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Hello from my very first issue of Sussex Living! I have been made to feel very welcome by the wonderful team here, and it has been a real pleasure to join the troops. We’re very pleased to pass on the news that Sara’s baby arrived safely and all are healthy and well.

As we leap headfi rst into Spring, with the blossoms appearing on trees and the evenings getting longer it’s the perfect time to stretch our legs and venture out into the scenic countryside. In this issue we feature two beautiful gardens to explore. Starting on p.24 Hanna Lindon takes in the views and horticulture at the exquisite Highdown and Birchanger Gardens, which may even give you some inspiration for your own plot. The beautiful picture featured on our cover was taken at Highdown Gardens. If you’re a regular golfer, or even if not, you may be curious to see what a golf lesson would involve. Ruth Lawrence and Robert Veitch are put through their paces by retired golf pro Chris White. With a bit of golfi ng history thrown in, it makes for an interesting read on their different styles; see how they fare on p.48. We have an eggciting Easter quiz for you on p.64! Test your knowledge and see if you could be in with a chance of winning some generously donated prizes from our advertisers. Easter is the perfect time for entertaining children with an egg trail; Sasha Kanal gives some great tips on p.66. On p.68, with Robert Veitch doing the walk whilst Les Campbell continues to recuperate, giving us a thoroughly enjoyable meander through history, walking from Mount Caburn to Glynde. I hope you enjoy reading this months issue as much as I have working on it. From us all here at Sussex Living, we wish a Happy Easter to all our readers and advertisers. See you next month!

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Take a stroll from lovely Lewes to gorgeous Glynde

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issue IN THIS 24

Highdown Gardens

Features 8 9 16 17 21 25 30

Regulars 10

Local living

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Blooming times

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All the latest on your community news and events Flo Whitaker is sowing Spring seeds

Natural living

Listen for the exquisite nightingale song

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Property

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Beautiful you

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Linda Nightingale advises about buying a listed building

Make a statement with your sleeves

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Food glorious food,

Visit Michelin trained chef at The Cat Inn

Heart of Chailey

Combining pub traditions with upmarket food at the Five Bells

The wisdom of wood

Bespoke joinery for your ideal home

From simple beginnings

KPS – sustaining the environment

Home and garden Building on tradition

Inspiring accountant

FE+ lets us know how your numbers can count

Steaming ahead

New cleaning technology at Sarah Lacey

Delightful Ditchling

Discover more about this historical village

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Easter Hunt

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Bee prepared

Hide and seek with the Easter bunny Help on handling a swarm

Stitch in time

Make your make up pop with 80’s style

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Diary dates

Feedback from our readers

Event listings in Mid Sussex

Distribution

Find Sussex Living in your local area

Business to business

Is your business eligible for a grant?

Classifieds 84

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Top cooking tips

Cooking ideas from p.16

Body buzz

Dear Sussex Living

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Tisshaws Milestone Anniversary

Celebrating with the Mid Sussex law firm

Immune system boosters

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National Mills Weekend,

Opening to learn more about milling heritage

Local business directory

Helping your business to expand

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National Mills Weekend

Mills across Sussex are opening their doors for a weekend of historic delights

Oldland Mill

The 13th and 14th May is National Mills Weekend, which is the annual festival of Britain’s milling heritage and provides a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public. For the past few years the event has been given a theme for mill owners to follow and provide relevant displays and exhibits. The theme for 2017 is ‘Engineers and Engineering’ to celebrate the engineers and millwrights who built and repaired mills as well as their machinery. Before the widespread use of fossil fuels and electricity, wind and watermills provided the only source of power for many different manufacturing processes from making flour, paper and cloth to hammering

Nutley Post Mill

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metal and extracting oils. You can explore mills that produced, or still produce these products, some restored to working order, others derelict, and some still working commercially. There are three main types of windmill in Sussex - the post mill, smock mill and tower mill. A post mill is so named because the timber body pivots round a central timber post so the sweeps can always face into the wind. The body containing the machinery and millstones weighs over twenty tons and the mill was often turned manually by the miller using a long timber pole projecting from the rear. Later post mills were fitted with fantails which harnessed the wind to turn the body automatically. Tower mills have a static tower of brick or stone topped by a timber cap which could revolve to allow the sweeps to face into the wind. Smock mills have a tower of timber construction and are said to have taken their name from a resemblance to an old farm worker’s smock garment. Sweeps is the term used in Sussex and Kent for the windmill’s sails. During its peak, milling by wind and water power saw a rise in

numerous millwrighting businesses trading in every county. They were often run by father and son or by brothers, with skills being passed from one generation to the next. In addition to working on mills, millwrights were often employed to execute heavy engineering work such as erection of steampowered machinery or hanging church bells, as they possessed the necessary

Chailey Smock Mill

know-how and equipment. Life for a millwright was not easy; it meant hard work and long hours. They often faced a challenge to recover debts from their customers and hence many millwrights went bankrupt. Nowadays there are just a few commercial millwrighting companies situated across the UK who are mainly concerned with restoration work.

Cobbs Watermill

Mill opening times over Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May Chailey Smock Mill - Radio amateur enthusiasts will be broadcasting from the mill all day on Saturday 13th and on the morning of Sunday 14th but the mill itself will only be open to visitors on Sunday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm. Nutley Post Mill - The mill will be open on both Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th between 10.30am and 5.30pm. Jill Post Mill, Clayton The mill will be open Sunday 14th between 2pm and 5pm. Oldland Post Mill, Keymer – The mill will be open during the afternoon of Sunday 14th between 2pm and 5pm. Sheffield Watermill – The mill is rarely open to the public but can be viewed on either day by prior appointment only, please phone in advance of the weekend for an appointment. Cobb’s watermill, Hurstpierpoint - This mill is also rarely open to the public but visitors will be welcome on Sunday 14th between 10am and 4pm. Other windmills in Sussex open to view include West Blatchington (Hove), High Salvington (near Worthing), Windmill Hill (Herstmonceux), Stone Cross, Polegate and the newly renovated post mill at Argos Hill (Mayfield). The watermills include Batemans Park (Burwash), Michelham Priory and Lurgashall (at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum). If you are travelling a long distance please confirm opening arrangements with the individual mill in advance. Some mills may either charge a small entry fee or ask for a donation towards running costs.

More information about all these mills and many more can be found on the official website www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk or the Sussex Mills Group website www.sussexmillsgroup.org.uk

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BY HANNA LINDON Gilva Tisshaw

As Haywards Heath-based family law fi rm Tisshaws approaches its fi fth birthday, director Gilva Tisshaw and her team have plenty to celebrate It may have been founded just five years ago following a demerger from a local fi rm, but Tisshaws is already the largest specialist family law fi rm in Mid Sussex. With over twenty years of experience practicing in the Haywards Heath area, director Gilva Tisshaw is perfectly placed to advise on issues such as divorce, separation, fi nancial agreements and children’s matters. She believes that the fi rm’s reputation for approachability and compassion, coupled with the local expertise of her team, is the key to Tisshaws’ success. “It’s extremely difficult to deal with a relationship breakdown,” Gilva explains. “People are often bombarded with information from friends and family who are trying to help, but it’s important to be informed by a specialist who knows what current thinking is and how things should be approached and settled. We can come up with ideas that people may not have considered themselves and discuss what might work best for them going forward. My view is that you work in partnership with your clients to achieve the most appropriate outcome.”

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Anniversary For Tisshaws With that in mind, Tisshaws offers an initial consultation for just £50. Gilva sees this as an opportunity to ensure that the client is ready to engage in the process and to offer them reference points to come back to. Her friendly team’s indepth knowledge of the area’s housing market, local schools and different communities is invaluable in providing this specialist support. Because Tisshaws is a niche fi rm of family law experts, the team is able to provide a unique service that larger

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Sussex Living supports the local Mid Sussex community. Send us all your news and events, then read about them here. Still Singing after 70 years Burgess Hill Choral Society is celebrating its 70th year of singing in the local community. We don’t have anyone who has been with the choir all that time but we are celebrating in style with that pinnacle of classical music, Handel’s Messiah. Some of us have sung it many times and for some it’s the first time, but it never fails to inspire, move and rouse audience and singers. And it’s led, in his inimitable style, by Musical Director Michael Stefan Wood BEM. Join us at the BHCS concert on Saturday 1st April, 7.30pm, at St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 0LG. Tickets are available from choir members, Burgess Hill Town Council’s Help Point at 96 Church Walk, at the door on the evening of the concert, or by telephoning 07522 493966. See also www. burgesshillchoralsociety.org.uk.

Fashion Show Funds Care for Disabled Veterans The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH), on Boundary Road, Worthing is organising a fabulous fashion show on 6th April, to raise vital funds for their care and rehabilitation of disabled veterans. The show will feature a range of fashions for all occasions and will start with fabulously glamorous evening and special occasion wear. There will also be outfits for work, leisure and day wear, including new, as-new, designer and vintage clothing, much of which has been kindly donated by QAHH supporters and will be for sale on the night, immediately after the Fashion Show, at sale prices. Students from Davison High School will be modelling the clothes, along with some staff members from QAHH. Event organiser, Helen Bennett, explains, “Thanks to all who have made this event possible, enabling us to raise much needed funds for our residents. The money raised by the fashion show will fund the

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24-hour nursing, rehabilitation, respite and end of life care we provide!” Tickets for the fashion show cost between £5 and £10 and include a drink and goody bag. For more information, or to buy tickets, please contact Helen 01903 218444 or helenbennett@qahh.org.uk

to provide a warm welcome to new members. We have 2 visitor mornings each season. This year they are on Sunday 23rd April and Saturday 6th May. Woods will be provided free of charge. Free coaching is available fortnightly on our Monday afternoon roll-ups. The club plays approximately 60 friendly matches throughout Sussex during the season and also plays in 2 local leagues. For further information, please contact Ian Goacher on 01444454357 or email at iangoacher@icloud.com We look forward to meeting you.

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Weir Wood Local Nature Reserve

Don’t throw your toys out of the pram, if anything get ‘em in there…in fact get yourself in there too, because it’s time for the annual day of merriment and madness that is the Bolney Pram Race! Taking place on 17 April it’s 12pm for juniors (U16) and 1pm for seniors, starting and finishing at The Eight Bells. The rules? The more outrageous the outfits the better, and you must raise at least £10 per person – it all goes to SERV and Dreamflight children’s charity. Want more? Ok! There’s live music from Haze, face painting, balloon art, a hog roast and a BBQ – we know, we spoil you! It’s a free day for all the family, so come and have a go, if you think you’re fun enough! We need whacky racers and we need sponsors – to apply go to www.eightbellsbolney.co.uk or ask the new landlady at The Eight Bells, Micki – she and Posh Bob are there to answer all your questions!

The September edition of Sussex Living carried information about a new talk on the ‘History, development and management of Weir Wood Local Nature Reserve’. Several organisations have booked this talk which will be bookable until Easter 2018. The Friends of Weir Wood Society was formed 20 years ago to help manage and develop this nature reserve. The PowerPoint presentation takes about an hour and includes many pictures of plants and animals photographed on the Reserve. Inclusion of more information about a wider range of plants and animals found on the site allows the talk to be extended, if required. Afternoons or evenings possible. An agreed fee will be donated to the Friends. Any groups wishing to hear this talk should contact Peter via perridge@gmail.com

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reMEmber, the Chronic Fatigue Society, held a fund raising evening at Danny House, Hurstpierpoint on Friday 3 February which raised over £1,000 to help adults and children who suffer from the long-term illness M.E. Our thanks to everyone who

This club is situated on the South West corner of the Princess Royal Hospital site in Haywards Heath. A very friendly club with approximately 80 playing members from across Mid- Sussex is always willing

A successful evening at Danny House for reMEmber

supported us. There was a talk by the Rev Peter Owen Jones, Rector of Firle, about his life and work. There was also a talk by Professor Kevin Davies, Head of Clinical Research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and a medical advisor to reMEmber, about the problems of people who have ME, Fibromyalgia and other painful conditions. Prof Davies and his colleague, Dr Jessica Eccles, will be speaking at reMEmber’s Annual Conference in the Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill on Saturday 13th May at 2pm. Dr Charles Shepherd, medical advisor to the national ME Association will also be speaking. All three are experts and will be happy to answer questions. For more information about ME, the work of reMEmber or the Conference contact Janice Kent 01273 831733, e-mail me_ cfs@hotmail.com or go to our website www.remembercfs.org.uk Registered Charity 1077807

25th Burgess Hill Bike Ride The 25th Burgess Hill Bike Ride takes place on Sunday 4th June 2017 starting from The Burgess Hill Academy (formerly Oakmeeds), Station Road, Burgess Hill. This is at the beginning of the Burgess Hill Festival Week. The Bike Ride was the brainchild of Terri and her late husband, Malcolm Stephens. In recent years Burgess Hill District Lions have joined with the Burgess Hill and District Rotary Club to organise the event which has raised well over £100,000 for local causes since it began. This year the main beneficiary is to be St Peter and St James Hospice with other monies being shared between Lions and Rotary for local projects. You can visit the website for further details or meet the team at launch days planned for Burgess Hill Market Place on 8th April and 6th May and South Downs Nursery on 23rd April and 14th May. This year the 10, 20 and 40 mile routes are to the east of Burgess Hill with the longest venturing beyond the A26 to the Ringmer area before returning

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Hurstpierpoint Open Gardens – 11th June 2017 Who can forget last year’s Hurstpierpoint Open Gardens? The village was humming with visitors from far and wide and everyone having a wonderful time. The event, which featured 10 gardens, raised no less than £6,100 for our local St Peter and St James Hospice and we would like to match or exceed that in 2017. Would you be willing to open your garden this year? Your garden doesn’t have to be perfect, and can be large or small. If we have a good mix of gardens, with something to suit gardeners and nongardeners alike, the visitors will flock! Previous years’ hosts have reported having a wonderful afternoon and to have gained as

much as they gave – with family and friends pitching in to help. The sale of plants and cakes contributes much to the overall funds and we would be immensely appreciative of anyone who could help by donating these. If you would like to consider opening your garden this year, are able to donate some cakes and/or plants, or just want to find out more about the event then please phone me, Prue Heron on 01273 835064 or 07769 904724. prueheron@ gmail.com

Book a talk about life-saving work The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is inviting local groups, clubs, societies and other organisations to book a talk (free of charge) to find out more about the work of the charity. By inviting one of our volunteer speakers to your group, you will be helping to raise awareness of our work and therefore ensuring we can be there for those who need us, now and in the future.

