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MAY 2016 | Contents

Editor’s LETTER

06 What’s On listings



The sun has started to shine and spring is officially here! What better way to greet the new season in Henfield than a brand new (and very colourful) from the BN5 area children’s venue - the fabulous Sharky’s Soft Play at Henfield Leisure Centre. The adventure soft play park has been a Kid’s Stuff community project pulled together by many different volunteers, businesses and supporters Sharky’s Soft Play at HLC under the guidance of the HLC committee. And it’s opens! a resounding success - with children queueing to play on the slides and climbing frames while their parents enjoy a well deserved coffee in the cafe Local Interest area. Henfield Leisure Centre is entirely self-funding and The Steyning Festival is a registered charity, they need to continually look for new revenue streams to make the books balance. By supporting Sharky’s you’re not just having a great time but you’re keeping the Leisure Local Interest Centre facilities going for the whole village. HFC Youth Tournament As we go to print exciting news is just in about the Neighbourhood Referendum vote, which took place on 12 April. (yesterday!) The vote was resoundingly ‘yes” - with 1,449 votes in Local Interest favour and 84 against. There was a really good turnout and it’s great news to have the future of The Floral Fringe the village protected as much as we can against speculative development. Thank you to all those (Parish Council and Community Partnership) Index who have worked so incredibly hard to make the plan happen, particularly Nigel Stevens and Ray of advertisers Osgood who have led the team. Enjoy May with all its lovely festivals, events and hopefully a little bit of sunshine!



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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Amanda Lucas, Christine Aubrey, Jean Jackman and Paul Samrah. Cover image by Amanda Lucas of the new Sharky’s Soft Play. with additional artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed by Evonprint in Small Dole on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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Sunday 1 May

Pop in or call 01273 493403 for Rhyme Time further information. Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am PG Netball Club (& every Thurs, term time) The Book Nook Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm The Chapel, Fulking, 10-11.30am Fun with music for pre-schoolers. (& every Sun) Henfield Unattached Call Edna on 01403 710586 / (& every Weds) Selection of books, CDs & DVDs. White Hart, 11am (& every 1st 07708 486973. In aid of St Andrew’s, Edburton. Thurs) Green Moments For those who are alone. Call Rock Farm, Washington, 1.30pm 01273 495820 or drop in. Open Morning for New (& every Weds) Tai Chi for over 60s Bowlers Outdoor gardening/allotment Maidment Court, 11am-12pm (& session for people with dementia every 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs) Henfield Bowling Club, & their carers. 01273 494300 Get Connected Daisycroft, 10am-1pm For anyone thinking of taking up Henfield Haven Lounge, 2-4pm Action for Deafness green bowling. (& every Thurs) Henfield Haven Quiet Room, Computers for beginners & 2-4pm (& every Weds) computer clinic. £3 incl coffee. Chatterbox Audiology clinic. Thursday Circle Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am Games Club Free Church Hall, 2.30pm (& every Tues) Speaker Adrian from Rushfields Fun with pre-school play. £1.50 Henfield Haven Café, 2-4pm (& every Weds) with his ‘Hanging Basket hints’! includes refreshments. Enjoy a card or board game. Free. Come and join us. Refreshments HDC Walk as usual. Bingo Steyning Health Centre, 11am Crib Sobell Court, 2.30pm (& every (& 17th) Maidment Court, 7pm (& every 2-mile stroll. Call Linda on 01903 Weds) Contact 01403 226178 or carol. Thurs) 816865. Rotary Club of Henfield &

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Tai Chi with Ian

Henfield Haven, 2-3pm (& every Tues) Call to book 01273 494747. £5

Knit & Natter

Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 1st Tues) Drop-in craft group for adults.

Action for Deafness

Henfield Joggers


Jolesfield Community Choir

Whisky Tasting Evening

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& every Weds) Open to all. See www. or just turn up. Jolesfield School, 7pm (& every Weds term time only) Email

The Castle Inn Hotel, Bramber, 7.30pm (& every Thurs) Contact David Andrew on 01903 816981 or andrew@ White Hart, 8-11pm Tutored tasting courtesy of Glenfiddich throughout the evening and lasting for 15-20 minutes. Booking not necessary.

Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 1st Tues) Hearing aid maintenance clinic, Henfield Lions Club information, advice & support. George Hotel, 7.30pm (& every Henfield Parish Council Meeting 1st Weds) Henfield Dementia Club Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7pm Call David Pryor on 01273 Maidment Court, 10am-3pm (& 494442. every Fri) The Towers Open Morning Chanctonbury Morris Men For those with dementia & their carers. Price includes lunch, Woodmancote Parish Hall, Towers Convent School, 9amactivities & refreshments. Run by 8-10pm (& every Weds) 1pm Age UK Horsham District. Call An opportunity to see the school New dancers or musicians 01403 751327. welcome. Call Clive Funnell on in action. Community Information 01273 494377. Henfield Computer Club Henfield Haven Café, 11am-3pm Garden Room, Henfield Hall, (& every Fri) Ukulele for Improvers 10am-12pm (& every Weds) Drop-in & meet your local service For anyone wanting an Henfield Haven, 9.30-10.30am (& providers & organisations. introduction to computers or every Thurs) Boards & Banter wishing to improve their skills. With Theresa, £5.

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Little Fishes

Southwater Leisure Centre 10am-12pm (& every Mon) Free sessions for people with dementia & a family member. Call 01273 494300.

