Sussex Exclusive Magazine. Issue 7

A delightful dive into the very best Sussex has to offer. Enjoy 48 hours in Chichester and Rother exploring vineyards, castles and Medieval towns, try fantastic local cuisine and foodie experiences, discover ancient bluebell woods and wild garlic, learn the best places to go bargain hunting or visit one of the county's legendary landmarks. From the weird and the wonderful to the sublime and luxury, enjoy 96 pages about one of the most beautiful and bountiful county's in England.

A delightful dive into the very best Sussex has to offer. Enjoy 48 hours in Chichester and Rother exploring vineyards, castles and Medieval towns, try fantastic local cuisine and foodie experiences, discover ancient bluebell woods and wild garlic, learn the best places to go bargain hunting or visit one of the county's legendary landmarks. From the weird and the wonderful to the sublime and luxury, enjoy 96 pages about one of the most beautiful and bountiful county's in England.


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<strong>Issue</strong> 7 2024<br />

A very <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Easter<br />

From skipping and<br />

chocolate to walks & wine<br />

Iconic <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

12 landmarks like no others<br />

Bluebell walks &<br />

wild garlic<br />

Lose yourself in the woods<br />

of <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

48 hours In<br />

Two gorgeous<br />

weekend breaks<br />

Fabulous foodie<br />

From foraging,<br />

scallops & oysters to<br />

chocolate truffles<br />

An extraordinary<br />

school<br />

The incredible<br />

achievements of one<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> school<br />

96 pages of<br />

beautiful <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Flea market<br />

heaven<br />

The best <strong>Sussex</strong> haunts to<br />

grab a bargain

A word<br />

from the editor<br />

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

magazine, which as always, has been a joy to put together.<br />

Although at the time of writing, winter is not quite behind us<br />

yet, there’s a definite feel of spring in the air as <strong>Sussex</strong> feels like it’s<br />

coming out of hibernation. And that means there is lots to enjoy<br />

and explore.<br />

So in this edition, we have some fabulous Easter ideas and treats<br />

for you, three bluebell walks, some dog friendly ideas if you want<br />

to explore with your hound and two fabulous weekend break<br />

suggestions: 48 hours in Rother and 48 hours in Chichester. The<br />

great thing about a short break in <strong>Sussex</strong> is that there really is<br />

something for everyone whether you want history and culture, or<br />

coastal walks and wine. And do check out our guide to bargain<br />

hunting on page 73 and our weird and wonderful feature if you<br />

want to grab some unusual photos.<br />

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Lucy Pitts<br />

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Talking of photos, <strong>Sussex</strong> is home to a large number of iconic<br />

landmarks, and if photography is your thing, they make for<br />

some great photography backdrops. They all definitely have the<br />

wow factor.<br />

Our front cover for this edition features one of the students<br />

from Christ’s Hospital, one of the most incredible schools in the<br />

county if not in the country. Their music department and musical<br />

achievements are truly remarkable.<br />

In this edition, Becci Combe from Hygge Style has also shared<br />

three fabulous (and easy) recipes that you can make from local,<br />

foraged ingredients and we have our usual showcase of <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

foodie experiences and places to eat.<br />

And if you want to get out in the garden, Geoff Stonebanks from<br />

Driftwood by Sea has some jobs for you to be getting on with<br />

along with a little bit of green inspiration with a National Garden<br />

Scheme special.<br />

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Front Cover<br />

Christ's Hospital,<br />

Gabriel<br />

© Toby Phillips<br />

Photography<br />

There’s lots more inside including health, a trip to the Scilly Isles,<br />

local authors and our usual quiz. So as always, pull up a chair,<br />

pour yourself a glass of something <strong>Sussex</strong> and I hope you enjoy.<br />

Here’s to longer days and warmer weather.<br />

Lucy<br />

Lucy Pitts<br />


Contents<br />

8<br />

8 In the Diary<br />

Fill your diary with <strong>Sussex</strong> delights with our<br />

pick of some of the best of what’s going on in<br />

the county<br />

12 A very <strong>Sussex</strong> Easter<br />

From long held <strong>Sussex</strong> Easter traditions<br />

to lingering lunches, Easter egg hunts and<br />

chocolate masterclasses<br />

20 Iconic <strong>Sussex</strong> landmarks<br />

Discover and explore 12 of the county’s most<br />

iconic landmarks, from ancient chalk figures<br />

to exotic palaces<br />

39<br />

43<br />

39 A forager’s delight<br />

Make your own wild garlic and lemon butter,<br />

nettle pesto and dandelion honey with<br />

locally foraged ingredients<br />

43 The <strong>Sussex</strong> foodie<br />

Grab a knife, fork and napkin and dig<br />

into our selection of exquisite <strong>Sussex</strong> food<br />

experiences, restaurants and producers<br />

51 Incredible achievements<br />

at Christ’s Hospital<br />

Discover the extraordinary school in the<br />

heart of <strong>Sussex</strong> where music and musical<br />

achievement sits at the very heart of what<br />

they do<br />

20<br />

24 Bluebell and wild garlic walks<br />

Get off the beaten track and walk through<br />

carpets of bluebells and valleys of heady wild<br />

garlic with our three spring walks<br />

28 48 hours in Rother<br />

Enjoy cocktails and jazz, harbour walks<br />

and cobbled streets, coupled with<br />

vineyards, Medieval castles and Art Deco<br />

pavilions in Rother<br />

62<br />

54 Good news for the<br />

weary walker<br />

Friends of the South Downs share news of<br />

their stunning new sequence of benches<br />

along the South Downs Way<br />

62 Create a garden with wow!<br />

Gardening wizard Geoff Stonebanks shares<br />

some ideas for creating a garden with wow as<br />

well as some jobs to be getting on with<br />

24<br />

31 48 hours in Chichester<br />

Explore Thorney Island, visit the Medieval<br />

cathedral and enjoy a night at the theatre<br />

before spending a day exploring the<br />

boutiques and antique shops of Petworth<br />

34 Dog friendly <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Don’t leave your four-legged friend behind.<br />

From luxury hotels, to National Trust<br />

properties and fabulous beaches, check out<br />

our dog friendly <strong>Sussex</strong> options<br />

73<br />

68 A National Garden<br />

Scheme special<br />

Get inspired in the garden and support<br />

a good cause with a visit to one of these<br />

stunning National Garden Scheme gardens<br />

now re-opening<br />

73 Flea markets<br />

Hunt out a bargain with our pick of the best<br />

places in <strong>Sussex</strong> to find retro, vintage, quirky<br />

and second hand finds<br />

31<br />

38 Tuscan Chicken<br />

Cook up memories of summer and flavours<br />

of Italy with this quick and easy to make<br />

recipe<br />

90<br />

90 Be Scilly<br />

We don’t want you to leave <strong>Sussex</strong>, but if<br />

you do, why not head to the remote and<br />

evocative Isles of Scilly<br />

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as an archaeologist (Vikings, of<br />

course!), before travelling the<br />

world and becoming a successful<br />

glass artist. She now runs<br />

www.hyggestyle.co.uk, an online<br />

boutique in <strong>Sussex</strong> specialising in<br />

Danish and Scandinavian gifts. She<br />

is the author of three craft books<br />

focusing on upcycling.<br />

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In the<br />

Diary<br />

As winter morphs into spring, and <strong>Sussex</strong> comes to life, fill your<br />

diary with some of these fabulous events taking place across the<br />

county in the coming months<br />

Arundel Tulip Festival<br />

The Grand Hotel,<br />

Eastbourne<br />

Tottington Manor<br />

Daniel Defoe<br />

The Arundel Tulip Festival,<br />

Arundel<br />

The timing of this tulip festival is weather<br />

dependent but is usually in April. And<br />

what an extravaganza of colour it is<br />

against the backdrop of Arundel Castle<br />

and cathedral. With lots of nooks and<br />

crannies to explore, it’s also fun for the<br />

children so makes a great family outing.<br />

Dinner à Deux at The Grand<br />

Hotel, Eastbourne<br />

14 February<br />

In the most elegant of hotel settings,<br />

celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic<br />

meal for two serenaded by a harpist,<br />

either in the ornate Garden Restaurant or<br />

the blue-hued and intimate surroundings<br />

of the delightful Mirabelle Restaurant.<br />

Pre-booking essential.<br />

Valentine’s Dinner at Tottington<br />

Manor, Henfield<br />

14 February<br />

Celebrate love and Valentine’s with a<br />

four-course dinner and live pianist at this<br />

beautiful 17th century venue right at the<br />

foot of the South Downs.<br />

Booking essential.<br />

Laser Light Show, Chichester<br />

Canal Basin<br />

16 and 17 February, 6pm onwards<br />

This light extravaganza will feature a<br />

visual spectrum of colours in reference<br />

to Turner and his renowned painting of<br />

Chichester canal which is considered to<br />

be one of his finest works. The show will<br />

start with the 1812 overture. It is free<br />

to attend.<br />

Lewes History Group<br />

12 February and 11 March, Zoom<br />

History lovers may wish to join this group<br />

on 12 February for “Geoffrey Mead – Mr<br />

Defoe’s tour through South East England<br />

1724”. This talk looks at aspects of Daniel<br />

Defoe’s journey in SE England using<br />

mainly modern images of the places he<br />

mentions alongside his commentary. On<br />

the 11 March the talk is on the subject<br />

of “The life and times of John Whitfield,<br />

Cliffe Merchant”.<br />

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Herstmonceux,<br />

Observatory<br />

Jazz Sunday Lunch, Tottington<br />

Manor, Henfield<br />

25 February<br />

Join the Seajam Jazz Quintet for a Jazz<br />

Sunday Lunch. Book your table in the<br />

Downs Suite for this special afternoon<br />

and two course Sunday lunch.<br />

Booking essential.<br />

Macbeth, Connaught Theatre,<br />

Worthing<br />

5 to 8 March<br />

A rare chance to see the English Touring<br />

Theatre’s (ETT) performance of one<br />

of Shakespeare's most well-known<br />

tragedies. A visceral and contemporary<br />

new production that speaks to a world<br />

we find ourselves living in now, and asks<br />

why Macbeth has haunted our fears and<br />

nightmares for centuries and what lesson<br />

is this cautionary tale still urgently trying<br />

to communicate to us?<br />

Learn to Lamb, Rye<br />

12 to 13 March, Hare Farm at Brede<br />

Get stuck in with the lambing team in<br />

the sheds at Hare Farm to experience<br />

the spectacle of lambing up close and<br />

personal. You will observe and get hands<br />

on with several jobs involved at lambing<br />

time. Ideal for inquisitive animal lovers<br />

through to vet students and aspiring<br />

sheep keepers. Booking required.<br />

Night Sky Photography,<br />

The Observatory, Herstmonceux<br />

16 March<br />

A one-day adult course teaching practical<br />

aspects of night sky photography through<br />

lectures and demonstrations. Aimed at<br />

beginners in night sky photography but<br />

assumes competence with your own<br />

camera equipment. The morning session<br />

will teach the basics of imaging the night<br />

sky and the Milky Way, followed by an<br />

introduction to using a portable tracker<br />

to get even better night sky images.<br />

Booking essential.<br />

Friends of the South Downs<br />

19 March, The Shoreham Centre<br />

Join the Friends of the South Downs who<br />

are hosting a free talk in Shoreham with<br />

Michael Blencowe about Butterflies of the<br />

South Downs. Michael is co-author of<br />

The Butterflies of <strong>Sussex</strong> and will take you<br />

on a guided tour of our woods, heaths,<br />

gardens and downs as we go in search of<br />

the browns and the blues, the skippers,<br />

admirals and emperors (with a few tall<br />

tales along the way). This event is free but<br />

donations are gratefully accepted<br />

at checkout.<br />

Easter wreathmaking<br />

27 March, The Kennels at Goodwood<br />

Wreathmaking is not just for Christmas<br />

and a quick walk around some of<br />

the historic <strong>Sussex</strong> villages and towns<br />

and you’ll see lots of spring wreaths<br />

adorning front doors. There are Easter<br />

wreathmaking events across <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

including at The Kennels at Goodwood.<br />

A Town Explores a Book,<br />

St Leonards-on-Sea<br />

30 March to 14 April<br />

A vibrant community arts festival<br />

exploring The Railway Children by E.<br />

Nesbit. E. Nesbit had many connections<br />

with <strong>Sussex</strong>, the south coast and south<br />

London. Her parents stayed in Hastings<br />

when Edith was three years old because<br />

her father was ill and seeking the coastal<br />

air to aid recovery. As part of this festival<br />

there is an opening concert, outdoor art<br />

trail and workshops.<br />

Easter concert at the iconic<br />

Eastbourne bandstand<br />

31 March, from 3 pm<br />

A traditional Easter concert held at the<br />

Eastbourne bandstand with the Easter<br />

Silver Band.<br />

Eastbourne<br />

bandstand<br />

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Easter<br />

Skipping, hunting and not eating your Hot Cross<br />

Buns until next year: it’s a <strong>Sussex</strong> Easter<br />

Easter is early this year but, as always, it provides a welcome beacon of warmer<br />

weather at the end of the long winter months. So as we slowly come out of<br />

hibernation, here are some curious Easter facts and our top suggestions for<br />

Easter experiences.<br />

Easter facts and folklore<br />

Although Easter is a Christian holiday,<br />

the word “Easter” is derived from the<br />

word “Ēastre,” the name of a pagan<br />

goddess of spring and fertility, and it was<br />

a pagan festival celebrating the arrival of<br />

spring. This may explain the symbolism<br />

behind Easter eggs.<br />

In our house, back in the 1970s, we<br />

would pin prick both ends of a chicken<br />

egg and carefully drain out the contents,<br />

and then we would paint the eggs in<br />

intricate designs and finish them with a<br />

varnish.<br />

Don’t eat that lucky bun<br />

Most people know that the cross on a<br />

Hot Cross Bun symbolises the cross on<br />

which Jesus was crucified but did you<br />

know that Hot Cross Buns used to only<br />

be baked on Good Friday? This was<br />

supposed to make them lucky, stop them<br />

going mouldy and give them healing<br />

properties. In <strong>Sussex</strong>, you might save a<br />

bun for a whole year, hanging it in the<br />

St Andrew's Church,<br />

Alfriston<br />

Good Friday<br />

and playing<br />

a game of<br />

“Kiss-In-The-<br />

Ring” (I’ll leave<br />

that to your<br />

imagination).<br />

kitchen to protect your home, or the<br />

fishermen might have carried one as<br />

protection against drowning.<br />

Easter skipping<br />

Skipping was (and still is in some places)<br />

a longstanding <strong>Sussex</strong> Easter tradition.<br />

It used to be particularly popular in<br />

Brighton, Lewes and Seaford on Good<br />

Friday. There is some suggestion that<br />

skipping is connected to the Bronze Age<br />

burial mounds of the South Downs and<br />

burial rituals, but it’s also associated with<br />

fishermen and used to take place at the<br />

Brighton Fish Market right up to 1939.<br />

Easter skipping now seems to be enjoying<br />

a bit of a revival with various Morris sides<br />

incorporating it in their routine, and one<br />

place you can still find skipping going<br />

strong is in Alciston in East <strong>Sussex</strong>.<br />

Other Easter traditions<br />

Other <strong>Sussex</strong> Easter activities used<br />

to include playing marbles on Good<br />

Friday and playing a game of “Kiss-<br />

In-The-Ring” (I’ll leave that to your<br />

imagination). Much older (but not<br />

necessarily <strong>Sussex</strong>) traditions included<br />

giving bread and money to the poor<br />

on Maundy Thursday and placing<br />

consecrated bread in an Easter Sepulchre<br />

(tomb). You can see an example of an<br />

Easter Sepulchre in St Andrew’s Church<br />

at Alfriston.<br />

Meanwhile, a much newer Good Friday<br />

tradition now unfolds in Hastings, where<br />

there is a procession through the streets<br />

re-enacting the story of Good Friday.<br />

Later in the day, there’s an Easter Marbles<br />

Championship held in the town! A day<br />

of contrasts you could say.<br />

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If there are<br />

children with<br />

you, you can<br />

make a visit<br />

to Pooh Sticks<br />

Bridge or<br />

explore Five<br />

Hundred Acre<br />

wood before<br />

heading to the<br />

pub.<br />

Enjoying Easter in <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Family Sunday lunch at a great pub<br />

