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Where has 2017 gone? It’s behind you! We’re officially allowed to say that Christmas is in full swing and with pantomime being such an integral part of the festivities now, we looked into where it all began. From page 36, Robert Veitch explores panto origins and how we ended up with amongst other things a gent as a dame and a leading man who is really a leading lady. Sticking with the festive theme, this issue is packed full of interesting historical facts about Christmas traditions from Advent calendars to Medieval feasts, decorations and Boxing Day. Listed from page 12 we also have a variety of local church services and Carol concerts. In the office we’ve been having a right old carry on researching Talbot Rothwell, a Sussex resident who penned 20 of the iconic Carry On films. On page 74 we tell his story from being a prisoner of war to the end of his long and prolific career in Worthing. This is also the time of year when our thoughts turn to supporting those in need. The West Sussex North branch of the MND Association tell us how they are assisting with care of local people and are raising funds to support research. Turn to page 72 to read more and see if you are able to help. We have a cracking crossword competition for you this month, with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes generously donated by our advertisers. Go to page 41 to test your wits and see if you could be in with a chance of winning some great New Year prizes. Finally, from all of us here at Sussex Living we want to wish our readers, advertisers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Cover Stories 12 Church services & Carol


Listing of local events

41 Crossword competition

Enter to win some fantastic prizes

42 Henfield

A look at this vibrant town

74 Carry On Scribe

Screenwriter Talbot Rothwell


Boxing Day

58 Natural Living

Cheryl Watkins deputy Assistant Editor

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issue In this 36 Panto Fun

80 Mid Downs Radio

New website and tune in frequency

81 Book review

A guide for dementia carers

Regulars 8

Local living

The latest community news and events

48 Blooming times

Christmas cheer flowers

58 Natural living

A rare glimpse of an osprey

60 Body buzz

Get ready for the New Year

62 Beautiful you


Party hair and make-up

64 Stitch in time

Sportswear for 2018

66 Property

Instrument of words

Pen collector Joy Madgwick shows us her collection


70 Ardingly walk

Boxing day

Where did the tradition come from?


Advent calendars

76 Diary dates


An historic look, and how to create your own festive countdown


Christmas decorations

Hearth decorating history

Advantages of renting A gentle winter stroll Local event listings

82 Business to business

How the EGBA can support your business

26 Christmas countdown


28 Medieval food and drink

From already wrapped to last minute panic

Great dinner party ideas

36 Pantomime

Helping your business to expand

What would a merry meal look like?

32 Christmas cooking

83 Local business directory

Oh no it isn’t!


Christmas Cooking

44 Fossil hunter

How Gideon Mantell put Sussex on the map

51 Countryside Constructions

New premises for this Sussex builder

52 Energy efficient home

How to save pounds on your premises

72 MND charity

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by Ruth Lawrence


of Joy

A chance discovery led Joy Madgwick to a fascinating new hobby of pen collecting. Ruth Lawrence pays a visit to see the collection for herself If you need to jot down a list or write a note chances are you’ll grab a throwaway plastic biro, something cheap, convenient and readily available. Joy Madgwick is a lady who never has to hunt for something to write with; she has a collection of over a hundred pens and she shared some of their fascinating histories with me. Joy’s collection began with the discovery of a pen in a bureau when her aunt passed away in 1990; it probably

belonged to her uncle and was a Canadian Parker Victory Mark II from the mid 1940s. She had the pen repaired by an enthusiast and dealer in Essex who later sold his entire collection at an eagerly awaited auction in London. Although Joy didn’t purchase any at the sale, she’d

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caught the collecting bug and her job working in a local pen department fed her passion for stylish writing instruments of every description. One of her rarest pens is a 1955 Conway Stewart no.22 floral, in which flowers were printed onto a type of parchment, which was laminated onto the casing. Only 200 were made which now means these pens are highly collectable. Another pen by the same maker from the late 1940s features a cracked ice design and demonstrates how manufacturers had to constantly come up with new variations to feed an ever growing market. Prices for a top quality pen could be enormously expensive; the equivalent of many hundreds of pounds in today’s money. Pens were promoted as luxurious gift items and advertising accentuated the unique qualities of every new design. Churchill used a Conway Stewart pen throughout the war years and the Queen was presented with two in gold to commemorate her Golden wedding anniversary. Pen nibs always used to be made from gold but now are usually steel or gold plate and a company called Eversharp used to make adjustable nibs which could be slid up or down to increase the width of the nib edge. Eversharp’s best selling pen, the Skyline was designed by Henry Dreyfus, a famous industrial designer and would not leak even at high altitudes as it incorporated a breather tube. Although fountain pens have been around since the 1880s, prior to this, nibs were simply dipped in ink; there is record of Samuel Pepys reservoir ink pen in 1663. Joy’s enthusiasm for her collection has evolved into a series of talks she presents for WI, Rotary and Probus groups and she belongs to the Writing Equipment Society (www. that produces a members’ journal and host a large show on the first Sunday in October in London. There’s something inherently satisfying about writing with a well designed ink pen; Joy’s collection certainly reignites the style that words can conjure when so beautifully written. If you would like to book a talk with Joy, she can be contacted on

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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. Christmas Charity Raffle We have in our Christmas display an amazing rocking horse that is worth £1000 and we have decided to raffle it to raise money for the Rocking Horse Charity based in Brighton. I am sure you are aware that they raise money for additional resources to treat sick children and babies. The tickets will be on sale from November 1st and the draw will take place on 18th December this will mean that the lucky winner will have the rocking horse in time for Christmas. There is also a second prize of a £50 hamper from our award winning farm shop. Tickets are just £1 each from Rushfields Plant Centre in Poynings and every penny will go to the charity.

We start the month with the latest NT Live Broadcast, from London’s newest theatre, The Bridge. Rory Kinnear is Marx and Oliver Chris is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Doors open 6.30/Production starts 7.00. Tickets are £10 for members and £14 for nonmembers. On Thursday 14th December we have the provocative new film by Paul Verhoeven, Elle (18). Isabelle Huppert is utterly riveting and simply sensational in this sly and scathing social critique. With a deft script and terrific supporting cast, what a mad, gripping, wild, provocative, funny, dark film Elle is! Doors open 7.30/Film starts 8.00. Tickets are £4 for members and £6 for non-members. On Sunday 17th December we have Their Finest (PG). The year is 1940, London. The British Ministry, realising their propaganda films could use “a woman’s touch,” hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Doors open 2.30/Film starts 3.00. All tickets for Sunday films are £4. All films are screened at the Players Theatre on Hurstpierpoint High Street and tickets can be bought online at

Burgess Hill District Lions Club Ho Ho Ho

Henfield Garden Club Christmas Social

Santa has been invited to visit The Martlets Shopping Centre in Burgess Hill. He will be arriving on Saturday 18th November till Sunday 24th December. Times as follows: Saturday & Sunday 10am-12.30/1.30–4pm, Sunday 17th December open at 11am. Christmas week 10am12.30/1.30–4pm. Christmas Eve 10am-12.30pm. For £4 each child will get the chance to talk to Santa, receive a present and can take a photo.

We are a large and thriving club who enjoy an annual programme of speakers, outings (both coach and by car), and events (such as plant sales, social evenings etc.). On the 5th December at Henfield Hall, Henfield we are holding our nautical themed Christmas Social. The evening starts at 7pm for drinks, 7.30pm for the meal, and recognises the 100th anniversary of the founding of the WRENS. The evening includes a themed quiz and dancing. We will enjoy a main course, dessert, coffee (or tea) and mints, along with complimentary wine and fruit juice on each table. Tickets are £15 for Garden Club members; members may

Hurst Village Cinema December sees the start of our winter season and we have two terrific films this month, as well as a brilliant live broadcast.

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bring one guest at a ticket price of £20. For ticket enquires contact the Garden Club Social Secretary, Daphne MitchellLogsden. New member enquiries should be directed to Julia on

Ditchling Film Society Our Christmas film on Thursday 7 December 2017, is entitled Hidden Figures which is based on the unbelievably true-life stories of three brilliant AfricanAmerican female mathematicians at NASA. They served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history - the launch of astronaut, John Glenn, into orbit whilst also guaranteeing his safe return! Perhaps the fact that they are African American women explains the reason why this amazing story has remained untold until now. This stunning achievement restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanised the world. The genius of the film lies not in the originality of the script but in the novelty of the story and the liveliness of the performances. Director: Theodore Melfi, England, 2016, 127 mins, PG Cert. We shall be serving our traditional offering of mince pies together with mulled wine in readiness for the festive season. The film will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30 pm, the film starts at 8.00 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5.00 payable at the door.

Good Neighbours Plumpton and East Chiltington Good Neighbours are a local group of volunteers willing to help anyone in need in our community. Whether it’s help to put your bins out, walking a pet, attending a hospital appointment or you just fancy some company with a chat over a cuppa or even to change a lightbulb. We are here to help. We have a growing client base and a very willing team of volunteers ready to help. We will be holding a Christmas Mince Pie and Mulled Wine Party on Sunday 17th December 2-4pm in the Annexe next to Plumpton Church, including a Christmas Raffle. Everyone is welcome to come along, as we would love to meet you all. Please RSVP to if you would like to attend. If you are in need of our help or would like to volunteer, please call one of our coordinators on 07478 524152 / 07479 924576.

Burgess Hill Shed – Helping the Community The Men’s Shed movement encourages retired men to come together, share interests and pursue craft activities. Burgess Hill Shed was one of the first to open in Mid Sussex, and has just completed its first year and now has over 50 members. Initially it was expected that members would use the workshop primarily for their own projects, however increasingly projects come from others in the community. For example: making special equipment for Oldland Wind Mill Trust; repairing a Father Christmas and three Teddy

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Bears for Burgess Hill District Lions; and recently making low cost houses for hedgehogs to support a project run by Ann Winney in Hurstpierpoint. Members have also repaired and refurbished furniture, toys and other household equipment for members of the public. If you are a community organisation, or a member of the public needing help with a project, why not pop along to see how they can help you. Burgess Hill Shed is a registered charity located at Burnside, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9LH. It is open every Tuesday and Wednesday between 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can contact them at: 01444 236743/07709 255631,,

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Oldland Mill would like to thank you all for your support throughout 2017. Whether you are a volunteer or a visitor it gives us all such encouragement to see that you appreciate our efforts to maintain and run this iconic feature of our village. We had over 1,400 visitors to the mill, spread over our public Open Days. Several organised group visits also took place including Guide and Scout groups. We are thrilled that children are taking an interest in their local history and indeed we have also seen an increase in attendance from the younger generation at our Open Days, with the Animal School proving very popular. Looking to 2018, we are planning to remove two sweeps to meet our seven-year refurbishment cycle. We will be calling for volunteer painters to assist us when these sweeps are on the ground - probably during May and June; you’d be amazed how much bigger they seem when they are brought down to ground level. We always welcome new volunteers so if you are interested in getting more involved please visit our website; www. Once again many thanks for your continued support from everyone at Oldland Windmill.

Mustard Seed Café St Edwards Church, Burgess Hill

St Edwards, on the corner of West Street and Royal George Road in Burgess Hill opened the Mustard Seed Community Café run by volunteers in order to provide a place to meet and enjoy very reasonably priced home cooking in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. The café is run by volunteers and is currently open three days a week. As the café gets established, we hope to increase our opening hours and host a range of dropin events for various organisations and local service providers. The menu includes full English breakfast (served from 10am-12noon) bagels, paninis, toasties and jacket potatoes. Cakes and pastries are also available. A range of Seedling’s Lunches (for children of course!) are just £2. The Café is open every week on Thursdays - Fridays 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and Saturdays 10.00 am – 2.00 pm. The Café is always looking for volunteers but if volunteering isn’t for you please do come in and enjoy a true community café where all profits are channelled back to help the church ‘s work in the community. Over £1200 has been donated to local charities and good causes in the last few months. The Mustard Seed Café is at St. Edward the Confessor Church, on the corner of Royal George Road and West Street, Burgess Hill RH15 9TD

Trek the Night Making plans for midnight? Didn’t think so. Make some now and join local children’s charity Action Medical Research on 14-15 July 2018 on their 40 mile midnight hike along the South Downs. Trek the Night is the ultimate endurance challenge; it’s tough, muddy and a lot of fun. You can tackle it solo or with a friend and choose your distance, either 20 or 40 miles. You’ll have round the clock support from our wonderful team and volunteers along the way. Grab a head torch, a map and some hiking boots and take advantage of our early bird £99 registration offer now. Funds raised will go towards helping to change and save the lives of sick babies and children. Head online to register today:

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Carol Concerts &Church Services Albourne, Sayers Common & Twineham St Bartholomew Church, Albourne Friday 15 December

18:30-20:30 Carol Singing Around the Parish Wrap up warm and bring the family. Meet at the Duke of York, Sayers Common, and finish in Albourne Hall.

