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DECEMBER 2018 | Contents

06 What’s On listings





from the BN5 area

26 Charity

Walk for Olivia

36 Local Interest Christmas in Henfield


43 Local Interest

Christmas Tree Festival

45 Charity

Albion Shirt Raffle


58 Local Interest

Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men



78 Index

Editor’s LETTER

It’s our favourite issue of the year - the Christmas BN5! This month we’ve got the gloriously hairyarmed ‘ugly sisters’ gracing our cover, with Cinderella too of course, looking much more beautiful! Don’t miss Henfield Theatre Company’s next production, it’s something fun to look forward to when the festivities are almost over. This Christmas, we’d like to ask you all a favour. Our High Street needs your help. Before you buy all your shopping online please take a look in the village, Henfield has so much to offer. If we all spend just a small percentage of our Christmas gift and food shopping in the village it’ll really make a difference. To entice you, please take a look at our centrefold where there’s two pages of discount vouchers to spend during the Christmas shopping events. Please support them and help make this tough year a little easier. Finally, we would like to say an enormous ‘thank you’ to everyone in the village for supporting Walk for Olivia back in October. The fundraising has gone over £15,000 - incredible. It was such a special day, one we’ll never forget. Henfield is an extraordinary village, the Brain Tumour Charity and Olivia’s family were overwhelmed by the enormous show of support. Please take a look at page 26 for our report, we’ll post more photographs on our website. Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Christmas.

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Andrew Lawton, Steve Neville, Clive Funnell and Paul Samrah. Cover photograph of the cast of Henfield Theatre Company’s Cinderella courtesy of Ian Henham. Additional artwork 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.

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Copy Deadline & Contact Us... Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the January 19 issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 30 November.

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.

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What’s on | DECEMBER 2018 Some repeating events have been omitted for space. We publish ALL events in full on our website: For the Haven’s programme, visit the Henfield Haven, Hewitts, BN5 9DT or go to Please note some regular events may not run 24 - 31 December.

Saturday 1 Kick It

Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am 2-4pm) (& every Tues) Books, CDs, and DVDs. Come along and have fun with Carers’ Support Group pre-school play. Free Church Hall, 10.30am– Henfield Shed 12pm (& every 1st Weds) Stokes Garden, 10am-12pm (& Friendly carers’ group for every Tues, Weds, Thurs & Fri) information and support. Wildcats – Girls Football

Self Help Club


Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Kings Field, 6–7pm (& every 10am-3pm (& every Tues) Weds) A social get together for the Sessions open to all primary elderly. Lunch provided. age girls. Contact Donna 07584 308414. Steyning 2 Mile Stroll

Henfield Youth Club, 9-10am (& every Sat, term-time) The basics of football for 3–5 Steyning Health Centre for start, year olds. 11am (& 18th) Steyning Arts at Christmas 2 mile stroll. All welcome, led by Steyning Centre, 10am–4pm trained volunteers, no need to book. Sale of artwork and crafts by Knit and Natter local artists. Henfield Library, 2–4pm (& every Angling Club Jumble Sale 1st Tues) Henfield Hall, 2pm Bring knitting, crocheting, quilting etc. Chat and work together. Wurlitzer Organ Concert

Sunday 2

Steyning Late Night Shopping

Steyning High Street, 6–9pm Meet Emily Gravett at Steyning bookshop. See News Item.

Jolesfield Community Choir

Jolesfield School, 7pm (& every Weds, term time) Open to all, join us if you enjoy singing.

Singing Hills Golf Club, 3-5.30pm Youth Club (age 7½-11) Henfield Youth Club, 6-7.30pm (& Henfield Bell Ringers See advert. every Tues, term time) St Peter’s Church, 7.45pm (& Annual United Advent Evening Bingo every Weds) Service Maidment Court, BN5 9LG, 7pm New ringers welcome, come St Peter’s Church, 6.30pm along or contact 01273 596485. (& every Tues) Whichever church you normally Cash prizes. Henfield Lions Club attend, come and share this George Hotel, 8pm (every 1st Weds) special service. New members welcome. Henfield Computer Club

Monday 3

Wednesday 5

Monday Market

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 9.30am-12pm (& every Weds) Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm (& 01273 494822 every Mon) Table top hire £6. For Hall details, Short Mat Bowls Roll Up see advert. NatWest Drop In Surgery Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm (& George Hotel, 2-4pm (every Mon) every Weds) Advice & support for customers. All welcome.

Games after School

Henfield Byways

Henfield Library for start, 10am Henfield Library, 3–4.30pm (& (& 19th) every Mon term-time) 2-3 miles. No dogs. All welcome, Youth Club (ages 12-17) led by trained volunteers, no Henfield Youth Club, 6.30-8pm (& need to book. every Mon, term time) Toddler Group Project night - an opportunity to Fulking Village Hall, 10-11.30am learn new skills. (& every Weds) Henfield Badminton Club Play & sing. Suggested donation Henfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm (& £1. every Mon)

Tuesday 4 Chatterbox

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The Book Nook

Thursday 6

NatWest Mobile Service

Henfield Hall Car Park, 10.0511.05am (& every Thurs) For cash deposits, withdrawals, bill payments and account admin.

Rhyme Time

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs) Fun with music for pre-schoolers.

Henfield Unattached

White Hart, 11am (every 1st Thurs) For those who are alone. Enquiries 01273 495820 or just drop-in.

Duplicate Bridge Society Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2-5pm (& every Thurs)

Art & Crafts

The Chapel, Fulking, 10-11.30am Sobell Court, 2-4pm (& every (& every Weds, also 2nd Sun Thurs) For even more events listings go to

DECEMBER 2018 | What’s on Bring any art or craft. All materials survey 2019 welcome. Children The George, 8–11pm (& every 2nd Sun) year 4 to 7 also welcome. provided. Singers, musicians and audience Christmas Starts Here are all welcome. Henfield Hall, 7– 9.30pm Henfield Mosaic Making Charity concert in aid of St Workshop Barnabas. Tickets from Henfield Citizens Advice Bureau Henfield Hall, 10am-5pm Furnishings. (Outreach) All welcome. See News Item. Hurst Village Cinema Henfield Medical Centre, Henfield Christmas 10am–1pm Players Theatre, Hurstpierpoint, 7pm Shopping Special Drop-in 10-10.30am, booked NT live. Antony & Cleopatra. For Henfield High Street, 9am-6pm appointments 10.30am-1pm tickets see (change of date). Steyning & Henfield Rotary See Christmas Article.

Saturday 8

Monday 10


Steyning/Wiston Walk

The Arts Society Henfield

Friday 7

Christmas at the Stable Studio - Katherine Lawrie

Tuesday 11

Cricket Pavilion for start, Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (& every 9-10.15am 2nd Mon) Downland dog walk. 2 miles. Nell Gwyn and her rivals. Youth Club (ages 12-17) All welcome, led by trained Charity Quiz Night Henfield Youth Club, 7.30-9.30pm volunteers, no need to book. (& every Thurs, term time) The George, 8pm (every 2nd Mon) Castle Inn, 7.15-9.45pm (& every Thurs)

Southwater Walk

Hammes Farm, Steyning 11am–4pm (to 16th) See advert page 44.

Southwater Country Park, 11am (& 21st) 2½ miles level, no stiles. Gallery BN5 Book Signing All welcome, led by trained Gallery BN5, 11-1pm volunteers. No need to book. Graham Jeffery, see News Item

Little Fishes

Bumper Christmas Quiz

The White Hart, 8.00pm Prize of £100. All proceeds to HART (Henfield Area Response Team). Teams of up to 6. Call 01273 492006 to book.