These days, nothing says Easter more than<br />

a long, lingering family lunch. Perhaps<br />

before or after a country walk?<br />

The Serpent Trail<br />

If you’re in the west of West <strong>Sussex</strong>, and<br />

want a walk with many twists and turns,<br />

try the Serpent Trail. The Serpent Trail is a<br />

winding, long distance path which goes from<br />

Haslemere to Petersfield via Petworth and<br />

takes you through ancient woodlands and<br />

across open heathlands with fabulous views.<br />

You can park at Petworth or Lodsworth<br />

and walk to the Duke of Cumberland at<br />

Henley for lunch and then walk back.<br />

Alternatively, you could park at Henley<br />

(near Midhurst) and walk to Woolbeding<br />

Common and back. Contact the pub first<br />

and place your order in advance. And if<br />

the weather is fine, you can eat outside.<br />

Ashdown Forest<br />

What about a walk on Ashdown Forest<br />

followed by lunch at The Dorset Arms at<br />

Withyham? If there are children with you,<br />

you can make a visit to Pooh Sticks Bridge<br />

or explore Five Hundred Acre wood before<br />

heading to the pub. There’s lots of parking<br />

on the forest and the nearest to the bridge<br />

is at Chuck Hatch. At The Dorset Arms<br />

they have a beautifully decorated little<br />

private lodge in the garden which you can<br />

book if there’s a large group of you and<br />

that means, if there’s still a bit of a nip in<br />

the air this Easter, you can still eat outside<br />

and not freeze.<br />

The obligatory Easter egg hunt<br />

and trails<br />

The National Trust in <strong>Sussex</strong> is always a<br />

good bet if you’re looking for Easter egg<br />

hunts. At Nymans near Haywards Heath<br />

Dorset Arms, at<br />

Withyham<br />

Ashdown Forest<br />

Serpent Trail<br />

Duke of Cumberland,<br />

Henley<br />

Easter chicks at<br />

Blackberry Farm<br />

they have an annual Springfest Easter trail<br />

to celebrate the joys of spring at Nymans.<br />

At Bateman’s they have an Easter<br />

Adventure trail with characters from The<br />

Jungle Book and at Bodiam Castle you<br />

can take part in an Easter egg hunt and<br />

enjoy discovering “the dragons at the<br />

castle and have a go at fun-filled and eggcellent<br />

activities”.<br />

And what could be more Eastery than<br />

heading to the South Downs and<br />

Saddlescombe Farm which opens for two<br />

weekends during the lambing season in<br />

March and April. You might see a lamb<br />

being born and you may be able to grab<br />

a tractor ride! And from there, you can<br />

head up onto the South Downs for a<br />

spring walk!<br />

Alternatively, Blackberry Farm Park (just<br />

south of Uckfield) are hosting an Easter<br />

egg hunt experience that involves an<br />

Easter themed maze and egg hunt.<br />

And while we’re on the subject of<br />

chocolate<br />

We have some fabulous chocolatiers in<br />

our county so why not book yourself a<br />

chocolate extravaganza! The Chocolatician<br />

in Worthing hosts workshops for<br />

children and adults. Noble and Stace host<br />

chocolate making masterclasses at the<br />

Artisan Bakehouse near Steyning, whilst<br />

over in Hastings, Coastal Cocoa host<br />

chocolatier courses and workshops.<br />

And what goes better with<br />

chocolate than wine?<br />

How quickly we arrived at wine! And<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> is definitely the place to be for a<br />

little of Easter wine tasting. Make your<br />

way to the Wiston Estate just north of<br />

Worthing, Oastbrook Estate Vineyard<br />

near Robertsbridge or Tinwood Estate<br />

near Chichester.<br />

Happy Easter<br />

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I<br />

have a penchant for both hot<br />

beverages and travel mugs and can’t<br />

even start my car engine unless there<br />

is a nice cup of tea in the dashboard<br />

mug holder. However from time<br />

to time I do end up buying the odd<br />

takeaway coffee, so who would guess that<br />

these little dinky Easter baskets are made<br />

from the paper cups that subsequently<br />

end up on the floor of my car? Whether<br />

hidden in the garden by the Easter bunny<br />

or used as table settings for your special<br />

lunch, they look adorable filled with<br />

moss and tiny treats.<br />

Easy to Make<br />

Easter Baskets<br />

Make these simple Easter decorations with the feelgood factor,<br />

from Becci Combe of Hygge Style<br />

Materials<br />

Paper takeaway cup<br />

Scissors<br />

Craft knife<br />

Hot glue gun and glue<br />

Moss and eggs to decorate<br />

Wash your cup thoroughly and allow<br />

to dry (if the smell of coffee is still<br />

strong, smear a paste made of water and<br />

bicarbonate of soda over the inside of the<br />

cup for a few hours and this should help<br />

to get rid of it). Peel off any corrugated<br />

outer cover.<br />

Using the craft knife, make a small<br />

incision halfway down the cup then cut<br />

it into two.<br />

Carefully cut the rolled rim from the top<br />

of the cup and set aside; now snip a 5mm<br />

wide strip at an angle into the middle<br />

section and keep cutting it round and<br />

round to make a long length of paper.<br />

To make the body of the basket, cut 14<br />

equal sections into the base of the cup<br />

and then gently bend them outward.<br />

(Rather than doing it by eye, the easiest<br />

way to do this evenly is by measuring<br />

the rim with a tape measure and<br />

dividing the total circumference by 14.<br />

The resulting number is the width of<br />

each upright, so you can measure and<br />

mark the cup with a pen accordingly).<br />

Remove every other section neatly at<br />

the base then bend the uprights back up<br />

again.<br />

Blob a little glue onto the end of your<br />

long length of paper and attach to<br />

the inside of one of the upright strips,<br />

before weaving it in and out all the<br />

way round. Continue to weave until<br />

you reach the top of the basket, then<br />

add a blob of glue to the end to secure<br />

it to the basket and trim off the excess<br />

working length.<br />

Trim the uprights so they are all level.<br />

Unroll the rim of the cup, fold it in half<br />

and flatten it with the edge of the closed<br />

scissors.<br />

Apply some glue to the inside and,<br />

working round the top of the basket,<br />

fold it over and pinch tight to make a<br />

neat rim (you will see there is an outer<br />

curve and inner curve; the outer curve<br />

should be the side that is glued to the<br />

outside of the cup).<br />

Cut a section from the remaining length<br />

and glue it to the inside of the basket to<br />

make a handle.<br />

Fill with reindeer moss and some tiny<br />

eggs and use to decorate your Easter<br />

table.<br />

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suites (the latter with access to the Downs<br />

Suite gardens) for those special occasions.<br />

Tottington Manor<br />

The first thing you notice<br />

when you arrive at Tottington<br />

Manor is the silence. You’ll<br />

find this 17th century, Grade<br />

II listed, timber framed<br />

manor down a quiet country lane in<br />

between Small Dole and Edburton in<br />

West <strong>Sussex</strong>, and right at the foot of the<br />

South Downs. And there’s something<br />

about this little corner of <strong>Sussex</strong> that feels<br />

very special.<br />

Where history meets tranquility and style<br />

A taste of the past<br />

Tottington Manor is a place that has<br />

a long history. The first manor here<br />

was owned by King Harold before the<br />

Norman invasion but the current building<br />

was built in 1604, and was owned by<br />

George Wyndham, Earl of Egremont,<br />

and his descendant family from 1827 to<br />

1923. During WWII, the manor was the<br />

regional headquarters for the Auxiliary<br />

Units as part of Churchill’s underground<br />

army and there are still secret bunkers and<br />

escape tunnels.<br />

And a taste of the present<br />

In 2021, Tottington Manor was acquired<br />

by new owners and has since undergone<br />

a complete transformation into a stylish<br />

and contemporary destination that has<br />

more than a passing nod to luxury but<br />

holds its history dear.<br />

Eating at Tottington Manor<br />

Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea<br />

and dinner every day, there are plenty<br />

of places to eat here. The main Terra<br />

Restaurant has the addition of the cosy<br />

Nook, for up to 8 guests. The restaurant<br />

also spills out onto a deck area with year<br />

round fire pits and uninterrupted views of<br />

the Downs.<br />

The menus at Tottington Manor are a<br />

celebration of local and <strong>Sussex</strong> produce.<br />

Although the menus are seasonal and<br />

change regularly, you can expect the<br />

delights of coarse game terrine, <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

plum chutney, and toasted <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

sourdough, <strong>Sussex</strong> Porchetta or a <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

sharing platter of Seven Sisters sheep’s<br />

cheese, Golden Cross goat’s cheese,<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> charcuterie, quail’s Scotch egg,<br />

pickled vegetables, Ticehurst apple, <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

bloomer, onion marmalade, and chicken<br />

butter. All washed down with a carefully<br />

chosen wine from <strong>Sussex</strong> or beyond.<br />

For more informal dining or a light<br />

lunch, head to the Olive Lounge and<br />

sink into a comfy chair while you browse<br />

their collection of over 400 <strong>Sussex</strong> books.<br />

Although you can also book the Manor<br />

Room with a large fireplace and beamed<br />

ceilings and the Small and Large Downs<br />

Staying at Tottington Manor<br />

Because you won’t want to leave, you can<br />

stay in one of the 4-star boutique and<br />

individually styled rooms which include<br />

Superior Suites, Club King, double or<br />

single rooms. If you want to explore the<br />

area or enjoy walking the South Downs<br />

and the fabulous South Downs Way, this<br />

makes the perfect base, and if you need<br />

baggage transfer as part of your walk, just<br />

ask when booking.<br />

A venue for making memories<br />

The team at Tottington have a wealth<br />

of wedding experience and understand<br />

what goes into making your wedding here<br />

incredibly special. A beautiful room, with<br />

French doors spanning the length of the<br />

room opens onto the private garden. They<br />

also have a team of six professional chefs.<br />

Above all else, a warm<br />

welcome awaits<br />

The team at Tottington Manor have<br />

the gift of making you feel special, and<br />

you’ll be greeted at the bar with a warm<br />

welcome. They also have a passion for<br />

detail, whether that’s the beautiful <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

art in the corridors of the hotel, or the<br />

stunning handcrafted tables in the Olive<br />

Lounge. And nothing is too much trouble.<br />

Tottington Manor has dog friendly rooms<br />

– look out for the stylish and fun artwork<br />

featuring dogs to indicate you’re in a dog<br />

friendly part of the hotel.<br />

If you’re looking for somewhere special in<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong>, let your feet lead you here.<br />

tottingtonmanor.co.uk<br />

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Iconic <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Landmarks<br />

Cowdray Ruins<br />

The Cowdray Ruins at Midhurst are the proud remains<br />

of a magnificent Tudor mansion that was once visited<br />

by both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I.<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> is famous for its iconic and photographic landscape. So, whether you<br />

want to snap that instant hit Insta’ shot or an evocative photo, try one of these<br />

quintessentially <strong>Sussex</strong> landmarks<br />

Beachy Head<br />

Just outside Eastbourne,<br />

Beachy Head is a chalk<br />

headland with a 530-foot<br />

cliff and a distinctive red<br />

and white lighthouse.<br />

Ouse Valley<br />

Viaduct<br />

Just outside<br />

Haywards Heath,<br />

and a masterclass<br />

in Victorian<br />

engineering,<br />

the Ouse Valley<br />

Viaduct is 96 feet<br />

high, has 37 arches<br />

and is made from<br />

11 million bricks.<br />

Chanctonbury Ring<br />

Visible from miles around,<br />

Chanctonbury Ring is a<br />

clump of trees on the South<br />

Downs (near Steyning) with<br />

amazing views. It’s shrouded<br />

in local folklore and legend.<br />

Brighton<br />

There are many distinctive<br />

landmarks in Brighton but<br />

the most elaborate and exotic<br />

has to be the Regency Royal<br />

Pavilion built in the 18 th<br />

century for the Prince of Wales.<br />

Seaford Coastguard<br />

Cottages & the Seven<br />

Sisters<br />

Just east of Seaford, these<br />

pretty cottages perch on the<br />

cliff above the sea with views<br />

of Cuckmere Haven and the<br />

Seven Sister cliffs beyond.<br />

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The Long Man at Wilmington<br />

The mysterious Long Man at<br />

Wilmington, not far from Eastbourne, is<br />

a 235-foot-high chalk figure carved into<br />

the side of the South Downs. His origins<br />

remain unclear.<br />

Hastings Old Town<br />

Squeezed between two hills, Hastings<br />

Old Town is a mixture of narrow,<br />

climbing streets, ancient churches<br />

and buildings, all spilling down to the<br />

distinctive old fishing quarter.<br />

Chichester<br />

Cathedral<br />

Chichester<br />

Cathedral was<br />

originally built<br />

between 1076<br />

and 1108. In<br />

about 1400, the<br />

Cathedral’s spire,<br />

cloisters and bell<br />

tower were added.<br />

Herstmonceux Castle<br />

This 15th century brick-built<br />

castle hovers over a moat and<br />

is one of the oldest significant<br />

brick buildings still standing in<br />

England.<br />

Mermaid Street<br />

This narrow,<br />

cobbled street<br />

in Rye is lined<br />

with Medieval<br />

and Georgian<br />

properties and<br />

comes with tales<br />

of smugglers and<br />

ghosts.<br />

Lewes Castle<br />

Dominating<br />

the pretty town<br />

of Lewes, this<br />

Medieval motte<br />

and bailey castle<br />

was built just<br />

after the Norman<br />

conquest. There are<br />

great views from<br />

the top.<br />

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Slindon and the Nore Folly walk<br />

This 5 km walk on the edge of the South<br />

Downs takes you through pretty beech<br />

woods and past the Nore Folly. There<br />

are all sorts of different routes you can<br />

take but you will need Ordnance Survey<br />

Explorer 10.<br />

Start<br />

Slindon in West <strong>Sussex</strong> is a very pretty<br />

village that dates back to the Domesday<br />

Book. There is parking at Park Lane, just<br />

south of the village or you can normally<br />

park roadside in the village, alongside<br />

the flint wall and near the church<br />

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winemaker<br />

Slindon Estate is made up of 3,500<br />

acres of <strong>Sussex</strong> woodland, farmland and<br />

downland. From the wall where you have<br />

parked, you walk north west out of the<br />

village until the narrow lane bends sharply<br />

to the left. Follow the bend around and<br />

after a short distance, you’ll see a small<br />

turn to your right downhill which you<br />

take. You’ll also start to get the first<br />

glimpses of the folly on the hill opposite.<br />

Nore Folly<br />

Warnham Woods<br />

Bluebell Walks<br />

Lift your spirits with a cobweb blasting winter wander<br />

or plan a bluebell and wild garlic extravaganza<br />

with one of these three walks!<br />

Slindon, Nore Folly<br />

Nore Wood<br />

After you’ve been walking roughly a<br />

kilometre, you’ll come to Courthill Farm<br />

and the footpath clearly signed to your<br />

left up to the folly. The path is easy to<br />

follow and from it, you take the first<br />

footpath to your right which takes you<br />

directly to the feet of the folly where there<br />

is a bench from where you can enjoy the<br />

views. The folly was built in about 1814<br />

to provide work for villagers during the<br />

depression following the Napoleonic<br />

Wars. Apparently, after it was built, the<br />

landowners held picnics there.<br />

Nore Wood<br />

When you’re ready, follow the footpath<br />

into Nore Wood (if you’re looking at the<br />

folly, go right). This is gorgeous ancient<br />

woodland which is famed for its bluebells<br />

in spring and its golden beech trees in<br />

autumn. Just follow the footpath that<br />

leads you around the wood bearing left as<br />

you go, back down a long path with views<br />

back towards the folly and towards the<br />

lane where you started. From there, it’s a<br />

short walk back to the village.<br />

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Warnham walking<br />

If you want something a little longer that<br />

in spring will be awash with wild garlic<br />

and bluebells, then this 10 km walk is<br />

for you. You will need Ordnance Survey<br />

Explorer 34.<br />

Start<br />

Park in Tilletts Lane in Warnham<br />

near Horsham at approximately<br />

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gossiped. If you are facing downhill, turn<br />

right into the fields and walk in a straight<br />

line across two large fields until you drop<br />

down to a path in the woods (Benland<br />

Wood). You turn right onto this.<br />

In spring, these woods are carpeted in<br />

blue, and you follow the path through<br />

them until the end, when the footpath<br />

reaches Northlands Road. Turn left and<br />

follow it for about half a km (look out for<br />

the rather beautiful folly on your right)<br />

until you see a signed footpath down<br />

what looks like a driveway or farm track<br />

to the left. Follow that past Pear Tree<br />

Farm until you come to the road (the<br />

A29). Cross straight over the road and<br />

drop down into a wild garlic valley.<br />

This is quite an incredible spot, with a<br />

sea of white flowers and the heady scent<br />

of garlic. Follow the path through and<br />

as it climbs gently before bending right.<br />

There is a footpath sign at the bend, off<br />

to your left, and you take this. This leads<br />

across open fields to another little wood<br />

which should be covered in bluebells<br />

called Charman’s Gill. Walk through<br />

the woods, and as you emerge, turn left<br />

towards Charman’s Farm. Do look out<br />

for the footpath signs because they are<br />

easy to miss.<br />

From Charman’s Farm, you cross a field<br />

and then follow the edge of White’s<br />

Copse woods, sticking to the footpath.<br />

As you enter White’s Copse, you join the<br />

old Roman road of Stane Street, but it<br />

isn’t marked or visible.<br />

Warnham Walk<br />

Warnham Tower<br />

The Chequers<br />

Rowhook and The Chequers<br />

The footpath eventually brings you out<br />

in the little village of Rowhook and not<br />

far from The Chequers Inn (a great place<br />

for a pit-stop which is also dog friendly).<br />

Follow the road around as it bends to the<br />

left (with the pub on your right) and after<br />

a little row of houses, you’ll see a footpath<br />

to your left.<br />

Now just follow the footpath home. First,<br />

it takes you through a little wood and then<br />

across fields and down a long gentle hill<br />

to the A29 which you cross. Keep going<br />

straight on the footpath which takes you<br />

across another field, down to a river and<br />

bridge, and then you slowly climb up<br />

across fields until you reach the footpath in<br />

Benland Wood where you started.<br />

Ashdown Forest<br />

Chelwood vachery<br />

The gardens<br />

have a<br />

magical and<br />

abandoned<br />

feel and are a<br />

special place<br />

to visit at any<br />

time of the<br />

year but in<br />

the spring, the<br />

surrounding<br />

woods are<br />

a haven for<br />

bluebells.<br />

Ashdown Forest abandoned<br />

garden<br />

In East <strong>Sussex</strong>, Ashdown Forest is famed<br />

for its views, bluebells and woodland<br />

walks. There are so many walks to choose<br />

from but why not try this 3.5 km walk<br />

at Chelwood Vachery. You can park in<br />

one of the many car parks off the A22.<br />

The one called Trees is at approximately<br />

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need Ordnance Survey Explorer 135.<br />

The Vachery<br />

Chelwood Vachery is a large mansion<br />

built in 1905.These days, it’s a private,<br />

gated residential community and you<br />

can’t go in. However, the Chelwood<br />

Vachery Forest Garden, south west<br />

of the house, is no longer part of the<br />

private estate and is free to explore. The<br />

gardens have a magical and abandoned<br />

feel and are a special place to visit at<br />

any time of the year but in the spring,<br />

the surrounding woods are a haven for<br />

bluebells.<br />

The Forest Garden was created in 1910<br />

and has a series of lakes, ponds and<br />

waterfalls that cascade down the hill from<br />

the house to the valley below. A “gorge”<br />

was added in 1925 and a folly bridge was<br />

added in the 1930s. The Conservators<br />

of Ashdown Forest now own it and it<br />

is considered to have special historic<br />

interest.<br />

A short walk<br />

With the main house in front of you, go<br />

left and follow the footpath and around<br />

the edge of the private estate. This leads<br />

you to the first waterfall and lake. From<br />

there, you just follow the cascading water<br />

through the woods and down to the<br />

valley bed. Turn right and walk along to<br />

the folly bridge, from where you can loop<br />

back to the house.<br />

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48 Hours in <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Top: Lamb House<br />

