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April 2013 #81

Here comes spring! Henfield | Small Dole | Woodmancote | Blackstone | Edburton | Fulking

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APRIL 2013 | Contents

07 What’s on listings


13 News

from the BN5 area

26 Local interest

junior golfer Alfie Hutton


30 Local interest Swing Commanders

43 30


GP Camilla Drew

47 Motoring

advice from Coles

51 Pet Care

from Hawthorn Vets


53 Countryside identifying birdsong

64 Business

with Paul Samrah


66 Index

of advertisers

Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Richard Searles, Jess Price and Jonathan Underwood. Cover image of wren copyright Darin Smith, courtesy of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. 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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Editor’s LETTER

As we go to print the weather is anything but spring-like, with a blizzard only yesterday and Sussex at a standstill, knee deep in drifting snow. We’re hoping that by the time this April issue drops through your letterbox our front cover will be a little more representative of the current spring season, with freezing temperatures and biting gales a distant memory! During the snow many were stranded or had exceptionally long journeys home. Our Facebook page was constantly updated with road conditions, accidents and closures, thank you to all those who posted comments to help others. We are constantly reminded what a great community spirit we have in the village and this is proving to be apparent on the BN5 facebook site. If you haven’t ‘liked’ our page yet please do so (www.facebook.com/ bn5magazine) it’s how we keep everyone informed about immediate events and has some really useful information. Our website is undergoing its final test-runs and will be available soon for those who don’t use social networking. We hope you enjoy this issue, we’ve got some interesting articles and our news pages are flooded with stories and information. We’d just ask that you support our advertisers; without them we’d be unable to bring you BN5 each month. Shopping locally and using local service people is the best way to keep our Henfield economy healthy. Best wishes

Copy Deadline

Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the May issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 5 April. For editorial submissions email Emma Osman editor@bn5magazine.co.uk or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.

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APRIL 2013 | What’s on

Sunday 31 March

Part of Rural Henfield, Steyning & Upper Beeding Children & Family Centres. Call 01403 864668 for more information.

Find the Golden Egg! 

Henfield Youth Centre, 10.30am

Everyone is welcome to come along and see what we do. Prospective members are encouraged to attend a meeting to see if it is for them before joining.

The Community Church Henfield Jolesfield Community Choir Family Easter celebration - join the Jolesfield School, 7pm (& all Weds) fun! Starting with an Easter egg hunt and followed by a short family Open to all. Call Elizabeth Carey on Henfield Camera Club Celebration including refreshments. 07880 551 751 for more information Henfield Hall, 7.30pm or email e.carey@sky.com Andrea Farrell ARPS. ‘The Box JourHenfield Joggers ney’. A fascinating talk on Andrea’s Coffee Morning Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& route to a distinction in the Royal Photographic Society. St Peters Church, Woodmancote, every Weds)

Friday 5

Monday 1 April

Beginners course - a run/walk proCome and see some of our history on gramme building up to a distance of display, recently restored bells, stalls, 3-4 miles. Open to all. Email beginners@henfield-joggers.co.uk or just coffee & cakes. turn up. Also main meeting running Crib both on and off road. See www.henfieldjoggers.co.uk Maidment Court, 2pm (also 15,

Saturday 6

Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. George Hotel, Henfield High Street (& every 1st Weds) rawlings@saxonweald.com Meet to discuss fundraising activities, consider requests for assistance and organise social events. Call David Chatterbox Pryor on 01273 494442.

Henfield Cricket Club annual coffee morning


22 & 29 and 7.30pm every Thurs

Henfield Lions Club

Tuesday 2

Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& every Tuesday)

£1.50 includes all refreshments. Come and make friends and have fun.

HDC Health Walk

Thursday 4

HDC Health Walk Maplehurst, 10am

5 miles, no dogs. Meet in White Horse pub car park. Call Geoff on 01403 Steyning, 11am 2 mile stroll. Meet at Steyning Health 258180 or Pat on 01403 240654. Centre. Call Linda on 01903 816865 Rhyme Time

Action for Deafness

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs)

Henfield Hall, 2pm

Red Oaks Spring Bazaar Red Oaks, 9.30am-12pm

Come along and help us celebrate the start of Spring! Refreshments, Bottle tombola, home produce, bric-a-brac, books and of course a raffle

Cricket Pavilion, 10am

Great array of cakes, scones etc. A brick-a-brack store, plant and book sale, grand draw with great prizes, as well as our annual ‘grand national draw’.

8th Birthday Celebration White Mischief

A special event in store including a selection of great savings and rewards, glass of bubbly on arrival plus goody bag for the bride. See www.whitemischiefbridal.com for more information or call 01273 495566.

Exhibition by local artist

Hearing aid maintenance clinic and Free fun with music for pre-schoolers. Lyn Bedford-White information, advice and support on all Henfield Unattached The Steyning Centre, 10am-4pm aspects of hearing loss. (& Sun 7th)

White Hart, 11am (& all 1st Thurs)

Tai Chi

A meeting point for those who are A diverse range of paintings on display

Maidment Court, 2-3pm (& all Tues) now alone, and need to get out and in watercolours and acrylics, including Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 widen their horizons. Call 01273 local landscapes, views of Venice, still life, portraits and seascapes. Free ad226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. 495820 or drop in. mission. www.bedford-white-art.co.uk rawlings@saxonweald.com Play & Learn Together

Henfield Garden Club Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Lesley Chamberlain, will give a talk ‘Secret Sussex Gardens’. This talk is free to members, with admission for non-members only £3 per person.

White Hart Quiz

White Hart, 8.30pm (and Tues 16)

Henfield Leisure Centre, 1-2.30pm (& every Thurs)

Come along to our new ‘Play & Learn Together Sessions’ to explore play through children’s eyes! Part of Rural Henfield, Steyning & Upper Beeding Children & Family Centres.

Thursday Circle

Entry £2 a head. In aid of HART. Teams Free Church Hall, 2.30pm up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call Talk from Adrian Allen (son of our own Pauline & Tony) who has trav01273 492006 to reserve table. elled considerably and will tell us of his very first visit to South Africa. Refreshments will be served. Children & Family

Wednesday 3

Information Centre

Cowfold Village Hall, 9.30– 11.30am (& every Weds)

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South Downs Woodturners Portslade Town Hall, 7-10pm (& every 1st Thurs)

Birdsong for Beginners – SWT Course Woods Mill, 10am-6pm

Tutor Mike Russell. For more information and to book see www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/

Sussex Chorus

Lancing College Chapel, 7.30pm

Celebrating Benjamin Britten’s Centenary. Tickets £15, concessions £12, students & under 16’s £5 from 01444 412579, www.sussexchorua.org or The Dome Box Office 01273 709709.

The Equine Quiz Night

Henfield Village Hall, 7.30pm

In aid of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. Refreshments, homemade

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Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on | APRIL 2013 cakes, raffle and licensed bar. Food for all 10 talks! More information from hamper, chocolates, and wine to the Julia Dew on 492754. winning team, champagne and wine to the runners up. Entry ÂŁ5. Contact Linda at Linda.jones1@hotmail.co.uk Spring coach trip to London or call 01273 833211.

Wednesday 10

Monday 8

RNLI. Admission free. Opportunity to view and purchase high quality and interesting pieces.

Coffee Morning

St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, 10.30Henfield Post Office pick up, 8.45am 11.30am (& every 2nd Thurs)

Book early to confirm a seat. Drop off Join us in St Peters Church for fresh point is Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych re- coffee and homemade cakes. turning at 6.15pm. Cost ÂŁ14.50. Call Raynor Court, 10.30am-12pm Jill on 07713 161 343 for tickets and Jazzled Talk from Peter Bates on â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Farming in more information. Catholic Church Hall, 1.30-3.30pm the 40s and 50sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;¨ All welcome. CamHenfield Day Centre New Jazz, Blues and Swing choir. All eo is sponsored by the Community ages and abilities welcome. All music Church Henfield. For transport or fur- Information Day ther information call Gillian Fletcher Henfield Day Centre, 10am-3pm learned by ear. Cost ÂŁ4 per session (inc. tea/biscuits). To book contact MBE on 07885 640524. Open day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for more information see Jennie at info@knowdementia.co.uk news item.


Tuesday 9

Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mini-Market Maidment Court

Knit and Natter

Fun activity event

Thursday 11

A two-day fun activity event including, music and drama, scrap heap challenge, team building games, skateboard event, cooking plus much more. For children aged 8 years+. Contact the Youth Club for information.

Call Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 If you can knit or would like to learn or 07967 054742 or carol.rawlings@ join us for a morning of knitting, chatting and exchanging ideas. We are a saxonweald.com group of ladies who enjoy knitting for Henfield History Group charities. Ring Jean on 493171.

