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Welcome to issue 30 of The Wealden Eye… Autumn is here and quite frankly it came with a rather large downpour! That’s okay though, in October and November there are lots of exciting things to look forward to in and around the town. Firstly, the Boship (Lions) Hotel (Nr. Hellingly, BN27 4AT) are holding three ‘Indoor Food and Craft Markets’ one for each of the remaining months of the year. The dates for these are Saturday 10th October, Saturday 28th November and Sunday 6th December. They will run from 10am -3pm and will offer a wide range of local produce and unique handmade items, they will also be helping raise funds for local charities. The market is free entry and free parking with ground level easy access. Secondly, on the 17th October it’s the 10th anniversary of Hailsham Bonfire Society, and the Guy Fawkes celebrations will be held in the town centre from 7.30pm – 10pm. This year has all the traditional features of the annual procession however this time there is a surprise finale to the fireworks that you shouldn’t miss out on! There is all that and more going on in Hailsham so no doubt we shall be kept busy, I would like to reflect back on September though and say - what a festival! I think I can safely say everyone I have spoken to has enjoyed the events we have had as part of the Hailsham Festival of Arts and Culture. Hailsham Festival FM 87.7 has been one of the highlights for me again this year. I always miss it when it’s gone. Here’s looking forward to next year’s festival already. What a start to the Rugby World Cup 2015 with a good first win to the England boys over Fiji. Just to mention that Hellingly Rugby club will be showing all of the England games plus the bronze and final games in their clubhouse in Horsebridge, all supporters are most welcome. Personally, I think this England team has what it takes to win but if you ask my rugby mad Australian husband, he will say otherwise. I have been asked before if there is a conflict of interest and I have to say none whatsoever! On that note I leave you with a COME ON ENGLAND! As always, thank you for reading, Charlotte X Cover photo: Autumn Mornings-Herstmonceux. © Marie Stone Photography.

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ur family run business, just east of Herstmonceux, on the A271, is nestled within two acres of stunning botanical surroundings; a garden paradise with an enviable reputation for growing the finest conifers, trees, shrubs and climbers as well as supplying an extensive range of cottage garden plants, houseplants, seeds, tools, sundries and more. We grow over 400 varieties of conifers, trees and shrubs. The nursery is a self-sustaining entity;

year we graft new conifers, trees and shrubs. Inside the shop you’ll find garden essentials, tools and accessories, as well as a plethora of houseplants, unusual and practical gifts, books, produce and art cards as well as wonderful aromas from our café to tempt you! Our events calendar includes gardening, well-being, food & wine, guest speakers, workshops and fun for families. Olive’s Café, named after owners Vicky and Helen’s

Home-grown tomatoes. our reservoir feeds the irrigation lines and new plant stock material is gathered from our worldrenowned pinetum. Our skilled plant production team have years of experience between them which is vital, as every year is different with nature constantly producing new challenges to overcome. Each

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grandmother, serves delicious breakfasts, outstanding coffee, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and home-made cakes. Our specials board changes daily and is a combination of world-cuisine made using local and homegrown ingredients. Bistro evenings pop up from time to time when the café is transformed into a cosy, candlelit retreat, often with live music playing in the background. All ingredients are locally sourced or home-grown and everything is cooked from scratch. Courses are matched with hand-picked wines from our ever growing collection. We are passionate about providing locally sourced, tasty, seasonal home-cooked fare incorporating vegetables, herbs, salad and fruit

We love to cook with fresh, vibrant ingredients. from the Nursery and the finest Sussex produce, when available. We want our recipes to inspire you to grow, cook and eat your own food. Daily specials always available and personally tailored menus for lunch parties and afternoon teas can be arranged. All dietary needs accommodated where possible. Suzie, our beloved head-chef is leaving us after four years, to emmigrate to New Zealand, where her two sons are living. Suzie has been with us since the café opened in 2011, and we are going to miss her presence and personality immensely. Alongside our formidable team, Suzie has made the café what it is today. Luckily for us, she has imparted secrets of her tantalising recipes, enabling their recreation for years to come. Sue has left us with some of her bestloved creations, namely her county-

