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Bustling Balcombe

Lots to do

Beauty of the Blue Moon

This Year’s Home & Garden Trends

Happy new year Try something new in 2018

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Welcome to the start of a brand new year and possibly a brand new you! Have you made your resolutions, and will you manage to stick to them? Dont’ be too hard on yourself though, hopefully we will be able to give you a helping hand in the right direction with an issue packed full of ideas for a life and home make over. Hanna Lindon gives us some great examples from page 20, of new activities for the mind and body for you to try in 2018. In this edition of Body Buzz on page 30, Sasha Kanal breaks down the art of the smoothie helping you to kick start your way to feeling fantastic. You can also read more about the Handcross Petanque Club on page 6 and Lewes Camera Club on page 54, to see if piques your interest for a new hobby. It’s not only you that can benefit from a new year refresh, to get your home looking in tip-top condition, turn to page 44 to find out all the latest trends for the coming year. For some the Christmas period and start of the a new year can be difficult, read on page 34 how the charity Relate can offer support and advice to families and individuals in the local area. We’ve all heard the phrase “it only happens once in a blue moon,” turn to page 40 where Robert Veitch explains more about where the saying comes from and the science behind the rare event. This month we visited Balcombe, if you turn to page 66 you can read more about the busy and bustling community spirit of the village, and find out more about the murals in Victory Hall. The Sussex Living team would like to wish you all a prosperous and happy 2018!





New Year, new you

Ideas to kick start your 2018

Blue Moon

A fascinating insight into this rare phenomenon

Home trends

What’s all the rage for your abode?

Balcombe Village

Find out what this vibrant place has to offer

30 Body Buzz

20 New Year, Cheryl Watkins

New You

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40 Blue







Handcross Petanque Club

Fine Furnishings

Health hub






Gallic games in Sussex

A personal touch for your home furnishings

St Peter & St James


A fun filled fundraising calendar

Legal advice





Beautiful you

Beating those winter chills

Stitch in time

Take your lashes to new lengths

Natural living

The indomitable oak

Blooming times

Sowing the early seeds


How to effectively market your sale

Diary dates

Local event listings


Find Sussex Living in your local area

Business to business

Business support in Haywards Heath


This month’s brainteaser

Exercise referral

84 Local business directory

Helping your business to expand

Helping you through difficult times

Lewes Camera Club

Staying focused in Sussex


Use up the Christmas leftovers in these two fabulous soups

Lewes Martyrs

A look at the bloody history of Lewes

Russettings Care Home

A home from home setting for residential care

Hurstwood Park

An intriguing glimpse into a pivotal neurological centre

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Charity bike ride

Pedal power from Paris to Henfield



Body buzz

A smooth start to the New Year


Sussex Relate


Tilgate walk

Amble around this hidden gem

Tisshaws offer compassionate consultations


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This month Dr Rees covers migraines and how to manage them


Local living

The latest community news and events


Law changes for life saving medication in schools

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Petanque in Handcross

This classic French game is great if you’re looking for a fun pastime to do with your friends and family Most Sussex Living readers would first encounter the game of Pétanque on a visit across the Channel. Pétanque, or boules, is played in every village in France often in the square or on the beach. But you need travel no further than Handcross to try your hand at this gallic sport. Founded in 1995, Handcross Pétanque and its members have built their own facility - a terrain - consisting of 12 ‘pistes’ large enough for both social gatherings and serious competitions. David Leech, Chairman, explains, “the modern game consists of rolling or throwing heavy steel balls in order for team members’ boules to get closest to the jack. It’s as simple as that,” or at least that’s what you will be told on joining the friendly club open to all ages and abilities. “Each boule which lies nearer to the jack than its competitors counts as a point and the first to get 13 points is the winner. Of course, like croquet, there are subtleties which add to the interest and enjoyment of the game. The 700-gram boules can be thrown full toss at the

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opposition’s efforts in order to displace them, literally causing sparks to fly.” Meetings take place on Sunday and Wednesday mornings with leisurely games accompanied by beverages prepared in the self-built cabin. Members can participate in matches against other clubs in Sussex and beyond. Handcross has risen over four years from 4th to 1st division in the Southern Counties league and were runners up in the North Downs League in 2017. Club Secretary Jane Sibbring comments, “we are proud that some of our members have been very successful representing the southern region in national competitions.” Usually played as doubles or triples, members can play for

prizes at competitions organised by other clubs or in Handcross Opens. The club runs three every year - one devoted entirely to charities such as Macmillans, St Peter and St James Hospice or Chestnut Tree. Club Treasurer Brenda Steptoe commented, “we raise around £500 at each of our Charity Doubles. We also donated the winnings of our 9-aside salver competition to charity.” The club raises cash by participating in fun days of villages such as Lindfield and Balcombe with its ‘Splat the Egg’ competition. “Tossing a steel boule onto a raw egg can be quite addictive,” says Bill Mackrell, who handles publicity. The club also organises social events for members. For example they have a treasure trail, quiz night, fireworks, impromptu barbecues and a splendid Christmas mêlée and banquet. Perhaps the highlight of the year is the annual CoquellesHandcross meeting, alternating between Sussex and the magnificent indoor Boulodrome of La Fanny Coquelloise in Calais. This keenly fought competition tests members’ linguistic and bouling skills interrupted by a traditionally protracted lunch during which Franco-British relations are firmly cemented. If you would like to try your hand at Pétanque, email contactus@handcrosspetanque. or visit the website

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While you may be aware of Fine Furnishings based in the village of Lindfield, you may not be aware of just how much this furniture and bed retailer differs from those found on the High Street Buying a new sofa or bed is a major purchase that we don’t tend to make very often, so when we do, it’s important to get it right. Yet, it can often become a disheartening process. Have you ever found yourself wandering around showrooms, wondering what the difference is between various pieces of furniture and why some are so much more expensive than others? Even if you manage to find someone to help you, they often can’t answer your questions properly or supply you with exactly what you want. Well, this scenario could not be further from the experience you’ll find at Fine Furnishings. With over 25 years of experience and expertise,


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this local family business offers tailormade advice, alongside tailor-made sofas, chairs and footstools to meet your individual needs. They also offer a complete reupholstery service. “We offer something very different from what you find on the High Street,” explains owner Andy Walters when I meet him at the company’s workshop and showroom in Lindfield. “Because we manufacture and sell our furniture direct to the public, the customer can ask us to change a sofa’s length or legs, adjust the seat height or depth, or anything in fact, to make the sofa exactly what they want.”

So, while the showroom has a large selection of sofas and chairs on display, these tend to act as templates for customers to create their own design, which is then handmade by a framemaker, the four upholsterers and the machinist in the workshop. If a sofa or chair is too big or too small, too low or too high, too narrow or too wide or has the wrong legs or arms, Fine Furnishings will make it to your exact requirements. As comfort is paramount when relaxing at home, they will also take the time to explain and demonstrate the difference between the six various cushion fillings available, so you get what’s right for you. “There’s no

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We can change a sofa’s length or legs, adjust the seat height or depth, or anything in fact, to make the sofa exactly what the customer wants

point having feather cushions,” Andy tells me, “unless you’re prepared to plump them up every day. If you want the look and feel of feathers, but not the work, you’ll be better off with a feather mix. Equally, someone who suffers with allergies will need to think about having a microfibre filling.” Unlike the High Street, there is nothing mass-produced about this company and Fine Furnishings prides itself on taking a personal approach with each customer. If, for example, there is any concern that the furniture may not fit through your doors, they will come out and do a visual inspection. If it won’t fit, the sofa can be made in two halves, or with detachable arms and then assembled when it’s in place. Once you’ve ordered your sofa or chair, you then have around eight weeks to choose the fabric. With between

25–30,000 designs to choose from, this can take time. Customers are welcome to take home pattern books or call in and browse through the selection over a coffee. When they have an idea of what they might like, Andy orders a large sample of the fabric, delivered free of charge to their home, so that they can live with it for a few days and see whether or not it’s going to be right. “I’d never expect someone to choose a fabric from the swatches in pattern books. It’s such an important decision and it needs to be right,” explains Andy. “It’s also really nice when customers call in, for them to see their actual furniture being made downstairs in the workshop. Some people like to bring in cameras, so they have a photographic record of the work in progress.” As well as manufacturing new furniture, Fine Furnishings also offer a reupholstery service, which can give your existing pieces a new lease of life. Whether it’s repairing old furniture, replacing cushion fillings or recovering an existing suite, Andy and the team can rise to any challenge. “Lots of our customers wonder why we don’t have a shop,” Andy tells me, “but it’s how we keep our prices competitive with the High Street. By making and selling the furniture on the same site we have none of the overheads of big retailers and can keep our costs and prices down, without compromising on quality.” The company also stocks the largest range of Somnus beds in Mid Sussex. Somnus have been making beds since 1840 using 100% natural fillings. “I’ve sold beds for over 30 years and probably know more about them than their Head Office,” laughs Andy. If you’ve ever felt confused or bewildered when trying to choose a new bed, you’re not alone, and Andy has perfected a three-minute bed lesson to help people understand why one bed might be better for them than another. Again, it’s a personal approach, helping the customer to understand the various benefits of each type of bed and mattress in relation to their individual needs. As with the furniture, prices are keen. By carrying such a large range of beds, their purchasing power means that Fine Furnishings can offer customers the best prices on Somnus beds in Mid Sussex. This family business has evolved and grown through talking to, and listening, to its customers and there is a genuine passion for customer satisfaction. “In fact, we treat people

how we would want to be treated. There’s no pressure, nobody is on commission, we’re happy to leave people to browse, but equally we can help them understand all the benefits of our products, so they get what’s exactly right for them,” claims Andy. It’s this huge wealth of knowledge and experience, together with a truly personal touch and the opportunity to buy exclusive handmade furniture at competitive prices, that customers appreciate. And it’s why shopping at Fine Furnishings will be the best furniture shopping experience you could ever wish for.

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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. Crawley Keyboard Club Review Join us for a very friendly live music evening once a month, when we a have a concert with national and international artistes, playing the kind of music to appeal to all tastes – popular, light classics, musicals, Big Band swing, the 60s and 70s and much, much more. An evening open to all members, non-members and visitors, with easy free parking and tea and coffee during the interval. We are a non-profit charitable organisation, welcoming our regular audiences, but also welcome anyone new, either as a visitor or as a new member. Our members are people who love music, some of whom play their own keyboard at home or simply just love listening to live music. We also have ‘Do It Yourself ’ afternoons usually once a month, when members can bring their own keyboards to play and meet others in a non-formal atmosphere, giving everybody a chance to get to know people who have similar interests. Our concerts are on the last Friday of every month, doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30pm and finish at 10.00pm at the Furnace Green Community Centre, Ashburnham Road, Furnace Green, Crawley RH10 6QZ Visitors £7. Find us on crawleykeyboardclub or www. For more information contact Brenda 01293 784166 or email brenda@

Hurstpierpoint Singers Spring Term 2018 Our spring concert will be held on Saturday March 24th, once again at the United Reformed Church in Hassocks, but will be rather different from anything the choir has done in the last few years. The programme will consist of a mix of popular and less well-known pieces from opera and operetta including a number of works by Gilbert & Sullivan – a chance to show some different sides to the choir’s repertoire. We will be starting rehearsing

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these from Monday January 8th at the Methodist Church in Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint, with practices running from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. and singers of all voices are warmly welcome to come along! For more details, please contact David Redd on 01273 831801.