Wednesday 12

Memory Moments Café St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (& Knit and Natter Free Church Hall, 2-4pm every Fri) Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30amAll welcome, especially those For pre-school children and their 12pm (& every 2nd Weds) with memory loss. carers. Storytime, songs and and children’s clothes refreshments. Hurstpierpoint Christmas Items knitted for charity. Donated wool Event ABCD Bridge Club appreciated. Sussex Osteopathy Clinic, 3-7pm Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Steyning History Society 2-5pm (& every Fri) Join us for drinks, nibbles and Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, sale of Christmas gifts. Reading Group 7.45–9.45pm (& every 2nd Weds) Henfield Library, 2–4pm (& every Christmas Stories at Sussex Gravestones and Bedtime 1st Fri) Graveyards. Spaces available. Sign up at Henfield Library, 4-4.30pm library or call 01273 493587. Come and share our Christmas Stories. Wear your pyjamas and Minibus Trip Late Night shopping bring your teddy! Henfield Haven for pick up, Dark Star Brewery, Partridge 10am-4pm Green, 5-7.30pm Chichester Christmas Market. Beer tasting and nibbles. Christmas Tree Festival Contact Haven to book.

Thursday 13

Sunday 9

Wizards & Wands Evening Service Henfield High Street, 4–8pm See Christmas Article p36.

Free Church, 10.30am

Jazzled Choir

Corpus Christi Church Hall, Henfield 1.30–3.30pm Christmas Tree Festival Garden Room, Henfield Hall, All ages and abilities welcome, 12.30 pm Free Church Hall, 5.30-8.30pm especially those with memory All link drivers and coordinators (& 8th 10am-6pm) loss. welcome. Call 01273 492591 See Christmas Article p43. Hurst Village Cinema before midday 5th Dec. Garden Bird Survey 2019 Service of Lessons & Carols The Players Theatre, 8pm Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Wajib(15). For tickets see www. All those wishing to participate St Giles, Shermanbury, 4pm in the Birdwatch’s garden bird Music Session

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Friday 21st Dec

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Quiz Night


Tables available from 12pm till 4pm £85 per head for 7 courses OUR BAR IS OPEN Christmas Day 12pm – 2pm

Late Night Shopping Friday 7 Dec Join us for homemade chocolate dipped honeycomb & Baileys hot chocolate

BAR Monday to Saturday Sunday

11am -11pm 12pm-6pm

Monday 10th Dec 8pm £2pp split 50/50 to winning team & local charity (picked from a hat on the night)

Gin & Prosecco Night Every Tuesday evening, free canapés with every standard bottle of prosecco, 2 mini’s or 2 Gins

RESTAURANT Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday

12pm-2.30pm, 6-9pm 9am-9pm 9am-4.30pm

DECEMBER 2018 | What’s on

Saturday 15

West Grinstead “Mince Pie” Walk

Downs Link Car Park for start, 10.30am 3 or 5 miles. All welcome, sociable, led by trained WSCC volunteers; no need to book. Mince pies, tea/coffee after walk.

BP Guild Jumble Sale

10.30am & 6.30pm every 3rd Weds) One to one appointments. St Peter’s Henfield, 5.30pm Contact the Haven. See page 35 for details of all Christmas services. End of Term St Peter’s School & Steyning Grammar Christmas Eve Services There will be no term time only activities during the holidays. St Peter’s Henfield, 4pm & 11.30pm New term starts 3rd January. St Peter’s Woodmancote, 6pm Corpus Christi, evening

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Thursday 20

Henfield Hall, 2pm St Barnabas Outreach Deliver jumble to hall in the Henfield Hall Car Park, 10ammorning or for large items contact 3pm 01273 492172 for collection. Information and support for Christmas Concert patients and their families. St Giles, Shermanbury, 7.30Bereavement Support 9.30pm Henfield Haven Café, 4.15See News Item. 5.15pm (& every 3rd Thur) Non-religious group supporting local people. Contact St Peter’s Henfield Conservation Church Office 01273 495532.

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Friday 21

Henfield Common, 10am Contact 01273 494566 or Messy Church Fulking Village Hall, 4.30-6pm (& Service of Lessons & Carols every 3rd Fri) St Peter’s, Woodmancote, 11am Crafts, bible stories and delicious supper. Call Chris 01273 857322.

Hurst Singers Christmas Concert

Santa’s Present Delivery

Homes in Henfield, Christmas morning See News Item, with help from the BP Guild.

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Saturday 22

HTC Cinderella

Advance Notice Thursday 3 January

Hurst Village Cinema

Wednesday 19

Sunday 23

Henfield Haven, 9am-1pm (&

St Peter’s Henfield, 8.30 & 10am St Giles, Shermanbury, 9.45am Corpus Christi, 10am Evangelical Free Church, 10.30am

Henfield Haven Closure (reopens 2nd Jan)

Sussex Woodcraft Annual Show

Dementia Carers’ Support

Christmas Day Services

Live Music

The George, 8.30pm Holy Trinity Church, Taylor Maid - See advert. Hurstpierpoint, 2.30-4.30pm Tickets from Janton News, Hassocks H’ware or on the door. The Players Theatre, 3pm Murder on the Orient Express (12A). For tickets see www.

Tuesday 25 Christmas Day

Henfield Hall, 3rd, 4th & 5th See News Item.

Saturday 5

Henfield Hall, 9am-4pm Exhibition of members’ work, Eco Friendly Tree Disposal plus stalls selling locally made Homes in Henfiel­d handcrafted wooden items. Courtesy of Henfield Scout Community Centre Appeal. See News Item. Christmas Services Evangelical Free Church,




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Christmas Parties Whether it be an office party, an annual catch up with friends or a family get together, we can cater for you! 2 courses £25.00 / 3 courses £30.00 Please ask about adding some Christmas cocktails to your dinner! Available 26th November – 22nd December for parties of 6 or more

Christmas Day This year we are re-opening for Christmas day lunch, with bookings available at 12pm and 3pm 3 courses & bucks fizz on arrival £100 per head

New Years Eve Cluedo Murder Mystery with 5 course dinner, live music and fancy dress £45 per head / 01273 857382 The Street, Fulking BN5 9LU

CELEBRATING GREAT SERVICE The expanding Stevens Letting ‘dream team’ have lots of energy and enthusiasm to complement their professional approach. Linda Still, Property Manager, and Melissa Heath, Property It’s been nine years since Emily Joyes launched Stevens Negotiator and Administrator, have been with the Lettings, she’d achieved extensive experience in the busy company for almost 4 years, while Sammy Bloxsome was welcomed to the team six months ago and is really Brighton and Hove lettings markets since leaving school enjoying her new role as a Property Management and decided the time was right to use this experience Administrator. in Henfield. Stevens Lettings shares offices at Stevens Estates on Henfield High Street, which was launched by Landlords can be reassured that all levels of letting Emily’s parents Kevin and Carolyn Joyes thirty years ago. services at Stevens enjoy the same peace of mind; the reassurance of a complete viewing, advertising, We can confidently say that Emily is born and bred to interviewing, credit check and reference process means the property business, her knowledge of local markets is second to none. that exactly the right tenant is matched to your property. After your tenant is found you can opt for various levels of “The success of a good lettings agency is rooted in a management, from just a rent collection service to a full great team,” said Emily. “We treat each property as if it’s management service, meaning you’ll never be bothered our own, and we all love what we do – making landlords on a Sunday morning with a broken boiler! A bespoke happy and finding tenants their dream rental home. service that suits you can be arranged. Stevens always For landlords, renting a property can be an anxious use reliable, local tradespeople and achieve priority time, but we remove all the stress and worry, finding callout responses for their landlords at very fair rates. exactly the right tenant and handling all the paperwork. Stevens Lettings has a lot to celebrate – what with a very successful year and record landlord signings and tenant placements in 2018, an even bigger team of management administrators, and finally the real cherry on the cake – a national award for good service!

