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DECEMBER 2012 | Contents

07 What’s on listings


13 News

from the BN5 area

26 Local interest Shopping in Henfield

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32 Local interest

Oliver! with Henfield Theatre Company

34 Churches

Church services at Christmas time

63 Finance with Nsure


64 Business

with Paul Samrah

66 Index

of advertisers



It does sometimes feel that we start talking about Christmas a little too early in the BN5 office by August some of our advertisers are already planning their artwork and our editorial ideas are well in progress. We usually grumble about it for a short while but by the time our December issue has gone to print in the middle of November, we are well and truly in the swing of the festive season. This year even more so; we have been feeling very festive since producing our article about shopping locally at Christmas. Henfield has lots to offer with some lovely gift shops, the high street looks stunning at the moment. Whether you’re after party dresses or gorgeous gifts, fairy lights or cards and calendars, remember to shop locally and support Henfield. We hope you like our rather Dickensian cover, inspired by Henfield Theatre Company’s forthcoming production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and created by our designer Helen Boosey. The Company have a vibrant youth section; drama is a great way for kids to gain confidence and experience the thrill of performing in front of an audience. Oliver! is sure to be a sell-out so book your ticket soon. Keep up to date with BN5 via our Facebook site www.facebook.com/BN5magazine, we are publishing the latest news there, until our website is up and running in January. Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Christmas, thank you for your continued support this year and we look forward to bringing you more stories and news in 2013.

Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Richard Cohen and Mike Beardall. Cover graphics by Helen Boosey with photograph by Emma Osman. 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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Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the January issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 30 November. For editorial submissions email Emma Osman editor@bn5magazine.co.uk or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.

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DECEMBER 2012 | What’s on

Wednesday 28 November

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair Steyning Centre, 10am-4pm

Sylvan Singers Winter Concert

Corpus Christi Church Hall, 7.15pm

In aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research. Call 01273 492455 or contact any Sylvan Singer for an invitation. Varied programme of new and popular songs and delicious refreshments.

Thursday 29

Gorgeous hand-made gifts, cards, paintings, Christmas decorations, jewellery, natural body products, vintage items, accessories and much more. Then relax with tea/ coffee and mince pies or light lunch at this fund-raising event in aid of Steyning Music Society’s Piano Fund. Entry fee: 50p, children free. Contact sara199@btinternet.com

Performing Factory

freshments. Come and join us, make friends and have fun!

Henfield Conservation Group

Henfield Common, meet 10am

Come and carry out conservation work in Henfield - everyone welcome! To open glades, coppice woods and tidy the margins of Mill Drive. For more info email henfieldconservation@gmail.com

Tai Chi

Maidment Court, 2-3pm (& every St Peters Church House, 10am-12pm Tues)

Christmas Shopping in London

See news item for details.

Sunday 2

Post Office Bus Stop, 8.45am

Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com

Drop off outside the Waldorf Ho- Mini Tennis Christmas Henfield Garden Club tel, Aldwych, returning from same Doubles Tournament Henfield Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm. point at 6.15pm. Tickets £14 avail- Henfield Tennis Club able from Jill on 07713 161343 or Free tennis tournament - see news Members only Christmas party Christine on 01273 492340. Charity Chuckle item for more information.

Coffee Morning

St Peter’s Church, 10.30-11.30am

Tottington Woodlanders conservation work

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Join us in St Peters Church for fresh Small Dole, 9.30am-1pm coffee and homemade cakes. Traditional woodland management Arthritis Research UK – by coppicing, no skills or tools Turkey & Tipple Lunch required, just suitable clothing. Contact Malcolm 01273 493316 or Henfield Hall, 12-2pm Chris 01273 495026 See news item for more detail.

St Peter’s Church, Henfield, 4pm

St Andrew’s Day Quiz

Preston Nomads Pavilion, Fulking

In aid of church funds for St Andrew’s Church, Edburton. Tickets £7 each, incl ploughmans supper (teams of 4). For info and booking call Chris on 01273 857322 or Jane on 07812 465559.

Saturday 1 December

Brighton Komedia, Doors 7pm

In aid of charities Rise & Survivors Network. Tickets: £12 or £10 concessions (plus booking fee). Comedians: Lucy Porter, Tiffany Stevenson, Jo Neary, Mae Martin, Rachel Parris, Joe Wells, David James & Ingrid Dahle. Box office 0845 293 8480 or online at www.komedia. co.uk/brighton

Indigo Spiritual Connection

Orange + ribbon + sweet + candle Woodmancote Parish Hall, 8pm = Christingle. During the service a Mediumship Development. Call collection will be taken for the work 01273 844370/891173. of the Children’s Society. If you have a collection box from last year please bring it back! All welcome. Henfield Lions Club For more info call 495532.

Wednesday 5

West Sussex Philharmonic Choir

George Hotel, Henfield High Street (& every 1st Wed)

We meet to discuss fundraising activities, consider requests for assisPerformance of Tree of Life in aid of tance and organise social events. 40 Broomfield Road, Henfield, St Catherine’s Hospice. For more New members very welcome. Call 10am-12pm Please come along and help us raise information visit www.westsussex- David Pryor on 01273 494442. money for Chanctonbury Communi- philharmonicchoir.org.uk ty Play Scheme who provide respite Rhyme Time and valuable experiences to children Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45 (& with special needs. With drinks, Beetle Drive every Thurs) homemade cakes (gluten free avail- Maidment Court, Wantley Hill Free fun with music for pre-schoolers. able), handcrafted Christmas crafts Estate, 2.30pm (&7pm Thurs 6) and cards. For more info visit www. Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 Henfield Unattached 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxon- White Hart, 11am-12pm (& every ccps-sussex.org.uk 1st Thurs) Sussex Woodcraft Society weald.com Ordinary people who get fed up Henfield Hall, 9am-4.30pm with being alone due to bereaveAnnual exhibition, competition and Chatterbox Baby & Prement or divorce. Just drop in for sale of work. Please come to see school Group good sympathetic company. some wonderful creations, and you Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am may also find that special Christ- (& every Tues) Thursday Circle Christmas mas gift. Free admission. £1.50 per family includes all re- Party

Christmas coffee morning

K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley

Monday 3

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Tuesday 4

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What’s on | DECEMBER 2012 Free Church Hall, 2.30pm See news item for details.

Christmas Starts Here! Henfield Hall, 7pm

as a visit from Father Christmas all in aid of St Peters School PTA.

Henfield Spirit of Christmas

Charity Christmas concert in aid of Henfield High Street, 4-8pm St Barnabas Hospice.Tickets £5 See news item for details. (adults) & £3 (under 12’s), available Carol Singing in aid of The from Henfield Furnishings and the Children’s Society Henfield Churches. High Street, Henfield Christmas Evening Small friendly group performing in Hurstpierpoint, 6.30-8.30pm aid of the Children’s Society as part Sussex Osteopath & Complemen- of the Spirit of Christmas evening. tary Health Clinic Christmas eve- If you’d like to take part call Hilary ning with carol singing, champagne on 494213 or email Hilary@greenaand nibbles. Part of Hurstpierpoint cres141.freeserve.co.uk late night shopping. 01273 835116 Bingo / www.sussex-osteopath.co.uk

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

Drop-in and play session only £3.

Wednesday 12 Knit and Natter

Rayner Court Lounge, 10.30-12

Do come and join us if you enjoy knitting and would like to knit for charities. We are a very friendly group who meet monthly. Call Jean Whiting on 493171.