AGM & Talk

Free Church Hall, 8pm

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The History of Aviation in SE Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by local resident Richard Searles. ÂŁ3 non-members. Annual membership fee for 2013/2014 is ÂŁ10 single, and ÂŁ18 for a couple, covering entrance

Friday 12

Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm

RNLI Art Exhibition

Henfield Hall, 9.30am-6pm (& until 13th)

Henfield Youth Club (& Sat 13)

Saturday 13

Plant Sale & Coffee Morning

Annual Art Exhibition of work by tal- Henfield Hall,10am-12pm. ented Sussex artists in aid of the Plants, cakes and garden related items






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APRIL 2013 | What’s on for sale plus a tombola stall. Entrance is 50p including coffee and biscuit.

Coffee morning

Jumble Sale for PART Henfield Hall, 2pm

In aid of Partridge Green Area Responders (PART). For jumble collection call Eileen Lock on 01403 713383, email eileen.lock@btinternet.com or bring to hall In aid of Steyning Museum. Entrance on morning. £1. Cake stall, plant stall, bric-a-brac and raffle. The Triumphs of Oriana

Penfold Hall, Steyning, 10.30am12pm

Craft Fair

Hurstpierpoint Village 11am-3pm

St Peter’s Church, 7.30pm

Friday 26

Tennis Club Quiz Night

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm

Teams of up to six people. Bring your own food, drink available from the bar. £3 per person. To sign up or join a team, please contact Pepe at gmstra@hotmail , call 07815 414659, or the Leisure Centre on 01273 494984.

Saturday 27

A programme of 12 Elizabethan madrigals and solo lute pieces from Brighton Consort and Yair Avidor. Tickets £10 Jumble sale & auction (£8 concs) from 01273 835295, www. Henfield Hall, 2pm brightonconsort.org.uk or on the door. In aid of Busy Bees Playgroup. Refreshments available, cake stall & raffle. Swing Commanders Entrance 30p. Please bring your jumble Henfield Hall, 8-11pm along on the morning from 9.30am, or Evening of swing, boogie woogie, ring 494723. No large items please. jump jazz in aid of the Royal British Woodmancote and Legion Poppy Appeal and the Hen- Flavours of Spain Evening Henfield WI field Club. Tickets £15 from Jasmines Steyning Centre, 7pm Florist Henfield, Cowfold Post Office See news item page 17. Henfield Hall, 2.15pm A talk and demonstration on Tradi- or call 07864 023171. West Sussex Philharmonic tional Sussex Trugs from Sarah Page. Choir Tea will be served and there will be a ‘Flower of the Month’ competition. Shipley Arts Festival St Marys Parish Church, New members always welcome. For Borde Hill Gardens, 6.30pm Horsham, 7.30pm more information call 492419. See article for more information, email Performances of Haydn (Little Organ shipley@bernardimusicgroup.com or Mass & Jugendmesse) and Mozart (Missa Brevis in D K194 & Missa Brevisit www.BMGLive.com Donate Blood vis in B flat K275). For more information see www.westsussexphilharmonHenfield Village Hall, 2-4.30pm & icchoir.org.uk/ 5.30-8pm Organised by Heber Opera. Wide variety of craft stalls and refreshments available. Admission is 50p, to include hot drink or juice. Stallholders contact Jenny Letton on 01273 834703 or at jenny.letton@btinternet.com

Wednesday 17

Sunday 21

Friday 19

Monday 22

St Peter’s Key Event –

See news item. To book an appoint- Brian Houston in concert ment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 St Peter’s Church, 7.30pm 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk See news item for more information.

Henfield Camera Club Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 24

Graham Smith ARPS is our judge for Furry fats in arteries: good the Annual Competitions. The set thing, bad thing? subject is ‘Table top or still life’. Henfield Medical Centre, 7.30pm Six of the Best Talk on cholesterol from Dr John Southgate, Consultant Chemical Pathologist Champs Hill Music Room, at Worthing Hospital. Organised by Coldwaltham, 7.30pm Friends of Henfield Medical Practice Close harmony vocal group. Fund- Trust. To book call Jackie or Peter raiser for the Mary How Trust. Pre- Bates on 01273 493172, or email peconcert champagne and canapés ter@bateshouse.freeserve.co.uk at 6.45pm. Tickets £20 from 01798877646 and www.maryhowtrust.org

Saturday 20

Other mile walking group

Thursday 25

Naomi’s Friends

St Peter’s Church, 3pm

Sunday 28

HDC Health Walk

Partridge Green, 11am

Bluebell walk Lock Estate & River Adur 5½ miles, no dogs. Park in Village Hall car park. Call Pauline on 01403 240419, Jane on 01403 261672 or Jean on 01403 250869.

Monday 29

Social Business Networking Evenings White Hart, 6.30-8pm

A quarterly social business networking evening open to all village networkers as well as all Henfield businesspeople.

Advance notice Wednesday 1 May

Naomi’s Friends meet for tea, company and friendship. All who have lost Sylvan Singers Farewell 4 miles walk. Call Ron & Shirley on loved ones, however long ago, are Concert 01273 493979 for more information. very welcome. Call Revd Christina Corpus Christi Church Hall, 7.15pm Bennett on 01273 492222. Propagation on the A celebration of many years of the Other mile walking group Sylvan Singers. Proceeds to ‘Help Prairies workshop for Heroes’. Our usual delicious reFree Church, 7pm Sussex Prairies, 10.30am-4pm A hands-on plant propagation work- 3 mile evening walk. Call Ron & Shir- freshments will be available. Proshop in conjunction with the Garden ley on 01273 493979 for more infor- gramme will include something ‘old’ and something ‘new’ and something House. £70 including a delicious home- mation. for everyone! Call 01273 492455 for made lunch and refreshments throughmore information. out the day. www.sussexprairies.co.uk.

Free Church, 9.30am

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APRIL 2013 | News Chestnut Tree & The Pizza Oven celebrate birthdays! Support one of Sussexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most worthy causes by eating a gorgeous pizza from the Pizza Oven! Chestnut Tree House is celebrating its tenth year of helping hundreds of life-limited children and their families all over Sussex. The Pizza Oven is celebrating its first year of cooking delicious, hand-made, wood fired pizzas. Between 1 March and 5 April, the Pizza Oven customers will be able to buy a scrumptious â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Chestnut Tree House Specialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pizza. On Friday 5 April, all of the proceeds will be donated to a very special representative from Chestnut Tree House during the Pizza Ovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular evening visit to Steyning High Street car park. Pizza Oven customers and friends of Chestnut Tree House are invited to come along and enjoy a complementary glass of birthday bubbly that evening, between 6 and 9pm.

David â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Blower We were sad to hear that David Blower passed away on 10th February after a long illness. David (known as Joe) was a local gardener, a very interesting man with an almost encyclopaedic local knowledge. With his passing the village has lost a real Henfield character. I was lucky enough to interview Joe for our June 12 issue and came away with some wonderful stories. Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral was on 25 February at St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church. We would like to send our condolences to Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Heather, son Richard and daughter Annette. Emma Osman, editor

Success FOR Good as New Sale In February the Warren Playgroup held another successful Good as New Sale. We had an excellent turn out with more sellers than ever before. The playgroup made over ÂŁ1,700 and this included a large donation from Barclays bank. This money goes towards new equipment, and pays for the children to go to Woods Mill and enjoy summer outings. A very worth while event and so a very big thank you to all those who took part; from the organisers, sellers, volunteer helpers, cake bakers and excellent raffle prize sponsors who donated some fabulous prizes. And of course, thank you to those of you who came along to spend your money. These sales are very well organised and if you have not sold your baby or child items, equipment or toys here before, you will be pleased at just how easy it is. All you need to do it register, label and price your goods and bring them along â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the helpers do the rest for you and you get your cheque sent off to you the following week! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the next sale is on 15 June and if you want to sell email contact@warrenplaygroup.co.uk for the details.

