Advertising in Lindfield Life works for Norsat

It's always great to hear that our advertisers are making a good return on their investment with their advertising with us - however, its even sweeter when they are very long term customers of ours. Marie Penge, from Norsat (TV Aerials and satellite specialist), has been using the magazine for over eight years to get new customers in Lindfield and Scaynes Hill. In fact, its working so well, she's recently added Cuckfield Life magazine to her marketing plan is is now getting new customers from Cuckfield and Bolnore through our sister title. 

In her own words:

"Hi I'm Marie Penge from Norsat and we specialise in satellite TV, TV aerials and security systems.

"I've been really pleased with the responses that we've received from the magazines over the past 8 years. We will be continuing with the adverts. We measure and record the response from the magazine just to see how successful the advert is being. We record when people call through to the office and we ask them how they heard of the company. And also we receive a report on a monthly basis with regards to how many calls we've had from the phone number.

"OK, Lindfield Life magazine has been excellent for Norsat, I'm REALLY pleased with the response we've had from it for the amount that we pay and I'd recommend it to any local business."

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Behind the Counter: Masters & Son

Ian Masters, Lewes Road, Lindfield

Undertaking is among the world’s oldest professions. Ancient Egypt is famous for its careful mummification to preserve the dead with records dating back over 4,000 years, and in the West specialised priests were known to spend 70 entire days with a single body. While the aforementioned services were reserved for wealthy royalty and nobility, today funeral services are an essential part of remembering and saying goodbye to those we care about. In this next edition of Behind the Counter, we meet Ian Masters of Masters and Son – who have been supporting families in Sussex through the process of losing loved ones for more than 160 years.

By Joe Wayte

It feels like I can’t get away from this particular topic in my life right now. Whilst writing this article, the team at BBC Radio 1 is doing some heavy promotion around the office about a new series titled, The Youngertakers

In my personal life, a great-aunt recently passed away, giving me an opportunity to celebrate her life, as well as watch the funeral director intensely as part of my research. I’ve been to many funerals and they’ve all been different. My great-aunt, for example, asked to be cremated and requested that Händel’s Hallelujah Chorus be played loudly at the point she disappeared behind the curtain. Others have been a much more sombre affair.

“All families are different and each funeral is unique,” Ian told me. “Some choose traditional wooden coffins, while others choose ones made of materials such as willow, seagrass, bamboo or wool. On a few occasions people have come in to personally decorate the coffin. The services we carry out also vary enormously from a traditional church service to no formal service at all. On one occasion we were asked to provide champagne in our service room for a family who wanted a more casual and relaxed event before continuing the celebration of their loved one’s life over lunch at a local pub. We like being adaptable to whatever people ask for to give their family member an appropriate send-off.”

[Read the full article in March 2018 Lindfield Life magazine]

Photos by Dale Reubin

Jewellery expert to feature on BBC's The Repair Shop

Lindfield's Richard Talman on TV show: The Repair Shop

Lindfield resident Richard Talman received a curious phone call one evening in September last year. 

As a bespoke jewellery manufacturer he’s had his fair share of beautiful and bizarre requests made upon his time, however this phone call was from a TV producer who was asking him to take part in the BBC2 show The Repair Shop.

“I already knew of the programme,” Richard said, “but they went on to explain that they had had their first piece of jewellery requested to be fixed and they needed a goldsmith who could help.”


Richard agreed and, a month or so later, took his place among the other craftspeople in an ancient barn at the Weald & Downland Museum, near Chichester.

The show features the general public bringing in a treasured possession in a poor state of repair, wishing it to be fixed. The Repair Shop houses such skilled craftspeople as a furniture restorer, ceramicist, horologist, saddler and teddy bear restorers. All the trades sit under one roof and host Jay Blades moves around looking at what’s happening at each bench during the repairs.

[To read the full article, see the March 2018 issue of Lindfield Life]

BBC gardening expert visiting Lindfield

Nick Bailey, BBC expert

Lindfield Horticultural Society has arranged for Nick Bailey of BBC’s Gardeners World to give a talk at the King Edward Hall on 11th April 2018 at 7.30pm.

