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Inside... Cover Stories


Top 25 Attractions

Get set for a fun summer in Sussex

18 Home Front Good life at an organic farmhouse

40 Herstmonceux

34 Down on the Farm Rural education on Jamie’s Farm 40 Visit Herstmonceux A location worth observing 44 Dementia Awareness It’s time for action 58 Golfing Perfect your swing on the green

Features 48 Charity Open Garden Gardening with heart for Alzheimer’s 50 ‘Driftwood’ Garden in Seaford Stunning beach inspired charity garden 72 Crematoriums Past & Present Modern and sleek Wealden Crematorium

Regulars 38 Spotlight Events 52 Blooming Times Feast on the incredible edibles


Beauty & Fashion


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Editor’s Comment


Spring has fully sprung, lambs are skipping in the meadows and, hopefully, the sun is shining. Enjoy this issue with our great features on Jamie’s Farm - a rural haven for education - Herstmonceux with its stunning castle and observatory and do make sure you check out out Top 25 Attractions for a fun filled summer. Enjoy!



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54 It’s a Dogs Life Off on hols? Teddy likes motorhoming! 56 Book Review 62 Health Hub Understanding Diverticular Disease 64 Body Buzz Float away with floatation therapy 66 Beauty & Fashion It’s hats, hats, hats for the racing season 68 Rhubarb Ice Cream A grown up seasonal treat 70 It’s All About Charity


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Your essential guide to some of the best upcoming events in the area this summer Fill your summer days with some great adventures and days out, perfect for keeping busy little minds and bodies topped up with fun and, of course, some special days out for the adults as well


ver the following pages you will find a host of great activities to keep the whole family entertained, from art, music and opera, food, fizz, gin and agricultural festivals, shows and tours to many beautiful places of historical interest, plus

adventure and animal parks. Phew‌ fun for all the family guaranteed! Whether you discover something new or visit an old favourite, whatever you do this summer make sure you explore all the great attractions Sussex has to offer.

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DRUSILLAS PARK Enjoy a fun-tastic day out that includes animals, adventure play and rides! You’ll come face to face with hundreds of exotic animals, from monkeys and meerkats to penguins and pandas. Plus your little monkeys will adore the themed adventure play areas including Go Wild!, Go Bananas!, Amazon Adventure and Get Wet! Give Christopher Columbus a run for his money as you explore the exciting Go Safari! rides and the beautiful Hello Kitty Secret Garden. Plus, new for 2019, a beautifully mesmerising Rainforest Carousel – the first of its kind in the UK! There’s so much to see and do at Drusillas; it’s definitely no ordinary zoo!


RYE ARTS FESTIVAL The 48th annual Rye Arts Festival (14-28 September 2019) will feature around 60 events, including world class classical and contemporary musicians, literary events, historical talks, walks, drama, cinema and much more. Tickets for 12 key events have already gone on sale, including talks by Sir Max Hastings on the Dambusters Raid and Kate Bradbury on wildlife gardening. And one of the world’s top baritones Roderick Williams will sing Schubert’s Schwanengesang. Violinist Tamsin Little, who has announced her retirement in 2020, will be playing Beethoven with pianist Martin Roscoe. Tickets and more information can be found at



This year’s Midsummer Fish Festival takes place on the Stade open space, in the heart of Hastings Old Town, within casting distance of the town’s historic fishing fleet. The event takes place over the weekend of 22/23 June, with tickets costing £1.50 in advance, from Hastings Tourist Information Centre (in Breeds Place, on the seafront by the fountain), or £3 on the gate (under 18s free). As well as live music all weekend, there will be a great selection of food and drink from local restaurants, street vendors, and bakeries, as well as local brewers, wine makers, plus free cooking demos and children’s activities taking place in the Stade Hall. For more information, and full band listings, visit fishfestivals

Visitors to Bodiam Castle this spring and summer will discover a new castle characters display where the people who would have lived and worked at a medieval castle will be brought to life through eight child sized illustrations. Not only will this provide a great photo opportunity, but accompanying information shields will reveal what we think the rooms would have looked like in 1385, how we think they were used and the important roles the various characters such as the minstrel, steward and priest would have played in castle life. Please visit bodiam-castle for further details

FIZZ ON FOOT – GUIDED WALK AND WINE TASTING TOURS Sunshine, fabulous views, fresh air and fun exploring the South Downs, followed by lunch and a ‘vine to wine’ tour and tasting at one of the many high-quality vineyards in Sussex. Your walk can be matched to the fitness of the group and could be a 9-mile downland hike or a gentle meander along the banks of the river Cuckmere near Alfriston – it’s your choice! Why not gather a group of friends or family or celebrate a special birthday or anniversary with a different day out? See the website for the full choices of our walks! 01323 737271 / 07971 851777

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2nd to 4th August “Widely acknowledged as the country’s most popular Pride event” (The Guardian), Brighton & Hove Pride returns with a weekend packed full of live performance, community and family fun. Pride In The Park on Saturday 3rd features antipodean songstress Kylie as well as Clean Bandit and many more artists, cabaret and dance tents while LoveBN1Fest on Sunday 4th see superstar Jessie J and global icon Grace Jones headline and plenty of family friendly entertainment. There is also the free Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade, 3 days of events at the city-centre Pride Pleasure Gardens and the Pride Village Party making a truly sparkling weekend with something for everyone. Brighton & Hove Pride Festival, Preston Park, Brighton


HEVER CASTLE & GARDENS Visit Hever Castle & Gardens to enjoy an entertaining programme of events and activities set amidst awardwinning gardens. Discover 700 years of history in the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. The playgrounds offer children the chance to let their imaginations run wild. Acorn Dell for the under 7s includes a 2 metre high living willow tunnel, a giant sandpit, tunnels, a slide and climbing frame. The Tudor Towers adventure playground (7-14) is a child’s dream with cargo nets, poles, slides and puzzles. Unique to Hever Castle is the Water Maze where families try and avoid getting wet while attempting to get to the middle.


Saturday 29th June , 11am – 10pm Now in its third year, the Sussex Gin & Fizz Festival celebrates the many award winning wines and gins made in Sussex. Enjoy free samples, and buy by the glass or bottle direct from the producers. Visitors can enjoy a variety of local artisan food, live music, and informative talks by industry experts Tickets are available from, Lewes Tourist Information Centre and Harvey’s Brewery Shop. Tickets for either session cost just £15 for adults, or £3 for 14 – 17 year olds, and free entry for kids under 14 (11am – 4pm only)

The War and Peace Revival returns to the Hop Farm, Kent on the 23rd to 27th July 2019. The UK’s largest festival celebrating military history and vintage lifestyle is packed with exciting attractions to suit the whole family. Attractions include hundreds of military vehicles from WW1 to present day, arena displays and battles, life-size living history dioramas, the wartime village of ‘Trencham’, steam train rides (5’’ gauge) trade stalls, Authors’ Pavilion, kids’ rides, vintage entertainment, live bands and acts in three night time venues. Camping is available. For more information and tickets visit Accompanied under 15’s go free!


Built as King George IV’s pleasure palace when Brighton was the heart of fashionable Regency society, the Royal Pavilion was also used by King William IV and Queen Victoria. Today it has been restored to its original 1823 splendour with Indian architecture contrasted with interiors inspired by China. In May visit the dazzling exhibition, Stephen Jones Hats at the Royal Pavilion, open until 9 June and free with admission. Features include restored Regency Gardens, gift shop and the Royal Pavilion Tearoom. Open Daily - Admission fee payable. Audio tours in various languages available for a fee. Royal Pavilion, Brighton BN1 1EE 03000 290900

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Five years after Bowler Crab’s debut production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, they return to Shakespeare’s most performed play with an all new cast and design! A magical fairy tale with song, dance and humour galore, find yourself in a world of magic, music and mayhem, among tricksome fairies, enchanted lovers and ass-headed ‘rude mechanicals’. The South East tour opens with outdoor performances on Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd June (7.30pm) and Sunday 23rd June (3pm) in Three Oaks at Half House Farm (TN35 4NE), a C16th yeoman farmhouse. Tickets £15 on sale at: or tel: 07801893115



CHARLESTON IN COLOUR – SICKERT TO RILEY Running until 26 August, Charleston’s second exhibition in the new Wolfson Gallery positions the work of former Charleston residents – Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant – within a century of great British colourists. Bell and Grant were two of the first abstract painters in Britain, and their modernist treatment of colour broke with accepted artistic conventions. Viewed in the context of 20th century abstraction, these painters of the Bloomsbury group can be seen as the radicals they were, producing works which saw colour dominate composition as the most vital component of an image. Charleston, Firle BN8 6LL 01323 811626 -

Barefoot Opera bring their inventive, exuberant ensemble style to Rossini’s comic masterpiece, Il Barbiere di Seviglia, (The Barber of Seville). Sung in Italian with English surtitles, fully staged and with the famous ‘Barefoot Band’ led by Lesley Anne Sammons, the young singers will dazzle and delight you with their style and charisma. Rossini’s music has been compared to “the best champagne”, so indulge in the bubbles and comedy, as Rosina (spoiler alert) successfully manoeuvers her way out of her revolting guardian’s toils and into the arms of a gorgeous young Count.

LEWES CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 6th to 8th June For three days each June the Lewes Chamber Music Festival brings a

Directed by Jenny Miller. Touring to Battle Festival and Hastings – Battle: Friday 4th October, 7:30pm, St Mary’s Church, Battle Festival Hastings: Sunday 20th & Saturday 26th October, 7:30pm, St Mary in the Castle Visit for details

group of world-class musicians to the town to perform in 7 concerts. Now in its eighth year the 2019 festival concentrates on the music of France and in particular that of Gabriel Fauré and his contemporaries. Alongside the music of Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Mozart and Haydn, highlights will include a late night concert on the Friday with Caplet’s beautiful ‘le Masque de la Mort Rouge’ and the ‘Children’s Corner’ concert on Friday afternoon aimed at an audience of all ages. With world class performers don’t miss out of the chance to hear them here in Sussex.

