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FEBRUARY 2013 | Contents

07 What’s on listings

12 26

12 News

from the BN5 area

26

Local interest RetrOactive fundraiser

30 Local interest Ashurst Village Hall

32 Charity

Paul Haylar’s challenge

30

47 Countryside Ash dieback

51 Pet care

from Hawthorn Vets

32

61 Kids stuff

HFC match report

63 Finance

From Nsure Financial

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64 Business

with Paul Samrah

Editor’s LETTER

If you love good music and love to dance then look no further than the Henfield Hall this February. The incredibly talented RetrOactive are performing their charity concert in aid of HART (Henfield Area Response Team). RetrOactive are a professional band playing jazz, swing, pop and rock - they are always a sell-out so make sure you get your tickets early and have a great night with friends while supporting this local charity. Next issue we’ll be bringing you a feature article on our HART responders - they are being recognised as one of the finest First Responder units in the world, with recognition by the International Resuscitation Council. There is no higher accolade for these life-saving volunteers. We look forward to reporting on this wonderful achievement. Intrepid Henfield cyclist Paul Hayllar travelled across Australia on a recumbent bicycle - his challenge raised much needed money for a Tanzanian orpanage. You can read an extract from his interesting diary on page 32, or read the full story of his exploits on his website. Have a great month, don’t forget to email us your snowy pictures (as we go to print it’s looking possible!) editor@bn5magazine.co.uk or visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/bn5magazine and post them there. Keep warm! Best wishes

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Richard Cohen, Gay Davenport, Jonathan Underwood, Darren Angood and Mike Beardall. Cover artwork of RetrOactive by Helen Boosey. Image kindly supplied by Jo Simmons. 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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FEBRUARY 2013 | What’s on

Friday 1 February

Thursday 7

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)

Copy Print, Henfield or Steyning Bookshop, or choir members. Contact Christine Tarry on 01903 Henfield Unattached White Hart, 11am-12pm (& every 815467.

Chilli and Quiz Night

1st Thurs)

Sunday 3

Free Church Hall, 2.30pm

Ordinary people who get fed up with being alone due to bereaveRun by Jan Richardson. Teams ment or divorce. Just drop in for of six are needed, £6 per person good sympathetic company. which includes delicious chilli. To Thursday Circle book a table call 01273 494984.

Henfield Leisure Centre

Brighton Excelsior Cycling Club

Meet for singing, stories and lots of play, including a drink and a bis- Meet Red Lion Inn, Old cuit. Shoreham Road, Shoreham.

Nia Dance

9am (& every Sun)

Our Speaker will be the Rev Peter O’Connell who recently arrived with his family in the Village. We look forward to meeting him and learning more about him. Refreshments as usual will follow. Do come and join us.

Email contact@brightonexcelsior. co.uk or see www.brightonexcel- South Downs Woodturners Portslade Town Hall, 7-10pm (& Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 sior.co.uk every 1st Thurs) 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxonEveryone is welcome to come weald.com Chatterbox and see what we do, proLand at West End Lane - Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am along spective members are encouraged planning proposals to attend a meeting to see if it is for (& every Tues incl half term) Henfield Hall, 3-7.30pm Come and have fun! Still £1.50 them before joining. An exhibition on proposals for new which includes all refreshments. Crib homes at West End Lane, Henfield. Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& Representatives of Barratt South- HDC Health Walk every Thurs) ern Counties and their professional Steyning Health Centre, 11am Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 team will be present to answer any (& 19th) questions arising from the propos- 2 mile stroll. Call Linda on 01903 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com al. If you are unable to attend and 816865 or Lyn on 01903 369752. would like further details after the Tai Chi Unsquashable – Henfield event, please email: vic.angell@tfaMaidment Court, 2-3pm (& every Squash Club ltd.co.uk

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

Tuesday 5

Bingo

Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& every Fri)

Tues)

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm

Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 (& every Thurs) 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxon- Drop-in and play session only £3. weald.com

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Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 Henfield Garden Club Henfield Camera Club 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxonThe Henfield Hall, 7.30pm weald.com Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Winter Talk by Neil Miller on ‘Hever A guide to producing still life and Castle Gardens’. table top photographs. Members VC Jubilee youth cycling White Hart quiz are asked to bring their cameras club and a tripod for this practical eveWhite Hart, 8.30pm Car park opposite Adur Outdoor Entry £2 a head in aid of HART. ning. Activity Centre, 9.45am (& every Teams up to six. Cash prize for winSat) ners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve Warren Playgroup For 9-18 year olds - two hour table. childrens good as new mountain bike sessions. See www. sale brightonexcelsior.co.uk/index.php/ vcj-home or email contact@vcjubi- Henfield Lions Club Henfield Hall, 10-11.30am lee.co.uk, George Hotel, Henfield High Please bring any items for sale beChanctonbury Chorus & Street (& every 1st Wed) tween 8-9.30am. If you wish to pre Orchestra We meet to discuss fundraising ac- register or require any information St Andrew & St Cuthman Church, tivities, consider requests for assis- please email Zoe on contact@wartance and organise social events. renplaygroup.co.uk Steyning, 7.30pm Programme includes Monteverdi New members very welcome. Call Vespers. Tickets £12 from Design David Pryor on 01273 494442.

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Wednesday 6

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What’s on | FEBRUARY 2013 Rock & Roll band

Cat & Canary, 8.30pm

HDC Health Walk Lock Estate, 10.30am

Enjoy some live music at the Cat & 5.5 miles, flat walk through ancient Canary. Free of charge. For details woodland and fields, excellent call 01273 492509. views of the South Downs. Park and meet at rear of Partridge Green Annual HART fundraiser Village Hall. Call Jean on 01403 Henfield Hall, 8-11.30pm 250869, Pauline on 01403 240419 The 11 piece band RetrOactive or Jane on 01403 261672. will be holding their annual HART fundraiser. This is truly a night with something for everyone and not to Woodmancote Parish be missed. Tickets are £15 each Council meeting and available from Village Care, Henfield Furnishing or online from Woodmancote Church Hall (and every 2nd Tues) www.retroactive-jazz.co.uk Members of the public always welcome. Visit www. woodmancoteparishcouncil.co.uk Henfield Conservation

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Sunday 10 Group

Oreham Common, 10am (& Wed 20th)

Come for a morning of conservation work in Henfield - everyone welcome! We shall be thinning pond vegetation, cutting back encroaching wood edges and clearing the area next to the car park. For further information email henfieldconservation@gmail.com

Henfield History Group Free Church Hall, 8pm

Alan Barwick will be speaking on Vanderbilt and the London to Brighton Coach. Everyone welcome. Admission free to members, £3 non-members.

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Wednesday 13

The Towers Open Morning The Towers School, Upper Beeding

For details go to www.towers.wsussex.sch.uk 01903 812185.

Thursday 14

Coffee Morning

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

Join us in St Peters Church for fresh coffee and homemade cakes.

HDC Health Walk

Fountain Inn, Ashurst, 10.30am

4 miles, no dogs. Call John on 01403 263661.

