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What a year we have had, it’s great to see so many empty shops being filled in Hailsham and surrounding areas, there is a buzz is in the air and people are loving being able to shop local and support small independent businesses. We really hope everyone continues this into 2019. We were at the Hailsham Christmas lights switch on at the end of last month and all we can say is WOW, what an amazing spectacle and a massive congratulations to all involved to make this happen, it really has created a beautiful festive feel around town and looks great. We look forward to seeing what other towns in Wealden showcase. The Hailsham Rotary Club will again this December be bringing Santa around the area on his sleigh to see all of the children for Christmas. Each year the club has collection buckets everywhere they go to raise much needed funds for local charities, this year will see a host of charities benefiting from the hard work these members and volunteers do. If you would like to find out where you can see Santa on his sleigh then look on their Facebook page for the dates in your area. Lastly it has been an absolute pleasure to be able to bring to you The Wealden Eye for 2018, I would like to thank all of our loyal readers for picking up their copy each issue and of course each and every one of our local companies that advertised with us and look forward to bringing you the same great magazine in 2019. We hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and as always thanks for reading. Charlotte, Jarred and Isabelle The Wealden Eye Team

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Christmas at Lime Cross


Conifers for life not just for Christmas Did you know that seven million Christmas trees are bought in the UK each festive season? Here are a few facts to consider when deciding on your tree purchase:

Pop in to discover an Aladdin’s Cave of unique festive gifts, sparkling tree decorations and seasonal plants along with cut and potted Christmas Trees, or treat yourself and a friend to a Spa Treatment in the newly installed Ööd House. Enjoy the Christmas Menu in Olive’s Café throughout December or join us for an extra special Christmas lunch on Wednesday 19th Dec. With a choice of festive workshops, we will help to get you in the mood for Christmas!

Artificial trees are generally made from non-recyclable plastic and the carbon emissions generated to produce them are very high. If you do decide on a plastic tree endeavour to reuse it for as many years as possible.

Potted Trees

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After Christmas, you can recycle your felled tree, which will be turned into compost. Many local authorities run Christmas tree recycling schemes. Visit us for a stunning range of premium cut trees.

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We really shopped around this year when choosing our Christmas trees supplier. We discovered that some of the suppliers who imply their trees are UK grown are in fact not. We also felt that finding an FSC certified grower was the best option to ensure that our trees have been grown sustainably and ethically.

Artificial Trees

December Events

7pm – 9pm Wine Tasting Evening (£20pp) ‘Perfect Pinots and Chardonnays for Christmas!’

Cut Trees

Perhaps the most environmentallyfriendly option is to buy a tree with roots. This means you can plant it in the garden afterwards, store it in a pot and bring it back into the house next year. We have a stunning range of potted conifers to chose from and can advise you on the best one for you garden.

Simply send us a photo of your beautifully decorated tree either via e mail or social media, an independent judge will then decide the best decorated tree on the 24th December and the winner announced via social media. Win a yoga retreat day at Lime Cross Nursery, taking place this summer the day involves outdoor yoga, wild swimming, woodland walking, delicious


Christmas & New Year Opening Times CHRISTMAS EVE - open 8:30am - 4:00pm CHRISTMAS DAY – closed BOXING DAY – closed brunch in the café, woof fired hot tub session and bubbles and cake to finish the day. Other prizes kindly donated by participating local businesses; namely, Round Wood of Mayfield who have donated a wrought iron gothic log basket filled with kilned dried logs, The Brewing Brothers of Hastings- a delicious pizza, 2 pints and 2 baseball caps and other prizes from Zara Natural Beauty of Herstmonceux and The Lamb Inn at Wartling.

January Sale We will have selected lines of pots, plants, statues, on sale in January as well as some fantastic offers in the café. Check the blog for details.

