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The most readers in Mid Sussex of any quality publication Sussex Living Magazine is published monthly by: Sussex Living Ltd 128 High Street, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9PX Tel: 01273 835355 /sussexliving  @sussexliving Managing Editor Tanis Banham

Assistant Editor Sara Whatley deputy Assistant Editor Cheryl Watkins

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Contributors Robert Veitch, Ruth Lawrence, Lisa de Silva, Flo Whitaker, Amy Newson, Sasha Kanal, Linda Nightingale, Hanna Lindon, Diane Clark, Sam Ford, Anna Bingham, David Lashbrook Printed by Part of The Media Sound Holdings group

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Editor’s comment

As the temperature rises to glorious heights, it’s ice lollies at the ready here at Sussex Living! With the school summer holidays nearly upon us, Hanna Lindon provides us with some top tips on keeping the kids (and adults!) happy, in part one of our children’s activities feature on page 38. If you’re looking for a fun filled family day out, watching the showjumping and lots of activities besides, turn to page 79 for two free tickets to Hickstead. Are you about to jet off on a summer adventure? See page 44 for the essential packing guide to ensure you are holiday ready. On page 48 we continue in the relaxation mode, highlighting the benefits of massage. This July, celebrating her 75th birthday, soul singing sensation Madeline Bell talks to Lisa de Silva about her fascinating and successful career. The article on page 50, is packed full of stories, and, combined with the amazing pictures kindly supplied by Ans van Heck Photography, it makes for a great read about the highs and lows of the music industry. Happy birthday Madeline! Is your bedroom feeling tired? From page 28 we have a variety of fabulous ideas on how to revamp and wake up your bedroom style for a fresh and invigorated look. Some of these simple and quick changes could make all the difference to your room. Ruth Lawrence had a very memorable and ennobling visit to a signing by the Bomber Boys at the Wings Museum in Balcombe, and she also attended a RAF Association meeting at the Haywards Heath branch. Read about the veteran’s incredible stories of surviving the odds in the face of adversity on page 68. From us all at Sussex Living, we hope you enjoy reading this issue, and wish all our readers and advertisers a happy, sunny (fingers crossed) July!

Cover Stories 28


Bedroom make-over Give your bedroom a boost

Children’s activities

Part 1 of your summer survival guide


Madeline Bell

Lisa de Silva chats with the soul sensation

56 Lindfield

Take a stroll through this lovely village

79 Hickstead

Two free tickets for our readers

50 Madeline Bell

38 Children’s activities

Cheryl Watkins deputy Assistant Editor

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issue In this

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Local living

The latest community news and events

Blooming times

Sowing for next Spring

36 Natural living


Getting to know your neighbours

Beautiful you

Is your suitcase holiday ready?


Stitch in time



A passion for pockets

Body buzz

Healing hands

Mount Harry Walk

A glorious walk across the South Downs

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68 RAF Association

Bringing the outside in


Dear Sussex Living


Diary dates

Feedback from our readers Local event listings


87 Distribution

Find Sussex Living in your local area



Business to business


Tips on twitching

Sponsorship opportunities with the Mid Sussex Marlins

14 Avocados

Improve your health with two delicious recipes



Summer cooking


Time to fire up the BBQ


Child of Sussex Awards


Beatrice Parsons




Local business directory Helping your business to expand

Celebrating outstanding achievements with More Radio

16 Summer

Edwardian artist’s beautiful paintings of Sussex gardens


Lewes Raft Race

Eccentric event raising funds for charity

RAF Association

Ruth Lawrence visits the Haywards Heath branch

Worthing Museum

A vintage treat

72 Neighbourly Care

Could you help in your local community?

74 East Grinstead Responders

Supporting the ambulance service

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Is dowsing just a load of mumbo-jumbo or a gift possessed by only a few? Robert Veitch weighs up some of the evidence

To Dowse 0r Not To Dowse? The Twitching


Buried in your mind might be a dowsing memory, possibly involving a broadminded but generally sceptical reporter from regional television interviewing a dowser in a field. After a while the dowsing rod(s) would twitch, a hole would be dug and water found. The excited reporter would do their final piece to camera, positively affected by the experience. But what really happens? To dowse is to search with hand held devices for things that are hidden. Most people might think dowsers only search for water, but they also look for ores, oil, and archaeological remains. The tools of the dowser are simple enough. Rods are the most common tool, being V or L shaped. Wands are also used, as are pendulums. V-shaped rods might be plastic or metal, although a quivering hazel twig might spring to mind most readily. L-shaped rods are used in pairs, with the short side of the L held

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loosely in the clenched palm of each hand. A dowser will walk slowly across the land, visualising what is being searched for. Dowsers claim the rods respond to electromagnetic signals in the earth with twitching movements, which can be subtle or violent. The British Society of Dowsers is a registered charity set up in 1933. They run training courses where dowsing can be learnt, educating gifted students to a professional level. Training helps eliminate bogus twitches by teaching which signals to avoid and which signals to accept. Some people never take to dowsing while others seem to have an innate ability to be successful.

The excited reporter would do their piece to camera, positively affected by the experience

Science, on the other hand, has found no evidence to support the claims of dowsing and regards it as pseudoscience. Scientific studies found the success rate of dowsers to be no better than chance. A scientist would tell you that nobody would innately possess ‘the gift’ of being able to dowse. Science explains dowsing two ways; firstly through the state of unstable equilibrium and secondly through ideomotors. An unstable equilibrium is where something is barely stable and very susceptible to the tiniest movement. It’s possible to balance one ball on top of another, but the tiniest movement will see the top ball fall as the equilibrium is disturbed. Ideomotors are imperceptible unconscious movements made by the human body that an individual is unaware of. Put the two together and science says the rods are moving because of the actions of the individual holding them. Dowsers most commonly search for water, but a hydrogeologist would say in any climate with moderate rainfall water will be found if a hole is dug deep enough. Mumbo jumbo or ‘a gift’ for those that possess it… until you’ve tried dowsing you’ll never know for sure. For further information: Website:

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Send us all your news and events for the local Mid Sussex, Lewes and Worthing community, then read about them here. Book Den On The Move The popular Book Den at 99 Church Walk in Burgess Hill, run by Burgess Hill District Lions Club, is on the move to new and larger premises at 86-88 Church Walk. A team of Lions volunteers are getting it ready for an opening on the 1st July. The sale of second-hand books at very reasonable prices; starting at a £1 for a paperback, has been so successful that the Book Den has outgrown its original premises and needs more space. It is estimated that since opening over £500,000 has been raised for charities from the Book Den Donations of books are always needed and what better way to recycle your books once you have read them, knowing they will continue to be read and enjoyed while raising funds to support the local community? The Lions would be very pleased to receive them together with unwanted DVD’s, CD’s, vinyl records, jigsaws and maps and used stamps. We also recycle spectacles, hearing aids and mobile phones (even broken ones) and chargers. The shop will be open six days a week 09-30 to 16.00. Vehicle access to the premises is clearly marked off Crescent Way. Should you have spare time and wish to volunteer or are interested in joining our Lions Club then please ring 0845 8332706.

East Grinstead, RH19 3LT. For further information on these and other town events please contact East Grinstead Town Promotions 01342 410121, tourism@, www.

and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5.00 payable at the door. We look forward to seeing you again in October when we commence our new season of interesting and exciting films.

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On Thursday 6 July our last film of the season will be The Moon & the Sledgehammer. A fascinating and witty but rather disturbing British cult documentary set in 1969 about the eccentric lives of the Page family. The family live in the style of 1869 without electricity or running water and are the last members of an agricultural community driven to extinction by modern machines. Cut off from society and its influences, the family’s bizarre personal fantasies and philosophies reveal a true independence of existence. However in the end it is apparent that the family are in control of their world in a way that we can never be in control of ours. Director: Philip Trevelyan, English, 1971, 69 mins, U Cert. The film will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. The film starts at 8.00 pm, with the doors opening at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests

Although it’s only the start of the summer, this year’s Hurst Festival is looming large on the horizon. It takes place from 16th September to 1st October and booking for all events opens in July. There are over 80 events taking place this year and as always, the Festival relies on the support of the local community in more ways than one! The first is financially. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to put on the Festival and we urge supporters to sign up as a Festival Friend. It costs just £20 a year and gives you 2-week priority booking for all events. This can be a real bonus for our smaller events. As a Friend, you will also be invited to our brochure launch evening on Friday 7th July. Join as a Festival friend on our website The second way you can help is to sign up as a Festival helper. Festival helpers volunteer at events with jobs like setting up the venues, checking tickets and helping on the bar, and the

benefit of being a helper is that you get to see the event. We’re holding a helpers evening on Wednesday 19th July from 6.308pm in Holy Trinity Church. Do come along and sign up or alternatively email us at Lastly, we’re still on the hunt for a new Chairperson for 2018 so if you know anyone who is into the arts, please do let us know.

Success for Local Chorus On Saturday 27 May 2017, Steyning based chorus, Vocal Fusion Acapella took part in the Annual Barbershop Convention held at the prestigious Bournemouth International Centre. Thirty-seven choruses from around the country came together to compete against each other in this National competition, and to enjoy and celebrate the pleasure from male voice 4 part close-harmony singing. Vocal Fusion Acapella (so called because in addition to Barbershop they also sing Jazz, and other Close-Harmony styles) together with their Director Zoe Peate, chose that day to deliver their best ever performance, and were awarded Third Place in the Small Chorus category, Second Place in the Most Improved Chorus category and First Place in their division out of nine other

East Grinstead Events There are some events to look out for in East Grinstead this summer. The Town Council free picnic concerts ‘A Summer Party’ on Sunday 2nd July, and ‘Party in the Park’ Sunday 6th August. There will be music to cater for all tastes, with a mixture of styles ranging from classical to rock with the sounds of the sixties too. Both the events start at 1pm and run until 5pm and are suitable for all the family. There are food stalls and a pay bar on site, but you are welcome to bring your own picnics. The events take place at East Court Estate, College Lane,

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choruses. Overall, Vocal Fusion Acapella came 18th, which is an amazing achievement as only 16 men took to the stage, compared with many choruses who had fifty+ members. The whole weekend was one of great camaraderie and fun. If you would like to sing with them, please come to Steyning Methodist Church, High St Steyning on any Wednesday from 7.15pm. Hear their great sound at future summer concerts on Friday 7 July at Millais School, Horsham and Wednesday 12 July at St Marks Church, North Heath Lane, Horsham. More details can be found on our website www.

Celebrate Summer With Each Other We all know that the British Summer can be unpredictable but come rain or shine we’re sure you’ll have a whole lot of fun if you come down to The Orchards on Saturday 8th July. Bring your best friend to our Dog Show, with fantastic trophies to be won for a variety of

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categories including; the waggiest tail, best-groomed dog and dog most like its owner! There is also a Sandcastle Competition, a wonderful photo booth where you can dress up to your heart’s content and have your picture taken, not to mention a Summer Cup Cake contest, so do bring yours. But it’s not all work, work, work for you; we have the incredible Rock Choir coming to entertain you as well as Spanish Dancing, the Hayley Beeson School of Dance and our lovely local nightingale, Tania Rodd. All through the day, Lindsay’s Animal School will be there so you can stroke, feed and cuddle some furry new friends while listening to Lindsay’s stories of rescuing and caring for animals. This community event, starting in The Orchards at 9.45 am, is being opened by Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex, Carole Hayward, and our Town Mayor, Jim Knight. As Orchards Manager, Nicola Bird, says, “so many are working to make this the most glorious of our summer events, and I just know it will bring everyone together!”

Girls Brigade 70th Anniversary Celebrations The 1st Hurstpierpoint Girls’ Brigade is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year with a Family Parade Service conducted by Rev Gina Upton (a previous Captain of the Company) and a buffet lunch for past members of the Girls’ Life Brigade (GLB) and Girls’ Brigade (GB) on Sunday 9 July at The Methodist Church, 42 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9SA. The Service begins at 10.30 am for about an hour followed by coffee and biscuits. There will be memorabilia to look at before lunch and plenty of time to chat and catch up with old friends.

