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As Ben Stiles seeks to make his mark in the fiercely competitive world of motor sport, he found the time to pull into the pits to talk to Peter d’Aguilar about racing and his hometown of Bexhill-on-Sea

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en Stiles has three factors working in his favour. First of all, his father Trevor is himself a former Formula Ford champion. Secondly, Ben hails from Bexhill-on-Sea – the fabled birthplace of British motor racing. And thirdly, the fact that he is an outstanding driver also helps. Twenty-four-year-old Ben has already made an impact on the winner’s podium by clinching victory in the 2019 Universal Racing Series Classic Formula Ford 2000 National Championship, winning eight out of eleven starts at iconic venues such as Donington Park, Silverstone and Brands Hatch and recording the fastest laps at five of the six circuits he competed at.

“I’ve always dreamt of winning a motor racing championship but, until recently, the cost involved has always been an obstacle,” says Ben. “To

win in my first season, after only two years racing, is a dream come true.” As well as winning championships, Trevor also managed his own Formula Ford team. Having taken a twenty-year break from the sport, he is now heavily involved in his son’s burgeoning career. “It all started when dad went out to New Zealand on holiday and found himself near a racetrack, and they offered him a drive,” Ben explains. “I was just finishing my degree in Motorsport Engineering at Bath University. Dad suggested I joined him out there and then I got the chance to drive in the New Zealand National Formula Ford Championship.” Ben and Trevor now divide their time between New Zealand and England, working together on Ben’s racing car – a real father and son team. Ben’s success in the UK championship has given them both great satisfaction. “It wasn’t easy,” he noted, “due to a lack of finance, we often had to use second hand tyres.” Ben won his first race, in Anglesey, and he followed it up by passing the chequered flag first in seven of his next ten races. This year he is hoping to graduate to the European Championship in his Van Diemen RF82, or take a step up to Classic Formula Three, for which he’ll need finance for a specialist car. “Ultimately I’d love to get into historic Formula One, but at 24, I may already be too old to be scouted,” says a wistful Ben. Great drivers from the seventies, eighties and nineties – James Hunt, Niki Lauda and Ayrton Senna (who also started out in Formula Ford driving a Van Diemen) are where Ben draws his inspiration. “Racing in those days was tough and risky. The drivers showed great commitment and courage. The cars we drive in classic Formula Ford are from that era. While the circuits nowadays have better safety features, our cars are just as dangerous.” What makes a good racing driver? Ben believes it’s an instinctive ability, because everything happens too fast for conscious thought. To be successful, both car and driver need to be in perfect working order, and in perfect harmony. The fact that their car is highly competitive – despite their limited financial resources is due to Ben’s

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engineering studies combined with his father’s experience and know-how. Another aspect of Ben’s busy life is his support for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Eastbourne where his mother is a patron. To help hospice fundraising Ben donated a day out at Brands Hatch for a party of six – including a visit to the pits, lunch and watching the race. It raised £3,600 at auction. “I also took my racing car to the successful bidders summer party. Both the children and their parents were mad keen to sit in it.” Ben is proud of being born and bred in Bexhill-on-Sea, and he’s a passionate flag bearer for the town’s historic motor racing tradition. Bexhill-on-Sea Mayor Kathy Harmer, whom Ben met recently, commented, “I would like to congratulate Ben on his outstanding achievement. We are so proud of him as a local lad from our wonderful town – the home of British Motor Racing. I know Ben is keen to help promote Bexhill-on-Sea as a jewel in the South East. I’m look forward to working with him. Go Ben!” “Motor racing has a wonderful family atmosphere,” enthuses Ben. “There’s no buzz quite like driving a high-performance car. Winning trophies is the icing on the cake.”

Adrian Langridge (Classic F3 Champion) with Ben at the Historic Sports Car Club Awards

Ben believes a racing driver needs instinctive ability, because everything happens too fast for conscious thought BEXHILL – AT THE DAWN OF BRITISH MOTOR RACING Ben’s hometown of Bexhill-on-Sea played a part in the early history of British motor racing. At the turn of the 20th century the 8th Earl De La Warr, Major Gilbert Sackville, had ambitions to turn the town into a resort to rival Monte Carlo. An eminent and

wealthy local landowner, politician and sportsman, De La Warr’s seafront Bicycle Boulevard along the De La Warr Parade between Galley Hill and the family’s Sackville Hotel was converted into a one kilometre motor racing strip. With support from the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, De La Warr set up the Great Whitsuntide Motor Races of 1902, over four days. Being on private land, the 12mph national speed limit didn’t apply. Cars raced side by side like drag racers and were timed over the length of the course. French driver Leon Serpollet was the World Land Speed Record Holder of the time (75mph), set in his steam powered car, Easter Egg. Serpollet won the event, reaching an average speed over the kilometre of 54mph. He defeated more than 200 other competitors and claimed the British Land Speed Record in the process. The event attracted a crowd of curious spectators, several thousand in number, most of whom had never seen cars travelling at such fantastic speeds. Plans to build a permanent motor racing circuit were scuppered by a property owner on De La Warr

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Club was launched and each year it organises The Bexhill 100 Motoring Club Classic Car Show on the August Bank Holiday Monday at the town’s Polegrove Recreation Ground. The Technology Collection at Bexhill Museum celebrates the town’s role in British motor racing with three vehicles representing different stages in its evolution; a reproduction of Serpollet’s Easter Egg, a 1958 Mk III Elva racing car and the 1993 world record breaking Volta electric car. Coincidentally… the museum carried out the restoration work on the Elva in a barn on Ben and Trevor’s farm. l

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t’s official: our kids need to get out more. Research shows that modern children spend half the time playing outside in comparison to their parents. Scarily, 75% of UK kids get out less than prisoners. The good news is that the outdoor education movement is booming. From schools and nurseries to afterschool clubs, an increasing number of organisations now recognise the benefits of nature-inspired learning. Getting out of the classroom can have a transformative effect on young lives, boosting confidence, increasing selfesteem and even improving grades. So how can your kids get involved? Forest School nurseries You’re never too young to begin learning outdoors. That’s the philosophy of the nurseries embracing a more natural approach to

childcare. Some take it to the extreme – such as the Dorset ‘woodland nursery’ with no running water or electricity where toddlers cook over open fires and saw wood – but plenty of local nursery schools treat tots to outdoor time. There is currently no official forest school certification, so ask nurseries how much time

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Nature sessions Look out for events that promote learning outdoors. A number of local charities host free or low-cost sessions for kids, including the Sussex Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, the Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust and the Ashdown Forest Foundation. Many events take place during holidays, but there are woodland toddler groups on offer around the area all year round. Outdoor movements Some organisations were promoting outdoor education for kids long before ‘forest school’ became a buzz term. Girl Guides, the Scout Association and the Woodcraft Folk have all given generations of kids a passion for the nature. If you’re keen to wean your kids from their screens, it could be time to sign them up. l