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Lime Cross reservoir waters the plants that we grow. famous cheese scones and daily dishes. Whilst Suzie will be based in New Zealand, she will be gracing us with guest appearances in the future; in the form of pop-up evening dining events, when she returns home for visits. Suzie’s Bistro evenings have created a cult following during the past two years that they have been running. Her culinary creations have never ceased to amaze us, for their creativity, diversity and taste perfection. We are delighted to announce the arrival of our new chefValentina Harris. Tracing her family back to 1369 through the illustrious Sforza dynasty, Valentina is the youngest member of a large Anglo-Italian family of colourful gourmets. Educated in Italy, Valentina brought her qualifications for teaching and cooking from Rome to London in 1976, where she built up her reputation until the publication of the first of more than 30 award-winning cookery books in 1984 – Perfect Pasta. Also a regular face at food

festivals in the UK, Valentina still finds time to host bespoke cookery courses and undertake private catering commissions, plus various radio, TV, newspaper, and personal appearances, Valentina is as busy now as she has ever been. As proud President of the London chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, Valentina is actively committed to strengthening the position of professional women in the world of food, beverage and hospitality. Along with Vicky and Helen Tate’s input; Valentina will be helping to create a Sussex/ Italian menu which will still include many of the favourites from the current menu. As well as this Valentina will be hosting pop-up dining events and running cookery masterclasses here. Helen, who studied wine making, will be helping Valentina to choose wine matches, and Vicky will be growing fruit and vegetables in her propagation house for Valentina to use. Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) courses will be starting at Lime Cross Nursery in 2016 email As a family business, we always strive for excellence, and fully look forward to seeing you in the future

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Back in Time NOVEMBER



e’re now really going back in time to hit the fifties head on, where for every menacing Gene Vincent, there was a clean cut, melodic Paul Anka. The music therefore was varied but huge doses or rock ‘n’ roll kept the dancers happy, and the Brits happily held hands with the Americans in the chart stakes. In November 1957 though the Americans ruled the singles chart with The Crickets’ “That’ll Be The Day, typifying classic early rock. By the way, the song’s title was influenced by none other than actor John Wayne, and his frequently used catch phrase ‘that’ll be the day’. Check out The Searchers film. Anyway, the song was the group’s first hit single, with its composer Buddy Holly on vocals and guitar. Much more was


to come from this line-up of course, but for now, they were setting the pace. Elvis Presley was hovering at number two with “Let’s Have A Party” from his second movie Loving You. In fact, this was his third single in the top twenty, as “Teddy Bear” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” were lurking below. As there was so much material available, his record company RCA would issue new singles before the old ones had left the chart. Not a ploy many agreed with but, hey, this was the music business. Anything went, and to be honest, nothing would have stopped this guy, soon to be known as The King. Stalling a rung lower was actress, singer, dancer, Debbie Reynolds with “Tammy”. The single was lifted from the romantic comedy film “Tammy And The Bachelor”, and was one of several versions, although Debbie’s was the most successful. British singers put up a fight in the top ten with Frankie Vaughan’s “Man On Fire” and Jim Dale’s “Be My Girl”. Much loved by his audiences, Frankie later became “Mr Moonlight” (after his huge hit “Give Me The Moonlight, Give Me The Girl” although I loved his “Tower of Strength”, didn’t you?). Actually, I remember seeing him perform at London’s Talk of the Town theatre many, many years ago and had the pleasure of meeting him afterwards. A lovely, friendly guy with no star attitude. Frankie was awarded the OBE in 1965, the CBE in 1996. Well deserved I’d say - and besides he was my mum’s favourite! When I was growing up (and some folks think I still

