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JANUARY 2013 | Contents

07 What’s on listings


12 News

from the BN5 area

26 Local interest

Nativity plays in Henfield


30 Local interest The Samaritans

37 Health

Exercise on prescription

39 32


Get fit for skiing

41 Health & fitness The feel-good factor

47 Kids stuff

HFC match report


LETTER Welcome to 2013!

This issue we’re wishing you all a really healthy and happy new year. We’ve called on some of our local health and fitness professionals to give us their advice on getting fit in an enjoyable way. One of our favourite Henfield GPs Dr Karen

Julie Mitchell photography Crawford Clarke is talking about how exercise

32 Charity 32


64 Business

with Paul Samrah

66 Index

can make you feel good and give you confidence, even help to beat the blues during the gloomy winter months. Chris Battersby, personal trainer at Wickwoods, talks about getting fit for those lucky enough to be hitting the ski slopes this year. And for the soul as well as the body; Jo Preston is explaining how Nia can give you that all important feel-good factor. Sarah spoke with Gill Ross from the Samaritans, we hope you will take the time to read her article about the good work they do. Depression and mental health problems affect most families at some time or another and it can be all too easy to avoid issues even when they begin to escalate. Samaritans are there, 24/7, to help anyone in need of a listening ear. Gill’s message is that you should never, ever, think your problems aren’t important; there is always someone who cares. Getting a little bit healthier is on all our New Year’s resolution lists in the BN5 office this January, hopefully this will be the year for us to stick to them! A very happy, healthy new year to you all.

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Karen Crawford Clarke, Chris Battersby, Jo Preston, Darren Angood and Mike Beardall. Cover photograph by the very talented Julie Mitchell from Southdowns Photographics, see details in the article on page 30. 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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JANUARY 2013 | What’s on

Tuesday 1 January

879916 or email clubsmanager@ HDC Health Walk Steyning, 11am The Other Mile Walking 2 miles stroll. Meet at Steyning Little Fishes Group St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (& every Fri) Health Centre. Call Linda on 01903 Free Church, 9.30am 816865 or Lyn on 369752. New Year’s Day walk of about 4 Meet for singing, stories and lots ofmiles, aiming to be back in the vil- play, including a drink and a biscuit. Action for Deafness Henfield Hall, 2pm lage by lunch-time. Call Ron & Shir- Nia Dance ley on 01273 493979. Maidment Court, 2-3pm (& every Fri) Hearing aid maintenance clinic and Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 information, advice and support on 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxon- all aspects of hearing loss. Henfield Lions Club Tai Chi

Wednesday 2

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


Thursday 3

Poynings Panto – Snow White

We meet to discuss fundraising ac- Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& every Fri) tivities, consider requests for assis-

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

Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxonContact Carol Rawlings on 01403 tance and organise social events. 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxonNew members very welcome. Call Woodmancote Parish David Pryor on 01273 494442.

Henfield Unattached

Holy Trinity Church, Poynings, 8pm (also Sat 5th at 3pm & 8pm and Sun 6th at 3pm)

Council meeting

Woodmancote Church Hall (and every 2nd Tues)

Members of the public always welcome. Visit www.woodmanOrdinary people who get fed up See news item for more informa- with being alone due to bereave- tion. Tickets £8 for evening perfor- Sussex Harmonisers Barberment or divorce. Just drop in for mances (including a glass of wine) shop Chorus – open evening good sympathetic company. and £7/£3 available from www. St Pauls College, Burgess Hill, and The Royal Oak.

White Hart, 11am-12pm (& every 1st Thurs)

Thursday Circle

Sunday 6

Free Church Hall, 2.30pm

We will celebrate the New Year with Tottington Woodlanders an afternoon of games, quizzes conservation work and surprises for all to join in - do Small Dole, 9.30am-1pm come along and share in the fun. Traditional woodland management Tea and refreshments provided. by coppicing. No skills or tools required, just suitable clothing. Oliver! Henfield Theatre Contact Malcolm 01273 493316 or Company Production Chris 01273 495026. The Henfield Hall, 7.30pm (and


Contact Brian Beglin on 01444 553102, or just turn up. www.

Henfield Garden Club AGM Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Club AGM followed by DVD show.

Henfield History Group Free Church Hall, 8pm

4 & 5 Jan, plus 2.30pm matinee on 5 Jan)

Monday 7

HDC Health Walk

Janet Pennington will be speaking on The Women of Wiston House. Everyone welcome. Admission free to members, £3 non-members.

Unsquashable – Henfield Squash Club

Estate, 2.30pm

Wednesday 9

Tuesday 8

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& every Wed)

At time of going to print, all tickets Partridge Green, 10am sold out. Circular going west. 6½ miles, flat, Crib some stiles no dogs. Meet at the Vil- White Hart quiz Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& lage Hall car park, TQ190191,(RH13 White Hart, 8.30pm every Thurs) Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 8HX). Call Mike on 01403 242564. Entry £2 a head in aid of HART. Teams up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxon- Beetle Drive 01273 492006 to reserve table. Maidment Court, Wantley Hill Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm (& every Thurs)

Drop-in and play session only £3.

Friday 4

Age UK Friday Club

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

Chatterbox Baby & Preschool Group

Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& every Tues)

Henfield Joggers beginners course

We start off a run/walk programme and build our way up over several weeks to a distance of 3-4 miles. Open all. Email or just turn up.

Lunch, exercises, discussions, £1.50 per family includes all refresh- Henfield Joggers newspapers, quizzes, garden- ments. Come and join us, make Leisure Centre, 7pm (& ing and hairdressing. Call 01903 friends and have fun! Happy New Henfield every Wed) Year to all our Mums and Dads!

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What’s on | JANUARY 2013 Main meeting, running both off and Marathon training runs on a variety on road. of routes. See

Thursday 10 Rhyme Time

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45 (& every Thurs)

Monday 14 CAMEO

Jumble Sale

The Garden Room, Raynor Court, 10.30am- 12pm

Henfield Hall, 2pm

In aid of Henfield Youth Club. Auc‘A Swiss New Year’. CAMEO (Come tion at 2.30pm. For jumble colFree fun with music for pre-schoolers. and Meet Each Other) for the retired lection and items for auction call is sponsored by the Community HDC Health Walk 01273 494541 / 492161. Church Henfield. All welcome. For Ashurst, 10.30am transport call Gillian Fletcher MBE 4 miles, no dogs. Meet at Fountain on 07885 640524. Inn on B2135. Call John on 01403 Tottington Woodlanders Crib conservation work 263661.

Sunday 13

Coffee Morning

Maidment Court, 2pm (plus Mon 21 & 28)

Small Dole, 9.30-1pm

Traditional woodland management by coppicing. No skills or tools Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or carol.rawlings@saxonJoin us in St Peters Church for fresh required, just suitable clothing. Contact Malcolm 01273 493316 or coffee and homemade cakes. Chris 01273 495026.

St Peter’s Church, 10.3011.30am

Friday 11

Henfield Camera Club Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Wednesday 16

Henfield Conservation Group Knit and Natter The Tanyard, meet 10am (also Wednesday 16)

‘My trip into photography’ - a talk Come and carry out conservation work in Henfield To complete by Viv Nicholas. clearing on the northern perimeter and dog-leg, removing brambles round the barn and removing Henfield Joggers Henfield Leisure Centre, 8am (& fencing and tiles from open access. All welcome, for information email every Sat)

Saturday 12

incredible organic herbs

Rayner Court Lounge, 10.30-12

Start the New Year by joining a new group, we meet monthly to knit for charities. New members are always welcome, please donate any unwanted oddments of wool they are all put to good use. Call Jean on 493171.

Woodmancote and

nurturing your skin with naturally active herbs will help to improve its circulation, eliminate toxins and restore your natural radiance


JANUARY 2013 | What’s on Henfield WI

HDC Health Walk

A talk entitled ‘A Sussex Farm in the 1950’s’ will be given by Ian Everest. Tea will be served and there will be a ‘Flower of the Month’ competition. New members always welcome; for details call 492419.

2 miles stroll. Meet at Steyning Health Centre. Call Linda on 01903 816865 or Lyn on 369752.

