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From winter walks to the cobbled streets of historic towns, enjoy the best of Sussex this autumn as we bring you great food destinations, Christmas experiences, stunning vineyards and lots more.

From winter walks to the cobbled streets of historic towns, enjoy the best of Sussex this autumn as we bring you great food destinations, Christmas experiences, stunning vineyards and lots more.


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Issue 3 <strong>2022</strong><br />

Discover Historic Petworth<br />

The picturesque town with a rich<br />

history and dozens of gorgeous<br />

antique shops and boutiques<br />

The Sussex Foodie<br />

Six of the best Sussex food experiences,<br />

from pub grub and local producers to<br />

where to find the freshest produce<br />

Wonderful Walks &<br />

Dog Friendly Pubs<br />

Lose yourself in the beautiful<br />

Sussex countryside with these<br />

five stunning walks<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>ploring East Sussex Vineyards<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>plore East Sussex & discover<br />

amazing wines with this wine trail<br />

that takes you from Rye to Alfriston<br />

Meet Four Sussex Authors<br />

Four talented Sussex authors<br />

and their very different books<br />

Sussex Cocktail Hour<br />

Jazz up your drinks with these unique<br />

Sussex cocktails<br />

86 pages of<br />

beautiful Sussex<br />

Unusual Sussex <strong>Ex</strong>periences<br />

From the Winter Solstice to carols<br />

in a tiny 13th century chapel

A word<br />

from the editor<br />

Editor<br />

Lucy Pitts<br />

lucyp@sussexexclusive.com<br />

Deputy Editor<br />

Janine Marsh<br />

Editorial Assistant and DDIP<br />

Aifric Peachey<br />

Design<br />

Philippa French<br />

Sales<br />

sales@sussexexclusive.com<br />

Discover Historic Petworth<br />

The picturesque town with a rich<br />

history and dozens of gorgeous<br />

antique shops and boutiques<br />

The Sussex Foodie<br />

Six of the best Sussex food experiences,<br />

from pub grub and local producers to<br />

where to find the freshest produce<br />

Wonderful Walks &<br />

Issue 3 <strong>2022</strong><br />

Dog Friendly Pubs<br />

Lose yourself in the beautiful<br />

Sussex countryside with these<br />

five stunning walks<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>ploring East Sussex Vineyards<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>plore East Sussex & discover<br />

amazing wines with this wine trail<br />

that takes you from Rye to Alfriston<br />

Meet Four Sussex Authors<br />

Four talented Sussex authors<br />

and their very different books<br />

Welcome to the latest edition of the Sussex <strong>Ex</strong>clusive<br />

Magazine which is bigger and better than ever and is<br />

here to help ease you into the winter months ahead.<br />

It’s full of delightful Sussex stuff from stunning walks<br />

to great restaurants, Sussex cocktails, Christmas<br />

experiences and beautiful photos of Sussex landmarks!<br />

Sussex is fast building a reputation for being the wine capital of England and<br />

a great foodie destination. With so many award-winning vineyards, why not<br />

head over to East Sussex and discover some of its rich history and interesting<br />

landscapes, along with some fabulous local wines with our East Sussex Wine<br />

Tour. Or dip your toe into our Great Sussex Foodie feature and discover local<br />

producers, restaurants and food experiences. And if you love your food, we’ve<br />

also got four easy recipes and some brand-new Sussex cocktails.<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> is such a gorgeous time in Sussex and so why not grab your walking<br />

boots and try one of five stunning autumn walks (with dog friendly pub<br />

recommendations) or head down to the historic town of Petworth, our<br />

spotlight town, and spend a day browsing the antique shops and art galleries.<br />

On a more cerebral level, we have four Sussex authors and their books, and<br />

some writing tips for the would-be novelists out there, as well as a Sussex<br />

quiz and a chance to meet four Steyning artists.<br />

For the budding gardeners, Geoff Stonebanks from the NGS and his own<br />

Driftwood by Sea garden in Seaford shares some winter gardening tips, and<br />

our health corner is a great place to head if you want to improve your health<br />

and wellbeing.<br />

As always, we’ve also chosen some interesting things to do to put in your<br />

diary and as Christmas is on the horizon, some unusual but compelling<br />

Sussex Christmas experiences. And if all else fails, why not try a traditional<br />

Sussex remedy … such as eating a spider!<br />

I hope you enjoy reading this edition as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it<br />

together. Don’t forget it’s free to subscribe and share, so please do if you<br />

haven’t already, and if you’d like more Sussex soundbites, please follow us on<br />

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Have a good one!<br />

Lucy<br />

Lucy Pitts<br />

Sussex <strong>Ex</strong>clusive Magazine<br />

www.sussexexclusive.com<br />

86 pages of<br />

beautiful Sussex<br />

Sussex Cocktail Hour<br />

Jazz up your drinks with these unique<br />

Sussex cocktails<br />

Unusual Sussex <strong>Ex</strong>periences<br />

From the Winter Solstice to carols<br />

in a tiny 13th century chapel<br />

Front Cover<br />

Lombard Street, Petworth, By Sophie Ward Photography<br />


Contents<br />

8 Your East Sussex Wine Tour<br />

Discover historic East Sussex and superb Sussex<br />

sparkling wine with this three-centre vineyard tour<br />

15 The Great Sussex Foodie<br />

Savour new restaurants, local produce and fabulous<br />

foodie experiences with our pick of the best<br />

8<br />

20 <strong>Autumn</strong> Recipes<br />

From Sussex cheese toasties to vanilla panna cotta<br />

with gin-baked berries, our Sussex chefs inspire you<br />

in the kitchen<br />

24 Cocktail Hour<br />

Our Sussex <strong>Ex</strong>clusive cocktail maker stirs up<br />

something refreshing with the Sussex Smokie and<br />

the Sussex 7&5<br />

15<br />

26 Meet the Sussex Artists<br />

Four talented local creatives from the Steyning Arts<br />

community explain what inspires them<br />

26<br />

33<br />

30<br />

30 Preparing your Garden<br />

for Winter<br />

Geoff Stonebanks shares his tips and advice as he<br />

prepares his garden for winter and plans for spring<br />

33 Sussex in Pictures<br />

Showcasing the weird, the wonderful and the best<br />

of some of the many unusual and historic landmarks<br />

of Sussex<br />

36 Winter Walks & Dog<br />

Friendly Pubs<br />

Five stunning walks which take in some of the best<br />

countryside in the county, with five dog friendly<br />

pubs to recuperate in<br />

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40<br />

40 Sussex Quiz<br />

Test your Sussex general knowledge with our new<br />

quiz – and no cheating!<br />

41 Winter Fashion<br />

West Sussex fashionista, Donna Camera, shares<br />

the latest trends for a stylish winter wardrobe<br />

44<br />

44 Christmas <strong>Ex</strong>periences<br />

Try something a little different but very<br />

evocative with these five unique Christmas<br />

experiences<br />

54<br />

60<br />

52 Take a Mouse and Bake it<br />

Local historian Peter Benner shares some<br />

Sussex remedies and cures of bygone days<br />

54 Historic Petworth<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>plore cobbled Lombard Street and<br />

boutiques, art galleries and antique shops<br />

whilst soaking up the history of this delightful<br />

Sussex town<br />

81<br />

60 What’s On<br />

Fill your diary with interesting things to do with<br />

our pick of the best of what’s on, from a Lee<br />

Miller exhibition to wassailing!<br />

64 The Bookworm<br />

Meet four Sussex authors and make a start on<br />

that novel you’ve always wanted to write with tips<br />

from our writer mentor<br />

81 Barcelona Calling<br />

Pack your bags and head to Barcelona and the<br />

stunning Cava region to discover phenomenal<br />

views, art and winemaking traditions<br />


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Contributors<br />

Geoff Stonebanks<br />

Geoff’s garden, Driftwood, has<br />

appeared on BBC2’s Gardeners’<br />

World, and has won multiple<br />

awards. He writes monthly for<br />

several websites and gardening<br />

media and has a weekly gardening<br />

column in the Brighton Argus and<br />

is regularly heard on the radio.<br />

www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk.<br />

Janine Lowe<br />

Janine Lowe is an author and<br />

classically trained Feng Shui<br />

consultant, trained in Chinese<br />

astrology and in the arts of Bazi,<br />

Flying Stars, Auspicious Dates, Qi<br />

Men Dun Jia and I Ching. For the<br />

last 19 years she has worked with<br />

private and business clients to<br />

enhance their wealth, relationships,<br />

careers and everything in between.<br />

www.janinelowe.co.uk<br />

Stuart Ritchie<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>pert Tax Advisor helping clients<br />

manage their wealth, minimise<br />

tax bills, and solve tax disputes<br />

& financial problems. Stuart<br />

specialises in private client taxation<br />

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and expertise with an emphasis<br />

on agreeing complex taxation<br />

issues, both onshore and offshore,<br />

and helping clients achieve their<br />

financial objectives.<br />

www.ritchiephillips.co.uk<br />

Vanessa Jamieson<br />

Vanessa is an enthusiastic,<br />

amateur cook who likes to make<br />

sure no one ever leaves her table<br />

hungry! Working full time, Vanessa<br />

needs to squeeze in quick to<br />

prepare food, without losing any<br />

of the flavour. She also likes to<br />

experiment with different cuisines,<br />

which can take her to Morocco,<br />

Thailand, Japan and back to<br />

France, all in the space<br />

of one week!<br />

Peter Benner<br />

Retired solicitor and local historian,<br />

Peter Benner has lived in Sussex<br />

for over 75 years. A member of<br />

the Sussex Archaeological Society<br />

since 1956, he has a lifelong interest<br />

in Sussex Wealden Iron as well as<br />

building a 400 strong collection of<br />

books about Sussex. His specialisms<br />

include transport, and Sussex<br />

culture.<br />

Alison Wilkins<br />

Alison started out as a Sports<br />

Massage Therapist 20 years ago.<br />

She is certified Zero Balancer and<br />

Reiki Master and regularly practices<br />

MBSR mindfulness. She has<br />

delivered wellbeing@work for<br />

6 years and continues to support<br />

staff and management alike.<br />

www.brightonwellbeingcompany.com<br />

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Your<br />

East Sussex<br />

Wine Tour

If you’ve been following our wine tour series, you’ll know we’re very much in<br />

love with the Sussex wine scene. And why wouldn’t we be? Sussex vineyards<br />

are producing some outstanding wines, which now include not just sparkling<br />

wine but stills, rosés and even reds.<br />

Wine is not new to Sussex and<br />

was produced here by the<br />

Romans but as our new wine<br />

heritage takes root, a vibrant<br />

wine culture is developing<br />

too which includes tastings, tours, and all sorts of<br />

other wine associated activities. And what better<br />

way to discover and explore the many delights of<br />

Sussex, than by including local vineyards in any<br />

tour or visit.<br />

So, with this in mind, this is our three-stop guide<br />

to exploring the best of East Sussex and its wine<br />

makers and wineries.<br />

Rye<br />

A cinque port that dates back to Saxon times,<br />

Rye is famous for its picturesque, cobbled streets,<br />

its smuggling history, the beautiful if a little<br />

haunted Mermaid Inn, its castle and its hundreds<br />

of years of history. It’s a well-trodden stop<br />

on the tourist trail but is always a pleasure<br />

to visit, whether you’re interested in<br />

the literary history of Lamb House,<br />

climbing the tower of St Mary’s<br />

church, or just exploring the old<br />

parts of the town.<br />

Things to do around<br />

Rye<br />

There’s plenty to do in the<br />

surrounding area too. The fabulous<br />

grounds and house at Great Dixter and<br />

the Kent and East Sussex Railway (steam<br />

trains) are just a short drive away at Northiam.<br />

Camber Sands offers days on the beach or walks<br />

on nearby Romney Marshes and Rye Nature<br />

Reserve and Camber Castle are within walking<br />

distance of the town.<br />


Places to stay in and around Rye<br />

There are some really fabulous places to pick for<br />

an overnight stay here. The Mermaid Inn in the<br />

centre of Rye is perhaps the most famous, whilst<br />

on the fringes of the town, you can stay in Rye<br />

Windmill. Alternatively, stay in a railway carriage<br />

at the Northiam Railway Retreat or stay at one<br />

of the vineyards. Tillingham Vineyard is down<br />

a sleepy lane, 5 miles from Rye and has recently<br />

refurbished rooms and a restaurant.<br />

Rye Vineyards<br />

Charles Palmer Vineyards,<br />

Winchelsea<br />

Just outside Winchelsea is Wickham Manor,<br />

a National Trust-owned, 16th century Manor<br />

House with an estate that probably dates back<br />

to the 12th century. In the 17th century, it was<br />

owned by Pennsylvania founder, William Penn<br />

but you might recognise it as having been the<br />

setting of the film Mr Holmes featuring Sir Ian<br />

McKellen.<br />

Home to the Palmer family, their Charles Palmer<br />

Vineyards offer cellar door tours and tastings.<br />

They have been producing a range of<br />

sparkling wines here since 2016 and now<br />

also produce still wine. They have won a<br />

number of prestigious awards with 2017 and<br />

2018 being notable vintages.<br />

You can also stay at the Manor and walk their<br />

Vineyard Trail. This is a stunningly beautiful<br />

spot and a great way to start any Sussex vineyard<br />

tour.<br />

Tillingham Vineyard<br />

Not far from Peasmarsh, on a mixed farm which<br />

dates from the 13th century, Tillingham Vineyard<br />

is home to fruit trees, ancient woodland and<br />

livestock, as well as their vines. The recently<br />

renovated farmstead provides a place for visitors<br />

to stay and enjoy the produce of the farm and the<br />

local area.<br />

They describe themselves as progressive with<br />

a highly sustainable approach, “championing<br />

ancient traditions and best practice learnt from<br />

millennia of farming and winemaking” to create<br />

unique wines.<br />

They have a tasting room and offer tours and<br />

tastings run daily by appointment. They first<br />

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planted their<br />

vines in 2018<br />

and make<br />

a number<br />

of different<br />

wines including<br />

sparkling, a white<br />

blend, an orange<br />

wine, and a rosé. It’s<br />

very peaceful here and a<br />

super place to just relax<br />

and unwind.<br />

Oxney Organic Estate<br />

With vineyards in Beckley, Oxney is the largest<br />

producer of English organic wine. They have<br />

35 acres of vines, and their winery is housed in a<br />

converted Grade II listed square oast house where<br />

they produce award winning still and sparkling<br />

wines.<br />

You can stay here too including at<br />

Vineyard House, a picturesque<br />

cottage or in a shepherd’s hut,<br />

and they offer tours and<br />

tastings including a picnic<br />

option. This is another<br />

idyllic corner of East<br />

Sussex, and a great<br />

chance to learn about<br />

organic winemaking.<br />

Robertsbridge<br />

12 miles north of<br />

Hastings, Robertsbridge<br />

is small but pretty and<br />

dates back to the arrival<br />

of Cistercian monks in the<br />

12th century. By the 13th<br />

century it was a prosperous<br />

town. It may still be small, but<br />

there is lots to see and do in the<br />

surrounding area.<br />

Things to do near Robertsbridge<br />

To the east is Bodiam Castle, a 14th century<br />

moated castle now owned by the National Trust.<br />

It’s great for history lovers or those after an<br />

Instagram shot and just down the road is Bodiam<br />

Boating Station where you can hire a kayak or<br />

canoe.<br />

South of Robertsbridge and you come to 1066<br />

county and historic Battle Abbey and the battle<br />

ground of the Battle of Hastings. There’s also<br />

a 1066 trail you can walk with sculptures to<br />

discover<br />

along the<br />

way.<br />

South west of<br />

Robertsbridge and<br />

you arrive at Brightling,<br />

and a series of extraordinary<br />

follies made by an infamous local<br />

resident known as Mad Jack Fuller. The<br />

follies include a pyramid style tomb and a sugar<br />

cone!<br />

Places to stay in Robertsbridge<br />

It’s worth starting your search for somewhere<br />

to stay here on Airbnb. Check out the Hobbit<br />

House built by local craftsman from local<br />

materials and buried into a bank at Oastbrook<br />

Vineyard. Or Tiny Home, an Americana style<br />

cabin made with reclaimed materials, hidden<br />

away in a small, secluded wood.<br />

Alternatively, The George Inn in the village is<br />

a traditional 18th century coaching inn or if<br />

you want to go top notch, head to Hastings<br />

and the elegant Bannatyne Spa Hotel.<br />

Robertsbridge Vineyards<br />

Oastbrook Estate Vineyards<br />

Vines here were first planted in 2018 in the<br />

grounds of a beautiful old oast house where<br />

they practise sustainable winegrowing and<br />

winemaking. They offer tours of the vineyards<br />

with tasting at the end and also have a children’s<br />

vineyard tour. On top of this, they host various<br />

other events, including Fine Wine and Dining<br />


Alfriston<br />

Another hopelessly pretty<br />

Sussex village, Alfriston also<br />

appeared in the Domesday<br />

Book and has a rich history<br />

of smugglers, monks and<br />

pilgrims. The Star Inn, now<br />

owned by TV personality Alex<br />

Polizzi and her mother, was<br />

originally a religious hostel built<br />

in 1345 and used to accommodate<br />

monks and pilgrims on their way<br />

from Battle Abbey to Chichester<br />

Cathedral.<br />

events, and a wine club. They make a range of<br />

still and sparkling wines and in addition to their<br />

Hobbit House, you can stay at their Waterside<br />

Lodge. It’s a beautiful spot to spend some time.<br />

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard<br />

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard is the oldest<br />

organic wine estate in England comprising 22<br />

acres of organically certified vineyards, having<br />

been established in 1979. They produce an<br />

extensive and award-winning range of white,<br />

rosé, red and sparkling wines - all certified either<br />

organic or biodynamic and suitable for both<br />

vegetarians and vegans. They also produce fruit<br />

wines, fruit juices and farmhouse ciders.<br />

They have a Vineyard & Woodland Nature trail<br />

for ramblers and dog walkers, a café and shop,<br />

and offer tours and tastings.<br />

Another<br />

hopelessly<br />

pretty Sussex<br />

village, Alfriston<br />

also appeared in<br />

the Domesday<br />

Book and has<br />

a rich history<br />

of smugglers,<br />

monks and<br />

pilgrims.<br />

Things to do in Alfriston<br />

Start in the beautiful village bookshop and lose<br />

yourself for a while and then step back in time at<br />

the village store. Next, head over to the National<br />

Trust owned Clergy House and then when you’re<br />

ready, head up on to the South Downs for some<br />

amazing walks. There are two giant figures carved<br />

into the chalk face of the South Downs in this<br />

Mountfield Winery<br />

With the winery in an old dairy unit and tasting<br />

rooms in the converted stables, this relatively<br />

new vineyard has 14,000 vines of Chardonnay,<br />

Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Planted in 2012,<br />

in the grounds of a beautiful house and an<br />

estate that dates back to the Domesday Book,<br />

their first 2015 Class Cuvée was released last<br />

year. They hold various events including pop up<br />

events.<br />

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part of the world, The Long Man at Wilmington<br />