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ften the smallest room in as does a large mirror. A pedestal the house, the bathroom or wall mounted sink and toilet will can be overlooked as just save you space, in fact space saving a functional box. But you bathroom suites are readily available might be missing a trick here, a small and absolutely stylish. space can still be a thing of beauty, indeed even a triumph of design as BIG BATHROOMS you have to decorate clever to keep it If you have the luxury of space, go both practical and pretty. super luxurious! Free standing bath, What most of us are looking wet room style shower with, of course, for in a bathroom is a clean, bright a huge rain effect shower head and pleasant space to be, stepping and some billowing, pooling fabric into a private sanctuary if for only dressing the window will all look a moment. Even better if you can glamorous. As long as the room is One key feature, be it a beautiful bath, well ventilated curtains shouldn’t be get in there for a generous soak a waterfall shower or a massive mirror, a problem, but classic louvre shutters and thoroughly enjoy the relaxing atmosphere you have created. also look fabulous. can turn the bathroom space from One key feature, be it a beautiful Big bold statement lighting is functional to fabulous bath, a waterfall shower or a massive having a moment, but always ensure mirror, can turn the bathroom space you check with your electrician that from functional to fabulous. So consider your space, your taste it has the correct IP rating for use in a bathroom. Depending and your budget to help you design your perfect bathroom. on how much space you have you could include other dressings in your room – a stylish chair, a warming fire and SMALL BATHROOMS a classy coffee table by the bath for the essential reading If you are dealing with a small space a good rule of thumb is to material and drink. keep things as unfussy as possible: minimalist colour schemes, bright lighting, large mirrors and simple window dressings WALLS AND FLOORS all help here. Try to keep clutter to a minimum and review it Whether your bathroom is little or large, wall covering is regularly, hang up towels and dressing gowns on hooks, bars a big choice when designing your space. Tiles are a classic, and radiator towel rails – utilising that higher wall space if you just decide on whether to go fully tiled or a mix of tile and can. Glossy, reflective tiles make a small room appear bigger, 34 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

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SUCCESS Garden centres are gearing up for the great seed-sowing season, but there are so many different types of seeds to choose from. What to buy? Flo Whitaker explains


ho can resist buying seeds? Not me. Confronted by 100s of seed packets, each one bearing a more beguiling picture than the last, I always come home with far more than I intended. To the novice gardener, unfamiliar phrases and odd symbols on seed packets can seem like an unfathomable Tolkienesque language, but persevere – the small print gives you all the information you need. Pay particular attention to the conditions the plant requires, (sun or shade?). Its height/width potential is also important. Seeds are not an indication of eventual size – big plants can start out as tiny seeds! And what about that mysterious coding; HA, HHA and so on? Here’s a brief guide: An ‘annual’ is a plant that quickly grows to maturity, produces seed, then dies, all within one growing season/ year. Annuals are spilt into two groups. Hardy Annuals, (labelled ‘HA’ on seed packets) are tough characters and are an excellent choice for inexperienced 38 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

gardeners. In the natural environment, seed from (say) a poppy, falls into the soil and remains dormant throughout winter as it waits for spring to arrive. However, in a mild autumn, the seed may start to grow. Plants are clever; hardy annual seedlings will gamble a few degrees of frost for the greater reward of having a head start in spring. You can sow hardy annuals directly into the border without having to faff about with seed trays and compost. Reliable old favourites that can be sown

To the novice gardener, unfamiliar phrases and odd symbols on seed packets can seem like an unfathomable Tolkien-esque language this way include calendula, poppies, gypsophila, nigella and Salvia viridis. Half-hardy annuals, (‘HHA’) have the same annual lifespan but demand a little more care. Best sown in seed trays, they require some indoor warmth and can be planted outdoors in May when all danger of frosty weather has passed. The half-hardy brigade includes

beauties such as cosmos, nasturtium, ipomoea and nicotiana. Biennials, (‘B’) take two seasons to develop. Sown outdoors in trays during July-August, wallflowers, sweet William, ammi, lunaria and foxgloves will make strong-rooted plants that can be planted into the borders in October. Come spring, they’ll grow away at a tremendous rate; quickly becoming mature, flowering plants that will set seed from mid-late summer and start the biennial life cycle all over again. Don’t assume that perennial (‘P’) means ‘lives forever’. Technically-speaking, a perennial plant is only required to live longer than a biennial. Lupins and delphiniums are notoriously short-lived perennials and have a tendency to wear themselves out after just a few years. At the other extreme, a tree peony seedling may go on to live for 100 years. Seed sowing is a highly addictive business. You’ll start by growing a humble saucer of cress and before you know it, you’ll be germinating orchids in the airing cupboard. You have been warned! l

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Early Openers Pembury House, Ditchling Road, Clayton, Hassocks BN6 9PH 01273 842805 pembury@ngs.org.uk www.pemburyhouse.co.uk Visits by arrangement in February and March, check dates on garden website. Pre-booking by phone or email is essential to arrange visits. Entry £10, children free. Homemade teas are included. The gardens include winding paths throughout three acres of ownermaintained garden within the South Downs National Park. See hellebores and snowdrops at their best. 47 Denmans Lane Lindfield, Haywards Heath RH16 2JN 01444 459363 Groups of five or more can visit this beautiful and tranquil one acre garden by arrangement, from March to July. Planted for interest with spring bulbs followed by azaleas, rhododendrons, roses and herbaceous perennials. £8 per person, including refreshments. 40 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT 07729 037182 A friendly garden that’s always changing, with a touch of magic to delight visitors. Garden produce and plants are available for sale. Groups of 10 to 30 can be booked March to July. Additional opening as follows: 28th February from 12:30 to 15:30, 25-26th April from 11:30 to 16:00. Entry is £5 per person. 5 Whitemans Close, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath RH17 5DE 01444 473520 Open for pre-booked groups (maximum 20) or individuals from 15–17th February. A relatively small Whitemans

Forest Ridge, Paddockhurst Lane, Balcombe, Haywards Heath RH17 6QZ Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 May, 14:00-17:30, entry £5 This charming 4½ acre Victorian garden with far-reaching views, boasts the oldest Atlantic Cedar in Sussex. Azaleas, rhododendrons and camelia abound with many rare and unusual species along with a woodland dell and mini arboretum.

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Kitchenham Farm, Kitchenham Road, Ashburnham, Battle TN33 9NP Thursday 04 & Tuesday 09 June, 14:00-17:00, entry £5. A one acre country-house garden, set amongst traditional farm buildings, with stunning views across the fields. Mixed herbaceous borders surround the house and lawns, with roses and delphiniums. View the sheep across the ha-ha. Bramley, Lane End Common, North Chailey, Lewes BN8 4JH Thursday 11 & Friday 12 June, 13:00-17:30, entry £5. Bramley has been planted for strong seasonal effect and structure with interesting planting and design. See the orchard avenue with wild flowers, long grassed areas and beehives along with the vegetable garden and numerous formal and informal ornamental flowerbeds. The Old House, Waldron, Heathfield TN21 0QX Warren Cottage, Warren Lane, Cross In Hand, Heathfield TN21 0TB Friday 19 June, 13:00-17:00, combined entry £5. The Old House’s owner planned to conceal the ordinariness of the garden’s shape through a strong landscape plan of her own design with good structural planting. Follow numerous pathways with plenty of seating, a strong perfume and a formal water feature.

and meadow grasses. View the wildlife pond with bog garden, developing stumpery and fernery. The Barn Burgham Farm, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ Saturday 04, Sunday 05 July, Saturday 29, Sunday 30 August, 11:00-17:00, entry £5. Set in approx 1 acre, this former hop garden has evolved using a variety of influences from famous gardens and the interests of the owners. The planting is of semi-mature trees and shrubs, underplanted with a variety of herbaceous perennials and large borders of mixed herbaceous plants. The variety of roses and dahlias are of particular interest.