Because we’ve done it so many times we know how to avoid all the pitfalls and make sure everyone is happy. It’s reassuring that 90% of our new instructions are from recommendations, so we must be getting something right!”

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News | DECEMBER 2018 year and will be on display around the village soon afterwards as a lasting memorial to Henfield’s cultural and historical importance. If you want Henfield Community Partnership in conjunction to get involved, or for more information, please with Horsham District Council has secured contact funding from the Women’s Vote Centenary Fund Carol Eastwood, Henfield Community Partnership and HDC’s Year of Culture, to create community mosaics for public display in Henfield. The village ‘BAGS-4-BRAINS’ has a rich cultural history which will be depicted in As Henfielders will know, the Village (led by Emma the final mosaics. A key part of this will be the role & her BN5 crew) have just raised a fantastic sum that the village played in the women’s movement for The Brain Tumour Charity with the “Walk for through local resident, Elizabeth Robins and her Olivia” events. time at Backsettown Farmhouse. As if that wasn’t enough, Henfield’s key retailers The project is being delivered through specialist have since October also been fundraising for Olivia community arts organisation, Creative Waves, and the Charity with ‘Bags-4-Brains’ - Henfield’s who will be asking the whole community to get very own voluntary Plastic Bag tax! involved in designing and making the mosaics. Creative Waves will be working with St Peter’s C It is already clear from the weight of the collecting of E School, Henfield Haven and Henfield Youth tins and buckets that you’ve been supporting this Club in particular although there will also be open massively as well, thank you so much! workshops where everyone will be invited along to As the ‘Bags-4-Brains’ scheme has been so well add their thoughts, design ideas and making skills supported by you (and it is voluntary) many of our retailers have decided to carry on, inviting your 5p to the final artworks. The first open workshop will be held at Henfield donation whenever another plastic bag is wanted, Youth Club on Tuesday 13 November from 3.30pm. so more charitable funds raised and probably The second open workshop is on Thursday 15 many carrier bags removed from the environment November at Henfield Hall from 2.30 to 4.30pm. too! Only One Stop and Lloyds currently collect Everyone is invited to come along to these the Government’s 5p plastic bag tax in Henfield. sessions and bring their ideas and enthusiasm This scheme will continue to be absolutely as well as any maps, photos, stories etc. about voluntary, but we do hope you will dig deep – it is Henfield past and present. These open sessions all for charity, and Henfielders have already proved are completely free of charge and there will be fun (when we went ‘Plastic Bag Free’ for many years) that we do care about this issue. creative activities as well as refreshments. The mosaic making workshop will take place on Can we carry on and show what an amazing 8 December at Henfield Hall. Again, everyone is community we are? Of course we can, this is invited to come and make a mosaic. The creative Henfield! If you are a retailer and want a collecting session will be completely free of charge and there tin call Bill Shelton on 07812 912908. will be other fun activities for all the family to take Bill Shelton part in, plus refreshments from the wonderful Henfield Women’s Institute. HENFIELD BADEN POWELL GUILD Creative Waves Director Nadia Chalk said: “We are CHRISTMAS COLLECTION 2018 so excited about working with the community in Henfield and can’t wait to help make the stories We plan to undertake our Christmas Collection come to life. We are specialists at working with with Father Christmas on his sleigh and a children, young people and adults and always recording of BP Guild members singing carols enjoy involving as many people as possible during December. All the money raised goes to the Senior Citizens Party in September, please look through enjoyable creative activities.” out for us in your street! Chair of Henfield Community Partnership, Carol Eastwood said: “This is a wonderful opportunity We try to reach most of the properties in Small to raise the awareness of not only the village’s rich Dole and Henfield but as the sleigh has limited cultural history, but particularly to highlight the turning, we apologies if we miss you. It starts crucial role the village played in the development on Wednesday 5 December in Small Dole; then of the Women’s Movement and support for on 8 December in Henfield High Street. From suffragettes recovering from hunger strike. We Monday 10 to Friday 14 December it will cover can’t wait to get involved in creating a permanent the roads in Henfield. For other rounds and full legacy in the village in time for the 2019 Year of detail of the streets please see our website www. Culture and our thanks go to Horsham District Council for their support in making this project We also hope you will support our High Street and Swains Farm Shop collections on Saturdays. happen”. The mosaics will be finished by the end of the Kenneth McIntosh


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DECEMBER 2018 | News advice and suggestions. This very successful evening (which was hosted by Henfield Garden Club) raised over £675 and forms part of a number of fundraising activities which are planned to take place in support of the Henfield Festival 2019. Liz Taylor, Henfield Festival


GARDENERS’ QUESTION TIME SUCCESS Green-fingered residents of flocked to the Henfield Hall on Wednesday 31 October, with over 200 people attending a recording of BBC Gardeners’ Question Time. The programme aired on BBC Radio 4 early in November and can be listened to on catch up, Chairman Eric Robson, and panelists Bob Flowerdew, Pippa Greenwood and Matthew Biggs were on excellent form. Relaxed, welcoming and without taking themselves even slightly seriously, the panel moved the evening along with enjoyable humour and outstanding horticultural knowledge,

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BBC R4 Any Questions?, chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, comes to Henfield on 11 January 2019 as part of the Henfield Festival, and tickets are free of charge. The show is broadcast live on Radio 4 on most Friday evenings of the year following the 8pm news. It is repeated on Saturday lunchtimes at 1.10pm and is followed at 2pm by the Any Answers? phone-in which gives listeners a chance to join in the debate by calling or e-mailing Anita Anand. Free entry tickets for Any Questions? will be available from Village Care from 12th December. There will also be an evening with Simon Nye on 12 February 2019 - keep an eye out for further details of these two events, more details will appear in January BN5. Liz Taylor, Henfield Festival | 1 5

News | DECEMBER 2018 MARTHA IS RUNNING FOR CHARITY Seven-year old Martha recently decided to start running to keep fit and is now running a marathon in a month to raise money for Chestnut Tree House, a hospice that supports children with life limiting or life shortening conditions and their families. Her Mum Kirsty had spoken to her about Chestnut Tree House as she had been to the hospice for their 15th birthday lunch and had raised money for them in the past. When Martha heard about the marathon in a month, she very keen to take part and hoped to raise £200. She has already past this and has now reached nearly £600. To find out more, please visit www. Kirsty Robinson

2019 DOWNLAND CALENDAR As seen in November’s issue of BN5 Magazine, the 2019 Downland Calendar, which showcases the beauty of the South Downs through the seasons, is proving as popular as the previous edition. Fiona Ayres of newsagents Stokes in Henfield reports, “So far, this beautiful calendar is selling steadily. I expect it to fly off the shelves during November and December”. Similarly, Katherine Hillman of Rushfields Plant Centre in Poynings says, “We are confident that we will sell more than the previous issue and are so pleased to help raise funds for the Fulking Village Hall in this way.” All the local stockists are selling the calendars at no profit to themselves, and twelve local businesses have generously sponsored the Calendar by paying for the printing. The Downland Calendar is available locally for £7. The Calendar is also in stock at Swains, Springs in Edburton and the Shepherd & Dog in Fulking. Further information is available from Jen Green, or 01273 857552. Richard Rawlings

