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36 On The Home Front A fantastic festive Scandi delight
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Hand me the mince pies and sherry, it’s Christmas! I just love this season of good will and cheer; the crisp air fizzes with fun, it’s a time to spend with friends and family and the promise of a fresh year is just around the corner. Like a stocking bursting with presents, our Christmas issue is packed full of goodies from Bobby Davro talking to us about panto, to a rustic Scandi-style Christmas home and some mouth-watering festive food. Sit back, enjoy the read and soak up the merriment! We’ve had a great year here at Sussex Living HQ and sincerely appreciate all the support of our readers, advertisers and contributors. The whole team here would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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he busy rural market town of Hailsham sits seven miles inland from the south coast, overlooking the marshland of the Pevensey Levels and bordered by the South Downs National Park and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the largest town in the Wealden district of East Sussex, with a population of over twenty thousand. Referenced in the Domesday Book of 1086, the town’s roots stretch back as
far as Neolithic times and its proximity to the sea attracted Ancient Briton, Anglo Saxon, Roman and Norman settlers. The Parish Church in High Street and many of its other buildings date back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. In 1252 Henry III granted the town a Market Charter. Today, there is a monthly farmers’ market featuring local food and craftwork, a stall market every Friday, a street market every Saturday and a weekly
livestock market - the only one still operating in Sussex. The town’s architecture is a harmonious mixture of ancient and modern. Hailsham Museum and Heritage Centre in Blackman’s Yard is run by members of the Hailsham Historical and Natural History Society and offers a snapshot of the town's past through photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. Rope-making is Hailsham's traditional industry.
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As well as nautical ropes, local manufacturers supplied ropes for public hangings in Britain and its colonies. Hailsham now has a brand-new, purposebuilt rope factory and warehouse on a site that has been used for rope-making for over two hundred years. Hailsham has a variety of local and national shops, restaurants and supermarkets. The High Street, George Street and St Mary's Walk are the main retail areas. The Quintins shopping centre near the Vicarage Field precinct opened in the late 1980s and is named after the eminent Tory politician Quintin Hogg - who later became Lord Hailsham. Following a government-commissioned report compiled by Mary Portas, TV’s Queen of Shops, Hailsham’s Town Council and Chamber of Commerce set up the Hailsham Forward Town Team to come up with initiatives for revitalising the town centre. Its main aims are to boost the local economy, protect the environment, improve infrastructure and safeguard health, wellbeing and quality of life. Hailsham Forward has recently been accepted as a Community Interest Company. Hailsham is a vibrant centre for sport, arts, culture and leisure activities. Hailsham Active was set up in 1995 to unite sports clubs and societies within
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outdoor bowling club based at the rear of the complex. Hailsham also has an adventure park which offers a range of activities including a ski and snowboard centre, birds of prey, tractor and trailer rides, crazy golf and a boating lake. Arlington Stadium, on the outskirts of Hailsham, has hosted speedway racing for more than fifty years. The Cuckoo
The Common Pond in Bellbanks Road has been a focal point and jewel in Hailsham’s crown for many years the district, provide support for member clubs and to promote sport within the town. Hailsham Town Football Club, known as The Stringers because of the town's rope-making history, plays in the first division of the Southern Combination Football League. Established in 1871, Hailsham Cricket Club is one of the oldest in East Sussex. Maurice Thornton Playing Field provides additional facilities for junior and senior football, as well as stoolball and athletics. There is a leisure centre which has facilities that include a gym, ten-pin bowling and a swimming pool with a flume and water slide, with an
Trail, which offers safe cycling, walking and riding along the disused railway line, passes through Hailsham on its way from Heathfield to Eastbourne. Hailsham Country Park incorporates woodland, an open field area, two ponds and a lake - where fishing is available in season. A water course skirts the open field area and there are all-weather footpaths throughout the park. The Country Park’s wildflower meadow received South & South East in Bloom Silver Awards in 2009 and 2010. The Common Pond in Bellbanks Road has been a focal point and jewel
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in Hailsham’s crown for many years. The Dennis King Memorial Orchard and Sensory Garden opened in 2010 as a response to the loss of traditional English orchards and to create a fully accessible community garden for local residents. For walkers and ramblers there are numerous footpaths, woodlands, riverside and field walks in
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and around the Hailsham district. Hailsham Pavilion is a Grade II listed cinema and concert hall built in 1921. It closed as a cinema in 1965 and served as a bingo hall until 1987. Refurbishment began in 1993 and it opened again in 2000. Summerheath Hall is home to Hailsham Theatres, a group of amateur dramatic players who have been staging musical and drama productions since the early 1930s. Since opening in 2004, Gallery North in North Street has showcased the work of over two hundred artists; as well as hosting art workshops, courses and events including Hailsham’s first Arts Festival. Hailsham has a number of historically and architecturally interesting buildings. 22/11/2018 17:17 Page 1
The Stone in Vicarage Road was originally built in 1320 and was once owned by Cardinal Wolsey. Others include the Old Brewery, Fleur de Lys, Inglenook, The Grange, Cortlandt, in George Street and the much-loved Michelham Priory. Three of Hailsham’s pubs are situated in the three streets that make up the triangle of the town centre, which also features several members' clubs. The other two traditional pubs are located in Station Road and South Road. Each October around three thousand people attend the town’s Guy Fawkes celebrations, organised by the Hailsham Bonfire Society. Hailsham also holds a range of popular Christmas markets. l
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Tucked away at the foot of the South Downs is a small church illuminated with murals from the residents of Charleston. Robert Veitch investigates
everend Peter Blee is a quietly spoken, thoughtful man who appears to be at one with his environment. His church, St Michaels and All Angels in Berwick lies atop a tiny hill at the end of a flint walled passageway. It’s over 900 years old and Grade I listed. To wander around the churchyard is to amble peacefully through history. At the outbreak of World War II, the church interior was typical of the time, namely whitewashed walls and stone. Decorating church interiors with art works had become largely forgotten after The Reformation. It was Bishop Bell of Chichester who commissioned the artists, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell in 1941. As members of the Bloomsbury Set, the American Dorothy Parker remarked, “They lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles.” Though viewed as ‘avante garde’ their Berwick work would be traditional, a ‘decorative scheme’ creating an environment rather than a series of paintings. The art reflects the local landscape, people, and a way of life under threat at the time. Vanessa Bell, the sister of Virgina Woolf noted, “What a wartime occupation, it needed Hitler to bring such things to pass.” The plasterboard appears to be 16 SUSSEX LIVING | December 2018
standard 8x4 sheets, but their origin remains unknown. Peter told me painting took place at Charleston, after which the boards were brought to Berwick and secured to wallmounted battens. Look closely and plasterboard nails can still be seen. During the War, several leaded glass windows were destroyed by a bomb, which detonated nearby. Replaced with clear plate glass, it adds a charming other-worldliness to the place.
They lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles Two seasonal works stand out. Vanessa Bell’s, ‘The Annunciation’ – the meeting between angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary, featured her daughter posing as Mary. On the opposite wall is ‘The Nativity’, also by Vanessa Bell. It was painted after Virginia Woolf had taken that fateful walk into the River Ouse and her brother Julian had been killed in the Spanish Civil War. Mary appears lost in her thoughts. In the background is Mount Caburn.
To secure the art for future generations, the church interior requires a stable environment. The plan is to install roof insulation and sustainable under floor heating utilising boreholes. “Humidity control is key to controlling the environment and avoiding fluctuations,” according to Peter. A failure to restore the paintings will see them deteriorate beyond recognition; even today flaking paint is clearly visible, highlighting the thin line between art and extinction. Peter indicated wax and varnish from preservation attempts in the 1960s needs removing because it’s proved more harmful than helpful. Salt eruptions in the paint exist, whilst evidence of mould and dirt need eliminating.
Peter is keen to publicise the fundraising plans for the ‘Saving Berwick Project.’ A National Lottery application is now in it’s second phase. If the £600,000 grant is approved the church will still need to raise £250,000 themselves… of which a heart warming £100,000 has already been donated. Preservation works will be in situ, on scaffolding platforms, which might make the Sunday Service unique for the congregation. The church has around 10,000 visitors each year. “Our conservation project will invite small groups of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals to enjoy this quiet and reflective place,” Peter revealed.
Flaking paint is clearly visible, highlighting the thin line between art and extinction “Schools and universities will also be welcomed, as will the artistic community.” Peter Blee became Rector of St Michaels and All Angels in 2003. He was born a Sussex boy, left for a while, but has “come home now.” His book ‘The Bloomsbury Group in Berwick Church’ “took a few years to write,” but is part of the fundraising project. The Bloomsbury link will continue, as Quentin Bell’s son, the Lewes based
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he longstanding star of pantomime stars as Idle Jack in Dick Whittington in Southampton this Christmas. “As a family comedian, it is so wonderful seeing everyone from kids through to grandparents being entertained by you,” he says. Dick Whittington tells the story of Richard Whittington, a wealthy merchant and later Lord Mayor of London (between 1354 and 1423). The legend describes his rise from poverty-stricken childhood with the fortune he made through the sale of his cat to a rat-infested country. A regular visitor to the South Coast, Bobby recalled when he was 16 spending a week literally chasing women in Sussex. “I went to stay on a holiday camp with my friends, getting drunk and generally getting up to no good. I got so sunburnt that I
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in a severe reprimand. “I made an early impression at school, when I was caught mimicking my headmaster - a Harold Wilson sound-a-like I was given six of the best.” After leaving school, Bobby worked as a trainee manager in a large department store, where he was soon trying out more impressions and honing his talents as John Inman and Mrs Slocombe. His next job was in his father’s retail store, Davro Trading, named
Bobby with model Sam Fox in 1985
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after sons David (the oldest and a golfer) and younger son Robert (Bobby). Bobby later left the shop to pursue a fulltime career in show business. Bobby has even bravely appeared in Dancing on Ice with actress Molly Moenkhoff as well as other reality shows including
As Vinnie Monks in Eastenders
In 1981 Bobby made his television debut but his breakthrough came with Live at Her Majesty’s two years later Celebrity Big Brother and Come Dine with Me. From August 2007 to November 2008 he played wide-boy Vinnie Monks, a love interest for Shirley Carter in Eastenders. But theatre continues to be a draw for Bobby’s comic talents. In 2015 he starred in the comedy Not a Game for Boys where he played a London taxi driver. His personal life has made the pages of the tabloids. For a decade he
was married to former Page 3 model Trudi Jameson, from Sutton Coldfield, before divorcing in 2003. The couple have three children Brittany, Tierney and Marnie. He has battled depression but his friend the hypnotist Paul McKenna has helped him tackle it by tapping acupressure points with his fingers. Bobby appeared on In Therapy where he spoke to therapist Mandy Saligari
about divorce, family issues and struggling with alcohol. “The measure of success is happiness and peace of mind,” he says. His father, Bill Nankeville, was a runner; a British national mile and 1500m champion, world-record holder who represented Great Britain in two Olympic Games. Bobby even followed his father in a similiar vein, in 2003 he
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was one of the contestants in the reality TV show The Games, in which 10 celebrities competed against each other in Olympic style events. He is very involved in charity fundraising, including for Kids ‘n’ Cancer, Care After Combat and Variety, and on December 10 2018, Bobby appears alongside Jim Davidson and Jethro in Legends to raise funds for Care After Combat. Bobby also helped launch a new charity bingo game to raise
funds for Variety. The funds raised from the new charity game boost the pledge made by The Bingo Association to raise £1m for Variety by the end of 2018. These funds are used to provide support to even more children through Sunshine Coaches, powered and sports wheelchairs, specialist and sensory equipment as well as funding a number of memorable days and outings for disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK. Bobby said: “As a long-standing
supporter of Variety, the children’s charity, I am delighted to help launch a new fundraising initiative that aims to raise £250,000 for Variety. I know what a difference these funds will make to the lives of children and young people throughout the UK.” Born in Ashford, Surrey on September 13, 1959, Bobby likes the music of Gilbert O’Sullivan. “I have played your new album constantly over the past few weeks,” he tweeted to
Gilbert. “I believe it to be one of your finest to date. Full of wonderful songs that are written and produced in a style that reminds me of your early songs. First class and its success is everything you deserve.” Bobby continues to keep a busy schedule, as well as television appearances he is in demand on cruise ships and relaxes by playing golf. Bobby has just filmed Celebrities Go Camping which will be aired in the New Year. Bobby is accompanied by four other famous faces: Michelle Collins, Cheryl Baker, Joe Swash and Stephen Bailey who pack up their celebrity lifestyles to go camping on The Jurassic Coast. In five episodes, they all get up close and personal with the great outdoors, exploring campsites, from basic fields with compost loos to glorious glamping. A bit like Bobby – variety is the spice of life! l twitter.com/BobbyDavro1
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Bringing magazines and news to the sight-impaired, Wealden Talking News is at the forefront of innovation, as Peter d’Aguilar finds out
ack in 1975, Heathfield and District Talking Newspaper Association was a pioneer in providing audio news for the blind. In 1983 its founder, Ted Davis, set up National Talking News & Magazines to offer a subscription service across the UK. In 2013 the RNIB took over its management until financial problems and a reduction in listener numbers forced its closure three years later. Today, the dedicated volunteers of Wealden Talking News (WTN) are once more at the forefront of innovation by bringing mainstream magazines – free of charge – to the sight-impaired across Sussex. In 2017 WTN secured a £10,000 National Lottery grant to rejuvenate its recording studios in Heathfield and this, together with an influx of 30 SUSSEX LIVING | December 2018
‘polished’ readers from the recently closed RNIB studio, enabled the setting up of the new initiative under the dynamic leadership of Dianne Steele. A qualified nurse, midwife and chiropodist with a passion for digital communication, Dianne first started as a reader twenty-five years ago after the death of her husband. Today, supported by technical manager Mike Hollis and a dedicated team of volunteers, Dianne is busy spearheading the new Sussexwide Publications (SWP) initiative across both East and West Sussex. “Many local Talking News services are in decline or closing, due to the lack of local news reporting and advances
in treatment for the sight impaired,” explains Dianne. “WTN is once again leading the way, moving in the opposite direction and expanding!” WTN produces a memory stick containing four thirty-minute news editions gleaned from the local newspapers each week, plus another thirty minutes of general interest features. In addition, it is now offering monthly audio recordings of Sussex Living and Sussex Life magazines, as well as a compilation entitled ‘Listeners’ Sussex’. “While it’s great that medical science is reducing the number of people with sight impairment, there are still many – especially the very elderly – who feel isolated from the mainstream media,” says Dianne. “We have a wealth of talented readers generously giving their time, so we want as many people as possible to benefit. We are taking our message to the outside world by building links with local NHS Trusts, opticians, charities and clubs, as well as Sussex’s sight impairment officers.” “Our audience numbers are increasing steadily and the feedback we’re receiving is very encouraging,” says Dianne. “Listeners speak of WTN opening up their lives. We want to reach as wide a demographic as possible, so plans are afoot to broaden our material to cater for more diverse tastes. We are using radio ads and flyers to spread the word but, as our ways of communicating are limited, we are keen for friends and relations to pass on information.”
