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Forty years ago began a tale of companionship, tragedy, glory, and a legacy that continues to this day. Robert Veitch tells us the story

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his fairytale involves a horse born in 1970 to an unremarkable bloodline, called Aldaniti, his owner Nick Embiricos, the Findon based trainer Josh Gifford, and a jockey from Yorkshire called Bob Champion. Bob and Aldaniti finished third at the 1979 Cheltenham Gold Cup. In buoyant mood Bob went to Aintree for the Grand National that year. “I was third in the jockeys list at the time.” Finishing sixth in 1973 behind Red Rum, sixth in 1975, and fourteenth in 1976 were his best results. Success remained elusive as Bob’s mount, Purdo, fell at Becher’s Brook, in a race won by Rubstic. Reunited with Aldaniti the duo

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ventured to Ayr for the Scottish Grand National in April. Leading as they approached the final fence Bob wasn’t complacent, “I knew the other horse was coming fast, so just kept galloping.”

“I had a lump and thought it was the result of a kick… I didn’t do anything about it” Bob and Aldaniti were runners up, to a horse called Fighting Fit. The irony being neither of them would be fighting fit by Christmas. “We had one more run together, we won at Haydock,” Bob recalled. It was

their 22nd and final race together for almost two years. Bob was thirty-one and arguably in the prime of his career, “I suppose I was, I was flying at the time,” he recalled. But in July he received devastating news when diagnosed with testicular cancer. “I had a lump and thought it was the result of a kick… I didn’t do anything about it.” In Bob’s absence, Aldaniti went lame at his next race at Sandown that November. For the horse it was one of a series of injuries in a career riddled with them. Aldaniti first went lame in January 1976 and again in November 1977. After Sandown, problems caused by two chipped bones in his leg kept him stable-bound for over a year.

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His owners were advised to have him put down. But like his jockey, the horse with frangible legs was made of tougher stuff. At one point Bob was so weak, he had barely twenty minutes to live. “I had septicaemia. They got me back to the hospital just in time and changed my blood. The police stopped our car for speeding; then gave us an escort to The Royal Marsden.” But was it really the seemingly impossible dream of winning the Grand National that inspired his recovery? Bob’s reply was simple, “Us jockeys are

brain dead, we dream the impossible. Josh Gifford was loyal, the yard were loyal. They said my job was always there to return to. But I kept out of their way – I didn’t want them to see me as I was. The chemotherapy was so aggressive I lost 30% of my lung capacity during treatment. I never got all of it back and can still feel it on cold mornings.” With Aldaniti’s injuries disappearing into the rear view mirror, Bob was back in the saddle. “I got back on the horse and rode three fences prior to a chase at Ascot.” It was February 1981, “He was so strong. We won at a canter.” The team made the journey from Findon to Liverpool in good time

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for the race on 4th April. They were optimistic but realistic, or as Bob put it, “I thought I was a certainty to win.” As the start of the worlds’ greatest steeplechase neared, public knowledge of, and empathy with the AldanitiChampion story escalated. They were

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backed all the way down to 10-1 and second favourite behind Spartan Missile. 1979 winner Rubstic was third favourite. For Bob preparation was simple. “Focus on the race, know who to beat, don’t follow poor jumpers. You can’t win the National on the first circuit, but you can lose it… You can lose it at any point,” he noted with a chuckle. Aldaniti made mistakes at the first three fences. Bob remembered vividly, “ jumping is the name of the game, and he over-jumped. He was ambitious, intelligent, a joy to ride, and moved through the field.” On television, commentator Julian Wilson monitored the tenth fence. “On the outside going well, is Aldaniti.” He took the lead at the eleventh, and never relinquished it.

Four fences from home, Aldaniti and Royal Mail were seven to eight lengths clear of the field. Jumping the last, Royal Mail wasn’t travelling well, while Spartan Missile was closing quickly. Peter O’Sullevan’s eloquent tones reached a crescendo on the television commentary at the denouement. “And here comes John Thorne, 54 year old John Thorne, putting in a storming finish (on Spartan Missile)… But Aldaniti is gonna win it…. A fairytale outcome to the 1981 Grand National.” “Spartan Missile got within ¾ of a length at the elbow, but I won by four lengths,” Bob reminisced. “I celebrated with John Thorne that night, he was a good friend. It would have been fantastic if he had won. He was killed in a point to point the following year. I would have given my victory for him to live.” 3,000 people were at the yard the following day to welcome the winners back to Findon. In those days it was an item broadcast as the ‘and finally’ moment on the news. And that’s where most Grand National stories conclude, where normal life resumes. But this one was different. Punters began sending their winnings to the Royal Marsden as Bob remembered “Yes, that’s right, it’s how the Cancer Trust got started, thanks to the spirit and generosity of the public.”

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In December 1981 Bob and Aldaniti beat England’s Ashes winning cricketers to the Team of the Year Award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year. 1981’s winning combination returned to Aintree in 1982 to defend their title, “I wasn’t as confident,” Bob revealed, “we were worse off in the handicap.” Those reservations were confirmed when they fell at the first fence. Aldaniti was retired on the spot. It proved to be Bob’s tenth and

last National ride. “ I rode a winner at Wetherby the week after, then I retired. Of course I missed it, but you have to retire sometime.” Aldaniti moved from Findon to the Embiricos farm at Kirdford in West Sussex. Bob reminisced “Over the years, I would pop in and see him sometimes, if I was in the area.” The duo’s story was made into the 1983 film ‘Champions’ with its evocative, emotive theme music. “Its very good

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Focus on the race, know who to beat, don’t follow poor jumpers music,” Bob recalled, “played by the Royal Philharmonic, conducted by Carl Davis. The film was very accurate and John Hurt did a terrific job.” That same year the Bob Champion Cancer Trust was born. “It grew from those public donations with the support of the Embiricos family and Sir Michael Peckham, my surgeon.” Horse and jockey took part in some of the ‘Champions Parades’ that precede the Grand National. “I don’t know if he knew where he was,” Bob recalled. “But I could tell he was excited. We certainly enjoyed the atmosphere.” Over the following years, Bob and Aldaniti were reunited on many other occasions, making fundraising appearances for the Cancer Trust, helping to raise around £6,000,000 by the end of 1996. Alas, old age caught up with Aldaniti, and his final race was run as 12 SUSSEX LIVING | April 2019

he succumbed to a heart attack at his Kirdford home in March 1997. It was another tough day for Bob, “He was a great part of my life.” Research into Prostate and Testicular Cancer is ongoing. In 2000 The Bob Champion Research Centre was opened in conjunction with the Institute of Cancer Research. In 2015 The Bob Champion Research and Education Building opened, to be operated by the University of East Anglia. Despite a heart attack in 2001 and another on the same date in 2011, Bob’s enthusiasm for the Cancer Trust is relentless, “I’ve got to be active. We’ve got two research labs to run, we’ve always got something on. The people in this country are fantastic with their support. In December 2011, nine months after the second heart attack Bob was in Manchester to receive the ‘Helen Rollason Award’ at ‘Sports Personality of the Year. He paused… “That meant more to me than anything really.” Roll on another six years and Bob’s car was one of 1,400 destroyed in a New Years Eve fire

at the Liverpool Echo Arena. He lost many photos that were to be used in his autobiography ‘I’m Champion, Call me Bob’ but remains stoic, “It was just one of those things.” Bob still visits Findon, “I pop in. It’s been good to me. I’ve ridden around Cissbury Ring a few times over the years.” Josh Gifford died in 2012 and Nick Embiricos followed in 2018, leaving Bob as sole survivor of a celebrated quartet. Having helped raise almost £15,000,000, he looks to the future and his ongoing mission with the Cancer Trust… “Good God, I couldn’t retire from this, what would I do?” l