Adur Valley Fine Arts St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (& Society (Henfield) every Fri) Pre-school children & their carers. Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (& every 2nd Mon) Stories, songs & refreshments. ‘Byzantine skill and Romanesque Bike Shack Music Event energy’ by John Sherlock. Stan’s Bike Shack, Partridge Guests welcome (£5). Enquiries Green, 7pm 01273 494945 or see www. Performance from Ginger Tom ( Tickets £15 incl supper from Craft-a-Noon or Henfield Haven Café, 2-4pm (& every Mon) 01403 710514. Join in with craft activities.

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Henfield Cricket Pavilion, 4-5.30pm New players welcome, particularly the U9s (Years 2, 3 or 4 at school). Call 07958 652105

Maidment Court, 2pm (& every Mon)

Steyning Centre, 7.30-9.15pm A new collaboration of musicians: Yvonne Patrick (soprano), Steve Dummer (Clarinet) and LesleyAnne Sammons (piano). Tickets from Steyning Bookshop.

Truleigh Hill, Upper Beeding, 2-4pm 5 miles, meet at High Trees Car Park at junction of A283/A2037. Call Ann on 01903 297553.

Steyning Music Society

Henfield Badminton Club Henfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm (& every Mon)

Tuesday 10 HDC Walk

Henfield Byways, 10am (& Weds 25th) Meet at Henfield Library, 2-3 miles. No dogs. Call Anne on 01273 49367.

Knit and Natter

Residents’ Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm (& every 2nd Weds) Knitting for charity. Donated wool appreciated. Contact Jean Whiting on 01273 493171.

British Legion Meeting

Cowfold Village Hall, 7.30pm Membership open to everyone. Contact rpm_1960@hotmail. for more information.

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Carers Support Group

Henfield Haven, Lounge, 9.3011.30am Back care – techniques, tips and advice.

HDC Walk

Maplehurst, 10am Meet in White Horse pub car park, 5 miles, no dogs. Call Geoff on 01403 258180.

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Henfield Wild Violets WI

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm (& every 2nd Fri) Henfield Hall 2.15pm (& every Looking at the two proposed 2nd Tues) Book Nook 2016 WI resolutions, followed by In-house designs from Flower The Chapel, Fulking, 11am-4pm a talk from Kent, Surrey & Sussex Club Arrangers magazine. (& every 2nd Sun) Air Ambulance Service. Call Joan on 01273 491235. Selection of books, CDs and Guests welcome, £5. DVDs. All proceeds to St Woodmancote Parish Henfield Camera Club Meeting Andrew’s, Edburton. Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Parish Hall, Woodmancote, 6.30pm An open competition judged by woodmancoteparishcouncil@ Steve Lawrenson ARPS APAGB. Monday Market New members welcome. Contact Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm (& Henfield History Group every Mon) Stallholder vacancies. Call David Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every 2nd Tues) on 01273 493365. HDC Walk Sussex Agricultural History by Steyning Decorative and Steyning Cricket Pavilion, Geoffrey Mead. Fine Arts 9-10.15am HART Pub Quiz The Steyning Centre, 10amWiston downland dog walk, 2 White Hart, 8.30pm (& 24th) 12pm (every 2nd Mon) miles. Call Ann on 01903 297553 ‘The history of the harp’ by Sarah Teams up to 6, cash prize for Sussex Garden Party Deere Jones. Guests welcome. winners. In aid of HART. Call Shepherd & Dog, Fulking Enquiries 01903 297553 or 01273 492006 to reserve table. Sussex produce, food, drink, stalls and music.

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MAY 2016 | What’s on Cat & Canary, 8pm Plant Sale Plus Helen Haynes singing pop, jazz Ashington Parish Church, and folk. 10.30am-2pm Free. Fabulous plants, plus jazz All proceeds to Kids Farm Resuscitation Training with café. Trust. Contact: 01903 813964 or HART email Henfield Haven Lounge, Fundraising Garden Party 7-8.30pm & Dog Show Free. To book a place, contact Dave Fletcher on 07778 570937 Park adjoining St Giles, Shermanbury 1.30-5pm Teas, tractor rides and other Trefoil Guild events plus guided tour of Henfield Guide Hut, 7.30pm (& church. Fun dog show at 2pm. every 3rd Tues) Short animal blessing service at Call Mary on 01273 492351. 5pm, all pets welcome.

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Wednesday 25 Cantatrice Voices

The Steyning Centre, 7.30-9pm Cantatrice presents an all classical programme of beautiful, stirring, uplifting, fun and joyous music. Tickets (£5) from Steyning Bookshop or on the door.

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Henfield Haven Lounge, 10.30am-12pm (& every last Thurs) Club for those with sight problems. Occasional speakers, games, quizzes and refreshments.

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Henfield Hall Car Park, 10am2pm Mobile unit providing information & advice on all aspects of the hospice’s care.

Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, 6pm The Pearl Fishers by George Bizet. Performed in the round in Henfield Camera Club English. Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Kaleidoscope Singers AGM and club social. New members always welcome. The Steyning Centre, 7-9pm Gospel, musicals, latin, popular No meetings in June, July and concert band music with and August - we resume in 40-piece concert band from September. Slinfold. Tickets £7.50 from Steyning Bookshop or on the Heber Opera door. Steyning Centre, 7.30pm The Pearl Fishers by George Come and Sing Acapello Bizet. Performed in the round in Steyning Methodist Church Hall, English. 7.45 – 8:45pm Try acapella and barbershop ARC Ploughmans Lunch style music. No need to read Garden Room, Henfield Hall, music. Free. 12-2pm In aid of Henfield Branch of Jewellery Workshop Arthritis Research UK. Tickets £6. Henfield Haven, 10.30amHymns & Pimms 12.30pm St Andrew’s Church Edburton, 6pm Come & learn how to make your Join us on a Spring Evening in own jewellery. £5 incl refreshments singing some favourite hymns plus charge for materials. accompanied by a glass of Henfield Art Club Pimms. Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7.15pm (& every 4th Tues) HDC Walk Member led presentation. Call Alan Harrison on 01273 495262. The Windmill Inn, Partridge Green, 10am Tuesday Club 5 miles, 2½ hours, no dogs. Meet Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm / park on Littleworth Lane, RH13 (& every 4th Tues) 8EJ. Call Jean on 07734 323321 Talk on ‘Wintering in New Zealand

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Woodmancote & Henfield WI

Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (& every 3rd Weds) Light lunch then vote on 2016 WI Resolutions, followed by inhouse presentation. Contact Val Creek on 01273 958202.

