Sussex Gardens Open 2018

Sussex Gardens Open in Barcombe and North Chailey – April, June and July 2018

Explore the fascinating grounds at Banks Farm off Boast Lane in Barcombe on Sunday 8th April. These intriguing private grounds span nine acres and are home to extensive lawns, enchanting woodland, and orchards all set around the lake, teeming with wildlife.

Stunning gardens and a rich tapestry of flowers and herbaceous borders at Holford ManorNorth Chailey are open for two days on Sunday 3rd June* and Sunday 8th July. Here you’ll also find rare sheep grazing in the meadow, resident geese, and in the distance, you might just see the bees working to make honey which will be available to buy.

*On Sunday 3rd June, don’t miss the special Bird of Prey ‘Owl Display’ at Holford Manor from Owls Out and About.

Both Sussex gardens are local treasures that you won’t want to miss and are perfect days out for family and friends. Fresh tea and coffee with homemade delicious cakes will be on sale at both Open Gardens. All profits donated to The Bevern Trust.


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Banks Farm, Barcombe


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Holford Manor, North Chailey

Banks Farm

Boast Lane, Barcombe BN8 5DY

Date: Sunday 8th April

Open: 11am – 4pm

Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult

Access: At least half of grounds accessible by wheelchair

Note: No dogs, delicious home-made cake and fresh tea on sale

Holford Manor

North Chailey, BN8 4DU

Date: Sunday 3rd June and Sunday 8th July

Open: 11am – 4pm

Entry: £5pp, Children free with accompanying adult

Access: Stone and grass paths suitable for wheelchairs

Note: No dogs, home-made cake and fresh tea on sale

Spring Newsletter 2017

Spring Newsletter 2017 from The Bevern Trust

"In this edition of our Spring Newsletter 2017 from The Bevern Trust, we feature the importance of diet and nutrition for people with profound disabilities, we highlight two beautiful open gardens this Spring and offer many ways of getting involved and supporting us this year."

Thank you to everyone for giving their time by volunteering, donating and helping to tell our story.

Click to read our latest: Newsletter 2017

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Spring Newsletter 2017


The Bevern Trust, a Sussex Disability Charity must raise at least £10,000 each month. To donate click here.

Lewes Lions Club It’s a Knockout 2017

Lewes and local Lions Clubs ‘It’s a Knockout’ March 2017

Thank you to Lewes Lions for hosting us at their 2017 ‘It’s a Knockout’ event at Longhill High School in Rottingdean this month. Your support is very much appreciated in making events like this fully accessible for people with profound disabilities.

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Bevern Residents @ Lewes Lions ‘It’s a Knockout’, March 2017

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James and Sandra from The Bevern Trust at ‘It’s a Knockout’ with Lions Club.

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Party time at ‘It’s a Knockout’ with Lewes Lions.


Thank you to all the Lions involved in the organisation of this wonderful event and for your ongoing support. Our residents had a fantastic time and we look forward to joining you again next year. Thank you Lions!

Charity Golf Day at The Dyke, Brighton

Charity Golf Day at The Dyke Golf Club, Brighton

Fresh bacon rolls and coffee, 18 holes of fabulous golf from 10am, followed by a hearty dinner and great charity raffle in the beautiful surroundings of The Dyke Golf Course, Brighton. What a great way to support Sussex Disability Charity, The Bevern Trust!

[gdlr_quote align=”center” ]Don’t miss out, book your place today for just £49pp – Click Here[/gdlr_quote]

Venue: Dyke Golf Club, Devil’s Dyke, Devil’s Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 8YJ

Date: Friday 2nd June, 2017

Arrival Time: 9am

Bacon Rolls & Coffee, 18 Holes of Golf (10am) and 1 Course Dinner* included.

*We will be sending out meal choice forms by email in May.

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Charity Golf Day, The Dyke, Brighton.

Supporting our events like the Golf Day can allow us to give people at Bevern View with profound disabilities the life experiences and everyday joys like music and art, or a visit to see a film at the cinema, which many of us might take for granted. Your support will help us to continue to keep everyone’s individual choices and interests at the heart of their activities at our care home, Bevern View in Barcombe, East Sussex.

The Dyke golf course was created in 1906 and is perched at 650 feet, high on the Sussex Downs, now part of the South Downs National Park. Overlooking Brighton, there are spectacular views out across the English Channel towards the Isle of Wight, with the rolling hills of the South Downs stretching for many miles.