to the north of Alfriston and the White Horse at<br />

Lullington, to the south.<br />

You’re also only a short distance from the<br />

picturesque Cuckmere Haven where you can<br />

enjoy gentle water sports and stunning views.<br />

A little further afield and you have<br />

Herstmonceux, a magnificent moated castle, set<br />

in 550 acres of glorious parkland and superb<br />

Elizabethan gardens, and Michelham Priory<br />

founded in 1229 as an Augustinian Priory. And<br />

if you’ve had enough of wine (really, is that even<br />

possible?), you could visit the Long Man Brewery<br />

or the Harley House Distillery for a taste of local<br />

craft beer and spirits.<br />

Places to stay in Alfriston<br />

The Star Inn has been beautifully refurbished,<br />

has a superb restaurant and is in the heart of the<br />

village. Alex Polizzi occasionally runs guided<br />

walks for guests.<br />

Just on the edge of the village is Dean's Place<br />

Hotel, a beautiful 17th century property of<br />

historical significance with a great restaurant.<br />

Alternatively, book into Ye Olde<br />

Smugglers Inn, which dates back<br />

to 1358, is Grade II listed,<br />

and comes complete<br />

with tales of ghosts<br />

and hidden<br />

passageways.<br />

Vineyards near<br />

Alfriston<br />

Rathfinny<br />

In this part of the world<br />

you probably have to<br />

start your wine tasting<br />

with one of the big guns.<br />

Rathfinny sits just south of<br />

Alfriston, high on the South<br />

Downs and is approached by a<br />

long and impressive drive through<br />

the vineyards. Established in 2010, they<br />

have a new tasting room and restaurant.<br />

They describe their methods as low-intervention<br />

and traditional and offer tours and tastings<br />

including special harvest “Dosage Tastings” and<br />

winter tours. Their new Hut is a walk-in bar with<br />

views of the South Downs, and you can also do<br />

self-guided tour.<br />

Off the Line<br />

Head north east from Alfriston to Hellingly and<br />

the Off The Line Vineyard. This is a vineyard<br />

with a difference as they only grow red grapes,<br />

and the focus is on the production of rosé. The<br />

first vines were planted in 2014 and they grow<br />

Pinot Noir, Regent, Dornfelder and Rondo.<br />

The vineyard is next to the Old Cuckoo<br />

Line, a branch railway line that<br />

once ran between Polegate and<br />

Edridge. These days it’s a<br />

well-maintained cycle route.<br />

They have a purpose-built<br />

cedar clad winery and<br />

offer pre-booked guided<br />

tours and tastings and<br />

a self-guided walk at<br />

weekends from May<br />

until September.<br />

Henners<br />

Nestled next to the<br />

Pevensey Levels Nature<br />

Reserve and not far from<br />

the sea, Henners Vineyard<br />

was established in the picturesque<br />

village of Herstmonceux in 2007. Planted<br />

with the three classic sparkling grape varieties,<br />

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier,<br />

they also take a non-interventionist approach<br />

and alongside tours and tastings, host a series of<br />

seasonal events throughout the year. They recently<br />

featured on the BBC series Countryfile and make<br />

sparkling wines, rosé and their own gin.<br />


A celebration of<br />

Sussex Sparkling Wine & Gin<br />

Saturday November 19th<br />

11.00 - 6.00pm<br />

South Lodge, Brighton Road, Horsham RH13 6PS<br />

Book your ticket today<br />

www.bubblesandbotanicals.net<br />

Stalls &<br />

Tastings<br />

An event by<br />

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FOOD<br />

The Sussex Foodie<br />

A<br />

utumn is such a fabulous hunting ground for the Sussex gourmand. After all, there’s<br />

something profoundly satisfying about knowing the harvest is safely gathered in, whatever<br />

that means for you. Perhaps it’s picking your own home-grown fruit and veg, foraging in<br />

the undergrowth for the last of the sloes and blackberries or enjoying a hearty autumn<br />

meal at your local restaurant.<br />

As summer gives way to autumn, longs walks and frosty mornings, there is still so much to enjoy on the<br />

Sussex food and drink scene so here is our Sussex Foodie <strong>Autumn</strong> Menu.<br />

Restaurants<br />

The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington,<br />

West Sussex<br />

The Horse Guards Inn just outside Petworth<br />

is worth a visit for its kerb appeal alone. It is<br />

hopelessly pretty perched as it is on the side of<br />

the hill, with views of the South Downs and<br />

Tillington church with its very distinctive bell<br />

tower. The 300-year-old inn also has a charming<br />

and secluded beer garden which has cushions,<br />

fairy lights and an eclectic collection of relaxed<br />

seating.<br />

They describe their menu as “small and seasonal<br />

… the menu changes everyday to fit in what we can<br />

source from local suppliers, dig out of our vegetable<br />

patch or forage from the wild hedgerows or seashores<br />

nearby.” It’s also intriguing, and in early autumn<br />

included chickpea Panisse, pickled pear and<br />

walnuts, Boughton Farm goat spreading chorizo,<br />

sourdough toast and pickles for starters, with pan<br />

fried Turbot, slow roast pork belly and Upperton<br />

Farm hogget chump for mains.<br />

The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington<br />

Farm Yard Wine, St Leonards,<br />

East Sussex<br />

In amongst an assortment of different shops and<br />

restaurants in St Leonard’s Kings Road, is Farm<br />

Yard Wine. Tables fall out on to the pavement<br />

and inside you’ll find a vintage feel with an<br />

original brick wall, a wall of wines, candles<br />

dripping wax down their old wine bottle holders<br />

and an open style kitchen. Even the toilets are<br />

cool with multi coloured Who Gives a Crap<br />

toilet rolls and beautiful wall illustrations. You<br />

have stumbled into one of St Leonard’s’ foodie<br />

havens.<br />

Farm Yard Wine pride themselves on their<br />

wines, and in particular, organic wines made<br />

sustainably, and they also have a monthly<br />

recommended wine. Sussex wines on the<br />

menu include Davenport Horsmonden and<br />

Tillingham.<br />

The Farm Yard, St. Leonard's<br />


FOOD<br />

As you’re by the sea (and they do have a sister<br />

seafood restaurant called Boatyard in the<br />

Heist Market down the road), why not have<br />

oysters with a choice of garnish, or if that’s not<br />

for you, a choice from their charcuterie menu.<br />

Once you’re ready, they have a selection of<br />

smaller dishes or starters, followed by larger<br />

dishes and mains. Their buffalo mozzarella<br />

burrata with almond pesto and baked garlic<br />

is some of the best mozzarella around and<br />

the Greek salad with watermelon, olives,<br />

cucumber, mint and sesame crusted feta is<br />

suitably light and refreshing. There’s lots of<br />

Sussex produce on this menu with Hastings’<br />

fish, steak from Pevensey, ice cream from<br />

Northiam and cheese from across the county.<br />

The Farm Yard<br />

Hastings<br />

Food experiences<br />

Hastings’ fisheries and fishing fleet,<br />

Old Town Hastings, East Sussex<br />

This is perhaps one of the most affordable,<br />

simple and accessible food experiences you can<br />

have in Sussex. You don’t have to book and it’s<br />

free to visit.<br />

There are about 25 small fishing boats at The<br />

Stade in Old Town Hastings and fish has been<br />

landed here for hundreds of years. There are<br />

few places left where you can watch the catch<br />

of the day being hauled up the beach and off<br />

the boats, to be on sale in the various fisheries<br />

within hours if not less.<br />

The catch of the day could be anything from<br />

Sole to Cuttlefish but as we head into autumn<br />

and winter, you’re most likely to find Herring,<br />

Plaice, Cod, Sprat, Brill, Turbot, Dab, Skate,<br />

Whiting and shellfish.<br />

There are lots of different fisheries, from the<br />

little black huts that sit in front of the fishing<br />

boats, to the stalls that line Rock a Nore. Look<br />

out for the “Hastings Fish” logo to indicate<br />

quality. Some of the stalls also sell smoked fish,<br />

smoked only yards away.<br />

In the summer and early autumn, the<br />

town holds a Midsummer Fish Festival<br />

(June) and the Hastings Seafood and Wine<br />

Festival (September). Or you might want<br />

to immerse yourself in the fishing culture<br />

of Hastings with a visit to the Fishermen’s<br />

Museum, or the Shipwreck Museum.<br />

Alternatively, plan your visit to coincide<br />

with one of the few times when the 17th<br />

century wreck of the Amsterdam (a Dutch<br />

ship) is visible on Bulverhythe Beach. And<br />

don’t forget to look out for the big winkle<br />

sculpture on Winkle Island.<br />

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FOOD<br />

Artisan Chocolate Making<br />

Masterclasses, Ashurst, West Sussex<br />

Nothing says Christmas as well as chocolate!<br />

And Sussex happens to be blessed with a number<br />

of outstanding chocolatiers producing award<br />

winning chocolate. Never more so than Mike<br />

Noble, of Noble and Stace.<br />

Based in Midhurst, Noble and Stace were awarded<br />

2 gold stars by the Guild of Fine Foods in the<br />

2020 Great Taste Awards for their Ditchling Gin<br />

and Orange Truffles. They’ve also been Grand<br />

Finalists in the Sussex Food and Drink Awards<br />

2017 and Finalists in the 2019 and 2020 awards<br />

for Food Producer of the Year.<br />

Several times a year, you can join Mike at The<br />

Artisan Bakehouse in Ashurst near Steyning for<br />

a chocolate making masterclass, making fresh<br />

cream truffles, caramel truffles and solid chocolate<br />

tablettes. It’s a day of getting stuck in and learning<br />

how to make ganache fillings, to temper chocolate,<br />

and to pipe, roll and perfect your truffles. You<br />

get to taste different chocolates and leave with<br />

your own chocolates packaged up in gift boxes,<br />

including around 15-20 fresh cream truffles, 20<br />

caramel truffles and 3 chocolate tablettes, together<br />

with the recipe handouts so that you can recreate<br />

them at home. The masterclass also includes a<br />

homemade two course lunch with a glass of wine/<br />

soft drink, tea/coffee. And at this time of year,<br />

there’s a special Christmas Masterclass, which is<br />

perfect for the festive foodie.<br />

https://theartisanbakehouse.com/<br />

The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst<br />

Sussex producers<br />

The Horsham Gingerbread Bakehouse<br />

If you know Horsham, you may know that it has<br />

a gingerbread history, and the poet Percy Bysshe<br />

Shelley wrote requesting his aunt to buy ginger<br />

in the town. Certainly, three hundred years ago,<br />

you’d have found dozens of gingerbread stalls in<br />

Horsham and whilst they may not be there today,<br />

you can do a lot worse when it comes to dunking<br />

a biscuit in your tea or finding an accompaniment<br />

for your Sussex cheese than choosing a Horsham<br />

Gingerbread Bakehouse biscuit.<br />

In 2009, the curator of the Horsham Museum<br />

discovered a 200-year-old recipe book from the<br />

Shelley family with a recipe for gingerbread. Lesley<br />

Ward (the founder of the Horsham Gingerbread<br />

Bakehouse) then spent a year perfecting the recipe,<br />

and the seeds for the bakehouse (founded in<br />

2013) were sewn.<br />

“I'm passionate about creating products that are<br />

made with ingredients that people can easily recognise<br />

- there are far too many 'healthy' energy bars, etc.<br />

The Horsham Gingerbread Bakehouse<br />


FOOD<br />

The Horsham Gingerbread Bakehouse<br />

that are crammed with highly processed ingredients.<br />

For example, our Sussex Martlets biscuits are made<br />

with only eight simple ingredients like butter, gluten<br />

free oat flour and raw cane sugars. Many people<br />

comment that they look and taste homemade.”<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>plains Lesley, “It’s about simple ingredients and<br />

complex flavours”.<br />

Their biscuits are baked in small batches at a<br />

family bakery near Chichester in West Sussex,<br />

with many of the ingredients locally sourced.<br />

Their range has expanded beyond gingerbread and<br />

includes such delights as Lemon Puddle, Spicy<br />

Sussex Alberts, Sweet Sussex Thins, Sussex Honey<br />

Alberts and Sussex Martlets, with many of the<br />

biscuits in their range now gluten free.<br />

Their Original Recipe Gingerbread is made<br />

with flour from the Weald & Downland Living<br />

Museum and the gluten free biscuits are made<br />

using linseed meal grown and processed by<br />

Durwin Banks and his family at Barns Green.<br />

Ouse Valley Foods<br />

Ouse Valley Food near Ringmer in East Sussex<br />

was founded in 2004 and brings together a<br />

team of passionate foodies. Very much inspired<br />

by the Sussex countryside, they’re all about the<br />

seasonality and provenance of what they make<br />

sourcing as many ingredients as possible from<br />

local growers.<br />

Everything is small batch cooked but also packed<br />

with personality and creativity, and their seasonal<br />

specialities are great for the festive season.<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> is such a fabulous hunting<br />

ground for the Sussex gourmand.<br />

After all, there’s something<br />

profoundly satisfying about<br />

knowing the harvest is safely<br />

gathered in ...<br />

Ouse Valley Food, near Ringmer<br />

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Stopham Vineyard<br />

Stopham Vineyard is a 17-acre estate<br />

located in the beautiful South Downs<br />

National Park near Pulborough in West<br />

Sussex.<br />

We are specialists in crafting aromatic<br />

still white wines from Pinot Gris, Pinot<br />

Blanc, Bacchus and classic method<br />

sparkling wine from the champagne<br />

varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.<br />

Our vineyard was planted in 2007<br />

by our head winemaker, Simon<br />

Woodhead, who found the perfect site<br />

at Stopham for the varietals that we<br />

grow. Our 21,000 vines sit on south<br />

facing slopes in free draining sandy soil<br />

at a low altitude.<br />

We pride ourselves on our sustainable<br />

approach to winemaking and grape<br />

growing. Sustainability has always<br />

been a key component for our<br />

brand identity and values; passion,<br />

precision, craft and sustainability. Our<br />

vineyard lies within the South Downs<br />

National Park on an old dairy farm<br />

and our winery is housed in a grade II<br />

listed Victorian barn which was part<br />

of a group of outbuildings on the<br />

farm. Because of where we are, we<br />

have to minimise our impact on the<br />

environment around us and protect<br />

and promote a natural ecosystem.<br />

Quite simply, our goal is to produce<br />

the best white wines England can offer.<br />

We continue to win many industry<br />

awards for our wines which reflect<br />

their high quality.<br />

www.stophamvineyard.co.uk<br />


FOOD<br />

Blue Cloud Toasties<br />

Perfect for refuelling after a hearty walk, or warming up on a frosty evening,<br />

this easy to make Sussex recipe from Chris Heyes at Blue Clouds in Balcombe<br />

uses their 100% Sussex made, award winning blue cheese.<br />

Serves 4 as a starter or light lunch<br />

This delicious take on a classic toastie is made with Blue Clouds cheese made<br />

in Balcombe, West Sussex. All the Blue Clouds cheeses are made by hand in<br />

a small dairy which is just feet away from the cows which provide the milk.<br />

The herd at Balcombe are a mix of Norwegian Red, Holstein and Jersey<br />

which produces great quality milk.<br />

Founder of Blue Clouds, Chris Heyes, and his cheese have already appeared<br />

in Good Cheese magazine. Blue Clouds has a mild and creamy flavour and is<br />

available in local farm shops and delicatessens.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

For this Sussex recipe you will need:<br />

100 g – Blue Clouds<br />

150 ml – whole milk<br />

20 g – plain flour<br />

20 g – butter<br />

1 tsp – Dijon mustard<br />

Small bunch of flatleaf parsley – finely chopped<br />

Small bunch of British watercress<br />

4 slices sourdough<br />

4 thick slices of ham or British charcuterie of your choice<br />

Salt and pepper to season<br />

Method:<br />

Place the saucepan over a medium heat and add butter. When melted add<br />

flour and stir in. Cook the roux for a couple of minutes before gradually<br />

adding the milk. Stir whilst the sauce begins to thicken. Continue to stir for<br />

another 4-5 minutes to cook the flour out. Add the Blue Clouds, mustard<br />

and parsley. Stir until the cheese has melted and the sauce is of a smooth<br />

consistency. Season to taste and set aside.<br />

Lightly grill your sourdough on both sides and butter. Place your ham on<br />

each of the toasts and top with the rich, creamy sauce. Place back under the<br />

grill until bubbling. Serve immediately with a side of British watercress which<br />

cuts through the richness of the toasties.<br />

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FOOD<br />

Garlish ® & Lemon<br />

Prawn Pots<br />

With Crusty Bread<br />

Pollyanna’s Kitchen shares this easy starter or quick lunch.<br />

A rich and<br />

decadent starter<br />

that always goes<br />

down a storm.<br />

You can easily<br />

serve this as a<br />

‘one pot’ casual<br />

dipping dish for<br />

a quick lunch.<br />

Serves 4 people<br />

Ingredients:<br />

300 g raw king prawns<br />

1 small onion (finely diced)<br />

A good slosh of Garlish ® oil<br />

3 (heaped) tbsp Garlish ® Just the Crush<br />

1 tsp paprika<br />

150 g single cream<br />

50 g butter<br />

Juice from 1 lemon<br />

1 tsp plain flour<br />

A good slosh of dry white wine<br />

A handful of fresh parsley (save a few leaves for<br />

the garnish)<br />

1 ripe tomato (finely chopped)<br />

1 tsp salt<br />

A few good crunches of black pepper<br />

A handful of Parmesan (grated)<br />

Fresh crusty bread<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the grill to 200˚C.<br />

On a medium heat, fry the onion in the oil and<br />

butter for 10 minutes until soft and caramelised.<br />

Add the tomato and continue to fry for 5<br />

minutes.<br />

Add the flour and the paprika, stir well then<br />

add wine. Increase the heat and when the wine<br />

has reduced a little, lower the heat and add the<br />

prawns and lemon juice. Cook for a further 3-4<br />

minutes until the prawns are cooked.<br />

Stir in the Garlish ® Just the Crush, cream and<br />

parsley. Add the salt and pepper.<br />

Stir well, then evenly decant into individual<br />

ramekins, or one sharing dish. Sprinkle with<br />

Parmesan and place under the grill for 2 minutes.<br />

Garnish with the remaining parsley.<br />

Serve with crusty bread.<br />

For more great recipes, visit:<br />

www.pollyannaskitchen.co.uk<br />


FOOD<br />

Sticky Thai Chicken<br />

This month’s recipe is inspired by my love of all things Thai! It’s also very quick<br />

and simple to make and will feed 6. The sticky chicken is rather morish, and<br />

the fresh zing of ginger really hits the taste buds. Prep time is minimal, and<br />

you can have this on the table in around 30 minutes. By Vanessa Jamieson<br />

Ingredients:<br />

12 boneless chicken thighs<br />

500 g basmati rice<br />

1 litre chicken stock<br />

2 bags of tender stem broccoli<br />

2 bunches of spring onions<br />

1 finely chopped onion<br />

2 tbs olive oil<br />

sesame seeds (toasted) to garnish<br />

Sauce<br />

2 tbs soy sauce<br />

1 small bottle sweet chilli sauce<br />

2 tbs hoisin sauce<br />

2 chopped cloves of garlic<br />

2 inch piece of ginger, chopped<br />

Method:<br />

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.<br />

In a big roasting dish, fry off the onion over a medium heat, using<br />

a tablespoon of olive oil. Once browned, add the basmati rice and<br />

chicken stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and allow the<br />

rice to cook through until it is soft, and the chicken stock has been<br />

absorbed, approx. 15 mins.<br />

Add the chicken pieces to a large frying pan or wok and fry until<br />

golden on both sides and cooked through. Combine the sauce<br />

ingredients and add to the pan. Bring to the boil and then reduce the<br />

temperature and let the sauce reduce until a sticky coating remains.<br />

Whilst the chicken is cooking, chop the spring onions in half and put<br />

in a roasting dish with the broccoli. Toss with olive oil and a good<br />

sprinkle of salt and put in the oven for around 10 mins, until the<br />

broccoli starts to char. Remove from the oven and place the vegetables<br />

on top of the cooked rice. Cover with foil to keep warm whilst the<br />

chicken cooks.<br />

Layer the cooked chicken on top of the rice and vegetables and<br />

sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds to serve.<br />

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FOOD<br />

Vanilla panna cotta<br />

with gin-baked berries<br />

Jacqueline Wise, founder and director of Positively Delicious shares this mouth-watering autumn<br />

dessert recipe. Jacqueline is a Cordon Bleu Chef trained at Tante Marie Culinary Academy, and has<br />

worked at Buckingham Palace, The Ritz and Michelin Star restaurants. She also runs Kelmsley which<br />

caters for bespoke weddings, and Jacqueline Wise Chefs, a private dining offering. She loves to<br />

forage, garden, cook on fire, educate about regenerative food and build a like-minded community<br />

of nature-loving foodies who care about their own wellbeing and that of the planet.<br />

Makes 6-8<br />

Ingredients:<br />

For the panna cotta<br />

600 ml of cream<br />

400 ml of milk<br />

120 g of sugar<br />

1 vanilla pod<br />

4 gelatine leaves, softened in cold water<br />

For the gin-baked berries<br />

200 g mixed berries<br />

1 tbsp sugar<br />

4 tbsp gin<br />

Method:<br />

Pour the milk and cream into a saucepan with the sugar and vanilla seeds<br />

(to scrape the seeds out of the pod, use the back of a knife).<br />

Stir to combine and bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat. Take<br />

the gelatine out of the cold water and squeeze out the excess, then add to<br />

the milk mixture.<br />

Stir until completely dissolved.<br />

Pass through a medium sieve.<br />

Tip into ramekins or glasses and place in the fridge to set for at least a<br />

couple of hours.<br />

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.<br />

Wash and cut fruit in half if required, then place on a baking tray, scatter<br />

over the sugar and 3 tbsp gin and bake for 15 minutes.<br />

Allow to cool, pop into a bowl and add remainder gin for extra kick, chill.<br />

To serve, turn each ramekin upside-down onto a serving plate. If the<br />

panna cotta won’t drop out, carefully dip the ramekin in a bowl of warm<br />

water to loosen it.<br />

Serve with a generous spoonful of gin baked berries.<br />

www.positivelydelicious.co.uk<br />


Photo by Toni Cuenca<br />

Cocktail Hour<br />

In the heart of the county, we discovered a secret Sussex<br />

cocktail creator putting his own unique stamp on the Sussex<br />

drinks scene<br />

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Sussex Smokie (over ice)<br />

This cocktail is inspired by the classic Sussex dish. It uses a fresh and refreshing gin and lemon base,<br />

sweetened with honey and given a hint of spice from a hint of ginger. The final addition of a splash of<br />

smokie Islay whisky makes this an ideal autumn sipper.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

2oz / 60 ml Sussex gin<br />

¾ oz / 20 ml lemon juice<br />

½ oz honey syrup<br />

½ oz ginger syrup<br />

Splash of Islay whisky<br />

Add all ingredients (except Islay whisky) to shaker, fill completely with ice and shake vigorously. Strain<br />

into an “Old Fashioned” glass filled with ice. Float Islay whisky on top. Garnish with a lemon twist. You<br />

can replace honey syrup with a teaspoon of honey and don’t have to include ginger syrup.

