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From interns to graphic designers and book days

31 Sussex Traditions

Keeping Sussex folklore alive

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Thanks for picking up the March issue of Sussex Living Magazine, we do hope you enjoy reading it.


It’s a lovely big issue this month, full of great articles and interesting reads. Our ever-popular education feature covers the world of internships, with Sasha Kanal meeting one intern who has been working with the same company for five years and is now settled into his own role there. We also get an inside look into graphic design, as our own designers share their education and career stories with us. Turn to page 20 to enjoy the whole feature. We are very blessed to have so many fascinating local personalities living in beautiful Mid Sussex, including the eminent actress Judy Parfitt. Meeting with Lisa de Silva at her lovely home, Judy spoke candidly about her acting career and her role as ambassador for Dementia UK, a charity close to her heart. Do turn to page 57 to read the whole article. Thank you Judy for such an interesting interview. Many thanks as well to Mike Lawn who so kindly let us use some of his stunning photographs of Judy and her toy poodle, Freddie in the article and for our front cover too. We are very grateful to Mike, whose work can be seen at www. Now for some housekeeping news: this will be my last issue for a little while, as I am off on maternity leave! Amidst feeds and burps, I will try to keep up with Sussex Living life, and will certainly miss everyone here. I am handing over to the lovely and very capable Cheryl Watkins, and of course all the usual brilliant team here at Sussex Living. Adios!

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Sea fishing in Worthing


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Exploring this delightful village Young bike trials champion

Keep up to date with your community news and events

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Natural living Leap into Spring


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



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

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aspects of angling, “It’s a great way to unwind, to eliminate stress, to lose track of time, to commune with the natural world. Sometimes catching fish becomes an unexpected bonus.” Bass are intriguing; a fish routinely found in supermarkets and revered by celebrity chefs, yet almost all bass are farmed, not wild. The season for wild bass is brief, due to commercial overfishing in the past. It’s why wild fish are so expensive. Tony believes wild bass is the best tasting of all fish, “And bass is even better when you catch it yourself, although my sons still prefer fish fi ngers.” Almost all the fish Tony catches are released. “Just the occasional fish is taken for the table. It’s important to show respect for the fish as a combatant and preservation of species and environment are paramount. There’s no desire to kill needlessly.” With his friends, Tony is a founder member and fishes for the Specimen Hunters Angling Group. In 2016 the club won an Angling Trust award for the most specimen fish (170) caught in UK waters during the year. They hope to catch a British record some day. Worthing Pier is free to fish; “the east side is good, as is the pier head, pier well, speedboat

run and the amusements.” Tony told me that; flounder, rays, cod, smoothhound, mackerel, garfish, conger eel and bass can all be caught here. Smoothhound, “go like steam trains, they’re graceful powerful beasts.” For people that want to try angling, Tony suggested visiting a tackle shop, or fi nding a club. “To be out in the open away from the hum drum of daily life is therapeutic,” he assured me. Finally, Tony showed me a picture of a 300lb Copper Shark he caught from a beach in Namibia. “It’s the anticipation of what I might catch or the jubilation at catching what I set out to catch that thrills me,” he revealed. The shark was safely returned to the sea. Our time almost up, I wondered whether Tony might fi sh Loch Ness sometime… but as this was one angler who didn’t tell tall tales, I was sure he wouldn’t ever claim to have caught that mythical monster! For further information and to find a club go to

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Hassocks! Hassocks is an attractive village settled just to the north of the South Downs. It combines an abundance of great amenities and a welcoming community, all set in a beautiful landscape Seven miles north of Brighton lies Hassocks, sheltered by the South Downs and a perfect base from which to explore the delights of the National Park. Comprising the old parishes of Clayton and Keymer, the name Hassocks is thought to originate from the rough tufts of grass in surrounding fields and today, the village offers a wide variety of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants to make it a lively hub for residents and visitor alike. The village market on the fourth Saturday of each month brings in further choice and Adastra Hall near the village centre hosts the WI, Field Society and Horticultural Society and is home to the Star Cinema. The hall is suitable for parties, dances, meetings, craft fairs and weddings and is owned by the Hassocks Community Association, a registered charity formed in 1976. Keymer is home to the fully restored Oldland Mill, an award winning, working post mill, which hosts themed open days throughout summer, including activities for children and adults.

Visitors are welcome to explore the mill. It is open on Thursday mornings when many of the volunteers are working on site and it is usually possible to have a guided tour for a small, recommended donation. The first open afternoon this year will be on the 2nd April, followed by a Special Event Day on the 7th May. As a former volunteer, I can vouch for the tremendous amount of work that has been lavished on this beautiful mill. Visible from the Downs, it stands as testimony

to the perseverance of a hundred volunteers for nearly forty years of restoration. Residents often cite the friendly community as one of the main charms of Hassocks and commuters will appreciate the fast rail link direct to London or Brighton. Visitors are spoiled for choice when planning a walk or cycle ride. A short drive takes you to a car park next to the Jack and Jill windmills where you can strike out east or west across the Downs by foot or two wheels. Horse riders have access to the 100 mile

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Ditchling Film Society On Thursday 2 March 2017 our film will be Sunset Song adapted from a novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon of the same name about an Aberdeenshire girl, Chris Guthrie, growing to womanhood seven years before World War One. Beautifully shot, the film is an intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War. Director: Terence Davies; English; 2015; 135 mins; 15 Cert. On Thursday 16 March 2017 we will be showing Suffragette. In early 20th Century Britain the growing suffragette movement changes the life of working wife and mother, Maud Watts. As gripping and as visceral as any thriller, the film is also heartbreaking and inspirational. Director: Sarah Gavron; English; 2015; 106 mins; 12A Cert. On Thursday 6 April 2017 our film will be Dheepan which is a powerful story about a Tamil freedom fighter called Dheepan, who decides to flee civil warravaged Sri Lanka taking with him two strangers, a woman and a child, hoping that it will be easier for them to claim asylum in Europe. A crime drama packed with grandeur. Director: Jacques Audiard; English, French, Tamil; 2015; 115 mins; 15 Cert. The films will be shown in Ditchling Village Hall. Our films start at 8.00pm. Doors open at 7.30 pm. Free coffee and biscuits beforehand and wine can be purchased by the glass. There is ample free parking behind the hall. Guests and temporary members are welcome for the sum of £5.00 payable at the door.

St Mary’s, Balcombe Arts Weekend Friday 3rd March at 7pm: ‘Balcombe Feast of Music’, a Concert to celebrate the huge amount of talent in our village. Saturday 4th March: Choral Workshop day on J S Bach’s majestic St Matthew Passion, from 9.30am, followed by a

performance at 3pm to which all are invited. Led by Les Olive, director of English Arts Chorale. Tenor: Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts Sunday 5th March at 3 pm (refreshments from 2.30pm) sees ‘In Conversation’, an open forum of chat and music, where Janet Canetty-Clarke will be talking with St Mary’s Director of Music, Jeff Lloyd-Roberts, about her fascinating life. Throughout the weekend: Exhibition of Art by Local Artists, including Tessa LandSmith, Michael Noble, Ross Thomson, Julie Rezac, as well as pupils from Balcombe School. With the exception of the Singing Day, all these events are free and donations are welcome.

St George’s Millennium Garden Trust AGM The Annual General Meeting of the Millennium Garden Trust will be held on Wednesday, 8th March 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Bowls Club Pavilion, South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint. After a short meeting there will be an illustrated talk by Fred Maillardet on ‘The History and Restoration of Oldland Windmill, Hassocks’. Fred is retired Dean of Science at Brighton University where his specialty was Mechanical Engineering. Living in Hassocks he has been deeply involved in the restoration of this 300 year old mill, and it promises to be a fascinating talk. Members and visitors will be most welcome. For newcomers to Hurstpierpoint village, the Millennium Garden lies between St George’s Lane and Brown Twins Road thus connecting the Highfield Drive/ College Lane area to the centre of the village. It is well used by residents and managed by the Trust with the much appreciated help of volunteers. There are, of course, running costs which are covered by a small membership scheme. Enquiries: Secretary 01273 832756

The Warninglid Players Help Needed At our last AGM we were very

concerned that The Warninglid Players might not survive, but after our last very successful production of ‘Was She Coshed’ (written and directed by Rebecca Bond), we are now a little more hopeful that we may be able to continue, especially with the great support we have had from our audiences and for which we thank you all. However for this ‘survival’ to happen we need your help in these areas: directors, backstage, front of house and publicity. In the past we have done two productions a year. April or May and November, but for the last two years we have only put on one play in November, and as time goes by so quickly these days we are looking again at one production in November 2017. To go forward with this we first need to find a director! It can be a play of your choice or one that our committee could find for you. If anyone is interested in directing or indeed willing to help in any other areas mentioned, please get in touch by contacting our Chairman Lesley Jenks on lesleyjenks1@ (01444 471527) or our secretary Rita Still on rita. (01444 461391) Our A.G.M. will be held at The Seaforth Hall on Tuesday, March 14th at 7.30p.m. Please come along and have a chat, drinks and nibbles to be provided.

Walking Football with Hills Farm Lane FC Hills Farm Lane Football Club have breathed new life into the old grounds of TD Shipley FC, creating and developing amazing facilities for the local community. These include a brand-new pitch exclusively for the use of their walking football team in the coming months. The Club is essentially a veteran’s football team that has been set up in Horsham, West Sussex, with the purpose of proving that the beautiful game is one to be enjoyed by all ages. Currently, the Walking

Football team meet and play on a safe 3G artificial surface at the Holbrook Club, Horsham, on Tuesdays from 9-11am. They welcome players from 55 years old with no upper age limit. “We believe that Walking Football is a natural progression for those who are ‘too old’ for the veteran’s game but still get a buzz from being part of a team,” says Hills Farm Lane Chairman, Philip Gibbs. “What is important to us is giving our players a sense of fulfillment and keeping them active.” To find out how you can experience all the fun at a slower pace, please go to http://www.
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Gloria! Concert at Chailey Green The Friends of St. Peter’s Church, Chailey are hosting a Concert of magical music on Saturday 18th March 2017 at 7.30 pm in our beautiful country church on Chailey Green, BN8 4DA. We are delighted to welcome back well known Sussex Choir Coro Nuovo together with soloists. The concert will include a wide range of music including the choir’s showpiece Gloria from Vivaldi’s Gloria, and a new composition, A Welsh Celebration by organist and composer Jeff Howard led by music director and international tenor Andy Rees. There will be an interval with refreshments. Proceeds will be used to maintain the fabric of our largely mediaeval church and to contribute to Coro Nuovo’s Young Musician of the year Bursary. Tickets: £10 in advance or £12 on the night (accompanied children under 16 free) available on the door or from: Janet Barnes Tel: 01825 722574, email friendsofstpeterschailey@ online: https:// S u ss e x L i v i n g March 2017


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Call for Retained Firefighters Ever thought about becoming a retained (part time) firefighter? Do you live or work within 4 minutes normal travel distance of a fire station? Retained firefighters are men and women who combine their day jobs or normal day/night time activities with being ‘on call’ for the fire service, responding to emergencies when they are needed. They receive regular training to equip them with the skills to deal with fires, accidents and a wide range of other emergencies. They also play an important role in community engagement activities. Retained firefighters receive an annual retaining fee as well as additional payments for any incidents or community safety events they attend. “For a combination of reasons recruiting new retained firefighters is an on-going challenge for us. We’re really keen to reach people who have a passion to protect their community but who may not have considered being a retained firefighter before. Our retained firefighters are men and women who come from all walks of life and who can fit being a retained firefighter around their existing jobs and commitments. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come to the Storrington fire station on a Monday evening drill night to talk to the crew, or email Richard Davy for more information

Gloria! Concert in Cuckfield

Leading Sussex choir Coro Nuovo are thrilled to be making a return visit to Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 2.30pm for their Gloria concert. Glorious music, a glorious setting and a celebration of a rich musical tradition. Coro Nuovo will be performing a wide range of music with the Vivaldi Gloria opening, a new composition by the celebrated composer Jeff Howard and a Welsh medley led by our Music Director and international tenor Andy Rees. This year sees the 65th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne and so there will be a Royal theme at the concert. Coro Nuovo’s summer concert on Sunday 16th July 2017 at the Ascension Church, Vale Road, Haywards Heath will celebrate the broader link between Monarchy and Music. The Coro Nuovo Young Musician 2017 will be chosen during the July concert and will receive a bursary of £1,000. Tickets are available through the Coro Nuovo website. Tickets for the concert are £12 and are available from or online via uk/online-tickets.

