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

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.

All Saints Church refurbishment


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.

New-look Co-op store reopens


After two weeks of closure the people of Lindfield were keen to see the new Co-op store reopen last month.

Featuring more stock (due to deeper shelves), more fresh produce and self-service tills, the Co-operative has spent over £600,000 on the refurbished store.

Parish Councillor Val Upton was delighted to be asked to cut the ribbon marking the official opening of the popular High Street shop.

Festive fun with the Denmans Lane Dash!

Denmans Lane Dash Poster 2018

Denmans Lane Dash Poster 2018

The Denmans Lane Dash is back again this Boxing Day. Started by Lindfield resident Ray Gower in 2015, the race sees villagers dashing from the Stand Up along Denmans Lane and back, half pints in hand! The winner is the person finishing in the top six with the most beer left in the glass!

Ray hopes to get between 50-60 competitors this year, as the annual bit of fun gains popularity each Christmas. There will be two winners as he promises to separate ladies and gents results.

Ray explains: “As ever it is mandatory to wear fancy dress or a Christmas jumper. I will also be posting up ‘official’ rules on the Facebook page in due course.”

Ray, who had a triple bypass operation this summer, is also hoping that the 2018 event will raise money for Sussex Heart Charity.

This year Lindfield artist and previous Dash competitor Leesa Le May has drawn the promotional poster for the festive event. Participants meet at The Stand Up Inn from midday on 26th December, with the race starting at 1pm.

Finding the village jungle (BBC Gardeners World magazine)


A Lindfield couple who transformed a patch of lawn into an exotic tropical retreat have scooped second prize in a prestigious national competition.

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Tim Richardson and Clare Wilson have spent 19 years creating their dream garden, tucked away in the heart of the village, which blew away the judges of this year’s BBC Gardeners World Magazine competition.

Diarmuid Gavin had described the garden as: ‘A tasteful and beautiful explosion of tropicana’, adding ‘the foliage contrast and use of colour is amazing’.

[Read the full story in the December 2018 issue of Lindfield Life]

Lindfield Life copy dates 2019

Lindfield Life is a community magazine, that is printed every month and distributed to all the homes in Lindfield, Walstead and Scaynes Hill via a professional team of delivery agents. 

In order to help you plan sending in content or advertisement artwork to us, we have listed below all the key dates that you need to know for 2019. 

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April 2019
Copy date: Tues 12th Mar
Distribution: Tues 26th Mar

May 2019
Copy date: Tues 9th Apr
Distribution: Tues 23rd Apr

June 2019
Copy date: Tues 7th May
Distribution: Tues 21st May

July 2019
Copy date: Tues 11th Jun
Distribution: Tues 25th Jun

August 2019
Copy date: Tues 9th Jul
Distribution: Tues 23rd Jul

September 2019
Copy date: Tues 13th Aug
Distribution: Tues 27th Aug

October 2019
Copy date: Tues 10th Sept
Distribution: Tues 24th Sept

November 2019
Copy date: Tues 8th Oct
Distribution: Tues 22nd Oct

December 2019
Copy date: Tues 12th Nov
Distribution: Tues 26th Nov

January 2020
Copy date: Tues 10th Dec
Distribution: Fri 27th Dec

February 2020
Copy date: Tues 7th Jan 2020
Distribution: Tues 21st Jan 2020


Lindfield Bonfire Night - 5th Nov 2018


Members of Lindfield Bonfire Society will be breaking with tradition at this year’s celebrations on Monday 5th November.

For the first time ever, part of the firework display will be fired electronically.

Traditionally every firework in the spectacular display is set off by hand by highly skilled bonfire society members. This year, however, the society is trialling a new electronic method to increase the skills of the firing team and to prepare for a possible future health and safety rule which would prevent firework displays from being hand fired.

The event will also commemorate several longstanding members who have passed away this year, as well as the centenary of the WWI Armistice.

The programme cover, designed by Leesa Le May, marks 100 years of Votes for Women and the First World War armistice, and children of all ages are invited to colour in the picture and enter a competition. Entries should be dropped off at Masters & Son, Lewes Road, Lindfield before 18th November.

