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Back to School

Gwyneth Powell takes us back to the books

Apple Rose Tart

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Feeling the Heat

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Come amble through this sweet village

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Home Front

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Stories From the Elders

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Editor’s Comment Fresh starts, fresh mornings, fresh term... it must be September! We have a mass of interesting and inspiring stories for you this month, from our education special and wonderful chat with Gwyneth Powell - Mrs McCluskey herself - to a journey of living life plastic free. Enjoy the issue and have a great month.


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We sent Robert Veitch back to school this month to receive a proper education at the feet of an expert. We put him in detention with Mrs McCluskey, to learn about her, and her creator, the actress Gwyneth Powell. Here’s his end of term report


or those of us of a certain vintage, having experienced our own daily trials, tribulations and little victories at school, we would come home to watch others doing the same on television at Grange Hill. Years later, the names trip off the tongue quite easily; Trisha Yates, Precious Matthews, Zammo McGuire, Roland Browning, Gonch Gardener, Danny Kendall, Pogo Patterson and of course the adorable Fay Lucas. There were teachers too, Mr Keating, Mr Hopwood, Miss Mooney, and Scruffy McGuffy. At the summit of the pyramid strode a force of nature, unseen in children’s television before or since – the mighty Mrs McCluskey.


Mrs McCluskey Wind the clock forward a generation or more and Mrs McCluskey is sipping coffee in front of me. Except it’s not ‘Bridget the Midget’ it’s her creator, the actress Gwyneth Powell. As a child, Gwyneth spent her early years in Gorton, moving to Cheadle Hulme in 1955. She attended Cheadle Hulme Grammar School for Girls from 1957. “It’s so long ago,” she recalled, “Manchester has changed so much since then.” “Jean Cannon was the teacher that changed my life,” Gwyneth remembered. “She taught English and Drama and gave me my first role, as Kate in The Taming of The Shrew.” It was the lead, and young Miss Powell loved the experience. Decades later Gwyneth was performing her one-woman show at the Oast Theatre in Tonbridge, when a disembodied voice in the audience was audible during the performance “My 8 SUSSEX LIVING | September 2019

sister gave her, her first role.” Actor and voice met afterwards and the heckler, Muriel Cannon, was Jean Cannon’s sister. “I was quickly reunited with Jean, who was living in Horsham. The teacher that changed my life couldn’t recall my days as a pupil,” noted Gwyneth with a twinkle.

Amateur dramatics is a great way to enjoy acting safely. Get a proper job and do it for fun “I did enjoy school, but I was a goodie, goodie and never bunked off. I became a prefect, which involved dressing up in mini graduation gowns, which I loved. Eventually I became head girl.” Gwyneth wanted to be a teacher and undertook her teacher training at Goldsmiths, University of London.

“I auditioned for the National Youth Theatre. I was mostly in the wardrobe,” she chuckled. “Eventually they let me on stage and I played Ursula in Ben Jonson’s comedy Bartholomew Fair at the Royal Court Theatre.” It was September 1966 and the production also featured a young David Suchet as Ezekiel Edgworth. One doubts if the ‘little grey cells’ of the future Poirot could have predicted their futures. Gwyneth continued, “I got good notices and there was an opportunity to try for a professional theatre career. It was too good an opportunity to miss, so I got myself a wonderful old-fashioned agent who wore an astrakhan collar and walked with a silver-tipped cane.” When a proposed film with Robert Shaw and the American director George Cukor failed to materialise Gwyneth moved to Worthing for two years in repertory theatre. She played in The Beggars Opera with Barbara


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Windsor. Off stage, she met fellow actor Alan Leith. They married in 1971 and settled in Worthing. At the same time, Gwyneth’s big break came along; “On our wedding day in 1971, I was given the leading role in a London Weekend Television 13-part series called The Guardians, and followed this with many TV series playing opposite stars such as Ian Mckellan, Kenneth More, and Albert Finney,” Gwyneth told me. Further to The Guardians there were several guest appearances on television including; Z Cars, Play for Today, Dixon of Dock Green, Coronation Street and Emmerdale Farm. “I played five characters in five series of Dixon of Dock Green. Jack Warner liked actors he was comfortable with and knew to be reliable.” Then out of the blue, the role that defined her career came calling. “I had never seen Grange Hill, never heard of it, but I thought, if you were offered a role without having to audition, you should probably accept it. I rang my brother. I could hear him down the phone, asking his children’s opinions. ‘Do it, do it,’ came crackling down the line. So I thought, why not? I had no expectations of the role. It’s only in the years after the impact has become obvious, because people still remember it and talk about it.” Mrs McCluskey was designed to be a formidable creation. “Colin Cant (the Producer) gave me leeway in my interpretation of the role, which allowed me to make a statement in my portrayal. She was modern, firm but fair, loved fashion and had a sense of humour. At one point I had it written into my contract that her clothes had to come from Harvey Nichols.” Gwyneth’s first episode aired in December 1980 at the start of series four and she stayed until the end of series fourteen. At that time there were very few young women employed

as headmistresses, and few with the opportunity to apply. “So it was groundbreaking, and in a sense ‘she’ was inspirational. As a result more women applied for headships” in the years that followed. Critics claimed the programme encouraged bad behaviour, but viewers identified with it, because it reflected society. There was a balance between serious and humorous storylines. Issues dealt with over the years included bullying, racism, knife crime, divorce, drug addiction and child abuse. “Mark

Jean Cannon was the teacher that changed my life Savage who played Gripper Stebson got bullied himself. Some people couldn’t separate the actor from his role.” To me it appeared realistic. Gwyneth nodded, “The children were so real. The writers teased out their natural characteristics and integrated them into the scripts. Some children came from stage school; some came from a drama group in Islington. They were encouraged to keep honest rough edges in their performance and use their natural energy.” Their performances gelled seamlessly with


DD the professional actors, the ‘teachers’. “There was an obvious warmth across the whole production so it was almost always a very happy set. The spirit was tremendous. We would have parties from time to time, and the ‘teachers’ would make fun of themselves, imitating the children.” “Technically it was a good training ground for the children. They learnt discipline; being on time, learning lines, hitting cues and marks, not wasting other peoples time.” Besides acting, the children still had to complete their formal education, so tutors were always present. For some like Todd Carty and Sue Tully it was the start of greater things. Both graduated to Eastenders and “Sue recently directed Line of Duty. Anthony Minghella was our script editor for several years.” The great irony of qualifying as a teacher, but never practising isn’t lost on Gwyneth. I suggested her influence had permeated further across the nation as a fictional headmistress, than she would ever have achieved in a real classroom. She laughed out loud “I know, but I was ‘teaching’ and my mother was delighted.” At times, Mrs McCluskey’s influence was bemusing; “I visited a school and while I was there, they asked me to comment on their timetable and compare it to mine at Grange Hill.” As tears of laughter rolled down her face Gwyneth continued, “They had a real timetable, we had a script.” “There have been several reunions over the years. In recent times, I’ve met some of the children’s children,



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which is lovely.” Almost all have jobs in the real world, but there’s still the opportunity to relive their years at Grange Hill. “They support each other and remain a team. It’s not as easy as people might think,” being a former child star. “I kept in touch with George A Cooper (Mr Griffiths) who lived in Petersfield. Mr Bronson (Michael Sheard) was a scary character, but a lovely man. The wig was planned when he joined the cast. I still exchange Christmas cards with Mike Cronin who played the PE Teacher ‘Bullit’ Baxter.” By 1990 I had gone as far as I could, I told them I wanted to move on the following year. In terms of doing other work ‘she’ was becoming restrictive and I wanted to try other things. In March 1991 Mrs McCluskey retired from Grange Hill, but Gwyneth Powell continued to work. Having purchased the rights to EM Delafield’s Diary of a Provincial Lady, Gwyneth toured it as a one-woman show. Guest appearances on TV

continued and included Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, A Touch of Frost, Peak Practice, Holby City, Heartbeat and Ashes to Ashes. More recently Gwyneth reached a new audience in the Greg Davies creation, Man Down. “I’m still in touch with Greg (a qualified teacher who did actually teach!), Mike Wozniak

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Apple Rose Tart

Got some apples? Feeling creative? Impress your nearest and dearest while expressing your artistic side, writes Jo Grey For the Pastry 200g plain flour 125g unsalted butter, diced 30g icing sugar 1 large egg yolk For the Crème pâtissière 350ml full-fat milk 4 large egg yolks 100g caster sugar 15g plain flour 15g cornflour ½ tsp vanilla extract For the Apple topping 4-5 fresh red apples, quartered, cored, and sliced very thin (keep in lemon water until ready to use) juice of 1 fresh lemon, added to a large bowl of cold water 2 tbs of warmed honey or golden syrup

