BN5 Magazine April 20

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

APRIL 2020 | Contents

06 What’s on 14 News 28 Kid’s stuff 42 Local interest 47 Local interest 48 Local interest 53 Love Henfield 56 Local interest 66 Local interest 78 Index listings

from the BN5 area

Things to do at Easter

Henfield Parish Council

Editor’s Letter

Writing the editor’s letter is always the last task for me when compiling BN5. As I write this on 13th March we’ve been overtaken by some extraordinary events with the Covid-19 pandemic. You will find that much of this issue are now out of date, our events diary especially, due to the speed of changes overtaking us. Please do refer to our Facebook page BN5magazine/ which will be updated on a daily basis (whenever possible) as well as the BN5 website, Please see page 15 for more details. BN5 is a community magazine and as such we will endeavour to keep you up to date with the latest information online. We also act as a directory of local businesses, which are likely to experience some incredibly tough times ahead. We would ask you to support them where you can, especially while we are faced with these exceptional circumstances. Every month we print stories that illustrate what a truly wonderful village Henfield is, a village to be proud of. It is a place full of caring people who will join together to help others in difficult times. We are sure that this community spirit will help us through these uncertain times.

Emma Osman, Editor

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Penny Farthing record breaker

Volunteering in Nepal

Re-wilding with SH2030

Guiding in Henfield

Henfield’s Annual Parish Meeting

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month;

Caroline Crowther, Tony Baker and Paul Samrah. Cover photograph of the Swains donkey (Spooky) outside St Peter’s Church courtesy of Helen Boosey, with additional artwork also by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper at Gemini Print in Shoreham and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

Copy deadline for advertisements or editorial submissions for the May 2020 issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 3 April.

If you have a local interest story for us please email If your not-for-profit club, group or charity has an event you would like us to publish on our what’s on pages, please submit via our website, this gives you additional automatic website entry. Please note we no longer accept postal or email diary submissions due to potential inaccuracies when transcribing. Priority is given to local, charitable and non-repeating events when we are oversubscribed. For advertising enquiries or to receive a media pack please email Zoë Nicholas

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What’s on | APRIL 2020 AT THE TIME OF GOING TO PRINT (13 MARCH) WE ARE AWARE THAT MANY EVENTS LISTED HERE MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE ONGOING COVID-19 EMERGENCY. In all instances PLEASE CHECK with event organisers for current information during these changing times. We will keep our website updated www.henfieldbn5. and will be adding notices to our BN5 Facebook page, please follow us.

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NAT WEST MOBILE SERVICE Henfield Hall Car Park, 10.0511.05am (every Thurs) For deposits, cashing cheques and paying bills. For other services, contact sam.collier@, 07971380623. ART & CRAFTS CLUB Sobell Court, 2-4pm (every Thurs) Bring any art or craft. All materials provided. CRIBBAGE CLUB Maidment Court, 2pm (every Mon & Thurs 7pm) All welcome, novice or Wednesday 1 experienced. TODDLER GROUP YOUTH CLUB (AGES 12-17) Fulking Village Hall, 10Henfield Youth Club, 7.3011.30am (every Weds) Play & sing. Suggested donation 9.30pm (every Thurs, term time) £1. Contact tricia.robinson@ NIGHTINGALES The White Hart, 7.30pm (every HENFIELD BELL RINGERS 1st Thurs) St Peter’s Church, 7.45pm An opportunity to have a natter (every Weds) and make new friends. Contact New ringers welcome, come along or contact 01273 596485. Anne 07901 382976. HENFIELD LIONS CLUB George Hotel, 8pm (1st Weds)

Friday 3

LITTLE FISHES St Peter’s Church, 9.30-11am (every Fri) For pre-school children and their carers. Storytime, songs and refreshments. Contact 01273 495532. HENFIELD SHORT MAT BOWLS Henfield Hall, 9.45-11.45am (every Fri) LADYBIRDS Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am–12pm (every 1st Fri) Inter team skittles. HENFIELD CAMERA CLUB Free Church Hall, 7.30-10pm (& alt Fri) for details.

Saturday 4

THE GRUFFALO ADVENTURES Wakehurst, 4th to 19th See advert. LADYBIRDS COFFEE MORNING Free Church Hall, 10am–12pm Coffee and cakes. Lovely stalls and Easter craft activities for the children.



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APRIL 2020 | What’s on SPRING CLEAN UP Henfield Common, 10am-12pm See News. CRICKET CLUB OPEN DAY Henfield Common, 10.30am12.30pm See News. BOARD GAMES FOR CHILDREN Henfield Library, 10.30am12pm (every Sat, term time) MEMORY MOMENTS CAFÉ Catholic Church Hall, 2-4pm All welcome, especially those with memory loss. EASTER EGG HUNT Meet at Free Church, 6.30-8pm Family Easter Egg trail around the village. Refreshments and chocolate eggs at the end of the trail. Free to enter. Contact 01273 959522.

Social get together for the elderly. Delicious lunch provided. Transport provided if required. Contact 01273 494335. WISH CLUB Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2-5pm (every Tues to 12/5) Advice, support and interactive workshops for those seeking employment. KNIT AND NATTER Henfield Library, 2–4pm (every 1st Tues) Bring knitting, crocheting, quilting etc. EASTER WREATH MAKING Henfield Haven, 2–4pm Make a beautiful fresh flower wreath. £15 per person. Booking required, 01273 494747. FREE SNOOKER Henfield Club, 5–10.30pm Sunday 5 (every Tues) Youth Club (age 7½-11) HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES Our Local Churches, 5th- 12th Henfield Youth Club, 6-7.30pm (every Tues, term time) See Programme of Services or details on HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL MEETING COMMUNITY SUNDAY LUNCH Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Henfield Haven, 12.30pm Call 01273 494747 to book. 7pm (every 1st Tues) All welcome to attend. HENFIELD NETBALL CLUB Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm HENFIELD GARDEN CLUB Henfield Hall, 7pm (1st Tues) (every Sun) Matt Willer, RHS school gardening champion of the year Monday 6 2018 ’The Allotment Project’. THE ARTS SOCIETY HENFIELD Contact 01273 492497. Henfield Hall, 2.30pm Lecture - Oscar Wilde. Contact Wednesday 8 01273 493900. KNIT AND NATTER YOUTH CLUB PROJECT NIGHT Henfield Youth Club, 6.30-8pm Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm (every 2nd (every Mon, term time) Weds) An opportunity to learn new Knitting for charity. Donated skills. See our Facebook page wool appreciated. for details. CHATTY CAFÉ Tuesday 7 Henfield Haven, 2.30-4pm (every 2nd Weds) ACTION FOR DEAFNESS Drop by and try our Chatter Henfield Medical Centre, & Natter table. Also Henfield 9.30am-12.30pm (every 1st Tea Gardens, every 4th Tues. Tues) Drop-in hearing aid maintenance Contact 01273 494747. service. Other appointments by Thursday 9 GP referral. HENFIELD ANTIQUES FAIR HAVEN GREEN GARDEN GROUP Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Henfield Haven, 9.30am– 7am–12pm (every 2nd Thurs) 11.30pm (alt Tues) Gardening group for all. Book at See advert. ST BARNABAS OUTREACH Haven. Henfield Hall Car Park, 10amSELF HELP GROUP 2pm Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Information and support for 10am-3pm (every Tues) patients and their families.

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HEALTH & WELLBEING CHECKS Henfield Medical Centre, 3.305.30pm (every 2nd Tues) Horsham District Council’s Health & Wellbeing team are offering free wellbeing drop in sessions. For details, HENFIELD FLOWER CLUB Henfield Hall, 2–4.30pm (every 2nd Tues) Gaenor Circus - “Through the Ages”. WOODMANCOTE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING The Pavilion, 7.30pm (every 2nd Tues) HART QUIZ The White Hart, 8.30pm (alt Tues) In aid of HART. Teams of up to six. Call 01273 492006 to book.

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WOODMANCOTE & HENFIELD WI Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (every 3rd Weds) Andy Kendall – Owls About Town. START RUNNING Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& Weds for 8 weeks) £25 to include year’s membership to Henfield Joggers. Contact beginners@

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MESSY CHURCH Fulking Village Hall, 4.30-6pm (every 3rd Fri) Crafts, bible stories and delicious supper. Call Chris 01273 857322.

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REPAIR CAFE Henfield Haven, 10am-12pm (& every 2nd Sat) See News.

