Bolnore Village's Royal Street Party - 19th May 2018

 Duke and Duchess of Sussex Royal Wedding Street Party

By Jim Hoodless

On Saturday 19th May the sun was shining and the streets of London were lined with supporters of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Further afield, residents of Bolnore made their way to The Woodside for a classic British Street Party.

As soon as the wedding was announced, plans were being made by the Bolnore Village Events Team to bring everyone together and raise money for charity. 

WellChild, the National Charity for Sick Children makes a big difference in people’s lives and, with Prince Harry as a supporter, seemed the perfect choice.

Guests started arriving from 2pm to be greeted by the happy couple, or at least life-sized cardboard cutouts. Welcomed with afternoon tea including an array of sandwiches, cupcakes and scones with jam and cream, adults and children alike were treated to a taste of British tradition. Music and games were provided by Jojo’s disco keeping the kids entertained while some of the grown-ups relaxed with a cold beer or prosecco for the main event. To add to the atmosphere, Tiaras and Top Hats were the theme of the day and there were some great, and some comedy, efforts on show.

It was a really fun day and night that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of local businesses including W J Armstrong Ltd, The Bay Tree, Collingwood Batchelor and many more. They, as well as residents, put in time and effort and donated raffle prizes, some of which are still to be claimed. Not least Yellow 317 who have a box of Moet waiting for them on Friday or Saturday night.

More than £700 has been raised for WellChild so far. You can still boost that total. Just visit and, when asked why you’re donating, please put something like ‘donating on behalf of the Bolnore Village Royal Wedding Street Party - celebrating Harry and Megan’s nuptials as well as raising funds for a very worthy cause.’

Thank you to everyone who supported the event, took part, made the most of a wonderful day and raised awareness for Wellchild. We’ll find an excuse to do it again soon.

If you want to find out what else is happening at the Woodside, follow us on Facebook. If you’re interested in getting involved in the events run by the Bolnore Village Events team, please email Alison Armstrong on

Sally Nakajima - Village People feature

Sally Nakajima’s ambition in life is to always capture the moment. This stemmed from losing her father to cancer at an early age and having little to remember him by.

Her career spans across the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong – where her second daughter was born. Now based in Cuckfield, she spends most of her time photographing newborn babies in beautiful and imaginative ways.

By Joe Wayte

Sally was born in Dartford and grew up in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire where some of her family still lives. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Fine Art. Together with her husband and two daughters, Sally fell in love with the village and moved here four years ago.

“I’ve always loved the UK – I’m a home girl,” Sally explained, “and while living in Hong Kong we would visit the UK, staying with friends who lived in Balcombe. I told my husband that I didn’t care what the house was like, but we had to live in Cuckfield – I didn’t actually see the house till we moved in, fortunately I loved it.”

[read the full story on page 10 of June 2018's issue of Cuckfield Life magazine]

Echo Baby Photography

Cuckfield Life appoints new Assistant Editor

 Jacqueline Elmore, assistant editor, Cuckfield Life

Jacqueline Elmore, assistant editor, Cuckfield Life

By David Tingley

Following a varied career in journalism, from television to local newspapers and from charities to national magazines, Jacqueline Elmore has returned to her roots both creatively and physically and I am excited to announce that she has become the new Assistant Editor at Cuckfield Life.

Jacqueline grew up locally and has lived in Cuckfield since 2013. “I spent some time away in New York, West London and Berkshire but always knew that I would one day return to this area. I even managed to drag my boyfriend (now husband) with me towards his in-laws!”, said Jacqueline. 

“We adore living in Cuckfield. My husband, a sceptic at first, often comments on how much he enjoys being part of the community and living in such a beautiful village. The fact that everything from local pubs to boutique fashion outlets sit right on our doorstep is an added bonus.”

Jacqueline is now fully integrated into Cuckfield Life and is already setting up interviews for next month’s edition. She would love to hear from any local residents, groups or societies who would like to share their stories for our Village People feature or perhaps want to reach out and get their message heard by the community.

Jacqueline’s role supports all aspects of editorial content, so do drop her, or me, an email to editor@ when you have a suggestion or news item or event to mention. Our strapline is ‘local village talk by the village’ and, as such, we love to hear from our readers.

Please join me in welcoming Jacqueline to our special magazine.