Wednesday 20 December

18:30 Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 24 December 15:00 Family Crib Service

Monday 25 December 09:30 Sung Eucharist with Carols

Sunday 31 December 08:00 Holy Communion (at Cowfold)

Burgess Hill St. Andrew’s Church, Junction Road/ Cants Lane, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG

18:00 Candlelit Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 24 December 08:00 Said Eucharist 10:00 Sung Eucharist 16:00 Children’s Crib & Nativity Service for families 23:30 Midnight Mass

Monday 25 December 10:00 Christmas Eucharist

Burgess Hill Methodist Church, London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QD Sunday 03 December

19:00 Carols by Candlelight, Nine Lessons & Carols at St Bartholomew’s, Albourne A modern setting of the traditional service.

Sunday 03 December

14:00-15:00 Prepare Him Room Craft and prayer stations for everyone to understand the nativity story.

10:30-11:30 Boys Brigade Parade Service All are welcome, come and join the congregation and the Boys Brigade for a family service.

Saturday 16 December

Saturday 09 December

Sunday 10 December

10:00-16:00 Coffee & Cribs Pop-up-Café in church and homemade cake and preserves stall.

18:30-19:30 Carol Service Carols and Christmas readings by candlelight. Join us for coffee and mince pies after the service.

16:00 Christingle A traditional Christmas Service for families and children.

19:30 Burgess Hill Choral Society Christmas Concert Join us for our Christmas Concert, £13 or £3 for under-18s. www., Burgess Hill Town Council Help Point, on the door or phone: 07522 493966

Monday 25 December

Sunday 10 December

10:00 Christmas Day A celebration of Christmas for all the family.

16:00 Christingle Service

Christ Church, Sayers Common

Sunday 17 December

St Peter’s Church, Twineham Saturday 16 December

19:00 A Sussex Christmas Carol Service Celebrate and worship with us in an Evening of Carols, Folk Music, Song and Verse from Old Sussex. Mulled wine and mince pies served.

Balcombe St Mary’s Church, London Road, Balcombe RH17 6PA Sunday 03 December

10:00, Christingle Family Service 18:00 Advent Carol Service

Sunday 10 December, 16:30 ‘Once As I Remember’: Memories of a Childhood Christmas Candlelit concert by the English Arts Chorale. Carols, festive songs and readings, sacred and secular. Audience participation in some Carols. £12 (includes refreshments) at the door. Call 01737 762097 for tickets

Sunday 17 December, 18:00 Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 24 December

Sunday 17 December 18:30 9 Lessons and Carols

Sunday 24 December 14:00 Crib Service with puppets 16:00 Nativity Crib Service 23:15 First Communion of Christmas

Monday 25 December 10:00 Celebration Service for all

St Edward the Confessor Parish Church, Royal George Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9TD Sunday 17 December

18:00 Christmas Praise & Christingle Service An informal service of Carols and Christmas songs for all the family with Christingles for the children.

Sunday 24 December 20:00 The Mass of Christmas Night The First Mass of Christmas – with the same atmosphere as Midnight Mass, but at an earlier time to be accessible to more people

Monday 25 December 10:00 Christmas Day Family Service An informal Mass for Christmas Day for all the family

St John the Evangelist’s Church, Lower Church Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9AA

Sunday 24 December 16:00-17:00 Christingle Christmas service for children including the preparation of a Christingle.

The Point at the Woolpack Pub, Burgess Hill RH15 8NN Sunday 03 December

19:00 Church in a Pub Carols and special guests Lewes Sings Gospel

The Point, St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill RH15 8GA Sunday 17 December

10:30 All Age Carols 18:00 Evening Carols Celebration

Gateway Baptist Church, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EQ Sunday 17 December

10:30-12:00 Family Service. Sunday morning worship and service for the whole family 18:30 Candlelight Service Evening service to celebrate Christmas with Christmas songs old and new

Sunday 24 December 23:30 Christmas Eve Midnight Communion

Monday 25 December 10:30-11:45 Christmas Morning Service to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ

All Saints United Reformed Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 OJS Sunday 10 December

10:30 Family Nativity with Junior Mid Sussex Band

16:00 Crib Building Service 23:00 Christmas Eve Midnight Eucharist Service

Saturday 02 December

Sunday 17 December

16:00 Christingle

18:30 Carols by Candlelight with Mid Sussex Brass Band

Monday 25 December, 10:00

18:00 Advent Carols

Sunday 03 December

Christmas Family Eucharist

Tuesday 12 December

Bolney & Cowfold

19:30 Sing with Us for Christmas Concert Concert hosted by The Sussex Harmonisers, featuring familiar Christmas songs, sung unaccompanied, in four-part harmony.

St Mary Magdalene, Cowfold Road, Bolney RH17 5QR Sunday 17 December

10:00 Breathing Space – Family Eucharist


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Wednesday 13 December 19:00 Christmas Tree Lights

Sunday 17 December

Sunday 24 December 23:30 Midnight Communion Service

Monday 25 December 10:00 Café Church

Chailey St Peter’s Church, Chailey BN8 4DA Saturday 09 10:00-17:00 – Sunday 10

December, 13:00-17:00 Christmas trees and music throughout weekend. Refreshments available. £3 entry.

Chichester Chichester Cathedral, The Royal Chantry, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester PO19 1PX Please see website for details www. chichester Contact: Charlotte 01243 812488. No tickets required.

Crawley St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Crawley RH10 7RT Sunday 03 December

11:30-12:15 Christingle! Come and make Christingles with us with craft and refreshments 18:30-19:30 Advent by Candlelight

Sunday 17 December 18:30-19:30 Lessons and Carols Share in this traditional Christmas service with its awe-inspiring mix of choir-only pieces and Carols for all in tranquil and ancient surroundings. Retiring collection for local charity.

Sunday 24 December 16:00-17:00 Children’s Crib Service Come dressed up (or not) for our traditional children’s crib service 23:30-00:30 Midnight Mass Join us in the tranquil surroundings of the 11th oldest Church of England for our traditional Midnight Mass

St Barnabas, Worth Road Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY 17 December

16:00-17:00 Carols for All Join your voices with ours for this Christmas service followed by mulled wine and mince pies

K2, Pease Pottage, Crawley RH11 9BQ Sunday 10 December,

Choir from 15:00, Service 15:30 Tree of Life At St Catherine’s Hospice, we understand that the loss of someone special can be so very hard, especially at this time of the year. During this service you will be able to reflect and remember a loved one and dedicate a star in their memory. Contact: 01293 447364

Cuckfield Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Friday 08 – Sunday 10 December

Christmas Tree Festival & Carol Service 75 fully decorated and lit Christmas trees, sponsored by local businesses and organizations, live music and refreshments.

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Christmas gifts

Rare Skills Gallery A wonderful collection of paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, decorative wood, silk scarves, leather bags and belts - all beautifully designed and made by hand for people you really care about. 2, Ashdown Court, Lewes Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5EZ

Safe Haven for Donkeys Adopt a donkey this Christmas and help raise vital funds for Safe Haven. You will receive an adoption certificate, record card, photo, quarterly newsletter and cuddly toy. Adoption packs are either £24/£48 for the year or £2/£4 per month. Unit 23 More House Farm, Ditchling Road Wivelsfi eld, Haywards Heath West Sussex RH17 7RE 01444 470136

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Three Greys Riding School Riding Vouchers are available making an ideal Christmas present. Three Greys run special events for children during all school holidays. These include Stable Management Days, Children’s 2 Hour Rides. All welcome – adults, children, beginners or experienced. Three Greys Riding School, Rock Rose, Clayton Hill, Pyecombe, East Sussex BN45 7FF 01273 843536

Rushfields Come into our Christmas wonderland of unique decorations, trees, lights, gifts and festival food. Henfield Road, Poynings, West Sussex BN45 7AY 01273 857445

Grape Tree The perfect place to shop delicious snacks and health foods, including nuts, seeds, dried and crystallised fruit, superfoods, confectionery, cooking and baking ingredients. You will also find gifts, snacks and ingredients to set you up for the festive season. 56 South Street, Worthing, BN11 3AA Tel. 01903 212750 FB/Twitter/Insta grapetreefoods

Dawmouse Furniture Dawmouse Furniture provides made to measure furniture and stocks a wide range of styles for your home. Whether you need a dining table and chairs for festive entertaining or a sideboard for storage, look no further. Visit our showroom to create your own look. Unit V21 S.M. Tidys Industrial Estate, Ditchling Common, East Sussex BN6 8SG 07805 985146 FB and Insta: dawmousefurnitureditchling

A History of Sussex Brilliantly readable, beautifully illustrated, comprehensive – the perfect gift for anyone interested in the history of Sussex. Buy copies from 01524 840111 using code SX20PP for 20% off.

Seawhite Showroom An Artists’ Aladdin’s Cave! Christmas gifts and stocking fillers, for beginners to professional artists. Avalon Court, Star Trading Estate, Partridge Green, RH13 8RY 01403 712270

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Fri. 11:30-19:30. Sat. 11:30-18:30. Sun. 11:30-17:00 followed by a Carol Service at 18:00. After the Service mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the Old School opposite the Church. Fundraising for Chailey Heritage Foundation and Holy Trinity Church. Contact: Rev Canon Nick Wetherall 01444 456461

Sunday 17 December


18:00 Carols by Candlelight

Forest Row

with items for the audience to join in, and pieces from our wider repertoire. £6 for adults, including a glass of wine and mince pie. Accompanied school age children free.


Freshfield Hall, The Square, Forest Row RH18 5ES

15:00 Crib Service 18:30-19:30 Carols by Candlelight.

Streat Parish Church, Street Lane, Street Sunday 10 December

08:00 Holy Communion 09:45 Family Nativity Service 18:00 Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols

St John’s Church, High Street, Dormansland RH7 6QU

Thursday 21 December

15:00-17:00 Christmas Concert presented by the Dormansland Committee of Action Medical Research for Children The Greenstede Singers will perform a selection of traditional and modern songs and Carols. Refreshments available and Christmas cards on sale. £8 from Claire on 01342 323697/07790 194835 or Vickie on 01732 863950/07762 491956 www.action.

18:00 Cuckfield Nativity with live sheep and donkeys

Sunday 24 December 08:00 Holy Communion 09:45 Parish Eucharist 14:30 Crib Service in Church 16:00 Crib Service in Church 16:00 Stable Service in the Old school 23:15 Midnight Mass

Monday 25 December 08:00 Holy Communion 09:45 Parish Eucharist

Cuckfield Baptist Church, Polestub Lane, Cuckfield RH17 5EU

Sunday 03 December

Sunday 24 December 15:00 Crib Service 16:30 Crib Service 11:30 Midnight Eucharist

Sunday 17 December

Monday 25 December

16:00-18:00 Family Carol Service Join us for our Christmas Family Carol Service. Creche and children’s activities included. All welcome!