LUXURY WINE AND FOOD TOURS – VINE + COUNTRY TOURS Beat the crowds and immerse yourself in the English wine movement around Sussex and Kent with privately hosted, catered excursions providing exclusive access to some of the UK’s best wine and fine drinks producers. Tours are led by passionate local guides brimming with enthusiasm and knowledge about the local English wine scene. They’re also ardent foodies ready to put on delicious menus among the vines celebrating regional and seasonal ingredients, thoughtfully paired with the wines of the day. Tours start with pick-up ‘from your door’ in Sussex and Kent. A day you’ll be guaranteed to always remember. Bookings & Enquires: | 07846 747070 Visit:

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GRUFFALO FUN AT FRAMFIELD GRANGE Wednesday, 29 May, 10am to 4:00pm Looking for a day out in the May half-term? Join in the Gruffalo Fun in Framfield where you can explore the woodlands and nature trail and maybe spy The Gruffalo amongst the trees. Activities include sock puppet, mask, clay model and snake making. Picnic on the lawn beside the lake, indulge in yummy cakes, teas etc. in the marquee or pick up a pizza – whilst the children enjoy the magic show or story telling under cover nearby. In aid of Friends of Sussex Hospices Adults: £8.00 Children: £7 - when booked online by 28.5.19 Framfield Grange, Framfield TN22 5PN


Knockhatch Adventure Park, in Hailsham, is fantastic value for families with the most imaginative play areas in the South East! Will you brave the Dinosaurs & Drop Slide in the Lost World Play Barn, face the fearsome Red Dragon in the Dragon’s Castle Adventure Playground or ride the waves on the Wave Runner? Knockhatch has several large indoor and outdoor play areas, a Petting Farm, Owl Sanctuary Centre, Meerkat Experiences, Wallaby Walk Through, Wave Rider, Go Karts, Avalanche Slide, Trampoline Pillows, Big Top, a Boating Lake, Picnic Areas and much more. Save 20% by booking your tickets online at


SKATEWORLD IN EASTBOURNE Skateworld is the only purpose built roller-skating rink in Sussex. Kids and adults alike can have great fun and there are plenty of hire skates available so there’s no excuse! Many groups enjoy regular skating sessions or parties which makes it good fun and great exercise or how about trying the roller discos? There is also a café and bar, and they can cater for private parties. Lots of sessions available that offer fantastic value at £4 per session. So what are you waiting for? Get your skates on! Opening hours: Friday 5pm to 9pm, Saturday 1pm to 6pm, Sunday 2pm to 6pm no time limit on skating See website for holiday opening hours

For more than forty years the Herstmonceux estate was home to the world famous Royal Greenwich Observatory which relocated from London to the clearer skies of Sussex in the 1940s and 50s. The legacy of that time is a fascinating visitor experience in the form of The Observatory Science Centre. Set among the iconic green copper domes that still house some of the largest telescopes in the country is an interactive science centre that aims to make science fun, informative and spectacular for all ages. For more information please call 01323 832731 or visit


This year’s Show will be on Saturday 25th May at Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak. The Show has become a ‘must do’ in the diaries of all country loving people. Maintaining its strong history of agriculture, the Heathfield Show has sheep, cattle, pig and horse competition rings as well as the grand parade of livestock. Other attractions include working steam, Arts & Craft marquee, trade stands and a shopping arcade. The Country Ways area showcases fine craftsmanship and traditional trades and in the Main arena displays include the Monster Trucks and The Shetland Pony Grand National. With the Inter Hunt Relay taking place in Ring 2 there is fun and activity for all. Substantial discounts for tickets purchased online at: Ticket prices at the gate are: Adults £18 and Children up to the age of 16 have free entry

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CARR TAYLORS VINEYARD TOURS Whether you want to just turn up and enjoy the countryside (self guided tours), or come en masse for a fully-tutored tour and tasting with one of Carr Taylors knowledgeable tour guides (group tours), they look forward to seeing you. There are a range of gift vouchers providing a wonderful way of enjoying the informative and entertaining vineyard tours, either for yourself or as a great gift for friends or family. They also cater for coach parties. Contact: 01424 752501 or email:

HAILSHAM SUSSEX DAY Saturday 15th June, 9am-3pm The organisers are pleased to be working with the town centre shops again – many of which will be offering discounts off their goods and special promotions on the day! The event will feature market stalls in Vicarage Field, selling a range of locally sourced food, gifts and accessories – plus live entertainment from the Long Man Morris Dancers, Peter Willson Quartet and The Sussex Stompers. Hailsham FM will be broadcasting live and the event also features a sensory tent and activity stalls from a range of local community groups. See you there!

UCKFIELD BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July Come and enjoy a fantastic weekend of top class live music in the intimate settings of Uckfield Civic Centre and the Highlands Inn. Always fun, very friendly, a great atmosphere with all evenings set out cabaret style plus the bonus of a free afternoon session on the Sunday in the garden of the Highlands Inn. Above all, the festival features all that is good about music whether you like country, rock, boogie-woogie, blues, folk, jazz or soul. The Saturday evening will feature a 50th anniversary tribute to Woodstock perfomed by Miller Anderson (who played at Woodstock), Bob Brookes and The Juice. For full details including tickets: Tel: Graham 07947275684

THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND SHOW, ARDINGLY Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June Heralded as ‘THE’ ultimate countryside gathering in the South and featuring everything that is great about countryside living. The three-day spectacular will feature the best of British agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and equestrianism with multiple displays and competitions throughout the programme. This year’s event will, more than ever, centre around the pure ‘everyday’ yet undiscovered pleasures of countryside lifestyle, products and activities. Foodies will love the artisan and street food markets and those who admire rural crafts and independent boutique shopping can spend hours wandering around the 400+ stalls selling a variety of homeware, seasonal plants and gardening equipment, fashion, gifts, and more. Tickets are available online from with a 10% discount

THE STORY OF EASTBOURNE EXHIBITION From pre-history to present day, the exhibition tells the story of Eastbourne through the eyes of the people who lived it. Discover ancient axes unearthed in Eastbourne, a piece of real Roman floor, spectacular Saxon treasure and top secret orders from the Home Guard in WW2. The exhibition leads you on a journey through Eastbourne’s history. It may take twists and turns that you don’t expect and there will be some surprises along the way. Find out how Mrs Wilson tricked soldiers with a pie, what Richard de Clouworth, the extravagantly dressed Vicar, did in the 1300s and which magic trick George Grimmond invented in Eastbourne! The Story of Eastbourne, 248 Terminus Road, Eastbourne BN21 3DE 01323 415636

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Since purchasing a rundown farmhouse, Toby Smallpiece and Lisa O’Connor have developed an eco-friendly family home and contemporary outbuildings with organic veg, herbs, chickens and children that has brought life back to their rural farm


The kitchen benefits from lots of glass and natural light and the new extension is a great space for fresh day time living. “I have taken a slightly more Scandinavian approach to the extension – it feels fresher and more contemporary,” says Lisa

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“Everything on the 17th Century farm has evolved organically – the cottages were planned from the outset but everything else has happened accidentally. We bought the farm, very conscious that we needed to respect it. Converting it to an organic, eco-friendly environment has been a great way to protect it for the future,” says Lisa


City dwellers choosing to move away from hectic urban locations, in search of rural tranquility is fast becoming the norm. However, for Toby Smallpiece and his wife Lisa O’Connor transforming 140-acre Hawthbush Farm from a time-worn wreck into an extended modern day family space, with a growing number of outbuildings and projects, has pushed the boundaries of ordinary to extraordinary.

HOME TRUTHS THE OWNERS: Toby Smallpiece, Lisa O’Connor, their children Zac, 9 and Didi, 7, and cocker spaniels Nettle and Binker THE PROPERTY: 17th Century farmhouse with contemporary additions LOCATION: East Sussex ROOMS: Open plan kitchen, informal dining room, snug, playroom, sitting room, sun room, dining room, cloakroom, office, four bedrooms, (one en suite), bathroom, glazed walkway, extensive gardens, and outbuildings PURCHASED: March 2008

We lived off site for six months whilst planning the renovation, then moved into a mobile home on site for nine months and finally into one of the cottages for a couple of months before the work was finished

PREVIOUS PROPERTY : “We used to live in a four-bedroom 1950s farmhouse, part of a larger farm but in a more urban location,” says Lisa

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“Our bedroom with its turn-coated steel roof is a really reflective space. I love the simplicity of empty walls, bare floorboards and the amazing window view. It feels quite meditative to sleep in this space,” says Lisa


The stunning glass walkway from the old house to the master bedroom enjoys glorious views over the south facing garden

Since buying the farm in 2008, they have converted outbuildings, introduced shepherd’s huts and safari tents; turned the farm organic; protected ancient woodlands and meadows; and use their natural spring water, organic herbs and plants sourced from their land. Central to everything is the renovated and extended farmhouse, that Toby and Lisa share with their son Zac, daughter, Didi and cocker spaniels, Nettle and Binker. What makes the move interesting is their motivations: “For Toby it was

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1 Three lean-to additions were demolished to make way for the new extension 2 We moved the kitchen and the master bedroom in the new extension 3 The old kitchen was turned into a utility room/entrance lobby and stairwell 4 We moved the stairs and turned the former master bedroom into a family bathroom

The Scandinavian painting above the piano, in the dining room – its naïve style and bright colourways set the tone for the décor throughout

all about self-sufficiency; for me being diagnosed with Chronic Lymes Disease in my late 30s it was to create a more organic way of life – wanting to effect real change with what we consumed and how we lived.” Previously Toby had lived in London, and Lisa, Brighton. Having moved to a farmhouse near Falmer in 2005 they liked the idea of being more remote. “An estate agent sent us details for Hawthbush Farm – Toby had just left his job and we were looking to do something different. The farm provided the perfect opportunity to create our dream home, instigate real lifestyle changes and develop new business ideas,” says Lisa. The farm was purchased in 2008 and two former outbuildings were converted immediately into cottages,


