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sussex Issue 4. September/October 2015

BRIGHTON FASHION WEEK Sexy sustainable fashion

LIVING THE DREAM Properties and interiors

NEW SEASON AW15 gets underway



Health & beauty special


Business pages Chocolate Week Bobby Zamora Comedy Festival Digital Festival


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Issue 4. September/October 2015 Sam Harrington-Lowe – Managing Editor 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 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. Frida Clementz – Design and Business Development Frida is the creative force behind Title. Apart from being our head designer, she’s key for business development, working closely with clients to ensure they get the best from their campaigns. Karen Goode – Advertising and Marketing Manager Karen is your go-to contact for all ad sales and commercial account management, with a keen focus on working with clients to generate excellent ad campaigns through marketing and business development.

Gemma Windham - Sales & Marketing Executive As our main media sales person Gemma is responsible for building new relationships and securing excellent ad campaigns covering the whole of Sussex, working with the team to ensure the right outcome.


Giles Paley-Phillips, Amanda Horlington, Emily Dubberley, Danny Cobbs, Caraline Brown, Julia Wright, Marcus Abel, Nick Mosley, Bella Whiteley, Rhys Wilson-Plant, Charlotte Horlock, James Johnson, Lisa Moore, Gareth Penrhyn


Shot on location at: Studio 7two9 Photography: 7two9 Photography , Model: Vicki Bladon Hair/MUA: Chelle from Chelle’s Belles Beauty, Stylist: Frida Clementz Title Sussex Magazine, Hova House, 1 Hova Villas, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3DH Tel: 01273 257037, Email: All material in this publication is strictly copyright and all rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited. The views expressed in Title Sussex Magazine do not necessarily represent the views of Title Media Ltd. The contents of this magazine are believed to be correct at the time of going to press, however, we cannot endorse, and readers should not rely solely upon the accuracy of, any statements or claims contained herein.

Ed’s letter I always write this letter once the magazine is finished, which can sometimes be a challenge as it’s often after a few late nights proofing and checking all the pages. But it’s not until all that is done, that it’s possible to look across all the content and know if we’re happy with it. And each time we do Title, it gets better. I’m so proud of our little team – we are most definitely greater than the sum of our parts, and I am thrilled with this issue. We’re all about the changing season this month. But instead of getting all cosy with log fires and warm milk in our cardies, we’re out there, looking at new trends and working with Brighton Fashion Week to look at some of the stunning design work heading this way over AW15. As ever, trying to stay away from the safe, and look at the new. And talking of new, we launch our new property section this month, looking forward to seeing that grow. And this month we also welcome a new team member, Gemma Windham, who is absolute dynamite when it comes to sales. Not just because she’s a total winner, but she’s got a knack for knowing what people need, rather than just trying to sell them something that isn’t right for them. And that’s what we’re all about. At Title we love what we do, but we know without our advertisers and supporters, we don’t exist. It would be a one hand clapping thing. So thank you. I hope you enjoy this issue. We’re already working on Issue 5 which is our special Bond theme. But happy reading, and happy autumn.

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As well as members of Eastbourne Borough Council, the judging panel will include guest judges. The first announced is sculptor Alex Chinneck, referred to as “a master of architectural illusion” by The Guardian. It’s an exciting and innovative project that’s part of the Coastal Culture Trail and offers Sussex residents a chance to get involved creatively in the regeneration of a major area in Sussex.

The Posh Club is an elegant event in Downtown Crawley for older folks aged between 60 and 90, AKA swanky senior citizens, elegant elders and glamorous golden girls. It features classic ‘Ritzy’ high tea and fabulous entertainment and the strict dress code is ‘very posh’.

You don’t even need to be an architect. The Huts – Eastbourne is a new competition initiative from Eastbourne Borough Council to find iconic designs for bespoke beach huts along the front in Devonshire Ward. They want designs from registered architects for four of the huts, but there’s also a separate category for members of the community to enter designs for a community arts project hut.

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The seabed work will include the clearing of boulders along the cable route, a task that Chris Tomlinson, Development Manager for the Wind Farm, says will not be neglected. “Great efforts will be made to replicate the seabed as it is now and all boulders moved will be weighed and the new position recorded. Details of the new positions of the boulders will be made freely available to sea users.“

Local views rightly carry more weight in decisions like these, and it’s good news on that front too. The planners got 69 responses from the local area, with every single one in favour of the application.

Sussex is set for a gust of fresh air as construction has now begun on the first ever offshore wind turbine farm off the South Coast. Work on the 116 foundation positions is now underway along with building at the onshore substation in Twineham. While the project may take up to three years to complete, when it’s finished, the farm should provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 300,000 homes, reducing C02 emissions by up to 600,000 tonnes a year.

Tiny village asks nation to help it build a solar farm. Nation does not disappoint. From Northern Ireland to Orkney and Anglesey, over 800 people wrote a message to the West Sussex planning officer, voicing their support for Balcombe’s plan, and solar power in general. Joe Nixon from Repower Balcombe said, “It’s fantastic to see this level of support… hopefully we can inspire people everywhere to get stuck in and take control of their energy future.”

The planners will make their final decision on the solar farm by September 16th. If they give it the go-ahead, the next step is to raise the money for all those panels.

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SUSSEX SPORTS STAR Nominations for the 2015 Sussex Sports Awards are now open with 14 categories to choose from. The awards cater for every sporting level in the county, from world champion athletes and excelling local clubs, to tireless volunteers and primary schools that commit to keeping their pupils active and healthy. Nominations are open for six weeks, until 12pm noon on Friday 23 October, before the event, hosted by Olympic-heptathlete and media star Louise Hazel, takes place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on 27 November. Sadie Mason MBE, Chief Executive of Active Sussex, said, “the Sussex Sports Awards is the most prestigious event in our sporting calendar, so it’s great that Louise can join us in recognising the achievements and commitments of the local people.” Nominations can be made via the Active Sussex website

WIN FREE ICE RINK TICKETS The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink in Brighton is set to return this winter and to celebrate we’re giving away two family tickets. Back for its sixth year on the bounce the open-air rink, with the former Royal pleasure palace as backdrop, will be open from 7 November until 17 January 2016, with space for 260 skaters per session, a beginners’ area, penguin skate aids and skate sizes from ‘just walking’ to adult. There’s no charge for spectating for those who prefer to sit and soak up the atmosphere and while watching you can indulge in the rink side Bar & Kitchen offering mouthwatering patisserie snacks including festive toffee apples for a Christmas treat. You can also enjoy a quick drink with one of the best view in the city or a full three-course meal with family and friends. To enter, answer this question: What animal shape are the ice rink skate aids? Email your answer to with the

subject ‘ICE RINK’ before November 7 to be in with a chance of winning.

COOK WITH CONFIDENCE When you think about cooking dinner do you lack inspiration or knowhow? Well to gain confidence in the kitchen and learn a whole range of meals there is now a free six-week course running across Chichester to help. The Cook with Confidence sessions, run by Health Champions, offer handson help for creating easy, low-cost and healthy meals. The courses are aimed at individuals, parents and carers living in the Chichester area, in a bid to encourage people to cook more often and to help them to create delicious meals from scratch. Included in the course are free ingredients, as well as tasty recipes, with course participants cooking and eating the meals together at each session. There is also the option of taking home extra portions if you wish! For more information on how to get involved with the Cook with Confidence sessions visit


CALL FOR INTREPID SUSSEX ADVENTURERS Fancy yourself as an explorer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you. Visit Finland and Finnair have launched a campaign searching for a UK explorer to go on a three month adventure in the arctic conditions of Finnish Lapland. The ultimate Polar work experience position, this once in a lifetime opportunity will see the team take part in tailor made Polar themes and activities such as climbing frozen waterfalls, diving beneath frozen lakes, taking part in an arctic rally and hunting for the elusive Aurora Borealis in the heart of the frozen dark arctic landscape. The expedition will be lead by Pasi Ikonen, who has over 10 years experience as a wilderness guide in harsh Polar environment and, if someone from Sussex wins, we would love them to write up their experiences as a diary feature for us. So to apply, visit where UK entrants can enter between 14 September and 19 October 2015. Good luck!




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PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT The launch of Market – the refurbished and renamed Graze restaurant in Hove WHERE Market, Western Road, Hove WHEn Wednesday 9 September WHy A chance to check out the new décor, try some of the new menu and meet up with a whole load of fabulous Sussex suppliers in one go, including Cave a Fromage, Blackdown Spirits, Ridgeview Vineyard, Sheridan Cooper’s and Bedlam Brewery

Sheridan Cooper’s Andy Rice with Karen Goode, Gemma Windham and Sam Harrington-Lowe of Title Sussex Andrew Kay and Nick Mosley

Photos: Julia Claxton

WHAT WE ATE A fabulous selection including venison carpaccio, plums and hazelnut, scallops with wild boar bacon and honeyed parsnip and polenta, and cream cheese and mushroom balls with sweetcorn and chilli popcorn WHAT WE DRAnK Wines by Sheridan Cooper’s, Ridgeview’s Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia fizzes, Blackdown Gin and Bedlam Pilsner

Dominic Worrall (Bedlam Brewery), Kate Alleston (owner), Andy Wiseman (Sheridan Cooper’s)

Mark Harwood (head chef) and Neil Mannifield (known as Manni, owner)

Sheridan O’Connell, Fatosh Kalan, Leah Barnett, Kugar Martin-Rae, Lydia Cole Leah

The new outside


PEOPLE & PLACES WHAT Best selling crime writer Peter James and wife Lara celebrated their recent marriage with a party, dinner and fireworks WHERE Their West Sussex home WHEN Saturday 5 September Bride and Bridegroom with bride’s parents, Margaret and Colin Duncton

Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE LOVED The spectacular fireworks to round off an amazing night

First dance Guests Richard and Heidi Skerritt Cake cutting



Guests Les Dennis and his wife Claire

The very happy couple

Guests Henry Butler and Cassie Gould

Inside marquee

Groom’s sister, Genevieve, and family, Freddie Lawson, Nick Lawson, Genevieve Lawson, Andrew Lawson, Belinda Lawson and Malcolm Galfe.

Georgina Maclean, Demetra Saltmarsh, PJ, LJ, Helen Hodge, Sharon Pavoni. And Spook the labradoodle!

Group shot


Willys Coupe ‘'Bubba Gump', Gassers Parade, Dominic James


Sir Jackie Stewart, BRM P261 & Dario Franchitti, Lotus 25, Lap Record Display by Matt Jacques

Goodwood Revival ♦ ♦ ♦

It’s one of our absolutely most favourite dates in the social calendar and this year did not disappoint.


Chef James Martin and partner by Dominic James

Geri Halliwell by Stephanie O'Callaghan

Theo Paphitis, Ford Anglia 105E, St Marys Trophy, DrewGibson_3915

Bikers at Revival, Adam Beresford

Pit Lane Atmosphere, Revival 2015, by Adam Beresford

Mustang & Spitfire Air Display by Marcus Dodridge

Tiff Needell by Tim Brown

Best Dressed Competition line-up, Revival 2015 by Stephanie O'Callaghan

Ferrari 166 MM with other Ferraris, Earls Court Motor Show, Paul Melbert

Celebrating 50 Years of the Mini Skirt by Dominic James

Freddie March Memorial Trophy start, Drew Gibson

Sir Stirling Moss with Ross Brawn, Ferrari 250 SWB by Stephanie O'Callaghan



From E3 Group Martin Harrigan, Rob Reaks, Phil Riley and Lukas Wojcik

WHAT Former lead singer of The Fortunes, Shel Macrae, headlined the bill at ‘The David Hill Experience’ WHERE Proud Cabaret, Brighton WHEN Wednesday 9 September WHY The event raised over £1,400 for the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice Photos: Graham Franks

WHAT WE DRANK A glass of bubbly

Singer Jenna Hall

WHAT WE LOVED The entertainment from comedian David Hill

Sussex cricketer Chris and Charlotte Liddle

On stage, David Hill

From Chestnut Tree House Liz Ganney and Juliette Macpherson

On stage singer Krissie Duncann

From the Hilton Metropole Spencer, Astrid, Mags, George and Sascha


Proud Cabaret Manager Emma Goodwin and Sam Downstairs



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There are also complimentary helicopter landing facilities, should you have a Christian Grey style billionaire to accommodate.

Emily Dubberley explores some hedonistic hotels for lovers in Sussex As summer waves goodbye, thoughts turn to warm fires and the heat of passion in beautiful beds, and this is one of my favourite times of year for a sexy weekender. Think ‘dirty weekend’ and often Brighton automatically springs to mind. Indeed, there’s even a Michael Winner film of the same name set there. However, there are far more delights on offer across Sussex if you look beyond the obvious in your hunt for romance… The glorious South Lodge hotel in Lower Beeding (near Horsham) is ideal for old-fashioned romantics and food lovers alike. With two award winning restaurants, including a Michelin-starred kitchen run by Matt Gillan (and four rosettes, along with the Michelin star) you’re sure to be able to sate your appetite. The menu is of the modern minimalist style but we certainly wouldn’t say no to an invitation.

strawberries. Should you want to opt for total hedonism, you can choose one of their spa suites including features such as a double bath or walk-in rain shower – along with Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy robes in your room. There are also complimentary helicopter landing facilities, should you have a Christian Grey style billionaire to accommodate. These are just a few of the delights available across Sussex. Look further afield than BN1 and you might be surprised at the sensual delights that await you... Twitter: @Cliterati1

The South Lodge hotel knows how to set a sensual scene too. It lists ‘romantic snuggling’ as one of the things it’s great for. “We have plenty of comfy ‘nooks’ and stylish ‘crannies’... whether it’s in the grandeur of the lounge complete with crackling log fire and tinkling grand piano, the magnificent drawing room or a cunning spot in the welcoming lounge, an ideal place to read, chat or have a quiet drink.” Their English Rose package (£300 per night) includes a spacious junior suite, bottle of Nyetimber award-winning English sparkling wine and a hatbox full of roses. If that’s not enough for you, upgrade to add a double shower, spa or roll-top bath or your very own four poster. Perfect if you’re looking for a country-house escape – or somewhere to make a Downtown fan happy. If you’re more inclined towards getting oiled up and rubbed down, Bailiffscliff Court Hotel and Spa in Climping is a medieval style building – though it was actually created in 1927 – that offers a seductive escape from normality. The spa includes an outdoor infinity pool, along with relaxation rooms, a gym and tennis courts; and you can book beauty and massage treatments too. Close to Arundel Castle and the South Downs, you can enjoy a healthy break with walks and relaxation galore – and as stress is one of the top libido killers, there may well be fringe benefits... Or why not combine both with the Alexander Hotel House and Utopia Spa (East Grinstead). This glorious hotel combines classic architecture with modern décor and offers in-room extras including champagne and chocolate dipped

Illustration: Sue-Kim Steele Green


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The Aspirational Luddite “Bugger!” The wife’s nephew Julian is coming over from the states and I’m struggling to remove the packaging from this new espresso machine. “What time is he getting here?” I shout. “He could be here any minute. Is that coffee machine ready?” She replies while rearranging the sitting room for the third time. “Nearly” I say optimistically. “Good. We’ll have a run-through in a minute” she says. Two further re-arrangements and Julian has arrived. Apparently he’s something big in Silicon Valley – clearly the world of breast augmentation has treated him very well as he’s brought new-fangled tablets for us all. He insists on calling me Uncle Mark and talks with a transatlantic twang. Frankly I’m only getting one word in four. I peer over to my wife in bemusement. She frenetically nods encouragement. “Coffee?” I ask. I shuffle to the kitchen, my bemusement complete. What the hell is a ‘flat white?’ I’ve only been briefed on espressos and cappuccinos. The wife’s sister’s prodigal son departs after a wealth of farewells and some disappointing coffees. “That was nice.” I proffer. “These tablets are amazing. He’s done ever so well,” she says. “What am I supposed to do with it?” I say. “You can do all sorts of things on it. There’s a mass of apps these days. You can play games, organise your life. You’ll be able to look up absolutely anything on the internet including flat whites – though you do need to check the authorship of the site, it’s not all true…” The wife’s busy on the internet – checking how much the neighbours paid for their house, swapping amusing cat photos and perusing the John Lewis page. I decide to depart for the attic. “Do you remember when we put the bridge club results on that Amstrad word processor in the late eighties?” I muse, feeling nostalgic. There was a time when I seemed to be at the cutting edge, by-passing the electronic typewriter, moving straight from a manual

to a WP. Mind you, the screen glowed a radioactive green and it bugged me, I cracked it and then it died after only a few weeks. “I found the cassettes that hold the data, where do they fit into this tablet?” I ask. “That’s not going to work. You’d need the original word processor to access those.” She exclaims. “That went to the landfill 35 years ago.” I say. “What are you doing now?” “I’m watching the live flight path of Julian’s plane home.” She says. “Will you ring him if the plane suddenly loses altitude; I expect he’s got an emergency virtual runway app for that.” I say. Silence ensues. “How do I look up the bridge results on the internet then?” I enquire. “They won’t be on the internet,” “I thought I could look up absolutely anything.” “But nobody’s put that on it,” she says, exasperated. I shake my head in disbelief. Responding to my incredulity she encourages, “You should set up a page for the bridge club. Johnny and Marjory will be astounded, you’ve got all those ledgers.” “Apart from the eighty-nine season.” I say despairingly. “Plus you can’t trust everything you read on the internet.” I ponder for a second. “I think I’ll just stick to the bound ledgers.”

