A Pet Service in Scaynes Hill

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By Claire Cooper

There were furry paws, waggy tails and twitching whiskers among the congregation at St Augustine’s Church in Scaynes Hill earlier this month when the church held a special pet service.

Vicar Lisa Barnett invited parishioners to bring their furry friends to church for a celebration and blessing and was delighted so see the pews filled with a 25 dogs, a selection of guinea pigs, an enormous rabbit and even a tortoise named Lisa!

The service included specially chosen hymns, such as All Things Bright and Beautiful, a Bible reading read by Thomas Martin, while parishioner Bev Sotiri, accompanied by her four dogs, read a poem for dog owners.

Those unable to bring their pets to church, and those who wished to remember their former pets, brought along photos.

Following the service, there was a chance for pets and owners to mingle and enjoy refreshments in the church hall.

This was the first pet service to be led by Lisa, and is part of the church’s commitment to strengthen community spirit. “I was more than a little bit nervous before the service,” she said. “How many pets would be brought along? Would they behave? But I needn’t have worried!

“The animals all behaved beautifully, staying quiet during the talk and joining in with gusto during the hymns! It was a very special occasion, celebrating the joy that our pets bring us, and committing ourselves to caring for all of God’s creatures. We’re definitely planning to do it again sometime!”

A feast for the senses at the 2017 Lindfield Arts Festival

8-10th September 2017

By Kirsten Genard

As summer is hotting up, so is the programme for the Lindfield Arts Festival. Next month sees the return of the eighth annual festival, and this year’s event is looking bigger and better than ever. Whatever you are into and whatever your age, there is something that will fit the bill as the top ticket in town this season.

Families are in for a treat as The High Street transforms with an abundance of activities on offer, including the centre stage with a variety of performances including the return of the circus shows.

Look out for the Dressed Ducks in the shop windows and, if you have ever wanted to learn to crochet or decoupage, then Dolly’s craft van will be the place to go. 

Further afield around the village, a varied programme of arts, drama, dance and entertainment will be taking place. A fine art exhibition will be staged at Lindfield Primary Academy on Saturday and Sunday featuring work by talented local artists and with refreshments from The Bonfire Society, kindly supported by Tisshaws Family Solicitors. On Saturday, innovative Robot Relays see competitors get creative in an almighty battle of the bots on space hoppers whilst supporters cheer from the hay bale amphitheatre.

A mini festival of its own will take place at the United Reformed Church on Saturday, featuring a craft exhibition supported by Handelsbanken with the opportunity to snap up goods. A diverse programme of performances and workshops is also on offer, from drama, dance and creative writing to – wait for it – mutant toy hacking. What could be better than reinventing a toy slightly past its sell by date into a brand new, bespoke creation that will be the envy of the playground? Think Toy Story on steroids!

More activities are being confirmed all the time including two very special evening events on Friday night. Lindfield Coffee Works will host a Poetry Night, featuring a group of Sussex-based local poets including a former musician from the Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, which will set the stage for the Festival on opening night. Meanwhile, Komedia regular Rob Dumbrell, will compère a Comedy Night at the Bent Arms, bringing along some wellknown, tried-and-tested names from the comedy circuit for your amusement. For all you budding comedians, there are a couple of 5 minute stand-up comedy sets up for grabs, if you think you have what it takes!

Registration for workshops and events will open online in mid-August with SWALK acting as the Lindfield Box Office. 

If you would like to contribute in any way or exhibit, perform, play or volunteer during the Festival weekend (8th, 9th, 10th September) please email enquiries@ lindfieldartsfestival.com or call Stix: 07868 879084 for more information.

Lindfield Primary Academy girls crowned County Cricket Champions

Lindfield Academy's Cricket Girls

Lindfield Academy's Cricket Girls

Members of Lindfield Primary Academy’s Year 5/6 girls’ cricket team were celebrating this month when they were crowned County Champions at the Sussex Final in Horsham. The girls went into the event with high hopes after weeks and weeks of practice but were faced with the daunting prospect of playing the best five schools from Sussex at the event. After a convincing win against local rivals and last year’s winners, Birchwood Grove in the first match by 37 runs, the girls continued their great form with victories over Southwater Junior (by 10 runs), North Lancing (by 42 runs), West Park (by 27 runs) and Harlands (by 32 runs) in an action packed day at Horsham Cricket Club.