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APRIL 2020 | What’s on BLUEBELL WALK IN TOTTINGTON WOODS Small Dole Village Hall, 2pm There will be a guide with information about Tottington Woods. From 3pm tea and cakes in the Hall, £3 BLUE PLANET III PG Village Hall, 3-4.15pm See News. HANDEL’S MESSIAH St Peter’s Church, 4pm Tickets £12.50, includes wine and nibbles, from Christina’s, 01273 494305. SHOREHAM ORATORIO CHOIR Shoreham Academy, 7.30pm See advert.

NHS CARERS HEALTH CLINIC Henfield Haven 10am-2pm (& every last Fri) Physical & mental MOT. Call 01273 494747 to book. MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION Henfield Library, 10.30am12.30pm (& every last Fri) Come and talk one to one to our team. COLTS TRAINING Henfield Cricket Club, 4.30– 7pm (every Fri) Boys -U11s 4.30pm, U12s-U16s 6pm. Girls - 5.30-6.30pm.

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CAKE SALE In front of the Free Church, Monday 20 9am (every last Sat) THE ARTS SOCIETY STEYNING FREE SCOOTER TRAINING The Steyning Centre, 10.30am– Henfield Haven, 10.30am12pm 12.30pm English Furniture Design Today: See News. The Great Commissions of Luke ST GEORGE’S DAY MUSICAL Hughes. Contact 01903 812752. EVENING Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Tuesday 21 See News. MOBILE CINEMA - 1917 Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Monday 27 1917 (15). Tickets from Marcus CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Grimes Henfield or online. (OUTREACH) Henfield Medical Centre, Thursday 23 10am–1pm (every 4th Mon) AN AFTERNOON WITH LAUREL & Drop-in 10-10.30am, booked HARDY appointments 10.30am-1pm. Henfield Haven, 2pm BABY CLINIC A Short Film and Talk. £5 per Committee Room, Henfield person including refreshments. Hall, 2-3.30pm BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT Henfield Haven Café, 4.15Tuesday 28 5.15pm (every 3rd Thurs) Non-religious group supporting HENFIELD STROKE SUPPORT GROUP local people. Contact St Peter’s The Plough, 11am-2pm (every last Tues) Church Office 01273 495532. If you or someone you know has had a stroke, come along Friday 24

and meet others who’ve been affected. Contact 07763 973101. CHATTY CAFÉ Henfield Tea Gardens, 2.454pm (& every 4th Tues) HENFIELD ART CLUB Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7.15– 9.30pm (every last Tues) Hannah Bruce – Painting shiny things in acrylics and promoting your art business on social media. Contact 01273 965243. SMALL DOLE TUESDAY CLUB Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm (every 4th Tues) The story of the Tower of London. Contact 01273 491287. HENFIELD TREFOIL GUILD Guide Hut, 7.45pm (4th Tues) AGM followed by Ploughman’s supper.

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HENFIELD PARKINSON’S CAFÉ Henfield Haven Café, 10.30am– 12pm (every last Weds) Friendly meeting for people with Parkinson’s and their carers. Contact 01273 494747. MAGIC NIGHT Henfield Club, 7.30pm Ben Williams. Tickets from the Club.

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Henfield now has a healthy juice bar on the High Street – Goodness Henfield – serving delicious cold pressed juices and other healthy foods. We caught up with owner Hannah Church to find out more about this exciting new venture. What inspired you to open up a juice bar?

What are cold pressed juices?

What is special about Goodness Henfield?

What does the future hold for Goodness Henfield?

I’ve long had an interest in nutritional food and the positive impact it can have your health and wellbeing. Before starting my family I had a background in catering but I wanted to do something different. Fresh juices are a part of my family’s everyday life and I want to be able to offer healthy options in addition to the already thriving café scene in Henfield. I’m really excited to be contributing to the diversity of Henfield High Street! We offer made-to-order cold-pressed juices and freshly blended smoothies, coffee from a Henfield distributor, a range of teas and a selection of sweet treats. Most options will be gluten free and vegan for those who, like me, sometimes find it difficult to eat-out due to intolerances. Our customers are able to either sit-in, taking advantage of our relaxed and dog-friendly environment, or take-out. We’re aiming to be as sustainable as possible and we positively encourage our take-out customers to bring their own reusable drinks containers.

Traditional juicers create heat and oxidise the juice. Cold press juicing produces a raw juice full of goodness that lasts for longer. Another benefit of cold pressing is the ability to extract juice from leafy greens. Add this to the natural sweetness of fruit and all of a sudden vegetables and salad become part of something delicious – which even my picky daughter enjoys!

Part of what has attracted me into this venture is to be able to fit it around our family needs. We are therefore starting out slow and small. As Goodness grows and we are able to take on staff we hope to evolve the business and develop our menus. We actually have some quite exciting ideas of what Goodness can become for the Village over the coming years! What do you like about Henfield?

I’ve lived in Henfield with my young family for a few years now - my children are part of the St Peter’s Primary School community - and we absolutely love living here. There are so many great shops and amenities but it still has that ‘village’ feel. I like to relax by walking my dog Buddy on the Downs Link – I feel very blessed to have such beautiful countryside on my doorstep. To find out more, pop into Goodness Henfield or check out the Goodness Henfield Facebook page.

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Henfield Ducklings to close

It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the closure of Henfield Ducklings as a baby group. We will be closing at Easter, with 31 March as our last date. However, we do have some exciting plans for our future… After a year of running a very successful group, we have unfortunately reached the point where we can’t justify continuing as we are. We will instead be helping to organise monthly meetups as a way of maintaining the atmosphere and friendships we have forged through the Ducklings. These will happen on the first Tuesday of every month, with details announced in advance Poppy Appeal long service awards - it may be as simple as a few people meeting in Henfield Poppy Appeal collectors were recipients the local park, or a picnic and ball games on the common. of several Long Service awards at the Henfield Hall on Tuesday 3 March at the Annual Parish We hope that people keep using the Ducklings’ Meeting. Mike Morgan, Henfield’s RBL Poppy Facebook page as a platform to keep the local Appeal Coordinator and District Councillor, took parenting community alive and it would be great great pleasure in making the following service to see small meet-ups happening around the vilawards: Mrs. Pam Cole for 50 years; Mrs. Polly lage, the first taking place on 5 May, please follow Bearman for 35 years; Mrs Carol Elliot for 35 our Facebook page for dates, times and venues. years; Mr Chris Burton for 20 years and Mrs A massive thank you to all the committee memDaphne Staley for 15 years. Congratulations to bers past and present for the hard work, time and them all. During his presentation, Mike said that energy they put into the group. Thanks also to in the 21 years since he’d been the coordinator, those that have been able to give up their time to over £140,000 had been raised in the Henfield help, and for all the toys and games donated to area, an incredible amount. the group, which will find good homes with other Editor non-profit organisations. It has really meant a lot and allowed us to continue the past few months. We hope to see you at our monthly meet ups.

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Following the news item by SH2030 published on page 17 of March BN5, we have been asked by Olus Environmental (who process the contents of your brown-lidded bins into organic soil improver) to point out a small correction. Their commercial composting process takes a total of 12 weeks from start to finish and unfortunately, although compostable bags are much better than plastic in landfill sites (and may even work in your home compost if the temperatures are hot enough), they take around 28 weeks to compost. Please don’t put these bags or any other waste aside from the items listed on this page www. household-bin-collections/garden-waste/whatgoes-in-your-garden-waste-bin into your brownlidded bin, or it could cause the compost to be contaminated. We will be publishing an article about Olus and the composting process in a future edition of BN5.