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he ancient, tranquil and self-contained south coast seaside town of Bexhill is renowned for its friendly inhabitants, health-giving sea air and hospitable climate. Its two-mile stretch of coastline has a gently-sloping beach and a generous promenade for walkers and cyclists. Having defeated the men of Hastings, Anglo-Saxon King Offa of Mercia granted Bexhill a charter in 772 AD; setting up a church and a local religious community. Having inflicted heavy damage on the town during the Norman Conquest, William I rewarded one of his loyal knights

and later played an important role in the Battle of Waterloo. Despite the hostilities between England and France, many of the local population were actively trading with the enemy through smuggling, most notably the Little Common Gang. Smugglers and excisemen finally came into serious conflict in 1828, at the infamous Battle of Sidley Green. In 1813 Elizabeth Sackville married George, 5th Earl De La Warr, and in 1865 the couple inherited Bexhill. Their grandson Reginald, the 7th Earl, had the idea of transforming Bexhill from a small rural village into an exclusive seaside resort. He built the

first sea wall, the De La Warr Parade and the luxurious Sackville Hotel. His son Gilbert then commissioned a seafront pavilion for ‘refined entertainment and relaxation’ and a bicycle track. The advent of the railway in 1846 also gave a boost to the local tourist trade. In 1902 Bexhill became an Incorporated Borough – the first Royal Charter granted by Edward VII and the first ever to be delivered by automobile. To celebrate the town’s newfound status and to promote the resort, the 8th Earl organised Britain’s inaugural motorcar races along De La Warr Parade – establishing Bexhill

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as the ‘Birthplace of British Motor Racing’. The Bexhill 100 Festival of Motoring, held along the seafront, celebrated this important milestone in motoring history between 1990 and 2002, when the final festival commemorated the centenary of the original races. In 1999 the organisers launched the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club - which stills exists today, despite the demise of the festival. The Bexhill 100 Motoring Club Classic Car Show continues to take place each August bank holiday Monday at the town’s Polegrove Recreation Ground. In 1935 Herbrand, the 9th Earl De La Warr and Bexhill’s first socialist mayor, initiated the creation of the De La Warr Pavilion - an Art Deco and International Style art gallery, concert hall and restaurant designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff as one of the earliest examples of Modernist Movement architecture in a major British public building. It closed for major restoration and refurbishment in 2003, reopening in October 2005. Today the Grade I listed pavilion proudly overlooks the seafront as a major contemporary arts centre and venue for quality entertainment. The borough of Bexhill divides into nine distinct areas. Central Ward constitutes the main part of the

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Benjamin and Georgina Finn’s timber clad cottage down a quiet wooded lane could have sprung fully-formed from a fairytale. It is hardly far-fetched to imagine Red Riding Hood coming out of the door with that little cake in her basket and making for the woods. Intriguingly little is known about simple rural homes like this, originally a oneup one-down cottage built sometime during the eighteenth century. But for the Finns, the place cast its spell from the moment, more than 20 years ago, when Benjamin came upon it by chance as he was out walking one Bank Holiday Monday. He was

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DINING ROOM TABLE The Easter table is laid with all kinds of eggs as well as the Pascha and the fruit bread that is traditionally eaten with it. The embroidered cloth from Greece was a wedding present

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waiting to meet Georgina and when she arrived, he said he had something to show her. “He took me to the cottage and the door was wide open so we went inside,” says Georgina, vividly recalling their first impressions. “There were only three rooms and we stood there deciding what colours we’d paint them if it was ours. Then we went for a walk in the woods and came back to the cottage and sat in the wild garden and made daisy chain crowns.” It was an afternoon when good fortune continued to smile. Leaving the cottage they asked a man they met in the lane if he knew who owned it and learned that the cottage had been empty for 20 years but was now on the books of a local agent.


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The beamed kitchen is one of the oldest rooms in the house. The china cupboard was painted by Georgina who also sewed the patchwork curtains from old dress fabrics including some from her mother’s dresses

Painted eggs and tiny birds decorate the twig tree in front of the window

It had been the gardener’s cottage, part of the estate next door. “When we contacted the agent,” Georgina continues, “we found there was quite a bit of interest in the cottage including from people who wanted to pull it down and develop the land. It was being sold by sealed bids but we pitched our tender well and our bid was the one accepted. Strangely, we weren’t jubilant because it felt like ours anyway.” Benjamin immediately began work on basic repairs to the cottage including virtually rebuilding what is now the dining room. “There was a kitchen, sitting room, one bedroom, a bathroom under the stairs and a loo in a shed outside the back door,” Georgina explains. “We moved in on the day we were married in May 1992, and lived in the cottage just as it was for more than two years.” By then Gabriel had been born and they were concerned about the increasingly precarious structure of the cottage. They obtained a renovation grant to deal with essential works and moved out for more than a year, living nearby with Georgina’s mother in her old family home. Approval was granted to add a small extension at the back to provide an indoor bathroom and the Finns took the opportunity to build a bedroom above it at the same time.


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As work progressed, more problems were revealed. The old staircase was dangerous so that was replaced and the chimney was condemned and re-built. At the same time, the cottage was replumbed, put on mains drainage, rewired and central heating was installed. As the ground floor only provided a kitchen and small living room, they were also allowed to enlarge what had been the old bathroom and add a further room at the side. At first it was used as a playroom but is now the main bedroom. Its walls and ceiling are clad with boarding from oak trees that came down in Georgina’s mother’s garden in the Great Storm of 1987. “The trees had all been sawn into rough planks and stored,” Georgina says, “and we had a timber mill cut and plane the wood for our log cabin room.” So many changes might have stolen the heart from this old building, but the Finns have remained true to its spirit. And there were more changes to come. In 2009, now with three children, the living area was too compact for comfort but there was no question of moving. The Finns obtained permission to add an extension at the back to include an additional bedroom above. Re-arrangement of existing ground floor rooms also gave an extra lavatory and utility room. “The whole house is timber framed including the extension,” explains Georgina,” and it is clad with weatherboarding in the local tradition. We used builders we found at an eco-building exhibition. They specialise in oak-framed houses and even used recycled newspaper for insulation.” The new room links to the old living area, now the dining room, by a pair of Gothic doors that came from a reclamation yard in Colchester, as Georgina recalls with amusement. “Ben and I found them at different times on the same day and he had the sense to buy them at once while I was trying to check with him first but hadn’t managed to reach him on the phone.” In furnishing the cottage, Georgina has drawn on her love of folk art, especially eastern European painted furniture, embroidered and vintage fabrics and patchwork. “I’ve been influenced by the style of my grandmother’s house. She was an artist who continued to paint furniture and ceramics well into old age.” In the cottage, Georgina has put together colours, fabrics and furniture that respond to its rural simplicity. Nothing is thoughtlessly imposed. The enlarged living area comes into its own for festivities and the Finns are unusual in decorating the cottage at Easter as well as at Christmas. They always have a big party for family and friends on Easter Monday when, weather permitting children spill