Henfield Hall, 2.15pm

Thursday 17

Naomi’s Friends

St Peter’s Church, 3pm

Naomi’s Friends will be meeting again for tea, company and friendship. All who have lost loved ones, however long ago, are very welcome to join us. If you would like to know more speak to the Revd Christina Bennett; 01273 492222

Sunday 20

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


Come to Xplore for the Wedding of the Year at Cana. Holy Communion, songs, stories, crafts, drinks and, of course, cake. Call Rev’d Alastair on 492017, Rev’d Christina on 492222 or Rev’d Peter on 492792.

Know Dementia

Henfield Hall, 2-4pm

White Hart, 8.30pm

ADVANCE NOTICE Saturday 2 February Chanctonbury Chorus & Orchestra

St Andrew & St Cuthman Church, Steyning, 7.30pm

Programme includes Monteverdi VesEntry £2 a head in aid of HART. pers. Tickets £12 from Design Copy Teams up to six. Cash prize for winPrint, Henfield or Steyning Bookshop, ners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve or choir members. Contact Christine a table. Tarry on 01903 815467.

Friday 25

Tuesday 5 February

Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

The Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Henfield Camera Club

Henfield Garden Club

‘Ballooning around Europe’ a talk Winter Talk by Neil Miller on ‘Hever by Keith Brooks ARPS includes Castle Gardens’. both aerial and artistic photograWhite Hart quiz phy in his presentation.

White Hart, 8.30pm

Entry £2 a head in aid of HART. Teams up to six. Cash prize for winGarden Suite, Henfield Hall, 2.30pm ners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve The Night Mail: Britten, Auden and a table. the GPO Film Unit, with David Heley. For more details call Maureen Annual HART fundraiser Lucas on 01273 493966.


Small Dole, 9.30-1pm

Monday 21

White Hart quiz

Saturday 26

Tottington Woodlanders -conservation work

St Peter’s Church, 10.30am

Steyning, 11am

Saturday 9 February

Sunday 27

Tottington Woodlanders -conservation work Small Dole, 9.30-1pm

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

Thursday 31

HDC Health Walk Maplehurst, 10am

Family Carers meeting for those Towards Cowfold. 5½ miles, some family members affected by de- stiles no dogs. Meet in the White mentia. Horse pub car park. Call Geoff on 01403 258180 or Pat on 01403 240654.

Tuesday 22


Henfield Hall, 8-11.30pm

The 11 piece band RetrOactive will be holding their annual HART fundraiser. This is truly a night with something for everyone and not to be missed. Tickets are £15 each and available from Village Care, Henfield Furnishing or online from

Saturday 16 February

Grand Spring Jumble Sale Henfield Hall, 2pm

In aid of Henfield Theatre Company. For jumble collection (large or small items) contact Rose Sharp on 01273 494566 or rosesharp2003@

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JANUARY 2013 | News Queen presents Henfield HART founder with ambulance service medal Dave Fletcher, founder member of HART (Henfield Area Response Team), received his Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal from Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace in November 2012. He was awarded the honour in the Queen’s BirthThe weather was extremely kind to us and we had day Honours list. 24 doubles entries, meaning 48 players enjoyed the “It was an incredible day… sunshine and some great tennis games. On top of I am very proud to receive Photograph courtesy of Mike Beardall that we had about 20 supporters and helpers. The this award” said Dave tournament was played in three boxes of eight enwhose work as a paramedtries, with every doubles playing seven games (match ic in Sussex began in 1974. Dave is the co-ordinator tie breaks to 10). of HART - a group of trained local residents who respond to calls from the ambulance control to 999 calls After almost three hours of play, we had two doubles in local communities.
“Things have come a long way that had won all seven games. In third place, we had since I started with the ambulance service…,” he said. the Crawley brothers (Rufus and Freddy), with the “We are so very lucky in Sussex, Surrey and Kent to same amount of overall points won as the two leadhave such dedicated and motivated ambulance staff ing doubles, but with one match lost. The final was who work so hard to deliver the very highest stan- then played between Ralph and Martin Abbs-Burton, and Otto Schlüter and Cameron King. Ultimately the dards in resuscitation.” younger couple (Otto and Cameron) kept the upper SECAMB Chief Executive Paul Sutton said: “Dave is hand and took home the winners medals. The two very deserving of this award and a perfect recipient to boys also received the prize for best fancy dress (reinbe chosen - the first time ambulance personnel have deer and Grinch) after the first choice couple, Liz and been recognised in this way. I would like to express her daughter Caroline who came and played dressed both my personal congratulations and that of the Trust as Christmas crackers, had to leave early and passed for his commitment and dedication over many years.” on their prize. Mike Beardall The prize for biggest age gap within doubles couples was highly contested, with a lot of parents playing Poynings Panto with their children. It went to Tracey and Gina CapaldiRun out of ideas over the festive season? Then head Drewett, who have 45 years between them. The prize over to Poynings for some good old fashioned panto for youngest couple went to Fingal Wilson and Olifun. The People of Poynings will be performing Snow ver McKinnon after William Wilson had to switch to a White and the Seven (or is it eight?) dwarfs at the Holy much older player ( his younger partner, Ethan Amaya had to leave early). Trinity Church from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 January. With a very successful Pantomime last year under The children all played very well and showed great their belt, this year’s performance will bring back the smiles in winning as well as in defeat. All agreed that side-splitting comedy, song and dance, and fun filled it was a real fun event. entertainment to delight both old and young. Jorg Schlueter, Coach, Henfield Tennis Club Christmas is ‘behind you’ so get yourself over to Poynings and work off that turkey and Christmas pud The Anne Giliberti School of Dance with a bit of audience participation – you know you want to! Prices start at £7 for adults and £3 for chilPrincipal: Anne Giliberti A.R.A.D. L.I.S.T.D dren. Evening performances £8 all tickets including refreshments - this is your first bargain of 2012! See Registered teacher & Life Member of The Royal Academy of Dance for tickets or ask at The Royal Oak, Classes for children from 3 years to adult Poynings.

Mini tennis Christmas doubles tournament On Sunday 2 December we held our Christmas fun tournament which was played with players of all age groups as a doubles tournament on mini red courts. The youngest entrant was 4½ years old and the oldest was in their late 60’s.

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News | JANUARY 2013 Ash Dieback Chalara dieback is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea. It has already affected 90% of ash trees in Denmark. First identified in Great Britain in February 2012, it has now been found across the country, including Sussex and Kent. Ash trees make up a huge part of our woodlands so losing large numbers would have a devastating effect on our wildlife and landscapes. It is clear that ash dieback is here to stay and there is no hope of stopping it. Now we must use scientific evidence to minimise the impact. Sussex Wildlife Trust has researched the problem and advises people who are concerned about the trees in their garden or woodland not to panic and start cutting them down, but to get expert advice. The situation is still developing, but for now we recommend: â&#x20AC;˘ Leave healthy ash trees well alone. Ash trees are a vital habitat for birds and insects. Some ash trees may have a natural resistance and seeds from surviving trees could be used for replanting schemes â&#x20AC;˘ Visit the Forestry Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (FC) website www. to check their symptom guides and videos. â&#x20AC;˘ Check the tree is an ash rather than a rowan (also known as mountain ash). Rowan trees are easily mistaken for ash but are not susceptible to Chalara.

