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We’re back with a bang this October with an issue packed so full of fabulous features it’s hard to know where to begin! Let’s start with our fantastic walk on page 22 around West Grinstead by Robert Veitch and his lovely niece. As golden leaves crunch underfoot it’s a splendid time to step outside for an autumnal stroll in the countryside. At the end of the month many of us don our spooky costumes and head out for some trick or treating fun. Take a look at page 106 if you need inspiration for a creatively creepy Halloween, with some great ghoulish ideas for the kids and home. Apologies for mentioning the Christmas word in October, but it’s the perfect time of year to start planning for the big day and booking events. Over the next three months we will be running a Christmas countdown to help with the preparations. On page 25, we start with the tricky politics of planning the office party, and how to navigate your way through it unscathed! Also, over the next three issues we are featuring handy guides to the different types of hampers that you can personalise for your loved ones. Look out for the perfect traditional basket on page 36. Do you like a challenge? If you do, turn to page 119 for our new crossword which we will be running every month. Be warned, you’ll have to ponder over the clues till the following issue for the answers though! We’d like to thank everyone who entered our summer quiz; the answers and winners can be found on p.103. Along with numerous other articles such as prehistoric Lewes, West Sussex Care Month, helping the hedgehogs and our wedding special to name but a few, from all of us here at Sussex Living we hope you enjoy a truly bumper read.

10 Cuckfield village

Fascinating historical facts

40 Wedding extravaganza

Top tips for your special day

62 Hedgehogs

Guide to helping these friendly hogs

74 Mineral Society,

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Empowering carers in West Sussex

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83 PRB Accountants

Balancing the books with new personnel

92 Breast cancer awareness

Celebrating 25 years supporting those affected

96 Child Help Hassocks

Hassocks charity shop turns 20!

103 Book Review

Robin Driscoll’s fast paced thriller

103 Quiz answers

Find out who the lucky winners were

104 Prehistoric Lewes,

Turning back time back in Lewes

106 Halloween ideas


Wedding Songs

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Natural living

Nature under the microscope


Local living

East Grinstead Swim Club


Making a splash

Spook up you Halloween with these great ideas

The latest community news and events

West Grinstead walk

Taking in the Downs Link and the River Adur

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The journey of an amateur dramatic society


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Christmas countdown

Navigating the work Christmas party politics


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Delicious one pot meal


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Beautiful you

Vamping up your autumn wardrobe Twiggy inspired lashes Galloping glorious fitness Keep your plants warm this winter Helping you to save some property pennies Local event listings

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116 Distribution

47 Dixon Anderson

117 Dear Sussex Living

60 The Old Vicarage

118 Business to business

64 Creative kitchens

119 Crossword

73 Steyne Gardens


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120 Local business directory

Healthy baking

Fine tailoring for men

Spectacular open garden for the NGS in Washington

Part two of our kitchen style guide

A place of tranquility in Worthing Exciting changes in community care

Find Sussex Living in your local area Feedback from our readers

Giving a boost to local charities Our fun new brainteaser

Helping your business to expand

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h s a l p S In its 105th year, the East Grinstead Swimming Club continues to strive to widen its appeal to swimmers of all ages and abilities Like many sports clubs, the East Grinstead Swimming Club (EGSC) must work hard to gain and retain members in an environment where an ever growing number of sports compete for the attention of children of all ages. New Chair, Matthew Backshall, puts the Club’s success down to the volunteers and the friendly nature of the Club. “We are really fortunate to have a great club with dedicated coaches and volunteers, as well as friendly, enthusiastic and talented swimmers.” Despite being a small club, EGSC can boast swimmers competing at County, Regional and National level. One of the key changes which the Club

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introduced at the start of the season in September, is a new training and squad structure, with the aim to improve the training the Club offers to its swimmers, regardless of their ability or ambitions. There are four competitive and six training squads within the Club, catering for all abilities, with progression through the squads, based on ability, age and the swimmer’s aims. Head Coach, Nigel Hitchcock, oversees all the squads, to develop and ensure best practice; whilst the training programmes, individual swimmer coaching

and parent contact remain with the individual squad coach to provide a familiar point of contact. The Club’s goals remain consistent with its 105 year heritage, which are to make swimming accessible for all children and offer a teaching programme, which encourages the enjoyment of swimming, whilst offering the opportunity to transition and develop into competitive swimming. The Club wants to provide exemplary coaching standards that enable swimmers the best chance of fulfilling their potential. The Club is very excited to announce that it has recently had its application for a licence to host an Open Meet gala approved. This will take place on Sunday 22 April 2018 at the K2 in Crawley. This will be the first time the Club has hosted a competition open to individual competitors from other clubs, rather than team events. As a not-for-profit sports club, the Club is always focussed on increasing its fund raising efforts. The Open Meet will be a big step towards raising important funds to plough back into the progression and development of the Club so it can offer current and future swimmers a wider range of training options. EGSC believes it can provide a healthy team environment for children, as well as developing individual goals; while swimming provides a rewarding form of exercise and a valuable, potentially life-saving skill. The Club is actively seeking corporate sponsors to collaborate with the Club. If you or your company would like to sponsor and support EGSC, please contact The Club welcomes new swimmers, so if your child is a keen swimmer who would like to join this friendly, supportive and competitive club, then please come along to one of the forthcoming swim trials at 4.45pm on 15 October, 19 November, 17 December, at Kings Centre, East Grinstead – please contact membership.secretary@ for more details.

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The first thing I noticed, when walking out in early morning were the reflections on drops of dew. Up close, each tiny sphere of water holds an image of its surroundings; enlarged in the photo, its possible to see individual blades of grass within a single drop of moisture. Trained upon the face of a fly, the camera reveals compound eyes composed of around four thousand facets which enable it to see the world through a mosaic of separate, partial images. A fly has no focusing mechanism so it only has clear vision in a very limited focal distance and cannot perceive objects far away. Its eye is adapted to perceive movement to which it responds but it’s possible to approach slowly enough to avoid being noticed, allowing the camera lens to settle just inches away. Identification of tiny creatures becomes much easier when they are

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The closer in you look, the more beauty is revealed and it is easy to regain a childlike sense of wonder at things you pass every day without noticing

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PLU pickers used to call the caterpillars ‘hop-dogs’ which seems obvious after noticing the distinct upright red tail. The tussocks are tufts of hair which detach to give birds an unpleasant beak full should they attack. Spiders webs observed magnified when covered in dew appear as glass beads on impossibly thin strings; catch a spider nest on a sunny early morning and light glistens from each drop. The closer in you look, the more beauty is revealed and it is easy to regain a childlike sense of wonder at things you pass every day without noticing. A walk becomes infinitely richer the more you linger to focus on tiny detail; I’ve easily spent a couple of hours just walking a few hundred yards when constantly stopping to observe some minute drama taking place beneath my feet. You begin to realise how much life fills every space when you can actually see it in a scale that makes sense. Try observing your own garden or familiar walking route with a magnifying glass and prepare to become lost and enchanted in the details.

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Lewes. The priory archives show a gift of land from an Adam de Cucufeld in 1202 and 55 householders were recorded as living in the village in 1296. One of the many significant moments in Cuckfield’s history was the discovery of science’s first fossilised dinosaur. The keen fossil collector and doctor Gideon Mantell was making

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a house call when his wife noticed an unusual object embedded in a piece of rock. Mantell identified it as a tooth and traced the source to a quarry in Witeman’s Green where he found more teeth and remains before widening his search to Tilgate Forest where he found bones. The creature was eventually named by him as the Iguanodon, which died out 130 million years ago, long before the evolution of mammals. Today, Cuckfield is a welcoming community,

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With their reputation and audience numbers steadily rising, Cuckfield Dramatic Society (CDS) has expanded the range and scope of its shows over the last few years. A key part of the community, they aim to stage the best possible productions to entertain MidSussex, and to have fun as they do so! CDS put on several top quality shows per year, covering both comedy and drama and their performances receiving high praise. “We may be unpaid, and have low ticket prices,” they say, “but that doesn’t have to mean an amateurish performance.” Their June show Bridge To Farce was such a big hit they did it again in August, going ‘on tour’ to neighbouring Hurstpierpoint. Amateur theatre is a longstanding British tradition but with the pace of modern life it can be hard for groups to attract members and audiences. Less than five years ago CDS was considering winding up, with only a handful of active people struggling to put on a decent play. But since 2014, that core has expanded and the group attributes its success to a number of factors. It has a much larger presence on the internet as well as easy to use online ticket sales. CDS welcomes new members both on and off-stage and prides itself on being a particularly open and friendly group. They also try to reach out & cooperate with and support other neighbouring groups to promote all local theatre. But this high



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Through the ups and downs of the theatre world, Cuckfield Drama Society continue to thrill audiences with their latest productions

story of country life sees the routine of a farming estate disrupted by visiting relatives, with subsequent arguments over money, drinking too much, and protecting the environment, while unrequited love and a mid-life crisis become intertwined! Director Emma Gosling says, “Uncle Vanya’s power comes from the multi-layered characters, who are neither good nor bad but reflect human nature.” The story has a counterpoint of laughter to the tears, with some tragi-comic scenes. Uncle Vanya is on at the Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield from 25th to 28th October. Doors open at 19:30, show starts 20:00, ticket prices from £7. For more information on ticket sales, or on joining CDS visit, search online for ‘Cuckfield Drama’ or call 01444 848156.

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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. Ditchling Film Society Welcome to our new season of films! On Thursday 5 October 2017 we are showing the coming-of-age story Moonlight. It is a look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young, gay black man growing up in Miami, portraying his epic journey to manhood from a deprived background. Winner of three Oscars, the film is rich, sensuous and tactile and leaves one feeling somehow mentally smarter and physically lighter. Director: Barry Jenkins, USA 2016, 108 mins, 15 Cert On Thursday, 2 November 2017 we will be showing Embrace of the Serpent. In the early 1900s a young Shaman in the Colombian Amazon, who is the last survivor of his tribe, helps a sick, German explorer and his local guide search for a rare and sacred healing plant. Director: Ciro Guerra, Germany 2016, 125 mins, 12A Cert. The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. The films start 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

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Floral designer supports Sussex MND Association The West Sussex North Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association is to hold a floral demonstration in Wivelsfield Green in October. The event is raising funds to support local people living with the progressive neurological disease, and to promote awareness of its devastating effects on individuals and their families. The demonstration, entitled Treasures of the Season, will be led by award winning floral designer, Sue Flight. “It’s crucial that people have a better understanding of the reality of what an MND diagnosis means,” says Ron Stevenson who lives with the incurable disease. “It affects the brain and spinal cord, attacking the nerves that control movement as well as speech, swallowing and breathing. Events such as this are crucial to funding the fantastic work that our local branch does for those living with the disease and their families.” The event is being held at Wivelsfield Village Hall on Friday October 6 in

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Book Launch at Chailey Heritage We are delighted to invite you to a special event taking place at Chailey Heritage Foundation on Thursday 12th October. Local author Ros Black will be launching her new book Grace Kimmins and her Chailey Heritage – a biography of our founder. Dame Grace was a pioneer in the field of care and craft training for young people with disabilities. But there is so much more to her incredible story as Ros Black has discovered, some of which will be revealed to us in this enlightening illustrated talk. Verena Hanbury will also be sharing some personal memories of ‘Granny’ on the evening. Following the talk there will be a Q & A session, followed by a book signing and refreshments. To view your invitation visit Ros_Black_Book_launch.pdf. Or to book tickets uk/tickets. We hope you will be able to join us.

Fundraising Get Together for St Catherine’s Hospice This autumn, as part of a nationwide initiative with 16 other hospices, St Catherine’s Hospice is asking you to invite your family, friends or colleagues to a Big Get Together. Your Big Get Together can be anything you like, from a cocktails-and-canapés evening to a board games night, from a pamper party to a 1920s gin and dancing event; so whether you dust off your dancing shoes, decorate those cakes or dig out your wine glasses to raise money it doesn’t matter, it just matters that you do! By hosting a Big Get Together you’ll be helping local people living with terminal

illness to socialise with others in a similar situation at St Catherine’s Day Hospices in Crawley and Reigate. You can hold your Big Get Together on a date that suits you but St Catherine’s is encouraging as many people as possible to host a get together during national Hospice Care Week, which takes place from Monday 9 October to Sunday 15 October, and celebrates the work hospices do caring for people in their local communities. Ready to find out more? Sign up online at: http:// uk/hospice/stch/ or call St Catherine’s fundraising team on 01293 447355. You can also visit: www.TheBigGetTogether. for ideas and inspiration.

Non-Stop Shakespeare Hurstpierpoint Players are planning a repeat of our successful Non-stop Shakespeare as a fundraiser to refurbish the Players Theatre in Hurstpierpoint. The readings will go on 24 hours a day from 7.30pm on Thursday, October 12th, until whatever time we finish on Sunday 15th. It is our intention to get all of the 37 plays read in this 70-hour marathon and we are inviting our members, friends, schools, professional actors, neighbouring amateur dramatic groups, in fact anyone who is interested, to get involved. It has been apparent for a while now that the 200 year old theatre building is in need of some significant maintenance and refurbishment work. There is an opportunity to sponsor one of the new seats and have a plaque with your name on attached to the back of it. Call Michael Squire on 01273 833264 for details. The Theatre is used by Hurstpierpoint Players, Hurst Village Cinema, Centre Stage Children’s Theatre as well as many other theatre and musical shows throughout the year. If you want to take part in this SUSSEX LIVING October 2017

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thrilling experience, or just find out more details, send an email to You can check out all that’s happening at the Players Theatre by going to

Health Information Morning The Patients’ Participation Group for Mid Sussex Health Care, based in Hurstpierpoint and including Hassocks and Ditchling Surgeries, is holding an information morning at the Adastra Hall, Hassocks, on Saturday, 14th October, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. The role of a Patients’ Participation Group includes: Being a ‘critical friend’ to the Practice; advising the Practice on the patient perspective and providing insight into the responsiveness and quality of services; encouraging patients to take greater responsibility for their own and their family’s health; carrying out research into the views of those who use the Practice; organising health promotion events and improving health literacy; regular communication with the patient population. A number of organisations will be taking part, including Age Concern, Support 4 Diabetes, Know Dementia, Prostate Cancer Support Group, and a variety of others. Each will have a table giving details of the work they do. This will be a good opportunity to fi nd out more about organisations which are available to help with different medical, mental and other necessities. It will provide opportunities to obtain information which can be passed on to other people if they are not able to attend themselves. All will be welcome, and refreshments will be served during the morning.

National Burns Awareness Day National Burns Awareness Day 2017 is taking place on 18th October. The Children’s Burns Trust, together with the British Burn Association, is campaigning to raise awareness of burn prevention and burnrelated fi rst aid.

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Latest figures, released by the two leading organisations in burn prevention and support, show that in 2016 more than 600 children a month required admission to an NHS Burns Service following a burn or scald injury. The Children’s Burns Trust, whose work is focused on children and their families, have highlighted that of the figure admitted to a specialist burns service, over 50% were children under the age of 5. That’s more than 11 toddlers every single day. Ken Dunn, Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon, and chair of the British Burn Association’s Prevention Committee, said: “The vast majority of burn injuries are accidents, and whether suffered by adults, children or the elderly, most are entirely avoidable. If people take away one key message from National Burns Awareness Day 2017, it is that prevention and good fi rst aid are the vital ingredients in reducing the number of burn-related accidents across the UK.” Please visit www.cbtrust. or www. prevention

Burgess Hill Choral Society The choir has spaces for new members for our 2017-2018 season where we will be singing a variety of inspiring works including Haydn’s Nelson Mass, J S Bach’s Wachet Auf as part of our Christmas concert and, in the New Year, Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The choir has about 80 members and is led by music director Michael Stefan Wood, BEM. Mike is able to bring out the best in singers, and not only helps choir members to sing accurately and expressively, but makes rehearsals enjoyable, which in itself helps to produce good results. We perform two concerts a year, accompanied by a full orchestra and usually by invited young solo singers on the threshold of their career. We are a friendly and vibrant choir and welcome experienced singers as well as those who have not sung for a while. There is no joining audition, so why not come along and try a rehearsal before deciding whether to

join us? Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 8pm to 10pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 0JS from September. For more information, please contact us via the website: www.

Prostate Cancer Awareness One in every two men will have a problem with their prostate gland at some stage in their lives. It could be due to infection, enlargement or cancer. Burgess Hill District Lions and the Prostate Cancer Support Organisation (PCaSO), are offering free PSA screening for men aged between 45 and 80. The screening will be conducted by trained personnel and nurses using the latest equipment, requiring only a fi nger prick, not a hypodermic needle, with the advantage of the results being available within 10 minutes. This simple blood test measures the amount of antigen produced by the prostate entering the blood. It is not a direct test for cancer as a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of other problems. A high reading merely acts as advice for further tests to see if any other treatment is needed. PSA screening is not offered automatically by the NHS, which is why Burgess Hill District Lions Club is working with PCaSO to provide this valuable service. Almost 11,000 men die of prostate cancer each year, this simple, quick test could prove to be a lifesaver. The screening is strictly by appointment and men wishing to take part are asked to ring 0845 8332706.

