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DECEMBER 2014 | Contents


07 What’s on listings



12 News

from the BN5 area

24 Festive

Keep Christmas Local


39 Festive

Henfield’s Nativity Sheep


45 Local interest Spirit of Christmas

51 Pet care

From Hawthorn Vets


52 Local interest Steyning Air Cadets

64 Business Paul Samrah


66 Index

of advertisers

Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Jonathan Underwood, Richard Cohen and Mike Beardall. This month’s BN5 cover photograph and artwork is created 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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We are feeling really, really Christmassy here in the BN5 office. Sarah has spent so much time researching where to get the best mince pies and festive decorations she’s managed to enthuse us all (and remind us to get going on the shopping!). Our Keep Christmas Local article on page 24, 25 and 26 will give you some ideas about how to take the stress out of shopping this Christmas, while supporting local shops, producers and crafts people at the same time. We’ve got some lovely events happening around the village this Christmas. There’s the annual High Street Spirit of Christmas evening, where you’ll find Father Christmas, carol singers and plenty of mulled wine and mince pies to get the festivities off to a flying start. There’s also the Nativity Sheep Trail for those who are a little younger, see if you can find all the charming knitted sheep hidden around the village. We’re very much looking forward to Henfield’s first Living Advent - at the time of going to press we don’t have dates and venues yet, but there will be plenty of exciting things happening around the village on each day leading to Christmas, so look out for posters and we’ll also keep you updated on our website www.bn5magazine.co.uk. Finally, a very happy and peaceful festive season to you all from all of us at BN5 magazine. Best wishes

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DECEMBER 2014 | What’s on

Monday 1 December Sporting Moments

Southwater Leisure Centre 10am – 12pm (& every Mon)

Free sports sessions for people with dementia and a family member. Come and meet others and enjoy the fun. Call 01273 494300.

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

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! New members welcome. Call Chris on 01273 492986.

Tuesday 2 Chatterbox

Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& 9th & 16th)

Come and have fun! Still £1.50 including refreshments. Santa will be coming to our Christmas party on 16 December (our last meeting this year - we reopen on 6 January. Christmas Greetings and love to all our families.

Knit & Natter

on 01273 492620.

Winter and other local soloists, The Bothy Singers, St Peter’s School, St Peter’s Handbells, and community George Hotel, Henfield High carols with Brass Fusion. Tickets Street, 7.30pm (& 1st Weds) (reserved seats £6, under 16’s £3), Meet to discuss fundraising from Henfield Furnishings. activities, consider requests for assistance and organise social events. Call David Pryor on 01273 Steyning Arts at Christmas 494442. The Steyning Centre, 10am-4pm

Henfield Lions Club

Saturday 6

Thursday 4

Henfield Unattached

Affordable art under one roof. See news item for more information.

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

Nick Herbert MP book signing

Play and Learn Together

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert will be signing copies of his new book, ‘Why Vote Conservative 2015’. Books are available to buy on the day, or can be purchased in advance from Biteback Publishing at www.bitebackpublishing.com

A meeting point for those who are 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.

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

Henfield Club, 10.30am – 12pm

Sunday 7

A free, friendly and fun group where Shine a light into the you can play with your child (babies darkness for Amnesty to rising 5’s) and help them to learn. St Peters Church (& every day Call 01403 864668.

Know Dementia

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

until Sun 21st)

See news item for more information.

Monday 8

Drop in for advice and support Steyning Decorative and Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every if you or your family member are Fine Arts affected by dementia. Call Know Steyning Centre, 10am-12pm (& 1st Tues) Dementia on 01273 494300. A drop-in craft group for adults. every 2nd Mon) Thursday Circle Members and visitors (donation Action for Deafness of £5) are warmly welcome. Call Free Church Hall, 2.30pm Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 1st Come and visit us and enjoy the 01903 368254 or 01903 816190 for Tues) more information. Hearing aid maintenance clinic and talk, refreshments and a chat. Adur Valley Fine Arts information, advice and support on Hurstpierpoint Late Night Society all aspects of hearing loss. Shopping

Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House

HIgh Street, Hurstpierpoint 6.309pm

Wednesday 3

Rotary Club of Henfield and Steyning

Henfield Hall, 2.30pm

The Inventors of Christmas - How Carol singing, Santa and lots of late the traditions of Christmas came into being. Contact Jan Oswald on See news item for more information. night shopping. 01273 492702.

Shoreham Gallery, 4-8pm

The Book Nook

The Castle Inn Hotel, Bramber, The Chapel, Fulking, 10-11.30am 7.30pm (& every Thurs) (& every Weds) A great selection of books, CDs, and DVD’s for sale with all proceeds to St Andrew’s church.

Henfield Computer Club

Henfield Leisure Centre, 10am12pm (& every Weds)

A convivial organisation combining business and social events - all welcome. Contact David Andrew on 01903 816981 or andrew@ greathampden.net

Christmas Starts Here! Henfield Hall, 7pm

A friendly club helping you to Charity concert in aid of St improve your computer skills and Barnabas Hospice with: Sidonie get online. Cost £1. Call Alison Vine

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Henfield Flower Club

The Henfield Hall, 2.15 pm

Christmas workshop - members make their own door rings tutored by our talented members Janis Green and Jean Sinclair Young. Come along and see the results with a friendly cup of tea. Admission £5.

Woodmancote Parish Council Meeting

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DECEMBER 2014 | What’s on Parish Hall, Woodmancote, 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues)

Henfield’s Spirit of Christmas Evening

Email woodmancoteparishcouncil@ Henfield High Street, 4-8pm gmail.com for more information. Come and celebrate Christmas at Henfield History Group this lovely Henfield event. Shops are open with goodies for visitors, Free Church Hall, 8pm The Last Trip Home – a celebration Santa will be attending with his of the working horse and ox in sleigh and there will be plenty of folk song and verse performed by carol singing, roasted chestnuts Cotillion Folk Group. All welcome and mulled wine! See article on -£3 non-members (members page 46 for more details. by subscription). Call Maureen Fletcher on 10273 492194.

HART Big Fat Christmas Pub Quiz

White Hart, 8.30pm (& Tues 23)

Sunday 14

Service with compassion Henfield Evangelical Free Church, 10.30am

Carol Service

In aid of HART (Henfield Area Response Team) - prize money of St Giles’ Church, Shermanbury, £100 to the winning team! Teams 11.15am of up to six. Call 01273 492006 to Book Nook Book Sales reserve a table. The Chapel, Fulking (& every 2nd

Wednesday 10 Knit & Natter

The Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm (& every 2nd Weds)

We knit gift items and children’s clothes for various charities and there is something for everyone to knit whatever their ability or interest. For more information or to donate wool, call Jean on 01273 493171.

Thursday 11

Coffee Morning

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

Sun until March)

Saturday 20

Meet the Sheep

Evangelical Free Church Hall, 10am

The finale to the ‘Nativity Sheep Trail’ event (see page 39) where you can meet the Shepherd and his sheep and see all the wonderful artwork on display, Winners will be announced and can collect their prizes.