Sussex Smokie (shaken up)<br />

This cocktail uses a fresh and refreshing gin and lemon base, sweetened with honey and given a hint of<br />

spice from a hint of ginger. The egg white gives the cocktail a velvety finish and the final addition of a<br />

splash of smokie Islay whisky makes this an ideal autumn sipper.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

2oz / 60 ml Sussex gin<br />

¾ oz / 20 ml lemon juice<br />

½ oz honey syrup<br />

½ oz ginger syrup<br />

Egg white<br />

Splash of Islay whisky<br />

Add all ingredients (except Islay whisky) to shaker. Shake without ice to emulsify the egg then fill<br />

completely with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into coupe glass. Float Islay whisky on top. Garnish<br />

with a lemon twist.<br />

Omit the egg white for a vegan friendly option.<br />

Sussex 7&5<br />

There are 7 districts in West Sussex and 5 in<br />

East Sussex. A fact that inspired this local<br />

variation on the classic French 75. As well as<br />

using Sussex gin and sparkling wine, this version<br />

adds ginger syrup instead of sugar syrup for a<br />

warming hint of spice.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

2oz / 60 ml Sussex gin<br />

½ oz / 15 ml lemon juice<br />

¾ oz ginger syrup<br />

Sussex sparkling wine<br />

Add all ingredients (except sparkling wine)<br />

to shaker, fill completely with ice and shake<br />

vigorously. Strain into champagne flute and top<br />

with sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon twist.<br />


Steyning Arts<br />

Meet The Artists<br />

As a county rich in artistic talent and creativity, there has never been a better<br />

opportunity to engage in and enjoy great Sussex art, sculpture and jewellery.<br />

The Steyning Arts community has some 80 members working in a number of different disciplines and they host a variety of<br />

events throughout the year. In this third in our series of Meet the Artist, we meet four of their artists and creators to find out<br />

more about them, and what inspires their endeavours and creative processes.<br />

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Katherine Lawrie<br />

Based at my Cat and Kiwi Studio in<br />

Walberton, near Arundel, I am a designer<br />

jeweller and owner of Katherine Lawrie<br />

Jewellery. I have been making and designing<br />

jewellery for over 25 years and I learnt the core<br />

jewellery making techniques from a young<br />

age with my dad, a jeweller. I chose to follow<br />

that path and decided to go to Art College/<br />

University to enhance my knowledge. Leaving<br />

University in 1997, I set up my business<br />

in Steyning in my dad’s old studio. He had<br />

emigrated to America, so I also used many of<br />

his tools.<br />

My work is artisan handmade jewellery,<br />

incorporating mainly sterling silver and<br />

gold with beautiful gemstones. I like<br />

working with both metals but tend to<br />

make most of my stock in silver and take<br />

commissions in gold. Many pieces of my<br />

work are one offs, but I do have a small<br />

range of cast from life items which are<br />

limited edition. All of my work is textured<br />

with either a hammer or the serendipitous<br />

technique of roller texturing. I love textured<br />

metal; I feel it gives jewellery a richness,<br />

almost like adding history to the piece.<br />

My work is inspired by British flora, fauna<br />

and wildlife, and local landmarks like<br />

Chanctonbury ring and Bramber Castle. I use<br />

hidden messages and symbolism which can<br />

often be instilled by the wearer. With a passion<br />

for romance and sentiment, I design jewellery<br />

to be part of life’s rituals like marriages,<br />

birthdays, in memorial or just because.<br />

All the details can be found on my website<br />


Jean Griffiths<br />

My studio workspace is in Coxham Lane,<br />

Steyning. I moved to Steyning from London<br />

35 years ago looking for a change in lifestyle. I<br />

enrolled in a part-time Art Foundation course<br />

and realised my lifelong love of stitching and<br />

textiles could be developed into a creative art.<br />

As a Creative Textile Artist I enjoy experimenting<br />

with many different techniques – painting,<br />

printing, dyeing, felting, stitching by hand and<br />

machine to mention just a few. I am particularly<br />

drawn to silk painting with subsequent surface<br />

stitch. My personal work is mainly small scale,<br />

framed 2D pieces but I also make silk bowls<br />

and lanterns, handmade greetings cards and<br />

bookmarks.<br />

My inspiration often comes from places I<br />

have visited and is informed by my interest in<br />

geography. I am still processing a recent trip to<br />

Alaska and am currently exploring how I can<br />

interpret this in the medium of textiles. But a<br />

more local and available landscape inspiration<br />

is the beautiful area of Sussex and the South<br />

Downs. The coast, and the sea with its constantly<br />

changing light, are also a continuing source of<br />

starting points for my work.<br />

Contact Email griffiths@cheriton.eclipse.co.uk<br />

for more information.<br />


Alison Crowe<br />

Alison Crowe Jewellery is based in Henfield, West Sussex. I have been<br />

working with precious metals for nearly ten years and have a lifelong passion<br />

for art and design, with an academic background focusing specifically on<br />

fashion history and early 20th century art movements. When I started<br />

working with silver, I immediately realised that I had found my ideal creative<br />

medium.<br />

I love the properties of silver and its endless creative possibilities. I work<br />

mainly in Sterling or Argentium Silver, the latter being a relatively new type<br />

of silver which was patented in the early 1990s. It is whiter in colour and<br />

much more tarnish resistant than other silver. With the environment in<br />

mind, I also like to use recycled metal where possible.<br />

Colour is an important element and I add this to my jewellery by seeking<br />

out beautiful and unusual gemstones including semi-precious Jaspers and<br />

Quartz. All my pieces have a contemporary feel, and my aim is to make<br />

them easy to wear and suitable for all occasions.<br />

I draw on a broad range of influences, however my primary inspiration is<br />

drawn from natural forms. I often see a particularly pleasing shape in nature<br />

and adapt it and distil it to a more simplified form, sometimes adding<br />

pattern and texture. I am also constantly influenced by my study of design<br />

history. For example, I have created a range of jewellery based around Henri<br />

Matisse’s “Cut-outs”– simplified organic forms which he created using<br />

scissors and coloured paper.<br />

My work is hallmarked by the London Assay Office at Goldsmiths Hall. It is<br />

available to purchase at Gallery BN5 in Henfield High Street and online at:<br />

www.alisoncrowejewellery.co.uk<br />

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Jane Pinder<br />

I work from my home studio in Worthing. I<br />

don’t have an artistic background and stumbled<br />

into making jewellery accidentally by taking an<br />

evening course learning traditional techniques. I<br />

also took a sculpture course and like to make my<br />

jewellery quite sculptural with a 3D form to it. I<br />

think of it as wearable art.<br />

My work involves a synergy of creative ideas and<br />

techniques and incorporates both precious and<br />

non-precious materials using traditional and nontraditional<br />

silversmithing techniques. I mainly<br />

work in silver although I enjoy experimenting<br />

with other techniques and materials in my<br />

jewellery and have developed a range of etched<br />

and more sculptural formed pieces. My latest<br />

project has involved having some designs laser cut<br />

in wood.<br />

I am inspired from the varied fauna and flora,<br />

organic texture and natural landscapes of the<br />

Sussex coast. As a child I had a fascination for<br />

collecting shells, stones and fossils along with<br />

exploration of rock pools along the seashore. The<br />

delight of being by the sea remains my calming<br />

happy place and great for thinking out ideas.<br />

I am also inspired by sculpture, from Barbara<br />

Hepworth to Gaudi and anything in between.<br />

I am drawn to mid-century design and Scandi<br />

style and these simple styles can also influence<br />

my designs.<br />

Find out more at: www.janepinder.co.uk<br />

I am inspired<br />

from the<br />

varied fauna<br />

and flora,<br />

organic<br />

texture<br />

and natural<br />

landscapes<br />

of the Sussex<br />

coast.<br />

You can meet many of the artists and makers from Steyning<br />

Arts at their Christmas Gift Fair and Art <strong>Ex</strong>hibition on the<br />

3rd of December 10 am – 4 pm at the Steyning Centre.<br />

Or visit their website at www.steyningarts.co.uk<br />



Getting Your Garden<br />

Winter Ready<br />

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Geoff Stonebanks shares advice on how to get your garden,<br />

plants and greenhouse ready for the cold months ahead

and may also provide protection for the roots.<br />

Traditionalists will claim the stems harbour<br />

pests and diseases. Horticulturally, it makes little<br />

difference when they're cut back as long as it's<br />

done before new growth starts next spring.<br />


Traditionally,<br />

October is the<br />

month to lift<br />

tender summer<br />

bulbs such as<br />

gladioli and<br />

dahlias and<br />

store in a cool,<br />

dry place.<br />

After a scorching summer, that<br />

many gardeners have found very<br />

difficult to cope with, we’re now<br />

into autumn, which has been<br />

claimed is the best season for<br />

gardening. The new area of my own garden has<br />

been the perfect spot to sit under a parasol and<br />

enjoy the view or sit and read. It’s also going to<br />

be the perfect retreat until the cold weather kicks<br />

in. Over the next few weeks, we can certainly<br />

expect some cooler weather and that will certainly<br />

benefit many plants outdoors, especially after<br />

being roasted alive this summer. It can be easy to<br />

neglect our gardens when the temperatures drop,<br />

but autumn is probably the best season to spend<br />

time out there working as the soil is moist and<br />

has a warm texture.<br />

Garden Tasks<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> is also a great time for clearing up –<br />

greenhouses, ponds, gutters and water butts may<br />

all need cleaning out. Wooden garden furniture<br />

will need covering or storing for the winter and<br />

terracotta pots may need bringing inside, so that<br />

they don’t freeze and crack. If you don’t already<br />

have a compost heap or bin, now is a great time<br />

to start one, with all the leaves and cuttings to be<br />

disposed of!<br />

The clocks go back on the 30th October, meaning<br />

time available to spend in your plot is cut short,<br />

so make the most of the longer days until then.<br />

Traditionally, October is the month to lift tender<br />

summer bulbs such as gladioli and dahlias and<br />

store in a cool, dry place. I’ve carefully lifted<br />

mine and will store in the covered side alley. It<br />

is also the month to cut back perennials, but<br />

I’ve recently read that a new school of thought<br />

says leaving the dead stems is good for wildlife<br />

Chrysanthemums<br />

A very common plant to have in the garden<br />

at this time of year is the ever-popular<br />

chrysanthemum or “pot mum”. They are perfect<br />

to be placed in containers and bloom well into<br />

autumn and beyond. You can find them for sale<br />

everywhere in a large variety of colours. Care<br />

of container grown mums is relatively easy. You<br />

may want to repot it as soon as you get it home<br />

to give it room to grow. If you are careful and<br />

keep it well watered, you should be able to enjoy<br />

their blooms throughout the autumn months<br />

and possibly even the next spring. I have mine<br />

in containers, which means they are great plants<br />

to move around the garden, filling gaps as the<br />

summer colours start to fade on other plants.<br />

Houseplant holiday is over<br />

A good idea this month is to bring any<br />

houseplants that you moved outside over<br />

the summer months, back indoors, before<br />

the temperatures start to drop. I have a<br />

large collection of aeoniums, a few cacti and<br />

succulents that don’t really like the cold,<br />

especially the frost. It’s a pretty big job in my<br />

garden to lift them all and carry the containers<br />

back to their winter homes. I’ve probably got<br />

over 70 containers with aeoniums and I try and<br />

place as many as I can in the front and back<br />

porches of the house. They are such beautiful<br />

plants to look at, it always seems a shame to<br />

shut them away in the greenhouse! However,<br />

any that I can’t find room for, have to spend the<br />

winter in the heated greenhouse.<br />

As far as your indoor plants go, now is the time<br />

to start watering them less as they prepare for<br />

the colder months too.<br />

Forward planning<br />

Now is a great time to look forward to 2023.<br />

Maybe sit down and think about spring bulbs<br />

you’d like to have in your plot next year. Spend<br />

time looking through catalogues or searching<br />

online. It’s not too early to even start planting<br />

some you may already have. Some easy examples<br />

are the good old favourites, like crocus, hyacinth<br />

and daffodils. Make the most of the remaining<br />

warmth while you can!<br />



Preparing the greenhouse for<br />

autumn and winter<br />

Before you begin moving plants to safety for the<br />

colder months it pays to give your greenhouse<br />

a thorough clean. You really need a good day<br />

for the task, ideally in dry, calm weather. If you<br />

have any delicate plants inside then make sure<br />

you remove them to a sheltered area while the<br />

job is in hand. I tend to brush, or sometimes<br />

vacuum, to remove all the debris. Next up you<br />

need to have a go at cleaning the structural parts<br />

with disinfectant or detergent (hot solutions are<br />

often best but consult manufacturers’ directions<br />

for use). You could use garden disinfectants or a<br />

specialist greenhouse cleaner. Make sure you wash<br />

the glazing material inside and out as well, but for<br />

plastic materials, test on a small inconspicuous<br />

area first to be sure the cleaning material does<br />

not damage the surface. If you have used shade<br />

paint through the summer, then that needs to be<br />

scrubbed off too. It can be difficult to ease out<br />

dirt trapped between the panes but try using a<br />

flexible scraper such as a plastic plant label to get<br />

in the grooves. Check the space for broken parts<br />

such as vent controllers and draught excluders as<br />

well.<br />

If you propagate your own plants, then pay special<br />

attention to those areas and the equipment you<br />

use as young plants are especially vulnerable to<br />

diseases. Once complete you can restock the<br />

greenhouse for the oncoming colder months. I<br />

mostly use mine for storage of plants that don’t<br />

like the cold, as mine is heated too.<br />

Read more of Geoff’s garden at<br />

www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk<br />

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Chailey Windmill<br />

Bognor Regis Pier<br />

Marine Court, Hastings<br />

Chichester Cathedral<br />

Sussex in Pictures<br />

Sussex is a county of many dimensions and personalities.<br />

Here are just some of the highlights of the last year at Sussex <strong>Ex</strong>clusive.<br />

We love to feature the best of your photos too,<br />

so please feel free to send them to us.<br />


Brighton North Laine<br />

Cowdray Ruins, Midhurst<br />

The Towner Eastbourne<br />

Knepp Estate<br />

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill<br />

Arundel Castle<br />

Martello Tower, Eastbourne<br />

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Horsham Speakers Club<br />

Does public speaking bring you out in a<br />

cold sweat? Perhaps working from home<br />

has knocked your confidence?<br />

Do you know you need to improve, but<br />

you’re not sure where to start?<br />

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of the Association of Speakers Clubs and offers<br />

a relaxed, friendly and supportive place for you<br />

to come and improve your public speaking skills.<br />

• Our diverse membership includes speakers<br />

of all abilities.<br />

• We have a structured education programme,<br />

and you learn at entirely your own pace.<br />

• The Club meets twice a month. Your first<br />

meeting is free, and you don’t have to say<br />

a word if you don’t want to.<br />

• Guests are always welcome.<br />

Why not join us for a meeting and see what<br />

we do. Contact us for more details and to<br />

arrange a visit!<br />

www.horshamspeakers.org.uk<br />

horshamspeakers@gmail.com<br />


Stunning Sussex Walks<br />

Top<br />

Ashdown Forest<br />

Bottom<br />

Angmering Estate<br />

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The weather may be turning cold and even a<br />

little soggy, but nothing beats a hearty walk,<br />

followed by a quick pint or pit stop. So check<br />

out these five stunning walks from across the<br />

county and enjoy our wonderful<br />

Sussex countryside.<br />

Angmering Park and Estate,<br />

West Sussex<br />

The Angmering Park Estate is a 6,750-acre<br />

private estate set in the heart of the South Downs<br />

National Park, near Arundel. It forms the eastern<br />

half of the original Norfolk Estate and its origins<br />

go back to the Norman Conquest.<br />

Parking and routes<br />

There are lots of different woodland trails here<br />

making it perfect for an autumn walk. Park at<br />

Dover Lane, just off the A27 in between Arundel<br />

and Clapham and take your pick between short<br />

and long routes. You need Ordnance Survey<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>plorer 121 or join a group such as Nordic<br />