Ditchling Players – Spring Production First of all congratulations to everyone involved in The Light of Heart by Emlyn Williams. The play was very well received with some glowing comments from the audiences. Even though the dust has only just settled on this production, we’re now thinking ahead to spring 2018 and our next play. We’re pleased to welcome a new member/producer to the Ditchling Players, Alan Green, who is looking to put on Outside Edge by Richard Harris in May 2018. The play revolves around Roger who is having trouble getting a cricket team together for the fixture against the British Railways Maintenance Division, Yeading East. Auditions are being held at Ditching Village Hall on Tuesday 9th January at 8.00pm with production dates 9th to 12th May 2018. If you want more information about the play or would be interested in a part but can’t make the audition please contact Alan at milkybarkiddy@ Our auditions are open to anyone interested in getting involved with Amateur Dramatics. So, whether you’re longing to tread the boards or would be equally happy working behind the scenes, you’re very welcome to come along on the 9th where you can find out more. We look forward to seeing you there.

Weald Theatre Panto Raising Money for Ocean Brothers The Weald Theatre Group based in Haywards Heath has raised thousands of pounds in its 75 years of performing Panto in Sussex. This year’s Panto is Aladdin

and runs from January 9th to 13th at The Clair Hall, Haywards Heath. And as usual all proceeds go to Charity. The group has chosen Ocean Brothers to be one of the charities this year. Greg 27 and Jude 18 are rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to raise money for The British Skin Foundation in memory of their late father/ stepfather Peter Massey. They hope to raise £100,000 to contribute to the research needed to find a cure for skin cancer and raise awareness of the perils of the sun. In 2014, 3,280 deaths were caused by skin cancer. Departing Gran Canaria for Barbados in January they will row day and night swapping for two hour shifts each. They do not have a support boat and will be eating rehydrated meals made with converted seawater produced by their water maker. Please visit to follow their journey and find out more.

Ditchling Film On Thursday, 11 January 2017 we shall be showing Another Mother’s Son which is a moving drama set on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey during WWII. The film is based on the true

story of Louisa Gould who takes in an escaped young Russian POW and hides him over the course of the war. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that Churchill will not risk an assault to recapture this British soil and the island’s community spirit begins to dissipate under the pressure of occupation, hunger and loyalty. The film suggests that he gradually appears to take the place of her own son who was tragically killed during the war. It is a robustly presented story, which restores one’s faith in humanity. Director: Christopher Menaul, England, 2017, 102 mins, 12A Cert The film will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. The film starts at 8.00 pm. 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.

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Jackman, who recently moved to Hurstpierpoint has a fantastic pedigree in the arts; she has been one of the Producers of Bestival since its creation 14 years ago and Camp Bestival in Dorset, and ran the Greenpeace Field in Glastonbury Festival for 5 years. “It is a wonderfully varied programme; from both the local area and further afield and I am looking forward to working with the community. I am particularly excited about new ideas for 11-16 year olds and 16–25 year olds. It’s a very talented Village!” Next year’s Hurst Festival runs from 15th to 30th September 2018 and Katherine will begin work on the Festival in December. She will be ably supported by a new Festival Administrator, Katie Hecht, who also has a background in the arts and lives in Hurstpierpoint with her family. If you have any ideas or suggestions for 2018, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at and we will respond. Put the 2018 dates in your calendars as it’s going to be a good one!

Robin Hood Comes To Lewes Little Theatre This winter sees Lewes Theatre Youth Group (LTYG) present The Legend of Robin Hood – a fun-filled family show by American dramatist and screenwriter Larry Blamire between 26th January and 4th February 2018. Blamire has cleverly created a highly amusing and fast-paced drama full of wittily entertaining characters, nail biting sword fights and new-fangled twists that challenge and reinvent the beloved heroic legend. The production is being directed by Tim Rowland and James Firth-Haydon, whose cast of 11 to 18 year olds from the Lewes area includes seasoned veterans and a number of recent additions to the aspiring and talented performing arts group. LTYG has grown from an understated weekly youth gathering into a self-sustaining youth theatre company, which also offers junior workshops and acting exam opportunities. To book tickets click and for more information about LTYG visit schools/lewes-theatre-youthgroup.

Marmalade Morning Ditchling WI’s famous Marmalade Morning will be held on Saturday 24th February 2018 in Ditching Village Hall from 10am-12noon. In addition to a variety of marmalades, we will be selling jams, chutneys and other preserves. There will also be a cake stall, plant stall and a grand raffle. Coffee, tea and soft drinks and biscuits will be included in the entrance fee of £1.00 for adults. There is no charge for children under 16 years. There is ample free parking at the rear of the hall. This WI event has been held annually for many, many years and is keenly awaited by local residents. We look forward to welcoming new supporters for this popular morning where you can purchase homemade preserves and produce, or just pop in for coffee and a chat.

Enjoy Choral Music with us Whether you like to sing or simply enjoy listening to music, you will be given a warm welcome by members of Sussex Chorus. This large, classical choir has a long and local history having originated as the Ditchling WI Choir way back in 1921. Now, with a convenient rehearsal home at St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill, we meet on Monday evenings and prepare for four performances over the year usually held in or near to Burgess Hill. Choir members will tell you that nothing quite matches performing a big choral work alongside 80-plus other singers – the drama, emotion and excitement when all the work from rehearsals comes together. Singing really makes you feel great! Some new members are quite experienced, others haven’t sung since school and some have never sung formally at all. As much as singing ability, enthusiasm and commitment to rehearsals is what counts. But of course you could simply attend a concert, sit back, and just enjoy listening to wonderful music! Much more on our website: follow us on Facebook or email:

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Management Neurologist Dr John Rees joins us for a new monthly health feature. In this issue he explores migraines that affect approximately 14% of the adult population and some possible remedies We are beginning to understand the mechanism of migraine, which is an effect of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain on blood vessels in the meninges (the lining around the brain), and the scalp. There is also a major temporary effect on the electrical activity of the surface of the brain especially the part that deals with vision, causing the common visual symptoms. Many factors may trigger a migraine, these include stress, severe exertion, chocolate, cheese, alcohol, striplights, hormonal change and some smells such as mown grass, tarmac and perfumes. The four phases of a migraine attack are: 1 A prodrome, which often includes mood changes that patients often do not recognise but a partner or family member will. 2 Aura, often with visual symptoms of flashing or zig-zag lights, disturbance

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of sensation or motor function on one side of the body and occasionally with speech disturbance lasting 5 to 60 minutes. 3 Headache, usually one-sided lasting 4 to 72 hours associated with nausea, occasional vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise. It is not just a bad headache but at least 10 times worse than the worst headache a non migraine sufferer has experienced. 4 A post drome or hangover-like feeling. There are different types of migraine; sufferers of migraines with aura comprise of about 20%, whilst those who have migraines without aura who are the majority, perhaps 75%.

There are also the unusual forms of migraine, including the aura without the headache, hemiplegic migraine when one side of the body may be paralysed, basilar migraine when visual symptoms and vertigo predominate, cyclical vomiting in children and finally chronic migraine when the headache becomes constant. Surprisingly, taking large amounts of frequent painkillers for headache can actually promote constant headache and the treatment here is to recognise this and stop the analgesics. There is no cure for migraine. Occasional attacks can be managed with simple painkillers and/or anti nausea pills but if the attacks are severe or are interfering with home or work life, then see your doctor. The key to good treatment is to identify in each patient what trigger factors if any are relevant. It is often useful to ask a relative or close friend, since mood change can herald an attack and treatment at that time can prevent one occurring. Clearly, if there are trigger factors and the migraines are frequent and/or disabling, it makes sense to avoid them. Many people find that lying down in a quiet, dark room is helpful. Sleeping may also be advantageous. Some find that their symptoms die down after they have been sick. If ordinary painkillers are not relieving your symptoms, your GP might prescribe you a triptan to be taken in addition to over the counter painkillers. Triptans were designed with detailed knowledge of the mechanism of migraine and have transformed the treatment of an acute attack often relieving symptoms in 30 minutes. If a migraine occurs more than three to four times per month, you may well need to go on preventative treatments, which may include beta blockers, some anti epileptic drugs, tricyclics and calcium channel blockers. Newer treatments, still requiring more research and evaluation include: Botox, transcranial magnetic stimulation and external nerve stimulation and recently, the use of specific antibodies against calcitonin gene related peptide (CRGP), given as an injection. If your situation does not improve after treatment, you may be referred to a specialist migraine clinic.

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Do something different this year With a packed calendar for 2018, St Peter & St James Hospice fundraise to provide expert and compassionate care to local patients and their families

Looking to do something a little different this year? St Peter & St James Hospice have created their 2018 events calendar, and it’s the perfect mix of adrenaline-fuelled challenges, family days out and unique experiences – all for an amazing cause. The much-loved charity, based in North Chailey, provides expert and compassionate hospice care to patients and their families and rely on the generosity of the community to raise over 80% of their running costs. This allows them to look after patients on their inpatient ward, who may be admitted for symptom control or end of life care, give invaluable support to patients in their own homes, and offer a diverse range of wellbeing services to help those living with terminal illness achieve the best possible quality of life. All event proceeds go directly


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towards these services, and with a variety of exciting events booked in, the team hope you’ll feel inspired to get involved. The Firewalk, taking place on 22nd February at Plumpton Racecourse, will have you take a daring dash across burning hot coals. Sarah, who took part last

£450 for the hospice and had an evening I’ll never forget.” If firewalking isn’t enough to satiate your thirst for adrenaline, jumping out of a plane could be the thing for you! The hospice will again hold its’ skydive days, an experience that promises to be exhilarating and unforgettable.

If firewalking isn’t enough to satiate your thirst for adrenaline, jumping out of a plane could be the thing for you! year says, “I was terrified, but it was so much fun! Before the walk, there’s a brilliant seminar all about finding your inner strength and believing in yourself. It left me feeling so inspired and powerful… I could have cartwheeled across the coals after that! My family and friends rallied round to sponsor me too. I raised

The popular Open Gardens season, in which some of the finest private gardens in Sussex open their gates to visitors, is back between May and August, as well as the Star Walk in September, where you can enjoy a sponsored walk in memory of loved ones through the beautiful botanic gardens of Wakehurst.