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Henfield Friends of St Barnabas

Free Church Hall, 7.30pm New members always welcome.

Friends of St Peter’s 20th Birthday AGM

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7.30 pm Talk by Graham Smith ARPS on ‘60 Years behind the Lens’ followed by AGM. See news item for more information.

Friday 20

Christian Aid Week Lunch

Corpus Christi Church Hall, 12-2pm, Generously hosted by the Convent Sisters, with provisions masterminded by Maureen Dexter. Please join us for fellowship, and help swell the proceeds of the CAW collection.

Saturday 21

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News | MAY 2016 attention to detail and captured the spirit of Easter with their unique designs.” PTA Chair Caitlin King explained that the cake competition and sale is a vital part of their fundraising. “Parents have been incredibly generous, making and donating cakes for the sale and helping their children with the entries. The cakes are all sold in the playground after school and it’s a great boost to our funds, the moment we are updating the school IT facilities.” The talented winners were: KS1: First prize Alec Ballard (Year Reception), second prize Ted Nevatt (Year 1) third prize Emily Manfedini (Year 2). KS2: First prize Xander King (Year 6), second prize Suzanne Findlay (Year 6) and third prize Isabelle Griffiths (Year 3). CAKES GLORIOUS CAKES! Pupils from St Peter’s CE School displayed their Emma Osman culinary and artistic talents with more than 40 entries 20 YEARS OF THE FRIENDS OF ST to the annual Easter Cake Competition, organised PETER’S by the PTA. Delicious entries included chocolate nests, marshmallow sheep, Easter bonnets, iced A festive atmosphere will prevail in the Garden bunny rabbits and glorious confections covered Room of the Henfield Hall on Thursday 19 May in sticky icing and sweeties. Headteacher Laura when there is to be a double-O celebration. All are Roberts found the judging almost impossible. welcome to attend this free event, which will take “All the entries were outstanding and each one place in the very room that saw the inauguration of completely different, we are very proud of the the Friends of St Peter’s Church as a fund-raising children. The six winners, three from Key Stage group for the maintenance of Henfield’s principal 1 and three from Key Stage 2, showed wonderful building. The event begins at 7.30pm with ‘60 Years behind the Lens’ when Graham Smith ARPS will give Special Wine Offer a photographic retrospective, which promises Buy 2 large to be both attractive and varied in its subjectglasses of our matter. Those aware of Graham’s vast range of House Wine and interests will know that this presentation will be professional, as well as fascinating. We will be get rest of the able to see the results of the cameraman’s art from bottle for free!!* (*with this advert) the use of comparatively basic equipment of the 1950s, to the sophisticated digital technology of the present day. The 20th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Peter’s Church, which will follow after appropriate celebratory refreshments, is an important occasion reviewing past achievements

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MAY 2016 | News and establishing the ways in which the organisation CHRISTIAN AID WEEK (CAW) continues to promote events that will both raise Each year the witness of 100,000 people in the funds and be of appeal to the village community. UK is demonstrated by their participation in the Anthony Abbott house-to-house collection during Christian Aid Week – this year from Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 May. In Henfield, Shermanbury, Woodmancote and Small Dole we usually collect about £5,000. Please help us match that figure, or perhaps beat it, again this year. We always need more volunteers to join our band of nearly 100 volunteer collectors, so if you can join us by delivering to and collecting from a group of between 15 and 30 houses, please telephone 01273 493172 or email xianaid@bateshouse. as soon as possible. Also please watch out for the red envelope in your letter box during the week and respond generously when the collector calls. If you are out at the time, or you do not receive a red CAW envelope, please take your donation to Jasmine’s Florists in Henfield High DAVIS CUP LEGACY Street. Alternatively you can post your donation to Henfield Tennis Club coaches Joerg Schluter and Carselands, Woodmancote BN5 9SS, or direct to Keith Brown were selected earlier this year to take Christian Aid, PO Box 100, London SE1 7RT. part in the delivery of the LTA’s Davis Cup Legacy The need this year is greater than ever – for Programme. Launched after Great Britain won the example, in Bangladesh climate change is a Davis Cup in November 2015 (for the first time present reality, not a future threat. Average rainfall in 79 years!), the programme is designed to give is increasing, but dry spells are getting longer. Sea children the chance to get involved in tennis. levels are rising and flooding is becoming more The first free course started at the beginning of April and Joerg and Keith are hoping to run more later in the Summer. The courses are for children between the ages of 5-8 years’ old who have never picked up a racket before and each child is given a racket on completion of the course which STONEPIT LANE, HENFIELD WEST SUSSEX BN5 9QU they get to keep. The hope is that they become TEL: 01273 493016 future players and who knows, one of them might Landscaping and garden maintenance end up being the next Davis Cup Captain! Joerg Schluter and Keith Brown


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News | MAY 2016 and more frequent. The poorest communities find it hardest to recover when disaster hits, making it almost impossible for them to escape from poverty without help. Christian Aid can and does find solutions to these problems, but needs your support to do so. Peter Bates

WOODMANCOTE & HENFIELD WI BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION On 16 March 2016 the Woodmancote and Henfield WI celebrated their 25th birthday. Our speaker was Jane Muddle ‘Madajazz Fun Bags and Hats’, which members thoroughly enjoyed as we could try and buy the hats and bags. These were all beautiful and so colourful. Many members purchased these so we will all be bright and ready for spring. We also had a craft competition for the ‘Janet Pound Memorial Cup’.

