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June 2015 #107

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JUNE 2015 | Contents

07 What’s on







from the BN5 area

26 Local interest

Henfield Leisure Centre


33 Local interest Gardens and Arts

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Local interest Sussex Beekeepers

36 Gardens

Sussex Prairies get Buzzy

38 Local interest

Henfield Village Fayre

43 Local interest House Martins


This month’s theme is the diminutive honey bee. We’ve given bees centre stage on our cover this month, they are being featured this June at Sussex Prairies with a feast of bee-themed events. We also asked the Mid Sussex Beekeeping Association to give us some advice on the subject, please do get in touch with them if you’d like to find out more, or go to Sussex Prairies to meet the beekeepers there. June is always Gardens and Arts in Henfield, once again there’s a wonderful selection of local gardens open for you to enjoy, along with displays from our talented artists and a huge range of music to entertain. Pick up your Blue Guide from a local shop and have some fun! Henfield Leisure Centre have some big changes on the horizon, a large extension with a new studio, reception, cafe and a huge soft play area for children to enjoy. Take a look at their plans on page 26.

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Every Flower Counts


It’s been a busy month at BN5 magazine, we’ve moved offices to the centre of the village (we absolutely love it - thank you to everyone who has sent cards and popped in to see us). So, this issue has been put together in double-quick speed, after BT finally got us up and running with an internet connection!

Have a great month, here’s to some sunny weather!


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Sunday 31 May

footwear and clothing and bring your own refreshments. Call Songs of Praise Service 03302 225544. Pre booking St Andrew’s Church, Edburton, 6pm essential. Also known as ‘Hymns and Tai Chi for over 60s Pimms’! Please join us for a glass of Pimms at our traditional Songs Maidment Court, 2-3pm (& every of Praise service, when we sing Tues) some of our favourite hymns in Contact Ian Kendall on 07900 our beautiful downland Church. 193230 or iktaichi@me.com

Monday 1 June Monday Market

Knit & Natter

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

Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm (& every Mon) Stallholder vacancies now Action for Deafness Henfield Hall, 2pm (& 1st Tues) available. 01273 493365. Hearing aid maintenance clinic and Sporting Moments information, advice and support on Southwater Leisure Centre all aspects of hearing loss. 10am-12pm (& every Mon) Free sports sessions for people with dementia and a family The Book Nook member. Come and meet others The Chapel, Fulking, 10-11.30am and enjoy the fun. Call 01273 (& every Weds) 494300. A great selection of books, Oh Beehive! CDs and DVDs for sale with all Sussex Prairies, 1-5pm (and also proceeds to St Andrew’s church. Weds to Sun) Henfield Computer Club See article for more information. Henfield Leisure Centre, 10amCrib 12pm (& every Weds) Maidment Court, 2pm (& every A friendly club to help you Mon) improve your computer skills and Henfield Badminton Club get online. Cost £1.50 including refreshments, plus a one off Henfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm (& charge of £5 for membership. every Mon) 01273 492620. We play a reasonable standard of badminton but are very patient Bingo with rusty players! New members Sobell Court, 2.30pm (every Weds) welcome. 01273 492986. Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com

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Weds term-time) Open to all. Call Elizabeth Carey on 07880 551 751 or email e.carey@sky.com

Thursday 4 Rhyme Time

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs) Free fun with music for preschoolers.

Tai Chi for over 60s

Maidment Court, 11am-12pm (& every Thurs) Contact Ian Kendall on 07900 193230 or iktaichi@me.com

Henfield Unattached

White Hart, 11am (every 1st Thurs) A meeting point for those who are now alone, and need to get out and widen their horizons. There’s no fuss, no joining fee, no subscription. Call 01273 495820 or drop in.

Play & Learn Together

Free Church Hall, 11-12.30pm (& every 2 weeks term-time only) A free, friendly and fun group where you can play with your child (babies to rising 5s) and help them to learn. 01403 864668.

Know Dementia

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

Jazzled Choir

Catholic Church Hall, 1.303.30pm (& every 2 weeks termtime only) A jazz, swing and blues Chatterbox community choir that supports Henfield Joggers everyone including those with Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& dementia and their carers. £5 (& every Tues) every Weds) entry includes tea and biscuits. Come and have fun! Still £1.50 Open to all. Running on and off- Call 01273 494300 or email including refreshments. road. See www.henfieldjoggers. info@knowdementia.co.uk HDC Walk co.uk Thursday Circle Steyning, 11am (& 16th) Henfield Lions Club Free Church Hall, 2.15pm 2 mile stroll, meet at Steyning George Hotel, Henfield, 7.30pm Visit to Rushfields Garden Centre Health Centre. Call Linda on (& every 1st Weds) for a tour of the Centre and 01903 816865. Meet to discuss fundraising refreshments. Assemble outside Guided Walk activities, consider requests for the Free Church at 2.15pm for Kithurst Country Park, 11am-1pm assistance and organise social departure at 2.30pm prompt. Looking at local history and events. Call David Pryor on Transport will be arranged. landscape with the Countryside 01273 494442. Crib Rangers. Walk includes some Jolesfield Community Choir Maidment Court, 7pm (& every hills and stiles. Wear suitable Jolesfield School, 7pm (& every

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Henfield Squash Club

Subject to weather.

Poynings Country Fete

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm The Rectory Garden, Poynings, (& every Thurs) 2-4.30pm Drop-in and play session only £3. It has been rumoured that this Rotary Club of Henfield year may just see a murder at the Rectory. Come along and and Steyning join in the family fun - Maypole The Castle Inn Hotel, Bramber, Dancing, Music, Puppet show, 7.30pm (& every Thurs) A convivial organisation stalls, refreshments and even a combining business and social Pimms tent. events, all welcome. Contact David Andrew on 01903 816981 Netball or andrew@greathampden.net Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm (& every Sun) Everybody welcome (over 16s). Age UK Horsham District For more information call Edna Henfield Dementia Club on 01403 710586 or 07708 Maidment Court, 10am-3pm (& 486973. every Fri)

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A small friendly club that welcomes those living with dementia. Offering a full programme of activities dependant on member’s interest and hobbies. Support for carers also provided. Price includes a hot two-course lunch, all activities and refreshments. Call 01403 751327.

Little Fishes

St Peters Church, 2-3pm (every Fri) Come and share in this friendly group for babies, pre-school children and their parents/carers. Stories, singing, activities, refreshments and the chance to make new friends. All are welcome and there is no charge. 01273 493069.

