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10 Kids Days Out

10 Kids Days Out

Sizzling summer holiday ideas

22 Woolovers

£250 worth of vouchers up for grabs

23 Free Hickstead tickets 24 On the Home Front

An abandoned cottage restoration project

38 Heathfield

Exploring the market town

68 Child of Sussex Awards

Inspirational awards ceremony for Sussex children

Features 18 Agricultural Competition Win tickets to the Edenbridge and Oxted

Agricultural Show

19 Festival Competition

Win tickets to Firle Vintage Fair

56 Meridian Bike Ride

Saddle up for a tour of the South Downs

62 Charity Garden Trail


Raising money for Macmillian Cancer Support


Chanctonbury Ring Walk

Summer Party Recipes


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Welcome to your re-launched Magnet magazine – Sussex Living East! In this issue, along with our brand new look we have some great articles – take a look at our Kids Days Out feature for summer holiday inspiration and whilst planning your days out, why not follow our walk around Chanctonbury Ring? With lots to see and do in Sussex this July, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy!



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24 On The Home Front

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Body Buzz

Stand up fitness

16 Spotlight Events

Our pick of forthcoming events

44 The Interview

Peter d’Aguilar finds out about Sussex vineyards

46 Chanctonbury Ring Walk

Robert takes us for a hearty stroll

50 The Book Review

By Elizabeth Kay

52 It’s a Dog’s Life

Rolo and Teddy go hunting!

54 Natural Living

King of the river

60 Blooming Times

44 Sussex vineyards


64 It’s All About Charity

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70 Distribution

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72 Beautiful You

Stay cool this summer

74 Summer Party Recipes

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76 The Month of July 78 Diary Dates 84 Money Matters

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JUST ADD WATER Aside from swimming, water sports in general have been overlooked somewhat here on Body Buzz. Sasha Kanal says no more!

WHAT’S SUP? First practiced in Hawaii and now hugely popular across the globe, SUP is the world’s fastest growing water sport. Contrary to belief, a stand up paddle board varies from a surfboard in that you have a paddle (as the name suggests!) and its usually crafted differently from a surfboard. But more of that later! GET UP, STAND UP – SUP FOR FITNESS The beauty of SUP is that the activity isn’t confined to the beach and you don’t require waves to do it. In fact, many water sports centres around Sussex offer lessons and courses for adults and kids alike in reservoirs, lakes, rivers and coastal lagoons. 8 SUSSEX LIVING | July 2018

SUP FOR THE MIND There are clear benefits to be had for your mind and general wellbeing too from SUP. The freedom and peace to be gained from gliding at your own pace through water cannot be understated. Being near water is naturally calming plus you’re fully immersing yourself in nature and all whilst exploring your surroundings.

The freedom and peace to be gained from gliding at your own pace through water cannot be understated It’s great for your overall fitness too. SUP is a brilliant all body workout as you tend to use your mid back, shoulders, arms (triceps and biceps) a lot. Plus, the art of keeping yourself balanced and centred while you glide

ALL THE GEAR Stand up paddle boards come as either rigid boards or an inflatable watercraft. So now all you need is the gear. Most water sports clubs where you choose to go will provide you with the kit when you take a lesson. If you plan to do the sport regularly what you choose will depend on your budget, storage space and how far you live from the water you’re choosing to paddle board on. Any good water sports shop will help you find the right board for your size. Don’t forget to check what’s included - some come with paddles, straps and pumps as standard. So, what are you waiting for? Get out of your comfort zone and try a watersport today. l

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Whether your children are history buffs, science fanatics or tractor obsessives, there’s an endless list of museums, theatres, arts and science centres in the Sussex area to tickle their fancy. Many museums are free to visit (although making a donation is always

appreciated), and others run activities and craft days during the summer holidays – but book early to ensure a place. Sussex boasts some fantastic art galleries showcasing both local talent and acclaimed artists, many of which are also free to visit. There are numerous National Trust properties in Sussex, many of which have beautiful gardens to enjoy in the summer.

BEACH DAYS, ROCK POOLING AND HUNTING FOR FOSSILS A day at the seaside is a must for every family this summer – swimming costume, beach ball, good book and off you go! Pack a picnic or have a treat of fish and chips on the beach, and don’t forget to indulge in an ice cream too. We are lucky in Sussex to have a

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fantastic and varied coastline where you can find both sand and pebble beaches, cliffs and rock pools. Hours can slip happily by as you clamber over the lunar landscape and inspect every fascinating rock pool you come too, each one like a miniature ocean where you can get up close and personal with crabs, tiny fish, sea anemones and other curious sea life. Even on grey days the


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Wildlife Wednesday Wed 15th August

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Family Games Fest Wed 22nd August

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A wild weekend of workshops, hands-on experiments, shows and more

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If you’re keen to get the children outdoors, don’t call it a walk – call it a nature trail. Try the Ashdown Forest for fascinating free trails of various lengths, or head to one of the area’s historic houses for more family-friendly outdoor trails. Nature reserves are also a great place to enjoy the coast or countryside and specially to see wildlife. Pack some binoculars and see what birds, butterflies and bugs you can spot. This is also an ideal activity for budding photographers. Macro photography can be practiced on flowers and insects or capture the rich beauty of Sussex with its abundant land and seascape opportunities.

seaside can be fun; turn detective and go fossil hunting! Search for echinoids around the Seven Sisters and dinosaur footprints at Hastings. Visit https:// for a free online guide to locations and fossil types.

for special cards or pictures. And all those photographs could be made into a holiday memory collage. Why not explore the holiday activities at local arts and crafts clubs too?



Nestled in the Sussex countryside you can find many lovely open farms to visit. Great for both sunny and rainy days, lots have indoor and outdoor play areas, cafes and of course a variety of animals to see. Find out about feeding times before you go for the best animal experience. If you fancy a more hands on approach then why not give horse riding a go? Look out for offers at local riding schools during the school holidays. Some local centres offer care days, where children can spend the day learning to look after a pony as well as enjoying several riding lessons.


On rainy days, combat cabin fever with craft time. Try making your own play dough, creating a Very Hungry Caterpillar from coloured paper or decorating origami finger puppets. Large shells collected from your beach days could be threaded to make jewellery or hanging charms,

Try making your own play dough or decorating origami finger puppets and small shells make fun decorations glued onto everyday items – an old plate, toy or even a pair of shoes could be transformed into surreal shell art! Pressing flowers is another pleasing craft activity, and once they are done can be mounted or framed 12 SUSSEX LIVING | July 2018

Use up some of that excess energy by taking the whole family on a fun cycling or scooting adventure. Stick to easy, relatively flat trails with plenty of pit stops, such as the Cuckoo Trail or the seafront promenade between Brighton Marina and Saltdean. Swimming is another winner, and can be enjoyed both indoor at leisure centres and outdoor in lidos or the sea. A friends and family game of rounders or cricket is great fun and can be finished off with a celebratory tea party or BBQ.

for everyone With over 100 interactive exhibits set among the domes of a former world famous observatory, we have something to offer for all ages. Open every day throughout the school summer holidays. See our website for full details of all our events and activities including daily science shows plus a range of fun and inspiring workshops.

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Nestled in the South Downs, within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of Brighton and Eastbourne, Seaford is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. From your own private balcony, you will be able to view Seaford’s sweeping bay which stretches 4 miles from the towering cliffs of Splash Point, past the historic village ruins at Tide Mills along to Newhaven harbour. There’s ample free parking for everyone within a stone’s throw. If you would like to snap one up or simply find out more information, call 01323 895046 or visit There’s an awful lot on offer for just £42,000. A great investment with a huge return on happiness!




Support a good cause and keep the nippers entertained at the same time with a trip to your local animal sanctuary or rescue centre. Plenty welcome visitors and many lay on childfriendly activities during the holidays such as family fun days and fairs or challenges to get involved with. Have a look round at all the animals then stop for tea and cake in many of the cafes on offer.


When the local playground starts to pall, pile into the car and head somewhere a little more exciting. Tilgate Park has everything from a maze to themed gardens, while Friston Forest is packed with dens and play trails. Some local woodlands also have outdoor fitness circuits and treetop adventure facilities. Outdoor activity centres are widely available in Sussex where you can have a go at anything from mountain biking to kayaking and zip wires to climbing walls and bouldering.

If you’re keen to get the children outdoors, don’t call it a walk – call it a nature trail


A night under the stars is an adventure at any age but is particularly magical when you are a child. For an easy option set up camp in the garden. As you are so close to home there is no problem with lugging out bundles of blankets, pillows and even rugs to make it an extra cosy affair, and a few strategically placed nightlights in glass jars will transform the garden into a magical fairyland. Or venture further afield! There are plenty of great campsites in Sussex from the basic ones to the all-out glamping options. The choice, as they say, is yours! l


This summer holiday, give your children the chance to learn something new. It could be anything from flying a kite to juggling – or you could splash out for an intensive few days of training in tennis, martial arts, climbing or musical theatre. Summer schools run in various capacities in Sussex, from those aimed at older children offering courses in subjects such as STEM or Humanities, to summer schools in dance, music and drama sometimes culminating in a performance. This is one surefire way of building your child’s confidence.