For more information or to book a talk, please contact us on: 01622 833 833 talks@kssairambulance.org.uk

The Benefits of Volunteering A lot of people might think that they don’t have time to volunteer and it won’t be of any benefit to them, but the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend is trying to alter opinions by raising awareness of the true value volunteering offers. Research has shown that volunteers gain an increased sense of happiness from their activities, resulting in greater emotional and physical wellbeing. Volunteering has been proven to be an effective way for people to alleviate the symptoms of depression, loneliness and isolation. Simon Kingsley-Young has been volunteering in Haywards Heath since 2015. “Volunteering can help one gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement and you feel like you have

made a difference.” Barbara Lank started volunteering in a Romanian orphanage and now spends a lot of time volunteering at Haywards Heath events. Barbara said: “Volunteering is a wonderful hobby that can give you a new lease of life. You are rewarded with thanks, smiles, a feel good factor and a healthy and improved mind set.” Both Simon and Barbara will be volunteering their time as course marshals during this year’s Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend, once again. Read their stories in full and register your support at: www. midsussexmarathonweekend. co.uk

Mid Sussex Ramblers As ‘the Ramblers’ group for the Mid Sussex area, we offer a varied programme of walks throughout 2017 to suit all ages and walking abilities. Walks are arranged for every Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday throughout the year, and on Bank Holidays, and occasionally other days in the week. They consist of half day walks of 3 to 6 miles and,

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for the more energetic, all day walks of 9 to 11 miles. Whether you are new to walking or an experienced walker, you are very welcome to come along and give us a try. To find out more, details of our group and walks are available in local libraries or view our website at www. midsussexramblers.co.uk where, if you wish, you can contact us via the ‘Contact Form.’ Or telephone Tony (MSR Publicity) on 01444 483053, or e-mail me at publicity@midsussexramblers. co.uk

Call for Donkey Leaders East Clayton Care Farm is a charity that sits between Steyning and Storrington. The farm has a residential service for young people unable to live independently and has a growing provision for disadvantaged or marginalised visitors. As part of our work we have six wonderful, friendly donkeys. The donkeys are a great tool to use with disadvantaged young people and with the farms residents. They are placid and friendly and enjoy all the attention and love that is showered on them. In the Spring we are looking to launch Donkey Walking Experiences for the general public – where people will be able to groom and then walk our donkeys around the farm or in the surrounding area. The income generated will go back into the pot to support our charitable work. To facilitate this we are looking for ‘Donkey Leaders’, volunteers who could meet and greet the public and steer people through grooming and walking sessions. A friendly personality and a love of donkeys would make the perfect match for this role. If you are interested in becoming a Donkey Leader, or hearing more about our work, then please get in touch with Jean Rolfe, jean.rolfe@lorica. org.uk , 01903 741011 www. eastclaytonfarm.org.uk

Hurst Festival Seeks Sponsor For Innovative Community Project Kingfisher House, Hurstwood Grange, Hurstwood Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 7QX Tel. 01444 458252 Email: info@prbmp.com www.prbmp.com

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Since its inception 13 years ago, Hurst Festival has grown into one of the best arts festivals in Sussex. Our aim is to celebrate

every aspect of art and culture as a means of strengthening ties within the village and surrounding areas. Create a concert from scratch sponsorship. As part of this year’s Festival, we want to create a very special project in partnership with local primary school, St Lawrence C of E. The project, led by internationally renowned composer Fraser Trainer and a team of talented professional musicians, will guide the children of St Lawrence to write and compose original pieces of music, which will then be performed as a concert during the Festival. This project will engage children of all backgrounds and nurture an interest in live music. Because of this, we will not charge parents and the audience for tickets and are therefore seeking sponsors to help cover the costs of the project, around £4,000.

Four Village Book Read Villagers in Edburton, Fulking, Poynings, Pyecombe and Newtimber are reminded that they need to get reading in time for the Big Read event this summer when the author of our chosen book will be coming to a fundraising event in aid of the four churches in the Downland Benefice. Belonging by Umi Sinha has been chosen as is partly set in a small Sussex village in a fold of the South Downs. I am sure that you will all recognise the local locations. This fascinating book tells the interwoven story of three generations, from the time of the British Raj to the aftermath of the First World War, and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. This is a novel of secrets that unwind through Lila Langdon’s story of exile to England, through her grandmother Cecily’s letters home from India, and through the diaries kept by her father, Henry, as he puzzles over the enigma of his birth and his stormy marriage to the mysterious Rebecca. Umi was born in India and moved to England when she was fifteen and manages to bring the settings both in India and Sussex

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Alfred Browne. Easter Sunday Hero.1917 One hundred years ago this Easter Sunday, Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield hosted its own drama. The congregation had gathered for Evensong and the Verger, Alfred Browne, had one more duty to fulfill before joining the service: he needed to strike the Union Jack flag from the battlements at sunset. On arrival he found that the door was on fire and the spire in grave danger of being destroyed. He managed to summon help and extinguish the flames without disturbing Evensong worship. In recognition of his prompt and effective action the members of the congregation presented Alfred with a commemorative gold pocket watch. This watch now belongs to Vee Willis, his step great granddaughter, and will be displayed in Cuckfield Museum during April and May. The display will also feature copies of the List of Duties for the Verger compiled by Alfred Browne and other objects that have been passed down through the family. Opening hours for Cuckfield Museum: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10-12.30pm, Saturday 10-3.00pm. Alfred Browne’s List of Duties on display by courtesy of West Sussex Record Office. Please note that the Queen’s Hall which houses Cuckfield Museum will be closed for building maintenance from April 10th – 24th so the Museum will also be closed at that time. More information from www. cuckfieldmuseum.org

Help Chestnut Tree House during Children’s Hospice Week Children’s Hospice Week (22 to 28 May 2017) is the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-shortening conditions and their families and the palliative care services that support them. The aim of the week is to improve public understanding of what life is really like for families caring for seriously ill children. The round the clock care that children with life-shortening condition needs impacts on the entire family.

Families often find it difficult to spend quality time together as it can be complicated to do even the simplest activities. Chestnut Tree House is encouraging people to support them during Children’s Hospice Week by holding their own fundraising event. Why not hold a Superhero Day at your School or workplace – dress up as your favourite Superhero and organise themed events? You could put on a cake sale, coffee morning or afternoon tea or think up your own fun activity. Linda Perry, Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree House, says, “If you would like to get involved and help the hospice through fundraising, volunteering, taking part in one of our events, playing our lottery or visiting our shops, we’d love to hear from you. To find out more about the work of Chestnut Tree House: www.chestnut-tree-house.org. uk or call the Fundraising Team 01903 871820.

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Storrington Village Duck Race, you’d be quackers to miss it! If you are looking for a fun-filled family day out this May, then the annual Storrington Village Duck Race promises thrills and spills as the ducks race to glory alongside a great range of entertainment for all. Join us from midday till 2.30pm on Sunday 7th May at Riverside Walk and Library Car Park to race ducks and to raise money for the Friends of Storrington School. There will be more hotly contested races this year with 6 heats; the top ten ducks from each heat being entered into the Grand Finale, making 7 races in all. To add to the fun, there will be fun-fair rides and facepainting, craft stalls, live music, ice-cream and cakes plus the ever popular BBQ. The Duck Race team are taking bookings for stands now so if you have an idea for a stall or a craft business that you want to promote please get in touch with georgedelarue@hotmail. co.uk, or if you would like to sponsor a race or advertise in the Duck Race programme please contact foss.school@aol.co.uk Please waddle down to join in the fun, we look forward to seeing you there!

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by diane clark

Asparagus - Nutrition, Health Benefits and a Tasty Recipe Tender and sweet asparagus is a true marker of the triumphant arrival of spring and early summer PREP

SERVES

20MINS

4

Health Benefits

Asparagus with an easy no-panic Hollandaise Sauce and Poached Eggs Ingredients

600g Fresh asparagus 4 poached eggs For the Hollandaise:3 rounded tablespoons of crème fraiche 1 teaspoon cornflour 2 egg yolks ¾ tablespoon white wine vinegar ½ tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons (50g) soften butter

Method

1. Snap off ends of each stalk. 2. Place in a large frying pan or fan steamer. Add boiling water and a little salt, cover and simmer for 4-6 minutes. Test with a sharp knife to make sure they are tender. 3. Spoon the crème fraiche into a small saucepan, then add the rest of the ingredients except for the butter. Whisk them all together, then over a medium heat, bring to a simmering point, whisking continuously, until the sauce is thickened. 4. Remove from heat, taste and add seasoning, more vinegar or lemon juice if

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you thinks it’s needed, then whisk in the butter, 5. Serve the asparagus on hot plates with the poached egg on top and the sauce poured over. (Don’t forget the crusty bread to mop up the juices.)

1. Can relieve indigestion. Rivals drug treatment of this condition. It is similar in effectiveness, without sideeffects. 2. Has diuretic effect. Asparagus also helps ailments associated with sluggish digestion, such as rheumatism and arthritis. 3. Reputed to have a sedative action, counters colic and heart palpitations. Note: Gout sufferers should avoid this vegetable as it is high in purines that can raise uric acid levels.

Key Nutritional Values Kilocalories 13, Kjoules 53, Carotenes 225, Folate 74, Potassium 110, Vitamin C 5, Vitamin E 0.56 - (per 100g cooked asparagus) It is good to have reasons to eat this delicious vegetable more often. Asparagus may seem too expensive to eat frequently, but as an ultrasimple and elegant first course, its price compares well with many other foods.

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Michelin trained local chef, Alex Jacquemin, is cooking up a storm at The Cat Inn

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Famed for its hospitality, great selection of ales and superb food, it’s no wonder The Cat Inn is one of the finest destination pubs in Sussex. Nestling in the picturesque village of West Hoathly, this 16th century hostelry remains the only pub in the county to be awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand. Much of this accolade has to go to young chef, Alex Jacquemin, who trained at Gravetye Manor and The

Royal Oak, Paley Street, both Michelin starred establishments and his training is clearly evident in both the quality and imagination of the food on offer. “I personally think that in a pub you need to offer a good burger, a pie and fish and chips. These are the Cat Classics and delicious staples that you will find on the menu any day of the week. But then we’ve got the extra dishes that

we do to keep the menu fresh and interesting. We’ve got a strong team in the kitchen and our aim is to serve tasty food which is consistent every time,” he explains. Taking his inspiration from places he’s worked, chefs he admires and his own experiences of eating out, Alex has created a repertoire of dishes to please any palette. We started with smoked haddock fritters, their creamy texture brilliantly offset by the crunchy chicory and beetroot salad. The celery and blue cheese soup was full of flavour and silken smoothness, served with delicious beer bread made every day on the premises. “I used to work with a chef from Reunion Island and it’s an old French recipe in which we use beer instead of milk or water,” Alex tells me. “It’s a bread that appeals to most tastes; it has got a good crust and takes butter really well.” On a cold winter’s day, the guinea fowl and ham hock crumble was a wholesome and hearty main full of wraparound comfort, whilst the cauliflower and tumeric cous cous, served with falafel and sag aloo

On Alex’s advice, I finished with the Blackberry and Raspberry Sherry Trifle, a gorgeously boozy concoction. The port poached pear served with clotted cream ice cream, not only delivered a real depth of flavour, but was a triumph of warm and cold contrasts. The Cat offers more than just pub grub, it offers expressive cooking of both quality and refinement. Full of historic charm, you’ll find a warm welcome, friendly and attentive service and some of the best cooking on offer in Sussex today.

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BY DIANE CLARK

Teriyaki Tuna with Stir-Fry Vegetables This dish will leave you feeling remarkably satisfied, yet lightly fed, as is the case with most Japanese food

SERVES

2

PREP

1HOUR

Ingredients

2 tbsp Teriyaki marinade (available from most supermarkets) 2 fresh tuna steaks Olive oil spray 300g stir-fry veggies 1 tsp sesame seeds 2 tsp soy sauce, to serve

Method

1. Rub the Teriyaki marinade over the tuna and set aside to marinate for about an hour. 2. Arrange the tuna on a foil-lined grill rack or a ribbed skillet pan and grill for 2-3 minutes each side until cooked to your liking. 3. Meanwhile, spray the wok or large frying pan with olive oil and quickly stir-fry the vegetables over a medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes until just tender. 4. Pile onto warmed plates with the Teriyaki tuna, then scatter the sesame seeds on top and serve drizzled with a little soy sauce, if desired.

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menu varies daily as all food is delivered on the same day; a superb Sunday lunch menu is so popular that tables have to be booked in advance. Even a dish as traditional as sausage and mash contains three different Sussex sausages and a trio of complementing mash varieties; the full menu offers extensive choice and inventiveness rarely experienced in a country pub. Real ales are becoming a strong feature with local favourites complementing the extensive wine list, including those from the Bluebell Vineyard and a fi ne selection of top of the range Bordeaux wines. A recent feature of the pub is the ‘Purple Room’, a beautifully furnished private dining room catering for larger parties of 16 at no extra charge. By summer, an alfresco dining area called the Chailey Secret Garden will be created where sit down functions for 60 people can take place; ideal for weddings, anniversaries or parties. With lovely views over fields and facing into the setting sun, it would be the perfect place to celebrate a grand occasion where numbers require extensive seating. A much loved feature at The Five Bells is their monthly

themed event; a ‘Best of British’ event is planned for April where a menu has been created with choices from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. History buffs will fi nd much interest inside the pub; its previous owners include Joe Cornelius, a famous East End wrestler and its name comes from its former days as the fi fth coaching inn on the London to Brighton road. The bell used to ring five times as the coach approached, hence the name Five Bells. You can see centuries of use in the ancient original oak beams and the lovely dips in the floor where old Sussex bricks have been trodden by countless feet, part of the rich history of this wonderful place.

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by diane clark

Best no-bake cheesecake This is an amazingly easy cheesecake recipe that does not require patience and lots of spare time. This is quick, simple and fresh and, best of all, irresistibly scrumptious! Ingredients

3. Beat together the cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice in a bowl until smooth.

125grams crumbled digestive biscuits 75 grams of butter, melted 450 grams cream cheese 60 grams icing sugar 1 tsp of vanilla extract 2 tsp of lemon juice 450 mls double cream

SERVES

6-8

4. Lightly whip the double cream, and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture.

Method

1. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor, then add the butter and whiz again to make the mixture clump.

Ready in

8HRS

2. Press this mixture into a 20cm/8” springform cake tin or individual ramekin pots. Press a little up the sides to form a slight ridge. Chill until firm.

5. Spoon the cheesecake filling on top of the biscuit base and smooth with a spatula. Put it in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight. 6 . When you are ready to serve the cheesecake, unmould and decorate with fresh fruit of your choice and sprinkle with nuts.

The Eight Bells BOLNEY ◆ Bolney Pram Race April 17th. Live band, face painting, balloon man, hog roast & much more! Free for spectators, £10 for racers ◆ Available for private functions, wakes, weddings, christenings, birthdays etc ◆ Breakfast served every day from 7.30am - 11.30am ◆ Food served Mon - Sat 12 - 6pm ◆ Lunch time offer: 2 courses £13.95, 3 courses £14.95 Mon - Fri 12 - 6 pm

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Cyrnel Bakery Artisan bakery using traditional methods and natural ingredients.

Visit us in Forest Row for an amazing selection of speciality breads, cakes, tarts and quiches. For Easter, we have our very own traditionally handmade hot cross buns. You are guaranteed a warm welcome at our shop or at Lewes Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month.

