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April 2014


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APRIL 2014 | Contents


07 What’s on listings



12 News

from the BN5 area

22 Local interest Henfield Tennis Club


24 Local interest

Rushfields 30th birthday

31 Countryside

The Conservation Group


37 Homes

Grand Designs

44 Health

from Henfield Eye Care


47 Fitness

Bootcamp from HLC

64 Business

with Paul Samrah


66 Index

of advertisers

Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Mike Beardall and John Willis. Cover photograph by Emma Osman with cover artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed by Evonprint in Small Dole on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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After a long (seemingly endless!) winter we’re finally getting some sunshine and the idea of getting out on court to bash a few balls about feels much more appealing! There have been some big changes at Henfield Tennis Club. It’s growing and changing in many ways with some exciting plans for developing the pavilion. The Youth Section is blossoming under the dedicated and inspiring direction of Jörg Schlüter and Keith Brown, it’s great to see so many Henfield children taking up this fantastic sport. See Sarah’s article on page 22 and find out how you can get your family involved. We’re very pleased to congratulate Rushfields on their 30th anniversary this month. Adrian, Colin, Pam and Katherine work incredibly hard and the Plant Centre and Farm Shop is a credit to them. Not only have they created a valuable local resource and provided local employment, they are thoroughly nice people who are very supportive of local charities. Some businesses shout loudly about what they do for others, whereas the guys from Rushfields just get on with it - quietly and without expecting thanks. We’d like to thank them now, on behalf of everyone, because they deserve it so thoroughly. We keep our website ( up to date with the very latest news and events, it’s a colourful and ever-changing online BN5. Sometimes we get news that arrives just after we’ve printed - we’ll publish here so please do go and take a look to keep up to date. Enjoy April and hopefully lots of well-deserved sunshine.

Copy Deadline Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the May issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 4 April. For editorial submissions email Emma Osman or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.

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APRIL 2014 | What’s on

Saturday 29 March

(& every Tues inc half term) or Pat on 01403 240654. Come and have fun! We welcome Rhyme Time Charity Hand Carwash new mums. Still £1.50 which inHenfield Library, 10.15-10.45am Unit 1A Mackley Industrial Estate, cludes all refreshments. Small Dole, 9am-3pm

DC Autopaints Ltd in Small Dole is raising funds for St Barnabas House Hospice by holding a hand car wash. Cars will cost £5 and vans £10. Come and support this fantastic charity... have you car cleaned for a good cause!

Busy Bees Play Group Open Morning

Henfield Youth Club, 10am-12pm

HDC Health Walk

Steyning Health Centre, 11am (& Tues 15)

(& every Thurs)

Free-fun with music for pre-schoolers.

Circle Dancing

Steyning 2 mile stroll. Call Linda on Henfield Leisure Centre, 10.40am-12.10pm (& all Thurs) 01903 816865. £5 (concessions available) with tea/ Knit & Natter coffee included. For more informaHenfield Library, 2-4pm (& every tion call Brenda Kelly 01273 842405.

1st Tues)

A drop-in craft group for adults.

Action for Deafness

Over 60’s Tai Chi

Maidment Court, 11am-12pm (& every Thurs)

Come along and meet some of our Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 1st Tues) For more details contact the families and staff, and see what exciting activities we can offer your Hearing aid maintenance clinic and Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings information, advice and support on on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742. pre-school child. all aspects of hearing loss. Henfield Unattached

Nearly New Sale

PG Village Hall, 10-11.30pm

Pub Quiz

White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Thurs) White Hart, 8.30pm (& Tues 15 & 29) A meeting point for those who are

Sale of children’s clothes, maternity wear, equipment, toys and Entry £2 a head. In aid of HART. school wear. Refreshments avail- Teams up to six. Cash prize for winable. In aid of Partridge Green Pre- ners. Call 01273 492006. School Admission £1. Call Rachel on 01403 713688.

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Annual Jumble Sale Henfield Hall, 2pm

Lots of high quality jumble at bargain prices, auction and a raffle with all proceeds going to the BP Guild. Drop your jumble off from 9.30am and 12pm on the day. For jumble collection call Tony Westwood on 492172.

A Touch of Summer

Steyning Methodist Church, 2.30pm

Strawberry Cream Tea in aid of Arthritis Research UK, plus a talk with Arthritis Specialist Dr Karen Walker-Bone. £5 membership and £5 for your tea ticket from Angela on 01903 814006.

Sunday 30 March Brunch with Brass

Henfield Hall, 10.30am-1pm

Easy listening tunes from Brass Fusion with local singer Sidonie Winter. Bring Mum along to this coffee morning as her first treat of the day! Drinks and light snacks available plus raffle. Tickets (£5 to include first drink free) from Henfield Furnishings or 01273 493469.

Tuesday 1 April Chatterbox

Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am

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Henfield Post Office, 8.45am

Drops off at the Aldwych on the Strand and returns from same point at 6.15pm. The return fare is £15 per person. Contact Gill Feltham on 07713161343 to book.

now alone, and need to get out and widen their horizons. There’s no fuss, no joining fee, no subscription. Call 01273 495820 or drop in at our regular coffee morning.

Play and Learn Together

Henfield Evangelical Free Church, 11-12.30pm (& all Thurs)

The Market

A friendly and fun group where you can play with your child and help them to learn. Activities are designed for the whole age range from babies to rising 5. No charge.

Local produce market.

Henfield Medical Centre, 1.303.30pm (& every first Thurs)

Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery, 10-2pm (& every 1st Weds)

Henfield Computer Club

Henfield Leisure Centre, 12.452.45pm (& every Weds)

Know Dementia Drop-in for a chat.

HDC Health Walk

Truleigh Hill, Upper Beeding, 2pm

A friendly club helping you to get to grips with the basics of computers and tablets. All welcome, improve your skills and get online! Cost £1, contact Alison Vine on 01273 492620.

New walk, 5 miles, 2 hours. Meet at High Trees Car Park at the junction of the A283/A2037. Call Ann on 01903 297553.

George Hotel, Henfield, 7.30pm (& every 1st Weds)

Speaker Barbara Deane from the South India Trust will bring us up to date on their work among the under-privileged people of a particular area of South India. Refreshments will be served.

Henfield Lions Club

Meet to discuss fundraising activities, consider requests for assistance and organise social events. Call David Pryor on 01273 494442.

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HDC Health Walk

White Horse, Maplehurst, 10am

Thursday Circle

Free Church Hall, 2.30pm

Unsquashable – Henfield Squash Club Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm (& every Thurs)

5 miles, no dogs. Meet in pub car Drop-in and play session only £3. park. Call Geoff on 01403 258180

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Maidment Court, 7pm (& all Thurs)

Monday 7

Beetle Drive

For more details contact the Maidment Court, 2.30pm (& Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings every first Mon) on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742. For more details contact the Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 Henfield Camera Club

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Evangelical Free Church, 7.30pm

Henfield Badminton Club

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A jazz, swing and blues choir, made up of members of the community who may have a medical condition or not (it doesn’t really matter), no need to read music! £4 entry plus tea and biscuits. Call Jennie on 01273 494300 or email info@

RNLI Art Exhibition special preview evening

Dr Stephen Ormrod LRPS will show photographs and talk about the Korean peninsula where he has recently spent two years, and his wife, Lesley ARPS will show us her work photographing horses and movement.

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

New members always welcome. We play a reasonable standard of badminton but are very patient with rusty players who may not have picked up their racquet for some time! Call Sally on 01273 494231.

Henfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm

Steyning Holistic Fair

Woodmancote Annual Meetings

Henfield Hall, 9.30am – 6pm (& 9.30am – 3.30pm on Sun 12)

Three public meetings in succession: the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Hall at 7pm; Short meeting of the Parish Council at 7.20pm; and the Woodmacote Annual Parish Meeting (APM) at 8pm. All Woodmancote residents and others interested in the affairs of the Parish and the Parish Hall are invited. Tea / coffee after the APM.

Open Studio

Saturday 5

The Steyning Centre, 10am – 4pm

Wonderful selection of stalls and exhibitors offering: readings, gifts, local artists, jewellery, natural products, massage, shiatsu, palm readings, healing space, motivational talks, meditation, singing, yummy veggie food, teas & coffees, cakes and more. £3 (includes talks), under 16’s free.

Spring Fair

Garden Rooms, Henfield Village Hall, 12 to 4pm

In aid of The Children of Sumatra. Entrance only 30p. Crafts, books, plants and cakes on sale as well as a tombola and refreshments. Please support this worthwhile charity which offers life changing opportunities for Indonesian children born with cleft lip and palate.

Fun Quiz

Henfield Guide Hut, 7pm

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Woodmancote & Blackstone Parish Hall, from 7pm

Henfield History Group

Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every 2nd Tues)

AGM and renewal of subscriptions plus ‘History of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital’ by Maureen Fletcher. Everyone welcome. Admission £3 for non-members. For more information call Steve or Ruth on 494121.