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 Tigers Motorcycle Display Team  World Champ BMX Ultimate Battle  Pony Club Mounted Games  Tunnel Racing - Ferrets vs Children  Vintage Cars  Archery  Meet the Hounds  Fly fishing  Flower and Dog Shows  Top Showjumping  Terrier Racing (Mon)

 Alpacas  Bats  Bearded Dragon  Bees  Birds of Prey  Cattle  Chinchillas  Cockroaches  Donkeys  Goats  Guinea Pigs  Horses  Llama  Meerkats  Mules  Owls  Pigs  Poultry  Rabbits  Scorpions  Sheep  Snakes & Spiders


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Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August

Steam through the Ages

Travel through 100 years in one day! This new event will bring different eras from history to life with a different decade recreated at each station. Attractions include: Live music, re-enactments from different periods in history, military displays, static Spitfire on display – ‘Kingscote-on-Sea’, donkey rides and much more.

A ‘must visit’ this summer!

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SPOTLIGHT EVENTS A Day Out at Drusillas All Summer Long Add some picture perfect moments to your 2018 scrapbook with a trip to Drusillas Park this summer! Enjoy all the amazing animals, attractions and events on offer at the award-winning zoo in East Sussex. This summer Drusillas is bursting with exciting children’s characters! Come and meet Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, The Teenage

Mutant Ninja Turtles, PJ Masks, SpiderMan, Bing and Flop and more! Visit www. for details and dates. Plus there’s all the usual animal magic, heaps of adventure play, the Get Wet! splash pad, amazing rides and a Hello Kitty Secret Garden. Drusillas is located just off the A27 at Alfriston

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Dial M For Murder At Devonshire Park Theatre

The Great Gatsby Fair

Sat 21 & Sun 22 July

21st & 22nd July A weekend of fun at Bexhill on Sea this summer. Held along the seafront this Charleston and Retro themed weekend is in the style of the Roaring Twenties. Enjoy classic cars, jazz bands and live music, fancy dress, fun fair, vintage stands, food and drink and the biggest Charleston dance on the south coast. Entertainment and competitions for the whole family with cash prizes. There really is something for everyone! Metropole Lawns, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP

Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July Last year’s 5th anniversary festival was the most successful one to date with great reviews from all, including the music press, commenting on the quality of the acts and the friendly and welcoming nature of all those involved and long may it continue. This year’s festival is no exception bringing you quality and variety throughout. Starting with headline acts The Aynsley Lister Band, Catfish and The Heidi Burson Band.

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There are international acts from Italy and the USA, and both young and old performers including Marcus Praestguard-Stevens (Crossfire) who has just turned 14 and Dick Middleton (The Vincents) who played with Gene Vincent back in the 60s. Tickets and full details: The first two evenings at Uckfield Civic Centre and the Sunday at The Highlands Inn

Thursday 12th July to Saturday 21st July Classic chiller, Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder, heads to Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre starring Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street). This darkly gripping thriller was made infamous by master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Tony Wendice ex-professional tennis player and playboy married his wife for money, now he plans to kill her for the same reason. And when you plan the perfect murder, nothing can go wrong. Dial M for Murder is a sophisticated suspense thriller with just the right amount of plot twists to keep you gripped until the final curtain. Box Office 01323 412000 book online Devonshire Park Theatre, 8-10 Compton St, Eastbourne BN21 4BW

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Knights & Princesses School At Hever Castle

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Summer Holidays Throughout the summer holidays kids can experience what it was like to grow up and serve in a royal household in medieval times. Suitable for children ages 6-12 approximately, classes include lots of hands-on activities to keep them entertained. Classes last for around 40 minutes and

take place daily. Children can learn how to prepare and protect armour, discover the best way to arm and disarm their master before battle, find out the correct way to give a proper and perfect greeting and take part in a have a go Hobby Horse Jousting activity. 01732 865224

Classic Vehicle Show at Michelham Priory

Fri 20 to Sun 22 July

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July Michelham Priory provides a stunning venue for this display of over 100 classic cars. The wide variety of vehicles on display, show the evolution of motoring from early ‘horseless carriages’ to recent classics. The Priory’s café is open all day. The seasonal ‘Plot to Plate’ menu uses fresh, home-grown ingredients picked from the kitchen garden, when available. Pay a visit to the Dovecote Shop and explore the exciting range of artisan and locally sourced products. Look out for honey on sale from the Priory’s own hives and flour ground at the mill. There really is something for everyone.

The Lewes Speakers Festival

Normal Admission Applies - 01323 844 224 Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS Sat 14 and Sun 15 July

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Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July The Lewes Speakers Festival brings together some of the most exciting speakers in the UK. Highlights include: John Crace, the Guardian sketch writer, A C Grayling – the academic, Angela Eagle – the shadow minister and Lt Gen Ben Hodges – former Commanding General of the US Army in Europe. Early Bird Tickets are on sale now at the price of £9.50 Tel: 0333 666 3366 Full details and to book online: All Saints Centre, Friary Lane, Lewes

July to October

July to October Lewes Golf Club has a tremendous offer for women only, join for the summer months until the end of October for just £300. Enjoy all the benefits of being a full golf club member for a fraction of the price! Lewes is a wonderful golf course established in 1896 situated on the downs above the town of Lewes. the views are wonderful, there is always something different to look at from every hole. To enquire about this offer phone Mandy or Gill on 01273 483474.

Hailsham Summer Market Saturday 28th July, 9am to 3.30pm The countdown is on to the Hailsham Summer Market which takes place in the town center and organisers are confident that it will be a great family event offering something for everyone! Vicarage Field will be home to a range of market stalls and there will be live music from Peter Willson Jazz Quartet

playing from 10am to 10.45am and 11.15am to 12pm as well as El Banda Burros from 1pm to 2.30pm. Harvey’s of Lewes will be providing a beer tent and selling wines, plus there will be hot pasties on sale, Hailsham FM will be broadcasting live and there will be free face painting for children. Plus Hailsham Parish Church will be holding an open church between 11am and 1pm.

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Win Tickets to the Edenridge and Oxted Agricutural Show August Bank Holiday Weekend: Sunday 26th and Monday 27th, 8am to 6pm Enter our competition and you could win a family day out this August Bank Holiday weekend Amazing adrenaline-fuelled bike displays and animals large and small feature around the Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show! The Tigers Motorcycle Display Team of 5 – 16 years old and the ultimate battle between world champion BMXers, trial riders and top free runners mean double bike thrills with stunt shows in two areas of the showground throughout the two days. Watch the Pony Club mounted games, and on Monday the arena will be filled with coaches pulled by four and five horses. Meet exotic animals, the loveable meerkats, livestock and pets.

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One of three pairs of adult tickets (under 16s go free) Q. Which top youth motorcycle team have two stunt shows daily at the Show?

Entries can be sent via email to or on a postcard to Sussex Living East, PO Box 287, Uckfield, TN22 9ED. Ensure that your entry has the title of ‘E&O Show’ and include your answer, name, address and telephone number. Terms and Conditions: Closing date for entries, is Tuesday 31st July 2018 at midday. Any entries received after the closing date will not be counted. Only one entry per household, over 18’s only. The winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries and contacted by phone after the closing date. Editor’s decision is final. Travel and accommodation is not included in the prize.

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Firle Vintage Fair

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August, 10am-5.30pm A vintage festival in the heart of the picturesque Sussex countryside Located in the quintessentially English South Downs, Firle Vintage Fair is a celebration of the beauty and antiquities of the past. Featuring a host of cherrypicked vintage stalls including; French brocante, haberdashery and fashion, country interiors and gardenalia, plus an original 1880 Victoriana fair-ride to have a whirl on. Complementing the countryside location there will be Flower Crown workshops, talks on Sussex Beekeeping and Wild Food workshops. For foodies enjoy the very best artisan food and beverages with Iced Sloe Gins from ‘Deco Noir’ and a Champagne bar on the lawns.

Live entertainment throughout the weekend including a breath-taking catwalk curated by ELLE designs, swing jazz bands, solo artists and Charleston dance troupes, Savoy Kicks, The Gatsby Girls. Brighton Swing will be performing high energy Lindy Hop. Also returning will be over 200 vintage car owners who will shine up their bonnets and proudly show off to motor enthusiasts! So, this summer dust off your tea dresses, braces and brogues and hop on the vintage double-decker Routemaster bus from Lewes to Firle to step back in time in style! Pre-sale tickets are now available – Online prices: £7.00 adult / £5.00 Child (Under 5’s Free) plus booking fee Tickets on the day: £10 (Under 5’s Free) FIRLE PARK, NEAR LEWES, BN8 6LP


A Family of 4 tickets to include: Return tickets for the Vintage Bus Ride from Lewes Bus Station to Firle Vintage Fair, 4 Entry Tickets and 4 Vintage Fair Ride Vouchers Q. What group will be performing Lindy Hop dance routines and workshops?