THURSDAY 27TH DEC - closed FRIDAY 28TH DEC - closed SATURDAY 29TH DEC -open 8:30 - 5:00pm SUNDAY 30TH DEC -open 10:00-4:00pm MONDAY 31ST DEC -open 8:30- 4:00pm TUESDAY 1ST JAN - closed WEDNESDAY 2ND JAN -open as usual For further details of any events and reservations, please ring: 01323 833229, visit or follow us on Instagram @LCNTATE,

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Chapter 12 launches a new, Sussex focused main menu and drinks list. Restaurateur, Georgie Collinson and new head chef James Chatfield have refocused the business to put their stamp on what they believe Hailsham needs. The autumn inspired menu places focus on Sussex ingredient lead creations that will take you on a flavour journey around our countryside and the small businesses functioning and working hard to produce sensational food products in and around Hailsham. We serve lunch and evening meals daily from 12 – 9 pm. Offering a set menu at lunch and for pre-theatre meals running from 4-7 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are now also able to offer a fully private function room experience for capacity of 100 people, with bands and DJ’s also now available as part of the function room package. For birthdays, business meetings, parties and even weddings Chapter 12 can offer you a sophisticated approach to your event. We are very excited for the next chapter of Chapter 12 and hope that you are too, we look forward to welcoming you in to the next part of our journey... So why not come and see for yourself what we’ve been up to, and book a table today, we look forward to welcoming you soon!

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New Year’s resolutions By Chandni Yadav Pharmacist Manager at Kamsons Pharmacy, Hawkswood Rd, Hailsham With all of the rush around Christmas, the thought of New Year’s resolutions may be the last thing on your mind. However when you do sit down over the festive season, why not resolve to make 2019 the year in which you look after your health. If you smoke, or know someone who is a smoker, then call into Kamsons Pharmacy and ask about our free NHS stop-smoking service at Kamsons. Nicotine replacement or Champix

tablets as well as counselling are available to help. Have you had the flu vaccination yet? You can still have a NHS or private flu vaccination at Kamsons Pharmacy to prevent yourself from suffering from flu this season. Just call in and ask, but do so soon as stocks are limited. Do you know what all of your medicines are for or the best time to take them? If not, call in to Kamsons

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Pharmacy and ask for your NHSfunded review of how you are taking your medicines. How much exercise are you doing and how much alcohol are you drinking. If you would like advice on a healthier lifestyle for 2019 then please call in and ask us at Kamsons. May we wish all of our readers a joyful Christmas and a very healthy 2019.




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Travelling the Yellowhead Highway passing Mount Robson as you drive, you’ll cross into the province of Alberta. Jasper is a great town in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and your next base. Explore Jasper National Park, visit Maligne Canyon and take rafting trip on the Athabasca River.

Fishing – credit Travel Alberta As the long dark nights settle around you this may be the time to start to think about next year’s summer break. This is an ever popular destination (we know from the number of you that we book) and to make the most of your time here you need to start planning now as the best locations have limited accommodation and availability. To get you started here is a suggested itinerary that should see you visiting the key areas of this amazingly beautiful and exciting part of the world.

Seaplanes – credit Yvonne Dann

Start your holiday in Vancouver, an attractive and vibrant city. Spend a few days exploring the lovely compact city - with Robson Street your central point for shopping and restaurants, Stanley Park for a little of the outdoors, and the waterfront to watch or catch float planes. Collect your car, leaving the city via the Lions Gate Bridge as you head for Whistler. A ski resort in the winter months, Whistler is alive with summer activities too. The lifts are open, and summer is a beautiful and colourful time to explore Whistler Valley. Wells Gray Provincial Park is your next destination and you will stay close to the park entrance. This beautiful park boasts stunning mountain scenery, deep canyons and spectacular waterfalls (including Helmcken Falls).

Maligne Lake – credit Heather Long Drive south along one of the most scenic drives in North America, The Icefields Parkway. Stop en-route at one of the largest ice fields south of the Arctic Circle, the Columbia Icefield to take a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier in the Ice Explorer. Continue to Banff and explore Banff National Park. Experience a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, a visit to Bow Falls and Johnston Canyon, a scenic drive to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, and so much more. End your holiday with a flight out of Calgary airport after exploring the city or be there when the Stampede is on.

