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  • Keeping safe online – finance series

    We are all now spending more and more time online. We think nothing of banking, shopping, investing, and communicating with our family and friends in the digital world. But how secure are we? Lisa de Silva investigates.

  • Should you adopt a pet in 2023?

    Adopting a dog, cat or small furry can bring huge amounts of joy into your life, your family’s life, and the life of your new pet, says Sara Whatley

  • Ten ways to entertain the kids for FREE

    As a parent, it can be tough to come up with fun and affordable ways to entertain your children. Here are ten ideas for free activities that you can do with your kids.

  • An immune boosting recipe for homemade ginger shots

    Boost your immunity, digestion and get a good dose of antioxidants first thing in the morning with super easy homemade ginger shots by Mary Goodsell. These little shots of goodness can cost a fortune in the supermarkets, but they are really cheap and easy to make at home.

  • How Sussex small businesses can keep growing in the New Year

    A new year means many different things for small businesses. The Surrey Kent Sussex SME Growth 100 listing, for one, celebrates and commends the business growth and performance that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have shown in the past year. These outstanding SMEs span various sectors, from travel and hotels to food and dining, and have succeeded in boosting sales and setting expansion plans into motion

  • A recipe for chicken ramen soup

    Mary Goodsell loves this comforting, hug-in-a-bowl chicken ramen soup and its immune boosting properties will be just what you need to fight off colds and flu this winter

  • Is open-plan living really the best way? Our Editor explores the pros and cons

    Open plan design in our living spaces has long been heralded as the solution to family harmony, but as heating costs rise and families grow and change, Adele Trathan questions whether wall-less really is best

  • Stress, and how to manage it well this year

    How are you feeling? Stressed? You are not alone. A 2018 study by YouGov found that 74% of adults reported feeling stressed in the past year leaving them overwhelmed and unable to cope. 

  • Get your kicks on with these trainer trends for 2023

    Sneakers, runners, gym shoes, flats, whatever you want to call them trainers are a must for a modern wardrobe. Sara Whatley looks at 2023 trainer trends.

  • New Year Wellbeing: Time to shift bad habits

    Step boldly into 2023 embracing all aspects of fitness and health from the online to the in person. Sara Whatley discusses what’s trending this year

  • Gardening Column by Alan Titchmarsh: January 2023

    He’s a brilliant presenter, accomplished gardener, talented novelist, and all-round horticultural inspiration. This month, Alan Titchmarsh discusses his move to incorporate horticulture into the National Curriculum, and a sidestep into novels.

  • Easy Chocolate Truffles

    These chocolate truffles are incredibly straight forward to make, and are an impressive dinner party addition, or purse friendly festive gift. Mary Goodsell believes this recipe is ideal for providing a perfect homemade Christmas gift

  • Let's Visit: Forest Row and East Grinstead

    Nestled in green and lovely countryside you will find the bustling village of Forest Row and larger town of East Grinstead, both an absolute delight says Sara Whatley

  • Cake And Eat It...!

    Classic Vs modern, what sort of wedding cake will you chose? Sara Whatley looks at some options to tempt your tastebuds

  • Weddings Of Yore

    Want to delve a little deeper into wedding history? Sara Whatley takes a look at the meaning behind some of the wedding traditions we still use today

  • Gut Feeling

    Good gut health can make or break a person and is well worth investing in. Sara Whatley finds out more about this amazing and complex bodily system

  • Location: Lewes

    The county town of East Sussex is quirky, fiercely independent, steeped in history and a whole lot of fun to visit writes Sara Whatley

  • Bus It..!

    If you are of state pension age you can travel off-peak on local buses anywhere in England, as far and as often as you like, writes Faye Rogers from West Sussex County Council

  • Safe At Home With Everycare

    Advertising Feature: One thing we’ve learnt this year is the importance of home, so we sent Ruth Lawrence to meet David Dimelow to learn how Everycare can help individuals remain living in familiar surroundings as they become older and more vulnerable

  • Trade In Your Photography Kit To MPB

    Advertising Feature: MPB in Brighton is the online marketplace of choice when it comes to buying or selling cameras and lenses writes Craig Chapman


Christmas

  • MOT & Car Care: How To Get Your Car Holiday Ready

    The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, especially those you haven't been able to see during the Covid-19 years. You might be planning to travel to areas like Sussex, London or even Yorkshire; make sure your car is ready and stays in good running condition. Here are some excellent holiday readiness tips for your car this holiday.

  • Recipe: Home-made Sloe Gin

    Late September/early October is the perfect time to start picking sloe berries and to get a delicious batch of Sloe Gin underway for Christmas.

  • Recipe: Easy Chocolate Truffles

    These chocolate truffles are incredibly straight forward to make, and are an impressive dinner party addition, or purse friendly festive gift.


Lifestyle


Food and Drink

  • Recipe: Chinese-Style Glazed Pork Belly

    This Sunday (22nd) marks Chinese New Year. So we’re tucking in to a traditional Chinese dish, to celebrate the year of the rabbit!

  • An immune boosting recipe for homemade ginger shots

    Boost your immunity, digestion and get a good dose of antioxidants first thing in the morning with super easy homemade ginger shots by Mary Goodsell. These little shots of goodness can cost a fortune in the supermarkets, but they are really cheap and easy to make at home.

  • A recipe for chicken ramen soup

    Mary Goodsell loves this comforting, hug-in-a-bowl chicken ramen soup and its immune boosting properties will be just what you need to fight off colds and flu this winter

  • Recipe: Easy Chocolate Truffles

    These chocolate truffles are incredibly straight forward to make, and are an impressive dinner party addition, or purse friendly festive gift.