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damaged, out of shape or dyed in the wash, and donating items you haven’t worn for at least a year to a local charity. When you hit the shops, consider your body shape. For women, pear shapes look great in A-line skirts and strapless dresses, rectangles suit sweetheart necklines and colourful bottoms, and apples can create curves with belts and v-neck tops. Men with rectangular body shapes suit layers and skinny pants while inverted triangles can carry off tailored waists and v-necks.

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Tilgate New Year, new you, new town, new walk, same old Tim. Let’s bimble! The entrance to the car park is through Tilgate neighbourhood via Titmus Drive, or from the A23 along Tilgate Drive. A beacon stands in the car park, close to public toilets. Although most of the walk is on firm ground there’s the odd bit of stodge here and there, so stout footwear is recommended. Tilgate was a quiet part of the world until 1946 when the New Towns Act created the modern day Crawley. The population of around 10,000 back then has increased more than ten-fold since. From the car park, walk towards the playground and tree top adventure course, then around to the right and down to the waters edge of Tilgate Lake. The lake was known as

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Walk Campbell’s Lake after Sir Malcolm Campbell who used it for flotation tests for his K3 and K4 Bluebirds. Campbell set the world water speed record four times, the fastest being 141mph in 1939 on Lake Coniston – a lake better known for the cartwheeling, tragic death of his son Donald in 1967 piloting Bluebird K7. Tim, who likes his history, couldn’t understand the name change. Join the concrete path that hugs the lakeside, turning right and walking past the pontoons that reach out across the water like stubby teeth. Stay left, close to the lake, past the fallen tree and onto slightly rougher ground. There is no visible perimeter to the Peace Garden but the rather wonderful wood and chain sculpture appears within its’ boundary. Beyond Jack Stevens’ bench is the small, subtle and well-marked VE & VJ Day Bridge. Further along the path, beyond the Pamela Manktelow bench bear right, up the leeward slope of Silt Lake dam. At the top, turn right, and then left almost immediately by the Pinetum sign. Keep left, passing under the high-rise canopy of Scots pine and cedar trees. Beyond the rather incongruous dog waste

bin is a young monkey puzzle tree with a parent tree standing behind, soaring over junior, keeping watch. These trees are known as living fossils as they are thought to live for up to 1,000 years. Trees have been planted and maintained here for the past two centuries, a practice that continues today. As Tim noted, “it’s hard to believe this oasis of green nestles behind the houses of Tilgate, hemmed in by the motorway.” Another path joins from the right by the cloud tickling Douglas fir. Underfoot, the route is mostly firm and grassy green, with layers of pine needles here and there… or pine straw as

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American bimblers might call it. Keep walking southwest towards the hum of traffic on the M23 and the two 20m high conifers standing guard-like, towering over the path that runs between them. Beyond is a T-junction. Turn left and walk parallel to the motorway, following the path over the footbridge and the M23. At the T-junction on the other side, bear left and downhill, then uphill as the path swings around the right, easing off as it goes, becoming level by the time the

power lines hove into view. Keep going until the power lines are directly overhead, then turn left, and left again by the National Cycle Network 20 sign. For the next half a mile or so the path is wide. Power lines on the right drift off in another direction while those on the left shadow the path. As the impending drone of the motorway begins to disrupt the solitude a mobile phone mast can be seen ahead. It’s poorly disguised, being more like an unloved, redundant and homeless giant Christmas tree than the fir tree it’s attempting to imitate. The path bears right, turning left sharply at the National Cycle Network 20 sign before passing across the M23 once again. Across the other side, turn right and note another phone mast on the right, as the path bears left. The path acts like a dividing line in the trees between the holes on the golf course. Note the sign Beware of Golf Balls, as errant shots might be those that are least expected. Through the trees the sight of frustrated golfers wearing jolly attire they were given for Christmas will surely brighten

It’s hard to believe this oasis of green nestles behind the houses of Tilgate, hemmed in by the motorway the gloomiest day, without winning any fashion awards! Beyond the sign for the 14th hole the path bears left and under the power lines a final time. At the offset crossroads the path turns left, it’s sharp, almost turning back on itself. Look out for golfers before crossing the fairways and wait to be waived across if needs be. Across the fairways of the 13th, 18th and 3rd holes, among the trees is a wall made from railway sleepers (mulch was piled up against it during our visit).

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Pass by it on the right and follow the path as it bisects the fairways of the 2nd, 1st and 9th holes. In the distance Tilgate Lake should be visible as a slither of water between the trees. The path emerges at the dam. From here, take your pick of the routes across, or benches to rest upon. Tim paused to reflect, “there’s plenty of variety on this one, it’s a blow away the cobwebs walk, a bit of an eye opener for people like me who’ve not been here before.” Beyond the dam it’s uphill, back towards the playground and car park where it all began. New Year resolution number one; is done. We are very grateful to Les Campbell for bringing us new and exciting local walks every month, and to Robert Veitch for being Les’ legs whilst he is recovering from an accident. Les is a founder member and former Chairman of the Mid Sussex Ramblers, and insists on testing all routes personally, making sure they are suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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Smoothie Does It! Smoothies and juices have come a long way since the healthy eating revolution in the UK began. Their evolution from one-off pick-me-ups for the hardcore healthy to an intrinsic part of an everyday regime for many proves this and some. Juicing and smoothie making has in the main, diversified from the production of sometimes astringent and basic tonics to what is now an exercise in delivering the most vitamin packed and original mixes around. In short, it’s become a bit of an art form. From fruit and vegetable based fillips to creamy concoctions made with nut milks and spices such as cardamom or ground cloves, there’s a smoothie or juice out there for everyone and the variations are endless. This is the beauty of making your own, you can experiment and mix it up to your taste and get a huge vitamin hit whilst you’re at it. This can be a brilliant solution to the post Christmas sluggishness that often prevails in January. So what are you waiting for? Get your blender out and read on for some great, basic recipes to start you off.

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Peachy Keen

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There’s a smoothie or juice out there for everyone and the variations are endless

Body Buzz If you’re considering

a New Year boost that could lead to a healthy new you, why not incorporate a vitality packed smoothie to your routine, it could just be the lift you’re looking for machine for this one. Chop up two apples, a thumbnail of ginger, and a handful of kale or spinach and blend it all with some lime or lemon juice.

Add honey or half a banana for sweetness.

Step To The Beet

Beetroot has long been known in traditional medicine to help blood and circulation and it’s super rich in vitamins A, C and E. Chop up one unpeeled beetroot with leaves, two unpeeled apples, and three carrots. Blitz with a little water for a healing drink.

fresh then use tinned fruit but the ones canned in fruit juice and not syrup. Add to the blender some coconut, soya or nut milk and depodded cardamom seeds. Add a small spoon of honey and fresh mint if you want it a bit sweeter.

You Say Tomato

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recovery The Mid Sussex Exercise Referral Programme could be just the ticket to get your fitness back on track. Our very own Diane Clark discovered the benefits for herself

You would never know by looking at her now, but not so long ago Diane Clark (Sussex Living proofreader, master of Diary Dates and all round office wonder) was crippled with pain in her hip. She underwent a very successful operation and being a fit and healthy sort, was soon back on the road to recovery. Along with her own strong will and determination, something which really helped Diane was The Mid Sussex Exercise Referral Programme. This is a very low cost GP referral programme which provides you with access to the gym and health suite, pool and hydropool. Once you have signed up you will receive an induction and a personalised exercise regime to suit your needs. “It really is a tailored programme,” Diane told me. “My exercise referral specialist sat on the side of the hydropool, went through all the exercises with me and taught me exactly how to do them. I had to do various walking movements with raised knees, side steps and leg swings out to the front and back and we added in a noodle float for extra resistance in the water.” Every two weeks Diane received assessment appointments where her recovery progress was carefully monitored and her

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January is the time to take a breath and regroup after the exertions of Christmas. If it’s been a difficult period, Relate is available in your local area to offer support Some people find the Christmas holidays especially demanding because of difficult relationships with partners and family. These difficulties can be particularly acute in blended families where parents face a set of unique challenges. Marie De’Ath, a counsellor from the charity Relate, which has centres throughout Sussex comments, “many people come and see us in the early months of the year because, after Christmas, they feel that they have reached crisis point. You can come and see us as a family, as a couple or individually. We have expert family, young people and children’s counsellors as well those who specialise in counselling couples. We know just how much pressure blended families can face.” Happily, blended families can be as harmonious as any other; Relate Sussex has these twelve strategies that may help.

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1. Don’t force things. Give your children a little time and space to come to terms with a new partner and circumstances. 2. If you have your own children, make time for them. They may be feeling anxious about their roles in the new family and worried about not being as important as they used to be. 3. Reassure them about any stepbrothers or sisters. It’s important to address any anxieties your kids might have about new children coming with your new relationship. 4. When it comes to discipline, be cautious. Discipline can be one of the

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trickiest aspects of being in a blended family. Generally, try not to assert yourself too quickly. 5. Remain a parent to your own children. It’s important for your kids to see that you haven’t given up control of their lives to your new partner. 6. Ensure that all the children who call the household a home have the same family rules and boundaries. 7. Make planned and reliable arrangements. Talking to your ex can make things easier. It will really help your child if you can resist any temptation to use them as a messenger between their homes. 8. Help your child stay in touch with their other parent and their family when they stay with you, for example

by phone, text or email and try to keep things cordial as possible. 9. Make a child feel at home in your home by creating a space that belongs only to them, whether a room or just some drawers.

you are going to spend time together in advance and consider everyone’s feelings as much as you can. 12. Make time to spend with your partner, when you concentrate on just your relationship.

You can come and see us as a family, as a couple or individually

Parenting in a blended family is not easy. If you would like more help and support you can contact Relate on 01293 657055 or 01273 697997 or visit www. The Sussex Relate charities are looking for trustees and counsellors. If you would like to help us support local people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations with their relationships and make a real difference, please contact Sue Quinn on 01293 657055.