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It was a year when the Queen opened the expanded Gatwick Airport, when parking meters were first installed, and when the first “Carry On” film was premiered. “Carry On Sergeant” was a comedy about National Service, starring future Dr Who (1963-66) William Hartnell, among its ultratalented cast. And the rest is history! Dominating the top of the singles chart for three weeks was a song based on the old Scottish folk song “A Hundred Pipes”. Mostly instrumental with snatches of stereotypical Scottish phrases, it was re-titled “Hoots Mon”, and performed by studio session musicians – Lord Rockingham’s XI. The chart topper was their second release, following an unimpressive “Fried Onions”, but as they became successful they were hit with a legal action from the descendants of the real Lord Rockingham. The case, settled out of court, was in the musicians’ favour, allowing them to carry until their novelty bubble burst. Nudging them from the number two position was Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe”, which went on to sell over eight million copies across twenty-two countries. Co-penned by the singer as he sat on the fire escape outside his hotel room to escape the summer heat in Ontario, Twitty went on to re-record it as a duet with Loretta Lynn during 1970. A smooth ballad was chomping


1958/9 at the bit to get to the top - Tommy Edwards’ “It’s All In The Game”. It was the American R&B singer’s biggest selling single and is still included on radio playlists today. Of course, the single grew legs and was re-recorded many times: Cliff Richard hit the top two in 1963, while in 1970, the Four Tops took their version into the top five. A North Carolina folk song based on the murder of Laura Foster in Wilkes County (allegedly) by a man called Tom Dula was the story behind another 1958 top ten entry. Skiffleman Lonnie Donegan’s version was challenged by The Kingston Trio who, it seems, recorded it first. And just outside the top twenty, New Jerseyborn Ricky Nelson’s “Someday” was climbing slowly but the competition was fierce with names like The Everly Brothers, Johnny Mathis and Tommy Steele clinging to their chart placings. Perry Como was another holding on with his “Love Makes The World Go Round”, the most popular version of this Ollie Jones’ composition. Como, whose career as a singer and television personality, spanned over half a century, was loved for his easy, friendly manner which prompted Bing Crosby to say he was “the man who invented casual.” In his vast music catalogue, “Magic Moments” will probably be the title most people immediately recognise. It also reminds me of chocolate: I wonder why! Having already mentioned Sir Cliff – who has recently wowed audiences with his 60th anniversary tour and which, by the way, was streamed ‘live’ into Hailsham’s Pavilion - it’s

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interesting to note he had two singles in this month’s chart. His debut “Move It” had stalled in the top twenty, a song, incidentally, which John Lennon called “the first British rock record”, and the climbing “High Class Baby”. Little did anyone realise what the future held for our national treasure. Overall, thirteen different singles topped the UK chart during 1958, with Connie Francis enjoying the most entries. By December, her “Stupid Cupid”, the follow-up to “Who’s Sorry Now”, was heading towards the top ten. Penned by Neil Sedaka, who felt she would reject it as being such a puerile song, was surprised when she couldn’t get into the studio fast enough to record it! The result was a six week stay as a UK chart topper. The upper echelons of the January 1959 chart was moreorless identical, but was opening up to include names like Shirley Bassey, Pat Boone, Elvis Presley and Little Richard. Sharon Davis “Soul and Motown Show”: 6pm – 8pm every Saturday on Hailsham 95.9 FM

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A Heathfield Christmas We’re most of us in the midst of those delicious weeks before the Christmas rush really begins, a time in which we can idly throw around ideas as to what we’ll be eating and drinking, without actually having to do anything about it. Soon will come our very favourite time of the year, with happy customers in good spirits, kids with their eyes popping out of their heads and stock flying off the shelves. So, a few ideas from us:

Our own roast ham. At Cuculo we prepare our own gammon, starting by cooking overnight in our unventilated ham oven. This keeps the juices and flavour in. In the morning we roast it with our special glaze. It’s utterly delicious and makes a hassle-free, inexpensive starter or centrepiece. You can buy this by the slice or in half or whole (c. 6kg) gammons.