I would like to contact any girls and ladies who were in GLB or GB at any time since 1947, so please give me a ring on 01273 832286 / 07799 660043 or e-mail me on margaret@ If you would like to share in our celebration lunch I will make sure a place is reserved for you.

Hurst Cricket Club Join us at Danny House for a very special event on Sunday, July the 9th. Hurstpierpoint Cricket Club is playing a match against a Danny House XI to commemorate 300 years of cricket in Hurstpierpoint. Danny was Hurst CCs first home

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ground and we’ll be playing the game in period dress, to 18th Century rules. The famous diarist Thomas Merchant mentions cricket being played in the village in 1717 and while it’s certain that cricket was being played even earlier; this is the first official verification. The MCC have also confirmed Hurst CC’s status as the 3rd oldest club in the world and did us the honour of sending a team to play earlier in the summer. There will be a BBQ , a beer tent, and the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men are putting in an appearance, and plenty of other entertainment on the day. Proceedings start from 1pm, all are welcome so bring a picnic and come and join the fun. com.

The Charity That Brings Them All Together Horsham and Mid Sussex Voluntary Action (HAMSVA) is an independent charity established to support local voluntary organisations and community groups. When an organisation takes up a free membership of HAMSVA it can look forward to receiving help with finding funding and training opportunities, applying for grants, networking with other groups in the region, receiving a fortnightly e-bulletin packed with useful information and assistance with all things related to volunteering. HAMSVA supports its member groups by organising management forums on various topics (e.g. recruiting volunteers, managing difficult situations or accommodating volunteers with additional needs), volunteer fairs which give groups a chance to showcase what they do and attract potential volunteers and also by registering and promoting their volunteering roles. Volunteering roles are currently offered through local press and on HAMSVA’s website. Later this summer, HAMSVA’s website will include a link to its vast database of volunteering roles. This exciting new facility will allow people to sift through local opportunities and find the one that suits them the most. It will also give organisations a greater online presence and an invaluable platform for

promoting their work. If you are thinking about volunteering and want to know what is out there, do get in touch with HAMSVA staff who will be more than happy to assist you. You can contact HAMSVA by emailing volunteercentre@ or by ringing 01444 258102.

Prostate Cancer Support The Prostate Cancer Support Group (Haywards Heath and District) offers local support to anyone affected by prostate cancer, their family or friends. Its meetings provide a friendly platform for members to share experiences and to learn more about latest treatments and current research from medical professionals. The group, which has 70+ members, 30 of whom regularly attend the meetings, meet at the Dolphin Surgery Meeting Room, Haywards Heath, three times a year. The next meetings are 20 July and 23 November. They have a small committee of volunteer members who plan each meeting and arrange speakers. More volunteers are always needed, for organising meetings, delivering posters, or note taking. If you can give a little time to help us, please call the number below. For more information visit uk or telephone 01825 722169. In addition to holding support group meetings, the group is represented at NHS Stakeholder meetings and lobbies on behalf of prostate cancer sufferers in the Haywards Heath area.

Summer Fun Day Sunday 16th July 10am - 4pm There’s plenty of fun for all the family at the National Cat Centre’s Summer Fun Day. A ttractions include: trade stands, beer tent, BBQ and a wide variety of hot and cold refreshments, tours of the adoption centre, raffle and tombola, face painting, bouncy slide and much more! Admission is free with a donation of Felix cat food or a cat toy. New for this year is our FUN DOG SHOW, with 6 fun classes starting from 1:30pm. Registration starts from 12pm. A lso new is our CA R BOOT SA LE! Call now on 01825 741330 if you would like to make a booking. Find us at: National Cat A doption Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, East Sussex, RH17 7DE For further information please contact:

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Visit for more information. Coming up, we have The Gauntlet Games, a fun obstacle course on July 29th. What better way to spend your Saturday than bouncing, sliding and fighting your way through all kinds of challenges. Minimum sponsorship and ticket fee applies, take part individually or as a group. For more information call Hayley on 01444 470128 or email Hayley@

will include face painting, pony rides, bouncy castle, stocks, puppet show, bubble pop and other games. Teas and cakes will be served in the Village Hall. Along the street there will be a number of villager-operated stalls including ice cream and burgers. Admission and parking will be free. Latest news is that there will be tug of war competitions, including a response to a challenge from Poynings!

Fulking Fair

We are a small branch based in the Brighton and Hove area, but have members who attend the social and branch meetings from all along the south coast from Seaford to Littlehampton and inland as far as Burgess Hill. Although we are somewhat smaller than we have been in the past, due to the increasing age of many of our loyal members, we are a well-established branch of the RMA and have been running since the 1970s. We have had some very distinguished members in the past including the late Sir Vivian Dunn who was our president for many years.

This year’s award winning Fulking Fair will be held in the North Town Field, Fulking on Sunday 30 July from 12 till 5pm. There will be hot and cold food including, fish & chips, pies and Punjabi street food. The hire of the marquee has been kindly donated and there will a bar there during the fair. Live music will be performed by Sold as Seen and other local groups throughout the afternoon. There will be over thirty stalls with demonstrations, crafts, food and games. Children’s entertainment

Royal Marine Association

We regularly attend annually the Graspan Memorial Parade and the RMA reunion at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM). We hold an annual president’s dinner which is a wonderful time to socialise with like-minded people. These are just a few of the events on our social calendar. We ask nothing of you other than a commitment to attend a branch or social meeting every now and again. It doesn’t have to be every month, we appreciate people have busy lives to lead. Possibly you are already a postal member with our Central Office and would love to become more actively involved locally. For more information

Funding Plea From The Gattons You may have heard that schools in West Sussex are facing dramatic budget cuts. As a result of this, our school (The Gattons Infant School) is finding it very difficult to find money to provide basic resources for our children. Every class in

our school use an Interactive Whiteboard - these are crucial to the delivery of lessons and as a tool for children to use to further their learning. However, the 8 that we currently have are old and beginning to break down and desperately need replacing. We are sending out an appeal to our community and beyond to ask if they could help us to fund the cost of replacing the whiteboards by donating as much or as little as they can afford by going to our funding page; https://www.gofundme. com/whiteboards Ellie Bennett, Assistant Head.

Cook Needed for The Hassocks Visually Impaired Club The Hassocks Visually Impaired Club will need a volunteer cook from September. We meet once a fortnight on a Wednesday at St Frances Church Hall, Hassocks and cater for 20 people. If you might be able to give this valuable help, please call Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947.


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Food & Drink

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The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit, which has powerful beneficial effects on health


Almighty This fruit is prized for its high nutrient value and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavour and rich texture. It is often referred to as a superfood… which is not surprising given its health properties. Avocados are incredibly nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals. People who eat avocados tend to be healthier and studies have shown they can reduce cholesterol levels significantly, reduce blood triglycerides (a fat found in your blood), lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL (the good!) cholesterol. This is really good news for a healthy heart! Not only do avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods, they are also high in antioxidants themselves which is very important for eye health and lowers the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. I was delighted to learn that avocados are also high in fibre, and very low in carbohydrates. They are weight loss friendly, heart healthy and last but not least, taste incredible! What more could one ask for in a food?


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3 ripe bananas 500ml coconut water 1 avocado, mashed 1 tablespoon of Greek yoghurt 1 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Dash of salt 1. In a blender, combine bananas and coconut water. Puree until smooth. 2. Add the following 6 ingredients, and continue to blend until smooth.

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2 avocados 2 slices of gluten free cheddar cheese 4 slices of crispy bacon 2 slices of tomato 2 slices of red onion 2 Romaine lettuce leaves mayo and sesame seeds and watercress to decorate 1. Halve, pit, and peel the avocados, slice the cheese, tomato and onion. 2. Cook the bacon and set aside ready for when you assemble the “bun”. 3. Slice a little piece from the bottom of two halves of avocado, so that they don’t wobble. 4. Stack all the ingredients neatly on the top of them. 5. When finished, place the other two halves on top of each pile. 6. Once complete, sprinkle with sesame seeds and decorate with watercress.

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Food & Drink

by Diane Clark

Some like it hot, so sizzle your ribs and chicken with the BBQ sauces. I hope you will find these recipes melt-in-your-mouth incredible!

Spicy barbeque Sizzling spare ribs with bbq sauce SERVES





2 x 500g packs of pork spare ribs 1cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and grated 2 crushed garlic cloves 1 tbsp tomato puree 6 tbsp demerara sugar 2 tbsp dark soy sauce 3 tbsp clear honey ½ tsp Dijon mustard 2 good pinches of Five-Spice Powder 125ml unsweetened orange juice Slices of orange peel, to garnish


1. Tip the ribs into a big bowl with the garlic. Now spoon all the remaining ingredients over the ribs and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn the ribs over and over again until they’re coated in the sauce. (You can keep the ribs uncooked, tightly covered, in the fridge for up to 3 days.) 2. Place the ribs on a baking tray or similar and cook them over a moderate barbecue for 30-40 minutes depending on their size, turning over frequently and brushing with the sauce each time. The turning and brushing is important, so that all four sides of each rib gets encrusted with the sauce. The ribs should be glazed and a rich golden brown when ready!

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Sizzlers Lemon & Five Spice chicken SERVES





2 lemons 3 tbsp light muscovado sugar thumb-sized piece of ginger, shredded 2 crushed garlic cloves 5 tbsp soy sauce ½ tsp Five-Spice Powder splash of dry sherry or dry white wine 8 chicken thighs


1. Juice 1 lemon and cut the other into slices. Put in a large food bag along with the remaining ingredients and shake well to coat. Leave for 10 minutes or up to 24 hours if making ahead. 2. Fire up the BBQ. Lift the chicken out of the marinade, shake of excess, then cook on the BBQ for 20 minutes, spooning over the marinade every few minutes. Turn occasionally, until cooked through and dark golden brown. Great served with new potatoes and salad.

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Child of Sussex Awards

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More Radio Child of Sussex Awards celebrate the achievements of incredible young people, Anna Bingham shares their stories and how you can enter your own superstar Have a think back to your childhood and to what makes up some of your standout memories. For me it was playing My Little Pony with my sister, coming up with endless reasons for my parents on exactly why it was imperative we got a dog, and sneaking extra biscuits from the tin at Nanna and Grandpas without being caught. Over the last couple of years I have come to realise what a carefree and blessed childhood I actually had. Plus I realise I was really quite a lazy child! I say this because through my involvement with the Child of Sussex Awards these last 6 years, I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the county’s most amazing young people and I’ve heard some inspiring, emotional, heartwarming and heart-breaking stories from these youngsters. The annual More Radio Child of Sussex Awards are taking place again this year at Brighton’s Hilton Metropole Hotel on Friday 20th October, and nominations are open now. I find it a genuinely humbling

They are always, without question, truly inspirational children experience, and it’s an honour to be on stage hosting the More Radio Child of Sussex Awards because I don’t just get to hear about these amazing young people I get to meet them. They are always, without question, truly inspirational children. Let me introduce you to a couple of our winners from last year. You may have heard of our Gold Award winner. Two year old Sebastian Stevens is quite a star around Mid-Sussex. At 18 months old he was diagnosed with a very rare form of bladder cancer and had to undergo a great deal of gruelling treatment. Despite this he was a brave, cheery little boy who’s strength kept his family going throughout these heart-breaking times. Our Best Friend Award went to 12 year old Abi Smith. She is autistic and has other serious health problems. Her best friend Joss is profoundly autistic and

it was his mum who nominated Abi. She told us, “Joss has never really had a friend and has even been bullied. Abi coaxed Joss out of his shell. Slowly, carefully and thoughtfully. She has defended him. She acted as translator for him. Nothing has ever made him so happy in his life.” Other incredible winners included our Performer Award winner 13 year old Abigail Eames who has already starred in Casualty, Dr Who and the movie, Shivaay. 15 year old Keir Langmead won our Make a Difference award. He suffers from dyslexia, but with the help of his tutor has written a book ‘The Proud Prince of Positivity’ that’s specifically aimed at helping teachers to understand how to help a student suffering from the condition. So many great winners, all with amazing stories to tell. Do you know an incredible or inspiring young person who you think deserves some recognition? We have 12 categories for you to nominate in, including Best Brother, Best Sister, Fundraiser of the Year, Sporting Star and our Courage Award. Head to www. to nominate now and spread the word! S u ss e x L i v i n g July 2017