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by hanna lindon

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n w o d High Secreted away behind the coastal town of Goring is one of the most magical public gardens in Sussex. Hanna Lindon explores this hidden gem Highdown Gardens is a hidden haven of rare shrubs, overflowing flowerbeds and blossom-rich fruit trees that backs onto open downland between Goring and Ferring. Established more than 100 years ago and now deemed to be a National Plant Collection, it attracts visiting plant enthusiasts from all over the world. Spring is a spectacular time of year to visit the garden. Daffodils and tulips pepper the lawns, blossoming shrubs fill the air with perfume and the woodland walks are carpeted with bluebells. This visual extravaganza is all the more incredible when you learn that the soil at Highdown is only at best fifteen centimetres deep and sits above pure chalk. The challenge of creating a garden in this difficult growing environment was what motivated horticulturalist Sir Frederick Stern when he bought the land and nearby house in 1909. “Stern had always been interested in horticulture,” explains head gardener Gary Prescod. “When he bought Highdown Towers, he found that there wasn’t much accurate

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information available concerning the best plants to plant in an alkaline chalk garden. It became a passion of his to discover what worked – he was one of the first people to really understand chalk gardening, and even ended up writing a book about it under the simple title ‘A Chalk Garden’.” Gary has only been heading up the Highdown Gardens team since taking

The garden takes up around ten acres of downland in total, with several distinct areas for visitors to explore over temporarily from Jo Hooper in January, but he already radiates enthusiasm for the job. “The garden appeals on so many levels to so many people,” he says. “If you just fancy a walk through an area of pretty spring bulbs then it has a lot of visual appeal - but if you’re a passionate

horticulturalist then it’s one of the best places in the country to see mature shrubs.” Highdown Gardens’ founder, Sir Frederick Stern, was both ambitious and wealthy. He sponsored expeditions headed by his era’s key plant explorers, continued on page 26

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There are hundreds of varieties of roses across the garden and some of the examples are a century old

who brought back rare species from all over the world. Stern nurtured them from the seed and many have now grown to be the finest examples of their kind in the country. A hornbeam, Carpinus turczaninowii, raised from seed collected in 1914 by Reginald Farrer, for example, is agreed to be the largest in Britain. What really made the garden special, though, was Stern’s hands-off attitude to pruning. He let his plants grow naturally with only minimum interference, and today visitors can see century-old shrubs that are closer in size to trees. “Nowadays, gardeners tend to keep everything pruned and contained, so for a plantsman to see the natural forms and ages of these plants is quite something,” says Gary. “You can see examples of Pittosporum grown from seed just after the First World War that are now six or seven metres tall – that is just so rare.” The garden takes up around ten acres of downland in total, with several distinct areas for visitors to explore. Gary’s favourite is the old orchard. “This part was dug up during the Second World War’s Dig for Victory campaign, but it was quickly replanted afterwards and now many of the trees and shrubs are around 70 years old,” he explains. “It’s at its best

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during the autumn when all the trees are producing fruit. Most people walk straight past this area, but every time I go in there I see something new – something that stops me in my tracks.” Continuing onwards down a spectacular avenue of Himalayan birch bark cherry trees you come to the Chalk Garden. Originally a quarry, this sheltered little haven played host to Stern’s first experiments with growing on chalk. One of the plants he seeded here was a Himalayan musk rose, which cascades down the chalk cliff in a frothing sea of white flowers in June. Take the old stone steps up from here, passing an ornamental pond full of koi carp, and you come to another rose garden.

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Many of the original trees and shrubs planted over 100 years ago are now fragile “There are hundreds of varieties of roses across the garden and some of the examples are a century old,” says Gary. “Others are unique to Highdown. Perhaps the most famous is ‘Wedding Day’, which Stern grew from seed and which first flowered on the anniversary of his wedding. The original is in the garden, but nowadays you can find this variety of rose everywhere.” From here, the path runs past a bluebell-decked beech wood and into the Middle Garden. Thronging with spring bulbs and blossoming trees, this area is at its most beautiful in spring. Look out for crocus and snowdrops early in the year, followed by daffodils, scillas and tulips. Raised beds host chalk-hating plants such as camellias and rhododendrons and a tall Pittosporum hedge divides the area from the Lower Garden. This is Highdown’s triumphant finale – a kaleidoscope of colourful herbaceous plants giving way onto groomed lawns, where open air theatre performances take place throughout the summer. Keeping Highdown looking its best is

no easy task. Many of the original trees and shrubs planted over 100 years ago are now fragile. The gardens are councilowned and free to the public, so funding is inevitably tight, and the small team of gardeners and volunteers are tasked with managing the public as well as creating planting strategies and general upkeep. As a visitor, though, Highdown Gardens are perfectly peaceful – an idyllic place to sit back, relax and smell the flowers.

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BY HANNA LINDON

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Balcombe’s stunning Birchanger gardens will open for charity this May, where you can wander through this unique, interesting and magnificent seven-acres. Hanna Lindon enjoys an early preview. The year is still young, but Birchanger’s rambling gardens are already bursting with colour. Camelias put forth delicate pink and white buds, fruit trees hang with blossom and clouds of frogspawn fi ll the ornamental lake. On the day of my visit, the woodland walks were scattered with snowdrops and crocus. “It’s great being out in the garden at this time of year,” says Birchanger’s châtelain Julie Worrall, as we stroll through the arboretum. “I enjoy the bird song, and looking at the frogs in the lake.” Julie and her family are preparing to open Birchanger to the public for the 40th year in a row. Over the past few weeks, she’s spent at least two hours

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every morning working in the garden with her husband Roger. Keeping on top of the leaf raking, pruning and general maintenance is almost a full-time job – but one that Julie is happy to shoulder. “I said at the beginning of the year that I didn’t want to spend all day in the garden, but I had to admit yesterday that I quite enjoy gardening really,” she jokes. “I love being out on my own in the garden. And I like uncovering things – like a hidden path at the bottom of the lawn that I rediscovered two years ago.” The early 20th-century house and gardens at Birchanger were bought by Roger’s parents in 1960. Roger’s father, Derek, originally intended to sell it on, but he was so enchanted

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clearing some trees to open up the view from the house. Then he created the lake, the pergola, the lily pond and the temple.”

it’s hard to see anything that needs improving. You could while away hours strolling through the woodland gardens, admiring the huge banks of pink rhododendrons, or exploring the arboretum around the Etrsucan temple. The lake with its thriving frog population and rustic bridges is another highlight, as is the Italian garden with its abundance of creepers and the rose-covered pergola. Birchanger will be open

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It’s reassuring to know the cyclical nature of the natural world is reflected in the recyclable nature of the business at KPS as undertaking contracted works for Local Authorities and large commercial businesses, KPS offer a service to residential customers. Tree surgery waste becomes green waste, in the form of woodland mulch and seasoned logs. KPS also undertake landscaping and fencing work, be it on a commercial or residential basis. KPS have a large fleet of vehicles and four full time mechanics undertaking the maintenance. “We try our best to be a self-contained business,” he

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HOMES & GARDENS

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After a century of trading, it’s no surprise to discover that local building fi rm, Wells & Co have left an enduring imprint on the Mid-Sussex landscape Whilst construction companies may come and go, they leave a lasting mark in the buildings and homes of their trade and this is certainly true of Wells & Co. Not only was the company responsible for building most of Plumpton Green during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but Wells & Co also worked on many of the grandest houses in Mid-Sussex. The Wells building company was in operation for 100 years between 1881 and 1981, although there is evidence to suggest that family members were already working in the trade in 1841. I recently met with cousins Andre and Richard Wells, Andre worked alongside his father, and his uncle,

All Saint’s church Plumpton Green under construction 1892-3. William 3rd from left in the foreground

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for the company until its demise, learning more about the impact Wells & Co has had on the Mid Sussex landscape. While the cousin’s ancestor, Francis Stray Wells was recorded as being a bricklayer in the 1841 census, the real power behind the company was William Wells, one of Francis’s sons. William initially started the company with his brother, Albert in 1881, buying land in Plumpton Green, on which they developed a row of houses on Station Road, which still stand today. One of these was Clairmont, William’s own house,

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The first houses built by Wells & Co in 1881. This photo dates from about 1916

Most period houses in Plumpton Green today were probably built by Wells & Co All Saint’s church Plumpton Green

which had his workshop adjacent to it. In fact, most period houses in the village today were probably built by Wells. The first houses William built had cavity walls, a new innovation in 1881. As a result of the railway line, Plumpton Green grew faster than Plumpton Village and soon there was a need to build another church. The architect, Samuel Denman, from Queens Park, Brighton, used William’s company to complete All Saints Church in 1893, costing £1,857. Their relationship thrived, leading Denman to use Wells to build The Downs Hotel in Woodingdean, Whychcote House, a beautiful Victorian residence in Portslade, along with a parade of shops nearby. Back in Plumpton Green, William bought a piece of land close to the church and to accommodate his growing company erected a purpose built workshop on the site. This has since been demolished and is now a small block of retirement flats. He also upgraded his own living quarters, building The Poplars next door, which now stands at the entrance to Wells Close, named in continued on page 34

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“They worked so hard; huge attention to detail; absolutely superb; they cared as much as we did” new computer hardware, an online accounts package, and employed an administrator to help deal with the paperwork including drawing up a Health and Safety Policy and a Risk Assessment for each site. This will free up Paul’s time enabling him to concentrate on creating innovative designs for his clients, at times incorporating contemporary lighting schemes to complement the project. Tying in with this, design software

has been purchased to produce visuals for garden projects and staff are going to undertake training in the Spring to lay Resin Bonded Driveways. Paul is highly committed to the local area and the idea of a self-sustaining economy. He employs locally and buys as much locally as possible thereby ploughing money back into the community. 2017 marks the start of an exciting new era in the development of InsideOut. The Company will be focussing its business in the Mid Sussex area and is already looking forward to working with clients on a number of interior reconfigurations and stunning garden projects.

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Plumpton College was also built by Wells to train officers returning from the First World War to be farmers

W. Wells & Co Premises and All Saints church taken on the day the firm closed down, 7th May 1981

was hoping for. Sir Stephen’s son Richard & son in law Willie Rhodes-Moorehouse were pilots in 601 the Millionaire’s Squadron. Both were killed in the Battle of Britain and the family gave Ditchling Beacon to the National Trust as a lasting memorial to their son. Plumpton College, then known as East Sussex School

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honour of the local businessman. “Sadly for William, his only son Reg was killed during the First World War, which meant he had no direct heir to leave the business to,” Richard tells me. “That’s how it passed into the hands of our grandfather, Albert John and his brothers Allen James, and Frederick. Albert had three children, Albert known as Bert, who was Andre’s father, my father, Aubrey and our Uncle Leslie.” After WWII, it was these three men who ran the business. Bert was the builder, Aubrey the Company Secretary and Leslie designed the houses they built. Coming from such a large family,

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many of their relatives worked for the fi rm and at times there were up to 60/70 men on the payroll. Wells & Co benefitted from having many wealthy clients during this time, working on the 17th century house and estate, The Gote, for Sir Stephen Demetriadi, who was so wealthy he had the company rebuild the porch at least three times until his wife fi nally got the look she

Wells & Co workmen at Plumpton Place 1928, Frank Wells on left

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of Agriculture, was also built by Wells in 1919, to train officers returning from the First World War to be farmers. The council sold off some of the unwanted land around the college, which included the Elizabethan manor house, Plumpton Place. It’s new owner, Edward Hudson was the founder and owner of Country Life and asked his friend Sir Edwin Lutyens and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll to remodel and restore the house in 1928. Lutyens drew up extensive renovations including plans to restore the moat around the house, with Wells & Co doing all the work including building a small wooden bridge for access. More recently, Andre worked at the house when it was owned by a well-known rock star and the small wooden bridge caused a problem when a large mixing deck needed to be taken up to the top of the house. A mock up had to be made in plywood to ensure that the deck could be manoeuvred over the water, into the house and up to the recording studio. The company were also builders to the Shands and their three children, Camilla, Annabel and Mark, at their home, The Laines, Plumpton. “My father was the only builder Mrs Shand would have on the property,” says Andre. “She used to get us to do everything from washing the windows to clearing out the swimming pool. We also designed & built the orangery in the 1970s which is still there today.” In fact, the families became so friendly that Andre’s parents were invited to both Annabel’s wedding in 1972, where Princess Margaret was in attendance and a year later, to Camilla’s first marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles. Interestingly, the cousins still have an invoice for the grand 1930s mansion, Odintune Place, Plumpton, which Wells built for the Powell Edwards family in 1932 for the princely sum of £5968. The company also worked on the family’s other houses in the area including the Novington Manor Estate. Wells & Co finally wound up in 1981, after 100 years of service. “I often wonder what would have happened if Andre and myself had decided to try and keep the firm going,” reflects Richard. Yet while Wells & Co may be no more, there’s no doubt that the company has certainly left its imprint on the local area. Plumpton Place bridge under construction 1928

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Get busy on the vegetable plot now for homegrown produce all summer long Anybody can make a garden look good in April. In most respects, it’s the perfect gardening month. Everything looks fresh and new – even the weeds. Plants swiftly respond to increasing temperatures and daylight; seeds germinate speedily, cuttings root easily and newly-planted specimens send their feeding roots into warm, moist soil. With ideal growing conditions, this is the month for ‘taking a chance’ and ignoring horticultural rules. Remember, plants can’t read books. I personally don’t have the nerve to transplant a camellia in full bloom, (although I know someone who successfully did), but anything seems possible in optimistic April. Now is the time for sowing a wide variety of vegetables, both indoors and out. If you’re tempted to grow vegetables but think you need a lot of space, think again. The most important thing is to choose a sunny, open site that is not over-shadowed by buildings or trees - most fruit and vegetables require a bright location. A lot can be achieved in a small area, particularly with fast-growing salady stuff, such as lettuce, radish, spring onions and globe-type beetroot and carrots. Spend time breaking down the soil surface, getting it as fine, crumbly and level as you can. Raking the soil over and over again is laborious - but it works.

