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February 2015 #103

Chocolate for your Valentine Henfield | Small Dole | Woodmancote | Blackstone | Edburton | Fulking


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ick and Karen are the proud owners of Henfield Funeral Services - an independently run and family owned business. With 32 years’ experience in the funeral industry between them, Nick and Karen are also joined by Nick’s brother Jason. “We are keen to make the funeral business more approachable at what is a very difficult time in people’s lives” said Nick. “We want people to feel as comfortable as possible and we pride ourselves on our sensitive approach to guiding people through the process. It really is our family looking after your family.” Henfield Funeral Services can take care of all aspects of a funeral and they also offer help and advice with pre-paid funeral plans and monumental masonry. Their offices, which are on the ground floor of the former Bell Inn on Henfield High Street, are tastefully decorated in a welcoming and calm manner with a contemporary yet comforting feel. “I’ve been in the industry for over 20 years and I’ve seen some huge changes” said Nick. “These days families are keen to personalise the funeral of a loved one as much as possible and rightly so. We are family-led in everything we do – we are here to guide families through the process and make it as comfortable as possible for them.”

Henfield Funeral Services offer a 24 hour personal service and can be contacted on 01273 494688. Email: karen@henfieldfuneralservices.co.uk The Old Bell, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9HN

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It’s February, pretty chilly and dark, we all need something to cheer us up! Any excuse for chocolate and fizz; we’ve been meeting some local chocolate producers and winemakers and Tribute discovered the best of Sussex produce. Perfect to Mike Beardall for Valentine’s day, and to brighten a dark evening. I visited the Henfield Computer Club last month and met some of the members, they’re all Food & Drink embracing the internet and learning how to make Chocolate & Fizz the most of their computers and tablets. All with the help of the willing and interested volunteers. If you’re new to computers or even just a bit rusty, why not pop in and see how they can help you? Local interest Almost 10 years ago when I had the idea for a Village Directories Henfield magazine, I took my portfolio of pages, editorial plans and cover ideas to a man in the village who I’d been told knew ‘everything there Local interest was to know’ about journalism. The wonderful Voting 2015 Mike Beardall. Mike passed away suddenly, and far too early, just before Christmas. He was a massive part of Henfield and a very frequent contributor to BN5. He gave me guidance and Local interest ‘There was an Old advice, never accepting more than a few bottles of Merlot in return. Mike wrote countless articles Woman’ review for us; took wonderful photographs and numerous cover shots; emailed me back and forth to keep me laughing in the wee small hours when we were Local interest both working to a print deadline; but most of all he Henfield Computer Club became a great friend. His funeral the day before Christmas Eve in Oxford was very moving, as tributes from friends and excolleagues showed how loved he was. Mike will be Index sorely missed by us all. of advertisers This one’s for you, Mike. Cheers.

Copy Deadline Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Hugo Corney, Lucie Bennett, Sarah Payne, Sam Linter, Lance Milton and Paul Samrah. This month’s BN5 cover photograph of patisserie made by Lucie Bennett at Fleur de Sel by Emma Osman. BN5 magazine is printed by Evonprint in Small Dole on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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FEBRUARY 2015 | What’s on

Sunday 1 February

Thursday 5

Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 1st Tues) Hearing aid maintenance clinic Rhyme Time Table Top Sale and information, advice and supHenfield Leisure Centre, 7am-1pm port on all aspects of hearing loss. Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs) To book a table please contact Henfield Garden Club the Leisure Centre on 01273 Free-fun with music for preHenfield Hall, 7.30 pm 494984. schoolers. Talk by Jim Buttress on ‘Central HDC Walk Netball London Gardens’. Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm Steyning, 10.30am Pub Quiz (& every Sun) The Steyning stroll, 1 mile, no Everybody welcome (over 16’s). White Hart, 8.30pm (& Tues 17th) stiles. Meet at the Steyning For more information call Edna on In aid of HART. Teams of up to Health Centre. Call Anne on 01403 710586 or 07708486973. six. Cash prize for winners. Call 01903 297553. 01273 492006 to reserve a table. Tai Chi for over 60s

Monday 2

Monday Market

Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm (& every Mon) Stallholder vacancies now available. Call David on 01273 493365.

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

Wednesday 4

Maidment Court, 11am – 12pm (& every Thurs) The Chapel, Fulking, 10-11.30am Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 (& every Weds) A great selection of books, CDs, or carol.rawlings@saxonweald. and DVD’s for sale with all pro- com Henfield Unattached ceeds to St Andrew’s church. White Hart, 11am (every 1st Thurs) Henfield Computer Club A meeting point for those who Henfield Leisure Centre, 10amare now alone, and need to get 12pm (& every Weds) A friendly club to help you to im- out and widen their horizons. prove your computer skills and There’s no fuss, no joining fee, get online. Cost £1.50 including no subscription. Call 01273 refreshments. Call Alison Vine on 495820 or drop in. Play and Learn Together 01273 492620 or just turn up. Free Church Hall, 11-12.30pm (& Bingo Sobell Court, 2.30pm (& every Weds) every Thurs) Contact Carol Rawlings on A free, friendly and fun group 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 where you can play with your or carol.rawlings@saxonweald. child (babies to rising 5’s) and help them to learn. Call 01403 com 864668.

The Book Nook

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 Henfield Joggers welcome. Call Chris on 01273 Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& 492986. every Weds) Open to all. Running on and off road. See www.henfieldjoggers. Chatterbox co.uk or just turn up. Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am Henfield Lions Club (& every Tues) Come and have fun! Still £1.50 George Hotel, Henfield, 7.30pm (& every 1st Weds) including refreshments. Meet to discuss fundraising acHDC Walk tivities, consider requests for Steyning, 11am (& Tues 17th) assistance and organise so2 mile stroll. Meet at Steyning cial events. Call David Pryor on Health Centre, Call Linda on 01273 494442. 01903 816865 or Anne on 01903 Jolesfield Community 297553.

Tuesday 3

Knit & Natter

Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 1st Tues) A drop-in craft group for adults.

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Jolesfield School, 7pm (& every Weds term time) Open to all. Call Elizabeth Carey on 07880 551 751 or email e.carey@sky.com

Know Dementia

Henfield Medical Centre, 1.303.30pm (& every 1st Thurs) Drop-in for a chat.

Thursday Circle

Free Church Hall, 2.30pm There will be some light entertainment and the usual refreshments. Do come and join us. All are welcome.

Henfield Squash Club

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm (& every Thurs) Drop-in and play session only £3.

Rotary Club of Henfield and Steyning

The Castle Inn Hotel, Bramber, 7.30pm (& every Thurs) A convivial organisation combining business and social events

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What’s on | FEBRUARY 2015 - all welcome. Contact David ing, please ring 01273 493172 or Stained Glass, the sublime Art. Speaker Dick Bolton. Andrew on 01903 816981 or an- 493968 or 01403 711620. drew@greathampden.net Chilli Quiz Night KOKO

The Little Red Roosters White Hart, 8.30pm

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Age UK Horsham District Henfield Dementia Club

Maidment Court, 10am-3pm (& every Fri) A small friendly club that welcomes those living with Dementia. Offering a full programme of activities dependant on member’s interest and hobbies. Support for carers also provided. Price includes a hot two-course lunch, all activities and refreshments. Call 01403 751327.

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm Teams of up to 6 people, £6 a head including chilli supper, £60 cash 1st prize. Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Call 01273 494984.

Sunday 8

Book Nook Book Sales

The Chapel, Fulking, 11am-4pm, (& every 2nd Sun until March) Great selection of books, CDs and DVDs. All proceeds to St Andrews Church, Edburton.

HDC Walk

Windmill Inn Partridge Green, 11.00am Maidment Court, 7.30pm New walk. 5 mile 2½ hours, no Contact Carol Rawlings on dogs. Meet/park on Littleworth 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 Lane. Call Jean 07734 323321, carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com Jane 01403 261672 or Pauline 01403 240419. Henfield Camera Club Evangelical Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Steyning Decorative and ‘Minority Life’ - A view of some Fine Arts of the remoter parts of China recorded during 2014 and present- Steyning Centre, 10am-12pm (& ed by Alec and Mary Pelham. every 2nd Mon) New members are very welcome ‘A passion for piers’ by Jackie to our club. For details email Marsh Hobbs. Members and visitors (donation of £5) are warmly alec.pelham@btinternet.com welcome. For further information please call 01903 368254 or 01903 816190. The Big Jumble Sale for


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The Henfield Hall, 2pm (NADFAS) Auction at 2.30pm. For collec- Henfield Hall, 2.30pm tion of jumble and auction items, “A Likeness of Paradise.” help on the day, sorting and sell-

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Wabi Restaurant, Horsham, 6.307.30pm For teenagers who have or had a loved one with a terminal illness. See KOKO Facebook page for more information.

Tuesday 10

Henfield Flower Club

Henfield Hall, 2.15 pm The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a talk by Debbie Dann about the World Flower Show in Dublin in June 2014.

