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Editor’s comment

Hello again everybody! It’s lovely to be back from maternity leave and welcome you to our April issue. As usual we have a whole host of great features and articles we hope you will enjoy this month from all your regular favourites plus some new offerings as well – one of which is written by a dog! Now, how does one type with paws? There’s something to ponder… Starting on page 21 we have a special feature on retirement. Whether its not on your radar yet, looming up large or you are already enjoying it, Lisa de Silva takes us through some of the financial, emotional and practical elements of this golden time of life. Calling all art lovers out there – have you ever longed to gaze up at the magnificent frescos in the Sistine Chapel, but never quite got round to it? Well good news, all you have to do is visit Worthing! Turn to page 6 to read the whole story of how Gary Bevans charged himself with the monumental task of reproducing the renaissance painters work, all on his own. What an amazing achievement. We are very excited to share our new look home and garden section with you, from page 50. Feeling fresh and bright, we explore a beautiful Georgian country cottage in Sussex, showcasing bold and unique interiors. Be inspired. This is the season to get out and about; make the most of it and enjoy some NGS gardens for charity. On page 40 Geoff Stonebanks highlights some of these horticultural delights. And finally, don’t forget to look, and listen out for the cuckoo mid-month, a most welcome signal that spring has finally sprung. As always we wish all our readers and advertisers a fruitful month this April.

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English Martyrs Church


Hidden gem in Worthing

Active Retirement

Our special feature on enjoying life after work

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April’s open gardens

50 Home & Garden

Fabulous in grey

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Local living

The latest community news and events

38 Natural living

Doe a deer

42 Blooming times

It’s all about the dahlias

63 Property

Garage sale

68 Beautiful you

Find your signature scent


46 Woodland bluebells

Stitch in time

Wild West fashion

72 Body buzz

Keep on running


Book reviews

Elizabeth Kay reviews three books

80 Barcombe Mills walk

Take a stroll by the River Ouse


82 Health hub


88 Crossword


Discovering Lewes

Green spaces and wildlife around Lewes


Sussex’s historic game

This month Dr Rees explains about Parkinson’s Spring prize winning brainteaser

89 Diary dates

Local event listings

18 Bella Vou

99 Business to business

46 Bluebells


49 Pickle Pot

100 Local business directory


Cosmetic surgery with a difference Woodlands carpeted in blue Fabulous home interiors with a difference

Celebrating Burgess Hill

Helping your business to expand

Sarah Lacey

High end dry cleaning in Haywards Heath

76 Spring tabbouleh

A healthy dish with a Middle Eastern twist

84 Mid Sussex NT Association

How you can get involved

86 Felbridge

A border village

98 Mid Sussex Marathon

Details about the marathon weekend

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It’s a dogs life

Our new feature from Rolo the dog

32 Sussex history

Fascinating insight about Andrew Boorde

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Raising the Roof Where in the world could you find a replica of the Sistine Chapel in an aircraft hangar? In Worthing of course, so we sent wide-eyed Robert Veitch along to be astounded by English Martyrs Church The exterior of English Martyrs Church resembles a pebble-dashed village hall but inside it takes your breath away. Anne Niven, the Parish Secretary confirmed my disbelief, “it’s very ordinary from the outside, but extraordinary on the inside.” As we sat in a pew I struggled to avert my eyes from the ceiling with its wondrous bewildering beauty, like looking at the stars on a clear crisp night. Anne’s been with the church for forty years, her memory lucidly stretching back to the days when it was known as ‘the aircraft hangar.’ As we chatted a bearded apparition exited one door, walked a few steps, then departed through another. The apparition did not look up. I thought nothing more of it… for a while. Anne told me the site was purchased in 1937 with the flint walled ‘Jupps Barn’ which dates from 1771 that


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became the original church. In 1952, the church was gifted the neighbouring house, making it possible for a Priest to live in residence. The first incumbent was the Canon Desmond McCarthy (1952–1978), the first resident Priest in Goring since the Reformation. As the congregation outgrew Jupps Barn, demand for a larger church increased. Father McCarthy designed the new church with the same proportions as the Sistine Chapel. But even he could not prophesise what a thirteen year-old member of his congregation would one-day dream up. Work began on the new church late in 1968 and it was complete by 1970. The new church ceiling was painted basilica blue, creating ‘the aircraft hangar’ nickname; and everyone was happy. The thirteen year old was Gary Bevans and his art teacher at school identified a natural talent for painting,

suggesting Gary move to Art College. His parents were less keen and Anne recalls, “Gary was told to get a proper job,” which he did. Gary became a signwriter. Gary painted in his spare time, his artistic journey inside the church beginning when Father Eric Flood (1978-1983) allowed him to paint copies of two Holbein portraits; Saints Thomas More and John Fisher remain continued on page 8

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on permanent display. In 1987 Gary painted what Anne refers to as, “the Goring-by-Sea Last Supper.” After this Gary made a pilgrimage to Rome. Wandering around the Vatican, all pathways and passages eventually lead to the Sistine Chapel. Enthralled, Gary had an idea. He hoped it would go away, something he could forget, an idea that would evaporate and dissipate. But it didn’t go away; it became his artistic magnum opus. Gary informed Father Enda his vision was to reproduce the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of English Martyrs Church, replacing the basilica blue of ‘the aircraft hangar.’ It would become the only hand painted replica of Michelangelo’s masterpiece anywhere on the planet. Father Enda sent Gary to Bishop Cormac who agreed to it, with the single proviso, “if you start… you must finish.”


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It became necessary to line the entire arc of the roof with marine plywood, which Gary attached with 10,000 screws. Two coats of white paint completed the base. In Rome the original had been photographed for a book, on sale at £600 per copy. Anne recalled what hurt Gary the most was purchasing the book and then taking it apart. But it had to be done, to create a flat-plan for the ceiling. Painting began in 1988. Michelangelo created a fresco by painting on wet plaster, but Gary used acrylic paint because it would last so much longer. Gary’s day job as a signwriter meant he worked solo in the church in the evenings and at weekends. Michelangelo had a dozen assistants and completed his task in about four years. The replica was finished in five and a half years. By the end of 1993, the aircraft hangar was an artistic tour de force. continued on page 10

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Of the 500 figures on the ceiling, Italians believe the image of Jeremiah to be a self-portrait of Michelangelo. There is no self-portrait of Gary Bevans. Once complete, there was a Mass of Dedication and the Pro Ecclesia et Pontiface medal was awarded to Gary by Pope John Paul II. Rational thinking would think the project was complete. But Anne recalled Gary looking at the 1970s building with a medieval ceiling and commenting, “they’re arguing.” So he began to marble the walls and columns in an effort to coalesce these disparate eras. Around the same time, the ‘Peter the Fishermen Window’ was installed with stained glass from a Littlehampton convent. The orange and yellow sail curves complement the spandrels of the ceiling while fish contain the initials of church members of the time. Soon, the various facets of the church were ‘agreeing more than arguing.’ Father Enda returned from the ‘Sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God’ convent in Portslade with a 300 year old marble altar and tabernacle to replace the concrete altar from 1970. Change continued with the installation of stained glass to the clerestory windows above the altar. At the turn of the century the eastern window was upgraded and Father Enda suggested English Tudor martyrs be etched into translucent glass. Five reside on either side of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs. Gary has since built the lectern and painted ‘Christ the Teacher’ and the ‘Baptism of Christ,’ which hangs by the font, close to the Holbein reproductions that started things off.

Gary, with no formal artistic education, has created something most churches would cherish and most art galleries would covet. These days he’s an ordained deacon, still involved with English Martyrs Church. He doesn’t do interviews, a quiet, modest man it would seem. When the actor Brian Cox came to visit, he called the ceiling, “one man’s prayer,” and he’s correct. Gary need not say a thing as his work says it all for him. Is it finally finished? I enquired. Anne smiled, “I think so… yes, I think it’s finished.” Has Gary painted elsewhere? A bit here and there she told me, mostly murals in the chapels of HM Prisons. In Rome photos are banned and visitors must keep shuffling along. A fleeting tourist experience, it’s an, ‘I’ve been there tick in the box’. But here, it’s immersive, “take as long as you like,” said Anne, “take as many pictures as you want. Lie on a pew if you want and soak it up.” Once upon a long ago this building was known as ‘the airport hangar,’ now it’s a work of art, but first and foremost it’s always been a church. …And that apparition from earlier on? That was Gary Bevans. Opening Hours: From Easter until the end of October Monday 10am – 1pm /Tuesday 10am – 4pm. The church can be opened outside of these hours for groups by prior appointment 01903 242624 /01903 506890

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Lewes’s Green Spaces From wild nature reserves to formal flowerbeds, discover Lewes’s beautiful parks and gardens this spring Spring is just around the corner, but you don’t have to escape into the countryside for a taste of the new season. See daffodils in bloom, spot rare birds and marvel at carefully cultivated spring flowers without leaving East Sussex’s county town. Stop and smell the roses The most spectacular place in Lewes to see – and smell – the start of spring is the Grange Gardens. With its 16th-century manor house, glorious views up the hill to Lewes Castle and year-


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the gardens back in 1951. Other highlights include sculptures by John Skelton and Jon Edgar, the Winterbourne Stream cutting through the heart of the Grange and the overflowing formal beds enclosed by ancient stone walls. You’ll discover equally enticing smells on

round flower displays, this is a haven in the heart of the town. Don’t miss the gnarled mulberry tree, one of the oldest of its kind in England, and the plaque commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s visit to

Don’t miss the gnarled mulberry tree, one of the oldest of its kind in England the other side of Southover High Street, where fruit, veg and flowers are cultivated in the peaceful Priory Gardens. Stroll through the orchards and see the first spring crops emerging in the medieval kitchen garden. One of the sunniest and most tranquil spots in town is the recreated herb garden, which is packed with plant species that the monks of Lewes Priory would have grown when they inhabited the site back in medieval times.

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energetic stuff like barking at people coming to the door and playing noisy games to entertain ‘Them Indoors’. It also means I can delegate exercising ‘Her Indoors’ which is a bit of relief. At my age I prefer to go out for a leisurely pootle, but she isn’t in the first flush of youth, bless her, and needs all the exercise she can get. I was a bit disappointed however, when we were out for a walk and another dog vocalised his dislike of Teddy for no good reason. Teddy just ignored him – what kind of behaviour is that? I had to step in and give a verbal rebuke of my own, after all, I’ve got my reputation in the village to think of. What’s the point of having an apprentice and having to bark

This month we have a fabulous new writer in the form of Rolo the Border Terrier. In this issue he describes what its like to have a new set of paws around the house

It’s a Dog’s Life Whilst many people with a dog enjoy the experience so much they have more than one, I’ve always been an only dog. There are some good reasons for this. ‘Him Indoors’ never wanted a dog in the first place: unhygienic creatures that cost money, shed fur, have disreputable personal habits and pong a bit, whilst, in his rather prejudiced and narrow view, two are even more trouble. ‘Junior Her’ might have persuaded him with every weapon in her armoury many years ago, to get me, but there was no way he was going to fall for those tricks twice. Anyway, after many years of enjoying single status, I’ve now got a temporary companion. As I’m a senior dog and don’t need much exercising, ‘Her Indoors’ uses her spare capacity to do some walking for a charity called the Cinnamon Trust, that provides volunteer dog-walkers for elderly or sick owners who cannot walk their own dogs. She’s been walking a Border Terrier called Teddy, and when his owner was suddenly taken into hospital recently, he came to stay with us. Now Teddy is a nice dog who has very quickly learnt who is in charge in our household. I, of course, expressed my sympathy

for his difficult situation by bossing him around, pinching his food and drinking his water. I even occupied his nice big bed for a comfortable, stretched out nap. When he came back and, like one of the three bears, found someone in his bed, he just wagged politely and squeezed himself into my, smaller basket. However, once I saw him settled comfortably, I had a sudden desire to go back to my own bed, so I turned him out. It’s just as well he’s patient. There are some advantages in having a younger canine companion. He can do all the

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yourself? Anyway, he must have sensed it, because the next time we met the same dog, he barked back too. He’s catching on fast. Still, we’re beginning to make quite a team. Teddy, like myself, is rather good in the pest control department, so I’m hoping with his youthful paws and my senior cunning, we’ll be a winning combination. He’s also good in deploying the hungry eyes, a skill that I’ve always prided myself on. Whilst I still think I’ve got the edge in wheedling treats out of ‘Them Indoors’, four eyes are definitely better than two so I’m willingly to split the spoils. Maybe being part of a twosome isn’t so bad after all!

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Sussex Stoolball Stoolball is the game that Sussex gave to the world, and with 100 teams in the county it’s a sociable sport for all – give it a go! Stoolball is a bat and ball game that originated in Sussex around 1450. It predates cricket, rounders and baseball, all sports that retain a few Stoolball genes in their rules. Stoolball is also played in Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and the Midlands. Once upon a time it was played at Lords and in the back garden of Buckingham Palace. It travelled overseas during the expansive days of the British Empire. It’s still played in some parts of the Commonwealth today, but with Sussex being home to the vast majority of teams, it’s safe to assume our county contains a majority of global talent. Historically, it was a game of courtship, popular around Easter. The name derives from milkmaids’ stools, which were used as wickets, either resting on the ground or hung from a tree. Early balls had a wooden centre, surrounded with fleece and wrapped in a bladder. Sussex has five divisions, comprising 40 ladies and 60 mixed teams, scattered all across the county, with a smattering of junior teams too. Teams are 11 a-side with mixed teams containing no more than six males. Games can vary from 4 overs each side in a tournament to 45 over a side in divisional matches, and league matches usually consist of 15 overs. Rules dictate a 15m (16 yard) pitch is set at the centre of an 82m (90 yard) circular boundary. Wickets are square wooden boards secured to a post. Bowling is underarm, with 8 balls constituting an over. Bats are long-handled, made of willow and spruce. The aim of the game is to score more runs than the opposing team. Geraldine Miller joined Bolney in 1955 aged eight, and her friend Linda Foster signed up the following year as a nine year old. It’s been a lifelong passion for both of them with an obvious enthusiasm that fizzes up and over the top of the glass. “When we were kids it was the joy of being part of a team. Tuesdays and Thursdays were always Stoolball evenings during summer,” Geraldine told me. Then Linda continued, “for children, there was less to do and the game was very popular. As well

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as Tuesdays and Thursdays, we played other matches on Saturdays and Sundays.” Geraldine played for Central Sussex in divisional matches, as Central was not part of the Sussex Association then. Now players can be selected to play for the England team. Today a Bolney subscription is £15 for the season plus a £2 match fee. “There is a lot of help available to get a team started from Stoolball England,” said Linda. “They are the national governing body and are trying to grow the game in schools.” According to Geraldine, “Stoolball is a very welcoming and sociable game, good exercise, lovely to be out in the fresh air of summer.” Linda added, “we enjoy tea and biscuits after games, sometimes heading to the pub after that.” Both ladies eulogised about the Ladies Seaford Tournament, which has taken place on the first Sunday in August for over sixty years. The top four

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It’s safe to assume our county contains a majority of global talent teams from the divisions play a round-robin format, then a knockout. It’s like a one-day World Cup of Stoolball. A little further south lives Karen Packham, who has played for Hurstpierpoint for 49 years. She told me, “I love playing, its such good fun and a great team game. Some take it very seriously, but most just enjoy a friendly rivalry. Karen continued, “most games are in the evening, starting around 6:45pm and finishing at about 8:15pm.” “Having a good game is the main thing,” according to Karen. “It’s good to have an active outdoor game that mothers can play with their daughters.” The outdoor season runs from the end of April until August and Karen was keen to point out, “it’s a lovely way to spend a summer evening.” With 174 years of Stoolball experience between them, Karen, Geraldine and Linda won’t continue to play ad infinitum, but summers in Sussex will go on in perpetuity. So… why not take a look at the Stoolball England website, find a team and give the game a go this year. It will help keep Sussex’s sporting gift to the world alive.

