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December 2017 #137

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DECEMBER 2017 | Contents

06 What’s On



24 28


12 News

from the BN5 area



Henfield Christmas Shopping Evening

28 Christmas

Big BN5 Christmas Draw



35 Christmas

Christmas Tree Festival

36 Local Interest

Anne of Green Gables

50 Local Interest Billy Liar review


55 Local Interest Food banks

60 Local Interest

Steyning Rugby Club


66 Index

It’s that time of year again when we get very excited about the Big BN5 Christmas Draw! We have some amazing prizes donated by our wonderfully generous local businesses and we are truly grateful for their support. This year our chosen beneficiary is the Brain Tumour Charity, prompted by the inspirational story of local resident and owner of Hamfelds, Olivia Pugh, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year. Last year we raised over £3,700 – an enormous amount of money - for St Barnabas House Hospice and we are hoping to raise even more money this year for the Brain Tumour Charity. Every penny from the sale of Draw Tickets will go to this remarkable charity – see page 28 for more details of prizes and where you can buy your tickets from – so you can be sure that you are helping a very worthy cause. The Henfield Christmas Shopping Evening this year takes place on Friday 8 December. As always it will be a wonderful community event with plenty of festive fun – do put the date in your diary and see page 24 to find out what’s happening. According to the foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust, demand for foodbanks has soared over the past 12 months, with 54,958 three-day emergency food supply parcels given out in the South East alone between April to September this year. Over 90% of food given out is donated by the public and our feature on page 55 shows you how you can help stop people going hungry this Christmas. Finally, all of us here at BN5 Magazine would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas. Editor

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Samuel McIlhagga, Dee Sharpe and Martin Love. Cover image of Henfield Furnishings Christmas window last year taken by Amanda Lucas. Additional artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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What’s on | DECEMBER 2017 Due to the number of events this month, some regular repeating events have been omitted. For a full listing of events, see www.

Friday 1 December

Henfield Short Mat Bowls Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm (& every Fri)

Rushfields Christmas Evening

The Victory Vs along with our Jazzled Toddler Group Choir. Tickets 01273 494300 or Fulking Village Hall, 10-11.30am (& every Weds) Christmas Market Play & sing. Suggested donation £1. St George’s Church, West Henfield Byways Grinstead, 3pm Henfield Library for start, 10am Market followed by Carol Service at (& 20th) 6.30pm. 2-3 miles. No dogs. All welcome, led by trained volunteers. No need to book. Small Dole Art

Monday 4

Small Dole Village Hall, 2– 4pm Rushfields, 4-8pm (& every Mon) Late night shopping, BBQ, special Informal art group, new members offers, children’s entertainment and most welcome, just turn up. Santa says he will pop in too!

Dark Star Christmas Shopping

Dark Star Brewery, Star Estate, 5-7.30pm

Studio Shards Open Studio

Henfield Table Tennis

The Chapel, Fulking, 10am11.30am (& every Weds, & 2nd Sun 2-4pm) Books, CDs, and DVDs.

Carers’ Support Group Henfield Free Church Hall, Henfield Free Church Hall, 2-3.30pm (& every Mon) Open to all, £2.50 per session. Call 10.30am–12pm (every 1st Weds) carers group for 01273 494352 for more information. Friendly Maidment Court Cribbage information, support and to meet other carers. Club

Broadreeds, The Street, Fulking, 5-8pm (& 2nd 11am-3pm) Maidment Court, Henfield, 2pm Open studio with other artists. (& every Mon & Thurs 7pm) Refreshments in aid of Macmillan. Open to all. £3 per session.

Henfield Camera Club

The Book Nook

Youth Club (School years

Girls Football Training

Kings Field, 6–7pm (every Weds) Sessions open to all primary age girls. Contact Donna 07584 308414.

Free Church Hall, 7.30pm 6, 7 & 8) Second Competition, set subject, Henfield Youth Club, 6.30-8pm (& Henfield Lions Club “Up Close”. Judge: Don Morley. George Hotel, 7.30pm (& every every Mon, term-time) 1st Weds) Steyning Jazz Club New members most welcome. Steyning Centre, 8.30–11pm (& Steyning 2 Mile Stroll every 1st Fri) The Dave Chamberlain – Danny Steyning Health Centre for start, Rhyme Time 11am (& 19th) Moss Jnr Quartet. 2 mile stroll. All welcome, led by Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am trained volunteers. No need to (& every Thurs) Sussex Woodcraft Annual book. Fun with music for pre-schoolers.

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Saturday 2 Show

Youth Club (age 8-11)

Henfield Hall, 9am-4.30pm Henfield Youth Club, 6-7.30pm (& Large exhibition of members’ work, every Tues, term-time) plus many stalls selling locally Fun for our juniors. made handcrafted wooden items.

Henfield Parish Council Katherine Lawrie Jewellery Meeting Exhibition Garden Room, Henfield Hall, The Steyning Centre, 10am– 4.30pm Unique and beautiful jewellery.

7pm (& every 1st Tue)

Henfield Garden Club

Henfield Unattached

White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Thurs) For those who are alone. Call 01273 495820 or just drop-in.

Jazzled Choir

Corpus Christi Church Hall, 1.30–3.30pm (& alt Thurs) All ages and abilities welcome, especially people with memory loss.

Henfield Hall, 7pm (& every 1st Tue) Christmas social, this year with Thursday Circle Henfield Guide Hut, 7–10.30pm a nautical theme. Members may Henfield Free Church Hall, Contact Eileen on 07976 413477 or bring one guest. 2.30–4pm (& ever 1st Thurs) Carol singing get together.

Fun Quiz Night

Sunday 3

Know Dementia Christmas Extravaganza Henfield Hall, 2-5pm

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Henfield Computer Club

Art with a Difference

Sobell Court Lounge, Henfield, Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2.30-5pm (& every Thurs) 9.30am-12pm (& every Weds) Help in an informal atmosphere. All materials provided. Contact 01273 493403. For even more events listings go to

DECEMBER 2017 | What’s on Anniversary Celebration

Christmas Wreath Sale

Sussex Osteopathy Clinic, 5-8pm Cowfold Village Hall, 2–4pm Drinks, nibbles and sale of Beautiful hand made wreaths for sale. Cakes, refreshments and Christmas gifts. Christmas themed tombola. In aid Christmas Starts Here of St Peter’s Church, Cowfold. Henfield Hall, 7– 9.30pm Memory Moments Café Charity concert in aid of St Barnabas. including Sidonie Winter, Henfield Free Church Hall, 2-4pm Sussex Wind Quintet, The Bothy (& alt Sat) Singers, St Peter’s School Choir All welcome, especially those with accompanied by Brass Fusion. memory loss. Tickets from Henfield Furnishings. Bowling Club Presentation

Friday 8

Art Gallery Christmas Event

Shoreham Gallery, 10am–8pm Unique gifts and free gift wrapping.

Henfield Wild Violets WI

Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 2nd Mon) Will The Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up - Janet Robson. Visitors welcome.

Tuesday 12

Dementia Friends Information Session

Henfield Haven, 9.30am Free. For more information contact the Henfield Haven.

Henfield Flower Club

Henfield Hall, 7pm Henfield Hall, 2–4.30pm (& every Members and their guests 2nd Tues) welcome. Ticket only event. The Night before Christmas. Presented by Ann Marie Dicker. Member’s exhibit – Christmas Time.

