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JULY 2013 | Contents
07 What’s on listings
from the BN5 area
24 Local interest Fulking Fair
26 Local interest
Henfield Village Fayre
30 Local interest Party time!
38 Kid’s stuff
Patcham Silver Band
45 Pet Care
First family pet
HMC Patient Survey
the Love Trust
with Paul Samrah
Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Mike Beardall, Mandy Shaw, Dr Cheryl Lambe and Jonathan Underwood. Cover image of the invasion of the Henfield Village Fayre and Summer Show Vegetable Monsters (be very afraid...) by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed by Evonprint in Small Dole on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper and is printed using vegetable-based inks.
It’s show time again! At the BN5 office we have our hands pretty full - in addition to the usual July BN5 we have produced a bumper summer special of our Cowfold and Partridge Green publication thirteen8, as well as the charity Village Fayre and Show programme which we produce on behalf of Henfield Parish Council. Local businesses kindly advertise in the programme and schedule, which covers the printing cost and then the balance goes to help pay for the show. Don’t forget to pick up your copy in the High Street and maybe enter some classes. We’re also full-steam ahead with our website, after a few more creases have been ironed out we will be brave enough to launch! This issue is packed with lots of great local events to enjoy, especially the Henfield Village Show and the Fulking Fair. We’ve also given you some party organising ideas on page 30, using some of our great local businesses. There are ideas on venues, food, drink, decoration and entertainment - we’ve just touched the surface but I hope it’s inspired you to celebrate this summer with friends. It’s good to see work on the Shell garage site finally moving ahead, the garage is due to reopen by the end of July so, fingers crossed! On a last note - don’t miss the 30 June deadline for comments on the Barratt’s housing estate on West End Lane. See news pages for more details. Best wishes
Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the August issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 5 July. For editorial submissions email Emma Osman firstname.lastname@example.org or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.
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JULY 2013 | What’s on
Monday 1 July
Garden Ceramics workshop Children & Family Sussex Prairies, 10.30am-4.3pm Information Centre
With Barbara Collins. Cost £60. To Upper Beeding Baptist Church, book email email@example.com 9am-12pm (& every Thurs) or call 07963 691369. Part of Rural Henfield, Steyning & Upper Beeding Children & Family Beetle Drive Centres. Call 01903 270458 for more Maidment Court, 2.30pm (& information.
every 1st Mon)
For more details contact the Scheme Rhyme Time Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. (& every Thurs) firstname.lastname@example.org Free fun with music for pre-schoolers.
HDC Health Walk
Friday 5 Bingo
Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& every Fri)
For more details contact the Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. email@example.com
HDC Health Walk
St George’s Parish Church, West Grinstead, 11am
5 miles, flat, no dogs. Call Jean on 01403 250869 or Alex on 273751.
Henfield Lions bookstall
Towards Cowfold, 5½ miles, some High Street (& every fortnight in stiles, no dogs. Meet in the White Horse pub car park. Call Geoff on summer) Come and have fun! Still only £1.50 01403 258180. Situated outside the Dry Cleaners, the which includes all refreshments. Henfield Lions will be selling books to Circle Dancing raise money for the charity. HDC Health Walk
Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& every Tues)
Steyning, 11am (& Tues 16)
Henfield Leisure Centre, 10.30am-12pm (& every Thurs)
St Peter’s School Fete
White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Thurs)
Gardens open for charity – the Sussex Beacon
St Peters School, Fabians Way, 2pm 2 miles stroll. Meet at Steyning Health Centre. Call Linda on 01903 816865 £5 (concessions available) with tea/ The school will parade down the High coffee included. For more information or Lyn on369752. Street at 1.30pm and the fete opens call Brenda Kelly on 01273 842405. at the school at 2pm. See news item Action for Deafness Henfield Unattached for more information. Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 1st Tues)
Hearing aid maintenance clinic and information, advice and support on all A meeting point for those who are now alone, and need to get out and aspects of hearing loss. widen their horizons. There’s no fuss, Tai Chi no joining fee, no subscription. Call Maidment Court, 2-3pm (& every Tues) 01273 495820 or drop in at our regular coffee morning at the White Hart. For more details contact the Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 Play & Learn Together 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. Henfield Leisure Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org
1-2.30pm (& every Thurs)
Catholic Church Hall, 1.303.30pm (& Thurs 18)
Come along to our new ‘Play & Learn Sessions’ to explore play Jolesfield Community Choir Together through children’s eyes! Part of Rural Jolesfield School, 7pm (& all Weds) Henfield, Steyning & Upper Beeding Open to all. Call Elizabeth Carey on Children & Family Centres. 07880 551 751 for more information Jazzled or email email@example.com
Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& every Weds)
Beginners course - a run/walk programme building up to a distance of 3-4 miles. Open to all. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or just turn up. Also main meeting running both on and off road. See www.henfieldjoggers.co.uk
Henfield Lions Club
George Hotel, Henfield High Street (& every 1st Weds)
New Jazz, Blues and Swing choir. All ages and abilities welcome. All music learned by ear. Cost £4 per session (inc. tea/biscuits). To book contact Jennie at email@example.com or call 01273 494300.
