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January 2016 #114

Henfield | Small Dole | Woodmancote | Blackstone | Edburton | Fulking


QUALITY DOOR-TO –DOOR HOLIDAYS IN 2016 JANUARY Cricket St Thomas All Inclusive

FEBRUARY Bodelwyddan Castle Torquay Winter Warmer

MARCH Ludlow & The Shropshire Hills


AUGUST West Country Rail & Sail Edinburgh Tattoo Summer in Constable Country

SEPTEMBER Welsh Rarebits Budapest Art & History Lake Garda Bodelwyddan Castle

A Dorset Spring Llandudno & Snowdonia Sidmouth in the Spring Spring at Tortworth Court Historic Cities of Flanders



Alvaston Hall

Wonderful Wells Mystery Holiday

JUNE Portugal’s Great Cities

The Rhine Ablaze Mystery Holiday The Wye Valley

NOVEMBER DECEMBER Bruges Thursford Christmas Spectacular Bath Xmas Market & Longleat Festival of Light

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JANUARY 2016 | Contents

07 What’s On


12 News

Happy New Year everyone!




from the BN5 area


25 Local Interest

St Peter’s School road safety week

26 Local Interest 34

Henfield Christmas Evening news

34 38

Henfield Scouts

38 Local Interest Henfield Haven

4 Sight now meet at The Haven (along with other local clubs, see more on page 38). We are pleased to say BN5 magazine is now available on CD as a talking book for visually impaired readers. Find out more about this group on page 41.

4 Sight Henfield


This month we met with Henfield Scouts to find out why it’s so important to get behind their fundraising drive for a new Scout Hut and a little about why Scouting is so popular in Henfield. We have also featured the wonderful Henfield Haven in Hewitts, which is now fully operational. If you haven’t visited yet please do, it’s a bright, sunny and positive place with a fabulous little cafe which is open to everyone. The BN5 girls enjoyed a delicious lunch there before Christmas and we can highly recommend the coffee and cake! If you’re not in the mood to cook, or are just looking for a bit of company, do head down to The Haven.

Local Interest

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We hope you had a peaceful and happy festive break. The village was incredibly busy in December with wonderful carol services, concerts, the high street beautifully lit and decorated and of course our favourite festive event - the Village Christmas Evening. Thank you for your support and for helping us to raise over £2,000 for Henfield Youth Club with our Big BN5 Draw.

Finally, thank you for all your support in the past year and for helping BN5 magazine to grow. We wish you all a happy, healthy 2016.


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JANUARY 2016 | What’s on

Thursday 31 December

The Speedboatz


Garden room, Henfield Hall, 7pm (& every 1st Tues)

Pub Quiz

(& every Thurs, term time) Fun with music for pre-schoolers.

Henfield Unattached

White Hart, 11am (every 1st Thurs) White Hart, 8.30pm (& 19th) For those who are alone. Call Teams up to six, cash prize for 01273 495820 or drop in. New Year’s Eve Celebration winners. Call 01273 492006 to Know Dementia reserve table. Henfield Club, 7.30pm Henfield Medical Centre, 1.30See the New Year in with music, 3.30pm (& every 1st Thurs) fun, games and the traditional Drop-in for a chat. Henfield Computer Club Balloon Drop. Wishing you all Thursday Circle a Happy New Year from the Henfield Haven, Hewitts, 10am12pm Free Church Hall, 2.30-4pm (& Henfield Club. Familiarise yourself with every 1st Thurs) computers and tablets. Open We start off the New Year with PG Netball Club to all. Just turn up. Note new an afternoon of entertainment. venue. Due to the shortage of Refreshments served as usual. Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm space in the small room, the club Do come and join us. (& every Sun) Call Edna on 01403 710586 / will meet on a Thursday, from Rotary Club of Henfield & next week, in the main room. 07708 486973. Steyning The Book Nook The Castle Inn Hotel, Bramber, The Chapel, Edburton, 107.30pm (& every Thurs) Monday Market 11.30am (& every Weds) Contact David Andrew on Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm (& Great selection of books, CDs, 01903 816981 or andrew@ every Mon) and DVDs. In aid of St Andrew’s, greathampden.net Stallholder vacancies available. Edburton. The Lion, The Witch & The Call David on 01273 493365. Bingo The Plough, 8pm Live music entertainment.

Wednesday 6

Sunday 3

Monday 4

Sporting Moments

Sobell Court, 2.30pm (& every Southwater Leisure Centre Weds) 10am-12pm (& every Mon) Contact Carol Rawlings on Free sports sessions for people 01403 226178 or carol.rawlings@ with dementia and a family saxonweald.com member. Call 01273 494300. Henfield Joggers

Tuesday 5 Chatterbox

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& every Weds) Open to all. www.henfieldjoggers. co.uk or just turn up.

Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& every Tues) Come and have fun with pre- Jolesfield Community school play. £1.50 includes Choir refreshments. Jolesfield School, 7pm (& every Weds) HDC Walk Email e.carey@sky.com Steyning, 11am (& 19th) Meet at Steyning Health Centre, Henfield Lions Club 2 mile stroll. Call Linda on 01903 George Hotel, 7.30pm (& every 816865. 1st Weds) Knit & Natter David Pryor on 01273 494442. Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every Chanctonbury Morris Men 1st Tues) Woodmancote Parish Hall, A drop-in craft group for adults. 8-10pm (& every Weds) Action for Deafness New Morris dancers or musicians Henfield Hall, 2pm (every 1st Tues) welcome. Call Clive Funnell on Hearing aid maintenance clinic 01273 494377. and information, advice and support.

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Henfield Parish Council 01273 494002

Rhyme Time

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am


Henfield Hall, 7.45pm (& 8th & 9th) A tale of good overcoming evil. A magical portrayal which will enthrall both children and adults. Box Office at Stevens Estate Agents (01273 492141). Matinée on 9th.

Friday 8

Age UK Horsham District Henfield Dementia Club

Maidment Court, 10am-3pm (& every Fri) For those with dementia and their carers. Price includes lunch, activities and refreshments. Call 01403 751327.

Boards and Banter

Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 1st Fri) A selection of board games and jigsaw puzzles plus refreshments.

Little Fishes

St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (every Fri) For pre-school children and their carers. Storytime, songs and refreshments.

Henfield Camera Club Free Church Hall, 7.30pm

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What’s on | JANUARY 2016 10 for 10. Members are invited of the A283/A2037. Call Ann on to speak for 10 minutes on a 01903 297553. set of 10 photographs. Prints Woodmancote Parish or pdfs. New members are very Council Meeting welcome to our club. Contact Parish Hall, Woodmancote, alec.pelham@btinternet.com 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues) woodmancoteparishcouncil@ Purple Angel Memory Café gmail.com Free Church Hall, 2-4pm (& 23rd) Henfield Theatre Company Fun and laughter with games, Henfield Hall, 7.30pm (& 17th at talk, music, dance etc. All 2.30pm) welcome, especially those with Audition for ‘The Taming of the memory problems and their Shrew’. Call 01273 492443. family supporters.

Saturday 9

Charity Dinner

Henfield History Group

Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every Cat & Canary Pub, 7pm 2nd Tues) Punjabi Street Food. £16 per Piers and Pleasures – the story thali platter. £4 of each platter for of Brighton’s seafront from the Henfield Haven. See advert. ancient times to the present day presented by Chris Horlock. David Brown & Friends Stan’s Bike Shack Tickets £15 including dinner HDC Walk from www.stansbikeshack.com/ shop. There will be a licensed Henfield Byways, 10am (& Weds bar serving local beers and wine. 27th) Meet at Henfield Library, 2-3 miles. No dogs. Call Anne on 01273 49367. Book Nook The Chapel, 11am-4pm (& every Knit and Natter 2nd Sun) Residents’ Lounge, Rayner Great selection of books, CDs, Court, 10.30am-12pm (& every and DVDs. All proceeds to St 2nd Weds) Andrew’s, Edburton. Knitting for charity. Donated wool appreciated. Contact Jean Whiting on 01273 493171.

Wednesday 13

Sunday 10

Monday 11

Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts

The Steyning Centre, 10am12pm (& every 2nd Mon) Bertie Pearce will lecture on ‘Now you see it, now you don’t – the art of deception’. Contact 01903 297553 or chair@steyningdfas.org.uk

Adur Valley Fine Arts Society (Henfield)

Henfield Hall, 2pm (every 2nd Mon) “James Gillray: Satirist to Insanity” by Ian Keeble. Guests welcome with a member. Enquiries 01273 494945 or www. adurvalley.org.uk.