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Covid 19: Help for those self-isolating in the form below with your offer of help and put it through their letterbox*). If you can offer time to At the time of going to press (13 March) Henbe part of a volunteer group delivering essential field Parish Council, in partnership with many supplies and medicines (doorstep delivery) or to other local community groups, is working on an keep in telephone contact with someone who is Emergency Plan to mobilise volunteer help for lonely or isolated, please email office@henfield. those who are self-isolating in the village and and put “I can volunteer” in the subject surrounding areas. If this is you, there will be help heading. Send your telephone number and adavailable, so please do not feel alone. dress, if you can drive a car and your availability. Very soon there will be a central contact number *Note: If you receive one of these offers of help, for help with essential groceries and medicine your safety is the priority. Please make sure you delivery. Up to date information will be published know who the person is. Do not invite strangers on local websites; , henfieldbn5. into your home. and The BN5, Parish Council and Community Partnership Social Media Thank you for your help. pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) will Editor be updated regularly, so please refer there. The situation is changing on a daily, if not hourly basis Henfield & the Age of the Stagecoach so please stay informed and in the first instance To celebrate the permanent acquisition of the follow Government guidelines, see roving display case by the Friends of Henfield There will be a need for healthy people to volMuseum, a new display is here celebrating Henunteer in the village. Many of the volunteers in field’s place in an age defined by highwaymen, our existing community help organisations (The rivalry and the aggravation of turnpike gates; Link and the Self-Help Group, for example) may the age of the stagecoach. Until the end of April be unable to assist if they themselves are in the it will be in the Henfield Library, so please drop vulnerable group who will be self-isolating. If you by and take a look! It will then be moving on to are healthy and able to offer your time, please St. Peter’s Church, and additional venues are do so, while following Government guidelines welcomed – please get in touch if you would like about hygiene and physical contact. In the first to host a display. instance, please offer help to your neighbours, family or friends who are self-isolating (you can fill Robert Gordon, Friends of Henfield Museum


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PG Players Spring Production News

Auditions are complete and plans are well underway for Partridge Green Players’ spring production ‘Backstage Farce’ by Steve Barker. Pete Hurrell is stepping off the stage to direct for the third time and is predicting a comedy that’s faster paced and even more chaotic than his last play ‘What I did at School Today’. Joining some familiar faces in the cast will be two new members as Catt Booker and Steve Martin make their PG Players debut in what promises to be a very entertaining show. Steyning Bookshop Backstage Farce will run from 20-23 May at ParSaturday 4 April, the beginning of the Easter tridge Green Village Hall. Tickets will be on sale in holidays, we will be celebrating the release of the spring at Louisa Jayne Hairdressers and The Julia Donaldson’s fourth book featuring a brave, Partridge Pub - look out for posters advertising clever little ladybird. ‘What the Ladybird Heard at when tickets are available. You can also contact the Seaside’ with a double signing event featuring the Players via their email both Julia Donaldson and the illustrator, Lydia Elizabeth Ganney Monks. Also, on Thursday 23 April we welcome a debut novelist, Sri-Lankan-born writer and fine artist Amanthi Harris, who will be talking about her novel ‘Beautiful Place’, a delicately-written, atmospheric novel set around a Sri-Lankan guesthouse.

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Dick’s Walk

Forty years ago I lost my mother very young to cancer and in the intervening years, my father and little sister too. Recently the disease has struck close to home again, but advances in medicine have meant a much different outcome. Medicine has changed but what has not is the care and support offered by Macmillan Nurses. I feel it’s time to give something back so I’m undertaking the South Downs Mighty Hike in June to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. I have a sponsorship page on JustGiving (www.justgiving. com/fundraising/dicknyeswalk) and if you could donate, I would be very grateful.

Dick Nye

New Defibrillator in Henfield

HART (Henfield Area Response Team) volunteers received a generous donation from local businessmen Henry Ray & Steve Jackson which enabled another Automatic External Defibrillator to be installed in Henfield. Situated by the main entrance The Old Railway, on Station Road. This will be invaluable to those living in west Henfield or using the Downslink.

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Contemporary Craft Show

The Sussex Guild are delighted to be exhibiting in Henfield for a second time. Our Contemporary Craft Show will take place in the main hall, foyer and garden suite of the Henfield Hall, 2nd & 3rd May from 10am-5pm, with homemade refreshments available throughout the day. Be inspired by the designer makers who will be showing exciting examples of ceramics, furniture, glass, knitwear, jewellery, metalwork, textiles and woodwork. One of the Guild members displaying her exquisite pewter and glass work is Fleur Grenier MA. Her organic designs range from one-off sculptural pieces as part of her “home theme” to tableware, desk clocks and vases. All her designs are highly individual in style, and some of them use other interesting materials in conjunction with pewter. Fleur has recently completed a prestigious piece of work as one of the four Sussex Guild members commissioned to design and make a bishop’s crosier. Come to meet Fleur and the other exhibitors showing their spectacular work at the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show in Henfield. With over thirty designer makers present, there will be lots to see and maybe you can buy or commission your own work of art.

Helen Warren

St Peter’s Church commemorates VE Day

On 8 May, the 75th VE Day, the bells will ring out at St Peter’s Church just as they did at the same time 75 years ago to celebrate peace. This will be followed at 7.30pm by a short service of Remembrance.

Henfield Cricket Club Open Day – at last!

It’s taken 250 years for us to have an open day at Henfield Cricket Pavilion but now it’s all happening! The momentous day is Saturday 4 April 10.30am – 12.30pm. Kwick Cricket will be played on the pitch for any energetic youngsters who want to have some fun, and the practice nets will be in operation to encourage both young and old to have a go with bat and ball. The Newberry cricket kit company will have a stand which includes a facility to sell or swap cricket trousers for youngsters growing into or out of their kit. There will also be the opportunity to buy coffee and cakes, and the chance to win a fortune (OK, a small one) on the Grand National sweepstake. 2021 is the Henfield Cricket Club’s 250th year, and it will see the pavilion well on its way to becoming a venue capable of providing up-todate facilities for both cricket and football, and available to host activities, clubs, meetings and celebrations. We would love to see as many people from the village as possible. It will certainly be fun, and it may not happen again for another 250 years!

Nigel Colgate

Henfield Litter Pick-Up

SH2030, with the Keep Britain Tidy Group, are organising a great British Spring Clean event on Saturday 4 April, starting at Henfield Common. The Litter Pick-Up will continue all week (ending 9 April), so please feel free to join in when you can. This is part of our Plastic Free Henfield campaign (with Surfers Against Sewage) alongside Henfield Parish Council litter pickers. See more at www. If you’d like to join in, please meet at the triangle of land at the west side of Henfield Common near the High Street.

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Royal Society of St George Children’s Poetry Competition

We are delighted to announce that the winner was eight-year-old Barney Harris with a clever acrostic poem spelling the word ‘dragon’ with its initial letters. Barney was presented with a specially designed book token by Arun Agarwal, the Chairman of the Sussex Branch of the Royal Society of St George.

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Registration now open for ‘Night to Remember’ midnight walk!

Open to everyone aged ten and over, St Barnabas House’s ‘Night to Remember’ is your chance to remember a loved one, support local people, take on a personal challenge or encourage yourself to get fit. Whatever your motivation, the midnight walk on Saturday 27 June will be a night to remember. Over the past twelve years, 11,900 friends, families and colleagues have taken part in ‘Night to Remember’, walking the streets and seafront of Worthing and together raising an incredible £1.7 million to support local hospice care. This year’s event is set to be the biggest to date with a samba band, starlight stations along the route and hundreds of local people taking part. Participants can pick from a 7, 13.1, or 20-mile route which will take them past Worthing to Lancing and Shoreham. All sponsorship money goes directly towards the St Barnabas House Hospice ‘at Home’ service. While supporters walk through the night, often the most challenging time for patients and their families, the St Barnabas House Hospice at Home night sitting team will be making sure that patients are comfortable and cared for, and that families are able to get a full night’s sleep. Visit to register and find or more.

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Daring George fought the fierce dragon Raiding all its precious gold After George slayed the dragon Grateful girl felt brave and bold On St George’s Day each year Never forget how he had no fear.

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Celebrate St George’s Day with a musical evening

In association with St. Barnabas House Hospice, the Sussex branch of the Royal Society of St. George bring you this special celebration! Experience the festivities in Palm Court style at Henfield Hall on Saturday 25 April, starting at 7.30pm. A varied programme of music and songs from the 1920s-1940s will be provided by the Sussex Folk Orchestra and Friends. The evening will also feature a performance of St George & the Dragon by The Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men.

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APRIL 2020 | News Tickets, which include a traditional ploughman’s supper, are available from Christina’s (Village Care), £15 (cash or cheque only). Please call 01273 494305 for more information.

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Free Skills and Safety Sessions for Henfield mobility scooter drivers

Following last year’s success, more sessions will take place at The Haven on Saturday 25 April, provided by Horsham District Older Peoples Forum and Horsham Town Community Partnership. You are welcome to attend. You will spend about 90 minutes learning how to be safer on your scooter, with tips on cornering, turns, kerbs, doorways, slopes and reversing. Scooter drivers will be paired with a guide and the session will include moving around the Haven carpark and an optional tour of the High Street. There are a limited number of places and it is essential to book as soon as possible. Please get in touch either by phone 01403 269384 or email For more information visit

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Upgrades to the Small Dole Play Area McTimoney on the move Upper Beeding Parish Council are delighted with the arrival of some fabulous new equipment for the play area in Tottington Drive, Small Dole. This was frequently requested by Small Dole residents, and with the help of a Horsham District Council grant, the Upper Beeding Parish Council were thrilled to be able to facilitate this. The design of the multi activity equipment is a result of consultation with children, parents, various specialist suppliers and other experts. It includes a slide, bridges, and features for balancing and climbing. Upper Beeding Parish Council is also funding various other improvements including a new gate and signage, and they are considering additional planting and ancillary work. Celia Price, Clerk for the Council said; “We have had lots of positive comments already and it is brilliant to have installed the equipment in before the weather improves. We look forward to seeing it being well used over the spring and summer months”.

