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Cover Stories


28 Wedding special

Welcome to the February issue of Sussex Living, we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have putting it together! February is traditionally the month of love, but why is that? From page 22 Hanna Lindon gives us a detailed Valentine’s history, and some of it is positively unromantic! Getting back on track with the love theme, we have our fantastic wedding special starting on page 28. If you are planning your nuptials it’s the perfect way to find ideas for stunning cakes and cute kids. Would you like to find out how your life could be made easier around the house? With home technology developing at a fast pace, on page 46 Lisa de Silva gives us a comprehensive guide on smart technology and how a hi-tech environment can make activities effortless by simply lifting a finger. If you enjoy rambling, turn to page 74 and have a look at Robert Veitch’s walk around Chailey Common, hopefully the weather will be kind enough to blow the winter cobwebs away. If you’re a galanthophile, then the snowdrop festival from the NGS is for you. Turn to page 56 to see where your local gardens are. Combining his love of the lawn mower and supporting young people in the community, inspired Clive Gravett set up The Budding Foundation. Turn to page 78 to find out how you may be able to help with his worthwhile work. And finally, congratulations to our two winners from the December crossword competition. Well done to Shirley Mitchell who wins a £20 voucher from Seasons in Forest Row, and many congratulations to Pauline from Portslade who wins a £25 voucher from Absolute Solutions in Lindfield. We would also like to say thank you to our advertisers who kindly donated the prizes. See you next month!

46 Smart homes

From little angels to cakes Houses of the future

56 Snowdrop festival

Two snowdrop gardens opening for the NGS

64 Danehill

An illustrated journey around the village

72 Lewes

Art Trail

28 Bridesmaids Cheryl Watkins

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Wedding Cakes

Regulars 8

Local living

The latest community news and events

14 Health hub

Dr Rees explores epilepsy

39 Beautiful you

Making you blush

41 Stitch in time

Corduroy couture

42 Body buzz

The art of happiness

54 Dear Sussex Living

Feedback from our readers

60 Blooming times

Big garden clear up



Features 6

Love letters,

A Victorian box of delights

Natural living

February in bloom


How to add value to your abode

74 Chailey walk

Take a trek around Chailey Common

80 Diary dates

Local event listings

12 Book review


16 Real Bread Week


17 Crossways


18 Goulash


22 Valentine’s history


An explosive read Using your loaf to bake your own Fine fish and chips in Hurstpierpoint Are you Hungary? It wasn’t always flowers and chocolates

31 Mama Gin,

Stylish drinks for your event

34 Chirpees Flowers

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44 Henfield silent auction


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Business to business

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Imagine discovering a box hidden in your home, containing almost two centuries of your family history held within delicate, handwritten letters full of detail and surprise

Joyce Sleight, Jill Turner, Jane Goring, Janine Harvey, Janet Pennington

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& Letters I met the ‘five J’s’ at the book launch of Lives, Loves and Letters, where the ladies unveiled the fascinating project, which has intertwined their lives for the past decade. Jill told me how sad she was that the work was finished. There were about 400 letters written in small, looped writing and the ink had often made holes

This is what happened to Harry Goring, when in 2004 he chanced upon a long forgotten wooden Estate box, full of letters written between 1743 and 1905 by his great-great grandfather Charles Goring, his family and their many descendents. Harry’s sister Jane began investigating the letters, which had been tied in small bundles by their father and uncle, John and Francis Goring, and written on the thinnest paper, often overwritten when the writer ran out of space. Jane found the letters a challenge to decipher and invited three friends to assist; Estate Secretary Jill Turner and qualified historians, Janet Pennington and Joyce Sleight, a retired history teacher. It eventually became apparent that there was a potential book waiting in the transcripts and a fifth member, Janine Harvey, put her superb IT skills to good use and a prototype began to take shape which, after many years of painstaking work, has recently been published.

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Lives, Loves and Letters is a testament to the dedication of the five ladies and a fascinating glimpse at a world long gone but affectionately remembered

through the paper, making it incredibly difficult to decipher. After seeing a tissue thin letter, overlaid with writing above the original script, it seemed incredible that so much detail had been pulled from such intricate, tiny words. The letters span Victorian domestic life, details of a Bishop’s palace in Malta, letters from schoolboys to their parents and descriptions of Mediterranean voyages, Scottish rail journeys and wild boar hunting in Morocco. Elizabeth Goring, born in 1799, was married to Walter Trower, later appointed Bishop of Gibraltar and letters between Elizabeth and her three daughters detail accounts of their social lives, travels and life in Malta during the 1860s. Adventurous travels through Portugal and Spain were vividly described by a cousin, John Ballard and romantic letters between Isabella Goring and her husband John and their eight children give a unique, intimate portrait of Victorian life. Woven between the contents of the letters is a rigorously researched history of this influential Sussex family from the reign of King George III to Edwardian times, beginning with Charles Goring, the man who famously planted the beech trees on the prehistoric earthwork, Chanctonbury Ring. Lives, Loves and Letters, which can be ordered directly from the website, is a testament to the dedication of the five ladies and a fascinating glimpse at a world long gone but affectionately remembered.

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Send us all your news and events for the local Mid Sussex, Lewes and Worthing community, then read about them here. Horsham Waste Collection Service is Changing From February 2018, Horsham District Council will be rolling out changes to your waste and recycling collection service. What’s changing? Your recycling will be collected one week and your household waste will be collected the same day the following week. Garden waste will continue to be collected fortnightly for those who have subscribed to this service. All households will have received information in mid January explaining the changes and giving each household their new personalised collection dates. After that you can also remind yourself of your new collection dates via your online personalised collections calendar: bincalendar Over three quarters of local authorities now operate this alternate weekly collection service with some of these councils seeing a resulting increase in recycling of up to 9%. If you have any questions about this please visit our website in the first instance which will answer most of your queries and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section. To find out more please visit: New waste and recycling collection service newbincollections. Recycling top tips thinkbeforeyouthrow

Ditchling Film Society We have two films in February with the first on Thursday, 1 February 2018 when we shall be showing Julieta, a slick and stylish film directed by Pedro Almodovar. After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta learns that her long-lost daughter, Antia, has resurfaced alive and well. Considered by many to be one of Almodovar’s finest films, this is an intimate family drama full of mystery and buried secrets. Director: Pedro Almodovar, Spain, 2016, 99 mins, 15 Cert. Our second film of the month

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will be on Thursday, 15 February 2018 when we will be screening Denial, a British/American historical drama. When university professor, Deborah Lipstadt includes World War II historian, David Irving, in a book about the Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. Director Mick Jackson, England, 2016, 169 mins, 12A Cert. Shown in Ditchling Village Hall, the films start at 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5.00 payable at the door.

Henfield Garden Club’s Seasonal Speaker On Tuesday 6th February from 7pm Dr Steve Millam presents The Potato: Past - Present – Future. Dr Steve Millam is a lecturer in Horticulture at Brinsbury College. He worked for 18 years at the Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee, famous for its work on barley, potatoes (including Pentland) raspberries and blackcurrants. He was part of the Potato Breeding team and among the potato varieties he worked on were Anya and Mayan Gold. In addition to his PhD he became a Lecturer in Horticulture in 2007 - while at Brinsbury he contributed to the College winning the Young Gardener of the Year three times in a row. He will be giving some advice on seasonal potatoes and growing tips, and no doubt all of us who have a vegetable space in our garden, or perhaps an allotment, will benefit from Steve’s immense knowledge on the subject. You can see our full range of activities planned

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Paws and Claws Coffee Morning Paws and Claws cat rescue charity is holding a coffee morning in Lindfield on February 24th at The King Edward Hall, from 10am to 12 noon. There will be homemade cakes with the refreshments, as well as stalls selling books, cards, and bric-a-brac, along with a tombola and raffle. All money raised goes towards the care of our cats and running of our rescue centre. Many of the cats come to us needing significant veterinary care before we can put them up for adoption, so any donation is very welcome. We are an independent charity run by volunteers and have been going now for 40 years. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of unwanted, neglected and abandoned cats and kittens in Mid-Sussex. No animal is put to sleep except on veterinary advice. Another side to our work is to give a permanent home at our centre for the elderly cats no one wants, where they can live out their retirement in a homelike environment in The Pavilion which also has a safe garden

for them to enjoy. As we are small, viewing the cats is by appointment. Ring Val on 01444 457758. Please visit for more information.

Strings, Keys and Big Band Harmonies The wonderful local group Ensemble Reza present an evening of Slavonic string quartets including works by Dvorak and Shostakovich on Saturday 24th February, 7pm at Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road for the Haywards Heath Music Society. Described as, “in a league of their own, absolutely thrilling…their music sounds so spontaneous as if improvised and is also such a delight to watch with their frequent exchanges and obvious enjoyment.” Next month husband and wife piano duo, Philippa Harrison and James Willshire will play works by Schubert, Debussy and the gorgeous Scheherazade by Rimsky Korsakov on Saturday 24th March at 7.45pm at St Wilfrid’s Church. Swing rhythms and big band harmonies are sure to delight the audience when the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Ambassadors play well-loved jazz classics from The Great American Songbook and swing-era standards on Saturday 28th April 2018. The concerts are open to non-members, and tickets, priced at £12 members and £15 non-members, are available from Carousel Music (Tel: 01444 417654) or on the door. To encourage parents to bring their family along, up to two adults accompanied by an under-18 will be admitted for half price. For further information, telephone the Secretary on 01444 456227, or visit www.haywardsheathmusicsociety.

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Scaynes Hill Cricket Club We have three Senior cricket teams who play on a Saturday throughout the season, playing a total of 54 games combined. The senior teams play in Division 6 Central, 8 Central and 11 North Central of the highly regarded Sussex Cricket League, we have two Junior teams who play through the week, U11’s and U13’s. We also have a full fixture list of Sunday games plus midweek games, including Touring teams, Last Man Standing teams and Presidents week. U10’s and below are welcome to come along to our Saturday morning training sessions and our All Star Sessions – further information will be found on our website soon! Pre-Season Nets start 18th March, 2018 for 5 weeks, at Sussex CCC, 3pm-6pm for Seniors and Juniors with ECB Level 3 Coaching. 3 Nets with bowling machines available. Matthew Green (MCC Assistant Coach) will run all sessions. Georgia Adams (Women’s Sussex CCC Captain) will be attending 3 of the 5 Junior sessions. All ages and abilities welcome! Interested? Please contact matthewchurch123@ for more details. com (Twitter) @ScaynesHillCC.