Monday 8

Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts

The Steyning Centre, 10.30am12pm (& every 2nd Mon) An illustrated lecture by Anne Anderson on “Napoleonic Splendours : Art and Architecture of Imperial France. Coffee from 10am. Members and visitors welcome.

Adur Valley Fine Arts (NADFAS)

Evangelical Free Church, 8pm The Battle of Waterloo presented by Rupert Matthews.

Pub Quiz

White Hart, 8.30pm (& 23rd) In aid of HART. Teams of up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve a table.

Wednesday 10 Knit and Natter

Residents Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm (every 2nd Weds) We knit gift items and children’s clothes for various charities. There is something for everyone to knit whatever their ability or interest.

HDC Walk

Steyning, 10.30am 1 mile stroll, no stiles. Meet at the Steyning Health Centre. Call Ann on 01903 297553.

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Coffee Morning

St Peter’s Church, 10.30-11.30am (& every 2nd Thurs) Join us in St Peters Church for fresh coffee & homemade cakes.

Young Parents Group

Boards and Banter

Evangelical Free Church, 11am12.30pm (& every 2 weeks termtime only) Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (& every Come along to play and chat 2nd Mon) ‘Like Mother, Like Son’ - with your children. Wide range of Speakers Susan Valadon and toys, crafts , messy play, rhyme time and light lunch provided. Maurice Utrillo. For help with transport call 01403 864668 / 01903 270444.

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Truleigh Hill Upper Beeding, 2pm Help with Garden & Arts 5 miles, 2 hours. meet at High Trees Car Park at the junction Henfield Day Centre (Hewitts), of the A283/A2037. Call Ann on 4-6pm Help required to prepare the 01903 297553. Centre for the Garden & Arts Henfield Flower Club weekend – see news item for Henfield Hall, 2.15pm more information. Garden Party for members only. Superstrings

Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 1st Fri) A selection of board games and jigsaw puzzles will be available and refreshments provided. We also have a jigsaw puzzle permanently out in the library for anyone to complete at any time and lots of jigsaws to borrow free of charge.

Charity Bookstall

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Tuesday 9 HDC Walk

Friday 12

Woodmancote Parish Council meeting

Stan’s Bike Shack, 7.30pm A super-talented 3-piece band Parish Hall, Woodmancote, with a lively and entertaining 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues) repertoire including Hot woodmancoteparishcouncil@ Club, Gypsy Jazz, Swing and gmail.com for more information. Bluegrass music. Tickets £10 each in advance (includes food). Henfield History Group For even more events listings go to www.bn5magazine.co.uk

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Saturday 13

Garden & Arts Weekend

Various locations, 11am- 5pm (and Sun 14th) See article for more information.

HDC Walk

Steyning, 9am Wiston/Steyning Downland Dog Walk, 2 miles, 1¼ hours. Park in one of the Steyning car parks if possible. 01903 297553


some. Call Val Creek on 01273 A drop-in session for all residents. 958202.

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The Joy of Book Making

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Tuesday 23

Sunday 14

Painting on the Prairie

Wednesday 24

Blenheim Palace and

Sussex Prairies Gardens See www.sussexprairies.co.uk Steyning for coach pick-up, for more information. 8.30am Organised by Steyning Millenium Woodmancote & Henfield WI trust. £39 including coffee, guide and coach. Call John Stevenson Henfield Hall, 2.15pm on 01903 814548 or chair@ We have a taster afternoon in everystudentmatters.org. which members will be shown a variety of crafts, by fellow PCSO Visit members, and try their hand at Henfield Library, 3-4pm (& every last Weds)

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Henfield Day Centre (Hewitts), 10.30am-12pm (every last Thurs) Sussex Prairies, 10am-4pm One day workshop £35. See Opportunity for those with www.sussexprairies.co.uk for sight impairments to meet and socialise with others suffering more information. from sight problems. Occasional speakers, games, quizzes, plus Arnica – An Ancient Healer tea and coffee. Sussex Prairies, 10am-1pm Planning for Later Years – Workshop £20. See www. Options and Choices sussexprairies.co.uk for more The Henfield Hall, 2-4pm information. See news item for more information.

Buchan Country Park, 9-10pm Meet at the Countryside Centre. Take a twilight stroll to learn about the ‘fern owl’. £5 per Henfield Garden Club Outing person. www.westsussex.gov.uk Pick up from Henfield Hall to book. Members coach outing to garden of the MD of Hilliers, The Scout Summer Fete Andy McIndoe (morning) and Scout Field Sir Harold Hillier’s garden and For more information see arboretum (afternoon). news item. Contact Paula Flower 01273494432 or email HDC Walk The Windmill Inn, Partridge gsl@1sthenfieldscoutgroup Green, 7pm 5 miles, 2½ hours, no dogs. Meet Felt Hat Making Workshop / park on Littleworth Lane. Call Sussex Prairies, 10am-4pm Jean on 07734 323321, Jane One-day workshop, £60 on 01403 261672 or Pauline on (including all materials). See 01403 240419. www.sussexprairies.co.uk for Henfield Art Club more information. Henfield Hall, 7.15-9.30pm (& The Book Nook every 4th Tues) The Chapel, Fulking, 11am-4pm Membership £25 per year and (& every 2nd Sun) guests £3 per session. Call Alan A good and ever changing Harrison on 01273 495262 for selection of both fiction and more information. non-fiction books, and also CDs, Small Dole Tuesday Club DVDs, cassettes and a few toys. Members House, 7.30pm In aid of St Andrew’s Church, Cream Tea - note this is not at Edburton. the Village Hall!

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Thursday 25

Saturday 27

St Peter’s Church Fete

Vicarage Garden, 2-4.30pm All the fun of a traditional English Garden Fete. Great range of stalls and entertainment will be provided by Brass Fusion. Entry £1 adults, children free.

St Barnabas Midnight Walk

Worthing Leisure Centre The walk starts and finishes at Worthing Leisure Centre and walkers can choose the 7 or 13.1 mile routes along Worthing’s streets and seafront, or a 20 mile route through Worthing to Shoreham and back. Registration £20. Register for walk or volunteer at www.nighttoremember.org.uk/ stb or call 01903 706354.