walking group, WALX Coast and Country.<br />

...you can walk<br />

north up the<br />

old Roman<br />

Road and<br />

Wealdway<br />

into Winne<br />

the Pooh’s<br />

Five Hundred<br />

Acre Wood<br />

Where to eat<br />

The Worlds End<br />

Built in the 18 th century as a coaching inn on the<br />

old Arundel Road at (Patching), The Worlds End<br />

pub is dog friendly and has a large garden and<br />

children’s play area, as well as roaring log fires,<br />

flagstone floors and oak beams.<br />

Ashdown Forest and Winnie the<br />

Pooh, East Sussex<br />

Ashdown Forest is an ancient area of open<br />

heathland and the highest point of the High<br />

Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,<br />

meaning it has great views of the North and South<br />

Downs. It covers 6,100 acres and is the largest area<br />

with open public access in south east England.<br />

You need Ordnance Survey <strong>Ex</strong>plorer 135.<br />

Parking and routes<br />

Ashdown Forest has lots of car parks but beware<br />

as paid parking is now being introduced in some<br />

of these. There’s lots to see on Ashdown Forest,<br />

including the Nutley windmill and the Airman’s<br />


Tops<br />

Rye Nature Reserve<br />

Bottom<br />

Camber Castle<br />

Grave but for a good central location, head north<br />

from Maresfield on the B2026. Where the road<br />

forks, take the left turn and park in any of these<br />

car parks.<br />

From here, you can walk north up the old Roman<br />

Road and Wealdway into Winne the Pooh’s Five<br />

Hundred Acre Wood. And from here, you could<br />

keep going north to Withyham where there is an<br />

excellent pub, the Dorset Arms. It’s roughly a 7<br />

km walk there.<br />

Alternatively, from the car park, take the Vanguard<br />

Way (north west) to Pooh Sticks Bridge. This is<br />

only a 2 km walk and you can walk back to the<br />

car via a different route.<br />

Where to eat<br />

The Hatch Inn<br />

The Hatch Inn at Coleman’s Hatch has won a<br />

number of accolades and is described as one of<br />

“the” places to eat on Ashdown Forest. The building<br />

dates back to the 15 th century and has tales of<br />

smugglers. It is dog friendly too although parking<br />

can be a squeeze so you might want to walk there.<br />

Rye Nature Reserve and<br />

Camber Castle<br />

Rye Nature Reserve always has a slightly desolate<br />

charm. Apart from the abundance of wildlife, this<br />

walk takes you past the visitor centre, the iconic<br />

fisherman’s hut, a Martello tower and Camber<br />

Castle. The total distance is just over 9 km and<br />

you need Ordnance Survey <strong>Ex</strong>plorer 125.<br />

Upwaltham and Waltham Down<br />

Drive south from Petworth on the A285 and when<br />

you reach Upwaltham (you’ll see the pretty and<br />

remote church on your right) bear right to East<br />

Dean. You need Ordnance Survey <strong>Ex</strong>plorer 121.<br />

Rye Nature<br />

Reserve<br />

always has<br />

a slightly<br />

desolate<br />

charm.<br />

Parking and route<br />

There is a large car park as you arrive in Rye<br />

Harbour, right next to the Martello Tower<br />

(number 28). The Rye Harbour Nature Reserve<br />

has a network of footpaths but start by walking<br />

towards the visitor centre and on towards the sea.<br />

Turn right when you reach the coastline (west)<br />

and head towards Winchelsea. After about 4 km<br />

you turn right again towards Nook Beach and<br />

then wind your way to the Castle Water Nature<br />

Reserve and Camber Castle built by Henry VIII.<br />

From there, you can walk back to Harbour Road<br />

and the car park.<br />

Where to eat<br />

William the Conqueror<br />

William the Conqueror (the pub, not the<br />

invader) is in Rye Harbour and is dog and<br />

child friendly.<br />

Parking and routes<br />

There is a car park at Droke about 2 km after you<br />

turned right. Take the bridlepath north from here<br />

and skirt Waltham Down and Heath Hanger.<br />

After about 2 km fork right and keep going until<br />

you join the South Downs Way when you turn<br />

left. For an 8.5 km walk take the next turn left<br />

which will lead you back to the start but if you<br />

want to ramble further just keep going. There<br />

are some beautiful longer routes including a nice<br />

16.5 km walk via Forest Hanger.<br />

Where to eat<br />

The Three Moles<br />

In nearby Selham, you’ll find the Three Moles<br />

which isn’t just dog friendly, if they have time,<br />

they even do a free doggy roast! Or head back to<br />

The Cricketers at Duncton which is also<br />

dog friendly.<br />

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The Long Man at Wilmington<br />

and the White Horse at<br />

Litlington<br />

This fabulous 18 km takes in two giant chalk<br />

figures of the South Downs, the Cuckmere<br />

River and the South Downs Way. You will need<br />

Ordnance Survey <strong>Ex</strong>plorer 25.<br />

Parking and routes<br />

Turn off the A27 in between Berwick and<br />

Polegate at Wilmington and park in the car park<br />

at Wilmington Priory. You’ll see the Long Man<br />

of Wilmington (a 72-metre-tall chalk figure cut<br />

into the hill) ahead of you, and the footbath leads<br />

to his feet and then round the side of him, with a<br />

steep climb up Windover Hill.<br />

You join the South Downs Way for a very short<br />

time before you peel off to your right along the<br />

edge of the steep slopes of Deep Dean. When<br />

you come to a right turn, take it to Litlington<br />

village where after a short distance (left) you pick<br />

up the South Downs Way which will take you<br />

past Charleston Manor and all the way to <strong>Ex</strong>ceat<br />

Bridge and Cuckmere Haven.<br />

Pick up the riverside path at the bridge and<br />

follow it north. You’ll pass another chalk figure,<br />

this time a horse, high up above you as you<br />

meander your way back to Alfriston (a good place<br />

for a stop). Alternatively, rather than cross into<br />

Alfriston, turn right at Plonk Barn, and follow<br />

the path until you reach a little lane which will<br />

take you back to the start.<br />

You don’t have to walk this far and there are<br />

plenty of short walks as alternatives.<br />

Where to eat<br />

The Eight Bells<br />

A short drive away, you’ll find The Eight Bells<br />

in Jevington. Jevington is another Sussex village<br />

with a rich smuggling past. The Eight Bells has<br />

a stellar reputation, great views and a locally<br />

sourced menu.<br />

We’d love to know how you get on with our<br />

walks, so please feel free to share your photos and<br />

experiences on our Facebook page.<br />

Clockwises<br />

Upwaltham church<br />

Rye-Harbour<br />

Deep Dean<br />

Wilmington Walk<br />

Upwaltham pub<br />


Our Sussex Quiz<br />

How Sussex are you? Adam Jacot de Boinod tests your Sussex general<br />

knowledge with these questions<br />

1 On which date is Sussex Day?<br />

2 Which recent Prime Minister was born in<br />

Eastbourne?<br />

3 What is the county flower of Sussex?<br />

4 01243 is the area dialling code for which<br />

Sussex town?<br />

5 Which former glamour model grew up in<br />

Brighton before becoming a TV personality?<br />

6 With which Sussex town do you associate the<br />

year 1066?<br />

7 Which house has many works by JMW<br />

Turner?<br />

And finally, how good is your Sussex<br />

Dialect?<br />

Can you guess the correct definition of the<br />

following word from our Sussex dialect from<br />

the following three options for:<br />

yoyster<br />

A<br />

B<br />

C<br />

a youth between boyhood and manhood<br />

a crooked horse breeder<br />

to play about roughly and noisily<br />

8 In which stadium do Brighton and Hove<br />

Albion play?<br />

9 For what food is Chiddingly known?<br />

10 Which independent school has a uniform that<br />

involves yellow socks?<br />

Adam Jacot de Boinod was a researcher for<br />

the first BBC series QI, compered by Stephen<br />

Fry, and is an author of three books including<br />

‘The Meaning of Tingo’.<br />

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Super Stylish<br />

Winter Trends<br />

Nail your winter wardrobe with tips from our<br />

favourite fashionista, Donna Camera<br />

Winter trends can be<br />

summed up in one word this<br />

year, 'nostalgia'. Think print,<br />

think sequins, think 70s<br />

and 80s shapes and styles.<br />

If you are unsure on your<br />

style, please do contact<br />

me for a personal styling<br />

appointment.<br />

Sequins<br />

It's strictly season. Make time to sparkle<br />

this Christmas in sequins. Sequin trousers<br />

will elevate your Christmas look.<br />

Claudia Sequin trousers £49.90<br />

Bcfaye Sparkle tops £40<br />

Suiting<br />

Arguably the biggest trend of the<br />

season. Wear your suit in velvet and<br />

you will be streets ahead. Available in<br />

several colours.<br />

Evie Velvet jacket £89.90<br />

Evie Velvet Trousers £49.90<br />


Print<br />

Feel nostalgic in<br />

bold 70s print.<br />

Our beautiful<br />

Yana dress will<br />

make heads<br />

turn at your<br />

Christmas party.<br />

Onjenu Yana<br />

Dress £120.00<br />

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Neon Pink<br />

Valentino's entire catwalk show was in<br />

Neon Pink. It's so hot right now. If you<br />

are not brave enough to wear head to<br />

toe, just add a cosy pink knit.<br />

Bccasey Wool Cardis £80.00<br />

Accessories<br />

If you want to bring a little bit of<br />

colour and warmth to your Christmas<br />

wardrobe, add a scarf. Silky fabrics in<br />

jewel colours will add a festive feel.<br />

Silky Square Scarves £20<br />

And finally<br />

A must have gift for<br />

any fashionista, a<br />

beautiful natural wax<br />

scented candle in a reusable<br />

fine bone china<br />

container, gilded with<br />

22 Carat gold and gift<br />

wrapped in silk.<br />

Laura Dickinson Mini<br />

Muse candles £32<br />

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Donna<br />

Or for a bit more sparkle with a<br />

sparkle hat…<br />


The Best Sussex<br />

Christmas<br />

<strong>Ex</strong>periences<br />

Ease into the spirit of Christmas with our selection of slightly different but<br />

sublimely festive experiences<br />

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Award Winning Mediaeval<br />

Baebes’ Folklore Christmas<br />

Weaving their story-telling magic and exalting the<br />

traditional spirit of Christmas with hauntingly<br />

joyous music, the Mediaeval Baebes will be<br />

performing at St Mary’s Church in Horsham<br />

on the 20th of December as part of their<br />

MydWynter Tour.<br />

Evoking thoughts of the winter festival and its<br />

pre-Christian origins, the Mediaeval Baebes will<br />

be performing Christmas carol classics, traditional<br />

folksongs and showcasing arrangements from<br />

their new MydWynter album. Accompanied by a<br />

dazzling array of exotic and period instruments,<br />

this unique take on early music, traditional<br />

culture and the magic of folklore brings a unique<br />

opportunity to be uplifted and enchanted in the<br />

stunning and graceful medieval church.<br />

Tickets are now available from<br />

www.mediaevalbaebes.com<br />

Christmas Wreath Making<br />

Workshop & Festive Cream Tea<br />

with Prosecco<br />

Escape the yuletide mayhem, relax and get<br />

creative at The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst, West<br />

Sussex. Local florist, Sam Green from The Crazy<br />

Daisy Company will be back at The Bakehouse<br />

offering her fabulous wreath making sessions.<br />

Wreath making finishes with Festive Cream Tea (a<br />

choice of apple & cinnamon, cranberry or plain<br />

scones with homemade jam & clotted cream)<br />

with a glass of prosecco/sparkling elderflower/tea<br />

& coffee. The Artisan Bakehouse also offer special<br />

Saturday Brunch events to create a larger Luxury<br />

Wreath. A great start to the festive season making<br />

your own wreath and enjoying scrumptious food<br />

and festive cheer in their idyllic country setting!<br />

Full details can be found here:<br />

www.theartisanbakehouse.com<br />

Celebrate the Winter Solstice<br />

To herald the change of seasons, The Wellderness<br />

are hosting a unique Winter Solstice celebration.<br />

On 21st of December, at Furzefield Campsite<br />

in Angmering there will be two ceremonies to<br />

mark the sun’s rebirth. Led by Alex Childs and<br />

Mel Maelo, there will be a family event in the<br />

early evening, followed later by an adult-only<br />

celebration.<br />

Gather around Grandfather Fire, and welcome<br />

Mother Earth, Father Sun and Grandmother<br />

Moon to the occasion. This swift ritual to mark<br />

the start of the longest night will be followed by<br />

a Poi Passion fire show, before the young ones go<br />

home at 6 pm.<br />

For more information or to book visit: Eventbrite<br />

www.solstice-celebration<br />

Glo Wild<br />

An enchanting winter lantern trail, at Wakehurst,<br />

Ardingly, West Sussex. This year, Wakehurst<br />

celebrates the incredible colour spectrum of the<br />

natural world with 11 bespoke installations and<br />

over 1,000 paper lanterns handmade by local<br />

volunteers. Enjoy mulled wine or hot chocolate<br />

with a mince pie on arrival and toast a delicious<br />

marshmallow over crackling fire pits next to the<br />

UK’s tallest living Christmas tree to round off<br />

your festive experience. Early booking is essential.<br />

www.kew.org/wakehurst<br />

Carols by Candlelight in a<br />

13th Century Chapel<br />

Mark the start of the festive season with a<br />

glorious “Carols by Candlelight” performance in<br />

13th century chapel at Bailiffscourt, Climping,<br />

West Sussex. The acoustics of this beautiful<br />

building, filled with candles and sparkle, bring a<br />

whole new dimension to the talent and beautiful<br />

voices of The Agnes Collective who have sung<br />

in some of Britain’s top venues including the<br />

Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House and<br />

Glyndebourne.<br />

Create your own family festive tradition<br />

and choose from three performance dates in<br />

December to get in the mood for Christmas with<br />

a fine festive lunch, indulgent afternoon tea, or<br />

make an evening of it with a delicious dinner.<br />

www.hshotels.co.uk<br />


Why rural land diversifi<br />

and what are the tax imp<br />

Rural land diversification has always been important to land owners and farmers, who are partic<br />

Generating additional sources of<br />

income can be essential to secure<br />

the financial future of a farm or<br />

landed estate. There is a worry<br />

however that such diversification<br />

can risk the inheritance tax (“IHT”) relief on offer,<br />

particularly Agricultural Property Relief (“APR”),<br />

and Business Property Relief (“BPR”).<br />

Inheritance Tax<br />

IHT is broadly payable at 40% on the value of<br />

a person’s net assets at death. Up to the first £1<br />

million of net assets is taxed at nil% representing<br />

the nil rate bands (“NRBs”) which may be<br />

available to partners, whether married or in a<br />

civil partnership. In addition to the NRBs, APR<br />

and BPR can extend the £1 million of wealth<br />

taxed at nil% to a much greater amount.<br />

Agricultural Property Relief<br />

APR is available only on the agricultural value of<br />

property, namely the price it would fetch if it were<br />

sold subject to a perpetual covenant confining its<br />

use to agriculture. APR may be at 50% or 100%,<br />

depending on whether the property is farmed in<br />

hand or the nature of any tenancies in place.<br />

In short, however, a farm comprising a land<br />

holding used for agriculture with a farmhouse of<br />

character appropriate to the land holding, together<br />

with farm buildings including appropriate cottages<br />

for farm workers, will qualify for APR. It is larger<br />

more complex land holdings where APR may be<br />

in question.<br />

Business Property Relief<br />

BPR applies to the open market value of relevant<br />

business property, in contrast to APR. BPR<br />

can therefore cover the difference between the<br />

agricultural value and the open market value<br />

where a farm is run in-hand. BPR is available at<br />

either 50% or 100% depending on the nature and<br />

ownership of the business property.<br />

Diversification options<br />

1. Vineyards and wineries<br />

HM Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) have<br />

confirmed APR has been extended to include<br />

vineyards and wineries. Given the success of<br />

the English wine industry, it is pleasing that the<br />

tax code has caught up with the real world.<br />

The guidance from HMRC confirms<br />

horticulture includes “cultivation to produce<br />

food for human and animal consumption”<br />

with the clarification “food” in this context<br />

would include, for example, grapes grown to<br />

produce wine and apples grown to produce<br />

cider”.<br />

This is important as firstly the land on which<br />

vines have been planted will be classified as<br />

being in agricultural production and secondly<br />

as the buildings and houses associated with the<br />

vineyard may similarly qualify for APR.<br />

2. Holiday accommodation including<br />

glamping<br />

Holiday accommodation will ordinarily be<br />

treated as a rental business and any relief from<br />

IHT will be lost. The position can be different<br />

if, as the owner of the accommodation, you<br />

provide sufficient services to your customers<br />

to be classified as a trading business which<br />

qualifies for BPR.<br />

Increasingly popular as a form of holiday<br />

accommodation is glamping. Likewise,<br />

if sufficient services are provided to your<br />

customers, there will be a trading business<br />

which qualifies for BPR. It should be<br />

appreciated that the bar is set high in<br />

determining if the level of services provided is<br />

sufficient to convert property from being an<br />

investment property to a trading property.<br />

Holiday accommodation businesses can<br />

qualify as a Furnished Holiday Let (“FHL”)<br />

if certain conditions are met, predominantly<br />

day counts for availability, actual lettings and<br />

commerciality conditions. Where met, a FHL<br />

can qualify for BPR in its own right and other<br />

tax reliefs.<br />

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cation is important<br />

lications<br />

ularly adept at changing with the times.<br />

3. Renewable energy projects<br />

Renewable energy projects can include solar<br />

and wind power generation and associated with<br />

these are battery arrays to store the electricity<br />

generated. The financial return can vary from<br />

becoming self-sufficient for your own energy<br />

needs to securing a significant income source<br />

to support the farm or estate.<br />

There is a distinction to be made. On the<br />

one hand, where you own the renewable<br />

installation on your own land, or you could<br />

own energy generating equipment as a part of<br />

your farming business, these should also qualify<br />

for BPR. On the other, renting your land for<br />

someone else’s power generating equipment to<br />

be installed, would not qualify for BPR.<br />

4. Environmental schemes<br />

Environmental schemes are on the increase<br />

but the question to be considered is whether<br />

the land is still in agricultural production.<br />

If not, then APR will be lost. There is also<br />

a risk of BPR being lost too, depending<br />

on the detail of each scheme. Given the<br />

early stage of these schemes, there is little<br />

official guidance from HMRC. These<br />

inherent uncertainties will make it difficult<br />

to determine the IHT treatment of your<br />

farm or estate and each case will need to be<br />

considered on its individual merits.<br />

5. Shoots<br />

The presence of a shoot on your farm or estate<br />

is likely to have a long historical association.<br />

It can vary from a thoroughly commercial<br />

operation to one of the perquisites of<br />

a significant landowner engaging in<br />

conservation with conviviality. Commercially<br />

run shoots should qualify for BPR but<br />

care will need to be given to ensuring<br />

“private days” do not take away from their<br />

commerciality, and to making sure the land<br />

remains in agricultural production.<br />

6. Woodlands<br />

Running your woodlands on a commercial<br />

basis with a view to a profit will result in them<br />

qualifying for BPR. If your woodlands are<br />

incidental to the farmland, and they perform<br />

a shelter belt function, those woodlands will<br />

qualify for APR. Should the associated land<br />

be withdrawn from agricultural use, then the<br />

APR will be lost.<br />

Bring it all together – can you<br />

“Brander” your estate?<br />

In an interesting legal judgement named after<br />

the executor, in a case involving the late Earl of<br />

Balfour, it is possible BPR may apply to an estate<br />

as a whole, rather than just to individual assets.<br />

Consideration was given to whether more than<br />

50% of the estate’s activity overall was trading by<br />

reference to turnover, profit, capital value of assets,<br />

and time spent working. The conclusion reached<br />

was that more than 50% of the estate’s activity<br />

was trading and consequently 100% BPR was<br />

available on the whole estate.<br />

This of course is a remarkably good outcome and<br />

is one of the reasons why many estates carry out<br />

“Balfour” type assessments each year to confirm<br />

the estate would qualify for BPR.<br />

Conclusion<br />

Diversification will always be an important<br />

consideration for rural land owners and with<br />

the right planning and circumstances need<br />

not result in you losing either APR or BPR for<br />

IHT purposes. With that tax relief secured, the<br />

additional income from a diversification project<br />

can greatly help with income generation and<br />

securing the future of your farm or estate.<br />

If you would like to discuss rural land<br />

diversification for your farm or estate, please get<br />

in touch.<br />

Stuart Ritchie is a<br />

chartered accountant<br />

and chartered tax<br />

adviser with over<br />

30 years experience. He<br />

is a tax partner with<br />

Ritchie Phillips LLP<br />

based in Horsham and<br />

can be contacted on<br />

020 3195 1300 or<br />

at stuart.ritchie@<br />

ritchiephillips.co.uk.<br />

He has direct experience<br />

of securing APR and<br />

BPR relief for IHT<br />

purposes for agricultural<br />

businesses as they pass<br />

between generations.<br />


A School Like No O<br />

Christ’s Hospital wins two significant awards for its<br />

contribution to social mobility<br />

Christ’s Hospital has been proving<br />

it’s a school like no other since<br />

1552. Now it has two new<br />

prestigious awards that recognise the<br />

outstanding contribution the school<br />

makes to social mobility.<br />

Christ’s Hospitals core goal<br />

Christ’s Hospital was founded in the 16th<br />

century as one of the famous Royal Hospitals<br />

of London. From those early beginnings the<br />

school has always welcomed children of all social<br />

backgrounds and ages.<br />

Today, Christ’s Hospital is the UK’s leading<br />

charitable school and largest bursary charity.<br />

Christ’s Hospitals commitment to its core goal<br />

of social responsibility and mobility remains<br />

steadfast. It provides free or substantially reduced<br />

cost places to over 630 of its 900 pupils each year,<br />

delivering first-class education and exceptional<br />

pastoral support, ensuring each pupil has the<br />

opportunity to thrive and fulfil their potential.<br />

98% of pupils go on to university.<br />

Making a difference to the<br />

community<br />

The school also has an ongoing and extensive<br />

outreach programme and proactively aims to<br />

make a difference in the local community as<br />

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well as further afield. The Community Action<br />