Photo: Noelle Douglas

Clearly the world of breast augmentation has treated him very well as he’s brought newfangled tablets for us all. He insists on calling me Uncle Mark.


THE DEATH OF THE BEES Deteriorating bee populations are a cause of concern for many right now but what is the problem, and how can we stop it? Daniel White investigates


he declining popultion of bees in the UK has been an issue of discussion for some time now. With strong links between the use of pesticides and the dwindling bee numbers, there are serious calls for a permanent ban on certain pesticides. I wanted to know exactly what pesticides are and, in particular, neonicotinoids, so I caught up with Sandra Bell, a campaigner for Friends of the Earth, who explains that, “pesticides are chemicals used by farmers to kill insects that may damage their crops and to control weeds. Unfortunately, pesticides can also harm beneficial insects like bees, that are essential to pollinating our crops. Neonicotinoids are a group of pesticides that act on the nervous system of insects, including bees.” The University of Sussex’s Professor Dave Goulson, a world-leading researcher in bumblebee ecology, set up a study in 2012 to test the effects of neonicotinoids on bee colonies, with dramatic findings. “Queen production


is all important to the success of a bumblebee colony and the queen production seemed to be particularly badly hit by exposure to the pesticides,” he says. “We actually found an 85% drop in queen production.” In light of the results, the EU introduced a ban on two types of neonicotinoid in December 2013, after the European Food Safety Authority judged them to pose an unacceptable risk to bees. Since then a number of studies have taken place, including the largest global study, involving 29 scientists, including Professor Goulson, and over 1,000 papers on the effects and risks of systemic pesticides. The results were published in June 2014 with the conclusion that neonicotinoids “are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees”. However, in July of this year the UK Government temporarily lifted the EU ban, controversially allowing the

blacklisted pesticides to be used for 120 days on 5% of England’s oilseed rape crop. The decision came after pressure by the National Farmers Union to lift the ban, claiming that the temporary derogation was required to protect crops from pests that have damaged oilseed rape plants in the absence of its usual chemical control. After making contact with the NFU, their comments stated, “the NFU disagreed with the European Commission’s decision in 2013 to restrict the use of neonicotinoids to protect bees because of uncertainty around the evidence, and the fact that declines in bee biodiversity were at their worst at a time that pre-dates the introduction of neonicotinoids by some decades.” The problem does stem further than just pesticides, with the rising climate and loss of habitat leaving bees with a limited food source, and Sanrda explains that, “98% of our wildflower meadows have been lost in the last 50 years, depriving bees of a key source of food.”

However, a recently published study has found evidence that the increased use of a pesticide as a seed treatment on oilseed rape in the UK correlated with higher bee mortality. Worryingly, the study also found that from 2000 to 2010 the total number of seeds treated with the pesticide increased from less than 1% to more than 75%. So why are farmers so keen for the continued use of neonicotinoids when the evidence is so damning? “Essentially farmers are being miss-sold pesticides,” says Professor Goulson. “They’re being given poor advice and it’s true that 71% of British agronomists work for agrochemical companies. Agronomists are the people who advise farmers and if their job is to sell pesticides, then of course they are going to advise the farmer to use more than they really need to. But if you actually try to find published studies which show how effective neonics are at increasing crop yield it’s really hard.“ So is it possible for farmers to avoid the use of pesticides if they still need to reduce pest numbers? “You wouldn’t think it from looking at modern farming practices but there are alternative ways of controlling pests,” Goulson clarifies. “I was taught about integrated pest management, which is a whole philosophy based on using a range of techniques, that are still available to farmers, to minimise their pest problems and have treating using insecticide as the last resort rather than the first resort.” The knock-on effects of the declining bee population are frightening. Bumblebees pollinate many plants that provide food for humans and therefore a lack of bees may mean we’ll soon face higher food prices, diminished varieties as well as health problems. “Many pesticides end up as residues in our food, sometimes exceeding legal limits,” Sandra states. “People may also be exposed to pesticides if they live near sprayed farmland or

Pesticides can harm beneficial insects like bees, which are essential for pollinating our crops

use pesticide sprays in their gardens. Some research has linked pesticides to increases in certain cancers and hormone disrupting effects.” So what can we do to help save the bees? Sandra says, “everyone can help bees by planting bee friendly flowers – from herbs in a pot on a windowsill to turning your garden into a mini wildflower meadow. You could also ask your local council to do more to help bees including mowing the grass less and planting wildflowers.”

Sandra Bell, Friends of the Earth

For more information on how you can help, visit the Friends of the Earth website You can also get tips from the University of Sussex on which flower to plant resources/flowers

Bee expert, Professor Dave Goulson


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FASHION Brighton Fashion Week • Winter boots • Beauty trends • Beautiful bridal

Brighton Fashion Week is now one of THE fashion events in the industry’s calendar and we celebrate some of the stunning designers showcasing this year. Stunning autumn beauty trends are featured in our exclusive Title photoshoot, and we take a closer look at some lovely bridal wear.


Sustainable fashion

Brighton Fashion Week’s mission is to collaborate with organisations, brands and designers from around the globe who encourage, examine, explore and question the world around them, sourcing materials that would otherwise be thought of as waste. Across the event, BFW plays host to a week of sustainable and ethically focussed catwalk shows, movie screenings, panel discussions and fringe events; including a talk with Fashion Revolution’s Orsola de Castro. As the topic of sustainability grows ever more popular and the practice is more prevalent in the fashion industry, many designers are embracing this new curve in the fashion world. Brighton Fashion Week intends to show us just how sustainable fashion is taking off and is just as chic as other means of fashion production. The future of fashion is sustainability and sustainability is the new fashion. Brighton Fashion Week 2015 is the UK’s only sustainable and ethically-focussed fashion week and will be hosting a number of events 15-17 October.

Helen Woollams Helen is an award winning designer with over 15 years’ experience, graduating from the London College of Fashion with a highly accredited final collection. Helen launched Hellavagirl in 2011 and continues to produce three collections a year under the label as well as working as a freelance designer. Her collections have been featured in many publications including Vogue and she has showcased at London Fashion Week 2015 and Oxford Fashion Weeks 2014 and 2015. Helen has no rules in her creative process. She often cuts straight into cloth and shapes, and creations are born and developed organically, then develops backwards from garment to pattern to create the final masterpiece. Helen Woollams will be showcasing her latest collection at the Zeitgeist show on Friday 16 October.

Tiffany Pattinson This collection creates beautiful pieces using sustainable techniques whilst keeping costs reasonable in order to produce pieces that sell and promote the idea of sustainability, and all the products come with a little instruction leaflet to teach the consumer how to upcycle their items. Setting up local production studios that also employ people with disabilities, the brand continues to look for ways to feed eco-fashion into the mainstream fashion world. Tiffany Pattinson is a brand that brings sustainable fashion one step closer to being the norm in current society. The SS16 collection ‘The Dream Catcher’ is inspired by the gypsy fortune-tellers of the old days. Tiffany Pattinson will be showcasing her latest collection at the Zeitgeist show on Friday 16 October

GWEN&SYD A contemporary fashion and accessories brand based in London. Since graduating in 2012, Eve Tokens has become more aware of the impact we have on the planet through fashion and works hard to be as sustainable and ethical as possible without losing creativity. Eve believes that ensuring minimal ecological impact on the planet requires working with organic and Fairtrade fabrics where available, as well as recycled or repurposed fabrics to prevent these from being dumped in landfill. The SS16 collection is a more minimal collection focusing on the silhouette and colour palette, using organic cottons, bamboo and peace silk. GWEN&SYD will be showcasing at BFW’S Sustain Friday 16 October.

Angus Tsui This is a label with a mission to promote and advocate environmental sustainability in the fashion industry while providing edgy styles and unique aesthetics. Founder Angus Tsui graduated with a BA (Hons) Fashion Design degree at Nottingham Trent University. His budding fashion design talent was brought to a different level at Hong Kong Design Institute where he developed a variety of new skills in design, pattern cutting, garment sewing and communications. When he discovered the traditional fashion industry could cause environmental pollution, he chose to become a sustainable fashion designer, creating distinctive zero waste patterns and sculptural design techniques. The collection has recently launched in the COCKTAIL Select Shop in both China and Hong Kong. Angus Tsui will be showcasing at BFW’s Sustain Friday 16 October.

Raggedy Rags Hayley Trezise is an independent artisan creating eco-couture under the name ‘Raggedy’. High fashion designs that focus on conscious consumption, keeping both social and environmental impact in mind. Raggedy’s designs are innovative, wearable art where bold shapes are sculpted, fused and constructed using waste and pre-loved fabrics with a signature ‘scribblestitch’ detail. Raggedy’s objectives are to create luxury womenswear that is inspired by sustainability and has minimal impact on and maximum respect for the environment. The aim is to be an alternative to High Street/Fast Fashion by designing collections that are timeless and playful, enhancing and celebrating the female form whilst encouraging women to embrace their individuality. Raggedy will be showcasing at BFW’s Sustain Friday 16 October

Gabriella Sardena As a recent womenswear fashion graduate from the Manchester School of Art, Gabriella has showcased her work at the Manchester School of Art Fashion Show 2015 as well as the Runway Competition in Gibraltar in July 2015. She is a creatively driven individual who is inspired by experiences, quirkiness and personalities, and artists such as James Ostrer. Her work focuses on textiles and surface textures, combining colours and fabrics to create innovative looks and materials. Gabriella Sardena’s SS16 collection is inspired by the innocence of femininity in contrast to the psychotic compulsive obsession with everything sickly sweet. Gabriella Sardena will be showcasing at BFW’s Zeitgeist show Friday 16 October. Gabriella photos: AN Photography

BFW Highlights

For full listings please go to For the first time since its launch in 2009, Brighton Fashion Week will be completely sustainable. All of the participating designers are using ethical practices in their production process and will be asked to make a pledge towards sustainability. This is reflected throughout the event calendar. IndusTry neTWorkIng 15 october, Brighton open Market A meet and greet launch event with Brighton Fashion Week team and collaborators, designers, media sponsors and supporters of the independent fashion world as well as Brighton residents. orsola de Castro will open the event. sCAP PresenTs: Love your CLoThes ‘Tonne oF CLoThes’ 15-17 october, Brighton open Market A group of upcyclers, designers, artists and fashion businesses, led by resource efficiency experts WrAP, will create new pieces out of one tonne of second-hand garments donated by Cancer research uk. Brighton Fashion Week has invited local schools, fashion students and community members to get involved in this upcycling event, making eco-fashion accessible to all. sCAP PresenTs 16 october, sallis Benney Theatre resource efficiency experts WrAP will present a series of workshops, talks and panels throughout the day at the sallis Benny Theatre, aiming to raise the debate on how we re-invent, re-think and re-define fashion. Includes a workshop by nonprofit fashion organisation Made By on sourcing and benchmarking sustainable fibres, a screening of thought-provoking documentary by Aeg The next Black, and a panel discussion on the future of fashion. susTAIn CATWALk shoW 16 october, All saints Church, hove The sustain Catwalk show promotes sustainability through the showcasing of designers and practitioners who combine innovative fashion and ethical thinking to produce unique collections. shoWreeL 16 october, All saints Church, hove An international design competition, showreel challenges designers to create work from a brief of “beauty from waste” to produce wearable art from recycled materials. The selected finalists will present their designs in this choreographed live showcase, with a prize of £1000 to be awarded to the winner. ZeITgeIsT CATWALk shoW 16 october, All saints Church, hove A showcase of the depth, breadth and variety of creative individuals and collectives working at the cutting edge of the fashion industry today, the Zeitgeist Catwalk show looks to the future to see what can be achieved. Twelve designers with fresh ideas and original concepts present their lines on the catwalk. 11am - 1am - vIP Wine reception at synergy Centre, West street, Brighton. Attendees - 250 (up to 500 guests). After party for designers, Models, Press and Industry. Brighton Fashion Week looks to the future of conscious fashion and beauty. For more information about BFW 2015, ticket sales or schedule please go to


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Moda in Pelle Silvana Long Boots £169.95

MADE FOR WALKING It’s official – boots are THE THING for autumn! Charlotte Horlock picks out some of our faves this season…

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A La Mode The team at Mode Bridal appreciate how important it is for brides to look unforgettable on their wedding day, so they’re really passionate about finding each bride an individual wedding dress that really suits them, whilst at the same time making it relaxed and fun. The shop is open by appointment only so you’ll feel completely special when you’re there, enjoying the exclusive and relaxed atmosphere. You’ll find some of the finest designer wedding dresses from bridal designers such as Alan Hannah, Anna Tumas, Lambert Creations and Terry Fox here. So whether you’re looking for effortless elegance or a fairy-tale charm, you can be sure they have your dream designer wedding dress. Mode Bridal 12 Princes Avenue Hove BN3 4GD 01273 930990 07956 775134

10 facts about Mode Bridal 1. Mode Bridal is a luxury designer wedding dress studio based in Brighton 2. Free two hour luxury appointments with bubbly at the owner’s private bridal studio 3. Exclusive to the UK, the store holds award-winning collections of designer wedding dresses 4. Each bridal gown is lovingly handmade to the bride’s

measurements in the UK, Italy and France using delicate silk and lace fabrics and the best dressmaking artistry

5. They’re a Rock My Wedding and Love My Dress -recommended supplier providing the best styling advice and impeccable service 6. Flexible appointments to suit brides’ schedules, including late evening, weekends and Bank Holidays 7. Industry leading website, named as finalist in the Bridal Buyers Awards 2015 - Best Bridal Retailer Website category 8. Exhibitor of choice at industry leading bridal events including The National Wedding Show London Olympia, Hilton Park Lane, Old Chelsea Town Hall, South Lodge and Ashdown Park Hotels 9. Stockists of some of the most prestigious bridal designers in the UK and internationally - Anna Tumas, Alan Hannah, Lambert Creations, Terry Fox 10. Host of fabulous Designer Days including Alan Hannah 2016 Watercolours Collection, which launches 1517 October with amazing discounts and exclusive gifts For more information or to book a luxury appointment, please contact Mode Bridal.


