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46 FROM THE CATWALK TO YOUR CLOSET The highlights of Fashion Week and the trends you can work into your own wardrobe this autumn

56 BAKING A SUCCESS OF IT After a difficult 2010, there’s a happy ending for this brownie-baking businesswoman

90 GET WINTER READY Interior designer Catherine Smith takes a look at the latest fireplaces and woodburners



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PROPERTY 11 HOT PROPERTY INTERNATIONAL One of the hottest homes on the overseas market




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The events and attractions you won’t want to miss over the next few weeks plus half-term entertainment for the little ones


15 THE INTERVIEW Batchelor Monkhouse’s Jamie Daniel talks to the Editor about why he’s still in the property game, almost four decades on 5

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FEATURES 53 AND, ACTION! How the movies we watch and the way they are filmed are moving into the 21st century

61 WISBOROUGH GREEN Why it is a little village with a big heart

72 EIGHTY YEARS OF GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND Meet Diane, a guide dog owner who found a new ‘leash’ of life thanks to her guide dog, Thomas

FOOD AND DRINK 80 WHY WASTE PERFECTLY GOOD PUMPKIN? Three seasonal recipes using pumpkin as recommended by the head chef at The Mannings Heath Hotel

84 CRABTREE COMEBACK The reopening of the much-loved Lower Beeding restaurant

74 PAUL AND HIS PUPPET James Hood talks to the comedian and his sidekick Sam, who shot to fame on the Royal Variety Performance

76 LUCY PARKER THE PAINTER The latest on the Sussex artist and what inspires her watercolour work

79 TRICK OR TREAT, AND TWILIGHT Liane Oldham explains what Halloween is really all about for a modern mum

88 FRENCH FLAIR Cuckfield’s new boutique combines coffee and cake with exquisite home furnishings


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from the editor You might be pleased to know you’ll be seeing a bit more of us from now on. What started as a Christmas special last year soon turned into a bi-monthly publication. Now, October marks the first monthly issue of The Resident Magazine. We’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our readers, advertisers and those who work so hard putting the magazine together for making it happen. Any excitement about that might be short-lived, however, when you realise that an October issue means summer is well and truly over. The silver lining? It’s a great excuse to update your winter wardrobe or think about revamping your home with a new fireplace or woodburner. Read on for features about both. Apparently it’s also ‘inspirational women’ month in our magazine. On page 72, meet a guide dog owner who lost her sight at 24 years of age and learnt to get by with sheer determination and a little help from

man’s best friend. Her interview also marks Guide Dogs for the Blind’s 80th anniversary. Then, there’s Sarah’s story. After a year of turmoil in 2010, she’s ‘baking’ a success of her new business venture. We’ve also introduced two new regular features. Pick of the Bunch includes wine recommendations from one of the area’s top sommeliers. And The Ensemble includes some of the hottest fashion items and accessories available now. Meanwhile, I’ve been exploring Wisborough Green and it didn’t take long to see why the people I spoke to consider it to be a real gem and ‘the little village with a big heart’. Of course, it wouldn’t be an October issue without a little Halloween – check out chef Greg Dunne’s recipes that make use of your leftover pumpkin. Which just leaves me to say, for the very first time, until next month!

James Hood Editor




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ROOMS WITH A VIEW Brighton has long been synonymous with culture and the arts. Now, Knight Frank presents a masterpiece in the form of this impressive home. With floor to ceiling glass, the view stretches from the city to the South Downs. A large open plan sitting room, kitchen

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here aren’t many estate agents around today with Jamie Daniell’s experience. Not only has he been in the industry for almost 35 years, he is also a qualified surveyor, as are all the partners at Batcheller Monkhouse, in Pulborough. It’s something that Jamie believes sets the firm apart from the competition. “Not only do we all have a love of property at Batcheller Monkhouse, but there is a combination of surveyors, estate agents and planners. So, our expertise combined with our experience looking after customers means that people get an exceptional service. It’s something we take very seriously and on which we pride ourselves”. Earlier this year, Monkhouse and Bannisters (of which Jamie was a founding partner), merged with Batcheller Thacker, a similar firm in many respects, and is now trading under the new name of Batcheller Monkhouse. The spread of offices now reaches from Pulborough to Haywards Heath, to Battle and to Tunbridge Wells.

The new firm continues to provide the same level of individual service and expertise on both the estate agency side as well as the professional side of the business. Pulborough office has long carried a reputation for dealing with interesting, rurally based properties which range from small parcels of land and small village properties at one end, to a full range of equestrian and agricultural properties and good quality country houses and estates at the top end. Jamie has been located at the same office since 1976 and has worked alongside his colleague and partner Russell Parkes since 1977. It’s a testament to his dedication to the industry and the firm, which he believes benefits from traditional values with modern ideas, that means many customers come back to them time and again, knowing they are dealing with a trusted and experienced estate agents. Much of the company’s business is made up of repeat customers or referrals. In turn, Jamie believes it is largely down to those same customers that has meant he has remained in the business for

so long. “Every person has a different story to tell. It’s as much about the people we work on behalf of, as it is their properties or land. We all really enjoy meeting people and because every case is different, it keeps things interesting. I absolutely love what I do. I hope that comes across in the service that we give people”. The expanded firm is now able to provide a range of expertise, not only on the estate agency side, but also provides a full professional valuation service for rural properties, management of estates, planning, telecom masts and many other property matters. Batcheller Monkhouse is based in Pulborough but covers a much wider geographical area. With a large team of staff members, those looking to buy or sell a home across West Sussex can benefit from the service provided at Batcheller Monkhouse. Jamie added “Our knowledge of a wide area means we can pass it on to customers. The merger has meant we have combined the expertise of the two companies, with the same great service people have come to expect”. 15

Forest Grange, Horsham, West Sussex Family house in a parkland setting

Central Horsham 3 miles, Horsham Station 2 miles (London Victoria 55 minutes) Situated in Forest Grange, a private road close to the historic St Leonards Forest. Reception hall, drawing room, study/office/reception room, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room, 5 bedrooms (2 en-suite), family bathroom. Triple garage, stable block, garden and grounds, paddock, woodland. In all about 18 acres. Guide Price : ÂŁ1,950,000 ( 01403 339180

Wisborough Green, West Sussex

Immaculate country home in rural surroundings Billingshurst 3 miles (London Victoria 65 minutes), Horsham 10 miles Extremely pretty Grade II listed house situated on the edge of this pretty village. 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, shower room. 4 bedrooms (1 en-suite), family bathroom. Former cow byre incorporating sitting room, study, 5th bedroom. Detached barn style garaging, further outhouses. Pretty cottage gardens incorporating a swimming pool, fenced paddock and kitchen garden. In all about 1.3 acres. Guide Price : ÂŁ1,250,000 ( 01403 339180

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Horsham | West Sussex Horsham 9 miles, Gatwick Airport 6 miles, London 32 miles

An extremely spacious family home with a self contained annex and south facing rear gardens of approximately 1 acre. Entrance hall | Sitting room | Dining room | Family room | Study | Games room | Kitchen/ breakfast room | W.C. | Utility room | Master bedroom with en suite bath and shower | Four further bedrooms | Family bathroom and separate W.C. | Annexe comprising sitting room, bathroom and bedroom | Garage | Garden Just under 1 acre Guide Price ÂŁ1,100,000

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Rusper | West Sussex Horsham 7 miles, Gatwick Airport 9 miles, London 33 miles An enchanting Grade II listed property set within the most beautiful gardens, with excellent equestrian facilities. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Utility room | 5 Bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | Double garage | 5 stables | Tack room | Feed room | Sand school | Paddock | Gardens About 8 acres Guide Price ÂŁ999,950

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Wineham | West Sussex Horsham 11 miles, Brighton 15 miles, Gatwick 20 miles, London 44 miles

Grade II Sussex farmhouse and converted barn with excellent equestrian facilities. 3 Receptions | 4 Bedrooms | Detached 3 bedroom barn | Range of traditional outbuildings 2 American barns | Modern storage barn and workshop | Outdoor manege | Horse walker Post and railed paddocks About 92 acres Offers in excess of ÂŁ4.6 million

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Cocking, near Midhurst

A substantial brick built, family house situated close to Dunsfold village. This charming house is encompassed by a mature garden with large patio, fruit trees, greenhouse, and garage. Good size, well proportioned rooms 3 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.