programme was started in 1987 and involves<br />

over 200 pupils each week reaching out to the<br />

local community.<br />

ther<br />

Today, Christ’s<br />

Hospital is the<br />

UK’s leading<br />

charitable<br />

school and<br />

largest bursary<br />

charity. Christ’s<br />

Hospitals<br />

commitment<br />

to its core<br />

goal of social<br />

responsibility<br />

and mobility<br />

remains<br />

steadfast.<br />

National recognition for the<br />

school’s achievements<br />

Now the school’s commitment to social<br />

responsibility and mobility has been recognised<br />

by two important national awards.<br />

The Independent Schools of the<br />

Year Awards <strong>2022</strong><br />

The Independent Schools of the Year Awards<br />

<strong>2022</strong> celebrate all that students, staff and wider<br />

school communities have achieved during the<br />

2021-22 academic year.<br />

Judges’ Special Award (for<br />

Contribution to Social Mobility)<br />

At the awards ceremony in October, Christ’s<br />

Hospital was presented with the Judges’ Special<br />

Award (for Contribution to Social Mobility).<br />

Presenting the award, Dr Helen Wright<br />

(judge, former President of the Girls’ Schools<br />

Association and Vice-Chair of ISC) referenced<br />

Christ’s Hospital’s, “seriously impressive bursary<br />

programme” and described the school has having<br />

“social mobility in its very DNA.”.<br />

The Judges’ Special Award (for Contribution<br />

to Social Mobility) is awarded to the school<br />

which most impressed the judges by the way<br />

in which it has made an inspirational and<br />

decisive contribution to upward social mobility<br />

within its community in the past year as well as<br />

demonstrating a philosophical recognition of the<br />

importance of social mobility to young people.<br />

The UK Social Mobility<br />

Awards <strong>2022</strong><br />

The national UK Social Mobility Awards are a<br />

unique set of awards that have been specifically<br />

established to recognise and encourage action<br />

that will promote and increase social mobility<br />

within Britain’s companies and institutions.<br />

More specifically, these awards recognise<br />

and celebrate innovation, excellence and<br />

achievements that help elevate social mobility as<br />

a cause equal to the level of other diversity issues.<br />

This year the awards had received the highest<br />

number of entries since they were launched in<br />

2017 from across a vast variety of industries.<br />

Highly Commended Gold Award<br />

for School / College of the Year<br />

The UK Social Mobility Awards were presented<br />

at an Awards Fundraising Gala held at The Royal<br />

Lancaster London Hotel on Thursday 13th<br />

October, with Christ’s Hospital being given the<br />

Gold Award as the Highly Commended School /<br />

College of the Year.<br />

On announcing this recognition, Tunde Banjoko<br />

OBE, Founder of The UK Social Mobility<br />

Awards, added:<br />

“The number and quality of entries we received<br />

for this year’s awards is an indication of the<br />

increasing significance of social mobility to UK<br />

business. I would like to congratulate Christ’s<br />

Hospital for achieving a Gold Award in the<br />

‘School/College of the Year’ category and for the<br />

inspiring work they are doing to further this<br />

important movement.”<br />

Christ’s Hospital is delighted to receive these<br />

two significant awards, recognising the ongoing<br />

work of everyone at the school and the school’s<br />

many achievements. Simon Reid, Head Teacher<br />

explained the school’s ongoing determination<br />

and commitment to social mobility.<br />

“Christ›s Hospital school is honoured to be a<br />

winner amongst so many organisations that are<br />

making such a difference to social mobility in<br />

the UK. As the UK›s leading charitable school,<br />

we have a deep commitment to driving social<br />

mobility through first class education and care<br />

for students from less advantaged backgrounds.<br />

We are determined to enhance our impact and<br />

are keen to work with employers and other<br />

organisations to support more young people and<br />

their families.”<br />

If you’d like to know more about Christ’s<br />

Hospital and the unique opportunities it can<br />

provide, visit: www.christs-hospital.org.uk<br />


The Chequers Inn at Row<br />

Outstanding Cuisine and<br />

a Warm Welcome at<br />

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Warm up in front of the fire in a cosy bar<br />

after a woodland walk and enjoy superb<br />

local cuisine and Sussex hospitality.<br />

A unique Sussex pub<br />

Set on the edge of the historic Roman Woods,<br />

in the tiny village of Rowhook, you’ll find The<br />

Chequers in a beautiful 15th century building,<br />

with front and rear terraces, a bar and two dining<br />

areas, making it perfect for a lingering lunch after<br />

a long walk, or a special evening meal.<br />

An exceptional chef<br />

Chef and founder Tim Neal has worked at the<br />

likes of South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding<br />

where he was head chef and earned the Camellia<br />

restaurant three AA Rosettes. The Chequers is<br />

recommended by the AA, Michelin and Master<br />

Chefs of Great Britain guides.<br />

Tim is passionate about creating exceptional<br />

food in a relaxed setting, using local, seasonal<br />

and foraged ingredients wherever possible. His<br />

menu includes memories of France, sophisticated<br />

flavours, elegance and a dash of comfort. Nothing<br />

says autumn more than Tim’s sausages of the<br />

day served on mashed potatoes with caramelised<br />

onion gravy.<br />

They also offer a selection of fantastic wines<br />

including a number of Sussex wines and a diverse<br />

range of local ales.<br />

A must visit foodie destination<br />

With dishes like Kerala curry king prawns, risotto<br />

of wild mushrooms with parmesan and white<br />

truffle oil, crispy confit duck on mashed potatoes,<br />

and chargrilled bavette steak with chimichurri<br />

sauce, The Chequers is a must try destination for<br />

the foodie.<br />

Dog friendly<br />

Dogs are welcome and there are dog treats on the<br />

bar, and water on request.<br />

hook<br />

Call now to book or to find out more:<br />

The Chequers Inn<br />

Rowhook Road, Horsham RH12 3PY<br />

thechequersrowhook.com<br />

01403 790480<br />


“ T ake a Mouse<br />

and Bake It”<br />

Local historian Peter Benner shares Sussex remedies and cures of by gone days<br />

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I<br />

have written before about the “Good<br />

Things of Sussex” and the less than good<br />

diets which sustained our forebears. For<br />

the poor, when they could get it, it was<br />

root vegetables, coarse bread, fat pork and<br />

cheese. For the rich, it was more meat and much<br />

more drink - claret, sack (a fortified wine), port<br />

and all in large quantities.<br />

This had inevitable consequences. For the poor,<br />

being rickets and scurvy, for the rich being gout<br />

and digestive ills. So what did they do about it?<br />

As with everywhere else, medicinal treatment<br />

was a long time coming to Sussex. True, our<br />

saints, particularly Richard, Leonard and<br />

Cuthman had a handy turn at curing ills, when<br />

they weren’t ridding us of snakes, dragons and<br />

straying sheep. And then we boasted “Merry<br />

Andrew Borde of Pevensey” who became<br />

physician to Henry VIII, though not probably<br />

doing much prescribing locally.<br />

But every community had its own “wise<br />

person”, usually female, whose treatment<br />

probably had more in common with the<br />

colonial witch doctor than your modern GP.<br />

At all levels, the remedies for ills were basic,<br />

if not drastic – such as purging and bleeding.<br />

But not perhaps as potentially drastic as quite<br />

a recent remedy from Lindfield for boils<br />

which starts, “Take a ripe fig and stuff it with<br />

gun powder…”!<br />

Here in Sussex, our wise women and<br />

housewives did develop their own version<br />

of homeopathic medicine. There is a lovely<br />

picture in Sport and Nature in Sussex Downs<br />

by FE Wood (a historian of Ditchling) of the<br />

wandering Apothecary – Ann, an “old cottage<br />

wife” going about to get her “medsuns” –<br />

Meadow Crowfoot for rheums, Agrimony for<br />

the liver, Tansy for the fevers and Fumitory for<br />

sore eyes which she collected with much more<br />

in her apron to distil and brew at home.<br />

Not all the remedies found in Old Sussex were<br />

as wholesome or appealing. William Cobbett<br />

in his 19th century Rural Rides recommended<br />

a soaking in the rain of the South Downs as a<br />

cure for whooping cough (though to be fair,<br />

he had just been on the Hampshire Downs so<br />

perhaps their rain is different).<br />

Other remedies recorded at various times were<br />

mice – eaten live or baked to dust to be taken<br />

in a posset. Also spiders, wrapped in their webs<br />

and swallowed whole (and the webs were a<br />

sure-fire remedy for cuts and abrasions), and<br />

the oil of snake. Perhaps we in Sussex invented<br />

the pejorative term “snake-oil salesman” for<br />

a mountebank of the sort often found at our<br />

Sussex fairs.<br />

Many of these remedies would be taken in<br />

a solution of strong ale or spirits: there was<br />

nothing more likely to gladden the hearts of<br />

Sussex folk of whatever station in life than a stiff<br />

dose of gin (Hollands or Geneva) or brandy,<br />

that had managed to reach our shores courtesy<br />

of the “gentlemen” without paying any customs<br />

duty. In fact, John Wesley feared that he could<br />

not cure the people of Rye of that “accursed<br />

thing smuggling” – which goes to show that the<br />

remedy is often as drastic as the complaint it<br />

seeks to cure.<br />

Thomas Turner, the 18th century diarist from<br />

East Hoathly was always trying to find a remedy<br />

for excess – he resolved never to have more than<br />

four glasses of strong ale or eight at a session of<br />

punch or wine. Although it is reported that such<br />

abstinence still left him prone to the “falling<br />

down” sickness.<br />

And moderation was of course comparative. At<br />

least with Richard Stapley, the diarist of 17th<br />

century Albourne who started his recipe for<br />

porridge with “of soup of legs of beef take twelve<br />

quarts” which was not good for the as yet uninvented<br />

vegan abstinence, or for the legs of beef.<br />

It just goes to show, you can’t always believe what<br />

it says on the tin.<br />


Spotlight<br />

Discover this historic town brimming with<br />

personality, antiques, great grub and fine wine<br />

on<br />

Petworth<br />

With narrow and cobbled<br />

streets lined with beautiful<br />

architecture, Petworth is<br />

overlooked by the imposing<br />

figure of Petworth House<br />

and the magnificent and ever regal South Downs.<br />

Not far from Chichester and Midhurst, it makes<br />

a great stop-off point for the Sussex explorer<br />

or the perfect destination for a mini break.<br />

And whether you want to indulge in a Sussex<br />

gourmand experience or soak up some fine art<br />

and a few great walks, this little town is packed to<br />

the rafters with great things to do.<br />

A little bit of Petworth history<br />

Petworth dates back to at least the Domesday<br />

Book with mention of St. Mary’s church and a<br />

mill at that time. There is evidence of a manor<br />

house on the site of the current Petworth House<br />

as long ago as the 14th century (the chapel at<br />

Petworth House dates back to that period) but it<br />

was the 17th and 18th centuries when the town<br />

really began to take shape.<br />

Petworth holds a relatively strategic position.<br />

There was a turnpike road from the mid-18th<br />

century from London to Petworth and then<br />

on to Chichester (diverted in 1800 to cross the<br />

River Rother at Coultershaw). For a short time,<br />

Coultershaw was also on a section of the Rother<br />

Navigation (constructed between 1791 and 1794<br />

but closed in 1888) and of course, in 1859, the<br />

railway arrived.<br />

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Petworth House was first rebuilt in grand style<br />

in 1688 and within 50 years, Capability Brown<br />

had been commissioned to design Petworth<br />

Park. During the late 18th century, Burton<br />

Mill was built, a Beam Pump was built at<br />

Coultershaw to provide water for Petworth<br />

House and the town, a gaol was opened, and<br />

Leconfield Hall was built in the town square.<br />

Lombard Street<br />

Petworth<br />

holds the<br />

oldest street<br />

fair in the<br />

south of<br />

England. It<br />

takes place<br />

in front of<br />

Leconfield<br />

Hall and<br />

is held on<br />

or around<br />

the 20th<br />

November,<br />

the Feast of<br />

St Edmund<br />

the King.<br />

What to see and do<br />

Petworth House and Park<br />

Any visit to Petworth really has to include<br />

Petworth House (now managed by the National<br />

Trust). Inspired by the Baroque palaces of<br />

Europe, the magnificent house is home to a<br />

prestigious art collection including many works<br />

by Turner, Gainsborough, Blake and Van Dyck.<br />

A visit includes the state rooms as well as the<br />

servants’ quarters, and historic kitchens.<br />

When you have finished in the house, enjoy a<br />

walk in the 700 acres of deer park, where you<br />

are you almost certain to see a number of deer<br />

and enjoy great views across the lake and back<br />

at the house. You can also explore the Pleasure<br />

Garden and discover the Rotunda, the Doris<br />

Temple, ancient trees, the Boat House, and the<br />

Dog of Alcibiades in the lake.<br />

Petworth Museum<br />

Petworth has its own small but perfectly formed<br />

cottage museum open from April to October.<br />

It's the home of a former Leconfield estate-<br />

worker, Mrs Cummings, a seamstress at Petworth<br />

House. It's furnished as it would have been in<br />

1910 and is just up the road from The Hungry<br />

Guest.<br />

Art and antiques<br />

Petworth is well known for its many antique<br />

shops and art galleries and a good rummage<br />

around Petworth Antique Market is a fine way to<br />

spend a few hours. There are some 43 dealers at<br />

Museum<br />


the Antique Market and a fantastic collection of<br />

everything from antique walking sticks, silver and<br />

glass, to books, lace and linens.<br />

Fêtes, festivals and fairs<br />

Petworth holds the oldest street fair in the south<br />

of England. It takes place in front of Leconfield<br />

Hall and is held on or around the 20th<br />

November, the Feast of St Edmund the King.<br />

It allegedly dates back to 1189. For summer<br />

frolics, Petworth Festival is a music and arts<br />

extravaganza. Then there's the Petworth Literary<br />

Week which normally takes place in October<br />

and welcomes a host of writers, directors, and<br />

presenters and the Petworth Sessions are now also<br />

hosting a year-round Petworth Fringe!<br />

Shopping<br />

If you’re on the lookout for independent shops<br />

and boutiques, then Petworth is a good place<br />

to start. In the Old Bakery (just next to the car<br />

park), you’ll find a fabulous bookshop where<br />

you’ll find books by local authors (as well as lots<br />

of other books and authors).<br />

Lombard Street is home to more art galleries and<br />

antique shops, but you’ll also find some absolute<br />

gems here. The Upside Down Tree Studio (aka<br />

Artisan in Lombard) stocks the owner’s own<br />

jewellery as well as lots of beautiful items by a<br />

number of other local makers and artisans. A<br />

little further down the street is Tallulah Fox with<br />

a fabulous selection of glassware, fabrics, ceramics<br />

and other irresistible homewares.<br />

There are also some rather fabulous women’s<br />

clothes shops in Petworth including Sorella (in<br />

between Lombard Street and East Street) and<br />

Twenty in East Street (they always seem to have<br />

the most fabulous floral displays outside).<br />

Finally, pop into Artful Teasing in Market Square<br />

where you’ll find the most delectable artisan skin<br />

and body care products.<br />

Great local walks<br />

Being so close to the South Downs means<br />

there is always going to be great walking<br />

here. Once you’ve exhausted Petworth Park,<br />

head slightly south west to Duncton and<br />

Graffham Common where you can walk some<br />

of the Serpent Trailor just head to the South<br />

Downs. Alternatively, try the nearby villages of<br />

Tillington or Lodwsorth and choose one of the<br />

many footpaths there.<br />

The Petworth Gourmand<br />

The market<br />

Try and coincide your visit with the farmers’<br />

market on the 4th Saturday of the month. It’s not<br />

huge but does include the catch of the day from<br />

the coast, homemade breads, hand reared meats,<br />

pastries, olives, chocolate, craft gins and beers and<br />

all sorts of other delectables.<br />

While you’re shopping for edibles, don’t neglect<br />

the award-winning deli, The Hungry Guest. Dive<br />

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Horse Guards Inn<br />

in through their doors to the smell of freshly<br />

baked bread and enjoy! This is an emporium of<br />

local, edible delights.<br />

Wine<br />

Wine strikes me as a good reason to visit a<br />

town and Petworth won't disappoint. There are<br />

two vineyards almost immediately to the west<br />

of the town, namely Upperton Vineyards and<br />

the Roebuck Estates, and Stopham Vineyard a<br />

short drive south east. They all produce excellent<br />

sparkling wine. Upperton and Stopham offer<br />

vineyard tours and tastings. Roebuck have their<br />

own wine club. And if you don't have time to<br />

go to the vineyards themselves, fear not, because<br />

there is also an excellent wine merchant in<br />

Golden Square, namely Hennings, which has a<br />

good supply of local wines.<br />

Coffee and cake<br />

Another good reason to visit somewhere is the<br />

potential for some people watching over a good<br />

cup of coffee and locally made cake. And what<br />

sounds better than the Coco Café and Sugar<br />

Lounge, Tiffin Tea Rooms and Cherry's. You’ll be<br />

half expecting Miss Marple to emerge from one<br />

of them.<br />

Places to eat<br />

There are some stellar places for an evening<br />

meal in Petworth which include The Angel Inn<br />

(complete with ghosts, a dreamily romantic<br />

terrace, and a history that includes the Pilgrim<br />

Fathers and Winston Churchill). They also serve<br />

breakfast, all day and bar menus. You’ll find a<br />

reasonable choice of Sussex wines, spirits and<br />

beers on their menu too.<br />

Just down the road is the E. Street Bar and Grill.<br />

Mentioned in the Michelin Guide and described<br />

as “a light and airy, contemporary brasserie<br />

deluxe…[with] a range of Mediterraneaninfluenced<br />

dishes and meat or fish from the grill;<br />

the grass-fed Hampshire steaks are a hit.”, this is<br />

a super place to eat. You can even build your own<br />

seafood platter.<br />

Alternatively, head out of town to the little<br />

village of Tillington and you’ll find the hopelessly<br />

pretty Horse Guards Inn, a 350-year-old pub<br />

which seems to cling to the hillside opposite the<br />

church. It has a lovely informal feel, lots of dining<br />

accolades and a fabulous garden.<br />

Where to stay<br />

You can stay at both The Angel Inn or at The<br />

Horse Guards Inn. Or for something a little<br />

different, head to The Old Railway Station,<br />

just south of the town, an award-winning<br />

venue, where you can sleep in their converted<br />

Pullman railway carriages or in the main<br />

Station House itself.<br />

The Angel Inn<br />

Lombard<br />

Street is home<br />

to more art<br />

galleries and<br />

antique shops,<br />

but you’ll also<br />

find some<br />

absolute gems<br />

here.<br />


A Stroll Around<br />

Petworth<br />

Discover the town’s past with this one-hour historical tour of the town<br />

The Old Bakery<br />

Catholic Church<br />

Starting from the main town car park (GU28 0ES), enter under<br />

the arch which reads ‘Welcome to Petworth’ into The Old Bakery.<br />

Walk through, turning right past Spriggs the florist into the quiet<br />

High Street. This street was the main thoroughfare until New<br />

Street – parallel to it – was constructed. The street became infamous<br />

in the 1830s for the number of alehouses it had. The 1830 Beer Act<br />

encouraged beer drinking rather than drinking gin. Some of the pubs are still<br />

recognisable; either from appearance or house name, for example, The White<br />

Hart and the Queen’s Head.<br />

Crossing Middle Street and passing the Hungry Guest deli on the corner,<br />

continue past The Old Forge on the other corner, lived in recently by the<br />

actress Dame June Whitfield.<br />

Further on is the Petworth Cottage Museum. It’s not really a museum<br />

but a house that has been restored, redecorated, furnished and equipped<br />

as if it were a 1910 Estate Cottage, when it was the home of Mrs. Mary<br />

Cummings, who was the tenant of 346 High Street from 1901 to 1930. Her<br />

home preserves the living memories of Mary’s time here, her Irish Catholic<br />

background and her work as a seamstress at home and at Petworth House.<br />

The cottage and its garden are well worth a visit.<br />

Stay by the Cottage Museum as opposite is an alley with Windmill House<br />

on the right, close to the site of Petworth Windmill, famously painted by<br />

John Constable in 1834. The house was later lived in by the well-known<br />

photographer George Garland.<br />

Continuing further up the High Street for about fifty metres, turn left<br />

through a gate into Egremont Row. Here are the backs of Leconfield Estate<br />

cottages with large gardens, where tenants could plant fruit trees and<br />

vegetables and have a pig to feed their families. The Estate had over 600<br />

houses at its peak; today the number has dropped to about 300. The houses<br />

can be recognised by their brown front doors.<br />

After the slope at the end of the lane, turn left and cross the busy ‘A’ road.<br />