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Even if you haven’t heard of Beatrice Parsons, you might well be familiar with her work. From greetings cards to book illustrations, her charming paintings of colourful borders made her one of the most popular artists of her era. She lived in Hertfordshire most of her life and painted gardens across the south of England, but some of her most famous depictions are scenes from rural Sussex. The trend nowadays is for art that pushes boundaries and challenges the observer, but the Edwardians had different aesthetic tastes. Parsons began painting in a period that the French called La Belle Époque. It was an era of peace, prosperity and optimism across Europe, and these traits are reflected in the popularity of idyllic garden paintings. Parsons – along with her famous contemporaries George Elgood and Ernest Rowe – was hugely in demand among the aristocracy. Queen Mary bought 30 of her paintings and several went to the Duchess of Westminster. Countless members of the great and good commissioned her to paint their gardens, from Lord and Lady Hillingdon to the Princess Royal. Parsons’ career began at the age of 19 with an exhibition at the Royal Academy. She dabbled initially in religious and

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Flower Girl Famous for her beautiful flower paintings, Edwardian artist Beatrice Parsons immortalised gardens across Sussex

historic art, but when her work received little critical attention she turned to painting gardens. Her skill in this area soon brought her to the attention of London gallery owner Charles Dowdeswell, who arranged her first solo exhibition at Dowdeswell Gallery on New Bond Street. It was an instant hit. “A dainty talent,”

said the Times review, who “treads successfully in Mr Elgood’s steps”. Others disagreed with this assessment. Writing in The New Age in 1910, Huntly Carter said that her paintings “should appeal to the horticultural-minded and to people who care for very clean work and sunlight in patches of vivid colour. Apparently Miss Parsons sees flowers only in bright sunshine. But there are other effects, and she should seek them.” Her biographer, art historian Susan Selwyn, has since described this opinion as unfair. Parsons was most famous for her colour-filled summer gardens, but she also painted bluebell woods, still life and gardens in all weathers and seasons. Her first solo exhibition was entitled ‘Old English Gardens (Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter)’. “It is surprising how truly, with her limitations, Miss Parsons

can suggest the mood of a season – as March softening into April in ‘Wild Daffodils, Buxted’,” said the Times. Abbotswood in Buxted (now a retirement home but once owned by Poldark author Winston Graham) was one of the Sussex locations that supplied material for Parsons’ work. She produced a

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series of paintings here at the beginning of the 20th century. These show different seasons and angles, but all include an elegant white cat – perhaps a treasured pet of the property’s owner. Other Sussex locations that feature in Parsons’ work

have equally intriguing backstories. In the early 20th century she was commissioned to paint Arts and Crafts mansion Brook House, which went on to become a refuge for wartime evacuees and a prisoner of war camp. Copies hang in the entrance hall of the house and some of the originals are still owned by descendants of the family. Another of her paintings featured the Dovecote of Tudor house Stonelands – an imposing stately home

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Countless members of the great and good commissioned her to paint their gardens, from Lord and Lady Hillingdon to the Princess Royal

originally built by the Sussex ironmasters. These paintings and many others feature in ‘Gardens of England’, a book that Parsons illustrated with characteristic skill. Parsons had a modest domestic life despite her fame, living quietly with her three sisters in Hertfordshire. Instead of putting the proceeds of her work towards a more lavish lifestyle, she gave generously to charity and to others. “What she earned by

her art was devoted to the care of invalid members of her family, and to this end she worked up to the very end of her life, though often under great disability and in pain,” says her obituary in the Times. Parsons’ hard work didn’t just support her family, it also secured her legacy. Her work might be considered ‘chocolate-boxy’ by modern standards, but it has a beauty and charm which is sure to stand the test of time.

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Easy to grow and cheaper than chips – sow now for deliciously divine borders next spring There is nothing more satisfying than raising your own plants from seed. If you’ve been tempted to have a go, but feel unconfident and befuddled by the technical ‘jargon’, then I urge you to sow some biennials. They make easy, forgiving plants that require no specialist equipment or care and are generally unfussy about soil type. Best of all, the seed is as cheap as chips, (possibly cheaper - have you seen the price of chips these days?) As their botanical classification suggests, biennials require two, (‘bi’) years or growing seasons to reach flowering size. Many cottage garden favourites are biennials, including Foxglove (Digitalis), Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus), Honesty (Lunaria), Sweet Rocket (Hesperis) and Wallflowers (Erysimum). With barely any difference between day and night time temperatures to interrupt their growth, July is the perfect time to sow them. These naturally tough individuals do not require the cosseting of a greenhouse. Fill seed trays with sowing compost, sow the seeds thinly, cover with a dusting of compost, water in gently and stand the trays outdoors in a well-lit spot but not in direct sun - boiling summer temperatures will scorch delicate seedlings. Cover the trays with loose wire mesh to prevent


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Self-seeders have the ability to put themselves into unusual places; creating planting schemes that you’ve probably never thought of marauding wildlife excavating the contents, keep the soil moist and within 10-14 days seedlings will start to appear. Rotate the trays by 180° every other day, this prevents the seedlings becoming ‘leggy’ and leaning towards the strongest light source. When they’ve reached 3-4 cms high and have well-developed leaves, prick the seedlings out into cell trays. After a month or so they can be individually potted into 10 cm pots. Come September/October, plant them out into their final positions. They’ll continue to grow until the first frosts, making strong root systems that will quickly propel them to flowering size next spring. Another attractive feature of biennials is that they often ‘self-seed’ - a phrase guaranteed to have tidy gardeners reaching for the nerve pills. If you are of

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Whether you desire a calm and restful retreat or a boutique boudoir, let us show you how to restyle your bedroom for the sweetest of dreams

Reawaken your bedroom style We all spend around a third of our lives asleep, so it’s worth investing both time and money in your sleeping environment. As it tends to be the most private room in the house, the bedroom often gets overlooked in the style stakes, but now’s the time to take advantage of your bedroom’s privacy to really indulge your individual style. Our two-part guide will help you to create a room you love, be it a relaxing sanctuary, or a tribute to full on glamour. Part one considers all the elements of the room, while part two focuses on choosing a bed and a mattress for the perfect night’s sleep.

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DESIGN & STYLE Refreshing a bedroom is a cost effective home improvement that usually requires no structural building work. Start by giving everything a really good clean, then carefully consider what style of room will work best for your lifestyle. Do you want to create a light and airy room? A glamorous boudoir? Does the room have to double up as an office? Do you enjoy making your bed and arranging cushions? What colour schemes would work best with the

room’s natural light? Take all of these factors into account when planning your refresh. Collect inspiring pictures and try creating a mood board of colours, textures and ideas to help you. Once you have a plan, the transformation can begin. PAINT THE WALLS The quickest and easiest way to revive your bedroom is to paint the walls. Restful neutrals, pale blues, greens and greys, can all help to evoke a feeling of calm and relaxation. To add contrast to your colour scheme without overwhelming the space, try hanging feature wallpaper on one of the walls. If you live in a new build think about adding some architectural features to create interest. A dado rail will give you the chance to use different tones of colour from your chosen palette. You could also use wallpaper below the rail with a complementary colour above. continued on page 30

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BEDROOM WARDROBES & FURNITURE Aside from the bed, the wardrobe is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your bedroom. It is used everyday, so choose something that offers both functionality and style. The most traditional style of wardrobe is free-standing in a wood finish, although both metal and plastic versions are readily available. From the grandness offered by a shabby chic French armoire, to the understated clean and elegant lines of a Scandi-style closet, let your style guide your choice. Alternatively, fitted wardrobes can be made to cover the entire length of one wall, providing ample space to hide clothing, accessories, jewellery and makeup items. This is a great way to create a minimalist look. The ultimate in luxury though is the walk in wardrobe. Having a small room at your disposal to play dress up has to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. If you are on a tight budget, you could use chalk paint on

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room. If you can afford it, buy a rug large enough to place right under the bed. If not, try placing two smaller rugs either side of the bed to make getting up in the morning a more pleasurable experience underfoot. Alternatively, consider laying a silky carpet for a luxurious feel. Or if you like the idea of a French style boudoir, sand and whitewash floorboards, adding a deep pile rug for comfort. LIGHTING The bedroom needs a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting. This will not only allow you to dress, make-up and read in the room, it also offers the opportunity to create a variety of mood settings. A dimmer switch can also be useful for changing the atmosphere. If you have bedside lights, replacing the shades can help to refresh the room and to add a little hotel-style luxury, use oversized lamps either side of the bed.

A wardrobe is an important piece used everyday, so choose something that combines functionality and style WINDOW COVERINGS Do you want to create a dreamy and luxurious feel? Swags of muslin, linen and silk will help with this. But if pared back minimalism is more your style, consider installing plantation style shutters. These give a clean

BEDDING & LINENS Changing the bedding can also be an effective way to revive the room. To add impact, choose a colour that contrasts with the rest of the room. A styling trick to make your bed look more sumptuous and expensive, is to invest in bedding one size larger than the bed. So, drape a Queens size bed in King size linens. Adding texture is also a good trick for creating a sense of luxury. Achieve this using a throw and some scatter cushions, which can also introduce added colour and contrast. However, take care not to overcrowd the bed and try to balance the size and colour of any accessories.

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Whether it’s beautiful Summer plants; hanging baskets and planters, we have it all right here at Rushfields Plant Centre. And Summer also marks the opening of our ‘Outdoor Living Marquee’, displaying everything you’ll need to relax in your garden. Choose from a wide range of garden furniture – tables, chairs, loungers and umbrellas as well as a vast array of chimineas, fire-pits, equipment, fuel and accessories. Say Hello to the Summer at Rushfields

Take a look at our Award-winning Farm Shop and deli counter. We have a tasty selection of Summer time treats – ideal for picnics or barbecues. Choose from homemade, medal-winning pies and sausages, superb Sussex cheeses and continental delicacies. Relax over a light, al fresco lunch, refreshing cold drink or tea and decadent cakes in our spacious Café.

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Know Your

Natural Neighbours The summer brings with it a host of amazing opportunities to get close to the incredible wild neighbours on your doorstep What does ‘community’ mean to you? Does it simply mean the people that you share your environment with or a specific network of friends, family and colleagues? My guess is that mostly, we perceive community mainly in human terms. People we see regularly, some we know, others who are acquaintances, more who are simply there who we recognise but have no relationship to. Yet there is another layer to community, one which goes beyond people, stretching out into the natural world we are contained in, depend upon and belong to. Since we recently made the move from the city to the countryside, I have started to give attention to the creatures that share my local natural environment, those that I share my ‘biological address’ with. I’ve started to recognise individual birds; the juvenile magpie whose tail feathers haven’t yet grown, the baby wrens who perch inches from my face because they haven’t learned to fear humans

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and the bats who hunt each evening outside our window. I’ve started to listen for the thrush who sings loud and clear as a bell every morning from a particular oak by the footpath I walk along each day. I know that at some point, a heron will glide down to land on the neighbour’s roof to keep watch over their pond and that a green woodpecker will fly out from behind the old horse chestnut to pluck worms from the short grass next door. All these creatures have territories, homes, routines, enemies and families and the more I notice, the more of a

All these creatures have territories, homes, routines, enemies and families and the more I notice, the more of a relationship I feel to their lives and wellbeing

relationship I feel to their lives and wellbeing. I know where a tiny lizard lives so I tread carefully when in his vicinity and I’ve learned which flowers are restorative to a bee too exhausted to fly. All you have to do to feel part of this extended community is simply to notice, allowing eyes to range and ears to listen. Gradually it will begin to emerge and you will feel a sense of belonging to something wider that travels hand in hand with seasons and weather and your specific environment. As individuals, we can make a difference. We may not be able to halt climate change or environmental destruction but we can create richly diverse habitat for creatures who live around us and in noticing them, we ignite that crucial relationship which means we care and become guardians of our own natural locality.

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Keeping everyone happy during the long break is a task that will tax even the most ingenious of parents. If you can’t handle another morning down the local park then here are ten ideas to keep the kids active, engaged and having fun all summer long.

