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DECEMBER 2020 EDITION The December 2020 cover features Sue Graham at her home near Mannings Heath. Sue is surrounded by rocking horses, made by J. Collinson & Sons. Sue’s passion is in restoring rocking horses for future generations to enjoy. We have a black logo on the cover, I think for the first time. It was definitely yellow one time! Not a big deal, either way... In a month with fewer features due to Covid, other cover contenders were Maria Phillips of Wow Designs and Christ’s Hospital Eco Ranger Zara at the school’s allotment. DECEMBER 2020


NEWS ROUND-UP New heritage trails announced and details of Santa’s grottoes in Horsham over the festive period


We highlight some of the best fashion stores and designers, including La Vida and Apache


We meet young members of Horsham Youth Eco Forum hoping to make a positive difference




Local artists and businesses offer Christmas wreaths, scented candles and unique ceramics


Sue Graham restores vintage rocking horses, reviving memories of childhood


Experiences ranging from racing car days to beauty treatments can make for the perfect gift


Loxwood Burners supplies the best wood-burning stoves as new emissions targets are introduced

40 CHILDREN’S GIFTS Kicking off our festive feature, everything from Teddy bears to Fairtrade wooden toys

Metal pipe men and Himalayan Singing Bowls offer something different this Christmas

56 FOOD & DRINK Local produce from jams and chutneys to beers and gins make ideal stocking fillers!





AAH MAGAZINE AAH (All About Horsham) is an independent monthly magazine, owned by Ben Morris, a life-long resident of the Horsham District. It is distributed to doors and pick-up points around the District. Toby Phillips is an independent local photographer available for all commercial work. EDITOR: BEN MORRIS Email: Tel: (01903) 892899 Address: AAH Magazine, 2 Viney Close, Ashington, West Sussex, RH20 3PT ADVERTISING: BEN MORRIS Email: (01903) 892899 PHOTOGRAPHY: TOBY PHILLIPS Email: Mob: 07968 795625 Toby works for AAH on a freelance basis and is available for all kinds of photography, from portrait work to corporate shoots. WEBSITE We publish AAH online every month. You can read archive editions too and many of our past features. ADVERTISING IN AAH The magazine is delivered to approx. 13,000 homes in Horsham, Southwater and villages including Broadbridge Heath, Mannings Heath, Billingshurst and new estates at Highwood and Wickhurst Green.

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The Horsham Cellar offers tasting experiences to attract customers ©Toby Phillips/AAH 2019

Notes from the Editor

An Obligation to Buy Local? I feel a ping of guilt whenever an Amazon parcel is delivered to my door. It’s not the guilt of a criminal mind. Just a tweak of consciousness, reminding me that I haven’t contributed in a way I could have. It’s a bit like walking past a wheelie bin that’s blown over in the wind without picking it up. The feeling comes from knowing that whatever it is I’ve bought, I could probably have bought it locally. Instead, the package has come from who knows where? It has been delivered by a driver in such a hurry that their van is practically airborne over the village speed bumps. And it has been placed in a box with enough brown paper and air cushioned packaging to half fill my recycling bin. And if all that needed a cherry on top, there’s the knowledge that I’m supporting a business that for several months sneakily charged me for a Prime subscription I had no idea I’d signed up for. I was furious when they did that! Yet still, I order off Amazon, telling myself that I don’t do it that often it. In the same way that people on Facebook pretend they’re hardly ever on it and are definitely not the sort to post what restaurant they’ve been to or how far they’ve run today. I even get irritated by Amazon adverts. I heard an advert on the radio that seemed to imply that only losers would wait until shops re-open to buy their Christmas presents. And they’ve managed to stretch Black Friday out to an 11-day event. It niggled that at a time when small businesses and shops are

fighting to survive and can’t even trade because of lockdown, a corporation that clocked up sales of $75billion in the first three months of this year alone would attempt to further exploit the situation. This may be coming across like a speech delivered by an anti-corporate activist through a rolled up copy of The Big Issue. But ultimately, I’m one of many who would like to think of themselves as a supporter of local independent businesses, yet all too often resorts to online shopping for the convenience. Nearly all the Christmas gifts I have bought so far are from Amazon, and a rather uninspiring selection it is too. I’ve only realised what dull choices they are because of a feature in this edition of the magazine. We contacted an array of independent shops, stall holders and craftspeople from across the Horsham District, all offering something for Christmas, be it a hand-made tree decoration, a Teddy bear, or a metal pipe man on a motorbike. The idea was partly born out of desperation. Thanks to lockdown, we’ve not been able to do many of our usual features, so set about creating a list that had something for everyone. Kind of like a holiday mix tape from the 1980s, where everyone in the family picks their favourite song. You might not care much for mum’s China in Your Hand, but she’s not enormously impressed by your Pump up the Jam either. It’s the same here it won’t all be for you, but something will pique your interest.


We asked each owner to describe their business, suggest gift ideas and recommend another independent. Not only did they give us great gift suggestions, but the responses made me reflect on my views about online retailers. Whilst corporations like Amazon exploit opportunities, so too can independents. Online shopping isn’t going away and we all need to adapt to survive in business. Enterprising local businesses are already doing that and thriving. Piglet in Bed, a business that started in a barn in West Grinstead, is selling so much of its fabric in America that it now has a second base across the pond. Parkminster Candles is selling its luxurious products all over the world, thanks to global demand for English scents. Wakefield Jewellers, a feature of West Street for over a century, has invested in a new website that has led to a boom in online sales. For others, the key is to build a reputation as a “destination” outlet. The Horsham Cellar hosts tasting events to build its customer base, La Vida Boutique has one-to-one styling sessions with clients, Sussex Lighting offers a home design consultation service in addition to selling lights, while Steyning Bookstore works in partnership with authors to offer something unique. Shoppers shouldn’t necessarily feel obliged to “buy local”. However, I do hope that after reading the feature in this edition, you’ll feel more compelled to, as we do have fantastic businesses on our doorstep...








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highlighting interesting routes and historic features. The idea draws inspiration from the Millennium Heritage trail, which saw 32 plaques placed across the District. The 20 new trails include an iron trail through Knepp, the New Beginnings Trail that takes in a walk around the historic Coolham Airfield, a Southwater Heritage Trail and an exploration of Bramber in a Walk in the Adur Valley.

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with support from Horsham District Council, Treetop Design and the input of about 40 volunteers from Community Partnerships. The trails can be viewed online, where a resource guide can also be downloaded for anyone wanting to create their own heritage trail. heritagetrails

Essential site preparation work has begun at Horsham Enterprise Park in Wimblehurst Road, Horsham. It includes disposal of building waste, internal stripping of the central buildings, ground preparation, tree root protection and putting up perimeter hoardings. Commercial phases of the scheme will begin in spring 2021. It is hoped the Enterprise Park will include 25,000 square metres of employment space with up to 300 new homes. West Sussex County Council bought the former Novartis Pharmaceuticals site in 2016. The preparation work carried out by Axio (Special Works) Limited is due to take five months to complete.