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After nearly 40 years of helping to get patients moving, Madeleine Brzeski’s McTimoney Chiropractic clinic has itself been on the move. Madeleine has enjoyed five successful years practising in Henfield, hidden away just off the High Street at The Paddocks Healthcare Clinic on Furners Lane. She recently moved her busy clinic to a new space at the bottom of Barrow Hill, on the outskirts of the village. Madeleine, who qualified in 1982, is passionate about the positive effects of chiropractic and has many stories of how it has helped people of all ages. For many years, Madeleine lectured at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic in Oxford. She is a Fellow, former Chair of the Royal College of Chiropractors, Paediatric Faculty, and a former elected member of the General Chiropractic Council, also serving on Education Committee. Madeleine also has a BSc (Hons) in Health Science Studies from Leicester University. Madeleine is looking forward to welcoming patients both old and new in the updated setting – to make an appointment or discuss ways in which chiropractic might help you, please call 07872643644 or visit

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Antisocial behaviour in Henfield

On 24th February at around 10.30pm four young people lit a fire at Henfield Leisure Centre on the first floor fire escape. They put the fire out and ran off when disturbed, Sussex Police have been informed. If you believe your child is involved in this type of antisocial and dangerous behaviour please speak with them, before something happens which could risk lives and cause major damage to buildings.

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News | APRIL 2020 Blue Planet 3, performed by Luke Rollason and Christian Brighty, is about two idiots at the ‘BBC’ making another series of ‘Blue Planet’, so put on your polar ice caps and climb aboard an adventure to save the oceans! Featuring swashbuckling swordfish, wailing whales and nasty things that lurk at the bottom of the sea, in this family-friendly comedy performance. Tickets are £6.50 and are available from and by calling 07882 254964.

Liz Ganney

Henfield Circle Dancers

Henfield Circle Dancers continue to make regular donations to local and national charities thanks to their increased membership, and have recently donated £100 to The Brain Tumour Charity. Less than 3% of national cancer research funding goes into brain tumour research, yet brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and young adults under the age of 40. Henfield Circle Dancers are a happy and friendly group who dance on Thursday mornings at the Leisure Centre between 10.15am and 12pm. We dance to beautiful music from around the world, and the dances are uplifting for both mind and body. Newcomers are always very welcome. For details contact Jan on 01273 494861, visit www., or contact Henfield Leisure Centre.

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Partridge Green Players and JSA Partnership Event

Partridge Green Players is joining forces with Jolesfield School Association to bring theatre to the village for a family audience. With funding from Applause, the Arts Council’s rural touring scheme, they have invited Bright Buoy Productions to perform their production of Blue Planet 3 at Partridge Green Village Hall on Saturday 18 April at 3pm.

New Temporary Exhibition until May 2020

This year is the 1,250th anniversary of the foundation of St. Peter’s Church, Henfield. With a rich history going back to Saxon times, it features in our first temporary display of 2020. The grant of 50 hides (a unit of land considered sufficient to support a household) in Hanefelde for the church was originally given by King Osmund of the South Saxons to ‘Count’ Thegn Warbald and his wife Tidburh in AD 770, who most likely lived at the old Stretham Manor site. This founding deed survives thanks to a 14th century copy and is amongst the oldest religious foundational records in Sussex - perhaps the oldest for a surviving church (Ferring was granted earlier by Osmund but was seemingly founded decades later). Visit St Peter’s to see an English translation of the Latin text hanging in the entrance porch. Quite commonly for the era, Osmund appeared to rule Sussex jointly with three other local kings (perhaps brothers) at this time, but shortly afterwards King Offa of Mercia (he of the dyke) subjugated Sussex and reduced Osmund and his fellows to mere Dukes... Luckily he still confirmed St. Peter’s grant! The church will be running a number of events this year in celebration, so keep an eye out for news!

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The Dove ‘Go Orange’

On Friday 7 February Dove Nursery had a fundraising morning for Muscular Dystrophy UK. For MDUK’s official ‘Go Orange’ day, all the children were invited to come dressed in orange. We sold tickets for our “Big Orange Hamper” raffle which included items that were wrapped or orange in colour. We had so much donated that a second fruit and veg hamper was made, and three other edible prizes were awarded. Parents were invited to stay and join in with the morning’s activity; a storytelling session with “Tatty Bumpkin”, featuring music and simple yoga movements under the theme “Wake Up Your Muscles”, where the children became Superheroes. We raised a total of £170 - thank you to everyone who supported our event.

Aspirations comes to Henfield

Aspirations School of Dance is a small established school and we’ve just moved to Henfield, taking over part of the old Barnard the Bakers site with a bespoke studio offering sprung floors, mirrors and fixed dance barres. Phase 2 of the build will see an upper floor with changing facilities and a music and drama studio. The school currently offers examinable classes in Classical Russian Ballet, Acro, Tap, Musical Theatre and International Dance Jazz Technique. Pre-school classes are also offered in all genres. With the completion of phase 2 at Easter, music lessons in guitar, ABRSM singing, LAMDA drama and Adult classes will be added to the timetable.

Vivian Ruffett, Dove Nursery

The children’s classes are kept small and we encourage excellence for students in recreational dance enabling them to then pursue pre-professional dance programs and eventually professional college entry. The school is proud to have an affiliation to The School of Classical Russian Ballet, and an access programme for its students to be tutored by their prestigious teachers. The new facilities in Henfield will be available to hire for other suitable classes such as yoga, pilates or bespoke training. If you would like any further information please email or call 07525 097849.

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Film Award for Jack

Jack Hill is a 18-year-old student filmmaker from Henfield, who has recently been selected as an ‘Into Film’ Ones to Watch winner for the 2020 Into Film Awards! ‘Into Film’ is a British educational charity that runs film-based programmes and competitions for children aged five to nineteen. The ‘Ones to Watch’ award is an award in partnership with the BFI Film Academy, which aims to highlight ‘phenomenal individuals who have already achieved an incredible amount in the world of film and look set to go much further.’ Jack is a passionate and ambitious young filmmaker, aiming to eventually become a professional writer/director, and having been making his own films since the age of 10. Many of his prior films have been very successful, with two having won an ‘Into Film’ film of the month award, and others having been screened as an official selection/finalist in festivals as far as Scotland, Portugal, and India. Jack has written a successful play for the ‘Worthing Theatre Trail’ and has recently started gaining a large amount of traction upon his YouTube Channel. Currently, Jack is working on new ambitious projects, and plans on later joining a film production course at university. He is likewise looking for work within in the industry during the summer, all to build upon his experience and to continue to grow as a filmmaker. The 2020 Into Film awards will be taking place March 18th; hosted by David Walliams.

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Digital Information Screens

You may have noticed two new additions to the Henfield landscape in the last month, in the shape of interactive digital tourist information screens, which have been installed in the bus shelter and in the Coopers Way car park. These went live on 24 February and are intended as sources of information for visitors to Henfield, covering shopping, places to eat, things to do and more. The screens are touch sensitive and when in operation catch the eye with their vibrant green colour. They are on between 9am and 4pm, although this is subject to change. The project was led by Horsham District Council thanks to funding from LEADER through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and is both the first of its kind in West Sussex and also the first to be implemented in a rural area. Please note that due to the current epidemic, the touchscreens have been deactivated and will be used solely for public health information. Support and content for the screens was provided by Henfield Community Partnership and Henfield Parish Council, who worked together on the project. When they’re back online please give them a try (remembering that they are aimed at visitors) and let us know how the content can be improved by emailing us at

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VE Day at the Henfield Club

The Henfield Club invite any veterans who served in the Second World War, on the Home Front or in the Emergency Services to be the Club’s guests of honour. Please contact David Page at 01273 492489 for further information.

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Vox Club - a pop choir for parents!