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am!) we had the weekly television music show Top Of The Pops and, for awhile, Thank Your Lucky Stars to quench our thirst for pop music. And, of course there was Ready Steady Go!, a Friday evening show, a totally unique music programme as it featured American soul stars alongside home grown super acts like The Beatles. However, these programmes weren’t the first of their ilk because 1957 saw the birth of the very first British television pop show, 6.5. Special, where programme regulars like (the before mentioned) Jim Dale, Marty Wilde and Terry Dene, enjoyed chart success following their appearances on the shows. So, rounding off the top twenty for this month: Tommy Steele’s “Water Water” hit the chart at number 12, with Petula Clark, Lonnie Donegan and The Kaye Sisters hot on his heels. And, guess what? There was Elvis about to take no prisoners with the release of “Santa Bring Back My Baby To Me”. Hah, he didn’t enjoy the Christmas top spot this year because Harry Belafonte beat him to it with the immortal “Mary’s Boy Child”. Music justice, some would say. Sharon Davis

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ith the season very close to finishing Hailsham Cricket Club will be able to look back on the 2015 campaign with immense pride and satisfaction both on and off the field. The 1st XI have won the East Sussex Division two and will enter division one for the first time in 30 years. The 2nd XI have secured a mid-table finish in a very competitive division 4. The 3rd XI won the division 10 title with three weeks of the season still remaining. The 4th XI secured their most successful ever season. On the 12th September Hailsham will compete against Chiddingly CC for a place in the

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coming years. 2016 will hopefully see the new pavilion at Roebuck Park completed in time for the start for the season in May. The club also has plans to develop the facilities at the Recreation ground Western Road over the off season, in anticipation of division one cricket, the club are looking at covers for the cricket square and also a new batting cage. The junior section of the club again had a progressive season, with the U10’s remaining

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Intersport Trophy final which the club proudly won in 2013. Hailsham won the Eastbourne Knockout Competition back in July, with a 18 run victory over Seaford, this again created some history, as it has been 20+ years since the last victory in this competition. 2015 also was the birth of cricket at Roebuck Park for the club, this has been a huge step for the clubs 3rd and 4th XI’s and has been a screaming success. The playing surface and outfield has been superbly presented and looked after by our groundsman Tim Carpenter and he is confident these will develop and go from strength to strength in the

1st XI Champions. unbeaten to win the East Sussex League. We were fortunate to have 4 new ECB qualified coaches join the club and also welcomed 33 new junior members throughout the season. All involved have thoroughly enjoyed the 2015 season and are already planning and looking forward to the 2016 season.

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his year the NHS has asked community pharmacists to offer free flu vaccinations to everyone over 65 and to adults in the other at risk groups such as those with diabetes or severe asthma and carers. By offering more choice, the NHS is hoping that there will be an increase in uptake of the vaccine and that it will reduce the workload for GP surgeries. In many cases, I will be able to vaccinate you straight away, although if I am busy you may have a wait a short while. By offering a walk-in service it should be more convenient for many people.

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entra Prime Care are now actively looking to recruit in the Hailsham area due the high demand for our award winning home care. At Centra Prime Care our aim is the improve the lives of those we support by providing them with choice, empowerment and control over the service they receive, which includes supporting people with: • Medication • Personal care • Companionship • Socialisation • Managing their home And much more! We are looking for people to join our team who share our


arliament has now returned from its summer recess to debates on the refugee crisis, news of counter-terrorism activity in Syria, a vote on legalising assisted dying and the results of the Labour leadership election, among a raft of other issues. Issues of such controversy and high emotion highlight not only the power of a picture, as was demonstrated by the heartbreaking photo of the body of Aylan Kurdi on a Turkish beach, but the power of a voice. It is often said that the House


of Commons no longer has an important role to play in national debate, but this week has absolutely countered that assertion. To have a voice in our country’s primary legislative chamber, in which debates of great consequence and emotion are held, is a privilege which is now being vividly brought home to me and I continue to remain thankful to the people of Wealden for giving me the opportunity of having that voice. If you are interested in reading any of my speeches,

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such as my contribution during the emergency debate on the refugee crisis, just head to my website – – and click “In Parliament”. Closer to home, and in something of a contrast to the events above, I have spent the summer judging vintage dogs, celebrating the tenth anniversary of a local vineyard, opening a village hall and a food festival, and travelling around Wealden in an ice cream van holding mobile surgeries with constituents. The life of an MP is varied to say the least, but that only makes it all the more thrilling.