A new bakery opened in Horsham’s Bishopric on Saturday 14 November. Gwyn’s Bakery has proved to be an immediate success, with long queues as residents show their support for the new business. The bakery is run by chef and baker Benjamin Lines, with a contemporary layout combining with traditional baking methods. One of its signature loaves is the Sussex Loaf, which fhas 50% heritage whole-wheat flour milled locally.

Horsham Football Club achieved the highest football attendance in the country on two occasions in October and November. Capacity has been limited to 600 by Covid restrictions and this figure was achieved for the 4-0 victory over Brightlingsea Regent and the 2-1 win over Corinthian Casuals. With elite football being played behind closed doors, many fans of teams in higher leagues have sampled the family-friendly atmosphere that the Camping World Community Stadium offers. Prior to live football being curtailed again in November, the Hornets were the 7th best supported team in England this season.

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Horsham Museum & Art Gallery has introduced new heritage trails, offering walks and the chance for people to explore local history. The project, initiated by the Horsham District Community Partnerships Forum in 2018, initially intended to use local heritage to promote tourism. However, with more of us enjoying walks because of Covid, the heritage trails also encourage local people to further explore the area by


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Bramber Castle is a popular spot, close to the Downs Link ©Toby Phillips/AAH 2014

Eighty people participated in the Together in Horsham webinar from their own homes. The online event, celebrated as an evening of hope and positivity, enabled the community to come together and hear school, church and community leaders talk about how vulnerable children and families that need support can be reached. Collaboration between the Horsham Schools Partnership, the West Horsham Schools Network, Horsham Churches Together and Fegans will result in additional BACP-qualified counselling in schools.

Father Christmas at Fishers Farm (©AAH/Toby Phillips 2016)

Santa’s New Sleigh, a play by Brad Fitt with original music and songs by Richard Lamming, is showing at The Capitol, Horsham, on 12 - 24 December, with a relaxed performance on 14 December. The show is ideal for children aged 2 – 8, with audience participation, singalongs and a present from Santa for every child. It’s a 50-minute show with no interval and socially-distanced seating. The cast includes Katherine Glover as Dibs the excitable elf and Roman Armstrong as Sprocket the forgetful elf. Tickets can be booked online at

Global travel restrictions will make Father Christmas’s job harder this year. However, it is hoped he will visit local attractions to spread some much-needed festive joy. The Magic of Christmas Toy Store at Fishers Farm, Wisborough Green, runs from 5 – 24 December. Children can choose their own present from a sack full of goodies. Visitors can also see a giant Christmas tree and meet Bonnie and Clyde, the nativity donkeys. Online booking essential. Father Christmas will be at the Enchanted Forest at Old Barn Garden Centre, Dial Post


this Christmas. Discover a festive-themed forest world with elves, a story-telling owl, enchanting music and a waterfall before meeting Father Christmas. The grotto is operated by The Budding Foundation, with profits used to fund local charitable projects. Booking in advance strongly recommended. Father Christmas will be aboard The Blue Diamond Express at Newbridge Nurseries, near Broadbridge Heath, this festive season too. As with other locations, social distancing guidelines will be in place and booking in advance is essential.

Direct from the West End, The Showstoppers will be heading to The Capitol on 18 - 20 February 2021. With 12 years as an Edinburgh Fringe phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 series, an acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences with their blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity. A new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance, based on audience suggestions. Dropping Marmalade, an eight-part comedy series created and filmed by young local actors during lockdown, has been screened on YouTube since August. Members of the National Youth Theatre, Stage Box Kids and Chichester Festival Youth Theatre created an original series set in the fictional village of Little Pecker, about middle-class life in England. Writer Daisy Roe was joined by a team of actors, singers, dancers and musicians including Aadi Mudhar and Georgina Liley.

Andrew Bernardi (far left) performs on a Stradivarius (©Malcolm Green)


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Stane Street Sinfonietta again perform live at St Mary’s Church, Horsham, on Saturday 12 December. The Sinfonietta perform Christmas music by Corelli, Vivaldi and Frank Bridge, plus festive music and readings, to a socially-distanced audience at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. The Sinfonietta comprises amateur and professional musicians, conducted by Steve Dummer. Tickets £12 (£5 for U18s).

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The Shipley Arts Festival is planning a musical feast to celebrate its 21st anniversary in 2021. The provisional programme includes live concerts to be streamed online. The programme includes works from Igor Stravinsky, Astor Piazzolla, Malcolm Arnold and Camille Saint-Saens, performed by the Bernardi Music Group’s String Academy, Stradivarius Trio and other music professionals. A violin concerto has been commissioned, written for Andrew Bernardi and the Stradivarius by Paul Lewis in three movements: 1696 Stradivarius, Sussex Shipley Idyll and Chinese Adventure.

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Following their poppy endeavours, ladies at Trafalgar Road Baptist Church have knitted angels to brighten up Christmas. The angels celebrate the staff at St Catherine’s Hospice, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, despite the loss of income through fundraising events. The angels are also a symbol of remembrance to those who died this year. The installation of 35 angels are now displayed outside the church. Jackie Hutchinson, one of 12 angel knitters, said: “We hope lots of people will enjoy our angels and that it will lift their spirits after a difficult year. We also hope the angels will bring comfort and support for those who are grieving.” Traditionally, the church conducts a Service of Lights in partnership with the hospice. This year’s event has been cancelled, so the church is encouraging people to donate at: christmasangels2020 Chestnut Tree House is asking children to create their own snowman picture or to write a short story inspired by Raymond Briggs’ original picture book, The Snowman. Raymond Briggs has been a Patron of his local children’s hospice for many years. His classic 1978 picture book is loved by families everywhere and Chestnut Tree House is hoping that children will be inspired to draw or paint their own snowman-themed work. It must feature a snowman (or more than one if you like) along with no more than 250 words about a special memory you have shared with someone. The deadline is 31 December and entries will be judged in three age categories: 4 - 7, 8 - 11 and 12 - 16 years. christmas Horsham Lions Club, like most charities, has been badly hit by Covid. Major fundraising activities centre around supermarket collections and local Santa trips, as well as hamper raffles at pubs and businesses. Such activities normally raise about £3000 for the Lions to provide toy and food parcels in the Horsham District and without them, activities will be hampered. Horsham Lions Club is asking people to donate to its Just Giving page instead. (search Horsham Lions Club.) 12

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Horsham Freemasons restarted their hot meal deliveries initiative across the District during the second lockdown. Run in conjunction with Horsham Matters foodbank, the scheme has seen the freemasons deliver a hot, two-course Sunday lunch to vulnerable people every fortnight. The meals are cooked by Debra Moore, proprietor of The CafĂŠ in Nightingale Road. It follows the success of a scheme run by Horsham Freemasons between May and July, when over 350 meals were delivered. The freemasons meet at the Normandy Centre in Denne Road. Pictured: Peter Hansen, Chairman of the Horsham Freemasons, helping at the Horsham foodbank.