Woodmancote Parish Council meeting

Parish Hall, Woodmancote, 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues) Email woodmancoteparishcouncil@gmail.com for more information.

Henfield History Group

Free Church Hall, 8pm Medals for the ordinary soldier presented by George Yalden. Everyone welcome. £3 non-members (members by subscription). Call Maureen Fletcher on 10273 492194 for more information.

Wednesday 11 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. Call Jean on 01273 493171.

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Hedge planting. New members very welcome whether regularly Coffee morning or occasionally. Contact Andrew St Peter’s Church, 10.30- Sharp on 01273 494566 or hen11.30am (& every 2nd Thurs) fieldconservation@gmail.com. Join us in St Peters Church for Steyning & District U3A fresh coffee & homemade cakes. Coffee Morning

Jazzled Choir

Catholic Church Hall, 1.303.30pm (& every other Thurs, term-time only) A jazz, swing and blues community choir that supports everyone including those with dementia and their carers. £5 entry includes tea & biscuits. Call Know Dementia on 01273 494300 info@knowdementia.co.uk

George & his Giraffe

St Peter’s Church, 8.00pm Come and be enlightened by Alexandra Loske, whose illustrated talk could be sub-titled “A Tale of Politics, Exoticism and Science”. Alexandra is an art historian whose special interests are late-18th/early-19th century European art and architecture.

Friday 13 HDC Walk

Truleigh Hill, Upper Beeding, 10.30am 5 miles, 2 hours. Meet at High Trees Car Park at the junction of the A283/A2037. Call Anne on 01903 297553.

Valentine Disco

The Plough, Henfield See page 12 for details.

Saxon Room, Steyning Centre from 10.30am - 12.30pm Don’t miss this opportunity to meet members and find out what your local U3A has to offer. With a Book and Jigsaw Exchange and details of the 10th Anniversary events taking place in 2015, this bargain event is not to be missed! Only £1 for members and £2 for guests.

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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.

Small Dole Tuesday Club

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Friday 20

Henfield Camera Club

Saturday 21

Tanyard, 10am

Henfield Art Club

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Saturday 14

Henfield Conservation Group

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Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm Shoreham Fort - Past , present and future by Gary Baines. £2. Contact Janet Daley at conTrefoil Guild Henfield Guide Hut (every 3rd Tues) stancejanetdaly@gmail.com Open to anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to support our 4Sight aims. Come and join us! Call Day Centre, Henfield, 10.30amMary on 01273 492351 or Jane 12pm (& every last Thurs) on 01403 710061. Opportunity for those with sight impairments to meet and soWoodmancote & Henfield WI cialise with others suffering from sight problems. Occasional Henfield Hall, 2.15-4.30pm speakers, games, quizzes, plus Talk on ‘The Land Girls’ by Ian tea and coffee. Call 01273 454343 Everest. There will be a Freecy- shoreham@4sightsussex.co.uk cle table and the competition will be for Flower of the Month. Visitors are most welcome to come Henfield Birdwatch along. Call Val Creek on 01273 Garden Room, 7.30pm 958202 Phil Everitt tells us about peregrine falcons. £3 non-members.

Evangelical Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Third competition of the season which is an open subject compeHDC Walk tition. New members and visitors Steyning Cricket Pavilion, 9am very welcome to our club. For Downland dog walk, 2 miles, 1¼ further details email alec.pelhours. Park in one of the Steyn- ham@btinternet.com ing car parks if possible; there is only very limited parking at the cricket pavilion. Call Sally on Coffee Morning 07720 850064. Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Jumble Sale 10am-12pm Henfield Hall, 2pm In aid of the Henfield Trefoil Guild. In aid of Henfield Theatre Company. Come along for refreshments, cakes, raffle and things to buy.

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Auction at 2.30pm. Donations of jumble to the hall in the morning, or for collection please call David Marshall on 01403 864591 the week before.

Jumble Sale

Saturday 28 HDC Walk

Football Field, Cowfold, 10.30am Cowfold going east, 4 ¾ mile, flat. Dogs allowed on a lead. Park at the football field in the centre of the village. Jill 01403 250511.

WEA Henfield Branch

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2.30-4.30pm ‘Magnus Volk and his Amazing Railways’ - by Ian Gledhill.

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have become our friends. It’s why we live in the village, we love what we do and it’s great to live here too,” said David. Sussex is a far cry from this chef and co-owner’s native New Zealand; but the principles of good Kiwi hospitality and a warm welcome are definitely The Shepherd & Dog is a quintessentially going down well at the Shepherd & Dog. English pub, almost chocolate-box pretty at the foot of the Downs in Fulking. The pub The Shepherd & Dog is a ‘free house’ and is the Brewery Tap for Downlands Brewery; that’s where the real fun begins. Bar manager their beer’s secret ingredient is the clear Alex is passionate about craft beers, you’ll find spring water that bubbles along the stream old favourites like Truleigh Gold and Ruskin’s in the garden of the Shepherd & Dog, filtered Ram on tap, while seasonal beers and English beautifully through the chalky Downs. It’s a ciders make featured appearances on the haven for walkers, cyclists and horse riders pumps. With lovely names like ‘Tickety Brew’ who have ‘earned their pint’, and quite a few from Stalybridge, ‘Crème Brûlée’ from Dark Brighton residents who have ventured over Star Brewery or the Downland Brewery’s the Dyke for some respite from the city. Most own ‘Migration Song’; there’s something for importantly, it’s the stomping ground of the everyone’s taste. It’s not just beer – there is Fulking locals. a large range of English Gin bottles along the back of the bar, including a local Sussex “A rural pub is the heart of any village, the gin, which goes beautifully with lime and locals who come to the Shepherd & Dog

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The Street, Fulking, West Sussex BN5 9LU 01273 857382 info@shepherdanddog.com shepherdanddogpub.co.uk Fentiman’s tonic, give or take the jazz. Living in Sussex is like heaven for a chef; the produce is second to none. “We always support local suppliers, not only because they are on our doorstep but because they are the very best,” said David. “Fish from Springs down the road, venison from Small Dole, ducks and pheasants from the local shoots. Everything is seasonal and we change the menu every couple of months. Who wants to pay more and compromise on taste? Our menu needs to be affordable and good so that our customers come back again and again.” Emily and David, recently married, have great ideas and lots of energy for this beautiful old pub, which it well deserves. They’ve both got backgrounds in the hospitality industry and they are running an experienced team of committed staff. Head chef Christophe came from being banqueting chef at the Grand, bar manager Alex has been seven years in the industry and I can

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vouch that Sefton (another Kiwi) does make a very fine cup of coffee. He’s also a whizz at social media and looks after all their marketing. What’s next for the Shepherd & Dog? David and Emily are planning to reconfigure the top bar as a ‘locals bar’ with comfy sofas and a lounge area, complete with six new-age beers on tap. It sounds very inviting, it’s a worry that some of the Fulking residents might just take root in front of the open fire. It’s refreshing to find such enthusiasm, passion and an overriding wish to make sure everyone has a fantastic night out, not just good food, but the whole package. Emily and David look forward to welcoming you to this lovely old pub. The Shepherd & Dog charity pub quiz the ‘Mad March Quiz’ takes place on 11 March. Call 01273 857382 for more details. Emma Osman

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News | FEBRUARY 2015 the few months in the lead up to the festival. Offers are now invited from those who would like to show off their garden, display or demonstrate arts and crafts or can offer a music event of any sort. If you are interested in opening your garden or can offer music, please ring Heather MacFarlane-Cryer by 7 February on 01273 492442; or for arts and crafts contact Cat Brown on 07917 180036 e-mail catsceramics@gmail.com Residents of the newer houses are encouraged to apply, as well as clusters of houses with interesting front gardens. David Hayes

HENFIELD FESTIVAL OF GARDENS NUMBER 17 BUS TIMETABLE AND ARTS EXTENSION At the Gardens and Arts AGM in November it was reported that a total of £4,600 was raised during the 2014 festival for the Henfield Scouts Building Appeal (the festival’s nominated charity) - a fine result. Some venues raised money for other charities too. The weekend of 13-14 June 2015 has been selected for this year’s festival and appears on the new village calendar. The G&A committee need someone to help it organise the music events for this coming year. You don’t necessarily have to be musical to do the job, only some management / admin ability. The work is for a limited period over

Great news for those living in Henfield and surrounding villages, the Stagecoach Number 17 bus service has been extended to run every half-hour from Horsham to Brighton. The last bus from Horsham departs 19.14 and the last bus from Brighton departs 19.00, as before, but the service is now half hourly from 4 January rather than the old hourly service. You can see full timetable details at www.staecoachbus.com/south. Many thanks to John Donaldson for highlighting the improved service to us. Editor


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very pleased to see him. Enormous thanks from BN5 magazine go to our HART responders, who helped us sell HART calendars from our festive gazebo – all money goes to keep the responders on the road. We had lots of visitors, gave out 200 glasses of mulled wine, lots of mince pies, brownies and raised another £511 to add to our running total of over £3,200 and counting. Congratulations to window dressing competition winners: Best use of colour: Village Care Best use of space: Antiques and Home Best use of lighting: Southdown Galleries Best theme: Henfield Furnishings.

Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the village on Friday evening at the annual Spirit of Christmas event. The weather had threatened to be stormy but the winds held off and the high street was buzzing with stalls, visitors and carol singers. Children enjoyed Shayler’s Fun Fair and stalls, while the BP Guild sleigh was in attendance and carol singers entertained outside Stevens Estate Agents. Shops stayed open late with offers and goodies for their customers, and Christmas jumpers were in full attendance! Santa left his BP Guild sleigh to put in an appearance in his grotto, raising money LONDON COACH TRIPS 2015 for the Youth Club, plenty of excited children were For those of you unfamiliar with this voluntary service, a coach runs from Henfield High Street to The Strand in London, three/four times a year for anyone who would like to spend a day enjoying Does your the many and varied sights, shopping or Theatre Matinees that London has to offer. In 2015 there are three dates booked: Thursday 16 need a bit of a polish? April; Wednesday 8 July; and Thursday 26 November if you would like to join us on 16 April, or put your name on the waiting lists for the later dates • Logos & brand identity f rom £150 then please ring Gill Feltham on 07713 161343. The cost or a return ticket is just £15, making it a from £55 • Flyers and posters very cheap trip to London. Our thanks once again from £55 • Facebook covers to Gill who runs this voluntary service on behalf of the Community so ably and with such efficiency. from £110 • Brochures (8page) Christine Harris • Signs from £70


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HENFIELD BRANCH ARTHRITIS RESEARCH UK Throughout 2014 our Branch membership doubled and our fund raising efforts meant we were able to send £1,900 to Head Office. Dates for your diaries for 2015: Ploughman’s Lunch on 28 May when our speaker will be Dr Karen Walker-Bone ,a Deputy Director of Arthritis Research UK and Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Occupational Rheumatology. Turkey and Tipple on 19 November. We also hope to take a table again at the Charities Fair in November. Thank you to all our loyal supporters without whom none of these events would happen. We hope to continue growing the Branch and increasing the membership. The annual fee is £4 and this includes a quarterly magazine which is both interesting and informative. For further information call 01273 494335. Maureen Dexter

We would like to welcome our new stylist Tim Jones to the Pinks team. Tim has been in the hair industry for over 20 years and is highly trained and experienced in all aspects of hairdressing. Having worked with Tim in the past we know he will be a great asset to our team bringing a wealth of experience ,fun HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL and knowledge with him. Free consultations are always offered at Pinks so please come in and REPORT meet the team. For those of you that have walked down the Parsonage Farm track recently or through the HenAlison and Donna field cemetery, you might well have noticed men GEORGE AND HIS GIRAFFE dangling from trees with chainsaws. Once every Here is something that might be a tricky quiz three years Henfield Parish Council carries out question: What links Mohammed Ali, Egypt, Malta, a tree survey throughout the village and follows Waterloo Bridge, Windsor and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton? All those who cannot connect these links should come and be enlightened by Alexandra Loske, whose illustrated talk on Thursday 12 February at 8pm in St Peter’s Church could be sub-titled “A Tale of Politics, Exoticism and Science”. Alexandra is an art historian whose special interests are late-18th/early-19th century European art and architecture. Recently, she received a doctorate from Sussex University and is now an associate tutor at the Sussex Centre for Language Studies and a guide at the Royal Pavilion. [That’s one helpful link!]. Tickets cost £6 (Members of The Friends: £5) and are available from Jasmines, the High Street florist; or via The Friends Ticket Line on (01273) 492294.

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FEBRUARY 2015 | News this up by appointing tree surgeons to carry out necessary tree reduction work, or in exceptional cases to fell trees. This is only carried out where it is deemed that the tree is diseased, or is a risk to the safety of the public. It is often possible to remove dangerous branches without harming the long term health of the tree. As some of the trees along the side of the cemetery are in excess of 100 years old, care has been taken not to cut back the trees too aggressively, to avoid damaging the trees. In addition to cutting back some of the trees, the hedges and foliage along Parsonage Farm track have been cut right back to open up the path. Hopefully by the time that you read this article, West Sussex County Council should have cleared the mud and leaves on the path that have been exposed by the cutting back of the hedges and foliage, to give much better and cleaner access to the path for the residents of Henfield. If like me you enjoy walking the miles of wonderful footpaths in and around Henfield, you will be disappointed to learn that West Sussex County Council has increased its inspection cycle for the network of footpaths from 9 months to 15 months. This potentially means that issues with the footpaths will not be picked up as quickly. The good news is that you can report any problems that you

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HENFIELD FC U15’S Henfield u15’s are delighted to announce that local business Blur have sponsored the team and provided a new kit on which they had design approval. The successful team are thrilled to wear a kit sponsored by an up and coming trendy clothing brand run by Dom Santry. The team have already received comments from opposition managers, players and supporters on how good our kit looks. Blur have offered great support to the team so far this season, attending matches when they can and always keeping abreast of how the team are doing. We are very proud to carry the name of Blur throughout Sussex and hope to promote the company through another successful season. The team which plays in the Horsham league are currently unbeaten and will look to add to their ten tournament victories in the summer supported by Blur. The u15s are extremely grateful to Blur and we would encourage support of the successful, local business by visiting www.blurthreads.com Darren Angood, HFC u15s Coach

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to find out more about our friendly and busy club and meet the new committee. Steyning & District U3A will be celebrating in style Margaret Hollingsworth in 2015, with events planned throughout the year, HOSPICE GARDEN AND LOCAL including a Coffee Morning on 17 February, the PRODUCE FAIR 10th Anniversary Event on 11 April, the AGM & Open Day on 27 April, a talk on the origin of our The highly popular the Garden and Local Produce European languages on 27 May and the Henfield Fair organised on behalf of St Catherine’s Hospice Garden Party on 10 June. And that’s only for start- is moving to a new location. It will now be hosted ers, with other events in the pipeline to make this in the prestigious grounds of South Lodge Hotel, just outside Horsham on the Brighton Road. The a truly memorable year. Your local U3A, which includes Steyning, Henfield date for the Fair is Thursday 14 May 2015 and we and other surrounding villages, offers a wide range are now taking booking for horticultural and local of learning and leisure groups for people no longer produce stalls. in full time employment. The groups are run coop- Over 50 stalls will be present creating a mini Cheleratively by and for the members, who share their sea in the heart of West Sussex, and as well as interests, knowledge, skills and experience. With plants an array of mouth-watering delights await in around 400 members and some 50 groups, we the form of local produce. cater for a wide variety of interests. These include For details of stalls call Paula on 01293 447367 or Active Pursuits, Games, Technology, Art & Crafts, visit www.stch.org.uk/newhorizons or www.faceLanguages, The Arts, Current Affairs and History, book.com/gardenandlocalproducefair so there is something for all tastes! A bubble breakfast takes place from 8.30-10.30am If you are new to the area or are retired and want for those keen to get first pickings of plants as to find out more, why not come along to the Cof- tickets are sold in advance. 10.30am-3.30pm fee Morning on 17 February or the Open Day on Visitors will be able to enjoy the grounds of South 27 April? Both events will be held at the Steyning Lodge, a variety of foods for lunch and afternoon Centre and will showcase what your local U3A has tea. A horticultural delight in a new home for 2015; to offer. You can contact us at PO Box 2595 Hen- guaranteed to present visitors with a kaleidoscope field, West Sussex BN5 0EA or through our web- of plants and gardening knowledge through talks, site at http://u3asites.org.uk/steyning as the fair can offer more so much more variety at its new location of South Lodge. The Garden and HENFIELD GARDEN CLUB Local Produce Fair is organised by volunteers of February sees the start of our talks for 2015 when the New Horizons Appeal committee and all funds Jim Buttress joins us on Tuesday 3 February to raised goes to the Hospice Appeal. talk about ‘Central London Gardens’. You may Sally Pavey recognise Jim as one of the judges on the second BBC2 series ‘The Big Allotment Challenge’ which A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! started the beginning of January. Tea or coffee is available before the talk which starts at 7.30pm in Be ready to join with women all round the world The Henfield Hall. Entrance for members is free on Friday 6 March at the Free Church, when the and £3 for non-members. Our next talk will be on Women’s World Day of Prayer comes to Henfield. Friday 6 March (note change of day) - look out This years’ Service has been prepared by the for more details next month. We have a full pro- women of the Bahamas. gramme of events booked for 2015 so come along Ann Bowers



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FEBRUARY 2015 | News a disabled access lift, and a new cafe. Building work will begin in April next year and be complete within twelve months. The plans are on display in the reception area of the Leisure Centre. Nick Herbert said: “I fully support Henfield Leisure Centre’s initiative. The soft play extension will add value to the existing facilities and provide the Centre with an income so that it can continue to be a hub for health and leisure. I look forward to returning when the building work is complete.” Michelle Taylor