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providing a temporary base whilst renovations began on the farmhouse. “We chose our architect carefully,” says Lisa. “His utilitarian design blends perfectly amongst the existing farm buildings and the steel curved roof of the new extension snuggles up to the original house without making it disappear. The glass linkway enables both old and new to stand proud as separate entities,” Lisa explains. In the new extension a large open plan family space combines kitchen, informal dining area, snug and playroom. With a central fireplace and a vast expanse of folding glass doors there is a wonderful sense of light and connection with nature. Upstairs the wood lined arched roof is home to the master bedroom suite, complete with a magnificent 180-degree vista window. “The new space is incredible – it’s our own personal sanctuary,” says Lisa. “At night the original structure comes into its own with the low ceilings, small windows and more cocooned feel of the sitting room and dining


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The farm will be largely self sufficient, growing its own food and raising meat and milk from its own herds I met Jamie at Allington Farm, a classic red brick Sussex house which oozes homeliness and hospitality, nestled among fields beneath the nearby rolling South Downs. Jamie explained how visiting children will be given responsible tasks on the 200 acre farm which will boost their self-esteem and, when combined with therapy and family life, will enable them to take what they have experienced back to their own lives across the south coast, Kent and South London. There will be practical

there is a review of how changes are being sustained. The results speak for themselves: after six months, 60% of the youngsters are no longer at risk of exclusion and 67% report improved self-esteem as a result of their stay at Jamie’s Farm. Allington Farm is a real working farm, stocked with 300 ewes, cows, goats, pigs and chickens for the youngsters to engage with. Eventually there will also be horses for equine therapy. The farm will be largely self sufficient, growing its own food and

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pots, seeds and wheelbarrows, as well as regular volunteers to help create a garden brimming with herbs and vegetables for the children to harvest and cook. Monthly giving will support the costs of running visits here whilst their immediate need is raising funds towards a minibus. I visited the farm when there was a group of young ‘ambassadors’ staying. These are children and young adults who have spent time at the other farms and developed in confidence to the point where they were helping to launch this project. I spoke to sixteenyear-old Georgie (which incidentally means ‘farmer’), a young man from London brimming with newly discovered potential, now keen to work

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Mind, Body, Spirit Sussex Festival Saturday 15th June, 10am to 4pm A celebration to promote health and wellbeing; for people and planet. Local healers, therapists, readers and traders of holistic goods; here to bring Transformation, Illumination and Higher Vibration to all. Plus, delicious vegan cuisine from Angie’s Best. Lots of free events throughout the day including Crystal Bowl Soundbath with Aoife and Handpan Music with Dom Aversano. Also free Medicine Songs that help to align our personal energy and heal - with Ricardo Goni Estrada. Free Group Healing Sessions and Meditations throughout the day and get arty in the Creativity Zone for all ages. Free entry and lots of raffle prizes. Lewes Town Hall, Fisher Street, Lewes BN7 2QS www.mind-body-spirit-sussex-festival.

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Sunday 12th May, 11am - 5pm Open Gardens Event with art installations, craft pitches, a talk on propagation, planting and pruning, a Willow weaving workshop, painting with needlepoint workshop and an exhibition of floral art. There will also be refreshments available, garden features and furniture for sale including metalwork sculptures, benches, pots, bird baths and garden Sun 12 ceramics and some herbs and other May, 11am plants. 5pm Craft pitches available for the day - bring your own gazebo. Book in advance. Book your tickets online for the workshops and talks via the website. Free entrance to garden (donations invited), with thanks to National Lottery Community Fund. Pickhams, Wilmington, Polegate BN26 6RR 01323 705153

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The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux Events in May Bubbletastic Bank Holiday Weekend – Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May Create the most spectacular bubbles and even stand inside one! This activity is FREE with general admission. Museums at Night: Travels through Time and Space – Saturday 18th May Enjoy a delicious curry supper before embarking on a fabulous journey through time and space. Cash bar available. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

Einstein 100 – Saturday 25th May to Sunday 2nd June A week of talks and activities PLUS Open Evenings celebrating the 100th anniversary of the total solar eclipse that helped to support Sat 4-6, Einstein’s General Theory of 18 & 25 Relativity. One of the Centre’s May-Sun 2 working telescopes was used June to photograph this historic eclipse on the 29th May 1919. Call 01323 832731 or visit

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Friday 7th to Sunday 23rd June Now in its 22nd year, artists, craftspeople, printmakers and designers open their studios for South East Open Studios. Open to the public from 7th to 23rd of June, 2019, art lovers can grab a guide, create their own art trail and explore both the creativity and the beautiful landscape of the South East. For 17 days, artists throw open their studio doors to the public and visitors can tour and explore the studio spaces from custom sheds to remote workshops, beachside galleries to beautiful purpose-built studios. Many artists will be demonstrating in their studios - it’s a perfect opportunity to meet the creators behind distinctive and inspiring artworks, including ceramics, sculpture, glasswork, painting, printmaking and textiles. Fri 7 to Sun 23 June

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Sunday 5th May, 11am to 4pm Come and join The Sussex Horse Rescue Trust for a fabulous Gala Open Day to raise awareness and funds for this great cause! Enjoy tea and homemade cakes and take part in pony grooming, donkey walking, games, activities and the education room. Browse bric a brac stalls and the tack shop, watch farrier demonstrations, enter the raffle draw and of course meet the rescued horses and donkeys. Fun for all ages! Entry £4 Adult/£2 Child (under 3’s free), £10 Family of 4, free parking, disabled access. Sussex Horse Rescue Trust, Hempstead Farm, Hempstead Lane, Uckfield TN22 3DL

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Famed for its impressive castle, observatory and many places of historical interest, Herstmonceux is perfect for a spring jaunt, as Peter d’Aguilar found out when he went there himself

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erstmonceux is a charming and ancient village situated just north of Eastbourne, with a single parade of shops spread along Gardner Street – the village’s original name. The name Herstmonceux derives its origins from the 12th century when Idonea, the Saxon heiress of the Manor of Herst, married a Norman knight with land in Wartling - Ingelram de Monceux. Appropriately, given the local topography, the Anglo-Saxon word hyrst means wooded hill. Herstmonceux’s most famous landmark is its magnificent moated castle. Surrounded by elegant Elizabethan gardens and over three

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hundred acres of beautiful parkland, this imposing and picturesque medieval edifice sits two miles south-east of the village. As one of the earliest examples of a brick-built building in England, it was built in the mid 15th century – harmoniously combining the rich history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe. The castle has passed through a number of hands over the centuries, including a long early period of ownership by the eminent Fiennes dynasty. Sir Roger

Fiennes, a descendant of the Monceux family, was responsible for the original construction of the castle. The Castle was abandoned in 1776 and gradually deteriorated into a ruin until Colonel Claude Lowther, a distinguished soldier and politician, bought it in 1911 and employed local craftsmen to carry out extensive renovation work. After he died, it was

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area sees a regular influx of students from Canada and many other countries during the academic year. In 1947, in order to avoid the ill effects of London smog and light pollution, the Royal Observatory relocated from its original home in Greenwich to the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle. It remained there until 1989, when the Observatory moved again – this time to Cambridge. However, the site has since transformed into The Observatory Science Centre, a fascinating working museum of astronomy that gives visitors of all ages the chance to experience and enjoy hands-on science amongst the domes

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Low-laying grazing meadows and telescopes of the former world-famous observatory. host a wide variety of wetland Now under the auspices of flora and fauna educational charity Science Projects Limited, it offers over a hundred interactive science exhibits; as well as telescope tours, open evenings to view the night sky, astronomy courses and many other special events throughout the year. The site is now a Grade II* listed monument. A major highlight in the Herstmonceux calendar is the annual Medieval Festival. August 2019 will mark its twenty-seventh year at Herstmonceux Castle. The festival is the largest of its kind in Britain, attracting an eclectic mix of medieval re-enactors, performers and tradespeople and an ever-growing number of enthusiastic visitors. By recreating the sights, smells and parade, a Kids' Kingdom, DIY excitement of medieval times, the workshops and an abundance of traders festival offers a slice of living history. and stalls. Amongst its many attractions are Just south of the village is jousting, archery, sword school, axe Herstmonceux Park, an eleven-acre throwing, drum school, falconry, Site of Special Scientific Interest medieval food and music, a grand renowned for its wetland habitat and






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fen vegetation. This narrow stream valley is the location of two plants which are rare in south-east England – milk-parsley and Cornish moneywort. There are several artificial ponds which have a variety of aquatic plant species and a public footpath runs through the site. The nearby Pevensey Levels, which lies partially within the parish, also has SSSI status. The site consists of lowlying grazing meadows that host a wide variety of wetland flora and fauna. It has many nationally rare invertebrates and is arguably the best site in Britain for freshwater mollusc fauna, including

Lime Park, which was previously known locally as The Old Steam House, is now home to Herstmonceux Museum. Along with Rudyard Kipling's Batemans in Burwash, it provides the only surviving evidence of the early electricity generating industry in

All Saints parish church stands on a gentle slope overlooking the Pevensey Levels the endangered shining ram's-horn snail. All Saints parish church stands on a gentle slope overlooking the Pevensey Levels. It has a 12th century west tower and 13th century nave, predating the castle by more than a hundred years. Herstmonceux Congregational Church, on the outskirts of the village, dates back to 1811 and is now a listed building. The Old Generating Works in

