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  • En Garde!

    Fifteen-year-old fencing champion from Haywards Heath, Keira Donnelly-Sallows puts down her weapon for a brief chat with Sara Whatley

  • Sussex Living Presents: The Garden Party 2022

    Come and join us for an incredible afternoon of fun and music through the decades on Sunday 21st August, with tributes to The Beatles, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Neil Diamond and Michael Buble!

  • Stop Digging The Dirt

    There’s a secret universe right underneath our feet. Welcome to the magical, wonderful world of soil, writes Flo Whitaker

  • Play Days On Tour

    Roll up, roll up, this summer it’s time to enjoy Play Days for little ones and Skate Fests for older ones, all for FREE! Sally Blackmore gave Sara Whatley all the details

  • School's Out

    Put family fun at the top of your August to do list, and take some inspiration from Sara Whatley’s family fun day ideas

  • Bluelite Group Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    Advertising Feature: Burgess Hill-based Bluelite Group is celebrating a significant anniversary – 25 years of serving local customers with vehicle markings, commercial signage and digital graphics

  • If You Ask Me... Travel

    Flo Whitaker would make a rubbish travel correspondent. A friend even nicknamed her, ‘The Eternal Flame’, (Never Goes Out)…

  • Inheritance Tax

    Dealing with Inheritance Tax can be a complicated process, but as Lisa de Silva explains, once some of the fundamentals are understood, there may be a clearer route forward into the future

  • Paying For Long-Term Care

    Carewise is a service provided by West Sussex County Council in partnership with Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA), Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, and West Sussex Partners in Care. Sara Whatley discovered how the service can help guide you to make informed decisions on paying for care by planning ahead

  • Child Of Sussex Awards 2022 – Winners Crowned

    The Child of Sussex Awards winners for 2022 have just been crowned. The annual awards presented by Sussex Living magazine and More Radio, were awarded on 15th July at a glitzy ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, with headline sponsors ABN Amro and Gold Arts, writes Oliver Dyer

  • Get The Glow

    Do you love the look of beautifully glowing skin in the summer? Of course you do! Sara Whatley looks at safe natural tanning and faking it from a bottle

  • Jump In!

    Make a splash near the water this summer with the latest swimwear trends for the whole family, revealed by Sara Whatley

  • Where Were You In 2012?

    Do you remember the London Olympics and Paralympics of 2012? If so, then read on as we are interested in your memories....

  • A Celebration Of Life

    Advertising Feature: At Wealden Crematorium the team are passionate about celebrating the life of your loved one in a special and unique way. Lisa Fiddimore tells Sara Whatley how they do it

  • If You Ask Me... Supermarkets

    Flo Whitaker writes an open letter to a fellow supermarket shopper

  • On The Road With Ditchling MOT's

    An MOT may not seem like the most exciting necessity, but in order to keep your vehicle safely on the road, it pays to choose wisely where you take your vehicle and as Robert Veitch found out recently, Ditchling MOT’s Ltd is an excellent choice

  • Platinum Party

    Planning a community celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? From choosing activities to getting everyone involved, Hanna Prince looks at how to prepare

  • A Different Kind Of Project At Hangleton & Knoll

    Robert Veitch reports on the unique Hangleton & Knoll Project – a community development charity that creates opportunities for its’ residents to be both the focal point of decision making and primary beneficiaries of those decisions

  • Perfect Pins

    Neglected legs are screaming out all over the country, “Get us ready to rock a summer dress!” Sara Whatley has a few tips to get your pins picture perfect

  • Get Fresh

    We are keeping it fresh this month and breathing deeply as Sara Whatley explores the benefits of fresh air


Lifestyle


Food and Drink

  • American Pancakes

    Forget pricey boxes of batter mix, making your own fluffy stack of mini American pancakes is easier than you think writes Adele Trathan. Top them with one of our top tips and you’ll be the perfect party pancake provider

  • Summer Fruits Pie

    Make the most of summers berries with this delectable recipe by Adele Trathan, perfect with a dollop of fresh cream or ice cream!

