; the mosaics and the space rocket which won top prize in a recent County Council competition – I could see what she meant. In the Multi-Media Suite we found Jamie Taylor, the ICT Co-ordinator. He was working with a young man with complex disabilities, teaching him to become a volunteer helper so that he can go on to assist others to use the computers. The Suite is equipped with the very latest in high specification, personal computing technology, and all of it fully accessible to wheelchair

users. For example, the iMacs and the Windows computers each have their own special wireless devices that allow for multiple switches, joysticks, alternative mice and toys to be connected. In addition, there are machines that were new to me, like a milling machine for engraving work, a sign-printing machine and even a 3D printing machine surrounded by the various small artefacts its users had created. I asked Jamie about the complexity of these systems. “We can enable anybody who can press a switch with their hands, their head or in any other way they can to use the machines,” he explained. Jamie is a young man in his late twenties and his obvious enthusiasm for his role was infectious, so I asked him how challenging he found the responsibility. “It’s very fulfilling,” he smiled. “I travel here from Hastings every day, and what I get to do here on a daily basis is absolutely priceless for me.” Jamie runs a comprehensive programme of activities here, including MS Office, social media and also individual IT development sessions.

The Life Skills Centre has many more exciting facilities such as a sophisticated spa & fitness centre with hoists and wheelchair-friendly equipment and a specially designed salon for massage and music therapy. Customers can book one-off sessions or become regular visitors, but everybody goes through an assessment process prior to using the facilities to ensure their safety and appropriate activities. The bright, cheerful café is wheelchair friendly and open to everybody from 8am until 4pm on weekdays. As Neil said to me, “we try to ensure that every single visitor gets the personal support that they need and that everyone is given the opportunity to participate in a meaningful way.”

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All the

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Participating in a drama class is anything but a soft option. When delivered well, the performing arts can be extremely powerful.

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Recently, it has been recognised in education circles that teaching creative, cocurricular activities in our schools, such as drama, dance, music, debating and team sports can have long term possitive effects on children, both in school and out. Learning these skills can encourage creatively thinking around a problem instead of facing it head-on, and approaching unexpected challenges with quick, clear thinking. It is well known that young children learn via play. Play enables children to experiment, practise and develop new skills. Drama classes can provide participants with the opportunity to consider situations from different perspectives, to experience what it feels like to stand in someone else’s shoes. Through drama, they learn the importance of empathy. Cinderella – just a simple fairy story, you may think. But in fact, when its themes are explored, through drama, it can help to equip a child with the skills required to tackle bullying.


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Drama is essential in a child’s development. It enables the child to be free to express and to build their imagination. It will also help to teach your child how to be part of a group, and how to work with other children within that group. How often in life are we allowed to make mistakes? Through drama, the children are given the freedom to do so. The simple experience of laughing and playing, letting go of inhibitions, creates a freedom within the room. Having built up a trust with each other, they feel able to make mistakes and try different approaches. As one child in my class said recently, “it’s OK if I make mistakes here because it isn’t me making them.” One of the main things I have observed in my Drama Club is how much children love performing. After every improvised scene they perform, we applaud and I ask for comments about what they enjoyed and how the scene could be improved. The children listen and then ask if they can repeat the scene. They then perform it again, incorporating the comments. Through this they are learning a very important life skill: to accept critical feedback in a positive way.

Not everyone is academic and can master English and Maths and it is often the more creative subjects that motivate the most resistant learners. And motivate it can, as I experienced with my drama youngsters the other day when three of the children ran into the room and told me that “our play has the wrong ending!” Let me clarify. We are devising a play based around The Pied Piper of Hamlin. In our version, the children return, unlike the original. It was wonderful to realise that my students had, independently, gone to the library, sought out the book and were now eagerly debating which ending they should choose for their own production. Drama instils creativity and selfexpression and nourishes the imagination. Drama helps children to think on their feet and helps them to both stand out from the crowd and to work within a group. Perhaps one of the most important skills it brings is an increased level of self-confidence. Speaking in front of a group of people, performing, giving and receiving praise and constructive feedback are not easy things to do. Drama can benefit any child, teaching them wonderful skills that they can carry through life and put to use in many areas.

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Let words do the talking From the books and magazines we read to the music we listen to, our world is full of Creative Writing. Let’s look at some of its benefits then give it a go ourselves… Children are naturally creative. Left to their own devises, and encouraged by their parents or carers, they will happily create games and alternative realities to play in for hours. Often this is when they are at their most content. The first games children engage with are usually the ‘chase me’ or ‘hideand-go-seek’ variety; simple and easy to grasp but most importantly fun and sometimes scary! As their creativity matures, along with their ability to read and write, children may start to experiment with using words creatively. Suddenly the possibility of writing their own stories is opened up and with that, a new flow of creativity follows. Creative writing can be extremely beneficial to children, as well as adults. Not only does writing at a young age help build a child’s imagination, it helps them learn by improving reading, spelling and comprehension skills. Many schools incorporate creative writing into other lessons, such as drama or music. Here, children might work collaboratively on a project writing a play or lyrics to a song, improving both their writing and social skills.

Exam level students may find creative writing especially helpful as they prepare their texts. To write successfully you must engage with certain elements, all of which they will be expected to demonstrate in their exams. Perspective, dialogue, narration, point of view, characterisation, structure, grammar and syntax, to name but a few. By using these tools in their own writing they will become more recognisable in the texts which they are studying. It is all well and good to talk about creative writing and its positive outcomes, but what are the realities of actually getting a child, or young adult, to engage with it? Many children profess to hate writing and even claim not to be able to do it, but presented in the right way, writing can be fun and approachable. Many professional writers start their writing sessions with something called ‘free writing’. Here’s how they do it: Firstly, find yourself a quite space in which to write. Secondly, with pen on paper, write continuously for five or ten minutes. Thirdly, never let your pen stop! The idea is to limber up your brain, and your hand, much like an athlete limbers up before a run. And if you can’t think of anything to write, have a look around you and write what you see. Write how it feels to have nothing to write about, write what you had for dinner last night or what your weekend holds. Eventually, it will become second nature to do this free writing, and then you can get down to the nitty-gritty of the hard stuff. Sometimes, the hard stuff can be really hard.

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Many professional writers start their sessions with something called

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Faced with a blank page, ‘I don’t know what to write,’ is generally the first thing that springs to mind. Trust me, you are not alone! Thankfully, there are hundreds of writing exercises and prompts to get you started, from specific ones if you are writing in a certain genre, to the more general. Often, I find a good walk gets ideas flowing, but for more inspiration I have gathered some prompts here: Open at random a book you particularly enjoy reading and pick out the first sentence you see. Make this the beginning of your story. Write a diary in the style of your hero. Choose a person or people from a newspaper article and create characters for them. Write random words on separate pieces of paper, fold and put them into a cup. Pick out three words and make them into your first sentence. Another fun way to get writing is to imitate the work of someone else, called ‘pastiche’. For example, choose your favourite poem, imitate the style and structure, but use your own words. There are also lots of competitions to enter for all sorts of creative writing, from flash fiction to scripts, and short stories to poetry. Setting yourself the challenge of getting your entry in on time, and winning, can be a real motivator. Creative writing holds so many different possibilities, from writing a birthday limerick for a friend, to recording your life in a memoir. It can be as big or small as you wish, but can always be useful and hopefully enjoyable too.

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With successes at county, national and international levels, its key players are among hockey’s superstars. The club is now highly respected in the sport, credible to sponsors local and national and is regarded as a model hockey club. So how did all this happen? To find out, I interviewed Simon Longhurst, the club’s dynamic Chairman. Clearly an important aspect to Simon, the first point he made was that in spite of the club’s successes nationally and internationally, it is still very much a family affair. The elite players and teams are only the peak of a pyramid which is made up of some 500 playing members and no less than 19 teams. Not to mention the management, back-up staff, non-playing members and volunteers. Founded back in 1897, it is fair to say that the momentum for the club’s growth is a comparatively recent phenomenon. Although the steady rise in its stature probably began in the 1960s, it wasn’t until the 1980s that it really took off. Simon reminded me that the club won both the national outdoor cup and the indoor championships for the first time in that decade. And as a consequence of Great Britain winning bronze at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, hockey itself received a massive boost in popularity. This was followed by a stunning gold medal four years later at the Seoul Olympics, with a team which included East Grinstead’s own players Richard Leman and Ian Taylor. Sean Kerly, who scored a hat-trick in the semi-final, became a household name, and suddenly hockey became sexy. Inspired by the game’s success on the world stage and the thought of playing alongside some of hockey’s

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In spite of the club’s

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Olympians, Simon, like many others, joined the club when he left university in the early 1990s. During a club hockey tour to Barbados in 1997, Simon, Phillip Coote and a number of others realised that their ambitions were greater than simply to play for the club. This group saw the need to step up with senior members retiring and to rise to the challenge of taking the club in a new direction. This new direction began to take effect towards the end of the “noughties” as the previous Chairman (James Leman) had successfully arrested the decline in men’s hockey. Professional coaching attracted some high calibre players, such as two-time Olympian Mark Pearn. The new leadership team began to realise that, in Simon’s words, “it wasn’t just about the men. It was about the men, the women, the kids, the families and sport for all. So we sat down and wrote a long-term strategy.” The ultimate goal? That they should be the best hockey club in their region of the world. continued on page 42 S u ss e x L i v i n g September 2014


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Central to the plan was the need to improve the processes by which the club ran, and further develop its links with local schools. They also identified the need to make the club more credible for sponsors, especially since supporting a 1st XI playing in Europe on the men’s side and an ambitious women’s 1st XI was proving to be a very expensive business. To that end, in 2012 the club invited representatives from Mid Sussex, West Sussex and East Grinstead councils to a presentation outlining their bid to become the first English club to host the prestigious Euro Hockey League competition. Louise Goldsmith (Leader of West Sussex County Council) at the time commented “EGHC is truly inspirational. The project meets several of the County’s key priorities; helping the local economy, healthy living, building strong communities, and volunteering.” With the councils’ support, additional funds from Hockey England and their own contribution, the club was successful in its bid; twelve weeks after the London 2012 Olympic Games had finished, 12 of Europe’s top teams came to East Grinstead to battle through the opening rounds of the tournament. This year, the club hosted the indoor version of the competition and they are now, as Simon puts it, “very much part of the European fabric of hockey.” The ‘halo’ effect of East Grinstead Hockey Club’s success at the highest levels has been hugely beneficial in attracting members from

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Nothing beats the cosy warmth and immediacy of a crackling fire. If you are lucky enough to have one in your house, use it! And with a wide range of accessories to choose from you can style your fireplace to fit in with your home. Think rustic country wicker log baskets to modernist chrome fire tools, neatly tiled surrounds to magestic cast iron grates. The smell of an open fire is evocative enough already, but can easily be enhanced to fill your home with wonderful aromas. Try dried orange peel, pine cones or sprigs of rosemary for an instant atmospheric boost. If the fire hasn’t been lit for a while, it’s a good idea to get it checked by a reputable chimney sweep first and obtain a NACS Certificate of Chimney and Flue Smoke Testing to make sure it is safe to use.