The whole squad contributed throughout the tournament but special mention must go to Ruby Stedman for her batting and Asha Hinley and Bethan Steel for their fantastic bowling. James Smyth (Year 6 teacher and the team’s coach) was extremely pleased at the conclusion of the event: “After coming runners-up last year, we hoped we may go one better this time around. We are so pleased, the girls should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Lindfield part of Village of the Year 2017 TV series

Village of the Year 2017 - TV series on Channel 4 by Reef TV

Village of the Year 2017 - TV series on Channel 4 by Reef TV

Lindfield has been selected to be part of a new series which will crown the winner ‘Village of the Year 2017’. The show is due to be aired on Channel 4 in October and will be presented by Penelope Keith. 

Chair of Lindfield Parish Council Will Blunden applied for Lindfield to be on the show, helped by residents Sarah Richmond and David Tingley who completed the application form in May.

Lindfield historian Richard Bryant and fitness instructor Esther Featherstone joined David and Will as they met with the show’s producers in the village, as they sought to find out more about Lindfield.

Production company Reef shortlisted Lindfield just days before Village Day – an event it was keen to capture in its footage for the programme. 

Penelope Keith visited Lindfield in early June to interview Will Blunden as Harbour Master by the pond and Esther in the King Edward Hall. “It was terrifying to start with,” Will said, “but I was soon put at ease. 

Penelope was lovely. She told me that she knew the area well having lived in Forest Row for a time.”

During her interview, Esther was asked to explain her personal reasons for creating her own exercise programme. “Penny made me feel very comfortable and was utterly charming and engaging while we were talking on camera,” she commented.

Penelope’s first words when she walked in on the Swoove class were: “Wonderful lycra!”

Esther invited her to Swoove in the comfort of her own home, as she presented her with a DVD. Laughing, Penelope replied: “I think my cats and dogs might think I’ve gone completely mad!”

Penelope and the crew will be visiting and filming at 75 other villages across the UK during the summer, in order to find the best. We’re pretty sure she found it here, but only time will tell! Watch this space for details of the show’s air date later in the year.

White Horse, Lindfield, to breathe new life again

The White Horse in Lindfield to open as Tamasha - an Indian restaurant

The White Horse in Lindfield to open as Tamasha - an Indian restaurant

Curry loving residents won’t have to wait much longer to enjoy their favourite food on their doorstep as Lindfield’s most eagerly awaited restaurant opens its doors.

Tamasha, which means ‘performance and celebration’, is almost ready to welcome its first diners, as the finishing touches are put to the lengthy renovation project.

Lindfield Life caught up with owner Ashraf Shah on Village Day and enjoyed a sneak preview of the premises, which have been transformed from the traditional pub interior of the former White Horse to a stylish and spacious restaurant, complete with booth seating and sparkly black floor tiles.

However, Ashraf has retained some original features such as the beams at the rear of the restaurant which have been restored and enhanced with roof lighting and skylights.

Ashraf and his team are looking forward to becoming part of the village. “I’ve wanted to open a restaurant in Lindfield for some time but couldn’t wish for a better location, on the High Street and opposite the pond,” he said. “Lindfield is such a great village and I’m looking forward to welcoming everyone.”

Ashraf, who has been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years, also owns the popular Tarana restaurant in Turners Hill.

“The menu at Tamasha will be very similar to Tarana,” said Ashraf. “We will be offering a takeaway service, and entertainment on Wednesday evenings.”

He added that this could range from belly dancing to Elvis and Michael Jackson tribute nights – all popular at Tarana.