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Epilepsy was recorded as far back as the ancient Egyptians, who like the Aztecs, used to bore holes in the skull to let out ‘evil spirits’. Dr Rees gives us an insight into this condition that affects about 1 in 200-400 of the population

What is

Epilepsy? Epilepsy is due to the normal electrical activity of brain cells becoming excessive and abnormal throughout the brain, which is known as generalised epilepsy, or in a localised part of the brain called focal epilepsy. Petit Mal is a disorder of childhood; it is a generalised epilepsy and one that most children grow out of as their brain matures. It is characterised by little episodes of altered awareness (absences), lasting some seconds, eyelid flickering and occasionally by limb or body jerks. The brain wave test (EEG) is usually characteristically abnormal and responds well to medication. Grand mal is also a generalised epilepsy which is characterised by loss of consciousness and a convulsion (fit), which looks very alarming but only rarely causes the patient damage. A fit (seizure/epileptic attack) may last a few minutes following which the patient is often confused for some time. Tongue biting and incontinence sometimes accompany an attack. If you witness an attack simply ensure that the patient is on their side, is safe and has a good airway by bending the head backwards, never put your fingers in their mouth! Rarely, a fit may be prolonged requiring hospital admission. Most fits occur while awake but a minority occur during sleep. The cause of generalised epilepsy is

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not fully understood but may arise during the brain’s development inside the mother, it may be due to birth difficulties and sometimes how the cerebral cortex (brain surface), develops. The focal epilepsies arise in a part of the brain and so cause symptoms relevant to its function, i.e. a localised fit affecting a limb or one side of the body, odd inappropriate tastes, smells, sensations, memories or occasionally visual hallucinations. Very rarely a focal fit can become generalised. They indicate that there is a local problem in the brain which could be due to

Nearly all neurology departments run epilepsy clinics with specialist nurses on hand

infection, tumour, trauma or most commonly the result of birth difficulty or prolonged febrile seizures. The latter are the commonest form of epilepsy and are the child’s brain response to a fever. They are usually easily treated by lowering temperature and occasionally drugs to control epilepsy (anticonvulsants). Nearly all children grow out of these fits as their brain matures, by age 5-6. Problems may arise if a febrile fit goes on for more than 10-15 minutes, causing part of the brain to suffer a relative lack of oxygen leading in later life to a focal epilepsy. The majority of patients with epilepsy are well controlled on anticonvulsant medication, experience no fits with few or no side effects from the drugs, allowing them with attention to lifestyle, to live full lives including driving. However, there remain some patients for whom control of their epilepsy remains very difficult. The diagnosis of epilepsy requires two or more seizures. There are obvious potential limitations when epilepsy is diagnosed in relation to school, employment, some sports, driving etc. (DVLA must be informed by the patient). Epilepsy should therefore be fully investigated by a specialist including EEG, CT/MRI imaging studies where necessary and a precise diagnosis reached with appropriate treatment whenever possible. Nearly all neurology departments run epilepsy clinics with specialist nurses on hand and the epilepsy charities are extremely active and useful for patients and their families. Surgery is only relevant to the treatment of a very few patients with focal epilepsy.

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Way to Dough! The 10th annual, international #RealBreadWeek this year runs from 24 February to 4 March, read on to discover how you could get involved Launched in 2009 and run each year since by the Real Bread Campaign, the slightly-morethan-a-week celebrates additivefree loaves and the people who make them. Bakeries, baking schools and other flour arrangers are encouraged to run Real Bread classes, tastings, feasts and other events to share the delicious delights of all-natural loaves. Everyone else is invited to get involved, either by buying a loaf of Real Bread from a local bakery at the heart of your local community, or baking your own. To help you track down loaves and classes near you, the Real Bread Campaign’s website

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Hungarian Beef Goulash

Goulash is a dish that originated around the ninth century in Hungary. It is attributed to herdsmen who prepared a stew from cubed beef. The dish’s name in Hungarian is ‘gulyas’, which is derived from the Hungarian word for herdsman. It is rich, comforting, delicious and just right for this time of year – yum!





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1kg good braising steak, chuck steak is preferable 1 tbsp sunflower oil 3 medium onions, cut into 12 wedges 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp hot smoked paprika 1 tbsp paprika 1 beef stock cube 600ml cold water 200ml red wine 400g can of chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato puree 2 bay leaves 1 red pepper


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1 green pepper 1 orange pepper Flaked sea salt Freshly ground black pepper ¼ pint of soured cream


1. Preheat the oven to 170C/ Fan 150C/Gas 3½. Trim any hard fat off the beef and cut the meat into rough 4cm chunks. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. 2. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish. Add the steak and fry over a high

heat until nicely browned all over, turning regularly. Tip the onions into the pan and cook with the beef for 5 minutes until softened. Add the crushed garlic and cook for a further minute, stirring regularly. 3. Sprinkle both paprikas over the meat and crumble the beef stock cube on top. Add the water, tomatoes, tomato puree and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper, stir well and bring to a simmer. Cover with a tightly fitting lid and transfer the dish to the oven. Cook for 1½ hours.

4. While the beef is cooking, remove the core and seeds from each pepper and throw them away. Cut each pepper into chunks of about 3cm. When the beef has cooked for 1½ hours, carefully remove the dish from the oven. Stir in the peppers, put the lid back on and put the goulash back in the oven for a further hour or until the beef is meltingly tender. 5. Serve with rice, but mashed potatoes or crusty bread are equally good. Drizzle some soured cream over the top.

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Valentine’s Day hasn’t always been about chocolates and flowers. Hanna Lindon takes a look back at the origins and traditions of February 14th Legend has it that the first Valentine’s card was sent by the Christian bishop, Valentine of Rome. Arrested by the Emperor Claudius for secretly helping Christian couples to marry, he fell in love with the jailer’s blind daughter and penned her a farewell note prior to his execution that he signed, “from your Valentine.” Historians now think that this romantic tale is apocryphal, but there’s no doubt that the origins of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to Ancient Rome and beyond.

Religious roots

The story starts in the pre-Christian era, when pagan Romans gathered together on 15th February to celebrate a festival of fertility and cleansing called Lupercalia. There was no flower-giving and cardexchanging. Instead, priests called Luperci would cut thongs from the skins of sacrificial goats and caper around the Palentine Hill in the centre of Rome whipping any young woman who came near them. The idea was that blows with these makeshift whips would increase women’s fertility. Interestingly, the month of February was originally named after the Lupercalia festivities. ‘Februum’ means purification in Latin

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and the goat-skin whips used by the Luperci was reportedly called ‘februa’. Lupercalia was banned in 391 alongside all other non-Christian cults and festivals, but it was soon to

be replaced with another celebration. In 496, Pope Gelasius I declared February 14th to be St Valentine’s Day. The identity of the man who this religious feast day was designed to celebrate, however, is still unclear. Some historians believe it was the Roman bishop who penned that romantic note to his jailer’s daughter. Other accounts claim that Valentine was the Bishop of Terni, who was also executed by the emperor Claudius at around the same time. In the early 1800s, archaeologists were excavating a catacomb near Rome when they uncovered skeletal remains and relics thought to belong to one of these early martyrs. Pieces of this skeleton were distributed around the world and St Valentine’s finger bone ended up in England. Modernday pilgrims can see it displayed in St John’s Church, Coventry.

The birds and the bees

As far as we know, it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that Valentine’s Day began to be associated with romantic love. The credit for this transformation seems to lie with the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. In his poem Parliament of Foules, he wrote: “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day, Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.” Chaucer was voicing a common belief that birds began to look for their mates on February 14th. This was a widespread notion but it was rooted most strongly in Sussex, where Valentine’s Day was referred to for centuries as ‘the birds wedding day’. People even believed that the bird a girl saw on February 14th would determine the type of man she might marry. Seeing a hen and cockerel together meant you could look forward to an early wedding day, while a blackbird meant you would marry a man of the cloth. A dove represented a kind man, a goldfinch a wealthy man, and a sparrow a man of the country. By the Elizabethan era, the association between Valentine’s Day and the birds and the bees had become entrenched. In the late 16th century, the poet Drayton penned a poem called To His Valentine in which he wrote: “Each little bird this tide, Doth choose her beloved peer, Which constantly abide, In wedlock all the year.” From the Middle Ages, Valentine’s Day had been strongly associated with courtly love. The first recorded Valentine’s card was sent by the Duke of Orleans, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London after the Battle of

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As far as we know, it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that Valentine’s Day began to be associated with romantic love Agincourt and wrote to his wife: “Je suis desja d’amour tanné, Ma tres doulce Valentinée.” It translates roughly as: “I am already sick of love, my very gentle Valentine.” You can still see the Duke’s letter in the manuscript collections of the British Library, alongside the earliest English Language Valentine’s note. Sent by Margery Brews in 1477, it describes her fiancé John Paston as “my right reverent and worshipful and my right well-beloved valentine.”

