sussex Issue 1. May/June 2015
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BUSINESS BUzz E USIV L C X E VIEW et R E T N s I m on a h a r Julie G enidorm in B
DoING thE SEASoN SEvENtIES fAShIoN
Summer Lo ving new government, n ew sussex, new title
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8 STUFF WE… 12 PEOPLE & PLACES 16 JULIE GRAHAM 21 WEDDINGS 38 FASHION
50 FOOD & DRINK
62 HEALTH & FI TNESS 64 TRAVEL
69 KIDS & FAMILIES
76 CULTURE 78 MOTORING 80 SPORT
85 BUSINESS 92 HOMES
Issue 1. May/June 2015 Sam Harrington-Lowe – Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org As the managing editor Sam is responsible for the content of all Title publications and works to oversee the development of the brands and support relationships with all partners and clients. Daniel White – Deputy and Digital Editor email@example.com As deputy and digital editor Dan writes feature interviews and articles, edits copy and runs the Title website. Dan is the man for all online queries or contact.
Ed’s letter Boom! What a month for news! Firstly, by the time you’re reading this we’ll have a new Government – although at the time of writing I couldn’t even begin to guess what that will be. What an extraordinary time for politics. And everyone is really excited about the new royal baby too. Welcome another little mouth to feed, the rather cute looking Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana (I’m a sucker for babies), and congrats to the proud parents. But just HOW did Kate look that good ten hours after the birth!? That’s what I’d like to know. I reckon most mothers would agree with me – I looked like a train wreck ten hours after mine popped out, and she sailed out like she was off for a nice lunch. Extraordinary.
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But more than anything in our little world here at Title Towers, this is our very first issue of Title Sussex, and that’s become the biggest new thing we’ve done this month here. I hope you like it. We really wanted to create a magazine that shook up the concept of the county title, and I really think we’ve done that. We celebrate Sussex and all who sail in her, but felt there was a need for a magazine that actually looked like it had been created in the 21st century. A magazine that was filled with news and features, but easy to read. A magazine that offered lots of snacky content for people on the run, but some serious stuff to sit with a coffee and digest. A magazine that offered excellent coverage for this amazing county, and offered something for everyone. The team here are amazing and I love working with them all. It’s been a thrilling ride launching this and we are already way into the next issue, which is looking wonderful. Title Sussex for us represents a new dawn of regional magazines, and we have plans already to take this far and wide. We hope you’ll join us for the ride.
Sam x You can find us at www.titlesussex.co.uk and also tweeting at @TitleSussex Or email me at email@example.com
Fishers Farm Park
Fishers Farm is continuously recognised as one of the UK’s top attractions but if you haven’t heard much about it here are ten facts that you probably didn’t know about this awardwinning attraction
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1. Tim and Trina Rollings opened Fishers Farm in 1990 and it is now celebrating its 25th year. When it opened it was a ‘pick your own’ fruit farm! 2. They have won the award for Best Farm Attraction UK twice and were recently voted among the Top 10 Amusement Parks in the UK and Top 25 in Europe on Trip Advisor. 3. The top comments from customers are, “there’s always something new” and “the staff are so friendly”. 4. Fishers is a family-run business. Tim Rollings (Owner) still works in all areas of the business, be it mucking out the animals, building new attractions or cleaning the loos! Trina and their daughter Bex bake all the homemade cakes in the Coffee Bar and paint the amazing backdrops for the theatre productions. Their son Tom designs new rides and attractions and all the graphics for the farm, while his wife Kate does the marketing and social media. 5. Fishers were the first Farm Park to open a theatre and has recently installed a cinema too. 6. They are open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. They also offer a ‘playzone pass’ at a cheaper rate to their normal admission for rainy days. 7. Their ‘Saddle Rooms Restaurant’ uses locally sourced produce (some grown there at the farm!) and has recently won Best Food & Beverage UK at the National Farm Attractions Awards. 8. Fishers Farm was the first Farm Park in the UK to get their famous ‘Bouncy Pillow’ and now have two.
9. ‘Casper’ the horse was the second biggest Shire horse in the world at 19.1hh and in 2013, one of their ewes gave birth to possibly the UK’s smallest lamb at less than 0.9kg! 10. ‘Olly’ their Massey Fergusson tractor was used in the Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012 and is now used for The Big Red Tractor Rides.
www.fishersfarmpark.co.uk, 01403 700063, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex RH14 0EG
STUFF WE LIKE go for a pogo The Great Skinhead Reunion was launched in 2011 by Symond Lawes as he was ‘sick of only seeing old friends at funerals’, but it’s exploded to become the biggest event of its kind in the world.
Marriage Made in heaven One of the things we love at Title – well, two really – are food and wine. And this new collaboration includes both, so we’re a bit excited. Jethro Carr’s Kitchen Academy and beautifully restored Kingscote estate and vineyard have come together to create Kitchen Academy at Kingscote. The new school will offer cookery classes, corporate events, chef’s dining table events and days out for groups and families. The food experience Jethro provides will be supported by the wine experience provided by Kingscote Estate’s executive wine maker, Owen Elias and Andy Cooper, Vineyard Manager. www.kitchenacademy.co.uk www.kingscotevineyards.com
Skinheads are defined by their military style, with cropped hair, boots, sharp Italian suits or high cut jeans, and British handmade footwear with pristine shirts, but the style is wide and varied. The skinhead subculture is now getting on for 50 years old, so anyone who fancies celebrating this eclectic culture – old or young, skinhead or not – can come along and join this international three day knees up. This year’s event will be supporting Blind Veterans UK for blind ex-servicemen.
The Great Skinhead Reunion, 5th-7th June Volks Bar & Club, Madeira Drive Brighton www.subcultz.com
tiptoe through the bLuebeLLs We can’t help getting excited by a bluebell woods and this year they’re a real blaze of colour at Kew’s Sussex Gardens at Wakehurst, near Haywards Heath.
LocaLs get a Look in Shoreham collective Original Allstars Music will be bringing their custom made stage (named the Allstars Stagewagon) to Wild Life Festival this June. Original Allstars started life as a collective of young musicians set up in 2008 by guitar teacher David O’Connell who felt his students deserved an audience.
Visitors can explore acres of wild bluebell woods with stunning displays in Horsebridge Woods, Bloomers Valley and the Loder Valley nature reserve, helped on by the sunshine over the past few weeks.
With the help of their 10 metre long DAF truck which has been converted into a mobile stage, young bands and musicians are given the chance to play their music live to many varied audiences at festivals across the south east, and now young musicians will now get the chance to perform at one of the most hotly tipped events this summer. David O’Connell MD of Original Allstars Music said, “this is going to make their year!’
Iain Parkinson, Wakehurst’s Conservation and Woodlands Manager, said, “We are so used to the seasons being out of kilter that this year it has taken us by surprise that the bluebells appear to be on time!” www.kew.org/visit-wakehurst
WILD LIFE 2015 6th – 7th June Brighton City Airport www.wildlifefestival.com
STUFF TO DO Have you got tHe X-Factor? If so, we’d like to hear from you. This month sees auditions for the famous show happening at Churchill Square Shopping Centre in Brighton and if you’re going to give it a go, we’d love to know! Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org Anyone over the age of 16 can come to the mobile audition pod and sing for the casting team. If the team are impressed with your vocals, you’re in with a chance of auditioning in front of the X Factor judges later in the summer. “The X Factor is coming back and, if you think you have the potential to be a world-class star, this is your chance to prove it,” says Simon Cowell. The X Factor auditions, Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Brighton Sunday 17 May 11.00am - 5.00pm www.itv.com/xfactor
a taste oF tHe countryside Food and drink, farm animals, diggers and tractors, country sports, horse shows… yes folks, it’s the South of England Show. We love a bit of country action and anyone who hasn’t ever been to this enormous event should go. Over three glorious days the South of England Agricultural Society will throw the spotlight on the best of British county living, and there’s even Bolddog Lings freestyle motorcycle display team, as featured on Britain’s Got Talent! Last year some 71,000 people went and the theme this year is ‘The Next Generation’, showcasing opportunities for young people to find out more about futures in the agricultural industry. South of England Show, Ardingly, West Sussex 11 – 13 June, 9am6.30pm daily. Save up to 20% with early bird tickets www.seas.org.uk
a classic nigHt out Combining elegant picnicking with awesome opera, Glyndebourne Festival kicks off this season on 21 May with a four month jam-packed programme. This year sees performances of marvels like Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, as well as Handel’s Saul and a cracking Ravel double-bill. Created in 1934, Glyndebourne is recognised as one of the great opera houses, stemming from a passion encapsulated in founder John Christie’s insistence on doing “not the best we can do, but the best that can be done anywhere”. The Festival runs from May to August with six operas in a 1,200seat opera house, just outside Lewes in East Sussex. There’s a free shuttle service from Lewes train station for guests. Photo Leigh Simpson. Tickets from £10 to £250 www.glyndebourne.com
going green Brighton’s Eco Technology Show is back, and moving to the American Express Community Stadium to cope with the rising footfall. One of the Show’s main features this year is the new Innovation Zone. A showcase of innovative products and solutions in low carbon and environmental technologies, where visitors can learn about the brightest and newest ideas from up and coming businesses in the low carbon sector. The Eco Technology Show 2015 is packed full of free keynotes, panels and talks; including a speech from actor, eco warrior and blogger Robert Llewellyn (pictured above), best known as Kryten in Red Dwarf, on electric vehicles and community energy solutions. The Eco Technology Show, Amex Stadium Brighton 11 June 9.30am-5pm and 12 June 9.30am-4.30pm www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk.
STUFF WE COVET Hunter Boots The Original High Heel is a new interpretation of the wellie. We
love. £135 from Hunter outlets
Handbag We have totes fallen in love with
this. Geddit!? £59 Lookagain.co.uk
Hawaii Floral Swimsuit It’s all about the one-piece this year £35 from White Stuff
Paradiso Pear Garden Lounger Must. Have. One. £1,499 from DFS.co.uk
Stripe picnic blanket Because it’s time to eat outside. Whatever the weather. £15 from Next
Lipstick Matte Finish in Coral Crush 70s is big this summer – here’s your must-have colour. £21 from Elizabeth Arden
TS Heritage Navy Bruno
Chambray Collar Hi Top Trainers. £29.99 blueinc.co.uk
Rubbers Who wouldn’t want a tapir rubber? £1 each from Tiger
Blue Harbour England Stripe Swimming Shorts. M&S £17.50
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Around 100 guests attended a special fundraising dinner organised by mountaineer Rupert Jones-Warner
Adventurers, Rupert JonesWarner with Neil Laughton
WHERE South Lodge Hotel, Horsham WHY Rupert intends to become the first Briton to achieve a double summit of Mount Everest and while doing so has raised over £17,000 for his local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House
Cool music from Lady Grey
Stef von Moiendorff with Andrew Munro
Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE DRANK White wine all evening WHAT WE LOVED The Everest cake that felt the force of an ice pick!
Rupert Jones-Warner with his family and Esden, Luton, Welby and Eaton families all supporting Rupert in his adventure
Trevor Munday and Charlie Simpson
Rupert Jones-Warner with his climbing suit for high altitudes
Rupert cuts his Everest cake… with an ice pick! www.titlesussex.co.uk
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT The best of the city’s food and drink producers and hospitality sectors gathered on the first day of The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
Caraline Brown from Midnight Communications with Dan White, Karen Goode and Frida Clementz from Title Sussex
WHERE The Dome Room at Pub Du Vin, Brighton WHEN Wednesday 1 April 2015
WHAT WE ATE Food from some of Sussex’s finest eateries such as Moshimo, Curry Leaf café and many more. Delish!
WHY To celebrate the launch of the festival’s awards which this year feature a number of new categories including best breakfast, best venue to do business and best place to sleep, plus a new category celebrating artisan producers within the city boundary. To vote for your favourite in Brighton and Hove food and drink visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com
WHAT WE DRANK Sparkling wine from Ridgeview and South Downs water Andrew Kay on the mic
WHAT WE LOVED Bhajis from Chilli Pickle. So good we had second helpings!
Photos: Julia Claxton
(Above) Caroline Lucas MP with Sussex chefs and restauranteurs and producers.
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PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT The launch of the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2016 WHERE The Grand Hotel, Brighton WHEN Thursday 30 April 2015
Lukasz Wojcik with David Hill of E3 Group
WHY To celebrate the opening of the Half Marathon’s registration for its 26th year. Entry is now available for both affiliated and non-affiliated runners and after selling out 2015’s race in record time it is sure to be another great event.
Mark Cummins of Russell New WHAT WE ATE Lots of the Grand’s delicious prawn canapés
Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE DRANK Orange juice; we can be professional don’t you know!
Grand Hotel general manager Andrew Mosley Quentin Guichard, Richard Hollis and Matthew Bennett of Sundial Clinics
WHAT WE LOVED The new addition of The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay in 2016, offering runners of all abilities the opportunity to get involved
Maggie, Lisa, Naomi, Carol, Wendy and Laura of Brighton and Hove Women’s Running Group Tracey Allen and Carrie Dearn of Goodness
Ruth Chapman of i360 and Gail Gray of Rise
Martin Harrigan Race Director, Laura Mcleod-Turner, Head of Marketing and Communications at The Sussex Beacon and Geoff Binding Vitality Run Series
John Jaap of Parkrun and Brighton teams
PEOPLE & PLACES What Sub/Version, an exhibition of latex art at She Said, Brighton, by Michelle Mildenhall Where Erotic boutique She Said’s new store on Ship Street, Brighton
Max and Seb
The learner at No 32
When Friday 1 May 2015 WhY Just a general private view kneesup to launch Michelle’s exhibition. Her minimalist style produces bold yet exquisitely beautiful images, seducing the viewer with taboo themes of sexuality, fetishism and subversion – She Said is definitely the right place for it. Photos: Graham Franks
She Said team, Laura, Sherie and Maisy
We loved… the risqué glamour of the whole evening
Annelie Turner and Jo Whitley
What We learned… that we don’t have enough decent lingerie in our drawers
Hal Ravii and Emma Hayes Nic Ramsey of She Said with Caitlin Birrell, Michelle Mildenhall, Mara Reis and Ruth Schechner 14
The artist Michelle Mildenhall with her work Sullen
Sploshing is a term for people who find sexual pleasure in getting wet and messy. It generally entails engaging in food fights…
Putting the Sex into Sussex
t’s long been joked that Brighton puts the Sex into Sussex, but the Prince Regent’s pleasure-dome is far from the only sexy part of Sussex. Indeed, even the county’s motto, “We wunt be druv,” intimates a certain freedom, loosely translating to, ‘We won’t be pushed around.’ Perhaps this is why it’s been such a mecca for the sexually diverse, individual and free.
