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…

TIMINGS ON THE DAY…

 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

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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: www.trybooking.co.uk/IOU

Lindfield's duckling drama unfolds

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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

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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

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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

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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 www.kew.org/venue-hire where you can see images of the spaces and information regarding packages. Alternatively, call Jo on 01444 894024 or email wakehursthire@graysonsvenues.com 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

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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: www.kingedwardhall.org.uk

Delicious brownies by Caroline

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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 growthinternational.com )

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 www.lindfieldhorts.org.uk)

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 btinternet.com)

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 www.tickettailor.com/events/acetheatre 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

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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.

All Saints Church refurbishment

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Last month All Saints Church reached an important milestone in its long history when, after nearly nine months of building work, the church reopened for Sunday worship. A special week of events and activities celebrated the completion of the project which has meant that Sunday services have been held at Lindfield Primary Academy since April last year.

The project, called ASPIRE, was launched in March 2013 and was comprised of three phases. The first was the retiling of the church spire and other essential work on the windows and stonework. The second was the remodelling of internal space to create a new accessible toilet, a clergy vestry and a multi-use room. And the third, which involved closing the church, has resulted in a new limestone tiled floor with underfloor heating, replacement of pews with chairs, a new central dais for leading worship, new audio visual facilities, improved lighting and full redecoration.

Chairman of the ASPIRE Steering Group Roy Ransley explained: “A key objective of ASPIRE was to ensure that the church building was able to provide a warmer, more welcoming and more flexible environment for its users and worshippers. It was, of course, important that the special historical past of the building was honoured, and, as part of the extensive consultation, a number of statutory bodies such as Historic England, the Victorian Society and the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings were involved in the necessary formal approval process to proceed with the work.”

Although All Saints is now open, some minor work is needed in the West Tower to complete the project and this will be done in conjunction with the installation of new bells which will take place in the next few months.

Canon James Clarke, vicar of Lindfield, commented: “Completion of ASPIRE is due to the support of many people in the church and the local community who have given so generously with their valued time and money to enable the project to proceed and for this we give heartfelt thanks. We now have a parish church that can be used practically on days other than Sunday, as many people saw in the ‘Come & See’ week early last month. If you didn’t manage to make it to one of the events, you are very welcome to call in on any weekday to see what has been done, and to come to one of the Sunday services.”

Photo by Sereniti Photography

Lindfield High Street Road Closure (18th Feb - 1st Mar 2019)

Where to park when shopping in Lindfield, during the works…

Lindfield businesses are STILL OPEN!

West Sussex County Council needs to carry out road works (Carriageway Resurfacing) on Lindfield High Street - starting on Monday 18th February and due to finish on Friday 1st March 2019. The works will be carried out between Backwoods Lane and Village Northern Gateway (north of Spring Lane).

In order to help Lindfield shops maintain their trade during the two week period, we have created this map to show where its possible to park - but you will have to drive all the way around (via Haywards Heath is the easiest probably) in order to get to the other side of the village. SO DO PLAN YOUR ROUTE.

But, PLEASE DON’T STOP COMING TO SHOP IN LINDFIELD!


Parking options will be limited (as there will not be access to Lindfield High Street by car) for the duration of the works, but the following are areas for parking in Lindfield which you may not have known about…

1 - Backwoods Lane
There are actually 3 small car parks here, all at the top of the Common

2. West View
Car park at the foot of the Common (by the Tennis Courts), accessible via Lewes Road / West View

3. Chaloner Road
Some spaces are available here, accessible via Lewes Road.

4. The Wilderness
A car park behind The Tiger (next to All Saints Church), access from Dukes Road / The Wilderness

5. Hickmans Lane
Car park at Playing Fields, walk to High Street via Hickmans Lane

6. Tollgate
Car park next to Doctors surgery, accessible via Hickmans Lane / Compton Road

Refurbished All Saints Church opening in Lindfield

All Saints Church will reopen its doors and celebrate with a special week of events from Sunday 3rd February 2019.

The church building has been closed since April last year, as part of a large refurbishment project which includes relaying the stone floor and making it one level throughout and installing underfloor heating beneath it.