Unsquashable – Henfield Squash Club Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm (& every Thurs) Drop-in and play session only £3.
Meet to discuss fundraising activities, Crib consider requests for assistance and Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& organise social events. Call David every Thurs) Pryor on 01273 494442. Contact 01403 226178 or carol. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sussex Prairies, 1-5pm (& Sun 7th)
Sussex Prairies will donate £2 of each entrance fee to the Sussex Beacon charity, one of only two clinical care centres specialising in HIV and AIDS.
‘In the Pink’ Garden Party Saffrons, Holland Road, Steyning, 1pm
In aid of Steyning Bramber & Beeding Branch of Arthritis Research UK. Includes two course lunch, glass of pink fizz. Prize for best pink outfit, wine raffle, tombola and fun! Tickets £10 each from 01903 814006 or 01273 492256.
Steyning Music Society Steyning Centre, 7.30pm
Cellist and BBC Young Musician Winner 2012 Laura van der Heijden. See news item for more information.
Ashurst Country Fair and Fun Dog Show
Ashurst Recreation Ground, 12pm
Great food, live music, terrier racing, face painting, wellie-wanging, archery, country stalls, local brewery and bar. The Fun Dog Show starts at midday. Call 01403 711036 for more info. All proceeds to the new Ashurst village hall.
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Whatâ€™s on | JULY 2013 Shipley Arts Festival
St Andrews, Nuthurst, 6.30pm
stiles, no dogs. Call Mike on 01403 242564.
The Addison Singers and Bernardi Steyning & District U3A Chamber Orchestra conducted by cream tea David Wordsworth in celebration of Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, 3pm the lives of Benjamin britten and Dr Jon Lord. Tickets from 01403 750220 Delicious scone, cream and strawberry jam afternoon tea and an opportuor www.thecapitolhorsham.com nity to meet fellow members to find out more about U3A. ÂŁ1 members and ÂŁ2.50 non-members. Visit www. CAMEO u3asites.org.uk/steyning or write to PO Box 2595 Henfield, BN5 0EA for Garden Room, Rayner Court, more information. 10.30am-12pm
â€˜Come And Meet Each Otherâ€™ for the retired A trip â€˜Down underâ€™ Steve McKie . All welcome. Cameo is spon- Woodmancote Parish sored by the Community Church Council Meeting Henfield. For transport or more inforParish Hall, Woodmancote, mation call Gillian Fletcher MBE on 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues) 07885 640524. Email woodmancoteparishcouncil@ Crib gmail.com for more information.
Maidment Court, 2pm (& every 2nd, 3rd & 4th Mon)
Henfield History Group
Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every
For more details contact the Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 2nd Tues) 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. â€˜Limeburners, Lords and Labourersâ€™ by Richard Howell. Everyone email@example.com come. Admission ÂŁ3 for non-memHDC Health Walk bers and members by subscription. Village Hall, Partridge Green, 10am For more information call Steve or Circular, going east 7 miles, flat, some Ruth on 494121.
White Hart, 8.30pm (& Tues 23)
Entry ÂŁ2 a head in aid of HART. Teams up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve table.
Summer Coach Trip to London
Henfield Post Office bus stop, 8.45am
Coach leaves London at 6.15 pm. The drop off point is The Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych. For tickets and information call Jill on 07713161343.
Knit and Natter
Rayner Court Lounge, 10.30am12.30pm
We are still meeting and knitting throughout the summer. If you enjoy knitting please come and join us. Call Jean on 493171.