Panettone. A Panettone from Cuculo has become a staple for a Heathfield Christmas. This soft, fragrant cake is

leavened three times and traditionally contains candied peel and dried fruit. Recent years have seen a plethora of other delicious flavours. If you prefer it simple, then try Pandoro, a simpler cake, but still delicious with its own sachet of icing sugar, which Kids and Grandmas love emptying into the bag and shaking up. Chocolates. This year we’ve gone to town with our chocolates. There are too many to list here, but highlights include some Parisian delicacies and an exceptional range from Turin.

Information is on but booking is essential. We are taking orders, so just let us know what you need and we’ll have it ready for you. We wish all our readers and customers a relaxed (ha!) festive period and look forward to welcoming you to Cuculo this December.

Wine. Where to start…? Come along to our Big Christmas Tasting on 9 December and try before you buy. There will be more than 25 bottles to taste, and a fabulous buffet.

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2018 AT HAILSHAM FM 95.9 2018 has been a busy and important year for Hailsham FM. A year ago, we got the keys and moved into our longterm home on North Street, right in the heart of the town. It’s perfectly placed for visitors, with car parking right outside the door, and with easy level access for people with disabilities. The first part of the year was spent constructing a purpose-built studio, using funds granted by Awards For All, and a second, smaller production studio which can be used for prerecording shows or training. Both have proved perfectly suitable for running Hailsham’s first Community Radio station. May 26th was our ‘big day’, when we switched on the FM transmitter, after 5 years of hard work, and began broadcasting to Hailsham and the

surrounding district, at the beginning of our five year Ofcom licence period. We welcomed the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Grant de Jongh and Cllr. Mary Laxton to officially open the studio and have been broadcasting full-time ever since. Over the summer, we have developed our schedule to encompass a wide range of programme styles and content, including breakfast and drivetime shows which include regular travel updates and other

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relevant features, daytime magazine shows with fun competition features and guests from locally relevant organisations, and evening specialist music shows, ranging from reggae and ska to electronic dance music. On Saturdays, local sport is centre stage in our sports show which aims to share the latest news of fixtures and results from all the local clubs and teams as well as relevant national updates. We hope there’s something for everyone, but we are always keen to hear what people would like us to represent about our town in our broadcasts. Get in touch!

2019 will likely see more developments as we continue training presenters to

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Wealden is a great place to live and work, and I am immensely proud to have the privilege to represent our area in Parliament. We are a thriving and growing community, well placed to take advantage of the opportunities the next few months and years will present. Our local economic strength is down to a strong economy with record levels of employment, unemployment at a 40-year low and wages growing faster than inflation. In Wealden the claimant count is just 0.8 per cent the security of work is key to building

strong communities and families. Without the hard-working families across East Sussex, none of this would have been possible. We have the best local businesses, farmers, pubs and community charities who do so much for the Wealden economy. It is the unsung local heroes we have to thank, from the Chambers of Commerce in Hailsham, Uckfield and Crowborough to the vineyards of the Wealden countryside My job as Wealden’s voice in Westminster is to support our job

creators and make our needs heard. That’s why, after consistent campaigning, I was delighted to welcome the measures outlined by the Chancellor in the Budget last week. Thanks to the hard work of everyone in Wealden and across to the country, we also able to invest more in our schools, armed forces, health services and put more money into fixing potholes. The Budget showed how far we’ve come – but there is still more to do, and I will do my bit in Westminster to support our local economy.

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Christmas Past 100 and more years ago As we approach Christmas I have been looking through some archives to get a glimpse of Christmas past. What is interesting is that some things of the past are very different from today. But others never change! The churches - The Parish Magazine recorded many of the events in the life of both the church and the town. As with today there were regular carol services and celebrations. A typical Christmas was recorded in the magazine of January 1894. The vicar, Rev Clyde Harvey wrote, “Christmas services were bright. The choir took great pains with the musical parts which were well rendered. How the ladies managed to decorate the church so prettily is a puzzle. The

The Poor – In the 1920’s the Workhouse system was still operating. However local residents ensured that the inmates enjoyed Christmas. Reports were included in both the parish magazine and the newspaper. The newspaper entry on 4 January 1919 was a typical report, – “Nothing was left undone to ensure a happy Christmas for the inmates of the Hailsham Workhouse.”