Local girl walks for Mind Mental health is an area which is hugely misunderstood, and yet it is something which massively affects us all: as individuals, friends, family members and as a community. Not to mention society as a whole. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided to do a 60km sponsored walk across the

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South Downs in May (I know! Am I â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;crazyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?!) in order to raise money for the local charity Mind in Brighton and Hove. They are a small charity that work tirelessly to support and empower ordinary people to improve their lives. If you think this is a worthy cause and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to support a local girl (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s me!) then please go to www. justgiving.com/jodie-wallis or you can text JWMC99 and the amount youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to donate to the number 70070. Otherwise you can always pop into Henfield Post Office on a Thursday or a Friday as I work behind the counter! Other ways you might be able to support me is if you have anything you would be happy to donate that you think might make a good raffle prize. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got two months to raise as much as I can, and I would like to organise a local event including a raffle. Thank you so much for reading! If you would like to contact me to ask more, please call me on 07920227407 or e-mail jodiew33@yahoo.co.uk. Jodie Wallis

Bite back at hunger Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May Today around 870 million people are desperate for food. One in eight people will go to bed hungry tonight. This is a scandal. But if we â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bite back at hungerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; this Christian Aid Week (CAW) we can help communities find ways to not only survive but to thrive, with



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News | APRIL 2013 enough food to eat not just today but tomorrow and beyond.â&#x20AC;¨Please help us with the 2013 CAW house-tohouse collection in Henfield, Shermanbury and Woodmancote. Can you offer to take on a round of about 30 houses (less in the more scattered country areas), delivering envelopes early in the week and calling to collect them later on? Please ring Jackie or Peter Bates on 01273 493172 with your offer, or email xianaid@ bateshouse.freeserve.co.uk

Knit and Natter For the first time this year we are hoping to have a stall at Charities Christmas Fair to raise money for Link Romania who work with poorest communities in Eastern Europe. We are busy knitting interesting Christmas gifts for adults and children. We are enjoying knitting them and we hope you will be able to find something on our stall that will appeal to you. We are running out of donated wool so if you have any oddments left over from past projects we can use them. They can be dropped off at 63 Furners Mead or ring me and I will be happy to come at collect them. Thank you for your continued generosity. Contact Jean on 493171.

We hope to enter Mini Red teams for the forthcoming events in the spring and summer. Thanks to all the children, to Joerg for organising the teams and coaching, to Mark Minchell for Captaining Henfield 2 and to all the parents who came along to support today. Hugo Wilson, Henfield Team Captain

Sign up to save lives

You can help save a life by donating blood at Henfield Hall on Friday 19 April. Donated blood is used to save the lives of sick and injured people everyday. Not LTA Mini Red Tournament only can blood be used in accident and emergency On a crisp February day we headed for the inaugural situations but it is also used for patients undergoing LTA Mini Red (Under 8s) Team Tournament, hosted surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and other by the David Lloyd Tennis Club in Worthing. Henfield blood diseases. Tennis Club put forward two teams of four players: Henfield 1 consisted of Ralph Abbs-Burton, Fingal The appeal which needs 19,200 new blood donors Wilson, Asmus Minchell and Freddie Crawley; Hen- from the South East alone. Every year 225,000 new field 2 was made up of Ben Carter, George Tremewan, donors are needed to replace existing donors who drop out of the system. The majority of these new doHolly Furber and Callie Butler-Laplace. nors are 17-24 year olds who account for around 40% Our opponents were David Lloyd Worthing, West each year making them vital to the blood service. Worthing Tennis Club and two Virgin Active teams from Falmer. Over the course of four hours of tennis Anyone aged between 17 - 65, weighing more than the children showed fantastic enthusiasm and spirit, 50kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could enjoying some excellent rallies against very experi- potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood doenced and formidable opponents. In the end, Henfield nor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have 1 drew five all with Virgin Active 2, just missing fourth donated in the last two years. place on points (by just one point!) to come fifth and You can donate blood at Henfield Village Hall on FriHenfield 2 came sixth. This was the first time we have day 19 April from 2-4.30pm and 5.30-8pm.To book entered a team tournament and for many of the chil- an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 dren it was their first experience of high level competi- 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk. You can also follow us tive match play. They should all be very proud of their on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NHSBlood performance - we certainly were as parents. and on Twitter at @GiveBloodNHS Overall it was a superb day of tennis at a great venue.

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APRIL 2013 | News Henfield Garage Sale 2013 organiser needed This year the organiser is stepping down, but would be glad to pass on the benefit of his experience to anyone who would like to take over. Anyone who’s interested, email Dan at henfieldgaragesale@gmail.com

St Peter’s Keys Event Brian Houston, the celebrated Belfast singer-songwriter, has agreed to extend his UK Tour to visit little old Henfield on Monday April 22nd, 7.30 pm at St Peter’s Church. The Keys Events Group is delighted to welcome Brian, whose music ranges from “A raw mix of rock, blues, gospel, soul and funk...!”, while the man himself is very entertaining. More info will be posted on www. A new look for Village Care henfield.org plus other village websites very shortly. If you are a regular shopper in Village Care you will have by now seen the exciting changes in store. If you Tom Blair-Fish haven’t yet been in, go on take a look. The helpful staff Henfield to Paris Charity have a new look with their smart new uniform and the shop has many more treasures than ever before. If Cycle Challenge you need help with getting shopping home a delivery On 12 April a small band of friends and neighbours service is now available, a loyalty card scheme. If you will leave the delights of Henfield in the early hours are buying a gift in store the team will skillfully wrap it destined for Paris. We are not however taking the new for you free of charge. Brighton to Paris flight from Shoreham, but will be getting there under our own pedal power! Henfield Day Centre Sat in the pub in December over a few pints of Dark Information Day Star, a cycling challenge to Paris seemed like a great At Henfield Day Centre we are always finding ways to idea; a personal challenge and a chance to get fit. make links with our local residents and provide opporMore importantly it was an opportunity to do some- tunities to be a useful resource within our community. thing to help others; to show a little community spirit On Wednesday 10 April we will be opening our doors and social conscience, locally, nationally and even from 10am to 3pm so that our neighbours can meet globally – hence the three charities: Henfield Youth us, and see what we have to offer and how to acClub, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and UNICEF. cess it. Local business partners such as Cherish Care, Training over the winter hasn’t been easy – Sunday Hanover Care Agency, Nursing and Hygiene, will be morning rides over the Devils Dyke or Steyning Bostal sharing information on their organisations. Support in the wind and rain is not strong motivation for activ- groups and charities, such as Age UK, Alzheimer’s ity! The Henfield Club have been very kind in offering Society, 4Sight and Canine Partners will also be proto support us and will be our starting point at 6am viding information on the support they can provide. on the Friday, and we should be in Paris on Saturday WSCC initiatives such as the Wellbeing Hub and the afternoon, having cycled some 156 miles or so. Northern Preventative Assessment Team will be repTo sponsor us please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ resented, as will the NHS ‘Five a Day’ campaign which team/h2p or the Henfield Club. More information about will have some lovely menu ideas for carers to try to us can be found at www.h2pchallenge.moonfruit.com improve nutrition. Lloyds Pharmacy will be providing or our Facebook page. free blood pressure checks and a Neal’s Yard representative will be providing relaxing hand massages in Toby English

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APRIL 2013 | News our new reminiscence corner. Time Aside Sensory Art Workshop will facilitate sensory art sessions all day, working with different art mediums. Refreshments will be available and all proceeds from the sale of refreshments, cakes and raffle will go towards the centres amenity fund. Thank you to our local shop keepers for their generous donations towards the raffle. For more information please contact Karen Pirks, Assistant Manager on 01273 493119 or email karen.pirks@westsussex.gov.uk

Award for PJ Barrow & Partners 37 years of hard work, learning the trade inside out and excellent customer service have paid dividends in helping PJ Barrow & Partners Ltd, Cowfold, to build a strong and loyal customer base. In any specialist industry, manufacturers and retailers must work closely together to ensure the customer receives the service they deserve throughout the life of the product they have purchased, and it is with this in mind that PJ Barrow & Partners Ltd has been recognised by Mountfield and Stiga for the excellence of the sales and service back up they have continued to provide for the owners of Mountfield and Stiga garden machinery. Neil Nye commented â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been supplying and servicing Mountfield and Stiga lawn and garden machinery for many years and our relationship with this manufacturer is as solid today as the day we first took on the dealership. As a consequence, we are extremely proud to have received this recognition from a supplier who really cares about the customer and shares our belief in providing good old fashioned customer service.â&#x20AC;?