Mozart and all that Jazz A bevy of exciting young musicians are the star acts in the Haywards Heath Music Society 2017/2018 International Concert season. Now in its 76th year, the society brings the very best of professional chamber music to Mid Sussex and this season boasts a line-up of concert pianists, an award winning young generation violinist and guitarist amongst others. On Saturday 21st October

at St Wilfrid’s Church the remarkable violinist Julia Pusker, the 2016 Making Music young concert artist, will perform a programme of Mozart, Schubert and César Franck works followed on November 18th by the dazzling guitarist Andrey Lebedev who will play a selection of Dowland, JS Bach and Villa-Lobos pieces at Haywards Heath Methodist Church at 7.45pm. The concerts are open to non-members, and tickets, priced at £12 members and £15 non-members, are available by calling 01444 417654 or on the door. Five season tickets include membership, only £50! To encourage parents to bring their family along, up to two adults accompanied by an under-18 will be admitted for half price. For further information, telephone the Secretary on 01444 456227, or for a full concert line up visit www.haywardsheathmusic

Supporting Help for Heroes The Stable Rooms at High Beeches Gardens, Handcross RH17 6HQ, is hosting an Autumn Fayre on Saturday 22 October, 11am-5pm in aid of Help for Heroes – the charity which supports sick and injured servicemen and women to lead active and independent lives. Come and see all the great local products and crafts on sale; homemade jams, preserves and chocolate, wood carvings, handmade jewellery, local cheeses, handmade candles and soaps and homemade cakes. Additionally, there is a Tombola stall and a raffle with many prizes and vouchers donated by local businesses. The top raffle prize is a double season ticket for High Beeches gardens. Come along and enjoy the fantastic autumn colours in the garden and the great array of stalls at the Fayre. Admission to the Fayre is free but the normal admission price to the garden applies.

Take the A Road This is the title of one of eleven short fi lms being presented by Haywards Heath Movie

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30 years of Let’s Dance!

in Hassocks

Let’s Dance! (Hassocks) was ‘born’ on Saturday 7th November 1987 with Robin (Irene Bates) as Principal and sole teacher. The school opened with 40 pupils on a Saturday morning. Soon over 200 pupils were attending classes four days a week with ages ranging from 3 years to adults. Some families have three generations dance with the school. Robin was given her ‘bird’ name when she became Leader of 1st Hassocks Guides which she ran for 10 years. The bird theme continued with all classes being named after birds. Naming the school Let’s Dance! seemed to identify Robin’s aim to teach dance with an element of fun! It wasn’t long before Robin’s first show was being organised. This took place on 29th April 1989. Proceeds were presented to the NSPCC. From the beginning Robin wanted monies raised from the performances to benefit children’s charities. As well as being very rewarding for Robin, pupils and families, lots of fun has been enjoyed over the years! For several years pupils and helpers travelled to Merton in South London on a double decker bus to entertain at the Lions Spring Supper held for the local community housebound. Annually a float was decorated for Hassocks Summer Fayre. Parents spent the morning decorating a Corralls lorry for the parade. Pupils dressed up

to ride through the village from Hassocks Hotel to Adastra Park and then entertain. Robin’s family have always been very supportive and play a big part in the School. Her husband John videoing shows, sorting programmes and posters, transporting equipment to events. Damon, her eldest, has been ‘sound man’ for shows and examinations. Her elder daughter, Zoe, has performed in many of Robin’s shows over the years…even tap dancing with her Mum to entertain residents at Valerie Manor where she has been owner/manager since 2008. Pupils also entertain annually there. Recognising youngest daughter SallyAnn’s passion for dance and having gained her teaching qualification, Robin decided to hand over Wednesdays to introduce POINT4 Modern Classes to the school. In September 2011 whilst continuing her role as Principal of the school and still teaching adults, Robin handed most

of her classes to Sally-Ann whose enthusiasm and teaching qualities have surpassed Robin’s dream of keeping Let’s Dance! alive! Over £64,000 has been raised for various children’s charities by the Schoool - long may it continue! On Friday10th November at The Hassocks Hotel, a Children’s Party is being held in the afternoon and in the evening, past and present adult pupils are invited to dance along to ‘The Jukebox Live’ featuring Tom Evans and Jack the Lad from Heart Sussex. Entry will be by ticket only available to purchase at Keymer Church Hall during classes. Look out for Sally-Ann’s forthcoming venture at Freedom Leisure new dance studio, Hassocks. Robin would like to thank everyone who has supported the School over the years. Oct17 lets dance.indd 217 Oct17-LocalLiving.indd

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Makers on Tuesday 24th October as part of their annual Movie Showcase. The A Road in this case refers to our much loved, or hated, road (depending on your point of view) the A272. Members of the public will also be able to enjoy trips around Ireland and around the Weald, plus other, worldwide destinations. With comedies, dramas and documentaries a plenty there should be something for everyone. There’s also a chance to see the last days of the much missed haberdashery shop, Baldwin’s, in South Road, Haywards Heath filmed shortly before closure in 2016. The show takes place at Wesley Hall, Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 3DN, starting at 7.30pm. Admission £5.00 includes programme, tea or coffee and biscuits. For further information please contact Graham Quantrill, Publicity Officer, 01273 845977.

Importance of Being Earnest at Lindfield

Lindfield Dramatic Club has turned to one of the best-known and best-loved plays in the English language for its autumn production this year – Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde’s comedy of manners about love and marriage amongst the upper classes has been a hit with audiences and critics for more than a hundred years and LDC is returning to the play after a 19-year gap. Said director Rex Cooper: “Pretty well every theatre-goer can quote the best-known funny lines from the play, but it is full of humour from start to finish and audiences have to concentrate in case they miss something.” “We look forward to our regulars coming along and supporting us and, given that it is almost two decades since we last presented this classic. We can, hopefully, attract some new, younger audience members – especially as the play is now part of the UK’s National Curriculum.” The Importance of Being Earnest can be seen at The King Edward Hall, Lindfield, on

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 26th, 27th and 28th. Tickets (£8) are available at 59 High Street, Lindfield. Tel: 01444 483483.

talks. Come and continue learning at our meetings. For details see our website

East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

The 50th Anniversary of Burgess Hill’s Save the Children

Our members, who live all over Sussex, will be exhibiting their work to promote the traditional crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing. For inspiration we have taken the 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs. We also have opportunities for everyone to learn a new skill in our hands-on taster workshops, demonstrations and displays. Shop for local handmade items made by the members. Meet specialist traders for equipment and supplies. Relax and unwind over coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. 27th October 2017, 10am5pm & 28th October 2017, 10am-4pm. Lewes Town Hall, Fisher Street entrance, Lewes. Adults £4, children free Through the year we meet one Saturday a month locally, for skill sharing and specialist

In 1982 I joined Save the Children and became a volunteer member of Burgess Hill branch and have been fundraising with the other old and new members for the past 35 years. We have organised events such as; Musical Concerts from Abba to Elvis, Themed Dinners, Fashion Shows and Variety Concerts using amazing local talents. SC is striving to improve the lives of children here in the UK – where child poverty is on the increase and in 120 other countries worldwide providing food, medical care, shelter and education. Miss Eglantyne Jebb saw the need to help children after World War I and established Save the Children Fund in 1919. This led to an international movement, which became the UN Declaration of

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Worthing’s International Interview Concerts Innovative, interactive, intimate, inclusive…is this the traditional idea of classical music concerts? Hardly. Here now is a new concert experience that is not only musical but social. Young role-model international artistes, as well as performing,

converse about their music and themselves, including answering audience questions. The Interview Concerts are at St Paul’s Cafe, audience seated In The Round with everyone compellingly close to the action enjoying maximum impact and connectivity. They showcase prize winners from tri-annual Sussex International Piano Competition hosted by Worthing Symphony Orchestra. This means talent from the top conservatoires of musical learning across Europe and Britain. These affordable, non-profit making events are presented by Worthing Symphony Society to raise awareness of the SIPC and WSO. The audiences contain more younger people. The next Interview Concerts is on November 2nd including 2010 SIPC winner Arta Arnicane from Latvia.

Light of Heart by Emlyn Williams – 22nd to 25th November Light of Heart revolves around actor, Maddoc Thomas and his

daughter, Cattrin, who live in a London rooming house and struggle to make ends meet due to Maddoc’s drunkenness. When Robert, a composer, moves into one of the rooms he tries to interest Maddoc in a small part in a stage production, which he fi nally takes. This leads to other small parts with Cattrin keeping him sober. Their fortune appears to be turning when a rich widow invests money into a production on the proviso that Maddoc plays the lead and romance starts to blossom between Cattrin and Robert, who want to start a new life together. As Liz Burton, says, “I love this play with its poetic language, wonderful, welldrawn characters and warmth. Yes, there is sadness, but also a lot of joy and hope. I hope that both the cast and audience will love it as much as I do.” Tickets for this production will be available from our Box Office 34 High Street, Ditchling, BN6 8TA. Tel No: 01273 844500 from Monday 30th October. We look forward to seeing you in the audience.


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The independent Orchard Family Restaurant offers good old-fashioned hospitality and home cooked food in a warm, friendly environment So rare are independent roadside restaurants these days, those gems that remain are worth holding up as shimmering beacons above the multitude of corporate eateries that populate the highways. Inside the Orchard Family Restaurant, staff are well presented and polite; we sensed a positive, genuinely friendly vibe the moment we entered. Meeting owners David and Sarah Chadburn is to meet people who care about what they do with every fibre of their being. This restaurant began life as a butler’s house, after which it became the Tabby Cat public house, then a Little Chef. Empty for seven years before David and Sarah purchased it, they named it after the orchard in the garden. David and Sarah completely revamped The Orchard, which has served them well over the years. Now, to celebrate their impending tenth anniversary, the restaurant has been freshly redecorated, a new menu is being launched and a new chef is to join the team. Jason comes with 30 years of Italian experience, having worked extensively in Rome and will work with Sam, the current head chef.

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Staples from the old menu remain, the changes focus on the Specials dishes and it was these that my niece and I sampled. Our lemon sole, with prawn mousse wrapped in chorizo looked beautiful on the plate and was a complete delight to eat. The roasted belly of pork, stuffed with garlic, herb and sage came with apple crisps. It slipped down very easily, “that’s

amazing,” my niece noted, “and the apple crisps are really nice too.” For dessert we shared a white chocolate pannacotta with raspberry sorbet and then a mango cheesecake. Both were enchanting, “really, really good,” according to my companion, who promptly asked for another helping of cheesecake with a beaming smile on her face. Meals are served in large or small portions. Bigger appetites can enjoy more, just as smaller or younger appetites can enjoy a little less. It’s a nice touch. The setting is ideal for families or couples who are heading out for the evening to dine. The location is superb; on the east-west A272, barely a stones throw from the northsouth A24, and with the asset of a large car park it is ideally

suited for family or business functions and weddings. Also, two quiz nights are held each month, prices are £7.95pp for a meal and quiz.“We offer good old-fashioned hospitality,” according to Sarah, “home cooked family food with a family service, sourced locally wherever possible.” The Orchard is an excellent choice, we departed with full tummies, tickled pink by the whole experience. David and Sarah have gained two new fans.

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Robert Veitch takes his niece Imogen on a delightful walk that includes the Downs Link, the River Adur and the hamlet of West Grinstead

The entrance to the Downs Link at West Grinstead lies on the A272, 1.9m west of Cowfold, opposite the northern end of Park Lane. Wander from the car park towards the remains of West Grinstead Station, which was once part of the railway that opened in the 1860s only to close a century later as a result of Dr Beeching’s report. It’s easy to imagine visions of yesteryear, of the 5:15pm from Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea grinding to a halt. Doors opening, passengers going about their business, doors slamming shut, then a whistle, puffs of steam and departure. Both platforms remain, along with restored signage and a solitary signal. Close by there is an old carriage that opens on some Sundays as an information centre. From the station, walk south under the bridge along the Downs Link. The Downs Link opened in 1984 connecting the North Downs Way at one end to the South Downs Way at the other. 1¼ miles south of the station the track passes over the B2135 and the concrete interlude across the bridge feels like carpet after the Downs Link surface. A ¼ of a mile beyond the bridge is a bench on the right and a ¼ mile beyond that is a four fi ngered, fi ngerpost. Turn right, following the blue arrowhead marked ‘Public Bridleway.’ Beyond the metal 7-bar gate, aim for the gap in the field, where a dying oak

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and dead barkless tree reside in the hedgerow. “They’re really cool trees,” according to Imogen. Passing a reed fi lled pond on the left, aim for the metal gate, about 200m distant in the corner of the trees. Once through the gate, pootle downhill through the Hatterell Wood and into a field on the other side. Walk as far as the River Adur, but do not cross it. The western Adur rises from its source a few miles away in Slinfold. It

My Nana would enjoy it if she did this walk with me

joins its sibling, the eastern Adur just west of Henfield and meets the sea at Shoreham-by-Sea. From either source, it’s only 20 miles end to end. Turn right and walk north, upstream alongside the eastern bank. Wise walkers will keep an eye out for livestock in the fields, taking care with gates and respecting the animals. The pan flat landscape is quite easy walking, depending on the length of the grass and your choice of footwear. Continue over a stile, then on through a gate secured by a chain. From here, follow a line of worn grass across the field to the hedge opposite. Hidden within it, is a small bridge and a stile. Keep following the river upstream. Beyond another metal 7-bar gate, aim for the gate in the distance, just to the right of the stables. From here, it’s a short walk across the meadow to the stile in the furthest corner. Once over the stile turn left and stroll 50m along the concrete drive and through the gates. Turn right immediately and follow the path back across the delightfully narrow, little footbridge. Open the gate to reveal the hidden treasure of the walk. The beautiful St George’s Church has stood for almost a millennia and is crowned by a glorious shingled spire The path through the churchyard leads to a tarmac drive, which ushers walkers north, away from the church. As the drive passes the entrance to Glebe House look over your shoulder to

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The pan flat landscape is quite easy walking, depending on the length of the grass and your choice of footwear see the aerials of Truleigh Hill to the south. Continue north, ever so gently uphill, over the brow and then down to the junction with the B2135, by the white weather boarded Rectory Lodge. Safely cross the road, and then the stile in the hedgerow opposite. The footpath heads off to the right at about

45 degrees, just to the right of the cedar trees about 400m away. Across the field a fingerpost will appear, which will point to a second and then a third. “Keep your eyes open,” as Imogen realised, “you might miss them if you’re not paying attention.” 100m on from the third fingerpost, a stile appears in the hedge on the right, which reveals itself quite clearly if you’ve paid attention to Imogen’s observations. Another stile must be crossed shortly after. Be aware

you are now on Park Lane. Now turn left. It was not a busy road when we visited, but even so we walked on the right, toward the traffic and kept our wits about us, listening and looking for vehicles. Follow the road northeast for half a mile before turning right at Fullers into the gap in the manicured hedge and over a stile. From here, it’s about 150m back to the Downs Link, after which it is time to turn left and head back to base. continued on page 24

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Imogen commented, “this is a really good walk for active grandparents and grandchildren to do together, my Nana would enjoy it if she did this walk with me. Other people might like to do it after a good lunch too.” Back in the car park, there’s a gate that leads through the orchard to the adjacent restaurant where walkers can re-fuel, enjoy the ambience and relax. 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

Distance: 3.5m Stiles: 8 Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL11 and OL34 Refreshments: Restaurant by car park Parking: In the Downs Link car park on the A272


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The Company The return of Saturday night television perennials mean only one thing, the countdown to the Christmas company party has begun October rolls around, crisp leaves begin to fall from trees, temperatures drop and the nights draw in. The return of Strictly and X Factor mean only one thing, the countdown to Christmas has begun. The upshot of which, is that by the time these shows have found winners Christmas will be here; from which rational analysis can conclude it’s now time to organise the company Christmas party. This brings it’s own multitude of issues. Do you volunteer to organise it, do you always have the same party planner, do you take it in turns, or pluck a name from a hat? Then there’s the date to consider… Usually a Friday, but is it better to pick a date hoping everyone can come or solicit opinion and try to fi nd a date that suits one and all? Is the event themed, does everyone dress up, dress down, or worst of all - fancy dress? I


can recall a fancy dress incident from my youth that was in such bad taste (the culprit was a senior member of staff when I was just a pup) that I fear this article would become my last were I to tell the tale in print. If everyone lives close to base, then transport is less of an issue, but most people have some sort of commute these days, which creates another problem. Unless

Rational analysis can conclude it’s now time to organise the company Christmas party. taxis are being requisitioned, who might be the designated driver(s)? When the rest of the team are wearing beer goggles, looking through wine windows, sherry shades, pernod peepers or suffering vodka vision; spare a thought for the poor soul who might be driving you home, who

might not be having quite as much fun as the rest of the team. Don’t forget, the designated driver (and the tea-totaller) will have a far clearer recollection of events than everyone else. Smother them with flattery, rather than priming them with ammunition! Where to hold the party becomes another dilemma, at work or out on the town? Staying at work seems like overtime and nobody wants a photocopier incident or ‘the walk of shame’ the following Monday. To go out on the town and have a great time always seems the most attractive and sensible option. But where to go… there’s a simple solution to that, fl ip through the pages of the magazine for more ideas and inspiration than you’ll need for this party and the next. SUSSEX LIVING October 2017

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Experience the wonders of a wildlife safari in Sussex. Gift vouchers available for a variety of safaris running from Easter to October. Please see link below to buy them. New Barn Farm, Dial Post, Nr Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8NN 01403 713230

Park Road, Bognor Regis PO21 2PX Tel: 01243 868080

Grape & Grain

Lead up to Christmas in style with a Grape & Grain advent calendar. For real ale enthusiasts (£59), craft beer fans (£75), gin lovers (£129) or whiskey aficionados (£159+).

AGA Yorkshire Pudding Tray

The NEW AGA Yorkshire pudding tray has been designed to fit directly on to the AGA oven runners. Manufactured exclusively for AGA by Portmeirion, it features 4cm deep cups for perfect Yorkshire puddings or delicious Christmas cakes. Available in a classic white design as part of our new ceramic range which are all microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. £50 and available from

AGA Shop Horsham, 10 Market Square, Horsham 01403 254955

51 The Broadway, Haywards Heath RH16 3AS 01444 456217

The Sussex Biltong Co Like Southern African foods? The Sussex Biltong Co is the place to go for biltong, droewors, boerewors and many other treats, all available in The Orchards in Haywards Heath. 01825 509164

Smiffy Bears Rushfields Now in stock, a huge range of festive ornaments, fibre optic or real Christmas trees, decorations and much more. Make your Christmas special! Henfield Road, Poynings, West Sussex BN45 7AY 01273 857445


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This is a specialist bear shop, stocking Charlie Bears, Merrythought, Hermann, Clemens, Steiff, DEB Canham, Smiff y Bears and many others. Jackie Smith has been restoring bears for over thirty years, with a bear hospital in the shop. Please call in for a coffee, bear chat or hug! Cobblestone Walk, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3RD 07885 075890 Open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 to 5pm

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Hampers of Hurstpierpoint Celebrate Christmas with a luxury hamper! Gourmet treats for Grandma, delicacies for Dad... all the special people in your life will love this delicious present. Choose from ready-made or customise your own. 117 High Street, Hurstpeirpoint, West Sussex BN6 9PU 01273 833452

Memory Lane Books Help a loved one tell their life story with a Christmas gift voucher from Memory Lane Books. We’ll conduct personal interviews to gather their memories, then write, design and create a professional hardback book that will become a treasured family heirloom. Memory Lane Books 07799 764414

Dawmouse Furniture Dawmouse Furniture provides made to measure furniture and stocks a wide range of styles for your home. Whether you need a dining table and chairs for festive entertaining or a sideboard for storage, look no further. Visit our showroom to create your own look.


