HHRFC keeping all ages rugby fit this summer

Ross Chisholm and Jim Taylor make sure pre-season sessions are fun for everyone

Ross Chisholm and Jim Taylor make sure pre-season sessions are fun for everyone

With summer upon us, Haywards Heath Rugby Club is keen to help maintain the health and fitness of all generations of rugby players.

The senior squad returned to pre-season training earlier this month and is training every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm to 9pm. The Clubhouse bar is going to be open every Thursday evening from 25 July 2019 and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the summer sunshine on the decking and watch Ross Chisholm and Jim Taylor put the squad through their paces with their short, sharp and fun methods to raise fitness levels before the new season kicks off in September.

For all juniors, there are two rugby camps at Whitemans Green this summer – a Quins Junior Camp from 5-7 August and the return of the popular NZ Experience Kiwi Camp from 19-23 August 2019. Sign up is open to members and non-members alike from ages 6 to 16 - visit www.hhrfc.co.uk for more information and to reserve your place. In addition, the older juniors at Heath have returned to their own pre-season training regime with the Under 15s and 16s training every Thursday from 7.30pm - keeping the boys active and united over the summer months. New members of all ages and abilities are welcome at any time - email rugby@hhrfc.co.uk for more information.

Heath has also been busy off the pitch and with planning permission confirmed for the new HHRFC Clubhouse, all efforts are focused on raising the funds to make it happen to benefit all children and adults in the Mid Sussex area. On Saturday 31 August 2019 there is a Festival of Rugby at Whitemans Green when the Heath U16s are playing a 4-way tournament from 11.30am against Horsham RFC and two touring sides from Leicestershire, the Heath Colts then taking on Farnham Colts at 12noon before Heath 1st XV and RAMS test themselves against Farnham RFC, last year’s runners-up in LSW2 at 3pm. The Clubhouse Bar will be open all day, with a BBQ and other refreshments – everyone is invited to come along and join a fun day before the season starts in earnest. More information always available on www.hhrfc.co.uk

Village People: Neil Tomlinson

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By Jacqueline Elmore

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we begin to question our place in the world, our role on the planet and sometimes even our ethical approach to how we choose to spend our time. The catalyst for deeper introspection often occurs after a big life event; the death of a loved one, the birth of a child, or simply the realisation that life itself is short and that whilst we are here it is important to live it wisely and to live it well.

For Neil Tomlinson, self-confessed environmental activist and owner of water brand Aquapax, that moment came when his father passed away and he asked himself ‘what is it that I am truly doing with my life? How do I want to make a difference?’. It was at this juncture in Neil’s life that his view of the world changed and he began a new journey away from the corporate tide.

At the height of Neil’s ‘corporate career he hadn’t planned’ he was Head of Group Marketing and New Country Development with a European financial institution. Most Monday mornings he would fly out on the red eye from Heathrow to Madrid, Brussels or Amsterdam and be on the return flight home on Friday evening, long after most people had shut down for the weekend.

(See the July 2019 issue of Cuckfield Life for the full story)

Cuckfield Music Festival hits the high notes

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By Hannah Carter and David Mortimer

All good things come to an end, but what a fantastic week we had with the first ever Cuckfield Music Festival!

In just over a week we ran ten concerts and celebrated performances from international musicians (who were mostly Sussex based!).

From a lively opening concert featuring the Horsham Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Reza to the closing event with the exquisite singing of the Magnificat Choir from Hungary and our very own Cuckoo Choir, this was a Festival for everyone.

Jazz lovers had two wonderful evenings of music. The popular seven-piece show band, the Speak Easy Revival Orchestra, kept the audience on the edge of their seats with their fun antics (including balloon modelling and drainpipe playing accompanied by some amazing jazz melodies), whilst the Mark Edwards Trio set the scene for a more chilled evening of standard classics delivered with superb musicianship.

Holy Trinity Church was an excellent venue for several concerts, possessing not only superb acoustics but also a brilliant grand piano. With her virtuoso performance Caroline Tyler made the fullest use of its range in her lunchtime recital, whilst Dominic Ferris had a packed audience on its feet with his spellbinding show of pop classics, film music and classical favourites. Local guest stars Jane Haughton and Michael Maine also came on to join Dominic in some entertaining vocal comedy.

Other highlights included The Rising Stars! concert featuring ten immensely talented young musicians from local schools, the popular vocal group No Strings Attached and a fascinating talk on music in painting by saxophonist Dr Matt Wates. And then there was the evening of Greek folk music from Plastikes Karekles (sadly, rain prevented this from being outdoors – but the audience still enjoyed their picnics and bubbly in the Church). The scenes of half the audience enthusiastically dancing round the nave somehow summed up the cheerful atmosphere of the whole Festival.