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Sowing in short rows helps avoid a glut, when crops all come at once. It’s far better to sow small quantities fortnightly to give a succession of produce. Thinking ahead to autumn, (I know…), Brussels sprouts, parsnips and cabbages can be sown now. They’re not the easiest of vegetables and take a long time to mature, so if you have limited space and experience, you might want to give them a miss. Never mind - you can’t grow everything. However, peas are (ahem)… easy-peasy. Sow them now in open ground. Runner and French beans can be started off in individual pots and planted out next month. Their huge seeds are easy for children to handle. Tomatoes, sweet peppers and aubergines originated in

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ENVIRONMENT

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Song of

Summer The famous song of the nightingale is indeed of high quality, with a fast succession of high, low and rich notes that few other birds can match

Nightingale was my mother’s maiden name and since childhood, I always felt enchanted by these small unremarkable looking birds blessed with one of nature’s fi nest singing voices. The nightingale has unwittingly become symbolic for all we stand to lose because of biodiversity loss; numbers migrating to England have dipped so sharply that it is now on the UK’s Red List of species of the greatest conservation concern. Wintering in Africa, the birds spend April to July mating and nesting in Europe and the Middle East. Its name stems from the old English ‘nitgale’ or the night

songstress, because it was believed that only the female birds that sang. The males are now known to be the best singers, either to attract a mate or protect his territory. The song is unforgettable due to its sheer variety; a typical singer may use 180 different riffs while a highly accomplished bird may incorporate 250. A fast succession of high, low and rich notes make the song unmatched by most other species. In 1914, the nightingale captured the public’s imagination during the BBC’s first ever outside radio broadcast, dueting with Beatrice Harrison, Elgar’s favourite cellist as she played in her Sussex garden. The response was so overwhelming that the concert was repeated every May until 1942 when it was halted amid fears that Germany would gain military information from the background noise of RAF planes. Nightingales are secretive, preferring to hide in impenetrable RSPB Pulborough Brooks bush or thicket and

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although hard to spot, their song can be heard during the day as well as night. The song is more noticeable at night because few other birds sing at this time and only unpaired males sing regularly after dark as nocturnal song is more likely to attract a mate. It is estimated that there are fewer than 6,700 annually breeding males in this country and they breed mostly south of the Severn-Wash line and east from Dorset to Kent. Shakespeare, Chaucer, Homer, Keats, Shelley and Wordsworth are among those who have referenced nightingales in their work; the song, once heard is never forgotten and to allow people to experience it, the RSPB are hosting events as part of the first National Nightingale Festival from the 13th April-27th May. As the bird’s range has contracted to the south and east as numbers have declined by 90% in the last half century, we are lucky in Sussex to have at least five places where nightingales can be regularly heard including Woods Mill, RSPB Pulborough Brooks and RSPB Pagham Harbour. See the websites for entrance charges, visitor centres are free admission. If you haven’t heard the nightingale already, make this the year you experience the delight of this elusive singer and if you have children, it will be a moment they will remember all their life. www.rspb.org.uk www.sussexliving.com


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with soccer were banned by King James II because men were more enthusiastic about these pursuits than military training which concentrated mainly on archery. The ban was fi nally lifted in 1502 with the Treaty of Glasgow and it rapidly gained in popularity partly due to royal endorsement by King Charles I, who spread the game through England. Mary Queen of Scots, who was French, introduced the game over there while she was studying; the name ‘caddie’ stems from the name given to her helpers who were cadets from the French military. The top golf course at that time was in Leith near Edinburgh; the fi rst international golf match was played here in 1682 when the Duke of York and George Patterson playing for Scotland beat two English noblemen. The fi rst club was the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith in 1744,

formed to promote an annual contest offering a silver golf club as prize and the rules included the

charming ‘If your balls be found anywhere touching one another you are to lift the fi rst ball till you play the last’. The club was later renamed the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers with a clubhouse built in 1768. The town of St Andrews had its own golf course by 1552; the clergy allowed public access to the links and two centuries later the St Andrews Society of Golfers was formed to compete in its own annual competition. An 18 hole course was constructed, which became the standard and it was here that the world’s fi rst women’s golf club was formed in 1895. King William honoured the club with the title ‘Royal and Ancient’ in 1834 which led to it becoming the premier club because of its fi ne course, the publication of its rules and its royal patronage. Golfers had by this time developed clubs with heads made from beech or apple and some from hand forged iron. Shafts and handles were usually hazel or ash while balls were constructed from stitched horse hide containing tightly packed feathers. The expense of

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media attention, the first monthly magazine, ‘Golf’ was published in the USA in 1897 and it was confirmed as an Olympic sport in 1900. Technical innovations meant that golfers could hit the new rubber cored balls further and more accurately than before and with the exception of the war years, golf grew in popularity and professionalism over the decades. Perhaps the most famous golf shot ever made had to be that taken by Alan Shepard in 1971, not here on earth but on the moon’s surface, watched by an audience of millions. Golf had grown from an exclusively rich, male sport into a global pursuit, enjoyed by people the world over regardless of colour, sex, age or salary. As Rob takes to the course for his lesson, he shares with Chris the story of his own golfing journey. At eight years old my grandparents took me to the pitch and putt golf course at Beech Hurst Gardens in Haywards Heath. On the 8th tee I hit the ball so cleanly, it flew for 80 yards, then pitched and rolled on to the green. Walking down the fairway, I imagined I was Severiano Ballesteros who had just won the ’79 Open

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Perhaps the most famous golf shot ever made had to be that taken by Alan Shepard in 1971, not here on earth but on the moon’s surface, watched by an audience of millions

Championship. On either side the fictitious galleries cheered my arrival on the green. I duly obliged, once putted, plucked the ball from the hole, raised the fictional claret jug and basked in the applause of my grandparents. At that point I decided that I would win the Open Championship just like Seve. So I put the clubs away for a while to concentrate on primary school. Years later and schooling behind me I picked up the clubs again, though it was clear that most of my talent had dissipated over time. I ruined many walks along well-manicured fairways, diverting into the rough, the bunkers and the woods to find my ‘lucky ball.’ Unperturbed I even spent my hard earned cash on a yellow golf sweater because Nick Faldo wore one. When I did play, I would jump around with delight the few times I managed to score under 100. After which I would leave the practice green and head for the first tee to begin my round. I remained unfazed and realised a good round of golf was always played with someone slightly worse than myself – although finding someone of this calibre was often a task in

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itself. I once took sixteen shots to get out of a green side bunker and needed a ladder to climb out, after displacing so much sand. Eventually, the penny dropped and it became clear I might never be like Seve. Then I met golfing guru Chris White. Chris has taught golf for 54 years and comes from a golfing family that includes his father and two brothers, all of whom, played professionally. He began as a four year old, telling me, “I thought everyone played golf as an adult because my older brothers and father did.” In his youth, Chris was Sussex and Surrey Junior champion “I was a big fish in a small pond, but the higher I got, the better the standard and the harder it was to win.” He won a few local tournaments and was more successful than his modesty allowed him to divulge. After briefing Chris on my golfing history, he summed it up succinctly, ‘A bad golfer remembers only the good shots in contrast to the expert golfer who remembers the poor shoots. A bad golfer usually goes home the happier.’

In 1962 at the age of 18, when Chris turned professional, tournament golf wasn’t played on a Sunday. The final two rounds of a tournament would be on a Saturday. Chris recalled a time when Peter Alliss the commentator, who was once the best player in England, won a tournament on a Saturday. The following day he was seen tutoring the 75 year-old wife of the club President. Back in the swinging sixties playing ‘on tour’ was not the corporate multinational enterprise that professional golf has become. It was club professionals like Chris who were good enough to compete at the highest level when club work permitted. Professionals at less prestigious clubs often made better players. Fewer demands on their time allowed more time to practice. As the tour developed, the number of full time golfers spending most of their time competing away from their parent clubs increased, so a disparity in performance grew between them and the club professionals. The disparity became selfperpetuating and club professionals gradually found it harder to compete at the top level. ‘These days,” said Chris, “professional golf is more competitive than tennis. It’s just so hard to make a living.” Nonetheless, as a club professional Chris more than held his own. In 1967 he beat 1951 Open Championship winner Max Faulkner in an

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Jacqueline McGregor’s story is one of pure determination and hard work. I met the inspirational woman who is on a mission to change the way businesses relate to accountancy. Jacqueline left school at 16 and started modelling, then when she was 20 was offered a job in a fi nance team and began to study for her accountancy qualifications, in those 7 years she progressed through all areas of commercial accounting while bringing up her two sons. As if that wasn’t enough, in 2009, she set up FE+ London Ltd, a cutting edge accountancy fi rm who provide comprehensive services for growing businesses. Her enthusiasm and passion are nothing short of astonishing. She talks on panels and at events for budding entrepreneurs and is a role model for other women keen to start their own business. She told me how FE+ London Ltd promises to “offer revolutionary insights for business people so that they can be in control of their accounts.” One of the major headaches of running a

Clients have nothing but praise for FE Plus – one wrote, “They are a lifeline… always there for advice and swiftly affect my accounts within the deadlines.”

small business is keeping and cataloguing receipts. Jacqueline told me how clients could utilise a phone app called ‘Receipt Bank’ that allows you to photograph a receipt, which automatically goes straight to your accountant after which you can discard, the original. Also stating “We are not like most accountants. We do not wear suits. We love small businesses. And we love teaching business owners how to get the most out of their fi nancial information. British businesses should expect more from their accountants.” FE+ London Ltd can take care of everything from basic bookkeeping, self-assessment returns, Corporation Tax and VAT returns to Research and Development credits and payroll submissions. It’s a bespoke service that acts as a strategic business partner, enabling clients to make the right decisions to move forward. Prices are surprisingly affordable for this level of service, beginning at a

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It’s time to go big on sleeves – they’re fun and super on-trend. So please don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve! Over the past few seasons we have seen the steady evolvement of a particular fashion trend – the statement sleeve. Previously a sensible, consistent part of clothing, they have now taken on a life of their own. Before it was a question of designers adding on a couple of extra inches, allowing the sleeve to dangle beyond the fingertips or a flare here and there. Now the statement sleeve draws its inspiration from the Victorians, Edwardians, Tudors and the kimono – so it’s not as much about a specific detail, rather about there being some kind of

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unexpected silhouette. If there’s one area you choose to really focus on this spring, the sleeve should be it. It’s not just blouses getting the special treatment either: dresses, jackets and even knitwear are being recreated into indulgent, theatrical masterpieces. The focus on sleeves offers a great way to update your last few seasons’ wardrobe by pairing those items with a statement sleeved garment.

This spring anything goes – from flute to bishop to gigot to poet sleeves, the bolder the better

Puff sleeves reference retro fashion movements and ultrafeminine themes, from the late 18th century to the early 70s babydoll styling. Focusing on the shoulder, puff sleeves work perfectly in all materials – soft, sheer silks and cottons for tops and dresses and stiffer poplin and gabardines for outerwear. These puff sleeves look great on dresses and short-sleeved tops paired with a knee-length pencil skirt or even jeans. If you choose an outerwear garment with this detailing, wear over a casual top and jeans combo with knee-high boots for a contrasting effect. Trumpet sleeves curve outwards from a narrow upper arm or are a classic narrow sleeve that ends in a flared cuff. This sleeve works well on tops and gives them an unexpected twist. This long-sleeved t-shirt update looks great with a casual jeans pairing or if on a spring dress, with brogues and your favourite pair of sunnies. Tiered, frilly sleeves are the stars of the season – they are versatile and quirky. A row of layers made out of tiny frills adds texture and surprise to even the most basic look – any pair of trousers or skirt will instantly be transformed into an on-trend outfit. Alternatively, frilly 80s style party dresses are the perfect outfit for an evening out - just make sure you have the hair and make-up to match! So this spring anything goes – from flute to bishop to gigot to poet sleeves, the bolder the better. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go down the ‘ultra-standout’ route if you don’t want to; you can choose a minimally detailed sleeve and wear it with a more casual outfit because the statement sleeve adds a subtle tone of sophistication to any ensemble. www.sussexliving.com


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high alert, it could result in chronic inflammation. Find out more about some of the causes and a few of the preventative steps that may benefit you Chronic inflammation is the new buzzword in the world of health and wellbeing. Steadily gaining ground for a couple of years now, it’s not to be confused with acute inflammation (the essential and normal immune response by our bodies to injury or infection and its resulting processes such as healing). Chronic systemic or low-level inflammation is what arises from what many experts see as an immune system response that is out of control or constantly on ‘high alert’. Consider this - if you injure yourself or succumb to infection, your immune system employs its white blood cells to destroy the bacteria and repair the tissue. This healing process, also known as the ‘inflammatory response’, is one of the body’s most amazing and basic survival strategies. However there are

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times when the immune system fails to switch off, releasing an inflammatory response that can spread throughout the body and potentially damage cells and tissues. Autoimmune disorders such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are good examples of where the body has initiated an inflammatory process despite there being no apparent ‘invader’ to fight off.

So what causes chronic inflammation and how can we counteract it for optimum health? Repeated and ongoing illnesses such as gingivitis, or bladder and sinus infections can activate chronic inflammation in the body, as well as pollution, food allergens and the proven and more obvious risk factors such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. The importance of keeping inflammation in check cannot be overstated, research has revealed it can contribute in part to a range of conditions such as heart disease, neurological and lung disorders and even some cancers. It is also shown to be instrumental in how our bodies age. Adopting some new approaches to your lifestyle may help. Eating a more anti-inflammatory diet rich in phytonutrients found in vegetables, fruit and whole grain fibre and one that is low in refined sugar is thought to be beneficial. Also consuming the right kinds of fats (olive oil and foods containing omega 3 fatty acids such as walnuts and flaxseed) as well as exercise, weight management and stress reduction are all recommended to ease inflammation overall and contribute towards a more healthy lifestyle. Recent scientific research has also shown that even a short session of moderate exercise such as fast walking can have an antiinflammatory effect on the body – good news for those who find intensive exercise hard or who have conditions that preclude them from this. High intensity interval training (HIIT) is proven to be the most potent when it comes to quelling the flames of inflammation. So a good HIIT workout could consist of the following: l One minute of marching on the spot whilst circling your arms. l Two minutes of star jumps. l Two to three minutes of on the spot, knee-high running l One minute of sit ups l One minute of squats l One minute of plank l One minute of push-ups Take a two-minute break between each set and repeat. Cool down with three to five minutes of stretching. Always consult your doctor before trying any new regime.

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Brighten your day this spring by reviving your favourite 80s makeup looks and adding a pop of colour to your eyes, lips or cheeks The 80s went down in history as the era where ‘anything goes’. Bright, heavy makeup, big hair and power dressing – it was all happening then. These trends were so striking because in the decades before, women’s fashion was more neutral and less standout. But thanks to the media, magazines and films, trends and styles started to spread all over the world, meaning that this bright, colourful and powerful movement went global. Makeup trends spread like wildfire and soon everyone was wearing a mish-mash of bright red or pink blush, red lipstick with heavy purple and steel blue eyeshadow, framed

by heavily mascaraed eyes - which also came in blues and plums too. This season makeup is paying homage to the 80s, but perhaps not in such a ‘heavy’ manner. Electric red and pink blush across cheekbones and temples, bright ‘look at me’ eyelids and vivid lipsticks are what to wear – but not all at once. Instead, just one of these is applied, depending on the occasion the look is for. For a pop of colour, a lick of blue mascara does wonders, but for a night out, lavishly decorated cheeks throw back to the famous 80s rave culture. And a definite way to get noticed is by applying a metallic shadow around the entire eye area – any of these makeup looks matched with a tiered sleeved power dress result in the ultimate 80s look. www.sussexliving.com


by LISA DE SILVA

Steaming ahead

On the tenth anniversary of running her own dry cleaning business, Sarah Lacey talks heritage, new technology, her expanding range of products and her passion for wedding dresses While Sarah Lacey’s family have been cleaning and laundering clothes in Sussex for over 150 years, Sarah herself is thrilled to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of her own dry cleaning business in Haywards Heath. “I’m so proud of my family’s heritage and my parents are equally proud that I’ve kept up the tradition,” she tells me. In fact the shop, which offers easy access and free parking, was initially run by her parents, with Sarah taking over on 7th April 2007. Since then, Sarah has continued to build on the company’s reputation for outstanding quality and service, whilst continuing her mother’s speciality of cleaning and caring for wedding dresses. “I love cleaning wedding dresses because they’re all different and they’re all special,” she smiles. “To do

wedding dresses can be safely stored for posterity.” Sarah has also made her mark on the shop floor, which has a thriving haberdashery sector. “Our range of Gutermann threads has expanded to over 200 colours, and we now stock a selection of YKK zips as well as ribbons, bias binding and velcro. All the staff either sew, knit or crochet and so we can always offer help and advice,”

it well you need experience, time and patience. Often we see a dress before the wedding if it’s been on sale and needs freshening up and it’s always lovely to hear the story of the day itself when a dress is brought in for cleaning after the event. We offer a range of beautiful acid free boxes from the Empty Box Company, so that

“I’m really proud of my family’s heritage and that I’ve kept up the tradition.”