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METHOD Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the diced butter and rub together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the icing sugar and then add the egg yolk and mix to a firm dough adding a little cold water if necessary. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll the pastry onto a lightly floured board, to 5mm thickness, and use to line a 25cm loose-based tart tin. Heat the oven to gas mark 5, 190°C, or 170°C fan. Line the tart with nonstick baking paper and ceramic baking beans. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans, then bake for 5 more minutes. Leave to cool. To make the crème pâtissière, heat the milk almost to boiling and then leave to cool for a few minutes. Put the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl and whisk until thick and pale. Add the


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flour and cornflour then whisk until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk. Return the mixture to a clean pan and stir over a medium heat until it begins to thicken. Stir vigorously, reduce the heat to low, stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is very thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the crème pâtissière into the tart case and spread level. Chill for 4 hours, or until set. Drain the apple slices and microwave for 3 minutes until pliable. Roll a slice of apple into a tight spiral and stand it up vertically in the custard. Continue to arrange apple slices in a concentric pattern around the first one, building a rose pattern. Repeat until the top of the tart is completely covered with apple roses. Brush the warmed honey or syrup over the apples. l





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Wednesday 4th September to Saturday 14th September, 10am to 5pm As summer turns to autumn the gardens at Pashley are ablaze with colour, provided by thousands of dazzling dahlias. Over 60 varieties of this diverse perennial are planted throughout the garden, complemented by the second flowering of roses, late flowering perennials and other annuals. During ‘Dahlia Days’ Bloms Bulbs will be at Pashley with a display of cut dahlias, giving advice and taking orders and Pashley’s gardeners will be giving dahlia themed walks. The café, with terrace, serves delicious cakes, scones and light lunches; the shop has gorgeous gifts and plants, and there are exhibitions of garden sculpture and floral art.

Monday 9th to Friday 13th September Now in its third year, the Lifelong Learners Week is aimed at a more senior audience on the basis that there’s no upper age limit

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to learning something new. These drop-in ‘taster’ sessions offer a different topic each day without requiring participants to make an on-going commitment. The morning session will commence at 11am and the afternoon session at 2pm, each lasting approximately one hour. The programme for this year includes history, astronomy, art and even stereoscopy from the Victorian era! These sessions are included with your general admission and no pre-booking is required Please see website for full details:

Hops and Harvest at Scotney Castle Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September, 10am-4pm Celebrate the hops and harvest at Scotney Castle this September. There’s a weekend of guided walks to Little Scotney Farm then local stalls, a hog roast and ale tasting inside the Walled Garden for you to enjoy. As the home to the National Trust’s only working hop farm, Little Scotney Farm is a gem in the hop picking heritage of the garden of England. Hop tours will also take place daily until the 29th September, including a taste of the ale brewed from the hops grown here. More information on the website

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The Good Life Event in Eastbourne Thursday 26th September, 10.30am – 3.30pm Thur 26 Come along to this annual Good Life Event presented by Sep Eastbourne Seniors Forum. Browse the numerous stalls and chat to providers about health, clubs, legal, fitness, hobbies, leisure and learning. A wide range of lifestyle information for the over 50s. Refreshments available and free entry. Welcome Building, Devonshire Quarter, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4BP (next to the Winter Garden/Congress Theatre) 01323 472167

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Friday 6th to Sunday 22nd September The Hailsham Festival returns in September with its most diverse programme to date in a celebration of talent, creativity and imagination centred in and around Hailsham. A highlight of this year’s festival will be a visit from author and broadcaster, Michael Rosen who will be presenting a family show at the Pavilion on Thursday, September 12th. Music, dance, drama and cinema are all well represented with performances including Hailsham Theatres Entertaining Angels at the Summerheath Hall, The Mayor’s Concert, Hailsham Choral Society and a broad spread of jazz, folk, theatre, film, poetry and literature. The Festival Art Trail continues to be a rich showcase for local artistic talent and the Festival Food Trail includes a curry competition, gin tasting and much more. Tickets for many events can be obtained from Hailsham Pavilion, George Street, Hailsham BN27 1AE Box Office Tel: 01323 841414

Weekends of 14th & 15th and 21st & 22nd September, 11am to 5pm “Art is not what you see but what you make others see” - Edgar Degas Hurstpierpoint Open Studios will take place over two weekends in September during the Hurst Festival. There will be 24 artists at 15 venues around the village. Come and meet the artists and enjoy

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Celebrating Life - Star Life Group Art Exhibition Thursday 26th September 2pm - 5pm Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September 10am - 5pm Sunday 29th September 10am - 4pm The Star Life Group was founded over 25 years ago in the Star Brewery, Lewes. ‘Celebrating Life’ demonstrates many of the ways that artists interpret the human figure. Over 50 works by fifteen artists will be on show. The artists use a wide variety of media in their work and many use their drawings as a starting point for painting and printmaking. Lewes House, High Street, Lewes Thur 26 to For more information email Sun 29 Sep Instagram stargrouplifedrawing

Chiddingly Artists Open Studios Weekends of 28th & 29th September and 5th & 6th October, 11am to 5pm Artists and makers will be opening their studios and exhibiting their work as part of Chiddingly Artists Open Studios (‘CAOS’) over two weekends this 28/29 autumn. Sep and Part of Chiddingly Festival, CAOS is an annual 5/6 Oct arts event with artists’ venues in Chiddingly, Muddles Green, East Hoathly and Whitesmith. Featured art disciplines include ceramics, drawing, dressmaking, furniture, glass, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and stone-carving, with artwork ranging across a compelling variety of styles. Some artists will be demonstrating, and Farley Farm Gallery will be hosting its own exhibition.

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Cabaret at The Hawth, Crawley Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st September The multi-award winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical, CABARET directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, comes to The Hawth Crawley following two smash hit West End runs. Starring EastEnders and West End star John Partridge and Kara Lily Hayworth (recently on tour in Cilla The Musical), Cabaret features show-

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Saturday 21st September to Saturday 5th October The 2019 Chiddingly Festival is a Harvest of the Arts held in the East Sussex village for over 40 years. This year there is comedy from topical comedian Andy Parsons, energising folk music with the popular Noble Jacks and a solo classical performance from virtuoso guitarist Manus Noble. Of course, the festival would not be complete without the Bell Ringing, a Lantern Trail for children, an Indian Food and Film Evening, Art and Craft Exhibition and our ever popular Disco to round off the festival. Due to the intimate venues space is limited, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment

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A simple process of logic is all that it takes to solve each puzzle in this game. Put the numbers 1 to 9 in each vertical column and each horizontal line. Each number must appear only once in each column and line and in each of the 3x3 boxes in the grid.

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






1. Brief struggle (8) 5. Hence (4) 9. Poison (7) 10. Wrest (anag.) (5) 11. ----- deadly sins (5) 13. Sturgeon roe (6) 15. Absolutely not (inf.) (2,3) 17. Carrying board (4) 19. Rowing blade (3) 20. Boast (4) 21. Enlist (5) 23. Sumptuous (2,4) 24. State of oblivion (5) 28. Overweight (5) 29. Draft (7) 30. Satisfy completely (4) 31. Embarrassed (8)

1. Of that kind (4) 2. Picture (5) 3. Unmarried girl (6) 4. Ooze (4) 6. Bird of prey (7) 7. Drainage system (8) 8. Test metals (5) 12. Not any person (2,3) 13. Christmas hymn (5) 14. Scholarly (8) 16. Armed conflict (3) 18. Illness (7) 21. Distinguish oneself (5) 22. Small (6) 25. Russian pancake (5) 26. Scottish lake (4) 27. Net (4)

Each number in the grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. You have three letters in the control grid to start you off. Enter them in the appropriate squares in the main grid, then use your knowledge of words to work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you get the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and control grid. Check off the alphabetical list of letters as you identify them.





