Sunday 10

Henfield Conservation Volunteers

Woodmancote Parish Council Meeting

Broadmare, 10am Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Pavilion, Blackstone, 7.30pm (& 10am–12pm (& every 2nd Fri) Pond work. Contact 01273 494566 every 2nd Tues) One Woman Show-Musical or HART Christmas Quiz Extravaganza’. Ann Chance Community Sunday Lunch White Hart, 8.30pm performs. Henfield Haven, 12.30pm (& In aid Henfield Area Response Southwater Walk every 2nd Sun) Team. Teams up to 6. £100 cash Southwater Country Park, 11am Jointly organised by St Peter’s prize for winners. Call 01273 (& 22nd) Church and the Haven. Call 01273 492006 to reserve table. 2 ½ miles level, no stiles. All 494747 to book. welcome, sociable, led by trained Festive Concert volunteers; no need to book. Knit and Natter Henfield Hall, 2.30– 5pm Little Fishes An afternoon of entertaining music Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30amSt Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (every Fri) with Brass Fusion. Tickets on the 12pm (& every 2nd Weds) We knit gift items and children’s For pre-school children and their door. for various charities. carers. H’point Singers Christmas clothes Donated wool appreciated.

Wednesday 13

Christmas Tree Festival

Evangelical Church, 5.30-8pm (and Saturday 10th, 10am-4pm) Trees decorated by local organisations and businesses. Bell ringing, carol singing, crafts and refreshments. See article page 35.

Henfield Christmas Shopping Evening

Henfield High Street, 5.30–8pm Shops open late, festive shopping, street food stalls, fairground rides, Santa in his grotto and the Big BN5 Christmas Draw! See page 24.

Saturday 9

Steyning/Wiston Walk

Cricket Pavilion for start, 9am Downland dog walk. 2 miles, 1¼ hours. All welcome, sociable, led by trained volunteers; no need to book.

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H’point Village Centre, 2.30– WI 4.30pm Carols and Christmas songs. Henfield Hall, 12.30pm Tickets from Jan Ton News H’point, Christmas Lunch followed by the Hassocks Hardware or on the door. Catra Barbershop Quartet.

Lessons & Carols

British Legion Meeting

Henfield Club, 7.30pm St Giles, 4pm Service by Candlelight followed by Membership is open to everyone. wine/sherry, juice and mince pies. Steyning History Society Brahms German Requiem Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, 7.45–9.45pm (& every 2nd Weds) Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, 7.30pm Paul Green “History of the Evening Performance by Chanctonbury Argus”. Chorus and the choral society of Hurstpierpoint College. Tickets from the Steyning Bookshop, member Messy Church of either chorus, Hurstpierpoint Fulking Village Hall, 4.30-6pm (& College or on the door. every 3rd Fri) Crafts, stories from the Bible and a delicious supper. Call Chris 01273 The Arts Society Henfield 857322.

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DECEMBER 2017 | What’s on Henfield Camera Club

before 12pm on 14th Dec. Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Photo Hunt Results presented by Haven Café Festive Lunch Sylvia White and Christmas Social Henfield Haven Café, 12.30pm Evening. (& daily until 22nd) For further details contact the West Grinstead “Mince Henfield Haven.

Monday 18

Saturday 16 Pie” Walk

Downs Link Car Park for start, 10.30am – 1pm 5.5 miles. All welcome, sociable, led by trained volunteers; no need to book. Mince pies, tea/coffee, £1 to cover cost and donate profit to the railway carriage.

BP Guild Jumble Sale

Wednesday 20

St Barnabas Outreach

Lessons & Carols

St Peter’s Woodmancote, 11am Service followed by refreshments. St Peter’s Henfield, 5.30pm Service followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Evangelical Free Church, 6.30pm Carols by candlelight followed by tea/coffee and mince pies.

Health Link Lunch

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 12.30 pm All link drivers and coordinators welcome. Call 01273 492591

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Monday 25 Christmas Day

Christmas Day Services

St Peter’s Henfield, 8.30 & 10am Henfield Hall Car Park, 10amSt Giles, Shermanbury, 9.45am 2pm (& every 3rd Weds) Corpus Christi Church, 10am Information and support to patients Evangelical Free Church, and their families. 10.30am

Thursday 21

Sing Out Sister Choir

Henfield Hall, 2pm Henfield Haven, 2pm Deliver jumble to hall in the morning Local ladies singing festive tunes. or for large items contact 01273 Bereavement Support 492172 for collection. Henfield Haven Café, 4.15Family Evening 5.15pm (& every 3rd Thurs) Henfield Free Church Hall, Non-religious group supporting 6.30–8pm local people who have lost a loved Christmas party for families with one. Contact St Peter’s Church children of all ages. Office 01273 495532.

Sunday 17

St Peter’s Henfield, 11.30pm Midnight Mass. St Peter’s Woodmancote, 11.30pm Midnight Mass.

The Voice of Christmas Concert

St. Andrew’s Church, Steyning, 5.30pm See news item.

Sunday 24 Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Services St Peter’s Henfield, 4pm Crib Service. Corpus Christi Church, 6am First mass of Christmas.

Santa Presents’ Delivery

Henfield homes, 9am–12pm Santa’s delivery of children’s presents with the help of the BP Guild. £3 per child for carrots for reindeer and refreshment for elves. Please take your wrapped present to 8 Gresham Place, BN5 9QJ on; Tuesday 19th & Wednesday 20th December between 3-6pm, or Thursday 21st December, 3-7 pm.Contact 01273 492402.

Advance Notice Thursday 4 January HTC Anne of Green Gables

Henfield Hall, 7.30 pm (daily until 6 Jan) See article.

Saturday 6

Eco Friendly Tree Disposal

Homes in Henfield Organised by the BP Guild. To arrange collection, email ericsara1@ or phone 01273 494470.

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News | DECEMBER 2017 and cats voted for on Facebook as well as pictures of other entries on the front cover. All the proceeds from the calendar are going to two very worthwhile, local charities - the Retired Greyhound Trust and Paws and Claws. The calendar is available at either the Partridge Green or Henfield branches for only £6, or you can order one to be posted to you (cost of postage in addition). Please contact them and help raise some money for charity this Christmas! Jonathan Underwood



Santa has agreed to deliver your child’s present on Christmas Day with the help of our BP Guild. To cover costs of the carrots for Santa’s reindeer and refreshment for his elves the Guild seeks £3 per child. To help our Guildsman, presents/parcels will need to be delivered to Graham Denyer, 8 Gresham Place, BN5 9QJ on the following dates: Tuesday 19th/ Wednesday 20th December between 3-6pm, or Thursday 21st December, 3-7 pm. (If you have any enquiries, please ring 01273 492402).