Fresh faces for autumn

At Title we like to stay in touch with fashion and make-up trends and we’ve seen a couple of key looks that we love for this autumn season. Credits Shot on location at: Studio 7two9 Photography: 7two9 Photography, Model: Vicki Bladon Hair/MUA: Chelle from Chelle’s Belles Beauty, Stylist: Frida Clementz

BIG EYES The first trend is to opt for heavy eye make-up coupled with nude lips. This is a great look for those that have small lips and big eyes, as you can accentuate your eyes. We’re seeing plenty of lovely nude lip colours in stores, from pinks to peaches. For those big eyes, use a thin liner on your top lashes for a daytime look or perhaps a smokey eye with a thicker liner look for those autumnal evenings.









Winged eyes are huge this season. Play it up with double strokes and deep purples. For extra emphasis use white liner on the inside of your eyes

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VAMPIRE LIPS The second trend is black, dark red or purple lips coupled with light eye make-up and pale skin which really makes those luscious lips stand out from the crowd. For a daytime look simply wear a red lip and then for the evening add a darker red or purple alongside a thin liner-look on your eyes. This is enough to make your transition from day to night; add some blush for even more glamour. 36


6 4 Use a bright pop of colour on your lips to lift this pale look and give it added va-va-voom

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not too handy with the liner pot and brush, why not choose a liner pen. We love the Maybelline Master Graphic Liner at just £5.99

GET THE LOOK MAKEUP 1. Illamasaque Lipstick in Pristine £19.50 2. The Body Shop Matte Kajal in white £10 3. Benefit They’re Real Liner in black £18.50 4. MeMeMe Lip Sheens in Wild Plum £8.95 (available 1 October) 5. Mac nude lipstick in the shade ‘Myth’ £15.50 6. Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in Red Siren £10 7. Body Shop skinny felt eyeliner in black £10 8. Body Shop lip liner £8 9. YSL high impact colour eye shadow Couture Mono in Caftan and Khol £23.50 10. YSL mascara Volume Effect faux clis £25


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HEALTH & BEAUTY SPECIAL Holding Back the Years • Facial reviews • Dental health • Healthy living

We can’t promise to slow the ticking clock but this month our Holding Back the Years special looks at ways to stay fit and healthy, as well as checking out some ground-breaking anti-ageing treatments and specialist salons across Sussex

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1. Take it easy OK, so the jury is still pretty much out on this one. Can stress make you age faster? Stress places greater pressure on the body - surges of adrenaline and cortisol as a result of being stuck in constant ‘fight or flight’ mode cause blood pressure to rise and the heart to beat faster. Deadlines, bulging inboxes, traffic jams and money worries – they all trigger the same response. And the results can include anxiety, anger, depression, insomnia, raised blood pressure… so whether or not it’s ageing you, it’s certainly not doing you any good. Take time out to relax. Try some meditation or a long walk, and breathe deeply. And yes you DO have time. Make time. 2. Eat good fats Keep your eyes open for the Omegas. You’re going to find these in stuff like salmon and other fatty fishes like tuna or mackerel, and in nuts and seeds too. Avocados have monounsaturated fats which can actually help to lower cholesterol. Good olive oil is not only super healthy, it’s also delicious, as is good linseed oil. Again, these foods won’t necessarily battle the clock, but they’re good for your health. Win. 3. Move your body So this one’s a no-brainer, right? You sit around all day, you’re going to end up fat and unfit, so get out there and shake it. Regular exercise tones muscle and helps you lose weight, boosts your mood, and keeps you flexible. What’s not to like? You lose a few pounds and we guarantee it’ll knock years off your appearance. There’s nothing like a middle aged spread to add a few years to your lazy ass! 40


4. Fall in love OK, so we know you can’t do this to order but you remember that feeling, right? The early days of a new relationship that magically removes your appetite and makes you feel like you’re on top of the world? Grinning like a fool, losing weight and feeling fine! Well there’s science here. You’re driven by testosterone and oestrogen to fall in love, but that early honeymoon period? That’s serotonin, dopamine and adrenalin right there. It’s the love drug. So keep your eyes peeled for love, and if you’re in a long termer, rekindle the romance. Feel like a teenager again. 5. Drink red wine The French are living proof, with their low rates of heart disease despite eating the richest diet on the planet. Red wine is good for you. And not only that, it does seem that resveratrol, which is the magic compound red wine holds, does actually have anti-ageing properties. Not a bottle every night though, just a glass. And if you can combine that with falling in love, cheers! 6. Yoga The benefits from doing yoga are far greater than just developing increased flexibility. Holding poses and concentrating on breathing helps to develop new brain neural pathways, and improves the connection between mind and body. Yogic breathing oxygenates cells, helping to clear toxins and give your system a boost. 7. Superfoods! This stuff isn’t just for hippies; there are real benefits from eating so-called superfoods – even the NHS has published proof that eating well can help prevent mental decline. Physically, pomegranates for example can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, possibly act as a cancer preventative, and protect the skin from UV rays. Goji berries are a total powerhouse of antioxidants, and help stimulate human growth hormones to rejuvenate. Then you’ve got your spinach, broccoli, avocados, turmeric, and tomatoes – even good chocolate! Eat your way to feeling younger and healthier.

You sit around all day, you’re going to end up fat and unfit, so get out there and shake it.

8. Green tea The Marmite of the tea world. There are some pretty big claims about this tea – including some as-yet unsubstantiated claims that it can reduce the risk of cancer – but the nutritional facts are clear. Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins. Stick the kettle on. 9. Take care of the outside Day to day moisturising will keep skin softer and hydrated, and using retinoids in facials to gently peel can rejuvenate skin. Using Vitamin C serum on your skin can help generate cell renewal and protect against free radicals. And use an SPF during the day outside, even when it’s not sunny. 10. Flex those brain muscles Using your brain can help prevent mental decline. At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference last year, a two-year clinical trial showed that a combination of physical activity, good eating, cognitive training, social activities and management of heart health risk factors slowed cognitive decline. But for all of us it’s good to flex those mental muscles and stay brain-healthy. Get out the Sudoku. Use it or lose it.


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A glorious experience As part of our mission to hold back the years, we wanted to test out some rejuvenating facials. First stop, Sam Harrington-Lowe went to try the Alpha H Liquid Gold facial at Glorious Spa (Worthing and Chichester)

About the spas The Glorious Spa philosophy is to provide spa quality treatments on the High Street, and they have certainly cracked that. With two spas already in Chichester and Worthing they’re expanding again with a third due to open on the south coast before Christmas. Experts in waxing, lash extensions and of course manicures and pedicures, these guys are constantly looking for the latest treatments that are taking the beauty industry by storm to add to their treatment menu.. What else can you tell us? These unique spas are also the perfect place for a get together with sumptuous leather chairs, Nespresso coffee, and the odd glass of fizz. This is a great place for groups as they can accommodate multiple treatments at any one time. So if you’re celebrating a wedding, hen party, birthday party etc, this is a great choice.

Liquid Gold Facial – 55 mins – £60 An intensive line-fighting treatment that uses vitamins, fruit enzymes and Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold formula to smooth, firm and energise. Ideal for mature, dull and collagen-depleted skins. Glorious Spa Worthing 01903 215725 Glorious Spa Chichester 01243 790917

Tell us about the facial If there was ever a thing everyone should have on a Friday afternoon, the Alpha H Liquid Gold facial is it. Not only will it knock a few years off your tired skin and give you a fresh glow, it leaves you walking on air. Using the Alpha H range of products, made with naturally-derived ingredients glycolic acid and liquorice extract, this is designed to revitalise your skin and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles. What happens during the facial? It starts with a cleanse, which is then followed by a scrub. The mask part is where it gets interesting – it’s applied and your face covered with clingfilm and a hot towel to keep the heat and moisture in, and is actually warm and comforting. During the course of the treatment you have a hand and arm massage, followed by removal of the mask, and then a moisture complex is used to massage the face. So lovely to have your forehead and scalp massaged, where all the tension is stored. I literally floated out.


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Can you see a difference? Absolutely. It’s a facial you can choose to wear make-up over afterwards, but I was so pleased with my fresh looking face I didn’t wear make-up for a few days. The glycolic peel gave my skin a glow but without any stinging or redness. I’m very impressed, and I’ve had a lot of facials. Anything else to know? I’ve been to the Glorious spas a few times and they’ve always been great. The sort of place that does a manicure properly, and doesn’t cut your treatment short when they think you’re not looking. It’s a bright, contemporary space with friendly staff and it’s definitely worth signing up for their newsletter as they do lots of special offers each month. Top tip!



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more than just teeth The Dental Health Spa in Brighton offers much more than just beautiful teeth treatments, and Caraline Brown went along to try the brand new Cryogun facial. This place is a real find. Under one roof they’ve got everything you could need for holding back those years, and packs in the Dental Health Spa, the Derma Health Spa and hair by Willie Hendry. Title favourites include the air polish for teeth, which leaves your pearlies sparkling in seconds, and now it looks like we can add a new one to the list – the Cryogun facial. As an anti-ageing treatment, this promises really fast, visible results. The brochure explains, “The Coolifting gun jet-sprays the facial tissues using a powerful CO2 flow at a very low temperature and a very high pressure, combined with an extremely high concentration of atomized actives. It is the most spectacular and rapid treatment ever seen to challenge the passing of time.” The Dental Health Spa is the only place in Sussex to offer this and it’s a brand new treatment. So new in fact that we’re the first to try it out. We asked Caraline what she thought… “When I first sat down I was a bit nervous, particularly when they handed me some earplugs. I really didn’t know what to expect. Then they took something that looked a bit like a tennis ball and they rolled that over my face, which got colder and colder. Something to do with vaso-constriction, they said. Anyway, this is when I worked out what the earplugs were for as they fired up the gun! It’s loud! The gun fires

This would be amazing for a night out or to give you a boost. I’m calling it the party-fresh facial.

all over your face and you can really feel your skin tingling, then when you’ve had a good blast they let you sit for five minutes with the gun stuff on your skin. It’s the most extraordinary feeling, like a frozen face but still tingling. Then afterwards they wiped my face and hey presto!” So, the question we’re all dying to ask of course is whether it works… “Actually, I couldn’t believe the results. The bags under my eyes from bad night’s sleep – gone. And everyone in the office said they couldn’t believe the results either. It genuinely made a real difference.” And anything else you can tell us? “This is fast, with immediate results. Apparently the results last 3-4 days so I’m going out tonight to make the most of it and show off. But this would be amazing for a night out or to give you a boost. I’m calling it the party-fresh facial.”

Photo of Caraline: Julia Claxton

So there you have it. Instant results that take years off you, without any needles or knives. Prices start at £50 . For more information, contact the Derma Health Spa, upstairs at the Dental Health Spa 01273 710831



Face the future There’s nothing wrong with giving nature a bit of a helping hand; here’s some of our picks from the beauty world…

HoMedics Newa Beauty Tool £249 Rebuilds collagen, reduces wrinkles. Brand new non-surgical beauty tool is the latest anti-ageing technology and is clinically proven to rebuild collagen and to remove up to a third of wrinkles in just four weeks. It is the only in-home beauty tool to reactivate

Aveda Green Science Firming Eye

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Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Day Cream 50ml £80 Stimulates the synthesis of collagen and elastin while plumping and tightening to restore the contours of the face and revive the skin. One of our favourite products. Available

Crème 15ml £38 The Green Science range is packed with powerful plant-infused formulas, using natural and organic ingredients and peptides.


Chanel Le Lift range (serum £130, eye concentrate £65) Chanel joined the anti-ageing drive with their new range Le Lift in 2013, and have recently expanded it to include new products for 2015. We love the serum and the eye concentrate – a lovely indulgent treat.

Available Chanel counters skinChemists Advanced Bee Venom Facial

Serum 30ml £230 This uses the highest concentration of Bee Venom that is currently available on the market. Bee and snake venom, wild caviar and apple stem cells are just a few of the wow factor ingredients in this product, and all have been proven successful in reversing the effects of ageing.


Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control

Concentrate 30ml £55 The number one antiageing serum in the UK, rich in 20 plant extracts to boost the skin’s vital functions. Winner of multiple awards. Available Clarins counters, Debenhans etc


Looking FabuLous Tell us about your salon… February 2015 saw the opening of the first Fabulous Nails and Lashes boutique salon in Ringmer, Lewes. We offer the ultimate in customer care, reverting back to an uncompromising old-school style of service, where each client is always in the forefront of our mind, from bespoke treatments to the design of the salon. There is no length to which we will not stretch to ensure that they leave happy. What makes you stand out from the crowd? Customer service, passion, complimentary drinks menu and free parking! Tell us about your customers. Who comes through the door? We have a broad scope of regular visitors, from retired to the much younger crowd. Any celebrities? One or two but we don’t wish to name drop and we respect our client’s privacy. Sum up your best anti-ageing solution for us… For a fresh rejuvenated face anyone of our facials are a must! But we also have a semi-resident nurse (who also works at the Nuffield as a theatre nurse) that offers dermal fillers to turn back the hands of time and reduce lines and wrinkles. We have heard that you have started working with Elemis… We had a meeting with Elemis just three months after the salon opened, they liked what they saw and we are now an Elemis spa partner, offering both Elemis Spa-therapy treatments, such as facials and massage, and also offering retail products in the salon and on our website

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS TO A BEAUTY THERAPIST What is your name? Sammy How long have you worked at Fabulous Nails and Lashes? I’m the founder and director of the company that we started in May 2012 Which treatment do you like to get yourself when you visit a beauty salon? Difficult to pick one as I get massages, facials and pedicures! What is the most popular treatment that people get? We are well known for our lash extensions so I’d say that’s one of the most popular What would you be if you weren’t a beauty therapist? I couldn’t imagine doing anything else

Fabulous Nails and Lashes 78 Springett Avenue Ringmer Lewes BN8 5QX Web: Tel: 01273814916



DON’T GET FAT, GET FIT THIS WINTER Want to get into that little black dress in time for Christmas? Lisa Moore of Fit For Moore gives her Top 5 Tips to make sure that happens. 1) Cut out the rubbish – If there is no rubbish food in your cupboards then you can’t eat it. Be ruthless, bin everything and refill with healthy snacks.

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2) Move More – Set an alarm to remind you to move every hour and then when the alarm goes off, DON’T ignore it. Move for at least five minutes and, if you can, walk slowly for 20 minutes a day.

