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  • Food Bank

    Foodbanks and seasonal boxes are a lifeline to many. Donations of food and basics such as toiletries can go a long way to helping those in desperate need. Find your nearest drop off points and opening times below

  • Advertising Feature: Spinning Jenni

    Advertising Feature: From Radio 1 to More Radio Retro, and many airwaves in between, Jenni Costello likes nothing more than spinning some classic tunes. Sara Whatley speaks to the lady herself

  • Birds Of Christmas

    Have you ever wondered why we associate robins with Christmas? Becca Smith from the RSPB explains how the link came to be, and how we can help our feathered friends through the winter

  • Tray Baked Chicken With Potatoes And Tomatoes

    This all-in-one tray bake by Adele Trathan is ideal as a mid-week meal, it combines great flavours for a tasty meal but with minimal washing-up

  • If You Ask Me... Politics

    This month, Flo Whitaker's considering starting a new political party; it's going to be called 'RAM' – Rage Against Mediocrity. Wanna Join?

  • Advertising Feature: Hair, Heart & Soul

    Advertising Feature: Ready for a new look? Essence Hair in Haywards Heath offers excellent hairdressing and an exceptionally warm welcome, as Sara Whatley found out

  • 100 Years Of Support

    This year the Royal British Legion are celebrating 100 years of supporting the Armed Forces community with the Poppy Appeal. Sara Whatley finds out what they have in store

  • Cheers To Christmas

    As Christmas creeps nearer it’s time to make your Christmas party bookings at your favourite eatery. Don’t miss out, says Sara Whatley

  • Recognising Carers

    Are you a carer? Or not sure if you are one? Sara Whatley has been talking to Christine Virginie at Carers Support West Sussex, working with and for unpaid carers

  • Have You Got The Willpower?

    St Peter & St James Hospice in North Chailey is one of thirteen hospices in Sussex, so we asked Robert Veitch to find out a little more about what they do, how they are funded, and their ongoing relationship with donkeys

  • Youth Groups in Action – Youth Clubs

    There’s often far more going on at a youth club than those passing by might realise and these agents for social change sometimes miss out on the credit they deserve writes Robert Veitch

  • Youth Groups in Action – Cubs

    Being a 21st century cub is primarily about having fun while learning a few essential life skills for children aged 8 – 10½ writes Robert Veitch

  • Youth Groups in Action – Sea Scouts

    Did recent Olympic water sports excite your child? Have they got too much energy and an inquisitive nature? The Sea Scouts may be the organisation for them writes Robert Veitch

  • Granting Wishes With Children with Cancer Fund – Polegate

    Children with Cancer Fund – Polegate is a small East Sussex charity that works with children up to the age of 18, who have or have had cancer. Issy Taylor-Gallardo explains who they help, how they do it and how to get involved as a supporter, or a beneficiary

  • Youth Groups in Action – Guides

    Where Cubs and Scouts are mixed, Guides is solely for girls aged 10-14, offering life relevant skills, friendships and plenty of fun along the way writes Robert Veitch

  • The Brighton Memory Walk

    Alzheimer’s Society Sussex Area Manager, Jacqui Justice-Chrisp reflects on the importance of the Brighton Memory Walk for people living with dementia in the area

  • Youth Groups in Action – Chess Club

    The origins of Chess are Indian and Persian; today it is a board game that can be played by everyone from granddaughter to Grandmaster writes Robert Veitch

  • Meet The Motor Neurone Disease Association

    The three Sussex branches of the Motor Neurone Disease Association are currently seeking new recruits to join their enthusiastic and dedicated teams of volunteers. David Setters, MNDA volunteer and patient writes about what they do, how they help, and how easy it is to get involved

  • Advertising Feature: Saying I do In Style, Dream Weddings at STORY Seychelles

    Advertising Feature: The Seychelles group of islands is a treasure in the Indian Ocean. It is possibly the most romantic archipelago in the world; the perfect paradise location for a dream wedding. With powder white sandy beaches, crystalline clear turquoise waters, lush flora and gently swaying coconut trees, all teamed with a warm tropical climate all year round making it ideal for that special life event – the Seychelles certainly ticks all of the boxes as a sensational wedding destination

  • Sporty Sussex : Petanque

    Like lawn bowls, bocce and crown green bowling, petanque is a form of boule sport – and it’s played widely across Sussex as Hanna Prince explains

  • Sporty Sussex : Windsurfing

    With plenty of popular windsurfing spots, Sussex is the perfect place to try your hand at this water-based adrenaline sport writes Hanna Prince

  • Sporty Sussex : Archery

    Archery has had close associations with Sussex since the iconic colour scheme of the archery target was invented here in the early 1800s as Hanna Prince explains

  • Sporty Sussex : Netball

    It’s a school playground favourite – but netball can still be enjoyed by women (and men) of all ages and levels of experience as Hanna Prince reports