10. Keep communications open with the extended family. Children and grandparents and members of the extended family can enjoy enormously valuable relationships. 11. Spending time as a family. Try to discuss when

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when severe weather is expected in your area. A coldAlert is sent when the alert level increases from level 1 (normal), to level 2 (alert and readiness), level 3 (severe weather conditions) or level 4 (emergency action). The warnings are often sent before local weather forecasts are made available, so it offers the benefit

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Let’s face it – January can feel like a never-ending month of doom and gloom. After the festive merriment and indulgence of December, it’s hard to face reality again and get on with our day-today routines. Add to that the inevitable cold, wind and wet weather with grey skies – what can make us get out of bed with a smile and an excited anticipation for the day ahead? A cosy and chic wardrobe of course! Treating

It’s important to don a hat for sub zero temperatures yourself to a whole collection of winter accessories to brave the cold is just what is needed to get through the remaining frosty months. Invest in a winter uniform that makes you feel like a Snow Queen who rules the icy streets;


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a faux-fur ushanka or a herringbone knitted bucket hat are just a few styles you can choose from to make your cold weather walks more bearable. The best way to keep your entire body warm and toasty is to cover your neck properly. Isn’t there something comforting about a silky soft scarf anyway? A sleek cashmere knitted scarf, a faux-fur collar, a snood or a stole will not only keep that cold breeze out but will make a statement too – choose a colour that complements your winter jacket and adds that finishing touch to your ensemble. A deep port red looks stunning with a light grey coat or pink with a wonderful dark olive really stands out nicely. In the age of the smartphone, aren’t gloves just the worst? Constantly having to take them on and off to answer the phone, check the time or reply to messages –your poor fingers start to turn to ice! Well it’s in these situations that tech-smart

Well, she was right! As your head holds most of your body’s heat, it’s important to don a hat for sub zero temperatures – and it’s the perfect remedy for a bad hair day too! A felt beret, a knitted woollen beanie, gloves come in handy. From elegant leather-like materials to knitted wonders, keep those fingers ice-free while you use your phone as much as you want in the cold. But for those of you who prefer to stay traditional, nothing beats a pair of cosy cashmere gloves: they feel just like dipping your hands into the softest and most luxurious piece of heaven! Hurrah! You’ve now not only conquered the inevitable nuisance of staying warm (which is paramount) but have also managed to stay stylish whilst doing so. This way you will look and feel good at all times, even when you just want a duvet day.

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From the Ancient Egyptians applying kohl to the Victorians mixing ashes with elderberry juice, this beauty must-have has certainly come a long way Mascara is the item that is found in every make-up bag; and it seems it has been a must-have make-up tool for thousands of years. Known to be used as far back as ancient Egyptian times, when kohl was used to darken eyelashes, eyes and eyebrows and the Victorian era when ashes and elderberry juice where mixed to make a natural colourant, it wasn’t until the 20th century that beauty brands started to create mascara for the consumer market. The first mascara on the market was made out of coal dust and petroleum, and by 1917 ‘cake mascara’ was also available: this came with a small brush to be used for application. The first mascara in a tube hit the market in 1958 and it came with the spiral brush we still use today, revolutionising the way this make-up was applied and used. In 1960 the first coloured formula of brush

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The f o e d i blue s n o o M e h t

Common perception believes a blue moon to an event of rarity, but Robert Veitch had his perception expanded as he went in search of ‘the truth’ “Well that only happens once in a blue moon” remarked the Sussex Living Editor as the Christmas edition of the magazine went to the printers ahead of schedule. But where does that phrase come from and what defines a Blue Moon? Scientifically speaking, a Blue Moon is an additional full moon in a seasonal cycle where normally one fewer is scheduled. The waxing and waning of the moon takes place on a 29½ day cycle. There are 12.37 full moons each year, so every third year, a thirteenth full moon appears and resets the cycle. The etymology is from the Catholic Church who viewed the arrival of an early full moon as a betrayer or ‘belewe’ moon. Over time the patois evolved and belewe became blue. January will see a full moon on the 2nd and the 31st of the month. February will see no full moon at all before March has full moons on the 2nd and 31st. This rare phenomenon is more like gold dust, as scarce as Hen’s teeth, like discovering the mythical Steyning Treacle Mines or the East Grinstead Elbow Grease Factory. The Romans might have called it 'blueus maximus significantus.' The literal blue moon with a blueish tint can be seen when dust particles in the atmosphere scatter red light in the spectrum. Particles need to be a smidgen bigger than 0.7 of a micrometer to make it happen. However it's more common that particles are whisker smaller than 0.7 micrometers and tend

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to scatter blue light instead, which makes the 'red sky at night, lunar observers delight' a more common occurrence. The moon’s distance from the earth varies from around 230,000 miles at its perigee to 250,000 miles at its apogee. When the moon appears larger in the night sky, it’s simply because it’s just a bit nearer the earth. The sun is 400 times larger than the moon and 400 times further away. They might look the same size in the sky, but that’s pure chance. This geological magic makes a solar eclipse possible although the moon is gradually easing it’s way away from the earth…

No nation claims to ‘own’ the moon thanks to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty No nation claims to ‘own’ the moon thanks to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty – yes, such a treaty does exist. The treaty regards the moon as a ‘province of all mankind’ with only peaceful activities permitted there. Maybe this will change when someone discovers oil. Ancient philosophers believed the tidal pull of the moon affected the water in the brains of susceptible individuals and that a full moon deprived these ‘lunatics’ of sleep, leading to bizarre behaviours. The local lunatic would invariably be locked up in the nearest asylum and the rest of society could apparently sleep safely. Things began to change in the 20th century thanks to the Mental Treatment Act (1930) and the Mental Health Act (1959), which improved life considerably for many of these unfortunate and often innocent souls who had been locked away for periods of their life.

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Commonly perceived wisdom is incorrect, believing a blue moon to be a second full moon in a calendar month, although this fictional definition has gained popularity over recent times. Modern parlance claims the phrase once in a blue moon as an event of rarity. General Elections, World Cups, James Bond films, Commonwealth Games, Leap Years and tours by the Rolling Stones all have a

similar frequency to blue moons. The ‘blueus maximus significantus’ occurring this year is less frequent, more along the lines of Referenda, Royal Weddings and Pink Floyd reconciliations. If you like your Pink Floyd, then you know they preferred the far side of the moon. According to the Floyd, “There is no dark side of the Moon, really. Matter of fact, it’s all dark.” In reality the moon may appear dark but about 90% of the light that hits it is reflected. On that basis, just imagine how bright the Earth is when viewed from space. Some lunar events are even less frequent; think moon landings for example. Only 24 men sat at the top of a Saturn V rocket intending to leave the earth's gravity and venture to the moon. Only 12 of those men walked on the moon. Astronauts John Young, Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell are the only humans to have travelled there twice and two of those three landed. Jim Lovell who was ‘first around the moon’ on Apollo 8 in 1968 found even greater fame as Commander of

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The mighty oak is a truly impressive tree that has populated these shores for a few thousand years. Ruth Lawrence details its life cycle through the seasons and the benefits it brings to the environment At the end of my garden stands a large, old oak; it has weathered around a hundred and eighty winters and now, leafless in the cold, it towers over its surroundings, spreading a perfect arch of branch and twig against the sky. Oaks spread in the warming climate of this country about 7,000BC when woodland covered all but the poorest soils and steepest slopes. When the English Channel was formed two thousand years later, cutting off Britain from the mainland, oak was probably the second most common species after lime. The oak on the green later became the central feature of so many English villages and similarly, woodland oaks become the focus of life around them. The shade cast by their crown determines the pattern of shrub and plant growth beneath and they provide home,

shelter and food to an astonishing array of creatures, birds and insects. Spring sees their young buds and pollen rich catkins feed bullfinches, tits and thousands of caterpillars. Beetles burrow through their bark while birds nest in the branches. In winter, mice, hedgehogs and adders hibernate among the roots and the rotting leaves provide essential food for snails, slugs, earthworms and fungi. Minerals drawn up by their roots from deep in the soil are taken up into leaves, which once fallen, release the minerals into the shallower soil layers, nourishing plants beneath. Invertebrates such as the stag beetle flourish in the leaf mould beneath the tree and bats nest in old woodpecker holes or under loose bark. Fallen acorns provide food for mice, jays, badgers, deer and squirrels that help to spread the oak by burying acorns, conveniently forgetting the location of enough to provide a seeding service for the tree. One of the widest sessile oaks in the country stands in Sussex; the Queen Elizabeth oak in

Cowdray Park is reckoned to be over a thousand years old; hollow and gnarled, it sits squat with age yet still vitally alive. The sessile differs from the English oak in that its acorns are stalkless and it has a more upright trunk and straighter branches than the English oak. Acorns are not produced until the oak is 40 years old and peak production occurs around 80-120 years of age after which growth begins to slow down and these trees even shorten with age to extend their lifespan. As acorns need to germinate quickly to avoid drying out or rotting, a successful new sapling will appear the following spring. We can help by selecting acorns and growing them in individual pots to be planted outside at two or three years of age; details of the process involved can be found on the National Forest website. It’s a wonderful way to engage children with a long term project while fostering a sense of responsibility for the descendents of local large oaks they may be familiar with. S u ss e x L i v i n g January 2018

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STAY ON TREND FOR 2018 While fashions change with the season, an interior design scheme needs more staying power. Despite that, it’s still important that your home style reflects the latest trends, as it keeps your decor current A lick of paint and some well-chosen accessories will create a huge impact, so whether you’re looking to enhance or rethink your interiors, here’s our guide to what’s hot and what’s not for 2018. INTENSE COLOUR As lifestyles intensify, so does our choice of colour. With political and economic uncertainty on the horizon, there is a craving for the warmth and depth of deeper colour palettes. Inky blues, dark forest greens, rich burgundies, deep

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this year. Metallics add sparkle, luxe and glamour and are an easy way to update your home. Accessories are an easy route in - cushions, mirrors, vases, lights and plant pots, all offer a simple way to bring some shimmer and glow to your interiors. For those looking to really embrace this trend, sofas, coffee tables, small side tables and metallic fabrics can also provide gilt-edged opportunities to add some shine. Kitchen appliances, clocks and cutlery in gold and copper hues are another feature of the fashionable home this year. TACTILE TEXTURES Deep rich coloured velvet upholstery is unavoidable at the moment, as it works particularly well with the fashion for intense colour and metallics. Textured velvet is also set to trend, which adds

While minimalism continues to be popular, there is a growing trend for a less structured look and feel to our homes

another level of strokeability to this most tactile of fabrics. During the colder months, faux fur will remain popular, particularly used in cushions, throws and rugs. Leather is another tactile fabric which will always add an element of classic sophistication and combined with a few metallic touches will ramp up the luxe look. In terms of patterns, current trends include oversized florals and botanical references on fabrics and wall coverings, which ties into the desire to embrace the elements. Also trending are geometric patterns and prints, particularly on tiles and cushions, which add a sense of fun and focus to a room. GORGEOUS GREENERY House plants are also back in fashion for 2018. A cost effective way to make a statement, add colour and fresh O2, plants can be positioned hanging from