Dangerous dogs Henfield is a rural community, and it should come as no surprise to any of us that deer live in the surrounding countryside. Neither should it be a surprise that many of the females are pregnant at this time of year. Sadly, some dog owners do not seem to be aware of the brutal and horrific injuries that their pets can inflict on deer. On Friday 8 February at midday my wife and I saw two dogs, a small terrier and a larger tan coloured mastiff type chasing a mature roe deer. I set off after them into the field that leads to the river and as I came alongside the fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car park I could see

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the dogs mauling a deer that was lying on the ground. My shouts and presence caused the dogs to run off. The deer was lying on its side, its breath rasping and its chest heaving for air. The lower mouth had been pulled away and part of the jawbone exposed. On the flank of one of the rear legs there was a gouged-out wound several inches deep. An angler heard the commotion and very kindly provided a sheet to cover the animal, and in particular its eyes, to try and calm it. My wife met the owner of the dogs who expressed his shock that his pets could have behaved in such a way. In the next hour I spoke to our local vets, the RSPCA in Patcham and the wildlife staff at Woods Mill. Siobhan at the veterinary surgery in Partridge Green was very helpful and she alerted the wildlife ranger. We were able to cover the deer with a blanket to calm it and thankfully it remained quiet for most of the fifty or so minutes before Inspector Brett of the RSPCA and a wildlife ranger arrived to dispatch it quickly and humanely. A female roe deerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pregnancy lasts for 10 months and the kids are born between mid-May and early June. Roe deer usually have twins and sometimes triplets obviously she could not run as fast as the dogs. Both my wife and I are still angry that this should happen in an area that we consider a small wildlife reserve and will continue our efforts to enclose the land. Could I please urge dog owners to either keep their dogs on a lead if they cannot exert complete control over them, or at least to only let one off the lead at-atime. Respect for wildlife should be part of the enjoyment of a walk in the countryside. Roger Minost

Flavours of Spain evening Come and join us at the Steyning Centre on Saturday 27 April at 7pm for a fun, entertaining evening of Flamenco, piano recital of music by Spanish composers, tapas and sangria. After the Flamenco performance tonight there will be a short beginnersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lesson for any ticket holdersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wishing to have a go. All this is included in the ticket price of ÂŁ17.00. All proceeds from this eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fund-raising event in aid of Steyning Music Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Fund. We look forward to seeing you. For more information contact Sara Lewis at sara199@ btinternet.com or call 01798 873621.



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APRIL 2013 | News Local drugs raids Police discovered a cannabis factory at an industrial estate in Small Dole on Tuesday 29 January. The Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at the Mackley Industrial Estate in Small Dole, where around 1,500 plants were recovered with an estimated annual yeald of around £1.3million. Inspector Clare McKnight said: “The police acted on information provided by our local community, and recovered a significant amount of cannabis. Drugs have a large impact on many, many people within the community and are often linked to other crime such as burglary and theft. Drugs have a devastating effect on a wide variety of people and the police in Horsham are committed to holding those to account who are involved with illegal drugs. Anyone who has any concerns of information about the use of drugs or drug dealings within their local community can contact Sussex Police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” In relation to the raid, a 33 year-old Burgess Hill woman, a 40 year-old Brighton man and a 55 yearold Hove man have been arrested on suspicion of production of cannabis and bailed until April 25. On Wednesday 30 January a further 200 cannabis plants were found at an industrial unit in Star Road, Partridge Green after bailiffs enforced an eviction order on the unit. Enquiries are continuing.

To all dog owners in Henfield My name is Charlie and I walk to and from St Peters school. Recently there has been an increase in too much dog poo on the public footpaths. Also on the grass where my friends and I play football at the Kings Field. It is disgusting, unhealthy and very annoying. Please will you start collecting all of your dog’s poo, if you care about the children of Henfield. “If you love your dog - love its poo - and take it with you.” Thank you. Charlie Telfer, age 9

Henfield Garden Club A talk on Tuesday 2 April in the Henfield Hall at 7.30pm starts off a very busy month for us. Lesley Chamberlain, an experienced horticulturist and Assistant County Organiser for West Sussex National Gardens Scheme, will give a talk ‘Secret Sussex Gardens’. This talk is free to members, with admission for non-members only £3 per person. Our annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning takes place on Saturday 13 April in the Henfield Hall Garden Room between 10am and 12noon. There will be plants, cakes and garden related items for sale plus a tombola stall. Entrance is 50p including coffee and biscuit. The first of our outings also takes place this month with a coach trip to ‘The Secret Gardens of Sandwich’. If you are interested in joining our friendly club please contact our membership secretary, Linda Beresford, on 01273 492497 or e-mail linda@slugbandit.co.uk

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Be a Wildlife Ranger this Easter Holiday If you are aged between 12-16 years old and want to do your bit to help wildlife, why not join us this Easter Holiday? Gatwick Greenspace Partnership Wildlife Rangers meet during the school holidays and some weekends to enjoy practical conservation tasks. You can help with important projects like orchard planting, scrub bashing, wildlife gardening and surveys. The group usually meets at Tilgate Park near Crawley, but there are also projects to improve wildlife habitats in the countryside around Horsham. To find out more about becoming a young conservation volunteer with Gatwick Greenspace Partnership please email tomforward@ sussexwt.org.uk or call 07771 375 254.

Easter Holiday Clubs – Outdoor fun for children Sussex Wildlife Trust is running Easter Holiday Clubs with outdoor activities for children at various locations across Sussex including Woods Mill in Henfield. Parents can drop their children off for a supervised session to enjoy a range of exciting games and activities including bug hunting, fire lighting, woodland survival skills and building a giant artwork. All clubs run from 10.30am– 2.30pm. Full details of activities, locations, suitable ages and prices are available at www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whatson or ring 01273 497561. Booking is essential.

Proposed development at West End Lane As we go to print the latest update from Tristan Fitzgerald Associates on the proposed development at West End Lane is that “an application will be made in the coming weeks.” Meanwhile, below are edited versions of a letter to Tristan Fitzgerald Associates from Tony Jackson (Henfield Community Partnership) and an open letter from Tony and Sue Bird (Stone Pit Cottage Kennels & Cattery). From Henfield Community Partnership: The purpose of this letter is to register the Community Partnership’s objection to the proposed development. Set out below are a few initial reasons for doing so. • With phase 3 of the Parsonage Farm development (130 homes) being far from complete and the Manor Close development (up to 102 homes) yet to complete the Reserved Matters stage of the planning process, we have no experience of how these developments will impact the general infrastructure (including roads and parking in the centre of Henfield) and other facili-

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News | APRIL 2013 ties in the community. It is important that we assimilate these major increases in the numbers of people and vehicles before decisions are made about any further large scale developments in the community such as this. â&#x20AC;˘ The proposed site is an intrusion into the open countryside and will result in the loss of agricultural land still in use. Farming in particular remains important within the Henfield parish. â&#x20AC;˘ Road access for the number of vehicles likely to be generated by this development is totally inadequate via either of the two routes which would serve this site. The narrow nature of the High Street/Church Street junction in particular already presents dangers to pedestrians and vehicles alike, a situation which would be made much worse with increased traffic to and from the site. Given its layout and positioning in the Henfield Conservation Area, there is no acceptable way of making improvements. Furthermore, the number of heavy construction vehicles that would need to use this junction during construction work would create a very serious and unacceptable hazard. We understand that HPC is currently considering the production of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish which will include consultation with local residents. The proposed scheme to build in West End Lane is just the kind of ad hoc and speculative venture that Neighbourhood Plans strive to prevent. Yours sincerely, Dr A F Jackson (Chairman)

From Stonepit Lane Kennels: Following Barrattsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exhibition there are obviously many good reasons to object to this scheme and the advert in front of March BN5 by them for your feedback is based on, in our opinion, a questionnaire in which the questions are weighted to only allow a fairly positive response. One important question however has been omitted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Would you like your home built next door to a Boarding Kennels?â&#x20AC;? Even if you have a pet, the answer is most likely going to be a resounding NO because of the problem of noise. Stonepit Kennels has been in Henfield for 45 years and offers a valuable service to the community and has always been a local employer, giving many young people a start in their careers in animal care. What people may not consider, is that these businesses not only cater for the annual holiday but numerous other services: If you are hospitalised and need your pet looked after, when the builders are in your home, if your relationship founders or if your pet needs to convalesce. In fact many unforeseen circumstances can necessitate the need to find somewhere secure available to care for your pet. We appreciate that nobody wants a Kennels near them and that many in the village can hear us from a distance and every effort is made to minimise any nuisance. Barrattsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mitigation for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;noise sourceâ&#x20AC;? as shown in their presentation, i.e. mounding, vegetation, and building materials, will make absolutely no difference to noise levels, as proven at other devel-







APRIL 2013 | News opments nationally. This is why we are necessarily a rural business with no near neighbours. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keep it that way and lend your support not only for our business and our many local customers but especially our beautiful â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ruralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; village. Tony and Sue Bird, Stone Pit Cottage Kennels & Cattery, stonepit-cottage@tiscali.co.uk

BN5 Birds As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m writing this it is still very cold outside. We have been feeding the birds since Christmas with ground seed mixed with sultanas, bread and Photograph copyright Dave Kilbey, SWT grated cheese and with fat balls hanging on our apple tree. We have been rewarded with a pair of goldcrests visiting the fat balls - these are the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s smallest birds and both male and female have a yellow and black stripe on their heads with an orange centre in males. We have also had blackcaps on the fat balls â&#x20AC;&#x201C; these are a greyish warbler the size of a robin. The male has a black cap and the female has a brown cap and they are summer visitors from Spain and western Africa. Blackcaps also spend the summer in central and northern Europe and some of these European birds have begun to winter in the UK. This means that they do not have so far to migrate (coming here rather than Spain or Africa), donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to fly over the Sahara and can take advantage of all the food that we put out in the winter. In late March we can expect to hear the first cuckoos which will have flown all the way from Western Africa. Last year the cuckoos arrived late, however once they arrived they were heard all over the village. Cuckoos are on the red list which means that their population is in global decline with at least a 50% reduction in UK breeding in the last 25 years. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hope that they continue coming here. April will see nightingales returning. Their main singing time is in May and June and Woodsmill and Oreham Common are good places to listen to them. The Henfield Birdwatch annual surveys have shown that the number of these wonderful birds has stayed stable in