  • Harissa Chickpea Stew

    We all love some comfort food especially as autumn approaches and Adele Trathan loves this vegetarian stew. The creamy taste of chickpeas contrasting deliciously with the sharper flavours in this dish, make it a family favourite

  • Ever So Easy Beef Bourguignon

    This simple recipe by Adele Trathan virtually cooks itself, but it is deliciously succulent and flavoursome. It’s ideal for a wholesome meal when you don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove

  • Fruit Preservation Society – Apples

    Bring a little burst of year-round summer magic to your taste buds with Sara Whatley’s fruit preserving recipe

  • Fruit Preservation Society - Plums

    Bring a little burst of year-round summer magic to your taste buds with Sara Whatley’s fruit preserving recipe

  • Fruit Preservation Society - Blackberries

    Bring a little burst of year-round summer magic to your taste buds with Sara Whatley’s fruit preserving recipe

  • Tea With Christina

    Advertising Feature: There’s something about afternoon tea that defies the ages and passing of time, as Robert Veitch recently found out when he visited Christina’s in Henfield

  • Eton Mess Tray Bake

    The classic twist on the quintessential pavlova gets reimagined once again in this mouth-watering traybake by Adele Trathan. Strawberries are used in this recipe, but you can choose any summer fruits to suit your personal preference

  • 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


Downtime

  • Time To Tee Off

    Advertising Feature: Discover a beautiful golf course, good food, stunning views and a warm welcome at Cuckfield Golf Centre, as Sara Whatley did when she dropped in for a chat

  • Love Your Local Library

    With access to more than you can imagine, you can expect the unexpected from your local library writes Jo Steele from the West Sussex Library Service

  • The Positive Power Of Reading

    If you enjoy reading and would like to help combat loneliness in your community, there is a new befriending service in East Sussex which could use your help writes Laura Hughes

  • Bringing Dreams To Life

    In 2008, aged 11 years old, Taylor Mitchell from Crowborough, son of Taylor-Made Dreams CEO Suzi Mitchell, was diagnosed with a terminal condition that changed his and his family’s lives forever, as Adele Trathan discovered

  • Robertsbridge And Bodiam Walk

    We like at least one epic walk each summer so we sent Robert Veitch on a Rother Valley ramble, full of rivers, railways and resplendent scenery. It’s a grand walk that makes for a grand day out, so pack your knapsack, grab a coffee and head for Robertsbridge

  • Starstruck

    If you can remember ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ from childhood, looking up at the sky at night with a sense of awe and wonder then that sense of being starstruck will always be there, as Robert Veitch discovered when his lucky star led him to an expert

  • 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

  • 10 Spooky Greats To Watch This Halloween

    With current restrictions in place, it may be more difficult to get out trick and treating with the family this year. So make sure you get on the sofa with the blankets ready to hide behind, and check out these classic shows and films as the haunting hour approaches...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Cows, by Dawn O’Porter

    Although this book is ostensibly light reading about three women in their thirties, it’s really about the power of social media and the devastating effect one brief clip on YouTube can have on someone’s life.


People

  • Interview with Jake Messham, Wall Of Death Rider

    Video

    If you're lucky enough to witness a Wall of Death show you'll know the intoxicating mixture of wonder and terror as heart-stopping stunts are performed under your nose. Sara Whatley met with Jake Messham, a star rider and motorcycle trickster.

  • Dr Shirley Clarke – High Achiever

    Dr Shirley Clarke is an international expert in formative assessment, empowering children to be confident learners who know how to learn. She also happens to be Sara Whatley’s auntie…

  • Getting The Best Result With Tisshaws

    Advertising Feature: As Tisshaws enter their second decade, Lisa de Silva chats to Gilva Tisshaw to discover why this family law firm is held in such high esteem

  • Helen Fields – Page Turner

    Bestselling crime writer and former criminal barrister, Helen Fields talks to Sara Whatley about the psychology of evil, Scottish folklore and life in Arundel

  • En Garde!

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


Homes and Gardens

  • Is open-plan living really the best way? Our Editor explores the pros and cons

    Open plan design in our living spaces has long been heralded as the solution to family harmony, but as heating costs rise and families grow and change, Adele Trathan questions whether wall-less really is best

  • Indoor Gardening

    This winter, garden and nature enthusiasts can bring the outdoors inside with a terrarium. Learn how to make your own with Sara Whatley, and add a delightful addition to your home

  • Bonkers For Conkers

    Playground battles, world championships, a Balkan immigrant and a sport invented on the Isle of Wight; Robert Veitch looks into a few links to the horse chestnut tree

  • Plant SOS!

    If the recent drought reduced your garden to a dustbowl of dead twigs, don’t panic, says Flo Whitaker. All is (probably) not lost...

  • Autumn Splendour

    Summer's on the run – but there's still plenty of colour to be had in the garden. Flo Whitaker chooses six of the best shrubs for autumn

  • Stop Digging The Dirt

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

  • 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


Animals

  • It's a Dog's Life: Other Cultures...

    As Halloween approaches, Teddy has been pondering the influence of other cultures upon our own. Told as ever by ‘Her Indoors’, the chief provider of treats, Helen Stockton

  • Hudson's Heritage

    William Henry Hudson may have faded from prominence, but on the centenary of his death, Professor Clive Webb from the University of Sussex reveals Hudson’s life and work still offer value and relevance to the Sussex landscape today


Hidden County