Entries can be sent via email to hello@ or on a postcard to Sussex Living East, PO Box 287, Uckfield, TN22 9ED. Ensure that your entry has the title of ‘Firle Vintage Show’ and include your answer, name, address and telephone number. Terms and Conditions: Closing date for entries, is Tuesday 31st July 2018 at midday. Any entries received after the closing date will not be counted. Only one entry per household, over 18’s only. The winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries and contacted by phone after the closing date. Editor’s decision is final. Travel to Lewes Bus Station and accommodation are not included in the prize.

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Grand Opening for New Priory Vets in Peacehaven! Saturday 21st July, 12 noon to 4pm Exciting times ahead as the Peacehaven clinic is relocating from its existing premises to a brand new surgery just minutes away, enabling them to offer you and your pet comprehensive veterinary care within a spacious setting. The new clinic includes a dedicated preparation room, theatre, dental and x-ray suite as well as separate cat and dog wards. Even better, the clinic has ample off street parking and a fabulous, relaxing

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waiting room with complimentary refreshments. Experienced vet Sian Musio will head up the trusted and assuring team, who promise to deliver premium service alongside specialist expertise. Meet them, take a tour and discover the difference they can make to the health and happiness of your pet. Family activities, children’s trail, pet prizes, refreshments and much more! 116 Heathy Brow, Peacehaven, BN10 7SA

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Michelham Priory Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August, 10.30am to 5pm This year the Sussex Guild are celebrating their Golden Anniversary. Founded fifty years ago by a small group of craftspeople. The Sussex Guild is delighted to be returning to Michelham again this August having shown here annually, without a break, for fifty years! Come to meet the designer makers and see their work on show in the Elizabethan barn and in marquees on the lawns. The work on display includes unique pieces and most of the work can be purchased, or specially commissioned. There will be craft demonstrations too - jewellery making, stone carving, woodwork, glass work, embroidery and quilting, together with several potters

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Favourite feature of the winter sitting room is the large cosy inglenook. Louisa painted the resin Roman bust of Caesar to look like marble

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OWNERS Louisa is a designer and Charlie Nicholls a property developer. They live with Phoebe their seven-year-old daughter and a cat called Spike. They moved in eleven years ago. What do they think makes a house a home? “The open fire crackling in the grate on a cold winters day whilst we are huddled on the sofa listening to the rain beating against the window panes.” BATHROOM The antique enamel bath in the family bathroom was painted in a fresh blue and sits on dark flooring tiles

Louisa Nicholls does not use the word ‘wreck’ lightly when she describes the cottage she and her husband Charlie bought eleven years ago. “It was rotting from the roof to the floorboards. In some places you could put your fingers through gaps above the windows. It had been so neglected nobody else wanted it. We were the only bidders. Even the property developers were put off by its run down state and to make matters worse, it was listed.” When they first drove up the drive late one night Louisa says it looked so spooky she refused to get out of the car. It was definitely not love at first sight. But on the allotted viewing date, their hearts skipped a beat and as Louisa admits, “we did a U turn and being the impetuous couple that we are, we decided we had to have it, especially as only that morning we had agreed we could not spend another day living in our modern box.” Set in a remote and beautiful spot surrounded by meadows on the edge of a natural pond shaded over by a huge old willow tree, it had charm, character and a lot of potential, and as Louisa remembers, “the facade

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LIVING ROOM Grey walls bring out the lush velvet texture of an aubergine sofa with a cosy checked blanket. The grey stool was covered in tweed

STUDY A collection of antique Christmas decorations make an interesting display in the study hung from old nails

was irresistibly pretty. Charlie being dining room with guest annexe above. “It was rotting from the a property developer, had all the The new extension was encased in natural roof to the floorboards. necessary skills to take on what to a non oak weathered clapboard, making it look professional could have seemed an iminstantly old. Finally we dug out the floors In some places you could possible task.” and installed under floor heating.” put your fingers through Their first port of call was to a builder Using her keen creative eye and practical gaps above the windows” who specialised in period properties. hands on approach, Louisa spent the next After three months, with his proposals year tracking down most of her pieces at car in hand, they approached the planning boot sales, junk shops and vintage shops both office for the restoration of listed buildings. Louisa recalls a on line and on the high street, painting them herself in light nail biting six month wait at the end of which “the planners Scandinavian colours. “We sand blasted the black beams but proved to be totally on our side. They agreed we needed because low beamed ceilings can still look dark and heavy, to take the roof off, and take it all back to bare bones. In I found some ready painted French antiques to buy. addition they gave us permission to remove an ugly extension Along with the bits I painted, they cancelled the built in the 70s. We used its footprint for a new kitchen claustrophobic effects of the low ceilings.” 28 SUSSEX LIVING | July 2018

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When they first drove up the drive late one night Louisa says it looked so spooky she refused to get out of the car

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An example of one of Louisa’s many finds is this collection of school badges framed and mounted on natural calico

Louisa’s nifty money saving ideas left a generous budget for fabrics and pretty sofas. “As an interior designer, fabrics for me are so important. In fact they are my passion,” she smiles and points to a huge pile of fabric samples tucked into the corner of her study. “Every now and then I rummage through the pile for a remnant to reupholster a chair which Spike our cat has eaten a chunk out of or I make up another cushion to ring the changes.” Finding quirky bits and things you like, “takes a life time of collecting so I keep collecting,” says Louisa. “I hate to throw pretty things away just because I am running out of space.” Living in a house which is already intrinsically eccentric, Louisa claims, gave her license to incorporate some crazy theatrical touches, which she celebrates in what she describes as “her little vignettes. The Roman busts which hopefully look like marble are just plastic painted to look otherwise.” She smiles. The giant size spoon and


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The French bed in the master bedroom sits below the double height ceiling held up by beams which were originally old ships timbers. The bed and matching armoire were vintage finds and painted by Louisa to compliment the off white walls

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With a rich history and plenty of things to keep its residents entertained, Peter d’Aguilar tells us more about the market town of Heathfield



he small East Sussex market town of Heathfield lies equidistant between Eastbourne to the south and Tunbridge Wells to the north, surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. While there is some evidence of local Stone Age settlement, Heathfield’s modern origins stem from the granting of a Market Charter in 1316. Over the centuries Heathfield - or Heffle as it was originally called - has achieved fame as the place where Jack Cade was killed after trying to overthrow King Henry VI. It is also the

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birthplace of Robert Hunt, the first Protestant minister to preach in America. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Heathfield became an important centre of the iron industry. With the arrival of the railway in 1880, known locally as the Cuckoo Line, the centre of Heathfield moved from the picturesque village now known as Old Heathfield to its present location – hence its Victorian and Edwardian architectural characteristics. In 1968 the branch line closed and has now become the Cuckoo Trail; part of the National Cycle Network and popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Each year Heathfield welcomes the start of spring by hosting the Heffle Cuckoo Fair, a celebration dating back to the 14th century. For over 70 years the Heathfield and District Agricultural Show has taken place on the second May Bank Holiday and is now one of the largest oneday agricultural shows in the country. Since 1997 Heathfield has held the Le Marche Anglo/French market on August Bank Holiday Monday. The event is free and features market stalls from French and English traders, as well as live music and a magic show. On the last Saturday in November local organisations hold a Christmas Family Fun Day to mark the switching-on of the Christmas lights.
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Sussex wine continues to be big news with growing conditions rivaling those in Champagne. Wine lovers, Gerard and Jonica Fox, shared their enthusiasm with Peter d’Aguilar


t would be an understatement to say that Gerard and Jonica Fox are passionate about sparkling wine. After pursuing careers in finance and marketing, they moved to a house called Hobdens on the southern outskirts of Mayfield which came with a five acre, south facing, gently-sloping plot of land that had previously been used for growing hops and grazing sheep. They had both always loved champagne, so it seemed only logical to plant their own vineyard. “Jonica has always had a special talent for growing things,” says Gerard. “She also has an exceptional palate.” They planted their first vines in 2004 and harvested their first vintage in 2009. “We use a combination of lower-yielding Burgundy clones and

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Our emphasis is on thoughtful, highly skilled work in the vineyard and minimal, light manipulation in the winery A new plot planted out next to the winery is showing the first signs of early growth. Looking after the surrounding environment to offset the monoculture of the vines is also important to the Foxes. They use sympathetic noninvasive management of the field margins, hedgerows, ponds and copses to encourage flora and fauna. In the springtime, the vineyard is flanked by a carpet of bluebells. “Sussex is blessed with a similar climate and soil types to Champagne, in our case the clays mixed with Sussex greensands,” explains Gerard. “The rest is up to us. Producing top quality grapes is a labour-intensive process. Attention to detail is essential. We do most of the work by hand. Grapes are probably the most complex and misunderstood fruit, and good wine depends on good grapes

– so it’s essential to get the fruit right. Through constant monitoring, we can ameliorate some of the destructive effects of bad weather.” Sparkling wine will always be associated with celebration but the Foxes see it as becoming more democratised. They are not fans of exclusivity and are on a crusade to take the mystery and hyperbole out of winespeak. Matching the right wine with the right food is another of their goals, as it can make a huge difference to people’s enjoyment. They also welcome the resurgence of local produce, as an alternative to homogenised supermarket fare. Together the Foxes make a powerful team. While Jonica is the creative force and Gerard the numbers man, their roles overlap and complement each other – Gerard drives the tractor, but it is Jonica that mends it when it breaks down. Above all else, they are genuine wine lovers; evangelical in their shared enthusiasm and quest for perfection and innovation. “Our aim is to make delicious, lifeenhancing bubbly,” says Jonica, bubbling over with enthusiasm. “I just want people to go ‘whoa, this is lovely!” l

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Inspired by a recent Sussex Living article on the benefits of walking, our former colleague, Lucy Sayers, ventured to Chanctonbury Ring with our resident rambler, Robert Veitch for a breath of fresh, downland air


urn left out of the car park at the southern end of Chanctonbury Ring Road, walking south for 100m before turning right for the bridleway. A metal 7-bar gate that needs navigating some 50m later is evidence this is the correct path. The wooded glades may be moist underfoot, but generally it’s pleasant. “A good ramble along the contours, through the downland microclimate” according to Lucy.