Hawthorn Vets have produced a charity calendar for 2018 featuring some very photogenic local pets! Every year they run a fun Facebook competition to see which dog and cat becomes the face of Hawthorn for the following 12 months. This year the submissions were so good that they have made a calendar featuring the top 6 dogs Kenneth McIntosh

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DECEMBER 2017 | News CHOKING BOY SAVED BY HENFIELD LEISURE CENTRE STAFF Tom Kay, personal trainer and gym instructor at Henfield Leisure Centre, had his intensive first aid training tested with a real-life situation last month when he helped a child who was choking. Tom was one of the members of staff supervising lunchtime at the children’s holiday club at Henfield Leisure Centre when he noticed one of the children was struggling for breath and their face had started to change colour. He quickly realised the child was choking and gave him five back slaps to remove the obstruction. When this failed, he applied abdominal thrusts, exactly as he had been trained to do, and managed to dislodge the food from the child’s throat. The child recovered immediately and even wanted to finish his lunch! The Centre contacted the child’s parents and advised them to take him to the Medical Centre as a precaution. Simon Thompson, Centre Manager said, “We are all extremely proud of Tom and his actions, all the staff are trained by HART and do regular first aid courses with Kas Fletcher. Practicing in training is very different to it actually happening in real life and Tom’s quick thinking and actions were amazing.” HART responder Kas Fletcher said; “Saving someone’s life is an incredible achievement and saving a child is a very precious thing indeed - if Tom had not performed the correct action very quickly, the child could well have gone into cardiac arrest.” If any other local organisations or individuals would like to know more about first aid training please contact HART through their website and they will be pleased to pass on information or refer you to qualified First Aid trainers, or alternatively please contact St John Ambulance. Emma Osman

COLLECTING FOR THE SAFEHAVEN SHELTER Local residents Sara Boras and Michelle Taylor are collecting second hand or new gloves, thick socks and chocolate oranges for the Safehaven shelter this Christmas. We will make sure the donated gifts are given to the people who need them most, at a time of the year when they need to feel warm and thought of. The idea of someone not having a safe, warm, dry place to sleep during the cold dark winter months is unimaginable. Our community is so caring and generous, and we hope that those who are touched by the sadness of homelessness will give something. We can arrange doorstep collections, call Michelle on 0928 529783. Michelle Taylor

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REMEMBRANCE IN HENFIELD The annual Remembrance service and parade at St Peter’s Church and the Henfield War Memorial on 11th and 12th of November drew crowds of people paying their respects to the local men and women who had lost their lives in service to their country. A picture article will appear in January BN5. Editor

HENFIELD GARDENS AND ARTS FESTIVAL JUNE 9TH AND 10TH 2018 We are now looking for the delightful gardens of Henfield and their owners to join the festival in 2018. We welcome applications from all gardens, be they small or large. This exciting village event is enjoyed by many and if you would like to join in the fun please go to our website and complete the application form for a Private Garden. Our website address is If you prefer to complete a paper form please contact Liz Taylor, our gardens and venue coordinator, on 01273 491725 or email her at Liz is also your contact for any questions about entering your garden. We hope to welcome you aboard this event in 2018. Kenneth McIntosh

Henfield Antiques Fair Collectables, Jewellery and Bric-a-brac

Thursday 14th December 7am – 12.00 midday Henfield Hall

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News | DECEMBER 2017 CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH AND FRIENDSHIP The Festive season is a time to celebrate and enjoy good food and friendship, but it can also be a difficult time. At the Henfield Haven we would like everyone to have a peaceful and happy Christmas day. If you are missing your family or perhaps you feel alone, or you are caring for someone and you would both like some support and a cheerful lunch, we would love you to join us. We will be serving a delicious three course lunch on Christmas Day at 1pm. The price is £29.50 which includes a glass of prosecco and, if you’ve been good all year then Father Christmas may even bring you a little gift! Pre-booking is essential, with a £10 deposit. If the price is prohibitive please don’t let that stop you joining us, please give us a call in confidence. We are looking for volunteers to serve, wash up, wear paper hats and enjoy the festive fun with our guests! If you can help us with this community befriending idea please contact Lorette at the Haven on 01273 494747. If you enjoy our Haven cooking, we are serving Christmas lunches in our café from 18th-22nd December, 2 courses £12 and three courses £18, everyone is welcome to come along on these dates. Lorette Mackie

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WELCOME BACK FULL OF BEANS Full of Beans coffee shop on Henfield High Street re-opened under new management on 30th October with Halloween fun and treats for local children. They are now open 7 days a week, for details see page 27. Editor

HENFIELD FRIENDS OF ST. BARNABAS HOUSE (HOSPICE CARE) The ‘Christmas Starts Here’ Concert will be on Thursday 7th December at 7pm, in the Henfield Hall. It includes local opera singer Sidonie Winter, Amy and Martin Buss on brass, The Sussex Wind Quintet, The Bothy Singers, other local soloists; with Community Carols accompanied by Brass Fusion. Reserved seats £8, under 16’s free, available from Henfield Furnishings. This is always a good evening which sets off the Christmas feel in the Village. Mince pies and mulled wine are served in the interval. Visit our stall on the Village Shopping evening on the 8th December. Of course, we will also be singing Carols on the Free Church steps that evening and the following morning. The next meeting of The Friends is on Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7.30pm in the Free Church Hall. So, do come along, we are always looking for fresh ideas for fund raising. Peggy & Fred McComas

CORRECTION Last month we wrote about local residents Eileen and Bill Kyte’s diamond celebrations and some of the detail was transcribed incorrectly by us. Eileen was born in 1934 and they met after returning from service: Eileen in the NAAFI and Bill in the Royal Signals in Kenya. Bill drove for Southdown, then the National and finished his driving career for Stagecoach. We apologise to Eileen and Bill for these errors.

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DECEMBER 2017 | News HENFIELD BP GUILD - CHRISTMAS REMEMBERING OUR LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS COLLECTION SCHEDULE 2017 We plan to undertake our Christmas Collections with Father Christmas on his sleigh and a recording of BP Guild members singing carols on the dates below. We try to reach most of the properties in Small Dole and Henfield, but for those not listed, we apologise. The sleigh has limited turning. We also hope you will support our Barclays Bank and Swains Farm Shop collections. All the money raised goes to the Senior Citizens Party in September. Wednesday 6th December - Silver Birches, Hoewood, Tottington Drive area, Downsview, Sands Lane, Shoreham Road & New Hall Lane in Small Dole. Friday 8th - Village Evening. Saturday 9th - Barclays’ Square 9am–1pm. Monday 11th - West End Lane, Bishop Park, Upper Station Rd, Church Lane, Church Street, Pinchnose Green area, Chestnut Way, Martyns Close. Tuesday 12th - Hollands Road, Staples Barn, Gresham Place, Northcroft, Kings Field, Flower Farm Close, Fabians Way, Broomfield Road, Batts Drive, Greenways, The Hooks. Wednesday 13th - Station Road, Beechings, Lower Station Road, Lower Faircox, Dropping Holmes, Chanctonbury View, Windmill Lane, Nep Town Road, Nep Close, Weavers Lane, South View Terrace, King James Lane, Blackgate Lane, Hewitts. Thursday 14th - Parsonage Road, Nyes Close, Benson Road, Furners Lane, Furners Mead, Daisycroft Friday 15th - Wantley Hill, Meadow Walk, Manor Way, Manor Close, Barn End Saturday 16th - Swains Farm Shop 9am-1pm Monday 18th - London Road, Cagefoot Lane, Mill Drive, Cedar Way, The Common Tuesday 19th - Deer Park estate Wednesday 20th - Spare evening in case of reindeer strikes or bad weather earlier in the schedule. Saturday 23rd - Swains Farm Shop, 9am-1pm