â&#x20AC;˘ If you think a tree is infected with Chalara, report it to the Forestry Commission Chalara helpline on telephone: 08459 33 55 77 â&#x20AC;˘ The Forestry Commission may send out an inspector to take samples and confirm the disease. Please do not do anything to a tree that has not been confirmed as infected â&#x20AC;˘ If a tree is infected, the Forestry Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inspector will tell you what to do next. This will probably follow the Action Plan set out by the Government at the beginning of November. Jess Price, Wildlife Information Officer at Sussex Wildlife Trust, is always happy to answer your questions about ash dieback disease or any other environmental or wildlife issues on her dedicated information hotline: WildCall 01273 494777, or by email wildcall@

The Pizza Oven â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fresh, handmade, wood fired Who on earth would put a clay-domed, wood fired oven in the back of a van and drive it around the Sussex countryside, cooking pizzas? Helen Kerr and Emma Rogers would. And the good news is theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Henfield every Tuesday evening. They have three other regular weeknight street pitches in the local area and also provide a novel, tasty option for parties, events and celebrations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love food,â&#x20AC;? explains Helen â&#x20AC;&#x153;and we love the idea










JANUARY 2013 | News of cooking great quality pizzas on the street, just like it’s been done for hundreds of years. People can just pitch up, order what they want, have a chat and get a good meal. We can also turn up at parties and make sure they go off with a bang.” You might think you know pizza, but perhaps you should think again. The Pizza Oven import all their meats and tomatoes from Sardinia. Their cheeses come from a specialist provider. The dough is made to their own recipe, ensuring a thin, crispy base every time. “Times are hard right now,” says Emma, “but people still want to enjoy themselves and eat well. With us, they get the best possible ingredients at a reasonable price, because we don’t have huge overheads like a restaurant would.” Catch the Pizza Oven in Henfield’s library car park on Tuesdays (5.30-8.30pm), Blue Bird Garage, Ashington on Wednesdays (same times), Patridge Green Village Hall car park on Thursdays (times as above) and Steyning High Street car park on Fridays (6-9pm).

Under 10’s - thank you Teams Thunder and Lightening will be snug whilst training this season thanks to Jayess Tools of Partridge Green. Owner Pete Rudling kindly came forward to as sponsor of the new training tops. The under 10 teams, managed by Angie Brotheridge, and coached by Martin standing and Nick Cook, now have warm training tops for those damp cold training sessions at the Rothery. These tops will replace the outgrown windproofs kindly provided by Olus for the 09/10 season. The enthusiastic teams continue to wear their team strip provided by Rushfields last year. Christmas charity fair success Once again the Christmas Charity Fair attracted more people through the door, but unfortunately the total spent was slightly down on last year. Many thanks for BN5 magazine’s help with publicity - I’m certain its one of the reasons we have a good turnout. Linda Beresford

Men – do love to sing? New gym equipment for Henfield Leisure Centre Our new PulseFitness gym opened Thursday 29 November! All cardiovascular machines have a different range of programmes, free view TV and are iPod/iPhone compatible. All resistance machines have state of the art GT consoles that display the weight, repetitions / sets and range of movement.

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Sussex Harmonisers Barbershop Chorus ( invite you to an Open Evening on Tuesday 8 January, 7.15pm at St Pauls College in Burgess Hill. This will be followed by a free six week trial from 7.15 – 9.00pm. Contact Brian Beglin on 01444 553102, or just turn up. There is no need to be able to read music as teach tracks are available so come along and join in.

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Calendar boys bare all for memorial charity Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the opportunity to own your very own, very tasteful calendar of the Henfield football team baring (almost) all in a charity calendar. The calendar, in aid of the Ben Bray Memorial Fund, went on sale during the Henfield Christmas evening and sold out in record time, raising ÂŁ1,250. The calendar has since been re-printed and is available to purchase from Stevens Estate Agents for ÂŁ10, all profits going to the fund in aid of good Henfield causes. Thanks go to Chris from Design Copy Print for producing the calendar in record time.

Henfield nine mile fun run Entry forms for the Henfield nine mile fun run on Sunday 24 February are now available from Henfield Leisure Centre. The scenic course is off-road and follows the riverbank and the disused railway line and includes flint paths and stiles. There will be a medal for all finishers and the results will be posted on our website at the end of the race. Entry forms available from the Leisure Centre or online at or email

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Henfield announced its winning Christmas shop window displays at the Spirit of Christmas village evening on 7 December. The judge was Nigel Fitzsimmons, Town Centres Officer for Horsham District Council. He and Tony Jackson, Henfield Community Partnership chairman, presented Henfield Enterprise certificates to shop owners. The winners were: White Mischief (best theme), Henfield Antiques & Home (best use of space), Southdown Galleries (best use of colour) and Bay Tree Trading (best lighting). Highly commended were Jasmines, Hamfelds, Design-copy-print, Pinks and The Jam Pot. Nigel said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas windows in Henfield this year were of an excellent standard and, having had the privilege of judging last year, it was amazing to see how things have changed and been improved year on year. It really was a tough decision choosing between

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A fireworks display raised more than ÂŁ1,800 for HART in memory of a young footballer. Ben Bray, captain and manager of Henfield Football Club, died suddenly aged 27 a year ago. His father Stephen, who runs Steve Bray Coachworks in Woodmancote, organised the bonfire party as part of the Ben Bray Memorial Fund. HART responders received the cheque from Stephen and Susan, Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s step-mother - who herself raised ÂŁ180 for HART with a sponsored bike ride. Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother Andrea and two sisters were at the fireworks night which was attended by more than 300 friends and family with music by Speedboatz, fellow footballers and friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;HART is a vital part of the community,â&#x20AC;? said Stephen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As well as attending Ben they also attended my father, so this charity is very close to home. Ben loved fireworks and we decided this was the most fitting fund-raising event. It was a very special occasion and a spectacular display was put on by Aurora Fireworks.â&#x20AC;? Stephen thanked Ian and Jill McNee for allowing the bonfire on their land, Sussex Wildlife Trust for the use of their car park at Woods Mill and everyone for their kind donations. Dick Nye, chairman of HART, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a very generous cheque and we are deeply grateful to Benâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and friends for all their hard work.â&#x20AC;? Mike Beardall


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News | JANUARY 2013 people and families affected by a dementia in our communities. Lionel Barnard will be attending as will other community service groups responsible for supThis year a total of £5,410.94 was raised during the porting the local communities. Watch out for further Poppy Appeal in Henfield, Small Dole and Sherman- information and put the date in your diary. bury. Although this figure is down on last year, bearing in mind the present economic climate, it is still a RETROACTIVE fundraiser tremendous sum The 11 piece band RetrOactive will be holding their The total raised in the Henfield District for the Poppy annual HART fund raiser on 9 February 2013. Come Appeal last year totalled £8,499.12. The additional and join them, banish your winter blues and brighten monies coming from the Church collections at the up your February with this Supper and Dance Night at Remembrance Service, sale of wreaths, donations the Henfield Village Hall from 8-11.30pm. and our Coffee Mornings. Our recent Coffee Morn- RetrOactive is fast becoming one of the South’s most ing raised £299.61 and my thanks go to all those who sort after bands for weddings and functions, making helped. this annual fund raiser for HART one of the only opA very big thank you to all who donated and to all portunities that there is to come and hear this outof my collectors and helpers, especially Christine standing band play at a public event. Parkes, who for the first time this year helped me with With all the ingredients for the perfect night out you the distribution and collection of boxes, and with the can soak up the fun party atmosphere, enjoy a delicounting monies. Without the help of all these people cious hot supper, drinks from the bar plus a wide vanone of this would have been possible riety of music from RetrOactive, whilst raising money Mike Morgan, Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for HART. Organiser for Henfield, Small Dole and Shermanbury This is truly a night with something for everyone and District. not to be missed. Tickets are £15 each and available from Village Care, Henfield Furnishing or online from

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HART responder saves life Many of us are aware of the Henfield Area Response Team (or HART) and many of us have contributed to their fundraising efforts. But do we really understand what a vital role they play? The recent experience of Lancing resident Malcolm Town demonstrates just how lucky we are to have such a service in the village. Back in October 2012 Malcolm was playing some early morning golf with friends at the Horton Golf Club in Small Dole. He had played one and a half holes Photograph courtesy of Mike Beardall when things started to go wrong. “I went to hit the ball and I just went limp and started to feel dizzy and hot,” he said. “Martin asked me what the matter was and Henfield HART responders I asked him to lie me down. I don’t remember what happened for the next few minutes but when I came say thanks to Anne to, I could hear people talking around me, although I Henfield HART responders congratulated Anne Dew- wasn’t really aware of what was going on.” dney for five years’ service last month with a floral Malcolm had in fact gone into cardiac arrest. However, presentation at their Christmas dinner. Anne is stephe was extremely fortunate to be playing golf with his ping into a new support role after being an active emergency responder. She and four other responders received Queen’s awards this year for five years’ service. Anne said: “The HART team are a great bunch and doing a tremendous job.” HART chairman Dick Nye said: “Anne has worked tirelessly for HART and will be vital in her new support role for the group.”