CHANCTONBURY RING Just past an overgrown disused quarry on the left, is the rusty red corrugated structure of Owlscroft Barn on the right. Beyond the barn the path turns left and uphill, before turning right by two decaying tree trunks, after which it hugs the contour lines a little longer. Bear left when the path splits in two, turning left again at the T-junction that follows. From here it’s 400m to the summit. There’s no escaping the feeling this is the north face of the Eiger; your heart will be thumping, your lungs gasping, and your brow glowing. Ascending above the tree line the panorama north of the downs is to be commended, utterly glorious whatever the weather. We paused at the gate, the ‘rest and be thankful gate’ as Lucy called it, catching her breath, “that’s quite a climb, but well worth the effort.” From here it’s less than 100m to the top gate and summit. The path skirts around Chanctonbury


Ring, it’s history buried beneath arboreal shadows. In another era this was an Iron Age fort, subsequently inhabited by Romans. Trees were first planted in 1760 when Charles Goring (from Wiston) decided to beautify the hilltop. Most were blown down in the Great Storm of 1987, and they’ve since been replanted. The route follows the South Downs Way, sweeping to the right and downhill, two lines of gravel in the grass. Beyond the cattle grid, the path widens and gradually arcs left. At the four-way fingerpost, keep going, along the straight flat path ahead, with the greenery of Lion’s Bank on the left. Walk between crops towards the horizon, and then beyond. Almost 1km over the horizon a trig point will appear in the field on the right. Steyning should be visible to the east and Cissbury Ring to the south. A five-way fingerpost is 250m beyond the trig point. At the Walter Longmead memorial turn right onto the Monarch’s Way and follow the cinder path between the fences. The Monarch’s Way is the estimated 615 mile escape route of Charles I after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester in

The path skirts around Chanctonbury Ring, it’s history buried beneath arboreal shadows 1651. The path rises over a brow and then heads downhill. Tarmac underfoot indicates this path once served another role, and a solitary cats eye confirms it. The hollow at the bottom of the hill is known as No Man’s Land although we wondered whether it really belonged to Norman! A chalky flint track leads up the other side of the hollow, but it’s easier on the feet trekking the grassy central reservation. The gradient eases off, after which it’s easy walking. Off to the left Cissbury Ring feels close enough to reach out and touch. Several paths coalesce at a junction. Turn right, almost back on oneself, and begin the hike back to the car park.

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The walk gains altitude, but only gradually. Veer right at the split and keep going, past a couple of pine trees and the woods at Stump Barn (the barn is no longer there). Over the hilltop, the path drops down to the four-way fingerpost. Beyond that, the ground falls away as the path enters Chalkpit Wood, descending the steep scarp slope of the downs via Wiston Bostal. It might be a little slippery in places when damp. There’s a wooden teepee about half way down, and a metal gate marks the bottom. Beyond this it’s just a short distance back to the car park. Lucy beamed, “I feel I’ve been on a real adventure, that I’ve done something rewarding with my day and earned the right to put my feet up tonight. This makes me appreciate the landscape we have here in Sussex, and inspires me to go walking more often.” l We are very grateful to Robert Veitch for bringing us new and exciting local walks every month. Robert insists on testing all routes personally, making sure they are suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email


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New Food & Wine Pairing Dinners and a new Fizz on Foot Wine Club These are exclusive evenings where you can explore wines that have been carefully selected with the hotel’s chef to match a delicious dinner. Plus wine tasting evenings with matching canapés. Friday 27 July – Spanish wine tasting with six wines and matching canapés, 7pm, £18 per head. Friday 24 August – French wine tasting with six wines and matching canapés, 7pm, £18 per head. Date to be confirmed, September – German wine tasting with six wines and matching canapés, ` £18 per head. Thursday 25 October – Wine Pairing Dinner with Spanish wines. Thursday 13 December – Wine Pairing Dinner with champagnes (black tie).

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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



THE LAST TUDOR by Philippa Gregory

by Gill Lewis

This starts very slowly, but it is well worth sticking with, as the first part is a series of clues about the psychology of the narrator, Matthew. Nothing is obvious, and the plot doesn’t really take off until two thirds of the way through. The setting is just too perfect, so you know something will go wrong with the triangular relationship of Matthew, his cousin Charlie and Charlie’s wife Chloe. As Matthew is a failed chef, there’s a lot of detail about the food he cooks, but it isn’t boring

This is written in the three very different voices of the Grey sisters, granddaughters of Henry VII. Lady Jane Grey is the familiar one – Protestant queen for only nine days after the death of fifteenyear-old Edward VI, and beheaded by Mary, who brought back the Catholic religion. Jane was the academic one, one of the most learned young women of her day despite being only seventeen at the time of her death. The next sister, Katherine, is the most ignorant and gullible, who will bend with the

This tale of refugees adrift in an inflatable boat is endorsed by Amnesty International. Each person offers some of what they have to the others – bread, lemonade, a shawl. But Rami, the narrator, has only brought his violin with him, so he refuses to take anything. All he has to offer is music, and stories. The story he tells is of the origin of the violin as a descendant of the horsehead fiddle, which is debatable but doesn’t really matter because he’s a good storyteller. The setting is

by James Lasdun

Before long, you’re screaming at Matthew to do the obvious thing and I learned a lot. Before long, you’re screaming at Matthew to do the obvious thing and tackle the right person about his suspicions. But he’s oh so good at avoiding the issue, and it all comes home to roost in the end. It’s hard to review this without giving away any spoilers. The writing is of a high standard, and all the characters are flawed in one way or another. The background detail that explains some of the events comes rather late in the tale, but it’s enough to make the damaged teenager that Matthew used to be behave the way he does. It’s not a long read, but it becomes more compulsive towards the end.

The girls are pawns in the political life of the times prevailing religion and thinks more of dresses and jewels than theology. The youngest sister, Mary, is described as very small with a twisted spine, but is probably the most realistic of the three. The girls are pawns in the political life of the times, and after Queen Mary dies and Elizabeth succeeds to the throne Katherine and Mary are next in line. Consequently, they cannot marry without the queen’s permission, and when they both do so they are imprisoned and treated very cruelly. It’s a long book but a fascinating one. None of the girls are particularly likeable but their motivations and actions are believable and well described.

The story he tells is of the origin of the violin Mongolia, where wild horses run free on the steppe. I’ve been there, and listened to traditional musicians. It’s a haunting sound, and the story of the rescued horse and the tail-hairs used for the bow suit the situation, at sea, miles from anywhere. I’m not really sure what age-group this is aimed at, as the language can be very sophisticated and the story doesn’t really have a beginning or an end – it’s an episode in the life of a group of refugees which could represent any set of displaced persons. The illustrations by Jo Weaver, however, are wonderful, and the hardback book itself is beautifully made and a delight to hold.

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Rolo the Border Terrier finds summer months the perfect time to forage for extra snacks, and his apprentice Teddy is catching on quickly!

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ne of the things I enjoy about this time of year is the summer food. Now I think it’s fair to say that I have a fairly eclectic taste when it comes to edibles, and, to be honest, the not quite edible, as I don’t want to risk missing something good. After all, if it turns out that something I’ve consumed isn’t really digestible, it usually finds its own way out, one end or the other, and I’ve always got staff on hand to help in the clearing up department. I do, however, have some dietary preferences that are well served by the summer months. Take soft fruit. I try to at every opportunity! ‘Her Indoors’ grows strawberries and blueberries in the veg plot and little Alpine strawberries free range in the side border which are absolutely perfect for a small dog with a good sense of smell. I wonder if my apprentice, Teddy, knows how to ‘pick your own’? If not, he soon will do. When Teddy first came to us, he was

a slow and frankly picky eater. I soon trained him out of that nonsense. Once I had finished my own food, unless ‘Her Indoors’ spoilt the fun by feeding us separately, I immediately went over to Teddy’s bowl and finished his off too. This has made him much quicker at eating his food, in fact, he often finishes before me now which just shows how effective my instruction has been.