Sunday 28

Proms in the Park

Red Oaks Garden, 6pm Starring Brass Fusion and local opera star Sidonie Winter. First half of the concert will feature everybody’s brass band favourites. Second half is a traditional ‘Last Night of the Proms’.Profits to local charities. Bring your own picnic, bubbly, blanket and chairs.

Monday 29 Free Tennis

Henfield Tennis Club, 9am-9pm (& every day till 12th July) Subject to availability, during Wimbledon Fortnight, come and play at no cost.

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News | JUNE 2015 GARDENS AND ARTS WEEKEND AT PLANNING FOR LATER YEARS – OPTIONS AND CHOICES HENFIELD DAY CENTRE The Day Centre is going to take part in the Gardens and Arts weekend on Saturday and Sunday 13 and 14 June. Can you help? We need people to set up the Centre ready for the weekend on Friday 12 June from 4 to 6pm. This will involve tasks such as moving furniture and taking pictures and notices down from the walls. Please contact Alison Vine (ajvine.68@gmail.com) if you can help with any of the above. Digby Stevenson


Many of us are now living much longer than our parents, and so are aware that we could live on past the point where we can continue being independent in the way we have been used to. Henfield Action for Older People are holding a meeting in The Henfield Hall on Thursday 25 June 2015 from 2-4.30pm to give older people, carers, families and friends an introduction to some of the options and choices that could make a difference as to how people live in their later years. Speakers will cover: Care options; Legal issues; Help to maintain financial independence; and independent financial advice. All advice will take account of changes that have come about as a result of the Care Act 2014. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and take away useful information. Free refreshments including tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be served in the break. Older people, carers, family and friends are all welcome. Alison Vine

At The Henfield Garden and Arts event the Henfield Garden Club invites everyone to bring a plant to their plant swap/sale stall in the grounds on Red Oaks Care Centre on Saturday 13 June throughout the day. The Henfield Garden Club continues its summer coach outing programme on Tuesday 23 June when it visits Hilliers Garden and Arboretum in Hampshire. To find out about the garden clubs DATE FOR YOUR DIARY programme of events and membership of the Garden Club contact Julia Simpson on jbs@ The Henfield Football Club AGM will be held on Friday 3rd July 2015 at 7.30pm in the Eric Holder backsettown.demon.co.uk / 01273493900. Pavilion. Anyone is welcome to attend. Jackie Harford Simon Andrews

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JUNE 2015 | News horse tack, a clever twist on an old favourite - the list is endless! Anyone interested should apply via the website www.popuphorsham.co.uk or email info@popuphorsham.co.uk Daisy White


TENNIS SUCCESS FOR TOBY Congratulations to local rising tennis star Toby Bloomfield who has had a fantastic start to the summer. Following recent tournament success Toby is now ranked 26 in Great Britain and number one in Sussex in the 12-and-under age category. At the time of going to print Toby, who is a member of Henfield Tennis Club, was preparing for a National Tour event at the end of May. We wish Toby continued success for the rest of the season and we look forward to featuring him in the pages of BN5 magazine in the not too distant future. Sarah Butler

Thank you all so much for your support in electing me to be one of your District Councillors for the next four years. I have been truly amazed and humbled by the support I have received from you and will now do my best to represent you at Horsham District Council and to fulfil the promise I made in my leaflet “to continue to work hard on your behalf.” Henfield is truly an amazing place to live and has had an Independent Councillor for over 40 years - something that no other Ward in the Horsham District can claim. It will be my pleasure to continue my work for you and thank you once again. Mike Morgan

HENFIELD FRIENDS OF ST BARNABAS NEWS We had a very interesting visit to the Hospice during April where we met members of the other Friends Groups. There we learned of the latest plans for improving the services of the Hospice. Our street collection will be in July, and we will be manning a stall at the Henfield Summer Fayre also in July. Please help us support your local Hospice. Peggy McCormas

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS! Pop Up Horsham opens shop doors on 1 June and the project aims to take home businesses out onto the high street, and eventually from ‘start up to stay up...’ with the help of a unique mentoring programme and business ‘toolbox’. Each month, the shop in Swan Walk Shopping Centre will give up to seven entrepreneurs a chance to showcase in a busy retail environment. As well as having the chance to experience high street retail, the package includes a series of business workshops, mobile card payment system in store, and entry into a competition to win a day trading at a very special location. The project is looking for anyone with a really good product to sell - fashion, foodies, homewares,

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JUNE 2015 | News we love and hope our customers will love them too. We believe in good old-fashioned customer service, and as an independent boutique, your business is very precious to us! We had incredible support with the boutique launch and I would like to thank everyone who popped in, purchased goods, those who tweeted or re-tweeted our page, who shared, entered our competition, posted a FB review, or simply spread the word. The real work has just begun, but with so many consumers deeply engaged, there is great hope for the future!” Sarah Butler



Cinder Rose is a fabulous new independent boutique offering a completely different shopping experience with well-designed, high quality and individual clothing for women. Located on the high Street in the Pump House (formerly the opticians) it boasts both unique products from the other side of the world and locally sourced items from right here in Sussex. From the perfect shaped dress to amazing scented candles, Cinder Rose stocks a gorgeous range of items. Brands include Almost Famous, Great Plains, Blonde and Wise, Lavish Alice and Sass & Belle amongst others. Owner Erica Hann said: “We buy only the things

Excitement is mounting for this year’s St Barnabas House Night to Remember Midnight Walk on Saturday 27 June – a ladies-only walk to raise vital funds for the hospice. During the last seven years, over 6,000 ladies have walked together to raise an incredible £1 million. The money raised from this year’s ‘Night to Remember’ will go towards expanding the Hospice at Home night service. For patients being cared for at home, night time can be the most difficult time for them and their family. Since the introduction of the night service, the hospice has seen demand increase and needs to double the number of healthcare assistants in order to provide this vital service to the local community. The walk starts and finishes at Worthing Leisure Centre and walkers can choose the 7 or 13.1 mile routes along Worthing’s streets and seafront, or a 20 mile route through Worthing to Shoreham and back. Men can get involved too! Over 200 volunteers are needed to marshal the route and keep the women walkers safe during the night. Registration costs just £20 and you can register for the walk or volunteer at www.nighttoremember.org.uk/stb or call 01903 706354. Please join us and walk through the night so our Hospice at Home team can care for patients in their own homes, through their darkest hours of need.