A delightful semi-detached character cottage with large kitchen/dining room and Aga, sitting room with inglenook, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, pretty cottage garden, fruit tree orchard and parking for up to 4 cars.

£2,450 per calendar month

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Bury Gate

Balls Cross, near Petworth

A striking, architect-design house which stands in a rural position overlooking a pond and farmland. Spacious accommodation includes 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Attractive features include a vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom and a galleried landing. Enclosed garden and parking.

A superb farmhouse, having recently undergone a full refurbishment programme to a high specification. Enviable character accommodation which includes a fabulous kitchen/dining room, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. A splendid collection of outbuildings, ample parking and a large garden.

£1,600 per calendar month

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Set in a private elevated position in grounds of over 20 acres yet conveniently placed for the facilities and amenities of Haslemere. A substantial family home with versatile accommodation comprising 5 bedrooms, 3 receptions and a self-contained annex. Range of outbuildings.

A prime development site situated within the heart of the town. Measuring 2.75 acres the orchard and kitchen gardens of the former Abbey have the benefit of residential planning consent for 41 units.

Guide price ÂŁ1,700,000

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A rare opportunity to acquire an established and productive vineyard. Approximately 12000 vines planted with existing business contract in place. Storage facility on site and glorious views to the English Channel. In all around 13 acres.

A fine family townhouse of Tudor origins located in the heart of the town yet tucked away from traffic routes. Almost 2700 square feet of accommodation and consent to split into two dwellings if desired.

Guide price ÂŁ450,000

Guide price ÂŁ550,000 offers invited

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Storrington ÂŁ1,050,000 In a prime secluded hilltop setting of almost 1.5 acres with a swimming pool and wonderful views of the Downs. This is a substantial 4/5 bedroom property of approximately 2800sq/ft with an additional 90ft loft offering further scope (STPP) Drawing room | Sitting Room/Family Room | Dining Room | Study/Bedroom 5 | Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Cloakroom | Principal Bedroom with Ensuite | 4/ 5 Bedrooms in total | Bathroom | 90 ft Loft | Double Garage | Apx 1.5 acres with Swimming pool | Generous Parking | Fine views to the Downs

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Pulborough £685,000 A handsome double fronted detached 4 bedroom village home affording superbly presented accommodation with an “in and out” drive in a lovely elevated setting with superb views towards the South Downs. Reception Hall | Drawing room | Dining Room | Study | Kitchen/ Breakfast Room | Cloakroom | Utility Room | Master Bedroom with en-suite Shower Room and Dressing Room/Bedroom 4 | 4 Bedrooms total | 2 further Bathrooms | Double Garage | Sun Deck with superb Views | Garden | Central village

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BINES GREEN, WEST SUSSEX A Delightful Grade II Listed House with Detached Barn An attractive country property of 17th Century origin with a substantial Edwardian addition providing spacious accommodation with many period features and set in secluded half-acre gardens overlooking open pastureland. Entrance hall, cloakroom, drawing room, dining hall, study, inner hall, kitchen/breakfast room, rear lobby, play room, five bedrooms, bathroom and separate w.c. Detached barn. Garage and outbuilding. Gardens of about half an acre. Price Guide £775,000 Freehold

STEYNING An Attractive New Home in an Exclusive Residential Area Hall, cloakroom, sitting room, family room/study, kitchen/dining room, boot room/utility, principal suite with two dressing rooms and ensuite bathroom, five further bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms, family bathroom, double garage, secluded gardens. Price £775,000 Freehold

STEYNING Light and Spacious Home in a Quiet Lane An attractive and individual detached house in an outstanding elevated location within minutes of the High Street. Reception hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, large farmhouse kitchen, four bedrooms and two bathrooms, secluded south-facing garden. Price Guide £599,950 Freehold

UPPER BEEDING Ideal Garden for Self-Sufficiency A detached chalet bungalow with good size rear garden. Hall, study area, sitting room, kitchen, breakfast room, ground floor bedroom, cloakroom, three first floor bedrooms, bathroom. Secluded rear garden approx. 100 ft. in depth. Price £285,000 Freehold

SMALL DOLE, HENFIELD A Project for Improvement in the Heart of the Village A three-storey end of terrace house of Victorian origin. Hall, living room, kitchen, lean-to, two bedrooms on first floor, bathroom, attic bedroom 3 on second floor, rear garden approx. 60 ft. in depth adjoining pasture land. Price Guide £195,000 Freehold

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WEST BROYLE, CHICHESTER On a Private Drive with Secluded Gardens Adjoining Woodland.

An attractive and individual detached house built in 2006 to an excellent specification. Entrance porch, reception hall, cloakroom, sitting room with fireplace, dining room, study, large kitchen/family room with vaulted ceiling, principal bedroom with dressing room and en-suite shower room, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms, family bathroom, storeroom, double garage, good size garden. Price Guide ÂŁ875,000 Freehold

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Horsham, West Sussex This light and spacious family house is beautifully presented throughout and is ideally located on a popular road close to Millais and The Forest schools, whilst also being within a mile of the mainline station to London and Horsham town centre. 3 Reception Rooms | Conservatory | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Large Hall | Utility | 5 Double Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Garage | 100’ Rear garden

Guide Price ÂŁ575,000

Rookwood Park, Horsham, West Sussex Situated within this prestigious Berkeley Homes development only a mile from the town centre, this spacious and well-presented back directly onto Boldings Brook providing a good degree of seclusion and privacy and offered with no onward chain.

Guide Price ÂŁ950,000

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brighton comedy festival october 7 to 22 The laughter will be heard across Brighton this month when the annual comedy festival comes to town. With massive acts like Jack Dee, Jack Whitehall, Sean Lock and Jo Brand, the standard is high. It’s also a great platform for up and coming comedians and you have a chance to discover them before anyone else. Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is another of the household names taking part – read his interview on page 74


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Just 10 minutes south of Chichester you can walk among tropical butterflies and birds set in 17 themed gardens. Earnley Butterfly Park lets you and the youngsters get up close and personal with the stunning creatures, and the venue claims it has to be ‘seen to be believed’. There are also gardens and other animals on show as well.

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Bring the kids (with their costumes and all) to this afternoon of witch-crafts, spooky trails and frightening face painting to celebrate Halloween. There’s even a cauldron of hot chocolate if you fancy ‘tweeting’ your little darlings.

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‘Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog.’ Put on your most gruesome outfit for a lesson in creating a scary recipe and your very own spooky spell. There will also be a game of trick or treat and a mummies relay race. Be there if you dare!

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It’s fast becoming one of the go-to places in West Sussex for entertaining the kids on their school breaks. This half term, Fishers Farm has organised spooky train rides (on the Gory-ent Express), a spooky live show and a new woodland walk. Ideal for keeping the little devils quiet for a while. Expect a fang-tastic performance in the purpose-built theatre, with dancing skeletons, wizards and more! If you’re little ones scare easily there’s a more tame pumpkin patch and face painting too.

Arundel food festivAl october 15 to 23

The first one was so great, they decided to organise another! This will be the second year of the Arundel Food Festival. The town is ideally located between the South Downs and the coast, meaning there is a feast of fresh foods on offer. As well as local produce stalls and markets the surrounding restaurants, cafes and shopkeepers all get in on the act too. The first Saturday will include Farmers Market Plus, which will go on until 4pm, have extra stalls and there will be an opportunity to bring your apples along to have them pressed! For those keen to have a hands-on experience, there will be guided walks with a ranger from the new South Downs National Park Authority, which will explore the relationship between food and farming on the South Downs, followed by the Arundel Picnic. The Food Festival will finish with a Children’s Day on the second Saturday to coincide with half–term offering children’s activities and the final event will be a Grand Dinner in Arundel Castle - a rare opportunity to sample local produce in magnificent surroundings.