As from 1st December we will be displaying our memorial Christmas tree in our office for our families who have lost someone dear to them. We will be providing some Christmas tree tags for you to write a private message to your loved one, you can either pop in to us at our office to hang them on the tree, or you may post the tags to us and we can place them on for you if you wish. Please feel free to ask for more tags if needed for other family members to write on. These messages will be on the memorial Christmas tree throughout December. Karen Jordan

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THURSDAY CIRCLE On Thursday 7th December, we have our Carols “Get Together” at 2.30pm, in the Free Church Hall. This of course will be our last meeting of the year. Join us on Thursday 4th January at 2.30pm in the Free Church Hall, for our first meeting of 2018, which will be an informal tea. Do come and join us. Peggy & Fred McComas

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News | DECEMBER 2017 RAMPION ANNOUNCES £4 MILLION COMMUNITY FUND Rampion has announced it is to launch a £4 million Community Fund, which is set to benefit communities across Sussex. As well as incorporating a £3.1 million community benefit fund to support local community groups, charities and not for profit organisations, £800,000 will be invested in a Rampion Visitor Centre and a charitable donation of £100,000 is also being made to the local RNLI stations. The Rampion Fund at Sussex Community Foundation has been made available to support the local community. It is designed to help fund WINTER CARE KITS FOR THE local projects particularly those with links to the HOMELESS environment and ecology, climate change and A Moment for Change is a small outreach charity energy, as well as those that work to improve which works through the winter in Brighton and community facilities. Hove. We rely totally on secondhand and donated goods and volunteer time. We deliver these kits and essential items to those living on the streets on our weekly evening outreach missions. Do you think you would be able to contribute your secondhand items to these survival packs? Here’s what we aim to provide in each pack: Socks (a most requested item from those on the street), hat, gloves, scarf, waterproof jacket, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack/rucksack/duffel bag (for assembling the packs), toothbrush, toothpaste, lipbalm for cold chapped lips, plasters, anti-septic cream, small comb, notepad and pen. If you are considering donating, it would be fantastic to receive a full ‘pack’ from each person. However, The newly refurbished seafront arches in Brighton if this is not possible, anything is gratefully received were chosen as the location of the Rampion Visitor and all is appreciated. Please drop donations to the Centre, (planned to open mid to late 2018), due to Monday Market at the Henfield Hall on the 4th, 11th their view of the wind farm, high footfall location or 18th December between 9am-1pm. If you want and excellent public transport connections, as to get in touch visit our Facebook page at www. well as their size of floor space, which will allow or email sybie@ exhibitions and interactive displays for visitors to learn more about wind energy and discover the whole Rampion story. Thank you kind people of Henfield and beyond! The community benefit fund will be managed by Sybie Ross Talbot Sussex Community Foundation, a local grant-

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DECEMBER 2017 | News making charity with a successful track record in managing community funds and supporting local charities and community groups. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available, with higher grants up to £50,000 for larger capital projects. The deadline for the first round of grant making is Friday 12th January 2018. For more information about the Rampion Fund at Sussex Community Foundation or to apply visit rampion or call 01273 409440. More details about the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm including key facts and news updates at Paula Seager

RAMPION WINDFARM PRESENTATION: HENFIELD HALL Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 2.30pm. Entrance free, refreshments provided. The Henfield Hub and Henfield Hall Executive Committee have arranged for Chris Tomlinson (Development Manager for Rampion, EON Climate & Renewables) to talk about the Rampion Offshore Windfarm, covering construction, conservation and its route across country. Chris’s presentation will commence at 3pm, followed by time for questions. Pamela Chaston

PILATES EVOLVED SUPPORTS THE BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY This year, Pilates Evolved have chosen the Brain Tumour Charity for their 2017 Christmas Appeal, a cause so dear to the hearts of the Henfield people and to us, as a family, personally. We are delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause and will be donating a generous amount of profits from our classes at the Leisure Centre in the week before Christmas. We will additionally be donating a fantastic prize to the BN5 Christmas draw. The lucky winner will receive a gift voucher for a 1:1 introductory Pilates session and 6 weekly term of classes to get you moving in January! Liz Marks

A DATE FOR YOUR 2018 DIARY NEW YEAR BRUNCH Welcome in the New Year at a Brunch organised by The Friends of St Peter’s, Henfield on Saturday 13th January, 10.30am to 1pm in the Henfield Hall. Tickets £10 per person (includes a glass of Bucks Fizz) available from 01273 492294 and Village Care from early January. Book early for this popular event as numbers are limited and admission will be by ticket only! Diana Halsey

Gift Vouchers in store for the special person in your life Wishing all our clients a very Happy Christmas Please book now for December appointments BRICK LANE



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News | DECEMBER 2017 the year, the top teacher and others, some truly selfless and inspiring people. When announced as the winners, we duly stepped forward into the bright lights and Charles, totally unprepared but quick thinking, thanked all and praised the work that the coaches and volunteers in Henfield have done during the last few years. This award is something for the whole club. It shows that HTC is on the map, that we are a club worth being part of and a welcoming venue for visitors. It will be added to others in the trophy cabinet, for all to see. Well done Henfield. Elizabeth Brindley

HENFIELD TENNIS CLUB AWARD FOR BEST BUSINESS / ORGANISATION A huge thank you to More Radio and their listeners for nominating Henfield Tennis Club for the “Best Business / Organisation Award”. We were astonished to be nominated and humbled when witnessing those who were receiving awards before us during the ceremony at Ardingly on Thursday 12th October. We saw presentations to some amazing people, awards for community achievement, fundraising, courage, a parent in a million, young person of

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ECO-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL The BP Guild will collect your Christmas tree, chop it up and recycle the chippings for £5 per tree on Saturday 6th of January 2018. What could be easier than this and know that you have contributed to Henfield Scout Community Centre Building Appeal and the chippings mixed with compost enriching the soil! To arrange a collection please contact Eric Williams on 01273 494470 or Dave Malkin on 01273 493843.

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MARVELLOUS MUSIC AT HURST The renowned Chanctonbury Chorus is once again joining with choirs at Hurstpierpoint College, this time to perform Brahms’ German Requiem. Many will remember that their joint performance of the Verdi Requiem two years ago was simply tremendous. The concert takes place in the Chapel of Hurstpierpoint College on Sunday 10th December at 7.30pm. The soloists will be Lesley Jane Rogers (soprano) who is well known to local audiences for her beautiful and vibrant singing and James Cleverton (baritone) who is now making a great name for himself in opera in London and abroad. The Requiem will be conducted by Siobhan Denning. In addition, Neil Matthews will conduct the College Chamber Choir in Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region and under his baton the professional orchestra will perform the Organ Concerto by Poulenc with Kate Bray as the soloist. Tickets are £12 and will be available from the Steyning Bookshop, from a member of either chorus, from Reception at Hurstpierpoint College or at the door. Theresa Gilsenan

CLOSURE OF THE EATON’S BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER ADUR BETWEEN ASHURST & HENFIELD West Sussex County Council apologises for the delay in replacing the bridge between Eaton’s Farm, Ashurst and Catsfold Farm, Henfield. The bridge was closed in December 2014 following an engineering assessment that found the four piles that support the bridge were suffering from wet rot, with one pile being in very poor condition. Further investigation established there was significant section loss of the cross timbers supporting the deck. In the interest of public safety, the decision was taken to close the bridge. Due to the age of the bridge it was not considered to be cost-effective to repair the structure as this would require significant ongoing maintenance. Instead, a replacement bridge has been designed

