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JULY 2013 | Contents

07 What’s on listings

24

13

News

from the BN5 area

24 Local interest Fulking Fair

26

26 Local interest

Henfield Village Fayre

30 Local interest Party time!

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38 Kid’s stuff

Patcham Silver Band

45 Pet Care

First family pet

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53 Health

HMC Patient Survey

63 Charity

the Love Trust

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64 Business

with Paul Samrah

66 Index

of advertisers

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.

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Editor’s LETTER

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

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 editor@bn5magazine.co.uk or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.

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JULY 2013 | What’s on

Monday 1 July

Thursday 4

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 info@barbaracollins.co.uk 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) rawlings@saxonweald.com Free fun with music for pre-schoolers.

Tuesday 2

HDC Health Walk

Chatterbox

Maplehurst, 10am

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. rawlings@saxonweald.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.

Saturday 6

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, rawlings@saxonweald.com

Wednesday 3

1-2.30pm (& every Thurs)

Henfield Joggers

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 e.carey@sky.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 beginners@henfield-joggers.co.uk 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 info@knowdementia.co.uk 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. rawlings@saxonweald.com

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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.

Sunday 7

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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

Monday 8

Tuesday 9

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Come And Meet Each Otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for the retired A trip â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Down underâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Limeburners, Lords and Labourersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Richard Howell. Everyone welrawlings@saxonweald.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.

Quiz Night

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.

Wednesday 10

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

Thursday 11

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 jill.shuker@horsham.gov.uk 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

Saturday 27

Saturday 13

Sunday 28

Tipis & tomahawks

Sunday 14

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, jenni.ochoa@googlemail.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

Sunday 21

Wednesday 17

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

Monday 29

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

Thursday 18

Tuesday 30

Saturday 20

Other Mile Walking Group Free Church, 9.30am

Thursday 25

Excursion to Rushfields Garden Centre and cafe

Hickstead, (& until 4 Aug)

See news item for more information.

Wednesday 31

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

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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

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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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JULY 2013 | News buy a car that is stolen or belongs to a finance company, you could end up having it taken away from you and you may not get your money back. • Satisfy yourself that the seller of the car has the right to sell it. A history check will tell you whether the car has outstanding finance or has been reported stolen. • If you’re not sure about the condition of a second hand car, you can get an independent report to show: the condition of the car; whether faults are reasonable for the car’s price, age and mileage; and whether faults that seem minor are actually symptoms of more serious problems. James Josling,
Police Community Support Officer

Summer fun, music and comedy! On Sunday 14 July from 1-5pm the Community Church Henfield will be hosting their Summer party adjacent to Henfield Youth Club, Deer Park. This has grown to be a very popular and fun afternoon for the village community with no charge to those that attend. Just cut out the coupon on page X and come along to enjoy a hog roast, lively entertainment and, later in the afternoon, a cream tea. There will be lots of activities to keep all the family occupied including an inflatable assault course, adventure castle and gladiator jousting. This year, we will be joined by Andy Kind, a professional stand-up comedian. He has been part of the comedy circuit since January 2005. In that time he has performed all over the country, winning awards

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Kindersley Charitable Trust As many readers will know, the Kindersley Trust is a Charitable Trust, the object of which is to benefit the inhabitants of Henfield. It does not make grants to individuals but towards projects (large or small) of organisations who benefit residents of all ages in our community. Last year, grants totalling £1,060 were made to Friends of Henfield Medical Practice Trust as a contribution to the cost of purchase of a dermatascope (£500) and to Henfield Community Partnership towards the purchase of two i-Pads and covers (£560). The Committee does not make grants towards running expenses but will be happy to consider applications from charities, societies or organisations for assistance towards specific projects or needs. This years meeting will once more be in early December and notice is being given now in order that organisations have time to consider their requirements and formulate any request. Written applications giving details of the project or need should be sent to the Chairman, Kindersley Trust, c/o Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP of Croft House, High Street, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9DJ, to arrive before Friday 15 November 2013. DJW

Henfield Parish Council news Following the Annual Parish Meeting in March, at which there was unanimous support for a Neighbourhood Plan, Henfield Parish Council has decided to proceed with the production of such a plan. A steering group, comprising Parish Councillors and others from the local community, has been established and has held its first meeting.The process of devising and finalising a Neighbourhood Plan could well take up to two years. This may seem a long time but there are many requirements to be met, not the least of which is ensuring there are ample opportunities for members of the public to have their say and be involved. Furthermore, a plan cannot be introduced until it has been approved by means of a local referendum. The Steering Group would welcome offers of help from those within the community who would be prepared to assist with the development and production of this plan; please contact the Parish Council Clerk, Philip Hill. For the latest information on progress, visit www. henfieldhub.com/henfield-neighbourhood-plan Tony Jackson

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railway line. The deadline for getting objections to Horsham District Council is 30 June 2013, and HDC then have until 23 August to make their decision.