Title Sussex catches up with the Wax and Thread Company to find out what makes them stand out from the crowd Tell us about your salon We are a boutique salon in central Brighton specialising in waxing and threading for both men and women. What makes you different? We are aware that there are numerous lovely beauty salons in Brighton & Hove - but not one that specialised only in waxing and threading. We know that in this day and age there is a high demand for waxing throughout the year and by concentrating on one thing this makes us stand out from the crowd. Tell us a bit about your customers Having slowly made our name on the salon scene in Sussex, our clientele ranges from students, professionals, tourists and commuters! Most of our clients however are local and have returned to the salon regularly. Brighton is a very vibrant city full of interesting people. We get a lot of recommendations which is also very encouraging.

3) More Protein – Eating protein fills you up and sustains you for longer, leading to less cravings and more energy. Have protein at every meal, e.g. scrambled eggs for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and then steak and salad in the evening with sweet potato wedges. 4) Plan ahead – If you know you’ve got a date or are out with friends then check out the restaurant menu before you go. It’s OK to ask them to ditch the fries and have a green salad with your steak, they won’t mind! 5) Resistance Training – Workout with weights at least three times a week for 30 minutes. The best type of workout is one that incorporates high intensity training with cardiovascular activity such as a Metabolic Effect Class. Lisa Moore is the Founder of Fit For Moore Personal Training based in Haywards Heath and has over 20 years experience in the health and fitness industry. The Metabolic Effect class runs daily in Haywards Heath, to find out more visit

Sum up your best anti-ageing solution Here at The Wax and Thread Company we believe less is more. A good cleansing and moisturising daily routine goes a long way. The key is, of course, to do it daily as well as using the correct cleanser and moisturiser for your skin type. Bear in mind that your skin changes throughout your lifetime depending on your age, diet, medication etc. Your skin needs to be protected from the elements, therefore moisturising is absolutely essential. Many people experience excess facial hair growth as they get older, particularly on the chin and upper lip area, and even those brows can get a little unruly. By removing this excess facial hair, it can give the appearance of smoother skin, add a ‘lift’ to the eyes and most importantly make you feel more confident. The Wax and Thread Company T: 01273 730727 48



As the summer fades away and we’re left to look forward to the prolonged English winter, it’s easy to forget about your workout plan. The realities of work, studying, friends and family can sometimes overwhelm even the hardiest fitness fanatics and, then again, there’s always tomorrow. Yet, tomorrow has come and gone and you still haven’t begun, so what is it that’s holding you back? Personal Trainer Gareth Penrhyn of Penrhyn PT explains some of the most common excuses for skipping exercise and the best ways to combat them head-on. I don’t have enough time to cook and eat healthily… You have to prepare and plan. As individuals we all procrastinate and put off what we need to do but effectively we just need to find ways to be more proactive. Exercise and nutrition are key because if you’re going to be a better father, a better mother or father or just better at your job you need to look after your brain and health. So you have to take yourself seriously and take yourself as a priority. I can’t fit exercise into my work routine… Look at how long are you going to be in the job for: six months, a year, two years? If you’re saying now that you don’t have the time to workout, that will be the same excuse next year unless you change something. You must look at your diary and find out when your off time is and utilise it as best you can. It may mean a sacrifice here and there but we can always make time. The weather means I can’t go out to exercise… In England we generally have five months of winter weather where it can be very cold so it is important to have options to workout indoors. It could be as short as a 20 minute home workout as long as you do it effectively and often. We can train people even if they have to be in the same spot for the entire workout if needs be, we make it happen.

Q&A WITH PERSONAL TRAINER GARETH PENRHYN How did you get started in the fitness industry? I have been involved in the fitness industry for over 13 years. I’m a Level 3 Personal Trainer, I also have a degree in Sports Science and I run Penrhyn PT. What makes you stand out above other Personal Trainers? I’ve always believed that if I worry about the other trainers then that will only serve as a distraction. If I concentrate on my clients and my own self-development, I’m always going to go forward. I always dedicate time to work on my goals, mind-set and personal progression. What separates those that achieve their goals from those that don’t? Each person has a different starting point, from their age and metabolism to their genetics and even their lifestyle choices, and the ones who understand that and are realistic about where they’re coming from are the ones who tend to succeed. Staying patient and sticking with the positive changes you have made is key – remember it’s a marathon not a sprint! How can people get in touch? If you would like to speak to me about your own personal goals and what changes you can make today to improve your health and lifestyle contact me to book in your free 30 minute ‘How to Lose Weight and Gain Body Confidence’ consultation. consultation. Contact me via my email my phone on 07763 720692, the website and we also run Facebook offers on our page.


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FOOD & DRINK Recipe • National Chocolate Week • Cocktail of the Month • Food news

We can’t believe there’s such a thing as National Chocolate Week but it’s real! So we celebrate with pages of luscious, gooey chocolatey badness. Our cocktail this month reflects the beautiful season of autumn, and we’ve got loads of food news and reviews.

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The chocolate-hazelnut paste popularised by the chocolate-makers of Turin in the 19th century was the forerunner of Nutella, the spread that children all over the world know and love. The dark chocolate-hazelnut ganache that fills these rich chocolate shortbread biscuits is an adult version of that childhood treat. Make these for a special tea party – they can be baked and assembled a day or so in advance. Makes 20 pairs Kit you’ll need: a 6–7cm star cutter; 2 baking sheets, lined with baking paper; a small disposable piping bag FOR THE DOUGH 225g unsalted butter, softened 100g caster sugar 225g plain flour 65g cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt FOR THE GANACHE FILLING 75g blanched hazelnuts 1 tablespoon caster sugar 75g dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids) 75ml double cream 25g unsalted butter Pinch of salt TO FINISH 50g dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids) Icing sugar, for dusting



1. Make the dough first. Put softened butter into a mixing

bowl, or freestanding electric mixer. Beat until very creamy. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is much lighter in colour and texture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into the bowl and mix in with a wooden spoon or plastic spatula, then use your hands to bring the mixture together into a firm dough. 3. Turn the dough out on to an unfloured worktop (flour

will leave white marks on the dough) and gently knead to a flat disc. Place the disc between two large sheets of clingfilm and roll out to 5mm thickness. Peel off the top layer of clingfilm and stamp out stars with the cutter. Gather up the trimmings, then re-roll and stamp out more stars.

4. Set the stars slightly apart to allow for expansion on the baking sheets, then cover lightly with clingfilm and chill for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 180°C/350°F/ gas 4. 5. Uncover the stars and bake in the heated oven for about 12 minutes until just firm but not coloured – watch them carefully as the chocolate dough can quickly turn very dark around the tips (this would make the biscuits taste bitter). Remove from the oven and leave the stars to firm up on the baking sheets for three minutes before carefully transferring them to a wire rack to cool – the biscuits will be very fragile until completely cold. Leave the oven on. 6. While the biscuits are cooling, make the ganache filling. Tip the hazelnuts into a small baking dish or tin and toast in the oven for 7–10 minutes until a good golden brown. Remove 20 of the best-looking nuts and set aside for the decoration. Transfer the rest of the nuts to a food processor (there’s no need to wait until they are cold). Add the sugar and process until ground to a fairly fine and slightly sticky powder. 7. Break or chop up the chocolate into even-sized pieces and put into a small, heavy-based pan with the cream, butter and salt. Set over very low heat and stir gently with a wooden spoon until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the ground hazelnuts. Leave the ganache on the worktop, stirring frequently, until firm enough to spread. 8. When you are ready to assemble the stars, give the ganache a good stir. Using about a rounded teaspoon of ganache for each, gently spread the ganache over the underside of half your stars. Top each star with a second star, placing the biscuits underside to underside and matching up the points. 9. To finish the stars, gently melt the chocolate. One at a time, dip the base of each hazelnut in the melted chocolate, then set it in the centre of a star. Spoon the rest of the melted chocolate into the piping bag and pipe a fine zigzag of chocolate across each star. Leave until set, then very lightly dust with icing sugar. Store in an airtight container and eat within five days.


Double ChoColate SwirleD Cake Ask the bakers what kind of cake they make for a birthday or other special occasion and almost inevitably they say chocolate – the richer and more eyecatching the better. This one ticks all the boxes. Dark and white chocolate mixtures are swirled together in the tins to make the sponge layers and these are sandwiched with a rum truffle ganache. The final, spectacular touch is the icing: dark chocolate ganache marbled with white chocolate. Serves 12 Kit you’ll need: 2 x 20.5cm round, deep sandwich tins, greased and base-lined FOR THE SPONGE 250g unsalted butter, softened 250g caster sugar 4 large eggs, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 250g self-raising flour 75g dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped 75g white chocolate (about 30% cocoa solids), roughly chopped 1 tablespoon cocoa powder Good pinch of salt FOR THE FILLING 100g dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), broken up 1 tablespoon dark rum 125ml whipping cream FOR THE DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE 150g dark chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), broken up 150ml whipping cream FOR THE WHITE CHOCOLATE GANACHE 75g white chocolate (about 30% cocoa solids), broken up 75ml whipping cream 54


1. Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Beat the soft butter until creamy and mayonnaise-like. Gradually beat in the sugar and continue beating until the mixture turns pale and fluffy. 2. Separately, beat the eggs with the vanilla extract just until combined, then gradually add to the creamed mixture, mixing well after each addition. Add one tablespoon of the weighed flour with each of the last two portions of egg to prevent the mixture from curdling. Sift the rest of the flour and the salt into the bowl and gently fold in with a large metal spoon. Transfer half of the mixture to another bowl. 3. Gently melt the chopped dark chocolate. Leave to cool while you melt the white chocolate; cool this too. 4. Sift the cocoa into one bowl of cake mixture and add the cooled melted dark chocolate, then fold them in gently until thoroughly combined. Carefully fold the cooled melted white chocolate into the other bowl of cake mixture. 5. You want to put roughly half of the dark chocolate mixture

7. When the cakes are cold, make the filling. Put the chocolate into a food processor and blitz to chop fairly finely. Stop the machine and add the rum. Heat the cream in a saucepan until it just comes to the boil, then, with the machine running, pour the cream into the processor through the feed tube. When the mixture is thick and smooth, scrape down the side of the processor bowl, then run the machine for a couple of minutes until the mixture is no longer warm. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, or the bowl of a free-standing mixer, and whisk until you can create ‘ribbons’.

6. Bake in the heated oven for 25–30 minutes until the

8. Place one sponge crust-side down on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Spread over the chocolate filling. Set the second sponge on top, crust-side up. Leave to set and firm up.

and half of the white chocolate mixture into each of the prepared tins. Spoon the two mixtures alternately into the tins – a heaped tablespoonful of the dark chocolate mixture into each tin and then a heaped tablespoonful of the white chocolate mix into both tins. When you’ve finished, gently bang each tin on the worktop several times to settle the mixtures and eliminate any pockets of air. Carefully swirl a chopstick or table knife through the two mixtures in each tin to marble them. sponges feel springy when gently pressed in the centre. For best results check the cakes after 20 minutes and rotate the tins to be sure the sponges bake evenly. Remove from the oven and set on a heatproof surface. Run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the tins to loosen the sponges, then turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

9. To make the dark chocolate ganache, put the chocolate in the food processor and chop finely. Heat the cream until just boiling, then, with the machine running, pour into the processor bowl through the feed tube. Blitz until smooth. Scrape down the side of the bowl, then run the machine until the ganache is barely warm but still very fluid. Pour the ganache over the cake to cover it completely, using a palette knife if necessary to help ease the ganache down the side of the cake. 10. Working quickly, before the dark ganache has time to set, wash out the processor bowl and make the white chocolate ganache in the same way. Pour it into a jug and, if necessary, leave until it has thickened up but is still pourable – like double cream. Then, working across from one side of the cake to the other, pour the white ganache in thick stripes over the cake surface, allowing it to trickle down the sides. Gently draw a skewer along the stripes (not across them) to give a marbled appearance. Leave until firm and set before transferring to a cake board or serving plate. Store in an airtight container in a cool place – not the fridge – and eat within five days. Recipes taken from The Great British Bake Off: Celebrations published by Hodder & Stoughton £20 Great British Bake off final will be aired Wednesday 7 October


TASTING NOTES Think you know your chocolate? We’ve put together some quick notes to help you identify and appreciate good quality…

KNOW YOUR BEANS The three varieties of cocoa bean are: • Criollo – this is the top bean. Grows in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Venezuela and has done for over 3000 years. Also in Colombia, Trinidad, Jamaica and Grenada. Slightly bitter but aromatic. Pale colour giving chocolate a reddish tinge. • Forastero – Originates from the Upper Amazon region in South America and now grow in Ghana, Ivory Coast and the Cameroon. This cocoa forms the base ingredient in most chocolates. • Trinitario – from the island of Trinidad and is a cross between the Criollo and Forastero. After the cocoa plantation on the island was almost destroyed in the eighteenth century, the two varieties were crossed. Trinitario trees are now grown wherever Criollo is found, as well as Java, Papua-New-Guinea, Sri Lanka and Cameroon. LOOK AND SNAP Take a proper look at it. What colour is it? Good quality chocolate is more likely to have reddish tones, signifying the presence of the Criollo. A glossy finish is desirable, and when you snap it, it should make a clear ‘crack!’

SMELL IT Close your eyes and take in a deep smell of the chocolate. It’s as diverse and complex as tasting wine. Obviously you’re going to get a hit of chocolate or cocoa, but keep in mind the aromas of tobacco, leather, fruit, warm spices and even maybe cheese notes. TASTE To check your chocolate quality, you need to taste it! 1. Don’t chew. Allow the chocolate to melt on your tongue. 2. Swoosh it round your mouth fully when melted. 3. Whilst all this is going on, breathe through it. Develop the flavour in your nose. 4. Then go in for a second crack and this time, chew it. You’ll release different flavours. Look out for things like butterscotch, liquorice, coffee, bread, salt and fermented notes. All of these signify good quality chocolate. Low grade chocolate can result in burnt flavour. And chocolate that is overly sweet can be the result of trying to jazz up poor quality beans. Also note how long you can taste it afterwards. The longer it lingers, the better it is. HOW DOES IT FEEL? Chocolate’s melting point is 93°F, close to body temperature. So when we melt it, it feels unctuous and rich. In your mouth it should be smooth, silky. Not grainy or sticky. SO NOW YOU KNOW There are approximately 300 different flavours and tastes present in chocolate, and the more you taste it, the more refined your palate will become. Enjoy your new project – you’re welcome! National Chocolate Week is 12-18 October 2015 -





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2015 has seen a spate of Italian eateries opening in Brighton, including the excellent and rather funky Nuposto on West Street, and VIP Pizza on Old Steine, which sources many of its authentic ingredients from its own family farms. The latest addition is Edendum; an Italian deli and restaurant opening on East Street. Managing director Diego Cacciolatti tells me, “At Edendum we are proud of our roots in Piedmont (North West Italy) and we are looking forward to bringing these unique recipes to England. The products in store will allow you to recreate your favourites at home”.

