Mathilda Rose: Behind the Counter in Lindfield


Behind the Counter is a series of articles we started back in 2017 to take a look at the inner workings of Lindfield’s most-loved shops, and get to know the people who run them. In this latest edition we meet Nicola O’Rourke – the mastermind behind #thewindowat62 and the worldwide renowned bridal shop, Mathilda Rose.

By Joe Wayte

Born and bred in Lindfield, Nicola’s parents owned land near Lyoth Lane. She was educated locally both at Great Walstead School and Ardingly College before moving to London to study Textile Design. “I started at Chelsea College of Art and Design to complete my foundational year,” Nicola explained, “before getting a prestigious place on a degree course at Central Saint Martins School of Art.”

If you want to be well-known in any form of art, Central Saint Martins is the place to be with courses that are incredibly sought after and incredibly competitive to get in to. “There were only eight of us on my course,”

Nicola added, “and as part of the selection process my group of applicants had to create a runway look for a model using only a deck chair, and within a very short amount of time!” Included in the eight studying with Nicola was Alice Temperely, now MBE and once described by American Vogue as ‘the designer making the biggest waves in British fashion’.

After attaining her degree, Nicola started work in the commercial world by accepting a place on the Marks and Spencer graduate scheme. She gained experience across a variety of departments and then settled as a Buyer – a role she stayed in for over ten years. She spent another six years as a Buyer for many well-known retailers before realising her dream of owning her own bridal store. “In those days, if something went wrong in a factory that was supplying your fabric you were expected to get on the next plane to go and fix it,” Nicola said with an air of exhaustion. “At that time most of my suppliers were in China and balancing being a mum while frequently flying to China became too much.”

[Full article printed in the September 2019 issue of Lindfield Life magazine]

Anne's Ugandan Adventure


By Claire Cooper

When Lindfield resident and former scout leader Anne Pieckielon travelled to Uganda to teach business skills at a refugee camp she expected the experience to be life changing.

But what struck her most was the warm welcome she received, the kindness of the people she met and the strong sense of community.

“Since coming home I’ve been reflecting on who is the richer - those that work together as a community who have nothing or us in the western world,” said Anne.

“Africa continues to surprise me and everyone we met made us feel safe and special. I have laughed but also cried at some of the stories I have encountered and I’ve vowed never to take electricity and the internet for granted too!”

Anne travelled to Moyo in Uganda with Projects Delivering Hope (PDH.) The charity runs short-term projects which give long-term aid, including training courses and setting up Micro Finance Trust funds with partners Five Talents to small start-up businesses.

[Full article printed in September 2019 issue of Lindfield Life magazine]

Bonfire Society Badge Night on 10th Sept 2019


Members of Lindfield Bonfire Society will gather at the Stand Up Inn on Tuesday 10th September for the annual Badge Night celebration.

The event, which starts at 7.30pm, launches the new 2019 badges and marks the start of Lindfield Bonfire Society’s 125th anniversary season. “Once again our friends from Skull Drummery will be joining us to give a thunderous performance of their drumming in the High Street,” said Bonfire Society member Dave Hawk. “We’ll also be confirming details of our activities, which include visiting other Sussex Bonfires and, of course, our own night on 5th November.”

He added that new members are always welcome. “Badge Night provides a great opportunity to join the Society and get involved,” said Dave.

Lindfield Arts Festival - 16th-22nd Sept 2019

By Ayesha Gilani

The countdown is on as we work towards the 10th anniversary of Lindfield Arts Festival! In just under eight weeks the village will be transformed into a creative hub, with a week-long programme of arts and entertainment for all. Look out for our festival programme, making its way to your front door later this month. In the meantime you can peruse the fantastic line-up of events on our website at Tickets can be bought online or through our village box office at Kell & Collins on Denmans Lane. There are many free workshops and events to enjoy too! Join us from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd September – it’s all waiting for you!