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Jump jockeys take centre stage as The Season Finale marks the end of another spectacular season of racing at Goodwood. The venue is one of the South’s premier courses for racing fans.

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Head Gardener Andy Stevens leads a walk around the gardens at Borde Hill where he will talk about the trees growing there for the last 100 years. The grounds boast an extensive collection of woody plants from the early 20th century up until the Second World War. Some interesting specimens include Chamaecyparis formosensis, grown from seed sent back from Taiwan by Henry Elwes, Discaria Discolor from South America collected by Harold Comber, Aer Longipes from China, collected by Ernest Wilson, Quercus Coccifera from North Africa and Magnolia Fraseri from the US. 41




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A BIT GO OF BRIGHT RETRO “This season we’re saying goodbye to the This season has a retro feel and you can again bright colours of summer and welcoming in some rich jewel colours. Amethyst, ruby and emerald are all words being used to describe a lot of this season’s key pieces”, says Laura Lidstone of boutique Cape Scarlett. Laura tells us that this season the fashion industry is excited by some of the strong new colours being introduced. Orange, blue and purple are vibrant front-runners; and not just for women – men too. Shades of claret and burgundy are a flattering and a welcome alternative to navy and offer a safe option to experiment with a little bit of colour if it’s not normally your thing.

A LITTLE LEATHER Leather makes a bold statement this year

in an array of vibrant colours and styles, from jewelled leather trousers, to leather shirts, skirts, dresses and jackets. Buying and merchandising director Luisa De Paula at confirmed leather as one of this season’s big looks. And not just in black. Luisa told The Resident: “One of the biggest trends for autumn winter 2011 is ‘Dominatrix’. Leather was featured in almost every designer collection. Look to designers such as Acne, McQ Alexander McQueen, Helmut Lang, Joseph and By Malene Birger, who have worked leather into their collections in an incredibly wearable way.” Laura Lidstone of Cape Scarlett added: “As a catwalk trend ‘fetish’ is extremely risqué, but in reality, what we’re looking at are touches of black lace, leather panelling and sheer inserts.” “Don’t be afraid to embrace this trend”, says Luisa. “You can also introduce it as one piece of your look such as a skirt with a t-shirt, blouse or knit, or a pair of leather trousers with a beautifully tailored blazer. Look for skirts, both pencil and A-line, dresses, shirts, leggings, trousers and shorts, as well as leather tops. Leather also features as an element of a piece, with leather arms on coats and tops and panels on dresses.”

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now you will find chunky knits in all styles. Invest in a new knit to get this season’s look and team with a high necked top or preppy buttoned up shirt and chunky accessories underneath. It is a great look that works well at home and in the office. As we head towards December, look out for long sleeved knitwear with military style buttons on the cuff.

express some of your favourite fashion blasts from the past. Vintage prints, urban cowgirl, ponchos, hats, tailored tweed, 70’s inspired high waisted flared trousers and shoulder pads are all back in the shops. If you’ve got the real McCoy lurking somewhere in the back of your wardrobe – now is the time to take it out and put in on. A modern twist is to wear retro and new season prints as a tunic top over trousers, which is flattering for every shape. Sussex Fashion Designer Bella Cager of Melabelle, is inspired by the look and has designed a tunic dress in her signature bird print for this season. The designer said: “As Autumn/ Winter approaches, rather than falling back on wardrobe staples in black - I always love wearing some simple prints to cheer my outfit (and me!) up and pair them with smart jeans and a jacket or just wear a tunic with a fun print over some chunky knit tights and boots”. Melabelle is an exciting new fashion label, home grown here in West Sussex, which is now launching onto the worldwide platform at London Fashion Week - and it is getting noticed too. People at London Fashion Weekend described Melabelle as: “A feminine womenswear label offering unique prints with an emphasis on flattering, versatile styles.” Tatler magazine has also requested one of its new silk bird print scarves to shoot for their December issue. “Think Christmas”: says Bella. But you are in the know right now so you don’t need to wait until then. Check out The Resident It List for more details about Melabelle’s on-trend scarf.

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With summer over, autumnal foot fashion focuses on the military, the seventies and styles borrowed from a man’s shoe collection. Ladies brogues (flat or with some heel for a more feminine look) are hot right now and knee high boots are back! Urban cowgirl is also a good look this season. For ladies, brogues come in all colours and look great with cigarette trousers or with a skirt with opaque tights/interesting hosiery. A ladies’ brogue really is a seasonal trend women of all ages can enjoy this season. If you fancy trying on a pair or two to see how they look on you, we recommend a visit to the new ladies shoe shop ‘Buckle’ in East

street, Horsham. Owner Nicci Willis says: “We love shoes at Buckle and we aim to stock something for everyone. We also know we can help you ‘rock the style’ and look good in a brogue, without being matronly”.


Chunky cable knits can be teamed with a buttoned up shirt for a really smart look. Knits in soft natural colours will be popular, but if you want to make a bolder statement, look out for one in a burgundy or blue. Also this season a little bit of ‘leather trim for him’ is in, which could be in the form of leather elbow pads, or patched into a coat or jacket. For those who prefer a less conventional approach to their dress code, swerve some of

the more traditional options and introduce some of this season’s hottest new colours and fabrics into your wardrobe. Tartans, Paisley prints and classic Prince of Wales checks are all back. Team with a new pair of on-trend brogues and think accessories - how about a tartan tie or checked scarf, a paisley-print waistcoat, shirt or handkerchief or a new conker red travel bag or wallet? Elvis and Kresse make beautiful messenger bags, satchels and accessories out of decommissioned fire hose. The company was set up to play its part in solving the environment problem of industrial waste and donates up to 50% of its profits to projects and charities of the waste they collect. Founder James Henrit said: “This season we will be working with new waste materials that have an equally compelling story, to complement our existing fire-hose range.”

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ave you ever wondered what is going on in the room behind you at the cinema or caught a glimpse of someone’s silhouette while you eagerly awaited the start of a film? Well, it’s all going on back there, as the film industry moves on from using 35mm film to digital, 120 years after movie making began. 35mm film tape was created in 1892 by Thomas Eddison and William Disckson to record and play back moving images, and is still used for producing films today. Despite advances in post-production technology and the projection of motion pictures, there has been little need to find an alternative to the way film directors and cameramen actually shoot scenes. Now, film studios can record and project the movies we watch digitally, using hard drives. It’s another chapter in the story of the cinema, a story that was silent for the first 30 years of film, often with live music or commentary to accompany a screening.

through the projector. Then once the film has finished screening at the cinema, we take the feature apart again and send it back in its individual reel. It’s all very clever, if a bit time consuming.” It’s all very enjoyable too, apparently, as James is doing something he has been passionate about for years. The technician began at The Capitol eight years ago as a steward and now helps run the projection rooms at the venue for both screenings and on-stage performances. “I remember watching Cinema Paradiso and falling in love with cinema, just like the boy does in the film. I felt the same way when I started working in the projection room here at The Capitol”, James said. So if 35mm film is popular, why the move to digital hard drives for projecting film? James says it does make life easier. “Now we get movies sent to us on a hard drive, which we put into the computer, and hit play! We can also create a running order on the system of trailers and adverts and once you start, it will play them all one after the other. But we still need to be around in case anything goes wrong. “Digital films also make life a little easier if we want to move a showing from one screen to another. We won’t have to transfer large amounts of film anymore.” James said.