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West Sussex will be working in a rural primary school for ten days. At the moment the school of 200 children have only a shack as their kitchen. The water bore hole is not secure or deep enough, so dirty contaminated water goes through. To raise funds, The Adur Concert Band is holding a concert on Saturday April 1st, 7.30pm at the Adastra Hall, Hassocks, Keymer Road, BN6 8QH. Tickets are £10, under 16s £5, either on the door or call 07711 422433. There will also be a bar and raffle. Information on the project can be found on www. or email uganda2017@hotmail. com

Get Fit and Lean in 2017 for Disabled Veterans The Worthing 10k is one of the largest and friendliest running events in the south east, welcoming runners of all abilities to the flat 10 kilometre seafront course. Worthing based charity, The Queen Alexandra

Hospital Home (QAHH), has some charity spaces available for the run, which is on Sunday 4th June. They are £20 each, and the charity asks that you try to raise at least £100 in sponsorship. QAHH will support you with your fundraising, and you’ll also get a QAHH running vest! All the money you raise will help to provide 24-hour nursing care and rehabilitation services, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to disabled ex-servicemen and women who live at QAHH. For more information, or to sign up, contact Samantha in the QAHH Fundraising Team on 01903 218444, or email:

The Frow Show Returns Again If your funny bone needs some serious tickling after a grim 2016, the The Frow Show is here to help. It’s a hilarious evening of original, cheeky sketches and live musical numbers, and it’s back for a third season at the Village Hall in Forest Row, Friday March

24th and Saturday March 25th. After two sellout seasons in 2016, the show moves to the bigger hall at the venue on the A22 in Forest Row. “The demand for tickets gets bigger with each production”, says Frow Show’s director and producer Mike Sengelow. “The audiences love seeing their village life mercilessly sent up.” The Frow Show satirises everything from dog owners and football parents to new age religions. “No subject is safe or sacred,” says Sengelow. Mike Sengelow is no stranger to skit comedy. In his native New Zealand he starred in a Saturday night TV sketch show called ‘Skitz’. The rest of the Frow Show cast and musicians are mostly professional performers from all around RH19. Tickets for the March shows are £10. The shows start at 7.30pm, with a bar and pizza. For more information email

Mid Sussex Young Person Volunteer Awards Do you know a young person who volunteers in Mid Sussex? Many young people give up their time to make Mid Sussex a better place and the Council think it’s important to recognise these exceptional individuals. The Mid Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year Awards aims to give these outstanding individuals their moment in the spotlight. There are 3 awards to be won by any individual aged 14-21 who has completed a minimum of 10 hours of volunteering. The categories are as follows: 1. Young Community Volunteer - Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community. 2. Young Leader - Awarded to a young person who has demonstrated their leadership in a project or organisation. 3. Young Achiever - Against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people. So, if you think you know a young person who has given up their time to help others or has made a positive contribution to their community then please



nominate them. Please note: Individuals cannot be nominated by a family member or themselves, and any one person or organisation can only nominate a maximum of 5 people per category. Nomination deadline is the 12th May 2017. It’s easy to nominate online at volunteernomination or contact Regina regina.choudhury@ or call 01444 477 495.

Storrington Community on Show Storrington has a great deal to offer for all its residents, whether young or old, new to the area or simply looking for a new challenge. There are many benefits to belonging to a local community group, such as making new friends, learning new skills, having fun, feeling useful or even getting exercise and enjoying the fresh air. However, many local voluntary groups are finding it increasingly hard to find new recruits to maintain their activities, be they social, environmental or of a service nature. The Community Partnership in Storrington has therefore decided to mount a show on Saturday May 20th, to showcase the wide range of activities and opportunities existing in the voluntary organisations, and to raise the profile of volunteering, along with the benefits it can bring. The venue is the Ravenscroft Guide and Community Hall in Browns Lane, where the Partnership will be hosting a variety of local groups, all displaying information about their work, and with members on hand keen to explain what is involved. There will be more details of which organisations are taking part in the forthcoming weeks, and on the day. Refreshments will be available to give visitors a chance to chat about what they have seen and heard. If you want to know more, or your group would be interested in taking part, then contact David on 01903 746101.


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This circular walk from Hurstpierpoint is a hearty 5 miles, with a fairly steep climb up Wolstonbury Hill. Thankfully there are many lovely refreshments available in the village!



This circular walk starts and fi nishes at Trinity Road car park (restrictions apply) on the north side of the High Street in Hurstpierpoint. It takes in the Low Weald countryside to the south of the village, and involves a climb up one side of Wolstonbury Hill, but not right to the top! When last walked, it was very muddy in places, so stout footwear is strongly recommended! The walk is 5.7 miles long and you should allow just over two hours to complete the circuit. From the car park, return to the High Street, and turn right towards the crossroads in the centre of the village. Carry on, past the church towards Albourne, and where the road bends right, turn left into Policeman’s Lane. At the bottom of the lane,



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It is rumoured that he climbed Wolstonbury Hill every morning before breakfast! To continue the walk, do not enter the grounds of the house, cross a stile on your right, keep to the left edge of the field for a short distance to a second stile, cross on to a tarmac road and continue for a short distance. Bear right over a stile; stay on the left of the field to cross a footbridge. Head across the field, leaving two oak trees on your left, to another stile. Continue ahead crossing a further stile into woodland. At the exit of the woodland, cross a stile on your right and follow the fence along the left side of the next field. Head into woodland along an enclosed path. Cross a stile and proceed along a track past Little Washbrook Farm. Turn right at a footpath sign across a footbridge; follow footpath signs, crossing another footbridge. Continue slightly uphill on an enclosed path to Hurstpierpoint High Street and return to the car park. Please note this walk is a repeat, kindly re-walked and checked by the Ramblers for Les who is recovering from a walking accident. We wish him well for a speedy recovery. We are very grateful to Les Campbell for bringing us new and exciting local walks every month. A founder member and former Chairman of the Mid Sussex Ramblers, he is a very experienced and enthusiastic walker indeed. Les insists on testing all routes personally, making sure they are suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email

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Work experience provides many benefits, giving youngsters skills and hands-on time in a business that will allow them to stand out to potential employers. Sasha Kanal fi nds out more

Work Experience According to the Government, work experience officially refers to ‘a specified period of time that a person spends within a business, within which they have an opportunity to learn directly about working life and the working environment.’ Internships or placements earn the distinction of normally requiring a higher or specific level of qualification than other forms of work experience and often relate to a profession. Many are unpaid, some offer remuneration in the form of paid travel expenses – this varies from company to company. In today’s ultra competitive job market, there’s no denying that evidence of work experience on a young person’s CV can be the difference between getting a job and not. Proof of experience is invaluable to future employers and recruiters not only as an indication of the required skills but also of willingness and aptitude.

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David Butcher, a City Communications Director of 20 years, has hired many young grads in his time. He says, “I always look at work experience on a CV – even for senior candidates. It tells me a lot about the individual, what motivates them and what they enjoy doing.” It goes without saying that work experience gives a young

person a taster of what kind of industry they want to go into and whether it’s right for them. So how do you get a placement? From college courses where work placements are built into the modules and are a requisite for course completion and then qualification, to companies advertising and even via word of mouth – the ways in are numerous. Susan Fleet is MD of a successful Sussex-based PR and marketing company and has 30 years experience of placing interns within her office. “It was never a conscious decision initially to have work experience interns within our company. Young people and local students have always contacted us to come in and gain experience and the whole thing evolved this way.” Taking on two to three continued on page 22

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placements each year for an average of three months, interns for Susan provide in her words “a breath of fresh air” for a business and can bring with them all the latest know-how in technology and social media to name a few. “I love mentoring the next generation”, says Susan. “It’s wonderful to be able to impart your skills and knowledge. However, it’s a great opportunity for everyone involved to learn. My interns actually do proper work and don’t just make coffee and photocopy. They are fully immersed in the business and workings of the office. I’ve found it to be the best way to operate, as you get so much back.” 21-year old Michael Rowney is a perfect example of this. Starting as an unpaid intern with Susan in 2012 whilst at sixth form, and gaining experience during university holidays, Michael is now employed as Marketing Manager at the company. What’s his advice for interns looking to replicate his success? “Be brave and get stuck in! Be open to hard work and new opportunities. Ask how you can help, come up with ideas. It’s a cliché, but what you put in, you get out.” A more official entry point into the world of work and perhaps the next stage on from work experience is an apprenticeship, where you can combine on the job training with study. For more information on work experience and apprenticeships go to and

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Do you have an eye for design or simply want to know what it takes to become a graphic designer? Ruth Preston and Stephen King enlighten us on how they’ve achieved succesful careers in graphic design. Ruth explains that she always enjoyed art and English at school, and after taking these subjects at A’ level decided to combine images and the written word and pursued a career in graphic design. I embarked on a 3 year graphic design degree course at Humberside University, after which I was ready for the next step into work. I headed to London where I managed to get a lowly paid job in a contract publishing company as a production assistant, where we produced magazines on transport and cars, not the most exciting job but a start! It was here that with on the job training, I learnt to use computer packages and the importance of working towards tight deadlines and functioning as part of a team. We often worked till 10pm at night to send magazines to print but I gained invaluable experience by always being open to learning anything new or giving new skills a go. Since my fi rst job I have worked for magazines like Now, Marie Claire and Homes and Gardens in London, The Big issue in Manchester and several weekly and monthly titles in Sydney, Australia, to where I am now at Sussex



Living Magazine. Working my way up in graphic design has given me the opportunity to travel extensively, meet new people and learn many new skills. But the main thing I have learned is that graphic design is much more than just being an expert on the computer. You need to have good personable skills that ensure you can be flexible with clients and other members of a team you may be working on a project with. If you are good with people yet enjoy creating stunning work, this may be the job for you! Stephen tells us that from an early age I always loved drawing and painting and hoped I would end up utilising my artistic tendencies as a means of employment. It was only after completing a Foundation Studies course in general art and design at the University of Brighton that I gravitated towards graphic art, more precisely illustration. Although I was on a path to becoming an illustrator, at this time I had developed an interest in graphic design, particularly typography. Between the foundation course and a

graphics degree, I worked laying up pages and creating advertisements for a local newspaper during the last days of manual ‘paste-up’ (as it was then known) and the dawn of desktop publishing. After the completion of my degree I continued to work in the field of editorial design and started to get to grips with the software for print-based design that continues to be the industry standard today. Although I have freelanced in branding, signage and digital design, print and editorial work, magazines in particular, have been at the forefront. My advice for anybody looking for a career as a graphic designer would be to take the educational path in the fi rst instance, there’s no substitute for the learning and application of the creative process, a degree or vocational qualification is still respected and desired in the creative world. Having said this I feel it’s true to say that the day-to-day experience of presenting ideas, problem solving, and encountering (arrrgh!) deadlines only happens on the job. Graphic design employers always need a creative solution and always want experience.