Camelia Botnar late night Christmas Shopping

Camelia Botnar Homes & Garden Centre, Littleworth Lane, Cowfold, 6-9pm

Christmas trees, beautiful decorations and gifts galore. With entertainment from Morris Dancers, Christmas raffle and much more. Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& Camelia Botnar Bistro will be ofevery Fri) fering a special Late night opening Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 menu – bookings only. 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxon- Henfield Camera Club weald.com

Henfield Camera Club


Three way ‘Mix & Match’ competition with Littlehampton and 2nd monthly competition with the set Southwick camera clubs. Judge is Spiritual Development. Call 01273 subject of ‘Power’. Judge is Steve Andrew Perry. See www.henfield844370/891173. Lawrenson ARPS APAGB. See www. cameraclub.org.uk henfieldcameraclub.org.uk Village Networking

Indigo Spiritual Connection Woodmancote Parish Hall, 8pm

Friday 7

Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Henfield Conservation Group

Sunday 9

Come and carry out conservation work in Henfield - everyone welcome! To open glades, coppice woods and tidy the margins of Mill Drive. For more info email henfieldconservation@gmail.com

Small Dole, 9.30am-1pm

Henfield Common, meet 10am

Age UK Friday Club

Red Oaks Care Home, 11.30am4.45pm (& every Fri)

Lunch, exercises, discussions, newspapers, quizzes, gardening and hairdressing. Call 01903 879916 or email clubsmanager@ ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk

Little Fishes

St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (every Fri)

Meet for singing, stories and lots of play, including a drink and a biscuit.

Nia Dance

Maidment Court, 2-3pm (& every Fri)

Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com

St Peters School Christmas Bazaar

St Peters School, Fabians Way, from 2.30pm

Festive games, fun and food as well

Tottington Woodlanders conservation work

The George, 6-7.30pm (& every 2nd & 4th Wed)

Friendly business networking group for local businesses. All Welcome. £2 per meeting.

Traditional woodland management by coppicing, no skills or tools required, just suitable clothing. Henfield Conservation Contact Malcolm 01273 493316 or Group Chris 01273 495026 The Tanyard, meet 10am Christmas Concert - Brass Come and carry out conservation Fusion Entertains work in Henfield - everyone welcome! To complete clearing on the Henfield Hall, 2.30pm Tickets £5 available on door. Raffle northern perimeter and dog-leg, removing brambles round the barn and Refreshments available. removing fencing and tiles from Indigo Spiritual Connection and open access. For more info email Woodmancote Parish Hall, henfieldconservation@gmail.com

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Sunday Meeting, Speaker Robin Naomi’s Friends St Peters Church, 3pm Hodson. Call 01273 844370. Naomi’s Friends will be meeting again for tea, company and CAMEO Christmas Party friendship. All who have lost loved Garden Room, Raynor ones, however long ago, are very welcome to join us. For more info Court,10.30am- 12pm call the Revd Christina Bennett on Cameo (Come and meet each oth- 01273 492222. er) for the retired is sponsored by the Community Church Henfield. Indigo Spiritual Connection All welcome. If you need trans- Woodmancote Parish Hall, 8pm port or further information please Healing Development. Call 01273 call Gillian Fletcher MBE on 07885 844370/891173. 640524.

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DECEMBER 2012 | What’s on Charity Zumbathon

reindeer, bouncy candy house, kids make & take corner, craft stalls, reIn aid of Breast Cancer and SADS. freshments, ‘Christmas Story Time’, face painting and much more. Free entry and activities. Call church ofTottington Woodlanders - fice on 07548 850828.

Dial Post Village Hall, 7.30pm

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conservation work

Benefit Xmas Concert

Traditional woodland management by coppicing, no skills or tools required, just suitable clothing. Contact Malcolm 01273 493316 or Chris 01273 495026.

Performed by The Southdowns Concert Band in aid of Steyning Museum. Tickets £7.50, £3 under 16s, available from Steyning Museum & the Steyning Bookshop. Refreshments available, plus an exciting raffle.

Small Dole, 9.30am-1pm

Mid Sussex Ramblers

Henfield Circular to the West via River Adur. 10.30am

Meet Downs Link car park, West End Lane, Henfield (next to Cat & Canary PH). Circular ramble to the west via River Adur. Leader Phil, 4 miles, 01273 835931, TQ 205161.

Christmas Xplore

St Peter’s Church, 10.30am

Come along and enjoy some ‘hands-on fun’ whatever your age! Holy Communion, songs, stories, crafts, drinks and, of course, cake. Coffee from 10am. For more info call Rev’d Alastair on 492017, Rev’d Christina on 492222 or Rev’d Peter on 492792.

Christmas Lunch at Terrys Cross

The Steyning Centre, 2-4pm

Christmas Extravaganza – Hurstpierpoint Singers The Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint, 2.30pm

Family entertainment for all ages with Christmas readings, music old and new, and carols for all to sing. Tickets £7.50 inc glass of wine and mince pie, children under 12 free. Tickets from Janton News & The Mint House (Hurstpierpoint), Hassocks Hardware (Hassocks), any choir member or on the door. www. hurstsingers.co.uk.

Wednesday 19

Henfield Camera Club Steyning

wine, Christmas decorations and good cheer! Tickets available from Upper Beeding Newsagents or Mary on 07528 916440 from 1 Dec.

Sunday 23

Mid Sussex Ramblers

Circular from Steyning, 11am Meet Fletcher’s Croft car park south of the parish church. Mobile on the day: 07745 833795. Steyning – Horseshoe – Round Hill – Soper’s Bottom – Upper Maudlin Farm – Maudlin – Steyning. Leader Jill. 5 miles, 01273 480167, TQ 178113.

ADVANCE NOTICE Thurs 3 January 2013 Oliver! Henfield Theatre Company Production

The Henfield Hall, 7.30pm (and 4 & 5 Jan, plus 2.30pm matinee on 5 Jan)

See main article for box office and ticket information.

Tuesday 8 January 2013 Henfield Garden Club AGM Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Sunday 13 January Henfield Conservation

Christmas social with Steyning Group Terrys Cross, Woodmancote, Camera Club & results of this year’s The Tanyard, meet 10am. (Also 12.30 for 1pm ‘Photohunt’ competition. See www. Weds 16 Jan) Come and join the Christmas cele- henfieldcameraclub.org.uk Come and carry out conservation brations. £15 in aid of redecoration work in Henfield - everyone welat Terrys Cross. To book call Sally come! To complete clearing on the Upper Beeding Picture on 01273 501469. northern perimeter and dog-leg, House gets festive!! Community Church removing brambles round the barn Upper Beeding Village Hall, 7pm Christmas Carnival and removing fencing and tiles Come and enjoy the ultimate Christfrom open access. For more info Henfield youth Club, Deer Park, mas feel good film ‘It’s a Wonderful 3-5pm email henfieldconservation@gmail. Life’. Tickets £10 including a drink com Join us to celebrate with a fun filled and a Christmassy canape. Mulled afternoon including rodeo Rudolph

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The George Hotel Christmas Party Menu Starters

Cream of Vegetable Soup with Garlic Croutons & Crispy Bacon

Ham Hock & Chicken Terrine served with Tomato & Chilli Jam and Olive Bread Smoked Salmon Salad with a Lemon Crème Fraiche Dressing served with Olive Bread Roquefort & Walnut Salad served with Walnut Bread


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The George Hotel offers high standards of service combined with the comfort, subtlety and discretion that today’s customers expect, all delivered in a laid-back & relaxed style. At Christmas The George comes into its’ own; beautifully decorated with holly, ivy, candles and a beautiful twinkling pine tree to welcome our festive visitors. Enjoy a magical Christmas with us, with your friends, your family or your work colleagues.