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Tickets £7, includes ploughmans supper. Bring your own drink and Knit & Natter glasses. Teams of 6/8 people. The Lounge, Rayner Court, To book your place contact Da- 10.30am-12pm (& every 2nd Weds) vid Marshall on 01403 864591 or We knit gift items and children’s clothes for various charities. There Hurstpierpoint Singers is something for everyone to knit Spring Concert whatever their ability or interest.

Hassocks’ United Reformed Church, 7.30pm

Parts 2 & 3 of Handel’s ever popular Messiah. Tickets £10 from: Hassocks Hardware; Janton News; and the Mint House. Concessionary tickets at £8 for students and school children will be available only at the door.

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Thursday 10

Coffee Morning

St Peter’s Church, 10.3011.30am (& every 2nd Thurs)

Tickets are available from Sarah Jago on 01273 493205 or email:

Friday 11

RNLI Art Exhibition

Includes paintings and 3D work by talented Sussex Artists for viewing and sale. Admission free.

Louise Lorimer, 5 Benson Road, 9am-5pm (& Sat 12)

Original print cards, canvasses, paintings, vintage jewellery and commissions. You’ll also find Tracey Smyth’s canvas art and John Russell’s original oil paintings. .

Saturday 12

Celebrating 30 years of Rushfields

Rushfields Garden Centre & Farm Shop, all day (& Sun 13)

Celebration weekend with fabulous offers including 30% off plants, food tastings and face painting.

HDC Health Walk Wiston/Steyning, 9am

Downland dog walk, 2 miles, 1¼ hours. Park in Steyning car parks as very limited parking at the cricket pavilion. 07720 850064.

Bring & Buy Coffee Morning

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am

In aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Cake stall, brick a brac, book stall and raffle. Call Mike Morgan on 492134 for collection of bric-a-brac (not jumble).

Learn to make more plants for free

Join us in St Peters Church for Sussex Prairie Garden, 10am-4pm fresh coffee and homemade cakes. £80 to include lunch and refreshments. Workshop run by Sussex Jazzled Choir Prairie Garden and The Garden

Catholic Church Hall, 1.30-3.30pm

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APRIL 2014 | What’s on House Brighton. to show you how tact Jan Oswald on 01273 492702. to propagate plants using both vegetative and seed methods. Sown seeds and some cuttings Woodmancote & Henfield WI can be taken home. See website Henfield Hall, 2.15pm for further details or call 01273 A talk entitled ‘My time in Bletch702840 / 07788 668595 ley Park’ will be given by Betty Kite making workshop Houghton. Tea will be served and there will be a ‘Flower of the Month’ Old Railway Station, West competition. For more information Grinstead,11-2pm Drop-in workshop. Come with your call 01273 492419.

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family to make and fly a kite! Bring along a picnic and then feel free to wander around our old railway Good Friday Services carriage or go for a walk along the See main advert for details of the Downs Link. Children must be ac- various church services in Henfield, companied by an adult, £2.50 a kite. Woodmancote and Shermanbury.

Sussex Chorus - Handel’s Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men Messiah St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton, 7.30pm

Rose Cottage, Alciston, 12pm

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Garden Club Plant Sale and Coffee Morning Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm

Contact Linda Beresford, our Membership Secretary, on 01273 492497 or e-mail linda@slugbandit. for details about joining our friendly club.

Jumble Sale

Henfield Hall, 2 pm

In aid of Busy Bees playgroup. Refreshments available, cake stall & raffle. Entrance 30p. Please bring your jumble along on the morning from 9.30 am, or ring 494723. No large items please.

Dame Joan Plowright

CRMM will be dancing North West St Mary’s House, Steyning, 3-5.15pm Soprano Bibi Heal; Mezzo Soprano (clog) ‘The Long Rope Skipping’ as Dame Joan is one of Britain’s most Tabitha Reynolds; Tenor Joseph guests of Knots of May. distinguished actors. She has over Cornwell; Bass Baritone Douglas 70 film credits to her name, includRice-Bowen; Conductor Alan Vining 101 Dalmatians and Tea with cent; Kent Sinfonia. Tickets: £15 Easter Sunday Services Mussolini. She reflects on her life (concs £12, students & under 16’s See main advert for details of the with the well-known stage direc£5) from or various church services in Henfield, tor, Richard Digby Day. Tickets £25 Woodmancote and Shermanbury. Alan Durden on 01903 816205

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Palm Sunday Services

Children’s Fun Afternoon Cat & Canary Pub

The Last Trip Home

St. Peter’s Church, Henfield, 4pm

See main advert for details of the Buffet, disco. Egg decorating com- Cotillion presents a concert in various church services in Henfield, petition, Easter Egg hunt with the words and music which features the change-over from oxen to Woodmancote and Shermanbury. Easter Bunny. £5 per child. horses and then to mechanized Live Music from The transport for both agricultural and Ruminators military use. Afternoon tea will be Steyning Decorative and White Hart, 8.30pm served. A promotion of The Friends Fine Arts Come and listen to this amazing of St. Peter’s Church. Tickets from The Steyning Centre, 10am (& acoustic duo playing everything Jasmines Florists or call 492294. every 2nd Mon) from Glen Campbell to The Killers. Henfield Lions Race Night Illustrated lecture on ‘The Vikings’ St Peter’s Primary School by Barbara Askew, lecturer and In aid of St Peters Primary School. London Blue Badge guide. Mem- Cheese and beer tasting Tickets £10 per person to include bers and visitors (£5 donation) White Hart, 7pm warmly welcomed with coffee at Mark Woodhouse will be presenting a supper. Cost to sponsor a race 10am. Call 01903814390. a variety of Award Winning Badger is £25 and to purchase a horse it Ales and matching them with fa- is £6. There are of course prices Crib mous cheeses from across the UK. for sponsors, winning horse ownMaidment Court, 2pm (& every ers and for the lucky losing betting Limited places so book early. 2nd, 3rd & 4th Mon) ticket. For tickets or more information call Lion Dick Kent on 492655. For more details contact the Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings Henfield Camera Club on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742.

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‘Here’s one they made earlier’ – Works of famous architects. Membership £29 per annum, guests £5, maximum three lectures a year. Con-

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Annual Competition - the set subject will be ‘Architectural Detail’ and our judge for the evening will be David Eastley LRPS. Visitors and new members always welcome. Contact Chairman, David Barrett at david.

Wednesday 30 HDC Health Walk

West Grinstead, 11am

5 mile flat, no dogs. Park and meet at St George’s Parish Church. Call Jean on 01403 250869 or Alex on 273751.

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KNIGHTS BUDGENS COMES TO HENFIELD The grand opening of the refurbished Budgens store took place on Thursday 13 February. New owners David and Lynette Knight have made some considerable improvements to the store and have introduced some exciting new product lines. The ribbon was cut by David’s mum and the first 100 lucky shoppers received a free bottle of wine. Chairman of Henfield Parish Council Ray Osgood welcomed David and Lynette to the village and asked local people to support them in their efforts to provide Henfield with a great new supermarket. West Sussex County Councillor Lionel Barnard met local producers and fully endorsed the

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new supermarket, along with Horsham District Councillor Sheila Matthews. David said: “We actually purchased the store in December but have been working hard to ensure we could refurbish the store in January. Some of you may know that we already own our Knights Budgens store in Hassocks. We took this store on a similar journey purchasing it in 2007 and it has since gone on to win numerous awards. We are a small family business and try to run it to those values and we were privileged last year to re-invest over £30,000 back into the Hassocks community. Our aim is do the same in Henfield, we firmly believe in being a community business that has a responsibility to the customers it serves. We hope you like the changes, there are lots more to come and I hope we can be part of your community for years to follow.” Sussex Food Producers The Real Patisserie Company, Court Gardens vineyard in Ditchling and Bangers Galore were offering samples of their products to shoppers. David intends to increase the amount of Sussex suppliers and broaden the stores product range. Good luck David and Lynette, it’s great to have you in Henfield!

BLACKSTONE PLAYING FIELD Tucked a half mile down Blackstone Lane off of the Brighton Road at Woodmancote is one of the best kept sporting venues in the local area. The Sutton Winson Sussex Cricket Academy cricket ground resides at the Woodmancote Parish playing field and provides superbly maintained facilities for the county’s young representative cricketers, Blackstone Stoolball Club and junior football teams from Henfield FC. Redeveloped in 2003 the ground has been the home of Blackstone Stoolball Club since the 1949. The club are always on the look out for new members and play in the mid Sussex Ladies League with matches on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the summer. They also enter regular weekend summer tournaments when occasionally the guys are allowed to have a go in ‘mixed’ events. To find out more contact the Blackstone Stoolball Club Secretary, Lyn Baldy at Football has also been a feature at Blackstone since local subscription first purchased the field for local sports enthusiasts in 1948. The Henfield FC junior section are currently enjoying what is one of the best playing surfaces in the county. Whilst the under 15s have a full squad, the others teams have spaces for new players and they would love to hear from you: For the under 11s (managed by Rebekah Seager), contact; under 7s (managed by Simon Funnell), contact ; and the under 9s (managed by Dick Hill), contact dick@ The County representative youth cricket also has its base at Blackstone and spectators are always welcome. Fixture schedules can be found on the notice board at the gates or via and the links to the youth section. There is also a super modern play area for your little ones and a footpath takes you off to the excellent lo-

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APRIL 2014 | News cal networks of paths and bridleways that criss-cross our patch of Sussex. The pavilion features a fantastic kitchen and lounge area and makes a great venue for kids’ parties. Please contact Siobhan Edgar at if you are interested in hiring the venue. If visiting the site please be mindful that there are Parish Council restrictions on parking in Blackstone Lane to afford agricultural vehicle access. There is otherwise enough space outside the venue gates to park without blocking the access gates themselves which remain locked on non match days for security purposes.