We have a wealth of talented readers generously giving their time WTN entirely depends on donations to maintain its valuable service, and all staff give their time for free. Anyone wishing to volunteer or support the charity with a gift can do so via the website, wealdentalkingnews. org.uk, by emailing secretarywtn@ gmail.com or by leaving a message on 01435 862304. Likewise, anyone who is sight impaired and would like to sign up to this free county-wide audio magazine service can contact WTN with their details. l
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SPOTLIGHT EVENTS Michelham Priory Celebrates Christmas Through the Ages Weekends in December Escape the mayhem of Christmas in the relaxing surroundings of Michelham Priory at weekends during December. There will be A Christmas Carol Christmas on the 8th and 9th of December where families can enjoy Carol singing, drama sessions, dress up and take your own Victorian selfie plus Father Christmas and more! Then celebrate a WWII Christmas and the
Evacuees at Michelham on 15th and 16th of December! Join a wartime classroom lesson and write in Morse code, participate in a Home Guard Drill or make paper aeroplanes to fly in their competition! The Victory V’s will also be singing on Sunday from 2-3pm! Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham BN27 3QS www.sussexpast.co.uk
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Christmas at Drusillas and Santa’s Grotto Weekends in December, then daily from 13th December onwards Experience the winter magic first hand at Drusillas Park this year! They’ve hung up their stockings by the chimney with care, in the knowledge that Saint Nick soon will be there! Take your little monkeys to visit Santa Claus in his cosy Christmas Cottage and come face-to-face with a husky at the zoo before getting your face painted as a reindeer, fairy or even a Christmas pud! Enjoy the festive Christmas lights while you sip your mulled wine and tuck into a yummy mince pie as Drusillas fills your
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Hailsham Christmas Market Saturday 15th December, 9am to 3pm Event organisers are definitely getting into the Christmas spirit and, after receiving positive feedback from both shoppers and stallholders last year, are looking forward to making the event an even bigger success! There really is something for everyone to experience in the town during the festive period, from families and couples to those visiting Hailsham for a spot of Christmas shopping. The Christmas Market programme includes quality live entertainment and a range of activities which will hopefully enthuse everyone - and help support local businesses during the festive period. See you there! Vicarage Field, Hailsham BN27 1BG
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Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January Antique lovers are welcomed to find hand-picked selections of brilliant quality traders, salvage, decorative home-wares and antiques. Explore a variety of family attractions whilst you rummage for French finds on interior stands filled with collectable treasures. A distinctly continental event, collectors have scoured the hidden corners of the UK and many European countries to bring interesting items and prices that attract visitors from far and wide. Prices are highly competitive allowing anyone with any size budget to come away with something special: there’s something for everyone! The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood TN12 6PY www.thebigbrocante.co.uk
New Year’s Eve Party at Trading Boundaries Monday 31 Dec
Trading Boundaries’ New Year’s Eve party is always a fantastic celebration and the perfect way to welcome 2019! Enjoy a warm, fun, party atmosphere in the surroundings of their candlelit venue. Tickets include a fabulous buffet meal, a wonderful array of music including a live performance of 60s and 70s hits by the fabulous Tar Babies. Once it gets close to midnight enjoy a complimentary glass of fizz as they project a live screening of the fireworks and Big Ben from London. The Tar Babies will then see you into the New Year! Doors open at 8.00pm - Carriages 1.00am Various ticket options available: www.tradingboundaries.com or 01825 790200 Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green Nr Fletching TN22 3RB
Aladdin at The Hawth, Crawley Friday 7th December to Sunday 6th January This year The Hawth’s panto treat for the whole family is Aladdin starring Dancing On Ice’s Mr Nasty Jason Gardiner as the evil Abanazar, and Shaheen Jafargholi (EastEnders/Casualty) as Aladdin, alongside impressionist Jess Robinson and regular Dame Michael J Batchelor as Widow Twankey. From the same producers as last year’s box office smash hit, Aladdin promises to be unmissable spectacular entertainment. The fun starts on Fri 7 Dec7 December, make sure you don’t miss out! Sun 6 Jan Tickets from the Box Office on 01293 553636 or www.hawth.co.uk
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Christmas Comes to the Sussex Christmas Barn Open Daily to Christmas Freshly cut Christmas trees and beautiful baubles for sale from an 18th century barn in Barcombe, near Lewes. This brand new Christmas shop, selling a wide range of decorations from around the world including Gisela Graham, Amica Felt and The Original Winters Tale. There are a variety of freshly cut UK grown Christmas Trees available including Nordmann Fir, Blue Spruce and Norway Spruce. You can choose your perfect tree and a decoration to match while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake (or cakes!). Sussex Christmas Barn, Gipps Farm, Spithurst Rd, Barcombe BN8 5EH www.sussexchristmasbarn.co.uk 01273 401021
Breakfast with Santa at Sussex Country Gardener Every weekend until Christmas, 9am to 10am What a treat for the little ones this festive season at Sussex Country Gardener. Children can enjoy a 2-course breakfast, a Christmas activity with a visit from Santa and receive a wrapped gift, whilst adults can indulge in the delicious Gardeners Breakfast with tea or coffee. The 3-course Christmas lunch menu is also available everyday throughout December by pre-booking. An ideal
opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts and then enjoy a festive meal with friends or family. Booking essential for both events. £8.95 per person for breakfast with Santa £20 per person Christmas lunch or £10 per child under 12. 01892 852828 www.sussexcountrygardener.co.uk Sussex Country Gardener, Mark Cross (A267) TN6 3PJ