But why, in the digital age of special effects (and Pixar), has it taken the film industry so long to move on from filming on tape? “It’s the best!”, says James Simmonds, a film technician at Horsham’s Capitol theatre. “The quality of 35mm film is fantastic, so the whole industry has been reluctant to change things. It’s proven to be a reliable and flexible way to film movies and then play them back. There’s been very little reason to make the move to digital. Many directors still love to work with 35mm and even insist on it. Some directors The introduction of digital methods will who now use digital will even add the effect of also have benefits for the independent film a 35mm film to the final version, which shows industry, as the cost of distributing films to just how popular it is. That is what Tom Ford cinemas will be a fraction of those for sending did for A Single Man”, James added. Using the out reels of film (around £900 per theatre). 35mm filming method, motion pictures are This will in turn make so-called art house shot onto the film reels, then edited by cutting movies more accessible to a wider audience. the tape before piecing it back together in the Regardless of any changes or technological advances, for audiences correct place, to create a Some directors who now use the experience is just as seamless feature length magical, with very little film. When they are digital will add the effect noticeable difference watched, it takes 24 of a 35mm film to the final between the screening frames (the squares on version. As Tom Ford did for of a 35mm or digital the tape) to make up A Single Man film. Although the new just one second of a film. versions will lack the It is a skill that James has also learnt, as many of the films need to effect of the black lines and blotches that have be prepared this way before being shown to become an endearing feature of movie classics. audiences. “The 35mm movies don’t come to Thankfully, whether it’s for a blockbuster or a us in one piece. There are usually six to eight rom com, on 35mm or digital film, the silver reels that need to be pieced together in the screen is still captivating audiences the world correct place before we put them on the large over, and that projection room behind our platter – a turning table that feeds the film seats is as intriguing as ever.

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James Hood meets a woman who has turned adversity into profitability with a new appreciation for life, having fun and baking brownies, and this is ‘Just’ the beginning.


can remember laughing out loud when I was wrapping up my first batches of brownies, thinking, what am I doing!?”, said Sarah Westall as she mixes up the melted chocolate for our photo shoot. The mum and now businesswoman still has plenty to smile about. Her company, Just Brownies, which was set up earlier this year recently took its 100th order and has won eight corporate contracts. Unfortunately, Sarah’s story doesn’t begin there. The brownie baker had a tough 12 months leading up to her decision to set up her own business, in a difficult relationship, a demotivating job and losing one of her closest friends, Ruth, to cancer. “It was an awful time of my life. 2010 is definitely a year I have happily put behind me. The worse thing I faced was when Ruth died. She was a rock to me and my daughter, a dear friend and I honestly didn’t know what to do without her”, Sarah said.

But it was perhaps Ruth’s belief in Sarah while she was alive that spurred her on to start her own business. “It was something I had thought about for years. I loved baking, and people told me I had a talent for it. Back then it was just a pipe dream but Ruth would always tell me to ‘go for it’. I think in some way her passing away gave me the strength to do it, and made me realise that life is short. You need to live it. It just took a little bit of adversity to give me the push I needed. The ‘mumpreneur’ honoured her friend’s memory at the launch party for Just Brownies. Sarah and her daughter, who helped organise and run the event, took the opportunity to pass round the brownies, in return for donations to St Barnabas Hospice and Chestnut Tree House, two nearby hospices that provide care and support for people with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and their families. To encourage her 57


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guests to get their wallets out, Sarah provided heart-shaped brownies at the party as well as brownie ‘bits’ – made up of the cut offs of the larger, square brownies.

Although the businesswoman has been successful so far, she can’t quite believe it’s all happening at times. Sarah added: “The other day I answered the phone and said ‘Just Brownies’ and it sounded great but also a bit odd. It made St Barnabas Hospice in particular is close to me think wow, I’m really doing this! I must love Sarah’s heart as it is the facility that cared for what I do because even answering the phone is Ruth at the end of her life. Sarah said: “Ruth is exciting.” my inspiration. I don’t know if I would be doing It seems this is just the beginning for Just this if it wasn’t for her and I am just happy I can Brownies. Sarah attends local produce markets use the business somehow to give something and orders from her website for deliveries back to the hospice and people that cared for continue to grown. “I do have plans to expand. her. Ruth’s death was I’d like to grow the one of a few setbacks for business, move premises Sarah in the year leading and am looking forward I must love what I do up to Just Brownies’ to the future. People seem launch. It was early in because even answering to love the brownies, so 2011 that she decided maybe a little teashop is the phone is exciting this would be the year for next. The possibilities are her and began setting up endless”. the company. She said As if things weren’t first and foremost baking brownies was about going well enough for the brownie baker, it’s having fun. “Obviously I needed to pay my bills, all about to get a whole lot better, and busier but mainly, I knew that I wanted to enjoy what I for Sarah. She is proudly sporting a shiny new was doing and feel passionate about it. That was engagement ring. the inspiration for the company and I still get as much joy out of it today. I am having so much Find out more about Just Brownies at fun and I think people can tell. It’s what Just Brownies is all about.”

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here’s something special about Wisborough Green according to Bridget Glynne-Jones, who has lived in the village for the past ten years. “There is a lovely feel to the place. I think it has something to do with the cricket pitch and green around which life and the community is based. Despite being a seemingly quiet and peaceful place, there is a real buzz about it”, she told The Resident. There is a sense of community spirit in Wisborough Green. The picturesque cricket ground, which sits at its centre is host to many of the events that attract people from the village, as well as from surrounding places such as Loxwood and beyond. By all accounts it’s a friendly place, and its appealing appearance, which includes leafy roads and some spectacular homes, is complimented by a lovely bunch of locals. Bridget added: “We have made some wonderful friends here. There are some beautiful and expensive homes dotted around the place, but there is no pretention. No airs and graces, just friendliness and a community spirit. I think that is helped by the varied age range of those who live here, including a lot of young families”. Wisborough Green’s appeal is partly down to its location. The road that runs through it, the A272, goes from east to west, making it a convenient route for accessing Guildford, the motorways, Horsham and the coast. Nearby Billinghurst provides the area’s largest railway station and from there passengers, travellers, visitors and commuters can get to London, Brighton and many more destinations easily. For those who don’t want to leave, there is a village shop and post office, not to mention a pond and pubs – but more about those later. The River Arun runs nearby, and its proximity to the South Downs and neighbouring wooded high ground have been a major attraction for those wanting to immerse themselves in rural life – or just a pleasant walk. Kerry Ann Smith grew up in the village and claims “it’s a pretty awesome place.” The Wisborough Green resident left at the age of 18 to see the world. Now, having lived abroad and

in London, Kerry is back and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. She said: “The people make Wisborough Green what it is. It’s the little village with a big heart. There is such a cross section of individuals and a very inclusive vibe. It’s not exclusive or cliquey and everyone supports each other. On a Friday evening, the green turns into a hive of activity, with people playing cricket or football, families having picnics at the side and plenty of community spirit. It’s just wonderful. There is also a great respect for others. It’s welcoming and even when new businesses open here, they are given a fair chance to succeed”. An example of the community spirit that is felt in Wisborough Green can be seen on a Wednesday evening at the weekly table tennis session. Where people from all around come together to watch players take part. Kerry said: “It’s something my dad loves to go down to watch. There are all sorts of people there that you otherwise might not meet. And it is a testament to how social the village is”. Part of Wisborough Green’s charm is due to the variety of people living in it. From young professionals to older people, city workers, families and farmers, it’s a vibrant place to be. Adding to the community spirit is a traditional village store. Wisborough Green Stores has been independently owned by Alan and Debbie Self since 1983. It is open seven days a week from 6am. They offer newspapers and magazines (which can be delivered or held for collection) an Off Licence, confectionery, snacks, ice creams, groceries, home cooked ham and hand raised pork pies. There’s also a collect and return dry cleaning service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Kerry added that it is an ideal place for a young family and she knows better than anyone what it is like to be a child in the village. “My sister and I used to get on our bikes to go exploring and not come back until sunset. We even gave it a nickname – Marshmallow Land. Because it’s sweet, and soft and lovely. The village green is home to a successful cricket team including a strong youth side, which the people here are (quite rightly) very proud of. Cricket, table tennis and football are three of the popular events that draw a crowd to the central green. But it is not only these sports that have