08:00 Said Communion 10:00 Christmas Eucharist

Sunday 24 December 10:30-12:00 Christmas Eve Service Creche and Sunday School plus refreshments

Monday 25 December 10:30-11:30 Christmas Day Service Creche and children’s activities included plus refreshments

Danehill All Saints Church, Lewes Road, Danehill RH17 7ER Sunday 10 December

11:00 Noah’s Ark Nativity

Sunday 17 December 18:00 Carol Service

Sunday 24 December 11:00 Christingle Service 23:30 Christingle Service

Monday 25 December 10:00 Joint Christmas Day Service

Ditchling, Streat and Westmeston Beacon Parish St Margaret’s Church, Ditchling BN6 8TS Sunday 17 December

18:00 Carols by Candlelight

Tuesday 19 December 18:00 Ditchling Primary School Carol Service

Saturday 23 December 16:30 Family Crib Service

Sunday 24 December 16:30 Family Crib Service 23:30 Midnight Mass

Monday 25 December 09:45 Christmas Celebration with Holy Communion

St Martin’s, Westmeston Sunday 17 December

16:00 Carols by Candlelight

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East Grinstead Chequer Mead Theatre, Chequer Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BS Tuesday 05 December

14:00-15:00 The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir Christmas Carol Concert A concert to raise funds for the RNLI. Tickets £5 and concessions £4. Box Office 01342 302000

Trinity Methodist Church, Lingfield Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HA Saturday 09 December

14:30-16:30 Carols and Cakes The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir presents a concert to raise funds for the RNLI. Tickets £6 include refreshments and they are available from the Trinity Welcome Café, at the door or from Roger Collins 01342 324196

Chapel, Sackville College, East Grinstead RH19 3BX

available from the Trinity Welcome Café, at the door or from Roger 01342 324196

Saturday 16 December

Monday 25 December

19:30-21:00 The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir Concert of Christmas Carols Concert ticket includes mulled wine on arrival and a light supper in the interval. Bring your own drinks. Entry: £10 from Roger Collins 01342 324196 r.o.collins@

10:00 Family Service

Handcross, Slaugham & Staplefield Staplefield Villlage Hall, Cuckfield Road, Staplefield RH17 6ET Sunday 03 December

16:00 St Mark’s Christmas Craft Fair St Mark’s, Brantridge Lane, Staplefield RH17 6EN

Sunday 10 December 16:00 Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 14 December 16:00 All Age Crib Service

Monday 25 December 09:00 Christmas Celebration with Communion

All Saints, Horsham Road, Handcross RH 6DF Wednesday 06 December

10:30 Spotlight Christmas Service

Handcross Parish Hall, High Street, Handcross RH17 6BJ

10:00 Parish Eucharist

Monday 24 December 11:15 Family Eucharist with Carols

St Francis of Assisi Church, Priory Road, Hassocks BN6 8PS Sunday 24 December 16:00 Crib Service

St Edward’s Roman Catholic Church, Lodge Lane, Keymer BN6 8NA Sunday 24 December

19:00 First Mass of Christmas with Carols

Monday 25 December 09:30 Mass with Carols

Haywards Heath Christ Church, New England Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3LE Sunday 17 December

18:30 Carols by Candlelight 10:30 Nativity at Warden Park Primary Academy

Sunday 31 December 10:00 Holy Communion

St Mary’s, The Green, Slaugham RH17 6AG Sunday 03 December

10:30 All Age Toy Service

Wednesday 13 December 12:30 Mustard Seed Christmas Lunch

10:00 Morning Worship 23:15 Midnight Communion

14:30 -16:30 The Forest Row Lifeboat Choir present a concert to raise funds for the RNLI. Tickets £6 include refreshments, are

Sunday 24 December

Sunday 24 December

Sunday 24 December

Saturday 09 December

St John the Baptist Church, Underhill Lane, Clayton BN6 9PJ

15:30 Messy Church Family Film event

19:30 Carol Concert. Tickets £5

Trinity Methodist Church, Lingfield Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HA

08:00 BCP Eucharist 09:45 Sung Eucharist

Wednesday 06 December

18:30 Carols by Candlelight

14:00 Celebrating our Local Community– A Tree Festival An interesting display of illuminated and decorated trees, refreshments and a special act of worship at 4pm on Sunday 10th. All donations will benefit The British Red Cross, Dementia UK, and Family Support Work. Contact: Karen West 01342 302083

Monday 25 December

10:30 Family Eucharist with Carols

Tuesday 05 December

Thursday 07 – Sunday 10 December

18:00 Service of 9 Lessons and Carols 23:30 First Mass of Christmas with Carols

Monday 25 December

19:30 Carol Concert. Tickets £5

St Mary’s Church, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DS

Sunday 24 December

15:00-16:00 Nativity Experience (Prayer Space)

Sunday 17 December

19:30 Cantu Amici Christmas Concert. Tickets £7.50 Tea, coffee and mince pies in the Common Room after each concert

St Cosmas & St Damian Church, Keymer Road, Keymer BN6 8QL

Friday 08 December

Monday 04 December

Wednesday 06 December

Sunday 24 December

Monday 25 December 10:30 Christmas Celebration

Hassocks Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Saturday 09 December,

14:30-16:30 The Magic of Christmas Christmas concert with Carols, songs and entertainment with friends and neighbours. Christmas raffle. Refreshments included in admission price, £3 adults, £1 child. Tickets ring 01273 845291

Hassocks United Reformed Church, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Wednesday 13 December

19:30-21:30 All The Right Notes Christmas Concert Songs and Carols to celebrate Christmas,

Monday 25 December 10:30 Christmas Day Service

Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Saturday 02 December

19:30-21:15 Christmas Concert for Action for Children Sparkling Christmas Classics and Carols to be performed by Kirdford, Ifold and Plaistow Handbell Ringers. Free admission.

Sunday 03 December 10:30 Gift Service 16:30 Advent Carol Service Followed by refreshments

Saturday 09 December 15:00-17:00 Messy Church

Sunday 10 December 10:30 Christmas Carols

Tuesday 12 December 13:00 Ensemble Reza’s free Christmas lunchtime concert Suitable for all ages. Come and join us for a mince pie and refreshments from 12:30.

Sunday 24 December 10:30 Christingle 16:30 Crib Service 23:15 Mulled wine and mince pies 11:30 Holy Communion

Monday 25 December 10:30 All Age Worship for Christmas Morning

St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH

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Shearer’s Fine Foods Don’t struggle to find gifts this Christmas, visit Shearer’s for hampers filled with gourmet goodies. Choose from the Shearer’s range or build your own with free packing and wrapping. The Old Post Office, Lewes Road, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5EZ 01342 822752

Penny Farthing Jewellers Showcasing their latest Italian Jewellery range, Penny Farthing Jewellers are pleased to reveal Dog Fever silver and enamel rings, earrings, bangles and pendants. 28 High Street, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 3AS 01342 323331

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AGA Shop Woods Travel Treat your loved one to a new adventure this Christmas with a gift voucher. Available in any denomination, vouchers can be redeemed against anything booked with the Woods Travel Group. Park Road, Bognor Regis PO21 2PX Tel: 01243 868080

Real Ales At Ltd of Worlds End Christmas Cheers! Suppliers of real ales, quality wines, spirits, champagne and a selection of port. Open 11am - 10 pm 7 days a week. Off-road parking and near to Wivesfield Station. 1 Valebridge Road, Burgess Hill West Sussex RH15 0RA 01444 616950

AGA Delamere Rural is an exclusive range of cookware designed to fit on the AGA oven runners. Our oven to tableware is microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. Delamere Rural Pie Dish RRP £50, Delamere Rural Gratin Dish RRP £40.

At Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning we have a range of beautiful Gisela Graham Christmas decorations and gifts to choose from. 1 College Road, Haywards Heath West Sussex RH16 1QN 01444 416644

AGA Shop Horsham 01403 254955

Trulum Trulum skin care will purify, fortify and protect your skin resulting in moisture increase. It decreases skin roughness and reveals a fresh appearance.For more benefits view Contact Freeeman 07932 016984 / 01293 885091 order online ID 1317450

Room on the Row Enter the seasonal spirit with style. We have a unique collection of Christmas gifts & decorations that will only make you want more! Visit us in the heart of Forest Row The Square, Lewes Road, Forest Row East Sussex RH18 5ES 01342 825069

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Church & Carol SERVICES Saturday 16 December 19:30-21:30 Mid Sussex Choir Christmas Concert Charity Concert with excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Bob Chilcott’s On Christmas Night, plus festive songs and Carols for choir and audience to join in. Tickets from Carousel Music, or all choir members £10 in advance, £12 on the night and children under 16 free with a paying adult.

19:30 Horsted Keynes Carol Service Come and join us in worship on the platforms of Horsted Keynes station. The service will start at 7.30pm with the station refreshment room open from 6pm with hot snacks and mulled wine available to purchase. Entry to the station is free of charge but a retiring collection will be offered for St Giles Church and the Bluebell Railway

Henfield Evangelical Free Church, High Street, Henfield BN5 9HP Friday 08 & Saturday 09 December

Christmas Tree Festival The Church and Hall will be open on Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday.

Sunday 17 December 18:30 Carols by Candlelight Refreshments afterwards.

Sunday 24 December 10:30 Christmas Eve Morning Service Refreshments afterwards. 18:30 Informal Evening Service With Communion

Monday 25 December 10:30 Christmas Morning Service

Hurst Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, BN6 9UY

The Bluebell Railway, Horsted Keynes Station RH17 7BB Saturday 02 December

Monday 25 December 08:00 Christmas Eucharist 09:45 Christmas Family Eucharist

Evangelical Church, 149 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9PU

19:30 Mothers’ Union Advent Service and Shared Supper (Tickets from Judy Leech 01273 833954)

15:00 Ashdown Singers: Concert of Carols. Collection for the homeless

Westgate Chapel, 92a High Street, Lewes BN7 1X Saturday 15 December

18:30 Lewes Esterhazy Chamber Choir: Carols by Candlelight

19:00 Combined Civic and St Anne’s Church Carol Service

10:30 Morning Service 10:00 Come and celebrate with us our Saviour’s birth

18:00 A Service of Watching and Waiting for Advent

Sunday 09 December

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St Pancras Church, Irelands Lane, Lewes BN7 1QX

St Anne’s Church, High Street, Lewes BN7 1RH

14:30 Hurstpierpoint Singers’ Christmas Extravaganza Carols and Christmas songs for everyone to join in, as well a pieces sung by the choir. Tickets cost £8 including a glass of wine and a mince pie. Accompanied school-age children are free. For ticket information please contact David Redd on 01273 831801

Holy Trinity Church, High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6


10:30 Morning Service 16:00 Seasonal Reflections. Carols and cakes

Sunday 10 December

Wednesday 06 December

Horsted Keynes

15:00 & 16:30 Crib Services with All Join In Nativity, children are invited to dress as a favourite nativity character 23:30 Midnight Mass

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Sunday 24 December

Lancing Lancing College, Lancing BN15 ORW Friday 01 December, 19:30

Advent Concert A long-established favourite in the Lancing calendar, this festival of the festive, this sumptuously celebratory musical extravaganza will leave you cheering for more. £6.


Sunday 17 December

Carols on the Green, Neville Road, Lewes BN7 1ND

18:00 Candlelit Carol Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies

15:00 Carols on the Green with Christ

Sunday 09 December

Monday 18 December

St Thomas a Beckett Church, Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH Sunday 24 December

09.45 Sunday Parish Communion for Advent IV 16:00 Family Crib Service 18:30 Evening Prayer – Said Holy Communion 23:30 Midnight Communion with Carols

Monday 25 December – Christmas Day 09:45 Parish Christmas Communion with Carols 18:00 Evening Prayer – Said Holy Communion

Tuesday 26 December – St Stephen 09:00 Said Holy Communion 18:00 Evening Prayer – Said Holy Communion

Wednesday 27 December– St John 09:00 Said Holy Communion 18:00 Evening Prayer – Said Holy Communion

Thursday 28 December – Holy Innocents

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Oakwood Farm Lifestyle A selection of delicious artisan cheeses with chutney and crispbreads. Choose from Blue, Cheddar or Mixed to make the perfect Christmas Box. Details on website. Oakwood Farm, North Common Road, North Chailey, Lewes BN8 4ED 01444 471058

Marston Barrett Limited Jewellers and Silversmiths of Distinction in Lewes who specialise in antique, secondhand and contemporary jewellery – silver watches & clocks. For a unique shopping experience come along and see us.

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Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique in Warwick St, Worthing has a gorgeous selection of children’s clothes, toys and gifts from birth to 10 years. Personalised gifts a speciality, plus a free giftwrapping service. Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique 29 Warwick Street (opposite Pizza Express), Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3DQ 01903 446860

72/72 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XG 01273 474150

The Lighthouse Family run lighting retailer, we stock a vast range of lighting, light bulbs and accessories for all purposes, tastes and budgets. We are also open on Sundays 10 – 4pm. The Lighthouse, The Guildbourne Centre, Worthing BN11 1LZ 01903 207331

Looking for a Christmas gift for Southern African friends or family? Get a Sussex Biltong hamper, all your favourites in a box! Priced at £28.00. Available from The Orchards, Haywards Heath.