Tuesday 12

Thursday 14

Gentlemen’s Lunch Club

The Partridge Pub, 12pm (& every 2nd Thurs) Two course lunch and drink for £13. All welcome, especially those with memory problems or who live alone.

Towers Entrance Exams

Towers School 01903 812185 or admin@ thetowersconventschool.org.

Design Your Own Garden Course

Henfield Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm (& every Fri to 18th March) Call 01903 745515 or www. youcandocourses.com for more details and to book.

Tuesday 19

Resuscitation Class

Don Scutt Memorial Room, Henfield Club, 7-8.30pm HART are offering a free resuscitation and automated external defibrillator (AED) familiarisation class to all local residents. To secure a place, please contact Dave Fletcher at dave@dfletcher.co.uk. (Another class will be held on 16th Feb)

Trefoil Guild

Henfield Guide Hut, 7.30pm (& every 3rd Tues) Call Mary on 01273 492351.

Wednesday 20

St Barnabas Outreach

Village Hall Car Park, 10am-2pm The mobile vehicle unit provides information and advice on all aspects of hospice care available at St Barnabas House and out in the local community.

Woodmancote & Henfield WI

Henfield Hall, 12.30 (& every 3rd Weds) Carolyn Phillips talks about some of her childhood years spent in a Japanese POW Camp. Raffle, Freecycle table and Flower of the Jazzled Choir Corpus Christ Church Hall, 1.30- Month competition, followed by tea. Annual subscription for 2016 3.30pm (& 28th) due at meeting. Contact Val Jazz, swing and blues choir for Creek on 01273 958202. everyone including those with dementia and their carers.

Henfield Computer Club

Henfield Haven, Hewitts, 1.303.30pm (and every Thursday) HDC Walk yourself with Truleigh Hill, Upper Beeding, 2pm Familiarise 5 miles, 2 hours. Meet at High computers and tablets. Open to Trees Car Park at the junction all. Just turn up. 8 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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Friday 22

Henfield Camera Club

Evangelical Church Hall, 7.30pm Presentation from Cliff Carter a local photographer and member. New members very welcome to our club. Contact alec.pelham@ btinternet.com

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Saturday 23

Wednesday 27

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2.30-4.30pm Geoff Mead’s lecture will be looking at images of the county linked to quotes from the last 1000 years from works of literature, prose, poetry and official documents. For further details call 01273 493966.

Rock Farm, Washington, 1.303.30pm (& every Weds) An outdoor gardening/allotment session for people with dementia and their carers. For details call 01273 494300 or info@ knowdementia.co.uk.

WEA Henfield Branch

Green Moments

Murder Mystery Night

White Hart, 7.30pm Burns’ Night ‘Love and Let Die’ as performed Cat & Canary Pub, 7pm by the Castaway Drama Group. Scottish menu with haggis and Book your table (of 4, 5 or 6) early to avoid disappointment! more.

Tuesday 26

Thursday 28

Henfield Hall, 7.15-9.30pm (& every 4th Tues) Call Alan Harrison on 01273 495262.

Henfield Haven, 10.30am-12pm (& every last Thurs) Club for those with sight problems. Speakers, games, quizzes and refreshments.

Henfield Art Club

Small Dole Tuesday Club

Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm (& every 4th Tues) Contact Janet Daly at constancejanetdaly@gmail.com


Friday 29

Young Musicians in aid of the Refugee Crisis

St Peter’s Church, Henfield, 8-10pm A variety of accomplished young (15-22 year old) local musicians have teamed up with St Peter’s Church to put on a gig in aid of the refugees arriving in Sussex. Tickets £4 from Henfield Furnishings or 01273 495532.

Saturday 30

St Peter’s Jumble Sale

Henfield Hall, 2pm Auction at 2.30pm. For collection of good jumble and auction items, call 01273 493172, 495532 or 492294.

Fundraising Quiz Night

Catholic Church Hall, 7pm Tables of up to 8, or join a table. Tickets £7.50 p/p, including ploughman’s supper, from susan. eastell@hotmail.com or 01273 494888. Bring your own drinks. All proceeds towards handpowered bike for our great friend Keith Eager, following his life changing surgery.

TUESDAY Henfield

The Church Hall, Tanyard, off Church Lane BN5 9PE 9:30am 5:30pm & 7:30pm Come and join Jenna or call 07894306481.

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Bring nature to your winter garden

Enjoy wild birds now and throughout the whole year at Rushfield’s.

• Feeders of all shapes & sizes - to attract different bird species

• Wild bird feed - Keep them fed & healthy even if there isn’t snow

• Nest boxes - encourage our featherd friends to stay and you may see fledglings in Spring

We have a huge range of Regatta clothing and footwear to beat the winter chill

Café open daily from 9am

Delicious breakfasts, lunches, coffee & cake.

Open 9am - 5pm, 7 days a week

Rushfields Plant Centre, Henfield Road, Poynings

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News | JANUARY 2016 District Councillor Mike Morgan, also Treasurer of the Scouts Building Appeal accompanied by Scouts. It all took place in the conference room of the Henfield Club, an auspicious place as the premises was one of the venues where the first ever Scout Group, formed in 1907, used to meet in. During 2016 The BP Guild are sure to be once again very busy doing what we enjoy doing for the young and not-so-young and wish you all a prosperous New Year. Kenneth McIntosh


THANK YOU FROM THE BP GUILD This is a good time for The BP Guild to thank our supporters for contributions in support of our work in the community. During 2015 The BP Guild was pleased to have managed another successful Senior Citizens event and to have helped local organisations by providing tents and burgers at functions including the Village Fair and the Festival of Gardens & Arts. In the photograph (courtesy of Steve Bailey), Tony Westwood current Chairman of the BP Guild is presenting a cheque for £1,500 to

As I write my report this month we have just officially entered winter, Christmas is closing in fast and a new year promises to bring many issues for Henfield Parish Council to grapple with. For example, the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan moves ever onwards, the proposed access road from Deer Park to the Leisure Centre has passed through its initial public consultation stage and the much needed northerly extension to the Cemetery is being given much thought by Council. It is also a time to finalise budgets for 2016/17. The renovation of the Memorial Field pitches on the Common is high on our list of priorities for 2016, having secured a £65K grant from Sport England and a further £35K of S106 funding from Horsham District Council in 2015. By the time that you read this report a large beech tree in the centre of the Cemetery should have been taken down and removed. It had sadly become infected with a fungus called Meripilus Giganteus (Giant Polypore), which apparently acts on the roots and lower stem of a tree and ultimately leads to tree failure. In simple terms this means that the tree becomes unstable and is then a health and safety concern. Unfortunately, we had no choice but to have the tree removed. Henfield Parish Council has been considering for a number of months installing a few items of outdoor fitness equipment somewhere in the village, similar to those that can be seen down at Lancing seafront and also along Worthing seafront. I would welcome comments from residents as to whether you think this is a good idea and if so, where you think that the machines could be situated? If you would like to express a view, please drop me an email at the Parish Office: office@henfield.gov.uk Kevin Wright

‘CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE’ REVIEW On Thursday 3 December, the Henfield Friends of St Barnabas staged ‘Christmas Starts Here!’ to a packed audience at the Henfield Hall. This concert, arranged by Nigel and Sidonie Stevens, raised over £1800 for St Barnabas Hospice, a very worthy cause. A choir from St Peter’s School began with a 1 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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JANUARY 2016 | News medley of well prepared seasonal songs – ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, ‘Calypso Carol’ and ‘It’s a magical Time of the Year’. Sidonie Winter’s silvery harp solos were followed by Martin Buss’s cornet virtuosity with ‘Carnival of Venice’. Sidonie Winter sang two contrasting songs – the classical ‘Three Kings’ and the lighter ‘Carol Singers’; followed by Sian Buss with a tuba solo ‘Effie Goes Folk Dancing’. In the second half, Brass Fusion played a festive medley; Sophie Wells and Henry Godwin enchanted us with ‘The Fairytale of New York’, a song with which they had previously won their class in the Mid Sussex Music Festival; and the Bothy Singers showed us the breadth if their repertoire from ‘Skyfall’ to traditional carols to ‘Boogie Bugle Boy of Company B’. Finally Martin Buss and Sidonie Winter thrilled us with ‘The Little Road to Bethlehem’. There were seasonal contributions from local vet Jonathan Underwood with a poem – ‘Kindness to Animals’; Revd Paul Doick’s fine baritone ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’; a Pam Ayres poem from Fred McComas; and an amusing turn from Deacon Seamus Mahon and Liam Mcilvenny featuring Charles Dickens, musical spoons and ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’. The solo items were interspersed with Community Carols, ably accompanied by members of Brass Fusion. A really enjoyable evening was had by all. Nigel Stevens