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and to decorate the long windowsill in the sitting room with jugs, cups and bowls filled with spring flowers, eggs and tiny feathered birds. Part of the enduring appeal of the cottage is that the changes made to the structure have been so well conceived. The exterior looks just as it did on the couple’s first memorable encounter. “It has grown organically,” Georgina agrees, “and for us it’s truly been a labour of love.” l


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Active retirement can help older people maintain a healthy lifestyle in later years; so we set Robert Veitch’s alarm to early o’clock and sent him out to be inspired by one of Sussex’s senior paperboys


hen I put it to eighty-eight-year-old Derek Lester, that he might be the oldest paperboy in Sussex, there was a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders and a whimsical look in his eye. “I read somewhere there was a lady of ninety-two doing this,” he quipped with a smile. Derek used to work in an office, but retired at 60. Not long after, he found himself in hospital, and in the operating theatre. He recalled, “I had a heart by-pass in my early 60s and my Doctor advised me to keep on the move. This was because it would help my recovery and because it would be good for my ongoing health and wellbeing.” I was persuaded to Seven to eight is nine to five become a ‘paperboy’ for me, at my time of life by my wife, although I hadn’t done a paper round in my youth. I like walking too, so it made sense.” Derek delivers to around twenty houses. “I get up just after six, have a cup of tea and get ready to go.” Unlike some of his colleagues Derek doesn’t have the pressure of going to school, or getting to work for the nine to five. “Seven to eight is nine to five for me, at my time of life,” he chuckled. After almost twenty-five years of delivering, Derek might be more tortoise than hare these days or, “not as quick as I used to be” as he puts it, but he still has good reason to get up in the morning and enjoy his daily routine. “I try not to sit around like older people often do. What I do is better than being stuck indoors all day, it’s good exercise and I have no reason to be lazy.” “It’s only snow and ice that really defeats me, so I give it a miss when the weather is bad.” Derek meets his customers from time to time while he’s delivering and bumps into dog walkers as well. “I’ve got to know some of them quite well. I feel part of the community.” Derek has his fans too and John Bennett, who lives at the top of a reasonably steep drive, told me, “It’s great to find someone of his age who is willing to come out in almost all weather, and with such a fine selection of hats too.” “I do still enjoy it,” Derek said with a grin, “I remember my Doctor’s advice, and hopefully I will keep going for as long as I can.” And with that he was off, ambling back home to his wife. l Sadly, Derek passed away shortly after being interviewed. His wife Jo was still keen to have the article published, hopefully inspiring others to stay active in retirement. 34 SUSSEX LIVING | April 2019

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This month our resident wayfarer, Robert Veitch was sent on a solivagant mission, trekking the wonderfully varied footpaths en route from Uckfield to Newick


eave Uckfield bus station, trotting north over Bellfarm Road at the pelican crossing. Turn left and walk west, past the fire station, turning 90° right at the allotments and 90° left shortly after. Follow the footpath for just over 300m, all the way to the playing fields. Head north past the playground and football pitches, traffic noise diminishing behind as the playing fields narrow ahead, eventually joining Calvert Road. Turn left, then right into Egles Grove, bearing left by the truncated oak into the 27 acres of West Park Local Nature Reserve. The route arcs left, beyond the giant oak towards the boardwalk. Swing right at the end of the second boardwalk, wandering uphill between two huge slabs of sandstone, to the kissing gate and road. Cross the road and turn left, walking towards oncoming traffic. On the right, just before the bridge is a kissing gate. It leads to a glorious gem, an arboreal wonderland, and a sandstone stunner – this oasis is Lake Wood. It’s well worth taking 15-20 minutes to lap the lake, clockwise or anti-clockwise, the path

leads back from whence you came. Immediately across the bridge, turn right at the ‘Wealden Walks’ sign, then left at the green fingerpost 50m later. The path brushes the rhododendrons as it heads downhill, skirting the scrub at the bottom, all the way to concurrent bridges crossing the Shortbridge Stream. The path cuts straight across the field, kinking left on the far side when entering the adjacent field. Head for the barns, passing rusting farm machinery along the way. The first stile of the day lands on the Fairhazel tarmac. Follow it for 350m, as far as the road junction.

as far as the tee, and water fountain behind. Alas, the fountain doesn’t work! The three-way fingerpost points right, downhill across the fairway and into the woods. A small bridge crosses the stream, beside a yew tree. Over the other side, follow the fence to the drive, and the drive to the road. The A272 through Piltdown should be crossed with care, before turning right and following the path, lined with stakes resembling a rustic pavement. Across the grass, take the gate to the left of the coniferous hedge. Across the track and stile the path twists left and enters a sea of silver birches, heading due north for about 500m, arriving at a gate made from a single metal bar. Turn left and walk down the drive, to the pair of 6ft gates. Beyond these, head downhill, over the stile, across the paddock, over another stile and along the hedge-lined avenue to a stile in the bottom left corner of the field. Bear right and after crossing the next stile, trek across the field and navigate the bridge. Keep to the edge of the field, uphill through the pair of metal gates,

The work of Shanks’s pony is done; Relax in the scenery while waiting for the bus… Enter the woods across the road, the path snaking a way with twists and turns, emerging into the light behind the 12th tee of the golf course. The path slices around to the right, joining the 13th fairway by a post. Turn left and hug the edge of the fairway

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around a second field and into a third. Beyond the silo an old kissing gate leads into the graveyard. Turn left and follow the path between lichen-covered gravestones, a solemn tranquility. Arriving at Fletching High Street, turn left, then right into Mill Lane by the War Memorial. Just after the raised pathways and bridges across the River Ouse take the gate on the left. Over the subsequent stile, follow the brick wall leading round to the right. Beyond the gates, keep left of the hedge and walk towards the power lines. An 8-bar gate opens into another field, a stile beyond and a brace of bridges within the wood. Beyond the trees, wander uphill through young verdant spring crops to the concrete drive. Turn right and after 200m, turn left into Alexander Mead. The road bends right and the path resumes at the end. Turn left and after 200m Newick Green appears. The work of Shanks’s pony is done; relax in the scenery while waiting for the bus… l