Christmas Fair in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Henfield Hall, 12pm

The Fair is being held to raise money for KSS Air Ambulance in memory of Sam Cove. If you would like to donate or offer help please contact Gemma gemmacove@hotmail.com

Sunday 21

Great selection of books, CDs and DVDs. All proceeds to St Andrews Advent Sunday Church, Edburton. For details of all Church services

Brass Fusion in concert

see centre pages of magazine

Come and enjoy an afternoon of fine music from this ever popular local brass ensemble including some festive favourites. Raffle and refreshments available. Tickets £5 on door. See www.brassfusion. co.uk for more information.

Henfield Art Club

Henfield Hall, 2.30pm

Christmas extravaganza Hurstpierpoint Village, 2.30pm

Tuesday 23

Henfield Hall, 7.15-9.30pm (& every 4th Tues)

Membership £25 per year and guests £3 per session. Call Alan Harrison on 01273 495262 for more information.

Wednesday 24

Hurstpierpoint Singers present Christmas Eve Join us in St Peters Church for Christmas music, with readings For details of all Church services fresh coffee and homemade cakes. and carols for all the family. see centre pages of magazine. Mince pies and Christmas raffle. Jazzled Choir Tickets £8 (to include a drink) from Catholic Church Hall, 1.30-3.30pm Hassocks Hardware or on the door. Christmas Day (& every 2nd & 4th Thurs) Under 12’s free. For details of all Church services A jazz, swing and blues community see centre pages of magazine. choir that supports everyone including those with dementia and Woodmancote and their carers. £5 entry includes tea Henfield WI and biscuits. Contact 01273 494300 Henfield Hall, 12.30pm There was an old woman or info@knowdementia.co.uk Following our Christmas lunch Henfield Theatre Company there will be musical entertainment from local opera diva Sidonie Henfield Hall (& 2nd & 3rd Jan) Henfield Camera Club Winter. New members always World premiere – see news item for Evangelical Free Church Hall, welcome; for further details more information. 7.30pm telephone 492419. Members Christmas Social and Henfield Photo-hunt results judged New Year’s Brunch and presented by David Barrett. Church House, Church Lane Contact club chairman Alec Pelham 10.30-1pm alec.pelham@btinternet.com See news item for further details.

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TRAFALGAR DAY CELEBRATION More than 30 members of the Sussex branch of The Royal Society of St George celebrated Trafalgar Day with a lunch at Tottington Manor on Tuesday 21 October. Members from Horsham, Peacehaven, Lancing and Billingshurst were among those remembering the famous Spanish sea battle in which Lord Nelson died. The decisive Napoleonic War battle of 1805 saw 27 British ships defeat 33 Franco-Spanish ships, sinking 22 of them with no British ships lost. Branch chairman Fred McComas of Henfield said: “We celebrate significant days in the calendar that have historic importance to our country.” The lunch raised more than £100 for the Henfield Scout Hut Appeal. The Sussex

branch of The Royal Society of St George was founded in 1901 and currently has more than 40 members. Dame Vera Lynn is an honorary member. “Sussex branch needs more members and we welcome people of all ages,” says Fred, whose wife Peggy is branch secretary. For more information contact Fred at fredandpeg@sky.com or on 01273 493472. Mike Beardall

CALLING ALL SINGERS Henfield carollers need your help on Friday 12 December to sing at Henfield’s Spirit of Christmas night. 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 contact Hilary at hilary@greenacres141. freeserve.co.uk or 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. Hilary Green

BP GUILD’S CHRISTMAS COLLECTION SCHEDULE 2014 Our Christmas collections with Santa riding his sleigh and playing recordings of Guildsmen singing carols are scheduled on the dates below. Also please support our collections by Barclays Bank and Swains Farm Shop. All the money raised goes to the Senior Citizens Day-out & Party next September. We try to reach most of the properties in our Parish of Henfield including Small Dole. We apologise if your property is not listed, due the sleigh having limited turning. Wednesday 3 December - Silver Birches, Hoewood, Tottington Drive area, Downsview, Sands Lane, Shoreham Road and New Hall Lane in Small Dole. Friday 5 December - West End Lane, Hollands Rd, Station Rd, Beechings, Upper Station Rd, Church Lane, Church St, Pinchnose Green area, Chestnut Way, Martyns Close. Saturday 6 December - Swains Farm Shop, Henfield Common 9am-1pm. Monday 8 December - Staples Barn, Gresham Place, Northcroft, Kings Field, Flower Farm Close, Fabians Way, Broomfield Rd, Batts Drive, Greenways, The Hooks.

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DECEMBER 2014 | News Tuesday 9 December - Lower Station Rd, Lower Faircox, Dropping Holmes, Chanctonbury View, Windmill Lane, Nep Town Rd , Nep Close, Weavers Lane, South View Terrace, King James Lane, Blackgate Lane, Hewitts. Wednesday 10 December - Parsonage Rd, Nyes Close, Benson Rd, Furners Lane, Furners Mead, Daisycroft. Thursday 11 December - Wantley Hill, Manor Way, Manor Close, Barn End. Friday 12 December - In the heart of the village during Henfield’s Village Evening Saturday 13 December - Barclays’ Square, High Street, 9am-1pm Monday 15 December - Cagefoot Lane, Mill Drive, Cedar Way, The Common. Tuesday 16 December – London Road and deer Park Estate. Wednesday 17 December - Spare evening in case of reindeer strikes or bad weather etc earlier in the schedule. Saturday 20 December - Swains Farm Shop, Henfield Common, 9pm – 1pm. Kenneth McIntosh

‘SHINE A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS’ WITH AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL THIS CHRISTMAS Would you like to ‘Shine a light into the darkness’ for someone, through sending a greetings card with a message of goodwill to those in danger for defending human rights? It’s very simple to do. Just drop into St. Peter’s Church, Henfield any day during December up to Sunday 21, where inside the church on the right you will find a table with greetings cards and information about who to send your card(s) to. This could be a prisoner of conscience, a group defending human rights, someone imprisoned for their faith etc. A map shows you which country the recipients live in and information about them. You may send as many cards as you like and take them away to post or leave them in the box on the table. I hope to be in attendance to answer any questions on Sunday 7, 14 and 21 between 10am and 10.30am. Hilary Green

SANTA’S CHRISTMAS DAY PRESENT DELIVERY As always Santa will be delivering presents on Christmas Day morning in Henfield, Small Dole, and surrounding areas. To have a present delivered you need to, wrap the present securely and label it clearly with the child’s name and full postal address. Do provide useful directions if it is likely to be difficult for us to find. Take the present to Graham Denyer at 8 Gresham Place, Henfield (01273 492402) on Thursday 18 December between 3-6pm, Friday 19 December between 3-7pm or Monday 22 December between 3-6pm. Delivery cost per present is £2.50. Only one present per parcel please, no large presents as there is limited space on the sleigh.