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Bella Vou Facelift, which uses local rather than general a anaesthetic during surgical procedures. She continues: “Amir’s procedure has made cosmetic surgery much more accessible, as it’s something that you can do in a day, and within a week, you’re back to normal.” Indeed, the revolutionary procedure’s use of local anaesthetic significantly lowers the risks associated with a traditional facelift, which are typically carried out under a general anaesthetic. Significantly reducing the bruising and downtime of recovery from months to a matter of days, it takes just two to three hours, without the requirement of a hospital stay. The very

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It’s Your Time Helping you make the most of your retirement, Lisa de Silva explores the financial and emotional aspects of life after work. Relax, explore, learn and most importantly have fun! Whether you are looking forward to retirement and see yourself sailing happily off into the sunset, or worry that you may lose your identity and end up lonely and bored, forward planning is the key factor in making this time of life an enriching and fulfilling experience. The prospect of not having to get up with the alarm and head off to the office can sound attractive on a cold and wintry morning, but retiring is a huge life event leaving many unprepared for the mixed bag of emotions it can bring. The transition from working, earning and saving money,

to not working and spending money, can be challenging. Clearly, financial planning is paramount, but what is often overlooked but of equal importance, is psychological planning. This feature is designed to help you prepare for both, exploring both the financial and emotional aspects of retirement.

Financial Planning: Pensions & Investments

The fundamental issue to address when it comes to retirement, is how to fund your lifestyle once you have stopped working and the earlier you start to plan for this, the better. Most retired

people live on a combination of the state pension, and workplace pensions, along with savings, any rental income and investments, such as ISAs and Premium Bonds.

The State Pension

According to official data, the average age of those retiring from the workforce is 58 years, but with increasing life expectancy and a rise in the state pension age, this is likely to increase. Since 1948, the state pension has been an important part of retirement finances, but the age at which it can be claimed is under review. Currently, the age is 67, but this is set to increase

Most retired people live on a combination of state and workplace pensions, savings and rental income and investments

to 68 years, for both men and women by 2037. At the moment, men born after 6th April 1951 and women born after 6th April 1953, are entitled to claim the New State Pension of ÂŁ159.55 per week, but the actual amount received depends on your National Insurance record. State pension forecasts can be obtained from

Workplace Pensions

Workplace pensions fall into two categories. The first is known as a defined contribution scheme, where your employer puts a percentage of your wages into a pension scheme. These payments qualify for tax relief and in some cases, your employer may also add contributions as part of an overall salary package. The money paid into the fund continued on page 24 S u ss e x L i v i n g April 2018

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is invested in shares and so the value of the pot can go up and down, meaning the amount you end up with depends on how much you’ve paid in and how well the investments have performed. The other type of workplace pension is known as a defined benefit or ‘final salary’ scheme, whereby the amount you receive is based on your final salary and years of service. In both cases, your employer should be able to give you a pension forecast of what you’re likely to receive. These pensions can usually be accessed from the age of 55 years.

Private Pensions & Investments

A private pension is taken out directly with a pension

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provider. As with workplace pensions, any money you put in qualifies for tax relief and the pension can usually be taken from the age of 55 years. Investments in the form of savings, ISAs, Premium Bonds and any share holdings, can also be used to help fund your retirement.

Professional Advice

Financial planning for retirement can be complex and it pays to take advice. A good advisor will help you to avoid any pension scams, decide the optimum time to take your pension and how to receive it, whether as a regular income or by drawing down a pot of money to live on. They can also clarify any tax liabilities

A good advisor will help you to avoid any pension scams, decide the optimum time to take your pension and how to receive it advice. Firstly, you can visit a trusted independent financial advisor, or you can take advantage of free and impartial advice from two government bodies, Pension Wise and the Pensions Advisory Service.

Financial Planning: Managing your finances

Once you no longer have a regular income it’s important to reconsider the role of money in your life. Focus on

affordability and decide if any lifestyle changes are needed to ensure you can live on your pension. For example, think about your transport arrangements. Do you still need two cars? Do you even need a car? Try to set an annual, monthly and weekly budget that you can stick to. It’s also important to take advantage of any age-related benefits for cheaper travel, outings and entertainment opportunities. Clever use of discount vouchers and voucher codes can all make a difference to the health of your finances.

Financial Planning: Boosting your retirement portfolio

If finances are tight and you’re looking for ways to boost your retirement income, think creatively and you’ll be amazed at what you can come up with. The obvious option is to carry on working. There is no official retirement age and if you continue working after you reach state pension age, there is no longer any National Insurance liability. You could also consider parttime working, or starting a whole new career by starting a business, or investing in a franchise. continued on page 26

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those with large gardens and characterful homes, there could even be the option to use it for hosting events, such as weddings, anniversaries or special birthday celebrations. Although with all of these options, do check with your insurance company to ensure you are covered for any accidents, damage or liabilities.

Psychological Planning: Personal Relationships

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Most people’s biggest asset is their home and if your family has now flown the nest, it might be the right time to downsize and free up some money to fund your retirement. Another option could be to sell up and move abroad, to cheaper and warmer climes, or to rent out your

current home and decamp to cheaper accommodation, using the rental income to pay your bills. For some, an equity release scheme is a way to stay in their home and free up some of the money invested in it. These schemes can seem attractive, but are not appropriate for everyone and it’s vital to seek professional independent

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It’s important to recognise that retirement can put a strain on close personal relationships. In fact, between 2005 and 2015, the number of women over the age of 65 getting divorced rose by almost 20%. So, do be prepared and commit to nurturing your relationship through the transition from working to retirement. Even the most robust marriages will need to adjust to spending 24 hours a day together, seven days a week, without the distraction of work or children to lessen the continued on page 28

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intensity. So, it’s important to learn how to live together and successfully navigate this new retirement world. Try to be honest with each other about how much personal space you both need, renegotiate the household chores and commit to trying new activities both together and on your own. If it helps, you could even establish separate territories in your home, where you can both retreat to relax, watch TV and enjoy your hobbies. It’s also important not to let other family members take advantage of the fact that you are retired. While you might love spending time with your grandchildren, do not become an unpaid childminder, left holding the baby, unless it is truly something that you want to do. Try to maintain your identity and some boundaries, so your children do not simply see you as ‘grandma and grandad’.


Psychological Planning: Creating & maintaining a sense of purpose

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Learning a new skill can also reinvigorate your interest in life

National Trust welcome volunteers, so pick something you feel passionately about and get involved. In terms of making a difference, this is also a great time of your life to get involved with a pressure group or local politics. Learning a new skill can also reinvigorate your interest

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Psychological Planning: Keeping fit, healthy and young at heart

Once retired, health issues can become increasingly important, so keeping fit and young at heart should be top of your list. Join a gym, or start a fitness regime. Walking is a great form of

exercise and if you don’t have a dog, think about getting one. In fact, any animal would be a great companion during retirement, providing comfort, companionship and there’s the potential for exercise too. If you’ve always wanted to travel, this is the

perfect time to do so. Indulge yourself, after all you’ve worked hard for decades, so why not treat yourself to a cruise and explore a part of the world you’ve always wanted to see. If you dread the winter, could you spend these months abroad? The reality is, once you’ve adjusted financially and

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Andrew Boorde was a man of many talents in the diverse fields of health, religion and comedy. Mark Broad gives us an insight into his life

Andrew Boorde (c.1490-1549) was born near Borde Hill. Which came fi rst? The name appears in various spellings, like most words from those times, and several Boordes have lived around that part of the world. The place of Andrew’s birth was said to be Holm’s dayle, but to



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keep things simple some will just tell you it was the more recognisable Cuckfield! Boorde became a man of religion, sometime physician to King Henry VIII and a humorist, credited as the original ‘Merry Andrew’ (a comedian – one who entertains others by wit and

comic antics). His writings include The Fyrst Boke of the Introduction of Knowledge, “Dedycated to the right honourable and gracious Lady Mary daughter of our soverayne Lorde Kyng Henry the eyght,” which must count as the earliest continental guide book, plus

a Brevyary of Health and, most controversially, a Treatyse upon Berdes (hipsters should read that one). Boorde’s name is also connected with later collections of humorous writings, but those are possibly endorsements contrived by printers for commercial impact. After studying at Oxford, Andrew Boorde went to Charterhouse and took Carthusian monastic vows, which thereafter he spent a great deal of effort trying to escape, because he found the religious life (solitude, silence, abstinence generally) ‘too rigorous’. He was able to negotiate a way out, perhaps only on temporary release, and headed off to study medicine in the universities of Europe. Returning as a Doctor of Physick, Boorde was summoned to the service of Norfolk and also then as physician to King Henry VIII – which must have demanded some courage, considering the state

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of Norfolk and Henry’s propensity for lopping-off the loaves of those who disappointed him. The Carthusian Order still pressed some claim over Andrew who in desperation wrote letters seeking the intervention of Thomas Cromwell, Lord Great Chamberlain. Thomas Cromwell must have taken a liking to Boorde, who did have a reputation as being good company and a great joker. Cromwell also placed some

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trust in him. He encouraged Boorde to travel again pursuing medical studies, but also to send back reports of how King Henry was viewed and thought of in continental corridors and universities. Boorde wrote lots of letters, from all over Europe and even further. He travelled to Jerusalem and visited North Africa. From Barbary he sent Thomas Cromwell some rhubarb seeds, with instructions for their cultivation – this was a couple of hundred years before the

plant was known here. In his letters Boorde continued signing himself as ‘Andrew Boorde, priest’. Probably it made a more powerful sign-off than ‘doctor’, medical science at the time being very much in the research and development stage, while religion had been going strong for quite some time. Andrew studied medicine at Montpelier, Orleans, Poitiers, Toulouse, Rome and Wittenberg. Meanwhile his brother Richard became vicar of Pevensey, but then fled to France, the way you do (in a Reformation). He never returned, leaving property to Andrew who bought Mint House with the proceeds. In his time at Pevensey, or ‘Pemsey’, Boorde is thought to have hosted Henry’s son Edward VI, at Mint House on a health retreat. Such claims are disputed. We do know that Boorde also composed humorous verse, but perhaps is not the ‘A.B.’ credited on The Merrie Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham. The stories are more likely associated with the Gotham village in Notts, but prominent historians of Sussex, Mr Lowerson and Mr Horsfield, no less, support the claim of a Gotham near Pemsey. Either way, the tale’s worth telling: King John (bad King John, not even really meant to be king) had decided to treat himself to a new hunting lodge and was considering a site near Gotham. If plans

went ahead, it meant the king would pass through the village to reach the lodge - and anywhere the king travelled immediately became a King’s Highway. The villagers didn’t much like the idea. They might be pressed for more taxes if ‘a main road’ came through, and it could all too soon become yellow lines and parking metres. So the crafty folk arranged amongst themselves to spook the king’s surveyors, by staging scenes of bizarre behaviour and idiocy, a condition considered

He travelled widely, living on his wits, and managed to survive when companions perished catching back then. In Gotham the king’s men witnessed a group of locals building a fence around a tree, claiming it would keep the cuckoo from flying away. Another uncouth band was seen trying to drown an eel in a bucket of water. The King’s men returned to advise against visiting Gotham. Courage and mirth Andrew also found in ale and wine, at least one of which was much safer to drink than water from the roadside ditch. Thus he travelled widely, living on his wits, and managed to survive when companions perished. In later life, Boorde’s Winchester days, it could be that money and luck were running out. He was said to be working local fairs, in comedy, quackery and the snake-oil game. Then there was the unfortunate ‘three whores in his chamber’ controversy. Perhaps Andrew Boorde hastened his own demise with some lethal concoction, but he spent a while in prison before making his will and ultimate escape. SUSSEX LIVING April 2018

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Send us all your news and events for the local Mid Sussex, Lewes and Worthing community, then read about them here. Stories Home from The Falklands Rob Lunn is an ex RAF Navigator, who during his time posted in the Falklands wrote bedtime stories to his young son Robert to be read by his wife Lynne. Robert is now 40 years old and his mother had the idea of publishing the stories into a delightful children’s book. Rob will be signing copies of his book Letters to Robert at Stokes in Henfield on Saturday 14th April at 11am. Book price is £5 with donations going towards Help the Heroes. Further copies can be bought from Rob via email,

Ditchling Singers Do you like singing and thinking of maybe joining a choir? Then come along and join the Ditchling Singers! We are a very friendly choir who enjoy singing a variety

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#GoTeamDT The Disabilities Trust is looking for you to join their cheer squad this April. On Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd of April, The Disabilities Trust has staff and members of the public taking part in the Brighton and London Marathons and would really like to have a large crowd of cheerers

to motivate these ambassadors as they take on this difficult challenge. For more details please contact Hayley WickerBradbury on 01444 237286 or email Hayley.wicker-bradbury@ for more information.