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Inspire a love of reading among your children by celebrating International Children’s Book Day International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated since 1967, either on or around the time of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday on 2nd April. It has been the brainchild of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a non-profit organisation which is committed to giving children the opportunity to access books with high quality literary and artistic value, promoting

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international understanding. Each year, IBBY sponsors International Children’s Book Day, giving a different country in the organisation the opportunity to choose the theme of the day and to invite one of their established authors to write a message to the children of the world, along with a well known illustrator to design a poster. Both of these are then used to promote books and reading to young people through activities in schools and public libraries. The sponsor for 2017 is Russia, with a charming poster designed by Mikhail Feodorov and a message written by Sergey Makhotin. Makhotin explains how as a child he was seduced by the smell of a new book, which he describes as ‘exciting and unique.’ He also talks about the ability of books to take one

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Local Ditchling boy Samuel Meeten is a champion cyclist. Sasha Kanal finds out what it takes to be a British Bike Trial champ at such a young age By day, Samuel Meeten is just like any other 11 year-old boy, playing football for his local club, enjoying tag rugby and sport with his friends. But come the weekend, Samuel is transformed into a champion cyclist and is proud winner of the British Bike Trial Championships two years running. Held in five different locations across the UK including Scotland and Yorkshire, the British Bike Trials consist of two circuits made up of about eight sections containing tricky obstacles such as logs and rocks. The competitors have to complete the circuits on their bikes without their feet touching the ground, losing one point every time they do. The skills needed to compete in this sport are manifold, with balance,

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The skills needed to compete in this sport are manifold, with balance, excellent concentration and great bicycle handling skills a given dad explains, “Samuel rides every weekend, even when he’s not competing. We will ride together over rocks on the beach and at his friend’s house over lots of obstacles including pallets and


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to compete in such a niche sport come from? In this instance it runs in the family with dad himself a motorbike trials rider since the age of 16. “Samuel started riding a trials motorbike with

stabilizers at the age of 3. He still competes in motorbike competitions but switched to a trials bicycle at the age of 5. I realized there and then that he had tonnes of potential and now he beats me!” For Perry, weekend trips up North to compete are not a big sacrifice for him, as he loves the sport as much as Samuel does. “It’s such a sociable pastime and Samuel and I have made many new friends along the way. It’s also a relatively easy sport to get into and is great for all ages. Samuel can be quite shy so when his friends watch him perform, they are really bowled over by his confidence.” And as for the kit, Perry explains, “the bikes can be expensive but there are loads available secondhand and of course protective clothing is a must!” What does the future hold for this young titleholder and how does it feel to win? We hear from Samuel himself, “ I feel really pleased when I have won and also relieved as I get a little nervous before! In the future I would like to compete in the European Championships and if successful, in the World Championships. But if this doesn’t work out, I’m happy just to ride for fun as I love it so much”. Spoken like a true champ!

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Sussex Traditions, Folklore is very often the kind of stuff that’s considered ‘everyday’ and commonplace until, suddenly, it’s no longer there! Founded in 2015, Sussex Traditions is a charity dedicated to gathering and sharing the traditional culture of the county. The fi rst stage involves collecting and archiving materials in a searchable database. Project Manager Mark Broad explains that in its foundation project year, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, South Downs National Park and several other funding bodies, Sussex Traditions has focussed specifically on traditional music and song. “Several of the charity’s founders are recognised in that field and we’ve received some amazing contributions in the form of old recordings and songbooks.” By ‘cultural heritage’ in this case, it is the legacy that gets passed on from person to person and down the ages, over generations - typically amongst small groups and communities. Sussex Traditions is collecting and preserving the shared everyday culture of ordinary people, past and present, so that future generations will be able to enjoy and appreciate its special Sussex character and history. If you think about it, you probably have family or friends of older generations, who grew-up

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and have long lived around these parts - who’ll be able to tell you a thing or two about old Sussex. We’re looking to gather stories, songs and sayings and weave them into a ‘people and places’ map of the county, connecting the past with the present. Mike Tristram, Chairman of the Charity’s Trustees and Advisors comments that in the future, youngsters who’ll never meet the older people of Sussex will be able to hear the

voices of those who created our countryside and market towns and villages, and learn about their communities. The charity is calling on the skills of volunteers and professionals in Sussex to help collect and catalogue limited-life source materials. For example, early tapes or writings awaiting digitisation, or undocumented oral traditions still held in living memory. Such things might be described as folklore, folk arts, and oral, local, and community history. In fact, it’s very often the kind of stuff that’s considered ‘everyday’ and commonplace until, suddenly, it’s no longer there! continued on page 32

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There already is a good deal of listening and reading material up on the website, but as you can imagine it’s some effort identifying, cataloguing and digitizing all these assets. That’s just one of the areas in which we need more volunteers – people interested in getting involved and perhaps having some training in how it all works. Looking ahead, projects will include gathering ‘local

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The most important thing to appreciate is that storage should not be used to hide all the clutter in your home that doesn’t have a designated place

the result being that we invest in more and more shelving, cupboards, baskets and boxes, which are simply concealing items we don’t really need or want, until our homes are bursting at the seams. So, the first part of the process involves decluttering. Start small with one drawer, or cupboard a day. Alternatively, devote 30 minutes each day to the task, as little and often will make a huge difference in a relatively short space of time. If you don’t know where to start, imagine you are selling your home and survey each room with a buyer’s dispassionate eye, asking yourself how the room could be better presented. Have one bag for charity and one for rubbish and do not keep anything for ‘just in case’ or sentimental reasons, unless you truly love it. Once you have done this, give everything left a specific home, replacing it each time it is used. If you find your home lacks the space for storing the things you need, use and love, that is when you need to invest in storage. HALLWAY STORAGE

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such as a basket or storage bench, for scarves, gloves, and umbrellas. A bowl or hooks for keys might also be useful. Understairs storage offers a wealth of possibilities for shoes, kitbags and cleaning utensils through specialist slide out drawers, which really maximise the space available, or simply plan a well organised cupboard, with shoe shelving, hooks and a clothes rail, to keep your hallway clear and calm. STORAGE FOR THE LIVING SPACE

A stylish storage unit, comprising cubes or shelving, can act as a feature of any room, along with being functional. Coffee tables can also incorporate storage with under table shelving, allowing you to keep the surface clutter free. If you have bookshelves, try colour coding your books using the spines which can also act as a design feature. Storage footstools are also a great way to keep the living space clear of clutter. Try to keep any area serving as a home office as tidy as possible. Use a cord tidy to streamline wires and maybe use

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basket under the sink. You may also want to invest in some freestanding mesh shelving to place inside cupboards to increase the space. It is also possible to retrospectively fit specialist larder systems within certain cupboards. These offer a range of features including pull out storage, as well as using the space on the back of the cupboard door. Even simply using strong hooks on the back of doors, or having some extra shelving built can greatly improve your storage options. BEDROOM STORAGE

Try to keep the bedroom as light and airy as possible, by always putting your clothes away, or into a laundry bag. A laundry stool can be a useful addition for extra storage, along with under bed storage drawers and bags. Hooks attached to the back of a wardrobe door are great for hanging jewellery, scarves and belts, or if this is not an option, simply hang on clothes hangers. Five bar clothes hangers are also a good way to increase your wardrobe space, as are slimline velvet hangers. Items to help keep children’s rooms clean and tidy, include drawstring toy bags, peg boards for hanging bags and toys, shelving systems, baskets and boxes. The key is to be organised and ensure that every toy has a home. Colour coding storage can also make this mammoth task easier. BATHROOM STORAGE

To increase storage in the bathroom, think about replacing the bath panel with an opening storage panel, for neatly keeping extra toiletries and cleaning equipment out of sight. Above the bath shelving can also be used to store folded towels. If you have room, cabinets and storage benches can also be used to hide away bathroom essentials. SHED & GARAGE STORAGE

All too often our sheds and garages become dumping grounds for everything we’re not sure what to do with, so it’s worth spending some time and energy decluttering all the broken tools, ancient paint tins, old sports equipment, plant pots and furniture. Wall and ceiling mounted specialist bicycle racks can help free up room and if you have space, try to create specific zones for decorating, car, gardening and DIY equipment. Whilst you can now buy modular systems to organise your garage, which makes full use of all the vertical space, try creating one yourself using cheap shelving systems, peg boards and hooks.

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I don’t usually claim to be a mind reader, but I happen to know you have a guilty conscience. It’s about a plant you met at a garden centre last summer. Captivated by its beauty, you fell in love, declared you couldn’t live without it, swept it into your arms, took it home… then dragged it around the garden for weeks, looking for the perfect spot. Having failed to find the ideal location, and with the holiday romance waning, you shoved it aside, fully intending to do “something” with it. It’s been knocked over countless times since and the winter rains have washed all the goodness out of the compost. Exhausted, but prepared to give you a second chance – the very least you can do is give it some TLC. Plants growing in open ground face stiff competition, but their roots can travel freely

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to find moisture and nutrients, whereas those held captive by containers rely on you to provide sustenance. If you’ve decided to keep your plant in a container, be sure to choose one the right size. Don’t move it into an enormous pot one that gives an additional 3-4 centimetres all round will suffice. The compost used should reflect the type of plant, although a soil-based type is perfect for most shrubs, trees and herbaceous



cutting edge of a trowel. Top-up using fresh soil mixed with plant food. A layer of chipped bark or gravel holds the soil neatly in place and will help prevent water evaporation. If planting into a border, make a hole twice the size of the pot. Take your time. A well dug hole is a thing of beauty – it’s almost a shame to fill it in. Add leaf mould or compost to the spoil. Position the plant, taking care to check the soil level, tease out the root ball; then backfill. Sprinkle some plant food as you go, reading the directions carefully. It’s tempting to add “just a little more”, but, like humans, plants suffer if overfed. Firm the soil thoroughly and water in well, even if rain is forecast. As the days lengthen and become warmer, your neglected plant will forgive you and start growing away. Conscience cleared? That’s better!

plants. Add some leaf mould to the mix. It has very little nutritional value, but delicate roots love it because it is highly moisture-retentive. For large, established plants where it’s impossible to increase the pot size, now is the ideal time to give them a feed. Carefully scrape away the top 3 cms of the soil, taking care not to cut downwards into the root ball. An old kitchen spoon is useful for this job as it doesn’t have the sharp

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With Spring upon us, now’s the time to get all those jobs around the garden under way. Our Plant Centre has all you need to make the most of the season.