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HENFIELD WORLD PREMIER Henfield Theatre Company is staging a brand new show written by one of its own members, Jane Haines. The company has won a number of awards in recent years from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association recognising the quality of its productions and it is now branching out further with a world premiere of a home grown show containing 15 original songs and incidental music. Jane’s career as a music teacher took a turn towards the dramatic arts, in 2010, when she embarked on a Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre at Goldsmiths University. The course culminated in the production of a 45 minute musical show, written by Jane and performed at Waterloo East Theatre in London, in September 2012, with a professional cast. Since graduation, and after much toil, Jane has expanded her original work into a full-length family musical entitled ‘There Was an Old Woman – the Musical’. It is a delightful comedy based around many well known and loved nursery rhyme characters. Somewhat in the style of the Shrek movies, it has humour at different levels to please all ages, and contains the necessary ingredients of skulduggery, heroism and love. The production will be staged at the Henfield Hall from Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 January 2015 (including a matinee on Saturday). Tickets (adults £10/£12 and under 12’s £7/£9) are available from Stevens Estate Agents from Monday 15 December. See www.henfieldtheatrecompany.com for more information and sample music. Martin Love

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News | DECEMBER 2014 SHOREHAM GALLERY FUNDRAISER FOR CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE We are embarking on a series of small events to raise funds for Chestnut Tree House. The launch for the fundraising will be held at the Gallery on the same evening as the Christmas late night shopping on Tuesday 2 December from 4-8pm. On the launch night 10% of all sales made on evening will be donated to the charity and donations will be taken for refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies. Raffle tickets will also be sold on the evening and there are some great prizes including: a two-hour photographic lesson with local Photographer Alan Humphries; a drawing class for two with Artist Wendy Standen; and a Gallery gift voucher worth £25. More prizes are being pledged every day, anyone can donate! Daisy Dawson

to rounding off our year with a (members-only) French themed meal and Christmas party. We would like to wish all members and BN5 readers a Happy Christmas and happy gardening in the coming year. Our AGM takes place in the Henfield Hall on Tuesday 6 January. For more details about joining our club contact our Membership Secretary Linda Beresford at linda@slugbandit.co.uk or on 01273 492497. Margaret Hollingsworth


We’re not quite sure what happened in the BN5 office last month (one too many brandy mince pies perhaps?), but we made a couple of mistakes on event dates in our November edition. The Christmas Starts Here concert takes place on Thursday 4 December (not 4 November as printed – that would have been a bit too early to start Christmas!). And looking ahead to next year, the Henfield Strongman 2015 competition will take place on Sunday 20 September (not 26 HENFIELD GARDEN CLUB September). We do apologies for these mistakes and 2014 has been a very busy year for the garden club we pledge to keep our consumption of brandy mince with members enjoying six talks from visiting garden- pies down this month… ing experts; a plant sale and coffee morning for club Editor funds; a plant swap/sale during Henfield’s Gardens and Arts weekend with the money raised donated to HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL the Scout Hut building fund; four coach and three car A reminder to local Clubs and Organisations that apoutings to gardens both large and small to inspire us; plications for small grants from Henfield Parish Countwo summer socials in member’s gardens; and last cil must be received by Council, in writing, by no later but not least a new members social evening hosted than 5 December (see last month’s Council report). by the committee. We are currently looking forward Where available, the applications should be accom-

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DECEMBER 2014 | News panied by a summary of the last full year accounts and an indication of any project the grant will be put towards. Since last May, Henfield Parish Council’s outside works team have been undertaking various highway related work, under an agreement with West Sussex County Council. This enables work which may have in the past taken several months (or longer) to be undertaken by the County Council’s stretched highways maintenance contractors to be carried out within a few days, and sometimes hours, of being reported or identified. Henfield is one of only a very few local councils in the county carrying out this work which includes pothole repairs, cutting back vegetation and cleaning traffic signs. Although not part of the agreement, the works team has also been undertaking more ambitious tasks at a fraction of the cost the County Highways Department would have incurred. These have included extending the width of the carriageway in Church Street (opposite the raised pavement) by removing many years of debris washed down the street and clearing gullies and drainage channels by the Henfield Business Park to overcome the flooding across the road which was regularly occurring. The agreement is currently only provisional for one year but Henfield Parish Council is hopeful it will be able to negotiate a longer term agreement for the future. Philip Hill

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SUSSEX MUSICIANS RAISE FUNDS FOR HART A concert at Henfield Hall by more than 15 Sussex musicians raised more than £300 for HART. The folk and pop concert was held at the end of August to mark Bonnie Flitney’s 60th birthday. Bonnie said: “We were delighted to raise the money for HART, which does such a worthwhile job in Henfield and is always there to cope in the case of emergencies.” Mike Beardall

‘LIVING ADVENT’ IN HENFIELD Got it all sorted then? Where you will be; who you are seeing when; the shopping trips for presents; copious lists for supermarkets – and written all those cards? With so much to organise it can take the joy out of Christmas, but not this year in Henfield as things are going to be different. From the first to the last day in Advent there will be something going on behind closed doors and you are invited to come along and be part of the village festive celebrations. What’s more, it’s entirely free and guaranteed entertainment, magical moments and a sprinkling of seasonal wonder, just for you! The idea is that different organisations, societies and volunteer groups involving all ages from our community will offer a Christmas or seasonal entertainment or exhibition by opening their doors to you. These will take place in the pubs, clubs, places of worship, huts, shops and public spaces in and around the village, each with its own unique theme and individual offering. And all you need do is work out which days interest you and come along at the designated time, and remember the joy that Christmas can bring. So, look out for the schedule on the posters and flyers around the village and check out the Hub for the calendar by opening the windows and doors to see what your community has for you. Nick Phillips

STEYNING ARTS AT CHRISTMAS Solve all your Christmas gift problems at a one day event at The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning on Saturday 6 December from 10am to 4pm. As an alternative to last year’s successful Christmas Art Trail, Steyning Arts will be presenting affordable art under one roof. Meet the Steyning artists and guests on what will be a festive week in Steyning with late

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News | DECEMBER 2014 received which have been assessed, helping to inform the selection of sites for inclusion in the draft plan. Provisional dates for the remaining key stages in preparing the plan are: • Draft plan issued for six week consultation period – end of November 2014 • Amended plan and supporting documents submitted to Horsham District Council who then arrange HELEN IS A for six week publicity period – February 2015 WINNER! • Plan with comments from consultees issued to Huge congratulations Independent Examiner – April 2015 to Helen O’Connell who • Examiner issues report – June 2015 has won the C&H Fabrics • If approved by examiner, plan goes to local referKnitting Bee 2014! Helen, endum – July/August 2015 who won the adult knitting category in the Hor• Plan adopted if more than 50% of those voting are sham Store, then went in favour on to beat off competiWe are pleased to report that the community noticetion from the other eight boards are back up in Budgens. The two new boards stores to become the are now sited in the front of the store. Postcard nooverall adult winner. The tices can be displayed for 50p a week and local regauthor and knitwear deistered charities may advertise free of charge for a signer Debbie Bliss was period of two weeks. Notices should be handed in at part of the judging panel. the kiosk with the necessary payment, with those received on Monday-Friday being put up the same day; HENFIELD COMMUNITY if received at the weekend, they will be displayed from PARTNERSHIP UPDATE the following Monday. All funds raised will be donated Over 300 people attended the two public drop-in to Henfield Community Partnership for use in helping events for the Neighbourhood Plans held at the end the local community. of October. We are very grateful for all the comments Tony Jackson, HCP night shopping and the farmers market. Be tempted by the jewellery, paintings, photography, prints and glasswork and enjoy seasonal refreshments in aid of charity. So if you would like a unique gift made by a local artist, fancy a browse or a chat over a mince pie, we look forward to seeing you. See www.steyningarts.co.uk for more information.