The cup was kindly donated by Maurice, Janet’s husband, in her memory. It was won by Lynda Holmes for her crewl embroidery picture. We had 10 members from other WI’s attend and it was a pleasure to see them. We enjoyed a wonderful tea followed by a spectacular birthday cake which was kindly made by Verity Ludlow in the style of a book: on the first page was ‘Congratulations Woodmancote & Henfield WI on your 25th Birthday’ and the second page had the first verse of Jerusalem. Maureen Merrifield

COUNTRYSIDE MEMORIES Pick your favourite spots in Henfield and one could well be the footpath along the foot of Spring Hills near Dunstalls Farmhouse. Well, it was a certain favourite 70 and more years ago when I was a lad. Along the banks, springtime primroses grew, as they do now; the incoming chiff-chaff vied in song with robin and wren, as they do now; bright yellow brimstones and orange-tip butterflies flitted

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MAY 2016 | News among the plants. But in those long ago days the stream was sparkling clear with clumps of rushes along the bank where water voles, disturbed by foot heavy boys, plopped into the water and swam head high to the far bank seeking safety. It’s where minnow, sharp-spined stickleback, miller’s thumb and the hunting grass snake swam. We were happy in our environment. Sadly, when farming methods changed there were fewer men employed. Hedgerows, ditches and the Spring Hills stream were neglected. The choked watercourse (and mink!) destroyed the vole and the fish. The snake survived among the Downs Link brooks.


Spare a thought for local residents Sandra Parsons and Anthony Scutt who will be out training hard over the next few months for the challenge of a lifetime: the Rat Race Coast to Coast involves running, cycling and kayaking across 105 beautiful miles of the wild hills of Scotland, from Nairn in the east to Fort William in the west. Sandra and Anthony are taking part in this epic challenge this September to raise money for HART and they are being supported by an extremely generous team of local people. You will be able to read more about their challenge and how they are preparing for it in next months’ edition of BN5 Over the decades, the footpath transformed to a magazine but in the mean time, if you do see series of mud wallows - uncomfortably slippery Sandra and Anthony out training, give them a cheer! or boot sucking by turn. As the stream clogged itself into oblivion, water from the spring feeding it trickled onto the fields alongside to saturate the ground. West Sussex Footpath Rangers built a Joinery & Property Maintenance mini causeway along the path, then another and another, as the water-logging extended. This wet winter the wallow was woeful. §Purpose made domestic & commercial joinery. No, no. That’s wrong! This winter the owning §Doors, windows, built-in cupboards. farmer set his mind to a task seemingly long forgotten - hedging and ditching. What an amazing §Kitchens, floors, trim carpentry. conversion. The dirt clogged stream has been dug §Sash window restoration/draught proofing. out; the water flows free. Young and old can walk the path with confidence. True it is at the expense of considerable vegetation and a pair of lovely gorse bushes but that should all re-grow. Spring Hills can become a favourite again. Yes, our village environment is certainly worth saving. Thank you, farmer. Eddie Colgate

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SPORTING SUCCESS Sunday 3rd April 2016 saw Henfield FC U18’s take on Lingfield U18’s in the Mid Sussex Youth and Minor League Cup Final at Three Bridges FC stadium. In a hotly contested game, Henfield ran out 2-1 winners, despite being 1 down at half time, thanks to goals from Jack Mallet and Billy Westhead. Simon Andrews, Chairman, Henfield FC

HART NEWS We are an independent charity which supports the Sussex Ambulance Service by aiming to provide a quick response to emergency calls in Henfield and

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MAY 2016 | News accompanied the Italian super cars in March. Another way we are helping the local economy and attracting visitors to Henfield are the six colour visitor leaflets which we published last year and which may also be of interest to local residents. Copies can be found in local libraries, cafes and B&Bs. There is also a supply in the Parish office. We would welcome any feedback you may have about our activities and we are always looking for new members to join the partnership and get involved to make a village a better place to live. For more information please contact Carol Eastwood SMALL AND PERFECTLY FORMED at Steyning Arts hosts one of the smallest but we Carol Eastwood think, one of the most perfect art trails of the CRAFTING IN HENFIELD summer season. Because we’re small it is easy for you to visit each and every one of our venues over Henfield Crafts, Arts and Crafts Supply Shop, is the two weekends that we are open. Venues both now open for business in Brick Lane, Henfield. in and out of Steyning town mean you can combine Owner Tracey Collins explained; your visit with a day out in the countryside or a trip “I was making cards at home and realised that I to our local, bustling high street. couldn’t find the supplies I needed locally. So Our venues will showcase a diverse range of art when the shop in Brick Lane came free I decided and craft pieces perfectly formed by local artists. to open up a craft shop. And wow! What a great All our work is displayed for your pleasure and reaction it has had!” as always all our pieces will be looking for new Henfield Crafts are running craft workshops as homes. well as selling supplies, handmade cards and Brochures for our art trail can be found in the gifts. They are open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday Steyning Bookshop and Library as well as other to Saturday. local outlets. If you’d like more information about our venues and artists you can visit our website, or for a more informal look at what we do why not check out our face book page. Steyning Arts Art Trail runs from 28 May until the 5 June, weekends and Bank holiday Monday only. For more information see Debbie Forsdyke