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News | JUNE 2015 support me. Huge thanks to everyone!” London 2015 was Ilidia’s 23rd marathon. This year she also acted as ‘pacer’ in this year’s Brighton half and full Marathons. She said; “With all the attention I’ve had with people congratulating me I feel like Paula Radcliffe!” If you’d like to help Ilidia with her fundraising please go to www.justgiving. com/Ilidia-Campbell2/ To find out more about Motor Neurone Disease: www.mndassociation.org Emma Osman

HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL NEWS INSPIRATIONAL ILIDIA RUNS AGAIN Congratulations to Ilidia Campbell, Henfield’s multi-marathon runner who has once again completed the London Marathon and the Brighton Marathon, this time in aid of MND (Motor Neurone Disease Association). MND helps with care, research and campaigning on behalf of those who suffer with this crippling disease. Ilidia is a familiar face in Henfield, she’s a receptionist at Henfield Medical Centre, where patients and staff have once again been incredibly supportive in helping her to raise money. Her total currently stands at £800. She is a member of the Henfield Joggers and has been running marathons and half marathons for the last 18 years for various causes, including Henfield Medical Centre, Well Child, the Stroke Association and the Alzheimer’s Society. Although she’s never counted how much she’s raised over the years, but we’ve estimated that it’s likely to be in excess of £20,000. “I had the most incredible day on Sunday, I was so pleased to complete in three hours 53mins. One of my daughters Heather came to support me and the other, Fiona, managed to track me on the internet from Australia! Once again people have been incredible and the response to my fundraising request has been overwhelming. Staff, friends and patients at Henfield Medical Centre never fail to

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Henfield Parish Council, like most other local authorities, fights a continuing battle with litter on a daily basis and spends around 10% of the money raised from the residents of Henfield each year on employing an excellent team of litter wardens to pick up a never-ending stream of litter that is dropped around the village. In times of austerity when funding is clearly in short supply, it is a shame that money is needed to be spent on something so completely unavoidable. Nonetheless Henfield Parish Council takes the clearance of litter very seriously and will continue to keep the village clean and tidy wherever possible. We will also be introducing the ever-popular High Street hanging baskets again this year from early June. You may now be aware of the new Operating Model that has been rolled out by Sussex Police, which has been brought about by the need to save £57 million by 2020. This is in addition to the £50 million already saved up to 2015. Whilst there are clearly pressures on Local Policing, I would still urge residents to report all crime whenever it occurs. Did you know, for example, that you can report anti-social driving on the Operation Crackdown website. It takes around 5-10 minutes to submit a report and this will be forwarded to the Sussex Police Road Policing Unit so local officers can take appropriate action. Finally don’t forget to enter the date of the Henfield Summer Show this year in your diaries – it will be taking place on the Common on Saturday 18 July. Kevin Wright

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JUNE 2015 | News WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR HENFIELD FC? Henfield FC has a new team, currently the U14s, made up from a group of local boys from years 8 and 9. This age group has been without a local team for nearly four years and they are currently playing in old borrowed shirts and no matching socks. For less than £500 you could promote your company by sponsoring them with new kit featuring your company logo for the next couple of seasons. If you would like to help and promote your company please email me at rb@proworx. co.uk. Richard Brooks, Manager, Henfield U14s.

3RD HENFIELD BROWNIE NEWS 3rd Henfield Brownies would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Red Oaks, the Henfield Parish Council and Henfield Community Partnership. Between them they have bought us 20 new camp beds for our Brownie Holiday. Some of the residents from Red Oaks visited us on the 14 April to bring their 10 beds. We can’t wait to try them out! If you want to get involved in Guiding, please register your interest at www.girlguiding.org.uk We have adventures waiting for all girls and adults aged five and upwards. Natalie Denning

ST PETER’S CHURCH FETE 2015 You are all invited to our annual Fete on Saturday 27 June from 2pm until 4.30pm in the Vicarage Garden which is run on behalf of St Peter’s Church in Henfield. With all the fun of a traditional English garden fete, there will be the same great range of stalls as you have enjoyed in previous years. Musical entertainment will be provided by Brass Fusion. Entry is only £1 for adults and free for children. Peter O’Connell

ERRATUM The Charity bookstall located outside Barclays Bank every other Saturday morning is in fact organised and run by the Henfield Lions, not the BP Guild as stated in last months BN5 magazine. We apologise for many confusion. Editor

HYMNS AND PIMMS AT ST ANDREWS Please join us for a glass of Pimms at our traditional Songs of Praise service (also know as Hymns and Pimms!), when we sing some of our favourite hymns in our beautiful downland Church of St Andrews, Edburton at 6pm on Sunday 31 May. Jane Warne

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News | JUNE 2015 1940’S REVIVAL NIGHT

RUSHFIELDS FARM SHOP PIE CHAMPIONS If you need an excuse to try one of Rushfield Farm Shop’s homemade pies, then how about the fact that they are champion pie makers as voted for at the British Pie Awards earlier this year in Melton Mowbray? It was the Steak & Kidney pie that scooped the top award, but they have a wide range of equally delicious fillings. Congratulations to Colin and Alison for making such delicious pies! Sarah Butler The Sou th o f

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The big event for the Friends of St Giles for 2015 is a 1940s Revival Night on 1 August in the Henfield Hall with the Swingshift Big Band – an 18 piece band lead and managed by Jonathan Bailey, a professional musician and trumpet player for over 30 years and a background of playing with Joe Loss and Syd Lawrence Bands. This will be a night of nostalgia and an event with a difference. Come and listen and maybe dance to the music made famous by Glenn Miller and others! You are invited to attend in 1940s dress and the best-dressed will win a bottle of champagne. A bar and hot dogs will be available and tickets are £18 and will be available from Village Care from 1 June. Richard Putnam

MUSIC AND STRAWBERRY TEA A string octet ensemble will give a concert with an interval for a strawberry tea and punch at Newtimber Place Garden on 5 July 2015 at 2.30pm. The professional musicians will perform in the garden but if it is wet we will be indoors. The number of tickets sold will be restricted to 75, but if we have a fine day more tickets will be sold at the gate. Tickets at £20 for adults, £10 for children will include refreshments, and will be available from Shirley Murrell 01273 857353 shirleymurrell@btinternet. com. Cheques to be made out to ‘Newtimber PCC’ please and sent to Rectory Cottage, Newtimber, Hassocks, BN6 9BT. There will be free Parking in an adjacent field, and bring you own folding chairs or blankets for the garden. Shirley Murrell

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HENFIELD JOGGERS THREE PEAKS Many of you will remember the HART team who successfully tackled the Three Peaks Challenge in 2014. Well one year on and the man who led that challenge, Mark Skilton, is doing it all over again, this time with Henfield Joggers, of which he is a passionate member. We are entering two teams for the challenge on 21 June, which with drivers means around 20 people are involved.