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Courgette, Goats Cheese & Tomato Risotto topped with Parmesan served with Green Beans & Roasted Vine Tomatoes


Christmas Pudding served with Brandy Sauce

Chocolate Cheesecake with Brandied Cherries Tarte Tartin served with Vanilla Ice Cream Strawberry & White Chocolate Ice Cream

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DECEMBER 2012 | News St Peters School Christmas Tree of Life Bazaar The West Sussex Philharmonic Choir will be performDon’t forget to pop along to the St Peter’s School Christmas Bazaar on Friday 7 December from 2.30pm. You will be able to play some festive games and pick up some festive treats and maybe even say hello to Father Christmas. The 2013 School calendar will also be on sale at the bargain price of £5 – a perfect Christmas present for all those hard to buy for relatives!

ing a ‘Tree of Life’ Christmas Concert on Sunday 2 December in aid of St Catherine Hospice at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley. For more information visit www.westsussexphilharmonicchoir.org.uk Liz Timmer

Thank you!

Henfield Youth Club Would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ once again for an amazing amount of money being raised by the Henfield Club and Katherine Faber from Stokes. We held a Pumpkin event where the village was invited to compete for the Tottington Manor is delargest pumpkin and the best dressed pumpkin. A lighted to welcome new BBQ and side stalls attracted lots of visitors and the Head Chef, Ian Moore. sun shone! Ian has been passionJack the Lad from Heart FM judged the pumpkins ate about food since he competition and a fantastic time was had by all, as first started in a profeswell as raising over £700 for the Youth Club. We sional kitchen aged 14 would like to take the opportunity to thank James years old. He said: “I love Josling, our local PCSO, for securing us a grant my job – no two days are from Sussex Police to purchase sports and arts the same and although it equipment for the Youth Club. We are overwhelmed can be very pressurised, it is always rewarding! I’m very excited about all the by the support shown by Henfield and the people who eclectic food suppliers we have on our doorstep, for live here and thank you in anticipation of your continexample there is a vast array of splendid local pheas- ued support ants, partridge and venison.” Debbie Slaughter Ian has been busy introducing a two/three course set lunch menu for Mondays to Fridays as well as a new a la carte menu, both of which are proving to be very popular. But don’t just take our word for it – check out Ian’s creative culinary skills for yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Tottington Manor. www.tottingtonmanor.co.uk

New head chef at Tottington Manor

Christmas Starts Here! The Friends of St Barnabas are promoting a charity concert entitled ‘Christmas Starts Here!’ on Thursday 6 December 2012 at 7pm in the Henfield Hall. This concert is an annual showpiece of Henfield’s musical talent, in support of the wonderful work of St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House in their palliative care of adults and children with life-limiting illnesses. Those of you who attended the Jubilee Concert in Red Oaks last summer will remember Henfield’s local Royal Opera singer Sidonie Winter, who tops the bill; and Brass Fusion, who will be accompanying the community carols. There will be contributions from other local soloists and songs from St Peter’s School Choir. A chorus from Henfield Theatre Company will preview their January production of ‘Oliver’. As in previous years there will be musical offerings from The Henfield Consort directed by Lesley Barnes; St Peter’s Handbells; and contributions from the local churches. The Friends of St Barnabas will be serving mulled wine and mince pies during the interval. Tickets are priced at £5 (under 12’s £3), and are available from Henfield Furnishings and the Henfield Churches. Nigel Stevens

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News | DECEMBER 2012 Our Song Not many schools can boast that there has been a song written for them to support their theme for the term but The Towers is delighted that this is what happened for them. The theme chosen by Year 11 girls for this term is ‘Swifter, Higher, Stronger’ so imagine our delight when Maisey in Year 8 announced that her father Matt Redman had written a song especially for the theme and that he would come in and teach it to the girls. There was great excitement as he did a few warm up songs including the Jessie J song ‘price tag’ before he taught the Senior girls to sing his song. They sang with great gusto accompanied by Matt on his guitar and Johnny Bird playing the keyboard. He also told them a little about how he became the Christian song-writer. This certainly proved to be an uplifting start to our day. Carole Baker, Headmistress

help with funding – even in these difficult times.” MP Nick Herbert was the guest-of-honour at the HenfieldHub.com ‘community day’ held later in the week. Local organisations were out in force at St Peter’s School, the Leisure Centre and Henfield Youth Club and Sussex Police, the Fire Service and HART (Henfield Area Response Team) were among the many organisations represented. Nick said: “This is a fantastic website facility for the community and all those involved have worked hard to ensure its success.” Mike Beardall

New Hair & Co stylist

At the end of July Hair & Co welcomed a new stylist to their team. Rebecca joined as a full time stylist, having started her career in Hove as a junior stylist. After qualifying in May, Rebecca started to look for a long term position to progress her career in. Hair & Co are pleased she answered their advert. Since joining the team Rebecca is building into a busy stylist and has settled in with staff and clients well. Manager Emma and stylist Tracy are pleased to have her as a part of the team and are looking forward to the busy Christmas and coming year as an established team.

Glitter up Friday Dear BN5 readers. Why not take part in our ‘Glitter up Friday’ this Christmas? Encourage your friends and work colleagues to shimmer in sequins, bedazzle in bow-ties and parade around in party clothes this December, all in aid of our Christmas fundraiser, Glitter Up Friday! The money raised will enable our Marie Curie Nurses to care for more terminally ill patients in your local community. For more information or to request a fundraising pack, please contact Fiona Dodd on 01622 230745 or email fiona.dodd@mariecurie.org.uk.

HenfieldHub.com launch More than a hundred people were at the launch of Henfield’s new website. Henfield Hub.com went live in Henfield Hall as West Sussex County Councillor Lionel Barnard and County Council Community Solutions Officer Greg Ockwell pushed the start button. Lionel said: “This is the culmination of a great deal of work by everyone, especially Henfield Community Partnership, and the county council were delighted to

Green Day Senior girls at The Towers decided that they would like to have a day when they would swap their bright red uniform in order to dress in green, dye their hair green and paint their nails green. Miss Miles, Head of PE, decided that she would invest in a new pair of trainers for the day with bright green laces and luminous green soles. Over £220 was raised to be shared between St Barnabas Hospice and our own Eco-Schools fund. Carole Baker, Headmistress

White Hart Warriors school quiz victory


Henfield White Hart Warriors won this year’s trophy in the St. Peter’s School PTA quiz on Saturday. More than a hundred people took part in the annual event in the school hall to raise funds for the school. Celebrating their win afterwards, team member Trevor Simmons said: “We are delighted to add some more silverware to the pub mantelpiece.” The winning team were Katy Culver, Kate Flower, Eddy Reynolds, Siobhan Reynolds, Jennie Bryant, Laura Salkeld and Trevor Simmons. Mike Beardall

Santa’s coming… ! What could be nicer than a personal visit from Santa on Christmas morning? If you have a gift for that special person, whether child or adult, why not get in touch with the BP Guild? They can arrange for Santa to turn up on Christmas morning to make a delivery in the Henfield, Woodmancote and Small Dole areas that

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DECEMBER 2012 | News will add to the magic of Christmas Day. The charge for this is £2.50 per present, which goes towards Guild funds. Presents to be delivered should be taken to Graham Denyer (Presents’ Pixie) at 8 Gresham Place, Henfield on the following dates: • Wednesday 19 December, 3 – 6pm • Thursday 20 December, 3 – 6pm • Friday 21 December, 4 – 7pm Graham can be contacted on 01273 492402.