Get geocaching

Kids love nothing better than a good treasure hunt, making geocaching the perfect way to get them outdoors. This great globalised scavenger hunt involves tracking down boxes of hidden ‘treasure’ using a GPS app on your smartphone. It’s free, fun and open to anyone – all you need is a cost-free subscription to Caches can be anything from a list of names rolled up in an old film case to

a bumper Tupperware box filled with goodies. The only rule is that you have to replace anything you take with an item of your own.

Cycle the South Downs

The South Downs National Park contains an incredible 1,213 kilometres of bridleways, including the worldfamous South Downs Way. Your nippers don’t have to be fighting fit or approaching their teen years to manage an epic downland bike ride. Hire electric bikes for the day, opt for a tandem or fit a tow bar attachment to your bike so that you can give them a break when they get tired. Top familyfriendly cycling areas include Friston Forest, Stanmer Park, Devil’s Dyke and the South Downs Way itself.

Try orienteering

Learning to navigate using a map and a compass isn’t just fun – it’s also a useful life skill. There are orienteering clubs and courses on offer, but with a bit of research online you can easily teach kids the basics of navigation yourself. Challenge them to find a particular point on the map and hide a treat there


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Have fun at a festival

There are dozens of festivals and events taking place across Sussex during July and August. Some of the free family events to try in Sussex are; Paddle Round the Pier (1st-2nd July), a weekend of water-based activities along with music and kids’ entertainment. If cycling is your passion, try the Worthing StreetVelodrome event (1st-2nd July). Hoping for a windy day is the Brighton Kite Festival at Stanmer House (8th-9th July). Later in the holidays, spot the Red Arrows at the free Eastbourne International Airshow (17th-20th August).

Hit the beach

Sussex has an incredibly diverse array of beaches. Take scooterobsessed kids to Saltdean, where they can practice their skills on the threemile-long Undercliff Walk that runs alongside the beach. Tide Mills is an atmospheric shingle beach tucked away off the A259 between Newhaven and Bishopstone – older children will love exploring the ruins of the abandoned continued on page 41

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village that once stood there. If you can handle the 25-minute walk in, then Cuckmere Haven is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, with iconic views over the Seven Sisters. In search of tropical-style sand? You’ll have to head west to West Wittering near Chichester or east to Camber Sands to avoid the traditional Sussex shingle.

Sleep under the stars

Kids love the novelty of sleeping outdoors. You don’t have to splash out on a campsite – why not create a Bear Grylls-style experience in your own garden? Barbecue some sausages, eat sticky marshmallows toasted over a bonfire and swap ghost stories as dusk falls before snuggling up in your sleeping bags and admiring the night sky. A tarpaulin underneath your roll mat will protect you from the worst of the dew – and if it rains then you can always retreat to bed.

Barbecue some sausages, eat sticky marshmallows toasted over a bonfire and swap ghost stories as dusk falls before snuggling up in your sleeping bags and admiring the night sky

Not all museums cost the Earth to visit. Sussex has some fantastic free institutions, including Henfield Museum, Horsham Museum, Hove Museum and Art Gallery, and

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are creative, why not get crafty and build a doll’s house out of old cereal packets? All you’ll need is glue, duct tape, paper, scissors and some poster paints to decorate the house once it’s finished.

Get in the saddle

Learning to ride is a time-consuming business, making the summer holidays a great time to start. Make sure that the riding school you choose is properly licensed, preferably with British Horse Society (BHS) or Association of British Riding School (ABRS) approval. If regular lessons are too pricey then some local and national clubs offer horse-based activities for kids who don’t own a pony. Super-keen children may also be happy to offer help with mucking out and yard duties in exchange for rides – an age-old route into equestrianism.

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When the local playground starts to pall, bundle the kids into the car and head to your nearest nature reserve. There are some fascinating spots scattered around Sussex where they can explore wildlife trails, learn about conservation and come face-to-face with local fauna. Spot kingfisher, tern and osprey at Weir Wood Reservoir nature reserve in the Ashdown Forest, follow a mile-long nature trail through East Grinstead’s Ashplats Wood Nature Reserve or see a riot of wildflowers at Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve near Burgess Hill.

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It’s fi nally time to get packing and jet off on a long-anticipated adventure – with all your fashionessentials, of course! July sees us in full-swing holiday mode and if you’re lucky and have yet to go on yours, then you will be looking forward to packing up your holiday wardrobe and making your way on your adventure. Your sun-levels may be running low, but this holiday edit ensures that all your get-away (fashion) needs are met. (Swim)suit up! The thigh-high cut legged swimsuit is a must-have this summer and guarantees a

beach. Enjoy those rays – and the cocktails of course! All-in-one fun Jumpsuits are the perfect items for work and weddings – but most importantly holidays! Whether you’re heading for a city or beach vacance, a jumpsuit is the outfit of choice this summer. Enjoy the relaxed, airy and comfy appeal of a lightweight summer piece

floral prints, a good burst of shocking fuchsia and a touch of 80s oversized style – and there you have it, a dress for every occasion. Try a breezy and flowy dress for those evening beach walks and something with a good twirl for dancing those nights away.

Think retro floral prints, a good burst of shocking fuchsia and a touch of 80s oversized style

Also, a touch of urban-savvy utility style will always go a long way in an exciting city waiting to be explored.

super-leggy look. On top of that, add lace-up ties to get the coveted sporty and sexy appeal that will earn you maximum fashion points. A scalloped neckline will lend a feminine touch to your carefully ensembled beachlook, while making sure you choose bright colours will ensure you stand out on the

Be(ach bag) at the ready How else would you carry your book and sun essentials down to the beach unless in a super-chic beach bag? This season’s look-at-me beach bags come in glorious colours and are woven wonders waiting to transport your holiday must-haves around in all their stylish glory.

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and choose bold silhouettes and pleats (anything pleated or ruffled is a bonus, as it won’t crease in your case). Twirl the night away Summer is the season of dresses and finally they can be donned without those pesky tights that slip and slide uncomfortably. Think retro


Travel in style If you’re jetting off to an exotic destination it’s all fun and games – once you’re there. Long-haul fl ights are never fun, so make sure you’re geared up to fend off overzealous air conditioning with a soft, light cashmere jumper and joggers. An eye mask and earplugs will also help you arrive to your dream location with a smile on your face. Look after your skin Everyone knows the importance of sun cream on holiday – you can still build your tan (safely) when using a SPF50 lotion that will protect you from harmful (and ageing) UVA and UVB rays. Also remember to rehydrate, the sand, sun and sea dehydrate, so always have a nourishing post-sun lotion to hand. Now you’re all set for your adventure, all that’s left is to don those sunnies and sunhat and lie back with a cold drink in hand!

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It’s hard to give yourself a neck and shoulder massage but this little exercise can help. Stand with your back against a wall, and again place a tennis ball between the wall and your shoulder. Place your arm at a right angle with your hand parallel to your head and gently turn your head from side to side, simultaneously experimenting with the ball in different positions along your neck and shoulders. Repeat with both arms.

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Whether singing gospel, pop or jazz, Madeline Bell’s soulful voice has been the ticket to a lifetime of musical excellence. There are few musical greats she has not sung alongside; The Beatles, The Stones, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Joe Cocker all sought out her vocals. Her band Blue Mink enjoyed a string of successful hits; she has spun the discs at Radio One, is a regular at Ronnie Scotts and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, by the Music Heritage Foundation. Celebrating her 75th birthday on 23rd July this year, her career continues to blossom. When I spoke to her from her home in Malaga, it soon became clear that vocal talent aside, much of her success has been down to her engaging warmth and charm, not to mention her sense of adventure.

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It was this adventurous spirit which led the young 19-year-old gospel singer from New Jersey, to make the life changing decision not to return to the US, after performing in London with the Off Broadway hit gospel show, Black Nativity in 1962. “When I came to Europe the only music I really knew was gospel. My heroes were Sam Cook and Aretha Franklin, who were both gospel singers. But once I got to Europe and discovered pop music, I thought there’s no way I’m going back to America,” she laughs. However, Madeline’s reasons were deeper than a newly discovered love of pop. “I love Europe, the European way of life and the European way of thinking. Her decision to stay was also helped by the offer of a recording contract from Norman Newell, Shirley Bassey’s recording manager. Impressed by her vocal diversity, Newell was looking for a new Shirley Bassey and so Madeline set about paying her dues. “I did live performances, played at all the big clubs up North and did the whole thing without getting paid. That for me was paying my dues and it was a great learning curve from which to launch a career.” During this time, Madeline was living in London’s bedsit land, “I used to go to the cinema everyday, that’s how I stayed out of trouble,” she

chuckles. “I saw Mutiny on the Bounty and The Sound of Music at least six times and I’d always have my cock-a-hoop lunch, my chicken pie, in Lyons Corner House, Piccadilly.” But life was about to change for Madeline, when she met Dusty Springfield at the Ready Steady Go, New Year’s Eve party in 1964. Dusty had heard the buzz about Madeline’s voice and asked her if she did sessions. “I said yes, even though at the time I didn’t know what a session was!” she roars with laughter. Two days later Dusty’s record producer, Johnny Franz called Madeline at her bedsit, offering her six guineas for a three-hour session. “I’d just come back from accepting a job at the International Cinema in Westbourne Grove, working 11 hours a day, six days a week for six guineas. There was no contest.” The session work with Dusty opened the floodgates to vocal backing work and led to Madeline working with all of the pop world’s greats. During this time she sang with artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and The Who. Alongside this, Madeline also did a stint as a Radio One presenter for two hours every Sunday morning, where she fought for the opportunity to

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champion new acts. “I had a battle with the BBC to play new music. Tony Blackburn was on before me and Adrian Juste was after me. They both played the Top Ten and I wanted to play new artists. In the end we compromised and I played a mixture of both chart and new records.” Many of us will know Madeline’s work through Blue Mink, the band she formed with Roger Cook, Roger Coulham, Alan Parker, Barry Morgan and Ditchling’s very own, Herbie Flowers in 1969. Their debut single, Melting Pot reached number three in the UK Singles Chart and over the following five years, the band went on to have six top 20 hit singles. “I adore Herbie Flowers,” exclaims Madeline. “We had four and half years together with Blue Mink and I don’t think in all that time we ever had an argument. He’s a lovely funny guy, very professional, very musical and I just love him.” When Herbie staged Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, Madeline was there to see him perform in Brighton. In fact, Madeline has spent quite a bit of time in Sussex, regularly visiting Hove with Dusty Springfield. “Dusty’s mum and dad lived in Hove and she used to drive down late at night because she didn’t want to be recognised, so I’d go along with her for company,” explains Madeline. She also had a great time performing in pantomime at the Brighton Dome back in 1986. Madeline played the Queen of the Spooks, alongside Victor Spinetti, Melvin Hayes and John Pertwee in Superted & The Comet of the Spooks. In fact, Madeline’s career has taken her all over the world. During the Blue Mink days she might be recording in London one day and then flying out to tour Europe with Johnny Holliday the next. “It was so busy, but I did it all. I worked in France, Germany, and Holland. I had a great time.” What advice would Madeline give to anyone wanting a career in music? “Read the small print! Seriously, that’s the most important thing you need to know about the business or you’ll end up getting ripped off like me and so many of my contemporaries did in the early days. Learn your craft, pay your

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dues, don’t give up, keep at it and never be late. Always be on time because if you’re late, you’re wasting money and time and that follows you throughout your career. That was one of Dusty’s problems, she struggled being on time.” Being swindled was an occupational hazard back in the 1960s. Being a woman back in the early days was also a disadvantage according to Madeline. “I watched Dusty being verbally put in her place because she was a woman. Even when she had her own TV series she used to have to fight to get what she wanted and because of this she was criticised. But she was just trying to speak up for herself.” Thankfully, Madeline acknowledges that times have changed and that women now have much more power in the industry. “You’ve now got people like Adele, Beyonce and Madonna. When they speak out people listen.” Madeline credits the soul in her voice down to her gospel training. “Singing gospel teaches you continued on page 54