The challenge is to climb the highest peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis 4,406 ft.), England (Scafell 3,206 ft.), and Wales (Mount Snowdon 3,560 ft.) consecutively within 24hours, including travel between the three peaks. That’s a walking distance of 20 miles, a vertical climb of 3km (just under 2 miles!), and the small matter of 500 miles of driving between the mountains! The two teams are already in training, with a weekend of mountain walking in Snowdonia in May as part of the acclimatization: running is one thing but walking up mountains (and especially walking down mountains!) is a very different matter, as last years HART team told us! Two charities will benefit from the sweat of the teams, one being the national Fire Fighters Charity, the other the much more local ‘Know Dementia’, for which we will be actively fundraising in and around Henfield. At the time of writing we are waiting for a dedicated Just Giving online donation account to be created but in the meantime any donations to Know Dementia can be made direct via their website at: www.knowdementia.co.uk Paul Crowe, Henfield Joggers

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HORSE RESCUE WAS ALL IN A DAYS WORK FOR THE FIRE SERVICE Rescuing a damsel in distress is all in a day’s work for the Fire Service, even when that damsel is of the four-legged variety! West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s specialist Technical Rescue Unit and their new all-terrain Unimog vehicle were called into action in April when Trinity, a 33-year old New Forest pony, got herself into a sticky situation in a field off Brighton Road in Henfield. The elderly, but very well-loved, family pony had fallen in a wet, muddy field and was unable to stand. Crew Manager for the Technical Rescue Unit, Adrian Kirkpatrick, described the rescue: “We were called at shortly after 10am on Saturday morning but believe the pony had been down much of the previous night so she was cold, exhausted and not in a great way. Thankfully, our new all-terrain Unimog is a really versatile vehicle and has powerful lifting equipment. Previously, we would have had to rely on a local farmer with lifting capability on a tractor or another county fire service. Animal rescues are just a part of the role we carry out for the Fire Service but it is certainly

very satisfying when we’re able to get a positive outcome. We were delighted to hear from Trinity’s owner a few days later that she was doing really well.” Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want to help protect your local community? Then why not apply to become a retained firefighter in Henfield! As a retained firefighter you will be ‘oncall’, providing vital emergency response cover from either your home or place of work. This means you can go about your normal life, but you will be ready to spring into action if you are called to deal with a 999 incident. You will be paid to be on-call for a specified number of hours each week. No previous experience is necessary as full training is provided. You just need to be over 18, physically fit and passionate about keeping your community safe. Interested? Phone 01243 642134 or visit www.westsussex. gov.uk/fire to find out more.

SAVE THE DATE The Cowfold Village Festival is taking place on Saturday 4 July and it promises to be bigger and better than ever! With free entry it boasts a fun fair, classic cars, horticultural show, dog show, raffle, BBQ and much more. Plus there is an exciting new evening programme – more information to follow next month! John Blythe

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JUNE 2015 | News FULKING FAIR Fulking annual village fair will be held in Downside Meadow, Fulking on Sunday July 26 from noon until 5pm. We won the Argus award for the Community event of 2014 and were referred to as ‘The best fair in Sussex’ by the Argus. This year will include the usual dog show; live music; bar supplied by the Shepherd and Dog; BBQ; pizzas; crepes; country crafts; rural stalls; childrens games; ferret racing; alpacas; sheep from Camilla and Roly’s farm at Saddlescombe; tractors; model steam engines; ice creams; teas; homemade cakes; tombola; puppets by Sheila Marshall; coconut shy; stocks; and more! Parking is free and entrance is only £1 (children under 15 go free). Bob Rowland, Chair, Fulking Social Committee

SCHOOL SUMMER FETE The St Peter’s Primary School Summer Fete, which takes place on Saturday 4 July 2015 at St Peters Primary School in Fabians Way. The different school years will be hosting stalls on this year’s theme ‘American Independence Day’. There will be all the usual Summer fete favourites including: food hall, raffle, ponies, bouncy castle and many more. Some local groups will be holding displays in the central arena and musical entertainment will

be by Brass Fusion. The day starts at 2pm and draws to a close at 5pm. Entrance is free! Agnieszka Kwiatkows, PTA

SCOUT GROUP NEWS 1st Henfield Scout Group is in desperate need of some new Leaders. We need someone to help on a Monday from 7.30-9pm with the Scouts (ideally in the role of an Assistant Scout Leader or a Troop Assistant) and on a Wednesday 5.45-7pm with Beavers (in the role of Assistant Beaver Leader or Colony Assistant). If anyone is interested then please contact Paula Flower, Group Scout Leader, on 01273494432 or at gsl@1sthenfieldscoutgroup. co.uk The Scout Group are also running a fete on Saturday 13 June to coincide with the Garden and Arts weekend in the Scout Field. We will be having a raffle, adult and children tombola, crockery smash, hook-a-duck, a patrol tent challenge between the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, tug-ofwar between the two Beaver Colonies and many more activities. All proceeds are going towards the Scout Hut Building Appeal. If anybody has any old crockery they don’t want we will be happy to collect it – contact Paul on the details above. Paula Flower

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News | JUNE 2015 in their footsteps by performing in the International Arena,” said Lizzie Bunn. The event is named after Boomerang, Eddie Macken’s famous horse who won the Hickstead Derby a record four consecutive times from 1976 to 1979. Every June, the winner of the Equestrian. com Derby is presented with the Boomerang Trophy, made in his honour. Tickets cost £39.50 for ‘Early Bird’ day tickets, while standard day tickets cost £45. Register at http://www. boomeranghickstead.com Victoria Spicer

SUSSEX PRAIRIES NEW VISITOR SIGNS SPEEDING IN HENFIELD Nick Herbert visited the Sussex Prairie Garden in April to celebrate their new official visitor signs. The recently re-elected MP was welcomed by Paul and Pauline McBride who own and manage the Sussex Prairie Garden on Friday. They had written to Mr Herbert to ask for his support in securing the visitor signs from West Sussex County Council in good time for their 2015 open season. The new brown tourist signs have been installed at either end of Wheatsheaf Road between Henfield and Albourne. Paul and Pauline are looking forward to welcoming visitors and are getting the garden ready for when they open the gates to the public on the first day of June. Pauline said: “Thanks to Nick’s help, our new brown visitor attraction signs have been put in place in readiness for the opening of our new season on 1st June 2015. Finding the best of our Sussex beauty just got a whole lot easier!” Nick Herbert said: “Sussex Prairie Garden is a beautiful place to visit and I was delighted to help secure their new signs. It was a pleasure to see the lovely gardens again.”