Know Dementia Know Dementia are running a Family Carers meeting for those family members affected by dementia on 21 January from 2-4pm in the Henfield Village Hall. On Tuesday 26 February Know Dementia will be presenting on Dementia Friendly Communities from 2-4pm in Henfield Village Hall. This will be a public meeting to gain a better understanding of dementia and to look at ways we can all improve the lives of

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JANUARY 2013 | News friend and HART responder Martin Tooth. Even more fortunately, Martin had packed his defibrillator in the boot of his car that morning – a spur of the moment decision. “My training kicked in,” said Martin. “I called 999 and got Malcolm into the recovery position. I went to get the defibrillator and oxygen from my car, but within 30 seconds of me returning, he died. At that point I went into autopilot. I cut his clothes, attached the defibrillator and attached the pads to Malcolm. The machine delivered an electrical shock and then I performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Malcolm began to come round and within a few minutes he was talking.” Once the paramedics arrived from the Sussex Ambulance Service, Malcolm was taken to Brighton & Sussex University hospital A&E department. By 11.30am he was on the cardiac ward with a diagnosis of Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). “I went on to finish the round of golf,” said Martin, but funnily enough I didn’t play very well! I feel extremely fortunate to be able to save someone.” Malcolm spent just over four weeks in hospital where he was fitted with an ‘implantable cardioverter-defibrillator’ (or ICD unit) to prevent further attacks. When I spoke to Malcolm before Christmas he was back at home with his wife and looking forward to the festive period. “I was very lucky that day,” said Malcolm. “The doctors told me it was a two million to one chance that I survived and it’s all down to HART and Martin in particular – without him I wouldn’t be here today.” Sarah Butler To find out more about HART and how you can support them, please visit uk or call 01273 494826.

Tuesday 5 February is the date our series of winter talks begin, but more about that next month when the article will be written by the club’s new Publicity Secretary. My thanks go to Emma and her team for all her help during the last three years - you provide an excellent service to Henfield with this BN5. I am looking forward to retiring to my garden to catch up with all the jobs that have been neglected during the recent soaking wet months and await with baited breath to see what the weather brings us gardeners next year. Henfield Garden Club has a full calendar already booked for 2013 so if you would like to join us, contact the Membership Secretary by email or phone 01273 492497 for more details. Margaret Hollingsworth

New Year – new fitter you for 2013

If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit for 2013 then why not come along and join Henfield Joggers beginners course starting on Wednesday 9 January 2013? We start off a run/walk programme and build our way up over several weeks to a distance of 3-4 miles. The group is open to girls and boys, men and women. Just email or turn up at the Leisure Centre at 7pm. Our main meeting is each Wednesday night at 7pm when we run both off road (even in the mud and dark - we use torches!) and on road. We will aim to find you someone of similar speed and distance and then you can enjoy the benefits of running with a friendly group. Alternatively do you want company for the longer marathon training runs? We run a variety of routes on Saturdays at 8am from Henfield Leisure Centre. So what are you waiting for? Further information can be found on our website: Henfield Garden Club We also have a Facebook group, just look for Henfield Writing this the week before our Christmas Social is due Joggers - it couldn’t be easier! to take place it seems strange to already be wishing ev- Paul Crowe eryone reading this a happy and healthy New Year. Our club kicks off the New Year with it’s AGM on Tues- Book SALE for Christian day 8 January at 7.30pm in the Henfield Hall. As usual Aid & Medical Centre coffee or tea will be available beforehand and member Christian Aid are now collecting second-hand books Martyn Thomas has kindly agreed to give a dvd/video to sell on the internet, so raising funds for some of the show of recent club outings and happenings. world’s poorest communities. No costs are involved as Experience Holistic Angel’s treatments in the comfort of your own home, workplace or at her relaxing treatment room in Henfield.

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News | JANUARY 2013 a cardboard box is provided and when it is full of books, a courier collects it. The books are sold on the internet rather than through shops on the high street, so the ones that raise the most money are those with bar codes on the cover. Non-fiction books are strongly preferred. We will happily collect your spare books and use them to raise funds, either through Christian Aid or by making them available in the bookshelves at the Henfield Medical Centre. We have already raised £400 at the Medical Centre for equipment since the scheme started in February 2012, and there is now a set of bookshelves in the Woodlawn surgery at Partridge Green. You will find there a selection of good quality books, mainly modern fiction, all at 50p each. If you have books to donate to either cause, please new and special experience – flying one-hour to Paris telephone Jackie Bates on 01273 493172 and we will in the spring!” said Neil Laughton, Small Dole resident happily arrange to collect them from you. and one of the two Sussex-based aviation experts who have founded the airline. Some of the special To Paris in the spring features of the airline include 15 minute check-in, no Ticket sales are open for twice-daily scheduled hidden fees, VIP lounge and service and easy local flights to Paris from Shoreham with a brand new parking. The flight, which is in a 19-seat Let 410 comairline, Brighton City Airways, prompting the airport muter aircraft, takes one hour to reach Paris. to rename to Brighton (Shoreham) Airport. First flights Flights to Paris can be booked straight away with a will depart on 6 March 2013, flying to Paris Pontoise, £20 deposit and the rest of payment is only required which is close to central Paris. Passengers will be two weeks before the flight date, with the opportuable to reach the centre of Paris within two hours of nity to change names on the tickets for no charge. parking at Shoreham. Flights will cost from £69 one Passengers are advised to book early to benefit from the best prices. To book flights, visit www.brightonway, including taxes and charges. and keep up to date with news on “This is the perfect present for someone who wants a Facebook and twitter.

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JANUARY 2013 | News National recognition for Henfield Youth Club Nsure Fundraising for the Youth Club continues with a jumble Nsure Financial Services are proud to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the annual awards held by the Personal Finance Society (PFS), the professional body for financial services professionals. The award goes to firms who can demonstrate a strong commitment to professionalism, through the qualification and development of its people, a highly professional and ethical culture and a strong commitment to customer care.

sale at the Henfield Hall on Saturday 12 January from 2pm (see â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; section for more information). Also, the Youth Club is planning a big event in April â&#x20AC;&#x201C; watch this spaceâ&#x20AC;Ś!

Plaque for local business supporting firefighters The Worthing based, family firm of Chartered Financial Planners entered the national awards in the category of Chartered Financial Planning firm of the Year. Being one of 431 Chartered Financial Planning firms in the UK, they are extremely proud to be one of the four finalists for the 2012 Award. This year they were not selected as the winners, in what was apparently a very close race, but they fully intend to try again next year! Nsure Director, Tony Cohen attended the PFS gala dinner and awards ceremony with his son and fellow Chartered Financial Planner, Richard Cohen.Tony spoke of that evening and the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finalist status saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great achievement to be one of four finalists in this national competition against much larger firms. The experience of being questioned by a panel of fellow professionals and financial journalists has made me realise how much our team has achieved and made me even more determined to come back next year.â&#x20AC;? Nsure Financial Services has held Chartered status since 2007 and more recently in 2010, its sister company Nsure Ltd, a firm of Insurance Brokers were also accredited with Chartered status.

Henfield butcher Alan Woodward was presented with a plaque by Maisie Rudkin, Deputy District Commander from West Sussex Fire & Rescue in recognition of his support of the service. Alanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employee Steve Mundy has been a retained firefighter at Henfield station for the past three years, following in his Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footsteps, Jim Mundy, who is a well known fireman. With Alanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support he is able to cover the daytime shift and has on occasion been called on an emergency with a shop full of customers, who are always understanding. Alan said; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleased to support this essential service. After all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only inconvenient if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your house on fire!â&#x20AC;? Maisie said; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The station at Henfield has survived for 100 years with the support of businesses like Woodwards. We are very grateful, and would encourage more local people to take the challenge of a retained firefighter role. If you work locally it can be rewarding and the impact is not as big as you would imagine.â&#x20AC;? Email for details.