Award-winning Children’s Authors at LAF

Enjoy an incredible day of readings and workshops from award-winning, bestselling children’s authors at The Tiger Rooms, Lindfield High Street on Saturday 21st September. Meet the writers, listen to their stories and pick up signed copies of their beautiful books. Giles Paley-Phillips ‘Superchimp’ at 10am; Will Mabbit ‘I can only draw worms’ at 11am; M.G. Leonard ‘Beetle Boy’ series at 12pm; Creative Writing workshop for 11+ with Ruby Cooper at 1pm and Lizzy Stewart ‘There’s a Tiger in the Garden’ at 2pm.


O Mio Bambino Caro! Bring your little people to All Saints Church for an interactive musical adventure that offers a playful and creative first opera experience for 0-2 year-olds. Listen, sing and play with music by Debussy, Delibes and Monteverdi as well as familiar nursery rhymes and specially written songs. After the show there is a play session for everyone to enjoy. Baby opera takes place on Friday 20th September at 11am- 12.30pm and 2-3.30pm. Tickets cost £9 (one adult and one child).

The Music of Trees

Musician Geoff Robb was the winner of the 2018 Brighton Fringe Live Music Award for his solo show. His beautiful meditative compositions, inspired by the trees of Sussex, blend his training in jazz and classical guitar with his love of Spanish and Celtic music. He has performed all over the UK and Europe at venues including Buckingham Palace and Glastonbury Festival. If you love nature and enjoy beautiful guitar music then don’t miss this award-winning show on Wednesday 18th September. Tickets cost £7.50. Venue: All Saints Church.

Mind full or Mindful?

Discover the art of living well at this free one hour introduction to mindfulness. Ed Halliwell is one of the UK’s leading mindfulness instructors and writers. His workshop will give you a taste of some key practices by looking at what mindfulness is and how it can be beneficial. This free session takes place at The Bent Arms on Sunday 22nd September, 10.30-11.30am. Places are limited. Reserve your space via our website:

Festival Hog Roast & Live Music Finale

The Witch Inn plays host to an end of festival celebration on Sunday 22nd September. The festivities kick-off at 5.30pm with a hog roast and fresh salads @£7.50 per head. There will be live music in the bar, courtesy of local band The Vinyl Capris. Roisin Finlay, event organiser at The Witch, said: “Our chefs and front of house team are excited to be hosting the closing of the festival with great food and local tipples. Lindfield Arts Festival is a fantastic community event and we’re proud to be supporting it.” Please note this is a non-ticketed event with limited capacity. It’ll be first come, first served.

Studio Open House and Funky Frame Art Trail for LAF

Lindfield Art Studio will be opening its doors to Festivalgoers on Sunday 22nd September.

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Visitors can enjoy an Art Café and DJ Set between 11am and 3pm. Home-made cakes and refreshments will be served in the Studio Garden and art will be on sale all day.

Exhibiting artists will be on hand to chat, and soft funk music will keep the atmosphere relaxed and chilled. The Open House will be running a raffle for an art gift from one of the artists at the studio and a free prosecco hour for adults to enjoy between 1pm and 2pm. Free workshops at 11.30am and 1.30pm too.

Leesa is also teaming up with other artists and Lindfield Life to create the Funky Frame Kids Art Trail on Saturday 21st September.

“Each frame will give participants a clue – collect all 14 clues, sort the puzzle and you could win an amazing art bundle of goodies to take away,” Leesa explained. There’s also an opportunity to send in selfie snaps to the magazine for an extra prize. Pick up your free pencil and map on the day from the studio.

Crisp packet recycling in Lindfield, West Sussex

A Lindfield landlord is helping residents to be that bit ‘greener’ with the opening of a crisp packet recycling scheme in the village.

Crisp packet recycling at The Stand Up

Crisp packet recycling at The Stand Up

Andi Frost from The Stand Up Inn had been considering what steps she could take to reduce the landfill waste from the pub when she discovered various schemes run by recycling giant Terracycle. “I think it was the crisp packets that got to me, but, since we’re in the service industry, reducing our sales isn’t the best option. Recycling is the next best thing,” she explained. “Talking to people across the bar made it apparent that everyone wants to do something, but they just don’t always know what or how. If we make it just easy enough to make a change then it gets people thinking what more they can do, and hopefully effects a mini revolution!”

Recycle Ella’s Kitchen packets too

Recycle Ella’s Kitchen packets too

The packets are weighed when collected and turned into points, which equate to money donated to a charity – and Andi has selected Lindfield Primary Academy PTA to be the recipient. The school is also now a registered collection point itself.