Nick Bailey has worked in horticulture for 25 years and has created and managed gardens on four continents. He is also a garden designer, bestselling author, columnist and was the Garden Journalist of the year for 2017. He was also the Head Gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden for many years.

Tickets, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, are £5 each for members of the Lindfield Horticultural Society and can be obtained from Michael Elliott, call 01444 483039. 

Cash or cheque (with SAE if unable to collect tickets personally). Tickets for non-members are £7.50 and go on sale on 14th March 2018.

The annual membership of the Society is £6 and non-members would be very welcome to join the society at the same time as purchasing a ticket for this talk at member’s rates.

Village People: Dale Reubin


By Claire Cooper

“I grew up in South Africa in a small coastal town in the Eastern Cape called East London,” said Dale Reubin, who arrived in England after leaving college when he was 19. “I chose England as it was the only place that offered a two year work travel visa.”

After spending some time in London, Dale quickly discovered that he was definitely not a ‘big city person’. “Fortunately I had a friend from Haywards Heath who invited me to check out the country.”

It was a decision that was to change his life. “Shortly after moving to Haywards Heath I met my future wife Laura,” he said. “We were introduced by a mutual friend.” 

By the time Dale’s visa ran out and he had to return to South Africa the pair were inseparable. “For the next two years we had a long distance relationship. It really worked, and we ended up being more in love than ever!”

When Dale returned to England the couple were married and settled in Laura’s home village, Horsted Keynes – but not for long! 


“I still had a burning desire to travel and explore,” said Dale. “As a boy I dreamt of driving across the length of the world.” Luckily Laura shared his dream and the pair began to plan their adventure.

“A couple who had done a similar journey advised us to buy our vehicle and then take a year to plan the trip. That way we were committed to going.

“We blew most of our savings spending £4,500 on a Land Rover and saved for a year,” Dale recalled. “I was lucky enough to get a shoot at the 2012 Olympics which went a long way to helping fund the trip.”

The Olympics finished in August and the couple left Britain in October. 

“We started by getting the ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe, and over the next six months we travelled 19,000 miles through 22 countries, ending up at Cape Town before driving to my home town,” said Dale.

[Read the full article in March's issue of Lindfield Life magazine]

Rev Lisa to become an honorary canon

Scaynes Hill vicar The Rev Lisa Barnett has been honoured by the Bishop of Chichester in recognition of her work supporting young women who are exploring ordination.

Rev Lisa Barnett

Rev Lisa Barnett

Lisa, from St Augustine’s Church, has been made an honorary canon of Chichester Cathedral and will take the stall of Prebendary of Woodhorn. 

“It’s an honorary title which is given for service to the diocese,” Lisa explained. “It doesn’t mean any extra responsibilities, but does mean a ‘seat’ in Chichester Cathedral for special services!”

Lisa will be installed as an honorary canon of Chichester Cathedral within a service of Evensong at the Cathedral on Sunday 18th March at 3.30pm. All are welcome!

Since being ordained in 2007 and being given her first parish, Scaynes Hill, in 2011, Lisa has been passionate about supporting other young women considering ordination.

“In spite of it being almost 25 years since the Church of England first ordained women as priests there are still not very many young women offering themselves as candidates for ordination,” said Lisa. “As a young female vicar in this diocese, I have supported several other young women who are newly ordained or exploring ordination, and I have become something of a role model for young clergy women who are pioneering new ways of balancing their vocation to church leadership alongside family life.

“I am enormously grateful to the wonderful church family at St Augustine’s, as well as the wider community in Scaynes Hill, who have been so encouraging of my ‘twin vocations’ as a vicar and a mother, and so supportive during my periods of maternity leave,” Lisa added.

“I will still be vicar in Scaynes Hill, so this title doesn’t change very much, but it is a very special honour and a recognition of the ongoing diocesan commitment to supporting women’s ministry.”

Lindfield Village Run 2018

If you’re trying out a new fitness regime why not set your sights on doing the renowned Lindfield Village Run? Whether you’re a fitness fanatic who fancies the full 10k or a fun runner with your eye on the family friendly 5k - everyone is welcome.


The event is a traditional cross-country run through the countryside around the village. This year it takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May and is sponsored by our hugely supportive local businesses Potential Personal Training and Six Physio, who will both be providing free post-run massages. 