Plumpton and East Chiltington Good Neighbours We are a group of volunteers resident within Plumpton and East Chiltington, who are willing to offer support to anyone in need. Whether it is due to an illness, injury, an operation, living alone or maybe just a small job you can’t manage yourself. Maybe to put your bins out, feed a pet, befriending if you would like some company, play a board game or even if you just need a light bulb changed and cannot manage it yourself. We are here to help. We have a small

army of volunteers who all have the necessary checks so that you can be confident in our help and support. We are always pleased to hear from anyone who needs our help. If that sounds like you then please give one of our coordinators a call and we can arrange a visit to you. Please call: 07478 524152 or 07479 924576 We are also holding a St George’s Day Tea Party on Saturday 21st April in the Annexe next to Plumpton Church 2-4pm. There will be tea, coffee, cakes, some great company, and would love for anyone to join us. Please let us know if you can make it, contact Cindy Penny at

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these dramatic episodes are all part of the story arc of one remarkable man: Elijah, and the subject of Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio of the same name. Elijah was without doubt the crowning glory of the composer’s spectacularly successful career. Its great dramatic qualities, allied to its magnificent musical craftsmanship, appealed strongly to audiences and performers, and it has remained one of the most popular oratorios to the present time. On its first performance in 1846 a correspondent wrote that Mendelssohn was, “compelled to appear again and again, amidst renewed cheers and huzzas.” Come along to give your own ‘huzzas’ at Burgess Hill Choral Society’s performance of this dramatic masterpiece, led by Michael Stefan Wood BEM and accompanied by professional soloists and a full concert orchestra. The concert takes place on Saturday 21st April at 7.30 at St Andrew’s Church on the corner of Cants Lane and Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG. Admission is £13, or £3 for under-18s. Tickets available from

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Hurst Village Cinema We have two absolutely wonderful films at the Village Cinema in April. Our Sunday film on, 22 April is A United Kingdom (PG). The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Filmmaker Amma Asante brings us this remarkable true story told with terrific warmth and idealism, style and wit – and irresistible storytelling relish. Doors 2.30/Film 3.00. All Tickets £4 On Thursday 26 April we have Still Walking (U). Here is a lyrical, profoundly moving, yet gently humorous film by Japanese master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, director of

Our Little Sister. His most personal work to date, the film depicts one day in the life of the Yokoyama family, who are gathered together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear. Absolutely pitch-perfect and featuring vivid, heartrending and heartwarming performances with a gentle naturalism, Still Walking is an extraordinary portrayal of the ties that bind us. Doors 7.30/Film 8.00. Tickets £4/£6 Tickets from www.hurstfilms. com. All screenings at The Players Theatre, High Street, Hurstpierpoint.

Balcombe Exhibition Balcombe History Society is holding an exhibition on Saturday the 12th May in the Victory Hall, Balcombe. The exhibition will feature examples of work from Balcombe artists and a display marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. There will also be documents from the Society’s Archive collection available for examination, and

the opportunity to explore with Archivist Tony Perkins his 30,000 entry data base of Balcombe historical information. The Victory Hall is where the internationally famous WWI Murals are displayed. These depict various scenes related to the conflict and were painted by artist Neville Lytton in 1922 using the traditional frescoe techniques. The Exhibition will be open from 10am until 4pm and the admission charge will be £1 at the door; children free.

Runners required Runners are being urged to sign up for Run Gatwick on May 13th and raise funds for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance. The lifesaving charity has places available for the half marathon or the 5k with a £25 entry fee and a suggested sponsorship target of £100. Run Gatwick’s fully-closed, marked and marshalled running routes have been carefully planned to ensure that runners get to experience the beautiful Sussex and Surrey countryside, parks and towns – passing


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and plenty of parking just a short walk from the Event Village, which includes food festival. Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air

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Storrington Village Duck Race! Join us from midday on Sunday 13th May at Riverside Walk and Library car park in Storrington to race ducks and raise money for the Friends of Storrington Primary School. There will more hotly contested races this year with 6 heats; the top ten ducks from each heat being entered into the Grand Finale, making 7 races in all. Ducks for each race are on sale now and can be bought in advance or on the day itself from the many volunteers in the village. Prizes are on offer for each of the heats with cash prizes available for the winning ducks in the Grand Finale. To add to the fun, there will be funfair rides and face-painting, craft

Wedding Flower Festival We are staging a Wedding Flower Festival to raise funds for St Peters Church, Cowfold from 18-20th May. Organised by the church flower volunteers, we are filling the church with wedding flowers and displaying approximately 12 wedding dresses donated by local brides. The dresses range from 1950s to present day and we have some ‘mother and daughter’ dresses. Part of the display will be replicas of the original bouquets (some being made and donated by local florists), and


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a photograph of the original wedding. The event will open with a ticketed (£7.50) preview evening with wine and light refreshments on the Friday evening. The church will be open for visitors on Saturday and Sunday at a charge of £3.00 where tea, coffee and cake will be available. Local businesses have been generous with their support; the wine for the Friday preview being supplied by a local vineyard. Several florists have offered to make and donate the tidal bouquets and one local wedding dressmaker has offered sponsorship and help to display the gowns. For more information contact Christine Haddrell at haddrell@ 01444 881617 or 07966 429664. Tickets for preview from Mary Chamberlin 01403 864405.

Line Up, Line Up, for The Steyning Festival! The 2018 Steyning Festival starts on 26th May and is full of fun and excitement for all ages. Barry Cryer, Herbie Flowers, Robert Webb, Soul II Soul with Jazzie B, Baroness Floella Benjamin, children’s author Julia Donaldson, and Simon Nye of The Durrells are amongst the big names in the 16 day Festival, the largest in Britain organised and run by volunteers. There are community events and a great mix of everything from music and drama to dance and literature. Try the sing-along to Bugsy Malone, or Young Dancer of the Year competition, enjoy the wine and beer festival, take part in or marvel at A Breakin’ Convention with graffiti and streetfunk. There are sessions on artificial intelligence, life on Mars, Russia and Europe, and the science of music, all by top speakers. There’s jamming for massed ukuleles, and Live Lounge celebrates its 10th anniversary. Tickets from 20th April on www.steyningfestival.

Burgess Hill Bike Ride The 26th Burgess Hill Bike Ride will be held on Sunday 3rd June 2018 and the main beneficiary this year will be the Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Dream Project. The ride is organised by the Burgess Hill District

Lions Club and Burgess Hill and District Rotary Club: other beneficiaries of the Bike Ride will be local charitable projects supported by the organisers. There will be three routes starting and finishing at The Burgess Hill Academy - 10 miles, 25 miles and 40 miles. Sponsor forms and on-line sponsor facilities via ‘My Donate’ are available for entrants. Raffle tickets can also be purchased. Launch events will be held in Burgess Hill Market Place on 7th April and 5th May and at South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, on 15th April and 13th May. Entry fees are: Adults £15, Children £5 (age 10 to 15) who must be accompanied by an adult. Riders must be at least 10 years old. The ride only takes place thanks to the efforts of over sixty volunteers who marshal the Bike Ride, register entrants, man water stops and look after the whole event. Registration on 3rd June will be from 8.00 to 9.00 with the start at 9.00 and up to 10.00. Further information and application forms can be found on the Bike Ride website:

Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day Calling all baking pros, impatient icers, first-timers and late night whiskers; dust off your baking bowls and whip out your whisks because Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day is back on Thursday 14 June 2018. Whether you’re a baking novice or a seasoned pro, unite against dementia with family, friends and colleagues by baking or buying cupcakes to raise vital funds. Now in its third year, Cupcake Day raised £1million last year and is this year aiming to raise £1.6million. In the past, the campaign has been supported by high profile celebrities including Suranne Jones, Paul Hollywood and Ruth Langsford. Other celebrities, to be announced soon, will be uniting with us to support Cupcake Day 2018. Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer and affect 1 million by 2021. Each cupcake will help Alzheimer’s Society find a cure, improve care and offer help and understanding for people affected. Whether you choose to celebrate on 14 June

or mark the occasion another time in the month, there are no excuses not to get involved. Unite against dementia by signing up for Cupcake Day: www.

Ditchling Players Due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to put on our spring production of Outside Edge, so we’ve decided to look forward and put all our efforts into our autumn production, which is to be Agatha Christie’s And then there were None. This is one of Christie’s most popular stage plays but it’s one that the Ditchling Players have not tackled before. The production dates are 21st to 24th November with auditions being held on Tuesday 7th August at Ditchling Village Hall. If you are interested in a part, or being involved backstage on this production please contact Producer Susie Beer by email at Further details will follow in the coming months. We shall also be continuing with our popular unrehearsed play readings, which are an opportunity to try out a play, experiment with acting and have fun. These events are open only to members, but new members are always welcome and at £7.50 per year for membership, it’s a bargain. For more information get in touch or go to our website at or on the website where you’ll find details of upcoming readings. We look forward to seeing you on the 7th August or at Ditchling Village Fair on the 16th June.

Horsham Hosting100 Mile Cycle Race A new 100 mile closed road cycle race is coming to the Horsham District on Sunday 23 September 2018. The race will take 15,000 riders of all levels of ability on a truly unforgettable journey through the stunning West Sussex countryside. Aside from Ride London, Vélo South is the only other opportunity to ride 100 miles on closed roads in the UK this year. With over 25,000 pre-registrations received to date, Vélo South is expected to sell-out fast when entries open. To be in with a chance of taking part

prospective participants must pre-register. Prospective participants will also have the option of entering through one of Vélo South’s Lead Charity Partners – Alzheimers Society, Age UK and the British Heart Foundation. There will also be a Vélo South Business 100 entry option, which provides companies with the opportunity to enjoy a VIP participation experience coupled with exclusive training events and networking opportunities. Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Gordon Lindsay said, “We are delighted that this major cycling event is going to be coming through so many areas of Horsham District. It will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase our unique district at its best.” For more information, please visit:

Local Charity CARE Complete 75,000 Jobs CARE is a group of good neighbours working diligently to enhance the lives of those less able than themselves. It was founded by the local Council of Churches, and now in its 34th year the charity remains a 100% voluntary organisation, with services provided at no cost to clients. Since its inception CARE has kept abreast of the times and administration is now fully computerised enabling volunteers to give a better service to clients. From collecting to take clients shopping, to giving lifts to doctors’ and hospital appointments, helping with odd jobs in the home or just calling in for a friendly chat, the volunteers from CARE provide a lifeline for dozens of people in our local area. One of our volunteers recently said, “apart from helping locals, it is so rewarding to feel that people’s lives are improved through this simple form of help. This is an amazing charity to work for.” If you feel that CARE could help you, please get in touch. We also wish to invite you to join our team of volunteers and help us in this work. You need only offer an hour a week, or a fortnight, or more if you wish. To find out more about CARE call 01444 455955 or visit S u ss e x L i v i n g April 2018

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Ruth Lawrence has been enthralled to have some intriguing visitors over the winter months, and is looking forward to seeing a bit more of them, hopefully with some new additions in the summer

Buck & Doe This winter I’ve been lucky to have three roe deer regularly visit the garden. Appearing more frequently in the morning, they seem to arrive from nowhere, brown coats perfectly camouflaged against tree trunks and delicate legs picking through long grass. The roe is native to this country, having lived here for up to ten thousand years. They became extinct in England by 1800 due to over hunting and forest clearance but remained in Scotland in wooded patches. Reintroductions during Victorian times and the subsequent natural spread, helped by woodland planting in the 20th century means that they are abundant today. Although they prefer woodland, they may occupy fields when their populations become dense. They are selective browsers, actively choosing different foods including herbs, brambles, ivy, heather, bilberry and tree shoots. The young buck who I have seen with his two does has recently started to shed the velvet on his antlers, revealing

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the rough surface and the three points, or ‘tines’ on each. The roes have black noses, white chins and a white rump patch which is sometimes the only way to spot them among brown foliage and fallen leaves. Although they are usually solitary, winter sees them forming small groups and they are active through night and day, peak activity occurring at dawn

It’s always a thrill to spot such a large wild mammal out on a walk and dusk. When not feeding, they lie down to ruminate between eating and they can spend long periods resting like this. The breeding season or ‘rut’ happens between mid July and August and can lead to serious injury for the bucks who fight to maintain exclusive territories around one or more does. The winner will take over the loser’s

territory or the attendant doe and courtship begins. The kids are usually born between May and June and often in twos or threes. Although it is not too difficult to see deer in any reasonably sized woodland, they are wary of humans and take flight at the slightest scare; you have to keep very still and quiet if you wish to observe them for any length of time. If you want to take photos of deer, a long lens is a must; it will enable you to get closer while maintaining the distance required to avoid spooking them. If they do take fright and run, you will witness the fluid, bounding leap that covers ground with elegance and speed. It’s always a thrill to spot such a large wild mammal out on a walk; roe deer are the only native deer on the Ashdown Forest and there are around two dozen family groups there, mainly on the edge of agricultural land. I’m looking forward to summer and the possibility of young roe deer, or kids, visiting the garden with the does when the days have lengthened.

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Open Gardens in April April sees garden gates opening up across Sussex for the National Garden Scheme. Geoff Stonebanks highlights a few of these horticultural delights

Heading off to see the double herbaceous borders and peony bed, one’s eye cannot fail to notice the glorious views of the rolling Sussex countryside. As you wander through this large romantic garden you can pause to admire the fountains, irises

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Clinton Lodge Lady Collum’s Clinton Lodge is open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 29th April from 2-5.30pm. The garden itself is approximately six acres of clay soil and is divided into rooms reflecting English garden design from the 17th to 21st century. The double herbaceous borders echo the style of the late Victorian gardens, when many hitherto unknown plants were introduced from North America, China and Japan. The colours were inspired by the sight of sheets of larkspur and monkshood seen while on a canoeing expedition in the Rocky Mountains. Delphiniums, phlox, monkshood and drifts of iris, crambe cordifolia and arums are set rhythmically between yew and box. The colours are restricted to blue, white and occasionally pale yellow, changing with the season. Another room, the Herb Garden, is divided into four squares by intersecting paths with a fountain basin in the centre. Knots of 17th century design fill the spaces at the corners and sweet briar roses grow at the back of the

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narrow beds. Every plant in this part of the garden is aromatic, including meadowsweet, Indian physic, sweet cicely, lovage, lavender, hyssop, lemon balm and garlic chives. Features include turf seats in Medieval style, a ‘cut out view’ of the park through the beech hedge and pleached lime walks. The paths of chamomile are designed to release their fragrance at the touch of a foot. A gargoyle, partly hidden by the ornamental vine, brings the sound of water. Clinton Lodge, Fletching, Sussex, TN22 3ST. £6.00, children free. Homemade teas.

and interesting statuary. There is much to see, ponds, swathes of spring flowers, an arboretum and everywhere an exuberance of blossom, flowering cherries and fruit trees. You can also visit the working part of the garden with its herb area, walled kitchen garden, glasshouses, cold frames, chickens, guinea fowl and a friendly pig! Dogs on short leads are welcome. Why not buy a plant to take home as a nice reminder of a lovely afternoon out? Offham House, The Street, Offham, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3QE. Admission £5.00, children free. Tea & homemade cake.