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Brighten up your Easter table with a beautiful, and easy, flower arrangement. From a vibrant bunch of daffs to a miniature posy, bring colour and happiness into your home

Cut flowers give a lift to any environment and are especially welcome after the dark days of winter. Professional floral art takes great skill but, even at the most basic level, we can all use flowers to bring colour into our homes. Your container doesn’t have to be a conventional vase, but it does need to be thoroughly clean, so a good scrub and rinse is the order of the day. A drop of bleach added to the flower water will keep it sweet-smelling and deter bacterial build-up. Vintage teapots, cups and saucers, bottles, stoneware jars and enamel jugs all make excellent containers - anything that is capable of holding water. Eggshells make charming holders for tiny flowers. If you have guests at Easter, an eggshell posy placed on a bedside table is a thoughtful and welcoming gift. For a quirky kitchen dresser display, utilise a small egg box and group six eggshells together,



placing a different flower in each one. A table centrepiece can be made in minutes by taking a wide water-fi lled glass bowl and floating pansy and hellebore flowers, plus a few ivy leaves on the surface. They’ll gently move about, ‘arranging’ themselves. Add floating candles, (tea lights float too!) to create the perfect dinner party mood. A collection of jam jars lined up in varying sizes make eyecatching ‘vases’. Glass paints can be used to decorate the jars - an activity that children seem to enjoy as they can personalise them for family and friends. A few of drops of food colouring in the water adds a fun touch. Most children are fascinated by growing things and eggshells can also be used to make ‘Cress Heads’. Clean and dry some

Vintage teapots, cups and saucers, bottles, stoneware jars and enamel jugs all make excellent containers - anything that is capable of holding water

empty shells, then draw funny faces on them. Dunk cotton wool balls in water and squeeze out the excess moisture - you want them thoroughly damp, but not sodden. Place two balls in each shell, sprinkle in a pinch of cress seed and stand the eggshells on a brightly lit, (not hot) windowsill. Keep the cotton wool moist and, over the course of 7-14 days, comical cress ‘hair’ will sprout - it never fails to amuse! Because cress is short-lived, it can survive on the moisture held by the cotton wool and the meagre nutrients contained within its seeds, but if you use potting soil instead of cotton wool, you can grow more adventurous things. A pinch of chive seed will rapidly germinate, making a hilarious spiky punk hairdo. Cut-and-come-again lettuce is also quick to sprout, as is beetroot. Eaten at the seedling stage, beetroot leaves already have that distinctive colour and taste and are delicious in sandwiches. Got the grandchildren coming this weekend? Buy eggs – you’ll probably need a lot…

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Show Off Your Garden! Ever thought about hosting an open garden? Ruth Lawrence talks to Terry Thompsett about what’s involved and the pleasure gained from doing it to raise funds for St Peter & St James Hospice Opening your garden for charity has become a seasonal feature of rural life. I met Terry Thompsett, member of the Plumpton Support Group for St Peter and St James Hospice to fi nd out how you can be part of this valuable initiative. It’s Terry’s task to persuade people to open their gardens to the public; apparently there’s a misconception that gardens must be grand, immaculate or designed. Nothing could be further from the truth according to Terry who told me “the size of the garden is unimportant and they don’t have to be perfect.” Terry and fellow member Gill Gamble go knocking on doors to ask people if they’d be willing to show their gardens, and word of mouth is often the way that gardens become known and added to an open day. Visitors are just as fascinated by smaller, modest gardens because they feel they can gain inspiration for their own plots with an achievable plan. Terry can offer people advice on how to prepare the gardens



for visitors. This can simply be from making sure that ponds, low arches and steps are signposted for safety, sweeping paths to

Gardens don’t need to be large or elaborate to be enjoyable and interesting for visitors

removing rubbish. When gardens are part of a group opening, they are generally preferred to be as close to one another as possible to avoid people having to drive from one to another; cars can then be left in a central village location to ease congestion. Although a side entrance is an advantage for disabled access, it’s not essential and even a rear garden in a terrace cottage can be included if the host doesn’t mind visitors entering through the house. Providing tea, coffee and cakes is a great way of raising funds but it’s not compulsory and group openings often have a single refreshment point which may be the local village hall. If hosts wish to provide advice or answer questions, visitors appreciate the chance to engage and open gardens often prove a catalyst for new social connections. The reward for hosts often centres around the comments from visitors and the new contacts made, although the money raised for charity is a huge incentive too. St Peter and St James Hospice costs around £8,000 per day to run and so any money raised by open gardens is a real help to those badly in need of support. Terry and Gill fi nd that twelve gardens is an optimum number for a village group opening as this allows visitors a leisurely stroll round with a refreshment stop on the way. If you are considering opening your garden for charity or want to organise a group opening, Terry advises that’s it’s easier than you imagine and the numerous rewards may make it an open day to remember. If you would like any further information about opening your garden, please contact Terry at

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Spring is the season of new beginnings – fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth seems to come to life again We can feel the warmer weather coming, we know the days are lengthening but what is Spring and what does it mean for wildlife and the natural world? Astronomical Spring begins on the 20th March, time of the Spring Equinox, the date after which the day is longer than the night. This is determined by the tilt of Earth’s axis in relation to the sun but there is another defi nition called ‘Meteorological Spring’ which begins on March 1st to coincide with the splitting of our Gregorian calendar into four seasons. In the 14th century, ‘springing time’ was a descriptive term to describe the period when plants sprung from the ground and over the centuries it became shortened to its present form. The warmer air and increased light of spring brings about numerous changes in plants and animals; hibernation ends for many species and hedgehogs, bats, dormice and amphibians awake from their long winter torpor. Bats emerge from hollow trees, roofs, caves and cellars while queen bees dig themselves out of the underground holes they made for their winter sleep. They choose the site in well drained soil on



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a north facing bank so that the low winter sun will not wake them up too early. A few butterfl ies including the peacock, small tortoiseshell and red admiral hibernate over winter and emerge in April when the spring sun warms their bodies enough to take to the skies again. Spring heralds enormous activity from trees, their roots begin moving nutrients

from the soil into their structure and under their bark, water begins to move. When this water mixes with simple sugars, produced by photosynthesis, the result is called sap. Buds, set in summer and autumn and dormant during winter, open in spring, allowing flowers to emerge and pollen spread by wind, animals or floating seeds allow the tree to reproduce. Growth rings are fi rst added in spring as the

The dawn chorus is one of the most emotive, immersive experiences in the natural world

tree expands and examining these rings in a fallen tree can show which springs were harsh by their meagre growth. Spring is often noticed fi rst in the hedgerows with the creamy white flowers of hawthorn; also known as May blossom, after the month of its emergence, climate change is now bringing out the flowers in April. Migrant birds start to arrive in the spring and one of the earliest is the chiffchaff who makes an appearance in March, singing the repetitive ‘chiff chaff’ from the tops of trees. Spring is one of the best times of the year to observe nature; both visually and aurally. The dawn chorus is one of the most emotive, immersive experiences in the natural world and it pays to rise before the sun to enjoy the symphony.


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If you are around mid 50s or older, 2017 could be the year that you seriously consider how you wish to enjoy your ‘golden years’ and more importantly, how you can achieve it. Currently some 3.3 million older people in England want to downsize but are not doing so according to a new report from the Intergenerational Foundation. You may be a young 55+ with a long life of retirement to look forward to but need a cash injection to follow your dreams. Your current home is probably worth more than any savings you have accrued and if your family has departed, do you really need such a large sized property? The Land Registry’s data for November shows that house prices across England have climbed by 7.2% in the 12 months to November 2016 and as a result in most cases offer a much better investment than savings accounts.


Now may be the time when you need to take stock of how you want to live your life and a move can make financial sense. If there is a mortgage outstanding downsizing could eliminate this debt. If your home is mortgage free then the amount you can realise when you have bought a smaller property can be significant. You may wish to put your released funds into your pension pot or your bank account, or maybe you would like to help your children on the property ladder. Access to money can give you peace of mind should you urgently need an operation. Readily available cash could also pay for a regular gardener or cleaner. Now wouldn’t that


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offer clever storage space and a manageable garden. Or maybe think mews style homes; these can be smaller but very stylish. Clever lighting, modern bathrooms and pretty courtyard style gardens can make them very homely yet carefree.


With time on your side is it time to move? Start a new chapter of your life by releasing cash from your home be a luxury? Holidays could be a regular feature of your new life style and so could nights at the theatre, gourmet dining, social events or a new car. The possibilities are endless.

A good estate agent can help. The first step is to get them to value your current property and decide how much you want to invest in your next home allowing for moving costs of course which includes agents, solicitors, stamp duty etc. Once you have the price you want to spend a local agent can be of great assistance. The more they know you, your likes and dislikes, the more they can appreciate the type of home which might appeal. Establish a good rapport with them and together you can find your dream home and begin enjoying a totally different life style with money in your pocket – literally.

DOWNSIZING NEEDN’T MEAN LOSING LIVING SPACE Finding a home that fits the bill in terms of releasing capital need not necessarily mean going substantially smaller. If you move away from commuter towns you will find good value for money. A well built modern home will afford much lower maintenance and heating bills and can

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A doyenne of stage, television and film acting, Judy Parfitt has worked alongside everyone from Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole to Anthony Hopkins and even Madonna, enjoying a remarkable career in terms of both its diversity and longevity. Most recently seen on our screens in the BBC drama, Call the Midwife, as Sister Monica Joan, I met up with Judy to discuss her career, her role as an ambassador for Dementia UK and her love of the Mid Sussex countryside where she has lived for nearly forty years. To enjoy a career in any profession for over six decades is an exceptional achievement, but to achieve this in the fickle and perfidious world of acting is extraordinary. Yet despite all her success, Judy echoes the advice of Noel Coward to Mrs Worthington, to not put your daughter on the stage. “I would say to anyone thinking about acting as a career not to do it, because it’s too hard and too few people succeed. My American agent once said to me, if you have to choose between talent and luck, choose luck every time, because it’s not just about how talented you are as an actor, it’s how resilient you are, how determined you are and how

you can bounce back from constant rejection. To keep going you have to need it desperately and I wouldn’t advise anyone to do it unless they feel they would die if they don’t,” she confides. “There are so many talented actors out of work. The rejection is constant and it’s always personal. You’re not the right person for the part either because you’re too short, you’re too tall, you’re too old, you’re too young, you’re too fat, you’re too thin, it’s always personal and it’s very hard to keep going and deal with all of the unemployment. I often think of actors I know of huge talent, who have simply never had the opportunities, or I watch something on television that’s maybe twenty years old and see a hugely accomplished actor and realise I haven’t seen them in anything since.” For those still determined to tread the boards Judy advises, “You have to take your acting seriously but not yourself. Always monitor your performance and constantly look for ways to continued on page 61

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improve and learn. I’m still learning all the time, I see someone do something on the television and think that was amazing. I’d also advise young actors not to believe their publicity. Young actors often get lots of attention from the press because they’re young and fresh and they love a new face. They build these people up but then move on to the next new face and the others disappear, so you need to be down to earth and with lots of common sense so you don’t get carried away. It’s also important to take jobs that may not seem exciting or interesting, because if casting directors don’t regularly see you performing, they forget about you. So sometimes you just have to do things to be seen,” she tells me.

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Smart, straight talking and down to earth, Judy was born in Sheffield where she attended a convent school, before moving to London at the tender age of fifteen and a half, to take up a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In retrospect, she admits that maybe this wasn’t a good idea. “My parents were very worried because at that time the Arts were the only place where you didn’t have a pension or a secure job, but I just wanted to act, it was a driving passion for as long as I could remember,” she explains. It was this driving passion that has inspired Judy’s incredible career in such an uncertain industry overflowing with talent. There is also her belief that drama can help us to better understand ourselves and our lives. As Hamlet says to those about to perform for his stepfather, the ‘purpose of playing’ is to ‘hold the mirror up to nature.’ “It sounds awfully pretentious,” she smiles, “but I think Shakespeare was right when he claimed that drama gives people an opportunity to empathise and continued on page 62



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identify with others’ experiences of the world and can help us all to realise that we’re not alone in our thoughts and situations. Having said that, a lot of it is just light entertainment to take peoples’ minds off of things, but the very best theatre, television and film, really can reach out and touch people.” Despite having to contend with long periods of unemployment where she took various jobs, including working in Woolworths, in a nursing home and modelling, Judy was always very principled about not taking unemployment benefit. “It was my choice to act and I didn’t see why anybody else should have to pay for it, so it was very hard at times. I wore hand-me-down clothes and my husband and I didn’t have a holiday at one point for over seventeen years.”

