Nia Coleman, a 23 year old soprano from Hadlow Down, East Sussex, has been awarded a prestigious bursary from the Royal Academy Conservatoire, where she has recently embarked on a Master’s programme to broaden and advance her skills in order to pursue her career in classical singing.

Said Professor Glenville Hargreaves from the Royal Academy of Music, “Nia’s voice is truly exciting, technically excellent and emotionally engaging: a talent to watch.” Which Tim French has been doing every since he heard her perform in 2009.

On Saturday 20th November, people will have an opportunity to hear her perform at the St Wlfred’s Church, Haywards Heath. ‘Nia Coleman & Friends’ is a mixed programme with a Christmas feel of favourite arias from both the operatic and oratorio stage, sacred music, songs from the shows and carols for all to join in.

Tickets and booking information         


Book your tickets by phoning the It’s Magic Events Ticket Office on 01444 800045, online www.itsmagic.org.uk or in person from Baldwins, South Road, Haywards Heath


Monday 1st December 2014

Want to do more business with the Council?

West Sussex County Council, in partnership with Capita, would like to invite all local Small, Medium Enterprises across the county to find out how to do business with the council.

West Sussex County Council Working in Partnership with the Local Economy

Richmond Room, Edes House, County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RW

15.00 – 17.00

1st December 2014

  • How to work with West Sussex County Council
  • How to find out about and access opportunities
  • West Sussex Standing Orders on Procurement and Contracts
  • The basics of procurement requirements and constraints
  • E-tendering demonstration
  • Q & A

Places are limited; therefore allocations will be made on a first come first served basis. If you would like to join us please RSVP to

Shara.benson@westsussex.gov.uk by 25th November 2014


Lock Assist have had a very busy couple of months with our marketing and thought it was worth sharing with you what we’ve been up to. It’s always difficult to try to come up with something that makes you stand out from your competitors and we hope that the things we’ve done – mentioned below – will do just that!

First we have now have Simsonesque cartoons of each member of staff adorning each of the windows of our premises.

Then we bought a couple of new vans and had some eye-catching design put on and incorporating the drivers cartoon.

M-VANWe now have our own free App available. This has helpful videos with advice on choosing the right locksmith and helpful hints for your security.

To download yours go to

iPhone App  https://itunes.apple.com/ne/app/lockassist/id920906012?mt=8
Android App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_lockassist.layout&hl=en

Finally, and probably most newsworthy, we are very pleased to announce our 3 year sponsorship of local football team, Cuckfield Cosmos! The logo’d kit has just been delivered to the team so we’re just waiting for a dry(ish) day for the Lock Assist/Cuckfield Cosmos Team photo – including around 50 boys with the Lock Assist staff and new sign written vans! Watch this space and eye out in the local press for more information.

If you have a child with an interest in playing football locally, go to

http://www.cuckfieldcosmosfc.co.uk for more details.


In the beginning

It was the year John Lennon and JR were shot; Fame filled the screen, PACMAN arrived and Margaret Thatcher said she wasn’t for turning. The World Wide Web was but a bee in Sir Tim Berners Lee’s bonnet, the internet connected a few government computers in the US and the nearest thing to a PC, as we know them, were the word processors such as the Hewlett Packard 85 complete with five inch screen and 16 kilobytes of RAM. The first IBM PC was a year away and Windows was half a decade in the distance.

SEBS arrives

The year was 1980 and South East Business Systems was born, selling Olivetti electronic typewriters and Visible Record Computers; thirty four years on, the company has grown into one of the leading IT network support companies in South East England for small and medium sized businesses.
Managing Director, Peter Sutton says: “We’ve witnessed a true Technology Revolution, possibly as great as the Industrial and Agricultural Revolution. Nowadays even the smallest business is network-dependent, and businesses can die in days if their systems fail. That is why we now concentrate on everything to create, build and protect our customers’ networks.”

Best Supporting Act

SEBS offers full IT Support and Managed Services. In partnership with suppliers such as Lenovo, IBM, Microsoft and HP, the company uses intelligent software to monitor client network systems, detecting problems automatically and repairing remotely where possible. Helpdesk support can be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week offering remote support and system management. “Disruptions, such as snowbound staff, demonstrate to many clients the importance of enabling remote working for staff”, says Peter, “a trend we already find popular and expect to grow.”

Survival of the Smart

Given that IT networks, and the data they hold, are central to the running – and indeed – survival of all businesses, network safety and security are paramount, leading SEBS to partnerships with security software suppliers such as SonicWall, Computrace, GData and Panda. “Fire, theft, flood, equipment failure and human error happen,” Peter says. “Which is why we have developed our off site Cloud Solution “OneStore”, our remote back-up system.” This automatically and remotely backs up client data continuously, meaning that if disaster strikes, the situation can be rescued very quickly.” It is also completely secure, encrypted before it leaves the client system and can only be decoded by them. And if you feel the fear of a stolen laptop, don’t worry as SEBS can zap the computer data immediately wherever it’s gone.