Sick of singing nursery rhymes? Reconnect with your voice and yourself. Your babies/toddlers are welcome to come along and play, breastfeed, sleep or join in! You don’t need to be able to read music – shower crooners and pros, all are welcome! Sessions are led by songwriter, singer and fellow mum, with tea and new friends included! The first meeting is free, and subsequently they are £18 for 3. The group will meet at Steyning Methodist Church Hall, High Street Steyning on 5 May from 10am to 11.30am. For more information please call 07979 906611 or email (Please note this is not a staffed playgroup)

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APRIL 2020 | News a raffle, full of fantastic prizes. It promises to be a great night out! We’ll then be following with other fundraising challenges and events and really appreciate your support. More in the May edition of BN5 magazine. Any donations of raffle prizes would be much appreciated. Please contact us at, or via our Facebook page Henfield Macmillan Fundraising for information.

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Henfield Chatty Cafés New costume display in the Henfield Museum

The Henfield Museum presents a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE day, with the theme ‘what we wore in the war’. The display is a mixture of female uniforms from the WVS and the FANYS (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry), two items of Land Girl clothing, a fine wool day dress and much more. Local photographs add to the sense of history, as does a copy of the Parish magazine from June 1945 detailing the VE Day celebrations in Henfield. The Museum is open 10am-12pm weekdays, except Wednesday when it is open 2.30pm-4.30pm. It also opens on Saturday, from 10am-12pm and 2.30pm to 4pm. Admission is free.

Stephanie Richards, Henfield Museum

A year of fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support

Watch this space for a year of fundraising by nine local ladies who are passionate about raising much-needed funds for this cancer charity. The first event on the calendar is our Chilli and Quiz Night on Friday 1 May, 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall, with a cash prize for first place! Tickets are £15 per person and include a drink, quiz entry and chilli. There will also be a bar and

Chatty Café is a project run through the village’s Connector Plus Befriending Service, which aims to connect people who may feel lonely or isolated. The project hosts a table in a local café, for anyone to come along and have a chat. On the second Wednesday of the month from 2.45-4pm, Brian hosts at the Haven, and at the same time on the fourth Tuesday, the Café visits the Henfield Garden Tea Rooms and Jam Pot, hosted by Mo and Jan. Mo and Jan explain why they love Chatty Cafe. Why do you volunteer for the Chatty Café? Mo says; “Personally I volunteer because I hate the thought of anybody being lonely and not having anyone to talk to and I feel very lucky that I have made a lot of friends since coming to Henfield seven years ago.” What do you do at Chatty Café? “We drink, we have lovely cake and lovely chats. We talk about anything, whether it be a problem or general chit chat.” Jan says “We also laugh” says Mo. “What’s talked about in the Tea Room, stays in the Tea Room!” Laughs Jan. Thanks to both Lorette at the Haven and Mary at the Tea Rooms for their enthusiasm and support of this project. If you’re interested in the Chatty Café programme, please contact Alex Nevatt at or call 07593 820836.

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Kinder Living Henfield Show

The Kinder Living Show has been running successfully in Horsham for 5 years. On 27th September the show is coming to Henfield with a distinctly local flavour! The team organising the show are a friendly bunch of people all committed to making a difference. The show is run on a ‘not for profit basis’ and stands are reasonably priced to cover costs. Does your business offer eco-friendly products or services to homeowners? Are you based locally? There are many different types of ‘green business’ and you may not even label your business that way. For example, do your products: Save energy or water? Reduce the use of toxic chemicals? Come from sustainable sources? Use recycled materials? Do you offer a service to repair or restore items in the home? Or practice a traditional environmentally friendly craft? In addition to stand space at the show our exhibitors will receive widespread publicity, their own listing on the Kinder Living website, plus mentions in project partners’ social media. Our show aims to put together different kinds of organisations and people who share our ethos. If you are a local charity or not for profit group who might benefit from a presence at the show, please email us at

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Come and See Your New Look Henfield Library!

We have recently undertaken refurbishment work in Henfield Library. Electrical work and redecoration were completed, followed by the installation of new shelving and furniture. Due to the popularity of our children’s activities we were keen to create a larger children’s library. We have installed shelving on wheels in the centre of the library which means we can reconfigure the space for use for one-off events and talks. The maple wood finish of the shelving, coupled with the pale green shade of the walls creates a light, natural environment which works well in our rural setting. We have all the same stock we had before, and have created space to allow for additional stock, as well as purpose-built book displays. There’s comfortable seating where you can read a book or perhaps log-on to our free Wi-Fi and download a newspaper using our Pressreader app? We have desktop computers available for use, as well as printing services. If you haven’t been in lately why not visit and see our new layout? We are open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm on Saturday. Families join us for one of our regular events; Baby Rhyme Time on a Thursday morning, or board games for children every Saturday morning. We have a monthly Knit and Natter group for crafters and always lots of books to browse and borrow. For more information visit our website https://www. and view the listing for Henfield library.

Hazel Smith, Library Manager

Horton Golf Club

Horton Gold club is a small, friendly club established on the “Artisan” principle which means that the members not only organise the club’s competitions and events, they also maintain the course through their own efforts. Horton is situated at the Henfield Business Park just off the Shoreham Road (A2037). The course itself is only 3068 yards long, made up of nine greens and eighteen tees. For more news go to

APRIL 2020 | News It is an ideal course to improve your short game, with six par 3 and three par 4 holes on each nine. On a Sunday morning we hold various competitions. These are open to all 7 Day members, there is no need to book a tee time, just register in the clubhouse by the summer or winter booking in time. Three and four ball teams are made up with the number of members who have registered. During the summer there is also a rolling singles and doubles match play knockout competition which is open to 7 Day members and we also have a fun 9 - hole team competition on Wednesday evening which is open for all members to participate in. Membership fees are very reasonable, or a 7 Day membership there is £50 joining fee and an annual subscription, which is currently £155. For a 5 Day membership there is £50 joining fee and an annual subscription, which is currently £125. Members are asked to contribute to the upkeep of the course. If you are interested in joining our friendly club please contact us: secretary.hgc@

Haven Groundforce Team create garden at Henfield Youth Club

The Haven Garden Team have been in action again - this time adding some colour, sunshine and outdoor fun to the Henfield Youth Club! Volunteers spent a day at the Youth Club building a large raised bed ready for the Nursery children to learn all about growing vegetables and flowers, as well as a border along the fence line, filled with plants and shrubs donated by the Haven Groundforce team from their own gardens. David Bateson, Horton Golf Club Liz Hodgson from The Haven Groundforce said; Fairfax are Back “The children from the Nursery will be able to grow their own vegetables, plans are in place for Fairfax Acquisitions have submitted a new plana crop of potatoes and carrots which they’ll have ning application for housing at the same greenlots of fun digging them up in the summer. There’s field site north of Sandy Lane, Henfield, that was rejected at a 4-day public inquiry held last August. also a place for the older Youth Club members to learn about growing and horticulture, we hope it Phil Johnson, chairman of CPRH (Campaign to will inspire them all to get outside and have a go.” Protect Rural Henfield), said; “The independent This couldn’t have been achieved without the government inspector came down firmly against developing this site in August. Henfield is current- generosity of local businesses - Olus Environly at an advanced stage in making its Neighbour- mental from Henfield donated free organic soil hood Plan, and this site is not part of this Plan or improver, while AVS fencing supplied the sleepers used for the raised beds at a significant discount. Horsham District Council’s Local Plan. There is Thank you to both companies for your help and sufficient housing supply already provided for in the draft Neighbourhood Plan without destroying support of our local community. our countryside by building in areas where people Debbie Slaughter from Henfield Youth Club said; do not want development.” “It looks amazing and we can’t wait to see it all A full statement will be made in next month’s edi- grow. It’s another testament to our generous and kind village, thank you to everyone who helped tion of BN5. and donated.” Philip Johnson, CPRH Podiatry/Chiropody Hom Editor