Rushfields Now in stock, a huge range of festive ornaments, fibre optic or real Christmas trees, decorations and much more. Make your Christmas special! Henfield Road, Poynings, West Sussex BN45 7AY 01273 857445

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Hippychick Classic World is a range of wooden toys that range from pull along toys and blocks to tool benches and walkers! Sustainably made, Classic World have a straight forward philosophy, ‘happy playing, happy learning!’ classicworld! 01278 434440

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Grape & Grain With an astonishing collection of over 400 beers available, from modern craft beer and classic real ales to beer gifts and draught takeaway ale on tap Grape & Grain really is a beer lovers paradise. 51 The Broadway, Haywards Heath RH16 3AS 01444 456217

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09:00 Said Holy Communion 18:00 Evening Prayer – Said Holy Communion

Friday 29 December 09:00 Said Holy Communion 18:00 Evening Prayer – Said Holy Communion

Sunday 31 December 09:45 Parish Communion with Hymns 18:30 Evening Prayer – Said Holy Communion

St Michael’s, High Street, Lewes BN7 1XU Wednesday 06 December

19:30 Carol Concert. £5 in aid of Pestalozzi

Eastgate Baptist Church, Eastgate Street, Lewes BN7 2LR Sunday 17 December

18:30 Carols by Candlelight

Lindfield All Saints Church, High Street, Lindfield, RH16 2HS Sunday 17 December

08:00 Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) 10:30 Christmas Special for all ages 16:30 A Service of Lessons and Carols 18:30 A Service of Lessons and Carols

15:00 Christingle Service 16:15 Christingle Service 17:30 Christingle Service with All Saints’ Children’s Orchestra 23:15 Midnight Communion

Monday 25 December 07:30 Christmas Communion (Book of Common Prayer) 09:30 Christmas Day Family Celebration 11:00 Christmas Communion

Poynings, Pyecombe, Newtimber & Edburton

Sunday 24 December 08:00 Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) 10:30 Morning Worship

Sunday 24 December 08:00 Holy Communion 10:30 Sung Eucharist 14:30 Crib Service 18:00 Evensong 23:30 Midnight Eucharist

Monday 25 December 08:00 Holy Communion 09:30 Christmas Day Family Service


10:00-11:00 Sung Eucharist 18:30-19:45 Lessons and Carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies

Sunday 24 December 08:00-08:45 Holy Communion (BCP) 10:00-11:00 Sung Eucharist 16:00-17:00 Children’s Crib Service 23:30-00:50 Midnight Mass

Worthing St Mary’s Church, 117 Broadwater Road, Worthing BN14 8HT

Holy Trinity, Poynings

St Barnabas Church, Worth Road, Pound Hill RH10 7DY Sunday 03 December

Friday 08 December

17:00 Carol Service

10:00-11:00 Family Eucharist

15:30-18:30 Christmas Café

Sunday 24 December

Sunday 17 December

Tuesday 12 December

15:30 Christingle Service

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

10:00-11:00 Eucharist 16:00-17:00 Carols for All, followed by mulled wine and mince pies

07:30 Advent Reflection

14:30 Carol Service

Sunday 24 December

Sunday 17 December

Sunday 17 December

Monday 25 December

10:00 Holy Communions ServiceSt

Andrews, Edburton

Sunday 17 December

10:00-11:00 Family Communion with Crib Service Come dressed up and join us for this lovely service which is followed by refreshments

18:00 Carol Service

Monday 25 December

Sunday 10 December

10:00-11:00 Christmas Day Family Eucharist

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe

St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Worth, RH10 7RT

18:00 Carol Service

Tuesday 19 December 10:00 Tiger @ Ten Carols Carols for over 55s, followed by coffee and cake

19:00 Village Carol Service

Sunday 03 December

Wivelsfield Church of St Peter & St John the Baptist, Church Lane, Wivelsfield RH17 7RD Friday 08 December

08:00-08:45 Holy Communion (BCP) 10:00-11:00 Sung Eucharist 11:30-12:15 Christingle Service 18:30-19:30 A Candlelight Advent Service

Tuesday 05 December

07:30 Advent Reflection

Sunday 17 December 09:30 St Mary’s Nativity Service 11:30 Lessons and Carols 19:00 Carols by Candlelight

Tuesday 19 December 07:30 Advent Reflection

Sunday 24 December 14:30 & 16:00 Christingle Services 23:00 Midnight Service

Monday 25 December 10:00 St Mary’s Christmas Service

Hosanna Church, Broadwater C of E First & Middle School, Rectory Gardens, Worthing BN14 7TQ Sunday 17 December

10:00 Hosanna Nativity Service

Sunday 17 December

Monday 25 December

08:00-08:45 Holy Communion (BCP)

10:00 Hosanna Christmas Service

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Tree frog Tree Frog Life... is now open in East Grinstead’s historic High Street. A lifestyle emporium of Scandi design clothing, beautiful French room diffusers, sensual candles & luscious lighting, all collated with the original Tree Frog quality ethos that makes them a bit different ! 43-47 High Street, East Grinstead, West Sussex rh19 3af 01342 300822

Rushfields A huge range of gifts for all the family this Christmas. From gardening and homeware to gift wrapping and toys.

s a m t s i r Chgift guide Annie Tempest’s Tottering by Gently prints featuring the humorous antics of Dicky and Daffy and a range of products available online and from our showroom. Unit 4, Forest Row Business Park, Station Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DW 01342 826983

Henfield Road, Poynings, West Sussex BN45 7AY 01273 857445

Auricula Get ready for the party season with these earrings from Auricula! Unique hand-crafted jewellery for every occasion. 12 Turner Dumbrell Workshops, Dumbrells Court Road, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8GT 01273 845 582

Flicker Rose This lovely ‘Winter Collection’ is by local Graphic Designer, Jinny Ursell, who works from her studio in Hove. She creates clean and contemporary homeware and gifts with top quality British made products that are stylish, sophisticated and really rather delightful.

Hippychick They’ll be hopping around the Christmas tree with these reindeer Happy Hopperz from Hippychick! Encouraging imaginative play, they are also available in a menagerie of other animal styles. 01278 434440

Get your New Year, New You offers seen in over 17,000 copies of the magazine and online from as little as £60 plus Vat Please call Tanis or Gill on 01273 835355 or email

Shop 2, Cobblestone Walk, 74 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3RD 01903 814264

Hair Emporium Aveda gift of joy from Nepal. Hand pick the perfect gift and learn how our gift wrapping changes lives in Nepal. Make a positive difference through the simple purchase of an Aveda gift. Vouchers also available. 50 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR 01273 841234

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twine and string it across a fireplace or hearth (well away from the fire). Buy some mini wooden pegs and small cotton bags or numbered stockings and again fill with treats or a little rhyme or poem. 3. Mix and match treats with activities. Create one of the above but along with chocolate and small gifts, include an activity that the recipient has to act out. It could be singing a carol or telling a joke to making Christmas biscuits or (in keeping with the spirit of goodwill to all men) undertaking random acts of kindness! 4. Adult Advent. Fill little numbered gift bags with foodie treats such as gourmet cheeses and unusual snacks or better still small bottles of spirits or wine. Keep out of reach of children! 5. Finally for something much more minimalist, get 24 gorgeous silvered or copper tea light holders, stand them in a row along a windowsill or dining table, fill with tea-lights and light one each day in the run up Christmas. Perfect!

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Advent calendars are as much a part of Christmas as crackers and stockings, but it hasn’t always been this way. In fact they are a relatively new seasonal tradition, with the very first one reputed to have been produced in Bavaria, Southern Germany in 1908. This is the Advent calendar as we now know it; a way to count down the days until Christmas in paper form. Their gorgeous, mysterious little doors beckoning us to peel them back to reveal illustrations (sometimes biblical) and small toys or chocolate. A delight for children and adults alike! One of the precursors to the Advent calendar originated in 1700s Scandinavia in the Lutheran Church, where the tradition is to mark the first 24 days of December with candles ( Julkalendar) or cross the days off on a chalkboard. According to records, the Advent wreath came next, something we still see across Europe today. The idea of the Advent calendar spread from Scandinavia and Germany to the rest of Europe and the USA in the post war period, becoming hugely popular in families as a


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way of marking the beginning of the festive season and helping children countdown to Christmas Day. In the UK, the first Advent calendars containing chocolate was produced in 1958. If you fancy doing something different and creative, then here are some fabulous ideas for a homemade way to mark Advent. Happy Christmas!

Their gorgeous, mysterious little doors beckoning us to peel them back to reveal illustrations and small toys or chocolate 1. Get thrifty and use a fabric shoe organiser with 24 pockets and hang on the wall. Either sew or stick on coloured or metallic numbers (lots of ideas online or at craft shops) to the pockets and fill with little gifts and treats! 2. Get some ordinary garden

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The Halls! Christmas decorations aren’t just about tinsel and glitter – their religious and cultural significance goes back thousands of years When you’re battling the supermarket crowds as you select your Christmas tree and holly wreath, spare a kind thought for your ancient ancestors. They had to venture into the dangerous wild wood in order to fetch their Yule greenery. The custom of decorating ye olde hearth and home goes back thousands of years. Ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia in December with feasting and presentgiving as they adorned their houses and temples with evergreen garlands. Sounds familiar? As early Christian civilisation advanced across Europe it’s easy to see how the old beliefs and Christian themes became intertwined. Ancient cultures in the northern hemisphere recognised the importance of the winter solstice. Offerings were made in the hope that daylight would return. Germanic countries held a 12 day festival called ‘Yul’ - the origin of our Twelve Days of Christmas, perhaps? Nordic regions celebrated ‘Yohl’ and St Bede, writing in 8th century Northumbria, mentions ‘Yule Tide’.

Cosseted by electric light and central heating, we can take a casual attitude to the approach of winter, but it’s easy to understand how our ancestors were perturbed by the changing landscape and why they showed reverence towards plants that miraculously remained alive throughout winter. Over

and peace. If two people met under mistletoe, they were expected to exchange a cordial greeting, or a handshake - or even a kiss… Christmas in medieval England was frequently an excuse for feasting and entertainment. By the 1640s, frustrated by the gluttonous behaviour of the people, parliament decreed that December 25th should be an ordinary working day. This deeply unpopular legislation did not last long. The Puritan government fell and Christmas festivities were officially resumed in 1660. Queen Charlotte, continuing the custom from her native Germany, had the first Christmas tree in Britain in 1800, but it was an 1848 engraving in the Illustrated London News, depicting Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their children standing around a lavishly decorated tree that really caught the public’s imagination. The shops have been bombarding us with baubles and bling ever since. Happy Christmas!

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time, religious themes became associated with such plants. Blood red holly berries were a symbol of Christ’s crucifixion and the prickly leaves served as a reminder of the crown of thorns. Ivy became associated with themes of stoicism and strength; clinging tenaciously - it survives in all weathers. Most extraordinary of all was mistletoe; a plant that, even now, looks as if it came out of a book of myth and legend. Mistletoe lives between two realms; neither in the earth nor the sky. It has no visible roots or means of sustenance, yet remains green all winter - no wonder ancient cultures revered it. Nordic legend praises it as a plant of friendship

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The Present Conundrum Is the tension and torment of purchasing presents an annual purgatory to be endured with the thinnest of smiles? Or are you organised and planning for Christmas 2018? Are you the type of person who has thought of, purchased, wrapped and gift-tagged all the Christmas gifts you’ll be giving this year while the trees were still green, Cliff was recording his festive single and your neighbours were maxingout their barbecue under Indian summer skies? If you are, then congratulations for you are quite clearly a ‘Jolly Holly.’ You should read no further, unless you enjoy witnessing the purgatory that the rest of us fearfully trudge through with leaden feet on an annual basis. The rest of us, that’s you and I dear reader, we are the silent majority. We are those who know the task of finding Christmas gifts for our nearest, our dearest, our extended family and favoured friends to be something of a soul shattering process, almost emotional persecution. Just what to get for him, for her, for them, for those, for the others, and how much to tip the paperboy are fretful questions. Increasing tension and torment that seem to lead, as Christmas gets closer, down an ever-narrowing, mostly harrowing pathway, to a last

minute dash on Christmas Eve. Will my recipient like what I purchase? Will they pretend to like it if they don’t? Will it be useful? Will it

although to me it’s a gift of limited choice. Cash is the real gift of choice, but cash is also the gift of no imagination whatsoever. Gift me a meal in a pub or restaurant for Christmas and I am smiling like the Cheshire Cat by a warm winter fire. It’s a wonderful gift if you’ve never thought of giving it. I finally saw the light last year; it may have been a bright star moving east on a cloudless night. It was shining down on the street, illuminating a copy of our magazine, lying open on the ground, resting on some straw, outside a shop. There it was, open at ‘The Christmas Gift Guide’ and my problems were solved… well most of them were. Not quite ‘Jolly Holly’ I admit, but an improvement on previous times. Knowing all I need to do this year is study the contents page, there’s even a whiff of inner peace in the air. And with that, with the clock running down, I better do a little shopping myself or my nearest and dearest will become a little less close and a little more expensive to please in future!