If you know where to look, there’s a lot of sex of all kinds going on in Sussex. And I’ll be exposing more of its sexy past – and present – over coming months. If you run a sexy venue, hotel, event company or business in Sussex, please do get in touch. email@example.com Twitter: @Cliterati1
BOHEMIAN BLOOMSBURY One such individual was Virginia Woolf, who along with her husband Leonard, had a country retreat at Monk’s House in Rodmell near Lewes from 1919. Fellow Bloomsbury Group member Vanessa Bell found a house named Charleston near Firle and many of the Bloomsbury Group visited the pair, including Lytton Strachey, whose cousin and lover Duncan Grant was co-director of the Omega Workshops with Bell. FERTILE HILLS? Chanctonbury Ring is a hill-fort based ring of trees at the top of Chactonbury Hill on the South Downs, on the border of Washington and Wiston in West Sussex. Ancient tradition dictates that if you run round the trees, the devil will appear for a bowl of soup. However, if Lucifer doesn’t float your boat, perhaps fertility might. Sleeping under the trees for a night is rumoured to increase fertility in women. SPLOSHY SEX Sussex also lays claim to being the birthplace of the fetish ‘sploshing’, and we found it in St Leonard’s, where Bill Shipton runs Splosh! Studios. For the uninitiated, sploshing is a term for people who find sexual pleasure in getting wet and messy. It generally entails engaging in food fights, often with cream pies, custard, cake mix and, for those with savoury inclinations, baked beans and raw eggs. Bill says, “Sploshing puts humour back into sex - we’ve become terribly serious about it. Although there’s a humiliation aspect to it, there’s no dominance or submission - it’s tit for tat. If you rub a custard pie in my face, I’ll rub it back in yours.” Should you wish to get sticky, Splosh Studios can be booked for £25 per hour: all the fun without the washing-up to deal with (but take it from me: custard is a nightmare to get out of your hair due to the cornflour).
Illustration: Sue-Kim Steele Green EVENTS
Fancy getting out in the countryside and going all pagan? Pagan Federation, South East District www.pfse.org.uk Sploshing in Hastings For more information see www.sploshuk.co.uk Emily is guesting at supper salon the Arts Club in Brighton, 31st May For more information please visit www.suekimlun.wix.com/art-bar
FUN IN THE Expect fireworks as the new season of Benidorm kicks off, complete with new family the Dawsons. Title caught up with Sussex-based actor Julie Graham on location at the Solana to get the backstage gossip on the new series… Joining Benidorm must be very exciting. Tell us about your new character… My character is called Sheron Dawson and she’s from Yorkshire... the Dawsons are a very loving family but she’s fierce and feisty. We’ve heard that there may well be some fireworks… She’s matriarchal but not overbearing and has a great relationship with her husband, which is being tested to the max by the presence of her fatherin-law Eddie. Eddie is a 13 year old child in a grown man’s body. She’s not best pleased that he’s there, to put it mildly. They have massive ding dongs which as an actress is always great fun to play.
How do you get on with the rest of the cast?
We already feel like we’ve known each other for years and we’ve slotted in seamlessly thanks to the brilliant writing and sheer loveliness of the other cast members. It’s a very happy ship, wonderfully led by Derren Litten, the writer and creator. It’s always nervewracking joining an established cast but I’ve never felt more at home so quickly and so comfortably. It helps that my old mucker Tony Maudsley who plays the fabulous Kenneth is in the cast. That’s been a joy. Are you loving Benidorm? I bloody love Benidorm the place. It takes a bit of getting used to but it’s a bloody hoot and you see it all; nothing is too over the top here. It’s Las Vegas meets Blackpool with everything in between. How did you get the job? I actually cannot believe this is a job, I keep having to remember that I’m not just here on holiday. I auditioned
I actually cannot believe this is a job, I keep having to remember that I’m not just here on holiday. 16
nuso Jake Ca o h t i w e Mate Selfi barman s y a l p who
for the role like any other but I really wanted this job – and not just because of the location. The writing is fantastic and the character just leapt off the page to me... she’s wonderful and I knew I would have great fun playing her. Are you going to be a regular? Hopefully this won’t be our one and only series as I’d love to do this again for sure. OK, so we have to ask – have you worked with the legendary Dame Joan yet? Joan isn’t in it yet but I’ve been trying to suck up to Derren Litten to write me into a scene with her! Johnny Vegas looks like he might be a bit of a handful… Jonny is a total riot, I love him to pieces. We met years ago in Glasgow and got horrendously drunk together. He didn’t think I would remember him and I thought he wouldn’t remember me but we did! Amazing we remembered
who Edge, lf e v e t S ha With other r e h plays anything to be honest. We were so hammered at the time.
What next for Julie Graham?
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THE BENIDORM DOSSIER
I’m off to Scotland to film Shetland; better pack my woollies. Frankly you couldn’t get much more of a contrast.
- The Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm is Spain’s tallest hotel in Spain at 186 metres. - In 1953 Benidorm was the first place in Spain to allow bikinis to be worn.
Can you give us any kind of sneak preview for the new series?
- Only London and Milan have more skyscrapers than Benidorm.
I can’t give any plots away; I’d have to kill you if I told you, but fasten your seatbelts is all I’ll say…
- Best Hotel: Villa Venecia Hotel Boutique - Best Restaurant: Monastrell
Benidorm is the best thing we know for chasing away the winter blues and the next series, starring Julie as well as the rest of the Dawsons and all your favourite regulars, will air in early 2016.
- Best Holiday Package: £699pp for a seven night stay for two at Villa Venecia Hotel Boutique plus flights. www.expedia.co.uk
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The Gold Cup – 19th July – Cowdray Park Polo Club Widely recognised as the Home of British Polo, Cowdray Park plays host to the climax of the British Open Polo Championship when the Gold Cup Final is contested in front of up to 18,000 spectators. The tournament that every polo “patron” wants to win, the event has attracted celebrity guests, fashion icons and high-octane entertainment since its inception in 1956. www.cowdray.co.uk/polo-club/
Rugby World Cup – 19th & 20th September - American Express Community Stadium The world’s biggest rugby tournament returns to England for the first time in over two decades as the 20 best teams battle it out for the William Webb Ellis Cup. The Amex stadium will see South Africa, Japan, Samoa and the USA in action during the tournament and with some of the most fashionable sports fans following rugby, it will be the rugby event of the year for more than one reason. www.rugbyworldcup.com
(C) Paul Hazelwood
Aegon International Eastbourne –
20th-27st June – Devonshire Park Eastbourne plays host to the woman’s championship, which is a premier event in the calendar for tennis players, especially in the week before Wimbledon. Courtside you’ll see fashionistas from across the county and fashion icons to have lifted the trophy previously have included Caroline Wozniacki, Monica Seles and 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli. www.aegontennis.co.uk
Women’s Ashes NatWest Twenty20 – 28th August – The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground The exclusive hospitality section at Hove is usually filled with high fashion and this will be at bursting point when England’s Women go head-to-head with Australia’s Women in the second T20 international this summer. It is the first international game to be played on the ground since England beat Australia in two One-Day internationals during the Southern Stars’ last visit in 2013. www.ecb.co.uk/womens/
Glorious Goodwood – 28th July–1st August –
Goodwood Racecourse This annual showpiece event where racing and glamour take centre stage is quite simply the sporting and social highlight of the racing season. The iconic five-day festival features a host of thrilling races along with the best-dressed competition, as well as entertainment, food and drink and much more throughout the glorious five days. www.goodwood.com
ASHDOWN EVENTS Wedding & Event Decoration Traditional and Contemporary Floral Design, Chair Covers, Backdrops, Draping
01444 831003 www.ashdownevents.co.uk
A WEDDING WONDERLAND Here it is. The Wedding Special. What better way to kick off our new magazine than by bringing you a wedding bonanza, packed full of everything a bride and groom could need to make their big day perfect. From second time arounders to our collection of beauty products - some old, some borrowed, some new and some blue â€“ to our stunning bridal fashion shoot; we have thought of everything you could need and more so sit back and get comfortable as you splurge with our spectacular wedding rundown.
TITLE WEDDING DIRECTORY
It’s party time! Platinum Pole Parties offer the best when it comes to making a wonderful, memorable day! We offer it all, from pole dancing to Burlesque, or cocktail training to Butlers in the Buff. Alternatively you can party at home as we also offer mobile parties. This fabulous personal service can be tailored to your own requirements. Hire our venues exclusively for your party. We also offer phenomenal wedding singers for your big day. Just choose the right package for you and we will do the rest! Create the ultimate hen party and evening entertainment. www.platinumpoleparties.com firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 327068 / 0786 7725071
SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT VENUE? Event Venues offers a COMPLETELY FREE venue finding service, and that includes wedding venues. Save yourself hours, days or even months of searching and let us do the hard work for you. www.event-venue-finder.com/what-events/wedding-venues 0845 594 8533 email@example.com
is a Brighton based Swedish photographer duo specialising in people, fashion and beauty photography. They take on a limited number of wedding bookings per year, so if you’re after creative and alternative ideas for the documentation of your special day, please get in touch.
Anja & Moa 7two9 Photography 07724 866229 www.7two9.com
Inspiring Wedding Exhibitions where you can find all you need to make your Wedding Day truly special
A series of Wedding Shows in Kent
Royal Wells Hotel, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8BE Sunday 27th September Open 10.30am – 3.30pm
An exhibition of the best local wedding specialists
Pre-register at www.wedding-experience.co.uk
in partnership with
By old we mean classic and traditional. Not something you found at the bottom of your makeup bag.
Lovely new releases for SS15
New lace bottles from Jo
Malone – Peony & Blush
Estee Lauder Advanced
Elizabeth Arden Eight
perfect for blushing brides
Suede Cologne £86
Night Repair 50ml £69
Redness Relief Primer,
Hour Cream Protectant.
Magic in a tube £26
YSL Touch Eclat Rock lace edition £25
THE BEAUTY of tradition
Weddings offer the opportunity to delve into some serious beauty booty. Here we check out something old, something new, something borrowed and – you guessed it – something blue…
No, not your friend’s stuff that you pinched when she wasn’t looking, but products that take their inspiration from nature or tradition…
True blue, baby I
Crabtree & Evelyn Avocado, olive and
Basil Skin Nourishing Body Butter £22
Van Cleef & Arpels Rêve Enchanté inspired
by springtime. EDP 50ml £50 in stores from
- Misty Morning
Dr Salts Himalayan Salts. An ancient
palest blue nail
therapy which is thousands of years old. £6.99
Smashbox eye shadow trio in Skybox £22
Clarins Gentle Eye Makeup
Not one of those girls who fancies getting married in white? Considering something a little more daring? We caught up with designer and corsetiere Chrissie Nicholson-Wild to find out more about alternative bridal wear. Red makes your pupils dilate and your pulse race. Ready for a red, racy wedding?
TITLE WEDDINGS Who are you and what do you do? I am Chrissie Nichoslon-Wild and I am a visual artist who works mainly in the field of costume and fashion. I was trained as a Fine Artist where I dabbled mostly in drawing, painting and photography but didn’t really find my creative hook until I started to dressmake. Through my company Curve Couture I make bespoke lingerie, wedding and evening gowns. I also have a new venture designing custom bikini suits and theme wear for female fitness and figure competitions which is exciting, but my true love is in couture. How did you end up here? Well, I think learning is a virtue and my endless curiosity has certainly driven my need to express my artistic ideas. My life-
call or e-mail, but it all really starts when you meet your potential client. I like to banter about their ideas, find out a bit about them, and from there I go away and make initial sketches. Most of the time I ask them to set a budget for their dress, and I request feedback, then I go into more design depth, find fabrics, trimmings, lace etc. Then we meet up again so my client can sign off the design and then the magic starts to happen. I measure them up, and based on the design I build any necessary foundation garments and mock up the dress so that the design can be fitted perfectly. It also helps the client get some sense of the dress itself, its weight, how it hangs or feels on the body and all of those things that are just as important as how it looks on the outside. From there I
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I make cool things, all day, every day. I get to play with ideas and use my hands to make those non-physical ideas have physical form and meaning. changing moment came when I was at a low point in my life. Everything felt like it was falling apart at the seams and my way of taking back control was to start afresh. I took the plunge to start my own business. What is the best thing about what you do? I make cool things, all day, every day. I get to play with ideas and use my hands to make those nonphysical ideas have physical form and meaning. I also love the buzz from making someone’s dream dress, or the ‘Eureka!’ moments when you literally stumble on an elegant solution to a problem that has been niggling away. I love that I never get two days the same. And the worst?! The guilt. I feel guilty about not working even when I am supposed to be on holiday.
Tell us how the bespoke service works for brides? Most of my brides are pretty adventurous and creative, and rarely do I make an ordinary wedding dress. I don’t do vanilla meringues. That’s not to say I wouldn’t.... but it would have to be a show stopping meringue! Almost all enquiries start with a phone
make any pattern adjustments from the mock-up (or toile if you are posh) and then I begin. I usually have at least two fittings, sometimes more, with the rest of the final look... heels, jewellery, underwear etc. to do final checks and tweaks and then I complete the dress. Some dresses I’ve made have taken hundreds of hours to complete from start to finish all in, so all the mock-up and fitting stages are paramount to the final dress... even though they are not obvious or visible. What’s the weirdest outfit you’ve ever had to make? Some of the oddest outfits I have made were costumes made for the make-up and hair graduation shows at Brighton City College. I made a male model a horse outfit with a full Lycra black cat suit and harness with attached stirrups, and the hair designer had woven his hair into a fantastic braided mohawk... that was pretty far out. Is there such a thing as a typical day? Nope, not really. I have a daytime routine with my little boy that has to be maintained for familial life to run smoothly and I fit my work around that www.titlesussex.co.uk
schedule. The most part will be spent sewing, pattern cutting, answering enquiries, setting up meetings or shoots, social media, blogging. Whatever needs to get done gets done on the never-ending list of to-do. What’s the last thing you do every night? Set my alarm. Early bird catches the worm. Photographer: David Long from Exposure Studio London, www.exposurestudioslondon.com MUA and Hair: Amy Prifti, www.bridalmakeupbyamy.co.uk Wardrobe: Chrissie Nicholson-Wild, www.curvecouture.co.uk Models: Francesca Louise, Stephanie Ellen Location: Amberley Castle Chrissie Nicholson-Wild Curve Couture www.curvecouture.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 07789 952699 twitter: @curvecouture facebook: Chrissie.corsetmaker
Countdown to the big day Planning the perfect wedding day can be a dream come true but knowing where to start is often daunting. Title Sussex is here to help with a fabulous 12-month guide to organising your big day Words by Daniel White
June • They’ve popped the question and you’ve said “yes” now it’s time to tell everyone. Lots of couples prefer to tell their parents first so make the announcement face-to-face if possible to fully enjoy the moment. • Pick a date and time. Select several options so availability can dictate. • Decide upon the budget for your big day with your partner. • Pick a theme. Once you have decided the theme of your wedding you will then be able to select your reception and ceremony venues with relative ease. Book your venues as soon as possible.