Looking back on her career though, Judy admits to being very lucky at the mix of work she has had the opportunity to pursue. During her younger years she was a regular at the Royal Court and has appeared on stage alongside such luminaries as Laurence Olivier, Paul Schofield and Joan Plowright. She has been BAFTA nominated twice, once for her performance in the 1984 television drama, The Jewel in the Crown and again for her part in the 2003 film, Girl with a Pearl Earring. “For a long time I was associated with playing heroic and suffering noble women and that’s fine, but I was thrilled to be asked to do ER in the US because I loved the programme. That was an exciting and interesting experience. I also did a twenty-two episode sitcom over there, The Charmings, which gave me the opportunity to do comedy which I love.” Working in America also gave Judy an insight


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During her younger years Judy was a regular at the Royal Court and has appeared alongside such luminaries as Laurence Olivier, Paul Schofield and Joan Plowright into the US entertainment industry, where top shows, including at that time, The Charmings, are routinely subjected to audience testing. “I remember they came to me and they said, your rating has gone through the roof. The producers were all over me like a rash, but I can remember thinking although it’s nice to hear all of this praise and adoration, thank God I’m a down to earth Yorkshire girl in my forties who doesn’t believe any of it,” she laughs. “In the US it’s also more egocentric, it’s all about ‘me’ whereas in the UK, it’s more about ‘us.’ So if you take Call the Midwife, the star of the show is the script and we’re just a group of actors working together to bring the drama to life. In America, it’s often more about star power and they get to behave how they like with no consideration for the other members of the cast, or the production team. When I was on Broadway working with Matthew Broderick, he took time off to go to the Golden Globes with his wife, Sarah Jessica, who was nominated. It didn’t matter about anybody else in the company, or the people who had financed the play, it was simply about what he wanted to do. That wouldn’t happen in England.” One of the great things about her time in Los Angeles though was renting a house in the Hollywood Hills and experiencing life as a movie star. “I’d come home from work, swim in the pool and my husband would bring me a glass of wine and I’d think, this is what it’s all about. I can see how you could get used to living like that,” says Judy, with a flash of amusement in her strikingly blue eyes. In 2012, Judy took on the role of the marvellously eccentric nun, Sister Monica Joan in the BBC drama, Call The Midwife. “She is a mixture of senility and old age, but only really loses the plot when she’s ill, upset or frightened and she can’t cope. It’s this overload that makes her slightly demented, but lots of times she can handle things in her own strange way, although she’s clearly not playing with a full deck,” Judy explains. Dementia is a condition close to Judy’s heart as her beloved husband, fellow actor Tony Steedman, suffered from vascular dementia before his death sixteen years ago. “When Tony had dementia there was not the attention given to the condition that there is today. You couldn’t get specialist care and

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people didn’t know how to react to it, or cope with it. Thankfully, there are now Admiral Nurses who are trained to care for those with dementia, which is terribly important because you can feel so isolated when you’re trying to deal with it alone.” As an ambassador for Dementia UK, Judy does what she can to raise funds and awareness for the charity, recently giving a reading in St Georges Church, Hanover Square, which helped to raise over £55,000. “I do anything that I can to help because today there are so many families affected by dementia on both an emotional and practical level and the more Admiral Nurses we can help to fund and train the better.” Judy and Tony moved down to Mid Sussex from Hertfordshire thirty-eight years ago. “We used to go down to Brighton to the Royal Crescent for weekends and as I love being near the sea we decided to relocate. Mid Sussex was the obvious choice as the villages are so lovely and it’s convenient for London and the airport,” she tells me.

Judy and Tony moved down to Mid Sussex from Hertfordshire thirty-eight years ago – it was the obvious choice Today Judy lives with her endearingly errant toy poodle, Freddie, in the heart of the Mid Sussex countryside close to her son, David and his family. “My two granddaughters are a source of much joy,” she smiles. “They don’t go to drama school and I certainly wouldn’t want to steer them in that direction.” A great lover of art, Judy enjoys oil painting, although since starting work on Call the Midwife, she has little time to indulge her hobby and with the BBC having commissioned a further three series, she has work booked well into the future. “But at my age anything can happen,” declares the 81 year old actress. “You have to go from day to day, but I do realise how fortunate I am to still be here and working.” Did her family’s worry and concern ever turn to praise? “They’re from Yorkshire and Yorkshire people don’t laden you with praise, you’re simply doing your job. My sister says things like, I watched that programme you were in the other night. You were all right, but I didn’t think much of it. So, you see there’s no way you can get a big head because they soon bring you back down to earth.” I leave wondering if it’s this wonderful no nonsense and pragmatic approach to her life and acting career that has allowed Judy Parfitt to build and continue to build, such a fine and diverse body of work. Dementia Uk need funds for more Admiral Nurses, please go to to see how you can get involved.

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with the Institute of Trichologists in 2005 and can treat anyone with hair or scalp disorders. These conditions may range from female pattern hair loss, alopecia areata (bald patches), psoriasis and scarring hair loss. “I strive to create a supportive environment that helps people feel at ease when discussing what can be a very distressing condition,” she confides. With the addition of The Hair Sanctuary, clients can also benefit from Helen’s input. “It’s amazing how you can thicken someone’s hair visually with hair colour and cutting,” she says. “By putting really good shape into someone’s hair with a great cut, it will instantly enhance the thickness.” Helen’s philosophy is simple, “to offer bespoke high quality hairdressing services in serene and luxurious surroundings. I offer clients my undivided attention in a calm, private and relaxed setting, to help them feel totally comfortable.” Those visiting The Barn will find a warm and friendly welcome, where Shuna and Helen can use their expertise and knowledge to help make every day a good hair day.

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Treat Mum to a tipple…Visit Olivers and treat your Mum to a great gift or an evening of either wine or gin tasting. Enjoy some tapas, pop in for breakfast or just come for afternoon tea and cake…

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Toasted Crumpets with Fresh Fruit, Yoghurt, Maple Syrup or Honey Spring is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. There is no better way for children to say happy Mother’s Day than to make breakfast/brunch themselves with hardly any cooking. Here are two such recipes – if children are small, they may need help from Dad with the chopping, mashing, toaster or grill and perhaps washing up!






2 crumpets 8 blueberries 4 strawberries 4 grapes ½ satsuma ½ banana Maple syrup or honey 2 dessertspoons of greek yoghurt A knife, fork and a serviette Tea, coffee or fruit juice




1. Wash and dry fruit on kitchen paper. 2. Slice the fruit and put on a plate ready to decorate the crumpets. 3. Toast the crumpets. 4. Put the crumpets on a

medium sized plate. Drizzle with the honey or maple syrup. 5. Decorate like a flower with the fruit and put a spoonful of yoghurt on top of each crumpet. 6. A tray with a knife, fork and a serviette (if serving in bed). Also tea, coffee or fruit juice.

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Avocado on Toast with Smoked Salmon Creamy avocado and smoked salmon on toast is a delicious breakfast treat fit for a princess!


2 medium/thick slices of granary bread 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and mashed Ground pepper and one dessertspoon of lemon juice Thinly sliced smoked salmon A dessertspoon of yoghurt A quarter of a lemon, vine tomatoes and a few pumpkin seeds to decorate 1. Put the avocado in a bowl with the lemon juice, yoghurt and pepper. Mash all together. 2. Toast the bread. 3. Put the toast on a largish plate and pile the avocado mix on each piece. 4. Decorate the strips of smoked salmon on top with kisses and an “M” for Mum.



5. Sprinkle with a few pumpkin seeds.


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The Ditchling History Project exists to reveal the abundance of history in all its forms within this delightful Sussex village. Robert Veitch finds out more When the door opened to a warm greeting from Penny Worth it was in stark contrast to the glacial early evening chill outside her Keymer home. Penny is Chair of the Ditchling History Project. The Project is an active independent group who are, “very much focused on local history.” She’s been with the Project since 2000, just a year after it’s inception, which was part of the millennium celebrations. According to

Penny the raison d’etre for the Ditchling History Project is, ‘To reveal the abundance of Ditchling history. We’re a little village with an incredibly rich history. We do our best to make good use of information, giving it back to the people, keeping history alive and making it relevant,” she tells me keenly. The Project comprises of fi fteen members, most of whom are retired. Fresh blood is needed to help members move things forward, to help reveal the past in new and relevant ways to the community. As Penny says, “We would love to have more people involved, as we are an active research group.” When Penny started researching, she used dial up Internet, which highlights the pace of change. She adds, “people forget how quickly things change, now broadband is standard.” In 2002 the Project began recording oral histories and have 35 in the vault. To historians these chronicles are snapshots of their time and place in yesteryear. In the early days they were continued on page 84

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recorded on cassette, but recordings are now digital. “Memories are not infallible,” Penny tells me, but that’s clearly part of their charm. The pathos is notable in her voice when she recalls that some of those 35 contributors are no longer with us. “Oral history is a great place to hear a real Sussex accent. Regional accents are little heard these days,” says Penny as her face lights up once more. She described a recording of resident Cecil Evans, his life in the village as a fi reman and also his time in WWII. Oral histories require open questions encouraging contributors to be expansive with their answers. Penny highlighted this; “for example, playground games from school days may not mean much to a contributor,” she says, but to historians they are indicative of sociology at that point in history. The Ditchling History Project may only give “one or two talks a year,” but they do hold exhibitions. Last year the ‘Kith, Kin and Community’ exhibition was held in St. Margaret’s Church during the Ditchling Fair. ‘The church is very good to us and the exhibitions have been a great success. We received lots of nice comments,” Penny tells me. The exhibition included a village family tree, listing those family names for whom, several generations have lived in the village. “It’s more like a flow chart,” Penny laughs. “You can see how families were intertwined in the past.” Penny told me about a village walking trail that accompanied the exhibition, centred on the sale of the estate of Minnie Boddington after her death in 1919. Minnie had owned land and some twenty properties in Ditchling and the trail linked the stories behind the buildings. “We try to do things within the community that are interesting to the residents,” Penny adds. Thanks to programmes like Who Do You Think You Are?, the Ditchling History Project has had its share of genealogy research requests. People as far afield as Canada and Australia have been helped to fi nd family roots in the village. DHP spent five summers recording the monumental inscriptions in the churchyard. They then researched all they could fi nd about those people, making the results available in a book entitled ‘In Memoriam’. Penny and a colleague researched and wrote a book detailing the stories of the twenty WWI and

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thirteen WWII soldiers, named on the Ditchling village war memorial. The book is called For the Fallen and is a very well produced 114 pages. Penny also spent eight months on a project at the Hassocks, Clayton and Keymer war memorials, undertaking the same process (available online, see below). Ditchling History Project uses the extensive local history resources held at the East Sussex Records Office at The Keep in Falmer (see Sussex Living December 2016). In the not too distant future the entire database of 27,000 records will be accessible on the Ditchling History Project website. It will be possible for online visitors to search the database under: people, places and events. For a group so small to be so technologically savvy and ahead of

You realise Ditchling would be completely different if the by-pass had been constructed the pack is an impressive achievement. The group meet weekly for research and once a month (on the second Wednesday of the Month) hold public open afternoons in the White Horse where people drop in to ask questions or consult the source materials. As I was about to leave, to head back into the glacial, frosty evening, Penny offered a fi nal nugget of gold. “You realise Ditchling history would have been completely different if the bypass had been constructed and the garden town was built. But WWII put an end to that idea.” With that I submitted myself to the cold with a warm glow inside. In decades to come, future historians and local residents will have plenty to thank Penny and the good work of the Ditchling History Project for.