To view the application log on to the HDC website at www.horsham.gov.uk then click on planning and you will see a Blue box which says Public Access Planning application information. Put DC/13/0787 into the box next to word search and a menu with options will come up. If you click on documents box and follow instructions you can read the application or see what other residents have said. Click on the comments box to lodge your objection.
The main planning-relevant reasons for objecting are transport and access, impact on landscape and sustainability. We will provide more guidance on specific points when we have had the chance to study the application in detail.
Please encourage your friends and neighbours to lodge an objection because we need to show the depth of feeling in the village against this proposed development.
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Beavers from 1st Henfield Scout Group planted flowers to brighten up Henfield. When Hamfelds Hardware took on an extra unit for their new garden shop they also took on responsibility for a neglected flower bed in Brick Lane. Olivia Pugh of Hamfelds designed a planting scheme, and provided all the plants required Local Artist at Horsham Museum so that the Beavers could help improve part of their Small Dole resident Liz de Pauley is the current ‘artist community. in residence’ at Horsham Museum until the end of August. She is working on a series of pictures based Mack & Mabel review on its collections and you can visit Liz at the Museum The clips of vintage black and white silent movies set on the following Fridays: between 10am and 3pm: 5 the scene for an evening of comedy, laughter and ro- July; 2 August; 16 August; and 23 August. To see her mance in the Henfield theatre Company’s (HTC) re- work to-date visit www.lizdepauleyart.co.uk/work-incent production of Mack & Mabel. The show, directed progress-2/ by Angel Reid, tells the on/off love story of Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand and what a show it was! Mable (Helen Schlueter) was a complex and captivating character and it became clear why Mack (Peter Ingledew, who played a very demanding role) became so fixated with her. The glamour of the era was very well portrayed through the fabulous costumes and sets: the romance scene at the back of the train was particularly convincing and Mabel on her ‘horse’ was a great comedy moment. The chorus girls were charming and ably supported Mabel with their singing and dancing routines. Ultimately the story has a tragic ending but the hilarious cinema as a finale was a great way to ensure the audience left with a smile on their face. Those responsible for costumes, make-up and props for HTC productions are always brilliant but they really excelled themselves in Mack & Mabel. Much of the action was set in the Keystone Studio in Hollywood and it was very convincing. The orchestra, under the musical directorship of David Barnett, did a fantastic job in keeping in time with the demands of the production. The whole cast, as always, gave it their all and made it a very enjoyable evening. Hats-off to the whole company who created a great show. Zoe Standing

West End Lane update Barratt Homes application for West End Lane (no. DC/13/0787) has been submitted and the clock is running for us to mount a serious objection. The proposal is for a mixed development of 160 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom houses on the field just beyond the

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News | JULY 2013 Three Lakes Challenge On the 18th May Alex and I travelled to the Lake District to support an event that had been put together by Tailored Aviation, a local company, in order to raise funds for the charity, Know Dementia.The Aviation Three Lakes Challenge took place over three lakes a total of 23 miles. Twenty people paddled the 23 miles in kayaks, including young Marie Bew aged 11 years from West Chiltington, to help raise money as her nanny has been diagnosed with dementia in her mid-fifties. The team rowed 23 miles in the record time of 6 hours and 28 minutes and have raised over £8,000 for the charity. They are already planning their event for next year. The rain poured down on them part of the time and they looked like drowned rats, however their enthusiasm and humour was infectious and they all finished smiling. For more information about Know Dementia, or for dementia advice and support call 01273494300 or email info@knowdementia.co.uk Jennie Morrison-Cowan

Peter’s Ordination The Rev’d Peter O’ Connell was ordained priest at a beautiful and moving service alongside Helen Rose and Christopher Styles at St Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham, on Friday 31 May. The church was filled with family, friends and the congregations supporting the three candidates including The Venerable Alastair

Cutting who read the Old Testament lesson. Bishop Laurie Green presided and conducted the ordination. This was followed on Sunday morning by Peter’s first celebration of the Eucharist. Again many family and friends gathered to support Peter at this special moment marking the beginning of His priestly ministry.

Henfield Parish Council The anticipated planning application by Barratt Homes (Southern) Ltd to develop 160 homes on agricultural land west of the Downslink in West End Lane was received at the beginning of June. This is a full planning application and contains design details of the proposed properties. Closing date for submission of comments to Horsham District Council about the application is 30 June and it is expected the application will be considered by Horsham Council during August. There is a display of the application in the Council office at The Henfield Hall and it can also be viewed online on Horsham District Council’s website. (For ease of access visit Henfield Parish Council’s website www.henfield.gov.uk - Official Links – Horsham District Council Planning Dept. Search Page and then enter application number DC/13/0787). If you have not already done so and wish to respond you should act immediately. Henfield Parish Council is currently preparing its response which, whilst based on planning grounds, will also have regard for the expressed views of the Henfield community. Henfield Parish Council is joining with the Parish Councils both in the Horsham and Mid Sussex Dis-

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JULY 2013 | News tricts who could be affected by a proposal from Mayfield towns to construct a new settlement comprising a number of new villages between Henfield and Sayers Common, to respond to this threat. The Henfield Summer Show on 20 July on Henfield Common provides a great opportunity for the local community to get together for what promises to be a really enjoyable afternoon. Please come along and help to make it a fantastic day for Henfield.