The Magic of Christmas at Wilderness Wood Weekends throughout December (except 23rd & 24th) Find a beautiful fresh locally grown tree, watch craft demonstrations, find a unique gift and see the cookhouse BBQ in action. The trees have arrived at Wilderness Wood, ready for you to come along and select the perfect one for you! The shop and café are open every day too (9am to 5pm), until 23rd December, where you can treat yourself to fantastic cakes and beautiful decorations to put on your tree. New this year – buy your tree on a Friday evening – 5-8pm, get a free pizza from the wood-burning oven for every pre-cut tree bought. Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down TN22 4HJ www.wildernesswood.org 01825 830509 Open everyday
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A Rustic SCANDI Christmas Decked out in a rustic Scandi style, Phil and Philippa Heath’s stone cottage in the Derbyshire countryside is a haven of understated Christmas charm
In an old stone cottage, nestled amongst thick woodland on the edge of the Peak District, lives the Heath family who start preparing for Christmas on the first day of December every year. “We absolutely love Christmas,” says Philippa, mum of the family. “Phil and I got married in December, and my birthday’s the week before Christmas, so it’s a very special time for our family. As soon as daylight appears, Phil and one of the boys head out to pick a tree, and twigs and branches that I make into decorations such as heart shapes, stars or reindeer that I then paint white.” The couple’s children, Jack, Tom, Joe and Bess, also love to make bits and bobs from spare timber. No room is left unadorned and this warm home is transformed into a rustic winter wonderland ready to celebrate the season. The interior of the Heath’s home is just as inventively decorated the rest of the year. With little spare cash, Phil and Philippa have made several pieces of furniture as well as collecting hand-me-downs, salvage finds and odd things dumped in skips and giving them clever make overs. “Good quality paint can work wonders,” says Philippa. “I’m constantly found with a paintbrush in my hand. Phil often jokes that he’s scared to stand still in case I paint him too.” When the couple first moved into the house in 1992 the building needed much more than a quick lick of paint. “It was in a dreadful state,” recalls Philippa, who had spent three years travelling around the world with Phil, a former merchant navy seaman. “We both grew up and have family near here, so when we were ready to settle in the UK to start
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our own family, we focused our search on the local Derbyshire area.” Although the 1800s structure they found was damp and neglected, the setting was magical and immediately won them over. “Money was tight after paying for the house from our savings,” says Philippa, “and we had little left to pay for workmen so we had a go at most of the immediate repair work ourselves.” Whilst they were doing the repairs they knocked two of the three small bedrooms into one to make a decent master. Since that initial renovation, the couple have
HOME TRUTHS THE OWNERS Phil and Philippa Heath and their four children: Jack is at university and comes back for the holidays; Tom, Joe and Bess are all still at home
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The Heath family start preparing for Christmas on the first day of December every year
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gradually transformed the house as funds could be resaved and in between the arrival of each of the four children. The most dramatic change to the house was the two-storey extension, built by Phil in 2000 using reclaimed punched face stone to match the original cottage; this gave the family a larger kitchen diner and a spacious third bedroom above. As the boys have grown up, this bedroom has since been divided into two, bringing the total number of bedrooms up to four. “Jack needed his own space as he got older,” says Philippa. “At the same time, Bess said she didn’t want to feel completely separate from the family so asked if we would take out a wall in her room so she could see down over the stairs and into the kitchen. She may change her mind and want more privacy when she becomes a teenager herself though.” As well as all that structural work the house has had its floorboards stripped upstairs and salvaged
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A simple process of logic is all that it takes to solve each puzzle in this game. Put the numbers 1 to 9 in each vertical column and each horizontal line. Each number must appear only once in each column and line and in each of the 3x3 boxes in the grid.
Each number in the grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid, then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of letters as you identify them.
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Snow SENTINELS From ancient talismanic figures to sparkly Christmas decorations, snowmen have always been with us. Flo Whitaker takes us on a journey back in time
hat does the word ‘snowman’ mean to you? Do you build them with your children or grandchildren? At Christmas, do you hang a snowman decoration on your tree, or place an illuminated snowman figure in your garden? Nowadays we associate snowmen with light-hearted fun but their origins lie elsewhere. Snowmen have been a part of our culture for thousands of years. The oldest surviving art in Europe can be found in cave paintings dating back to 35,000 BC. Ancient tools and cooking vessels give us more clues about this faraway world. Carved figures of humans and animals indicate early belief systems and rituals. These tantalising fragments can be viewed in museums, but a snowman is ephemeral. It leaves nothing behind, save for a puddle and a written or spoken history trail passed along the generations.
Our ancestors were highly attuned to the seasons. Winter, with its short hours of daylight, was a particular challenge. In a landscape populated with bears and wolves, great importance was placed on talismanic objects. Snowmen were first created as guardians and were constructed around the perimeter of the homestead to protect people and livestock. Made with outstretched, defensive twiggy arms, they were positioned with their backs facing the settlement. Their grotesque faces looked outwards in order to scare away animals and bad spirits lurking in the dangerous Wildwood.