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Peter Erridge has turned from gums in the mouth to gums in the ground… he has even found his very own Pepperidge tree! Read on to find out more


fter 45 years in dentistry my interest in gums has shifted from patients to trees with the ‘gum’ in their common name. As a volunteer garden guide much background knowledge is gained about trees. In Britain the groups of gum trees are Eucalyptus, Liquidamber and Nyssa. The word ‘gum’ has been given to these trees as many of them exude a resin from breaks in the bark. A range of aromas are given off by various species of eucalyptus, for example lemon or peppermint, both of which are preferable to that from mouths with poorly cleansed teeth. The leaves from selected species are used by industry to produce a range of eucalyptus oils which are used in nasal and chest decongestants, throat lozenges, toothpastes, antiseptic agents, soaps and more. The food industry uses this oil as flavouring and for their antimicrobial activity. Eucalypts have been around for 35 million years mainly in Australia with some in South America. Fifty

Young eucalyptus foliage

Nyssa Sylvatica

Up a gum tree Liquidamber leaves

thousand years ago humans arrived in Australia and they aided the spread of eucalypts which subsequently covered about 70% of the forest area. These trees take up a lot of water making the ground unsuitable for many other plants including crops. In the 20th century the marshy areas around Rome were planted with eucalyptus trees to dry the ground and reduce the risk of malaria. Most of the world’s 900 species are found in Australia, the southerly

latitude of which corresponds with northern Africa, meaning that the climate of Europe is too cool for most species. In Britain only the

Liquidamber tree

Gunnii and Nitens varieties can withstand the usual outdoor winter temperatures. These can grow as much as 2m [7ft.] a year and reach 10-30m [30-100ft.] and are being grown for biomass for power generation. Recently among many seedlings, a French nurseryman found a low growing specimen, up to 2m [6ft.] which is now marketed. Annual pruning of this variety, E. gunnii ‘France Bleu’, creates a bush form. Surprisingly Eucalyptus bonsai kits are advertised. Eucalyptus flowers are rich in nectar which can lead to flavoured honey being available. The eucalyptus bark peels away in ribbons leaving the trunk with patches of new coloured bark. This creates the problems of a tatty appearance and discarded strips of bark at the tree base. Another disadvantage is that dead leaves are discarded throughout the year. Regular trimming back of young trees encourages new growth with attractive grey-blue foliage. Liquidamber styraciflua or Sweetgum exudes a pine-like resin. In the UK they are grown as ornamental trees in particular for the dramatic red colours of the foliage in autumn. The black gum tree has the botanical name Nyssa sylvatica and common name of Tupelo. N. sylvatica flowers have a sweet smelling aroma which attracts bees but they are better known for the spectacular autumn foliage colour ranging through yellow, orange to bright red. It came as a surprise to me that the Tupelo is also known as the ‘Pepperidge tree’, which has the homophonic overtones of the sound of my name! l

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The Daffodils Like faithful friends, daffodils appear right on cue to bring us cheer. Now is the ideal time to plant them – and the garden centres have plenty to choose from, says Flo Whitaker

Daffodil ‘blindness’ is an extremely annoying condition whereby bulbs produce healthy foliage but no flowers. This can indicate overcrowding, or that the bulbs were not planted deep enough. As a general guideline, bulbs should be planted at least twice as deep as their height – more if possible. For instance; a bulb measuring 3 cms high should be covered by a minimum of 6 cms of soil. Shallow planting can induce thermal shock and bulbs that are stressed by alternating f you’ve ever wondered how daffodils have the capacity freezing winter weather and boiling summer temperatures to ‘suddenly’ burst into life, the fact is – they don’t. Late often fail to develop flower buds. Planting lower helps to bed and early to rise, daffodils are hyper-busy plants insulate from the extremes of heat and cold. The tallest, most with very short periods of dormancy. The moment vigorous daffodils may attain 50 cms in height. Planting autumn appears on the horizon their internal alarm clocks them really deep, (15 - 20 cms) will encourage strong root start buzzing, which is why planting them in and stem development, and help tall varieties September and October is ideal. contend with blustery conditions – a clump Daffodils are robust, of wind-flattened daffodils is a sorry sight. Daffodils are mostly unfussy about soil type but dislike slow-draining ground. In those easy-going characters Daffodils are seldom troubled by pests and situations a spadeful of grit mixed into the diseases, although foraging mice and squirrels planting hole is advised. For container planting, can be troublesome. That’s another reason for standard potting compost is fine, although a soilplanting deep – it keeps the bulbs out of reach! based type is much heavier, making it less likely that pots will Bulbs in open ground will find all the nutrients they blow over in a gale. Bargain bags of ‘lucky dip’ mixed daffodils require. Potted bulbs appreciate a feed of general purpose are hard to resist and their random appearance is charming fertiliser immediately after flowering. Daffodils are robust, when planted in a naturalistic setting. However, when it easy-going characters but if they could talk they’d ask you for comes to patio pots, it pays to stick to the ‘one variety per pot’ just one thing; please don’t cut off or tie up their leaves when rule. That way, potted blooms that are past their best can be the flowers have faded – allow the leaves to die down naturally. easily removed from view and new ones moved into place. The flowers may have gone but the foliage still has important By carefully selecting varieties you can have a succession of work to do; turning sunlight into food that will feed the bulbs, flowers from January to May. ensuring another glorious display the following year. l


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PETS door so I intend to take full advantage. Watch out squirrels… September is also the start of the academic year. Whilst our Juniors are grown-up now, this still has an impact. My morning walk, which takes me past the local primary school, has been rather quiet during August. When I first came to live with ‘Them Indoors’, and unlike the Boss who had grown up with his own Juniors, I was a bit unsure of youngsters. However, a local family with a litter of four children, decided to befriend me, being calm and kind around me and giving me treats. I now lick my lips when I see them coming and have rather missed our regular little meetings.

I don’t like squirrels, and I have a long-standing ambition to get up close and personal with one I always feel a bit sorry for the children starting school in their new warm winter uniforms, as once they are safely returned to the classroom and the holidays are officially over, the summer usually makes a final resurgence. I have a similar problem with my attire. Us Border Terriers have a double coat with a soft, fluffy underlayer, like a vest to keep us warm, and a

It’s a Dog’s Life With summer coming to an end, Teddy views September as a month of fresh starts, with squirrels, school and hand stripping appearing on the radar. As always, it’s up to Helen Stockton to translate his thoughts into words


ow I know newness is conventionally associated with the spring and its fresh shoots, knock-kneed lambs, baby bunnies and dive-bombing, unairworthy fledglings, tempting an innocent Border Terrier into instinctive reactions, however, I reckon September has a good claim to being the month of fresh starts. To begin with, it’s the first month of autumn and with it comes a wave of new produce in the garden and countryside, presenting opportunities for an enterprising small dog. We have a walnut tree in our garden, and when ‘Them Indoors’ first moved here years ago, back in the days of my predecessor

and Boss, the late, great, Rolo, they fretted about knowing when the walnuts were ripe; it’s easy – just watch the squirrels. They seem to know instinctively when the nuts are ready and can clear the tree in a day. Which is where I come in. Like most dogs, and certainly all Border Terriers I’ve ever met, I don’t like squirrels, and I have a long-standing ambition to get up close and personal with one. For a brief time, we have our very own squirrel bait growing by our back-

wiry overcoat to keep the weather out. The top coat keeps growing and has to be removed by a process called ‘handstripping’ which is best not mentioned on social media unless you want lots of attention from anonymous young ladies who are in need of a warm coat themselves. This procedure takes place quarterly which means it’s a bit random as to whether the state of my fur matches the prevailing weather. This year, I struggled through the warmer months looking like a woolly Mammoth, and now that it’s autumn, I’ve been groomed and, if you’ll excuse the pun, am rather a bare Teddy! Still, I shall look forward to a September of fresh starts and a new season with everything it brings, appropriately attired or not. l

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Elizabeth Kay offers Sussex Living readers her thoughts on recent reads that have caught her attention. She gives her views on a selection of books from different genres which may capture your interest


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by Charli Howard (Penguin) This is a painfully honest account of an anorexic, who suffered from depression, OCD, bulimia and anxiety. Like so many who go down this path, Charli wanted to be ‘perfect’, a carbon copy of the girls she saw in magazines. She was rather hairy and a bit chubby, so she decided to become a model in order to be envied the way she’d envied those cover girls herself. She went on a diet. The urge to be thin and to be signed by

She decided to become a model in order to be envied the way she’d envied those cover girls herself a model agency becomes overwhelming, but the real shock comes once she achieves this. The agency wants her to be even thinner, and gives her a hip measurement which is ludicrous. They don’t tell her to lose weight, because that’s legally questionable, they just tell her they want her to ‘look the best she can’. She loses so much weight that she has no energy, is physically weak and breathless and experiencing heart palpitations. There is a disclaimer at the start of the book saying that if you are struggling with an eating disorder this isn’t the book for you as it’s not a selfhelp manual. But for anyone trying to cope with an anorexic it’s a must.