HFC YOUTH TOURNAMENT For the second consecutive year, Henfield FC 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 and is being held over the week-end of 17-18 May. We hope to have 138 squads entered (an increase of 25 on last year) and many families will be attending. The tournament is run on a group basis, culminating in the finals at the end of each session (around midday and 4pm) on both days. We kick off on Saturday morning with the Under 7s, 9s & 11s; followed by the Under 13s, 15s and 16s in the afternoon. Sunday morning sees the Under 8s and 10s together with the Girls Under 13s playing and the afternoon moves on to the Girls Under 11s, the Under 12s & 14s. All age groups have a number of host Henfield FC squads competing so please do put the dates in your diary to pop up and watch the matches (and cheer on our Henfield teams!). On site, we will have refreshments as well as a bouncy castle and an ice cream van. Our grateful thanks go to HART and Henfield Medical Centre who will be in attendance. We are also really grateful to the many local traders that have readily supported the Club by advertising in the 40-page full-colour tournament programme, or providing raffle prizes and we hope they too will benefit financially from our guests and visitors to the village. With the numbers expected, there will inevitably be additional traffic leading to parking issues. As last year, we will have stewards around the immediate area (Fabians Way, Northcroft, Deer Park, the Leisure and Medical Centres, Youth Club etc) to direct and

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assist as well as clear directional signage in place for the visiting squads. We apologise though in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused to local residents by the additional street parking and traffic, which we will endeavour to keep to an absolute minimum. Please do come along and support our village’s youth football teams – as they play with pride and passion and no little skill too. We are always happy to hear from helpers/referees. If you would like to get involved please me on 07768 004260. Paul Samrah, Secretary Henfield FC

777 UPDATE The intrepid 777 fundraising team have been at it again – this time three members (Tracey Prescott, Sam Bremner and Vanessa Brown) ran the Brighton Half Marathon for ‘Have a Heart’ Rocking Horse Appeal. Tracey Prescott is running the Brighton Marathon on 6 April – look out for her and her purple hair! She’s raising money for MacMillan Cancer Care. Close friend Gary Dunk is bravely battling a brain tumour and Tracey wants to support him and raise funds for the valuable work MacMillan do to support cancer patients. If you’d like to donate for this fantastic cause and get updates on the fundraising by the 777 team, go to

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News | APRIL 2014 triumphant on both occasions. The fight for second place was a tense play-off against West Worthing first team. Having let the opposition get ahead 8-4 (first to 10 points), Henfield won 6 consecutive points to clinch the second position in style 10-8. Congratulations must go to the children for their enthusiasm and concentration throughout the day, and to Joerg Schluetter and Keith Brown for selecting and coaching the team players. Thanks also to the parents for coming along to provide invaluable support and provisions on the day. Hugo Wilson, Team Captain, Henfield Mini Red Team

WOODMANCOTE PARISH COUNCIL MINI RED TEAM TENNIS SUCCESS Henfield entered a team of four enthusiastic Mini Red (under 8) players into the Sussex League match on Sunday 16 February and came home with an outstanding second place out of the five teams competing. Up against the larger clubs Chichester (the overall winners), West Worthing (both first and second teams) and Middleton, Henfield showed fantastic resilience and determination. The crack team was made up of Gina Capaldi Drewett, Freddie Crawley, Fingal Wilson, and Kirsten Woodward. The matches were fought on the format of two singles and one doubles match for each player against each team. Henfield ended up in an extra doubles play-off against Middleton and West Worthing 1, and were

On behalf of Woodmancote Parish Council I would like to thank all those that returned the reply cards at Christmas. We had a good response and some very useful comments. These will form a vital part of the Neighbourhood Plan that we are going to be putting forward. We will be contacting all those that offered to help. By the time you read this I hope all the winter storms and the wet weather have passed and spring has arrived! Everyone is invited to our Annual Parish Meeting on 8 April from 7pm in the Parish Hall (see ‘what’s on’ for more details) where we hope to put forward a presentation on how you can get involved and help put this plan together and raise any views concerning the Parish. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards – please do come and support. We presently have two vacancies on the council if anyone is available. Colin Broucke, Chairman

HENFIELD SHORT MAT BOWLING In Henfield Village Hall every Friday morning we play Short Mat Bowls. This is a popular version of the outdoor game on grass which is only played in the summer. We are a very friendly Club and we meet every week and also have matches at the weekend against other clubs. Come and join us and give it a try! It’s not expensive. For details ring Derek on 01273833734 or just come along next Friday at about 9.45am and take a look. Derek Rogers, Chairman, SMBC

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Following a news item from Charles Taylor on page 16 of the March edition of BN5 magazine, Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery have asked us to print the following response: “The recent changes to the roadside at Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery have caused a considerable amount of concern to local residents and the Henfield Community. Birchfield Nursery has been a local business for over 25 years and as such is keen to continue the strong links with Henfield and the surrounding areas, providing horticultural and landscaping services, a Produce Market and Coffee Shop, all of which offers services for the public as well as local employment. The future plans for this business will increase these services and aim to continue to be part of the community in a very positive way. The recent issue with the boundary has been misrep-

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APRIL 2014 | News resented, as the Nursery has taken great care to liaise with the local Council and Arboricultural services. One tree was felled due to disease, and another has fallen recently due to the adverse weather conditions. The remaining trees have been numbered as part of a topographical survey, as the Arboricultural Officer has identified 12 further trees that need to be felled due to disease, causing a safety issue. These works do not relate to planned developments within the Nursery Site, but to security, maintenance and safety. Diseased trees will fall unexpectedly, and this is something that we aim to prevent at all cost. Jack Dunckley has won many awards for his landscaping designs and has an in-depth knowledge and awareness of the importance of preserving and working with the environment to ensure long term progress of the natural landscape. As the works proceed the area will look uncared for and will give the impression that there is no future for the beautiful bulbs and shrubs that were originally at the roadside. Many of the original bulbs will continue to flower and will not have been affected by the works, and many more bulbs will be planted to enhance this area. The planned boundary area has been carefully designed and consequently should, with time, give the residents of this area of Sussex a great deal of pleasure.”

EXCITING TIMES AT HENFIELD YOUTH CLUB ! Psssttt… to all young people… Henfield Youth Club have recently refurbished their computer suite- We now have six internet -linked computers for use during our Junior and senior sessions, plus two PlayStation 3’s and a Nintendo Wii! So why not come along and use the new facilities, play pool, listen to music or just hang out with your mates? Beats staying indoors! Other services offered are: impartial information and advice on many issues; support with writing your CV; sexual health services (condoms and chlamydia testing). Refreshments available to buy from our well stocked coffee bar area. Go on, give us a try. Only £1 per session (and this includes use of all facilities) and the first session is free! Seniors (12-19 years) on Mondays and Thursdays from 7.30-9.30 pm; and Juniors (8–11 years) on Tuesdays from 6–7.30pm. For more information please phone Debbie on 01273 492161.

POPPY APPEAL ‘BRING & BUY’ COFFEE MORNING A ‘Bring and Buy’ Coffee Morning will be held in the Garden Room of Henfield Hall, Henfield on Saturday 12 April at 10am to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. There will be a cake stall, brica-brac, book stall and raffle. If you have any bric-abrac (not jumble) and wish to have it collected, please ring Mike Morgan on 492134.

