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  • Advertising Feature: Clean & Crafty With Sarah Lacey

    Advertising Feature: Offering everything from beautiful face masks and craft supplies to bespoke cleaning services, Sarah Lacey Dry Cleaning is getting back to business post-lockdown as Hanna Prince discovered

  • Advertising Feature: The Only Plan is A-Plan

    Advertising Feature: It’s not often that you get to visit something so new the Mayor and local MP are cutting the ribbon as you arrive. But that’s what happened to Robert Veitch when he met the team at the new A-Plan Insurance branch in Haywards Heath

  • The Monday Group And Stile Appreciation

    The Monday Group are rights of way volunteers, founded in 1961 by Harold Rowling MBE of Westmeston. They’ve been creating stylish stiles ever since as Jim Redwood explains

  • Sussex Day

    June 16th is fast approaching and this means Sussex Day is almost here. Robert Veitch spoke to Brady Ells about this relatively recent innovation of a celebratory day to all things Sussex

  • Emblems Of Gold In A Field Of Blue

    Can it be true that Sussex has its’ own flag? It is and it does and it’s rather impressive, just like the back-story as Robert Veitch discovered when he met Brady Ells

  • Advertising Feature: What Happens In 'The Night' Stays In The Night…

    Advertising Feature: From the producers of 'The Lady Boys Of Bangkok' and debuting At Brighton Fringe 2021 comes the amazing after hours cabaret club ‘The Night’

  • Advertising Feature: The White Hut Company

    Advertising Feature: Inspired by the traditional Victorian shepherd’s hut, the White Hut Company offers handcrafted, high quality, custom-built huts for contemporary lifestyles as Lisa de Silva discovered

  • Advertising Feature: Six Basic Car Checks With Iverson Tyres

    Advertising Feature: You should make a deliberate attempt to perform some simple steps in order to make sure that your car is ready for the road writes Lisa Pete

  • Leg Before Wicket, Tea Before Everything

    It’s that time of year when clinking spoons start stirring tea in china cups whilst knives slice through scrumptious fresh cake. It’s that time of year when the crack of leather on willow begins again in earnest as Robert Veitch reports

  • Advertising Feature: It's A Match

    Advertising Feature: A new platform piloted in West Sussex could revolutionise the way that home care is delivered. Hanna Prince finds out more about CareMatch

  • Golden Years

    What does an active retirement mean? Adele Trathan discovers that it means very different things to people who enjoy a sense of freedom and fulfilment during their golden years

  • Advertising Feature: Brighton Festival 2021

    Advertising Feature: Brighton Festival returns with arts outdoors, online and safely back on stage this May! Lemn Sissay photograph © Jamie MacMillian

  • Advertising Feature: Home Is Where The Heart Is

    Advertising Feature: Many elderly people prefer to stay in their own home, but they can feel isolated and alone. Lisa de Silva spoke to Danielle Hope of Sussex Home Checks about how they help clients in later life remain independent at home, but still enjoy social and practical support

  • A Refuge For Women And Children

    As Refuge turns 50, we asked Charlotte Baker to find out more about the work they do, the people they help, the campaigns they run, and the ongoing fundraising that makes it all possible

  • The University Of Later Life

    No longer in full time work? Just Retired? Audrey Bateman has the opportunity of later life learning and friendship waiting for you at the University of the Third Age

  • Advertising Feature: An Entrepreneurial Approach To Law With The Jonathan Lea Network

    Advertising Feature: In 2017 Jonathan Lea had ambitions to create a more flexible, bespoke and affordable type of law firm and today this dream is a reality as Peter d’Aguilar discovered recently when he visited Jonathan in his Haywards Heath headquarters

  • Carers In Crisis

    Caring for loved ones can be demanding at the best of times but the additional stress of a pandemic means many carers are suffering with their emotional and physical health as Jane Caley from the Association of Carers explains

  • Siblings United

    As a tentative sense of optimism is beginning to stretch out across the land we asked Ruth Lawrence to explore the past, present, and future, of friendships old and new, and the binding ties generated by Twinning

  • Char Chats Trekking - II

    Charlotte Baker is venturing into the unknown this year and she needs your help in her quest to get to India this October as she fundraises for the charity Refuge. This month, she begins her blog with breaking news...