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Cosy up your home for the coming winter months with our guide to your heating options.


For a wonderful alternative to an open fire why not consider having a woodburning or multifuel stove fitted instead? These stoves are an attractive focal point in a room, creating a warm and cosy ambience – much like an open fire but with more heat efficiency. They are generally used to heat a particular room, but can also be attached to the central heating system. When choosing your stove, take professional advice on the size and heat output required and choose from a wide range of styles – from traditional country cottage to super modern Scandi chic. So what type of fuel can you burn? Wood is carbon-neutral, coal is less eco-friendly. Wood pellet stoves run on pellets made from wood byproducts and use electricity to power automatic loading and ignition. Whatever option you choose, ensuring a good local fuel supplier and plenty of storage space will be important.

Central Heating

Most homes will have traditional gas fired central heating, and this is still a cost effective way of heating your home, especially if you have a modern condensing boiler. Where mains gas is not available, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or heating oil can be used to run a central heating system, but they have to be delivered by road and stored in a tank. continued on page 50

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Electric Heating

Many homes not connected to the gas grid use electricity for heating. It can be more expensive than gas so the most cost-effective form uses night storage heaters, which run on a cheaper night-time rate (Economy 7). Heat-retaining bricks are warmed through the night and slowly release the heat during the following day. Electric radiators are also available – but they can use up a lot of electricity very quickly unless your home is well insulated.

Underfloor Heating

Do you wish you could get rid of unsightly radiators? Why not consider underfloor heating. There are two types: electric underfloor heating

involves wires installed beneath or within the flooring; water underfloor heating consists of a series of pipes connected to your boiler or central heating system. The installation of waterfed systems make them best suited to new floor constructions, whereas confident DIYers maybe able to fit a ready-to-roll electric mat themselves. Underfloor heating can be more energy efficient than radiators as the heat is more evenly distributed throughout a room, provided there is good insulation. The other advantage is that the warmth is produced where you want it: at floor level. Enjoy the sensation of warm ceramic tiles in your bathroom, kitchen‌ anywhere really. continued on page 52

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Solar Water Heating

Solar water heating systems use the heat from the sun to warm domestic water, using solar thermal energy (STE) panels fitted to the roof of your home. A conventional boiler or immersion heater will top up the water temperature, if necessary, or provide hot water during colder months. Once your solar thermal system is up and running, you can enjoy both reduced energy bills and carbon monoxide emissions.

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Biomass boilers burn wood, pellets or chips and are connected to the central heating and hot water system. Pellet boilers are easiest to use and can run automatically, in a similar way to gas or oil boilers. Burning logs is more labour intensive and you would need a constant supply to heat a whole house. Installation costs are not unsubstantial, but you maybe able to receive payments for the fuel you generate through the Renewable Heat Incentive. continued on page 54

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Ground Source Heat Pumps

These heat pumps use pipes, known as a ground loop, buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground, which can be used to heat radiators, water, underfloor or warm air heating systems. The length of the loop depends on the size of your home. They deliver heat at lower temperatures over longer periods and could lower your fuel bills, your emissions and even provide you with an income through the Renewable Heat Incentive. Whichever form of heating you choose for your home, don’t underestimate the value of professional advice. Local suppliers are often happy to give free quotes and can advise on your family’s individual heating requirements to help you make your home nice and cosy come wintertime.

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An alternative to the regular gas or electric cooker is the kitchen stove or range. They are very user friendly now days, with many modern programmable models available. A stove can be a central feature in a kitchen, much like a fireplace, but ultimately more useful. They sit very comfortably in both contemporary and traditionally styled homes, providing both a sleek yet majestically engineered tool and evoking a feeling of family, history and warmth. Ranges are both a heat storage unit and a cooker. They work on the principle of heating a heavy cast iron frame from a low-intensity but continuously burning heat source. Once the heat has accumulated it can then be used for cooking.

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The most crucial part of any stand alone structure is the support, so I chose a sturdy fallen branch a foot longer than the finished height, with enough diameter to screw onto the top plate, made from a scavenged plank. This could be cut to any shape, but as it will be seen mainly from the side, I decided to leave it rectangular. The next stage is to select a suitable ‘bath’. I used a plain circular terracotta plant water tray, heavy enough not to lift in the wind but shallow enough for songbirds to stand in comfortably. The rest is pure decoration and disguise; fallen twigs, bits of branch or cut lengths of creeper can hide the edges and provide enough of a barrier to prevent the bath from slipping out of balance. These can be screwed on if the branches are thick enough, while twigs would have to be tied or tightly wired through holes drilled into the base plate. An advantage of having a rim around

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With September comes a festival of harvest. There’s no lovelier sight than a vegetable garden in full pomp and, right now, there is much to be done in it.


Times Flick through any glossy gardening magazine and it’s usually the flowers that take centre stage. Despite the recent allotment fashion frenzy, a school of thought still persists, decreeing vegetable gardens untidy and unworthy of a centrefold spread. How ridiculous! Now’s the time to harvest the last peas and beans. Dig any remaining potatoes and store them in a dry, cool and dark place. Heavy rain will not improve their keeping quality and an early frost will quickly turn them to mush. Don’t forget to check your fruit trees. This has been an exceptional year for fruit and branches may be in danger of snapping off. Prop up any that are under strain, or harden your heart and remove unripe fruit to reduce the weight. Better to loose some of the crop than to find broken branches on the ground. Heavy boughs have a tendency to rip the bark off the main trunk as they fall, causing serious damage. Garlic can be planted now, as can spring cabbage and spinach plants for next spring’s


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St Peter and St James Hospice Peter and Andrea Browne moved into the derelict 18th century Ham Cottage during the famously scorching summer of 1976. Having survived the heat, they set about transforming the cottage and the overgrown original quarter acre plot entirely by hand. 34 years later, their garden has expanded to eight acres of what has been called a ‘mini Wakehurst’. The comparison is entirely justified; the land dips and soars, so cloaked with trees and water that for a while, I felt transported back to the Lake District of my childhood. Near the cottage, colour bursts from everywhere. Andrea told me that flowers are continually in bloom throughout the year and during my July visit, every imaginable hue was


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on display from strident blue to blowsy pink and huge golden sunflowers. Many plants have been chosen specifically for their scent; a ‘polar bear’ rhododendron exudes a heady vanilla while an azalea luteum has an amazing, distinctive aroma. A small lake, created from an overgrown bog lies in a sylvan setting, surrounded by azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias on its sloping sides. Wild ducks live an enviable life there and the tranquillity makes for a perfect place to sit and enjoy the vista. Further on, a stream plunges over rocks to create bubbling waterfalls and a small wood provides a shaded canopy from summer sun. Peter and Andrea are virtually self sufficient in fruit, vegetables and firewood; well stocked

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by Les Campbell

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South Chailey Walk Enjoy the countryside around South Chailey over stile, field, forest and footbridge.

This thoroughly enjoyable 5-mile walk from South Chailey starts in the layby between Chailey Stores and the Horns Lodge pub. The area is marked as South Street on Ordnance Survey maps. The route passes through tranquil farmland and stretches of woodland. Thankfully the many stiles are generally in good order too. From the layby, cross to the pavement opposite and walk northwards. At the last cottage (Barnet) cross to the signed path opposite and follow this confined track. It soon becomes a wide grass verge parallel with a gravel drive. The verge eventually peters out, and you should join and follow the gravel track to a “T� junction. Turn right and follow the track ahead ignoring all turnings off to your left and right. Shortly after passing the buildings of The Hooke on your right, the track bears left and passes the remains of a walled garden. At a junction of 4 paths, go through the metal gate ahead. Bear left alongside a stream, and at a signpost go over a stile. Follow a right hand field edge to go over the next stile and into Popjoy Wood.

Follow the obvious wide track through the wood to another stile. Cross the field ahead to the next stile which is just to the left of a clump of trees. Follow along a right hand field edge to shortly go through a short stretch of scrubby woodland and follow a left hand field edge out to join Beresford Lane. In front of you is the site of the former Chailey Airfield. It was an Advance Landing Ground during the Second World War and was a temporary airfield designed to support the invasion of continental Europe. It was de-requisitioned in 1945 and the land returned to farm use. Turn left and follow the lane uphill for about 100 yards. Just past Lombards, turn left on a narrow concealed bridleway. This quickly swings right and you should follow the obvious track through Great Home Wood for almost a mile to cross a wide bridge just before the road at Hattons Green. Do not go out to the road, but turn left over a footbridge to cross a couple of plank bridges and out into a field. Follow the left hand edge of a large field aiming for the gap in the trees ahead. Go through the gap and maintain direction to cross a couple of squeeze stiles over the drive to Great Homewood Farm. Cross the field ahead towards distant woodland then cross a plank bridge beside an Oak tree, and carry on ahead to the edge of woodland. Go over a substantial bridge, and carry on along the edge of the wood to go over a squeeze stile into the wood. continued on page 74


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Leave the wood over a stile, and follow a left hand field edge through two fields bearing half left at the end of the second field to a stile beside a gate leading on to a track. Turn right along the track to farm buildings then left to join Mill Lane opposite the school. Follow Mill Lane out to the A275. Turn right, and almost immediately cross to Brickyard Lane. At the end of this lane, side step to your left, and follow a narrow path out to join a bridleway. Turn left and follow the bridleway uphill to cross the Chailey Brickworks site. Just before reaching the ornamental gates to Claveridge Farm, look for a path on your left, and follow this meandering path out to join the A275 turning right for the layby and your car.