Lindfield Village Day is a ball with Strictly theme this year

Lindfield Village Day 2017 - image: Clare Ozkan Photography

Lindfield Village Day 2017 - image: Clare Ozkan Photography

Lindfield’s famous annual event for all the family was a huge success as around 2-3,000 people attended  Village Day on the common on Saturday 3rd June. It got underway in a shimmer of beautiful costumes from cabaret-style dancers to a rainbow coloured maypole as the ‘Strictly Lindfield’ themed procession started down the High Street led by the Brighton School of Samba. Katie Derham played a star role in the Lindfield Primary Academy float along with the most amazing glitterball swan (the village symbol), and Blackthorns Primary Academy could have staged their own Strictly competition with a fantastic range of stunning outfits from the children and staff alike. Alice in Wonderland was the theme for Brighton School of Samba, and they  certainly made a wonderful sight for spectators with playing-card costumes and a ‘tea party’. The Bonfire Society Maypole won the Judges’ Special Award, along with prizes for the two academies.

There were over 100 stalls on the common selling everything from crafts to cuddly toys, books to barbecue food - and the famed cake and plant stalls sold out pretty fast! In keeping with the dance theme, there were great dance displays in the arena . In a new twist, the day was filmed for Channel 4’s Village of the Year programme hosted by Penelope Keith, and Lindfield is in the running to win the £10,000 prize! Esther Featherstone, Zumba and Swoove queen, was interviewed along with Will Blunden, Chairman of the Parish Council, who also led the procession in his breeches and tailcoat in his role as village ‘Harbourmaster’. Visitors went for a spin on the well loved mini-railway, raised their game at the fun fair, took the plunge with hook-a-duck, and aimed high with the coconut shy. Again, Potential Personal Training provided fabulous support for the event.

Village Day and Village Run raised a record breaking £10,000 for the King Edward (Village) Hall - so huge thanks to all involved especially the volunteer organisers who make the day go with such a swing.

Amazing photos of the day supplied by Clare Ozkan Photography

Writing a life story - Memory Lane Books

Many of us regret not knowing more about our parents and grandparents. Photographs are fine while they’re still around to explain who’s who, but will a dusty album mean anything to future generations?

Writing your life story can help your children or grandchildren to learn more about you. You might not have been famous, adventurous or influential but your family and friends will find your story as interesting as any celebrity autobiography.

A life story book can be an overview of your life, or a snapshot of a particular time, for example childhood, hobby or career. It can heal past wounds, deal with unfinished business or even reveal family secrets.

If you fancy having a go yourself, you could start by writing a memoir, which doesn’t have to include every detail of your life in chronological order - it’s a story from a life, so focus on key events, such as a career or relationship. If you’re tackling a longer life story, select up to 20 key life events and think about how you can link them to create a narrative.

Before you start to write, do plenty of research. You might think you remember everything that’s happened, but look back through old diaries and photographs, listen to music, or visit an old house or school to trigger memories. Decide on the structure and create summaries for each chapter before you start to write. Dialogue and vivid description are great, however, don’t get bogged down in unnecessary detail that slows down the narrative.

And remember that a life story isn’t just about you, it’s about other people, so talk to parents, siblings and other key people for their take on events. However, penning and publishing a book can be daunting, so, if you need help, a life story writing service like Memory Lane Books can help.

During a series of personal visits, an interviewer will chat about your life to gather life stories and recollections before shaping them into a narrative.

Grace Parker had been telling her two grandchildren about travelling to New Zealand as one of the Ten Pound Poms when she realised her story might soon be forgotten.

“It was such an important time of my life but I never really talk about it,” says Grace. “I wanted to write it down so that my great-grandchildren could find out about what
I did – after all, I might not be around to tell them.”

Grace started writing her life story but found the project daunting - arthritis in her hands didn’t help either - so she turned to Memory Lane Books for help. The one-to-one chats helped her remember and record the details of the trip and other important times in her life.

Using a professional life story service, your words will be edited, written and proof read – you’ll get to check and approve the story as you go through the process. After choosing up to 50 photographs, the finished 150-
page book will be typeset, designed and printed, forming your personal history into a professional book.

“I’ve been showing it to all my friends and some of them have found out things about me that we’ve never spoken about,” says Grace, who’s given copies of her book to her children and grandchildren, while another
one has pride of place on her bookshelf. “I sometimes get it out and read a bit,” she admits. “It’s wonderful to reminisce and a real talking point when friends visit.”

She adds: “I know that my family have now got a permanent record of my life, and hope my book will become a family heirloom.”