A snowman is ephemeral. It leaves nothing behind, save for a puddle and a history trail passed along the generations The earliest known snowman image appears in an illuminated book, (circa 1380) held in the National Library of the Netherlands. In 1494, the 19-yearold Michelangelo was commissioned by Piero de’ Medici to build a snowman in his palace courtyard in Florence. From the Middle Ages, snow figures were constructed to honour
favoured monarchs and military heroes, or to create religious effigies. Unlike costly artist’s materials, snow is freely available and snow figures were also made to show dissent. Unpopular politicians, landowners and churchmen were lampooned in snow sculptures. Ordinary folk would vent their anger by kicking and punching the figures and, when gunpowder arrived on the scene, blowing them up! In Zurich, a springtime festival still occurs, whereby a snowman, (now made from fabric) is exploded to symbolise the end of winter. Our ancient ancestors would be mystified by us, but might see something of themselves in our shared ‘worshipping’ of snow deities. So, if you receive a Christmas card depicting a jolly snowman, pause for thought. That image of an icy winter sentinel has travelled through the ages. Snowmen are mysterious and transient. Commanded by the weather, they come – and they go. They are the stuff of dangerous politics, but are also a child’s plaything. They can be pro-establishment, or anarchic; religious or profane. They are shapeshifting, inscrutable time-travellers. If only they could talk – what stories they could tell. l
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Winter Flock A flock of wheeling long-tailed tits capture Ruth Lawrenceâ€™s imagination this month as she takes a winter stroll in the countryside
n afternoon stroll in light woodland at the edge of Chailey Common seemed strangely quiet. Other than the rumble of cars passing over cattle grids and the occasional caw of a distant crow, the air was still and silent. The sound of sharply fluttering wings came from nowhere, accompanied by high pitched trilling calls; it was a flock of one of our smallest birds, the diminutive long-tailed tit. I stood still as at least a dozen flitted among the slim branches of silver birch above my head. Long-tailed tits live in family parties of up to twenty, consisting of a brood, its parents and extra adults who help
The nest of a long-tailed tit is a remarkable home; constructed from moss, spider silk and up to two thousand feathers raise the brood if their own has failed. As winter approaches, each flock maintains a vigorously defended winter territory that can expand to 25 hectares. They seemed to move as one through the trees, calling continuously; their togetherness is a survival mechanism because their low weight of less than 8g means that they need one anotherâ€™s
body heat on freezing winter nights. Huddling close in large groups allows them to survive the cold for they are unusually small for birds at this latitude. Their bodies seem little more than small feathered spheres, beautifully marked with dusky pink patches contrasting with their black and white plumage; itâ€™s the extra long tail that serves to double their length. The nest of a long-tailed tit is a remarkable home; constructed from moss, spider silk and up to two thousand feathers, it is a fully enclosed dome, leaving only a small
entrance hole for extra protection against rats, squirrels, magpies and stoats. It is camouflaged on the outside by tiny flakes of lichen, chosen for their grey green colour so that the pale surface makes the nest very hard to detect. The spider silk helps to anchor nest-to-branch while the cocoons and eggs double as nutritious food. The silk lends the nest an unusual quality, enabling it to expand to accommodate the growing chicks. Nests built early in the season can take three weeks to complete whereas late ones can be hastily assembled in as little as a week of concentrated effort. Studies have shown that pairs who lose a brood will often help to raise those of another pair. It seems that the net gain of offspring raised with helpers is greater than the gain made if attempting another brood of their own. After a few brief moments of watching the family flock enliven the autumn air with chatter and movement, they departed as one; I could hear their talk diminish with distance and the branches quieted once more, settling as the tiny wings flew on. l
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It’s a Dog’s Life Rolo the Border Terrier is in full Christmas swing this December and waiting in anticipation for Santa Paws
hilst dogs generally have a different perspective to people, we’re nearer the ground, what can I tell you, I have to say that I like Christmas. Whilst ‘Her Indoors’ gets preoccupied and starts rushing round with lists, and ‘Him Indoors’ hides in the study muttering about the cost, there are some seasonal delights, like the re-emergence of home baking, for a dog to enjoy. ‘Her Indoors’ is a bit of a messy cook so there are floor cleaning duties with some festive flavours for me and my apprentice, Teddy. There’re also parcel deliveries to bark at. I can’t hear the doorbell these days, due to senior deafness, but Teds can, so I join in. It’s all good fun. There is also the return of the Juniors to the family home which is always good for a bit of tummy tickling and fussing, plus there’s the muchanticipated visit of Santa Paws. I used to worry that I’d get missed out, as I’m not generally a very good dog, but he’s
been coming for the last sixteen years so I’m not so concerned these days. I hope he realises I’ve got an apprentice as I don’t want to have to share. And without letting the dog out of the bag, if you’ve ever wondered how the old fella gets past the canine home guard, it’s got a lot to do with biscuits! Christmas, however, isn’t always a good time for dogs. Puppies are sometimes bought as Christmas presents, and then, when the novelty wears off in the cold light of January, and the reality of incontinence, chewing, training, walking and needlesharp puppy teeth, finally dawns, they end up in rescue centres. Last year, I heard that in the run up to Christmas there is an increase in elderly dogs given up to make
way for a cute puppy. Now I’m all in favour of cuteness, after all, I’m pretty blessed in that department myself, but a dog who has given the best years of their life to their family deserves a comfortable old age in a bed by the fire with loving owners in my book. This year will be the first Christmas that Teddy has been with us so I’ll have to set him a suitable example. He needs to know that the indoor tree isn’t for weeing on, premature opening of presents is frowned upon, crackers aren’t fireworks in disguise, parcel ribbon isn’t edible and sprouts are best avoided if he wants to be allowed in the lounge later. It’s pretty similar for people too, so go easy on the unsuitable eating and drinking or you could find yourself in trouble with the presents and embarrassing yourself with the Christmas tree! Have a great time! 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
WEEDS IN THE HEART by Nathaniel Hughes and Fiona Owen (Quintessence Press)
This rather uninspiring title is a pity, because the book itself is absolutely beautiful and would make a wonderful Christmas present. The illustrations are accurate, informative and exquisite, and make this a coffee table book to leaf through at your leisure. It deals with the medicinal and spiritual aspects of the plants found in the Stroud Valley, and although it is very clear that it is not a medical textbook, it does include scientific elements as well as meditative ones. The opening of the preface sums
The illustrations are accurate, informative and exquisite it up very well: This book is the opposite of an encyclopaedia. It focuses on a relatively small number of uses for a small number of herbs from a highly subjective viewpoint. There are genuine case studies, both from the point of view of the person experiencing the treatment and the herbalist prescribing it, with plenty of references if you want to pursue a particular topic further. Hughes describes himself as an AnimistBuddhist, believing that consciousness can be found throughout nature. Even if you don’t agree with much of the philosophy behind the book, it is still a worthwhile read as many old-fashioned remedies are revisited.
THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
This is quite a long book, and needs perseverance. The main narration is by ten-year-old Grace. The action takes place in the heatwave of 1976 on a housing estate, where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and there is a central mystery concerning a disappearance which we see through Grace’s eyes. She decides to investigate, along with her friend Tilly. The flashbacks to 1967 give clues to the main thrust of the book, but the final twist surprised me without feeling I’d
There are a lot of different editions of this classic poem, so it’s worth researching which version you fancy – one with modern illustrations, such as this one, or one with a more traditional Victorian feel. I remember this from my childhood, and it’s just as magical now as it was then. It’s the poem you read to young children on Christmas Eve to persuade them to go to sleep: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
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The misunderstandings of childhood are convincingly portrayed been cheated with a bolt from the blue. The misunderstandings of childhood are convincingly portrayed; the selfcentredness of pre-teens is well described too, as are the ignorant prejudices of the older generation. There are understated observations of parents – Grace’s mother is always having a lie down, and her mother and father have arguments via the dog, to whom they address their grievances. There are a lot of characters, and reading the book in fits and starts is not recommended as you forget who the people are. By the time I was halfway through, though, the pace had picked up and I read through to the end without getting confused.
by Clement C. Moore and Mark Marshall (Little Tiger Press)
It’s the poem you read to young children on Christmas Eve to persuade them to go to sleep The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled, all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced thro’ their heads; And Mama in her kerchief, and me in my cap Had settled our brains for a long winter’s nap When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters, and threw down the sash; The moon on the breasts of the new-fallen snow, Gave lustre of midday to objects below. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer…
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BEAUTY & FASHION
How do you look your best over the busy festive season? Take a look at Sara Whatley’s Christmas beauty survival guide and face the parties with your head held high!