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PAM ON A BIKE Being chased by a tearaway rabid dog, interviewed on Indian breakfast TV whilst sporting two black eyes as a result of a cycle accident, and eating hen’s feet for dinner. Just a few of the amazing stories that came thick and fast when Horsham’s Pam Goodall appeared for a sell-out evening at Stan’s Bike Shack in Partridge Green to regale an enthralled audience with tales of her solo journey around the world on her bicycle. “An inspiration”, “So brave”, and “No way I would do that!” were just some of the comments. ‘Pam on a Bike’ was a resounding success so a second evening was planned for 13 November which immediately sold out. A third event is planned, with strong interest already, so please drop in to Stan’s Bike Shack or call 01403 710514 for details and tickets. Tickets are just £10 each, and include a light supper, and of course our famous coffee! Steve Sole

THE FUTURE OF HENFIELD DAY CENTRE Following a period of public consultation earlier in the year, West Sussex County Council was approached by the Henfield Community Partnership (HCP) in the summer about the possibility of taking over control of the Day Centre at Hewitts in Henfield. Since then the county council has been working to support HCP to develop sustainable proposals. A feasibility study will now be undertaken by HCP to help inform the council whether the proposals give best value. A decision as to the future of the Day Centre will be taken in December following a review of the study and further discussions between the county council and the partnership. The centre currently supports people with a physical, sensory or memory impairment and people with acquired brain injuries. Day Services at Henfield are under review as part of a wider review of all day services by the County Council. Henfield Community Partnership said: “We believe it is important to retain and expand local services for the many older people living in and around Henfield. Working with WSCC provides opportunities to deliver a fresh, modern approach and better support for our local community. We would like to emphasise that the Henfield Day Centre will continue to operate throughout the feasibility study. Anyone who would like an assessment of their social care needs can ring West Sussex County Council’s Adults’ CarePoint on 01243 642121.” Tony Jackson

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Food Rocks Christmas is a day of seasonal fun for all the family at Hickstead on Sunday 14 December with sensational food, drink and boutique gift stalls, alongside a fairground, pony and trap rides, great live music, and a visit from Santa Claus. A festive atmosphere will be created by live folk and blues music from the likes of Red Butler and Bryony Brooke. And there will be plenty of cosy corners, fire pits and heaters to keep the cold at bay. Entry is only £4 for adults and £2 for children under 18. The day will be hosted by MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards who will be creating a unique three course festive dining experience in the ‘etch’ Pop-up Restaurant (priced at £30 per head including free Festival entry - pre-booking essential - tickets at www. foodrockssouth.co.uk or www.etchfood.co.uk) The event supports Seeds for Development, a charity helping the poorest people in Uganda kick poverty out of their lives through farming. Victoria Spicer

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DEFIBRILLATOR FOR ST PETER’S St Peter’s Church has been given a heart defibrillator by HART, and staff and helpers have been trained in its use. The defibrillator was handed over to Vicar Reverend Paul Doick on Wednesday who was trained in its use along with curate Peter O’Connell and assistant priest Christina Bennett. “We are delighted to have the defibrillator installed,” said Paul. “Having our staff and helpers trained in its use means we are better able to cope in the case of an emergency before a responder or paramedic arrives.” The defibrillator was paid for with some of the funds from a Three Peaks Challenge completed by HART members in the summer which raised more than £5,000. Dave said: “The presence of a defibrillator gives people some reassurance that they can deal with a cardiac emergency while waiting for a paramedic and responder to arrive. Everyone should have some basic training in resuscitation techniques.” Mike Beardall

THANK YOU! The Henfield Self Help Group Christmas Sale raised an impressive £779 which was rounded up to £800 by a further generous donation. We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our supporters. Maureen Dexter

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News | DECEMBER 2014 sponsor, please contact Gemma Cove: gemmacove@ hotmail.com. Up to date details will appear locally and on the BN5 Facebook page. There will also be an Annual Rounders Match which will take place at Henfield Common on the last Sunday in May. Emma Osman. With many thanks to Eileen and Gemma Cove.


FOR THE LOVE OF SAM Beautiful Sam Cove passed away on 21 October following a car accident on 4 October. She will be dearly and sadly missed by all her friends and family. Sam was born on 18 March 1977. She was a happy character and an enthusiastic child, enjoying Brownies, Guides and Venture Scouts and all the outdoor activities that came with it. She made lifelong friends who she always held close to her heart. She was part of a very close and loving family, enjoying family gatherings, camping holidays and wonderful Christmases. Christmas was her favourite time of the year and she loved to entertain and share the fun and excitement with her family. Her two children, Erin and Charlie, were her world. She loved and adored them equally and was very proud of them. She was an excellent cook, masseuse and dental nurse. Many will know her as part of the team with Ben Zanjani at Henfield Dental Surgery. She worked there with her mum Eileen from 2002, as receptionist and as a dental nurse. Ben said; “Sam leaving us has left a hole in our lives that will never be filled. We are devastated to be without such a wonderful girl.” Sam didn’t ever seek the limelight but she had a natural smile that would light up the room. It didn’t matter if you were family, friends or someone in the street, if Sam smiled at you, you couldn’t help but smile back. Her Dad’s name for her was ‘Sammy Sunshine’. She was a warm character with a generous heart. Eileen and all of Sam’s family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks for the messages and acts of kindness they’ve received from so many people over the last month. Eileen said; “There is no way I can express my gratitude for all the love and support we have received since Sam’s terrible accident on October 4th, we have been overwhelmed. ‘Thank you’ is just not enough. Thank you, for the love of Sam.” Sam’s family and friends will be fundraising in memory of Sam for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. If you would like to make a donation you can go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk or call 01622 833833. They are holding a Christmas Fair at the Henfield Hall on Saturday 20th December from 12midday onwards. Anyone who would like to be involved, support or

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The Air Cadet Organisation is a youth group for boys and girls aged 12 to 20 which follows an aviation based syllabus. As part of the Royal Air Force we pride ourselves in providing a vast range of training and opportunities with our fully volunteer based staff team. Steyning Air Cadets is a very busy unit, particularly over the summer. Following a very successful recruitment campaign Steyning Air Cadets need more staff to assist in training provision, planning and executing activities. All staff are DBS cleared and must also be vetted by the MOD and trained in child protection. Military or aviation experience is beneficial but not essential as all training is provided. Of greater importance is the desire to assist in developing cadets to their full potential. If you think you might be able to help please contact the Squadron at 1140@aircadets.org and for more information visit the Squadron website www.1140sqn.org.uk or the national site, www.raf. mod.uk/aircadets Dave Emsley, Flt Lt RAF VR(T), Officer Commanding, 1140 (Steyning) Sqn ATC