What could be nicer than a picnic blanket with an array of food laid out Another summer edible that I enjoy is ice cream. They make special ice cream for dogs, but, if I’m entirely honest, I prefer the human kind. It’s not that I’m specifically given any, it’s just that people seem incapable of eating one without dribbling or dropping some and I’m very good at clearing up. In

addition, I’m not above a bit of timely theft if someone is foolish enough to sit down on the grass and start waving an ice cream or lolly around. I might be senior but it’s amazing how high I can jump with a little incentivising. And that brings me on to the happy topic of picnics. What could be nicer than a picnic blanket with an array of food laid out. You don’t even have to jump – perfect! ‘Her Indoors’ took Teddy and myself recently, on a Border Terrier walk with a picnic lunch for the people. She had to try and eat a packed lunch whilst sitting on the floor with both Teds and I in close proximity. I have to say her reflexes are pretty good for a woman of her age! Still, if you can’t get at your own picnic, there’s always someone else’s, and ‘Her Indoors’ is also good at dragging me off other people’s food and apologising profusely. I don’t know what her problem is. Summer eating is all about alfresco dining and sharing with others… l

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Ruth Lawrences describes how the brilliantly bright plumage of the kingfisher looks almost exotic in comparison to the modest hues of many birds native to Britain

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f you spend enough time by the water this summer, you might be lucky enough to catch a flash of deep metallic blue, too fast to focus upon as it speeds past. The kingfisher is one of our most spectacular and elusive birds, that once seen is never forgotten. After glimpsing one or two during childhood, I lost sight of these startling birds until I came to live in Sussex. Since then I’ve seen them hurtle over slow moving rivers, dart across Ardingly reservoir and most surprisingly, watch one dash between trees in Brighton Cemetery. Their flight is so rapid that they are difficult to see and most sightings are simply an impression of vivid colour, then they are

The kingfisher must eat its own body weight in fish each day. Hunting is a full time occupation, particularly during breeding season

gone. They fly low, which again makes them harder to see against reflections in water where they hunt for fish and aquatic insects. Territory is extremely important for kingfishers. Each bird tends to cover about a kilometre of river but may extend to five times this distance. They start to contest territories by mid September and a breeding pair will often divide their summer territory between them. Slow moving, shallow rivers and streams clean enough to supply abundant small fish are their ideal hunting grounds and overhanging branches are essential as perches from which to watch for prey. The water needs to be as still as possible to make viewing clear. Once the bird has located

its prey and assessed the water’s depth, it dives in pursuit. At the point of entry into the water, the beak is open and the eyes closed by a third eyelid; this is why pinpoint accuracy is essential as the bird is effectively sightless as it enters the water. After returning to the perch with its catch, the kingfisher strikes the fish against the branch to kill it. They seem to prefer fish just over an inch long but can deal with something much larger. The kingfisher must eat its own bodyweight in fish each day. Hunting is a full time occupation, particularly during breeding season. The nest is dug into a vertical, vegetation free riverbank and lies at the end of a tunnel two to three feet long. Two or three broods are raised in swift succession and each chick can consume up to 18 fish a day. Once they leave the nest they are only fed for four days before the adults drive them out of the territory to start the next brood. Kingfishers are surprisingly short lived and few live longer than a single breeding season. Perhaps this explains their velocity, as though they are trying to cram in a longer life in such a short time. It makes a sighting of one of these elusive and notoriously shy birds doubly precious, a rare jewel darting by in sunlight. l

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Tour a Méridien


With the Tour de France beginning on the 7th July, here’s Robert Veitch’s mini grand tour of the rolling landscape, north of the South Downs. But do you have the Va Va Froome to wear the maillot jaune?


rab your bike, helmet and drink, then join the route at the point that suits you best. We arrived by train at Plumpton Station, riding clockwise, crossing the Prime Meridian twice along the way. From the station, cycle north through Plumpton Green, gently uphill to the very end of Station Road. Turn right, heading southeast for almost one mile, before turning left into Honeypot Lane. Continue to the junction with the A275 in South Chailey one mile further on. Turn left remembering this is a main road. After ¾ mile turn right into Markstakes Lane, enjoying the quiet solitude that now accompanies the route. Passing Markstakes Farm on the left, the ride drifts from the western hemisphere into the eastern. It’s not marked, but is pleasing all the same. Shortly after, swing right on to Town Littleworth Road and cycle for almost another two miles, eventually reaching the gradual incline at the bottom of Deadmantree Hill. Turn left where the signpost indicates ‘Barcombe 1m’. ¾ mile further on, turn right at the fingerpost for Hamsey Road and after ½ mile bear right and south towards the Downs. Turn right at the

We named the climb ‘Le petit pic méridien’ next junction and continue south. The wooded crest of Mount Harry can be seen off to the right, a couple of miles distant as the crow flies. One mile further on, turn right where the fingerpost indicates Cooksbridge. The road is narrow and eases uphill. To honour its limited stature we named the climb ‘Le petit pic méridien!’ As the hedges fade away a rough lay-by appears on the left. The panorama is a little slice of heaven in good weather that’s well worth stopping for. Malling Hill, Cliffe Hill and the Glynde wind turbine are to the east with Mount Harry and Blackcap to the south. Eagle eyed riders will notice the Meridian marker on the right-hand side of the road. Pedalling from the eastern hemisphere, back to the western, follow the lane to the end, back to the A275.

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Turn left, heading south over the level crossing at Cooksbridge Station. Take the right-hand turn (B2116) towards Plumpton and Ditchling. Follow this road, along the foot of the Downs for a couple of miles or so, before turning right into Plumpton Lane, by a brown sign for the racecourse. From here, it’s two breezy miles back to Plumpton Station. Approaching the level crossing, the racecourse is on the left. Back at the station the ‘vue panoramique’ of the Downs is well earned and hopefully the train will be on time. ‘Chapeau au cycliste’ enjoy your maillot jaune! l

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Focus on

FRUIT The crops are coming in! Flo Whitaker explains how to harvest your fruit and veg regularly and make the most of summer’s bounty!

If it’s a persistent problem, try planting some mildewresistant varieties. Keeping foliage dry by watering the soil, not the leaves, helps, as does having good air circulation around the plants. Bear that in mind when pruning out old stems in spring - leave plenty of space and air flow for new growth. t’s all go on the fruit and veg patch in July. Pests and diseases seldom trouble rhubarb, Regular harvesting and inspection of but it is known for being a ‘Goldilocks’ plant. crops, (daily, if possible) is the key. Far Rhubarb is ultra-sensitive to environmental better to pick small-size produce, conditions and dislikes being too wet, too dry, rather than delay for a few days and be too hot or too cold - like Goldilocks, it wants faced with unappetising bullet-hard peas everything to be ‘just right’. You should stop and over-ripe fruit. You’ll also be able to picking rhubarb by mid-July, but if you have quickly spot any problems as they arise. vigorous plants, you can continue with some Blackcurrants, raspberries and gentle harvesting, although the stems will gooseberries are reliable croppers that eventually become woody and unpalatable. are relatively easy to grow, but they Rhubarb is a ‘Goldilocks’ After using so much energy during spring, can suffer from mildew, (a white/grey plant that dislikes being rhubarb needs moisture to bulk up its mould.) Affected leaves can be removed reserves now. As July and August are usually but mildew is difficult to control. The too hot, too cold, too the driest months, you can help by giving microscopic spores easily spread and the wet or too dry - it wants the surrounding soil a really good soaking, condition is often weather-related; bad in everything to be ‘just right’ followed by a thick mulch of compost or some years, absent in others. leaf mould. Rhubarb sometimes produces curious-looking flower shoots. If left, they will rob energy from the plant, so cut them off at the base. Strawberry plants produce ‘runners’ in high summer; long, non-fruiting stems with ‘nodes’ - specially adapted joints that root when they touch soil. Runners should be removed, unless you want to make more plants for free! Strawberry plants run out of steam after a few years so it’s always useful to have some vigorous replacements in reserve. Cut stiff wire into 10 cm lengths and bend them to make ‘U’ shaped pins. Fill small pots (approx. 8 cms diameter) with gritty compost, lay a runner across a pot, press the node area gently into the surface of the compost and secure it in place with a pin - you may get several new plants from each runner. Keep the compost damp until the new plants are well-developed, (4-6 weeks), then cut away the nowredundant runners to make individual potted plants that can be easily transplanted. They will happily overwinter and crop for you next summer. l


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Geoff Stonebanks tells us about the garden trails in July raising money for Macmillian Cancer Support and the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton

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he 28th and 29th July sees the 7th annual garden trail staged by Driftwood Fundraising Group, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton. The centre has been designed with input from people affected by cancer to make it the best place to offer the support and services that people in Sussex need. It is also one of the venues open over the weekend, as it too has a small garden terrace, so visitors can see where the money they are donating is being spent. However, the trail will be officially opened in my own garden, Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive, in Seaford , BN25 2RS at 11am on the 28th by TV Gardener, Jim Buttress, of BBC2’s Big Allotment fame! The garden has featured on BBC Gardeners’ World and won several awards for national gardening competitions. More importantly, since it first opened in 2009, I have raised a staggering £100,000 for various charities, over half of that for Macmillan Cancer Support. Enjoy home-made tea and cakes served on vintage china on trays in the garden overlooking the sea. In Newhaven, Gill Weaver will be opening her amazing coastal garden at 5 Old Coastguard Cottages, off Geneva Road. This is a very steep terraced gravel garden combining strong landscaping with much lush eclectic planting and some very unusual found objects, marine and otherwise. It is truly a vibrant and intriguing place to visit.