Sacred Heart Catholic Church was built in 1896, a huge and beautiful<br />

church, it was about to become redundant when World War II began, but<br />

afterwards Polish refugees came to the town, swelling the numbers of the<br />

congregation.<br />

To the right, down a sloping track is a path that takes you to The<br />

Shimmings, a beautiful view and walk.<br />

Continuing the opposite way, towards the historic Angel Inn. It is said it<br />

takes its name from when some of the Pilgrim Fathers came to Petworth in<br />

1620 on their way to Southampton to take them to Plymouth to board The<br />

Mayflower. There is a plaque just inside the pub door telling this story.<br />

Walk on the narrow pavement towards the town and turn right into East<br />

Street. This contains some of the older houses in the town. 50 metres up on<br />

the right at the junction of Coach House Lane is Springer’s Hall which dates<br />

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Lombard Street<br />

The Hungry Guest<br />

The Shimmings<br />

Leconfield Hall<br />

from 1652, the date being faintly visible at the top of the rainwater pipe at<br />

the west end of the building. From 1802 to 1835 it was lived in by William<br />

Tyler who was the Land Agent to the 3rd Earl of Egremont. He worked<br />

very hard for him, helping him become very wealthy and enlarging his land<br />

holding. But he was very unpopular in the town as he made sure the rents<br />

were collected, resulting in the Tyler Riots.<br />

It is best to cross the road at this stage, and then look out for Tudor buildings<br />

with Georgian frontages.<br />

Turn left at the top into Church Road with St. Mary’s Church on your right,<br />

originally built in Medieval times but much enlarged and altered since then.<br />

There are many memorials to the Petworth House family here – look for<br />

Percy and Wyndham names, with a large statue of the 3rd Earl of Egremont,<br />

the most progressive of all owners.<br />

Crossing Church Road, leads into Lombard Street, a narrow cobbled road.<br />

To try and make it sound more genteel the name was changed in the 19th<br />

century to Lombard Street, after the City of London’s thoroughfare.<br />

Originally every house along its length was a shop. Quarter way down, the<br />

butcher’s shop frontage is easily seen. Near the bottom on the right is a<br />

building with a funny box on the top. This was a photographic studio run<br />

by Walter Keevis, who photographed many of the then Petworth House<br />

servants in the 1870s, and his photographic prints are a great resource to this<br />

day. At the bottom of the street, enter Market Square, walking on the left<br />

side. The Square is the venue of one of the last remaining Street Fairs in the<br />

south of England. This dates from 1189 and is held on the nearest Saturday<br />

to November 20th each year.<br />

The Square is dominated by Leconfield Hall built in 1794 on the site of a<br />

former covered market. It was the Court House, a small prison cell and a<br />

Council Meeting place. There is a replica bust sculpture of William 3rd on<br />

the top. The Hall now serves as the main public hall for the town, with a<br />

large room able to be transformed into a cinema or a theatre.<br />

At the bottom of the Square, cross New Street by the pedestrian crossing,<br />

and then turn left into the smaller Golden Square. On your right is the<br />

United Reformed Church (URC), built in 1855. It has links with previous<br />

Free Churches on this site.<br />

Continue walking straight on to and through The Old Bakery, returning to<br />

the starting point of the car park.<br />

Gerald Gresham Cooke<br />

Gerald is an experienced Petworth Town Walk leader. He has lived in the area for<br />

over 15 years, and has a great love for the town.<br />


In the<br />

Diary<br />

Our round up of what’s on in Sussex during the next<br />

few months, from the weird to the wonderful<br />

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Amberley Museum<br />

26th - 30th October <strong>2022</strong>, West Sussex<br />

A full schedule of half term activities and crafts. Enjoy rides on our trains and buses, get stuck<br />

in with craft activities (weekdays only) or explore our family trail, all included in your general<br />

admission. And on Halloween evening, enjoy a night of terrors! Ride on the ghost train and look out<br />

for who (or what) is lurking in the woods! Discover the Museum after dark with all exhibits open for<br />

exploring. Join in on a spooky ghost walk where you can learn about our ghostly happenings.<br />

For more information visit:<br />


Newlands House <strong>Ex</strong>hibition<br />

10th September <strong>2022</strong> to 8th January 2023,<br />

Petworth, West Sussex<br />

This autumn, a new exhibition at Newlands<br />

House will unravel and chronicle the<br />

extraordinary life of Vogue model turned war<br />

correspondent Lee Miller, a pioneer in Surrealist<br />

art, fashion and photo-journalism. The exhibition<br />

will focus on the artist’s relationship with Picasso<br />

and moments lived together, captured by Miller<br />

before and during the Second World War, the<br />

aftermath and beyond. The exhibition will also<br />

tell the unlikely story of Picasso’s accidental<br />

discovery of Sussex, where Lee Miller would<br />

eventually reside with her family.<br />

www.newlandshouse.gallery<br />

A Celebration of Shelley<br />

4th November <strong>2022</strong>, St Mary’s<br />

Church, Horsham<br />

Stane Street Sinfonietta continue their<br />

series of concerts celebrating creatives<br />

connected to Sussex with an exploration<br />

of the work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of<br />

the great Romantic poets and arguably, one<br />

of Horsham’s most famous sons. They’re<br />

joined by two other Sussex residents - Radio<br />

4’s Chris Aldridge who’ll read some of<br />

Shelley’s most iconic poems, and Angharad<br />

Lyddon, a finalist in the Cardiff Singer of<br />

the World 2019, who’ll join the orchestra<br />

for Respighi’s Il Tramonto an intensely<br />

beautiful and heart-breaking setting of<br />

Shelley’s The Sunset.<br />

Booking required:<br />

www.stanestreetsinfonietta.com<br />

The Northern Lights<br />

30th October <strong>2022</strong>, South Downs<br />

Planetarium, Chichester<br />

The Northern Lights is just one of the shows<br />

they put on at the Planetarium and it is worth<br />

checking back in with their website often to<br />

see what else is on. This show involves a virtual<br />

journey to the Artic Circle to see the ethereal<br />

colours and swirls of the Northern Lights.<br />

Booking required: www.southdowns.org.uk<br />

Sussex Landscape:<br />

Chalk, Wood and Water<br />

12th November <strong>2022</strong> to 23rd April 2023,<br />

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester<br />

From Turner and Ravilious to<br />

contemporary artists, this exhibition<br />

showcases how the constantly changing<br />

landscape of rolling hills and rugged cliffs<br />

has been an inspiration for generations of<br />

artists. Alongside works by contemporary<br />

artists, the exhibition will include works by<br />

J.M.W Turner, William Nicholson, Vanessa<br />

Bell, Duncan Grant, Ivon Hitchens, Eric<br />

Ravilious and Edward Burra.<br />


Sparkling Wine & Craft Gin Fair<br />

19th November <strong>2022</strong>, South Lodge,<br />

West Sussex<br />

A celebration of Sussex sparkling wines and craft<br />

gins and a chance to try and buy at the Bubbles<br />

and Botanicals Fair. With 15 outstanding local<br />

producers and four industry experts sharing their<br />

expertise, it’s the perfect opportunity to stock up<br />

for Christmas.<br />

Booking required:<br />

www.bubblesandbotanicals.net<br />

Fruits, Seeds and Spices<br />

Foraging Walk,<br />

19th November <strong>2022</strong>, Cowdray Estate,<br />

Midhurst<br />

A 2-hour guided fungi, fruits, seeds and spices<br />

foraging walk starting from the Cowdray Farm<br />

Shop during which you’ll learn about what is<br />

edible, and what’s not, and how we can protect<br />

these habitats for future generations.<br />

Booking required: www.cowdray.co.uk<br />

Mr Fezziwig’s Christmas<br />

Murder Mystery<br />

10th December <strong>2022</strong>, Michelham Priory<br />

House & Gardens,<br />

Upper Dicker, Hailsham<br />

It is 1843 and Mr Fezziwig is holding his<br />

annual Christmas Party in the splendour<br />

of a candlelit Michelham Priory. Jacob<br />

Marley is guest of honour for the evening,<br />

but as other Dickensian characters arrive<br />

Mr Marley goes missing – who might be<br />

responsible for his disappearance? You and<br />

your fellow guests will need to explore the<br />

Priory by torchlight to find your host and<br />

ensure that no one else is lurking in the<br />

dark recesses of this impressive location.<br />

Enjoy a superb meal and drinks, interrogate<br />

the characters, work together to identify<br />

the murderer and decide the motive and<br />

method of the crime.<br />

Booking required: www.sussexpast.co.uk<br />

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HPO Christmas Gala<br />

21st December <strong>2022</strong>, St Leonards On Sea,<br />

East Sussex<br />

Hastings Philharmonic Choir perform an evening<br />

of Christmas carols and favourite classics.<br />

The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker<br />

Suite, Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and many other<br />

Christmas gems. Listen out for the distinctive<br />

sounds created by the percussionist of a horse<br />

clip-clopping (temple blocks), and a whip used<br />

to get the horse moving (a slapstick). Towards the<br />

end of the piece, a trumpet imitates the sound of<br />

a horse whinnying.​<br />

www.hastingsphilorchestra.co.uk<br />

Christmas at the National Trust<br />

<strong>2022</strong><br />

The National Trust properties do tend to put on<br />

a good show for Christmas and we’re blessed with<br />

a number of National Trust properties in Sussex.<br />

Check out websites for Bodiam Castle, Bateman’s,<br />

Standen House, Nymans, Petworth House and<br />

Uppark for more details.<br />

Wassailing Day<br />

15th January 2023, Weald & Downland Museum,<br />

West Sussex<br />

Bless the museum’s orchard at their winter<br />

Wassailing! Join a procession, with music, songs and<br />

short performances, from the market square to the<br />

orchard for the wassail to ensure a good harvest. In<br />

the orchard an apple tree will be decorated – there<br />

is a ceremony with bread, salt and cider, where the<br />

audience joins in with the “Wassail” shout and makes<br />

lots of noise with bells, rattles or whistles.<br />

www.wealddown.co.uk<br />

For more events in East Sussex visit:<br />

www.visit1066country.com<br />

For more events in West Sussex visit:<br />

www.experiencewestsussex.com<br />

Bolney Wine Estates New Year’s<br />

Day Brunch<br />

1st January 2023, West Sussex<br />

Start the New Year with delicious food and fizz<br />

at the estate’s Eighteen Acre Café. Choose from<br />

an array of mouth-watering dishes from the<br />

New Year’s Day menu or try a winter wine flight<br />

while you dine and sample some of the awardwinning<br />

wines.<br />

Booking in advance is highly recommended:<br />

www.bolneywineestate.com<br />



The Bookworm<br />

Author’s Corner<br />

Meet four very different Sussex authors and their very different books<br />

New Brighton, by Helen Trevorrow<br />

This gripping dystopian future thriller is set in Brighton, where Robyn<br />

Lockhart has a boyfriend named Vincent, a frail, sickly sister, and a mother<br />

who keeps a lock on one of the cupboards. These things she knows. Other<br />

things are much foggier, and it’s not because of the drugs or alcohol. When<br />

a vicious storm hits the city, a battered ship runs aground on the beach.<br />

Authorities arrive quickly. The gawking crowds are forcefully driven away as<br />

a noxious gas fills the air. Oddly enough, news outlets make no mention of<br />

the event.<br />

As Robyn tries to sort out what is real and why she’s unable to<br />

remember certain details, she starts to unravel the truth about herself,<br />

her family, and the place she’s always called home.<br />

About the author<br />

Helen Trevorrow is a writer and the author of feminist crime thriller,<br />

In The Wake. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy Creative Writing<br />

Programme. She studied at Leeds University and has worked in marketing<br />

and public relations for twenty years.<br />

Helen has written many articles for newspapers and magazines including the<br />

Huffington Post. Born in Slough, she lived in London for twenty years and<br />

now lives in Brighton, Sussex.<br />

Bob the Bear’s Adventures by Alice Chambers<br />

One for the grandchildren, join mischievous Bob the Bear as he plays<br />

hide and seek in Alice’s garden. Laugh out loud with your children at<br />

Bob’s silly hiding places.<br />

About the author<br />

After teacher training, Alice worked in a kindergarten and started<br />

writing children’s books 43 years ago. Life and family got in the way<br />

of her writing and for the last 18 years Alice has run a ladies’ fashion<br />

business. This story is dedicated to Alice’s husband, Bob, who loved<br />

wearing his waistcoats and glasses. Bob the Bear was created after Alice<br />

knitted a large bear with a waistcoat and glasses for her grandchildren<br />

to play with.<br />

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The Daisy Chain by Al Campbell<br />

Set in London in 1771, botanical artist<br />

Daisy Salter meets pre-eminent Georgian<br />

scientist Joseph Banks and not only becomes<br />

Artist in Residence at Kew Gardens, but<br />

‘Lady-in-Painting’ to Queen Charlotte.<br />

However, whilst expecting a quiet and<br />

studious life, Daisy is unwittingly inveigled<br />

into espionage, tea smuggling and the<br />

‘triangular trade’ by mysterious Dutchman<br />

Johannes Van der Humm.<br />

If you like historical fiction mixed with<br />

gardening, art, adventure, espionage,<br />

skulduggery, smuggling, the slave trade and<br />

romance, you’ll love this. The Daisy Chain<br />

is also published in a dyslexia friendly<br />

version.<br />

About the author<br />

Al studied geography at UCL before going into<br />

the advertising world in London as a copywriter,<br />

rising to be an <strong>Ex</strong>ecutive Creative Director. He<br />

is now a freelance copywriter working from<br />

home. Al holds a Diploma in Creative Writing<br />

from Chichester University where he started<br />

writing The Daisy Chain as a project, before<br />

finishing it during lockdown.<br />

... whilst<br />

expecting<br />

a quiet and<br />

studious<br />

life, Daisy is<br />

unwittingly<br />

inveigled into<br />

espionage, tea<br />

smuggling and<br />

the ‘triangular<br />

trade’ by<br />

mysterious<br />

Dutchman ...<br />


Stone Cold Killing by D.E. White<br />

An addictive crime thriller with a fiendish<br />

twist, this is book 4 in the Detective Dove<br />

Milson series and is out on the November 9th<br />

in paperback and ebook, published by Joffe<br />

Books. What happens when family loyalties<br />

are torn apart? Detective Dove Milson and the<br />

Major Crimes Team have their work cut out<br />

when past and present cases collide, but each<br />

lead seems to bring them back to the same<br />

family, in this explosive new thriller. Perfect for<br />

fans of Line of Duty!<br />

About the author<br />

D.E. White writes crime thrillers,<br />

including the bestselling Detective Dove<br />

Milson series. She previously worked for<br />

the NHS in the ambulance service and<br />

travelled the world for twelve years as cabin<br />

crew. She now lives with her family in West<br />

Sussex. In addition to writing, D.E. White<br />

also co-hosts Sussex Writing Retreats with<br />

fellow author Lisa Brace.<br />

... What<br />

happens when<br />

family loyalties<br />

are torn apart?<br />

Detective Dove<br />

Milson and the<br />

Major Crimes<br />

Team have their<br />

work cut out ...<br />



Unblocking<br />

Writer’s Block<br />

Sussex author and journalist, Lisa Brace, shares her tips to help you get<br />

started on that book you’ve been wanting to write<br />

I have a secret for you.<br />

Want to be a writer?<br />

You need to write.<br />

I know. It seems obvious, but if you’re first starting out with aspirations<br />

to become the next Stephen King or Marian Keyes, the process can<br />

seem daunting.<br />

Maybe you want to write the next War & Peace, or you’ve got an idea to<br />

create a 20 part Sci Fi series.<br />

Great. It’s fantastic to have these ideas, but the only way you can get these<br />

ideas to the bit where people read your story is …<br />

By putting words on a page.<br />

And then another page.<br />

And then more words.<br />

You can Google ‘how to write a novel’ as much as you like and there are<br />

countless courses online from 20 week, ‘how to write a novel’ classes,<br />

masterclasses from the greats via the BBC to incredible free ones. However,<br />

all of them will tell you the same thing - that eventually you will have to<br />

actually crack on and get those words written.<br />

There’s a romantic view of a novelist, sat at their grand desk, looking out at<br />

a stunning view, a steaming cup of coffee to the side of them as they plough<br />

through hours of tortured writing. But it doesn’t have to be that way.<br />

Here are my tips for getting words on a page –<br />

1) Use whatever time you have. Early morning person? Set your clock<br />

half an hour earlier and write for that 30 minutes. Can only write at the<br />

weekend? Great, grab your laptop, your phone (the incredibly successful<br />

Gone Girl was written on a phone by a commuter) or your notebook<br />

and get whatever you need down.<br />

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2) Don’t compare your writing style to others. Everyone has their own<br />

processes and just like you don’t have your coffee the same as the person<br />

next to you in Starbucks, nor should you write in the same way. Some<br />

people like to aim for a word count per day, per week, or month. Others<br />

like to write for a length of time. Others just write! You do you.