This is the story of two sisters. The narrator is Korede, the older one, a former hospital nurse who is tall and angular and not very pretty. The younger is Ayoola, devastatingly pretty, wayward, and a psychopath with no moral compass whatsoever. Korede’s role is to clean up after her sister’s misdemeanours. The book is set in Nigeria, and there’s a father, dead ten years, who was the worst sort of control freak and must have had some sort of impact, although that doesn’t totally explain Ayoola’s behaviour. You can speculate endlessly about these sharply-drawn and intriguing characters. This is a black comedy, extremely well written and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction this year. The opening paragraph is one of the best hooks I have ever read: Ayoola summons me with these words – Korede, I killed him. I had hoped I would never hear these words again. This is followed by: I bet you didn’t know that bleach masks the smell of blood. And we’re straight into the action, with Ayoola perched on the toilet seat, her dress stained with dried blood, faintly worried that her sister will be cross with her…


by Claire Walker (Austin Macauley Publishers) It makes a pleasant change to read a book for very young children that is printed on good quality paper that won’t disintegrate when used as a hat or part of a hamster maze! The storyline is pure fantasy, and won’t increase any child’s knowledge of the galaxy, but it’s good fun and starts with every child’s favourite toy – an empty cardboard box. I think this makes acceptable the premise of constructing a spaceship from it, and heading for the moon, as it’s clearly impossible. As is Barbian the friendly metal Diggle dragon, who is George’s playmate, and is depicted behaving just the way imaginary friends do when you’re a small child. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and

The storyline is pure fantasy, it’s good fun and starts with every child’s favourite toy - an empty cardboard box clear, although it’s a shame that one of them got the resolution wrong. But that’s just an adult being picky. There are lots of Diggle dragons, which you can find at the back of the book, and they’re all rather cute and designed to appeal to both boys and girls. Presumably the intention is to publish more books in this series.

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The prospect of a life in social work is an intriguing one. Nick Willmore, a tutor and lecturer, explains how those who might be tempted by a change in direction can make the prospect a reality


or many years the role of the social worker has been mocked and reviled in equal parts, yet people are still lining up to join the profession. Why? For many, it’s a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others that need a bit of help. As Ghandi once said, ‘the mark of a civilised society is how it treats those most in need’ and there is a satisfaction in being one of those that contributes. Social workers work in many different roles; whether it’s supporting vulnerable children and their families, undertaking adoption assessments, arranging care and support of older adults, or helping people with disabilities maintain as much independence as possible. What is common in all these roles is the ability to talk to people at a difficult time in their lives, being able to see the key issues, and planning the best way forward. So what makes a social worker? Without doubt it’s someone that readily gets on with others and is able to retain


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a cool head under pressure. It is also someone that can build up a toolkit of ideas and theories that will inform the way they work. Whilst there is often cynicism about the profession, that it only knows theory and has no common sense; when training social workers we try and help them see the good and bad aspects of theory. After all a theory is something that has been seen to work for some people – the trick is being able to see which one is relevant in a situation. That is why practical experience is an essential element of the training. Social work training consists of two parts, the academic and the practical. All social work training involves the student completing some academic study. Alongside this students are placed with an

As Ghandi once said, “The mark of a civilised society is how it treats those most in need”

experienced social worker, learning how this academic study makes a difference in the real world. This gives the student time to think about the people they are asked to support, and a senior colleague to talk to about what they should do next. Often the people being supported by students say they are some of the best workers they experience, as they have time to reflect and are keen to listen to work out the best way forward, elements many qualified staff say are difficult to make time for. To get the necessary amount of practice time, each student needs to be sponsored by a social work agency, usually a council or care provider. Employers will often have an academic institution they work with, such as a local university or distance learning provider. Most social work training

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Someone that readily gets on with others and is able to retain a cool head under pressure

organisations offer courses for both undergraduate (degree) and postgraduate awards (often at Masters level). The degree level is aimed at people with some educational qualifications (such as ‘A’ levels or a foundation

award) whilst the post-graduate course requires a degree or equivalent. The advantage of the post-graduate award is that it is usually two years compared to the degree’s three. Students taking up social work have tended to be in

their mid-twenties or older. Having life experience does make a difference when you are looking for ideas to help someone solve their issues. Subjects studied during a course could include psychology, sociology, child development, social work theory, social policy and social research as well as regular consideration of legislation and ethics. Most people find a way into training after working in social care (as a support worker or care manager) as this is a good way to experience the role without the commitment of years of study. There are some fast-track courses that have been developed (mainly in Children’s or Mental Health services) and recently agreement has been given for an apprenticeship course in social work. There is no best option. When I look round my tutor group, each student’s journey has been different, but they are all keen to become a professional social worker and I am keen to help them achieve their goal. l

Welcome to Chailey School Everyone the best they can be

Chailey School is a thriving secondary school of approximately 760 students from 11 to 16 years of age. Our vision is ‘everyone in our school achieving more than they ever thought possible.’

We believe in traditional values - and these underpin life in our school. We have high expectations of students in both their work and behaviour. We know our students as individuals, their characters and personalities.

If you would like to see the school in action, please do call to arrange a visit: 01273 890407 Open Evening: Wednesday 18th September 2019, 6pm Open Mornings: Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th September 2019, 9am-10.30am SEN parents/carers to arrive at 9am. All other parents/carers to arrive at 9.30am. No appointment is necessary. The students, staff and governors look forward to welcoming you.

Whilst we are naturally proud of our achievements, the true measure of our success is seeing a school full of happy, confident, independent young people, fully engaged in their education. Our students are proud of their school and enjoy telling people about life at Chailey. O DT GE NS A R IO OU AT NC ECT E RE EXP 017 S A IGH D 2 L I E P H ST PU AVE OF H

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n our world of instant connection, loneliness in the young and elderly is an unfortunate and little examined reality. I recently met Julie Rezac who, together with a friend developed the Life Stories project, which aims to confront this pressing issue with a beautifully elegant solution. Five years ago, Julie was working as a carer and found she was often the only one visiting an elderly person. She realised older people have a hugely important role as the holders of stories and therefore our collective past. Why not pair a young person with an older person and collect the stories that sprung from their meetings? Using a toolkit developed by a software designer, participants from a school and a care home are linked by a co-ordinator from either organisation who has access to the software. The premise is simple; pair a teenager, aged 16 or over, with an elderly person using a match decided by a series of questions that create the most fruitful connection. After five training sessions a series of eight meetings are arranged to enable conversations between both participants. As the meetings usually take place in the elderly person’s

Books are presented at a celebration attended by family and friends home, there is always a chaperone to accompany the young person and the older person has two training sessions to prepare them for the meetings with the teenagers. The young person creates a book based on their conversations, complete with photos. The book is professionally published as a hardbound, and further copies can be made available. The books are presented at a celebration attended by family and friends and are publicly available through the Bridging Ages website library.


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Collecting memories, easing loneliness, linking the old with the young, enhancing education, and learning life lessons are all possible with the Life Stories Project, as Ruth Lawrence discovered

The consequences of linking young and old to share, write and publish their unique stories are far reaching and overwhelmingly positive. Many keep in touch and form trusting relationships which build long-term benefits for both participants’ wellbeing. The project recognises that no one has led an ordinary life, that each

person is special and that each has contributed to our collective history. The benefits for the teenagers are manifold; they build self confidence and social skills and have to combine core skills such as writing, social studies, psychology, journalism, computer skills, photography and history. The teenagers learn about changes in society from someone who lived through them and challenge stereotypes about the lack of connection between young and old while gaining a unique achievement for their future CV or university application. Older people gain meaningful social contact which is particularly beneficial during the winter months when they can feel more isolated in their homes. They have the opportunity to reflect on their life’s lessons and accumulated wisdom while sharing their knowledge with an actively interested youngster.

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The finished books become a cherished family document which will always be there for future generations to read and learn from. Imagine if our ancestors had left such records behind and the insights we could gain into lives directly linked to our own. Schools benefit from the project too; students are integrated into the wider community and this is particularly relevant to boarding school pupils who otherwise tend to lack ties to a local community. The voluntary service encourages civic values which foster

links to local community and contribute to a school’s role in that wider locale. The project is applying for grants to enable it to spread further. So far around fifty books have been created but the potential for growth is enormous. Sponsorship, legacies and funding is being actively sought as are potential schools to run projects. Julie pointed out that any Parish Council, organisation or community group can run a Life Stories project. Life Stories will be working with a Brighton based befriending organisation

called Time To Talk Befriending and Brighton College. The project is keen to work with university students too. One of the most transformative insights came from a young participant who concluded, “the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person,” which surely demonstrates the immense value of this project in building connections between the generations which are fundamental to a healthier society. l

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MAYFIELD Once named as the sweetest village, modern day Mayfield still lives up to this apt description. Local resident Peter d’Aguilar takes us on an historical amble of the village


nyone closing their eyes to conjure up an image of a classic English village might well find themselves looking at Mayfield. Nestled in the lush countryside of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty nine miles south of Tunbridge Wells, this lively, picturesque village has a vibrant community, an attractive Tudor high street still full of well-stocked and friendly shops, two traditional pubs and a plethora of local clubs, events and activities. No wonder, therefore, that Mayfield came top in a 2017 newspaper poll to choose the Best Village in Britain, and also headed Visit England’s selection of Britain’s

prettiest villages, with particular reference to its cultural activities and charming heritage, as well as winning Gold in the 2018 Parishes in Bloom scheme. Mayfield’s colourful history stretches back over a thousand years, earning itself a mention in the Domesday Book of 1087. The village sign shows the figure of a young woman and children in a flower-covered meadow, illustrating the Saxon origin of the village name – Maghefeld or Maid’s Field. A popular local legend tells the story of how St Dunstan vanquished the Devil. He was working at his forge when the Devil, disguised as an attractive woman, attempted to lead him astray. However, Dunstan spotted the Devil’s cloven hooves and grabbed his nose with a pair of red-hot tongues. As a result of this legend, Mayfield’s Anglican church is dedicated to St

Dunstan, who later became Archbishop of Canterbury between 960 and 988 AD. As well as St Dunstan’s, Mayfield also has a Roman Catholic church, a Free Church and a Baptist Chapel. St Dunstan is also credited with founding Mayfield Palace, which was previously owned by the Kings of Wessex and became one of the great residences of the medieval Archbishops of Canterbury. Its ecclesiastical connections ceased in 1567, when it was bought by Sir Thomas Gresham, founder of the Royal Exchange. Queen Elizabeth I was one of his house guests. The Dowager Duchess of Leeds later purchased the palace and presented it to The Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, who converted it into a Roman Catholic boarding school for girls in 1872. Nearly 150 years later, it is still going strong.