Jazzled – new jazz, blues & swing choir

Catholic Church Hall, 1.303.30pm (& every other week term time)

Cost £4 per session (including tea/ biscuits). All ages and abilities welcome. To book contact Jennie on 01273 494300 or email info@knowdementia.co.uk

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FEBRUARY 2013 | What’s on

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Friday 22

Henfield Hall, 2pm

Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Grand Spring Jumble Sale Henfield Camera Club In aid of Henfield Theatre Company. Clothes, bric-a-brac, books and toys, a raffle and a huge auction. Jumble collection – large or small items – contact Tony Westwood 01273 492172 or Rose Sharp 01273 494566 or rosesharp2003@ yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday 19

Talk about Rye Harbour Nature Reserve by Dr Barry Yates, a manager Our 3rd monthly competition. The of the reserve. Free entrance for set subject is ‘The Church and the members, non-members £3 each. Churchyard’. The judge for the evening is David Mandus.

Saturday 23

The Big Jumble Sale Henfield Hall, 2pm

In aid of Save The Children. Auction 2.30 pm. For collection of jumble White Hart quiz and items for auction, and offers White Hart, 8.30pm of help on the day, sorting and sellEntry £2 a head in aid of HART. ing, please ring 493172, 493968 or Teams up to six. Cash prize for win- 01403 711960. ners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve WEA talk table.

Wednesday 20

Woodmancote and Henfield WI Henfield Hall 2.15pm

Garden Room, Henfield Hall,7.30pm

Henfield Hall Garden Room, 2.30pm

The Historic Industries of Sussex, with Dr Geoff Mead. For details contact Maureen Lucas, 01273 493966.

Saturday 2 March

BP Guild Shuffleboard Evening Henfield Hall, 7pm

A very enjoyable family evening, tickets are £7 each and include nibbles – three people to a team – kids welcome. Tickets available from Jasmines Florist or Colin Sansom on 01273 495120 or any Guild member you know.

Saturday 9 March

Jumble Sale with Auction Henfield Hall, 2pm

In aid of Henfield Guide Hut. For collection of Jumble please contact David Marshall after 1st March on 01403 864591.

A talk entitled ‘Wildlife Rescue’ will be given by Trevor Weeks of East Karaoke Night Old school disco Sussex Wildlife Rescue. Tea will Cat & Canary, Henfield be served, there will be a ‘Flower Free shot with your first song! Call Henfield Village Hall, 8-11pm Celebrate 40 years of St Barnabas of the Month’ competition, and a 01273 492509 for details. Hospice with favourite music from Book and Puzzle Stall. New memthe 60’s through to modern day. bers always welcome; for further Dancing for all the family. Bar and details telephone 492419. Know Dementia tuck shop. Tickets £8 adults, £5 10 Henfield Hall, 2-4pm - 18 years, under 10’s free. Available Dementia Friendly Communities. from Jasmines, Tammy 495408 or Naomi’s Friends Public meeting to gain a better Jackie Lawrence (Truffles). St Peter’s Church, 3pm understanding of dementia and to Naomi’s Friends will be meeting look at ways we can all improve Wilbury Jam again for tea, company and friend- the lives of people and families af- Adastra Hall, Hassocks, 8pm ship. All who have lost loved ones, fected by a dementia in our com- Lead singer Nick Forrest is a regular however long ago, are very wel- munities. soloist with Heber Opera. Tickets come to join us. If you would like are £15 to include a buffet supper to know more speak to the Revd and are available from Goodsman Christina Bennett; 01273 492222 Letting 01273 495220.

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Amuse-bouche Homemade beetroot soup with croutons

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FEBRUARY 2013 | News Land at West End Lane, Henfield An exhibition on proposals for new homes at West End Lane, Henfield is being staged at the Henfield Hall on Friday 1 February 2013. The exhibition will be open to the public from 3pm until 7.30 pm. Representatives of Barratt Southern Counties and their professional team will be present to answer any questions arising from the proposal. If you are unable to attend and would like further details after the event, please email: vic.angell@tfa-ltd. co.uk We will update www.facebook.com/BN5magazine as soon as we have any up to date information about this proposed development.

Henfield aerobathon raises £600 for Leisure Centre Studio More than 50 Henfield adults and children took part in an ‘aerobathon’ in January to raise funds for refurbishing the Leisure Centre aerobics studio. They raised more than £600 with the two hour exercise session in the main hall with music and effects supplied by Rikki’s Audio Hire of Steyning. Studio co-ordinator Amanda Lucas said: “It was a brilliant turnout and we have made enough to refurbish the walls and ceiling - now we need to raise more to put in a new floor.” The target figure is £4,000 and a second event in the summer will include a barbeque.

RVD ALASTAIR CUTTING IS New Archdeacon for Lewisham and Greenwich The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, has appointed the Revd Alastair Cutting to be the next Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich. Mr Cutting is the Vicar of Henfield and Rector of Shermanbury & Woodmancote in the Diocese of Chichester. He grew up in South India where his family have had associations for nearly a century; his parents were medics there and he served a years Voluntary Service Overseas in South India between school and university. He is Pro-prolocutor of the Province of Canterbury of the General Synod and a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council. Trained at St John’s Nottingham, he served in the Dioceses of Sheffield and London before moving to Chichester. He is a keen musician, enjoys growing orchids (when he has the facilities) and has strong links with New Zealand; his Masters dissertation was on Maori and Celtic Spirituality. He is married to Kay and they have two grown up daughters. Alastair Cutting said “I am honoured and delighted to have been asked by Bishop Christopher and Bishop Michael to take up the post of Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, an area I have lived in before, and have a number of connections with. Kay and I look forward to working closely with the clergy and people of the archdeaconry, and with the senior staff, in what we pray will be an exciting unfolding of the next steps of our shared pilgrimage together with God. Please

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hold us, and the people of the benefice of Henfield and Diocese of Chichester who we love and leave behind, in your prayers, as we prepare to come and serve amongst you in the Southwark Diocese. May God richly bless you.” The Revd Alastair Cutting will be instituted and installed at Southwark Cathedral at Choral Evensong on Sunday 14 April.

Become a Youth Ranger 
 If you enjoy working outdoors, want to learn new skills and get involved in practical conservation, Sussex Wildlife Trust is looking for young volunteers, aged 1625 years old, to join the Youth Rangers. Make a positive contribution to your local environment, for both wildlife and people, by joining the regular Wednesday sessions starting this New Year in the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership area covering Horsham, Crawley, Horley and Dorking. Open to all 16-25 year olds, practical conservation experience includes coppicing, hedge planting, wildlife gardening or surveying, that can help with your employment prospects or support your studies, while improving our natural surroundings. Gatwick Greenspace Partnership Youth Rangers meet every Wednesday during term time (10.00-15.00). The first session starts on Wednesday 16 January 2013. Principally based at Tilgate Park, Crawley, the volunteer Youth Rangers will regularly visit other wildlife sites in the local area. No experience is necessary and everybody is welcome. To find out more contact Tom Forward, Community Project Officer, email tomforward@ sussexwt.org.uk or telephone 07771 375254. Details are also available on our website: 
www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/young_people/page00003.htm The Youth Rangers are organised by the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership, a countryside project led by Sussex Wildlife Trust that works with landowners, local authorities and other conservation organisations to restore and connect natural habitats across a large area of Surrey and Sussex.