HENFIELD GARDEN & ARTS 2014 The 15th annual festival of Gardens & Arts will be held on the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June from 11am till 5pm each day. Look out for the iconic blue guides and posters from early May. Ellen and David Hayes

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ILIDIA ADDS ANOTHER LONDON MARATHON FOR BHF Ilidia Campbell, a receptionist at the Henfield Medical Centre, will be stepping out for charity when she runs her 18th London Marathon on 13 April. In her running career, Ilidia has run more than 20 marathons, including Ultra Marathons of 30 miles. She has run for various charities over the years and this year has chosen the British Heart Foundation: “The British Heart Foundation is a very worthwhile charity which has done so much research into heart disease and the care of patients,” says Ilidia. People can donate through Ilidia’s JustGiving account ( Ilidia-Campbell ) or via the sponsorship form at the Henfield Medical Centre. You can follow Ilidia on Twitter @IlidiaCampbell

HOLLY LEADS IN LOCAL MUSICAL After being interested in drama and theatre since the age of 10, Fulking resident Holly Diamond has played many roles at Hurst College including Cosette in ‘Les Miserables’ and Yum-Yum in Burgess Hill Musical Theatre Society’s ‘The Mikado’. Most recently she has won the part of Johanna in HAODS (Horsham Amateur Operatic Dramatic Society) version of ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the capitol in Horsham to be played 8 - 12 April. Rehearsals are in full swing and the cast are working extremely hard to make this a sensational production. The ultimate musical horror story, Sweeney Todd tells the tale of the fabled Demon Barber of Fleet Street, who, having made it back to London after being bundled off to Australia on false pretences, seeks revenge on all those who wronged him. His partner in crime, Mrs Lovett, runs a pie shop, but finds meat hard to come by - until Todd finds himself with his first victim on his hands, and what a waste it would be merely to bury all that fresh meat... One of Stephen Sondheim’s best-loved scores, combined with a play of love, hate, infatuation, intrigue and revenge, Sweeney Todd is a wonderful piece of musical theatre - truly a show not to be missed! It would be great to have BN5 readers come and support the local talent that lives in the area. Charmayne Diamond

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News | APRIL 2014 BUSY BEES NEWS The children at busy Bees have already started their preparations for Easter by creating a large Easter picture using glue, crayons and tissue paper. They have been learning about the meaning of Easter as well as about the chicken and the egg, and are using their creative skills to decorate their eggs. Gillian Otsuka

MAYFIELD MARKET TOWN PLANS REVEALED Mayfield Market Towns have submitted three alternatives to Mid Sussex District Council as part of their District Plan process. In Option 1 the proposed area of a town almost the size of Burgess Hill covers an area from the outskirts of Henfield (from the Wheatsheaf Road) to Wineham, Twineham and the edge of Albourne, in a compact settlement. This includes several schools, a town high street and commercial development. Option 2 shows a ‘Split Compact Development’: Albourne and Sayers Common expanded plus a large development across Wineham and Twineham. Option 3 ‘Dispersed Villages’ shows five smaller villages covering the area. The three options can be viewed on the Mayfield website


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MPS SUPPORT NEW TOWN PROTEST Proposals for a new town just outside Henfield are to be discussed at a public meeting in the village. South Downs MP Nick Herbert and Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames are both expected to be key speakers at the event, which is being organised by the local protest group, LAMBS (Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl). Mayfield Market Towns wants to build a town the size of Burgess Hill on countryside around Twineham and Wineham. The London property company has been lobbying both Horsham and Mid Sussex District Councils, trying to get the scheme included in local plans later this year. Campaigners say they want to “stop the plan in its tracks” before a planning application has been submitted. The protest has been steadily gaining momentum since the Mayfield Market Towns published the scheme on its website last summer. LAMBS is now one of the biggest campaigns of its kind and is supported throughout the community. In addition to the public meeting, LAMBS is planning a number of other events throughout the year; including a ‘Great Big Bird Watch’ and ‘Canvas for England’ which is an art event to be run jointly with the CPRE. Further details and dates on all these events can be found on LAMBS website: If you are interested in taking part in the big bird watch please call Lucy Sheridan on 01444 882062. We will publish details of the Public Meeting date on the BN5 website as soon as we hear more.

MASSAGE, REFLEXOLOGY AND RELAXATION AT HENFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE There are some exciting new developments at Henfield Medical Centre. In addition to the relaxing music playing in the reception area it is now possible to book in for a range of private Complementary

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APRIL 2014 | News Therapy treatments. Elizabeth Ross-Talbot, an ITEC qualified practitioner and a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, is delighted to be able to offer massage, reflexology and relaxation treatments at reasonable cost. “This is a very exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to working at the Medical Centre with patients who would like to explore a holistic approach to maintaining their health. I believe deep relaxation is a key player in restoring and maintaining healthy minds and bodies so please come and have a chat with me.” Treatments include a confidential consultation to assess patient needs. Client specific lifestyle advice is also discussed to improve overall health and wellbeing. Henfield Medical Centre Practice Manager, Katie Hill stated “The GPs are pleased to be able to house this service within Henfield Medical Centre and also see it as a positive way to optimize use of space for the benefit of running additional therapies for our patients”. Treatments can be tailored for clients of all ages (GP consent may be required for some medical conditions). Elizabeth has lived and worked in Henfield for the past 18 years and is also a Principal Tutor of Holistic Massage at The Wilbury School of Massage and Reflexology in Brighton. She has been a qualified ITEC practitioner since 2007 and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and the CNHC. This is a private service that is being run at Henfield Medical Centre, it is not an NHS service.

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EXPERIENCED DIRECTOR ‘STEPPING OUT’ TO RESCUE HENFIELD’S MAY SHOW! When Henfield Theatre Company had to abandon plans to present ‘Hot Mikado’ as their May production, long-standing member Ann Atkins stepped up with her suggestion of an alternative production ‘Stepping Out’. She knew that the play, requiring nine ladies and one man, could be brought to the stage with the usual degree of professionalism expected from HTC. Ann previously directed ‘Honk’ in 2006 and ‘Annie’ in 2010 and was last seen on stage as the hilarious Mrs Overall in ‘Acorn Antiques the Musical’, in 2012. ‘Stepping out’, also directed by Ann, is a hilarious and sometimes poignant comedy about a tap dance class for absolute beginners. Make sure that you see this production! It runs from 14 to 17 May in the Henfield Hall. Tickets, priced £7 and £9, will be on sale at Henfield Furnishings from 22 April.

BN5 BIRDS I walk to work most days, this winter I have had many soakings but one sunny morning in late February made it all worthwhile. As I left my house gulls were wheeling overhead crying wildly and a collared dove was cooing, along the road our resident song thrush sang its repetitive refrain. A greater spotted woodpecker drummed away behind the houses. By Batts Pond a nuthatch was tapping at a tree and a robin sang from a branch by the fence. Walking up Batts Pond Lane a chaffinch let out its tumbling song and flew off right in front of me. Carrying on up the lane I heard the blackbird’s mellifluous tune and another song thrush sung from the top of a tree. As I walked round by Red Oaks I heard a wren let rip with its strident trill and it then landed on a wall as I walked past and a gold crest “zeeped” from a fir tree. A jay flew through the graveyard of St Peter’s flashing its white rump and a blackbird flew off calling out an alarm. By Sobell Court the resident house sparrows were chirp-

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News | APRIL 2014 ing and cheeping merrily and a starling was perched on a gutter squeaking and clacking. Along Parsonage Road I heard another woodpecker drumming and I arrived at work to see a few house sparrows having a bath in a puddle. It just shows how a short 15 minute walk through ‘urban’ Henfield can be so rewarding and it was a wonderful way to start my day. Members of Henfield Birdwatch are currently involved in our fourth Henfield bird survey. If you’d like to be involved, or become members please ring Debbie and Nigel on 01273 493037 or see our interesting web-site Members receive quarterly newsletters about local happenings, can enjoy talks and walks and be involved in our busy interactive e-mail group where you can ask questions or tell us what DOVE NURSERY NEWS you’ve seen. You don’t have to know a lot about birds To celebrate St David’s Day all the children brought in - just love them like we do. leeks (as a tradition in Welsh schools) and we had a competition to find the biggest and longest leek. The Deborah Colgate, Henfield Birdwatch children dressed up in costume and then we turned HENFIELD BRANCH RNLI ART all the leeks into Leek and Potato soup, the children helping to chop the vegetables. We also made panEXHIBITION cakes for snack time on Shrove Tuesday with various The Henfield Branch RNLI is holding the 25th Anniverfillings. sary Art Exhibition in Henfield Hall on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 April 2014. The special Preview event will Parents having been joining in the fun this term as be held on Thursday 10 April at 7.30-9.30pm and tick- we are looking at ‘People who help us.’ Already we ets are available from Sarah Jago (call. 01273 493205 have had a dentist come into talk to the children. They or email The exhibition includes enjoyed dressing up as a dentist and were all given paintings and 3D work by talented Sussex artists for their own mirrors and given egg timers to help them viewing and sale. Admission is free and the exhibition brush their teeth for the whole two minutes. Other is open 9.30am-6pm on Friday and 9.30am-3.30pm on parents coming in to show what they do for a job are Saturday. This is an excellent opportunity to view and a Policeman, Nurse and a Farmer (who is bringing in his tractor or combine harvester). We are planning a purchase original art work of the highest standard. trip to the library to find out what a Librarian does and UNDERPRICED BANANAS also have a yoga session planned with Tatty Bumpkin. Thank you for the growing support for Fairtrade Fort- Vivian Ruffett night. Did you know that severe pressure in the banana business to keep prices low is one of the major HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL factors trapping many banana farmers and workers In early March Henfield Parish Council hosted the anin poverty? In the past ten years supermarkets have nual Parish Meeting. Over 100 residents attended and almost halved the price of loose bananas, yet the cost questioned their elected representatives and Sussex of producing them has doubled. Typically we pay 20p Police on a variety of issues. These included the poor for an apple grown in the UK versus an 11p typical state of the footpaths beside Barrow Hill and between price for a loose banana grown abroad in tropical the High Street and Henfield Common, caused by climes. Please make sure, whenever possible, that the paths being used unlawfully by horse riders and the bananas you purchase carry the Fairtrade mark. dog fouling; public access to the Tanyard Field; illegal parking on zig zags and yellow lines; damage to grass Peter Bates