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HDC Green waste charging By the end of May 2013, householders wanting to continue with fortnightly collections of garden waste by Horsham District Council will need to have paid for this service. From April 2013 the cost of emptying your brown-topped bin will be fixed at just ÂŁ29 for the year ending March 2014. Replacement or additional bins are available to buy, with the cost of emptying each additional bin fixed at just ÂŁ15 for the same period. There is no limit to the number of additional bins you can pay to have emptied. To allow sufficient time for you to sign up in the first year we will continue to empty your brown-topped bin throughout April and May 2013. If you do not join the scheme you will need to find an alternative way of dealing with your garden waste. If you do not have valid membership sticker displayed on your bin from the 1 June 2013 it will not be emptied. To sign up and for more information visit http://www.horsham.gov.uk/environment/15595.aspx








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News | APRIL 2013 A great opportunity for older people The Henfield Action for Older People annual information meeting will be held on Wednesday 5 June from 2-4pm in the Garden Suite at the Henfield Hall. Not confident with keyboards and computers? Here is a chance to have a go, with experts from the Henfield Hub to help you. There is also an opportunity to have a free computer installed at no charge in your own home with back up help available if you need it. Cream tea and homemade cakes served free of charge during the break.

Shell garage update I have now received a reply from our engineers and we currently anticipate the site to re-open end of July 2013. However, please note that this allows for an eight week break when the Local Authority and Environment Agency will be reviewing reports (we are not allowed to proceed with any construction work during the break). This break can last from four weeks up to three months or more but we hope it will be nearer four weeks. Andrew Braxton, Shell UK

Busy year ahead for Sussex Prairies After a successful fund raising year for charity last year, we have got some great charity events coming up in the summer: our opening for The Sussex Beacon on the weekend of 6-7 July and for the NGS bank holi-

day Monday 26 August. The Native American ‘Spirit of the West’ Indian camps return in July and September, and our ever bigger ‘Unusual Plant and Art’ fair enjoys its third year on 1 September. We have a packed schedule of workshops and courses (willow weaving, sketchbooks and nature diaries, mosaic making, pottery-to-go etc.) running throughout the summer and autumn. And new for September and October we will have Afternoon Tea Parties and Wonderful Walks on the Prairie Wildside. For more information see www.sussexprairies.co.uk Pauline and Paul McBride

‘Thank you’ from Terry the postie I would like to thank everybody on my round for their cards, best wishes and gifts they have given me since my retirement. I was due to retire in January so I thought I would have time after Christmas to say goodbye personally to everybody but due to circumstances (a bad leg which stopped me doing my round suddenly) I had to retire early which meant I didn’t get to say goodbye to you all. I have enjoyed doing my round over the years because of having such nice people to deliver to. It’s amazing when you are on the same round for so long how well you get to know people and I mustn’t forget all my animal friends which added to my pleasure of the round. Thank you all again. Terry

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APRIL 2013 | News Dark Star Brewery launches Foundation The brewery have launched the Dark Star Foundation to ‘support and inspire’ by working alongside, and helping good causes. They will be raising funds through the sale of certain lines in the brewery shop including a bespoke Dark Star Foundation T Shirt, as well as through donations made by people attending brewery tours which will be offered free of charge in order to encourage giving. Additionally, the team at Dark Star will be running a series of fundraising events including ‘Spin Up in a Brewery’ – a cycling event to be held in May; HopFest, a three-day beer and music event which will be held in September, as well as a series of other events to be announced in the coming months. The Foundation officially launched in March 2013 and submissions for funding will be considered from October 2013. For more information contact james@darkstarbrewing.co.uk

Gardens and Arts - blue leaflet help needed This year’s Festival of Gardens and Arts is over the weekend of 8-9 June and we are in the final process of confirming the list of venues. We will be going ahead with creating the iconic blue leaflet, which each year can be seen in visitor’s hands as they stroll around the village. We really want to get this leaflet to as many key locations around mid-Sussex, as well as within the immediate Henfield area, and that’s where we need help. We would truly appreciate any offers to distribute some leaflets, starting from early May. If you are able to undertake a small delivery, please contact Ann Ellson on 01273 492772, or email ellson.ea@btinternet.com

Henfield FC Youth football Tournament For the first time in many years, Henfield Football Club is 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. We presently have over 65 squads entered and many families will be attending. Please do put the date in your diary to pop up and watch the matches (and cheer on our Henfield teams!). The tournament is run on a group basis, culminating in the finals at the end of each session (around midday and 4pm) on both Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May. We naturally hope the week-end will be a success (please let it be dry!) – local traders have readily supported the Club by advertising in the tournament programme and we hope they too will benefit financially from our guests and visitors to the village. With the numbers expected, there will inevitably be additional traffic leading to parking issues. We will have stew-

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ards around the immediate area (Fabians Way, Northcroft, Deer Park, the Leisure Centre, Medical Centre, Youth Club etc.) to direct and assist. However, we apologise 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. Paul Samrah, Secretary Henfield FC

Steyning Grammar School 400 Heritage Quilt project The aim of this project is to design and make five fabric / quilted panels to be exhibited permanently in the Learning Resource Centre, Steyning Grammar School, Shooting Field site to celebrate the 400th birthday of the school, in 2014. Of these panels, two designed around the Steyning Downland Scheme are to be produced by SGS students. Two further panels created in the community will celebrate Steyning’s built and natural environment plus the many clubs, societies and activities that thrive in the area. The fifth, central panel will be dedicated to Steyning Grammar School and its 400 year history. All panels will be roughly single bed spread size. We have several community workshops so far. The sessions have been inspirational, included all age groups and show huge enthusiasm from both SGS and community members. Some people come to the workshops feeling a little nervous to begin with but by the time they leave they are brimming with personal ideas, creativity and motivation. All levels of experience are welcome from beginners to those who bring their technical and artistic skills. Upcoming workshops include: 27 April: Previous participants can return to do more extension work, spot the gaps and make more! 25 May: We will start the centre panel to include all aspects of school life. 29 June: Representatives for ‘activities’ in the catchment area can ensure their sport, cultural activity, club or society is represented. Some have already spoken to us - ask your leaders and please make contact if you would like to book a place. More information can be found on the SGS 400 Heritage Quits Facebook page or at http://adukeblog.wordpress.com/ or email aduke@sgs.uk.net Amanda Duke, Project Manager; Faculty Leader Creative and Performing Arts

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Shepherds huts date back to the reign of Elizabeth I and during the nineteenth century they would have been a common sight all over rural West Sussex. However, with the advent of tractors and artificial fertilisers in the early twentieth century, they had virtually fallen out of use by the 1950’s. Recently, shepherds huts have been enjoying something of a revival and local carpenter Carsten Harud is producing some wonderfully distinctive versions. Carsten, who grew up in Henfield, makes his bespoke shepherds huts from his workshop just outside Brighton. “I’ve travelled all around the world, but there was something that kept bringing me back to this part of Sussex” he said. “The combination of the beautiful countryside and the seaside is unique.” He originally trained as a graphic designer and spent five years as an illustrator in London. However, he found he was spending more and more of his free time doing decorating and carpentry work and decided that this was his true vocation. “My father was a carpenter and many of his friends were carpenters and so it’s something I have grown up with,” he explained. In 2002 Carsten started his carpentry business and hasn’t looked back. “I started off creating bespoke storage solutions as well as painted furniture inspired by the Bloomsbury Group of artists. But I wanted to spend more time in my workshop and that was when a colleague introduced me to the concept of creating bespoke shepherds huts.” Building the huts brings together many of Carsten’s creative skills including designing, problem solving, carpentry and painting. “I was ready for a change – if I don’t challenge myself I get bored!” he laughed. Carsten’s shepherd huts are not your average garden shed on wheels, more of a showcase for high quality craftsmanship as he is keen to point out: “I love bringing a little bit of history into something new. I search markets and auctions for beautiful and interesting items that I can incorporate into my huts. For example, I have used Tudor floorboards as shelving, 100 year-old stained glass in windows and antique planes as shelf brackets – each and every hut is totally unique.” Originally shepherds huts were used as a kind of mobile home by shepherds as they tended their flocks on the pastures. Each hut would contain a small stove, a straw bed and a simple medicine cupboard containing potions to revive sickly lambs. Carsten’s huts however are distinctly more comfortable! Built on an iron chassis (provided by a local Blacksmith based in Chanctonbury), the huts are fully insulated and waterproof, have a choice of flooring and can be fitted with electrics, wood burners, fold-up tables, cupboards, shelves, balcony’s and beds. They have a multitude of uses including additional bedroom, guest room, home office, studio, children’s playroom, holiday accommodation or just as a peaceful garden retreat. And if you move, the beauty of the huts is that you can take them with you – they are fully mobile and do not require planning permission! Sarah Butler For more information please visit