July • Book your photographer and videographer, although, it is a good idea to check your venue allows these to be shot inside. • Book the caterer and band or DJ. Music and food are key elements when it comes to guest enjoyment so ensure everyone’s catered for. • Choose your bridesmaids, ushers and best man and assemble who will help you plan what.
August • Envision, shop around and order your perfect gown or suit – this can take up to six months for a made-to-measure dress -
also decide and order the outfits for your bridesmaids and ushers. • Book your florist. Envision the floral décor and then choose your flowers including bouquets, buttonholes and arrangements. • Create an invite list and send out save-the-dates cards.
September • Discuss your ideal honeymoon with your partner based on the time of year and your dream vacation and make it a reality by booking flights, accommodation, and activities during the holiday. • Research and purchase a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits. • Book anything you may need to rent including chairs, tables and tents.
October • Book a chauffeur or some form of transportation to and from the wedding venue, including a car to take you to the airport or hotel at the end of the day. • Book a cake designer and order your wedding cake. • Reserve accommodation for out-of-town guests. This is especially important if you’re marrying during the summer months.
• Register for gifts and choose your wedding favours with your partner. • If you are having the wedding in a church confirm with the priest or registrar the order of service, then design and print out guest booklets as well as copies for singers or musicians. If it is a civil ceremony check with the venue what is permitted and then confirm order of service. • Attend as many wedding fairs as you can to ensure you are on top of everything and able to rectify a problem should it arise.
December • Choose and order your wedding rings. • Book a hairdresser and make-up artist and run trial appointments to ensure you are happy with the style long before the big day. This will also give you time to grow your hair out before the wedding should you wish. • Check your passports will be in date come the big day and should they be expiring send them for renewal. If you’re changing your name, get the officiating minister or registrar to sign the form to confirm your name change.
January • It can be tough to shop for the summer month in winter and vice versa but get into the January sales and get as many outfits as you can for your honeymoon, as well as sun tan lotion or anything else that may be essential in five months time. • Shop for formalwear. • Shop for invitations and order them.
February • Check if you need visas or inoculations for your honeymoon and if so, apply and book accordingly. • Discuss hen party and stag do plans with your friends and place your best man or maid of honour in charge of organising it. • Give notice that you will be getting married to your local register office.
March • Send out invitations. • Organise a wedding rehearsal and let those attending know when and where they must be. 30
• If you’re getting married in a church, attend a reading of the banns. • Write your vows and practice them in front of friends or family. • Book your final beauty treatments, from fake tans to pedicures.
April • Try on your whole outfit including headdress, shoes, underwear and anything else you plan to wear on the day. If you’re missing something, now is the time to get it. • Call all vendors and booking to confirm there has been no cancellation or adjustment. • Decide and send photographer and videographer the must have shot list including who, where and when the formal portraits should take place. • Purchase honeymoon currency. www.titlesussex.co.uk
May • Visit stylist for hair treatment or cut • Review invitation list and chase any guests who have not replied yet. • Send your DJ or band your final song playlist and don’t forget to include songs you don’t want to hear on the day! • Send reception venue and caterer final head count, including any special requirements. • Attend your stag do or hen party. • Say “I do”.
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People getting married for the second time (or third, or fourth) are much more down to earth about the whole thing, as Sam Harrington-Lowe discovers
I’m not exactly keen on having a nightclub crawl wearing a veil, L-plates and bunny ears; I’m 43 years of age
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ot so much the blushing bride, second time-arounders are altogether a much more laissez-faire sort of crowd, with spending patterns completely different to first timers. Whereas girls marrying in their earlier days will spend a fortune on bridal gowns, bridesmaid’s outfits and just exactly the right shade of dove, those who’ve been through it before or round the block a bit, will tend to be a bit more relaxed about the affair. They’re more likely to have a quick ceremony, often approaching it in a brisk cut-and-shut fashion without too much singing and hanging about. I’ve been to a few second time arounders’ weddings and they’ve galloped through the wedding with almost indecent haste so they can get stuck in to the Veuve (they’ve all grown out of Moët by now), and have a proper party. It’s a thoroughly satisfying state of affairs. They’re keen to keep spending down on stuff like dresses and up on stuff like the bar and honeymoons. Interestingly, men spend more on engagement rings for their second marriages, according to a survey by online jeweller comparejewellery.com, with a rise from an average of £821 for the first missus that jumps to £2,050 for the lucky second. 48 per cent said it was simply because they had more faith in their second marriage lasting, while others said it was just because they had more money. However, they also spent less time choosing the ring, with nearly half of them getting their fiancée to choose their own – altogether a much more sensible approach if you ask me.
7 In terms of dresses, brides choosing for their second or third marriage don’t spend a fortune on bridal gowns, according to Katy Wilson of Walk in Wardrobe. “They want to feel special,” she explains, “but they’re just not prepared to spend thousands on bridal gowns – they’re not going to wear something big like that again, and they’ve no interest in keeping it wrapped in tissue in the loft, they want something they can maybe use in future. What’s really interesting is that they’ll quite often come into my shop and hire a dress that’s been worn before, but they will not buy a secondhand dress off eBay or whatever. I think it’s seen as bad luck. But we hire out loads of dresses for ladies to get married in. They have no interest in keeping them afterwards, they get married and get on with their lives.” It’s the same for men, who are less likely to go the whole hog on morning dress and opt for a suit they can wear again. Apart from a big knees-up on the day, the other big spend for the second time arounders is often the hen and stag parties, and the honeymoon. No L-plates in sight, you’ll often find your veteran hens taking long expensive spa breaks, or trips overseas for experiential weekends. Same with the boys, who roll out the readies for adrenalin-fuelled activities, high-end eating and drinking, and again, trips overseas. It’s either this, or the polar opposite with a low-key dinner at a local restaurant. As the age group tends to be a bit older, so the activities are reflected in the celebrations. As my recently-married second time-arounder friend Sally remarked, “I’m not exactly keen on having a nightclub crawl wearing a veil, L-plates and bunny ears; I’m 43 years of age.”
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7 Marian pastel peep toe sling-back £135 To hire no-nonsense dresses for weddings try Walk in Wardrobe – www.walk-in-wardrobe.co.uk For no-nonsense wedding planners try www.event-venue-finder.com/weddings-with-anew-twist-2
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PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Jane Busby’s Fashion Show hosted by Guy Lloyd and Sophie Corbett WHERE The Thistle Hotel, Brighton WHEN Saturday 18 April 2015 WHY Fifteen gorgeous models showed off the Spring/ Summer outfits from twelve Sussex shops to over 300 guests. The outfits were all from local suppliers and included: Eyesite Opticians Four Candles Get Cutie Jacu Laundry Boutique MatchBags Mistral Pretty Eccentric Rock Lobster Boutique Simon Carter Menswear Tegen Accessories The Fair Shop Photos: Larry Bray
Jane Busby with Guy Lloyd and Sophie Corbett
THRILLED TO GET... The goody bag – ours included a fantastic Match Bags make-up bag
WHAT WE LOVED A great version of the Charleston dance performed by six models, all clad in Pretty Eccentric’s gorgeous 1920s dresses.
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Photography & Production: Erika Szostak | www.erikaszostak.com Styling: Jane Busby | www.janebusby.co.uk Hair: Justin Adams & Yo Kruiz for Cove Hair | www.covehairbrighton.co.uk MUA: Charlene Howells | www.charlenehowells.com Models: Amy Lynch & Aleksey Lopez, W Athletic | www.wathletic.com Studio: Artista Studio & Gallery | www.artistastudio.co.uk Runners: Rebecca Wheeler, Cydnee Harmer and Darcy Haynes
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Rebecca Wheeler gives us the lowdown on being backstage at our fabulous fitness photo shoot, spilling the beans on how a professional fashion shoot comes together Photos: Erika Szostak and Cydnee Harmer
hen I was offered the role as a runner behind the scenes at the Title photo shoot I leapt at the chance of getting involved. Iâ€™m a first year student at the University of Brighton and want to get as much experience in the media industry as possible, so something like this was a golden opportunity. Getting to be part of the team that goes behind the curtain of an actual fashion shoot was really exciting.
Erika the photographer surrounded by lights
Models Amy and Aleksey
Justin tweaking hairstyles
MUA Charlene Howells working on Amy with baby oil!
The only experience Iâ€™ve ever had is being in front of the camera so I was very excited, if a little nervous. I had no idea what to expect. My main focus was to get stuck in and help as much as possible. It was really interesting to see how a simple studio is used in a shoot like this, even seeing that side of things was a new experience. The first thing I did was meet the fashion designer for the shoot, Jane Busby. With a keen interest in the fashion industry, I was intrigued to see what outfits Jane had selected for the shoot. My first job was to hang up and organise the outfits and make sure they www.titlesussex.co.uk
FASHION were paired together correctly. The outfits varied from colourful swimwear to cycling and gym wear. All were in bold, bright colours, which naturally gave the shoot a happy, colourful vibe, with brightly coloured bikinis and edgy trainers with features such as a burger attached to them. After meeting Jane I met the photographer, Erika Szostak, and getting the chance to meet a talented professional photographer and see her at work, right in front of me, was an amazing experience. As the day unfolded I got the chance to do many jobs for the shoot, including running out to get hold of an inflatable parrot and some gym weights! I loved seeing how versatile everyone was; no two pictures were the same and the outfits and theme changed throughout the day. From athletic sports to a fun day on the beach, it was fascinating to see two completely different themes shot on the same day and in the same location. The hardest part about the day was trying to make sure everyone had everything they needed. Being part of a photo shoot for a magazine is a big deal and and I wanted to get as much experience as possible and do my job as well as I could.
From athletic sports to a fun day on the beach, it was fascinating to see two completely different themes shot on the same day and in the same location.
In the Artista Studio
I’ve always wanted the chance to see how everything workes on a photo shoot; from how outfits are selected, to how the models work in front of the camera, how the hair stylists create amazing new looks each time, and make-up artists do their thing. I really enjoyed watching MUA Charlene Howells working her magic on the models - being a make-up enthusiast myself it was cool seeing a professional creating different looks to work with the model’s outfits. I learnt a lot on the day from working with these professionals in such a close environment; from the hair stylists at Cove Hair, to Charlene, Jane and Erika, everyone involved helped create a fantastic shoot that I am proud to have been a part of. Hope I’m picked for the next one!
Yo fixes Amy's hair mid-pose
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Shot at: Artista Studio & Gallery, Brighton photography: erika Szostak Stylist: Jane Busby Models: Amy Lynch & Aleksey Lopez, W Athletic hair: Justin Adams & Yo Kruiz from Cove hair Makeup: Charlene howells Assistants: rebecca Wheeler, Cydnee harmer and Darcy haynes
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of delights Intrepid gourmand Julie Burchill explores lunch at Jeremy’s at Borde Hill I’ve never really been ‘at one’ with the natural world - as a teenager my favourite book was Against Nature by Huysmans (‘you may know it by the original French title, A Rebours, Maman!’ I would taunt my hard-working blue-collar mother from my darkened bedroom when she came to plead with me yet again to get a Saturday job) and since then I’ve pretty much stuck to my man-made, non-biodegradable guns. So when I was asked if I wanted to go to Jeremy’s restaurant in Borde Hill Gardens, a mere skip along the primrose path from my beloved Brighton, I was initially unsure. But my best friend The Botanist was very excited about seeing the blooms; I adore The Botanist, and feel that she will probably be to me what The Blonde is to A.A Gill on his chow-outings. She really is the ideal companion; not only does she NOT DRINK ALCOHOL so I get hers when there’s any buckshee booze about, but she also drives a car AND has a disabled sticker, so we can PARK ANYWHERE, like royalty! When she asked me recently if we would still be bezzies if she didn’t have this wonderful benefit, I answered kindly ‘Of course!’ before adding ‘But we probably wouldn’t see QUITE as 50
Photo: Yvonne Doyle
Photo of Julie Burchill by Eammon McCabe
The vine-covered walkway in the back garden
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My tempura seafood was like having an indecent proposal whispered into one’s mouth by a shortsighted pervert.
much of each other - especially in inclement weather when I don’t much care for walking.’ Well, they do say that honesty is the best policy. And Jeremy’s boasts two AA Rosettes and a Regional Restaurant of the Year Award - surely for this I could put aside my beef with bucolicism for a few hours? Champagne is, like Marxism, one of those things which always promises far more than it delivers, but as F.Scott Fitzgerald said of America, a shimmering sliver of it before luncheon symbolizes ‘a willingness of the heart’ - especially so when I get The Botanist’s glass as well as my own. I do like a grey-painted bar; I always find that only inherently dull people dislike neutral colours, whereas interesting ones find them an agreeable backdrop against which to repeatedly burst forth as a revelation. We were shown to a shiny table in a light-filled room, just the righte side of Ye Olde. The bread was the first sign that we were somewhere special; it tasted like sexy cake, like some flashback Marie Antoinette might have had just before execution. This earthy opulence set the tone of the meal; The Botanist’s spinach soup was like eating velvet and thus vaguely obscene, while my tempura seafood was like having an indecent proposal whispered into one’s mouth by a shortsighted pervert. The Botanist reported that her potato rosti was so succulent it needed no chewing, which sounded like a recommendation to some poor soul in their dotage, on their deathbed or both, but I’m sure was meant well. My hake was so fresh that I half-expected it to jump up and plead ‘Please don’t eat me!‘ but sadly so delicious that I would probably have given it a dry slap and done it anyway. Desserts - chocolate brownie with buttermilk ice cream and pine nut cake with port and fig - were so perfect that I briefly considered breaking the habit of a lifetime and running out into the glorious gardens lisping ‘Hello trees, hello flowers!’ a la Molesworth. Indeed, I had promised my abstentious amigo a quick stroll around the grounds, but the elements were on my side and as we made to leave the heavens opened - proof that the rain rains on the just and the unjust, as The Botanist and I scampered to her car. So, a perfect luncheon indeed.