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COMMUNIT Y

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Delightful

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This beautiful village is steeped in history where there are 54 listed buildings to be found

Behind the Downs, a few miles due north of Brighton lies the intriguing village of Ditchling, famous for its arts and crafts heritage, its acclaimed museum and colourful history. The fi rst known mention of the village was in King Eadwulf’s Charter in 765AD; at one time it grew to the largest settlement in Sussex after Lewes and Chichester, perhaps due to its position at an intersection of north-south and east-west routes through the county. Its rich geology made the village not only self sufficient in building materials but allowed it to export them to other parts of the country. Chalk, clay, fl int and sand extraction were major parish occupations and although these industries have left the village, another new agricultural industry has blossomed- viticulture. An award winning winery has flourished in the parish and more lie outside the boundaries. Evolving from the rich crafts legacy left by one of Ditchling’s most influential residents, Eric Gill, numerous workshops have sprung from converted farm buildings where visitors can buy superb handmade work and even take classes in various disciplines. Surrounded by fields and graced by far reaching views of the Downs, Ditchling is visually

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stunning; from the High Street with its glorious vista towards Ditchling Beacon to winding, tucked away lanes, it contains an unusually high number of historic buildings. The timber frames still visible in many buildings would have been oak harvested from the forest that lay between the village

A new agricultural industry has blossomed – viticulture, which is an award winning winery. and the downs while fl int in both whole and knapped forms can be seen in numerous walls and buildings. Ditchling has a surprising number of clubs and societies for a small village; whether you want to be involved in community, self improvement,

the transition movement or social spheres there is almost certainly a group to join or a workshop to take. The Monday Group construct stiles and keep paths open while HKD Transition host creative and educational activities from ceilidhs and eco fairs to talks, fi lms and craft days. The award winning Ditchling Players have been putting on plays under their name since 1945 and have one of the best amateur stages in the district; with a hundred members, they welcome anyone who’d like to be involved. Ditchling Morris has a regular Thursday evening Morris dancing practice and Ditchling Singers, one of two community choirs founded by Herbie Flowers, rehearse twice a month in the village. With clubs for cycling, rambling, table tennis and cricket, there is ample opportunity to keep fit and meet likeminded people and the Ditchling Film Society hosts a regular showing of world cinema in a village setting. Ditchling has something for everyone and its easy to understand why the village has grown incredibly popular with those seeking a quieter, community based life away from the city; it is beautiful, friendly and most importantly, vital and evolving. www.sussexliving.com


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Quiz Do you know your Easter Eggs from your Eastern Queen, your cakes from your fakes? Can you remember seasonal facts, trivia and moments in history? Test yourself in our Easter Quiz and be in with a chance of winning one of three prizes

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Which female tennis player born on Easter Sunday 1987 and currently serving a doping ban has won all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once?

Who arrived in Belfast in 1998 for the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and uttered, “A day like today is not a day for sound bites, really… But I feel the hand of history upon our shoulders.”

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Which light fruitcake made at Easter has two layers of marzipan and 11 (sometimes 12) marzipan balls for decoration on the top?

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In Easter 1967, who was top of the singles charts at Easter? A) Engelbert Humperdinck – Please Release Me B) Donovan – Mellow Yellow C) Tom Jones – Delilah D) Petula Clark – Downtown

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Who made the jewelled eggs, given as gifts by the Russian Tsar between 1885 and 1917?

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True or False? Every Easter in the Ugandan capital of Kampala it is tradition to leave an Easter egg outside the front door as an offering to placate wild tiger and to bring good luck for the following year.

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The six-week period beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending at Easter is known as what on the Christian calendar?

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What is the name of the Chilean island in the South Pacific famed for giant monolithic stone moai?

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On Easter Sunday 1987, which long running cartoon debuted in the USA on the Tracey Ullman show?

I was born James Scott Bumgarner in Oklahoma, during Easter 1928. Aged 16 I joined the Marines at the end of WWII. After the War I completed my schooling in Los Angeles before a brief career modelling swimwear. I appeared in TV commercials before my big break in 1957’s ‘Maverick’. I starred in many films including ‘The Great Escape” ‘Grand Prix’ and ‘Space Cowboys’. You might remember me best as Jim Rockford in ‘The Rockford Files’. My final curtain came down in July 2014. Who was I?

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The 1974 film ‘It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown’ featured the usual gang; Charlie, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder and Marcie. But what’s the name of the Beagle?

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Which of the twelve disciples betrayed Jesus with a kiss for thirty pieces of silver?

To win one of these great prizes… Please email your answers to info@sussexliving.com including your name, address and telephone number by 30th April 2017. Prize 1: A hearty full English breakfast Prize 2: A £25 voucher from Feathers in Prize 3: A fantastic opportunity to for two people including hot drinks from The Alfresco Shop, Felbridge. Breakfasts available all day Sunday to Saturday (closed Mondays).

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EASTER

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On the hunt this Easter! The Easter Bunny’s been today. He dropped some eggs along the way. Follow the clues – you need to be wise, as they will lead you to your prize! Easter traditions in the UK have a surprisingly mixed heritage and the annual Easter egg hunt is no exception. A typical Easter egg trail these days generally takes the form of small chocolate eggs (purportedly left by the Easter Bunny!) being hidden around a garden or house for children and members of a family to find and collect in baskets. Possibly originating

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in the 17th century and from the German ‘Osterhase’ (Easter Hare) folk tradition, children would hunt outdoors for decorated boiled eggs. Unsurprisingly the eggs in the hunt are thought to represent Jesus’ tomb and his subsequent resurrection

according to Christian faith. Times have moved on and real eggs have been replaced by the chocolate variety. But chocolate or not, here are two ways to do the Easter egg hunt in style this year.

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For younger children, fi ll blown-out eggs or coloured card ones (there are plenty in the shops this time of year) with letters or words on bits of paper to spell out an instruction or clue to the Easter treasure’s whereabouts. Take this one step further for older kids, with a funny riddle and

Chocolate or not, here are two ways to do the Easter egg hunt in style

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took the magazine into school to prove to their friends that their dad is famous. To my surprise their friends believed them. Fortunately, I have not been asked for autographs! Tony Hatchard, Worthing.

reveals the Worthing resident Tony Hatchard cerebral, therapeutic side of angling all his life. Tony Hatchard has lived in Worthing almost has a He’s a man for whom living on the edge beach, at on the different meaning… spending time to the sea. the edge of the English Channel, lured Tony learnt about fish as a child, educated their launch would they Together father. by his out to sea little boat from local beaches and head a 5am like to check their nets. “There’s nothing inky black seas start, under peaceful skies, through with total and white waves off the bow,” he recalls etched into his clarity. A childhood memory forever DNA,” he says, subconscious. “It’s in my bones, my lurk beneath “the eager anticipation of what might the waves.” fishing Aged twelve, Tony acquired his fi rst boundless rod and headed for Worthing Pier with other enthusiasm. “I learnt a great deal from each other,” anglers, most are usually keen to help tackle shops he noted. Lost weekends chatting in enhanced this knowledge.

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…Thanks for featuring my sport; Angling, in the March edition of the magazine. My sons were very excited and

George After starting work, his colleague Andyat beach took Tony on trips to fish the fabled and strong Dungeness. With long tides, deep water but steep, currents, Dungeness proved to be a beneficial learning curve. tackle, Learning the casting science of baits, water, the reading and fish feeding habits, tides, the edge of was all done in tandem with hours at Gradually, the surf gathering practical experience. much so, that Tony became a formidable angler. So Worthing a he was asked to fish competitively for of representing team, eventually having the honour England. “For the him. “But why fish at all?” I asked I can,” he competition and to be the best angler angling is replied. “I like the social aspects because more than much an egalitarian classless sport. It’s so bored.” He a bloke with a rod in the rain, looking psychological the espousing continued passionately, on page 8 continued

…Thanks for adding Pembury House National Garden Scheme garden openings by appointment to your magazine earlier in the year. We have had a steady and manageable number of groups come to the garden since Feb 14th. We could just make £2000 for the NGS charities once our last group has left on March

24th. This way of letting people enjoy the garden has been far better for us as we have known the numbers coming in advance; from parking to cake quantities, it has been so much more rewarding. What has been best is that we have been able to talk to our visitors and show them round the garden ... plus the grass has not been worn into mud! Jane Baker

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By ROBERT VEITCH & LES CAMPBELL

Mount Caburn

Walk

Spring into April with this invigorating journey through historical downland from Lewes to Glynde which Robert Veitch recently made with his friend Tim From Lewes station head towards the town, turning right into Landsdown Place, which becomes Friars Walk as the road arcs away to the left. At the bottom of the High Street turn right, into Cliffe High Street. Walk to the end, where St Thomas à Becket Church is located on the left. Across from the junction and slightly to the right, enter the narrow confines of Chapel Hill. The gradient (17% or 1 in 6 if using old money) will soon send a message to your calves as heartbeats begin to quicken. 150m uphill and cut into the hillside on the left, is a seat. ‘I will give you rest’ it says but if you do then it’s probably best to turn back.

But for the actions of humanity, the view has remained constant for millennia

Further on above the tree line, a glorious view of Lewes emerges to the right. The drone of vehicles on the A26 percolates the atmosphere, while trains rattle along the railway line. The River Ouse makes it’s sinuous way to Southease, and beyond that to Newhaven through the distant gap in the Downs. Into the golf club car park follow the tarmac, as it turns left. Close to the end, step off to the right and through a gate into Southerham Nature Reserve. Follow the fence line on the left and keep going when the fence runs out. Aim for the marker post about 500m ahead. As the footpath forks at the marker, take the low path to the right, heading down towards Oxteddle Bottom. 100m beyond resides a lonely gate in need of a fence to guard. Beyond this gate the path continues to drop away and may be greasy after rainfall. A little further on are steps to another gate and entry into the dry valley of Oxteddle Bottom. Dry valleys form because chalk allows water to permeate and drain so quickly that surface waterways are not created. Look left and aim for a marker post in the corner of the field, some 500m away, where grazing livestock may be gathered around drinking troughs. Beyond the post, pass through the wooden gate to the left of the metal five bar gate. It may be sticky underfoot here, but it will not last. Walkers who know their sheep may be able to identify resident Southdowns. Glynde resident John Ellman developed the breed here in the eighteenth century. Pass the dewpond on your left, walking straight ahead towards the fence. The path naturally curves continued on page 70

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left but remains flat. Enjoy the flat while it lasts. As the path straightens up, aim towards the stile on the left. It’s the easiest route to the summit. The sign by the stile announces Mount Caburn National Nature Reserve. Caburn Bottom, another dry valley is off to the right and part of the reserve. Over the stile, there’s nothing to do but breathe deep and take it at your own pace. It’s almost half a mile, straight and uphill all the way. There’s no ski lift or escalator to assist, just shank’s pony, enthusiasm

and the certainty of rosy cheeks. Mount Caburn will appear to the right, the peak rugged in comparison to the smoothness of the Downs. A stile in the fence marks the end of the climb. Remember the stile. Over the stile, turn sharp right and follow the fence line. Through a wooden gate, next to a metal five bar gate enter the Mount Caburn National Nature Reserve once again. There are two ditches to pass through, the exposed chalk of the path leading the way. This can be slippery when wet. The ditches are over 2,000 years old and surrounded the settlement that existed here when the Romans arrived. Beyond this the path disappears, but walk to the highest point (146m) and a bench will appear on the left. It’s time for a well-earned rest and to contemplate what should be a panoramic view of the Ouse valley and the South Downs from Firle Beacon to Castle Hill. When conditions are favourable, paragliders may be airborne, soaring amongst the heavens above. Alas, on our visit, the wind was blowing a hoolie and the cloud was so low we could barely see our feet. Mount Caburn is of significant archaeological interest, excavated several times over the last 140 years. Finds include weapons, pottery, coins, animal bones and human bones. The horizontal lines in the surrounding slopes are ploughed strips

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from around the time of the Norman invasion. More recently, during WWII the area was fortified with Bren guns to repel German invaders. But for the actions of humanity, the view has remained constant for millennia. Suitably rejuvenated, retrace your steps back to the last stile crossed, then turn sharp right. From here it’s downhill all the way, across the field then through a gap in the hedge and across a second field. Through another gap in the foliage, veer right and across a final field to the corner, through the last gate of the day and onto Ranscombe Lane. Turn left, then at the end of Ranscombe Lane turn right. Walk through the pretty village of Glynde with its flint walled buildings. Beyond the slow flowing Glynde Reach, turn into the station car park where trains back to Lewes and beyond run on an hourly basis. Passing Mount Caburn and its majestic southern scarp slope along the way, enjoy the sense of contentment. 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. A founder member and former Chairman of the Mid Sussex Ramblers, he is a very experienced and enthusiastic walker indeed. Les 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 editorial@sussexliving.com

Distance: 3.5 miles Stiles: 2 Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer Map No. OL11 Parking: Lewes (fees payable) Refreshments: In Lewes, one pub in Glynde Public Transport: Train services to and from Lewes and Glynde

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From Boots to Bustles – Costume Finds from Sussex Attics

Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Cuckfield Museum’s new costume display featuring locally donated treasures. Entry free, but donations appreciated. More information from www.cuckfieldmuseum.org Saturday 01 April, 06:00-09:00

Dawn Chorus Bird Walk on Bedelands led by Geoff Kent and John Prodger

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve. Meet in Bedelands car park off Maple Drive Discover the bird’s first calls of the morning in a delightful setting. Saturday 01 April, 10:00-12:00

Pond Dipping at Bedelands

As above Come and discover hidden mini-beasts below the water! Led by Dominic Moore. All equipment provided and all ages are welcome. Contact: Mary Smith 01444 242667 Saturday 01 April, 10:00-12:00

Paws & Claws Spring Fair

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Spring Fair with homemade cakes, clothes, books, toys, jewellery, cards, gifts, tombola and raffle. 20p entry. Contact: Rosemary Harding 01273 846946 rosemary.harding @mypostoffice.co.uk www.pawsandclaws-ars.org.uk Saturday 01 April

Super Saturday Course

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ New one day course – Develop drawing for relaxation. £38.50.Aspire Sussex 0345 6 010161 enquiries@ aspiresussex.org.uk www.aspiresussex. org.uk Saturday 01 April, 10:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – West Hoathly Circular

Finche Field Car Park, West Hoathly RH19 4QE Finche Field CP, Gravetye, Selsfield Common, Chiddingly Farm, CP. Optional pub lunch. 5.1mi/8.2km. Moderate, TQ366 326. Contact: Tony 01444 483053 or 07597 199768. Saturday 01 April, 10:00-13:00

Coffee Morning & Needlecraft Sales

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products such as jewellery, greeting cards and much more. Homemade lunch and refreshments available all day. Free entry. Contact: Peter Groves 01444 456900

Saturday 01 April, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Village Market

Community Centre Car Park or Forresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market, with a social atmosphere including activities and demonstrations. Contact: Sue Young AIPM, DIMA (Market Manager) 01342 822661 sue.young@forestrow.gov.uk www.forestrow.gov.uk/forest-rowmarket.aspx Saturday 01 – Sunday 02 April, 10:00 -17:00

Contemporary Craft Show in Horsham

Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL A variety of spectacular and beautifully made crafts exhibited in spacious Parkside. Nearby parking, railway station and town centre. £3 (children and students free.) Contact: The Sussex Guild 01273 479565 (between 10am 5pm). info@thesussexguild.co.uk Saturday 01 April, 14:00-16:45

Lindfield Horticultural Society Spring Show of Flowers and Produce

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Celebrate the horticultural achievements of our fellow gardeners. Homemade cakes and coffee and sale of plants too. £1, children free. All welcome. Saturday 01 April, 18:00

Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Jubilee Community Centre, Charleswoods Road, East Grinstead RH19 2HL East Grinstead Choral Society with celebrated international tenor Mark Padmore as the Evangelist, Baroque orchestra, sung in German. £15 Adult; £7.50 Student. Box Office 01342 328774. Saturday 01 April, 19:30

Burgess Hill Choral Society Spring Concert St Andrew’s Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0LG See Local Living Saturday 01 April, 19:30

West Sussex Scouts Fundraising Concert

Martlets Hall Foyer, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Tea, coffee, cakes and raffle. Sale of needlecraft items by Sheddingdean Quilters. Proceeds to Cornerstone building project.