De La Warr Pavilion,<br />

Bexhill<br />

Rye Windmill<br />

Below: Rye Landgate<br />

48 Hours In Rother<br />

Grab a holdall for a weekend<br />

away that includes wine, jazz,<br />

ghosts, castles, Art Deco art<br />

galleries and coastal walks<br />

The Rother District of East <strong>Sussex</strong> has 37<br />

km of coast, a dozen historic towns and<br />

villages such as Rye, Winchelsea, Bexhill<br />

and Battle, ancient castles, art galleries<br />

and vineyards. It stretches from Camber<br />

Sands in the east, up to Wadhurst near<br />

Tunbridge Wells and down to Pevensey<br />

Bay (but it does not include Hastings).<br />

Friday afternoon arrival<br />

Start your 48 hours in Rye and spend late<br />

Friday afternoon exploring this small but<br />

hopelessly picturesque Medieval town<br />

with its cobbled streets and heady views.<br />

Arrive before 4 pm and you can climb<br />

up the church tower (St Mary’s Church<br />

right in the centre at Church Square) to<br />

get panoramic views of the town and visit<br />

the town’s ancient city gate. And make<br />

sure you take a stroll down Mermaid<br />

Street before sunset - it’s one of the most<br />

photographed streets in Britain.<br />

Jazz Bar and the place to go for an evening<br />

of jazz and cocktails! Or, if you’re an ale<br />

aficionado, head to the Rye Waterworks<br />

Micropub which you’ll find in an old<br />

water pump house.<br />

Top: Rye<br />

Right: Rye's Micropub<br />

Join us as we explore two very<br />

different districts of <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

The wonderful county of <strong>Sussex</strong> is divided into a<br />

total of 12 districts and boroughs, each bursting<br />

with rich pickings ready to be explored. In the first<br />

of our new “48 Hours In” series, we explore the<br />

districts of Rother and Chichester. From history<br />

and culture to wine and walks, if you’re looking for a gloriously<br />

indulgent weekend, you’ll find it here!<br />

Friday evening<br />

There are lots of places to eat in Rye<br />

but if it’s atmosphere and history you’re<br />

after then try The George (which is a<br />

16th century coaching inn in the High<br />

Street), The Mermaid Inn (which dates<br />

back to the 11th and 14th century and<br />

comes with ghosts, hidden passageways<br />

and tales of smugglers) or The Old Bell,<br />

which has an 80 year old wisteria and<br />

was built in 1390 (you’ll find it in the<br />

Mint at the other end of the High Street<br />

to The George).<br />

Once filled with a sense of Rye’s charm,<br />

history and dinner, make your way along<br />

to The Grapevine in Conduit Hill (off<br />

the High Street), Rye’s Champagne and<br />

Saturday morning<br />

Having got your bearings last night, it’s<br />

time to explore this ancient Cinque Port<br />

and the surrounding area in a little more<br />

depth. Lamb House is not far from the<br />

church and is a National Trust property<br />

and the Ypres Tower is a museum. Both<br />

are worth a visit before you head out of<br />

town to Rye Harbour. There is a discovery<br />

centre here but you might just want to<br />

enjoy a cobweb blasting walk from the<br />

Martello Tower past the famous black and<br />

red fishermen’s hut along to the sea front<br />

to build up an appetite for lunch. And<br />

for this, try the Globe in the Marsh. It’s<br />

eclectic and you can try local produce like<br />

Rye Bay scallops or Hastings 1066 Gin.<br />

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Saturday afternoon<br />

After lunch, head inland toward Battle,<br />

and the site of the famous Battle of<br />

Hasting in 1066 when William the<br />

Conqueror defeated King Harold as<br />

part of the Norman invasion. The main<br />

place to visit here is Battle Abbey and<br />

the battlefield. This will take a couple<br />

of hours and then there is just time to<br />

explore some of the shops up the High<br />

Street. There is a tap room, an antique<br />

emporium and antique jewellery shop as<br />

well as a deli and wine shop selling lots of<br />

local produce.<br />

Saturday night<br />

For Saturday night, check availability at<br />

Oastbook Vineyard near Robertsbridge.<br />

They host a Summer Party in June and<br />

fine wine and dining evenings. You can<br />

also stay there if you don’t want to drive.<br />

Or stick around in Battle for Tapas at<br />

Thorpe’s Wine Bar & Gin Emporium.<br />

Sunday morning<br />

You have a decision to make now. You<br />

can head to the coast for some culture at<br />

the Art Deco style De La Warr Pavilion<br />

in Bexhill, where they have an ongoing<br />

programme of exhibitions, concerts and<br />

events. If you do, make time for a walk<br />

along the Colonnade and then have lunch<br />

at the Sackville Bistro. If you go inside the<br />

building here, there’s lots of information<br />

about Bexhill’s motor racing past!<br />

Alternatively, from Battle head to<br />

Bodiam Castle, a 14 th century, moated<br />

National Trust castle that stands in ruins<br />

but is well worth exploring. In summer,<br />

you can also take a boat ride back to Rye<br />

from Bodiam Boating Station. Or simply<br />

head to one of the local vineyards like<br />

Carr Taylor or Oxney Organic Estate<br />

for a vineyard tour and tasting, and of<br />

course, to stock up with some vintage<br />

souvenirs to take home.<br />

Top: Ypres Tower<br />

Bodium castle<br />

Right: Bexhill<br />

Colonnade<br />

In summer,<br />

you can also<br />

take a boat<br />

ride back<br />

to Rye from<br />

Bodiam<br />

Boating<br />

Station. Or<br />

simply head<br />

to one of<br />

the local<br />

vineyards...<br />

Places to stay in Rye<br />

There are quite a few fabulously quirky<br />

places you might want to stay in Rye.<br />

There is Rye Windmill on the outskirts<br />

of the town, or of course, the famous<br />

Mermaid Inn. Alternatively, try Jeake’s<br />

House – a 17th century hotel also in<br />

Mermaid Street.<br />

10 miles from Rye, you’ll find Railway<br />

Retreats at Northiam where you can stay<br />

in a customised train carriage.<br />

Places to stay in Battle<br />

You could stay right on the edge of the<br />

battlefield and within walking distance<br />

of the Abbey at South Lodge – a twobedroom<br />

holiday cottage.<br />

Or try Powdermills Country House<br />

Hotel. It’s about a mile from Battle<br />

centre and has acres of gardens, park<br />

and woodland.<br />

Top: Chichester<br />

Right: Market Cross<br />

48 Hours In Chichester<br />

Pack light and get ready for a<br />

weekend of theatre, Romans,<br />

quaint harbours, grand works of<br />

art, festivals and vineyards<br />

The Chichester District of West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

includes the cathedral city of Chichester,<br />

idyllic Chichester Harbour and Thorney<br />

Island as well the historic towns of<br />

Petworth and Midhurst, a section of the<br />

South Downs and a number of awardwinning<br />

vineyards.<br />

Friday afternoon arrival<br />

Spend Friday afternoon and evening<br />

exploring Chichester. You can walk<br />

around the city via the Roman perimeter<br />

wall and then start exploring the city<br />

centre from Market Cross which marks<br />

the crossroads of the four main streets.<br />

You’ll see the cathedral and the sculpture<br />

of St Richard outside (the patron saint<br />

of <strong>Sussex</strong>) and if you have time, visit the<br />

Novium Museum which documents the<br />

area’s Roman history or Pallant House, a<br />

contemporary art gallery.<br />

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Friday evening<br />

Friday evening really has to be all about<br />

Chichester Festival Theatre, and it will<br />

be worth planning your trip around<br />

what you want to see here. The theatre<br />

also has its Brasserie restaurant so you<br />

can eat without worrying about being<br />

late. If you don’t fancy the theatre, you<br />

could try dinner at the Fat Fig followed<br />

by cocktails at the Rocking Horse in<br />

Southgate or head to The Duke & Rye<br />

which is an old church that serves pub<br />

grub with live entertainment.<br />

Saturday morning<br />

Start the morning exploring some of<br />

the shops and boutiques in Chichester.<br />

There’s everything from Peter Hancock’s<br />

flea market in West Street to the artisan<br />

makers in The Hornet and Draper’s Yard<br />

at the other end of town and a whole<br />

host of eclectic retro boutiques in the<br />

Almshouse Arcade opposite Draper’s Yard.<br />

Saturday afternoon<br />

For lunch, head out of town to<br />

Chichester Harbour and the Crown and<br />

Anchor at Dell Quay. This 16th century<br />

building has stunning views over the<br />

Marina and as you might expect, lots<br />

of seafood dishes if that is your fancy.<br />

After lunch, burn off some of the excess<br />

by exploring Chichester Harbour. You<br />

can walk all the way around Thorney<br />

Island (it’s about 12 km) or potter<br />

around stunning Bosham (remember to<br />

pronounce it Bozzum if you don’t want<br />

to upset the locals) and don’t park on the<br />

harbour front if you don’t want to lose<br />

your car to the incoming tide.<br />

Petworth Fringe in September if you’re<br />

looking for entertainment. There are<br />

also a few good places to eat in Petworth<br />

which include The Angel (a Medieval<br />

inn which was believed to be one of the<br />

main venues from which Sir Winston<br />

Churchill planned the Normandy<br />

invasions) or the E. Street Bar and Grill.<br />

This year, E. Street Bar and Grill are<br />

hosting a series of exclusive wine dinners<br />

- each focusing on a different wine region<br />

from around the globe and including<br />

guided wine tasting paired with a menu<br />

inspired by the region.<br />

Clockwise:<br />

Chichester Harbour<br />

Boxgrove Priory<br />

Tinwood and Tinwood<br />

accommodation<br />

Petworth<br />

Petworth hall and<br />

Petworth House<br />

Chichester Cathedral<br />

Centre: Bosham<br />

17th century National Trust property<br />

with vast parklands and an incredible<br />

collection of art along with its famous<br />

staircase and grand murals.<br />

Sunday lunch, before you<br />

head home<br />

Turn your tail back south to the Tinwood<br />

Estate at Halnaker for a Tapas style lunch<br />

in their vineyard kitchen restaurant or for a<br />

private picnic in the vineyard. If you have<br />

time, finish with a walk up to Halnaker<br />

Windmill with its views across the south<br />

and to the ruins of Boxgrove Priory, both<br />

within a short distance of Tinwood.<br />

Places to stay in Chichester<br />

Harbour Hotel Chichester is a boutique<br />

hotel with spa and in-house restaurant<br />

in the heart of Chichester. Or stay in<br />

a luxury lodge at Tinwood with views<br />

overlooking the vines and a jacuzzi.<br />

Places to stay in Petworth<br />

Voted one of the Best English Country<br />

Hotels, The Angel Inn in Petworth has<br />

seven beautifully designed rooms.<br />

Saturday night<br />

When you’re ready, head north east to<br />

Petworth for the night. Coincide your<br />

visit with Petworth Festival in July or<br />

Sunday morning<br />

Have a mooch around Petworth<br />

including the Antiques Market and<br />

Petworth House. Petworth House is a<br />

Just outside Petworth is a former<br />

Petworth Railway Station built in 1892.<br />

You can stay in their converted Pullman<br />

railway carriages or in the main Station<br />

House itself.<br />

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Dog Friendly<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Want to get out and about to explore <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