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at Windmill Hill, which can trace its origins back to the early 16th century, is undergoing a major renovation project supported by the local community and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Herstmonceux has a range of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes – as well as a Village Information Centre. There are also a number of local B&Bs which provide lodgings for tourists enticed by the locality’s rural charms and historical attractions. The Herstmonceux area is famous for the making of Sussex trugs; baskets fashioned from split willow boards set in an ash or chestnut frame and held together with nails or pins, usually made from copper to avoid rusting. Trugmaking dates as far back as the 16th century. A number of local craftspeople still preserve this ancient tradition today. The village, which is twinned with Varengeville-sur-Mer in Normandy, is part of the larger Herstmonceux civil parish, which includes Cowbeech and the hamlets of Foul Mile, Trolliloes, Cowbeech Hill, Stunts Green, Ginger's Green, Flowers Green and part of Windmill Hill. l


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ealden Dementia Action Alliance, supported by Wealden District Council was set up three years ago and has grown each year. There are now six forums across the district who are working towards making Wealden dementia friendly. The forums are based in Uckfield, Polegate, Crowborough, Hailsham, Ninfield and Wadhurst and by working with local groups, services, volunteers and local people they want everyone to have a better awareness and It is estimated that by 2035 there will be an additional 7,500 understanding of dementia. The local forums are finding out what the gaps people with dementia in East Sussex. Zoe Sorrell and Debbie are within their towns and villages and Peters from Wealden Dementia Action Alliance tells us what is trying to help fill them. Providing social activities and working in partnership happening this Wealden Dementia Action Alliance and National with existing groups they have been Dementia Action Week on 20th – 26th May 2019 able to create new opportunities for people living with dementia and their carers. Each forum is being sponsorship from local businesses. run by local care homes, Movies Make Memories are town councils and service dementia friendly film screenings which providers, but by all working happen at the Hailsham Pavilion and in partnership the groups Ninfield Memorial Hall, these are have created great new relaxed screenings and open to all. relationships which means Carers are a big part of the work more work can be achieved to going on locally who the alliance want meet their aims. to support through getting access to the Memory Cafes have services they need. The Care for the started in Polegate, Carers provide this and have regular Crowborough and Five carers groups in the local towns. Ashes with more planned for Take a look at their website for more Hailsham and Wadhurst. information: for your Tea and cake with an activity Memory Cafes have started in Polegate, local carers group. takes place each month all for Crowborough and Five Ashes free, which is possible through 44 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019

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Melissa Luckin tells us about High Trees, her parent’s beautiful garden opening in June this year for Alzheimer’s Research UK


igh Trees Garden in Seaford will be opening its gates again this year on Saturday 29th June to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, following its successful inaugural opening for the charity in 2018. Garden owners, Susan and Tony Luckin have been opening their garden annually since 2013, raising funds for charitable causes including Seaford in Bloom, the Seaford Mayor’s Trail and the National Garden Scheme. In the first year opening its gates to the public, High Trees garden scooped four awards in the Seaford in Bloom Competition: ‘Best Back Garden’, ‘Best New Entry’, ‘Best Hanging Basket’ and ‘Best Overall Entry.’ The garden raised a total of £1300 for charity in 2018, with £875 raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The couple wanted to support Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Susan’s mother, Daisy, who lived with vascular dementia and passed away in 2017 after celebrating her 100th birthday. “Living with dementia is a terrible disease which affects not only the individual but their whole family. By sharing our love of gardening with others, we are able to open our garden and raise funds to contribute to vital research that hopefully will one day cure this awful illness for future generations,” says Susan. Visitors will be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens, the secret woodland and the serene koi pond as well as discovering a brand new feature in the 48 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019

courtyard for 2019. “We like to add something new to the garden each year to provide interest and a new focal point to attract regular visitors as well as newcomers,” says Tony. Tea and delicious homemade cakes served on vintage china will be baked once again by Dominic Avey, Young Mayor of Seaford, which proved a huge success in 2018. There will also be plants and homemade cards for sale, as well as a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. All proceeds from the event will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK, which powers world class studies focusing on

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ne of Sussex Living’s very own contributors, Geoff Stonebanks, has created a nationally renowned garden from an exposed site close to the coast at Seaford and I went along to find out how he has conjured so much magic from such a compact plot. After looking at 140 properties, Geoff and his partner Mark found and purchased ‘Driftwood’, a 1930s house overlooking the sea and started gardening with only limited knowledge and no real plan in mind. Over the years the garden has evolved into a haven bursting with 1600 varieties of plants and shrubs. They first opened to the public for the first time for Seaford in Bloom after friends kept suggesting that people would love to see it. By 2012, Driftwood was opening on its

The garden has welcomed 20,000 visitors and raised a staggering £114,000 for charity own for the National Garden Scheme and won Best Small Garden of the Year in the Garden News Awards and became a finalist out of 1200 entries in a national newspaper garden

competition. Hamish Webb, one of the judges praised the garden as being “up there with the best” after seeing hundreds of gardens over his 21 years of judging the competition. After being featured by most of the major dailies weekend magazines and having slots on national TV, the garden has welcomed 20,000 visitors so far and raised a staggering £114,000 for charity over the years. Primarily, the money raised by the Driftwood Fundraising Group has been focused on Macmillan Cancer Support and in 2018, Geoff was invited to a Macmillan Cancer Support Reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH Prince of Wales. A few months later, Geoff was invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and took his 91 year old mother Barbara, who wore a splendid hat which was immediately noticed by Camilla after Prince Charles shook her hand! In the same year, Geoff was awarded the Don Mabey Award for “exceptional services to the town of Seaford” presented by the mayor, Cllr Linda Wallraven. Geoff admits that the garden has “changed his life” and is constantly “amazed at the impact a garden can have on your life.” He has had coach visits from Sweden, a group of ladies visiting from Tokyo and a family who travelled from Beijing to see the garden. Although Geoff has never regarded himself as an expert, he hosts a personal guided tour of the garden, detailing the story of its development with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support. This year, Driftwood will be opening for five garden events including ‘Art in the Garden’ where twelve artists’ work will be creatively displayed in the beach inspired setting. Homemade teas and cakes and light lunches will be served on vintage china in the garden and a grand raffle for artist donated prizes will support Macmillan, with over £65,000 raised for them to date. Make a visit to this legendary garden a priority this year; it is a truly transformative place, guaranteed to inspire and gladden the heart in equal measure. l

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Incredible Edibles

Some plants have got the lot – they look good and do you good. Flo Whitaker recommends planting some handsome vegetables in your flower borders


here are reasons why a traditional vegetable garden looks the way it does. Centuries of trial and error has come up with a system that’s hard to beat. Crops grown in neat rows take up less space and are easier to water and harvest, but if there’s no room in your garden for a designated veg plot you can still grow some vegetables. Many have great ornamental qualities and can be mingled through the flower borders to good effect. The yields will

be smaller this way, but it’s always fun to grow a few edibles. Carrots have elegant, border-worthy foliage. The small ball-type varieties don’t require much depth of soil and can also be grown in a container; likewise radishes, which are very quick to crop. Incidentally, radish flowers are beautiful – a few roots left unharvested will produce delicate flowers in gentle mauve and cream shades. Wigwam supports are quick and easy to make. Use bamboo canes or hazel poles firmly bound at the top with string. Each support needs to be spaced approximately 20 cms from its neighbour and pushed 15cms into the soil (keep that in mind when considering the eventual height of the plants you want to support!). A tall wigwam of French or runner beans makes a bold statement in a border. The annual climber, Ipomoea lobata, (‘Spanish Flag’) can be combined with runner beans. Vigorous by nature, it will easily keep up with the rapid

Lettuces and violas make surprisingly companionable bedfellows

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growth of the bean plants and bears unusual blooms in graduating shades of red/orange/yellow. Mangetout peas have dainty flowers, are easy to grow and will quickly scramble up a support. Some varieties have snazzy pink or purple pods. Courgettes and squash can be trained up a wigwam or over a trellis arch. Some gardeners actually prefer this method, reckoning the additional airflow makes for less mildew/rot problems. Make sure your supports are sturdy as these plants will become heavy as they start to crop. Cut-and-come-again lettuce is surely the easiest vegetable of all. It’s best grown in a patio pot where the leaves will remain cleaner. Beetroot seedlings are my latest salady-obsession. You’ll require a seed tray filled with general purpose compost, sharp scissors and a heart of stone, for once you’ve snipped and harvested the cress-like leaves, the seedlings die – but they are so delicious, with the distinctive taste and colour of mature beetroot. They look fabulous scattered over a green salad. Lettuces and violas aren’t an obvious combination, but make surprisingly companionable bedfellows. Violas enjoy the shade cast by the developing lettuces and if you grow dark-leaved lettuce, really interesting colour combinations may occur. Viola flowers are edible and make a pretty garnish for summer cordials – or a G&T! l

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It’s a Dog’s Life Teddy the Border Terrier is venturing out and about this month and he is quite partial to a bit of motorhoming, writes Helen Stockton, the pen behind the paw


ell the year is progressing, the weather improving and holidays are looming! The concept of the perfect holiday is a bit subjective, but if I had to vote, it’d be motorhoming, paws down. Now I’m a dog who likes to keep my family within sight; I’ve already lost one owner and I’m not about to let that happen again, so a motorhome is ideal, after all it’s everything you need in a small space and there is little opportunity for your nearest and dearest to go out of sight for more than a few minutes. I have a special bed that fits in between the front cab seats and there’s blown air heating with the outlets at the perfect height for a small dog with a strong sense of

alignment, so what more could I ask for. The Boss, Rolo, used to like that kind of holiday too when he was alive, and he was the master of escape. On caravan sites, dogs are supposed to be kept on tethers, but

that’s nothing to a small dog with determination. ‘Them Indoors’ made the mistake of thinking the awning was a secure location with its firmly pegged down sides, but the Boss launched his own great escape under the flaps and was eventually returned on a borrowed lead to a frantic ‘Her Indoors’, having appeared in someone else’s caravan because they were cooking something tasty. You’ve got to admire his style! I too, have launched my own successful escape bid. When we were away recently, ‘Her Indoors’ went to go outside and as she was poised in the doorway, she witnessed a caravan accidentally uncoupling from its hitch to the towing car, and rolling back down the hill towards a parked motorhome. In all the excitement, I escaped and ran after it barking, with ‘Him Indoors’ running after me. He managed to catch me, and the caravan ran into the verge of its own accord so no-one was hurt, but I like to think I added to the sense of drama.