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In 1556 four Protestant martyrs from Mayfield were burned for heresy. To this day, they are remembered through the annual Mayfield Carnival and Bonfire Parade, part of the East Sussex bonfire season. Each September, the procession marches through the village lit by flaming torches, climaxing with a dramatic firework display. The Mayfield Bonfire Boys and Belles is one of the oldest bonfire societies in the country. Like many places in East Sussex, Mayfield was an important centre for iron production in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Mayfield’s prosperity reached its zenith during the boom in the Wealden iron industry and many of its finest houses date

Mayfield was an important centre for iron production in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries from that era. When the industry went into decline, smuggling took over. The Mayfield Gang, led by Gabriel Tomkins, was notorious for owling (wool smuggling). Unlike other gangs, they did not generally use violence and distributed most of their profits, Robin Hood-like, amongst the local community. In the autumn of 1830, local land workers were caught up in the swing riots, which demanded reasonable agricultural wages and took their name from the fictitious Captain Swing – the mythical figurehead of the movement. The army was called in to suppress them and a number of local workers were imprisoned or transported to the colonies.

With the opening in 1880 of the Cuckoo railway line between Hailsham and Tunbridge Wells, Mayfield railway station was built to serve the village. The station closed in 1965 following the Beeching Report. The station building is now a private house and the old railway line is now the A267 Mayfield bypass. Appropriately, May is a special month for Mayfield. The celebrated biennial Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts takes place in May, and 2020 will mark the festival’s 50th Anniversary. The Mayfair celebrates traditional May activities, with local children dancing round the Maypole,

Morris Men, Mummers and a host of stalls and attractions. Likewise, the Mayfield Duathlon takes place in May. Mayfield also hosts a Fringe Festival, an Art Trail, a Slow Short Film Festival and Film on Friday – the Mayfield Film Society. Christmas is a magical time in the village, with Christmas lights and late-night shopping, plus the ever-popular Live Crib - when girls from the local school re-enact the nativity along the high street and in the school chapel; complete with candles, a choir of angels and a real baby Jesus and donkey. Overlooked by the Scout Hut and the Memorial Hall (home to the popular Phoenix Theatre Company, or Mayfield Phoenix Players), Court Meadow is a stretch of green space with beautiful views, a children’s playground, a football pitch, a skateboard park and a tarmac basketball area. Mayfield cricket club can trace its origins back to 1750 and now fields four teams every Saturday. The First XI currently plays in the top division of the Sussex County League. The buoyant Colts section meets every Friday evening throughout the season and the smart new pavilion has a bar and sports television. Just north of the village off the A267 is the Grade ll* Argos Hill Windmill. Dating from 1835, it is one of only fifty post mills remaining in England. On certain days of the year, the mill is open to the public. The eminent Victorian poet Coventry Patmore once described Mayfield as the ‘sweetest village’ – and it remains so today! l

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Find Sara Whatley adorned in crystals this month, sparkling and shimmering away and enjoying the healing and health giving properties too!


hen I was about 14 I went on a school trip to Hadrian’s Wall in Scotland. The overriding memories are lots of walking, sneaking into the boys’ rooms after lights out and strangely enough, buying a dark blue crystal necklace from one of the much welcomed gift shops. I loved this necklace; it was a

With the global rise of wellness it’s also no surprise that crystals are becoming more mainstream polished pendent with a little golden clasp bound onto a piece of black leather. Pretty new age but I got really into it and wore it for a long time. I must admit that I had a pretty open minded and liberal upbringing and crystals were no stranger to my school or home life, so it’s no surprise that I am still drawn to their healing powers and beauty today. With the global rise of wellness it’s also no surprise that crystals


are becoming more mainstream, and that also translates into fashion. Just this summer when I was loafing about in Cornwall I saw many little boutiques full of covetable loveliness, each one graced by a shimmer of crystal jewellery. Necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, you name it, it had crystals on it. Of course, cut and dainty crystals in jewellery have been popular for hundreds of years, but what I’m talking about is a big old chunk of quartz or amethyst anchored onto a chain. Something that looks solid, heavy, of the earth and unhewn. For me that’s the ultimate cool in crystal jewellery, and happily that seems to be what is shining in the shops right now. If you fancy yourself a bit of this natural healing beauty and some bold statement jewellery to boot, here are some of the crystal properties you may want to look out for, or go for a multicoloured necklace, bracelet or ring and enjoy many crystal properties at the same time. l

QUARTZ Clear, rose or smokey are all popular quartz choices, all with different healing properties. Choose clear for a good all round healing stone, rose to enhance the love in your life and smokey for a good grounding stone. All are useful in meditation. AMETHYST Stunning violet in colour, amethyst is again a good all round healing stone, good for protection, clearing negative thoughts, stresses and anxieties. It is also associated with abundance, and useful in meditation. TURQUOISE This bright and brilliant stone is a real eye catcher and holds properties of personal protection, health and abundance. It is believed turquoise can create a connection between heaven and earth and promotes an energetic flow of love at a high vibration. CITRINE Yellow tones make this crystal sparkle like the sun, bringing warmth, energy and comfort. Some believe it aids with wealth, creativity and imagination, so much so that apparently many bankers carry one in their pockets. TIGERS EYE Bands of gold and brown shimmer in this mysterious stone, which is known as the all-seeing, all-knowing eye. Can help with bringing sharpness to inner vision and clarity of situations.

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Gastroenterologist Dr Keith Hine discloses the symptoms, causes and possible treatments of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease


he oesophagus (gullet) is the muscular tube that connects the back of the mouth to the stomach. It is about 15 inches in length. After swallowing, food is pushed down the oesophagus by waves of peristalsis - these are rhythmic contractions of the muscles in the wall of the oesophagus. At the lower end of the oesophagus is the cardiac ‘sphincter’, which is a circular muscle that acts as a valve and helps to prevent the stomach secretions getting back into the oesophagus. If this sphincter is weakened, gastro-oesophageal reflux may result. Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is the commonest cause of indigestion in the western world with 30% of the population experiencing significant reflux (heartburn) at least once per week. What causes GORD? Some people are born with a weak sphincter. In others, the presence of a hiatus hernia, where a small part of the upper section of the stomach slips up through the diaphragm, may cause the reflux. Being overweight may increase the pressure inside the abdomen and encourage

reflux. Various dietary constituents, such as fats and spices, could also reduce the tightness of the sphincter, as do some drugs. Strong alcohol may aggravate the symptoms by irritating the inflamed lining of the oesophagus. Clinical investigation may not be required in younger patients with typical symptoms. However, when the first symptoms occur after the age of 55 years or if there is any difficulty in swallowing, investigation is essential. Usually the investigation of choice is

Antacids could help to relieve the heartburn and they are more effective if combined with an alginate

endoscopy but sometimes a barium swallow may be ordered. What is the treatment? Some people respond to simple measures such as losing weight, avoiding heavy meals shortly before going to bed, and sleeping with their head raised in bed. Lying in bed on the left side is also helpful since the body of stomach, which is mainly on the left side of the abdomen, becomes a sump to hold the gastric contents. If these simple measures fail to control the symptoms some medication may be helpful. Antacids could help to relieve the heartburn and they are more effective if combined with an alginate which forms a raft on the top of the stomach contents. These alginate/antacids are available over the counter and your pharmacist can advise. If further treatment is required, drugs called ‘H2 receptor antagonists’ or ‘proton pump inhibitors’ both reduce the strength of acid produced by the stomach. Once again, many of these are available over the counter in small doses but if they are required in the longer term or in a larger dose you should consult your GP. Your GP may also decide about surgical intervention which is necessary in the small proportion of patients with GORD in whom medical treatment proves ineffective. l