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e have some ‘eggciting’ suggestions for Easter and Spring themed children’s activities in and around Henfield during the two-week Easter school holidays this year! Hopefully by the time the holidays arrive the rain will have stopped and we will have two gloriously warm and sunny weeks… But if the weather decides not to play ball, just wrap-up warm, pull on your wellies and get out and about anyway! All information was correct at the time of going to press, but please do check first with the organisation before setting off for the latest upto-date information on opening days, times and costs. Visitors are invited to Coombes Farm to see lambs and calves being born up until 19 April between 9.30am and 4pm (entry fee but no booking necessary). This working family farm will also be offering tractor rides up onto the Downs and teas and coffees will be served in The Barn – alternatively you can bring your own picnic. See for more information. The annual Devils Dyke Easter Egg Rolling Competition will be held on Monday 13 April between 12.45am and 12pm. Bring your own hand decorated hard-boiled egg and try your luck at this Easter custom - the egg that gets furthest down the Dyke valley wins. There’s also a prize 28 | BN5 Magazine

for the best decorated egg (£1 entry, booking not necessary, dogs on leads welcome). See www. for more information. The Henfield Free Church will be holding a free drop-in children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 4 April between 6.30pm and 8pm. Follow the pushchair-friendly trail around the village and end up at the Free Church for chocolate eggs and refreshments. The Henfield Leisure Centre holiday club at Sharky’s will have Easter themed activities including egg hunts and Easter crafts such as painting eggs and making Easter cards (cost involved and booking essential). The Easter Bunny will also be visiting Sharky’s on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 April. Contact the Leisure Centre on 01273 494984 for more information. The National Trust will be hosting Cadbury Easter Egg hunts at various properties, including Devil’s Dyke, over the Easter holidays (entry fees but no booking necessary). Follow the clues, make fun and nature-filled discoveries, and finish your adventure with a delicious, chocolatey treat. See for more information on properties taking part and timings. Saddlescombe Farm is a working family farm and they will be opening their doors on Saturday

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4 and Sunday 5 April from 10am to 4pm for their annual lambing open days (entry fee but no booking necessary). Visitors will be able to see new-born lambs and maybe even a lamb being born, an amazing experience! Other activities will include bale climbing, tractor and trailer rides, and a BBQ with homemade burgers, as well as the vegetarian Wildflour Café. See www. for more information. St Peter’s Church will be celebrating Palm Sunday (the beginning of Holy Week) on Sunday 5 April and you can meet Spooky the Swains donkey on Cagefoot Lane just off the High Street at 9.30am. The Steyning Bookshop is our local national bookshop and on Saturday 4 April they will be celebrating the release of Julia Donaldson’s fourth book featuring the brave, clever little ladybird… ‘What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside’ with a jolly double signing event featuring both Julia Donaldson and the illustrator, Lydia Monks. For more information about timings see www. or call 01903 812062. Stokes Newsagents will be holding their free annual children’s Easter Egg hunt on Saturday 11 April. This year some of the shops on Henfield High Street will be included in the hunt and children will be able to collect up to 10 eggs.

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There will also be the opportunity to decorate eggs in the Stokes Garage. Pop into the shop for more information. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Wakehurst has lots of Gruffalo-themed family fun planned for the Easter holidays from 4 to 19 April between 10am and 4pm (entry fee but no booking necessary). You can follow the Gruffalo woodland trail in the deep dark wood, go on a Gruffalo Crumble Easter Egg Hunt (if you complete the shopping list you’ll be rewarded with Divine Chocolate mini eggs and the top secret Gruffalo crumble recipe!), and dissect real owl pellets to find out what they’ve been eating. For more information see www.kew. org . At the Sussex Wildlife Trust Headquarters at Woods Mill visitors can walk past the old ponds and lake, through ancient woodland, alongside the streams and waterways into unimproved meadows with their wild hedgerows. Entry is free, but donations are welcome and the Pop-Up café will be open 10am-4pm every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday until Easter. Additionally, the children’s Wild Woodies Spring Holiday Club will be running on Wednesday 8 and Wednesday 15 April from 10am to 3pm (cost involved and booking essential). See www.sussexwildlifetrust. for more information.

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12 April Easter Day 11.15am Holy Communion (BCP) Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, The Tanyard, Henfield

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APRIL 2020 | Local interest


e all know what a beautiful place Henfield is, with its green open spaces and network of public footpaths and twittens, but do you know who keeps Henfield looking so good on a daily basis? Dick Nye, Brian Stone and Robin Wadey are employed by Henfield Parish Council as parttime Works Officers and they are the team who (supported by a separate team of dedicated litter pickers), keep Henfield and its surrounding areas clean, tidy and attractive. When I asked them what jobs do they do around the village, the answer was far longer than I expected: grass cutting; footpath clearing and widening; unblocking of ditches, drains and gullies; weed spraying; clearing up vandalism; washing road signs; clearing illegally dumped rubbish; installing benches and fences; cleaning the public toilets; and even locking-up the Henfield Museum are just a few of the jobs they undertake on a regular basis! Their working week starts with a tour around the village with Henfield Parish Council Clerk Kevin Wright to identify any pressing issues that need dealing with. After this Dick, Brian and Robin schedule what they’re going to do for the rest of the week depending on the time of year, although this can be subject to change: a clear benefit of employing a local team is that they can react quickly to events in order to work on something urgent. For example, on the day I meet with the team they have just returned from clearing a fallen tree caused by Storm Dennis which was blocking part of the Downs Link Trail. And when Horn Lane flooded just before Christmas 2019 due to excessive rainfall, the team headed down to unblock a ditch which was preventing water from draining away quickly. The Works Officers are also heavily involved in supporting local events and making sure they run smoothly: they help set-up the biennial Henfield Summer Fete; they make sure all the footpaths are clear for the annual Seven Stiles Fun Run (organised by Henfield Joggers in conjunction with Henfield Leisure Centre); and they support one-off events such as the Horsham District Showcase Tour and the Piazza Italia Tour by putting up signage and generally being on-hand to help out. Much of what the Henfield Parish Council Works Officers do was previously the responsibility of West Sussex County Council (WSCC). But as with all councils, WSCC have had their budgets slashed in recent years and so they took the difficult decision to reduce or even stop regular maintenance work (such as grass mowing and footpath clearing). Local residents were not happy with the resulting neglect of the village

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and so Henfield Parish Council, in agreement with WSCC, decided to employ Works Officers in order to keep our village looking attractive. This work is paid for by a slight increase in the local precept (the part of the Council Tax which goes to Henfield Parish Council) - a small price to pay for such an important job. Unfortunately, some aspects of the Works Officers job can be quite unpleasant, particularly when they are dealing with the consequences of residents’ anti-social behaviour. Finding dog poo whilst cutting grass verges with a strimmer is one (I’ll let you think about what happens here…), and picking up illegally dumped rubbish (such as rotting deer carcasses in bin bags and drums of used cooking oil) is another. More seriously, Dick was recently hit by an inconsiderate driver whilst working to remove a fallen tree on London Road – this is despite the work being clearly signposted and him wearing high-visibility clothing. It’s because of incidents like this that the Parish Council have had to install a dashboard-mounted camcorder (or dash-cam) in the works vehicle so that such events can be reported to the police. Despite all this, the team love what they do. Robin said: “After working in a desk job for over 20 years, I love working outdoors. Each day is different and it’s great when people come up to say ‘thank you’ for what we’re doing.” Brian also enjoys the variety of the job: “Everything we do is for the benefit of the local community which is a great feeling and I really enjoy working with the rest of the team.” Dick, who has been doing the job for 10 years, said: “Henfield is a great community and I get a great sense of satisfaction when we put something right or improve it.” Here at BN5 Magazine we think Dick, Brian and Robin are true local heroes. Next time you see them out-and-about (you won’t be able to miss them with their head-to-toe high visibility clothing!), working hard to keep our village looking great, do please stop to say ‘thank you’you can be sure it will be much appreciated!

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iding a Penny Farthing bike is a challenge: not only is there the height to contend with, but there is also the lack of brakes, gears and suspension, as well as the solid rubber wheels (they weren’t nicknamed ‘boneshakers’ for nothing!). But riding a penny farthing without hands? It sounds impossible but that’s just what local entrepreneur and adventurer Neil Laughton taught himself to do, establishing three Guinness World records in the process. Neil became fascinated by Penny Farthings around seven years ago when he read an article about them making a comeback in popularity. Having played a lot of bicycle polo in his twenties (when he captained England for several years), Neil was keen to see not only whether he could master riding a penny farthing, but whether it was possible to play polo on one too! Having taught himself how to ride a penny farthing at home, Neil started to teach his friends and then decided to set up the Penny Farthing Club ( The club trains monthly between March and September and offers tours of Brighton and London. Each year the club takes part in the annual Penny Farthing Polo Calcutta Cup challenge which pits English riders against Scottish riders! In 2018 Neil recruited the round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont to attempt the Guinness World Record for the furthest distance travelled in an hour on a penny farthing, a record last set by an American in 1886. This attempt failed, but the record was finally achieved in 2019 at the Derby velodrome with a distance of 22 miles and 395 yards. In 2019 Neil and a friend cycled the 874 miles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats on penny farthings to raise £26k for the global charity Mary’s Meals (which feeds 1.5 million children around the world every year). It was on this gruelling 11 day journey that Neil taught himself to cycle without hands in an effort to make the experience less painful! This then prompted Neil to earn a further three Guinness World Records of his own in November at the Preston Park velodrome (the oldest cycle track in the country) for riding a penny farthing without touching the handlebars! These included: the fastest 10 km on a penny farthing without hands (23 min 23.74 seconds); the fastest speed on a penny farthing without hands (29.603 kph or 18.394 mph); and the furthest distance on a penny farthing in one hour without hands (26 km or 16.15 miles). Neil headed up the Brighton Half Marathon on his penny farthing in February, sporting a top hat and tails, and he can sometimes be seen cycling into Henfield where he always receives a warm welcome from local residents!