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It’s a Dog’s Life It’s all change this month as Teddy takes to the keyboard. A new Border Terrier for a new era of the literary ramblings of a dog’s life


hose of you with sharp eyes will have noticed that it’s a different dog stepping up to the keyboard this month. I’m Teddy, Rolo’s literary apprentice for the past year, learning my craft from the master, who, in difference to his seniority, wisdom and household rank, I refer to as ‘the Boss’. Now I don’t want to instigate an outbreak of mass hysteria and national mourning, but the Boss, after sixteen years and three months of living life to the full, finally wore himself out and has departed to the place of endless dog biscuits to eat and ethereal bunnies to chase. We are, naturally, very sad, but the Boss left specific instructions, and in addition to the mixed blessing of his hand-knitted coat collection, I’ve been bequeathed his literary legacy to continue, as best I can. Now the Boss always accepted folk for what they were, and, whilst we had our similarities, we also had our differences. As far as similarities, I’m the same breed: a Border Terrier. I am, in fact, about a third bigger than he was, which is helpful when a bit of presence is required, or for reaching something left

high up, out of range. I’ve also got a thicker coat and, depending where I am in the grooming cycle, can be more bear and less Teddy. I’m also more peoplefocused. The Boss liked people well enough, he just didn’t really care about their good opinion and, if he

The Boss left specific instructions, and I’ve been bequeathed his literary legacy to continue, as best I can wanted something, he’d go for it and live with the consequences. But I do care. I genuinely don’t like it when people are cross with me, and although I can be naughty at times, I’m more mindful of the outcome. The Boss accepted that, although with the caveat that there were no ‘yes’ furs on his watch!

Still, there are some things I’ve done which, without wishing to boast, the Boss didn’t manage. Take for example, accessing upstairs and the hallowed master bedroom. The Boss was banned and this was reinforced by a tactical stairgate. However, I’d been allowed free run of the house with my previous owner, and, after several broken nights when I first arrived, ‘Them Indoors’ realised that the only way anyone was going to get some sleep was if I was allowed to kip in the same room as them. True, I’m not allowed to sleep on the big bed, although I keep trying. In order to avoid trouble, when I’m having an illicit nap I keep half an ear open, and when I hear footsteps I jump off and curl up, innocently, on the floor. The terriersized, warm dent in the duvet is a bit of a give-away, but unless I’m caught redpawed, I’m not told off. Now that kind of terrier cunning is something the Boss definitely approved of and a skill we had in common, so I reckon I can follow in his paw-prints, with a few adaptations of my own, just watch this space! l

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Elizabeth Kay offers Sussex Living readers her thoughts on recent reads that have caught her attention. She gives her views on a selection of books from different genres which may capture your interest she works in her father’s scrap yard, doing things that would horrify Health and Safety. But despite the lack of basic care, she cannot entirely shake off the indoctrination she has received over the years. She does manage to escape, and her eventual journey to Cambridge University is astonishing. The book is very well-written, and the author’s honesty in finding truth to be evasive due to different recollections of the past is fascinating. It is remarkable that in this day and age parents can deny their children any sort of education and health care. I found myself appalled over and over again, but the book is a testament to how powerfully our childhood affects the rest of our lives. The fact that Tara does not end up bitter and resentful is little short of a miracle.


by Tara Westover (Windmill Books) This is the true story of the unconventional upbringing of a girl in a rural community in the mid-west USA. There are six children altogether, and their parents are fundamentalist Mormons who do not believe in modern medicine or education. Tara is supposedly home-schooled, but she is staggeringly ignorant about the world around her. As soon as she is old enough

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frequently unpleasant behaviour. It’s said that it’s easier to get over the death of someone with whom there were no issues, where there was nothing to resolve, and this illustrates it well. The child’s voice is convincingly written, although he frequently has remarkable insight for one so young. Nevertheless, it didn’t interfere with my appreciation of the book. The press doesn’t come out of it very well, and the intrusive attitude of the TV stations and their interviewing techniques are thoroughly believable.

The book is nicely illustrated with photographs rather than drawings, and the text is large and legible drawings, and the text is large and legible. I do take exception to a spider being called an insect, mind you, even though it has subsequently been given its Latin name (which ought to be in italics). It is also true that foxes and cats tend to avoid toads, as they are poisonous enough to cause an adverse reaction, although not to prove fatal. However, I shall assume that these facts are unknown to the toad and the robin, and written from their viewpoint!

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Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th May This feel-good comic operetta tells the tale of two just-married Venetian gondoliers, who discover that one of them (they don’t know which) has just become the King of ‘Barataria’ and was wed in infancy to the daughter of a Spanish Duke. A riot of romantic rivalry and farcical confusion ensues, until the king’s identity is finally revealed, and happy endings abound! The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne Tickets £16, Concessions £1 off, Thursday £12 Groups buy 9 tickets, get 10th free. Under 16s & Students £5

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The Mousetrap at The Hawth, Crawley Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April Come along and discover why The Mousetrap has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre. This unstoppable West End hit has been delighting theatre goers for 67 years and now it’s your chance to watch Agatha Christie’s legendary whodunnit unfold at The Hawth in Crawley. Starring Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools and Horses, EastEnders), you will experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. Box Office: 01293 553636 or visit

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across the town, this is a lovely, informal, yet valuable way to connect with their audience and show the rest of the community what they do. For full details of all those participating the brochure is available from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre or to download a brochure visit:

Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor Gardens Easter Monday 22nd April to Tuesday 7th May, 10am - 5pm The spectacular Tulip Festival sees Pashley carpeted with over 35,000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy - wandering from elegant displays of white lily flowered tulips around an old brick terrace, to the sweeping herbaceous borders covered in a riot of reds and oranges. Yet more tulips are on display as

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Gala Open Day for Sussex Horse Rescue Trust Sunday 5th May, 11am to 4pm Come and join Sussex Horse Rescue Trust for a fabulous day out to raise awareness

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Beltane Fire Festival Bank Holiday Weekend – Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May After the long winter, it’s time to get together with warmth and friendship, a time for joy and celebration. At the time of Beltane, the ancient festival to celebrate the warmer and longer days of spring. It’s a beautiful time of year, May blossoms, birdsong, often clear warmer days and starry nights. The weekend is open to people of all ages, with a wide range of talks, workshops and activities to include Yoga, Bushcraft skills, kids workshops and games, archery, martial arts, song and dance, falconry and much more. Make your May Bank Holiday a wildly

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St Peter & St James Hospice is a ‘sanctuary’ in the heart of Sussex. Kathy Brown, the hospice’s Communications Manager, shares some of the unique charms and personal touches that make it such a special place



lots of wildlife to see. You’re very likely to encounter squirrels, rabbits and deer, and we’re in the perfect location for a spot of bird watching!