Adastra Hall, Hassocks, BN6 8QH West Sussex Scouts are going to Uganda to do building works in a rural primary school. This concert is to raise funds for this project. Tickets £10, under 16s £5, either on the door or call 07711 422433.

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The Old School, Church Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Over 40 stalls spread over 4 halls selling a wide variety of hand crafted

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Renaissance Retirement’s Fleur-de-Lis Haywards Heath

The biggest and best retirement development in the town is now selling and open for tours all week. Phone Maureen or Megan on 01444 455699. Or email haywardsheath@ renaissancegroup.co.uk

Sunday 02, 16 & 30 April, 10:00-14:00

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 478221 clientservices@gorringes.co.uk

Conservation Work Parties

Monday 03 & 17 April, 19:30-21:30

Sunday 02 April, 10:30

23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB ‘Folk dancing is Friendship set to Music. All welcome and you don’t need a partner. Membership £2.50 and £1.50 each evening. First evening free.

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve. Meet in car park Come and help to conserve your local green area. Stay as long as you wish.

Mid Sussex Ramblers Newtimber Hill

Footbridge on Old A23, Pyecombe Street BN45 7ED Pyecombe Street, Newtimber Hill, Saddlescombe, nr Varncombe Hill, Tumulus, West Hill, Pyecombe Street. 4.3mi/6.9km. Moderate, TQ284 128. Contact: Phil 01273 835931 Sunday 02 April, 11:00-16:00

RSPCA South Godstone Easter Fayre

RSPCA South Godstone, Eastbourne Road/ A22, South Godstone RH9 8JB Games and competitions for all the family. BBQ , hot/cold food, cakes. All money raised goes towards helping animals at centre. Entrance to the fayre is free but donations are much appreciated. Easter Egg Hunt is £3.00 per child, every child gets a prize. Tours of the centre for £1 per person and under 16s go free Sunday 02 April, 14:00-17:00

Windmill Open Afternoon

Oldland Mill, Oldlands Lane, Keymer, Hassocks BN6 8ND Come and see inside the oldest working windmill in Sussex. Refreshments, memorabilia and our own flour will be on sale. Voluntary donations appreciated. For more info: Prof. F J Maillardet 01273 842342 f.j.maillardet@brighton.ac.uk Sunday 02 April, 19:30-21:30

Centenary Spring Concert

Ardingly College Chapel, College Lane, Ardingly RH17 6SQ Ardingly Choral Society with Mid Sussex Sinfonia and international soloists will perform Verdi’s Requiem, conducted by Robert Hammersley. Tickets £15 (£13 concessions) online at www.ardinglychoralsociety.org. uk, Carousel Music 01444 417654 or M Kershaw 01825 791241 Monday 03 and 04 April

Keymer Folk Dance Club

Tuesday 04, 11, 18 & 25 April, 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 admin@theitgirl.co.uk Tuesday 04 April, 19:30

Pub Quiz

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ At The New Inn we run a monthly quiz on the first Tuesday of the month. Teams from 4-6 people. All funds go to a charity chosen by the participants. Tuesday 04 April, 19:30

Henfield Garden Club

Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Guest speaker, Geoff Banks. Geoff will give a talk on ‘from courtyard to seaside sanctuary.’ Non-members welcome. Free coffee and biscuits. Our summer outings also start this month. Enquiries: 01273 493973. Tuesday 04 & 18 April, 19:30-21:30

Singing For Those Who Can’t

Village Club, Mill Lane, Ashington RH20 3BX New fun choir, all ages, all genders, free refreshments. Beatles, Abba, Queen etc. Sing like no-one is listening. £5. Contact: Di Clarke 01903 893156 diann.clarke@outlook.com Tuesday 04 April, 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. Mike 01444 482741

Cornish Baking Day with David Pengelly

Tuesday 04 April, 20:00

Monday 03, 10 & 24 April, 08:00-17:00

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Wednesday 05 April, 10:20

Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN A French film, ‘Gemma Bovery’, with English sub-titles inspired by Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 novel, Madame Bovary. All members and visitors are most welcome. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385

Mid Sussex Ramblers Pub Social

The Sportsman, Cuckfield Road, Goddards Green BN6 9LQ The Sportsman 01444 233460. TQ284 201. Contact: 01273 835931 Wednesday 05 April, 10:30-13:30

RHS Talk: ‘Magnolias; Aristocrats for gardens of all sizes’ with Jim Gardiner

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP A fascinating magnolia presentation by leading horticulturalist and RHS expert Jim Gardiner. Includes private garden tour and refreshments on arrival. RHS Members and Friends of Borde Hill: £25.00 (£27.50 with Gift Aid) Non-members: £30.00 (£33.00 with Gift Aid). 01444 450326 info@bordehill.co.uk www.bordehill.co.uk Book tickets at: www.bordehill.co.uk/events Wednesday 05 April, 14:00-16:30 (Doors open 13:30)

Bridge Afternoon

Wivelsfield Green Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Bridge Afternoon with afternoon tea. Fundraising for St Peter & St James Hospice. £36 per table (4 people). Contact local Box Office: Jean Whybro 01444 415910 iwhybro@hotmail.com Wednesday 05 April, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint W I Meeting

The Girl Guide Headquarters, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Speaker: Dr Mary Gibbens – ‘My life as an Ophthalmic Surgeon’. Competition: A Pair of Sunglasses. Visitors welcome £3. Wednesday 05 April, 14:30

Romans in the Ouse Valley

The Tudor Hall, The Old School, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Dr David Rudling of the Sussex School of Archaeology looks at settlements excavated at Beddingham, Barcombe and currently at Plumpton. £5 or £3 for members. Please phone Mike Nicholson to book a seat on 01444 457448 or email: events@cuckfieldmuseum.org Wednesday 05 April, 19:45

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society Open Meeting

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Illustrated talk: ‘Tools of the Trade’. Do you stand in your cluttered shed, wondering where it all came from? Russell Bowes, gardening historian, can tell you! Admission: Members free, Visitors: £1. All welcome! bhhs@ talktalk.net Flo Whitaker: 01444 245509

The Mid-Sussex FrancoBritish Society

Thursday 06 April, 19:00-23:00

Comedy Night

Olivers Coffee & Wine, 17/18 Borers Yard, Borers Arms Road, Copthorne RH10 3LH The two acts performing on the night are Sally-Anne Hayward and Rudi Lickwood! £20 a ticket to include your first drink. Contact: 01342 821755 sales@oliverscoffeeandwine.co.uk Thursday 06 April, 19:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH 3DN Talk – Tea and the English by Dr Sally White. £3.00 Members, £5.00 Nonmembers. Members do not need to be NT members now. Contact: Gail Burrell 01444 482055 Thursday 06 April, 19:30 for 20:00

Ditchling Film Society – Dheepan

Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8QT A powerful story about a Tamil freedom fighter called Dheepan. Director Jacques Audiard. 15 Cert. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. Guests and temporary members are welcome for £5 payable at the door. Thursday 06, 13, 20 & 27 April, 20:00

Greyhound - Open Mic Night

Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT Every Thursday! Whatever your talent, come and show it off or just watch others. Pop in for a fun night out - entrance free! thegreyhoundinnkeymer@yahoo.co.uk Every Friday in April, 11:45

Saturday 08 & Sunday 09 April, 14:00-17:30

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following:Surplus Equipment Sale, Radio Night and Equipment Sale, Quiz and Cakes. Shut on Good Friday 14th. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 newsletter@msars.org.uk, www.msars.org.uk

The Triangle, Burgess Hill RH15 8WA Come and join us for Swimathon 2017 and help raise money for Marie Curie UK and celebrate Swimathon’s 30th Anniversary. Swim 1.5k, 2k or 5k by yourself or get your friends involved and complete the challenge as a team.

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Friday 07 April, 20:00-21:30

The Story of the Argus – Burgess Hill History Society

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Watch out for June Band Night – Far Cry. Contact: 01342 822856 frvillageclub@outlook.com www. forestrowvillageclub.co.uk

Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8QT A regular contributor on BBC Antiques Roadshow and specialist in 18th and 19th century English furniture Lennox will present My Life

Ditchling Downs WI – A talk by Lennox Cato

Saturday 08 April, 14:00-16:30

Plant Heritage Sussex Region Spring Lecture

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Paul Green brings along old copies of the newspaper, photos and other memorabilia. Members £1, Visitors £3. Fred Avery 01444 235088 Friday 07 April, 20:00

Saturday 08 April, 19:00 until late

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN The band will be performing the amazing songs of the greatest rock band of the seventies – Led Zeppelin. Standing – limited seating available on the balcony. Tickets £16 & £18. www.martletshall.org 01444 242888

Warren Ballroom, Worthing College, Sanditon Way, Worthing BN14 9FD An evening of 1920s glitz, dance lessons, beautiful and tasteful burlesque and great music. £15pp includes welcome drink. Contact: Lily BanisterWeir 01903 528613 lily.banister-weir@guildcare.org

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Friday 07 April, 19.30 Saturday 08 April, 19.30

Opera South East presents... The Magic Flute – by W A Mozart – Sung in English with Chorus and Orchestra

Hastings White Rock Theatre Mozart’s popular humanist masterpiece shows the majestic power of art and music can change people and tame beasts. Tickets from the White Rock Theatre at £21, £17 and £13. Concessions £2 off. Accompanied children under 16 are free. Greg Solomon 07771 533 758 enquiries@operasoutheast.org.uk www.operasoutheast.org.uk Ticket link: White Rock Theatre tickets

Friday 07, 14, 21 & 28 April, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club Happy Hour

Swimathon 2017

Haywards Heath Town Hall, 20 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BA James Miller, RHS Alpine Horticulturist will give a fascinating talk on growing alpines the RHS way and its back stage design and plant arrangements for the famous and well known Alpine House. Entry Fee £4.

The Foyer, Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN At this Coffee Morning we will have lovely coffee, tea and cakes, plus a tombola. For sale – cakes, jams, pickles/ chutneys and knitted items by Jenny H. Enquiries: Mrs J Redd 01444 248595

Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP A presentation by Tony Perkins of the early battles and the Balcombe connection. £1 members and £3 visitors, including refreshments.

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Saturday 08 April, 10:00-12:30

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Wild Strawberry Events Spring Craft Fair. Contact: Kim Stewart 07899664070

Gages Community Lunches

Wednesday, 05 April, 20:00

Balcombe History Society – A talk by Tony Perkins – Zulu War

in Antiques. Tickets £10, to include a glass of wine, and are available from Ditchling Village Post Office.

Coffee Morning in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice

Saturday 08 April

Easter Mini Farm

The Orchards Shopping Centre, 10 St Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH Begin the Easter happiness … Come and make friends with some very lovable and cuddly people here at The Orchards on the Saturday before Easter! You can pet them and feed them too. Contact: Nicola Bird 07415 980629 Saturday 08 April, 10:30-17:00

Spring Craft Fair

Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF

Great Gatsby

Saturday 08 April, 19:00

Haywards Heath Music Society

St Wilfrid’s Church, St Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH The Society welcomes cellist, Laura van der Heijden, the 2012 winner of the BBC Young Musician competition. She will be accompanied by pianist Tom Poster. Tickets £12 adults, £11 seniors and £3 students and are available from Carousel Music. Saturday 08 April, 19:30–21:30

Mid Sussex Choir Spring Concert

Haywards Heath Methodist Church Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Beautiful music for a spring evening, featuring the Requiems of John Rutter and Fauré plus solos. £12 in advance, £15 on the night. Tickets available from all choir members and Carousel Music in Haywards Heath. Contact: 07710 442289 contact@midsussexchoir.org.uk Saturday 08 April, 19:30

Hurstpierpoint Singers Spring Concert

Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9PX A varied programme of music by British composers – Donald Swann’s setting of poems by JR Tolkien, arranged for solo voices and choir by Paul Simpson; Vaughan William’s 5 Mystical Songs and John Rutter’s Sprig of Thyme. Tickets £10 (incl. a glass of wine or soft drink) will be available via members of the choir or from JanTon News, Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks Hardware or on the door. Accompanied under-12s are free. Saturday 08 April, 19:30-21:30

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Spring Concert

Holy Trinity Church, Lewes Road, Forest Row RH18 5AF Choral concert featuring Faure’s Requiem with excerpts from Cherubini’s Requiem. Conductor: Tom Scratchley. Soprano soloist: Eloise Irving and Bass soloist: Andrew Jaques. Tickets £12 (under 16s free). Contact: Genia Bainbridge 01342 822791 Sunday 09 April, Doors/Licenced Bar: 19:00, Film 19:30

Wivelsfield FILMS – Lion (PG)

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Based on the biography A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose. 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. Saturday 08 April, 11:00-16:00

Mansion Market

Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA This market is a pleasant and social occasion to browse, buy unusual presents, eat tasty food, enjoy music or a puppet show or just relish the ambience of Kidbrooke Mansion. To book a stall: 01342 824944 Sunday 09 April, 14:45 17:00

The Pirate King Returns to Sussex!