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put Wisborough Green on the map. The annual (and somewhat quirky) Lawn Mower Race has become a tradition for the village. The event, which is one of the first things that comes to mind for people who talk about attractions at the village, was started by Jim Gavin in 1973. The local, and avid motorsports fan was sat in The Cricketers Arms with some friends and started a discussion about creating a new motorsport over a pint. When they looked out across the cricket pitch and saw it being mowed, the seed was planted. Soon after, they announced there would be a lawnmower race in Murphy’s Field and about 80 mowers turned up. Now, almost four decades later, it is a phenomenon. One of the original objectives of the Lawnmower Race was to make it an affordable motorsport to both watch and participate in. Today, the organisers remain true to their philosophy and any profits are donated to charities or good causes. It was even described as “the cheapest form of motorsport in the UK”

My sister and I used to get on our bikes to go exploring and not come back until sunset by Motor Sport News. The Cricketers, in which the idea for lawnmower racing was conceived, overlooks the cricket pitch and is something of an institution in the area. Known (by those who frequent it) as ‘The Cricks’, it is a traditional, English country pub, serving hearty food in a beautiful setting with a faithful fan base of regulars from in and around the village. It is widely considered to be the beating heart of Wisborough Green’s community, thanks largely to its position and involvement in annual events such as the Balloon Race and its own hog roast. Nearby is another pub and restaurant; The Three Crowns is known for its menu, which combines wholesome pub classics with daily specials including dishes like warm chorizo salad and Brie and mushroom Filo parcels. There you can also choose from a range of coffees and an extensive wine list. It’s open from 10am and for afternoon tea and boasts a gorgeous garden. The Bat and Ball is another pub in the village. Demonstrating the historical nature of both this venue and the area, it has formerly been a brewery, bakery, barbers, grocers and is rumoured to be haunted by a small girl and the old landlord who ran the Bat and Ball for 75 years. The venue has a large inglenook fireplace and snug. If you want to stay over, there’s a new bed and breakfast in town. Pimpernel House opened for business in the spring and there, guests get a warm welcome and can take tea with homemade cake in the drawing room. As if that weren’t enough to tempt you – how about a large super kingsized bed and Egyptian cotton sheets? 65

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marks the 20th anniversary of the Wisborough Green Charity Hot Air Balloon Festival. Organised by local resident Brian Smith and running over three days every September, the sight has become synonymous with the village. Weather permitting, about 25 balloons, flown by international balloon pilots, take off from the green and surrounding fields, to form a spectacular display during the morning and evening flights. The entire event is in aid of children’s charities Shooting Stars and CHASE.


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In the past, much of Wisborough Green’s economy surrounded the farming industry. The area was also rich in timber resources and was also involved in the early iron and glass industries. Today, there are a multitude of businesses choosing to operate from the village. Aurora Fireworks is a family-run business started by Robert Byles in 1996. Robert has over 20 years’ experience with firework shows and he has passed his passion for them on to his son, Stephen, who is Technical Director with a Fire & Safety Management BSc and Fire & Explosion Engineering MSc. Aurora has the expertise to carry out firework displays in demanding locations, such as on the roof of the tallest residential building in the country, The Manchester Hilton. The company has gone from strength to strength, conducting shows for clients such as actress Billie Piper, Jamelia and Peter Andre. Aurora Fireworks can provide self-fire fireworks and holds a large selection of over 100 different products including Rockets, Roman Candles and Ground fireworks (also known as Cakes). Malins Management at Wharf Farm, Newbridge near Wisborough Green, has over 30 years’ of experience in estate management, managing apartment blocks and freehold developments with communal grounds, both leasehold and freehold, throughout the South East. The company is currently managing developments, from first-time buyer homes and luxury apartments, to houses, penthouses and retirement schemes. If you’re looking for furnishings, Antique Tables specialises not only in selling antique tables, sets of chairs and English country furniture, but also has a large selection of French Provincial farmhouse tables, sourced from all over France. The company also offers an antique furniture restoration service to trade and public alike, restoring to BADA (British Antique Dealers Association) standards for over 30 years.

Meanwhile, Phil and Sandra Donoghue run Pimpernel Events from their Wisborough Green home. Weddings, anniversaries, christenings, birthdays - whatever the celebration they have a myriad of services to offer clients. Their slogan is ‘we take your event personally’ and they will work with you to make your special day exactly what you want it to be. Clients can pick and choose which service they want or can put the whole event in their professional, creative and totally reliable hands. They both bring a lifetime of experience in the entertainment and theatrical world to their business and treat each event like a production, with attention to detail and where nothing is too much trouble. Visit or for more information The Works is the go-to place for the perfect unique or unusual gift. The Works stocks gifts for all occasions and all ages. Their gift collection includes jewellery, flowers, candles, napkins, ceramics, vases, soft toys, glassware, silverware, home decor, and much more. Their gift shop at Wharf Farm, Newbridge near Wisborough Green is highly recommended for your preChristmas gift shopping. The Institute for Reality Therapy UK is also based here and applies the therapy to areas, including teaching, coaching, mentoring, managing, supervising, relationships and self-development (most notably in the areas of stress management, anger management and self-esteem programmes). The Institute (IRT UK) co-ordinates the faculty workshops in the UK on behalf of the William Glasser Institute (WGI), leading up to, and including, Reality Therapy Certification (RTC). The IRT UK strives to promote and develop Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management in the UK, offering guidance and support to its membership made up of a body

of like-minded individuals, committed to their own personal and professional advancement. All Faculty training in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy, Lead Management and the Quality Schools Programme is overseen by The William Glasser Institute (WGI), the international parent organisation based in the USA. IRT UK membership is open to all who are interested in the ideas of Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management. Howards Garden & Leisure offers the very best in outdoor grounds maintenance services and leisure pursuits. Their landscaping team can transform your garden, and their contract gardening service offers hedge cutting, grass cutting and sports field maintenance. Visit them at New Pound Lane, Wisborough Green, next door to Fishers Farm Park. And for anyone looking to see the area by bike, 2 Wheels Plus is a rider-run bicycle business based in Wisborough Green, offering a comprehensive range of bikes and accessories, and carry out repairs and servicing on any make of bicycle. Their range extends from children’s bikes up to BMX jump bikes and full-suspension, downhill mountain bikes. Property in the area ranges from the quaint terrace house to larger, multimillion pound homes, which adds to the variety here. Perhaps the village’s most appealing quality is its diversity. Popular with city workers, farmers and families, all of whom value the mix of country town and community with lively events, attractions and sports. There’s more here than meets the eye. A seemingly sleepy village is actually a bustling, desirable place to live, with a community, a village green, and the odd pub or two at its heart. It’s easy to see why residents and visitors think so fondly of Wisborough Green. Sorry, I mean Marshmallow Land.



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oth HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales have contributed forewords to Cowdray Park Polo Club: The Centenary - a fascinating new book edited by the Marchioness of Milford Haven, Roger Chatterton-Newman and Vanessa Taylor. The book contains recollections by members of the Cowdray family and anecdotes from players, grooms and staff reflecting the rich history of a polo club which developed from a family’s love of the game into one of the most important polo clubs in the world. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos of Cowdray past and present, many of which have never been seen before outside private albums. Founded in West Sussex in 1910 by the Hon. Harold Pearson, later 2nd Viscount Cowdray, the club blossomed during the 1920s and ‘30s when the highlight of polo at Cowdray Park was Goodwood Week - coinciding with the annual festival of racing at the nearby Goodwood Estate. However, the club became widely known as the ‘home of British polo’ following the Second World War, when Harold’s son, John, spearheaded the UK renaissance of the sport.