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HENFIELD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP NEWS Henfield Community Partnership would like to thank everyone who came to the Piazza Italia event in March and made it such a success,whether you were a spectator, stall holder, classic car exhibitor or a voluntary helper, you all made the event a great occasion. Special thanks go to our sponsors Alex Cole proprietor of Coles Automotive and Horsham District Council and also to the hardworking ladies from BN5 who are such fantastic partners and help us organise village events. So far this year we have been more focussed on helping our local economy and I hope you will agree that a vibrant high street is good for both residents and visitors alike, and to this end we are hoping to bring a full sized Italian market to Henfield on a Sunday at the end of June. This market already visits Steyning and Storrington and some of you will have enjoyed a taster of their delicious food from the mobile van which

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Staff from Henfield Medical Centre are planning to run the ‘Race for Life’ on 5 June at Horsham Park in memory of their dear friend and colleague Barbara Smith who sadly died of cancer on 7 March. Barbara was well known to all the patients who use the Medical Centre’s branch surgery at Partridge Green having been the receptionist there for some nine years. Barbara always went the extra mile for the ‘PG’ patients in many ways including often delivering items to elderly and housebound patients including requests for a few groceries from the local Co-Op! Her friends and colleagues at the Henfield Medical Centre wanted to do something positive in her memory. Cancer Research’s Race for Life will be something for us all to focus on in the coming weeks. Our team name is ‘Barbara’s Buddies’. We hope to raise some money to be donated in Barbara’s name. If any of the people she helped in the Partridge Green area would like to donate we would be delighted. Donations can be made at Brenda Fuller

Caudle Street was full of four-legged friends on Saturday 19 March at the official opening of Alice’s Dog Groomers. The new pooch salon, with 3 dog pens, a grooming table and specialist steel bath, takes over the shop formerly Bay Tree Trading. “I’ve been overwhelmed with the local support,” said shop owner Alice Taylor. “We were fully booked even before we opened and we’ve had lots of visitors just popping in to see the doggy gifts! I’d like to say thank you to my family and friends who have been so fantastic, I wouldn’t have been able THANK YOU FROM HENFIELD to get the shop ready without them. Especially Dale FUNERAL SERVICES Brogan who designed and built the counter and Karen, Nick and Vicky at salon area.” Congratulations Alice! Henfield Funeral Services would like to thank the Village of Henfield for their generosity, in donating over 50 Easter Eggs to St Peter’s Church. Once again, we have been over whelmed by your kindness and thoughtfulness in the Easter eggs given to us, for the benefit of the Little Fishes and the children who attend Sunday School. A big thank you to all who contributed. Vicky Standing • Indulgent Liège Waffles • Delicious cakes, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL including gluten free Madison Horne from Worthing will play the lead • Sandwiches, baguettes and role in Brighton Theatre Group Youth’s production freshly filled bagels to order of Legally Blonde The Musical to be staged at the • Also warm homemade lunches Brighton Dome Corn Exchange from 8-10 June. • Really good coffee She plays Elle Woods, a girl who loves to be pampered and shops for all the latest pink outfits • Luxury chocolates & gifts with matching handbags. But, when her boyfriend Eat in or take away. Phone dumps her for someone ‘more serious’ Elle is orders welcome. determined to revamp her image and joins Havard Café des Amis, Post Office, High Street, Henfield Law School with her cute sidekick Bruiser the dog. Open Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm Once again, staged by the award winning Call 01273 491170 or see our Facebook page Brighton Theatre Group Youth team of Director Michael Burnie, Choreographer Jodie Michele and Musical Director Josh Winstone, ‘Legally Blonde

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MAY 2016 | News the Musical’ takes you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with a full blockbusting score and stunning choreography. Tickets are available from 01273 709709 or www. Amanda Reeves

HENFIELD VOTES “YES” TO NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN! As we go to print results have just arrived of the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum, which took place on 12th April. With a 36.9% turnout, the village voted ‘yes’ to implement the plan, with a resounding majority. Grateful thanks to all those from Henfield Parish Council and Henfield Community Partnership who have worked so hard to create the plan and bring it through the complex process. Editor

delighted that her family, friends, work colleagues, daughters and her daughters’ friends are rallying to show incredible solidarity, to raise as much as possible for the hospice. Kate’s daughters, Marie and Lucy decided to take part in the hospice’s Night to Remember midnight walk. They set up a JustGiving page, told friends about it, and within hours several friends had signed up to support them on what will undoubtedly be a very emotional walk. They now have 28 ladies registered to walk with them in the ‘Glad’s Girls’ team, and their joint fundraising currently stands at almost £7,000 towards the Hospice at Home night service. “I couldn’t believe the number of services the hospice provides,” said Kate. “It doesn’t cost patients and their families anything, and very little of the £6m it costs to run the hospice each year is met through government funding. Fundraising at events such as the midnight walk is vital.” Register for this amazing event with friends, family or colleagues at There are three distances to choose between (7, 13.1 or 20 miles) and it costs just £20 to enter. If you would like to sponsor ‘Glads Girls’ go to Jane Oswin