Shakespeare in love

It was Shakespeare who confirmed that the romantic traditions of Valentine’s Day were well and truly established by the 17th century. In Hamlet, Ophelia refers to a traditional belief that you

would marry the first maiden you saw on February 14th. “To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day, All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your Valentine.” Shakespeare also knew about Lupercalia. He set the opening scenes of Julius Caesar during the Pagan

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Day in other ways. Romeo and Juliet is seen as the ultimate romantic love story, and his Sonnets are among the most quoted poems in Valentine’s cards. The most familiar Valentine’s Day ditty, however, can’t be credited to Shakespeare. It originated in Edmund Spenser’s 1590s epic, The Faerie Queen, which featured the lines: “She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.” This was later adapted in an 18thcentury book of nursery rhymes to read: “The rose is red, the violet’s blue, The honey’s sweet, and so are you. Thou art my love and I am thine; I drew thee to my Valentine: The lot was cast and then I drew, And Fortune said it shou’d be you.”

looked upon as a good omen of their being man and wife afterwards.” It was around this time that love charms and potions also became increasingly popular. One tradition saw girls pin bay leaves to their pillows on the eve of St Valentine’s Day, hoping to dream of their future husbands. Sixteenth and seventeenth century sources also detail some truly disgusting love potions, including periwinkles mixed with leeks and earthworms, Spanish flies and blood, and fried mashed worms combined with bodily fluids. Some men would demonstrate their affection by pinning a heart-shape piece of paper to their sleeve with the name of their beloved written on it. This custom led to the expression: ‘wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve’. It was in the mid-18th century that the passing of love notes first became

Traditions over time

The first Valentine’s traditions can be traced back to the Middle Ages. According to Henry Bourne in his 1725 work Antinquitates Vulgares, a custom of ‘drawing names’ had become popular by the early 18th century. “It is a ceremony, never omitted among the Vulgar, to draw Lots which they Term Valentines, on the Eve before Valentine-day,” Bourne wrote. “The names of a select number of one sex, are by an equal number of the other put into some vessel; and after that, every one draws a name, which… is called their Valentine, and is also

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popular. Postal services had begun to be more affordable and lovers began to send cards decorated with lace. The Diary of Samuel Pepys contains regular references to Valentines’ missives, and towards the end of the 18th century a selection of advice pamphlets was published. The idea was that lovers could leaf through a selection of verses and choose one to suit their own situation. This verse comes from The New English Valentine Writer: “Was there ever an urchin like Cupid so sly? Well armed and mounted aloft in the sky; He wound, and we love, and then off he does fly. That I have wounded, alas, is too true, and that I can only be healed by you; Is likewise a fact. Ah! What shall I do? I’ll rely on thy pity, dear charmer of mine. Sure you’ll not break the heart of thy poor Valentine!”

costs, and this number increased to 400,000 after the invention of the postage stamp in 1840. Not all of them were genuine. The Victorians popularised the sending of ‘vinegar Valentines’, which were designed to insult the recipient. The University of Birmingham has an example showing a woman with a large nose. The verse underneath this picture reads, “On account of your talk of others’ affairs, continued on page 26

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At most dances you sit warming the chairs, Because of the care with which you attend, To all other’s business you haven’t a friend.” A more humorous vinegar Valentine displayed at York Castle Museum

contains a loop of real human hair tied into a moustache and a pointed message: “For the New Woman! With St Valentine’s Heartiest Greetings

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and Best Hopes that she will receive another [moustache] – With A Man Attached.” By the mid 19th century, people had already begun to send presents as well as cards on Valentine’s Day. It was around this time that the very first Valentine’s chocolate box was produced, fashioned in the shape of a heart and decorated with Cupids and roses. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that discontent surrounding the commercialisation of Valentine’s Day was already emerging in the Victorian era. The New York Daily Tribune ran an article in 1847, when the holiday had become popularly established in America, bemoaning the loss of old-fashioned romance. “There was a time when Valentine’s Day meant something,” the piece declared, “then it was a business of real lovers and there was sweetness under its delicate shy disguise. Good [graces]! that’s gone long ago. Now nobody makes more than a joke of it. We hate this modern degeneracy, this miscellaneous and business fashion. Send a Valentine by the penny post too? Bah! Give us the sweet old days when there was a mystery about it.”

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It’s not always easy to know what to do with little children at weddings, so getting them involved in the ceremony is a perfect way to keep them happy. Plus, the adorable wedding photos will get everyone talking It’s a lovely tradition to get children involved in wedding ceremonies. Not only will it keep them occupied and happy but will bring many a laugh when looking through the wedding photos over the years to come. When thinking about who to choose, the children of friends and family are the usual choice for filling the roles of pageboys, flower girls and bridesmaids. Traditionally pageboys are young male attendants at formal weddings, whose role is to carry the bride’s train (especially if it is a very long one). Though they are less and less common at


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modern weddings (as are bridal trains), it’s a lovely way to get young children involved in your wedding and to make them feel an important part of your special day. Being a ring bearer would be another task for a young boy and, being a ‘special’ page, he would carry the wedding rings for the bridal party and present them to the couple at the exchange of the rings part of the ceremony. A symbolic way to approach this is for the boy to carry a satin cushion embroidered with rings, while the actual rings are kept for safekeeping with the best man, who, at most modern weddings has taken on the the ring bearer’s duties. Although pageboys and ring bearers are not often part of wedding ceremonies these

days, flower girls still play a large role. Traditionally, and to this day, flower girls walk in front of the bride and carry a basket of flower petals, which they spread on the floor in front of her. This tradition originates from Ancient Rome, where a young virgin would carry sheaths of wheat before the bride, a gesture that was supposed to bring wellbeing to the newlyweds. Wheat gave way to flowers over the course of time, though not before young girls carried garlic for the bride in the Middle Ages. When going through your list of friends and family’s children, it’s worth thinking about a couple of things before asking them to take on the role. Age is an important factor, as very young children will find it difficult to manage some of the

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tasks. For flower girls, children over five should be suitable to carry out (and enjoy) the task of scattering the flower petals. As for pageboys, depending on the length and weight of the train, seven years or older should make them capable of the task – though older bridesmaids are now more often than not stepping in to do this. Older children can also help with seating guests and other last minute jobs that may occur. Once you have the ‘who’, it’s time to think about what to dress them in. This mainly depends on the formality of the wedding. For traditional weddings boys usually wear classic knickerbockers with cummerbunds and doublebreasted shirts. Girls don fullskirted dresses complete with a sash and bow while frills decorate the collar and sleeves of their dress. Both girls and boys wear pale shoes with white socks or tights. For less formal weddings, it has recently become the norm to dress children down, so that

they can comfortably enjoy the wedding day celebrations. Girls can be dressed in beautiful net, tulle or lace detailed skirts to make them fit for the perfect fairy tale wedding, while boys can be dressed down in handsome chinos with a crisp shirt and bow tie. Neutral pumps or even trainers are a popular choice for little pageboys, flower girls and bridesmaids, as these can be reused after the wedding and allows for comfortable playtime. Don’t think scruffy plimsolls but a light coloured shoe that complements their ensemble – and looks on trend too! Finally, a challenge you might face is if your bridesmaids are mixed ages. Find dresses that complement each other rather than matching entirely. Chic and simple designs are perfect for this occasion and will look lovely grouped together. Flower hair circlets also look stunning on all ages, such as floral head dresses made out of large blooms or even a dainty hair vine for a sophisticated touch.

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Eliot can create bespoke cocktails to personal taste and clients can design their own drinks menu if they prefer a pre-dinner cocktails service where the team will visit your home to provide cocktails before dinner. These are just a few of the packages Mama Gin offer. Eliot is super keen to use local products, even down to the fruit and tonic water and he thrives on providing a fun environment for people and catering to personalised ideas for his clients. In addition, a funky handmade wood static bar

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for the love of cake The masterpiece of the wedding reception is, of course, the wedding cake. These days it’s very different from its Ancient Roman predecessor, which was a loaf of bread presented to the newlyweds where the groom would crumble it over the bride’s head for good luck. Though the wedding cakes of today carry on their heritage of bringing prosperity to the couple and their guests, they are usually a sweet treat served after the wedding banquet.

The history of the wedding cake

In the 17th century two cakes were made: a ‘bride’s’ and a ‘groom’s’. This was because the bride’s cake was seen as too feminine for the groom to enjoy. The groom’s cake would be a dark, alcoholsoaked fruitcake, which is similar to the traditional icing covered wedding cake that later became the trend. Tiered wedding cakes originate from when scones and biscuits were piled high and the newly wed couple had to kiss over the top of the mound. If they managed the kiss without toppling the

Wedding cakes have been the pièce de résistance at the wedding reception for centuries. From fascinating histories to on-trend flavours and styles of today, find out more about these fabulous must-haves

pile, they were assured a lifetime of prosperity. Later, the groom’s cake and the piles of scones and biscuits were brought together to create the traditional tiered fruitcake topped with marzipan and icing. This was seen as a luxury item and the bigger the cake, the higher the social standing was. It was the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert that set the trend of white icing on a wedding cake. Their wedding cake was covered in white icing (later known as royal icing) and this came to symbolise money and social importance in Victorian times. These fruitcakes usually came with three tiers and each tier had a special purpose. The bottom tier (the largest) was for eating at the ceremony, while the middle was for guests to take home. The top and smallest tier, was kept and eaten at the couple’s first child’s christening - in the 19th century this usually followed the wedding rather quickly! As the cake was a fruitcake, it had a long shelf life so could be kept for quite some time after the wedding. In the 20th and 21st centuries this tradition changed as families were started later, so the top tier was kept for the couple to enjoy at their first wedding

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Ruth Lawrence recently visited Steph and designer Tim Walsh of Chirpee Flowers to hear how they can create a fairytale wedding from classic, to the totally alternative, taking care of everything floral from hair, bouquet, cake, installations and table decorations Claude Monet once wrote, “I must have flowers, always and always,” and the same could certainly be said of Steph Willoughby, Chelsea Gold medal winner, international florist, teacher and judge. It’s obvious that Steph lives her life’s vocation; quietly spoken and modest despite her stellar career, she buzzes with ideas and enthusiasm and adores making the couple’s day as special as her limitless imagination will allow. I caught sight of her fabulous ‘flower dress’ where white silk has been adorned with a cascade of flowers that tumble to the hem and a stunning white floral festoon of blooms to trail along the ground

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while held in an outstretched hand. Her bouquets are breathtaking; deep, rich colours offset with luxuriant foliage, each a triumph of subtle combinations and shading. I particularly loved a creation of vintage pink rose and deep lilac dotted with tiny sprays of pure white. A stunning full length table decoration used scarlet roses and purple grapes interspersed with glimpses of

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baby pink blooms and rosy apples peeping through the flowers - it looked spectacular on the crisp ivory linen table cloth beneath. “We have created pagan, Indian and gothic weddings as well as the classic traditional weddings for any couple,” Steph told me; “and we can create wedding packages for all budgets and bespoke requests.” Wild flowers are apparently on trend at the moment and the colour of the year is the strong purple, ultraviolet. Wild flowers can create a memorable personal bouquet as traditionally, all flowers of the field held specific meanings and flowers told a language of their own.