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Warren Cottage is a ½ acre mature, secluded garden being redeveloped using many reclaimed materials. It includes a 60ft herbaceous border and mown paths, a wildlife pond and borders, a vegetable patch, greenhouses and potting shed, a pub shed with magical fairy/woodland garden. Alpines, High Street, Maresfield, Uckfield TN22 2EG Sunday 05 July 11:30-17:00, entry £6. Alpines is a young, 1 acre garden with large and rampant mixed borders, each loosely following a limited colour palette of unusual combinations. Numerous new trees including an orchard with beehives



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For time immemorial a wedding has been celebrated with a honeymoon. Robert Veitch investigates their history and how they’ve changed over the years

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he honeymoon originated back in the 16th this warmer time of year honey was harvested from beehives century as a short period of time for newlyweds and that’s how the name was derived, possibly. Maybe. to share intimate moments together, forming During 19th century Britain, the honeymoon evolved physical bonds. The first month of marriage was into a process that enabled upper class Victorian newlyweds thought to be the sweetest for the happy to visit people who had been unable couple and a ‘honeymoon’ was seen as to attend their wedding. Taking the a personal lunar cycle for them, with form of a ‘bridal tour’ it could also The YOLO – the ‘You Only Live those intense initial feelings waxing involve several other people with vested Once’ trip of a lifetime to begin with, and then waning as the interests. ‘The English idea’ caught days passed. on and became popular throughout In days gone by mead was drunk Europe. Over time, the touring party at weddings. Apocryphal myths reduced in size to just the bride and would have you believe newlyweds groom. With the growth of railways were supplied with a month’s worth of and then the car, ‘a honeymoon’ slowly mead after their nuptials in an effort became something the middle classes to ensure it would help the bride ‘bear and hoi polloi could aspire to. fruit’ within the year. When weddings were less Another legend is focused around extravagant, the honeymoon was a the historical evidence, which suggested simpler affair… hopefully without a majority of weddings took place in an affair. With the advent of cheaper the warmer summer months. During air travel, the masses could join the 42 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

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jet set, meaning far away places like Paris, Rome, Vienna or Venice became attainable romantic destinations. In my parent’s day, the bride and groom would depart before the end of the wedding reception, driving away with a cluster of tin cans tied to the underside of the rear bumper, bouncing along the road behind. A banana stuffed in the exhaust pipe was an occasional parting gesture from a mischievous best man. It should be remembered, it wasn’t that long ago ‘living in sin’ was a term used in hushed tones behind twitching net curtains. In more recent years the phrase has faded from public consciousness; these days, more couples live together before they marry. And yet the concept of what a honeymoon is and the desire to have one remains strong. It’s still an integral part of the post-wedding period. For my generation, just as stag and hen parties have become elaborate weekends away, the mini-moon has emerged as an entity in itself. It’s a quick weekend break immediately after the wedding, or a day or two later. Essentially, it’s just a short period of rest and relaxation after the modern stress of a modern wedding, before heading back to reality. Sometimes it’s

a precursor to the ‘real honeymoon’ that follows on the first anniversary, the YOLO – the ‘You Only Live Once’ trip of a lifetime… Traditionally the groom booked the honeymoon, and he kept the destination a surprise for his bride – a bit of a ‘don’t forget your toothbrush’ moment. Clearly, a smart groom would

Apocryphal myths would have you believe newlyweds were supplied with a month’s worth of mead have paid attention to the hints his fiancée had been dropping during their engagement. Not all grooms are smart. In these days of equality honeymoons are generally a joint effort. We toyed with the idea of Gibraltar, Dubai, Amsterdam and Rapid City. We toyed with the idea of no honeymoon at all. But in the end we

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Hearts Indulge in a very grown up biscuit to treat your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, by Nancy Hinde INGREDIENTS Makes around 20 biscuits 230g/8oz butter 200g/7oz caster sugar 2 eggs 100g/3½oz cornflour 100g/3½oz ground almonds 400g/14oz plain flour pinch of salt 250g/9oz raspberry jam METHOD Cream together the butter and sugar then gradually beat in the eggs. Mix together the flours, ground almond and salt and mix into the butter mixture. Form into a dough. Wrap and chill the dough mixture for at least an hour. Preheat the oven to

1 Makes 20 Prep Time 30 minutes plus 1 hr chilling Cooking Time 10-12 minutes


180°C, gas mark 4. Grease 2 large baking trays. Roll out half the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of about 0.5cm/¼ in and cut out approx 20 heart shapes, using an 8cm cutter. Roll out the remaining dough and cut out 20 more heart shapes, then cut out smaller hearts using a 4cm cutter from the centre of each, (using the leftover dough to make all 20) and place on the baking trays. Bake for 10-12 minutes until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack. Spread the bottom biscuit with raspberry jam and then top each one with a cut out heart dusted with icing sugar.


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Together WE RISE!

The Real Bread Campaign’s annual, international celebration of additive-free loaves and people who make them returns for its 11th year, running from 22 February to 1 March, as Chris Young tells us

GET INVOLVED Each year, bakeries, baking schools, mills, schools, care homes, youth and other community groups around the world organise Real Bread events and activities including classes, baketogethers and open days. Everyone is encouraged to bake Real Bread with and for their families, colleagues, neighbours and other friends. Please share a #WeAreRealBread photo of yourself with your loaf on social media. RISING UP A particular focus of this year’s celebrations are the enterprises and projects in the UK and beyond that help people to benefit from the therapeutic, social and employment opportunities of baking, particularly Real Bread. They include campaign supporters Stoneham Bakehouse in Hove, Nutley Hall in Uckfield and Lewes Community Kitchen. FIND LOAF ONLINE Visit the Real Bread Campaign’s website for some of the places to buy additive free loaves, flour from independent mills, equipment, as well as baking school locations, although check with your local bakery and delicatessen too. The website includes the Real Bread Week (and yearround) events calendar; details of The Real Bread Loaf Mark, your at-a-glance assurance; recipes and details of how to support the charity’s work by joining the Real Bread Campaign. www.realbreadcampaign.org 50 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020


By Chris Young Simit are the definitive Turkish street food, traditionally eaten very fresh with a glass of black tea. Having spent a week travelling by train from London to Istanbul, I witnessed sunrise as we pulled into the station. Within minutes, I was eating my breakfast, fresh from the street cart of one of the city’s 1,400 registered simitçi.

METHOD Mix the dough ingredients together thoroughly. Cover and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Knead until smooth. Place in a large bowl, cover and leave to prove at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the fridge and leave overnight to continue proving. Mix the pekmez (or alternative) and water together in a bowl and put the sesame seeds on a plate. Press the dough out on a lightly floured work surface, to de-gas (that is, to get rid of the largest bubbles), so the finished product has an even texture. Divide the dough into 8–10 equalsize pieces, rolling each one into a strand about 70–80cm/28–32in long. You might need to do this in two stages with a 5–10-minute rest in between. Hold the two ends of a strand together in one hand, and the middle in your other hand and twist the dough a couple of times to entwine the strands. Pinch the ends of the twisted dough together to make a ring, then roll the join back and forth on a work surface a few times to seal together. Repeat with the remaining strands of dough. Dunk each simit into the diluted pekmez (or alternative), then drain and dip into the sesame seeds to coat fully. Lay them out on two or three baking sheets, cover and leave to prove at room temperature for 30–45 minutes. Heat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/gas 7. Bake the simit for 10–15 minutes until reddish brown. Baker’s Tip Pekmez is a molasses-like syrup made by boiling down grape must. It can be bought from Turkish and Mediterranean shops, specialist delicatessens and online. l