eople often worry that hospices are dark and depressing places. However, people who stay at St Peter & St James Hospice or access its day services often describe it as a ‘sanctuary’ or a ‘home from home’. THE WOODLAND WALK Patients, families and visitors often enjoy walking through our private woodland. Evidence suggests that just 15 minutes wandering through trees can decrease stress levels, so it’s wonderful to have such a calming space on our doorstep. The woodland is particularly beautiful in spring when visitors are treated to a vibrant display of hundreds of bluebells. HOSPICE DONKEYS Our donkeys, Dudley and Dylan, inhabit a large paddock opposite the hospice entrance. They bring people great comfort – and entertainment – often coming up to the fence for a stroke or nuzzle, or mischievously throwing their wellies around the field! Recently they’ve been enjoying regular walks too, visiting patients on the ward, which provides families a positive distraction. PRIVATE BEDROOMS WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS All of the ward bedrooms are private, 48 SUSSEX LIVING | April 2019

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Patients can host movie or curry nights, share in birthday parties and other celebrations, or simply have a quiet space to chat meaning people have their own space and can easily welcome family or friends. Rooms can be made homely with photos or special items, and patients can host movie or curry nights, share in birthday parties and other celebrations, or simply have a quiet space to chat. Each room has beautiful views of the Downs too. WILDLIFE With the hospice being so rural, there’s

DELICIOUS, HOME-COOKED MEALS Home-cooked food is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and we’re very passionate about it! Our talented cooks rustle up tasty, nutritious meals every day for patients and their families to enjoy, as well as fresh sandwiches, salads and sweet treats. The team can respond to special requests too. We’d love you to come and see for yourself what St Peter & St James Hospice is really like. We’re hosting an Open Day on 18th May from 1.30 -5.00pm, where you can explore all of the above and admire stunning local artist exhibits. l For more information visit:

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he evolution of the great country house necessitated the invention of the cutting garden. How to provide vast quantities of blooms for indoors without plundering the ornamental flower beds? By making a separate area solely for the production of cut flowers - with plants grown in straight lines to make harvesting easier. A cutting garden is fun to make and can be created in a small space, (mine is 6ft x 6ft!) No clever artistry, tasteful colour schemes or fancy design elements are required - but not everyone appreciates them. To horticultural aesthetes, (defined as people who talk endlessly about gardening but never actually

do any) a cutting garden is a nervejangling, technicolour mish-mash. Fools. Choose a sunny, open situation for your cutting garden. Add slow-release fertiliser to the soil and dig in plenty of organic matter, (compost or leaf mould.) Hardworking plants will reward you if given fertile, moisture-retentive soil. Don’t make your bed(s) too wide - everything needs to be within easy reach. If necessary, make a simple path out of chipped bark, or lay a couple of paving slabs onto the soil to use as stepping stones. Be vigilant about staking, tying in and deadheading. Flowers destined for the vase need strong, straight stems - use robust plant supports and get them in early. A horizontal ‘grow-through’ plastic mesh or a ‘web’ of garden twine will safely support heavier flowers, such as dahlias and sedums. Fast-growing annuals are the backbone of a cutting garden; they will romp away from an April sowing. Cosmos, larkspur, ammi, Snapdragon

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cornflower, zinnia and nicotiana enjoy each other’s company and can be relied upon to harmonise in a flower bed or vase. Linaria is a lesser-known annual. You might find it listed as ‘Toadflax’, but don’t let that deter you as the blooms resemble miniature snapdragons. Speaking of which, snapdragons, (antirrhinums) make fabulous cut flowers. Forget the nasty bedding types - look for elegant varieties such as ‘Liberty Crimson’, or ‘Axiom’. Their long-stemmed genes hark back to the days of Victorian and Edwardian florists, when snapdragons were a favourite cut flower. Grow foliage/filler plants in your

Long-stemmed snapdragons hark back to the days of Victorian and Edwardian florists, when they were a favourite cut flower borders so you always have a plentiful supply for arrangements. Tough customers that can stand a regular snipping include varieties of euphorbia and nepeta, along with heuchera and alchemilla. Perovskia is doubly useful for the flower arranger; providing aromatic foliage from early summer and masses of tiny blue flowers as the season progresses. Cineraria and helichrysum petiolare are usually relegated to the summer bedding aisles but they offer vase-worthy silvery/grey leaves with a felted texture - perfect for teaming with sweet peas. Leafy herbs such as sage and apple mint are deliciously fragranced and may even take root in the vase water giving new plants for free. l


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GARDENING Gaultheria or box-berry is another low growing shrub in this family. There are over 100 varieties listed, some invasive. The pale urn shaped flowers lead to a colourful display of autumn berries. One variety is used to obtain wintergreen, a flavouring or used in muscle rubs. The flowers of Enkianthus chinensis are among the most decorative in this family. It will surprise many readers to learn that rhododendrons with their larger trumpet shape blooms belong to this family. Rhododendron ponticum, the invasive species, is natural to most of Europe but was largely killed off in the last period of glaciation. Enough survived and multiplied for it to Gualtheria become a nuisance berries in some countryside areas in modern times. There are over one thousand rhododendron species and innumerable varieties. Mainly temperate plants, there are sub-arctic and sub-tropical varieties. The wide range of plant size and colour has led them to be widely planted and they are a backbone of the garden plant industry. Two varieties were developed in the Lower Beeding area of Sussex; in a country lodge in the 1880s two species were cross pollinated which resulted in the spectacular Loderi group. Then at a residence across the road his neighbour grafted cuttings on to variety Heather is so much more than simply the small delicate R. ponticum to obtain Loder’s White, a highly regarded scented variety. pink, purple and white flowers we find in our gardens, Blooming slightly later than as Peter Erridge explains rhododendrons are the Kalmias. There are two main varieties having the common names mountain laurel and ention of ‘heather’ and of shrubs with some herbs and trees. sheep laurel. These Ericaceae have most people would The flowers are often bell shaped and shallow bowl-shaped flowers in large think of the low growing with a wide variation in size. Mostly the clusters of white, pink or red colours flowering plants in their flower colours are white, pink or red. garden or the swathes of colour across This family of plants is economically giving impressive displays. Pieris, also known as ‘lily of the valley plant’ has Ashdown Forest in late summer. These important for food and the garden plant young foliage which is brightly coloured plants belong to a botanical family industry. Several species have edible followed by the typical urn shaped spring called Ericaceae. It comprises over 4,000 berries the most well-known being the flowers arranged in hanging racemes. species divided into over 120 genera, cranberry, a variety of Vaccinium. This that is groups of plants with similarities. group also includes huckleberry, bilberry Nearly a dozen varieties are listed. Leucothoe or dog-hobble, is another There are around a dozen groups which and blueberry. On the other hand member of the Ericaceae. The young are frequently found in our countryside the fruit of the smaller garden shrub leaves are brightly coloured followed in or gardens. The family consists mainly pernettya is quite tasteless. Enkianthus


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and in some cases changes in foliage colour to add interest. Daboecia have larger bell shaped flowers. Bees are attracted to them so that in some areas heather honey is available. This large family of plants can provide great interest for gardeners, visitors to big gardens and country walkers all of whom should restrict themselves to visual appreciation and not attempt to eat the berries, unless they have specialist knowledge. l

