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Families and friends can enjoy an impressive three-day agriculture, country and entertainment programme, with new and exciting displays and attractions at the largest countryside show in the region, the South of England Show on 7, 8 & 9 June 2018 at the South of England Showground in Ardingly.

This annual flagship Show of the South of England Agricultural Society, a charity that funds and supports agricultural education and countryside learning, brings town and country together so that visitors can enjoy a close up of the very best in British agriculture, horticulture, forestry, equestrianism, rural crafts and skills, combined with superb family entertainment and shopping.

This year’s unmissable main ring attraction is the famous and renowned Atkinson Action Horses. Best known for their appearances in television series Poldark, Peaky Blinders and Victoria, the Atkinson Action team will be an exciting new addition to this year’s Show, with visitors able to meet both horses and riders in between performances taking place twice a day.

Other firm family favourites include the high-energy, micro-sized Shetland Pony Grand National, popular hound parades, world-class show jumping, impressive heavy horse turnouts and the amazing livestock display, with expert commentary showing the best of breed in beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

Kelly Grant, Development Director of the South of England Agricultural Society commented “There is so much to look forward to at this year’s show, including a brand new Entertainment Zone featuring the eye-catching music stage sponsored by Long Man Brewery and designed by award-winning contemporary designer, Morag Myerscough, which forms part of her ‘Belonging’ tour of Sussex and co-commissioned by the Brighton Festival and Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Young fans of Tv’s PAW Patrol will also have the chance to meet characters, Chase and Marshall on the Saturday of the show and the Entertainment Zone will also feature a double decker bus, funfair, simulator, face-painting, blacksmithing demonstrations, Laser Qube experience and a fabulous food court.”

The entire 150-acre showground will be alive with hundreds of competitions and entertainment for all ages, arranged into ten zones that will take you on an unforgettable journey of; Food & Drink, Livestock, Discover the Countryside, Agricultural Machinery, Garden, Plants & Flowers, Women’s Institute, Bees & Honey, Equestrian (including Heavy Horse Village), Skills & Craftsmanship, Country Sports & Hound Show, Market Place and over 500 retail stands with thousands of products, many unavailable on the internet.

The Society aims to raise awareness and funds at its shows to continue to support the next generation and this is demonstrated by hundreds of students from schools and colleges from across the region who will be involved in competitions, exhibits and interactive demonstrations from a new tractor challenge to the prestigious Young Craftsman of the Year exhibition.

The NFU Food and Farmyard exhibit takes the theme ‘Healthy soils, healthy food’ where visitors can learn how soil is a farmer’s greatest asset and then discover the wonderful world of earthworms. There will be daily cookery demonstrations, bakery and corn milling and the NFU’s Discovery Barn will offer an educational roadshow for youngsters.

The enduring appeal of the South of England show gives new and returning visitors a unique experience of agriculture, horticulture and the British countryside, as well as great family entertainment, music, crafts, shopping galore and one of the most impressive food halls in the South East featuring many delicious local and regional foods.

People of all ages can take full advantage of the ticket prices again this year with under 16s going FREE (accompanied by a paying adult £21) senior citizens and students over 16 £19. There is also FREE parking and a regular bus shuttle service from Haywards Heath train station to the showground. Buy online at and save 15% off the gate entry price, offer ends midnight 6 June.


Handcross Park School Early Years Setting


The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the state and independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2018 TES Schools Awards.
It has been revealed that Handcross Park School has been shortlisted for the Early Years Setting of the Year award.
TES editor Ann Mroz said: “It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practice emerging from our schools and teachers. We had a record year for entries and the standard was the best so far – all those shortlisted should be very proud; it’s an extraordinary achievement.”
The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 June 2018
Handcross Park are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted and would like to thank our wonderful team in Reception and Nursery for their hard work and dedication to ensuring our children have the best possible start to their education. If you would like your child to be taught by the very best, please do come along to our Open Morning on Thursday 3rd May from 9.30am, to meet our Early Years team and discover the incredible education they can offer your child. Call 01444 400 526 or visit to register.

Gentle soap which leaves your face feeling squeaky clean, I wouldn’t use it to remove eye makeup though. Packaged in a cardboard box with no plastic or microbeads, not tested on animals and vegetarian. This is probably going to last for the next 6 months (no jokes about how often we wash please). Can be bought singly or in bulk if you have room to store it or if you regularly go away/go to the gym/swim so need to keep one in a wash bag.

Oliva Pure Olive Oil Soap

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Feeling nervous about your baby’s birth? Heard horror story after horror story? Wish there was something that could make it easier and take away the dread you feel?
You’ve stumbled across Hypnobirthing but are concerned it’s a bit ‘hippy’ and ‘out there’? Your partner certainly thinks so. You’d love to feel more relaxed about your baby’s birth. You want to feel calm and in control. You want your partner to be able to support you during labour, rather than being a spare part.

On Saturday 14th April at 10.30am Baby101 will be offering a free 1 hour Hypnobirthing taster session at the lovely Alternative Healthcare venue on Oathall Road, Haywards Heath. This will be a great way to check out Hypnobirthing if you are undecided.

Come away with an understanding that you CAN influence how your baby’s birth goes. Discover that Hypnobirthing is 100% logical and not one bit ‘out there’.

Although this is a free event, booking is essential as places are limited, so drop a line to the email below if you’d like to attend. Ideally you need to be 12-34 weeks on 14th April.