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As most wedding bookings come from personal recommendation, Steph gets to know the brides really well and many have become friends. An initial enquiry and chat about colours and themes leads to a design centred upon the wedding dress. All consultation is done at the client’s home or wedding venue, making it far more personal than visiting a shop and being surrounded by customers. A mood board is created along with sketches so that each client can visualise the entire effect and be certain that their wedding looks exactly as they have dreamed. Flowers can even be preserved after the special day if a client wants an everlasting memory to keep. Steph is a Master Florist and has trained eighteen Chelsea gold medal winners; for the last 21 years she has also been teaching floristry and has taught hundreds of students from many countries. Chirpee Flowers has courses ranging from day long workshops to ten week online classes with flexible learning, appealing to young people, professionals and the retired. She hosts bespoke workshops for up to a dozen people, which make wonderful gifts for Mothers Day, Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. Brides and their mothers can attend the ‘Mum and Me’ workshop to help them make decisions for the wedding based on what they have learned. A more in depth two day ‘Bridal Flowers’ course covers everything from creating corsages, buttonholes and bridal hand tied floral designs to caring for flowers and budgeting for the event. The

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anniversary instead. Wedding cake toppers became popular in the 50s, where a miniature model of a bride and her groom would be put on top of the cake. The topper tradition is still followed today, but now they’re usually decorated with flowers, dried herbs such as rosemary sprigs, or even fruit. These are either real or made out of colourful icing or marzipan.

The wedding cake and the ceremony that surrounds it is an important part of any wedding day. The cutting of the cake is a charming tradition, and great photo moment, that represents the first activity the newlyweds do as a married couple. There is also the tradition of the couple feeding each other a small bite of cake. This symbolises their commitment and showcases their love and affection for each other.

Today’s must-haves

Couples are now moving away from the traditional white-iced fruitcake and are exploring other options to use as the wedding reception’s centrepiece. There’s plenty of different cakes to choose from: flavoured cakes, such as

chocolate, carrot, vanilla and salted caramel, just to name a few; individual cakes, such as cakes constructed of many dainty cupcakes, one for each guest to enjoy or even ‘naked cakes’ that have no icing and are decorated with wild flowers and herbs (the perfect choice for a country wedding). Another increasingly popular option couples have recently been looking at is the cheese wedding cake – a tiered tower of artisan cheese, which creates the perfect cheeseboard. Usually decorated with flowers and fruit this creates a different kind of centrepiece that’s perfect to enjoy at the evening reception, particularly with a glass or two of wine. So whatever cake you decide to go for, whether you bake it yourself with friends or have it made for you, make sure you choose one that suits your personal style and the theme of your wedding.

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Say goodbye to the lengthy process of contouring and hello to your old friend, the blusher. A bit of colour will have you looking brighter (and bolder) with minimal effort In 2018 we are stepping away from the last few years popular make-up trend of contouring and instead turning to the classical way of cheek sculpting - blusher. There’s nothing quite like a pop of blush on your cheeks to instantly transform your complexion. Though it’s one of those tricky make-up products to master, once you figure out its ways of working, it completely transforms your look. Your face shape and

skin colouring are the first points to consider, after which you can delve into which sort of blusher is right for you and different ways of applying it for different occasions. APPLY BLUSHER DEPENDING ON YOUR FACE SHAPE For long face shapes, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend out towards your temples. For oval face shapes, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend with a blush brush. For round face shapes, apply blush in an angular motion, blending from the apples of your cheeks towards your temples. For square face shapes with stronger jawlines, apply your blush in a linear motion a few inches from the sides of your nose. WHAT COLOURS TO CHOOSE BASED ON YOUR SKIN TONE While this season’s trends are shimmering pink and bold red, they may not suit your skin tone. Generally pink or gentle red shades suit lighter tones, while peach and bronzy browns suit darker tones.


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Elevate your look by adding a vivid rouge in bright fuchsia or peachy bronze HOW TO WEAR BLUSHER THIS SEASON For an on-trend look apply a minimal amount of foundation and concealer for naturally glowing skin and use a nude gloss on your lips. Elevate your look by adding a vivid rouge in bright fuchsia or peachy bronze – a bold blush is the perfect way to add a pop of colour to a more neutral look. TIPS AND TRICKS To get a natural ‘lit from within’ flush, first apply a cream blush with a fluffy brush (or alternatively you can


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If you feel like you’ve been a tad overzealous, tone your blush down a bit by dusting loose powder onto your cheekbones.


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That once-stuffy material has been given a contemporary makeover and is making a super-chic comeback this season What cotton or cotton-mix fabric with a raised, ribbed, sheared surface, underlying weave and velvety, soft touch has been a hot trend this autumn/ winter? You’ve guessed it; I’m talking about corduroy. This retro material whose use was once commonly reserved for teachers, is currently enjoying a highfashion moment, something it hasn’t had since the mid-80s. For centuries it was mainly used for men’s working and sports clothing (because of its durability) before becoming a fashionable textile choice in the late 60s. Corduroy was then used to make retro wide-legged trousers; cargo pants and shearling trim jackets, traditionally in the colour range of brown, white, blue, red and green. The once-stuffy material

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then question what can be learned from the answers. This time, it’s not just our Scandinavian cousins who have the monopoly on the feel-good factor, around the globe societies have cultural traditions and rituals, which appear to promote happiness and wellbeing. Aside from infrastructure and big societal set ups for work and home life that other countries may have and potentially do better than us at (such as education and work/life balance), there are also more basic, everyday ways lykke can be achieved. For example, the French as a society greatly value their meal times together,

the Danes rate their ability to cycle safely around their towns as very important and the Finnish cherish their saunas. It’s really all about allowing yourself to enjoy some simple pleasures in life without feeling guilty and ditching any unrealistic expectations and pressure to feel happy in the process. Below are some fun suggestions for you to potentially bring a little lykke into your life this February.


Togetherness! Do something fun together. Human beings are social animals and can thrive if they undertake something as part of a group. Host a

It’s really all about allowing yourself to enjoy some simple pleasures in life without feeling guilty


Too Much Information! Switch off your smart phones, devices and social media notifications. Limiting your time spent on these will undoubtedly lead to more focus and less bombardment on your brain of superfluous information. By all means enjoy it for what it is, but toning down the tech a bit won’t do you any harm.


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For the last two years ‘hygge’, the Danish term for a kind of cosy, candle-lit togetherness, has permeated the British collective consciousness big time. Whether you found it twee or not, the art of hunkering down and creating your own ‘nest’ to see you through the winter, has been a big trend, both on social media and in the real world. Just as we’ve begun to master this Nordic art in our lives (complete with tealights, chunky fishermen jumpers and sheepskins), along comes another buzzword for 2018. This time it’s in the guise of ‘lykke’ (pronounced look-ah). Translating as happiness in Danish, lykke is the art of leading a happy life. Defi nitely not as flaky as it sounds, lykke’s premise is to ascertain what all happy people have in common and

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of organisations and clubs. There is a weekly Monday morning market and a monthly antique market. Recently a substantial redecoration of the entrance hall, kitchen, bar and and Committee Room has been carried out by local residents. However, after a major expenditure to repair the roof last year there is little over for the planned major refurbishment to the main hall and garden room, which is a massive undertaking and will cost a great deal of money. The other recipient of the fundraising is the Henfield Haven (formerly Henfield Day Care Centre). When it was threatened with closure in 2014, a group of local residents agreed to take it over as a Community Interest Company, staffed by volunteers and run by Impact Initiatives - a Sussex based charity. Since re-opening in 2015 the Haven offers a wide variety of services, including a 3-day week high needs service, audiology clinic, a cafe, activities and therapies and a mini-bus has been provided. Plus many small groups use the facilities including an allotment club and recently a ‘Mini Haven’ (Garden Wendy House) for tiny tots. This wonderful facility will only be able to continue its service to the community provided it can support the work with on-going fund raising. The auction on March 23rd at The Henfield Hall, will run from 19:00-21:00 followed by announcements of bid winners. A hot supper is available throughout the evening, and is included in the £10 ticket price. Tickets from 15th January at the Henfield Haven, Jasmines or Stokes in Henfield High Street The Henfield Hall ( The Henfield Haven (impact-initiatives.

The list of tempting items being auctioned includes; tea with MP Nick Herbert at the Houses of Parliament, a trip in a 1903 veteran car returning from Henfield to Brighton including refreshments, a travel voucher for a trip to France, first four of a new collection of reprinted James Herbert titles with glamorous foil edges and two tickets to the exclusive, invitation only launch party in May for Peter James’ next book. If you haven’t been to a silent auction before you may wonder how it works. Each item for sale will have a written description beside it; find the one you would like and write your name, telephone number and amount you are willing to pay. The next

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Where once voice and app controlled gadgets seemed like a gimmick, they will soon be a household norm. There’s nothing like being prepared, Lisa de Silva gives us a steer to a smart new home


By 2020, it’s estimated that over 30 billion connected devices will be in circulation, but where did it all begin? Early home automation began with the introduction of labour-saving devices, like washing machines and refrigerators in the early 1900s. Today, the popularity of smart phones and tablet computers, allows us to control any electrical appliance using voice activated and app technology. Some refer to this development as ‘domotics’, combining the Latin word

domus (home) with robotics. Another term is the ‘internet of things’, used to refer to objects and products that are interconnected and identifiable through digital networks. The big advantage of getting connected at home is that it makes life easier. If you don’t want to get off the sofa to turn off the lights in the kitchen, you can do it via an app on your phone. Want to boil the kettle without getting out of bed? There’s an app for that too. And it’s not just making life easier. App controlled heating systems can

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New homes are now built with the wiring and technology to make connecting up appliances, domestic heating, security and audio-visual systems easy. As a new home isn’t an option for most of us, an easy way in is through a smart power switch. This plugs into a wall socket. Plug in your chosen appliance, be it a kettle, or a lamp, download the app and hey presto you can control the device remotely via the app on your phone or tablet. If you really want to embrace the whole smart home trend, you’ll need to install a home network system. This continued on page 48

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allows you to connect any device that uses electricity to the network. These devices are then activated by voice or remote control. However, one drawback is that some systems are not compatible with certain appliances. So if you plan to go down this route, it might be prudent to investigate further. Currently, the most popular uses of smart technology in the home are for virtual assistants, thermostat regulation, lighting, home security and audio-visual entertainment. Let’s take a closer look.


These voice-activated virtual assistants are another easy way into smartening up your home. Simply link them to your internet network and you can ask them to help with a multitude of tasks, such as playing music, reading the news, telling you a joke, adding items to your shopping list, or updating you with the latest sports scores.