If you’d like to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime
project, please contact Helen Gregory on 077997 64414 or email helen@memorylanebooks.co.uk to
discuss how we can bring your life to life.

www.memorylanebooks.co.uk

London to Brighton Bike Ride (via Lindfield) for Crispin...

Last September many were devastated by the untimely and tragic loss of Lindfield resident Crispin Taylor from an undiagnosed heart condition. He was fun, kind, generous and known to so many in the village. Friday 5th May would have been his 57th birthday. In order to raise research funds his sons Oli and Eddi are leading a group cycling the British Heart Foundation’s London to
Brighton on a particularly poignant Father’s Day (18th June). “We’re all still coming to terms with the loss of dad and so hope that, in a small way, we can help others avoid the same tragedy,” said Eddi.

Oli commented: “The support from the Lindfield community has been incredible, as has the sponsorship, we’re all so grateful and we’d like to say a big thank you. Not least to those cycling with us: Jeremy and Ben Taylor, Laurence, Dan and Ben Trigwell, Patsy Whiteside and John Barling. If you’d like to sponsor us please see our JustGiving website at www.justgiving.com/
fundraising/Oli-Taylor1990
.”

Photo shows: Laurence Trigwell, John Barling, Patsy Whiteside, Eddi Taylor and Oli Taylor

Lindfield Life: meet the team...

Justin Ross, Claire Cooper, Emily Billson, David Tingley, Heather Barling, Annika Beadle

Justin Ross, Claire Cooper, Emily Billson, David Tingley, Heather Barling, Annika Beadle

By David Tingley

One of the common misconceptions about being the person responsible for publishing this magazine is that many assume I do it alone. I don’t! It’s definitely a team game.

When my wife and I created Lindfield Life eight years ago, Emma was tasked with selling advertising space, to pay for the production costs, and I would write the majority of each issue’s content. We do still receive a good few emails to ‘David & Emma’ – which is very sweet, although Emma technically stopped working for the magazine back in early 2012 when she was offered more hours in her position with a local charity.

One crucial role we’ve utilised since the beginning is that of a proofreader. Lindfield resident (who also happens to be my mother-in-law) Heather Barling took on the task since the very early days of Lindfield Life – and her razor-sharp attention to detail is much appreciated.

In 2012 we hired journalist Claire Cooper, who I am very pleased to say is still with us today. Claire’s part-time role is Editorial Assistant, and it’s her job to write up news stories and feature articles, as well as responding to emails which are sent to the editor@lindfieldlife.co.uk - plus keeping her ear very close to the ground for all the latest Lindfield news of course!

After running Lindfield Life for nearly three years I decided, at the end of 2012, to branch out and produce another community magazine for the nearby village of Cuckfield. Even at that stage, I had begun to see the powerful effects that a local magazine could have on the community it served – and so I was keen to see if it worked elsewhere.

Fortunately it did, and I have since been building that business. In April 2015 I started another title for Hurstpierpoint – so life in the office became very busy! 

As any business owner will tell you, it’s about getting the right people in the right roles. I’m very grateful to have Lindfield resident Natasha Hannah (not available on the day of the photoshoot) as my bookkeeper for nearly five years – keeping the books straight!

Local student Annika Beadle handles all our social media posts and has done so for some time – which is really helpful. We use Twitter and Facebook as a way of sharing events and stories from within the magazine during the month, but also to allow us to be more responsive than the restraints of our usual monthly deadlines.

I also soon realised that I needed help in the office as the demands of an ever-increasing customer base became greater. Another Lindfield resident, Emily Billson, took over that role in December 2015 and she’s really made it her own. Emily’s part-time role as Office Administrator sees her covering everything from taking phone calls and booking in advertisers through to creating advertising/content schedules for each issue. Her organisational skills are legendary and keep me in check!

Our most recent addition to the team is Creative Artworker Justin Ross. Justin is a freelancer and has taken on the task of creating the first proof of the magazine. Essentially, he turns it from a stack load of Word files and pictures to the cleanly set pages you see – all in the Lindfield Life house style. 