MP SEES HENFIELD’S SOFT PLAY CENTRE PLANS Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was shown plans for a new soft play centre in Henfield when he visited the village’s Leisure Centre in December. Mr Herbert met Simon Thompson, Manager of the Centre, Eric Holder, Chairman, and Martin Tooth, Treasurer, and was shown details of their major £350,000 project. Funding for the new building has come from a loan and grant money. In September Horsham District Council members unanimously agreed to supply a loan of £300,000 to the Centre. The project was also awarded £50,000 by the Planning Obligations Panel. The soft play centre plans have been developed to enhance the existing Leisure Centre and will provide an ongoing means of revenue to support its running costs. Henfield Leisure Centre is a registered charity and has become a hub for many sport and leisure activities, but it relies on fundraising to keep the building and facilities up-to-date. The planned extension will house a bespoke multitiered activity area for children, with slides, climbing areas, scramble nets, a ball pit, and obstacles. It will provide a place for children to play in a secure environment. The MP was told the new soft play centre will provide a much needed local facility for parents and carers who currently travel out of the village to use similar centres at Burgess Hill and Brighton. Other parts of the Leisure Centre will be reconfigured to create two new entrances,

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A heartfelt thanks from everyone at HART for the generous and unwavering support we have received from Henfield residents, businesses and organisations throughout 2014. The many gifts and donations that have been made to HART have enabled us to increase the number of P.A.D.s (Public Access Defibrillators) throughout the parish. We have also re-equipped all of the responders with new defibrillators. Without you we could not have achieved this. Thank you. Henfield Area Response Team

HENFIELD FRIENDS OF ST BARNABAS HOUSE The Friends are delighted to report that over £7,150.00 has been raised this year to help with the running costs of the Hospice. This has been raised by Donations: Bangers & Cash Lunch: Pre-Bridge Coffee Morning and Coffee Mornings: Collecting Boxes in the Shops & Pubs; the Annual Street Collection: Hats for Hospice Day: A Bridge Lunch : The Charities Fair: The Christmas Concert: & The Village Shopping Evening. We are extremely grateful to all contributors and we look forward to your continuing support in 2015. The next meeting and part AGM of the Friends will be on Thursday 19 March at 7.30pm in The Free Church (not in the Hall). All are welcome to join us and maybe offer fresh ideas for Fund Raising for this most worthy cause. Peggy McComas

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News | FEBRUARY 2015 RELATIVELY SPEAKING IN HENFIELD ‘Relatively Speaking’, a fabulous comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, is to be performed by Henfield Theatre Company, at the Henfield Hall on 19, 20 and 21 March 2015. First seen on stage in 1965, this was the play which launched Ayckbourn’s career as a one of the UK’s most successful contemporary playwrights. The original production launched the career of Richard Briers and in the recent revival Felicity Kendal brought her own style to the part of Sheila. The Henfield production is sponsored by LSE Contractors. Don’t miss this one; please put the dates in your diary. Tickets will be on sale at Henfield Furnishings from 2 March.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY CENTRES – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Children and Family Centres are part of West Sussex County Council. We provide information, guidance and activities for families with children aged 0 to 5 years. We welcome applications for volunteers to work alongside members of our local team and currently have vacancies for volunteers at our Play and Learn sessions in Henfield (Thursday mornings for parents/carers with their children); and at various times at Storrington Children and Family Centre to assist with parent/child

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groups or administration. We also have a vacancy at Billingshurst Children and Family Centre for a person to help at Play and Learn sessions on alternate Friday mornings. If you have a few hours a week to offer to our service, I would very much like to hear from you. Roles can include acting as a ‘librarian’ for our toy library for families borrowing and returning items; meeting and greeting service users and signing them in; helping to set up and clear away toys and activities at Play and Learn sessions; entering data onto our computer system; general administration. Full training is provided and training provided for those who are interested in attending courses or doing on-line training. We are committed to safeguarding and DBS checks are carried out and references are taken up on all applicants. Volunteers come to us from all walks of life. Some are semi-retired and want to put something into the community; others might be parents whose children are at nursery or school, who see volunteering as a possible route back to work. If you would like an informal discussion about what you might be looking to offer, then please email Julie Dutton on Julie.stretch@westsussex.gov.uk Julie Stretch (Dutton)

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2015 Could you make a commitment to change lives? West Sussex County Council needs more people to come forward and offer children and young people a safe and loving home in 2015 and beyond. Foster carers come from all walks of life and can offer stable family environments to vulnerable children and teenagers when their own parents are unable to look after them. Sarah is a foster carer in West Sussex, who has been fostering for around 10 years. She said: “We started fostering when we had only one child left at home so we had a room to spare. Now, ten years later, we have never regretted that decision. These have been among the most rewarding and also the most challenging years of our lives! Every young person has had different needs and we have had great support from the County Council to help each one. The need for foster carers is huge! Please consider making that first call and start on the same adventure. It is so worth it!” Foster carers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. People from a variety of backgrounds can apply to foster, regardless of their marital status or sexuality. Fostering can be either short or long-term and can range from just a few days to several years. There are also several different types of fostering. To find out more about fostering, visit the website at www.westsussex. gov.uk/fostering, call 0330 222 7775 or text ‘FOSTER’ to 82228 to receive a callback within two working days.

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There is every reason for optimism about the future of the Henfield Day Centre (in Hewitts) which, at one stage, had been threatened with closure by West Sussex County Council (WSCC). The project team of Henfield Community Partnership volunteers, who have been working tirelessly over many months to devise a rescue plan, now believes it is within striking distance of achieving its goal. A meeting was held with WSCC just before Christmas at which proposals were put forward for services at the Centre to be run by a lead care provider in conjunction with other care organisations. Although the heart of the scheme is specialist day care for those with high level dementia, there are also plans to extend services to cover a much wider group of people, including carers, through an integrated range of activities. The whole operation would be overseen by a social enterprise, acting as a key link between the Centre and the local community. More detailed work has now been carried out to help demonstrate this scheme is financially viable and sustainable over the long term. Maximising the use of the building for up to seven days a week is critical in achieving this aim. A final decision by the County Council is expected by the end of January. One crucial feature is the need to continue to engage with the Henfield community (residents, shopkeepers and other businesses) about what is proposed and to seek volunteers to assist with a range of tasks to help bring our plans to fruition. Please contact Steve Bailey on 01273 492824 or steve@henfieldhub.com if you would like to be involved in some way.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show has been crowned the world’s best showjumping competition by the Horse International year book, L’Année Hippique. The international show, which has been held at Hickstead in West Sussex since 1992, won the award for ‘Best Showjumping Event of the Year Award 2014’, taking a massive 40% of the vote ahead of CHIO Aachen (19%) and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (11%). Hickstead Directors Edward and Lizzie Bunn accepted the award from Inge Van Der Net from L’Année Hippique during a presentation at the London International Horse Show at Olympia. “We’re delighted to accept this award,” said Lizzie Bunn, whose father Douglas founded the All England Jumping Course in 1960. “It’s an incredible honour, especially considering the calibre of the second and third placed events. The Longines Royal International Horse Show boasts the only Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup leg held in Britain, where the world’s best teams go head to head. The show concludes with the British Grand Prix – formally known as the Longines King George V Gold Cup – which has a €200,000 prize fund. The show (patron: Her Majesty The Queen) is more than 100 years old, making it one of the old- Steve Bailey

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News | FEBRUARY 2015 the new garden and I’m looking forward to seeing the results in the coming year. If you want a tidy garden, why not leave a small area “wild” for wildlife (our ex-neighbour would always allow dead nettles to grow in her garden) or an area where you put in plants that attract wildlife? Henfield Birdwatch has organised a talk by Phil Everitt on peregrine falcons on Friday 27th February at 7.30pm in the Garden room. £3.50 for non-members. Debbie Colgate

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BN5 BIRDS We have just moved to the centre of the village. Our previous garden was laid to lawn with flower borders. We have moved to a less formal garden and are looking forward to seeing which birds and wildlife come to visit us. Our first proper day looking at the birds was very rewarding – we saw 13 species on a very cold, frosty morning. All the usual suspects – great and blue tits, blackbirds, a robin, a dunnock (also known as a hedge sparrow), 2 female chaffinches, a wren, a wood pigeon (which hoovered up most of the ground seed that we put out), a magpie and a few really special birds – a song thrush, a pair of bullfinches, a wintering male blackcap( which had probably migrated from northern Europe in the summer and decided to stay) and a coal tit. I was particularly pleased to see the bullfinches, the male has a call that sounds like a mournful drawn out ‘pew’ which is easy to miss amongst other bird song. The male has a bright red breast and cheeks, a grey back and black cap and tail with a bright white rump, the female is, as usual, a washed out version with a buff coloured breast and cheeks. They were flitting through straggly brown vegetation that looked as if it should have been cleared and taken to the dump – thank goodness it had been left I reckon that, in the past, I have been over zealous in clearing the sort of vegetation that birds and other wildlife need to prosper to make my garden neat and tidy. I’ve decided to be more relaxed with

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Gyles and Mo would like to let their customers know that they will be closing temporarily from 18 February for redecoration. They are installing a new kitchen and loos which means they do have to close. They are hoping to be back open within two weeks from the 18th and apologise for any convenience caused.