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News | FEBRUARY 2013 The club has cricket available for most junior age groups, with the possibility of a new academy for U7 and U8 age groups, depending on need and adult volunteers. To register your interest please email Emma on the address above.

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trophy winner Duncan is TV wine expert’s choice TV wine expert Charles Metcalfe handed the annual Henfield White Hart trophy for top sloe gin maker to Duncan Clough before Christmas. His was one of nearly 20 entries from the village in the sixth year of the competition. “I’m over the moon to win,” said Duncan, a retired headteacher. “There was a secret recipe - and it seems to have worked.” The People’s Choice winner was Lisa Ross-Talbot of Henfield. Trevor Simmons, who organises the competition with wife Jo, said: “We were surprised by the number of entries considering the shortage of sloes this year.” Judge Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, said: “Despite the dreadful weather this year and the scarcity of sloes entrants put in a lot of effort for the competition.” Results are based on blind tastings by guests and the judge’s marks.

HENFIELD CRICKET CLUB - U9 & U10 TEAM If your child is school year 4 or 5, they may be interested in joining us this season for some fantastic cricket! We play in a friendly softball league on a Saturday morning throughout the season, with training on a Tuesday evening. The indoor season starts at the beginning of February. There will be some hardball matches for more advanced children. Please email Emma Osman if you are interested. emma@ bn5magazine.co.uk

Oscar Bears Day Care is proud to announce the introduction of Yoga classes for Children attending the nursery. These inspired and fun filled yoga classes are taught by a fully qualified teacher who will take the children on an adventure through storytelling. Whilst the children are playing they learn yoga poses, sing songs, and have time to relax. Fuelling children’s natural imagination and giving the time to exercise and explore their bodies! We welcome all new and existing registered families to come along and experience fun filled classes full of giggles and laughter encouraging movement and enhancing development. Classes will be held on a Monday afternoon. For further information about this or any other aspect of Oscar Bears please do not hesitate to contact Laura on 01273 640686 or at laura@ oscarbear.co.uk

Brighton Excelsior Cycling Club Our senior club, Brighton Excelsior (contact@brightonexcelsior.co.uk ), meet regularly for road rides at 9am on Sundays outside the Red Lion Inn, Old Shoreham Road, Shoreham, BN43 5TE. The youth section, VC Jubilee (contact@vcjubilee. co.uk), for 9 to 18 year olds, meet at 9.45am on Saturdays at the car park opposite the Adur Outdoor Activity Centre, Brighton Road, Shoreham, BN43 5LT, for two hour mountain bike sessions. More details can be found on the club websites www.brightonexcelsior. co.uk and www.brightonexcelsior.co.uk/index.php/ vcj-home(orsearch under ‘VC Jubilee’). Ian Essex, Chairman - Brighton Excelsior Cycling Club

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FEBRUARY 2013 | News who supported us on that evening. Special thanks to Sidonie and Nigel for their hard work in arranging and managing the Concert. This was the best yet and raised in excess of £1,500 which we were able to send to St Barnabas House. The next meeting of the fundraising group will be on Thursday 7 March in the Free Church Hall at 7.30pm. We shall be planning our fund raising events for the rest of the year, so do join us on that evening, we are always looking for new members and new fund raising ideas.

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards Girlguiding Henfield is please to announce that: Katie Bremner; Freya Bruce; Olivia Cleary; Megan Parnell and Millie Webb, all members of 1st Henfield Senior Section Unit, were presented with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award by Deborah Phillips, County Commissioner for Sussex Central Guiding. To complete the award the girls volunteered with the Springboard Project and Sailing, navigated through the woods and fields of West Sussex carrying all their equipment including tent and provisions and improved their fitness and skills with classes in spinning, jazz, canoeing, violin, cooking and art. Our congratulations to them for this wonderful achievement. Heather Ansell, Henfield Guides

Brighton Marathon Henfield Joggers are planning to book a mini bus to take people to the Brighton Marathon on 14 April leaving Henfield at about 7.30am. A return trip can be organised if there is a desire for it. Please email beginners@henfieldjoggers.co.uk before 28 February if you would like a place. Gayle Williams

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FEBRUARY 2013 | News Can you help someone with dementia to remain part of your community? Most of us are aware of the medical condition â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dementiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we see something about it in the press on a regular basis. However, I wonder if we all know enough about dementia to support the families who are affected by it in our villages or help improve the services that support those families? The local charity Know Dementia invites you to attend â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dementia friendly communities, a community meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at the Henfield Hall on Tuesday 26 February from 2-4.30pm to identify how services and neighbourhoods can help support people with a dementia to remain part of their community. The meeting is supported by Supported by Louise Goldsmith - Leader of the Council, Lionel Barnard - District Councillor and Katy Bourne - Police & Crime Commissioner. We know that the projections for the increase in the number of people diagnosed with a dementia are set to grow enormously in the next 10 years. We are also aware that one of the major side effects of this disease is social isolation caused by the gradual withdrawal of the person and their family from day-to-day activities such as shopping, going to clubs and general involvement in the community. Some of this withdrawal is triggered by the reaction of people to those who have been diagnosed, for example, impatience, lack of tolerance and avoidance. Last year the Prime Minister announced his campaign to encourage Dementia Friendly Communities and, more recently, launched a further campaign â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dementia Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to help raise awareness. The Dementia Friends Scheme aims to train one million people to help spot the signs of dementia and to befriend and support those already living with the condition. If you already know someone who has received a diagnosis or are interested in helping your near neighbours, please sign up to be a Dementia Friend on the website www.dementiafriends.org.uk People with a dementia and their families are central to helping plan for dementia friendly communities. Do you think you can support your local community or next-door neighbour in some way? You may know how local services can be improved or, if you have been diagnosed, you may be able to share your experiences of how your communities and their services support you. Please join the residents, services and local businesses of the local parishes (Henfield, Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead) on 26 February and help plan future support for people and families who are affected by dementia. You can meet Know Dementia at their stall at the Monday Market in Henfield Hall. To book a place at the community meeting on 26 February or for further information please contact Jennie at Know Dementia on 01273 494300 or email info@knowdementia.co.uk

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News | FEBRUARY 2013 work as a team, PAs answer the switchboard and appointments line when necessary. Our job can be very demanding and the stress levels are high at times, however we do support each other and our office is generally a happy place to work in. It would be helpful if patients could bear the following in mind when contacting us: • 8.30-10am is the best time to call if you need same day attention. • 12- 2pm we operate with skeleton staff due to lunch times. • 2- 5pm is the time to ring for results of tests. The Dispensary has its own direct dial number which is 01273 494721 Debbie Colgate

Fairtrade fortnight from 25 February The annual Fairtrade Fortnight brings together consumers, retailers, licensees, businesses, producers and campaigners nationwide to promote awareness and sales of Fairtrade products and to campaign on issues of trade justice. We will have more details next month, but in the meantime it is great to report that by the end of 2012, an estimated 900,000 people were expected to have benefitted from Traidcraft projects - nearly double the figure of 12 months earlier. We in Henfield and Woodmancote have made a signifi-