Gift me a meal in a pub or restaurant for Christmas and I am smiling like the Cheshire Cat by a warm winter fire. It’s a wonderful gift if you’ve never thought of giving it


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merriment Christmas Dinner has always been a meal synonymous with luxury and indulgence. While this is no surprise, what might surprise you is that what we consider a traditional Christmas dinner is not so traditional after all Today, the classic celebratory dinner might start with smoked salmon, followed by turkey and Christmas pudding, yet this is a world away from what was eaten during Medieval times. In fact, turkeys only arrived in Europe from the Americas during the late 15th century and certainly wouldn’t have been on anyone’s Christmas menu. So, just what was served up during the season of goodwill? The first thing to appreciate is that during Medieval times the Christmas period was preceded by a month of fasting throughout the season of Advent. The four weeks before Christmas Day was a time to prepare for God’s coming into the world through Jesus and this involved both repentance and fasting. Once the big day


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itself arrived, people were free to indulge with a hearty meal. Yet the Medieval version of fasting was somewhat different to our own. In strict terms it meant giving up meat and dairy products, but the rich, reluctant to abandon their mid-winter feasting, found ways around this. While they could still eat fish and seafood, such as oysters and

eels, they also allowed beaver tail, justified because beavers lived in water like fish. Similarly, the mythical Barnacle Goose was a product of the ocean and so goose was not restricted either (the myth claimed the geese dropped into the ocean from tree barnacles). An anonymous 14th century poem describes a Knight’s Advent meal as including, “several soups or stews, two helpings of each… various sorts of fish: baked in bread; grilled; boiled; stewed and continued on page 30

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spiced; and all with sauce.” And that was considered fasting! In terms of the agricultural cycle, Christmas was the perfect time to hold a feast as the crops had been harvested and if animals were not to be kept during the winter months, it was a good time for slaughter. This meant there was usually a rich bounty of food available for the big day itself. However, what was eaten largely depended on your level of wealth. For royalty and the very wealthy, the boar’s head would take pride of place during the feast and was usually brought into the great hall with huge ceremony, to the sound of trumpets playing, or the singing of a special carol. Other popular meats included venison, beef, mutton, partridge, goose and with the king’s permission, swan. In 1213, King John held a Christmas feast that included 200 head of pork, 1,000 hens, 100lbs of almonds and 10,000 salt eels. With similar extravagance, Richard II served up 28 oxen and 300 sheep in 1377. Gallons of wine, often mulled


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with honey and spices, was consumed and there were many sweet offerings, including fruit pies, tarts, custards, sugarplums, figs, dried fruits and sweet egg puddings. Although our foodstuffs are largely different, both Medieval and contemporary tables would still have groaned under the weight of the rich and extravagant fare on offer.

Our custom of hiding a coin in the Christmas pudding may come from the Medieval game of the Bean King

men. However, unlike today, these pies were originally made with shredded meat, spices and fruit. It wasn’t until the Victorian era that the meat was removed. Gingerbread, also still enjoyed today, was another popular delicacy and was made using expensive and exotic spices. Christmas puddings consisted of a spicy porridge known as ‘frumenty,’ filled with currents and dried fruit. The addition of egg yolks, cinnamon and nutmeg made this a real treat. Our custom of hiding a coin in the Christmas

One tradition that has endured is the eating of mince pies. In Medieval times, these were baked in small rectangular cases to represent the baby Jesus’ crib. The addition of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg symbolised the gifts given by the Three Wise

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pudding may come from the Medieval game of the Bean King. This involved a loaf of bread or cake, which had been baked with a small bean inside it. Whoever got the portion with the bean, was proclaimed the Bean King and got to rule over the festivities. Thankfully, Christmas was also a time for sharing and often the local lord would supply his tenants and servants with special food for the celebrations. In 1547, a wealthy gentleman from the Midlands gave his tenants beef, mutton, 10 geese, 9 pigs, 6 capon, a swan, 16 rabbits, 3 hens, 2 woodcocks and 16 venison pies, not to mention all the beer they could drink. In the spirit of Christmas, the local lord might also donate the unwanted offal from his festive deer. This was known as the ‘umbles.’ To make it go further it was often mixed with other ingredients to make a pie, meaning the poor would eat ‘umble pie’. This is the source of the saying we still use today, to refer to someone who has fallen from grace.

For the poor with less generous benefactors, sausages, bacon, bread, cheese and salted fish would have been served up, accompanied by stored apples, peas, beans, onions, leeks, garlic and maybe some honey. For those that could afford it, the Church sold ready cooked geese


for 7 pence, which was just over a day’s wages. So, whether you’ll be serving up a boar’s head to a fanfare or trumpets, or a more modest turkey, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the culinary delights gracing your table.


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by diane clark



Whether you’re having a seasonal social, or simply want inspiration for your Christmas meal, why not have a look at a couple of our dinner party ideas? Simply follow up with a cheese board for the perfect finale! Christmas is traditionally the time of food, drink and get togethers. If you are hosting your own dinner party there are a whole wealth of delicious delights you could prepare, and we have made a couple that you may want to include in your menu. The antipasti is a beautiful dish that’s always a hit as it has something for most tastes. Also, it’s a great way to start a meal as everyone is involved in helping themselves. What sets a Christmas ham apart from any common or garden

gammon is the glaze – the icing on the ‘piggy cake’ as far as I’m concerned and do hope you agree!.

Antipasti Starter Ingredients:

Iceberg or romaine lettuce Italian salad dressing Salami Dry cured Italian ham Pepperoni thinly sliced Prosciutto thinly sliced Jar of marinated artichoke hearts Jar of roasted red peppers Jar of pickled mild green chilli peppers sliced Baby beetroot Baby tomatoes Black olives Pimiento stuffed green olives A selection of various cheeses A selection of pates Halved fresh figs Serve with freshly sliced French baguettes, crostini and table water biscuits continued on page 34

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Thigh Slapping

Family Fun Oh yes, it is that time of year when your local theatre is in full pantomime mode. Robert Veitch looks into the history of Cinders, Aladdin and Jack and recalls a few childhood memories of his own As Widow Twankey waltzed onto stage and asked the rhetorical, “where’s my career?” Wishee Washee bundled into the foreground, and encouraged the audience into a loud and spontaneous, “it’s behind you!” That line could have come from 2016, 1986 or 1956, because in panto-land, some conventions never change. It’s esoterically British, as quintessential as The Archers, Morris Dancing and watching the Eurovision Song Contest with a bemused smile. Modern pantomime is a musical comedy designed for the whole family to enjoy, but its’ history is a rich and varied tapestry of theatre.

It’s behind you… a potted history

The etymology of pantomime is Greek, meaning ‘panto’ (all) ‘mimos’ (dancer), essentially a dancer performing all the roles. During the Roman era, these Greek tragedies were embellished with myth and legend. This evolved into the Italian Commedia Dell ’Arte that were touring shows with a little comedy added to the performance. From the dawn of the 17th century until the

end of the 19th this form of entertainment became popular in the UK and was known as The Harlequinade. It involved five regular characters and revolved around a comic incident. Originally silent, a little dialogue was gradually introduced. In the early 19th century, fables, folk stories and fairy tales gradually superseded the classical stories. These originated from the silent Mummers Plays that were performed around the UK at Christmastime. Humour, staged fights, gender role reversal and good triumphing over evil became the order of the day. The fairy tale pantomimes used dialogue, song and comedy, gaining ascendancy over the harlequinade to such an extent that by the end of Queen Victoria’s reign the harlequinade

was reduced to an addendum of the main event. The harlequinade’s journey towards extinction was under way and the last known performance was at the Lyceum in 1939. After that, pantomime swiftly transmogrified to become what it is today. Most modern spectacles are based on fables, folklore and fairy tales from the likes of the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen. Others have crept in over the years and sometimes two stories are welded into one. Pantomime is an entity with a flexible format allowing it to be topical, contemporary and relevant as well as historic and traditional. Plot lines are often adapted to suit topical

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events of the day, the cast, or the need to get in a good joke at the expense of a neighbouring town or village! Professional pantomime tends to play in larger theatres and utilise a bigger budget to produce a more lavish, indulgent experience with a celebrity of the day taking a leading role. But woe betide the celeb that doesn’t throw their heart and soul

into their performance or is ill equipped as a stage performer. Meanwhile in the commonwealth of amateur panto, it’s routine to see the same actors playing the same or similar characters year after year. Despite the smaller budgets and smaller venues, for many amdram performers it’s the highlight of their year and the only time they’ll play to a packed house.

Pantomime has come a long way and yet some things are pretty much guaranteed to be the same – a girl acting as a boy, pursuing a girl, with a cross dressing man for a mother. Pantomimes are rarely set during Christmastime; it’s usual to see them play out in a neverland of indeterminate space and time. A young woman usually plays the principal boy as a ‘breeches role’ wearing tight fitting garments. This began in Victorian times and served three purposes. Firstly, twentysomething female actors could come across as young boys on stage quite easily. Secondly, in continued on page 38

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less permissive, polite Victorian society it was seen as an acceptable way to view a nice pair of ladies legs. Thirdly, tight fitting garments are just so much better for thigh slapping. The principal boy always takes the moral high ground and has a kind heart – after all, good must triumph over evil and there must be a wedding with a heroine for the fi nale. The dame is usually played by an older chap in a dress. She’s often overly made up and generally outrageously dressed, with a ridiculous frock to end them all, kept for the fi nale. The fairy godmother always enters stage right; the villain always enters stage left, harking back to the sides of heaven and hell in those medieval plays. There will be dancing from the chorus from time to time. It’s all that remains from the harlequinade. There will be an animal played by two thespians that might prefer to be performing Hamlet at the RSC. Spare a

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thought for the rear end, as that poor actor must surely need to visit an osteopath by the end of the run. The dame and the comic will at some point end up sitting on a bench, singing a song to cheer themselves up, while the villain of the piece creeps on stage behind them. There is comedy, be it slapstick, buffoonery, subtle

I had never heard such a noise, never witnessed such unadulterated excitement and laughter innuendo, puns, topical gags and jokes at the expense of the audience. Some of it will be deliberately awful, while some of it will be subtle and close to genius. Occasional doubleentendre will fly over the heads

of the children as innocently as the fairy godmother, only to land with a wink and a nod on the funny bones of the adults. A handful of children are invited on stage to be interviewed by the comic towards the end of the show. A seat of the pants moment for the comic that tends to reveal his speed of thought to be far faster than the fool he has been playing. And of course…audience participation is key; the audience has to partake to make the magic work, to make good triumph over evil. Hissing the villain, consoling the loveless dame, yelling out the catchphrases and singing along with the mass participation song as the lyrics on the song sheet drop down from the ceiling. With the audience on it’s feet and clapping along to the music, one by one the cast take a bow for the curtain call. It’s the norm to boo then applaud the villain just as the rest of the cast are acclaimed in turn, but to save the loudest cheers for the hero and heroine. continued on page 40

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Pantomime memories

My hazy memory recalls seeing a first pantomime as the dog days of the 1970’s reached their denouement. Anthea Askey was starring as Peter Pan in Worthing. Alas, I remember nothing but the sprightly Anthea performing heroically as the boy that never grew up. A Christmas or two later, my Aunt took me to see Basil Brush in Eastbourne. I fail to remember the name of the panto or role

played by the faux fox. All I have is a faint recollection of queuing afterwards with my Aunt to get deskbound Basil’s autograph. I don’t remember how he signed his moniker. I witnessed the true magic of pantomime in the amateur productions I saw at the onset of my teenage years. Our grandparents took the family to the (now demolished and much missed) Victoria Hall in Southborough to see a troupe with the motto ‘Children first and

The sheer force of positivity that emanated from the stage and the audience coalesced in a fusion of unbridled joy and goodwill above the orchestra pit.


always.’ I got the jokes aimed at the children and most of the jokes aimed at the adults. The sheer force of positivity that emanated from the stage and the audience coalesced in a fusion of unbridled joy and goodwill above the orchestra pit. The performance raised the roof and rumbled the foundations to their core. I had never heard such noise and never witnessed such unadulterated excitement, laughter and hysteria. If you’ve read this far you’ve probably witnessed that same blissful experience somewhere else, some other time. Like me, you’re keen to do it all again… all that’s left to do is to find a pantomime and get booked up. Otherwise it will soon be the middle of January, and like the old dames career, panto season will be behind you.