Runner numbers will be limited this year, with the 5k and 10k runs having different start times on the morning. Any children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the course and canine participants are welcome – on leads and with their owners of course!

There are a few changes this year. For the first time electronic timing will be used – which organisers hope will make results quicker and easier to publish. This will mean that registrations on the day will have to close a clear 30 mins before the start of the run – so there will be a strict 10am cut off – but registration will be open from 8.30am to try to compensate. There has also been a change made to the 10k route to try to limit the exposure runners will have to oncoming road traffic around the Copyhold Lane junction of High Beech Lane. See the website for details.

The start and finish will be at Hickmans Lane Playing Fields as ever, and this year on-site refreshments will be provided by Lindfield’s own Somers Tea Rooms. It is a real community event whether you are running or cheering on a friend or relative.

If you want to do more than cheering on and are happy to spend an hour or two marshalling on the day - please contact

Everyone involved is a volunteer; all the money raised goes to the upkeep of King Edward Hall, a registered charity. Entry prices are £7 for the 5k and £15 for the 10k and booking is now open now via the website:

The last big Christmas Lights display in Meadow Lane


By Claire Cooper


Every Christmas for more than 15 years, families have flocked to a little bungalow in Meadow Lane to enjoy one of the best seasonal displays in Sussex.

From Santa and his elves and reindeers to polar bears and penguins, Dennis and Judy Batchelor’s house and garden becomes the talk of the village during the festive season, with a collection that has grown every year and raised thousands of pounds for charities.

But Christmas 2017 saw the last big showcase as the couple decided to scale down their operation and sell many of the items for charity.

“We are delighted to have raised around £800 and a few items have gone off to new homes,” said Judy. “But there’s a lot left and Dennis is already talking about putting on a smaller display next year.”

Dennis was particularly pleased to hang on to his giant singing and dancing Santa after a £120 bid fell through. “I secretly didn’t want him to go, so he’s safely packed away in the loft ready to make an appearance again next year.”

[Full story on page 14 of February 2018's Lindfield Life]

Lindfield Arts Festival bursary fund open for applications

Lindfield Arts Festival Bursary Fund announced

This year’s Lindfied Arts Festival will see a new and exciting bursary to be granted to a local resident who can demonstrate their passion and desire to start or continue an arts discipline. A panel of four local celebrity judges will determine who will receive the £1,000 grant towards the applicant’s chosen area of expertise. The bursary is open to anyone aged 7-100 who lives locally. If you are a dancer, painter, baker or artisan maker of any kind, the Festival would like to hear from you. No matter your age, occupation or previous experience, if you have a desire to start or continue your arts education you can apply for the bursary via the charity’s website.

Lynn Tulip, Festival organiser, said: “This is such an exciting initiative. The Festival is all about local arts, and this bursary is an opportunity for it to put something back into the community by supporting a resident’s artistic endeavours and development.”

In other news, the Festival programme is currently being formulated with a number of other innovative ideas added to the line-up. For the first time, there will be a food festival with artisan makers and street food sellers; the length of the High Street will be filled with a covered eating area and there will be a stage, which will play host to a wide range of performances.

Another major initiative will be a film project that captures the heart and culture of the village through the voices of its residents – all of this and more will be announced fully over the coming months. 

Dates for this year’s Festival are: 21st-23rd September. If you would like more information, would like to apply for the bursary, or would like to get involved visit or email

Denmans Lane Dash 2017 - photo round-up

Denmans Lane Dash

By Ray Gower

I was quite overwhelmed on Boxing Day by the number of people who turned up to compete and watch the third Denmans Lane Dash. I was hoping for a few more competitors this year but we doubled it. I was genuinely blown away.

I was also impressed by the entrants who made a great effort with their fancy dress. 

They got into the spirit of what the Denmans Lane Dash is and that is purely a fun event to give the local community something to do for an hour or two on Boxing Day. 

I set the Dash up to give my friends and family a laugh and to get out of the house. I then thought it would be nice to open it up to the local community. This year proved that it is something people want, based on the wonderful compliments I received. 

We were lucky with the weather again this year. The rain held off until just after the run when people had returned home.