Another garden in Seaford is Steve and Christina’s, Lavender Cottage at 69 Steyne Road. This has a flint walled front garden with cottage, coastal and kitchen gardens and plenty of places to enjoy a cream tea. The back garden has a terraced bank planted up with trees, shrubs and lavenders. Climb the steps up to the balcony and enjoy the iconic view of Seaford Head. Don’t miss The Seaford Sunshine Strummers Ukulele Band playing here during their Sunday opening! This year there are 23 gardens opening their gates across the weekend, with 3 on Sunday only, 4 on Saturday only and 16 opening both dates. 6 of the gardens are opening for the trail for the very first time in 2018. Many of the gardens will be serving delicious home-made teas and cakes and some selling garden art. Make sure you check the web site before you plan your day. Full details of all Driftwood the gardens, location maps and directions can be found at www. macmillangardentrail. or by calling Geoff on 01323 899296. Tickets can be purchased in the first garden visited and cost £2 per garden or buy a day saver ticket for £6 on each day which gives access to all gardens. Dogs on leads are allowed in many gardens too, look out for the doggy head on the website. l

Climb the steps up to the balcony and enjoy the iconic view of Seaford Head

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IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARITY Celebrating 20 Years Children with Cancer Fund will be 20 years old this July. The Trustees and Team cannot believe how far the Charity has come in this time. Children with Cancer Fund began in 1998 around the kitchen table when four family members agreed they wanted to help others. In the last couple of years CWCF has gone from strength to strength; they now have an office, three paid staff and a team of Volunteers who help in the office and at outside events and functions. In 2015 CWCF received a Queens Award for Voluntary Service (the equivalent to an MBE for the Charity) something they are extremely proud of despite not quite believing it at the time! They currently have 122 families who they care for by offering wishes, days out and treats every now and again. These are not just for the children but for their immediate family as well, as this horrible

disease affects entire families. CWCF hope to bring smiles to families faces in East Sussex and make lasting memories for them that they will cherish forever. CWCF very much relies on the generosity of those who fundraise for us, whether this is by hosting an event, day out, cinema screening, or a raffle and they wouldn’t be able to provide the service without them or the help of the amazing Volunteers. Let’s see what another 20 years brings… For more information on donating or volunteering for Children with Cancer Fund visit:

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Book a talk about this life-saving work The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is inviting local groups, clubs, societies and other organisations to book a talk (free of charge) to find out more about the work of the charity. By inviting one of their volunteer speakers to your group, you will be helping to raise awareness of their life-saving work and therefore ensuring it can be there for those who need it, now and in the future. For more information or to book a talk, please contact: 01622 833 833

Cycling Without Age - Seaford Chapter Cycling Without Age - Seaford Chapter is a group of local volunteers and ‘pilots’, led by Pete Tattam. They are dedicated to taking local elders and care home residents out on ‘trishaw’ cycle rides to feel the wind in their hair. They want to bring generations closer together using special trishaws - threewheel cycles with a passenger cab out front. They have electrical power assist, so you don’t need to be super-sporty to be a volunteer cycle pilot. The rides will be comfortable, fun and free.

On Yer Bike! Dust off the Lycra, put on a helmet and take to the road in a 54-mile challenge from London to Brighton in aid of The Disabilities Trust. You can raise funds for people with acquired brain injury, complex physical or learning disabilities and adults and children with autism by riding down to Sussex’s picturesque villages and the beautiful South Downs on September 16th, 2018. You can join as a team or individually. They offer riders a free lunch, mechanical support and finishers’ mementos, so what are you waiting for? Get on your bike and fill in a registration form now: fundraising-events/london-to-brighton-bike-ride or call 01444 237286 email

Raising £8,000 to Buy and Run a Trishaw for Seaford

Passengers will experience the town and nature close-up from the trishaw. It also provides opportunities for elders to regain social connection and for people to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives. The work is intended to build bridges between generations and reinforce trust, respect and the social glue of society. Both cycle pilots and passengers alike will enjoy the physical and emotional well-being benefits. The joy of riding in the trishaw cab will stimulate spirits to fly and stories to flow!

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hat is our county’s most important asset? Our children, of course! Celebrating this in a glitzy black tie awards ceremony at the Brighton Hilton Metropole on 12th October 2018, The More Radio, Child of Sussex Awards is an event not to be missed. Children are our future, after all, so let’s celebrate them! This is a really special event and is always an emotional and uplifting celebration of the brilliant children we have in Sussex. Nick Osborne, More Radio breakfast presenter says, “This is the eighth year that we have held the awards, they are full of amazing and inspirational stories. Please help us to find this year’s winners by making a nomination today.” And it couldn’t be easier to do just that. If you think you have an amazing child, or know of a child who deserves to be recognised for something amazing they have done, all you have to do is visit and nominate them. The closing date for nominations is Friday 3rd August 2018. Kieran Davenport won the Courage Award in 2017. In chronic pain all day

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If you think you have an amazing child all you have to do to is visit and nominate them felt the cause was too important to just be kept local. The final piece of Jessica’s campaign fell into place following work experience with her local MP where Jessica wrote her own Bill – to get legislation that defibrillators have to be in schools, sports centres and other public places – which was accepted with no opposition in Parliament. These are just two out of the hundreds of incredible achievements made by the children of Sussex every year. The 2018 event looks set to be equally as wonderful, all that’s needed is your nominations. Sussex Living is proudly supporting the awards as a media partner, and we wish all the entries the best of luck. l

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Ingredients 8 mussels 100g peeled prawns A small cooked lobster 600g diced chicken breasts (pork, or a mixture of pork and chicken works well too) 4 tbsp olive oil 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 red or green pepper, chopped and seeded 4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped 350g long grain rice 1.3l chicken stock 100g peas (frozen are fine) A little saffron and seasoning

1 Shell most of the mussels and peel most of the prawns (if using fresh), leaving a few for decoration later. 2 Remove the cooked lobster meat from the shell and dice, keeping the claws for decoration later 3 Put the oil in a large paella dish or frying pan and sauté the garlic, onion and pepper for 5 minutes until soft but not browned. 4 Add the chopped tomatoes and the diced meat and lightly brown the meat. 5 Stir in the rice and most of the stock, leaving a little to blend the saffron powder before adding to the mixture. Season to your taste (if you use stock cubes, then a

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RED WINE & RASPBERRY SORBET Ingredients 200g sugar 200g raspberries 200ml red wine 150ml water 1 Pour the water and wine into a saucepan and add the sugar. 2 Bring to the boil for one minute, then take off the heat and add the raspberries. Fresh ones are nicest but you can use frozen raspberries when they’re out of season.

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uly was named in honour of Julius Caesar after his death in 44 BC, this being the month of his birth. Before it was renamed, the month was known as Quintilis (borrowed into English as Quintile), which means ‘fifth’. July was originally the fifth month in the ancient Roman ten-month calendar. July (or certainly part of it) is the traditional period known as ‘fence month’, the closed season for deer in England. Closed seasons for deer vary by species. This practice dates back to medieval times, and commonly lasted from June 9 to July 9, though the actual dates varied.

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In the Kitchen Fruits burst into our homes this month: apricots, peaches, cherries and blueberries as well as raspberries and strawberries which are still in season and the garden veg is bounteous. Sea Bass and crab are also plentiful. If you’ve planted courgettes, you should have a glut of them this month! Their flowers are edible delicacies, with a sweet crunch to them, and pick tiny

courgettes which also have a sweeter flavour. They can be eaten raw or lightly fried in butter – or how about trying courgette fritters? Grate a couple into a tea towel and squeeze out the moisture. Put into a bowl and mix with half a packet of feta, a beaten egg and two tablespoons of plain flour, then fry spoonfuls of the mixture in hot oil.

In the Garden Water your plants at dusk, when water droplets on the foliage are less likely to cause damage by heating the leaves. If you’re using terracotta pots, they’re prone to evaporation so dampen the pot too, to keep the plant roots cool and damp. To encourage new flowers in the hanging baskets, keep dead heading and be sure to feed well after doing so. Now’s the time to sow the late summer vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, rocket and spring onions, and autumn vegetables including cabbage, winter carrots

The length of the day this month, decreases by 1 hour and 6 minutes (London) although the sea temperature continues to rise to 15.4°. A full lunar eclipse, more common than the solar eclipse, happens this month on the night of the 27th. Only one in three lunar eclipses are a full eclipse. They’re also sometimes known as a ‘blood moon’ due to the shades of red and orange. Julys birthstone, the Ruby, is considered the king of gems and represents love, health and wisdom. It’s one of the most valuable gemstones and its value increases based on its colour and quality. The Delphinium (or Larkspur) is the birth flower of July; with its simple form, feelings of open heart and ardent attachment are attributed to it. The Zodiac signs for July are Cancer and Leo. Famous birthdays include Ringo Starr (7th), Patrick Stewart (13th), Helen Mirren (26th), Tom Hanks (9th), Benedict Cumberbatch (19th) to name a few! Happy ‘World Chocolate Day’ on the 7th!

and turnips. Houseplants can be moved outdoors this month for the summer. Give the leaves a dust and a shower, and the roots a feed and a good soaking, and it’ll really cheer them up!