FEELING FRUITY AT THE FAYRE It was a win-win for Henfield Medical Centre and lucky ticket holders in our ‘Five-a-day Fruity Tombola’ at the recent Charities Christmas Fayre. A big thank you to local sponsors Rushfields, Swains and Jeremys who helped promote our heathy eating message to eat more fruit and veg. We also raised over £200 for vital equipment at the Medical Centre. Elizabeth Ross-Talbot

you everyone for supporting ‘Children in Need’
day. As a school we raised £362.80 which has
been forwarded to the Charity. Many congratulations to Callie & Nina Butler Laplace and Charlotte & Mathilde Penning who also raised a fabulous £150 with their cake and toy sale plus other activities. Alice Timmins

THE FRIENDS OF ST PETER’S It is with regret that The Friends have to announce the cancellation of their popular New Year event that had been planned for Saturday 9 January 2016. The severe depletion of our catering team due to illness, injury and other commitments has led to this unfortunate decision. The Committee hopes to mount a celebratory social event later in the year. The Chairman and Committee wish all Members and their friends a happy and successful New Year. Your continued support of The Friends is greatly appreciated. Anthony Abbott

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Hear to Listen Nicki Dowd, Registered Counsellor in Henfield

Happy New Year! And I sincerely hope that it will be. However, I often find it fascinating that happiness is an emotion that people, all over the world, have the permission to express. They are allowed to be happy. Unlike other emotions, happiness is universally acceptable, after all you don’t come across happiness management courses do you? But what about the others such as sadness, anxiety and anger? Within our Western culture are these feelings as readily acceptable? As a counsellor I would argue, (even shout from the roof tops if permitted) “Of course they are!!” But it is the way we express them that is most important.

Take anxiety for example. This is a perfectly natural emotion that was, and still is, necessary in order for us to react appropriately to a real or perceived threat or danger. Our body responds by releasing adrenaline; accelerating our heart beat in order to increase the blood supply to our muscles, allowing us to escape faster in flight or have more power to stay and fight. However, sometimes the area in our brain that controls this process gets a bit hypervigilent and we become anxious when it is not necessary. For some, this results in panic attacks, which can have a severe, negative impact on the quality of their lives. For people who find themselves in this situation, counselling can help to explore the triggers around anxiety and encourage manageable self-regulation. Sadness for some people is equally as difficult to express in a healthy way. As children we may have been told, “Don’t cry.” In this way we might learn that to be sad and show it is not something that is socially acceptable. In some cultures it is a sign of weakness, particularly for men. Watching somebody else cry may feel very uncomfortable as we perhaps offer a handkerchief along with comments such as “Cheer up” or

even “Pull yourself together.” However, giving yourself permission to cry can provide you with a valuable outlet for your intense emotions. Being able to feel safe enough, in a secure environment, to express your sadness through crying, often brings about a sense of relief and leaves you feeling better. Counselling can provide you with this space and the emotional support you need to manage your sadness healthily. As I progress to talking about anger, my thoughts move to the colour red and images of a volcano. For lots of people anger is an ugly emotion that they try to suppress until they can hold it in no longer. It then explodes in an uncontrollable way with devastating consequences. This doesn’t have to be the case. Anger is a perfectly natural emotion that furnishes us with the ability to let others know that something is not as we want it to be. The skill is in the way we share this and let others know we are cross. Be honest, how many of you have had a bad day at work and brought your frustration home to share with loved ones who really are not the cause of your anger? Counselling can help you to understand your anger better and direct it in a healthy way to where it belongs. For more information or to book a free 30 min no obligation consultation please contact me.

For more information please visit my website www.heartolisten.co.uk, or to book a free 30 minute no-obligation consultation please contact me on 07858 420861 or email me at info@heartolisten.co.uk

JANUARY 2016 | News kept up to date with any developments. Richard would also like you to know that as of January he will be representing all patients in of the surgeries of Billingshurst, Storrington ,Steyning and Henfield on the NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group - Public Engagement Committee. The appointment is for a three year term and embraces all aspects of health. Editor

UPPER MEAD FUNDRAISER NEW ACCESS ROAD ACROSS KINGS FIELD Thank you to those residents who took the time in September to review our plans to construct a new access road with additional parking spaces at the Leisure Centre. From the completed questionnaires received 87% of you were in favour of this proposal and we also received some useful comments which will be incorporated into the more detailed plans that we are now going to prepare with the help of a Transport Planning Consultant. Henfield Parish Council has now given its approval to prepare detailed plans so that we can seek planning approval and funding from Horsham District Council. We will endeavour to keep readers informed as this project progresses. Malcom Eastwood

LLOYDS PHARMACY HENFIELD You may have seen the news item in December BN5 about Lloyds Pharmacy in the village, or you may have commented on our Facebook post about the same subject after reading the report on our website. Thank you everyone for your positive comments about the hard working staff at Lloyds. Richard Searles Snr, who is heading a campaign to improve pharmacy services in the village, has asked that you contact him on Boffey4@aol.com if you commented previously or would like to be

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Last September 2015 Upper Mead Care Home held a raffle at their care home to raise funds for the Shoreham Air Disaster. There were kind donations from local businesses such as a cut and blow dry from Hyatt’s Hair, a beautiful Orchid from Jasmines and a £30 voucher from the Frankland Arms in Washington. Donations were also received from generous visitors. Sussex Healthcare’s Fire Training Officer, Richard Lucas was in attendance on that tragic day and experienced first hand the total devastation. Upper Mead invited friends and families to join them along with neighbours in the community from the sheltered housing. The afternoon was spent having tea and cake and later in the evening a buffet which was enjoyed by all. Together they helped Upper Mead raise £350 and a donation from the staff fund of £150 was made to The Firefighters Charity.

 Becky Davis

WINEHAM AND SHERMANBURY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (WASP) CONSULTATION The latest news is that the draft Wineham and Shermanbury Neighbourhood Plan, setting out the proposed housing provision for the parish to 2031, is now available. Members of the parish are being invited to read it and make comments during a formal consultation period. The draft plan is available to view online or a copy can be requested at: www.shermanburyparishcouncil.co.uk For those who would prefer to read a paper version, copies have been placed in The Royal Oak on Wineham Lane, The Bull at Mockbridge on the A281 and The Hare and Hounds in Cowfold, Henfield Library, Henfield Parish Council Offices and West Grinstead Parish Council Offices. Comments can be made by email to: shermanbury@pcouncil.co.uk or by post to: The Parish Clerk, 67 Oak Tree Drive, Hassocks BN6 8YA. Please note that comments must be received by 25 January 2016 when the consultation period ends. Comments will be taken into consideration and the plan modified where necessary. Dawn Langston

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News | JANUARY 2016 the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). It is also now being rolled out by UK Deaf Sport, NDCS and England Hockey, and will be used across the country by teachers and participants. Suzanne Terrington


WENDY RUSSELL WINS DISABILITY SPORTS COACH OF THE YEAR On 1 December Wendy Russell, Steyning Grammar School PE Teacher and Hockey Coach attended the Sports Coach UK Awards in Manchester where she won the ‘Disability Coach of the Year Award’. This award has been won for revolutionising the way deaf or hard of hearing young people take part in hockey by creating a hockey-specific sign language. This came after discovering that only 11.5% of deaf young people do sport outside of Physical Education. Wendy wanted to set up a hockey club that was for deaf people only so that they could feel included and safe within that environment, so applied for and gained funding to run a Deaf Hockey Sportivate project in Brighton. This is the first deaf hockey club in Great Britain. In order to communicate with the youngsters a new hockey-specific sign language was developed. Wendy explained: “The only sign I could find was for naming the actual sport hockey, so I needed to create 30 others that would allow me quickly to not only explain what we were doing and working on, but also how to give feedback to the players.” This remarkable new hockey-specific sign language has now been ratified by Remark and endorsed by