with your four-legged friend? Don’t worry,<br />

we’ve got you covered.<br />

Dog friendly National Trust<br />

We’re lucky that most of the National<br />

Trust sites in <strong>Sussex</strong> are dog friendly. You<br />

can take your dog into the grounds of<br />

Bodiam, Bateman’s, Sheffield Park, Birling<br />

Gap, Petworth, Standen, Nymans and<br />

Uppark. You are however nearly always<br />

required to keep them on a short lead.<br />

Dog friendly beaches<br />

Some <strong>Sussex</strong> beaches do have dog<br />

restrictions during high season but there<br />

are also a number of beaches where<br />

dogs are welcome all year round. These<br />

include Holywell Beach (dogs must be<br />

under control), Cooden Beach, Normans<br />

Bay and Cuckmere Haven Beach (in<br />

some areas your dog may need to be on<br />

a lead). In West <strong>Sussex</strong>, Felpham Beach,<br />

Climping Beach, Shoreham Beach and<br />

East Head Beach (dogs need to be on a<br />

lead) are dog friendly all year.<br />

The South Downs and<br />

Ashdown Forest<br />

Both the South Downs and Ashdown<br />

Forest are great places to go for a hearty<br />

walk with your hound. You do need to be<br />

aware of any livestock or sensitive wildlife<br />

areas where your dog may need to be on<br />

a lead. If you’re worried about stiles, there<br />

are also at least six “Miles Without Stiles”<br />

footpaths on the South Downs and you<br />

can get details from the South Downs<br />

National Park website.<br />

Other dog friendly attractions<br />

Borde Hill Gardens and Wakehurst, both<br />

near Haywards Heath in West <strong>Sussex</strong>,<br />

welcome dogs on leads and Wakehurst<br />

also has a new off-lead area. You can also<br />

walk in the parklands at Parham House<br />

in West <strong>Sussex</strong> (dogs on lead). Dogs are<br />

also allowed in the outside area at Battle<br />

Abbey (on a lead) in East <strong>Sussex</strong> and in<br />

Parham House Gates<br />

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Judith Dandy<br />

Independent Funeral Director<br />

Dandelion Farewells warmly invites you to contact us if<br />

In East <strong>Sussex</strong>, at Rathfinny Estate dogs<br />

are welcome in their accommodation<br />

and there is a self-guided vineyard tour<br />

which is open to dogs (well they do<br />

like to learn). Similarly, at the Bluebell<br />

Vineyard Estates near Uckfield, there<br />

are three self-guided trails through the<br />

vines and woodlands, and dogs on leads<br />

are welcome. These are great during<br />

bluebell season.<br />

you have any questions about the funeral you need<br />

to arrange.<br />

We are committed to enabling families to plan a funeral<br />

that is personal, meaningful and affordable.<br />

We will support you to create a farewell that is appropriate<br />

and unique, thereby taking away much of the strain of<br />

Luxury doggie stays<br />

planning such a significant event.<br />

Rathfinny<br />

Ashdown Park<br />

the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle<br />

(although currently closed, hopefully will<br />

reopen soon).<br />

Dog friendly vineyards<br />

With so many vineyards in <strong>Sussex</strong>,<br />

it’s perhaps no surprise that many of<br />

them are dog friendly. In West <strong>Sussex</strong>,<br />

try Wiston Estate where dogs are<br />

welcome at outside tables at their Chalk<br />

restaurant, and on the estate’s public<br />

footpaths. At Kinsbrook not far from<br />

Horsham, all dogs are welcome in the<br />

restaurant and around the vineyard<br />

(although not in the farm shop).<br />

In West <strong>Sussex</strong>, Bailiffscourt Hotel<br />

and Spa at Climping offers luxury dog<br />

friendly accommodation. Goodwood<br />

Hotel also prides itself on being dog<br />

friendly and dogs can join you in the<br />

Farmer, Butcher, Chef restaurant or at<br />

The Kennels clubhouse. And Goodwood<br />

even host their own annual Goodwoof<br />

event which celebrates all things canine.<br />

In East <strong>Sussex</strong>, for a bit of canine luxury,<br />

The Grand in Eastbourne is open to<br />

hounds and gives doggy goodie bags<br />

to their four-legged guests. Ashdown<br />

Park Hotel is also dog friendly, and you<br />

can walk your dog in their surrounding<br />

parkland. Four-legged guests here receive<br />

their own dog basket, blanket and bowls<br />

for the duration of their stay.<br />

We will be with you every step of the way.<br />

Church View, Billingshurst Road<br />

Wisborough Green, West <strong>Sussex</strong> RH14 0DY<br />

www.dandelionfarewells.com<br />

e: judith@dandelionfarewells.com<br />

t: 01403 701001 m: 07769 336022<br />

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FOOD<br />

FOOD<br />

Tuscan<br />

Chicken<br />

Vanessa Jamieson shares this quick to make<br />

favourite with flavours of Italy<br />

Tuscan chicken – serves 6<br />

For the chicken…<br />

Ingredients:<br />

12 large skinless chicken thigh fillets<br />

3 tbsp olive oil<br />

4 tbsp plain flour<br />

3 tsp paprika<br />

2 large onions, diced<br />

2 red peppers, diced<br />

3 garlic cloves, minced<br />

12 cherry tomatoes, halved<br />

60 g sun blushed tomatoes, chopped<br />

200 g baby spinach<br />

300 ml double cream<br />

300 ml chicken stock<br />

125 g grated parmesan cheese<br />

Fabulous Foraging &<br />

Home Recipes<br />

Becci Combes of Hygge Style shares three naturally wholesome and easy to<br />

make recipes made with locally foraged ingredients<br />

Wild garlic & lemon butter<br />

When the spring weather<br />

refuses to play nicely, this is<br />

a great winter recipe that still<br />

has hints of summer!<br />

I do love dishes that you can prep in<br />

under 30 mins. It’s also good to make<br />

beforehand and reheat if you have guests<br />

over. I’ve served this with Parmesan<br />

roasted potatoes as, let’s face it, now is<br />

no time to be thinking of your summer<br />

body, although it would also be lovely<br />

with French bread, pasta or rice.<br />

Method:<br />

Mix the flour and paprika and season<br />

with salt and pepper. Toss the chicken<br />

pieces into the bowl and coat well.<br />

Heat the oil in a large casserole pan<br />

and fry the chicken until each piece is<br />

browned and crisp. You will need to do<br />

this in batches. Set aside.<br />

Add the onions, pepper and tomatoes to<br />

the pan and fry for approximately 5 mins<br />

or until soft. Add the garlic and fry for<br />

another 30 seconds.<br />

Add in the sun blushed tomatoes and<br />

stock and bring to the boil. Add the<br />

chicken back to the pan and transfer to<br />

the oven. Cook at 180 degrees for around<br />

30-35 mins until the chicken is cooked<br />

through.<br />

Remove from the oven, add the cream<br />

and spinach and stir until the spinach has<br />

wilted. Then add the parmesan cheese<br />

and serve.<br />

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FOOD<br />

FOOD<br />

Wild garlic &<br />

lemon butter<br />

Wild garlic is abundant at this<br />

time of year and can be found<br />

on damp verges and woodlands<br />

throughout the countryside.<br />

Best picked while it is still<br />

young, as the season progresses from February to<br />

June the leaves become slightly tougher and stronger<br />

in flavour. Add a few leaves to stir fries and stews or<br />

make this fabulous garlic butter. We love it melted<br />

over fresh pasta, spread over some crusty baguette<br />

with some fresh prawns or, best of all, served on top<br />

of a lovely steak and chips!<br />

There are a few rules to remember when foraging;<br />

only take as much as you need and try to spread<br />

out your picking so you don’t deplete just one area.<br />

Avoid areas of high traffic pollution and always<br />

harvest away from areas where dogs might have been<br />

active. Lastly, accurate identification is essential,<br />

especially when it comes to poisonous plants,<br />

fungi and berries; there are many apps and online<br />

resources available to help make sure you are picking<br />

the right thing, and a weekend foraging course is<br />

always a fun and educational experience.<br />

In terms of identification, you know you’ve got<br />

the right plant by the strong odour of garlic when<br />

harvested (the only things you might mistake it for<br />

are lords and ladies or lily of the valley). Both of<br />

these plants are toxic but don’t have that obvious<br />

fragrance when picked, so double check with a good<br />

foraging book before you head out!<br />

The leaves will last for a good week if placed in a<br />

glass of water and stored in the fridge door.<br />

Becci is winner of<br />

F:entrepreneur100, BT's Best<br />

Home Business of the Year and<br />

Remote Worker Awards and The<br />

Mumpreneur 100. You can find her<br />

at Hygge Style<br />

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Ingredients:<br />

250 g unsalted butter<br />

25 g wild garlic (a good handful)<br />

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon<br />

1 teaspoon sea salt<br />

A good grinding of fresh black pepper<br />

Method:<br />

Allow the butter to come up to room temperature<br />

and soften. Rinse the leaves and then either give<br />

them a good whizz in a salad spinner or drain and<br />

pat dry with a kitchen towel.<br />

Chop the leaves as finely as you can, then beat into<br />

the butter along with the salt, pepper and zest. You<br />

may find some moisture comes out of the leaves and<br />

separates slightly, if so just soak it up with a little<br />

more kitchen paper.<br />

Spoon the butter out onto a piece of cling film into a<br />

rough sausage shape, then fold the sides of the cling<br />

film up so it is wrapped up.<br />

Roll the sausage backwards and forwards a few times<br />

so it becomes a nice even log, then set in the fridge<br />

to firm up.<br />

Unwrap the cling film then roll the butter in a sheet<br />

of greaseproof paper.<br />

The butter will keep for up to two weeks in the<br />

fridge but can be stored in the freezer (wrapped in<br />

cling film) for up to six months, so you can just slice<br />

off a piece when you need it.<br />

Nettle pesto<br />

Nettles (Urtica dioica) are a fantastic<br />

superfood, fun to forage and best of<br />

all, free. Bang full of vitamins and<br />

minerals, once prepared they are<br />

great in any recipe where you would<br />

use spinach. We love them stirred through fresh<br />

pasta with a little butter and salt, or in a quiche<br />

with cheese and bacon.<br />

This easy nettle pesto recipe is very versatile; I’ve<br />

made it with cheddar and cashew nuts instead<br />

of the parmesan and pine nuts and my son ate<br />

most of it with a spoon. Pick the top four leaves<br />

of the nettles (wearing gloves!) when they are<br />

young and green in the spring; avoid them after<br />

mid-May when they start to flower and the stalks<br />

become woody.<br />

Again, there are a few rules to remember when<br />

foraging; only take as much as you need and try to<br />

spread out your picking so you don’t deplete just<br />

one area. Avoid areas of high traffic pollution and<br />

always harvest away from areas where dogs might<br />

have been active. Lastly, accurate identification is<br />

essential, especially when it comes to poisonous<br />

plants, fungi and berries; there are many apps and<br />

online resources available to help make sure you<br />

are picking the right thing, and a weekend foraging<br />

course is always a fun and educational experience.<br />

(Eating nettles should be avoided if you are taking<br />

blood thinners or diuretics or are pregnant).<br />

Ingredients:<br />

1 colander full of nettle tips<br />

50 g parmesan<br />

1 chopped garlic clove<br />

50 g pine nuts<br />

A good squeeze of lemon juice<br />

150 ml olive oil<br />

A pinch of salt<br />

Method:<br />

Nettles need to be prepared to destroy their stinging<br />

hairs. Wash them well, then bring a large pan of<br />

water to the boil. Drop the leaves into the hot water<br />

and blanch for two minutes, before scooping them<br />

out with a slotted spoon.<br />

Rinse them under cold water then squeeze all the<br />

excess liquid from the leaves (at this stage we usually<br />

drink the cooking liquid as nettle tea, with a drop of<br />

honey to sweeten it).<br />

Place the nettles in a blender with the parmesan,<br />

garlic, lemon juice, salt and pine nuts and blitz to<br />

a paste.<br />

With the motor still running, drizzle in 125 ml olive<br />

oil and continue to blend until the ingredients are<br />

thoroughly combined. Pour into a clean glass jar and<br />

top with the remaining oil; if stored in the fridge<br />

the pesto will last 2 weeks. Serve with fresh pasta, or<br />

drizzle over fish or warm salads.<br />


FOOD<br />

FOOD<br />

Dandelion<br />

honey<br />

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are<br />

a wonderful sight in late spring and<br />

early summer, as their sunny little faces<br />

proliferate across garden and hedgerow.<br />

Traditionally used as a herbal treatment<br />

for digestive issues, liver health and as a diuretic,<br />

dandelion is packed full of antioxidant, antiviral<br />

and antibacterial properties, and best of all it can be<br />

foraged for free. Young tender leaves can be added<br />

to salads (although they do grow bitter as they get<br />

tougher), the roots dried to make a coffee substitute<br />

and the flowers fermented into country wines.<br />

Dandelion honey is my favourite way to use the<br />

blooms, with the fragrant confection having a taste<br />

and texture similar to honey. Spoon over scones and<br />

cream, pour over pancakes, spread over croissants<br />

and toast, or use as a filling in a Victoria sandwich; I<br />

particularly love it with Greek yoghurt and muesli.<br />

As with all foraging, ensure the plants have not been<br />

sprayed with any chemicals and are picked from a<br />

dog-free area! The flowers are also beloved of bees as<br />

unusually they contain both nectar and pollen so try<br />

not to pick too many from any one spot. The one<br />

main issue with harvesting them is that as they grow<br />

very close to the ground, picking them involves a<br />

lot of bending down; for this reason I would suggest<br />

involving the help of some younger family members<br />

who can just crawl efficiently across the grass. If<br />

you don’t get enough petals on your first foray, you<br />

can always pop them in the freezer until you have<br />

gathered enough for the recipe.<br />

Ingredients:<br />

150 dandelion heads<br />

500 g jam sugar (or granulated with<br />

85ml liquid pectin)<br />

500 ml water<br />

1 tbsp lemon juice<br />

Sterilised jam jars<br />

Method:<br />

Leave the flowers spread out on a garden table for<br />

a few minutes so any little creatures can make their<br />

escape. Don’t wash them, as this will remove the<br />

pollen.<br />

Prepping the dandelions is probably the fiddliest part<br />

of this recipe so again I would utilise the labour of<br />

helpful children. Remove the petals either by snipping<br />

them off with scissors or by tearing the flowerheads<br />

in half and then pulling the petals out; the object is<br />

to remove them without including any of the green<br />

bracts, as this can make the jam bitter.<br />

Place the petals (bar a scant handful) in a large pan,<br />

add the water and bring to the boil. Simmer for<br />

a couple of minutes then allow to cool and steep<br />

overnight to make a dandelion tea.<br />

If you don’t have a sugar thermometer now is the time<br />

to pop a saucer in the fridge. Pour the dandelion tea<br />

through a fine mesh sieve, squeezing the petal pulp<br />

with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible,<br />

before discarding the petals. Measure the strained tea<br />

and if necessary, top it back up to 500 ml with water.<br />

Add the tea, lemon juice and sugar to a large pan and<br />

place on the stove, stirring until all the sugar has been<br />

dissolved.<br />

Now add the remaining petals, bring the mixture to<br />

a rolling boil (stir in the liquid pectin if using) and<br />

continue to boil until the jam has either reached 104-<br />

105 C or it passes the wrinkle test. To do this, drip a<br />

little of the jam onto the cold saucer and leave it to<br />

cool; it should wrinkle when pushed gently with your<br />

finger.<br />

Leave the honey to cool for fifteen minutes before<br />

skimming any scum off the top and potting into<br />

warm sterilised jars and labelling.<br />

The<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Foodie<br />

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FOOD<br />

FOOD<br />

As always, for fine food and drink lovers we have a round up of<br />

some of the best <strong>Sussex</strong> foodie experiences and producers<br />

Main picture:<br />

Tottington Manor<br />

Left:<br />

Ben Griffin, bringing<br />

in the catch, Rye<br />

Oysters from Rye<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> Producers and<br />

Foodie Experiences<br />

Springs’ Smokery, West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Springs’ Smokery in Edburton, West<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> was established back in 1964 as<br />

a family affair, using traditional smoked<br />

salmon techniques. And even though<br />

Springs’ has recently changed hands,<br />

those traditions hold good and are still<br />

used today.<br />

Their head smoker Nick has worked with<br />

them for thirty-five years. They still hand<br />

fillet every side, cure with just salt and<br />

hang smoke in their brick kilns for over<br />

24 hrs using only whole oak logs.<br />

Signature products include Smoked<br />

Salmon, Hot Smoked Flaky Salmon,<br />

Sweet Cure Gravadlax, Whiskey Smoked<br />

Salmon and they do tours.<br />

Rye Fish Market, East <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Inspired by continental fish markets, Rye<br />

Fish Market have their own lobster tanks<br />

and cook their own lobsters, crabs and<br />

whelks too. They also fillet and prepare<br />

your fish any way that you like and even<br />

help with preparation and cooking tips.<br />

They now have a fully licensed Seafood<br />

Bar serving fresh, locally caught, cooked<br />

and prepared fish and seafood including<br />

fresh oysters. Their fish is all caught<br />

by boats in Rye and along the <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

coastline. Their bread is made by local<br />

artisan bakers: brioche by Andrew at the<br />

Oak Bakery and sourdough by Rye’s own<br />

self-proclaimed Lazy Baker Richard at<br />

The Whitehouse. And they have local<br />

wines from Charles Palmer, Mountfield<br />

and Chapel Down.<br />

MooCoco, Storrington,<br />

West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

MooCoco is a small boutique and<br />

bespoke artisan chocolaterie specialising<br />

in making traditional hand filled<br />

chocolate truffles and chocolate gifts.<br />

They describe themselves as “a haven<br />

and a sanctuary. A place of nostalgia,<br />

luxury and indulgence”. Where they<br />

can, they use local ingredients and they<br />

have won 2* and 1* Great Taste awards<br />

for their chocolate truffles, and have<br />

also won both silver and bronze awards<br />

and multiple commendations from the<br />

Academy of Chocolate.<br />

Gigi’s Bread Making Experiences,<br />

Hove, East <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Each bread making class here is tailored<br />

to the individual in small groups of up<br />

to four and you leave with beautiful<br />

warm bread to enjoy at home. The<br />

classes are seasonally themed with food<br />

to accompany the bread, and spring<br />

and Easter breads are described as<br />

representing “the return of sunlight<br />

and awakening of the soul”. Your host<br />

and teacher, Gigi, uses her own city<br />

garden for herbs and vegetables. She<br />

also supplies bread to local health food<br />

stores and is a member of Stoneham<br />

Bakehouse, a bakery run by volunteers<br />

in her local community. Classes include<br />

sourdough and focaccia making.<br />

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Tottington Manor Terra<br />

Restaurant, West <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

If you’re looking for a restaurant<br />

that majors on using locally sourced<br />

ingredients, then look no further<br />

than this South Downs restaurant.<br />

They cook everything from scratch<br />

in their own kitchen using South<br />

Downs cheese, butter and bread.<br />

Their lamb is from the fields<br />

opposite, their seafood from<br />

Newhaven and the furthest anything<br />

travels is their beef from Surrey.<br />

Their fruit and vegetables are<br />

sourced from Chef’s Farms, and they<br />

have a fabulous selection of <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

wines which includes Court Garden,<br />

Ridgeview, Kinsbrook, Plumpton,<br />

Albourne, Bolney and Poynings.<br />

With a footpath from almost directly<br />

outside the restaurant, you can climb<br />

Tottington Mount and Edburton<br />

Hill to build up an appetite first.<br />

Top: Tottington<br />

Manor<br />

Middle: Tottington<br />

Manor and The Bell<br />

Bottom: The Bell<br />

So You Think<br />

You Know Easter<br />

Test your Easter knowledge with our Adam Jacot quiz<br />

1. Of which country does Easter<br />

Island form part?<br />

2. What is the Sunday before<br />

Easter Day called?<br />

3. In which novel does the heroine<br />

make an Easter trip to Rosings<br />

Park, home of Lady Catherine de<br />

Bourgh?<br />

4. During the 1916 Easter Rebellion<br />

in Dublin, which building became<br />

the headquarters of the leaders<br />

of the rebels?<br />

5. What is the name of the 40th<br />

day after Easter?<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> Dialect question<br />

6. The pejorative phrase “bunny boiler”<br />

for an unstable woman is derived<br />

from which film?<br />

7. On what street in New York does<br />

the city’s famous Easter parade take<br />

place?<br />

8. Who was the first person to speak<br />

to Jesus after he had risen from the<br />

dead?<br />

9. Which is the only Shakespeare play<br />

that mentions Easter?<br />

10. Who was famous for producing<br />

beautifully ornate eggs?<br />

The Bell at Ticehurst,<br />

East <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

The Bell was originally a coaching<br />

inn dating back to the 1560s. More<br />

recently, it was awarded two rosettes<br />

for culinary excellence in 2023, and<br />

again, uses locally sourced fresh<br />

ingredients, like their eggs which<br />

are delivered by foot (or sometimes<br />

by horse).<br />

Their menu includes wholesome<br />

classics like braised beef brisket,<br />

salted caramel tart and a <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

cheese selection and their drinks<br />

menu includes <strong>Sussex</strong> gins<br />

like Generation 11, and wines<br />

from Chapel Down, Blackboys,<br />

Rathfinny, and Bluebell vineyard.<br />

Our quiz master, Adam, tests your knowledge of <strong>Sussex</strong> dialect.<br />

Can you guess the correct definition of the word: wippance?<br />

A) A scarecrow made of old garments<br />

B) The bar on which the traces of a horse are hooked, and by<br />

which he draws his load<br />

C) The second swarm of bees in the same season<br />

You’ll find<br />

the answers<br />

on page 94.<br />

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The Chequers at Rowhook<br />

Fine dining at a unique <strong>Sussex</strong> gastropub<br />

As the days get longer and the weather improves, it’s the<br />

perfect time for bluebell walks, days out with family,<br />

catching up with friends and special occasions. So why<br />

not join us at The Chequers Inn for a special Sunday lunch, a<br />

quick bite and a catch up or an evening meal?<br />

Featuring in the AA, Michelin and Master Chefs of Great Britain<br />

guides, you’ll find a menu that offers a contemporary take on<br />

classic British and French-inspired cuisine, with every dish<br />

freshly-prepared in the country kitchen. We also have a carefully<br />

chosen selection of wines to pair with your meal as well craft<br />

beers and spirits.<br />

Our menu changes seasonally but you can expect the delights<br />

of dishes like homemade Severn & Wye smoked trout paté with<br />

sweet pickled Kohlrabi & horseradish cream, crispy confit duck<br />

on mashed potatoes, Savoy cabbage, French beans, sherry vinegar<br />

& lentil du puy jus and Belgian chocolate mousse with praline,<br />

berries & chocolate soil.<br />

The historic 15th century building sits on the edge of ancient<br />

woodland and Stane Street (the original Roman road to London)<br />

and just south of the <strong>Sussex</strong> Border Path, a well-known local<br />