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Historic Hailsham

The Poor T

he origins of parishes providing poor relief extend back at least as far as the fifteenth century. With the decline and dissolution of the monasteries together with the breakdown of the medieval social structure, charity for the poor gradually moved from a voluntary framework to become a compulsory tax administered by each parish. However compulsory payments were not popular. “Magistrates were enabled to deal with inhabitants who consistently refused to give alms. The office of ‘Overseer of the Poor,’ was created and appointed by the Vestry. It supervised charitable funds, collected fines and later assessed inhabitants for a poor rate.” Charles Robertson, “Hailsham & its Environs” Before the Reformation, it was considered to be a religious duty for all Christians to undertake the seven corporal works of mercy. These were deeds aimed at relieving bodily distress in accordance Matthew 25 vv. 32-4, people were to feed the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; welcome the stranger; clothe the naked; visit the sick; visit the prisoner and bury the dead. The first attempt to provide for the poor through legislation was the 1601 Poor Law Act. This required parishes to provide a poor house where the “idle poor” could be set to work. In Hailsham, Fleur de Lys became the Poor House in

1762 and could accommodate up to 40 people. However life was hard in the Poor Houses although some attempts were eventually made to humanise the administration through the ‘Gilberts’ Act passed in 1782. Independent inspectors were appointed, orphan children were boarded out and those under seven were not to be taken from their parents. Other improvements related to hygiene, sleeping quarters and medical attention. In 1803 it was agreed to have the Poor House properly repaired with proper conveniences plus a well in the yard. Beside the Poor House the parish gradually acquired a number of cottages. In 1808 John Lambert’s house was bought for £40 for the use of the poor and in 1801 John

Wood asked the parish to convert his stable on Hailsham Common called the Bell Banks into a cottage. The parish agreed to this on condition that after the death of Wood and his wife the house should belong to the parish. Despite all these efforts by the beginning of the nineteenth century the question of the relief of the poor had become a contentious issue generating a general feeling of discontent amongst some of the poor resulting in threats and actual violence. One of the principal ways of employing the poor was by setting them to spin for which flax was required and payments were made for “swingeing” and “heckling” flax and the parish bought land to grow it. Some inmates of the Poor

Thomas Geering at 20 The High Street.

House were sent out to work on local farms with the expectation that the farmer would find them a day’s work. However such initiatives were not always welcomed. In a letter to the “Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of the parish of Hailsham,” dated 17 December 1823, Samuel Flint a local landowner expressed his strong objections to the billeting by the overseers of, “labourers being Paupers of the said Parish upon certain Occupiers of land therein without their consent to be employed by them and in some instances where such Occupiers have no employment for such labourers …” Referring to this system of placing men with local farmers and tradesmen for work, Thomas Geering, author of “Our Parish” comments, “this system produced much dissatisfaction and jealousy among the ratepayers, but for a time it had to be borne; there appeared no way out of the difficulty.” Around this time there was also some discussion concerning food served at the Poor House and the financial limits that could be afforded. A seven day menu was prepared and repeated each week. Charles Robertson,” commented that, “The food was plain, wholesome and monotonous but without question, it saved life.” In addition to people having to come and live in the Poor House the local overseers in Hailsham were active in seeking alternative solutions for their local poor. At a Vestry meeting on 5 April 1834 it was agreed to provide the finance to enable John Smith and his

Thomas Geering. wife and eight children to emigrate to America. Other similar passages were arranged and recorded up to 1849. Notwithstanding these initiatives Thomas Geering describes very graphically life in Hailsham for some residents in the period around 1830. “Our social conditions may be written down as deplorable. There was this negative consolation: we were no worse off than our neighbours, the whole community being at that time under the dark cloud of pauperism. Those were sad

days, and not a few. Our political economists ascribed the state of things to overpopulation. There was a redundancy of labour, for which no employment could be found. The poor rate had gone up to twenty one shillings on the rateable value, and the law said, ‘no man shall starve.’ The unalienable right established by Elizabeth I was well understood and as severely tested. Men in the full vigour of life did not hesitate to ‘throw’ themselves on the parish: relief in money or kind, or both could not be refused. Self-help was not …continued