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Rev. Clyde Harvey, Vicar of Hailsham, 18721922

Christmas tree was a delight to children, parents and helpers. A year later Mr Harvey recorded that “the (annual) Carol service on Christmas afternoon was well attended and appreciated.” In 1913 Mr Harvey noted that, “there are still I fear a large number who hold Christmas as a social and carnal festivity in the literal meaning of the word. Public opinion is being educated slowly.” On Boxing Day 1914 there was carol singing in the streets.

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On Christmas Day the inmates enjoyed a “sumptuous feast of roast beef, plum pudding, beer, tea, tobacco, oranges and sweets. Local residents and traders made the celebrations possible. Contributions included, “a barrel of beer from Mr Lynn, Hailsham Brewery; 4lb bottle of sweets from Mr J Tolhurst; tobacco from Mr T S Maryan; toys for the children from Mrs G Black; sixpenny piece for each inmate from Rev F C Smith, vicar of Hellingly; flowers and ferns from Mrs T Snashall.” The war dead and their dependents - In the same edition there was a report on a Christmas tree entertainment for the widows and children of local soldiers, sailors and airmen who had fallen in the war. There were 26 widows and 45 children present. “After a sumptuous tea – it was indeed a feast fit for a king- a programme of games and amusements was enthusiastically entered into, music being supplied by members of the organising committee.”

Also included in the entertainments was a huge switchback railway provided by Mrs George Christian. “This plaything afforded both boys and girls a jolly time.” There were gifts for all the guests and the party ended at 8.00pm with the singing of the National Anthem. A similar event was held in 1921. On Sunday 28 December what was described by the newspapers as,” Hailsham’s last tribute of 1918 to the fallen brave of the parish took the form of an impressive memorial service held after morning prayer at St Mary’s Parish Church. The occasion was one where feelings of pride and sorrow were strangely intermingled and one which brought home to all resent the awful tragedy of war.” Taking part was Mr Charles Towler (formerly headmaster of Hailsham Council School {now HCC}). Mr Towler read out the names of the 86 men who had died in the war, most whom he had taught.

Hailsham Parish Church

The Christmas spirit! - In another report the newspaper noted that, “Despite weather conditions it is always easy to note the approach of Christmas from its effects on the streets. People seem to be more affable, there is a hurried hustle in the streets and geniality prevails everywhere- even Scrooge expands. It is the spirit of the festive season. The lights in the shops seem brighter, the windows more attractive. It is a time for

by Paul Endersby

Photographs Hailsham Historical and Natural History

gladness, for holidays, festivities and family reunions. “ Christmas music - In “Our Sussex Parish” Thomas Geering referred to Oliver Mills, the jester and rhymester of the Workhouse who, whilst in the militia was, “too bad even for the awkward squad.” However Mills was for many years

ever famous elderberry. His songs were those of the festive season and all of the olden time-‘While shepherds watched,’ ‘Christians awake,’ ‘God rest you merry Gentleman,’ made up his programme; and when he had sung these and pocketed his fee for which he had always a ready eye and hand.”

Charles Towler, Headmaster Hailsham Board School, 1878-1910

‘a blow.’ He died on 2 October 1878. The bassoon was handed down to his grandson, Harry Dennes who, with his father and brother, owned an Ironmongers in the High Street. The bassoon was subsequently passed to a distant relative. However this was not the end of the story as this famous bassoon is now housed in the Hailsham Heritage Museum.