3) You don’t have to write. You can dictate. I’m not suggesting you have<br />

to employ a scribe to take down your every word, but there are many<br />

free dictation apps, which, once trained to your voice will ‘write’ your<br />

thoughts down. I’ve found these are a perfect tool if you drive a lot and<br />

want to get some words down. Sure, you have to get used to talking to<br />

yourself and you will find a few odd words creep into the dictation, but<br />

at least all you have to do is save them across to your book, take a light<br />

look through to edit and you’ll have some more words down.<br />


4) Don’t be precious. Your first draft is never going to be good. I’m just<br />

going to tell you that now. No-one’s first draft is good. Maggie O’Farrell<br />

who wrote the multi-award winning Hamnet, wrote 20 versions of her<br />

story before she was satisfied with it and look how well she’s done. Now,<br />

I’m not suggesting you’ll need to rewrite quite so many times, but the<br />

point is, your first draft has to be bad. You need to get to know your<br />

characters, allow them to talk to you, and when you reach the end,<br />

you’ll have to go back to the beginning again and edit.<br />

5) Don’t edit before you’ve finished. As I’ve said above, you need to<br />

get to know your book inside and out, allow it to breathe. If you<br />

constantly amend the previous work you’ll only ever have a handful of<br />

words, not a book.<br />

6) Find your family. Seek out people who are also writers. There are<br />

hundreds, nay thousands, of groups on social media packed full of<br />

writers. If you’re lucky, there may even be a group set up near to you<br />

in real life that you can meet with. By getting to know other writers,<br />

they can share with you their tips and tricks, whilst also being there<br />

to offer support and advice (whilst the rest of the world has got<br />

frustrated with you staring out of a window, attempting to find the<br />

right phrase for something).<br />

7) Lastly, KEEP GOING. There’s a sticky point for most of us when we’re<br />

writing novels. Most novels are between 80,000-100,000 words and<br />

many writer has reached the 30,000 point and despaired at how awful<br />

the story is, or how far they have to go before they reach the halfway<br />

point. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Be accountable.<br />

Reach out to a writer friend, post on Twitter, do whatever you need to<br />

do to get the momentum back but don’t stop. Soon the words will be<br />

pouring out of you again.<br />

8) Okay, this is the last one. If you’re really up for a challenge,<br />

NaNoWriMo takes place in November. Write a novel in a month. If you<br />

stick to the challenge, you should see something resembling an outline<br />

of a novel and many thousands of words down in a document if you<br />

take part. Though, I’m minded to repeat the advice at the beginning of<br />

this article. The only way thousands of words can make their way down<br />

onto a page is if you start with one.<br />

Lisa Brace is one half of the duo behind<br />

Sussex Writing Retreats, which provides<br />

writing mentorship for authors at all stages<br />

of their careers. Lisa, a debut author who<br />

writes commercial and historical fiction,<br />

is accompanied by D.E. White, a Harper<br />

Collins published author who has sold<br />

over 250,000 books. They run one and<br />

three day writing retreats across Sussex<br />

packed full of 121s, mentorship, support<br />

and inspirational guests from the film, TV<br />

and literary worlds. For more information<br />

on the upcoming 2023 retreats, go to<br />

www.sussexwritingretreats.co.uk<br />

or email Lisa and Daisy on<br />

sussexwritingretreats@gmail.com<br />

By getting to know other writers, they can share<br />

with you their tips and tricks, whilst also being there<br />

to offer support and advice...<br />


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expert<br />

consultant<br />

Janine Lowe<br />

Christmas can be the happiest<br />

and the saddest time of year for<br />

people. Personally, it brings back<br />

such happy memories with my<br />

family as I was growing up and<br />

now as an adult, well as a sort of<br />

adult, things change.<br />

As an adult, our job at Christmas seems to be<br />

making sure this festive time is special for others,<br />

so I thought I would give you a few tips to<br />

enhance your Christmas <strong>2022</strong> for yourself and<br />

everyone around you.<br />

Favourable dates<br />

Christmas cards: the most favourable time to<br />

send these are Thursday 15th December. Why use<br />

a favourable day I hear you ask. Because it means<br />

the recipient will have all the joy of receiving your<br />

card and it will arrive in the post and not get lost.<br />

What date should you put your Christmas<br />

tree up? If you are an early bird, Saturday 3rd<br />

December, if you are someone who likes to put it<br />

up in the middle of the month then Wednesday<br />

14th December is the date for you and if you are<br />

a lastminute.com type person the 21st December<br />

and no later.<br />

Favourable positions for your tree<br />

Place your Christmas Tree in the south to<br />

enhance your dreams and wishes. If you are<br />

looking for more wealth (and why not), place<br />

your tree in the north east. If you would like more<br />

helpful people in your life at Christmas time, then<br />

place your tree in the north west.<br />

What colour decorations?<br />

What colour is auspicious for your tree<br />

decorations in <strong>2022</strong>? This year, this is easy as<br />

it’s red and silver. There is nothing wrong with<br />

having different colours on the tree, but red and<br />

silver will enhance your Christmas cheer.<br />

Best times?<br />

When is the most auspicious time to have a party/<br />

Christmas dinner? It’s a late one I am afraid at<br />

between 15.00-17.00 (or maybe that’s not late<br />

enough for some people!).<br />

By the way, in Chinese Astrology, Christmas Day<br />

is an “Establish” day (I know you don’t know<br />

what that means). Establish means no hoovering<br />

all day and that might make some of you super<br />

happy.<br />

Whatever you decide to do on Christmas Day, my<br />

wish to you is that it makes you happy.<br />

www.janinelowe.com<br />

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Sussex Community<br />

Foundation Launches<br />

Cost of Living<br />

Appeal<br />

“If the pandemic was a crisis, this is an emergency. There is no way out for<br />

the many who are suffering. We are going to witness food poverty and food<br />

insecurity on a level never seen before by this generation.”<br />

This quote is just one of many from a<br />

recent survey to our network of small<br />

charities and community groups.<br />

Over 100 groups have fed back<br />

about the signs of fear and panic in<br />

the minds of people about what lies ahead. The<br />

scale of this crisis has real potential to eclipse<br />

that experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic.<br />

Crucially we are also seeing the impact on the<br />

charities themselves with their own increased cost<br />

base and worries on whether they will survive.<br />

We recognise the worrying effect that rising costs<br />

are having on charities and are deeply concerned<br />

about what this means for the most vulnerable<br />

and marginalised people across Sussex – which is<br />

why we are launching our Cost of Living Appeal.<br />

The people of Sussex were so generous during<br />

the pandemic and we are asking you again to rise<br />

to the challenge and help us keep these charities<br />

going so they can support those who need it<br />

most.<br />

Sussex Community Foundation is here to make<br />

and strengthen connections between people who<br />

have and those who have not, and every donation<br />

large or small will be gratefully received.<br />

See more information on the appeal Cost of<br />

Living Appeal - Sussex Giving<br />

Give to the Appeal here TotalGiving - Cost<br />

of Living Appeal - Sussex Community<br />

Foundation - Fundraising Page<br />


Are your kitchen<br />

appliances turning<br />

the heat up on your<br />

energy costs?<br />

Shaun Penticost from Holmewood Interiors talks about how<br />

to save money in the kitchen<br />

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Did you know that three of the top<br />

five energy hungry appliances in a<br />

home are found in the kitchen, with<br />

lighting and consumer electronics<br />

taking the other two spots?<br />

Reducing energy consumption and spiraling<br />

energy costs are currently hot topics. With this<br />

in mind, I recently saw a Which running costs<br />

report that stated, by using poor energy efficient<br />

appliances, you could add £490 a year to your<br />

bills. It was dated November 2021 and the figure<br />

will now have increased considerably after the<br />

recent energy price increases. However, the report

does go on to say that by using the most efficient<br />

appliances, this cost could be reduced to just £154<br />

a year.<br />

So, anyone like me who has had the dubious<br />

honour of watching a smart meter rapidly<br />

counting up, will know that heating and cooling<br />

appliances use the greatest amounts of electricity.<br />

That includes your hobs, ovens, fridges, freezers<br />

and washing machines.<br />

Cooking up a storm<br />

In the kitchen, for energy efficiency induction<br />

hobs come out top every time, and we closely<br />

monitor the Neff, Siemens, Bosch and Falmec<br />

product updates to ensure our customers can find<br />

the best fit for them. The benefit of an induction<br />

hob is that it generates all of its heat into the<br />

saucepan and no heat is lost to the surrounding air<br />

before it reaches the food. However, to maximise<br />

the energy savings, it is important to use cookware<br />

that is made for induction, rather than saucepans<br />

that ‘will work’ on induction, as they use less<br />

power for faster heating results.<br />

As part of our Holmewood Interiors’ customer<br />

service commitment, we always check to see how<br />

our clients are finding their newly fitted kitchens.<br />

The most frequent comment that always makes<br />

me smile is when I’m told how much faster a<br />

new oven cooks. Few realise that over time the<br />

seals that trap the heat in an oven degrade. Heat<br />

is lost, more energy is used to maintain cooking<br />

temperatures, and the cooking times and costs<br />

increase. So it is worth considering whether your<br />

oven could be costing you more than it should.<br />

Put the kettle on, or not?<br />

And, still on the heating theme … have you ever<br />

worked out how many times a day you boil a kettle?<br />

Although many may consider it an extravagant<br />

luxury, this is where a boiling water tap comes<br />

into its own. To have boiling, chilled, filtered and<br />

sparkling water ‘on-tap,’ you could be surprised<br />

to learn that a Quooker tap only costs around 3p<br />

a day to run. Compare this to the cost of boiling<br />

a full kettle several times a day at 2.5p each time,<br />

along with the ‘estimate’ that a hot water tap draws<br />

up to 50% less energy than a traditional kettle, and<br />

you have to consider whether this is now a luxury<br />

or a cost saving must have.<br />

With a Quooker tap you only run the exact<br />

amount of boiling water you want into your mug.<br />

You never waste electricity boiling more water<br />

than you need and you do not have to waste<br />

water running the tap a bit to get cold water to<br />

drink. This tap is energy saving, does reduce water<br />

wastage and is a sustainable purchase, as with ontap<br />

sparkling water you reduce your plastic bottle<br />

waste too.<br />

Lighting up or switching off?<br />

Lastly, let’s take a look at lighting as it holds the<br />

number four slot on the energy consuming home<br />

appliances list. Your kitchen is arguably the most<br />

used room in the house, and it therefore stands<br />

to reason that a good proportion of your energy<br />

usage for lighting will come from this room.<br />

Most kitchens are multi-functional. Yes, we<br />

prepare food and cook here, but it is also the focal<br />

point in the home, a place to chat with family<br />

and friends, set up a work from home area and to<br />

help the children plough through their homework<br />

too. So, the lighting mix needs to be warm and<br />

ambient to relax in, as well as being bright and<br />

clear to work in.<br />

Good lighting will alter the whole look and feel<br />

of a room and the different tones and formats of<br />

energy efficient LED light does just this. Dated<br />

strip lights can be changed to LED down lighters<br />

and the under unit fluorescent tubes switched to<br />

cost saving LEDs. Different moods can be created<br />

with LED pendant lighting above kitchen tables<br />

and islands, whilst being styled to look elegant,<br />

modern, retro or sumptuous; all very achievable<br />

whilst reducing your energy bills too.<br />

But savings can go even further with the use of<br />

clever technology. For example, lights can be<br />

placed on sensors in cupboards so that it activates<br />

when the door is opened – think of your fridge<br />

light. You only use the light you need when the<br />

door is open, so the whole room does not need to<br />

be floodlit to find just one mug!<br />

Taking the time to carefully consider the energy<br />

efficiency when designing your kitchen and<br />

choosing new appliances will help to reduce<br />

your energy costs. If you would like further<br />

information, or more tips on how to use your<br />

appliances as efficiently as possible, please visit our<br />

website www.holmewoodinteriors.co.uk ,<br />

call us on 01403 254090 or email<br />

info@holmewoodinteriors.co.uk and we will<br />

always do what we can to help.<br />


Sustainably estate agency<br />

Why does it matter to y<br />

At Homes Estates and Letting Agents explain<br />

If you’re buying, selling or renting a property you probably have to<br />

choose an estate agent. There are lots of things you may take into<br />

account. Perhaps you’ll look at their reviews or base your choice on the<br />

valuation they gave, their fees or their success rates. But why should<br />

you choose an estate agent who claims to care about sustainability? Is it<br />

just a gimmick, or is this an important new criteria that you need to take<br />

into account? And how can an estate agent be sustainable anyway?<br />

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ou?<br />

If you’re buying, selling or renting a<br />

property you probably have to choose an<br />

estate agent. There are lots of things you<br />

may take into account. Perhaps you’ll look<br />

at their reviews or base your choice on<br />

the valuation they gave, their fees or their<br />

success rates. But why should you choose<br />

an estate agent who claims to care about<br />

sustainability? Is it just a gimmick, or is this<br />

an important new criteria that you need to<br />

take into account? And how can an estate<br />

agent be sustainable anyway?<br />

Is sustainably estate agency just<br />

a gimmick?<br />

Absolutely not. The energy efficiency of<br />

our UK housing is really important for two<br />

major reasons. The first is that an energy<br />

efficient home costs less to run. The<br />

current energy crisis may not last forever,<br />

but if <strong>2022</strong> has taught us anything, it is that<br />

we need to futureproof our homes against<br />

the sort of spiralling costs that we’ve seen<br />

this year.<br />

Making a home more energy efficient can<br />

mean a number of things from making sure<br />

we build new homes in a more sustainable<br />

way, and which are heated using renewable<br />

energy to making sure a house is properly<br />

insulated. At the moment, 90% of our<br />

homes are still heated by fossil fuels,<br />

accounting for a third of UK total gas use.<br />

And that brings us to the second reason<br />

that sustainable estate agency matters,<br />

which is that there is, of course, the bigger<br />

picture to take into account. The UK<br />

government and indeed, countries around<br />

the world have set some ambitious<br />

targets to tackle global warming, and<br />

emissions from our homes are a major<br />

contributor to overall UK emissions.<br />

Without being trite, we all have to do<br />

what we can to live in a more sustainable<br />

way and help reduce our emissions.<br />

estate agents have a responsibility and role<br />

to play in changing the attitude and habits<br />

of the property market.<br />

You’ve got to mean what you say<br />

It is of course easy to say that that you’re<br />

a sustainable estate agent, but you do<br />

have to lead by example. Estate agency<br />

has historically operated in quite a nonsustainable<br />

way. Think lots of brochures<br />

printed on paper, lots of petrol or diesel<br />

consumption used for viewings, very little<br />

recycling, lots of plastic.<br />

But just like everyone else, as estate<br />

agents, we have to start changing our<br />

habits. And there are lots of small ways<br />

we can do that. Using suppliers who<br />

use of 100% renewable energy, using<br />

recyclable materials in our offices and in<br />

our marketing materials. Offering more<br />

online viewings and using digital marketing<br />

materials, investing in TerraCycle bins,<br />

and compostable covers for property<br />

brochures. Taken together these things<br />

add up.<br />

Are we a sustainable estate agent?<br />

We’re not operating 100% sustainably yet<br />

but we are working hard to make changes.<br />

We’ve already taken some significant steps<br />

in the right direction. If you’d like to know<br />

more, why not get in touch, or come into<br />

our new office premises in The Carfax in<br />

Horsham or in Storrington and see we what<br />

we’re doing.<br />

For more information visit:<br />

www.athomeestates.co.uk<br />

But what’s that got to do with my<br />

estate agent?<br />

In a nutshell, quite a lot. If an estate agent<br />

cares and talks about sustainability with<br />

their clients, this can change perspectives<br />

and more importantly this can affect<br />

demand and property trends. Some<br />

house buyers may never have considered<br />

sustainability as a criteria or may not know<br />

what to look for. When house buyers and<br />

renters start to demand more sustainable<br />

housing, then landlords and developers<br />

have to listen. An estate agent is often the<br />

one who operates in between house buyers<br />

and renters on the one hand and landlords<br />

and developers on the other, and therefore<br />


HEALTH<br />

Welcome to<br />

Doing Wellbeing Well<br />

Your chance to join wellbeing at work consultant<br />

and naturopathic health coach, Alison Wilkins, on<br />

a step-by-step journey to better health<br />

I'm Doing Wellbeing Well.<br />

Alison of Brighton Wellbeing<br />

Company and this is my blog –<br />

As a wellbeing at work consultant and<br />

naturopathic health coach I have gathered some<br />

interesting and not so interesting information<br />

over the years and it feels like it’s time to start<br />

sharing.<br />

So, I am here to dedicate time and effort to<br />

inspire you to take one small step towards a new<br />

healthy habit. Only one, there’s no rush. We have<br />

all the time in the world to transform into the<br />

highest possible healthy version of ourselves.<br />

We will take one step at a time and revel in the<br />

journey along the way.<br />

Nowadays, it seems to be a WELL-being we have<br />

plenty of work to do.<br />

Be fit, eat well, rest, sleep, don’t be stressed, relax,<br />

socialise. Everything requires time and attention<br />

on top of living, cleaning, working, household<br />

management, finances, learning, recycling,<br />

beach cleaning, and being aware of our world,<br />

the economy, feeling empathy with the plights<br />

of those around the world, oh and of course,<br />

managing a world pandemic and the relentlessly<br />

reported on recession.<br />

I’m exhausted already.<br />

So, to counteract all the high drama and world<br />

shenanigans I am going to make it simple.<br />

Together, we are going to stop, just for a moment.<br />

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HEALTH<br />

We are going to be together, in collaboration.<br />

We are going to connect and we are going to<br />

breathe and see where the inspiration takes us.<br />

To be clear. Right now. You have to do nothing.<br />

The wellbeing articles I have created, invite you<br />

to take a moment. They will inspire without<br />

adrenaline, and educate without jargon.<br />

Simple, easy ways to implement change into<br />

your day, one healthy step at a time.<br />

So, lie back, listen, read and embody the<br />

information I have collated for you. If it<br />

resonates, do something, if it doesn’t … let it<br />

go. It will pop up again when you are more<br />

ready to receive the wisdom.<br />

I’m feeling more relaxed already. I hope you<br />

are.<br />

So, over the next few months I will bring you<br />

information regarding the following:<br />

• Health Coaching - what it is, why you will<br />

benefit<br />

• Whole Health - what does it look like and<br />

why would you want it<br />

• Foundations of Whole Health - running<br />

through key areas to start boosting your<br />

health and wellness<br />

• Nutritional articles - because as<br />

Hippocrates said a long time ago ‘Let<br />

food be thy medicine and medicine be<br />

they food”. Seriously, what we put in<br />

fuels 1000s of biochemical processes, that<br />

simply happen without us even knowing it.<br />

• Lifestyle Hacks – who doesn’t need a hack<br />

or two every now and then<br />

• Recipes that will maximise nutritional<br />

intake<br />

• Thought provoking pieces that will invite<br />

you to consider your impact on the planet,<br />

covering organic, free range, oils to cook<br />

with, plastics and community<br />

• What inflammation, immunity and<br />

hormone health have in common. I hope<br />

you’ll be pleasantly surprised.<br />

I’d love to answer your questions too, so if<br />

you are in need of healthy lifestyle help or<br />

have a particular condition you need help<br />

with, get in touch. We will do our best to<br />

answer your questions.<br />

Modelling<br />

Wellness<br />

STEP 1. Modelling Wellness<br />

One step at a time<br />

The beauty of taking one step at a time is captured in the image of the spiral<br />

staircase. The start point is a stair, a single, linear structure, with depth and<br />

strength. Alone it represents a single step in a single direction. As we travel<br />

from one step to another, we build momentum and the structure shifts.<br />

Linear becomes curve, stair become staircase, and as we move along, one step<br />

at a time the journey becomes a collaboration of structure and energy.<br />

Now let’s consider your wellbeing<br />

Firstly, what does wellbeing mean to you? What are the components of<br />

wellbeing that are important to you? Is it nutrition? <strong>Ex</strong>ercise? Mindfulness?<br />