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APRIL 2014 | News verges caused by motor vehicles and the problem of dandelions infesting the verges; commemorating the anniversary of WW1 and encouraging more visitors to Henfield by creating an unmanned tourist information point. Henfield Parish Council will now decide how to respond to these issues. The meeting also received short presentations on proposals to create a Friends on Henfield Museum Group and on progress preparing the Henfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan. Also at the meeting, Council Chairman Ray Osgood presented 35 year Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal service awards to local residents Mary Holder and Jean Cranford. Following the successful refurbishment of the Chessbrook Green play area at Wantley Hill, Council is now preparing plans to refurbish to under 7’s play area at The Kings Field. Three companies have submitted plans and users of the play area are being consulted on their favoured option. It is hoped this refurbishment will be completed during the summer. In a busy time for Council, it is also finalising arrangements to take over some highway work from West Sussex County Council and its proposals to up-grade the planned replacement street lighting to be installed throughout Henfield in respect of the Henfield Conservation Area, including the High Street, to a design more in keeping with the area. For more information about any of these projects contact Henfield Parish Council. Henfield Parish Council

UNDER THE SAME ROOFS Twineham C of E Primary School’s PTA, FOTS, is to stage a photographic exhibition ‘Under The Same Roofs’ curated by local, Hickstead-based photographer Daisy Bunn, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the rural primary school. The exhibition will be shown in St Peter’s Church, Twineham, with a Private View on Wednesday 2 April, 7pm. The exhibition will feature a selection of photographs from the school archive, as well as new work by Daisy Bunn: “A born and bred Sussex girl, I was delighted to be asked to be involved with the exhibition, particularly as lots of family members are, and were, pupils. The school archive has proved to be a treasure chest of local history, and has been fascinating to delve into.” Miss Baber, Head of Twineham C of E Primary School explained that celebrating a milestone birthday would enable the Twineham community to reflect on the past and to celebrate the present. FOTS Chairman Phil Black describes why fundraising is so important to the school, “The Friends of Twineham School has twin motivations; host memorable events to enrich the school lives of our children, whilst raising additional funds for extra- curricular activities. The 150th anniversary is a perfect opportunity to host an event and whatever we raise will go towards our legacy project - a natural pond for the children to study, which also serves as a mini nature reserve for local wildlife.” If you have connections with Twineham C of E School and would like more information on our celebrations or to visit the school then please email the school at:

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News | APRIL 2014 most equipment they do not last forever. Adrian and Katherine stepped in as they knew we were looking to raise money to replace our broken rebounders and offered us this amazing amount. Their support of the Leisure Centre has been endless as they also kindly donate fruit weekly for our children’s club and gym members. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough for all the support you are giving us. We are so very grateful. Sammy Bremner, Henfield Leisure Centre

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WHITE HART CHEQUE FOR HART RESPONDERS White Hart landlord Gyles Culver handed over a cheque for £1,500 to members of HART (Henfield Area Response Team) last month. The money was raised from pub quizzes held throughout the year every fortnight on a Tuesday. The pub itself has a heart defibrillator installed and all staff are trained in its use should a cardiac arrest occur. “We are delighted to help this very worthwhile cause which has saved so many lives in the village,” said Gyles. HART chairman Dick Nye said: “Thanks to fund-raising events like these we are able to continue operating and maintaining the service.”

HENFIELD PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN – CALL FOR SITES This is an informal opportunity for landowners and developers to propose sites in Henfield Parish for development. It will not decide whether a site would be allocated for development in the Plan or commit the proposer to apply for planning consent. It will enable those preparing the Plan to better understand the needs and wishes of electors in Henfield Parish. Sites suggested will be used to guide and inform preparation of the Allocation of Land and Site Development section of the Plan. If you want a site to be considered for development by the Neighbourhood Plan we should like to hear from you. Sites need not be in your ownership if you have a responsibility for managing them and they can be proposals for a wide range of development uses. Please inform The Clerk of Henfield Parish Council at The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way Henfield BN5 9DB of your proposal by no later than 30th April 2014. For more information about what is a neighbourhood plan and how the plan in Henfield is progressing, contact the Parish Council Office e: or visit

THANK YOU FROM HLC We would like to say a massive thank you to Adrian and Katherine Hillman for their generous donation of £750 to help pay towards new Rebounders for our classes. Our rebound classes are very popular but like

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A NEW VICAR FOR HENFIELD, AND RECTOR FOR WOODMANCOTE AND SHERMANBURY Hello! Jan and I are both very excited about moving to Henfield and joining the parishes that make up the benefice. Many people have told me how great Henfield is as a place, and also just how much the three churches are at the centre of their respective parish communities. So I’m really looking forward to leading them in this next chapter in their history as together we seek to discover how God is calling us to serve one another and the local village communities. We are very much looking forward to getting to know you all in the months to come but first as a brief introduction: I grew up locally in Worthing and apart from a two year stint at theological college have lived in Sussex all my life. On leaving school I began a 16 year career in banking and finance, first in various branches of Natwest and then within the invoice finance division of HSBC where I entered management and completed my career in the Client Audit department. I was responsible for staff training, risk management and high level client audits. Having been involved in my local Church (St Andrew, West Tarring in Worthing) in the choir, as an altar server, on the PCC and running the youth group, I finally listened to God’s call and in 2003 began study for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon. I was ordained in 2005 to a curacy in the Hove team ministry and stayed on as Team Vicar and then incumbent of St John’s from 2009. Jan and I married in April 2012, she is a legal secretary working full time at a large firm of solicitors in Worthing. We both like travelling, especially to Italy where we love the food; we love to socialise and to take walks in the country and by the sea. Together we enjoy cinema and musical theatre. And I also love reading, and when I get the chance watching science fiction movies or going to watch Sussex play cricket. With best wishes, Rev’d Paul and Jan Doick

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APRIL 2014 | News JEAN KENT 30 JULY 1930 - 13 JANUARY 2014 Dick and family (Elaine, Annette, Karen and their families) would like to thank all who so kindly supported us in the sad loss of Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. The support of the Henfield Lions, Henfield WI and Flower Club much appreciated and especial thanks to Dr Karen Crawford-Clarke for her kindness to Jean and to Deacon Seamus for his understanding and conduct of the service. RK

SUSSEX POLICE & HENFIELD BANKS TEAM UP AGAINST FRAUD Representatives from Barclays and NatWest banks in Henfield held a Fraud Awareness event in association with Sussex Police. The event, held at Maidment Court in February, attracted more than 30 attendees, who received some sound advice about avoiding falling victim to email, telephone and door-knocking scams. Inspector Claire Mc Knight from Sussex Police explained how easily it can happen and how scammers target the elderly and vulnerable. She gave some great techniques for avoiding becoming a victim. As many of these crimes are committed from abroad it’s often hard for the police to prosecute. Local PCSO Charlene Parsons explained how the event was organised at the request of local banks.

An elderly local man was victim of an internet ‘friendship’ scam and was in the process of transferring a substantial amount of money to their account when a bank employee at Barclays became suspicious. We will be publishing a Fraud Avoidance article in BN5 magazine very soon.

LIONS RACE NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF ST PETERS SCHOOL The race night is scheduled for Saturday 26 April at St Peters school in Henfield. Tickets are £10 per person to include a supper. Cost to sponsor a race is £25 and to purchase a horse it is £6. There are of course prices for sponsors, winning horse owners and for the lucky losing betting ticket. For tickets or further information please contact Lion Dick Kent on telephone number 492655.



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ritish tennis has been enjoying somewhat of resurgence recently, thanks in part to Andy Murray’s Olympic Gold in 2012 and Wimbledon Men’s Singles title last year. Henfield Tennis Club is proud to be a part of this renaissance at a local level and is currently gearing up for what promises to be a busy and exciting 2014 season. I went along to meet committee members Liz Brindley and Digby Stephenson as well as Head Coach Jörg Schlüter to find out more. Henfield Tennis Club is a relaxed and friendly club located on the Kings Field next to the Leisure Centre. With a thriving membership (117 adult and 88 juniors) the Club has four all-weather courts, flood lighting, a junior court and a range of social activities. Anyone can book a court (either online or through the leisure centre), but the Club offers social tennis sessions for members most days of the week all year round. “We run sessions at various times so there should always be one that you are able to get to” explained Liz. “If you don’t have a regular tennis partner these are the perfect opportunity meet and play with players of a similar level.” Head Coach Jörg runs a number of sessions throughout the week which are open to members and nonmembers alike on a pay-as-you go basis (although members play a reduced rate): Cardio and Fitness Tennis on Monday mornings is all about keeping your heart rate up and burning up lots of calories in a fun way and no previous tennis experience is necessary.