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Renowned fossil hunter Gideon Mantell put Sussex on the palaeontological map. Hanna Lindon looks back at his remarkable life When Gideon Mantell first began collecting fossils in the early 19th century, nobody had yet coined the word ‘dinosaur’. There were endless explanations for the huge bone fragments that had been uncovered across the country, but a race of gigantic prehistoric reptiles wasn’t among them. Mantell was set to help change all of that. Born on February 3rd 1790, in a Lewes street then called St Mary’s Lane but later renamed Station Street, he was the fifth child of shoemaker and radical Whig Thomas Mantell. By the age of 13 he was already passionately interested in history and archaeology, collecting ammonite fossils and bringing back pieces of pot and stone from the ruins of Lewes Priory.

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With the science of geology still in its infancy, Mantell was obliged to get a proper job. He trained as a surgeon and midwife, returning to Lewes in 1811 to establish a busy country medical practice. Doctoring filled most of his time. According to his biographer, Dennis Dean, he “attended between two and three hundred cases of midwifery every year and was often up for six or seven nights in a row, his only sleep being an occasional nap in his clothes.” When he did manage to snatch a few moments from his medical work, Mantell could be found collecting or documenting fossils. His most celebrated discovery came relatively early on in his career. Legend has it that his wife, Mary Ann Mantell, spotted a gigantic tooth by the roadside while she was accompanying her husband on a medical visit. Mantell was convinced that he had discovered a new type of herbivorous reptile, which he dubbed the Iguanadon. It was only the second dinosaur to be identified and named, and its discovery cemented the doctor’s reputation as one of the era’s foremost scientific minds. Mantell’s contribution to palaeontology didn’t stop there. He discovered seven dinosaurs in total and published twelve books about fossils. The incredible finds he collected from Cuckfield, Tilgate Forest and other Wealden sites earned him the nickname Wizard of the Weald. It may have been Mantell’s arch-rival Richard Owen who actually coined the term dinosaur, but Dean argues,

“no other individual contributed so much to our early knowledge of prehistoric saurians.” Sadly, Mantell’s life took a downturn after he moved his family from Lewes to Brighton. An attempt to open a fossil museum drained his finances, his daughter died, he separated from his wife and was crippled in a carriage accident. He finally died from an opium overdose in 1852 – but nowadays his achievements are celebrated in exhibitions spanning the world, from Cuckfield Museum to New Zealand’s Alexander Turnbull Library. Mantell’s legacy as a palaeontological wizard and allround Sussex legend lives on.

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A simple arrangement of fresh flowers will always bring cheer – and a little bit of fakery can help too damage furnishings. Real amaryllis and hellebore flowers are expensive and often hard to find. Good quality artificial versions aren’t cheap either, but will last for years, assuming the cat doesn’t wage war on your decorations. Speaking of cats - they are seriously allergic to lily pollen. Silk lilies arranged with natural foliage will solve the problem. They look (almost!) as good as the real thing. Also, not everyone enjoys lily’s heady fragrance another reason why faux flowers can sometimes be a good choice. Zero flower arranging skills? Float some pansy flowers, ivy leaves and tealights in a shallow dish of water to make a perfect table centrepiece in less than 5 minutes! If you have a real Christmas tree, its care requirements are much the same as for flowers. Freshly-cut trees have plump needles and springy branches. A tree that appears dry or is shedding large quantities of needles should be avoided however temptingly cheap. Saw 5 - 10 cms off the trunk and stand the tree in a bucket of

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Burgess Hill is central and easy to get to, and being here will give us the chance to branch out as well 2004, Countryside Constructions has a strong record of serving the Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint area. Despite the move to Burgess Hill, Bob is keen to emphasise that the firm won’t be neglecting its roots. “We’ve always had a strong presence in Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks, and we don’t want people to think we’ve


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HotPROPERTY Does your home need a little help in warming up? Lisa de Silva gives us six easy pointers to insulate your abode during the winter months If your energy bills are sky high, installing double-glazing, upgrading your boiler, or insulating your loft will save money and reduce your energy bills in the long run. If you are planning these improvements but are currently unable to budget for them, we’ve gone down the DIY route with six inexpensive ways to keep you warm and cosy during those cold winter months. 1 USE YOUR CURTAINS Ensure you open all curtains and blinds during daylight hours. This will make the most of any free heat from winter sunshine. Then as soon as dusk falls, close them to keep in the heat. Curtains and blinds act as a form of window insulation, so during the winter months ensure they are as thick as possible. If you don’t want to buy new curtains, why not try putting in a temporary thermal lining, using material like cheap fleece or a woollen blanket, to keep the cold out and the warmth in. 2 RADIATE THE HEAT Unfortunately radiators on external walls often end up warming the wall and not the room. A quick and easy


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balloon into the hole. This is inflated so it shuts out incoming cold air, whilst keeping in the warm air. Another option is to insert a woollen chimney insulator. Just remember that if you do decide to light the fire, to remove any insulation beforehand. 5 HEAT EFFICIENTLY Any unused rooms in the house should be shut off, along with the radiator. It’s also a good idea to check the efficiency of your radiators. If they are only warm at the bottom, they may need bleeding to get rid of any trapped air in the system. This can be done easily with a radiator bleed key, used to open the small valve at the top of the radiator to release the air. It’s also a great idea to insulate hot water pipes by lagging them with foam tubes. Pipe lagging, which can be easily obtained from your local DIY shop, will increase the efficiency of your heating system. The same goes for your hot water tank. A properly lagged tank will keep the water warmer for longer and the Energy Community claim it can save up to £150 a year. The most efficient way to heat your home is to run your heating on

Around 25% of all home heat is lost through the roof, so invest in loft insulation a timer system, to come on and go off at specific times. This is more efficient than waiting until you’re freezing and then turning up the thermostat to heat up the house as quickly as possible. It is also more cost effective than leaving the heating on all day. Ideally the thermostat should be set somewhere between 18C and 21C and

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efficiency, as you can programme the heating to come on exactly when you need it. 6 INSULATE THE LOFT Around 25% of all home heat is lost through the roof, so good loft insulation is a wise investment. It is recommended that insulation is 25cm thick. Rolls of foam or mineral wool insulation are relatively cheap to buy and if your loft is easy to access with no damp issues, insulating the loft can be a DIY job. First lay the insulation between the joists and then add a further layer at right angles to cover the joists and bring the depth of the insulation up to the required standards. But don’t forget to check the loft hatch and insulate any gaps with the same selfadhesive strips used for windows.

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Whilst taking a stroll recently, Ruth Lawrence chanced upon a rare yet amazing sight. An osprey diving and plunging into the water hunting for fish before its migration to Africa Walking round Ardingly Reservoir in mid October I saw a large bird circling the water; too pale for a buzzard, too large to mistake for a gull, it drifted closer. Although I’d never seen one before, it wasn’t long before I recognised it as an osprey, an incredibly lucky and rare sight in Sussex. Once made extinct in England as a breeding bird in 1840, it then only visited these shores as a passing migrant. By 1954 it began to naturally recolonise and a pair has nested successfully almost every year at the RSPB’s Loch Garten in Scotland. Early numbers were small, probably because of pesticides in the food chain and the continued efforts of

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After hitting the water, it rose, wide winged, from the surface, a colossal effort for such a large bird I watched it carry out its spectacular hunting technique, which involved a near vertical fast plunge dive with wings half folded and feet thrown forward at the last moment. After hitting the water, it rose, wide winged, from the surface, a colossal effort for such a large bird. Although the catch wasn’t successful, ospreys apparently dive to a maximum depth of a metre, holding the fish head first when they emerge to carry their quarry to a perch. Long curved talons and short spines covering the underside of

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the toes help to hold a struggling fish and the bird is able to close its nostrils to prevent water entering its nose during a dive. Another name for an osprey is ‘fish hawk’ although is not a true hawk and has its own taxonomic genus and family. Osprey has a connection with the Latin word ossifragus meaning bone breaker referring to the immense grip of its talons. They are long lived birds if they survive to maturity; averaging an eight year lifespan although the oldest known wild osprey lived for 32 years. They are largely monogamous and remain faithful to mate and nest site; some nests have been in use for 20 years with new material being added every year until it reaches a depth of almost two metres. I watched the osprey circle and return several times over the course of the morning; it was an unforgettable sight and a potent reminder of the resilience of nature. That the osprey has returned after being almost eradicated by man is a hopeful sign that more enlightened attitudes can reverse the mistakes of the past and allow this spectacular bird to hunt our waters in increasing numbers.

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textured effect in place long into the night. The French Twist Pin your hair up in three sections: top, middle and bottom. Take the middle section of your hair and twist it before securing with bobby pins to hold in place. Repeat

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Start 2018 with different kind of indulgence – a new set of sportswear to get you fashionably fit. But where did this fashion trend come from? After the indulgence of Christmas, we look ahead to the New Year with a sense of determination – to balance out the decadence of December with a healthfocused January. It’s important to feel confident and comfortable at the gym or on your morning jog and nowadays it’s pretty easy to find something not only comfortable to do your workout in but immensely on trend too. Now that the line between active and streetwear has been blurred, it’s time to add fashion to function. Think yoga pants made from cashmere blended with fibres to wick away moisture and oversized t-shirts and sweaters embossed with slogans, patches or logos. Why not invest in some personalised and bespoke activewear too - it’s the season’s must-have in the world of sportswear after all. Yet, finding women’s clothing to wear for sports

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RENTAL IN RETIREMENT Is your New Year resolution to live a more exciting life? In the past four years the number of older people moving into rented accommodation has increased by 13%. This could be for many reasons and may be due to homeowners still having a mortgage in retirement and therefore they are without the means to pay off the debt. However, it could be due to older people wishing to offload the cumbersome family home with a desire to seize enjoyment out of everything that life has to offer. Whilst not necessarily shades of Shirley Valentine – however if the cap fits! Disposable income is essential if you wish to pursue expensive hobbies or travel the world, but to sell your property is a major decision as a home is usually your biggest asset, and before you sell you need to take into careful consideration a number of factors.

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As 2017 comes to an end maybe you are in the mood to reassess your lifestyle, perhaps your modus operandi needs a complete overhaul Before you embark on selling your family home take time out to visit rented properties. Have a one to one discussion with your local lettings agent. Tell them what you are looking for and let them guide you with their knowledge of the area and the type of properties that come onto the market. As with all things there has to be a note of caution. A lot of rented property tends to be in large blocks with stairs which are not suitable long term if your health declines. There is a risk of the rent being increased or the landlord serving notice. Lack of security can be a concern as tenancy agreements do not last forever. Before making such a major decision, do ensure that you have money to fall back on should it be needed. Seeking advice on tax liabilities etc would be prudent. Your home has been your fi nancial safety net, so look carefully at all aspects of such a transaction including the projected figure of money which will actually be achieved from the sale after all the outgoing costs have been factored in and then balance this information with the cost of living in rented. The word oyster is defi ned in the dictionary as being “something from which advantage, delight or profit may be derived” The world could be your oyster but ensure that you keep a pearl or two for a rainy day!

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Blow away the festive cobwebs and get set for 2018 with a bracing walk based at Ardingly reservoir

The entrance to Ardingly Reservoir is on College Road, ⅓ of a mile south of the entrance to the adjacent school. Entry to the car park is half a mile from the road. From College Road, the access gently arcs around to the right, then after a short section of one way it turns sharp left and heads downhill. At the end, turn right and keep going until the car park appears on the right. The car park lies behind the green expanse of the dam. Be suitably attired for this time of year, with boots being the footwear of choice in preference to trainers. From the far side of the car park walk north-easterly uphill, following the hedge line. The path snakes past three picnic benches on its way. At the top, the vast body of water that is Ardingly Reservoir will appear. Ardingly Reservoir was created in

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1978 after the Shell Brook that used to run through this valley was dammed. When full the 17 metre high dam holds back 5 million litres of water. The reservoir covers 198 acres and drains into the River Ouse. There are hides for the birders, an activity centre for water sports enthusiasts, and ‘monsters’ lurking beneath the surface for the anglers. Pass through the kissing gate on the right by the sign for the Kingfisher Trail and follow the path around to the left and through the Fullingmill Wood. Beyond the wood, the path levels out and it’s reasonably solid underfoot, staying parallel to the waters edge along the way. For walkers with flasks there are places to stop and sup. Those blowing out seasonal cobwebs can keep pumping the legs, retain a good tempo and suck in the festive air.