  • Advertising Feature: Discover Affordable Luxury At Wakefields

    Advertising Feature: Wakefields jewellers have been serving the Horsham community since 1911, offering a combination of expertise, passion for fine jewellery and watches, along with a highly skilled team of welcoming sales consultants as Lisa de Silva discovered

  • The Circle Of Love

    A ring is a never-ending circle which makes it the perfect symbol of love. Whether for engagement, wedding or eternity, Adele Trathan explores the symbolism of offering this gift of love

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Char Chats Trekking - February

    News journalist Charlotte Baker is venturing into the unknown this year and reaching out far beyond her comfort zone in Sussex; having set herself the challenge of an epic trek in India while fundraising for the charity Refuge

  • What The Average UK House Price Could Get You In Sussex (And Beyond)

    In the UK right now the average house price is estimated at just over £245,000 (as of February 2021). But that figure obviously varies from region to region. So if you're a first-time buyer or looking to move to pastures new, which areas should you be looking at to get the best value for your money?

  • Five Great Presents for Him this Christmas (and Five for Her)

    Looking for something special for your other half this Christmas? Check out our picks for the festive season, as well as a few for yourself...

  • Homemade Chocolate Truffles

    Chocolate truffles make the perfect homemade gift to give at Christmas, or to enjoy yourself while snuggled up in front of a festive film.

  • Ten Great Bargains You Can Pick Up For Black Friday

    Looking for some great discounts ahead of Black Friday? Amazon are offering deals on a range of products all week until Monday November 30 - here's our picks for you...

  • Ten Items Great For The Home During Lockdown

    With another lockdown currently upon us, it's not particularly nice having to stay at home all the time. But there's no need to live in discomfort, with plenty of options to enhance your home, especially as winter approaches. Here's our picks to get the perfect set-up...

  • Ten Great Christmas Presents For the Kids This Year

    Can you believe it's nearly Christmas?! And after the year it's been, it seems like we all deserve a treat. Here's our picks for the best gifts on offer for your children this year...

  • Lewes Priory Chronicles

    The ruined medieval priory tucked away behind Southover High Street was once the economic and religious hub of Lewes. Hanna Prince delves into the area’s hidden history

  • The Beauty of Sussex: The Results of our Photo Competition

    Last month, we ran a competition to find the best scenic shots of Sussex, and received some incredible entries. Here we reveal the top ten images from those that were submitted and announce our winner

  • Environmental Wellbeing: How Caring for our Planet can Help You

    There are some simple things we can do to help our environment and better ourselves in the process

  • That Ol' Black Magic: Why it's the Ideal Colour for Autumn

    A mysterious and seductive colour, Lisa de Silva tells us why black remains one of the most popular choices in the fashion world

  • Call the Midwife: How a Sussex Nurse Changed the Profession

    When it comes to childbirth, it’s assumed that a midwife is always on call and ready for action. But it wasn’t always the case, as the role of Alice Gregory in modern day midwifery makes obvious

  • Caring with Technology: How it can Help

    Technology-enabled care is becoming more important and helpful to West Sussex residents than ever before

  • Jack's Back For More: The Art of Jack-O'-Lanterns

    As Halloween approaches, Robert Veitch delves into his memory banks and encyclopaedias to discover a little more about jack-o’-lanterns

  • The Life and Times of the Pumpkin

    We take a look at all things pumpkin, its origins and its surprising number of uses

  • Eat Local This Christmas

    Our assistant editor Jamie offers his thoughts on the need to support local eateries in the lead-up to the festive season

  • Competition: Win FREE Tickets to The Garden Show at Firle Place

    Enjoy a fantastic day out for you and your family, full of gorgeous garden and style ideas, art and design, all set in the beautiful location of Firle Place. Why not nominate yourself for this great prize - and feel free to share with your friends as we have three sets of tickets to win!

  • Wedding Trends: Suggestions to Make your Day Unique

    As well as being incredibly exciting, planning a wedding is a time to express yourself as a couple. We've compiled some on-trend ideas and suggestions to help make your day unique, special to you, and memorable for all your guests!

  • Going to the Chapel: Options for your Wedding Day

    As the country continues to move through strange times, we look at some of the options for those couples hoping to celebrate their special day

  • Fall Prevention: Following the 'Super Six'

    Some advice for vulnerable residents who may be at risk of a fall

  • Safe At Home With Everycare: Helping Sussex Residents in Familiar Surroundings

    (Paid advertising feature) One thing we’ve learnt this year is the importance of home, so we met David Dimelow to learn how Everycare can help individuals remain living in familiar surroundings as they become older and more vulnerable

  • A Loving and Caring Environment: St Peter & St James Hospice

    (Paid advertising feature) We find out that despite this year’s challenges St Peter & St James Hospice continue to discover new ways to keep up with fundraising efforts whilst keeping everyone safe

  • The Importance of Good Neighbours in Sussex

    We look at an important community service in Sussex which helps people who are feeling isolated or lonely