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As it’s back to school this month, we asked Sasha Kanal to educate herself in the ways of the Japanese… in the ways of the ninja



hat does the word ‘ninja’ conjure up for you? Mysterious Japanese warriors: silent, skilful, athletic – and deadly? That’s the inspiration for the ninja warrior workout, minus the ‘deadly’ part. It’s a dynamic form of exercise that can develop strength, agility, speed and flexibility. Its popularity has inspired a successful TV show on both sides of the Atlantic, which pits competitors against an obstacle course that tests mental and physical abilities. This balance of mind and body is the essence of the ninja warrior workout. The exercises are for upper and lower body. And they start with the humble press up. Done correctly, with a straight spine, this works your arms, shoulder, chest, back and abdomen, building strength and stability. Real ninjas will move onto ‘Spiderman’ press ups – basically press

ups on one leg. As you lower yourself for the first time, move your right knee towards your right elbow and back, then on the second press up you move left knee to left elbow, and so on. It might help to imagine you’re climbing a building on a secret mission! The chin up is next. These are hard and many people struggle to do a full one, but it’s one of the best ways to

Real ninjas will move onto ‘Spiderman’ press ups improve back muscles. And the more you do the easier it gets. Experts suggest you start with palms towards you and then pull up. Over time, you can gain flexibility by doing them with palms facing away. Three ninja exercises for your lower body can build agility, speed

and strength. The first is the jump squat – and it works exactly as you might imagine: from a low start, to an explosive jump, to a low finish, and repeat to fade. Then there’s the power step up. You face a step or box, put your left foot on it and jump up. While you’re up there you switch legs so you land with your left foot on the ground and the right on the step or box. Lastly, ninjas hop. More precisely it’s called a lateral hop and step. You stand on one foot, jump one metre to the side and land on the other, swinging your arms as you go. Ninja warrior training can get serious – but like all the best exercises you can do as much or as little as you want, provided you warm up properly and stop at any sign of discomfort. If this sounds like your kind of thing, or something to do with the kids, there are loads of online resources and experts in the area to speak to. Go ninjas! l

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lastic pollution is a major challenge the world cannot afford to ignore – by 2050 there will be more plastic waste in the world’s oceans than fish. Yet while it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the problem, we can all take steps to reduce the amount of plastic in our lives by changing a few simple habits. Three years ago, Alice Guy, a Sussex-based mum of two, decided to rise to the plastic free challenge. “If someone had told me then that within three years, I’d be shopping in my local greengrocer on a Saturday morning,

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

Will YOU volunteer for The Chaseley Trust Volunteering is an amazing experience that can provide you with more opportunities than you ever realised. We have many opportunities for those who want to work or volunteer for us. The time commitment can involve a regular commitment or a very flexible approach. We will do our best to find a role that suits your skills, interests and availability and that you find rewarding and fulfilling.

Our volunteers help with fundraising events and administration, escort residents on outings and assist with in house activities, such as gardening, quizzes, pottery and art. Volunteering can be very rewarding and a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. We are very grateful to all our volunteers who help us in so many different ways and who make a major difference to our work.

If this is something you are interested in, please contact us to find out more either email or call Tara Salmon on 01323 744200.

The Chaseley Trust - South Cliff, Eastbourne. BN20 7JH Registered Charity number 1090579

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Dazzling Autumn Colours made at Sheffield Park and Garden From Monday 23 September to Sunday 10 November, we will be opening at 9.30am so you can see the autumn colour when the lake reflections are at their best. These are the places that make us.

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One of the biggest pluses has been improved physical health and mental wellbeing limitations, like snacks and crisps, but there are alternatives. It’s not doing without, it’s just doing it differently.” What’s more, for Alice and her family the benefits have been huge. Aside from the obvious one of helping to save the planet, one of the biggest pluses has been improved physical health and mental wellbeing. “Living this way and shopping locally forces you to slow down which has been a great thing. We eat more seasonally, we live in a less toxic environment and hopefully our kids will grow up with this as their way of life.” The family now do most of their

shopping within a 10-mile radius of their home, spending over 90% of their household budget in local shops which ultimately has a positive impact on the community. “Just do what you can, however little, and help to inspire the next generation and those around you,” urges Alice. In recent years plastic free living has become more normalised and manufacturers and retailers are finally

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IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARITY RADIO STATION GIVES A BIT ‘MORE’ TO ROCKINGHORSE CHILDREN’S CHARITY Rockinghorse children’s charity has received a donation of £1,275.41 from More Radio. The local radio group chose to support Rockinghorse during two of its events this summer. Rockinghorse was the beneficiary charity of More Radio’s East Sussex Awards, which recognised some of the county’s most amazing people and organisations. The awards took place at the Cooden Beach Hotel in BexhillOn-Sea and raised £790 from a raffle held on the night. The charity has also benefited from More Radio Live, which took place in Worthing’s Steyne Gardens. The music event played host to some of the UK’s top tribute acts and raised £485.41 from a raffle and bucket collection during the evening. Terrina Barnes is Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse and is very grateful for the support. She says, “We have really enjoyed working with More Radio as beneficiary of these two events. Thanks to More Radio’s support, we are able to increase awareness of our work across both East and West Sussex. Thanks also to More Radio’s listeners for being so supportive of our charity and donating so generously.” Rockinghorse raises funds to make life better for sick and disadvantaged babies, children and young people in Sussex. The charity works with local hospitals, paediatric units, respite centres and children’s services across the county. To find out more, visit

FREE LUNCH AND ACTIVITY DAYS AT BATTLE AND BEXHILL CARE HOMES Ardath and Saxonwood care homes are welcoming people in Bexhill, Battle and the surrounding areas, to these not for profit residential care homes for a free hot lunch, to enjoy some friendly company and to take part in a variety of activities. Open to all in the local community who would benefit from making new friends and enjoying new experiences whilst enjoying a fresh home cooked meal. Activities are varied and may include live music, arts and crafts sessions, games, quizzes, and reminiscence, to name just a few. The free lunch and activity days are part of a wider initiative by Sussex Housing & Care to help combat loneliness and isolation in older people. You are welcome to join for an hour or stay all day; it’s entirely up to you. Lunch will be served at around 12.30pm. For dates and further details please call Ardath on 01424 210538 and Saxonwood on 01424 774336 or visit

40 HOURS, 40 CHARITIES, £40K TARGET HOW LONG WILL YOU DO? A group of Sussex-based fitness instructors are joining forces to raise a whopping £40,000 for local charities this autumn and are challenging YOU to help them meet the ambitious target. Swoove (Sing, Whoop, Move) instructors and enthusiasts from around the area will embark on a 40-hour Swoovathon at Scaynes Hill Millennium Centre, starting at 7pm on Friday 27th September and finishing at 2pm on Sunday 29th September 2019 and registration for the event is NOW OPEN. Swoove Fitness founder and creative director Esther Featherstone says: “Swoove Aid has already raised £64,000 for local charities up and down the country. Another amazing £40,000 would boost the funds of a further 40 local, small charities, many of which don’t have huge fund-raising manpower.” “Those taking part are encouraged to challenge themselves and Swoove for at least 3 hours across the marathon… or any length of time – even 40 hours if they feel they can do it.” The entry charge to the event is £25, with participants allowed to Swoove for as long as they like.

To enter and download a sponsorship form, please go to and register your interest. For more information and details on the charities supported, contact: or Facebook: SwooveFitness

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Are you worried about your loved one coping alone? Short-term respite offer now available in Battle. We know it can be hard for the older generations living alone, and want to help people over 65 stay healthy and safe. We welcome you to visit the home at any time, join us for a free lunch, come along to one of our events, or give us a call or email for further information and a chat.