Offham House The garden will be open on Sunday 29th April from 1-5pm. Drive two miles north of Lewes on the A275 and you will find the Queen Anne Offham House, with its 1676 well-knapped flint façade. See banks, richly studded with primroses and violets, followed by vast luscious lawns leading round the side of the property to a wonderful conservatory, where homemade teas are served.

Other National Garden Scheme gardens open in April Banks Farm, Boast Lane, Barcombe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5DY: A 9-acre garden set in rural countryside. Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April from 11am-4pm. Admission £5.00, children free. Homemade teas. Newtimber Place, Newtimber, West Sussex, BN6 9BU: A beautiful spring garden which has been opening for the National Garden Scheme since 1929. Sunday 15th April from 2-5.30pm. Admission £5, children free. Homemade teas.

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Some plants are selfish and fickle characters with expensive tastes. Fall in love with them at your peril - but a dahlia will never break your heart

A quick trawl through the plant catalogues will find dahlia tubers offered for as little as £3 each. It’s hard to think of another plant that’s so inexpensive, flowers non-stop for up to four months and, given frost protection, will last pretty much forever. They come in every colour, shape and size imaginable and are convivial by nature; keen to please and happy to mingle with other plants in the border. If you think you could never fall in love with a dahlia - think again. You simply haven’t found ‘the one’ yet. Dahlias first arrived in Europe in the 1790s, but originate from South America. They’ll cope with light shade, but full sun and warmth is what they really crave. Dahlias have a lot of work to do in a short


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Romance space of time, so incorporate well-rotted manure or slowrelease food into the planting hole which should be 20-30 cms deep. If the weather is unkind, tubers can be started off in pots in the greenhouse and planted outside in May. Dahlias produce mats of fibrous roots close to the soil surface. A thick mulch will help prevent them becoming dehydrated. Vigorous and quickgrowing; they require staking to prevent wind-rock. Some dahlias produce flowers in deepest red that appear almost black in certain light conditions. These beauties may seem oppressive when viewed alone, but do not rule them out. In a mixed border they compliment other colours so well. The sober tones of dark dahlias gently quieten a riotous display of hot pinks and purples that might otherwise be in danger of spiralling out of control. Alternatively, when placed

with gold or orange hues, dark dahlias add punch and drama; particularly when gardens ditch their summer clothes and change into autumnal outfits. The variety ‘Chat Noir’ comes in deep beetroot hues with mad curved petals that

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with strong stems in matching deep red. Originally bred for the floristry market, Karma Choc will last a week as a cut flower and grows approximately 90 cms high. For a sultry, exotic look, try combining it with the tangerinered shades of ‘Indian Summer’, (also 90 cms). Dahlia ‘Mambo’, (60-80 cms) looks like a sumptuous Ascot hat worn by a high-maintenance wife. Her flowers are pinky-lilac and have wide flattened petals at the edges with small, frilly petals at the centres. ‘Hillcrest Royal’ is a good planting partner for Mambo. Growing 80-100 cms high, it is extremely floriferous and bears sumptuous deep pink blooms that have an iridescent quality. ‘Henriette’ (1 metre) has spiky petals, yet manages to look gentle and refined on account of her soft apricot-blush hues. Team her with white cosmos and gold/ bronze ornamental grasses to create a tapestry in gentle shades. Dahlias thrive in patio pots, providing they are well fed and the soil remains moist. Use a 19/03/2018 large190x130-PRINT.pdf pot and peat-free 2compost


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with added fertiliser and leaf mould. Leaf mould offers little in the way of nutrition, but holds moisture like a dream. No leaf mould? No problem! Scrunch up a few sheets of newspaper, half fill your pot with soil, add the newspaper then top up with more soil. The newspaper layer will act like a sponge and help prevent that all-too familiar sight of water gushing straight through a pot of dry compost. The paper will harmlessly degrade over time - if it doesn’t, that’s

an indication that you haven’t watered sufficiently. Dahlia ‘Scura’ (40-50 cms) has dainty peach-coloured flowers that are easily swamped in a border, making it ideal for a pot. Another contender for a patio planter is ‘Roxy’ (50-60 cms). Beloved by bees; Roxy bears shocking magenta flowers enhanced by dark foliage that looks good until mid-October. Dahlias have just one flaw they’re scentless. Oh, well - you can’t have everything.

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A deciduous woodland in April, with its bright green leaf canopy arching over a sea of fragrant bluebells, is a sight that’s hard to beat. The native bluebell, (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) occurs throughout northern Europe, but the British Isles is the bluebell’s stronghold – approximately 50% of its global population can be found here. They are tough and tolerant plants, but prefer rich, damp soil, so thrive in our Wealden clay. Native bluebells are protected under law. It’s illegal to damage or collect them from the wild – leave them for other folk to enjoy. Bluebells have been around for at least 10,000 years – since the last ice age, maybe earlier. Our ancestors knew all about them and harnessed three curious properties that have made bluebells useful to humans throughout the ages. The watery ‘juice’ within the bulbs is incredibly sticky. Applied to surfaces, then pressed together, the sap dries clear, making an invisible and extremely strong bond. Bronze Age people fixed feathers to their hunting spears in order that the spears would fly more accurately. The feathers were secured using twine and bluebell sap – Bronze Age superglue! The term ‘fashion victim’ is nothing new. The ruff started life as a simple drawstring-gathered shirt neckline, but by the time those bling-crazed Elizabethans had finished, it was a preposterous 12 inches wide and used several

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Sussex is renowned for its magnificent displays of native bluebells. Take a picnic, a camera and get out into the wild blue yonder! yards of highly starched fabric in its construction. Matching starched cuffs were de rigueur. The whole ensemble rendered eating, drinking and talking virtually impossible. And what was the magic starching

ingredient? Bluebell sap! Fabrics were soaked in a dilution of bluebell juice and water, then pressed into shape using hot iron rods. Bluebell sap was also used in the production of books; painted onto pages to stiffen and reinforce, also as an adhesive on spines and covers. Which brings us to their third property – all parts of the bluebell are poisonous. With bluebell glue, bookbinders not only had an excellent adhesive substance, they also knew that rats and mice would be deterred from gnawing the pages. In the home, bluebell juice was rubbed onto larder shelf edges and cupboard doors to protect foodstuffs from vermin. Herbalists have mostly steered well clear of bluebells, although the sap has been used for its anti-hemorrhagic properties. Supernatural woodland fairies have no such earthly concerns and are often depicted with bluebells. According to folklore, a human may summon a fairy creature by ringing a bluebell, but great care must be taken – mere mortals require a very good reason to disturb the fairy realm. The sound of tolling bluebells means that a human death has occurred; which is a pertinent reminder of their toxicity. If you’ve been gardening and handling bluebells – wash your hands!

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Richard McGee, co-director of Pickle Pot Home in Forest Row with his wife Lesley, tell us how their interior store blends the old with the new for homeware with a difference Sussex homemakers have an exciting new range of interiors to explore at Pickle Pot Home in Forest Row. Based in London Road’s Blenheim Studio, the homeware emporium is the latest venture from husband-andwife team Richard McGee and Lesley Cornwall, who, after a hugely successful first year at their Fletching flagship store, Pickle Pot Kids, have now branched out to decoration and furnishings. “We wanted to show off our design skills and creativity through homeware, which has always been a passion for both of us,” says Richard. “Our own home is a little bit eclectic and mixes contemporary with traditional, and I also design and make furniture and products that are unique.” Now, his and Lesley’s dream has come true, as, together with Lesley’s mother Anita, they set about making the space at Blenheim their

Living, re-imagined own, capturing their very own brand of ‘living, re-imagined’. “We’re looking to introduce different materials to create looks that perhaps people haven’t seen before,” Richard continues. “It’s very difficult to define our style, as we mix a bit of the old with the new, and we’re not afraid to try some different things and be a little bold.” The items on offer at Pickle Pot Home draw inspiration from a broad spectrum of influences all around the world. “We want to have a diverse range, from Scandinavian and Spanish, through to a bit of Italian, as well as products from Sydney and New Zealand,” explains Richard. “We tend to have a mix that’s accessible to everybody, and we’re going to start looking further afield at some slightly different

countries to source from.” And while it’s still early days, the future is very bright for this partnership’s latest business; a whole host of living and dining decor, lighting, gifts and even an artificial flower service. Lesley sources

The items on offer at Pickle Pot Home draw inspiration from a broad spectrum of influences all around the world material flowers and plants from Paris for pot or vase arrangements and hessian tied bouquets. “We can do wedding flowers and bespoke displays - any colour and flower is available!” says Lesley. “They are so lifelike customers can’t believe they aren’t fresh flowers. Even the large Olive plant we have in

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Liz Bee and her husband James and sons Jacob, now 14, and Caleb 12, were happy living in the coastal town of Hove, but were beginning to need a bit more space. “Our Victorian terrace was on three floors and was quite large, but for some reason it felt very claustrophobic. And although the house was quite big, the garden was essentially just a small patio,” she says. In addition to this, their main living space like many houses in Brighton and Hove, was in the basement. “We had quite large bedrooms, but we spent most of our time downstairs, which was a nice open play area, but rather dark in the daytime,” says Liz. So, the hunt was on for a property with a bigger garden and a lighter and airier living space. “We wanted another period property and didn’t even bother to look at new houses or in fact anything that wasn’t Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian,” she says. The place they found was a pretty cottage in a Sussex village. “We’d been looking for ages for the right property and as soon as this one came up, we knew it was right for us, even before actually going to visit it - it just ticked all the boxes,” says Liz. “As soon as we viewed it, I could tell it had potential the front door has a really pretty half moon window above it, and on entering the hallway we could see the beautiful staircase. It curves round and goes up through the centre of the property with rooms branching off it, which means the flow of the house is quite unusual, but works really well,” she says.

Create a space that works for you as a whole now, as well as the future Although the room sizes were smaller than their last one, there were more of them, and there was much more living space, high ceilings and period features. In addition, the garden was huge, which was a real plus. “It’s also very private and we don’t feel overlooked or hemmed in as we did in the last house.” Another bonus was the space available for their extended family - Maggie the Cavapoo dog, Pretty the tortoiseshell cat, and Tiggy the Maine Coon. “Quite soon after we moved in, we added to the family and bought three chickens and four ducks.” The purchase of the property was relatively easy as they already had a buyer for their house in Hove, so Liz was able continued on page 54

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to concentrate on adapting the place to her family’s needs and her taste almost immediately. And there was a lot to do. “The first thing was to remove the bright red carpet in the snug and on the stairs. After we’d taken it up, the stairs needed to be totally renovated before I put down a new runner. I then brought back the painted details on the side of the stairs to their natural wood state, which really changed the appearance and highlighted the design. Finally, I painted the spindles in a rich, dark shade,” says Liz. The next big job was the walls. ‘The house was completely covered in wood chip, except for the new extension to the rear of the property, so the old lathe and plaster walls needed to be re-done, plus the windows all needed to be stripped and renovated, which we pretty much did ourselves,” she says. The side of the house also needed to be re-rendered above the hung tiles and where possible, Liz tried to bring the existing period features back to their original state. “I can’t tell you how many layers of paint there were on the fireplace in the snug, but underneath was a lovely biscuit coloured continued on page 57

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SECOND SITTING ROOM “I love flea markets and getting a bargain and over the years have collected lots of trinkets, furniture and objets d’art”

stone. It wasn’t in perfect condition, but I like the feeling of age and character that it brings to the room,” she says. Next on the agenda was the kitchen, which received a total revamp. “Because this room had some structural problems we decided to demolish, and at the same time, extend it to create a large kitchen/diner that can comfortably seat 10.” “We created a vaulted ceiling with beautiful oak trusses, which really creates a wow factor in the room. And to keep costs down, we re-used and re-formatted the existing pine units, which I then painted. I then had the builders make concrete worktops, which look really good and only cost £500,” says Liz. continued on page 60


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In terms of design, she went for something a little more unusual than the norm. “I love strong colours like charcoal grey and raspberry pink, but I also like soft greens and blues - the more colour the better!” she says. “To these, I added quirky wallpaper and lucky vintage finds to create a comfortable, homely feel.” Much of the work Liz did herself. “I have learnt lots of new skills, such as tiling and wallpapering, and being a perfectionist and lover of interiors, our home is constantly evolving - a job is never as simple as you may think it is, especially in an old house!” And there’s still more to come. “We’ve got a cellar that we’d like to convert and we also hope to renovate the conservatory and insert a lantern to replace the existing glazed roof,” she says. For the time being, though, Liz and her family are happy to enjoy their home as it is. “We love living here, and particularly enjoy the garden, the animals and birds - in fact the next change we make won’t be an interiors one at all – we’ll be having more chickens!”

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Discover where this season’s Western fashion focus began - there are so many ways to explore this all-American aesthetic Cowboy fashion has been an important part of Western culture since the 1800s. This was the golden age of cowboys, ranchers and outlaws; and the Wild West was where this ‘fashion movement’ began. First emerging as a practical form of dress, cowboy hats, boots, buckles and jeans were later popularised by the cowboy singers of the 1940s, such as Roy Rogers, and the Western films of the 1950s. Cowboy style has had its influence over every decade since, from the infamous fringed jackets having their heyday in the 1970s and late 2000s to the notorious cowboy hat revival in 2013. This season’s Western focus is all about incorporating rodeo-inspired style into your wardrobe without looking like you’re in fancy dress. The goal is a toned down look: not

wearing more than two pieces of cowboy style at a time or simply sticking to accessories - a simple hat or bandana will do. This spring the most fashion conscious are wearing two tone silky shirts paired with matching trousers and cowboy boots, representing the coveted ‘layering style’ (skilfully draping clothing on oneself for an overarchingly pleasing aesthetic). New ways to wear this all-American aesthetic include oversized denim shirts over jeans, frilled prairie dresses with trainers and even faux-cowhide and snakeskin miniskirts with embellished shirts.