hoping to start work shortly after the New Year to avoid any disruption over the Christmas period and will confirm the anticipated start date once the details are finalised.� Ross Whittam, Spokesperson, Shell International

TV dragons fold their own paper images for Sussex creator’s Shell Garage - opening bid TV Dragons quesaround September 13? We have received the following update from Shell International: “We are sorry that the works are taking longer than we initially anticipated and have been delayed well beyond our intended start date. We need to coordinate with and agree working processes around the various on site utilities, which has delayed our programme. The site works cannot start until this is all resolved, but we hope that the agreements will be in place within the next few weeks. We have no desire to keep the site closed longer than necessary. The overall works programme is anticipated to take around nine months. This is a little longer than previously thought as we need to allow a further two months to divert the existing utilities. The access to Golden Square will be diverted when work in that part of the site is being carried out. Immediate neighbours will hear from us in more detail nearer the time. We’re





tioning Sussex entrepreneur Brian Smith on BBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dragonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Den found themselves facing an amusing paper-folding challenge as they made their own images into finger puppets. Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden enjoyed folding the specially created â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pop-ettesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the show broadcast on Sunday 28 October on BBC2. The latest Pop-ette characters come from Henfield creator Brian Smith (author name Philip Craik), publisher of The World of Popagami â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a fun activity book for children, packed with a dozen easy-to-fold colourful animals (folded from a single sheet of printed paper). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I created special sheets of the Dragons themselves for the show,â&#x20AC;? said Brian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they were surprised by the whole business idea and had some useful advice. The World of Popagami is on sale at ÂŁ4.99 and available both online and in some major bookshops, including branches of Waterstones. Characters in the book include a robot, rabbit, meerkat, leopard, mouse, tiger, bear, cat, mountain lion, cow, giraffe and horse. The TV Dragon sheets are available in packs of 10 (two each of the five Dragons) and cost just 99p. Visit www.popagami.com Mike Beardall


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DECEMBER 2012 | News New GP Partners at Henfield Medical Centre

Henfield Art Club Annual Exhibition The Henfield Art Club Annual Exhibition recently celebrated its 30th birthday, the Club having been founded in 1982. The opening was performed by local artist Curtis Tappenden and this year 32 members participated, exhibiting paintings in several mediums and articles of wood and stone. Members and the public were invited to vote for their favourite picture. For the fourth year running the children of St Peters school took part and exhibited paintings, drawings and models of animals and houses. Members produced greetings cards for sale and the proceeds of the raffle were given to a local charity. Jim Quainton

Dr Olivia Snape and Dr Camilla Drew joined our team in November as job share Partners at the Practice, working four days a week between them. Dr Olivia Snape qualified in 1989 at St Thomas’ Hospital London. She has three children and enjoys walking, cycling, gardening and adventurous travelling! She has worked in various practices in Sussex over the years, including Henfield, and is very much looking forward to rejoining our team. Dr Camilla Drew worked in a partnership in London before moving to Sussex eight years ago. Since then she has been working in a practice in Burgess Hill, and is now excited about joining Henfield. She has particular interests in family planning and fertility issues. Outside work she is kept busy by her four children who are all currently at St Peter’s primary school. Dr Snape and Dr Drew will be taking over the care of Dr Hoey’s patients as well as taking on new patients registering at Henfield Medical Centre. Existing patients who wish to transfer from their current GPs can also have the opportunity to join their list. Any existing patients wishing to do this should please contact the Deputy Practice Manager on 01273 497418. With our two new doctors we will be increasing the number of GP surgery sessions we offer each week, thereby helping to accommodate population growth in our area as well as aiming to keep pace with the escalating demand on GP appointments.

Wanted - Carol Singers! Carol-singers of all ages are needed to sing at Henfield’s Spirit of Christmas night on Friday 7 December. We’re a small friendly group who will be singing in the High Street in aid of the Children’s Society. We’d love some more people to join us, so if you’d like to take part email Hilary at hilary@greenacres141. freeserve.co.uk or call her on 494213. We will not be singing for the whole evening, so there will be plenty of time to explore what else is going on in the village that night.

Send a message of hope ‘Shine a light into the darkness’ by sending a greetings card with a message of goodwill, this December to someone in need of encouragement. Amnesty International runs this campaign every year at this time to send greetings cards to prisoners of conscience, human rights defenders, people on death row or in danger because of their faith. The impression these cards make on police, prison staff and political authorities can help to keep the recipients safe. From 1 December until just before Christmas Day there will be a table in St Peter’s Church, Henfield with information on display to help you choose who you would like to send a card to, along with cards to sign and address. Hilary Green

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News | DECEMBER 2012 with some Christmas fare, so come along, we love to welcome new people to our monthly meetings. Our first meeting of next year will be on Thursday 3rd January. Peggy Mc Comas

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Henfield FC U8’s are hoping for a great season after teaming up with new kit sponsors Coles Automotive in Edburton. Manager Dick Hills said; “We are delighted with our New kit, especially as it comes from such a well known and respected local company. It seems to have special powers too, as our boys wore it for the first time on Saturday and won their first match of the season. It seems Coles can fix anything.” Good luck for the season Henfield U8’s!

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A new type of factory is starting in Henfield! Well, this is going to be a space for you where you can increase your confidence and develop your presenting and performing skills so that you can read that poem, sing that song, make that presentation at work, dance or take part in a performance. Previous experience or not doesn’t matter. You only need to have that feeling that this might be something for you. Sign up and come along to this initial first workshop where you can meet Britt, try her exercises and let her know what you might be interested in doing. You don’t have to want to go on stage to take part, the training is brilliant for feeling refreshed, having fun and being more creative. Britt has 28 years experience of teaching Voice, Movement and Performing Skills. Profits from the Performing Factory go to St Peters Church in Henfield. The first workshop for adults (16 years+) is being held on 1 December 2012 from 10am-12pm at St Peter’s Church House, Church Lane, Henfield BN5 9NY, cost £8. Please let Britt know if you are interested in joining future classes even if you can’t make this one. For more information and bookings email britt@brittforsberg.com or call Britt on 07745 007 584.

After a year of challenging weather, for both gardens and gardeners, our members can look back on the busy year we have just enjoyed: five talks, six outings by coach and car, a plant sale and coffee morning, a plant swap/sale during Henfield’s Gardens and Arts weekend with the money raised being given to Henfield Youth Club, a new members evening together with an evening social and an afternoon tea party! The rose arch and memorial wall planting in the cemetery have been maintained and on top of this a neglected area in the Henfield Hall car park was cleared and planted in red, white and blue to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This area is currently being replanted. We now have our final event of the year to look forward to which is our Christmas party for members on 4 December. If you would like to join our friendly club and enjoy the busy programme being organised for 2013 please contact our Membership Secretary by email Linda@ slugbandit.co.uk or phone Linda on 01273 492497. Margaret Hollingsworth

Henfield Friends of St Barnabas update In November the Henfield Friends of St Barnabas had a stall at the Charities Fair - thank you to all those who manned the stall and those who supported it. We now look forward to our Annual Celebration Concert in aid of St Barnabas on Thursday 6 December in the Henfield Hall. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served during the interval and tickets are still available from Henfield Furnishings. The Friends will also have a stall at the Village Shopping Evening on 7 December where Christmas cards and other gifts will be for sale. We hope you will support us in both these events.
Our next meeting will be on Thursday 17 January 2013 at 7.30pm in the Free Church Hall. Peggy Mc Comas

Thursday Circle Our Christmas Party is on Thursday 6 December, as usual at the Free Church Hall at 2.30pm. We are fortunate to have Steve Piggott and his wife who will entertain us with their music. They will include some Christmas Carols, so be ready to start the Christmas Season by joining in the singing and perhaps hear your favourite Carol. After the music we will enjoy our time together

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DECEMBER 2012 | News organisations are invited to apply for a grant from Saxon Weald. As part of Saxon Weald’s community grant scheme, each year a variety of clubs and organisations receive funding from £100 to £1,000. This year is no exception, with a total of £10,000 in the pot. Jim Dean, Head of Business Improvement at Saxon Weald, says: ‘We are proud to support local good causes who help to improve the quality of life for our residents and the wider community. We look forward to receiving a range of applications this year.’