Jeremy’s Restaurant Borde Hill, Borde HIll Gardens, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP Tel: 01444 441102 Web: www.jeremysrestaurant.co.uk
Chef Jimmy picking herbs from Jeremy’s garden
Dessert photo:Yvonne ‘The Botanist’ Doyle All other photos: Julia Claxton
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English Wine Week hits Sparkling Sussex Sussex sees a number of wine-based events as part of English Wine Week and the Brighton Food Festival. Sam Harrington-Lowe investigates… Photos: Julia Claxton
t is a truth, (almost) universally acknowledged, that the globe is getting hotter. And whilst that’s definitely not a good thing for polar bears and ice caps, it’s something that’s had a fundamental effect on our wine production here in Sussex.
Our chalky soil here in the South Downs is good for vines, but it’s always been a bit cold. Ridgeview, for example, have in the past had to employ massive candles in between the vines and tales of helicopters to keep away the frost abound. But an overall average rise of around one degree means that wine production is up, and the wine business in Sussex and the South East is booming. Geologist and viticulture guru Professor Richard Selley, who has worked with UK vineyard giant Denbies as a consultant, goes that bit further and estimates that if temperatures continue to rise it won’t be long before vineyards will need to consider replacing their vines with types better suited to warmer climates. Aside from having a positive effect on our regional economy, there’s something very satisfying about drinking wine that’s come from up the road. And if you needed more evidence of this, we recommend you investigate English Wine Week, from 23-31 May 2015 (www.englishwineproducers. co.uk/news/eww/). To celebrate this boom, Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival has a number of events this year. By the time you read this, they’ll already have worked through the Brighton Wine Fair at Hotel du Vin, The Ridgeview Wine Dinner at Jeremy’s and the Wines of New Zealand at Drakes. But fear not, if you missed these treats, there’s plenty more viticulture ahead. Here’s our guide:-
Saturday 23 May Sussex Wine Bus Tour – part of English Wine Week Visiting two vineyards – still wine and sparkling – where you’ll explore and taste many of the wines. Breakfast of local apple juice and croissants, plus a delicious buffet lunch is included. Departs Old Steine, Brighton 9.30am - 6pm, £75 in advance Tickets from www.brightonfoodfestival.com
Saturday 23 May Laithwaite’s Brighton Wine Tasting Laithwaite’s are showcasing over 40 wines at this Brighton wine tasting. Meet the growers, sample all-new wines and enjoy nibbles from local food producers. Thistle Hotel, Kings Road, Brighton 1.30pm-3.30pm & 6.30pm-8.30pm, £25 in advance Tickets from www.laithwaiteswine.co.uk/events or call 03330 148200 www.titlesussex.co.uk
Friday 29 May English Wine & Food Matching Night - part of English Wine Week and supported by English Wine Producers, Butlers Wine Cellar & 64 Degrees One of the headline events of English Wine Week. We’re now seen by the wine world as one of the most important emerging wine regions. Sussex is home to a host of award-winning and acclaimed vineyards including Ridgeview Wine Estate and Court Garden Vineyard at Ditchling, Plumpton College, Albourne Estate near Hassocks and Bolney Wine Estate just north of Haywards Heath. At this very special evening hosted by Henry Butler and Julia Trustram Eve, each vineyard will present one of their wines with canapés expertly matched by chef Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees – whose Brighton eatery was voted #36 in the UK at the Restaurant Awards 2014. There’s also elderberry port from Blackdown Sussex Spirits. Festival marquees on Hove Lawns 7.30pm, £50 in advance Tickets from www.brightonfoodfestival.com
Saturday 30 May Brighton Wine Festival sponsored by Nutshell Construction, part of English Wine Week supported by Butler’s Wine Cellar and English Wine Producers This excellent event is back on Hove Lawns with Henry Butler showcasing the best of world wines alongside award-winning and critically acclaimed wines from Sussex and the South Downs. Sample whilst you talk to the producers and importers, and if you place an order of 12 bottles or more on the day they’ll refund your ticket there and then. Festival marquees on Hove Lawns Saturday 30 May, 12-2pm, £20 in advance Saturday 30 May, 2.30-4.30pm, £20 in advance Tickets from www.brightonfoodfestival.com
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We thought it was our duty to check out some of Sussex’s hero wines and do a little taste test... WINNER Bluebell Vineyards Brut Rosé A subtle and seductive fizz, made from Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier. Uckfield – www.bluebellvineyard.co.uk SECOND PLACE Nutbourne Vineyards Sussex reserve 2013 A very close second, this blend of Bacchus, Huxelrebe and Reichensteiner grapes produces a crips, elderflowery dry white. Perfect for summer. Pulborough – www.nutbournevineyards.com THIRD Oxney Organic Estate English Rosé 2014 We loved this easy-drinking pink wine, and we loved that it was organic. Rye – www.oxneyestate.com/vineyard FOURTH Highdown Estate ‘Millers Reserve’ Rosé By no means a loser, this is a deep vibrant rose with a full flavour, made from Dornfelder, Rondo, and Pinot Noir grapes. Ferring - www.highdown-vineyard.co.uk
Sunday 31 May Food and Drink Masterclasss Learn more about the food and drink of Sussex with the people who make and sell it. Sunday 31 May, noon - 1pm: Tasting of award-winning Sussex sparkling wines presented by Mardi Roberts of Ridgeview Wine Estate. (£15) Sunday 31 May, 1.30pm - 2.30pm: Blackdown Sussex Spirits cocktail masterclass with producer Sarah Thompson. OK, not wine. But it’s a Sussex phenomenon and it’s straight after Ridgeview. You should go (£15) Festival marquees on Hove Lawns Noon - 6pm, prices vary from £6 - £15 in advance from www.brightonfoodfestival.com. www.titlesussex.co.uk www.titlesussex.co.uk
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14. Rathfinny Estate Web: www.rathfinnyestate.com Wine: White, Sparkling
26. High Clandon Web: www.highclandon.co.uk Address: Clandon Downs, High Clandon, GU4 7RP Tel: 01483 225660 Wine: Sparkling
4. Bolney Wine Estate Web: www.bolneywinestate.com Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red
11. Kingscote Vineyards Web: www.kingscotevineyards.com Wine: Sparkling, White 12. Nutbourne Vineyards Web: www.nutbournevineyards.com Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé
25. Gusbourne Estate Web: www.gusbourne.com Wine: Sparkling, White, Red
17. Upperton Vineyards Web: www.uppertonvineyards.co.uk Wine: Sparkling
10. Hush Heath Vineyard Web: www.hushheath.com Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red
13. Oxney Organic Estate Web: www.oxneyestate.com Wine: Rosé, Sparkling
3. Bluebell Vineyard Estates Web: www.bluebellvineyard.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White
9. Highdown Vineyard Web: www.highdown-vineyard.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé
16. Tinwood Estate Web: www.tinwoodestate.com Wine: Sparkling
8. Denbies Wine Estate Web: www.denbies.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red
2. Biddenden Vineyards Web: www.biddendenvineyards.com Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red
7. Court Garden Vineyard Web: www.courtgarden.com Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red
15. Ridgeview Wine Estate Web: www.ridgeview.co.uk Wine: Sparkling
6. Chapel Down Web: www.chapeldown.com Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red
1. Barnsole Vineyard Web: www.barnsole.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White, Red
5. Carr Taylor Vineyards children’s trail Web: www.carr-taylor.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé
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The vineyards in the following list are open at least one day per week all year round and do not require advance booking
Sussex and the South EastWinchester has an Salisbury absolute wealth of vineyards to check out, whetherSouthampton your Portsmouth poison is red, white, sparkling… or all of Bournemouth the above!
Vineyards open by appointment only 18. Albourne Estate Web: www.albournestate.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White 19. Albury Organic Vineyard Web: www.alburyvineyard.com Wine: Sparkling, Rosé 20. Blackdown Ridge Web: www.blackdownridge.co.uk Wine: Sparkling*, White, Rosé, Red 21. Breaky Bott om Vineyard Web: www.breakybottom.co.uk Wine: Sparkling 22. Chalksole Vineyard Web: www.themarquisatalkham.co.uk Wine: Sparkling 23. Charles Palmer Vineyards Web: www.charlespalmer-vineyards. co.uk Tel: 01797 226216 Wine: Sparkling 24. Greyfriars Vineyard Web: www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White, Red
27. Mount Harry Vines Web: www.mountharryhouse.wordpress. com Wine: Sparkling 28. Plumpton College Web: www.plumpton.ac.uk/department/ wineand-wine-research/21 Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red 29. RHS Wisley Web: www.rhs.org.uk/wisley Wine: White 30. The Mount Vineyard Web: www.themountvineyard.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red 31. West Fisher Winery Web: www.westfisher.co.uk Wine: Sparkling, White, Rosé, Red English Wine Week www.englishwineproducers.co.uk/news/ eww/ Brighton Food & Drink Festival www.brightonfoodfestival.com
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RECIPE A taste of the sea You might need an ‘R’ in the month for the best shellfish, but May is an awesome time to eat crab
Peti te Baked CraB Cakes SERVES 8 Fresh crab is in season right now – you can get it in fishmongers all along the coast of Sussex, where we are spoilt for choice in terms of the length of our coastline. Look for fresh, clean crabs, and choose these rather than using crab from a tin, as the taste and smell is a bit fishy and metallic, and the price is much the same as fresh anyway. For tasty presentation, serve the crab cakes on large leaves of lettuce, topped with thinly sliced radishes. INGREDIENTS 250g crabmeat ½ cup (30g) panko bread crumbs 1 large egg 1 large egg white 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots 2 tablespoons finely chopped red pepper 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice A few dashes of Tabasco sauce Sea salt ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Cooking spray or oil mister 8 small lemon wedges, for serving
Hop to it!
Dave Streeter was our lucky online winner, scooping the chance to spend a day brewing his own beer at Bison Brewery in Sussex and writing up the review as a guest on our website. To read all about Dave’s day as a master brewer, please check the link on Title Sussex online, under our Food & Drink section. www.titlesussex.co.uk/craft-your-own-ale-atbison-beer-brew-school Bison Beer www.bisonbeer.co.uk
METHOD In a large bowl, combine the panko, whole egg, egg white, shallots, pepper, mayonnaise, parsley, lemon juice, Tabasco, ¼ teaspoon plus ⅛ teaspoon salt and black pepper. Pick over the crabmeat to remove any bits of shell, then fold the meat into the panko mixture, being careful not to overmix. Gently shape into eight round patties with your hands, about ¼ cup each. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/Gas 7. Spray a non-stick baking sheet with oil and arrange the crab cakes on it. Bake until golden, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes on each side. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing. TOP TIP You can form the patties ahead of time and keep them refrigerated until you’re ready to bake. These are perfect as a starter or as a main course for four if served with a large salad. The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka is available now (Harper Thorsons, £18.99 paperback)
NICK MOSLEY What’ hot in the Sussex larder this month… Make mine a pint of Sussex There’s been a veritable explosion of craft brewing in the UK over the past couple of years, and Sussex is home to some of the best. Micro-breweries such as Unbarred in Brighton, 360 Degrees at Sheffield Park, and Isfield at Framfield are all producing cracking beers that combine quality ingredients and traditional skills with creative flair. It’s also great to see established brewers such as Brighton Bier grow to a fully-fledged business supplying the south coast and into London. Breweries are also more accessible in terms of allowing you to visit. Whilst the waiting list for a tour of Harvey’s in Lewes is rather lengthy, you can be ‘Brewer for the Day’ at KingBeer in Horsham, helping out on all aspects of the brewing process (KingBeer, 01403 272102, kingbeer.co.uk). If you’d rather sit back and enjoy the labours of someone else’s graft, then a great country pub with a wide range of local beers is The Bull in Ditchling (01273 843147, thebullditchling.com). Or you can join me at the Brighton Beer & Cider Festival on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May on Hove Lawns, and sample over 50 beers and ciders from Sussex, the Channel Islands, London and the West Country (advance tickets £7 from brightonfoodfestival.com) – cheers! I’m game, are you? We’ve got an amazing choice of game birds and animals to choose from on our doorstep here in Sussex but we’re simply not eating enough of them. Game is by its very nature organic and free-range, and it also tends to be a lot leaner than farm-reared beasts. Rabbit, pigeon, wild boar and the invasive species of Muntjac deer are available pretty much year-round
Knepp photo: Julia Claxton
whilst autumn and winter see pheasant, grouse and the larger species of deer appear. It’s absolutely essential that game animals are managed in our countryside as over-population causes many millions of pounds of damage to crops, and across the UK around 74,000 road accidents a year are attributed to deer. Speak to your local butcher about what game meats are in season or visit Chanctonbury Game in Washington, West Sussex (01903 877 551, chanctonburygame.co.uk), for a wide choice of locally sourced game from the fields, woods and downland of Sussex. Or why not enjoy a Sussex game safari? Knepp Castle Estate near Horsham has over 3,500 acres of land where you’ll find free-roaming herds of wild ponies, longhorn cattle, deer and pigs, plus the option to camp overnight (knepp.co.uk). Food trends Over the summer I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of fermented food on the menus of the county’s better eateries, and the much vaunted but often disappointing ’street food revolution’ will continue to mature with the likes of lobster burgers and tempura oysters appearing on more menus. Scandinavian cuisine will continue to influence chefs, although it wouldn’t surprise me at all if we saw more Korean restaurants popping up. I’m also convinced 2015 will finally be the year of vermouth – take a look at the utterly delicious silver birch vermouth from Blackdown Artisan Spirits near Pulborough (blackdowncellar. co.uk). Martinis all round in the garden this year then... Nick Mosley, director of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival www.brightonfoodfestival.com
We’ve got an amazing choice of game birds and animals to choose from on our doorstep here in Sussex but we’re simply not eating enough of them.