  • Forest Bathing For Kids

    The idea of slowing down, as a way to tire out the kids may seem an oxymoron, but Hanna Prince has found a way to educate, entertain and enlighten, so grab some wellies and take a walk in the woods


Lifestyle


Food and Drink

  • Sussex Pond Pudding

    This month we are celebrating all things Sussex so how about making a traditional Sussex dessert? Adele Trathan has put her spin on this old suet pastry pudding recipe that encases a whole lemon. Once steamed, the lemon should be almost candied and luxuriating in a pond of butter and sugar. Decadent!

  • Recipe: Berry Parfait

    'Parfait' means 'perfect' in French and this recipe by Adele Trathan is quick and easy, as well as eye-catching and delicious.

  • Advertising Feature: Cooking Alfresco With Bolney Stoves

    Advertising Feature: With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to invest in a versatile outdoor stove. Distinguished local company Bolney Stoves can help, writes Hanna Prince

  • Recipe: Asparagus with Easy Hollandaise Sauce

    The perfect partners; offering a combination of texture and taste, an ideal companion to salmon or steak. Adele Trathan’s hollandaise sauce is easy to make because it uses oil, which means it can be reheated without spoiling, or served at room temperature.

  • Herb Crusted Salmon Fillets

    Fresh salmon is available all-year round, it’s quick, easy and makes the perfect light, stress free mid-week meal. Accompany Adele Trathan’s recipe with asparagus and hollandaise sauce for a delicious lunch with friends

  • Recipe: Lemon and Five Spice Chicken for Spring Barbecues

    This mouth-watering barbecue recipe is perfect for spring in the garden!

  • Recipe: Sourdough Pretzels

    Got into baking sourdough bread during lockdown? Mix it up with this tasty pretzel recipe, from former Great British Bake Off finalist James Morton. Deliciously salty and perfectly chewy, these sourdough pretzels are sure to please.

  • Recipe: Sour Cherry Cheesecake

    A dreamy pudding for a little bank holiday weekend indulgence.

  • You Are What You Eat

    Our health and wellbeing are intrinsically linked to what we eat, so this month Lisa de Silva offers guidance on how we can provide our bodies with the perfect balance of nutrition

  • RECIPE: Lunchbox Lasagnes

    Schools are now open, so we've brought you one of our favourite lunchbox recipes, enjoyed by kids and grown ups — simple Lunchbox Lasagnes!

  • Recipe for Toasted S'mores Martini

    It's Friday — and while the pubs and restaurants might be shut, we won't be deterred from making the best of it. How about sticking some music on and becoming a mixologist for the evening. We recommend this recipe for Toasted S'mores Martini.

  • Bake Your Own Fortune Cookies to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

    February 12th marks the beginning of the Chinese year of the Ox! Why not celebrate with your family at home, by making and baking your own Fortune Cookies. After all, we could all do with a little luck in 2021!

  • American Pancakes with Bacon, Syrup and Fried Banana

    Traditional pancakes with lemon and sugar are always a winner, but what about something a little different this year? We love thick, fluffy pancakes with fried banana and bacon, drizzled in maple syrup. Sounds so wrong, but we think it's so right!

  • RECIPE: Pork and Cranberry Sausage Rolls

    When it's cold and wet outside, we love to brighten a day stuck indoors with a few home comforts. How about these home-made Pork and Cranberry Sausage Rolls, served fresh from the oven.

  • RECIPE: Chocolate Mug Cake

    Fancy something sweet to eat now the Christmas supply is long gone? There’s no need to wait until your next essential shopping trip, you can make this quick and easy Chocolate Mug Cake with ingredients likely to be in your cupboard already.

  • Haggis, Neeps And Tatty Cakes With Crispy Kale And Poached Duck Egg

    What better way to celebrate Burns Night on Monday 25th January than serving this tasty twist on the traditional Scottish supper

  • Grilled Chicken Buddha Bowl

    One mouthwatering meal which is guaranteed to give you your five a day is a Buddha Bowl. You can make these with anything you like really — the more colourful the better! But here we're making a healthy and flavoursome grilled chicken and rice Buddha Bowl, packed with fruits and vegetables.

  • Spiced Christmas Chutney

    We've gotten pretty good at baking and making over the past year, so we're keeping the momentum going with another festive home recipe.

  • A Recipe for a Traditional Christmas Cake

    With much more time spent at home in the lead up to Christmas this year, why not revisit an old festive tradition — and bake a Christmas cake to share with the family on the big day. Nothing beats it!

  • Recipe: Toffee Apples

    No Halloween or Bonfire Night party would be complete without some traditional toffee apples. To create these classic sticky and sweet treats, just follow this simple recipe. If you happen to have ‘little helpers’, be careful of the hot sugar, and don’t forget to have a bowl of soapy water nearby!