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INGREDIENTS Makes 8–10 Dough 500g/1lb 2oz plain flour 310ml/11fl oz water 5g/1 tsp fresh yeast 5g/1 tsp fine/table salt Coating 60g/2¼oz pekmez (grape molasses) or substitute with honey or maple syrup 50ml/1¾fl oz water 200g/7oz sesame seeds

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February has got Teddy the Border Terrier leaping about all over the place, alongside his trainer, and translator, Helen Stockton

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ebruary is a strange month. It’s shorter than all the others, then it has some odd notions like Valentine’s day and Shrove Tuesday. What are they all about? This year however, things are a bit different: it’s also a leap year. Now I’m a dog of limited understanding, so to me a leap is a big jump. I’m quite a large Border Terrier and I’m steady when up on my back paws so an upward leap, with sufficient motivation, is quite achievable. Added to that, ‘Her Indoors’, for reasons best known to herself, has been training me to jump over hurdles. When I was first confronted with these obstacles, I did what any self-respecting dog would do and went around them, and even, quite commendably if you view it in the right light, under them, but apparently this wasn’t correct. We’ve been practising and it’s quite amusing to have ‘Her Indoors’ puffing alongside me, yelling encouragement. Now, with sufficient incentivising by much waving of treats, I can also go over them with impressive leaps of my own. I’m not sure ‘Her Indoors’ could keep this up all year though. 52 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

However, having done a bit of research, I’ve discovered that this isn’t what a leap year is all about, it’s something to do with the Gregorian calendar and keeping the year synchronised over time. Maths isn’t my strong point, after all, we dogs only have four paws to count with, but all I know is that once every

I’d give favourable consideration to any declarations of intent that may come my way four years, February is longer by a day. ‘Her Indoors’ sister has a birthday on 29th February. The odds of being born on this day are 1 in 1,161 so she’s a rare bird. As well as getting the choice over whether she celebrates on the 28th February or the 1st March in the other three years when her birthday goes missing, she also gets the opportunity for a major celebration every fourth

anniversary. I don’t want to let the dog out of the bag, but this year she’s fourteen. She’ll soon be old enough to take her GCSEs for the second time, lucky her! According to legend, on a leap year, women are empowered to propose should they wish to do so, although why they shouldn’t do that any year is beyond me. I don’t actually have a lady friend, although there is a rather nice female Border Terrier in our village, but I don’t imagine she is about to produce a ring and ask for my paw in matrimony somehow. Still, if there are any attractive lady furs out there, who don’t mind sharing their toys and food with me, I’d give favourable consideration to any declarations of intent that may come my way. I’m house-trained, walk to heel and sleep most of the day, so I’m the ideal long-term companion. I’m not really sure what use it is, as I don’t think they do a Grand National for dogs, but I can also leap over hurdles too. Any offers? l

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SPOTLIGHT EVENTS Run for Rockinghorse Sunday 23rd February The 30th Brighton Half Marathon returns to the city on Sunday 23rd February and Rockinghorse children’s charity would love you to join their running team! Whether you already have your own place or would like a charity place, you can run for Rockinghorse and help make a difference to the lives of sick children in Sussex. Young runners can also take part in a special one-mile Youth Race ahead of the main event, so there really is something for everyone. To sign up or find out more, call Lucy at Rockinghorse on 01273 330044 or email lucy.pond@rockinghorse.org.uk

An Evening with Whitney - The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour at The Brighton Centre Saturday 7th March Whitney Houston was one of the greatest singers of all time, and you’ll now be able to see her live in hologram form. An Evening with Whitney – The Whitney Sat 7 March Houston Hologram Tour features a stunning holographic and mixed media performance of her classic hits including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, and The Greatest Love of All. Backed by a live band, singers, and dancers, it promises to be a special celebration of the late singer. www.brightoncentre.co.uk 0844 8471515

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Horse-Guided Systemic Constellations Workshops Start February Systemic constellations is a dynamic coaching model that can help remove blocks, alter negative patterns and provide clarity and direction. A horse-guided workshop offers: individual constellations, collective ritual, exploration of ancestral legacies and connection to your ‘inner herd.’ Beneficial to those facing loss, trauma or uncertainty, but also to those seeking

deeper communion with self and others. A recent participant said: “I could feel the healing energy as these wise souls welcomed me and offered a safe, peaceful and loving sanctuary – magical!” For information on monthly workshops and individual sessions, visit www.creativeconstellation.net or contact Shivaun Woolfson on 0787 217 8315 or email shivaunwoolfson@aol.com Workshops start Feb

Hastings Beatles Day at White Rock Theatre Sunday 5th April, 12 noon to 11pm Hastings Beatles Day returns for 2020 and will this year support The Sara Lee Trust, a local Hastings-based charity supporting people with cancer and other life threatening illnesses by providing free specialist counselling and complementary therapy care. Hastings Beatles Day 2020 will bring acts together from around the world to perform on multiple stages at the White Rock Theatre; showcasing the music of this world famous and much loved band,

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Sun 5 April in many different styles and with performers of all ages. It is an event that really brings the people of Hastings together, and supports a great local charity as well. Tickets £16. Family Tickets £40. Tickets on sale on the door and available in advance from the White Rock Theatre Box office (booking fee applies) www.whiterocktheatre.org.uk Facebook and Twitter @hastingsbeatlesday www.hastingsbeatlesday.org.uk

Living with Nature at Hever Castle Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February Learn more about wildlife and nature as part of Hever Castle’s February halfterm event. Families and individuals are invited to enjoy ‘Living with Nature’ aimed at school aged children. Come and watch the falconry displays and learn about the work of different wildlife charities as well as take part in

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children’s activities. Follow the nature trail in the grounds to investigate animal footprints and tracks, create a ladybug or bumble bee in a free craft workshop or transform into an animal with our fabulous facepainter.* *small additional charge. For further information please visit the website: hevercastle.co.uk or call Hever Castle on 01732 865224

Glow Crazy for Martlets UV Zumbathon® Fri 20 March

A Charity Concert in aid of Cancer Research UK Friday 20th March, 7:30pm This promises to be a great evening of music and film with all proceeds going to charity. You won’t often have the chance of seeing a mandolin orchestra, a recorder group and a specially commissioned film of local movie archive material all on the same evening but this will be such an occasion. The program will include a variety of music performed by the Brighton based, Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra and by Crowborough’s Recorder Relish. The evening will end with a performance of a unique composition by Esmeralda Conde Ruiz written to accompany 7 short pieces of film provided by Film Archive South East. With footage mainly from the middle of the last century, “the other ocean” is an invitation to feel, think and remember. Crowborough Community Centre TN6 1FE More information and tickets, £10, from fretful-federation.co.uk/events

Friday 27th March, dancing starts at 7:30pm Martlets Hospice are inviting over 200 energetic fundraisers of all ages (12+) and fitness levels to take part in their popular glow-in-the-dark, 3 hour sponsored dance marathon at the King Alfred Ballroom in Hove. The event is led by inspirational Zumba® teacher Sherryn Watkin who has kept this brilliant Zumbathon® party going for Martlets for seven years. Wear bright outfits and enjoy UV face painting, accessories and a unique laser and light show. Clem Hunnisett of Martlets Fundraising Team said, “This is such a fun night out with an incredible atmosphere! We are so grateful to everyone that takes part to help raise funds for life-changing hospice care.” For further information contact Clem on 01273 718780 email events@martlets.org.uk or visit the website www.martlets.org.uk/event/zumbathon-2020/