[email protected]

We have had our Hotbin for several years now & every scrap of food waste goes into it, so there is no food waste in our grey bin (with a few tiny exceptions – see more later). To keep it steaming (!) you also need to add dead leaves, grass cuttings and ripped up cardboard, so it keeps some cardboard out of your recycling bin as well. The more bulking agent you add, the hotter you can get it, and it’s quite fun seeing just how hot you can get it inside. There is a thermometer in the lid to tell you the temperature and even during the winter it is at about 30 – 35 degrees. I have found that if you put in the following things they come out the bottom unchanged: corks, lolly sticks, avocado stones, so they go in the grey bin now. Bones can go in the Hotbin, and whole chicken or duck carcasses, you just have to pick the bigger bones out of the compost when it comes out the bottom. It is absolutely full of fat pink worms, which is a very good sign and they do most of the work in breaking down the food, the lid fits very snugly, so you don’t get any flies going in or coming out of the lid. We have never had any creatures try to bite a hole in it, as the casing is very thick polystyrene. There are a few tiny white flies which come out of the bottom, but a jenny wren comes about 4 or 5 times a day to hoover them up, so that is actually an added bonus. It doesn’t make amazing compost really quickly, but we have had ours quite a while now and the stuff that comes out of the bottom is just like very crumbly brown earth with a lot of egg shells in – we probably should crush these up before we put them in, but it is quite fun squashing them when they come out with the compost, and then they are really good at keeping the slugs away too. We bought the standard version, which was less expensive than the Hotbin Extra and probably doesn’t have as many features. I’d like to know if there is a version where you can use the heat generated to power something like your outdoor lights or a hot tub!

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The first ever HAYWARDS HEATH TRIKE RIDE will be taking place as part of The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride on SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2018 for a 10am start, after the main riders have left.

This is a FREE, alternative, inclusive event for children too young to ride in the main race and for children with special needs. It will be held at a sectioned off part of The Broadway, Haywards Heath.
There will be medals for all participants and prizes for the best effort.
Please bring your own specialist bike/scooter/trike.
Limited trikes available on the day.
Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer and please book in advance.
There will be entertainment on the Broadway all morning!

To register your interest contact
[email protected] or call 01444 459108
Kangaroos is a Registered Charity Number 1150202

Very happy with the first one, so we bought a second one. Not a good idea to wash it in the washing machine though, otherwise your lovely sandwich tastes of washing powder! Just wash it in your clean washing up water at the end of the week and rinse. Dry it well or it can make your sandwich a bit soggy. Available in lots of nice patterns and colours. Saves buying and throwing away foil, and more flexible than a sandwich box as you can adjust the size.

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NCT is celebrating the success of its latest practitioner, Jane Williams, to qualify as a Baby Massage Teacher, which means that we will be able to provide a wider range of postnatal activities for new parents in East Grinstead and the surrounding area.
Before babies are able to speak, or even respond to sounds and sights, they actually communicate with the world around them through touch and at an NCT Baby Massage course you will learn a sequence of baby massage strokes that you can use at home or out and about, to suit you and your baby. Classes are suitable from eight weeks after birth.
Jane has been running antenatal courses for the last 3 years and is passionate about supporting new parents on their journey from pregnancy into parenthood and beyond. Jane completed additional studies to become a fully qualified Baby Massage Teacher during 2016 and started teaching Baby Massage in the Caterham area in February. She is delighted to now be offering this service to parents in East Grinstead and is holding her first course in June. “As an NCT Antenatal Teacher I see many nervous expectant parents come through my classes and it’s rewarding for me to see them at the postnatal session looking happy and confident. Providing baby massage classes gives me the opportunity to carry on that journey of support with parents and not only teach them massage skills, but to also watch them interact and bond with their babies. I thoroughly enjoyed baby massage with my children, as it was an opportunity for us both to relax together. Looking forward to my first course in June”.
NCT is renowned for its range of postnatal courses favoured by parents with babies and young children in their thousands. With a goal of making all courses accessible to all parents we offer up to 90% discount on all of our courses and you’d be surprised who qualifies! Please speak to our Parent Service Administrator, Rachel Johnson on 020 8752 2385 to book NCT courses or contact her on [email protected]. Our 5 week NCT Baby Massage courses start in June in East Grinstead. They will then run on a regular basis throughout the year.
For more information about the work of the NCT or the local branches please see

Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Date: Sat 9th & Sun 10th September

Immerse yourself in the medieval world! This weekend brings together

over 140 re-enactors along with traders, musicians and medieval

enthusiasts from across the country.

Visit the living history encampments, try your hand at longbow archery

or just sit back and enjoy some medieval music.

Displays and hands-on activities for all ages throughout the day.

Normal Admission Applies.

Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS.

Tel: 01323 844224 

To find out more details about What’s On,

please visit our website:

Cumnor House Sussex pupils returned with a tally of four medals – two gold, one silver and one bronze – from the National Schools Athletics Championships staged at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium.

Katie Bradley, competing in the U13 Girls Shot Put, threw over a metre further than any other competitor with a distance of 9m 11cm to secure her gold medal. In the U14 Girls Triple Jump, Mabel Pickard also struck gold achieving a distance of 9.67m.  Katie then went on to collect her second medal, silver, in the U13 Girls Discus and Alfie Slatter secured his bronze medal after clearing an impressive 1.38m in the U12 Boys High Jump.

“It really was a great day for us at Birmingham – the culmination of a lot of hard work by the children and a great season of Athletics for Cumnor” commented Craig Burgess, Director of Sport at Cumnor House Sussex. “Fifteen of our athletes qualified to compete at the Nationals this year and they all did themselves proud – every one of them coming within the top 15 in the country of their qualifying sport.”

Find out more about Cumnor House Sussex at

Photo: Gold and silver medalist Katie Bradley