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Handmade dairy ice cream straight out of West Sussex. Caroline’s Dairy Ice Cream comes from Chalder Farm, a family dairy where the water meadows form part of the RSPB Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. The cows are crossbreeds which produce creamy milk and are robust, healthy cattle thriving on a grass based, GM-free diet. The milk produced has a butterfat content of four per cent, which is then added to cream to produce the delicious ice cream. All of Caroline’s Dairy ice cream is hand-made in small batches, using only the milk from the dairy herd at Chalder Farm. This is natural, additive free ice cream at its best from Sussex. We’re loving the Banoffee flavour, new this summer. www.carolinesdairy.co.uk
Same old sarnies?
A survey commissioned by Lurpak found that millions of workers have the same lunch every day – and the top choice is the humble cheese sandwich. It tops the list ahead of ham, chicken or salad and the results showed 83 per cent of workers in the city eat an identical lunch each day, with 16 per cent doing so for an average of seven years. Come on you lot, try something new. We’re loving this fig, Manchego and honey crostini. Messy makes the mouth water: Spread Lurpak Spreadable on a rustic baguette and layer with Serano ham and Manchego cheese. Chop a fig into wedges and layer on top. Finish with a drizzle of honey and a scattering of walnuts for extra crunch.
Death by chocolate
The Chilli-Shop in Brighton launches an exclusive first, an awesome chocolate brownie laced with the frankly terrifying Ghost ‘Death’ Naga chilli. It’s a lovely soft, moist brownie, so you’re lulled into a false sense of security before the million-Scoville chilli hit kicks in. The shop teamed up with top bakery A Taste of Dreams (Glyndebourne) to create what they claim is the hottest packaged chocolate brownie in the world. And we’ve got our hands on some to give away to five, er, lucky readers. Simply tell us the correct name for the Death or Naga chilli, and we’ll pick out some winners at random. Email email@example.com with CHILLI MADNESS in the subject line before 15 May 2015. Chilli-Shop Brighton Open Market, London Road www.chilli-shop.co.uk
Hero product Just until the sun kisses our skin a bit more, we’re still in foundation country. Our hero this month is bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF 15, which launches a 20th anniversary Collector’s Edition. Available at the Brighton BareEscentuals boutique or www.qvcuk.com, £38
A Bryt future Cool and cutting-edge, BRYT Skincare is becoming the goto range for those looking to address skin issues naturally. This premium quality, price-sensitive British brand has been designed to simply and effectively treat and nourish the skin, and it comes straight out of Sussex. BRYT has been developed by Catkin Wemyss Bodmer who lives in Lickfold – and we promise that’s her real name. The complete range features 12 products – eight for her and four for him. It’s a great range, from cleanse through to moisturize. We love them. Available from Spark’s Yard Arundel, and Waitroses in Hove, Burgess Hill, Chichester and Worthing www.brytskincare.co.uk
Here's to fruity body care Boozi Body Care started life a few years ago with a business in Brighton called SuziSoaps set up by Suzi McCarthy, making natural handmade soaps and skincare products. One day, out with her girlfriends over a cocktail (or three) inspiration struck. Cocktails work so well; they taste and smell amazing! So she took a cocktail glass of inspiration, shook it up with a dash of creativity, mixed in a twist of the unique and tada! Boozi Body Care was launched. The brand won Silver in the Pure Beauty Awards for the Best Hand Cream 2014, followed in early 2015 by an award for small businesses presented and chosen by Theo Paphitis, as well as an award for female entrepreneurs presented and chosen by Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers. This is cocktail-inspired, paraben-free body care. What’s not to like? Sussex stockists are Masion 1880 in Hurst Green, White Sails in Battle, Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and Amalia in Worthing. www.boozibodycare.com
Hay Fever misery Every year, hay fever sufferers endure a range of miseries, but surprising new survey statistics reveal that a quarter of hay fever sufferers wait up to two weeks after onset of their symptoms before doing anything about it. Pollen season is underway, so now is the time to start thinking about hay fever prevention, before it takes over… Tips for dealing with hay fever: 1. Know your forecast. Hay fever symptoms are likely to be more severe when the pollen count is high, usually on hot dry days. 2. Avoid alcohol. Many alcoholic drinks contain histamine, which is the chemical that triggers allergic reactions. 3. Stub it out. Smoking or inhaling other people’s smoke can irritate your airways and aggravate symptoms, so cut out the fags. 4. Stop the spread. Pollen can be brought into the home from outdoors on our clothing and hair. Take a shower and change your clothes after being outdoors. 5. Keep windows closed and clean them regularly with a damp cloth to avoid pollen building up indoors. Antihistamines are good but we also found this new product that blocks airborne allergens. It’s a clear gel that can be applied under or over make-up. Definitely worth trying. NasalGuard AllergieBLOCK is £11.99 for 150 applications and available at selected Boots, Superdrug & Sainsbury’s stores and Alliance Pharmacies. www.AllergieBlock.co.uk
Making mountains out of moles Would you know what to look for when checking your moles? The sun is coming, which is always a good thing, but with sun comes the possibility of skin damage, or worse. Survival rates vary dramatically depending on when the melanoma is caught. For example, a stage 1A diagnosis has a 95% ten year survival rate, while stage four has a ten year survival rate of just 10% - 15%. What to look out for… 1. Rapidly growing or enlarging moles 2. Moles that change shape and become irregular or asymmetrical 3. Blurring of the borders of a mole 4. Changing colour, particularly darkening, or more variations of colour appearing 5. Ulceration or bleeding If you’re experiencing any of the above, see a doctor straight away. Over the past year, according to a survey by whatclinic.com, there has been a whopping 94% increase in Sussex people checking for moles and making enquiries for removal. Make sure you have a regular mole check and always use sun screen.
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Ever wondered what it takes to be a bodybuilder? Title caught up with Angela Dolan - No 63 above - to find out more...
Q When and why did you first get
started in bodybuilding?
I’ve always been interested in bodybuilding as I’ve had friends that have done it – that and powerlifting. For the past ten years I’ve run marathons, and I’ve always weight/resistance trained alongside my running. I really love looking strong rather than skinny, so this is why my direction has changed. It’s fun working out with the boys too!
was your perspective on fitness before you started bodybuilding?
I work at Stables boxing and fitness gym as a PT, where I help boxers get fit for fights using interval training and boxing drills. I think exercise and diet are key to keeping happy and healthy. It has always been a part of my life.
usually, but I always join in when I do the classes at work or with a client. I just can’t stop myself! Then four weeks before a competition I do 45mins cardio before breakfast as well. No days off!
point of your bodybuilding career to date?
widespread are drugs such as steroids in the world of bodybuilding?
For guys yes, to compete in the bigger classes it really is a given. Not so much for women though.
Q Is there still a taboo surrounding female bodybuilders?
I think there is. Skinny is still more fashionable and I think it’s a real shame. Strong is beautiful! The most common thing people ask me is, “Oh like Jody Marsh?” I think she did really well, but I’m not sure if she’s a good ambassador for women – or bodybuilding…
Q Tell us about your training A I weight train five days a week and Q
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What is the best asset of your physique/body? www.titlesussex.co.uk
I would say my back and abs.
Q What has been the highlight/low A
Highlight is seeing changes in my body weekly, that’s exciting. And competing was amazing. I’m not done yet. Low point was the last week before the comp. No carbs! White fish and asparagus, five times a day. Not that I was starving but I became forgetful. Lost my phone and keys daily.
Q What keeps you motivated? A I would say I’m bloody-minded.
Until I place in the British finals I will keep going. Also to be in the best shape of my life at 40 is amazing. My coach, DD at Physiques Training, has been amazing. He has coached me and looked after my diet and nutrition as well as tanning and pumping me up before I jump on stage and being the loudest voice in the audience cheering me on.
Q What advice do you have for people who would like to
Do it! You need to be organised so food prep is a vital part alongside the actual training.
Q What are your plans for the future? A I placed 5th out of 12 in the UKBFF regional heat in
I do cardio 30-45mins before food, and I have water with every meal. Breakfast is oats, whey protein, fruit and cinnamon Meal 2 - turkey and broccoli
Portsmouth and to place for the British finals you need a 1st or 2nd, so after having a few days off I’m back on it. I will try again to place in Kent on the 30th August. So it’s time to work on my weak points and pose, pose, pose!
Meal 3 - white fish, basmati rice, mixed greens
Q Can you outline a typical day of training for you in the
Meal 5 - sweet potato with mixed greens and turkey
Meal 4 - green salad with salmon or mackerel
build up to a competition?
Meal 6 - oats and cinnamon
6am is water and 45min cardio. I run with my dog and include stair climbs and hills. Then 7am I’ll have my first meal, 10am another meal, then head to the gym for boxing drills at midday. After that at 12.30pm I’ll have meal number three, then do some more training at 2.30pm before eating meals again at 4.30pm, 6.30pm and 8.30pm and I’m in bed by 10pm latest. Water with every meal too, that’s really important.
It’s all about eating clean, eating regularly and drinking water.
Q What is your favourite healthy meal? A Turkey with sweet potato and broccoli, or oats with
whey protein powder and cinnamon.
Q And your favourite cheat meal!? A Coco pops or dippy egg with toast. Find Angela Dolan at www.personaltrainingsussex.co.uk
Photo: Zavier Itter
Cala Llentrisca An old timber jetty sits in the middle of this peaceful, almost deserted strip of coast. The crescent shaped beach offers crystal blue water and tranquillity that couldn’t be further from the madness of Bora Bora. Although it’s a pretty isolated area, its natural beauty makes it well worth the journey. Where: From Sant Josep, follow the road south to Es Cubells. From here, wind your way down the road to the coast whilst enjoying the lush views. A footpath will take you to the beach from there. Before you leave: Stop off for a drink at Es Cubells, a small village nestled among lemon, orange and olive groves. Bar Llumbi is a family owned bar and restaurant that offers unspoilt views of the coast as well as a traditional Spanish menu.
FIVE SECRET BEACHES Everyone flocks to Bora Bora and San Antonio to party, but why not try ditching the crowds and relaxing in peace on one of Ibiza’s lesser-known beaches off the beaten track.
3 Cala Salada This secluded beach is perfect for snorkelling and cliff jumping (if you’re brave enough). For the explorers amongst you, hike to Ses Fontanelles to catch a glimpse of the famous Bronze Age cave drawings. Where: A short drive from San Antonio. Before you leave: Visit one of the local beach shacks for a fresh lime mojito. Several refreshments later, be a daredevil and head round to Salada’s secluded sister beach for a spot of skinny dipping.
2 Cala Olivera The calm, clear waters of this untouched cove mean you’ll just have to dive in and swim. Make a day of it and enjoy the beautiful views out to sea away from the noisy crowds; however you may be sharing this hidden gem with locals or even the occasional naturist who stops by to top up their tan. Where: On the East coast of Ibiza, past the gated community of Roca Llisa. Before you leave: There isn’t much in the way of bars and restaurants nearby, so bring a little picnic.
Feel at one with nature at this beach as you breathe in the scent of the pine trees and admire the scenery.
Es Xarcu Another beach favoured by locals. Feel at one with nature at this beach as you breathe in the scent of the pine trees and admire the scenery. Be sure to wear flip flops as the sand is quite rocky, although the seabed itself is cushiony soft. Where: Situated on the south coast, between Es Torrent and Cala Jondal. Before you leave: Take a short detour to Es Xarco (one bay away) for a delicious seafood lunch and a bottle of wine.
Benirras Beach Okay so this isn’t exactly a ‘secret’ beach (it can get quite busy during peak season) but it’s well worth checking out. This small but picturesque bay boasts crystal clear water perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Where: On the island’s north-west coast, just past San Miguel. Before you leave: Enjoy the gorgeous Ibiza sunset, which is often accompanied by drummers who arrive on the beach to ‘drum down the sunset’.
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Louise Jones from Elmer Sands near Bognor is 65 and was rocking a very chic look in her Phase Eight coat, River Island jeans and Reikei boots. Bag is Ralph Lauren; “My son bought it for me,” she said, “so I’m hoping it’s a real one.”
Amber is a 23 year old accountant from Funtington who was out shopping with her boyfriend. Scarf from All that Glitters, top Miss Selfridge, jeans TopShop, boots Miss Selfridge and the big shades are Givenchy at Boots. Loving the look.
Street Style - Chi Each month we make it our business to explore Sussex and check out what’s going on. This month, the lovely ancient town of Chichester gets the Title treatment…
Ashley, 25, is working at Montezumas and was handing out chilli and lime chocolate samples. “I came here to study music and ended up staying and working in a chocolate shop. I play in a music duo now though too, call Tom & Ash, we play Spanish guitar music.”
Nile Wade and Kaylum, both 18, were practicing their parkour, running and leaping over everything in sight, Kaylum practicing a flying somersault from standing. They’ve known each other for about three years and were filming themselves, which they stream live for others to watch. Nile (on the bench) is in a Topman top, shorts from Sports Direct, leggings from Primark and Puma trainers, whilst Kaylum opts for Guinness top, Slazenger trakkies and trainers from Foot Locker. “We go through a lot of trainers,” said Kaylum.
Nick is 55 and from Shoreham and had just rolled out of Cote where he’d been celebrating his wife’s birthday with a good lunch. We loved Nick’s shirt (from Boden) and whilst we were photographing him, his wife and the rest of the party were killing themselves laughing. Thanks for stopping for us Nick! Jeans from Next and shoes from Jones.
Evie Wilson from Arundel is seven years old and we loved her look. She said her mum helps her choose her clothes but she really likes looking good! Dress from Matalan, furry gilet from Zara, socks from Next and trainers from Converse.