Downtime

  • Lightening The Load, Spreading The Risk

    Safeguarding against things that might happen in life is an unfortunate necessity most people need to be prepared for, as Peter d’Aguilar explains

  • Puzzle Page Solutions - June 2021

    Here are the solutions to the Puzzle Page problems on page 126 of the June edition of the magazine – how well did you do?

  • Crowborough Walk

    We thought for a change, we would allow our resident rambler Robert Veitch to come up with something on his own patch. Make it go past your house we said, find some bluebells we asked. He succeeded with one and got within 50m of the other. Happy wandering!

  • A Warning From History

    The Booth Museum in Brighton is home to an original presentation of the natural world as one Victorian saw it. Generations later, it’s also a timely reminder that extinction is all around today as Michael Blencowe explains

  • Worried About Your Memory?

    There are over 29,400 people living with dementia in Sussex. Alzheimer’s Society has been supporting any of them, and people across the county who are concerned about their memory, through the pandemic, explains Jacqui Justice-Chrisp (Alzheimer’s Society Area Manager for Sussex)

  • Property Planning For Retirement

    Property, equity and retirement can be a complex topic, so we asked Peter d’Aguilar to shed a little light on some of the options currently available

  • Dealing With Stress

    With an estimated 18 million working days lost to stress each year in the UK, Lisa de Silva explores the effects of stress and offers some tips for minimising and managing its effects

  • If You Ask Me This April...

    This month, Flo Whitaker tries in vain to understand the attractions of Social Media

  • Your Consumer Rights

    The unprecedented times we are experiencing means that more and more people are buying online. So, what are the rules relating to online purchases and how are you protected? Amanda Hamilton of the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP), offers some guidance

  • Leading The Way For Change At The Cottage Hospice

    A pioneering service offers an alternative option for those needing end of life support, as Helen Stockton discovered when she visited the Cottage Hospice

  • Parallel Lines, Ironworks & Lewes : A Century Of Change

    What will the future make of Lewes’s most recent century? John Warburton explores the town in the past 100 years, from its iron industry and railway to its famed bonfire celebrations

  • Choosing A Signature Scent

    Sensual and evocative, fragrance plays a powerful role in our lives. Lisa de Silva explains how nothing can stir senses and memories like fragrance, with its ability to take you back to another time, place or loved one

  • Seeking Financial Advice

    Whether you’re John Maynard Keynes or Mr Micawber, managing your finances is one of life’s unavoidable priorities as Peter d’Aguilar explains

  • Keep Fit With The Kids

    It’s not easy to juggle fitness and childcare – but according to Hanna Prince, by combining the two you can keep everyone happy. Please note this article was written before the current lockdown began. Please exercise safely, according to the regulations at the time.

  • Book Review: Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior

    A beautiful story about a feisty 86-year-old, desperate to embark on one final great adventure.

  • Mothering Sunday Makes

    There’s nothing more special than a homemade gift, particularly when it comes from someone you love. Make this Mother’s Day a creative one with Hanna Prince’s crafting ideas for all the family

  • TV Drama You'll Want To Watch This Winter

    There's plenty of TV drama to get stuck in to while we're indoors this winter. Here's our list of what's on and when.

  • Book Review: You Should Have Known, By Jean Hanff Korelitz. Now re-made as HBO thriller, The Undoing

    Over Christmas, due to the lack of a Sky subscription and the need to find out what was getting everyone so worked up in the office, I devoured the book behind HBO's latest television thriller, The Undoing.

  • If You Ask Me This January...

    Let's face it - If they ever made 2020 into a feature film, you wouldn't want to buy the DVD. Flo Whitaker's no party animal, but she's never been keener to ring in the New Year

  • 10 Fun Christmas Films to Get You in the Festive Mood

    Looking forward to Xmas? Get the fire going, pour yourself a glass of egg nog and curl up with these festive favourites...


People

  • A Walk Down Memory Lane

    Despite his Northern roots, actor Richard Hawley has been a long-time resident of Brighton. Currently walking the cobbles of Coronation Street as Johnny Connor, Lisa de Silva talked to Richard about living on the south coast and his work, both in Corrie and as a supporter of the Alzheimer’s Society

  • May The Force Be With You

    Behind the corporate image of Sussex Police, there’s a very human element to the force. Robert Veitch has delved into a little police history, then brought it up to date in conversation with the recently appointed Chief Constable, Jo Shiner

  • Our Care Is Informed, Compassionate And Individualised

    Dr Geoff Wells has been on placement at St Catherine’s Hospice since October 2020. Here he shares his experiences of working in the local hospice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • A Day To Remember With Sheridan Smith

    Saturday June 30th, 2012, was a rather special in John Hannam's 47 year career as a showbiz writer and broadcaster. He fondly refers to it as 'my Sheridan Smith day'

  • Sober Rocks - Who Knew?