Unit V21 S.M. Tidys Industrial Estate, Ditchling Common, East Sussex BN6 8SG 07805 985146 FB and Insta: dawmousefurnitureditchling

Marston Barrett Limited

Rushfields Come into our Christmas wonderland of unique decorations, trees, lights, gifts and festival food.

Jewellers and Silversmiths of Distinction in Lewes who specialize in antique, secondhand and contemporary jewellery - silver watches & clocks. For a unique shopping experience come along and see us. 72/72 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XG 01273 474150

Henfield Road, Poynings, West Sussex BN45 7AY 01273 857445

Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique in Warwick St, Worthing (opposite Pizza Express) has a gorgeous selection of children’s clothes, toys and gifts from birth to 10 years. Personalised gifts a speciality, plus a free giftwrapping service. Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique 29 Warwick Street, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3DQ 01903 446860

The Lighthouse Family run lighting retailer, we stock a vast range of lighting, light bulbs and accessories for all purposes, tastes and budgets. The Lighthouse, The Guildbourne Centre, Worthing BN11 1LZ 01903 207331 SUSSEX LIVING October 2017

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Now being taken. A 2 or 3 course menu available lunch & dinner from the 1st December till the 23rd December. (booking essential)




Birthday Parties

Day & Weekend Trips

EXPLORE THE VERY BEST OF THE SOUTH COAST WITH MERCURY 16-32 SEATER MINIBUSES’ TRANSPORT SERVICES From the idyllic country villages of West Sussex to the striking scenery of the South Downs, Mercury Minibuses are proud to have been helping happy customers explore the local area since 1995.

A friendly family pub, open all day every day from noon. Quality meals made from locally sourced produce, served daily in a friendly relaxing atmosphere. Always a warm welcome. We pride ourselves on our cask marque real ales. Rooms available for functions. Call Nicole on 01273 890311 or email The Plough Inn, Station Rd, Plumpton Green, Plumpton BN7 3DF


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grown sustainable timber products in the heart of Sussex for over 50 years.

● Sleepers, fencing and

● Firewood logs

● Bespoke beams and

● Heating and garden

landscaping materials. structural timbers (Oak, Douglas Fir & Larch).

● Worktops, desktops,

and woodfuel. grade woodchip.

● Traditional chestnut

fencing products.

tabletops and shelves.

01273 411132 • 34 Middleton Avenue, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4PJ

Haywards Heath Road, Balcombe RH17 6NJ 01444 811446 email:

David and Leisa welcome you

to The Thatched Inn

Pre Christmas Party Menus from 23rd November Boxing Day: Regular menu served 12-2.30pm Booking essential New Year’s Eve: Regular menu served 6-9.30pm

Elvis Night

• Fresh Food prepared to order on the premises • Specials Menu changes daily • Spectacular views over the countryside • Large Garden, children are welcome • Dog friendly

Mon 18th & Tues 19th December

Great night of music, comedy and laughter Tickets £15 includes finger buffet


Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes Wed 20th December Local band playing a variety of live music

Please phone or view online for menu details

Tel: 01273 842946 | Grand Avenue, Keymer, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 8DH

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Celebrate your end-of-year festivities in style at the South of England Event Centre Be it for your office party, club, society or family gathering we have festive lunch or dinner options for 30 to 350 guests. SNOWFLAKE PACKAGE


From £30.00 + VAT per person

From £39.50 + VAT per person

❄ Glass of Prosecco on arrival ❄ Two course buffet or bowl food selection ❄ Festive table decorations and crackers ❄ Private room hire ❄ Full event management

Minimum 30 guests

Celebrating this festive season?

Whether youʼre planning a charity event, a luxurious experience, thanking the team or simply throwing a fabulous party, let Love Luxury arrange something magical and exciting, tailored to you or your companyʼs own requirements

❄ Glass of Prosecco on arrival ❄ Three course set menu with coffee and mince pies ❄ Half a bottle of house wine ❄ Festival table decorations and crackers ❄ Private room hire ❄ Full event management


Minimum 100 guests


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Roffey Park The perfect venue for any occasion

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Sussex countryside, Roffey Park lies amongst 40 acres of lawns and meadow at the edge of St Leonard’s Forest. With 60 bedrooms, wonderful food and convenient location, our contemporary venue provides the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony, celebration, reception or private occasion.

T: 01293 854045

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A Hearty Cassoulet The first cassoulet is claimed by the city of Castelnaudary, which was under siege by the British during the Hundred Years War. The besieged townspeople gathered up the ingredients they could find and made a large stew to nourish and bolster their defenders. The meal was so hearty and fortifying that the soldiers handily dispelled the invaders, saving the city from occupation!

400g can of cannellini beans in water, drained and rinsed 400g can of butter beans in water, drained and rinsed Freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp caster sugar 1 tsp chilli flakes 1 bay leaf 4-5 bushy sprigs of fresh thyme


Handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley Finely grated zest of ½ well-scrubbed large orange

1 tsp sunflower oil 6 butcher’s herby sausages 4 celery sticks 3 medium carrots 2 medium onions, halved and slices 2 slender leeks, trimmed and cut into 2cm slices 6 boneless chicken thighs (about 450g) 150ml red wine (or water) 300ml cold water 2 fat garlic cloves, crushed 200g piece of smoked gammon, trimmed and cut into cubes 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes

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1. Brush a large non-stick frying pan with the sunflower oil, using the tip of a pastry brush. Add the sausages to the pan and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, turning every now and then until browned on all sides. Meanwhile, trim the celery and peel the carrots and cut them into diagonal slices. 2. Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C/ Gas 4. Add onions to frying pan and cook with the sausages for 8-9 minutes,

There is no dish in the South West of France more iconic, cherished and controversial than the cassoulet stirring regularly until softened and lightly browned. 3. Trim the chicken thighs of any visible fat, and then cut them in half. Add the garlic and chicken pieces to the pan with the sausages and onions and cook for 4-5 minutes, turning the chicken twice until coloured all over. Transfer everything to a large flameproof casserole dish. 4. Stir in the gammon, celery, carrots, leeks tomatoes, red wine and water, then sprinkle over the caster sugar and chilli flakes. Stir in the bay leaf and thyme and season with lots of ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer on the hob, then cover with a lid and transfer to the oven. Cook for 45 minutes. 5. Take the casserole out of the oven and stir in all the beans. Cover with the lid again and put the dish back in the oven for another 30 minutes. 6. Just before the cassoulet is ready, prepare the garnish. Chop the parsley roughly and toss with the orange zest in a dish. Sprinkle over the cassoulet prior to serving. 7. Et voila! Bon appétit!

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A Great Christmas Party Venue! Dining in the heart of Lindfield

Now taking bookings

for Christmas

Ample parking Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner Tuesday - Sunday 67 High Street, Lindfield RH16 4SL Telephone 01444 487858 @LimesLindfield

Goddards Green, West Sussex BN6 9LQ

01444 233460

Follow us on Twitter: @thesportsmanpub

and Facebook: The Sportsman Pub, Goddards Green

Celebrate your Christmas party at The Fig Tree Restaurant, Hurstpierpoint. Along side our seasonal à la carte menu, we will also be offering a 3 course menu for £32.50 per person for parties over 8 people. To view our menus, please visit

120 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9PX ✽ Tel: 01273 832183 SUSSEX LIVING October 2017

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Try our new and delicious Gourmet Range Including Persian Meatloaf, Indonesian Chipolata Whirls & Beef Patties

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Chailey Fine dining meets country pub Andy & Cat welcome you to The Five Bells Chailey, a 500 year old Grade II listed building, originally built as a Yeoman’s cottage in 1490 and becoming The Five Bells coaching Inn in 1752. All food is homemade, even the bread, and cooked freshly to order. All this can be enjoyed in either our bar dining area, restaurant or large garden. We also offer private dining for up to sixteen people.

We are now taking bookings for Christmas

The Five Bells, Chailey Green, East Grinstead Road, Nr Lewes, BN8 4DA

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NOW PROVIDING BESPOKE OUTSIDE CATERING Private parties in your home, garden or a venue of your choice. We can provide table linen, cutlery and also waiters if you wish

Take the stress out of entertaining

Highly recommended Indian Restaurant and Takeaway 6 Lewes Road, Forest Row RH18 5ES

01342 826505 • 01342 826779

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Festive season menu now available online

For more details, give us a call or simply come in and speak with a member of our dedicated staff! Open Christmas Day. Prices include free minibus ride from surrounding areas, to avoid disappointment, get your seats booked early!

01273 492077 Join our Monthly prize draw drop off your business card for the chance to win a meal for 2 and a bottle of House wine OPENING HOURS Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Friday, 12pm - 2.30pm/6.00pm - 9.30pm Saturday 12pm - 4pm/6.00pm - 10pm • Sunday All day 12pm - 8pm Pub: Monday - Saturday 12pm - 11pm • Sunday 12pm - 9pm

Wheatsheaf Road, Woodmancote, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9BD Tel 01273492077


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Nick Shearer started Shearer’s Fine Foods 4 years ago and has built a reputation for great tasting food and drink. The cheese counter is an important part of the deli, but there is so much more, including a host of specialist recipe ingredients, fresh bread, chilled lines, frozen pastries and savouries, handmade desserts, chocolates and other treats, fine wines and food accessories. They also offer fresh, made to order deli sandwiches and tapas boxes to take away. Nick’s view is that if you use quality, flavoursome ingredients then you don’t need to complicate meals to make them special. To demonstrate this, he gave me a quick masterclass on some of the 60 cheeses Shearer’s offers. First Nick gave me a taste of 4 different cheddars and talked to me about why they taste so

antipasti for customers to different and how each might help themselves. I can heartily be used. Next, he showed me recommend the Spanish how pairing cheese with other Gordal picante olives which ingredients enhances the are probably worth a visit overall flavour; the Manchego to Shearer’s alone! Spanish with Membrillo and Mayfield products feature across all Swiss with basil pairings were departments at Shearer’s, quite extraordinary. including cheeses, hams, Away from the cheese chorizos, wines and counter one of the the much sought most popular Nick’s view after Rabitos, departments is is that if you use figs filled with a the Antipasti quality, flavoursome brandy mousse Bar which ingredients then and covered offers 9 you don’t need to in chocolate; varieties of complicate meals to fabulous! olives and make them special

But it’s not just Spanish, Nick has sourced products from many local producers as well as the rest of the UK and further afield in Europe. As an independent, Nick has been able to be responsive to customer suggestions which has proved to be very successful, especially in the run up to Christmas when his multinational customer base have

some very specific requirements for their festive entertaining. Christmas is obviously a busy time at Shearer’s and Nick has been preparing for some time. Hampers have become extremely popular due to the unrivalled product range, the flexibility to choose your own contents plus the box, pack and wrap free service that Shearer’s offers. Providing food for customers events peaks in the run up to Christmas too, with cheese boards, whole cheeses, cheese cakes, charcuterie platters, whole hams, canapés,

sandwiches and handmade cakes and desserts being the most popular. I departed Shearer’s with a freshly made deli sandwich, which was superb, and a head full of lots of information and recipe ideas. It is great to see a proper deli thriving and I personally will definitely return to pick up some gifts and order my Christmas cheese board.

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FREE HOME DELIVERY Banquet Nights Sunday to Thursday from £10.95

on orders over £15 (within 3 mile radius) otherwise surcharge applies.

15% Discount

on collection orders over £15.

FREE Bottle of wine with orders over £50.

Tel: 01903 202307/231941 Open 7 days a week 12pm - 2.30pm & 5.30pm till 11.30pm 43 Warwick Street, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3DQ online ordering: Disabled access to restaurant and facilities available

OAKWOOD FARM TEA ROOM & DAIRY SHOP Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 5pm

Come and enjoy our delicious food in beautiful surroundings. Cosy place for morning coffee and cake, sandwiches or our signature cream tea or to browse our lending library. Special range of leaf teas including herbal blends and a choice of coffee styles. Dairy Shop with large range of Sussex and other English cheeses, chutneys, biscuits for cheese, cheese making kits and cheese boards. Also an exciting range of very nutritious ewe’s milk and cheese which some lactose-intolerant people find easier to digest than cow’s milk. Our flock of free-range hens and quails produce wonderfully tasty eggs

Children are welcome - we provide high chairs & colouring books!

Join us on Sunday, 1st October for our Classic Car Show. Vintage & classic cars, live music, beer tent & hot food. 12 noon – 5pm Free entry

Oakwood Farm, North Common Road, North Chailey, BN8 4ED

01444 471058

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Americans may soon be celebrating National Greasy Foods Day, but in England we have something much better to celebrate Across the pond, our transatlantic cousins in the USA will be celebrating ‘National Greasy Foods Day’ on October 25th. Only in America you are thinking, well of course you are correct. Back in Blighty the closest thing we might have to greasy food might be the dodgy roadside cafés of yesteryear. The kind of place where human hair lay in wait amongst baked beans, tea was finished with coffee whitener and the waft of Players No.6 left a fug of smoke so thick the ceiling was invisible. From those greasy plates of yesteryear one staple remains tattooed in the memory, the Full English Breakfast. This great institution has survived the rise and fall of governments, Royal scandal, and every US President... so far. Popularised by the Victorians, it helped build an Empire and

variations of it remain on menus around the world to this day. The Full English was derided for many years, ‘it has too much fat’ they said. But fat is energy, just like sugar and carbohydrates. Our bodies need them all, in balance, just not in overdose. Think about it, there’s protein in the egg, sausage and bacon. There are carbohydrates in the hash browns, beans and toast. There are vitamins in the tomato and mushrooms. You’ll get iron from black pudding and even a little sugar from tomato or brown sauce. It tastes even better when someone else cooks it too. This makes it a joy to live in Sussex with so many top quality cafés and pubs serving a Full English Breakfast; from early morning right up to lunchtime and beyond. Feeling hungry? I am!

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Townings Farm Shop Meat for the connoisseur

BARN FULL OF GIANT PUMPKINS! Grass-fed, additive-free Beef, Pork, Lamb, Mutton and Turkey reared by us in the heart of Sussex Come and discover some of the best produce Sussex has to offer and many other treats from further afield We stock a wide selection of gluten-free products


Tel: 01444 471352 Email: Townings Farm, Plumpton Road, Chailey, Lewes BN8 4EJ

Book your Christmas Party at The George Hotel THE





Menus now available for Christmas Day Our restaurant is open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday Lunch 12.00 - 2.30pm | Dinner 6.00 - 9.00pm | Sunday lunch 12.00 - 5.00pm Courtyard garden

01273 492296


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Christmas hampers can be fabulous, thoughtful gifts – the key is to plan the contents well in advance. Here’s how to put together the perfect traditional goodie parcel The countdown to Christmas has begun, and it’s time to get your present-planning head on. Gift hampers are the ultimate choice for those tricky-to-treat friends and relatives. Today’s hampers are classy, beautifully presented and highly personalised. If you want your festive hamper to enjoy

a rapturous reception, now’s the time to get planning. Start scouring the shelves for thoughtful goodies and browse the huge range of ready-made collections on offer. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a sensational gift – as the old adage goes, it’s the thought that counts.

The best way to make your gift scream ‘I’ve been thinking of you’ is to create one yourself Play to their tastes With a huge choice of readymade hampers on offer, there are hundreds of ways to personalise your present. Start by considering what the lucky recipient doesn’t like. Are they vegetarian? A nondrinker? Do they have any allergies; perhaps

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nuts or fish, or an intolerance to dairy or gluten? Now think about what they do like. If you’re buying for a casual acquaintance or a distant relative then suss out their tastes by talking to the people who know them best. Do they buy into any food crazes, such as raw or clean eating? Are you more likely to find them sipping green smoothies in a health food restaurant or tucking into a bumper box of chocolates? Consider whether the two of you have any shared experiences that you can recall in your gift – perhaps you’ve enjoyed a sensational coffee cake together, or a few gin-fuelled nights out. Homemade hampers A ready-made hamper can be surprisingly personal – but the best way to make your gift scream ‘I’ve been thinking of you’ is to create one yourself. Ingredients that go towards making a traditional hamper can include alcohol (usually champagne or red wine, but opt for your recipient’s favourite tipples), chocolates, jam, cheese, fruit cake, chutney, biscuits, shortbread and tea. Add a few festive treats, such as edible tree decorations and chocolate money. Foodies might appreciate high-quality store cupboard ingredients such as luxury olive oil and pesto, while homemade items (think damson jam, sloe gin or Christmas pudding) will always be appreciated. Perfect presentation When it comes to preparing the perfect hamper, presentation is nearly as important as the contents. Artisan wicker is the traditional choice, but it can be pricey. Instead, check out online houseware retailers for quirky storage solutions, or release your inner artist and decorate a cardboard box. Use shredded tissue paper or pet shop hay as packaging material and wrap it all up with reusable wood wall or ribbon. Of course, you can break all the rules and be as kooky as you like with the contents, packaging and presentation of your gift. Next issue we’ll be looking at how to put a twist on the traditional hamper and create the perfect goodie box for kids and teens.