The Observatory Science Centre - Celebrating 25 years of Spectacular Science Half Term, Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd February, Daily 10am - 5pm. Last admission 3pm During the half term school holidays, in addition to the interactive hands-on

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exhibits, daily telescope tours and science shows, the following children’s workshops will also be taking place: Tuesday 18th February: ‘Fun with Chemistry’ (6-8 years) Wednesday 19th February: ‘Discover Chemistry’ (9-11 years) Thursday 20th February: ‘Explore the Moon Twilight’ * (9-11 years) For more information, including workshop content, costs, and times plus details of the reduced admission offer to the Centre. Booking is essential for all workshops. Please visit the website www.the-observatory.org or call 01323 832731

The Sound of Music at The Hawth, Crawley Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th March One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart. Direct from the West End, this wonderfully lavish new staging of The Sound of Music tells the true story of the worldfamous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for

Tue 24 to Sat 28 happiness, to their thrilling March escape to freedom from the Third Reich. Featuring some of the most memorable songs ever performed on stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course, the title song. Box Office 01293 553636 www.hawth.co.uk

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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.


1. Piercing (6) 4. Remnant (6) 8. Food shortage (6) 10. Great fear (6) 11. Plunges (5) 12. Leather worker (6) 14. To the other side (6) 16. Eat a meal (4) 17. Sound a horn (4) 19. Scottish hillside (4) 22. As well (4) 26. Mucous secretion (6) 27. Collect (6) 28. Sea duck (5) 29. Writer (6) 30. One flank leading (4-2) 31. Regular (6) 32. Floor (6)

1. Security (6) 2. Order to be detained (6) 3. Lime tree (6) 5. Wall painting (6) 6. Root vegetable (6) 7. Songbird (6) 9. Republic of Ireland (4) 10. Nipple (4) 13. Fertiliser (5) 15. Perch (5) 18. Utters (6) 19. Carefree (6) 20. Ancient (3-3) 21. Islamic ruler (4) 22. Matures (4) 23. Lasso (6) 24. Words of dismay (2,4) 25. Violent excitement (6) 



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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.






Place a different arithmetical sign (add, subtract, multiply, divide) in each circle so that the total of each line across and down is the same. Perform the first calculation in each line first and ignore the mathematical law which says you should always perform division and multiplication before addition and subtraction.









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On a chilly morning, as I watched the birds from the kitchen window and wondered if three crumpets for breakfast would be overdoing it, a question popped into my mind: Why aren’t blue tits obese? From dawn to dusk, it’s a constant food-fest out there – they should be as big as turkeys. Many birds visit my garden. Some live here, others ‘commute’; flitting back and forth from the fields nearby. I assume they’re all active on social media, (Twitter, presumably?) and tell their friends about this convenient 24 hour fast food joint. In 2017, a report by the British Trust for Ornithology estimated that the UK market for wild bird food was worth £200 million per year. Totting up my annual bill for 75 kilos of peanuts, 300 fat balls, seeds, mealworms and much else besides, I can easily believe it. Tuppence a bag? Ha! Mary Poppins would be reaching for the smelling salts. By the way, squirrel-proof bird feeders are about as mythical as a certain train company’s timetable. Squirrel-resistant, maybe, but nothing is fully squirrel proof. Just when you’re feeling the warm glow of success that accompanies the shelling out of twenty quid for yet another “guaranteed squirrel-proof” feeder, a delinquent squirrel from the Wrong Side Of Town, armed with a pair of bolt cutters and a bad attitude, manages to break in within 30 seconds. Never mind about the Sussex Puma – there’s a beast out there called the Sussex Squirrel that eats steel weld mesh for breakfast. Now that’s scary…

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For February, Robert Veitch looked south for inspiration; taking a train to Pevensey and Westham, discovering a wonderful trek through history, across shingle and railway lines to journeys end in Cooden


rom Pevensey and Westham Station, walk north along Eastbourne Road to the mini-roundabout. Turn right into High Street and wander past knapped flint walls, zebra crossings and Tudor framed buildings. Amble over herringbone block paving past The Parish Church of St. Mary to the west gate of Pevensey Castle. Once through the gate, a thin stripe of tarmac bisects this impressive historical fortification once occupied by Romans, the Normans and more recently the Home Guard. Follow the path out through the east gate and under the arch, turning right into the car park. At the far end of the car park, once through the wooden gate, veer right and plod through the squelchy surface to the four-way fingerpost. Bear left, then left again between the ditches. Turn right, past the decapitated oak, striking 58 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

out across Anderita Park towards the electricity poles in the distant southwest corner. The stile leads to the railway line, which must be crossed with great care, then another stile. Wander across the meadow towards the gap in the hedge and distant spire. There may be sheep along the way. Please treat livestock with due care and respect. Beyond the wooden post continue across the second meadow in the same general direction.

Once occupied by Romans, the Normans and more recently the Home Guard

Turn right at the next finger post, then cross the metal bridge and follow the Langney Sewer for 350m, before crossing over via the wooden bridge. Trek straight on, towards the sound of traffic, arriving at the A259 a few minutes later after passing through a kissing gate. Cross carefully to the service road opposite then turn right into Timberlaine Road. 200m later turn left into Millward Road. Then turn right beside the 200 year old Martello Tower No.61, and walk across the piazza then up the steps to the beach. Turn left and let the shingle beach exfoliate any remaining mud on your walking boots. All being well, you’ll have the prevailing southwesterly wind at your back and not the brutal northeasterly headwind your correspondent endured. There’s no escaping the fact that it’s just over 2 miles to Martello Tower No.55 or the best part of an hour. A pair of glacé cherry coloured outfall indicators will appear a whisker before half way. 100m beyond Martello Tower No.55 turn left and amble down to the relative tranquility of the concrete road. Turn right and follow the road, over the level crossing at Normans Bay Station to the t-junction. Turn right onto Sluice Road, and remember to walk on the right hand side towards the traffic. After almost half a mile and 25m beyond the second of two brick bridges, a pair of stiles on the left lead uphill. It’s the first and only climb of the day, and very gentle at that. Once over the brow, follow the fence line down to a stile at the end of the field, then onto Hooe Level. Across the adjacent meadow a bridge awaits, then another meadow and another bridge. Turn sharp right and walk through the gate 100m to the east, then across another meadow and through another gate. Stay parallel to the reed filled ditch, following its meanders for a few minutes, underneath the power lines to a bridge. There’s a stile on the far side of the bridge, which leads through the undergrowth to the golf course. Follow the path along the periphery of the 6th fairway, then behind the tee and across the 5th fairway to a gap in the undergrowth. Emerging at the 4th hole, cross the fairway towards a small wooden post that leads into scrub, emerging at the 2nd fairway. Across the other side of this fairway, a stile

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leads to a track, which continues east to Clavering Walk. At the end of Clavering Walk, turn right and amble south along Cooden Sea Road towards the railway bridge, before arriving at the 114 year old Cooden Beach Station. Journeys end has arrived. Maybe it’s time to take the train home and put those weary feet up. On the other hand it could be time for tea and cake, or something more rewarding and more indulgent. The south coast is your oyster. l Robert has tested the route personally, making sure it is suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email editorial@sussexliving.com


Distance: 6½ miles Walk Time: 2¾ – 3 hours Stiles: 7 Map: Explorer 124 Refreshments: Available in Pevensey Bay, Cooden, Bexhill, and sporadically along the way

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FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2 Calling all fighters for fairness! From 24 February to 8 March Fairtrade Fortnight will be back, bringing change to the masses. Sara Whatley finds out more about this national campaign


his year Fairtrade Fortnight will be focusing on cocoa production, and the special role women farmers play in the journey to living incomes.

Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty, but for the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest crops, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men. This is why Fairtrade are campaigning for a living income to become a reality for cocoa farmers in West Africa. Fairtrade want to work with governments, chocolate companies and retailers to make the necessary commitments and policies, to make it happen.


Helping to support cocoa farmers can be as simple as to consider purchasing Fairtrade chocolate next time one gets the munchies. Retaining a constant demand for Fairtrade chocolate helps famers keep their incomes stable. Fairtrade is about local sustainability, fair trading terms for workers and farmers in the developing world, satisfactory working conditions and fair pay. To put it simply, Fairtrade is a way to improve the lives of people who produce some of the things we love in the UK. l

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In the first part of her guide, Lisa de Silva concentrates on the definition, importance and benefits of emotional wellbeing, including a precursory self-assessment ahead of part two in March

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What is Emotional Wellbeing? Emotional wellbeing is all about how effectively we process and express our feelings, both positive and negative. It does not mean feeling constantly happy and upbeat, simply that you are aware of your emotions and know how to deal with them. A person with strong emotional wellbeing will still feel the whole range of human emotions including anger, sadness and anxiety, but will know how to express and manage these difficult feelings in a healthy way. Why is Emotional Wellbeing Important? Feeling uncomfortable with our emotions and repressing or ignoring our feelings can lead to negative patterns of behaviour. This can cause us to make poor decisions regarding

Good emotional wellbeing will not insulate you from life’s challenges but it will help you to stay resilient our relationships, friendships and career choices, limiting our potential and enjoyment of life. Many of us fear being overwhelmed by difficult emotions and worry about getting stuck in them. For example, we may fear feeling sad, in case we 62 SUSSEX LIVING | February 2020

end up perpetually sad. Similarly, we may worry about expressing emotions, like anger because they conflict with our self-image. In the case of positive emotions like happiness, we may even feel we don’t deserve to feel such joy. Consequently, many of us repress how we feel by distracting ourselves with drink, food and drugs or we adopt a fake cheeriness to pretend to the outside world that we’re fine. But ultimately, repressing our emotions is not healthy – depress how you feel and you will end up depressed.

What are the Benefits of Good Emotional Wellbeing? Good emotional wellbeing will not insulate you from life’s challenges but it will help you to stay resilient, balanced, to keep a sense of perspective and make good life choices. While society upholds wealth, fame and power as the mark of a successful and fulfilled life, the real prize is good emotional wellbeing which is your greatest ally on your journey through life, helping you to tackle challenges with ease. l

How Healthy is Your Emotional Wellbeing? To assess where you may need to focus your attention in building strong emotional wellbeing, it is helpful to consider the following questions: • Can you let insults and humiliations go easily or do you brood on them? • How much does criticism and disapproval affect you? • Do you compare yourself to others often judging yourself to be inferior? • Can you admit mistakes and apologise when at fault? • Do you have a well-balanced

view of your own worth? • Can you ask for rewards that are due to you? • Are you a people pleaser? • Can you express hurt and pain without getting enraged or overly upset? • Do you fear leaving a relationship or job you are not happy in? Next month we’ll consider ways to improve our emotional wellbeing

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FUNDING LONG-TERM CARE If it is time to start thinking about funding long-term care for yourself or a loved one, Lisa de Silva has compiled some options here


s an ageing population, many of us will need extra care and support as we grow older. Although pensions cover the cost of living during retirement, funding long-term care can be extremely expensive. Here we explore the current funding options. NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding (CHC) The NHS is responsible for funding ‘health needs’ and those suffering with a disability or complex medical problem may qualify for free NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding. Unfortunately, this is a grey area and there is no definitive or clear-cut list of the conditions and illnesses it covers. To determine whether you or a loved one qualify, an initial screening is conducted before a full assessment is carried out to decide on eligibility. CHC covers all personal and healthcare costs

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for those that qualify and is not meanstested. If you are not eligible you can appeal the result and continue to have the situation reviewed every six months. NHS Funded Nursing Care If you are assessed as needing care from a registered nurse and live in a nursing home that provides registered nursing care, the NHS will pay a contribution towards your nursing needs. This is non-means tested and is paid directly to the care home and will reduce the amount of fees.

CHC covers all personal and healthcare costs for those that qualify and is not means-tested Local Authority Funding In some cases, your local authority may help with the cost of long-term care by funding or part-funding care home costs or the cost of specialist carers, equipment and services to stay in your own home. Both a care and financial assessment are carried out and any funding is dependent on individual

circumstances. If you are awarded funding the care services are either arranged by the local authority or you can choose to receive direct payments and organise the care yourself. Self-funding Options Those not qualifying for NHS or local authority funding need to consider how to cover their ongoing care costs. Firstly, do explore any benefits you may be entitled to, including Attendance Allowance, Pension Credit, Council Tax discounts and Winter Fuel payments. To stay in your own home an equity release plan can act as a loan secured against your property (do take professional advice before considering this option) or downsizing to a cheaper more suitable property can free up money for care. For those moving into a local authority care home but who don’t want to have to sell their home straight away, it might be possible to have a deferred payment scheme. In this instance, the local authority pay for care until the home is sold. Alternatively, those with a lump sum can buy a care annuity which is an insurance policy providing a regular income to cover care costs. The amount you pay is based on your health and life expectancy. l

Is your loved one coping this winter? Here at Sussex Housing & Care we know that winter can be the hardest time of year for the older generation, with longer nights, the colder weather and loneliness all setting in. We want to help people over 65 stay healthy and safe. Book now to get one week* free respite care. Contact us now to find out more: Saxonwood care home, Battle: 01424 774336•Email: saxonwood@sussexhousing.org.uk www.sussexhousing.org.uk/saxonwood *This offer is valid when booking two weeks of respite and can be used for the third consecutive week. Applies to standard or medium dependency care. Subject to availability.

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Do you have an East Sussex community event to promote? Email hello@sussexliving.com and ask for a Diary Dates form.

Saturday 01 February, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row National Fair Trade Market Hartfield Road, Forest Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market. Contact: Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062 market@forestrow.gov.uk www.forestrow.gov.uk Wednesday 05 February, 19:30 – 21:00

Strategies for Small Gardens – from design to maintenance by Nigel Philips St Thomas a Becket Church Hall, 23 Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH Nigel teaches at Plumpton College, lectured at the Royal Horticultural Society, has been a landscape and garden designer since 1981. £3 for guests, free for members. Sara Callarman 07952233865 lewes.gardensociety@hotmail.co.uk www.lewesanddistrictgardensociety. org.uk

Register with Class Cover for day to day, short/long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/TAs/ LSAs/TEFL/SEN/Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/Colleges. Lara@classcover.com 01273 957908. Thursday 06 February, 19:00

The origins and history of Punch & Judy and my journey with them: Ray Sparks Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield TN22 1AZ The talk covers the first sighting of Punch and Judy by Samuel Pepys in Covent Garden in 1662 to its continued popularity today throughout the UK, together with anecdotes of his work with the show over 30 or more years. The talk also features Ray’s puppet booth and memorabilia. www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk 01825 760734. Friday 07 February, 10:00 – 15:00