There is a green bin round the side of The Stand Up, with a clearly marked poster on the front. Any brand of crisp packets (empty) can be put in, but not popcorn, pretzel or meat snack bags or tubes.

Also accepted into the same wheelie bin are Ella’s Kitchen food pouches and packets, plus all brands of biscuit, cake bars and cracker wrappers. Don’t include any of the card packaging – as these are recycled by the council blue bin.

Andi cites a quote from Anne Marie Bonneau which she was inspired by: ‘We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.’

Biscuit wrapper reycling

Biscuit wrapper reycling

Brett gets place at London gallery

Brett Hudson, artist

Brett Hudson, artist

Lindfield artist Brett Hudson is still celebrating after being announced a winner of the Hahnemuhle Fine Art UK Award last month.

Brett submitted a piece to the Royal Society of British Artists Exhibition (RBA) earlier this year, along with 3,500 others.

“I took it up to London be to be reviewed,” he said, “and was delighted when I learned that it would be one of the 120 works of art on display.”

The exhibition, held at Mall Galleries, was officially opened by RBA President Nick Tidman and broadcaster and artist Thomas Schafernacker and ran until the middle of July 2019.

Scaynes Hill WI scoop craft awards

Talented members of Scaynes Hill WI are becoming the ones to watch at the annual South of England Show competition.


The women regularly return home with awards in the arts, crafts, story writing and cookery classes, which attract entries from groups from across Sussex, but this year they excelled themselves with one of the most successful shows yet!

The group was one of only two WIs to enter all 13 classes and members picked up awards in almost every one, collecting three firsts, three seconds and one third prize rosette, alongside a Highly Commended and a Commended certificate. Scaynes Hill also won the Visitors’ Choice in the painting.

First prizes were awarded for a hand embroidered sampler in the ‘Sew Beautiful’ class, a crochet bedspread in the ‘Cottoned On’ category and an exhibit entitled ‘My WI’ which six members had put together. The exhibit featured a slice of Victoria sponge, flower arrangement, cloth napkin and a knitted tea cosy depicting a WI member!

Second prizes went to ‘Summer Sensation’, a flower arrangement featuring natural plant materials, ‘1919: A Woman’s Story’, a story and illustration based on a woman’s experience at the end of the first world war, and ‘A Summer Picnic’, a hand knitted seasonal scene, which included a knitted bicycle, picnic basket, cricket bat and ball!

The scene was made by three main members with contributions from a further 12. The third prize rosette was proudly pinned on to Scaynes Hill WI’s very own life sized scarecrow made from recycled materials, including drinks cans and a kilt made from sewn together crisp packets, in a class entitled ‘If I only had a brain’.

Scaynes Hill’s entries were also appreciated by the visiting public who voted their painting, bedspread, knitted scene and ‘My WI’ cooperative best in class and their knitted scene overall ‘Best in Show’.

Susan Lodge, who co-ordinated the Scaynes Hill entries, said: “I am so very proud of all our members who took part. We may be a relatively small WI but we certainly pack a punch when it comes to craft!”

London to Paris riders success


By Vivian Brennan

On the weekend of 7th/8th June, five from Lindfield Warrior Cycle Club (Adam Stone, Paul Seymour, James Gairdner, Annette Smith and Vivian Brennan) rode the Duchenne Dash, a 300k cycle ride from London to Paris in aid of Duchenne UK.

The ride was really tough this year with shocking weather, relentless gale force head winds, lots of really heavy downpours of rain, a brutal ferry crossing and late ferry arrival, and therefore we were under massive time pressure to get to Paris for our time slot. But it was all so worth it!!

We rode alongside 20 mums and dads who have children with Duchenne MD who are praying for a cure to see their children live beyond the tragically short life span they will otherwise have.

For the last six months we have been fundraising and were blown away by the generosity of the local community. We want to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to all who have supported us in trying to reach our massive £16,000 target, and we are delighted to say, as of 11th June, we have raised £15,847.