The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath RH17 7SF James Cleverton (baritone) in a programme of songs and arias from opera, operetta, and Gilbert & Sullivan. £6 for members and £12 for non-members, both prices to include interval refreshments. Edwin Cowley, 01342 715709 ecowley@theiet.org www.gilbertandsullivantoday.org.uk Monday 10 – Friday 14 April

Antique Furniture Restoration Techniques

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common, RH15 OSJ Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate. Cost £590. Students should bring small items of furniture to work on. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 info@johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk www.johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk Monday 10 April, 10:00-12:00

Steyning Decorative & Fine Arts Society

The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Church Street Steyning BN44 3XZ Illustrated talk by Carol Petipher titled ‘The Collections of Napoleon and Josephine at Chateau de Malmaison’. The annual membership is £36.00, visitors very welcome for a £5.00 donation. Contact: Ann Blakelock 01903 297553 Monday 10 April, 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. Peter Pugh presents ‘The TransSiberian Railway’. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 jespeth@hotmail.com

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Monday 10 & Tuesday 11 April : Netball Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 April : Hockey

Netball and Hockey Sports Camps Hurstpierpoint College, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks BN6 9JS Sports camps for children in Years 3-8 from any school/club. £30 for one day £50 for both days. Sibling discounts available. sportscamps@hppc.co.uk Monday 10 April, 14:30

Adur Valley Fine Arts Society (Henfield) – The Duc de Berry by Shirley Smith

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield, BN5 6DB Jean, Duc de Berry (1340-1416) was the 3rd son of John II, King of France, and ruled over one of the most glittering courts of Europe. A great patron, he also commissioned some of the most beautiful works of art and manuscripts of the 14th & 15th Cs. Guest Welcome - £5. Annual membership – only £29 Monday 10 April, 19:45-21:15

East Grinstead Natural History Society

St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT A talk on Southern Africa given by Bob Self. Key vegetation and associated wildlife – a welcome return of a widely travelled naturalist. £4.50 for guests including refreshments. Contact: 01342 315051 Monday 10 April, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY ‘The Natural Year in Focus – July to December’ a talk by Peter Lovett. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351 Monday 10 April, 20:00

Greyhound - Quiz Night

Greyhound Inn, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT We currently hold a monthly quiz on the second Monday of each month. Why not pop along for this fun night and pit your wits against others. thegreyhoundinnkeymer@yahoo.co.uk Monday 10 April, 20:00

The Group

Burgess Hill Unattached? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Burgess Hill on the 2nd Monday of every month. Not a dating agency, but an opportunity to meet other single men and women. Our members tend to be aged 50+. We also meet in Lewes, Horsham and Brighton. Walks, dinners, golf, holidays, theatre etc. www.thegroup.org.uk Tuesday 11 April, 10:30-12:00

Lace Making Demonstration at Sussex Crafts

Sussex Crafts, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5JU Come and find out about this wonderful traditional craft, have a go and decide if it’s the thing for you. All ages welcome. Free. Contact: Sarah Freeman 01444 455611 Tuesday 11 April, 10:50

Mid Sussex Ramblers Seafront

Walk from Shoreham

Norfolk Bridge car park BN43 5LT Spring seaside walk. TQ 212 048. 5mi/8km Easy. Contact: Frances 01273 842628 Tuesday 11 April, 19:30

Weald Classic Vehicle Club

variety of workshops this Easter. £40. Contact: www.madeandmaking.co.uk sarah@madeandmaking.co.uk 07967 819540

Thursday 13 - Wednesday 19 April

Flying Scotsman-Flying South

Weald Inn, Royal George Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9SJ We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Weald Inn. Owners and enthusiasts welcome. Come and have a chat, listen to a few stories or even tell a tale or two. For further information please call Fred Bone 01444 239853

Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station TN22 3QL Visit the Bluebell Railway and see the iconic locomotive ‘Flying Scotsman’. From £10 for admission - £25pp to travel (Tickets for Flying Scotsman – if available £35pp). Bluebell Railway 01825 720800 www.bluebell-railway.com

Tuesday 11 April, 19:45

Friday 14 April, 08:00-19:00

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society – Restoring Historical Gardens

Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by journalist, garden designer and historian Guy Deakin on his experience of restoring, renovating and reworking historical gardens. £1 members, £2 non-members. greenhpp@tiscali.co.uk Wednesday 12 April, 19:30

Rotary Film Night – I Daniel Blake

Sullington Parish Hall, Thakeham Road, Storrington RH20 3PP Tonight’s film is starring Dave Johns and Haley Squires.Tickets £5 from The Card Shop in Storrington. Unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door on the night. Contact: Ken Collins 01903 740745. If you would like help with transport, please contact Marion Emery 01903 813014 Wednesday 12 April, 19:45-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society, Heathers - Plant Selection, Growing Tips & Aftercare

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN69UY Our speaker this month is John Hall of John Hall Plants Ltd. John has specialised in growing heathers for 40 years. With practical demonstrations, he will talk about all aspects of growing heathers. Come along for a pleasant evening. Visitors very welcome. Members £1.50.Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Contact: Derek Swaine 01273 842516 Wednesday 12 April, 20:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society: ‘Alstroemeria’ a talk by Ben Cross

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A 4th generation grower, Ben grows and harvests over 40 varieties of British Alstroemeria all year round and will tell us all about it. £1 members, £2 visitors. All welcome. Lindfield Horticultural Society, membership enquiries: 01444 458509 www.lindfieldhorts.org.uk Tuesday 13 April, 09:30-12:30

Children’s Screen Printing Workshop

Made and Making, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY For children aged 10 and over. Create your own unique printed pencil case. All materials included. We have a

Haywards Heath Lions Club’s 34th Annual Swimarathon

The Dolphin, Pasture Hill Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1LY Teams of 6 swimmers raising funds for Chailey Heritage ‘Dream’ Centre and a good cause of their own choosing. Contact: lionsswimarathon@gmail.com Saturday 15 April, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers North Chailey Tea Shop Walk

North Chailey Recreation Ground car park BN8 4ET North Chailey Rec. Red House Common, Great Noven Farm, Chailey Windmill, Tea Shop! Dogs welcome. 4mi/6.4km. Leisurely. Contact: Jackie 01444 248399 or 07810 785681 Saturday 15 April, 13:00–16:00

Lindfield Bonfire Society Easter Egg Hunt

The Red Lion Garden, 60 The High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HL LBS will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt at The Red Lion in Lindfield High Street on Easter Saturday. £1 donation requested for a clue sheet. All welcome to join in the fun and win an Easter egg. Suggested donation £1. Sarah Tampion-Lacey 01444 487470 lindfieldbonfiresoc@gmail.com Thursday 15 April, 18:00-Midnight

We’re Celebrating 3 Years!

The Fox Eating & Drinking House, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstead RH19 4PJ Yes, it’s our 3rd anniversary and we are having a party to remember. There will be a free hog roast for everyone, cooked by one of our amazing chefs and live entertainment. Contact: 01342 810644 Sunday 16 April, 10:00

Weald Classic Car Club Breakfast Chalet Cafe, Henfield Road, Cowfold RH13 8DU All welcome. Sunday 16 April, 14:05-17:30

Easter Sunday Family Raceday

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton BN7 3AL Gates open at Midday, and the last race at 5:30pm. Grandstand & Paddock tickets can be purchased on the day for £21. Picnic Enclosure (centre course only) tickets can also be purchased on the day for £15. Monday 17 April, 13:55-17:20

Easter Monday Family Raceday

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton BN7 3AL Take advantage of discounted ticket

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Mammoth Car Boot Fair

Burgess Hill Academy (Oakmeads School), Station Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9EA Burgess Hill Rotary Club mammoth car boot fair. Free parking in town centre car parks. To book a £10 pitch please call 07564 632733 Monday 17 – Friday 21 April (incl. Bank Holiday Monday)

Skills Week – Sharpening & Essential Cabinet Making Hand Skills

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common, RH15 OSJ Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate. Cost £590. Students should bring existing toolkit for appraisal. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 info@johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk www.johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk Monday 17 April, 08:30 gates open

London Harness Horse Parade

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL A visual history of how transport developed - horse-drawn carriages, vintage cars plus wagon rides and refreshments. £8 on door, under 16s and parking free. Jackie Shearman, 01737 646132 lhhp@edenbridge-show. co.uk www.lhhp.co.uk Monday 17 April, 09:00-14:30

London Harness Horse Parade

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL Keep It Local Craft barn at the London Harness Horse Parade at the prestigious South of England Showground, Ardingly. Adults £8, under 16s free. Contact: Kim Stewart 07899664070 Monday 17 April, 12:00-21:00

Bolney Pram Race

The Eight Bells Pub, The Street, Bolney RH17 5QW See Local Living

Wednesday 19 April, 20:00

Lindfield Preservation Society AGM and Talk

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH AGM followed by a talk on ‘Snippets from Sussex Archives’ by Margaret Nicolle. Interesting and amusing anecdotes gathered over the years from various Sussex Archives. All welcome, entry free. Contact: John Chapman 01444 484470 Friday 21 April, 10:00-12:00

Coffee Morning

Haywards Heath URC, 55 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LL Coffee Morning in aid of Bloodwise. Homemade cakes and bargain books. Tea and Coffee served. Friday 21 April, 14:00

Hurst Hassocks and Ditchling U3A AGM followed by Keymer Folk Dance

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Celebrated international organist Claudia Hirschfeld. Entry £5 on the door. Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269 bhkeyclub33@talktalk.net. Doors open 18:00. Friday 21 April, 19:00

Mainly Madness

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN This fantastic genre of music manages to make you smile and stomp your feet to the rock steady beat. Licensed Bar. Standing only. Tickets £12. 01444455440 Friday 21 April, 19:30-21:30

Wednesday 19 April, 19:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers Pub Social

The Thatched Inn, Keymer BN6 8DH TQ313 159. The Thatched Inn 01273

Bluebell Specials Visit the Bluebell this Spring and see why the railway got its name! Travel in our 1913 Observation Carriage for full panoramic views of the bluebells. Services will depart at 11.45am and 2.20pm from Sheffield Park Station for the return journey to East Grinstead. Sit back and enjoy a trip through the beautiful Sussex countryside Ideal for groups but lovely for everyone!

East Grinstead Society Meeting

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 April

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Talk by Toby Faber. The grandson of the founder traces the history and designs of Faber and Faber through its illustrations. Non-members welcome: £7 on door.

This iconic locomotive will be at Bluebell Railway this April - will you? For more information please see website and to purchase tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/bluebell-railway.

Music for Everyone

Wednesday 19 April, 10:15 for 10:45-12:00

Mid Sussex Decorative & Fine Arts Society talk on ‘Faber and Faber’

13th - 26th April

Friday 21 April, 18:45-21:45

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY Kruger National Park holiday by Jo Kaddish and Brenda Mack. Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Flying Scotsman Flying South

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH The Keymer Folk Dance Club will talk about their history, give a demonstration and invite audience participation. Contact: Jacqueline Brewer 01273 841072

Main Hall, East Court Mansion, East Grinstead RH19 3LT The Breadth and Depth of Felbridge; an illustrated talk by Jeremy Clarke, a local historian and co-founder of the Felbridge and District History Group. All welcome. Non-members £3.00 – members £1.00 – Including refreshments. Contact: Joan Roberts 01342 322648

Tuesday 18 April, 19:45

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

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prices by booking in advance. Receive a discount of £5 per person off the gate price or for groups of 10 or more £7 per person off the price of a Grandstand & Paddock ticket. £5 off the gate price of £15 for the picnic enclosure tickets.

Cabinetmaking Fundamentals

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Skill Level: Beginner. Cost £250. All materials and tools will be provided Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 info@johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk www.johnlloydfinefurniture.co.uk Saturday 22 April, 08:30-12:30

Car Boot with Table Top Inside

St Mary’s Church Hall, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead RH19 2DS £10 per pitch in advance. Bargains

Bright Bricks Build it Weekend 27th & 28th May

Lego® and steam trains - who could ask for anything more? Fun for all ages. See website for more details.

Tel: 01825 720800 info@bluebell-railway.co.uk

The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL www.bluebell-railway.com Twitter @bluebellrailway facebook.com/bluebellrailway Booking is essential for some services. Please see website for details and T&C’s.

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DiaryDates galore! Refreshments available – hot bacon rolls from 8.30am! Sellers may arrive from 7.30am. Free entrance. Contact: Karen 01342 302083

‘Thomas Cromwell and the Sussex Monasteries’ - a talk by Helen Poole. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351

Saturday 22 April, 09:00-13:00

Tuesday 25 April, 10:00-15:00

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’.

The Boship Farm Hotel, Hailsham BN27 4AT Bonhams specialists will be here to offer and give confidential advice on items you may be considering selling at auction – Pictures, jewellery and antiques. Appointments and enquiries please phone Tim Squires-Sanders 01273 220000 hove@bonhams.com

Hassocks Village Market

Saturday 22 April, 10:00-14:00

Balcombe Village Craft, Gift & Produce Market

Victory Hall, Balcombe RH17 6HP Come and enjoy our first market this year and be inspired by the wide selection of stalls selling gifts and products. Local food produce: cakes, chutneys, jams, ‘Game On’ jellies, Monty Bojangles truffles and Luigi’s produce. Oscar doggie treats and plants from Rapkyns Nursery. Refreshments in support of Tiggers Pre School Nursery, Balcombe. Contact: 01444 811462 Saturday 22 April, 11:00-16:00

Feldenkrais For Your Future Introductory Day

The Green Room, Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH An informative introductory day for our Feldenkrais For Your Future, OneYear Course, over eight weekends, starting in June. £60.00. Contact: Marianne Leather office@feldenkraisitc.com 01273 844140 www.feldenkrais-itc.com Saturday 22 April, 15:00

Friends of Ashenground & Bolnore Woods – Nature Photography Afternoon

Ashenground Bridge, Ashenground Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4QA Nature photography with Royal Photographic Society member. If weather bad, reserve date is Saturday 17 June 2017, 15:00. Non-members welcome. Free. Monday 24 April,10:00-12:30

Quilling

Made and Making, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Come along and spend a relaxing morning learning this ancient craft. All materials and tools are supplied and you’ll have a unique piece to take home. £16. www.madeandmaking. co.uk sarah@madeandmaking.co.uk 07967 819540 Monday 24 April 19:45-22:00

Hassocks WI – A Talk of Titanic Proportions

Hassocks United Reform Church, 23 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AB A talk on the findings of divers to the Titanic. Please note change of venue for April. Monday 24 April, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT

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Bonhams Valuation Day

Tuesday 25 – Friday 28, 19:30 & Saturday 29 April, 14:30 & 19:30

Legally Blonde, the Musical – presented by Haywards Heath Operatic Society

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN The story of college sweetheart Ellie Woods who doesn’t take no for an answer. Reserved seating. Tickets £15 & concessions £13.50 Tuesday 25 April, 19:30

An illustrated talk by Tony Whitbread, Chief Executive of the Sussex Wildlife Trust entitled ‘There is no wealth but life’. Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, BN6 9UY Tony has formed a clear perspective of the dependency of mankind on the well-being of our natural environment. Learn how our lifestyles must reflect this. Wednesday 26 April, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 OEG Visit from Horsham & District Philatelic Society. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 jespeth@hotmail.com Wednesday 26 April, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Group Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH We will be holding a Bonsai Demonstration, with three demonstrators. All welcome to attend. Tea and coffee available. First visit free. Subsequent visits £5 or join the Group. Contact: Ray Brunsden -1444 244267. All welcome.

Think you know it all? Prove it? We will be raising funds towards St Margaret’s Church extension. Cheese fondue will also be available, please order. Contact: 01342 810644

Friday 28 April, 20:00-22:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society Talk

Guide Hall, Adjacent to Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY A talk on Bishop Hannington of Hurstpierpoint by Peter Wilkinson (formerly of West Sussex Records Office). Free for members, £3 for nonmembers. Contact: Bill Kent 01273 832280 w.kent123@btinternet.com Saturday 29 April

£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 29 April, 09:30-12:00

Table Top Sale – In Aid of Jack and Jill Playgroup, Hassocks

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Table Top Sale - toys, books, games, crafts. Refreshments served. All in aid of Jack and Jill Playgroup Hassocks. £1 adults/ 50p Under18s. Sellers £10 per table. Sellers booking forms available from QD Stationery, Hassocks Saturday 29 April, 10:00-13:00

Saturday 29 April, 19:45-21:45

‘Nightingales, Night Owls and Bats’ – Led by Ian Woolsey

Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve. Meet in car park and bring a torch please. From songs at twilight to creatures of the night! Discover the creatures that visit and live on Bedelands at night-time. Sunday 30 April, 14:00-16:00

Pyecombe Plant Sale

Pyecombe Church Yard, Church Lane, Pyecombe BN45 7FN Beautiful selection of garden plants and some bric-a-brac for sale. Teas and homemade cakes also available. Mieke Thomas 07956 368282 Karen Lewis 07818 568999

Sunday 30 April & Monday 01 May

The Ark, Mount Lane, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4RA Sale of plants. All day refreshments available. Raffle and stalls.