Ian Taylor and his distribution team, supported by Niamh Hannah in Scaynes Hill, take on the door-to-door deliveries for us – and do a great job. 

By now you may well be asking: ‘What about you?’! Well, I have input specifically on adverts’ artwork and design where necessary, I also deal with making changes and sending each issue to print. I do still write – although not as much as I used to. I take some photos and also keep abreast of the emails to the editor account.

During the month we each take responsibility for our own areas, and then come together once a month for our editorial meetings at our offices in Haywards Heath.  At this meeting we decide which stories are going in and what more needs to be done in order to create our first proof.

So there you have it. That’s how we do it! It may not be rocket science, but it’s a great job and we love doing it.

Easter Bonnets on parade in Lindfield

By David Tingley

All schoolchildren in Lindfield waved goodbye to the spring term in glorious sunshine last month, but at Lindfield Primary Academy the warm playground was also bathed in colour as the school held its first Easter Bonnet Parade for over 20 years.

Its return to the school was the brainchild of mums and PTA members Carrie Faraday and Laura Bartlett. “We had originally only intended to run the parade in the playground for Reception children,” Laura said, “but Mr Still [Principal] loved the idea and said he thought all Year groups should get the opportunity to take part.”

The children had a couple of weeks to put their bonnets together at home – with many parents’ manhours too I suspect – before bringing them in on the last morning of term. Key Stage 1 and 2 paraded first, walking around the playground to the whoops and claps of proud parents looking on with cameras at the ready.

[Full article in May's issue of Lindfield Life magazine]

Lindfield artists set to open their studio

Two Lindfield artists, who met while exhibiting at the Arts Festival in 2015, have joined forces to create what they hope will become a new village tradition. 

Brett Hudson and Georgina (George) Moir will be staging an Open Studio event for families over the Arts Festival weekend this September.

Brett and George were inspired after visiting the Open House Art Trail at the annual Brighton Festival.

“We had both visited open houses and agreed that they provided a lovely and relaxing way to look at art in different surroundings,” said Brett. “With so many creative people in the village and lovely buildings, Lindfield is perfect place for an art trail so we thought we would go for it and open my garden studio!” 

The hope their event will encourage other artists to open up their homes and studios to create an art trail in the village. “It would be great if other artists could join us and open their houses - if not this year, maybe next year,” added Brett.

[Full article in May's Lindfield Life magazine]

Car Boot Sale at Lindfield Primary Academy

Sunday 14th May 2017

After the success of its Vintage Table Top Sale last year, Lindfield Primary Academy PTA is holding its very first car boot sale in the Academy’s grounds on Sunday 14th May, 9.30am-1pm. It is one of many events in its very busy calendar, alongside discos and film nights for the children, and golf days and a summer ball for the grownups, just to name a few. Emily Hadden, PTA co-chair, explained: “We like to make our events as inclusive as possible, ensuring they attract attention from across the local community, and would love to welcome the people of Lindfield to join us to either take a pitch, pick up a bargain or just come along for a bacon sandwich and cup of tea. All proceeds will go towards the ‘extras’ that cannot be funded directly by the school, as well as much needed equipment that requires our additional input. A BIG ‘thank you’ to Tesco which has kindly donated towards the food and drink at this event.” 

Doors will open at 9.30am. Admission £1. Pitches will be reserved on a first come first served basis and cost just £7 (£10 for a van). Please contact lindfield.pta@gmail.com for more details or to reserve a pitch.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Talks

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Amulance Community Talks

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Amulance Community Talks

Book a talk about our life-saving work

 

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is inviting local groups, clubs, societies and other organisations to book a talk (free of charge) to find our more about the work of the charity.

By inviting one of our volunteer speakers to your group, you will be helping to raise awareness of our work and therefore ensuring we can be there for those who need us, now and in the future.

For more information or to book a talk, please contact KSSAA on: 01622 833 833 or talks@kssairambulance.org.uk

 

Donate handbags for refugees

By Jacqui Smith, Homesmiths

We need your handbags! Well, not your actual handbag but a handbag which you could fill with useful things and give away to a refugee who no longer has one.