Oathall School’s Rugby World Cup Bake-Off


Each year Haywards Heath Rotary Club sponsors the Oathall Community College Bake-Off competition. This year’s competition theme was the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Seventeen students entered by baking a cake at home and sending in a picture for consideration. These entries were then judged on creativity and skills with eight being selected to enter the final competition.

The competition took place in June with competitors being given four hours to bake and decorate their cake from scratch. The cake ingredients were provided by the Rotary Club and the decorations were provided by the students.

At the end of the competition the cakes were judged by a panel made up from WI members Kate Kent and Julia Vokes, and Mike Hoare and Nigel Vokes from the Rotary Club, Emily Hughes and Emma Brown from Oathall’s catering team, as well as Emily Brock, three times previous Oathall Bake-Off winner.

Cakes were judged on appearance, skill level, taste and texture as well as on creativity and originality. The winning cake (pictured with its creator) came top in all of the criteria. The judges were particularly impressed by the original use of Yuzu, a Japanese flavouring in the filling as well as the creativity and professional finish.

Every person who entered received a whisk and wooden spoon with the final entrants receiving an apron and recipe book. The top three entries also received gift vouchers as their prize.

The 2019 Lindfield Village Day (1st June 2019)

Lindfield Village Day procession

Lindfield Village Day procession

Lindfield Village Day takes place on Saturday 1st June 2019. It starts with a procession from Hickmans Lane Playing Fields to Lindfield Common, where the rest of the event takes place. See more information below…


 12.30pm - Procession leaves Hickmans Lane Playing Fields

 1-1.30pm - Procession arrives on the Common, Presentation of prizes

1.40pm - Samba band  (Main Arena)

2pm - Firing of the Anvil  (Main Arena)
This Village Day tradition involves a blacksmith firing a series of controlled explosions in the Main Arena. For those with dogs or who aren’t comfortable with loud bangs, we suggest you move away for this!

2.35pm - Esther Featherstone and her Swoovers  (Main Arena)

3-4pm - Children’s Dog Show  (Small Arena)

3-4pm - Traditional sports day games for all the family  (Main Arena)

4pm - Raffle Draw

For more information on Lindfield Village Day - see the King Edward Hall website

Lindfield Gin Festival: 15th June 2019


By Anna MacMahon

Last June the Parent Teachers Association of Oathall Community College organised a super successful event in support of the school. In fact, it raised £6,000 which helped to purchase equipment for the new Maths and Science block; equipment which will help to inspire and create a new generation of mathematicians and scientists.

This year, we are incredibly excited for the return of this summer event, a highlight on the Lindfield social calendar! There will be 25 Sussex gins to sample, all with their own unique local flavour. We’ll see the return of the very popular main raffle prize: a wheelbarrow full of gin! Heartfelt thanks goes out to all the wonderful community shops, small businesses and other organisations that have so kindly donated contributions to the raffle prizes and supported us with other sponsorship opportunities. This year we are raising funds for new sound and lighting equipment for the school hall. We are proud to raise funds for our school and hope you will join us on this fun evening to help us reach our goal.

The Lindfield Gin Festival will take place on Saturday 15th June 2019, starting at 7pm in King Edward Hall. A ticket costs £15 (which includes your first gin token), with gin tokens being sold for £2 on the night. Book your tickets here:

Lindfield's duckling drama unfolds


By Claire Cooper

Lindfield pond has often been at the centre of village news, but last month’s mission to rescue 12 newly hatched ducklings is among the most heartwarming stories.

The ‘Lindfield 12’, as they have become known, were rescued from the pond in a race against time, after their mother was attacked and drowned.

The alarm was raised when resident Louise Beasley spotted the body of a female duck floating on the pond, with 13 tiny ducklings swimming nearby. “The ducklings were totally lost and trying to follow the other ducks who were in turn attacking them,” she said, “I’ve since been told that the male ducks had been fighting and had drowned the mother which was pretty awful,” added Louise. “The ducklings were so small and looked like they had just hatched that morning, I know something had to be done quickly to rescue them so I phoned Wildlife A&E.”

She spoke to Debbie Johnson who quickly arrived on the scene.

Debbie from Wildlife A&E rushed back to collect them. “We needed to quickly get them into the incubator as they would be so cold,” she said. “But I’m delighted that all 12 have survived their ordeal and are growing by the day.”