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RUN It Off Body Buzz It seems natural that

April’s Body Buzz should cover running, after all it’s spring and many of us are keen to kick start our fitness before the summer. Sasha Kanal explains why it’s time to dust off the running shoes

Whether you’re a novice or a veteran runner, here are some basic tips on getting the most out of this fantastic activity.


Buy a proper pair of running shoes. This is crucial, but doesn’t have to be expensive. Simply seeking professional advice on the correct type of running shoe for you will pay dividends in the long run and lower your risk of injury. For example, consider whether you’ll be running mainly on tarmac or other terrain – obviously this will impact on the kind of footwear you need. Go into

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a specialist running or sports shop and speak to them - any establishment worth their salt will be able to advise you and kit you out. Many shops now offer you the chance to ‘road test’ trainers on an in-house treadmill.


Whether the goal is to run a marathon or you’re aiming to just be able to keep going for 30 minutes without a break, it really pays to have some sort of plan on how you’re going to get there and achieve these goals. There are many free to download plans online that have been put together by experts and are based on achieving a set distance within a target time. It’s all about making

progress. Use this in conjunction with an app on your phone and you’re away!


The beauty of jogging alone to clear your head cannot be denied. But if you plan to get serious about your running, you may want to join a running club of which there are many in Sussex. Most cater to all running abilities and it’s a great way of keeping motivation up, discovering new routes to run and making new friends.


It’s vital you warm up and cool down before and after each run. Also allow yourself sufficient rest days and recovery between sessions – important for avoiding fatigue and injury. Eating well-balanced meals when training which include plenty of vegetables, the right amounts of carbohydrates and protein will also help your performance. Happy running people!

CAUTION: If you have any long-standing health concerns, always consult your GP if you’re starting a new exercise such as running.

April is a popular month for marathons to take place, and those taking part will be training like crazy before the big day. Plus the very fact that the weather is improving and the evenings are lighter, provides that natural compulsion to just get outside. In fact, we should all be running more. It’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most convenient forms of any exercise, merely requiring a little time, effort and a pair of good trainers. Improvements in cardiovascular and mental health can be seen quickly if you run regularly and your approach is consistent.

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BOX fresh Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning is the ultimate independent Sussex business. Having stood on the site on College Road in Haywards Heath for over 10 years, the shop has a long and respected heritage connected to it. Sarah’s family have been in the laundry and dry cleaning business in the town since the 1880s, so when it comes to looking after your clothes – Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning has an expert hand. Says Sarah, “these days, people actively look for independent retailers and we are proud to say

this is exactly what we are. Everything we do here is done on site, with great care and nothing ever leaves our premises.” As well as dry cleaning, professional laundry services, (including shirts, bed and table linen) alterations and repairs, Sarah Lacey specializes in handling wedding dresses, vintage and designer clothing and delicate fabrics, which can be presented in luxury storage boxes. “We get a lot of designer items and wedding dresses in and I personally look after all of these. With the summer social and wedding season and events such as Ascot and the Goodwood Vintage Festival fast approaching, we are perfectly placed to deal with this!” says Sarah with a smile. Although Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning has a long established history, the business is quick to embrace new technology and the latest developments within the

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Need an expert clean for your garments? Look no further than Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning, an independent expert in bringing your clothes back to life

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Spring Tabbouleh Tabbouleh is a delicious, fresh and healthy Middle Eastern salad featuring bulgur wheat, steeped in water or stock, then tossed with an abundance of fresh parsley, mint, tomatoes, asparagus, lemon and seasoning Ingredients

25g/1oz bulgur wheat 50ml/2 fl oz boiling water 12 vine plum tomatoes, cut in half Bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley, leaves only, washed, dried and finely chopped Small bunch fresh mint leaves, washed, dried and finely chopped Bunch spring onions, chopped 125g pack of fine asparagus, stems cut into small pieces,

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wheat has absorbed all the water. 2. Boil the asparagus until al dente, approximately 3-6 minutes. Transfer to cold water immediately in order to maintain their green colour. 3. Add the parsley, mint, spring onions, and asparagus to the tomatoes and mix well until combined. 4. When the bulgur wheat has absorbed all of the water, fluff

it using a fork until the grains are separated. Add the bulgur wheat to the salad mixture and stir to combine. 5. Drizzle over the lemon juice and olive oil and season to taste. Mix well to coat the ingredients in the dressing. 6. To serve, divide the Tabbouleh equally among the 4 serving plates. Grilled halloumi or pita bread would be a lovely accompaniment.

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■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ BOOK REVIEWS ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Elizabeth Kay offers Sussex Living readers her thoughts on recent reads that have caught her attention. She gives her views on a selection of books from different genres which may capture your interest


by T.M. Logan This is a fast-moving story with a lot of twists and turns and I really enjoyed it, especially as I got further into it. To begin with it was irritating that Joe, the narrator, wasn’t very bright in some senses – but actually, this is important for the plot, which has a worthwhile subtext about the ubiquitous use and misuse of social networking. The hero needs to be a bit of a Luddite for the people manipulating him to succeed, and as he’s basically a nice guy and far too trusting, we carry on rooting for

The hero needs to be a bit of a Luddite him. I didn’t see the ending coming at all, and it was a real surprise. It’s a tense storyline, which hinges on Joe’s four-year-old son spotting his mother Mel’s car in a car park, when she’s meant to be somewhere else. The man Mel is meeting is Ben, the husband of a school friend of hers with whom she has renewed contact. It may be a cliché, but it’s one of those books you just can’t put down and will end up reading into the early hours…



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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

It took me a while to get into this, as there are six different narrators, but once you’ve worked out the connections it’s fine. The action takes place just after WWII, and is set in Mississippi, which is still a very colour-prejudiced and misogynistic state. The Ku Klux

The depiction of racial hatred is sharp, bitter and all too believable Klan hover in the background like a flock of vultures, and the depiction of racial hatred is sharp, bitter and all too believable. No one is all good or all bad, and the story revolves around Laura and her two young daughters, who are forced to follow husband Henry’s passion for land and move from the city to a farm without running water which is prone to flooding. Henry’s objectionable father moves with them. He’s lazy, demanding and selfish – and an important element in the book as his white supremacist views influence much of what follows. This is one of those books you live, and you’ll feel thankful when you have your next shower or microwaved meal.

La Belle Sauvage

by Philip Pullman This long-awaited prequel to Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy is about Lyra’s infancy and how she came to end up at Jordan College. It is listed as a YA book – but as the main protagonist, Malcolm, is eleven years old it is going to appeal to younger readers too, as did the previous books, however, there is a lot in here that, to my mind, simply isn’t suitable for younger readers. La Belle Sauvage is the boat that belongs to Malcolm, and enables him to survive the flood that is

La Belle Sauvage is the boat that enables him to survive the flood the centrepiece of the action. I found this time that the relationships between the characters and their dæmons was ill-explained, and I began to see a lot of holes in the logic which had never occurred to me before. Having said all this, the story is gripping and very readable, and as it’s the first of another trilogy I shouldn’t pre-judge the whole series. I was never bored, and always wanted to know what would happen next.

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Grab some stout footwear and then with a skip and spring in your stride, make the most of warmer days and lighter evenings with our walk around Barcombe Mills and along the River Ouse

Barcombe MillsWalk This walk is a good stomp, feeling at times like a long yomp, but it’s pan flat and well worth the effort. From the Barcombe Mills car park, walk west under the giant oak towards the narrow road. Follow the road over Pikes Bridge and the Andrews Stream, past the fish ladder, around the weir pool and then across the old toll bridge. Wander down the drive opposite the old toll bridge, turning left at the T-junction. Follow the concrete roadway until the path bears right by the silo. Across the far side of the field, take the steps down to, and across the track-bed of the old railway line. Look left and the old station is in the distance. It closed in 1969 as part of Uckfield to Lewes line. Up the other side and through a narrow gap, keep



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the hedge on the right and follow the path all the way to the road. Turn right at the road and after 25m the fingerpost will point the way ahead, across the field to the distant gap in the hedge. A buzzard was circling overhead when we tested the route, gracefully surfing the skies. Through the gap turn right and walk adjacent to the hedge for 200m, before the

The breeze whistles through the remains of a bygone age fingerpost indicates the route turns left, across the field to the beam bridge in the distance. Once across the bridge and over the Bevern Stream, the path cuts across a small field to a 5-bar metal side gate. Beyond this gate, turn right immediately, walking between the hedges, before turning left at the base of the wooden steps. The path runs parallel to the old railway for almost 400m before clinging to the northern rim of the field for 200m until a gap in the hedge appears. Once through the gap, turn left and follow the perimeter of

the field clockwise for about 175m before passing through another gap in the hedge on the left. Repeat the process in the next field, but carry on until the path meets the road. Turn right and walk along the road for just over 200m. A blue arrow on a telegraph pole indicates that the route is through the pair of metal gates on the left and along the bridleway beyond, known as Blunt’s Lane. Initially, the bridleway is quite wide, bordered by hedges and ancient oaks. It’s squelchy in places and readers will be pleased they wore the right footwear. It flicks left and then flicks right about half way along. Keep going as far as the brick pillbox at Blunt’s Green. Veer left at the pillbox towards the large oak with a footpath marker nailed to it. Follow the line of trees, all the way to the northern edge of the field. Longford Stream will be on the right. About 30m beyond the metal gate and down a muddy slope, Overs Bridge crosses the stream. Once across, stride out towards the distant gates and bridge, passing a well-fenced sapling in the middle of the field. Access to White Bridge is via gates or stiles. Crossing the River Ouse, note it’s the most northerly point of the walk and rejoice because

now, it’s south all the way. Take the stile on the right and hug the riverbank to the next stile and the stile after that. The shadow of the path can be seen in the grass as it makes a beeline across the fields, past a solitary swing, all the way to a distant kissing gate. As the River Ouse meanders to the right, follow it to the furthest right of the three railway bridges. Passing under the girders, a solitary tree has grown up between them, branches reaching out for the light above. False memories of the 5:15 from Lewes to Eridge are easy to imagine as the breeze whistles through remains of a bygone age. Some hope this line will reopen one day. Keeping the everwidening river on the right, follow it all the way to the bridge by the pub. Cross the bridge and follow the short coniferous hedge to its far end, before turning left and heading towards the kissing gate by the sluice gates. The River Ouse is now on the left. Continue through another small gate, just across the river from a swinging seat. The path bears left at the pillbox and then follows a new fence-line to a driveway. Walk along the driveway

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opposite for 50m before turning left behind the corrugated building and cross the river once again. Hug the riverbank all the way to the kissing gate, which is actually the southern tip of an island. With the River Ouse on both sides the path narrows, but do not worry, this is not the end of the line or the highway to hell, because there is a bridge across the river a little further on. Once across the bridge, turn right and follow the river to another kissing gate. It may be soft underfoot. Beyond the kissing gate the sound of distant falling water will begin to emanate. Walk towards the sound, then across the bridge. Turn right and follow the path back to Pikes Bridge and the road from where we began. It’s time for the journey home, then tea and cake, and probably a medal too! Whilst Les Campbell is recuperating from an accident, Robert Veitch has taken on the role of being Les’ legs. We hope that Les will be back out and walking again soon and wish him all the best with his recovery. Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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Parkinson’s Disease affects about two in a thousand people mostly over 65 and was first described by Dr James Parkinson, a London doctor 200 years ago. Dr Rees explains more

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is characterised by slowly reduced movement typically starting on one side of the body. This progresses to involve walking and speech and eventually all movements are limited. Associated with this is a stiffness of muscles, difficulty initiating movement, so called ‘freezing’, a tendency to walk with little steps, impaired balance and in about 30% of patients, the characteristic tremor when the limb is at rest. PD is due to death of cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra that produce dopamine, an essential chemical messenger (neurotransmitter), that helps to coordinate normal muscle movement. Dopamine also acts as a neurotransmitter in other essential brain pathways and in many other parts of the body. The cause of this cell loss is unknown in most patients although a small proportion will have a background of brain trauma, encephalitis, drug or toxic exposure and in about 10% a family history. The current treatment was a considerable triumph when

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Tablets are highly effective in most patients, restoring function to good or very good for some time introduced in the early 1970s. Up to that point there was no effective treatment. Once it was appreciated that dopamine was the missing substance and its chemistry understood, L Dopa was formulated and when taken by mouth transformed the slowness and stiffness of muscle movement. It was less effective against the tremor. It was a very

exciting period, patients literally got up from their beds and walked. Current treatment is based on L Dopa in various formulations, often in association with drugs that enhance its effect and also other synthetic drugs that act in the same way in the brain. Tablets taken twice or three times daily are highly effective in most patients, restoring function to good or very good for some time with relatively little in the way of side effects. Transdermal patches are useful in some patients. In general, the benefits of treatment last about a decade and then problems begin to occur. These problems initially relate to a ‘wearing off ’ effect and later what seem to be a sensitivity to the drugs which appear as excessive involuntary muscle movements, called dyskinesias. The early problems can be dealt with by careful tailoring of the timing and dose of patient’s medication which is entirely individual. Later on, it may be necessary to consider giving the active drug continually via a subcutaneous line attached to a pump. In a very few patients brain surgery is appropriate after careful selection. Electrodes can be directed very carefully into a small region of the brain called the subthalamic nuclei where small currents from an internal ‘pacemaker’ can markedly reduce the abnormal movements. There are clinics and neurologists specialising in the treatment of PD throughout the country backed up by very experienced specialist nurses. The Parkinson’s Disease Society is absolutely critical both in improving care for patients and supporting exciting research. World Parkinson’s Day is on Wednesday 11th April. For more information visit world-parkinsons-day






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If you love the work of the National Trust, you can still be a valuable part of their team even if you are not a member. Ruth Lawrence tells us how you can get involved

Enjoy the Trust! I recently met Gail Burrell and Sarah Tapp from the Mid Sussex Association of the National Trust to fi nd out how you can help and benefit from this supportive local group which was founded in 1976 and has almost 270 members. They explained why the group is actively seeking new recruits for what is a social organisation with an interesting programme of events throughout the year. “We fundraise for local Trust properties that send us requests for projects they need help with,” they told me, adding that the group have raised about £16,000 over the last three years. Requests have covered conservation, equipment and outdoor areas. Some of the many benefits Trust properties have received are; Rudyard Kipling’s doorbell was restored by the group’s donation and wheelchairs purchased so that less mobile visitors could enjoy their trip. One property benefited from a new interpretation board and a replacement knot garden whilst another received new kissing gates, seats and benches in the picnic area and a local farm received a set of barn doors. The association



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Meetings are social events and a great way to meet local people with similar interests stresses that you do not have to be a Trust member to join; some older people may not be able to visit Trust properties because of being unable to drive but still want to play a role in an organisation they have a love for. Membership of the association is only £7 a year and entitles you to a discounted rate on all lectures, talks and trips during the year. Members meet on the second Thursday each month at Clair Hall, near Haywards Heath Station and enjoy talks on history, geography,

people, buildings or arts and crafts to name but a few subjects in an eclectic programme. April’s talk is on the Pre Raphaelites, May covers the history of a Kent Castle and June reveals a portrait and story of a Victorian Garden and grange. Meetings are social events and a great way to meet local people with similar interests; there is always tea, coffee and biscuits and usually a stall selling jigsaws and books to help raise funds along with a raffle. In the summer, trips are organised to National Trust and other interesting properties and places and holidays are offered depending on numbers. Mosaic, the association magazine is published three times a year and last year the fortyyear anniversary of the association was celebrated with a tea party attended by the mayor two founder members, Dorothy Beale and Pat Gilliver pictured above. If you are looking to play a valuable supportive role in the National Trust but perhaps cannot commit to volunteering or being a member, joining the Mid Sussex Association could prove the ideal way to show support while gaining friends and enjoying a fascinating programme of events throughout the year. For more information please visit midsussexassoc, or contact the Membership Secretary at anne.tucker., 01444 455803.