I have a special bed that fits in between the front cab seats One of the advantages of being on holiday is that I get to try out different forms of transport. I went on a train recently and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The Guard, having noticed me getting on, made a point of seeking me out. I was a bit worried initially, as I didn’t have a ticket, but fortunately ‘Them Indoors’ did and the Guard was a dog lover who just wanted to say hello and give me a quick ear tickling, which was fine by me. I had a similar experience on a bus when one of the fellow passengers turned out to be a Border Terrier owner too. He had some shopping so he opened his packet of crunchy nut cornflakes especially to share. I notice none of the other passengers got any. Still, holidays are supposed to be about eating and drinking unfamiliar things as well as having different experiences so this ticked all the boxes. Happy days! l 54 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019

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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 ONE OF US IS LYING

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The protagonists in this are teenagers, and as it’s set in the US most of them have cars and drive to school. It took me a while to get into it, as there are a lot of things that are unfamiliar to British kids, and there are several narrators. That’s a lot of characters to get to know, as you need to understand their parents and friends as well. But once you’ve got over that initial hurdle, this book is terrific. Fast-moving, full of plot twists, and I didn’t guess the ending. Five kids are given a detention for carrying mobile phones in their bags. They all deny that the phones are theirs, and as they have other handsets it seems very plausible that they’ve been set up. Especially when one of the five


by Sarah Haywood (Two Roads) We’ve had a lot of socially inept characters writing in the first person in recent years, and by now we’re used to seeing the world through the eyes of someone with a problem. I feel a little uncomfortable using the word entertaining or amusing about a book such as this, but there’s no doubt that the device of the reader seeing things far more clearly than the main character gives you the same feeling as getting questions right on Mastermind. Susan says exactly what

Her row of well-tended cactuses are a neat parallel for the sort of person she is she thinks, considers her regimented life is perfectly acceptable, and her row of well-tended cactuses are a neat parallel for the sort of person she is. She’s in her mid-forties, and conducts relationships the way she conducts everything else – at an arm’s length. The story revolves around what happens after her mother dies, and she has to reach an agreement with the brother she thoroughly despises. But circumstances are not always under her control, and she eventually has to change with them. I really enjoyed this, as Susan doesn’t engender pity because she is too well organised – so you’re really rooting for her by the end. 56 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019

There are a lot of people who hate him, and a lot of potential suspects has an allergic reaction, and the other four are accused of murder. Simon, the boy who dies, is a blogger with a very nasty line in exposing secrets about other kids at his school. There are a lot of people who hate him, and a lot of potential suspects… Except that most of them wouldn’t have had the opportunity to lace his drink with peanut oil…

THE SILENCE OF THE GIRLS by Pat Barker (Hamish Hamilton) I don’t usually recommend violent books, but this is different. Nothing is gratuitous; this is Ancient Greece during the Trojan War, and the picture it paints of death, torture, plague, and enslavement is so real you can almost taste it. Women were meant to stay in the background and say nothing, whatever happened to them, and what did happen was very unpleasant indeed.

Achilles is depicted as a complex person, half thug and half abandoned child This is the story of Briseis, the wife of King Mynes. When Achilles sacked Lyrnessus and killed her husband and brothers, she was awarded to him as a prize. Her subsequent transition from a free woman to an object that could be traded sounds totally authentic. She was the cause of the dispute between Agamemnon and Achilles, which led to the death of Patroclus, Achilles’ soulmate, and the only really sympathetic male character. Achilles is depicted as a complex person, half thug and half abandoned child, which gives some insight into his behaviour. Like Mary Renault, Pat Barker can weave mythical elements into a story so that we can see how the people of the time believed in the supernatural although the present-day reader can see both the psychological and the scientific explanations. Compulsive reading.

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Strolling across manicured fairways, Robert Veitch and Ruth Lawrence get a chance to rejuvenate their golf swings with retired pro, Chris White


s we walked over to meet Chris, Rob revealed that he has always been a keen golfer whereas my experience consisted of a wet Saturday afternoon spent resentfully struggling round the Crazy Golf course at Blackpool over forty years ago while my parents escaped for a walk. I doubted my ability to hit the ball let alone see it disappearing swiftly inside a hole, but I was game to try. Chris immediately got me practising my swing and soon I vaguely knew what I was supposed to be aiming for. The first few attempts were embarrassingly inept but before long I was confidently managing to hit the ball in approximately the right direction. Eventually I cracked it and the ball went sailing satisfyingly high, landing very close to the hole, which seemed miles away to my inexperienced eye. “Perhaps it’d be good to end while you’re ahead,” Chris said diplomatically and I nodded with relief as we headed back to the car park; time to put away the clubs and find out more about the intriguing history of golf. The game originated on the east coast of Scotland in the fifteenth century; players would hit a pebble round a

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Retired golf pro Chris White

natural course of sand dunes, tracks and rabbit runs using a stick. Although there were plenty of other stick and ball games from which golf could have originated, they were all missing the ingredient that marks out golf as unique - the hole. During the mid 15th century as Scotland was defending itself against an English invasion, golf, along with soccer were banned by King James II because men were more enthusiastic about these pursuits than military training which concentrated mainly on

archery. The ban was finally lifted in 1502 with the Treaty of Glasgow and it rapidly gained in popularity partly due to royal endorsement by King Charles I, who spread the game through England. Mary Queen of Scots, who was French, introduced the game over there while she was studying; the name ‘caddie’ stems from the name given to her helpers who were cadets from the French military. The top golf course at that time was in Leith near Edinburgh. The town of St Andrews had its own golf course by 1552; the clergy allowed public access to the links and two centuries later the St Andrews Society of Golfers was formed to compete in its own annual competition. An 18 hole course was constructed, which became the standard and it was here that the world’s first women’s golf club was formed in 1895. King William honoured the club with the title ‘Royal and Ancient’ in 1834 which led to it becoming the premier club because of its fine course, the publication of its rules and its royal patronage. Golfers had by this time developed clubs with heads made from beech or apple and some from hand forged iron.

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SECTION SUBJECT Shafts and handles were usually hazel or ash while balls were constructed from stitched horse hide containing tightly packed feathers. The expense of the equipment made the sport somewhat exclusive and after 1826, hickory and persimmon were imported from the USA to make shafts and club heads respectively. Golf rapidly spread throughout the British Empire and the Victorian industrial revolution brought about many social and economic changes including mass tourism, spread by the growth of railways. Ordinary people could now explore widely as day trippers and this led to an explosion of clubs all over the country allowing people to enjoy the challenge of a different course every weekend. Once metal club heads and shafts began to be mass produced, golf was no longer the preserve of the rich and it quickly grew in popularity and soon became a professional sport. The first international golf tournament was the Amateur Golf Championship of India and the East in 1893 and a year later the United States Golf Association was formed to regulate the game in the US and Mexico. As the game attracted media attention, the first monthly magazine, ‘Golf’ was published in the USA in 1897 and it was confirmed as an Olympic sport in 1900. Technical innovations meant that golfers could hit the new rubber cored balls further and more accurately than before and with the exception of the war years, golf grew in popularity and professionalism over the decades. Perhaps the most famous golf shot ever made had to be that taken by Alan Shepard in 1971, not here on earth but on the moon’s surface, watched by an audience of millions. Golf had grown from an exclusively rich, male sport into a global pursuit, enjoyed by people the world over regardless of colour, sex, age or salary. As Rob takes to the course for his lesson, he shares with Chris the story of his own golfing journey: At eight years old my grandparents took me to the pitch and putt golf course at

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Ruth Lawrence is tutored by Chris

Beech Hurst Gardens in Haywards Heath. On the 8th tee I hit the ball so cleanly, it flew for 80 yards, then pitched and rolled on to the green. Walking down the fairway, I imagined I was Severiano Ballesteros who had just won the ’79 Open Championship. On either side the fictitious galleries cheered my arrival on the green. I duly obliged, one putted, plucked the ball from the hole, raised the fictional claret jug and basked in the applause of my grandparents.

Perhaps the most famous golf shot ever made had to be that taken by Alan Shepard in 1971, not here on earth but on the moon’s surface, watched by an audience of millions At that point I decided that I would win the Open Championship just like Seve. So I put the clubs away for a while to concentrate on primary school. Years later and schooling behind me I picked up the clubs again, though it was clear that most of my talent had dissipated over time. I ruined many walks along well-manicured fairways, diverting into the rough, the bunkers

and the woods to find my ‘lucky ball.’ Unperturbed I even spent my hard earned cash on a yellow golf sweater because Nick Faldo wore one. When I did play, I would jump around with delight the few times I managed to score under 100. After which I would leave the practice green and head for the first tee to begin my round. I remained unfazed and realised a good round of golf was always played with someone slightly worse than myself – although finding someone of this calibre was often a task in itself. I once took sixteen shots to get out of a green side bunker and needed a ladder to climb out, after displacing so much sand. Eventually, the penny dropped and it became clear I might never be like Seve. Then I met golfing guru Chris White. Chris has taught golf for 54 years and comes from a golfing family that includes his father and two brothers, all of whom, played professionally. In his youth, Chris was Sussex and Surrey Junior champion “I was a big fish in a small pond, but the higher I got, the better the standard and the harder it was to win.” He won a few local tournaments and was more successful than his modesty allowed him to divulge. After briefing Chris on my golfing history, he summed it up succinctly,

“A bad golfer remembers only the good shots in contrast to the expert golfer who remembers the poor shoots. A bad golfer usually goes home the happier.� In 1962 at the age of 18, when Chris turned professional, tournament golf wasn’t played on a Sunday. The final two rounds of a tournament would be on a Saturday. Chris recalled a time when Peter Alliss the commentator, who