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Charity | APRIL 2020


epal Pain Relief (NPR) was set up after the devastating 2015 Nepalese earthquake with the aim of bringing long lasting, sustainable pain relief to the impoverished people of Nepal. It works alongside Nepali rural redevelopment charity TUKI, has a permanent clinic base in Charikot in the Dolakha district and relies on volunteer acupuncturists. I was recruited, with fellow acupuncturist AnnaMarie Wakeling, to volunteer for NPR at short notice. The opportunity to visit beautiful Nepal and help so many people in such a direct way was too great to miss, so I threw caution to the wind, signed up and started crowdfunding! I managed to raise a total of ÂŁ1,070, much of which was donated by BN5 residents, which covered the cost of my flight and other expenses. I arrived in Nepal in late October 2019 and stayed for three weeks. Included in our luggage was over 17,000 needles as well as numerous bags of moxa (the herb we burn on the end of needles to warm them). Other supplies we managed to source in the tiny, dusty and poorly stocked medical supply shops in Kathmandu. The response from the local community was massive. People came from miles away, often on foot and walking for hours. Clinic hours ran from 9am until 6pm and the queuing for tickets started at 5am. Some mornings saw the arrival of around 60 people, although many had to be turned away as there was only so much that the two of us could do in one day. After three days, as our speed in diagnosis and treatment increased, we each began to treat over 20 patients a day. During my time there we gave a total of 427 treatments in 11 days.

It was challenging but incredibly rewarding work. Most of the patients we saw were destitute farmers and nearly all patients were suffering from chronic pain, often in multiple places. We had only three couches and so I regularly treated patients on a mattress on the floor or seated, often working on four patients at a time. Our two young translators were invaluable. Conditions we treated regularly included gout, digestive disorders and paraesthesia. We also came across conditions that we never expected to encounter, as well as emotional and psychological traumas. One patient had been buried in a landslide and then once she was dug out, she received a head injury on the journey to the hospital. She was suffering from full body pain and breathing difficulties but after just one treatment, she reported a dramatic reduction in symptoms! I was also asked to see a three year old girl with paralysis who was not yet walking. As soon as I met her it was obvious that she had Downs Syndrome. Her parents were ignorant of the condition and she was also developing a curvature of her spine. I didn’t treat her with needles but gave her a massage, advised her parents to get her a baby walker on wheels to help her learn to walk and to take her to the local community hospital for further physical therapy. The support that acupuncture gives goes further than just the treatment; people also gain huge benefit from feeling that someone is there to listen to them. Every single person we saw was grateful for our presence and made us feel incredibly welcome.

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Gardeners, take care of your back!

As March ends and we move into April, the evenings are becoming lighter and the flowers are beginning to show their beautiful faces once more - spring is here! For the gardeners amongst you, this always induces a flurry of activity and preparations begin for the yearly assault on the garden that has been neglected over Winter. Undertaking all that needs doing, when you’re out of the practise, can very easily lead to injury. That’s where Osteopathy can help. We can ensure that your back is as mobile as it can be, your muscles loose and your joints as able as possible before you take on the tasks ahead.

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Sustainable Henfield 2030 hand in hand with Mother Nature


he SH2030 volunteers are a busy team. Not only are we running an additional recycling scheme and planning a Repair Café, we are also trying to improve our soil, streams and air. How can we possibly do this? In lots of ways, starting in our own gardens and around the village. One way is by stopping stop using pesticides and herbicides on our gardens. Not only do these chemicals kill ecologically important insects, birds and animals, but they can also enter into watercourses and the air we breathe. Some of the most beautiful gardens in Henfield do not use chemical killers, so let’s lock away the glyphosate and enjoy more butterflies, bees and the other really useful wildlife that will thrive when we stop poisoning it. Having flowers in your garden all year round can help pollinating insects. You can collect the seeds for your gardens each year or you can let the plants self-seed - this also gives a chance for the birds to feed in winter. Not cutting your lawn so often and allowing some wild flowers (previously known as weeds!) to grow can also really help. Store bought peat-based compost degrades some of our most unique landscapes and reduces the natural world’s ability to store carbon. We recommend making your own compost from vegetable kitchen waste which can be used to grow seeds, re-pot houseplants, mulch shrubs and generally improve your soil. We have worked with the Henfield Shed to develop an attractive looking wormery which, being totally enclosed, can compost cooked kitchen waste without attracting rats. Once established the worms will eat cooked and raw kitchen scraps, turning it over time into a rich organic compost and liquid fertiliser which you

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can use to feed your plants. If you would like a demonstration of this wormery, contact us and if you decide you like it the Henfield Shed can make one for you for a donation. SH2030 has already planted 600 trees and bushes as part of a ‘re-wilding’ project at the Rothery Field and around Byshopp’s Meadow. Although the trees are small now, they will one day be large enough to have a real impact. SH2030 are also working with local experts to consider what other pockets of land could be potential places to encourage biodiversity. Henfield is now part of ‘Wilder Horsham District’, a partnership between Horsham District Council and Sussex Wildlife Trust to try to halt the catastrophic decline of wildlife locally. Linked to this is an exciting new project: The Adur Restoration Corridor (ARC) will be a wildlife corridor linking up Bramber Brooks nature reserve with the Knepp Estate by re-wilding the river Adur through Henfield and beyond. If you feel strongly about reversing losses in our local environment, you can join with us. The SH2030 Biodiversity Action group meets regularly and plans practical local action, often with other local groups such as the Conservation Volunteers. For more information see or email

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Local interest | APRIL 2020

GIRLGUIDING IN HENFIELD The adventure starts here!


irlguiding in Henfield offers a safe, welcoming girl-only space for girls and young women to have fun, try new things, improve their self-esteem and build confidence all with a ready-made group of friends! Guiding is great for girls; from ages 5 years to 18 years there’s lots of fun activities and amazing experiences to inspire and challenge girls and to set them up with life-long friends. As Megan explains: “Guides is very fun especially when we do adventurous activities. I love running around outside and having campfires. Camps are really great because you spend time with your friends like a huge sleepover! I love being at Guides because I feel confident and I have a really great time with people I don’t ever really spend time with.” Once members leave Girlguiding they can join the Trefoil Guild which is a sociable group for women aged 18 and over. Girlguiding has a long history in Henfield; the first Guide unit was set up in 1917, followed by Brownies in 1918, Rangers in 1921 and Rainbows in 1988. But things have changed enormously over the years and Girlguiding is constantly updating and adapting their programmes to make them relevant to todays’ girls and young women. Where once girls might have been encouraged to learn how to cook and clean, now they are learning about things such as recycling, inventing, digital design, mixology and vlogging!