Dementia Awareness Henfield Hall, 2- 4.30pm
Part of the initiative for Dementia Friendly Communities and for anyone to attend who wants to know more about dementia.
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JULY 2013 | What’s on
HDC Health Walk
St Peter’s Church Coffee Mornings
Kissingate Brewery, Lower Beeding, 10.30am
Free Church, 7pm
Evening walk of about 3 miles. For more information call Ron and Shirley on 01273 493979.
7th annual mid-summer day walk & BBQ. Advance Booking is desirable Join us for fresh coffee and home- for BBQ (£8 pp). To book email Jill Live Music made cakes. Shuker at firstname.lastname@example.org Upper Beeding Village Hall, 8-11pm or call 07780 701184. A live 60’s Music Evening with the Garden willow weaving Tennis Club Open Day newly re-formed band Polygon 66. Sussex Prairies Tickets £5 on sale locally. Henfield Tennis Club, from 10am With local willow expert Jackie Sweet. A fun day for all the family. Bouncy Cost £80. See www.sussexprairiegarCastle, Coach’s junior activities, refresh- den.co.uk for more information. Mosaics ments, barbeque. Tennis match at 2pm.
St Peter’s Church, 10.30-11.30am
Tipis & tomahawks
Sussex Prairies, 10.30am-4.3pm Sussex Prairies, 1-5pm (& Sun 21) Using recycled and left-over materi-
Summer Tea Dance Henfield Hall, 2-6pm
Organised by Know Dementia to raise funds for the charity. Cost £8 and includes afternoon tea and lots of fun and laughter so get your dancing shoes on or warm up your singing voice!
Summer Party & Hog Roast Henfield Youth Club, Deer Park
Blackfoot Lodge & Spirit of the West will be camping in the garden with their tipees,totem poles and buffalo skins. Come and talk to them about the Native American way of life. See www.sussexprairiegarden.co.uk
Audience with Peter James Penfold Hall, Steyning, 3.30pm
Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine Free community event laid on by the or soft drink. Talk begins at 16.30 Community Church Henfield for all followed by a Q&A and book signing. the family. See news item for more in- Call 07701 014789, 01903 816880, email@example.com www. formation or call 07548 850828. southdownsconservatives.com
Opera in the Afternoon
als you will create two small items. All materials and adhesives included but bring an overall or wear old clothes. To book call 01273 204204 or visit www.evolutionarts.org.uk/prairies
Fulking Village Fair
Downsview Meadow, 12-5pm
Children’s games and entertainment, Pimms, local ales, homemade cider, Birds of Prey, live music including Brighton City Singers, homemade cakes, ice creams, cream teas, Sussex Wildlife Trust, over 45 various stalls & country demonstrations and our popular Fun Dog Show.
Ditchling Village Hall, 2-4.30pm
24-mile round-trip cycle to our pub in Bring along your old, broken or unShoreham, or a 7-mile round-trip walk wanted electricals for recycling. to the Royal Oak in Wineham. Fundraiser for the Dark Star Foundation. See darkstarbrewing.co.uk. HDC Health Walk
Heber Opera’s summer fundraising concert with cream tea or strawberries and cream (included in the ticket price). Homemade cakes for sale and tombola. Tickets £7.50 from Goodsman Letting on 01273 495220.
Dementia Care & Support Henfield Hall, 2- 4.30pm
24/7 charity event
Mobile electrical recycling
Church Street Car Park, Dark Star Brewery, Partridge Green Steyning, 10am-3pm
Mindfulness & the art of writing Henfield, 10am
Part of the initiative for Dementia Friendly Communities and for anyone to attend who wants to know more about dementia.
no dogs. Meet at Henfield CrickSussex Prairies, 10.30am- 4.3pm 6etmiles, Ground. Call Mike on 01403 242564
Express your experiences and sense impressions. No previous writing or Social Business Networkmeditation experience is necessary. ing Evenings Call 01273 204204 or visit www. White Hart, 6.30-8pm evolutionarts.org.uk/prairies A quarterly social business networkShipley Arts Festival ing evening open to all village netNaomi’s Friends St Alfeges, Greenwich, 6.30pm workers as well as all Henfield busiSt Peters Church, 3pm Gifted and Talented String Acad- nesspeople. All who have lost loved ones, however emy play chamber music on a River long ago, are very welcome to join us. If Thames boat and in St Alfeges. Tickyou would like to know more call Revd ets are available from 01403 750220 Longines Royal Christina Bennett on 01273 492222. or www.thecapitolhorsham.com International Horse Show
Other Mile Walking Group Free Church, 9.30am
Excursion to Rushfields Garden Centre and cafe
Hickstead, (& until 4 Aug)
See news item for more information.