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their mental health through connecting to the real, as opposed to the digital world. Whether you agree or not, houseplants keep us both grounded and connected to nature, so are a wonderful antidote to a fast-paced life full of instant gratification. TYPOGRAPHY Framed word art, cushions with words and general messaging on home items is still going strong. The trend is linked to the way we all use social media for pithy, short communication, so it seems a natural progression to find mission statements, such as, ‘Eat’ or ‘Love,’ displayed in our homes. For those not enamoured with letter boards and sayings, moody photography is classy, elegant, mysterious and is increasingly found on the most fashionable walls. WASI SABI – THE NOT-SOPERFECT HOME While minimalism continues to be popular, there is a growing trend for a less structured look and feel to

our homes. The aim is to create an environment where we can disconnect and recharge. Large comfortable sofas, feather-filled cushions, soft cosy armchairs are all back on trend, as they help to create the perfect place to relax. Wasi sabi is a Japanese term used to describe imperfection and impermanence. Used in relation to home decor, it means finding beauty and calm in the not-so-perfect home and accepting that your home does not need to look like a showroom. Homes are for living in, so keep it real and authentic, buy only what you love and remember that a happy home is way more important than a tidy one! WASI SABA – THE NOT-SOPERFECT GARDEN If you find it hard to keep on top of your garden and your weeding, 2018 brings great news, as the trend for imperfection also extends to our outside space. A wasi sabi garden imitates nature, which gives you the opportunity to relax and simply enjoy your imperfect garden. This trend dovetails with the desire for gardens with natural, sustainable and locally sourced organic material. So wood, metal and stone, win out over plastic for the coming year. Homeowners continued on page 50

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If you have a frost-free greenhouse or sunny windowsill, there are seeds you can sow now to give flowers throughout the summer Some seeds are quick to germinate and reach maturity - others do much better if given a longer period of growing time. Sweet peas are a good example of this. Despite their tender appearance, sweet pea seedlings are super-tough and will cope with chilly conditions. A barely heated greenhouse is ideal. They also usually survive being grown outdoors with the modest protection of a cold frame, although voracious mice have a tendency to treat their succulent roots and shoots as a mixed winter salad - bah! Sweet peas dislike root disturbance and don’t care to share a pot with other seedlings. If you’re able to grow seeds individually in long ‘root trainer’ cells, so much the better. Old-fashioned strains of antirrhinums (snapdragons) were wonderfully tall and stately; whereas modern varieties are mostly dumpy and squat. However, if you seek out the specialist seed merchants, ‘florist’

Early Birds antirrhinum seed is still available. These perfectly proportioned beauties can grow up to 90cms in height. ‘Liberty Crimson’ is a sumptuous, iridescent crimson/plum shimmer. Best of all is ‘Royal Bride’, which, as the name suggests, exudes pure white regal elegance and even manages a sweet honeysuckle-ish scent. Notoriously slow; antirrhinum seed sometimes rots before it manages to germinate. Reduce the risk by sowing 50% now - then wait a month before sowing a second batch. Dianthus is another candidate for a January sowing. I’m not talking about the usual characters such as, ‘Doris’ and ‘Mrs Sinkins’, but am referring to their shorter-stemmed cousins. (Some seed catalogues are spectacularly vague

with their descriptions, so don’t get sidetracked with varieties of dianthus ‘barbatus’ - they are better known as ‘Sweet William’ and are a completely different animal!) The recent trend towards gardening in a more cottage garden style has seen the revamp of old favourites such as verbascums and hollyhocks, but these charming little dianthus have somehow been overlooked - a great pity as they make useful bedding plants. Technically perennials, but often best treated as annuals, they’ll flower non-stop between June-September, just as long as they’re given a sunny spot and well-drained soil. Growing 15-25cms high, they also enjoy the sharp drainage of a patio pot or rockery. The more robust types may overwinter successfully and last for

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several years. There are many varieties to choose from, but all share the same family characteristics and form low mounds of grey-green leaves. Their distinctive flowers have serrated edges and come in endless shades of pink, mauve, cream and white. Some are single-coloured; others have contrasting bands around the central ‘eye’ and petal edges. The old variety commonly sold as ‘Ipswich Mixed Pinks’ is hard to beat for perfume. A few stems in a vase will fill a room with a spicy, heavenly scent.

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Camera Club

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Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is. If you enjoy photography and would like to learn how to improve, then have a look at the Lewes Camera Club Formed in 1888, Lewes Camera Club is one of England’s oldest camera clubs. It is a friendly organisation, which welcomes enthusiastic photographers whether they are a novice or more experienced. Members are encouraged to participate in a varied programme that includes photo competitions, workshops and talks. When entering a competition, members submit prints or digital images which are then projected onto a large screen. The pictures are commented on and critiqued one by one by an experienced guest judge. You can learn a lot from listening to these constructive comments, and of course by talking to fellow photographers during the interval. Also included in the programme are demonstrations and seasonal social events, along with invitations to guest speakers to share their photographic interests including travel, wildlife, street, press photography and portraiture. Other guest speakers are invited to provide technical insight into subjects such as colour management, studio lighting, photo editing and light room techniques.


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Members’ evenings present an opportunity for anyone to talk about some of their photos and what they mean to them. Even holiday snaps that are a technical disaster - it’s the stories that count! There is an annual Christmas dinner at a local pub or hotel and during the summer there are monthly local excursions. Members meet at a carefully chosen location over morning coffee and, if they feel inclined, spend the rest of the morning out with their cameras. If you are a keen photographer and interested in joining, you are welcome to come along at any time throughout the season. Come to two meetings before actually taking the plunge and signing up for six months, the Club’s annual fee is £57, payable in two instalments. There are no further attendance fees, raffles or other charges to attend the club. Membership entitles you to attend any of the meetings and social events during the year and to enter club competitions. Lewes Camera Club members and visitors are also free to use the club bar. Please note you must be over eighteen to join the Club. Meetings are on Mondays from September to March at St Mary’s Supporters Club, Christie Road, Lewes BN7 1PL. Doors open at 19:30, and meetings start at 19:45. There is good disabled access to the site should you need it. Please visit for further information.

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Cauliflower & Stilton Soup Not sure what to do with your Christmas leftovers? We have two delicious soups that will keep your taste buds tingling whilst emptying your fridge but not your pocket


simmering and simmer very gently for 20-25 minutes, until the cauliflower is completely tender – this time without the lid.

4-6 Ingredients

1 medium cauliflower (about 1lb 4oz/570g) 2oz (50g) Stilton, crumbled into small pieces Salt and freshly milled black pepper 2 bay leaves 1 oz (25g) butter 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped 2 sticks of celery, chopped 1 large leek, trimmed, washed and chopped 4 oz (ll0g) potato, peeled and diced 1 apple cored, peeled and chopped 2 tbls half-fat crème fraîche, plus a little extra to serve


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1. Make stock with all the cauliflower trimmings. Trim cauliflower into small florets and put to one side. Place the rest of the cauliflower trimmings into a mediumsized saucepan. Add 2 ½ pints (1.5 litres) of water, the bay leaves and some salt, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on.

2. Whilst that is simmering, take another large saucepan with a lid, melt the butter over a gentle heat, then add the onion, celery, leek and potato and let these vegetables sweat for 15 minutes. 3. When the stock is ready, strain it into the pan to join the vegetables, adding the bay leaves as well but getting rid of the rest. 4. Add the cauliflower and apple, bring it all back up to

5. Remove the bay leaves, place the contents of the saucepan in a food processor or liquidizer and process until the soup is smooth and creamy. 6. Return to the saucepan, stir in the crème frâiche and cheese and keep stirring until the cheese has melted and the soup is hot but not boiling. 7. Check the seasoning and serve in hot bowls with a little more crème fraiche and garnish of your choice.

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There is a nature trail, a beautiful lake with benches around, so you can sit and watch the captivating nature around you and let all your troubles fade away. We are very lucky to have a herd of Hebridean sheep grazing on the land, and the latest addition to our wonderful site are our 3 donkeys, Holly, Star and Twinkle through our relationship with the Donkey Sanctuary uk. Please do come and visit them, they are friendly and we are so proud of them, and proud to be working with The Donkey Sanctuary. We have our ever popular fundraising events planned at the NCAC for 2018, Summer Fun Day, Black Cat Day and of course Santa’s Grotto. We are also planning in April , the Pawsome Afternoon tea, which will be a national event, whereby you can sign up to host your own tea party and any donations you receive can be forwarded to Cats Protection, please check out our website for further details and your starter pack, so something special will definitely be in the works at the NCAC in April. If you have a cat-shaped hole in your life, and feel you would like to help one of

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The Lewes

Martyrs Few events have had such an impact on the cultural memory of Lewes as the burning of 17 protestant martyrs outside the present-day town hall. Their deaths may have occurred nearly 450 years ago, but the Lewes Martyrs are still commemorated in memorials scattered across the town and through a procession of crosses on Lewes Bonfi re Night. The story of the martyrs begins in July 1553, when Mary I became Queen of England. Daughter of Henry VIII’s longsuffering fi rst wife, Catherine of Aragon, she refused to recognise her father as head of the church and remained a staunch Catholic. Henry had persecuted Catholics who refused to renounce their face – Mary did the same to protestants. She executed 284 people during her reign, going down in history as ‘Bloody Mary’ in consequence. It was a year after Mary came to power that several protestants gathered at the home of Brighton brewer Dirick Carver for a prayer meeting. The service was being read in English when the Sheriff of

Sussex broke into Carver’s house and arrested the whole group. Some were taken to Newgate prison, where they refused to deny their faith and were sentenced to burn. Among them was Carver himself, who was to become the fi rst of the Lewes martyrs. He was marched to his death on 22nd July, 1555, and he

The 17 martyrs who were executed in Lewes during the reign of Mary I are the stuff of local legend – but who were they, and how did their tragedy unfold?

Star Inn (now the Town Hall) and burned at the stake in a terrifying autoda-fe. It was the largest human bonfi re that Britain has ever seen and did much to turn the country against Queen Mary. There were 36 martyrs burned across Sussex during Mary’s reign, but the 17 men and women who died in Lewes have made the greatest mark on history. The steps they walked up have been preserved beneath glass outside Lewes Town Hall, an obelisk on Cliffe Hill lists their names, and 17 burning crosses are carried through the streets every Bonfi re Night. The martyrs’ bravery has kept their memories alive for centuries after their tragic deaths.

