Month: July 2017

My favourite way to spend a wet Wednesday in Sussex…

Nature Tots woodcraft – splitting a disk © Sussex Wildlife Trust Picture of Sue Curnock by Miles Davies/Sussex Wildlife Trust PIQUE asks a series of well-known local people to explain what they love most about Sussex. Our first writer is Sue Curnock, from the Sussex Wildlife Trust, on her Nature Tots group… EACH September, I get a kick out of watching the new recruits at my Nature Tots group getting to grips with the unfamiliar feeling of muddy hands and, horror of horrors, dirty clothes – whether they are 3 or 33. I can’t think of any other job...

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The lost gardens restored at Standen

A SERIES of lost features in an Arts & Crafts garden in West Sussex have been restored and its revival is currently the subject of an exhibition. The five-year £500,000 restoration at the National Trust’s Standen at East Grinstead began after a group of volunteers discovered a swimming pond while clearing out some overgrown bamboo in part of the garden. The house, with views over the High Weald and Weir Wood Reservoir, was designed for James Beale and his family in the late 19th century by Arts & Crafts architect Philip Webb. But it was Beale’s wife Margaret, an...

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The Sussex landscape that inspired artist Ravilious

IT was in his beloved Sussex that artist Eric Ravilious created many of his most important landscape paintings – influenced by one of the most significant English artist designer networks of the 20th century. The collaborations of Ravilious (1903-1942) and his friends are brought to life in Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship, a major exhibition at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne featuring more than 400 works by the group, including important but never or rarely shown works by Ravilious. The exhibition highlights key moments in the artists’ lives and work from first meetings at the Royal...

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Do the ‘ordinary’ listeners of Jeremy Vine’s radio show now run the world?

AROUND seven million people listen to the Jeremy Vine show each weekday on BBC Radio 2. And since he began presenting the award-winning show in 2003, the presenter, author and broadcaster calculates he has taken more than 25,000 calls on subjects as diverse as life, love, lollipop ladies and poisonous plants. So what have they told him? Well, in his new book What I Learnt: What My Listeners Say – And Why We Should Take Notice, he has put together a hilarious memoir of lessons learned from his Radio 2 listeners. And this month, Jeremy will be appearing at...

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Vintage va-va-voom at annual Revival

IT’S the only historic race meeting where everybody wears period dress. Yes, Goodwood Revival is back, a weekend of flat-out wheel-to-wheel racing around the curves of the classic motor racing circuit opened by the 9th Duke of Richmond in 1948. Up to 150,000 race fans from all over the country are expected to descend on Goodwood, home of the Dukes of Richmond for more than 300 years, to enjoy the three-day sellout event, a theatrical and sporting drama that gathers the most significant racing cars and motorcycles as well as legendary drivers and riders from the past plus the...

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