While many of us use thermostatic timers for our heating systems, having remote control over when the heating and hot water turn on and off can save both energy and money. Some claim being able to activate the heating and hot water only when it’s needed, can save up to a third in energy bills. For maximum energy efficiency, geofencing is also gaining popularity. This involves using GPS to signal to the radiator valves to turn on/off when you are a set distance from the house, also making it warm when you get home.


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Opening this February for the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival are two very special gardens, with snowdrop displays to warm the hearts of galanthophiles and casual visitors alike

Soil varieties make these two veteran openers fascinating gardens to visit. Pembury House boasts a vast snowdrop display that thrives in the heavy wet clay of the garden, now open by arrangement throughout February and March it is stunning during the winter months. Also opening is Highdown Gardens near Goring, a magical public garden that has been opening for the NGS since its very fi rst year in 1927 and is home to a collection of rare plants that tolerate chalky soil. Pembury House has raised over £100,000 for the National Garden Scheme over 25 years and has an impressive display of snowdrops and other early spring flowers, which has been growing each year. Jane Baker – owner of Pembury House with her husband Nick - has been sharing her snowdrop collection with visitors for years. Jane comments, “when we moved to Pembury House from Brighton over thirty years ago the garden had been neglected and all the nastiest of weeds had


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taken over. Just before our first Christmas here we noticed that some ordinary snowdrops were pushing through the mud in desperation to put on a bit of a show. A year later we planted lots of young trees and within ten years they had grown so well that the grass would no longer grow. We had to think of an alternative! It was at that point we realised

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make it through the winter and escape the attentions of the creatures that like to dig up the snowdrops and eat them.” Visitors are advised to bring wellies, macs and winter woollies to enjoy the two acres of garden and stunning views out to the South Downs. The snowdrop display is nestled under a woodland, creating an enchanting walk for visitors, with lots of benches to enjoy the views. There are two paths for visitors to choose between, both of which lead back to the double garage where tea and cake is served as a well-deserved treat after a wintry walk! Pembury House is a garden for all seasons and in particular for the winter. During the two months the garden is open by

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by the distinguished botanist Sir Frederick Stern, has long been renowned for its plant collection. But this is the first year the garden will open for the National Garden Scheme as part of its Snowdrop Festival on Sunday 18th February. Highdown offers 8.5 acres of stunning informal gardens on chalk downland overlooking the sea, and has a unique collection of rare plants and trees which tolerate alkaline soil, with many originally brought from China by great collectors like Wilson, Farrer and Kingdon-Ward, and raised from seed. A colourful succession of bulbs such as snowdrops, crocus, and anemones will be on display during February, and for the more inquisitive garden visitor there are spring bulb tours available on the day, conducted by the Head Gardener and team. With so many distinct areas of the garden to explore Highdown makes for a delightful winter walk with lots to discover. Both gardens are open as part of the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival, visit to find out more.

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Chop! Chop! The new gardening season is underway and Mother Nature’s on the march – it’s time to start the big clear up! The February garden is awake; yawning and stretching after a wintery slumber. The gardening year is about to go into gallop mode, so if you didn’t prune your roses last autumn, do it now! It makes no difference if they’re modern or old-fashioned varieties, growing in open ground or in containers; whether they’re climbers, standards, ramblers or scramblers – the basic rules for spring pruning are the same. Completely remove stems that are old or damaged; this helps to let in light and warmth which will encourage flowering buds. It also ensures good air circulation around the plant important, as plant diseases usually prefer a dank, still environment. Newly planted specimens can be slightly reduced in height/girth; wellestablished plants can be reduced by a third or more. If the rose is trained

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against a support, tie in the new growths and check to ensure the support is in good condition. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than to come down for breakfast on a gorgeous June morning, only to be confronted by a rose in full bloom, sprawled on the ground, surrounded by broken trellis. Super-tough hellebore foliage hangs on throughout winter but the old leaves will be dishevelled now and may obscure emerging flower buds - hellebore blooms are shy characters that cast their faces downwards. Remove any damaged leaves, whilst keeping a careful eye out for Hellebore Leaf Spot. This condition is spread by fungal spores, making it hard to control entirely, but a robust clump of hellebores will survive an attack. The spores move through water droplets and soil particles and can be particularly troublesome after a wet winter. As the name suggests, dark brown-ish/black patches appear on the leaves and stems. Cut off affected material right down to the ground. Don’t compost it; either take it to your local refuse site or dispose of it in a council ‘green bin’. (A domestic compost heap is unlikely to reach sufficient temperature to eradicate the spores, but a commercially run composting process will generate enough heat to destroy harmful bacteria and moulds.) Pansies can suffer from a similar condition; the foliage becomes marked with black blotches and may feel greasy to the touch. Again, this is hard to eradicate but picking off affected leaves or removing infected plants entirely will help. Plants in containers are particularly susceptible - we don’t tend to change the soil in our patio pots often, which allows fungal spores to build up. If the problem persists, avoid growing potted pansies and hellebores for a couple of years. Alternatively, empty the pots entirely and replant with new plants and fresh compost. You can spread the old compost on your borders - the fungal pathogens will naturally degrade and wash away with little harm.

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As one season draws to an end and spring is around the corner, flowers can serve as a remedy to the chilly gloom of the last throws of winter February can seem like neither winter nor spring and if cold weather lingers, it can feel drab before colour starts to emerge with lengthening days. However, some hardy flowers are beginning to blossom; one enchanting white flower belongs to the cherry plum, a small tree growing in hedges or woodland. First planted in the 1500s it wasn’t noted in the wild until four centuries later, it stands out in hedgerows early because it flowers before blackthorn. Complementing the plum and a welcome sight beside roads and footpaths, the primrose’s delicate lemon flowers form patches of native colour from February to May. Its name derives from the Latin prima rosa meaning ‘first rose of the year’ despite it not being a member of the rose family. In different parts of the country it is known as ‘butter rose’,

the word ‘celandine’ derives from the Greek chelidon meaning ‘swallow’. Local names include ‘butter and cheese’, ‘golden guineas’ and ‘brighteye’. Although Wordworth’s favourite flower was assumed to be the daffodil, he wrote no less than three poems about the lesser celandine; perhaps its name didn’t lend itself so readily to the line ‘a host of golden daffodils’ in his famous I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. Another flower, so common it is often overlooked emerges at this bare time of year - the red deadnettle, introduced in Britain with early agriculture in the Bronze Age. Hugely useful in traditional medicine, all parts of the plant can treat various ailments as it is diuretic, purgative and astringent. Its vernacular name ‘archangel’ may refer to its virtue of being sting free although its generic name stems from a Greek word meaning ‘devouring monster’ referring to the shape of the flower which resemble open jaws. Bees love this flower. In Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire it was traditionally known as the ‘bumblebee flower’ and it has an extremely long flowering season which can last until November. Look out for these harbingers of Spring; they bring hope of warmer weather and a welcome flush of colour in a sea of green.

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emerging queen bumblebees will help to spread them if the weather proves dry and warm enough. The vivid yellow lesser celandine blankets the ground in February with attractive golden stars and glossy heart shaped leaves, growing on hedge banks, meadows and stream edges. This plant is the floral equivalent of the swallow; both appear around the same time and

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The village of Danehill has much more about it than meets the eye. We sent Robert Veitch and illustrator Amy Dunne to find out more To some, Danehill might just be a graceful curve on the highway, but this village of almost 2,000 residents has more about it than a bend in road. It’s 5 miles south of Forest Row and 5 miles north of Chailey, equidistant between them on the A275. The name has Anglo Saxon origins, being a clearing in the forest by a hill – denbera hyll as it once was. There’s been settlement here since the mid 13th century, with dwellings first constructed around 1400. By 1660, a coaching inn called the Red Lion was a stopping point for travellers making the journey from Lewes to London. In 1851 it became White’s general store and post office. It was also the telephone exchange until 1947, then finally changing to a private residence. With turnpike funding highways improved, and with better roads came new, affluent arrivals. A notable resident was Henry Holroyd, who became the third Earl of Sheffield. In 1876 he marked out a cricket pitch at his home nearby. It was used in 1884 as the venue for an early Test Match between England and Australia. Australia won quite comfortably. In 1891 the Earl donated money to the New South Wales Cricket Association, from which they created a prize – The Sheffield Shield – it remains the premier Australian domestic


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Danehill cricket competition to this day. Once upon a pint, there was a pub called the Crocodile. It’s thought the name derives from a tool like a crocodile’s mouth, that smugglers used for hiding contraband in hard to reach places. Apparently, in 1966 former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan appeared at the bar, although there’s no record of what he drank and whether he stayed for a second. Bee Gee Maurice Gibb moved to Danehill in the early 1970s and was a frequent visitor to the Crocodile, even giving one of his white Saturday Night Fever outfits to a member of staff. Maurice married his second wife, Yvonne, at Haywards Heath registry office in 1975. They lived in Danehill with their two children until they sold up and moved to the Isle of Man in the early 1980s. Another pub called The Black

Dog was located on Church Lane. Once the main road was re-routed to the east, the inn went the way of the blacksmith, wheelwright, cobbler, baker and the grocer. But Danehill is more than a quiet dormitory village. A festival called The Ashdown Weekend began in 1972 as a community based charitable event. It’s still going strong all these years later and takes place inside and around a marquee in Danehill. In the year 2000 villagers got together to erect an obelisk, which sits on the line of the Prime Meridian. It houses a time capsule, containing a book and photographs documenting the village during the millennium. Bricks for the obelisk came from the local brickworks and the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex performed the unveiling on the first day of the 21st century. Along Church Lane atop a

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small hill, is All Saints Church, which was built during the 1890s. Pollarded lime trees, planted in 1919 to mark the end of The Great War, line the gravel path to the entrance. Inside, the stained glass windows are by the renowned Victorian, Charles Kempe of Lindfield. The church cemetery is home to the grave of Viscount Cecil of Chelwood. He was born Robert Cecil in 1864, growing up to become a lawyer, politician and diplomat. His greatest achievement was to help create the League of Nations, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1937. He died at his Chelwood Gate home in 1958, leaving no children. The cemetery is also the final resting place of Carry On star Peter Butterworth and his wife Janet Brown, who lived in Danehill for many years. Butterworth was most

Once upon a pint, there was a pub called the Crocodile. It’s thought the name derives from a tool like a crocodile’s mouth, that smugglers used for hiding contraband in hard to reach places famous for his sixteen Carry On appearances, while Brown came to national attention for impersonations of Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s and 80s.