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Henfield Garden Club ... and so 2012 has passed after a year of celebrations and excitement, both national and local, but unfortunately all with rather unusual weather thrown in. Our club now has a year of outings, talks and events to look forward to - all with a new committee at its helm following last month’s AGM. We have a celebrity gardener coming to talk to us in November so watch out for more details later in the year. We expect the event to be a fun filled evening and for those wanting a clue as to who the speaker is, the talk is entitled ‘From Captive to Castle’. Our first talk of the year takes place on Tuesday 5 February. Neil Miller will talk about the gardens at Hever Castle. He has worked there for over eight years and has been head gardener for four years so we can look forward to hearing all about the gardens from behind the garden gate so to speak. The talk takes place at The Henfield Hall at 7.30pm with coffee and tea available beforehand. A reminder to our members that you will be able to renew your membership on that day if you haven’t already done so. For anyone interested in joining our friendly club please email linda@slugbandit.co.uk to contact our Membership Secretary, Linda Beresford, or telephone her on 01273 492497 for more details. Margaret Hollingsworth

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FEBRUARY 2013 | News The Real Easter Egg change a life The Real Easter Egg is the first and only Fairtrade chocolate Easter Egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter on the box. The egg is now in its third year of production with more that 200,000 eggs sold so far, and some of the proceeds go to support charity development projects. The egg box contains the Easter story, an activity poster, an iTune download and a sticker set. In 2013 the price remains at £3.99 per egg - to order yours in good time, telephone 01273 493172 or email xianaid@bateshouse.freeserve.co.uk

London in the Spring? Book early to confirm a seat on the Spring Coach Trip to London which will take place on Wednesday 10 April. Pick up from Henfield Post Office Bus Stop at 8.45am and the drop-off point is the Waldorf HoSnow White in Poynings tel, Aldwych. The coach will return from London at A hugely successful second year for the Poynings 6.15pm. The cost of a return ticket is £14.50 – superb Players as they took to the stage for their annual Pan- value. Phone Jill on 07713 161 343 for tickets and tomime at the Holy Trinity Church, Poynings. Four more information. performances were all but sold out, with proceeds in aid of the Chapel Restoration Fund. The village of Successful, enjoyable, and Poynings may only have a relatively small community free! but the talent that it houses is vast. This year Snow White dazzled audiences with superb and sometimes If you are on your own for family reasons, bereavescary performances, especially from The Wicked ment or divorce then read this through to the end. Queen, while the seven (sorry, eight) dwarfs would Henfield unattached has been going now for over 18 months, and it is very gratifying how many ordinary have melted a heart of stone. people like you, have made new friends and contacts. Linda Warburton We meet up to chat, have coffee, go out to lunch or dinner, go shopping, walk along by Shoreham LaNews on Henfield Village goon, go to the cinema, play tennis, or none of these. Networking The choice is yours - you decide what you want to do. We are sad to announce that we have been forced There is one very pleasant lunch or dinner at a differto suspend the Henfield group as the numbers had ent venue every month. dropped significantly. On the positive side, we will be Henfield unattached is a meeting point for those who holding a quarterly social business networking eve- are now alone, and need to get out and widen their ning instead which will be open to all village network- horizons. There’s no fuss, no joining fee, no subscripers as well as all Henfield businesspeople. The dates tion. Ideally retirement age upwards. You’ve nothing are below so please pop them in your diary as it will to lose and everything to gain by taking that first step be a great opportunity for us all to catch up regularly now. Telephone 01273 495820 for an informal chat, or in a social environment. 2013 Dates: Monday 28 Jan- drop in at our regular coffee morning at the White Hart uary, Monday 29 April, Monday 29 July, Monday 28 in Henfield High Street, 11am on the first Thursday in October. We will meet at The White Hart Pub, Henfield the month. at 6.30pm till 8pm - it will be great to see you there.

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News | FEBRUARY 2013 West Sussex Learning Links West Sussex Learning Links is a charity, established in 1997, covering the whole of West Sussex providing support for adults with a learning disability and enabling them to attend inclusive adult education classes, social or leisure activities. They link volunteer buddies with a student, helping them to access community activities. Buddies provide a mentoring and befriending service for adults with learning disabilities who would like to go to either adult education classes, leisure or social activities such as ten-pin bowling or going the cinema. West Sussex Learning Links presently supports 161 students and has 90 active volunteers within the county of West Sussex. Group activities such as 10 pin bowling, visits to places of interest, summer trips and weekend outings are also organised. West Sussex Learning Links needs volunteer buddies who can support a Learning Links’ student. Volunteers can choose the type of volunteering activity they would like to undertake. It only takes a few hours each week and can be a really rewarding, fun experience – learning new skills, making new friends and enabling someone else to enjoy something new. If you would like more information, please contact them on 01403 713513.

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BP Guild Shuffleboard evening The Henfield BP Guild is holding its annual Shuffleboard evening on Saturday 2 March in the Henfield Hall. The evening starts at 7pm so come and get in a bit of practise before the competition starts at 7.30. A very enjoyable family evening, tickets are £7 each and include nibbles – three people to a team – kids welcome. Tickets available from Jasmines Florist or Colin Sansom on 01273 495120 or any Guild member you know.

Henfield Theatre Company - calendar girls The March production from The Henfield Theatre Company is the ever popular Calendar Girls, by Tim Firth and directed by Anne Stern. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow members of the W.I to pose nude with them for an ‘alternative’ calendar, with a little help from the hospital porter and an amateur photographer, Lawrence. The news of their charitable venture spreads like wildfire and hordes of press descend on their small village. The calendar is a success, but the friendship between Annie and Chris is put to the test under the strain of their new found fame. The performances are on 14, 15 and 16 March in

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planned. “Tricia and the people of Fulking have shown great initiative and the defibrillators will be ideally located in this remote area,” says Dave. “Being able to use defibrillators is a major step in helping where heart failure has occurred.” People living in Edburton and Poynings will also benefit from the Fulking scheme. Villagers wanting to take part in training sessions should contact Tricia on 01273 857255.