The abundance of pine needles on the other side is an obvious sign that there are no deciduous trees above, for the time being. The next section is the steepest climb of any Sussex Living walk this year. It’s 20-25% but only extends for about 100m, so just hook up the oxygen tanks and get on with it. Towards the top, tree roots criss-cross the path, making it something of an organic staircase. At the top the climb flattens and eases left, out of the pine trees. Beyond a square post on the left, the path turns right and squeezes between the back gardens of Ardingly suburbia. At paths end, turn right on to the tarmac of Church Lane. After 350m the road peters out in a farmyard, with two large barns nearby. A fi ngerpost on the left offers three routes south. Take the middle option that enters a field, in which there are remnants of harvested maize. Odd decaying stalks here and there struggle to stand to attention in the breeze. Look straight ahead across the reservoir, and if the boats of the activity centre are visible on the far bank,

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this is the correct path. Head downhill, with a shimmy left and right here and there, walking between what would have been tall green lines of ripening maize at the end of summer. At the bottom of the field cross the new stile and turn left and head back through Fullingmill Wood. Indulge in a view of most of the reservoir by following the path across the dam towards the activity centre. There’s a café here, that’s usually open at weekends. After a last look at the water, wander downhill back to the car. Driving home, hopefully feeling refreshed, maybe its time to contemplate a New Year’s resolution. 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

Distance: 2m Stiles: 0 Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL135 Parking: Parking behind the dam, but be prepared to pay £1-2 if asked Refreshments: Activity centre café usually open at weekends Public Transport: None

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Did you know the ma n that made a nation laugh across the generations wrote ma ny of the Ca rr y On fi lms at his Sussex home? Neither did we!

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scriptwriter, penning lines for the Crazy Gang, Arthur Askey, Terry Thomas and Ted Ray. In 1963 the door was left ajar at the Rank Organisation after Norman Hurdis, the writer of the first six Carry On fi lms departed for America. Talbot’s first effort was Carry on Cabby and he would write screenplays for a further nineteen fi lms until his retirement. His style differed from Hurdis, being bawdy seaside humour

Let’s face it we had a captive audience with double entendres and puns. Talbot called it music hall humour in the style of Max Miller. But there was an undercurrent of morality to it. There was no swearing, and nobody succeeded in getting anybody else into bed. Often the men were portrayed as idiots and the women enjoyed being on top. Talbot wrote many of the fi lms at his Fulking home, nestled at the foot of the South Downs beneath Devil’s Dyke. Legend has it he would visit the local pub and buy anyone a pint for telling an original joke that made him laugh.

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DiaryDates Friday 01 December – Sunday 17 December, From16:30 -1/2 hour timed entry tickets until 7.30 pm

Glow Wild Winter Lantern Festival Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TN Join us for a magical after-dark walk through Wakehurst’s beautiful botanic gardens and majestic woodlands - brought to life with glowing, handcrafted lanterns. 30 November to 17 December (Thursdays to Sundays only). Wakehurst visitor information line: 01444 894066, email: Friday 01 December – Sunday 24 December, 10:30-18:00

The History of Christmas Carols

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Walk through the beautifully decorated rooms of the Castle to discover the history of Christmas Carols. Follow the garden trail and discover the story of the Twelve Days of Christmas. This event runs from 25 November to 24 December. Christmas admission prices apply. whats-on/ Friday 01 December, 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 01 December, 16:00-20:00

Rushfield’s Late Night Christmas Opening

Rushfields Plant Centre, Henfield Road, Poynings BN45 7AY We will have Santa walking around with his elves. There will be 2 fairground roundabouts for the children with free rides. We have farm shop suppliers with samples and tastings. The café will have a BBQ going. There will be mulled wine and mince pies, plus huge savings to be made on all garden centre products. Friday 01 December, 17:00-20:00

Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty Christmas Event

Enhance Aesthetics & Beauty Salon, 1 Whitehall Parade, London Road, East Grinstead H19 1AP A beautiful, sparkly event full of special offers, goodies, nibbles and drinks and free treatment. Evening of pampering and luxury. Friday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 December, 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

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Friday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 December, 19:00-20:00

Aikido (Self Defence)

K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defense classes based on Yoshinkan Akido. Warm and friendly Club, suitable for all genders who would look to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free, £37.50 monthly. Contact: George 07882 186130 or Stan 07581 511801 CrawleyAkidoClub Friday 01, 08 & 15 December, 19:30-22:00

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following: 1. Christmas Dinner – In House Upstairs, 2. ‘On Air Night’ and 3. Christmas Quiz. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 Saturday 02 December, 09:00-16:30

Sussex Woodcraft Society Annual Show & Exhibition

Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Sale of high quality handcrafted wooden items plus large exhibition. Free admission but donations gladly accepted for Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice. Contact: Brian Campion 01444 232824 December Weekends 10:00-12:00, 13:30-16:00, 24th December 10:00-12:00

Santa’s Toy Factory

South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Visit Santa in his toy factory. See his elves in action, meet Santa in his factory office and receive a gift. £5 per child. All proceeds to charity, supporting local children in need. 01273 845232. Saturday 02 December, 10:00-12:00

Christmas Fair

Haywards Heath URC, 55 South Road, Haywards Heath RH 15 4LQ (Between Boots and the Co-op). We look forward to welcoming you. Stalls include Gifts, Toiletries, Cakes, Books, Tombola and Raffle. Refreshments available. Saturday 02 December, 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 02 December, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Village Market

Community Centre Car Park or Forresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market, with a social atmosphere including activities and demonstrations. Contact: Sue Young, DMA (Market Manager) 01342 822661 sue.young@forestrow., http/ Saturday 02 & Sunday 03 December, 10:00-17:00

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show in Midhurst

Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DT Over fifty professional craftspeople exhibit their stunning work in this new spacious building. An ideal place for relaxed Christmas shopping. £3 adults, accompanied children free. www. Saturdays 02, 09, 16 & 23, Sundays 03, 10, 17 & 24 December

Bluebell Railway Santa Specials 2017

Station Approach, Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL Come along and enjoy a journey through the Sussex countryside, in all its winter splendour! Adults £22, Child £15, Toddler £9. For further details, please go to www.bluebell-railway. com/whats_on/santa-specials-2017, 01825 720800. Saturday 02 December, 14:00-16:00

Christmas Horse & Carriage Rides Forest Row Village, Hartfield Road/Lewes Road, Forest Row RH18 5ES Supporting the Christmas Village Market and Christmas Celebrations at The Swan. Donations to charity. Contact: Pippa Yates, Ballard & Shortall, 01342 822120 Saturday 02 December, 14:00-16:00

Mid Sussex Older People’s Council Christmas Party

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Christmas party for the over 60s. Hot drinks, cakes, mince pies, entertainment and raffle. Please phone to book. Transport arranged on request. Free entry. Contact: Nicola 01444 242760,, Saturday 02 December, 14:00-16:00

Christmas Floral Fantasy

Pagham Village Hall, Pagham Road, Bognor Regis PO21 4NJ A floral art demonstration by Steve McDonnell, winner of many gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. Admission is £12 per person to include Afternoon Tea. Saturday 02 December, 19:00-23:00

Only Fools and 3 Courses Christmas Special

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9LJ

Join Rodney and Delboy for a fun filled evening whilst enjoying a sumptuous 3 course meal. £42.50 per person. Contact Sara Luff 01903 815757, info@tottingtonmanor.,

Sunday 03 December, 10:00-16:00

Christmas Family Festival

London Road, East Grinstead RH19 1AB A welcome return to our famous French Market and a host of stalls and amusements. A great family event. A visit to Father Christmas and a chance to see him in his grotto! Monday 04, 11 & 18 December, 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 04 December, 10:30-13:00

Coffee, Cake and the Collection at East Grinstead Museum

Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BJ An opportunity to handle artefacts and share memories over a cup of tea and cake at the Museum. Free entry. No booking required. Monday 04 December, arrival drink at 12:00

Christmas Ladies Luncheon

Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Get into the festive spirit with our Executive Chef for tasty top tips this Christmas with an Ashdown Park twist! Tickets are £37.50 per person. Contact: 01342 824988 Tuesday 05, 12 & 19 December, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. The IT Girl Ltd, Emma 07938 838861 Tuesday 05 December, 11:00-13:00

Full on Christmas with your AGA

The Aga Shop, 10 Market Square, Horsham RH12 1EU Full blown Christmas lunch made so easy and trouble free on the AGA with our wonderful David Pengelly from Cornwall. £24. Booking is essential. Contact: Pauline Hadfield, The Aga Shop, 01403 254955/01403 262588 www. Tuesday 05 – Friday 22 December

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Christmas Lunches at 4 Canon Lane

4 Canon Lane, Chichester PO19 1PX Join us for a delicious festive lunch. £25 per person – 3 courses with coffee. Contact: Charlotte 01243 813585 Tuesday 05, 12 & 19 December, 19:00-21:00

Sussex School of Meditation

Centenary Hall, St Wilfred’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH We offer mindfulness and meditation courses every Tuesday (except 26 Dec). Get your first taster session free. See for more details. 07766 758696. Tuesday 05 December, 20:00–23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741.

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service – Forest Row Parish Council

Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home-cooked meal delivered. Soup £2, Main Meal £4.50, Dessert £2. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart Wednesday 06 December, 13:30 for 14:0016:15

Burgess Hill Flower Club Christmas Flower Arranging

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 www. and give one of the contact numbers a call.

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8EU Come and enjoy the beauty of flower arranging and get ideas for Christmas. There will be a demonstration by Gill Homer entitled Countdown to Christmas. There will also be a competition of flower arranging entitled Christmas Box. Come and enjoy a cup of tea. £6.00 (1st visit free with a copy of Living Magazine).

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Wednesday 06 December, 10:30-12:00

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £2 including tea/coffee and

Fairway Lounge, Country Club, Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Executive Chef will be giving his

Coffee Morning in support of The Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Wednesday 06 December, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint WI Meeting

Ditchling Film Society – Hidden Figures

Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8QT See Local Living. Friday 08 – Sunday 10 December

Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival

The Girl Guide Headquarters, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Christmas entertainment by pupils from St Lawrence School. Visitors welcome £3.

Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Times: Fri 11:30-19:30, Sat 11:3018:30, Sun 11:30-17:00 followed by a Carol Service at 18:00 and mulled wine and mince pies in the Old School afterwards. Fundraising for Chailey Heritage and Holy Trinity Church.

Thursday 07 December

Charity Event in aid of St Peter & St James

Mandarin House, 33 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9TT Liz Linn is holding this event to raise money for St Peter & St James. Anyone who knew her husband Roger would be welcome to come between 11am and 2pm for coffee and cake, or 6pm and 9pm for prosecco and nibbles. A small entry donation to go directly to the hospice would be much appreciated. Thursday 07 December, 14:30

Friday 08 December 09:30-12:00

Light Garlands

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Come along and make your own jolly set of 10 mini lampshades and lights in this fun and creative session. You can never have too many fairy lights! Fee £25., 07967 819540.

Mid Sussex Association National Trust – 40th Anniversary Tea

Friday 08 – Sunday 10 December, 10:0016:30

Thursday 07 December

South Downs Nurseries, A273 Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Simply crafts. All handmade and all local. Made with love in Sussex and Kent for you to give at Christmas. Free entry.

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN 40th Anniversary Tea - £5 admission by ticket. Tea and quiz. Normal membership £7, plus £3 per lecture. Non-members £5 per lecture. Contact: Anne Tucker 01444 455803.

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Christmas Top Tips! Enjoy a hot beverage and homemade treats. £5.00 - all proceeds go to charity.