St Peter’s School On Thursday 6 June S Peters Primary School opened its doors and welcomed members of the community, parents and friends to look around classrooms and view the pupil’s fabulous art. Visitors were also able to listen to the junior flautists and violinists play as well as a selection of songs from the senior choir. On display in the hall was the ‘Take one Picture’ exhibition - an amazing body of artwork based around the Georges Seurat painting ‘Bathers at Asnieres’. Every pupil was involved in the project and it showcased a massive range of creative mediums including: painting, sketching, modeling, sewing, photo-montage, batik, printing, and embroidery. The ‘Big Stitch’ element of the project was a real community effort: each child brought in piece of material and parents and residents from Red Oaks Care Home volunteered their time and skill in sewing the pieces together into the finished piece. As well as artwork, the project also influenced the pupil’s work in music, dance, literacy

and even maths! The artwork was on display again on the Saturday of the Garden & Arts weekend when the school also opened up their garden and outdoor classroom. The next big event for the school will be their annual summer fete on Saturday 6 July 6 starting with a parade down the High Street at 1.30pm. The fete begins at the school at 2pm with ‘Royal Baby’ as the theme, so expect some fancy costumes! There will be lots of stalls including toy stalls, raffle and a tombola as well as a barbeque and refreshments. Highlights of the day will include a pram race and the ‘Red Barrows’ display. Raffle cash prizes are up to £100 and there will be lots of other prizes, including days out to local attractions and vouchers from local businesses.

Summer Barbecue

On Friday 9 August at 7.30pm The Friends of St Peter’s Church are promoting a barbecue to celebrate its expanding membership, as well as the summer season.This event has become an annual fixture in the The Friends’ programme and this year it is to be held in and around the Garden Room of The Henfield Hall. The meal is to be prepared by David and Linda Phillipson (with a little help from The Friends) and those who have experienced their sumptuous fare on previous occasions will need no second invitation. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, will be available from mid-July from Jasmine Florists, High Street, Henfield at a cost of £12.50 (members of The Friends) and £14 (non-members). Anthony Abbott

Message from Henfield FC Dear Henfield residents, friends of Henfield Football Club and our sponsors Thank you all for your support over the year and especially on our tournament weekend. After the tournament we left two goals up on the Kings Field for children and young adults to use throughout the summer. They were being used and enjoyed on a daily basis until they were destroyed by a group of youths on Friday 31 May. It is such a shame that they felt the need to wreck other peoples’ fun. The destruction was witnessed and names have been reported to the police. We hope that some action will be taken. Martin Standing

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JULY 2013 | News Henfield FC Tournament success HFC’s first junior tournament, held over a wet/sunny/ windy/cold/hot weekend in May was a great success! A huge thank you to all the helpers, whether you helped on the parking, programme selling, baking cakes, tea stall, Managers’ and Coaches welcome refreshments, marking out and white lining the pitches, erecting and dismantling the goals, preparing the signage, refereeing, co-ordinating match results, setting up from 6.30am on either day, clearing up long into Saturday and Sunday evenings, sourcing advertising for the programme, setting out the programme, setting-up the PA, sourcing and donating the many raffle prizes, selling raffle tickets or anything else that I’ve forgotten (my apologies). 107 squads played over the weekend and around 1,200 visitors came to the village. It all worked brilliantly, we have received many thank you’s from other clubs that attended, as well as an email from the Parish Council congratulating us on such a well-run event - there were no traffic issues and no major incidents. We are delighted to have now made donations to HART, Friends of Henfield Medical Centre, St. Peter’s School, The Leisure Centre and, Sussex, and Kent & Surrey Air Ambulance. On the pitch, congratulations to Henfield Under 9s and Henfield Under 13s on winning their groups - the smiles said it all! Thank you again for your support. Same again next year? Yes! Paul Samrah

National award nomination for local ‘Mumpreneur’ Being a parent whilst juggling a business is a hard task, and nobody knows this better than Gemma Cove, a mother of two from Henfield, who runs Pretty Awesome PA Ltd. The business was launched in 2012 as a way for Gemma to stay at home with her young children. She has been nominated for an award at The Mumpreneur Awards 2013, a national award scheme for mums who run their own enterprise. As well as being nominated in best start-up business, best supporting business, best saleswomen and best interactive business categories, Gemma is also in with a chance of winning ‘The Inspirational Business Mum Award’. Gemma now has to wait until August, when she will find out whether she has made the finals.

Shermanbury Fun Day Again at great expense of time and a little money and after a break last year to celebrate her majesty’s jubilee, the Parish will bring you a feast of fun from 12 to 4.30pm on Saturday 10 August at The Royal Oak in Wineham (and in the field at the back of the pub). The line-up is still preliminary but you could be able to have your face painted, view some of the country side from a farm trailer, go home with a plant and try your hand a garden Jenga for a prize. Oh, and bring your dog as well as the children, only the dog will be on show! Some of the proceeds from the day will be distributed to local charities and a portion will go towards the cemetery chapel maintenance. Chris Wetton, Co-ordinator for Fun Day

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Bake a Wish In March and April 2013 Fleur De Sel took part in fund raising for Bake a Wish Heart FM. The money we raised went towards helping grant wishes of seriously ill children. We made 120 handmade heart shaped shortbread biscuits. With the help of The Hungry Guest shop and cafe in Petworth, The Union Jack Shop in Cowfold, Tim Bennett Farm and Fencing Services and all our customers at the Horsham Market we managed to raise £300. Thank you to everyone for helping supporting this great course. Lucie Bennett, Patissier, Chocolatier.