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It may seem obvious but artichoke bottoms aren’t the same as artichoke hearts. They are rather more difficult to find, but are well worth the search and thankfully, you can use them straight from the tin. They make perfect holders for a large variety of goodies from fresh peas to prawns. Given the choice I’d go for prawns, but only just.

Prawn stuffed Artichoke bottoms The number of artichoke bottoms in a tin will vary depending on their size, but on average there’ll be 8. For one tin you’ll need a tablespoon of unsalted butter, a scant tablespoon of flour, 2 tablespoons of double cream, 2 or 3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons of dry vermouth, 24 peeled, cooked prawns and a handful of Parmesan. Melt the butter and stir in the flour. Continue stirring for a good minute, gradually adding the cream. When smooth, season with pepper, a little salt then add the vermouth and the Worcestershire sauce. Arrange the prawns on the artichoke bottoms and pour over the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

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4. T ake the squid out of the frying pan and let it drain

on kitchen paper for a minute or so. Squeeze on the lemon juice for a finishing tang.

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through countless name changes, the growth and collapse of two industries and even its very own ‘Great Fire’. Scaynes Hill’s sign is something of an enigma to anybody unfamiliar with the history of the area. It depicts a builder’s trowel, a wood saw, a bunch of grapes and – despite the fact that the coast is more than 15 miles away – a large, wrought-iron anchor! It would be easy to assume that this sleepy little village has a seafaring past. Instead, the anchor signifies its strong debt to the sandstone of the surrounding Weald. “Many years ago, there was a quarry here,” says John Brayne, who has lived in the centre of Scaynes Hill for 20 years and takes a continued interest in the area’s past. “The traction engines used to come up what is now Anchor Hill with their loads of stone, and an anchor was positioned at the top of the hill so that the engines could be attached to it and wouldn’t roll back down. That was why the Inn on the Green pub was originally called The Anchor, and it explains the sign as well.”

Scaynes Hill’s history is full of fascinating little tidbits like this. Despite its modern appearance, the village can trace its origins all the way back to the 8th century AD, when it was part of an estate given by the last South Saxon King to the monks of St Michael. Back then it was called ‘Henfield’ - a name that lives on today in Henfield’s Stream, which runs to Walstead and to Lindfield. Thumb through maps dating from the 1600s to the 20th century and you see the village called everything from Scarnes, Skermes and Skeines to Scarmes Hill and, eventually, its modern-day designation Scaynes Hill. No buildings still stand from these early days, but resident and local history expert William Coleman says that the legacy of an ancient chapel built by the Third Earl de Warrenne in 1100 AD lives on today. “The site of the chapel was probably a small plot opposite Clearwater Farm, which bears the name ‘Chapel Plat’,” he explains. “Lands around Scaynes Hill House and down Clearwater Lane are known as Chapel Lands, and were probably the glebe (church-owned) lands of the chapel.” One of the village’s oldest existing structures is the church, which was built in 1858 and originally continued on page 91 S u ss e x L i v i n g September 2014



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The village can trace its origins to the 8th century AD , when it was part of an estate given by the last South Saxon King to the monks of St Michael.

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Above: St Augustine’s Church, Scaynes Hill then (© Yvonne McCulloch) and now. Above right: Scaynes Hill Great Fire, 1924 © Kevin Pierpoint.

served both as a chapel and as The early 1900s was a period of prosperity a school. It’s a reminder that and plenty for Scaynes Hill, but it also witnessed Scaynes Hill only really began two of the most dramatic episodes in the village’s to grow in size and popularity history. One was the ‘Great Fire’ of 1924, which during the 19th century. Until then, the surrounding John says began when a bonfire in the garden Wealden clay made its roads impassable in winter of the house he now lives in set the eaves alight and hampered the development of the area. But the and spread rapidly. The old sepia pictures show increasing importance of the Lewes Road improved the back of the house gutted and blackened, and accessibility and encouraged the beginning of today the attics still contain signs of previous ribbon development along what is now the A272. damage. Later, during World War II, a German By the early 20th century, Scaynes Hill was a plane returning from a raid over London thriving village with its own butcher, greengrocer jettisoned a bomb over the village. It was a near and Post Office. The leader of the commercial miss, landing opposite Hammonds Farm at the revolution was JJ Luckens, who ran the local supply end of Clearwater Lane, leaving a crater that can store and delivered groceries to the parish by horse still be seen today. and cart. His shop was also known as the ‘Cyclist’s Like almost all towns and villages across the Rest’ and offered cream teas to country, Scaynes Hill also lost tourists, suggesting that the lush many of its young men to the Sussex countryside was already two world wars. The memorials attracting crowds of leisure in St Augustine’s Church record from the quarry was taken seven deaths between 1939 and travellers. 1945 and 16 deaths between by road to Haywards 1914 and 1918. Perhaps the most were the Still brothers, Heath and then by train tragic 19-year-old Thomas and William, who were to Shoreham for building 36-year-old both killed fighting in France.

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Looking for a specialist gymnasium for someone with a disability? Come along to our Gym Open Day at Sussex Health Care. 9th September 2014 from 8am to 6pm Sussex Health Care are excited to announce the opening of a brand new specialist gymnasium with all the latest technology and equipment at Rapkyns Care Centre in Broadbridge Heath, off the A281 and A29 just outside Horsham in West Sussex. This service will provide equal opportunities and access for people with a disability who are either living in a residential setting or living at home seeking a private outreach service. Our gymnasium will provide the right support to enable you to train in a safe and highly effective manner. Whether you choose to work on your strength, fitness or just increase your general health you will receive all the help and motivation to help you achieve your goal.

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Clockwise from top left: Pelham Bridge (© John Brayne), Shop before 1906 (© John Brayne), Anchor Inn (© Yvonne McCulloch), Shop ca. 1912 (© John Brayne).


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Hand in hand with the heartbreak of war, however, came new freedoms. The Scaynes Hill Women’s Institute was formed the year after the start of World War I, and its members soon became instrumental to the commercial life of the village. Another important contributor to commerce during the early 20th century was the quarry. “Now on private land at Inces on Anchor Hill, this was last working in 1913,” says William. “Stone from here was taken by road to Haywards Heath and then by train to Shoreham for use in the building of Lancing College. It is yellow sandstone of the Cuckfield Sandstone Member, and the site is notified now as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).” The quarry wasn’t Scaynes Hill’s only major industry. There was also a sawmill – a sprawling collection of factory buildings that can be seen in aerial images as late as 1992. The industrial site has now been replaced by a small estate of modern houses, which has kept the name ‘Woodcutters’ in memory of its heritage. It explains the wood saw on the village sign - but what about the bunch of grapes and the trowel? “The builder’s trowel signifies the old village building firm of F Dale & Co, and the grapes signify the small vineyard at Rock Lodge,” William explains.

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With the building firm, the quarry and the sawmill all now relegated to the pages of history, the only symbol on the sign still depicting a working industry is the bunch of grapes. Rock Lodge Vineyard is today owned by Plumpton College and produces delicious varieties of Pinot Noir and Reisling wines. Together with the garage and the pub, originally founded in 1751 as the Anchor and now known as the Inn on the Green, it is one of few remaining commercial enterprises in a now largely residential village. Looking through the black and white photos of horse-drawn carts, retro shop signs and quiet roads, it’s easy to feel nostalgic about the village’s bucolic past. Scaynes Hill’s residents, though, are more prosaic. “My dad used to laugh when people talked about the ‘good old days’,” jokes John. “He said that it’s much better now, when we’ve got roofs over our heads and food on the table. Back then it was pretty, yes, but look at those muddy streets! I wouldn’t have liked to live in those times.”

With thanks to Grame de Lande Long and the Scaynes Hill Village Community website


DiaryDates Tuesday 02 September, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers - Clayton Circular Three Windmills and a Well Clayton Recreation Ground Car Park

8.45 mile walk. Clayton Windmills, Ditchling Beacon, Westmeston Bpstal, Ditchling, Oldland Mill, Keymer, Halfway, Clayton. TQ299140. Please bring a picnic lunch. Leader: Pam B 01444 248717

Tuesday 02 September, 18:30

Talk “How to Cope with Diabetes”

Mid Sussex Health Care Patient Participation Group,Hurstpierpoint Health Centre Vanessa Powell, Practice Nurse, and Tony Reynolds, former chairman of the local Diabetics Association, will give talks on the subject of “How to cope with Diabetes”. All welcome, no charge. Further details from Co-Chairman, Terry Harper,on 01273 833554 or email

Wednesday 03-Thursday 04 September, 10:00-17:00

Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables Auction Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes BN7 2PD Contact: Julie Kelly juliek@gorringes. 01273 472503

Wednesday 03 September, 10:00-12:30

Acupuncture College Open Day

International College of Oriental Medicine, Van Buren House, Green Hedges Avenue, East Grinstead RH19 1DZ New career as an Acupuncturist? BSc Hons degree, University validated. Start

22nd September. Flexible study:Full/Part time, Weekday/Weekend. Find out more from Gill Wakeford 01342 313106 Booking essential.

Wednesday 03 September, 13:45-16:00

The Burgess Hill Flower Club Floral Demonstration Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill

We invite you to ‘Songs from the Woods’, a Floral Demonstration by Angie Hyde. Visitors always welcome. A Raffle will be held with a chance to win a flower arrangement. Visitors £5.50, but with a copy of Sussex Living Magazine your first visit is free. Contact: Hazel Foster 01273 757176

Wednesday 03 September, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society : ‘A Guernsey Travelogue’, Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill

Speaker, Peter Hill will give an illustrated ‘tour’ of the island of Guernsey – an evening of fauna, flora and fascinating facts! Members free, Visitors: £1. Contact: 01444 245509

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Thursday 04 September, 20:00

Greyhound Inn - Open Mic Night

Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks

Every Thursday! Whatever your talent come and show it off or just watch others. Pop in for a fun night out - entrance is free!