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to express and feel the music you’re singing. That’s something I learned at a very young age, to close my eyes and think about what I’m singing. The soul in gospel singing runs right through your veins like blood.” In fact, Madeline’s gospel choir used to sing in competition with Cissy Houston and Dee Dee Warwick’s choir every month. “We all grew up together in church. I loved Whitney Houston. Her death was such a waste,” she laments. “In fact all of my heroes have gone, Michael Jackson, Maurice White from Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Barry White, George Michael, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, they’ve all gone. I loved Freddie and spent three days with him in Barcelona. Wow! What a guy. He had so much style.” Although she confesses to rarely buying new music, Madeline loves Adele because for her, Adele is a proper singer with no messing around. Other favourites include Stevie Wonder and George Gershwin. When I spoke to Madeline she was about to leave for a gig on

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Walking past the picture perfect duck pond in Lindfield, it’s obvious why it held the title of ‘Best Kept Village in All Sussex’ for three consecutive years. Not only are there more than forty beautiful medieval and post medieval timber framed buildings in the High Street, but this ancient road is lined with regal lime trees which gave the village its name. ‘Lindfield’ first appeared as ‘Lindefeldia’ meaning ‘open land with lime trees’ in a Saxon charter of 765AD. King Edward III granted Lindfield a royal charter to hold a market every Thursday and two annual eightday fairs. The Common, where cricket has been played since 1747 and which hosted the fairs, festivals and bonfire celebrations over several centuries is now a large recreational and event ground. It was here that Field Marshall Montgomery reviewed troops prior to the D Day Landings in February 1944. Lindfield Bowls Club is one of the oldest lawn bowling clubs in Sussex, being founded in 1903 and has enjoyed success at county and national level. The pond that gives visitors their first bucolic view of the village is naturally spring fed and is a thriving habitat for fish, ducks and herons. The countryside around the village is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding

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Natural Beauty, preserved for its unique combination of abundant woodlands, small fields, steep narrow valleys and sandstone outcrops. Walkers can enjoy miles of footpaths as the High Weald Landscape Trail and the Sussex Border Path both pass close to the village and naturalists will enjoy the Eastern Road Nature Reserve, home to frogs, newts, dragonflies and a diverse range of birds and plants. The impressive King Edward Hall is host to the Lindfield Preservation Society that aims to preserve the unique character of the village and was founded back in 1961 when members successfully prevented developers building five tower blocks of flats near the ancient All Saints Church. Another of Lindfield’s thriving groups is the Horticultural Society,

formed during the final year of WWII. They hold three flower and vegetable shows every year and host plant sales and coffee mornings as well as talks and coach trips to gardens and attractions. Sport is well catered for in the village. Cricket, football, tennis and bowls all have their own clubs and regular fixtures throughout the year. Whether you are fascinated by architecture, motivated by sport, addicted to nature or just love beautiful surroundings, Lindfield offers a broad spectrum of interests and activities in an idyllic setting. Graced with the facilities of a small town, it seems a wonderful place to pay an extended visit or perhaps even set down roots and build a life among the limes.

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THE LEWES RAFT RACE The Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race is a major highlight of the Sussex calendar. Here’s everything you need to know about one of this summer’s quirkiest events Even in a county known for its eccentric events, the Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race stands out as particularly bonkers. Every year, a motley collection of crafts gather on the Ouse at Lewes to begin the seven-mile slog downriver to Newhaven. Crowds of cheering spectators line the route and add a danger element by pelting participants with water, eggs and flour. The Raft Race has been running for 42 years, and the Regatta was created by Lewes Rowing Club and the Round Table in 2015. The organising group, named Riffrafters, has members from both groups and both town councils and others such as the Bonfi re Council. Raft Race competitors face

no mean challenge. The rules strictly state that each raft must be handmade and propelled by hand or foot. That means that the crews of up to 12 people have to row or peddle the entire distance between Malling Recreation Ground and Denton Island. The raft designs span the entire spectrum between basic (think plastic barrels bound together and propelled by canoe paddles) and incredibly elaborate. Some have ‘windscreens’ to protect the crews from the eggs and flour bombs that rain down on them from every bridge. Others buck the rules and use on-board water cannons to spray spectators. Past years have seen the crafts decked out as rockets, swans and magic roundabouts. “Our race crews are always

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amazingly creative in their costumes and designs,” says Lewes Round Table Chairman Liam Jackson. “Over the decades this raft race has earned a special place in the heart of our community. Generations of the same family have gained their spurs, or perhaps I should say oars, in this race. Around £500,000 has been raised for charities, and thousands of entrants have come of age paddling through the pain, and the flour!” The theme of the race this year is ‘Britannia Rules the Waves’. It’s the central event of Ouseday, a colourful regatta that also features a boat parade, ‘Bonfire Dash’, boat race, canoe races, food fair, Oxford and Cambridge-style boat race between Newhaven and Lewes and a public party at Newhaven. Funds raised will go to local youth charities Home Start East Sussex and A Band of Brothers. The crowds are thickest and the atmosphere most euphoric around the start and finish lines. For fabulous views without the crush, head to one of the bridges that span the route. Those in the know congregate on Southease bridge, a rural spot roughly halfway along the route. Bring flour bombs and a serious sense of fun. Ouseday will take place on Sunday 9th July with the Raft Race kicking off at around 14:15. Visit www.ouseday. com for more details.

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From Lewes Bus Station we took Service 166 to the Half Moon at Plumpton for £3 one way. Once off the bus, walk towards the Downs, crossing the road to reach the bridleway opposite, beneath the trees. This is Plumpton Bostall, a loose dirt track that evolves into concrete as it heads up the steep scarp slope of the Downs. Pause by the beech trees on the right and admire their woody spaghetti of exposed roots. Catch your breath and pace it slow, after all it’s not the Alps. Emerging from tree cover, pass through the gate on the left marked ‘Access Land.’ Follow the path up the grassy hill, which looks vertical, almost intimidating, but eases off quite quickly. Turnaround and raise your gaze from your footprints to the horizon. Life-enhancing views of this sceptred isle are worth the effort. The path follows the natural bowl of the land around a large solitary sycamore. Earthwork terraces are clearly visible, relics from eras past. Grass underfoot feels good for the soul. Head for the fi ngerpost and gate. Once through it – welcome to the South Downs Way. This is Plumpton Plain. Blackdown to the west and Ashdown Forest to the north are visible on clear days. “An epic cinematic panorama,” according to Tim, “if this were a fi lm it would be a western, shot in wideangled technicolor. So tranquil, I’m lucky to live in this part of the country.” Follow the wide track and easy walking of the South Downs Way towards a five-way fi ngerpost. The South Downs Way departs to the right at this point, but take the fi nger indicating ‘Lewes 3 miles’ distant and straight ahead. A National Trust sign marks the entrance to Blackcap. Pursue the left fork where the path splits and follow the lines in the grass of other walkers. Trees border the path to the left, and chunks of knapped fl int harden the texture underfoot. A trig point marks the Blackcap summit (206m / 676 feet).

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Of more interest is the memorial stone marking the Coronation and replanting of the Blackcap clump in 1953. The 64 years of tree growth make this a clump clearly visible when looking to the Downs from afar. Along the path towards Lewes, the Mount Harry Beacon will be visible, as will the Glyndebourne wind turbine. Walking towards the beacon gorse flanks the path on the left. At the marker post keep going, past the balding trees on the left. Flint populates the space underfoot once again. The incline is smooth and easy going on the last few steps to the beacon. Up close “it’s somewhat lacking in stature and not quite tall enough,” according to Tim. At 196m (643 feet) the Mount Harry summit is a little lower

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Continue downhill between ash trees and under power lines. Take care by the exposed protruding sycamore roots. The fence on the right runs parallel to the path, guiding the way ahead. Racecourse buildings can be seen in the distance. Beyond another gate keep going, the path arcs to the left, past two dead trees. Gently easy walking. A little further on, turn sharp right at the fingerpost, uphill, then right again and through the gate. Beyond the scrub, sharp left and follow the fence line to the fingerpost. It’s left here, under the green canopy, then right at the end, across the narrow road and through the hedge line opposite, indicated by the yellow arrow on the fingerpost. Emerging through the hedge, turn right and take the old road to the end, turning left just before the racecourse. Lewes Racecourse was open from 17271964 with Miss Rhonda being the final winner before closure. The spectators are all gone, the bookies have gone, and

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When someone in the RAF family needs help, the charity they turn to is the Royal Air Forces Association

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SURVIVORS Sitting in the Wings Museum near Balcombe, at a signing by the ‘Bomber Boys’, the combined age of the ten men and women in front of me was close to a thousand years; all were on active duty in the RAF during WWII and most had survived incredible odds to be able to tell their

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extraordinary stories. The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), is a worldwide organisation dedicated to the welfare of former servicemen and I had the privilege of meeting several veterans, collectively known as the ‘Bomber Boys’ at Wings

Museum, where they were busy signing photos and books to raise funds for the International Bomber Command Memorial and Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF). Among them were Wing Commander John Bell, a bomb aimer who flew 50 sorties in a Lancaster named ‘Thumper Mk III’ and Flight Lieutenant George Dunn, a Halifax pilot who flew 44 sorties. The most elderly veteran was 100-year-old Squadron Leader Bill Lucas who flew Stirlings, Wellingtons and Mosquitoes, flying an astonishing 81 sorties during the war. I spoke to Harry Hacker, who had the unenviable position of bomb aimer; he flew 39 operations over southern and central Europe while stationed in Foggia in Southern Italy. His fi rst operation was in the invasion of France and his second was to target the oil refi neries of Poloesti. Harry’s squadron was attached to the American 15th Airforce who flew daylight missions while Harry flew night operations. David Fellowes was a Lancaster rear gunner who flew 33 tours and survived a mid air collision over Alsace and the River Rhine. David went on to fly for BOAC but eventually returned to the RAF with 206 Squadron Coastal Command. During the signing, one visitor leaned forward to shake the hand of a veteran, congratulating him on being a hero. His response was simply, “I’m not a hero, I’m a survivor,” which spoke volumes about the memories every ex-serviceman must still hold of fallen comrades who never made it home from the war. Being in their presence was an emotional experience and judging by the crowds who travelled to meet them, the feeling was shared by everyone. The following week, I caught up with Harry and David at

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the Haywards Heath Branch of the Association along with the only lady at the signing, Daphne Brownlie, an ex bomber command WAAF Special Duties and widow of Ian Brownlie DFC, pilot and POW who completed 38 operations. Daphne told me she and Ian were married the week after he returned home. She worked in flying control at Kinloss and in the South East she spent time at a radar station.

The combined age of the ten men and women in front of me was close to a thousand years! The Association meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the United Services Club in Wivelsfield Road, Haywards Heath at 2pm. It’s a lively social group who actively seek to recruit new members. It is open to not only exservicemen and women but also family members of anyone who was in the RAF.

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During my visit there was a raffle with a seemingly never ending supply of prizes, a quiz and a game of bingo, along with tea and biscuits. David introduced me to Stanley Hitchen, who from 1975-9 was the Queen’s pilot, flying all the royal family and politicians in an Andover. Of course I had to ask him if the corgis flew with her and apparently they were “as charming as she was!” Stanley spent 25 years in the RAF in Cyprus, the UK and Borneo and flew civil airlines as well as being an instructor and examiner. The RAF Association has also introduced a befriending service to provide much-needed support and companionship to the thousands of RAF veterans experiencing social isolation across the UK. It pairs a veteran with one of the Association’s trained volunteers for a visit and chat, giving veterans the chance to share their RAF experiences and to ensure that no veteran will be forgotten. Sue Smith, Area Welfare Officer for the

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RAF Association’s South East Area said: “At the moment we are looking Bill Lucas for 20 or more volunteers, to help veterans from Robertsbridge to Steyning and from Crowborough to Littlehampton. If you’re interested in becoming an RAF Association befriender we’d really like to hear from you.”

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01444 849250 The Haywards Heath Branch was formed in 1980 and collects funds to give directly to local exservicemen in need and for three holiday homes in the country. Tony Hibling who is the Public Relations Officer, joined the RAF in 1958 for 5 years and has been part of the branch since 2010, the same year they became affiliated to Wings Museum. They carry out a Wings collection every September and several members belong to the Bomber Boys group who I met at the Museum. One member, John Mason, was a serviceman in 1951 and read out a poem from his own published collection, which seemed to sum up the generous spirit of the Association members around me: “I was proud to have served with the Boys in Blue. When I was known as number 2503962 It is now fifty years since I had the honour of serving my Nation. And I really did enjoy the time that I spent on an RAF station.” This feature is dedicated to David Fellowes, a ‘Bomber Boy’ and member of the Haywards Heath branch of the RAF Association, who has sadly passed away since the article was written.