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One of my favourite chefs in Sussex is the hugely talented Matt Gillan of the Michelin-starred The Pass at South Lodge near Horsham. The food that he and his team produce is astounding, and the experience is made even better by the fact that they are all really friendly, approachable people. Matt will be appearing on BBC 2’s Great British Menu in late September, with the challenge to produce 21st century dishes that honour the custodians of first class home cooking, and pay tribute to the generations of women who have helped make Britain the great culinary nation it is today. The chefs have taken inspiration from the women in their families - their mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers - and the pioneering women of the Institute, to turn home-cooked classics into modern masterpieces. Tune in and support a genuinely great British chef.

Chef Matt Dillon from The Pass

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It’s perhaps not the first thing that comes to mind when booking a restaurant but are you confident that your chosen eatery has high standards of health and hygiene? After all we’ve all experienced a dicky tum after dining out at some point in our lives. Across the UK, the Food Standards Agency and council Environmental Health departments subscribe to a common national scheme called ‘Food Hygiene Ratings’, or slightly more sexily ‘Scores on the Doors’. Restaurants and other food businesses - including hotels and guesthouses - that serve in excess of 20 meals a day are all rated from zero to five, with regular inspections depending on the perceived risk posed by the business. Personally, I’d start to be concerned by a score of two or less, as that means standard health and hygiene practices are not being followed. You can check the Scores on the Doors for any food business online at, and any reputable business should clearly display their rating at their entrance… if its not there then ask why!


Food news Cockt ail of th e Month THE ITALIAN JOB

Edendum is a new restaurant concept comprising an Italian restaurant, deli and café, and mixes up the time-honoured culinary traditions of northern Italy with a modern and elegant style. We knew it was on to a winning formula when Food Festival boss (and BAHBAs Outstanding Brightonian winner!) Nick Mosley told us, “the food is impressive.” Following a swanky VIP launch on 30 July the restaurant is now up and running and features exciting dishes like beef medallions with tuna sauce, salad of cuttlefish on a bed of creamed beans or vegetables, and yellow onion cooked with coarse salt in a seasonal vegetable and tomato caponata sauce on tender Bra cheese velvet cream. There are vegan options too and of course all your Italian staples like gnocchi, pizza and pasta too.


The South Downs Food and Drink Portal is an online showcase of the wonderful produce in the South Downs National Park and 10 mile radius. You can search for local produce and the great places which sell and serve it using the Food Finder, and you can also hunt out all the foodie things to do in the region on the events calendar. It’s a very useful tool for foodies as it basically help you to find the best places to buy, eat and drink and explore our stunning local fare.


So it’s that time of year where the brambles and blackberries are starting to ripen, giving us a bounty of free fruit that can be easily foraged from the countryside. Just remember to make sure you never totally strip the bush of fruit, leaving some for the wildlife, and that you ensure you pick as far away from cars and roads as possible! One of our favourite ways of extending the shelf life of these delicate berries is to turn them into a liqueur. This is fairly simple as all you need is alcohol, time and sugar. The best way is to pick your blackberries and chop them up into smaller pieces, at the same time remove all stalks, damaged berries and beasties, then cover with an equal quantity of white sugar. Allow this to sit in a fridge for 24 - 36 hours. Strain the resulting liquid through a fine mesh sieve. Once collected measure the volume then add your vodka. We recommend a ratio of two parts alcohol to one part blackberry syrup. Once you have created this blackberry liquer, you can also use it to create a delicious Bramble cocktail. MIXOLOGY GROUP BRAMBLE 50ml gin 25ml lemon juice 20ml gomme or sugar syrup 10ml homemade blackberry liqueur Add everything except the liqueur to a short rocks glass filled with crushed or smashed ice. Stir briefly then add an additional cap of crushed ice and slowly drip the homemade blackberry liqueur over the top of the drink. As a final flourish garnish with lemon and a couple of berries.


“My tempura seafood was like having an indecent proposal whispered into one’s mouth by a short-sighted pervert.” – Julie Burchill, Title Sussex “Whatever words I use won’t do the food justice – it’s simply exquisite, and you’ll have to experience it first-hand to understand what I mean.” – Donna Martin, Inside Sussex

Photos: Julia Claxton and James Boardman

“Jeremy Ashpool can cook, and if you don’t visit his restaurant, you will be more the poorer for it.”– Maarten Hoffman, Platinum Business

Contemporary dining in the idyllic rural setting of Borde Hill, near Haywards Heath. Voted in The Times’ top ten most romantic UK restaurants, 2013.

Pre-Christmas Menu 1-23 December: £35pp Tuesday-Thursday, £40pp Friday & Saturday Valid 1-23 December 2015. Choose from a three choice menu, including vegetarian options. Price includes coffee, mince pies and crackers. Tuesday-Thursday lunch & dinner £35, Friday-Saturday lunch & dinner £40.

Jeremy’s Restaurant, Borde Hill, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP Telephone 01444 441 102 | Email | | Twitter @jeremysrest | Facebook Jeremys Restaurant

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Hot foods • Sussex wine, beers and ciders Christmas hampers with Rockinghorse Children’s Charity New Road, Brighton • 10am - 5pm both days For more information visit or find us on Twitter @brightonfood / Facebook

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We caught up with Genting Casino in Brighton to get the lowdown on their recently refurbished venue in time for the cracking Christmas celebrations What is the best thing about the venue? Our exceptional customer service, we as a team like all our customers to feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed. We believe we go out of our way to achieve this. Why should We have our Christmas party With you? We are an intimate boutique style casino and we have the facilities to hold Christmas parties up to 25 people on our lower gaming floor. We can offer a contemporary buffet, a drink from the bar, a learnto-play session with a £5 free play and exclusive use of the room, with access to the main gaming floor, all for £21.95 per person.

What is the first thing you do in the morning? Grab my phone, read my e-mails and have a coffee with a double shot of espresso What is the last thing you do at night? I text my three children, Callie, Ethan and Lauren What is your favourite part about the job? Everything, especially meeting new people around Brighton What is your dream Customer? One that enjoys the service and atmosphere and comes away knowing they had a great night out and spreads the word red or blaCk? Has to be red

What kind of games Can We enjoy at our Christmas party? The customers can enjoy black jack, roulette, three card poker and slot machines with jackpots ranging from 4k – 10k. What kind of food & drink does the Casino offer? We have a stylish bar, serving a large range of bottled beer and high-end spirits; the bar is open from 2pm – 5am. We also offer a graze and play menu, with dishes including lamb rogan josh curry, steak burger, Chicago four cheese pizza and crispy tempura prawn salad, to name just a few; available 6pm – 4am. What is the Casino’s best-kept seCret? The venue was recently refurbished and our newly improved casino has been a revelation on how it used to look. Our customers have been amazed at the transformation and are excited to come back, and we’re thrilled to see so many new faces enjoying our new look casino.

GENTING CASINOS BRIGHTON 6-8 PRESTON STREET BRIGHTON, SUSSEX, BN1 2HN WWW.GENTINGCASINOS.CO.UK Opening hours: 2pm – 5am Photographs by Richard Southall Emphasis Photography



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We’re no slouches when it comes to getting out and trying new things, and a fight nearly broke out in the office when we received an exciting wine tasting invitation from top Sussex wine merchants Sheridan Cooper’s, Ridgeview Vineyard and The Golden Lion’s Greene Room (upstairs at the Cricketers in Brighton’s Black Lion Street). For those of you who don’t know, Ridgeview is one of – if not THE – most established sparkling wine producers in Sussex, making bubbly exactly the same way as Champagne. Their products repeatedly win international awards, regularly trouncing the French at their own game, and Ridgeview is a family company dedicated to the production of the highest quality sparkling wine using traditional sparkling grape varieties and methods. We had the chance to try some from every one of their range, from the light golden Bloomsbury to the rich Pinot-dominated Cavendish (which we decided is our favourite). And the awards are well-deserved. The wines are elegant and classy but reasonably priced, many excellent wines coming in at under £30 a bottle retail. Sheridan Cooper’s are responsible for the deployment of Ridgeview through Sussex into bars and restaurants and Sheridan’s Andy Rice played host alongside Ridgview’s CEO Tamara Roberts. It’s always a delight to see Sussex businesses doing well and we’ve seen both these companies grow exponentially over the years. Also exciting to see the Cricketers fielding a new menu for the private space upstairs. Golden Lion’s Leanne Day explained, “The food upstairs in the Greene Room for parties is now really different to our rich pub grub type menu downstairs. We do that kind of food really well but for events and private parties it’s better to have something else, so we’ve devised a lot of new options, including the cheese and charcuterie boards. It’s a different menu and we’re really pleased with it. Have you tried the charcoal cheddar?!” We did indeed try the charcoal cheddar which you can see on the board top – it looks a bit like black pudding but is a lovely creamy mild cheese. The cheese and charcuterie boards was perfect to go with the wine and we’re looking forward to checking out the rest of the new menu soon. We concluded that the Greene Room is a good place for a party. The Ridgeview an impeccable option for drinking, and so much better than prosecco (yawn), and that the sharing boards are the perfect partner. But don’t just take our word for it…


View Halloo! Tell us about the place Luton Hoo is one of England’s most beautiful houses, to my mind. Although perhaps what really sets this place apart as an hotel – just like the other hotels in the group like the Eastbourne Grand and Ashdown Park – is the standard of its service. The house is really lovely, but I travel a lot and spend a lot of time in hotels and there’s a really fine balance when it comes to getting the service right. Too over-attentive can be just as irritating as being ignored; and there’s a level of politeness that is the right side of obsequiousness – one grovel too far and it’s all too much. But the Elite group just somehow seems to get it right. They make you feel like you matter, without being too sucky-up. Apart from the jolly pleasing team of people at the venue, it’s also a totally 64

Still optimistic about an Indian Summer, we investigate one of England’s most beautiful country houses as a weekend break option. Sam Harrington-Lowe sinks into the luxury of Luton Hoo

breath-taking place to stay. There’s a real sense of grandeur about this place – and it’s got lots of charming touches like the staircase that was designed by Charles Mewes and Arthur Davis – the architects who did the Ritz – and the gardens by Capability Brown; yet there’s nothing overbearing about it. Interiors designed in a Belle Époque style, the house as it stands is largely the product of work carried out in the 18th century, but there’s been a house on the land since 1601. It’s steeped in history, and you can feel it in every room – from the deconsecrated chapel that they use for wedding hoe-downs, to the follies in the beautiful gardens. Tell us about your stay The accommodation at Luton Hoo is split into three clear areas – the main house, the new extension and then a

smaller self-contained block by the Warren Weir, which is very pretty, and popular for weddings and conferences who just like to have some privacy. We stayed in the main house and were overjoyed to have the Lady Zia boudoir suite, which has the most beautiful views overlooking the grounds. One could feel a bit E. M. Forster about the whole affair, and I did get a bit carried away with the whole romanticism thing, sitting at the writing desk looking out through the enormous windows to the exquisitely designed gardens. But I can be forgiven for that. It’s rather a magical place. What did you do on your stay? We actually only went up originally for a couple of days but fell in love so much with the venue, we extended our stay another two nights. This gave


us a chance to make the most of the stuff to do on site. We booked massages, and spent some time in the pool and water spa area. We ate in all the food areas possible, although we didn’t actually get round to afternoon tea which was disappointing but there’s only so much food even I can shoehorn in during a single day. (A word to the wise – if you’re going to stay here and you want tea, book well in advance. There’s something like a three month waiting list at weekends!). As well as eating until we almost popped, we also booked a clay pigeon shooting morning with Pete, which was huge fun. We had to watch as – well out of season – a huge cock pheasant wandered across the range right in front of us. I swear he knew it was August. Bits you liked best? It’s hard to know where to start. Loved the beautiful house, the charming staff, and the excellent food. They’ve got gorgeous little touches like the 1960s Luton Hoo ‘London’ cabs to take you from the main house to the spa, which is only a couple of minutes’ walk but much more fun to be motored across to by a liveried driver, and good Wi-Fi throughout. And the grounds are just heavenly. The overarching sensation though is one of being in a place that has excellent breeding. I totally forgot to warn my dinner partner that he’d need a jacket and/or tie for dinner but the concierge produced a range of ties we could borrow with a flourish. There was no sneering or eye rolling – just discreet and helpful service. And everyone gets it – from the shiny nouveau riche footballer types with their designerclad wives and their hair extensions, to the tweed-wearing straight-backed oldies in brogues. I like that.

One could feel a bit E. M. Forster about it, and I did get a bit carried away with the whole romanticism thing, sitting at the writing desk looking out to the exquisitely designed gardens. But I can be forgiven I think.


What could use some work? Not a great deal. Maybe breakfast going on a bit later in the mornings – we found ourselves at the end of service each time and I think it’s only til 10am, which if you’re on a break rather than at a conference is quite early. And perhaps if you were there any longer than three or four days you might fancy breaking out for a night. We left the estate for an Indian restaurant one night and there’s not a lot going on locally. But actually I think that’s a plus. It was like being separated from reality for the best part of a week. Sum it up for us I would go here again. In fact, I’d go here once a month if I could, just to be in such beautiful surroundings and to feel like a princess for a bit; I’m already looking at a weekend to come back. Come and try it – you’ll find that paradise really is near Luton airport after all. The Mansion House

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa Luton Bedfordshire LU1 3TQ 01582 734437


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FAMILY & CULTURE Families • Motors • Entertainment • Sport

As well as our family roundup this month we look at the nononsense Land Rover Discovery, talk to Sussex superstar Bobby Zamora and give you the lowdown on the Brighton Comedy Festival. Throw in our cinema roundup and there’s something for all the family in these pages



education news


Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids.

The Me Me Me’s - Angry Me by Annabelle Neilson Fat Fox Books £6.99 Angry Me is the first in a new series of books written by Annabelle Neilson which look at the up and downs of emotions. The dazzling graffiti-style illustrations by Astro, coupled with Annabelle’s lyrical text makes this book a must have bedtime read. For age 4+

How to Train Your Dragon: 12 – How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell Hodder £11.99 My son and I love this series of books which follows the story of a Viking called Hiccup and his adventures with his mischievous dragon Toothless. As the books have progressed the story has become more and more epic in scale. They are witty, unpredictable and heartwarming. A true modern classic. For age 8+


The kids were back to school last month following the summer holidays but, for some starting their A levels, they are realising it’s not what they want to do. Well there is another option. Life after GCSE’s doesn’t necessarily mean another two years in classrooms. Apprenticeships are available in a range of fields as David Allison, boss of getmyfirstjob., explains. “High quality apprenticeships are a very real alternative to A-levels. We’re finding more and more young people are opting for apprenticeships, and we’re especially seeing marked growth in areas such as law, accountancy, financial services and IT. Apprenticeships are quickly becoming the first choice option.” If you or your child is considering a life outside of A levels then make sure they pick the one that’s right for them with this online search for apprenticeships in Sussex

The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon

Pavilion Children’s £5.99 I recently revisited this book with my children as we were talking about book conservation. It’s books like this of t he M ONTH one that really allow parents and children to open up and have a frank discussion; it’s thought provoking, beautifully illustrated and delivers a powerful message. Frann PrestonGannon is one of the most exciting author/illustrators around, do check out her books. For age 4+ 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. 68


The country’s biggest and brightest organ stars are set to play at Lancing College in the coming weeks along with two special recitals. All organ concerts will take place in the magnificent neogothic Grade I listed building that is Lancing College Chapel, with the first performance on 30 September by Richard Gowers, who will also play at this year’s Christmas Eve Carol Service from King’s College to million round the world. His performance will be followed by Westminster Abbey’s suborganist Daniel Cook, on 7 October before outstanding young organist Jack Redman performs on 18 November. There will also be special recitals from Old Dirty Brasstards on 9 October and Elizabeth Watts, who has been described as having ‘one of the most beautiful voices Britain has produced in a generation’, on 12 November at Great School. Tickets are available in advance from Beverley Allen via email or call 01273 465968.