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Fulking villagers train FOR life-saving machines Around 20 villagers in the remote Downs community of Fulking have received training from HART (Henfield Area Response Team) in the use of two new defibrillators. The new machines, donated by HART, will be based in wall-mounted cases at the Village Hall and the Shepherd and Dog pub - where staff are also being trained in their use. Fulking resident Tricia Robinson, a health visitor, nurse and midwife for 42 years - and based at Henfield Medical Centre since 1986 - has co-ordinated the training. Her 24-year-old daughter Lucie died two years ago after a Sunday morning emergency in which Tricia used her resuscitation skills before the ambulance arrived. “It has been since then I have wanted as many people as possible to be trained in resuscitation techniques,” says Tricia. Tricia, who has lived in Fulking for 22 years, has given money in Lucie’s memory for the defibrillator cases and villagers also raised funds through carol singing. HART founder member Dave Fletcher, an awardwinning paramedic, took the first instruction class at the village hall and two more Saturday sessions are

Henfield Parish Council has approved a budget and set it’s precept for the year commencing 1 April 2013. This was a difficult process, in part caused by factors outside of its control. The outcome is that the annual amount individual properties will pay in Council Tax towards the cost of running Henfield Parish Council will rise, in respect of a Band D property from £56.90p to £64.13p. Council Members are keen that residents understand the reasons for this increase. With Henfield Youth Club’s withdrawal of funding from West Sussex County Council, this Council put aside a sum of money to ensure it remained open. Last year the Club also received tremendous support from the local community but to ensure its long term survival Council has next year allocated further funds for the Club. As this Council contributed towards the development costs of The Henfield Hall it received a rent free lease until 2014. Council is currently negotiating a new lease for which it will have to pay a fair rent which will be included in future precepts. As Government has indicated it is considering ‘capping’ increases in Parish Council’s precepts in future years, to avoid having to reduce the services it currently provides and to meet the cost of future accommodation, this Council decided to include a provision of £10,000 towards this cost in next year’s budget. Other reasons for the increase include a decision by Government from 1 April next to ‘localise’ the payment of Council Tax Benefit which will become the responsibility of Horsham District Council. Whilst next year Henfield Parish Council will receive a grant towards the resulting loss of income, there is still a shortfall to Council from this change and uncertainty as to whether this grant will be maintained. Henfield Parish Council considers itself a progressive Council in the services it provides and at a time of cut backs

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News | FEBRUARY 2013 by both County and District Councils is working hard to maintain and enhance these services. The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in The Henfield Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5 March. This meeting provides all Henfield residents with an opportunity to comment on all things Henfield and question their locally elected representatives on the Parish, County and District Councils. Copies of the 2012 Henfield Parish Council Annual Report will be available on the Council website www.henfield.gov.uk or from the Council Office in The Henfield Hall from 19 February. rescuing in Ethiopia are arriving at our Sanctuary outContained in the Report is a copy of next year’s Coun- side Addis Ababa thick and fast. A new lion cub and four small cheetah cubs have recently arrived, and we cil Budget. are racing to build new enclosures. The next stage of A vital recital for Born our work, which will run alongside the rescues, is the building of an education centre. Understanding of the Free with tea! animals, the environment and the problems is crucial On 15 March, the string quartet Calavari will per- to creating a more caring future. form at the historic Tottington Manor in West Sussex. Amongst other international achievements, the The teatime concert at the delightful Tottington Manor group’s most recent accolade was their selection is an event I am personally looking forward to very for the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme 2011- much. I do hope there will be a ‘full house’ to listen to the wonderful music and enjoy a delicious tea and, 2012. at the same time, help Born Free give the animals a The recital will raise money for the foundation’s Wild- second chance in life.” life Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre in Ethiopia, where lifetime care is given to rescued ani- The recital will take place at 3pm on 15th March, and will include an afternoon tea for the guests. Tickets mals that will never be able to return to the wild. are priced at £22.50. For more information or to buy Virginia McKenna, Bafta-award winning actress and tickets, contact Joanne Bartholomew at the Born Free the charity’s founder, describes the importance of the Foundation on joanne@bornfree.org.uk or telephone foundation’s work in Ethiopia: “The animals needing 01403 240170.

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Summer Show 20 July 2013 Preparations are well underway for the 2013 Henfield Summer Show. The 2011 Summer Show proved a great success and we hope that once again many of you will show your skills in exhibiting your flowers, fruit and vegetables, floral art, cooking and preserves, art, and photography. There will also be many classes for the children to show their talents. Show Schedules will be available from the Parish Council Office from the 12 February 2013. The Fayre, whilst a non-profit event, does provide a venue for everyone to have a fun day and for local organisations and charities to make money. If anyone would like to sponsor the event or parts of it please contact the Parish Clerk Phillip Hill on 01273 492507 or myself on 01273 492134 Mike Morgan, Chairman of Organising Committee

New Woodturning Club Following an appearance in the BBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Paul Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handmade Revolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with his wood turned clown called Geronimo, Chris Grace and a group of like minded individuals from East and West Sussex are establishing a new Woodturning Club in Portslade. With the growing popularity of crafts there is clearly a need for a club in this area and we will hold monthly meetings in Portslade Town Hall with a range of activities which will be membership led. These will include: Practical sessions where members can exchange ideas and tips; Demonstrations of specific techniques and skills; Competitions designed to encourage exploration of new ideas; and much more... The idea is to provide people with a forum to discuss ideas and learn from each other in addition to the

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FEBRUARY 2013 | News Chris Tomlinson, E.ON Development Manager for the project, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very grateful for the level of interest the local community have shown in this project. Having considered their feedback and taken on board their views, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made some significant changes to improve our proposals that will reduce the impact on the local community, while maintaining a project capable of generating electricity for the needs of two thirds of the homes in Sussex.â&#x20AC;?The main concerns highlighted through the consultation were the visual impact of the wind farm from the Sussex Heritage Coast, the impact on fishermen and sea users and the impact of the onshore cable route on the South Downs National Park. E.ON has worked to reduce the wind farm area by almost a quarter of the area consulted upon and to around half that originally awarded by The Crown Estate in January 2010. This change has also led to a reduction in the maximum number of proposed turbines by 20, meaning the project could feature between 100 and 175 turbines depending on the model selected. In response to concerns of the impact on the South Downs National Park, E.ON has put forward a number of solutions. These include a ducted method of cable installation to reduce the time required for trenching and restoration, tailored construction to reduce the impact on the chalk grasslands at Tottington Mount and a commitment to communicate with users, informing them of the impact on Public Rights of Way. Following concerns raised about semi natural ancient woodland outside the National Park, minor realignments of the cable route have been introduced to avoid ecologically sensitive areas. E.ON has also listened to concerns about traffic on Bob Lane highlighted by residents living near the proposed new substation and has confirmed that there will be no construction access from Bob Lane after the initial construction site is established. In response to calls to lessen the visual impact of the substation, tree planting is planned along the northern and southern boundaries of the substation site to reduce visual impact. E.ON has also undertaken further engineering work, resulting in a reduction in the maximum number of gravity base foundations that may be required. This will play a key part in minimising the impact on wave heights which the surfing and wave sports community were concerned about. With this change wave heights

will only be impacted by around 3%, compared to the potential 22% featured in the original proposals. The Planning Inspectorate will now consider the proposals over a 28 day statutory â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;acceptanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; period. The application will then be publicised in the first quarter of 2013, when those who wish to comment on the proposals will be able to register an interest with the Planning Inspectorate who will be assessing the application, at http://infrastructure.planningportal. gov.uk. Anyone interested in finding out more about the proposed offshore wind farm should email rampion@eon.com or call 01273 694 876.