Morning walk of about 4 miles. For Pick up from 9am. Henfield Commumore information call Ron and Shirley nity Transport excursion. We collect Living Well with Dementia on 01273 493979. you from home, and take you back to Henfield Hall, 2- 4.30pm your door by approx 6pm. £5 return. Part of the initiative for Dementia Henfield Village Fayre Call 01444 471919 to book. Friendly Communities and for anyone Henfield Common, from 1pm Other Mile Walking Group to attend who wants to know more See article for more information. about dementia.
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JULY 2013 | News ‘Hands off Henfield’ meeting On Friday 10 May it was standing room at the public meeting organised by the Hands off Henfield group which includes Henfields Own Preservation Society (HOPs), No West End Lane Development (NoWELD) and Henfield Community Partnership. The purpose of the meeting was to make the village aware of the proposed Barratt Homes housing development off West End Lane and to highlight the important of the Henfield Village Neighbourhood Plan. The meeting was chaired by Lionel Barnard, Henfields County Councillor, and the panel members were: Roger Smith, Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE); Tony Jackson, Chair of Henfield Community Partnership; Brian O’Connell, District Councillor; Nick Herbert MP; Tom Crowly, Chief Executive Horsham District Council; Ray Osgood, Chair of Henfield Parish Council; and Simon Andrews, Chair of NOWELD. Nick Herbert spoke for many in the audience when he said that if villages grow too much they stop being discrete communities and become towns without adequate infrastructure. However he admitted that “housing is a bullet which is very difficult to bite.” Tom Crowly said that Horsham District Council welcomed neighbourhood plans and supported them, but pointed out that on their own they won’t “hold mortar” and they needed to work alongside District Local Plans. Roger Smith highlighted that the housing figures currently being used by the Government and the Planning Inspectorate were developed during a time of economic growth and that they were not relevant in the current economic climate. Ray Osgood reported on the proposal from Mayfield Market Towns to build a “wedge of development” between Henfield and Sayers Common. Simon Andrews asked the audience to object to the Barratt Homes proposal, encouraging them to express their own feelings whilst remaining objective and factual. Kenneth Mackintosh also encouraged the audience to take part in the Neighbourhood Plan reminding them that it should be “their voice”. There was much interest from the audience in the meeting and issues raised included: affordable housing; emergency service response times; the economic impact on local businesses; and the availability of suitable housing for older people. Sarah Butler
Open letter to Nick Herbert MP and Tom Crowley of HDC Ref: Henfield meeting 10th May, 2013, Henfield Hall, Henfield. I listened with interest last Friday night to the comments made by the panel, particularly in relation to the development of a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’. As Nick Herbert knows I have in the past expressed my concern over a number of issues in respect of Planning and Development within the South East and the way “localism” appears to be interpreted or understood by Government. I welcome the idea of neighbourhood plans but it
would seem from Nick Herbert’s comments that there is a discrepancy between him and Tom Crowley as to the way neighbourhood plans are to be developed. Nick Herbert is stressing the importance of Villages such as Henfield having a Neighbourhood Plan and that this plan should reflect ‘local’ needs and aspirations. He also encouraged local people to be involved with the formation of such a plan. Tom Crowley of HDC appeared to be adopting a top down approach asking Parish Councils to wait until the District draft plan is published and then fitting local view to this draft plan. It also appears that there is no clear deadline for HDC to produce their draft plan although it was intimated to be ‘hopefully’ in the autumn. The concept of Neighbourhood plans has been known for some time and I am concerned on two points • Why has HDC delayed so long before addressing such an important document. • Why has HDC discouraged Parish Councils from starting work on their own plans, which should, in the true spirit of ‘localism’ guide the district plan. Over the past 10 years or more I have been aware of many documents produced by HDC and West Sussex CC dealing with issues of local development including the local development framework and although these were severely influenced by Government demand one would hope that a considerable amount of work was put into these which would provide background information for the development of the new “neighbourhood plans”. Parish Councils and local residents have responded to these previous plans and have shown how they can be pro-active and responsible in their appraisal of them. Henfield, in my view, has provided a very considered view on the development of the Village and shown itself very capable in taking an active role in the development of a Neighbourhood plan that feeds the District plan. I would ask that Horsham District Council urgently address the issue of Neighbourhood plans and tasks Parish Councils to get on with their own plan. In respect of the vulnerable situation over local planning and development as raised by Nick Herbert I would ask that he continues to lobby the government asking them to urgently address the issue of Quango Inspectorate making decisions which are clearly against local wishes and interests. In view of the fact that there appears to be no adopted plan at present, the government and planning authorities should resist any significant planning application until viable overall district plans are produced. With this in mind it would seem reasonable that tough timescales are imposed on local authorities to ensure they get on with this important task. I understand that we cannot stand still and that to ensure a viable future for this country we will have to accept change, but please let this be in a planned and reasonable way ensuring not only a good economic future for the next generation but the continuing development of a country that we can be proud of. Yours sincerely, Peter Sheppard.