STAN’S WELCOMES DAVID BROWN Stan’s Bike Shack is delighted to welcome David Brown & Friends to the shack for a one-off performance on Friday 30th January. Since leaving the Royal College of Music, David has performed in many varied venues around the UK. In his first ‘coffee shack’ gig joined by a few of his friends, he will be singing an eclectic mix of songs ranging from James Taylor to Damien Rice. Join us at Stan’s Bike Shack for this intimate event of music and song. Door opens at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 each, in advance and include a light supper. Steve Sole

NETBALL PLAYERS WANTED! We are Partridge Green Netball Team, all women. We practise every Sunday 5-6 at Henfield Leisure Centre in the main Hall. We have friendly matches whenever we can arrange them and we play regular tournaments which we play at K2 Crawley on outdoor courts. We would love new players to join us. please contact ednathall@hotmail.com or 07708 486973.

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n December, Henfield lost a very, very good friend. A friend who would go out of his way to do something kind but never expect reward. A friend who championed the many good people in the village and helped them to do their jobs better. A friend who always had a positive and encouraging word and wanted to make village life better for everyone. Mike Beardall was this friend. He passed away suddenly after a short illness, it was a shock to us all. He left a daughter and son (Kate and Ben) and two grandchildren. Those that knew him have been left saddened by his parting and appreciative of just how much he did for the village. Mike was an old-school journalist who knew and loved his trade. He grew up in a beautiful corner of Oxfordshire, and started his lengthy journalistic career as a reporter on the Banbury Guardian. During his career Mike spent time working for the Daily Mail Group, for the Daily Express, the Daily Star and the Mail on Sunday. Later he moved to Sussex and was editor of the West Sussex Gazette in 1990, followed by the launch of two business magazines. This wealth of experience was put to good use when he became semi-retired. He launched his own public relations business, Oakfield Media, but a huge amount of his time was spent representing various village clubs and charities, including HART, Henfield Enterprise, Henfield Scouts, Henfield Lions, The British Heart Foundation, Henfield Leisure Centre – in fact, any group or club who needed the services of a professional reporter and photographer. Mike loved the village and he held a regular seat at the bar in the White Hart. Trevor Simmonds, local postman and HART volunteer, became firm friends with Mike. Trevor said; “Mike was such a lovely bloke, he always had time and energy for people, nothing was too much for him. He became a close friend over the years, he was a genuinely kind man who was so skilled at writing. I just can’t believe he won’t be walking in the door again.” Landlord Gyles Culver recognised how much Mike contributed to village life, as he was regularly on hand with his camera to document village events. “He used to pop in for a pint before closing time most evenings. I can still hear him say, ‘Gyles, can I take a newspaper? Goodnight, keep taking the tabloids’. He is sorely missed.” Amongst other organisations, Mike was a big supporter of the local first responders, HART. Dave Fletcher from HART said; “Mike was a tremendous supporter of our team and would turn up at such short notice at all times of the day to take the photos that kept us going. He joined us at St Peter’s Church, taking photos for us, just weeks before he died. He had such an ability to push our cause and encourage other villages locally to replicate what could be done. Many people would be grateful for

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his efforts, if only they knew. Mike’s death is sadly so very premature. Such a loss to us all, and he is so sadly missed by all of our team. RIP Mike, from HART.” His close neighbours and friends Bob and Val Burley said; “We have happy memories of a kind and helpful neighbour. Mike will be sadly missed.” Mike Morgan from Henfield Parish Council remembered just how much Mike did for the village. “Mike was very good at promoting Henfield and the events that went on in it. He was a gentle man, always prepared to give advice as to the best way to present an article and he was always keen to take the best photo he could. He was an avid supporter and promoter of the Henfield High Street shops and worked hard to keep Henfield Enterprise going. This was no easy task and the revival of the Christmas Late Night Shopping Evening was down to Mike’s determination and enthusiasm. Mike will be one of those people that Henfield will only really appreciate and miss now that he is no longer here.” Amy and Chris Nevatt from Jasmine’s Florist knew Mike well and became close friends over the years. Amy said; “He was just so committed to the village. When I visited him in hospital, and he was really very poorly, he was still concerned that the Christmas evening had been a success. He cared deeply about Henfield, but many people didn’t know how much he really gave. Always helpful, always kind, we are going to miss Mike so much.” There is a book of condolence for Mike at the White Hart, please take time to write your memories of Mike.

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parkling wine and chocolates go together perfectly and when it comes to spoiling someone rotten, they are an unbeatable combination, whatever the celebration! And what better way to make someone feel truly special than by treating them to some of our fantastic, locally-produced wine and chocolates? Those in the know believe that some of the best English sparkling wines originate from Sussex. The chalky soils around the South Downs are very similar to the soils of the Champagne region of Northern France where historic champagnes such as Bollinger and Moet & Chandon are created. And whilst geography plays much less of an important role in the production of delicious chocolate, we do have a fantastic chocolatiers producing the most wonderful delights literally right on our doorstep.

Court Garden The beautiful Court Garden Farm sits in the shelter of the South Downs, just to the north of Ditchling. When Howard and Jenny Corney first introduced vines to the farm in the spring of 2005 they had no intention of producing their own wine - their original plan was to sell the grapes on to another wine producer. But as their son Hugo Corney explained, as the vines grew, so did their enthusiasm for creating their own wine. “Pruning the vines during the dark depths of winter is a hard job and you need something to keep you going! The idea of producing our own wine was really exciting and so we decided to give it a try.” The original five acres was increased in 2006 and again in 2008 and now extends to 17 acres and 25,000 plants including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris varieties. The first Court Garden sparkling wine was bottled in 2007 and since then the winery has gone from strength to strength. Today the winery is run by Hugo who, like many other English winemakers, is a graduate of Plumpton College. “There is honesty in our style of agriculture and we are very lucky to be able to grow a very good quality grape which in turn, enables us to make very good quality wine” explained Hugo.

2014 was a vintage year for Court Garden vinyard as they achieved two silver medals in the prestigious ‘Effervescents du Monde’ competition (for their Classic Cuvee 2011 and Rose 2011), as well as two gold medals in the International Wine Challenge (for their Blanc de Noirs 2010 and Blanc de Blancs 2010). “We are absolutely delighted that Court Garden sparkling wine is being recognised both at a national and international level – it’s a really exciting time for English wines and obviously we are tremendously proud of what we’ve achieved!” You can buy Court Garden Wine direct from the farm or their website at www.courtgarden.com and it is also stocked locally in Rushfields Farm Shop and Henfield Budgens.

Hugo recommends: “Our 2010 Blanc de Noirs is ideal for celebrations and is the perfect partner for dark chocolate.”

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Fleur de Sel Lucie Bennett is a Chocolatier and Patissier extrordinaire and the best thing is that she lives and works in Henfield! After training in London and working for one of the UK leading’s Patissier and Chocolatiers, Lucie returned to her roots in Henfield where she grew up to set up her own business, Fleur de Sel, in 2011. “I love the hustle and bustle of London and I still go back there on a regular basis for work” she explained, “but I just love living in Sussex and I definitely feel more creative here.” Lucie creates a mouth-watering range of goodies: from bespoke individual pastries and fabulous celebration cakes to delicate Florentines and luscious brownies as well as slabs of delicious chocolate. There is definitely something to tickle every chocolate-lovers fancy! You can now buy Fleur de Sel products online as Lucie has launched her own online-shop. “I much prefer direct contact with my customers” she explained. “It feels more personal than selling through a supplier and I get such great feedback from them, it’s really motivating!” Things are now really starting to take off for Lucie. Last year she was featured on Waitrose TV and she was a finalist in the The Rising Star Award at the Baking Industry Awards 2014. She was also the winner of the Celebration/Novelty cake category at The Cake Awards 2013 and was featured in House & Garden magazine as well as Sussex Life. One of last year’s highlights was collaborating with Baileys on an exquisite Easter egg adorned with a hand painted Baileys motif and filled with Baileys-

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flavoured soft chocolate ganache – chocolate heaven! Lucie is constantly working on new ideas and themes, but one thing she won’t compromise is the quality of the ingredients she uses: “I use only the finest ingredients from fresh free-range eggs to the very highest quality chocolate – it’s all about the taste for me.” You can buy find out more about Fleur de Sel and how to get hold of Lucie’s delicious treats, including special valentines chocolate hampers from her website at www.lbfleurdesel.co.uk

Lucie recommends: “My individual heart-shaped patisseries are perfect for Valentine’s Day and they will be beautifully presented and packaged with red ribbon of course!”