Services will return to the church building from Sunday 27th January, after the congregation has been temporarily using Lindfield Primary Academy school hall during the building works.

‘Come and See’ is a week of events (right) that are being held in the church to celebrate its reopening and to give villagers a chance to see the new space at the top of the High Street. Included as part of the week are a Blackthorns Primary Academy Choir concert, a history talk by Richard Bryant and ‘Comedy & Canapes’ with Paul Kerensa.

Vicar James Clarke commented: “After so many years of planning and preparation for this project I am thrilled to be able to finally reveal the revitalised building, and we look forward to it being used by the whole village community.”

Lindfield's Got Talent - LAF Bursary Fund

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Our amazing LAF £1,000 bursary is once again up for grabs!

Applications are now open and we’re calling all villagers aged seven to 100 to apply via our website www.2019.lindfieldartsfestival.com. Judges will be looking for the applicant that demonstrates a clear desire to start or continue an arts discipline. The bursary was set up in 2018 to inspire creativity and give something back to the community.

Last year’s winner, Tom Mackewn, impressed judges with his passion to pursue a career in children’s book illustration. The 37-year-old Lindfield resident said: “It was a really lovely feeling to win and be validated for my craft. I’ve used some of the funds to further my illustrating skills at Chelsea College of Arts. I particularly enjoy character design and look forward to showcasing my work at the next Lindfield Arts Festival.”

Charity Car Wash in Scaynes Hill - 13th Feb 2019

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The team at Scaynes Hill service station are once again opening their car wash in order to raise money for a great cause.

Owner brothers Jay and Gunvant Patel have held the event since 2009 – which is always on 13th February. They will remove the price tag from the car wash and leave it open to donations for the day’s trade. All money raised will be going direct to Cancer Research UK. This year’s event is particularly poignant as Jay is currently undergoing treatment for cancer himself.

Since they started, customers have raised nearly £8,000 for the charity. This year the team are hoping to fundraise £3,000 on the day.

The garage is open between 6am and 11pm on Wednesday 13th February 2019.

Hopes to reduce dangerous traffic at Lewes Road, Lindfield

A group of concerned residents are campaigning to make a key junction in Lindfield safer.

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Lindfield Traffic Group is made up of a number of people who are concerned about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists using Lewes Road at the junction to the High Street, as well as the impact which large trucks are having on the village in general.

Lewes Road measures 4.65m wide at the narrowest point by the old Post Office and only has a single pavement for pedestrians. Yet it doesn’t have any weight or width restrictions (unlike both Denmans Lane and Hickmans Lane).

When West Sussex County Council’s Economy, Planning and Place Directorate was consulted by Mid Sussex District Council regarding large housing developments off Gravelye Lane. it advised that HGV routing should be via A272 and specifically not from the High Street (B2028) and Lewes Road (B2111). However the group has discovered that hauliers of all kinds appear to not be following this recommendation. On this basis, Lindfield Traffic Group is proposing a weight limit of 7.5 tonne on the road is the only way to safeguard both pedestrians and cyclists.

Members of the group are encouraging concerned residents of the village to add their names to an online petition, which will be open until the end of January, after which it will be submitted to WSCC.

The petition can be found here: www.change.org/p/lindfield-village-hgv-weight-restriction

Countdown for Lindfield Arts Festival 2019

By Ayesha Gilani

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Happy New Year from Team #LAF 2019. The countdown continues as we work towards the tenth anniversary of Lindfield Arts Festival. This September we are devoting a whole week to creative festivities.

From Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 we hope to sizzle your senses with some of the best talent our village has to offer in the name of art and performance. To help make our tenth birthday the best it can be we are inviting local artists, musicians, writers, performers and workshop leaders to register and join in the festival fun. Applications for the festival and LAF Bursary will be open, via our website www.2019.lindfieldartsfestival.com, on 1st January 2019.