These days professional golf is more competitive than tennis


was once the best player in England, won a tournament on a Saturday. The following day he was seen tutoring the 75 year-old wife of the club President. Back in the swinging sixties playing ‘on tour’ was not the corporate multinational enterprise that professional golf has become. It was club professionals like Chris who were good enough to compete at the highest level when club work permitted. As the tour developed, the number of full time golfers spending most of their time competing away from their

Robert Veitch perfecting his swing

parent clubs increased, so a disparity in performance grew between them and the club professionals. The disparity became self-perpetuating and club professionals gradually found it harder to compete at the top level. “These days,� said Chris, “professional golf is more competitive than tennis. It’s just so hard to make a living.� Nonetheless, as a club professional

Chris more than held his own. In 1967 he beat 1951 Open Championship winner Max Faulkner in an exhibition match. The following year Max won the Portuguese Open. In 1973 Chris took part in the French Open, before heading to Royal Troon to play two rounds in The Open Championship, won that year by American Tom Weiskopf. After his zenith, Chris spent more time teaching and less time competing. He’s taken 20-25,000 lessons over the years, which made him suitably qualified to resurrect my game. With patience, clear communication and a good sense of humour he did just that. With his eagle eyes, Chris adjusted my stance, advising me to swivel my trailing leg after striking the ball. He got me to focus on the underside of the ball rather than the top, to hit the ball on the down stroke, and to create a divot after striking the ball. Most importantly Chris advised me to “release the club as if throwing it.� All easier said that done, but within half a dozen attempts I was getting the hang of it. I left Chris with renewed hope and a great sense of gratitude. My cherished childhood dream of emulating Seve may yet come true! l

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diverticulum is the name given to a small pouch which bulges out from any hollow structure in the body. The plural of diverticulum is diverticula. Diverticular disease of the colon is a disease of western civilisation. In the UK approximately half the population over 65 years of age have diverticular disease. Many people have the condition without realising, because it causes no symptoms and does them no harm. The condition is much less common in the developing world, possibly because of differences in diet. We cannot be entirely certain what causes diverticula to form in the colon. Increased pressure within the bowel probably forces pouches of bowel lining through points of weakness in the muscle layers to form diverticula. Studies have shown that diverticular disease is more common in those countries with a western diet – high in animal protein and fat and low in vegetable and cereal fibre. A low intake

of fibre results in a smaller volume of material passing through the colon. In these circumstances the pressures produced within the colon are higher. Thus, diverticular disease is thought to be one result of a low-fibre diet. There is no increased risk of cancer in diverticular disease. However, since diverticular disease and bowel cancer may cause similar symptoms, your doctor may want to be entirely sure that cancer has been excluded by arranging an X-ray of the colon (a barium enema or CT colonography) and, possibly,

Diverticular disease is thought to be one result of a low-fibre diet a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy (a telescopic inspection of the bowel). Even though diverticular disease has a widespread prevalence, complications are surprisingly few but the following may occasionally occur: • Diverticulitis – inflammation due to bacterial infection and usually treated by antibiotics. • Perforation of a diverticulum which may cause peritonitis (a serious

condition requiring hospital admission), an abscess (collection of pus) or a fistula (a connection into the bladder or vagina). Any perforation may require surgical intervention. Most patients with diverticular disease do not have any symptoms, however, some patients experience: • a change in bowel habit (either more constipated or more loose than usual). • colicky discomfort, especially on the left side of the abdomen. • distension of the abdomen. Occasionally, there may be: • pain, which arises because the diverticula become inflamed (diverticulitis). • blood in the motions. If this occurs it should be reported to your doctor. For many patients simply increasing vegetable and cereal fibre in the diet will relieve their symptoms and return their bowel activity to normal. Fibre intake can be supplemented by adding coarse wheat bran to food (such as yoghurt, soup, gravy, mashed potatoes, cereals). Your doctor may prescribe fibre bulking agents, such as ispaghula husk. A few patients who still experience colicky pain and distension need treatment with drugs called anti-spasmodics. There are several such drugs some of which are available over the counter. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise. l

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tay sharp, elegant and most importantly stylish this summer and invest in a beautiful hat. With the summer social season fast approaching and those dressy events looming on the sartorial horizon, then it pays to seek out some fabulous millinery. Sussex is full of small boutique hat designers and businesses, ready to make you something unique design works well for the and bespoke for any special mother of the bride or if your occasion. I had the pleasure outfit is doing all the talking of speaking to many UK and you don’t want your hat milliners at London Hat to, too! Week last month, and almost A simple Panama hat all of them reiterated the or trilby worn with a fitted fact that they can design linen suit and you have the and produce a hat that chicest ensemble ready to is individual and to any wear anywhere. budget, however large or small. DEMURE One local designer I met The velvet headband has explained “Many people made a gorgeous comeback spend hundreds on an outfit this season. Ideal if you and then finish with an want something demure off-the-peg fascinator that and understated. Some doesn’t do it justice. Little come adorned with lace or do they realise they can pearls. Others are covered approach a small designer in silk or organza. Add high who can create something feathers and truly unique for built up motifs just a little more and you have a spend. I’ve had fascinator! clients come in Whatever with their outfits you go for, or an idea of there’s a myriad what they will Heading to the races this summer? Whatever dressy event of styles and it’s be wearing and well worth researching we produce something you’re attending, go with a hat! Sasha Kanal gives us the what you like. Try incredibly fun and inside scoop with what’s hot right now before you buy so you bespoke”. can see what suits your This season, the natural you make an entrance. Often face and personality and if world is a huge trend in hat using fruit motifs, feathers you can support our local design, with milliners taking or dramatic swathes of home-grown design talent their cue from flora and tulle there is sometimes a and small businesses here in fauna. From the rosy hues cheekier element to this kind the UK and Sussex, all the and delicate of hat. Largely better. Hats off to you! l blooms of a designed with traditional A simple trilby worn height, these English are the kind of with a fitted linen cottage looks that make garden to the suit and you have the front page bolder more the chicest ensemble after the races. structural shapes and colours CLASSIC associated with tropical A wider brim or an elegant plants and exotic flowers. side perch on the head these creations don’t demand DRAMA attention like their dramatic If you want to be noticed, cousins above, rather they then large dramatic just are. Classic, confident statement hats will guarantee and reliable, this kind of hat

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Rhubarb Iceâ&#x20AC;&#x2020;Cream

Field grown rhubarb is at the peak of its season in May and June, producing vibrant stems of shocking pink, mauve and even green. Make the most of this tangy taste bud tingler with some refreshing, grown up ice cream INGREDIENTS 500ml double cream 150ml full fat milk 1 vanilla pod 2 tsp vanilla extract 6 small egg yolks 360g caster sugar 1kg rhubarb, chopped 250ml water

Prep Time 30 minutes Cooking Time 30 minutes Serves 8

METHOD Put the cream and milk in to a saucepan and scrape in the seeds from the vanilla pod. Bring to the boil over a medium heat then put to one side and add the vanilla extract.


Whisk the eggs in a bowl with 120g 2 caster sugar until pale and thick. Gradually pour in the cream and milk mixture and whisk until combined. Pour the mixture back into a clean pan and heat on a low heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until it thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool.

Next put the rhubarb and remaining 3 sugar into a pan with the water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until the rhubarb is soft and the liquid is reduced by half. Next pour the rhubarb into a blender and blitz then pour the mixture through a sieve leaving a smooth puree.

1 hour to thicken. Scoop and serve immediately or put the ice cream into a container and store in the freezer until needed. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a machine pour the cooled custard mix into a container big enough to stir around, freeze for 30 minutes then take out and stir in the ice crystals. Repeat every 30 minutes until the ice cream is set, about 4 hours. 68 SUSSEX LIVING | May 2019


Pour the puree into the cooled 4 custard mixture and then churn in an ice cream machine for at least



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MUSIC EVENTS Sat 4 May - Blues ‘n’ Two’s Sun 19 May - Stuart (from Big Blue) Acoustic Friday 31 May - Gez Butcher Sat 15 June - Blues ‘n’ Two’s

The Geary sisters Petra and Nuala welcome you to the Smugglers in Pevensey. Tasty homemade food and a great specials board for foodies. Good drinks selection. Dog and child friendly with a lovely garden and play area.

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BEXHILL Every Fri of month, 8.30am-2pm Devonshire Square 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 FOREST ROW 1st Sat of month, 10am-3pm Forest Row Community Ctr Car Park

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

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FOR A HEART PUMPING, LIFE CHANGING MOMENT TREK THE INCA TRAIL Take on one of the world’s most iconic trekking trails with Chestnut Tree House. This classic Inca Trail challenge in Peru encompasses three high mountain passes – the highest at 4,200m – as well as hiking through sub-tropical vegetation, cloud forest and summiting snow-capped peaks. The trekking will be tough, but worth it when you reach the unforgettable sight of Machu Picchu. Chestnut Tree House cares for local children with life-shortening conditions – giving them the chance to do all sorts of things that kids love doing. These children live in the moment, for the now. When you are facing the greatest of challenges, it’s the smallest of moments that really matter – taking the time to relax, knowing your child is safe; splashing in the hydrotherapy pool together; talking to one of the nurses who understands exactly how difficult things are. Join Chestnut Tree House on this mystical Inca trek in November 2020 and take on the challenge. For yourself. For local children and families. For living. For the Now.

From 22 May – 10 August the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital have 18 fabulous gardens open on 10 different days for you to visit. Entry is by donation and they will be open whatever the weather. Do bring your friends and family along and enjoy a great day out in beautiful surroundings. There will be a range of favourite stalls at each garden where you can buy books, plants, cakes and gifts. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and delicious homemade cakes are served at all of the gardens. A few of the gardens are open all day where visitors can enjoy a ploughman’s lunch and stay for the rest of the day.