HENFIELD LEISURE CENTRE’S FUNDRAISING TABLE TOP SALES Henfield Leisure Centre are holding a series of fundraising Table Top Sales next year, the first taking place on Sunday 11 January 2015. So, if you’re having a post-festive clear-out, book your table now! There will also be sales on Sunday 1 February and Sunday 1 March. If you would like to book a table please contact the leisure centre on 01273 494984. Sam Bremner, Henfield Leisure Centre

NEW YEAR BRUNCH After the huge success, both socially and financially, of the first-ever Brunch promoted by The Friends of St. Peter’s Church, Henfield it would be folly indeed not to have a similar event to celebrate the New Year of 2015. So, on Saturday 10 January, The Friends indefatigable catering team will be preparing a splendid NEW YEAR BRUNCH in Church House, Church Lane. It is intended for this to take the form of a “rolling meal” - just feel free to drop in at any time between 10.30am and 1pm. This is an good opportunity to catch up on postChristmas news, make new friends and learn of The Friends programme of varied events over the next few months. Tickets, priced at £10 each, can be obtained from early-December at Jasmines Florists in the High Street; or via The Friends TicketLine on (01273) 492294. Anthony Abbott

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DECEMBER 2014 | News BRIGHTON COMEDY PROMOTER WINS WOMEN’S BUSINESS AWARD Kerry Herbert, a Mum who runs two comedy businesses from her home in Hove, was announced as the Winner of Brighton & Sussex Home Based Business of the Year at the Venus Awards in October at the Grand Hotel, Brighton. Kerry, who runs Charity Chuckle at the Komedia, has helped to raise over £14,000 for local charities and has worked with comedians including Al Murray, Josh Widdicombe, Lucy Porter and Stewart Lee. Kerry said, “I am delighted to have been given this award - I always did like homework. Most of my time is spent backstage and incognito, so it’s doubly rewarding to achieve business recognition at the Brighton Women’s Oscars where I can slip out of my flats and into a pair of Eddie Izzard high heels.” Charity Chuckle is on every second Tuesday of the month at the Brighton Komedia. The next show is on Tuesday 9 December. See www.charitychuckle.co.uk for details. Kerry Herbert

CYCLING SUCCESS Congratulations to 10yr old Alex Eely, one of our ‘regulars’ who cycled 100 miles in two days to raise money for the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Alex, who goes to St Peters school in Cowfold which is twinned with a school in Sierra Leone, has raised to-date nearly £600. Thank you to all our customers

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RAISING MONEY FOR THE ROCKINGHORSE APPEAL Bluebells Day Nursery in Partridge Green will be joining local schools by taking part in Rockinghorse’s Christmas fundraiser, ‘Dress as an Elf on the Twelfth’. Staff and children will be getting festive and wearing red and green to school on 12 December to help raise money for local sick children. Manager Jo Al-Tarafi said “We are all very excited to be raising money for such a great cause, to be able to help and support families and children through tough times is the best Christmas present of all!” Rockinghorse is the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) and a vital supporter of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) in Brighton and its sister site, the Special Care Baby Unit based in Haywards Heath. Charlotte GoughCooper from Rockinghorse said: “This is our second year of Dress as an Elf on the Twelfth and we’re so pleased that Bluebells Day Nursery is taking part. We hope that everyone has a great time and really gets into the spirit of Christmas. The money raised will make a big difference to children in hospital at this time of year.” To find out more or to take part in about Dress as an Elf on the Twelfth see www.rockinghorse.org.uk/getinvolved/christmas or call 01273 330044.

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Visit Rushfields for a magical Christmas This season we have our biggest ever selection of dazzling festive decorations – everything you will need for a beautiful, unique and stylish Christmas

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Henfield Furnishings Cook and Gift Shop Whether you need to find the perfect gift for a food lover, or invest in some quality kitchen equipment for the big day our kitchen shop has a fantastic range of cook and bakeware. From professional to basic items you are sure to find what you need at competitive prices. And for creating the perfect ambiance for your festive feast we have a stunning range of festive table linens, candles and candle sticks, as well as carving dishes, serving bowls and cake stands. We are well established and we have been trading on Henfield High Street for over forty years. All of us who work in the shop are local and we are passionate about supporting our local community. We aim to make shopping at Henfield Furnishings Cook & Gift Shop an enjoyable experience and we give all our customers (both regular Before you get into a panic about Christmas and new), the same friendly and personal service. Do pop shopping , pay a visit to Henfield Furnishings cook in and see us and let us help make your Christmas easy.

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hristmas is a magical time of year, but creating that magic takes a lot of time and effort which can sometimes feel quite daunting! We are extremely lucky to have a very vibrant high street in Henfield as well as some well-established independent traders only a little further afield. So before you head off to a an anonymous shopping centre or start clicking online, take a look at all the wonderful things that are available on our doorstep.

Trees and decorations Some of you have probably had you decorations up for weeks, but for those of us who are little less organised there are plenty of local options. Christmas trees Rushfields Garden Centre, Swains Farm Shop, Heritage Wood Yard and Jeremy’s all sell real fir trees in a range of sizes as well as fresh Christmas wreaths for your door. Here at BN5 magazine we firmly believe that you can never have too many Christmas lights and Hamfelds Home & Garden have a fantastic selection of indoor and outdoor lights in their Christmas Shop in a variety of lengths and colours. They also stock extension leads and mains socket adaptors for if you get a bit carried away! Henfield Furnishings Cook & Gift Shop has a charming range of tree decorations as well as miniature lighted Christmas trees and some gorgeous festive table linen - perfect for adding that finishing touch to the Christmas table.

Cards and wrapping Call us old-fashioned, but in this age of email it is always very special to receive a Christmas card though the door. Stokes of Henfield stock a wide range of Christmas cards and wrapping paper as well as gift bags, ribbons and bows for making those Christmas parcels look extra special. If you like to support charities, why not take a look at the Christmas cards on sale in the St Barnabas House and the Age UK charity shops on the High Street? By buying your cards from these shops you will be donating to two very worthy causes. Steyning Bookshop has a gorgeous selection of cards and gift wrap, including charity cards. Design Copy Print will even reproduce your artwork or photographs as personalised Christmas cards.

