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The Healing Garden: BURDOCK

By David H / 02/10/2023

A robust erect biennial producing a rosette of large soft dull green leaves in the first year, then growing up to 180m in the second year. Purple thistle-like flowers appear from July and ripen into burs with hooked spines. Found in calcareous soils on wasteland, in hedgerows, meadows and at the edge of woodland. It…

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The Garden in October – towards Samhain

By David H / 02/10/2023

October is an interesting month of the year, bookended as it is with the Autumn Equinox on one side and Samhain (pronounced ‘sah-win’) on the other. These two festivals (along with their Christian counterparts Michaelmas and All Saints Day) are both festivals of turning inwards after the summer’s harvest. The inwardness increases as the days…

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60th Anniversary end of National Service / 75th Anniversary arrival Empire Windrush

By David H / 02/10/2023

This year, as we remember these significant anniversaries, as I write we are approaching the 1st anniversary of the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II, and the succession of King Charles III. In May we all celebrated the Coronation with many festivities including street parties. For many this was a historic occasion, which they…

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Repair Cafés – what do we repair most?

By David H / 02/10/2023

Many different broken items are brought into each Repair Café. Most of them require replacing a part. The second most popular procedure is cleaning, followed by stitching a seam. This is according to the latest analysis of the RepairMonitor, the online tool for data collection in Repair Cafés worldwide. The magic touch of the repairer…

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Notes from The Bookshop…

By David H / 02/10/2023

Writing from within the quaint, beamy interior of The Bookshop it is hard to remember that this area, The Ashdown Forest, sat at the heart of the British Modernist movement. In November 1913 WB Yeats rented rooms in Stone Cottage, Coleman’s Hatch, which he described as “on the edge of Ashdown Forest… a most perfect…

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Movie World Premiere of Broken Eyes – a locally made feature film

By David H / 02/10/2023

“Broken Eyes” is an independent no-budget film made locally and predominately filmed in Forest Row. Rated a PG, and set in Lingfield and East Grinstead, it is a gentle drama about a former nurse, Audrey, who lost her sight and is coming to grips with the changes in her life. Upon losing her sight she…

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Art for All returns on Saturday 14th October in St Mary’s Church, Hartfield

By David H / 02/10/2023

Hartfield’s annual community art event, Art for All, returns on Saturday 14th October in St Mary’s Church, Hartfield. Free and open to all ages, everyone is encouraged to have a go at imaginative, creative activities! The theme this year is Trees – a celebration of trees and their contribution to the environment. Drop in any…

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Let’s Talk Wealden Goes Live

By David H / 02/10/2023

A new online community engagement hub has been launched to improve engagement between Wealden District Council and its residents. Let’s Talk Wealden aims to provide an interactive and relaxed space for residents to find out about the latest proposals for their area, have their say, ask questions and discuss ideas with the community. Residents do…

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Councillor’s Corner: Chairman Jason Eichner

By David H / 02/10/2023

Please note that any views or opinions represented in this piece belong solely to the author and do not necessarily represent the position of Forest Row Parish Council, its councillors, or its staff.  Hello, Forest Row, it’s nice to meet you. It feels odd to write that, when I’ve spent my whole life here, but…

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Open Garden: beautiful Holford Manor to raise funds for The Bevern Trust

By David H / 09/05/2022

The stunning gardens at Holford Manor, North Chailey will be open to the public on Saturday 21st May from 11am – 4pm to raise much needed funds for The Bevern Trust, a Sussex disability charity. Garden lovers will be thrilled to enjoy this rare opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful private gardens in…

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