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It is a long journey both in time and distance from the Church of San Marco, Milan, to the splendour of the Hurst College Chapel West Sussex. For this is where 140 years later on Sunday 6 December a packed audience gathered together to luxuriate in a magnificent presentation of Verdi’s Requiem. The combined might of Chanctonbury Chorus and the Hurst College Choral Society and Orchestra performed this beautiful work in the Chapel’s appropriately historical surroundings - and what a night it was. Under the orchestral leadership of Charlotte Scott and the guiding baton of Neil Matthews, the Requiem launched into its softly descending opening, immediately suggestive of the word Requiem. Strong support from all four soloists in turn, and the 100 + mixed choir made this a tour de force to be reckoned with. With no hesitation and no faltering this was clearly building to be a performance to remember. The hours of rehearsal, missed meals and late nights were quickly forgotten as the performers got into their stride. The beautifully tight, sometimes contemporary harmonies of the orchestra and voices totally belied the age of this piece. All had a chance to excel with the wonderful interaction of the soloists, underpinned by the close harmony of the choir and the orchestra, all giving what they could without putting a discernible foot wrong. If anyone ever doubted that the coming together of two of the county’s premier choirs would be a success then this evening’s performance was living proof that they surpassed average success. High drama, emotional extremes and sheer raw excitement was present in abundance; and all available for the cost of a modestly priced ticket. Anthony Gilsenan, Guest Reviewer

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BN5 BIRDS The Henfield Birdwatch 2015 Survey report was published in November. If you are interested in knowing more about Henfield’s birds it is a very good read with beautiful illustrations and photos from local residents. You can buy it at the Post Office and Village Care or you can ring me on 01273 493037 or e-mail me on debbie. colgate037@btinternet.com I have spent a lot of time looking at the birds in the garden over the last couple of months. A family of Blackbirds has entertained me; the first year birds are real hooligans. They don’t queue for the birdbath and they certainly don’t pay any respect to their elders; poor Mrs Blackbird has been chucked out by youngsters landing on the edge with much wing flapping and squawking and even Mr Blackbird gave up after being dive-bombed by a youngster. A lovely Grey wagtail visited. It landed at the side of the pond and trotted along the edge looking at the small flies flitting over the pond. Unable to catch the flies from the paving slabs, it flew onto one of the lily pads and proceeded to snap at the flies and pick insects off the pads as it stepped from pad to pad. A Jay spent several mornings strutting about in the garden and probing in the grass with its beak. One morning it pulled out an acorn – obviously stored there earlier in the year. A Green woodpecker also visited for a few days probing with its beak. These birds use their strong beaks to dig into ant colonies and I could see its long tongue as it supped up the ants. I’m looking forward to the winter months. Deborah Colgate

GREEN MOMENTS The West Sussex based charity, Know Dementia, who support local people affected by dementia and their families, are setting up a project called ‘Green Moments’ on a six-acre plot of land close to the Washington roundabout on the A24.

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In partnership with the charity Roots to Growth and funded by Sussex Community Foundation the project aims to provide the opportunity for people to access and enjoy meaningful outdoor and indoor gardening activities. We call them ‘special moments’ that families can share, being able to connect with nature, work together, support one another, exercise and feel included in the local community. Activities will include helping to grow, tend and harvest fruit and vegetables and there will also be time for lots of laughter, fun and building and maintaining relationships whilst breathing in the fresh air of the South Downs. It might be winter when we start on a fortnightly basis however, this will increase to a weekly event as the year moves towards spring. As a charity we organise other ‘moments’ across the county including Sporting Moments at Southwater Leisure Centre, Memory Moments at our Henfield Memory Cafe and Musical Moments through our jazz, swing and blues choir based in Henfield. Green Moments will start on Wednesday 27 January from 1.30 to 3.30pm and, as at all our events, all are welcome and accepted for who they are, including volunteers. Please contact Know Dementia on 01273 494300 or email info@ knowdementia.co.uk to book your place now or to find out more about how to create and capture your very own special moments. Pauline Malloy

CAN YOU HELP US? My name is Wendy Deane and together with my husband and two Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys we are hoping to move to the Henfield area. We are both retired and our main leisure activity is using our donkeys to raise much needed funds for various Charities. Our reason for going into print is to appeal to anyone who may have a modest property with a little land for sale or knows anyone else that has something that may suit us. We are currently renting after selling our smallholding outside Copsale after some 40 years. Our young donkeys Pandora & Rosebud are very busy, recently they helped to raise £1600 for Cancer Research outside the Horsham Shop. Over the years our donkeys have attended Christmas Nativity Services, County Shows etc and appeared in TV events. If you can help us find our new home then please email wendyanddavedeane@gmail. com or phone 07776118040.

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‘JAIL BREAK’ FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK RAISES £5,500 The great escape from Steyning Grammar School saw 213 Year 13 students released for a day of fundraising, with the money raised this year going to Cancer Research UK in support of their national campaign for Kids & Teens. This annual fundraising event is a big team effort from students, staff and the local community coming together to raise an amazing £5,500 so far. The annual fundraising event started early with a hearty breakfast kindly donated by our in-house catering department. The £2 charge for breakfast

went straight into the Cancer Research UK appeal. Students were then locked in the jails until they ‘broke out’ to be cheered on by fellow students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The convicts made off in a collection of brightly decorated vehicles including large tractors, trailers, pick up trucks and an open topped vintage bus! The convicts escaped and went on the run to various local towns before finally arriving in Horsham with the Cancer Research UK collecting boxes. All students were finally recaptured at the bandstand in Horsham where Sixth Form College musicians played as the students were rounded up by their jailors. The School and students would like to thank Horsham District Council for again allowing us to host the event; to Southern Transit and C&L coaches, who both very kindly donated the use of a coach for the event. Steyning Grammar Sixth Form College is very grateful to the public for their generosity and many sponsors including The Pizza Oven, Southern Transit, C&L Coaches, S T Cowley, The Dudman Group and Oakley Commercial, Gardner & Scardifield and Heathcote House Dental Practice. If you would like to support this massive fundraising effort you can still donate by going to www.justgiving.com/SGS1/ Suzanne Terrington

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Throughout December we displayed our memorial Christmas tree in our office for families who have lost someone dear to them. We provided some Christmas tree tags for families to write a private message to their loved one, which were then placed on our tree for the month of December. Henfield Funeral Services would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind and welcoming approach in the last twelve months of us being open. As any new venture, we were nervous and aware of the closeness of the village community, but within a matter of weeks, our nerves were forgotten, as we could not have asked for a more supportive welcome. Although we have only been in the village of Henfield for a year, we feel we have always been part of the community, and anything that we can do to support in return, will be our pleasure and our way of saying thank you. Nick, Karen & Vicky, Henfield Funeral Services

You’ve probably spotted the scaffolding and skips outside Henfield Leisure Centre: work is proceeding at a great pace on the new Café and Soft Play Extension. Local volunteers and businesses have been offering their time free of charge for this valuable community project, including Roger Minost architect and Lee McCatty and his colleagues. Trustees of the Leisure Centre have laid temporary paths and the old bar has been demolished. The idea is to save as much money as possible for the actual ‘build’ and to this end the Leisure Centre are asking for volunteers to help with painting and general clearance. If you have a couple of hours to spare Simon Thompson, manager, would love to hear from you on 01273 494984. We hope you’ll be part of this wonderful new and improved Leisure Centre! Simon Thompson

THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL This year £5,318.53 was raised during the two weeks of Remembrance for the Poppy Appeal in Henfield, Small Dole and Shermanbury. A very big thank you to all of my Collectors and helpers, especially Christine Parkes and Eddie Colgate who helped me with the distribution and collection of boxes and with the counting of monies. Without the help of all these people none of this would have been possible. The total raised in the Henfield District for the Poppy Appeal for the year ending 30 September 2015 year totalled £9,424.76. The additional monies came from the Church collections at the Remembrance Service, sale of wreaths, donations and our Coffee Mornings. Our Coffee Morning in October raised £487.14 and I am most grateful to all those who helped. This year I have been fortunate to have a number of new volunteer collectors but I am still looking for help in house to house collections on the St. Peter’s Meadow Estate. If you feel that you could spare a few hours next year please contact me on 01273 492134 Mike Morgan, RBL Poppy Appeal Organiser, Henfield, Small Dole and Shermanbury District

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LOOK OUT FOR A SPLASH OF DAFFODIL COLOUR Look out for an additional splash of colour this Spring. In celebration of their 100-year history the Women’s Institute have donated 100 daffodil bulbs to be planted around the village. Friends of Mr Mike Beardall, who did so much for our village

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News | JANUARY 2016 and sadly passed away at the end of 2014, have also made a donation of bulbs in his memory. Laden with bags of bulbs and spades a team of volunteers from the Parish Council, the tennis club and others were able to plant 300 bulbs along the entrance pathway to the cemetery which should give this area extra colour when Spring arrives. Our thanks go to those who donated the bulbs and those who helped plant them. We hope that you all enjoy them. Malcolm Eastwood

