Village People: Neil Tomlinson


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)

Bolnore Cub Scouts - box kart race coming up

Bolnore Scouts in their box kart

Bolnore Scouts in their box kart

Bolnore Cub Pack will host a new event in the box kart circuit on Saturday 28th April. The West Sussex Masters (open) is a box kart race open to cub packs in the area. 

The race is limited to the first 16 Packs that apply, and the race will take place on a figure-of-eight track. 

The venue is Warden Park Academy in Cuckfield, and the event is sponsored by The Haywards Heath Lions and Dragon Events Services.

To enter please contact Loz Blay at boxkart@ or download an entry form from the group's website.

What is a box cart?

A typical soap-box cart is made of a wooden chassis and has four wheels, arranged as a fixed rear axle and a steerable front beam axle – usually with a very simple single central pivot. A seat is arranged at the back, and perhaps the seat area is enclosed, as in the original soap-box design. More sophisticated designs might employ a fully enclosed wooden body. The types of wheels employed vary according to what can be obtained easily – wheels from pushchairs, prams and discarded bicycles being common. Ready-made wheels are also available from hardware suppliers. Steering is typically actuated using a rope connected to the ends of the steerable beam.

What's On in Cuckfield, Bolnore and surrounding areas...

What's On at The Queens Hall


Cuckfield Preschool Jumble Sale – 10.30am to 12noon. A chance to grab fantastic bargains while raising funds for the Preschool. Also, an opportunity to declutter for the autumn, should you feel able to donate your jumble. Jumble accepted at the venue from 8.30-10am on the day. Any queries, please contact or 01444 450438


‘The Magic of Pantomime’ by Ian Gledhill, Historian – 2.30pm. Ian’s enthusing talk reflects on the history of this enduring and peculiarly British institution with anecdotes from years of appearing in and producing Pantomimes. To book, ring Mike Nicholson, 01444 457448 or email <events>

Dracula or A Pain in the Neck! Comedy by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company – Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm

What's On Elsewhere


Disco Night – 7.30pm The Woodside, Bolnore Village (tickets £8,

Cuckfield Evening WI – 7.30pm Cuckfield Baptist Church, Polestub Lane AGM

Bolnore Village Community Partnership AGM – 8.15pm The Woodside, Bolnore Village

The Arts Society Mid Sussex – 10.15am Clair Hall. Hans Christian Anderson. Lecture by Karin Fernando. Non-members welcome: £7 on the door

Cuckfield Mayor’s Election – 8pm Rose and Crown, Cuckfield

Cuckfield Mayor’s Procession – 2.30pm For details of route and timetable see story on Page 10

Quiz night in Bolnore – 7.30pm The Woodside, Bolnore Village. £2 per person, teams of up to six. To reserve a table email: <events>

Royal British Legion Women’s Section – 2.30pm Old School, Cuckfield AGM

Ansty Village Hall Trust coffee morning – l0.30am-12.30pm Village Hall, Deaks Lane, Ansty. Tombola and Sales Table for that early Christmas present

Family Halloween Disco – 7.30pm The Woodside, Bolnore Village. £3 per child, includes party bag. For tickets email: <events>


Lunchtime concert – 1pm Holy Trinity Church. Eloise Irving soprano. Tea/coffee from 12.30pm

4th November 2017
Cuckfield Bonfire & Fireworks – Cuckfield Park. Gates 5.30pm, Bonfire Lit 6.45pm, Fireworks to music 7.30pm

The Arts Society Mid Sussex – 10.15am Clair Hall, Haywards Heath. How we got IKEA! Scandinavian design 1880-1960. Lecture by Dr Anne Anderson. Non-members welcome: £7 on the door