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Stoney Lane with the Poor House wall. understood among our labouring population, nor was the glorious privilege of being independent recognized; we were in an abyss of degradation and moral degeneracy. Groups of men were to be seen hanging about

they spent a lot of time playing marbles, with some becoming very proficient! To counter the boredom and waste of time the parish hand cart was introduced. Every day six men were sent off to Langney or Wallsend with a cart to collect and drag home stones and boulders which were then used to erect the wall around the Poor House alongside Stoney Lane. This wall still exists. For a time this was a popular job as the men were free of restrictive controls and the men had

perfect liberty for the day. The outward journey with an empty cart was easy and the men would, “go off singing and joking.” However the return journey was much harder and the men soon revolted and the carts were broken up by the rebels. Another form of employment was the introduction of hand flour mills described by Geering as, “this thankless task.” He went on to describe the “monotony and exhaustion brought on by the ceaseless turning of the crank, so different from the games in the street, which after a time caused murmurs, which by degrees grew into threats, and there was about this time a general upheaving in surrounding parishes. …. “the men were demoralized by their condition as paupers but not vicious. The cry was for help, for work, to be saved from starvation and nakedness.” Over the years, whilst improvements were made and new initiatives introduced it was clear that there was need for fundamental change. The change that came about was The Workhouse. To be continued…

Fleur de Lys, The Poor House 1762-1854. having nothing whatever to do, but every man expected his daily pay. To entitle him to this he had to put in an appearance in the morning, and if the Master, Bartholomew Osborn (Hardjaws was his nickname) had no order for the man, he was turned adrift into the street for the remainder of the day, there to remain.” Geering goes on to describe the boredom for the unemployed poor and how


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n what will prove to be an exciting Rugby World Cup the first fifteen return to action in our first game of the season on Saturday 5th September, a preseason friendly against Rye RFC at Rye. A week later we travel to Worthing for our first league game of the 2015/16 campaign. Last season saw the first team finish forth in our first season back in Sussex League One following our promotion the previous year. This was our highest ever league position in what proved to be a hugely successful and memorable season. Pre-season has seen recruitment of some talented players to the Club to join players who represented the Club with such distinction last season. Whilst one or two have moved on to pastures new, an exciting squad has been put together providing a healthy mix of youth and experience. The players have

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also shown a determination to work hard and improve with the implementation of two training sessions per week instead of one. A new coaching team under the direction of Director of Rugby, Nigel Gossedge, has been put in place with first team coach Chris Sands working hard throughout the summer preparing us for a new style of play. As has been the case in previous seasons, the team is still looking to continue to play the attractive brand of rugby that has excited our supporters. This season we will be competing on three fronts with the Club entered in the National Junior Vase and Sussex Shield as well as our league campaign. Whilst it will be a huge challenge the aim is to progress as far as we can in the cup competitions whilst striving to replicate the lofty league position we occupied at the end of last season. In the process we are looking forward to seeing both the new players and those already established improve together as a tight-knit unit. We are always looking to welcome new players and supporters into our small but sociable Club and can provide competitive rugby for all abilities throughout the year. Simply come along to Horsebridge Rec on a Tuesday or Thursday evening or for more information please ‘phone Huw Jones on 07775 675479.

THE RUGBY WORLD CUP WATCH IT AT HELLINGLY RUGBY CLUB With the Rugby World Cup less than a month away the anticipation is increasing daily. Why not be a part of the occasion amongst like-minded people? People who want to watch the games in a Rugby environment. Hellingly Rugby Club are your local Club. Based at Horsebridge Recreational Park we cordially invite you to join us to watch all the ENGLAND matches live. The clubhouse will be open from 6pm on Friday 18th September for the opening match of the tournament, ENGLAND against the FIJI. The match kicks off at 8pm so come early. The bar will be open from 6pm and bat snacks will be available. The clubhouse will also be open for ENGLAND against WALES on the 26th September kick off 8pm, ENGLAND against AUSTRALIA on the 3rd October kick off 8pm and ENGLAND v URUGUAY on the 10th October kicking off at 4.45pm PLUS the bronze final and final games.