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Eating and Drinking House

Where “all is good” is definitely here! A family run restaurant and bar, cosy atmosphere and excellent food


4 courses £29.95 per person. Also available a £39.95 per person menu

OCKENDEN MANOR HM OTEL AND SPA OCKENDEN ANOR Set in the Tudor Village of Cuckfield this charming house is *

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set in nine acres of grounds just an hour from London and 20 minutes from Brighton. It is within a short drive of Wakehurst, Nymans, Borde Hill and offer Leonardslee making it and an isideal spot for lunch, *This entitles you to gardens a 25% discount (food only) valid Monday to Saturday. Offer ends 31st October 2017. Maximumtea eightor people per table, one voucher per table. afternoon dinner.

Our lunch menus

Excludes key dates, is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Includes VAT at 20%. Present this advertisement and receive Please quote this offer when making a reservation 10% off your total lunch or dinner bill

Grilled Globe Artichoke filled with Flageolet Bean Compote, Parmesan and Sage Crust

Confit of Salmon, Mint and Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

Dessert The Fox Christmas Pudding, Brandy Butter, Custard

Galantine of Duck, Orange Chutney

Praline and Chocolate Tart, Lime and creme Fraiche Ice Cream

Main Roast Turkey Traditionally Served Roast Breast of Pheasant with Confit Leg, Compote of Chestnut and Bacon Grilled Fillet of Cod, Parsley Crust, Shellfish Butter Sauce




Brandy Panna Cotta, Fresh Cranberry Compote and Ginger Bread A Selection of French and English Cheeses Coffee and Mince Pie

Roast Saddle of Lamb filled with Cranberries and Chestnuts, Tarragon Hollandaise




Ockenden Manor Cuckfield, West Sussex RH17 5LD Cuckfield,West Telephone 01444Sussex 416111RH17 5LD Telephone 01444 416111 Facsimile 01444 415549 Facsimile 01444 415549

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Ockenden Manor Hotel and Spa


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Available from 1st to 23rd December Minimum of four people, maximum of fifty

If you sit between the 1st to 16th December you will recieve a free bottle of wine per table of four

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Brazilian Extravaganza! Dancers, drums, cocktails and food. Minibus ride on the house from surrounding areas. Book early to avoid disappointment. Call for minibus details and to get your seat booked OPENING HOURS Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Friday 12pm - 2.30pm/6.00pm - 9.30pm • Saturday 12pm - 4pm/6.00pm - 10pm Sunday All day 12pm - 8pm • Pub: Monday - Saturday 12pm - 11pm • Sunday 12pm - 9pm

Join our Monthly prize draw drop off your business card for the chance to win a meal for 2 and a bottle of House wine

Wheatsheaf Road, Woodmancote, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9BD Tel 01273492077 S u ss e x L i v i n g October 2017

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The Old Tollgate Hotel & Restaurant The Street, Bramber, Steyning BN44 3WE 01903 879 494


Join us throughout December for a festive dining experience, lunch or dinner with all the trimmings. You can let us do all the work this Christmas Day or Boxing Day whilst you celebrate this very special time of year with your family and friends.


To celebrate New Year’s Eve in style why not join us with our resident DJ and Highland Piper for our Black & Gold themed party. Alternatively start 2018 with our famous New Year’s Day brunch.

October Offer Main course


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saturday Lunch 2 Courses



For further information on all our festive dining experiences, opening times and prices please contact us on 01903 879494 or check our website

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Places for People Leisure Ltd working in partnership with Mid Sussex District Council


TeRms & cOndiTiOns Main course offer is valid Monday to Friday for lunch and Monday to Thursday for dinner between 2nd October to 31st October 2017 Friday dinner & Saturday lunch offers valid all month. Pre-booked tables only – quoting offer at time of booking, one per table. Additional courses £6.25 per course. Only one visit to the carvery per person per course is included in this offer. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability.

Top shows this season

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Saturday 4th November 8.00pm

Clair Hall

Martlets Hall

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THE NUTCRACKER BALLET Friday 15th December 7.30pm Clair Hall Clair Hall 01444 455440

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Christmas Menu December 2017

Two Courses £21.95 • Three Courses £27.95

Available December 1st to December 23rd. Not available on Sundays

Amuse Bouche

Cheese Straws with Walnut Pesto Dip (V)

Beef Brisket with Mushroom and Marsala Sauce and White Bean and Rosemary Fritters Hake Fillet with Bacon Lardons, Beer and Crispy Kale (GF)


Pumpkin, Chilli and Coconut Soup (V, GF on request) Served with crusty bread

Smoky Aubergine and Halloumi Tian with Pomegranate, Pumpkin Seed and Yogurt Dressing (V, GF on request)

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a dance to celebrate their daughters’ weddings. Even for the wealthy, the first dance didn’t exist in the format it does today. A 1922 etiquette guide advises that the newlyweds shouldn’t join in the dancing until after their guests have begun to dance. They were then to only spend a brief time together before moving on to other partners for the rest of the evening. After the turn of the 20th century, dance halls and other venue hires became a popular choice and the tradition of the first dance as we know it today slowly evolved.

Discover all you need to know about the first dance, from its very beginnings right up until today – and the answer to the all-important question; which song to pick?

The Modern First Dance

The Perfect first dance The First Dance – A History

Perhaps one of the most symbolic and anticipated moments of a wedding reception is the first dance between the newlywed bride and groom. All eyes in the room turn on them as they spend this magical moment together. At the reception, where most of their time is spent celebrating with family and friends, the first dance is sometimes the first time the couple get to have an exclusive moment to themselves. The tradition of the first dance is a popular element of European and American wedding receptions and is


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when the bride and groom, as the guests of honour for the evening, open up the party for the night. But believe it or not, this

is actually a more recently developed ritual. Before the Second World War, a proper wedding reception was the privilege of the rich. Wedding dances were exclusive to the upper classes and the reception part of the wedding was traditionally celebrated at the home of the bride. Families from lower classes wouldn’t have had the means to hold

Nowadays ballroom dancing isn’t a common skill and luckily the style of the first dance is a personal choice. Modern couples will either enjoy a slow dance or learn a choreographed dance of some sort to entertain their guests and enjoy a memorable moment together. There are still some weddings that will follow an etiquette code however. At a traditional wedding the bride and groom will start off the dancing part of the celebrations by dancing together. Then the groom will dance with his new mother-inlaw, while the bride dances with her new father-in-law. The groom will then dance with his mother and the bride with her father. The best man joins the dancing with the maid of honour or chief bridesmaid when the newlyweds first

It doesn’t matter what sort of wedding you’re planning, you will want your first dance to be special

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break apart to dance with their in-laws. Next the ushers and bridesmaids are invited to join. Once the first song has ended the rest of the guests are welcomed onto the dance floor. At less traditional weddings the first dance is often a more light-hearted affair.

How to Make Yours Special

It doesn’t matter what sort of wedding you’re planning, you will want your first dance to be special. One of the hardest choices to make – along with the venue, menu and everything else, is the music for your first dance. Not every couple will have a song that is ‘theirs’ (you know that symbolic, romantic tune that personifies their entire relationship – tricky!). If you get stuck, why not try perusing public wedding playlists online? They’re a great place to seek inspiration. If you’re wondering what kind of genre to pick,

some recent popular music includes: romantic (perfect for a slow dance), upbeat (to get the party started), indie (for a unique twist), jazz (a classic), fun (if you want a less traditional dance) and modern pop (for the chartlovers). From groovy funk to a romantic string quartet, remember this is your moment and it’s completely up to you how you want to showcase your debut as a newly wedded couple. Don’t fret, everyone knows that the first dance can be a nerve-racking experience; after all it is a sort of public performance. Making these choices and preparing with your partner is the perfect team-building exercise in preparation for your upcoming married life together. But most importantly have fun with it; from the song choice to the choreography, it’s your wedding day!


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Ring in the season of autumn weddings with this handy guide to all you need to know about these special symbols of love

Rings That Say…

I Love You

Rings, glorious rings. Engagement, wedding and eternity, these rings all have one thing in common- love. Read on to find out more about their stories, trends and meaning. Engagements are usually sealed with a ring, and in the past 100 years or so that would have typically been with a diamond solitaire. Nowadays it’s becoming more and more popular to suit individual style and choose something that’s more unique and personal to the wearer. This important piece of jewellery symbolises love, commitment and your forthcoming union, and as you will most likely be wearing it for the rest of your life, it needs to be something you not just like, but love. It’s not just the world of clothes that changes from season to season, jewellery does too. For engagement


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rings this season, there is an abundance to choose from and while the classics, like the solitaire, are likely to always remain in style there’s no reason why you can’t explore other options and find something that is really ‘you’. With engagement rings no longer being confined to clear diamonds, different gemstones with exciting colour accents can be explored. Opals are a dreamy alternative to diamonds, their mystical qualities and play with rainbow hues make them a beautiful, but less durable choice. Another stone to consider is the romantic red ruby, also known as ‘the gem of the heart’. This symbolises passion and adds a vintage sensibility and antique appeal to any look. Black

diamonds have become hugely popular and add a real edge to your ensemble, which is why so many nontraditional brides are drawn to this dark stone. Vintage rings have also emerged as an engagement favourite. Edwardianinspired rings give a lovely intricacy and femininity. Explore navette shapes in white gold and platinum, with diamonds and coloured gems for a charming touch. Handcrafted antiques and vintage-inspired designs alike are easy to come across. Traditionally, wedding rings are often a band of precious metal. The first example of this was found in Ancient Egypt, where braided rings of hemp, reeds, silver or gold where exchanged between wedded couples. This was worn on the third finger of the left hand, which many believed was directly connected to the heart by the ‘vena amoris’. continued on page 46

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For many the wedding band is an afterthought of the engagement ring, into which a lot of time and consideration is put. Until recently the material and style of the wedding band would be dictated by what the engagement ring was made from and what it looked like. For centuries yellow gold was the traditional metal

The romantic notion of these intertwined bands represent the soon-to-be husband and wife being forever ‘entangled in love’ that was used, for both men and women’s wedding bands. But over the past decade or so, white gold and rose gold as well as platinum have become more contemporary and popular choices of material. Today it’s all down to personal taste and style. You no longer have to match your wedding band to your engagement ring, it’s fine to mix and match as you like. There are some lovely rings that interlock with your

engagement ring instead of being worn alongside it. The romantic notion of these intertwined bands represent the soonto-be husband and wife being forever ‘entangled in love’ – this on-trend design is symbolic and stunning. Men’s bands are perhaps not considered as much as women’s. They were never as intricate or stunning, but traditionally simple, gold bands. This style is slowly becoming less and less popular and ‘the one fits all’ idea is no longer applicable. Platinum is now becoming an increasingly popular choice, especially with a subdued matte finish. Rose gold is also a favourite and other more unusual combinations, such as cobalt and wood are making their way onto many-a groom’s hand.

The other significant ring in the world of love and commitment is the eternity ring. This ring is usually given by the husband to his wife to mark a significant anniversary and to symbolise never-ending love. Traditionally the stones go all the way around the band, but half-eternity rings are also popular as they provide a more comfortable wear. So there you have our guide to the world of rings, symbolising eternal love. It’s an important choice to make, so take your time to explore the wealth of rings on offer – and to find the perfect ones for you both.

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Contemporary fashion based on classic values, Dixon Anderson’s exquisitely tailored suits are every Groom’s sartorial dream Choosing the right outfit has become a rite of passage for Grooms these days – and nothing breathes style like a Made to Measure suit. That’s where high-end tailoring specialist Dixon Anderson comes in. Gerry Dixon opened his East Grinstead showroom in December 2016 and his Made to Measure suit and shirt service are already proving to be immensely popular. “It used to be all about the Bride’s dress, while the Groom was left to make do. Nowadays finding the perfect suit, shirt, tie and pocket square for the Groom and Groomsmen, has become increasingly important” explains Gerry. The Made to Measure experience is very special, as is wearing the suit and shirt afterwards. Until you’ve worn a suit and/or shirt that genuinely fits you, it’s impossible to know how wonderful that feels. Walking into the Dixon Anderson new showroom is like discovering a little pocket of London’s West End in East Grinstead. Until now, Gerry has always worked in the West End of London or Mayfair and, over the course of his career, has collaborated with top luxury brands such as Giorgio Armani, Corneliani, Ralph Lauren and, Savile Row Master Tailor, Richard Anderson. Gerry’s expertise encompasses both classic tailoring and contemporary styling, a combination that translates to the feel of the showroom and to the beautifully made suits.

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The Gothic Glam trend is here to ease us into the first proper autumn month; and coincidentally the spookiest month too, which ends with our favourite fancy dress occasion – Halloween. In this trend, sassy meets gloomy (but not in an Addams family kind of way), so follow it to add an air of elevated darkness to your look and say hello to bewitchingly good style. Find out how to get that glam Goth look and wear it with confidence. The ultimate vampy look for autumn is pretty easy to accomplish. Just choose materials like leather, lace, crushed velvet and satin – all in black of course. The options of what to wear are wide and varied, and so much more elegant than you’d think! This isn’t a Morticia Addams doppelganger affair but a take on sophisticated dressing – with a twist. So go ahead and indulge in the dark(er) side with gothic looks galore: romantic lace, sheer bodices, high necklines, dripping chokers

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Indulge in the Vamp up your autumn wardrobe with the Gothic Glam trend, from satin gowns to crushed velvet creepers, dazzle in these stunning pieces – they’re not just for Halloween! and witch-like capes all set the scene. Dabble in the cool (and sexy) underworld with fantastic pieces, from frillembellished leather jackets to fishnet tights, negligeelike skirts and empire-waist Victorian gowns that steal the show. Long dramatic gowns boasting frills and lace detail and pussy-bow silk crepe de chine blouses are perfect for the October chill. Creepers, Goth platform knee-high boots and chunky rocker boots are a glam Goth’s footwear of choice – go for leather or crushed velvet to really get in to character. Add a pop of colour to your dark ensemble – fire

dark lips and rouge noir nails will have you looking sophisticated with a touch of femme fatale power. As for your hair, tousle and tease it into an organised mess to achieve the desired effect. Of course, if you feel this trend is too bold for your taste, you can pick and choose your favourite pieces. Get sultry lips with tousled hair or just add some crushed velvet here and there – experimenting is fun and this glam trend is definitely one to indulge in this autumn. At Halloween there’s no excuse. Get creative, from your pointy heels to your carefully curated black satin gown, and don the full Goth look to impress (and unnerve) your friends. Dressing up has never been more fun, so introduce some of this chic and sleek attire to your wardrobe – even if it’s only a subtle velvet choker.

engine red and deep purple are the best colours to enhance your look and add the perfect bit of contrast to this style – because being a Goth doesn’t have to be dreary, you see. And for the finishing touch – invest in some vampy make-up: smoky eyes, winged eyeliner,

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Autumn is as good a time as any to take up a new sport or fitness challenge. The change in season is often an excuse for many to take their activities indoors and out of the elements, but this means missing out on a whole host of physical and psychological benefits associated with the great outdoors. There is one sport however that ticks every box in terms of being outside in the fresh air; being at one with nature; getting a great workout and raising the serotonin levels into the bargain. This is the art of horse riding. Whether you consider yourself to be a ‘horsey’ person or not, is to miss the point entirely. There are many opportunities in our beautiful part of Sussex to take up the sport as a beginner or restart it again after a lifelong (or shorter) hiatus. Drive down any country road and sooner or later you’re bound to see signs for a reputable riding school that takes both adults and children, offering a range of different learning options. Far from a passive, recreational pastime, the physical, mental and social advantages of taking up horse riding are undeniable. Riding on horseback is an isometric exercise, which means the body uses specific muscles to stay in certain positions, relaxing and contracting according to the horse’s movement. Unsurprisingly much of the time, this entails keeping your balance and staying on the horse! This in turn means that postural and core strength is critical when riding and will most likely improve the more you ride. Muscle groups that are well used include, trunk, abdominal, back, pelvic and legs and a rider has to ‘squeeze’ these muscles to stay in the saddle as well as ‘cue’ the horse. Coordination also comes into play. To ride at a relatively

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stone. Laminates are easy to maintain and clean, as well as offering both different edge and thickness profi les. Solid wood is also popular, bringing warmth to a kitchen, but requires regular maintenance to prevent staining and scratching. Natural stones, such as granite and marble, are more expensive but add a touch of luxury and can last a lifetime. Each worktop is unique and once sealed, natural stone is able to withstand high temperatures, along with being mould, bacteria and mildew resistant. Growing in popularity are engineered stone worktops which are usually made of a composite of quartz and resin. These offer the same benefits as natural stone but are non-porous, so do not require sealing. They also offer a huge colour range, with more uniform colour than natural stone and can be fi nished to look glossy, matt or sparkly. Relatively new on the scene are solid surface worktops which are manmade from a mixture of acrylic and mineral fi llers. This creates a smooth nonporous worktop with seamless joints. As the material can be moulded into any shape, the worktop can include integrated sinks, upstands, draining

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Steyne Gardens Steyne Gardens provides Worthing with a tranquil, central oasis. A place to go, be calm, to re-boot one’s mind and to return from, feeling refreshed Steyne Gardens is a green space in the centre at Worthing, gifted to the town in 1900 by the Dowager Lady Maria Georgiana Loder. Mature trees line three-quarters of the boundaries, leaving the seaward end open, allowing light to flood in from the southern skies. On the east and west sides of the Gardens are rows of Georgian terraces, built at the dawn of the 19th century. Over time, some terraces have been upgraded, but in essence little has changed, creating a feeling of intimacy and sense of history. In the north-east corner, adjacent to Brighton Road is the gothic looking former Methodist Church, which opened in 1900. Two hundred tanks were billeted here during WWII and an air raid shelter was constructed beneath the Gardens. The shelter has long since been dismantled and no evidence remains of its exact location. Iron railings bordering Steyne Gardens were melted down to help the war effort. They were never replaced, unless the introduction of parking meters and then ticket machines are classed as suitable substitutes! The sunken garden was laid out in 1980 as a gift from Rotary International. At its centre is the ‘Triton’ fountain designed by William James Bloye and given to the town in 1968 by May Elizabeth Hancocks. ‘Triton’ was moved to its current location when the sunken garden was refurbished by Worthing Borough Council in 2007. The flowerbeds are well tended

with a variety of plants in the area around the sunken garden. Under crisp blue autumnal skies this generates the rather pleasant mirage of being in warmer climes, somewhere further south, slightly more Mediterranean. Then a breeze blows, but alas it’s not the Leveche; a gull squawks and it’s back to reality. In the south-east corner once stood Worthing’s most prestigious hotel. George Warnes opened his eponymous dwelling in 1899, welcoming some of histories influential faces into the lobby during its heyday. Edward VII, George V, Winston Churchill, General

Under blue autumnal skies this generates the rather pleasant mirage of being in warmer climes Eisenhower and Haile Selassie all stayed there, to name but a few. The last guest checked out in 1985 and the place burnt down in 1987. Today, modern apartments occupy the site, but the name remains. At the centre of the southern periphery is a tall marbled obelisk, flanked by five flagpoles. This is the Boer War Memorial. Erected in 1903 and paid for by public subscription, it lists the names of all twenty-six men from the area who died in the campaign. Steyne Gardens has an elegant charm. It’s a delightful place in which to wander, or to sit on one of the benches and watch the world go by. SUSSEX LIVING October 2017

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minerals Sussex has one of the oldest and most active mineral societies in the country. Hanna Lindon delves into a fascinating new world of crystals and cryolite

Hidden away behind a glorious old house deep in the Mid Sussex countryside is an intriguing private museum. On fi rst glance it looks like just another outhouse, but step inside and you’re confronted with a glittering beauty pageant of colourful minerals. It’s a geological cave of wonders, with each precious exhibit carefully labelled and laid out under soft lighting, but you don’t have to be a scientist to be blown away by the aesthetic splendour of this sparkling display.

