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Editor’s comment by Nicole Tata Dear Readers, S


hould you ever wonder what makes Sussex Living tick or what the magazine stands for, you can ask any of us at the offi ce and the answer


will always be the same: We are a community focused publication with a high level of locally relevant editorial content. Or you could just read our March issue and all will become clear. This month, we are delving deep into our Mid Sussex communities to discover just what can be achieved if you really put your mind to it. Local groups and individuals, charities and business organisations – people are coming together everywhere and are doing things, not just for their own benefi t but for the good of the community. Take Mike Wood, a hugely talented musician who has dedicated his life to sharing the gift of music with others around him – his students, choir and orchestra in Burgess Hill. We celebrate his extraordinary achievements on pages 11-17. The Mid Sussex Martial Arts School has Roger Payne to thank for its success. Far from indulging in extreme combat sports, this organisation is working with the local community to instil strong morals alongside physical skill, gleaned from an ancient culture. There’s the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride (p.73), Burgess Hill Fairtrade Festival (pp.82-83), the Purple Pinky Campaign (p.87), Sussex Air Ambulance (p.84), to mention just a few of our features in


Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath


this month’s magazine – all stories of inspiration fuelled by an unwavering determination to make a difference, and they’re happening in a town or village near you.


Of course, we’re most excited about the Sussex Living Marathon Weekend set to take place this May in East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. With so many individuals, businesses and charitable causes pledging their support for this massive sporting event, Mid Sussex will never be the same again! Read all about it on pages 54-57 or, better still, get involved. Many local companies have already decided to sponsor the event – perhaps your business would like to join us too? The more the merrier, and the better for Mid Sussex. Our next issue will have all the details.


As Sussex Living’s community engagement goes from strength to strength, we would like to extend an invitation to all local groups to work with us. If you’re keen to spread the word about what you are doing for Mid Sussex, then please get in touch.


Best wishes


NICOLE TATA Deputy Editor Sussex Living magazine Tel: 01273 847508 Email: editor@sussexliving.com


SUSSEX LIVING March 2012


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