There were 36 martyrs burned across Sussex during Mary’s reign, but the 17 men and women who died in Lewes have made the greatest mark on history


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remained defiant to the last. “Dear brethren and sisters,” he shouted to the crowd as the faggots were being lit, “witness to you all that I am come to seal with my blood Christ’s Gospel, because I know that it is true.” Nearly a year after Carver’s death, a further four Protestants were burned at the stake in the same place. Their deaths were followed a few weeks later by the execution of minister Thomas Wood and Thomas Miles of Hellingly, but the worst was still to come. On 22nd June 1557, a group of ten men and women were led up the steps from their prison in the basement of the

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A Place to Call Home If you are in the position where a beloved parent or relative is in need of care in a residential setting, your priorities will be centred upon finding a home that feels like home, where their needs are met with genuine compassion and care. Russettings Care Home is one of those rare places that exude a sense of welcome before you have even stepped through the door. A sympathetically extended country house, Russettings has retained many beautiful period features and stands at the end of a private, hedged drive in the exceptionally

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pretty village of Balcombe. On my visit, I was greeted by manager Nikki Pile who has one of those genuine smiles that immediately puts everyone at ease. As I walked round the home with her, it was obvious that the residents love her company; she offers a friendly word to everyone and a concern that reaches far beyond her role. One elderly man reached out his hand to her and instantly she was by his side, listening and making sure his quiet voice was heard. It’s this level of interaction and attention that makes a care home stand out; 75% of Russetting’s residents have dementia and Nikki explained how the proper care can ease the consequences of this

disability and help residents live as happy a life as possible. One important feature of dementia is that people recognise colour more than words or numerals so each resident’s bedroom door is painted a different colour to help them locate it for themselves. The pretty ice cream hues make the doors stand out and personalise the corridor, lending instant character to the home. Photos of staff and residents past and present perk up the walls as they would in any family house; it makes people feel valued and included when they see their photo displayed and this is a small but important part of their wellbeing. The plain carpets and curtains are also calming for dementia sufferers as they can imagine disturbing images in patterns and being aware of this is extremely helpful to them. Pictures of food in the dining room and coloured crockery are also helpful as are the colours deliberately chosen for their calming qualities in the lounge. A bright, sunny conservatory houses a large TV away from the lounge so that residents are not forced to listen if they prefer the quiet company of their friends or just to enjoy some alone time. A new serving bar in the freshly redecorated dining room has a classic feel and acts as a space to join kitchen and dining areas together. The menu is varied and nutritious, with vegetarian and vegan options and all food is cooked on the premises. Outside, there are secluded, tranquil gardens and a resident’s shop, where they can retain a sense of independence yet remain within the security of the grounds. Nikki told me how staff try and encourage residents to retain the skills they had during their working lives; one lady used to work in a post office and now loves to sit in the office with staff in what to her is a familiar environment.

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This personalised attention is what makes Russettings so special; smaller group activities cater for focused needs rather than a single choice that may not fulfil everyone’s needs and there is an activity co-ordinator who organises one to one activities such as swimming or strolls round the village. There are plenty of outings and entertainment for the more gregarious; trips to local garden centres, tea rooms and the seaside, visits by musicians, an Elvis impersonator and a panto which puts on shows through the year. Russettings actively recruits local staff and is always keen to find more, both for paid work and voluntary roles, which might include talking with residents, making teas and coffees and reading newpapers for residents. The staff relate very closely with each other and with resident’s relatives, which is invaluable when communicating the needs of the residents; there are currently 52 staff and beds for 45 permanent residents as well as respite care if a room is available. There are some double rooms for couples and if partners or relatives need to stay there is usually either a room or temporary beds available where they can stay. The residents love animals so as well as a visiting therapeutic dog, there are visits by a local small animal zoo and a staff pet day and outside is a sensory garden which stimulates and soothes the senses. Feedback from relatives is overwhelmingly positive at Russettings; a niece of one resident wrote, “I feel I’m listened to and treated with

respect and politeness,” while a lady mentioned that her husband is “extremely happy in his new environment.” One resident’s daughter noticed that “management and staff are approachable and friendly and there are always plenty of

Smaller group activities cater for focused needs rather than a single choice that may not fulfil everyone’s needs and there is an activity co-ordinator who organises one to one activities

staff around,” while another mentioned how “staff are knowledgeable, attentive and look after mum with caring diligence.” One lady spoke for everyone when she said, “the staff are what make Russettings so special.” The spaciousness inside the building is balanced by the intimacy of the personalised, cosy bedrooms, individually styled with resident’s own belongings and equipped with en suite facilities. The fortunate residents of Russettings are assured individual attention and genuinely loving care from knowledgeable, dedicated staff who make this large, friendly house a home. For voluntary and paid work enquiries, contact or

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BALCOMBE Balcombe stretches from the famous Ouse viaduct in the south to forest ridges to the north and west, making it one of the most beautifully located villages in Sussex With only 600 houses, this historic village lies conveniently on the main London to Brighton railway line and Gatwick airport, yet is close to four large gardens open to the public; this is the perfect place for those who desire rural life within easy reach of the capital, just thirty miles away. There is no shortage of activities in Balcombe; ranging from bowls, cricket and tennis to a rifle and pistol club, with gentler options including Pilates, meditation, yoga and dance. A children’s playground and recreation ground offer attractive outdoor possibilities for exercise and dog walking while more cerebral pursuits include a French Association and a History Society. The Balcombe Club, run by committee for members hosts events including comedy, bands and pool tournaments and the WI is set up to inspire women

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Lytton’s frescoes are symbolic of his belief that arts could help to heal the scars of war

of all ages. Balcombe is also a ideal place for families with a pre-school and nursery, an Ofsted rated Good primary school and activities including a very successful Scouts group for girls and boys and a thriving church led youth club, along with St Mary’s Church being very active in the community. One of the most memorable and thought provoking features of Balcombe lies in The Victory Hall, the unforgettable life sized murals painted by Neville Lytton, officer on the Western Front and artist. Commissioned by Lady Denman, the daughter of Lord Cowdray, the murals were completed when Lytton was 45 and remain as a testament to his vision of a peaceful and more equal society. Standing before the murals, Lytton’s experience of frontline combat becomes poignantly obvious; there is a palpable sorrow in a scene on the east wall where four soldiers bear a dead comrade on a stretcher and another offers comfort to a fallen friend. The south wall depicts a brutally honest vision of war; a new recruit beckons his companions to the Front while under him lie a wounded man and another in death. A single soldier stands above a huddle of fallen men, his hands held, palm up in a symbolic gesture as if to ask “why?” To either side of the stage are two female figures, Sorrow and Hope, symbolic of the despair of war and the plea for peace. The north wall turns towards peacetime; filled with depictions of local people and those known intimately by Lytton, it contains a tableau that represented his vision of a future England, a country continued on page 68

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at peace, healing itself for the next generation. Lytton himself is depicted playing the flute in a tableau set under the branches of a large oak; he used to play this instrument in the trenches when he found it had a calming effect on the men. The paintings utilise a ‘true fresco’ technique where paint is applied to wet plaster to which it

binds as it sets. The richness is apparent close up; they glow with life and depth which results from them being part of the building’s fabric rather than surface decoration. Lady Denman wanted to make a memorial to not only the dead, but the living who returned; her enthusiasm and input ensured the completion of The Victory Hall in 1923 and a large oak panel

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at the Hall’s entrance lists the fallen and surviving servicemen. As National President of the WI, she was an integral part of the community and is depicted in the fresco as a supportive, characteristically humble figure in the background. Lytton’s frescoes are symbolic of his belief that arts could help to heal the scars of war. When writing about his wartime experiences, he championed the “uncommon virtues of the common man,” and as a country landowner, realised he was no more important than the farm labourers he had taken to war in 1914. This humility led him to depict all figures equally; he knew that everyone had a part to play in the reconstruction of the country he so clearly loved and his murals stand as reminder in the centre of this quintessentially English village.


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K R A P D O O W T HURS Since retiring from Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Dr John Rees has written a wonderfully comprehensive history; Ruth Lawrence met with him to talk about this transformative place that helped so many Dr John Rees retired from Hurstwood Park in Haywards Heath in 1999, and after spending over twenty five years of his working life there he has recently penned a fascinating detailed history. Hurstwood Park was originally the admission villa for St Francis Hospital, a Victorian mental asylum for the Brighton area and formerly known as the County Asylum for Sussex which opened in 1859. As the prospect of war loomed in the late 1930s, various towns were identified that could be strategically important in case of an invasion. Haywards Heath was ideal because it lay on the route of main railway lines from Southampton in the west and Hastings in the east. The admission villa for St Francis was deemed the suitable place to move the neurosurgical department from The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases at Queen Square, Holborn. In the autumn of 1939, all theatre equipment and staff were moved down from London and the repurposed building was known as Hurstwood Park Hospital. Hurstwood Park was swiftly adapted for purpose to provide 50 neurosurgical beds and after the war the inception of the NHS in 1948, it became a regional neuroscience centre with visiting neurosurgeons, serving East Sussex and parts of West Sussex and Kent. In 1962 the Regional Board decided that all


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Hurstwood Park became a teaching hospital, which had a major effect on the local medical scene with a marked increase in clinical staff its 52 beds should be for neurosurgery and neurology and three years later a radioisotope scanner, one of the earliest brain scanners was purchased, marking a move into a technological era. Dr Rees was appointed in 1973 when boundary changes moved Haywards

Heath from East Sussex into West Sussex and to the South West Thames Regional Health Authority. In 1991 the new District Hospital, later named the Princess Royal was opened adjacent to Hurstwood Park, meaning that for the first time in its history, there was a modern general hospital on site, with all its advantages and facilities. Twelve years later, Hurstwood Park became a teaching hospital which had a major effect on the local medical scene with a marked increase in clinical staff. In 2013, the physicians finally outgrew Hurstwood and moved into a ward at the Princess Royal Hospital and two years later, the surgeons moved to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, bringing to an end 76 years of neurosurgery at Hurstwood Park. Dr Rees remembers Hurstwood Park as “a wonderful hospital to work in as we knew everyone else; on a Thursday afternoon all consultants would meet, which would help the young doctors hear their seniors debating clinical problems in specific situations. We were all working together for the same goals; it was a great place.” His book is available as a downloadable copy and is sure to be of huge appeal to those with links to this groundbreaking hospital and its fascinating long history. Please email for further information.

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Steaming coffee and the aroma of freshly baked bread does not guarantee a sale, considering that the majority of buyers will view several properties every little bit counts to help yours fall top of the shortlist You have done everything to promote your home and ensure it is well received by potential buyers and will soon be under offer. You have taken time to choose an estate agent, have nice photographs produced, cut the lawn, vacuumed through, tidied up and are eagerly awaiting a viewing. You have considered conventional agency selling and the alternative approach via web sites and cut price agencies. You feel that you have ticked all the boxes and that all you have to do is follow the tried and tested approach towards a potential purchaser, of a welcoming aroma of fresh coffee brewing and if you are really keen the added touch of freshly baked bread! Well, that has always been considered the basic requirement to secure a buyer, but there are other basic requirements needed to secure an offer. TRY NOT TO REFUSE A VIEWING Sometimes a buyer will want to view at a difficult time for your lifestyle, but fit them in if you can. Remember, an appointment is vital to sell your home and the internet is full of alternative homes, so if you make it difficult to fi nd a suitable time, they may give up and view elsewhere. If you are doing the accompanied viewing yourself ensure that you are ready for the time they are scheduled to visit. Welcome them in and start with a few preliminaries such as “Have you come far”? This establishes whether they know the local area. If they don’t know it then you can tell them a little of what your area has to offer. “Have you been looking long?” is another good question. It helps to gauge their keenness to buy. As the conversation flows you can move on to their current position

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MAXIMISING YOUR SALE regarding the sale of their own home. Try to commiserate/ understand the woes of selling and buying and create a bond of shared highs and lows in the process.