This magical collection belongs to a member of the Sussex Mineral and Lapidary Society (SMLS). Established in 1972, it’s now the biggest regional mineral club in the UK with an active programme of lectures, field trips and events including the annual mineral and fossil show in Haywards Heath each November, which attracts visitors from all over the country. Nick Hawes, who has collected minerals and fossils for over thirty

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years, is the current Chairman. Members of the society come from across a range of backgrounds – the only thing they all have in common is a fascination with minerals. “People think we must all be knowledgeable engineers and scientists,” says John Pearce, a prominent member of the club, “but we just share a general enthusiasm. There’s quite a spectrum of reasons why people are interested in minerals, so the society attracts an incredibly diverse group of people.” FASCINATING FORMATIONS The official defi nition of a mineral is incredibly broad. Minerals are the building blocks of rocks and are naturally occurring chemical

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compounds with a hard, crystalline structure. Most of us associate the term with crystals such as quartz and pyrite, but it actually encompasses a far wider range of materials. Most 21st century technology is dependent on the elements contained within minerals; from aluminium and copper to barium and the so-called rare earth elements. “Without minerals, we wouldn’t have the modern world,” says Nick. “Everything around us is made up of products that come from minerals.” Some of the SMLS’s members are interested in how minerals are formed, but for many the fascination is largely aesthetic. Browsing member’s incredible collections, it’s easy to see the appeal. There are translucent crystals that change colour in the light, sparkling metallic towers and cakelike rocks in pastel colours that look almost good enough to eat. These glittering creations have something magically ethereal about them. Beautiful specimens tend to be secondary minerals, where a deposit close to the surface has been chemically combined with carbon dioxide, oxygen and water to create much more interesting and colourful minerals.

“The interest of a mineral deposit will largely depend on the elements that were in that deposit,” explains Nick. “So Cornwall, for example, is famous for having copper, tin and arsenic mines. If some of those things are mixed up then you might get a lovely blue copper arsenate mineral, which is the kind of stuff that collectors are interested in.” continued on page 76

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“One of the things that marks our club out is the ability and ambition to organise overseas trips,” explains Nick. “We call it geotourism. Some trips tend to be mineral collecting only, mostly going to remote places and visiting old mines, but on others we bring our families along and enjoy plenty of social and cultural stuff as well. The advantage of collecting is that you get to see places that no tourists would ever usually visit.” The society organises UK trips as well. In the past, members have visited the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Sheppey, Cornwall and Weardale. Many have built large collections and enter their best pieces in competitions or in displays at small international mineral shows.

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The sedimentary geology of Sussex doesn’t lend itself to the creation of aesthetically impressive minerals – so why does the area have one of Britain’s leading mineral societies? John’s theory is that many of the SMLS’s members begin with an interest in fossils. From here, it’s a natural step on to becoming a collector of minerals. COLLECTORS’ ITEMS One of the SMLS’s main focuses is mineral collecting. Although it’s rare for members to have a private museum, several give over varying portions of their houses to their collections. Trevor Devon, the Society’s current treasurer, has one solution to the need for display space. He’s particularly interested in micro-minerals, which only reveal their beauty under a microscope hundreds of specimens fit into a small cabinet. Other members have different specialities with bigger display needs. “There’s a thing I call the collecting mentality,” says Trevor. “It’s something you see in a lot of people, and it can be anything from collecting coins or antiques to stamp collecting. There are a lot of collectors in the club and many of us collect more than minerals.” One of the difficulties faced by the society is that there are only a small number of places in the UK where mineral collection is both permitted and possible. SMLS gets around this by organising foreign trips almost every year, visiting a huge range of farflung locations from Siberia and the Faroe Islands to Portugal, India and North America.


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SEARCHING FOR HIDDEN GEMS Mineral collection isn’t all about curating. Tracking down beautiful specimens can be adventurous, challenging and extremely hard work. “We search around cliffs to find rocks that have been blown off in winter storms,” says John. “But we also go into quarries and down old mines. Sometimes you find yourself squeezing through a hideous collapse because you know that there’s good stuff on the other side. You might find yourself in the dark with a headlamp and it’s wet, steamy, mucky… still, if you know that there’s a wall of lovely crystals in there that nobody has ever got to, then you have the pay-off.” Nick describes several occasions when he’s trekked for miles across rough moorland carrying a rucksack full of rocks. “The irony is that when you go to all that effort you’ll often find the best specimens in the car

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park where they’ve been dropped by previous collectors,” he laughs. There are a few places – such as Weardale, east of the Pennines - where specimens are mined to be sold on, but most collectors are in the business of tracking down their own samples. This is more difficult than it sounds. Beautiful complex minerals are rarely found just lying about. They grow in hard rocks, which have to be opened up using sledgehammers and chisels. The process of extraction can damage specimens and render them valueless. “We’ve all had that tragedy when you’ve spent two hours trying to get a crystal out of a cavity without it breaking and failed,” says Nick. “It’s a skill – you need to know where to hit and how hard to hit. You tend to break five to find one.” Collectors, he says, are looking for a natural aesthetic. Enthusiasts might be interested in the association between particular minerals in a specimen, but mainly it’s a question of whether it would appeal to a layperson. The major considerations are shape, colour, lustre and all round degree of perfection and beauty. THE ART OF LAPIDARY Lapidary is a small but important strand of SMLS’s membership interest.

John says that the term can confuse prospective members, who tend to make the association with butterflies, but it actually refers to the art of cutting and polishing minerals. Lapidary is an ancient and specialist craft – early humans used it to chisel tools from stone and create personal adornments. Lapidarists use a number of different techniques. The most basic is tumbling, which involves placing a rough stone in a revolving barrel

together with increasingly fine abrasives until the stone is well polished. Cabbing, using diamond laps attached to a lapidary machine, is another popular beginner method, while more complicated techniques such as faceting and carving are more commonly used by professionals. There are only a few societies in the UK involved with lapidary and SMLS is one. “Only a small number of continued on page 78

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History Museum’s Mineralogy department as well as from professors at major British universities. SMLS lectures span a huge range of subjects, discussing melting minerals and volcanic disasters as well as mining the ocean and curating a personal collection. “Because our society has been around for over 40 years and collected in so many places, we can attract some really good speakers to the club,” says Trevor. “Nobody will turn down an invitation, which means we run an excellent programme of talks.”

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The SMLS’s packed schedule of events doesn’t just include lectures and long-distance trips. There are also regular day-long specimen-hunting expeditions - fascinating Sussex locations include Newhaven, where dedicated enthusiasts can sometimes find samples of the rare mineral aluminite hidden among the chalk, and Plumpton Plain for needles of columnar calcite. The society’s biggest annual event, however, is the Sussex Mineral and Fossil Show. “This year the show will run on Saturday 18th November,” says Nick. “It’s a collector event based at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, and we’d argue that it’s the best one-day show in the country.” Around 60 dealers descend on Haywards Heath for the high-profile show. Highlights include a themed competition, this year on the subject of minerals from one UK county, a programme of talks, and an exhibition of minerals from Oxford Museum of Natural History. “It’s a must-visit for anybody interested in natural history as well as being a great family day out,” Nick explains. “We have three different talks, with one always aimed at children, and there are plenty of kids’ activities such as panning for real gold and searching for crystals or fossils in sand. We also have an ultraviolet (UV) mineral display, which showcases specimens that only show their true colours under UV light.” The show is a perfect chance to see specimens from spectacular collections that would normally be confined to private homes. GETTING INVOLVED If you see yourself as a prospective mineral collector or lapidarist, the best way to connect with the SMLS is to attend one of the society’s meetings. These are generally held at 7.30pm on the first Friday of every month at the Haywards Heath Methodist Church, but check www.smls. online for further details. If the minerals don’t tempt you, then the social element might. “We’re incredibly social,” says Nick. “We enjoy good food, drink and good company as well as getting outdoors. An interest like this really binds people together – you can meet people from Germany or South America, and it doesn’t matter where you’re from because you immediately have common ground.” With one of the country’s foremost mineral and lapidary societies on the doorstep, perhaps it’s time to pick up a new hobby.




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Chailey Heritage Foundation is breaking new ground to deliver care for people with complex disabilities. Hanna Lindon visited the vibrant new Futures Hub room to find out more

BrightFutures There are exciting changes afoot at Chailey Heritage Foundation. Two of its key schemes are set for expansion, with a new room opening at the hugely successful Futures Hub and innovative community support scheme, Pathways, recruiting new staff to meet growing demand. The foundation is most famous for its Ofsted Outstanding school and its children’s home for young people with complex needs – but through Pathways and Futures Hub it also assists disabled people in the community. Pathways provides specialist home and community support for people with disabilities, while Futures Hub offers day provision linked to the foundation’s Life Skills Centre.

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Home from hospital is a free service which provides much needed social and emotional support for those returning home Family or friend carers in West Sussex are also entitled to an assessment of their needs. The assessment looks at your caring role and the impact that being a carer has on your life and wellbeing. The assessment will tell you whether you can receive funded support from the county council and give you details of carers’ groups, benefits information and other services to support you. For more information contact Carers Support West Sussex or phone 0300 028 8888.


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becoming ill over the winter months. Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes and if caught by someone in an ‘at risk’ group, can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia. If you are a primary carer for an elderly friend or relative you may not consider yourself to be ‘at risk’, but catching the virus can mean being too sick to look after the person you care for, which could affect your ability to provide the invaluable support you provide on a daily basis. So, if you are aged 65 and over or a primary carer for a loved one, then contact your local GP surgery or participating pharmacy to get more information and book yourself an appointment and remember the person you care for may be eligible for the free flu jab too. To find out more visit www.

Technology in your home

Telecare can help get people home from hospital sooner or sometimes prevent them from being admitted in the first place, supporting people to continue to live safely and independently in their own home. Some examples of equipment include:

Our Burgess Hill branch has a new recruit... Bella Berkeley! Bella is a 4 month old Labrador who spends her days in the office or at home with our lovely Rebecca, Registered Business Manager for West Sussex. Rebecca decided to buy a dog for her branch as many of our clients expressed that they miss having a dog at home. When Bella is old enough she will be trained as a ‘Visiting Therapist’ and will go to clients houses to spend time with them during care calls. This is one of many reasons why Berkeley is different from other companies as we spend the time and make that extra effort to listen to our clients and try and make a difference in their lives. We think that little Bella Berkeley is going to do just this!

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• Fall detectors which send an alert if someone falls and can’t press their pendant. • Smoke, gas and CO alarms which activate an alert enabling help to be called quickly. • Bed and chair occupancy sensors which send an alert if an individual leaves the bed at night and does not return in a specified time. To find out more visit or call 01243 642121 Meals on Wheels

Enjoy a nutritious, hot meal delivered to your door every day with Meals on Wheels. Whether you are ill, recovering or would rather not worry about cooking, then take advantage of this excellent service. Deliveries are made by professional drivers, all of whom are DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checked and carry identification badges. Not only does the service provide nutritious meals, it also conducts a Safe and Well check upon delivery. To find out more about Meals on Wheels, Email: or phone 01903 718893. continued on page 86

? Do you want help with technology? Step by step help with no ‘gobbledygook’ and on-going support for you EVERY ASPECT OF TECHNOLOGY COVERED: • PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Smartphones • Software, Networks, Microsoft, Apple • Security, Backups, Data Protection • Using the Cloud • Connecting all your devices, access from anywhere

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physical comfort in pleasant purpose built surroundings, offering opportunities for residents to enhance their quality of life, stimulating their intellectual and emotional independence, whilst providing the social support needed.

For all room enquiries call Tina Wigley on 01342 333 900 or email RECRUITING NOW – Carers,Team Leaders, Weekend Chef and Hostesses.

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Take some advice on the small things that can make a big difference

Prevention assessment teams support people to maintain their independence, health and wellbeing in their own homes. They normally work with people who do not receive other specialist health or social care services. These teams can provide information and advice and access to practical and emotional support either over the phone or with a home visit. So get in contact to see what ideas or suggestions they have now rather than leaving it to become a bigger problem. For more information, phone 01243 642121.

Home from Hospital

Going in and out of hospital can be daunting, but there are services you can use to make the transition easier and less stressful. ‘Home from Hospital’ is a free service which provides much needed social and emotional support for those returning home. Available to older people who may need some extra support and do not have anyone at home, it will match you with a volunteer who can give practical

support, work to rebuild your confidence and reduce your risk of isolation. The service will provide an initial home assessment and give information to minimise risks such as trip hazards as well as ensuring the heating is on and there is food available. Other support could include collecting prescriptions and shopping, liaising with other services on your behalf, helping with a pet and accompanying you to hospital or doctors’ appointments. If you know in advance that you are going in, then it is best to plan your return home before you leave. For unexpected stays, begin planning on the day you arrive. You will usually be given a discharge date within 24 to 48 hours of being admitted and should be kept updated if it’s likely to change. You should be involved in any decisions about your care arrangements. For more information about Home from Hospital, contact: Guildcare (Adur and Worthing), Phone: 01903 334977, Email: homefromhospital@ Age UK Horsham District, Phone: 01403 751321, continued on page 88



• High care standards • Delicious nutritious food • Attractive homely • • • •

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Brendoncare Stildon


A 32 bedroom home offering nursing care in a warm and safe environment. • Nursing home situated in East Grinstead • Purpose-built property providing small household living for a home-from-home feel • A small day care centre for local people living with dementia Located in East Grinstead, Brendoncare Stildon provides compassionate care which is planned to meet the needs of each person. We pride ourselves on getting to know each of our residents as individuals and offering focused care that puts the individual at the heart of everything we do. Brendoncare Stildon is a purpose-built property arranged into two households, which creates the feeling of living in a small family group. The 32 spacious bedrooms are all en-suite. The residents are able to enjoy the attractive gardens complete with a sensory garden creating stimulation and interest.



by the Care Qu ality Commis sion

For any further information please contact us on 01342 305750 or email Brendoncare Stildon Dorset Avenue, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 1PZ

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Email: homefromhospital@ Age UK West Sussex, Phone: 01903 717130, Email: homefromhospital@ There is also a ‘Relative Support Service’ which helps relatives who have to make major decisions about a family member’s future care, support and housing with information and advice about the options. For more information, contact: Guild Care (Worthing Hospital and Swandean) 01903 528627 Age UK Horsham District (Horsham Hospital) 01403 751321 Age UK West Sussex (all other West Sussex hospitals) 01903 717130 These services are always looking for volunteers, so if you think this might be something you could help with please contact your local charity and speak to the scheme coordinator.

Care recruitment

Had you ever considered getting more involved in helping people who need care? It may be you’ve had experience of care and support services and would like to give something back to your local community or look for paid

A big recruitment drive is taking place across West Sussex to find new care workers employment. A big recruitment drive is taking place across West Sussex to fi nd new care workers. We’re looking for people who are friendly, supportive, respectful, dependable, positive and kind. Caring is an incredibly rewarding career choice with so many opportunities to progress and make a real difference to people’s lives. It’s also a job with plenty of variety and flexibility. And it’s not all about working with the elderly – people of all ages need looking after. Lots of parents love the job too because they can easily fit work around their children. Or if you’ve retired from your career, caring is a fantastic way of meeting new people and supporting your community. To fi nd out more and let us know you’re interested, visit www.westsussex. For further information about West Sussex Care Month visit our website

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Breast Cancer

Awareness Month

Celebrating 25 years of giving hope, strength and friendship to all those affected by breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Every ten minutes someone is diagnosed with the disease, with 1 in 8 women developing breast cancer during their lifetime. The good news is that today people survive for longer than ever before, but to save more lives greater awareness of the disease is needed. Breast Cancer Care launched


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the first UK Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an idea brought it over from the US. It is now supported by many charities. Every October the charity renews its efforts to raise peoples’ awareness of changes in the breast region which need to be checked out. This includes any change in size or appearance, including dimpling of the skin, any swelling, redness, soreness or lumps. Inverted nipples, or nipple discharge also needs investigating. In fact, any unusual changes noted in the breasts, or the area around the armpit and collarbone, requires a visit to the GP. Many of these changes will not need further investigation, but it’s important to discover what’s causing them. For those diagnosed with breast cancer, Breast Cancer Care, offers a whole host of practical and emotional support, all free of charge. This encompasses award winning information, a helpline, the

opportunity to talk to healthcare professionals, a friendly forum and the chance to connect, along with an event for younger women called Younger Women Together. Someone who has benefitted from their help is Kreena Dhiman from Crawley. Kreena was diagnosed with the disease in June 2013 aged just 33, after noticing an inverted nipple. Before starting treatment, Kreena attended a Breast Cancer Care workshop specifically for younger women. “It was amazing. I got the practical help that was to be my armour for the path ahead and made some very dear friends, who have been brilliant for sharing emotional support,” she tells me. The help Kreena received inspired her to give something back and now she fundraises and gives talks, particularly to younger women, to help raise awareness of the disease. “Initially I tried to hide the fact that I had cancer, but then I realised that all of these charities are helping people like me to live as normal a life as possible and I suddenly became aware that I wanted to give something back,” she explains. “I was young, didn’t drink, didn’t smoke, ate well and exercised, yet I got cancer. So, I want to use my experience to raise awareness of the disease and help others.” This year the Pink Ribbon, a powerful symbol for those affected by breast cancer, celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Breast cancer affects many peoples’ lives and you can show your support for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer affects many peoples’ lives and you can show your support for Breast Cancer Care by fundraising, donating, attending or hosting an event Care by fundraising, donating, attending or hosting an event. By raising awareness we can all help to save more lives. Help Breast Cancer Care support people affected by breast cancer this Breast Cancer Awareness Month by holding a Big Pink. Visit www. for more information.