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Buy two smaller properties, one for you to live in and one as a rental property choose to either make the repayments or let the interest roll-up. The loan and accrued interest is paid back when you die or move into long-term care and it is possible to ring-fence a percentage of the property for your family to inherit. With a home revision plan you sell all or a share of your home to a provider in return for a cash lump sum. In this case the provider owns the property and you gain a lifetime lease which allows you to remain in the house until you die. PROFESSIONAL HELP AND ADVICE There is a lot of free help available for those approaching retirement from GOV.UK, Pension Wise, Money Advice Service, Pension Tracing Service, Age UK, letting agents and the local council. An independent financial advisor can also help with tax planning, investments and inheritance matters, but do check they are a member of the Financial Conduct Authority. l

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stream and modern system with benefit of 24 hour music care. The spacious the added benefit of 24 hour care. The room offers a seating area with views spacious room offers a seating area to the garden through a Juliette balcony, withen-suite views and, to the garden throughthea an most importantly, Juliette balcony, an en-suite and, most opportunity for couples to be together. importantly, the opportunity for couples to be together. “This valued addition to our accommodation

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IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARITY Be a dare-devil this summer and take part in one of these organised events for thrill seekers! Why not participate and feel the rush of the adrenalin whilst raising much needed funds for well deserving local charities? Take a look at some of these exciting events coming to Sussex this summer

A Midsummer Night’s iDrop The iDrop at British Airways i360 in Brighton is BACK and Rockinghorse children’s charity is looking for thrill-seekers to take on this eyewatering challenge. The second annual Rockinghorse iDrop will take place on the longest day of the year, Friday 21st June. Participants can witness the sun setting into the sea as they are securely lowered from the open pod doors 450ft above Brighton seafront, providing a spectacular view of the city. The iDrop challenge will be operated by Wire and Sky and places are limited to 30 people only, who are able to each raise the minimum £250 in sponsorship for Rockinghorse. Last year 29 people participated in the challenge for Rockinghorse. They included 14-year-old fundraiser Jake Heal, 85-yearold daredevil grandmother Jeannine Brett, and IBO super-

You Raise Me Up – Fundraising Events for 2019 The local charity You Raise Me Up is totally funded by donations and fundraising events. They have lots of adrenaline filled events you can join in to help raise funds and awareness of this small but vital charity. Fulfil your dreams, face your fears or team up with your friends to have fun and make a difference.

3rd Annual Skydive!!

46 amazing people faced their fears and fulfilled their dream while raising over

middleweight boxer Chris Eubank Jnr. Together they raised an incredible £40,000 for the charity towards the purchase of a specialist X-ray imaging machine for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton.

This year, the iDrop event will be raising funds for Chalkhill Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Haywards Heath, which is Sussex’s only mental health inpatient unit for young people. Supporters can now apply for a place to take part in the unique iDrop charity event. Registration is £50 with an additional minimum sponsorship of £250 per person. Applications will close on Friday 26 April at midnight. To request an application form, call Rockinghorse on 01273 330044 or email Further details can be found at

£30,000 for You Raise Me Up over the past 2 years. Now it’s your turn on Saturday 22nd June! Book your place with £50 deposit and raise a minimum of £500. The fundraising team will support you with ideas, social media and promotional material. Just 20 places are available, so hurry!

Face your Fear with a Bungee Jump Taking place at the Beach Life Festival on Saturday 13th July at Princes Park in Eastbourne. A £20 refundable deposit is

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Charity Go-Karting

Get a team together & Fun-raise! Set to take place on Sunday 15th September at Filching Manor for teams of 4 (16 & over). A two hour endurance race. £40 deposit per team member. Minimum £300 funds raised per team (£200 if you self fund). Full Details at

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THE CHASELEY TRUST your specialist local charity enabling disabled people to live lives to the full NEEDS YOU! The Chaseley Trust is one of the oldest charities in Eastbourne with a seventy four year track record of supporting people with spinal injuries, Acquired Brain Injuries, loss of limbs and progressive conditions through the provision of specialist short- and long-term care at our 55 bed facility on South Cliff, Eastbourne. We offer a full suite of specialist support including nursing care, therapy, rehabilitation and respite holidays designed to enhance the development, independence and wellbeing of those who use our services.

environment for our severely-disabled patients. Enthusiastically supported by our dedicated staff, our residents enjoy a wide range of creative activities including art classes, singing, drama, dancing, cooking and gardening on a daily basis but this wouldn’t be possible without our brilliant army of volunteers.

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ALL IN A ROW Row, row, row your boat… or jump to it in the gym! Sasha Kanal tells us how rowing is taking the fitness world by storm INDOOR Rowing is having it’s own moment in the sun in the fitness world currently. Usually reserved as a warm up or a quick stop on the rowing machine in the gym circuit, it’s now taking centre stage as an exercise with more bang for its bucks compared to others. There’s a reason Olympic rowers look the way they do. The exercise works the whole body and is reassuringly low impact on bones and joints. Main parts of the body utilised are the legs and core, meaning it’s just as effective as stomach crunches when it comes to tightening those areas. Technique is important however and a slow and steady approach to start with is best to make sure you’re doing it absolutely right. Start by sitting in the rowing machine with your knees over your ankles and the difficulty level set no higher than about 4 or 5. Keeping your back upright and being careful not to round it as you lean forward drive your legs down the slider. Then you lean back 64 SUSSEX LIVING | April 2019

and pull through your arms to activate the chain. This is called the ‘drive’ and as you pull back, it’s best to keep your arms straight for as long as possible. It’s important to note that the whole process doesn’t have to be done at the same speed. Once you’ve

Rowing in synchronicity is said to promote a wonderful feeling of teamwork

pulled back completely, take your time to recover and listen out for the whirr of the flywheel on the machine. Rowing is said to burn two to three times the amount of calories as spinning, so no wonder it’s becoming as popular as its counterpart with specific group rowing classes popping up all over the UK. Check out your local gym or leisure centre to investigate the opportunities out there. OUTDOOR If you like things more ‘au naturel’, then find a lake or river that you can actually row a boat on or better still, find a rowing club! The Amateur Rowing Association

is a good place to start, as it has a local club finder tool on there. Rowing on water is a very different kettle of fish (excuse the pun!) than on a machine of course. There’s the actual boat, the water and your counterparts to contend with. If you’re part of a club, rowing in synchronicity with your fellow rowers is said, unsurprisingly, to promote a wonderful feeling of teamwork. Then there’s the beauty of seeing the world from the river and the scenery that comes with that. If this sounds all too energetic, then find a boating lake in Sussex on a sunny spring day, hire a little rowboat by the hour, take a small picnic and enjoy! l


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eat can really damage your hair so although using curlers gives your hair nice, long-lasting curls, it’s wise to find other alternatives. As I’m sure you know wearing plaits when your hair is damp leaves you with ‘beach -style waves’ the next morning. Doing this alone isn’t guaranteed to keep you wavy all day long though, they often drop out and leave your hair flat. So here’s a quick and easy routine to prolong those California girl waves. 1. After washing your hair, towel-dry it so it’s damp. Make sure it’s not too wet or your hair won’t dry overnight. Comb it through so it’s tangle-free as this will be easier to work with. 2. Use sea-salt spray. This may be one of the most important steps as it gives your hair that ‘beachy texture’. Spray it evenly over your hair, trying to target

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all areas. There’s something in sea-salt spray that almost thickens your hair and gives it a natural wave. Scrunch up your hair with your hands so the sea-salt spray is distributed evenly. It’s recommended you do this as it helps the product work its magic, allowing your hair to curl easier.