SLIMMING WORLD RE-LAUNCH IN HENFIELD Local resident Jenna Ayling joined the Slimming World group in Henfield in June 2015 and found the warm welcome at the door the first part of her life changing journey. The group’s support and encouragement has meant they are all like family and Jenna has become a big part of that. “Along with my new group friends I also decided to use Instagram to share the meals I was enjoying and have found many like minded people to follow. It is a great community and another added bonus to my success.” Jenna will now be using her Instagram page to let everyone know she has become a Slimming World Consultant and will be re-launching the Henfield groups on 29 December 2015 to help others achieve their slimmer dreams. The group meets every Tuesday at 9.30am, 5.30pm and 7.30pm at The Church Hall, Tanyard, off Church Lane. Come and join Jenna or call 07894306481. Jenna Ayling

TREASURER NEEDED Henfield Leisure Centre are urgently in need of an accountant or book-keeper to become the Treasurer for the Henfield Leisure Centre which is a registered charity. If you can help out, please contact the Centre Manager Simon Thompson on 01273 494984. David Pryor

DARK STAR SECURE HORSHAM SITE Sussex based Dark Star Brewing Co. has secured 16 East Street in Horsham to create a new venue for the town. The site, which previously traded as 1898 coffee shop, will open in early 2016. Commenting, James Cuthbertson, director at Dark Star said: “For years people have been asking us if we can open a venue in Horsham, so when this opportunity presented itself, we jumped at it. Having previously traded as The Anchor Tap, we will be reverting to that name and bringing back some of the tradition that comes with the site, investing heavily in creating something beautiful in the town. What we want to create is a venue that provides locals with a great place to go and have a drink and a bite-to-eat that’s independent, locally owned and operated, using products from local producers.” James Cuthbertson

PLEASE BEWARE OF BLACK ICE Please show extreme caution when entering Henfield village from the south (Small Dole). You may have seen ‘ice’ warning signs at the hollow of the road last year (Broadmere Common, bottom of Barrow Hill). With a low sun in winter the frozen road does not thaw at that point, right at the 40mph sign. The road has also been prone to flooding. The ice is black and virtually impossible to detect, please be very cautious not to apply your brakes harshly at that point in the road. Local residents

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS Budgen’s and the Henfield Club have combined to continue a Christmas tradition started last year. Each of the three Churches in the Village has been donated three Budgens hampers and £75 worth of Budgen vouchers to distribute to their parishioners as a Christmas treat. The gifts were on display and transferred to the churches at the Advent Service in St Peter’s on 4 December. Digby Stephenson

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JANUARY 2016 | News HENFIELD FRIENDS OF ST BARNABAS So far to the end of last year, the total raised was fast approaching £3,000. By the time this magazine is published we will of course be able to add the proceeds of the ‘Christmas Starts Here’ concert. We extend our thanks to all who supported us and our sponsors. Particular thanks to Sidonie and Nigel for a wonderful evening. Watch out for further fund raising events in the coming months. Peggy McComas



We’d like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who bought tickets for our Christmas Fundraiser - the Big BN5 Christmas Draw. We sold out of tickets with just 15 minutes to spare before the draw at the very successful High Street Christmas Evening, raising over £2,000 for Henfield Youth Club. 37 local businesses generously donated some wonderful prizes. Thank you also to Inner Space for the loan of a shop window in Caudle Street for promoting the Christmas evening and to Jeremy’s for the donation of a Christmas tree. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for your support, as always. Editor

The Charities Christmas Fair raised just under £8,500 for the 38 charities and over 550 paid at the door. With most of the stallholders also taking their chance to buy Christmas goodies, over 700 chanced the rain to support us. The stallholders do amazing work to raise funds for their chosen charities and it’s fantastic that the Henfield area supports them all so well. Linda Beresford

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News | JANUARY 2016 year, and on Bank Holidays, and occasionally other days in the week. They consist of half-day walks of 3 to 6 miles and, for the more energetic, all-day walks of 9 to 11 miles. During the summer months there are also Wednesday evening walks (3 to 4 miles) and weekend walking breaks and coach outings with walks. During the winter months we hold indoor meetings in King Edward Hall, Lindfield, with illustrated talks on a wide range of topics, and social evenings in local pubs in the Mid Sussex area. Whether you are new to walking or an experienced walker, you are very welcome to come along. For more information see www.midsussexramblers.co.uk/ or contact us via publicity@midsussexramblers. co.uk or by calling 01444 483053. Tony Osmand

SUSSEX COUNCILS FACE ‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE’ Local councils struggling to meet government housing targets are caught in an impossible ‘catch 22’ under existing planning laws, warns CPRE Sussex. At present there are planning permissions for more than 13,000 unbuilt homes in the combined Districts of Mid Sussex and Horsham alone, which is equivalent to another town the size of Burgess Hill.


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However, despite granting permissions for many thousands of homes, councils are unable to speed up the building process due to the behaviour of developers who want to ensure maximum profit. This growing backlog of unbuilt homes has created a vast shortfall which local planners are powerless to correct. To add to this, many Councils are facing not only mounting criticism for failing to reach their targets, but also further pressure from developers taking advantage of the appeals system to secure yet more ‘permissions’. By exploiting a council’s inability to demonstrate a rolling five year supply of new homes developers can use the Appeals System as a ‘back door’ into a District Plan. “The lack of a demonstrable five-year housing supply, even when a target is excessive or cannot be met because developers are either unable to build or will not build at the required rate as happened during the recession, often carries more weight at Appeal in deciding applications than environmental and infrastructure considerations. The NPPF has empowered and enabled developers to ride rough shod over communities” said Dr Roger Smith from CPRE’s Horsham District group. “Moreover, although Councils are not empowered to compel developers to build houses they are nevertheless blamed by the Government when targets are not met. It really is ‘mission impossible’ for Councils and a lucrative job opportunity for planning consultants and barristers”. Jane Watson

HENFIELD BRANCH ARTHRITIS RESEARCH UK NEWS A big thank you to everyone who supported our stall at the Charities Christmas Fair and also the Turkey and Tipple, enabling us to send a further £1,000 to headquarters. A welcome antidote to the winter weather can be found at Henfield Hall Garden Room on Sunday 14 February when Pauline will be serving delicious afternoon teas between 2.30 and 5pm. Tickets priced £7 are available from Henfield Furnishings. Maureen Dexter

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Barnard Bakers: End of an Era


arnard Bakers retail shop in Henfield High Street closed its doors for the last time on Christmas Eve, after 26 years serving the village. David Barnard, director of Barnard Bakers Ltd, stated that the difficult decision was being made after several years of falling sales, increasing costs and supermarket and online competition in the retail side of the business. His wholesale baking business will continue trading as normal at the bakery behind the shop. Barnard’s currently employs 30 staff, part and full time, with nine part time staff made redundant from the shop closure. David said; “It’s been a long hard decision, the shop has been in slow decline and losing money for several years. We have had re-fits and expanded our café, but it’s a very competitive market and our location on a now very busy corner is not in our favour. The staff are like family, I am so sad for them and I know our regular customers will be very disappointed. We will continue to sell our bread in Budgens in Henfield and we will still be very busy with the wholesale side of the business. It’s a sad day for us all, but for the health of the business we had to make this decision.” There has been a bakery at ‘Cruttenden Corner’

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for the last 124 years. Arthur Cruttenden opened a shop there around 1891 (after the original timber framed Tudor buildings were demolished and rebuilt as they stand today). It remained in the Cruttenden family with Arthur’s son Frank taking over in 1932, until it was sold to AE Dunford in 1965. Many will remember Cruttenden’s Tea Garden, where the bakery yard is today. Frank Cruttenden continued to work part-time at the bakery until the year before his death in 1983. David’s father Colin bought the business in 1989 and David joined himself in 1993. To say that the bakery has been a village institution is an understatement. Jo Goodburn, who has worked for 10 years behind the counter at Barnard Bakers, said; “I have loved working here, it’s been a real buzz and seeing our local customers every day. I’ve lived in the village my whole life and I remember Cruttenden’s. I’m very sad but also not surprised, there are a lot less people walking into the village past the shop these days. David has been great to work for and we will all miss him and the shop, it’s a sad day for us all and for the whole village.” Emma Osman

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n the last week of November 2015, children at St Peter’s Primary School took part in Road Safety Week, learning about how to keep safe on our roads, and in particular the roads around the school which are becoming increasingly congested at drop-off and pick-up times. During Road Safety Week the children at St Peter’s learnt about road dangers and created some fabulous posters to remind drivers of the need to slow down. Each class chose two or three posters to submit to the school council who then chose Ben Nicholson from Year 6 Polar Bears class (pictured here with his teacher, Mrs Kulin) as the overall winner. His design, seen here bottom right, was praised for its striking colours and simple message. Parents were also busy monitoring the parking around the schools entrances every morning throughout the week to make sure that children could cross the road safely without being hindered by cars parked

