If you want to experience Haywards Heath without having to leave your car
then there are plenty of things to see that require little
or no effort.
Haywards Heath has a Magistrates'
court which is the administrative centre for all speeding
offences and petty crime in Mid Sussex. Not many people have
been murdered here. The court shares its site with the police
who have several Volvo police cars and an off-road 4wd, presumably
for the school run. They also have a dog unit housed in a
highly reflective van. The local liaison point between the
police and the general public is at our ever friendly Budgens
metro. The professionalism of our local force is beyond question.
Beech Hurst Gardens
is located on the A272 on the border of Haywards Heath and probably
Cuckfield. It's in Haywards Heath. Beech Hurst is currently
owned by the council but don't let that put you off. Beech Hurst
has a model railway (inc. a tunnel) that is the envy of Burgess
Hill. It has a 9 hole pitch n put golf course and an all weather
bowls facility, out doors. Beech Hurst used to play host to
an example of the Brewsters chain of family restaurants. Sadly,
Brewster bear has left town and has been replace with a Brewers
Fayre chain of family resturants. Read about it in our 'cuisine'
Don't worry about crime while visiting the
gardens as the local Police Station is just next doo to teh
The one way system under green light conditions
The one way system (pictured right
in full flow) is the focal point of the town since the majority
of the population has spent several hours on it. Since the
introduction of traffic lights, it has become one of the main
meeting places in town where you can go for a chat at any
time of day. There are about 20 lights in a 30 metre square
area. It looks great at Xmas. But only in the dark. Road rage
is practically non existent between the hours of nine and
five. The lights are considered a triumph by most people in
Haywards Heath. (who don't have cars)
Muster Green is
the first Green belt area before the main shopping arena.
Around £20,000 is spent each year on flowers and things
for the green. The Green is predominantly green, apart from
the flowers. On the Green is our War monument. This was erected
when most of the town was still fields. The council goes to
great lengths to mow stripes into the green.
The church, situated
on Church Road, has bells that ring on the hour, every hour.
It has been the location for many happy marriages and funerals.
The divorce rate is aprox. 1:3. They do carols at Christmas.
I'm not sure what religion it is - sorry. They also collect
tinned peaches for the Harvest festival, probably.
victoria park - simply glorious
Park is located in the heart of Haywards Heath. It boasts
three tennis courts, a football pitch, a children's play area
and an adventure playground. All paths have been lovingly
concreted apart from the children's area which has rubber
chip matting. In the summer the children's paddling
pool is filled with warm water but in the winter it is filled
with dirt. Victoria Park has over-come its dog dirt problem
by pioneering the use of special bins. Dogs are not allowed
in the children's play area.
Victoria park is also a popular meeting point for people too young
to go into pubs. Rather than play on the swings, they drink vodka,
smoke conventional and/or exotic cigarettes, puke and probably use
foul words like ***t.
southdowns park flat complex - haunted?
of the oldest buildings in Haywards Heath that hasn't been
knocked down and converted into a video shop is the Victorian
mental complex, The St. Francis Hospital. There are no crazed
nutters there now though as the whole complex has been converted
into yuppy-style condominiums for people with BMWs. They include
ALLOCATED parking (yes you in your Corsa, 4 weeks your car
was in my bloody sapce), electric windows and a fitness centre.
Most come with running water and combination floor/ceilings.
Heath boasts a multi platform station. Its facilities include
two snack bars and two heated waiting rooms and it's the envy
of Burgess Hill. The station is by far the quickest way out
of Haywards Heath and provides easy access to the cosmopolitan
town of Brighton and our nation's capital. Which is London.
The station also features 3 levels of pre-recorded apology
in the unlikely event a service is delayed.