TOP TITLES Our favourite cinema picks of the month Words by Rhys Wilson-Plant


From the outset, Everest has the feel of a heist movie. The prize? Eternal glory and the ultimate victory against nature itself. Scott (Jake Gyllenhaal) claims that there is too much competition on the mountain but Klev (Chris Reilly) corrects him, there is only one competition on Everest, and that is the one each man has against the mountain. This is in itself the essence of the film - the battle in oneself and what’s worth fighting for. This film is primarily centred around Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) who did guide expeditions up Everest, and this particular climbing expedition that was devastated by a severe winter storm. This film boasts a stellar cast and they all deliver strong performances that build up a story that is universal - of who we are and what we as people are capable of and of finding the upmost strength when there is none to be found. This is one of the films of the year. 8/10 Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur Release Date: September 18



Delightful is not an adjective you’d expect to hear when describing the story of the Kray twins. Yet, alas, I am obliged to. Legend is a fantastic piece of writing by the masterful Brian Helgeland (also directing) who manages to convey the violent and obscene world of these two brothers through Tom Hardy, whose performance is without a doubt on par with Bronson. The film chronicles the lives of the notorious East End gangsters, the Krays, in 1960’s London. Wheeling and dealing their way to glory.

M.Night Shymalan insisted that he wanted to finally be in control of the final cut with The Visit after the hugely disappointing After Earth and The Last Airbender. He claimed to have three final cuts; one that was pure comedy, one pure horror and the other somewhere in-between. This cut is unquestionably the latter, with rap by the mildly talented Tyler, who often undercuts the tension with his comical behaviour. This film is a typical run of the mill, handheld horror, a phenomenon of recent years within the genre, but the plot twist in the last act will turn your stomach inside out. 7/10 Directed By: M. Night Shymalan Release Date: September 9

7/10 Directed by: Brian Helgeland Release date: September 9


The story revolves around Bryson (Robert Redford), who has a beautiful wife with children and grandchildren, but is not quite fulfilled. He instead, decides to embark on a spur of the moment decision to walk the length of a trail over a thousand miles long with his old time buddy, Katz (Nick Nolte). Unfortunately a big part of the film’s downfall is the fact that the story isn’t unique, it’s a genre that has been well drained and it’s been drained again, without anything new coming out the tap. 6/10 Directed by: Ken Kwapis Release Date: September 18


With Edinburgh done and dusted it’s time for Sussex to welcome the cream of the crop from the stand-up circuit as the Brighton Comedy Festival takes over the city for a fortnight of fun. Daniel White caught up with a pick of the litter ahead of their stay down south


LEE NELSON What is your show about? Family, love, life, politics, immigration, the royal family, the lot! What’s the strangest you’ve ever done at a gig? I went to Glastonbury and I knew a lot of people didn’t want Kanye West headlining so I gave them an alternative and I just did it to get a bit of attention of Taylor Swift. Hopefully she noticed and is writing an album about me now. What is your favourite memory in Sussex? It’s always nice to go to the seafront and enjoy a nice freezing cold beach with big rocks covered in needles. What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned? Don’t take more than eight mushrooms on a night out. What does the future hold for yourself? I’ve got a court case coming up in Zurich after my fun with FIFA so we’ll see how that goes and the tour is carrying on all through the year.


Are you excited for the Brighton Comedy Festival? I’m always excited to come to Brighton. It’s a fun place to gig and is really easy to get to from my house. The combination of the two is absolutely ideal. What is your show about? Politics, diversity and the American Pie film franchise. What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you at a gig? Hearing my mother laugh at a joke I made about my sex life. That one will haunt me forever. What is your favourite memory in Sussex? Waking up in Brighton station having fallen asleep on a train drunk. What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned? My hero, Bob Dylan once replied to that question with the words “Keep a good head and always carry a lightbulb”. So I guess my answer would be “Bob Dylan sometimes talks nonsense”. What does the future hold for yourself? Hopefully a robot chauffeur.

ALFIE MOORE Are you excited for the Brighton Comedy Festival? I’m definitely excited. There’s such a great buzz all over the city during the festival. What is your show about? I was a police officer for many years and this show is a real life case about my dogged determination to track down a serial flasher. What do you enjoy most about coming to Sussex? Brighton is a proper Victorian seaside town and feels like it’s kept the magic of a bygone age. What is your favourite Sussex venue to perform in? Has to be the Brighton Dome, it has so much character. What is the worst thing anyone has ever said to you? After one of my early gigs someone genuinely tried to offer helpful advice by saying “Why don’t you try being a bit funnier?”. What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned? Don’t wait for your opportunity – prepare for your opportunity.

ENTERTAINMENT SEAN KELLY What do you enjoy most about being part of a comedy festival? You get to have hard-core comedy fans in your audience. Not just people who once a year pop into the local comedy club, but people who love comedy.

What is your show about? My life. 24 years of marriage. Travelling to 54 countries. Being on TV. Embarrassing but true life stories.

What’s the strangest thing that’s

ever happened to you at a gig? A large angry woman didn’t like one of my jokes that she somehow thought

was directed at her personally, so she charged the stage and tried to tackle me.

JOE LYCETT Are you excited for the Brighton Comedy Festival? I am terrifically excited! Brighton has been one of my favourite places to play for many years. I’ve been playing the Komedia since I began and think if I played only Brighton audiences

What is your guilty pleasure? A pizza and back-to-back commercial-free episodes of my favourite TV shows.

What does the future hold for yourself? I hope several more series of Storage Hunters UK. More stand-up comedy. Perhaps a new TV series. I have loads of ideas. Plus I love creating and producing TV.

till I die I’ll die a happy man.

What’s the strangest thing that’s

ever happened to you at a gig? At Komedia once a man was heckling all the acts but when I was on stage it became aggressive – the security came to remove him but he wrapped himself round a pillar and refused to be removed. It took five minutes to get rid of him and it was one of the best things I’ve ever seen.

What is your favourite Sussex venue to perform in? Any venue

that serves halloumi. Or Komedia.

What is the worst thing anyone

has ever said to you? “We’re out

of halloumi.”

What is the most important life

lesson you’ve learned? I need to

stop eating halloumi.

HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI Are you excited for the Brighton Comedy Festival? Who doesn’t love the seaside? I’ve got lots of friends in the town and it’s a lovely place to be. And you’ve got a MeatLiquor! What do you enjoy most about being part of a comedy festival? There’s a sense of community, a feeling that the whole town is taking part. That’s a nice feeling. And a lot of friends are around playing or about to play. What is your show about? Me and my big mouth! Its answers are always getting me into trouble. How did you first get into stand-up comedy? Fell into it off the back of TV. Always dreamt of doing it but wasn’t sure I was funny enough. Some still believe that.... What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you at a gig? How long you got? Phones going off, a man realising he was in the wrong room after 45 minutes of a one-hour gig. Old school friends showing up and sitting in the front row....


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Motoring guru Danny Cobbs takes to the road (and off it) in the new Land Rover Discovery Sport as it finds its place in the family


he arrival of the new Discovery Sport may herald the end of the ageing Freelander 2 but it also groups the Land Rover model line-up into three distinct categories. For those seeking a luxury SUV, then there’s the choice of the mighty Range Rover, the RR Sport and the seemingly omnipresent Evoque. For something more utilitarian and workhorse like, then it’s the reliable no-nonsense Defender, which leaves the Discovery and the new Disco Sport to bridge the gap between the two. Inspiration for the Discovery Sport’s bodywork has clearly come from the Range Rover side of the family, and although it’s only 95mm longer than Freelander 2, its sweeping profile and high waistline makes it appear far larger, and much more elegant, too. The Land Rover trademark clamshell bonnet has also been incorporated into the design, along with a honeycomb grille and wraparound headlights. Many of the Discovery Sport’s underpinnings are shared with the Evoque, including the 2.2-litre SD4 diesel engine and 9-speed ZF automatic transmission. The one thing it doesn’t share is the introduction of an all-new multi-link rear suspension. This has meant the stadium seating arrangement could be reconfigured, allowing for a third row of seats to


be squeezed-in, which becomes a standard feature across all four trim levels. This hasn’t meant interior space has been compromised. Nor, for that matter, has luxury. The cabin of the Evoque has been blatantly used as the blueprint for the Discovery Sport’s interior, which can never be a bad thing, as it delivers an abundance of style and quality, making sitting at the helm feel very special indeed. And it’s not just on the higher HSE and HSE Tech trim levels which receive this treatment, it’s also been extended to the entry-level £32,395 SE and SE Tech (£33,895). Key highlights to onboard gadgetry are a new infotainment system that features Land Rover’s InControl technology – allowing smartphone apps to be mirrored directly onto the 8” touchscreen monitor. There’s plenty of other standard equipment too. Part leather seats can be found in the SE, so can a heated windscreen, 18” 9-spoke alloys, seven USB sockets, heated seats, cruise control and a DAB radio. City braking and a bonnet deployed pedestrian air bag – a world first - are also part of the Discovery Sport’s standard safety systems. There’s now even more load area than in the outgoing Freelander (and in the Evoque, for that matter). With the second row of seats moved to their furthest position

MOTORS backwards, to maximise passenger legroom, there’s 479 litres of cargo space. Slide them forwards, and that figure increases to 689 litres. Fold them completely flat and a cavernous 1,698 litres becomes available. It’s an oxymoron to call the Discovery Sport a ‘green SUV’. Certainly, it’s more efficient than the Freelander, but the aging SD4 diesel engine seems to negate all the good work Land Rover’s engineers have done to reduce weight and drag coefficiency. Fitted with the standard six-speed manual transmission it will emit 157g/km and return 46.1mpg. Opt for the automatic, at an extra cost of £1,800, which is well worth the money for ease of driving, although it will spew out even more nitrates; 166g/km of CO2, and fuel consumption drops to 44.8mpg. But that’s the only real fly in the Discovery Sport’s ointment. There’s little to complain about the way it rides and there’s hardly any road noise generated within the cabin. The SD4 may be a little long in the tooth now but it can still deliver a whopping 310lb of torque and not-so-insignificant 187bhp in a very refined manner. And as for its off-road capabilities; this is a Land Rover through and through. It will do almost anything you could ask of a car, although for most drivers its all-conquering, simple to use Terrain Response system will be a wasted asset. Verdict The Discovery Sport links all the Land Rover models seamlessly together. It has all the refinement of its bigger brothers, the sportiness of the Evoque and the massive off-road capabilities of the Defender.


Rivals: Audi Q5, BMW X3, Volvo XC60 Price: £32,395 - £42,995 Avg. MPG: 44.9mpg – 46.1mpg CO2: 157-161g/km 0-62mph: 8.4 -9.8 seconds


Photos: Paul Hazlewood


Bobby Zamora returned to the club where he made his name this summer and has given confidence to everyone connected to Brighton & Hove Albion, as Daniel White finds out There is hope at the Amex stadium again. As the summer transfer window entered its final month even the most optimistic of Brighton & Hove Albion fans were not hopeful of a promotion push this season. Despite a wealth of signings, the squad didn’t look a threat going into a fresh Championship campaign. Following a difficult 2014/15 season that saw the departure of manager Sami Hyypia and a 20th placed finish, narrowly avoiding relegation, the team lacked belief. However, hope is now back in blue and white. Booby Zamora has returned to Albion and has bought with him a confidence not felt at the club for too long. The former England striker is a cult hero, a legend; the messiah to the Seagulls’ faithful. His goal scoring record in his first stint for Brighton at the Withdean stadium is untouchable, smashing 83 goals in just over three seasons between 20002003. Following spells with Spurs, West Ham, Queens Park Rangers and Fulham, where he played a heroic part in reaching the Europa League final, the 34-year-old was released from QPR and, despite plenty of offers, had only one plan in mind. “There were a few other clubs and a couple abroad as well,” begins Zamora. “I had a conversation with Chris (Hughton) at the start of the summer and he said it’s a possibility and when I heard that, this was the only place I wanted to come. So I turned down two offers and had my fingers crossed that I’d get a call back and thankfully I did.”


Photos: Paul Hazlewood

SPORT confesses. “I played a lot of games last year and I felt fine so hopefully I can play a lot of games this season and at the end of the year we’ll see where it goes, but the ultimate aim is to get this club in the Premier League.” With a good start to the season in the bag, hope is firmly back in the hearts of the Brighton fans and, with the bigger picture starting to take centre stage for the veteran, there is plenty more work to be done. He says, “The club is ready for the Premier League, we’ve just got to produce what’s needed to get there, so I want to help the team, I want to help the club and I want to help the area of Brighton as well, so I’ll try and do all three if I can.”

I want to help the team, I want to help the club and I want to help the area of Brighton as well, so I’ll try and do all three if I can The news of his return was music to the ears of Albion fans who had waited patiently for his return. And, after a pitch-side welcome before the first game of the season, it was clear that it meant just as much to both sides. “I’m chuffed to be back and to get such a great reception,” he smiles. “Obviously I want to do well for myself as well as the club. Everyone’s got high expectations of me and I want to do myself justice, so I want to be fit, I want to be ready and I want to do a great job for the team.” While the former Bristol Rovers forward has gained experience in international and European competitions during his time away from the coast, he is also 12 years on from the free-scoring striker he once was and is well aware that he is no longer guaranteed a place in the side. “My game has evolved, I’ve sort of become more of a target man but I’ve still got plenty of ability and I’m happy to play at number 10 or up against the centre half’s. It’s straightforward, if the gaffer wants me to play somewhere I’ll play somewhere, if I’m not in the squad it’s not a problem. I just want to do well and help the team in anyway shape or form.” Playing at a higher level also brings knowledge and an understanding of the game that Zamora is looking to spread throughout the side. “I’d like to think that on occasions we’ll be well ahead in games and I’ll able to settle the team a bit. Players have said to me we’re a quiet team vocally so I like to talk quite a bit and if that means shouting and helping the other players then I’m happy to do that. It’s one thing I can add, a little bit of experience and my,” he stops before joking, “my big mouth.” At 34 he is in the twilight of his career and, after signing a one-year contract at the club, there is talk that this could be his farewell season. However, despite being tentative when I ask about a role behind the scenes after hanging up his boots, he was quick to reassure me that nothing is set in stone yet. “I’m just taking each year as it comes,” he

Bobby Zamora runs a Prodays Academy soccer school in Sardinia where children are taught by Premier League players and for more information on how your child can take part, visit the website BOBBY’S QUICK FIRE QUIZ Favourite Film? Man on Fire If you could have one super power what would it be? To fly East or West Sussex? West Sussex Watching or playing football? Playing Withdean or the Amex? Withdean Favourite football venue to play in? Arsenal, previously and now actually, the pitch is beautiful Football idol? Diego Maradona Favourite Brighton moment? Too many to name Favourite all time goal? West Ham playoff final Who’s the best player you’ve ever faced? Ricardo Carvalho Who’s the worst player you’ve ever faced? Too many to name What motivates you? My family


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BUSINESS BAHBAs in pictures • Sussex Business Awards • Business Buzz •Digital Festival highlights

As ever, Sussex has had a thriving month in business, and we bring you a roundup of the best news, events and awards across the county. We also take a look at some of the best events from Brighton Digital Festival as this cutting edge activity puts Sussex on the global digital map once again this year.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE BUSINESS AWARDS – THE WINNERS! The Brighton and Hove Business Awards is always a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the best of the city’s businesses and this year Title Sussex were proud and excited to be sponsors of the event. Judging was tough, with a lot of really amazing and varied businesses entering a huge range of categories, but it finally all came to a buzzing climax when the winners of the Brighton & Hove Business Awards 2015 were announced on Friday 4th September to a packed crowd at All Saints Church, Hove. Attended by 300 of Brighton & Hove’s business and social community, the BAHBAs was a huge celebration of business success in Brighton and it was a party we’ll remember for a long time to come! An amazing full afternoon tea was served with champagne, tea or wine to choose from, and entertainment from the delightful Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus (we loved their sparkly waistcoasts!) all compered by the inimitable Stephen Grant and finished off with lots of dancing. We had an amazing night, as did all the winners and everyone who took part. We’re looking forward to BAHBAs 2016 already… Photos: Julia Claxton 78

Barry Carden, Victoria Mason, Andy Dinham

Winner of the MD of the Year, Andrew Mosley with Charlie Hepburn

Steve Darby, Pippa Atkinson, Eleanor Harris, Phil Graves.