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using modern materials and which meets current standards. Installation of the new bridge is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2018. In the meantime, the bridge will remain closed to the public as it is unsafe to use. Unfortunately, despite the closure and warning signs and temporary fencing surrounding it, the bridge has continued to be used and walkers have been putting themselves in danger; it has therefore been necessary for the Council to remove the decking boards from the bridge to prevent further use. The closest alternative bridge (Bineham Bridge) is located approximately 1km to the south. This can be accessed by the riverbank footpaths on either side of the River Adur. Enquiries regarding the closure should be directed to the Public Rights of Way Team on 01243 777620 or by email to, quoting the number of the footpath, Footpath 3625. Nigel Bird

HENFIELD LIBRARY NEWS Do you know anyone who is unable to get to their library? We have rebranded our Housebound Reader Service as Home Library Direct. This free service is for anyone who is unable to access the library due to age, illness, disability, caring responsibilities or other reasons. A volunteer will select your choice of books, large print books or audiobooks, deliver them to your home, and return them to the library. All of our volunteers are DBS checked. You can also download items from our eLibrary 24/7 - eBooks, eComics, eMagazines and eAudiobooks and we can offer some extra help with this if needed. If you would like this service or know anyone else who would benefit, please contact or visit your local library for an application form, or complete the online form. Or if you have some spare time and are interested in being a volunteer for Home Library Direct please find out more or apply online. Sallyann Burgess

FRIENDS OF THE HENFIELD HAVEN As the second anniversary of the opening of Henfield’s community centre approaches (on November 23rd) Friends, Patrons, Sponsors, Volunteers and Staff of the Haven duly celebrated on Thursday 12th October. The evening was attended by over 50 villagers, bound together by a desire to help the Haven to flourish and grow. Over a glass or two, and a delicious buffet from the Haven’s kitchen, CIC chairman Digby Stephenson and Tony Jackson of the Friends, updated the guests on the story so far and future plans. Digby Stephenson | 1 9







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100 MILE WALK FOR ST. BARNABAS COMPLETED! In August this year we published a report from Steve Parnell, who was about to undertake a 100 mile challenge for St. Barnabas House Hospice, some of you may recognise Steve in his role delivering medicines for Lloyds Pharmacy in his white van. Steve has now completed his 100 mile trek following the famous Wainwright’s coast to coast trail. We will publish the story of his trek in our January edition. Steve would like to thank everyone who has followed his journey and donated towards his fundraising target. You can find out more on his Just giving site for Barnabas House www. Editor

‘HENFIELD SHED’ UPDATE On Friday 20th October, the Henfield Shed was officially registered as a UK charity by the Charity Commission. This was the culmination of five months’ work by the Shed Trustees and now, a total of eight months on from the initial meeting to discuss the possibility of opening a Community shed in Henfield, we are almost there. So, what happens next? Now we are registered we are in a position to move ahead and get ‘Shedding’ in the Stokes garage located just

off the High Street. The Shedders are currently working on a long list of actions that need to be completed before we can officially open. This will culminate in fitting out the Shed with the tools we have had kindly donated to us by members of the village community. We hope to have this work completed by mid December and we hope to be open to members just before Christmas. In order to keep you fully updated with the progress of our work and membership information, we would like to invite you to visit our website: A lot of time and effort has been spent on creating this site and we are very proud of the number of people who have already accessed our website from around the world and provided many positive comments on the site. If you’re interested in joining this exciting new project, please get in touch with Peter Gumbrell via email, Pete Gumbrell

SUPPORT THE ROCKINGHORSE APPEAL Here is an excellent opportunity to support a Sussex Children’s charity, the Rockinghorse Appeal. We are selling Rockinghorse Charity Scratch Cards, packaged in pretty Christmas wrapping in values of £3 or £5. Slip inside Christmas cards, as stocking fillers, add as a finishing touch to a present, or a fun addition to the Christmas table. Free delivery in Henfield and nearby. I am happy to post elsewhere for a small postage charge. If you would like to purchase some please contact Julie Watson on 07748 985171. As Henfield volunteers, we also run the Rockinghorse Appeal weekly lotto which is a very important part of their fundraising. We are looking for more players, please contact me if you are interested. It’s just £2 a week, lots of weekly prizes and a star prize of £5,000. Julie Watson

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News | DECEMBER 2017 EVENTS & NEWS FOR BN5 PUBLICATION; SOME CHANGES Do you belong to a club, group or charity who regularly sends us dates or news events for the BN5 diary or news pages? Do you use the BN5 diary of events regularly? If so, please read on! From January 2018 we will only be accepting diary submissions via our website www.henfieldbn5., we are unable to accept emailed submissions from this date due to our new automated system which makes our submissions more accurate and quicker to process. The online form is simple to use and contains all the essential fields we need to publish your event accurately. It is very simple to use. Diary dates and news are published free of charge in BN5 and are a very popular way of achieving free publicity for local clubs, groups and charities. We are oversubscribed every month and it is not possible for us to fit every repeating event into the printed magazine - we apologise for any disappointment caused. We prioritise with oneoff local, charity and less usual events, across a variety of interests and ages. We hope to achieve a good balance of interesting things for everyone to enjoy and we work hard to support local organisations. Athough not every repeating event is shown in

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the printed BN5, you will find the complete listing of all events submitted, including repeating (at the moment 1,246 events) on our website, www. It is meticulously maintained by Sue Willis who works hard to make the diary incredibly comprehensive and accurate. You’ll find everything you need to know, including location maps, prices, times and links to further information. You can filter events by your preferences and even download them to your own calendar. This is also a free of charge service for local charities, clubs and groups which are non-profit making. The online diary is also a useful tool to check when planning an event for anything else which may clash with your chosen date (or you can look at the previous year’s events, to see what’s traditionally held on those dates, also very useful for planning). If you wish to send us a news item, please email 250 words maximum. Any images need to be high resolution for printing (300dpi at 120mm wide) or a file size of around 1mb. For copyright reasons we cannot publish pictures which do not have the full permission of the photographer. If your image contains pictures of children please contact us because we have guidelines about parental permissions. A very important note: we do not accept telephone or hand-written submissions due to potential inaccuracies while transcribing. Please make sure you send your submissions in good time for the publication date, clearly stating the title and month of entry in the subject field. As a rule of thumb, our copy deadlines are usually the first Friday of the month prior to publication (with the exception of short months or Christmas). News items are printed in order of receipt and local interest, and may be edited if we receive a large volume of submissions. We will have some exciting news regarding our new website very soon, so watch this space! Thank you for helping us; your online diary submissions will help us to keep this fantastic resource free of charge for the village. Emma Osman, Editor

REMINISCENCE COLLECTION PACKS SUPPORT DEMENTIA Did you know that Henfield Library have a Reminiscence Collection including over 100 Reminiscence packs of objects, books, music CDs, jigsaws and photos? There are over 20 themes, including 1950s, baking, gardening, World War II, football, childhood toys, seaside and more! Reminiscence helps re-awaken people’s memories of their experiences and lives and the packs are ideal for sharing with older people and people with dementia. Any pack can be reserved for collection at any library, free of charge, plus they are free to borrow. Sallyann Burgess For more news go to...