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Have you thought about volunteering for the National Trust? There are a variety of opportunities at our properties in Sussex. Whether you prefer to work indoors or out, why not get involved and meet some like minded people and discover how your skills could be invaluable to the conservation and maintenance of our special places. #nationaltrust

When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places in Sussex such as Sheffield Park & Garden, Standen House & Garden, Nymans, Bateman's, Bodiam Castle and Monk's House ever, S U S S Efor X LIV I N G for everyone. April 2018


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BORDER Village

Felbridge straddles Surrey and West Sussex and lies equidistant between London and Brighton. Ruth Lawrence details its rich history With a population of over two thousand, Felbridge is large enough to feel distinct from East Grinstead, which it joins to the south east. The village was on the main horse and carriage road from London to Brighton in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was a single day’s journey from the capital and made a suitable place to stop on what was once the twoday journey to the coast. The journey to London is now but a quick hop from

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East Grinstead station just a mile and a half from the village, making the area popular with commuters and families. Felbridge has many features that connect it to its past as a stopping place between town and city. The village pond at the top of Woodcock Hill would have been a welcome watering place for horses who had struggled up the steep hill and as cars took over from horses, it became simply

a feature of the village. In the 1950s it was suggested that the pond be fi lled, but thankfully it was maintained and is now a rich haven for wildlife. The Evelyn Chestnuts are an impressive row of chestnut trees that were planted between 1710 and 1720 in two avenues of fi fty two trees each. Although threatened many times in the last half century, the Parish Council always managed to retain them as an important historical

feature and about forty remain today. The area is home to the largest lake in Surrey, Hedgecourt Lake, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and the woodland at the west end of the lake is a nature reserve managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. The Romans constructed a track through what is now the centre of Felbridge; it connected a number of places where iron was smelted as valuable iron

The road would have enabled workers and iron to travel through the boggy Weald ore was processed in this area. The road would have enabled workers and iron to travel through the boggy Weald and in the 1500s local iron ore again caused significant change in the area. Three lakes were built to power the industry and a blast furnace and hammer mill were built to make cast and wrought iron. The area around Felbridge has a fascinating past, which has been meticulously researched by the Felbridge and District History Group. Their comprehensive website details varied aspects of the village and the people who lived there. The stories have relevance far beyond the village boundaries and paint a well observed portrait of life which would have flourished in the South of England.

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Dusty’s GIANT Easter Duck Hunt

WWT Arundel Wetland Centre, Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PB This event starts on Good Friday, 30 March. Help Dusty Duck find the cheeky giant yellow ducks hiding around the stunning grounds this Easter! Adults £11.81, Concess. £10, Child £6.31, Under 4’s free. 01903 81530 Sunday 01 April – Sunday 15th April, 10:30 - 17.00

Spring Festival

Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker Nr Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 3QS Tour the gardens and enjoy magnificent colourful carpets of flowers. Plus children’s spring-themed trails garden tours, workshops, music and entertainment. Normal admission applies. 01323 844224, adminmich@, Sunday 01 & Monday 02 April

Totepool Easter Festival

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, BN7 3AL Easter Festival for all the family to enjoy! Great day of racing and family fun. £16 Grandstand and Paddock, £10 picnic enclosure (in advance available). £21 G&P and £15 picnic (on the day), £65pp Marquee restaurant and £70pp. Racecourse office, 01273 890383, Sunday 01– Sunday 15 April

Easter Family Fun and Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Hop through the beautiful grounds following the trail of the Lindt Gold Bunny to claim your delicious chocolate treat. For further info and ticket prices: or call 01732 865224. Sunday 01 April – Sunday 15 April

Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Solve the puzzles and be rewarded with a chocolate treat! On selected days: crafts, storytelling, face painting, the Easter Bunny. £2 per trail (incl. a chocolate prize), plus Garden admission (free to Friends of Borde Hill). Contact: 01444 450326 Sunday 01 – Sunday 15 April

Peter Rabbit Goes Wild at Wakehurst

Wakehurst, Ardingly Road, Haywards Heath RH17 6NT Enjoy a Peter Rabbit inspired Easter holiday at Wakehurst. Experience a festival filled with interactive trails, games, crafts and storytelling. Free with standard garden entry. Children 16 and under free. Contact: 01444 894066

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Sunday 01 April

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre – Vintage Car Show

New Barn Road, Amberley BN18 9LT With a wonderful display of visiting car exhibitors, the cars tell the history of motoring over half a century through to the nineteen fifties. 01798 831370.

principle of cabinetmaking. Make a Cheese Board and Biscuit Box. Skill Level: Beginner. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

Monday 02 April, 12:00 Juniors, 13:00 Seniors

Bolney Pram Race

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ To book a table: 01273 834608

The Eight Bells, The Street, Bolney RRH17 5QW The more outrageous the outfits the better, and you must raise at least £10 per person - it all goes to SERV and Age UK. Live music from 100 Monkeys, BBQ , and breakfast served all day for £7.

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Scaynes Hill CEP School, Vicarage Lane RH17 7PB Scaynes Hill local paths. TQ368234. 3mi/4.8km Easy. Contact: William 01444 831098 or 07801 711401 on the day.

Franklands Village Hall, Franklands Village, Haywards Heath RH16 3RS Monthly Branch Meeting with visiting speaker (Subject – Canine Partners with speaker Ruth Breaching). New members are always very welcome. Contact: David Goodger goodger_ 01444 483480.

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Easter Sunday Lunch at The New Inn

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Easter Sunday Stroll

Sunday 01 April, 16:00-18:45

The Violin Will Take You – International Interview Concert

St Paul’s, Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1EE Violinist Kamila Bydlowska (Poland) and pianist Varvara Tarasoca (Rusia) interviewed between performing exotic music from Argentina (tango), Europe and USA. £13 Adult, £12 Adult with 1 or 2 paying Under-19s, £11 WSS members, £5 Students, £1 Under 19. 01903 368968 Monday 02 April (Easter Monday), 08:30 gates open

London Harness Horse Parade

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL A visual history of how transport developed - horse-drawn carriages, vintage cars plus wagon rides and refreshments. £8 on door, Under 16s and parking free. Contact: Jackie Shearman, 01737 646132 lhhp@ Monday 02 April, 09:00-13:00

Mammoth Car Boot Sale

Burgess Hill Academy, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EA Burgess Hill & District Rotary Club Mammoth Car Boot Sale raising funds for local and international communities and charities. £10 per car, Small Vans £15, Large Vans £20. £10 per car, Small Vans £15, Large Vans £20. 07564 632733 or email Monday 02 - Friday 06 April (incl. Bank Holiday Monday)

Skills Week – Sharpening & Essential Cabinet Making Hand Skills

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Sharpening, simple dovetails, hand skills and techniques, setting out and

NHS Retirement Fellowship (Mid Sussex Branch) Meeting

Tuesday 03, 10, 17 & 24 April, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. For more information please see our website or our facebook page @theitgirlltd Emma 07938 838861. Tuesday 03 April, 19:00 for 19:30-21:45

Henfield Garden Club Speaker Evening: All About Lavender

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way Henfield BN5 9DB Learn how to successfully grow lavender, the best types for drying and oils, and how to get the best from your plants. Free for member and £3 for non-members. Tuesday 03 April, 19:30-21:00

Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors Club

Worthing Lecture Theatre (below main library) Richmond Road, Worthing BN11 1HD Our talk for April is by Alison Kentuck, The Receiver of Wreck, History, Role & Responsibilities. All are welcome. Annual membership is £30 or £5 per talk. Contact: Andrew Pescott 07984 403890 or Tuesday 03 April, 20:00

Popular Charity Quiz Evening at the New Inn

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ These quizzes are on the first Tuesday of every month. Come a little earlier and join us for dinner. Tables must be booked in advance. 01273 834608

Tuesday 03 April, 20:00–23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

A pub in Lewes A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service – Forest Row Parish Council

Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home-cooked meal delivered. Soup £2, Main Meal £4.50, Dessert £2. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart Wednesday 04 April, 13:45 for 14:00-16:30

Burgess Hill Flower Club Demonstration by Margaret Hayes

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Demonstration, members competition, refreshments, flower raffle and sales table. Visitors £6.00, first visit free with Sussex Living Magazine. Contact: Judith Alexander 01444 871886 Wednesday 04 April, 19:30 for 19:45

Lewes & District Garden Society

St Thomas’s Church Hall, Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH A colourful talk about The Butterflies of Sussex by Michael Blencowe who is a Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Community Wildlife Officer. Entry £3, visitors welcome. Wednesday 04 April, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: The Capable Mr. Brown - The life and times of landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Speaker: Russell Bowes, gardening historian. Admission: Members free, visitors: £1. All welcome! 01444 245509. Thursday 05 April, 10:00-12:00

Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning with visiting speaker, Laurie Tilly Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NN Monthly coffee morning with Laurie Tilly sharing his experiences of 30 years in the travel industry. New members welcome. £1.50 including raffle ticket. Thursday 05 April, 20:00

Ditchling Film Society – Manchester by Sea

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A film masterly told and beautifully acted about loss and grief. Director: Kenneth Lonergen. Free coffee and biscuits. Wine can be purchased. Free parking. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5 payable at the door.

Friday 06 April, 13:00

Lunch Time Concerts in Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Meridian Voices. Concerts are held on the first Friday of each month. Tea, coffee and squash available from 12:30 and there is no charge. Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 April, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club – Happy Hour

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Happy Hour every Friday, with beer from £2.50. Contact: 01342 822856 Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 April, 19:00-20:00

Aikido (Self Defence)

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

Friday 06 April, 19:00-23:00

Dreamboats and Petticoats Tribute Act

Tottington Manor, Edburton BN5 9LJ A fantastic tribute to the smash hit London show. With 50s/60s hits made famous by Buddy Holly, Elvis, Dusty Springfield and others. £35 per person. Sara Luff 01903 815757 Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 April, 19:45-21:45

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following:Surplus Equipment Sale (Upstairs Hall), On Air Night, Radio Night with Table Top Sale and a Quiz and Cakes Night. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838, Friday 06 & Saturday 07 April, 19:45-21:50 Saturday Matinee 14:45-17:50

An Evening with Lady Montague Trinity Theatre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1JP Lady Montague, an 18th Century aristocrat, writer and early feminist. Home after 20 years abroad invites you to hear her story. £18 evening and £16 matinee. Tickets: www., 01892 678670. Saturday 07 April, 09:00-12:00

The Worthing Craft Supplies Market

St Symphorian’s Church, Durrington Hill,

Worthing BN13 2PU A one-stop market for an eclectic mix of craft supplies – from items which are used every day and those which are tricky to find in high street shops. Free entry. Saturday 07 April, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Market

Community Centre Car Park, or Foresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Locally produced fine food and crafts market. Contact: Mrs Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062, Saturday 07 – Sunday 08 April, 10:00-17:00

Contemporary Craft Show in Horsham

Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL A variety of spectacular and beautifully made crafts exhibited in Parkside (Horsham DC), nearby parking, railway station and town centre. £3 (children and students free). The Sussex Guild 01273 479565 (between 10am - 5pm) Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 April, 10:30-16:30

Craft Show

Lancing College, Lancing BN15 0RW The best of contemporary and traditional art, craft and design in this wonderful setting. Inspiring, original and individual products. Adults: £3 Accompanied children F.O.C. 01243 641306

Saturday 07, 14, 21 & 28 April, 12:00-16:00

Sussex Crafts – Knit & Natter

130 South Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4LT All levels and abilities welcome. We can help you get started and give advice. Come and join us and make new friends whilst having fun. £2 incl. tea/coffee and biscuits. 01444 455611. Saturday 07 April, 14:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society: Spring Show of Flowers and Produce

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A favourite event in the calendar. Show of spring flowers and winter produce with refreshments and raffle. 01444 458509 Saturday 07 April, 19:00 for 19:30

RNLI Quiz Night

Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Ticket price includes a light supper. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Teams of up to six people. Tickets £10 per person. Contact: Philip Eastell 07749 278992. Saturday 07 April, 19:30

The Ruts DC and Morgellons & Stop Press play the Balcombe Club

Colemans Solicitors 01444 459555 Haywards Heath Mulcare Jenkins 01444 459954 Haywards Heath Rohan Solicitors 01444 450901 Haywards Heath Waugh & Co 01444 451666 Haywards Heath Bennett Oakley Solicitors 01444 235232 Burgess Hill Stevens Son & Pope 01444 246377 Burgess Hill Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP 01273 843405 Hassocks

We’ve partnered up with these local solicitors to provide you with a free Will writing service in April 2018 in return for a donation to St Peter & St James Hospice.

1st-30th April 2018

Book your appointment with one of our participating solicitors now quoting St Peter & St James.