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DiaryDates Wednesday 01 March, 13:30 for 14:00-16:00

‘Garden Inspiration’ Competition: ‘Now Winter’s Gone’

Cyprus Road Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8EX Floral arrangements for the Burgess Hill Flower Club by demonstrator, Janice Mason. Please come along and see the demonstration and join us for a cup of tea. £2.50 members, £6 visitors. First visit free if you bring a copy of the current Sussex Living magazine. Wednesday 01 March, 14:30

The Coach Roads to Brighton

The Council Chamber, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Geoffrey Hewlett tells thrilling stories from the Sussex coaching era including accidents, robberies, ghosts and gallows! £5 or £3 for members. Contact: Mike Nicholson on 01444 457448 to reserve a place or Thursday 01 March, 19:15 for 19:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society

Burgess Hill Girls School, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG Visit from Hastings & East Sussex Philatelic Society. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897 Thursday 02 March, 08:30-13:00

Open Morning

Michael Hall Steiner School, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA There’s no better introduction to both Michael Hall and Steiner Waldorf education than an Open Morning. An opportunity to see students at work and play, tour our facilities and listen to one or both of our talks. Please book: 01342 827918 Thursday 02 March, 16:00-19:00

Wedding Open Evening

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield BN5 9LJ Come and view our wedding facilities and meet our recommended suppliers and our staff who can answer your questions. Free entrance. Contact: 01903 815757 Thursday 02 March, 19:30 for 20:00

Ditchling Film Society – Sunset Song Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8QT See Local Living

Thursday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 March, 20:00

Greyhound - Open Mic Night

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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. Some previous cabinet making skills would be useful for this course, but are not essential. £300. Contact: John Lloyd 01444 480388

Gages Community Lunches

Forest Row Area Join us for a delicious home-cooked lunch every Friday, in our Community Café. Our bus service will pick you up and return you home afterwards. Cost of bus £2 return. Contact Sara Smart 01342 822661. Friday 03, 10:00-18:00, Saturday 04, 16:0020:00 & Sunday 05 March, 11:00-15:00

Balcombe Arts Weekend

St Mary’s Church, London Road, Balcombe RH17 6PX See Local Living Friday 03 March, 14:00-16:00

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service

St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH An ecumenical service prepared by the women of the Philippines. All welcome. Contact: Jennifer Cloake 01444 453174 Friday 03 March, 19:00

A Balcombe Feast of Music – A Concert for Everyone

St Mary’s Church, London Road, Balcombe RH17 6PX See Local Living Friday 03, 19:30 & Saturday 04 March, 14:00

40 Years– Let’s Celebrate!!

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH Variety concert – Friends & Neighbours, song, dance, magic, sing-a-longs and raffle. Sponsors are Burgess Hill & District Lions. A donation will be given to Hassocks Explorer Scouts. £5 including refreshments, £2 per child. Friday 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March, 19:30-22:00

Mid Sussex Amateur Radio Society

Cyprus Hall, Millfield Suite, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX This month we have our “On Air Nights’, a Talk about Green Antennas, Radio and Table-Top Sale, and a Talk about ‘Oldlands Mill”. Contact: Stella Rogers 07803 086838 Saturday 04 March, 09:30-15:30

Spring Open Day

Burgess Hill Girls, Keymer Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0EG Provides prospective families and students the chance to find out more about the opportunities available for September 2017 entry. Contact: Mrs Y Irvine, Head of Admissions 01444 241050

Wood Machining

Saturday 04 March, 10:00-15:00

Forest Row Village Market

Community Centre Car Park or Forresters Green, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ Fine Foods and Crafts Market, with a social atmosphere including activities and demonstrations. Contact: Sue Young AIPM, DIMA (Market Manager) 01342 822661 sue.young@, forest-row-market.aspx Saturday 04 March, 10:30

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The All England Polo Club, Hickstead RH17 5NU The All England Polo Club will play host to the Arena Polo International Test Match for the Bryan Morrison Trophy. Gates Open 10:30, 11:30 12-Goal Players Captaining the Teams, 13:30 Test Match, 16:00 Post Match Luncheon, General Admission £5, Post-Match Luncheon £49.50. Contact: 01273 834315 Saturday 04 March, 19:00-23:00

Only Fools and 3 Courses

Tottington Manor, Edburton, Nr Henfield BN5 9LJ A highly entertaining evening based on Only Fools and Horses, meet Rodney, Del Boy and Uncle Albert whilst enjoying a delicious 3 course meal. £35 per person. Contact: 01903 815757 Sunday 05 March, 14:30

Friends of Ashenground & Bolnore Woods – AGM & Talk on Bats

Ashenground Community Centre, Southdown Close, Haywards Heath RH16 4JR Annual General Meeting and talk on bats by the Sussex Bat Group. Non-members welcome. Refreshments

St Mary’s Church, London Road, Balcombe RH17 6PX This sung service of Praise marks the end of Balcombe Village Arts Weekend. Monday 06, 13, 20 & 27 March, 08:00-17:00

General Antiques & Collectables Auction

Gorringes, Garden Street, Lewes, East Sussex NB7 1TJ Gorringes hold a weekly Monday sale. This is a well-established auction holding between 600 and 800 lots of antique and other furniture, ceramics, jewellery, pictures, silver and collectables. 01273 478221 Tuesday 07, 14, 21 & 28 March, 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 07 March, 18:30

Annual General Meeting and Talk by Simon Chandler Mid Sussex Health Care Patient Participation Group, Club Suite, Village Centre, Trinity Road Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Patients registered with Mid Sussex Health Care are welcome to attend. The AGM follows with a talk by Simon Chandler, Chairman, Clinical Patient Reference Group and Locality Lead on the Clinical Commissioning Group. It will be on Patient Engagement and Changes to Local Health Care. Contact: Terry Harper 01273 833554 terry.harper Tuesday 07 March, 19:30

Pub Quiz

The New Inn, 76 High Street, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RQ At The New Inn we run a monthly quiz on the first Tuesday of the month. Teams from 4-6 people. All funds go to a charity chosen by the participants. Tuesday 07 March, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women

St Mary’s Church, London Road, Balcombe RH17 6PX See Local Living

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. 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.

Sunday 05 March, 17:00

Tuesday 07 March, 20:00-22:00

Sunday 05 March, 15:00

Janet Canetty-Clarke ‘In Conversation’ with Jeffrey LloydRoberts

Short Service of Praise

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

illustrated talk in French about London Blue Plaques, entitled ‘Des 12 personnalites francaises figurant sur des Blue Plaques a Londres, 4 sont a l’honneur ce soir’. All members and visitors are most welcome. Contact: Barbara Stevens 01444 452385

clothing, DVD’s, games, household items, furniture, shoes and toys. Refreshments available. Adults 40p, children free. All welcome.

Wednesday 08 March, 09:30

Thursday 09 March, 13:10-14:00 All Saints United Reformed Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0JS Doors open 12:30 for refreshments. Concert given by music students from Burgess Hill School for Girls. Entry free. Donations gratefully received to cover cost. Edwina Ray 01444 870977

South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks BN6 9LY Pattern Cutting Your Own Dress Block Spend the weekend making a dress block that will fit you like a glove. Say goodbye to frustrating shop patterns. £160. Contact: 07967 819540

Thursday 09 March, 15:00

Saturday 11 March, 11:00-16:00

Monday 13 March, 19:45

The Dolphin Surgery, Butlers Green Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4BN There will be an open forum where several members will talk about their experience of the latest treatments. Contact: Arthur Millard 01403 262868

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

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QT ‘Here be Dragons: the Last of the Giants’. A talk by Ray Hale. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.00. Contact: Beryl Varley 01273 832351

Thursday 09 March, 20:00

Saturday 11 March

Mid Sussex Ramblers Sussex Ouse Valley Way Stage 1 Village Hall, B2110, Lower Beeding RH13 6NR Lower Beeding to Ardingly Reservoir. Please ring Paul Jenkins to register your interest. 12.5mi/20.1km Moderate. Contact: Paul J 07711 772853 on the day or 01444 441530 Wednesday 08 March, 19:00

St George’s Millennium Garden Trust The Bowls Club Pavilion, South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9QB See Local Living Wednesday 08 March, 19:30

Rotary Film Night – Miss Saigon

Sullington Parish Hall, Thakeham Road, Storrington RH20 3PP The extraordinary 25th anniversary performance recorded live in London’s West End. Tickets £5 from The Card Shop in Storrington. Unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door on the night. Contact: Ken Collins 01903 740745. If you would like help with transport, please contact Marion Emery 01903 813014 Wednesday 08 March, 19:45-22:00

Hassocks Horticultural Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN69UY Our speaker will be Irene Eltringham Willson, NGS Organiser, who will give an illustrated presentation on the Development, Aims, and Successes of the National Garden Scheme. The organization behind the NGS including photos of some of the private gardens open to the public. Visitors welcome. Members £1.50, Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. Derek Swaine 01273 842516 Wednesday 08 March, 20:00

Lindfield Horticultural Society ‘The Revival of an Arts & Crafts Garden at Standen’

King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield RH16 2HH A talk by Sue Greig. Hear about the highs and lows of the five-year project to reinstate the garden at Standen back to its former glory of the 1920s. £1 members, £2 visitors. All welcome. Enquiries: 01444 458509 Wednesday 08 March, 20:00-22:00

The Mid-Sussex Franco-British Society Function Suite, Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Bernard Masson will be giving an


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Lunch Time Concert

Haywards Heath Prostate Cancer Support Group

The Plough Inn Mad March Pub Quiz

Station Road, Plumpton Green BN7 3DF Every second Thursday of each month join us for this special quiz and help raise money for Friends of Sussex Hospices. £1.50 p.p. Nicole Palmer 01273 890311 theploughinnatplumptongreen@ Friday 10 March, 18:30-21:30

Forest Row Village Club - Ray Collins Station Road, Forest Row RH18 5DW Live Classic Pop, Rock, Soul and Blues. Contact: 01342 822856 Friday 10 March, 20:00

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN Les is back on tour, bringing his fantastic show to Burgess Hill. Tickets £22. 01444 242888 Saturday 11 March, 09:30-12:00

Early Years Open Morning

Michael Hall Steiner School, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA Come to an Early Years Open Morning and see for yourself how beautiful and homely our Kindergartens are. There will be time to have a coffee and mingle with other parents, then there will be a presentation from one of our Kindergarten Teachers. Please book: Julie Ruse 01342 827918 Saturday 11 March, 09:30–10:30

Jumble Sale

St. Barnabas Church Hall, Worth Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7DY Bedding, books, bric-a-brac,

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 March, 10:0016:00

Made and Making

Mansion Market

Hurstpierpoint College Open Morning (Pre-Prep, Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form)

Richard Husband presents ‘Perfins’, those little holes in postage stamps. Contact: Jim Etherington 01273 471897

Monday 13 March, 14:30

Adur Valley Fine Arts Society The Emperor Hadrian: Not Just The Wall by Richard Thomas

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 6DB Hadrian was Roman emperor from 117 to 138 A.D., known for building Hadrian’s Wall, which marked the northern limit of Britannia. Guest Welcome - £5. Annual membership only £29. 01273 494945

Hassocks Field Society

Monday 13 March, 20:00

The Group for Unattached Men & Women

Hurstpierpoint College, College Lane, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9JS An opportunity to tour the facilities, listen to presentations by the Headmaster and current pupils, and meet key members of staff. Contact: Admissions 01273 833636

A pub in Burgess Hill Unattached? The Group might be exactly right for you. We meet in Burgess Hill on the 2nd Monday of every month. Not a dating agency, but an opportunity to meet other single men and women. Our members tend to be aged 50+. We also meet in Lewes, Horsham and Brighton. Walks, dinners, golf, holidays, theatre etc.

Sunday 12 March, 09:00-16:30

Monday 13 March, 20:00

GB Renshinkan Karate Invitational Tournament

Triangle Way, Burgess Hill RH15 8WA International kata and kumite tournament. Contact: 01444 454827 Sunday 12 March, 10:00-19:00

So You Want To Dance?