Lisa Barnett, Vicar of Horsham, at St Mary’s Church (ŠAAH/Toby Phillips Photography Feb2020)

St Mary’s Church in Horsham has been awarded a ÂŁ9,865 Heritage Stimulus Grant to pay for urgent repairs to the building’s boiler house roof. It is one of nearly 100 churches and cathedrals to share a ÂŁ13million emergency government grant, designed to support heritage sites that have suffered severe loss of income due to Covid. The Reverend Canon Lisa Barnett, Vicar of Horsham, said: “The roof has caused us a considerable headache as rainwater has caused

the boiler to stop several times. We now face a further financial challenge, as our boiler has been declared beyond repair and we are looking at options for a new heating system. We are fortunate to have a large congregation that has supported our wonderful building and our appeal over the summer raised almost £50,000. But the months ahead will remain challenging.� The repair work will be carried out by Horsham firm BJN Roofing.

Members of the Probus Club of Horsham Weald have made a presentation to Brian Chinnery to mark 21 years as Secretary to the Club. In addition to becoming a Life Member, Brian received an illustrated book of tributes from members and a case of fine wines. Despite Covid restrictions, club activities are continuing in an adapted format.

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The first phase of redevelopment work on Livingstone Road, off New Street, has started. Page Court, an outdated retirement scheme, will be replaced with 40 one and twobedroom flats for affordable rent and eight two and three-bedroom houses for social rent. The project is a partnership between Horsham District Council and housing association Saxon Weald. Phase two, which will include the demolition of three bungalows on Park Terrace East, is due to begin in January 2021. The George and Dragon pub in Dragons Green will be closed until 2021. In a message on its website, the pub said: “With the uncertainty around lockdown, we are taking this opportunity to embark on the new refurbishment project, which was due to start early in 2021.” The pub has become increasingly popular with good food, local ales and outdoor bar and marquee that regular hosts live music and other events.

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Whistlestop Arts have secured funding of £1,000 from the Horsham District Council Community Fund, as well as £3,623 from the NET Coronavirus Fund at Sussex Community Foundation. Founded by Annalees Lim and Luna Russell, Whistlestop Arts delivers community arts programmes across Sussex and Surrey. The funding will enable it to deliver interactive arts, focused on those whose mental health and well-being has been impacted by Covid. Luna said: "We are developing audio talks that engage directly with older people across the Horsham District. We know how difficult it has been for people without interaction and wanted to develop a programme of activities that enable them to engage creatively at home.” Five episodes of the Whistlestop Talks will explore the local countryside and places of cultural interest, with special guests participating. Each episode will have an accompanying craft activity for participants. The series includes visits to Horsham Museum, Sussex Wildlife Trust at Woods Mill, Amberley Museum and Steyning Bookshop. Annalees and Luna will deliver talks on USB sticks to participants, along with a sound player and craft materials, and hope to have doorstep chats too. The Whistlestop Talks are available free of charge at:

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The Tapestry Lunch Club has been hosting virtual tea parties for lonely people in the community during recent months. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Coronavirus Fund, the Club has also rented tablet devices for people without a computer, so all can attend the tea party online. The lunch club is a notfor-profit social enterprise offering a different kind of day support for small groups of older people in the community who would like to meet and socialise with others. It aims to create a warm, friendly environment within a host's home, where guests (2 - 5 per host) can be cared for to reduce anxiety, regain confidence and provide high quality replacement care for carers. Guests benefit from social activities and a home-cooked meal in the home of a carefully-vetted and trained host. For further details, contact (01403) 791020 or email Brighton & Hove Albion supporter Simon Medhurst has self-published a book to raise vital funds for MacMillan Cancer Support. From the Gutter to the Stars follows his personal experiences as a supporter during the 2019/20 season, as his wife battled breast cancer too. The book documents the rise of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, written by a fan for fans, focusing on the passion, heartache, frustration and joy of being a supporter. Simon said: “Following Dick Knight saving the club from possible extinction and the clutches of non-league football, the club has become a global brand. The dynamics have completely changed and hopefully as a fan I have captured this story.” The book also contains anecdotes from Simon’s time playing for Rudgwick FC, and reflections as his wife Jane, mother and sister all battled cancer. Proceeds will be going to MacMillan, as a thank you to the charity. To buy a copy, email The Community Speedwatch scheme is seeking volunteers. Full training will be given for the role by Sussex Police. The scheme plays a vital role in helping to reduce anti-social driving and helping to prevent death and injury on our roads. For details visit:


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Eco Rangers Freddie, Maddie, Zara, Max and Nina at the Christ’s Hospital School Allotments (©Toby Phillips Photography)


he Horsham Youth Eco Forum has been created as part of the Horsham Climate Cafe.

The forum offers a space for young environmentalists aged 11+ to meet weekly to discuss concerns and problemsolve in a creative way. Working in partnership with Sussex Green Living and the Climate Café, it enables young people to tackle eco-anxiety with eco-action and be an important part of the green community. AAH met members Catherine, Flora and Ellie, as well as Christ’s Hospital pupils Maddie, Max and Freddie, with the school strongly represented on the Youth Eco Forum. With the group currently meeting on Zoom, most of the photos are of Eco Rangers in the allotments at Christ’s Hospital.

Catherine: During lockdown, Horsham Climate Cafe (HCC) and Sussex Green Living (SGL) were forced into meeting online. One idea that came up was the creation of a forum for young people. Many of us are involved in climate action individually or through our schools and colleges, but are isolated from other like-minded young people. The idea was to bring us together and give us the space to speak about issues important to us and operate independently. Max: At Christ’s Hospital School, we have many environmentally-friendly initiatives, led by a team of Eco Rangers. These include litter picking, food waste projects and a drive to stop single-use plastic bottles in school, with pupils given a reusable bottle instead. Carrie Cort of Sussex Green Living visited the school for a second-hand clothes sale and when the Youth Eco Forum was set-up, asked if any of the Eco Rangers would join. Catherine: One of the cool things about the forum is that members have different interests with an environmental theme. It’s been great to meet new people and talk amongst ourselves.


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Horsham schoolgirl Ellie was involved in the Bio-Blitz at Rookwood (©AAH/Toby Phillips Photography)

artwork and poetry. It encourages people to share their knowledge and interests and has helped us reach new members across the county. Flora: Carrie visited my school to talk about environmental issues and that inspired me to subscribe to SGL’s newsletter. When I read the e-zine by the Youth Eco Forum, I joined the group and contributed to the second edition. In future, I want to write about make-up products, as many are made with single-use plastics that end up in landfill or the oceans. I'm obsessed with sea life and hate seeing animals suffer, so want to promote eco-friendly alternatives. Max: We take part in community events too and several of us attended a Bio-Blitz at Rookwood. When new developments are built, it’s important they maintain the biodiversity of the area, so we logged what we found and submitted our findings to the local authorities. Ellie: The Bio-Blitz was interesting as there was so much to see. We had an expert with us who could name different species of birds,

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Freddie: The School Council at CH led a campaign to review energy efficiency and worked with the maintenance staff to introduce cost effective lighting around the school site. We’ve replaced street lighting, with more efficient systems in classrooms and the Chapel. Maddie: We’ve also revived the school allotments. They were used long ago, but had been neglected for some time. During lockdown, a project involving pupils and staff saw fruit and vegetables grown there once again. It has helped us think creatively about using the space and increased awareness of sustainable foods. Max: As an YCS Ambassador, I had the chance to interview with Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees, for the Youth Climate Summit. Being involved in that has given me interesting opportunities.