  • Cajun Chicken with Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

    Perfect for a summer lunch, this dish by Adele Trathan is an explosion of fresh and tasty flavours. Spiced, golden pan-fried chicken complements the zingy quinoa tabbouleh which is bejewelled with pomegranate seeds

  • Seventh Heaven At The Eight Bells

    Advertising Feature: Think of all the things that contribute to a traditional British pub, add welcoming landlords, put them amongst picture postcard scenery, and as Helen Stockton discovered, you have the Eight Bells in Hawkhurst

  • Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe

    This delicious recipe is ideal for al fresco summer parties and it’s certain to get the guests chatting; Adele Trathan recommends serving in soft bread rolls, accompanied with barbecue sauce and crunchy coleslaw

  • Discover Delights At The Queens Head

    Advertising Feature: If you’re looking for the quintessential English country pub, with great food and friendly owners, then head for Sedlescombe and The Queens Head, as Helen Stockton discovered on a recent lunchtime visit

  • Coronation Chicken

    Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with this classic recipe that was created for the coronation in 1953. This version by Adele Trathan is based upon the original royal dish, and it might stir up a few memories… for those old enough to remember!

  • Heirloom Tomato Galette

    Galette is the French name for a freeform rustic tart. Adele Trathan suggests an heirloom tomato option, as it makes for a colourful creation with an easy to adapt filling, to suit personal preference by incorporating various seasonal vegetables and different cheeses

  • Fantastically Foxy Food

    Advertising Feature: Tim Earley has been executive chef of The Fox Eating and Drinking House in West Hoathly since 2014 and it’s become his pride and joy in the years since then, as Robert Veitch discovered on a recent visit to remember

  • Tasty Turkish Cuisine

    Advertising Feature: There’s a restaurant in Haywards Heath that’s been creating a buzz during the last couple of years, so we sent Robert Veitch to meet the team, chat to the owners and check out the menu

  • Cheese & Chilli Hot Cross Buns

    Put a little zing in your hot cross buns this Easter with Adele Trathan’s twist on an age-old recipe

  • Apple And Custard Muffins

    These are not just muffins they are extra-special muffins by Adele Trathan. A creamy custard filling and topped with fresh apple slices and cinnamon sugar they are delightfully indulgent

  • Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

    This decadent cherry chocolate brownie recipe by Adele Trathan can be served as a delicious dessert, or perhaps made as a sweet treat that's perfect for Mother’s Day

  • Pan Fried Sea Bass With Cannellini Beans & Tomatoes

    Adele Trathan suggests this quick and tasty fish supper, it’s ideal for a romantic dinner as it only takes 20 minutes to make, but is full of delicate yet delicious flavours

  • Scallops On Pea Puree With Crispy Pancetta

    Why not surprise your loved one with a romantic dinner for two? Adele Trathan offers this starter which combines classic complementary flavours for an indulgent appetiser


Downtime

  • The Rise Of The Repair Cafe

    Recent years have seen a resurgence to restore and repair rather than replace, Peter d’Aguilar spoke to Bryan McAlley, founder of Chailey Repair Café about this thriving initiative that brings communities together

  • Wild Coasts

    Give your next family trip to the beach a nature-centric twist. Hanna Lindon picks out some of the best nature reserves and wild sites along the Sussex coast

  • Glynde And Firle Walk

    High summer is with us so we sent Robert Veitch to one of the highest points of the county, for a walk with two starting points; one high and one low. His friends Cheryl and Jo provided the company, the wit and the good looks, while all three enjoyed the superb scenery

  • Water, Water Everywhere: With The Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust

    The award-winning charity, The Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust, protect and restore the catchment area along these two great rivers, as Ruth Lawrence discovered recently, in conversation with charity director, Peter King

  • Summer Skin Expertise

    Keeping our skin safe and healthy in the summer sun is a must, as Sara Whatley finds out from a skincare expert

  • Plug In Baby And Exercise

    Are you switched on to exercising in your own way, in your own time and in the environment you choose? The answer is fitness apps and tech. Sara Whatley finds out more

  • Who's Who At The Wedding...

    Keen to know the history of your bridal party, of who does what and how they came to do it? Sara Whatley discovers the evolution of wedding personnel

  • Cooksbridge to Hassocks Walk

    With street parties all the rage this jubilee season, we sent our own magnificent seven out for a walk this month, under the tutelage of resident rambler, Robert Veitch. Have your own street party we suggested, and in their own way they did, and they did it in style

  • A Royal Timeline Part 2: 1988 - 2022

    The Queen has lived through many changes during her seventy- year reign. Robert Veitch looks back through time and reports on some important, some less important, and some more local events that have happened during the Queen’s royal timeline

  • A Royal Timeline Part 1: 1952 to 1987

    The Queen has lived through many changes during her seventy-year reign. Robert Veitch looks back through time and reports on events that have happened during the Queen’s royal timeline, both locally and worldwide.