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

Monday 02 September, 19:30

Floral Demonstration: ‘Snap Shots’

Memorial Hall, Bexhill Road, Ninfield TN33 9EE Demonstration by Eleanor Bracken. Non-members welcome. Wednesday 04 - Saturday 14 September, 10:00-17:00

Dahlia Days

Pashley Manor Gardens, Pashley Rd, Ticehurst TN5 7HE As summer turns to autumn the gardens at Pashley are ablaze with colour, provided by thousands of dazzling dahlias. Thursday 05 September, 10:00–17:00

Herstmonceux Information Centre, 2/3 The Old Forge, Gardner’s St, Herstmonceux BN27 4LG Come along and buy your books for your holiday and have a cup of tea/ coffee at the same time. Sheila Charlton 01323 833673

Enjoy a wonderfully relaxing al fresco barbeque lunch, served with foot-tapping live Jazz on the Terrace (weather permitting). £27.00 – Adults, £16.50 – Children. Reservations: 01323 412345

Friday 06 - Sunday 22 September

Saturday 07 September, 19:30

The Hailsham Festival returns in September with its most diverse programme to date in a celebration of talent, creativity and imagination centred in and around Hailsham. 01323 841414

The Barn Theatre, Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG A musically inspired celebration of Charles Dicken’s penultimate novel. A compelling story with comedy, tragedy and original songs. £14. 01580 762334

Hailsham Festival

Saturday 07 September, 10:00–15:00

East Sussex Teachers Registration Open Day

Hurstwood Market

The Mallings, 112 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RG Register with Class Cover for day to day, short / long term placements and permanent work for Teachers/ TAs/ LSAs / TEFL / SEN/ Nursery/ Primary/ Secondary/ Colleges. 01273 957908 Thursday 05 September, 10:30-12:00

The Hurstwood Pub, High Hurstwood TN22 4AH Local food & drink, pottery, local artists, live music and more. Saturday 07 September, 12:00–16:00

Live Jazz on the Terrace Summer Barbeques The Grand Hotel Eastbourne, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne BN21 4EQ

Charity Book Sale

Great Expectations

Saturday 07 September, 13:15–14:00

An Actresses Wardrobe

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG Join a tour of Ellen Terry’s theatrical costume store and learn about conservation and the fascinating stories attached to the garments. £5. 01580 762334

Saturday 07 September, 14:00–16:30

Newick Horticultural and Family Fun Dog Show

Newick Village Green, 1-3 Western Road, Newick BN8 4LF Flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts, Junior garden and craft classes, popular Fun Dog Show, raffle, stalls, tea and delicious homemade cakes. £1.50. Jenny Walton 01825 724295 Saturday 07 September, 14:30–16:00

Polegate Gardeners Society Late Summer Show Polegate Community Centre, 54 Windsor Way, Polegate BN26 6QF Fruit, vegetable and crafts show. Exhibits from Polegate Gardeners Society members. Refreshments available. Everybody welcome. 20p Members, 50p Non Members. Sheila Smith 01323 483222

Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 September, 10:00–16:00

Hops and Harvest

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst TN3 8JN A weekend of guided walks to Little Scotney Farm then local stalls, a hog roast and ale tasting inside the Walled Garden for you to enjoy.


Stade Open Space, Old Town Open 11am - 6pm daily, music until 7pm £2.50 in advance, £4 on the gate, under 18s free Advance tickets available from the Tourist Information Centre. Price covers entry both days.

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Crowborough TN6 1FE Drinks available before the performance. £8 with reductions if your become a member of Pine Grove Pictures.

Medieval Weekend

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker BN27 3QS – 01323 844224 Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 September, 10:00–16:00

Heritage & Radio Weekend

Saturday 14 September, 13:00–16:00

Old Coach House, West Dean, Nr Alfriston BN25 4AL Free tours of Medieval Dovecote and Award-Winning Elizabethan Terrace, Live Radio, Tea and Homemade cake barn and Artisan Stalls. A charity event for the Dovecote and West Dean Church. Jo & Julian Martyr 01323 870323 Saturday 07 September - Sunday 03 November

Judith Kerr: The Tiger Who Came to Tea Batemans, Bateman’s Ln, Burwash TN19 7DS An exhibition of favourite characters from Judith Kerr, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the much loved classic. 01435 882302 Monday 09 to Friday 13 September, 11:00 & 14:00

Lifelong Learners Week

The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux BN27 1RN Aimed at a more senior audience on the basis that there’s no upper age limit to learning something new. These drop-in ‘taster’ sessions offer

Anytime Fitness Family Fun Day in Uckfield Luxford Field, Uckfield Activities and games suitable for the whole family. 01825212247 Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September, 11:00–18:00 (music until 19:00) a different topic each day without requiring participants to make an ongoing commitment including history, astronomy, art and even stereoscopy from the Victorian era!

need to register online. eastbourne or call Eleanor Burgess on 01444 244551

Thursday 12 September 10:00–13:00

Party at Bevern View in aid of The Bevern Trust

Wellesley Wealth Advisory, Investment & Tax Planning Seminar

Deans Place Hotel, Seaford Road, Alfriston BN26 5TW Listen to how Wellesley Wealth Advisory can help you protect your wealth with bespoke investment, pension and tax planning solutions. There is no entry fee however guests

Friday 13 September, 12:30 onwards

The Bevern Trust, The Willows, Barcombe BN8 5FJ Help them in their 20th Anniversary year to raise £20k by attending an event. Friday 13 September, 19:00–22:00

Film: Beautiful Boy

Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove,

Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival

Stade Open Space, Old Town, Hastings Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 September & Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 September, 11:00 – 17:00

Hurstpierpoint Open Studios 24 artists at 15 venues around the village Facebook: Hurstpierpoint Open Studios 14/15 & 21/22 September Saturday 14 - Saturday 28 September

Rye Arts Festival

The 48th annual festival, featuring around 60 events, including world class classical and contemporary musicians, literary, historical, drama and much more.

September 21st - October 5th 2019


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DIARY DATES Saturday 14 September, 19:00 & Sunday 15 September, 15:00

A Lewes Life: Mrs Dudeney’s Diary

Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD A play reading by local actors of Mike Turner’s dramatization of the diary from 1916 to 1944. 01273 476499 Saturday 14 September - 19 January 2020

Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops Charleston, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL With generous loans from the V&A. Sunday 15 September, 18:30

Beatus Medium - A New Play From Lewes Drama Collective

All Saints Centre, Lewes BN7 2LE Life is complicated, we all try to be happy but making your dreams come true is tough. This brand new and original play explores 90’s culture, relationships on all levels and the consequences of decisions made. Not appropriate for anyone under 18. Monday 16 September, 10:00-12:00

Vitality Villages Coffee Morning Great Space Herstmonceux Health Centre, Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux BN27 4JX Talk by the RSPB on what birds to expect in your garden. Join us for coffee/tea, biscuits and fun quiz. Sheila Charlton 01323 833673

Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 September


The Hawth, Crawley RH10 6YZ Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs. 01293 553636 Wednesday 18 September, 19:30

Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers

Uckfield Civic Centre, Uckfield TN22 1AE Evening with multi-award winning Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Geoff Achison. Wednesday 18 September, 18:00

Open Evening at Chailey School Mill Lane, South Chailey BN8 4PU No appointment necessary. 01273 890407 Thursday 19 September

Open Morning at Mayfield Girls School

The Old Palace, High Street, Mayfield TN20 6PH To arrange a visit: registrar@ Friday 20 September - Sunday 22 September, 11:00-18:00 (17:00 Sunday)

Fresh: Art Fair

Ascot Racecourse, High Street, Ascot SL5 7JX Britain’s fastest growing contemporary art fair. 53 leading galleries: 600 artists: 6,000 original prints, paintings and

Family Activities for Easter

Eddie Izzard, Bexhill Museum’s patron, will open the new gallery Bexhill in World World II on Monday, 16 September at 11.30am

sculptures.£8 on the door: £6 online. Private View 5.30pm 19th £10 online. Friday 20 September - Sunday 22 September, 09:00-18:00

Bentley Woodfair

The Bentley Estate, Harveys Lane, Nr Halland BN8 5AF This popular family weekend fair celebrates wood and the English countryside taking place in the beautiful grounds of The Bentley Estate. £10 Friday, £12 Saturday and Sunday, £10 Concession 65+ years. 01949 829061 Friday 20 September - Sunday 22 September, 19:00

‘A Rollocking Romp’ by Opera South East

St Thomas the Martyr, Winchelsea on 20th Emmanuel Centre, Battle on 21st Manor Barn, Bexhill on 22nd A musical journey through the topsy turvy world of Gilbert & Sullivan. £10 in advance or £12 on the door 01424 425028 Friday 20 September - Sunday 29 September

Eastbourne & Lewes Walk Fest

Explore a range of exciting themed walks and events suitable for all ages and abilities. 01323 415415

Saturday 21 September, 11:00–16:00

Orchard Day

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden TN30 7NG An annual celebration of Kent’s produce. With garden tours, demonstrations, apple tastings, local stalls and a variety of activities. 01580 762334 Saturday 21 September, 10:00–16:00

Fabulously Vintage Fair

The Hub, Bodiam A truly vintage day out for all the family with a variety of retro stalls from the finest vintage traders spanning the 1920s – 1990s. Saturday 21 September

Hurstpierpoint College Open Morning: All year groups

College Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS To book: 01273 836936 Saturday 21 September, 14:00

Herstmonceux Castle Gardens and Grounds: Afternoon Tea and Garden Tour Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux BN27 1RN A guided tour by a senior member of the garden team who will explain about the plants and flowers on display. Tickets £15.00 (includes tour, afternoon tea and entry into the gardens and grounds).


