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If you go down to the woods on a Monday at Wakehurst on 19th or 26th August you may come back with a homemade herbal bath bomb and herbal tea bag. The Herbal Academy is an exploration of all things herby and aromatic and involves grinding leaves, mixing up your own choice of bath bomb, making decorative paper bags, choosing a herbal tea blend and making your own herbal tea bag. Plus, there is the opportunity to try a bit of hapa zome and add your own hammered leaf prints to a large decorative display.

Drop in sessions – no need to pre-book, £4 per child.

Drawing below by Lotty (7) and review by Ben (8).







In July 2019 Sixth Formers at Burgess Hill Girls hosted their first Tomorrow’s Women conference for young women in Sussex.

Over 50 female students attended the Tomorrow’s Women conference from schools including Warden Park, Oathall Community College, Tanbridge House and Burgess Hill Girls itself.

The conference began with networking drinks and then attendees were given advice on how to fulfil their ambitions from six inspirational speakers; environmentalist Clare Osborn, radio presenter Izzy Bishop, Schwarzman scholar Laura Darnley, climber Rebecca Stevens, wellness and lifestyle coach Hannah Richards and fire fighter Rebecca Washington.

The Tomorrow’s Women conference is unique in that it is designed and organised by Sixth Formers at Burgess Hill Girls. Students are involved in organising every aspect of the conference, from deciding the format, to selecting and booking speakers and marketing the event.

Speaker Clare Osborn commented:

“I was totally inspired by the Sixth Form students at Burgess Hill Girls for putting together such a professional quality event.  The range of speakers was diverse and hugely inspiring.  I was honoured to be part of the line-up and only wish that I had access to so many different female role models when I was at school.  I love that Burgess Hill Girls encourages the girls to follow their passion and if that means not conforming to the standard career path that doesn’t matter.  It really is important that young people are encouraged to follow a path that fulfils them.  We spend most of our life at work so it is vital that we enjoy it and are passionate about it. ”

One of the organisers, Sixth Former Simi Ramshaw, said:

“We wanted to put on a conference that showcased the women and careers that interested us and those that we knew would give us invaluable tips on how we can achieve our dreams and ambitions. Organising our first conference has been an amazing experience. We can’t wait for the next one.”

We had never been all the way down to the Wetlands at Wakehurst before, despite having walked as far as the lake many times; we just didn’t realise the Wetland area was there (evidently we have never read the signs or looked at the map properly, as it is clearly signposted and marked…) so the Pond Explorers session highlighted a new area of the gardens that we won’t overlook on future visits, and it was also a thoroughly absorbing activity for children and adults alike.

The setting is gorgeous, with all the lush green reeds and the wooden seating areas, and the resources have all been taken out of the science lab and transported to the lakeside, so there are magnifying glasses, microscopes and identification sheets for all the weird and wonderful creatures which get scooped up.

Participants are encouraged to use quiet voices when studying the bugs up close and all creatures are returned safely into the water at the end of the session so that they can carry on with their lives, or quite possibly get eaten by something bigger than them – it’s a bug eat bug world in there!

Picture by Lotty (7) and review by Ben (8):

The forest school session run by Nature Nurture Sussex as part of the Kids Summer Fun event at Borde Hill Garden was thoroughly enjoyable for both adults and children. The children were completely absorbed the entire time and took home a good quality self-made bug hotel and a beautiful hand printed flag. The Hapa Zome is a simple, but really effective, craft idea which you could recreate at home and involved design, co-ordination and quite a bit of aggression with the rubber mallet! There was also a slack line and a well stocked mud kitchen and the activities were child-led, with participants free to chose exactly what appealed to them and how long they wanted to spend in each area. Review by Ben (8):















Drawing of the tree trunk circle and Hapa Zome activity by Lotty (7)

Picture: The Enchanted Garden Trail by Lotty (7)

This summer the trail at Borde Hill Garden is ‘The Enchanted Garden’ and children are invited to help Piccolo the pixie earn his wings by following the woodland trail and noting down the clues they find on the way. The trail guide has lots of lovely illustrations and mini activities to do on the way round, or sitting on the South Lawn at the end of the trail, or in the car on the way home. This trail is a little more challenging than usual in terms of the terrain, as the woodland path twists and turns and at one point you have to go over a bridge with a troll beneath it! There are additional woodland activities which you can pre-book on selected days, or there are stories about the natural world on selected days which everyone is invited to listen to. Additional activities can be booked online.

Review below from Ben (8).









Students at Burgess Hill Girls saw off teams from Sevenoaks School and Brighton College to become Champions at the Independent School National Beach Volleyball Championships at Yellowave in Brighton.

The team, Tia Homer, Meg McCallum, Olivia Gunn and Jurkowski, were able to draw on their ball handling skills as accomplished netball players for Burgess Hill Girls. Olivia Gunn also plays for Netball Super League team Surrey Storm. She commented:

“It’s been an incredible opportunity for us to learn a new sport and win the Championships. We’ll be back to defend our title next year!”

The Burgess Hill Girls team played nine games and won all nine, beating Sevenoaks School in the Semi-Final and Brighton College 40-15 in the Final to become champions. Tia Homer also received the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament award.



Photo: Alex Watts at Perfectly Unique Photography

The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride returns on Sunday 13th October 2019. If you are too little to join the Bike Ride, or have special needs, then come and join in with the Trike Ride instead! No need to register, just come along and have fun on bikes, trikes & scooters.

The Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride is an annual community event, raising money for charity & attracting riders from all over – and it’s also a lot of fun!