DECEMBER 2017 | News WHITE MISCHIEF TO CLOSE We were very sad to hear that White Mischief Bridal in Henfield High Street is due to close in the New Year, after trading in the village and helping to make brides look beautiful for over 12 years. Christine Marchant, owner, said; “It is with great sadness that I have decided to hang up my veil and retire from retailing. The company will remain trading in the wholesale sector. A sudden close bereavement and the fact that retirement is no longer on the distant horizon, coupled with the shop lease expiring, meant the time was right for me to make this decision.” The retail business is still for sale and there has been some interest, but if Christine does not find a suitable person to take over the business she plans to close at the end of January. The company will remain trading and will finalise all orders after this date. White Mischief opened in 2005 and quickly became one of the premier and most popular bridal boutiques in the South of England. Christine and her team of bridal experts have dressed brides from all corners of the country, stocking international designers like Jenny Packham as well as their own successful Augusta Jones label. “We have dressed thousands of brides over the years and we’re taking away hundreds of stories of

the fun in store with our customers, their families and friends, the sadness of those we have lost and the hundreds of babies that have proudly been presented to us,” said Christine. Henfield Parish Council Chairman Malcolm Eastwood said; “I am very sorry to hear that White Mischief will no longer be trading in Henfield. The shop has really become a feature of our High Street, particularly with their stunning window displays. We appreciate Christine’s commitment and involvement in the High Street and thank her for her enormous contribution to the village.” We wish Christine lots of luck for the future, her beautiful shop will be very much missed. Emma Osman

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s the countdown to Christmas starts, get yourself into the festive mood at the Henfield Christmas Shopping Evening taking place on Friday 8 December from 5.30 to 8pm. The High Street will have a lovely Christmassy feel with twinkling lights, Christmas carols and festive shop windows (which one will win the Window Dressing competition this year?), as well as the Big BN5 Christmas Prize Draw - it’s going to be another magical evening! From stocking-fillers to gift vouchers, there is the perfect present for everyone on Henfield High Street, whether their interests are hair and beauty, home and garden, clothes and jewellery or food and wine. Lots of shops and businesses will be open offering festive fun, treats and giveaways, so make a start on that Christmas list and take advantage of the many special offers just for that night only. In addition, there will be pop-up stalls selling a range of unique items from crafts and cakes to homemade jams and chutneys. The Henfield Friends of St Barnabas Hospice will be selling Christmas cards and gifts and you will be 2 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

able to pick up tickets for the Henfield Theatre Company’s seasonal production of Anne of Green Gables from Stevens Estate Agents, where, if your timing is good, you may get a sneak preview of singing from members of the cast! Children will be spoilt for choice with a huge range of fun activities. This year’s Sheep Trail is bigger and better than ever, in aid of the very deserving Hope House Haiti orphanage, our thanks to all the participating shops who have donated. Once all the sheep have been found, completed entry forms can be returned to the Library (by 30th December) The library will be open on the Shopping evening until 8pm with refreshments and children’s activities including stories, songs and festive craft as well as a Christmas character hunt. You can browse the charity Christmas cards, stocking fillers and books that will be on sale. Village Care will have a magician performing amazing tricks while you enjoy mulled wine and mince pies, and Stokes have some fantastic seasonal surprises planned: last year it was live reindeer in the garden, but what will it be this year?

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You’ll have to wait and see! Santa is rumoured to be making an official visit on the night and the Youth Club Elf helpers are busy getting his festive grotto on the High Street ready for him. The BP Guild Santa Sleigh will be on show and there’s also be a funfair with children’s rides and candy floss. And for a truly magical experience, don’t forget the Christmas Tree Festival in the Evangelical Free Church featuring 30 sparkling Christmas trees (see page 35 for more information). Many of the shops will be offering festive nibbles and drinks but if you need something a little more substantial, then check out the Rushfields Farm Shop street food van which will be selling hot festive pies, pasties and sausage rolls and Lui Crêperie who will be selling delicious savoury and sweet hot-filled crêpes from their vintage Citroën van. All the Henfield pubs will be open with food and entertainment, and Hartley’s are offering gin tasting for the grown-ups for extra festive spirit! And of course the BN5 Magazine team will be in their festive gazebo outside Barclays Bank, selling tickets for the Big BN5 Christmas Draw which will

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take place at 7.30pm in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity (tickets will also be on sale on the High Street on Saturday mornings in the run-up to the event). Last year we raised over £3,700 – an amazing amount – for St Barnabas Hospice and this year we are hoping to raise even more. We have fantastic star prizes this year including £300 John Lewis vouchers donated by A&B Matters and a spa day for two at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa worth £200, as well as many other amazing prizes (see page 28 for more details). This will be followed by an auction at the White Hart bar at 9pm, again in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity. Items to be auctioned include a pair of tickets to the live filming of Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tour donated by Amazon Prime and other fantastic prizes. As always we would like to say a HUGE thank you for the hard work of Carol Eastwood and the team from the Henfield Community Partnership, the Henfield Parish Council, the Henfield Traders Association and the girls from BN5 magazine, without whom this magical evening would not happen. Sarah Butler

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or some years now BN5 Magazine has been raising money for charity through a Christmas Draw. Every year the Big BN5 Christmas Draw just gets bigger and better and this year is no exception! Our choice of charity this year is The Brain Tumour Charity and this was prompted by the personal experience of local resident and owner of Hamfelds, Olivia Pugh. You can read more about Olivia’s inspiring story opposite, but the shocking statistics are: -Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and under 40s in the UK, yet receive less than 2% of national government funding -30 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day, with over 5,000 of those losing their battle every year -Whilst survival has doubled across all cancers, changes in survival rates for adults with a brain tumour have improved little compared with other cancers in over 40 years. The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families. They fund pioneering research to increase survival, raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours and provide support for everyone affected to improve quality of life. They are committed to having the biggest possible impact for every person affected, to defending the most amazing part of the human body - the part that makes you, you. We are hoping that our Big BN5 Christmas Draw 2 8 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

will raise a HUGE amount of money to help the Brain Tumour Charity support people like Olivia. We have been amazed by the generosity of the prizes donated by local businesses and are delighted to announce the following star prizes: • £450 Wine & Golf Package from Manning’s Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate • £300 John Lewis vouchers donated by Accountancy & Business Matters • Ferrari Track Experience at Silverstone donated by Coles Automotive • Spa Day for two at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa • Two tickets for the live filming of Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘The Grand Tour’ And there’s more! A helicopter ride across London (Redhill Helicopters); six week ‘Pilates Evolved’ course; afternoon tea At Hotel Du Vin; a silver necklace (Penny Farthing Jewellery); a luxury foodie hamper (Rushfields); a meal for two at The Shepherd & Dog; four tickets for Horsham Ice Rink; dinner for two at Wickwoods; family season tickets for Sussex Prairies; cases of wine; hair stylist vouchers; massage treatments; a chocolate hamper and vouchers for meals out ....The list seems endless, everyone has been so generous! For the latest, continually updated list, go to www. To be in with a winning chance, all you have to do is buy your tickets before the draw which will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 8 December at the Henfield Christmas Shopping evening. But don’t Want to know more? Go to