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Expert, Local Legal Advice Wills, Living Wills & LPA

Lasting Powers of Attorney - Have you made them yet? They are vital if you become unable to make or communicate decisions about your money, property, health and welfare issues. You choose which trustworthy people you want to appoint as your Attorneys, and you can appoint one, or more than one, as you wish.

Don’t put it off – you can only make them while you are still capable! - I will see you at your home if more convenient, or at my office in Hassocks. - I charge a fixed fee agreed at the start, not an ‘hourly rate’, so there are no unwelcome surprises in the bill when the documents are completed and registered.

Do call me for free to discuss any of your requirements Telephone: 01273 841815 Email:

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Award Winning Care Homes

Care homes for people with learning and/or physical disabilities, neurological conditions, acquired brain injury and autism:

Sussex Healthcare is an award winning group of care homes providing over 30 years of healthcare in Sussex. The Group operates 20 homes, predominantly in the West Sussex area, providing over 600 placements, incorporating specialist care provision as well as care for older people. Care for older people: Clemsfold House Forest Lodge Horncastle House Kingsmead Care Centre Longfield Manor Rapkyns Care Home Upper Mead

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STOP PRESS: Brand new purpose built facilities now available to view for anyone wishing to arrange a visit. The service provisions include specialist care facilities for people with acquired brain injury, profound learning and physical disabilities and residential services for people with Autism.

Great care starts with great people – are you one of them? Due to expansion, Sussex Healthcare has fantastic opportunities to become part of a leading healthcare company that provides exemplary care to the service users in a positive and friendly environment.

If you are thinking of a career in care please visit our website and submit your CV to stating the position you are interested in working in.

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If this sounds like you, or someone you know, we’d love to hear from you. Caring is an incredibly rewarding job with plenty of variety and flexibility. If you’ve retired from your career, it’s a fantastic way of meeting new people and supporting your community. Whether you’re serious about a new job, like the idea of care, or just want to find out more, visit Or cut out this page and pass on to someone you know!

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Two decades ago, a small group of friends decided to establish a charity shop in Hassocks with the aim of supporting needy children in the area. They began by raiding their own attics and garages, stocking the shop with anything they could find. Today, Childhelp is brimming with donations and can proudly claim to have raised more than £400,000 for good causes over its twenty-year history. “People really like the fact that we’re unique,” explains Christine Wooldridge, the charity’s secretary and one of its founding members. “We are independent and we work as a cooperative – everyone is a volunteer. “The only extra costs we have are the shop overheads such as insurance, electricity, tags and pricing, and everything else goes towards helping children.” Of the £40,000 that Childhelp raises every year, the committee is able to donate around £33,000 to good causes. The commitee members meet monthly to


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Much loved local institution Childhelp Hassocks celebrates its 20th birthday this month. We turn the spotlight on the charity shop’s history and work


Turns 20 consider the applications they receive for help, which could include anything from child counselling to white goods for family homes. The charity also makes regular contributions to local groups such as the Hassocks-based Children’s Country Holidays Fund (CCHF), Windmills Opportunity Playgroup in Burgess Hill and domestic violence charity RISE. Every month, the details of what organisations Childhelp has funded and how much they have donated are published in the shop window. “We help families who fall through the net of other charities,” explains Christine. “We give money for guide camps, school trips, school uniform, white goods and bedding. Many children in our area don’t even have proper beds to sleep on.” Childhelp Hassocks has become something of a local institution. People travel from the surrounding villages and even as far afield as Brighton to visit. The shop stocks an excellent

Ruth & Andrew’s grandson Sam

Of the £40,000 that Childhelp raises every year, the committee is able to donate around £33,000 to good causes range of children’s clothes, toys and accessories, as well as electrical items, adults’ clothing and books. For

many, it’s an opportunity to socialise – the welcoming atmosphere and friendly volunteers have helped to make the shop a much-loved local asset. With Andrew and Ruth’s grandchildren now helping in the shop, the younger generation is now equally involved in the shop’s maintenance. So what can you do to help? Consider becoming a member of the charity, shopping in the Hassocks store, volunteering in the shop or organising a fundraising event. Donations of clothes, toys, records and electrical items are also welcome. “We have so many wonderful things donated to the shop,” says Ruth, one of the founder members. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we want to tell people how grateful we are for all their help and support.” Come and visit us at 49 Keymer Rd, Hassocks BN6 8AG, or call on 01273 846570.

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Providing Holiday Clubs and Wrap Around Childcare in West Sussex For the school holidays and Inset days we run Holiday Clubs from 3 to 11 years for children from Hassocks, Ditchling and the surrounding area. This October Half Term Holiday from our clubhouse on Keymer Road in Hassocks we will be exploring Weird Science!

Experienced Therapist, with many satisfied clients. Call me if you would like help with: • Weight management • Stop smoking • Alleviate anxiety • Lift depression • End phobias • Fertility & Hypnobirthing Clinics in Hurstpierpoint and Haywards Heath. Call 01444 819075 for appointments and for a confidential chat. Email:

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October Half Term Holiday Club runs from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October and each day has it’s own theme: exploring colour science on Monday, creating gross science on Tuesday, and examining science in nature on Wednesday. We also have a daily trip to the park, watch movie’s, love dressing up and much much more!

Short Day (9am-3pm) £25/£20 siblings Long Day (8am-6pm) £35/£27.50 siblings

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Buying a home is probably the most expensive outlay you make in your life. If you already own a property then it is probably a little easier to move up the ladder but as a person on the fi rst rung the uphill struggle may be daunting. Fret not; help is at hand. There are buying assistance schemes to suit all circumstances and financial restraints, and if you find the right one, it could be your salvation. After all, interest paid on savings is exceedingly low yet property values are still rising year on year. Therefore a property purchase makes financial sense in the long term. If you chose a brand new build it can also provide security, usually with a 10year warranty/insurance on the actual construction. In addition, the increasing value of the property ensures that you are saving at a much higher rate than by bank/building society saving accounts. When you come to move, your home gives you a good cash back up, either as a deposit or if downsizing as a nice pension pot. This has to be a win/win situation well worth serious consideration. Here is a brief overview of some of the schemes available. Remember that these excellent schemes offer different benefits and are also restricted in their terms of implementation therefore it is important that you seek professional advice on what is the best scheme for your circumstances.


A Government backed scheme available until 2021. It requires just a 5% deposit on a new home as the equity loan of 20% of the value of your property is provided by the Government and interest free for the first five years. You then need to secure a 75% mortgage. This is a terrific boost to those buying a brand new property and applies to properties in England up to a purchase price of £600,000.

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This is a Government scheme for first time buyers, which means that for every £200 a purchaser saves in a Help to Buy ISA scheme the Government will provide a bonus of £50 up to a figure of £3,000. If two of you are buying your first home together and set up individual accounts the bonus could be a very helpful £6,000.


This is the tax charged on property transactions. This can be substantial depending on the value of the house purchase. Some developers include payment in their list of incentives.

ANALYSE YOUR FINANCIAL COMMITMENT Many developers offer helpful websites on

ways to purchase, which include useful calculators which enable a browser to easily analyse their financial commitment.


If all the above options fail there is of course always the bank of mum and dad. The numbers resorting to this method of raising finance is rising rapidly despite complicated tax liabilities. So, if you are a parent – be prepared!


Here are a few of the benefits and incentives developers can offer: 1 Liaising with your estate agents on your behalf to ensure a smooth chain. 2 Paying your estate agent fees upon completion. This can be a substantial saving depending on the value of your current property. 3 Part Exchange which comes into operation when the development company purchases your current home, often with a proviso based on the difference in the sale price and new build purchase price. It also provides a quick and simple move. 4 Funding towards carpets. 5 Help towards legal fees.

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This attractive 3741 ft² 6 bedroom detached house R E F: 001 with 5 reception areas stands in pleasant grounds surrounded by mature trees and with secure gated access. The property is located in a prominent position within a private lane with the thriving and historic village of Lindfield just 1.2 miles distant, and the renowned Ardingly College 1.7 miles distant.

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Hassocks £625,000

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BOOK REVIEWS A fantastic, fast moving novel that you just can’t put down! The author has a gift for writing and an enjoyable sharp wit

ROBIN DRISCOLL’S ROUGH MUSIC Corrupt New York lawyers, Russian hitmen, mysterious birds of prey and $25m missing, Rough Music is a rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills. The plot twists and turns so rapidly you will be gripped from the start. Rab MacBain is on the run. He’s stolen millions from the Russian mob, his girlfriend has apparently betrayed him and the Sopranos addict hitman, Stink Bug, is on his tail. With nowhere left to run, Rab returns to his birthplace, the small Scottish island of Garg. Once settled he soon discovers the family secret that decades ago led his father to flee the island along



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with his young son, for a new life in America. When Rab is fi nally tracked down by the resourceful Stink Bug, he needs the support of the islanders to not only save himself, but to help to realise his dream for saving the island itself. Can he pull it off ? This is an immensely enjoyable read which moves seamlessly from the dark underbelly of glitzy Manhattan, to the rugged remoteness of the Scottish islands. Populated by a cast of interesting and likeable characters, even Stink Bug makes a great baddie. But two things really set

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this thriller apart. Firstly, the pace which is literally breathtaking. The twists and turns in the plot make it extremely hard to put down and secondly, the fact that Robin Driscoll has pulled off a genredefying page-turner. For Rough Music is not just action-packed with thrills, it is also full of humour, poignancy and heart. Having written for Alas Smith and Jones and been the lead writer on Mr Bean, Driscoll’s humour brings an added dimension to this novel, which makes it so much more than simply a fast-paced read. Rough Music is a

How well did you get on with our summer quiz questions in the August issue? Read on to see if you got your Sussex facts straight, or if they were a bit more round the bend! Would like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to enter, we had numerous correct answers sent in, congratulations to the three winners. Well done to Gina Elsworth from Oakley, Hants who wins a £25 voucher from Feathers in Hurstpierpoint.

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Prehistoric Around twelve thousand years ago, a fl int knapper probably sat near the spot now occupied by Lewes Fire Station and looked out over a prehistoric landscape. From his position in North Street, he would have seen a wooded, v-shaped river valley with no sign of the town that would one day come to stand above the Ouse. As the fl int knapper worked, debris from the weapons or tools he was making fell to the ground and remained to connect him to later generations – this small scatter of fl int is one of the earliest pieces of archaeological evidence for human activity in the Lewes area. There are, however, other indications that Lewes could have been near an important route through prehistoric Sussex. “Lewes, Southover and Malling are all promontories


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Lewes into a river valley, making them potential early trackways,” says Lewes historian John Bleach. “Southover, for example, is on a natural ridgeway which carries a route leading to Whitehawk Camp, a Neolithic causewayed enclosure and one of the earliest signs of human habitation

in the Brighton area. When the railway bridge was being constructed over the Ouse at Southerham, a band of hard chalk was found on the river bed. In the prehistoric past this might well have been an obvious place to ford the river from the end of the Southover ridgeway.” We know that humans were already beginning to shape the landscape around Lewes during the Neolithic period. Stand at the top of School Hill, close to the War Memorial,

and you’ll see a distinctive twin set of humps at the top of Cliffe Hill. Known colloquially as the ‘Camel’s Humps’, this oval burial barrow is now used rather prosaically as a feature of the town’s golf course. There is also evidence for a row of mounds, possibly barrows, running along the north-west of the promontory. These include the Castle Mount, Brack Mount and The Mount, with other possible sites at the churchyard of St John sub-Castro, Abinger Place and near St Anne’s Church. So could the settlement of Lewes itself date back to pre-history? “It’s quite plausible that there’s been human settlement on the promontory across the millennia but evidence for the prehistoric and early historic periods is sketchy to say the least,” says John. Although it’s impossible to know whether there was

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Archaeological evidence suggests that area around Lewes was a centre for human activity from Palaeolithic times. Hanna Lindon looks into the county town’s ancient origins

Evidence suggests that Lewes was an important strategic site from early in human history a Neolithic encampment at Lewes, evidence suggests that the town was an important strategic site from early in human history. The town centre was probably founded as a burh in the times of Alfred the Great and many Ango-Saxon cemeteries have been discovered in the area. With the basic street layout probably unchanged since late Saxon times, Lewes remains one of the most historic towns in Sussex.

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Ruth’s garden was her life. Dahlias. Peonies. Fuchsias. Sweet peas. Friends said her garden was a rainbow. So we helped her family to decorate the church with flowers from Ruth’s own garden. The church looked particularly colourful that day. And afterwards, everyone took a flower home.

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Halloween’s a dream! For some, Halloween is even more exciting than Christmas; Sasha Kanal relives her Halloween past and how you can get ready for Halloween present

As a child I relished the coming of All Hallows Eve and all that it entailed back in 1970s Britain. Dressing up using only my parents old clothes – a long black dress, a cape of sorts and we were away. We’d spend the evening running around the house excitedly, spooking each other with imaginary stories, then trick or treating and apple bobbing before bed. How times have changed. Halloween has become much more of a ‘thing’ in the UK now, which means there’s plenty on offer in terms of ideas, activities and costumes to make it as ghoulish and as fun as you wish. From the Halloween week activities that abound at many children’s farms and play centres, to the shops that sell all manner of props and costumes, you can really go to town. If you don’t want to go down the easier, ready-made costume route for your child (or yourself), then there’s plenty of inspiration online for ways to rustle something up that they will be proud of. Face paint is a gamechanger and can exalt something ordinary into the spookiest offering ever. Normal dressing up outfits such as soldier/fireman/ fairy costumes can be changed into zombiefied versions of the latter with the addition of a scary, painted face – easy! It’s also a great way of getting creative with your children. Talking of creativity, decorating your home in the week leading up to Halloween

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is a brilliant way to get into the spirit of things and fi lls the kids with anticipation and excitement. Have fun with them collecting items you can paint black or look online at unusual props to hang around the front door. Take a plastic skull and some fake black spider’s webbing and hang them on your front door. Place five or six large pumpkins and smaller, uglier gourds and squashes around your front door. Next some fake black crows and two twig broomsticks and you have a great set up right there and the term kerbside appeal takes on a whole new meaning.

Face paint is a game-changer and can exalt something ordinary into the spookiest offering ever Food is another great way to get grisly. Cut a handful of blood oranges in half, juice them and hollow out the flesh. Use the juice to make jelly and refi ll the hollowed out oranges. Place in the fridge and when set, cut the orange halves into further segments for some bloody orange bites. Hollow out a large pumpkin and make some creamy pumpkin soup – re-fi ll the pumpkin shell with the soup and dot with fake spiders to float on the top. Just don’t forget to remove them once served! Elevate your apple bobbing game by adding milk and food dye or even edible glitter to the water to make evil frogspawn or witches potion. Now go have yourself a Horrible Halloween!

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DiaryDates Sunday 01 October, 10:00-17:00

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP Over fifty professional craftspeople exhibit their stunning work in the auditorium at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion. £3 adults, accompanied children free. The Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery: 01273 479565 Sunday 01 October, 09:00 Walkers & 10:00 Runners

Angus Rowland ForgetMeNot Run/Walk

Staplefield Village Hall, Cuckfield Road, Staplefield RH17 6ET Register on the day, or enter online Entry is by donation and we suggest £10 per adult and £5 each child – this will include a T-shirt and wristband. Sunday 01 – Tuesday 31 October

Renaissance Retirement’s Fleurde-Lis Haywards Heath

Bolnore Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4WH Take the Tour at the No. 1 Retirement Development in Haywards Heath! The biggest and best retirement development in the town is selling fast and open for tours all week! Phone 01444 455699 to request a brochure or to take the tour. haywardsheath@ Sunday 01 October, 10:00-13:00

Chailey Heritage Foundation Car Boot Sale No 2

Haywards Heath Road, North Chailey BN8 4EF To buy a bargain and support our Dream Centre Appeal. To book a pitch carboottwo Pitch for Car £10. Pitch for Van £15. Public Entry £1. Sunday 01 October, 10:00-17:00

Food & Wine Festival

East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Italian market, local produce, wine, beer and cider tasting. A £5 charge will be made for the wine and beer event. Free entrance to the market and local produce fair. For further information 01342 410121. Sunday 01 October, 12:00-20:00

Sunday Bake Off

The Fox Eating & Drinking, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly RH19 4PJ One on one battle between ‘The Chefs’. Who wins? You decide! First Sunday of every month. Contact: 01342 810644 Sunday 01 October, 12:00-17:00

Classic Car Show

Oakwood Farm, North Common Road, North Chailey BN8 4ED Vintage and classic cars, live music,

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beer tent and hot food. Free entry. 01444 471058.