CHRISTMAS AT THE HAVEN On Christmas Day the Haven will be celebrating in style with a traditional Christmas menu and all the


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DECEMBER 2018 | News new wayfarer posts with better signage to and from the Downs Link and in and around the village including Henfield Common. There will also be a short circular walk which starts and ends in the High Street and it will present opportunities to stop for refreshments and do some shopping. The new posts will be green to blend in with rural surroundings and will have Henfield in a round finial on the top of the post, helpful if you come off the Downs Link and wonder where you are! A dedicated visitor website will be created which will link into other complementary websites to give visitors the most up to date information. A rolling screen will be located in the window of Village Care with the most relevant visitor information displayed 24/7. We are hoping to complete this exciting project by Emma Osman © BN5 magazine Easter 2019 and would like to thank both Richard trimmings, priced at only £34.50 a head. Please Chalk at WSCC and Lynda Spain at HDC for their book early to avoid disappointment, as numbers encouragement, support and sound advice. Carol Eastwood, Henfield Community Partnership are strictly limited. The occasion is designed for those who might TERRY WELLSTEAD MEMORIAL otherwise be alone on Christmas Day, and financial assistance may be available in cases of Henfield Angling club held the Terry Wellstead memorial match in atrocious weather. Over £300 absolute need. was raised for The Brain Tumour Charity in support Please call Lorette, in confidence, on 01273 of Olivia. Many thanks to everyone involved in 494747. organising the match, the raffle and refreshments. Lorette Mackie The worthy winner was Dave Shrubb from Small Dole who beat 20 other anglers with a good tench HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM and bream for 7lb 7oz. WOODMANCOTE PARISH COUNCIL! Alan Bridgewater We have been working hard this year to keep Woodmancote a beautiful and peaceful place to ACTION FOR DEAFNESS live, and we thank you for your support in this. We WITHDRAWS HEARING TESTS are currently working with the Woodmancote Hall Following the National Lottery award of £65,000, work Committee to try to reopen this important asset, started in mid-October on building the extension and a short survey will be sent to you in December. to the Haven. Downs (Southern) are making great Please respond to this as we are keen to hear your progress, helped by some ideal weather. Inevitably, views. More information can be found at www. this work is causing a bit of disruption, but this is being kept to a minimum. We are very disappointed Council meets on the second Tuesday of every and surprised that Action for Deafness (AfD) has month at 7.30pm in Blackstone Pavilion, and you decided to no longer provide hearing tests at the are very welcome to attend. Haven which unfortunately means existing patients or new referrals having to travel to another location Leanne Bannister away from Henfield. VISITOR ECONOMY FUNDING – This decision was taken despite discussing with AfD (before the building work started) proposals to HIDDEN HENFIELD mitigate noise disturbance from the building work I am delighted that Henfield Community when hearing tests are in progress, but regrettably Partnership have been successful in obtaining these were considered unacceptable. We are a grant of £25,000.00 from the Central Sussex aware of false information being put about blaming LEADER Local Action Group for their project the CIC and Impact Initiatives for the closure which “Hidden Henfield.” The money will be used to is untrue. As a result of AfD’s decision, we will be boost the visitor economy, but this will also provide exploring how hearing tests can be maintained at opportunities for residents, old and new alike, to the Haven after the extension is completed, which enjoy what Henfield has to offer and showcase our we expect to be by February 2019. walks and historic buildings. Tony Jackson, Henfield Social Enterprise CIC The grant has been awarded so we can install 10

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CINDERELLA SHALL GO TO THE BALL! As you may have deduced from this month’s cover picture, Cinderella will be coming to the village, early in the new year. This version of the muchloved pantomime was written by Leonard Caddy and the production is jointly directed by Alice Forward and Michelle Edwards. Jane Haines is Musical Director. With that highly experienced and enthusiastic team, combined with a very talented cast, this is sure to be another terrific production for us to look forward to. The story will have all of the usual family pantomime characters and frolics – oh yes it will! There is a baddie, of course, the Demon Blackheart (booo), but you won’t be surprised to learn that in the end, good triumphs over evil and everyone celebrates by bursting into song! Be sure to get your tickets soon and come along ready to join in the fun. Tickets, priced £9 - £13, are available from the box office at Stevens Estate Agents (01273 492141) from 30 November or at www.henfieldtheatrecompany. com. “Cinderella” will be staged at The Henfield Hall from Thursday 3 to Saturday 5 January. There are performances each evening at 7.30pm and there will be a Saturday matinee at 2pm. The production is kindly sponsored by Finance Planning Wealth Management. Martin Love

If you would like Santa, with the help of the BP Guild, to call on Christmas morning please follow these details. Mark the present clearly with child’s name and address. No large parcels please as sleigh space is limited. Then take parcels to Graham Denyer, 8 Gresham Place, Henfield, 01273 492402, with £3 for each parcel on the following dates and times: Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th Dec between 3 & 6 pm, or Thurs 20th Dec between 4 & 7 pm. Kenneth McIntosh

ROCKING HORSE APPEAL Following the great success last year, when we sold over 400 packs, we are again offering Rockinghorse Charity scratch cards, packaged in pretty Christmas wrapping in values of £3 or £5. Slip inside Christmas cards, as stocking fillers, add as a finishing touch to a present, or a fun addition to the Christmas table. Free delivery in Henfield and nearby, and I am happy to post elsewhere for a small charge. If you would like to purchase please contact Julie Watson on 07748 985171. As Henfield volunteers, we also run the Rockinghorse Appeal weekly lotto which is a very important part of their fundraising. We are looking for more players, please contact me if you are interested. It’s just £2 a week, lots of weekly prizes and a star prize of £5,000. Julie Watson

FRIENDS OF ST PETER’S HENFIELD NEW YEAR BRUNCH The popular New Year Brunch returns and will be held on Saturday 19 January 2019 in the Henfield Hall. Look out for full details in the January edition of BN5 Magazine. For information contact Diana Halsey, 01273 757834 or Diana Halsey


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DECEMBER 2018 | News SIGNED COPY OF ABSOLUTE PROOF BY PETER JAMES Peter James has very generously donated three signed hard back copies of his recent book “Absolute Proof” to raise money as part of Henfields Year of Culture next year. If anyone would like to purchase a copy (it would make an excellent Christmas present), we are asking for offers of over £20 for each book sold. The money will go towards the “Toad in the Hole” wood carving at the side of the Leisure centre due to be started in March next year. For information contact Liz, Liz Hodgson



