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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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

  • Retire In Style

    Have you ever wondered about the realities of living in a retirement village? Sara Whatley talked to Barry and Kathy, a couple who have made the move and are enjoying their new luxury lifestyle

  • A Second Chance To Succeed

    It’s strange to think that one legacy of Datsun cars arriving in the UK over 50 years ago is a foundation championing the young and changing their fortunes, but that’s the case at the Camelia Botnar Foundation as Robert Veitch discovered

  • Mothering Sunday

    The roots of Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day were laid down in different times and in contrasting ways so Peter d’Aguilar has delved into history to learn a little more about them

  • If You Ask Me: What's In A Word

    What's in word? Frankly, it's hard to know these days, says self-confessed word geek, Flo Whitaker

  • Stretch Your Style

    Are you feeling ready to take on the world one power lunge at a time? Sara Whatley looks at the joy of life in athleisure

  • Sporty Sussex Goes Indoors – Cribbage

    Before the advent of computer games, we British kept ourselves amused with more home-spun hobbies, sports and pastimes – many of which centred around the local pub. Peter d’Aguilar suggests you find a friend, nip down the pub, order a drink, open up a deck of cards and discover the enduring world of cribbage

  • Sporty Sussex Goes Indoors – Toad In The Hole

    Before the advent of computer games, we British kept ourselves amused with more home-spun hobbies, sports and pastimes – many of which centred around the local pub. Peter d’Aguilar looks at parts of the county where it’s legal to toss a toad into a hole, but in others it’s a serious pastime

  • Sporty Sussex Goes Indoors – Bar Billiards

    Before the advent of computer games, we British kept ourselves amused with more home-spun hobbies, sports and pastimes – many of which centred around the local pub. Peter d’Aguilar investigates an easy to learn, entertaining game, involving cue action, strategy, mathematics, balls and pegs... called bar billiards

  • Providing NHS Care At The Heart Of The Community

    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest provider of NHS community services in Brighton and Hove, West Sussex and the High Weald, Lewes, and Havens area of East Sussex as Adele Trathan explains

  • Sporty Sussex Goes Indoors – Darts

    Before the advent of computer games, we British kept ourselves amused with more home-spun hobbies, sports and pastimes – many of which centred around the local pub. Peter d’Aguilar has explored darts, so pop down the local, order a pint, whip out your arrows, and enjoy a very social hour or two


Lifestyle


Food and Drink

  • 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

  • A Cocktail Cornucopia

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly! What better way to get in the mood than indulging in a cocktail or two for some festive frivolity? Adele Trathan and Stephen King offer their twist on some classic cocktail recipes and some tasty alcohol free options so everyone can partake

  • Party Pieces

    Entertaining can be stressful but there are plenty of ways to make it easy on yourself with some prior preparation as Adele Trathan explains

  • Alcohol Awareness

    With the festive party season almost upon us, Lisa de Silva offers some wise and thoughtful words on the topic of alcohol awareness, and some suggestions on ways to keep consumption under control

  • Recipe: Cod & Chorizo One Pan Winter Warmer

    This warming and tasty recipe by Adele Trathan, puts all the ingredients into one pan, making it simple and easy for all the family to enjoy

  • Recipe: Filo Pastry Mince Pies

    Sixteen year-old Imogen Palmer has been putting her seasonal spin on a traditional recipe. For the less adventurous and for those not tempted to make their own mincemeat… grab a 600g jar of ready made instead. Let’s bake!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!


Downtime

  • 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

  • The Child Of Sussex Awards

    After a three-year hiatus, the Child of Sussex Awards are making a welcome return to the Sussex social calendar and Sussex Living magazine is proud to be part of the event, writes Managing Editor Adele Trathan

  • 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

  • In Love With The Peruvian

    In times past figureheads personified the spirit of vessels and offered protection to the crew during their arduous maritime journeys; and one such figurehead has spent more than a century in Seaford writes Richard Hunter from the Hunter Figurehead Archives website

  • Two Huge One-Day Music Festivals Hit Brighton This May Bank Holiday

    Advertising Feature: Electro dance festival ‘Land Beyond’ and the retro sensation that is the ‘Noughty 90s Festival’ are landing on the Sussex shores for a massive double weekender, kickstarting the much awaited festival season with a bang.