Friday 05 September, 09:00-11:30

Roger & Tom

New to the club. Two piece harmony duo who used to be part of 501 covering covers from the 60s, Everly Brothers, Beatles and much more. £3.00 entry fee for Guest. Free for members. Contact: 01273 845829

Saturday 06 -Sunday 07 September

Canoeing and Kayaking; Girl Guide Adult Training Day BCU 2

In a bid to continue our support of grass roots participation in the sport, and as part of our ongoing programme of championing British breeding, we introduced the show in 2011, and were delighted with the enormously positive

Already gained your 1 Star? Improve your paddling skills and gain the 2 Star award. Available to members of Girlguiding ages 18+ £100 per person. Contact: 01342 810 493

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead

Saturday 06- Sunday 07 September, 10:00-17:00

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show Ditchling Village Hall and Church, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8TT This annual event provides a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in which visitors can see and purchase work from our designer makers. There will be an exciting array of wood, glass, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and more. Free parking. Adults: £1.50, children free. Contact: The Sussex Guild 01273 479565

Saturday 06-Sunday 14 September, 12:00-17:00 (closed Mondays)

Clayton & Keymer Royal British Legion, Woodlands Road, Hassocks, West Sussex

The All England Jumping Championships

Thursday 04-Sunday 07 September

Eye Hand and Heart Exhibition Foundry Gallery, North Street, Lewes Sasha Turnbull and Rachel Wyndham show new paintings inspired by the Sussex countryside and Sussex Downs. Free Entry. Contact: Artemis Arts 01273 486595/470376

Saturday 06 September, 14:00-17:00

Blackland Farm – Girl Guiding UK, Grinstead Lane, East Grinstead RH19 4HP

Open Garden at Ham Cottage, Ardingly Highbrook, Ardingly RH17 6SR Beautiful open garden. Partwheelchair accessible. All proceeds to St Peter & St James Hospice. Homemade teas available. Admission: £3 per person. Children free.

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A 10 mile ride over beautiful countryside, dog walking and jump course for all ages. This is a sponsored ride. Contact: 07854 425138

Saturday 06 September, 14:00-16:15

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Autumn Show

shuttle bus will be provided on this day, every 20 minutes from The Thatched Inn, Ockley Lane. Groups can also be picked up by shuttlebus from Hassocks Station by prior arrangement. Contact:

£1.50. Visitors £2. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351.

9.75 mile walk. Ardingly Reservoir, Arddingly, Ryelands Farm, Kemps House, Balcombe. No Dogs Please. TQ306302. Please bring a picnic lunch. Leader: Alison G. 01273 833794

Sunday 07 September, 12:00-16:00

Sunday 07 September, 10:00-14:00

A birthday party and open day including a bouncy castle, facepainting, cream teas, picnic, stalls and entertainment. Contact: 01825 741 370

7 mile walk. Janes Lane, Valebridge Drive, Charlwood Gardens, Wivelsfield Church Hall, Church Lane Cottages, Parish Church of St Peter and St John the Baptist, Royal Oak, Jacob’s Post and brief history, St Georges’s Retreat, Ditchling Common Country Park, Ote Hall, Wivelsfield Station. TQ321200. Please bring a picnic lunch. Leader: Pete W 01444 871170. Mobile on the day 07754 597665.

Sunday 07 September, 10:00

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill

Traditional flower, fruit and vegetable show. Refreshments available. Cake, plant and produce stalls – everything homegrown and homemade! Entry 50p. Contact: 01444 245509 bhhs@

Saturday 06 September, 14:30-16:30

Hassocks Horticultural Society Autumn Show

Mid Sussex Ramblers Circular

From Balcombe Station Car Park (£1 on Sundays)

Conservation Work Parties

Adastra Hall, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks

This is your opportunity to see members’ exhibits of Flowers, Floral Art, Vegetables and Fruit, Cookery, Preserves, Handicrafts, Photography and Paintings. There is also a Children’s Class featuring ‘Potato Man’ and ‘3 Jam Tarts’. Plants for sale and raffle. All welcome. Admission 50p. Refreshments available. Contact: Sylvia Hancock 01273 844544 n8a5cluv@

Saturday 06 September, 20:30-22:30


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

Bedelands Nature Reserve - Meet in the Car Park Please come and help to maintain your local nature reserve and enjoy the workout for free. All tools supplied. Stay as long as you wish. Contact: Mary Smith 01444 242667

Sunday 07 September, 10:30-11:30

New Sunday Service arrangements at Burgess Hill Methodist Church London Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Morning Worship Sunday mornings 10.30am to 11.30am, third Sunday every month All Age Worship. Junior Church on the second Sunday. Contact: Lesley Harrison 01444 257358

Don & Matt are back hosting another night of great classics sung by you!£1 per guest and members free. Contact: 01273 845829

Sunday 07 September, 11:00-16:00

Sunday 07 September,

The Mill will be open and run if weather permits. Refreshments, Mill gifts and memorabilia available, together with attractions and other activities. No parking available near the Mill. A free

Heart of Sussex Sponsored Horse Ride in aid of The British Heart Foundation

St Helena Farm, Plumpton Green, East Sussex

Copper Family Singers & Other Musical Attractions

Oldland Mill, Oldlands Lane, Hassocks BN6 8ND

National Cat Centre 10th Birthday Party National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH17 7DE

Monday 08 September, 19:30-21:30

Hurstpierpoint Singers - Rehearsals for 2014/2015 in Methodist Church Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint Under the direction of Paul Simpson, we are having rehearsals for the Village Christmas Concert and Spring performance of Faure’s Requiem on the 8th. Open Evening is on Monday 22nd when all are welcome to listen or join in. Making music together can be fun. Contact: Joan Denley 01273 834534

Monday 08 September, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society - “Something Nice to Eat” Adastra Hall, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks A talk by Sue Broadbridge. Members

Tuesday 09 September, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers - Wivelsfield Station Circular Wivelsfield Railway Station

Wednesday 10 September, 19:00

Lindfield Preservation Society presents an illustrated talk on “Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance” by Kevin Hother King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield

The talk is about the History of the Air Ambulance, description of their work and discussion of some interesting cases. All welcome and free entry. Contact: 01444 484470

Wednesday 10 September, 19:45-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society Illustrated Talk

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Peter Lovett is our guest speaker this month. His illustrated talk, which sounds intriguing, is entitled “The exotic spices, nuts, fruits, vegetables, plants and insects of St Lucia”. All visitors very welcome. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.50.Refreshments included.

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Wednesday 10 September, 20:00-22:00

Saturday 13, Sunday 21 September

Saturday 13 September, 12:00-17:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society, Haywards Heath : Retrouvailles (AGM) Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN.

This is an occasion for a glass of wine and tombola. New members are very welcome. For further information, please call Barbara Stevens on 01444 452385.

Friday 12 September, Sunday 14 September

Lindfield Arts Festival 2014 “Quintessential Lindfield” Varied venues in Lindfield

Celebrating the past, present and future of local Lindfield life. Tickets may be bought from SWALK on Lindfield High Street. Contact:

Friday 12 September, 19:30

Haywards Heath Twinning Association - Fish and Chip Supper and Quiz

Ascension Hall, Vale Road, Haywards Heath Raffle and quiz with a difference! 7 for 7.30 pm. £10.00 per head, any dietary requirement please call Fred. Bring your own drinks, cutlery and nibbles. Book early, 4/6 per team. 01444 239853 07773778484 or Roger Stevens 01444 455727. Any donated raffle prizes please.

Friday 12 September, 20:00-22:00

The Great War: Burgess Hill in 1914 Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill

Alan Seymour with his first annual talk about how it affected the folk of Burgess Hill 100 years ago. Members £1, visitors

Hurstpierpoint Open Studios 14 locations. See Local Living 13 September, 10:15 am – 12:45 am

Worth School Open Days Paddockhurst Road, Turners Hill, RH10 4SD Worth School Open Days. A chance to find out more about the Worth ethos, meet the Head Master, monks and teachers and see the campus with a personal student tour guide. Call Yvonne Lorraine on 01342 710231 or visit www.

Saturday 13 September, 10:00-12:00

Coffee Morning, run by Burgess Hill Methodist Church Martlets Reception Area, Civic Way, Burgess Hill Coffee Morning to distribute information about Burgess Hill Methodist Church. All money raised to go to church funds. Contact: Lesley Harrison 01444 257358

Saturday 13 September, 12:24

Tour of Britain in Cuckfield Whitemans Green, Cuckfield, West Sussex If you like cycling this event is for you! The Tour of Britain cycle race will wind through the Sussex countryside, passing through Cuckfield at an estimated time of 12:24. The event, featuring some of the best professional cyclists in the world, is free for all spectators to watch. More

Fun Dog Show

Victoria Park, Haywards Heath

Run by the Award Winning Mewes Vets, classes include Waggiest Tail and Best Biscuit Catcher, with lots of prizes and rosettes.£2 per class Contact: Laura Smith, 01444 456886, enquiries@,

Saturday 13 September, 12:45

Haywards Heath Twinning Association - Town Day Victoria Park, Haywards Heath

The Gazibo will be set up at 10:00, followed by a Tour of Britain Cycle Race and Military Parade. (Help with the erecting and manning of the stand would be appreciated.)

Saturday 13 September, 14:00-16:30

Cuckfield Village Show 2014 Cuckfield Park, West Sussex

Do you enjoy growing your own vegetables and flowers, baking or art and photography? Then why not enter the Cuckfield Village Show? Get your entry in by 7pm Wednesday 10 September to be in with a chance of winning. There are both adult and junior classes to enter, so get your whole family involved! Or if you dont fancy entering just come along and enjoy all the goodies on show. For more information visit

Saturday 13 September, 14:00-16:45

Lindfield Horticultural Society Autumn Show of Flowers and Produce

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield

Late summer flowers, the best of the summer’s vegetables, plus fruit, flower arranging, cookery, handicrafts and children’s classes. Tea and homemade cakes and a plant stall. £1.00 adults, children and exhibitors free. Contact: Show Secretary 01444 483236

Saturday 13 September, 19:30-21:30

Steyning Music Society

Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning, BN44 3XZ Internationally acclaimed chamber music ensemble, The Gould Piano Trio, play music by Schubert, James MacMillan and Schumann. Contact: Gary Prior, 01903 812662

Saturday 13 September, 20:30-23:30

Frankie & The La La’s

Clayton & Keymer Royal British Legion, Woodlands Road, Hassocks, West Sussex

Cover music of the 60s & 70s from the Shadows to the Beatles and much more. £3.00 per guest, members free. Contact: 01273 845829.