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News | MAY 2016 SHERMANBURY’S CHAPEL AND CEMETERY Hidden away down a country lane in Wineham is the most wonderful little chapel and cemetery which not many people know about. The chapel is a pretty Victorian gem constructed of red brick with a pitched tile roof standing within a picturesque landscape bounded on three sides by mature indigenous woodland that creates a tranquil ambience. At this time of year it is blessed with Spring daffodils and copious wild flowers but is a lovely place to visit at any time of the year. There has probably been a cemetery in Shermanbury Parish since the 13th century when St Giles church was first consecrated and we can see when we walk round the church grounds that gravestones go back several centuries, although many are now badly weathered making the dates difficult to determine. That cemetery was becoming full in the latter half of the 19th century so in 1888 the cemetery in Wineham was created in grounds on Fryland Lane, donated to the Parish by an unknown benefactor. The 1897 Ordnance Survey map shows a small chapel at the cemetery to be a Nonconformist Mortuary Chapel. We believe that the chapel was originally built to provide pauper funerals. It is no longer a consecrated place of worship but it acts as a delightful adornment to the parish cemetery, open to all, regardless of religion and belief. The chapel and cemetery are now assets of the Parish and are maintained by Shermanbury Parish Council. Any resident of the Parish has the right to be buried in the cemetery or have a memorial stone placed. Two years ago a survey revealed serious cracking of the walls, particularly at the corners which were gradually increasing in width. The Parish Council therefore had to decide whether to repair or make

it safe, which would probably result in demolishing the chapel. Although costs were a major influencing factor, the loss of such an important Parish asset helped the council decide to have this historic heritage repaired and commit to maintaining it for the benefit of all future residents. These repairs were completed in early 2016, thus satisfying one of the draft Parish Neighbourhood Plan obligations. Dawn Langston

YELLOW DOG UK PROJECT I was very pleased to read the information supplied by our local vet, Jonathan Underwood in the March magazine. I have now purchased a yellow coat for my dog who has just the problems described. The coat is printed with ‘I need space’ and is highly visible. I would like to stress that for anyone who has rescued a dog it is never clear what problems they may have, or when these might become an issue. Bertie was never socialised as a puppy, and is therefore very nervous. He is never off lead on walks, and always wears a muzzle – mainly for my peace of mind. We have worked hard to make him more relaxed, and he has had special one-to-one training from a professional dog trainer. He may never completely lose his fear of other dogs, and it is therefore incumbent on me to manage his problems. Those of us who love and enjoy our dogs should remember that there are many people around who are not dog lovers; young children and the elderly particularly are very vulnerable when dogs are running loose. I love to see dogs running free, but I would suggest that maybe public footpaths/areas etc are not the place for this activity unless the owner has complete control and their dog answers to instant recall. There are many people we do meet on our walks who are very understanding and I thank them for this. Dogs often get a bad press, but they bring great happiness and comfort to many people. We owe it to them to make sure we all do the right thing. Shirley Abbott

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MAY 2016 | News TRACEY SMASHES 500 MILES, WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FRIENDS! Tracey Prescott has reached her total of 500 miles in one year after a mammoth 200 mile bike ride on 2&3 April. To date the team have raised just over £6,000 (inc gift aid) to be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Gary Dunk and Henfield Leisure Centre. The 200 mile cyclists included; Sammie Bremner, Adrian Hillman, Di & Henry Game, Mark Francis, Rosie Lee, Anthony Scutt, Anya Komanec, Kirsteen Daly, Kenney Wyatt, Bek Seager, Chris Kennard, Chantelle Muzeen, Barry Carter, Emma Johnstone, Jo Smith, Laura Smith, Callum Wyatt, Kaz Morley, Martin Hayne, Irene Ashworth and Alistair Daly. Special thanks go to Simon and Henfield Leisure Centre for allowing the team to use the facilities at the end of both days, to Lee Gold & Peewees Hair ltd for sponsoring the Team 200 finisher medals. To Sophy Ping, Lara Short, Christina Cheyne, Charlie Prescott, Natasha Scutt and Tim Franks for all there support for the two days cooking and setting up for everyone at the finish of both days. Tracey’s husband Steve Prescott provided two days of amazing support driving the support vehicle and making sure the team had supplies. He was buddied by Sandra Parsons from HART as medical support.

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alling all young buccaneers, pirates and swashbuckling adventurers… Sharky’s Soft Play at Henfield Leisure centre is now open for business! After months of building works and disruption, everything came together on time for the opening of Sharky’s Soft Play in March this year! Following a countdown, the ribbon was cut by guests of honour Peter James (local author) and Sheila Matthews (former Henfield Councillor). The privilege of being the first person to test out the soft play was given to Henry Francis, a very special four-year old who came up with the fabulous name of Sharky’s in the competition to find a name! The project to bring a soft play centre to Henfield has been a real community effort. It was spearheaded by the Leisure Centre management committee and built by Brighton builders Kingsgate and lots of local businesses,

tradespeople and volunteers have been involved in from start to finish. Barry Mitchell of the Henfield Leisure Centre Committee was tasked with looking at new revenue streams for the Leisure Centre and came up with the initial concept. “I’ve got four grandchildren of my own and I know how little there is in the village for small children so I thought that a soft play centre would be ideal. With the support of both Horsham District Council and Henfield Parish Council we managed to get the project off the ground. Seeing the joy on the faces of the children here today is great!” Barry approached local Local architect Roger Minost to design the building. Roger worked on the creation of initial designs through to the tendering process and building specifications. “I think it looks wonderful, so bright and colourful