Double your donation to St Peter & St James Hospice this Christmas We want a dementia-friendly hospice, a safe environment in which our wonderful nurses can provide the best possible care for patients living with terminal illness who may also have a dementia diagnosis. This year, as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge, we have the chance to achieve just that. Donate to our project online from Tuesday 28th November to Tuesday 5th December and your donation will be doubled! Just head to and search St Peter & St James Hospice to get involved.

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Friday 08 December

Bespoke Interiors Late Night Shopping

Bespoke Interiors, High Street, Henfield Join us for a glass of wine and nibbles. Trevor House, 07799136240 trevorhouse@bespokeinteriorfurniture. Friday 08 December, 18:00-21:00

Ditchling Village Evening

Ditchling Village BN6 8TS Festive family fun. Village shops, cafes and pubs open, including events in the Barn on the Green, church and museum. From Friday 08 December

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley RH10 6YZ Stephen Mulhern (Catchphrase, Saturday Night Takeaway) stars in this sensational family pantomime. Contact: 01293 553636 for further details. Friday 08 & Monday 11 December, 19:30

Festival of Lessons and Carols for the Public

Lancing College Chapel, Lancing BN15 ORW Please phone 01273 452213 or 01273 465968 to obtain tickets. Friday 08 December, 20:00-21:30

Burgess Hill History Society – Christmas Social

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Christmas social – members only. Entertainment by the Sussex Harmony Chorus singing A Capella and part harmony.

An opportunity to buy original gifts from local artists and makers: jewellery; handbags; paintings; cards; Christmas wreaths and more! Natasha Caughey 01273 845582 Natasha@auricula.,

Saturday 09 December, 10:00–12:00

Saturday 09 December, 11:00-13:30

The Co-op Community Space, Co-operative Store, Ham Road, Shoreham-By-Sea BN43 6PA Adur and Worthing Coeliacs is a recently formed support group for people with Coeliac Disease. Gluten free cake available. William Andrews 07773 298713 adurandworthingcoeliacs@hotmail. com, www.adurandworthingcoeliacs.

Mill Lane, South Chailey BN8 4PU Celebrity guest to officially open the Fayre at 11am. Over 20 gift and craft stallholders, fresh wreaths, tombolas, raffle, lucky dip and games. Refreshments available. Free entry. Raffle Draw 1pm.

The Windmills Junior School, Dale Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LS There will be plenty of fun and games and some active challenges too! We have book and toy stalls, Christmas crafts, a raffle, and of course, Father Christmas in his grotto. Our Food Hall will be jam-packed with bakes, cakes, mince pies, beer and mulled wine all accompanied by festive music including our fabulous school choir! Free entry.

Saturday 09 December, 11:00-15:00

Saturday 09 December, 14:00-16:00

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Saturday 09 December, 10:00-15:00

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society - Christmas Market Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX An array of stalls, many in support of local groups, selling homemade produce and handicrafts. Refreshments available. Free admission! Hosted by Burgess Hill Horticultural Society. www. Saturday 09 December, 10:00-16:00

Christmas Open Studios at The Turner Dumbrell Workshops

Dumbrells Court Road, Ditchling BN6 8GT

Friends of Chailey School Christmas Fayre

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Saturday 09 December, 11:00-16:00 Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA Visit this beautiful 18th century mansion to solve all your Christmas gift problems. From delicious food and interesting crafts to clothing, jewellery, or toys - there is something for everyone. Puppet Shows and an all-day


Saturday 09 December, 13:00-15:30

The Windmills Junior School Christmas Fayre

Linfield House Christmas Fayre

South Downs Heritage Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Meet the food producers with free festive food and drink tastings and many special offers for one day only. 01273 847707.

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Westmeston Christmas Tea

Westmeston Parish Hall, Lewes Road, Westmeston BN6 8RJ A chance to meet Father Christmas before he leaves for the North Pole. Enjoy homemade cake, mince pies and sandwiches. Take part in the raffles and have a relaxing and fun afternoon. Easy parking. Tickets at the gate, Adults £3.00, Children £1. Plus £1 to meet Father Christmas.

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Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN A 2 hour uplifting Rock‘n’Roll Show that will have you dancing in the aisles to all the favourites from Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Elvis. Contact: 01444 242888 Sunday 10 & 31 December, 10:00-14:00

Conservation Work Parties

Bedelands Nature Reserve, Meet in Car Park RH15 10th December will be short with festive fayre and a bonfire after. Help to maintain your local nature reserve and enjoy the workout for free. All tools supplied. Stay as long as you wish. Mary Smith 01444 242667. Monday 11 December, 14:30

Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand up

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield, BN5 9DB The story of St Nicholas from a Byzantium miracle worker 1600 years ago to the universal gift giver Santa Claus. The ideal Christmas lecture. Guest Welcome-£5, Annual membership–only £29. 01273 49494

Bonhams specialists will be at The Courtlands Hotel to offer free and confidential advice on items you may be considering selling at auction. 01273 220000,

Tuesday 12 December, 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). The Life of Abraham Lincoln presented by Angus Lincoln. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Tuesday 12 December, 19:30

Storrington Film Night – Their Finest

Sullington Hall, Thakeham Road, Storrington RH20 3PP Film– Their Finest, bar and raffle. Tickets £5, from Card Shop, Storrington or on the door. Contact: Ken Collins 01903 740745. Tuesday 12 December, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY Christmas Theme with Katharine Collett. Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421.

Monday 11–Friday 15 December

Tuesday 12 December, 20:00

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Ideally some knowledge of woodworking is useful but not essential. All materials are included in the cost of the course. Skill Level: Beginner. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

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 give one of the contact numbers a call.

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Monday 11–Friday 15 December

Festive Fizz and Shop Specials

Woolovers Factory Shop Victoria Gardens, Burgess Hill RH15 9NB Join us for a glass of Prosecco and a spot of Christmas shopping. Monday 11 December

The Arts Society Steyning – Christmas Fund Raiser

The Steyning Centre, Church Street/Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ Dr Gill Clarke MBE, curator and visiting professor at The Otter Gallery University of Chichester will give an illustrated lecture on The Bishop Otter Art Collection – A Hidden Gem at the University of Chichester. Tickets £10. Call 01903 810232 or 01273 554692. Tuesday 12 December, 09:30-14:30

Presser Foot Perfection

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Lost with all those extra feet for your sewing machine? Want to know what they do? Join us for this fun and informative session. Fee £60. 07967 819540, Tuesday 12 December, 10:00-16:00

Bonhams Valuation Day

The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

Wednesday 13 December, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

The Arts Society Mid Sussex

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN We Three Kings: music, art poetry and legends inspired by the Magi. A talk by Peter Medhurst on the impact of the Magi on the culture of later generations. Non members welcome: £7 on door. Wednesday 13 December, 13:00-14:00

Tiger Arts Free Lunchtime Concert All Saints Church, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HS Light lunches and music and singing concert. Everyone welcome. Free entry, but donations towards lunch and concert costs would be appreciated. Contact: allsaints@lindfieldnfo/ tigerarts 01444 483294.

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The Bluebell Railway’s Golden Arrow Pullman dining train is the perfect setting for a special meal with friends or an intimate evening for two. With Pullman Cars, Christine and Fingall, the train recreates the fabulous Golden Arrow which once linked London and Paris with the style and panache which made it one of the most glamorous and famous trains in the world. On board you will enjoy fine food and wine served to the standards of yesteryear.

Reindeer Specials 21st December 2017

Our Reindeer Specials depart from East Grinstead at 1.45pm and 4.15pm. On arrival at Horsted Keynes children can visit Father Christmas in his parlour and receive a gift. Adults can enjoy a free mince pie and there will be a chocolate treat for the children. The Reindeer family will be at the station with their sleigh and you will have plenty of time to enjoy; The Victorian fairground, Christmas Pantry on platform 3, photos with Father Christmas, visit our reindeer family and the `Elf House´ for our younger visitors

New Year's Eve Lunch Relax after the stress of Christmas with a trip on the Golden Arrow. Enjoy a three course meal aboard beautifully restored Pullman carriages this New Year's Eve lunch time. Booking essential. Bring the New Year in with style and decadence at the Bluebell Railway!

Wednesday 13 December, 19:45-22:00

East Grinstead RSPB Local Group Illustrated Lecture Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Christmas Social and Quiz. Free to members, £5 for guests. Contact: Mark Roberts 01342 843190. Wednesday 13 December, 20:00-22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – Soiree Amicale

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND MUSICAL For over forty years Mid Downs Radio has been wishing people well, and now it’s easy to listen in thanks to our bright new website ‘Variety is our strength’ is one of our catchphrases and it applies as much to our presenters who range from 18 to 80, as it does to the range of entertainment we broadcast. Take Luis Santos, for example, or Luis F, his DJ name. Luis was brought up in a small village near Oporto in Portugal where he played drums and keyboard in his cousin’s band. At the age of 14 he travelled alone to England to join his parents. He didn’t speak a word of English but in typical Luis fashion soon set about learning it so he could help his parents. Working in the Princess Royal Hospital one day he saw the door to our studio open and went in to find out what was going on. A few months later under the mentorship of Poppa Roy Randall, he passed his presenter training and launched his own show ‘In the Mix Sessions’, a blend of all kinds of music. He also joined the committee, Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Soiree Amicale for members and invited guests. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385. Friday 15 December, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947. Friday 15 December, 19:15-21:45

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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 16 December, 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall and Coffee Morning

Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Buy fairly traded groceries, Christmas cards and gifts and sample fair trade coffee or tea. Children’s activities. Contact:

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX International organist/keyboard player Chris Jones. Entry £5 on door. Doors open at 18:00. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269.

Sunday 17 December, 14:00-16:00

Friday 15 December, 19:30-21:30

Daniel O’Donnell at the Brighton Centre

East Grinstead Society Meeting – O Rare Old Grinstead, Part IV

Main Hall, East Court Mansion, East Grinstead RH19 3LT More voices from the past. By Michael Leppard, local historian and one of the founding members of our Society. £1 members and £3 per non-members. Contact: Joan Roberts 01342 322648. Saturday 16 December, 09:00-13:00

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market

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Good Neighbours Christmas Party Annexe next to St Michael & All Angels Church, Plumpton BN7 See Local Living. Sunday 17 December

Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2GR Irish singer, performer and national treasure. Daniel will delight his audiences once more with festive cheer, fan favourites and tracks from his new album Back Home Again. Tel 0844 847 1515, brightoncentre., Monday 18 & Tuesday 19 December, 19:30

Special Elvis Nights

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and spotting a few shortcomings in our website, set about redesigning it. “I wanted us to have something bright and modern to reflect how we are,” he says, and the new website is all of that. It has some cool new features too. Listeners can now link directly to the Tunein app and listen to Mid Downs Radio on mobiles and tablets as well as Live On Line, locally on 1350AM and on speakers throughout the hospital. Listeners can see who is on air at any time and hear podcasts of previous broadcasts, a feature which Luis is expanding on along with our social media profile. Hospital Radio is run entirely by volunteers and we always welcome new members in various roles including ward request collectors, to train as presenters or as technical support. For more information and to see our wonderful new website visit

The hugely popular Special Elvis Nights returns to The Thatched on Monday, 18th & Tuesday, 19th December 2017. A great night of music, comedy and laughter. Buffet from 7pm with Elvis taking to the stage from 8.45pm (approx.). Tickets are priced at £16 each. Call 01273 842946 to book yours now, as these nights always sell out fast.

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.

Tuesday 19 December, 20:00

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield BN5 9LJ Back by popular demand Dean Ager performs songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Michael Buble, plus seasonal specials. £35 per person including a delicious 3 course meal. Contact: Sara Luff 01903 815757

Advent Carol Concert for Charity

Ardingly College Chapel, College Lane, Ardingly RH17 6SQ Advent Carol Concert by Candlelight with Ardingly Choral Society who will perform Schubert – Mass in G and Carols. Free entry with retiring collection in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice. Rehearsal at 6.30pm. Wednesday 20 December

Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes

Thatched Inn, Grand Avenue, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8DH The fantastic live covers band return to The Thatched on Wednesday, 20th December 2017. No tickets required and the restaurant will be open as usual. Please call David or Leisa on 01273 842946 to reserve your table now. Wednesday 20 December, 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

Friday 22 December, 19:00-23:00

Rat Pack Christmas Party

Saturday 30 December

£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 Sunday 31 December, 20:30–01:00

New Years Eve Party

Forest Row Village Club, Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW All members and non-members welcome. Members £10 and £15 for non-members. Contact: 01342 822856 – Secretary or

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