Dad helps relieve colic in babies

Lindfield resident Christian Bates is becoming known as an expert in the care of newborn babies suffering from the common complaint of colic. He was asked to speak at the Student Midwifery Conference which was held at The University of West London last month. 

The father-of-two, who is a qualified osteopath and naturopath and runs The Perrymount Clinic in Haywards Heath, self-published his own book in April after seeing increasing numbers of babies with the condition in his regular clinics. 

Full story on p. 11 of August's magazine

Lindfield mum turned inventor

Taking your daughter swimming is great fun but getting hair dry afterwards can take forever and all too often girls end up with wet hair dripping down their tops.

Now a Lindfield mum has come up with a solution. Sara Mullins has invented ‘the swimchie’ – a scrunchie which both ties and dries wet hair.

“The dripping wet hair and soaking wet tops led me to believe that getting dressed after swimming could be drier and more enjoyable, and it was from this experience that the swimchie was born!” Sara said.

The product is a very simple idea that ties like a scrunchie and loops over wet hair forming a bun. For more information see:

Lindfield after Great Storm of 1987

By Claire Cooper

25 years ago, on the morning of 16th October 1987, Lindfield residents woke to scenes of devastation and destruction after a hurricane swept through the village overnight.

The events of the night which changed the face of Sussex are still fresh in the minds of those who woke to find trees felled, windows smashed, roofs destroyed, chimneys crumbling and cars crushed. 

Many Sussex villages were cut off, homes lost power, children enjoyed an unexpected holiday as schools were closed and there was excitement in Haywards Heath when army helicopters were drafted in to dispatch troops to help clear the railway lines.

Keen photographer and Preservation Society member Geoffrey Calderwood captured some of the dramatic scenes in Lindfield and produced a set of commemorative postcards, kindly loaned to Lindfield Life by resident Hilary Jackson. The postcards were sold to raise money for the village tree fund.

Hilary, from Sunte Avenue, remembers the storm well, as tiles were stripped from the roof next door and a large tree came crashing down into her garden.

“I’d been out late the night before helping the young lady next door to secure the fencing as the winds were picking up,” said Hilary. “But nothing could have prepared me for what I saw when I pulled back the curtains the following morning.”

For Hilary’s three children, the storm brought an unexpected bonus – “we cut up the fallen tree and built a tree house in the garden,” said Hilary. “It was a lasting legacy of the hurricane which brought years of pleasure to my children and their friends!”

Read the full story on p.20 of October's magazine...

Mike Scholes take the Olympic Torch

Lindfield's own Mike Scholes took to the streets of Westergate yesterday (16th July) for his turn running with the Olympic Torch. Despite what looked like torrential rain, he managed to get the crowd whipped up into a great atmosphere - waving frantically to those hardy onlookers. 

The Torch Relay text feed said this at the time of his run: 

1512: Next up is Michael Scholes who is being assisted by his guide, having lost his sight three years ago.

According to his nomination: "He achieved five British Hot Air Balloon records and is one of only nine British Pilots to fly a hot air balloon above 31,000ft."

He has skied with Blind Veterans UK and ran the London Marathon.

Watch his 4 mins of fame here