It is no exaggeration to say that without John Cowdray there would almost certainly be no polo in this country, or certainly not at highgoal and international levels. The Cowdray Park Gold Cup, which developed in time into the British Open Championship – second in prestige only to the Argentine Open – was inaugurated in 1956, since then it has seen most of the greatest polo players in the world ride onto the Cowdray ‘Lawns’ grounds - not least the debut in 1991 of a shy young 16 year old Argentine called Adolfo Cambiaso. Today, he is the world’s top player – and returns to Cowdray Park every year. The long-established royal connection with the club is also covered – including the early influence of Lord Mountbatten, who ran Cowdray Park on a number of occasions, and the participation of Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales and Prince Harry. Cowdray Park Polo Club: The Centenary is a fascinating account of a century of polo. The book, in hardback, contains 256 pages and can be obtained from the Polo Office for £100 plus delivery. Tel: 01730 813257. 71


BEST FRIEND As Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrates its 80th anniversary, James Hood discovers the impact it has on people’s lives and meets a woman who learned to move on without her sight thanks to a dog named Thomas


he first week of October is National Guide Dog Week and this year, Guide Dogs for the Blind celebrates 80 years of funding and training guide dogs for blind and partially sighted people. As far as charities go, it’s one that rarely gets the coverage or money it deserves (it is entirely funded by donations and receives no government grants). Surprising really, seeing as blindness is something that can affect us all. Diane Marks was fully sighted when she became ill with meningitis at 24 years old. When she woke up from a coma, she was completely and permanently blind. More than a decade later, Diane has learnt to live independently without her sight, partly thanks to her mum, partly thanks to her strong will to carry on with her life and partly thanks to Thomas, her guide dog. “I used a white cane for years after I lost my sight. And I was determined to try and be as self-sufficient as possible. I moved to Hove, I attended university and I trained as a masseur. Then eventually I moved up the list and was ready to take on the responsibility of a guide dog. I was amazed at how much better it was to have Thomas instead of the cane. The freedom! It was just amazing. With a cane, you are limited with which routes you can take. But with a dog, you have so many more options. I can tell Thomas to find Waitrose or find home and he knows exactly where he’s going, and I don’t need to ask him twice. He

only needs to be shown a route once and he can do it again - he is amazing. We can even go up to London for the day. Also, with a white cane you still can’t predict where the people, lampposts or signboards will be, but Thomas will weave in and out and can really muscle his way through”, Diane said. But it is not only help getting around that makes a guide dog such a trusty sidekick. Diane believes hers has helped her overcome some of her most difficult times. “I found the winters really hard. I suffered from Seasonal Affective Disorder and would stay in the house feeling really low and depressed. But Thomas has been the most wonderful companion to me. He does the daftest things that just make me smile. He’s a godsend. Without him I wouldn’t go out nearly as much. I wouldn’t be able to do my volunteering work with Guide Dogs and the Federation of Disabled People or enjoy life as much. I would be stuck in a really big rut”, Diane added. Guide Dogs for the Blind trains guide dogs and their owners intensively so that both are well prepared. The organisation also campaigns for the rights of blind people or those with visual impairments and educates the public about eye care as well as funding research into eye diseases. The transition for a guide dog owner is not always an easy one. There are 10 days of intense training to attend and then a period within the home when the dog is not allowed to leave the house. Despite their bond today, Diane said: “he was a real handful as a

puppy. At one point, I nearly gave up and said I couldn’t do it, but the trainer I had worked with said we were meant to be together. And she was right”. Today, one of the biggest obstacles to an easy life is other people. The guide dog owner says that people can be surprisingly insensitive when she is out around town and some restaurant and café owners have also been a little reluctant to allow her and Thomas into their venues – something that is illegal in the UK. Diane’s resolve to continue with her life as much as possible after going blind is inspiring. She says an inner strength took over when she found out she had lost here sight. “When I came round and realised I couldn’t see, it wasn’t long before I thought, right, get over it and get on with life. I found strength I didn’t know I had to keep going and my mum was absolutely amazing – an inspiration. And I have to remind myself, I’m alive, I’m still here, causing chaos”. Thomas is four and a half years old and will work as a guide dog until he is around 10, when he will retire. He will live with Diane for the rest of his life. She added: “He’s my friend, my partner, my lifesaver. And he loves to be outside causing mischief. He’s a shopaholic too!” For more information or to donate visit

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Thomas & Diane Marks


Paul Zerdin, Sam & Albert

James Hood talks to comedian, ventriloquist and TV star Paul Zerdin about his love of entertaining, and our obsession with his spongey sidekick, Sam


aul Zerdin is a born entertainer. Not only has he travelled the world with his co-stars (puppets Sam, Albert and Baby) performing his comedy act, but his mum and dad were both in the biz too. “I am the son of a couple of show offs”, Paul said. “My mum was a presenter and my dad was a producer, both for the BBC, so my sister and I spent a lot of time in studios when we were growing up. When I showed a knack for entertaining friends and relatives, they didn’t exactly do much to discourage me.” Despite a talent for making people laugh, Paul says that he didn’t have his (now hugely successful) career all mapped out when he started. “I didn’t have any grand plan. I just began by doing magic tricks and absolutely loved the Paul Daniels show. And it all went from there. “When I was given a book on ventriloquism at the age of 15 I learnt the skills I needed and enjoyed the combination of acting, using puppets and incorporating humour. It was perfect for me.” It is this perfect mix of comedy with puppets that has made Paul Zerdin a household name.

He is a regular on TV and Royal Variety Shows, following his big break on GMTV and has appeared on programmes such as Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks. Paul is currently on tour around the UK performing his ‘Sponge Fest 2011’ show with his three trusty sidekicks, one of which is the loveable but cheeky, Sam. “If I go to the supermarket, no one really cares. If Sam goes, he gets mobbed”, Paul told The Resident. The star is about to perform at Brighton’s renowned Comedy Festival on 9 October and is also making appearances across the South over the coming weeks. The comedian’s success today is a far cry from where he began, honing his craft doing magic tricks and comedy for guests at private functions, working on cruise ships, in comedy clubs and working men’s clubs. And although he was well educated, during his GCSEs, the comedian preferred to spend his time earning money. Paul said: “I worked really hard. I got an agent and booked jobs anywhere I could get them. I then decided to focus on the ventriloquism. I found that people, especially adults, really enjoyed the mix of comedy with some puppets,

as opposed to a ventriloquist throwing in a few jokes. “There used to be a rather creepy association with puppets. I wanted to make them fun. And as a huge fan of The Muppets, I wanted to incorporate puppets that people would love into my act. That is how Sam came about.” It’s a formula that has worked well for Paul so far. His work has seen him travel the globe performing and the pairing of clever stand up comedy with Sam and Co has proven a hit with a largely adult audience. The star added: “What I do is first and foremost about comedy. Although I work with puppets, it’s a predominantly adult set for people who love a good laugh.” Fans may soon be able to enjoy the comedian’s act from the comfort of their own living rooms. He is currently developing a TV sitcom using all the popular elements of his show and described it as “Seinfeld meets the Muppets”. As if he wasn’t busy enough, Paul is also starring in Pantomime in Cardiff alongside Christopher Biggins this Christmas. He said: “I’m looking forward to being on stage with other people!” 75


Variety is the spice of life for Lucy Parker


inger Annie Lennox first noted ‘Sisters are doing it for themselves’ in her 1990s hit single.

Well they still are and the sisters in question are Brighton-based artist Lucy Parker and sculptor Penny Marler, who presented their work under the same title at the Ox Market, Chichester, for two weeks in August. “Penny is a former student of mine” says Lucy. “It was great to share an exhibition with a sculptor as I have the walls and she has everything else, so it’s the perfect match.”

Figurative art is another of her passions, for which she has won prizes. “The human figure constantly inspires me. I’ve just started yoga classes and plan a series of paintings based on various yoga poses” she reveals. By way of complete contrast is an unusual work she is undertaking in Whitehawk, near Brighton, long viewed as one of the most deprived communities in the county. “It’s a tableau through time,” Lucy explains. “A journey over 100 million years from the dinosaurs to the present day – an example of art relating to the local community.”