Sunday 14 September, 19:30

Film Night: The Grand Budapest Hotel (15) Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG

A comedy starring Ralph Fiennes. The adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Doors/licenced bar 19:00. Free, easy parking at the hall.Tickets £5.50 on the door, in advance from the Post Office & Village Stores or The Cock Inn, or online

Cuckfield Crafts & Market Friday September 19th 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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and where Balcombe cricket began.Cost at the door is £1 for members and £3 visitors, including refreshments.

Monday 15 September

Tuesday 16-Saturday 20 September, 20:00

East Grinstead Operatic Society

Hurstpierpoint Players ‘Shakers Re-Stirred’ by John Godber and Jane Thornton

See Local Living

Monday 15th September 10:30-12:30

Crochet and a Cuppa

The Players Theatre, 147 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

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

Curtain up at 8.00pm, doors 7.30pm. Hurst Players are back to bring you a wickedly funny insight into the trendy cocktail bar where wild nights merge with grim reality. Just four actresses play 30 different parts in this hilarious show presented as part of the 10th Hurst Festival. The waitresses open their hearts to us as they grapple with difficult customers, whilst the girls and the lads on their nights out are just ready to have a good time. Tickets are £10, available from the Hurst Festival Box Office (in the Players Theatre Foyer), Telephone 01273 833696 or on-line from

Join a social morning of crochet working on your own project with help and support at hand. £5. 07967 819540

Tuesday 16 September, 10:00-15:00

Hearing Aid Open Day

Henfield Eyecare, 3 Bishop Croft, Henfield Discover how the very latest digital hearing aids can improve your hearing, even in the presence of background noise. Contact: 01273 494030.

Wednesday 17 September, 19:30

Tuesday 16 September, 19:45-21:45

ABC - After Breast Care

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Woodhatch Community Centre, Whitebeam Drive, Reigate RH2 7LS

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint

We offer support and information for anyone who is having or has had treatment for breast cancer. Fee: £3 donation. Contacts: Liz Darragh/Chris Turner - Breast Care Nurses 01737 768511 Ext. 6688. liz.darragh@sash.nhs. uk

A talk entitled “Nature’s Larder and Pharmacy” by Steve Alton. Contact: Brenda Mack, Secretary, 01273 832575.

Tuesday 16 September, 20:00-21:30

Balcombe History Society - ‘The History of Cricket in Balcombe’

Thursday 18 September,

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe

Mayfield Girls : Open Morning

Albert Constable, ardent cricketer and retired Estate Manager, will give us an insight into the history of the village club,

The Old Palace, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6PH The Headmistress, Head and Deputy

Head Girl talk about life at Mayfield along with two of our younger pupils. Guided tours of the buildings and grounds are led by pupils. Lunch provides visitors with an opportunity to meet parents whose daughters are already at Mayfield, and speak to senior staff and subject teachers about the academic, extra-curricular, pastoral and spiritual life of the school. If you would like to attend, please contact the Admissions Office on 01435 874642 or

Thursday 18 September, 10:00-16:00

Fostering Drop-In Session

Crawley Library, Southgate Ave, Crawley

Interested in becoming a foster carer? Come along for a friendly, informal chat and find out more! Contact: fostering, 0330 222 7775 .

Thursday 18 September, 11:30-21:00

Action for Deafness Charity Golf Day

opening in the heart of the village. Launch party on Friday, 17.00-24.00, will include organic burgers and beer on tap, and a talk ‘How to make great beer’ on Saturday at 16.30 by head brewer. Yard Yoga with Sarah Campbell-Lloyd will be available over the weekend with a free 30 min taster class, check website for times. There is a Festival Market with food and crafts, an art exhibition, live music from The Fontanas who are heading on Saturday night, and many more things to temp and enjoy. For more information please email enquiries@ or visit www.

Friday 19-Sunday 21 September

Open Air Cinema Festival

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP

The Action for Deafness Golf Day and charity dinner is open to teams of 4, the team Stableford competition will include bacon rolls and coffee on arrival and a 2 course dinner at 18:30. Extra dinner places available for non golfers. Cost: £200 per team- extra dinner guest £20 per person. Contact: info@, 01444 415 582.

From 18:00. Grand Budapest Hotel Friday 19th. Top Gun Saturday 20th.The Great Gatsby (2013) Sunday 21st.Includes a late night Garden visit from 18:00 to 19:00. Entertainment from 19:00. Screening starts at 19:45. Refreshments available. Bring low-back seating/blanket. £12.00 adult. Booking office: www. 0843 208 0500 Further details:

Friday 19-Sunday 21 September

Friday 19 September, 09:30-13:00

Mid Sussex Golf Club Ditchling BN6 8XJ

Forest Row Festival

Various locations in Forest Row, East Sussex Growing year on year and bringing the whole community together, this festival offers loads of activities to see and do. This year sees the launch of Hop Yard Brewing Co, the new microbrewery

Cuckfield Crafts and Market

Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield 35 plus quaint, quirky and contemporary stalls comprising of jams to jewellery, vintage homewares to Italian handbags! Refreshments available, free admission!


CRAFT SHOW at Ditchling


Come and take a trip out to the National Cat Centre, set in 50 acres of the beautiful Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. We have a lovely Visitor Centre that houses a café serving home-made cakes, coffee and sandwiches as well as a gift shop. Out of doors why don’t you take a walk around our nature trail? And don’t forget, the site is home to our flagship adoption centre where you can meet the adorable cats and kittens who are looking for new homes. Open daily 10am – 4pm Free entry

National Cat Centre (on the A275), Chelwood Gate, Ashdown Forest, Sussex, RH17 7DE T: 01825 741 370 E: W: Reg Charity 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland)


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6 - 7 September 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Ceramics Enamelling Furniture Glass Jewellery Knitwear Metalwork Pewterwork Printmaking Silk Painting Silversmithing Textiles Woodturning Woodwork Quilt Making Village Hall and St. Margaret’s Church, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8TT

DiaryDates Contact: Beverley 01444 440274

No Dogs Please. TQ308154. Leader: Frances 01273 842628.

Friday 19 September, 10:00-14:00

Saturday 20 Sunday 21 September, 10:00-17:00

Conservation Work Parties

Bedelands Nature Reserve. Meet in the Car Park Please come and help to maintain your local nature reserve and enjoy the workout for free. All tools supplied. Stay as long as you wish. Contact: Mary Smith 01444 242667,

Friday 19 September, 14:00-17:00

Mayfield Girls : Sixth Form Open Afternoon

The Old Palace, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6PH The Headmistress and the Head and Deputy Head Girl talk about life at Mayfield. Then pupils lead guided tours of the buildings and grounds.If you would like to attend, please contact the Admissions Office on 01435 874642 or

Hurstpierpoint Festival : Artists Open Studios Art Trail The Pierpoint Gallery, 31 Hassocks Road, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9QJ

Art Exhibition featuring 4 Artists: Brian Rickard, paintings/prints: Stephanie Else, glass fusion: Jessica Jordan, ceramics: Paul Wells, metalwork/ sculpture. Contact: Brian Rickard 01273 832374 or 07734 084048

Saturday 20 September, 10:00-12:00

Paws & Claws Autumn Fair

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH

Friday 19 September, 19:15-21:45

Autumn Fair with many stalls including home made cakes, books, clothes, jewellery, gifts, cards, tombola and raffle. Refreshments also available. Entry:20p. Contact: Rosemary Harding 01273 846946 rosemary.harding@,

Easy-Listening Music for Everyone

Saturday 20 September, 10:00-12:00

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill David Thomas, International organists and entertainer. £5 entry on the door. Doors open at 18:00. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269

Friday 19 September, 19:30

Star Cinema Show - “Saving Mr. Banks” (cert PG).

Adastra Hall, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks Doors open 19:00.This film has been nominated for many awards and stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. The film tells the story of how Walt Disney (Hanks) battles to persuade P L Travers (Thompson) to allow him to make a film of her most famous book, Mary Poppins and discovers a lot about himself in the process. Refreshments and raffle. £4 concessions; £4.50 adults. Contact: Sherrian Guest 01273 842081.

Saturday 20 September, 09:30-13:00

Burgess Hill School for Girls Open Day Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Our autumn Open Day provides visitors with the opportunity to view the school and talk to staff and students. Contact: Mrs Irvine, Head of Admissions & Marketing 01444 241050

Saturday 20 September, 09:30-12:00

Brighton College Open Morning (11+, 13+) Brighton College, Eastern Road, Brighton

The pupils and teaching staff look forward to welcoming prospective pupils and their families to their Open Morning. Tours commence at 9.30am.Contact: 01273 704201, registrar@brightoncollege. net

Saturday 20 September, 10:00-12:00

Open Morning

Tavistock and Summerhill School, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath You are warmly welcomed to a whole school Open Morning, with an opportunity to experience the school routine.Contact the Registrar, 01444 450256

Saturday 20 September, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers - Hassocks Circular Dale Avenue Long Stay Car Park, Hassocks

5 mile walk. Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Bedlam Street, Clayton, Hassocks.

One of the best family days out in Sussex! Autumn Tints Weekdays 29th September – 24th October Enjoy the changing Autumn colours whilst travelling through the Sussex countryside on board a steam-hauled train. Regular departures from Sheffield Park and East Grinstead Stations. Booking is advisable as seats are limited.

Call our customer sales team for more information.