Martlets Hall, Civic Way, Burgess Hill RH15 9NN This is a dance and vocal competition that invites all styles of dance to compete in front of an expert panel of judges! The competition offers a £500.00 cash prize for the winning act. £7 children, £10 adults. 01444 242888 Sunday 12 March, 15:00-17:00

What’s The Buzz About?

Ditchling Village Barn and Green, Ditchling BN6 8SP Laurie Jackson, star of last summer’s BioBlitz, will be talking about pollinators and how we can help them – not just bees but moths, butterflies and other insects. Join us for tea and cake, and learn how to make your garden buzz. Monday 13 March, 14:00 for 14:15-16:30

Mid Sussex Philatelic Society King Edward Hall, Lindfield RH16 2SL

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. thegreyhoundinnkeymeer@yahoo. Tuesday 14 March, 09:45-13:30

Mayfield School Open Morning

Mayfield School, The Old Palace, Mayfield TN20 6PH To see first-hand how we can help your daughter to flourish academically, to develop her talents – wherever they lie – and discover hidden ones, join us for our Open Morning. (New Sixth Form Centre, Oxbridge Success, Full and Weekly Boarding, Creative Thinking). Contact: Jennifer Gandy, Registrar 01435 874642 Tuesday 14 March, 19:30

Weald Classic Vehicle Club

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

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Marathon Weekend! Be inspired by the stories of the Mid Sussex Marathon runners The Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend will be returning for its sixth successive year over the May Bank Holiday to demonstrate how running can be challenging, rewarding, beneficial to health, life changing and awe-inspiring. We have met some people who might just persuade you to complete a registration form for this year’s event. 79-year-old Peter Chittenden took up running at the age of 42. “I watched the first London Marathon in 1981 and thought I would give running a go, so got fit and ran the 2nd London Marathon in 1982. Since then I have been hooked.” What makes Peter’s story remarkable is that he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in April 2012, which had spread to his bones. “With medical permission I carried on running to get back at my cancer. I am still fighting, but it won’t stop me running. I have run 4 Mid Sussex Marathons since 2012 and all being well will do so again this year.” Steph Turley, 29, told us she took up running in 2010. “I remember my first run so vividly. My (now) husband took me to Victoria Park in Haywards Heath but I couldn’t even run around the park once without slowing to a walk and I hated every minute of it. Slowly but surely I got better.” Seven years later Steph has set herself a challenge of ‘30 Before 30’. “I am running 30 Races before I am 30 this year for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) as last year my best friend was diagnosed

with the condition. I am raising money to support their continued operation and raise awareness for them and the condition.” Carol Hayes, David Jago and Jim Vidler developed a group friendship at the 2013 Mid Sussex Marathon. Carol explained, “Jim and David had race numbers 11 and 12 and I was 10 so we said ‘Hi’ whenever we passed each other, and then started referring to each other by our numbers throughout the 3 days.” It wasn’t until a few months later at the Bewl 15 that the ‘3 amigos’ were reunited again, where they swapped numbers, connected on Facebook and have been friends ever since. They meet up at different running events and still refer to each other as 10, 11 and 12. The stories of friendship, overcoming personal adversity and improving health and fitness are just a few benefits that running can offer anyone. If it’s something that you have been considering then think no longer! Whether you want to start with a gentle Mile, a testing 10K, challenging 10 Mile or, the ultimate Marathon then we will see you at the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2017. for further information about the marathon, and to read the personal stories in full, please visit

Peter Chittenden

The stories of friendship, overcoming personal adversity and improving health and fitness are just a few benefits that running can offer anyone

steph turley

EvEnt datEs for thE Mid sussEx Marathon saturday 29th april 2017; East Grinstead 10 Mile (East Grinstead rugby Club). sunday 30th april 2017; haywards heath 10 Mile (victoria Park). Monday 1st May 2017; Burgess hill 10k (the Burgess hill academy, formerly oakmeeds Community College)

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Richard Herring Wednesday 8th March Clair Hall

Tuesday 14 March, 19:30

The Warninglid Players AGM

Mischief and comedy delight from this influential cult comedian!

The Seaforth Hall, Cuckfield Lane RH17 5UB See Local Living

Ditchling Village Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling BN6 8QT See Local Living

Tuesday 14 March, 19:45

Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 March, 19:30

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society, Club Suite, Village Hall, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY An illustrated talk by Graham Spencer, owner of Plants for Europe and previously 15 years working experience at Croftway Nursery, specialist growers of hardy perennials. £1 members, £2 non-members.

The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB Alan Bennett’s exquisitely funny Talking Heads: A Cream Cracker Under the Settee, Her Big Chance and A Lady of Letters. £8 and £10. Box Office: Henfield Furnishings, High Street 01273 490080

‘Hardy Geraniums’

Wednesday 15 March, 09:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers Sussex Ouse Valley Way Stage 2 Les McKeowns Bay City Rollers Friday 10th March Martlets Hall

CBeebies Three Half Pints Thursday 13th April Clair Hall

Ardingly Reservoir Car Park RH17 6SQ (small charge) TQ 335 286 Ardingly Reservoir to Newick. Please ring Paul Jenkins to register your interest. 10.2mi/16.4km Moderate. Contact: Paul J 07711 772853 on the day or 01444 441530 Wednesday 15 March, 10:15 for 10:45 – 12:00

Mid-Sussex Decorative & Fine Arts Society Talk

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN A talk by Clare Philips: The lecture will look at Faberge Easter eggs, and the work of the designers and goldsmiths. Non-members welcome: £7 on the door.

Saturday 1 April 6.00pm Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead RH19 2HL

East Grinstead Choral Society presents


St Matthew Passion .

with internationally renowned tenor Mark Padmore as The Evangelist and period instrument orchestra The Meridian Ensemble featuring special guests The London Orpheus Choir

Directed by Richard Jenkinson £15 adult / £7 students and children Tickets available from our website, from Bullfrog Music or on 01342 328774

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Wednesday 15 March, 20:00

Balcombe History Society - A talk by Ian Everest – ‘The Women’s Land Army’ Victory Hall, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe RH17 6HP Ian’s Mother was one of 80,000 Land Girls during WW2 and this talk includes some of her personal memories. The talk will be preceded by a short A.G.M. £1 members and £3 visitors, including refreshments. Contact: Julie Budgen 01444 811641 Thursday 16 March, 14:30

Mid Sussex Association National Trust

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Talk – Lady Arabella Stuart – the Lost Queen and Hardwick Hall by Heather Woodward. Members £3.00 Non-members £5.00 (Members do not have to be NT members). Contact: Gail Burrell 01444 482055 Thursday 16 March, 19:30 for 20:00

Mid Sussex Friends of the Donkeys ‘Quiz Night’

The Woolpack, West Street, Burgess Hill RH15 8NN Teams of no more than 6. Book in advance for your table. Light snack included for your fee. £5 per person. Funds to go to Safe Haven for Donkeys. Contact: Hayley Bradbury 01444 470128 Thursday 16 March, 19:30 for 20:00

Ditchling Film Society –

Three Talking Heads

Friday 17 March, 09:30-12:30

Pre-Diabetes Classes

Judges Close Surgery, High Street, East Grinstead RH19 3AA Free half-day course. Contact: 01444 477191 Friday 17 March, 18:45-21:45

Music for Everyone

Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX Celebrated organist/keyboard player, Andrew Varley. Entry £5 on the door. Rosalie Birchmore 01444 241269 Doors open 18:00. Friday 17 March, 19:30-21:30

East Grinstead Society – Open Forum

Main Hall, East Court Mansion, East Grinstead RH19 3LT An open discussion on Planning, Development and Heritage issues affecting East Grinstead; followed by a talk by Tony Cox on the work of the local food bank. All welcome. Non-members £3 and members £1, including refreshments. Contact: Joan Roberts 01342 322648 Saturday March – June

From Boots to Bustles – Costume Finds from Sussex Attics Cuckfield Museum, Queens Hall, High Street, Cuckfield RH17 5EL Cuckfield Museum’s new costume display featuring locally donated treasures. Entry free, but donations appreciated. More information from Saturday 18 March, 09:30-13:30

Produce Only Market

Balcombe Parish Room, Balcombe This market is produce only – including sausages, cakes, monty Bojangles truffles, Game On chilli Jellies etc. Oscar doggy treats and lots more. Refreshments in support of Balcombe Care. Contact: 01444 811462 Saturday 18 March

Super Saturday Courses

Marle Place Adult Education Centre, Leylands Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8HZ One day courses including: Hypnotherapy, Psychology, Cookery, Drawing - Pastel, Machine Embroidery, How To Create a Website and Blog. One day courses from £38.50 (concessions are


Songs to Inspire

King’s Church, 33-35 Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR ‘Mass of the Children’ by John Rutter sung with children of Hurst Prep Choir. Plus other lovely works – see website. Tickets £15, Students and under 16’s £5., www. 01444 412579 Saturday 18 March, 19:30-21:45

The Friends of St Peter’s Church Chailey - Gloria! A Concert of Magical Music St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green, Near Lewes BN8 4DA See Local Living Saturday 18 March, 19:45

Haywards Heath Music Society

St Wilfred’s Church, St Wilfrid’s Way, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH The Countess of Munster Awardwinning Syrian concert pianist, Riyad Nicolas, will perform a recital of music ranging from Scarlatti to Ligeti, by way of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel. Saturday 18 March, 21:00-Midnight

St Patricks After Bash Straw Dogs Live

Eight Bells, The Street, Bolney RH17 5QW Irish Band Live. Free entry. info@ 01444 881396 Sunday 19 March, 10:00

Weald Classic Car Club Breakfast Chalet Cafe, Henfield Road, Cowfold RH13 8DU All welcome. Sunday 19 March, 14:30


Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield RH17 5JZ See Local Living Sunday 19 March, Doors/Licenced Bar: 19:00, Film 19:30

Wivelsfield Films – La La Land (12A) Comedy, Musical, Romance

Wivelsfield Village Hall, off Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green RH17 7QG A musical comedy about the relationship between an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician. 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. Sunday 19 March, 11:00-16:00

Antique & Vintage Fair

Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, Lewes BN7 3AL Antique valuations with specialist valuers, Buy and sell at our live auction. Antique and vintage stalls. Delicious food all day. Entry £3, children under 16 free. In aid of St Peter and St James, More info: 01444 471598

East Grinstead Natural History Society - Ontario, Canada.

St Barnabas Church Hall, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead RH19 4AT A talk given by local resident Phil Holland. £4.50 for guests including refreshments. Contact: The Secretary 01342 315051

One of the best family days out in Sussex!