You can pick up an Open Gardens Brochure from the notice boards at the Eastbourne DGH, the Eastbourne Tourist Information Office, garden centres, libraries and at Friends events. Or visit the website at:

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE IN EAST SUSSEX The charity Porchlight’s service Aspirations provides free support in East Sussex for anyone who is not in work, and feels that their mental health is stopping them from achieving what they want in life. They help people find the right support for difficulties they are facing and will also help those feeling lonely or cut off to reconnect with others. “If you’re not active in your community or working, a mental health issue or other negative feelings can affect your self-belief and your chances of feeling more able to tackle life’s challenges,” explains Aspirations’ Barbara van Minnen. Poor mental health can have a knock-on effect in many areas of life. Because of this the service provides support with everything from health and housing to budgeting and employment. Every person’s situation is unique, so the service’s approach to helping is unique to each person. Ultimately, it helps people feel more confident in getting out and about, accessing advice and support with

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the goal of finding employment, undertaking volunteering or getting into education. Joe (pictured) who was supported by Aspirations said: “Now, the future is looking bright. I’ve rebuilt relationships with my friends and family and I know what I want to do with my future. Anyone who’s in the position I was in should reach out to Aspirations. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” We all need a little support from time to time. If you feel like your feelings or worries are stopping you from achieving what you want in life, Aspirations can help. 0333 880 2730,

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THE CHASELEY TRUST your specialist local charity enabling disabled people to live lives to the full NEEDS YOU!

An EVENTful time @ As a local Charity we are reliant on income from donations and events to help us provide the many activities for which we receive no Government funding. We invite you to support our efforts by joining us at our next two events, details below:

Saturday 29th June - Summer Fair @ Chaseley

Airbourne @ Chaseley

This year the Summer Fair coincides with Armed Forces Day and we are taking the opportunity to celebrate our heritage. In 1946 Dr Luttwig Guttmann was gifted Chaseley to care for military returning from the Second World War with spinal injuries. For many years Chaseley was home to severely injured soldiers, sailors and airmen. Chaseley is still home to veterans, who have been injured in service to their Country.

With one of the best uninterrupted views of the aerial display in town, Airbourne @ Chaseley is not to be missed. Join us at:

So come along, enjoy the sunshine (hopefully), back a winner in our Sheep Racing Competitions and soak up the atmosphere with live music and dance displays. With stalls selling gifts, crafts and homemade goods and lots to fill hungry tums in our Food Stall, there’s plenty for all the family for a great day out.

Airbourne Top Flight @ Chaseley on Friday 16th August for a sumptuous lunch (our Chef is simply the best) and watch the flypast whilst sipping Pimms, Prosecco or Pale Ale.Whether you choose to attend with family, friends or to entertain clients for a really special day contact the Fundraising department to book a table of eight or ten now before it’s a sell-out. Airbourne Saturday @ Chaseley on Saturday 17th August for a Ploughman’s lunch and complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival. Enjoy the aerial display from the decked garden whilst enjoying refreshments from our licensed Casbar.Tickets are £15 each.

For further information, and to book your table for Friday’s Top Flight @ Chaseley and to purchase tickets for Saturday @ Chaseley contact the Fundraising department by email at or telephone 01323 744200

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Crematorium settings have come a long way since the first in 1885, up to the modern and sleek Wealden Crematorium, as Peter Griggs tells us


t was back in 1885 that this country saw its first official cremation. This was at the Woking Crematorium, in nearby Surrey, when on 26th March 1885 a certain Mrs Jeannette C. Pickersgill, whom a national newspaper described as “a well-known figure in literary and scientific circles” was cremated. Over the years more and more crematoriums opened until today when there are 316 operating in the UK, with around 77% of the population now opting for cremation. Most of our crematoriums were built in Victorian times or earlier when car ownership was a luxury, not an essential, and usually sited in urban areas. Whilst this suited those living in the towns and cities these crematoriums now find that they are struggling to

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meet the increasing demand and have insufficient parking for their visitors. Wealden’s modern new crematorium which has just opened has been designed to address these problems and has much more to offer. You will find it nestling in the countryside just outside the village of Horam which lays midway between Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells on the A267. Its rural setting and sensitive design

A reflection pool adjoining the light and airy ceremony hall throws a delightful pattern of dappled water through a glass wall onto the ceiling

combine to provide a comforting environment for the bereaved. Approached through landscaped grounds surrounded by wildflower meadows, woodland and pasture with sheep grazing, it offers a generous car park just a few paces from the comfortable waiting room, which forms part of the new modern low lying building. A reflection pool adjoining the light and airy ceremony hall throws a delightful pattern of dappled water through a glass wall onto the ceiling. This hall seats 120 people plus ample space for standing which can bring the total capacity up to 300. For even larger funerals there is a spacious covered area complete with screens and speakers which will relay the service. The hall ceiling slopes down to the


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front to ensure that even when there are just a few mourners, once seated they will not feel that they are lost in a large empty space. Services at hourly intervals will ensure that nobody feels rushed. The interior design, furnishings and colours have all been carefully chosen to enhance the overall feeling of tranquillity and peace. Wealden District Council, which owns and operates the crematorium, is keen to let the public see the care it has taken with this project and plans to have a public open day where people

can look around the grounds and the buildings and also take a peek behind the scenes if they wish to. The crematorium’s green credentials are important to the Council and in addition to the large number of trees and shrubs that have been planted on the site it is in the process of installing bat and bird nesting boxes to further encourage wildlife on the site.

Its rural setting and sensitive design combine to provide a comforting environment for the bereaved Pesticide usage is to be kept to an absolute minimum and will only be employed if invasive species such as Giant Hogweed should be found. Designated woodland walks are also being planned to ensure the ecology of the site can be enjoyed to the full. Kites and buzzards have recently been reported seen soaring over the site. To find out more about the crematorium you can email:, visit the website: www.wealdencrematorium. or call: 01323 443400. l

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

Saturday 04 May, 10:00 – 12:00

Dr Bike Seaford

Council Offices / Police Station Car Park, Church Street, Seaford Free safety check, basic repairs & maintenance – donations welcome. Saturday 04 May to Monday 06 May

May Day Festival

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge TN8 7NG Traditional celebrations to welcome in the spring, including Maypole Dancing on the Castle forecourt. 01732 865224

Saturday 04 May to Monday 06 May (Sat: 10:30 – 16:30; Sun: 11:00 – 16:30; Mon: 10:30 – 16:30)

Sunday 05 May to Monday 06 May

60th Anniversary Party at Michelham Priory

Flower Festival: For the Beauty of the Earth

St Mary the Virgin Church & Ninfield Methodist Church, Ninfiel TN33 9JE In aid of the churches and other local charities. Saturday evening concert, and Sunday evening Songs of Praise. Refreshments, Plants, Raffle, Clay sculpting, Woodland walks. Donations welcome. Sunday 05 May, 11:00 – 16:00

Gala Open Day

Saturday 04 May to Monday 06 May (Sat: 14:00 – 17:00; Sun: 10:00 – 17:00; Mon: 10:00 – 16:00)

East Dean & Friston Art Group Exhibition

Sussex Horse Rescue Trust, Hempstead Farm, Hempstead Lane, Uckfield TH22 3DL A fabulous day out to raise awareness and funds

East Dean Village Hall Exhibition and sale of work.

Sunday 05 May 15:00 – 17:00

Musical performance by Consone String Quartet

Saturday 04 May to Monday 06 May (Sat & Sun: 11:00 – 21:00; Mon: 11:00 - 18:00)

Foodies Festival

Hove Lawns, Kingsway Road, Brighton BN3 2WN The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink! 0131 558 7134



Show Secretary: Nicola Magill - Tel: 01435 864587

Lewes Day at the races? Quiz? Cinema? The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Meetings also in Brighton, Horsham, Burgess Hill and Worthing. Wednesday 08 to Saturday 11 May

The Gondoliers by Eastbourne Gilbert & Sullivan Society

East Hoathly & District Preservation Society: A History of Herstmonceux Castle in Pictures by Melinda Stone East Hoathly Village Hall, Church Marks Lane BN8 6EQ Illustrated Talk about its history, the different owners, changes made and what todays visitors don’t see. £4 for non-members Toni Whewell 01825 872460 toni. Saturday 11 May, 11:00 – 16:00

Brighton Run2Music

Medeira Drive BN2 1DZ Brighton’s most entertaining running event this year, offering 5k (£20), 10k (£25) or 21k (£30) distances. Saturday 11 May, 19.00 - 22.00

RNLI “London Night”

Friday 10 May, 10:00 – 16:00

Boutique and Artisan Shopping Fair

Camden Arms Hotel, High Street, Pembury TN2 4PH




The Group, a club for unattached men and women aged 50+

Friday 10 May, 19:30 – 21:30

Saturday 25th May

AGRICULTURAL SHOW Reduced priced tickets available from local outlets or online at

Tuesday 07 May, 20:00 – 23:00

The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne A feel-good comic operetta telling the tale of two just-married Venetian gondoliers.

St Leonard’s Church, Church Street, Seafor, BN25 1LR Classical music concert to include music by Boccherini, Beethoven and Mendelssohn £15 per person, Students £5, Children free.

Heathfield & District

Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS Traditional music, fun and games to celebrate Sussex Past looking after Michelham Priory.

East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield TN22 5ES Clothing, accessories, gifts, homeware plus much more.

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Traditional sing-a-long with accomplished pianist (song sheets provided); plus 2 course meal. All profits to the Lifeboats. Tickets £15 from Pembury Pharmacy or 01892 823759 / 825686 Saturday 11 May, 18:30

Friends of ESAB Race Night Westham Village Hall The Race Night will give people a chance to have a flutter on a series of filmed races while at the same time helping to raise much-needed funds for the charity which provides vital services to blind and partially sighted people in the county. Saturday 11 May, 10:00 – 11:45

There is no charge, although we do ask for a donation towards our running costs Saturday 11 May, 11:00 – 16:00

Mansion Market

Kidbrooke Mansion, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JB Lively market in a lovely country house set in beautiful grounds. 01342 824944 Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May, 09:00 – 14:00

Pop-Up Artisan Food Market

The Waterfront, Eastbourne Local produce: jams, cheeses, craft gin, breads and lots more.