Coffee Morning & Market

St. Barnabas Pastoral Centre, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 7EB

Refreshments and sales in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. Free entry. All welcome. Contact: Phyl Pennell on 01293 883362 or Parish Office 0300 111 8150,,

Saturday 20-Sunday 28 September, 10:30-17:00

‘Out Of The Box’ Cartoons & Compositions by Chris Dawson

Hop Gallery, Star Brewery, Lewes BN7 1YJ

Realistic abstractions, nature, portraits, landscapes, fantasy, funny and quirky. A wide ranging collection of unique paintings and cartoons. Chris has for many years successfully exhibited at the Hop as a member of the acclaimed Sussex Watercolour Society but this year returns for the first time as a solo artist. Delightful gifts to give or to keep. Preview: 20 September 12.30 – 14:30. Free entry. 01273 487744

Saturday 20 September, 19:45-22:00

Afternoon Tea – Wealden Rambler Lounge Car Selected dates throughout October, and November plus Christmas Specials on 3rd and 4th December. Full traditional Afternoon Tea is served on board as you steam through the beautiful Sussex Countryside on the Wealden Rambler Train. Afternoon Tea includes Indian Tea, a selection of delicious sandwiches followed by mouth-watering cakes, tarts, scones and shortcake. Enjoy your journey travelling in either Ashdown, Chelwood or Balcombe Cars on board the Wealden Rambler tea train. Spaces are limited so book now!

Haywards Heath Music Society Concert See Local Living.

Saturday 20 September, 20:00-22:45

Ballroom Dance

The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN

Doors open 19:45. Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing. Soft lighting, superb sprung floor, air conditioning. Cakes and biscuits included. Licensed Bar. £7.50 per person. Contact: David and Ruth 0785 2330758 or 01444 248926

Saturday 20 September, 20.30-23.30


Clayton & Keymer Royal British Legion

The unforgettable Barry and the boys are back playing the all time classics of th 60’s. £3 entry for guests, free for members. Call 01273 845829 for more information or email

Sunday 21 September 2014, 11.30-5.30 Family Raceday

Plumpton Racecourse, East Sussex, BN7 3AL

Plumpton’s first meeting of the 2014-15 season takes place on Sunday 21st September with an action-packed programme of family entertainment. Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure: £14

Vintage Bus Day 5th October

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OUR CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN BEGINS! New for 2014 – Reindeer Specials Bookings now being taken Ring now for more details of this exciting new event. Please see website for all of our other Christmas Specials

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DiaryDates Advanced Sales, £18 on the day Senior Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure: £14. Picnic Enclosure: £10. Children under 18: FREE. Race programme and parking: FREE. Advance Ticket sales closes six days prior to the event 01273 890383.

A talk by Ray Hale. Members £1.50. Visitors £2. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351

Sunday 21 September, 10:00-14:00

10.7 mile walk. Ardingly Reservoir, Piltstye Farm, White House, Jarretts Farm, Staplefield (picnic lunch), Sidnye Farm, Great Bentley Farm, Ouse Valley Viaduct, Ardingly Reservoir. TQ335287. Please bring a picnic lunch. Leader: Sue 01825 722135. Mobile on the day 07905 225711.

Conservation Work Parties

Bedelands Nature Reserve - Meet in the Car Park Please come and help to maintain your local nature reserve and enjoy the workout for free. All tools supplied. Stay as long as you wish. Contact: Mary Smith 01444 242667,

Sunday 21 September, 14:00-17:30

Bedelands Open Day

Meet in the Car Park off Maple Drive Discover your local nature reserve by attending a leisurely guided walk led by group members. Bring a picnic if you wish.Contact: Mary Smith 01444 242667

Monday 22-Saturday 27 September

National Eye Health Week

Hassocks Eyecare Centre, 17 Keymer Road Eye health information and events held every day in the practice to promote National Eye Health Week. Contact: 843946,

Monday 22 September, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society - “The Natural History of the Orang-Utan: Saving the Old Man of the Forest” Adastra Hall, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks

Tuesday 23 September, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers Circular from Ardingly Reservoir

Ardingly Reservoir Car Park (small charge)

Tuesday 23 September, 10:00-14:00

Musical Instruments Valuation Day Bonhams, 19 Palmeira Square, Hove

Bonhams Musical Instruments Specialist will be at the office to provide free and confidential auction valuations on items you are considering selling. By appointment. For further information or to make an appointment, please contact Jenny Bouston on 01273 220 000 or email

the best from these wonderful machines including gathering and rolled hems. £60 07967 819540.

Thursday 25 September, 10:00-11:30

Macmillan Nurses Coffee Morning The Old Tollgate,The Street, Bramber, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3WE Contact: 01903 879494

Thursday 25 September, 11:00-17:00

Ribkoff Fashion Roadshow at Feathers Feathers, 155 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9PU Do come along and view this super “In Store Fashion Show” with models showing these wonderful Ribkoff garments. Relax with a glass of bubbly, and even go home with a goody bag! Contact: Anne 01273 834686.

Friday 26 September, 09:00-18:00

Enhance Skin & Beauty Launch

Made for Iphone Hearing Aid Demonstration

Wednesday 24 September, 18:30 East Grinstead Orthodontic Centre, 67-69 Canteloupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BL

Sussex Audiology, Nuffield Health, Burrel Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

Launching our new enhance skin and beauty range, meet the team and see demonstrations of some of our amazing treatments during the evening. www. reception@ 01342 313373.

A look at the latest hearing aid technology that works with an iphone to enable greater control and hearing. Individual apointment only. Contact: 01273 627090,

Thursday 25th September 9:30-2:30

Friday 26-Sunday 28 September, 09:30-17:00

Get to know your Overlocker

Bentley Woodfair for all the family

Come along and understand how to get

Includes woodcraft, forestry displays,

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


Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September 2014 9.30am — 5pm ●Traditional woodland crafts ●Working horses ●Lumberjack display team ●Archery ●Chainsaw sculpture ●Forestry machinery & equipment ●Falconry ●Wood turning ●Oak timber framing ●Children’s activities ●Local food and refreshments

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum, Harveys Lane, Halland, East Sussex BN8 5AF

children’s activities, local food, falconry, Adam’s Axemen and much more. Adults £14, Senior £12, Children (5-15years) £10, Family ticket £49. Contact: Cathy Cordery, 01825 840573, woodfair@,

Friday 26 September, 10:00-14:00

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Clayton Wood Burial Ground BN6 9PD

Coffee and cake morning raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Cake donations welcome. Contact: Teague Hampson 01273 843842.

Friday 26 September, 19:30-21:30

Crack up the Downs

Windlesham House School, Washington, West Sussex RH20 4AY

A night of pedigree comedy and cabaret raising funds for Canine Partners. A mix of comedians, magicians, music and variety acts. £25 per adult and include a hog bbq. Contact Sarah Brignall, 01903 743590, Tickets from

Saturday 27 September

Hurstpierpoint College Open Mornings College Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS

After a short introduction to the College by Headmaster, Tim Manly and current students, families of pupils considering their options at 13+ and 16+ can meet and talk to current pupils and staff, tour the school and enjoy a relaxed buffet lunch. For further information please contact Dianne Allison 01273 836937, 01273 835257, Pre-Prep & Prep School Families of pupils aged between 4 and 7 years are invited to tour the school and meet the

Clairvoyant Evening With Peter Langhorn Friday 17 October 7.30pm Tickets £8 Telscombe Civic Centre South Coast Road

Telscombe Cliffs

Peter is a Clairvoyant Audient and Sensitive and he works closely with his guide Sibu to connect with Spirit to give lots of factual day to day information of proof of survival with love and humour. Bentley Estate Halland East Sussex BN8 5AF Tel: 01825 840573


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For more information or to book your tickets please contact Rachel 01273 391455 or email

DiaryDates Head of Hurst Pre-Prep department, Michèle Finnegan. There is a playalong session for the children. Prep School 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. For further information please contact Christina Treadaway 01273 836927, 01273 836900,

Saturday 27 September

Chailey Commons Society 50th Anniversary

Until November 9th. Contact

Saturday 27 September, 14:00-16:00

Roedean Open Day

Saturday 27 September, 20:30-22:30

An opportunity for prospective parents to visit the school. Please contact the Registrar, Diana Banham, 01273 667 626,,

Clayton & Keymer Royal British Legion, Woodlands Road, Hassocks, West Sussex

Roedean, Roedean Way, Brighton BN2 5RQ

Music Box

Saturday 27 September, 14:15

Back by popular demand Pat & The Boys are back covering all the classics from the 60s. Guests £3.00.Free for members. Contact: 01273 845829

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society: Autumn Show Hurstpierpoint Village Hall, Trinity Road

See Local Living Saturday 27 September, 09:00-13:00

Hassocks Village Market National Tyres Forecourt, Keymer Road A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and craftspeople. Huge selection of fresh bread, free range meats, eggs and fish, traditional cheese, plants, home baked cakes and much more. Music and singing weather depending, plus Hassocks Horticultural Society and Hassocks Football Club promoting their services to the community. Contact Sarah Lessacher, 07810 800248 or via Facebook “Hassocks Village Market.”

Saturday 27 September, 10:00-16:00

Our War Stories – WW1 Exhibition St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling Local people share family stories and memorabilia including the Home Front, the War Memorial and Ditchling artists.

and children £5. Contact All Saints Church Office, 01444 482405 allsaints@

Come and enjoy the wonderful abundance of autumn. Vegetable, flower, fruit, cookery, and children’s sections. Free to exhibit - pick up a schedule from Gibsons in the High Street. Tea and home-made cake all afternoon, raffle and Grand Auction at end of show. Contact:

Sunday 28 September,

Brownies Get Lost! Badge Day

Blackland Farm – Girl Guiding UK, Grinstead Lane, East Grinstead

Explore Blackland Farm and use your navigation skills to gain your Finding Your Way badge. £18 per person. Contact: 01342 810 493

Saturday 27 September, 15:30-17:30

Sunday 28 September, 10:00-12:00

Messy Church, run by Burgess Hill Methodist Church

Butterfly Garden, off Vicarage Road, Lingfield

London Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Fun activities and worship suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Lesley Harrison 01444 257358

Saturday 27 September, 19:30-22:00

Tiger Arts - Rhos Welsh Male Voice Choir Concert

All Saints Church, High Street, Lindfield

The best Welsh Male Voice Choir in the country. Musical Director Aled Phillips. Special Guests - Lorna Collins (Messo Soprano) and Helen Arnold (Harp). Tickets £15, concessions £12

Lingfield Nature Reserves - Work Parties

Maintenance tasks on the Nature Reserve are carried out by local volunteers. There are tasks to suit all ages and abilities so if you would like to help look after this local open space, we would love to see you. Refreshments provided. For information please contact Anne Richards 01342 870200, Sally Cole 01342 833814, www.lngfieldreserves.