It was a great race with more ladies taking part this year which was wonderful to see.

[See the full story on page 6, February 2018 Lindfield Life]

Amazing care at home

Immediately after Christmas is often a time when families evaluate their elderly relatives’ needs – having spent a good number of hours in their company. David Dimelow, director of Everycare Mid Sussex, explains why this is the case: “We always get an increased number of enquiries in January and it’s simply due to the family seeing small changes in their loved ones. Comments like ‘mum doesn’t make the trifle quite like she used to’ and ‘dad seemed to struggle carving the turkey this year’ have both been mentioned to me by worried children.”

David, who used to work in the IT industry, decided to make a change in career direction after experiencing some good (and not so good) care for his own parents while he was living 200 miles away. “I was adamant that only the highest quality home care services possible would do when it came to entering the home care market myself,” he commented. “Having been a worried son on the other side of the table, I knew what level of customer care I had to be able to deliver.”

David researched the domiciliary care market widely and visited a number of franchisors to make sure they shared the same ethos. “Everycare ticked all the boxes for me, with its enviable high standards.” He started the business, serving Lindfield and the whole Mid Sussex area, four years ago. David has an office team based in Burgess Hill and employs over 45 carers visiting many of the Mid Sussex villages.

The team is able to provide a variety of assistance to its service users. This includes doing housework, preparing meals, companionship, help with showering and bathing, waking night and sleeping night services, welfare checks and prompting medication.

One principal that is strongly held to is that Everycare makes sure that service users receiving regular care know the carers involved. “We know the vulnerable folk we work with don’t like a string of different people rriving at different times,” David said.

Everycare Mid Sussex can also offer more temporary care packages. This includes cover when regular carers are away on holiday, or for rehabilitation when returning from hospital.

“Folks coming out of hospital will need to regain their confidence in all manner of normal tasks. We work with the family and NHS to define their care plan and then help them to get back on track.”

The care services at Everycare aren’t menu-based but, rather, outcome-based. David continues: “We ask ‘What does success look like?’ in order to develop a truly personal solution. When a service user is back on their feet and no longer has need for our help, we consider that to be a very positive result.”

For some families, the ability to relinquish caring duties on a temporary basis can be enormously helpful.

“We know that many carers just need a break, and often don’t enjoy their own holidays if they are worried about loved ones for whom they usually care. Our carers can be briefed to act just as you would have done, so you can relax!”

Another important facility that Everycare Mid Sussex is pleased to be able to offer is Live in Care. As it sounds, this level of service places a carer to live with them 24/7. This service is ideal for folk who have been recommended to consider a move to a Care Home but who desperately don’t want to leave their home, for whatever reason. This means the service users stay in familiar surroundings and locality, and the cost can be a lot cheaper than a weekly care home bill too.

If you are concerned about someone you love and their ability to cope, or indeed if you fancy working in the care industry, why not call Everycare Mid Sussex on 01444 244770 today. You’ll speak to Emma, Jenny or Katie in the first instance, who will then organise a free assessment meeting in the person’s home. You can also see for more information about the range of services.

A different kind of wedding cake


The Lindfield bridal wear shop Mathilda Rose already has a reputation both locally and online for its window displays (#thewindowat62), but last month its centrepiece took on a new novelty factor.

The life-size bride in the window was made entirely from cake! As the rumours travelled round the village, residents gazed through the glass in amazement. The cake was created by Michelle Sugar Art and was cut at a special party in December.

Nicola Clarke commented: “My main aim is to create a display that Lindfield can enjoy and be proud to have - hopefully we achieved this!”

Other credits for the window display were Flowerbug Designs for the floristry while Danni Beach Photography captured it all for social media.

Lindfield school football champions

Lindfield Primary Academy school football team

By James Smyth

Lindfield Primary Academy’s Year 6 girls football team has been crowned Mid Sussex champions for the first time, after success at the Mid Sussex Final at St Paul’s College.

After coming through the Haywards Heath qualifier in October with a 100% record and with plenty of training sessions under their belts, the girls were in high spirits as the tournament began. They started the competition with an impressive 2-0 victory over St Mary’s, with goals from Mary McDonagh and Maria Forrest. However, they went into their second match with Southway knowing that only a win would take them through to the final.