The Cloud

Newly introduced oneHost Exchange Hosting (Microsoft emails, calendar etc) shows real cost savings both in infrastructure (capital) costs and internal management costs. The service provides full mobility for workers requiring access to data from home or on the road via most portable devices. Migration of data is transparent and, in most cases, free of charge.

Our customer base covers all areas of Sussex and now beyond. Indeed we still support clients who have been with us for over 30 years; a proud boast I suspect!

Coming Next

Over the next 30 years, there will probably be an IT revolution as big as the one which has already taken place since SEBS was founded. Peter is confident the company will adapt to that in the same way as it has become the business it is today. One thing he says he never, and will never, change is SEBS’ dedication to the customer and understanding their IT needs.

Contact Details

www.sebs.it   info@e-sebs.co.uk   01444 416641


In aid of the fantastic Children In Need, Chris spent Friday the 14th of November banned from walking. Instead, he had to boogie from A to B. That meant dancing around the fifty6 office and, at lunchtime, Haywards Heath Town Centre.

Jason and Josh spent time between fits of laughter filming Chris’ efforts, and a video of the ‘highlights’ is now live. You can catch the days antics, as well as the whole video right here.


If so, Mid Sussex District Scouts are seeking a Treasurer to administer their Committee’s finances. The role would be ideal for a person working with accounts already and could be part of your businesses CSR Policy or general community involvement if done during their working hours. The administering of the finances is all done using on-line banking with approximately 50 transactions per month needing to be reconciled on spreadsheets. The time commitment is usually a few hours per month. For further information or if you, or one of your team, are interested please contact Tony Pearson on 0797 683 5515 or premises@midsussexdistrictscouts.com


An exceptional science student from Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath has been chosen to receive the Gold CREST award for his research into seed preservation.

As part of a Nuffield research placement, Yann Newby, 17 from Haywards Heath, worked at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank as part of Dr Jayanthi Nadarajan’s research team. His project aimed to determine the optimum storage conditions of four seed species, working with approximately 7,200 individual seeds to identify the best way in which they can be preserved for future generations.

Yann’s research is part of a larger project which aims to determine the optimum storage conditions of the entire Millennium Seed Bank collection, which currently includes 13% of the all the world’s wild plant species. The Seed Bank’s goal is to tackle the increasing threat of extinction to between 60,000 and 100,000 plant species, which are fundamental to maintaining biodiversity and securing global resources. With over 30,000 edible species and 70% of the world’s population still relying on traditional plant remedies for medicine, the research and preservation of plants has never been more vital.

Yann, who joined Central Sussex College in September 2013, achieved four As in AS Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics this summer, and plans to read Biology at Oxford University in 2015. His experience at the Seed Bank has inspired Yann to pursue a career in plant sciences and has had a positive impact on his current studies commenting, “The experience has influenced my studies by providing me with a greater knowledge and appreciation of the importance of research and how it is conducted. Learning about the fragility of the world around us was also enlightening.”

To find out more about science courses and others on offer at Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath, visit www.centralsussex.ac.uk or come along to an Open Evening on 12 or 13 November between 5.30-8.30pm.


A talented A Level student from Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath scooped a £150 prize from the Mid Sussex branch of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) on Thursday 9 October.

Second year student Dylan Gillah, 18, from East Grinstead, was presented with the £150 cheque by Young Arts Coordinator, Sue Ng and NADFAS Chair, Angela Magness from the Mid Sussex Decorative and Fine Arts Society (MSDFAS), after winning the society’s annual competition.

The MSDFAS committee which organises a variety of lectures, trips and activities throughout the year to promote the arts within the community, were delighted by the winning design. Sue Ng commented, “We were very impressed by Dylan’s designs and are delighted to be using his poster to promote our forthcoming events”.

Dylan who studies Music, Graphics, and Film Studies at the College’s Sixth Form campus, hopes to go on to study Film at Arts University Bournemouth next year. He was thrilled to win the competition, commenting, “it’s a great opportunity and I’ll be putting it straight on my CV!” He intends to put the cheque towards university costs.

The winning poster will be used for the promotion of the society’s forthcoming events.

To find out more about visual arts, music, film courses and others on offer at Central Sussex College’s Sixth Form Haywards Heath, visit www.centralsussex.ac.uk or come along to an Open Evening on 12 or 13 November between 5.30-8.30pm.