Debbie has been posting regular updates online and plans to return the ‘Lindfield 12’ to the pond as soon as their adult feathers have grown.

[Excerpt from full article in June 2019’s edition of Lindfield Life magazine]

New estate agency celebrates opening in Lindfield

Guy Kelsey & Toby Whittome

Guy Kelsey & Toby Whittome

The team at Lindfield’s newest High Street estate agent celebrated last month at the official launch of Jackson-Stops here in the village.

Toby Whittome and Guy Kelsey ran sales and acquisition departments at Jackson-Stops in Central London before making a decision to open a Mid Sussex branch of the national agency.

Toby explained: “Having grown up just outside Scaynes Hill, I know this area extremely well! I love now being able to work so close to home and our location on Lindfield’s amazing High Street couldn’t be better for us.”

Jackson-Stops is open six days a week at 66 High Street – the former home of SWALK.

“Our door is open for a chat – something which I am pleased to say has already started to happen,” Guy commented.

Ladies running team smashing fundraising goal


By Katie Spensley

After months of training, injuries and goals achieved, we woke on Sunday 24th February to a dry, sunny day for which we were so grateful! Training over the cold winter months around hilly Haywards Heath was good preparation and, although we had some wobbles, most of us arrived excited to get started on the 13 miles.

Our team consisted of Chris Clarke, Katie Spensley, Amy Beecroft, Amy Mee, Helen Tuddenham, Joanna Head, Tamsin Hoyles, Stephanie Sayers, Sarah Hale, Claire Lucas and Lindfield Life’s own Emily Billson.

We queued up in our starting pens – trying to keep warm and reduce nerves, then suddenly we were off! The starter for the race this year was Matt Rees – the Welsh runner who is famous for helping a fellow distressed runner across the finish line at the London Marathon in 2017 – so we felt we were in safe hands!

The group of us ran at different paces so were spread over the course, but we were easily spotted in our Run for Romania vests so wonderfully designed by Lindfield resident and artist Olly Brown and sponsored by Lindfield Life.

The warm conditions became a challenge in terms of keeping up water intake and trying to run whilst taking off layers but it all helped create a fun atmosphere with crowds out to support and live music playing along the route.

Thoughts of post-race rewards spurred us on – these varied from hot baths followed by curry, roast dinners and, for some, fish and chips whilst watching football!

We ran for Caminul Felix a charity in Romania who support and build homes for families and abandoned children in Romania. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of family, friends, colleagues and the village in donating as we raised a magnificent total exceeding £12,000 - thank you so much – it made it all worthwhile!

Weddings at Wakehurst Place


If you’re looking for a unique venue this year, then you won’t have to travel far to get something special.

With over 16 years’ experience in the wedding and events industry, local Lindfield resident Jo Chellingworth began working at nearby Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden, in January. Having spent much of her working life in London, Jo says: “I’m really enjoying working at such an incredibly special place and so close to home!”

The catering and events contract at Kew’s Wakehurst in Ardingly was taken over by Graysons at the beginning of the year. Graysons look after over 40 sites around the UK, including Christchurch Spitalfields and The British Library. Head of Sales & Marketing Rebecca Hawkes explains: “Since taking over at Wakehurst, we have been delighted to introduce a number of new initiatives to rejuvenate the catering offering.” Using the ethos of ‘from farm to fork’ Graysons works closely with Slow Foods; a company dedicated to protecting products which are in danger of extinction with a particular focus on products from the Sussex area. “Developing a strategy like this nicely mirrors the amazing work of the team at the Millennium Seed Bank on site,” Rebecca goes on.

Wakehurst has three unique spaces available for a range of events, including social dining such as birthday parties and anniversaries, corporate functions and, of course, weddings.

Firstly, there is the Mansion. This classic Elizabethan Grade I listed building dates from the 16th century and is highly recognisable locally. The rooms inside feature beautiful sculpted ceilings, ornate fireplaces and wood panelled walls – making you feel positively aristocratic for your big day! The Mansion can seat up to 80 guests, or host standing receptions for up to 180. You can also benefit from having your wedding day all under one roof, as the Mansion is licenced for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships also.