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Do you have an East Sussex community event to promote? Email and ask for a Diary Dates form. Monday 02 July, 19:20 – 21:30

Tickets £10 (conc. £7) available on the door

Ninfield Memorial Hall, Bexhill Road, Ninfield TN33 9EE A floral demonstration by Maggie Hayes Contact:

Friday 06 – Sunday 15 July

‘Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere’ A floral demonstration

Monday 02 – Sunday 15 July

Wimbledon Big Screen

Marina Square, Brighton Marina, Waterfront BN2 5WA A free event. Thursday 05 July

Musical Picnic

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Relax and enjoy live music. Don’t forget your picnic – and bring a seat! Normal admission applies. 01444 450 326 Thursday 05 – Saturday 07 July, 19:45

‘Twelfth Night’ Performance by Groombridge Open Air Theatre

Birchden, Eridge Road, Groombridge TN3 9NH Groombridge Open Air Theatre present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the gardens at Birchden. Bar and parking available. Picnics from 6pm.

Uckfield Festival

In various places around Uckfield Town Centre A week-long fiesta of fantastic entertainment! Including comedy gala; spectacular picnic proms; music; theatre; poetry and fun for all. Many events free. Saturday 07 July, 10:15 – 13:30

Creative Bookmaking

The Crypt Gallery, Seaford BN25 1HD Creative bookmaking workshop £30. Contact: Facebook @mod.makers Saturday 07 July, 11:00 – 16:00

Open Garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice

Knightsbridge House, Grove Hill, Hellingly BN27 4HH All monies raised during the day will go to the hospice. Saturday 07 July, 19:00 – 20:00

Cataract Information Evening BMI The Esperance Hospital, Eastbourne BN21 3BG

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Free cataract information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital. Take the opportunity to speak with a consultant about treatment. 0800 157 7762

(children free) 01323 729013. Saturday 07, 09:00 – 17:00 and Sunday 08 July, 10:00 – 16:00

Giles Leisure Summer Open Weekend

Saturday 07 July, Meet at 10:00

North Court, Lewes BN7 2AR Join them for a glass of fizz and canapes, with exclusive deals and savings for this weekend only! 01273 478454

Action For Children - Sponsored Walk

Meet opposite the Beachy Head Restaurant Taking place in aid of the children’s charity Action For Children, helping children no longer able to live with their birth parents, abused or abandoned – Contact: Gill Mors on 01323 733756.

Wednesday 11 July, 19.30

The Singing Allsorts Charity Concert

Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield Local female, amature singers performing songs from musicals, ballards, classics, folk etc.

Saturday 07 and Sunday 08 July, 17:00 – 22:00

A Boundless Summer

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Summer concerts with UB40 on the Saturday and The Gypsy Kings on the Sunday headlining. Tickets: 01444 450326.

Wednesday 11 - 14 July

It’s Magic Music Festival

Victoria Park, Haywards Heath RH16 4LR Four day music festival featuring Elvis on my Mind, The Bohemians Queen Tribute, Motown and Neil Diamond Tribute double bill and Proms In The Park with Katherine Jenkins

Saturday 07 and Sunday 08 July, from 09.30

Norah Sande Award Piano Recitals

Thursday 12 July, 19:00 – 22:30

The Birley Centre, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ The first day, the semi-final recitals by leading young adult pianists from around the world. Three finalists will play different recitals on 8th. Entry: on the 7th is free; on the 8th, £10





Don Giovanni Live Opera Screening

Marina Square, Brighton Marina, Waterfront BN2 5WA A free event


Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 July, 19:45

‘Twelfth Night’ Performance by Groombridge Open Air Theatre

Birchden, Eridge Road, Groombridge TN3 9NH Groombridge Open Air Theatre present Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the gardens at Birchden. Bar and parking available. Picnics from 6pm. Tickets £10 (conc. £7) available on the door

Thursday 12 – Saturday 21 July

Dial M For Murder

The Devonshire Park, 8-10 Compton St, Eastbourne BN21 4BW By Frederick Knott. Tickets: 01323 412000 Saturday 14 July, 10:30 – 13.30

Mono Printing Workshop



Wakehurst Ardingly, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TN

Join us beneath the stars as we enjoy a sponsored stroll through Wakehurst’s beautiful botanic gardens and lay a lantern to remember the people you love. Entry is £15 before 1st June and £18 thereafter. Under 16s £5. Family and group discounts available

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DIARY DATES The Crypt Gallery, Seaford BN25 1HD Workshop costs £30. Contact: Facebook @mod.makers

prints and cards for sale all at very reasonable prices. Free entry. See Ashdown Forest Centre web site for opening times.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July

Tuesday 17 July, 19:00 – 20:00

Classic Vehicle Show

Michelham Priory House & Gardens, Upper Dicker BN27 3QS Classic domestic, agricultural and military vehicles. Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July

Jousting Tournament

Hever Castle, Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena Monday 16 July, 10:00 – 12:00

Vitality Village Coffee Morning The Great Space, Herstmonceux Health Centre BN27 4JX ESAB visit, bringing their mobile information centre vehicle to help spread the awareness of sight loss. Free entry. Sheila Charlton on 01323 833673 Monday 16 July – Sunday 26 August

Nutley Artist Friends Art Exhibition

The Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, Forest Row RH18 5JP There will be original art work,

Back Pain and Sciatica Information Evening

BMI The Esperance Hospital, Eastbourne BN21 3BG Free back pain and sciatica information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital. Take the opportunity to speak with a consultant about treatment. 0800 157 7762. Friday 20 – Sunday 22 July

The Lewes Speakers Festival

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes BN7 2LE Lewes Speakers festival brings together some of the most exciting speakers in the UK. Highlights include: John Crace, the Guardian sketch writer, A C Grayling – the academic and see online for full details. Tickets on sale at early bird prices. Saturday 21 July, 12:00 – 16:00

New Priory Vets Grand Opening

116 Heathy Brow, Peacehaven BN10 7SA New Priory Vets invite you to their Grand Opening of the new Peacehaven Practice. Take a tour of the new state of the art facilities, meet the team and enjoy a fun filled afternoon

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Chelmsford Lodge, 12 Granville Road, Eastbourne BN20 7HE All monies raised during the day will go to the hospice.

Come and be an archaeologist for the day. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July

The Longines Fei Jumping Nations Cup of Great Britain

Wednesday 25 – Sunday 29 July

The Great Gatsby Fair

Metropole Lawns at The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea TN40 1DP Charleston and Retro themed event with entertainment and competitions for the whole family. with family activities and refreshments Saturday 21 July, 19.30

Uckfield Singers’ Summer Concert

Civic Centre, Civic Approach, Uckfield TN22 1AE Singing a variety of music old and new. The raffle will be supporting Headway East Sussex charity. Tickets from Gale & Woolgar Jewellers, High St, Uckfield. ÂŁ8.

East Grinstead Library, 32-40 West Street, East Grinstead RH19 4SR An informal drop-in session for everyone whether beginner or experienced. A time to learn new skills and share ideas. Donation towards costs only. Contact: Laura Muir on 07932 736710 Saturday 21 July, 14:30 – 17:00

Ripe & Chalvington Flower Show & Fete

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July

Kew Science Festival

Wakehurst, Ardingly Road, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN Science comes alive for a wild weekend of workshops, hands-on experiments, shows and more. Based around the Millennium Seed Bank. Free with standard garden entry. Adults ÂŁ12.95, children 16 and under free. 01444 894066. Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July

Harvey’s Brewery, Harvey’s Yard Lewes In aid of The Bevern Trust. Celebrating the best of Harvey’s, Sussex food, live music and family fun.

Yew Tree Inn, Chalvington BN27 3TB Exhibits in marquee (RHS affiliated), sideshows and traditional games, LGB Brass Band, auction of produce, teas, cakes, raffle. Free entry - donations welcomed. Val Hay on 01323 811603

Saturday 21 July, 14:00 – 16:00

Saturday 21 July, 14:00 – 17:00

Archaeology Day

Saturday 21 July, 11:00 – 17:00

Sussex Summer Sesh

Sew Time with East Grinstead Embroiderers

Open Garden in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice

Jousting Tournament

Michelham Priory House & Gardens. Upper Dicker BN27 3QS

For local families.