I am an interior designer. I am also an interior designer with a visual impairment. In November 2012 I permanently lost the sight in my left eye due to an attack of acute closed angle glaucoma. Over the past two years I have had one or two people ask me whether I can still do my job – direct but yes, a valid question! Well the answer is yes and in fact in some ways I can do an even better job now since I have first-hand experience of the importance of good design for people with a visual impairment. Compromised sight is quite simply something many of us in our more mature years will have to live with and good design can make an enormous difference to how people with impaired vision, go about their day to day lives.

Having worked in healthcare design I was aware of the importance of good lighting and colour contrast but my own experiences of course really hammered it home to me. Determined to combine my personal understanding of sight loss with my profession I linked up with charity, Thomas Pocklington Trust, a charity commited to increasing the awareness and understanding of the needs to people with sight loss, to promote best practice in design to others be they interior designers or owners of a care home.

I am thrilled to say that the guide was launched in London on 29th October in conjunction with the Society of British and International Design. You can download it here from the Thomas Pocklington website. http://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk/researchandknowledge/publications/interiordesignguide.htm

I have also written a series of blogs to accompany the guide which you can read here http://www.homesmiths.co.uk/blog/

I also offer my services as a consultant in sight loss friendly design. For details please contact me at jacqui@homesmiths.co.uk



St Peter & St James Hospice has won the second prize of £2000 in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund. Everyone at the Hospice would like to thank all those who took the time to vote.

The Hospice had been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014, in Mid Sussex, and encouraged the public to vote as there was a chance of being awarded a grant of up to £3,000, from Lloyds Bank, enabling it to continue carrying out good work in the community. During the public vote, nearly 1.5 million votes were cast across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

There were four good causes shortlisted in each community and Lloyds Bank invited everyone to vote for the causes they would most like to support. The local good cause that received most votes in each community received an award of £3,000, with the other groups receiving £2,000, £1,000 or £500, depending on the number of votes received.

Carolyn Robinson, Donor Relationship Manager at St Peter & St James Hospice, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant. The Lloyds Bank Community Fund will enable us to make a difference to the lives of hundreds of people in our community, so thank you to everyone who voted for St Peter & St James to benefit from the Community Fund award.”

If you work for, or manage, a business and would like to be involved in supporting the work of the Hospice through fundraising, please email carolyn.robinson@stpeter-stjames.org.uk


St Peter & St James is delighted to announce that the Hospice has reached its pledged target to complete the first phase of the Big Give Christmas Challenge. The Hospice is grateful to its new Charity Champion ‘Candis’, the magazine of Candis Club, which has agreed to match this pledged amount. The Hospice would like to pass on its appreciation to everyone who pledged so far, making this possible. Donations to St Peter & St James Hospice could be doubled in the next phase of the Big Give Christmas Challenge, so everyone is encouraged to donate from 4-6 December.

St Peter & St James Hospice is pleased to announce that it has reached the target of £12,500 in pledges during the first phase of the Big Give Christmas Challenge. With thanks to pledge supporters, the Hospice has unlocked the next phase of the challenge. This next phase is where more support is needed to reach the overall target of £50,000 which would go towards community care.

From 4-6 December, the Hospice is looking for supporters to donate online at www.biggive.org.uk where the donations will be matched by the Charity Champion, ‘Candis’ and its existing pledged money. At 10am on each day the website will go live, and donations will be matched by a combination of our pledgers and ‘Candis’ over a phased period each day. Once the allocated funds have been used up, donations can no longer be matched. It is a race against the clock! The sooner a donation is made, the higher the chance of it being matched.

Sue Adams, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at St Peter & St James Hospice, said, “We are so grateful to our supporters for helping us through to the next phase. It is great news that ‘Candis’ is our Charity Champion and we’d love everyone to donate from 4-6 December where there is the opportunity of having the donation doubled.

“Money raised through the Big Give Challenge will be used to give people the care they need at the end of their life. The Big Give Christmas Challenge provides the Hospice with the means to support people, fulfilling their wish for end of life care at home. It also helps people to die without pain and with dignity in the place that they have chosen, as well as offering support to families and carers, both practically and emotionally.”

Debbie Attewell, Editor at ‘Candis’ magazine, said, “We are delighted to be supporting St Peter & St James Hospice this year in the Candis Big Give. Helping to fund specialist nursing care is a project our readers fully support – after all, it’s their subscriptions to ‘Candis’ that have enabled us to donate over £54 million to health charities to date. We hope your supporters really get behind this initiative and that it is hugely successful for the Hospice.”