East Bysshe Showground, Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath, RH7 6LF Newly amalgamated event with largest gathering of heavy horses in southern England + historic vehicles, dog show, crafts, shops, rides. £10 on gate/£8 in advance, under 16s and parking free Jackie Shearman, 01737 645857 sesha@edenbridgeshow.co.uk, www.sesha.org.uk

Plant Sale In aid of St Catherine’s Hospice

Lancing College, Lancing BN15 ORW Our Open Morning is a wonderful opportunity to get a full introduction to life at Lancing College. During the tour, guided by our students, you will be able to explore the facilities, see a full range of classes and activities in action, and talk to teachers. To register, please complete the online registration form or phone Admissions 01273 452213

The Fox Eating & Drinking House, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstead RH19 4PJ

St Peter’s Church, Church Lane, Henfield BN5 9NY Glissando is a recently formed group of eight talented professional harpists and they will be giving an evening of a diverse repertoire. Tickets available from Village Care or the ticket line on 01273 492294 at £15.

Saturday 29 April, 10:00-14:00

King Edward Hall, 24 Lindfield High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Tea, coffee and cakes in the Jubilee Hall and Tabletop Sale in the Newcombe Hall. An excellent morning out whatever the weather! All proceeds in aid of the Procession, Bonfire and Fireworks display on the 5th November. Sarah 01444 487470 lindfieldbonfiresoc@gmail.com www.lindfieldbonfiresociety.co.uk

Mayfield School, The Old Palace, Mayfield TN20 6PH To see first-hand how we can help your daughter to flourish academically, to develop her talents – wherever they lie – and discover hidden ones, join us for our Open Morning. New Sixth Form Centre, Oxbridge Success, Full & Weekly Boarding, Creative Thinking. Please contact: Mrs Jennifer Gandy, Registgrar 01435 874642

Quiz Night

Concert in aid of The Friends of St Peter’s Church

Sunday 30 April & Monday 01 May, 09:00-17:00

Saturday 29 April, 10:15 for 10:30

Thursday 27 April, 20:00

Saturday 29 April, 19:30

Lindfield Bonfire Society Vintage Coffee Morning and Tabletop Sale

Thursday 27 April

Mayfield School Open Morning

Enjoy the very best of the South East’s produce and folk traditions, plus free cookery classes, music, dancing, and more! Adult £13.50, 65+ £11.50, Child £6, Family £36. 01243 811363 office@wealddown.co.uk www.wealddown.co.uk

Lancing College Senior School & Sixth Form Open Morning

Saturday 29 April – Monday 01 May, 10:30-17:00

Food & Folk Festival

Weald & Downland Living Museum Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU

Spring Garden & Leisure Show

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL Reconnect with the great outdoors and enjoy interactive entertainment, gardening advice, plants to buy and heaps of shopping, food and drink. £10 Adults, £8 Seniors/Students. Children under 16 free with a paying adult. Book online for 10% discount. 01444 892700 www.seas.org.uk info@seas.org.uk

Blindley Heath Heavy Horse and Country Show

Sunday 30 April, 18:30-23:00

Folk Concert

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU Enjoy an evening folk music concert with a fantastic line up of folk musicians and bands including headliner Jim Moray. £20 each. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact: 01243 811363 office@wealddown.co.uk www.wealddown.co.uk

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BY MARTIN HILL

Bee Prepared

ENVIRONMENT

Prior to leaving the nest they will fi ll up with honey to last them on their journey, so they need to fi nd somewhere before they get hungry. Swarms of bees are not normally aggressive but best not approached. If you do fi nd a swarm the best course of action is to call a local beekeeper that can re-home them safely. There are several beekeepers in our area but the best place to check is the BBKA website. There you can put in your post code and all the local collectors will be listed. www.bbka.org.uk or call Martin Hill on 07966 509424

What to do if you fi nd a swarm of honeybees Swarming is a natural instinct for bees and all colonies if left to their own devices will eventually swarm. This is part of their means of reproduction; if they didn’t there would be no bees. The swarm has to fi nd a new home but in the meantime it will fi nd

a branch, fence or a gate to hang off. Worker bees scout around until they fi nd a suitable tree, chimney or roof space and then return to the swarm to show them the way to their new home. This can take a few minutes or a couple of days.

Spring Season 2017 Top Events Coming Soon Patsy Cline and Friends Saturday 8th April Martlets Hall

Tony Stockwell Thursday 11th May Martlets Hall

The Big Chris Barber Band Friday 9th June Clair Hall

Book Now: Martlets Hall – www.martletshall.org – 01444 242888 Clair Hall – www.clairhall.org 01444 455440

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Chequer Mead Arts Centre, Family Shopper East Grinstead Museum, Library, Rail Station, East Grinstead Sports Club, Sainsbury’s, Martell’s, McIndoe Surgical Centre, Queen Victoria Hospital, Angelica’s Convenience Store, Broadleys, Sparrows Nest, The Kings Centre, The Retreatery, W J Armstrong

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Copthorne

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Horsted Keynes The Crown Inn

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Springs Smoked Salmon, Tottington Manor

Keymer

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The Greyhound Inn

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Findon

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The Curry Cottage, Blacksmiths Arms

North Chailey For Get Me Not Cafe & Tea Rooms,

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BUSINESS TO BUSINESS

BY MARTIN FAULCONBRIDGE

TAKE BUSINESS SUPPORT

for granted

Places for P partnershi

If you’re a small business that’s looking to grow, Mid Sussex District Council may be able to help with funding Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) recognises the importance of emerging small businesses to the local economy. In partnership with West Sussex County Council, MSDC is now offering micro businesses grant funding of up to £2,000 to help them grow. Most people have, at some point in their lives, dreamed of becoming their own boss and right now a new wave of entrepreneurs are turning that dream into a reality. Research by the Government’s enterprise campaign, StartUp Britain, shows 342,927 new UK businesses were registered with Companies House in the fi rst half of 2016. This is a staggering 80 new companies per hour.

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The grants of up to £2,000 are available to any Mid Sussex business with less than 10 employees, an idea for a project that will help their business grow and a willingness to match the fi nancial contribution with their own funds. A further £1,500 is also on offer to help micro businesses take on an apprentice. A total pot of £83,000 is available for allocation. Could you be eligible? Only businesses with less than 10 employees will qualify. Businesses must be properly constituted

and able to provide evidence of this (such as accounts, VAT registration number (if applicable), copy of Companies House documentation, evidence of registration as a sole trader). Projects must be things that will contribute towards the growth of the business and not to cover the costs of ‘business as usual’. Only one application can be made per business. The process for applications can be submitted at anytime, the Cabinet Grants Panel will meet monthly to consider applications that have been received up to a week preceding the meeting. Acknowledgement of your application will be sent on receipt, and you will be advised at which meeting your application will be considered. Following consideration of applications, applicants will be informed of the outcome within 1 week. ncil The grant programme runs until September 2017, or until the funding runs out. As of 23rd March, the Cabinet Grants Panel has met 3 times and considered

Most people have, at some point in their lives, dreamed of becoming their own boss and right now a new wave of entrepreneurs are turning that dream into a reality 21 applications for a wide variety of projects. To be eligible for a grant, businesses will be required to demonstrate how they deliver one www.placesforpeopleleisure.org or more of the following benefits: • Wider outreach • New business lines • More employees • Community benefit If you require further information about the grants please go to www.midsussex.gov. uk/businessgrants www.sussexliving.com


BY XYXYXY YXY Y YXYXY YX

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SUSSEX UNIFORMS Run by parents for parents

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ussex Uniforms is a Burgess Hill based company with stores in Haywards Heath and Hove, who took advantage of the Mid Sussex District Council’s Micro Business grants. “We started out as two business mums who were frustrated by the lack of choice we had when it came to purchasing school uniforms,” explains Georgina. “We wanted to offer quality uniforms and a great service, both online and in-store, making life easier for busy parents.” Sussex Uniforms is an approved supplier of branded school clothing and accessories to over 40 schools in Sussex. Company Director Georgina Bradley set up the business in 2008 and now employs 10 people, with recruitment

currently underway to fill a variety of new roles. “We heard about the Micro Business grants from Gordon Reay, the Business Liaison Officer at MSDC and it was perfect timing for us because we were starting to expand into other markets like workwear, teamwear and corporate clothing. We needed to rebrand and update our website so our customers could see that we provide a much greater range of services now. As our company continued to grow, we have started to branch out into new markets, supplying local ballet groups, scout troops and girl guides. In January 2017, we successfully applied to MSDC for a grant of £2,000 to help us rebrand and design a website that reflected our new direction. The grant has given us the opportunity to accelerate growth and implement our changes much sooner. It has acted as a catalyst, enabling us to develop quickly and employ more people. Small businesses like ours are an essential part of the local economy so it’s great to know we have the backing of the Council for projects like this.”

“We wanted to offer quality uniforms and a great service, both online and in-store, making life easier for busy parents.”

For more information about Sussex Uniforms

visit www.sussexuniforms.co.uk or call 01444 277066

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Nick’s Handyman

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Landscape Gardeners

Creators of beautiful gardens

Garden design & waterscapes • Garden design & waterscapes Hard & soft landscapes • Hard & soft landscapes Planting & tree work Paving & driveways • Paving & driveways Inc. Ballard Decking & fencing • Decking & fencing Pond maintenance • Pond maintenance For friendly advice & a free quote call or email us • Planting & tree work

For friendly advice and a free quote, please contact:

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& Shortall

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of Ditchling Ltd C re a t o r s oEst.1960 f beautiful water and landscape gardens

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Est.1960

Web: www.standens.net Email: info@standens.net

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Adrian Inman Painting and Decorating

For all your Domestic & Commercial Painting & Decorating needs

LEWIS DECORATIONS Tel.01444 Tel. 01444233073 233073

Whether you need a single door painted, damaged paintwork or wallpaper replaced, or a whole room or house redecorated, you can rely on me to provide a proffessional and skilled service.

QUALITY DECORATING SERVICES

Call now for a free estimate 01444 443972

Established 25 years. City and Guilds Qualified.

Adrian Inman | Mob: 07810 752608 | Tel: 01444 443972 Adrian@acinman.co.uk | www.acinman.co.uk

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY

STRATA

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• Project Management • RHS Gold Medal Winner

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• Plant Specialist

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Please call/email for further info or a quote.

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45 High Street, Cuckfield, West Sussex RH17 5JU 01444 455611 • www.sussex-crafts.co.uk

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Terry Healy - chimney sweeps Bookings Tel: 01444 453 228 or 07759 450564

HETAS approved Cuckfield, W. Sussex, RH17 5DD www.chimneysweepmidsussex.co.uk ●

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Clean your flues regularly to help avoid chimney fires or carbon monoxide poisoning

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Contact us for a no-nonsense quote:

Tel: 01444 480606

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MOT just £ 29.95

when booked with a service Offer ends 31/3/2017

UNIT 12 & 13 SHEDDINGDEAN BUSINESS CENTRE, BURGESS HILL

MOTS ONLY £40 SUSSEX LIVING April 2017

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Forest Row Village Club Friendly CIU Affiliated Club

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For hire Open 7 days a week Visit: www.forestrowvillageclub.co.uk Email: frvillageclub@outlook.com Tel: 01342 822856

Woodburning Stoves

Everything for the horse and rider Old Talbot House, High Street, Cuckfield, West Sussex RH17 5JX

01444 454164

PlumPton

www.southdownstoves.co.uk Green

showroom 01273 890322

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Phone first

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Spring is on its way

Deals on compost ● Stockists of local charcoal ●

Everything you could possibly wish for to keep your pets happy & fed with a range of food, English-made beds & toys Huge range of wild bird feed & feeders coal, logs & calor gas

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Staplefield Road ● Cuckfield ● West Sussex ● RH17 5HY

S W C YM STO AN P C AG LY KIN AN & G

LARGE FREE CAR PARK - LOCAL HOME DELIVERY OPEN 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday

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• Trade / Retail / Dents / Scratches / Stains

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• Loan Cars Available

• Local Pick Up Service

Unit 27, Mid Sussex Business Park, Ditchling Common, Ditchling, West Sussex BN6 8SE Email: SDBS@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01444 254910 / 07788 580024

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Hurst & Hassocks Cars Patios Decking Water features Planting Timber structures Wildlife Gardens

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The right fire for your home...

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Grate Fires of Sussex info@gratefires.co.uk

Available 6 days a week

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S U P P LY A N D I N S TA L L AT I O N O F WOODBURNING STOVES AND RANGE COOKERS

“i will Take The Time To liSTen To your concernS and offer individual TreaTmenTS, advice and SupporT.” Consultant Trichologist Shuna Hammocks has been a hair and scalp specialist for 16 years. She is a Member of The Institute of Trichologists and of The Royal Society of Medicine. Naldred Farm Offices, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XR | t: 07860 387 332 info@sussextrichology.co.uk | www.sussextrichology.co.uk

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THE SOUTH’S LEADING Established 1986

homecharles@btinternet.com

LET US DO ALL YOUR CLEANING AND IRONING SO YOU DON’T ✓ Fully trained HAVE TO! and insured staff ✓ Trustworthy and reliable ✓ Affordable prices ✓ Serving Mid Sussex since 1986

Contact Lisa on

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www.ladiesthatdo.co.uk

SHOWROOM FINISH GUARANTEED EVERY TIME.

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Please call Geoff at Kithkin Books on 07523 304 847 or visit our website www.kithkinbooks.com

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Servicing - Exhausts - Tyres - Clutches Diagnostic - Brakes - Cambelt - Air-con

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▪ 1-6 Passengers ▪ ▪ Prestige vehicles ▪ ▪ Competitive prices ▪

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Local collection & return service courtesy cars available

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Make your oven gleam, call us for a clean!

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www.fyfpc.co.uk noW at unit 1 teknol House, viCtoria road, burgess Hill, rH15 9lH also at barraClougHs tHe oPtiCians 52 Cliffe HigH st, leWes bn7 2an

BALCOMBE GLASS LTD

incorporating BURGESS HILL GLASS CO.

FOR ALL YOUR GLASS AND GLAZING REQUIREMENTS EMERGENCY GLAZING SERVICE AVAILABLE: SEALED UNIT MANUFACTURERS TESTED TO EN 1279

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

M :07792

369807 TT : 01444 456809 M hardypaving .co.uk

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BROKEN DOWN UNIT REPLACEMENT SERVICE ARGON GAS AND KRYPTON GAS UNITS AVAILABLE CUT GLASS TO TRADE & RETAIL FREE ESTIMATES AMPLE PARKING Unit 5 Avocet Trading Estate, Victoria Gardens off Victoria Way, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9NH

T: 01444 230986/246004 F: 01444 230987/247007 www.balcombeglass.co.uk www.sussexliving.com


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New Bed Department

. CARPETS . VINYLS . RUGS & MATS . CURTAINS . BEDS . LIGHTING . BEDDING . CUSHIONS Millbrook Bed stockist

15-17 Church Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 9BB FREE PaRking at REaR - Entrance in Station Road


Stylish mezzanine floor spaces available

Renaissance Retirement is now selling one and two bedroom luxury retirement apartments in the heart of Haywards Heath, only a five minute walk from the town centre. The 34 apartments, which are known as Fleur-de-Lis, have been designed for independent retirement living. Some of the larger apartments boast stylish mezzanine floor spaces and en-suites. The development comprises an Owners’ Drawing Room and Guest Suite, and is managed by a concierge five days a week. There is a fully maintained landscaped garden to the rear and owners can make use of an on-site car park.

For more information phone:

01444 455699 / Freephone 0800 625 0026

N O W S E LLI NG – T AKE T H E T O UR SEVEN DA Y S A W EEK Address: Fleur-de-Lis Haywards Heath, Bolnore Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 4WH Email: haywardsheath@renaissancegroup.co.uk / Visit: www.renaissanceretirement.co.uk

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