Sunday 28 September, 14:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers - Haywards Heath Circular

Haywards Heath Railway Station Forecourt 5.5 mile walk. Wickham Way, Copyhold

Bridge (with care), Borde Hill, Horsgate, Penland Farm, Haywards Heath. TQ330245. No Dogs Please. Leader: John 01444 483860. Mobile on the day 07817 032135.

Monday 29 September, 19:30


Post Graduate Medical Centre – Crawley Hospital, West Green, Crawley RH11 7DH We offer support and information for anyone who is having or has had treatment for breast cancer. Chrysalis contacts: Sue Gattinesi & Jan Horner Breast Care Nurses 01293 600300 Ext. 3238, or

Monday 29 September, 19:30-21:30

The Wonder of Colour with Mark Wentworth

The Ark, Mount Road, Turners Hill RH10 4RA The Indigo Umbrella brings together well-known international presenters to lead a range of events spanning the spectrum of spirituality in this modern-day life. Mark Wentworth ( works around the world with colour at corporate, home and personal levels. He once did a TV programme based on Blind Date, matching couples by the colour of clothes in their wardrobes! Special introductory prices: £8.00 to include raffle ticket to win a private session with event leader. All day workshop £35, bring your own packed lunch, refreshments provided. Numbers strictly limited for the all-day workshop, so early booking essential. Judy Sharp 01444 459 433, 07597 020 512, or The Indigo Umbrella on Facebook.


Medal group £5,000 18 Minton plates £6,500 Martinware spoon warmer £46,000 Silver Ecuelle £3,800

Empire clock £5,500 Simon Bussy £10,000

Henry Moore £5,800

Sheraton table £3,000

18ct Gold Rings £2,000

Invitation to consign to our Autumn Fine Art Auction Auction: 22nd & 23rd October 2014 Entry Deadline: 30th September 2014

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Tina Bucknall B♥B Designs NEW SHOP OPENING

30 AUGUST Furniture and accessories to make your house a home. Discover our huge range of decorative items online or in store. 85 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RE Tel: 07834 046428


D E M O N S T R AT I O N S BY J O H N L L OY D 11.00am Hand Cut Dovetails 1.00pm Veneering 3.00pm Traditional Hand Polishing

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Hurst Festival

Art Exhibition

Brian rickard paintings + prints

Jessica Jordan ceramics

Paul Wells metalwork sculptures

stePHanie else glass fusion

12th – 14th September 2014

13th/14th + 20th/21st sePtemBer 2014 10.00am to 5.00pm

The PierPoinT Gallery

31 Hassocks road Hurstpierpoint West sussex Bn6 9QJ 01273 832374 07734 084048 Registered Charity No: 1150304


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No.9 on the HOS Art Trail

by Sara Harman-Clarke

Bring out the bunting,

Communit y

its festival time!

13 -27 September 2014 sees Hurstpierpoint celebrate its 10th festival, which promises to be the biggest and best one yet. th


For these two weeks in September the village of Hurstpierpoint is transformed into a hubbub of entertainment, activity and fun. The wonderfully full and varied programme covers a huge variety of music, arts and entertainment. Catching my eye as I flicked through this year’s programme was The Dusty Vinyl Disco Gang and their ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Night. ‘Groovemeister’ Desert Ivan Discs will keep the classics spinning and the dance floor heaving as you strut your stuff like it was the 70’s all over again. Time to dig out those fabulous florals! Other fun and informative events include the Meet the Porkers Walk, iPad Painting, some very chucklesome Comedy Nights and an Historic Hurst Walk led by local historian, Ian Nelson. The opening of this year’s Festival on Saturday 13th is signalled by a peal of bells from Holy Trinity Church at 10am on the dot. Following this is the Village Open Day, an opportunity for all to come together to celebrate the best of Hurstpierpoint and its many talented residents. Much of the day’s activities will take place around the beautiful High Street, festooned with colourful bunting, and the Village Green. Here you can try your luck on the Bucking Bronco, laugh your socks off at Punch and Judy, be dazzled by circus performers and get your

groove on to the Hurst College Jazz Band. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle, take a stroll around the Village Recreation Ground where you will find a tranquil labyrinth and the healing sounds of the Didjery Du, or try your hand at the extremely relaxing craft of Willow Sculpture. Adorning the cover of the 2014 programme is esteemed artist John Vernon Lord’s powerful Aesop’s Fable illustration, The Lion and the Mouse. Discover the wonder of his intricate and fantastical works at the John Vernon Lord Exhibition held in the Holy Trinity Church. The Giant Jam Sandwich, one of his children’s picture books, has become a firm favourite since it first went to print in 1972. My own well-worn copy is testament to that. This really is a superb festival with an astonishing array of events on offer for the young, the old, and everyone in between. And the best thing about it? It’s right on your doorstep.

Celebrate the best of Hurstpierpoint

and its many talented residents at the

Village Open Day.

The Hurst Festival 2014 programme is available free all over Hurstpierpoint. You can book tickets in person at The Players Theatre, High Street, or by phone (01273 833696) or online at

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Holiday home France

Lakeside House

Ecuras, Charente

Village le Chat. 142 Rue des Narcisses. 16220 Ecuras


The house was refurbished in 2009 with upgraded electrics, a new quality kitchen, new lounge furniture, new bedroom furniture and heaters. All but one small window is double glazed. The ground floor is open plan with a lounge, diner and kitchen. Stairs lead up to the first floor where there are two bedrooms, a bathroom and a storage cupboard.

Also available for rent

The village itself has a reception centre, restaurant/ bar, laundrette and shop. Other facilities include a large heated outdoor pool, a children’s pool (with attendants in the summer months), tennis, table tennis, mini golf, fishing and a football pitch. Fishing in the lake is available for owners, their friends and tenants of the property. There are many more activities locally, too numerous to mention. The village can look after the property for you if you wish, including interior cleaning, repairs, gardening and turnaround days if renting. This village is totally safe for children and pets, as the max. speed limit is 15kph/9mph. The public park areas are always kept neat and tidy.

Summary • Type: Lakeside house • Bedrooms: Two • Bathrooms: One

This lakeside house is situated in a private village between Angouleme and Limoges in the beautiful department of the Charente. Nestling in a shallow wooded valley, this village of about 200 dwellings has a lake central to its position. There are about 20 houses that border the lake and this is one of them.

• Year Built: 1980 • Lot dimensions: 400 sq m • Floor area: 70 sq m

The house is located about 1hr from the Atlantic coastal town of Royan and 1¼ hrs from the beautiful port of La Rochelle, being situated only 30 min east of Angouleme and 40 min west of Limoges, both with airports. Motorway links are within 20km of the property. The village has two entrance/exits and has its own unobtrusive security patrols. Peace of mind when you cannot be there is everything. This house is set in a plot of about 400 sq metres of easily managed garden in the most gorgeous setting. Tranquility and peace for only £65,000 ono. This property is also available for rent. Contact information for rates as below.

Community features • Playground

• Tennis court(s)

• Lake

• Two swimming pools

• Laundry on site

• International 18 hole • Restaurant/Bar • Shop golf course

Property features • Tiled floor • Hardwood floor

• Balcony with views day and night views

• Private garden

• Parking for two cars

CONTACT: Tristram & Gillian Reay-Young


Phone: 0034 952 890 082 / 0034 626 866 381

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by Esther Featherstone

Communit y

Quintessential Lindfield

Lindfield Arts Festival, Friday 12th – Sunday 14th September, is celebrating a small community with a big heart.

Sitting with two friends in Lindfield High Street a day before the Arts Festival in May 2013, myself, Marian Cameron and Lorna Falkner decided to take the plunge and direct the 2014 festival. After listening to feedback from the local community, the first big decision we made was to move the festival from May to September. We decided the driving force behind the Festival should be our passion for our beautiful village; so the theme ‘Quintessential Lindfield’ was born. The Festival will celebrate local Lindfield life, looking at the past on Friday, the present on Saturday and the future on Sunday. It has become a showcase of local talent and for budding musicians, actors, writers and performers it provides a vital opportunity to build confidence and perhaps unlock previously unknown talent. This year we welcome back the Ensemble Reza and its partners West Sussex Music. They are working with students from Blackthorns Primary School and Oathall Community College in a series of workshops, culminating in a musical performance on the Saturday afternoon based on Romeo and Juliet. The workshops have provided the opportunity for students to explore various genres of music, including music as narrative and how instruments and voice can be used effectively. Later that evening Lindfield will host a concert the village will never forget. Local band Toploader will dazzle us

Below: Esther Featherstone, Marian Cameron and Lorna Falkner . Bottom right: Lindfield resident & guitarist Dan Hipgrave with Joe, Matt & Rob of Toploader

Toploader will dazzle Lindfield with a concert the village will never forget. with their latest hits and get us “Dancing In the Moonlight.” For tickets to this please book online You do not want to miss out on this! A morning of Medieval sports for Year-6 children from local schools takes place on the Common on Friday morning and will include the historic game of stoolball, quoits and bowls. That same evening will also see a Medieval banquet for the whole family at Great Walstead School. Entertainment will be purely Medieval fun and dressing up in ye olde clothes is encouraged! An exciting new play is being written exclusively for the Festival by Eleanor Conlon, so don’t miss out on this. The Barefoot Players will present The Last of Eden at the King Edward Hall on Sunday evening, which explores the parallel stories of loss, hope and

the meaning of home and country. This will be a treat for the locals as the play is based in Lindfield and focuses on a theme very close to the community’s heart. This year the weekend centres around our affordable arts & crafts fayre, held at the newly built sports hall at Lindfield Primary School. This echoes our real desire to make it an accessible event for all household incomes with art being affordably capped and many workshops starting at just 50p. We are extremely proud of our programme this year and hope you can all come and join us to celebrate our vibrant and exciting village of Lindfield. Tickets can be purchased in person at SWALK on Lindfield High Street, or online at