Refugees are people like you and me, who may find themselves without one now and, more importantly, without all the things which we rummage for in our own and probably take for granted. As a result we are collecting handbags, filled with all things useful such as tissues, brush, lipsalve, tampax, wipes, hand gel, plasters, handcream and a scrunchie. I would also add to that things like a spare pair of knickers (new) and perhaps some reading glasses (you can get these from Poundland). Note: medications, food and sharp objects are off limits but you can include anything you think would be of practical use.

The bags don’t have to be designer – they can be nearly new, picked up from a charity shop or purchased inexpensively from a supermarket. I would suggest that pockets would be good and one that is easy to carry. 

Filled bags can be dropped at 26 The Platt or with Jade and Louise at Swalk on the High Street. We are collecting until the end of April. 

For more details please visit www.facebook.com/HomeSmithsInteriors and please feel free to share!

Feedback from our Reader Survey

Useful reader feedback, thanks

By David Tingley, editor

In the January 2017 issue of Lindfield Life, we asked readers for their thoughts about the magazine in order to see how we are doing – and to see where we can improve in the future.

I was delighted that we received over 60 completed surveys back by post and via the website. 

It was certainly interesting to note that 85% of you read the magazine cover to cover in one sitting – although a couple of you noted that its not always possible to have enough time to get through it in one session!

It is great to hear that 31% of the respondents would make Lindfield Life the first port of call to find a business or service you needed. And everyone said that the magazine would form part of their research. This is superb news as our advertisers do literally make this happen – and they rely on getting responses from their ads. Nearly 80% of readers have called an advertiser at some point. Fantastic, so thank you all! 

In the comments field, Catherine said: “Keep them coming!”, Ian thought some articles were more pertinent that others (fair enough) and asked about a readers column – presumably like a letters to the editor. If we have any, we will certainly consider this in the future (editor@lindfieldlife.co.uk)! Helen asked for more local sports news, so we’ll look into that. We have already responded to a request to make the Sudoku larger – so I hope that helps. A few of you suggested local walks to be covered – maybe there’s a volunteer who is a keen walker who might like to contribute such material?

The Village People features are very popular – so we’ll keep them coming, also mentioned by name were the regular Homefront and Recipes pages too.

David suggested we cover more local events like the Horticultural Show, for example, and we will certainly aim to do this. And Leesa had a great idea to include a guest young editor page too – so I will look into how this might work, and potentially try and partner up with another organisation to make this work. 

This magazine started as a community project taken on by my wife, Emma, and myself back in 2009. At the time we weren’t at all sure how we’d find enough to write about but nearly eight years later – this village and it’s amazing residents keep coming up trumps! 

I know I speak for my fantastic team when I say we all really love our jobs – putting Lindfield Life together on a regular basis. Thank you for making it possible. Any other comments and suggestions do please email us at editor@lindfieldlife.co.uk

Can Lindfield Scouts help you?

By Sharon Coulbeck

We have 34 Scouts, aged 11 to 14, ready and waiting to help you with your community work or project. Ideally the work the Scouts carry out will not only help YOU but will help our Scouts to grow as people themselves. The work/project does not have to be of a size to involve all of our Scouts, it maybe you only need help from a small number of volunteers and the times we can be available to help can be flexible. Our two Scout troops meet on a Monday or Wednesday evening but we can also be available at weekends subject to Scouts and Leader availability.

Why are we offering our services? 

Well, apart from wanting our Scouts to grow up as good citizens who take pride in themselves and their local community, by helping out on community projects the Scouts are earning elements of a valuable ‘World Challenge’ badge which is one of nine challenge badges which contribute towards the highest accolade a Scout can earn, the Chief Scouts Gold Award.

We can be creative and adaptable as to what help our Scouts can provide you with. Any help we provide will include the appropriate Leader/Adult to Scout ratio so you will not be expected to directly supervise the Scouts, just tell us what you need and watch us go!

If you think your community project could do with some Scoutpower, please get in touch with us by emailing sl@lindfieldscouts.org and we can arrange to have an informal chat to get the ball rolling.

Battle of the Bands comes to Lindfield and it needs bands!

All Saints Church will play host to the Haywards Heath Battle of the Bands competition next month.