Steyning Music Society Steyning Music Society is proud to present the BBC Young Musician Winner 2012, Cellist Laura van der Heijden. She will be performing music by Locatelli, Rachmaninov, Brahms at 7.30pm on Saturday 6 July at the Steyning Centre. Tickets are available Steyning Bookshop, on the door or ring 01903 812662 (£14 non-members, £9 members and £2 students).

Elderflower pickers wanted… … by Darkstar Brewery. We’re inviting locals to pick elderflowers for us to brew in our beers, in particular our very popular ‘Hylder Blonde’ beer. The brewery ‘pays’ pickers to the value of £5 in beer for every kilo picked. Pickers should deliver to the brewery Monday-Friday only as we need them as fresh as possible! Lucy Cooper

Day of Folk at the Royal Oak See live acts, Morris dancing, ‘come-ye-all’, music workshops and Guitar Freq Music stall on Saturday 7 September from 12noon to 9pm at the Royal Oak in Wineham. Marquee at the oldest and nicest pub in Sussex (probably), with hog roast and mini beer festival. Featuring Stuart Reed with Di & Woolfie; Boon Dock; The Twagger Band; Andrew McKay and Carol Etherton; Roay Nash; Jan Creaye; Cotillion; CHanctonbury Ring Morris Men; Old Shoreham Buccaneers Morris; and more! Admission is free with charity donation. For details se Sangboc Fok Club on Facebook or call Ian on 07957 433894. Ian Bush

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Fulking Village Fair

Sunday 28th July Downsview Meadow, Fulking - 12 noon till 5pm

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ingers crossed for sunshine on Saturday 20 July because it’s the bi-annual Henfield Village Fayre! The show, which will be held on the Common, opens at 1pm and will have all the usual attractions as well as some exciting new ones – it promises to be a fabulously fun day-out! As always the Show Tent is a major feature and this year there are numerous categories for villagers to showcase their talents including: vegetable growing; flower arranging; cake baking; jam & chutney making; photography; painting; embroidery; patchwork; and (new for this year) crochet. If you are thinking of entering something, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the schedule from the Parish Office beforehand so you know exactly what the category criteria and rules are. The Fun Dog Show will be held in the main arena and the Green Barrow Display Team will be making a welcome return as will Huxley’s Birds of Prey. Other highlights include: Shaylers Funfair; a Punch and Judy show; an inflatable obstacle run; and Henfield Fire brigade. New for this year Rushfields will be creating a Sussex Food Hall which promises to be a taste

sensation! The Village Fayre is also an opportunity for local clubs and charities to showcase their work and raise some money – please do come along and support them. After all the hard work of enjoying yourself, make sure you pop along to the Woodmancote & Henfield WI tea tent or the Henfield BP Guild beer and food tent for some well-earned refreshments. Music will be provided by Patcham Silver Band and the Chicago Jazzmen.

The Village Fayre is definitely one of the highlights of the Henfield calendar. A dedicated team of volunteers work very hard, both in the run-up to the day and on the day itself, to make sure that everyone has a fantastic time. In the morning they will be dealing hundreds of people dropping off their exhibits as well as directing stall holders. Please help them by making sure you read the instructions for Show entries in advance, getting your entry in on time and not asking for special exceptions to be made! Sarah Butler

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Frequently asked questions

Why are you so strict about deadlines for entries and setting up exhibits?

We receive hundreds of entries and volunteers sort them out into the different sections and classes and then create the judging forms. This all takes time and late entries create additional work when we need to be working on other things.

Each of my children wants to enter an event – can I put them on the same entry form? Please don’t! There really isn’t space to put each child’s name and indicate which of the entry numbers applies to which child. You can get additional entry forms from the Parish Council Office (or email office@henfield.gov.uk) or just photocopy the original that you have.

Why don’t you provide vases and water for the flower displays?

Simply because we cannot lay our hands on enough vases or containers and we don’t have anywhere to store them between shows. We have to bring water in by tanker for the refreshment tents. We need to ensure that we buy enough to last the whole day and there is not enough to supply the flower displays and floral art as well.

Why can’t I drive onto the Common during the afternoon?

We don’t permit vehicle movement on the showground from 12.30pm until after the end of the show to ensure the safety of our visitors, their children and their dogs. Of course, if required, emergency vehicles may have access at any time. However we do offer a free bus service throughout the afternoon, running between the centre of Henfield and the Common, every half hour. You can park in one of the two free car parks in the village centre and the bus will collect you from outside the Henfield Hall. It will drop you off at the entrance to the Common and take you back when you are ready.

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ere at BN5 magazine we love an excuse for a party! There’s nothing better than getting together with friends or family to share good food, drink and music, especially in the summer months. We’re always keen to use local businesses and we’ve suggested a few here – using local services gives you great service and makes your event unique to the area if you’re using Sussex produce. So think of a reason, grab a pen and pad and get planning!