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cians and the rest, as they say, is history. “I wanted to create a unique sound so decided upon a five saxophone line-up rhythm section and then we quickly evolved into an 11-piece band.” The band currently comprises two singers (male and female) five saxophones (soprano, alto 1 and 2, tenor and baritone) plus a rhythm section (bass guitar, rhythm guitar, drums and keyboard). The band members (who come from London, East and West Sussex) and are all outstanding talented professionals in their own right. They include past tutors of Trinity College London, symphonic players, associate music directors and performers from the West End. Jo is not the only local member of RetrOactive – one of the vocalists is Stuart Angel who grew up in Partridge Green. Stuart, whose day job is acting, came to RetrOactive via a family friend. “I’ve always done lots of singing in shows on stage, but performing in a band is completely different” explained Stuart. “At first it was quite scary not having a character to hide behind as I

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do with acting, I felt quite exposed, but I thoroughly enjoy it! I have a very eclectic taste in music and so the variety of music we perform really suits me.” Jo decided that RetrOactive would play an annual fundraiser for HART after a friend of her husband Trevor was saved by the charity. “It’s only when HART touches someone you know that you appreciate the charity” said Jo. The more I found out about HART, the more I was amazed about how brave the volunteers are and how much it costs to maintain the kit. We want people to come along to the RetrOactive evening, maybe learn a little bit about HART, but more importantly have a great time!” The evening is a real village event with Tina Hoad from Village Care organising the raffle and Design Copy

Print printing the posters. Jo is also drafting in help from her employer who will be generously donating money to HART (£2,000) and volunteers on the night (to serve the food and clear up afterwards) from their ‘Making a difference’ community programme. RetrOactive is fast becoming one of the most sort after bands for weddings and functions, making this annual fund raiser for HART one of the very few opportunities that there is to come and hear this outstanding band play at a public event. Tickets for the RetrOactive HART fundraiser cost just £15 per person and include a hot supper. You can buy tickets from Village Care and Henfield Furnishings on the High Street, but hurry as they are selling fast.

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A new village hall for Ashurst

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he first village hall in Ashurst was built in the early part of the last century by a local landowner, Mr Campion of Eatons, with the help of three other farmers. It was built as a facility for the use of the farm labourers and workers of Ashurst and was donated to the parish. Ashurst is a small but thriving rural community with a commitment to self-sufficiency. Public transport to the village is almost non existent, currently one southbound (only) bus journey per week! With a diverse population including young families and older members, the needs of the community of Ashurst are varied. A central hub for our community is acutely needed and the old hall is very much missed already. There is a great need for social inclusion in rural areas and often the central meeting hall of a village can provide a lifeline for those who live in the area.

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Full access for the disabled A purpose built stage area A patio/seating/play area A suitable car parking area Extensive storage space A reception area/foyer An integral equipment store for maintenance equipment

The design of the new building lends itself to many different types and sizes of activities for both public and private events. A large number of new users have expressed interest in hiring the hall and the Trustees envisage it will become financially sustainable on completion through lettings. The eco-friendly nature of the building will ensure that outgoings will be conThe 1909 hall remained a fully functioning village ame- siderably less than those of the old hall - this was a nity until 2004 when plans to add a small extension priority focus throughout the design stages. to the front of the hall had to be abandoned due to The new Ashurst Village Hall will act as a catalyst to the rapidly deteriorating condition of the main struc- bring together a range of services to the benefit of young ture. Following two whole village consultations it was and old alike. A number of groups and institutions have agreed by Parishioners and Hall Trustees that there already pledged their support and interest including: should be a replacement building on the same site outreach health clinics, mother and baby groups, the WI, and fundraising commenced. Planning permission clubs and events for the older people, youth groups, and was obtained in October 2011 and, after a year of partnerships with the local school and church groups. consultation and fundraising, work began in early De- This will all contribute to the Village Hall’s place as a cember to lay the foundations of the new hall. central social and information centre and meeting point. The new Ashurst Village Hall will comprise: With its central location to other rural villages, the • A large central hall capable of seating 100 people establishment of a Parish Council office (including broadband connectivity) will also act as a hub to con• A modern well equipped kitchen nect many other rural communities and will restore Ashurst’s Polling Station. • A purpose built meeting/committee room • Toilets for male and female users plus baby changing facilities

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There is still a long way to go with funding. Additional major grant applications have been submitted and we eagerly await their outcome. The village is also actively seeking more help, both financial and in-kind. Anyone interested in supporting the project should get in touch with Chairman Mr Chris Jesse on 01903 815089 or Secretary Mrs Mandy Hedley on 01403 711036 or email mandyhedley@tiscali.co.uk

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provision of a local produce shop. The building of the new Hall also aims to address these and other local issues. With the establishment of a village Farmers Market (and the possibility of further developments such as local produce outlets and home-baking), the new hall will create new business opportunities supporting local food producers and thereby supporting local farm diversification. Pledges of support from a range of producers have already highlighted the need for this within our locality. The position of the hall on a busy through-road will be useful in this respect, supporting our position as a community hub. Local events – including the Ashurst Fair and Fun Dog Show, the annual Flower Show, Ashurst’s famous pantomime, the Christmas Fair and our Harvest Supper to name but a few - together with local pledges have raised an astonishing £130,000 so far. In addition, the project has received £50,000 funding from Viridor Credits Environmental Company through the Landfill Communities Fund which, together with donations from Cordek Ltd, Penfold Verrall, Waitrose and Gatwick Airport Community Trust, has enabled the village to proceed with groundwork and the construction of the superstructure. Ashurst is hugely grateful to all our funders who have contributed to making the project possible.

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Tottington Manor is situated at the foot of the South Downs in Edburton, just five minutes’ drive from Henfield. Its location is absolutely stunning with amazing views in every direction – plenty of rolling hills, ever-changing skies and peace and quiet in abundance. The restaurant faces due south and even in early January it was bathed in plenty of light and even some wintery sunshine. The lunchtime set menu changes every few days and is flexible depending on the size of your appetite: one course for £10.50, two courses for £13 and three courses for just £15.50. We chose three courses - purely for professional reasons you understand! To start with I went for a generous slice of beautifully firm chicken and asparagus terrine. This was thoughtfully accompanied by a zingy plum chutney, fresh salad leaves and slices of herby homemade bread. Emma couldn’t resist a starter from the à la carte menu: a trio of pan fried scallops, perfectly paired with thin slithers of salty chorizo with smoky paprika notes (a nice twist on the

traditional bacon and scallop combination). Both the scallops and the chorizo were cooked to perfection and nestled in a creamy herb and white wine sauce. Our main courses were again beautifully presented and served in generous portions. I chose a whole Newhaven grilled plaice with sautéed new potatoes and a wonderfully sharp lime butter sauce which cut through the creaminess of the fish. Emma chose pork medallions which were seared and caramelised until tender and delicious, and served with a red wine jus atop a fluffy and buttery mound of mustard mash. Both dishes were accompanied by flawlessly cooked seasonal vegetables including carrots, mashed swede, cauliflower and sprouts – perfect comfort food for a crisp January lunch. And finally to our deserts. We were quite clearly flagging at this stage which is why our lovely waitress Charlotte offered to choose for us. Delighted not to have to make the difficult decision ourselves, we agreed and were not disappointed. I am not normally a fan of treacle tart but the Tottington version is in a class of its own. The pastry was light and crispy, the filling deliciously chewy (not at all sweet or cloying like some can be) and wonderfully countered by a crunchy pecan topping. The tart was served with an indulgent brandy crème anglaise, a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream and a fresh fruit garnish – heavenly! Emma had a pear poached in red wine with homemade pistachio and white chocolate ice cream