Christmas 1898, Lovell’s the butchers, 15 High Street,

the “chief caroller.” “On Boxing Day evening we children, as well as fathers and mothers, expected to hear him tune up at the street door. Poor old fellow! There was sure to be a good deal of

Thomas Geering, author of “Our Sussex Parish”

ahem-ing and haw-ing, as he was certain to have a bad cold; but husky as he might be, his hoarseness soon melted away under the genial influence of a little mulled homemade port- the

Geering also wrote about, “our bassoon player,” Samuel Jenner born 21 February 1788. “For years he had a local fame, he was the focus around which gathered our band which on a summer evening treated the lower world from the top of the church tower with its strains, and at Christmas made our streets and homes merry with the rolling drum and the twanging trombone. This too was a time when we had our anthem at church the voices being accompanied by bassoon, clarinet and French horn.” In his book, “Sussex Church Music in the past,” Rev K H Macdermott wrote, that as far as he was aware Hailsham Parish Church is the only church where bassoon, clarinet and French horn were used together, probably due to the difficulty of playing the French horn with any degree of skill.” Jenner never deserted his early love being a practical musician for over fifty years and until nearly the end of his days would have what he called,

Sport and entertainment - On the 3 January 1920 the newspaper reported that Hailsham FC teams played five matches winning four during the holiday period. The only match on Christmas Day was a friendly between Hailsham Reserves and the Hailsham Trade Branch. The Reserves won 6-2. The Trade branch played again on Boxing Day when they beat Magham Down 8-3. On Saturday 27 December 1919 there was a Cinderella Dance at The Drill Hall. On the following Monday many dancers “toed the line at the usual weekly dance. On the following Thursday it was back to the Drill hall for a fancy dress dance! Paul Endersby has written two books recently. “The History of Hailsham Methodist Church, 1868-2018” and “Hailsham & the First World War as reflected by the Parish Magazine.” Both books are priced at £5.00 and can be obtained through the above email address.

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Working in the Community

Jacky Gill

NatWest has introduced a new role in response to the changing ways our customers bank with us... Jacky will hold a regular drop in clinic at Costa Coffee, High Street, Hailsham every Friday morning from 10am to 12 noon. Jacky can help customers identify the different ways to bank, supporting them in choosing the right service options for their needs. She will be there to signpost services, resolve banking queries and to support residents with the latest information

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If you have owned your own home for any length of time, it has probably proved a very rewarding investment, and for most people represents a substantial store of wealth.

At the end of the plan, when you die or go into a home your property will be sold and the proceeds will be shared according to the remaining proportions of ownership.

But you can’t just sell your home and get at the money. You need a place to live, and downsizing might not be practical. Equity release can provide the solution, by letting you access the equity, or the value tied up in your home, while letting you continue to live in it.

Retirement interest-only mortgages. Although it will not provide you with cash, a retirement interest only mortgage can let you use the value of your home as a security for a mortgage that will let you continue living in it.


There’s no minimum age, but these mortgages are generally aimed the over 55s, over 60s and pensioners who might find them easier to qualify for than a typical interest-only mortgage. You only have to prove you can afford the monthly interest payments. Like other equity release products, the loan is usually only paid off when you die, move into long term care or sell the house. Which would you choose?

There are actually three types of Equity Release products. Lifetime mortgages. With a Lifetime mortgage you take out a new mortgage on your property. You can choose to make repayments or simply allow the interest to roll up. The loan amount and any accrued interest will be paid back to the lender when you die or when you move into long-term care, and your home is sold. You can normally release up to 60% of the value of your property, in stages or as a lump sum, but how much exactly will depend on your age and the value of your property. The percentage you can take tends to increase with your age when you take out the lifetime mortgage.

Everyone’s needs and financial circumstances are different, and just as ordinary mortgages vary from lender to lender, so do equity release providers.


Lifetime Mortgages should have a “no negative equity guarantee”, to protect you as even if the amount left is not enough to repay the loan to your provider, neither you nor your estate will be liable to pay any more. Home Reversion. With Home Reversion, you actually sell some or all of your home to a Home Reversion provider, in return you’ll get a lump sum or regular payments, usually up to 60% of the value of your home. You have the right to continue living in the property until you die, rent free, but you have to maintain and insure it. Equity release will reduce the value of your estate and can affect your eligibility for means tested benefits. The value of your pension and investments, and the income from them, can fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invested. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. Estate planning is not regulated by the FCA. INVESTMENTS







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20 Tips and Hints to have a Healthier Christmas Hints and Tips for the Christmas Period 1. Drive rather than Drink – instant ‘no hangover’