walking trail.<br />

On a cold day, you’ll be greeted with roaring fires and a warm<br />

welcome at the bar. With two restaurant areas, this is where friends<br />

and family can come together to enjoy a superb dining experience.<br />

Outside, you’ll find plenty of space with a sunny vine clad terrace<br />

and a large garden where you can see the<br />

kitchen gardens and home-grown produce.<br />

Ideal for those warmer spring days. And of<br />

course, The Chequers Inn is dog friendly<br />

with dog treats on the bar and water on<br />

request!<br />

With an outstanding reputation for fine<br />

food, excellent wines and service, The<br />

Chequers is one of the top <strong>Sussex</strong> foodie<br />

destinations for 2024.<br />

Booking is recommended. Plenty of free<br />

parking available.<br />

Call now to book or to find<br />

out more:<br />

The Chequers Inn<br />

Rowhook Road, Horsham<br />

RH12 3PY<br />

thechequersrowhook.com<br />

01403 790480<br />

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OPEN<br />



2 MARCH<br />

Transformation<br />

through<br />

education<br />

Christ’s Hospital:<br />

The leading independent<br />

boarding school for fee<br />

assisted places<br />

Musical excellence<br />

and student success at<br />

Christ’s Hospital<br />

T: 01403 246 555<br />

E: hello@christs-hospital.org.uk<br />

Christ’s Hospital, Horsham,<br />

West <strong>Sussex</strong> RH13 0LJ<br />

www.christs-hospital.org.uk<br />

Registered Charity No. 1120090<br />

All photographs<br />

© Toby Phillips<br />

Photography<br />

Christ’s Hospital Year 13<br />

student, Gabriel, has been<br />

offered a full scholarship to<br />

study for an undergraduate<br />

degree in Vocal Studies at<br />

the Royal Academy of Music in London.<br />

This prestigious full scholarship is<br />

extremely rare, particularly given Gabriel’s<br />

young age.<br />

From September and over the fouryear<br />

course, Gabriel will study under<br />

the tutelage of a faculty that includes<br />

international opera singers such as Sir<br />

Thomas Allen and Susan Bullock CBE.<br />

What makes this even more remarkable is<br />

that Gabriel only started singing a couple<br />

of years ago, making this a great accolade<br />

for the school’s music department and a<br />

fantastic achievement for Gabriel.<br />

Music at Christ’s Hospital<br />

Music sits at the very heart of life at<br />

Christ’s Hospital and is intrinsically<br />

linked with the school’s identity,<br />

traditions and vision. Of course, it<br />

provides an academic pathway for those<br />

that wish to pursue it beyond their time<br />

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Those that<br />

sing or play an<br />

instrument may<br />

find themselves<br />

playing sideby-side<br />

with<br />

world-renowned<br />

English<br />

Chamber<br />

Orchestra<br />

musicians,<br />

performing<br />

at Lord’s and<br />

Twickenham<br />

(RFU)<br />

at the school but equally important, the<br />

immersive nature of music at Christ’s<br />

Hospital brings with it many pastoral<br />

benefits and life skills that equip students<br />

for future success. Music lessons are<br />

heavily subsidised and with social<br />

mobility central to the school’s mission,<br />

music creates an important method for<br />

achieving this.<br />

An astonishing number of<br />

musical opportunities<br />

There are over 630 music lessons held<br />

every week at Christ’s Hospital with<br />

over 60% of students learning at least<br />

one instrument. The school has five pipe<br />

organs on site, four bands, and dozens of<br />

different choirs and ensembles including<br />

the Chapel Choir, the Gospel Choir and<br />

the elite Schola Cantorum. From gospel<br />

to jazz, and from orchestra and chamber<br />

music to musical theatre, both planned<br />

and impromptu concerts take place<br />

throughout the week.<br />

Those that sing or play an instrument may<br />

find themselves playing side-by-side with<br />

world-renowned English Chamber<br />

Orchestra musicians, performing at Lord’s<br />

and Twickenham (RFU) or writing,<br />

directing and performing their own music<br />

in front of peers. All supported by the<br />

nine resident members of staff and 34<br />

Visiting Music Teachers which include<br />

five singing teachers; three classical<br />

specialists, and a jazz and pop specialist.<br />

Of course, the school’s famous Band<br />

(made up of over 100 musicians) often<br />

takes centre stage, playing in the school’s<br />

quad four days a week and taking part<br />

in the annual City of London parade,<br />

the Lord Mayor’s Show and marking<br />

the end of the academic year with a<br />

Beating Retreat. All Christ’s Hospital<br />

students hear live music at least five days<br />

a week (be that the Band, Chapel Choir<br />

or one of the two lunch time concerts)<br />

and all students also take part in the<br />

much-acclaimed annual house singing<br />

competition.<br />

New Director of Music<br />

Gabriel<br />

In September 2023, James Bartlett MA<br />

(Cantab) joined Christ’s Hospital as<br />

Director of Music. Mr Bartlett read music<br />

at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge,<br />

where he held a choral scholarship and<br />

sang with Sidney <strong>Sussex</strong> College Choir<br />

and King’s College Choir. In addition<br />

to his responsibilities at school, he’s a<br />

professional singer, course director and<br />

safeguarding lead for the Rodolfus Choral<br />

Courses, and musical director for the<br />

National Youth Music Theatre.<br />

The importance of music<br />

Apart from academic excellence, Mr<br />

Bartlett is unwavering in his belief in the<br />

importance of music in student life.<br />

‘The ability to play an instrument or sing<br />

and perform with others undoubtedly<br />

equips students with the life skills they<br />

will need in the future. Discipline,<br />

perseverance, and internal motivation go<br />

hand in hand with confidence, teamwork<br />

and pride in your work. But as a school<br />

with students who often come from<br />

complex backgrounds, music is a great<br />

equaliser. It offers opportunities for<br />

success, and it also offers emotional safety.<br />

There is science that suggests playing<br />

an instrument or singing in a choir<br />

improves cognition, memory and<br />

health and there is plenty of anecdotal<br />

evidence that musical qualifications are<br />

valued by graduate schemes because<br />

of the blend of skills and personal<br />

characteristics employers know music<br />

graduates will possess.’<br />

Asked about the future of music at<br />

Christ’s Hospital, Mr Bartlett, is<br />

equally clear,<br />

‘I am a "traditional" musician, but<br />

my formative years were spent in<br />

contemporary music. As such, when it<br />

comes to the future of music at Christ’s<br />

Hospital, I believe we have to embrace<br />

three key areas: tradition, innovation<br />

and community.<br />

First and foremost, we have a<br />

responsibility to maintain the school’s<br />

musical traditions and exceptionally high<br />

standards. That is part of who we are.<br />

But we do also need to make sure<br />

that music is relevant to students and<br />

everyday life, and that means we need to<br />

amplify opportunities for contemporary<br />

music, whether that’s rap, rock music<br />

or musical theatre. Traditional and<br />

contemporary music should be afforded<br />

the same rigour and respect, and they can<br />

and should go hand in hand together.<br />

There is<br />

science that<br />

suggests<br />

playing an<br />

instrument or<br />

singing in a<br />

choir improves<br />

cognition,<br />

memory and<br />

health<br />

Finally, and of equal importance, we<br />

must also think about how we can<br />

benefit our community. Music in schools<br />

nationally is in decline, and with our<br />

facilities and traditions, we have a<br />

responsibility to create opportunities for<br />

others. We already do a lot of work with<br />

local primary schools, but we plan to<br />

extend what we do.’<br />

In the meantime, Gabriel’s success is both<br />

a well-deserved and exciting example<br />

of what can be achieved when you have<br />

that combination of opportunity, talent,<br />

support and drive.<br />

Find out more about this extraordinary<br />

school at:<br />

www.christs-hospital.org.uk<br />

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Good News<br />

for Weary<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> Walkers<br />

Friends of the South Downs has installed more distinctive<br />

benches for the weary walker along the South Downs Way<br />

Many walkers have<br />

told Friends of the<br />

South Downs (FSD)<br />

that there is very<br />

little provision to sit<br />

down and rest along the South Downs<br />

Way, which runs from Winchester to<br />

Eastbourne. Since May 2021, the day<br />

we proudly revealed the first bench at<br />

Saddlescombe, we’ve been funding and<br />

managing an ongoing project to provide<br />

seats at intervals along the entire length of<br />

the iconic route.<br />

The newest additions to this series can<br />

be found at Salt Hill, Tegleaze and<br />

Chanctonbury Ring.<br />

At Salt Hill, our bench installer Nathan<br />

Blatherwick has skilfully carved an owl<br />

from the unique shape of the wood he<br />

has used. South Downs Way walker Lucy<br />

Pitts commented ‘I walked the SDW.<br />

Day 1 was the toughest and at 10k I<br />

decided to have my first stop. It was quite<br />

a remote spot but there was a FSD bench.<br />

It may seem silly ... but it felt really<br />

special. It was at a point I was doubting<br />

my abilities. And there you were. And<br />

it sort of cheered me on. So never<br />

underestimate the power of a bench!’.<br />

At Tegleaze, a bench was installed in<br />

December with the image of a fox. As<br />

Nathan was installing it, FSD walkers<br />

happened to walk by, just in time to lend<br />

a hand!<br />

Now, the seventh oak seat along the<br />

South Downs Way has been installed at<br />

Chanctonbury Ring at the gate to the<br />

Dew Pond. This seat has been provided in<br />

memory of our late Policy Manager, Steve<br />

Ankers, who for 11 years guided our work<br />

on planning.<br />

On this bench, there is a small hidden<br />

carving and Steve’s wife and daughter have<br />

chosen a robin to remind them of him.<br />

Our wood is locally sourced and<br />

comes from the wonderful Northway<br />

Brothers who have a woodyard near<br />

Left: Salt Hill bench<br />

with walker<br />

© Tony Linturn<br />

Right: Salt Hill<br />

Bench with Nathan<br />

Blatherwick and<br />

walking group<br />

Chanctonbury Ring<br />

bench Jan 2024<br />

The robin on bench<br />

in memory of<br />

Steve Ankers<br />

Milland. Their business comes entirely<br />

from recommendations. FSD Trustee<br />

Caroline Douglas, Project Lead, had the<br />

recommendation from the Head Forester<br />

at the Leconfield Estate in Petworth,<br />

home of our Patron Lord Egremont,<br />

where the brothers get their Forest<br />

Stewardship Council approved oak.<br />

Friends of the South Downs benches for<br />

ramblers in need of rest can now be found<br />

at Saddlescombe, Ditchling Beacon,<br />

Salt Hill, Gander Down, Beacon Hill,<br />

Tegleaze and Chanctonbury Ring, so lots<br />

of picnic stop opportunities with a view!<br />

See if you can find the different hidden<br />

carving on each one. To find out more<br />

about the work of the FSD, please visit<br />

us here.<br />

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In The<br />

Library<br />


Pull up a chair and dig into the pages of two local but very different<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> authors and their books<br />

Tawny Owl Wood<br />

By Louise A Shaw<br />

The Tawny Owl Wood series<br />

are children’s books written by<br />

Littlehampton author Louise<br />

Shaw. The series were inspired by<br />

her childhood spent in Angmering<br />

Woods and the stories told by her<br />

very spiritual grandmother, along<br />

with a desire to tackle some of the complex issues that today’s<br />

children have to navigate.<br />

As a mother of four children, and a writer with dyslexia, Shaw<br />

deals with issues like anxiety, living with Tourette’s, personal<br />

identity, and diversity and inclusion. She hopes that by doing<br />

so she can help encourage more open family conversations and<br />

change attitudes.<br />

Each book is different, but the series includes beautiful<br />

illustrations and colourful characters whilst weaving enchanting<br />

stories and adventures of woodland folk that captivate young<br />

minds and sparks the flame of imagination.<br />

The series transport little readers to magical realms where<br />

talking animals, brave heroes, and fantastical adventures come<br />

to life on the pages. With the use of simple but clever language<br />

and thought-provoking tales, the author opens up some of the<br />

big issues of today in a thoroughly engaging way.<br />

Available to order:<br />

www.tawnyowlwood.co.uk<br />

Arundel The Dark Side<br />

By Martin Alderton and<br />

Karen Alderton<br />

Martin and Karen are collectively<br />

Arundel Tour Guides who love the town,<br />

its stories, its history and its community.<br />

Sharing and listening, bringing tales and<br />

new facts into their tours, always finding<br />

new ‘old’ pictures and adding them to<br />

their files.<br />

They have written a number of books<br />

about Arundel including Arundel,<br />

a Postman’s View and Arundel the<br />

Dark Side.<br />

And so to The Dark Side…<br />

‘Stories of ghosts and hauntings; every<br />

town, village, relic, ruin, church or<br />

manor has them and Arundel has them<br />

in abundance. All our stories are the firsthand<br />

accounts of others with one or two<br />

stories having been passed down through<br />

families growing up, working and playing<br />

in and around the town.<br />

From feelings of dread or cold, to<br />

visitations of nuns or the sound of<br />

crying, all written about, many times in<br />

many books, these are local, these were<br />

‘real’ to the inhabitants of our town.<br />

The spirits of lost children, a French<br />

Governess, manifestations of people<br />

who had already passed away, from<br />

accidental death to suicide, all leave a<br />

certain presence, sometimes only felt or<br />

seen by a few. Like the haunted woods<br />

of Binsted or the crying lady at the top<br />

of Hiorne Tower in the Park, the Godiva<br />

of Slindon so cruelly murdered, these are<br />

all stories that have been passed through<br />

generations, told and re-told in hushed<br />

tones bringing chills to listeners or<br />

readers alike.<br />

Mischievous, is a description we heard a<br />

lot when writing the book, whether it’s<br />

blowing candles out, turning lights off,<br />

moving things. Like the Youth Club’s<br />

lost keys, at lock-up time, after an hour<br />

or two searching, they appeared in the<br />

middle of a pool table, with two cues<br />

crossed over them.<br />

The Headless Ghost of the Earl of<br />

Arundel takes us back to Richard II, a<br />

story of pure fear, treason, execution<br />

and nightmares and the story of Jack<br />

Upperton, Arundel’s own Dick Turpin,<br />

well not quite, he tried once and failed<br />

miserably, being hung and gibbeted on<br />

Burpham Down all for £1 or so.<br />

Smugglers, Gibbets, Murder<br />

and Exorcism<br />

Arundel was the murder capital of <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

for 30 years around the 1960s. Not just<br />

in the town, but the area too. From the<br />

bodies of men pulled from the river<br />

to young ladies, maids, old ladies and<br />

custom men.’<br />

Available at Arundel Bookshops and eBay<br />

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How to create<br />

sustainable living<br />

at home<br />

Shaun Penticost from Holmewood Interiors explains how<br />

they’re working hard to create more sustainable homes<br />

Sustainable living and doing what<br />

we can to reduce the unnecessary<br />

depletion of the world’s<br />

natural resources, is playing an<br />

increasingly important part in<br />

the way we all live. I firmly believe that<br />

looking after our customers, staff, and<br />

our precious planet to the very best of<br />

our abilities, are all equally important.<br />

Therefore, for Holmewood Interiors,<br />

the responsible sourcing of sustainable<br />

materials, eco-friendly technology<br />

and our reuse, recycle and reduce waste<br />

initiatives, play an integral part in how our<br />

business operates.<br />

What sustainable living<br />

actually means<br />

Did you know that for a room or home to<br />

be considered sustainable, the design must<br />

respect earth’s natural resources and optimise<br />

energy and water use too? In addition, the<br />

durability of low-impact, high performance<br />

and high-quality materials that have to be<br />

manufactured, shipped and installed in an<br />

efficient way, must also be assured.<br />

So our pride in our work means that we<br />

only use the best materials, from the UK’s<br />

best manufacturers, wherever possible.<br />

And we take care to source eco-friendly,<br />

sustainable material and technology<br />

options, wherever possible. By doing this,<br />

we help our customers to be proud of their<br />

stylish and newly created rooms, in the<br />

knowledge that they are helping to preserve<br />

the earth’s resources and reduce their<br />

energy consumption too.<br />

Using sustainable materials<br />

For kitchens, bedrooms and home offices,<br />

the predominant natural material is<br />

wood. This comes in many forms starting<br />

with solid wooden boards and laminate<br />

worktops through to the composite boards<br />

that are used in many cabinet shells. We<br />

work closely with our manufacturers<br />

to supply products sourced from FSC®<br />

and PEFC accredited forests. These have<br />

the highest environmental and wildlife<br />

standards, and guarantee that all cut trees<br />

are replaced. With some suppliers, up to<br />

40% of the wood used in the chipboard<br />

cabinets is recycled material.<br />

Extending this to appliances, we look at<br />

the impact the product’s materials have<br />

on the environment, as well as the energy<br />

saving benefits. Steel has a substantial<br />

carbon footprint and is a product of<br />

the environmentally damaging iron ore<br />

mining. As a result, many manufacturers<br />

are now trying to use more recyclable<br />

materials and components that include<br />

aluminium, glass and brass if at all possible.<br />

However, steel is 100% recyclable and easy<br />

to recycle too.<br />

Smart technology to cut waste<br />

and energy costs<br />

Fridges and freezers account for up to<br />

15% of a household’s energy usage.<br />

We always look to recommend energyefficiency,<br />

combined with good ecofriendly<br />

credentials, but how does this<br />

actually translate to sustainability in<br />

your home?<br />

Smart technology means that many<br />

appliances have a power saving mode.<br />

Some fridges and freezers include sensors<br />

that monitor when they are not opened<br />

and reduce the cooling systems running<br />

times accordingly. One smart fridge<br />

with an internal camera allows you to<br />

check directly from the supermarket<br />

to see what you have, thus avoiding<br />

the purchase of unnecessary items and<br />

reduced food waste too.<br />

Smart ovens also come with a wide range<br />

of energy saving controls. One of our<br />

favourites is a built-in baking and roasting<br />

sensor to switch the oven off at the exact<br />

point your food is cooked. Taking it one<br />

step further, some ovens also have Wi-Fi<br />

technology to connect to your phone and<br />

send you a message when the cooking<br />

process has finished.<br />

Conserving Water<br />

In tests conducted by Which? earlier this<br />

year, it was found that “dishwashers are,<br />

on average, four times more water efficient<br />

than washing by hand per place setting.”<br />

Most dishwashers and washing machines<br />

have eco modes, shorter cycles or<br />

economy washes, with a quick wash using<br />

the least water and a cold wash saving<br />

Taking it one<br />

step further,<br />

some ovens<br />

also have Wi-Fi<br />

technology to<br />

connect to your<br />

phone and send<br />

you a message<br />

when the<br />

cooking process<br />

has finished.<br />

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We support people with aphasia after a stroke<br />

or brain injury, with drop-in groups<br />

acrosss the UK.<br />

80% in energy costs. But to be even more<br />

environmentally friendly, some machines<br />

are now made from recycled materials<br />

too. So take a closer look at the energy<br />

ratings, and the carbon footprint, if you<br />

are really looking to be more sustainable.<br />

And then Quooker taps instantly supply<br />

boiling and chilled water to save both<br />

energy and water resources. Just think<br />

about how much water you waste by<br />

running a tap to get it hot to wash up, or<br />

cold to drink!<br />

We make sure we do our<br />

part too.<br />

So going back to our reuse, recycle and<br />

reduce waste ethos, we do our part too.<br />

When stripping out old units at the start<br />

of a project, all waste material is separated<br />

into wood and metal so that each can be<br />

correctly recycled. In addition, we use a<br />

specialist wood recycling company that<br />

then processes our waste and recycles it<br />

for chipboard production.<br />

We have also upcycled some of the units<br />

we strip out and have installed them into<br />

local sporting and community projects,<br />

and we separate all packaging and recycle<br />

wherever possible too.<br />

So you can see, sustainability is<br />

important to us. If you would like any<br />

further information, or more tips on<br />

how you can create your room to be<br />

proud of in a sustainable way,<br />

please visit our website<br />

www.holmewoodinteriors.co.uk ,<br />

call us on 01403 254090 or<br />

email info@holmewoodinteriors.co.uk<br />

and we will always do<br />

what we can to help.<br />

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Create the Garden<br />

Wow-Factor<br />

Practical advice and<br />

inspiring ideas to help<br />

you create a garden with<br />

wow this summer from<br />

gardening feature writer,<br />

Geoff Stonebanks.<br />

It’s hard to believe but this year<br />

marks the 16th year that I have<br />

been opening my own garden,<br />

Driftwood, to the public. It is<br />

also a long time to enjoy and feel<br />

enthusiastic about the task of getting<br />

it ready. I’m often asked by returning<br />

visitors how I renew and refresh<br />

my gardening enthusiasm each new<br />

gardening year. If I’m being honest, it’s<br />

not hard. Once my garden closes in the<br />

late summer, I start thinking about what<br />

small changes can be made to help create<br />

a slightly different feel to the space for<br />

visitors the following year.<br />

Sometimes it’s small, cosmetic changes<br />

and other times bigger projects,<br />

depending on how my imagination runs<br />

riot. The same rule of thumb would be<br />

true for me, whether I opened the garden<br />

to others or not, because it’s important,<br />

in my book, to have the garden looking<br />

the best it can possibly be for friends and<br />

family or paying visitors. But before we<br />

get on to the creative part, at this time of<br />

year, there’s some groundwork to be done.<br />

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Top: planted up chair<br />

Garden tidy up<br />

At this time of the year, on dry crisp<br />

days, it is a good idea to clear away<br />

soggy, collapsed stems of perennials and<br />

compost/discard them. I’ve got some<br />

wonderful hellebores in the beach garden<br />

and have just removed foliage marked<br />

with black blotches, to limit the spread of<br />

leaf spot disease.<br />

Check that any small alpines in your<br />

garden don't become smothered by<br />

fallen leaves and other wind-blown<br />

debris, resulting in them rotting away.<br />

If you have some displays of winter<br />

pansies and other bedding then make<br />

sure you deadhead regularly, and remove<br />

any foliage affected by downy mildew.<br />

Don’t forget to check on any plants in<br />

your greenhouse to ensure they have not<br />

dried out.<br />

Mine is so crammed full of plants,<br />

it is quite difficult to get around and<br />

access them all. I’ve always felt like I<br />

was completing a jigsaw each autumn,<br />

trying to pack everything in. I always<br />

find it quite useful to employ a moisture<br />

meter to check the compost before<br />

watering. Any plants that are overwatered<br />

through the winter stand less<br />

chance of survival.<br />

Planting inspiration<br />

A perfect indoor task now is to look<br />

through spring catalogues and choose<br />

some annuals to have delivered. I<br />

usually buy most from a local nursery<br />

in Eastbourne but also get some online<br />

as well. I never set out with a plan of<br />

what colours I want to use throughout<br />

the garden. As far as the nursery is<br />

concerned, I go and look what they have<br />

and then buy what I like.<br />

Once back in the garden, I decide what<br />

looks best where. For the last few years, I<br />

have trialled several new plants from a wellknown<br />

company and reported back on<br />

how they have fared in my coastal plot.<br />

Keep records<br />

Why not list all the plants you buy so<br />

that you don’t forget what you’ve got! It<br />

is inevitable that visitors or friends might<br />

ask what certain plants are and it can be<br />

embarrassing if you don’t know. In recent<br />

years, I have logged mine down so that I<br />

can recall their names if asked. It’s a good<br />

idea, even if you don’t open your plot, as<br />

friends and family may ask!<br />

If you rely on plant labels, they can fade<br />

or go missing, so why not get yourself<br />

a notebook that you can record your<br />

purchases throughout the year! It might<br />

be an idea to leave a bit of space under<br />

each entry so you can write details about<br />

the plant as the year goes on. Make<br />

sure you record where it is planted too<br />

and you’ll be surprised how much of a<br />

valuable resource this can become over<br />

time! A new one I bought and recorded<br />

last year was the beautiful red dogwood<br />

which looks great at this time of the year.<br />

No one wants a soggy petunia!<br />

As part of my desire to ease the burden<br />

of opening the garden to the public by<br />

simplifying the layout and complexity of<br />

planting, I still needed it to have the wow<br />


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factor. So now, the many containers,<br />