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Whether buying or selling it is important to understand what gives value to a property. Linda Nightingale offers advice on understanding how property valuations are calculated One of the major factors is location. You only have to consider a home in the middle of Kensington to know how a tiny mews house, due to its prime position, can be highly desirable and highly valued! The same applies to homes here in the South East. Some of the main criteria for establishing a property value can be a home’s proximity to good commuting facilities, schools, shops, stunning views or open countryside, depending on the buyers’ needs. When you study property prices in more detail you will often be able to pinpoint pockets of higher priced properties particularly where good schools are located which show a definite price spike against a similar property out of the catchment area.


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expensive for no apparent reason! Often this misnomer goes back many years to when one or two homes sold over the odds. Subsequently, the property market rises a certain percentage per year, which results in their enclave going up, pro rata, creating a property blip in the values.


Parking is an important issue. This can be quite a problem in some areas but having a garage or off- road parking can prove very appealing. Plot size can have a bearing on value but with many people having extremely busy lives, a large plot is not necessarily the plus point it used to be. Whilst some may desire a garden big enough for a growing family, many prefer an easy to maintain patch of land with a large patio for ease of maintenance. Homes with modern heating and insulation,

clever gizmos, wi fi and rapid broadband appeal to many. If you want to gauge the value of your own home then do some homework and check on web sites and the windows of your local estate agents to see what is on the market in your area. If you live in a road of houses or apartments of a similar style and age it can be a quite simple exercise, although bear in mind the

they do not detract from the value of your own home when buyers come to view.


An estate agent will give you a valuation if you are considering marketing, and this will be based on their knowledge of the area, prices asked and prices achieved. Having input from a professional can be helpful. This is probably your most valuable investment so take

Homes with modern heating and insulation, clever gizmos, wi fi and rapid broadband appeal to many asking price is not necessarily the price that is achieved, but it will give you a good starting point. If you have added extensions, fitted new bathrooms or kitchens, then this needs to be factored into your valuation against a similar house which has not had any modernisation. Hopefully your neighbours keep their houses fresh and smart on the outside so that

time to ensure you market at the right price to secure a buyer but not so high that you cannot find a buyer. Lastly, remember many of us can be influenced by the owner. If we like/ and or/ aspire to live the way they do, it could be a deciding factor to purchase, so ensure that you create and project an appealing persona. Good luck!

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One of the best ways to explore Lewes is through its wealth of public sculptures and paintings. Get beneath the skin of East Sussex’s county town on this art-themed walking trail

famous historical figures – the Rights of Man author lived in Bull House between 1768 and 1774 before emigrating to the US and laying the foundations for American independence. Just a stone’s throw from Market Passage is the War Memorial (2) at the top of School Hill, which commemorates 251 Lewisian men who died during the First World War. Pause to admire artist


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Yonge – and a group of people carved out of a limestone block by sculptor Jon Edgar (8). Now follow Southover High Street and Cockshut Road down to the Priory Park to admire The Helmet (9), an aluminium monument


Vernon March’s striking bronze statues of Victory, Liberty and Peace before continuing up the hill to the Law Courts. Look up and you’ll see three artificial stone reliefs representing Wisdom, Justice and Mercy (3). From here, walk up the High Street towards St Michael – an 800-year-old church whose 12th-century round tower is home to a fibreglass statue of the archangel (4) created by local sculptor Harry Phillips in 1976. On the other side of the Bottleneck is Westgate car park, which is framed by what used to be the old town walls. It was here that Simon de Montfort broke through with his baronial army

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Lewes has always been a haven for creatives, so it’s no surprise that the town has one of the richest collections of public art in Sussex. There are dozens of statues, friezes and paintings scattered around its winding streets – some dating back to the 19th century, others distinctly modern. Whether you’re a curious visitor or a resident looking to brush up on your local knowledge, linking the pieces on a relaxed ramble is one of the most rewarding ways to get familiar with Lewes. Start in Market Passage, which hides a mural of Thomas Paine (1) by local artist Julian Bell. Paine is one of the town’s most

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during the Battle of Lewes in 1264, and several centuries later an inn was built here named after de Montfort’s emblem – the White Lion. The inn has long since closed its doors, but the copper sign that hung outside it was restored by the Friends of Lewes in 1954 and hung on the wall above the car park (5). Cross the road from Westgate Street and walk down Keere Street, one of the town’s prettiest cobbled lanes. Wander through the Grange Gardens, where you’ll spot a statue of Janus by John Skelton (6) as well as a pair of madrigal singers (7) who commemorate another historic Lewisian – Nicholas

by Italian sculptor Enzo Plazzotta commissioned to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes. Return to your starting point via Lewes Library to see a recent statue of Thomas Paine (10), bringing the trail full circle.

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Chailey Common


Pack your wellies for our trek around Chailey Common, across lowland heathland with picturesque views to enjoy as well Pound Common car park is on the south side of North Common Road, about 50m along a track. Before leaving the car park be sure to put on some wellies or stout footwear, because this walk might be a little squelchy in places. The 450 acres of Chailey Common has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) since 1954, becoming a Local Nature Reserve in 1966. It’s an excellent example of lowland heathland. Leaving the car park, walk under the green height restriction towards the short grass across the lane, reminiscent of a lush green carpet. Sheep, cattle and ponies graze the five commons at Chailey on a rotating basis from spring until late autumn, with one common left animal free each year.

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After 100m the path skirts a pair of short, well shaped oaks on the left. Beyond, the path curves to the left and then splits. Take the left fork towards the three silver birches about 30m ahead. The path bears left again, gently uphill along the green line in the heather, past a metal water trough on the right, briefly brushing against gorse on the left. Continue as far as Beggars Wood Road. Look to the holly hedge opposite and cross the road aiming for the left edge of the holly. Once through the gate, enjoy tramping through the leaves. The ditch on the right is the boundary to Chailey Heritage. Continue past a solitary yew and then under two partly fallen trees. The path stops at the busy A272. Cross safely to the pavement opposite, turning right, walking for about 50m before turning left into a drive. Almost immediately, turn right and follow the drive uphill past the houses, into the trees, through the chicane until it ends at a turning circle. Take the gate on the left (of the pair) at the end of the drive. Note how the mechanism works as it’s popular across Chailey Common. The path meanders through woodland, but it doesn’t take long for trees to make way for the heathland of Red House Common.

Continue onward, with the stock proof fence on the right, which borders St. Georges, a former school. Chailey Common was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, and has other links to Chailey Heritage, Sir William Goring, Anne of Cleves and Thomas Cromwell. Stay on the path, all the way up to the fingerpost, about 200m ahead. Keep going a little further, past the benches on the right and then another 100m or so, before taking the split in the path that peels off to the left. Soon after, the path widens out becoming barren ground. Aim for the distant pylon peeping out above the tree line. Heading continued on page 76

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downhill, the barren ground eventually coalesces into a path further on. It turns a little to the right, across another path and enters the woodland periphery. Just inside the woodland, turn left and after 50m the path will again turn left. Stock fencing creates as a boundary to the right, with a track on the other side. Follow the path through the woods, bearing left at

The Pinkney benches are memorials, so take a seat and enjoy the view

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carpet on to Memorial Common. On a good day the South Downs will be obvious in the distance. Just after ‘Ryan del Bianco’s’ bench, turn left, up and over a brow. Keep going for 100m down the other side to the bottom of the gully. Take the path to the right and follow it to Beggars Wood Road. Turn right at the road, walking along the verge (or against the traffic) for 100m, crossing at the bend, by the wooden ‘Pond Common’ sign. The path skirts around the car park to the right before turning sharp right 20m beyond. It’s an easy turn to miss even when paying attention. It meanders through tall gorse, which opens out, becoming the heathland of Pound Common as the gorse dissipates. The spire of Chailey Heritage will appear to the right. Soon enough the water trough from earlier will be visible. Keep walking straight on and before you know it, you’ll be passing those two well-shaped oaks again, then under the green height restriction and back to your car, ready for tea and cake.

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The Budding Foundation Clive Gravett remembers Edwin Budding, the inventor of the lawn mower, through his museum and charity that supports young people who are most in need throughout Sussex

On his 60th birthday in July 2013, Clive Gravett founded The Budding Foundation, raising funds from friends and acquaintances in lieu of presents. Whilst volunteering at local schools with conservation and gardening projects, also having family and friends working with less fortunate children, many in care, he formed a clear understanding of those in most need, and the charity was born. The charity is dedicated to Edwin Beard Budding, a genius and unacknowledged inventor responsible for the invention of the lawnmower, adjustable spanner, and many other significant items, who better to inspire ‘Budding’ young people! Clive’s interest in horticulture and lawnmower history led to his extensive research on Edwin Budding, resulting in a book he is currently writing for the benefit of the charity Two Men Went to Mow due for

publication in May this year. Whilst the Budding Foundation is a relatively small charity (raising £17k last year), it has supported many life changing opportunities for its young beneficiaries; a current project is to raise funds to assist with the purchase of a specialist wheelchair for a young boy who has cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The total cost will be in the region of £4,000. Grants can be quite diverse ranging from travel costs for a teenager to get to college, a day trip for a group of disabled children and their carers, or simply a few pounds to cover football club fees. Clive works closely with local family support workers who are able to identify those families and children who are most in need. The Museum of Gardening within the South Downs Heritage Centre in Hassocks has become a focal point for the charity. The

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Friday 02, 09, 16 & 23 February, 19:00-20:00

Tuesday 06 February, 10:15-11:45

Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home-cooked meal delivered. Soup £2, Main Meal £4.50, Dessert £2. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart sara.