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Cherish Worthing Museum’s costume trail throughout the town charts the history of fashion. Ruth Lawrence went exploring


As a fan of vintage clothing, I was looking forward to visiting Worthing Museum’s ambitious and nationally unique Costume Trail, made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The collection holds over 30,000 objects and focuses not only on couture and bespoke clothing but homemade and shop bought clothing to reflect the real lives of people like ourselves who remember buying clothes we cherished. Imaginatively displayed costumes dated from over 400 years ago to modern times and show the incredible skill of the tailors and seamstresses who made them; sewing machines were not patented until 1830 so much of the collection is completely handmade. Items from the collection are being displayed in showcases around Worthing and are due to change this June. Not part of the costume trail but displayed in an exhibit about performers who had played in Worthing hung a pair of fabulous high waisted black satin flares worn by David Bowie in 1972 during the Ziggy Stardust tour. The Museum houses an eclectic range of exhibitions, events and workshops throughout the year; I was drawn into the stories of Sussex’s ancient history by the artfully lit collections of items used by our ancestors as they survived and thrived in a landscape so different to our own. The skeleton of a 6th century young woman lay with the accessories she was buried with and numerous tools showed how people wrestled a livelihood from the soil. A flint mining diorama showed how people from 4,000 BC dug 50foot deep shafts into the ground at complexes at Harrow Hill.

The Museum houses an eclectic range of exhibitions, events and workshops throughout the year The art galleries house thought provoking contemporary exhibitions in conjunction with events and screenings. From mid April to September, a major exhibition tackles the theme of solitude in what promises to be a mesmerising multi media response to a fascinating subject. From May, the Norwood Gallery will exhibit ‘Schools of Thought’, focusing on paintings from the Camden Town and London group, the Pre Raphaelites and the Newlyn School. Works will include a selection by William Holman Hunt, Stanley Spencer and Walter Sickert. The museum succeeds brilliantly in making history engaging and accessible by introducing it in new ways; a series of archaeology walks led by James, the museum’s historian and archaeologist, will take place in June and August, all with guaranteed breathtaking views en route. Talks cover subjects from the Pleistocene era up to the age of steam and children are lucky enough to have a huge selection of hands on workshops to kick-start their creativity and be involved in making their own works. Housed in a grand and prominent building in the centre of Worthing the Museum and Art Gallery is a superbly inspiring hub for the town, forward thinking and inclusive, it speaks to everyone and engages all generations.


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Anne Jones MBE and Mary Grover, tell us about ‘Neighbourly Care’, a charity that’s close to their hearts Neighbourly Care is a charity set up in 2008 with the help of Burgess Hill Rotary Club, local churches and West Sussex County Council. Its stated aim is to make local communities better places by offering practical help to those in need of it. Founder Anne Jones and volunteer Mary Grover, recently visited our office to tell us more. “It’s about being a good neighbour, doing what neighbours have traditionally done,” revealed Anne. “We provide a service for the elderly, the frail, the housebound, the ill, isolated and needy. Volunteers help with simple tasks like shopping and small jobs around the house. We offer companionship too, sometimes a cup of tea and a chat is all people want.” Mary has volunteered for seven years, giving up about five hours a week for the charity. She told me, “I get out as much as I put in. Helping people is a satisfying role. I think I would miss it if I didn’t do it.” There are 30 volunteers supporting Neighbourly Care, all of whom are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked. New recruits are welcome, particularly in rural areas. Anne’s aim is, “to have a volunteer in every road.” Mary stated, “caring for other carers is also important.” She has befriended one elderly lady, allowing the lady’s husband a couple of hours a week to get the gardening done. Anne added, “Volunteers give what time they can, but we don’t want them burning out.”


Care mouth. In all but the most urgent cases a Neighbourly Care assessor like Mary will visit the potential client to appraise their needs and then a volunteer is allocated. On rare occasions the charity is unable to help, however they do their best to find someone who can. Anne recalled a story about an elderly lady living alone in run down accommodation with no family close by. Thanks to Neighbourly Care, the house was tidied and cleaned, the garden was revitalised and the lady had regular visits to brighten the days. “Our charity can have a real and lasting impact on the lives of

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The charity operates primarily in Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Keymer, Clayton, Albourne, Sayers Common and Hurstpierpoint. To receive help, phone the hotline on 07876 066368. Client referrals are also received from GP Surgeries, Social Services and word of

clients, thanks to the skills and efforts of the volunteers,” said Anne. Anne continued, “we try to help all our clients but need more volunteers.” Readers with a couple of hours to spare can get in touch via the website www. Funding comes from West Sussex Council and public donations. Looking ahead, with greater funding and more volunteers, even more people can be helped, thanks to Neighbourly Care. For further information: Neighbourly Care, c/o Centre Management Office, Market Place, Shopping Centre, Burgess Hill, RH15 9NP 07876 066368.

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With some communities in hard to reach areas, it is a well-known fact that the time it takes for an emergency response to arrive may not always be as prompt as the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) would like. One solution is the team of local residents who volunteer their spare time, known as Community First Responders (CFR’s), who are ideally located to make a difference whilst the ambulance service response is en route. Serious and life threatening calls are obviously SECAmb’s priority and their efforts are focused on responding as quickly as possible to these. This is where CFR’s can help. They are not intended as substitutes for the ambulance crews, instead to complement the ambulance service in providing prompt responses to calls for help. Being based in the local community where they work or live, enables them to attend an emergency call in perhaps just a few minutes, often being first on scene. They are able to start vital lifesaving first aid at an early



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stage that can further increase the patient’s chance of survival. CFR’s are trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with SECAmb. On lower category calls, which aren’t perhaps immediately life threatening, CFR’s are also ideally placed to assist in general patient wellbeing. JOINING YOUR LOCAL GROUP

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They are able to start vital lifesaving first aid at an early stage that can further increase the patient’s chance of survival villages of Forest Row, Ashurst Wood, Dormansland, Lingfield, West Hoathly and Sharpthorne are in need of CFR’s. Other non-active roles are also needed, such as admin, secretary, finance, web


There are active CFR’s in and around the East Grinstead area, you may see them in their red fleeces and T-shirts with the SECAmb and CFR logo. Similarly their cars may sport SECAmb signage. If safe to do so, consider facilitating their journey as they could be on their way to an emergency. Unlike the ambulance service they are not exempt from the road traffic laws, so without blue lights or sirens your help can be essential. FUNDRAISING

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Sunday 01 - Monday 31 July, 09:30-20:30

Saturday 01 & Sunday 02 July

Petworth Visitors welcome by arrangement in July for groups of 5-35. Please phone or email for directions and appointment 07939 272443 Entry £5. Tea and cake £3.50 (booking required).

Church of the Transfiguration, Pyecombe BN45 7FB A village fete featuring stunning flower displays in the church, refreshments, family fun and a fancy dress dog show. For more information go to

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Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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

Saturday 01 & Sunday 02 July, 09:30-17:00

The Smallholders & Country Show

South of England Showground, Ardingly RH17 6TL A fun, family orientated country show which will appeal to everyone including the dog. Lots of animals and interesting exhibitors. £11 for adults, £9 for Seniors, £7 for children and £29 for a family ticket. Alison 07714 102381 Saturday 01 July & then every day, 09:40 and every 30 mins till 19:10

Breeze up to Devil’s Dyke on the 77 Bus

Outside Brighton Railway Station (Bus Stop E) Take the double-deck 77 bus for breathtaking views and enjoy walks and refreshments at Devil’s Dyke. £4.50 return, up to 2 kids per adult go free. 2-for-1 with your rail ticket. www. 01273 292480 Saturday 01 - Sunday 02 July

Wood Machining Course

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop. Cost £300. Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 Saturday 01 - Sunday 02 July

Worthing Artists Open Houses

70 venues, 325 Artists! The event takes place the weekend of July 01 & 02 and offers visitors the chance to spend the afternoons strolling or cycling between venues, and enjoying the seaside town and its countryside.

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‘The Cube Greenhouse’ Botanical Art Exhibition The Cube Gallery at South Downs Heritage Centre, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Inspired by plants and nature, ‘The Cube Greenhouse’ exhibition will showcase the best of local and regional botanical artists. 01273 847707

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The Street Velodrome

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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@ http/ uk/forest-row-market.aspx Saturday 01 July, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers Circular Walk from Ditchling Common

The Car Park on Ditchling Common BN6 8SQ Walk 10 from the ‘Sussex Walks’ booklet by Les Campbell. 4.2mi/6.8km. Leisurely. Contact: Pam B 01444 248717 TQ 337 180 Saturday 01 July, 14:30

Mid Summer Concert and Strawberries in Newtimber

Church Lane, Newtimber, Hassocks BN6 9BT Classical concert in church followed by delicious strawberry cream tea in the gardens of Newtimber Place. £20 for adults (£10 for under 18s). Limited tickets. 01273 831877 Sunday 02 July, 10:30-13:00

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Special Event Day

Oldland Mill, Oldlands Lane, Keymer, Hassocks BN6 8ND On Special Event Days we run several regular activities and host varied attractions. The mill itself is also open, with BBQ refreshments, mill gifts and memorabilia available. A free shuttle bus will be provided every 20 minutes from The Thatched Inn, Ockley Lane. For more info: Prof. F J Maillardet 01273 842342 Sunday 02 July, 13:00-17:00

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East Court Estate, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT See Local Living. Monday 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 July, 08:0017:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, North Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2PE Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 472503 Tuesday 04, 11, 18 & 25 July, 10:30-13:00

IT Drop-in Sessions

Morley’s Bistro, 42 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RG Computer or gadget problems? Why not come to one of our informal ‘drop-in’ sessions being held at Morley’s Bistro. £5 for one 15 minute session. The IT Girl Ltd, Emma 07938 838861 Tuesday 04 July, 20:00-22:00

Lindfield & District Folk Dance Club

Ashenground Community Centre, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Folk dancing for fun, no partner needed. £2 including tea/coffee and biscuit at half time. First evening free. Contact: Mike 01444 482741 Tuesday 04 July, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women

A pub in Lewes Unattached? Aged 50+? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Lewes on the first Tuesday evening of every month. 400 members in Sussex, and on that evening there will be at least 30 of them there. The Group is not a dating agency, but it is an opportunity to meet other single men and women. We also meet in Burgess Hill, Horsham and Brighton. Walks, dining, golf, theatre, holidays etc. Take a look at the website, then give us a call.