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DECEMBER 2014 | Christmas Food and drink Sharing food with family and friends is a big part of the festive season, whether you like a traditional turkey or a more alternative approach. Rushfields Farm Shop stocks a fantastic range of locally sourced and homemade produce including: meat, awardwinning pies, sausages, chutneys, cheese, beer, wine and chocolate – it’s a real Aladdin’s cave! Millbrook Meats and Charcuterie supply poultry, as well as hams, bacon and sausages, and their cured meats are prepared on site. Springs Smoked Salmon, renowned for their delicious smoked salmon, have an enormous range of fresh and frozen fish and seafood, as well as delicious starters, quiches, pies and deserts. For a fabulous range of fruit, salads and vegetables (including sprouts!), as well as locally produced apple juice head to Swains Farm Shop or Jeremy’s. Parking is fantastically easy at Swains and Jeremy’s will deliver your order direct to your door. Dark Star Brewing has a great section of locally brewed beers which you can buy by the bottle or the barrel as well as various sizes in-between. For eating out, Taste Deli is perfect for meeting friends for coffee and cake or lunch. And if you are planning a party but don’t want the hassle of cooking, Taste Deli also do outside catering. It’s always nice to get out and about over the festive period to walk or cycle off some of that over-indulgence. Stan’s Bike Shack on the Downs Link between Henfield and Partridge Green is the perfect place to stop, catch your breath and have a warming cup of something (and maybe just a small piece of cake!). We have a very lively pub scene in and around Henfield and they all have lots of festive fun planned this season, details of which you will find on their adverts in this magazine: Check out The White Hart, The Cat & Canary, The Plough, The Fox, The George, The Shepherd & Dog and The Bull, all of whom will be able to help get you into the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for a venue for a Christmas lunch or party, the Pavilion Restaurant at Singing Hills Golf Course offers dinning in beautiful surroundings as does the Glass House restaurant at Wickwoods.

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Christmas | DECEMBER 2014 Gifts Gift buying has the potential to cause stress at Christmas, but with a bit of careful thought and planning, you won’t have to join the panicking hordes on Christmas Eve! Many local shops like Bay Tree Trading and Village Care stock an array of tempting gifts which can be gift wrapped for you. If you are looking for unique ideas we are extremely lucky to have some very creative artists living locally. Katherine Lawrie Jewellery creates stunning silver jewellery with semi-precious stones, from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and cufflinks. Shoreham Gallery exhibits a diverse range of art and craft from talented local artists including stained glass, pottery, sculpture, paintings and photography - there is something for everyone. Or the more artistic amongst you (or your very artistic children!), could create your own personal work of art at Miss Potts pottery painting studio. The Steyning Bookshop has a beautiful range of small Christmas gifts for both adults and children. And if the book you are after isn’t in stock, they can usually order it in for you. The Heritage Wood Yard in Shipley is definitely worth a visit at this time of year and not just for their logs – the wood yard its self looks magical and they stock a quirky range of wooden gifts, log candles, Moroccan lanterns and fire pits. Food and drink always make lovely gifts at Christmas. Rushfields Farm Shop stock a delicious range of local beers, wines and cheeses and you can choose to have your selection beautifully presented in a hamper.

For the more practically minded, Hamfelds Home & Garden stock a good range of power tools and other DIY essentials at competitive prices. From tape measures to torches and drills to grinders, Hamfelds have it covered. If you are buying for an aspiring Mary Berry or Jamie Oliver, take a look at Henfield Furnishing Cook and Gift Shop which has a real treasure trove of cookware. Village Care has lovely toiletries and some interesting gifts which are also very practical, as well as delicious Belgian chocolates. And if you know someone who would love a bit of pampering (yes please!), then why not give them a gift voucher from one of our local hair salons or beauty therapists such as Pinks, Hair and Co, Hyatt’s, Natasha’s, The Beauty Room or The Beauty Room at Blackstone to name a few?

And finally, what could be better for the person who has everything than one of BN5’s Henfield 2015 Calendars? This glossy and colourful calendar has lots of local images and we are very proud of it. It’s available for a £6 donation to HART and every penny of that £6 will go to the charity. You can pick up a copy from various locations around the village including Stokes, Henfield Club, Village Care, Taste Deli, The White Hart, The Plough, Swains, Design Copy Print, Rushfields and Coles Automotive. We will also be selling it at the Henfield Village Christmas Evening on 2015 calendar Friday 12 December – look 100 out for us on the BN5 stand outside Barclays Bank! Sarah Butler

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DECEMBER 2014 | Christmas

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Collect a trail leaflet from the library listing all the shops he has visited in the village and then go and try to find his sheep. Write down the name of each sheep you find on the form. We also want you to see if you can guess the name of the Shepherd who lost all the sheep. There will be a small prize for everyone who correctly names all the sheep and guesses the name of the shepherd who lost them! You will find sheep in Budgens, Hamfelds, Jeremy’s, Village Care, Stokes, St Barnabas, Henfield Furnishings, The Post Office, Barnards Bakery and Henfield Library. Did you love the sheep? It would be great if you could create a picture (no bigger than A4) of the sheep all safe and sound with their shepherd. We will be awarding a prize for the best ones. Once you have found all the sheep and drawn us a picture, you can drop off your completed forms and pictures in the collection box in the library before Wednesday 17 December. Don’t forget to put your name, school year and phone number on the back of your picture. The First Christmas On the 25th December we celebrate Christmas, the birthday of Jesus who was called Christ. Before Jesus was born, his parents, Mary and Joseph, went to a town called Bethlehem. It was very busy and they couldn’t find anywhere to stay. A friendly innkeeper let them sleep in his stable with the animals. Jesus was born, and Mary wrapped him in cloths and

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Each Christmas we celebrate Jesus being born. God gave us Jesus as a present to show that he loves us. Each Christmas we give each other presents to show people that we love them.

Come along to the Free Church Hall on Saturday 20 December anytime between 10am and 11.30am for refreshments and to meet the Shepherd and all his sheep. Your wonderful pictures will be on display, and winners will be announced and can collect their prizes. Good luck everyone! Jean Whiting, Henfield Evangelical Free Church

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f you haven’t already, then clear your diary for the evening of Friday 12 December because it’s Henfield’s Christmas evening!

In what has become a lovely local tradition the shops on the high street will be staying open until 8pm and enticing customers with glorious window displays and special offers, as well as drinks and nibbles (works for us every time!). There will also be carol singers, and plenty of charity stalls (including of course BN5 selling the Henfield Calendar 2015 in aid of HART). Santa will be welcoming children to his grotto in the bus shelter whilst the BP Guild look after his sleigh for him. There is a lovely festive atmosphere on the evening and a real sense of community spirit, so please do come along between 4 and 8pm to support our wonderful local shops and charities.

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Keeping your pet healthy and happy over Christmas


t seems strange to be writing a festive article when my son is rampaging around the house in an eye damagingly bright orange pumpkin t-shirt in preparation for Hallowe’en! But from the pet perspective, there are a couple of parallels between Hallowe’en/Bonfire Night and Christmas/New Year which are worth being aware of: Dietary Indiscretion (or eating the wrong thing): the festive period usually means plenty of sweets around for dogs to steal. While I’m sure eating a whole pack of Haribo Starmix is not great for the digestive system, if you are a dog, its chocolate that presents a danger. Without fail we always see several dogs over the festive period who have managed to ‘source’ some contraband chocolate. Whether this is the more enterprising pooch who has opened a present under the tree or just an opportunist who has snaffled something from the table, chocolate can be poisonous to dogs. If yours has managed to seize some confectionery related plunder, then it’s best to seek veterinary advice. If you have a young cat, watch out for games with tinsel – if swallowed, it can cause a nasty intestinal obstruction which requires surgical intervention to resolve. Other toxins which are more likely to be encountered around Christmas or in winter are: • Grapes and raisins can cause severe renal failure in some dogs, while others can eat a whole bunch with no consequences. • The sweet taste of anti-freeze makes it tempting for cats, but again it is very toxic to the kidneys and unless treatment is given very quickly, the outcome is often fatal. • Macadamia nuts are toxic to some dogs and cause depression, vomiting and an elevated heart rate.