For a full list of all finalists and entries for next year please go to The Best Independent Retailer WINNER: The Kitchen Store The Creative Industries Award WINNER: Posh Totty Designs

BAHBA winners 2015

The Best Place To Work WINNER: Stelfox The Award for Business Beyond The City WINNER: Qualifa HIGHLY COMMENDED: Fishlove The Professional Services Award WINNER: Vivid Event Group The Greatest Contribution To The Community WINNER: Groundwork South The Midnight Team

The Best Event in the City WINNER: Brighton Fringe HIGHLY COMMENDED: Paddle Round the Pier Beach Festival The Best Place to Visit in Brighton & Hove WINNER: SEA LIFE Brighton The Best New Kids On The Block WINNER: Silo Brighton The Best Customer Service WINNER: Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival The Best Environmental Industry Company WINNER: Organic Roofs The Fastest Growing Business Award WINNER: Posh Totty Designs

The Title team with the Classic Consulting crew!

The MD of the Year WINNER: Andrew Mosley – The Grand Brighton HIGHLY COMMENDED: Alan Margetts – The Kitchen Store

The Best Customer Service, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival

The Judges Award for Business of the Year WINNER: Posh Totty Designs The Outstanding Brightonian WINNER: Nick Mosley, Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival



Confessions of a networking girl 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!? Prosecco and canaPes at alfresco How could your correspondent refuse an invitation to enjoy Prosecco and canapes on the beach at Alfresco? The ever-popular bar and restaurant on the beach now runs networking events on the last Wednesday of every month, and seems to have hit on a good format that rings the changes. Beer and pizzas are on the agenda for September. Formal speeches were kept to a minimum and the sponsors were present but not obtrusive. So we came away with just the right amount of information about the Wine Keg Company’s new and innovative way to serve drinks. In Vino Veritas? Prosecco on tap and at just the right temperature! What more can I say? Nibbles? With the Prosecco on self-service free flow, the waiters bearing trays of canapes (the perfect sort that don’t fall apart in your fingers between tray and mouth) were a welcome sight. But perhaps there could have been just a little more to eat… Chit Chat? “I can see that you always open my e-newsletters, but when are you actually going to read one?” Great and Good Quotient? It’s early days for Alfresco’s Networking on the Beach, but it’s one to watch. A good mix of the usual suspects but also people I’ve never met before.

Platinum club at the Grand It was Yours Truly’s first foray to the Platinum Club and I was not disappointed. A jaded networker like moi has been there and met them all, so it was a delight to see some fresh faces at The Grand – and I am pleased to report there was not a hairdresser or life coach in sight. In Vino Veritas? Flowing quality Mercier champagne. Could not get enough! Nibbles? The finest – as you would expect from the Grand. Chit chat? The only low moment was, having spent ten minutes talking to some telecoms chap (who obviously found me totally dull), watching him perk up when I introduced him to the GM, handing him his card. Then put his wallet away again! Sexism still rules girls.

US flights for £99? Wow! Last year WOW air launched ticket sales for their first £99 transatlantic flights between London and the US. And great news! The airline has brought back its oneway £99 fare with tickets on sale between 1 October and 15 December 2015. To be fair, it’s a bit of a long way round, with the fares from London Gatwick to Boston and Washington DC going via Reykjavik but still. America for under a hundred quid? Skúli Mogensen, owner and CEO of WOW air, said, “Modern travellers prefer to spend less money on airfares so that they can spend more on experiencing their destination. We are thrilled to be able to make transatlantic travel accessible for people who otherwise would not be able to afford it.”

Start-ups ditch London for East Sussex Start-up firms fall out of love with London after a year and head to East Sussex for lower cost bases and high-quality spaces. A study into the attitudes of 500 small business leaders across London and the South East by Sussex Innovation at the University of Sussex revealed a startling change in attitudes after a year of operation. The likelihood of leaving London jumps by almost a half within a year of start-up, from 47% considering relocation to 66%. Philip Johnson, Director of business support service Locate East Sussex, said, “Although there is an element of prestige locating a start-up in London it doesn’t take long for companies to realise that the high costs are unsustainable. We have good access to transport hubs, an expanding superfast broadband network and excellent business networks. Start-ups are realising that all these factors add up to East Sussex being a fantastic place to work and live.”


BUSINESS SET TO SHINE IN SUSSEX Glitz, glam and gags are set to flow at the Sussex Business Awards this year The stars of the Sussex business community will be on show in December as the Sussex Business Awards plays host to the very best from across the county for a night that celebrates the excellence and success of the business industry, and Title Sussex is thrilled to be a sponsor. And there will also be another star joining the party another star joining the party as TV celebrity Paul Sinha is set to host this year’s presentation of the 27th SBAs. Best known as ‘Sinnerman’ in the ITV game show The Chase, Paul has made various radio and television appearances, including BBC Radio 4’s Paul Sinha’s Citizenship Test, The News Quiz and Just a Minute, Comedy Central’s Alternative Comedy Experience and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk among others. As well as being nominated for the highest accolade in live comedy at the Edinburgh Festival, Paul was also nominated for the Breakthrough Act, the Best Headliner and the Best Club Comic by respected industry magazine, Chortle. Winning the latter in 2014. “I am delighted to have been asked to host the 2015 Sussex Business Awards,” the stand-up comedian said on his role as MC for the evening. “There are so many business success stories from across Sussex and it is a fantastic opportunity for businesses of all sizes and sectors to shine. I can’t wait to hear more about the shortlist and award the winners on the night!” Winner of last year’s Best Place to Entertain Clients - Alexander House Hotel


The event has a tradition of attracting high profile presenters, with Paul joining the likes of TV Countdown’s

There are so many business success stories from across Sussex and it is a fantastic opportunity for businesses of all sizes and sectors to shine.

Rachel Riley, rugby star Martin Bayfield, BBC news reader Nicholas Owen and stand-up comedian Simon Evans. Celebrating business excellence across Sussex, these prestigious awards are the longest established scheme of its kind in the county and widely considered to be ‘the one to win’. Attended by over 500 of the county’s leading business people, there are 15 trophies up for grabs this year. Past winners have included inspirational entrepreneurs such as Gary Peters of, Alan Margetts from The Kitchen Store and Kevin Byrne of Title Sussex are delighted to be sponsors of the Best Place to Entertain Your Clients Award, which last year was won by East Grinstead-based Alexander House and Utopia Spa. General manager Nick Bosse has no doubts about the value of the award. “We were honoured to win a Sussex Business Award. We aim to provide our guests with an unforgettable experience and leave a lasting impression on their stay,” said Nick. “It is a real testament to all the hard work and dedication our team have done to make Alexander House Hotel an award-winning destination.” The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 3 December at The Grand Brighton and if you’re interested in purchasing tickets, then make sure you book them soon. Tickets cost £90 each (plus VAT) or £850 (plus VAT) for a table of ten. This includes a champagne reception, three course meal with wine, live entertainment and DJ till late. For more information or to buy tickets, please contact the SBA team on 01273 666200 or email



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TECH FIVE Oh HitchBot, How sorry I was to hear of your mid-hitch demise at the hands of heartless Philadelphian brutes. As robots go you had so much going for you; a chatty travel companion small enough to be endearing (nobody wants Forbidden Planet sized Robbie), you had an enviable joie de vivre (your bucket list was inspired) reliably chronicling your journey on social media in a series of GPS tagged photos (who doesn’t like robot selfies?) Designed as a social experiment and relying on the kindness of strangers you hitched across Canada in 26 days and firmly established yourself in the hearts of us all. Less annoying than Dr Who sidekick K9, and more eco than the Silent Running drones Huey and Dewey, you did what they could not; you travelled across America, visiting a Red Sox game, hanging loose with a heavy metal band and relaxing on a trip out to sea. “We have no interest in pressing charges or finding the people” says the robot’s co-creator, of the vandals who instigated Hitchbot’s end, but its thousands of fans are inconsolable. My microwave for one has taken the news very badly and is now threatening to hitch from Hove to Kemptown with an old Tom Tom and Dictaphone strapped to its casing in tribute. So, if you see a cream Morphy Richards with its thumb out, do treat it kindly.

UP The rise of wearable technology

Cyborg! You too will be wearing tech that helps you get fitter, tells your boss where you really are, or my favourite, the bikini that alerts you to possible sunburn.

UP Dot and Dash, programming heroes

Hot house your offspring to be savvy programmers with cute bot Dot and older brother Dash. Designed to sync with your tablet, a series of apps will teach five year olds, to teens and beyond.

“My microwave for one has taken the news very badly and is now threatening to hitch from Hove to Kemptown with an old Tom Tom and a dictaphone strapped to its casing in tribute.”


MEH Why Spotify is a snooze

Got Spotify have ya? Dance in your kitchen do ya? Beating Slovack hiphop into a cocked hat, Spotify’s fastest-growing music category is ‘sleep/ relaxative’ with 2.8 sleep themed paylistzzzzzzzzz

DOWN The Internet of Things

Devices communicating with us, applications and each other have been around for a while. Now imagine your home monitoring your every move and a fridge that refuses you that second slice of cake, terrifying.

DOWN Ashley Maddison going down

I was rather torn on this huge story as I’m often found banging on about online privacy but in this case, sorry, Karma’s a b*tch isn’t it?


Brighton Digital Festival Roundup It’s one of the digital industry’s most exciting festivals in the UK with a huge range of events and activities each year. Here’s our pick of some of the best, past and future…

adaM Buxton’s Best oF Bug Adam Buxton, comedian, actor and director, returns to the Brighton Digital Festival with the ever-popular BUG, a big-screen extravaganza of music videos and online creativity. The show is about giving big screen exposure to breath-taking, innovative and brilliant music videos from around the globe. In this special edition of BUG Adam served up an assortment of some favourite videos from recent BUG shows. 2 September, 7.30pm @ Old Market Ticket: £15

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Brighton Mini Maker Faire The interactive Brighton Mini Maker Faire celebrated its 5th anniversary this year, welcoming makers, educators and tinkerers from fields of all kinds. The family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, saw visitors play the legendary computer game Pong with a giant foam hammer, create books out of recycled paper, paint with light, and interact with a unicorn hacked with a voice activated bubble machine.

5 September, 10am @ Corn Exchange Ticket: £8

reasons to Be Creative An annual three-day conference with a festival vibe. Leading international creative and developer speakers came to the Brighton Dome to inspire, inform, teach and mix with web designers, coders and creative minds from around the world. This year’s speakers included Danny Yount, title designer behind The Iron man films, graphic designer Annie Atkins, behind the award winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Yuko Shimizu, illustrator for DC Comics.

7-9 September, 10am @ Brighton Dome Ticket: £393

dConstruCt This annual one-day celebration of digital innovation hosts design visionaries from around the world who challenge, inspire, entertain and provoke delegates. The UK’s longest-running tech event of its kind hosted leading thinkers in the digital and design worlds including Brian David Johnson, Intel’s futurologist, Carla Diana, Internet of Things designer and creator of the iconic humanoid robot Simon, and Mark Stevenson, futurist, writer and entrepreneur. 11 September, 8.30 @ Brighton Dome Ticket: £199


[data]storM Created by Google RISE award winners Ready Salted Code this saw classical ballet and computing collide. Dancers moved to the algorithms of data travelling across the ocean with visuals and choreography which used MET Office Storm and climate data to interpret computer science concepts relating to internet, networks, signal processing and encryption. The performance also used wearable technology, data visualisation and video projections on 3D objects.

13 September, 6.30pm @ Old Market Ticket: £8

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sAmples Digital artists Addictive TV perform a one-off special of their new project Orchestra of Samples. The music duo filmed over 200 musicians around the world and sampled them all to create an audiovisual spectacle of artists who had never met but played together on screen. Kings of street percussion STOMP join with Addictive TV this year. 19 September, 7.30pm @ The Old Market Ticket: £10

the secret life Of YOur mObile phOne A one-hour live stage performance using cuttingedge interception technology to reveal the people, places and companies mobile phones talk to secretly – and what it’s telling them. The Secret Life of Your mobile Phone is the brainchild of Channel 4 News’ award-winning technology journalist Geoff White; and Glenn Wilkinson, security researcher for

rAdiO // future sOunds New for this year, Radio // Future Sounds focus on the exciting innovations happening in radio beyond the mainstream. Presented by totallyradio and Fugu PR, the event offers a day of inspiring conversation with special guests, radio creators and technologists as well as sound art and live music - all broadcast live


19 September, 8.30pm @ 68 Middle Street Ticket: £8

the WAiting WAll Made collaboratively by musician and technologist, Alan Donohoe, and designer and technologist Steven Parker, this lets commuters anonymously post their secrets to the public via a digital train ticker timetable at Brighton Station. The work encourages people to anonymously share their inner worries and find consolation from the fact that none of us are alone in our private worlds. 26 September @ Brighton Station Ticket: Free

from Brighton beach.

24 September, 10am @ Patterns Ticket: £5

shesAYs: meet YOur mentOr A new networking event to help women find a business mentor. Attendees meet with reps from a great range of local digital firms, with the space and time to chat informally to each company; asking questions about mentoring and talking through particular issues. Companies involved include University of Brighton, Brandwatch, Clearleft, Say Digital, Brilliant Noise, NLD Accountancy, Brightwave, Codebar, PMOD and Think Again.