Wednesday 05 July, 10:00-12:00

Burgess Hill U3A Coffee Morning – Shoreham Fort; Past, Present and Future

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Monthly Coffee Morning with speaker from Shoreham Fort - exploring its history, present and future. New members welcome. £1.50 including raffle ticket. Wednesday 05 July, 13:30 for 14:00-16:15

Burgess Hill Flower Club Demonstration – ‘Celebration of the Senses’ by Linda Brayne

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8EU Come and enjoy a demonstration of flower arranging and perhaps win one of the arrangements in a raffle. There will be a competition titled ‘Hogarth Curve’. Come and enjoy a cup of tea. £6.00 (1st visit free with a copy of Sussex Living Magazine). Wednesday 05 July, 14:15

Hurstpierpoint WI Meeting

The Girl Guide Headquarters, Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Speaker: From Chailey Heritage Foundation. Competition: A Family Photograph. Visitors welcome £3. Wednesday 05 July, 19:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers - Southease and Rodmell Rodmell Car Park at bottom of village near Monk’s House BN7 3HG Circular walk round the 2 villages. TQ 421 064. 3mi/4.8km. Leisurely. Contact: Jill 01273 480167 or 07938 833868 on the day. Thursday 06 July, 18:00

Choral Evensong

St Thomas Becket at Cliffe with All Saints, Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH This Evensong marks the completion of Cliffe church’s successful Restoration Appeal. Thursday 06 July, 20:00, doors 19:30

Ditchling Film Society – ‘The Moon & The Sledgehammer’

Ditchling Village Hall, 12 Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8TT See Local Living. Thursday 06 July, 19:30

The Singing Allsorts Summer Charity Concert

Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ Come along and enjoy some of the Singing Allsorts favourite songs. Proceeds this year go to charities Mind and Kangaroos. £8 Tickets available from Cuckfield Post Office and Wealden Stores. Thursday 06, 13, 20 & 27 July, 20:00

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WAKEHURST Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TN Join us beneath the stars as we take a walk to remember this September. Enjoy a 4km sponsored stroll through Wakehurst’s beautiful botanic gardens, and add to a stunning sea of glistening lanterns as you pause halfway to remember and celebrate the people you love. Entry is £15 before 1st August and £18 thereafter. Under 16s £5. Register at or call us on 01444 470713

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

Forest Row Village Club – Happy Hour

Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Happy Hour every Friday, with beer from £2.50. Contact: 01342 822856 Friday 07 – Sunday 16 July

Uckfield Festival

Uckfield Town Centre and Buxted Village, TN22 A week of amazing events: Comedy with Dr Phil Hammond, June’s Wedding plus The Big Day and much more. Some events free. Contact 01825 764287 Friday 07, 14, 21, & 28 July, 19:00-20:00

Aikido (Self Defence)

K2 Leisure Centre, Combat Room, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley RH11 9BG Adults only Self Defense classes based on Yoshinkan Akido. Warm and friendly Club, suitable for all genders who would look to protect themselves against aggressors of all sizes. First lesson free, £37.50 monthly. Contact: George 07882 186130 or Stan 07581 511801 CrawleyAkidoClub Friday 07, 14, 21 & 28 July, 19:30-22:00

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have the following; Chairman’s BBQ , Radio Night, Radio Night and Table Top Sale and Fox Hunt/Walking Burgess Hill. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838

Saturday 08 July, 09:45

Friday 07 - Sunday 09 July, 10:00-17:00

Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF You will find some of Sussex’s best and most creative crafty people and their wares. Free entry.

Bestcare – UK Stand at the ‘Love Natural Love You 2017’ Expo

London Olympia W14 8UX Visit the Bestcare stand L27 at this years ‘Natural Love You 2017’. Expo to meet the team. We will have samples, info and some great show offers. Free entry if you book online. http://www, 01342 410303 Friday 07 & Wednesday 12 July

Vocal Fusion Acapella

Millais School, Horsham and St Marks Church, North Heath Lane, Horsham See Local Living. Saturday 08 July, 09:30–17:30 & Sunday 09 July 14:30–17:30

Norah Sande Award Piano Recitals Birley Centre, Eastbourne College, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ Top international young pianists compete with full recital programmes. Semi Final free entry throughout the day; Final (three recitals) £10, children free.

Strictly Summer!

The Orchards Shopping Centre, 10 St Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH See Local Living. Saturday 08 July, 10:30-17:00

Wild Strawberry – Jovial July Craft Fair

Saturday 08 July, 12:00-15:00

Summer Fair

St. Barnabas Church, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Variety of stalls – books, DVD’s, games, crafts, home produce, raffle, tombolas, treasure hunt, etc. Cup cake competition. Refreshments and lunches available. Saturday 08 July, 14:00-16:45

Lindfield Horticultural Society Summer Show of Flowers & Produce

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH Join us to celebrate the horticultural achievements of our fellow gardeners. Enjoy a home-made cake and have a look at our plant sale too! £1, children free. All welcome. Saturday 08 July, 14:00-17:30

Fairwarp Village Fete

Fairwarp Village Green, The Street, Fairwarp TN22 3BE Traditional village fete with live music, magician, fun dog show, arts and crafts tent, stalls and much much more. Saturday, 08 July, 19:30

Mad About ABBA: Voulez Vous

Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN For more than 22 years Voulez Vous have been entertaining audiences worldwide. This concert is sure to have audiences young and old on their feet, dancing and singing! Tickets £15. Contact: 01444 248926 Sunday 09 July, 11:00-16:00

RSPCA South Godstone Family Fun Day

RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre, Eastbourne Road/A22, South Godstone, Surrey RH9 8JB Entertainment, fun dog show, tours of centre, games, stalls, face painting, refreshments, raffle, kid’s pirate treasure hunt + treasure bag! Adults £3, Children 5 – 16 years £1.00, under 5’s go free. Pirate treasure hunt £3.00 per child. Free parking. All proceeds directly support the animal centre. Sunday 09 July, 10:30

Girls Brigade 70th Anniversary Family Parade Service

The Methodist Church, 42 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9SA See Local Living.

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Hurst Cricket Club

Danny House, New Way Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9BB See Local Living. Sunday 09 July, 14:00-17:00

High Salvington Windmill Summer Fete

Furze Road, High Salvington, Worthing BN13 3BP Traditional fete with sideshows, stalls, active craft displays, children’s activities, Morris dancing etc. Refreshments available. Contact: Andy 01903 254440 Sunday 09 July, 14:00-18:00

Upper Beeding Open Gardens

Tickets and parking from 13:30 at Towers Convent, Henfield Road, Upper Beeding BN44 3TF Many beautiful gardens. Refreshments, plant sales and art displays. Adults £5. Monday 10 July, 10:00 for 10:30

Steyning Decorative & Fine Arts Society

The Steyning Centre, Fletcher’s Croft, Steyning BN44 3XZ An illustrated lecture from Oliver Everett on ‘Windsor Castle’ : fire, restoration and the Queen. Enquiries 01903 297553 Monday 10 July, 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.

Friday 14 July 09:30-14:30

Get To Know Your Sewing Machine

Made and Making, Garden Studio, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY A beginner’s workshop. Come along and master tension, seams, stitches, button holes and more whilst making your own cushion. £60. Contact: 07967 819540 Friday 14 July, 20:00-21:30

The Street Names of Lewes – Burgess Hill History Society

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX John Davey gives an insight into the origins and meanings of the many intriguing names of the old streets and twittens. Members £1, Visitors £3. Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July, 10:00-16:00

Pattern Cutting Your Own Dress Block

Made and Making, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Spend the weekend making a dress block that will fit you like a glove. Say goodbye to frustrating shop bought patterns. £160. 07967 819540 Saturday 15 July, 11:00-17:00 & Sunday 16 July, 10:00-14:00

Cuckfield Royal Observer Corps – Post Opening

Observer Field, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ The ROC nuclear bunker in use from 1961-1991 has been restored. Entry by donation. cuckfieldnuclearbunker

Monday 10 July, 20:00

Saturday 15 July, 12:00-16:00

A pub in Burgess Hill Unattached? Aged 50+? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Burgess Hill on the 2nd Monday evening of every month. 400 members in Sussex, and on that evening there will be at least 30 of them there. The Group is not a dating agency, but it is an opportunity to meet other single men and women. Walks, dining, golf, theatre, holidays etc. Take a look at the website, then give us a call.

The Tim Farmer Recreation Ground, Bolnore Village RH16 4GJ All dogs are welcome for a fun afternoon with lots of prizes and rosettes. No pedigree required. Classes include ‘Dog with the Best Trick’, ‘Best Junior Handler’ and ‘Doggie Fancy Dress’! £2 per class to enter.

The Group for Unattached Men & Women

Wednesday 12 July, 19:45 for 20:00-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society – Knepp Rewilding Project & Deer Rut

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY Penny Green, Ecologist Knepp Wildlife Safaris will be giving a talk about the introduction of natural regeneration of scrubland and the grazing processes for cattle. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Thursday 13 July

Car Outing to Rymans,

Apuldram - am, Cooks Croft, Earnley - pm Henfield Garden Club Members only on outings.

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Until Saturday 15 July at both venues from 12:00-16:00

Walking on Water Art Exhibition Methodist Church, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN & United Reformed Church, South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LQ The exhibition of 48 world class artworks continues with free art talks and concerts – see events on website for details. Nicola Sheldon 01444 412927 email:, website: Saturday 15 July – Sunday 16 July, 13:0017:00

Sussex Prairies

Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116) Near Henfield BN5 9AT Spirit of the West and the Blackfleet Lodge – Native American enthusiasts exhibiting in the garden. Closed

Tuesdays. Adult £7, child £3.50, season ticket £25. Individual £60 family (2 adults and up to 3 children).

Saturday 15 July, 13:30

West Chiltington Village Show

West Chiltington Recreation Ground, Mill Road, West Chiltington RH20 2PZ This historic village show brings together the community with a variety of classes, entertainment, stalls and games for all! Saturday 15 July, 14:00–17:00

Friends of Villa Adastra Garden Party

The Villa Adastra, 79 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH A variety of stalls, cake, raffle, brica-brac, plants, silent auction and entertainment with the Salvation Army Band. £2 includes tea and cake. Saturday 15 July, 15:00-17:00

A Feldenkrais One to One Taster Experience & an ‘Awareness Through Movement’ Lesson

Ditchling Village Hall, Ditchling BN6 8TT Lessons involve exploring habits and patterns of movement (in sitting or lying) in order to find greater ease and comfort. Contact: Feldenkrais International Training Centre, 01273 844140,, Saturday 15 July, from 15:00

Brazilian Samba Day

The Wheatsheaf Pub, Wheatsheaf Road, Woodmancote, Henfield BN5 9BD Brazilian theme day with samba dancers, DJ, street food, Moqueca, Feijoada and Caipirinha. Book your table early to avoid disappointment. 01273 492077 Saturday 15 July, 18:30 for 19:00

Hurstpierpoint Bowling Club Barn Dance

Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Music by the Touchstone Band. Tickets £14, to include hot dog supper, from Mishon Mackay and Orion News. Licensed bar. Contact: 01273 832245

Sunday 16 July, 10:30-16:00

RSPCA Open Day

South Downs National Park, London Road, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8ZH (opposite RSPCA Animal Shelter) Safe Haven have a stall at the RSPCA Open Day. Contact: Hayley Bradbury 01444 470128 Sunday 16 July, 10:30-16:00

RSPCA Open Day & Dog Show

Braypool Sports Field, Braypool Lane, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8ZH. Fun for all the family. Fun dog show, stalls, food, bar, children’s games, etc. Free parking. £5 per car or £1 per pedestrian (includes programme). Contact: Anne Bond 01273 554218 Monday 17 – Friday 21 July

Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills

John Lloyd Fine Furniture, Bankside Farm, Ditchling Common RH15 OSJ Test Pieces: Cheese board and biscuit box. Wow your family and friends with the accuracy and crispness of your new found skills! Students are invited to bring their existing toolkit for appraisal. Cost £590. Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388 Tuesday 18 July, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY Women Pioneers in Medicine by Yvonne Price. Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421 Wednesday 19 July, 19:00

Mid Sussex Ramblers – Ditchling Circular

Ditchling Village Hall Car Park BN6 8TA Ditchling, Fieldway, Farm Lane, Hayleigh Farm Streat Church, Middleton Manor, Odd Acre, Lewes Road, Ditchling. Dogs Welcome. 4.5mi/7.2km. Leisurely. TQ 326 152. Contact: Jill 01273 480167 or 07938 833868 on the day. Wednesday 19 July, 20:00

Summer Fun Day

Meeting of the Royal Marines Association

Sunday 16 July, 10:00-16:30

Thursday 20 July, 07:00-09:00

Weald & Downland Living Museum Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU Four legs, furry legs, trotters and hooves… come and see cattle, sheep, pigs and goats in this delightful agricultural show! Adult £13.50, 65+ £11.50, Child £6, Family £36. 01243 811363

Methold House, North Street, Worthing, BN11 1DU Our networking events are aimed at meeting other like-minded local business people to help each other and our community, £7.50pp. Please contact Lily Banister-Weir 01903 528613

Sunday 16 July, 10:00-16:00 National Cat Adoption Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath RH17 7DE Family Fun Day with, stalls, games, BBQ , band, beer tent, tours, raffle, tombola, local fire brigade and much much more. Free entry, but donations of Felix cat food or cat toys are most welcome. Contact: Tania Marsh 01825 741331 uk

Rare & Traditional Breeds Show

Upstairs Function Room, Royal British Legion Club, 9-11 Buckingham Road, Shoreham By Sea BN43 5UA A gathering of Ex Royal Marines and veterans to have a meeting about local events and to socialize together. Yearly Membership fee of £15 plus £3.00 local subs. Contact: Maureen Copelin 01273 236437. 3rd Wednesday monthly.