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Cocoa Loco Cocoa Loco started from very humble origins in Sarah Payne’s kitchen in Partridge Green in 2005. “It started off as something to fit around the children” said Sarah. “I made brownies on my Aga and sold them on eBay. That was working really well so we decided to build a website and sell them from there – at the time it was still quite new to sell food online and a lot of people said it would never take off, but we’ve proved them wrong!” After 18 months working out of the family kitchen, Sarah expanded into a shed in the garden and then after another 18 months she took a leap of faith and moved into the aptly named Chocolate Barn in West Grinstead where she now has a team of 16 employees helping to create the most gorgeous chocolate delights. The Cocoa Loco range has something for everyone: exquisite truffles, bars of solidly delicious chocolate, brownies, flapjacks, cookies and the more quirky chocolates such as enormous chocolate buttons and chocolate lollies in the shape of lips or moustaches! Sarah is completely self-taught when it comes to her chocolatier skills: “I love coming up with new ideas for recipes and I never get fed up of eating chocolate!” laughs Sarah. Right from the start Sarah has been committed to using organic and Fairtrade chocolate: “It just fits in with my personal ethics and it’s great to be able to base the business around it.” Cocoa Loco sell though select local shops and

online (as well as national suppliers such as John Lewis and Jamie Oliver!), and they have recently launched their own shop in Piries Place in Horsham. “The shop has been brilliant – it’s a real feel good factor and I love the feedback we get directly from the customers. It has definitely been a steep learning curve, but I would love to open another shop.” You can buy Cocoa Loco chocolates online at www.cocaloco.co.uk or from their shop in Horsham, or from Rushfields Farm Shop.

Sarah recommends: “Our champagne truffles are very traditional, but you can’t go wrong with our sloe gin truffles - they are covered in raspberry powder and so they have a really beautiful vibrant pink colour.”

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Bolney Wine Estate The Bolney Wine Estate was established with just three acres of vines in 1972 by Janet and Rodney Pratt who were two of the very early pioneers of English winemaking. Now the estate has grown to 39 acres with grape varieties including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Bacchus amongst others. In addition to their award winning sparkling wine, Bolney Wine Estate has become a specialist red wine producer as well. Since the 1990’s the estate has been run by their daughter Sam Linter who is one of the few female winemakers in England. Although she grew up on the estate, Sam wasn’t interested in the family business until her own children came along. “I started to get more involved with the estate and developed a real passion for all aspects of wine and wine production” she explained. “I studied at Plumpton College but there are always new techniques and equipment being developed so in effect I’m always learning – it’s a continuous process!” Sam is involved in all aspects of wine production, but her favourite part is still the harvest as she explained: “The harvest is very exciting as that is

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when you start to see the potential of what you can make with the grapes. There are still lots of things that can go wrong, and you never know exactly how a wine will turn out, but that initial potential is very exciting.” “When my parents first started out in the early 1970s, a lot of people thought they were crazy to even try making wine” admitted Sam. “But now we are doing really well in serious international wine competitions and people are clamouring to buy English wine! “It’s been a rollercoaster of an experience and I feel privileged to have been there in the very early days.”

Sam recommends: Our sparkling Cuvee Rose is always very popular for valentines, but if you are looking for something a little less pink and a little more unusual, try our unique red sparkling wine, Cuvee Noir! Sarah Butler

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Village Directories – 28 years

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ongratulations go to Christine and Allan Haddrell from Village Directories who have enjoyed over 28 years of successful publishing and are now enjoying a well-earned retirement. Village Directories will continue under new ownership. Christine told me all about her publishing journey, from hand-printing and individually stapling the first ever Henfield Directory on her kitchen table back in 1987 to publishing 22 different Directories in the Sussex area. The idea for Village Directories came after Christine took over production of the Cowfold Village Hall Book in 1984, a voluntary role producing a booklet which raised funds for the Village Hall. Christine had three young children at the time and she had the idea of producing something similar for the Henfield area. A couple of years later she embarked on the first print run. Two of her original advertisers, Rushfields and Garden Machinery Services, are still advertising with Village Directories! New owner Tim Clark of Sussex Magazines (pictured right with Christine) is looking forward to getting to know all his local customers. The concept of the Directories was to provide a useful reference book for local people, listing just about everything people needed to know, from useful community numbers to the contacts of every club and group. Commercial businesses advertised alongside to fund the project, as the Directories were available free of charge. The original idea has stayed the same, even though the format and design of the Directories has evolved. Christine said; “It’s really been a family affair from the start. Village Directories has been run from our family home in Wineham, our

three children Ben, Philip and Sarah have been involved from the start. During school holidays they were expected to muck in and help, with collating the directories in the early years then helping to deliver. I think I know every single street and house in most of West Sussex!” Christine’s son Ben and daughter-in-law Sarah spent some time working in the family business and even the grandchildren have got involved. “It’s strange to think we’ll not be producing the Directories any more, we’ve made many friends throughout the years. But we’ve got plenty to keep us busy and we’re looking forward to spending more time with the grandchildren – starting with a trip to Australia!” Thank you Christine and Allan for producing Village Directories over the years, a useful community publication that’s helped many Henfield people. We hope you enjoy your retirement! Emma Osman

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We are an electrical installation company. We area? specialise in domestic, industrial and commercial Henfield and the surrounding areas have a great projects, ranging from an extra socket to a full rewire. village atmosphere and the everyone we meet is very friendly.

What made you decide on your particular Do you have a favourite event in the local career? Mark and I met 14 years ago when I was serving my calendar?

apprenticeship at an electrical company that Mark There is such a lot going on in the summer – we was working for. We continued to work there together particularly enjoy taking our children to local events for many years. When the company ceased trading, such as the summer fetes. we took it as an opportunity to start our own business.

Do you have a favourite local pub or How long have you been doing your job? place to eat? Between us we have 35 years combined experience!

We are partial to a good curry and we have been

Which aspect of your job do you like known to frequent the curry house in Cowfold! best? Can you give us a top tip?

We enjoy taking pride in our work, completing jobs to To keep costs down to use LED energy saving bulbs a very high standard and having satisfied customers. for all your lighting.

Has anyone inspired you in your work?

Our families have always supported us, inspired us and have given us the confidence to run our own business.

What are you most proud of?

We are very proud of the high quality company we have started from scratch over the last five years. Our employees take customer service very seriously and that is a great source of pride too.

Please call Alex on 07809 618285 or email lanmar-electrical@hotmail.co.uk

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NICK HERBERT MP PROTECTING OUR VILLAGES AND MARKET TOWNS Probably the biggest local issue in my constituency is planning. We need more affordable housing, and I worry that young people cannot get their feet onto the housing ladder. But we also need to protect the beautiful West Sussex countryside, and ensure that new development is sustainable. Our villages have already grown significantly, and there is pressure on local infrastructure. The Localism Act abolished housing targets, instead requiring our councils to introduce local plans to meet housing need. It also introduced neighbourhood planning, which puts communities in control of where housing should go and enables our villages to protect green spaces from development.



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I am a supporter of neighbourhood planning and some of the first plans in the country to be passed through a referendum are in my constituency. I am pleased to see that Henfield and West Grinstead are developing their plans now. I have opposed unsustainable major new developments, including the Mayfield new town between Henfield and Sayers Common. I have spoken out strongly at Westminster about the need to protect the countryside and promote localism, and successfully lobbied Ministers to produce revised planning guidance which prioritises brownfield development and requires infrastructure issues to be addressed before development is allowed.


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I am opposing a second runway at Gatwick which would mean 250,000 more flights a year. The flight path trials last summer caused enormous upset and highlighted the sensitivity of tranquil rural communities where residents found aircraft noise especially intrusive.



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WINNING BETTER BROADBAND IN WEST SUSSEX Three years ago I organised a summit, with the help of West Sussex County Council, to promote better broadband access. After this the Government announced a national superfast broadband programme and granted over £6 million to the County Council, which then matched the sum from its own resources, to develop a plan Nic

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Soon after I was first elected in 2005 there was a battle to retain Accident and Emergency services in our local hospitals, which I am pleased to say that we won. I continue to keep a close watch over local healthcare services which are so important to all of us.






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The production of shale oil or gas through fracking has the potential to be an important new domestic energy source in the UK. However, protecting our most important landscapes is in the national interest, too. After I raised these concerns I was pleased that new Government guidance has created a strong presumption against fracking in or adjacent to the South Downs National Park. If fracking goes ahead in West Sussex then wells must be sensibly located.