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Fireworks are much more prevalent around Bonfire night, but tend to have a revival during the festive period as well. Many pets find the loud bangs and flashes very stressful and we see many pets for this reason. We have a variety of treatment options available including: de-sensitisation CDs which play recordings of fireworks to allow your pet to get used to them; over-the-counter natural calming medications; and prescription medications for those pets which are unresponsive to other treatment which work to reduce anxiety (sometimes accompanied by a mild sedative effect). Hopefully the above will make for a happy, incident free Christmas for your pet! However, if you do have any concerns then please contact us. Often we can advise you over the phone, although sometimes a visit to the surgery is required.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Hawthorn Vets! Jonathan Underwood reception@ hawthornvets.co.uk The Old Bakehouse, High Street, Partridge Green, RH13 8HU 01403 710332 Wantley Cottages, London Rd, Henfield, BN5 9JP 01273 495227


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Local interest | DECEMBER 2014

Ready for a challenge?


re you aged between 13 and 20? Are you ready for a challenge and up for fun, adventure, incredible experiences and making new friends? Then check out the Steyning Air Cadets.

Sponsored by the Royal Air Force, the Air Cadets are a UK-wide youth organisation with more than 40,000 members. As an Air Cadet you’ll have the opportunity to take part in some pretty amazing activities. Do you want to have real flight experience? Once you have learnt the basic knowledge of how an aircraft works, you’ll be able to go up in an aircraft or glider as a passenger at least once every year. Do you enjoy adventures? Kayaking, hill walking, camping, caving, mountain biking, offshore sailing and winter sports are just a few of the adventurous activities you can take part in. And the long list of activities doesn’t stop there: rifle shooting, sport and music are just some of the other activities you can do with the Air Cadets. As the Cadets will tell you, the Steyning squadron is very dynamic and they are kept very busy all year round. They meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7.30 to 9.30pm every week for parade, with just a break for a couple of weeks over the Christmas and New Year period. Outdoor training in field-craft for military skills takes place in the Steyning Downlands area on the Wiston Estate. But it’s not all boot camp - although the Cadets work hard, they also play hard! During the summer months there are expeditions or

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camps nearly every weekend and recent trips have included the Farnborough Airshow and the Royal International Air Tattoo. As well as getting up close to aircraft and exploring the trade shows, cadets also have chance to have fun with themed barbeques and other social events. Whilst you’re having fun you’ll also learn some invaluable life skills which will challenge and develop your abilities. These skills include: confidence; selfdiscipline; leadership; team work; presenting; first aid; self-motivation; problem solving; and communicating. You will also have the opportunity to study for BTEC qualifications using an online exam system in subjects such as aviation studies and music (both worth four GCSEs), as well as public services (worth two GCSEs). Whether you are just looking for fun and adventure, or whether you are thinking ahead about a career, all the skills and experience you will gain through your cadet membership will give you a head start in life. Whatever you want to do, Air Cadets will help you to succeed.

The Steyning squadron commander is Flight Lieutenant Dave Emsley and he is supported by 10 staff who volunteer on a rota basis. All leaders are fully CRB checked and are qualified for the activities that they lead. For more information about joining Steyning Air Cadets email 1140@aircadets.org or see www.raf.mod. uk/aircadets for more information. Sarah Butler

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Corporal Hannah Law “In Air Cadets we get to do fun activities, go on camps every year and we also get to fly – it’s amazing! Being a part of Cadets has given me a lot more confidence – I used to be the person who stood in the corner and never spoke to anyone. But now I’m a corporal and it’s pretty cool!” “There is much more personal interaction in cadets than there is in school - you can’t really talk in class at school. You meet a whole range of people from different places when you go on camp.”

Corporal Sam Smith “My family have always been in and around the aviation industry and I want to become an RAF pilot. “The great think about air cadets is meeting new people and the diverse activities – there are lots more activities available than at school. You learn to work with people and how to communicate better. You are always with people and you are never alone. There is never a point where someone is left out or excluded from an activity.” “When I first joined I was so shy and it took a lot of guts to come along to the first session. Cadets have really changed me as a person - I wouldn’t have been this confident three years ago when Ifirst joined.”

Corporal Felix Freeman-Hawker “Both my grandfathers were engineers for British Airways and I want to be an air nautical engineer for either the RAF or a commercial airline.” “There is a real sense of belonging through the rank structure and the higher up the ranks you go, the better it gets in terms of responsibility. At age 16 you get to do more activities and at age 18 you get to do parachuting!”

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Set adrift by your Financial Adviser?

If your bank’s Financial Adviser has been a little quiet lately – there may be a very good reason. Recently, most of the high street banks have laid off their entire team of Financial Advisers – leaving you high and dry. With no-one to talk to, who can you turn to for sound financial advice and investment planning? Here at Nsure, we have been inundated with calls from people who have been effectively ‘orphaned’ by their banks.


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Christmas presents that last a lifetime!


arents and grandparents are increasingly giving children money instead of buying them gifts for Christmas and birthdays. The future for our young is paved with the need for bigger deposits to buy a home, higher education costs and of course inflation. Whilst some may criticise for showing a lack of imagination, in the long run it can bring more long term happiness than this year’s long forgotten top toy. Savings accounts and premium bonds are familiar ideas but two less considered options are pensions ISAs. Pensions Children are allowed to have up to £3,600 paid into a pension each tax year, despite the fact they are unlikely be earning. Realistically it will be relatives paying on their behalf. However, the child still receives the tax relief, with all contributions grossed up by 20%. Therefore for the maximum £3,600 to be paid in you only actually pay £2,880. To look at it another way if you were to pay a more typical £100 into a pension £125 would actually be invested. It may seem extreme to consider pensions for a child but money paid in early on can really make a difference. If you paid £100 in, left it invested for 50 years, assumed a 5% growth rate after charges it would be worth £1,146.

Currently you cannot access your pension until you are at least 55 – often considered a disadvantage. However, you may be quite pleased that they cannot access this money at 18 when they may not spend it in an appropriate way. Junior ISAs As with their adult equivalents you have both a savings account version and an investment version of a junior ISA. Which is most appropriate depends on attitudes to risk and the child’s age. Generally speaking the younger the child the more likely it is that the investment option will be appropriate. As with pensions the maximum that can be paid in is £4,000 each year, but you do not get tax relief, so a £4,000 contribution costs you the whole £4,000. The money does grow tax free and the ‘£100 rule’ does not apply to parents. However, the account is theirs to do with as they wish when they are 18.