Adams & Remers Solicitors 01273 480616 Lewes Astburys Solicitors 01273 405900 Lewes Chrismas Ogden 01273 474159 Lewes Lawson Lewis Blakers 01273 480234 Lewes Registered charity number: 1056114

For more information visit 01444 471 598 @StPeterStJames

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Balcombe Club, Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road RH17 6HP The Ruts, Morgellons and Stop Press play the Balcombe Club to raise fund for Cancer Research and St Catherine’s Hospice. £12. Manager 01444 811226 Sunday 08 April, 16:00 - 18:00

Ditchling Singers Rehearsals Old Meeting House, 30 East End Lane, Ditchling BN6 8SX See Local Living.

Monday 09, 16, 23 & 30 April, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex NB7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503 Monday 09 - Friday 13 April

Advanced Skills Week

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ The perfect follow on to the ‘Skills Week’. More skills and new techniques. The course will include making a veneered/inlayed box. Hinges/locks. Complex dovetails. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

Monday 09 April, 10:30-12:00

The Arts Society Steyning Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN44 3XZ Rupert Willoughby will give an illustrated talk on the modern post war architecture of an English town. He is a prize-winning historian who specialises in the domestic and social life of the past. Visitors £5.00. 01903 297553. Monday 09 April, 14:00 for 14:15-16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL (Lunch at the Bent Arms from 12:00). An Austrian Miscellany presented by Bill Hedley FRPSL. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Monday 09 April, 14:30

The Arts Society (Henfield) – Summoned by Betjeman’

Speaker, Christopher Chanter, explores Betjeman and his love of English towns and their everyday buildings - with some poetry, perhaps. You are summoned to attend! Guests welcome £5. Contact: Stephen Wyman 01273 494633.

Monday 09, 16, 23 & 30 April, 19:15-22:00

The Harmony Corporation Rehearsals

The King’s Centre, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR

Mid Sussex’s new ladies a cappella chorus. All women aged over 16 welcome to join any Monday evening. Monthly standing order membership fee is £15 once you join. LadiesChorus@sussexharmonisers.

Monday 09 April, 19:30-20:30

An illustrated talk by Amanda Millar - Gardening for Pollinators

Club Room, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Pollinators are in trouble to a degree that there soon may not be enough to pollinate our crops. Learn how we can help. Michael Nailard 01273 834001. Monday 09 April, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Patricia McBurney Memorial Lecture Alpine Points of View, a talk by Kev Reynolds. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Monday 09 April, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Visit and call one of the contact numbers.

Tuesday 10, Monday 16 & Monday 23 April, 10:00-12:00

Artologie Workshops, Paper Collage with Nichola Campbell

Artologie, 18 High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JJU Join Artist Nichola Campbell for a fun introductory, interactive paper collage workshop. No experience necessary, adults only, book place early. £35. Contact: 01444 708380 studio@ Tuesday 10 April, 19:45

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society - Hydrangeas

Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint An illustrated talk by Roger Butler on the care, pruning, varieties and history of this much-loved garden favourite. £1 members, £2 non members. Kathy Green Wednesday 11 April, 14:00-16:30, (Doors open 13:30)

Bridge Afternoon

Wivelsfield Green Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Bridge Afternoon with afternoon tea. Fundraising for St Peter and St James Hospice. £36.00 per table (4 people). Box Office Mrs Jean Whybro 01444 415910, Wednesday 11 April, 19:30-21:30

The Future of Clair Hall - Your Ideas Main Hall, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Clair Hall is popular, but ageing.


MRL Grab & Tip are an established grab hire and muck away company operating across Sussex. We aim to offer a complete muck removal service and we also supply a range of aggregates.

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What should be its future? Bring your views and ideas. Contact: Haywards Heath Society, Eric Bassett, 01444 412812.

Wednesday 11 April, 19:45 for 20:00- 22:00

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Hassocks Horticultural Society - Protecting the Sussex Countryside

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH David Johnson, Chairman Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sussex Branch, gives an overview of CPRE’s campaigns to protect countryside farming, forestry and wildlife in relation to transport housing and energy development. 01273 842516. Wednesday 11 April, 20:00-22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society - An Illustrated Talk

See the 60163 ‘Tornado’ 25th – 29th May

The Bluebell Railway is delighted and exciting to announce that the 60163 ‘Tornado’ will be making a whistle-stop to Sussex between 25th and 29th May! You’ve seen this fabulous locomotive in the movie, Paddington™ 2, and now you can see it in the flesh!

Teddy Bear︐s Picnic 26th, 28th & 29th May On 26th, 28th and 29th May there will be ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’ to enjoy on one of the trains. Why not bring the family along and take a trip behind the fantastic locomotive Tornado! Prices include reserved seats in the buffet car. A picnic tea for children is included in the price, and adults can add a picnic tea to to their ticket it they’d like. Bring Teddy too – book a place for him and he gets his own ticket! Advance booking is essential for this special event.

Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN An illustrated talk in French by international art dealer, Rene Gimpel. This talk is entitled Marchand de tableaux, une perspective trans-Manche L’histoire des Huguennots: diaspora et assimilation. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385.

Thursday 12 April, 10:00 for 10:30-13:30

Mid Sussex Older People’s Council Public Meeting Lindfield Evangelical Church Hall, Chaloner Road, Lindfield RH16 2NQ A presentation, followed by health and wellbeing themed event, with speakers, stalls, free entertainment and lunch included. Free for all over 60s. Nicola on 01444 242760 nicola@ Book before 4th April.

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Friday 13 April, 20:00-21:30

Burgess Hill History Society Crop Circles

Cyprus Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Andy Thomas discusses the origins and mysteries of these countryside phenomenon, Members £1, visitors £3. Contact Avery 01444 235088. Saturday 14 April, 10:00-11:30

Saturday 14 April, 11:00

Thursday 12 April, 14:30


Hendall Manor Barns, Uckfield TN22 4BU Join us for a night of gin tasting at Hendall Manor Barns, Folkington’s are organising in aid of Chailey Heritage Foundation. £22.15. To book tickets: For more info please contact: Joan Martin 01825 724444 ext 718.

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Nick is the former Head Gardener of the Chelsea Physic Garden and will share the secrets of this magical garden. £5 members. £7.50 visitors All welcome.

Lindfield Horticultural Society: The Chelsea Physic Garden – a Mediterranean Garden in London, a talk by TV’s Nick Bailey

Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Neil Sadler talks about missing people searches and an insider’s view of the Grand Hotel bombing of 1984. £5 or £3 for members. Please call Mike Nicholson to book a place, 01444 457448,

Sussex Gin Tasting

Annual Coffee Morning and Mini-Market

Cuckfield Museum - An Investigator Calls

The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL Booking is essential for some services. Please see website for details and T&C's. Twitter @bluebellrailway

Thursday 12 April, 19:00-21:00

Wednesday 11 April, 20:00

Thursday 12 April, 14:30

Tel: 01825 720800

Hydro Hotel, Mount Road, Eastbourne BN20 7HZ A presentation of five different wines with matching canapés. Each wine has a full explanation as it is served. £18 per head or £32 per couple. Contact: Ian Shearer 01323 737271 ian@

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN This month’s lecture is Jackie Parry the Pre Raphaelites. Membership £7, plus £3 per lecture. Non-members £5 per lecture. Contact: Anne Tucker 01444 455803. Thursday 12 April, 18:00-21:00

Pop & Pour – Italian Wine Presentation With Matching Canapes

Guide Headquarter, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Friends of St Christopher’s Home for the Elderly will be happy to see you at their coffee morning and sale. Entrance 50p to include coffee or tea and biscuits. If you would like to donate items for sale, please contact Jo Kearns 01273 834200

Letters To Robert - Book Signing Stokes, 1 Commercial Buildings, High Street, Henfield BN5 9DE See Local Living. Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April

Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ This course is aimed at the complete beginner or the woodworker who has some experience but wishes to get back to the basics of cabinetmaking in order to produce woodwork of a high standard. All materials and tools will be provided. £250. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 Saturday 14 April, 19:00 (Doors open at 18:30)

The Life and Love of a Woman

Holy Trinity Church, Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood, Uckfield TN22 4AD An English and German song recital by Poppy Damazer. To raise money for the church organ. £10 including refreshments. Tickets from Elaine 01825 733504, Annabel 01825 732463, the Church or High Hurstwood CEP School. Sunday 15 April, 08:30-15:30

The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride

The Broadway, Haywards Heath RH16 3AL Four routes catering for ‘serious’ to ‘weekender’ riders, ‘comfort’ breaks and feed stations for longer rides

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in Horsham CONTEMPORARY CRAFT Sat SHOWS 7 - Sun 8 April THROUGHOUT SUSSEX 10.00am - 5.00pm

Ceramics Enamelling Furniture Glass Jewellery Knitwear Leatherwork Metalwork Pewterwork Silk Painting Silversmithing Textiles Woodturning Woodwork Quilt Making

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Admission: £3 Adults Students and Chidren Free

Come and Meet Paddington™

ussex Guild and Gallery North Wing over Grange thover Road East Sussex BN7 1TP

Parkside (Horsham DC Building), Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL

Paddington will be on hand to see you all on board and help wave the green flag to get you on your way on 28th and 29th May!


open 7 days a , 10.00 - 5.00 Christmas Day


arity no: 292234

28th and 29th May Sunday 22nd April 2018 7:30pm Ardingly College Chapel


Soprano Olivia Bell Bass Robert Davies


Tickets £15 Concessions £13 Robert Hammersley CONDUCTOR Registered Charity No: 1123464


Carousel Music 01444 417654 M Kershaw 01825 791241 BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Tel: 01825 720800

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Sunday 15 April, 14:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Three Churches Walk

Ditchling Village Hall Car Park BN6 8TA Streat Church, Hayleigh Farm, Westmeston Church, and return to Ditchling. TQ326152. 5mi/8km Moderate. Contact: Franes 01273 842628. Sunday 15 April, 14:45 – 17:00

Songs & Snatches for an April Afternoon

The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH17 7SF The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex presents Ian Belsey (baritone) and Louise Crane (mezzo-soprano) with Daniel Beach (piano). £6 for members and £12 for non–members. Contact: Edwin Cowley 01342 715709 Sunday 15 April, 19:30

Wivelsfield FILMS – Darkest Hour Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Award-winning PG film starring Gary Oldman as Churchill, showing the great orator’s public triumphs and more vulnerable private moments of self-doubt. Tickets £6 from the Post Office and Village Stores or The

Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval.

Monday 16 to Friday 20 April

Antique Furniture Restoration Techniques

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Bring several small items of furniture to work on. Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £2 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Wednesday 18 – Friday 27 April

Tulips Celebrations

Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG The second Tulip Celebrations event will be even bigger with 20,000 tulips in bloom in the stunning grounds of the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. For further 01732 865224.

St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT Darwin’s Spider by Ray Hale – the return of a popular naturalist. £4.50 for guests including refreshments. 01342 315051.

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath BN16 1BN Come and find out more about becoming an adoptive parent. To view our video on a real-life foster family, visit our West Sussex videos pages ( and see our ‘Fostering – the inside story’.

Tuesday 17 & Tuesday 24 April, 10:00-12:00

Artologie Workshops, Reverse Glass Paining with Melanie Hodge

Artologie, 18 High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JU Join Artist Melanie Hodge for an introductory, interactive ‘reverse glass painting’ workshop. No experience necessary, adults only. Please book a place early. £35 per date. 01444 708380 Tuesday 17 April, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club Ashenground Community Centre, Vale

Wednesday 18 April, 20:00-22:30

Meeting of the Royal Marines Association

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

Peter Rabbit goes wild ™

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8EU Come and enjoy a cup of tea. £6.00 (1st visit free with a copy of Sussex Living Magazine).

Balcombe History Society Talk – Balcombe’s Railway

Wednesday 18 April, 13:00-17:00

Fostering – Drop-in Session

Burgess Hill Flower Club

Wednesday 18 April, 20:00

Monday 16 April, 19:45-21:15

East Grinstead Natural History Society

Wednesday April, 13:30 for 14:00-16:15

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP An illustrated talk by Colin Burnham which will cover the past, present and future of the railway. Talk preceded by a short AGM. £1 members and £3 visitors, including refreshments. Julie 01444 811641 Tuesday 17 April, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY Gardening for the Young-at-heart by Lesley Chamberlain Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Wednesday 18 April, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

The Arts Society Mid Sussex Lecture by Simon Inglis

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Great Lengths: The Art and Architecture of Britain’s Historic Swimming Pools and Lidos. A Victorian passion for a healthy body and mind for all classes of society led to buildings of astonishing ambition, design and ornamentation.

Enjoy garden games and wild adventures this Easter holiday Garden Games | Potting Shed | Crafts | Discovery Trail

30 March – 15 April 2018

BEATRIX POTTER™ © Frederick Warne & Co., 2018.

plus Under 5s Bike Ride and all day entertainment. £10 per rider or £25 for family of four. Wiggins Way route £20 per rider. Ruth de Mierre 01444 453399

For details visit BEATRIX POTTER™ © Frederick Warne & Co., 2018

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Food & Wine Pairing Evening –

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ These evenings are on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Each course of regional dishes will be accompanied with a sample of wine carefully selected by Southdown Cellars. £39.95 per person. Booking essential as limited spaces. 01273 834609 Friday 20 April, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947. Friday 20 April, 10:00-12:00

Coffee Morning in Aid of Bloodwise Haywards Heath URC Hall, 55 South Road, Haywards Heath RH 15 4LQ Join us for coffee, homemade cakes and bargain books in aid of this worthwhile cause. Margaret Drake 01444 454618 Friday 20 April, 18:30 for19:00

Friends of St Catherine’s Hospice Quiz Night The Old School, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Tables of 6: join a team or create your own with friends! Tickets £12 from 01444

440452 - hot supper included. (BYO drinks and nibbles). Tickets £12 from 01444 440452.