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On Tuesday mornings he runs a ‘rusty racket’ session for those who may not have played for a while. Jörg also offers free coaching to members at the Tuesday evening social tennis session and members can also take advantage of private coaching with him at reduced rates. For those who enjoy the competitive element, there is an Internal Club Championship every year with matches being played from the end of March through to the middle of July. The championship includes men’s and women’s singles and doubles competitions as well as mixed doubles with trophies to be won. The club also play men’s, ladies and mixed teams in the Sussex League on a ‘fiercely friendly’ basis. Matches take place at weekends or in the evening and are played either at home or away. These are often very social occasions with the home team providing refreshments after the match. Of course tennis wouldn’t be tennis without the annual delight of Wimbledon! Fans will know how difficult it can be getting hold of tickets, but the Club is allocated a number of tickets and members have the opportunity to enter a ballot to purchase these. This year during the Wimbledon fortnight the Club will open its courts up for free so if you get inspired you can come and ‘have a go’, meet the coaches and take advantage of a special reduced rate membership offer. Junior tennis has really taken off at the Club in the

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past couple of years and much of this is down to the that old, it is in need of some radical updating. “We enthusiasm of Head Coach Jörg and Club Coach have some really exciting plans for a new pavilion Keith Brown. Mini tennis classes are held for children which will vastly improve what the club can offer.” exaged three and upwards on most days and Jörg and plained Digby. “We’re waiting to see if we have been Keith aim to accommodate every player depending successful in our funding applications. If it comes on their age and ability. For the more serious juniors through, we could start work on the new building later there are more performance oriented group lessons on this summer so we’re keeping our fingers crossed.” and individual lessons. Team tennis is a great way for With or without a new pavilion, Henfield Tennis club is children to play in a socially friendly yet competitive certainly going from strength to strength and it has a environment and to test what they learn and practice lot to offer local players of all abilities and ages. Why in lessons under match conditions. not pop down and take a look for yourself? The Club holds match plays and also has teams play- Sarah Butler ing in the Aegon leagues in almost every age group. In a recent Mini Red (under 8) competition the Henfield Team came second, which The Henfield Tennis Club is holding an Open Day on Saturday 12 July at the was a great achievement! Tennis Pavilion for everyone, old or young. There will be an opportunity to try The Club is really proud of some tennis rackets from Intersport, play a game or two, talk with members, all their junior players and chat to one of the coaches or even perhaps try out some Cardio and Fitness they have some really excittennis. ing local young talent. They There will be at least one Championship Tennis Match to watch with various are really keen to encourtasty refreshments on sale (all a bit like a day at Wimbledon, without the age the parents to enjoy expense, travel or parking problems!) and a bouncy castle for the youngsters tennis – after all, it’s a peras well. fect way for all the family to For more information about the Tennis Club, membership or the Open Day please stay fit and healthy! see or call Call Digby (Club Chairman) on 07815 The Club was formed back 048609 or Liz (Club Secretary) on 01903 813864. in 1920 and although the tennis pavilion isn’t quite

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his April Rushfields are celebrating – it’s 30 years since they first opened their doors to green-fingered customers. Since then countless bedding plants, trees, roses, barbeques, wheelbarrows and bags of compost have been sold to happy visitors. If you include the coffee shop and award-winning Farm Shop you can add to that a fair few delicious lunches, afternoon teas, home made pies and local cheeses. In 2009 we published an article about the Rushfields 25th anniversary in BN5 magazine, when the farm shop was just a glint in Colin’s eye. In the article I had asked the four Rushfields owners, Colin and Pam Langridge and Adrian and Kathryn Hillman, what the secret of their success was. Adrian had said; “Our business ethos is that you can go forwards or backwards but you can never stand still.” It’s now clear to see how they’ve put this into practice. Rushfields has seen some real changes in the five years since our article, not to mention 30 since their journey began. Visitors to Rushfields are met with a riot of blooming

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flowers and April is one of the most colourful times to visit. Rows of bedding, perennials, roses, trees and shrubs, the Plant Centre is stocked with every imaginable accessory for the garden and the home. It’s hard to picture the open field brother and sister team Colin and Kathryn bought back in September 1984 for just £13,500, complete with an 1800’s hovel, which still remains next to the car-park. Colin jokes that he has become an expert in planning; he estimates that they’ve made some 30 planning applications and been through 4 appeals in the 30 years since Rushfields was opened. They started with wooden shed and six poly-tunnels. Their location, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and now part of the South Downs National Park, has made any development challenging to say the least. But these beautiful surroundings are what makes Rushfields so unique and such a treat to visit. Green fingered Kathryn and Colin both started their horticultural careers with local authorities, with Worth-

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ing and Brighton councils (interestingly, Katherine was refused a place with Brighton council in the 1970’s, because places were only available for men!). Their dad Eric, who has sadly passed away, was a retired engineer from Ricardo’s and was invaluable when building greenhouses and planning the development of Rushfields. He had his own allotment for 70 years, their mum Esme helped to look after it, and ‘plot to plate’ was second nature for the family. “It was about March time when we finally ran out of spuds,” said Colin. “I always remember as a child how we were almost entirely self-sufficient.” They rented a plot of land at Adurvale in Small Dole (now South Col House) and started a small marketgarden business. They quickly outgrew Adurvale and when the land at Poynings, originally Crown owned, came on the market they seized the opportunity. In 1986 the poly-tunnels were replaced with glass greenhouses and the retail side of Rushfields started to take off. They expanded into composts and other gardening essentials, as the bedding and shrub range got larger. Rushfields became a truly family-run business when Kathryn’s husband Adrian (they celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this year) and subsequently Colin’s wife Pam also joined the company. As quickly as the brand new glasshouses went up they came down again with a crash – when the great storm of ’87 hit. The team turned adversity to advantage and took the opportunity to re-build. In the early 90’s the nursery was extended and when space ran out a nursery plot in Sandy Lane, Henfield was ac-

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quired. In ’94 planning was agreed for the first nonplant lines, and in ’98 a coffee shop opened. Each year throws up a new challenge, but their forward thinking attitude has paid dividends. Colin is proud that the business now employs many local people, the oldest is a sprightly 85, and has become a mecca for plant lovers. The renowned ‘Roses at Rushfields’ stocks over 350 varieties of roses and is a delight to visit, especially in June when the blooms fill the air with their heady fragrance. The incredibly successful Farm Shop is going from strength to strength. “The bottom line is quality,” said Colin. “After all the supermarket disasters when they didn’t even know what animal was in their ‘meat pies’ customers are much more aware of the importance of provenance. Our beef grazes in the field next door and we use our own pigs, the eggs we sell are from very happy free-range chickens in Cowfold. Many of our cheeses are Sussex and our bread, without chemical preservatives, is from Hove. We care what goes into our food and because of this our reputation has grown and grown.”

The four are still dreaming up new ideas, their energy and drive fuels the ever-changing Rushfields. To celebrate 30 successful years of business Rushfields are holding an Anniversary Weekend on 12-13 April. There will be a huge 30% off all plants, as well as lots of exciting family fun from face-painting to local produce tasting. Emma Osman

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APRIL 2014 | Countryside

Henfield habitat T

he Henfield Conservation Volunteers was formed about 15 years ago, and has since helped maintain the mosaic of wonderful natural habitats around Henfield.

The group works mainly on the three Common areas of the parish, namely Henfield, Broadmare and Oreham Commons. These areas contain very different habitats, so the work is varied and interesting. Initially time was spent thinning out areas of invasive dense gorse in the main wooded area on Henfield Common. Without our work, the gorse would have continued to spread and suppressed the biodiversity of plants there. Once cleared, many woodland flowers including snowdrops, red campion, foxgloves and bluebells re-emerged and now increase the pleasure of a walk through the wood. Other tasks on Henfield Common include hazel coppicing and removing non-native cherry laurel which spreads rapidly unless contained. Broadmare and Oreham Commons are less well known and are quietly beautiful. Here we have planted wild cherry trees and oak saplings. The ponds on both these commons need regular maintenance to avoid silting up. Left they would eventually fill with bushes and willow trees. For the Millenium we planted three black poplar saplings on Broadmare Common beside the natural stream. This tree is the rarest native tree in England and conservation is essential. Our trees have flourished and are now over five metres tall. Cuttings have been taken and will be planted this year in suitable sites to increase the numbers. In 2012 a new pond was created in the Tanyard field, and has

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been left for wildlife to take over and is maturing into a valuable habitat. The area has been further improved by planting more trees including alder and ash. Old ponds in the Tanyard and on Oreham Common have been reinstated, again to encourage fauna and flora species to flourish. The eastern boundary of the Tanyard has been planted with several hundred native hedging whips to thicken the hedge and allow more nesting sites and cover for our bird life. Besides managing the Commons, we have planted a wildflower bed on the green area by the Bull Inn, cleared the path along the old railway line towards Betley Bridge and improved Danny pond at Deer Park. The Conservation Group normally meets on one Sunday morning each month. New members are always very welcome to help with the ever increasing number of tasks. We are an informal and friendly group and work on a ‘come if you can’ basis. The tasks are very varied and, by their nature, in a lovely environment. If you feel you can help, even on an irregular basis, we would be delighted to hear from you. You would be helping keep the wonderful natural areas around Henfield maintained for us all to enjoy.