It’s that time of year when we start to think about Christmas. We are often invited to social events – drinks parties, school socials, work do’s etc. All this eating and drinking on top of the big day’s indulgences can lead to unwanted weight gain as well as leaving us feeling bloated and fatigued. Why is it that excess eating makes us feel so lousy? Seems delicious at the time? Our body’s ability to deal with excessively rich, sugary foods can cause havoc on our digestive system. When our digestive systems are being over worked our brains can become foggy and it can make us feel tired and lethargic. Eating too often and to excess prevents our digestive system from ‘resting and digesting’, i.e. processing the food effectively. Often during this time we are able to take a few days off from work. This allows our bodies to catch up and recuperate from the usual exhausting working week. To optimise our bodies rest and recover, as well as prime our immunity for the darker winter months, avoiding waking up with a Food and Drink hangover is a good thing. This is not about not ‘indulging’, its just being mindful of how our bodies feel during this period and exercising some small adjustments/restraints to help support our body’s health.

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2. Order 2 courses not 3 on ‘set’ Christmas menus 3. Don’t have the bread 4. Start drinking later and finish earlier – keep an eye on your unit intake 5. Be mindful of possibly being over the limit the following morning 6. Glass for Glass – 1 glass Alcohol beverage with glass of Water 7. Watch portion control – cheese boards, canapés – don’t go in for seconds 8. Don’t sit down all day, go for walks 9. Up your exercise to combat extra weight gain 10. Try to fast longer before your breakfast to give your digestive system a rest 11. Have lighter meals if you know you’re going out for a big meal later 12. Drink more water, extra salt is added in restaurant and catered foods 13. Increase liver detoxifying food to help remove toxins – cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, Broccoli), fennel, artichokes, leeks 14. Eat plenty of colorful fruit and

Annie Gill

vegetables to increase levels of antioxidants 15. Avoid eating too late – it’s literally stored as fat whilst you sleep 16. Make sure you are not super hungry before you go out for drinks to avoid binge eating canapés 17. Think before you eat – don’t mindlessly eat through a whole tin of Quality Street whilst watching a movie 18. Be a careful cook – cross contamination is easily done with an over stuffed fridge of raw meat and fresh treats. Be careful to keep things stored and prepared separately 19. Engage your Brain - Switch off the TV and play games like Trivial Pursuit or Charades 20. Don’t stress – ‘Tis the season to be jolly’

Annie Gill BA Hons, dip NT CNM, BANT, CNHC

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DOVES GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS PUDDING Preparation time: 50 mins Cooking times: see recipe INGREDIENTS •100g Doves FREEE White Bread Flour •100g sugar •2 tsp mixed spice •50g prunes •50g apricots •125g raisins •125g sultanas •175g currants •50g mixed peel •1 orange, rind and juice •1 lemon, rind and juice •50g oil I am running a ‘Digestive Detox’ workshop on 11th January. Get in touch to sign up.

Serves: 8


Stir the mixture and tip it into the pudding basin, pushing it down and smoothing the top.

Combine the flour, sugar and spice into a bowl.

Cover the top of the puddings with the prepared paper circles.

Chop the prunes and apricots into a large mixing bowl, add the raisins, sultanas, currants and peel then add the juice of both. Stir in the oil.

Spread tin foil over the top of the pudding basin tucking it in well around the outer rim.

Stir the prepared flour into the bowl and mix well. Cover and leave to stand for at least 2 hours or overnight. Grease with oil a 1lt/2pt pudding basin then cut two circles of greaseproof or parchment paper the size of the top of the pudding basin.

Place the pudding basin in saucepan then fill with water until it is half way up basin. Put the lid on the saucepan and boil for 6 hours, check regularly adding extra boiling water to maintain the water level. Carefully remove the pudding and cool without removing the foil or greaseproof paper.

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Can’t think what to buy that person who has everything? Head to The Deli for a hamper that everyone would enjoy!

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A DESTINATION AT EVERY STATION! Royal Tunbridge Wells, High Rocks, Groombridge & Eridge A fun packed day out with steam, heritage diesel, exploration, excitement & enjoyment in the glorious High Weald!