Terms & Conditions:

Your place at the Bevern Trust Charity Golf Day will be confirmed by paying the non-refundable ticket fee of £49.00. If you wish to transfer your place to someone else, you must email the details of the person taking your place before Friday 19th May to At least £10 of the ticket price will be donated to The Bevern Trust. The Bevern Trust is not held responsible for the catering or venue access. Competent golfers are welcome and must abide by local club rules, dress code and golfing etiquette. See more details here  or call the club directly on 01273 857296. The Dyke Golf Club allow players on the course at their discretion and their decision is final.

Charity Rugby Match raises £300

Charity Rugby Match raises £300 for The Bevern Trust

Thanks to Jimmy Thomson who organised a Charity Rugby Match on Boxing day raising £300 for The Bevern Trust. Thanks also to Brighton Rugby Club who allowed them use of their facilities on Boxing Day, free of charge.

As a Sussex Disability Charity, we need to raise more than £10,000 each month, so events like this are a good boost to our fundraising efforts. The funds you raise will help us to give more freedom and opportunity to people with profound disabilities in Sussex.

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Rugby Club Charity Match, Boxing Day 2016

If you’re organising any events this year, sporting, social, or in the office and you like to raise funds for The Bevern Trust, please call Fundraising on 01273 021241 or email for more details. We can provide you with all the materials you need to make it a success and help you raise as much money as possible for people with profound disabilities.

Disabled Access Day at Duke of York’s, Brighton

Disabled Access Day at Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton & FREE Popcorn!

The UKs longest running cinema The Duke of York’s Picturehouse at Preston Circus, Brighton have teamed up with Sussex disability charity The Bevern Trust to celebrate the national Disabled Access Day initiative and encourage more people with disabilities to visit the cinema on Friday 10thMarch at 3pm.

*The Duke of York’s are offering one free bag of small popcorn to every ticketholder for Disney’s Moana on Friday 10thMarch at 3pm, as part of the Cinema’s Disabled Access Day initiative.

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Disabled Access Day at Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton


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For many people who use a wheelchair or have sensory needs, going to the cinema can be difficult for them and their carers. But with adjusted lighting, appropriate volume for those with sensory needs, and crucially no stairs to navigate wheelchairs on the ground floor, The Duke of York’s reach out to people who may have a physical or mental disability by regularly screening non-exclusive ‘All-Welcome’ films.

Manager, Felicity Beckett and staff at The Duke of York’s are delighted to be promoting the ‘All Welcome’ Disabled Access Day initiative on the 10th March, encouraging cinema for all, regardless of ability.

Felicity Beckett said “The Duke of York’s is an integral part of the Brighton community and as such, endeavours to cater for as many aspects as possible of the community’s needs. We are delighted to be part of this initiative and would encourage everyone to join in.”

Fundraising and Development Manager at The Bevern Trust, Matthew Cornish said, “It is great working with The Duke of York’s who are dedicated to helping overcome social barriers and banish stereotypes around disability and we’re so grateful to Felicity and her team. The Bevern Trust care for people with profound disabilities who need care 24 hours a day, but our residents still love a visit to the cinema just like anyone else. We’re encouraging everyone in the community as well as other local disability charities to join us at the Duke of York’s on the 10thMarch to celebrate Disabled Access Day to see Disney’s Moana with free popcorn!

For more information, to donate or volunteer, call 01273 400752. For Duke of York’s Picturehouse cinema listings visit

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Duke of York’s Cinema Brighton team up with The Bevern Trust

Duke of York’s Cinema in Brighton are one of the businesses that we have been speaking to recently about helping us to raise awareness and and promote inclusivity for disabled people. We are delighted that the cinema will be hosting a non-exclusive screening of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory on Friday 23rd September in association with The Bevern Trust. Each month we will be working together to promote inclusivity screenings especially chosen for profoundly disabled people and their carers.

[gdlr_notification icon=”icon-flag” type=”color-background” background=”#CEE3F6″ color=”#08088A”]BOOK TICKETS HERE[/gdlr_notification] [gdlr_video url=”” ] [gdlr_frame type=”border” align=”left” caption=”This screening is an ‘all welcome’, non-exclusive screening with special consideration made towards lighting and noise – especially for people with complex sensory needs. We are looking to promote a ‘all-welcome screening’. Allowing people with profound disabilities the freedom and opportunity to visit the cinema is something we feel passionately about. We are very grateful to The Duke of York’s Cinema for helping to promote inclusivity through access to the cinema. The residents of Bevern View have complex needs but love going to the cinema although it is not always possible for them to attend evening performances.”][gdlr_image_link type=”image” image_url=”” link_url=”” alt=””][/gdlr_frame] [gdlr_quote align=”center” ]The Duke of York’s Picture House is an art house cinema in BrightonEngland, which lays claim to being the oldest cinema in continuous use in Britain. According to cinema historian Allen Eyles, the cinema “deserves to be named Britain’s oldest cinema”. In 2012 it was voted best Cinema in the UK.[/gdlr_quote]