There is no doubt that Henfield village suffers from a nearly straight high street that is also part of the A281. This main road is a conduit through to Horsham and onward to Guildford. It is no surprise therefore that drivers, of commercial vehicles in particular, are trying to get to other places as quickly as possible. We suffer too from the lack of parking and it annoys me no end the use of zig-zag lines to achieve this, near to our two crossings. This is creating mayhem, particularly at the northern end of the village. It proves a fact: Speeding is a problem to us all. To be clear, West Sussex County Council is responsible for parking on the road. Off road, or

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JUNE 2015 | News the car parks, are looked after by Horsham District Council. Both have devolved the enforcement of parking rules to officers of Horsham District, who employ special officers. It is true that more cars, vans and large lorries’ parked on the roadway the slower the traffic, especially if a vehicle is double parked. Reduce the number of vehicles using the high street for parking and speed of most increases. But, I earnestly recommend Operation Crackdown to report any and all driving that is anti-social. You will need the offence, the time and place and the number of the vehicle concerned. Simply telephone or use the Internet and I assure you that you are not named to the offender. By the way, you can use the library PC’s now free of charge. All anti-social driving is the direct concern of the Sussex Police, which is managed through the Horsham Divisional office led by D.I.Hodges and his team. If in doubt about action on speeding make contact with the office of the Chief Constable and that of the Police and Crime Commissioner, both in Lewes. You could also start a local speed-watch service and I am sure that the group set up in Storrington would give all the guidance needed to start one here in Henfield. This scheme uses a laser gun and reports drivers to Operation Crackdown via


the police when over the limit. If you need help in finding them please make contact with me. As I said, West Sussex County Council do not have direct control over speeding but everyone there is keen to find the answer on behalf of the residents. If we can help at all it will be through our Community Safety team, led politically by Christine Field and by Emily King’s office. They have already been in touch with Mr. Hodges. Finally, please use the two crossings in the high street. These are outside Caudle Street and London House, both have proved a safe way to cross the street. Lionel Barnard

BROWNIES CANOEING REGATTA It was time for our annual canoe regatta on the 10th May, 30 teams set off bright and early for Southwater Country Park. All the Brownies had two races to compete in, with one of them against the stop watch. 3rd Henfield Brownies 2nd team was up last, so we knew the time we had to beat. 2 minutes, 54 seconds. I am not sure what they had eaten for breakfast but they powered round the lake at an amazing speed, coming home in 1st place with a time of 2:16, giving us a massive margin over 2nd place of 38 seconds, far greater than the winning margin of just 1 second we had last year. So, really well done Bea, Marisa, Isabella and Flo, we are really proud of you. Congratulations must also go to 1st Henfield Brownies, who came an admirable 2nd place! Natalie Denning

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The future is colourful for Henfield Leisure Centre


f you thought the team at Henfield Leisure Centre had plenty of energy, you haven’t seen anything yet! They’ve embarked on one of their biggest challenges to date - one that will make a real difference to local children. Staff and committee members are planning to make the Leisure Centre an even more important part of our village and will welcome a whole new group of people to the facilities, with a £450k facelift and extension. If you’re a regular you’ll know about the huge range of classes they provide at HLC and their state of the art gym. You’ll also know it’s a meeting place for many sporting groups and clubs, not to mention a venue for children’s parties and how it offers a very important before and after school care service to working families. The exciting new plans will provide a modern and colourful ‘Soft Play and Adventure’ area for young children, a brand new café and meeting place, plus a new fitness studio on the first floor. The whole extension, covering some 120 square metres, will free up valuable space for more fitness classes and make the Centre an even more popular venue than it is now. Chairman of HLC Eric Holder said; “The extension has been designed by a local architect and we now have planning permission in place. Henfield Parish Council has shown its support by making 2 6 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

the land available to us and we look to start building in the summer. The plans not only provide a safe, indoor place for children to play, but also a top quality cafeteria, which will serve hot and cold refreshments. The bespoke extension will allow far more activities to take place in the main hall and provide a new studio that will be created over part of the extension allowing far more classes.” The fundraising challenge is a truly local venture. Through the hard work of the Committee, staff, friends and members, a huge proportion of the money is already secured. There’s around £50k still to raise and the Leisure Centre are hoping local residents and businesses will help them to go this extra mile.

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JUNE 2015 | Local interest There are various events on the horizon and plenty of ways to get involved. The London to Brighton Night Bike Ride by a team of 17 members raised £1,600 for the Leisure Centre last year and hopes are high for a similar sum this year. There’s also the hugely popular Henfield’s Strongest Man event in September, which is fast becoming an important part of the weightlifting and strongman national calendar. It’s a fun family day out so do

come and watch the bulging muscles and some incredible feats of strength. The Tough Mudder on 26 September is not for the faint hearted – an Army obstacle course which involves lots of mud, water, scramble nets and even electric shocks! The ‘willing’ volunteers are all taking part to help the fundraising cause. Henfield Leisure Centre regular Tracey Prescott, who is part of the successful 777 fundraising team (which raised thousands for HLC and Clic Seargent with lots of different energetic challenges, including 7 treadmills completing a marathon each day for 7 days) is generously donating 50% of the cash she raises in her ‘500 miles for 50’ project. What a way to celebrate turning 50! Award winning author Peter James, who lives locally, is supporting the campaign and has donated generously. With your help too the plans can go ahead, and the creation of a safe place for children to be active, learn and explore will become a reality. The new changes will make a big difference and give Henfield a leisure centre to be really proud of. The committee have applied for an Aviva Community Fund grant, you can vote for free if you go to this link: www. aviva.co.uk/community-fund/. The deadline for voting is 31 May. Or you can donate via the Virgin Moneygiving link via the HLC website www.henfieldleisure.co.uk, or you could pop in or post a donation. Alternatively, you could support one of the intrepid fundraisers who are wading through mud, launching themselves from 50ft walls, enduring electric shocks – and exhibiting that HLC boundless energy! Emma Osman