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Maddie with butternut squash grown on the CH allotments (©Toby Phillips Photography)

Catherine: It's easy to be overwhelmed by the scale of the problems we face and think that you can't do anything alone. Whatever you do, it can feel like just a drop in the ocean, so what’s the point? Whilst it’s true that you can only do so much alone, by coming together, we can find ways to reduce the human impact on climate change and make a positive difference. We take great inspiration from people like Greta Thunberg, as she confronts world leaders with uncomfortable truths. Flora: People think these issues are only going to be a problem for future generations, so they don’t act now. But it's closer to home than what people realise. We are already seeing the damage we are causing and it’s important to protect the planet, because it's not ours to exploit.

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Steyning Grammar School pupil Nick made an ocean pollution mural, displayed in East Street (ŠToby Phillips/AAH)

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Sadly, Owen died of a brain tumour 4 years ago when he was just 7 years old. In his last few months, Owen was supported by Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice where he made precious memories with his family that they will cherish forever.

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AT WAKEFIELDS Refurbishment at Historic Family Jewellers in Horsham


akefields will embark on one of the most extensive refurbishments in its long and illustrious history in the New Year.

Dominic and Melanie Wakefield

The family jewellers expects to be closed for six weeks as it creates a contemporary new look, providing an improved experience for customers. The refurbishment includes a new bar (with a menu offering everything from freshly brewed coffee to sparkling wine) and a larger area devoted to Rolex. Melanie Wakefield, who co-owns the business with brother Dominic, said: “Wakefields became an official Rolex retailer in 2012 and it’s been such a successful partnership that Rolex has requested more space.”

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“When a customer is interested in purchasing a Rolex, it’s important that the retailer creates an enjoyable and luxurious experience. Staff are required to attend an extensive training course before they’re even allowed to handle and sell Rolex watches, as the standard of presentation needs to match the quality of the brand.” “Because of the level of detail, the experience takes time. Consequently, there have been times when we’ve had a queue for Rolex. We want to offer the same to everyone, as buying a Rolex isn’t something you do every day. So, we are adding a hospitality bar, as well as additional rooms that offer privacy to customers. The changes will allow us to offer a memorable experience for everyone.” “We have thought very carefully about the layout, working closely with the designers and our friends at Sussex Lighting, an excellent independent Horsham business. We’re mindful that there’s a lot of history in the shop. Some of the cabinets are from Boots the Chemist and were here when we moved into the unit before the Second World

Wakefields on West Street


War. They will remain part of the store, as we respect our heritage. At the same time, we need to move with the times and this exciting project reflects that.”

A PART OF HORSHAM Wakefields has become synonymous with the town, having been founded in 1911. John Wakefield, Melanie’s greatgrandfather, was senior watchmaker at Cramp’s before setting up his own shop. As well as clocks, watches and jewellery, he sold gifts and oddities, whilst during the First World War, munition shells were made there. Wakefields moved to its current location at 11 West Street in 1935 and helped during the Second World War too, making spitfire dials. Since then, the business has faced recessions and changing trends, with the current climate being among the most challenging. Melanie says: “To be successful in these times, you need to elevate your bricks and mortar and create an experience. You can buy almost anything online, with Rolex being one of the few exceptions, so it’s important to offer something different.” “High street businesses need to engage with customers and provide something they cannot get sat behind a computer. That is why we’re seeing an evolution towards “destination” outlets. It’s a huge challenge, as you also need to embrace the internet and promote products online to engage customers. We launched a new website in June and it helped us greatly during lockdown.” “We are hugely grateful for the support of our loyal customers, who have been incredible. When we opened our doors after lockdown, we had people coming in, wanting to support independent, family-run local businesses.”

Designs showing elements of the new bar and layout at Wakefields

LONDON TRADE In addition to Rolex, Wakefields sells watches by Tudor and Longines, as well as pre-owned and pre-registered watches. Bespoke engagement and wedding rings are extremely popular, with more than thirty engagement rings sold in the month after the first lockdown alone. As well as a stunning diamond range, Wakefields offers an unbeatable selection of necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, gifts and accessories. With brands including Fope, Shaun Leane, Clogau, Brown & Newirth and Lalique, there’s something for every budget. The Covid pandemic has led to an increase in customers who might normally shop in London. Many people who usually commute are working from home instead. Some have been exploring their local area and discovering new favourite retail outlets in town.

“The changes will allow us to create a special experience for every one of our customers.” Melanie Wakefield “People who would normally buy jewellery from Hatton Garden or elsewhere in London are instead coming to see us,” says Melanie. “Some live in the town but didn’t know we were here, despite the fact we’ve been here for a very long time! Some also have money to spend, because they’ve not been able to go on holiday, eat out regularly, or even accumulate the expenses of commuting to work.”


“For those needing money to tide them over, we also buy second-hand gold. We’ve always been a jewellers that serves the whole community, whether you’re in the market for a Rolex, need an old watch repaired, or looking for the perfect engagement ring. We still have a workshop at the back of the shop, as we’ve had for more than a hundred years.” “We’re here for everyone and nobody should ever feel intimidated about coming in. There is no dress code, and it’s not a library so you don’t need to whisper! We’re very proud to be a small part of the story of Horsham and hope to serve the town for generations to come.”

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Sue restores a rocking horse in her workshop (©AAH/Toby Phillips)



mong the many amazing artefacts at the V&A Museum in London is a wooden rocking horse dating back to the early 1600s. It’s the earliest bow rocking horse to have survived and is believed to have been used by a young King Charles I. Nearly three centuries later, another monarch triggered a boom in the popularity of rocking horses. Queen Victoria arrived on a dapple-grey horse for her visit to J. Collinson and Sons, a Liverpool rocking horse company. From that day forth, they only ever used grey paint for their products! The heyday of traditional rocking horse makers has long passed, as children were enticed instead by exciting new toys, from bicycles to computers. Yet there remains a market driven not only by nostalgia, but also for quality craftsmanship. Sue Graham is among those with a passion for restoring the horses, focusing on the famous Collinson brand.

“Having done some furniture restoration before, I had thought about working on a rocking horse but wasn’t sure if I had the skills to do it,” said Sue. “Finally, I bought a small Collinson horse on eBay and it was in such bad condition that I had no choice but to strip it down to the bare wood and see what was underneath. That’s where my interest started.” “Some models were very expensive and targeted at the children of wealthy families. But Collinson made a more affordable horse. There’s was a workhorse; the cob of the trade! They sold in large numbers and many have survived. Because of that, they’re not the most desirable name for collectors and are relatively cheap to buy.” “However, most are in a poor condition, as they haven't been used in decades. They might have been kept for future generations, but ended up sitting in a shed or attic, gradually deteriorating.”


PULLING THE REINS Today, there is a demand for restored horses. They might not be popular with most children, but do make a special gift for those with a passion for horses. They also make for interesting decorative feature for the home. New models are expensive, so restoration can be a more affordable alternative. However, Sue says there can sometimes be a huge amount of work required to bring an old horse up to scratch.