  • Storrington Walk

    New Year, new location, new walk, same old writer… Robert Veitch travelled to Storrington and uncovered a gem that gets 2022 off to a fabulous start!

  • Liberty & Love

    Advertising Feature: Liberty & Love is passionate about women feeling good about themselves, offering a range of beautiful underwear and nightwear that is aimed for real women, of all shapes and sizes, as Helen Stockton discovered when she visited

  • Unwind At Soirée Lounge Bar

    Advertising Feature: An inviting atmosphere, with friendly staff serving delicious drinks and creative cocktails, makes Soirée Lounge Bar a perfect destination for good times with friends and family, as Helen Stockton reveals

  • Be Your Best You

    Let’s make 2022 a year of feeling great, happy and healthy. Sara Whatley looks at whole body wellness topics to keep us feeling our best all year long

  • A Grand Residence

    Advertising Feature: The dilemmas that come with an ageing relative may be many, but a safe and caring place to live is paramount, as Robert Veitch discovered on a recent visit to The Victoria Grand in Worthing

  • Sedici Style

    Advertising Feature: A haven of style for the sophisticated woman with a passion for fashion, Sara Whatley pays a visit to Sedici

  • Field Of Dreams

    For the folk that restore and maintain vintage agricultural equipment it’s a year round labour of love, as Robert Veitch discovered when he met three members of SEVAC, the South Eastern Vintage Agricultural Club

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • Legal Expertise In A Culture Of Care

    Advertising Feature: After a decade serving the Mid Sussex area, Lisa de Silva explores the reasons behind Tisshaws’ continued success

  • Equality FC

    Lewes FC is a football club punching well above its weight. Not only do they play at an extremely high level, they are dedicated to making social changes for good. Sara Whatley met with CEO powerhouse Maggie Murphy to talk football politics, their stance on equality, fan ownership and the love of the game

  • On The Wild Side Of Life With Ray Mears

    Ray Mears lives and breathes the wild. His passionate career in the exploration and teaching of nature has seen him become a bushcraft and survival legend, loved and respected by many worldwide. He generously spoke to Sara Whatley from his home in Sussex

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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!

  • A Green Thumbs Up

    Advertising Feature: With spring on the horizon we sent Robert Veitch to meet the experts at GreenThumb who are working hard to create beautiful, healthy lawns for their customers, all year round

  • 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

  • Choosing The Perfect Wood Burning Stove

    Advertising Feature: Need help choosing a wood burning stove for your home? Sussex Eco Solutions cover the top five considerations to help find your perfect wood burner

  • 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

  • Look Smart, Act Smart

    It’s time to start thinking smart about our homes. Tailor your home to your needs and help to combat the climate crisis as well; Sara Whatley gives you some suggestions how

  • What's It All About?

    Plant catalogues can be a bewildering read, particularly for the novice gardener. Never fear – Flo Whitaker’s horticultural translation service is here to help guide you through the marketing jargon

  • Here's Looking At Yew

    Truly ‘yew-nique’; the yew is unlike any other tree. It’s a conifer, yet produces no cones or needle; and it can, potentially, live forever. Some of the world’s oldest yews grow in the British Isles. Flo Whitaker visits an old friend and imagines its life story – so far…

  • ‘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.

  • 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


Animals

  • 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

  • It's A Dog's Life – The Passage Of Time

    Teddy has been contemplating the passage of time, and has noticed the chapters of life are flashing by, so he’s making the case for slowing down, living in the moment and enjoying the shortest month of the year; yipped and yapped as ever via the pen of Helen Stockton

  • Arden Grange Celebrates 25 Years

    Advertising Feature: Arden Grange, the Sussex-based producer of super-premium dog and cat food, is celebrating 25 years in business and would like to invite Sussex Living readers to join the festivities!

  • 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.

  • 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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