Thursday 26 July, 19:00 – 20:00

Men’s Health Information Evening

BMI The Esperance Hospital, Eastbourne BN21 3BG Free men’s health information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital. Take the opportunity to speak with a consultant about treatment. 0800 157 7762 Thursday 26 – Sunday 29 July

The Wonder Project

Hever Castle, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena Wednesday 25 July

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead RH17 5NU See the world’s top riders in action and visit the extensive shopping village and family fun zone. Free tickets on page 23.

Wakehurst, Ardingly Road, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN New interactive evening event in the gardens. Seeking art in nature, explore Wakehurst through soundscapes, sculptures and art installations. Tickets on sale now. Adults ÂŁ15/ÂŁ12 Friend of Wakehurst. 01444 894066.

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Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July

Open Air Opera

Jousting Tournament

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Two evenings of summer opera: La Boheme on the Friday and The Marriage of Figaro on the Saturday evening. Booking essential. Early booking discounts available. 01444 450326

Hever Castle, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Spectacular displays of action, stunts, falls and fights in an authentic arena Saturday 28 July, 19:30

Sinatra & More Big Swing Hits, with Ryan Mac Pavilion Theatre, Worthing BN11 3PX Taking the audience on a journey through the best of swing music, from Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fizgerald and more, all in aid of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. 01903 206206

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July

Uckfield Blues and Roots Festival The Civic Centre and The Highlands Inn, Uckfield A weekend of varied and quality music. Full details and tickets: Saturday 28 July

Hailsham Summer Market



Fri 6th - The Bite Sat 7th - Snake Byte Sun 8th - Savannah ... ... ... Tues 10th - Folk & Blues Fri 13th - Iron Tyger Sat 14th - South Of Saturn Sun 15th - Savannah ... ... ...

Fri 20th - Elliots Sleeping Sat 21st - The Skarlettos Sun 22nd - Assorted Nuts ... ... ... Tues 24th - Folk & Blues Fri 27th - Dead Calm Sat 28th - Fat Belly Jones Sun 29th - Assorted Nuts ... ... ...

Folk & Blues Club alternate Tuesdays. Musicians bring your own instruments

Tel: 01825 872227

Thursday 02 August, 19:00 – 20:00

Foot and Ankle Pain Information Evening

Town Centre and on Vicarage Field, Hailsham With live music, Harvey’s of Lewes beer tent, food on sale and free face painting to name just a few events!

BMI The Esperance Hospital, Eastbourne BN21 3BG Free foot and ankle pain information evening at BMI The Esperance Hospital.Take the opportunity to speak with a consultant about treatment. 0800 157 7762

Saturday 28 July, 14:00 – 17:00

Ashburnham Country Fair and Flower Show

Sports Field, Ashburnham TN33 9NU Visit beautiful Ashburnham and enjoy children’s activities, a fun dog show, refreshments and live music, vintage cars and tractors and many more country events. Entry: £2.50, children (under 12) free

Thursday 02 – Sunday 05 August

The Wonder Project

Wakehurst, Ardingly Road, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN New interactive evening event in the gardens. Seeking art in nature, explore Wakehurst through soundscapes,


From p70 of the Magnet June Issue BEXHILL Every Fri of month, 8.30am-2pm Devonshire Square BOREHAM STREET Last Sat of month, 10am-1pm Bull’s Head Field PEVENSEY BAY Every Fri, 10.15am-11.30am St Wilfrid's Hall, Eastbourne Road CROWBOROUGH 4th Sat of month, 9am-1pm Crowborough Social Club, Croft Road CROWHURST 1st Sat of month, 10am-12 noon Crowhurst Village Hall EASTBOURNE Last Sat of month, 10am-12.30pm Community Wise, Ocklynge Rd EAST DEAN Every Wed, 10am-12.30pm East Dean Village Hall EAST GRINSTEAD Every Thur, 9am-2pm, Town Centre FOREST ROW 1st Sat of month, 10am-3pm Forest Row Community Ctr Car Park

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Saturday 04 and Sunday 05 August

sculptures and art installations. Tickets on sale now. Adults £15/£12, Friend of Wakehurst. 01444 894066

Castle Canines: The Paw-fect Weekend For Your Pooch

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge TN8 7NG It’s all about the pooches! A weekend dedicated to them, with stalls and prizes for top dogs. Hever welcomes dogs on leads and the 125-acre grounds and walks are popular all year around. 01732 865224

Friday 03 – Sunday 05 August

Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker BN27 3QS Contemporary crafts exhibition and sale with The Sussex Guild. 01323 844224,

Sunday 05 August, 10:00 – 17:00

Hooe’s Old Motor Club

Friday 03 – Sunday 05 August

Oxfest 2018

Hooe Recreation Ground (between Pevensey & Ninfield on the B2059) TN33 9HU The 49th Vintage Car Show and Concours d’Elegance. Free car park. Entry: Adults £5, children free.

The Sussex Ox, Milton Street BN26 5RL Music & Beer Festival, with BBQ, craft beers, cider and cocktails. Family friendly. Special Offer Festival Pass: £10 meal voucher plus four half pints. 01323 870 840

Wednesday 08 August, 10:00 – 15:00

The Hurstwood Market

Saturday 04 August, 10:30 – 12.30

The Hurstwood Pub, High Hurstwood TN22 4AH Local produce stalls selling food, drink and crafts. Brunch in the pub and lunches with live music in the pub garden. Helen Spencer 07984 814 273

Drawing from Imagination

The Crypt Gallery, Seaford BN25 1HD A drawing workshop - £20. Contact: Facebook @mod.makers Saturday 04 August, 10:00 – 20.00

Weald On The Field

Bringing on Back the 60s Fri 24 Aug 7.30pm

Wednesday 08 August

Pirate & Princess Day

Luxford Field, Uckfield Street food, pop-up bars, artisan produce and live music – a free family fun day out.

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker BN27 3QS Be a pirate or princess for the day on our bountiful island! Contact: 01323 844224

Lipstick on Your Collar Sat 25 Aug 7.30pm

4-19 AUGUST 2018

Discover arts and music in this Hidden Sussex garden Free entry to Gardens and Sculpture Trail Art and Craft Workshops. Live Music Edwardian Teas. Art & Craft Show


Little Mix Experience Wed 29 Aug 6.00pm


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KNOW YOUR From CIS to selling your company or business property, Melanie Richards guides us through the tricky world of tax TAX ENQUIRIES AND CIS We have noticed an increase in the number of ‘compliance reviews’ carried out by HMRC recently, particularly focussing on the operation of the Construction Industry Scheme. Clients are facing a visit from HMRC inspectors who then ask for reams of information that takes days and weeks to collate. HMRC is then taking weeks to respond to the information, making the whole process stressful to the business owner, who despite having operated the CIS system to the best of their ability, is worrying that they have made an expensive mistake. The CIS system is so complicated that it is virtually impossible to get every single bit right, especially if you are running a business employing subcontractors. HMRC are then raising letters informing the client that they have to pay tax because they haven’t operated the system correctly. What the client isn’t told is that often the contractor at the other end of the transaction has already paid over tax which is then doubled up. You can ask HMRC to net the two amounts off, but unless you ask it won’t happen, leaving you out of pocket. It’s always good advice to ask an accountant to help you deal with tax visits or enquiries. SELLING YOUR BUSINESS Lots of people are selling (or buying) businesses at the moment. It’s great to see business owners finally getting some reward for all of their hard work over the years. Structuring the sale of a business is key to ensuring that you pay as little tax as possible once you have the money in your bank account. If you are running a business as a sole trader or partnership, then you will be selling your goodwill and customer book

usually. If you are selling a limited company though, you would expect to sell the shares in your company. There are times when this isn’t the best plan. Say for example that you had a bit of a worry over the employment status of a subcontractor. He or she has been with you a few years and while you are confident that they are definitely a subbie, the purchaser of your business is a bit wary of taking over the company because of it. One way they will deal with this is to ask you to indemnify them against any future tax liabilities relating to that subcontractor. This could mean you having to pay up a large sum of money, years later, because the purchaser didn’t bother to argue the case properly, knowing you were sitting in the wings. It might be sensible in that circumstance, for the company to sell the trade and assets to the purchaser, and for you as the company owner to retain your shares. You can then get the company liquidated following the sale, assuming that the liquidator also agrees with your position. SELLING PROPERTY Conversely sometimes, selling a property (usually commercial property) wrapped up in a company can be a benefit. Stamp duty on the sale of shares is half a percent, while Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) can be considerably more. Buyers are then likely to be happier to increase their offer a little, knowing that there is an SDLT saving. Sometimes however, it can be a disadvantage having a property in a company, particularly if the company has owned the property for a long time. Until recently, a company didn’t have to show the tax effect of selling the property in its accounts. This meant that if the company had owned the property for a while and then sold it, the profit it made was substantially reduced by the tax due on the profit. Buying a company which owns a property without doing sufficient research into the date it was purchased and the records that have been kept since can be a really expensive mistake if you later sell the property out of the company. In summary, it really pays to stop and ask some questions, before you sign on the dotted line. Even just a quick chat over the phone with your accountant can help you avoid a costly error. 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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