  • How Will Your Care Fees Be Paid? Getting You the Right Support

    Looking for a care package that’s right for you? Make sure you’ve considered all of your options – there’s plenty of support out there, writes Jane Finnerty the joint chairman of SOLLA

  • Community Stars: Care in the Community

    Care in the community has carried on these last few months while the world around it changed. The old normal became a new normal. Countless people have performed above and beyond the call of duty to help those in need. We report on a handful of stories to celebrate some of these community stars, but we know this is just the tip of the iceberg

  • The Families Left Behind: Missing People in Sussex

    In this special feature, we look at the emotional challenges facing investigating police officers and the families of missing people in Sussex

  • Social Wellbeing: Developing and Strengthening our Friendships

    Our advice on social wellbeing at a time when friendships and family are more important than ever

  • Competition: Nominate a friend to win a massage treatment with Profiles

    Do you have a friend or family member who deserves a treat? Someone who went the extra mile to help others during these strange times? You can nominate them to win this special prize!

  • Falling for Autumnal Hues and Style

    We give our top tips on the colours to wear for the season ahead

  • Making Up with Colour Cosmetics

    We look at the coming season’s makeup trends to enhance your features

  • Splashdown From Lockdown: The Drinking Culture in Sussex

    Our assistant editor Jamie looks back at the changes and challenges over recent months for those who like an occasional tipple

  • Winemaking in Sussex: Vineyards and Varieties of the County

    As harvest approaches, we investigate why the Sussex countryside is becoming prime wine-producing country

  • Towering Trees: The Dawn Redwood in Sussex

    We examine one of the tallest-growing trees in the country and explains their stunning life cycle through the seasons

  • Tending to your Legal Needs

    (Advertising feature) We speak to Tisshaws, the specialist family law firm, and learn how the business is continuing to help clients during these strange times

  • Glitter, Glue and Glory: Home Parenting and Schooling in Lockdown

    One of our resident writers shares the challenges – and the unexpected rewards - of home parenting during lockdown

  • Lockdown Diaries in Sussex

    With COVID-19 likely to become one of the biggest events of the 21st century, we talked to local archivists who’ve been documenting what’s happening in our county, so it can be remembered for generations to come

  • PHOTO COMPETITION: Win a Disney Plus Subscription Pass

    Do you enjoy taking lots of photos and seeing the sights of Sussex? Here’s your chance to put your images in Sussex Living magazine!

  • Wellbeing in the Workplace

    Some advice for those who may be facing work struggles during these uncertain times

  • Get Your Glow On this Summer

    Healthy, radiant and glowing skin is our number one beauty goal this summer. Thankfully the cosmetics market has us covered as we explore the best way to retain that inner radiance

  • Shades of Summer: What to Wear this Month

    Zesty orange, sherbet lemon and exotic saffron: we go through the essential colours of the season

  • Love Your Local Sussex Shops

    We note some of the great items to buy locally, at a time when independent businesses need our custom more than ever before

  • Celebrating the Child of Sussex Awards

    Now in its milestone tenth year, we look at this special event which celebrates some of the most special children in Sussex

  • Omnia Business Services: Everything and More

    (Paid advertising feature) If there’s one thing to be sure of in business, it’s that change is guaranteed. So, it’s good to know that one local company can help, not just with the theory of everything, but the practicalities too

  • Dame Vera Lynn: A 20th Century Icon

    We spoke to Dame Vera Lynn’s daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones, about her remarkable mother who gave so much to the people of this country

  • The Joys of English Vermouth in Sussex

    (Paid advertising feature) The revitalised and highly regarded contribution to the English wine industry from producers along the South Downs has recently been joined by a new all English Vermouth.

  • Celebration of Individuality: Bowley Funeral Service

    (Paid advertising feature) We chat to Paul Bowley at Bowley Funeral Service’s freshly updated Hassocks branch, to discover how funerals are now more about celebrating a loved one’s life than mourning their passing

  • The Devil in Sussex

    The Devil has been a frequent visitor to Sussex for many years, trying as he might to thwart the development of Christianity.

  • Sussex Living Explores Walking in Lockdown

    This column would normally begin at a railway station, a bus stop or a well-located car park, but during lockdown, all of this author's walks began and ended at his front door. Some of his memories and discoveries may strike a chord.

  • Crawley: In with the New

    Few places in Sussex can compete with the sweeping changes that have turned Crawley from a compact 18th century coaching halt to the thriving New Town with a population of over a hundred thousand

  • The Industrial Legacy of Burgess Hill

    Modern day Burgess Hill bears little resemblance to the town that welcomed the railway in 1841, but dig a little deeper and the history is there.

  • Historical Hurst: Discovering the Delights of a Mid Sussex village

    The beautiful and bustling village of Hurstpierpoint is set snuggly into the rolling South Downs and, for a relatively small country village, it is simply bursting with life

  • The Spanish lady: How the Spanish Flu Ravaged Sussex

    Following the centenary of the Spanish Flu outbreak, Sussex Living discovers how the deadliest pandemic in recent history spread through Sussex