packed to the gunnels with annuals,<br />

creating vast canopies of colour, are no<br />

longer a main feature of the garden.<br />

Part of the overall plan for creating<br />

the new sunken garden was drastically<br />

to reduce the number of containers<br />

throughout the plot. The weather over<br />

the last few years has tended to beat<br />

their contents down and there is nothing<br />

worse than a soggy petunia!<br />

Creating interest<br />

The continued challenge this spring for<br />

me will be to create interest from the<br />

amazing sculpture in the garden and to<br />

create mini vistas that catch the visitors’<br />

eye as they wander around. A new<br />

piece bought last autumn creates a real<br />

impact. The stainless-steel fish will take<br />

centre stage in the back garden. I already<br />

have much rusty metal which goes so<br />

well with the bank of up-ended railway<br />

sleepers, and the use of specimen palms<br />

and shrubs, that had disappeared into the<br />

previous layout, will now come into their<br />

own and be fully appreciated. Smaller<br />

pieces like the metal hare also look great.<br />

New ideas, big impact, small<br />

outlay!<br />

How about you? Did you succumb to<br />

any New Year resolutions about your<br />

own plot?<br />

And are you wondering how to make<br />

a big difference in the garden for a<br />

relatively small outlay? This has been<br />

something I’ve tried to do every one of<br />

the past 16 years. My garden is made<br />

up of many small components, be they<br />

sculptural pieces to be relocated around<br />

the plot, creating a different feel or new<br />

ideas or themes to change a corner or<br />

Top: metal hare on<br />

display on garden<br />

shelf<br />

Fish sculpture<br />

Bottom: hellebore<br />

argutifolius at<br />

Driftwood<br />

vista across the garden. So, here’s a few<br />

recycling ideas that I’ve used over the<br />

years that can really make a difference in<br />

your own plot.<br />

Recycle and re-use<br />

If you are taking out an old fireplace,<br />

wooden or metal, consider erecting<br />

it as a set piece in the garden, placed<br />

against a fence. Then plant up the grate<br />

and decorate with succulents. You can<br />

see old downpipes sections here too,<br />

used as planters above the mantle.<br />

Likewise, if you have an old dining<br />

room chair, take the cushion section<br />

out and replace with a container and<br />

plant up with summer annuals spilling<br />

over the side, it will look wonderful<br />

on a balcony, patio or as a centrepiece<br />

in a larger garden display. Or you can<br />

use it as a stand for pots of succulents,<br />

as I did last summer at Driftwood.<br />

Alternatively, check out your local<br />

recycling site and see if one is available.<br />

Anything goes<br />

Look out for old enamel kitchen<br />

colanders, I’ve seen many for sale on<br />

my recent travels and they make great<br />

outdoor planters for succulents as a<br />

centrepiece on a garden table. In fact,<br />

think twice before you discard any old<br />

junk. I’ve an old vintage typewriter,<br />

rusting on a table, with small pots of<br />

succulents arranged around it, which is<br />

much commented on by visitors. Over<br />

the years I’ve gathered a small collection<br />

of old wooden handled garden tools and<br />

stuck small metal birds on the handles as<br />

a cheap piece of unique garden sculpture.<br />

You’d be surprised how many visitors<br />

comment on them and wish they had<br />

done the same, before getting rid of their<br />

old tools.<br />

Never discard leaky old metal watering<br />

cans either, you can repurpose them as<br />

a feature in amongst your planting to<br />

great effect.<br />

A fun project<br />

And finally, a fun idea for your garden<br />

this year might be to take a photograph<br />

from the same point, on the same date<br />

in each of the 12 months of the year!<br />

Maybe using several points of interest.<br />

This is something I’ve done over the<br />

years and it is quite surprising to look<br />

back at the collection and actually see<br />

the changes, across both the months and<br />

the seasons of the year! I’m planning<br />

to do the same throughout 2024 with<br />

both my beach garden at the front of the<br />

house and the main garden at the back.<br />

It also helps to remember how a corner<br />

looked and possibly inspire you to make<br />

some changes.<br />

Happy gardening.<br />

You can find out more about Geoff and<br />

his award-winning garden at:<br />

www.driftwoodbysea.co.uk<br />

Top left: current metal<br />

fireplace<br />

Top right:vintage<br />

typewriter<br />

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Beautiful <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

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The Old Vicarage © Judi Lion<br />

Inspirational<br />

Easter Gardens<br />

Support a good cause and visit some of these stunning NGS Easter gardens<br />

Easter is a time to celebrate new life. Outside, a surge of regrowth is turning<br />

land green and sprinkling it with bright bulbs, blossom-clouded trees and<br />

the cheerful movement of freshly woken animals. Well, here’s hoping!<br />

Geoff Stonebanks, Publicity Officer for the National Garden Scheme in<br />

East & Mid <strong>Sussex</strong> says: “Why not plan a visit to one of our beautiful<br />

gardens over the Easter period and get the most out of the magic in the air?”<br />

This year, the Easter long weekend is early and takes place between 29th March (Good<br />

Friday) and 1st April (Easter Monday). Why not make the most of the sparkling<br />

spring season and plan a visit for the whole family to one of his suggested gardens?<br />

Don’t forget, they all serve delicious refreshments too with full details on all gardens<br />

found at www.ngs.org.uk<br />

Maundy Thursday 28th March,<br />

Easter Monday 1st April &<br />

Thursday 5th April<br />

The Old Vicarage, The Street,<br />

Washington, RH20 4AS.<br />

10am to 5pm with pre-booking essential on<br />

28th March and 5th April. Pay on gate or<br />

pre book online for Easter Monday ONLY,<br />

entry £7.<br />

Enjoy 3½ acres of beautiful gardens set<br />

around an 1832 Regency house. At the<br />

front, formally laid out topiary with a<br />

wide lawn, mixed border and stunning<br />

contemporary water sculpture. The rear<br />

features new and mature trees from the<br />

19th century with herbaceous borders, a<br />

water garden and stunning uninterrupted<br />

views of the Downs. The Japanese garden<br />

with waterfall and pond leads to a large<br />

copse, stream, treehouse and stumpery.<br />

Each year 2000 tulips bulbs are planted<br />

for spring. WC available.<br />

Good Friday 29th March<br />

Judy’s Cottage Garden, The Plantation,<br />

Worthing, BN13 2AE.<br />

10.30am to 3.30pm, entry £5.<br />

A beautiful, medium sized, cottage<br />

garden with something of interest all<br />

year round. The plot has several mature<br />

trees, creating a real feeling of seclusion.<br />

The informal beds contain a mixture of<br />

shrubs, perennials, cottage garden plants<br />

and many spring bulbs. There are little<br />

hidden areas to enjoy, a small fish pond<br />

and other water features. There is also a<br />

pretty log cabin overlooking the garden.<br />

Easter Saturday 30th March &<br />

Easter Monday 1st April<br />

47 Denmans Lane, Lindfield, Haywards<br />

Heath, RH16 2JN.<br />

1pm to 5pm, entry £7.<br />

This beautiful and tranquil one acre<br />

garden was described by <strong>Sussex</strong> Life<br />

as a ‘garden where plants star’. It has<br />

been created by the owners over the<br />

past 20 years and is planted for interest<br />

throughout the seasons. Spring bulbs<br />

are followed by azaleas, rhododendrons,<br />

roses and herbaceous perennials. The<br />

garden also has ponds, vegetable and fruit<br />

gardens. There will be an extensive choice<br />

of perennial and annual bedding plants,<br />

plus home-made jams for sale.<br />

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April<br />

Butlers Farmhouse, Butlers Lane,<br />

Herstmonceux, BN27 1QH.<br />

2pm to 5pm, entry £5. Open by<br />

arrangement too, call 01323 833770.<br />

Set in a lovely rural spot, this oneacre<br />

garden surrounds a 16th century<br />

farmhouse, providing views of the South<br />

Downs. It is very pretty<br />

in spring with daffodils,<br />

hellebores and primroses.<br />

Quite a fun, quirky garden<br />

with surprises round every<br />

corner including a rainbow<br />

border, small pond, Cornish<br />

inspired beach corners, a<br />

poison garden and secret<br />

jungle garden. Plants for sale.<br />

Top: Judy’s Cottage<br />

Garden<br />

Denmans<br />

Bottom: Butlers<br />

Farmhouse<br />

Why not make<br />

the most of<br />

the sparkling<br />

spring season<br />

and plan a visit<br />

for the whole<br />

family to one of<br />

his suggested<br />

gardens?<br />

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Weird & Wonderful<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Top: The Garden<br />

House<br />

South Grange<br />

BY ARRANGEMENT for groups<br />

of 10 plus from 15th March<br />

The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road,<br />

Brighton, BN1 4NT.<br />

Entry £6. Call 07729 037182 or<br />

Email: contact@gardenhousebrighton.co.uk<br />

One of Brighton’s secret gardens. The<br />

garden aims to provide year-round<br />

interest with trees, shrubs, herbaceous<br />

borders and annuals, fruit and vegetables.<br />

There are two glasshouses, a pond and<br />

rockery as well. A friendly garden,<br />

always changing with a touch of magic<br />

to delight visitors, above all it is a slice<br />

of the country in the midst of a bustling<br />

city. Plants for sale.<br />

BY ARRANGEMENT for groups<br />

of 5 plus from 1st March<br />

South Grange, Quickbourne Lane,<br />

Northiam, Rye, TN31 6QY.<br />

Entry £6. Call 01797 252984 or<br />

email belton.northiam@gmail.com<br />

This is a Hardy Plant Society members’<br />

garden with a wide variety of trees,<br />

shrubs, perennials, grasses and pots<br />

arranged into a complex garden display<br />

for year-round colour and interest. See<br />

raised vegetable beds, wildlife pond,<br />

water features, orchard, rose arbour, soft<br />

fruit cage and living gazebo. There is a<br />

house roof runoff diverted to storage and<br />

pond. Visit the small area of wild wood.<br />

Throughout there is an emphasis on<br />

planting for insects. They try to maintain<br />

nectar and pollen supplies and varied<br />

habitats for most of the creatures that<br />

share the garden, hoping that this variety<br />

will keep the garden in good heart.<br />

Home propagated plants for sale.<br />

Why support the NGS?<br />

In 2023, the National Garden Scheme<br />

donated a record total of £3,403,960<br />

thanks to the many visits made to the<br />

gardens opening for the scheme.<br />

This represents a superlative achievement<br />

by the garden owners and county team<br />

volunteers who together worked tirelessly<br />

to host open days at 3,389 gardens across<br />

the year. The lion’s share, £2,475,000 goes<br />

to some of the UK’s best-loved nursing<br />

and health charities, many of which have<br />

continued to provide vital support to the<br />

NHS and communities across the UK<br />

in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic<br />

and who are now struggling to provide<br />

services in the new cost of living crisis.<br />

The long-term nature of funding from<br />

the National Garden Scheme allows these<br />

charities to continue the provision of<br />

critical community nursing services, endof-life<br />

care and respite for families and<br />

carers across the UK.<br />

The National Garden Scheme relies<br />

primarily on the income generated<br />

by admission at its garden gates and<br />

through the sale of plants, teas and cake.<br />

Additional income streams include<br />

fundraising events such as online<br />

talks, garden parties, and commercial<br />

partnerships.<br />

For details of how donations are spent<br />

please refer to their Impact Report 2023,<br />

an online version can be found here:<br />

https://bit.ly/NGSImpactReport2023<br />

On our journeys around <strong>Sussex</strong>, we see many<br />

weird and wonderful things. Sometimes they<br />

jump out at you and say boo, sometimes they’re<br />

easy to miss, and sometimes they’re so weird they<br />

leave you scratching your head in wonder. So<br />

here are some of our favourites from the last few months!<br />

Weird trees<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> has some wonderful trees and<br />

what’s not to love about these rock trees<br />

at Wakehurst, West <strong>Sussex</strong> and the face<br />

in a tree at Bateman’s near Burwash, East<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong>. And while you’re at Wakehurst,<br />

don’t forget to visit their resident<br />

dinosaur.<br />

The Piece of Cheese Cottage<br />

Yes, this really does what it says on the<br />

tin. It is a house that is shaped and<br />

painted like a piece of cheese. It’s in<br />

Hastings in East <strong>Sussex</strong>, was built in<br />

the 1870s and comes with a sign that<br />

says Mr & Mrs Mouse once spent their<br />

summer holidays here.<br />

Top: Wakehust<br />

Bateman's tree<br />

Wakehurst<br />

Cheese Cottage<br />

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The Cat House<br />

Whilst we’re talking of unusual abodes,<br />

the Cat House in Henfield in East<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong> is so called because back in the<br />

18th century, the owner decorated his<br />

house with cats to seek revenge for the<br />

death of a beloved canary believed to be<br />

killed by the cat of Nathaniel Woodard,<br />

founder of the famous Woodard schools<br />

(Ardingly, Lancing and Hurst) and who<br />

lived nearby.<br />

The Chichester Road Gang<br />

Centurion Way is an 8.5 km cycle<br />

route in West <strong>Sussex</strong> that follows the<br />

old Chichester to Midhurst railway<br />

line. As you arrive on the outskirts of<br />

Chichester, you are met by an army of<br />

spade-wielding Roman workers called<br />

the Chichester Road Gang. They’re made<br />

from empty oxygen gas cylinders.<br />

Top: The Cat house<br />

Centurian Way<br />

Lullington Church<br />

Hardham Church<br />

Martyr's Church<br />

Wonderful churches<br />

You don’t have to be religious to be in<br />

awe of some of our amazing churches.<br />

Like Lullington Church in East <strong>Sussex</strong>,<br />

which is the smallest church in <strong>Sussex</strong>,<br />

and one of the smallest churches in<br />

the country, being 16 feet square, and<br />

seating only about 20. Berwick Church<br />

is just a short drive from Lullington<br />

and is decorated in the most incredible<br />

paintings by the Bloomsbury Set.<br />

Whilst over in West <strong>Sussex</strong>, Hardham<br />

Church near Pulborough is covered<br />

with Medieval frescoes and the English<br />

Martyr’s Church in Worthing has an<br />

identical copy of the Sistine Chapel on<br />

its ceiling!<br />

Now that’s weird but<br />

wonderful.<br />

North Laine, Brighton<br />

Grab a<br />

<strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Bargain<br />

From flea markets and emporiums to<br />

charity and vintage shops, <strong>Sussex</strong> is a great<br />

place to look for that perfect retro find or<br />

money saving bargain<br />

Brighton and Lewes<br />

The obvious place to start your bargain<br />

hunt is in the North Laine district of<br />

Brighton. Tucked away in these narrow<br />

streets, you’ll find dozens of retro stores,<br />

several flea markets and all sorts of Bric<br />

a Brac shops. But if you don’t find what<br />

you’re looking for here, don’t despair,<br />

just head over to the Original Brighton<br />

Flea Market in Upper St James’s Street<br />

in Kemptown which is another great<br />

place to go for that retro bargain.<br />

The Original Brighton Flea Market folk<br />

also have a sister store in Lewes, in an<br />

old Methodist church in Market Street.<br />

You know you’re in for a treat as soon<br />

as you arrive because there are usually<br />

a number of random items on the<br />

forecourt. Dive in for the rummage of<br />

your life. There is vintage clothing, old<br />

records, home wares, art and furniture,<br />

jewellery and lots, lots more.<br />

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Hastings Old Town<br />

The charismatic backstreets of Hastings<br />

Old Town are a great place if you’re<br />

looking for unusual finds. Try the Goods<br />

Depot for “20 th century antiques”, Butler<br />

and George which describes itself as a<br />

“Curiosity Shop. Antiques, Collectables,<br />

The Weird, The Wonderful. The Unique.<br />

Two floors of Curios…” (and look out for<br />

the snake climbing the wall), Hastings<br />

Antiques Warehouse (they even do<br />

AirBnB), Roberts Rummage (it does what<br />

it says on the door) and the Courthouse<br />

Cooperative, to name but a few.<br />

Chichester<br />

Chichester is another great haunt if<br />

you’re looking for retro. Peter Hancock<br />

offers you curio and antiques of every<br />

description. Then mosey on down to<br />

Almhouse Arcade in The Hornet. Here<br />

there are about 12 little shops selling all<br />

sorts of curiosities from vintage clothing<br />

to coins and collectible toys, and don’t<br />

miss Beyond the Fringe just outside the<br />

arcade. As you leave town, make one<br />

last stop at St Pancras / the A286 and<br />

Heritage Antiques. It describes itself as<br />

a “modern-day Aladdin’s cave” and has<br />

an eclectic mix of old and new furniture,<br />

garden ornaments, gifts, and oddities.<br />

Top:<br />

Hastings Old town<br />

Middle/Bottom:<br />

Chichester<br />

vintage finds from funky vintage glasses to<br />

Scandi jumpers, jewellery and maybe the<br />

occasional set of antlers. And they serve<br />

coffee and cake.<br />

Petworth<br />

While you’re still in West <strong>Sussex</strong>, a stop at<br />

Petworth Antiques Market is a must and<br />

they promise “Unique Antiques, Vintage,<br />

Kitchenalia, Memorabilia, Collectibles,<br />

Retro Relics, Pieces of the Past & Iconic<br />

Items”. There are lots of other independent<br />

stores in Petworth that make a trip here<br />

worthwhile.<br />

Hurstpierpoint<br />

For a smaller rummaging experience,<br />

you may be surprised to learn that<br />

Hurstpierpoint has a couple of little<br />

emporiums which include RetroSpective,<br />

an absolute treasure trove for the forager.<br />

On two floors, it’s crammed to the rafters<br />

with vintage items and antiques, home<br />

and soft furnishings, upcycled items, and<br />

pretty much everything in between. You<br />

could lose yourself for a considerable<br />

period of time here but when you’re done,<br />

hop along the High Street a few steps<br />

to Café Murano. Here you’ll find more<br />

Newhaven Flea & Carboot<br />

For the ultimate bargain head to<br />

Newhaven, where once a month (on<br />

the 3rd Saturday) 30 stalls are yours to<br />

peruse at the Hillcrest Centre.<br />

Charity shops of <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

Almost every town in <strong>Sussex</strong> has at least<br />

one charity shop, and these are a great<br />

place for some high quality and unique<br />

second-hand finds.<br />

Happy hunting!<br />

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in one’s surroundings. In modern<br />