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APRIL 2013 | News Know Dementia Know Dementia, a local charity committed to advising, supporting and educating communities and families affected by a dementia, held a community meeting on 26 February in Henfield Hall. The purpose of the meeting, encouraged by Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council, was to gauge the wider level of commitment within the four Parishes of Henfield, Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead towards developing a dementia friendly community. Forty eight people attended including families affected by the condition, Lionel Barnard, local Police and the Deputy Commissioner for Police, a representative from Nick Herbert, local MP, GPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, local care agencies plus members of various community organisations as well as the Churches. Thirty six people gave their written commitment on the day to support this project. Meanwhile the charity has received a ÂŁ10,000 grant from the Coastal Commissioning Group to support the Henfield Parish and they hope to receive funding for the other Parishes in the new financial year. The next meeting will be held in Henfield Hall on 3 April from 2.00pm and, if you or your family have been affected by a dementia, please book your place at the meeting to ensure you have your say in how the community can better support you. Call 01273 494300 or email: info@knowdementia.co.uk

HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL The Annual Parish Meeting, attended by over 90 people, was held on 5th March. The prospect of further development in Henfield dominated the meeting with Elizabeth Taylor, Chair of Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plans Advisory Committee presenting the case for Henfield producing a Neighbourhood Plan. She stated that preparing a Plan is part of Governments wish to devolve decision making down to the most local level possible. She explained that whilst a Plan is not a way of preventing further development, it does become part of the statutory development plan for the area and as such would be an essential tool to provide for structured and planned growth to keep and develop Henfield as a healthy community. She indicated that without such as Plan, Henfield would remain vulnerable to inappropriate future development. Once the Plan has been prepared it would be scrutinised by a

planning inspector and have to be approved by the local community in a referendum. On a show of hands the meeting unanimously supported the preparation of a Plan. At its meeting the following week Council agreed a resolution to develop a Plan. Its preparation will take up to 2 years and as it will represent the views of the whole Henfield community it is vitally important that all the community and not just the Parish Council is involved in its preparation. More information on how you can become involved will appear in future editions of this magazine but for more information or to register your interest to help in its preparation please contact the Parish Council office. (email: office@henfield.gov.uk ) The minutes of the Parish Meeting can be found on the Council website www.henfield.gov.uk â&#x20AC;&#x201C; link: Annual Parish Meetings and Annual Reports.

NOWELD group update The new group set up in response to the Barratt Homes proposals No WELD (No West End Lane Development) have launched their website - www. noweld.org.uk. The site has an online petition that interested parties are invited to sign. The group have had two meetings now and have successfully formed a Steering Group for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No WELDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comprising of members from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No WELDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, HOPS, Friends of West End Henfield and Henfield Community Partnership. We have also drawn on the expertise and knowledge of other Henfield residents who wish to help fight this development and a number of sub groups have been formed to look at individual aspects we believe can successfully oppose any future planning application for West End Lane. We are looking to do a leaflet drop and hold a public meeting within the village very soon. For further information please email info@noweld.org.uk

services directory Out now Get your free copy of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Services for Older People and their Carers in the Henfield areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; directory from the Parish Office, the Library or the Medical Centre. Alternatively you can get a copy by phoning 01273 492620.

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Local interest | APRIL 2013

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here is a rising star in our midst. To look at Alfie Hutton, who is 9 years old (10 in July, he reminds me quickly), you’d not imagine that this summerborn boy, with his slight build and quiet manner, would be the type of kid to have dreams of a career as a professional golfer. But after a few minutes chatting to Alfie, his enthusiasm, passion and earnest conviction shine through and from what the professionals are saying, he stands every chance of getting to the top of his game.

As a three year old, Alfie was taken to Tiny Tees in Hassocks, a fun golf activity club. He immediately showed exceptional hand/eye coordination and at the age of five his dad Jon took him along to Horton Golf Course in Small Dole. Now, strictly speaking, Horton is not built for five year olds; but Alfie was no ordinary junior. He showed promise and importantly really enjoyed the game. By the age of six many of the club members were pausing to watch as he tee-d off, he began to show some real technical skill and a natural ability. Alfie then pursued lessons at Horsham Golf & Fitness, but his ability soon outstripped the age groups. In 2010, age seven, he was spotted by John Wilson, the u13 manager for Sussex. John, who runs a tour for juniors called the Tigger Tour, has been incredibly supportive of Alfie and gave him his first break in the Sussex team at the age of eight. John’s steadying attitude and insistence upon courtesy and politeness in the Tour has given many kids a really good start in the game. The priority is enjoyment – although they are very competitive, John appreciates that to give 100% dedication the children need to be gaining a huge amount of fun while they play.

Alfie plays at the beautiful Pycombe Golf Course. With rolling greens in the heart of the South Downs National Park this is no easy course – with 6,266 yards of challenging golf. Amidst the stunning views of the Jack and Jill Windmills Alfie has managed to get his handicap to 24. He plays with his dad, Jon, and has even started teaching him some shots and techniques! Keeping Alfie playing takes not only dedication from him, to train several times a week and often forfeit seeing friends and playing other sports, but incredible support from his parents. Zara and Jon are not wealthy people and are the complete opposite of typical sporting ‘pushy parents’. They are incredibly proud of Alfie but quietly so and are working very hard to find the money so that Alfie can compete and be given every chance of using his talent to continue to another level. Travel to competitions; entry fees; coaching; clubs and even clothing are all expensive, leaving little left for other luxuries. At some point they would like to find a local business to help sponsor Alfie, to enable him to compete at more overseas events. Martin Tooth from Horton Golf Club said; “Alfie is a talented young golfer whose parents devote many hours to practice with him, encouraging him, and taking him all over to both practice on different courses and to compete. He is a member at Horton but really only uses our course for practice, with one notable exception. A couple of years ago, his father, Jon Robinson, was club captain (captains only have the job for one year), and Alfie played in that year’s Captain’s Cup against about 24 adults. Alfie won, much to his delight, and that of his parents.”

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APRIL 2013 | Local interest I just want to play golf. My favourite player is Rory McIlroy, he was a really good golfer from a young age. I watched him play and I’ve got his autograph.” When chatting to Alfie I ask if the old-fashioned courtesy and politeness in the game is a bit ‘boring’, given the examples he sees on TV from other sports like football, which provides the role-models for most kids these days. He replies; “No, if I’ve played someone for almost four hours, I know how tough the course was and I’ve got to know them. I want to shake their hand and say well done, it feels right and I know I appreciate it when they say the same to me.” He shows extraordinary maturity and a thoughtfulness that is a credit to his parents and coach. And who does Alfie see as his heroes? “My mum and dad. They encourage me and are kind to me, if they didn’t I wouldn’t be a good golfer.” Perfectly said, Alfie.

Pycombe Golf Club is six miles north of Brighton. It’s a members club, open all year round with competitive green fees. Visitors are most welcome and you can come along and try a taster session with PGA professional Jason Bowen. Contact Jason on 01273 845372 professional@pyecombegolfclub.com to book your place. Horton Golf Course in Small Dole is a member’s run club, probably the cheapest place to play golf in the county, and possibly, the country. Anyone interested in becoming a member should in contact Martin Tooth on 01273 493993 to arrange a free accompanied round. Alfie’s list of achieve- Emma Osman

ments, medals and trophies is impressive. On his first outing in the Tigger Tour he won in his age group, with many of the children almost a year older than him (a big difference when you are nine!). He has competed in junior tours as well as the Junior European Championships in Scotland and World Championships in Portugal. Last year in the European Championships, an invite only competition for children from around the world, he tied 11th out of 42. He was just 4 shots off the winning score. In 2011 he came 2nd in the World Championships in Portugal, age seven, in the u9 section. Alfie’s journey is a family affair. Holidays and weekends revolve around Alfie’s tours but Jon and Zara don’t see that as a negative. They are getting to see Europe and some of the most beautiful golf courses in the UK (albeit on a shoestring, using vouchers cut from the paper for hotel rooms and saving for the cheapest method of transport). Little brother Jimmy is already wielding a club at the age of 3. He loves the game and can’t wait to play like his brother does. And the future? This year he hopes to compete in both the European Championships at the end of May and the World Championships in Portugal in July. He’s looking forward to the Lee Westwood tour and several other competitions – during the season there are two or three a month. It’s a busy time but Alfie’s eyes light up when he talks about the tours, how he aims to be a scratch golfer by the age of 14 – quite a target. “I would love to be a professional by the time I’m 19,