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Olivia’s story

Earlier this year, completely out of the blue, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This may sound terrible but in fact, so far, it has been a very positive experience in my life. Never having been in hospital before, I now have the utmost respect and admiration for the NHS

and everyone who works within it. Aside from all that, the most uplifting and inspirational outcome of this whole saga was being introduced to The Brain Tumour Charity – a small but incredibly efficient charity whose message is one of hope and positivity for the future. The wonderful people of Henfield have always been incredibly welcoming and supportive to me since my arrival in the village six years ago. And just when I thought they couldn’t possibly do any more for me, I was overwhelmed to learn that our wonderful BN5 magazine has decided that this year, their Christmas Prize Draw will be in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity. But this is not just about me or my illness - this could strike anyone at any time. I sincerely hope you will never personally need The Brain Tumour Charity but it’s comforting to know they’re out there working behind the scenes on our behalf. To find out more about The Brain Tumour Charity please see or visit my Just Giving Page at www.justgiving. com/fundraising/Olivia-Pugh OLIVIA PUGH

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f you love all things festive, then head over to the Evangelical Free Church on Henfield High Street at the beginning of this month for the inaugural Christmas Tree Festival. The festival, which will be open on the evening of Friday 8 (to coincide with the village Christmas shopping evening) and all day Saturday 9 December, is a community event hosted by the Evangelical Free Church and will feature around 30 Christmas trees generously donated and decorated by local businesses. And if a display of 30 twinkling Christmas trees is not enough, there will also be an exhibition of the mini Christmas trees decorated by the children of St Peter’s Primary School! In addition to this there will also be craft activities and musical

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entertainment in the form of carol singing on the steps of the Church on the Friday evening, hand bell ringers (including have-a-go sessions) from 10.30am to 12pm and sing-a-long carols from 2 to 3pm on the Saturday. If you just want to sit back and relax and enjoy the festive environment, the Church will have an array of tasty refreshments available including warming teas, coffees and luxury hot chocolates and of course delicious cakes. The Evangelical Free Church are providing all this festive fun and refreshments for free, but donations for the charity Compassion, who raise money to support children in developing countries, will be very welcome. Sarah Butler

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t isn’t surprising to know that Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables are amongst the world’s top few longest running musical stage shows but it may be a revelation to hear that the much less well known Anne of Green Gables is up there too! This charming Canadian show opened in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 1965 and has been on the professional stage for almost all of the intervening years. And now it is coming to Henfield too, as the New Year production by the Henfield Theatre Company. Anne of Green Gables is an adaptation, by Donald Harron and Norman Campbell, of the classic novel, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, about a charismatic orphan girl who finds a new home in a small town on Prince Edward Island. The show’s funny, thoughtful and moving storyline supported by its beautiful

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musical score make it easy to see why it has been such a huge success. Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert are a middle aged brother and sister who live together on their farm just outside the town of Avonlea. Deciding to adopt a boy to help run the farm, they contact an orphanage to make the arrangements. When Matthew goes to Bright River station to collect the boy he is surprised to find only a young girl waiting for him, Anne Shirley. On returning with her to the farm house, Green Gables, Marilla is not pleased and they start to make plans for sending the girl back. However, Anne very quickly finds her way into Matthew’s heart and, more slowly, Marilla begins to appreciate her qualities. Anne is feisty, very talkative and somewhat dramatic but she has an infectious and charming outlook on life, seeing joy in all things. Her adoption into the community does not run smoothly, however; Anne is very sensitive about her red hair and freckles and can be quite explosive when her appearance is mentioned by others – something which causes chaos in the school room. The Henfield production, sponsored by Setfords Solicitors, is directed by Lesley Barnes, who is highly experienced in the role as well as being a former professional singer and music teacher. Lesley saw Anne of Green Gables many years ago, fell in love with it and has had ambitions to direct it ever since. The Musical Director for the show is Jane Haines, also a professional music teacher and very experienced in her role. Lesley and Jane are both well known in Henfield with many successful shows under their belts. This is going to be a great production and wonderful entertainment for all the family. Performances are at the Henfield Hall from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 January 2018 at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. The box office is at Stevens, Henfield High Street (phone: 01273 492141) and on line at the website below. Tickets, available from Monday 4 December, are priced from £7.50 to £13. For more information please see the HTC website: www. Martin Love

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illy Liar is a novel by Keith Waterhouse, written in 1959. It was adapted into a play for the Cambridge Theatre in London in 1960 and was later turned into a film and TV series. Billy Fisher is young, lazy and dishonest. Daydreams help him escape the mundanity of life with his parents and grandmother as well as his dreary job as an undertaker’s assistant in the northern town of Stradhoughton. His dreams become lies which get out of control creating various scrapes in life and love, which then generate more lies. The play is semi comic, mixing gritty reality with humour –a difficult blend to get right, but the cast nailed it with expert direction from director Ann Atkins. The superb production team produced a detailed set which pulled the audience back to the sixties with a cluttered room well furnished with chests, cabinets, a couch, table and wireless with clever touches such as the three flying ducks, display plates and a mirror on the wall and a crowded mantelpiece. Outdoors was depicted by the home front door opening out to a bench downstage left, with a garden gate on the opposite side. With deft interplay between the characters, the cast succeeded in creating the intense, domestically claustrophobic atmosphere required. Mary Matson excellently portrayed the grumbling tone and body language of Billy’s grandmother Florence Boothroyd while Helen Fyles was perfect as mother Alice Fisher, wittering around trying to appease everyone. Nigel Atkinson’s performance

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as Billy’s father Geoffrey a mass of pent up frustration and rage towards his feckless yet loved son was outstanding. Barbara, Rita and Liz (Alice Rogers, Karin Grierson and Lucy Walker) were faultless in their different roles as Billy’s girlfriends. Their exasperation with, yet devotion to Billy was a perfect portrayal of the confusion of young love. George Booker gave a winning performance as Billy’s friend Arthur Crabtree showing brilliant comic timing and expressions. Now I come to Milo Gardiner who played Billy Fisher. It was only after the performance somebody revealed that he was a few years younger than I had taken him for. This of course is a great compliment to the maturity of his acting. He was utterly believable as lazy, dreamy, lying Billy who somehow managed to make himself likeable despite his flaws. I have to commend the society for their front of house team who generated a happy and expectant mood with their welcome. The programme was colourful with engaging artwork on the cover and important touches such as the ‘director’s note’, a list of recent and forthcoming productions and of course the NODA logo! A great play by a hugely talented society. Dee Sharpe, National Operatic & Dramatic Association

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hilst Christmas is a wonderful time of year for many people, for many others it can bring additional pressures to already very difficult lives. As the cost of living rises and salaries stagnate, many working people on low incomes are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Food poverty, or hunger, is a real problem today in the UK and our corner of rural West Sussex is not immune. People who are ‘just about managing’ today could easily be pushed into poverty tomorrow through no fault of their own: Redundancy, long-term illness and unexpected bills are just three of many triggers of poverty and they can happen to anyone at any time. These combined with a steady increase in the cost of living and changes to the benefit system mean that increasingly, people are faced with difficult decisions: Do they spend what little money they have on feeding their children, paying the rent or heating their home? This is where foodbanks can help. People in crisis can be referred to foodbanks from a range of frontline professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers or Citizens Advice. The individual is issued with a voucher which they can then exchange at a foodbank for an emergency food parcel. They provide more than food too: They also offer a sympathetic listening ear and can signpost people to other charities and agencies who can help tackle the causes of poverty. Foodbanks are charities and as such are reliant on local communities to donate non-perishable tinned and dried food and essential non-food items and this is where we can all help: #everycanhelps