    Would your life be better physically and emotionally without alcohol? That’s proved to be the case for Janey Lee Grace. Having been concerned about the amount she was drinking, Janey ditched the booze three years ago. She regaled Lisa de Silva her story, along with the joys of living alcohol-free

  • A Journey Into a Magical Mind: Writer and Illustrator Chris Riddell

    We talk to acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Chris Riddell about his inventive imagination, love of the Sussex coast and his eagerness to inspire the next generation of creative youngsters

  • Tara Leniston: From Actress to Autism Advocate

    From a life of movie acting and travelling the world to becoming an autism advocate from her home on the South coast, Tara Leniston gives an honest account of her journey

  • David Calder: An Interview with John Hannam

    We talk to actor David Calder on his love of Sussex and life during lockdown

  • Force of Nature: An Interview with Bob Flowerdew

    Well known for his presence on Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, Bob Flowerdew speaks to us on the love of his profession, his links to Sussex and his handy gardening tips

  • John 'Boycie' Challies: An Interview with John Hannam

    On a cold January day I headed for Ludlow to meet up with Boycie, that notorious second-hand car dealer from Only Fools and Horses.

  • Tessa Peake-Jones: An Interview with John Hannam

    During the final ten days before the lockdown, I’d been lucky enough to have pre-arranged five interviews. It was in Guildford on a very wet and miserable March day. Would she be like Raquel in Only Fools And Horses or Mrs Maguire in Grantchester?

  • Poetry, Politics, Pearls & Caviar: The Life of an Underrated Sussex Author

    Sussex Living investigates much-neglected Sussex writer Hilaire Belloc, a politician, patriot and polymath on the month of his birth and death

  • Sir Ian McKellen: An Interview with John Hannam

    There are some years you just never want to end. In my case, it was 2019. I became the grandfather of twin boys, was privileged to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden Party and had interviewed Dame Judi Dench live on stage, in the presence of the Lord Mayor of London. That honour led me directly to my last major interview of the year — Sir Ian McKellen.


Homes and Gardens

  • Create A Herby Paradise

    No garden is complete without a few herbs, writes Flo Whitaker. Herb gardens are beautiful and practical – and you don’t have to break the bank to make one

  • Advertising Feature: Make Home Beautiful

    Advertising Feature: Offering everything from bespoke soft furnishings and room styling to gifts from local designers, Caroline at Home is one of Haywards Heath’s hidden treasures, as Hanna Prince finds out

  • Advertising Feature: Acorn Sales & Letting Agency

    Advertising Feature: As lockdown eases, visitors to The Orchards in Haywards Heath will notice an exciting new addition to the shopping centre called Acorn Sales & Letting Agency. Lisa de Silva paid them a visit recently

  • Advertising Feature: Sage Advice For The Garden

    Advertising Feature: Garden Sage was born with the ethos of providing quality plants and sound horticultural advice. After five years and a recent move to a new home near Henfield, Robert Veitch went to see how far they’ve come

  • Easy Beans

    This month, Flo Whitaker’s on the veg patch. If you’re new to veg growing, you can be sure of success with beans – and now’s the best time to plant them

  • Ferntastic

    Dinosaurs ate them, and the Victorians obsessed about them; ferns are astonishing survivors from the prehistoric world and still have the power to enchant us, writes Flo Whitaker

  • How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

    The delight of awaking refreshed after an undisturbed eight hours’ sleep is what Lisa de Silva would like everyone to enjoy, so here’s her guide to navigating the latest mattress and bedding options.

  • Blooming Times - Feed The Birds

    Gardening to help sustain our garden birds isn’t just a philanthropic gesture. It’s immensely beneficial to the health and biodiversity of your garden - and also to the wider environment, writes Flo Whitaker

  • A Walk Across The Rooftops

    Most people don’t spare a thought for their chimney, how it came to be, how it came to work and how it might have been cleaned in years past. We asked Robert Veitch to smoke out a little history, and to make it interesting. You be the judge.