Tel: 020 7219 4080 E-mail: nick@nickherbert.com Website: www.nickherbert.com Blog: www.nickherbert.net Twitter: @nickherbertmp

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FEBRUARY 2015 | Local interest

As you will know, the date of the next General Election (along with District and Parish Council Elections) has been set for 7 May 2015. BN5 magazine has been asked to publish advertisements by some of the candidates standing for election in this area, as they wish to inform local people of their pledges. Advertisements will also appear in the March and April issues. All the advertisements published in this magazine are paid for by the advertiser. When we received the request, the opportunity to advertise was offered to all other candidates representing the main political parties. As with all our advertising, we have no affiliation with the parties or candidates who have advertised here and we do not seek to influence or show bias to any particular advertiser.

Some useful information about the elections on 7 May 2015: Register to Vote To vote, you must be registered to vote at least 12 days before the date of the election. Your details need to be on the Electoral Register. Horsham District Council send reminders to every postal address in the area. If you are not sure if you’re registered, you can check by calling Horsham District Council’s Electoral Services Department on 01403 215126 or emailing elections@horsham.gov.uk If you are not registered, it is easy to do so. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-tovote You will need your National Insurance Number. Every member of a household will need to be registered as an individual, which is a new system. Previously, the head of a household was responsible for registering everyone at their address.

It can be particularly useful if you are overseas in a country too far away to send back a postal vote in time for the election. Once you are registered individually, you’ll need to fill in a proxy vote application form. There are different forms depending on your personal circumstances. The person you wish to appoint as your proxy can only act as proxy if they are 18 or over and, in England, Scotland and Wales, they are (or will be) registered individually. You cannot be a proxy for more than two people at any one election or referendum, unless they are a close relative. The deadline for applying to vote by proxy is normally 5pm, 6 working days before an election. For details and to download a form to vote by proxy go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Voting by post

To vote by post, you will need to fill out an application form. You can download an application form at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk You need to print, fill in and sign your application form, then send it back to your local electoral registration office, in our case, Horsham District What if I can’t get to a polling station on the day? Council. You need to sign your form for voting seYou can register to vote by proxy (using a repre- curity reasons. Anyone can apply for a postal vote, sentative who will vote on your behalf) or you can you do not need a reason. apply to vote by post. Your postal vote application form needs to be reVoting by proxy turned by 5pm 11 working days before an election. Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if In March issue of BN5 magazine we will publish you are unable to get to the polling station. Vot- information on voting in person, as well as details ing by proxy means that you appoint someone you about the locations of local polling stations. trust to vote on your behalf.

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There are around 2.6 Unarguably, oily fish sho uld feature in a million people in the heart-health diet. The UK Scientific Advisory UK living with Coronary Committee on Nutrition revi ewed the evidence Heart Disease (CHD). on the health benefits of fish in 2004. It said Although we cannot a “large body of evidence” suggests that fish control all of the risk consumption, particularly of oily fish, reduces factors such as age the risk of cardiovascular dise ase. and genetics which Sec ondly, sweet potatoes whi affect our chances of ch are rich in developing a heart potassium. Potassium helps to maintain fluid issue, we can certainly and electrolyte balance in the body, which is control our diet. It is wel l established that important for stabilizing blood pressure and a healthy diet can help redu regu latin g heart function. They are ce your risk of also rich developing coronary hea rt disease and in soluble fibre, which, studies show, can help stop you gaining weight, redu low er “bad ” LDL cholesterol. cing your risk of diabetes and high bloo d pressure (The So if you are considering a fish and chip supper British Heart Foundation) . this month, make it a fille t of roasted salmon Eating for a healthy heart serv ed alongside baked sweet means enjoying potato wedges a variety of fruits and veg etables, paying with a shimmy of steamed kale for an added attention to fibre, eating fish hea rt friendly nutritional boost. a couple times a week and limiting unh ealthy fats like saturated and trans fats, as well as salt. And although no sole food is a cure-all, certain foods have been shown to improve your heart health. Let’s take a look at two of these, which will sit well together on your plate.

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FEBRUARY 2015 | Local interest

Photographs courtesy of Neville de Moraes

‘There was an Old Woman’ - A Review


hat a fantastic idea from conception to delivery, to have a completely original family oriented musical based upon some of our favourite childhood fairy tales and a superb festive show alternative to a traditional pantomime. Conceived, written, developed and scored entirely by talented musical director, Jane Haines, this light hearted production bounced along with engaging characters and a consuming plot containing numerous twists that I would struggle to outline with justice in a brief review such as this. The Henfield Theatre Company [HTC] must be applauded for going out on a limb to present a world premiere musical in place of their annual pantomime. However, I am delighted to report that it was a risk that paid off, not only in audience attendance but more importantly in the staged content which was vibrant, articulate and captivating. Director Di Norman had kept the staging simple but effective with versatile use of a fabulous set designed by Rosemary Nice and built in house by the HTC workshop along with the use of projection to enhance the atmosphere. This was complimented by superb costumes by Lyn Fryer and team, Props by Susie Shenston and Team, Set Decor by Ginette Roworth and stage managed effectively by Trevor Hodgson. Lighting and sound were a challenge; lighting because of the need to be mindful of the projection screen; and sound due to the fact that there were no less than 24 radio microphones to contend with, however both were managed very well indeed. Every principal character was well cast and delivered to a high standard. Linda Jordan was a lovely Old Woman/Goodie Two Shoes and sang beautifully some demanding melodies and was complimented well in scenes with Old Mother Hubbard, Anne Stern. Love interests Belinda and Johnny made a convincing and beautiful couple with a great chemistry and some excellent vocal

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performances. The younger principals Lucy Walker - Curly Locks, Abigail Hearn - Bo Peep, Charlie Hanning - Boy Blue and Alice Forward as the Young Goodie gave their complete commitment resulting in accomplished performances in character, singing and dance. There was also a delightful costume and make-up job by Leslie Barns, Jane Jones and Charlotte Way for the cameo part of Humpty Dumpty, Graeme Muncer, although his bald head cap presented little hair and wigs challenge for Wendy Hoare. Paul Smith provided a stature and presence befitting the Captain and Malcolm Harrington’s eloquence and colourful delivery of Dr Fell stole most of the scenes he was in. The stand out principal performances for me came from Martin Love who gave an allround excellent vocal and acting performance as Will the Knave of Hearts, Steve Law who was a hilarious comedic Duke of York/Tim complete with dancing eyebrows in the trio number ‘Profile’ and finally Heidi Willard as Katerina the King of Spain’s Daughter who sang and harmonised delightfully throughout. However the show started and finished with the highlight performances for me which came from the junior company who, fuelled with enthusiasm and great motivation, sang, danced and acted brilliantly putting the icing on an already very tasty cake! Jane Haines songs and Mike Saunders orchestrations were very melodic, catchy and their sensitive tempos gave Anne Atkins plenty of opportunity for some pretty choreography delivered deftly by the company. Their contribution to a good production so often gets overlooked, but I must mention the first class welcome and hosting by Production Manager, Viv Whitton, who greeted patrons as they arrived and Rose Sharp and her front of house team who looked after us all so warmly. Lance Milton, NODA

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Henfield Computer Club


ccording to Ofcom, the numbers of people over the age of 65 regularly accessing the Internet has risen by a quarter over the past two years – partly driven by an increase in the use of tablets. Many sources of important information for day to day living are now almost exclusively available online. It’s clearly cheaper and easier for businesses, councils, bus companies, medical and other essential services to communicate this way. However, this is isolating for those who don’t use computers, and those who are new learners have to get up to speed quickly. This is where the Henfield Computer Club steps in.

use of a magnifying glass. She asked me to tell everyone how wonderful the volunteers were; she always felt her questions were important. She had grown in confidence since attending, using the device to download bus timetables, email her family and use Google to search for interesting information. One very happy customer! Hugh Daniels and Ken Jones, volunteers, explained more about the group. Hugh said; “We have around 20 members visiting each week, most use it as a drop-in group when they have a The club meets weekly on a Wednesday from question or want to learn how to do something. 10am-12 midday at Henfield Leisure Centre in the bar area. It costs just £5 one-off joining fee and then £1.50 per session, including tea, coffee and biscuits. The Leisure Centre has superfast Wi-Fi and is a comfortable and convenient location. There is a team of volunteers who run the group, led by Alison Vine, which was launched by the Henfield Community Partnership in association with Action for Older People. The volunteers have knowledge in different areas, some give advice on iPads and tablets, others on Macs or laptops. There is no question too small or too ‘silly’ – the idea is to help users grow in confidence. Some arrive clutching a new tablet received as a gift still in its box; others have a basic understanding but wish to progress a little further. One member of the club felt that her life had improved enormously since coming to the club. She has failing eyesight and one of the volunteers had helped her to change her screen settings and contrast so that she could see her tablet without the 6 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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The Club evoled from a real need in the village. When the Community Partnership ran a couple of computer courses they attracted an awful lot of people, so we continued with a weekly club. It’s been really successful.” Members often require help with software updates, security or occasionally they need a bit of help learning how to switch a computer on and off. Yes it sounds basic to those of us who use computers every day, but it really isn’t that obvious, and some users discover that they’ve just been switching off their screens rather than shutting down safely. Ken said; “The club can help those who are at risk of rural isolation. Not only are they learning a skill that can connect them confidently with friends and family, but they’re enjoying a very

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social morning with friends and a cup of coffee.” Jill and Dorothy are new to using tablets and are enjoying being able to connect with family in other parts of the country. They use Facebook to keep in touch with younger members. Jill said; “The volunteers are so patient. Sometimes we come along with specific problems we need help with, other times we learn something new from scratch, like emailing and attaching files. I now email my cousin in New Zealand, and can watch catch-up TV!”