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ime for family and reflection, time for friends, time for fun and time for feasting. In my eyes that’s what Christmas is all about, not faffing about with tricky makeup looks or curling tongs – you want to look your best, but you need it to be quick and long lasting. Not a problem. Follow these tips and tricks for a beautiful and fashion faux pas free festive season. Alternatively, stay in your PJ’s and hibernate to your heart’s content. I know what I’ll be doing! ALWAYS BE PREPARED Be like a good girl scout and always be prepared. Office Christmas party after work? Make sure you bring spare tights to overcome embarrassing ladder situations, pop a safety pin in your purse for securing gaping tops and bring rolled up ballet pumps for when your heels get too pinchy on the dance
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floor. Do your nails in advance to avoid smudges and have a couple of outfit options at the ready to overcome last minute fluster. FAST BEAUTY Time is precious at Christmas and you don’t want to be pampering for hours, so look good, fast! Keep makeup to a minimum; this means there is less to go wrong through the day or night. Always wear primer for a longer lasting look and remember powders last longer than creams. Choose matt lips for staying power and waterproof mascara for panda-free eyes. If you like bouncy tresses sleep in a plait or rollers instead of curling on the day, or for ultimate ease scoop your hair into a high pony or messy bun – I love a ‘done’ face and ‘undone’ hair combo. SHINE ON For quick brightening fixes through the day or night keep eye drops at the ready to banish red, tired peepers, and a dewy-look facial spray or makeup fixer will lift and refresh your look. A spritz of your favourite perfume is a great pick me up too. Sort out lank or frizzy barnets with a quick spray of hairspray and a scrunch, and for a trusted super easy Christmas fix just add glitter! Eyes, cheeks, nails, lips, jumper, whatever goes. Remember to get some shut eye between the celebrations and you will be a shining star this Christmas. l
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Skate your way to a healthy December and have a whole load of fun whilst you do it! Sasha Kanal looks at the positive health benefits of going with the flow
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GOING WITH THE FLOW The fluid movement associated with skating means there’s less impact on your joints compared to running or dancing.
In terms of calorific consumption 2 and aerobic impact, skating is on a par with jogging and also measures up when it comes to fat burning and leg strength development. In fact you can
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work muscles they didn’t even know they had! Finally the mental 5 health benefits of skating cannot
be overstated. Aside from the post workout endorphin high, the Roller blading is feeling of total freedom great for improving and mindfulness gained balance, agility and from skating along coordination! As you watching the world go skate, you have to by or whilst listening to maintain a steady core music is unsurpassed. to remain upright so There’s no denying the regular practice can fun element to being on improve balance and skates. From building the strength of your stamina and confidence abdominal and lowerto freewheeling along back muscles. Keeping the seafront on a crisp Regular practice your core limber as winter morning – can improve balance there’s plenty of joy to you age is vital to help prevent injuries and be had here. and the strength of keep you moving freely. You just need to be your abdominal and aware of how to skate lower-back muscles Muscle definition is safely. You’ll need to be a big thing when it reasonably fit to start comes to roller skating. with and if you’re not As well as flexing up your abs, glutes, sure then consult your GP. Talk to your thighs and calves, you are also working local gym or there are plenty of online your core, arms and shoulders. In fact tutorials on how to start and also how anecdotally you will hear many people to fall in relative safety. Don’t forget to say that when they roller-skate, they wear a helmet! l
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or many, roller blading, skating or inline skating as it’s also known, conjures up images of carefree Californian boardwalks and sun kissed free spirits gliding gracefully past on wheels. You too can taste some of the sweet freedom gained from donning a pair of roller blades and taking off into the sunset whether you’re in Santa Monica or Sussex. All you need is a comfy pair of skates and a flat surface – either in a rink with other people or outside on smooth ground and of course this being Body Buzz, the health benefits are manifold! Plus with Christmas fast approaching there are some beautifully festive ice rinks in Sussex and further afield you can visit to get into the spirit of things and hone those skating skills beginner or not.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly. ‘Tis also the season to stretch one’s legs with the returning Tim… So, don your favourite festive pullover and traverse the Downs with us this Christmas
e left Lewes by train, arriving at Plumpton eight minutes later. Head for the western end of the platform, towards the larger footbridge, turning left at the end, walking parallel to the racecourse. Follow the tarmac as it skirts around the buildings, gently uphill and over the brow as it changes to concrete underfoot. Turn right at the T-junction by the end of the flint wall, noting the V on the Downs, two miles distant as the crow flies. Follow the loosely surfaced track for ¾ of a mile, along the natural ebb and flow of the landscape. At the end, turn left by the post box, veering right 50m later by the red telephone box. The track passes between old and new graveyards, a serene and scenic location whatever the weather. A ¼ mile later, turn left at the T-junction. The surface becomes looser as the Downs approach, narrowing to a footpath by the green metal railings where it enters the tree canopy. The trees become woodland as the path ekes its way up the shallow gradient of downland pre-scarp. Two gates precede a duplicate arrangement slightly further
“We’ve made the top of the Downs,” whooped Tim on, immediately before the Offham to Ditchling road. Turn right, walking along the road for 20m, before turning left and beginning the final major ascent of the Sussex Living walking year. Narrow at first, the path opens up as chalk appears underfoot and the gradient stiffens, increasingly. The gate opens on to Streat Hill. The route runs parallel to an old cutting, towards another gate. “I’ve missed these walks, it’s hurting my calves,” chirped Tim, as a seat appeared on the right.