You will find our programme posted in ‘What’s on’ in BN5 magazine and on or contact Andrew Sharp on 01273 494566 or email or John Willis on 01273 494822 or email John Willis

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St Peter’s Church, Henfield Palm Sunday 13th April 9am Parish Communion (BCP) with blessing of palm crosses 10am Meet the donkey on the Common (behind Golden Square) to walk to church for 10.30am Celebrate! Communion with blessing of palm crosses Maundy Thursday 17th April 5.30pm Celebrate! All Age Worship and Tea followed by footwashing at 6.30pm 7.15pm Holy Communion followed by the vigil until midnight Good Friday 18th April 10am Celebrate! All Age Worship 10.45am Silent Walk of Witness leaving from Corpus Christi Car park 2pm Good Friday Service 8pm Service of Tenebrae Easter Day 20th April 5.30am First Communion of Easter 9am Parish Communion (CW) 10.30am Celebrate! Communion 6.30pm Henfield Churches Easter Praise in the Free Church

The Evangelical Free Church High Street, Henfield Palm Sunday 13th April 10.30am Palm Sunday Worship 6.30pm Palm Sunday Praise Wednesday 16th April 7pm Service of Easter Reflection with Communion Good Friday 18th April 10.15am Good Friday Service, Easter Day 20th April 10.30am Easter Sunday Worship 6.30pm Henfield Churches Easter Praise

St Peter’s Church, Woodmancote Palm Sunday 13th April 9.45am Morning Prayer Good Friday 18th April 9.45am Devotional Service Easter Day 20th April 9.45am Easter Communion

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APRIL 2012 | Property


ucked away behind the High Street behind the Plough Inn used to be a jumble of dilapidated out-buildings. Last year, after a frenzy of building activity, these run-down buildings were replaced by a delightful two bedroom new-build home.

The venture is the home of local couple Roger and Maureen Gander. Roger, who until recently ran the local piling business Performance Foundations, always hankered after building his home. “I first thought about converting the out-buildings about eight years ago but this proved not to be possible for various reasons” he explained. “So then I started to look at building a house from scratch. Building my own home is something that I’ve always wanted to do so this has been a dream come true for me.” The process of creating the right design and obtaining permission took around eight years and during this period Roger also had to overcome some serious health issues, including a heart attack and cancer. However, he persevered and eventually in January 2013 he was granted planning permission. He didn’t waste any time and the demolition of the old building started the following month! The design of the barn is Rogers own and the oak frame was built by a local Sussex company in Edenbridge. Roger originally trained as a carpenter and, having worked in the building trade for many years, he had a wealth of local contacts to call on during the construction phase including Al Ridgewell, Colin Isted, Glen Reed, Alincourt Roofing and Mick Patching. The result is a lovely, timber-clad barn-style home.

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From the outside the building looks very compact but inside it is wonderfully spacious with plenty of natural light. Despite being open-plan downstairs the house is lovely and warm thanks to the heavy insulation and Roger also managed to reuse some of the old bricks from the original outbuilding. Roger retired at the beginning of August 2013 and he and Maureen moved into their new home later that month, a mere eight months after acquiring planning permission! “It was more like camping for the first week” laughed Maureen. “We didn’t have any gas or hot water to begin with but it has slowly come together and I absolutely love it now – I can’t imagine living anywhere else.” Roger is justifiably very proud of his handiwork, but now he’s been bitten by the ‘building bug’: “I keep walking round the village looking for other potential projects – I would love to do it all over again!”

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ou get a cataract when the clear lens inside your eye becomes cloudy or misty. This is a gradual process that usually happens as we get older. It does not hurt. The early stages of a cataract do not necessarily affect your sight. The only proven treatment for a cataract is surgery. If the cataract gets to the stage where it affects your sight, your optometrist will refer you to hospital to have this done. The surgery is carried out under a local anesthetic and is very safe. Once you have had the cataract removed, it will not return. Why do cataracts occur? The main cause is age. However, smoking, poor diet and exposure to sunlight have been linked to cataracts. Younger people can develop cataracts if they have an injury to the eye. Some medical conditions including diabetes or taking some sorts of medication may also cause cataracts. A very small number of babies are born with a cataract.

Will cataracts affect my vision? Many people with a cataract notice that they need the prescription for their glasses changing. If you are long-sighted, you may even notice that you need your glasses less than you did before you had the cataract! You may notice that your vision is less clear and dis-

tinct and car headlights and streetlights can become dazzling. You may experience difficulties moving from shade to sunlit areas, and colours may look different too and become faded or yellowed. If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your optometrist.

Can I prevent cataracts? There are various supplements on the market which claim to help slow the progression of cataracts and some eye drops have been marketed as a treatment for them. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that any of these can prevent or treat cataracts. The best advice to try to prevent cataracts, or to stop them getting worse, is to stop smoking and to wear good-quality sunglasses with full UV protection.

Treating cataracts If your cataract is affecting your day-to-day life (for example, driving, reading or cooking), and your optometrist cannot improve this enough by changing your glasses, you can ask them to refer you to an ophthalmologist (specialist eye doctor) for cataract surgery. This involves removing the cloudy lens (the cataract) and replacing it with a clear plastic one.

Do cataracts only happen in one eye? If you have had a cataract removed from one eye, it is likely that you will need the same treatment for the other eye at some point in the future.

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A fitness boot camp is a group physical training program designed to build strength and fitness as well I would recommend this to anyone as promote fat loss through a variety of intense exercises. Participants work together but everyone works looking for a fun way to boost at their own pace and all fitness levels are catered for. your confidence and get fit. ...boot camp can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing.

and feel I am heading towards my goals. I enjoy the gym more and can’t wait for the next training session.” Sandra “Friendly helpful trainers that push you to go that bit further and motivate you individually and as a team to do the best you can. I like that they monitor your progress so you can see improvements. It’s a really good fun workout that leaves you feeling good about yourself, if not a little achy sometimes!” Charlie “Boot camp is great! We are four weeks in and I can already see a difference in my body - more toned and feeling fitter. It’s hard work but totally worth it. I’ve already signed up for the next one.” Sammy So what are you waiting for?

The group dynamic of a boot camp will often help motivate participants by creating a great sense of camaraderie and social support for those taking part. It is designed to push people a little bit further than they would normally push themselves and is perfect for those people who get bored working out in a gym on their own. As well as fitness benefits, boot camp can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing. Regular aerobic exercise can help combat stress through the release of endorphins which act as a mood elevator. Sammy Bremner and Sam Eastman, But don’t just take our word for it: Henfield Leisure Centre “Boot camp was a great way to get me back into exer-


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A new study shows Britain is risking a bac k pain epidemic cau sedentary lifestyles. sed by unhealthy hab The findings from a its and study by the British ‘Acupuncture Aware Acupuncture Counc ness Week’ (3rd-10th il to mark March 2014) show tha suffer with back pain t almost 80 per cent yet admit to behaviour of people s that put their backs under unnecessary stra in. The study of 5,000 adu lts found that almost half With 2.3 million acupun of the nation admit to cture treatments carried eating on their lap, 40 per out each year, tradition cent complain they sit al acupuncture is one at a desk all day, over of the a third most popular complem watch TV or films in bed entary therapies practic and when asked about in ed the UK today and is rec their posture, nearly a ognized by the Nationa third admit they slouch l most Institute of Clinical Exc of the time. ellence (NICE) for persist ent, non-specific lower bac k pain. Based on anc Further results reveal tha ient t when it comes to dea ling principles which go back nearly two with back pain, 74 per thousand cent say they repeatedly years, acupuncture invo use lves placing extremely painkillers to deal with fine, their discomfort rather than sterile needles painlessly at specific poin addressing the root cau ts on the se of the problem. body to trigger a healing response. Rhiannon Griffiths, a qualified member of the British Acupuncture Council, comments: “Painkillers often num b the end symptom and mask the problem but do not address many of the combined underlying cau ses of back pain. By stimulating differen t points of the bod y, traditional acupuncture can be extremely benefic ial for back pain, providing long term pain relief and reducing inflammation.”

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• Surveys, Planning & Design • Residential projects - large and small • Development of Design brief • Planning Applications & liaison with planning authorities • Building Regulations Applications • Listed Building Applications • Preparation of Tenders • Advice on choice of Contractor • Site supervision • Guidance on Interior Design • Friendly, helpful advice See website for full details Tel/Fax: (01273) 494779 Email: Web:

Chates Studio, Stonepit Lane, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9QT

CARPET FITTING We will fit your own carpets Re-stretching - Repairs - Cleaning Supply underlay - Hardboard - Screeding We supply - carpets, vinyls, laminates and woods

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The place to go for everything Henfield...

Small Family run business offering love & fun for canines!