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE Show the potential buyer around the property at a steady pace. You don’t want to bore them with minutiae but you do want to help them make an informed decision. Try to ascertain what type of house they are living in now and what they are looking for. This helps with accentuating

You need to try, where possible, to make your home fit their criterion but don’t over sell or they will run a mile

the positives and eliminating the negatives. They may love gardening, so take time showing them the planting, but if they hate gardening mention the large patio for afternoon drinks and the easy to maintain lawn. You need to try, where possible, to make your home fit their

criterion but don’t over sell or they will run a mile. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS The best way is to work together and take the agent’s advice. They can do the doorstep introduction, you can say a few welcoming words and then they can take them around. Any questions that the agent cannot answer you can help with when they have seen everything. If they look keen, offer a cup of tea or coffee. Make it relatively quickly, make the cup reasonably small (a large hot mug will take forever for everyone to drink); and remember that at this stage you are still a seller so be careful what you discuss or reveal!

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Pedal for Henfield The story of a dozen adventurers from Henfield is one that’s earning admiration and also hopes to earn a great deal of funds for local causes The prospect of cycling from Paris to Henfield might be one most readers view with a ‘rather them than me’ attitude, but that is exactly what a team of cyclists from Mid Sussex are doing. The ‘Pedal for Henfield’ team of charity fundraisers consists of Adrian Hillman, Tracey Prescott, Samantha Bremner, Douglas

Campbell, Thomas Kemp, Bek Seager, Claire Proud, Robert Proud, Bob Beatty and Deborah Scott. Adrian has organised ‘Pedal to Henfield’ in tandem with Tracey, his long time cycling buddy, and Sammy Bremner, a fitness instructor at Henfield Leisure Centre. All the proceeds from the ride

We want a big finale riding into Henfield, lots of publicity, well supported by the people, maximising our fundraising

will be split evenly between the Haven at Henfield and Henfield Leisure Centre. As Adrian pointed out, “even charities need to turn a profit so they can make future investments.” Henfield Leisure Centre has twenty full and part time staff, while volunteers mostly staff the Haven. On Thursday 15th March, the cyclists will be boarding a train to Paris, briefly enjoying the French capital overnight before their version of ‘the hell of the north’ begins the following morning at the Eiffel Tower. Two support vans will accompany the cyclists on the long ride home. “We’re all self-funded,” Adrian noted, “because we want everything we raise to go to our beneficiaries.” Adrian hopes the support vehicles, which are being donated, will be sponsored, enabling the team to raise even more money for their beneficiaries. On Friday 16th March the team will pedal 110-120 miles towards Dieppe, where they will stay overnight. After shaking off any muscular stiffness the following morning, they will don the lycra once again, take the ferry to Newhaven and then cycle back to Henfield to complete the challenge. When asked why the ride is from Paris and not to Paris Adrian answered with a big grin, “we want a big finale riding into Henfield, lots of publicity, well supported by the people, maximising our fundraising… also, we want to have a big party at the end in the Leisure Centre.” Adrian revealed the Henfield community could help with fundraising by taking part in a parallel ‘Spinathon’ at Henfield Leisure Centre. It’s a straightforward concept; teams of sponsored riders on the spinning bikes, turn their pedals for the same daily duration as the team on the road. It’s a way for other leisure centre users and local residents to help make community facilities sustainable in the long term. “To keep the community facilities ticking over, requires community to come together to help fundraise,” says Adrian. And of course, they’re all welcome to party afterwards too. To donate please contact Tracey on 07944 372927 henfield-haven/ SUSSEX LIVING January 2018

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Anaphylaxis. The word is a bit of a mouthful (pronounced ana-fill-ax-is) but for many children it is one of the most important they learn. Holly Wilkinson, Communications Manager for the Anaphylaxis Campaign explains, “this severe type of allergic reaction can start within a few seconds after eating a particular food, being stung by an insect or having a reaction to medicine like penicillin and can be fatal.” Two-thirds of all schools have at least one child who has experienced anaphylaxis or who has a prescription for

anaphylaxis training course AllergyWise for Schools and paid for ‘train the trainer’ course called AllergyWise for Healthcare Professionals. Find out more at www. We also provide support beyond the classroom. Our free West Sussex Support Group is open to adults as well as families living with severe allergies and meets in Worthing. Catherine Shorney’s son Christian, aged 9, has allergies to nuts, sesame, raw egg and legumes. She says, “as a parent of a child with severe

life-saving medication, called an adrenaline auto-injector or AAI, sometimes referred to colloquially as a ‘pen’. Now, after two years of extensive campaigning by the Anaphylaxis Campaign and other organisations, legislation is in place to allow all schools in the UK to keep a potentially lifesaving dose of adrenaline spare, without a prescription, for emergency use on children who are at risk of anaphylaxis but whose own device is not available or not working.

Lifesaving Pen Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Symptoms can include a swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or a dramatic fall in blood pressure known as anaphylactic shock

We polled parents of school aged children, healthcare professionals and teachers and found that the overwhelming proportion supported our campaign to have ‘spare pens in schools’, including over 96% of teachers.

Two-thirds of all schools have at least one child who has experienced anaphylaxis or who has a prescription for life-saving medication

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Sadly, we know of at least two deaths of children in school in 2017 due to severe allergic reactions, which is a powerful reminder that anaphylaxis can have devastating consequences and it is so important to have training and support for all school staff. We hope that the change in the law will enhance the safety of severely allergic children in schools across the UK and provide reassurance for parents, carers and school staff. We have a free online

allergies, it really means a lot to host a Support Group for the Anaphylaxis Campaign. I really enjoy our meetings which bring together other people living with severe allergies in the local area to swap tips and talk together in a relaxed, supportive setting.” The next meeting is Friday 19th January 2017 between 10am to 12 noon at the St Paul’s Art Centre, 55b Chapel Road, Worthing, BN11 1EE. Visit www. for more information. The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity focused on supporting people at risk of severe allergies; we provide information and support for families through our free helpline and support groups, and campaign and fundraise to achieve our ultimate aim to create a safe environment for all people with allergies.

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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, CrawleyAkidoClub Friday 05, 12, 19 & 26 January, 19:45-21:45

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following: On Air Night, Nag & Natter Night, Meet the Committee and Radio Night with Table Top Sale. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 uk Saturday 06, 13, 20 & 27 January, 12:00-16:00

Sussex Crafts Knit & Natter

130 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LT Cost £2.00 to include tea and biscuits. Contact: 01444 455611. Saturday 06 January

The 12th Not New Year’s Eve Ball Worthing Golf Club, Links Road, Worthing BN14 9QZ Join us for a sumptuous dinner, fundraising auction, fun casino, live entertainment, black tie event. £60pp includes welcome drinks and wine (1 bottle per couple). Contact: Peter Kennard 07802 587832 or Derek Steel 07803 899338 Monday 08, 15, 22 and 29 January, 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

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Tuesday 09 & 23 January, 19:30-21:30

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN44 3XZ Malcolm Kenwood will give an illustrated talk on Fakes and Forgery: the art of deception. Visitors £5 donation. Contact: Ann Blakelock 01903 297553.

The Village Club, Mill Lane, Ashington RH20 3BX Fun choir for all abilities, all ages and all genders. Free refreshments. Entry £5. Contact: Diann Clarke 01903 893156,

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Monday 08 January, 14:30

The Arts Society (Henfield) Foundations of Fashion

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB The lecture is about undergarments or ‘unmentionables’ as described in some polite circles. All will be revealed. Speaker – Kate Strasdin, lecturer in Fashion and Textiles, Falmouth University. Guests welcome - £5. 01273 494945. Monday 08 January, 19:30

Hurstpierpoint Singers Rehersals

Hurstpierpoint Methodist Church, 42 Cuckfield Rd, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RR See Local Living. Monday 08 January, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Booth Museum of Natural History (18902016) - a talk by Dr. John Cooper. The entry fee, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits, is £1.50 for members. Visitors are also very welcome – entry fee £2. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Monday 08 January, 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 09 – Friday 12, 19:30 & Saturday 13 January, 12:00 – 17:00

The Weald Theatre Group 75th Charity Pantomime Aladdin

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN A traditional pantomime with slapstick routines, musical numbers and naughty but clean comedy for the whole family to enjoy. Contact: 01444 455440. Tuesday 09 January, 19:00 for 19:30

Henfield Garden Club AGM

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Our AGM, with constitutional matters being discussed, followed by a slide presentation on Audrey Dorset’s trip to Malawi – An inspirational gardener in Malawi. Contact: jbs@backsettown. £3 for non-members.

Ashington Community Choir

Tuesday 09 January, 20:00

Ditchling Players Auditions Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Rd, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8TT See Local Living. Wednesday 10 January, 20:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society Vegetables in Containers

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A talk by Vanessa Jones who is a National Vegetable Society Certified Judge. Her talk will cover all aspects of container growing of vegetables. £1 members, £3 visitors. All welcome. Membership enquiries: 01444 458509. Wednesday 10 January, 19:45 for 20:0022:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society Butterfly Conservation in Sussex Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Butterfly Conservation in Sussex – Fritillaries for the Future Project by Neil Hulme, Project Officer. 7 out of 10 butterfly species are in decline. This illustrated talk concentrates on the future safeguarding of fritillaries in Sussex. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Contact: 01273 842516. Thursday 11 January, 10:00–12:30

Burgess Hill U3A Information Morning

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Free annual information event with opportunities to meet Group Leaders and join U3A. New members welcome. Coffee and biscuits available for purchase in the Foyer. Contact: Anne Anthony 01444 257270. Thursday 11 January, 14:00-16:00

Knepp Rewilding Project

Durrington Community Centre, Romany Road, West Durrington BN13 3FJ Penny Green is an Ecologist who will talk about the Knepp Castle Estate, West Sussex. WNTA members £2. All visitors welcome £4. Contact: Gillian Johnson 01903 416815 Thursday 11 January, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN This month’s lecture Secrets of the Royal Pavilion is by Jackie MarshHobbs. Membership £7, plus £3 per lecture. Non-members £5 per lecture. Contact: Anne Tucker 01444 455803.