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and I hope it will be really successful for Henfield Leisure Centre. The available space was quite long and we managed to achieve a good height for the play equipment. I think local children will really enjoy this new facility.” Both Henfield Parish Council and Horsham District Council have been extremely supportive of the initiative. Former Councillor and local resident Sheila Matthews in particular was instrumental in building support for the project: “I think this is one of the most exciting projects the village has ever seen. I do have to congratulate the committee who have worked so hard – it will bring in children of all ages and their families and I wish the team every success.” Local author Peter James has been an enthusiastic supporter of the project right from the beginning: “It’s a great initiative and it’s a serious bit of kit - I’ve definitely got kid envy! I’m a big supporter of Sussex charities – It’s fantastic to give a bit of support to a project and then come back a couple of years later and see it all up and running.” Brian Snell from The Bull and local joiner Lee Catty are just two of the local people involved in pulling the project together. Brian, who worked on the design of the kitchen with Roger Minost, said: “I

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t’s Festival time again and, as always, we have a packed programme for you with something for all ages and tastes. Some of the old favourites return (it wouldn’t be Steyning Festival without the Theatre Trails, or the walks on the Downs or the fabulous Art Trail) and we have a plethora of star attractions including Craig Charles, Steve Knightley, Vince Cable, The Comedy Store Players (back by popular demand), Frank Gardner, Alison Weir, Cressida Cowell and our very own Julia Donaldson. Local talent will feature in a production of Bedroom Farce by The Steyning Festival Players and the finals of The Steyning Festival Young Dancer of the Year Competition. If you missed the amazing 1614 Dance up at Wiston at the end of the last festival, there is another opportunity to enjoy this wonderful location when you will be able to wander round the gardens and discover a medley of entertainment set among the flower beds. Children of all ages will even be able to listen to Simon Brett reading Beatrix Potter stories in the vegetable garden. Children are well catered for during half term with a whole week of activities and events including puppet shows, craft sessions, story times, a toddlers’ disco and, of course, The Grufffalo and friends. For the older ones there is SDS acoustic

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enfield Football Club attained FA Charter status a few years back and with over 200 youth players and eight squads at youth level, the Club continues to grow. It is a big part of local children’s, parents’ and grandparents’ lives on match days! For the fourth consecutive year Henfield FC are hosting a Youth Football Tournament on the Kings Field. The tournament, for Under 7s through to Under 16s, has attracted entries from across Sussex and beyond and is being held over the week-end of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May. We are already ‘sold out’ with a capacity 136 squads having entered. The tournament is run on a group basis, culminating in the finals at the end of each session (around midday and 4pm) on both days. We kick off on Saturday morning with the Under 7s, 14s and 16s; followed by the Under 9s, 13s and 15s in the afternoon. Sunday morning sees the Under 8s and 10s and the afternoon moves on to the Under 11s and 12s. Most age groups have a number of host Henfield FC squads competing, so please do put the dates in your diary to pop up and watch the matches and cheer on our Henfield teams! We naturally hope the week-end will be a success (please let it be dry!) We are really grateful to the many local traders that have readily supported

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the Club by advertising in the 40-page full colour tournament programme or providing raffle prizes and we hope they too will benefit financially from our guests and visitors to the village. The programme (£3) includes a free tea/coffee voucher and is packed with all the information you need – look out for it in the lead-up to the week-end. On site we will have refreshments as well as a bouncy castle and the ever-popular ice cream van. Grateful thanks to HART and Henfield Medical Centre who will be in attendance. With the numbers expected there will inevitably be additional traffic leading to parking issues. As in previous years we will have stewards around the immediate area (Fabians Way, Northcroft, Deer Park, the Leisure and Medical Centres, Youth Club etc) to direct and assist, as well as clear directional signage in place for the visiting squads. We apologise though in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused to local residents by the additional street parking and traffic, which we will endeavour to keep to an absolute minimum. Please do come along and support our village’s youth football teams as they play with pride and passion and no little skill too. Paul Samrah, Secretary Henfield FC

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Local interest | MAY 2016

Quirky, quality and quintessentially English… Informative and friendly… I’ve been waiting a whole year for the next one... Not to be missed”. These are just some of our visitor’s comments about The Floral Fringe Fair to be held over the weekend of 4-5 June in the 1,400 hectare grounds of Knepp Castle, the private country home of Sir Charles and Lady Burrell. The fair is a celebration of Sussex and the countryside, wildlife conservation, plants, flowers and gardening, talented artists and makers, vintage stalls and delicious food from the many amazing local Artisan food producers that have sprung up in recent years. Visitors are amazed that such a tranquil spot is hidden just off the busy A24 right under their noses! Knepp Castle is a picturesque 1806, John Nash designed, gothic-style house approached via a long drive, through an atmospheric mediaeval deer park. Although the house is private, the beautiful, walled garden, which is not usually accessible to the public, will be open during the fair. Floral Fringe welcomes visitors to arrive in their

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A review of the March 2016 Budget