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News | JULY 2013 Jodie’s fundraising feat I completed my 60k walk across the South Downs in just under 13 hours, leaving at 8am and getting back at 8.45pm! The weather was great for the first half, but by the afternoon the heavens opened. By the time I got back I was very wet, and very sore! But I was greeted by my family with a bottle of bubbly, a big bar of chocolate and warm clothes! I’ve managed to raise over £1,300 for MIND the mental health charity, so I am well chuffed! I would like to thank all the people that donated money and raffle prizes, and all the local businesses that donated great raffle prizes!! We sold over £500 in raffle tickets in the end (well, my Mum is the one to thank for that! ). I also auctioned a signed Brighton and Hove Albion football (which my sister in law got for me as she works for the Albion), and that raised £122! Thank you everyone! Jodie Wallis www.justgiving.com/jodie-wallis
Woodmancote Parish Council
Following the recent Woodmancote Parish Council (WPC) AGM there has been changes to some of the elected officers and their roles: • Chairman Mr Colin Broucke re-elected for 2013-14 • Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer Mr Michael Tuckwell • Rights of Way & Footpaths Officer Mrs Pam Williams • Representative at Henfield for the Local Plan: Mr Jose Ochoa WPC welcomed the attendance at the meeting of new West Sussex County Councillor Mr David Barling who has succeeded retired Councillor Derek Deedman. Michael Tuckwell
MP “delighted” by West Sussex broadband news Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has expressed his delight at the announcement by West Sussex County Council that superfast broadband will be rolled out to around 98 per cent of homes and businesses in the County within the next three years. The County Council announced a multi-million partnership deal to deliver the project with BT on Wednesday 15 May. The Better Connected West Sussex Broadband project builds on BT’s on-going commercial fibre deployment across the county, and will provide broadband infrastructure to over 44,000 premises with superfast speeds of at least 24Mbps by the start of Spring 2016. On completion of the rollout, the aim is for all premises within West Sussex to receive a minimum of 2Mbps but with a vast majority achieving speeds well in excess of this. Nick Herbert said: “I’m delighted by this news. When we still have ‘not spots’ in parts of rural West Sussex, getting broadband to every home in the county and superfast to 98 per cent of premises within three years would be a huge step forward.
WEA Field Trip On the beautifully bright morning of Thursday 2 May a group of 36 members of the Henfield WEA set off by coach from the Henfield Hall to view examples of
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JULY 2013 | News mediaeval buildings still to be found in Sussex. The group was led by Dr Judie English, who was the group’s tutor for the Spring course entitled ‘Mediaeval life in Sussex’. Our first stop was Worth Church, a beautiful Saxon linster dating from the 10th century. The church was approached through a lych-gate, then down a path through an avenue of tall trees, known as the ‘Ten Apostles’. Wild spring flowers grew in abundance over ageing graves. We lunched at Bodiam Castle, a 14th century moated castle near Robertsbridge. Today Bodiam is imposing, but how magnificent it must have seemed and what a statement of wealth it displayed to anyone who saw it six hundred years ago. However it was never seen by enemy eyes as Bodiam has never been invaded. Our final visit was to Bayham Old Abbey, near Frant, which was founded in the first half of the 13th century by Premonstratensian canons. It was built from local sandstone in the peaceful, secluded valley of the River Teise, which supplied it with both water and drainage. Why not join our next course in the autumn, when art historian Bernard Allan will be introducing us to European Women Artists from 1600-1900? The 10-week course will run on Tuesday afternoons commencing on 24 September at Henfield Hall. To enrol or for more details contact Maureen Lucas (01273 493966). Esther Sowter.