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News | JANUARY 2013 BN5 Birds Having had the wettest summer in 100 years we are now promised the coldest winter - poor birds! Many of us help the birds through winter (and beyond) by feeding them and providing water. Here are just a few tips to help maintain a healthy garden bird population. Clean feeders and bird-baths regularly in a mild disinfectant and rinse well – birds are prone to pooing everywhere and can catch disease from dirty feeding stations. Clearing up feed that has fallen on the ground to stop it going mouldy will protect ground feeders from disease and help to prevent visits from rodents. Birds, like us, can catch diseases from one another when gathering in large groups and finches are particularly prone to a disease called trichomomosis. However a clean feeding site can guard against this. Don’t worry - this isn’t something that can affect humans. I am a keen gardener who loves everything to look right and there’s nothing better than a trim hedge in a garden but they do start sprouting in spring and can look a bit untidy. Because some birds start building their nests as early as the beginning of March this is a plea not to trim your hedges between March and September so that nesting birds aren’t disturbed. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of jays around at the moment. Jays belong to the crow family and have a screaming call when they fly. They are bigger than thrushes but smaller than crows and are a lovely buff

pink colour with blue wing patches and a white rump. Jays are normally shy woodland birds but are coming out of the woods and flying around our gardens this year because the acorn harvest is poor and they are driven to search in built-up areas for food. Keep your eyes open for them. Henfield Birdwatch has an interactive website: Have a look on there for recent sightings in an around Henfield and how to join us. We arrange talks, newsletters and walks. We are soon to commence on our fourth ‘Birds of Henfield’ survey. Our last survey won an award and we are looking forward to achieving the same high standard with our next.

Christmas Shoe Boxes Thank you to everyone who filled a shoe box and delivered it to the Free Church. We sent 180 boxes to Link Romania who have safely transported them to Eastern Europe. I know that each box will have made a huge difference to a family’s life. Thank you Henfield for sharing with others. Jean Whiting



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The Visual Merchandising Team at White Mischief created an epic Christmas window display for 2012. They worked solidly for two days, getting up early and not finishing until late, to complete their ambitious task just in time for 1 December. Following the theme of Swan Lake, with the White Swan and the Black Swan, the girls assembled a very atmospheric and magical arrangement. We are so very pleased to announce that our window displays were awarded the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Best Themeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; award for Henfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Competition! We want to give a big thank you to Amaryllis Events, for all their help and for the use of their props. We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have made it all so beautiful without them. And we would love to give






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Wanted A small, friendly team urgently need more people to join them. No prior experience needed, we will show you what to do. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to have any special skills, just a willingness to try new things. Based in Henfield. Only two hours a week commitment. What is the role? Helping to allow girls and young women in Henfield to be part of the largest female only organisation in the world - Guiding. We currently have a number of girls on waiting lists who might never get to be a part of this amazing organisation due to a lack of adult volunteers. We need help to keep existing Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units open and ideally to reopen our third Brownie unit. Before you think someone else will volunteer, chances are they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Our numbers of volunteers have been falling each year, with very few new volunteers coming forward. And, if you are also thinking that us existing volunteers only do it because we have nothing else to do, you would be wrong. We do all work, we do all have families, but we also do Guiding because we enjoy it and so could you. So, can you help us? For information please contact Sara Williams on 494470.


Henfield Parish Council maintains a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vulnerable Personsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; list of residents. It was set up so our more elderly or infirmed residents will not have to leave their homes unaided during periods of snow and ice to buy emergency food supplies, get medical prescriptions or visit the Medical Centre. Those residents already on the list have been written to reminding them of the actions Henfield Parish Council will be taking should Henfield suffer extreme wintry conditions. If you are not already on this list and feel you may need this help, contact the Parish Council Office in The Henfield Hall or call 01273 492507. Good street lighting is so important, especially during these long winter nights. If you see a light not working or on during the daytime, please report it to Southern Electric on 0800 048 2435 or online via Henfield Parish Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own website (Official Links, Street Light Fault Report). Alternatively tell Henfield Parish Council. 2013 will be a challenging year for your Parish Council. At a time when the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purse strings are being further tightened by Government, it has a programme not only to maintain but also increase the services it undertakes around the Parish. At the same time it represents the best interests of our community on a plethora of matters, not least the continued pressures for further development around the village. The Chairman, Members and Staff of Henfield Parish Council wish you a happy 2013.


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JANUARY 2013 | News Rural Henfield, Steyning & Upper Beeding Children & Family Centre We provide a service for families aged 0–5 including: • Information, advice and guidance • Toy library – great for trying different toys • Oral Health shop – toothbrushes to drinking cups • Speech and language drop-in • One stop shop of family information • Mobile service visiting locations from January In addition, we support a number of groups for parents/carers and children which you are welcome to come along to. We also have an outreach service for families wanting additional support or who are new to the area. To find out more, please contact us by calling 01403 864668, emailing at ruralhenfield.cfc@ or visiting the West Sussex County Council website under ‘Children and Family Centres’.

Henfield Gardens & Arts 13 It may be winter outside, but in my heart its spring… or even summer! Yes it’s already time to look forward to the next Garden and Arts Festival, which will be over the weekend of 8-9 June 2013. Right now your garden may look a bit forlorn, but that will change and we’re on the hunt for people willing to open their gardens in June. The emphasis is on ‘gardens for gardens sake’. No matter what size or shape your garden is, we’re inviting the gardeners out there to step forward and inspire us with what you’ve done with what you’ve got! It’s a wonderful,l friendly weekend to take part in and people are always keen to see new and interesting gardens, so don’t be daunted if you’ve not considered this before. To register your interest please call Heather MacFarlane Cryer on 01273 492442 before 31 January. Paul Crowe

dren after their surgery. The work the volunteer surgeons do is amazing - the people there are so kind and loving.” Mike Beardall We will be featuring Ann and Anne’s trip in the February edition of BN5.

HENFIELD CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION IS A WINNER Henfield celebrated the Spirit of Christmas on 7 December with a record turn-out for fairground rides, food stalls, musical groups and Santa Claus in the High Street. Charity fundraising stalls, a hog roast and hot chestnuts kept the village buzzing. Santa’s sleigh (courtesy of the BP Guild) Photograph courtesy of Mike Beardall was in the centre of the village and Santa was in his grotto nearby in the bus shelter, run by Henfield Youth Club. Shops were open with refreshments for customers. Charity stalls included Friends of St. Barnabas House, Leonard Cheshire, Marie Curie, Childreach International, RNLI and Helping Elsewhere. Carol singing and music was by Children’s Society supporters and the Free Church choir. At The Plough, Carole and Neil Caudwell raised funds for the BP Guild with a barbeque while Jeremy’s, the fruit and veg shop, served hot chestnuts and mulled wine.


Members of the Thursday Circle enjoyed a festive afternoon of carols Henfield volunteers and mince pies in December. They return from Sumatra were joined by Steve charity work Piggot on keyboards accompanied by his A Henfield teacher and a nurse, both retired, have wife Sandra, who returned from nearly three weeks working with chilled the singing of dren in a hospital in Sumatra. Ann Clark of Furners traditional carols. Lane and Ann Garmston of Church Street travelled to the town of Siantar where children with facial de- See BN5 diary listings for their next event. fects are treated by a British charity. The charity ‘The Children of Sumatra’ was started by Henfield Hall annual quiz Pulborough woman Katy Pavett 10 years ago. She Last year’s annual quiz held on Saturday 10 Novemlives in Sumatra with her husband. Her charity orga- ber was once again a great success, with over £1000 nises surgery and care for children with cleft palates raised for Hall funds. A total of 24 teams took part and facial disfigurements. Since 2002 more than 500 with this year’s question master and setter, BN5’s own people have had life-changing operations and free Paul Samrah. The eventual winners were Bakers’ Half medical help with serious illness. Dozen, with Comedy of Errors and M&N’s tied as joint A volunteer medical team provides surgery and den- runners-up. The full results are on the notice board in tistry plus aftercare for children who arrive at the the foyer of The Henfield Hall. Saturday 9 November medical centre. “They never turn anyone away,” said is the planned date for the 2013 quiz, so please put Ann Clark, former head of infants at Leechpool Lane the date in your diary now and we will look forward to Primary School in Horsham. “Ann and I cared for chil- seeing you there.