This match was a tighter affair, with Lindfield defending particularly well. Another goal from McDonagh and a neat finish from striker Charlotte White gave Lindfield another 2-0 win and a place in the final. 

This was yet another close match, against Windmills, but an early long range effort from Ruby Stedman calmed the Lindfield nerves and this was followed by a great effort from Mae Robinson just before half-time. 

Lindfield held on with some great defending in the second half to claim their place in the County Final later this month.

How we made our Kipper Christmas Card

Kipper Christmas Card 2017

We always like to send our customers and raving fans a little card to say how much we appreciate their support throughout the year. Christmas is a fantastic time to say this.

And so, we start to think about what our card will look like in October. 

This is how we did it...

Wrapping paper by Willis & Co, Cuckfield. Ribbon by Waitrose. Decorated Christmas Tree supplied by Harvester in Haywards Heath. Print by Swan Press. Chief present-wrapper: Emily Billson. Chocolate-eater: David Tingley. 

Happy Christmas one and all...

What's On in Lindfield - December 2017

2nd December - Christmas Market – 11am-3pm
Millennium Village Centre, Scaynes Hill - Scaynes Hill WI annual market. Wide variety of stalls and WI refreshments. Free entry, free parking.

2nd December - Handel’s Messiah – 7.30pm
All Saints Church, Lindfield – dramatic performance by The Merry Opera Company for Tiger Arts (Tickets £17.50

3rd December - Handel’s Messiah – 2pm
All Saints Church, Lindfield

5th December - Lindfield Festival Night – 6-9pm
Lindfield High Street closed from 5.30pm. Stalls, music, shopping and Santa’s grotto in Lindfield United Reformed Church. 

7th December - Lindfield Country Market – 10-11am
King Edward Hall, Lindfield - (Sheila Hobbs 01444 483396)

8th-10th Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival – from 11.30am
Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield – Over 75 decorated trees adorn the church. Entry for charity.

9th December - Haywards Heath Concert Band – 1.30-4pm
King Edward Hall, Lindfield. A charity event and afternoon of music including gift and craft stalls, and refreshments. Also featuring Haywards Heath Singers. (Alison Gilbert 07977 499280 or bandmaster

13th December - The Arts Society Mid Sussex – 10.45 am
Clair Hall – ‘We Three Kings: music, art poetry and legends inspired by the Magi’ lecture by Peter Medhurst. (Non-members welcome: £7 on the door)

13th December - Lunchtime Concert – 1pm
All Saints Church, Lindfield - Dr Rachel Smith (Flute) & Paul Gregory (Classical Guitar) playing work by Debussy, Bach and Spanish and Latin American music. (Admission free)

14th December -  Lindfield Country Market – 10-11am
King Edward Hall

16th December - Adur Concert Band Christmas Concert – 7.30pm
King Edward Hall, Lindfield. (Tickets may be purchased from Tufnells Home, Lindfield or Jo Stevens 01444 235311)

21st December - Lindfield Country Market – 10-11am
King Edward Hall, Lindfield

The Farmers Pub, Scaynes Hill, revived in 2017

The Farmers Pub reopens in Scaynes Hill

Father and son team Michael and Jack Willis have recently opened the doors of The Farmers in Scaynes Hill. The pub has seen numerous attempts at running it over the last ten years, but this duo say they are here to stay.

“We fought hard to sign a 20 year lease with the owners,” Michael commented. “We will make a success of the pub, but we know that takes time. So we are committed to invest in the business over the long-term.”

The pair have already made a success of their first pub together, The Barley Mow in Selmeston, which is approaching its third anniversary.

“We first noticed this pub about a year ago as we drove past it,” explained Jack, “but it had a tenant at the time. Then, when it became available, we looked round it as soon as we could – the building, and its past, has a lot of similarities to The Barley Mow.”

The building has been completely refurbished in a ‘country pub’ style, complete with muted tones on the walls and plenty of taxidermy adorning the walls. Not to mention the large kids’ play area they have installed in the garden. “We want this to be a real family pub,” Jack says, “so we know the outside space will be a real draw for locals.”