The path arcs to the right into a bowl layered with ancient terraces, towards the V. Planted in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, it consists of beech, fir and lime – with glorious shades of shimmering red, orange and yellow on the day we visited. The path finesses the tip, offering views of trees planted in parallel, generations ago. “We’ve made the top of the Downs,” whooped Tim as the wind welcomed us to the summit gate at 224m (735 feet). Turn left, along the South Downs Way, through the hollow at the top of Streat Bostal, past the junction with Plumpton Bostal, turning right 200m later, by the bridleway fingerpost. Where the path bears left, keep to the right of the fence. The trail leads downhill, towards a gate, just before the power lines. The steepness increases as another gate approaches, before the path reaches the valley floor of Waterpit Bottom. The route sweeps right and uphill, skipping across contours, beyond the gorse to the summit of Waterpit Hill at 150m (492 feet) at the metal gate. Ahead lies the sea, visible on the horizon. Alongside the path, a few wild rapeseed brighten the way. After half a mile wandering gently downhill, turn right at the dilapidated brick building, following the path into the lines of beech trees, then through them to the narrow road that runs alongside. Walk north along the road for no more than 150m, then take the path on the left, by the telegraph pole, turning 180° and heading south. Follow the path through the trees, alongside the new university blocks. Orange tipped posts indicate the route. Keep left when the path splits, gradually easing away from the buildings, eventually emerging at a road.
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Bexhill Care Home Opens its Doors to Combat Loneliness and Isolation Older people are being welcomed into Sussex Housing & Care’s residential care home in Bexhill for a free hot lunch, to enjoy some friendly company and to take part in a variety of activities. Sussex Housing & Care, a not for profit provider of housing and care for older people in Sussex, is leading the initiative to help tackle the increasing local and national problem of loneliness and isolation amongst older people. Ardath care home in Bexhill will open its doors on Tuesday 11th December, and the second Tuesday of every month, from 11am to 3pm. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, as well as refreshments and a two-course lunch. Vafa Hurst, Regional Manager said, “We know that one million older people in the UK can go for a whole month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. Social isolation is a problem local communities can help to tackle. We want to give older people the opportunity to spend time with our friendly residents and staff whilst enjoying some fresh, home cooked food and activities. We’d encourage people to book their place so please call us on 01424 210538.” Sussex Housing & Care’s mission is to help people live their later life to the full. For more information, please visit www.sussexhousing.org.uk/residential or call 01424 210538
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ll of our hospice services are focussed on helping people with a terminal illness achieve the best possible quality of life, and in the community team we do this by offering expert advice and support in the comfort of patients’ own homes. While on my visits across Sussex, I might review someone’s medication or work to ease difficult symptoms, offer guidance around the next stages of illness or help somebody put plans in place for the end of their life. Sometimes it’s simply about having a chat to patients and relatives and listening to their worries or helping them to understand what’s happening. To be welcomed into people’s homes is a privilege. You get to see the real person Debbie and partner Gary and paint a vivid picture of their life. I love forming those deeper connections with those I’m supporting. I feel people are often more relaxed at home too, which lends itself to more open conversations. To be welcomed into people’s People can be quick to assume that being a nurse in this setting is difficult homes is a privilege and depressing. Naturally there are very sad moments, but it’s uplifting supported a lady called Debbie, who too; I get so much out of what I do. I’ve had sadly found out that her breast got to know so many wonderful people cancer had spread and become from all walks of life and I witness the incurable. Debbie was an amazing very best of humanity. woman with a close-knit, supportive Earlier this year for example I
family. I was always touched by the amount of love in that house and inspired by Debbie’s vigour and zest for life. She had a wicked sense of humour! Thanks to the generosity of local people, we could ensure that Debbie’s last months were the best they could have been: she was wellinformed as she wished, was able to put plans in place, and spent so much precious quality time with Gary and her children. She passed away peacefully at the hospice in May. To have been able to improve her quality of life and put her somewhat at ease was incredibly rewarding. Every day my job rewards me. l To help nurses like Gary bring comfort, joy and dignity to more local people living with terminal illness this Christmas, please visit www.stpjhospice.org and donate what you can.
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THE MONTH OF DECEMBER With fairy lights and the festive season upon us, Michelle Brett brings us all the best that December has to offer
Facts and Figures
he first of December heralds the start of meteorological winter, and the 21st, the shortest day – often regarded as the first day of winter – although the temperature drop that we had in late November certainly made it feel that winter was knocking on the door earlier than that! The word December came from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) as it was originally the tenth month of the year (the winter days following December were not included as any part of a month – it was only much later that January and February were created out of this monthless period).
In the Kitchen The ‘glut of the month’ for December, is the Brussel sprout! They’re at their sweetest and most flavourful (yes, really!) after a frost. Harvest from the bottom of the stalk upwards. Why not make a winter coleslaw by mixing shredded sprouts with apple, grated carrot, toasted walnuts and mayonnaise. Or for the leftovers, cooked sprouts are wonderful when fried with crispy bacon and sage, or as part of a bubble and squeak. Stilton is considered a Christmas cheese, and with the shortened maturing time it changes in character through the year, with the Christmas batch now being sweeter – ideal with a glass of port! Like lots of products, ‘Stilton’ has a protected status and can only be made in three counties: none of which are Stilton in Cambridgeshire where the cheese was invented!
The 26th December, Boxing Day, is celebrated in a number of countries that used to form part of the British Empire. It was custom for servants who had to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, to have the following day off to visit their families. They would be given a box to take home containing gifts and bonuses and sometimes left-over food. Here in the UK and also Canada, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago and New Zealand, the day is primarily known as a shopping holiday and lots of sports fixtures are now held on this day too. For those born in December, their star signs will be either Sagittarius or Capricorn with the birthstone being the turquoise, tanzanite or zircon; and birth flower, the narcissus. The day length is down to its shortest at seven hours and forty-nine minutes and the sea temperature will be down to 12° – certainly not the chilliest it’ll get this winter! December birthdays include: Dame Judi Dench (9th), Kenneth Branagh (10th), Paula Radcliffe (17th), Maurice & Robin Gibb (22nd) and Annie Lennox (25th).
In the Garden This month is the last chance to plant new fruit trees and bushes for next summer’s fruits. Secure the tree loosely to its stake to prevent it being dislodged and remember to water when it doesn’t rain! Leave any parsnips in the ground – they taste much better after the frosts, and if there’s any tomatoes left out, they’re unlikely to ripen any further. Bring them in and put them next to a banana to ripen quickly. Or make them into a green tomato chutney – ideal as a present! Protect your pond by skimming off any leaves and trimming any foliage so as not to pollute the water. If you’ve any fish, float a tennis ball in the water to stop the fish becoming icebound. Pruning any dormant plants quite severely will prove beneficial for next seasons growth.
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A bird is traditionally the one must-have for the Christmas table, for a bit of variety why not try roast guinea fowl with oyster mushrooms? Sherry and mushrooms are a good combination, worthy of any celebratory meal making it a festive feast with a delicious twist, and lots of sherry! INGREDIENTS 2 small guinea fowl 2 tbsp olive oil 2 medium onions 4 cloves garlic, lightly crushed Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 500g oyster mushrooms, cleaned 2 tsp rosemary, finely chopped 80-100g Serrano ham 100ml fino sherry METHOD Preheat oven to 220c/425f/ gas mark 7.