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Henfield Guides and Rangers have the opportunity to go on international trips and in recent years girls have been to South Africa, Madagascar, Kenya and South America to volunteer on projects. They can also work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards which are all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. The Girlguiding experience is totally dependent volunteer leaders who support the girls in making it happen. Being a leader is an incredibly rewarding experience as local leader Natalie Denning explains: “I love seeing the girls enjoying themselves and growing and developing in confidence. I’ve had lots of great experiences through being a leader and I get to accompany them on lots of amazing trips – I was involved in the Golden Jubilee River Pageant in 2012 and last Autumn we got to go to the Lord Mayors Show in London!” All the Henfield Girlguiding units would welcome new volunteers. For more information on what the different Girlguiding groups in Henfield have to offer, read on! Rainbows (ages 5-7) Mon and Tue (4.15 - 5.30pm) Henfield Rainbows learn through fun! They play games, do crafts, enjoy cooking and experience outings to theme parks, pantomimes, zoos and farms. Last year some of the Rainbows joined with the Brownies to go ice skating and to watch

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fireworks and bonfire night and there’s also the opportunity to go on sleepovers! The new Rainbow programme encourages the girls to earn interest badges (such as reading, animals or nature) and skill badges (such as camping, exploring and communicating). Brownies (ages 7-10) Tue (5.30 - 7.15pm) and Thu (6 - 7.30pm) Henfield Brownies enjoy a wide variety of activities including crafts, cooking, games and singing. Outings include trips to theme parks and pantomimes and sporty activities include ice skating and canoeing. A highlight of the Henfield Brownie year is the holiday where they get to experience new adventures and develop new skills. The Brownie programme encourages them to work towards interest badges (such as performing, mindfulness and collecting) and skill badges (such as influencing, innovating and leading). Guides (ages 10-14) Mon (6 - 7.30pm) and Wed (7 - 8.30pm) Henfield Guides had a very busy year last year attending exciting activities such as County Camp, paddle boarding, canoeing and the ‘Wellies & Wristbands’ festival. On one evening of carol singing last year the Guides raised a massive £442 which they donated to the Henfield Haven and Henfield Food Bank. Their weekly meetings are varied and they can work

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toward interest badges (such as photography, geocaching and meditation) and skill badges (such as first aid, campaigning and feeling good). Rangers (ages 14-18) Alternate Wed (7.30 - 9pm) Henfield Rangers, which has recently restarted, is all about finding new challenges, opportunities and taking the lead. They are currently planning their programme for the rest of the year which will include activities such as team building, recycling and upcycling as well as attending the 2021 West Sussex International Jamboree with the Guides. Trefoil Guild (age 18+) 4th Tue of month (7.30 - 9.30pm) The Henfield Trefoil Guild have sociable monthly meetings which focus on friendship and fun! Activities over the past year have included: social lunches and coffee mornings; a theatre tip to Chichester Festival Theatre; a country walk with picnic; camping in the Ashdown Forest; fundraising for local charities; a campfire and ‘sausage sizzle’; and a 70’s themed Christmas party. Visit to register your daughter with a Henfield unit and to find out more about volunteering as a leader. For more information about Henfield Trefoil Guild contact Jenny on 07734 602437.

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Local interest | APRIL 2020

Annual Parish Meeting report


his year’s APM, held on Tuesday 3 March, was presented to a full Henfield Hall where a lively and engaged audience heard about the many achievements and future challenges for our Parish Council and community. The meeting was chaired by Malcolm Eastwood with presentations on Sussex Police, Community Speed Watch, Sustainable Henfield 2030 and the Horsham District Local Plan. There were also awards for five local Royal British Legion Poppy Collectors who have amassed an incredible 155 years of service between them! Achievements Malcolm summarised the work of Henfield Parish Councillors, staff and volunteers over the past year including: • HPC have applied for Section 106 grants to replace the Henfield Hall roof and the Henfield Leisure Centre floor. • WSCC plan to move the southbound bus stop (opposite Truffles) in April. Buses often stand idle at this stop which causes congestion in the High Street. • The two completed Henfield Trails will be launched in the spring. • All 15 voluntary Parish Councillor roles have been filled with HPC welcoming five new Councillors this year. • Signage is still pending at the Wantley roundabout for the alternative route to the Leisure Centre following the completion of the Link Road project. Features include an electric vehicle charging point, covered bicycle rack and new floodlights. • Funds raised through the Horsham District Year of Culture were donated to community projects including the beautiful ‘Toad in the

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Hole’ wood carving and planting at Borrer Bank. HPC have established a lease on the square outside Hawthorn Vets with a view to improving this community space for the village. The new Henfield Parish Council website was launched - see

Challenges ahead Looking forward there are several challenges which Henfield Parish Council will be involved with including: • Work towards a new Scout Hut and improvements to the Henfield Cricket Club Pavilion. • A new Henfield Football Club pavilion, incorporating a permanent home for the Henfield Shedders. • An extension to the Henfield Cemetery. • Replacement of the stile opposite the Bull Inn at Mock Bridge with a safer kissing-gate. • Anniversaries for The Henfield Club (100 years) and St Peter’s Church (1,250 years!). • Work on the Neighbourhood Plan as well as planning challenges including the Mayfield proposal. Sussex Police A presentation by Sergeant Ollie Pullen and Rural PCSO Erica Baxter from Sussex Police explained the changes to rural policing. We now have our own designated PCSO (Alice Moore) who is already spending time on the High Street and Ollie stressed the importance of reporting crime and anti-social behaviour (online or by calling 101). Erica presented on the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) which donates funds from the sale

APRIL 2020 | Local interest of unclaimed property or property confiscated by the courts, to good causes and charities. Grants of up to £500 are available - see www.sussex. for more information. Sergeant Steve O’Connell reported on Community Speed Watch, part of the Sussex Safer Roads initiative. In Henfield a team of Speed Watch volunteers regularly patrol access points in and out of the village. Offenders are sent letters from Operation Crackdown and as the scheme is collaborative across several forces, repeat offenders are more likely to be apprehended. If you are able to volunteer a couple of hours a month please contact Henfield Parish Council.

Sustainable Henfield 2030 Tony Baker and Vas Siantonas reported on the achievements SH2030 have made in the six months it has been in existence, including: the planting of 600 trees (all pollinators); the launch of a Repair Café; the introduction of the ‘hard to recycle’ plastics scheme; and the introduction of litter picking week (starting 4 April). If you would like to volunteer contact 01273 492240, email or contact the Parish Council. Vas also spoke about lifestyle changes and investment in greener ways (40% of UK emissions come from the household) and SH2030 can help residents switch to greener electricity suppliers. He also spoke about the initiative to make Henfield’s community buildings greener, five of which at the moment generate the same carbon footprint as 60 households. Horsham District Local Plan Malcolm Eastwood presented on the Horsham District Local Plan and stressed the importance of all local residents getting online and having their say about the proposals, particularly the Mayfield site for 7,000 homes on the outskirts of the village. 16 Parish Councils are collaborating (under the umbrella of the Inter Parish Group) and voicing their objections to the proposals. Deadline was 30th March for comments on the Local Plan, which is proposing 17,000 new homes in the Horsham District before 2036 and could be as many as 1,400 per year (24,000 in total) if Horsham need to take on overspill from other districts. Amongst the nine other strategic sites is the Buck Barn development of 3,500 homes. Malcolm stressed that local people should use this one and only opportunity to comment, the more responses Horsham District receive the better. At the moment the Local Plan is out for consultation, so this is our chance to speak out; ask four friends or neighbours to comment and ask them to ask four more. There are implications to our transport and roads, landscape including the South Downs National Park, flooding, the environment and many

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other factors (go to for more information, and see the IPG article on page 27 of March BN5 magazine). Malcolm also reported that several of the IPG signs and banners have been ripped down, damaged or removed. This is criminal damage, if anyone has seen any activity please report to Sussex Police on 101, preferably take pictures of the perpetrators or their vehicles. Malcolm reported that he has suffered two attempts to intimidate him, in the latest incident he was approached when walking home after HDC’s Local Plan exhibition by an unidentified male, who made threatening comments to him regarding the Mayfield development. He said that this type of intimidation is not going to be tolerated and has been reported to Sussex Police. Please be vigilant and report any criminal activity. Geoff Zeidler, Chairman of LAMBs (Locals against Mayfield Building Sprawl) explained about the public meeting (Friday 13th March, at the Henfield Hall) attended by Andrew Griffith (Arundel & South Downs MP) and Mims Davies (Mid Sussex MP) as well as community leaders and planning experts. (You can see our report about this meeting at Comments and questions The meeting was then open to the floor with the majority of comments and questions on the theme of the Local Plan and the Mayfield proposal. Ray Osgood updated the room on the Neighbourhood Plan progress and Steve Bailey (Campaign to Protect Rural Henfield) said that in light of Fairfax once again seeking planning permission in Sandy Lane and Seward Property’s proposal for 60 houses off Hollands Lane that the village should remain focussed on smaller planning proposals as well as the strategic sites in the Local Plan.

Emma Osman

A response from Mayfield Market Towns Ltd regarding Cllr. Eastwood’s comments published above: “As Chairman of Mayfield Market Towns Ltd. I was concerned by the suggestions made by Councillor Eastwood at the Henfield Annual Parish Meeting that someone working for or acting on the instructions of Mayfield has (i) in any way threatened him; and (ii) has deliberately damaged banners put up by LAMBS. “The Mayfield team would never condone any such actions. For the avoidance of doubt, I confirm Mayfield Market Towns Ltd. has played no part in any such incidents nor would we ever. The matter having been raised, we have been in contact with Sussex Police to offer our help with any enquiries. I have also written to Cllr Eastwood expressing my concerns and offered a meeting so that they can be discussed further.”

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