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Henfield festival of Garden & Arts


y the time you read this it will be only a couple of weeks until the 16th annual festival opens on 13 14 June! This year well over 30 venues feature, a mixture of gardens and indoor venues. Of the 20 or so gardens to visit some are favourites from previous years and others will be open for the first time. Opening times are between 11am and 5pm each day and entry is free, although please note that not all venues will be open both days. With so many places to visit, refreshments are always an important part of the festival. Delicious lunches will be served and homemade cakes, tea and coffee will be available in some gardens. Pubs and cafes will be open too around the village. On the art side, painting, ceramics, jewellery, glass and garden sculpture as well as metalwork and pottery will be on show, with demonstrations and articles to buy. Local artists, who are asked to donate 10% of any sales to the chosen charity, lovingly make many of these items. The festival would not be complete without music and the variety of styles and artists will astound you. There will be Morris dancing, local choirs and solo singers, jazz, brass bands, folk groups, guitar lessons and handbell ringing among others. If this is not enough to whet your appetite, you might like to go bird watching on Saturday evening or attend Sunday family church service outside in the vicarage garden. There will be a trail for children on both days. If gardening is your thing, you will be able to swap plants in Red Oaks garden, or buy plants at other venues. This year the iconic blue foldout leaflet has been

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One visit and I was hooked and I now have two colonies on farmland near Horsham! If I can do it then you can too. I would urge that you join your local association before investing in bees and a hive as they will give you support and guidance on every aspect from necessary equipment (such as smokers and beesuits), to the siting of hives (whether at home or in an apiary) and how to harvest your honey crop. Here at Central Sussex as your friendly local beekeeping association we can help with guidance and support throughout the year as well as beginners training courses and the loan of books from our library. Our members range in age, experience and backgrounds and there will always be an experienced keeper close by to help. Weekly meetings are held at our training apiary from April through to autumn. Monthly meetings throughout the winter have a variety of talks on related topics. To find out more, or to arrange a visit to our training apiary for some hands-on experience then please contact us via www.centralsussexbka.org.uk Debbie Rowland, Vice Chairman, Central Sussex Beekeeping Association

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y name means ‘bee’ in ancient Hebrew and friends say I live up to my name by being busy all the time! So it’s not surprising that I have always been fascinated by all type of bees and dreamt of having a beehive in my garden. Not so easy living in a large town, or so I thought. News of the plight of bees and the impact on everyday foods should we lose these vital pollinators led me to research how I could help. There are many types of bees in the UK including several genuses of bumble bees and solitary bees. However I wanted to learn more about the European Honey Bee, Apis mellifera. After making enquiries and an exchange of emails I ventured to the Central Sussex Beekeeping Associations apiary in the Sussex countryside one sunny Saturday morning in July, Wellington boots in hand and wearing the suggested long sleeves and trousers. I thought we’d chat about the bees and I’d find more about the courses they run to train beekeepers – how wrong I was! After introductions and meeting the other ‘newbees’ we were lent suits to wear plus two pairs of latex gloves – one long pair first to go over the cuffs of our suits the second pair to give extra protection from possible stings. We were led to the hives and were guided through an inspection, each taking turns to prise apart the layers of the hive and lift out a frame covered in hundreds of bees. Inspections are carried out regularly in the spring and summer to check the health of the hive and ensure the queen is present and laying eggs. As well as honey the bees produce propolis and use this to fill any gaps in the hive, this is very sticky hence the gloves!

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Honey, I’ve found the bees!


here’s a definite ‘buzz’ in the air at Sussex Prairies as they gear up for their opening week for the 2015 season with a celebration of all things bee’utiful! Pauline and Paul McBride and their team of volunteers have been ‘buzzy’ creating a fabulous event of all things bee related which is part of the Chelsea Fringe – an offshoot of the Chelsea Flower Show which celebrates the more quirky side of gardening – which will take place every afternoon (except Tuesday) during the week beginning 1 June. “Bees and honeybees in particular are crucial to gardens, horticulture and agriculture and there is a very important message about looking after and protecting our declining bee populations,” explained Pauline. “But at the same time we

wanted to have a bit of fun with the event, which is why we have chosen the Austin Powers theme – Oh beehive!” As well as the largest beehive in the world, visitors will be able to visit ‘Austin Flowers’ in his bee house (created by the very talented volunteers Ron and Libby), feel a ‘bee’ and follow a bee trail of bee factoids to the Queen Honey Cake Tower (did you know a Queen Bee can live for six years laying up to a million eggs?). Best of all you will be able to get up close and personal to the hundreds of bees (and other insects) that are drawn to the nectar-rich flowers, trees and plants at Sussex Prairies. On the weekend of Friday 5 to Sunday 7 June Paul and Pauline will also be joined by local beekeepers

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JUNE 2015 | Gardening who will be demonstrating the art of beekeeping, local blacksmith and green woodworker Chris Burchill-Collins who will be making bee-related items and metal sculptor Alison Catchlove. There will also be various honey and beeswax products such as candles, soaps and cosmetics available to buy. Bees are hugely important and easily the most hardworking insect on the planet. For a start, bees pollinate one third of the food we eat including apples, strawberries, avocados, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwis, cherries, cranberries and melons. But that’s not all that bees do for us. They also create delicious honey, beeswax, royal jelly and help keep our ornamental gardens looking bee’utiful. However, bee populations have been declining for many years due to increased us of pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss. Without bees, our lives would be significantly different and this is why we should be championing this wonderful insect and helping to preserve our bee populations. Honeybees are crucial to gardens such as Sussex Prairies and Paul and Pauline have their own beehives in the garden. They have just started using ‘Warré’ hives which offer a more ‘hands off’ approach to beekeeping as Pauline explained: “ They are easy to build and simple to manage – you can just let the honeybees get on with making honey so it’s a more natural way of keeping bees.” In addition to hosting honeybees, the gardens also play host to a colony of bumblebees who spend their summer holidays at Sussex Prairies! Every summer bee researchers from the University of Sussex bring along a colony of bumblebees to spend the summer in the gardens. The bumblebees are fitted with special transmitters that provide the researchers with crucial information on the their ecology, behavior and conservation. So, to find out more about the humble honeybee why don’t you make a ‘beeline’ for Sussex Prairies this June - pollenicious baby! Sarah Butler