If you would like to help, please visit www.biggive.org.uk at 10am on 4, 5 or 6 December to make a donation. For more information, please contact Sue Adams at sue.adams@stpeter-stjames.org.uk

Thursday 4th December 2014 – Welcome Meeting / Christmas Party  18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Savannah Café Bar, The Broadway, Haywards Heath.

Cost: £15 for HHDBA members / £20 Non members

Click HERE to book. This is a ticket only event.

NEW MEMBERSWelcome to our new members

We have 10 new members this month. let’s welcome them:

Maria Humphrey – Massage Therapist

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Glyn Williams – Aspray Brighton

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Neil Storey – Sterling Plumbers

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Trevor Butler – TB-PR

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Sonny Cutting – Sussex Pages Limited

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Gary Dawson Woodruff – Building Heroes

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Karen McMinn – Chiropractic Life Haywards Heath

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Andrew Algar – Henry Adams Commercial

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Adam Bain  – Pennington Consulting

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Lydia Bull – Travel Councellors

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Follow the links to see the informative cartoons on our new website!! Introducing MOA ESTATE PLANNING LTD. We also have the latest information, in a nutshell, as to how pension changes could affect you in 2015, and an article as to how to reduce your inheritance tax bill.

And here is Mike Oliver wearing his new Christmas jumper which he won at auction at the Lions Christmas Quiz at the United Services Club on the 28th November!


Do you sometimes have some spare time during the day to work with a fellow HHDBA member doing some interesting ad hoc work?

Do you have an eye for detail and are interested in property and people?

Then maybe you might be interested in working with us. After 11 years of trading we want to recruit a few special people to help us expand (just a little) whilst retaining the excellent professional service we provide to our clients. Therefore the HHDBA seemed just the perfect place to find similar motivated people with a little time on their hands to help us do that.

So if you are interested in finding out more – just email us on enquiries@sunnywood.plus.com and let us know (Please put “AD HOC WORK” in the subject title) and we will reply giving you some more details and we can take it from there.

P.S. We are also looking for some really good audio typists for day/evening/weekend work but as all our typing work is done via the internet they don’t have to be local – just to be a good audio typist, have a fast internet connection and be computer savvy.


In every job there’s a balance between the technology used and the personal competencies of the jobholder.

Management consultant John Berry’s recent article shows how the balance between technology and personal competency can be explored using activity modelling. Activity modelling is one of several modelling techniques that allow business outcomes to be forecast. The article is one of a regular series published in Tomorrow’s Care. You can read John’s article at http://www.timelesstime.co.uk/articles/balancing-people-and-technology/.


Do you have financial skills? Do you want to make a difference to your local community?

Two community groups in Haywards Heath are currently looking for treasurers to prepare their accounts, ensure that appropriate processes for making payments and financial commitments are set up and adhered to and attend management meetings. The two groups are the Bentswood Community Partnership and the Yews Community Base. If you think you could help out please contact Sue Eddgson at the Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath Volunteer Centre on 01444 870711 or email: development@msscvs.org.uk for more information.


Last year we held our first ever Christmas Party at the Clinic, and it was so much fun that we have decided to invite all pet lovers to join us again this year. You can see photos from last year’s event on our website at www.themewesvets.co.uk/page_3029897

It will be at 11am on Saturday 13th December, at the Mewes Vets on Haywards Road. It is a family friendly event, and dogs are welcome too!

We will be serving warm mulled wine (with alcohol free options), and delicious mince pies. There will be a Fancy Dress Competition, with classes for best Christmas Dog, Best Child & Dog and Best Family outfits, so get those sewing kits out now!

We will also be announcing the 12 winners for our Roger’s Wildlife calendar competition. Last autumn we invited you to enter our free competition by emailing us your favourite pictures of your pets.

Our judges have burned the midnight oil sifting through the many wonderful entries, and have finally made their decision. On the 13th December we will announce which pet has won £100 of pet food and become the Supermodel of Mid Sussex, and which 11 runners up will also feature in our 2015 calendar.

The calendars will be available for sale, priced at £8 with all proceeds going to local rescue organisation Roger’s Wildlife Rescue. We regularly have beautiful members of the local wildlife brought in by caring animal lovers, and Roger and his wife are often popping over from their centre in Woodingdean to rehabilitate and care for them.

I would like to thank our kind judges Roger Musselle, founder of Roger’s Wildlife Rescue, Mark Dunford, Head of News for Sussex Newspapers North, and animal photographer, Pauline Fowler, for giving us their time, and all the wonderful animal lovers who have joined in. I hope that you will pop into the Mewes Veterinary Clinic on December 13th to find out who has won!



The Agents’ Summary of Business Conditions has been published on the Bank’s external website. If you would like to access this report please do so by clicking HERE.

The November Inflation Report is also available HERE.