The concept of a gallery exhibiting the work of Sussex artists and run by artists, the brave initiative of Margaret Hall and Elvira Watson, has grown into the local talking point between residents and interested visitors alike. With a monthly change of paintings, sculpture, jewellery, photographs, unique fused glass and locally produced cards there is a constant flow of customers and window shoppers wanting to find out what’s new. Now, local amateur and semi-pro creatives, have the chance of having an exhibition without any hassle; and the opportunity of trying their arm at selling. Prices are affordable. Its resounding success has earned Gallery BN5 a permanent place on Henfield High Street. We are delighted to announce that Nina Smith and Esther Brown are taking our wonderful local Gallery to the next level. Their management commences with the new year on 1 January. They have exciting new ideas and have a very smart new banner to fly. The name remains the same but the logo changes to a much better professional image, but that story FRIENDS OF ST GILES, is theirs to tell. SHERMANBURY By popular demand Cotillion are back on Saturday Interested artist should contact info.gallerybn5@ 15 December 2018 at 7.30pm, with “A Sussex Look at, our Facebook Christmas” in song and verse. The Church will be page Gallery BN5, or better still come in. Elvira Watson candlelit, a perfect setting for this Sussex event. Anne, Bonnie, Alan and Linda are back with a CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL programme of traditional Sussex carols and will invite full audience participation! Some of the Henfield Scout Community Centre are very grateful carols date to the 1600’s and include the “Sugar to Jake Riley, Director of Tree Works, for agreeing to shred and dispose of the Christmas trees to be Wassail” a traditional Sussex carol. collected by the BP Guild on Saturday 5 January Come and join us at this special Christmas event 2019. To have your tree collected for just £5, email and enjoy some mulled wine in the interval. All in or david.malkin@henfieldaid of the fabric of this little church. Tickets (£10), 01273 494470 or 01273 493843. from Village Care. Dave Malkin Richard Putnam An award ceremony this year coincided with the 100th Anniversary of formation of 1st Henfield Cubs, and awards went to one cub each from the Arun and Adur Packs. The ‘Cub of the Year’ is an annual award that goes to the Cub that has stood out by, for example, taking a full part in all the activities throughout the Cub year. The Cub will have set a very good example, led and been part of teams, attended key events such as Remembrance parade and our camps. This year we had a lot of worthy candidates out of our 55 Cubs, but two stood out. In addition to all of the above they also took it upon themselves to independently plan events that raised funds for the much needed new Scout hut. A very well done to Emily Hilton from the 1st Henfield (Arun) Cub Pack and Harry Pritchard from the 1st Henfield (Adur) Cub Pack. Mark Williams

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ST PETER’S AT THE MUSEUM Year 6 from St Peter’s Primary School recently enjoyed a trip to the Henfield Museum as part of their topic on World War Two. Mr Barwick and his team gave three talks and demonstrations about what Henfield’s experience of World War Two was like. The children were able to see photos, hear radio broadcasts and try out equipment such as a variety of hats/helmets and working a stirrup pump. The visit ended with a sing-along to some World War Two songs and an ear-splitting demonstration of the air raid siren. The children ere fascinated about what life was like in their village and we would all like to take the opportunity once again to say thank-you for the time and effort the museum staff put into their presentations. We’ll be back again next year! Miss Foster, Year 6 teacher

Jacob Watts will hold a regular drop in clinic at The George Hotel, every Monday afternoon from 2-4pm. Jacob can help customers identify the different ways to bank, supporting them in choosing the right service options for their needs. He will be there to signpost services, resolve banking queries and to support residents with the latest information on scams and how to stay safe in a digitally changing world. Jacob also delivers events, presentations and talks on scam awareness, digital safety and alternative ways to bank. Editor

HENFIELD FUNERAL SERVICES MEMORIAL TREE From Saturday 1 December we will be displaying a memorial Christmas tree in our office for our families who have lost someone dear to them. We would also welcome anyone who wishes to remember a loved one at this time. We will be providing some Christmas tree tags for you to write a private message to your loved one. Please pop in to see us at our office, The Old Bell, High Street, Henfield to receive your tag and you can place this on the memorial tree. Thank you. Karen Jordan

DOWNLAND VILLAGES RECIPES The four Churches in the Downland Benefice – Edburton, Newtimber, Poynings and Pyecombe, came together to collect their favourite recipes and publish them in this little book, beautifully illustrated by Rev Graham Jeffery. Graham’s drawings cleverly capture the spirit of our villages and will bring a smile to your face every time you are seeking your new favourite recipe. The Barnabas Cartoon books, a series printed in Australia is Graham’s first claim to fame. Over here, The Fat King, The little Man and Thomas the Tortoise are books Graham wrote and illustrated which became very popular. In the time of the short late-night TV Epilogue, he was televised drawing and speaking, as he reached the hearts of many of his viewers. Today Graham works tirelessly for his Parish. His children’s illustrations at Messy Church in Fulking are legendary. Each Edburton service at St. Andrew’s is personalised with his wonderful pictures explaining the Gospels. You can meet Graham as he signs the Downland Villages Recipe Books on 8 December 11am-1pm at Gallery BN5. Elvira Watson 2 0 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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DECEMBER 2018 | News THE HAVEN CHRISTMAS QUIZ Remember to pick up your Christmas Quiz sheet this month. These can be purchased for £2.50 from the Haven, Stevens or Village Care and should be completed and returned to the Haven by Friday 4 January. We have a huge hamper to be won which is on display at the Haven. Liz Hodgson


RDA GROUP MAKE AUDREY’S WISH COME TRUE South Downs Riding for the Disabled group, based at H&MSEA in Albourne, recently received an unusual request from the family of Audrey Merry, who lives at Skylark House care home in Horsham and has just celebrated her 100th birthday. Audrey has a bucket list of wishes for her centenary year, one of which was to sit in the saddle again and relive her riding days from the past. In October she visited the group to watch them in action and pet the ponies and following that, with the support of RDA volunteers, her family and care home staff, she returned to make her wish come true. Audrey mounted Toffee with confidence and enthusiasm and carried out several laps of the school with a straight back, perfect riding position and a beaming smile on her face, recounting tales of her youth as she went. It was a truly memorable event for all concerned! BBC Radio Sussex were also in attendance and the event was broadcast live on Danny Pike’s morning show. www. Jayne Simpson

Wednesday 5 December sees the annual Steyning Late Night Christmas Shopping Evening in Steyning, with live bands, choirs, tempting food and craft stalls, Santa on his miniature bus, and even some real donkeys this year! As usual, the mulled wine will be flowing at the Steyning Bookshop, and we are delighted to welcome back author and illustrator Emily Gravett, who’ll be at the bookshop all evening signing copies of her beautiful picture books. Also, on Sunday 9 December, the bookshop back room will be the venue for a fantastic tea-towel making workshop, led by textile designer Sarah Burns. Participants will use lino-cut to design and print their own (festive?) tea-towel. No experience necessary, all materials supplied. Spaces are limited to 8 participants and the cost is £40 for the day. Call the bookshop on 01903 812062 to reserve your space. Gudrun Bowers


The Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 is almost upon us and we can look forward to a fantastic celebration of culture and heritage across the District. Within the Horsham District you can find worldclass musicians, multimillion-selling authors, video games developers and incredibly highprofile actors and artists. We have independent brewers holding barnstorming music nights, digital creatives taking their work across the world, a DANCING FOR OVER 50’S heritage spanning 5,000 years, world renowned Taster sessions, free to potential new members, wine producers, sculptors and photographers. will take place on Thursday 29 November and Thursday 10 January 2019, 10.20–11.50am at Join us in this Year of Culture 2019 and discover, enjoy, and above all celebrate the wonderful and Henfield Leisure Centre Dance Studio. amazing things and people we have in the area. Dancing is essential for our Health and Wellbeing. A joyful experience! We dance in lines, circles and Look out for the new events programme now in our own space, to stunning music from all over available at venues across the District that gives the world. Most of us are over 60, have a sense you just a taster and flavour of what’s planned for of rhythm, have probably done a bit of dancing the first half of 2019 from January to June – our at some stage in our life and like to challenge our second programme covering July to December will be coming soon. Check online for details: memory as well as our body. For more information or to book at taster please call Brenda on 01273 842405 or 0749 6662046, We hope you take the chance in 2019 to explore and experience what the District has to offer and discover what a wonderful place it is. Brenda Kelly Sarah Hogben 01273 494002 | 2 1