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ust down your dancing shoes and start limbering up for what promises to be an exciting evening of swing, boogie woogie, jump jazz and more – all in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and the Henfield Club. The Swing Commanders, described as a “stunningly vibrant and versatile group” with “incredible music ability, performing skills and joie-de-vivre”, will be playing the Henfield Hall on Saturday 20 April from 8-11pm. The line-up of the band has changed over the years but Peter, who formed the band 10 years ago, believes that this is the best line-up to-date. Each band member comes from a different musical background which gives them such a wonderfully unique sound: Both Gaynor and Sienna are classically trained, Simon has a Country & Western background, Mark has a Jazz background and Peter learnt his craft on the pub and club circuit.

and the lyrics but the bands that play them are often quite sedate - we are very different! It’s absolutely the best way to earn a living!” There is a big 1940’s scene in the UK and recently the music of the era has become even more popular with television programmes such as BBC2’s ‘Dancing on the Edge’. Loved by fans of Jazz, Country, Swing and Blues The Swing Commanders regularly fill dance halls up and down the country as well as in Europe and even as far afield as America with lindy hoppers, modern jivers, line dancers, and social dancers.

Bringing the Swing Commanders to Henfield is the Royal British Legion Sussex Weald Branch together with the Henfield Club. The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is its biggest fundraising campaign and runs year-round. Lapel poppies are available to buy in shops, supermarkets, pubs and clubs from the last week of October until Remembrance Sunday, or 11 November, whichever is later in the calendar. It takes 350,000 volunteers and staff to organise the Poppy “My Grandma used to sing these kind of songs around Appeal each year and the money raised goes to supthe house when I was little so I grew up listening to port their welfare work for the Armed Forces commuthem,” said Peter. “I love the old songs, the melodies nity.

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Mike Morgan said: “The Swing Commanders have performed for the last two years at Cowfold to raise monies for the Poppy Appeal and have proved to be a great success. They have a strong following in Sussex and this year we have brought them to the larger venue of Henfield Hall. We really hope that we can raise a large sum of money from the performance of The Swing Commanders to boost the Poppy Appeal funds.” The Henfield Club have always been strong supporters of The Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal. They are a major participant in the Remembrance Sunday parade and at the service at the War Memorial, which is on the south wall of the Club building in Cagefoot Lane. The War Memorial belongs to the Club - they installed it and are responsible for its maintenance.

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APRIL 2013 | Health

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How long have you been a GP?

I went straight into General Practice, as soon as I could after leaving medical school and have never regretted my decision. I became a partner in a practice in North London in 1997 and stayed there until 2003, when I took a salaried GP post in Burgess Hill. I enjoyed my work in Burgess Hill but was thinking it was time to get back into a partnership now that our four children are all at school. I am so excited about my new role at Henfield and feel everyone, both patients and staff, have been so warm and welcoming to me.

What made you move to Henfield?

I met Paul and we were married in 2001. Our first child, Tom, was born in 2002 and not long after we decided that we wanted to move out of London as by this time I was pregnant with our second child, and we felt we wanted more space. I had been brought up just outside Guildford, Paul used to come down to the South Downs regularly to walk and my sister lives in Cuckfield. I also had a job offer for a salaried GP post in Burgess Hill so we started looking for properties to buy. We nearly end up in Ditchling but that all fell through and we ended up moving in with parents in Surrey, for a year. This had its advantages... two extra adults with two young children was definitely a bonus! Luckily we found our house in Henfield (not far from Woods Mill) and have put our roots down here over the last eight years - we feel very much part of the Henfield community. We are particularly involved with the school, as all four of our children are currently pupils there. Paul is chair of Governors at St Peters and I usually help out in one of the classes once a week.

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PROFILE can feel hard work juggling home and work life but I wouldn’t change it at all.

Can you give us a top tip?

My top tip is to laugh as much as you can every day it helps keep you healthy.

Which famous person would you most like to have dinner with, and why?

I would most like to have dinner with Stephen Fry because he is the font of all knowledge and very funny, otherwise Daniel Craig but that wouldn’t be for his conversation... can I say that?!

We are not infrequently found in the White Hart and I also like The Royal Oak in Poynings. We have a great Tell us a joke! social life with friends in the village and also fairly reg- I can’t tell you a joke as I only ever remember one, and ularly go to concerts and comedy events particularly it is really rude, sorry. at The Dome in Brighton. I’m looking forward to seeing Emeli Sande soon.

What’s your favourite local walk?

We are lucky enough to have lots of fantastic walks from our house, and can walk easily to the downs from here. It is a 40 minute walk with little children to the Shepherd and Dog which is a favourite walk of mine!

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APRIL 2013 | Motoring

Avoid cam belt catastrophe


n these times of economic uncertainty there are some essentials that we may hesitate to replace as frequently as we used to – the family car is no exception. We all want our cars to last longer, be fuel-efficient and stay on the road as economically as possible. At Coles we’re encouraging our customers to keep their cars working well and running smoothly. As with your health, preventative treatments are much better (and cheaper!) than cures. The cam belt (or timing belt) is a perfect example of this – it’s one of those vital engine components which doesn’t cost much to replace but can cause a very, very expensive headache if it fails. So, what’s a cam belt? Timing is, literally, everything with the cam belt. The internal parts of a modern engine demand a precise level of synchronization - often rotating at high speeds only a hairs’ breadth apart. In very simple terms, the cam belt controls the timing of the engines’ valves. The cam belt connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, which in turn controls the opening and closing of the engines valves. It has custom teeth to turn the camshaft and is specifically designed for each engine make and model. In some engines it’s used to drive other components like the water pump and oil pump, so it’s pretty important all in all. How do I know if mine’s in trouble? The trickiest part of checking a cam belt is getting to it; it’s not something you can do at home. (In fact, some manufacturers recommend that other parts are replaced when the cam belt is changed, because they

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APRIL 2013 | Pet Care


ou can tell a dog owner who regularly keeps their dog on a lead when they go for a walk because they generally have one arm longer than the other and are constantly rubbing at a shoulder that is threatening to dislocate the next time it is wrenched by an overzealous canine. It is very tempting to let dogs run off the lead at all times – they definitely enjoy themselves more and it saves a ton of time and money on physio! However, there have been several incidences in the locality in the past few months where dogs which are off a lead and not under control have caused problems. The most common problem is fighting with other dogs and we have been required to treat several ‘victims’ at Hawthorn Vets recently as a result of this. Generally speaking, if you are going to let your dog off the lead in a public place you must be confident that he or she is under control – i.e. a good recall and not

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APRIL 2013 | Local interest

Five tips for learning bird song


pring is certainly on its way and with it, a cacophony of bird song coming from gardens, parks and woodlands. Unfortunately my bird song identification skills are not as good as I would like, so I’ve decided that this year I am really going to work on it. The following are some tips and tricks that I’ve come up with to help me. Why not try some of these yourselves?

1. Get an early start

4. Embrace technology

There is now a huge range of bird song phone apps, CDs and websites available to help you. Before you go out into the garden, spend 10 minutes listening to two or three species that you think you might hear. This will be even more effective if you can refer to the description of the song and picture of the bird in your bird guide at the same time. You might even like to annotate this with little notes of what the song reminds you of. But remember that listing to a recording is very different to hearing a bird outside with leaves rustling, dogs barking and other birds singing. So make sure you spend lots of time outside just sitting and focusing on what you can hear.

In Sussex singing birds really hit their peak in late April and early May. Walking through woodland at dawn can be a fabulous experience, but for those of us trying to identify birds it can be pretty overwhelming. By starting to learn songs now you can work your way up to the full dawn chorus in a few weeks’ time. 5. Spend time with an expert I can be very hard to feel confident with your identifi2. Take baby steps Take the time to learn just a couple of species really cation skills when there is no way to check if you are well before adding anymore. For most people the eas- correct. This is when walking around with an expert iest birds to start with are those that a regularly heard can be a huge help. I am very luck to work at Woods singing in gardens and parks such as robin, blackbird, Mill where birders seem to grow on trees, but you wren and dunnock. Once you can confidently identify might like to join a local birding group or attend one of the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s fantastic bird courses. these, try adding in some others.

3. Visualise

It will really help you to remember a song if you associate it with something you can visualise in your mind. For example when I hear the descending song of a chaffinch I always see a cricketer running up to the crease and bowling a ball with a flourish. This particular association may not work for everyone, so when listening to a song spend time thinking about what will work for you.