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Ditchling Films

Ditchling Village Hall, 18 Lewes Rd, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8TT See Local Living. Friday 12, 19 & 26, 19:30 Saturday 13, 20 & 27, 14:00 & 18:30 & Sunday 21 January, 14:00

Burgess Hill Theatre Club Pantomime Cinderella

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN BHTC’s 53rd annual pantomime. All the fun of a traditional family pantomime. Box office Saturdays/ Wednesdays 10:00-13:00 Burgess Hill Theatre. £10 (front) & £9 (rear). Box Office 01444 242984, Monday 15 January, 14:00 for 14:15 Lunch at the Bent Arms from 12.00

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL St Pierre et Miquelon, 1892 – 1945. Presented by Mike Slamo. Contact: Jim Etherington, 01273 471897 Tuesday 16 January, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY From Sheep to Knitting Wool by Peter and Carol Goodman. Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421. Tuesday 16 January, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £2 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741. Sunday 21 January, 19:30

Wivelsfield Films – Dunkirk

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Seen through the eyes of a soldier, RAF fighter pilots and a group of civilians on their boat, the film (12A) depicts the dramatic WWII story of the evacuation of troops. Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores or The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval.

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. 01273 236437.

Friday 19 January, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

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. Friday 19 January, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX An organist/keyboard player. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269. Saturday 20 January, 09:30-12:30

Windlesham House School Open Morning

Windlesham House School, London Road, Pulborough, Washington RH20 4AY Pre-Prep and Prep School Open Morning with presentations from Headmaster and Director of Studies and individual tour of the school. Contact: 01903 874701. Saturday 20 January, 10.00-13:00

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Butterflies and Moths of Sussex - a talk by Michael Blencowe. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Tuesday 23 January, 14:00-16:00

Haywards Heath & District U3A Open Meeting

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Come along to an illuminating talk Ancient Mesopotamia 3000 -1500 BC by Peter Leigh on the development of Kingship; archaeological treasures and development of the world’s first empires. Refreshments served. £1 on the day. No booking required. Wednesday 24 January, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

The Arts Society Mid Sussex

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Aqua Triumphalis: Power and Pageantry on the Thames. Lecture by Peter Warwick trustee of Gloriana. Non-members welcome: £7 on door. Thursday 25 January, 19:00

Burns Night at Ashdown Park

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Celebrating Scottish Bard Robert Burns with a traditional piper, a whisky cocktail on arrival, followed by a four-course dinner. £69.00 per person. Contact: 01342 824988 Friday 26 January, 18:00-21:00

Evening Wedding Showcase

Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Be inspired for your special day by our stunning venue. Meet our preferred suppliers. Sample canapés & wine. Complimentary entry. 01342 824988 Friday 26 January, 19:30

Crawley Keyboard Music Concert

Main Hall, Furnace Green Community Centre, Ashburnham Road, Furnace Green, Crawley RH10 6QU (New venue) Great evening of live music showcasing the popular Chiho Sunamoto. Members and visitors made welcome. Members £4 and visitors £6. Brenda Mayne 01293 784166, crawleykeyboardclub Friday 26 January, 20:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society

The Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY

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 entry. All repairs are free but donations will be gratefully received towards ongoing costs of the service. Saturday 20 January, 13:30-16:30

Teen Sew Friendly Session

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Our new monthly session for all aged 11 years plus. Bring along your own sewing project and our tutor will be on hand to help you complete it. £17.50. Contact: 07967 819540, Saturday 20 January 18:30 for 19:00-00:00

Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN An illustrated talk in French by Suzanne Hinton. Translator of Brighton, scenes detaches d’un voyage en Angleterre by Count Auguste de la Garde entitled Un Francais a Brighton – 1827. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385.

Cottesmore Hotel Golf and Country Club, Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage RH11 9AT A traditional Burns Supper with a 3 course meal, a piper and speeches, some humorous, followed by some easy Scottish Country Dancing. To book contact: 01403 252694 or secretary@, www.midsussexcaledoniansociety.

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

Ockenden Manor in the countryside of Sussex, chef Stephen Crane cooks refined, French-influenced food. 01444 811226.

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Lewes Little Theatre - Robin Hood

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Saturday 27 January, 11:00–15:00

BCI Academy Open 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.

Beauty Concepts International (BCI), 2 Danworth Farm, Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9GL Meet the team, check out our facilities and book your training course. Levels 2, 3 and 4 Beauty Therapy, electrolysis, micropigmentation, massage and nails etc. 02173 837302,

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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’.

Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Lower Street, Pulborough RH20 2BF Dance the night away to music from the 60s 70s and 80s. Licensed bar. Tickets £8. Malcolm Gray 01798 873643

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Introduction to Calligraphy

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY

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Monday 29 January, 14:00

Bridge Tea

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Join us for our annual afternoon of bridge to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice. A delicious afternoon tea, and a raffle will be drawn at the end of play. £40 per table. Please call

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Tuesday 30 January, 10:00-16:00

Clocks, Watches and Jewellery Valuation Day The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Bonhams specialists will be at The Courtlands Hotel to give free and confidential valuations on items for auction. Contact: hove@bonhams. com or Tim Squire-Sanders 01273 220000.

Wednesday 31 January, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG

The Swedish Blockade, 1939–1945. A display of aero-philately presented by Josh Spoor. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897

Wednesday 31 January, 19:45 for 20:00–22:00

East Grinstead RSPB Lecture

Main Hall, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Guyana – The Last True Wilderness? An illustrated talk by Mike Russell. Since 1987 wildlife gardening has been at the heart of garden designer Mike Russell’s ideology, ever since growing up in Shropshire. £4 for Members £5 for Guests. Contact: Mark Roberts 01342 843190.

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LEWIS DECORATIONS Tel.01444 233073

Domestic and commercial pest control by qualified and insured female technician


•Rats •Mice •Moles •Wasps/Bees •Fleas •Flies •Bed Bugs •Moths •Ants •Cockroaches

Established 25 years. City and Guilds Qualified.

Vanessa Akers

07762 239847

01444 233073 07446 951109



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Everything you could possibly wish for to keep your pets happy & fed with a range of food, English-made beds & toys Huge range of wild bird feed & feeders coal, logs & calor gas LARGE FREE CAR PARK - LOCAL HOME DELIVERY OPEN 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday Staplefield Road Cuckfield l West Sussex l RH17 5HY

01444 441511

Windows > Conservatories > Folding Doors > Timber Products

BHW Glass Ltd

Adrian Inman Painting and Decorating

Specialists in quality replacement windows, doors & conservatories Over 25 years of experience For all your Domestic & Commercial Painting & Decorating needs Whether you need a single door painted, damaged paintwork or wallpaper replaced, or a whole room or house redecorated, you can rely on me to provide a proffessional and skilled service. Replacement windows & doors PVCu, timber & aluminum • Fascia, cladding, soffits

Call now for a free estimate

The Gables, Church Road, Partridge Green, West Sussex, RH13 8JS

01403 713757 |

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Adrian Inman | Mob: 07810 752608 | Tel: 01444 443972 |


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Stains, dirt and the unseen, call Unique3 for your carpet clean

Covers All Sussex Areas

Undertakes all Electrical Work. No job too small

Specialising in Wool, Yarn & Needlecrafts ♥ Knit, Crochet & Natter ♥ Creative Machine Stitching ♥ Needle Felting ♥ Glass Painting ♥ Children’s Parties ♥ Holiday Workshops ♥ Quilting

Tom’s Food offers a relaxed, stylish space to indulge in tasty coffees, brunch dishes and seasonal lunches along with teas and homemade cakes. In the evenings Tom caters for private dining, with bespoke menus as well as pop up restaurant nights.


Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 4pm Corner House, High Street, Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5JX

Tel: 01444 473 384

Brian Sykes Est.30 years 07977 273 023 | 01444 236 128


Stockists of King Cole, Gutermann, West Yorkshire Spinners, DMC, buttons, ribbons, felt, fabrics

Unique 3

(Domestic & Commercial Cleaning)

130 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LQ 01444 455611

Contact DAWN on 07843 482276




01444 411180 - 07702590211

Dog accessories Barbour & Gorpets

Saddlery Country clothing Barbour ❖ Noble Outfitters Aigle ❖ Muck Boots Ariat ❖ Dublin

01444 454164


24hr TAXI

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Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill to Gatwick just £23 Haywards Heath or Burgess Hill to Heathrow just £59

Taxis that don’t cost the earth

The greenest fleet in Sussex and Surrey

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QUALITY. INTEGRITY. RELIABILITY A full-service decoration company with more than 15 years of experience. Our staff pride themselves not only on the quality of the work, but also their professionalism. We will turn up on time and do work at the very highest specification for the agreed price.

Contact us for a free quote. All work undertaken.

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For all your garden requirements Lawn Care • Pruning Seasonal Tidy-Ups Fencing • Decking EST 1994

You could be advertising in this space for as little as • Fault Finding • Phone Points • Freeview HD • • Freesat • HD • TV Wall Mounting • SAME DAY SERVICE

FREE ESTIMATES Sayers Common 01273 835025 07843 263650

30 Years Experience ~ Fully Insured



Call 01273 835355 or email



Landscaping Garden Care • All aspects of landscaping & design • Walls • Paving • Fencing • Ponds • Turfing • Hedges cut • Mowing • Garden clearance • General maintenance • Block paving & patio surface renovations • Royal Botanic Gardens trained • 25 Years experience • Fully insured Tel Steve on

07493 100151 01444 245168

Gutter clearing and Moss removal • Gutter clearing • Moss removal • Moss treatment with fungicide • Family run business

01444 242324

Ring for a free survey and quote ■ PATIOS




Enhancing your outdoor space If your driveway is looking tired

or you’re in need of a newly designed patio we’ve got just the remedy. We’ll take your ideas and with our experience transform your outdoor space into a stunning extension of your home. Our fantastic team are well regarded in the local area

£24 + VAT

per month for regular bookings This price also includes a free graphic design service to produce an eye catching advert to promote your business. For more info:

Sister company of Aerialbeam

Clinical Foot Consultant Qualified Chiropodist • • • • •

Corns – Callus Nail Problems Heel Problems Athlete’s Foot Fallen Arches

Foot Treatments

With Manipulation and Laser Therapy

• Strained Ligaments and Tendons • Skin Problems • Heel Spurs • Enlarged Joints • Morton’s Neuroma

Dorothy Dickson

D.S.Ch., M.Inst. Ch.P., Dip.I.I.H.H.M. 72 West Street, Burgess Hill Tel. 01444 870429 Laser Therapy and Acupuncture for Foot – Knee – Hip – Back Shoulder – Neck – Elbow

M :07792

369807 TT ::01444 456809 M

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15-17 Church Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9BB

01444 245340

New bedroom furniture & new beds in stock Also visit our Carpet Warehouse at 30-32 Station Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9DS

CARPETS l VINYLS l RUGS & MATS l CURTAINS BEDS l FURNITURE l BEDDING l CUSHIONS Customer Car Park Jan18 Classified.indd 91 Jan18 DiscoFP.indd 1

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Stay Warm this Winter

with Sussex’s Premier Fireplace and Stove Retailer

Over 450 Fires, Fireplaces, Stoves and Range Cookers on Display A warm welcome awaits you at W & H Supplies!

From Fireplaces to Range Cookers and Interior Furnishings to Kitchenware – W&H Supplies has it all


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