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• Newly-planted diseased trees and diseased trees in nurseries will be traced and destroyed. This is because It is now clear that eradication is no longer a realistic once young trees are infected they succumb quickly. possibility. Ash dieback is here to stay and all we can do • Mature trees will not currently be removed, as they is try to minimise the impact and learn from mistakes. are valuable to wildlife, take longer to die and can help I think my tree is infected, what should I do? us learn more about genetic strains that might be resistant to the disease. It is vital that people who are concerned about the trees in their garden or woodland do not start to panic My trees are fine, but I would still like to help. and simply cut them down. Please get expert advice. What can I do? The situation is still developing, but for now we rec• Be vigilant. Chalara dieback could appear in ash ommend: trees anywhere in Britain, especially where young • Leave healthy ash trees well alone. Ash trees are trees imported from continental Europe have been a vital habitat for birds and insects. Some ash trees planted. The Forestry Commission urges you to inmay have a natural resistance and seeds from surviv- spect any ash trees you come across and to make sure you are familiar with the symptoms of Chalara ing trees could be used for replanting schemes. dieback. • If you think a tree might be infected by Chalara, look at the videos on our website and visit the For- • Buy with care. Be careful to only by plants from repuestry Commission’s website ( www.forestry.gov.uk/ table suppliers and specify disease-free stock. A list of countries where Chalara fraxinea is known to be present chalara )to check their symptom guides. is available on the Forestry Commission’s website. • Check that the tree is an ash rather than a rowan (also known as mountain ash). Rowan trees are easily • Be diligent. Practice good plant hygiene and biosecurity in your own gardens and woodlands to prevent mistaken for ash but are not susceptible to Chalara accidental spread of plant diseases. • If you think a tree is infected with Chalara, report it as soon as possible to the Forestry Commission Plant • Keep up to date. Check the Forestry Commission Health Service by calling 08459 33 55 77 or emailing website regularly for updates on developments. Folplant.health@forestry.gsi.gov.uk. The Forestry Com- low the @treepestnews Twitter account to receive mission will look into the report and may send out an rapid intelligence of new developments. inspector to take samples and confirm the disease. Jess Price, Wildlife Information Officer at Sussex Wildlife Please do not do anything to a tree that has not been Trust, is always happy to answer your questions about confirmed as infected. ash dieback disease or any other environmental or wild• If a tree is infected, the Forestry Commission’s in- life issues on her dedicated information hotline: WildCall spector will tell you what to do next. This will probably 01273 494777, or by email wildcall@sussexwt.org.uk

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What better way to get back the pre Christmas waistline than with a dieting buddy in the form of a chubby dog or cat? They have the advantage of not judging you, and they won’t tell anyone if you do happen to sneak in an extra snack or two that isn’t on your points list. Unlike us people, pets don’t tend to suffer from seasonal binging and subsequent fluctuations in weight. Instead, there is normally a slow progression towards obesity which starts with being a little overweight and proceeds from there. So, how do you tell if your pet is overweight and in need of a bit of calorie counting? Appearance: Like people, there are certain areas where dogs and cats tend to store fat which makes them appear overweight - classic additions to the human frame are ‘beer guts’ and ‘bingo wings’. In the doggy world, the ‘coffee table’ is a common presentation! If you look at your canine companion from above and his or her back is flat and looks like it could quite easily take a tray of fine porcelain cups and saucers then the chances are that they are significantly over weight! A ‘coffee table’ dog will normally have no waistline, and you can’t easily feel their ribs or spine. Cats on the other hand tend to develop a large ‘apron’ in the belly region. This is great for dusting the floor, but a bit of hindrance when it comes to doing kitty things such as jumping, grooming or getting out of the cat flap. Overweight cats will often have a patch of dandruff and a greasy coat along their back because they simply can’t get to this area to clean it. Activity: It’s pretty simple – fat pets run around less! It’s more obvious in dogs than cats because we take them on walks. If your dog is out of breath more quickly and can’t manage to go as far, then this could well be due to obesity. Cats hide their activity more, so it can be harder to notice a change but if they only time they move from the sofa is to visit the litter tray or eat, then alarm bells should be ringing! Once you’ve established that you dog or cat is on the chunky side, then what can you do about it? Essentially there are two ways to lose weight – burn off more calories (exercise) or take in (eat) less. It is very hard to significantly increase a dog or cat’s exercise to the level where they will lose weight. Unlike people, even a lazy dog still does a reasonable amount of exercise, so it is hard to make a big difference by increasing the number of, or length of a walk. As for cats, well, it’s pretty

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HENFIELD TEAM Capt: Callum Angood Henry Bovey Isaac Clark Rory Oake Will Brown Stephen Hann Billy Westhead Jay Hide Michael Waller Sebastian Samrah Jack Mallet Substitutes : Michael Keen Charlie Hills

HENFIELD U15’S MATCH REPORT

Henfield vs Three Bridges (11-A-SIDE – LEAGUE MATCH) On Saturday 1 December 2012 Henfield entertained the current league leaders knowing a victory would take them to within a point of their opponents with a game in hand. In overcast conditions and with the pitch having overcome the severe frost of the previous few days, the eagerly awaited contest began.

The home side immediately showed their intent by playing the ball through the middle where Jack Mallet managed to get his shot away but it was gathered by the keeper. A superb header from Rory Oake to clear a lofted pass fell kindly for Billy Westhead who played a lovely pass through to Sebastian Samrah but the ball ran away from him at the pivotal moment. The host’s continued to create the better opportunities and when Jay Hide found Callum Angood he was bundled to the ground for a Henfield free-kick in a dangerous area. Michael Waller stepped up to take the kick but the keeper was well placed to make the save. Another Three Bridges attack was swiftly repelled by Rory Oake and Will Brown. When the ball arrived at the feet of Jay Hide he beat his marker before firing goalwards where the keeper made another good save. The home side found themselves under increased pressure as Three Bridges enjoyed a strong period in the Henfield half and only Henry Bovey’s quick reactions prevented the opener as he rushed from his line to smother the ball. The impressive duo of Will Brown and Rory Oake continued to frustrate the away side winning possession time and again in the final third of the Henfield half. When the host’s defence was breached Henry Bovey pulled off a stunning save to tip the ball over the bar from a long range effort.

