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100 Years Of Girlguiding!

100 Years Of Girlguiding

This month, Girlguiding East Grinstead Division is celebrating it’s centenary! Established seven years after Girlguiding began in 1910, the first meeting of the group took place on October 19, 1917. It was at that meeting that it was proposed to form three companies of Girlguides in East Grinstead. A committee was formed and called the East Grinstead Local Association. The …

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Stoolball – A Sussex Tradition

Stoolball – A Sussex Tradition

Stoolball is believed to have originated in Sussex and has been played since the 15th Century. Popular in Sussex, Surrey and the Midlands, it has been played at Lord’s cricket ground and the gardens of Buckingham Palace. Traditionally, the sport was played by milkmaids who used their milking stools as a wicket. Medieval references describe it as a game which …

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Sackville Sisters Set Their Sights Sky High

Sackville Sisters Set Their Sights Sky High

In recent years, trampolining has become something of a national past-time with families having a trampoline in their garden. For most it is a hobby and a form of exercise, but for a few, it goes much further, and since 2000 it has been recognised as an Olympic sport. Trampolining was invented by George Nissen in the early 1930’s when …

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Now Here’s A Funny Story!

Now Here’s A Funny Story!

Anyone younger than 40 years of age will likely have little or no knowledge of what is known as the golden age of British music hall, whilst most readers of a certain age may well be familiar with Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green and It’s a long way to Tipperary. Lingfield actor, musician and the show’s author, Mitch Feral, …

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Can You Help Find A New Home For Barebones Theatre?

Can You Help Find A New Home For Barebones Theatre

The Barebones Theatre Project is looking for a new home for their growing and ever-changing collection of actors, artists, designers and musicians who live in and around Forest Row.   Director Naomi Wirthner is passionate about what she does, as are her enthusiastic team of Gary Wright, Jeannie Joubert and Charlotte Harvey, and supporting actors, some who have been involved …

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Intrepid Forest ‘Row-er’ takes on the Atlantic Ocean for Charity!

This December, Daryl Farmer from Forest Row will say goodbye to his partner Sabine and her 12-year-old daughter Elli for three months to spend Christmas entirely alone for a charity challenge. Leaving the safe haven of his home in Winnie the Pooh’s Ashdown Forest, Daryl is to risk his life pretty much every day doing the scariest and craziest thing …

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Festive fun at the Llama Park

Festive fun at the Llama Park

Crafts and reindeer herald the start of the Christmas season at the Ashdown Forest attraction A pair of resident reindeer will be taking centre stage when the Christmas season starts at the Llama Park, at Wych Cross, on Ashdown Forest, later this month. The park, which is home to 30 llamas, 15 alpacas and a range of other animals, including …

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Forest Row author unveils the ‘Secrets of the Chest!’

Forest Row author unveils the ‘Secrets of the Chest!’

Forest Row-based author, Evelyne Morris, produces her debut novel after being inspired by a friend’s antique oak chest. By Rachel Whitlam When Evelyne’s father passed away, she suddenly became aware of previously unknown details of family history and stories, including photos of the mother she had never seen. When Hitler’s bombing raids returned to London in June 1944, Evelyne’s mother …

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Strange but true? Crop Circles in Sussex and Surrey

The crop circle mystery is a persistent and controversial part of the English countryside and beyond. Every year sees a new collection of beautiful and inventive shapes dotted around the fields reviving arguments about whether they are man-made art or something stranger. Although the West Country is best-known for its many crop circles, the RH area has also seen a …

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Getting a buzz out of keeping bees

Getting a buzz out of keeping bees

There’s more to beekeeping than just making honey – the honey bee is vital as a pollinator of crops. Many years ago there were hundreds of thousands of beekeepers at a time when every cottage garden and vicarage lawn had its hives. Relocation to the cities saw numbers drop but they were buoyed up during the Second World War when …

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