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A taste of Autumn!


PUMPKIN SOUP Serves 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes (If roasting pumpkin add 20-30 minutes)

Serves 12 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients Soup 4 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, finely chopped 1kg / 2lb 3oz pumpkins or squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks ½ -1 tsp ground cumin 700ml / 24 fl oz vegetable stock or chicken stock 142ml / 5fl oz pot double cream Salt and pepper Garnish 75g / 3oz lardons Chopped chilli (optional) Tiny sage leaves (optional) Method Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently fry the finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured. Add the peeled, deseeded and chopped pumpkin or squash to the pan with the ground cumin, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden. Pour the vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft. Pour the pot of double cream into the


Ingredients 225g / 8oz Plain flour 2 level tsps Ground ginger 1 level tsp Bicarbonate of Soda ½ level tsp salt 225g /8oz Medium oatmeal 115g / 4oz Black treacle 115g / 4oz Golden syrup 115g / 4oz Soft light-brown sugar 115g /4 oz Unsalted butter 150ml / 5floz Milk 1 Egg - beaten

pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can now push the soup through a fine sieve into another pan. While the soup is cooking heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, then fry the lardons until deep golden brown. Add some chopped chilli and a few small sage leaves to taste, then cook for a few mins more until they too are tinged with colour. Reheat the soup if needed, season to

taste, then serve scattered with the lardon garnish. Note: Although this recipe will work with Halloween pumpkins they tend to be bred for size rather than flavour. If you want to use a Halloween pumpkin I’d recommend drizzling the pumpkin pieces with olive oil first, mixing them with the cumin and roasting them in the oven on Gas 6 / 200C for 2030 minutes. Then follow the recipe as before. Roasting brings out the maximum flavour.

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Method Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas mk 4. Grease and line a 30 x 25 x 5 cm (12 x 10 x 2 inch) roasting tin with grease-proof paper. Place the treacle, golden syrup, sugar and butter into a heavybottomed saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat. Allow to cool a little then beat in the milk and the egg. Sift the flour, ginger, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the oatmeal and make a well in the centre. Pour the liquid mixture into the well and beat thoroughly.

Pour into the roasting tin and bake in the centre of the oven until firm and springy. Leave to cool in the tin. When cold wrap in

greaseproof paper and leave for a couple of days in an airtight tin, because the flavour of Parkin improves with keeping. 33


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Experience Holidays

Peru and Costa Rica just got easier.


outh America is very often on people’s bucket list when we talk to them about their holidays, but getting there has often stopped it from rising to the top. Well, we have just been informed that from May 2016 British Airways will be flying direct to Peru and Costa Rica, saving you the trouble of changing somewhere in the USA or in Madrid. This really is good news, for although the flying time is long the actual time travelling to and from these countries is very much reduced. Costa Rica For lovers of wildlife, active geology, rainforests, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean then a 2 week holiday here will tick all of these boxes. Add in people that are pleased to see you, an easy way of life and you have a great destination. Ensure you spend time deep inside Costa Rica’s rainforest to see the amazing coloured birds and butterflies and a chance of seeing the bigger animals such as jaguars and ocelots. Perhaps raft down the Pacuare River to get another view of the forest. For those of you that like your orchids there are 400 species to seek! Time in the Arenal area gives you the chance to explore cloud forests and look out points towards the recently active Arenal Volcano. While here take a boat ride up the Rio Frio, a tropical river with an abundance of wildlife in and beside it. The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is a reserve of lagoons and tropical everglades, ideal for bird and monkey watchers. Consider staying on a family ranch in the volcanic region of Rincon de la Vieja where you can ride out over the ranch, river tubing or cattle herding. Finally give yourself some down time on the beach – Caribbean or Pacific – you choose. Machu Pichu Photo credit M Buckman

Manuel Antonio Photo credit: ICT

Peru While Machu Picchu will be high on your list of places to see there is so much to do and see in Peru that you really do need to plan your time here well. Machu Picchu has become so popular that you now need to book your time in this stunning site. Fly in to Lima and then head to the Peruvian highlands around Arequipa – beautiful countryside surrounded by snow capped, rugged mountains. The city abounds with colonial era architecture and convents that have existed for 400 years. The world’s deepest canyon, the Colca Canyon takes you deep in to the Andes and is full of wildlife and birdlife, including the rare condor. The villages here have hardly been touched by the modern world. No trip to Peru should miss the Sacred Valley of the Incas with Pucara considered by many as the best archaeological site in South America. Catch the tourist train through the Sacred Valley that takes you to Aguas Caliente where you can catch the bus that takes you to the Holy City of Machu Picchu. This has to be one of the highlights of any trip to Peru. If time allows, consider travelling to Ica, south of Lima to take a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines – huge drawing made in the desert 2000 years ago and only truly appreciated from the air. And /or include a trip to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest for a completely different type of experience. With direct flights starting next May it is all so much more doable. Give us a call or email to discuss your trip to either destination (or anywhere else for that matter).

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A magical read …


eaders of any age will, I’m sure be smitten by this debut book by local author Lee Marsh. With the intriguing title “The Magic Within: The Dawning” it’s the first in a fantasy trilogy of magical stories. Lee said that it’s taken several years to formulate all her ideas into book form, and being influenced by the natural beauty of the Sussex countryside, she found her imagination running riot placing her little make believe characters into a story. Lee Marsh was born and raised in East Sussex, where she still lives with her husband, two cats and a dog. From an early age she has had a passion for sketching, painting and writing, but for personal pleasure only. That is, until she was commissioned to paint pet portraits. Her talent as an artist is quite outstanding; as her work is remarkable, and is much sought after, as can be seen on her facebook page. On top of this, Lee looks after her two horses stabled near her home – and they take a lot of looking after! Yet, she still finds time to write. Without giving too much away, her first book introduces readers to Wolfric, the green eyed wood elf who ventures out from his village, Oakenveil, which is protected by an invisible great oak tree. Needless to say, Wolfric’s trips are beset with problems, the first being that he loses the golden acorn key, his only means of returning home to his elf family, that includes the shy brownie named Elmo, who, apart from other things, wears his boots on the wrong feet.


However, help is on hand for the desperate Wolfric from a gifted eleven-year-old, red haired Rosie, her Grandma Megan, and Avery, who aspires to being a great inventor with disastrous results, like blowing up things that he shouldn’t! To add more mayhem, along comes a dusty toy doll, who is not what she seems, and the plot twists and turns as their adventures take them into all kinds of unplanned situations. I’ve read the book twice and am enthralled by the way Lee tells the story that will thrill readers, especially the youngsters. It’s a wonderful world of make believe and, I for one, can’t wait to read more about Wolfric, Rosie and Grandma Megan. “The Magic Within: The Dawning” is published by Bank House Books & Media, and is available from and all reputable book sites. Price: £8.99. Sharon Davis

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Local, Hailsham based family business Bingley & Marge… has just celebrated its 2nd birthday. The Wealden Eye went along to interview owner, Lesley to find out how it all began and the ethos of the company. and leads. It took some time to get them to a standard for the public to view! Now 2 years on we have a range of products that I am truly proud of and I have retired from my training and behaviour practice.

WE: Hi Lesley it’s lovely to see you back in The Wealden Eye. What made you decide to start a company designing things for cats and dogs? Lesley: I have always had a passion for animals of all kinds and began working as a canine behaviour specialist / trainer in the early 1990’s, I also gained experience as a veterinary assistant at an Uckfield based Veterinary Centre in order to broaden my knowledge. Initially I tried to source locally made and designed products to offer my training clients, but was unable to find anything that I was truly happy with. As I am a creative person and sewing had been quite a hobby for me I set about seeing if I could design something that I would be happy for my own dogs to wear. After some trials and errors the first products were born – dog collars

WE: Having the experience and passion for animals really shows, where can I buy your products? Lesley: We have an online shop it is very exciting that the products that we design, right here in Hailsham, are now in many countries across the world. WE: It’s a great online shop, you don’t just make collars and leads though do you? Lesley: No, we design and make harnesses, head collars, coats, blankets, cat collars and lots more! Something that is becoming more and more popular is special collars, leads and accessories for dogs to wear at their owners’ wedding. WE: Did you design all these great products yourself? Lesley: Yes, that is the really fun part I love coming up with new ideas (the best ones seem to come in at around 3am!). I use my dog training and animal care experience to ensure that the products are kind, comfortable, washable as well as looking great!