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JULY 2013 | Local interest seating, flooring and lighting. They can even supply heating. Living in such a beautiful rural area there is also the option of hiring a village hall and this can often work out very cost effective. We are very fortunate locally to have several very good options: Dial Post Village Hall is a lovely modern venue with under-floor heating, a new kitchen and seating capacity for up to 200 people in the main hall. The Henfield Hall has flexible spaces and catering facilities for 20-200 people. Both are suitable for year round events.

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The kind of food you want to offer will depend very much on the occasion, the venue, and of course your budget. If you are doing the catering yourself, spend some time planning your menu, considering whether you will have access to a kitchen as well as any special dietary requirements of your guests. Its best not to be too ambitious (you don’t want to be slaving over a hot stove throughout the whole event) so sticking to two or three key dishes is advisable. And don’t be afraid to ask guests to contribute a dish – most people are more than happy to bring along a favourite starter or pudding. Visiting somewhere like Springs Smoked Salmon in Edburton will whet your appetite as they have a delicious range of pre-prepared food including fish, seafood, pies, quiches and desserts – all ideal party food. For a summer barbeque, then look no further than Rushfields. Not only do they sell a wide range of BBQs (including both charcoal and gas-fired options), but they also sell award winning sausages and a huge range of deliciously marinated meat, as well as handmade breads, fresh salads and dressings. If you want to hand the catering over to someone else, we are really lucky to have some great outside caterers locally. Taste Deli can cater for a range of events from dinner parties in your own home to business lunches and weddings. Or why not try their unique ‘our dish in your dish’ service? You choose the dish and they make it in your own dish for you to serve at home to your guests - they’ll never know! The Pizza Oven and their authentic Italian pizzas are well established locally and they source many of their ingredients direct from Sardinia. They can bring their mobile oven full of yummy fresh pizza along to your party and guests can choose their favourite toppings – perfetto! The Shepherds Hut Catering Company can supply you with delicious freshly cooked lamb patties, or even lamb for a spit roast! All their meat is reared and butchered locally keeping the food miles down and their beautiful Shepherds hut offers a truly Sussex touch.

themselves to easily such as wine, beer, cider and soft drinks. Whether you want to use disposable glasses (reduces the amount of washing-up after the event!) or hire in real glasses (makes the drink taste better!), make sure you have enough to last the whole event – you don’t want to have to be washing-up half way through! We are blessed in this corner of Sussex with some great award winning drinks producers so why not show them off to your guests? You can purchase a range of Dark Star Beer from bottles to 5litre kegs direct from their brewery in Partridge Green. They have all the old favourites permanently on offer as well as seasonal beers. Wobblegate sell a massive range of apple juices as well as a new range of ciders. They pride themselves on the purity of their drinks (no added nasties) and you can buy them direct from their farm shop between Cowfold and Bolney or at local greengrocers like Jeremy’s in Henfield.

Decoration

Theming and decorating your party venue is a great opportunity to get creative and it needn’t cost a fortune. Jen from Bay Tree Trading in Henfield gave us her top tips: “Whatever your theme, make sure you keep your lighting atmospheric and your colour scheme simple. Why not decorate old glass jars with haberdashery trims, ribbons or strips of fabric and hang around the venue with tea-lights for extra atmosphere? You can make ‘quick’ bunting from wallpaper in your theme colour, cut into triangles and stapled to twine for a vintage feel.” Jen will be holding a workshop on Monday 22 July from 1-3pm showing how to create your own decorations at an introductory price of £15 per person which includes all materials, tea and coffee. Flowers are a great way to add a bit of colour and a summery feel. Why not check out the huge range of bedding plants on sale at both Hamfelds Garden Shop and Rushfields. By planting a single plant in a recycled tin or jam jar, not only do you have a beautiful table decoration, but you also have a party favour for guests to take home at the end of the evening. Tea lights and strings of fairy lights are a great way to achieve mood lighting both indoors and outdoors. For garden parties, think about investing in some solar lights and maybe even a fire-pit or chiminea – it’s lovely sitting round the warm glow of a fire on a summers evening!

For more formal occasions such as christenings, weddings or anniversaries where you really want to create an impression, consider getting the advice of a stylist. Local company The Tea Set offers a bespoke service and can create any theme you fancy from a rustic farm wedding to a village fete complete with carousel and fair ground. Hannah said: “As your party approaches we can take away the worry of having to dress the venue, as well as setting things up and taking them down again afterwards.” You can even continue your theme through to the invitations: Design Copy Print can create your own personalised stationery. Drink Again, if you are organising the bar yourself, keep Have fun!! it simple and limited to drinks that people can help Sarah Butler