The human figure constantly inspires me

Lucy works mainly in watercolours but also oils and enjoys a varied canvas of commissions. “I’ve prepared a kind of courtroom sketch for Oxford University Press, who are publishing a book about philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and physicist Niels Bohr. My sketch portrays them meeting.”

In June, she exhibited her work, along with other leading Sussex artists, at the `Art at the Airport` show at Shoreham. Prominent there were recent watercolours from her time as artist in residence at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens during its final year open to the public in 2010. “That was a lovely year for me” she recalls. “So many memorable views to paint. Let’s hope it reopens to the public.”

A longstanding member of the Five Ways group (Brighton artists who open up their homes every weekend in May to display their art) Lucy also teaches regularly in and around the city. Next year she travels further afield to become artist in residence at Borde Hill Gardens, just north of Haywards Heath – 200 acres of formal garden, rolling parkland and woodland commanding magnificent views of the Sussex Weald. “I’m looking forward to it immensely – a different challenge from Leonardslee but just as exciting a prospect.” For more information, visit

Inspiration can come from any quarter, Lucy says. The centenary of the famous Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, which has adorned many a Rolls Royce bonnet down the decades, has fired her imagination and she plans to exhibit a watercolour of the iconic emblem at the Ox Market.


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Liane Oldham prepares for a modern parent's scariest time of year


he month of October normally ushers in thoughts of bracing autumnal walks through carpets of rustling leaves with friends, family and loved ones followed by a hearty pub lunch next to a roaring log fire. Well that might be squeezed in somewhere on the agenda but for now I am sitting sweating in the middle of the kitchen floor hacking lumps out of a particularly unforgiving pumpkin in a futile attempt to make something that even faintly resembles a scary Halloween face. And yet, any supermarket worth its loyalty card actually sells a proper kit that is specifically designed for this stalwart task. In fact the whole Halloween frenzy kicks off in the commercial calendar long before any of the winter covers are even considered being hauled across the outside swimming pools of Sussex. The kids have hardly even had time to sharpen their newly bought back to school pencils before the giant orange gourd-like squashes start straining within the confines of the vegetable section. Suddenly we are bombarded with toffee

apples, trick or treating tips, make the perfect pumpkin soup recipe books, ghoul candles and, my personal favourite, racks of right up there fashion choices in the latest witch attire. There is no excuse not to be able to kit your little ones, or yourself, if so inclined, out in something de rigueur for the broomstick season. Or something black at the very least. I do like Halloween, I too worshipped at the shrine of scary movies such as Carrie. And it falls across the time of my birthday, which is always a good thing. Thankfully my kids are now at an age when they would prefer a more mature Halloween party look. Statements such as “I’m going to a Halloween gig in Brighton - dressed as Robert Pattinson” (from overly exposed American film saga Twilight for those of us who have lived in a coffin for the last five three years) are such a relief. The actor wears jeans and a T shirt for the role – no need to change at all. But I do miss those days when scary time was just a little less commercially scary. At school in Ireland we were given a turnip and a potato peeler and told to get on with it. Must have been a kick back from the potato famine. 79

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What you need to do

Vegetable oil 1 chopped onion 500g pumpkin-pealed chopped into cubes (or just scooped) 600ml vegetable stock 60ml double cream

Add enough oil to cover the bottom of a saucepan. Heat gently and add the chopped onion, cook until soft but not coloured, then add the pumpkin and stock. Bring to the boil then simmer until the pumpkin is tender. Blend the soup with a hand held blender or a small amount at a time in a food processor. Stir in the cream, heat gently and serve.

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This soup can be used simply as a base. Other ingredients can be added if desired to add flavour. Try some pan-fried bacon pieces to top up the soup or add some curry powder, herbs (sage, rosemary or thyme work well with pumpkin), crushed garlic or a splash of sherry.

Vegetable oil 4 lamb shanks 1 chopped onion 1/4 bottle of red wine 400g tin of chopped tomatoes 500ml lamb stock 2 medium sized pumpkins 50g butter A splash of double cream

Heat enough oil to thinly cover the bottom of a frying pan and brown off the lamb on all sides. Lift out and place in an ovenproof dish large enough to hold the lamb in a single layer. In a saucepan heat enough oil to cover the base, add the chopped onion and cook until the onion is soft and starting to colour. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly add the wine, return to the heat and boil until reduced slightly, pour over the lamb along with the chopped tomatoes. Add enough stock to almost cover the lamb, leaving at least an inch from the top of the dish, cover and cook at 200 degrees in a pre-heated oven for at least 2 1/2 hours or until the meat is cooked, tender and falling off the bone. Check from time to time to make sure the liquid is not going to overflow. While the lamb is cooking peel and dice the pumpkin, place in a saucepan and cover with enough cold water to cover the pumpkin entirely. Bring to the boil and simmer until tender, drain well, add the butter and puree with a handheld blender or in small amounts using a food processor. Finally, stir in the cream. Serve the lamb on a bed of the pumpkin puree topped with cooking sauce, with some freshly steamed vegetables.


PUMPKINPIE You will need

For the pastry

Vegetable oil 4 lamb shanks 1 chopped onion 1/4 bottle of red wine 400g tin of chopped tomatoes 500ml lamb stock 2 medium sized pumpkins 50g butter A splash of double cream

Sift 175g of plain flour into a bowl, cut 90g of chilled butter or margarine into small pieces and add to the bowl - stir to coat in flour. Using your fingers quickly rub the butter into the flour, lifting to add air. Continue until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add roughly 2tbsp cold water and stir with a knife to mix. If the mixture looks too dry add a small amount more water. Knead until smooth adding more flour if sticky, then wrap and chill for half an hour. For ease, ready to roll/cook pastry can be used or a ready baked pastry case.


Choose a pumpkin that is a strong orange colour without any cuts or splits in the skin. The pumpkin should be firm to the touch and have a hollow sound when tapped. Although it’s tempting to choose the biggest pumpkin, for carving these can be watery and don’t have as much flavour as the smaller ones. If you are using the pumpkin for carving, the flesh inside can be removed first by slicing off the top and using a spoon to scoop it out. If you are just using it for cooking cut the pumpkin into four, cut out the seeds and then the flesh.



reg Dunne has spent the majority of his career at The Mannings Heath Hotel, where he started ten years ago as a waiter. After helping the chefs with deserts during service, he knew he wanted to progress into the kitchens. Greg said: “I loved the pace in the kitchen, it was exciting and had a lot of energy. Plus I loved the preparation of the food and the buzz of putting together a menu or banquet for 90

people just as much as creating a couple of dishes for a smaller party. I think I’m a true perfectionist as well, which helps”.

I still get a buzz from sending out a great meal to a table

After starting in the kitchen, Greg soon joined an apprenticeship scheme where he would learn more about his craft. Then, after two years, one of his mentors, Mel, left to have a child, leaving the opportunity wide open for Greg to step into the head chef’s shoes - and he hasn’t looked back. “I still get a buzz from sending out a great meal to a table. I like to think of this hotel as a home away from home for people. I love it.” And Greg’s signature dish? “Good local, Sussex lamb is my speciality.”