The Spa Valley Railway operates wonderfully restored steam and heritage diesel trains every weekend from the beginning of February to the end of October. We also operate on Thursdays from June to the beginning of September with additional Tuesday & Wednesday services in August.

At Groombridge why not alight and pay a visit to the famous Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest as well as the historic village too. Joint tickets for the Spa Valley Railway and Groombridge Place can be purchased from our stations. Alternatively stay on board to enjoy the glorious views and alight at

countryside, is lucky to have a destination at every station.You can board our classic and beautifully restored 1960’s heritage trains from the National Rail network at Eridge, some even include our award winning bar car, ‘Kate’. The station itself is also the location of a wonderful public house, The Huntsman! From Eridge you can take a journey to Royal Tunbridge Wells stopping off on route at Groombridge or High Rocks.

access the High Weald countryside and its vast network of woodland footpaths. Arriving at Royal Tunbridge Wells you can disembark from the train and visit the Victorian engine shed, gift shop and buffet car. Furthermore, you can take a relaxed walk into the Spa town and visit the world famous Pantiles and High Street.

Photography David Staines, Jon Nye & Charlie Ralph

A wonderful day out for everyone!

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Organic grass fed beef

Stephen and Phil

The Wealden Eye would like to introduce to you Hook & Son Farm from Hailsham, some of you may already know them, some not. It all started back in 1937 when Monty Hook father of Phil Hook started off as a general farm hand. By the time he was sixteen Phil asked the owner of the farm if he could run the farm and he was given the opportunity to prove himself. This was the start of the Hook legacy to Longleys Farm. In 1972 the Hooks became the tenants of the farm


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and in 2009 were the proud owners and to date, father and son Phil and Stephen have developed the business to become the leading raw milk producer in the UK. The farm that appeared in the acclaimed award winning film, The Moo Man is situated just off Battle Road, Hailsham, an ancient grassland at the western edge of the Pevensey Levels. The passion Phil, Stephen and the other workers on the farm have for the wellbeing of the cows really shows through with the quality products they produce. A strict policy of ‘No raised voices, No raised arms’ is the start of the relationship with the cows that creates the love they have for them. There is no production pressure on the cows which in turn means ‘Happy Cows, Happy Milk and Great Taste’. The Hooks believe in feeding the herd solely on grass over grain as the taste of the beef and dairy products are far superior.Because of this fact, all of the herd are in such great shape enabling Phil and Stephen to start producing beef

products once the cows have stopped producing milk or are unable to calve anymore.


The beef travels less than ten miles to a local abattoir where the short travelling time creates a calmer cow and makes for lovely tender meat, from there is goes to a local butcher only a stone’s throw away from the farm where it will age for twenty-eight days. You can purchase all cuts of the Hook’s organic grass fed beef and it can be tailored to your specification or needs.

The Hooks have for a long time been the front runners in producing top quality raw milk and other dairy products in the South East and some would say in the Country. Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of their control, they are currently not able to produce these raw products but hope to be back in full

Hook & Son have been selling their quality products for years, both locally and further afield including the prestigious London Borough Market. This is a massive kudos for the Hailsham producers as they are being represented by Hook & Son show casing what the town can offer on an international stage.

people in generating enough funds from their ‘crowd funding’ page to purchase land adjoining the farm which helped replace land that could be lost to development, and they may need your help again. Phil and Steve are designing the farm shop and hope to submit a planning application soon. Visit the Hook & Son website and subscribe to their newsletter to catch all the news from the farm.

Stephen with HRH Prince Charles at Borough Market

swing by early March 2019. They do, however, have great tasting grass fed, organic pasteurised milk, cream, butter and ghee that can be delivered straight to your front door, even before your alarm goes off in the morning.

Their products also feature at ten other London markets and locally at Hastings, Lewes and Eastbourne Markets.

Lastly if you would like to enquire about the great products Hook & Son have to offer or would like to know how you can purchase these then you can call 01323 449494 Or email sales@

The Hooks have been lucky enough to have the generous support of local

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The Wealden Eye  

The Winter issue for December and January.

The Wealden Eye  

The Winter issue for December and January.