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Sandra, who has been conducting the Patcham Silver Youth Band since 2002, makes sure that they play a range of music that everyone can take part in. “The emphasis is very much on having fun and playing accessible music” she said. They currently have around 15-20 members drawn from around the county, including Henfield, playing a range of instruments including cornets, tenor horns, trombones and tuba. Although the Band members range in age from 8 to 18ish, children can start lessons from as young as five as Sandra explains: “The younger children start brass lessons, the more fun they can have with it!” “The aim of the Band is to encourage youngsters to improve their playing through a shared enjoyment of working with others” explains Sandra. “We are a relaxed and sociable band and members suggest music to play, sometimes conduct a piece and they recently initiated the purchase of a more modern uniform for performances.” The band welcomes all new players and is able to provide an instrument, music, uniform and support for those in their early years of playing. The Band meets on Friday evenings from 7-7.45pm during term time. The more experienced members then stay to join in with the adult band rehearsal until 9pm. For only £1 per week, members benefit from 15 minutes tuition on their chosen instrument as well as the opportunity to play for half an hour as part of the Band. “That’s the beauty of playing in a band” said

Sandra “it’s the opportunity to meet people and make music together – it’s a really community feel.” Their weekly practice sessions are paying off: earlier this year the Band was very proud to win the 2013 Southern Counties Amateur Band Association Ensemble competition. The Band performed three Negro spiritual pieces and was congratulated for their musical performance. They also perform a number of summer engagements each year, including the Henfield Garden & Arts weekend, and in September they will be playing in concert to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice.

The senior Patcham Silver Band will be performing at the Henfield Summer Show on the Common on Saturday 20 July. If you are interested in finding out more about joining the Youth Band (or indeed the Senior Band), do pop along to see them. As well as playing her cornet, Sandra will have a junior plastic trombone for young people to try out. More information can also be found on their website www.patchamsilverband.co.uk Sarah Butler

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The first family pet – friend or foe?

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Firstly – let common sense prevail. Avoid animals which are venomous, wild, endangered, or have tusks. Sadly this rules out cobras, tigers, polar bears and wild boar, but there are plenty of other options out there! Friendly, predictable and tolerant are all good traits in a first pet. The first thing to remember with children’s pets is that while they ‘belong’ to your children, Mum and Dad are still responsible for the pet’s husbandry and wellbeing. Some animals require significant commitments in terms of time and money: Dogs need walking and training; horses need riding; caged animals need their environment cleaning; and every animal needs food and water – even when you’re not there! Secondly, consider how long a pet is likely to live. They may be around long after they have ceased to be of interest - we see plenty of parents with rabbits whose previous ‘owners’ have long since left home and gone to university. As for tortoises, you should be thinking of passing these down to your great grandchildren! Finally, try and do things the right way when dealing with your first pet – not only does this set a great example for your children, but it means your pet will live a happier, healthier life. Depending on the pet, you will have to consider annual vaccinations, flea and worm treatment, micro-chipping (which will be a legal requirement in 2016 for dogs), neutering and pet insurance.

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Dogs can make great family pets but are definitely high up the rankings on the commitment front. Training a puppy takes time and effort but is ultimately very rewarding and a good experience for children. There are many breeds out there but in general, choose a breed that is known to be friendly and not too boisterous. Consider the size of the dog when it is fully grown, how much exercise it will require, how much it will cost to feed and what you are going to feed it on! Cats require less ‘maintenance’ than dogs because they do not have to be walked. I have yet to meet an owner who has ‘trained’ their cat – in fact, most will probably agree that their cat has trained them! It’s harder to predict the temperament of a cat – some are so laid back that they are horizontal, while others can ‘turn’ when you are least expecting it. For this reason, be careful if you have young children and are considering getting a cat or kitten. Rabbits and Guinea Pigs require a lot more commitment than many people realise. They are most certainly not pets that can be left in a hutch for days on end. They are very social creatures and need to be out-and-about and handled every day. Rabbits particularly should be checked at least twice daily. Without this lifestyle they can develop behavioural problems such as stress related aggression. Diet is hugely important and it is important to feed them plenty of fibre in the form of hay or grass - this should constitute around 85% of their diet and no less. If managed correctly, however, rabbits and guinea pigs do make great family pets. Rodents require less time and cost to keep and are a good option for the first ‘toe-dip in the water’ of pet ownership. This group includes mice, gerbils and rats. You’ll need to invest in a good enclosure with plenty of space for the new arrival. Handling, handling and more handling is the advice here – the more they are handled, the more rodents become used to it and are much more amenable and friendly as a result. Reptiles can make good family pets. However, the many species have very different husbandry requirements and specialist equipment is required to provide this. Annelise, who has a specific interest in reptiles, sees many patients with illness due to poor diet or husbandry. If you are considering a reptile as a pet, make sure you thoroughly research the requirements and feel free to contact us at the practice for any advice.