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2–24 MAY 2015 GUEST DIRECTOR:
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PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT The Kamelia Kids Day Nursery held its first Open Day WHERE
Sophie entertains children at the open day
Kamelia Kids Day Nursery, Goring-by-Sea WHEN Tuesday 11 April 2015 WHY Parents were able to look around the nursery facilities while the children were entertained by activities including face painting and egg and bunny hunting around the nursery
Kathy talks with 11 year old Angel
Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE LOVED An amazing cake in the shape of a bouquet that was raffled
A face painting day for children Buddy aged 4, Ruby aged 3 and Hero aged 5 with mum Sabrina
WHAT WE LOVED Great Aunt Loretta bought a large container of her green gloop, much to the surprise and delight of the children.
A hug for Sue Jamieson, CBeebies Great Aunt Loretta St James CE Primary School in the Enchanted Garden
WHAT Actor Sue Jamieson officially opened ‘Jenny’s Enchanted Garden’ in front of pupils and teachers of St James CE Primary School WHERE Lodge Hill, Pulborough WHEN Tuesday 20 April 2015 WHY Appearing in character as Great Aunt Loretta from the CBeebies series ‘Grandpa in my Pocket’ Sue opened the garden, which now forms part of Lodge Hill’s Adventure Trail, by reading an excerpt from Enid Blyton’s ‘The Folk of the Faraway Tree’ that inspired the garden’s design Photos: Graham Franks
Sue Jamieson with Jenny Hossock and family officially opened ‘Jenny’s Enchanted Garden’
Sue Jamieson, CBeebies Great Aunt Loretta tells a story to the children from St James CE Primary School
Elderflower Fields was born in 2012 out of a desire to create a new festival in Sussex that puts families and kids first. So what better arena for dance phenomenon Big Fish Little Fish? Title caught up with BFLF founder Hannah Saundersâ€Ś Photographs by Leon Neal and Sophia Spring
What is BFLF? Big Fish Little Fish is a family rave. We are seasoned clubbers and parents and use this experience to create anarchic, social, daft, fun parties for all ages. I designed it with my own family in mind - somewhere relaxed, entertaining, and where the adults enjoy themselves as much as the children and vice versa. Itâ€™s a great mix of music, dancing, crafts, play, drink and food and people are evangelical about us. Where did the idea come from? I love music, dancing, clubbing and have young children that I have taken to festivals since they were a few months old - having a great time together. At other times of the year I was at a loss to find something we all enjoyed. Family 70
friendly activities were either 100% child-centric or, if it’s more adult-orientated like going out for a Sunday lunch in a pub, then the kids get bored. The kiddie discos I heard about didn’t really do it for me musically and I realised there wasn’t anything providing that celebratory sense of freedom for all ages outside of the summer and so decided to create it myself. Tell us what happens at a typical event, if there is such a thing… Our regular parties are two and a half hours long on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in a quirky pub or club venue. About 500 people attend - families with children aged eight or under. The main dance room has top club and festival DJs spinning excellent music - from hip hop to ska, big dose of 90s rave and a good smattering of drum ‘n’ bass with a splash of quality pop - under club visuals, bubble machines, glitter cannon and the legendary parachute dance at the end. In another room is the Happy Monkey craft room with themed crafts (each party has a theme), giant colouring mural, Play-Doh table and transfer tattoos - all managed by Captain Cookie. We also have other areas: a baby chill-out space with sofas, yoga mats, bean bags and small ball pool and a more rough and tumble play area with tents and tunnels. Every child gets a free glowstick when they enter and a goodie bag with a Happy Monkey smoothie and Bear snack when they leave. Increasingly we also have additional performers and workshops - we had a Korg synth one, children’s theatre, storyteller and interactive light projections; Thames Discovery Project brought some artefacts along to one recently. Who are the people involved in the event? We’re a small team - we do indeed feel like a family. The main organisers (myself, Natasha Morabito, Alfie Willmott) are all parents who got to know each other through our children and are all big music/club/festival lovers. Our other halves get roped in to roadie/ bookkeep/take care of the kids/steward at parties. Natasha’s husband Joe Muggs is a famous dance music writer, manager and DJ and will be doing the DJ honours at Elderflower Fields. A huge number of DJs have now played 71
Funny anecdotes/near disasters? So many... a support DJ cancelled at the last minute so the unexpected hero was Marian the security guard who was a DJ back in Romania. We had a complete technical failure at one huge event that meant for the first 20mins customers were listening to my mate’s phone playing the Alt J album. Recently at the Royal Festival Hall we closed the Imagine Children’s festival with a free rave and 3,000 people turned up. This took the festival director by surprise and we had to stop the music for 10minutes to re-establish crowd control. That was our Castle Morton moment. It was ace. How’s it going to work at the festival? There won’t be the usual chill and play BFLF like Tom Middleton, Terry Farley, DJ Food, Si Begg, Coldcut, Readers Wifes, even Mixmaster Morris. We have a lovely crew of regular stewards who are a mixture of mates of ours and childcare professionals. My old friend Mog brought her 12 year old son along to buggy steward in January. We got Happy Monkey smoothies on board as sponsors and I’ve also been lucky to find some great venues and owners/ managers for our regular parties Shapes (Hackney Wick), The Bedford Arms (Balham), Electrowerkz (Islington), Brixton JAMM - as well as lovely producers at venues for occasional one offs; e.g. Stratford Circus, Mini Vault, Southbank Centre, Winterville. Who are the best movers? Some of the children pull some quite astonishing moves but to be fair to the adults it is difficult to throw your best shapes when you’ve got a five year old on your shoulders or a six month old strapped to your chest and you’re holding a pint. Tell us a bit about the DJs – do they see it as an easy gig?! Oh dear no. Almost every DJ who has played has said they’ve sweated over the BFLF tracks more than they’ve done for a gig for years. Most of them are parents themselves and whilst excited about showing off what they do for a living
to their kids, they are terrified about getting the right mix. Altered Natives even did a special remix of the Joey Beltram classic Energy Flash for us Energy Fish! Never work with children or animals – true or false? True(ish) - I absolutely love running the parties. But when I’m running one and my children are there they have to understand that I’m working and will be busy (though I do usually sneak a dance in with them).
areas - there’s a whole festival to do that in! But essentially the brilliant music with glitter, bubbles and parachute will be there, along with some craft tables to make stuff. It’ll still be about bringing the night-time club music into the middle of the afternoon for everyone to enjoy. Times/dates for the event at the festival? I don’t know these yet - but it should be somewhere between 2-5pm.
Big Fish Little Fish at Elderflower Fields, 22-25 May, Pippingford Park, East Grinstead, www.elderflowerfields.co.uk Big Fish Little Fish events are held throughout the year at different venues and tickets are available for all events from their website www.bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk
TITLE FAMILIES NEARLY TIME TO TAKEPART With competition from TV, films and video games it’s hard enough to get kids outside, let alone be active and interactive.
Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids Hungry Roscoe For ages 2-6 years Flying Eye £11.99
To help solve this struggle is Take Part, a two-week festival encouraging people to become more active. Billed as Britain’s biggest festival of sport, the event kicks off with a launch day at Preston Park on 20 June where dozens of taster sessions, demonstrations and displays are held over five hours featuring a mix of sport, dance and active lifestyle activities to try. For more information on how to get involved and what is available visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk
Roscoe is fed up of eating the same old manky food, so he decides to head off to the local zoo in search of something fresh! Beautifully written and illustrated by David J.Plant, this is another wonderfully produced picture book by Flying Eye Books, one of the most exciting new publishers around.
Demolition Dad For age 8+ Orion £6.99
POOH STICKS OVER PYRAMIDS What does a bucket list look like before you turn 12? Whilst kids are more likely to lean towards Disneyland than the North Pole, every event, no matter how mundane, is a learning curve.
A hugely entertaining and funny book by Phil Earle, about a boy who persuades his dad to become a pro-wrestler, with fantastic illustrations by Sara Oglivie. Think Roald Dahl meets Big Daddy!
That’s why the National Trust have put together a ‘Things to do before you’re 11¾’ list to encourage children to get out and get active this summer.
For ages 2-6 years Maverick £6.99
There are 50 activities on the list including climbing a tree, flying a kite, playing conkers, going on a really long bike ride, playing Poohsticks and discovering what’s in a pond.
Daisy and Dylan think their dad is embarrassing, all he does is invent weird stuff. Then one day dad invents ROBOPOP, the dad in a box. A fun and witty bedtime book by Alice Hemming and James Lent, about it being okay to be the way you are.
Those wanting to take part are able to download a free list from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50things
Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast. His book ‘THE FEARSOME BEASTIE’ (Maverick Arts Publishing) won The People’s Book Prize 2012, as well as the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013, Bizziebaby Gold Award and was Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US. 2016 will see the release of a CG animated short film of ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ starring Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman. www.titlesussex.co.uk
A testing time… Exam time is one of the most stressful in a child’s life, whether it’s SATs, GCSEs, A levels or higher education. Sam Harrington-Lowe offers some top tips for coping with dreaded exam stress
Five stress busters Sniff a green apple! The scent of green apples is claimed to alleviate headaches. Seriously! Ditch the caffeine Try a relaxing brew like chamomile, or if you hate it (like we do) give peppermint a go Lavender essential oil Few drops in the bath or gently rubbed into your temples is lovely Nibble dark chocolate Dark chocolate can help reduce levels of cortisol and catecholamine, the hormones associated with stress Eat good carbs Carbs can stimulate the release of serotonin, your feel-good brain chemical. Healthy carbs though – stay away from sugar and white carbs
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eat and drink properly Top of the list for feeling well and functioning properly is eating right. It’s tempting, particularly if you’re putting long hours in revising, to reach for sugary snacks, energy drinks or caffeine-loaded fuel such as chocolate or coffee. And let’s not kid ourselves, you’re probably gonna do it anyway. But in the between-times try and eat well. Plenty of slow release carbs and tons of fruit and veg are vital, as is lean protein like fish and chicken. But most important? Drink plenty of water. And then drink some more.
easy on the pressure please OK parents, these last three are for you. You can make a big difference – good OR bad – to your kids and how well they cope with exam stress. Don’t give them extra pressure, they’re under enough already. Give them support where they need it. If they can’t do the above things for themselves, get involved, and if they’re struggling, give them a hug. Mostly, let them know that nothing is un-doable. Exams can be taken again, it’s not the end of the world if it all goes to pot. Let them know you’re proud of them and that you understand they’re going through a rough time. It’ll help a lot.
Get plenty of sleep OK so the exam is tomorrow and you’re really not ready for it. So let’s stay up all night cramming, yeah? No. Let’s not. Let’s get some rest and find some kind of balance. If you’re way behind the day before your exam, you’re going to just have to do the best you can; and trust us, having only an hour’s sleep before you sit in front of the paper isn’t going to help. talk about it It’s easy sometimes when you’re buried deep in something to forget that you don’t have to deal with it all yourself. Talk to people about your fears or concerns and it’ll help loads. Parents, friends or even – yes, really – teachers can help. Yeah, you still have to sit the exam yourself, but at least you’re not stuck in some lonely hell worrying about it alone. take exercise Got a numb bum from sitting on the chair? Feel like the summer is passing you by as you sit weeping over your books? It’s OK, take a break. Get outside and have a walk in the fresh air. Do a quick sweep round the gym or a few lengths at the pool and you’ll feel loads better. Increased circulation will boost energy but giving yourself a break will do wonders for your mental health too.
Get flexible So they don’t want to eat, or do normal stuff. They would rather study or relax on their own, rather than have a family outing. You know what? It doesn’t matter. Let them get on with it until it’s over, then you can get some routine back again. Be flexible, and work around what works for them. It’s such a small thing to ask, for such a short space of time. time for treats Rewards and incentives are a good idea. Carrot and stick, always. But with all this added stress, carrot is best, I guarantee it. Whether it’s a big fat reward at the end of the exams, or small rewards each time your child gets over a hurdle, get some love and encouragement going there. For more information on coping with exam stress, check out the Mind mental health website, under the A-Z section, Student Life www.mind.org.uk
take time to relax A bit like taking a break to have some exercise, all work and no play will not just make you dull, it’ll really wear you down. You need to study, and you need to revise, but don’t let it take over. Have a bit of time for social activity, a breather, yoga on the roof, whatever.
CIRCUS The Forgotten / L’Oublie(e) Sitting somewhere between circus, dance, theatre and cinema – in keeping with one of Brighton Festival’s key themes this year; the crossing places between art forms – Raphaëlle Boitel’s truly stunning aerial work will leave you amazed at what the body can do in flight. Both profound and fantastic, this is contemporary circus at its very best. 19 & 20 May, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, tickets from £10
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The Brighton Festival is in full flow with award-winning writer Ali Smith as Guest Director, and we’ve already been enjoying a widerange of quality performances, impressive visual art installations and thought-provoking debates across the city. With plenty still to go, we’ve picked our top ten shows you simply cannot miss!