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CAN YOU HELP? Henfield Museum is asking for help to identify some former Scouts and Cubs. The photo, one of a number of scouting photographs on display in the museum was taken in March 1978. It shows Basil Nicholls being presented with a certificate by Ron Kersey to mark 10 years as the Henfield Group Scout Leader. There is also a cake which I am sure the boys would have to tucked into. Basil had an electrician’s business in Henfield, which was carried on by his son Peter. If you can help put a name to the scouts and cubs in the photograph, please contact the Museum on 01273 492507. Alan Barwick

LEONARDSLEE LAKES & GARDENS: PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED The owner of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens says that the 200 acre woodland gardens estate has now been granted planning permission by Horsham District Council. The venue attracted some 50,000 visitors a year until it closed to the public in 2010 as a result of financial difficulties. New owner Penny Streeter OBE and her team undertook a major programme of investment over 18 months in renovating the Italianate mansion and estate, which features the Grade I Listed gardens: “We can now begin completion of the final phase of the essential building works that will enable us to open the estate to the public. This is great news, but the scale of the work required is such that we will not be able to confirm the future opening date until 1 December. We will announce a confirmed date to open as soon as we can. “We are now focusing our efforts on completing the next and final phase, which includes building a car park and ticket office, as well as developing a new public entrance from the road. There are a range of factors that affect the timing of completion, not least being the weather conditions, given that the work is outdoors, and we are coming into winter soon. “The issue of getting planning permission has 2 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

Local author, Charles Taylor has just published his book, The God Conclusion, which is available to purchase on Amazon, Never lacking ambition, Charles hopes that it will change the world, but essentially it is an irreligious attack upon Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion.” Dawkins’ depressing materialism suggests that we are mere automata stumbling through life controlled by chemical reactions in our brains and lacking consciousness or spirit. Positive reviews include, “Fascinating and thought provoking. I’m not religious person but I really enjoyed this book. It explored the evidence in an entertaining and very engaging way and left me with plenty a to ponder on. Highly recommended.” Charles Taylor

TWINEHAM LANE CLOSURE Important information if you regularly travel along Twineham Lane in Albourne: From 7th November, Twineham Lane will be closed to through traffic due to a 2.4km water main replacement works, which will continue for 21 weeks (estimated finish 29 March 2019). There will be a marked diversion and access continues for homes and businesses. See for details. Chris Bradfield

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DECEMBER 2018 | News ST BARNABAS HOUSE CHRISTMAS APPEAL – MILLIE’S STORY In support of the St Barnabas House Christmas Appeal this year, Millie has shared her story about the care given to her mum, Betty and then her husband, Paul. Millie said: “St Barnabas has been a huge thing in my life. It started with my mum. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2015. She went to St Barnabas for pain and medication management. She was so happy there, and it made a massive difference to her. “Mum died in April 2015 and then in December 2016, my husband Paul became ill. He was diagnosed with the neurological condition CJD. They say it’s like dementia fast forward times ten. Only 66 people a year in the country get CJD. He was just so unlucky. By the time he got to St Barnabas, everything was shutting down. I never felt like I was putting the staff out. They can never do enough for you. Paul died with dignity. He slipped away really peacefully. Everybody has to go through bereavement, but I feel like I had a double dose of it. I’m doing alright now, but there are loads more families who need help right now. Please, will you help St Barnabas be there for them by making a donation this Christmas?” To make a donation to the St Barnabas House Christmas Appeal, please visit www.justgiving. com/stbarnabas-christmas-2018. Sam Skilton

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VEHICLE AWARENESS AT JOLESFIELD C.E. PRIMARY SCHOOL A Vehicle Awareness Session was held at Jolesfield C.E. Primary School in September. The school worked in partnership with T&M Bowser Solutions, who have recently moved into the area (they are based on the Star Road Industrial Estate in Partridge Green). As a transport company, one of their major concerns is vehicle safety for road users, especially vulnerable road users – young and old. They ran a fun, but informative, morning at the school – bringing a selection of lorries and vehicles to the playground – to help demonstrate what the driver of an HGV sees and how pedestrians can assist the driver to safeguard themselves from harm. Natalie Saunders, Jolesfield School

£10,000 REWARD OFFERED TO CATCH THE LOXWOOD ARSONIST Owners of the Loxwood Meadow have offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an arsonist or arsonists who set a barn and seating area alight in the early hours of Friday 27 July. Home of the Loxwood Joust and located off the B2133 north of Billingshurst, the fire that caused an estimated £35,000 of damage also endangered the 50-acre woodland and the people that were on site in the meadows at that time. Thankfully, the barn was unoccupied and no-one was hurt; with the quick response from the fire brigade also ensuring that the fire did not spread to the surrounding tinder dry woodlands. Police are investigating the arson and PC John Blight of the Chichester Investigations team said; “Our enquiries have so far not identified the motive or those responsible for this offence, but the offer of the reward by the land owners, subject to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible, may well produce information.” Maurice Bacon, who owns the farmland said “The Loxwood Meadows are special and have received recognition for their wealth of natural habitats and

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DECEMBER 2018 | News fundraising and with the help of some grant funding. The committee and staff have worked tirelessly to achieve what is now a fantastic facility for the village; improvements to Sharky’s means a larger seating area and the new lift has made Henfield Leisure Centre fully accessible to everyone. All the work was carried out by local building company Nigel Parsons. After the formalities, Bruno signed countless autographs and had plenty of photos taken with fans, including some of the Henfield Football Club youth players and their coaches. Editor

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BRUNO AND KEITH OPEN HENFIELD LEISURE CENTRE On 23 October some of our local Brighton and Hove Albion fans got a special surprise when B&HA Captain Bruno Saltor helped to open the new reception and lift at Henfield Leisure Centre. Bruno cut the ribbon with local man Keith Eager, who was the first to use the lift, which will mean he’ll now be able to access the upstairs gym and fitness rooms. Bruno and Keith enjoyed a tour of the gym, while Keith was shown how the gym equipment adapts to allow use with his wheelchair. Henfield Leisure Centre has undergone some huge changes recently, as a result of some intensive

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t was the most beautiful autumnal day on Sunday 21 October when Henfield residents walked together in their hundreds in memory of a much-loved local lady, Olivia Pugh, who owned Hamfelds Home and Garden. Olivia fought an aggressive brain tumour and although she fully intended to join the village in their fundraising walk, she sadly lost her battle and passed away on Thursday 4 October at St Barnabas House Hospice. Walk for Olivia has now raised an incredible £15,497.30 for The Brain Tumour Charity. The idea for a community walk came after I spoke with Olivia when she was first diagnosed, in her alwayspositive way she wanted to raise as much money and awareness for the Brain Tumour Charity as she could in the time she had left to her. Her idea was to walk the South Downs Way in a pair of highheeled wellies – her trademark high heels were so familiar to her customers. Sadly, the illness took hold before she could complete her wish, so, at BN5 we decided to organise a Henfield walk on her behalf. Olivia was a great friend to us at BN5 and to the village, she had incredible energy and a huge smile. She threw herself into the community and always supported local charities, she was a great advocate of shopping locally and keeping our high street alive. She helped us enormously with fundraising for St Barnabas during our Christmas Draw almost two years ago, and we visited the Hospice with her to present a cheque. Six months later, Olivia was diagnosed with a grade 4 tumour. She approached her illness with the same courage and positive attitude and we never saw her waver in her determination to raise awareness and funds for The Brain Tumour Charity. If we add together the Big BN5 Draw total and the Walk for Olivia, her energy and enthusiasm has inspired over £22,000 of fundraising within just 12 months. The Walk for Olivia was a special village day. There were two walks running concurrently - one short walk around the Henfield Twittens and a longer, seven kilometre walk along the Downslink and River Adur, taking in some of Henfield’s finest views. 670 people walked, from the youngest to the oldest, some with sticks, mobility scooters or an extra helping hand, and some running the full distance, some with 4 legged friends. Some even walked the route as a 3 legged challenge! It was a sea of red, in the sunshine, dotted with Brain Tumour Charity t-shirts and badges. After the walk volunteers from Henfield Wild Violets WI sold tea and homemade cake while Henfield BP Guild cooked sausages and burgers for the hungry walkers and served pints of Dark Star beer. Local businesses, groups and individuals made the event a huge success, baking and donating the cakes, sausages, beer, venue hire; making the event cost almost zero. Contd. overleaf B N5 M AG AZ I NE | 2 7