Henfield opens new play area for children Henfield children are celebrating the new Chessbrook Green Play Area which was opened last month by Samantha Pummell (11) who has been keeping the area tidy. She cut the ribbon of the new playground at Wantley which has all new equipment to replace the previous wooden set. Mike Morgan, chairman of Henfield lighting and open spaces committee, said: “We have to thank the parents who originally put in the wooden equipment 20 years ago and drove the project forward. Children like Samantha, who has been doing a fantastic job keeping the area clean and tidy, are really proud of the new equipment.” Henfield Parish Council provided the new area and installation, using their funds together with those of Saxon Weald Homes Ltd and Horsham District Council’s planning gain fund. Karen Woolgar of Sutcliffe Play, the equipment suppliers and constructors, said: “This is an outstanding facility and we are delighted that children are already enjoying their new equipment.”

Looking for funding? Apply for a community grant! Does your scout hut need a new lick of paint? Would you like to set up a knitting club? Or maybe you just need help towards your club’s general running costs? Look no further. Local voluntary and not-for-profit

Organisations that benefited from last year’s scheme include Horsham Debt Advice Service, Sunbeam Swimming Club, Steyning Town Football Club and Horsham Rugby Club for U13s. You need to be a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation working where Saxon Weald has housing stock. Groups receiving central or local government funding cannot be considered. The closing date is Friday 7 December 2012. For more information or an application pack please contact Claire Fellows on 01403 226013 or email claire.fellows@saxonweald.com

Tree for Ian On Saturday 3rd November there was a tree planting ceremony in the garden at The Henfield Hall. The Hall Committee commissioned the tree to commemorate the contribution made by the late Ian Varley. Ian was a founder member of the Hall Committee from the time when the building was just a design plan until the last few months of his life. The chairperson Ann Hubner spoke of his long and invaluable commitment to the Hall. He is much missed. His son, Chris Varley, with his wife Florence and their granddaughter Jasmine joined Hall members for the planting ceremony. The tree is a Acer Palmatum, and there will be a plaque placed with it shortly. Jo Jewson, Hall Committee

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News | DECEMBER 2012 Tennis-tastic! What a racket (or was it a racquet?) could be heard, as Henfield Tennis Club hosted the first ‘Mini Red’ (ages 8 and under) tournament to the delight of an enthusiastic group of tennis fans, mums and dads! Pleased with the good turn out, head coach and organiser, Jörg Schlüter said: “All the players made a great effort to use their skills that they had honed in their various tennis lessons and this was a tournament that was tightly contested throughout, with some of the matches going onto 13:11 and even 14:12! The morning culminated with the final of the consolation draw being played between Sonny Weber and Nina Butler Laplace, which was won by Sonny with a score of 10:5. Then the main draw final, a tightly contested match seeing Fingal Wilson just edge Asmus Minchell 11:9, to take home the winner’s medal”. The club would like to thank all the parents who helped with umpiring the children’s game and without whom the tournament would not have run so smoothly and the ladies team for their patience and understanding, as they were playing a league match at the same time as the tournament was on! The next Henfield ‘Mini Tennis’ event is a special Christmas doubles tournament on Sunday 2 December*. There will be team prizes for the widest team age gap (ask Granny to play) and the narrowest (got a twin?), the oldest team and the youngest, the best Christmas fancy dress theme, the wackiest costume

and the most unusual socks, the best team name and, of course, the winners! So come and join in a free and fun tennis competition – Mums and Dads, friends and neighbours are all welcome whether they are Tennis Club members or not! The Tennis Club will organise food and refreshments and they’ll even be some spare racquets available if your’s is lost in the loft. And if we’re really lucky Santa Claus may even pay us an early visit! Let us know you want to play by emailing Jörg at jhhschlueter@gmail. com or by leaving your name and telephone number in the ‘Mini Tennis’ box in the Leisure Centre before Saturday 24 November (*if it’s bad weather on Sunday 2 December we’ll try again on Sunday 16 December).

Henfield Parish Council With winter approaching Henfield Parish Council is again implementing its Winter Management Plan. This includes close liaison with the Highways Authority with daily notification of the salting programme for roads in and around Henfield. As with previous years, much of the snow clearing and helping vulnerable residents will fall on Henfield Parish Council and willing community volunteers. Those who offered help last year have been contacted to confirm their availability this year. If you have not been contacted but are able to help, please contact the Council office in the Henfield Hall (telephone 01273 492507 or email office@ henfield.gov.uk ). Volunteers are needed to help clear pavement snow and ice, use their 4x4 vehicles to help

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DECEMBER 2012 | News residents in need of help with shopping and medical centre visits, and to man telephones and provide reassurance and help for those residents on the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vulnerable persons list. Henfield Parish Council staff already undertake a vast number of duties around the Parish to improve its appearance and facilities. These range from litter clearance and footpath strimming to emergency repairs, tree surgery and installing new facilities such as public seats. Whilst many of the tasks are not the responsibility of this Council, its main desire is to provide as high quality environment as possible for all the residents of Henfield. Following discussions with West Sussex County Council it is now proposed that some more minor highway maintenance duties transfer to this Council. The duties are likely to include footpath vegetation clearance, highway sign cleaning, removing fly posting, weed spraying and footpath pothole repairs. It is hoped the necessary agreement can soon be signed to enable this transfer of duties to take place in the New Year.

The Jam Pot Following the success of our existing shop, the Jam Pot, in Hurstpierpoint High Street, we are opening the Jam Pot in Henfield, (opposite Barclays Bank) from 9.30 to late evening. We will be selling beautiful things for your home, including pine and antique furniture, painted shabby chic items, linen, wooden toys, paintings and much more. We look forward to welcoming you to our new shop. Matt Kingston

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists All power to Henfield Theatre Company for a brilliantly brave rendition of its unarguably tricky play, with its script packed with social realism, its multiple characters and minimalist scenery, and to director Paul Woodcock for his passionate vision. The play (written by Robert Tressell and adapted by Howard Brenton) explores the plight of the Edwardian working classes in obtaining and securing reliable work, with no job security or sickness benefit and highlights the increasing need, historically, for the Trade Unions. Owen, the protagonist, is a confirmed socialist who is currently working as a decorator (though his trade is a signwriter). He tries to expose the hypocrisy of capitalism (and voting Tory) to his workmates and the social conviction that the proletariat are indeed their own worst enemy for accepting the fat catsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; terms. We follow the fates of the workers as they renovate The Cave and the contrast of the rising fortunes of the corrupt capitalist town councillors. There are many striking parallels between this story and our current â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;political climateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and recession, making this a very timely and portentous choice of play. There were several strengths to this production. Most noticeable was the use of authentic work songs of the time sung a-cappella by the whole cast, including â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Work boys work and be contendedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the lyrics of which of course highlighted the dramatic ignorance of the workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; situation for Owen. The set design was simple but effective. There were also some impressively swift character changes where the cast used a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Godberesqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; line up technique and some great Artaudian style masks to change the actors from workers to the Fat Cats. I saw it on the opening night and, despite the odd slip of the tongue and first night forgetfulness, the cast did a marvelous job. They pitched the balance of political and historical commentary with the lighter, comedic banter between the workers just right. Well done for this choice of play HTC. It was a bold move and very refreshing to step away from the more traditional musical formula and explore these fundamental issues. I look forward to more! Kirsty Martin