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…Thank you and the team SO much for all you have done to help Coro Nuovo get established. We were delighted with the article a few weeks ago in the June edition; St Wilfrid’s was packed and we had a superb event. Kieran Carter, the young gifted cellist, was exceptional and brought tears to many eyes. The choir sang beautifully and although it was a hot evening we fanned ourselves and waved our Union Jacks to Rule Britannia in excellent voice from everyone!  Kate Kent … Thank you very much for your well-written article on The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group in the July edition. The positive feedback we received was tremendous and we have welcomed a boost to our volunteer numbers as a direct result. We also had many queries from places as far away as Forest Row for assistance with wildlife initiatives and even one from a lady in Berkshire! It has further benefited us by raising our group profile and has provided widespread publicity about the work we are undertaking to meet our objectives. This will help us considerably with future initiatives to protect our natural environment.  Michael Nailard, Chairman of The Woodland, Flora & Fauna Group. … As a small local charity Paws & Claws cat Rescue Centre at Sayers Common are grateful to Sussex Living for their support and for putting our 20th July Open Day poster in the July edition. I’m sure it helped bring people to see us. We were blessed with a glorious sunny day with record attendance, and takings which will help us in our ongoing work of caring for needy cats.  Lyn Basset , Chairman of Paws & Claws …Thank you for all your help with our ongoing advertising campaign. We are welcoming a constant stream of customers, new and old, to our new shop in response to the feature. Undoubtedly the most successful marketing initiative Present Company has ever run.  Brian Wiseman, Owner, Present Company

Autumn certainly seems to be sneaking in with a change in the weather over the last few weeks, but September may surprise us yet and the sun might shine brightly again. Here’s hoping! There have been a lot of changes in the office recently, but we are happy to say that everyone seems to be settling into their new roles very nicely. We do have one more change this month; Lee our designer will be leaving us. We wish Lee all the best for the future and thank him for all his hard work over the years. Over the last four months Dan has steadily been taking over his role, ready to take the reins of design and artwork. We would like to welcome him on board. And as for Banksy (the kitten) who has now been here for a whole month after his very long journey back from Spain, he is feeling very much at home. He has taken to ‘helping’ in the garden, pulling up the bulbs straight after they have been planted so is now otherwise known as the un-gardener! In the storms over the last few weeks Banksy has been watching the rain, for the first time ever! We caught him on camera looking very funny. Thankfully, he is turning out to be a very loving kitten and is finally getting over the biting and scratching stage. And thanks to the chemist for recommending Germolene! Looking forward to our October issue, we have our next Wedding Feature coming up. For all those interested in advertising in and around this feature do be sure to get in touch. We really hope you all enjoy our September issue, and we always enjoy receiving your feedback. As always, thank you to our advertisers, readers and contributors.

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the community together

Haywards Heath Town Team celebrated its first anniversary in the summer with great news for the residents and companies in the area.

Celebration is still the talk of the town with our Broadway Village Fete on Sunday 21st September, a celebration of local people and local produce! The Broadway Village People are inviting everyone to join them for their inaugural Village Fete. From 12.00 noon, the road will be closed and all the fun of the Fete will begin. There will be hay bales encircling a stage arena, magicians and martial arts. Morris dancers will amaze you, choirs and singers will astound you, Popsteps classes for Kids and Guitar & Drum Workshops will exhaust, and brass bands will get you stomping! Local businesswoman Amanda Brackley is thrilled her dream has come to fruition: “The Broadway, although very much part of our Town, has a very special community feel - so it’s just wonderful that we can get together to celebrate our local people and our local produce!” And best of all everything is free so come along and join the fun! Our Town just wouldn’t be the same without all our fantastic community events. After enjoying our Broadway Village Fete on 21st September, get in the festive spirit with our Christmas Festival Weekend on 22nd and 23rd November. Our retailers have been pretty busy too and we’re very proud to unveil our new Loyalty Card,

which must be the first sustainable wooden loyalty card in the South-East of England - if not the UK! The launch is set for Saturday 13th September with some very special guests, so come along and support your ‘Home Team’. For further information and to keep up to date with events visit our website. Here you can find news of our Bike Ride, Strictly Gardening, Fashion Show and our plans for a grand celebration of 175 years since the first train left Haywards Heath Station in July 1839, which we hope will involve the whole community, especially our local schools. Oathall Community College and West Sussex County Council are already helping rejuvenate the station, helping to impress our visitors and commuters with a green and pleasant station area. So if you’d like to be part of a great Town, come and join us! To find out more about Haywards Heath Town Team contact Ruth de Mierre on tel. 01444 453399 or email

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Balcombe  Balcombe Tea Rooms, Balcombe Stores, Cowdray Arms 01444 811280 Bolney  Bolney Cross Service Station, Eight Bells, Bolney Wine Estate, Old Mill Farm Shop 01444 881356 Bramber  The Castle Inn Hotel Burgess Hill  Help Point, Market Place Shopping Centre, Martlet Hall, The Triangle, Miss Mabel’s Magnificent Emporium, The Town Fish and Chips, Hair+Beauty for Everyone, Sahara, Nazar Café, Aringtonn Estate and Lettings 01444 221102, So Sussex Osteopathy 01444 810331, Munchies 01444 235015, P & S Gallagher 01444 239869, The Wine Stand 01444 616950, Bodle Brothers 01444 247757 Chailey  May Cottage Tea Rooms, The Five Bells, South Chailey Stores, Chailey Heritage Foundation 01825 724444 Chelwood Gate  National Cat Centre Clayton  Jack and Jill


Cooksbridge  McBean’s Orchids, The Rainbow Inn

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East Chiltington  The Jolly Sportsman East Grinstead  Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead Museum, Library, Rail Station, East Grinstead Sports Club, Sainsbury’s, Martell’s, McIndoe Surgical Centre, Queen Victoria Hospital, Angelica’s Convenience Store, Broadleys, Sparrows Nest, W J Armstrong 01342 321478 Edburton  Springs Smoked Salmon Fletching  Griffin Inn Felbridge  Doves Barn Nursery Forest Row  Llama Park, Cyrnel Bakery, Bishops Home Hardware 01342 822740 Fulking  Shepherd and Dog Goddards Green  The Sportsman 01444 233460 Handcross  Bellamie, Royal Oak Inn, Handcross Tea Rooms, High Beeches Tea Rooms, Sabrina’s Sweet

Things, Country Gardens 01444 400725, Handcross Village Butchers 01444 400396 Hassocks  Budgens, Hassocks Station, The Purple Carrot, Mill Nursery, JJ’s Café, Identity 01273 845777 Haywards Heath  Sainsbury’s, Co-Op, Clair Hall, The Orchards Shopping Centre, Nuffield Health Hospital, Pet & Garden Warehouse, Café Elvira (Borde Hill), The Bay Tree, O Delice, Baldwins, Haywards Heath Town Council, Franklands Village Stores, The Birch Hotel, Archies Sandwich Bar, Fox & Hounds, De Novo 01444 459166, Antares 01444 416892, Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning 01444 223015, Strands 01444 414002, Go Gourmet 01444 410999, Action for Deafness 01444 415582, The Clinic at Borde Hill 01444 440857, Middleton 01444 450711, Deli 13 01444 450065 Henfield  Budgens, Post Office, Stokes, Swains Farm & Produce Centre, The Bell Inn, Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery 01273 491392 Hickstead  Wishing Well 07938 804237 Horsham  Horsham Markets Horsted Keynes  The Crown Inn Hurstpierpoint  Washbrooks Farm, Cutters Barn, Co-Op, Janton News 01273 835401, Feathers 01273 834686, D & R Auto Care and Mace Shop 01273 831572 Keymer  The Greyhound Inn, Keymer News 01273 843204



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Albourne Henfield


Plumpton Green

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Bramber Steyning Upper Beeding


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Newtimber Small Dole

Wivelsfield Green

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Brighton Worthing Lindfield  SWALK, Co-Op, Limes, Glyn Thomas Butchers, Clough’s 01444 452060, Field + Forrest 01444 483700

Plumpton Green  Village Store and Post Office

Lingfield  Lingfield Station, Lingfield Community Centre 01342 833893

Pyecombe  Pyecombe Golf Club, The Plough Inn

Maidenbower Co-Op, Frogs Hole Farm Pub 01293 885081 Maresfield  The Chequers

Sayers Common  LVS Café 01273 832901, Village Hall & Community Shop, 01273 834224

Offham  The Chalk Pit, Blacksmiths Arms

Scaynes Hill  The Sloop Inn, Inn on the Green 01444 831022

Plumpton  Half Moon, Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton College, The Plough Inn 01273 890311

Sheffield Park  Bluebell Railway

Wivelsfield  The Cock Inn

Small Dole  Stores and Post Office

Wivelsfield Green  Post Office

Poynings  The Royal Oak, Rushfield Garden Centre 01273 857445

Staplefield  Jolly Tanners 01444 400335, The Victory Inn 01444 400463 Steyning  The White Horse Turners Hill  Grange Farm, Dukes Head Upper Beeding  Post Office, The Rising Sun, Nisa Local 01903 879976 West Grinstead  The Orchard Restaurant 01403 865693 Wineham  The Royal Oak

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Mediterranean YACHT SALES

Comprehensive listings of

NEW and SECONDHAND boats and yachts for sale in Spain, Gibraltar and the Mediterranean


Mediterranean marina berths for purchase & sale Are you looking to locate and/or acquire a marina berth or mooring in Spain, France or Italy? Do you wish to sell a marina berth in the Mediterranean? Do you need your boat delivered after purchasing a berth? Do you require information about boating in Spain, France or Italy? Leading agents and brokers for berth sales and moorings in Spain since 1985, Genus Marine & Leisure are experts at providing a professional, efficient and reliable service that’s tailor-made just for you.

With our in-depth knowledge of the Spanish Costas, French and Italian marinas, we can provide the necessary assistance to help you find the right berth to meet your budget.

Head Office: The Dell Estate Office, Cheverells Green, Nr Markyate, St Albans, Herts. AL3 8AE

Tel: Email:

01582 841711 (07802 671157 out of hours)

Offices also in Spain, France and Italy.


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Motor boats, sailing boats, super yachts, small sailing yachts, fast power boats, fly bridge cruisers, sports/day boats, luxury super yachts, classic sailing ketches…. and many more! We can also arrange moorings, purchase & sales, finance, insurance, shipping, boat deliveries and a full service of boat-care, maintenance and gardiennage. With over 35 years’ experience, our brokers are experts in identifying and locating the perfect boat or yacht of your choice and managing your purchase from start to finish. If you are looking to buy or sell a boat, please get in touch.

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