Or healthy relationships? Is it weekend exercise and a couple of days eating<br />

whatever you like? Or is it challenging yourself to a fitness goal that takes<br />

you out of your comfort zone and beyond your limits?<br />

Secondly, how did you get to those ideals? Was it family behavioural<br />

patterns? Was it because of a particular experience? How old were you? What<br />

happened? Who are you now?<br />

Maybe you decided that you needed a 6 pack, or a particular fat/muscle ratio<br />

or a tiny bum to embody health and wellbeing? Or maybe it was … Why<br />

did you decide that meditation wasn’t for you and that adrenalised workouts<br />

that pushed you to your limits were the best way to be living a well life?<br />

Thirdly, once you have understood how your wellness ideals have been<br />

formed, ask yourself are they still relevant now? How would you like your<br />

wellbeing to look now? In this very moment? What do you want to achieve?<br />

How do you want to live? How do you want to be?<br />

Because believe it or not, with very little effort and through reflection/<br />

inspiration you have all the tools you need to make a change.<br />

And just like the spiral staircase, you can take your linear structure, add a<br />

single step, build momentum and move toward your goals.<br />

Each journey of a new habit starts us on a path, that leads us elsewhere. The<br />

beginning never reflecting the end point, and the journey gently shifting as<br />

we create change and build momentum.<br />

alison@brightonwellbeingcompany.com<br />

follow us on<br />

instagram@brightonwellbeingcompany<br />

www.brightonwellbeingcompany.com<br />


HEALTH<br />

Sussex Health:<br />

Insomnia &<br />

Getting to Sleep<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or<br />

staying asleep for long enough to feel<br />

refreshed the next morning. It is a common<br />

problem thought to regularly affect around<br />

one in every three people in the UK and is<br />

particularly common in elderly people. So this<br />

month, our Sussex <strong>Ex</strong>clusive health consultant<br />

takes a look at the causes, as well as what you can<br />

do to help yourself enjoy a better night’s sleep.<br />

Psychological causes<br />

• Anxiety<br />

• Stress, or how effectively a person copes with<br />

any emotional, physical, social or economic<br />

change<br />

• Depression.<br />

Ironically, a lack of a good night’s sleep can lead<br />

to these very same psychological states, setting up<br />

a vicious cycle.<br />

Physical causes<br />

• Hormonal changes in women – including<br />

PMS, pregnancy and menopause<br />

• Decreasing production of melatonin (the<br />

“sleep” hormone) – this occurs inevitably<br />

with age so that, by 60, the body produces<br />

very little melatonin<br />

• Medical conditions – including allergies,<br />

arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood<br />

pressure, hyperthyroidism and Parkinson’s<br />

disease<br />

• Pain – this is one of the most common causes<br />

of a disturbed night’s sleep<br />

• Other sleep disorders – including sleep<br />

apnoea (whereby a person temporarily stops<br />

breathing during sleep) and periodic leg and<br />

arm movements during sleep (“restless leg<br />

syndrome”).<br />

Temporary events and other<br />

contributing factors<br />

• Adjustment sleep disorder – this may be<br />

caused by a traumatic event such as an illness<br />

or loss of a loved one, or a minor event such<br />

as a change in the weather, or even just an<br />

argument with someone<br />

• Jet lag – most people who have travelled<br />

across time zones will have experienced brief<br />

bouts of insomnia<br />

• Working night shifts or long shifts – night<br />

shifts can lead to sleep pattern disorders.<br />

Generally, a person who works regular<br />

night shifts is able to adapt over time. Those<br />

working a “floating” shift pattern (such as<br />

police officers) will struggle much more with<br />

insomnia<br />

• Medications – insomnia can be a side effect<br />

of various medications, both prescription and<br />

over-the-counter<br />

• Overuse of caffeine and alcohol – caffeine<br />

can disrupt sleep even when consumed 12<br />

hours or more prior to bed. Whilst alcohol<br />

before bed may help a person relax, it can<br />

also lead to fragmented sleep and wakefulness<br />

a few hours later<br />

• Environmental noise, extreme temperature<br />

changes<br />

• Media technology in the bedroom –<br />

research suggests that using devices with<br />

screens before bed can cause a loss of sleep,<br />

particularly in young people.<br />

Effects of insomnia<br />

The impaired mental function caused by<br />

insomnia can:<br />

• Affect concentration and memory, and can<br />

affect one’s ability to perform daily tasks<br />

• Cause accidents – insomnia is a common<br />

cause of traffic and industrial accidents.<br />

Police statistics show that fatigue contributes<br />

to about 4% of fatal road crashes and 2% of<br />

all collisions in Britain<br />

• Cause stress and depression – insomnia<br />

increases the activity of the hormones and<br />

pathways in the brain that cause stress; and<br />

research shows that changes in sleep patterns<br />

have significant effects on mood<br />

• Contribute to heart disease – research<br />

indicates that people with chronic insomnia<br />

have signs of heart and nervous system<br />

activity that might put them at risk for heart<br />

disease.<br />

Insomnia may also play a role in the development<br />

of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.<br />

Lifestyle modification<br />

• Adopt a regular sleeping and eating routine<br />

combined with caffeine avoidance. Avoid<br />

going to bed hungry<br />

• The use of behavioural therapy, relaxation<br />

tapes, breathing exercises and mindfulness<br />

can also be helpful<br />

Ironically,<br />

a lack of a<br />

good night’s<br />

sleep can<br />

lead to these<br />

very same<br />

psychological<br />

states, setting<br />

up a vicious<br />

cycle.<br />


HEALTH<br />

• Keep telephones and other devices outside of<br />

the bedroom<br />

• Ensure that the room is a comfortable<br />

temperature before bedtime<br />

• Use blackout blinds or curtains to eliminate<br />

all external light sources<br />

• Studies have shown that in as little as four<br />

weeks, individuals with chronic insomnia<br />

who begin regular exercise can fall asleep<br />

up to 13 minutes faster and stay asleep 18<br />

minutes longer. In fact, research indicates<br />

that exercise was just as effective as<br />

prescription drugs in relieving insomnia<br />

• A hot bath before bedtime will aid sleep,<br />

since melatonin production increases with<br />

rising body temperature, thereby inducing a<br />

state of sleepiness.<br />

Nutritional supplement<br />

treatment options<br />

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) has been<br />

used successfully for people with insomnia,<br />

as it converts to the chemical messenger,<br />

serotonin. (Serotonin is the “Happy Hormone”<br />

that stabilizes mood, feelings of well-being,<br />

and happiness; as well as helping to regulate<br />

appetite, digestion, sleep and memory).<br />

5-HTP supplementation has been shown to<br />

particularly improve sleep patterns in those that<br />

wake repeatedly during the night. It has also<br />

been shown to improve sleep quality in people<br />

suffering with fibromyalgia.<br />

Magnesium is known to have a sedative effect on<br />

the body and helps to relax muscles and induce<br />

sleep. This is partly due to its ability to regulate<br />

the production of melatonin. Magnesium also<br />

appears to increase levels of gamma aminobutyric<br />

acid (GABA), a brain messenger with calming<br />

effects. It has also been shown to significantly<br />

improve sleep quality in people suffering with<br />

Restless Leg Syndrome.<br />

GABA (Gamma Amino-Butyric Acid) is the<br />

main inhibitory and sedative chemical in the<br />

brain. It assists in inducing sleep, uplifting mood<br />

and reducing anxiety. Many B vitamins – B1, B2,<br />

B3, B5, B6 – as well as zinc are required in the<br />

production of GABA.<br />

Botanical treatment options<br />

Valerian root makes getting to sleep easier and<br />

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Bubbles & Botanicals is the brand-new<br />

Sussex sparkling wine event, being<br />

held at stunning South Lodge on the<br />

19th November <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Come and meet local producers. Try<br />

and taste superb local sparkling wine<br />

and gins. And learn more about the<br />

vineyards, distillers, sparkling wines<br />

and craft gins of Sussex.<br />

There’s also a fantastic line-up<br />

of industry professionals who<br />

will be giving insightful talks and<br />

demonstrations throughout the day,<br />

including owner of independent wine<br />

shop The Horsham Cellar, Luke Smith,<br />

Jane Peyton, drinks broadcaster and<br />

founder of The School of Booze and<br />

Dimple Athavia, wine maker and<br />

founder of All Things Drink.<br />

Bubbles & Botanicals is the perfect<br />

opportunity to get together with<br />

friends, stock up on Christmas<br />

supplies, enjoy some great local wines<br />

and learn more about the awardwinning<br />

Sussex wine industry.<br />

Who will be at Bubbles & Botanicals?<br />

With more than 15 stalls representing<br />

some of the best sparkling wine<br />

producers and gin makers from Sussex<br />

and the surrounding areas, there will<br />

be samples and event-only deals for<br />

ticket-holders. See our website for<br />

more details of exhibitors<br />

Ticket holders will need to choose<br />

from one of the following sessions<br />

taking place (you can of course book<br />

for more than one if you wish) –<br />

11.00am – 1.00pm<br />

1.30pm – 3.30pm<br />

4.00pm – 6.00pm<br />

Tickets are £15 per session and will<br />

include a glass of Sussex sparkling<br />

wine on arrival, a bag, wine guide<br />

and access to all stallholders offering<br />

samples and show offers.<br />

A celebration of Sussex Sparkling Wine & Gin<br />

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Saturday November 19th • 11.00 - 6.00pm<br />

South Lodge, Brighton Road, Horsham RH13 6PS<br />

Book your ticket today<br />


Immerse yourself in<br />

Cava and the Arts<br />

in Barcelona<br />

and Catalonia<br />

Kevin Pilley stays at the Arts Hotel<br />

and explores the<br />

Cava region of Spain<br />

as part of the perfect<br />

autumn break<br />


Arts Barceloma<br />

La Sagrada Família<br />

Views of the Arts<br />

You don’t have to leave your room to see<br />

Barcelona if you stay at the Arts Hotel, the<br />

44-floor inside-out steel and glass skyscraper that<br />

was originally built for VIPs attending the 1992<br />

Olympics.<br />

From your city-facing room, if you spurn a<br />

Med-facing one, you will see Antoni Gaudi’s<br />

unfinished 1926 Basilica Temple <strong>Ex</strong>piatori de la<br />

Sagrada Familia, Agbar Tower, Tibidabo Hill and<br />

church, Parc de la Citadella with the parliament<br />

of Catalunya and a zoo within the park. You can<br />

also see the El Born quarter’s Basilica de Santa<br />

Maria del Mar, the Gothic Estacio de Franca<br />

railway station built for the 1929 Universal <strong>Ex</strong>po,<br />

the MNAC National Art Museum, Montjuic<br />

Castle and lighthouse and Barcelona Cathedral.<br />

That’s quite a view.<br />

The only thing missing is Camp No, home of<br />

Barcelona FC. So you’ll have to leave the hotel<br />

once. But you don’t have to exert much energy<br />

or go too far. The open-top city tour bus stops<br />

outside. And the limos are even closer.<br />

The views here are certainly top draw. So is a<br />

rooftop sauna with the best views in the world.<br />

It has windows that don’t mist up. Too much?<br />

The largest ballroom in the city and opening<br />

your curtain in the morning to see a 52-metrelong<br />

goldfish are also amongst the hotel’s many<br />

attractions.<br />

The hotel overlooks Frank Gehry’s famous giant<br />

fish sculpture which he called a goldfish and<br />

which the locals call a whale. On top of which,<br />

as the name might suggest, Hotel Arts is also<br />

home to over 500 pieces of original Spanish art,<br />

including works by Manolo Valdés, Luis Feito,<br />

José Manuel Broto and Perico Pastor.<br />

Michelin starred dining<br />

The chef-in-residence at the Arts Hotel is<br />

Catalan, Michelin-starred chef Paco Pérez who<br />

runs the hotel’s two-star Enoteca (meaning<br />

wine cellar) restaurant as well as the Miramar<br />

restaurant in his hometown of Llanca (and one<br />

for Cinco at Berlin’s Das Stue Hotel).<br />

Pérez took over at Enoteca in 2008, winning his<br />

first star two years later and a second in 2013.<br />

The Barcleona FC fan also helped open central<br />

Manchester’s Tast Cuina Catalana restaurant,<br />

co-owned by Manchester City manager, Pep<br />

Guardiola.<br />

In his younger years, Pérez trained under<br />

legendary chefs, Ferran Adrià and father of<br />

nouvelle cuisine, Michel Guérard. So you could<br />

say he knows how to dress a sea prawn and has<br />

mastered the art of the bacon waffle.<br />

His lobster Salpicon rocoto, almond, black garlic<br />

and anchovy, sustainable chilli crab, lobster,<br />

coral and tomato salad, shrimp dumplings, Koji<br />

cured red mullet and sea cucumber Fricando,<br />

and stewed tendons and the 130€ tasting menu<br />

provide the perfect opportunity to spoil your<br />

palate and tastebuds. And of course, this is the<br />

start of your Cava experience as you sample the<br />

high life in the form of some of the famous local<br />

sparkling wine.<br />

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Codorníu Winery<br />

Penedès and the Cava region<br />

For oeno/eno/vini-tourists, the three most<br />

important words to know while in south Spain<br />

are Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada. These<br />

are the three grapes that make classic Cava in<br />

Penedès, about a 45 minute drive from Barcelona.<br />

For oeno/eno/<br />

vini-tourists,<br />

the three most<br />

important<br />

words to know<br />

while in south<br />

Spain are<br />

Macabeo,<br />

Xarel-lo and<br />

Parellada.<br />

These are the<br />

three grapes<br />

that make<br />

classic Cava in<br />

Penedès ...<br />

Cava, its designation of origin<br />

and Sant Sadurni d’Anoia<br />

Spain produces 330 million-something<br />

bottles of sparkling wine a year. The Cava DO<br />

(denominacion de origen or designation of origin)<br />

is the official classification which was granted in<br />

1986. Cava can be produced throughout Spain,<br />

but most Cava is made here in Penedès. Its<br />

350-something wineries serve 100 countries.<br />

The capital of Cava is Sant Sadurni d’Anoia and<br />

here is where the leading Spanish Cava houses<br />

are based.<br />

Tours and tastings at the<br />

magnificent Codorníu<br />

Codorníu (est.1551) is the oldest family<br />

business in Spain and was the first vineyard to<br />

produce Cava. In 1659, farmhouse aristocrat<br />

Anna Codorníu married into the family and<br />

her husband named the house after her. In<br />

1872, Josep Raventós applied the traditional<br />

Champagne-style wine production method to a<br />

combination of three local grapes. Chardonnay<br />

was introduced in 1984 and Pinot Noir only<br />

in 2002. By 2024, all Cordorníu wines will be<br />

organic.<br />

Codorníu offers daily tours and tastings during<br />

which you can get close up and personal with<br />

antique presses, disgorgement tools and vintage<br />

oenological paraphernalia before tucking into<br />

the celebrated perlage. As well as learning that to<br />

be called Cava the wine must be aged for at least<br />

nine months.<br />

Codorníu’s eponymous wine is Spain’s best-selling<br />

Cava. A bottle of their prestigious Ars Collecta<br />

2010 is currently the world’s most expensive Cava<br />

at 174€ a bottle. Their Non Plus Ultra was the<br />

first brut Cava and has been produced by them<br />

since 1897.<br />

Self-guided tours are not recommended as<br />

Codorníu is huge and one wrong turn might<br />

take you to Buenos Aires or Montserrat. Or back<br />

to Barcelona. The vast underground cellars even<br />

have street names, so the winemakers don’t get<br />

lost. Visitors are transported by mini-trains.<br />


Bruno Colomer<br />

A region rich in cultural<br />

treasurers<br />

The 1895 Codorníu building was declared a<br />

National Historic Artistic Monument by King<br />

Don Juan Carlos in 1976. Other examples of<br />

Spanish eclectic Nouveau Art nearby can be seen<br />

in the former homes of Mestres (1909), Cal Rigol<br />

(1903) and Cal Calixtus (1885).<br />

But you haven’t come all this way just to admire<br />

the Noucentisme brickwork and the work of<br />

architect Josep Puig I Cadafach, visit Vilafranca’s<br />

“Vinseum” and see the limestone substrate of<br />

the Alt Penedès which forms one of the world’s<br />

oldest and largest wine-growing region. Or eat in<br />

Codorníu’s excellent El Jardins restaurant.<br />

You have come to try some top “vinum<br />

titullium” which was what the Romans called<br />

sparkling wine. You have made the trip to treat<br />

yourself to some quality mousse appreciation<br />

and celebrate Spain’s most famous bubbles.<br />

And enjoy the genius of current winemaker and<br />

technical director, Bruno Colomer, who also<br />

designed the winery’s gardens. Colomer was<br />

named best sparkling winemaker in the Bacchus<br />

Awards 2021 (a prestigious international wine<br />

and Cava competition organised by the Spanish<br />

Union of Tasters).<br />

The Carretera del Vi and the<br />

great houses of Cava<br />

But Cava is not all Codorníu or Freixenet (est<br />

1861). There are also Recaredo, Sumarroca, Caves<br />

Ferret, Juve y Camps, Castell d’Olerdola (which<br />

makes an excellent deep cerise rosé), Torelló, and<br />

the collective EU brand, Corpinnat (the heart).<br />

You’ll learn this and more, navigating the<br />

Carretera del Vi wine route which takes in seven<br />

towns and thirteen possible winery tastings. There<br />

are also several Camins del Cava (a network of<br />

roads linking vineyards together with restaurants,<br />

accommodation and other interesting points such<br />

as shops, companies to rent bikes, parking and<br />

museums).<br />

October sees La Setmana del Cava (a week-long<br />

celebration centred around Cava) and Cavatast,<br />

a food and drink fair and an opportunity to try<br />

and taste . Both are in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia and<br />

bicycle and walking tours are available, with maps<br />

and directions (although your Sat Nav won’t tell<br />

you to take the first exit at the giant steel frothing<br />

bottle. And then take the second exit with the<br />

two XL wine glasses).<br />

Wine is everywhere in south Spain. Even the<br />

sculptures in the middle of the roundabouts<br />

leading down into the shrine of Cava worship<br />

(Sant Sadurni d’Anoia) where Spanish sparkling<br />

winemakers look down on the rest of the world.<br />

But surprisingly, Cava still remains a little off-the<br />

grid when it comes to wine tourism. Responsible<br />

Travel is one of the few travel companies offering<br />

immersive Cava holidays. There are country<br />

lodges and small hotels, but most wine tourists<br />

stay in Barcelona. And take organized degustation<br />

tours from there via their concierge.<br />

For more information, please visit:<br />

Hotel Arts Barcelona<br />

Carrer de la Marina, 19-21,<br />

08005 Barcelona, Spain<br />

+34 932 211000<br />

www.hotelartsbarcelona.com/en<br />

Enoteca<br />

+34 93 4838108<br />

www.enotecapacoperez.com/en<br />

www.codorniu.com<br />

www.penedesturisme.cat<br />

www.easyjet.com<br />

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The Answers to<br />

Sussex Quiz<br />

So how did you do? Are you Sussex through and through,<br />

or have you got much to learn. Find out:<br />

3<br />


1 On which date is Sussex Day?<br />

June 16th<br />

2 Which recent Prime Minister was born in Eastbourne?<br />

Theresa May<br />

4<br />

3 What is the county flower of Sussex?<br />

The round-headed rampion<br />

(known as the “Pride of Sussex”)<br />

4 01243 is the area dialling code for which Sussex town?<br />

Chichester<br />

5 Which former glamour model grew up in Brighton before<br />

becoming a TV personality?<br />

Katie Price<br />

6<br />

6 With which Sussex town do you associate the year 1066?<br />

Hastings<br />

7 Which house has many works by JMW Turner?<br />

Petworth House<br />

8 In which stadium do Brighton and Hove Albion play?<br />

The Amex Stadium<br />

9 For what food is Chiddingly known?<br />

Hot pot<br />

8<br />

10 Which independent school has a uniform that involves yellow socks?<br />

Christ’s Hospital<br />

Sussex dialect question<br />

The Sussex dialect word yoyster means:<br />

C to play about roughly and noisily<br />


The<br />

Last Word<br />

The last word goes to Sussex <strong>Ex</strong>clusive local historian, Peter Benner,<br />

who looks back on some 70+ years of living and working in Sussex.<br />

Two Ancient Fairies<br />

There was a respected senior partner at a firm of local solicitors who I knew, albeit not well. Let’s call him Fred.<br />

Fairly stout and well moustached, as befitted his military service, he regularly used to have an evening libation in<br />

the Best Beech, a hostelry between Wadhurst and Mark Cross.<br />

It happened that his daughter, who lived in Mayfield, was a keen supporter of the local amateur dramatic society and<br />

was organising a summer fancy dress party along the road from the Best Beech. Fred was due to attend with a friend<br />

of similar proportions. Although there were costumes on offer, the best had been snapped up, so that by the time<br />

they were brought to the pub to be fitted, all that was left were the good and bad fairy costumes, tutus, wands and<br />

all.<br />

With some difficulty, Fred and his friend were persuaded to don these outfits, and it is alleged that some fortifying<br />

fluids were taken before they tottered out into the evening sun to move a few doors down the road.<br />

A local resident, returning from a day at the seaside came round a bend at that point, to see this pair of tottering<br />

fairies making their way towards him, wands in hand and in his surprise, the driver swerved through a garden hedge!<br />

It just goes to show, you never know who you’ll meet when exploring the villages of Sussex.<br />

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