Tuesday 14 May, 14:00 – 16:00 01424 777291

Mill View Care Home, Sunnyside Close, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4QW Information on how to assist your loved one to ‘live well’, understand the support available and meet other carers. Book you free place: 01342 887972

Friday 17 May, 19:00 – 22:00

Thursday 16 May, 19:30 – 21:30

Garden Furniture & Statuary Auction

Dementia Friends Sessions

Uckfield Music Club – Ensemble Reza

St Margarets Church, Buxted Park, Station Road TN22 4AY A trio of virtuoso musicians playing music by Schubert, Clara Schumann and featuring Beethoven’s crowning masterpiece ‘The Archduke Trio’. £15 (or £30 for season tickets to all 3 UMC summer concerts) David Sudbery 01825 73331

Plant Sale

Sunday 12 May, 11:00 – 17:00

St. Barnabas, Worth Road, Pound Hill RH10 7DY Wide variety of annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, pots, etc. Charity event in aid of St. Barnabas Fabric Fund. Free entry. All welcome. 0300 111 8150

Garden Event at Pickhams Pickhams, Wilmington BN26 6RR Open gardens with art installations, crafts and lots more.

Saturday 11 May

East Sussex Cyclist Touring Club: Southdowns Randonnees

Sussex Wildlife Trust Eastbourne Regional Group Event: ‘Can’t We All Just Learn To Get Along?’

Ringmer Scout Hut (Goldsborough Hall), Lewes Road, Ringmer BN8 5QA Touring Event - Not A Race. For all cyclists. Free drinks offered start and finish. Reasonably priced food available at finish. Entry: £4:00. Norman W Wright 0783 897 4059

Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1UE An illustrated talk by Dr Bryony Tolhurst, Ecologist & Wildlife Lecturer £3.00 for SWT members, £4.00 for visitors, all welcome. whats-on secretary-swteastbourne@hotmail.

Hurstpierpoint College Open Morning

Saturday 11 May, 10:00 – 13:00

Chailey Repair Café

Chailey Village Hall, (A275) BN8 4BE Bring broken items needing repair, and enjoy a cuppa and some of the best cake in Sussex while you wait!

Sunday 12 May, 08:00 – 17:00

Thursday 16 May, 19:30 to 21:30

Film: ‘The Children Act’ Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove TN6 1FE £8 with reductions if you become a member. Friday 17 May, 11:00

Heathfield Auction Rooms, Burwash Road TN21 8RA 01435 862132 Friday 17 (19:30-22:00), Saturday 18 (10:0022:30) & Sunday 19 May (10:00-16:30)

Polegate Community Centre 50th Anniversary Weekend

54 Windsor Way, Polegate BN26 6QF Celebrating 50 years at the centre with Friday night Quiz by MS, Saturday family fun day plus rock and roll evening and Sunday afternoon tea for all past and present members of community involved in centre. Free entry. Saturday 18 May, 19:30

Songs & Tales: Entertainment by Jonathan Veira Herstmonceux Village Hall, Hailsham Road BN27 4JX Sensational raconteur has all ages enjoying his fabulous singing in

Stonehill Dining Room within Holy Cross Priory Free Parking | Peaceful Gardens | Historic Setting Open 10am-4pm | Morning Coffee | Lunch | Afternoon Tea Book a table on 01435 865691

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DIARY DATES many different styles and crying with laughter at his anecdotes. In aid of All Saints Church, Herstmonceux. Tickets £12 01323 833976 Saturday 18 May, 10:00

Sussex Beekeepers’ Association – Bee Market Heathfield Community College Small scale beekeepers with up to 50 beehives in gardens, small-holdings and elsewhere in the countryside are helping to protect and conserve our declining population of honeybees. Watch an experienced beekeeper open a beehive and handle the bees from behind bee-proof mesh. Admission £1. Free Parking. Saturday 18 May, 10:00 – 12:00

Dr Bike Peacehaven

Big Park, Peacehaven Free safety check, basic repairs & maintenance – donations welcome. Saturday 18 May, 10:00 – 16:30

One Day Watercolour Workshop with Jo Hudson








Lewes Town Hall (side entrance) 40 dealers offering 1000’s of second hand, rare, readable and collectables Admission: 50p. 01273 477555 Saturday 18 May, 10:30 – 15:30

Dying Matters Event

Westgate Chapel, High Street, Lewes An opportunity for discussion about dying and funerals and to explore the options available in a friendly setting. Saturday 18 May, 19:00 – 00:00

Museums at Night – Travels Through Time & Space The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux A unique evening travelling through ‘time and space’. Be prepared to meet the Captain, Einstein, the Historian and the Space Explorer. Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, 09:30 – 17:00

Paws in the Park

South of England Showground, Ardingly Great show for you and your dog, have a go activities, arena events, competitions and shopping. Save money by booking tickets in advance. Sunday 19 May, 19:30 – 21:30

Polyphony Vocal Ensemble: ‘Music In May’ 22 Darley Road, Meads, Eastbourne BN20 7GE


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Church Hall, St. Thomas a Becket Church, Framfield TN22 5NH Untamed Wild Flowers - enjoy the freshness and freedom of painting wild flowers in watercolour. 01435 867982

Saturday 18 May, 10:00 – 16:00

Paws & Claws Book Fair

23RD JUNE 2019, 9AM – BORDE HILL GARDEN Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, RH16 1XP Enjoy a 2, 7 or 10 mile sponsored walk through the beautiful parkland of Borde Hill and beyond, taking in sweeping views of the stunning Sussex countryside as you raise money to help local families.

Entry is £15 before 31st March and £18 thereafter

Register at or call us on 01444 471598

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Folk, jazz, musicals, opera, spiritual & sacred music by a small choir with a big heart. £5.50 in advance - £7.00 at the door. 01323 729511 Monday 20 May, 20:00 – 23:00

The Group, a club for unattached men and women aged 50+ Brighton Day at the races? Quiz? Cinema? The Group meets in Brighton on the third Monday evening of every month. Meetings also in Lewes, Horsham, Burgess Hill and Worthing. Wednesday 22 May, 10.30 – 12:30 & 14:00 – 16:00

Friends of Eastbourne Hospital’s Open Gardens

51 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JR Visit 3 lovely private gardens in the Lower Meads area of Eastbourne. Refreshments available. 01323 438236 Wednesday 22 May, 14:00 – 16:00

‘Understanding Dementia’ Bowes House Nursing Home – Care UK, 25 Battle Road, Hailsham BN27 1DU Understand what living with dementia is like, what dementia is, how memories are lost. Overcoming the barriers with positive approaches. This is a free event – booking is essential as

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Uckfield Care and Support Expo Civic Centre, Uckfield TN22 1AE During Dementia Awareness Week Uckfield Dementia Forum are holding a Care & Support Expo at Uckfield Civic Centre, for local providers to show case their products and services to the public. 01825 760176 Thursday 23 May, 14:00 – 16:00

Dementia Friendly Sensory Health Walk Linklater Pavilion, Railway Ln, Lewes BN7 2FG To celebrate Dementia Action Week, Lewes District Dementia Action Alliance are putting on a sensory walk for people living with Dementia. Spending time outdoors and connecting with nature can enhance general feelings of wellbeing, for everyone! 01273 519149 Saturday 25 May

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Lively market in a lovely country house set in beautiful grounds. Original clothing, crafts, arts, organic produce, puppet shows and musicians.

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Look out for the change in Capital Gains Tax coming next April. Robin Stevenson tells us what we need to know

bring forward the CGT tax payment is difficult to argue against. How the administration of the new CGT payments will work isn’t clear yet, but I have little doubt that it will involve the filing of an electronic form. All new initiatives from HMRC ’ve mentioned it before, and will now be computer based as slowly after a predictable delay, but surely the whole UK tax system Capital Gains Tax Payments moves across to the digital system and on Account are coming from I expect the online declaration will be April next year. very similar to the existing system used At the moment, Self Assessment by non-resident landlords declaring a taxpayers have to pay Income Tax sale of a UK property. payments on account in January and HMRC did hold a consultation July each year and then maybe a period before proceeding with the new balancing amount in January after CGT payment system and most of the end of the tax year, whereas the the points raised in that consultation payment date for any Capital Gains mentioned the tax calculation itself and Tax is 31 January. the interaction with other disposals and The change isn’t going to affect losses which might happen later in the The change isn’t going to affect the the Income Tax payments, they will year. Income Tax payments, but the Capital stay the same, but the Capital Gains From April next year you will Gains Tax payments will change Tax payments will change. Instead of have 30 days from the date of waiting until 31 January, from April completion to pay a forecast of 2020 any Capital Gains Tax from the your CGT liability on the sale of a sale of residential property will be payable just 30 days residential property. This payment on account can then be after completion. revised later to arrive at the final corrected tax liability. I can see why HMRC want to reduce that amount of time Last month I was delighted to be asked to speak at a between the vendor receiving his sale proceeds and HMRC wonderful event for business owners. I spoke about how company receiving their tax. Currently the time gap could be as much as 22 directors are well placed to control their earnings and therefore months. Compare that 22 months to someone having tax taken their tax liabilities. Robin Williams then explained directors’ from their salary before they receive it then maybe the concept to responsibilities and the relevance of recent cases, whilst Nick Stockley proved the importance of a shareholders agreement. For my next presentation I will be describing different family trusts and how we use them to provide for family whilst protecting assets for future generations, Richard Bates will be discussing Wealth protection, care fees and planning for later life. The seminar takes place at our Uckfield office on Monday 20th May. If you would like any further information about the seminar or to receive an invitation, then please contact Sue Coupe at the address below. l


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