OUTDOOR Romeo and Juliet What better choice to debut for the Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) than Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-cross’d lovers? Performed by the very best in the business - a troupe of travelling players from Globe Theatre on Tour – this performance promises to be truly un-missable. 13 – 16 May, BOAT, tickets from £7.50
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THEATRE Roundabout The UK’s national theatre of new plays, Paines Plough bring their awardwinning pop-up theatre Roundabout to Regency Square for the duration of Brighton Festival. Featuring a cast in rep, four different shows - Lungs, The Initiative, Every Brilliant Thing and the deliciously wicked children’s show Our Teacher’s A Troll - will be performed in rotation throughout May. 2 – 24 May, Regency Square, tickets from £8
CLASSICAL Being Both Regarded as one of the great artists of our day, world renowned Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is working with Lewes-based writer and director Susannah Waters to explore the concept of gender and androgyny in Handel’s arias. A Brighton Festival commission, this theatrical journey into the world of classical music promises to be a special and wholly unique concert. 14 May, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, tickets from £10
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MUSIC Tricky He’s an artist who constantly avoids labels and refuses classification. Now musician Tricky – whose real name Adrian Thaws is also the title of his eleventh studio album – brings his inventive sound and equally as creative live show to Brighton for what promises to be a darkly unpredictable night of tripped out beats and brooding bass. 23 May, Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, tickets from £10
MUSIC The Duke of Burgundy with live soundtrack from Cat’s Eyes. Fresh from releasing their critically acclaimed soundtrack to Peter Strickland’s homage to 1970s erotica, The Duke of Burgundy, Cat’s Eyes – aka The Horrors’ own Faris Badwan and composer Rachel Zeffira – perform the entire album in a one-off live screening of the film itself. 22 May, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, tickets from £10
CLASSICAL The Hallé Manchester’s award-winning orchestra heads to the south coast conducted by its music director Sir Mark Elder. Performing the likes of Janáček’s suite from The Cunning Little Vixen and Shostakovich’s sprightly Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings Op. 35, the orchestra is joined by BRIT Award-winning pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and the city’s very own Brighton Festival Chorus. 23 May, Brighton Dome Concert Hall, tickets from £10
Tricky Photo: Adrian Thaws
FILM The Measure of Things Loosely inspired by the Guinness Book of Records and featuring a series of portraits of record-breaking people, this ‘live documentary’ from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sam Green seeks to explore the human experience; from the world’s tallest man to the woman with the longest fingernails. Accompanied by live music from acclaimed chamber group yMusic, it received an ‘official selection’ laurel from Sundance Film Festival 2014. 23 & 24 May, The Old Market, tickets from £10
THEATRE The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler Known as Scotland’s alternative national poet, Ivor Cutler was one of music’s most improbable icons. Respected by everyone from John Lennon to Billy Connolly, the singer-meets-musician-meets-humourist is the subject of Brighton Festival favourites Vanishing Point and National Theatre of Scotland’s award-winning play that explores the eccentricities of Cutler’s world. Expect a truly heart-warming piece of theatre. 13 – 17 May, Theatre Royal Brighton, tickets from £10
CHILDREN The Sagas of Noggin the Nog The cult children’s TV show gets its very own stage adaptation some 56 years since it was first broadcast on the BBC. Incorporating puppetry, music, film and a whole heap of Vikings, step into a world of Norse mischief as our titular hero - alongside chum Thor Nogson and the huge green bird Graculus - battle the terrifying Ice Dragon and hopefully thwart Nogbad the Bad’s wicked plans! 23 – 24 May, Theatre Royal Brighton, tickets from £5
Sir Mark and the Hallé Photo: Russell Hart
Worth the F-ing wait After some 40 years Jaguar finally delivers the follow-up to the E-Type, and the result is drop-dead gorgeous, says Danny Cobbs
Ever since the last E-Type rolled off the production in 1974, Jaguar has promised something which would be equally as iconic and as breathtakingly beautiful. Well, it’s taken the best part of four decades, and a few false starts – namely the XJS, the XJ220 and the current XK – but they’ve finally delivered something which is truly a worthy successor. So without further ado, please step forward the new F-Type. It’s been designed by Ian Cullam, who not only penned such cars as the Aston Martin DB7 and Vanquish, but can also take credit for steering Jaguar away from an image which only appealed to retired admirals living in Worthing. Quite brilliantly, what Callum has done with the F-Type is to capture the very ethos of the E-Type – a drop-dead gorgeous, rear-wheel drive, two-seater, roadster – and packaged it up in what will surely be regarded as one of most seminal pieces of automotive design, ever. The F-Type isn’t one of those cars which hangs its hat on the retro hook; it owns its 21st century architecture while still nodding graciously to its heritage.
the power increase from 336bhp to 375bhp, with the 0-60mph time falling from 5.2 seconds to an impressive 4.9 seconds, but the steering, chassis, suspension and brakes have been tuned to deliver even sharper responses. And, if the inner-hooligan needs to be appeased further, the exhaust note can be heightened by the touch of a dashboard mounted button to produce a roar which is nothing short of intoxicating. The F-Type has faults; the boot space is minimal and the ride isn’t that forgiving, but as an overall package, in the very essence of a true two-seater sports car, it stands head-and-shoulders above any of its market rivals.
The real genius, however, is actually more than skin deep; it’s the way it performs. Even the entry-level V6, which costs £58,500, presents itself with achingly well-judged driving dynamics. Opt for the V6 S, and not only does
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If the inner hooligan needs to be appeased further, the exhaust note can be heightened by the touch of a dashboard mounted button to produce a roar which is nothing short of intoxicating.
Ever fancied yourself a classic motor? Head to Silverstone Auctions to bag yourself some classic wheels. www.silverstoneauctions.com As Apple watches hit the streets, online jeweller William May asked consumers, “Given the choice, which would you prefer to wear?” Despite the hype surrounding the imminent release, 60% would prefer to wear a classic timepiece. We’re loving this classic Rolex, £5,795. www.william-may.co.uk
Drug driving. New laws now mean that using some prescribed drugs whilst driving may be illegal. Check with your doctor or chemist if you’re not sure.
Amphibious is the way to go. We’re lusting after Sealegs! The 7.1-Metre Sealegs RIB has seating capacity for eight adults (in and out of the water), plenty of underfloor and locker storage and a Yamaha 150hp engine. 150,000 euros (tax paid) from www.easyboats.com
Tivoli Audio PAL+portable DAB/FM radio complete with in-built, rechargeable battery and weather-resistant case. Weighs under one kilo, so simple to carry it in one hand and a coffee/beer/ wine in the other. RRP £179 from England at Home, www.englandathome.
We’d love to win the Championship, and that’s my ultimate ambition as captain of the club.
ED’S QUICK FIRE QUIZ Favourite Film? The Descendants Describe yourself in one word… Chilled Favourite ground? Lords Favourite school subject? Geography If you could have one superpower what would it be? Invisibility Who’s the team’s biggest moaner? Ben Brown Who’s the team’s hardest worker? Mike Yardy Who do you fear playing against the most? I don’t fear playing anyone Who do you fear playing against the least? Any off-spinner Favourite cricketer? Brian Lara East or West Sussex? East Sussex Playing or watching cricket? Definitely playing but I’ll enjoy watching when I finish
Set for a FINE FINISH
As Ed Joyce nears the finale of a fine career he takes stock and tells Daniel White about his hopes before he hangs up his bat It has been a testing couple of years for Ed Joyce. After taking over the Sussex captaincy from Michael Yardy in 2013, the Ireland lefthander has guided the club through a transitional period during which the club have failed to win a trophy, falling especially wide of the mark in the one-day formats. Following a narrow but painful knockout defeat to Pakistan in this year’s World Cup with Ireland, which he marks as the lowest point of his career to date, it would be understandable if he were tentative about the new season. However, he is far from it. “I’m very excited for the new season,” begins Joyce. “There is a lot of optimism around. We’ve played good Championship cricket in general the last couple of years; obviously we’d love to improve on that. We said the same thing last year but we’d love to win the Championship, that would be great, and that’s my ultimate ambition as captain of the club.” The 36-year-old comes into this season off the back of an impressive performance individually at the World Cup as well as his best batting season to date for Sussex; scoring 1,398 County Championship runs at an average of 66.57, including seven centuries. Despite a number of heroic performances from Ed who, at times, single handedly propped up the team’s batting, the Hove-based club finished third in the Championship table for the second year running, yet, for the side’s oldest full-time player, there is a straight forward remedy. “It’s pretty simple really, we just need more guys supporting the people who are having good seasons,” says Ed. “We generally have a couple of guys who have really good seasons and then we don’t have the guys who need to support that around the fringes.” www.titlesussex.co.uk
Fancy watching SuSSex SharkS completely Free?! we’ve got four tickets for the Sharks’ natwest t20 Blast match against middlesex on may 29th at the BrightonandhoveJobs.com county ground and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is send your answer to the question below to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ’SharkS’ before may 22nd. who has replaced ed Joyce as the new captain of the t20 Blast side? a – michael yardy B – luke wright c – matt prior the lucky winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on 23 may 2015
To try and halt their trophy-less run, which now stretches back to 2009, the team have signed a number of players including Ajmal Shahzad, Tymal Mills and the legendary Mahela Jayawardene, while Matt Prior’s decision to step away from international cricket is cause for optimism at the County Ground. “We’ve made some good signings for a start and hopefully they’ll give us a few more options at the front and at the death in both forms of white ball cricket,” explains Ed, who this year decided to step down as captain of the Sharks’ T20 side to allow Luke Wright to take over. “We felt as a leadership group that it would be great for Luke first of all to take that on; he’s our best Twenty20 player, he knows the game better than anyone in the club, he plays around the world and he knows the trends that are going on that seem to matter so much in Twenty20 cricket. He’s taken on the role really well and it also gives me an opportunity to rest, even if I’m playing, captaincy take a bit more out of you, so I think it’ll be great for him.” Joyce is aware he is edging ever closer to a now-or-never season and, as one of the veterans of the Sussex squad, it is inevitable that he can see the end in sight. However, after a solid start to the season, hopes are high of a historic season at Hove and a fitting finale to a fine career. He says, “There is optimism, you know. We’ve come third the last two years in four-day cricket and it is an ambition of mine to win the Championship before I finish playing. There’s probably only a couple of years left of me playing so it would be lovely to do that this year.”
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If fracking were to happen in Sussex, it would be the first example anywhere in the world to drill through and frack under chalk aquifers.The people of Sussex would essentially be guinea pigs.
Protesting recently saved a number of Sussex towns from fracking but with a new law passed allowing companies to drill, frack and leave waste under your home without your permission, Daniel White spoke to Claire Robertson of Frack Free Sussex to find out exactly what fracking is and how it can be stopped
What is fracking? Fracking is short for ‘hydraulic fracturing’, an energy industry term. It refers to a process by which rock is cracked by the water under pressure to release oil or gas. Why is fracking controversial? Fracking is a process that uses up an essential resource, one we all need to survive, in order to extract a non-essential resource. It then leaves that essential resource poisoned. The essential resource is water. The non-essential resource is fossil fuels. That fracking has already caused water contamination in other countries is a certainty. That fracking will inevitably lead to more water contamination in the future is also certain. The process is inherently risky. People are already getting ill due to fracking. New York State has permanently banned fracking, after the State Department of Health documented evidence of an increase in health conditions in people closer to fracking operations, including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, skin rashes and nosebleeds. There are also many other risks - air pollution, earthquakes, constant drilling noise and light, industrialisation of previously rural or wild areas and impacts on wildlife from fragmenting the landscape. However, the other huge risk is globally, to the climate. The world’s energy companies have already laid claim to five times the amount of fossil fuel that we as a planet can safely burn and keep the warming of the climate within the ‘safe’ limit of 2 degrees C. What chemicals are used in fracking? Many different ones different companies use different mixtures. However, to give an example - at the exploratory drill site in Billingshurst, West Sussex, the chemicals used amount to 74 ‘known hazards’. Why are companies fracking? To make a profit! It’s a ‘boom and bust’ form of economics - the wells produce a lot of oil or gas in the first few years, but this quickly tails off. In this country, the government has introduced large tax breaks for fracking companies to encourage exploration here. This is probably because of the close links between the Government and the oil and gas industry. Research from Platform, a London organisation, showed that over a third of ministers have links, either financially or via past employment, to oil and gas. www.titlesussex.co.uk www.titlesussex.co.uk
Who benefits from fracking? Mainly the investors. Local people close to the fracking site get very few benefits. Fracking brings very few jobs to the area. Property prices also decrease. It would not greatly increase the nation’s energy security either, and certainly would not drive down gas prices, as the gas has to be traded on a European-wide market. Is there an alternative? Yes, there certainly is. The technology for renewable energy is available, sufficient to power our energy needs and becoming cheaper all the time. A recent report for the campaign against climate change predicted that widespread investment in renewables and energy efficiency would not only help the UK reach and exceed our emissions targets, but produce one million ‘climate’ jobs!
How would fracking in Sussex effect the county? The ‘frack off’ website estimated that to extract the volumes that the industry and the Government have quoted, over 6,000 wells would have to be drilled in Sussex. Large-scale fracking would change the face of the county forever. Things we treasure about our county - quiet rural villages, ancient woodland rich in species, the South Downs National Park - would be altered or lost forever to lorries, pipelines, drilling rigs, flaring and noise. In addition, if fracking were to happen in Sussex, it would be the first anywhere in the world to drill through and frack under chalk aquifers. The people of Sussex would essentially be guinea pigs! Is there likely to be fracking in Sussex? It hangs in the balance at the moment. Celtique Energie did get permission to drill a well in between Billingshurst and Pulborough in West Sussex. Cuadrilla also have permission to return to Balcombe and test the well they drilled there, amidst heavy protests. In addition, after the general election we discover the results from the ‘14th licensing round’ - when the Government allow energy companies to bid for exploration licenses in different areas of the country. 60% of the UK was up for tender, including nearly all of Sussex. Should we be worried? Yes, we should be. But not without hope. Community action can stop planning applications locally, and nationally calls for a moratorium are growing stronger every day. However, as local campaigners ramp up their actions, so do the other side. The government recently passed a new law which allows companies to drill, frack, and leave waste under your land or your home without your permission. What lessons can we learn from fracking in the U.S.? The main lesson is that you have to stop fracking early. What starts with a few exploratory wells soon turns into an explosion, with wells popping up everywhere which are then near-impossible to oppose. The second main lesson is that fracking companies will completely run over local communities. They have lied to citizens in the US, slapped non-disclosure agreements on entire families (“don’t report water contamination otherwise we won’t give compensation”) and even have sued one Ohio village for trying to protect its water supply. They block comprehensive research and full environmental and health impact assessments because they know if they were carried out, fracking would be so obviously dangerous that it would have to be banned. What can people do to stop fracking in Sussex and beyond? So much! The most important thing is to educate yourself. The best film to do this is Gaslands II. Write to your MP expressing your concern and whether fracking would affect how you vote. Ask your election candidates to sign the ‘Frack Free Promise’ before the general election, www.foe.co.uk/ act/ask-your-election-candidates-make-frack-free-promise Invest in renewable energy. Come down to the Billingshurst site once drilling starts to make your views known - perfectly legal and part of our democratic right to protest. Join Frack Free Sussex! www.frackfreesussex.co.uk.
Confessions of a networking girl ExpANdING yOUR BUSINESS ACUMEN
Each month our incognito networker joins the Great and Good of Sussex to bring you the inside story of the best of the county’s networking. Who was there? What did they eat and did they push the boat out on the vino!? Juicy start On the third Friday of every month at the Thistle and a staple of Brighton’s networking calendar, it’s the Juice Breakfast Club. This month welcomed around 120 early-bird professionals. Starting at 8am, we mingle for 2030 minutes before sitting. And when it comes to choosing your table, pick carefully. A lot of the ‘Juice crowd’ know each other well, so you could end up joining a social table rather than keen networkers. Following breakfast we had three speakers, expertly guided by the event’s longstanding host Laurence Elphick. A few notices flooded by a handful of jokes, as well as the traditional business card prize draw, and the event ends at 9.30am on the dot. It’s a good way to kick-start your Friday, and make a few new contacts.