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ith autumn winding down and winter fast approaching you might be feeling the need to get outside and engage in fitness again. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer: but it’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, sport or group activity. One sport many of you may want to try, perhaps even for the first time, is rugby. Steyning RFC (Rugby Football Club) is the place to go! The club was founded in 1993 as the Norfolk Arms RFC by a group of mates out of the eponymous Steyning local. The club has had its ups and downs: moving through the local Sussex League’s divisions and changing in number from a large club to a small, and back again, over the last two decades. After a decline during the last few years, old and new players are now regenerating the club, specifically, through renaming it ‘Steyning RFC’ and pushing for an increase in numbers. Throughout, the club has always maintained its core values of friendliness, community engagement and openness. Ben Midgley, who I interviewed, described the renaming of the club as a new, and positive, start. 6 0 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

The revamped Steyning RFC trains on the Steyning Leisure Centre astro pitch on Thursdays starting at 7.30pm and ending 8.30pm. Training sessions include jogging around the field, warm ups, drills and passing practise, game scenarios and brief games of tag and contact. The club plays competitive Sussex League games on Saturday afternoons, although this season they will be playing in Division Four ensuring a gentle start for new players. Steyning RFC began the season playing friendlies against teams like Seaford before moving on to more competitive games. In tune with the Steyning RFC’s Facebook page objectives, to: “grow players and supporter numbers, solidify our future at heart of the community,” and to “raise the profile of the club via community engagement,” Ben Midgley described an imagined perfect Sussex ‘recruit’ to the team and what they should know. “We’re a social club that has a friendly ethos: mucking in, socials, helping each other out and importantly giving it a go. We’re a mixed bunch with some people who’ve never played before. We welcomed 10-15 new faces this summer and we’re looking

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for people from the area who want to play a bit of competitive rugby in a relaxed fashion. Steyning RFC is non-obligatory, you should just give it a go, there is a definite lack of club politics - we are a very personable team. Also, you shouldn’t worry, new players are given supportive ‘mentoring’ relationships with older more experienced players who keep an eye out for you.” I also asked Ben if he had any favourite moments from the process of bringing players into the club. “Starting contact rugby training is great and really good fun! One new guy hadn’t played since school but is really keen, taking on everyone including large players, he’s such a small, wiry guy who used to play wing and flank. With the right guidance, he will make an amazing flanker for the team. His enthusiasm is so encouraging.” We also talked about Steyning RFC’s competitive play and its ambitions for the next couple of years. The club is looking to play local games, and the current division is, “not too serious” being composed of mixed ability teams. Steyning RFC, is, according to Ben: “placed to do well in our division,” often playing against the third and

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aking an acquisition can speed up the growth and expansion of a business by enabling it to enter into new markets and broaden its customer base and product range, whilst reducing the risks of dependency and gaining critical mass. If the acquisition is integrated correctly, it can not only enhance earnings but also make the business more valuable, provided there is a well-planned strategy and funding package in place.

You need to ensure that the target company will be a good strategic fit with your existing business. Post completion the new acquisition should contribute to the value of the business as a whole, with minimal duplication of existing trade or administration. There needs to be a detailed plan and experienced team in place to ensure that integration is as smooth as possible and is not detrimental to your existing business. Taking these factors into account, you need to ensure that the price represents value for money. Your adviser’s role is to find out the price and negotiate the best deal on your behalf, in a confidential and professional manner. If done properly, an acquisition should represent a sensible method of expansion and diversification for your business. An acquisition can provide many advantages, however it can also be a potential minefield. A successful acquisition requires a great deal of planning, time and effort; following the steps below can help you make a successful acquisition. Strategy and planning - Good strategic planning is absolutely vital when an acquisition is made. The prime objectives of any acquisition are that it must fit with the long-term strategy of your business. A clear idea of the desired attributes of your target should be formulated. These will include the type, size, location and price of the business. Identification of potential targets - It is important to be proactive as it is unlikely that a golden opportunity will appear out of the blue. To find the right business, you will have to look for it. Professional advisers can help to look for the businesses that fit the criteria. When assessing a target business, some key factors should be considered:

ƒƒ How sustainable are its core markets? ƒƒ Is there good unrealised future potential? ƒƒ Is there a competent second tier of management?

ƒƒ How much future capital expenditure will be required?

ƒƒ Are there any adverse external factors outside the owner’s control?

Buying a business The initial approach - From the outset, the aim is to make the vendor want to sell the business to you. This means that your credibility must be established. Your interest in buying the business should be formally registered. To maintain anonymity, it is recommended that you make the approach through your own professional advisers. Preliminary due diligence - In order to ensure there are no major problems with the business, preliminary due diligence must be conducted before any firm offer is made. Due diligence is an exercise performed to collate further information about the target business. At this stage, it is a good idea to research the market and its primary competitors to get a feel for the business. Industry experts should be able to provide insights into the prospective demand for the business’s products or services, as well as the level of competition in the market. A visit to the business and meeting the vendor will also help to give you a feel for the organisation. The initial offer - You will need professional advice in order to value your target business. You should prepare your own profit projections by questioning the principles behind those prepared by the vendor. There may be areas where you believe cost savings will be possible, so incorporate these as well. Once satisfied with the proposed valuation, your initial offer should be submitted subject to detailed due diligence. Heads of Agreement - The ‘Heads of Agreement’ summarises the principal terms of the offer between you as the acquirer, and the vendor. It is important that this is tightly drafted with the help of financial and legal advisers in order to avoid any misunderstandings on key points. The Heads of Agreement should specify exactly what you are agreeing to buy (are you buying a company and therefore shares or are you simply buying the trade?), as well as the payment structure that you are proposing. It should also provide you with a period of exclusivity to carry out detailed due diligence and complete the deal. During this time, the vendor may be prevented from speaking to other potential buyers. It may be appropriate to insist on some preconditions, such as a minimum level of profits. It is also likely that you would wish to agree warranties and indemnities to be provided by the vendor. A warranty is a written statement that confirms certain key information about the business. An indemnity is a commitment by the vendor to reimburse the purchaser in specified situations.

Detailed due diligence - Once the Heads of Agreement have been signed, your accountants and lawyers will make a detailed investigation into the business. This is to ensure the accuracy of the information and assumptions on which the bid has been made. Negotiation of the final terms - A thorough due diligence investigation should put you in a stronger negotiating position on the final price. It is especially important that communication channels are kept open until the deal is closed. You should always bear in mind that there are two sides involved in completing the deal, so try and see things from the vendor’s perspective too. Post completion - Integration rarely goes as smoothly as anticipated, so it is important that you have a plan and timetable of how this should progress. Agree how the change of ownership should be announced. The announcement should be made as soon as possible to both employees and customers, emphasising the positive implications for them. Once this has been done, you should start to implement the steps that are necessary to achieve your key objectives.

For further advice on this or other business issues contact Paul Samrah on: 01737 781546 or Email

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