times, decluttering has become more<br />

pertinent as a consumer culture has<br />

led to accumulation of items that can<br />

overwhelm both our homes and minds.<br />

space at a time, while others may choose<br />

a category-by-category method. I have to<br />

say, as a Feng Shui Consultant, I always<br />

declutter the area I need to focus on in<br />

my life.<br />

In a Feng Shui consultation, I always go<br />

to the area of the house/office that has<br />

the most clutter as this is the clue to what<br />

is going on in the house owner’s life.<br />

You need to set time aside but don’t stress<br />

yourself out and try and do it in a day or<br />

two. An hour at a time is great and you<br />

will not feel under pressure then.<br />

Why we<br />

all need a<br />

good<br />

declutter<br />

Feng Shui consultant, Janine Lowe,<br />

explains the importance of a good declutter<br />

for both our minds and our wallets<br />

Spring is nearly upon us, and it is the<br />

perfect time to declutter your home<br />

and office.<br />

So, I hear you say, what is decluttering<br />

and why should I do it?<br />

Decluttering is not just about organizing<br />

your physical space – it’s a comprehensive<br />

process that involves reassessing your<br />

relationship with the objects around you<br />

and redefining your living environment<br />

to enhance mental clarity, emotional<br />

wellbeing, and even financial wealth.<br />

I am sure many of you have heard of<br />

the “KonMari” method. Developed by<br />

Marie Kondo, she encourages people to<br />

keep only those things that speak to the<br />

heart, and discard items that no longer<br />

spark joy. This method is not just about<br />

creating order but also about establishing<br />

a more mindful and introspective<br />

relationship with our own possessions.<br />

The concept of decluttering goes<br />

back to ancient philosophies that<br />

emphasize simplicity and harmony<br />

Clutter in the north affects our careers.<br />

Clutter in the northeast affects our<br />

wealth.<br />

Clutter in the east affects our family and<br />

our romantic life.<br />

Clutter in the southeast affects our good<br />

fortune.<br />

Clutter in the south affects our fame and<br />

relationship with ourselves.<br />

Clutter in the southwest affects our<br />

relationship with our partners.<br />

Clutter in the west affects our creativity<br />

and the ability to have children.<br />

Clutter in the northwest affects our<br />

interaction with helpful people.<br />

Clutter in the centre of our house affects<br />

our health.<br />

The psychological impact of decluttering<br />

is significant. A cluttered environment<br />

can trigger stress and anxiety, whereas a<br />

decluttered living area helps us to make a<br />

clearer and stress-free mindset.<br />

Financially, decluttering can be equally<br />

as beneficial. By selling unwanted items,<br />

one can generate additional income.<br />

More importantly, the process of<br />

decluttering often leads to more mindful<br />

consumption habits, which can result in<br />

long-term savings. It promotes the idea<br />

of quality over quantity, encouraging<br />

purchases that are more thoughtful and<br />

intentional.<br />

The process of decluttering can be<br />

tackled in various ways. Some prefer a<br />

room-by-room approach, taking one<br />

1. Start small perhaps with a drawer or a<br />

shelf.<br />

2. Have four sorting boxes: keep,<br />

discard, donate and sell.<br />

3. Set times and work in shorts bursts to<br />

maintain focus and energy.<br />

4. Visualize the end result to keep you<br />

motivated. I also play loud music like<br />

Pink, but that’s up to you.<br />

5. Be ruthless. If you haven’t used an<br />

item in a year, it is probable that you<br />

don’t need it.<br />

6. Consider the lifecycles of your<br />

items and strive to recycle or donate<br />

as much as possible. What was<br />

fashionable when you were 20 years<br />

old may not suit you now, but a<br />

younger person may love and wear it.<br />

7. Decluttering is an ongoing process,<br />

not a one-time event. Book some time<br />

into your diary each month to revisit<br />

areas you have already decluttered just<br />

in case you left something out of habit<br />

rather than purpose.<br />

Decluttering is also an opportunity to<br />

rediscover items that you have forgotten,<br />

or revisit memories from the past which<br />

can be a cathartic experience. It is a<br />

chance to let go of the past and make<br />

room for new experiences and possessions<br />

that will add value to your life.<br />

My final word on decluttering is that it<br />

is an act of self-care that can improve<br />

our daily lives. The key is to start small,<br />

be consistent and focus on the positive<br />

changes that decluttering can bring.<br />

The concept of<br />

decluttering<br />

goes back<br />

to ancient<br />

philosophies<br />

that emphasize<br />

simplicity<br />

and harmony<br />

in one’s<br />

surroundings.<br />

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How taxing is a<br />

side hustle?<br />

Recent alarmist headlines<br />

warned that HMRC were<br />

rolling out a new “side hustle<br />

tax” which would affect<br />

people selling on platforms<br />

like Vinted and Depop. There followed<br />

a flurry of panic that if, for example,<br />

you sell second-hand clothes online you<br />

could end up paying tax on the money<br />

you make. However, the headline is<br />

misleading, so in this post we take a closer<br />

look at the new side hustle rules.<br />

The new rules<br />

Although new HMRC rules came into<br />

force in January 2024, there is no new tax<br />

on side hustles. The rules relate to reporting<br />

requirements between various online<br />

platforms like Vinted or Depop and HMRC.<br />

They do not create new tax obligations.<br />

From 1 January 2024, UK-based<br />

online platforms are required to collect<br />

information about people who make<br />

money through their platforms and send<br />

this information to both HMRC and<br />

to the individual themselves. There is a<br />

specific time period within which the<br />

information collected must be sent.<br />

The information that will be collected will<br />

be in respect of your identity, National<br />

Insurance number and the money you<br />

receive through the platform. All new sellers<br />

now have to share their National Insurance<br />

number with the sale platforms. From<br />

2025, all existing sellers will also have to<br />

share their National Insurance number.<br />

Which platforms are affected?<br />

The rules are quite complex but UK-based<br />

platforms that help facilitate transactions<br />

between sellers of goods and services and<br />

customers are affected. In other words,<br />

platforms like Vinted and Depop. But it’s<br />

important to note, if you’re selling via an<br />

overseas platform, although they may not<br />

be affected by these rules, the platform<br />

may be caught by their own country’s<br />

rules, and any information collected<br />

there, may eventually be shared with<br />

HMRC in the UK.<br />

Which sellers are affected by the<br />

new rules?<br />

If you make money, for example by<br />

selling second hand clothes or other items<br />

via online platforms, you may be affected.<br />

But that does not necessarily mean you<br />

will have to pay additional tax.<br />

The rules do not apply to those who sell<br />

a few personal belongings every now<br />

and again (i.e. you’re just having a clear<br />

out), but you will be caught by the rules<br />

if you’re buying and selling with the<br />

intention of making profit (as you will be<br />

deemed to be “trading”).<br />

What are the tax obligations when<br />

selling via a side hustle?<br />

Regardless of the new rules, you are<br />

always responsible for complying with the<br />

UK’s tax obligations. Therefore, it is your<br />

responsibility to check what, if anything,<br />

you are required to do in order to be<br />

compliant. For this reason, it is important<br />

to keep records of any sales, so you know<br />

how much you have received. Thereafter,<br />

your obligations are as follows:<br />

• If you are in employment, you can<br />

earn up to £1,000 a year extra from<br />

an online side hustle without having<br />

to pay tax on it. This is your tax-free<br />

trading allowance.<br />

• If you are not employed (for example,<br />

you’re self-employed), you can earn<br />

up to (but no more than) £1,000<br />

without having to pay tax or having to<br />

register as self-employed and file a Self-<br />

Assessment tax return at the end of the<br />

financial year.<br />

• If you’re self-employed and your sales<br />

exceed £1,000 in a given tax year,<br />

then you’ll need to do a tax return. If<br />

you’ve never done one before, you’ll<br />

need to register for Self Assessment<br />

first. If you haven’t done this yet,<br />

contact HMRC as soon as possible.<br />

How much tax will I have to pay?<br />

If you do have to pay tax, how much<br />

will depend on your circumstances<br />

and how much you have earned. You<br />

have a tax-free personal allowance. The<br />

basic personal allowance is £12,570 for<br />

2023/24. If that applies to you, you will<br />

pay tax on any profits made over that.<br />

Profit is any money made after you<br />

deduct any allowable expenses. The rate<br />

of tax you’ll need to pay will depend on<br />

your income tax band. The current tax<br />

band for earnings between £12,571 and<br />

£50,270 is 20%.<br />

High-value items may be liable for<br />

Capital Gains Tax which is 10% if<br />

you’re earning up to £50,270 in total<br />

and 20 % if you’re earning above that<br />

threshold.<br />

Other points to bear in mind<br />

If you’re reselling old personal items for<br />

less money than you originally bought<br />

them, you won’t need to pay any tax,<br />

even if you make over £1,000 a year.<br />

Similarly, you can resell gifts and not be<br />

deemed as trading, because you didn’t<br />

buy the original item with a view to<br />

making money.<br />

Get back to your side hustle<br />

The new rules don’t add any further<br />

responsibilities or obligations, to those<br />

which you already had, apart from<br />

having to answer a few extra questions<br />

when you sign up to an online<br />

platform. In fact, they should make<br />

your record keeping easier because<br />

information will be supplied to you.<br />

But you should still always keep your<br />

own records in any event.<br />

If you would like to discuss any of the<br />

issues arising from this post, 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.<br />

He is a tax partner<br />

with Ritchie Phillips<br />

LLP based in<br />

Horsham and can<br />

be contacted on<br />

020 3195 1300 or<br />

stuart.ritchie@<br />

ritchiephillips.<br />

co.uk<br />

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By Kat ee Jonees<br />

Connect Within<br />

Spring Retreat<br />

Bookings close<br />

16th February<br />

so book now<br />

to avoid<br />

disappointment<br />

Explore how nature and imagery can bring you inspiration,<br />

joy and a deeper sense of connection<br />

19 Apr 2024 17:00 - Sun, 21 Apr 2024 16:00<br />

Pickeridge Farm House, Cob Lane, Ardingly RH17 6ST<br />

Do you lead a full and busy<br />

life but still yearn for<br />

something more? Do you<br />

love the outdoors, beautiful<br />

imagery and colour? Does<br />

the idea of finding a deeper sense of peace<br />

and connection in life appeal to you?<br />

Experienced coaches and wellbeing<br />

practitioners, Kate Jones and Sarah<br />

Hardman, will guide you through the<br />

weekend. You don’t need to be artistic or<br />

a hardy outdoors type to enjoy this - all<br />

you need is a desire to open yourself up to<br />

the experience.<br />

You will leave refreshed, inspired and with<br />

a deeper sense of connection in your life.<br />

Forest Bathing and nature<br />

connection<br />

Nature connection through forest bathing<br />

involves slowing down and tuning into<br />

natural spaces in a slightly different way<br />

than you might usually do. You will<br />

be invited to connect with the ancient<br />

woodland with each of your senses using<br />

exercises which are designed to allow you<br />

to be fully present to your surroundings<br />

and which encourage your mind and<br />

body to rest.<br />

Playing with colour and imagery<br />

Visual Medicine is a transformative<br />

creative practice designed by artist and<br />

psychotherapist Suzette Clough. The<br />

practice involves painting, meditation,<br />

journalling and personal reflection. No<br />

lofty easels or art school qualifications here.<br />

Anyone can do this and produce beautiful<br />

results. Through scooping paint onto<br />

dampened paper, the beauty conjures itself.<br />

These two practices are beautifully<br />

complementary and provide a unique way<br />

of accessing a sense of connection and<br />

peace inside ourselves.<br />

Where you will stay<br />

You will stay at Pickeridge Farm Retreat<br />

in <strong>Sussex</strong> in a newly converted and ecofriendly<br />

barn tucked away in the <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

countryside in a secluded valley of wild<br />

meadows and ancient woodlands.<br />

A little bit about Kate and Sarah<br />

Kate is passionate about how we can all<br />

be better companions to ourselves. “We<br />

are so often looking outwards for a sense<br />

of connection and belonging. But for<br />

me, there is great joy and peace in the<br />

connection I experience inside myself<br />

when I am in wild places and when I am<br />

painting, singing or writing.”<br />

Kate trained to be a Visual Medicine<br />

facilitator in 2021. She is also a certified<br />

coach with a passion for using creativity to<br />

enhance wellbeing in her clients.<br />

Sarah has a love of the outdoors and is<br />

never happier than spending time out<br />

in the elements. This is why she became<br />

a Forest Bathing Guide alongside her<br />

coaching practice.<br />

“For me the outdoors is like a partner that<br />

helps me feel more connected to myself<br />

and the world around me. When I’m Forest<br />

Bathing I have a feeling of belonging. I<br />

don’t need to be anything other than who I<br />

am when I’m in the woods”.<br />

... treat yourself<br />

with the gift<br />

of this spring<br />

retreat among<br />

the bluebell<br />

woods in<br />

the heart of<br />

the <strong>Sussex</strong><br />

countryside,<br />

for a weekend<br />

of magic and<br />

inspiration<br />

For more information or to book:<br />

Connect Within<br />

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HEALTH<br />

HEALTH<br />

Treating Shingles<br />

where it remains dormant. It reappears in<br />

the form of shingles, only if the immune<br />

system is weakened, or as a result of a more<br />

severe or lengthy illness, extreme stress, or<br />

treatment that has involved suppression<br />

of the immune system. Overall health and<br />

nutrition tend to determine the severity of<br />

illness and length of recovery.<br />

Dietary modification<br />

Whole grains and legumes provide B<br />

vitamins, which are important for nerve<br />

health. Eggs and fish provide vitamins<br />

B12 and B1, which are especially<br />

important in treating shingles. Yellow,<br />

orange and green vegetables - particularly<br />

carrots - and citrus fruits provide vitamins<br />

A and C, which assist in the healing<br />

of skin lesions. Green, leafy vegetables<br />

provide calcium and magnesium,<br />

important for the health of nerve endings<br />

and the transmission of nerve impulses.<br />

Lifestyle modification<br />

Stress and depression do seem to increase<br />

the likelihood of a shingles outbreak.<br />

How a stressful event is perceived<br />

appears to be more significant than the<br />

event itself.<br />

Nutritional supplement<br />

treatment options<br />

Adenosine monophosphate (AMP),<br />

a compound that occurs naturally in<br />

the body, has been found to be effective<br />

against shingles outbreaks. Double-blind<br />

trials have shown that AMP promoted<br />

faster healing and reduced the duration<br />

of pain of the shingles. In addition, it<br />

appeared to prevent the development of<br />

post-herpetic neuralgia.<br />

Vitamin B12 may relieve the symptoms<br />

of post-herpetic neuralgia. Injections are<br />

likely to be more effective, but results<br />

can also be seen with oral supplements.<br />

Vitamin E has also been shown<br />

effective in reducing the symptoms of<br />

postherpetic neuralgia, even in those<br />

who have had the problem for many<br />

years. Vitamin E oil can also be applied<br />

topically to the skin to relieve the pain.<br />

Several months of continuous vitamin<br />

What is Shingles?<br />

Varicella zoster, the virus that causes<br />

shingles, is a herpes virus. Shingles, or<br />

herpes zoster, is an acute infection caused<br />

by reactivation of the chickenpox virus.<br />

Shingles is known for its extreme pain<br />

and long recovery time, although not all<br />

infections are so severe. It typically appears<br />

along the branch of one nerve on one side<br />

of the body – most commonly along the<br />

back and chest or on the face. Initially the<br />

skin is highly sensitive and burns with pain.<br />

Shingles can also begin with general flu-like<br />

symptoms such as aching, chills and fever.<br />

Over the course of several days, the skin<br />

becomes red and very painful to touch.<br />

Water-filled blisters then emerge, which<br />

ultimately open and form crusts as they heal.<br />

In most cases, recovery occurs within<br />

about two or three weeks from the<br />

appearance of the rash, although the<br />

nerve pain can last longer. Scarring is<br />

rare. Nerve pain occasionally lasts for<br />

years, but this is much more likely in the<br />

elderly. Rarely, shingles on the face may<br />

affect the eye and lead to more serious<br />

complications. Shingles is more likely<br />

to occur in people over the age of fifty,<br />

though it can arise at any age.<br />

Causes<br />

The pain of shingles is caused by an<br />

inflammation of the affected nerve that lies<br />

just beneath the skin’s surface. After causing<br />

the childhood illness of chicken pox, the<br />

virus retreats into the nervous system<br />


Chickenpox<br />

Shingles<br />

Chickpox can be passed on<br />

New varicella-zoster virus<br />

Itchy rash over body<br />

Milder illness<br />

Affects children more<br />

Shingles can't be passed on<br />

Reactivated chickenpox virus<br />

Painful rash localised<br />

More serious illness<br />

Affects adults more<br />

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HEALTH<br />

E use may be needed in order to see an<br />

improvement.<br />

Vitamin C is excellent for supporting the<br />

immune system and acts as an antiviral<br />

agent. Vitamin C should be taken up<br />

to bowel tolerance and withdrawn from<br />

therapy on a gradual basis to avoid<br />

a rebound deficiency. Bioflavonoids<br />

improve the absorption and use of<br />

vitamin C in the body and should be<br />

taken as well.<br />

Phenylalanine relieves pain as it inhibits<br />

the breakdown of the body’s own<br />

endorphins.<br />

Other supplements that may help<br />

include zinc and coenzyme Q10. Drink<br />

aloe vera juice daily, as well as green<br />

juices.<br />

Botanical treatment options<br />

The hot component of cayenne pepper,<br />

known as capsaicin, is useful to relieve<br />

the pain of post-herpetic neuralgia.<br />

Topical application of capsaicin cream<br />

has been shown to greatly reduce the<br />

pain. Two or more weeks of treatment<br />

may be required to get the full benefit<br />

of the cream.<br />

Licorice is sometimes used as a topical<br />

agent for shingles and post-herpetic<br />

neuralgia. Glycyrrhizin, one of the<br />

active components of licorice, has<br />

been shown to block the replication of<br />

Varicella zoster. Licorice gel is usually<br />

applied three or more times per day.<br />

Licorice gel is not widely available but<br />

an adequate alternative is to mix licorice<br />

tincture with an aqueous gel or cream<br />

and apply.<br />

Echinacea in high dosages works well for<br />

pain control. The tincture can be taken<br />

hourly or more often as required, but this<br />

is not recommended for long-term use.<br />

Topical therapies<br />

During an outbreak, apply healing clay<br />

or quark compresses. Once the blisters<br />

have started to dry:<br />

Vinegar compresses help to relieve nerve<br />

pain. After the shingles attack subsides<br />

and the blisters dry up, mix 1/2 cup of<br />

apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water,<br />

moisten a clean cotton face-cloth with<br />

the solution and rub the affected area<br />

upwards towards the heart<br />

Alternatively, use a mix of 1 part tea tree<br />

oil with 10 parts olive oil or any other<br />

cold-pressed oil. Warm the mixture and<br />

apply to the painful area two to three<br />

times daily until pain subsides<br />

Add 10 drops of tea tree oil to warm<br />

water to wash the affected areas. Pat dry<br />

with a cotton cloth and apply drying<br />

powder to open blisters or dab on<br />

fresh plant extract of lemon balm and<br />

calendula<br />

Cabbage-leaf poultices help absorb toxins<br />

and speed healing<br />

Other suggestions<br />

Intravenous vitamin C can halt shingles<br />

before infection becomes serious. It also<br />

reduces the pain associated with this<br />

disorder.<br />

Zinc ointments applied topically to the<br />

blisters speeds healing.<br />

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New Horsham Dentist<br />

Designer Smiles dental practice is owned and run by<br />

experienced Horsham dentist Lizet Horn. Supported by a<br />

team of experienced and highly qualified dentists, hygienists<br />

and dental nurses, Lizet has been providing dental services<br />

in Horsham for over 12 years. You’ll find Designer Smiles at<br />

28a East Street (above Smith and Western) with beautifully<br />

refurbished rooms and all the latest equipment and technology<br />

and they are currently accepting new patients.<br />

Looking forward to making<br />

people smile<br />

Lizet explains why she decided now is<br />

the time to open a new dental practice:<br />

“I am delighted to have the opportunity<br />

to return to the Horsham community, a<br />

place where I always felt welcomed and<br />

appreciated. It gives me great pleasure to<br />

announce the opening of my new dental<br />

practice in East Street, Horsham. The<br />

new practice has brand new surgeries and<br />

equipment, enabling the latest dental<br />

technology, as well as a comfortable and<br />

relaxing environment. Having spent over<br />

12 years delivering dental services in<br />

Horsham, I want to continue the same<br />

level of care and excellence as I have in<br />

the past.<br />

I am looking forward to welcoming back<br />

all my previous patients, and of course,<br />

opening my doors to any new ones!”<br />

Why choose Designer Smiles?<br />

Designer Smiles offers a full range of services that include:<br />

• General dentistry: check-ups, hygiene appointments,<br />

children’s appointments and mouth cancer screening.<br />

• Cosmetic dentistry: fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges.<br />