A selection of Sue’s restored rocking horses (©Toby Phillips Photography/AAH)

“Jaws are a common problem, as children would often pull on the reins too hard and the faces are fragile! They get bashed around by excited children, or placed too close to walls and bash against them. Saddlery is often missing or needs re-upholstering. Many horses even had secret slot holes and I often hear coins rattling around inside of them!” “I attended a wood carving course to improve my skills. I was never interested in carving

“Many rocking horses even had secret slot holes and I often hear coins rattling around inside.”

my own horse, because it's very physical work, but wanted to be able to replace smaller parts, such as a jaw or leg, if I needed to. That’s been very helpful.” “People don’t realise how much work goes into it. Even the hair of the mane and tails are real horse hair, which isn’t cheap. But the most time-consuming part of the process is painting. Once you’re down to bare wood, you need to apply several layers of gesso, made with a rabbit skin glue, which hides blemishes and treats the wood. Once that has been sanded down to a smooth surface, it leaves a beautiful marble effect. I’m always

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Rocking horses can be an interesting decorative feature (©Toby Phillips Photography/AAH)

tempted to leave it like that, as it has a translucent shine. But for a proper Collinson restoration, you need to prime it and give it a dapple-grey finish. I can't quite bring myself to do a brown horse, as it just doesn't work as well!”


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Sue’s passion isn’t born out of a sense of nostalgia, as she didn’t have a rocking horse of her own growing up. Instead, it’s inspired by a love of horses. She has ridden since childhood, but that was largely curtailed by an accident five years ago. After fracturing five vertebrae in a fall, Sue took heed and swapped galloping for a gentle rocking motion! Still, Sue believes her interest in all things equine helps with restoration work, as she is familiar with the facial features of the animals. Whilst not actively pursuing projects, Sue does take commissions. One client asked for an imitation of a racehorse, which was fortunately a grey! Another project was to restore a rocking horse for a girl called Verity, who made national headlines when only a toddler by riding her beloved Shetland pony, Noodles. Both clients were delighted with the result, although Sue’s style isn’t for everyone. “It’s difficult working to somebody else's brief,” she said. “Some want an authentic look, with everything looking as it would when it was made. That means restoring the original paint and ironwork and creating an antique look.” “This is an enjoyable retirement hobby for me and not something I do for a living. I like to restore a rocking horse so that it looks new, ready to be used and loved again. One of the reasons I work with Collinson horses is that they’re not antique, but vintage. I’m enhancing a possible antique of the future.”


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James Beer at Loxwood Burners (©Toby Phillips Photography)


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Loxwood Burners is located just off the road through the village (©Toby Phillips Photography)

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Maverick Arts Publishing is an independent children's publisher, with over 300 titles in print. It was started in 2009 by Steve Bicknell and publishes picture books, junior fiction, books for reluctant readers and operates a successful guided reading scheme.

For Christmas... The three latest picture books by Julia Donaldson (Counting Creatures, The Teeny Weeny Genie and The Hospital Dog) can be specially signed and namededicated when ordered via our website. A fab and exclusive gift! Beyond Christmas... The Private Eye Annual always provides lots of post-Christmas browsing and humour. The wonderful Secret Britain: Unearthing our Mysterious Past by anthropologist and social

Hiding down a little alleyway in Piries Place, FairKind Child is filled to bursting with a colourful collection of wooden toys, games and crafts that inspire children to learn through play.


audio books, music or your own stories. It also allows for family members to record messages for loved ones from anywhere in the world. Pop in for a demo and a discount! Another favourite is our Lanka Kade wooden Christmas figures and nativities! Beyond Christmas... Our Play & Learn Subscription Boxes are a lovely way to treat a little one to a surprise selection of our best hand-picked toys all year round. Sign up online. A Favourite Independent... Our neighbours Ceramic Shack. You can create personalised gifts and keepsakes there.

For Christmas... Our picture books and junior fiction make wonderful gifts. They’re perfect for Christmas Eve boxes, to share at bedtime. Beyond Christmas... Trailblazer is a book about Lily Parr, a women’s football star. It is written by Storrington author Elizabeth Dale. A Favourite Independent... Seofon Business Services in Horsham. A great team who help local businesses.

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Partridge Barn, Floodgates Farm, West Grinstead

Jessica Mason started Piglet in her mother's garden shed in 2017. It started small, selling linen duvet covers and pillowcases in a few calming shades. By tapping into increasing demand for sustainably-sourced fabrics and by maintaining a focus on personal customer service, the business has flourished. Piglet now sells a wider range of bedding, sleepwear, homeware and accessories focused on natural comfort. As well as its base on the Knepp estate, Piglet has established a second site in Illinois, USA to meet growing demand in North America.

For Christmas... Our sleepwear range is perfect! Our blueberry linen pyjama trouser set is made with 100% natural stonewashed flax. For kids, our Little Piglet Christmas Bundle includes linen pyjamas and a children's book. Beyond Christmas... Our cream linen throw is made with our signature soft linen and perfect for adding a layered, textured look to your bed or sofa. A Favourite Independent... Cocoa Loco! Our neighbours at Knepp make the most delicious organic, Fairtrade chocolate.


Unit 65, Swan Walk, Horsham

Vacalola is an independent shop providing stylish, comfortable and unique clothing and footwear for children from newborn to 14-years-old. The business was founded by Raquel Adrados in 2018 and moved to Swan Walk last year. The shop stocks high quality European brands including Mayoral, Froddo, Biomecanics and Hummel and specialises in shoe fitting, including school shoes. Vacalola aims to provide exceptional customer service and make the experience of shoe fitting fun and stress-free. For Christmas... This season is all about tartan! We have a beautiful range of Mayoral clothing for children, perfect for Christmas. Beyond Christmas... We have some lovely gifts for parents-to-be and new babies, stylish tops for girls and boys, pretty dresses and much more! We also offer gift cards. A Favourite Independent... D&D Coffee and More is located close to us in Swan Walk and provide fantastic coffee and great customer service.

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Storror is a group of seven athletes renowned for their world-class parkour skills. Several founder members are from the Horsham area and honed their skills in the town centre. Storror have over six million YouTube subscribers and have their own line of clothing and training shoes suitable for parkour.


For Christmas... For young free runners, the AW20 Classic Storror Sweatpants offer comfort and movement. The Classic Hoodie (below) is a popular choice too. Beyond Christmas... With gift vouchers, you can pick from socks, T-shirts, hoodies, trainers and much more.

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RC-Apparel is a new business, founded by Rob Clift in September. It offers a small selection of unisex T-shirts made with 100% organic cotton and manufactured with renewable energy. Rob plans to expand on his initial designs with a wider selection of clothing next year.

Drew Taylor of Storror (AAH/Toby Phillips Nov 2013)

For Christmas... We have three designs. There’s the black Infinite T-shirt, blue Origins and the white Reverb, which is perhaps my personal favourite! A Favourite Independent... All Paws & More is a brilliant dog walking and pet services company that I’ve used many times.

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Apache Menswear (AAH/Toby Phillips 2019)


APACHE MENSWEAR 9 Bishopric, Horsham

Apache Menswear was founded in Horsham in 1993 and hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to men’s fashion. From the revival of classic shirts by the likes of Fred Perry to stylish suits by Mark Darcy, to Peaky Blinders-inspired designs, Stuart Gordon and Lee Hurst offer it all at Apache.