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Kid’s stuff | JANUARY 2013

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ngel wings and cardboard crowns painted gold were in abundance during December as St Peter’s Primary and local nurseries celebrated Christmas with their traditional nativity plays.

a special baby to be born. They visit many countries, including England, France, Africa, Mexico, Australia, and China and end up in Bethlehem, where the Shepherds and Kings join them to celebrate. Chatterbox children filled shoeboxes with goodies for Link Romania during their Christmas celebrations, to send to children less fortunate than themselves. What a nice way to share the Christmas spirit. Over at St. Peter’s School the stage was filled with multitudes of shepherds and very sparkly angels, while Mary looked beatific and Joseph quite the proud father. And as for the star, it twinkled as bright as can be. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

The Warren Playgroup crossed the road to St Peter’s Church for their annual play, parents enjoyed the spectacle of angels in satin and tinsel and shepherds washing their socks by night. Over at Busy Bees even the staff joined in, we love the smiley donkey centre stage, but can’t remember where the bee fits into the Christmas story?! At The Dove Nursery on The Common, children performed their own play called “The Christmas Angels” to a packed and appreciative audience of parents and grandparents. In the story, co-written by all the children, angels look for somewhere around the world for Emma Osman

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nspiration for Henfield photographer Julie Mitchell, who runs the successful Southdowns Photographics, comes ready-made in the form of the beautiful Sussex countryside surrounding her home. If you are a walker you may have seen Julie and her dog Fergie out on one of their many walks, her love of the countryside is captured in many of her stunning landscape photographs.

Julie grew up in Henfield and returned again in ’93 after getting married. She is rarely without her trusty Nikon camera, capturing the seasons as they roll over the South Downs. Her images show vibrant colours as the leaves turn; crisp and clear close-ups of nature unfurling in the spring; the intricate beauty of a cobweb encrusted with hoar frost. They make you want to pull on some walking boots and get out there to enjoy the beauty of it all. “I just love living here,” said Julie. “Walking with Fergie is such a pleasure and seeing a familiar view at different times of the year as the seasons change is something too tempting not to catch on camera. There are no tricks to my photography – I just keep my eyes open!” This is a modest statement from Julie; having an eye for colour, light and the perfect angle is a rare skill. Many of us with digital cameras will know how technology allows us to take some reasonable shots and covers a multitude of lighting and composition sins, but Julie’s breathtaking images are in a league of their own. Julie’s love of animals is apparent in her pet portraits.

She likes to capture the animals in their own environment, often combining her stunning countryside images with the animals. Most of her commissions are dogs and horses, although she has been known to take pictures of hamsters and guinea-pigs! “There is something lovely about these commissions, everyone wants something slightly different which can be a challenge, but it keeps me thinking creatively and makes the portraits very personal,” said Julie. Back in 2009 Julie took part in her first ‘365’ project. This involved taking a photograph a day for the whole year, which she published on Flickr, the photography sharing site. It’s a very personal project, which she has repeated several times since. “Sometimes, on a gloomy old day in February, it can be a bit of a challenge to find a good subject,” explained Julie. “But often these are the most interesting shots, when you have to think hard and compensate for bad light. For a photographer it’s great practice and helps you to think in a very creative way.” You can see Julie’s 365 on Alongside friend Tracy Smyth, Julie organises the annual Henfield Arts and Crafts Fayre in the Henfield Hall every Autumn. This successful fayre has grown and grown over the years, achieving a following of visitors who appreciate meeting local artists and craftspeople face to face. Look out for the dates this Autumn in BN5.

You can view and purchase Julie’s photographs, fully mounted and printed professionally, through her website or contact her on 07759 476246. Emma Osman

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he Samaritans are there to listen. They help those who are sad and distressed and feeling emotionally vulnerable to talk things through, understand their problems better, or just show them that someone cares. When people are at their most desperate, the Samaritans can give people the strength to carry on.

Many people can experience feelings of loneliness and isolation, even if they have family or friends around them. Callers to Samaritans often ring because they feel pressured to hide their feelings from family or friends, maybe out of embarrassment or concern not to be a burden. This can sometimes lead to unbearable stress. Talking to a stranger who is willing to listen and provide emotional support can often help. Volunteers are the heart of the Samaritans. They are the listening teams who answer the phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week offering a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for people in distress. Calls come in steadily during the day but the nights, when people often feel at their most desperate, are always the busiest. Callers come from all walks of life, ringing for a variety of reasons including family crises, loneliness, abuse or addiction problems, gender issues and mental health problems. Gill Ross, Director of Horsham & Crawley Samaritans, first started volunteering for them around ten years ago: ‘I read an article about the increase in suicide rates amongst young men. As the mother of young boys, it struck a chord with me’ she said. ‘So I decided to do something about it.’ Like all volunteers, Gill donates 18 hours a month of her time, including

a night shift. ‘It can be hard to fit into your life,’ she admits, “but it is such a rewarding and, at times, humbling experience.” The charity welcome volunteers from all walks of life and have a range of roles to suit all interests, experiences and skills. You don’t need to have previous experience or qualifications, but you do need to be interested in other people and be open-minded. Volunteers include full time teachers, office workers, airline pilots, geologists, nursing staff as well as a retired people with a wealth of experience. All are ordinary people who want to make a difference to someone’s life, including their own. “The training is very thorough, providing individuals with skills for life and the support of the other Samaritans is exceptional’” said Gill. “We ask quite a lot of our volunteers: we take a night shift each month in addition to our daytime hours and there is a very active outreach programme where Samaritans visit other organisations to promote our work.” Volunteering can also lead to all sorts of opportunities in other areas of the charity as well such as marketing, finance, IT, public relations and fundraising. “Becoming a Samaritan has expanded my horizons in a way that I never expected when I first started” said Gill. Horsham and Crawley Samaritans branch was opened in Horsham in 1973 with 120 volunteers, taking 3,172 calls in their first year. Today they take more than 14,000 calls. Apart from the telephone listening service, volunteers also welcome callers at the Centre to talk face to face. They also answer emails from

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JANUARY 2013 | Health around the world, many coming from countries where suicidal feelings or sexuality issues cannot be raised. In recent years the Samaritans have embraced technology and social media. For example, people searching Google for information related to suicide will immediately see the Samaritans helpline number. Facebook users worried about a friend can refer them confidentially to Samaritans via the Facebook Help Centre. They also promote awareness of the service at schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons, community events and music festivals. A fundamental element of the service is confidentiality and the Samaritans will not break a callers’ confidentially under any circumstances. Whether volunteers are talking to people over the phone, via email, texting or face-to-face, confidential emotional support is always given without judgement. “Many people say becoming a Samaritan is one of the best things they have ever done” concludes Gill. “It helps to put your own life and problems into perspective and you know that you are really making a difference to someone’s life by simply being there for them.”

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building has remained standing for almost 130 years because it was built on firm foundations. The aim of The Towers Convent School is to provide secure foundations for the children who attend our lovely school. From the two-year-olds in the Nursery to the confident, articulate sixteen-year-olds, we plan for happy individuals who are at ease with themselves and with others and who are ready to go out into the world to make a difference. The facilities and curriculum prepare pupils for life in the twenty first century whilst the ethos is grounded in Christian teaching with clear moral messages. We are proud that our values are traditional but we recognise the huge value that the world places on technology. The challenge is to enable our pupils to excel in today’s society whilst still having the ability to communicate in a way that our ancestors would understand! All research shows that girls learn better and are more successful if they are taught in an all-girl environment. That is why we welcome boys into our Nursery but ask that they move on once they reach the end of Key Stage One. It also helps to explain why our GCSE results are simply phenomenal! For the past few years we have figures to show that girls who are at The Towers by Year 7 will achieve GCSE results which are at least two grades higher than they would expect to achieve elsewhere. The A and A* figures for mathematics and science nationally is 15.4% compared to 66% at the Towers and it’s similar for the science subjects too. However the girls also have the same degree of success in most other subjects. Overall we expect 100% of each Year 11 group to gain at least five or more GCSE’s at A*C, including maths, English and science. But realistically our achievements are so much higher: this year 13 out of the 45 girls in Year 11 achieved A* or A in all their subjects.

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However, it is easy for any school to claim that they are the school which will suit your child. The only way to really find out is for parents and children to However, The Towers certainly is not ‘all work and visit and for the children to spend some time ‘tasting’ the reality. Come and see for yourselves!