Friday 20 April, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX International organist/keyboard player Steve Hubble. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269. Saturdays starting 21 April 09:30 – 12:30

Introduction to Calligraphy

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY A course for beginners on calligraphy and hand lettering, and continues over 3 further sessions. All materials supplied. See our website for more info. £120 for the course. www., sarah@, 07967 819540. Saturday 21 April, 10:00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil, bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. RepairCafeForestRow Saturday 21 April, 14:00-16:00

St George’s Day Tea Party

Annexe next to Plumpton Church, 17 Wells Close, Plumpton Green, Lewes BN7 3DA See Local Living. Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April, 14:00-17:30

Ashington Open Gardens

Programmes at Triangles, Mill Lane/ Fairfield Road RH20 3BX Ten beautiful Spring gardens displaying magnificent trees, shrubs and flowers. Massive plant sale, tombola, tea and cakes. £5, children free. Di Clarke, 01903 893156 Saturday 21 April, 19:00-23:30

Madness Tribute – The Los Palmas 6

Saturday 21 April, 19:30

Burgess Hill Choral Society Spring Concert

St Andrew’s Church on the corner of Cants Lane and Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG See Local Living. Sunday 22 April, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Hurstpierpoint Circular

Trinity Road Car Park BN6 9SJ TQ281165. Paths and fields to the North of the village. Precise details depend on ground conditions. Please no dogs. 5mi/8km Moderate. Contact: Alison G 01273 833794.

Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, Nr Fletching TN22 3RB Enjoy all the hits from this iconic band, including Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, Nightboat to Cairo and It Must Be Love. Standing tickets: £18. Dining tickets (incl 2 course dinner): £48. Trading Boundaries 01825 790200

Sunday 22 April

Saturday 21 April, 19:30

The Players Theatre, High Street, Hurstpierpoint. See Local Living.

The Captain’s Beard

Balcombe Club, Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH176HP The Captain’s Beard play the Balcombe Club and bring the finest sea shanties to the ears of all who’ll listen. Free entry. Manager 01444 811226

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre – Spring Bus Day

New Barn Road, Amberley BN18 9LT Enjoy your first opportunity of the season to ride the historic buses around the museum, with a wonderful display of our Museum buses and some visiting exhibitors. 01798 831370. Sunday 22 April & Thursday 26 April

Hurst Village Cinema

Sunday 22 April, 19:00

Talk by Alison Murdoch

St John the Evangelist, Church Lane, Newtimber BN6 9BT Alison has written a moving book Bed 12. A poignant account of

Bertram Bunny’s Easter Adventure

30 March - 15 April, 11-3 daily Eggciting Easter Trail* around the Garden solve the puzzles and be rewarded with a chocolate treat. On selected days: crafts, storytelling, face painting, the Easter Bunny and much more... See website for details.


RH16 1XP Tel: 01444 450326 *Normal admission plus £2 per trail (FREE to Friends)

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Sunday 22 April, 16:00 - 18:00

Ditchling Singers Rehearsals Keymer Church Hall See Local Living.

Timbers, nr. Maidstone. Members pay £29 including entry, return coach and refreshments; Non members can join at

Tuesday 24 April, 10:00-15:00

Bonhams Valuation Day

Sunday 22 April, 19:30-21:30

Spring Concert – Brahms Requiem Ardingly College Chapel, College Lane, Ardingly RH17 6SQ Ardingly Choral Society & Ardingly College Chapel Choir with Mid Sussex Sinfonia and international soloists will perform Brahms’ Requiem, conducted by Robert Hammersley. £15 (£13 concessions). www., Carousel Music 01444 417654 or M Kershaw 01825 791241. Monday 23 April, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Roman Period Settlements in the Ouse Valley, a talk by David Rudling. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Tuesday 24 April, 08:30

All Day Coach Outing to Kent Gardens

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Garden Club outings: a.m. Frith Old Farm House, Faversham, p.m.

The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Bonhams specialists will be at The Courtlands Hotel to offer free and confidential advice on items you may be considering selling at auction. For appointments and enquiries 01273 220000 Wednesday 25 April, 13:00-16:00

Open Day Event with Tea & Cake

Coastal Home Care, 99 Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9BQ Please drop in for tea or coffee and cake and find out information on what we do Wednesday 25 April, 18:30-20:30

Fostering – Info Evening

Ropetackle Arts, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5EG Come and find out more about becoming an adoptive parent. To view our video on a real-life foster family, visit our West Sussex videos pages ( and see our Fostering – the inside story. Wednesday 25 April, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road,

Burgess Hill RH15 OEG` Annual General Meeting and Auction. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Wednesday 25 April, 19:45–22.00

East Grinstead RSPB Local Group Illustrated Lecture

Main Hall. East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT The RSPB Species Recovery Program - Hannah Ward Species Recovery Officer. Hannah will be explaining the various recovery projects currently ongoing. £5 for guests £4 for group members. 01342 843190. Wednesday 25 April, 20:00

Lindfield Preservation Society AGM & Illustrated Talk – Lindfield Wells

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH There was a time when ‘The Burgers of Lindfield’ were entirely dependent for their potable water supplies on their wells. John Chapman 01444 484470. Wednesday 25 April, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Group Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH We will be holding a Bonsai Demonstration – Alan Peacock will be demonstrating on a Cedar. All welcome to attend. Free for first visit. Tea and coffee will be available. Contact: Ray Brunsden 07342 650713

Welcome to The Balcombe Club, located in the heart of Balcombe Village in West Sussex

We have a large fully licensed bar area offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments Snooker Our snooker room with 2 full size snooker tables, cues are available from the bar, small contribution toward lighting required. Regular snooker tournaments held

The Forest Room The Forest Room is available for private functions, parties, clubs and groups, refreshments can be provided

Pool Pool tables in bar area with cues available, regular pool tournaments held

The Club Kitchen Food is served on Friday evenings in The Club, you can dine in the restaurant or the garden. Excellent menu and regular specials

Dart board This is located in the bar area, regular dart tournaments held

Garden area With seating open all year round, childrenʼs toys available

Thursday 26 April, 10:00-16:00

Teacher & TA Recruitment Day!

The Mallings Business Centre, 112 Malling Street, Lewes To register with Class Cover for daily, short or long term supply cover work, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you! Call 01273 957908 or email Thursday 26 April, 19:00-21:00

Downlands Dance Show

Downlands Community School, Dave Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP Celebration of Dance at Downlands. £6 on the door. Contact: Nicki Burston 01273 845892 Thursday 26 April, 19:00

Emily Mayhew - The Once and Future Guinea Pig Club

East Grinstead Museum, Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BJ How the Guinea Pig Club has inspired a new Club of unexpected survivors from Britain’s 21st century wars. Free entry – spaces limited. Please book online via EventBrite at emily-mayhew. Saturday 28 April, 10.00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

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

Coming Up April 7th, 7.30pm Ruts DC, Morgellons & Stop Press Ruts DC , Morgellons and Stop Press play the Balcombe Club to raise funds for Cancer Research and St Catherineʼs Hospice. The Ruts/Ruts DC are an English reggae-influenced punk rock band, notable for the 1979 UK Top 10 hit ʻBabylonʼs Burningʼ April 21st, 7.30pm The Captainʼs Beard Yarrr! The Captainʼs Beard be a company oʼ travelinʼ troubadors on a quest te bring the finest oʼ sea shantys and forebitters to the ears of all whoʼll listen. Playing songs of the grog, grot and grime that comes oʼ travelling the high seas September 22nd 2018 The Kast Off Kinks The Kast Off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band ʻThe Kinksʼ. Back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive

Balcombe Hall Balcombe Hall is also available for events

Call 01444 811226 or contact us at • • Members new and old always welcome The Balcombe Club is pleased to announce free WiFi for all members. Please ask the bar staff for the password details

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Friday 27 April, 19:30

Crawley Keyboard Music Concert

Main Hall, Furnace Green Community Centre, Ashburnham Road, Furnace Green, Crawley RH10 6QU Great evening of live music showcasing the talented Ryan Edwards. Members and visitors made welcome. Members £5. Visitors £7. Contact: Brenda Mayne 01293 784166. Friday 27 April, 19:45-21:30

Illustrated talk - A Passion for Piers!

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Brighton historian and Royal Pavilion guide, Jackie Marsh-Hobbs, takes a nostalgic look at the history of the seaside pier. £3, including tea/coffee. Event hosted by Burgess Hill Horticultural Society. Enquiries: 01444 245509. Friday 27 April, 20:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society

The Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Tales from Old Sussex Newspapers, Speaker – Roger Packham. Admission: Free to Members. Non-members welcome: Entrance £3. £2 to Members of other Historical Societies.

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Saturday 28 April

£10 Tray Day

Clive Miller Butchers, 2 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RU £10 Tray Days are on the last Saturday of every month. 20 different varieties of meats to choose from. Contact: Clive Miller 01273 832256. Saturday 28 April, 09:00-12:00

Seasonal Woodland Photography Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY Develop your photographic vision by focusing on composition, subject and emotion. Using the natural environment on a spring morning you will bring your learning to life. £65.,, 07967 819540. Saturday 28 April, 09:00-12:30

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’. Saturday 28 April, 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall, Coffee Morning and Godly Play Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23,

Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Buy fairly traded groceries and chocolate. Sample fair trade coffee or tea. Children’s activities. Contact: Julia Scotland 01444 871812. Saturday 28 April, 10:00-13:00

Family Woods Open Day

Great Walstead School, East Mascalls Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath RH16 2QL A unique opportunity to meet our knowledgeable teachers in an i nformal environment, whilst the children are busy having fun! Contact: 01444 483528 Registrar@ Saturday 28 April, 10:00-13:00

3-hour Swoovathon

Scaynes Hill Millennium Village Centre, Scaynes Hill RH17 7PG This is a 3-hour Sing, Whoop, Move marathon in aid of Group B Strep Support, fighting against infection in babies. Please call Ellie 07801 061939 or Amy 07803 610170. Saturday 28 April, 10:00-14:00

Balcombe Village Craft, Gift & Produce Market

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP We will have lots of lovely stalls and produce to celebrate our first market of 2018! Rapkyns Nursery will be returning with their plants and shrubs. We will be supporting Balcombe Care, who will make and sell refreshments. For further info: 01444 811462.

Saturday 28 April, 10:30-12:30

St Mary’s Annual Plant Sale

St Mary’s Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DS Shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs, ‘wildlife’ gardening, refreshments, Mount Noddy Allotment Association. Donations of plants most welcome (labelled please). Proceeds to St Mary’s Church Restoration Appeal. Saturday 28 April, 19:00

The Tiggers Race Night

Balcombe Club, Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH176HP Tiggers are holding a fund raising Race Night. Free entry. 01444 811226 Saturday 28 April, 19:45-22:00

Haywards Heath Music Society Concert - National Youth Jazz Ambassadors

St Wilfrid’s Church, St Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH Jazz Classics from the Great American Song Book. £12 members/£15 non-members. Under 18/Student £3/£5. Contact: Christine Colbourne 01444 456227 www. Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April

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Over the May bank holiday, The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend will be returning for its seventh successive year, and some exciting new features have been announced for 2018 The 3-day event just keeps getting bigger and better and this year is expected to draw over 1,500 runners who will tackle the challenges of the beautiful Mid Sussex countryside. The Weekend is now set to include nine events plus some new features await participants. It has been announced that the popular Haywards Heath 10 Mile will follow a new route. The 2 lap format will continue to start on South Road but a new section of the route has been designed to take runners through Beech Hurst Gardens and Bolnore Village to avoid the busy Traunstein Way, providing a safer route for participants and volunteer marshals. The East Grinstead 10 Mile and Burgess Hill 10K routes will remain the same. In response to the increasing popularity of the Mid Sussex Mile, this year chip timing is being introduced to the event. As with the Weekend’s longdistance events, all Mile entrants will wear a timing

Absolutely everyone can be involved through running, volunteering and supporting - no one is turned away! Also welcomed are local organisations and businesses to supply their services, be it food, drink, music and PA, or even the vital portable toilets! With attendances increasing year-on-year the Marathon Weekend also provides a great opportunity for fund-raising groups and charitable causes to have a presence and raise their profile. So, if you would like to be involved then we look forward to hearing from you via our event website: www.

The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend has always been a communityfocussed event and each year we try to engage more local people and groups to be involved chip in order to get an accurate finishing time. Also introduced is a further event on each race day - the Mid Sussex Fun Run. This event will not be timed, so there is no pressure and participants can just run for fun! Ideal for all ages and abilities, this provides



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a great way to join together with family, friends and colleagues to get active, raise money for charity or just simply enjoy being part of an inspiring, motivating and rewarding event. Everyone who completes any of the nine events over the Weekend will

receive a medal, and the 2018 design of the unique commemorative medal will shortly be revealed for all those completing the 3-day Marathon distance. The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend has always been a communityfocussed event and each year we try to engage more local people and groups to be involved.


- Saturday 5th May 2018 East Grinstead - Sunday 6th May 2018 Haywards Heath - Monday 7th May 2018 Burgess Hill Each day features a leg of the Mid Sussex Marathon, the Mid Sussex Mile and Mid Sussex Fun Run, not forgetting Miles the dog!

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To many, Burgess Hill is a commuter town with easy access to Brighton and London and a stone’s throw from the South Downs. The Burgess Hill Business Parks Association will continue to challenge that reputation with its latest event, by shining a spotlight on the 300 organisations, two expansive business parks, and workforce of thousands that call Burgess Hill and the surrounding areas home. This year’s Burgess Hill Means Business event will

highlight local organisations, products and services, and provide an opportunity for people to see the full extent of the knowledge and expertise available on their doorsteps. Since 2008, the showcase has offered the opportunity for businessmen and women to mix and mingle with the wider Mid Sussex community, introducing their products and services to people who they might not otherwise meet. Thirteen years ago, the founding fathers were based

in Burgess Hill; today, they come from much further afield - Haywards Heath, Brighton, Hove, Gatwick and Crawley make up the vibrant membership of the Association today. “The increased diversity of our membership makes it more important than ever to hold events like Burgess Hill Means Business,” says co-ordinator, Peter Liddell. “BHBPA has always thrived through our friendly, informal approach and this is a great way to see people the oldfashioned way: face-to-face. We love to see members of the public too – all good business is part of the larger community, and we all value our place in Sussex very highly.” To mark the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Vote, this year’s exhibition will also feature some prominent women entrepreneurs who have made their mark on the wider business community. Susan Fleet, the newly appointed Chairman of the BHBPA, added: “Burgess Hill Means Business is a

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We love to see members of the public too, all good business is part of the larger community of the country. I recommend coming along just to feel a sense of pride that Sussex has so much to offer.” The Burgess Hill Means Business exhibit takes place at the King’s Centre, Burgess Hill on Friday 4th May between 11am and 3pm. Entrance is free on presentation of a business card. SUSSEX LIVING April 2018

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