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“It was moving to see such a large number of Henfield people of all ages turning out for the walk, accompanied of course by their faithful doggy pals. Right across the fields, into the far distance, you could see a winding line of bright dots of red against the gold, brown and green of the fields, in the gentle October sunshine.” Penny Ann McKeon

We have been humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of Henfield people and how, when the village decides to, it comes together as a very powerful whole for a cause, or a person. From individual acts of generosity and spirit, like the determination of one 97 year old lady to complete the Twittens walk with her frame, to the kindness, without expecting thanks or recognition, of local businesses, organisations and individuals. Olivia’s spirit was with us and the day was how she would have wanted it; sunshine, smiles and a celebration of a life well lived. Emma Osman

We are absolutely indebted to the following Henfield businesses, organisations and individuals for making this day a success. THANK YOU: Volunteers from Henfield Wild Violets WI: Served tea and cake to all the hungry walkers Henfield BP Guild: Expertly ran the barbeque and the bar, cooking 500 sausages and burgers and serving hundreds of pints of beer Stokes Newsagents: hosted the ‘start’ in their garden and provided cake and drinks, while collecting for the Brain Tumour Charity Jeremy’s of Henfield: Donated 400 of their homemade Sussex sausages for the barbie. Taste Deli: Donated large homemade cakes. White Hart: Hosted a band after the event and walked as a team. Barnard Bakery: Donated all the hot-dog rolls for the barbie Dark Star Brewery: Donated two barrels of Hophead beer Rushfields Farm Shop: Donated large deli cakes The Fox, Small Dole: Donated burgers, cheese and buns for the barbie Paul Crowe and Mark Skilton from the Henfield Joggers: Put up signs, loaned their starting arch,

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helped to plot the route, and ran as a group Henfield Birdwatch: Organised their own Birdwatching Walk earlier in the week, spotted 50 species and raised hundreds of pounds Pilates Evolved: Sponsored Pilates classes Lizzie’s Cakes: For donating boxes of cake bars Firsland Café: For donating traybakes Henfield Lions: Who donated generously Budgens: Who donated tea, coffee and milk The George Hotel: Who ran a quiz night Alex Cole & Coles Automotive: For putting signs along the route and donating generously Richwards Estate Agents: Who ran a fantastic Hamper Raffle with Hamfelds Malcolm and Carol Eastwood: For acting as ‘sweepers’ with Malcolm starting the event Our fantastic marshals: Rob and Clare Proud, Pete Mowatt, Mabel Moon, Angie and Issy Mitchell and Debbie Budgen, you were brilliant! Also: The Monday Walking Group | Truffles Bakery JD Cleaners | Henfield Holistics | Henfield Post House Café | Village Care | Henfield Parish Council Henfield Flooring | Marcus Grimes Estate Agents Natasha’s Beauty (whose staff walked in the New Forest and in France) | DB Foot Clinic | Hamfelds Pinks | Cornerweighs | The George | HJ Burts Henfield Eye Care | Swains Farm Shop | Cat and Canary Pub | Henfield Leisure Centre | Hawthorn Vets | Bankhouse Electric Gates | Tracey Prescott and the 777 fundraisers | Henfield Fire Station Debbie Slaughter and Henfield Youth Club | R& H Pets | Henfield Hub & Haven | The Henfield Club David and Linda at the Henfield Hall | Bankhouse Electric Gates | Bespoke Hair Finally, an enormous thank you to the BN5 team: Zoe, Alice, Juthy, Sarah, Sue and Helen, and to their families for their unbelievably hard work on the day and on the run-up to the event. Emma Osman

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ollowing our successful shopping feature earlier in the summer, this Christmas we are supporting our brilliant village High Street and encouraging residents to do the same. We all have a tendency to spend more money than usual at this time of year, whether it’s on food and drink, wrapping paper and cards, decorations and lights or gifts and vouchers. We have a choice in terms of where and how we spend this money, so before you go online or head for an out-of-town shopping centre, why not check out what our wonderful High Street has to offer? Not only will you be bagging yourself a bargain, but you will also be helping to keep our village alive. Our village is hosting some great festive events, including the popular Christmas Tree festival and the Sheep Trail. Supporting all this we have pullout vouchers for festive freebies and discounts in the centre of BN5, but hurry – they are only valid during the Christmas evening on Friday 7th and on Saturday 8th December, and whilst stocks last! The Henfield festive season starts in earnest with the annual charity concert ‘Christmas Starts Here’ in aid of St Barnabas Hospice which will take place at the Henfield Hall from 7-9.30pm on Thursday 6 December. This ever-popular event will include local opera singer Sidonie Winter, supported by The Bothy Singers and other local soloists, tickets are available from Stokes. For those who know their Harry Potter, Diagon Alley is coming to Henfield High Street on the evening of Friday 7 December from 4pm-8pm, with a ‘Wizards and Wands’ themed late-night shopping event! Come dressed in capes and wizard hats, and collect your magical map from Stokes to begin exploring the surprises on offer throughout the evening: from wands and butter beer to chocolate frogs and Harry Potter glasses, there will be plenty of fun things on offer. Whilst you’re out and about, look out for the Harry Potter lookalike who will be drifting in an out of the crowds and take a look at the real live owls in Stokes garden.



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Santa’s sleigh (to be guarded by the BP Guild) will be parked in Cagefoot Lane whilst his reindeer will rest in Stokes garden. For those needing more traditional and less magical refreshments, all the pubs will be open throughout the evening, plus Rushfields will have their food van selling pies and pasties and the BP Guild will be serving burgers from their barbeque. The Henfield Christmas magic will continue with ‘Super Saturday’ on 8 December with a day of festive freebies, discounts and giveaways! Shops and businesses up and down the High Street will be open until 6pm giving you plenty of time to explore all the offers, spend your vouchers and get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Just for this day we also have FREE parking in both Henfield car parks on Saturday only. Whoever you’re buying for, you’re sure to find

something: whether it’s vouchers, fashion, jewellery, art, furniture, picture frames, hampers, or food and drink, there’s loads to choose from. You will also find all the Christmas basics such as trees, lights, decorations, cards, wrapping paper, Christmas cake and mince pies! Meanwhile, for the children, Santa himself will be found in his grotto (he kindly allows us to use as a bus shelter at other times of the year) where he will be receiving visitors with his Youth Club helpers. There will be fairground rides and fun with Shayler’s Funfair parked outside Setyres from 3-6pm. The Christmas Tree Festival will be open all day (see page 43 for more detail), as will the everpopular Sheep Trail. So let’s make Christmas special this year for our High Street and shop locally! Sarah Butler