K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defense classes based on Yoshinkan Akido. Warm and friendly Club, suitable for all genders who would look to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free, £37.50 monthly. Contact: George 07882 186130 or Stan 07581 511801, facebook/CrawleyAkidoClub

Franklands Village Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3RS Monthly Branch Meeting with visiting speaker. Subject – The History of Medicine in West Sussex. New members are always very welcome. Contact: David Goodger 01444 483480

‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service – Forest Row Parish Council

Thursday 01 February, 08:30-13:00

Open Morning

Michael Hall Steiner School, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA There’s no better introduction to both Michael Hall and Steiner Waldorf education than an Open Morning. An opportunity to see students at work and play, tour our facilities and listen to one or both of our talks. Book online at www. 01342 822275. Thursday 01 February, 19:30-21:45

The Friends of St Peter’s Church Chailey present the Ardingly College Concert St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, Near Lewes BN8 4DA Ardingly College Chamber Choir alongside music scholars from older years perform a varied programme. Interval with refreshments. Admission Free. Thursday 01 February, 19:30

Ditchling Film Society

Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Rd, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8TT See Local Living. Friday 02 February, 13:00

Lunch Time Concerts in Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Meridian Voices. Concerts are held on the first Friday of each month. Tea, coffee and squash available from 12:30 and there is no charge. Friday 02 February, 14:00-20:00

Country Club Open Day

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Visit our Country Club, enjoy special offers, taster treatments and see how our lifestyle memberships can work for you. Complimentary entry. Contact: 01342 824988, Friday 02, 09, 16, & 23 February, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club – Happy Hour

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Happy Hour every Friday, with beer from £2.50. Contact: 01342 822856

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Aikido (Self Defence)

Friday 02, 09, 16 & 23 February, 19:4521:45

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following:Talk - Health & Safety by David Davis, On Air Night, Nag & Natter Night, Radio Night with Table Top Sale. Please note the new times. Contact: Stella Rogers, 07803 086838,, Saturday 03 February, 09:30

Lindfield Horticultural Society: Coffee Morning, Seed Swap and Advice Clinic King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH The annual opportunity to swap seeds, drink coffee and get advice from Charlene Chick propagator at Nymans Gardens. £1 members. All welcome. Lindfield Horticultural Society, membership enquiries 01444 458509. Sunday 04 February, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Ditchling Car Park behind Ditchling Village Hall BN6 8UA Ditchling, Ditchling Beacon, Street Hill, Westmeston, Ditchling. 5mi/8km Moderate. TQ327151. Contact: Jill 01273 480167 or 07938 833868 on the day. Monday 05, 12, 19 and 26 February, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex NB7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503 Monday 05 February, 10:30-13:00

Coffee, Cake and the Collection at East Grinstead Museum

East Grinstead Museum, Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road, East Grinstead RH19 3BJ An opportunity to handle artefacts and share memories over a cup of tea and cake at the Museum. Free entry. No booking required.

NHS Retirement Fellowship (Mid Sussex Branch) Meeting

Tuesday 06 February, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Loder Valley Winter Wander

Little London CP Layby Ardingly opp Showground RH17 6TJ Little London Layby CP, Permissive Path to Wakehurst to enter Loder Valley area and return. Please bring a picnic lunch. TQ344304. 7mi/11.3km Moderate. Contact: Jill 01273 480167 or 07843 566602 on the day. Tuesday 06, 13, 20 and 27 February, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. The IT Girl Ltd, Emma 07938 838861, Tuesday 06 February, 19:00

Henfield Garden Club Talk

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB See Local Living. Tuesday 06 February, 19:30-21:00

Worthing Antique, Arts & Collectors Club

Worthing Lecture Theatre, Richmond Road, Worthing BN11 1HD Our talk for February is Gemstones & Jewellery, Myths & Facts. All are welcome to attend. Annual membership £30 or £5 per talk.

Wednesday 07 February, 09:30-13:30

Fostering – Drop-in Session

Horsham Library, Lower Tanbridge Way, Horsham RH12 1PJ Come and find out more about becoming an adoptive parent. To view our video on a real-life foster family, visit our West Sussex videos pages ( and see our Fostering – the inside story. Wednesday 07 February, 10:00-12:00

Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning - Tax, Care and Toy Boys

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Monthly Coffee Morning with speaker Oliver Hill of Collective Legal Solutions – finance and the law in later life. New members welcome. £1.50 including raffle ticket. u3asites. Wednesday 07 February, 19:00 for 19:30

Pyecombe Quiz Night

Pangdean Farm, Pyecombe BN45 7FJ Prizes for the1st three winners, maximum 6 per team. Raffle on sale during the evening. £7 per person which includes one free drink and nibbles. Contact Karen Lewis 07818 568999 or 01273 857013 for tickets or to secure a table. Wednesday 07 February, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: The Natural Year in Focus. Speaker: Peter Lovett. Admission: Members free, visitors £1. All welcome! 01444 245509. Thursday 08 February, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust Lecture

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN The Beat Goes On by Neil Sadler. Contact: Anne Tucker 01444 455803 or Judith Kew 01444 441128 for more details.

Tuesday 06 February, 20:00-22:00

Thursday 08 February, 19:00

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £3 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741.

Chapel & Great School, Lancing College, Lancing BN15 ORW During the heats of the Inter-House Music Competition, our talented musicians are challenged to form new ensembles as well as to compete in a variety of solo classes, to see who can most impress our distinguished adjudicators. Admission is free but by pre-booked ticket only. 01273 465969

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club

Tuesday 06 February, 20:00–23:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+ A pub in Lewes A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call.

Inter-House Music Competition Finals Concert

Friday 09 February, 14:00-16:00

W.N.T. - A Tale of Two Cities

Durrington Community Centre, Romany Road, West Durrington, Worthing BN13 3FJ Peter Hill will be giving us a talk, but will it be on Charles Dickens or a travelogue? WNTA members £2 and

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Burgess Hill Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9AS Open Auditions for four roles. 2 men (20’s and 30/40’s) and 2 women (30/40’s). Further details www. Read-through 02/02/2018 - 19:30.

The CUBE Gallery, South Downs Heritage Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY A free exhibition showcasing the work of local artist Zed Zdravko Talijan, exploring his passion for seascapes, where abstract and reality meet. Free entry. Martin Nee

Friday 09 February, 20:00-21:30

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Open Audition – Chinamen & The New Quixote by Michael Frayn

Zed Zdravko Talijan – An Art Exhibition - Seascapes

Burgess Hill History Society – Murders and Misdemeanours

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Paul Green will shock us and thrill us by recounting stories of such goings on. Members £1 and Visitors £3. Contact: Fred Avery 01444 235088. Saturday 10 February, 10:00-12:30

A Valentine Treat from a Chelsea Gold Medal Winner White Horse Inn, 16 West Street, Ditchling BN6 8TS Valentine’s Special – create twisted willow hearts with a floral design and a little Prosecco. Tools and flowers included. £45. Contact: Chirpee Flowers by Steph Willoughby 01273 951745, 07545 489569 chirpeeflowers@

Music from the Movies

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Mid Sussex Sinfonia’s programme will include: Sound of Music, Pirates from the Caribbean, Les Miserables and The Dambuster’s March. Ticket Secretary 01903 717278 or Carousel Music 01444 417654. Saturday 10 February, 19:30-23:30

Live Music from Jump The Gun

Balcombe Club, Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH176PE Jump The Gun play the very best of Britpop, with a few nods to Punk and Mod classics. Contact: Richard Cooper 01444 811226. Free entry. Saturday 10 February, 20:00

Brazilian Carnival

The Wheatsheaf, Wheatsheaf Road, Woodmancote, Henfield BN5 9BD Brazilian carnival from 8pm till close. Free entry, samba dancers, with great food and cocktails. Come and join us. Sunday 11 February, 09:00

Worthing Half Marathon

Worthing Pier, Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 3PX Run the streets of Worthing for Guild Care and push your limits whilst raising money for a charity at the heart of Worthing. Run for Guild Care for just £20.00 entry and pledge to raise £50 for this local charity. 01903 528613, FB/Guild Care Monday 12 February

Various Children’s Half Term Workshops

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY A selection of workshops for 8 years and over. See our website for more info. £25. www.madeandmaking., 07967 819540. Monday 12 February, 10:30

The Arts Society Steyning

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN443XZ Philippa Barton will give an illustrated talk on Horace Walpole and the creation of Strawberry Hill. Annual

membership £38.00. Visitors £5.00 donation.

Monday 12 February, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH A talk by Ian Everest - The Land Army – A Sussex Connection. Members £1.50 and Visitors £2. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Monday 12 February, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+ A pub in Burgess Hill A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Burgess Hill on the second Monday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Tuesday 13 February, 14:30

Lindfield Preservation Society – An Illustrated Talk

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Lindfield Preservation Society presents an illustrated talk on Sussex Literary Landscapes by Geoffrey Mead, which looks at a time-line of comments on the county, taken from diaries, travel writings, novels, poetry and government reports. These comments are linked to

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Wednesday 14 February, 20:00-22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – An Illustrated Talk in French

Wednesday 14 February, 19:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers – My Brief Encounters with the Stars

Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Secret d’Histoire: La Du Barry: coup de foudre a Versailles. Barbara Stevens 01444 452385.

Haywards Heath Methodist Church (upstairs room), Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN A talk by John Henty who started life as a reporter for the Croydon Advertiser and reported on football for hospital radio. Cost £3.50 including refreshments. Car parking at the rear of the building and on Perrymount Road.

Valentine’s Dinner

King Edward Hall, High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH See Local Living. Thursday 15 February, 19:00-21:30

Saturday 17 February, 10.00-13:00

Sussex Crafts, 130 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LT Come and join a friendly group of crafters, chat, create and drink tea. £3.

Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ If your jeans need patching, your bike is squeaking or your kettle won’t boil bring it along and see if we can help. Free to enter. All repairs are free but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. RepairCafeForestRow

Friday 16 February, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

Wednesday 14 February, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Using Water Wisely

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947.

Hassocks Horticultural Society, Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH This month we are having a speaker from South East Water, who will be giving a talk on Using Water Wisely Water preservation for gardening and the environment. Members £1.50 and visitors £2.50. Refreshments

Law and Order

Lindfield Horticultural Society: Growing Fruit Talk

Knit, Crochet & Natter

Tottington Manor Hotel, Edburton Road, Edburton BN5 9LJ £42.50 per person. Bed and breakfast £100 per couple. Contact: Janet Nazempour 01903 815757.

Saturday 17 February (for 3 months) Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Cuckfield Museum’s new exhibition inspired by a dramatic burglary in Haywards Heath in 1850 by the notorious Frimley Gang! Entry free, but donations welcome. For more information:

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The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX International organist/keyboard player Pete Shaw. Entry £5 on the door. Doors open at 18:00. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269

Friday 16 February, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

Scheme as part of its Snowdrop Festival. Entry adults £5 and children free. For more info www.