They hand delivered letters to all homes in Scaynes Hill inviting them to a preview night of Prosecco and canapes – which was attended by over 400 people! “We were delighted with the response from our neighbours in the village,” Michael said. “We look forward to proving we can be the pub they’ve wanted for years.” 

The Farmers is open every day from midday and will serve a full traditional pub menu with plenty of seasonal specials.

Baggy Pantry business moves to Lindfield

Lois Simpson - Baggy Pantry

By Claire Cooper

A chef who started her culinary career behind a cheese stall in London’s Borough Market is hoping that Lindfield will offer her the recipe for success!

Over the past few weeks Lois Simpson has been transforming premises in Denmans Lane, formerly home of World Coffees, into her artisan kitchen - the Baggy Pantry.

The business, which Lois has been running from her home in Ardingly, supplies home-baked cakes to independent businesses, along with unique celebration and wedding cakes to order and events catering.

Working from her smart new kitchen, tucked away behind the shoe shop, Lois has fond memories of the bustling outdoor market stall where her career began. “I was only 16, but would get up at 4.30am at weekends to travel to London to work on the stall,” she said. “It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time – I was just enjoying myself. I loved the Dickensian feel of Borough Market - especially at Christmas!”

Lois is currently settling into her new premises and hopes to open to the public on Saturday mornings in the future.

“I’m very excited to be opening a business in Lindfield,” she said. “And, of course, the icing on the cake is that it’s only a couple of miles away from my home!”


Lindfield Christmas Festival Night 2017

Festival Night – Tuesday 5th December 2017


This month Lindfield High Street will once again be turned into a winter wonderland with Christmas lights and the gentle waft of mulled wine and mince pies. 

Lindfield Christmas Festival Night, organised by Lindfield Parish Council, will take place on Tuesday 5th December with the fun starting at 6pm.

As ever the High Street will be filled with food, gift and charity stalls and children’s rides. Father Christmas will arrive at Lindfield United Reformed Church at 6pm and will take up his seat in his popular grotto at the back of the church hall. Also in the church will be a number of musical performances. 

Please note that the High Street will be closed to traffic between 5.30pm and 9.30pm on that evening.

What was Lindfield Bonfire Night like in 2017?

Guy Fawkes wheeling round Lindfield by Lindfield Bonfire Society

Guy Fawkes wheeling round Lindfield by Lindfield Bonfire Society

As ever Lindfield Bonfire Society has done the village proud by producing a fantastic Procession and Firework Display in Lindfield on Saturday 4th November 2017. 

The Firework display was met with cheers and clapping by the large crowds gathered on Lindfield Common in each break between fireworks. 

Lindfield Bonfire Night: Sat 4th November 2017

Lindfield Bonfire Night 2017

This year’s Lindfield Bonfire will be held on Saturday 4th November – in keeping with the tradition of not celebrating Guy Fawkes night on Sundays.

Organised by Lindfield Bonfire Society, the event starts with a guy building competition in the afternoon. The evening celebrations begin with a fancy dress competition, followed by a torchlight procession around the village and on to the Common, the reading of the Bonfire Prayer and the lighting of the bonfire. The event ends with a firework display.

Money raised from the street collection on the night will go to local children’s charities: Chestnut Tree House, Court Meadow Riding for the Disabled, Cleft Lip & Palate Association, Kangaroos and Orchard House. 

Programme of Events
2pm – Guy Building Competition – Lindfield Common
6.30pm – Fancy Dress Competition – King Edward Hall
7.30pm – Torchlight Procession
8.15pm – Lighting of the Bonfire
8.30pm – Firework Display

The fancy dress competition is free to enter and open to all. The classes are: Children up to six years, 7-11 years, 12-15 years, adults, groups.

The Torchlight Procession leaves the King Edward Hall and heads to Black Hill, The Witch and Hickmans Lane, where the procession will stop and re-torch before proceeding down the High Street and on to the Common.

The High Street and Black Hill will be closed for the entire evening. If you live locally please walk to the event. 

Limited parking for disabled visitors is available at the top of the Common.

A few tips for a safe evening
Do not bring sparklers, fireworks or bangers into the village or on to the Common.
Dropped torches are dangerous. Do not pick them up.
Leave pets at home.
Drones are not allowed.

For more information visit: