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‘Failing is good’, Lizzy Yarnold
Just one of the powerful mantras girls should adapt to achieve their dreams.

A vital part of the curriculum at Burgess Hill Girls is our speaker programme. Most recently Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold was the guest of honour at our Junior School sports day.

Winning consecutive Olympic gold medals in 2014 and 2018, Lizzy is the most successful British Winter Olympian and the most successful Olympic Skeleton athlete of all time from any nation.

She stayed for the whole day, chatting with girls, answering their questions and cheering them on.

She also gave a powerful speech about the challenges she has faced in her sporting career. At age 18 she realised she wasn’t going to make it as a heptathlete and began to explore other events to succeed in her dream of becoming an Olympian.

Through UK Sport’s Girls4Gold talent identification programme, she was identified as having potential in skeleton.

Seven years later she was World Champion!

There are three lessons we can take from Lizzy’s story. Firstly to aim high, secondly to adapt. The third lesson? In Lizzy’s own words, ‘failing is good, you don’t win much in life, so it is very important to deal with losing and to see it as a positive.’

‘Failing is good’ fits very closely with our philosophy at Burgess Hill Girls. Our empowering community gives girls the freedom to take risks, to challenge themselves, and, most importantly, to make and learn from mistakes; a true driver in developing the necessary character and skills to succeed in the long term. Who knows, you might be seeing a Burgess Hill Girl on the podium some time soon.


Puddle Ducks have arrived in Shoreham-by-sea – Tuesday classes now available to book!  Sunday morning classes are already FULLY BOOKED.

Taught by outstanding teachers Michelle and Vikki, this is the first time that Puddle Ducks classes will ever have been taught in Shoreham-by-sea.

The pool is intimate and gorgeously warm at 33 – 34 degrees, there is FREE PARKING on site, a warm fresh water shower, changing space for mums and dads and a viewing area for spectators. With a maximum class size of just 6, places are very limited and will be administered strictly on a first come, first served basis.

Southern Transit – one of Sussex’s leading, and last remaining, independently run bus and coach companies has just launched a ‘Splendid Summer in Sussex’ photography competition.

Celebrating the beauty of Sussex, the competition invites the local community to take a photo of their favourite place in the county. Whether it’s one of the county’s iconic piers, historic castles, stunning beaches, national parks, harbours, railways, or any other location, every photo submitted will be considered as long as it captures Sussex at its best.

Budding photographers have until Friday 7th September to submit their photos. All entries will then be uploaded to Southern Transit’s Facebook page and the public invited to vote for the favourite to determine the winner.

The winner will be rewarded with free private travel on one of Southern Transit’s new Citymaster state-of-the-art buses, to a Sussex location of their choice, for them and up to 71 guests of their choice* – perfect for a special day out with a group of friends and family, or to donate for a child’s school trip or local charity outing!

Sue Rose, Operations Director at Southern Transit, commented:

“Sussex has been the home of Southern Transit for over 15 years and we couldn’t be prouder to be based and one of the UK’s most stunning locations. The county has so much to offer. We regularly take our buses out around Sussex, whether we’re helping with rail replacement, the school run, private hires, our Route 3 service or even wedding and film work, and are constantly blown away by the scenery we get to see every day.

“We’ve launched this competition as a great way to bring the Sussex community together to be proud of their county. We can’t wait to see all the entries!”

To submit a photograph, simply email it to [email protected] by Friday 7th September confirming the location, along with the photographer’s name, age and contact details.

Terms and conditions apply. See for details.

A new initiative to fight food waste in Brighton and Hove launched this week with the arrival of the first Community Fridge for the city.

The fridge was placed in Phoenix Community Centre (2 Phoenix Place, Brighton), which is managed by landlords the Hyde Group, on Tuesday 29 May. It is the first of two Community Fridges for Brighton and Hove, thanks to funding from Sainsbury’s Waste Less Save More campaign for Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.  The two fridges have been generously donated by Liebherr.

The second fridge will be located at Whitehawk Inn and is expected to arrive later this summer.

What is a Community Fridge?

A Community Fridge is a tried and tested way of stopping good food ending up in the bin. It is housed in a public, accessible place, making surplus food freely available to anyone who wants it. The surplus food is provided by local businesses or members of the public.

Anyone will be able to pick up food from the Phoenix Centre fridge for free. It will not be policed and its operation will be based on trust.

Helen Starr Keddle, Development Officer with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, said: “A successful Community Fridge deals with so many different issues at the same time. Community Fridges are a fantastic way to deal with surplus food which has a huge impact on the environment, they can help people in food poverty to access free food and they are a chance to bring the community together over a shared resource.

“I’m really excited to be able to launch the first Community Fridge for Brighton at Hyde’s Phoenix Centre and hope it will be the first of many to come.”

Community Fridges have been installed in many other sites across the country, supported by Hubbub, a national charity coordinating the Community Fridge network.

Donating food

The average UK family wastes £470 a year by throwing away food and drink which could have been consumed. More than 60% of the food wasted in the UK (4.1 million tonnes) is avoidable.

The Brighton Community Fridge at Phoenix Centre is able to accept surplus food from Monday to Friday between 9am to noon and from 2:30pm to 5pm,  including sealed packaged foods, cheeses, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, table sauces, pastry, unopened milk and yoghurt, unopened fruit juices and salads, and eggs if they are in date.

Unfortunately, it cannot accept home-cooked food or cooked food from unregistered sources, cooked food that doesn’t have a use-by date, cooked rice, pâtés, bean sprouts and food made from unpasteurised milk.

Hyde’s Community Centre Supervisor at the Phoenix Centre, Sean Sheppard said: “We are really excited to be at the forefront of delivering this project in partnership with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and Hubbub. I hope we can really help some of the people who might be struggling for a meal in our local community and make a positive impact on food waste.

“This is a fantastic project and has real potential to grow if more partners and organisations are willing to take part. We’re already looking at involving our own community garden project which grows fresh vegetables, so  it’s exciting to see how this project will evolve.”

Helen added: “We hope that anyone who needs some food for free can pick some up. We ask that people are considerate of the needs of others and only take what they need.”



Puddle Ducks have arrived in Shoreham-by-sea – Tuesday afternoon classes now available to book!  Sunday morning classes are already FULLY BOOKED.

Taught by local expert (and very popular) teacher Michelle, this is the first time that Puddle Ducks classes will ever have been taught in Shoreham-by-sea.

The pool is intimate and gorgeously warm at 33 – 34 degrees, there is FREE PARKING on site, a warm fresh water shower, changing space for mums and dads and a viewing area for spectators. With a maximum class size of just 6, places are very limited and will be administered strictly on a first come, first served basis.

Class Running Order:
3.30pm: Floaties (birth to 9 months)
This is the only Puddle Ducks Floaties class currently running at Herons Dale
4pm: Splashers (6 months to 18 months)
4.30pm: Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)
5pm: Little Dippers (2.5 to 4 years)

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For further information about the new session please email [email protected] or call us on 01892 617246.

The cutting of a string of garlic today marked the Grand Opening of the new Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen – a fabulous central space in the city where local people can be inspired to cook for health, fun and friendship.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Director Vic Borrill, together with Calum Munro, People’s Postcode Lottery Senior Community Programmes Officer, undertook the launch honours with the cook’s favourite flavouring. It heralded a new era in the history of the 15-year-old Food Partnership.

The Partnership has many years’ experience using food to create positive change in people’s lives via its cookery classes, but until now has run its classes from community centres, churches and any other semi-suitable space it can find around the city.

Food Partnership Vic Borrill said:

After a decade dreaming of a central space tailored to our needs, today is like a dream come true. In this Kitchen our cookery class leaders will have a fully accessible, purpose-built space and all the equipment they need so we can improve and expand our offering, enabling many more people in Brighton and Hove to learn about food, share food and, above all, to enjoy food.

“We know the transformative power that good food can have and we look forward to a healthier, happier city, thanks to the Community Kitchen – and the very many people who helped it happen.”

Jamie Oliver

The Community Kitchen has been made possible thanks to funding from the Veolia Environmental Trust, Rampion Fund and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, with support from the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, which funded the conversion of former office space in the Community Base building in Queens Road, Brighton. At the ceremony, People’s Postcode Lottery representative Calum Munro handed over a giant cheque for £100,000 .

Calum Munro said:

“I’m delighted to be able to kickstart festivities to celebrate the opening of Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen. It’s great to see the culmination of everyone’s hard work to get the project off the ground and I’m thrilled that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting it.”

A further £27,305 to kit out the state-of -the art, fully accessible teaching kitchen was raised through crowdfunding. And throughout, an amazing team of talented local firms supported the build: MacConvilles Surveying, Crofton Design, Gyoury Self Partnership, Cheesmur, Brewers, UrbnRok and Claire Potter Design.

The Kitchen will operate as a social enterprise, offering competitively priced cookery courses from local chefs and food experts at the same time as providing subsidised courses, including Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food Programme.

Mandie Turner from Jamie’s Ministry of Food said:

“We are delighted that, thanks to our partnership with the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership and funding from People’s Postcode Lottery, we will be able to teach many more people how to cook from scratch.

“Our practical cookery classes aim to make a positive, lasting impact on the nation’s health, by sharing the joy of good food! Our evaluation shows that the programme has significant positive effects on dietary behaviour, food choice and cooking confidence. A massive thank you to all People’s Postcode Lottery players, for making this possible.”

Every five or six weeks that inevitable challenging question rears its head…. What exactly will my child/children be doing this school holiday? Should they be doing a sport and getting fit? Perhaps use the opportunity to learn a new skill?   Maybe it would be better to spend time with the extended family?

It’s always challenging and always difficult knowing what is best!

With all the homework and stress placed on primary school aged children these days why don’t we just give them the opportunity to play!?

You might be thinking, there must be something more productive they could do with their time off school. Well, play is not just about creating a mess and being silly with friends, it’s hugely beneficial for children. Here’s just a brief list of some of the benefits of play:

– Through play children grow socially, emotionally and physically
– Play equips children with skills and experiences for later life
– Play is how children develop their character and unique personalities
– Children Identify their likes and dislikes through play
– Most of all… PLAY IS FUN!

When your next planning you’re school holiday activities, don’t forget to give play a thought! You can read more about the benefits of play at

With the county’s ongoing education funding crisis a local business is trying to help out by offering schools and extra-curricular groups the opportunity to win free transport for educational trips they may have planned in 2018.

Sussex-based Southern Transit has recently bought two new Enviro400 City double-decker buses – the only ones in operation in the South East of England outside London – and wants to put them to good use. As such, the company is inviting parents, teachers, and Sussex residents alike, to nominate schools and extra-curricular groups, who could benefit from free travel as part of its ‘Splendid Trips’ campaign.

Every other month, Southern Transit, one of Sussex’s leading, independently run bus and coach companies, will review the nominations received. A lucky organisation will be rewarded with free return travel, on one of their new 72 seater Enviro400 City vehicles, to their choice of destination. Four free trips will be given away during the course of the year in May, July, October and December – a prize collectively worth over £3,000!

That’s not all though… In addition to the free travel, Southern Transit will also organise a unique surprise guest on the bus, themed to the respective trip of each winning organisation. So, if the youngsters are on their way to the Natural History Museum, they could be treated to a special talk from a palaeontologist on their way there. Or, if they are going to see a show in the West End, they could find themselves being serenaded by a musical theatre artist on their way home.

Anyone can nominate a school or extra- curricular group (Scouts, Brownies, youth and sports clubs etc) as long as the organisation is based in Sussex, and the trip they had planned takes place within one day and is within the South East of England.

Neil Bird, Owner of Southern Transport, commented:

“Here at Southern Transit we are passionate about making sure every journey is a memorable and splendid trip. In today’s world, we’re all in a hurry to get from A to B, but we think you should be able to savour the journey as much as the destination.

“It is heart-breaking to think of the budget cuts our county’s schools are facing, and the effect it can potentially have on our children’s education. I remember my school outings as a child being the highlight of the academic year and it would be a terrible shame if today’s youngsters were unable to benefit from the same learning experiences outside of the classroom because the school’s purse-strings simply don’t allow it.

“Whilst I appreciate we cannot help every organisation, I hope that parents, teachers, and Sussex residents alike can see the benefits of our new ‘Splendid Trips’ campaign and I look forward to receiving the nominations.”