Half-time: Henfield 0 V 0 Three Bridges The second half began with the home side immediately on the offensive but the visitor’s fought back strongly. When Will Brown intercepted a pass through the middle the ball fell kindly for a Three Bridges forward but Henry Bovey was well placed to save. Henfield then came desperately close to taking the lead and the letoff seemed to inspire the away side. Henry Bovey was once again called upon to make another excellent save with Isaac Clark on hand to further clear the danger. Another Three Bridges attack was broken up by Rory Oake who, with Will Brown, continued to frustrate the opposition with a succession of well-timed challenges and interceptions. When the visitor’s did manage a rare foray beyond the Henfield rear-guard they found Henry Bovey in impressive form protecting his clean sheet with another fine save. The home side surged forward in numbers again with Billy Westhead, Michael Keen, Sebastian Samrah and Isaac Clark seeing their shots well saved. Three Bridges fought back on the counter attack and when a forward burst into the area he was only denied by Henry Bovey rushing from his line to save. Another break from the visitor’s was quickly repelled by Rory Oake who laid the ball into the path of Callum Angood who played a through ball to Jack Mallet who saw his fierce shot well saved. At the other end, a quick break saw Three Bridges attack in numbers and a well struck shot looked goal-bound until Stephen Hann produced an outstanding block to deflect the ball to safety. The visitor’s pushed forward again when a big clearance from their keeper eluded the Henfield backline but a combination of Will Brown and Rory Oake reacting quickly to the danger saw the ball trickle harmlessly through to Henry Bovey. The home side then launched a tirade of attacks upon the visitor’s goal with Jack Mallet, Michael Keen and Michael Waller all testing the away side’s keeper. At the other end a timely interception from Will Brown sent the ball out for a corner and when the ball was lofted dangerously into the area, Rory Oake climbed superbly to head clear.

With virtually the last attack of the game Henfield missed the chance to snatch all three points when Stephen Hann and Billy Westhead combined to find Michael Waller in space on the edge of the area but he With the half rapidly reaching a conclusion it was the fired his shot wide of goal. The final whistle sounded home side that finished the stronger. The final opportu- moments later to end a superb game played in a fantasnity of the half came the way of the home team when tic spirit by two very good sides. Isaac Clark found Sebastian Samrah who played it onto Jack Mallet but the visitor’s keeper made another good Final Score : Henfield 0 V 0 Three Bridges save. Darren Angood

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ave you ever used a financial adviser where they have arranged your initial investment and you have never heard from them again? In fact this is very common. In most of these instances, the adviser will be taking an annual charge from your investment, but what are they doing to earn this, if they are not actively looking after your plan?

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End of Tax Year Action Plan

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HMRC will now be notified with what is due. Therefore accurate and timely payments will be required to avoid penalties. The ‘Full Payment Submission’ must be sent to HMRC electronically and has to be reported through payroll software that can send information to HMRC directly. This means commercial payroll software will have to be obtained or, if you have a maximum of nine employees as any one time Here’s what to look out for: you can use HMRC’s free Basic PAYE Tools to report Introduction of Universal Criminal Record Checks – the payroll information online. Alternatively you can From March get someone else to operate the payroll for you such A new system of CRB checks will be introduced in as an Accountant or Payroll Bureau. March. Re-named DBS (Disclosure and Barring Ser- Reduction in Redundancy Consultation vice) checks, the results will be available online to & Increase in Parental Leave – Spring enable employers to confirm that no new information has been added since the check was originally made. From April, the statutory consultation period for large This is a good thing and will mean that an employee scale redundancies of 100 or more employees will be will not have to obtain a new check each time they reduced from 90 days to 45 days. The Government has also stated that before March, it will implement start a new job. EU changes, increasing the amount of unpaid paPAYE Changes – Planned from April rental leave for working parents from 13 weeks to 18 From April, a phased introduction of Real Time Infor- weeks. mation (RTI) will see employers submitting payroll data Employee Owners – Planned for April to HMRC online on or before payments credit employees’ bank accounts. Most employers will need to do One of the most hotly debated topics over the past some work in cleansing their data to ensure compli- few months has been the Government’s proposal to introduce a new category of employee who, in return ance with the new system. for a stake in the business, will agree to give up many Currently employers send information about Tax, of their employment rights. Under the new Growth and National Insurance and other payroll deductions to Infrastructure Bill, which is planned to be introduced in HMRC at the end of the Tax Year, by way of P35 and April, “Employee Owners” can be allotted from £2,000 P14. From April, this information must be sent to to £50,000 worth of shares in the Company. HMRC on or before the date the wages payments are made, by way of Full Payment Submission (FPS). The In return, they will not be able to make claims against FPS is to be submitted to HMRC each time a payment their employer for unfair dismissal, receive statutory is made to an employee. This will provide details of redundancy payments, take time off for study or trainthe employees pay, Tax, National Insurance and other ing or request flexible working. They will also have to give 16, instead of the usual 8, weeks notice if they payroll deductions made. wish to return early from maternity, adoption or paThe Employer’s Annual Return P35 and P14 will no ternity leave. This is widely thought to only really be longer be required. However, the final ‘Full Payment attractive for start-up businesses due to the way in Submission’ of the Tax Year will require the Employer which rights would be taken away from existing emDeclaration similar to that of the current Form P35. ployees but may give employers more flexibility in the Forms P60 will still need to be given to employees by way they run their businesses. 31 May, as usual. Employment Tribunal Fees – Planned for For every employer the first step of RTI is to go through a ‘Payroll Alignment’ process. This is designed to the Summer help HMRC match the data it holds to that held by From this summer, employees will have to pay fees to the employer. Where there are differences they can bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal. Under the then work to reconcile them. In order to go through new proposals, they will have to pay an initial fee of the Payroll Alignment smoothly and continue to report either £160 or £250 (depending on the type of claim) successfully under RTI it is important to look at your and then a further hearing fee of either £230 or £950. employee data now, including those who have left in The Government has stated the purpose of introducing these fees is not to deter employees from making the year (HMRC will no longer accept default data). RTI will not change when or how payments of Tax, legitimate claims, but rather to ease the annual £84 NIC and other statutory deductions are made, and the million burden on the taxpayer of running the Employpayment deadlines will remain the same. However, ment Tribunal system.

013 promises to be yet another interesting year for employment law, with the Government keen to reduce the burden on businesses by forging ahead with its “red tape challenge”.

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And there are more changes on the horizon…

The Government has announced plans to reform other areas of employment law, with details and dates to be announced during the year. The proposed areas of change are:

• Whistleblowing legislation to be amended • Financial penalties to be imposed on employers who breach employment rights • Periods after which criminal convictions become spent to be reduced • Rapid resolution scheme for employment disputes to be introduced • Compensatory award limits for unfair dismissal claims to be reviewed • Compulsory eye tests for professional drivers • Flexible working requests to be made available for all employees I will update you as and when more details are published!

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

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Roger Minost Architect

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ARCHITECT

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BUILDERS & CARPENTRY

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CARE

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Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Selectacarpet

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Pizza Oven Potters Fish & Chip Shop taste...deli

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A1 Henfield Helpline PC Doctor

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The Conservatory Co.

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Anne Giliberti School of Dance

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BHW Glass Countryman Windows N. Constantine Repairs

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Paul Barnard Jeremy Crawley Electrician

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CARPET SUPPLY & CARE CATERING & CAKES

COMPUTER REPAIR & IT SUPPORT CONSERVATORIES DANCE TUITION

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ELECTRICAL SERVICES

ESTATE AGENTS / HOUSES Barratt Homes Southern

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Southern Housing Group

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Henfield Eye Care

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Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Trim Decorating

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Personal Trainer Linda Rusby

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Mr Mole

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INTERIORS, FURNITURE & CURTAINS Barbara Ritchie

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Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Services

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Aerials and More

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Alpha Tiling Glen Reid Tiling

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The Green Reaper Southern Beeches The Tree Works

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Hawthorn Surgeries

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