26 September, 2pm @ Brighthelm Centre Ticket: Free



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DiviDenD tax changes – how wIll ThIS AFFeCT The SmAll ComPANy? What changes have been announced? Under the current rules any dividends that fall into the basic rate tax band do not incur a personal tax liability for the shareholder. The key changes announced in the July 2015 Budget were as follows: • From April 2016, notional 10% tax credit on dividends will be abolished • A £5,000 tax free dividend allowance will be introduced • Dividends above this level will be taxed at 7.5% (basic rate), 32.5% (higher rate), and 38.1% (additional rate) • Dividends received by pensions and ISAs will be unaffected Why has he made these changes? The Chancellor expects to collect £2.5bn in additional tax in the 12 months from April 2016 from his new dividend taxation plan. The proposed changes are aimed to tax small companies who pay a small salary designed to preserve entitlement to the State Pension, followed by a much larger dividend payment in order to reduce National Insurance costs. How will the tax work from April 2016? Currently all UK dividends are paid with a notional 10% tax credit, so for every £1,000 of dividend income received it is assumed that £111 in basic rate tax has already been paid (the total dividend is therefore £1,111). This is why non and basic rate tax payers have no further tax liability on dividends received. This tax credit is being scrapped, so in future all dividend income will be treated as gross income.


All taxpayers will have a tax-free dividend allowance of £5,000 a year. After this, the rate of tax payable on dividends will depend upon the investor’s other taxable income. If dividend income takes an individual from one band into the next, they will pay the higher dividend rate on that portion of income. What action should be taken? The dividend tax does not come into effect until the next tax year, so there is nothing to do immediately. we won’t know how the new rules will work in practice until the draft legislation has been published, but you can expect to pay more tax from 6 April 2016. In the majority of circumstances dividend remuneration will still offer a tax saving over salary remuneration. It may be best to wait until the rules are clearer to postpone thinking of incorporating your business. The National Insurance bands for next year have yet to be published and so it isn’t possible to calculate the point at which incorporation is worthwhile. It looks as if incorporation at earnings even as high as £30,000 will now deliver a very marginal benefit. Tax rules and allowances can always change in future. Any tax benefits also depend on individual circumstances. Confused? Talk to the expert Accountancy Plus 01273 735344

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PROPERTY & INTERIORS Dream properties • Property News • Interiors and design • Wills and Trusts in property

For the first time this month Title is expanding into the property sector, offering an excellent arena to work with agents and developers across the county, which is set to expand from next month. We look at the best way to make the most of your space with the magic S-word, storage. And catch up on some important industry news.

Stunning 5 Bedroom Detached House – asking price £1,395,000

Withdean Road, BRighton, Bn1 5BL tenuRe type: FReehoLd

Property Description Located in one of the most sought-after locations in Brighton and Hove, this four storey, recently refurbished home offers smart, contemporarily styled yet flexible living, light and gracious accommodation. Four storey contemporary styled house Detached Five bedrooms Beautiful Master Suite Ed-suite bathrooms Sought-after Withdean location Far reaching views Private parking Garage CCtV Hamptons Church Road Hove office – 01273 803191


Dream Home Roedean CResCent 4 Bedroom Detached House, Roedean Crescent, Brighton, BN2 5RG Tenure Type: Freehold Asking Price: £2,000,000 There is so much to think about when searching for your dream home. Your never-ending checklist has crossed off every house so far and with four other people in the hunt for every home, it can be a tricky and sometimes arduous experience but it’s quickly forgotten once you find ‘the one’. Well sit back and search no more as we have found your dream home for you. Set within one of Brighton and Hove’s most exclusive locations in Roedean, this four-bedroom property offers the modern family sociable and comfortable living over three floors. You can enjoy breath-taking views of the Downs at the rear and sea views to the front, with three reception areas, a cinema room, double garage, additional garage workshop, landscaped gardens, private driveway, security gates, outbuildings including a health suite and a commercial grade kitchen and built in bar. The house features the latest built-in technology including the Lutron lighting system, an integrated remotely operated sound system as well as a surround-sound cinema system. On the ground floor there is a luxurious German custommade Schmidt kitchen with integrated Miele appliances, a separate wood-panelled study and a split-level living room with polished teak floors as well as a dining room and breakfast area. Winding down the staircase to the garden level leads to the cinema room with an integrated sound system, a generous utility room and a cloakroom. The double garage, which is accessed via the utility room, has an automated up-and-over door.

Up on the first floor, a tall window at the rear perfectly frames the magnificent view over the garden and fields to the Downs where you can sit and admire nature’s beauty. At the front, the master bedroom offers sea views and also benefits from doors onto a private balcony, with views of the sea and Roedean School. There is also a bespoke walk-in wardrobe and a particularly roomy en-suite bathroom, which again offers the attractive garden and Downs views through a glass atrium. There are three further double bedrooms on this floor, two of which have en-suite shower rooms, plus an additional family bathroom. A useful, fully boarded and carpeted attic space with velux windows is also accessed via an electric loft ladder on this floor. The house’s piece de resistance, however, has to be its recently landscaped secluded rear garden featuring two generous and well-appointed outdoor rooms, one containing a large sunken Jacuzzi and wet room with gym area, the other a professional kitchen and bar with bi-folding doors to garden. The garden has further areas which offer the perfect spaces to socialise in with friends whether in the summer or during some of the cooler months; a built-in benched area with firepit in the centre provides the perfect space to sit outdoors in autumn and winter and the large paved area closer to the house is ideal for spending relaxed evenings in the sunshine. To make sure you don’t let this dream home slip through your fingers, get in touch with Hamptons



Builders provide the local area with much more than just houses a recently released report by the Home Builders Federation has revealed.

The changes were designed to reduce the level of tax paid by almost all homebuyers and local house builders Barratt Homes have calculated that across the region, a family buying one of their brand new homes saved on average almost £4,000 before purchase.

With the nation currently in the midst of a housing crisis, in the South East last year some 22,470 homes were started by private house builders, the public sector and housing associations. The economic footprint of this work meant that over 96,000 jobs were supported, more than 960,000 new trees and shrubs were planted, over £36m was contributed towards education in the area and almost £29m in extra council tax.

The Government’s changes to stamp duty late last year are saving people thousands of pounds according to Barratt Homes.

Lynette St Quintin, sales director of Barratt Southern Counties, says, “for most people, buying a new home is one of the biggest financial commitments that they will make and it is fantastic that these simple changes have saved our homebuyers so much money since the start of the year.”

Gary Ennis, Regional Managing Director for Barratt Southern Region, said, “on top of creating thousands of jobs and apprenticeships we invest millions of pounds in the local environment, infrastructure and public services like health and education leaving legacies we can be proud of.”


The Immigration Act expected to come into place this autumn could affect landlords across Sussex. Landlords found to be letting properties to illegal migrants could even face time in prison as Carole Charge, technical and compliance director at Leaders, explains. “It is worth noting that the latest updates suggest the bill might include the creation of a new criminal offence that could see landlords imprisoned for a maximum of five years if they are found to be housing illegal migrants. “Although a custodial sentence is likely to be reserved for only repeat offenders, it serves as a reminder of the seriousness with which the government is treating the issue.”


WHy A TruST iS iMPorTANT A Will only deals with what’s left of your estate when you pass away. Current laws mean the local authority have the power to take your assets to pay for your care, so very little could be left when you pass away, when your Will is actually read. Nowadays, we are living longer and more of us are requiring care, meaning the Will we have may not be good enough protection. A properly structured Trust could mean that your estate is protected from being sold in the event of you needing care, whether that be because of age, illness or accident. We aim to give that power back to you, meaning you can protect your estate and ensure it’s passed to your loved ones, not taken or reduced by the local authority before they receive it.

More benefits of Trusts are: - When your beneficiaries inherit, they are protected. They will not lose up to 50% if they get divorced, or 100% of the asset if they go bankrupt. Without a Trust they are exposed to the risk of losing what you have left them - What you leave in a Trust to somebody is not included as part of their estate for inheritance Tax purposes - if your partner re-marries after your death, what you have left in Trust will go where you wanted, not to your partners new spouse - Trusts do not go through Probate, saving time and money

Make sure you come and see us before you go. 01903 339007 0800 298 1166

We take you through how a Trust works in plain English, and explain the many benefits of this protection for you whilst you are alive and your loved ones after you have passed away.


Brighton’s Velodrome will be the recipient of a £300,000 refurbishment after Brighton councillors agreed to the scheme. British Cycling stopped racing at the Preston Park track earlier this year due to safety concerns but the revamp, funded by a British Cycling grant and £100,000 in match-funding, will return the outdoor velodrome back to competitive racing standards Development director at British Cycling, John Mills, said, ”We welcome the decision by Brighton and Hove City Council to commit funding for the refurbishment of the Preston Park facility. This is a boost for all levels of cycling in Brighton and the wider South East region as a whole. We look forward to working with the council to prepare a successful funding application and to deliver the refurbishment project.”


OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND Bella creates evolved homes and interiors with personal touches. Created by hand, curated with soul

Storage solutions are critical within a home to keep the clutter at bay and the ‘piles of stuff ’ from encroaching so much that you can no longer see your surfaces. Whilst the psychology of clutter and mess has been analysed by many self-help gurus elsewhere, this month I’m focusing on attractive design-led storage furniture ideas for all budgets.


“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy; at home and in Paris…” - Ernest Hemmingway. If Paris evades you, may I recommend you do this: Declutter. Organise. Store. Live. The first area where our ‘stuff’ can accumulate is the kitchen but more specifically the kitchen table, where everyday paperwork, recent newspapers and ’to do’ stuff reside. The solution? Cabinets. Those which standalone style-wise are not part of the fitted kitchen and look attractive in their own right. Placement of a ‘kitchen overspill’ cabinet often works well if sited between a kitchen run of units ending and a dining space beginning. These work really well for open-plan kitchen dining rooms and act as multi-storage. Piles of paperwork put into box files, specialist crockery together with drinks and glasses can all be housed in a good-looking piece of furniture. Pinch Design, based in South London, have been making elegant, simple wooden cabinets since 2004. Their pieces are designed to create interest and resonance within the environments they are placed. The Joyce cabinet is an ideal storage piece, with its timber-lined interior and paintlacquered exterior. The drawers could house paperwork and post, with the open shelves for crockery, glasses and drinks. The Frey armoire has all the components of a design classic


and has solid panelled doors, if the glass front cabinets fill you with a sense of styling and organisational horror. Again in a choice of internal woods, there are plenty of drawers here for simply chucking your paperwork and post into. The almost Georgian–style routed panel doors would suit a period house very well.


Being a bookworm or an avid collector of those luscious lifestyle photographic books we like to pile on a coffee table doesn’t mean every available surface in your living space must be covered by a precariously ‘ready to topple over’ pile of novels. Books deserve to be displayed, and indeed last longer with their spines stored upright and out of any direct sunlight, which will fade the book-jacket or dust cover. Free-standing shelving is great if you have the perfect alcove to accommodate it, or are renting a property and want to take your shelving with you when you move. Heals have a great selection readily available. I like the Agnes wooden units designed by Kay + Stemmer in either natural oak or walnut. With its retro-styled curved edges and tapered shape, it’s equally attractive when viewed from the side as it is full frontal, crammed with classic paperbacks, all colour co-ordinated, obviously!


Cimitree Furniture


Built in wins every time both in looks and for maximum space saving. Bespoke joinery is certainly, in my mind, the best storage solution one can employ. Measure your available space where you want the storage to be built, sketch something out with your interior designer or specialist joiner, then work out how much ‘stuff’ you are going to need to store - but be ruthless. The beauty of fitted joinery for storage means everything can be hidden away behind sublime, soft-close doors or effortlessly gliding doors concealing a multitude of sins. Another area we accumulate this clutter is typically our home entrance and hallway. Coats get left in piles on the backs of chairs and piles of shoes and wellies turn into lethal, or at the very least, comedic trip hazards. Move them into cupboards and bespoke cloakroom hanging spaces and shoe racks.

The Joyce Cabinet

Sussex-based joiner Dan Clark creates bespoke units in a contemporary style with ingenious solutions for under stairs storage. The master of the precisely hung, flush cupboard door, and using quality hardware for that blissful feeling of a self-closing draw, he can create anything for your home’s specific requirements, developing an idea and specification with you.


Lombard Shelving

The Frey armoire Gloss sprayed fitted cupboards


Brighton & Hove-based organisation Community Wood Recycling was set up in 1998 by Richard Mehmed who observed there was a lot of potentially usable wood being left in skips or being incinerated. To find a way to utilise this free resource, he set up the not-for-profit environmental group with the simple aim of trying to find a more sustainable use for this perfectly usable resource. They will even collect all your waste wood at a fraction of the cost of mainstream waste disposal. Their bookcases and shelves made from old floorboards and scaffolding planks are ace; pick one with some of the original peeling paint on for an authentic vintage vibe. I particularly like their giant boxes, sold as planters, made of substantial scaffold boards, each one unique in texture and colour, held together with cool galvanised steel corner brackets. They can be made to any size you require and can simply be put near the back door to chuck those shoes into, to prevent that comedy pratfall when you are rushing in or out the door. No need and no excuse now: USE STORAGE.

STOCKISTS Cabinets - Pinch Design Bookcases - Heals

Joinery - Dan Clark

Vintage - Community Wood Recycling




1. Stop the flow of stuff coming in to your home. De-cluttering is a waste of time if you simply replace the old stuff with new. Start by slowing the flow of things entering your home. Buy less throw away, non-essential items. Be selective. 2. Whilst de-cluttering and prioritising your possessions you need to put a disposal plan in place. Investigate ways of selling, recycling and donating the items you choose to let go. A great blog to read about the new wave movement of owning less is www.365lessthings. com 3. If you have a passion for a particular product or item and like to collect various forms of it to show its design evolution, then storing those items and showcasing them to full effect is key for your own enjoyment of them. System shelving that you can add to over time is ideal. One to look at is specialising in wall-hung framed units for collections of smaller items. 4. Storing precious documents and personal paperwork is a delicate task. Early types of paper and print material did not contain the preservative chemicals and lightfast inks that they do now, so files and boxes that keep your heirlooms safe from fading and disintegrating are very useful. A brilliant resource for this is www. They sell everything from ‘smart boxes’ right up to museum-grade showcases. 5. Designed storage and bespoke joinery is the best way to store larger everyday items and clothes and Sussex-based craftsmen are purveyors of quality, luxury handmade furniture. A recent project they completed in Chichester was for an under stairs storage piece that included pull-out shoe drawers, shelving and full height hanging. 6. Wooden crates have always been used as makeshift furnishings but today crates are part of that fashionable ‘industrial look‘. The décor trend ‘feel for freight’ employs everything from upcycled pallets to cargo-inspired metal boxes. Minimalist designer Jasper Morrison has continued this trend by having wine crates made into pieces for trend-setting furniture company ‘Established & Sons’. 7. Where else can you buy into this storage trend? Simple, recycled furniture can be found at Their Peterfield Oak storage bench has four crate drawers and encapsulates that Contemporary Rustic look with aplomb. Reason Season Time (www. fashion pieces from discarded materials, including wine barrels from America and old, painted timber from India. I love the ‘KONTAINR’ cabinet in bright yellow, made from disused shipping containers and retains the unique bar-locking mechanisms found on such crates. Contemporary versions of the crate-made shelf system can be found at 8. Books to help you along the way and inspire you to begin the de-cluttering process include No More Clutter by Sue Kay, offering no nonsense advice and investigating why we develop our bad habits. Also worth a read is Breathing Room; Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home. Written by Lauren Rosenfeld and Dr. Melva Green, it is a bestseller where the spirituality of clutter meets practicality with a big dose of humour and compassion.

Glass front unit by Dan Clark




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