Lesley: Lots of things. It means I get to spend all day with my 4 dogs, who vigorously test all the doggy products for us. I love creating new designs and new products, but by far the best thing is when our customers contact us to tell us how thrilled they are with the service and the items they have ordered, they often send us photos of their pets which I will sometimes use on the website or our social media. WE: Now to finish off, what would you say best sums up Bingley & Marge…? Lesley: Bingley & Marge… is about great, handmade and bespoke products for cats and dogs, exceptional customer service and attention to detail. WE: Thank you very much for chatting with us Lesley and I wish you well in your 3rd year with Bingley and Marge, readers be sure to take a look at the website for some great cat and dog accessories for Christmas! E: 01892 710585 / 07706 915716

WE: Your products look great Lesley, tell us what you like best about your job?


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Coming To East Sussex In November

Ultimate Mid-Week Luxury Christmas Gift Fair A

fter the huge success of their Luxury Gift Fair in May, Country Lifestyle Fair organisers Michelle and Fay are delighted to be returning to the historic 220 acre estate house of Ashburnham Place, Battle, TN33 9NF, this time with their Luxury Christmas Gift Fair on Wednesday, 11th and Thursday, 12th November 2015. The Gift Fair has been created purely with the visitor in mind to give not only the Ultimate Christmas Shopping Experience, but also the opportunity to have a very special and memorable day out in a rarely visited hidden gem. Heralded as the most breath taking and unique venue for this type of event, the historic rooms of Ashburnham Place will be filled with over 50 carefully selected, high end Christmas gift exhibitors, selling exceptional quality items, hand-picked for their originality, quality, quirkiness, fine design, craftsmanship and just all over loveliness. With an over-abundance of fairy lights and fireplaces adorned with decorations to bring festive cheer, this is a wonderful opportunity to not only spoil yourself, buy Christmas presents for your loved ones and friends but also buy country inspired decorations for your home. You’ll be spoilt for choice with gifts to suit every budget and taste, including Christmas stationery and cards, glamourous jewellery, countryside fashion, gifts for children, artisan produced gifts and rarely seen on the High Street contemporary to vintage items and upcycled pieces. You’ll also have a unique


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opportunity to shop in the Food and Drinks Hall, sampling the local delicacies, fine wines and liqueurs on offer. From Country Chic to Fabulous Boutique, there’s something for everyone! Plus whilst discovering a plethora of sensory delights to engage your every whim inside the interconnecting stately rooms, you’ll also be able to relax with refreshments, meet friends, or weather permitting walk in the Capability Brown designed gardens, continue to shop til you drop and do it all again the next day! One visitor in May wrote “A lovely friendly fair, with so many beautiful products, can’t wait to return in November” and the CLF team and exhibitors can’t wait to welcome returning and new visitors to this not to be missed shopping experience. Open 10am to 4pm. Free parking (some parking will be

in a field). Entrance £4. Children welcome and enter free. Full details can be found on or Like us on for more up to date information. Ashburnham Place, off of A271, near Battle, East Sussex TN33 9NF Ashburnham Place is run by a Charitable Trust, the Ashburnham Christian Trust. They rely on volunteers who are passionate about this amazing location and the courses it runs. To learn more about Ashburnham Place and how you can help them go to Note to visitors Please remember to bring cash and a cheque book with you as many of our exhibitors do not have credit card facilities. Assistance dogs welcome. Wheelchair accessible. For more information on the fairs go to

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The Wealden Eye Issue 30  

The Wealden Eye Magazine, published 1/10/2015 - Issue 30

The Wealden Eye Issue 30  

The Wealden Eye Magazine, published 1/10/2015 - Issue 30