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Exercise on prescription


ow! I feel on top of the world! I’ve had a really good squash match, chatted about tactics and given useful advice to a couple of novice squash players. After freshening up we all met in the bar for a drink. The stresses of the day just melted away as we joked about recovery time and foul shots and the best way to string a racquet and how we wished the Leisure Centre bar had a balcony overlooking the tennis courts! Over the years (and unfortunately I seem to be qualified to say that now!) I have seen just how much exercise can do to improve physical and mental well-being in young and old alike. For confidentiality reasons I cannot use real case studies but here are some stories to illustrate what I mean. ‘Catherine’ had just had a baby, but it wasn’t all as lovely, happy and beautiful, as she had been led to believe it would be. There were some rewarding times but she didn’t seem able to enjoy them. Her parents were supportive but lived a long way away. As money was tight, she had to get back to work to pay the bills. Her baby woke every night and Catherine became depressed. She couldn’t function at work or at home. She then lost motivation to do anything and felt that she was a failure as a mother. The baby just cried more and more and she didn’t know where to turn. Fortunately the Health Visitor popped in one day because she had not weighed the baby for a while. The house was a tip, the baby was crying and Catherine was curled up in bed. The Health Visitor set about helping Catherine. She made an appointment with the GP and arranged for her to be picked up to go to the postnatal group. All the mums in the group agreed that they would try the ‘exercise on prescription’ scheme at Henfield Leisure Centre. Together they turned Catherine’s life around and she gradually became fitter and

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Getting fit for the ski season


t is important to be physically ready before engaging in any type of sporting activity, especially so if you are skiing. Regardless of your current level of fitness and experience, preparation is a must as you will be using muscles and joints in such a way that you do not on a day-to-day basis, placing both under considerably more strain than usual. This aside, some preparation will ensure you enjoy your ski holiday without too many aches and pains or injuries.

Ideally start some ski specific exercise approximately three months before your trip to gradually build your fitness and stamina. That said, better late than never! Whilst it is always important not to develop muscular imbalances when exercising, for the purpose of skiing there are certain muscles that need to be focused on and in this respect the right advice is essential. Most good health clubs provide a free program and expert advice on the best way to prepare for your up-coming ski holiday. A good fitness coach will develop a routine to encompass all the elements to ensure your body is able to deliver the stamina and strength required. Ski-fit exercises targeting the key areas that will be asked to work hardest whilst on the slopes including your leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings, calf muscles, and shin muscles. This will help to increase overall endurance so that you can make the most of the slopes. Working on the leg muscles helps to strengthen the knee and hip joints which are placed under a great deal of stress when skiing and as such are often subject to injury. The knee is the joint that takes the most pressure when skiing; twisting, turning, bending, leaning.

With the rest of your body following their lead, everything depends upon the ease with which your knees can take the impact as you head down the mountain. The hips are the driving force; all movement from the waist down is initiated by the hips. They provide stability and forward momentum, so working to increase their flexibility and strength is a must. Functional training exercises that use 3-dimensional movement patterns should be considered as these types of exercises mimic the movements that you would be likely to do whilst on the slopes, incorporating elements of flexibility, core strength and balance all at the same time. Top tips: 1: Join a gym that offers expert advice, free health checks and fitness programs. 2: Talk through your goals with the health and fitness coach so that they are able to help you achieve your personal goals via a bespoke fitness program. 3: Always take the stairs, cycle and walk instead of using a car or catching the bus. 4: Lose some weight if needed. Your knees will thank you for every ounce lost and there will be plenty of opportunity to indulge your food cravings whilst skiing as you will be burning lots of calories. 5: Have fun! All exercise can be fun, rewarding and relaxing when conducted through a sensible routine.

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which give us a natural high and, in some cases, can act as natural pain relievers. Not only that, evidence now suggests that physical activity can help slow the signs of aging linked to dementia. The great news is that we don’t all have to dress in lycra and hit the gym. Find a form of exercise that suits you, one that you will enjoy and that will give you Weight -loss and looking good aside, research is in- that feel good factor so that you look forward to going creasingly showing that if exercise was a pill it would back for more. be one of the most cost effective medicines ever Jo Bonsey - Personal Development, Team Building & invented. Studies have shown that people who do Wellbeing Consultant, Certified Nia Blue Belt & NLP regular physical activity have a lower risk of many Master Practitioner. Photograph by Deirdre Huston. conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes , osteoarthritis , back pain, depression to name but a few. Yet even with these facts staring us in the face it can still be challenging to find the time for regular physical movement. Often the short term gains (for example getting those last few emails finished at the office, or snuggling up on the sofa with the biscuit tin on a cold winters evening), get in the way of our plans for long term health. So why does this happen? Often it’s because the health benefits feel just too long term. Faced with the decision on whether to stay late to get an urgent report done at work, or spend time reducing your long term risk of heart disease or osteoporosis… it’s easy to see which way it might go! This realisation started me thinking, what are the immediate benefits of regular exercise? I have four horses, so as you can imagine there is a fair amount of physical activity in my day to day routine. Yet five times a week I teach Nia, a dance -based movement class. Why do I do that (and believe me this is a question I often ask myself when leaving the house on a cold winters evening…)? Well the answer is because I love it! At the end of the class I feel great, my head feels clear and my body feels relaxed. It allows me to release any stress, so I sleep better and it improves my concentration. I also really enjoy the social side of seeing my regular class members each week. All these factors combined have led to an increase in my self confidence, which means I am more effective in my day job as a communication skills trainer and coach. This feel good factor I experience is due to the positive effect exercise has on the brain. As we exercise the body produces chemicals called endorphins,

fter the excesses of the mulled wine and mince pie season, many of us come in to the New Year with plans to make regular exercise part of our weekly schedule. Sometimes these plans are successful, other times they quickly fall by the wayside. So why is this, when the majority of us are aware of the health benefits of regular moderate-intensity exercise?

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Sedlescombe Rangers v Henfield

Jonathan Nicklin George Elliott Jack Hide Jordan Smith Ted Bloomfield, Connor Angood Joe Clarke Cameron Santry James Robertson Jacob Osei-Bobie


Substitutes: Ollie Freeman On Sunday 11 November Henfield travelled to play a Sedlescombe side that they had already beaten earlier in the season. Having observed a minute’s silence the visitors were quickly into their stride. The hosts gradually fought their way back into the game but it was the away side who were the first to make the breakthrough. Jack Hide found Connor Angood who played a delightful ball through to Jacob Osei-Bobie, returning from injury. Jacob’s pace took him beyond the defender to fire low into the net. Henfield, refusing to rest on their laurels, quickly doubled their advantage. Cameron Santry found Jacob Osei-Bobie who played the ball into the path of Joe Clarke who thumped a left-footed shot beyond the keeper from the edge of the area. The Henfield boys unlocked the Sedlescombe defence once again as Jacob Osei-Bobie fired another powerful shot beyond the keeper.

next goal could prove vital. But the next goal went to the away side as Ted Bloomfield and Cameron Santry exchanged passes before finding Jacob Osei-Bobie. Jacob went on a superb run beating four players before firing the ball from a tight angle - a superb goal with which to complete his hat-trick. The visitors were in the ascendancy and buoyed by their two goal cushion they started to spray the ball around like a team brimming with confidence. But Sedlescombe fought back with a superb long range effort that flew into the top corner. Henfield continued to probe but the home side fought back strongly looking to find a way through the Henfield rearguard for an unlikely equaliser. Only a good Jonathan Nicklin save kept the visitor’s lead intact. Another Sedlescombe break saw the visitor’s rearguard momentarily outnumbered but a combination of Jack Hide and Jordan Smith outmanoeuvred the home side’s forwards to win possession and clear the danger.

The vital fifth goal arrived when Connor Angood found Harvey Barrie who in turn played the ball onto Jacob Osei-Bobie to fire home - a sweeping move that restored Henfield’s two goal advantage. With the match entering its closing stages the visitor’s emphasised their superiority when Jacob Osei-Bobie won possession and found Joe Clarke who played the ball onto Connor Angood who lobbed the onrushing keeper. The referee blew the whistle moments later to bring an enthralling game to an end. Henfield won comfortably in the end but were made to work hard. The final score The second period began with the visitor’s look- was Sedlescombe Rangers 3 v 6 Henfield. ing to extend their narrow lead knowing that the Darren Angood, HFC U13’s coach The visitors, having started so well, then allowed the home side back into the game. They failed to clear a corner that was eventually bundled home by a forward. Buoyed by their goal, Seddlescombe gave themselves real belief as they reduced the deficit further when a well struck shot flew into the roof of the net. The half was nearing completion and the visitors having dominated much of the early stages finished strongly amidst talk of a Sedlescombe fight back. The half time score was Sedlescombe Rangers 2 v 3 Henfield.