Sunday 01 October, 13:45 for 14:00-16:00

Sheila’s Walk for Tiny Lives in aid of Action Medical Research for Children

Buxted Park Cricket Club, Buxted Park TN22 4AY Sheila’s Walk for Tiny Lives in aid of Action Medical Research for Children. Five mile, guided walk, followed by a delicious cream tea. £10. (£3 for children under 8). Book in advance with Claire on 01342 323697/07790 194835 or Vickie on 01732 863950/07762 491956. Dogs welcome if on a lead but not in the Pavilion please. Sundays 01, 15 & 29 October, 14:00-16:00

Mish Mash Morris – Open Practices Ringmer Village Hall (Symons Hall), Lewes Road, Ringmer BN8 5QH Try a variety of Morris Dancing! If you’re 16 or over, don loose clothing and trainers, then experience the fun! Admission Free. Phil Sigournay 01903 814642 Sunday 01 October, 14:00-17:00

Open Afternoon

Oldland Mill, Oldlands Lane, Keymer, Hassocks BN6 8ND On Open Afternoons volunteers are available to give guided tours and serve refreshments. There is no parking at the mill but it can be reached with a pleasant walk via Oldlands Lane, Keymer, or Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling. Entry is by Voluntary Donation of £3 per person or £5 per family. For more info: Prof. F J Maillardet 01273 842342 Monday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 October, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction Gorringes, 15 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex NB7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503 Monday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 October, 20:00-22:00

Burgess Hill Choral Society New Season

United Reformed Church Hall, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0JS Join our high-achieving, friendly choir to sing Haydn and Bach. No audition needed. Come and try a rehearsal. for contact details or phone 01273 835121.

Tuesday 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 October, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. The IT Girl Ltd, Emma 07938 838861 Tuesday 03, 10 & 17 October, 13:40

Lancing College Lunchtime Concerts

Lancing College, Lancing BN15 ORW Tickets are available in advance from the Music Department. 01273 465969 Tuesday 03, 10 & 17 October, 19:00-21:30

Modern Calligraphy

One The Square, Lower Road, Forest Row RH18 5HE Three evenings of learning the art of modern calligraphy and decorating your work for Christmas or special occasion. Fee £135. Tuesday 03 October, 19:30

Henfield Garden Club – Talk by Roy Lancaster

Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Talk by Roy Lancaster with slides on his life in Horticulture. Open to Members and Non-members. £5 for Non-members. Tuesday 03 October, 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. Tuesday 03 October, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women Aged 50+

A pub in Lewes A round of golf ? Day at the races? Country walk? Dinner? Casino? Quiz? Cinema? Holiday? These are events from The Group Diary. The Group meets in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Wednesday 04 October, 10:00–12:00

Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning with a talk by Helen Poole

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Monthly coffee morning with speaker Helen Poole talking about Anne of Cleves - The Lady Behind The Portrait. Learn more about the wife of Henry VIII who escaped with her head. New members welcome. £1.50 including raffle ticket. Wednesday 04 & Thursday 05 October, 10:15-11:30

Steyning Grammar School Open Days

Rock Road, Storrington RH20 An opportunity to visit and sample a school that values every student and encourages them to be the ‘best they can be’. Contact: 01903 814555 Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

‘Gages’ Home Delivery Service – Forest Row Parish Council Delivered to the Forest Row and Ashurst Wood Area This service allows residents that are unable to visit us for lunch to have a home-cooked meal delivered. Soup £2, Main Meal £4.50, Dessert £2. The cost to deliver a meal is 50p per day. Contact: Sara Smart Wednesday 04 October, 13:30 for 14:00-16:15

Burgess Hill Flower Club – Demonstration of Flower Arranging

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8EX ‘Funky and Fun’ floral demonstration by Margaret Williams. There will also be a competition of ‘foliage only’ arrangement. Why not try your hand at this? £6.00. Your first visit will be free if you bring a current copy of Sussex Living Magazine. Wednesday 04 October, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint W I Meeting

The Girl Guide Headquarters, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Speaker: Mrs Margaret Carey – My Life and Work. Competitions: A Cookery Book and Cookery Cup: Three Flap Jacks. Visitors welcome £3. Wednesday 04 October, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG The Stamps of Latvia presented by Wendy Buckle. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Wednesday 04 October, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society – Open Meeting Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: 1,001 Things To Do With Bamboo - The plant that could save the planet! Speakers: John and Jeanette Simpson. Admission: Members free, Visitors £1. All welcome! www. 01444 245509 Wednesday 04 October, 19:00

Ukulele Night

The Fox Eating & Drinking House, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly RH19 4PJ Come and enjoy a fun night of strumming and singing. All ages and abilities welcome. Contact: 01342 810644 Wednesday 04 October, 20:00

Lindfield Preservation Society presents a talk by Peter Erridge

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DiaryDates RH16 2HH History, development and management of Weir Wood Local Nature Reserve. This talk will illustrate how the various habitats have been developed and maintained to encourage wildlife. New species are found each year. All welcome, entry free. Contact: John Chapman 01444 484470

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Thursday 05 October, 17:45 & 18:30

Friday 06 October, Afternoon

Steyning Grammar School Open Evening

Rock Road, Storrington RH20 3AA Presentation from Headteacher and tours at 5.45pm and 6.30pm. Contact: 01903 814555 Thursday 05 October, 18:00-20:00

Sixth Form Open Evening

Moira House Girls School, Upper Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN20 7TE An opportunity to discuss A-Level options with teaching staff, tour our superb facilities and meet our girls. Scholarships are available. Contact: Mrs Elaine Allen, Registrar: 01323 644144 Thursday 5 October, 18:00-20:30

Downlands Community School Open Evening

Dale Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP An opportunity for students and parents in Years 5 and 6 to visit our wonderful school. Contact: Nicki Burston 01273 845892 Thursday 05 October, 20:00, doors 19:30

Ditchling Film Society – Moonlight - Triple Oscar Winner Ditchling Village Hall, 12 Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT See Local Living. Thursday 05 October, 20:00-10:30

Mid Sussex Friends of the Donkey Quiz

The Woolpack Inn, Burgess Hill RH15 8NN Second quiz of the year, book your table early to avoid disappointment! £5 per person to include light snack, no more than 6 per team! Contact: Wendy Ahl 01444 470136 Thursday 05 October, 20:00

The Founding of Chailey Heritage Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Ros Black tells the extraordinary story of Grace Kimmins, the founder of Chailey Heritage. £5 or £3 for members. To book a seat, please contact Mike Nicholson on 01444 457448 or email: Friday 06 October – Saturday 09 December

Thirty Years On – Cuckfield Museum Remembers the Great Storm of 1987

Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00-12:30 and Saturdays 10:0015:00. Using photos and memories we relive that strange and dramatic time. Entry free, but donations appreciated. More information from

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Lunch Time Concerts in Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Dominic Ferris - piano. Concerts are held on the first Friday of each month. Tea, coffee and squash available from 12:30 and there is no charge.

Floral Demonstration for MND Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Rd, Wivelsfield Green, Haywards Heath RH17 7QH See Local Living.

Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 October, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club - Happy Hour

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Happy Hour every Friday, with beer from £2.50. Contact: 01342 822856 Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 October, 19:00-20:00

Aikido (Self Defence)

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

coffee or tea and biscuits.

Saturday 07 October, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Village Market

Community Centre Car Park or Foresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market, with a social atmosphere including activities and demonstrations. Contact: Sue Young, DMA (Market Manager) 01342 822661 sue.young@forestrow. Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 October, 10:00-17:00

South of England Festive Market alongside The British Pet Show

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly RH17 6TL The event with something for everybody from reindeer to a fabulous shopping experience and dog shows. £10 adults /£9 Concessions /£5 children – online discounts. Quintessentially British Events. www.

Saturday 07 – Sunday 15 October, 11:00-18:00

Pure Autumn Fine Art Fair

Powdermills Hotel, Battle TN33 OSP Prestigious Art Fair showcasing the work of 60 artists - painting, mixed media, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, digital art. Free Admission. info@pureartsgroup. Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 October, 13:00

Foraging Weekend

Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR A weekend luxury and outdoor experience; learn survival hints and tips and forage for delicacies on the 186 acre estate. Tickets are £199.00 per person. 01342 824988 http://

RSPCA Brighton Autumn Fair

Saturday 07 & Sunday 08 October, 10:30-17:00

Friday 06, 13, 20 & 27 October, 19:30-22:00

Saturday 07 October, 10:30-13:00

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU Heavy horses, vintage tractors, steam threshing, dog and duck show, falconry and dog displays, fun dog show, traditional demonstrations and competitions, countryside craft and trade stands. 01243 811363

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have: On Air Nights, AGM, Radio Night and table top sale. Please don’t forget the surplus equipment sale - look on the website. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838

Hurst College, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS Provides an opportunity to tour the facilities, listen to presentations by the Headmaster and current pupils and meet key members of staff. Contact: Dianne Allison dianne.allison@hppc. 01273 836937

Saturday 07 – Monday 09 October, (Open outside of service times)

Saturday 07 – Sunday 08 October, 10:30-17:00

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Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Friday 06 October, 19:45–21:30 (doors open 19:15)

Rocks and Fossils

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8EU An illustrated talk by Ian Graham, retired landscape architect and keen conservationist. Hosted by The Friends of Burgess Hill Green Circle Network. There will be a raffle and refreshments. Members £2. Nonmembers £3. Under 16 years free. Contact: Mary Smith 01444 242667. Saturday 07 - Sunday 29 October

Grant Dejonge - Modern Landscapes Art Exhibition

The Cube Gallery, South Downs Heritage Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY From Imagination to Installation – the story of art on the railway. In association with Network Rail. www. Saturday 07 October, 10:00-12:00

RNLI Coffee Morning

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Coffee morning in aid of the RNLI, with sales of RNLI souvenirs, Christmas cards and diaries etc. plus raffle. £1 per person, which includes

Saturday 07 October, 10:30-12:30

A chance to swap seeds, chat with like-minded folk and enjoy a good coffee and cake.

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Lots of bargains, cakes, books, tombola, raffle, delicious refreshments and much more! All proceeds go to help the animals. Free admission. RSPCA Brighton Animal Shelter 01273 554218

Sixth Form Open Morning

Weald & Downland Living Museum – Autumn Countryside Show

Singleton, Chichester PO18 OEU Heavy horses, vintage tractors, steam threshing, dog and duck show, falconry and dog displays, fun dog show, traditional demonstrations and competitions, countryside craft and trade stands. Adults £13.50, 65+ £11.50, Child £6, Family £36. Contact: 01273 811363 Saturday 07 October, 11:00

Hurst Hedgehog Haven

The Back Room, The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ A family friendly workshop to encourage the lovely folks of Hurst to become more hedgehog friendly towards these beautiful animals. There will be lots of facts and info and a raffle with hoggie prizes. All welcome! Contact: 01273 833133 Saturday 07 October, 11:00-12:30

Seed Swap and Coffee Morning

St Mary’s Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH192DS

Autumn Countryside Show

Hops and Harvest Festival

St Thomas a Becket Church, Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH Hops and festive flowers adorn the ancient church in a colourful autumn display.

Cheese and Wine Tasting Event

The Sussex Food Hall, South Downs Heritage Centre, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Free tastings of the best of British and local cheeses and wines, with many special offers for one day only. Sunday 08 October, 10:00

Mushroom Foraging Followed By Luncheon

Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR Forage for delicacies on Ashdown Park Hotel’s 186 acre estate with expert Anne Yarrow, followed by a special foraging sampling Luncheon. £39.50 per person. Contact: 01342 824988 Sunday 08 October, 10:00

Walk to Remember

Goring Gap, Worthing BN12 Walk or run 5/10km route along Worthing seafront to help us raise funds for our dementia services. Dogs and children are welcome. £10 per person, £25 for a family (2 adults, 2

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Sunday 08 October, 11:00-15:00

East Sussex National Hotel Wedding Show & Catwalk

Little Horsted, Uckfield TN22 5ES Wedding fair with 40+ quality wedding exhibitors and a stunning bridal catwalk featuring brand new 2018 collection gowns. Free Entry. Empirical Events Ltd 01424 310580. sales@empiricalevents. Sunday 08 October, 11:00-15:30

The South of England Wedding Fayre

South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly RH17 6TL Chez Fleur florist will be exhibiting at this premier show - come and meet Belinda to discuss your dream wedding flowers. Belinda Campopiano 07811 892644 Monday 09 October, 10:30-12:00

The Arts Society Steyning

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning BN44 3XZ Barry Vennings will give an illustrated talk entitled, A child of six could do it: cartoonist and modern art. Monday 09 October, 14:30, AGM 14:00

The Arts Society, The Borgias: The Most Infamous Family in History by Sarah Dunant

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB The Borgia Family, said to have originated in Spain, arose to fame in Renaissance Italy, becoming prominent in ecclesiastical and political affairs in the 15th and 16th Cs. Guests welcome - £5. www. 01273 494945. Monday 09 October, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY AGM followed by a talk by Suzanne Glossop – Mudlarking on the Thames Foreshore. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Beryl Varley 01273 832351. Monday 09 October, 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 first Monday evening of every month. Visit and give one of the contact numbers a call. Tuesday 10 October, 08:45-11:00

Year 7 Open Morning

Hurst Prep School, Chalkers Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS Provides an opportunity to tour the facilities, listen to presentations by the

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Tuesday 10 October, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Around the Railway

Horsted Keynes Village Car Park RH17 7AT Horsted Keynes, Balcombe Lane, Sussex Border Path, Bluebell Railway, Highbrook, High Weald Landscape Trail, Ardingly, Horsted Keynes. 350m of ascent. Please bring a picnic lunch. 9.9mi/15.9km Moderate. Contact: Judith 007899 992261

Wednesday 11 (Demo) & Wednesday 25 (Workshop) October, 14:00-16:30

East Grinstead Art Society

East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT 11/10/17 Demonstration: Jonathan Brown - Ink Drawing 25/10/17 Workshop: Update your skills. NonMembers and Members welcomed to East Grinstead Art Society Demos and Workshops to update and learn about different mediums. Demos – Meridian Hall. Workshop – Cranston Suite. Wednesday 11 October, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Tuesday 10 October, 19:45

Hassocks Horticultural Society Winter Hanging Baskets

Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by Laurie Mcmillan, a professional gardener for 13 years and lecturer for 9 years. £1 Members, £2 Visitors.

Wednesday 11 October, 20:00-22:00

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society - Pruning Flowering Shrubs

Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 October

The Weald Art Exhibition

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Wednesday 1pm-8.30pm. Refreshments available after 6pm. Thursday and Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm. We have a vast selection of art from our members in many artistic mediums, all for sale.

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY Winter Hanging Baskets. A demonstration of planting for autumn and winter hanging baskets by Ester Scott, Dove Nursery, Felbridge. A very interesting evening. All welcome. Members £1.50.Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included.

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society – La Republique d’Emmanuel Macron

Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN By Jonathan Fenby CBE – auteur et historian. All members and visitors are most welcome. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385. Thursday 12 October, 08:30-13:00

A magical winter lantern trail 30 November – 17 December Weekly, each Thursday to Sunday

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Open Morning

Michael Hall Steiner School, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA There’s no better introduction to both Michael Hall and Steiner Waldorf education than an Open Morning. An opportunity to see students at work and play, tour our facilities and listen to one or both of our talks. Book online at school-open-days 01342 822275 Thursday 12 October, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN This month’s lecture is Jane Austen and the Militia by Rupert Matthews. Membership £7, plus £3 per Lecture. Non-members £5 per Lecture. Contact: Anne Tucker 01444 455803. Thursday 12 October, 17:30-20:00

Book Launch at Chailey Heritage Chailey Heritage Foundation, Haywards Heath Road, North Chailey BN8 4EF See Local Living. Thursday 12 from 19:30 - Sunday 15 October

Non-stop Shakespeare MON 23 - SAT 28 OCTOBER BOX OFFICE 01293 553636

Registered charity number 306016.