Sunday 18 February, 19:30

Wivelsfield Films – Paddington 2 (PG)

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Directed by Paul King. Cast include Hugh Bonneville, Ben Wilshaw, Julie Walters, Sally Hawkins and Hugh Grant. Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office, Village Stores, The Cock Inn or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval.

Repair Café Forest Row

Tuesday 20 February, 10:00

Sunday 18 February, 10:00-16:00

Hickmans Lane CP, Lindfield RH16 2NZ Hickmans Lane, Wickham Farm, Penland Farm, Horsgate Farm, Cuckfield Church, Upper Ridges, Hookhouse Farm, Clearwaters Farm, Colwell Lane, Criplands, Lindfield. Please bring a picnic lunch, Map 135 TQ344257. 11.4mi/18.3km. Contact: Paul J 07711 772853 on the day 01444 441530.

Snowdrop Festival

Highdown Gardens, Highdown Rise, Goring-by-Sea BN12 6FB This is the first year the garden will be open for the National Garden

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Circumnavigation of Haywards Heath

Tuesday 20 February, 18:30-20:30

Fostering – Info Evening

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Tuesday 20 February, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY The National Coastwatch at Shoreham by Laurie Hays. Wednesday 21 February, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

The Arts Society Mid Sussex

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Belonging and not belonging: the immigrant experience in Modern British Art. Lecture by Monica Bohm-Duchen. Non members welcome: £7 on door. Wednesday 21 February, 20:00

Balcombe History Society Talk – McIndoe and the Guinea Pigs

Balcombe History Society Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP This talk will focus on the work of Sir Archibald McIndoe, a plastic surgeon who combined pioneering surgical procedures with a holistic approach to the care of burns’ victims during the Second World War. £1 members and £3 visitors, including refreshments. Contact: Julie Budgen 01444 811641. Wednesday 21 February, 20:00-22:30

Meeting of the Royal Marines Association

Upstairs Function Room, The Royal British Legion, 9-11 Buckingham Road, Shoreham by Sea BN43 5UA A gathering of Ex Royal Marines and veterans to have a meeting about local events and to socialise together. Yearly Membership Fee of £15 plus £3 local subs. Contact: Maureen Copelin Maureen.copelin@ntlworld. com, 01273 236437. Friday 23 February, 09:30-14:00

Make Your Own Leather Clutch Bag

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY A great introduction to sewing with leather. All materials supplied. See our website for more info. £50. 07967 819540 Friday 23 February, 19:30

College Singers & Student Voices Lancing College Great School, Lancing BN15 ORW Handel’s 4 Coronation Anthems. Tickets £10 and £8 concessions. 01273 465969 Friday 23 February, 20:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society

The Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Brighton Boozers – Aspects of Brighton’s Public House History by Dr Geoffrey Mead. Admission: Free to Members. Non-members welcome: Entrance £3. £2 to Members of other Historical Societies.

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Friday 23 February, 20:00

Seriously Funny Comedy Club

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Friday nights just get better! Catch a laughter-packed comedy night once a month, with over 2 hours of the latest stand up acts. Contact 01444 455440. Saturday 24 February

£10 Tray Day

Clive Miller Butchers, 2 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RU £10 Tray Days are on the last Saturday of every month. 20 different varieties of meats to choose from. Contact: Clive Miller 01273 832256. Saturday 24 February, 09:00-13:00

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’. Saturday 24 February, 10:00-12:00

Paws & Claws Cat Rescue Charity Coffee Morning

Worthing BN13 3HU Pitch your general knowledge against our quiz master. Teams of up to six people. £3 per person. Contact, Jane Winter 01903 268109 Saturday 24 February, 19:30

Charlie Harper plays the Balcombe Club

Balcombe Club, Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP Charlie Harper, British singer/ songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer from the punk band U.K. Subs. Free entry. Contact: 01444 811226. Saturday 24 February, 19:30 for 19:45

The Friends of St Peter’s Church Chailey Present - Quiz Night!

Chailey Parish Hall, South Street (A275) Chailey, BN8 4BE near Chailey Green There will be tables of six so make up a team with your friends. Prizes and a Grand Raffle. £12.50 per head, which includes a choice of hot supper and pudding with vegetarian options. Bring your own drinks. To book your table or place, call Janet Barnes 01825 722574 Saturday 24 February, 20:00

60s Night

The King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2HH See Local Living.

The Wheatsheaf, Wheatsheaf Road, Woodmancote, Henfield BN5 9BD 60s night. Free entry, 8pm till close. Come and join us.

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Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT Stalls selling homemade jams and marmalades and preserves. Plant and cake stalls. Teas and coffees and biscuits. £1.00 to include tea or coffee and biscuits. Children’s drinks. Contact: Briony Coomber 01273 845069.

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Join us and our guest speaker Barbara Bartlett, for a talk followed by a delicious three course luncheon with wine. £37.50 per person. Contact: Penny Graham 01342 824988.

Ditchling WI Marmalade Mornings

Saturday 24 February, 10:00-11:45

Book and Toy Sale

St. Barnabas Pastoral Centre, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Variety of books, paperbacks, hard backs, children’s books, cookery books. Games and toys. Refreshments, etc. Free entry. All welcome. Parish Office 0300 111 8150, office@worthparish., Saturday 24 February,10:00-12:00

Ladies Luncheon - Barbara Bartlett’s Jewellery

Monday 26 February, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH A talk by Ben Cross - British Alstroemeria and UK Cut Flower Industry. Members £1.50 and Visitors £2.00. Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Tuesday 27 February, 10:00-16:00

Bonhams Valuation Day – Asian Art and Jewellery

The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Bonhams specialists will be at The Courtlands Hotel to offer free and confidential advice on items you may be considering selling at auction. For appointments and enquiries: 01273 220000, Tuesday 27 February, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers - Burgess Hill ‘Green Circle’ and Bedelands Nature Reserve

St Andrews Road open space/play area parking RH15 ONQ A clockwise circuit of the Green Circle path network around the urban fringes of Burgess Hill with a spur into Bedelands Nature Reserve. Pub lunch at The Woolpack. 8.5mi/13.7km Moderate TQ326195. Contact: Peter R 01444 233952 or 07756 784427. Tuesday 27 February, 13:40

Lunchtime Concert

Lancing College, Recital Room, Lancing BN15 ORW Lunchtime Concerts offer a variety of musical delights from current pupils. Each concert lasts about half an hour. Admission to these concerts is free: Tickets can be ordered in advance or obtained from Reception at the College on the day. 01273 465969 Wednesday 28 February, 19:45–22:00

East Grinstead RSPB Local Group Birds Beyond The Boughs

Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT An illustrated lecture by Simon Ginnaw. Have you ever wished you could understand what birds are saying? Or how our woodland birds all live together in the same community. £5 for guests £4 for group members. Contact: Mark Roberts 01342 843190 Wednesday 28 February, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group—Group Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH This meeting is for Bonsai enthusiasts and beginners. This will be a re-potting demonstration given by Ken Norman. All welcome to attend. Free for first visit.Tea and coffee will be available. Contact: Ray Brunsden 07342 650713.

Big Brew Coffee Morning to Launch Fairtrade Fortnight

Hassocks United Reformed Church, 23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB Traidcraft stall. Sample fairly traded tea, coffee, biscuits, chocolate etc. Children’s activities. Saturday 24 February, 19:00-21:30

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Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road RH16 3DN String Quartet playing Slavonic string quartets. £15. Contact: Christine Colbourne 01444 456227 Saturday 24 February, 19:00-22:00

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If you have a business in the Sussex area, and are looking to maximise its potential or simply need advice; the Sussex Chamber of Commerce is on hand to provide business support to companies of all sizes The Sussex Chamber of Commerce provides the business support needed for the economy to grow and thrive. We are a not for profit membership organisation and we are accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce. Our mission is to help business ‘Grow, Develop, Discover and Influence’. GROW We help hundreds of companies of every size and sector to grow and thrive. With over 80 events throughout Sussex there are opportunities to network, gain key contacts, learn from inspirational speakers, pick up tips and ideas. Our manufacturing and construction sector based forums allow SME’s to be part of the supply chain to work with larger organisations. Members can increase brand awareness by sharing news stories through our social media channels or through our bi-monthly magazine, Business Edge. There is access to free or heavily discounted services including HR support, legal expenses insurance, health plans, roadside assistance

and foreign exchange. DEVELOP We provide a variety of quality training, from scheduled courses to bespoke courses tailored to suit your needs. Training courses are a great way to improve the effectiveness of your current workforce and motivate ambitious people. Development extends to finding effective ways to connect businesses with schools, tapping into the knowledge, skills and experience of local firms through our Young Chamber membership, which help students succeed in the world of work. We have brought students and business together through Careers

Fairs and from 2018 will offer business certification through our Investment in Young People accreditation. DISCOVER Sussex Chamber is licensed to certify and arrange legalisation of export documentation. We assist exporters through the process of completing the documentation; from choosing the right documentation to ensuring it is correctly filled in. International Trade training courses provide key skills required to understand the paperwork and export procedures, tariff codes, using documentary letters of credit, drafts and bills and understanding the rules.

We can connect business with British Chambers throughout the world and provide market snapshots, quarterly trade outlooks and market seminars through We hold regular forums to provide updates and case studies to help you. INFLUENCE Through the British Chambers, we can help represent the interests of businesses in government. There is a quarterly economic survey which is the UK’s largest and most authoritative private sector business survey. We provide policy updates, trade research and monthly economic reviews. By working together with the local enterprise partnerships, local authorities, councils, town chambers and MP’s we can help represent business interests where needed. The Sussex Chamber is proud to be at the heart of Sussex, providing business the opportunities needed to grow the economy, to develop its employees and the future workforce, to discover new markets and influence key decision makers. www.sussex S SU US SS SE EX XL LIIV VIIN NG G February February 2018 2018

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Henfield Budgens, Stokes, Swains Farm & Garden Centre, The George Inn, The Bull, Blacklands, Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery, Kebab Knight, The Wheatsheaf

Hickstead Wishing Wells

Horsted Keynes The Crown Inn

Hurstpierpoint Washbrooks Farm, Cutters Barn, Co-op, The Mace Shop, Janton News, Feathers, Sussex Living Head Office

Keymer The Greyhound Inn

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