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News | DECEMBER 2012 HARt issues with SECAmb SMS ‘mis-communication’ Local HART (Henfield Area Response Team) responders are increasingly frustrated with incorrect call outs from SECAmb (South East Coast Ambulance Service) which appear to be growing dramatically in frequency. We have been told by a reliable source of instances which catalogue at least two years of problems, worsening to almost crisis point recently. The root cause of the problem appears to be the SMS service used by SECAmb; and although responders have been continually reporting faults there has been no move to address the problems to date. During one night-shift one responder received callouts to no less than six emergencies - which all took place as far afield as Gillingham in Kent. None of the calls were in the correct geographical area and all well outside the HART zone of Henfield and occasionally surrounding villages. The calls came every half an hour. Another responder switched on his telephone recently to find twelve missed SMS messages from SECAmb from the previous night; he was not on duty and his phone was not activated, but due to an error in the system the calls were sent. Other mis-communications include call-outs to potentially dangerous incidents. Responder units should not be called to incidents involving alcohol, domes-

tic violence or other types of violence that may be dangerous for the responder. Recently one Henfield and two Partridge Green responders attended an incident involving a missing person; SECAmb refused to send an ambulance until the person was found - by responders and the police. The person was believed to be violent, especially to those wearing uniform or high-visibility clothing, as the Responders do. This is clearly outside the remit of HART. Two responders also recently attended a call to a gentleman with apparent mental health problems in a local shop, staying with the patient for two hours until police attended. Once again no ambulance was in attendance. There has also been a rise in the reported cases of two different responder units attending the same emergency. Both Partridge Green responders (PART) and HART have been called several times to the same incident. It is thought this may be because Partridge Green responders are under the care of Banstead control desk whereas Henfield fall in the remit of Lewis control desk. We have invited SECAmb to respond with their reasons behind these repeated and increasingly serious incidents. Darren Reynolds, Head of Voluntary Services, said: “During the period 1 April to 5 November 2012 SECAmb dispatched Community First Responders (CFRs) to more than 15,000 patients across the South East Coast area. We value the incredible contribution these volunteers make to their local communities on a daily basis. During the same period, we have received 15 reported call centre issues. Despite the low numbers in relation to the number of activations, we thoroughly investigate each incident and act on the findings. “We utilise the Short Message System (SMS) to communicate and dispatch our CFRs from our Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs), in order to reduce the number of telephone calls into our three EOCs and ensuring that there are no delays in answering 999 calls. “We provide dedicated support to our CFRs through our ‘response desk’ which we aim to have manned 24/7. However, when 999 calls are high, priority has to be given to answering the potentially life threatening calls coming into the EOCs, meaning staff manning the response desk may on occasion need to answer 999 calls. As a result, we recognise that sometimes it may be difficult to get through to the dedicated response desk. “Whilst recognising that the overall numbers of reported issues are low, SECAmb does recognise that there has been an increase in issues during recent weeks with the SMS system. We invited the CFR Team Leaders who were experiencing most of the issues to a meeting at the end of October, which the Chairman and Team Leader of the Henfield scheme both attended. As a result of that meeting, a further meeting was arranged with relevant senior managers from within the Trust to try and resolve the outstanding issues and frustrations being experienced by our CFRs. These meetings have highlighted lots of issues which we are hoping to have addressed by the end of the year,

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DECEMBER 2012 | News including re-profiling of all CFR phones so erroneous calls and locations are no longer are sent. We are also looking at a broader piece of work to consider how best to communicate with CFRs in the future. “A communication to all CFRs will be distributed shortly to ensure that our SMS is being used most efficiently and we can reduce the number of inappropriate calls being made. Regarding the specific incidents outlined, we are investigating each of these currently.” Emma Osman

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Remembrance day was marked solemnly and respectfully in Henfield with the high street closed to traffic as the parade reached a standstill, joined by many local people who came to stand for two minutes in remembrance of all those who gave their lives in conflicts past and more recent. The parade, of ex-servicemen, clergy, police, community groups, Parish Council, local government representatives, fire services and children representing the Scout and Guide associations marched to St Peter’s Church for a service of remembrance, returning to the War Memorial where the names of all those who died during both World Wars were read aloud to a silent crowd. For more photographs of the parade go to www. facebook.com/bn5magazine

Steyning Museum Did you know that it was 25 years ago that the ‘Great Storm’ occurred throughout the UK on the 27 November? To mark this anniversary we will be continuing our display with facts, photographs and memories of how this affected local residents. Learn how a saucepan came in useful! We have also been fortunate to have some recent additions donated to our collection and these will be on display during December. Some of the items have a slightly wacky interest, and some still have us confused – come along and see if you can help us decide on their exact use. Look for the display – ‘Oddments and Oddities’. Tickets will also be on sale for our fund raising event

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News | DECEMBER 2012 which is being held on Sunday 16 December when The Southdown Concert Band will be performing at The Steyning Centre between 2pm – 4pm. Tickets are £7.50 Adult £3 under 16’s. Refreshments will also be on sale. Don’t forget as well that our Museum shop is full of fantastic ideas for the family’s Christmas Stockings? Why not visit our Gift Shop which has been stocked with some great ideas for of all ages. Opening times: Tues, Wed & Fri 10.30 – 12.30 and 2.30 – 4pm; Saturday 10.30 – 4pm; Sunday 2.30-4pm.

lar events going on to last year which will include fairground rides for young children, carol singers, charity stalls, Father Christmas and his sleigh (BP Guild); Henfield Youth Club will have a base for Santa’s Grotto in the bus shelter and various shops will have a selection of offerings for customers. The shop window dressing competition is being held again, with the theme of Great British Christmases, and judging will be done for the same four categories as last year, namely best use of colour, best theme, best use of space, and best use of lighting. Nigel Fitzsimmons from HDC has kindly agreed to be our judge again and he will be assessing the displays between 3 and 6 December, with the winners announced during the Friday evening. Tony Jackson

HenfieldBPGuildChristmas Collection Schedule We plan to undertake our Christmas Collection with Father Christmas on his sleigh and a recording of BP Guild members singing carols on the dates below. We try to reach most of the properties in Small Dole and Henfield, but for those not listed, we apologise but the sleigh has limited turning. We also hope you Henfield’s spirit of will support our Barclays Bank and Swains Farm Shop collections. All the money raised goes to the Senior Christmas evening Citizens Party in September. This year Henfield’s spirit of Christmas will take place on Friday 7 December from 4-8pm. There will be simi- Wednesday 5 December – New Hall Lane, Totting-

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DECEMBER 2012 | News ton Drive area, Downsview, Sands Lane & Shoreham Road area in Small Dole. Friday 7 December – Village evening. Saturday 8 December - Barclays’ Square, High Street, Henfield 09.00 – 13.00. Monday 10 December - West End Lane, Hollands Rd, Lower Station Rd, Beechings, Upper Station Rd, Church Lane, Church St, Pinchnose Green area, Chestnut Way, Martyns Close. Tuesday 11 December - Staples Barn, Gresham Place, Northcroft, Kings Field, Flower Farm Close, Fabians Way, Broomfield Rd, Batts Drive, Greenways, The Hooks. Wednesday 12 December - Lower Faircox, Dropping Holmes, Chanctonbury View, Windmill Lane, Nep Town Rd , Nep Close Weavers Lane, South View Terrace, King James Lane, Blackgate Lane, Hewitts. Thursday 13 December - Parsonage Rd, Nyes Close, Benson Rd, Furners Mead, Daisycroft. Friday 14 December - Wantley Hill, Manor Way, Manor Close, Barn End. Saturday 15 December - Swains Farm Shop, Henfield Common 9am -1pm. Monday 17 December - Cagefoot Lane, Mill Drive, Cedar Way, The Common. Tuesday 18 December - London Road and Deer Park Estate.