Rub two tablespoons of olive oil over 2 the guinea fowl and place in a lightly oiled roasting tray. Cut one onion into
wedges and put them in each cavity with the garlic. Season the birds. Place in the oven and roast for 45 minutes to one hour. After about 40 minutes test the leg using a skewer. If the juices run clear, the guinea fowl is cooked; if they are still pink, it will require more cooking. When cooked, transfer the guinea fowl to a board and leave to rest for 10 minutes, loosely covered with foil. Meanwhile, cook the mushrooms. Place the roasting tin on the hob and heat the oil. Add mushrooms, one
chopped onion, garlic and any juices from the cavity of the guinea fowl, the rosemary, half the Serrano ham torn into small strips, and fry for two to four minutes until the mushrooms are almost cooked. Add the sherry and let it simmer for a minute. Check seasoning; if too strong, add a splash of water. Serve half a guinea fowl per person with the remaining Serrano ham on top and the mushrooms with gravy on the side. l
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Mushroom Wellington Fancy something a bit different for your Christmas fare this year? Try Sara Whatley’s vegan mushroom wellington for a mouth-watering centre piece INGREDIENTS 1 pound mixed mushrooms, sliced 1 red onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, chopped Olive oil Pinch of salt Large sprig rosemary, leaves stripped and chopped 125g cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped Glug of booze (vegan wine/sherry/ port) Dribble of balsamic vinegar Optional extra, truffle oil Ground black pepper to taste
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1 sheet ready roll puff pastry (many are vegan), room temp METHOD Pre heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Heat the oil in a pan and gently sauté the onion, garlic, mushrooms, rosemary and salt until all the liquid has evaporated, be patient it takes a while.
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diagonal ribbons down either side and bring alternative sides over the top, as if plaiting. Tuck the ends under. Brush the pastry with oil and place in the centre of the oven for 35 mins, until nicely brown. l
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Do you have an East Sussex community event to promote? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a Diary Dates form. Holy Cross Church Festival of Christmas Trees
Now to 23 December, 10:00 – 18:00
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Holy Cross Church, Belmont Road, Uckfield TN22 1BP A wonderful community event displaying an impressive 90+ Christmas Trees, sponsored and donated by local organisations, schools, charities and individuals. www.churchoftheholy crossuckfield.co.uk
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Drusillas Park, Alfriston (just off the A27) BN26 5QS Experience the winter magic first hand this year at Drusillas Park! Bring your little monkeys to visit Santa Claus in his cosy Christmas Cottage daily from Thursday 13th - Sunday 23rd December. 01323 874100 www.drusillas.co.uk
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Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove TN6 1FE Drinks available before the performance. £8 with reductions if you become a member. Pine Grove Pictures – enquiries@ pinegrovepictures.org.uk www.pinegrovepictures.org.uk
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Friday 7 December, 19:30
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Jack and the Beanstalk
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Sovereign Shines at the Waterfront
Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne Family fun for all including a visit from Father Christmas, carol singing, live music, characters from Frozen on walk-about, refreshments and festivities all in aid of the local lifeboat. www.sovereignshines.co.uk Friday 14 December to Sunday 30 December
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Hastings White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JX The Giant Pantomime Spectacular starring Michelle Collins and Chico. www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk Saturday 15 December, 09:00 – 15:00
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Christmas Market at Wilderness Wood
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Secret Santa: The Frost Files
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Mid Sussex Choir Christmas Concert
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Forest Row Choral Society Christmas Concert
Holy Trinity Church, Lewes Road, Forest Row RH18 5AF Join in with the carols and hear highlights from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Drink and mince pie included. £10 on the door (under 16’s free). www.frcs.org.up
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QUANDARY Sometime in business tough decisions come along. Melanie Richardson shares the story of one client’s financial and moral quandary
ne of my clients who is in his fifties, has had a pretty rubbish time over the last few years. He has had problems with cash flow over a rid of all of the company’s debts, put money into its bank prolonged period for various reasons, most of account, get a renewed effort behind real and substantial which were not his fault. Sometimes he has only just been growth, a decent salary and participate in any growth in able to meet the payroll bill at the end of the month and he value in the longer term. has had very little cash out of the business himself. However, part of the push for better profitability would Through all of that he has managed to keep the business involve my client having to make some of his staff redundant. going, giving a good service to customers and recently has The purchaser already has those roles filled and doesn’t started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Cash flow has need additional people. The redundancies would affect staff eased and the business is starting to grow in a slow steady members who have been in the business for over 30 years. In fashion. addition, the purchaser would demand increased efficiencies He can envisage a time when he can from the remaining staff and any pay off his bank loans and get his bank who didn’t perform to the new The company is attractive to standards would be managed out of account back in the black. But… he is tired the business. of struggling and the pressure has begun to the purchaser because my affect him and his enthusiasm to continue to My client therefore has a real client has spent years grow the business. dilemma – take the money on offer getting it to this position. Out of the blue, he received an offer to and make his life less stressful but buy his company. The purchaser would pay at the cost of his long serving, loyal off all of his bank debt and give him a market level salary members of staff, or carry on in the hope that the business will carry on improving. He could also implement some going forward, paying a reduced amount for the overall of the initiatives that the purchaser has suggested without business as a result. The company is attractive to the purchaser because my getting rid of individuals. client has spent years getting it to this position. It is well I suspect he will turn down the offer because actually, the managed and efficient with a good reputation in the industry. purchaser will benefit from all of the changes and hard work The buyer would inject funds into the business to allow it to he has put in to get this far – he also has a massive feeling of go out and recruit really good members of staff. He would responsibility to his staff who have helped him over the last also ramp up the marketing efforts and believes that the few years. It’s a difficult one and I don’t envy his position business can double its profitability over the next five years. right now. My client would have a stake in the reinvigorated business There are lots of businesses changing hands at the and would benefit from any sale in a few years time. moment, and quite a few purchasers out there with funds On the face of it, it would appear to be a no brainer. Get available. The trick is to find the right buyer who will be sympathetic to the ongoing needs of the business. The other issue that often comes up is that the business is too reliant on the outgoing owner. A lot of the value therefore disappears on the vendor’s exit, thereby reducing the price that buyers are prepared to pay. Here it makes sense to start bringing on the next level of managers who can effectively make the business owner redundant by the time he or she decides to sell up. l Money Matters is written by Melanie Richardson - Managing Partner Swindells LLP Chartered Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisers Tel: 01825 763366 As individual circumstances vary considerably from person to person, the views expressed in this article are meant only as a general guide, and any specific advice required should be sought from your own professional adviser or by contacting the writer at her place of work. No responsibility for loss resulting to any person acting as a result of any material in the above article can be accepted by the writer or Swindells LLP.
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