In summary, pet ownership is a bit like marriage – you have to be prepared to look after them for better, for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death you do part! In return they will reward you with unconditional love and lots of happy times! Jonathan Underwood

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because of persistent problems with access we are revisiting this area and it is possible that we may move away from individual lists in the future. We feel strongly that certain patients such as the elderly or those with complex healthcare needs or palliative care issues still need the continuity that having a “named doctor” offers but many other patients with short self limiting conditions could have their needs served equally well by any member of the multidisciplinary team. We operate a really strong PA system and quite often routine queries can be dealt with by either a PA or a nurse, thus freeing up the GPs to deal with more challenging cases. It is always worth checking if you feel that a PA could help you with your query. Additionally, in response to your concerns we have changed the way we run our morning surgeries and each GP now has several slots at the end of the morning reserved for their own patients. Many of you are unhappy about the length of time you have to spend in the waiting room. In response to this each routine appointment has now been increased to 15 minutes and we have encouraged the reception staff to communicate with patients in the waiting room if a doctor is running behind. Sometimes a delay in inevitable, for example if a patient needs admitting or the doctor gets caught up in an emergency or a complex mental health issue and we are grateful for your patience and understanding under these circumstances. We also appreciate your help in not coming to the GP with a long list of health concerns. Many patients feel that it is helpful to “save everything up for one visit” but if patients bring a list of five or six questions to the doctor, 15 minutes per item turns into less than 3 minutes and the important issues such as the chest pain are easily lost amongst the lesser symptoms. We would recommend either concentrating on the most significant symptoms, or booking a double appointment if you really feel it is necessary. Other negative comments related to the reception area in terms of confidentiality, access and fixtures and fittings. We have formed a working party to address these concerns and are hoping to refurbish the reception and the waiting area in the near future. In summary, we have taken on board many of the comments raised in the Patients Survey and value your constructive criticism. We want you to feel that we listen to you as a patient group and respond to your concerns. If you have any other comments or suggestions as to how we could improve or response to this article you can either feedback to us directly via our website, or the suggestions book in reception or directly to Katie Hill, the Practice Manager. Hopefully we can all work together to build upon these foundations.

In spite of this difficult backdrop, at Henfield Medical Centre we strive to provide the best service possible to our community and your views and feedback remain extremely important to us. We are generally very proud of our practice and the services we offer but we recognise that there is always room for improvement and that we need to constantly move with the times. One method we use to evaluate public opinion is in the form of an annual Patient Survey. The survey is specifically designed to help us provide and develop services and respond to local need. Our recent survey was completed by a sample of patients attending the medical centre for a variety of different conditions. There was a lot of good feedback and many positive comments but several areas where you felt we could do better or improve the way we work. The results were discussed with our Patient Participation Group (The Friends) and they helped us consider the issues. The first main area of dissatisfaction relates to appointment times and access, ie patients finding it difficult to make an appointment at a convenient time. We currently offer extended hours in the form of daily earlybird appointments and have increased this provision since the arrival of the two new partners Dr Olivia Snape and Dr Camilla Drew. We realise that there is still demand for later surgeries or Saturday morning surgeries and are currently revisiting these possibilities. The second problem appears to be lack of continuity and difficulty in seeing a particular doctor. At Henfield we are unusual in that we still operate individual patient lists. In most other practices throughout the country, patients are no longer registered with a particular doctor but are registered with the practice as a whole. This solves many problems with access, in that patients do not feel obliged to see a certain individual. Historically, we have held onto our own lists because we feel they generally offer better continuity Dr Cheryl Lambe, Henfield Medical Centre and because it is rewarding for us as GPs to build up a rapport with our patients over many years. However 01273 492255 www.henfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk

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JULY 2013 | Charity

THE LOVE TRUST O n a holiday to India, local residents Heidy and Stephen Love were shocked by the high number of abandoned babies in the country. Many of these babies, discarded because they are the wrong gender or because they are born out of wedlock, die because of a lack of facilities to care for them. Deeply moved by the situation, Heidy and Stephen wanted to do something practical to help: they decided to set up an orphanage.

Before they retired, Heidy and Stephen worked as a Social Worker and Head teacher respectively. “As we had both worked with children we felt there was something we could do something about it” explained Heidy. “We believe every child born has a right to live and to be cared for”. Stephen continued: “I had worked for charities before, including the Disabilities Trust of which I am co-founder and Life President, so I had a basic understanding of how they work and how to go about fundraising.” And so in 1997 the Love Trust for Indian Children in Need was born with the objective of rehabilitating abandoned and orphan children through adoption. After appointing trustees both here in the UK and in India, they set about visiting orphanages in other parts of India to identify the best way to run one. They also started the task of fundraising. After kick-starting the charity with a very substantial amount of their own money, Heidy and Stephen approached appropriate national and local organisations for support and carried out local fundraising events such as carol singing. The next step was to find a suitable piece of land on which to build the orphanage. Most Indian orphanages are located in cities, but up to 70% of Indians live in the countryside and Heidy and Stephen wanted theirs

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to be located in a rural area. They chose Buldana in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. They built the orphanage using local building practices and created a light and airy building with natural ventilation. The orphanage can look after 25 babies at any one time and on average a new baby comes in every two weeks. It also has rooms for a small number of unmarried pregnant mothers who are looked after until their child is born. After the birth, the mother can then decide whether they want to keep the baby or leave it in the orphanage. The orphanage provides employment for 24 people, including 12 ayahs from the local village (who look after the babies in eight hour shifts), an on-site supervisor and a social worker. Since the orphanage opened in 1999, it has saved the lives of 400 babies – an incredible achievement. Most of these babies have been adopted in India and a few have been adopted internationally through a sister organisation. “When we first started finding families to adopt was quite difficult, as adoption was socially difficult in India” said Stephen. “But now people are a lot more open and adoption is much easier. The Love Trust is proud to be still in positive contact with very many of the families who adopted a child from us.” “The charity has worked out much better than I could have imagined when we started out” said Stephen. “It will keep going for as long as it is needed. Ultimately we hope our children Martin and Sylvia will take on our role in running it, but we’re rolling on for a bit longer yet!”