There’s something in sea-salt spray that almost thickens your hair and gives it a natural wave 3. Now use some sort of styling mousse as this also creates waves and prolongs the curls. Do the same motion as you did with the sea-salt spray by scrunching a small amount of mousse into your hair. Again, make sure not to use too much product or your hair will become too wet. Then brush your hair once again to brush the product through. 4. This next step is optional but to make sure your hair isn’t too frizzy, as it sometimes can be when you take it out from plaits, use a small amount of hair oil and just run it over the lengths and ends of your hair.

5. Finally, spritz a little hairspray at a distance over your hair. It’s important to do this when it’s damp, as then the hairspray dries into your hair and works more effectively. Put your hair into French braids so your hair will be wavy from the top to the bottom. If you want more of a natural curl, you can just do regular braids, leaving waves from midway to the end. 6. The following morning, take your hair out of the braids, once you’re sure your hair is dry and spritz it with hairspray once more. Ta-da! That’s all you need to do to achieve heatless beach waves. This sort of hairstyle really does suit anyone. It is a really pretty, feminine style that would be perfect on a summer’s day or for a special occasion or even if you’re just relaxing at home. Get practising now and do it in style! l

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With the Easter holidays afoot it’s the perfect time to get the whole family involved in the kitchen with these fun and simple pizza recipes

Prep Time 20 minutes Cooking Time 12-15 minutes Makes 6 x 23cm pizzas (or 4 larger ones)

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE PIZZA BASE 350g plain flour plus extra for dusting 150g fine semolina flour 1 ½ tsp salt 20g fresh yeast or 7g sachet of fast action dried yeast 1 tsp runny honey (to be used with fresh yeast only) 250ml hand hot water 3 tbsp olive oil

leaves when cooked. 3. Tomato sauce, drained mozzarella, basil leaves when cooked. 4. Tomato sauce, roasted pepper, sliced chorizo, pinenuts, paprika, oregano leaves when cooked. METHOD Put the oil in a large saucepan with the garlic and stir well over a high heat. As soon as the garlic sizzles (it mustn’t brown), add the tomatoes along with the tomato paste and oregano. Let the mixture bubble on medium high for about 12 minutes until thick and rich, stiring occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before use.


FOR THE BASIC TOMATO SAUCE 700g ripe red tomatoes peeled, deseeded and chopped 5 tbsp olive oil 3 garlic cloves chopped then creamed with salt 1 tbsp tomato paste Pinch dried oregano Plenty of freshly ground black pepper

Tip onto a lightly floured surface 3 and knead for about 7 minutes until it forms a smooth ball. Put a dribble

of oil into the same bowl and add the dough, cover with a cloth and let it rise at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. It should be soft to touch and roughly doubled in size. Punch down the dough and tip out, knead into a ball and cut into 4, 6 or 8 pieces with a sharp knife. Form each piece into a ball and put on a floured paper lined tray, cover and leave at room temperature for 15 minutes until swollen. You could put it in the fridge at this point and leave for up to 3 hours or until ready to roll.

If using fresh yeast, crumble it Roll each dough ball as thinly as 2 into the hand hot water. Add the 4 possible and then add the topping honey and stir well until the yeast has of your choice. The simplest and most dissolved. Leave for about 10 minutes until foam appears on the surface which means the yeast is active and ready to use. Put the flours and salt in a bowl (along with the dried yeast if using) and make a well in the centre for the liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to the flour and add the liquid. Mix together well until the dough leaves the side of the bowl clean. Cover and leave for 5 minutes. Put 2-3 large baking

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classic pizza is tomato sauce with a dribble of olive oil and pepper. Slide the pizzas onto the preheated baking trays. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Drizzle on extra oil and serve hot. Tip: If you do not wish to use all the pizza dough, it can be easily frozen between sheets of baking parchment. The tomato sauce can also be frozen if you have excess.


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HAILSHAM 2nd Sat of month, 9am-12.30pm Hailsham Cattle Market HASTINGS 2nd & 4th Thur of month, 9am-2pm, Robertson Street HEATHFIELD 3rd Sat of month, 9am-12.30pm Heathfield Co-op Car Park LEWES 1st Sat & 3rd Sat of month 9am-1pm, Cliffe Pedestrian Precinct PENSHURST 1st Sat of month, 9.30am-12 noon Penshurst Place (Visitor Car Park) STONEGATE 2nd Sat of month, 9.30am-12 noon King John’s Nursery, Sheep Street Lane, Etchingham UCKFIELD 1st Sat of month, 9am-1pm Luxford Car Park

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DATES Tuesday 02 April, 18:30 – 20:30

Baldwins Travel: Solo Traveller Event

The Depot, Pinwell Road, Lewes BN7 2JS A wide range of travel ideas geared towards people who need to travel independently. Places are limited. Contact 01273 472466 to confirm your space. Wednesday 03 April, 11:00 – 15:00

Bonhams: Valuation Days – Fine Art & Jewellery Charleston House, West Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL – 01273 220000. Saturday 06 April, 10:00 – 12:00

Dr Bike Seaford

Council Offices / Police Station Car Park, Church Street, Seaford If you’re not using your bike because of dodgy brakes, badly adjusted gears or soft tyres, then bring it for a check-up! We have the skills, tools & enthusiasm to carry out a full safety check, basic repairs & maintenance. Free – but donations welcome. Saturday 06 April, 13:00 – 17:00

The Wartling & Herstmonceux

Do you have an East Sussex community event to promote? Email and ask for a Diary Dates form. Local History Group Exhibition Herstmonceux Village Hall A special feature on World War Two with some WWII army vehicles on display. Entry £5 (U16 free). Saturday 06 April

Tablehurst Community Farm – Lambing Days Tablehurst Farm, London Road, Forest Row RH18 5DP (do not follow SatNav) Pull up your wellies and get out to your community farm, where the sheep barn is full of baby lambs for you to visit. 01342 823173. Saturday 06 April & Sunday 07 April, 10:00 – 17:00

The Sussex Guild: Contemporary Craft Show Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL Designer makers of contemporary and traditional crafts.

trail and craft workshops. 01732 865224. Sunday 07 April, 12:00 – 22:30

Hastings Beatles Day

White Rock Theatre, Hastings The 20th anniversary of Beatles Day tickets-beatles-day-hastings-2019 hastingsbeatlesday/ Saturday 07 April

Wedding Venue Showcase

Easter Family Fun

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Family entertainment throughout the Easter holidays including an Easter

Monday 08 April onwards

Have a cracking Easter at Drusillas Park!