  • Don't Rain On Our Paper Plates – The Silver Jubilee In Sussex

    With the word jubilee having prominence again this year, Lindsey Tydeman has been delving into the records at The Keep and looking back at 1977, the year of the street party, home-made decorations, planning committees, and communities coming together for the Silver Jubilee

  • Find A Special Something At Teal Home & Gift

    Advertising Feature: Teal Home & Gift in Robertsbridge is far from your average store, it bubbles with bright ideas and the relentless energy of owners, Lizzie and Gillian, as Helen Stockton recently discovered when she paid them a visit

  • St Peter & St James Open Gardens 2022

    Over 50 local gardens in the community are opening their gates to the public in aid of local hospice care in Mid Sussex writes Helen Brown

  • Running Down A Dream

    The idea of distance running can invoke many emotions, both positive and negative, so after looking at the local running schedule for the rest of the year Robert Veitch went in search of an expert to inspire us all

  • Horsted Keynes Walk

    With the arrival of British Summer Time and longer hours of daylight we sent Robert Veitch to pastures new for a walk to remember, encapsulating the rolling landscape and living history surrounding the pretty village of Horsted Keynes

  • Celebrations In Sewing

    Sewing and thread work brings with it the power to tell stories, elicit emotion, positively influence mental health and bring joyous satisfaction to its creator. Sara Whatley spools out a tapestry and embroidery yarn

  • More From Life

    Giving their residents more from life, The Bevern Trust in Barcombe focus on love, care, freedom and opportunity. Jim West told Sara Whatley more about what the trust do


People

  • Spotlessly Clean With Sarah Lacey

    Advertising Feature: Offering everything from bespoke cleaning to seamstress services, Lisa de Silva has been to meet Sarah Lacey as she celebrates her 15th anniversary in the family business that’s been running since Victorian times

  • In Tune With Russell Watson

    ‘The People’s Tenor’ and one of the world’s most popular classical singers, Russell Watson needs little introduction. Lisa de Silva was thrilled at the opportunity to sit down with Russell and discover more about his remarkable career

  • Celebrating 10 Years Of Tisshaws

    As the Tisshaws team celebrate their tenth birthday, Lisa de Silva reports on the reasons behind the firm’s success, the foundations of their enviable reputation, and their commitment to the needs of their clients in the future

  • Shine On With Louise Budgen

    Advertising Feature: Give yourself the greatest gift of life fulfilment under the guidance of Louise Budgen, an ICF trained coach who mentors midlife women to feel alive and thrive, as told to Sara Whatley

  • Sound Advice From Sussex Audiology

    Advertising Feature: Most of us take good hearing for granted, but what are the options when the quality of our hearing begins to decline? We sent Robert Veitch to learn more from the experts at the Sussex Audiology Centre in Hove

  • Moving On Up With Jonathan Lea

    It has been a busy and productive twelve months for the Jonathan Lea Network, a fast-growing and far-sighted firm of solicitors based in Sussex, as Peter d’Aguilar recently discovered, in conversation with Jonathan Lea

  • Opera Lover

    Robin Ticciati, a lifelong devotee of music and arts, conductor and Music Director of Glyndebourne, talks to Sara Whatley about cliff jumping, his poetic love of Sussex, self-transformation and relinquishing control to let music magic happen

  • 30 Years Strong

    Advertising Feature: With an enviable reputation for both client service and marketing expertise, Brock Taylor have been helping people to buy, sell and rent properties in West Sussex for 30 years, and Lisa de Silva has been to meet them

  • Happy Hens

    See the bride off in style with a hen party like no other. Sara Whatley investigates what’s on offer from the adrenaline packed to the ultimate relaxation, foodie delights and a bit of crafty madness!