DESTINATION CRABTREE A much-missed focus for community life has reopened to wide acclaim as a haven of fine dining and friendly local service that is proving well worth the wait, reports Will Riding


ubs may be closing in droves nationally but in Lower Beeding, there’s welcome news as one has thrown open its doors once more to re-engage with its local catchment and attract hungry diners from right across Sussex. Spearheading the project to resurrect The Crabtree, south of Horsham on the A281 Cowfold road, and transform it into a bustling destination day and night is Simon Hope. A restaurateur for more than 24 years, Simon trained in hospitality, before managing thespian haunt Food For Thought in Covent Garden in the 1970s, and opening Brighton eaterie Food For Friends in 1981. In between running three restaurants in the Sussex city and opening a patisserie there in 1986, he also found time to pen three cookery bestsellers, so he certainly knows his onions. The Crabtree though will function very much as a family concern, with son Hamish Adamson-Hope, 26, daughter Daisy, 28, and her husband Jon Gilham-Hills, in charge day to day. Hamish ran the award-winning Due South seafront restaurant in Brighton, while Daisy managed The Connaught gastro pub in Hove. Carpenter Jon meanwhile is also well up in the ways of cider and beer. In the heart of Sussex, though easy to find and near main routes, The Crabtree blends traditional and modern in dining settings indoors and al fresco. “This is a destination pub, aiming to attract clientele from across the region,” says Simon, who stresses that he aims to rekindle the loyal following it once enjoyed. The signs are favourable that he’ll succeed in his mission. “We’ve spoken to many local residents and there’s real enthusiasm about bringing the pub back to life. We plan to be home once more to the likes of local cricket 11 the Crabtree Cavaliers, while welcoming the bellringers of St Mary’s church.” Sussex is home to some 50 pubs in Dorset family brewer Hall & Woodhouse’s 240 estate and it has invested heavily in its tenanted and managed houses since acquiring Horsham brewer King & Barnes. “Passion for the old King & Barnes estate still runs deep among the old faithful and The Crabtree is no exception,” says the brewer’s area manager Trevor Hartin. “But this is a partnership with Simon and it’s up to him to operate the business how he sees fit.” Simon already knows much about this beautiful rural corner of Sussex. “I like to do my research and understand my surroundings. We have a wonderful opportunity in a fortunate setting to provide a unique offering,” he enthuses. Interesting walks criss-cross the area, he adds, before revealing that renowned poet and author Hilaire Belloc mentioned Lower

Beeding in his book `The Four Men`, referring to the village, part of the longest Hundred in the country, as “where the highest point of Sussex meets the lowest point of Heaven”. Simon’s one of a team passionate to please and provide superb food and drink. Head chef Mark Kinzel, (formerly resident at Seven Dials Restaurant, Brighton) and Hamish comb the countryside sourcing independent local growers, livestock farmers and producers to fashion vibrantly fresh, strictly seasonal fayre, grown, reared or created on the doorstep. “We buy everything from within 25 miles, even our oilseed rape,” Simon says. “Delicious.” Whether visiting The Crabtree for the complete dining experience or to dip into the full range of bar food, a warm, welcoming and professional service is the order of the day. The selection of liquid refreshments embraces everything from the finest Sussex sparkling wines, cider from nearby Maplehurst and Hobblegate fruit juices to a full selection of organic, vegetarian and vegan reds and whites – not forgetting the choice of hand-pulled real ales from Hall & Woodhouse. “The quality of our cellar must remain uniformly high to deliver perfect pints,” states Simon unequivocally. “We’ll undergo quarterly audits to ensure that’s the case.” Reaction from those locally who like to linger over a beer confirms that The Crabtree passes muster. With a past tracing back hundreds of years, the building is Grade 11 Listed – the interior for some splendid original Tudor features such as oak beams and the huge inglenook fireplace still sporting the date 1537 underneath the mantle - the exterior for the upstanding original Victorian façade. Under the £650,000, 14-month refurbishment, the garden has been transformed into a landscaped setting and dining area, commanding views across the countryside. The car park has doubled in capacity and from the shell of a farmyard barn has emerged a characterful 14-cover bespoke dining room. “We worked hard with the conservation officer of the local authority and with English Heritage to deliver our vision sympathetically and respectfully, ending up with a pub with plenty of cosy areas,” Simon smiles. As Trevor underlines: “We’re moving forward with our pubs with a quality commitment, “running courses for our business partners every other month to help keep them abreast of things.” ”Everything I’ve seen supports that,” Simon responds. “Hall & Woodhouse is a fabulous business partner – a beacon of quality. As a team, we’re placing the pub back at the centre of the community, to become a focal point for the village.” Surely a cry to ring out across Sussex - and Britain.

I love wine because of the variety. It’s not just white and red you need to choose from, but the different grapes, regions, flavours and fragrances. There is always something new to try. The reason I still enjoy my job after all these years is that I get to meet different customers every day. And it’s so nice to be part of other people’s special occasions

Restaurant manager William Spalla trained at catering college in Italy. After six years working at a hotel in Knightsbridge, he came to Ockenden Manor where he has worked for 15 years. The hotel, in Cuckfield, is an Elizabethan manor house, tucked away in a charming, tranquil part of the town. It is just an hour from London and 20 minutes from Gatwick by car. With a roaring log fire and wood panelled bar, it’s a perfect hideaway. The house is surrounded by gardens and views across the Sussex countryside. Photography by Wallflower Photographics

Wairau river Pinot Noir 2009, New zealand

From the East Coast, a soft wine with a generous splash of wild berries

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Made from old Cortese vines, in the town of Gavi, North Italy. Ideal with caprese salad, soups and especially gaspacho, sesamy crusted scallops, cauliflower saag and chayote

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Finca sophenia reserve Maibeck 2009, Argentina

Domaine Merlin Cherrier 2009, France From the Loire valley, made from Sauvignon grapes

From the Mendoza region, a deep red colour with concentration of plums and cherries

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A new shopping experience has opened in West Sussex, offering the very best in French fare, deli delights and a coffee shop all in a very special setting


omething special opened in Cuckfield earlier this year, offering beautiful home furnishings and accessories, a coffee shop and deli all in one place. It took owners David and Caroline five years to find the perfect location – a sign of the care and attention that goes into every last detail at Flâneur.

been up at the crack of dawn to see first-hand where and how our artisan breads are made”, said Caroline, who has a background in retail having formerly worked for Laura Ashley. The breads are just one of the delectable products on offer in the deli. Fresh pastas including ravioli, meats such as saucisson, sardines, the novel edible rose petals, patisserie and coffee are also available there to not only take away, but sample or enjoy on the premises.

Items in the ‘home’ department, for which there are two rooms, include everything from (rather divine) small gifts like napkin holders and notelets to large pieces of vintage furniture. The quaint and quiet first floor coffee shop provides the perfect serene setting to enjoy a catch-up with a friend or your own peaceful reflection, where you can be served tea, coffee, homemade cakes or light snacks from produce sold in their own deli. “David and I personally select everything at Flâneur. We take great care choosing the things we think our customers will love. David has been across to France to select some of the larger pieces of furniture we sell. He’s even

The shop sits at the centre of Cuckfield, on the high street. It is joined by numerous fashion boutiques, trendy restaurants and nearby country hotels. It is growing in popularity as a destination for a leisurely shop, where you can spend an hour or a whole afternoon. David and Caroline are currently preparing for Christmas, making Flâneur even more magical than it is now. With plans for a range of festive furnishings and even chestnuts roasting in the courtyard, there will be, as Caroline puts it “a real buzz about the place”. Inspiration for Flâneur came from Caroline and David’s love of all things French. With

their hearts set on a destination style venue with the finest goods, they combined all the elements they liked from other shops and cafes they have visited, ranging from the rural West Country to the more urban, upmarket streets of London’s Marylebone or Primrose Hill. The name is taken from the Book of Idle Pleasures, in which a Parisian wanderer and poet ambles silently through the city. It perfectly reflects Flâneur’s peaceful ambience. Staff members also make the experience a pleasure, giving a warm welcome. “We like to have a personal relationship with customers, many of whom we get to know on a first-name basis because they come back time and again. We wanted to create a place where each person who walks through the door is well looked after”, David said. That is probably why everyone enthuses about Flâneur. Caroline added that customers are simply in awe of the shop and coffee shop when they visit for the first time. She added: “People will often say they had no idea we were here and that they feel they’ve discovered something really special. Even an eight yearold boy came in and said ‘wow this is the most beautiful shop. I’d love to live here’.”


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