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All change at village care & top shelf In the New Year there will be a new face at the helm of Village Care - although a very familiar one! Tina Hoad, who currently works in Village Care (pictured centre) will take over the business as John and Sue Willis take a well-earned retirement. Many of the current products in Top Shelf, including the extensive range of cards and Belgian chocolates, will move to Village Care. Top Shelf will undergo a transformation - with the shop being reduced in size with a smaller retail outlet at the front. Top Shelf will continue to trade well into the New Year and will be open for business as usual while the alterations are made. Both shops look forward to welcoming you over the Christmas period with their range of gifts.

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e LOVE Christmas here at BN5! There’s something about the sparkle and twinkle of the decorations, the anticipation and the excitement which makes us want to relive our childhood Christmases. However Christmas shopping can often seem like a chore, especially when it involves driving to large shopping centres. But before you rush headlong into Holmbush, Crawley or Brighton, take a look at Henfield High Street this year. Our independent retailers have put together a fantastic array of gift ideas and we think you will be nicely surprised!

by name and they know me by name too, it’s what creates a personal service and you can’t get that from any town or the internet. There’s an incredible community here and I love being part of it.”


If it’s gifts for the home you’re after then you don’t need to go any further than Bay Tree Trading in Caudle Street. Jen has put together a range of exclusive and unique hand crafted gifts including spectacle chains, keyrings, bookmarks, earrings and necklaces made from glass and semi-precious stone beads, all with complementary gift wrap. Check-out the gorgeous button hearts on canvas, hand crafted cushions, doorstops and draft excluders as well as the beautiful selection of trinket boxes, glass jars, candles, tea light holders and photo frames. She also has everything you need to make your Christmas table look stunning, from crockery and candlesticks to table decorations including fairy lights & twig lights. “What I love about shopping locally is that you get to know the people who serve you, wherever you shop” said Jen. “I know most of my customers

Hamfields stock a range of Christmas lights, decorative candles, decorations and artificial Christmas trees to help bring the festive touch to your home. They have an assortment of practical gift ideas for both gardeners and foodies, including knife blocks, food processors and garden tools. If you don’t know what to buy, then why not give a Hamfields gift voucher and let the recipient choose themselves? We’re crossing our fingers for a white Christmas and it’s good to know that we can stock up on snow essentials such as snow shovels and sledges from Hamfields. And for those domestic emergencies such as blown fuses, lost keys and forgotten batteries, you know where to go! Stokes have a beautiful range of cards, wrapping paper and advent calendars as well as lots of gift ideas ranging from stocking fillers to beautiful Caroline Gardner stationery and luxury chocolates. Their prices are very competitive and often lower than mainstream competitors. For example, they are selling Lindt Pralines chocolates at £29.99 where Waitrose are selling the same for £35.50. Katheryn from Stokes said: “I have had friends from Brighton

thrilled with the bargains they have found along Henfield high street. I don’t think people realise how much they can find here and how well we compare to the larger shopping centres, many of which charge much more than some of Henfield’s smaller shops. In the sections that we specialise, like confectionary, or cards and wrap, our customers tell us our selections are better and more varied than in places like Horsham - this makes us very proud!” The newly opened Jam Pot offers an ever-changing, scrumptious array of all things vintage for the house and garden. The wonderfully eclectic range includes hand-painted furniture, mirrors, textiles, chandeliers, china, enamelware, vintage clothing and evening bags. They also have a lovely collection of handmade cushions, bunting and lavender bags (using locally grown lavender!) as well as toiletries and candles – it’s impossible not to find something you like! Co-owned by Henfield resident Mary and Steyning resident Matt, the Jam Pot has a sister shop in Hurstpierpoint, so if you can’t find what exactly what you are looking for in Henfield, they can check stock in their other shop for you. If you really need to dress to impress this festive party season, then make sure you pop into White Mischief Bridal and take a look at their stunning range of party dresses. From jazzy, sparkly cocktail dresses and sophisticated little black party dresses through to floor length evening wear, they have something for everyone. With popular makes including Alvina Valenta, Forever Unique, Lazaro, Mascara and Occasions, all ages and styles are catered for: from short, strappy and strapless to long, feminine and floaty – just perfect for those fun and fancy Christmas parties! White Mischief also stocks a limited range of shoes and handbags to complement their dresses. If you think you have to pay more when you’re shopping locally then Village Care will be a pleasant surprise for you. Perfect for pretty soaps, perfumes and toiletries they also stock a lovely range of attractive and affordable Christmassy jewellery to add sparkle to your Christmas party dress. Children are not forgotten, with old-fashioned wooden toys, games and puzzles, lots of educational fun. It’s the perfect place for stocking fillers such as Jellycats soft toys and bath bombs. Tina Hoad, who will be taking over the reins at Village Care in the New Year, said; “Henfield at Christmas has a unique atmosphere. It’s lovely to see the whole village out, the shop takes on a party atmosphere; it really buzzes with a lovely sense of anticipation. We enjoy welcoming our customers on the Christmas evening, saying thank you for their support throughout the year.”





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enfield Theatre Company has a grand tradition of producing wonderful plays and musicals with actors of all ages, for all theatrical tastes. From musicals and pantomime to serious plays and dialogues, this diverse company produces something for everyone. They have won many amateur awards and shows are very often sell-outs. The company values their young members, encouraging and supporting many of them on to professional theatre; some performing with success in major West End shows.

I met with Diane Fuell and Susanna Seaford, production manager and director of Henfield Theatre Company’s latest project; Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, and Jane Jones, who looks after the Company’s youth section, to find out more. When I visit the company are well into their rehearsal programme for Oliver!, with only 8 weeks to go until the opening night. After summer auditions, twice-weekly rehearsals started in earnest in September. The children, who make up the main chorus plus the key characters, are thoroughly engaged in the process of learning each song. Jane Haines, musical director, plays piano and guides the children through each line in detail, encouraging them to concentrate on their role-play. “Imagine that you are really, really hungry, your tummy is empty and you are desperate for something to eat,” she says. With a production involving so many children the audition net widens – most of the young people present have never been on stage before. To engage almost 30 children with such rapt concentration is no easy task, but Jane and Susanna have worked together many times before and have a wealth of experience. Jane is a talented musician and music teacher and Susanna was professionally trained in the theatre and a drama teacher before going on to become a special needs teacher, they both use these skills to bring out the very best from the children. “We like to get to know the characters of the children and learn to work with them,