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inappropriately. Road crashes and casualties are the biggest nonmedical cause of death and serious injury among children. Road danger also has a major impact on children and young people’s ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles. According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, half of children are now driven to school and yet the average school run for primary schools is just 1.5 miles. Brake (the road safety charity) found that three quarters of children would like to walk and cycle more. Research by Sustrans has shown that children who are encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot or skateboard to school tend to engage more with their community, stay healthy, and arrive alert, relaxed and ready to start the day. As well as engaging with children, the road safety campaign aims to reach out to parents and the wider community to get everyone on board with the importance of protecting children, families and everyone else on our roads. Drivers slowing down to 20mph or below in communities helps protect people on foot and bike – especially the most vulnerable, like children, older and disabled people – because it gives drivers a better chance of stopping in time in an emergency. Sarah Butler Brake is part of a broad coalition of charities under the ‘GO 20’ campaign calling for 20mph limits to become the norm in our villages, towns and cities. For more information see www.brake.org.uk

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HENFIELD CHRISTMAS EVENING Record numbers of visitors celebrated Christmas in Henfield on Friday 11 December at the annual Village Christmas Evening, with shops opening late, stalls, street food and entertainment. Children took part in the Sheep Trail, hunting for each of the 12 knitted sheep hidden in shops and finding all their names. The funfair and Santa in his grotto drew crowds while carol singers and the Air Cadets Marching Band added to the festive cheer. As always the High Street windows were beautiful, the competition theme this year ‘nursery rhymes and Christmas story books’ added a magical feel to the evening. Overall winner was Henfield Antiques, with White Mischief winning Best use of Colour and Henfield Furnishings Best use of Light. Village Care and Southdowns Galleries won Highly Commended. Carol Eastwood from the Henfield Community Partnership worked incredibly hard to organise the event this year (thank you Carol!), with help from the BN5 team

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and many other volunteers. It was proclaimed a complete success, our thanks go to all those who attended and worked hard to make this a great community event. Thanks to everyone who came to see us for some mulled wine! At BN5 we were overwhelmed with the generosity of local businesses who donated to our Big BN5 Draw in aid of Henfield Youth Club, raising over £2,000. Thank you also to everyone who bought tickets, we really appreciate your support. There were 37 great prizes and very happy winners - our grateful thanks to: The Cat & Canary, Pinks, Alan Woodward, Henfield Flooring, Cinder Rose, Café des Amis, Coles, Little Gems, Al-Baddar, Hamfelds, Jasmines Florists, Natasha Beauty, Richwards, White Mischief, Rushfields, Stevens, Taste Deli, The Plough, The White Hart, Hartley’s, David Barnard, Truffles, Swains, The Ginger Fox, The Crabtree, The Capitol, Bolney Wine, Cocoa Loco, Fisher’s Farm, Singing Hills, Peter James, Henfield Furnishings, Sussex Wills, The Fox Small Dole, The Green Man and Hair & Co. If you’d like to get involved next year to make the event even better, please give us a call! Emma Osman

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Hypnotherapy gives you a way to speak directly to your powerful subconscious mind, wherein lie the causes of the self-limiting beliefs and behaviours which are preventing you from ever reaching your true potential. Many people are chary of hypnosis, thinking of the antics of stage hypnotists. In reality, when hypnotized, not only are you well aware of what’s going on, but also you’re in complete control of everything you do, think and say. And it’s the most relaxed

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A new home for the future: Henfield Scouts


couting has been part of the fabric of Henfield village almost as far back as the first Scout Camp on Brownsea Island in 1907. It’s reported that the son of a local solicitor, Major A Wade, travelled back from the Boer War with General Robert Baden-Powell, the founding father of Scouting. During their trip BadenPowell enthused Major Wade with his plans and the Henfield troop was born.

Recently, this 108 year-old Scouting heritage has been under threat. Not through a lack of willing participants (numbers in Henfield continue at record level, with over 100 young people, from Beavers to Explorers, at any one time). But because the existing hut at Craggit’s Lane is literally falling down around their ears. “The floorboards in the kitchen were so rotten that the cooker literally fell through them!” said Tanya Jennings, also known as Akala. “The building has existed since 1958 and it’s stood a lot longer than expected. We’ve now reached crisis point and something needs to be done, we can’t just patch up the leaky tin roof any more.” Scouting still offers some incredibly important life skills for young people. Each generation seems to spend less time outside, enjoy less freedom and be learn less practical skills than the generation before. Scouting allows young people to challenge themselves, to grow, to experiment, to have fun and learn respect for the natural world. In fact, allowing kids to learn in this way is probably even more important in today’s fast paced, technological world. They learn to light fires, go on night hikes, camp, cook, hike and learn how to work as a team. “Scouting is totally inclusive. We’ve got a huge range of young people participating, the pack will span age groups, friendship groups and even schools. Many of the children we see just don’t have the opportunities to really challenge themselves and realise just what they’re capable of. Occasionally they will have physical challenges

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JANUARY 2016 | Kid’s stuff but nothing will stop them getting involved with the huge range of activities we take part in,” said Tanya. Scouting starts at age six and Henfield has two Beaver colonies. Beavers progress to Cubs at eight, then become Scouts at 10. Each level teaches different skills, allows different freedoms and encourages children to participate in things they’d never get the chance to do otherwise. After Scouts comes Explorers at 14, then age 18 they are encouraged to get involved in Network, the youth section which teaches leadership skills. “I’ve been a leader for 11 years, I got involved with Scouting when my eldest son joined, which has been a route in for many of our leaders,” said Tanya. “My understanding of how important the organisation is to young people has grown. I think it’s vital for our village and we owe it to our kids to give them this chance. I’ve been privileged to see young people blossom and grow in confidence at Scouts, to watch a child who is terrified of heights overcome that fear to reach the top of an abseil tower fills me with such pride. We must preserve Scouting in Henfield for future generations.” Funding update from Mike Morgan: “The Scout Hut Appeal is going fantastically well and we have already raised £58,000 of our target of £150,000. We have completed our business plan and will be submitting a planning application to Horsham District Council shortly. Hopefully by the springtime we will have received planning permission at which point we can start applying for grants. We are still welcoming donations to the Appeal – please contact me on 01273 492134 or at Clarkesmeadtrust@mail.com if you would like to help us secure the future of Scouting in Henfield.” Emma Osman


Benjamin Jennings What’s been your route through the Scouting organisation? I’ve been involved since I started age six and I progressed through all the levels. I’m now a Young Leader and I help out with the Scout pack. What’s been the highlight for you? It has to be our Scout trip to Texas in 2010. It was 2½ weeks, absolutely incredible. We had an exchange trip and I’ve made lifelong friends from it, I’m so lucky to get the opportunity to travel and learn about a totally different culture. What has Scouting given to you? I did a Forestry badge at Scouts which led to a course at Broadstone Warren, Ashdown Forest. I loved it so at 14 I joined the voluntary service crew, coppicing and maintaining the woodland. I now attend a course at Plumpton on Countryside Management, learning tree surgery, wetland and grassland management and environmental conservation. So, you could say Scouting introduced me to a career that I love!

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ell it’s been a long haul, but the Henfield Haven (formerly Henfield Day Centre) is up and running and open for business! Since it re-opened at the end of November and its official launch at the beginning of December, the Haven has been open five days a week again for the benefit of our local community. Impact Initiatives, a Sussex based charity with plenty of experience in helping individuals to improve their quality of life and feel a part of a wider community, have been appointed to run the Haven on a day-to-day basis. I met with Centre Manager Lorette Mackie who was buzzing with enthusiasm about their current activities and their plans for the future: “Our aim is to offer a warm and welcoming environment and provide activities and services to help keep body and mind active. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we offer all-day care for

people with high needs and particularly dementia in the member’s lounge,” she explained. “The Haven Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays for people 55 plus offers a programme of activities and trips on a half or full day basis. Everyone needs to be referred to us but this is a very simple process and can be done either by a GP, a social worker, or individuals can even refer themselves – we just need to make an appointment with them and their carer to have a chat.” Everyone member is treated in the same friendly and professional manner and the Haven is already providing a very welcome respite for local carers. In addition to the services provided by Impact Initiatives, the independent charities Action for Deafness, 4-Sight and Carers Support will all be holding regular drop-in sessions at the Henfield