Thursday 06 February, 10:00 – 15:00

West Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day

The Mallings, 112 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RG

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Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN Tel 01323 833816 www.herstmonceux-castle.com

DIARY DATES permanent work for Teachers/ TAs/ LSAs /TEFL/SEN/Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/ Colleges. Kirsten@classcover.com 01798 872446 Saturday 08 to Saturday 29 February

Hever Castle Snowdrop Walk Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road TN8 7NG Enjoy the first signs of spring and follow a trail of thousands of snowdrops. www.hevercastle.co.uk Saturday 08 February, 09:30 – 11:00

Jumble Sale

St. Barnabas Church Hall, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Lots of stalls including books, bric a brac, clothing, household textiles, toys, etc. Refreshments available. Adults 50p, children free. All welcome. Parish Office, 0300 111 8150 www.worthparish.org Saturday 08 February, 10:00

‘Into the Soul of Greece’: An evening of traditional Greek music, with beautiful soul-searching melodies and compelling, infectious dance rhythms. www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk 01825 760734. Saturday 08 February, 10:00 – 13:00

Chailey Repair Café

Chailey Village Hall, Chailey Green BN8 4DA Repair Cafés are meeting places all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, and many more items. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields. chaileyrc@gmail.com Saturday 08 & Sunday 09 February, 15:30

His Dark Materials – Part II

Barcombe Village Store, Park at the Car Park next door or on the roadside. BN8 5DH Mill Lane. Croft Ham, Barcombe Baptist Church, Birdshole Lane, and Barcombe Recreation Ground. 3mi/4.8km Moderate. Jill 07938833868

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes BN7 2LE Lewes Drama Collective (formerly known as Lewes Theatre Youth Group) will complete the two-play stage adapted dramatisation of Philip Pullman’s award-winning fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. www.ticketsource.co.uk/lewes-dramacollective/his-dark-materials-part-ii/ e-voebgy

Saturday 08 February, 19:30

Monday 10, 17 & 24 February, 08:00-17:00

Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield TN22 1AZ

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes BN7 2PE

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Barcombe Circular TQ420158

Chamber Music Concert – Rebetiki Serenata

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DIARY DATES Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503 clientservices@gorringes.co.uk Thursday 13 February, 14:00 – 16:00

Arts Society Ashdown Forest Lecture: ‘I Got the Dust Bowl Blues: Texas & Oklahoma Photographs Art & Music’ Crowborough Community Centre Pine Grove, Crowborough TN6 1FE John Francis evaluates the work of Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Dorothea Lange etc. Soundtrack by Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rogers. Members free, visitors £6. Donald Speedie 01892 663388 AFDFASnews@gmail.com Friday 14 February 18:30 for 19:00

Valentine Quiz Night

Chailey Village Hall, Chailey Green BN8 4DA Tickets £10 per person, to include a ploughman’s supper and pudding. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Prizes for the winning team. Teams of 6 people. Teresa Wenban 01825 722586 or Chris Peskett 01825 721431. Saturday 15 February, 10:00-13:00

Repair Café Forest Row

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ


If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil, bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free, but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. www.facebook.com/ RepairCafeForestRow Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 February

Living with Nature Half Term Events

Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever Road TN8 7NG Where a love of nature is nutured with wildlife detective walk, Castle trail and wildlife workshops. www.hevercastle.co.uk Monday 17 February, 10:00 – 12:00

Vitality Villages Coffee Morning Great Space, Herstmonceux Health Centre, Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux BN27 4JX Talk about the difference between a Book Binder, Book Restorer and a Book Conservator by Tony Bish. Refreshments and fun quiz. Sheila Charlton 01323 833673 sheilacharlton@uwclub.net Monday 17 February, 19:30

Uckfield Breweries and their bottles – A talk by Steve Homewood Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield TN22 1AZ Mick Richardson 01444 452524 mikpycroft@aol.com Monday 17 to Saturday 22 February

Thriller Live - The Music Lives On!


Paul Walden & Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts present



MICHAEL AND THE JACKSON 5 Open during school holidays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday midday until 5pm and Fridays midday until 4pm. Skateworld is the perfect venue for your very own exclusive and private roller disco party! We can provide music, games, food, drinks, skate hire and much more! General Roller Disco times: Friday 5pm until 9pm, Saturday 1pm until 6pm, Sunday 2pm until 6pm

Skateworld is the only purpose built roller-skating rink in Sussex for kids and adults alike.

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DIARY DATES The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ Direct from London’s West End featuring the songs of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. 01293 553636 www.hawth.co.uk Tuesday 18 February, 10:30-13:00 & 14:00-16:30

‘Fun with Chemistry’ Half Day Workshop (6-8 years) The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux BN27 1RN What is chemistry? It’s exciting, fascinating and above all great fun. We will be experimenting with solids, liquids and gases and while the workshop is designed so the children can carry out the experiments themselves, there will be demonstrations too. Booking Essential 01323 832731 www.the-observatory.org Wednesday 19 February, 10:30-13:00 & 14:00-16:30

‘Discover Chemistry’ Half Day Workshop (9-11 years) The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux BN27 1RN With exciting experiments to try yourself, this fun-filled workshop will help you discover just how cool chemistry can be. We will be experimenting with solids, liquids and gases and finding out what happens when you mix different things together. Booking Essential 01323 832731 www.the-observatory.org

What you can expect from a holiday with L.J. Edwards • Door to door service included in the price if you live in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings or Seaford. (Additional charge if not within our free pick up area— please check) • No coach interchange

Thursday 20 February, 10:00

Antique & Collectables Auction Watsons, Heathfield Auction Room, Burwash Road, Heathfield TN21 8RA Catalogue online from 6th February. See website for viewing times. 01435 862132 www.watsonsauctioneers.co.uk Thursday 20 February, 14:00 - 19:30

‘Explore the Moon Twilight’ Workshop (9-11 years) The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux BN27 1RN The Moon is a very interesting and mysterious object. Come and find out all about it. You will make a model of the Moon, learn some fascinating facts and build your own Moon lander. On twilight workshops you also get to visit one of our huge telescopes. Booking Essential - 01323 832731 www.the-observatory.org Thursday 20 February, 19.30 - 21.30

Sussex Wildlife Trust Eastbourne Regional Group Event Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1UE Illustrated talk titled ‘British Owls & Woodpeckers’ by Birder & Bird ringer, Christine George. £3.00 for SWT members, £4.00 for visitors – all welcome. Janet Nott 01424 777291 secretary-swteastbourne@hotmail. co.uk www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/ whats-on

Scenes of Shropshire Mercure Albrighton Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury Sun 5 - Thu 9 April 2020 Half Board from £480.00 p.p

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Belton Woods Hotel Grantham, Lincolnshire Mon 13 - Fri 17 April 2020 Half Board from £465.00 p.p

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Holiday Inn Ipswich Road, Norwich Mon 27 April - Fri 1 May 2020 Half Board from £485.00 p.p

Warner’s Nidd Hall Nidd, Harrogate, North Yorkshire Mon 4 - Fri 8 May 2020 Half Board from £515.00 p.p

Santa Susanna—Costa Brava’s Wild Coast & Barcelona

Florida Park Hotel + overnights Sat 9 - Mon 18 May 2020 Half Board from £849.00 p.p

Beautiful Bournemouth

Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset Mon 18 - Fri 22 May 2020 Half Board from £485.00 p.p

Warner’s Thoresby Hall Ollerton, Nottinghamshire Mon 25 - Fri 29 May 2020 Half Board from £499.00 p.p

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Sails, Rails & Wonderful Tales

Preston Marriott Hotel Lancashire Thu 14 - Mon 18 May 2020 Half Board from £485.00 p.p

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House Portraits Capture the essence of your home with a fine pen and ink drawing. Prices start at £120 and depend on the scale and complexity of the artwork required.