Sarah Butler The Love Trust is looking for an experienced bookkeeper to volunteer for a couple of hours per month. If you have a small amount of time to spare for this worthwhile charity, please call Stephen Love on 01273 492521.

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Business | JULY 2013

Buying a Business

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no major problems with the business, preliminary due diligence must be conducted before any firm offer is made. Due diligence is an exercise performed to collate further information about the target business. At this stage it is a good idea to research the market and its primary competitors to get a feel for the business. Industry experts should be able to provide insights into the prospective demand for the business’s products or services, as well as the level of competition in the market. A visit to the business and meeting the vendor will also help. The initial offer - You will need professional advice in order to value your target business. You should prepare your own profit projections by questioning the principles behind those prepared by the vendor. There may be areas where you believe cost savings will be possible, so incorporate these as well. Once satisfied with the proposed valuation, your initial offer should be submitted subject to detailed due diligence. Heads of Agreement - The ‘Heads of Agreement’ summarises the principal terms of the offer between you as the acquirer, and the vendor. It is important that this is tightly drafted with the help of financial and legal advisers in order to avoid any misunderstandings on key points. It should specify exactly what you are agreeing to buy, as well as the payment structure that you are proposing, and provide you with a period of exclusivity to carry out detailed due diligence and complete the deal. During this time the vendor may be prevented from speaking to other potential buyers. It may be appropriate to insist on some preconditions such as a minimum level of profits. It is also likely that you would wish to agree warranties (a written statement that confirms certain key information) and indemnities (a commitment by the vendor to reimburse the purchaser in specified situations) to be provided by the vendor. Detailed due diligence - Once the Heads of Agreement have been signed, your accountants and lawyers will make a detailed investigation into the business. This is to ensure the accuracy of the information and assumptions on which the bid has been made. Negotiation of the final terms - A thorough due diligence investigation should put you in a stronger negotiating position on the final price. It is especially important that communication channels are kept open until the deal is closed. You should always bear in mind that there are two sides involved in completing the deal, so try and see things from the vendor’s perspective too. Post completion - It is important that you have a plan and timetable of how integration should progress. Agree how the change of ownership should be announced; it should be made as soon as possible to both employees and customers, emphasising the positive implications for them.

You need to ensure that the target company will be a good strategic fit with your existing business. Post completion, the new acquisition should contribute to the value of the business as a whole with minimal duplication of existing trade or administration. There needs to be a detailed plan and experienced team in place to ensure that integration is as smooth as possible and is not detrimental to your existing business. Taking these factors into account, you need to ensure that the price represents value for money. Your adviser’s role is to find out the price and negotiate the best deal on your behalf in a confidential and professional manner. If done properly, an acquisition should represent a sensible method of expansion and diversification for your business. An acquisition can provide many advantages, however it can also be a potential minefield. A successful acquisition requires a great deal of planning, time and effort; following the steps below can help you make a successful acquisition. Strategy and planning - Good strategic planning is absolutely vital when an acquisition is made. The prime objective of any acquisition is that it must fit with the long-term strategy of your business. A clear idea of the desired attributes of your target should be formulated. These will include the type, size, location and price of the business. Identification of potential targets - To find the right business, you will have to look for it. Professional advisers can help to look for the businesses that fit the criteria. When assessing a target business, some key factors should be considered: • How sustainable are its core markets? • Is there good unrealised future potential? • Is there a competent second tier of management? • How much future capital expenditure will be required? • Are there any adverse external factors outside the owner’s control? The initial approach - From the outset the aim is to make the vendor want to sell the business to you so you need to establish your credibility. Your interest in buying the business should be formally registered and to maintain anonymity it is recommended that you make the approach through your own professional For further information, contact: Paul Samrah, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP, T: 01737 781546 E: psamrah@kingadvisers. stonsmith.co.uk Preliminary due diligence - In order to ensure there are

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Roger Minost Architect

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Hope Cottage Self Catering Number One The Laurels

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ARCHITECT

BED & BREAKFAST & ACCOMMODATION BUILDERS & CARPENTRY

Anthony Jackson Downs Southern Henfield Homes & Prop. Maintenance Nigel Parsons Optimal Property Maintenance Willow Construction

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Cherish Care Homelands Nursing Home Red Oaks Care Home Upper Mead

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Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Selectacarpet

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The Conservatory Co.

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BHW Glass N. Constantine Repairs

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CONSERVATORIES DOUBLE GLAZING ELECTRIC GATES

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GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Beechcroft Landscapes Camelia Botnar Gardener Tom Hamfelds Garden Shop

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Heritage Products JD Mowing Martin Standing The Green Reaper Rooted Rushfields S Goodridge Gardens Sussex Prairies Wilkinson Cox Garden Design

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Design, Copy, Print Phenix Media

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B Muzeen Groundworks

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Beacon Lettings

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Henfield Marquees

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