Appearances from all of your favourite characters throughout the Easter holidays, including Hey Duggee, Peter Rabbit, the PJ Masks and more! for exact dates.

Wellshurst Golf & Country Club, North Street, Hellingly BN27 4ED Our beautiful wedding venue with spectacular views across the South Downs will be fully dressed for a wedding. Free of charge. 01435 813636

Tuesday 09 April, 10:00 – 14:00

Sunday 07 April 14:00 – 17:00

Horsted Place Country House Hotel, Lewes Road, Uckfield TN22 5TS Creative ideas for floral decorations at Eastertime. A demonstration by Clare Wilson of Riverside Flowers, Lewes. Booking essential: 01825 750581.

Oldland Mill Open Day

Saturday 06 April to Monday 22 April

our own flour available. No vehicles allowed at the Mill. Please park in Grand Avenue or Ockley Lane near the Thatched Inn and walk up Oldlands Lane.

Keymer See inside the oldest regularly working windmill in Sussex. Refreshments, memorabilia and

Bonhams: Valuation Days – Fine Art & Jewellery The Cooden Beach Hotel, Cooden Sea Road, Bexhill-On-Sea TN39 4TT 01273 220000. Tuesday 09 April, 10:30

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Thursday 11 April 14:00 – 16:00

Arts Society Ashdown Forest: Rembrandt - Family, Faces and Friends. Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove TN6 1FE Hilary Williams of the British Museum introduces the medics, lawyers, bourgeoisie, burghers, clerics and family members who were Rembrandt’s subjects. Members free, Guests £6 01892 663388. Friday 12 April, 19:00 – 22:00

Film: The Happy Prince

Friday 12 April, 18:00 – 21:00 and Saturday 13 April, 10:00 – 16:30

Art Exhibition by Buxted Art Club

The Reading Room, Church Road TN22 4LL Buxted Art Club’s annual exhibition of members’ work during the year. Paintings in a variety of styles and mediums. Entry: £1 to include refreshments 01825 733100. Saturday 13 April, 10:00 – 16:00

Open Day at Piddinghoe Pond with the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club

Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove TN6 1FE Drinks available before the performance - ÂŁ8 with reductions if you become a member.

Piddinghoe Pond BN9 9AF Visit the ‘Jewel of Sussex’ and join the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club on their tranquil lake.

Friday 12 April, 19:30 – 21:30

Chailey Village Hall (next to the Five Bells Pub) Volunteer experts repair things free of charge – although a donation towards running costs is invited. Anyone can bring along broken items or clothing needing repair from home, and have a cuppa and some cake while they wait (2nd Saturday of every month).

East Hoathly & District Preservation Society: The wonders of water – how otters keep us healthy East Hoathly Village Hall, Church Marks Lane BN8 6EQ Learn how wildlife and water are inextricably linked to our lives and how otters tell us how healthy we are, by Fran Southgate. Non-members: £4 01825 872460.

Saturday 13 April, 10:00 – 13:00

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Saturday 13 April & Sunday 14 April

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Venues across Eastbourne Eastbourne artists and makers show and sell their artwork in homes, studios and galleries. 01323 749708 07768 387980.

Sunday 14 April, 16:00 – 17:00

Family Concert: Hey Diddle Fiddle

St Leonards Church, Church Street, Seaford BN25 1LR A family concert for children of all

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DIARY DATES ages. Music, stories, dance. Children: bring a cushion! Tickets: £8, Students £5, Children free Monday 15 April, 19:30 – 21:30

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Sussex Wildlife Trust Eastbourne Regional Group Event

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The Garden Show in Spring

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Eastbourne Artists Spring Open Houses and Studios Venues across Eastbourne Eastbourne artists and makers show and sell their artwork in homes, studios and galleries. 01323 749708 07768 387980.

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St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, Seaside, Eastbourne BN22 7RY Model show with model railways, model boats and yachts, slot cars, dioramas, working Lego layouts and Lego play table, refreshments. Adults £2.00, Children £1.00, Family (2+2) £5. StAndrewsNorway Saturday 27 April

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A SHAGGY DOG STORY! Do you have a dog? Would you pay a Dog Tax? Well thankfully we don’t have to in the UK, but as Robin Stevenson tells us, that isn’t the case in all countries


ometimes I wonder what to write in this article. I try to keep things current and relevant and maybe talk through questions I get asked on common situations which I think would be good to share, but every now and again something comes across my desk which I immediately earmark to include in next month’s magazine – and that’s what happened a week or so ago when a news story appeared in the accountancy press. The news article covered the story of a family in Germany who had fallen behind with their taxes. Like any organisation owed money, HMRC are quite robust in collecting overdue tax, as part of my work I have dealt with HMRC’s debt management team on a number of occasions, but it seems they go a little further in Germany. When the local bailiff visited the family to seize assets they

decided the family’s most valuable asset was their pet dog, a pedigree pug called “Edda”. Edda was promptly seized and then later sold online to settle the tax bill. Of course, the seizing of a family pet sounds horrendous and is the reason why a story about German taxes made the UK press. Could the same happen in the UK? Fortunately not, it is reassuring that HMRC are quite clear on what assets cannot be taken and these include assistance dogs (including guide dogs, hearing dogs and dogs for disabled persons), sheepdogs, guard dogs and domestic pets, which are specifically exempt and may not be seized. But a little further reading of the news story piqued my interest when it was explained that some of the overdue tax was “Hundesteuer” (Dog Tax). Having to pay tax because you own a pet is maybe something we hope the Government don’t introduce, but actually this is nothing new. 30 years ago we had dog licencing in the UK and if it is true that the people of Berlin alone paid “Dog Tax” of 11 million euros then if we extrapolate that to the population of the UK then perhaps we’re looking at a tax that could be worth almost £200 million pound for the Treasury! Would the government consider reintroducing a form of Dog Tax? No, I don’t think so. I’ve mentioned the history of tax in the past and how it is true that tax is primarily used to raise funds for the Treasury, but it is also often used to influence our lifestyle and spending habits, such as sugar tax on fizzy drinks and the levy on plastic carrier bags. Maybe if we had a specific problem with dogs in the UK then Dog Tax might be used to try and control dog ownership but I can’t see any reason for that. And I doubt it would generate enough money to be introduced for purely tax reasons, especially if we think about the costs of running such a licencing system and the policing of it, so I think it would be a brave Chancellor to announce Dog Tax as part of his budget speech. Needless to say, where there is a tax there will be people thinking of ways to avoid paying, and it seems German Dog Tax is no different. The news report goes on to explain how one gentleman tried to avoid paying the tax by passing his Spanish Water Dog off as a sheep. It doesn’t say if he was successful, probably not!

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