In and around Rye Rye Bay Scallop Week offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in seafood delights. There will be tasting events, cookery schools and demonstrations, live music and more. www.scallop.org.uk


THE SIX BELLS - CHIDDINGLY Tues 18th - Folk N Blues ... ... ... Fri 21st - Phoenix Fires Sat 22nd - Vexed Sun 23rd - Savannah Lunchtime Jazz ... ... ... Fri 28th - Far Cry Sat 29th - Wasted Sun 30th - Assorted Nuts Lunchtime Jazz

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Sunday 23 February, 11:00 - 15:00

Wedding Show at Michelham Priory Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker BN27 3QS The Elizabethan Great Barn provides a romantic and peaceful setting for your special day. Licensed for ceremonies, the flexible space of the barn and moat terrace allows for small, intimate celebrations as well as larger gatherings. Visit the show to view the venue and gain inspiration from the range of experienced exhibitors. Free entry. www.sussexpast.co.uk

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Brighton Craft Fair

Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF Brighton Craft Fair will feature ceramics, jewellery, digital, photo, fiber, metalwork, sculptures, glass, mixed media, wood, graphics and painting. Free entry Saturday 29 February, 19:30

Penshurst Choral Society, Conducted by John Hargreaves St John the Baptist, Penshurst TN11 8BL Faure: Requiem; Haydn: Great Organ Mass; Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No 2 in C With Organist Charlie Warren Adults £12.50 - Children (16 years and under) Free.



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Saturday 29 February, 11:00 - 16.30

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Various locations around Lewes town An eclectic, dramatic and sometimes surprising mix of installations inspired by the town and its special location on the South Downs. www.leweslight.uk




Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Simon Ginnaw will present this illustrated talk. £4 RSPB group members, £5 non-members. Phil Holland, Publicity Officer 01342 311295.

Lewes Light - Festival of Light

West Hoathly Village Hall, North Lane RH19 4QG Hundreds of photographs, maps, documents, artifacts, parish registers and more, including a special exhibit on Broadhurst and Twyford School. John Ralph 01342 810458 johnralph@gmail.com

Heathfield Auction Rooms Burwash Road, Heathfield TN21 8RA T. 01435 862132 E. auctions@watsonsauctioneers.co.uk

The Secret Lives of our Coastal Birds

Friday 28 to Sunday 01 March

West Hoathly Local History Archive Exhibition

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Wednesday 26 February, 19:45- 22:00

Rye Bay Scallop Week

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March Thursday 05 March, 10:00 – 15:00

East Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day

The Mallings, 112 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RG Register with Class Cover for day to day, short/long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/TAs/ LSAs/TEFL/SEN/Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/Colleges. Lara@classcover.com 01273 957908. Thursday 05 March, 19.00

Sussex Scrapbook 2 with Chris Horlock Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield TN22 1AZ Following his successful talk at Bridge Cottage in 2019, Chris will again entertain the audience with anecdotes of famous people, local history, buildings and much more. It will be a completely different talk to his previous presentation. www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk 01825 760734. Friday 06 March, 10:00 – 15:00

West Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day 1 Swan Court, Station Road, Pulborough RH20 1RL Register with Class Cover for day to

day, short/long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/TAs/ LSAs/TEFL/SEN/Nursery/Primary/ Secondary/Colleges. Kirsten@classcover.com 01798 872446. Saturday 07 March, 10:00-15:00

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Hartfield Road, Forest Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market. Contact: Sue Young (Market Manager) 01342 778062 market@forestrow.gov.uk www.forestrow.gov.uk Saturday 07 March, 10:00-17:00

Art Exhibition

St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green BN8 4DA Featuring many local talented artists. Entry £2 per person. Refreshments available all day. Saturday 07 March, 19:30

Elvis Tribute Evening Happy Days Café, Holmes Hill BN8 6JA An up close and intimate evening of Elvis. £28 per person includes a hot meal and evening of fun and entertainment. 01825 872883 jjehu@outlook.com

Don’t forget to let us know about your Diary Dates. Please send over your details by the 14th of the month before.

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Give your special event that exclusive touch-of-class – call us today on: 01323 470888 and arrange to come and view The Royal Sovereign Suite and discuss how we can help make your celebration truly memorable. Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, The Waterfront, 3 Harbour Quay Eastbourne Email: enquiries@shyc.co.uk


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Post tax RETURNS Robin Stevenson is enjoying the post tax return slow down after the crazy January last minute rush, now the question is, could you get yours in earlier?


nother January has might be trading accounts, come and gone and or statements from banks and accountancy firms other financial institutions. up and down the Whilst the UK institutions country are taking a wellgenerally recognise that earned breather after working their customers might need flat out on self-assessment tax the information for their tax returns since Christmas. returns and so release it in Each year we try to avoid good time, this isn’t always the the seven day a week slog case and sometime there are by asking clients to bring in lengthy delays with us chasing their tax papers earlier in the up the information with an eye year but every year since the on the 31 January deadline introduction of self-assessment getting closer and closer. we’ve found ourselves with a Another problem is that a lot mountain of work to carry out of different countries base their in the month leading up to the taxes on a calendar year, that filing deadline of 31 January. is January to December, so Why do people leave it so me asking perhaps a US bank late to file their tax returns? for interest paid between 6th I think that it’s the result of a number of April and the following 5th April can throw their I relish the chance to different factors. reporting systems a curveball. talk through a tax Firstly, we are all busy people, busy Thirdly, some people don’t see the incentive in working to deadlines both in our work and return before it is filed, filing their tax returns early and will deliberately personal life. Whilst the intention is to get leave it until the last minute. This is a shame not just to check the everything done in good time, modern life because I think tax returns give us, the taxpayer details but to also simply doesn’t let this happen. The frantic and tax adviser, a wonderful opportunity to get last-minute shopping in the run up to together and focus on the tax being paid and how look ahead Christmas is another example. I usually start it has arisen. I relish the chance to talk through thinking about Christmas shopping a few months before but a tax return before it is filed, not just to check the details but to never find the time until the last possible moment. It’s exactly the also look ahead. Tax returns are merely a statement of what has same with tax returns, everybody knows that online tax returns happened during any particular tax year, and because they are have to be filed by 31 January which means there’s time to get a filed after the end of the tax year, that tax year has been and lot of other things done before then, and the tax return simply gone and we have little opportunity to change history. Instead, has to wait. by preparing the tax return early we have the time to discuss Secondly, some people’s tax return depends on information the coming year, how we think our income and finances might being made available in good time. The other information change, how the taxes are changing (remember new CGT rules from April 2020), and how we can make adjustments to help keep your tax under control. Sometimes, a simple adjustment to your finances at the right time can avoid you paying more tax than you should be. Much like driving a car, you might be driving in a straight line but you are constantly making small steering adjustments. It’s that same opportunity we have when preparing tax returns early, we can look ahead and maybe spot a pothole, then steer around it rather than driving over it! l Money Matters is written by Robin Stevenson CTA ATT TEP, Head of Taxation & Private Clients, 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 his 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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