Monday 20 March, 19:45-22:00

Going for Gold Zumba for All

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY A fun evening where everyone can have a go at Zumba and benefit from a bit of exercise! Contact: Barbara O’Rourke 01273 846811 Tuesday 21 March, 09:30-14:30

Granny Bunting Crochet Workshop

Flying Scotsman Itʼs coming! 13th - 26th April For more information please visit:

Made and Making, Unit 3 Turner Dumbrells Workshops, Dumbrells Court Road, Ditchling BN6 8GT Spend a lovely day crocheting some summery bunting, working with lots of colour changes and mastering your pattern reading skills. £60. 07967 819540


Saturday 18 March, 19:30-21:30

Monday 20 March, 19:45-21:15

Tuesday 21 March, 19:45

Wolstonbury WI Monthly Meeting

Club Suite, Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, Trinity Road BN6 9UY ‘Jump’ – true story of Dolly Shepherd, Edwardian lady parachutist. Speaker Tony Turner. Visitors welcomed. Contact: Jane Biggs 01273 834421 Wednesday 22 March, 09:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers Sussex Ouse Valley Way Stage 3

Oldaker Road, Newick BN8 4LW Newick to Lewes. Please ring Paul Jenkins to register your interest. 9.8mi/15.8km Moderate. Contact: Paul J 07711 772853 on the day or 01444 441530 Wednesday 22 March, 19:00 until late

French Night

The Egremont Restaurant, 32 Brighton Road, Worthing BN11 3ED Join us for a French night with a 2 course dinner – a fun French entertainment! £16.50pp includes complimentary drink on arrival and 2 course dinner. Contact: Joanne Longhurst 01903 528613. Wednesday 22 March, 20:00-22:00

Sussex Bonsai Group – Group Meeting

Wivelsfield Village Hall, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH Corin Tomlinson will be demonstrating on Bonsai Trees. All welcome to attend. Tea and coffee available. First visit free. Subsequent visits £5 or join the Group. Contact: Ray Brunsden -1444 244267. All welcome. Thursday 23 March, 19:00-21:30

Quiz Night

Diesel Weekend Friday 31st March - Sunday 2nd April The Bluebell Railway’s 2017 Spring Diesel Gala being held over 3 days between Friday 31st March and Sunday 2nd April is beginning to take shape. Whilst timetables and details of all visiting motive power are still being firmed up, we can announce the that the event will include 2 Class 50 locomotives being 50035 Ark Royal, 50049 Defiance. Subject to availability.


available). Aspire Sussex 0345 6010161

New for 2017 Bright Bricks Weekend 27th & 28th May Bright Bricks Weekend – come and join in the fun building a mosaic, make and take a Lego® toy, fun for all. Call now to book your tickets

Tel: 01825 720800

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


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Cherry Tree Centre, Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QB Come and test your knowledge. Maximum 6 people per team. Please bring drinks and nibbles. £3 per person. Raffle. Booking required 01444 236497 Thursday 23 March, 19:00

Downlands Community School Spring Concert

Dale Avenue, Hassocks BN6 8LP Downlands students celebrating all genres of music! Tickets £3. Contact: Nicki Burston 01273 845892 Thursday 23 March, 20:00

Seriously Funny Comedy Club

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN Enjoy some seriously funny comedy at Mid Sussex’s longest running Comedy Club. Licensed Bar. Tickets £9 (advance), £11 (on the door). 01444 455440 Friday 24 & Saturday 25 March, 19:30

The Frow Show

Village Hall, Lewes Road, Forest Row RH18 5ES See Local Living Saturday 25 March

£10 Tray Day

Clive Miller Butchers, 2 Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9RU £10 Tray Days are on the last Saturday of every month. 20 different varieties of meats to choose from. Contact: Clive Miller 01273 832256 Saturday 25 March, 08:15-13:00

A Day in the Classroom

Saturday 25 March, 09:30-12:00

Seedy Saturday

National Tyres Forecourt, 60 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AR Just in time for planting season, we’ll be holding a seed swap at the Hassocks Village Market. Bring vegetable or flower seeds you have saved and swap for some other varieties. There will also be a garden tool repair service.

Saturday 25 March, 10:00-15:00

Sunday 26 March

The Orchard’s Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath RH16 3QH We’re holding a free Workshop where you can decorate your own mug or trinket box to show Mum just how much you care! Contact: Nicola Bird 07415 980629

Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL Enjoy either a three-course lunch or an afternoon tea on board a steam hauled train. Varied costs. Contact: 01825 720800

Mother’s Day Workshop

Saturday 25 March, 10:30-12:30

RSPCA Brighton Spring Fair

Patcham Methodist Hall, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8QE Lots of bargains, cakes, books, tombola, raffle, delicious refreshments and much more! All proceeds go to help the animals. Free admission. Contact: RSPCA Brighton Animal Shelter 01273 554218

Saturday 25 March

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Saturday 25 March, 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’.



Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough District Quiz Night

Haywards Heath URC, 55 South Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4LQ Spring Sale in aid of Church Funds. Gifts, Cake Stall, Toiletries, Raffle, Bargain Books and lots more. Tea and coffee served with hot cross buns. Free entry.

Spring Fair

Saturday 25 March, 13:30-15:45

Millais School, Depot Road, Horsham Street, Faith RH13 5HR Why not attend our brilliant one day course in Learn German for City Breaks: Hamburg £38.50. Contact: Aspire Sussex 0345 6010161

Saturday 25 March, 19:30-22:30

Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, Lower Street, Pulborough RH20 2BF Quizmaster Andrew Lake asks the questions. There will be prizes and a raffle with a Licensed bar. £12.50 (includes fish & chip supper & dessert). Contact: Mike Webster 01798 812764

Saturday 25 March, 10:00-12:00

Michael Hall Steiner School, Kidbrooke Park, Priory Road, Forest Row RH18 5JA An exceptional opportunity to experience a typical day in the life of a Michael Hall pupil. Choose from either: Early Years, Lower School or Upper School and see for yourself how the curriculum works within various lessons. Please book: 01342 827918

Super Saturday Course

and Painting. Also Children’s Open Classes being “3 Miniature Daffodils in a Pot”, A Decorated Flower Pot” and “3 pieces of Rocky Road Cake”. So, plenty to see including Plants for Sale, a Raffle and Refreshments will be available. Admission 50p. Contact: Derek Swaine 01273 842516

Burgess Hill Horticultural Society - Flower and Produce Show Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8DX A traditional horticultural show, full of springtime scents and colours! Also, refreshments, tombola, plant and produce stalls. Admission: 50p. Contact: 01444 257806

Hurstpierpoint Horticultural Society - Spring Show and Plant Sale

Village Centre, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY Spring flowers, cookery, floral arrangements, children’s exhibits, photography, novice section. Tea and home-made cake. Bargain plant stall. Raffle and Auction of produce at end of show. Exhibiting is free and open to all. Schedules with full details from Gibsons in the High Street. £1 entrance. Contact: Kathy Green Saturday 25 March, 14:35

Hassocks Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN69UY Come along to see members’ exhibits of Flowers, Floral Art, Vegetables, Cookery, Handicrafts, Photography

Bluebell Railway – Mother’s Day

Sunday 26 March, 10:00-18:00

Mother’s Day at Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath RH16 1XP Treat mum to an early springtime walk. Make it special with a Camellia Tour, or lunch at Jeremy’s or Elvira’s. Garden entry: normal admission charges apply. Camellia Tours: £10 pp, including Garden entry. Book tickets at: Lunch bookings required for Jeremy’s and Café Elvira. Contact: 01444 450326 Sunday 26 March, 10:30

Mid Sussex Ramblers Balcombe Circular via Ardingly Reservoir

Balcombe Railway Station Car Park (No charge at weekends) RH17 6JF TQ 432 323. Balcombe Station, Upper Pilstye, Ouse Valley Viaduct, Ardingly Reservoir, Balcombe Mill. Please bring a snack to eat en route. 7.5mi/12.1km Moderate. Contact: Sue 01825 722135 or 07905 225711 on the day. Sunday 26 March, 12:00-16:00

Celebrate Mother’s Day

Wakehurst Place, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ardingly RH17 6TN Celebrate Mother’s Day with a threecourse carvery meal in Wakehurst’s stunning Elizabethan mansion. Table service and bar will be available. Adults £25 (£12.50 for children under 10) Contact: 01444 894040 jessica.marshall@ampersandcatering. Monday 27 March, 19:45

Hassocks Field Society

Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 9UY ‘The Geology of the Weald’ – a talk

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Bonhams Art & Antiques Valuation Day

The Courtlands Hotel, 19-27 The Drive, Hove BN3 3JE Complimentary auction valuation. No appointment necessary. Home visits can be arranged. Wednesday 29 March, 19:45–22:00

The Secret Life of the Dormouse – Andrew Cleave

Old Court House East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead RH19 3LT Please note venue change, which is opposite the main hall. East Grinstead RSPB local group. Very interesting Illustrated Lecture. New members welcome. £4 for Members, £5 for Guests. Contact: Mark Roberts 01342 843190 Thursday 30 March, 20:00

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 31 March, 10:00-12:30 Booking by 27th of March required

Reverse Glass Painting Workshop 14 London Road, Burgess Hill RH15 8QX (nr Sheddingdean Business Park) Learn basic painting techniques of a Croatian naïve inspired tradition. No previous experience required. Gift certificates available for Mother’s Day. £35 incl. all materials. Booking by 27th of March required. Thursday 31 March, 19:30-22:30

Supper Club @ Mama Ghanoushe Mama Ghanoushe, 31 Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8AH Join us for three courses of nutrientpacked high-energy gluten-free vegan food. Menu to follow on website. £22.50. Contact: Rachael/Emma 01273 842534 Friday 31 March, 20:00-22:00

Hurstpierpoint Historical & Geographical Society Talk

Guide Hall, Adjacent to Trinity Road Car Park, Hurstpierpoint BN6 9UY A talk by John Cooper (retired curator of the Booth Museum, Brighton). Free for members, £3 for non-members. Contact: Bill Kent 01273 832280

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Dear Sussex Living... …Thank you for the piece about Keymer Folk Dance Club in the January issue of Sussex Living. We had a nice bunch of new members turned up last Monday all because they read that article. With all good wishes Sally Course, Keymer Folk Dance Club

Shop open 7 days a week, 10.00 - 5.00 …Very many thanks for the except Christmas Day Townswomen’s Hassocks

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…Just a quick note, on behalf of the PCC, to thank you for the great feature in the December issue. Everyone here is thrilled. I am off to Haywards Heath later and will pick-up a hard copy. We’ve only seen it on the online version... and it looks great. Best wishes, Trevor Butler, Churchwarden

…I had to email you to tell you that a friend and I did your Lindfield walk we found in the March 2016 issue this morning. The weather was glorious and because the instructions were so good we were able to focus on the wonderful scenery instead of trying to find our way. We then walked down the High Street exploring all the shops, finishing off with one of the best sandwiches we’ve

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NEW BIZ AWARDS Make sure you make a date in your diary for Friday 5th May this year for the BHBiz Awards, as you certainly won’t want to miss out on this great event Businesses in the Burgess Hill area are being encouraged to enter an awards scheme with a difference. Held for the fi rst time this year by the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association, the BHBiz Awards is an exciting new event that celebrates the unsung heroes of the business community. “These Awards are unlike any other in that they focus on what really makes an organisation tick – its people and its values,” said Chairman Paul Shearing. “Importantly, they acknowledge businesses’ contribution to the wider community in which we all operate and on which we depend.” The BHBiz Awards, to be held on Friday 5th May, follow on from the runaway success of the well-established annual Burgess Hill Means Business exhibition

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and networking event, which will now be held every other year, alternating with the Awards. “Burgess Hill Means Business has worked incredibly well over the years and will still have an important place in the local business calendar,” continued Paul. “But we wanted something new and exciting to offer BHBPA members in 2017 and it had to engage with every business, regardless of size, just as previous events had done. It also had to provide the same excellent networking opportunity that Burgess Hill Means Business has become famous for. Initial response to the Awards from members would indicate that BHBiz is just that event!” A committee of five is responsible for staging the Awards, which are now open for nominations in eight categories: ★ Winning Workplace ★ Eco Champion ★ Community Charity Champion ★ Bright Star ★ Invaluable Star ★ Rising Star and ★ Risen Star

A separate BHBPA Special Company Award and a BHBPA Special Person Award will be selected and judged by the directors. “The Awards are easy to enter – we didn’t want something that ties companies up in even more paperwork – and there is something for every member company and every employee, from the newest recruit to the most experienced member of staff, to enter. So get nominating!” said BHBPA Coordinator Peter Liddell. Judges include the Mayor of Burgess Hill, Cllr Jacqui Landriani and, as in previous years, support will be given to the Association’s nominated charity, St Peter & St James Hospice.

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