So this year consider a gift that gives your children and grandchildren more than just a Happy Christmas! Richard Cohen, FPFS, Chartered Financial Planner

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Business | DECEMBER 2014

A guide to staff pay and rates


s we come to the end of 2014, I thought it would be helpful to provide a guide to all the rates/rules regarding pay for staff. Minimum hourly wage from 1 Oct 2014 (from 1 Oct 2013)

earnings related to pay, i.e. 90% of average weekly earnings, or the standard rate of £138.18 (£136.78) per week. To qualify, must earn over £111.00 per week and £481.00 (£472.33) per month.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rate from 6 April 2014 (from 6 April 2013)

• New ceiling from 6 April 2014 (from 1 Feb 2013) = £464 per week (£450) • Maximum Payment = £13,920 (£13,500) • Minimum qualification (if employment commenced on or after 6 April 2012) = 2 years continuous employment


Employers whose annual liability for Class 1 NIC is more than £45,000 are entitled to recover 92% of the • Apprentices (Under SMP/SPP/SAP they pay. The Small Employer’s Relief 19 or 19 and over if in first year of apprenticeship) threshold is £45,000 or less for NI payments made in the previous tax year. If a business qualifies for Small = £2.73 (£2.68) • 16-17 years (No longer compulsory school age) Employer’s Relief, they are entitled to compensation for Employer’s NI. This additional amount is 3%.They = £3.79 (£3.72) can also recover 100% of the SMP/SPP/SAP they • 18-20 years old and trainees = £5.13 (£5.03) pay. • 21 years and over = £6.50 (£6.31) Statutory Redundancy Pay

• Weekly rate = £87.55 (£86.70) • Daily rate = £17.51 (£17.34) (Number of qualifying days = 5) • Total SSP per year = 28 Weeks (196 days) • Lower Earnings Limit = must be over £111.00 Current Tribunal Awards (£109.00) per week and £481.00 (£472.33) per • Compensatory award for unfair dismissal from 6 month to qualify April 2014 (excludes Health & Safety (H&S) Recovery of SSP was abolished from April going • or whistleblowing which are uncapped) = forward, although employers may be able to recover £76,574 (£74,200) in respect of previous tax years but only until 5 April • Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal = 2016. £13,920 (£13,500) Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) and Statutory Adoption • Maximum award for breach of contract = Pay (SAP) from 6 April 2014 (from April 2013) £25,000 • First six weeks = 90% of average weekly wages • Dismissal on Trade Union (TU), Occupational • For next 33 weeks (SAP for full 39 weeks) = Pension Trustee, Employee Representative The lesser of 90% of average weekly earnings or grounds: Maximum basic award = £13,920 £138.18 (£136.78) (£13,500). Minimum basic award = £5,676 (£5,500. Compensatory award = £76,524 (£74,200) • SMP = 39 Weeks • Maximum basic award for H&S, protected • Lower Earnings Limit = must be over £111.00 disclosure = £13,920 (£13,500) (£109.00) per week and £481.00 (£472.33) per month to qualify • Compensatory award for H&S, protected disclosure = no limit Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) from April 2014 (from April 2013) • Maximum award for employees excluded / expelled from TU = £90,494 (£87,700) Two weeks’ leave to be taken within 56 days of the date of birth of the baby. The rate is the lesser of Guaranteed Payment for short-time working • Maximum payment of £25 (£24.20) per day from 6 April 2014 (from 1 Feb 2013). • Month’s continuous employment for a maximum of 5 days in any 3 month period – total £125 (£121.00)

Paul Samrah For further advice on this or other business issues, contact Paul Samrah on 01737 781546 or email psamrah@kingstonsmith.co.uk

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Index of advertisers | DECEMBER 2014 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Keymer, Haslam & Co Kingston Smith LLP Parr & Company

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Roger Minost Architect






Benchmark Timber Windows Hamfelds Henfield Homes & Property Maintenance Optimal Property Maintenance PJB Building Solutions Willow Construction

68 49 57 55 55 54

Cherish Care Upper Mead

43 67


CARPET SUPPLY & CARE B&I Carpets Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Selectacarpet

CATERING & FARM SHOPS Dark Star Jeremy’s Millbrook Charcuterie Rushfields Farm Shop Springs Smoked Salmon Swains Farm Shop taste...deli


56 60 61

30 03, 04 27 11, 20, 21 27 08 44

Terry Healy Chimney Sweep


Ben Daniels Carpet Cleaning



65 65

The Conservatory Co.




The Mallards


Amanda Wilde Canine Adventures In The Doghouse Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries

50 50 51 50

Benchmark Timber Windows BHW Glass N. Constantine Repairs

68 60 58



Burt Electrical Jeremy Crawley Electrician Paul Barnard

57 58 58

The Henfield Fencing Co Premier Fencing

48 48










CPL Petroleum



Braziers Autos Coles Automotive Mile Oak Servicing

50 58

A. Stenning Aquatec Aspect Plumbing & Heating MC Services Pierson Heating The Plumbing and Tiling Company PST Plumbing

59 56 59 57 49 58 60

Ami Bistro The Bull The Cat and Canary The Fox Small Dole The Plough The Shepherd and Dog Singing Hills Restaurant Stan’s Bike Shack The White Hart Wickwoods

10 38 44 27 14 29 31 19 28 02

GRP Flat Roofing


The Dove Nursery Little Gems Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care

44 12 47

Lucy Jaques Training


Griffith Smith Farrington Webb The Sussex Wills Office

53 36

Contain Yourself Storage



Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Service

56 57

56 60

Aerials and More Bowers and Wilkins

59 65

The Plumbing and Tiling Company


The Green Reaper Jonathan Carter Trees Liquidamber Southern Beeches The Tree Works

55 55 37 54 54

Hawthorn Surgeries


We Mend Washing Machines


Fraz Window Cleaning


23 27 47 22

B Muzeen Groundworks



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

41 44 32 33 41 33 41 41





Optimal Property Services Henfield Homes and Property Maintenance

55 57




DB Foot Clinic Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic Phil Grant Therapist Sussex Osteopath & CHC Wickwoods

42 46 46 47 40 02






INTERIORS, FURNITURE & CURTAINS Barbara Ritchie Simply Blinding Ltd

KITCHEN FITTING Tanglewood Kitchens


The Henfield Churches The Henfield Hall Singing Hills Golf Course Stan’s Bike Shack


38 33, 34 43 31 19

Beacon Lettings


Lucy Locksmith Seymour Locksmiths

48 15


Heritage Wood Yard Milbrook Logs


Adrian Over

Henfield Furnishings Cook & Gift Shop Miss Potts Pottery Painting Steyning Bookshop Stokes Newsagents


Mr Mole (Gogga Pest Control)

58 49 55 55 20, 21 55



41 48

GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Beechcroft Landscapes Hamfelds The Green Reaper Rooted Rushfields S. Goodridge

Henfield Eye Care

Ladies who Decorate Trim Decorating

66 06 57


38 44






BRAZIERS eld Garage Henfi

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