The Duke of York’s cinema was built by actress-manager Violet Melnotte-Wyatt. It opened on 22 September 1910 and was one of Brighton’s first picture palaces and also one of the first cinemas in the world. It was built on the site of the Amber Ale Brewery, the walls of which still form the rear part of the auditorium. The building remains largely unaltered, it even retains one of its boxes in the balcony area.

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Duke of York’s Cinema Brighton

The Bevern Trust care for profoundly disabled people at Bevern View, a purpose built home in Barcombe just outside Lewes. We need to raise over £10,000 each month to continue to offer the freedom and opportunity that allows people with complex needs to live their life in abundance. Click here to donate or call 01273 021241 for information on volunteering or supporting us through your place of work.

Puppet Show Performance Joy

Puppet Show Performance Joy

Trinity Puppet Show visited The Bevern Trust and managed to delight the residents of Bevern View. As part of a varied and personalised activity plan, we work hard to provide many different ways of communicating with everyone that lives at Bevern View – a home for people with profound disabilities. The Puppet Show Performance – did just that, whilst entertaining and engaging  everyone at our home.


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Puppets visit The Bevern Trust – with Graham and Paul


Puppet Show Performance are an aspect of our history and everyday lives.

From marionettes to the Muppets we see them on television, on videos or in live performances. In their different forms they appeal to both old and young alike, represent different customs and traditions and are valuable educational tools.

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Puppet Show at The Bevern Trust

Puppet Show Performance can break down barriers and provide an effective means to initiate communication – especially for people with profound learning disabilities.

Puppets can help to develop motor skills, and can meet the visual, tactile and emotional needs of everybody – regardless of ability.

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Puppet Show makes Chloe laugh

The wonderful thing about Puppets, is that they can share joy or sadness; they can be naughty or good, cheeky or shy in a universal language that everyone can be a part of.

Activities are an important part of what we do at The Bevern Trust, and to support these initiatives, we really need regular volunteers who can come and help us deliver a wide range of activities that educate, relax and stimulate people with complex needs.

No matter how much or how little time you have, the time you give will directly help improve the lives of the people we care for.

email or call 01273 021241 to see how easy it is to get involved and volunteer.

Pub Quiz Lewes – Thank you

Pub Quiz Lewes – Thank you

Thank you to all at Lewes Chamber of Commerce, Harvey’s Brewery, HRS Creative and Clark’s Jewellers of Lewes.

With over 27 participants, Harvey’s ‘Unwin Arms’ in Lewes hosted a fantastic pub quiz for The Bevern Trust and helped raise £135 plus a further £80 from the raffle.

Thank you to all who came, bought raffle tickets and supported us raising more than £200. It was a really fun night with some intriguing topical questions that got  heads scratching.

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Harvey’s and Lewes Chamber of Commerce

Having been such a success, we look forward to holding another quiz night again soon. Watch this space for details.



Knockout Lewes Lions

Knockout Lewes Lions

Lewes Lions hosted It’s a Knockout on Sunday at Longhill High School Rottingdean. The fully inclusive event meant that everyone, regardless of ability was able to participate, compete and get involved with It’s a Knockout. The competition was tough and Bevern Trust really went for it, coming… third over all! From fast-paced relay action, to balancing skills and slalom races, there really was something for everyone and plenty of cheering from the sidelines meant a great atmosphere all round.

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James and Sandra It’s a Knockout Lewes Lions*

*Photo courtesy of Peter Schueler

All competitors were presented with a commemorative medal and certificate from Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Lynda Hydeand.

Our highlight was Jen from Bevern View winning vouchers for ‘Best Dancer’ at the disco, but everyone was delighted with their medals and certificate for taking part in the day.

For people with profound disabilities, it is vital that events like these take place. Not only is it great fun but community inclusion is something that we feel passionately about at The Bevern Trust.

Lewes Lions Club UK are a fantastic community group and great supporters of The Bevern Trust.

If you would like to find out more about The Bevern Trust, donate and help us participate in more community events like It’s a Knockout, then you can make a gift, contact us by email or call 01273 400752 to chat about volunteer positions.

Thank you to Lewes Lions and everyone involved for giving the people we care for the opportunity to get involved.

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