he Chancellor’s Budget, which cut growth forecasts for the UK economy, was given at a time of great uncertainty – partly coming from the global economy failing to recover as quickly as hoped and partly from whether we stay or leave the European Union. In this period of lacklustre growth and uncertainty, the Chancellor was reluctant to cut taxes or dramatically increase spending in the short-term. However, after believing that the rates of Corporation Tax were already decided for the next few years, we had a surprise extra reduction with the rate reducing from the expected 18% to 17% in April 2020. Also, the main rate of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) was cut from 28% to 20%, but with buy-to-let landlords and second home owners still suffering the higher rate. We already knew that pensions would be left largely untouched, so a new savings vehicle called a Lifetime ISA will be available to individuals aged under 40. This will run in parallel to the existing pension regime. If it proves a success, it may evolve into the pension ISA which had previously been suggested. Individuals will also be pleased to see the tax free personal allowance and 40% tax threshold increasing. So, from April 2017, the 40% tax rate will only apply to those with income above £45,000. Motorists will be happy that fuel duty continues to be frozen instead of the expected increase, but will be less happy if they enjoy fizzy drinks as the sugar tax now due to be imposed on drinks manufacturers will almost certainly be passed on to the consumer. Here are some highlights/lowlights!... Stamp Duty - Higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax will be charged on the purchase by individuals’ “additional residential properties”. The same higher rates – which are 3% above the current rates – will also apply where companies purchase residential property (except where the flat 15% rate applies). As far as individuals are concerned, the higher rates will apply where at the end of the day of the purchase, the individual owns two or more properties, although individuals who are replacing their main residence will be excluded. When this proposal was originally announced, it was intended that the higher rate would not apply to “significant investors” (i.e. those who were considered to “positively contribute to an overall increase in housing supply”) but this has been quietly dropped and so the new rate will apply more widely than originally thought. This measure is likely to deter some residential property investors and in addition it may cause a few headaches for those individuals who need to work out whether or not they can be classed as “replacing their main residence”. 6 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

Insurance Premium Tax - The rate of Insurance Premium Tax is increasing from 9.5% to 10%. Private client - For the 2017/18 Tax Year, the personal tax-free allowance will increase to £11,500 (2016/17: £11,000) and the higher rate tax threshold will increase to £45,000 (2016/17: £43,000). As well as taking some lower paid workers out of tax completely and reducing the number of individuals subject to higher rate tax, these changes will also reduce the tax liability of other 40% taxpayers earning under £100,000 by increasing the threshold at which higher rate tax becomes payable. From 6 April, CGT reduces for individuals, trustees and personal representatives but subject to exclusions for residential property and carried interest for private equity managers. The existing rates of 28% for trustees and higher rate taxpayers and 18% for basic rate taxpayers will be reduced to 20% and 10% respectively for gains realised on or after 6 April. Gains on residential property (if not exempt e.g. under the principal private residence rules) and on carried interest will remain taxable at the existing 28% or 18% rates. Only around 0.5% of taxpayers actually pay CGT, so the change will have no effect for many people but for those it does affect there will be a significant reduction in their tax liability on gains. The differential rates for residential property will inevitably add some extra complexity and continues the recent trend of less favourable tax treatment for such properties. With an increased differential between Income Tax and CGT rates, now as much as 25%, there will be an increased incentive to take returns as capital rather than income where possible. The annual ISA contribution will rise from April 2017 to £20,000 from £15,240. Furthermore, from the same date the Chancellor will introduce a new “Lifetime ISA”. Anyone under the age of 40 will be able to start one of these plans which will allow up to £4,000 per annum to be saved every year and savers will receive a 25% bonus from the Government on this money. You will not be able to contribute further after you reach 50. The money invested into the Lifetime ISA can be saved until the age of 60, when all the funds can be withdrawn tax free. You will be able to withdraw the money at any time before that, but will not receive any bonus and will have to pay a 5% charge. Class 2 NICs, currently payable at the rate of £2.80 per week by self employed individuals earning over £5,965 per year, will be scrapped from 6 April 2018. For further help and guidance, please contact Paul Samrah on 01737 778546 or email

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Index of advertisers | MAY 2016 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

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Coles Automotive Ltd 38 Mile Oak Servicing 59 Setyres 68


Beechcroft Landscapes 58 The Green Reaper 57 Jack’s Mowing 63 Hamfelds Home & Garden 22 Rooted Garden Services 54 Rushfields Plant Centre & Gifts 30 S. Goodridge Gardens 57 Stonepit Nursery Ltd 13



Bloxham Construction 17 Downs Southern Ltd 62 Henfield Homes Ltd 59 Kingsgate Building Services Ltd 25 M Davies Carpentry & Joinery 15 Nigel Parsons 51 Optimal Property Solutions 55 PJB Building Solutions 54 Willow Construction 56

Hobjoin’s Barn 33 Katherine Lawrie 49 The Steyning Bookshop 33

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B&I Carpets 58 Selectacarpet 61


Ben Daniels Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning


Henfield Help Line PC Doctors (Stanly Associates Ltd)

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The Conservatory Co.


Alice’s Dog Grooming In The Doghouse Rebecca’s Dog Grooming

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BHW Glass Ltd N. Constantine Double Glazing Repairs

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J. D Cleaners


Jeremy Crawley Henfield Electrician JW Wickens Electrical Ltd Lanmar Electrical Solutions

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CB Powell Ltd


Westridge Farriers


Bankhouse Electric Gates The Henfield Fencing Co. R.J Meaker Fencing Limited

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Robert Slaughter Independent Financial Advisor 36


Rushfields Farm Shop & Cafe Swains Garden Centre & Farm Shop taste...deli catering


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C&T Radmall 37 Henfield Funeral Services 44

GARAGES REPAIRS AND SALES Boretech Engineering Braziers Garage Henfield

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HANDYMAN & PROPERTY SERVICES Geoff’s Handyman Services Optimal Property Solutions Henfield Homes Ltd

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DB Foot Clinic 46 Hear to Listen 49 Henfield Chiropractic Clinic 49 Henfield Eye Care 48 Henfield Podiatry Clinic 49 House of Healing 28 Pilates Evolved 29 Sussex Osteopath & Complementary Health 34

INTERIORS, BLINDS & UPHOLSTERY East Barn Interiors Ltd Ray Bishop Upholstery Re-Seated (Helen Puxley) Simply Blinding Ltd.

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