Award-Winning Farm Shop New House Farm Shop and Tea Room is located in a beautifully renovated 16th Century barn, hidden in a quiet spot on the edge of Horsham. People come from all over to enjoy our cafe and locally sourced produce.

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For Christmas... A popular gift is the Fred Perry M3600 Twin-Tipped Polo Shirt. We have it available in over 20 colours, with sizes from Small to 3XL, making it ideal for lads and dads. Beyond Christmas... With gift vouchers, people can treat themselves to anything from a Failsworth Harris tweed cap to a stylish new shirt! A Favourite Independent... La Vida Boutique. Great clothing and amazing product knowledge!

Donna at La Vida (AAH/Toby Phillips 2019)

Our tea room was voted Best Tea Room in the Sussex Life Food and Drinks Awards 2014.You can enjoy cakes and sandwiches, paninis and Ploughman’s Also, don’t miss our Full English Breakfast (Served until 12pm).

Fantastic Christmas Gift Range Our locally sourced produce include fresh fruit and veg, freshly baked bread, fresh meat from local farms, beers by local brewers, wines from the Bolney Estate, Sussex cheeses, greetings cards and great Christmas gifts!


5 The Courtyard, Stans Way, Horsham


At La Vida, fashion is about attitude, not age! The boutique specialises in affordable luxury in ladies fashion and accessories. Owner Donna Camera only buys collections in limited quantities so customers can enjoy unique pieces. Donna's personal shopping service is popular too. 01293 851890 New House Farm, Old Crawley Road, Horsham, RH12 4RU Open Monday - Sunday from 10am - 5pm


For Christmas... We have beautiful printed scarves, sparkly jewellery and fun face masks. The Frida Kahlo socks are a perfect stocking filler! Beyond Christmas... Our pretty One Hundred Stars Kimonos make the perfect gift and are easy to post to friends as they wrap up small! A Favourite Independent... Carmela's Deli in the Carfax: great food and wonderful coffee!

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Based in Pulborough

Sarah Dudley makes quirky textile collectables based on British wildlife, including badgers, foxes, mice, frogs and hares. She uses Harris tweed, linens, vintage French cotton and linens, with lace and trims. Characters are collectables rather than toys for children. For Christmas... My quilted Christmas stockings. There’s a choice of a cute mouse,


Mettle Studios, Roundstone Bypass, Angmering

Elizabeth set up her business in 2012 with the aid of The Princes Trust, moving to a workshop in Angmering in 2016. She creates beautiful, hand-crafted glass and jewellery pieces and is now a member of The Sussex Guild. For Christmas... I recommend the robin for Christmas. My glass octopus makes a statement too, with coiling arms and swirls of colour! Beyond Christmas... Lots of people love puffins and

the long tailed tit and wren are favourites too. A Favourite Independent... Fleur Grenier is a wonderful designer and Pewtersmith, working in the studio next to me. Sarah Dudley (see right) also springs to mind when it comes to Christmas gifts.

badger, hedgehog or hare peeping over the top! I also have decorations made from French linen of hares, Westie dogs and geese. Beyond Christmas... I'm happy to do commissions of your favourite animal, as every character is unique! A Favourite Independent... Yvonne Kirk of Sage Ceramics. She creates a myriad of designs with a price range to suit all.

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BEAU CANDLES Based in Pulborough

Beau Candles is a luxury home fragrance company founded in 2017 by Jade Scutt. All of its products are hand-made by Jade and Tina Scutt, using only 100% natural botanical soy wax blended with vegan-friendly fragrance oil and finished with a cotton and linen wick. Diffusers are made with an eco-friendly oil and finished with natural fibre reeds. For Christmas... Our Christmas Collection includes Frankincense & Myrrh, a dark, mystical fragrance with notes of frankincense, tuberose, violets, myrrh and amber. We also have Christmas Tree, a rich

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herbal fragrance dominated by Siberian Pine. Beyond Christmas... Our wax burners are hand-thrown by a potter in Storrington. A Favourite Independent... I recommend Bubbuh, which offers unique, modern and ethical baby, childrenswear and toys.



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Maria creates beautiful wreaths from foraged items at Wow Designs (ŠToby Phillips Photography)




Maria Phillips makes bespoke wreaths and decorations. The wreaths are made with natural products and foraged items including conkers, chestnuts and pine cones from Ashdown Forest. Having successfully worked in the events industry for 20 years, Maria’s regular work has been impacted by the pandemic. So, she has used her creative skills to make decorations for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions.

Parkminster Products has made candles and home fragrances since 2010, when Krystyna Patey followed her dream and founded her own business in Partridge Green. Parkminster supplies over 300 shops in the UK and now delivers across Europe and as far away as Japan. The business has grown to such an extent that it is now run from two workshops in Hurstpierpoint and Cornwall.

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The Bull Pen, Randolphs Farm, Hurstpierpoint

For Christmas... All my wreaths would make a great Christmas gift. They are made to last and come with a wreath storage box, so you can re-use them year after year. My hanging stars wall decoration also makes a delightful gift. Beyond Christmas... Themed wreaths are ideal for all sorts of occasions. I take custom orders for themes and also colour combinations. I post new ideas on my Facebook and Instagram pages @wowdesignsbymaria A Favourite Independent... I recommend The Horsham Cellar in the Carfax and LoveStruckByRebecca, a Warnham-based jewellery maker who promotes her work on Etsy.

For Christmas... Our Noel candle is a blend of orange, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. It truly is Christmas in a candle! It costs £5.95 for a small candle (burn time 15hrs) and £19.95 for a large candle (50-60 hrs). For Christmas... Our reed diffusers are the perfect way to freshen up the house! A Favourite Independent... We supply Leonardslee Gardens. They have the most amazing Christmas illuminations in December!

Krystyna at Parkminster Products (AAH/Toby Phillips 2017)

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Number of Challenges in the Housing Market In my December blogs, I normally sum up the year and look forward to what is coming in the year ahead. But I think we all know how this year has been and next year’s hope is simply for a much improved year for us all. Please! Whatever your political outlook, I think we can all agree that the government is under a substantial amount of pressure with regards to the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit remains a huge issue which is dominating time, resources and attention. I fully appreciate the importance of tackling these concerns and the major toll they are having on the health – physically, mentally and financially – of the UK population. However, there are also a number of other areas which the government can ill-afford to ignore across the housing and mortgage market.

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Keith and Debra Menear are current potters-in-residence at Amberley Museum, having taken on the workshop seven years ago. Keith makes mainly wheel thrown pieces while Debra shapes delicate porcelain items.

Beyond Christmas... Keith specialises in Raku ware, an ancient Japanese ceramic technique. Pots are glazed and removed from the kiln while red hot and plunged into sawdust. The resulting flames interact with the glaze to give dramatic copper and turquoise colours. A Favourite Independent... We admire the work of fellow ceramicist Iveta Goddard who makes clocks and animals.

For Christmas... Debra’s porcelain tea light holders and festive decorations look wonderful on a Christmas tree. They are embossed and imprinted with a maker’s mark.