This year’s chosen charity is the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity

For further information & to register for the Bike Ride visit:

Haywards Heath Bike Ride

01444 453399

Burgess Hill Girls Sixth Formers have won second place in a prestigious national competition run by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) – and they vow to come back next year to claim the top prize!

The competition is designed to give school and college students a taste of what it’s like to work as a chartered accountant. Since its launch a decade ago, more than 18,000 students have taken part.

The Burgess Hill Girls team consisted of Year 12s Lucy Collins, Sofia Comper-Cavanna, Emma Naunton and Amber Xuan. Having come 1st in the South East in the first round, the girls were invited to the finals in Birmingham. Here, the 48 top-performing schools in the country were treated to an overnight stay, a three-course meal, industry-specialist speakers and musical entertainment. 

The day’s competition involved problem-solving, presentations and public-speaking, requiring teams to evaluate and analyse charitable investment opportunities using raw data and industry expertise. Each team had a dedicated specialist mentor, with Burgess Hill Girls gaining the excellent support of Dr Catherine Salzedo, Admissions Tutor and Accountancy and Finance department head at Lancaster University.

After their presentations, the girls faced rigorous questioning from the panel of judges, made up of leading chartered accountants from around the country, including Naima Siddiqi, Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director of Friends of the Earth.

Teams were evaluated on their commercial acumen, integrity, communication skills, team-work, individual leadership, financial analysis and problem-solving.

The girls were overjoyed at their second-place finish, and were complimented on their confidence, their personability, their outstanding individual performance, and the quality of their presentation.

Emma Naunton, from Worthing, was thrilled: “After the special commendations had been awarded, we were consoling each other and thankful to take part, but then we heard that we had come second! It was a wonderful surprise.”

Burgess Hill Girls Head of Economics Dionne Flatman said: “I am extremely proud of the team – up against stiff competition from across the country, their performance was exemplary, and they were thoroughly deserving of their podium finish! Their teamwork and research skills embodied everything we champion at Burgess Hill Girls. We will be back next year to pick up the winners’ trophy!”

27th Spectacular Year – 24th, 25th & 26th August 2019 – Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex

England’s Medieval Festival is the most authentic, one-of-a-kind medieval themed festival in Great Britain, where you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and spectacle of medieval times.

Located at the fairy tale castle of Herstmonceux in Sussex, England’s Medieval Festival is a very special blend of history and fun for the whole family.

Enjoy the thrill of Knights Jousting; Twice daily Battle and Siege of the Castle; magnificent Grand Parades; highly-skilled Falconry displays; Hundreds of Craftsmen and Traders; a Kid’s Kingdom; Crafts & Games areas; Workshops & Demonstrations; Minstrels, Magicians; Jesters; Hog Roasts and even a hilarious Mud Show!

There’s plenty of opportunity to join the fun with have-a-go jousting, archery and axe throwing; sword school; drum school; workshops for all ages, including chainmail, calligraphy, wood-weaving, blacksmith-forging and many other traditional arts and crafts.

Wizards, jesters, knights, dragons and princesses delight the kids; while the living history village offers the chance to see what it would really have been like to live in the Middle Ages.

Traditional musicians join a music line-up of foot-stomping folk bands who perform each day and evening on four outdoor and two indoor stage areas.

Real ale, traditional mead and medieval eats are available alongside delicious cuisine for all the family; and kids of all ages adore the moonlit cinema showing medieval themed classics.

The festival hosts weddings, blessings and traditional hand-fasting celebrations over the weekend.

Weekend Camping, Medieval Glamping and B&B room on the grounds.

Shuttle Bus from Polegate and Pevensey Westham Train Station to the Castle during the Festival.

By car – Wartling Road, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN

Dogs welcome on leads.

Day Visitors 10am – 6pm daily (Rain or Shine); Weekend Visitors from 7pm Friday 23rd August

Discount Tickets Now on Sale

Returning in 2019 with a packed family event with an exciting ‘Circus’ theme, the team behind Wivelsfield Village Day are inviting you to ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’ for a day bursting with fun and entertainment from 10:30am

NEW FOR 2019 the event – held on Wivelsfield Village Green – will play host to Panic Circus, who will be running FREE circus workshops and shows throughout the day. Kids and adults alike can try their hand at juggling, tightrope-walking or unicycling and enjoy the exciting shows including Punch and Judy, aerial performance and knife throwing!

Village Day 2019 will also see the welcome return of Harris’ Traditional Fun Fair, Burgess Hill Marching Youth Band, the Falconry School, Miniature Steam Railway, Fun Family Dog Show and much more – including vintage vehicles, arena fun and games, and well over 50 trade and gift stalls from local businesses, clubs and groups.

Visitors will be able to enjoy delicious food from the food court – featuring a mouth-watering selection of street-food traders and sweet treats, relax with a drink from the bar and then sit back and get ready to enjoy the live music at the 3rd annual ‘On The Green’ music festival.

Now in its third year and running from 3pm until late, the On The Green music festival is featuring a fantastic line-up of local and national talent, including ‘The Luck’, ‘Arcade Hearts’, ‘ORFILA’, ‘40 Shillings on the Drum’ and local cover band ‘Orange’.  

“We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting such a varied and exciting event” said James Gander, one of the Village Day team.  “Village Day is the largest community event in the calendar and we’re excited that Village Day 2019 will be packed full of entertainment that we hope will include something for everyone. It’s not just for Wivelsfield residents… come and join in the fun!”

More information and announcements can be found on the Wivelsfield Village Day Facebook page ( or at