Maybe you would prefer to be outside on the Croquet Lawn? This beautifully manicured garden can take a marquee housing up to 200 seated guests for your event.

Overlooking the Mansion and lily pond, it provides a natural photo opportunity, whilst guests can mingle and spill out into the delightful walled garden.

By contrast to the previous two, Wakehurst also boasts a cutting-edge contemporary space in the form of the Millennium Seed Bank, which can comfortably hold up to 200 guests for a standing drinks reception and is perfect as the venue for a corporate event.

Whichever space you choose to host your event, you will be able to take advantage of over 500 acres of wild botanic garden, with stunning photo opportunities ranging from the picturesque English Walled Garden, temperate woodlands of the world or magical reflections on the lakes. When hosting an event at Wakehurst you will also benefit from free use of the designated events car park.

Making a booking at Wakehurst will also give you access to Jo, who will act as your bespoke coordinator for your event. “All events, especially weddings, are as unique as the people that book them,” she explains.

“I love my job, and the part where I meet the wedding couple and talk through the vision for their big day is very exciting.” After the initial enquiry and being shown round the venue, Jo gets to work planning a bespoke package which brings in the couple’s own personalities – including tasting sessions with the Chef.

“Over the years I’ve had some pretty unusual requests,” Jo reveals, “including arriving on an elephant, bringing sand in to create a beach theme and hundreds of pounds spent on snow machines only to have it actually snow on the day!”

“My role is simply to make it perfect and create a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

If you’d like to find out more about the facilities at Wakehurst then head over to their website where you can see images of the spaces and information regarding packages. Alternatively, call Jo on 01444 894024 or email and she can discuss your plans and arrange a viewing so you can see the stunning spaces for yourself!

Lindfield Village Run - booking now open


Lindfield Village Run – this year sponsored again by Lindfield businesses: Potential Personal Training and Six Physio – is open for bookings now, via the website.

The traditional cross country run takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th May - and starts, as ever, from Hickmans Lane Playing Fields.

The run is organised by a team of volunteers on behalf of registered charity King Edward Hall. New this year will be a special award for the family of runners with the fastest average time - to encourage family group entrants.

The event features two routes - a 5k and 10k - with pre-booked runners needing to check in at 8.30am on the day. You can find more information about the event and book online at:

Delicious brownies by Caroline


Lindfield resident Caroline Ford has been commercially baking for some years supplying local cafes, including Lindfield Coffee Works and Field & Forest. However now she’s branching out on something new: Brownies direct to your door!

“I have been perfecting my brownie recipe until I came up with what I use today, which seems to go down jolly well with anyone who eats it!” Caroline explained. “The thing about a brownie is they are easily transportable - unlike an iced cake - and make an excellent alternative present to flowers or chocolates – thus, The Lindfield Brownie Company was born!”

Caroline describes herself as a Lindfielder born and bred, having lived here all her life. She even used to serve cake at Durrants – the village café which was situated where Mansell McTaggart now is. “I feel cake and Lindfield run through my veins,” she commented.

“I love baking. It’s so satisfying creating something that others love to eat. I can’t believe it’s my actual job to stay holed up in my lovely, warm kitchen with the smells of cakes floating through the air and fogging up the windows whilst I beaver away creating deliciousness - nothing makes me happier!”

You can see more of Caroline’s brownies on Facebook and Instagram by searching for The Lindfield Brownie Company.

What's On at King Edward Hall, Lindfield - March 2019

2nd March - Sale of Teak Garden Furniture

9th March - A ‘Fairer World’ Brunch – 10-11.30am
Enjoy a locally sourced brunch with Fairtrade refreshments. See local produce stalls, hear from speakers on food today and packaging/waste issues (£5/£2.50 on the door - To reserve a place call Chris Lee 01444 484063 or email Fairtrade at )

12th March - Lindfield Preservation Society – 2.30pm
An illustrated talk on ‘The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ by Ian Everest. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was founded in 1917 and this illustrated talk will reflect on its origins and how it manages to inspire new generations to honour those who fell for their country (all welcome, entry free. Info: John Chapman 01444 484470)