Nominations for the first ‘Trip & Treat’ should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Southern Transit’s Splendid Trips, c/o PMW Communications, Stane Court, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex. RH14 9HP. Every nomination should include the school or organisation’s name, contact details, planned trip destination and potential dates, along with the nominees contact details.

The closing date for the first round of nominations is midnight on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Stanmer House, Brighton has teamed up with The Kids’ Table to launch a pop-up kid’s service offering supervised fun for kids aged 3 – 10 years old every Saturday.
The new concept is designed to allow parents to enjoy some adult time over a relaxed breakfast or lunch while their kids are entertained by childcare professionals who offer face painting, craft activities with a different theme each week, Lego building, friendship bracelet making, drawing, games and more. The children can enjoy making superhero cuffs, snapping crocodiles, finger puppets, flying rockets, fire breathing dragons as well as special activities for seasonal events such as Easter and Mother’s and Father’s Day.
The Kids’ Table founder, Sarah Frow said:
“As a mother of a four-year-old living in South London, I struggled to find decent family friendly pubs and restaurants that offered an equally enjoyable experience for both adults and kids. The places where my friends and I want to while away a weekend afternoon offer little to keep the children entertained. We were forever having to cut our lunches short because the little ones were bored and wanted to get up and play, or we would put the tablet in front of them to keep them amused. The Kids’ Table means that parents can enjoy the adult environments they want to hang out in during their precious spare time, while the kids have a ball – everyone’s happy!”
The Kids’ Table researched 200 parents and found that 81% avoid going out to eat as a family because it’s too much hassle entertaining the kids, while 79% said there weren’t enough restaurants nearby offering an equally enjoyable experience for parents and their children.
The Kids’ Table includes a fresh fruit breakfast and a health-conscious lunch buffer, available for just £5 per child (aged 3 – 10yrs) for customers of Stanmer House from Saturday 17th February. It will run from 10am until 3pm. Parents / guardians must stay within the Country House and private gardens. Tickets available at

For more information contact [email protected] or Proud Country House in Stanmer Park 01273 680400

Celebrating 50 years of supporting sick children and babies in Sussex, Rockinghorse children’s charity has launched its Christmas appeal to raise funds for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU).

Based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, the TMBU provides intensive care for sick and premature babies. Over the years, Rockinghorse has received incredible support for its fundraising projects for the baby unit; from the very first incubator appeal in the 1960’s, through to the charity’s campaign to purchase a specialist Retcam eye scanner in 2014.

This December, Rockinghorse is once again asking supporters to help this outstanding unit. The charity is raising funds for an X-ray Imaging Machine that will provide staff at the TMBU with an instant X-ray image, allowing immediate modification of lines and tubes on a premature baby. Money raised from the appeal will significantly improve the overall experience of a preterm infant, who typically requires multiple X-rays to be taken during their admission.

Dr Ryan Watkins, Consultant Neonatologist at the TMBU, explains: “As one of the top neonatal centres in the UK, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can improve the world-leading treatment we offer. One way we can achieve this is by providing a ‘real time’ X-ray facility on site.

“Currently, when an X-ray is needed for a patient, we request a radiographer to attend from the adult hospital. They use a traditional X-ray machine, and once an image is taken and processed, it can take some time – and an anxious wait for parents – before the medical team can examine the results and offer the appropriate treatment.

“A new digital imaging system is available which would completely change the way in which we can treat our tiny patients. This innovative equipment offers immediate processing of the X-ray image whilst the machine is at the bedside. We are keen to provide the new X-ray facility as soon as possible as it will immediately lead to quicker results and better treatment.”

Over 550 babies a year are admitted to the TMBU, and it is not uncommon for a baby to require up to 30 X-rays during their stay on the unit. The new equipment will significantly improve overall radiation exposure for preterm infants.

Louise Bartha, Appeals and Trusts Fundraising Manager at Rockinghorse, says: “It is estimated that one in nine babies born in the UK will spend time on a neonatal unit, so many families experience what it is like to have a poorly new born baby, and the anxiety and worry this can bring.

“Every day, the amazing neonatal team at the TMBU hold in their hands the most precious and fragile little lives. With the help of our supporters, we can continue to ensure the very best possible standard of care for many years to come.”

To support the appeal; text ROCK00 to 70070 to donate £2, £5 or £10, visit or call 01273 330044.