Whatever the occas ion…

WELLSHURST GOLF CLUB is the place for you! Beautiful function rooms overlooking the Meadow and South Downs

Children can complete our quiz and win a free Easter egg Good Friday April 19th and Saturday 20th April only ◆ Large model railway layout of Bexhill in 1940 ◆ Display of

Plus Children’s Easter arts and crafts

WWII items ◆ Map used by ARP with bomb sites added ◆ Audio On Thursday 11th children can◆make an Easter bonnet,prices an Easter memories of April Bexhill at war Normal admission garden, decorate Easter eggs or make a model of the museum’s famous “Easter Egg” car. Pre-booking essential.

Bexhill Museum, 47 Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East TN39 3HL For details and prices visitSussex or phone Phone: 01424 222The 058 01424 222058. museum open seven days a week Website: Bexhill Museum, Egerton Rd, Bexhill on Sea,TN39 3HL Registered charity number: 1102638 Registered Charity Number 1102638

Friendly, experienced and dedicated events team to help plan your occasion

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Much Ado About Nothing

Combining the rough with the smooth and the smell of the sea. Jo Hudson 01435 867982

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent TN30 7NG The wonderfully talented Three Inch Fools bring you one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies. A story full of love, misunderstandings and deception. £14. 01580 762334

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September

Sunday 22 September, 10:00–15:00

Enterprise Shopping Centre, Station Parade, Eastbourne BN21 1BD Makers, workshops & suppliers. sussexcraftanddesignfair

East Sussex National Hotel, Uckfield TN22 5ES Join the award winning Baldwins Travel team and 50+ travel, tour and cruise operators at the #HolidayInspirations Show to discover your next holiday adventure.

Saturday 21 September

One Day Watercolour Workshop: Rocks and Rock Pools

Kiln: Fired Up for Ceramics, Glass & Enamelling

Saturday 21 September - Saturday 05 October

Chiddingly Festival

Church Lane, Chiddingly BN8 6HE A Harvest of the Arts held in Chiddingly village for over 40 years.

#HolidayInspirations Show

Monday 23 September - Thursday 26 September, 09:00–10:30

01435 874600 01323 472167

Mill Lane, South Chailey BN8 4PU No appointment necessary. 01273 890407

Thursday 26 September

Thursday 26 September, 19:30-21:30

The Old Palace, Mayfield TN20 6PH To arrange a visit:

Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1UE An illustrated talk ‘Birds Behaving Badly’ by Dominic Couzens, Nature & Travel Writer £3.00 for SWT members, £4.00 for visitors - all welcome. Janet Nott Secretary 01424 777291 whats-on

Open Mornings at Chailey School

Sunday 22 September, 11.00–15.00

The Grand Wedding Showcase

The Grand Hotel Eastbourne, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne BN21 4EQ Attend the Grand’s informative and inspirational Wedding Showcase, view several celebration rooms and meet with suppliers to plan your big day! Events Team 01323 412345

Wednesday 25 September, 10:00-15:30

The Friends of Mayfield Michaelmas Fair

Mayfield School, The Old Palace, Mayfield TN20 6PH Over 50 stall including jewellery & accessories, luxury ladies and menswear, food and drink court and home accessories.

Open Evening at Mayfield Girls School Sixth Form

Thursday 26 September, 10.30–15:30

The Good Life Event

Welcome Building, Devonshire Quarter, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4BP The annual Good Life Event presented by Eastbourne Seniors Forum.

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Thursday 26 September, 14:00-17:00 Friday 27 & Saturday 28, 10:00-17:00 Sunday 29 September, 10:00-16:00

Commemoration Hall Jumble Sale, Tombola, jumble, cakes, bric a brac and more. 50p Cath 01892 782088 07835 816 963

Lewes House, High Street, Lewes BN7 2LX ‘Celebrating Life’ demonstrates many of the ways that artists interpret the human figure. Over 50 works by fifteen artists will be on show.

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September, 11:00-17:00 Saturday 05 & Sunday 06 October, 11:00 -17:00

Celebrating Life - Star Life Group Art Exhibition

Friday 27 September, 10.30-12.00

Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning


Herstmonceux Information Centre, 2/3 The Old Forge, Gardner’s Street, Herstmonceux BN27 4LG Join us for a cuppa cake & a chat and to raise money for this worthy cause. Sheila Charlton 01323 833673


Friday 27 September

Joe Cocker Tribute

Uckfield Civic Centre, Uckfield TN22 1AE Featuring Bob Brookes plus 10 piece orchestra. Friday 27 September, 10:00–11:30

Cranwell Wealth Solutions

Uckfield Civic Centre, Uckfield TN22 1AE Drop in Surgery. Saturday 28 September, 09:30–11:30

Jumble Sale

Commemoration Hall, High Street, Wadhurst TN5 6AP Wadhurst Charities – Wadhurst Scouts, Rainbows, History Society and

Chiddingly Artists Open Studios

Artists and makers will be opening their studios and exhibiting their work as part of Chiddingly Artists Open Studios (‘CAOS’) over two weekends this autumn. Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September

Wyntercon VI

Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne BN21 2UF Huge community Comic Con with workshops and a costume competition from £8. Sunday 29 September, 09:00–15:00

Antique and Collectors Fair Horam Village Hall, Horam TN21 0JE Refreshments - Parking. Mary 07899 996568 Sunday 29 September, from 10:30

The Bevern Trust: Thanksgiving Service

St. Mary’s Church, Barcombe BN8 5AT In their 20th Anniversary year, help raise £20k by attending a thanksgiving service. There’s tea & cake to begin with, followed by a hog roast.



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am frequently asked for tax advice on the family home and it is often the same questions that are asked so I thought I would devote this month’s editorial to the subject. Our homes are very emotive, and we get protective of them especially when we discuss tax, but in the eyes of HMRC it is just an asset like any other, the only difference being that your home can attract a very big tax relief, Private Residence Relief. There seems a misconception that we don’t pay tax when we sell our home because of Private Residence Relief, but this isn’t necessarily true. There are several factors that must be considered before that conclusion is reached, and below are a few I have dealt with over the past weeks. If you have occupied the property as your only home throughout your period of ownership, then you are likely to qualify for the tax relief which will stop any gain you make when selling the property being taxed to Capital Gains Tax. But sometimes people have owned the property for some time either before they move in or they keep the property after they move out, and sometimes people have more than one property and live in both at different times of the year. As the exemption only

qualifies for the period that you occupied the property as your main residence, then perhaps you can see why a tax liability might arise. Common problems arise where a married couple each own a property, they might live in one property and keep the other. For tax purposes a married couple can only have one property as their main residence and so an unexpected tax liability might arise should one of them be sold. Another problem arises where someone may buy a property to develop and sell on at a profit. Living in the property whilst it is being developed and claiming Private Residence Relief to stop the gain being taxed will not be completely successful because Private Residence Relief is a Capital Gains Tax Relief whereas buying an asset to develop and sell on at a profit is trading and subject to Income Tax not Capital Gains Tax, and there isn’t a similar relief for Income Tax. There are several interesting tax tribunal cases deciding whether Private Residence Relief is available or not in specific circumstances and maybe I’ll cover these at a later date as they could easily be relevant to the ordinary situations we might find ourselves in. Two examples that immediately come to mind are a house that was also a guest house as well as being the owner’s home, and an unfortunate gentleman who only owned his house for a short period of time before selling it on for a profit. Outside the scope of this editorial but still important when considering Capital Gains Tax on property are the new tax rules coming in from 6th April next year. These will restrict the tax free period at the end of ownership down from 18 months to nine, and cut-back almost to extinction another valuable tax relief available to property owners, Lettings Relief. A different tax which applies to property is Inheritance Tax. As mentioned above the valuable Private Residence Relief is a Capital Gains Tax Relief and there is not a similar relief to Inheritance Tax. This is a particular bone of contention for me because everyone has the same Inheritance Tax rates, yet property prices are much higher in some parts of the country than others and this can turn inheritance tax into a “postcode tax”. The recent introduction of the Residence Nil Rate band has helped soften the blow for some, but the problem still exists. Something else for another time perhaps, the home is often a family’s main asset and so it is perhaps no surprise that a number of arrangements were suggested to remove the family home from Inheritance Tax altogether but these too are proving difficult to be successful in avoiding the Gifts with Reservation of Benefit rules and Pre-Owned Asset Tax. I’ve seen extreme cases where people have transferred the ownership of their homes away from their family to avoid tax! It seems we’ve identified a number of topics for the upcoming months! Money Matters is written by Robin Stevenson CTA ATT TEP, Head of Taxation & Private Clients, Swindells LLP Chartered Accountants & Chartered Tax Advisers Tel: 01825 763366 As individual circumstances vary considerably from person to person, the views expressed in this article are meant only as a general guide, and any specific advice required should be sought from your own professional adviser or by contacting the writer at his place of work. No responsibility for loss resulting to any person acting as a result of any material in the above article can be accepted by the writer or Swindells LLP.

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