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This is a lovely circular walk (approximately 5.5 miles) through some gloriously peaceful countryside. 1 This walk starts at the public car park just 1) south of The Bull Inn on the A281. The Bull is a wonderful family (and dog!) friendly pub with a real traditional feel and cosy open fires. Cross the road and follow the pavement north over Mock Bridge. Just after the bridge turn right Photograph by Emma Osman BN5 magazine through the wrought iron gates on the tree lined bridleway towards the beautiful 12th century Haven, advice and help. Lorette is hoping churchproviding of St Giles. to have beauty treatments such as hairdressing and chiropody also available to members. But activities won’t just be to the Impact Initiatives 2) thelimited church theHaven: bridleway gets very 2 After are in the process acquiring a minibus will muddy, but stayofon it, forking right which into the mean that they will be able to offer escorted trips woods after you cross a small stream. Continue off site,you as well as offering to and from the until reach a lane transport where you turn right Haven itself for members. and follow it until you reach a brick House. Go throughseparate a gate and left, passing Slightly to turn the activities thatWaterperry take place and the Old Rectory inHouse the member’s lounge, but on stillyour veryright. much at the heart of the building, is the Haven Café which is open to the whole community, regardless of age, 3) 3 Here the to walk a as beautiful from 10.30am 4pmcontinues every day.along As well serving oak-linedbreakfasts, lane until light you lunches, reach the fabulously delicious yummy cakes named Farm. the afarm on your and freshPooks coffee, theyKeeping also offer hearty twoleft, head straight through the small gate into– course lunch for a on very reasonable fixed price the woods. Continue on or before perfect for those who can’t don’tturning want toright cook onto a sign-posted grassy footpath people bordered for themselves everyday. “Sometimes just with brambles. There are several paths off to the don’t want to cook and yet they feel intimidated COWFOLD left, but wait for the third that is signposted. At sitting down in a pub on their own for a meal,” the next crossing footpaths, continue explained Lorette.of“Here at the Havenstraight people on, sit over a wooden stileothers and into a field. can and chat with or sit and Keeping read the to theon left of the field head straight onand towards a paper their own – it’s a very relaxed friendly white house.and Thewe path curves environment have free around Wifi.” the house and through three metal kissing gates until you The space is side also of perfect for hosting social endcafé up on the far the house. and interest groups and Lorette has plenty of plans

the wood on your right, continue until you reach a stile on your right that takes you into a wood and over a small wooden bridge. Follow the path left through a large wooden gate and past a barn conversion, turning left and through another gate onto a lane. Turn right and follow this lane until you reach Fryland Lane. 5) 5 Turning right, continue along Fryland Lane until you find a footpath signposted on your left that takes you across a field towards a wooden bridge. Cross this bridge and then turn left and head towards the metal footbridge that crosses the slow moving river Adur. Once over the bridge turn right and the follow the meandering river west. for 2016: “We’re hoping to have a games club once week where people (with can come and play 6 Ata the 6) next footbridge solar panels), board games as chess backgammon, the path turnssuch left away from and the river and you as well as ‘knit you & natter’ and Farm. even ukulele follow thisa until reachgroup Shiprods Here workshops! We’re planning a ‘men in sheds’ group turn left and through a metal gate and follow and we’ve got our first cookery demonstration the path across more fields and two final small booked in:you Ranie Singh Jah Jyot cuisine gates as head backfrom towards the road andat the Canary coming to drink! demonstrate how TheCat Bull&Inn and aiswell earned to cook Indian food - hopefully this will be the first of many cookery sessions. Please call in for a programme.” The last section along the river The re-launched Haveninreally Adur is proneHenfield to flooding veryis off to a flying start treasureinthiswhich amazing resource and help our wet– lets weather, case community the services continue provide along Fryland Lanethat our older generations need and deserve. 4 until you reach the Brick Sarah Butler House and retrace your steps back via St Giles Church. Pooks 3 Sarah Butler Farm

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4 After the third kissing gate, cross the 4) field (which can be very muddy) keeping 6 the white house onofyou right. When A dedicated band volunteers have been workingShermanbury tirelessly over the past few months, not only SHERMANBURY you reach the the management field, Place organising the bottom transfer of of the of the Henfield Haven from West Sussex County Council 2 turn onto a narrow muddy to theleft community, but also painting, cleaning, digging, planting and generally revamping the building path covered by a canopy of and grounds. Shiprods Farm hedgerow and brambles. Steve Bailey of Henfield Community Partnership, who led the project from the outset, said: “We The path eventually would like to thank all our supporters who have given so freely their time, expertise and materials crosses a small bridge to bring the Haven to fruition. We are also very grateful to our many sponsors and to Nigel Parsons and stile and you and his team who led the building work and were so supportive.” come out into Mock And although up to scratch has now been done, there is still an Br another field.much of the hard work getting the Haven service alive and thriving for our local community. No Kongoing e e p i nneed g for volunteers to help keep this fabulous 1 matter what your age, skills or availability, Impact Initiatives would love to hear from you. Do pop in or call The Bull Inn Lorette or Theresa on 01273 494747.

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he 4SIGHT Henfield group for the blind and partially sighted has been running on and off for many years, and until the end of 2014 it was under the leadership of Nina and Colin Major. When Nina and Colin decided to ‘retire’, they appealed through the BN5 magazine for someone to take over the running of the group and the call was answered (eventually!) by four friends: Gill Adams, Jill Carmena, Janet King and Marilyn Jones who all knew some members of the group and knew how much they relied on the monthly meetings. The new ‘management team’ took over in January 2015 and were joined later in the year by Angela Barlow and Dick Kent; Dick ran the group with his wife Jean when it first started, so knew many of the members. We meet in the newly refurbished Henfield Haven which perfectly suits our needs. On arrival we sit in comfortable armchairs to drink coffee and chat and listen to our speaker or entertainer and then move to tables and chairs for a quiz, game or art session. We regularly have someone from the Macular Society to tell us about new developments or answer questions and this our members find very useful. To lighten the mood we follow this with a speaker. This year, amongst others, we were enthralled by Alan Barwick who brought with him various items

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from the Henfield Museum for members to handle and guess their use. Steve Bailey came and played his guitar and sang so magically - do not miss the opportunity to hear Steve if you get the chance! Another particularly memorable meeting was when local artist Keith Windsor came to give the members an art taster session and all went home with an A4 book, on the cover of which he had mounted and framed their artistic efforts; the members were thrilled they had managed to do something they had imagined was well beyond their capabilities. Another innovation is the edited version of the BN5 magazine on CD. We get an advance copy of the BN5 and take it down to the 4SIGHT office in Shoreham where Marilyn reads it. Colin Major records and then edits the CD (to take out all the ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ and mispronunciations!) and we get it back in time for our meeting at the end of the month so members don’t miss out on events for the next month. Copies of the CD are also available at the Library. We thank Adur Talking News for allowing us to use their studio for recordings. We aim to make the meetings as friendly, informative and entertaining as possible and feedback seems to suggest our members are happy with the format. We would love to have more members, so if you have been diagnosed with Macular or Glaucoma and would like to come along, ring Gill Adams on 01273 493089 or come to the Henfield Haven on the last Thursday of the month at 10am (meeting until noon). We are usually able to arrange lifts to and from The Haven. Marilyn Jones 4SIGHT is a charity and their work is funded through donations, plus the support of trusts, foundations, local authorities and the help of over 500 volunteers. They support over 2,000 members and provide people with a wide range of practical support solutions to help them remain independent following sight loss.

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I’ve worked as a builder since I left school. My Dad was a carpenter and his Dad before him so it’s a real family trade. I used to go to work with with my Dad so it was a trade I was always interested in. Now I run my own building company – Nigel Parsons Builders. We do all sorts of building work: extensions, alterations, refurbishments and also smaller building jobs. I even built the BN5 office! Which aspect of your job do you like best?

I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing what I’ve built in the village. The best part of the job is when we help people out, for example helping older people to stay in their own homes through conversions and alterations. I also really enjoyed working on the Henfield Haven - it’s such a good thing for Henfield and the wider rural community. We really need the facility – if you are caring for someone with dementia then it’s invaluable. What do you like most about Henfield?

I was born and grew up in Henfield – I lived on King James’s Terrace until I was five or six which was a great place to grow up. I like the friendly community – it’s still a village and I really hope it doesn’t loose that feeling. What’s your favourite event in the local calendar?

I really like the Summer Show – it’s the village event and it still has a nice old fashioned feel about it. It is a shame they don’t have the village pram race though any more – I used to love watching it go round all the pubs in the village when I was young.