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Sussex Crafts, Cuckfield, High Street, RH17 5JU Join our fun sewing machine workshop and learn to draw like you’ve never done before! £45 (all fabric and thread provided and a light lunch included) Sarah Sussex Crafts 01444 455611 Thursday 20 July, 12:00-15:00

Pimms & Strings Open Day at Charters Village

Charters Retirement Village, Felcourt Road, East Grinstead RH19 2JR Please join us for our summer Pimm’s & Strings event with live musical performance, village tours, and opportunity to view available properties. Call us on 01342870871 and let us know you’re coming. chartersvillagesales@ Thursday 20 July, 15:00

Haywards Heath Prostate Cancer Support Group The Dolphin Surgery, Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4BN See Local Living. Friday 21 July, 19:15-21:45

Music for Everyone

The Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Organist/keyboard player Ian Griffin. Entry £5 on door. Contact: Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269 Friday 21 July, 10:00-12:00

The Visually-Impaired Reading Group

Haywards Heath Library, 34 Boltro Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1BN This group meets every third Friday. Transport provided. If interested please contact Dorothy Lazenby on 01444 450947 Friday 21 July, 19:30-21:30

East Grinstead Society Meeting – ‘Localism’ Main Hall, East Court Mansion, East Grinstead RH19 3LT By Chris Rolley, former Town Clerk of East Grinstead (1985-2011) Contact: Joan Roberts 01342 322648 Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 July

The Worthing Lions Summer Festival 2017

Steyne Gardens & Seafront, Worthing BN11 1NZ This Festival is held along the seafront hosting stalls, performers, fireworks and a fun fair – great days out for all the family. For more information Saturday 22 July, 09:00-13:00

Hassocks Village Market

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR A lively and bustling village market supporting local producers and crafts-people. Huge selection of fresh produce and much more. Music and singing, weather depending, plus Hassocks Football Club. Contact:

Amanda Felix 01273 842701 or via Facebook ‘Hassocks Village Market’.

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July, 10:00-17:00

Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst – Science Goes Wild!

Wakehurst, Ardingly RH17 6TN Join in with fantastic workshops, shows, tours and hands-on experiments that will inspire children and adults alike. For details:, 01444 894000

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Saturday 22 July, 10:00-17:00

The Meath Vintage Day

Westbrook Road, Godalming GU7 2QH Vintage stalls, artisan makers (many unique handmade pieces) and car and motor cycle show (Classic, vintage and the fast and furious, from the 1920s to the present day). Live music, The Fillet and Bean, Moooh icecream, Café Meath, Pimms tent, vintage roundabout and vintage hair and make up. £3, under 16 free.

End of Southern Steam 7th-9th July 2017

City of Wells will be visiting us for this special weekend, running services between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead alongside our Bluebell Railway locomotives. Harvey’s Brewery will be providing a beer tent at Horsted Keynes Station.

Saturday 22 July, 10:30-17:00

Wivelsfield Village Day 2017

Wivelsfield Village Hall & Recreation Ground, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG This is an annual event comprising trade stalls, arena displays, entertainment, children’s rides, live music, lots of attractions, a dog show, races, games competitions and lots more! Contact: James Gander 07546 451182 Saturday 22 July, 11:00–16:00

Meet the Food Producers

South Downs Heritage Centre, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Meet local and regional food producers with free food and drink tastings and special offers for one day only. 01273 847707 Saturday 22 July, 12:00-16:00

Family Fun Day

The Hassocks, Station Approach East BN6 8HN In aid of St. Peter and St. James Hospice and Louis James Butler’s Crowdfunding. Includes Bungee Run, Paw Patol, BBQ. Contact: Sharon Saunders 07787 552338.


Creative Machine Embroidery

Seaside Weekend 19th & 20th August 2017 Take the trains from Sheffield Park, East Grinstead and Kingscote to Horsted Keynes and visit the ‘seaside’. Our Paddock at Horsted Keynes will be transformed into a sandy beach! This year we have some exciting new displays and entertainers to bring some seaside magic. For lunch why not enjoy traditional Fish and Chips followed by an Ice Cream?


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Summer Fun

Children’s activities and entertainment over the summer holidays

Saturday 22 July, 13:00

Need somewhere for the children to let o steam? Then head for the Bluebell Railway...

Ashenground Community Centre, Southdown Close, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Our Annual Open Days are enjoyed by local residents and user groups alike! Please see www.ashengroundcc. org/open-day.html for more details.

Steam train rides every day and much more besides. Here's what's happening – Children's farm at Kingscote Station, games and entertainment at Horsted Keynes Station – refreshment facilities at all stations, lovely picnic areas with tables and umbrellas next to the railway

Ashenground Community Centre Open Day

Saturday 22 July, 13:00-17:00

Summer Fayre

Henfield Common North, Henfield BN5 9DR This is a fun filled family event held only every 2 years! Henfield Garden Club will be assisting in the judging tents. Saturday 22 July, 14:00

South Eastern Kidney Patients Association Family Fun Day Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Stanmer, Brighton BN1 9SE

Tel: 01825 720800

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Saturday 22 July, 20:00

The Milk Men

The Fox Eating & Drinking House, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstad RH19 4PJ Playing Live, The Milk Men’s sound has been called ‘ZZ/DC Feelgood’ by some critics who have lavished praise on the band’s dynamic live show and original songs. Contact: 01342 810644 Sunday 23 July, 12:00-17:00

East Grinstead Lions Donkey Derby

Moat Road, East Grinstead RH19 3LN Donkey racing, fun dog show, donkey rides, small fairground rides and supporting stalls. Fun for all the family. Free admission. Monday 24 - Friday 18 August, 09:00-17:00

Acorns Holiday Fun!

Westmeston Parish Hall, Nr Ditchling BN6 8RL 6th exciting year for fun-filled forest school adventure days in Sussex countryside for children aged 2-11. All day/half day. Please see website for fees. Discounts for families and groups of friends. Contact: Janet Irwin 01444 455081 www.

Monday 24 July – Sunday 03 September

‘Wild Kids’ – A Summer of Wonderful Woodland Adventures at Wakehurst Wakehurst, Ardingly RH17 6TN Enjoy a summer of outdoor discovery with activities, games and crafts led by Wakehurst’s expert learning and conservation teams. Contact: 01444 894000 Tuesday 25 July, 10:00-16:00

Art, Antiques, Jewellery & Asian Art Valuation Day

The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Bonhams specialists will be offering free and confidential advice on items you may be considering selling at auction. To make an appointment please phone 01273 220000 or email Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 July

The Longines Royal International Horse Show The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead RH17 5NU Everything from the thrills and spills of International Showjumping to the elegance and glamour of champion showing horses and ponies. Not to mention great shopping! Tickets prices start from £20 adult and £10 child. 01273 834315 Wednesday 26 July, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group - Bonsai Pot Making Demonstration Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Make your own small pot/pots. £3 for materials etc. All welcome. Free for first visit. Tea and coffee will be available. www.sussexbonsaigroup. Thursday 27 July, 20:30

Quiz Night

The Fox Eating & Drinking House, Highbrook Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstead RH19 4PJ 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 July, 09:30

Relate Golf Day

Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, East Dean Road, Eastbourne BN20 8ES Fantastic golf day at a beautiful course with two course lunch, superb prizes and raffle. Proceeds to the Sussex charity Relate. £44 per person for green fees, including lunch. Jackie Florey 01323 423016

Scoopa-doopa Booja-Booja Ice Cream Party, hip hip hooray! Enjoy some free Vegan Ice Cream. Don’t miss this! Contact: 01342 824673 // boojaparties

Friday 28 July, 19:30-22:30

Supper Club

Mama Ghanoushe, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AH Join us for three courses of delicious vegan, gluten free food. Menu on website – £25. 01273 842534 Friday 28 July

Italian Evening

The Five Bells Inn, Chailey Green BN8 4DA Traditional Italian food with live Italian opera. 01825 722259 Saturday 29 July

£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

Friday 28 July, 10:00

Saturday 29 July, 09:30-12:30

The Seasons Healthfood Shop, 10-11 Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DN

Hyde Estate, Horsham Road, Handcross RH17 6DS See Local Living.

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The Gauntlet Games

Open daily with free entry, this Cathedral has welcomed people for 900 years. A place of worship, art, music, exhibitions, talks and much more. Web: Tel: (01243) 782595 @ChiCathedral

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Ladies Day at The Longines Royal International Horse Show The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead RH17 5NU Now in its 9th year, Hickstead Ladies’ Day, at the Longines Royal International Horse Show, has become firmly established as one of the highlights of the Sussex Social Calendar. So join in the fun, and don your finest fancies, for your chance to stand out from the crowd and strut the turf of our famous International Arena. With some fabulous prizes, exclusive Ladies’ Day Enclosure with a private bar and special hospitality discount, you really do have the perfect excuse to dress up and come and be part of the glamour. Tickets prices start from £25 Adult £15 child. 01273 834315 Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 July, 10:00-16:00

The Bluebell Railway - Toy & Rail Collectors Fair Horsted Keynes Station RH17 7BB There will be stalls on the platform and in the station car park. Railway Artefacts, Model Railway Equipment and many other goods to be found. Normal travel fares apply. Contact: 01825 720800 or Saturday 29 July – Sunday 06 August, 10:00-17:30 (Closes 15:00 6.8.17)

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Summer Exhibition

King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2HH Over 200 works of original art to enjoy or buy. Entry £1.00. Saturday 29 July, 10:30-12:30

Book Signing for ‘Victorian London Through Time’ by Colin Manton

Cuckfield Museum, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Local historian and former Curator at the Museum of London, Colin Manton signs copies of his latest photographic history book. Free entry. For more information: Saturday 29 July, 10:30-16:30

Garden Party in aid of St Peter & St James Hospice 36 Victoria Close, Burgess Hill RH15 9QS Lunch, cream tea, raffle ,tombola, bric-a-brac, jewellery. Free entry. No wheelchair access to garden. 01444 245940

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 July, 10:30-17:00

Through the Door Children’s Festival

Weald & Downland Living Museum Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU Imagine, play, create, explore – come and uncover what’s through the door! Run wild with your imagination at this family festival! Adult £13.50, 65+ £11.50, Child £6, Family £36. 01243


Saturday 29 July, 12:00

Hammerdown Festival

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Hammerdown Festival is a brand new rock and metal festival coming to the heart of Sussex. Come down for live music all day as well as food and a fully licensed bar. £15. 01444 242888 Saturday 29 July, 14:00-17:00

Westmeston Summer Fayre

Westmeston Parish Hall, Lewes Road, Westmeston BN6 8RJ A fun afternoon for all the family, games, creams teas, classic cars, bouncy castle and lots more. £2.50 for adults, children free. Lots of free parking. This fayre is on behalf of St Peter & St James Hospice & Westmeston Parish Hall Trust. Saturday 29 July, 18:00

Musical Evening

All Saints Church, Waldron TN21 ORA This Musical Evening will include the soprano, Katherine Adams, who is in her final year at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and the Waldron Handbell Ringers. Tickets will be £12, which includes a glass of wine or soft drink and canapés. Sunday 30 July, 12:00-17:00

Fulking Fair

Fulking North Town Field, 37 Clappers Lane,

Henfield BN5 9NH See Local Living. Sunday 30 July, 14:00-18:00

Felbridge Bowling Club Open Day Felbridge Bowling Club, Crawley Down Road, Felbridge RH19 2RN Come along for a taster session – qualified coach and all equipment provided. Fun in the sun at Felbridge! New bowlers get a whole month free! 07884 315714 Sunday 30 July, 19:30

Wivelsfield Films – Viceroy’s House (12A)

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. The film’s story unfolds within the great house. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson and Michael Gambon.Tickets £6 in advance from the Post Office and Village Stores or The Cock Inn, or online via the Facebook page. Homemade cakes, ice creams and drinks served before the film and during the interval. Run time 1 hour 45 minutes plus interval.

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