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NEED A LOCAL PLUMBER? � repairing / replacing taps � un-blocking sinks � fixing leaks � washing machine/dishwasher installation � replacing radiators, pumps, valves etc. original

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Ring Colin Sansom at any time on 28/1/10 01273 495120 or 07743 669704 BArch (Hons) Dip Arch Dist RIBA Arch CEE (France)

N. Constantine


BArch (Hons) Dip Arch Dist RIBA Arch CEE (France)

Repairs to all UPVC and Aluminium Windows, Doors and Conservatories Misted up & broken sealed units � Locks � Seals � Hinges � Handles � Patio Door Wheels � Catflaps � Letterboxes

No Call-out Charge & No VAT

Tel: 01903 209605 Mob:

07990 516569

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Est. 1966 Specialist in all aspects of plastering and rendering. For free estimates and a prompt, friendly service please call Henfield

01 27 3 4922 30

l Surveys. Planning and Design

l Residential Projects - large and small

l Extensive knowledge of Listed Buildings l Thirty years in Practice l Small, local family firm

l Friendly, helpful advice

See web for full details

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Call Paul on: 07926 196110

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FOR A FREE ESTIMATE TEL & FAX: HENFIELD (01273) 492918 24 Hour Answerphone

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Reg No: 33457

Interior & Exterior Decorating Wallpaper Specialist

30 Years Experience


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Business | APRIL 2013

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme


he Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is designed to help small companies raise finance when in the early stage of starting up. SEIS offers a range of tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase new shares in those companies. The SEIS exists alongside the existing Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), which continues to offer tax reliefs to investors in higher-risk small companies. SEIS offers a higher rate of tax relief than that offered by EIS, as SEIS recognises the particular difficulties which very early stage companies face in attracting investment. SEIS applies for shares issued on or after 6 April 2012 and before 6 April 2017. For the most part, the rules for SEIS mirror those for EIS, as it is anticipated that companies may want to go on to use EIS after initially investing under SEIS. However, the company must have spent at least 70% of the monies raised by the SEIS issue before it can do so. For a company to qualify as a SEIS company, it must at least meet the following requirements: • The company must be unquoted and must not be controlled by another company; • The company must have a UK permanent establishment; • Any trade being carried on by the company at the date of issue of the relevant shares must be less than two years old at that date; • The company must exist to carry on a qualifying trade. Certain trades are excluded (including dealing in land, financial activities, legal/accounting, farming & property development); • The company must have less than £200,000 in gross assets before the share issue; • The company must have fewer than 25 full-time employees; • The company may not receive more than £150,000 in total under SEIS and it must not be in financial difficulties; • Shares need to be subscribed for wholly in cash and fully paid up at the time they are issued. How does the Income Tax relief work? Income Tax relief is available at 50% of the cost of the shares subscribed for. The maximum annual investment is £100,000 and the relief is given by way of a reduction in the investor’s tax liability. Where an investment is made under SEIS in one year, it can be treated as though the shares had been ac-

quired in the preceding Tax Year. The SEIS rate for that earlier year is then applied to the shares, and relief given in the earlier year. This carry back is subject to the overall limit for relief for that year. The taxpayer must hold his shares for at least three years. How does the Capital Gains Tax relief work? Capital Gains Tax (CGT) relief applies for the 2012/13 Tax Year only. Where an investor disposes of an asset which would give rise to a chargeable gain in 2012/13, and reinvests all or part of the gain in shares which qualify for SEIS Income Tax relief, the amount reinvested will be exempt from CGT. Will there be a capital gain when I subsequently sell my SEIS shares? Where an investor has subscribed for shares and has received Income Tax relief under SEIS on the cost of the shares, then a disposal of those shares can be exempt from CGT, subject to the following two conditions: • The shares have been retained for a three year qualifying period. This period normally commences with the date of subscription for the shares, or the date the company starts trading, if later; and • The company has not, during that period, ceased to qualify for SEIS relief so that the Income Tax relief has been withdrawn. What if the company fails? SEIS investments are likely to be in more risky ventures and it is inevitable that some will fail. However, the commercial loss can be offset by the Income Tax relief available on the investments and the fact that a capital loss can be relieved against income. As an example, an investment of £10,000 made in 2013/14 Tax Year that fails in 2014/15 will have the following tax consequences:


Amount of Investment


Income Tax relief at 50% Capital Loss

5,000 10,000

Less Income Tax relief already given


Capital loss relievable against other gains or on a claim against income


Income Tax on loss at 45%


Total Relief


Net loss on investment


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Can anyone invest in an EIS company? An investor cannot be an employee of the company or any qualifying subsidiary during the period of three years commencing with the date the shares are issued. The investor can, however, be a director of the company. The investor must not have a substantial interest in the company. Investors who have a substantial interest cannot claim Income Tax relief but may still qualify for CGT deferral relief. An investor will have a substantial interest in the company if he, either on his own or with associates, possesses or is entitled to acquire more than 30% of the issued share capital, voting power or assets of the company or any subsidiary on a winding up. Associates include direct descendants and antecedents. It does not include brothers and sisters. It is very important that any amount that an SEIS investor receives as remuneration as a director is not excessive in comparison to the services performed. Finally, the relevant shares must be issued for genuine commercial reasons and not as part of a scheme or arrangement where the main purpose, or one of the main purposes, is the avoidance of tax.

For further information, contact: Paul Samrah, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP, T: 01737 781546 E: psamrah@kingstonsmith.co.uk

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Index of advertisers | APRIL 2013 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Kingston Smith LLP R J Dewdney

04 44. 65 56

Roger Minost Architect


Hope Cottage Self Catering Number One The Laurels

12 56

White Mischief


Henfield Homes & Prop. Maintenance Nigel Parsons NIghtingale Shepherd Huts Nutshell Construction Optimal Property Maintenance Willow Construction

57 57 24 02 59 54

Cherish Care Cherish Development Centre Homelands Nursing Home Lucy Fitchie Home Help Otus Care Red Oaks Care Home Upper Mead

61 61 03 21 39 52 42

Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Selectacarpet

56 62








COMPUTER REPAIR & IT SUPPORT A1 Henfield Helpline PC Doctor

49 65

The Conservatory Co.


Anne Giliberti School of Dance




BHW Glass N. Constantine Repairs

58 58

Paul Barnard Jeremy Crawley Electrician

56 58


Stevens Estate Agents


Homelands Equestrian



FARM SHOPS / GREENGROCERS Jeremyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rushfields Farm Shop


Premier Fencing

16 68 59




63 65 12

Coles Automotive Fix Auto (Frosts) Mile Oak Servicing Setyres Spot On Vehicle Paint Repairs

46 34, 35 57 67 60

GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Beechcroft Landscapes Camelia Botnar JD Mowing Martin Standing The Green Reaper Rooted Rushfields S Goodridge Gardens


60 55 54 60 55 60 68 55

Camelia Botnar Photos in Glass Steyning Bookshop Stokes Newsagents Village Care

55 04 44 16 20

B Muzeen Groundworks


Just Gutters


The Beauty Room Hair and Co Harriet Walker, Mobile Beauty Therapist Hyattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hair Louisa Jayne Partridge Green Natasha

16 41 13 33 16 31

Optimal Property Services




DB Foot Clinic (Golden Square Chiropody) Emotional Freedom Techniques Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic Holistic Angel Massage Ideal Weight Nia South Downs Osteopath Sussex Osteopath & CHC

40 44 38 38 43 16 39 40 32








Henfield Eye Care


Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Trim Decorating

49 59 42

Emma Dale Dog Behaviourist Waggy Tails and Paws

50 50

Get Fit


Mr Mole


Adrian Over JK Plastering

58 49

A. Stenning Aspect Plumbing & Heating Aquatec CJ Plumbing Colin Sansom MC Services PST Plumbing

59 59 57 48 58 60 60




The Cat and Canary The Fox Small Dole The George Hotel Tottington Manor The White Hart


Busy Bees The Dove Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care The Towers Convent School

39 39 12 36


Contain Yourself Storage


MXT Swim


Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Services

60 62

Aerials and More Bowers and Wilkins

49 65

Alpha Tiling Glen Reid Tiling

62 25

The Green Reaper Southern Beeches The Tree Works

55 55 54

Hawthorn Surgeries


We Mend Washing Machines




The Community Church Henfield Hall Henfield Leisure Centre Horton Golf Club Pycombe Golf Club

06 44 45 26 29

Beacon Lettings



Lucy Locksmith




14 56 16


PR Roofing


08 21 10 12 28


Anthony Jackson Furniture Restoration Barbara Ritchie Vincent Reed Furniture Restoration




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King and Stevens PJ Barrow

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