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When I was younger I was into motorbike trial riding, but I stopped when falling off started to hurt too much! I’ve been involved with Henfield Birdwatch for 15 years now and I carry out surveys for them and I’m starting to get into bird photography now too. I’ve noticed a big change in local bird populations over the time I’ve been involved – we’ve lost a few species, probably because we don’t have as many rough habitats as we used to. Can you give us a top tip?

If people could set aside a bit of their garden for wildlife – just let it run wild with nettles and weeds - it would be hugely beneficial for birds and all wildlife.

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Hamfelds HOME & GARDEN Everything for your home and garden under one roof! Your local supplier of building, plumbing & timber supplies. • Open 7 days a week! • Gardening, key cutting, kitchenware, electrical, decorating, household, plumbing, car care, camping, tools... • Free next day delivery on a massive range of hand and power tools • Why not set up a trade account today?

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• Surveys, Planning & Design • Residential projects - large and small • Planning Applications & liaison with planning authorities • Building Regulations Applications • Listed Building Applications • Preparation of Tenders • Advice on choice of Contractor • Guidance on Interior Design • Friendly, helpful advice See website for full details

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CJ Plumbing

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Specialising in Complete Bathroom Installation & Tiling

Free Estimates, No Call Out Charge A family run business

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Installation  Testing  Certification  PAT Testing

Jeremy Crawley Henfield Electrician

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High quality, professional & trustworthy service 36 years qualified experience Family run company based in Henfield Conversions Refurbishments

Extensions Renovations

Office: 01403 891101 Alan Daniels: 07766 522673 Daren Bonwick: 07811 194178 Email: info@willowconstruction.co.uk

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Covering Henfield and the surrounding villages

•Stump Grinding • Pruning • Felling • Climbing • Wood Chipper


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Jeffery & Dunne Ltd

For all your building, heating and plumbing requirements Call us on

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Servicing & repairs For all makes & models - cars & commercial Engine management diagnostics MOT & welding repairs Local collection & delivery

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No job too small - No VAT to pay

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SELECTACARPET With over 18 years’ experience of fantastic service and carpet fitting

• Pick your fabulous new flooring at home or work.

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We are a group of friendly people from Henfield and surrounding villages who enjoy socialising whilst raising money for local charities and good causes.



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Is it time to pay a Dividend?


rom April, the current dividend tax regime changes, resulting in a significant tax hike for many company owning entrepreneurs. What has changed? The Government believes that the way dividends are currently taxed including the dividend tax credit is arcane and complex. The rules were introduced at a time when Corporation Tax was far higher than it is now and the Chancellor believes that many people now work via their own limited companies simply to save tax. The new dividend tax regime should provide billions to help plug the hole in the public finances, and will also fulfil another Government objective – to remove some of the tax benefits of incorporating compared to employment. According to the Government’s estimates, the new dividend tax regime is expected to raise £2.5bn during 2016/17, with smaller, but still significant income flowing to the Treasury in subsequent years. From April, the changes are: ƒƒ A new tax free dividend allowance of £5,000 will be available to all individuals;

Those involved with owner-managed businesses might like to consider whether they can plan for these changes. People’s personal circumstances will differ and professional advice should be taken but the following should be considered: ƒƒ If dividends have not been paid out of the company then from next year, where possible, it is worth paying dividends at a level which will utilise the £5,000 exemption. In the absence of any other dividend income, a dividend of £5,000 per shareholder could be paid without any further tax liability.

ƒƒ At present, if you take dividends rather

than salary then this reduces your effective rate of tax by around 9%. When the changes come into effect next tax year, this differential reduces to around 3%. Dividends will still probably be more attractive, but other factors need to be considered as the benefit will become much more marginal.

ƒƒ If you are planning on taking a significant

amount out of your company by bonus or dividend, then taking a large dividend payment before 5 April may be more tax ƒƒ There will no longer be a 10% dividend tax effective than paying one after that date. credit; Finally, as always, it is essential to have the ƒƒ Dividend tax rates are being increased by proper paperwork in place for approving and paying a dividend. In particular, dividends must 7.5%. be approved in advance. What does this mean for me and my business? For many taxpayers with modest amounts of Paul Samrah dividend income, the changes may result in For further help and guidance, please contact less tax by virtue of the £5,000 exemption. Paul Samrah on 01737 778546 or at psamrah@ However, taxpayers receiving larger dividend kingstonsmith.co.uk amounts will pay more Income Tax. 2015/16 (effective rate)

2016/17 (first £5,000)

2016/17 (over £5,000)

Basic rate




Higher rate




Additional rate




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Index of advertisers | JANUARY 2016 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

A&B Matters 04 The Accountancy Practice 45 Kingston Smith LLP 65


Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels B&B The Whistlestop

51 09


Downs Southern Ltd 62 Henfield Homes Ltd 59 Nigel Parsons 43 Optimal Property Solutions 62 PJB Building Solutions 54 Willow Construction 56


Care Wise West Sussex County Council 02 Helping Hands 47 Know Dementia 17 Upper Mead - Sussex Health Care 67


Strategic Career Decisions


B&I Carpets Selectacarpet

58 61

Terry Healy Chimney Sweep


Ben Daniels Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning


Henfield Help Line PC Doctors (Stanly Associates Ltd)

56 54




GARAGES REPAIRS AND SALES Braziers Garage Henfield Coles Automotive Ltd Mile Oak Servicing Setyres

66 24 59 68

Beechcroft Landscapes The Green Reaper Hamfelds Home & Garden Rooted Garden Services Rushfields Plant Centre & Gifts S. Goodridge Gardens

58 57 55 54 10 57


GIFTS, BOOKS, JEWELLERY & ART Katherine Lawrie The Steyning Bookshop

49 47

B Muzeen Groundworks



A & S Home Services - Gutter Clearance


DB Foot Clinic Hear to Listen Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Physiotherapy Henfield Podiatry Clinic House of Healing Slimming World Sussex Osteopath & Complementary Health

46 14 49 49 49 33 16 48


East Barn Interiors Ltd Ray Bishop Upholstery Re-Seated (Helen Puxley) Simply Blinding Ltd.

Jeremy Crawley Henfield Electrician JW Wickens Electrical Ltd Lanmar Electrical Solutions

56 51 61

The Henfield Hall Henfield Leisure Centre N8 Night Bus

Westridge Farriers


The Henfield Fencing Co. R.J Meaker Fencing Limited

51 53

Robert Slaughter Independent Financial Advisor 37


Rushfields Farm Shop & Cafe Swains Garden Centre & Farm Shop taste...deli catering


C&T Radmall Henfield Funeral Services

10 21 20 47 44



18 31 31 52 63 29 04

Lucy Locksmith



Inner Space Office & Storage



Henfield Eyecare



40 55


Andrew’s Decorating Ltd 55 Ladies who Decorate 51 Mark Atkinson Decorator 62 Trim Decorating 50


When booked with your full service! Just MOT £39.95 You must bring your BN5 to qualify!

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BRAZIERS MOT only £29.95

The Bull Inn Cafe des Amis Cat & Canary Pub The Plough Rushfields Farm Shop & Cafe Shepherd & Dog Singing Hills Pavilion Restaurant taste...deli catering The White Hart

Hamfelds Home & Garden


61 60



55 62 59

BHW Glass Ltd N. Constantine Double Glazing Repairs


61 58 62 56 58 60 62

Geoff’s Handyman Services Optimal Property Solutions Henfield Homes Ltd


42 42 42 15



A. Stenning Aquatec Aspect Plumbing & Heating CJ Plumbing Jeffery & Dunne Ltd. MC Services Gas Plumbing & Heating PST Plumbing



Canine Adventures In The Doghouse Pawz in the Park Rebecca’s Dog Grooming


King & Stevens Ltd

Brown’s Barbers 22 Hair & Co Henfield 32 Louisa Jayne Unisex Hair Salon 28 Natasha’s Beauty Salon 28 Pinks Hair 49

50 63




The Conservatory Co. Countryman Improvements



30 30 30 22 10 06 31 20 11

DT Page Printing and Graphic


Steyning Roofing Sussex Flat Roofs

51 50

HBH Rubbish Clearance


Dove Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care The Towers Convent School

47 47 36

Good Start School Louisa Jayne

13 28

Griffith Smith Farrington Webb The Sussex Wills Office

65 65

Contain Yourself Storage Inner Space Office & Storage

50 45

Chauffeur Car Service Henfield Village Cars

54 44

A & S Aerials & Satellites Aerials & More

59 58

The Green Reaper Jonathan Carter Tree Surgeon Liquidamber Tree Surgery Ltd. Southern Beeches Ltd. The Tree Works

57 57 57 54 56

Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries


We Mend Washing Machines


Haigh’s Window Cleaning








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