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All the fun of the Fayre! H

enfield Village Fayre takes place on Saturday 18 July this year and from what we’ve seen of the plans, it’s shaping up to be another fun-filled family extravaganza! The Parish Council has been working hard to make sure the 2015 Fayre will be a fun day out for everyone. All the usual Fayre favourites will be there including the Show Tent, the dog show, copious amounts of delicious refreshments from the tea tent and the beer tent, a fun fair as well as plenty of plenty of stalls from various village charities and groups offering fun activities. And this year there will be an exciting new addition to the Fayre: The Sheep Show! Described as ‘edutainment at it’s best’ the Sheep Show includes nine different breeds introduced on their own stage, sheep shearing demonstrations and even dancing sheep! This is just a snapshot of what will be happening: there will be so much more to discover on the day. Now is the time to be thinking about preparing your entries for the Show Tent. There is a huge range of categories for both adults and children so there is sure to be something for everyone. Budding Mary Berry’s may want to think

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about entering one of the cooking and preserves categories; crafty and creative types may be tempted by the art, photography and craft categories; those with green fingers can get planting for the flower, fruit and vegetable categories; and finally, families can start designing their scarecrows for the popular family category! To find out more about the different categories, the competition rules and the deadline for submitting entries, you can pick up a Show Schedule from the Parish Office or download one from the Parish Council website. Here at BN5 magazine we love the Henfield Village Fayre! It’s a fabulous community event and is one of the things that makes living in Henfield so wonderful. We’ve got the date in our diary, so make sure you’ve got it in yours and we’ll see you there! Sarah Butler

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ach year these delightful black and white birds return to our village to breed. They have spent the winter the other side of the Sahara, as far south as South Africa, though more remains to be learned about their journey once they leave Europe. A round trip from the UK to their wintering grounds could be as much as 15,000 miles – an amazing distance for a bird weighing about 18g, which is less than an ounce and about the same weight as three 10p coins! The bad news of course is that their numbers have been declining, as is the case with many species that undertake long-distance migrations, like Cuckoo, Nightingale, Swallow and Turtle Dove. House Martins are amber-listed ‘Birds of Conservation Concern’. We can’t do much about what happens on their migrations or in their wintering areas, but we can try to look after them while they are here. This year there is a national survey being carried

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Registered in England No. 4117727 - Registered Office: Downford House, 16 George Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1AE Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Warning: The value of investment may go down as well as up. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up the repayments on a mortgage or other loan secured on it.

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Index of advertisers | JUNE 2015 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

Coles Automotive Ltd Mile Oak Servicing

68 59


Anna Helps Garden Design Beechcroft Landscapes The Green Reaper Hamfelds Home & Garden Jack’s Mowing Martin Standing Garden Maintenance Rooted Garden Services Rushfields Garden Centre Sussex Prairies S. Goodridge Gardens

23 58 57 31 51 52 57 02 39 56


The Steyning Bookshop


B Muzeen Groundworks


A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Kingston Smith LLP Parr & Company

04 45 64 56

Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels B&B


Henfield Homes Ltd Optimal Property Solutions PJB Building Solutions Willow Construction

59 57 55 56

Helping Hands Sussex Health Care

42 67


B&I Carpets Carpets & Vinyls Direct Selectacarpet

58 62 60

A & S Home Services - Gutter Clearance

Ben Daniels Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Sussex Oven Cleaning

51 61

Henfield Help Line PC Doctors (Stanly Associates Ltd)

62 65

The Conservatory Co.


Canine Adventures In The Doghouse

52 52

BHW Glass Ltd N. Constantine Double Glazing Repairs Timber Windows of Horsham

62 60 03

Jeremy Crawley Henfield Electrician Lanmar Electrical Solutions Paul Barnard Electrical Contractor











Brown’s Barbers Hair & Co Henfield Hyatt’s Hair Louisa Jayne Unisex Hair Salon Natasha’s Beauty Salon Pinks Hair

18 41 24 47 24 47

HANDYMAN & PROPERTY SERVICES Optimal Property Solutions Henfield Homes Ltd

57 59

Hamfelds Home & Garden


61 61 60

DB Foot Clinic Enrich Better Body Personal Trainer Hear to Listen Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic House of Healing Phil Grant Therapist Sussex Osteopath & Complementary Health West Sussex Hypnotherapy (Holly Simmonds)

46 14 44 42 42 12 44 49 15

Adur View, Upper Beeding Fairs Field, Steyning

40 48

Ray Bishop Upholstery Simply Blinding Ltd.

44 30

Cinder Rose Boutique


Car Boot Sale Night to Remember The Henfield Hall

04 14 63

Lucy Locksmith Seymour Locksmiths

50 13

Strawberry Marquees





FENCING, GATES & SHEDS Bankhouse Electric Gates The Henfield Fencing Co. Premier Fencing R.J Meaker Fencing Limited

18 51 50 10





Braziers Garage Henfield




Bluebells Day Nursery Dove Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care

22 44 47

Amanda Shaw Griffith Smith Farrington Webb The Sussex Wills Office

45 63 65

Contain Yourself Storage Inner Space Office & Storage

50 45

The Sussex Swim School


Chauffeur Car Service Henfield Village Cars

55 44

A & S Aerials & Satellites Aerials & More

59 58

The Plumbing & Tiling Company

60 20 57 56 52 55 56



Ovenu-Worthing Sussex Oven Cleaning

17 61

We Mend Washing Machines


PJ Cole Southern Limited


Fraz Window Cleaning


Inner Space Office & Storage



PAINTING & DECORATING Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Decorator Trim Decorating

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


25 29 23 35 39


39 21 31 28 29 06 28 09 39 11

Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries

Jeremy’s Rushfields Farm Shop & Cafe Springs Smoked Salmon Swains Garden Centre & Farm Shop taste...deli catering


Baloos Bar & Kitchen The Bull Inn Cat & Canary Pub The Plough Rushfields Farm Shop & Cafe Shepherd & Dog Singing Hills Pavilion Restaurant Stan’s Bike Shack taste...deli catering The White Hart




Henfield Funeral Services

61 58 61 58 55 39 60 62





A. Stenning Aquatec Aspect Plumbing & Heating Jeffery & Dunne Ltd. MC Services Gas Plumbing & Heating Perry Plumbers The Plumbing & Tiling Company PST Plumbing



Adrian Over

Henfield Eyecare

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



ACT Pest Control Mr Wasp (Gogga Pest Control)

47 50 50


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