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Editor’s by Nicole Tata


utumn is my favourite time of year. It’s when I feel I’m coming home after the heady days of summer, rediscovering the joys of woolly jumpers, open fi res and the soul-warming properties of a glass or two


of full-bodied red. As the nights get properly dark, it suddenly makes sense to curl up on the sofa and watch a fi lm or read a book (see p.74-75 for some inspiration) or, of course, your favourite magazine!


Our cover stars this month are FranClassic (p.15-22), three local lads from just around the corner in Hurst, with bags of raw musical talent just waiting to explode onto the wider music scene. If you haven’t heard their music, where have you been? The second part of Great Gardens of Sussex (p.55-60) continues to explore the tales of the families whose passion and dedication can be traced to the present day. Wakehurst, Nymans, High Beeches and Borde Hill are all open to the public and well worth a Sunday of anyone’s time. In this month’s wedding feature, Ruth Lawrence tells the story of her parents’ long and happy marriage (p.87-93). A moving piece – all the more so since she dedicated it to her father who sadly passed away earlier this year. My sincere thanks to you, Ruth, for sharing some very personal history with us.


The Wedding Festival at St Peter’s Church, Chailey Green (7-9 October) offers us another slice of personal history (p.96-97). Monica Todd’s display of local wedding dresses through the ages is nothing short of inspirational. Meanwhile, over in East Grinstead, Meridian 107FM are looking for volunteers (p.98-99). Community radio, unlike other radio stations, is run by volunteers for the community in which they live. So if you have some spare time to help out in their offi ce, they’d be delighted to hear from you.


If you like the idea of volunteering but would rather be in the great outdoors, check out the Monday Group (p.43-47). Helping to maintain access to the beautiful countryside around us, you could offer some practical skills and, who knows, perhaps even make a few friends along the way. We’re delighted to announce that photographer Merry Michau has joined us in the offi ce. With an eye for stunning visuals and the professional capabilities to carry them through to the highest standards, Merry is already proving to be a real asset to our (and your!) business. We also extend a warm welcome to Emma Fell who has joined the Sales Team. Finally, where is Roger Booth, you may be wondering? Last seen speeding off into the golden sunset on his new Harley, he left this behind for us to ponder:


“You know, it’s funny what’s happening to us. Our lives have become digital, our friends now virtual and everything you could want to know is just a click away. Experiencing the world through endless second hand information isn’t enough. If we want it to be authentic, we have to initiate it.” (The Art of Flight)


Meanwhile, Tanis Banham is doing what she does best: rolling up her sleeves and getting stuck in! Her infectious enthusiasm and great people skills could be just what’s needed to make Sussex Living even bigger and better. No doubt, you’ll be the judge.


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See our wedding feature on pages 86 – 97


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SUSSEX LIVING 11October 2011


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