There are also question marks in the air around whether the government will extend the stamp duty deadline in light of some lending, survey and conveyancing backlogs which are having knock-on effects on a growing number on housing chains. A trend which will only intensify in the coming weeks and in the current economic climate, there are many extra layers of complexity for all those involved in the mortgage journey. This really does outline the importance of impartial, independent financial advice when it comes to overcoming a growing number of challenges and ensuring that people have access to the right kinds of options to match their current, and future requirements. The market has some fantastic offerings and lenders have money to lend - this can only be good for the end consumer! Finally, thank you to all who have trusted their business with Impact Specialist Finance throughout 2020, it is appreciated. Keep it local and keep it independent! Wishing you and your families a very happy Christmas and a relaxing, peaceful and healthy New Year.

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Angela at Fired Creations (AAH/Toby Phillips 2016)

The problems facing mortgage prisoners are mounting and a recent report from the London School of Economics (LSE) has put the onus and ethical responsibility on the government to solve the mortgage prisoner crisis quickly and recommended a package of The property market is buoyant measures to do so. Another thanks to the stamp duty holiday situation which is cause for great concern revolves around cladding and finding appropriate solutions should also be high on the government’s agenda. Through no fault of their own, all too many people continue to find themselves in a position where it is neigh on impossible to sell certain property types or even remortgage them - which is an unacceptable outcome.

FIRED CREATIONS Based in Horsham

Glass artist Angela Jenkinson uses a kiln to create colourful glass art and sparkling jewellery. Angela has run the business from a studio at her Horsham home and is a regular at the Carfax Market on Saturdays, which will hopefully resume on 5 December. For Christmas... Framed fused glass, for example my agapanthus framed wall art, makes for a lovely gift. I also make curved candle screens depicting Christmas trees.


Beyond Christmas... I suggest a pendant or earrings, as every piece that comes out of the kiln is unique! A Favourite Independent... Tiara Stars. Jenny Hirst creates beautiful jewellery from semiprecious stones.




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PALMER SPORT Based in Southwater

The legendary PalmerSport driving event offers a heart-stopping, unforgettable motorsport experience like no other. The business was founded 30 years ago by former F1 driver, BBC commentator and race circuit owner Jonathan Palmer.

For Christmas... Drive an exclusive collection of performance cars in our eight-activity programme, with coaching from expert instructors. Based at the Bedford Autodrome complex, participants drive Formula 3000, BMW M2 Competition and Palmer JP-LM racing cars among others, in a full-day course.

Beyond Christmas... PalmerSport is currently offering 10% off premium gift vouchers, valid for 24 months. For a limited period, they come with a free SuperRide worth £65. A Favourite Independent... We recommend The Little Tea House in Lintot Square, Southwater. They keep us well fuelled!

KEVIN GRIFFIN CARS A family-run Horsham business with a great reputation and over 40 years experience...

Our fully qualified technicians provide quality repairs on all makes of Cars and Vans

BEAUTY SECRETS SPA 34 East Street, Horsham

Beauty Secrets was founded in 1985 by Beryl Martin, initially at her home in Loxwood. The multi-award-winning business now has three salons and Beryl’s legacy continues to flourish under the watchful eye of daughter Karen and her amazing team. For Christmas... We have great gift sets with prices starting at only £10. We have Decleor, Elemis and Guinot products, including a Decleor advent calendar and Elemis

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Pro-Collagen Stars of the Show gift set. Beyond Christmas... The ‘All I Want For Christmas’ package is perfect. It includes a full Jessica Luxury Gel Manicure, Jessica Luxury Gel Pedicure, Hands-On Facial, Body Massage and a brow tidy for only £199 (saving £67). A Favourite Independent... Deja Style in Park Street is a fantastic shop!

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Ben Laughton Smith (AAH/Toby Phillips 2016)

Exmoor ponies on the Knepp estate


Ben is a brilliant professional artist specialising in oil painting. He works from a studio in Horsham, producing contemporary works of art in the classical tradition.

KNEPP WILDLAND PROJECT New Barn Farm, Swallows Lane, Dial Post

The Knepp Wildland Project is a pioneering experiment in habitat creation, founded by estate owners Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree 20 years ago. Their loss-making arable and dairy farm was handed over to nature and the 3,500-acre estate is now one of the UK’s most successful rewilding projects. It is a breeding hotspot for critically endangered nightingales, turtle doves and purple emperor butterflies. Recently, white storks on the estate became the first to breed in the UK for 600 years.

For Christmas... Our wildlife safaris and glamping stays make wonderful, eco-friendly gifts. Give loved ones a long weekend in a luxury tree house with private wood-fired bath, a nightingale dinner, or a safari with an expert guide. Beyond Christmas... Our Wild Range meat is perfect for foodies and ethical consumers alike. A Favourite Independent... During our open season, we run the pop-up Stork CafĂŠ, which uses organic coffee from the excellent Horsham Coffee Roasters.


For Christmas... Portraits make unique presents and are not as expensive as you might think. I can work from photographs or from life, and the resulting work is something to be lived with, enjoyed and handed down through generations. A Favourite Independent (or three!)... I would recommend an Italian-inspired hamper from Carmela Deli, a cocktail making session with Oscar at Cocoon Bars or a bespoke dog collar from

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G IFTS LOST IN THE LOFT Based in Southwater

Vic Chase specialises in the transfer of analogue formats into digital. Using broadcast-standard equipment and software such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, Vic restores footage from VHS, Hi-8, Video8, MiniDV and 8mm Cine Film and converts it to DVD or memory stick.

HORSHAM FORGE Hillier Garden Centre, Brighton Rd, Horsham

Founded in 1991, Horsham Forge offers a range of furniture and lighting in an industrial, reclaimed, upcycled style. The Forge also offers gates and railings, fire baskets and general fabrication. For Christmas... Pete Barnes, known as the Metal Bender, makes wonderful lamps from pipe men, sometimes riding motorcycles.

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Beyond Christmas... Our furniture is made of reclaimed wood and raw steel. The wood is sanded to a smooth finish without removing the character, so each piece is unique. A Favourite Independent... We are fond of Panino Cafe in the Carfax. They bought some of our furniture for the cafe and are thoroughly decent people!

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For Christmas... Converting a loved one’s videos to modern formats makes for a thoughtful gift. It could be a family holiday, school play, birthday or wedding. People want to re-visit happier times after what’s happened this year! The DVDs are professionally produced with titles, personalised covers and labels. A Favourite Independent... Woodstock IT in Faygate. I’ve had fantastic service from them over the years, fixing my PC problems.

SINGING HIMALAYA Cobblestone Walk, Steyning

The shop is only small, but you could spend hours looking at the fascinating range of hand-beaten singing bowls from Nepal and India. The bowls are good for relaxation and come with a choice of beater and cushion. For Christmas... Singing Bowls make unique and unusual gifts that people can interact with. They’re good for focusing and mindfulness, helping to induce a state of calm. They are a gift to last a lifetime!

Beyond Christmas... Singing Earth is our second unit, just opposite. There, we sell modern quartz crystal singing bowls in Chakra colours and the seven notes of the scale, making them ideal gifts for sound therapy. A Favourite Independent... Another Cobblestone Walk trader, John Wakefield, for his inspiring and uplifting nature and imaginative artwork.