13th March - Lindfield Horticultural Society – 8pm
‘Native Orchids of Sussex, Surrey and Kent’ a talk by Peter Lovett. Peter will be introducing the audience to our native Orchids, some common and some rare, and providing an opportunity to discover them in the wild (all welcome, £3

16th March - RBL Afternoon Tea – doors 2.15pm
The Royal British Legion Lindfield Branch invites you to an enjoyable afternoon of music and anecdotes by Margaret Watson - a highly experienced harpist. Afternoon Tea will follow. (Tickets £10 from Gordon & Val 01444 482866, valerie.upton at

18th March - King Edward Hall AGM – 8pm
(Rupert Ayton 01444 483716)

21st March - Stan and Ollie (PG) – doors 7.30pm
(Tickets from Tufnells, £6)

23rd March - Vintage & Antiques Fair – 10am-2pm
25 stalls offering vintage and antique items including books, maps, collectables, jewellery, silver, glass, vinyl records, vintage clothes, kitchenalia and lots more. All day cafe with hot bacon rolls and homemade cake. (£1 entry, all proceeds in aid of the Lindfield Bonfire Society)

29th March - Mini Skirts & Revelations – 7.30pm

30th March - A comedy by Margaret Graham performed by ACE Theatre Company. Sat Matinee at 3pm
(Tickets £10/£8 or from Chrissie White on 01342 893010)

A Lindfield life lived: Kath Rusby 1921-2018

Kath Rusby 1921-2018

Kath Rusby 1921-2018

Family and friends of one of Lindfield’s oldest and best loved residents gathered at Worth Crematorium last month to say farewell.

Kathleen Rusby, known to her friends as Kath, died on 21st December aged 97.

Kath was extremely well known in Lindfield and played an active role in village life, from bringing up her family and running a local business, to wholeheartedly supporting events and organisations, including the Royal British Legion.

We would like to thank Kath’s family for allowing us to publish this lovely account of her life, written by son Clive and sister Val.

“On 24th September 1921, Lindfield Football Club and another side were lined up for the start of a needle match, when a boy dashed on to the field – shouting ‘Your wife’s had a baby; you must come’. Fred Smith, a much-vaunted local football hero, rushed from the field to be with his wife Rose and to meet his daughter. Thus, in the first hour of her life, Kath was introduced to the two major influences in her life – her beloved village and her equally beloved father.

Family planning being what it was in the twenties, Kath was soon followed by a baby sister, Elsie. With Rose busy with a young baby, much of Fred’s leisure time was spent in the company of his eldest daughter, Kath. They enjoyed treasured time together; trout fishing and mushroom picking and even on occasion foraging in squishy-bottomed ponds for moorhen eggs. Though, of course, much of Kath’s pre-school time was spent in the company of her mother (often affectionately referred to as Muz) and her grandmother (known as Granny Gristle) who occupied the adjoining house in Blackhill Cottages, and of whom Kath was very fond of and enjoyed running errands for.

Full article published in March 2019 issue of Lindfield Life magazine

Join the 'uke' band with Andy

Join Andy in the ukele band

Join Andy in the ukele band

A Lindfield musician is hoping to drum up support for a new ukulele band.

Drummer Andy Howden has spent many years supporting local bands but changed direction two years ago after picking up a ukelele and becoming hooked!

“I love the fact you can really play any song you can think of and make it sound pretty good,” he said. “But there are limitations with a single instrument, and I know with a few more players and some clever arrangements we could breathe some fire into a few old classic songs.”

Andy is keen to hear from fellow ukelele players keen to form a new band and play live music.

“I’ve met some lovely people since moving to the village but none of them play the uke, hence asking Lindfield Life to come to the rescue,” he said.

“I love playing dad-rock and punk classics from the seventies and eighties, so this the area we will focus on. I miss playing live and relish the chance to carry something as light as a ukulele to a gig rather than a drum kit!”

Andy hopes that the band will soon be playing at local venues and events. “I’m looking for like-minded people who have played a uke before (though don’t have to be brilliant) and can also sing a little. Enthusiasm is prized over proficiency!”

He added that he’s also keen to hear from musicians playing other complementary instruments.

Andy can be contacted on: 07919 597148.