Sussex Life August 2014: editor’s letter, reader letters and top tweets

PUBLISHED: 12:15 01 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:19 01 August 2014

Front covers - August 2014

Front covers - August 2014


Your letters, views and thoughts.


You may have noticed that we have rather a lot to shout about this month. I’m delighted to unveil our new property section, which is packed with enviable interiors and beautiful homes. Assistant Editor Alice Cooke visited the home of French Bedroom Company founder Georgia Metcalfe (and frankly we had a bit of a job getting her to leave). This Haywards Heath property is full of joie de vivre and je ne sais quoi, with lots of cheeky details and a sense of humour throughout. We also have a handy guide to buying a kitchen – what pitfalls to avoid and where it’s worth splashing the cash. Another of our new features shines the spotlight on coastal, city and country properties, so whichever your preference, you’ll find something to pique your interest.

Wedding season is in full swing at the moment – I got married myself in June and it seems every weekend ushers in the nuptials of a friend or acquaintance – so I suspect lots of people are finding themselves in need of a hat. Whether you’re celebrating a marriage, backing a winner at Glorious Goodwood or attending a sophisticated soirée, Nione Meakin’s guide to bespoke milliners from across Sussex will provide plenty of inspiration. If you are planning a wedding, make a point of picking up our September issue, which will include tips on using local suppliers and gorgeous bridal fashions.

I suppose it depends what kind of child you were – I was very much the type to make perfume from rose petals and search for fairy rings in the garden – but even if you were all about army games and den-building, you have probably heard of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies. The author, illustrator and one-time Storrington resident captured the hearts of adults and children alike with her exquisitely-executed drawings. Angela Wintle takes up the story, explaining that the flora and fauna of Sussex played a large part in her success.

Lastly, if you are looking for a gift for a loved one, you might like to consider our beautiful pictorial guide to the towns and villages of Sussex, 
A Celebration of Sussex Life. To order, visit
Enjoy your summer; enjoy your Sussex Life!



Dear Editor,

You asked if any readers’ forebears were part of the Royal Sussex Regiment.

My uncle was one of the members. He was Harold Arthur Redman, born Wick, Littlehampton. He was in the 13th Battalion and part of the Lowther Lambs. He was killed 31 July 1917 when 19 years old.

My grandmother (his mother) was so distressed at this news she did not leave the house for a year, and my mother remembered hearing her mother’s wails on a number of occasions, in the upstairs bedroom.

My sister and I are visiting Ypres this summer – his name is on the Menin Gate Memorial.

Phyllis Vale, Worthing


Dear Editor,

Oh dear! Where is the crossword puzzle in the July issue?

Despite being listed in the Contents page as on page 241 it was not there. I do hope this was just a one issue omission and not a permanent change.

I love reading Sussex Life each month and you are right about Fusciardi serving a great coffee [Seaside eateries feature, July issue] – the best in Eastbourne.

All good wishes,

Christine Preece, Eastbourne


Thank you for your letter, Christine. I am delighted that you and others enjoy the crossword so much you were compelled to write to me.

You will be pleased to see that the crossword is back this issue on page 83, accompanied by the answers to the June puzzle.


Your tweets:

@thewhiteroompr: “@BarkerBarler2’s beautiful #cushions & #fabrics can be seen in @sussexlifemag, perfect for brightening up #interiors”

@SussexAirImaging@: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with @sussexlifemag this week. Our aerial images will be in the magazine soon! Don’t miss it.

@RealEstateHet: “Am feeling peckish – need to flip thro’ Seaside Dining feature @sussexlifemag #eatingout”

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