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Henfield Lloyds Pharmacy wins Excellence Trophy
The team at Henfield Lloyds Pharmacy has scooped the trophy for best performing branch in the Mid Sussex region. They were chosen from a shortlist of 22 for top performance, including offering a new medicine service and medicine use reviews. Pharmacist Laura Martin said: “We pride ourselves on offering the best possible service for customers and I think they appreciate our caring approach to their medical needs.” Henfield Lloyds is one of only 10 branches in the UK to offer a new service called ‘Lifenote’, a healthcare solution that works by Hold a Blooming Great Tea Party capturing daily health habits and supports patients, helping to prolong their independence. For more Marie Curie Cancer Care is asking people throughout information call Henfield Lloyds Pharmacy on 01273 West Sussex to hold a Blooming Great Tea Party this 492030. summer. It can be as simple as a cuppa and cakes in the office, a vintage inspired tea party or even a larger Henfield Gardening Club ‘blooming great street party’. It’s a great way to get together with friends and family to do something easy We have already enjoyed several garden visits and our and fun for charity. The official tea party season runs first garden social. We held a plant swap during the until 31 July. Money raised from Blooming Great Tea Henfield Garden and Arts week-end, our thanks to all Parties will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more who came and supported us. This month we continue free care, to people with terminal cancer and other our programme of outings and socials, and are also involved helping in the marquee at the Henfield Sumterminal illnesses, in their own homes. mer Show. We will have our own stall with a garden The charity is hoping to raise one million pounds from quiz for everyone, plus all the details for joining our the campaign this year which will help provide 50,000 friendly club. Look out for our banner. For more inforhours of Marie Curie Nursing care. Call 08700 340 040 mation please contact me on 01273 493118. or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty Jacqui Simmons
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Summer is an opportune time to remind householders to be aware of the risk of burglaries via open windows. Thieves can lean in through open windows to take keys, purses and other property and they can also take advantage of surrounding noise to walk in through an unlocked door whilst the occupier was out in the garden mowing the lawn. Remembering to close and lock ground floor windows and doors before going to bed or going out helps reduce the temptation and opportunity for thieves to steal. The thief also likes this time of year to help relieve you of all those forthcoming gardening jobs by stealing your mower, strimmer, chainsaw or any other items such as expensive fishing tackle. Spades, crowbars , hammers, screwdrivers and chisels left in an insecure shed or garage all save thieves the trouble of carrying an instrument, increasing the likelihood of them being caught. Remember to lock your side gate to prevent access to the rear of the house and check the state of your garden fences. Thorny plants planted in vulnerable border areas can also be a good deterrent. Prevent unauthorised access to your garden shed by fitting a padlock. Battery operated shed alarms are readily available and not expensive in comparison to the value of what might be stolen. Secure any larger/expensive items with a chain and ensure that items are overtly marked with your details on so that any would-be thief would find it very hard to sell on. Chain and lock ladders if they are stored outside or easily accessible.
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If you have vulnerable neighbours, keep an eye open for strangers who are acting suspiciously in the vicinity â€“ they may fall victim to cold-callers who are touting for garden work such as cutting grass, trees and hedges who then use this chance to look around the house and see if there is anything worth stealing at a later date. Joining the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme will give you peace of mind that other neighbours will be keeping an eye out for you. Buying a car from a dealer is the safest way to buy, as you get the maximum legal protection. But there are dodgy dealers, so check whether your dealer follows a code of practice, stays within the law, and gives you all the information you need. Top tips include: â€˘ Is the dealer well established with a good reputation? Ask for recommendations and advice from friends; â€˘ Is the dealer displaying a trade association sign (which means they follow a code of practice)? Check with the trade association to find out whether the dealer is genuinely a member. â€˘ Look for a dealer whose cars have been inspected by an independent engineer or motoring organization. Ask to see the report on the car you want to buy. It may not be as detailed as the one you pay for yourself, but it will provide useful information. â€˘ Be wary if you see signs such as â€˜sold as seenâ€™ or â€˜no refundâ€™ which try to limit your rights. â€˘ Does the seller have the right to sell the car? â€¨If you
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