As usual the event will begin with the judging of the fancy dress competition in the King Edward Hall at 6.30pm. There are classes (and prizes) for children up to 15 years, adults and groups.

Bonfire societies from Chailey, Burgess Hill and South Heighton, and the Burgess Hill Youth Marching Band, will be joining the torchlight procession which will leave the King Edward Hall, via Black Hill, past The Witch and stopping at Hickmans Lane to re-torch before proceeding down the High Street and on to the Common.


6.30pm – Fancy Dress Competition (KEH)

7.30pm – Torchlight Procession starts

8.15pm – Lighting of the Bonfire

8.30pm – Grand Firework Display

9pm – End of show

*All timings are approximate and subject to weather conditions.

The High Street and Black Hill will be closed for the entire evening, parking in the village will be restricted and visitors are advised to walk to the event.

Parking and a viewing area will be available for disabled visitors. Contact the society for more details. The street collection on the night will support local charities: Chestnut Tree House, Court Meadow RDA, C.L.A.P.A., Kangaroos & Orchard House.

Advice for a happy Bonfire Night:

• Don’t bring sparklers, fireworks or bangers into the village or on to the Common

• Leave your pets at home

• Drones are not allowed at the event

• Be considerate to local residents when arriving, leaving and during the event

For more information visit the bonfire society website: www.lindfieldbonfiresocity.co.uk

Village People - Suzanne Medcalf


By Claire Cooper

We’ve all heard of love at first sight, but for native New Yorker turned Lindfield resident Suzanne Medcalf it was a name that caught her eye.

“I was on my third business trip to England when I heard that this new guy, Mark Mulligan, was joining the team,” Suzanne recalled. “I thought it sounded like a great name and I turned to my colleagues and joked ‘If he’s cute - I might marry him!’. Six years later I did!”

After a long distance relationship, with Suzanne spending time between attending conferences all over the US and at the company headquarters in Hove, she joined Mark in Sussex.

The couple moved to Lindfield a year ago after spotting a cottage in Lyoth Lane on the internet.

“I walked into the house with Mark and my best friend Peg, and I knew straight away that this was home,” said Suzanne. “It felt so right.”

And there was a further surprise in store when Suzanne and Mark set off to explore the village. “When I would visit Mark from the US we would go for country drives on the weekend. More than once we ended up driving through Lindfield and I would remark ‘can you imagine if we could live in a village like this one day’. I hadn’t realised that the house we loved was in a village we loved. It felt like it was meant to be!”

[Excerpt from full article in November 2018 issue of Lindfield Life]

Lindfield Remembrance events - 1918-2018

Lindfield Remembers

Lindfield has a long history of commemorating the lives of those who have fought for our freedom and on this centenary year of the end of the First World War it will be no different. There will, however, be some practical changes from previous years.

The United Reformed Church has kindly agreed to host the Service of Remembrance as All Saints Church building is closed whilst substantial internal works is being carried out.

Although the pavement around the War Memorial (outside All Saints) has been opened up and temporary builders fencing moved back - space is restricted, and the High Street will not be closed to traffic.

Please note that due to instructions from Royal British Legion head office, branches are no longer able to organise parades (where there are parades, these are organised by local councils). There will therefore be no parade from the War Memorial to the URC and anyone walking from the Memorial to the church will need to remain on the pavements.

For clarity we have listed the various events and timings here...

Sunday 11th November 2018

6am – Peter Candy will be playing the bagpipes at the War Memorial as part of a national initiative

10.50am – We will be marking 100 years since the end of WWI at the War Memorial (playing the Last Post etc)

2.45pm – Laying of wreaths at the War Memorial The road will not be closed, so all wreaths will be laid within the churchyard. Supporters are welcome to go along but must be aware there is no road closure in effect.

3.30pm – Service of Remembrance at the United Reformed Church (All Saints Church currently closed)

7pm – Lighting of the Beacon of Remembrance on Lindfield Common

Commemorating the centenary of the cessation of hostilities in 1918, a beacon, sponsored by Lindfield Parish Council, will be lit on Lindfield Common, replicating a ceremony taking place at many sites across the United Kingdom. A short remembrance service will take place around the lighting.