Homes and Gardens

  • Stay Cool

    Al fresco living is what summer is all about, or dining all’aperto (in the open air), as the Italians say. Sara Whatley discovers some al fresco tips and tricks

  • Hypnotic Blooms

    Sultry and captivating; lilies have graced our homes and gardens since ancient times, writes Flo Whitaker

  • Through The Garden Wall

    Are you a wall, fence or hedge kind of person? Sara Whatley looks at different boundary options for our gardens

  • Blooming Times: Shady Characters

    Got a shady garden? Assume you can’t grow anything interesting? Not so, says Flo Whitaker. Many plants prefer life in the shade

  • Thumbs Up For Summer

    Advertising Feature: Keeping a lawn in pristine condition can be a challenge so Ruth Lawrence has been to meet the Henfield and Lewes based branches of GreenThumb to discover how they can help keep your lawn looking perfect all year round, whatever the weather

  • Round And Round The Garden

    For keen gardeners and garden lovers everywhere, open gardens are a welcome event in the summer calendar. Visit one this season and support local charities too, says Sara Whatley

  • Salvias For Summer And Beyond

    If you’re looking for easygoing, heat-tolerant plants with a long-flowering season, (and who isn’t?) you can do no better than salvias, writes Flo Whitaker

  • The Loveliest Of Trees

    Ornamental cherry trees have the curious ability to hide themselves in plain sight. We scarcely notice them for much of the year, but they’re currently putting on some breathtaking displays, observes Flo Whitaker

  • At Home In A White Hut

    Advertising Feature: Ruth Lawrence recently ventured to Cooksbridge to discover how the White Hut Company has garnered a well-earned reputation for creating beautiful, bespoke shepherd’s huts with all the comforts of home

  • The Oldest Of Trees

    Ginkgo biloba is the only example of the oldest living tree species and has been called a living fossil as explained by the ever-youthful Peter Erridge

  • A Very Fine Furnishing Experience

    Advertising Feature: The industrious team at Fine Furnishings create bespoke furniture at their Lindfield base, so we sent Robert Veitch along to see the team in action and learn more about what they do

  • Built To Last

    Advertising Feature: Ruth Lawrence recently travelled to Hurstpierpoint to meet Matthew Dale and Dan Powell, whose company, Sussex Stoneworks, has built a reputation for top quality kitchens boasting a dizzying array of quartz, marble and solid granite worktops

  • Sow Delicious

    Got a greenhouse? Is there anything growing in it, or has it become a sad dumping ground for broken garden paraphernalia? Have a spring clear-out, says Flo Whitaker, take the junk to the recycling centre and make space for some nutritious summer veg!

  • No Throwing Stones

    Hailing from Roman times and perfectly executed by the Victorians, greenhouses are a mainstay of the British garden. Join Sara Whatley for a greenhouse discovery tour

  • Garden Harmony

    Advertising Feature: Organic Gardens Sussex strive to create beautiful gardens, naturally. Ruth Lawrence learns about this conscientious company and their symbiosis with nature

  • Woodland Gems

    The term ‘woodland’ instantly conjures up an image of a vast acreage, complete with ancient trees. Plants labelled ideal for a woodland setting are often assumed to be unsuitable by folk with just a modest-sized plot to offer – but, think again, says Flo Whitaker


Animals

  • Fly by Night

    Sussex is the only county in which all eighteen UK species of bat have been recorded, so we asked Ruth Lawrence to meet with Tony Hutson of the Sussex Bat Group to discover more about these elusive mammals, why they are important and how they contribute to the wider environment

  • The Birders Of Henfield

    The observation of birds can be a pleasant way to enhance a day out as well as a way to help conservation across the landscape as Ruth Lawrence discovered recently when she went to meet members of the nationally acclaimed Henfield Birdwatch

  • A Nest Egg For Feathered Friends

    Did you know that different birds seek out different homes, and that it’s all about location, location, location when it comes to putting up a nest box? Becca Smith from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds explains more

  • Paws For Thought

    Advertising Feature: One of the most heartening aspects about Paws on Track in Haywards Heath is the passion that emanates from the owner, Jacqui Wingfield, so we sent Helen Stockton along for a chat and to check out the doggy treats

  • An Admirable Folly For Wildlife

    When wildlife is in need of urgent medical attention or rehabilitation there are a handful of charities across Sussex in a position to help; so we sent Peter d’Aguilar to meet one of them, at Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust near Eridge


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