Monday 16th - Sunday 22nd September 2019

In the meantime, you can help keep our festival vibe alive whilst doing your weekly shop. Lindfield Arts Festival has been chosen as one of the Co-op’s local community charities for 2019. Every time you bag yourself some of the Co-op’s selected own brand goodies LAF (a registered charity) will reap the rewards. Make sure you take your Co-op Membership Card with you.

Lindfield schools great cross country results

By Mark Tugwell

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Lindfield and Blackthorns schools entered both a girls and boys team into the district cross-country event at Warden Park Secondary last month. The children had to run in gruelling conditions with many runners slipping on the wet mud as the rain came down. Despite this, both schools did exceptionally well. The Lindfield boys team came 3rd with five runners qualifying for the next round and the Lindfield girls finished 6th with three girls qualifying. The Blackthorns boys team finished 4th with one boy qualifying for the next round and the Blackthorns girls finished 5th with one girl qualifying.

An excellent achievement for both schools. On top of this, both the girls and boys races were won by pupils from our schools. Jacob Rodderick, from Lindfield Primary, ran amongst the front group of runners from early on in the boys’ race. At the three quarter mark, Jacob broke away from the group and stretched out an impressive lead to win the race.

B Crouch, from Blackthorns Primary, took the lead in the girl’s race within the first half of the run. She maintained a steady pace throughout, before accelerating within the last 100 meters to pull further away from the runners behind her. A fantastic run from both pupils.

Thinking on Purpose - Taking Control

NineDot Partnership workshop in Lindfield

NineDot Partnership workshop in Lindfield

By Lindsey Jones

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Have you ever found yourself in a fruitless mind spiral? Replaying a scenario that makes you sad or angry? Thinking about doing something but never getting started? Perhaps these thoughts start to spin out of control, leaving you feeling frustrated, angry, paranoid or confused?

When you see it for what it is, doesn’t it feel like a complete and utter waste of time and energy?

This negative ‘hamster wheel’ style of thinking has a massive impact on how you feel and these emotions impact your physiology, behaviour and your performance. This type of thinking produces a classic stress response, a release of cortisol and adrenalin which actually shuts down the frontal cortex of the brain impacting your ability to think logically, to plan and to make rational decisions and perform well when it counts.

Let’s consider just one way of thinking on purpose, let’s change our self-talk. The problem with self-talk is that it is often negative, critical, even harsh, and we aren’t necessarily aware of what we might be saying to ourselves. The one guaranteed thing is that we are always listening and therefore we should be very careful about what we say. Many of my clients used to talk themselves down. They had a negative commentary running in their heads. This became the narrative to their lives and negatively impacted everything they tried to do. Often they didn’t succeed and this reinforced their negative chatter, which further impacted their next attempt. My clients used to say things like ‘I’m rubbish at this’, ‘this is hopeless’, ‘I’ll never get there’… and guess what – they didn’t, until they started thinking on purpose and taking control!

Top performers, whether in business, in sports or even on the stage, are able to take control of their thinking; they are able to use their ‘self-talk’ to direct their thoughts. In taking control they own their narrative and therefore own their emotional response and, ultimately, control their performance. They think on purpose, they are positive and powerful in what they say to themselves and they have their phrases and mantras ready to counter any negative thoughts which might creep in.


They use positively framed language so that they constantly focus on what they want and not what they don’t want; for example, they might say ‘make it count’ rather than ‘don’t miss’, or ‘I’m the expert’ rather than ‘the audience must know more than me’ or ‘I’m excited to retain this client’ rather than ‘I’m terrified of losing this business’. To achieve more and to outperform our ‘norm’ we will want to think differently and think on purpose. As Einstein once said: ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result’.

When we practise our pre-performance, positive, self-talk, it creates a sense of control. It puts us in the driver’s seat and it steers us to achieve our desired outcomes. Consistently thinking on purpose and achieving our goals reinforces our self-confidence and motivates us to achieve more. Think on purpose, take control, own your narrative and be your best self.

To learn more techniques join Lindsey on 24th January 2019 in Lindfield Coffee Works for a ‘Thinking On Purpose’ workshop. To book a place contact Lindsey by email on lindsey@ ninedotpartnership.com or call 07704 681332.