  • ‘Threatened Plant of the Year 2021’ competition launched

    Plant Heritage calls for garden enthusiasts across the UK to enter competition which celebrates rare and unusual plants.

  • The Taste Of Summer

    Nothing says ‘summer’ more than home- picked fruit. Raspberries are easy to grow - and now’s the perfect time to plant them, writes Flo Whitaker

  • Naturally Cosy

    January doesn’t have to be gloomy after the Christmas decorations come down, it can be the ideal time to revamp the home as Adele Trathan explains

  • Hanging With Holly

    There’s a lot more to holly than spiky green leaves and a few red berries, so it’s over to Peter Erridge to explain all things historical and all things prickly

  • Spindles, Skewers and Toothpicks: The Euonymus genus

    The euonymus genus contains over 150 varieties in the form of shrubs and trees, so there should be one type available to brighten every garden throughout the year

  • Blaze Away! A Look at Fiery Acers

    Versatile and long-lived, no plants give better fiery autumnal colours than acers.

  • Wonderful Workspaces: Setting up a Home Office

    In today’s climate, home offices have never been more desirable. We've got this advice for designing your own stylish workspace

  • Blooming Times: Oh Sow Spinach (and other Autumn Vegetables)

    It’s all go on the veg patch this month. Sow hardy winter greens and plant onions for a tasty crop next year

  • Grate Accessories: Adding to your Fireplace

    September is the perfect time to customise your fireplace with a few stylish design tweaks

  • The Heat is on: Tips for the Colder Months

    As we move into the cooler months, here's our top tips on the safest and most cost efficient ways to stay warm at home

  • Planet-friendly Living: The Positives of the Eco Home

    Beautiful, sustainable and cheap to maintain, it’s no surprise that eco homes are popping up everywhere from city centres to the remote countryside


Animals

  • Ten Ways to Help Hedgehogs

    To celebrate its 10th birthday, nationwide campaign, Hedgehog Street, is asking members of the public to do 10 things to help hedgehogs throughout 2021. The campaign launched by wildlife charities People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) aims to encourage people to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly, in order to help stop the ongoing decline of Britain’s favourite mammal.

  • Lockdown Dogs

    Having a dog in your life can be a very rewarding experience, however it is also a lifelong commitment. Adam Levy, Regional Manager at Dogs Trust explains why it is important for potential owners to be fully informed before bringing a dog into their lives

  • It's A Dog's Life: Clowning Around

    Teddy has a love of clowning around and making people laugh, as explained through his human translator, Helen Stockton

  • A Silver Jubilee For The Friends Of Weir Wood

    It’s 25 years since the Friends of Weir Wood Society was set up to help maintain the Local Nature Reserve on the reservoir and Peter Erridge has been looking into the voluntary work they do for nature conservation

  • It's A Dog's Life: Redecorating

    January may not be an indoor month for everyone, but for Teddy it’s time to contemplate redecoration and the battle for control of the soft furnishings. As usual, his barks and yelps are translated into human by Helen Stockton

  • The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

    The UK’s biggest citizen science project has been recording the winners and losers in the garden bird world for over four decades with the help of half a million people, and now the RSPB is counting on Sussex residents to join in too, writes Becca Smith

  • It’s a Dog’s Life: Teddy Gets Soaked

    Autumn’s well and truly arrived, and Teddy, along with his interpreter, are steeling themselves for the rainy days to come

  • It's A Dog's Life: Moving House

    ‘Junior Him’ is moving and it’s a busy time for the whole family. Teddy’s on paw though with his own method of stress therapy

  • It's A Dog's Life: Teddy's Haircut

    Things seem to be heading back to a sense of normal for ‘Them Indoors’, but there’s only one thing on Teddy’s mind: getting a decent haircut

  • Natural Living: Hidden Lives of the County

    What may seem to us to be natural waste, could be an invaluable asset for a whole range of garden species and benefit the natural environment.

  • Natural Living: The Sparrowhawk in Sussex

    Sparrowhawks are now fairly common throughout the country and more of us can enjoy the breathtaking sight of these spectacular, small birds of prey.

  • It's a Dog's Life: Teddy in Lockdown

    Teddy may be starting to look like a Wookiee on a bad hair day, but it hasn’t stopped him from staying positive during lockdown. His human interpreter writes his account of life at home and the reality of spending more time with ‘Them Indoors’.

  • Cat of the Week

    Barney and Penny are our Cats of the Week

  • Dog of the Week

    Zara is our Dog of the week


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