Dog Walking Service with over 10 years experience Reliable / Friendly / Experienced £6.00 per hr / £3.00 per half hr Locally Based / CRB checked / Fully Insured Interesting & Safe walks Small group & individual walks available

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Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries Partridge Green and Henfield

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Is your pet’s vaccination overdue? A welcoming practice offering personal services and quality veterinary care for all your family pets’ needs.

Get the full course for the price of a booster throughout April

Please feel free to contact Jonathan and Annelise Underwood MRCVS and Associates to discuss any aspect of your pets’ care at the practice. The Old Bakehouse Wantley Cottages

| High Street | London Road

| Partridge Green | Henfield

| RH13 8HU | BN5 9JP

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APRIL 2014 | Finance

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Business | APRIL 2014

Cracking the tax code


Personal Allowances restricted where that is apnder the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system, tax is depropriate; and ducted directly from your earnings or company/ private pension, before you receive any money. • Where HMRC incorrectly include reimbursed exHM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) gives your employer or penses, for example for travel, entertaining etc as pension provider a tax code to show how much tax-free benefits without the corresponding deduction for pay you should receive each time you are paid – tax is expenses allowable. deducted from anything above this. If your tax code is Look out for potential underpayments. This is a wrong, you could end up paying too much tax. Over the past month or so, HMRC has been sending out millions of notices of PAYE coding. Regrettably, many tens if not hundreds of thousands of these will be incorrect. The taxpayers most likely to receive incorrect coding notices are those who have changed jobs during the year, pensioners with more than one source of pension income and those with part-time earnings in conjunction with pension income. At best, a tax code is designed to ensure an employee pays approximately the right amount of tax on their earnings each month. The code comprises the allowances to which you are entitled, less deductions for items such as benefits-in-kind. A code will necessarily be based on information relating to the previous year – or perhaps longer ago. Codes recently issued for 2013/14 or 2014/15 will typically be based on information derived from the last submitted Tax Return (2012/13) so it is important to ensure the code reflects your current circumstances. We ask for about half of the codes we receive to be amended for a number of reasons:

Where benefits have changed significantly – for example the introduction, withdrawal or significant change to a company car; • Where HMRC claim to be collecting an earlier year’s underpayment although we have requested that it is paid by direct collection on the normal due date; • Where HMRC are attempting to collect the tax on investment income through the PAYE system instead of it being paid on the normal due date. This is an increasingly frequent HMRC practice to which we object strongly. Such tax would normally be due on the 31 January following the tax year. Where it is put in the coding, collection of the liability is being very significantly accelerated and unrepresented taxpayers may not spot this; • Where income levels have been overestimated and 6 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

slightly unusual deduction and arises where HMRC believe that you will underpay tax in the current year – perhaps because of a change in benefits – but to try and collect that underpayment during the balance of the Tax Year would be unduly onerous. It is worth stressing that for taxpayers who are required to file Self Assessment Tax Returns, any errors in the code will ultimately ‘come out in the wash’. It is merely a question of cash-flow timing. To check a code, firstly look at the allowances given. They increase your tax-free pay and include statutory allowances, such as the Personal Allowance, and can include expenses at work and maintenance payments which qualify for tax relief. The coding notice then shows the deductions which reduce tax-free pay. They can include fringe benefits such as company car and medical insurance. Your employer works out how much your taxable benefits are worth and completes form P11d to tell HMRC. Most employee benefits are declared only if you earn at least £8,500 a year. Subtract total deductions from allowances and you arrive at your tax code by knocking off the last number. Stick a ‘9’ on the end and you have your tax-free pay. For example, if subtraction gives £3,506, your code number is 350 and the first £3,509 of your income is tax-free.

The most common letters for your tax code will be: • L – You are entitled to the basic Personal Allowance of £10,000 for 2014/15; • P – You are entitled to the full Personal Allowance for someone born between 6 April 1938 and 5 April 1948 (£10,500); • Y – You are entitled to the full Personal Allowance for someone born before 6 April 1938 (£10,660) • T – If you do not wish anyone to know about your circumstances or if some items of the code require verification by HMRC. See our new website!

APRIL 2014 | Business If the deductions exceed the allowances, you will have negative tax free pay. This is designated by a K suffix to the tax code. The PAYE tax deductions are then calculated on your actual salary plus an amount in respect of the excess deductions. If your ‘adjusted net income’ is over £100,000, your Personal Allowance is reduced by half of the amount (£1 for every £2) you have over that limit. If your income is large enough, your Personal Allowance will be reduced to nil. This £100,000 limit applies irrespective of your date of birth. Check that deductions for benefits are realistic: as a consequence of moving jobs, your benefits may well have changed. Look out for any deduction relating to savings income – unless you are happy to pay tax in advance on an estimated amount of investment income that you may or may not receive! Your tax code is just an estimate made by your Tax Office. They can only use the information they have. If you tell them what you believe is incorrect, they will amend your code if necessary. If either the deductions are overstated or your allowances are understated and you do not complete a Tax Return, you could end up paying too much tax. So crack the code – sooner rather than later!

Paul Samrah For further advice on this or other business issues, contact Paul Samrah on 01737 781546 or email

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Index of advertisers | APRIL 2014 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Kingston Smith LLP R J Dewdney

04 49 65 60

Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels





Adlam and Beadle Henfield Homes & Property Maintenance Nigel Parsons Optimal Property Maintenance Willow Construction

32 57 56 59 54

Cherish Care Red Oaks Care Home Upper Mead

38 52 63

B&I Carpets Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Henfield Flooring Selectacarpet

56 60 10 48



CATERING & FARM SHOPS Rushfields Farm Shop Springs Smoked Salmon Swains Farm Shop taste...deli


Maids of Sterner Stuff Sussex Oven Cleaning


03 16 27 10 19 57

Henfield Helpline PC Doctor

49 41

The Conservatory Co.


The Mallards




GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Beechcroft Landscapes Hamfelds Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery JD Mowing Martin Standing Olus & Heritage Products The Green Reaper Rooted Rushfields S. Goodridge Wilkinson Cox Garden Design


60 50 13 30 50 51 55 55 02 50 55

Gareth’s Emporium Lorimer Photography Steyning Bookshop Stokes Newsagents Studio Shards Village Care

36 33 41 26 14 21

B Muzeen Groundworks



Barbara Dickson, The Beauty Room Hair and Co Hyatt’s Hair Louisa Jayne Partridge Green Natasha Pinks Hairdressing

19 39 29 38 10 41


Optimal Property Services Henfield Homes and Property Maintenance

59 57



DB Foot Clinic Elizabeth Marks Pilates for Life Elizabeth Ross-Talbot Emotional Freedom Techniques Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic Sussex Osteopath & CHC Tai Chi & Qui Gong

42 43 17 38 40 40 53 41






BHW Glass N. Constantine Repairs

58 58

Barbara Ritchie Gareth’s Emporium

56 36

Bankhouse Gates


Adlam and Beadle


Burt Electrical Jeremy Crawley Electrician Paul Barnard Paul McDermott

57 58 58 54

Premier Fencing


Canine Adventures






Braziers Autos Coles Automotive Mile Oak Servicing

62 65 66 67 57




Henfield Churches at Easter Henfield Leisure Centre Small Dole Village Hall The Community Church The Henfield Hall St Barnabas House


34,35 46 12 18 42 51

PAINTING & DECORATING Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Mick Patching Trim Decorating

50 59 36 48

ACT Pest Control Mr Mole (Gogga Pest Control)

49 50

Adrian Over


A. Stenning Aspect Plumbing & Heating Aquatec CJ Plumbing Colin Sansom MC Services The Plumbing and Tiling Company PST Plumbing

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The Cat and Canary The Fox, Small Dole The Plough The White Hart

04 33 11 06

Alincourt Roofing GRP Flat Roofing


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

26 26 41 28




Contain Yourself Storage


30 38 50

Aerials and More


Glen Reed Tiling The Plumbing and Tiling Company

36 58

The Green Reaper Jonathan Carter Trees Southern Beeches The Tree Works

55 55 54 54

Hawthorn Surgeries


We Mend Washing Machines


Slimming World




Lucy Locksmith



Henfield Eye Care


BRAZIERS eld Garage Henfi


Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Service





MXT Swim



Griffith Smith Farrington Webb

Beacon Lettings


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At the Mallards we cater for all your dental needs including:

• Routine dental care for the whole family Before

• Dental hygienists • Implants

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TEETH WHITENING OFFERS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL In-office Zoom power whitening + take-home booster kit with trays NOW £500 from £700. Save £200. Take home DayWhite kit with trays NOW £199 from £385. Save £186. Call us on 01273 495966 to book your appointment TODAY!!! LIMITED TIME OFFER!!! CEREC technology is an advanced system for the construction of all ceramic dental procedures including crowns, fillings, inlays, front crowns and veneers. The beauty of CEREC technology is that the procedure can be completed in just one surgery visit. Easy on-site parking with wheelchair access.

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Please feel free to pop in to discuss your dental

needs with our friendly experienced staff.

2 Mallard Way, Henfield, BN5 9HF or call us on 01273 495966

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