DiamonD event Last month at the Aurora Hotel in Crawley with around 40 professionals including chartered accountants, digital marketing companies, tax advisors, event planners, HR consultants, local hoteliers, debt recovery specialists and sales trainers. We sat in tables of six or seven and had 90 seconds each to introduce ourselves and explain what we were looking to buy/sell at the event. We then moved to a different table per course and repeated our pitch. We spoke to more people than perhaps we would have at a more freestyle networking event and the ‘organised networking’ element meant that everyone seemed less shy about approaching each other.
In Vino Veritas? Not a drop, but that’s not *too* surprising for a breakfast event!
In Vino Veritas? No wine in sight!
Nibbles? A trusty fry-up, but the eggs were a little too heavy for our liking… Chit chat? A few juicy tit-bits but nothing we didn’t know already. Great and Good Quotient? A good mix of people, solo traders and independent businesses with a few big companies too.
Nibbles? Tasty but ‘safe’. Caesar salad, chicken & potato then lemon tart. Chit Chat? Lots of gossip. My lips are sealed… Great and Good Quotient? Not bad group of people but would like to see fewer one man bands.
A humdinger of an event will be the Acumen Business Convention coming up on 3 June at the Grand in Brighton. Speakers include Sir Tim Smit (Eden project), Josephine Fairley (Green & Blacks) & darren Shirlaw (Shirlaws Group) – it’s a really interesting mixture and these events are always brilliant. This event includes a cracking three course lunch and is always oversubscribed, so get signed up fast. Acumen Business Convention, 3 June at 12pm, Cost £79+VAT, at the Grand Hotel Brighton http://www.acumenbusinesslaw.co.uk/2068
HAVE kIdS, WILL NETWORk We’re loving this new idea from Sussex pages that offers business networking events where you can bring the kids along. kids from four to 11 years of age are welcome and the event attracts SMEs and business owners from a range of industries, including personal training, life coaching, accountancy and more. The events are held once a month on a Saturday morning, usually the 4th Saturday of each month to keep it simple. The event is based on a speed networking structure but with the added twist of music included. It’s only £125+VAT for a 12 month subscription, which we think is great value, even if it just gets you out of the house to meet business-minded new people. The organisers take care of the little monsters, leaving the adults to network in peace. Network Express Ardingly, 23 May at 9.45am The Koorana Centre, Ardingly www.sussexpages.com/networking-sussex/ event-calendar/
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The Brighton and Hove Business Awards celebrate their tenth anniversary with a new format The BAhBAs Are BAck for 2015 And Are Bringing A TwisT To The AwArds scene. This yearâ€™s Brighton and hove Business Awards will be held on friday 4th september at All saints church in hove but will not begin in the evening. The awards, which will celebrate a decade since its inception, have changed its format this year and will now begin at 4.30pm for afternoon tea. starting with a drinks reception, the guests will then head to their designated tables where they will be served a sumptuous afternoon tea, including a selection of freshly prepared finger sandwiches, savoury pastries and a selection of cocktail afternoon cakes and homemade scones. The awards will be presented after the cuisine, with local comedian stephen grant compering the event and, with two bottles of wine per table, fun is sure to be had. After the awards the dancing will commence from around 8pm before an evening buffet is presented at 9pm which will include more sandwiches and brioche buns, all made to order in front of guests. There are 14 awards up for grabs and if you would like to nominate a business or person then make sure you act before the June 26th deadline. Judges will meet shortly after the deadline to discuss the entries before the shortlist is announced in July. The awards celebrate the best in business from across our great city, with innovation and leadership being prized as more important to the success and growth of the company than just size and revenue; with businesses also being acknowledged for promoting the diversity and talent that distinguishes the Brighton and hove brand. Past winners of the awards include many of Brighton and hoveâ€™s biggest businesses which have gone from strength to strength since winning a BAhBA, including gresham Blake, the Amex stadium and hotel du Vin among others.This year will also see another first, as Title Sussex takes on the role as media sponsors 86
We’re proud to be supporting an event that recognises those pioneering businesses that make Brighton and Hove great.
Images from last year’s awards event
of the awards, and we’re proud to be supporting an event that recognises those pioneering businesses that make Brighton and Hove great. There is also a great team of sponsors for this year’s event, including Allied Irish Bank, Aspect 8, Boxharry, Brighton and Hove City Cabs, Brighton Business Curry Club, Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Cardens Accountants, Classic Consulting, Gemini Print, Graves Jenkins, Martin Searle Solicitors, The B&H Tourism Alliance, Robinson Low Francis, Yelo Architects and of course Title Sussex. The event will include 35 tables of ten, with tickets costing £65pp, and will conclude at 10.30pm. For more information on tickets and awards please visit the BAHBAs website at www.bahba.co.uk
PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Bang & Olufsen launched The Love Affair Collection in front of VIP guests with the help of Rozzy Turner, from The Voice UK WHERE Bang & Olufsen’s Brighton & Hove showroom WHEN Monday 2 March 2015
Time out to enjoy B&O sound From BBC’s The Voice, Rozzy Turner with B&O Hove Manager Martin Laslett and owner Mike Sparkes
WHY To commemorate Bang & Olufsen’s 90th birthday. They did so by unveiling their Love Affair Collection, which sees six of their current products rejuvenated with a new palette Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE DRANK A lovely glass of bubbly WHAT WE LOVED The rose gold palette option for their
B&O Hove owner Mike Sparkes with the Love Affair collection of vision and sound
new range that represents ‘Love’
Photo moment for BBC’s The Voice, Rozzy Turner
Philip Jeffery with Jeanne Lessels Derrick
Gordon and Tina Scott Demonstrating Beosound Moment, B&O Hove owner Mike Sparkes
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What a delicious ascent towards peak Poldark. With less than five people left in the UK to tweet their affections for Aidan Turner who knows where the Twitter frenzy might go? @BritishVogue tweeted that the Poldark phenomena might sway your wardrobe choices – bring on the breeches and corsets. But let’s not forget the really important Twitter debate - why was the skinny dipping scene shot at long range and why only 20 seconds long?
The sun is out and the park is teeming with unpredictable dog walkers and scooter riding toddlers. Neither group seem to have the ability to psychically sense I am running behind them and equipping them with radar doesn’t seem an option. In part I could blame the RockmyRun app for some near misses. Great for motivation, it arranges music mixes by tempo so they sync with your running pace or heartbeat.
Tinder hooks up with Instagram (Up↑)
Apple Watch Running Late (Non-mover−) Filed under the banner of first World Problems it seems such is the demand for the Apple Watch that there may be rioting once pre-ordering online customers find themselves waiting whilst the Johnny-come-latelys simply stroll into the store and get theirs first. Ruddy outrage! Supply chain issues, bad planning and Apple’s retail chief have all received flack for product shortages but early reports question whether it lives up to the original hype anyway. Amanda Horlington is the founder of web design and internet marketing company Fusion Marketing. Contact Amanda at email@example.com Twitter: @jiggertyjig
Naughty Facebook (Down↓)
Tinder’s booty-call rep stems from the ‘hot or not’ principle; swipe left for ‘ewww no’ or right for ‘yes please’ however Tinder engagements and marriages are very much on the up. Tinder itself is now in a meaningful relationship with Instagram and has introduced an opt-in where users can look at the last 34 last pictures from someone’s Instagram account.
Tinder itself is now in a meaningful relationship with Instagram and has introduced an opt-in where users can look at the last 34 last pictures from someone’s Instagram account.
Facebook is sitting on the naughty step after news that it’s been flouting EU law by tracking the online behaviour of “People without Facebook accounts, logged out users and users opted out of tracking”. Allegedly Facebook has been vacuuming up great wads of data about us and the European Commission is proper annoyed. Leave Facebook or the US security services will know everything, they apparently. Facebook sulked for a bit but then carried on sending worrying-sounding drones into space in order to connect two-thirds of the planet to the internet. 89
If you do one thing this month… Each month our expert number cruncher looks at ways to get the best for your business. This month, the burning question is… Does the taxman like a party? sadly the answer is – no, not really. as a general rule the cost of entertaining is not tax-deductible, although there are exceptions. £150 of costs of an annual party for employees and partners can be exempt from niCs and tax for example, as long as a number of conditions are met. entertaining Clients this is not an allowable deduction, so sadly no more long client lunches to write off. the Vat element of entertaining can only be claimed when it relates to staff. however if the staff member is acting as a host, and the purpose of the cost was to entertain the client, then no Vat can be reclaimed at all. so if you have two staff and two guests, you can reclaim Vat for the staff only. staff parties anD entertaining - when anD how is an annual eVent exempt from tax? a company can pay for an annual event if the total does not exceed
£150 per head. this doesn’t need to be one event either, just ‘annual’. so you could have a Christmas party and a summer BBQ, and both would be allowable for tax purposes provided the total of both doesn’t exceed the £150 per head limit (if it goes just £1 over then the whole amount is a benefit in kind, so be careful!) the costs can include food, drink, tickets to events, accommodation and a taxi fare home. if there is more than one function which in total exceeds a cost of £150, then the exemption is only available on the function or functions which, in total, come to £150 or less. so say there are two functions costing £100 and £80. if the employer determines that the £100
function is exempt but the £80 function is taxable in full then if an employee only attends the £80 function, they would be taxed on the £80 benefit in full. If the employee attended both functions, they would still only be taxed on the £80. And if you’re registered under the flat rate scheme then unfortunately you can’t reclaim any Vat. as with everything when it comes to hmrC, a common sense approach is advised. Basically there are tax benefits to staff parties, but you need to tiptoe through the rules. Confused? talk to an expert. Julia Wright Accountancy Plus, Hova House, 1 Hova Villas, Hove, BN3 3DH 01273 735344 firstname.lastname@example.org Deductible advertising accountancy telephone (business use) stationery materials used in creating a sale NOT deductible Bank charges insurance postage newspapers and journals entertaining customers
Business Broadband Could you use a free grant of ÂŁ3,000 for the installation of your business broadband? Across the South East, many businesses are working with slow or poor internet connections, but are overwhelmed by the cost of installing decent business broadband. The Connection Vouchers scheme means that thousands of businesses across Sussex and the South are eligible for a ÂŁ3,000 grant for the installation of high speed broadband by approved suppliers, such as BroadCell. If you could use better business broadband and like the idea of a Connection Voucher, please get in touch for a free assessment and quote. We work through the application with you, making it as painless and fast as possible. speed is our speciality
broadCell ltd www.broadcell.co.uk email@example.com 01444 848777
M&S Bermuda Harez Medium Sofa £749 Dotcomgiftshop String of 10 White Cafe Festoon Lights £39.95
The great outdoors Interiors is exteriors this month as garden chic takes a front seat. Colourful kitsch or subtle comfort, make the most of the sun
Cuckooland.com Lotus Grill Barbecue BBQ in Mandarin Green with Grill Hood £194.90
House of Fraser Linea California Kitsch
Hintonshome.com Folklore White Enamel Mug £8.99
Amara Galvanised Garden Trading St Ives Harbour Light £38 Red5 Playbulb Bluetooth Candle £19.95
Wilko Tulip Solar Light Red or Green £2
House of Fraser Resin Flamingo £30
Design3000 Outdoor Teppich Flying Carpet Casablanca Green £149
Sainsbury’s Home Morroccan Style Table £24 Cuckooland.com Mighty Outdoor Bean Bag in Lime Green £89.95
PROPERTY NEWS BETTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE We’ve all heard about the housing crisis. The data shows that a typical house is half as affordable as it was in 1997 but what about the houses that don’t fall under the bracket of ‘typical’? One of those is the beautiful Grade I listed town house that sits at 26 Lewes Crescent. Located on Brighton seafront, the building is one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in the country and is on the market with Savills Haywards Heath for £4,000,000. The building, which has maintained its elegant 19th century architecture, has recently been the subject of a total refurbishment and now offers six bedrooms, three bathrooms, four reception rooms, a steam room, a conservatory and a walled terrace and garden as well as seafront views out of the beautiful sash windows. While it may not be ‘typical’ it’s definitely special and for more information on the property visit www.savills.co.uk HOME TRUTHS Buy a house. Rent it out. Make money. Becoming a landlord is so simple, right? Not according to recent research by LV which found that, while 7% of UK adults rent a property to supplement their main income, a massive 49% of those managed the property without the protection they needed to comply with legal requirements. The study also found that almost 500,000 landlords have not had their property checked by a gas safety engineer in the last 12 months and Carole Charge, Leaders’ technical and compliance director, knows letting a property is much harder than it looks. She says, “The income from letting a property is certainly appealing and buy-to-let is a great investment if it is done properly. However, there are 100+ rules and regulations that a property has to pass to be let legally and landlords must ensure they adhere to all of them to avoid large fines and even custodial sentences in extreme cases.” Leaders have released a ten point checklist to help landlords keep their property up to scratch which you can find on our website at www.titlesussex.co.uk/home-truths/
THINK IT THROUGH Thinking about applying for a mortgage? Think twice. Recent research by Equifax and What Mortgage has revealed that 66% of buyers in the South East believe they would struggle to borrow the money needed to apply. Rules implemented in April last year enforced stricter restrictions on loans to prevent a return to the unsustainable borrowing seen in the lead up to the financial crash. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom, with a whopping 79% of borrowers actually realising they had under-estimated what they could borrow. Our advice? While it’s always good to be safe, there’s no need to live like a monk just yet.
come into the garden The sun is shining and it’s time to head outdoors. We popped into Neptune Hailsham to check out some of their stunning new outdoor furniture range. Can you have a crush on garden furniture? If so, we have one…
Provence Tea for Two set £365
Chatsworth six-seater set £2,655
Southrop tall painted planters from £250
Bordeaux Rectangular eight-seater set £3,995
Garden Sofa Harrington three-seater sofa £1,100
Tuscany coffee table £585
Cadiz dining chairs £210 each Cadiz round table from £760 Antibes natural parasols from £325
Neptune Hailsham Neptune House North Street Hailsham BN27 1DQ 01323 849483
www.neptune.com/hailsham Murano sofa sections from £510
Montpellier six-seater set £1,765
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