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Business | JANUARY 2013

End of Tax Year Action Plan


s we approach the end of the tax year, there is an opportunity to consider tax planning which may need to be implemented before 5 April.

Some of the planning ideas may seem like simple housekeeping exercises; however their importance should not be overlooked.


vested (as well as unlimited CGT deferral relief). Using the full allowance of EIS relief in the year could equate to a £300,000 reduction in your income tax bill. • Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) – up to £200,000 can be invested in 2012/13 tax year and 30% income tax relief received with future dividends received from the VCT being exempt from Income Tax. More ‘low’ risk VCTs are now available and these are more suited to the risk averse investor. • The interest elements of mortgage payments are allowable deductions against income received from rental properties. You could consider increasing the mortgage debt on a Buy-to-Let property to reduce the related taxable rental income or swapping debt on the main home so that the interest becomes deductible against rental income. • 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. • If you are a basic rate tax payer, but will become a higher rate tax payer in the near future, consider making any capital disposals this year. CGT is payable at 18% on any gains up to the basic rate band limit (£34,370) providing it has not already been used against income. CGT is charged at 28% on any gains in excess of the basic rate band limit.

• Valuable income tax reliefs can be claimed when pension contributions are made. The maximum you can contribute each year to benefit from these reliefs is currently £50,000. Personal contributions of up to 100% of earnings can be made, and would receive basic/higher/additional rate income tax relief of up to 60% (depending on your current level of income). • It could be worthwhile contributing this tax year whilst you can still receive income tax relief at 50% before higher rate tax drops to 45% on 6 April 2013. • You can carry forward any unused annual allowance from the previous three tax years (assumed annual allowance of £50,000 for the previous years) to potentially contribute up to £200,000. • Employer contributions paid as a salary sacrifice can reduce the corporation tax liability for the company, and also save on National Insurance Contributions for both the company and employee. • UK resident individuals are entitled to realise capi• ‘In-specie’ contributions of permitted investments tal gains of up to £10,600 (2012/13) annually without having to pay any Capital Gains Tax (CGT). If several such as commercial properties can also be made. capital disposals are to be made around the tax yearend, it could be beneficial to straddle these across • Cash ISAs, which generate tax free income, are the two financial years so as to utilise two annual exavailable to anyone over the age of 16 with a maxi- emptions. mum investment of £5,640 each year. • The transfer of assets to a spouse is tax neutral. • Stocks and Shares ISAs are available to anyone Therefore, a share of the ownership of any asset may over 18 up to a maximum investment of £11,280 each be transferred to a spouse so that each individual’s year (or £5,640 if the full cash ISA allowance is being annual exemptions may be used for that disposal. utilised). • There is also a lower rate (18%) of CGT for individu• You cannot carry forward any unused ISA allowance als who have not used their entire basic rate against to future tax years so potential tax benefits would be their income (i.e. total income of less than £42,475). Consider realising gains this year if any of this taxlost should this not be fully utilised. bracket remains available to you. • The maximum that can be contributed by anyone to a Child Trust Fund for children born between 1 • Assets may be given to children to make use of their September 2002 and 2 January 2011 is £3,600. In- CGT allowances when they later dispose of them. come your child receives from this trust fund will be • If you have two homes, consider making a Principal tax free. Private Residence election on one of them so that fu• Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is a ture CGT is reduced or eliminated. new tax relief for 2012/13 intended to encourage investments into small start-up companies which can provide a 50% income tax credit and also be used to • As transfers of assets between spouses are not claim exemption from tax on capital gains up to the chargeable to CGT, you can use this relief to transfer income-producing assets to a spouse paying tax at a amount invested. lower rate. You will then be able to utilise two personal • Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) – up to allowances (of £8,105 for 2012/13), and two basic rate £1,000,000 can be invested in 2012/13 tax year with bands (up to £34,370 of the remaining income). 30% income tax relief being given on the amount in-

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• Income producing assets can also be given to children over 18 to utilise their personal allowance and lower tax rates if the gift is being made by their parents. • Consider the transfer of assets from other relatives to use minor children’s personal allowances and basic rate band. This approach may be appropriate as part of planning to pay school fees. • For those aged over 65, one way of best using the age allowances is by sharing income producing assets to keep adjusted individual income to below £25,400 as this ensures that the maximum age allowance is given. • For business owners, you could consider paying a spouse, provided this can be justified in the context of your business, instead of drawing additional salary, to ensure that income stays below £42,475, £100,000, or £150,000 to avoid the higher income tax rates or potentially losing your personal allowance. • Children and spouses have their own £3,600 p.a. pension contribution allowance with automatic 20% tax relief so pensions can be set up for them at any age even if they do not have any income.

Estate Planning

• Each year, every individual has a £3,000 exemption for Inheritance Tax (IHT). This means that £3,000 of assets can be transferred outside of a married/civil partnership without lifetime IHT implications. Any unused exemption from the prior year may also be brought forward and used this year.

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• 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. • It is important to ensure that your wills are up to date and remain tax efficient. If you hold assets abroad, a separate will in these territories should be considered to avoid any contentious disputes over your estate in the future. • Consider restructuring your investment portfolio in a more tax efficient way for the purposes of IHT, as certain types of investments are exempt from IHT after two years. This update is intended for information only and is not personalised financial advice. All possible care has been taken to ensure its accuracy and is based upon our understanding of current HMRC practice. You should seek professional tax and investment advice before any planning is put into action. 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, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP, T: 01737 781546 E:

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Index of advertisers | JANUARY 2013 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Kingston Smith LLP R J Dewdney

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Henfield Homes & Prop. Maintenance Keystone Concepts Mick Patching Nigel Parsons Optimal Property Maintenance Willow Construction

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Cherish Care Cherish Development Centre Red Oaks Care Home Upper Mead

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Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Selectacarpet

56 49

Pizza Oven taste...deli

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Mucky Trucks professional cleaning


COMPUTER REPAIR & IT SUPPORT A1 Henfield Helpline PC Doctor

49 56

The Conservatory Co. Countryman Windows

48 51

Anne Giliberti School of Dance


BHW Glass Countryman Windows N. Constantine Repairs

58 51 57

Beach Electrical Paul Barnard Jeremy Crawley Electrician

58 56 58

Southern Housing Group


Homelands Equestrian






FARM SHOPS / GREENGROCERS Jeremyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rushfields Farm Shop


Premier Fencing

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Braziersâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Autos Coles Automotive Mile Oak Servicing Setyres

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CCE Gardens Martin Standing The Green Reaper Rooted Rushfields


Camelia Botnar Steyning Bookshop Stokes Newsagents

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B Muzeen Groundworks CB Groundworks and Construction

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Just Gutters


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Optimal Property Services




Cornerweighs Croftonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foot Clinic Emotional Freedom Techniques Goldenâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Square Chiropody Kristina Banner massage Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Osteopathic Practice Henfield Physiotherapy Henfield Podiatry Clinic Holistic Angel Massage Ideal Weight Julie Craig Fitness Nia Personal Training Linda Rusby Pilates for Life Sussex Osteopath & CHC Wickwoods

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Nsure PXL Insurance

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Katherine Lawrie


The Community Church, Henfield Henfield Hall Henfield Leisure Centre Indigo Spiritual Connection Wickwoods

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Beacon Lettings


Lucy Locksmith


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Henfield Eye Care


Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Trim Decorating

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Personal Trainer Linda Rusby


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The George Hotel Tottington Manor The White Hart

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

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Amanda Shaw


Contain Yourself Storage Inner Space

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MXT Swim Southdowns Swim

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Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Services

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Aerials and More


Alpha Tiling Glen Reid Tiling

50 21

Roadmark Travel


The Green Reaper Southern Beeches The Tree Works

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Hawthorn Surgeries


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