The contest, run by a group of youthworkers from the local area, is to take place in the church where the majority of the pews were recently removed as part of its reordering plans. “The new space is perfect for events like this, where flexibility of setup is key,” commented Chris Steynor, pastor to the Under 30s at the church.

The competition is open to all young people in school or college from Year 9 and above in the area. Anyone interested should search HH Battle of the Bands 2017 on Facebook for more information. Or, to enter your band, email botbbhheath@hotmail.com - but it must be before Friday 10th March.

The main event will take place on Friday 7th April at 7.45pm at All Saints Church, Lindfield.

Brian Tester - Obituary

Brian was born on 21st February 1942, the only child of Minnie and Mervin Tester who lived on Hickmans Lane and his family’s roots were embedded in Sussex. His paternal grandfather, Edward was once the landlord of The Green Man in Horsted Keynes and his uncle Scan was a notable folk musician who played the local pubs and even The Royal Festival Hall.

Brian attended Lindfield Primary School, where he later served as a School Governor, and was accepted to continue his education at Brighton and Hove Grammar School, leaving in 1958 to join the London Quantity Surveying practice of AE Thornton-Firkin and Partners initially as a student then as trainee/junior QS. He studied part time at the Regent Street Polytechnic, completing his Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) examinations and becoming Chartered in 1965.

In 1963 he joined AL Smith & Partners, then based in offices in Victoria Street until they opened an office in Haywards Heath in 1974, and Brian became the resident partner in 1975.

Brian began his active life with the RICS as a member of the Sussex Branch Junior Organisation, serving as Chair in 1971. He became a committee member of Sussex Branch in 1977 and was Chairman in the Centenary Year (1988/1989). He was also Chair of the QS Division on more than one occasion. At national level, he was a member of the Quantity Surveyors Divisional Council from 1990. 

Outside of RICS, he was a member of the Sussex Local Joint Consultative Committee for Building from 1980. Among other affiliations he was Chair of the Consultant Quantity Surveyors Association in 1993/1994.

Brian met Sue at the Haywards Heath Golf Club where they were both having lessons and their romance blossomed when they would see each other again at the Sussex 20s Club. They married at All Saints Church, Lindfield in 1971 and moved to Croxton Lane. In 1973 their daughter Alison was born followed by a son, Jonathan, in 1976. Alison married Mark in 1997 and they have two children Hannah & Nathan and Jonathan married Sushi in 2013.

They continued to attend All Saints until 1982, when they joined the United Reformed Church and both took a very active role within the fellowship. Brian would often take part in the service, reading the lesson with his distinctive tone or even acting in dramas. As Alison and Jonathan joined The Girls’ and Boys’ Brigade, Brian took to coaching the BB Football Team and reprised his role as a referee, something he had done for the Mid Sussex Leagues. Alongside supporting Brighton & Hove Albion, Brian was an ardent follower of Sussex Cricket.

He was passionate about cricket and had been a player for Lindfield Cricket Club and was also a member of the MCC. He loved the history of the game and was an avid collector of books on the sport and would often recount the story of Fred & Maurice Tate who both played for Sussex and England.

This love of history was a major part of Brian’s life and he became something of a local historian. He enjoyed giving lectures and talks and indeed his last one was only in November 2016 on ‘Memories of Lindfield’ to the U3A History Group. He also owned at extensive postcard collection, the majority of which were of Lindfield. This culminated in the publication of the book ‘Lindfield Remembered’, which Brain co-authored with Gwyn Mansfield and Peter Duncan, and featured many of his personal collection with all proceeds going to the King Edward Hall.

Brian was a member of the team that founded the Lindfield Village Day celebrations, after they organised a fête for the 1977 Jubilee and its success led to it being an annual event and a staple of Lindfield life.

Throughout his life he was supported every step of the way by his beloved wife Sue who helped him prepare for his talks, attended postcard fairs and prepared picnics for their frequent cricket matches. His life has left a lasting legacy for those all who knew him, especially his children and grandchildren and he was even immortalised in music by his son’s band and their song Big Bri In The Sky!

A man who loved Lindfield and who Lindfield loved.