Hurstpierpoint Players Theatre, 147 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9PU See Local Living. Friday 13 October, 09:00-13:00

Charity Coffee Morning

The Barn Coffee Shop, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Join us for a charity coffee morning raising funds for St Peter & St James Hospice. All hot drink profits go to charity. garden-centres Friday 13 October, 20:00-21:30

Burgess Hill History Society – A.G.M. d Farm Blacklan

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Annual General Meeting followed by a talk and/or slide show. Members £1. Visitors £3. Saturday 14 – Tuesday 31 October

Pumpkin Barn at Townings

Townings Farm, Plumpton Road, Chailey BN8 4EJ Barn full of Halloween pumpkins and squash, from x-large to small. Come and choose your perfect pumpkin. Shop opening times apply. Townings Farm Shop. 01444 471352 www. Saturday 14 October, 09:30-12:00

Health Information Morning Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH See Local Living. Saturday 14 October, 10:00-12:00

Cumnor House Sussex Open Morning 01342 810493

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Cumnor House Sussex Danehill RH17 7HT Come and see our vibrant Pre-Prep and Prep School in action. Visit the Nursery, which is now open for 50 weeks, 7am-7pm. Contact: Cecilia Desmond 01825 792006

Saturday 14 October, 10:00-12:00

Paws & Claws Coffee Morning

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9SJ Coffee morning with homemade cakes, big book stall, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac, household, jewellery, ‘prize-a-time’ tombola, gifts, toys, cards, raffle and refreshments. Saturday 14 October, 10:00-14:00

Heber Opera Craft Fair

Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Craft fair in support of Heber Opera. 30 varied stalls with many handmade items – Now is the time to start your Christmas shopping! Stalls cost £20 (call for availability). 50p entry fee to public, which entitles each person to free tea/coffee/juice. Jenny Letton, 01273 834703, jenny.letton@btinternet. com Saturday 14 October, 11:00-15:00

Stanhill Court Hotel Wedding Fair

Stanhill Court Hotel, Stanhill, Charlwood, Surrey RH6 0EP Wedding fair with 30+ quality wedding suppliers in the most stunning country house hotel on the Sussex/Surrey borders. Free Entry. Empirical Events Ltd 01424 310580 sales@empiricalevents. Saturday 14 October, 11:00-16:00

Mansion Market

Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA Parking and entry are free to this lively market in beautiful surroundings. Clothing, crafts from many parts of the world, plants, delicious local organic produce and more. Puppet shows, all-day café and fun for all the family! To book a stall: 01342 824944. Saturday 14 - 31 October, Evening start times vary from 15:00-16:30

Deer Rut Safaris

Knepp Wildland Safaris, New Barn Farm, Swallows Lane, Dial Post RH13 8NN Led by Darren Rolfe. Autumn heralds one of the most dramatic events of the year at Knepp. The woods resonate with the sound of clashing antlers and guttural roars, and the air is charged with a pungent hit of pheromones. £35 per person. www. Saturday 14 October, 19:00

High Hurstwood Bonfire Night

Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood, Uckfield TN22 4AD Fireworks following the procession from High Hurtwood Church. Bar, BBQ and candyfloss. A fun night with something for everyone. Free entry. Saturday 14 October, 20:30-23:59

Blunter Brothers

Forest Row Village Club, Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW A tribute to James Brown, Stevie Wonder and stars of classic Funk Motown and soul. Members £10. Non-member £ 01342 822856

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Pure Events Wedding Fair

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton Lane, Plumpton, Nr Lewes BN7 3AL Come and see this beautiful licensed venue with 40+ exhibitors, including instrumental music, bridal catwalk and more. Goodie bags for all brides. Contact: Joel Ariaman, Pure Events, 07818 827666 Sunday 15 October, 14:30-16:30

Sounds of New Orleans performed by the Institute Jazz Band

Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ The band will perform New Orleans jazz, spirituals and popular 1920s dance music and featuring the vocals of Grace Gardner. Tickets £12 and £6 for under 16s from Wealden Stores and Pepperbox in Cuckfield, Carousel Music in Haywards Heath and Sunday 15 October, 19:00-20:30

The Four Quartets

Church of the Transfiguration, Pyecombe BN45 7FB Master storytellers Ashley Ramsden and Flora Pethybridge present a conversational telling of T.S. Eliot’s great poem. The result is stunning. £12 includes refreshments. Contact: Tim Cullen 07870 360551 Sunday 15 October, 19:30

Wivelsfield FILMS – Victoria and Abdul (PG) Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Starring Judy Dench as Queen Victoria, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. 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. Run time 1 hour 45 minutes plus interval. Monday 16 October, 19:45-21:15

East Grinstead Natural History Society

St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT The Work of the Woodland Trust - a talk by Nick Hearn. £4.50 for guests, including refreshments. Tuesday 17 October, 14:00 for 14:15-16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL (Lunch at the Bent Arms from 12:00). The Stamps and Postal History of Australia by Ben Palmer. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Tuesday 17 October, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY From cocoa bean to chocolate, including tasting! (By Dawn Shriver). Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421 Wednesday 18 October, 09:30-14:30

Made and Making

Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY A fun and relaxed rag quilting session. Make your own rag quilted bag or work on a bigger project. £60. Contact: www.madeandmaking. 07967 819540 Wednesday 18 October, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

The Arts Society Mid Sussex

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Talk by Karon Fernals on Hans Christian Anderson: Wit, Artist, Traveller; Stories, Sketches, Papercuts, with Paintings of the Day. Nonmembers welcome: £7 on door. Wednesday 18 October, 19:00

Organ Recital: Matthew Jorysz Westminster Abbey

Lancing College Chapel, Lancing BN15 ORW Matthew has already established a reputation as a virtuoso player, and it will be good to hear him at the helm of Lancing’s two fine instruments in this recital. Tickets £5. 01273 465969 Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 October, 19:30 for 20:00

Burgess Hill Theatre Club presents ‘The Tin Woman’

Burgess Hill Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill RH15 9AS BHTC presents this play by Sean Grennan. Box Office open Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am1pm. £10. Tickets 01444 242984 Wednesday 18 October, 20:00

Balcombe History Society – A talk by Mark Perry-Nash

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP A look at Regency Brighton, the unique creation that is the Royal Pavilion and the man who helped create it. £1 Members, £3 Visitors, including refreshments. Contact: Julie Budgen 01444 811641 Wednesday 18 October, 20:00-22:30

Meeting of the Royal Marines Association

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

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Autumn Tints

2nd, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 18th & 19th October Travel in one of our 1950’s cars Ashdown, Chelwood or Balcombe which are usually used for our Afternoon Tea service, but this Autumn can be enjoyed for a 22 mile return trip through the Sussex countryside. Booking for this service is strongly advised due to limited space and is essential for the cream tea or souper steam options.

Halloween Scream Train New for 2017!

October 27th 2017 During the Hours of daylight, Halloween Scream train will be running for all of you spook loving children! Travel on our vintage steam train with some of the characters, to their rather chaotic station with all sorts of ghastly go-ing’s on! Please do bring a spare tissue along for the rather snotty, ‘Dr. Bo Gey’! For those who yearn for a more dark and scary experience. Do you dare to come along to the Bluebell Railway’s Plague Platform this Halloween? Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a light hearted ‘Ghost train’, but an immersive steam journey to a historic location with a dark secret. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and it is not suitable for those under the age of 12. Booking is essential for these services.

Santa Specials

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December

- A Victorian fairground - Christmas pantry on platform 3 - Opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa - Special ‘Elf House’ for our younger visitors NEW for 2017 - The Reindeer will be happy to meet everyone. They will be in the paddock adjacent to the platform at Horsted Keynes and there will be ample time to meet them.

Thursday 19 October, 17:00-19:00

Live Long and Prosper II Seminar

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Mike Oliver Associates present the Live Long and Prosper II seminar, which explores later life finances and wealth management options. Free but spaces limited. www.eventbrite.

Tel: 01825 720800

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Henfield Theatre Company – Billy Liar

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Billy is a teenager working for an undertaker in his hometown in Yorkshire. He has a vivid imagination but little grasp on reality and his long-suffering family struggles to cope with him. Tickets: £8 and £10 from Stevens 01273 492141 Thursday 19 October, 20:00-21:00

Wivelsfield Historical Society – What did Ivan Margary do for me? Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QG By David Millum. In 1929 Margary made a chance discovery of the London to Lewes Roman road whilst studying aerial photographs of Ashdown Forest. Visitors welcome at £2.50 per meeting. Friday 20 October, 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 20 October, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Organist/keyboard player David Harrild. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269 Friday 20 October, 19:30-21:30

East Grinstead Society Meeting – 50th Annual General Meeting

Main Hall, East Court Mansion, East Grinstead RH19 3LT A.G.M. followed by a talk. £1 Members, £3 Non-member. Contact: Joan Roberts 01342 322648 Saturday 21 October – Monday 18 December, 09:30-15:30 (Mon-Sat)

Christmas Charity Fayre

Burgess Hill Library, The Martlets, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NN Christmas cards, calendars, wrapping paper, toys and stocking fillers for 36 charities both national and local. Registered Charity Number 249039 Saturday 21 October, 10:00-12:00

Chailey Litter Pickers – Group Litter Pick Through North Chailey North Chailey Sports Ground, Lewes Road, North Chailey BN8 4EY Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on uneven ground. Bring gloves and a grabber if you have one. Some equipment and plenty of bags are available on the day. Contact: Janet Caughley 01273 400785

with 190m of ascent. Optional refreshments at the ‘Plough’ later. Second attempt on the summit. TQ 285 129. 4mi/6/4km Moderate. Contact: John 01444 483860 or 07817 032135 on the day.

Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 October, 10:30–18:00

Saturday 21 October, 19:00-21:00

Schubert’s Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Magnificat & Credo

The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Old Town, Lingfield RH7 6AH East Grinstead Choral Society presents an evening of inspiring classical music in the beautiful setting of this ancient church. Adults £15 and Students £8. Saturday 21 October, 19:30-22:30

Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough District Quiz Night

Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Lower Street, Pulborough RH20 2BF Quizmaster Malcolm of Retrospect Event Sound asks the questions. There will be prizes and a raffle. £10 (includes a light supper). There will be a Licensed Bar. Malcolm Gray 07908 576139 Saturday 21 October, 19:30

60s Music Evening - C’mon Everybody!

Ditchling Village Hall, 12 Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT You can dance to the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Kinks, Supremes and all your favourites and help raise money for a wildlife charity at the same time. Tickets available from Ditchling Post Office or phone 01273 845361. No tickets on the door. Saturday 21 October, 19:45-22:00

Haywards Heath Music Society Concert

St Wilfrids Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH See Local Living. Sunday 22 October, 10:00-16:00

Food Drink & Pumpkin Fair

Townings Farm, Plumpton Road Chailey BN84EJ Tantalise your taste buds with a wide variety of locally produced artisan food and drink. Amazing display of pumpkin and squash. Contact: Jayne Ford, 07740779936

Christ’s Hospital, Horsham RH13 0YP Chez Fleur florist will be exhibiting at this fabulous show - come and meet Belinda to discuss your dream wedding flowers. Belinda

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High Beeches, Woodland & Water Garden, Handcross RH17 6HQ See Local Living.

The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH17 7SF A concert given by Susan Fleet (soprano), accompanied by Geraldine Rowland (piano). £6 Members, £12 Non-members. Tickets in advance, and further information from Edwin Cowley 01342 715709, email

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Autumn Fair for Help the Heroes

Sunday 22 October, 14:45-17:00

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG Treat the children to a spine-tingling programme of entertainment over the half term break with prizes for the best Halloween costumes. Normal admission applies. prices,, 01732 865224

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Sunday 22 October, 11:00-17:00

Fangtastic Halloween Half Term

Saturday 21 October, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Wolstonbury Hill Climb

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Christ’s Hospital Wedding Show 2017

Musical Memories with Susan Fleet

Monday 23 - Sunday 29 October, 10:00-18:00

Daily & Sunday 10:00-16:00 Lingfield Art Exhibition

Lingfield & Dormansland Community Centre, High Street, Lingfield RH7 6AB The event on this its 40th year showcases 300 original and affordable paintings, sculpture and artist’s greetings cards. Homemade cakes and refreshments available. Free Entry. Catalogues £1. Contact: Irene Hinton 01342 324929 Monday 23 October, Gates Open 11:00. First Race 14:30

Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre Charity Raceday

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton Lane, Plumpton, Nr Lewes BN7 3AL 18th Annual charity raceday raising money for the re-training of former racehorses into new careers. Half term fun with Shetland pony race and meet and greet with Cuddles the Shetland! Advance tickets £15pp accompanied under 18’s go racing free. 01273 890383, moorcroft-day/ Monday 23 October, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY The Ouse from Source to Sea - a talk by Geoffrey Mead. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351.

Horsham RH12 1EU Our Master Baker David Pengelly will be baking a great selection of all types of bread on the AGA, gluten free included. £24.00 Booking is essential. Contact: Pauline Hadfield, The Aga Shop, 01403 254955/ 01403 262588 Wednesday, 25 October, 14:00-16:30

Bridge Afternoon

Wivelsfield Green Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Doors open 13:30. Bridge Afternoon with afternoon tea. Fundraising for St Peter and St James Hospice. £36.00 per table (4 people). Contact Box Office: Mrs Jean Whybro 01444 415910 or Wednesday 25 October, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group - Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Workshop - If you have a tree please bring it along for advice on stylingcare etc. All welcome. Free for first visit. Tea and coffee will be available. Ray Brunsden 07342-650713 ray.b@, www.sussexbonsaigroup. Thursday 26 - Saturday 28 October

Importance of Being Earnest

The King Edward Hall, 24 Lindfield High Street, Lindfield, RH16 2HH See Local Living. Friday 27 October, 19:00-22:00

Indian Night at The Five Bells

The Five Bells, Chailey Green, East Grinstead Road, Chailey BN8 4DA Give your taste buds a treat as The Five Bells serves an exciting high quality range of Indian cuisine in a warm, stylish and chic environment. We are a cut above the rest – come and see! Contact: 01825 722259 Friday 27, 10:00-17:00 & Saturday 28 October, 10:00-16:00

East Sussex Weavers Spinners and Dyers Guild Exhibition

Lewes Town Hall, Fisher Street entrance, Lewes BN7 2QS See Local Living.

Tuesday 24 October, 10:00-16:00

Friday 27 October

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

The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL During the hours of daylight, Halloween Scream Train will be running for all of you spook loving children! Come and travel on our vintage steam train with some of the characters, to their rather chaotic station with all sorts of ghastly goingson! Booking essential. Contact: 01825 720800

Bonhams Jewellery & Antiques Valuation Day

Tuesday 24 October, 19:30

Take the A Road

Welsey Hall, Haywards Heath Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN See Local Living. Wednesday 25 October, 12:00-14:00

The Joy of Baking Bread with the Aga The Aga Shop, 10 Market Square,

Bluebell Railway - Halloween Scream Train

Friday 27 October, 20:00-22:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society

The Guide Hall, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Bishop Hannington of Hurst by speaker Peter Wilkinson (formerly of West Sussex Records Office). Admission:

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Saturday 28 October

£10 Tray Day

Clive Miller Butchers, 2 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RU £10 Tray Days are on the last Saturday of every month. 20 different varieties of meats to choose from. Contact: Clive Miller 01273 832256. Saturday 28 October, 09:00-13:00

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact: Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook/Hassocks Village Market. Saturday 28 October, 09:30–11:15

Jumble Sale

St Barnabas Church Hall, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Variety of books, bric a brac, clothing, DVD’s, games, household items, toys, etc. Refreshments available. Adults 40p, children free. All welcome. Saturday 28 October, 09:30-12:30

Sew Friendly Saturday Sessions Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY

Do you need a little focused time? Bring along your own sewing projects and get help guidance and enjoy a friendly atmosphere. £17.50. Contact: 07967 819540 www.madeandmaking.

Saturday 28 October, 10:00-12:00

Children’s Workshop – Children’s Sewing Machine Lessons

Sussex Crafts, 45 High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JU Does your child have a sewing machine or wants to learn how to sew? These workshops are kept small (max 5) so that each child gets individual attention and are run by Sarah who has a full DBS check. Cost £30 per session. Contact: 01444 455611

Sunday 29 October, 13:00

Halloween Afternoon with Pumpkin Carving

Ashdown Park, Wych Cross, Nr Forest Row RH18 5JR A fantastic Halloween afternoon for family and friends; enjoy pumpkin carving, cake decorating and our Halloween Afternoon Tea. Tickets are £15.00 per child £25.00 per adult. Contact: 01342 824988 Monday 30 October – Friday 03 November

French Polishing & Modern Hand Finishes

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ

Ideally some knowledge of woodworking is useful but not essential. All materials are included in the cost of the course. Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate. £590. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

Tuesday 31 October, 18:00-19:30

Halloween Fancy Dress Party

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ Lots of fun, games and disco at this Halloween event. Come in fancy dress. Aimed at 5 years – 12 years. £7.50 per person. 01273 833393

Saturday 28 October, 10:00-12:00

Traidcraft Stall and Coffee Morning

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…Many thanks for your kind mention of our Mid Sussex Cats Protection coffee morning and afternoon garden party event in your magazine, especially the ginger cat with his tongue sticking out which was a lovely touch. We are very grateful for this. We were very busy in the morning – thank goodness for the coffee morning section of the event. We took £1195 odd a little up from last year but both events were blessed with brilliant weather so can’t ask for more in regard to the day in general. Thanks once again. Best, Vanessa …I’ve just been reading the Brighter Fletching article in September’s edition of your magazine. It’s great to see that there are pro-active people litter picking in Fletching, freely giving their time to improve the environment in which they live for everyone. At the end of the article the writer called for residents of villages along the

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As well as helping your community, volunteering can boost your confidence, help you make new friends and teach you new skills For the last two years Horsham and Mid Sussex Voluntary Action (HAMSVA) has been helping boost local charities by providing free advice, information and support they need to grow and thrive. This includes: •Trainingthatisreasonablypriced and tailor made to meet their needs •Opportunitiesforcharitiesto meet together, share ideas and good practice •Helpwithfindingfunding •Adviceaboutsettingupand growing a charity •Ensuringthattheviews of local charities and community groups are heard by key decision makers •Matching volunteers with charities who need their time and skills The good news is that volunteering in the Horsham and Mid Sussex districts has just got a lot easier. HAMSVA now has a volunteering web page, which puts you in control of searching for local volunteering opportunities. There is a wide range of opportunities available, including donkey walking, radio presenting, visiting an older person, mentoring a young person, helping to fundraise, cooking and serving meals, and helping at a sports club. Whatever your interest there is a volunteering opportunity for you. Just visit our website www. pop in your postcode and details of your interests, skills and availability and you’ll see all available local opportunities. Vicky Burstow is a volunteer who did just that. Having been at home, raising her family, Vicky wanted to volunteer to boost her

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confidence. She was interested in developing her admin skills and began helping outintheHAMSVAoffice. She also attended a networking event where she met Regina Choudhury, Community DevelopmentOfficerwithMid Sussex District Council. Regina waskeentorunsomeEnglish language courses and asked Vicky tohelpassheisatrainedESOL teacher. “I felt unsure of what to do work-wiseandhadlostconfidence thatIcouldofferanythinginthe workplace, having been mostly at home raising my children for several years. Volunteering was a good opportunity to do something I was interested in and that would benefitothersbutwithoutthe pressure of a paid role. It was also a great way of building my self esteem and reminding myself that Ihaveskillstooffer,itwasthe

stepping stone I needed to get me back into paid work.” SueEdgson,HAMSVA Manager, says: “At HAMSVA we are passionate about supporting theworkoflocalcharities.One of the best ways of doing this is by volunteering, which is why we are so excited about our new web page. Volunteering has so much tooffer.Aswellashelpingyour community, it can boost your confidence, help you make new friends and show you skills that you didn’t think you had. If you have a few spare hours, we can help you put them to good use.” If you are a charity looking for volunteers, needing some help with looking for funding or some tips on how to grow, contact HAMSVA and we will do our best to help. You can visit the HAMSVA website: or drop us an email to enquiries@ You can also call us on 01444 258102.

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