Sophie at Singing Himalaya/Singing Earth

BEE COSMETICS Based in Horsham

Bee Cosmetics is a producer of natural skincare, founded and run by Derek and Elizabeth Ready and their son, Joseph. They started beekeeping in 2002, taking on about 50 hives. After reading about the natural skincare properties of honey and beeswax and suffering from sensitive skin herself, Elizabeth started experimenting and their products now range from facial serums and creams to spa products and body care.


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For Christmas... Our gift sets include a Beeswax Soap Set (£20), Gardener’s Gift Sets (£15) and a Luxury Full Body Pamper Gift Box (£33). Our gifts come with the option to add a personal hand-written message. Beyond Christmas... All our skincare products are suitable all year round. Our beeswax lip balms are popular in winter months. A Favourite Independent... The Cake Tasting Club, run by the wonderful Vikki, who delivers hand-made cakes by post every month!

WAKEFIELDS 11 West Street, Horsham

The family-run business was founded in 1911 and continues to offer the finest range of jewellery and watches, as well as servicing and repairs. In 2012, Wakefields was proud to become an official Rolex retail partner. For Christmas... Clogau offer beautiful silver jewellery designs, including rare Welsh Gold detailing. The brand’s best-selling Tree of Life collection features twisted vines and leaf embellishments, celebrating relationships new and old. Beyond Christmas... The rainbow has become the symbol of 2020, so we’ve hand-selected our own collection of rainbow-inspired fine jewellery, including a range of pendants, earrings and rings. These include the 18ct Rose Gold Rainbow Sapphire Necklace (£2150). The collection is adorned with a spectrum of natural coloured sapphires and set in yellow, white or rose gold. A Favourite Independent... Beauty Secrets in East Street has worked hard to create a Covid-safe environment and we’d highly recommend them.


West Point, Springfield Road, Horsham

Sussex Lighting is truly a destination shop, owned by Andy and Suzie Coe. It offers interior and exterior lighting, glassware, furnishings and art of the highest quality. Items are often unique, always exclusive and truly creative. For Christmas... Just browsing around our shop can inspire countless ideas. Gifts range from Isle of Wight glass and Clare Wright art to lava lamps and animal sculptures. Beyond Christmas.. We have a stunning collection of lighting, from tiffany lamps to Swarovski chandeliers. A Favourite Independent (or three!)... There are so many, but Wakefields go above and beyond what’s expected. Crates Local and Horsham Markets are also firm favourites!

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F OO D & D R I N K The Horsham Cellar is an independent family-run wine and spirit merchant, founded in 2018 by Luke Smith and wife, Jen. The shop has a global range of quality still and sparkling wines and an everexpanding range of craft beers and spirits.

For Christmas... Our shop is full of festive ideas, whether you’re after an elegant Sussex sparkling wine, a powerful red from the southern hemisphere, a warming fire-side single malt or a beautifullybottled small batch craft gin.

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Luke at The Horsham Cellar (AAH/Toby Phillips Photography)

51 Carfax, Horsham

And don’t forget to have Port or Sherry with your mince pies! Beyond Christmas... Our gift vouchers can be spent on products in store or on credit for our wine sampling machine, where you can experience wine tasting with tapas – something to look forward to in 2021! A Favourite Independent... Our neighbours Carmela Deli. You won’t find better panettone, charcuterie and cheese anywhere in town.


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Cocoa Loco was founded in 2005 by Sarah and Rory Payne. Based in West Grinstead, they specialise in organic, Fairtrade, palm oil-free chocolate, hand-made with love. For Christmas... The ‘Treat Your Elf’ gift box includes Champagne truffles, festive hot chocolate spoons, chocolate thins and chocolate elves. The organic Dark Chocolate 36 56

Christmas Tree adorned with tangy and sweet pieces of raspberry is another festive favourite. Beyond Christmas... Cocoa Loco has wonderful gift boxes, whether you prefer dark, milk or white chocolate.


The Chantry Estate, Storrington

Lisa at Crates Local (AAH/Toby Phillips)

Auntie Val’s is a charity based in Storrington that provides work experience, social integration and training for those with disabilities and longterm health issues. To help achieve this, the charity makes artisan jams, marmalades, chutneys and preserves for clients from five-star hotels to catering firms. It is also sold in local farm shops.


For Christmas... Our Christmas range includes a Christmas jam and marmalade and a Boxing Day pickle! Beyond Christmas... Our wider range includes 23 different marmalades, 12 jams, 11 chutneys, jellies and sauces and three ginger products. A Favourite Independent... Dyke Farm Shop in West Chiltington has a great selection.

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For Christmas... Our bespoke Christmas hampers come in different sizes and offer great variety. All products are locally-sourced and include wine, cheeses, Christmas

puddings, mince pies, chutneys and sauces. We can also provide Christmas dinner and deliver to RH12 postcodes free of charge. Beyond Christmas... We have fantastic gift sets with wine, English bubbles and beautiful glasses, as well as gin sets of local favourites. A Favourite Independent... Panino's in the Carfax. Great people making great Italian food!

Auntie Val’s (©Toby Phillips/AAH 2017)

Crates provides fresh, locallysourced fruit, veg, artisan bread, dairy, cheese, eggs, cakes, soft drinks, jams, chutneys, chocolate and much more. Owned by Lisa Charles, the shops also boasts a great selection of local wines, spirits and beers.


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Based in Horsham

Gary & Bunny Lucas founded Kissingate in a garage in Maidenbower, before moving to a unit in Lower Beeding. They have since won dozens of awards, including the Sussex Beer Festival four times.

Craft brewers Hepworth and Co soon celebrate 20 years in brewing. Andy Hepworth founded the company with three others when King & Barnes closed. The brewery has expanded to a new purpose-built site with a large shop selling beer and local produce.

Cabin Pressure Spirits are Horsham husband and wife team, David and Emily Howard. David started producing small-batch spirits and liqueurs in his shed and has since expanded its gin range.

For Christmas... Our mixed bottle packs are a great idea. Packs cost from ÂŁ16 with options including etched glasses. We also have Kissingate T-shirts. Beyond Christmas... We offer vouchers for Brewery Tour or Brew Days, which are great fun. A Favourite Independent... The Wood Beyond the World, run by Sally Preston. She sells lovely art from wood.

For Christmas... Our shop sells Christmas Cake made with Hepworth’s Old Ale. We also have Sussex gins and wines, jams, jellies, chutneys, chocolate and gingerbread. Beyond Christmas... Beers from Blonde to Crazy Horse can be enjoyed all year round. A Favourite Independent... Philippa French at Little Frog Design gives us huge help with labels.

For Christmas... A celebration of our home town, Christmas Spirit Gin combines characteristics of both the Old Tom and classic London Dry styles. Beyond Christmas... Horsham Serpent Gin was developed as a collaboration with Crates Local. It has aromatic botanicals including pink peppercorn and chilli, with hints of orange. A Favourite Independent... We recommend Kissingate! Also, Chococo in the Carfax. They use our gin in some their amazing chocolates.

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