ideally we run workshops beforehand so that we can teach the children some acting techniques as well as discover the depth of their abilities in a fun and involved way,” said Susanna. “With Oliver!, we had time constraints, but we are really pleased that so many children wanted to be involved. We actually have two different Oliver characters, two Dodges and two Charlie Bates. The chorus remains the same for each night, so this is really hard work for the children, some of whom are quite young. There is a lot for the children to learn, we are a professional company and we have high expectations of them.” These high expectations mean that the shows are polished and professional, as any audience member will testify. Attention to detail is key – from lighting and scenery, to costumes, hair and makeup created by a hardworking team of creatives – the whole package is carefully produced to create two and a half hours of magical theatrical escapism. One area that is always praised by reviewers is choreography. The company engages the services of Wendy Hoare, who has the task of seamlessly weaving dance and movement into the production. In this instance, with the cast being predominantly 10-year-old boys, often 19 of them on stage at any one time in the workhouse scenes, I don’t envy Wendy at all! Susanna, Jane and Wendy are a bit of a ‘dream team’, having worked together on many other productions. Diane, the production manager, is relatively new to the village, with a background in project management she is skilled at balancing the complicated organisation of this relatively large production. Janet Oswald and her team of four costume designers and dressers add the magic of realistic costumes, allowing the actors to step right into their characters. “Working with these children so intensely and with such purpose does develop some great skills,” said Susanna. “They need to be able to concentrate for long periods of time, control their emotions and learn to harness them, as well as develop the confidence to stand up in front of an audience and perform. We are asking a lot but they gain so much from the experience.” Jane Jones chairs the Henfield Theatre Company youth section committee. The Company involve children in many productions, Scrooge, Carousel, Waterbabies, Annie, Honk!; even serious plays like My

Boy Jack have some great roles for younger actors. It’s not only acting that can appeal to the younger members, one 13 year old girl is currently getting involved with set design and building at all levels, she is enthusiastic and has some great opportunities ahead of her. “Retaining children when they get to secondary school can sometimes be a problem,” said Jane. “We find they get involved with school productions, then of course, exams. But, for those who do stay it’s great experience and they learn enormously from other cast members who are extremely professional with lots of experience.” The Company is planning some acting workshops in February and March next year. This is a great introduction to acting for young people, helping them to grow in confidence and learn valuable skills interacting with others. It also means the directors can get to know children and it helps tremendously in the casting process. Oliver! is likely to be a sell-out so make sure you get your tickets early.

Emma Osman Oliver! at the Henfield Hall 3, 4, 5 January 2013 at 730pm plus matinee 5 January 2.30pm. Box Office opens 10 December at Stevens Estate Agents, Henfield 01273 492141. Tickets £12 or £10. Kindly sponsored by Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel and Spa.

King of kings

At Christmas we remember not only the birth of a very special baby in Bethlehem, but also the one who is called ‘King of kings’ in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. We catch a glimpse of this in the curious gifts the wise men brought the infant Jesus - more royal than child-friendly! Jesus told his followers however that his kingdom was ‘not of this world’. He certainly operated in a very different way from earthly kings, not ‘lording’ it over them, but by modelling to them the role of a servant. Lord Jesus, Servant King; Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Wishing you, and all who you love, every blessing this Christmas-tide. The churches in Henfield.

St Peter’s Church, Henfield

Sunday 23rd December 6.30 pm Carol Service

Christmas Eve 4.00 pm Crib Service 11.00 pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day 9.00 am Parish Communion 10.30 am Celebrate! Communion

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Sunday 23rd December 10.30 am Service with Compassion Children’s DVD 6.30 pm Carols-by-Candelight, followed by tea/coffee and mince pies Christmas Day 10.30 am Christmas Service with Compassion Children’s Offering

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his time last year I wrote about ways of giving money to children and grandchildren that would have a better longer term benefit than just giving cash, namely pensions and Junior ISAs. So how would they have fared a year on?

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Child Benefit - huge changes from 7 January...


f your income for 2012/13 (or any later year) is over £50,000 and you or your spouse/partner receive Child Benefit after 7 January 2013 you need to at least consider these rules; you may well need to actually do something and you may have an additional liability payable through the tax system.

To fully consider your own position, you will need to know whether your spouse/partner is claiming Child Benefit and whether his/her income is higher than your income. If you have the higher income, you will be liable for the claw-back on any Child Benefit that is payable to either of you in respect of any child (not just your own children). The relevant information will then need to be included on your 2012/13 Tax Return, and similarly in subsequent years, with any amount to be clawed back included as part of your tax liability for that year. If you are not already required to file Tax Returns under Self Assessment you will be obliged to notify HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) by 5 October 2013. HMRC expect a further 500,000 taxpayers to be brought in to the Self Assessment net from these changes. For many couples who happily share financial information and can easily establish their respective incomes this may not be too much of a problem, as long as any relevant details are properly notified to HMRC. For others though, the practicalities may be less straightforward. Many individuals who are self-employed or partners in a business may not know the exact amount of their taxable income for some time after the end of the Tax Year, and in many cases not until after 5 October. Where a couple each have similar levels of income, they may not know which of them has the higher income until their accounts and business Tax Returns are finalised, perhaps close to the 31 January filing deadline, and quite probably some time after 5 October. This may prevent both parties from filing their Tax Returns until both know final details of their incomes, or alternatively having to file an amended Return if any original Return was submitted on the basis of an expectation that eventually proved incorrect. This could be further complicated by loss relief claims or other adjustments, which may retrospectively change which one of the couple has the higher income. In some cases it may not be clear whether someone should be regarded as a partner for this purpose, or exactly when a relationship started or ended. Where relationships have broken down, there may well be difficulties in obtaining the necessary information. For example, if someone is living in your house with you, are they a partner for this purpose or just a lodger? There may also be a need for answers to intrusive questions about someone’s personal af-

fairs or information that may be difficult or impossible to obtain. It may be unusual, but not impossible, for someone receiving Child Benefit to be in a situation where they have two partners who may well have no knowledge of each other but all three would need to know which of them has the highest income to know which of them should suffer any claw back charge. Remember that by the time any Tax Return is being completed with this information, you could be looking at what was actually happening as much as 20 months earlier (and even longer if a Return is late). So assuming you have managed to work out that you are liable for the claw-back, what is it going to cost? Child Benefit is currently £20.30 per week for the first child and £13.40 per week for further children. So a typical family with two children will be receiving £1,752 per annum. If you have the higher income and that is over £50,000, you will pay back at least some of that and if your income exceeds £60,000 you will pay back all £1,752. That equates to a 17.52% charge on income between £50,000 and £60,000 (on top of 40% tax and perhaps 2% National Insurance (NI). With four children the claw-back rate is over 31% (and higher still where Child Benefit is being received for even more children). What can be done to mitigate this then? Most obviously, keep your income (and any partner’s income) below £50,000 pa. This leads on to one of the major anomalies of these rules. A couple, each of whom have incomes of £49,000 will suffer no claw-back. A couple with just a single earner on £60,000pa will lose the entire amount of any Child Benefit. Clearly if you can control the amount or timing of your income you may be able to arrange your income levels appropriately. This may be relevant to dividends or bonuses from a family company or significant one-off receipts. You might also consider non-income producing investments, additional pension contributions or Gift Aid payments, which reduce income for this purpose. Individuals can also enter a ‘salary sacrifice’ arrangement with an employer in return for tax-free benefits in kind – such as additional holiday entitlement or childcare vouchers. It is also possible to opt not to receive Child Benefit. There is then no Benefit to claw-back and all the problems and complexities above disappear (but you may then lose out on Benefit if your circumstances change). It is, though, important to still claim Child Benefit and then opt not to receive it. For a child up to the age of 12 a claim for Child Benefit carries with it automatic credits for NI purposes, so it will help count towards qualifying years for any State Pension. If the Child Benefit is simply not claimed, this will be lost. www.kingstonsmith.co.uk Paul Samrah, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP, T: 01737 781546 E: psamrah@kingstonsmith.co.uk

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