If you’d like to learn a little more about your computer or tablet, why not go along on a Wednesday. You can contact Alison Vine on 01273 492620 or 07834 348895 ajvine.68@gmail.com for more information. Emma Osman

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Tax Year Action Plan 2014/2015


• Charitable donations under Gift Aid could also be considered for reducing your adjusted net income.

ach year there are opportunities to consider tax planning which may need to be implemented before 6 April. Some of the planning ideas outlined below may seem like simple housekeeping exercises; however their importance should not be overlooked. CAPITAL GAINS TAX


• Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) – up to £1,000,000 can be invested in the 2014/15 Tax Year with 30% Income Tax relief being given on the amount invested (as well as unlimited CGT deferral relief). The full allowance of EIS relief in the year could equate to a £300,000 reduction in your Income Tax bill. • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) – up to £100,000 can be invested in 2014/15. The relief provides a 50% Income Tax credit and exemption from capital gains up to 50% of the amount invested. This equates to 64% tax relief on gains for 2014/15. • Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) – up to £200,000 can be invested in 2014/15 Tax Year and 30% Income Tax relief, 64% received with future dividends exempt from Income Tax. • New Stocks and Shares ISAs (NISAs) are available to anyone over 18 up to a maximum investment of £15,000 each year per person. You cannot carry forward any unused ISA allowance, so use it or lose it! • 16-18 year olds can invest up to £15,000 in a NISA, but only the cash component. • Offshore investment bonds can be useful for providing tax deferred income or growth for individuals who will be moving down through the tax bands in future years, e.g. gearing up for retirement, planning to or currently living abroad.

• UK resident individuals are entitled to realise capital gains of up to £11,000 (2014/15) annually without having to pay any Capital Gains (CGT). If several capital disposals are to be made around the tax year-end, it could be beneficial to straddle these across the two financial years so as to utilise two annual exemptions. • The ownership of any asset may be transferred to a spouse/civil partner triggering a tax charge, so that each individual’s annual exemptions may be used for that disposal. • Although treated as a sale at full value, assets may be given to children to make use of their CGT allowances when they later dispose of them. • There is a lower rate of CGT (18%) for individuals who have not used their entire basic rate against their income (i.e. total income of less than £41,866). Consider realising gains this year if any of this tax-bracket remains available to you. • Consider whether you can create any losses in your portfolio in the year to reduce this year’s gain, or be carried forward to future years. PENSIONS • The scrapping of the ‘death tax’ means that indiINCOME TAX viduals will no longer have to pay up to 55% tax on • As transfers of assets between spouses/civil partinheriting a pension. ners are not chargeable to CGT, consider transferring income-producing assets to a spouse/civil partner • Further legislative changes are expected in April paying tax at a lower rate. You will then be able to uti- 2015 offering more freedom to how pensioners can lise two Personal Allowances (of 10,000 for 2014/15), access their pension savings. and two basic rate bands (up to £31,865 of the re- • The maximum contribution one can make to their pension (Annual Allowance) remains at £40,000. Are maining income). • For those aged over 65, one way of best using you utilising this? the age allowances is by sharing income producing • You can carry forward any unused Annual Allowassets to keep adjusted individual income to below ance from the previous three Tax Years to potentially £27,000 as this ensures that the maximum age allow- contribute up to £190,000 achieving up to £85,500 tax relief. Your 2011/2012 carry forward allowance will be ance is given. • Income producing assets can also be given to lost come 6th April. children over 18 to utilise their Personal Allowance • The Lifetime Allowance is staying at £1.25 million. and lower tax rates if the gift is being made by their If you have cumulative pension funds (final salary and/ parents. Remember parental gifts to children under or defined contribution) approaching or in excess of 18 will normally result in the parents being subject to £1.25 million, then planning is needed now. tax on the income arising. • Salary sacrifice can reduce National Insurance • For business owners, you could consider paying contributions and reduce the rate of tax paid on other a spouse/civil partner, provided this can be justified assets and income. in the context of your business, instead of drawing ESTATE PLANNING additional salary, to ensure that income stays below • Each year, every individual has a £3,000 exemp£41,865, £100,000, or £150,000 to avoid the higher tion for Inheritance Tax (IHT). This means that £3,000 Income Tax rates or potentially losing your Personal of assets can be transferred outside of a married/ Allowance. civil partnership without lifetime IHT implications. Any

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unused exemption from the prior year may also be brought forward and used this year. • Gifts as part of your normal expenditure (i.e. made regularly out of income not needed to fund your ‘normal’ lifestyle) are exempt from an IHT charge. A pattern of making these payments should be established and documented. • Consider restructuring your investment portfolio in a more tax efficient manner for the purposes of IHT, as certain types of investments are exempt from IHT after two years.

These suggestions are for information only and should not be treated as personalised financial advice. You should seek professional tax and investment advice before any planning is put into action. Please note the value of investments may fall as well as rise. You may not get back what you invest and in the case of EIS and VCT investments, it is possible that you could lose all of your investment. Tax savings should be considered in light of wider financial planning objectives and some planning opportunities require the acceptance of higher investment risk levels than you may wish to accept. 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 | FEBRUARY 2015 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Keymer, Haslam & Co Kingston Smith LLP Parr & Company

04 20 52 65 52


Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels




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

49 57 55 31 54

Cherish Care Helping Hands Upper Mead

40 19 67

B&I Carpets Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Selectacarpet

56 61 48

Rushfields Farm Shop Springs Smoked Salmon Swains Farm Shop taste...deli

22, 23 30 30 15




Terry Healy Chimney Sweep


Ben Daniels Carpet Cleaning



Henfield Helpline 65 PC Doctors 65 PC Support 14

CONSERVATORIES The Conservatory Co.



Amanda Wilde 50 Canine Adventures 50 Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries 50 In The Doghouse 51


BHW Glass N. Constantine Repairs

60 58



Burt Electrical Jeremy Crawley Electrician Lanmar Electrical Solutions Paul Barnard

57 58 29 58





Braziers Autos Coles Automotive Mile Oak Servicing

GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Anna Helps Garden Design 17 Beechcroft Landscapes 58 Hamfelds 49 The Green Reaper 55 Martin Standing Landscaping & Maintenance 54 Rooted 55 Rushfields 22, 23 S. Goodridge 55

GIFTS, BOOKS, JEWELLERY & ART Steyning Bookshop Stokes Newsagents

49 30

Black Design


B Muzeen Groundworks




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

55 57



DB Foot Clinic The Garden Room Holistic Massage Hear to Listen Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic Phil Grant Therapist Sussex Osteopath & CHC

42 38 15 46 46 38 36

Barbara Ritchie Simply Blinding Ltd

56 60



KITCHEN FITTING Tanglewood Kitchens

The Henfield Hall & Monday Market Henfield Leisure Centre Liz Marks Clinical Pilates Stan’s Bike Shack St Barnabas




CPL Petroleum


Henfield Funeral Services


Henfield Eye Care

Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Decorating Trim Decorating

BRAZIERS GARAGE HENFIELD MOT Test £39.95 or £29.95 with full service


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The Bull The Cat and Canary The Plough The Shepherd and Dog Singing Hills Restaurant Stan’s Bike Shack The White Hart

18 04 08 10, 11 31 12 02

Just Gutters


GRP Flat Roofing


Debby’s Little Darlings The Dove Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care

38 39 43

Lucy Jaques Training





Amanda Shaw 61 Griffith Smith Farrington Webb 52 The Sussex Wills Office 39


Aerials and More Bowers and Wilkins

59 14

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

55 55 39 54 54


Hawthorn Surgeries


We Mend Washing Machines


Fraz Window Cleaning




A. Stenning 59 Aquatec 56 Aspect Plumbing & Heating 59 Jeffery & Dunne 13 MC Services 57 The Plumbing and Tiling Company 58 PST Plumbing 61

56 57

Milbrook Logs Inner Space Office and Storage



Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Service

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Adrian Over


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Lucy Locksmith Seymour Locksmiths


17 48

MXT Swim The Sussex Swim School

47 44 26 12 40




Mole Trapper Mr Mole (Gogga Pest Control)

54 16




Contain Yourself Storage Inner Space Office and Storage


Richard Ordidge Wealth Management


Optimal Property Services Henfield Homes and Property Maintenance

48 50


38 39 45 37 43 37 43


The Henfield Fencing Co Premier Fencing


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