• Dental treatments: whitening, Invisalign orthodontics,<br />

extractions and dentures.<br />

• Dental devices: sleep guards and anti-snoring devices.<br />

• Emergency treatment: in the event of accident, injury, or<br />

infection.<br />

Designer Smiles is an independent private dental practice. Their<br />

focus is on providing high-quality dental care and preventing<br />

dental disease. With experience of dealing with nervous or<br />

anxious patients or those with additional learning needs, the<br />

team knows the importance of good quality dental care when<br />

it comes to your overall health, confidence, and quality of<br />

life. You’ll find the team welcoming and friendly and at each<br />

appointment, they’ll take time to listen, understand, and explain<br />

any treatment plan.<br />

Opening offer<br />

This new Horsham dentist opened in January 2024 and they are<br />

offering a check-up and hygienist appointment for £89 (normal<br />

rate £126) in January and February to welcome new patients to<br />

the practice.<br />

If you’re in the West <strong>Sussex</strong> area, the arrival of this<br />

new dental practice is a great opportunity to ensure<br />

your teeth and oral health are in the best possible<br />

shape. You can call Designer Smiles on: 01403 913765<br />

or find out more here: Designer Smiles<br />

Spring out of bed<br />

this spring!<br />

Almost 1 in 5 people in the<br />

UK aren’t getting enough<br />

sleep and on average are<br />

sleeping two hours less than<br />

we did 40 years ago. If you<br />

are one of the many who experience poor<br />

sleep, then you will know how exhausting<br />

and debilitating it can be:<br />

chronic insomnia can lead to constant<br />

fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability,<br />

reduced problem-solving skills, inability<br />

to cope with stress, reduced immunity<br />

and weight gain. Ongoing sleep deficiency<br />

is linked to an increased risk of health<br />

issues too. Not a great picture I think you<br />

will agree.<br />

So why aren’t we sleeping?<br />

Maybe your stress bucket is full! You may<br />

remember my stress bucket from my last<br />

article?<br />

We all have a wonderful storage system<br />

that enables us to cope with the day-today<br />

stresses that we face. We can safely<br />

load our bucket in the knowledge that<br />

when we sleep at night our REM (Rapid<br />

Eye Movement) sleep, the phase of sleep<br />

when dreaming occurs, empties our<br />

bucket. Sadly, for one reason or another,<br />

REM is restricted to about 20% of our<br />

sleep patterns. So, if you’re overstressed<br />

and your bucket full, then you quickly<br />

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use up your REM quota, and as a result<br />

you may find yourself waking up in the<br />

middle of the night (often between 1am<br />

and 5am depending upon when you went<br />

to sleep). And often, you can’t get back to<br />

sleep again.<br />

Then we’re stuck. We need the sleep to<br />

empty the bucket but the volume in the<br />

bucket is causing our sleep to be disrupted.<br />

So, what can we do?<br />

Take back control of what you put in<br />

your bucket. Most of what we fill our<br />

bucket with is imaginary thoughts about<br />

things that have happened in the past<br />

that we can no longer influence or future<br />

events that have yet to happen.<br />

Don’t think about sleep. You don’t want<br />

“sleep” to be a problem because the brain’s<br />

way of dealing with a problem isn’t always<br />

helpful. Consequently, not thinking about<br />

it becomes almost impossible. Therefore,<br />

it can be helpful to try to focus on one or<br />

more of the following to help:<br />

Positively forecast. Fully expect that<br />

you WILL sleep, rather than thinking,<br />

“Oh no, I’ll never get to sleep tonight!”.<br />

We often underestimate our ability to<br />

positively forecast our preferred future.<br />

Get outside and see <strong>Sussex</strong>. Look for<br />

the small joys like the new shoots of the<br />

bluebells that I saw this morning.<br />

Move. Whether you are an avid runner<br />

or move at a more sedentary pace, getting<br />

outside and moving more will do wonders<br />

for your mind and body. It is often the<br />

thing that we least feel like doing on a<br />

bad weather day, but you will be thankful<br />

when you have. You will find that you<br />

have more energy and feel more relaxed<br />

too. A brisk walk for 20 minutes is all<br />

that that is needed to reduce stress and<br />

inflammation in the body and mind.<br />

Natural light plays a central role in the<br />

regulation of our circadian rhythm, the<br />

body’s internal body clock that tells us<br />

when it’s time to wake and sleep each day.<br />

Exposure to high levels of LUX affect the<br />

production of melatonin, our essential<br />

sleep-promoting hormone.<br />

So what is LUX?<br />

LUX is a unit of measurement of light<br />

level intensity. Have you ever had anyone<br />

say “You’ll sleep well today” after a day at<br />

the beach, “It’s all that fresh air”.<br />

In fact, it’s the exposure to higher levels<br />

of LUX, coupled with the fact that often<br />

we are more active too, that makes us<br />

sleep well. As the mornings are getting<br />

lighter and we face longer day light<br />

hours, it becomes easier for us to get the<br />

much-needed exposure to sleep inducing<br />

chemicals. Getting out before 10 am<br />

exposes you to increased LUX and you<br />

should try and ensure you get at least<br />

10,000 LUX a day depending on what<br />

you’re doing.<br />

• A bright summer’s day provides<br />

100,000 LUX<br />

• Full daylight provides 10,000 LUX<br />

• An overcast day provides 1,000 LUX<br />

• A dark day provides only 100 LUX<br />

• Inside a house provides only 25-50<br />

LUX<br />

So, try to get out and see this wonderful<br />

county in which we live. I know there will<br />

be great ideas in this magazine.<br />

Boost your “feel good” chemicals<br />

(Serotonin, Dopamine and<br />

Noradrenalin).<br />

My daughter will often comment that<br />

she needs to recharge her social battery.<br />

This is often after a whole day at school<br />

or a day with family. Be mindful who you<br />

spend time with. Some people will boost<br />

you, whilst others will drain you. Choose<br />

who you spend time with where possible.<br />

Eat well. If you are able, choose foods<br />

that will nourish your body and mind.<br />

As the<br />

mornings are<br />

getting lighter<br />

and we face<br />

longer day<br />

light hours,<br />

it becomes<br />

easier for us<br />

to get the<br />

much-needed<br />

exposure to<br />

sleep inducing<br />

chemicals.<br />

This means choosing foods that are not<br />

only high in nutrients, but that you enjoy<br />

eating too.<br />

Relax. Introduce time to relax during<br />

the day. Truly switch off. Whether it be<br />

listening to some music, doing some<br />

exercise, reading a book … try to do more<br />

of what you enjoy doing.<br />

When we are relaxed, we can think<br />

clearly, and feel in control of our thoughts<br />

and our actions. When we relax the brain<br />

switches to a low resonance of Theta<br />

waves which allow us to process emotions,<br />

relieve stress and solve problems. I listen<br />

to a guided meditation most nights to<br />

support and improve the quality of my<br />

sleep, but I also practice breath work and<br />

yoga on a regular basis too. Relaxation<br />

doesn’t have to mean lying still and<br />

thinking of nothing; it can be doing the<br />

things that you enjoy.<br />

If you are a chronic insomniac, it’s always<br />

worth telling your GP, just so any medical<br />

conditions can be eliminated. If you just<br />

can’t seem to make improvement, then<br />

you may like to consider finding a good<br />

hypnotherapist or *CBTi specialist. They<br />

will help you to change the subconscious<br />

responses that keep your bucket full and<br />

look at supporting better sleep hygiene.<br />

Once you have your bucket under control<br />

(and hypnosis emulates REM so we have<br />

extra bucket emptying power that we can<br />

use too) you will find that things start to<br />

improve; often quite quickly.<br />

Life is so much better after a good night’s<br />

sleep. You will have a spring in your step<br />

and be able to look forward to the longer<br />

days of daylight ahead.<br />

*Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia<br />

(CBTi) has evolved over the last 40 years<br />

into the most widely respected and highly<br />

regarded treatment for insomnia across the<br />

developed world. The National Institute for<br />

Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK<br />

recommend CBTi as the first-line treatment for<br />

the management of insomnia. The personalised<br />

treatment provided to each client is specific<br />

to them, avoiding unwarranted treatment and<br />

focusing only on the factors relevant to the<br />

client. As such, the programme is more likely to<br />

improve adherence and compliance. It is also<br />

less cumbersome in terms of delivery, making the<br />

approach more efficient and cost-effective than<br />

previous first-generation CBTi.<br />

Holly Stone is<br />

an experienced<br />

Solution<br />

Focused Clinical<br />

Hypnotherapist,<br />

Supervisor and<br />

Senior Lecturer<br />

for CPHT<br />

Surrey with a<br />

special interest<br />

in supporting<br />

those with<br />

Eating Disorders<br />

and poor<br />

relationships with<br />

food. You can<br />

find out more<br />

about her here:<br />

Holly Stone<br />

Hypnotherapy<br />

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The Isles<br />

of Scilly<br />

Left:<br />

Hell Bay Hotel<br />

© Adam White<br />

Lobster © Flickr<br />

Right:<br />

Scilly Tresco<br />

Abbey gardens,<br />

gazebo © Flickr<br />

Wanderluster, Kevin Pilley, explores this remote corner of<br />

Britain, hunting out places to eat, stay and weigh!<br />

The Isles of Scilly is a<br />

collection of 145 low-lying<br />

islands twenty-eight miles<br />

south-west of Land’s End.<br />

The Isles of Scilly have many<br />

attractions. Some better-known than<br />

others. Puffins, dwarf pansies, granny’s<br />

toenails and the world’s smallest museum.<br />

In a re-purposed red telephone box.<br />

As well as croquet on the seafloor.<br />

You haven’t lived until you have turned<br />

the Atlantic seabed into Hurlingham or<br />

eaten crab quiche and lobster burgers<br />

while standing up five hundred metres<br />

out to sea and raised your glass of Doom<br />

Bar beer or Tarquin’s Hell Bay Gin to<br />

toast two coastlines.<br />

Scilly farmers' markets and<br />

food festivals<br />

Scilly hosts low tide pop-up food festivals<br />

and farmers’ markets when the tide goes<br />

out between the islands of Tresco and<br />

Bryher – two of the five inhabited islands.<br />

Two festivals are planned in 2024 on<br />

April 9th and September 19th.<br />

The festivals are held on a sandbar, usually<br />

under 20’ of seawater. As well as live<br />

music and seafood, there are ‘sand bars’<br />

serving spirits like Westward Farm gin<br />

from St Agnes (the southernmost point<br />

of Britain) as well as stalls selling local<br />

artisanal fudge, cakes and bakes, fudge<br />

and ice cream from Troytown Farm.<br />

Afterwards, you should walk over the<br />

sand flats (with trousers rolled up and<br />

shoes in hand) to Tresco with its famous<br />

Abbey Castle Gardens. Try and book a<br />

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St Agnes Troytown<br />

Farm, lobster for sale<br />

© Rachel Lewin<br />

Gig rowing<br />

© Rachel Lewin<br />

tour with head gardener Andrew Lawson.<br />

Don’t miss Pentle Bay, one of the best<br />

beaches in the British Isles. Before<br />

returning by boat taxi to Bryher.<br />

At low water, you can also land at the<br />

quay built by Anneka Rice in her 80s<br />

TV show Challenge Anneka. One of<br />

the first things you see is an honesty box<br />

selling local succulents in the form of<br />

inedible and not very frost-hardy “cliff<br />

pasties”, fleshly evergreens and potted<br />

Aeonium houseplants.<br />

And on Duchy of Cornwall land, you can<br />

buy the Duchess of Nuremburg for £10!<br />

Bryher<br />

At 330 acres, Bryher is the smallest of<br />

the inhabited islands and boasts the best<br />

luxury hotel in the Scillonian archipelago<br />

and perhaps the best seaside hotel in the<br />

whole of the British Isles.<br />

One and a half miles long by half a mile<br />

wide, Bryher doesn’t take long to explore,<br />

and it’s best done with local naturalist and<br />

former island bird recorder Will Wagstaff<br />

who will get you down on your hands<br />

and knees to introduce you to the local<br />

pansies (viola only found in Scilly) and<br />

show you some granny’s toenails.<br />

The local naturalist is equally fond of<br />

solar-powered slugs, orange peel and<br />

boiled sweets. And cliff pasties and<br />

succulent Scilly wall cabbages. And eager<br />

to show off his orange bird feet.<br />

On Bryher, he takes you past New<br />

Zealand and South African crop field<br />

windbreaks, tamarisk trees (once used for<br />

lobster pots), abandoned daffodil farms<br />

and gig sheds. Every April, along with its<br />

walking festival, the Isles host the World<br />

Gig racing regatta. Once, there were over<br />

200 gig pilots on the islands.<br />

Will points out the Bermuda buttercups,<br />

Hottentot figs, Prides of Madeira and<br />

three-cornered leeks which look like white<br />

bluebells. But his tours don’t take in the<br />

island’s museum in a telephone box.<br />

The island’s museum<br />

‘The Bryher Community Association<br />

purchased the museum phone box from<br />

BT for £1 when it was decided it would<br />

Island hopping<br />

© Richard Smith<br />

Scilly Puffin © Flickr<br />

Bryher, worlds<br />

smallest Museum ©<br />

Alex Barker, Flickr<br />

no longer be used for its traditional use’<br />

says its curator/ organizer Issy Tibbs, who<br />

also works at the island’s Veronica Farm<br />

making fudge and selling succulents.<br />

‘Previous displays have included a<br />

behind the scenes look at the 1988<br />

film “When the Whales Came” which<br />

was set on Bryher (where we tracked<br />

down previous crew members to<br />

find out their memories of making a<br />

Hollywood film in a remote island) and<br />

the 150th anniversary of the Wreck of<br />

the Delaware where we tracked down a<br />

relative of one of the two surviving crew<br />

who were rescued in the most incredible<br />

and dangerous circumstances.<br />

This year’s display came about after I<br />

bought a couple of old postcards on eBay<br />

sent from Bryher in the 1930s. I then<br />

built up quite a collection to compare<br />

what people wrote 100 years ago and<br />

what they wrote about now. The earliest<br />

one is 1902. It turns out holidays haven’t<br />

changed … the weather is beautiful or<br />

misty, the scenery is fabulous, everyone is<br />

friendly, and most people get a bit sea sick<br />

now and again.<br />

My favourite postcard is signed from<br />

Mum, Dad and Hilda and is from<br />

1956. “Weather perfect. Spent day here,<br />

Tresco. We all weighed ourselves. Mum<br />

11.6, Hilda 9.8, me 10.5. You should<br />

see Mum getting in and out of the boat.<br />

Cheerio Mum, Dad, Hilda.”<br />

I don’t know why I love it so much.<br />

I think it’s the fact they are doing<br />

something as everyday as weighing<br />

themselves but sound like they are having<br />

the time of their lives. I also love the other<br />

end of the spectrum where postcards are<br />

giving essential information like their<br />

train time has changed and they need<br />

picking up at a different time. Something<br />

that nowadays would be so simple with a<br />

quick text.’<br />

All money raised by the museum goes to<br />

the Bryher Community Association and<br />

The Island Haven.<br />

The Hell Bay Hotel<br />

The Hell Bay Hotel is named after a<br />

notorious shipwrecking site. The hotel has<br />

its own private art collection collected by<br />

owner Robert Dorrien-Smith, a fifthgeneration<br />

relative of Augustus Smith,<br />

who first leased the Scilly Isles from the<br />

Duchy of Cornwall in 1834, and semiseriously<br />

took the title, Lord Protector.<br />

It also has 25 suites, a spa, pool, seasonal<br />

pitch ‘n’ putt course and acclaimed chef<br />

Richard Kearsley whose restaurant is<br />

decorated with seascapes by local artist,<br />

Richard Pearce, whose studio is in front<br />

of the hotel on Great Bar beach.<br />

Rooms overlook a lagoon and afford views<br />

of the Bishop Rock lighthouse on the<br />

horizon as well as the hotel’s own wildlife<br />

lagoon or Great Pool (grab the two chairs<br />

on the Sunset Deck early). It looks out<br />

towards Droppy Noise Point, the Gweal<br />

Hill headland, the Northern or Norrard<br />

rocks and the rollers and white horses of<br />

the Atlantic.<br />

And what was once considered the end of<br />

the world.<br />

Built around a courtyard, (the Emperor<br />

and The Empress being the high end) all<br />

suites have Lloyd Loom furniture, Lucy-<br />

Tania soft furnishing and Egyptian cotton<br />

beds to please those who like to turn over<br />

their hotel room to check its makers. It<br />

is probably the most strenuous exertion<br />

staying at Hell Bay affords.<br />

You’ll find Chef Richard Kearsley’s<br />

seafood-dominated cuisine (from sardines<br />

and scallops to John Dory to bream) in<br />

the hotel 2 AA Rosette restaurant.<br />

You can find more information about<br />

The Isles of Scilly at:<br />

www.hellbay.co.uk<br />

www.stmaryshallhotel.co.uk<br />

www.visitislesofscilly.com<br />

www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk<br />

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1 Chile<br />

2 Palm Sunday<br />

So You Think<br />

You Know Easter<br />

3 Pride and Prejudice<br />

4 The General Post Office<br />

5 Ascension Day<br />

6 Fatal Attraction<br />

7 5th Avenue<br />

8 Mary Magdalene<br />

9 Romeo and Juliet<br />

10 Fabergé<br />

How did you do?<br />


B) The bar on which the traces of a<br />

horse are hooked, and by which he<br />

draws his load<br />

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

BBC series of QI compered by Stephen Fry, and is<br />

the author of three books including ‘The Meaning<br />

of Tingo’.<br />

Last Word<br />

Old news, <strong>Sussex</strong> customs<br />

and superstitions<br />

The last word in this edition goes to The <strong>Sussex</strong> County <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

(April 1933 edition) which has the following entries:<br />

Customs and superstitions<br />

‘When bread was generally baked by the <strong>Sussex</strong> cottage wife it was considered essential<br />

that the “withe” or band of the faggot used to heat the oven must not be burnt or the<br />

oven would not get hot.<br />

Another belief was that if elder wood was burnt in the house there would shortly be a<br />

death in the family.<br />

It was also said that if a dog barked about the house at<br />

night a death in the family would follow.<br />

A popular saying was:<br />

“Buy a broom in May,<br />

Sweep your friend away,”<br />

Which meant that the death of a friend would follow the<br />

purchase of a broom in May.’<br />

And in other news<br />

Meanwhile, in Shoreham, they were celebrating a great day on the 15th March when<br />

H.R.H. Prince George opened the lock at Southwick at the eastern arm of the harbour<br />

and named Shoreham’s new lifeboat. While Southern Railway had announced that<br />

they had converted their Newhaven Dieppe cross-Channel boats from coal to oil with<br />

a view to reducing harm that was being done to seabirds who were increasingly getting<br />

covered in crude oil.<br />

And in Broadbridge Heath, there were protests against the erection of wooden<br />

electricity poles, with one resident complaining “they were an aerial ugliness and<br />

an abomination”. Apart from appearances, he suggested that this system (of<br />

installing electricity) had led to property deterioration. Fellow residents<br />

however, decided that they wanted electricity after all!<br />

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