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hristmas is fast approaching which means that the Christmas Tree Festival at the Henfield Evangelical Free Church will be here in no time at all! We had a fabulous time last year; wonderful, imaginative trees, yummy hot chocolate and hundreds of happy faces all looking at the handiwork of our talented villagers. It was a magical time which saw the community join together in fun. We even had four-legged friends wandering through (naturally, they have a special interest in trees)! The school children’s creations were especially amazing - over 100 little trees adorned the church foyer! The thoughtfulness and skill put into these trees made them a hit with everyone who came for a look. So we now look forward to the weekend of 7-9 December. We can’t wait to see how people have decided to decorate their trees! Come and check-

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he Henfield FC U8’s are raffling an original signed and framed Brighton & Hove Albion football shirt this December, an absolutely perfect Christmas gift for the Seagulls fan in your life. The draw will take place on Saturday 8th December on the day of the Henfield Super Shopping Saturday, so make sure you get your tickets soon. They will be on sale priced at just £1 each at the Henfield Christmas Shopping Evening on Friday 7th December and on the day of the Henfield Super Shopping Saturday, where the Henfield FC U8’s will have a stand. Raffle tickets are also available by contacting Steve Neville at or on 07879 569710. The signed shirt is not just a great prize, but you will know that your ticket purchase will go directly towards helping the children to play football and buy new training kit. The shirt was kindly donated by Antony Cook from Mounted Memories who is related to one of boys in our team, so a massive thank you to Anthony. Henfield FC U8’s would like to thank their two sponsors; Marcus Grimes Estate Agents and Gardner & Scardifield. Without their support the

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or many years The Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men (also known as ‘Chancs’) practised through the winter months at the Woodmancote Parish Hall, which has now sadly closed. After last winter’s unsatisfactory move to Southwick, we are now at the Catholic Church Hall in Henfield! Although some of the men are from in and around Henfield, the Chancs have team members from as far-afield as Bognor to the west, Seaford to the east and Dorking to the north. Like many local clubs, we are currently looking for more men to come and join the team. We are an all-male side and we dance two styles of Morris: ‘Cotswold’ is named after the region of England in which it still existed when Morris was ‘rediscovered’ late in Victorian times. Typical of the style is the use of bells (on bell-pads, strapped to the legs) and handkerchiefs or sticks used to emphasise the movement of the arms. ‘North West Clog’ hails, as the name suggests, from the NorthWest of England, and the clogs have solid wooden soles and are shod with iron. There’s no age limit, but between 16 and 60 is ideal! Beginners can easily learn one or two simple dances ready for the summer when we dance out on Wednesday nights, mainly at pubs, and at events on the occasional weekend. Why not drop-in and talk to us at one of our practise nights? The Catholic Church Hall is in the centre of Henfield, just beyond St Peters church in Church Lane off Church Street. We dance there from 8-10pm every Wednesday through the winter and then have a beer or two at a local pub. Of course we also welcome musicians – both men and women - to join us too. Dancers and musicians from any other Morris sides who fancy a change of ‘tradition’, or who have recently moved to the area are also very welcome to join. To find out more about Morris Men dancing, search for Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men on YouTube, visit the CRMM website at, see our Facebook page, Tweet us @crmm1953 or simply email Clive Funnell

Due to the recent closure of The Frankland Arms in Washington, Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men will be dancing and performing the popular Boxing Day Mumming play at a ‘new’ venue: The White Horse in Steyning at 12.30pm. This is in fact just a return to our roots, as our annual Mumming Play is actually called ‘the Steyning Tipteers play’ performed in the 1950’s and 60’s at The White Horse. ‘Tipteering’ is the Sussex term for what is generally known elsewhere as ‘Mumming’. Each locality had its own play, with slight variations in text, length, characters etc. Tipteering gangs travelled around their local area, performing the play at houses and pubs in exchange for beer, food and coins! The text was first published in the Folk-Lore Journal (Vol2, no 1) in 1884, in an article by the Brighton based Victorian historian Fred Sawyer. Since 1956, Chancs have become the custodians of this play, and perform it each year on Boxing Day. 01273 494002 B N5 M AG AZ I NE | 5 9

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Budget Review

The Chancellor’s Budget was given in the shadow of the earlier announcement that ‘austerity is over’, so expectations were running high for large spending commitments and a more forgiving tax environment. Spending on the NHS, infrastructure and social care were all covered early on, while some surprising tax announcements followed. Individuals will be happy that the expected increases to the Personal Allowance have come in a year earlier than anticipated and one of the few giveaways for businesses is a temporary fivefold increase in the Annual Investment Allowance. The surprises of the day were in relation to changes to Entrepreneur’s Relief, Principal Private Residence relief and a pushing forward with the off-payroll working rules in the private sector. No significant changes were announced to pensions and the rate of Corporation Tax is still on track to be 17% in 2020. However, with a possible second Budget in the spring, we could still see a raid on pension tax relief and a race to the bottom with our Corporation Tax rate in an attempt to retain the UK’s attractiveness as a destination for investment after Brexit. Corporate & Business Tax - The main rate of Corporation Tax will still fall to 17% in 2020 so the Chancellor has kept in reserve the ability to reduce it further pending the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. Entrepreneurs may be relieved that the changes to Entrepreneur’s Relief may not affect them even though the change announced was unexpected. Large digital businesses such as Google, Facebook and Amazon are targeted with a new Digital Services Tax and other large companies are due to suffer further restrictions on how they can claim relief for their losses. The measures to encourage businesses to make investment include a temporary increase to the Annual Investment Allowance to £1m per year will be welcome. Included alongside the main announcements were the targeting anti-avoidance measures we have come to expect, but businesses will be more concerned by what will happen in the New Year if the Chancellor feels the need to have another Budget in the spring. Property Tax - Further business rates relief measures were directed at the retail sector, but only for smaller businesses. There is no help for the larger retailers struggling with the general downturn in that sector. Developers may see a cooling-off of demand for newly constructed residential properties, with a suggestion of a further 1% applicable to non-resident purchasers on top of the 3% surcharge introduced for many in 2016.

Other measures relevant to the property sector covered elsewhere in this update include an increase in the Annual Investment Allowance from £200,000 to £1 million per year; changing the burden of charging VAT on the provision of certain services in the construction sector from the sub-contractors to contractors; and the introduction of the off-payroll working rules to the private sector from April 2020 Private Client/Individuals - The Chancellor has got ahead of himself by bringing the increases in the Personal Allowance and higher rate thresholds into force a year early. The big surprise was around changes to the Principal Private Residence relief which, in a property market that has significantly slowed, will generate Capital Gains Tax liabilities through the loss of lettings relief and a shortening of the final period exemption. Pensions were left pretty much alone but, as we are promised another Budget in the event that Brexit does not go to plan, the Chancellor may choose to raid the tax relief on pensions in the spring. Employment Tax - The big news for employers is that the off-payroll working rules are now confirmed as being extended to the private sector from April 2020 which means that medium and large employers will now need to completely rethink how they engage with limited company contractors with little time to do so given that the detailed consultation on this is not expected until well into 2019. Smaller employers escape these rules for now and will also get to keep their annual employment allowance, which will no longer be available to larger employers. Other tweaks to the employment tax regime were relatively minor. Not for Profit Tax - An extension of the small trader exemption and Gift Aid small donation scheme will be welcome news for charities. Charities should be aware of other matters in this update including the off-payroll working rules being extended to the private sector and confirmation that the VAT registration threshold is not now due to change for until at least 1 April 2022 so the concern that it will be dramatically reduced is over for the time being. VAT & Indirect Tax - The Budget did not contain any major surprises on VAT, but a number of the measures being introduced are aimed at targeting specific loopholes or VAT avoidance. When HMRC has not been successful in litigation, or the potential litigation involved could be protracted and expensive, targeted measures can deal with matters swiftly.

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