BN5 Magazine December 2019

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

DECEMBER 2019 | Contents

06 What’s on 14 News 25 Local interest 29 Festive 30 Festive 37 Festive 44 Festive 50 Festive 63 Local interest 72 Charity 78 Index listings

from the BN5 area Remembrance in Henfield

Editor’s Letter It’s that most wonderful time of the year! We love Christmas at BN5, especially when we see the High Street shops change their window displays from the beautiful poppy themed Remembrance tributes to their pretty, sparkly, gift-wrapped confections which sum up the excitement and anticipation of the festive season. As a child, I remember gazing through our village toyshop window and dreaming of what might be under the tree on Christmas morning, it was the highlight of that achingly exciting run-up to Christmas day. Henfield provides plenty of these magic ingredients for childhood Christmasses; the real reindeers in Stokes’s garden on the village Christmas Evening (see page 30) and the glittering fun of the Christmas Tree Festival. The wonderful Santa Sleigh deliveries on Christmas morning (the odd gift that falls off the big man’s sleigh on Christmas Eve that needs re-delivering by the BP Guild elves). If you’ve got young children this is such a lovely thing to arrange, in fact, it’s magical for all ages! Take a look at page 29 for details. This year let’s focus on the wonderful things we have here in Henfield - our strong community, beautiful countryside, welcoming clubs, groups and Churches, our friends and families. That’s the real magic of Christmas.

Emma Osman, Editor

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Santa’s sleigh with the BP Guild High Street Christmas Evening Christmas Tree Festival Rushfields Christmas Shopping

Books for Christmas HART house numbers The Rocking Horse Appeal of advertisers

Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month;

Karmel Lawton, Kevin Dawkins, Sara Bowers, Dr. Nigel Higson, Trevor Watson & Paul Samrah. Cover image of the South Downs in the snow taken by Amanda Lucas, with 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.

Copy deadline for advertisements or editorial submissions for the January 2020 issue of BN5 magazine is Wednesday 4 December (note earlier date due to Royal Mail Christmas deliveries)

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 Standing

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What’s on | DECEMBER 2019 Some repeating events have been omitted, for full listings see For Henfield Haven events go to henfield-haven. Some regular events may not run 23rd-31st December. See advertisement page 43 for Henfield Church Services.

Have fun with pre-school play. ACTION FOR DEAFNESS Henfield Medical Centre, 9.30am-12.30pm (all 1st Tues) Drop-in hearing aid maintenance service. Other appointments by GP referral. HENFIELD SHED Behind Southdown Galleries, 10am-12pm (all Tues, Weds & Fri) Sunday 1 December SELF HELP GROUP THEATRE ORGAN CONCERT Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Singing Hills, 3-5.30pm 10am-3pm (every Tues) HENFIELD NETBALL CLUB Lunch provided. Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm CHRISTMAS LUNCH (every Sun) Henfield Haven, 12.30pm (& 10th) Monday 2 Call 01273 494747 to book. MONDAY MARKET KNIT AND NATTER Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm Henfield Library, 2–4pm (every (every Mon) 1st Tues) YOUTH CLUB PROJECT NIGHT Bring knitting, crocheting, Henfield Youth Club, 6.30-8pm quilting etc. (every Mon, term time) GROUP MUSIC THERAPY Henfield Haven, 2.30-3.30pm Tuesday 3 (every Tues) HENFIELD DUCKLINGS Free but booking essential. Henfield Hall, 9.30-11.30am YOUTH CLUB (AGE 7½-11) (every Tues) Henfield Youth Club, 6-7.30pm

(every Tues, term time) HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL MEETING Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7pm (every 1st Tues) All welcome to attend.

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SANTA’S SLEIGH VISITS Around Henfield (& throughout the festive season) Henfield BP Guild. See article page 29 for full schedule. HENFIELD COMPUTER CLUB Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 9.30am-12pm (every Weds) henfieldcomputerclub@gmail. com. ST BARNABAS OUTREACH Henfield Hall C Park, 10am-2pm Information and support for patients and their families. TODDLER GROUP Fulking Village Hall, 1011.30am (every Weds) Play & sing. Donation £1. THE BOOK NOOK The Chapel, Fulking, 1011.30am (every Weds, also 2nd Sun 2-4pm)

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DECEMBER 2019 | What’s on Henfield Hall, 9.45-11.45am (every Fri) LADYBIRDS Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am–12pm (every 1st Fri) Wreath Making. ABCD BRIDGE CLUB Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2-5pm (every Fri) CHRISTMAS LATE NIGHT OPENING Henfield High Street, 4-9pm See Article page 30 RUSHFIELDS CHRISTMAS EVENING Rushfields, 4-8pm See Article page 44 DARK STAR TASTERS & NIBBLES Dark Star Brewery, Star Rd, Partridge Green 4.30-6.30pm Open evening at Dark Star with tasters and nibbles and a chance to do some Christmas Thursday 5 shopping. NAT WEST MOBILE SERVICE CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL Henfield Hall Car Park, 10.05Free Church Hall, 5.30-8.30pm 11.05am (every Thurs) See page 37. Continuing on 7th RHYME TIME & 8th 10am-5pm. Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am STEYNING JAZZ CLUB (every Thurs) Steyning Centre, 8.30–11pm Fun with music for pre(every 1st Fri) schoolers. HAVEN THURSDAY CLUB Henfield Haven, 10.30am-3.30pm Saturday 7 Call 01273 494747 for details. BOARD GAMES FOR CHILDREN Henfield Library, 10.30amHENFIELD UNATTACHED White Hart, 11am (all 1st Thurs) 12pm (every Sat, term-time) For those who are alone. ST PETER’S HAND BELL RINGERS Enquiries 01273 495820 or just St Peter’s Church, 10am-12pm drop-in. (every Sat) YOUTH CLUB (AGES 12-17) MEMORY MOMENTS CAFÉ Henfield Youth Club, 7.30Catholic Church Hall, 2-4pm 9.30pm (all Thurs, term time) All welcome, especially those with memory loss. CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE Henfield Hall, 7– 9.30pm ANGLING SOCIETY JUMBLE SALE Charity concert in aid of St Henfield Hall, 2pm Barnabas. Tickets from Stevens Jumble to the hall from 09:30 Estate Agents. or phone for collection (no very large items) 01273 494389. NIGHTINGALES The White Hart, 7.30pm (every Sunday 8 1st Thurs) We are a friendly group who HURST COLLEGE CHORAL CONCERT meet once a month. Wear Hurst College Chapel, 7.30something Christmassy. Contact 9.15pm Anne 07901 382976. See News. WREATH MAKING Friday 6 Henfield Tea Gardens, time tbc. LITTLE FISHES Also 10th December. St Peter’s Church, 9.30-11am Pre-booking essential. Cake and (every Fri) drink included. See page 33 For pre-school children and their carers. Storytime, songs and Monday 9 refreshments. BABY CLINIC HENFIELD SHORT MAT BOWLS Committee Room, Henfield Hall, Books, CDs, and DVDs. STEYNING HIGH STREET CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING High Street, 6-9pm HENFIELD JOGGERS Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (every Weds) Running both on and off-road. JOLESFIELD COMMUNITY CHOIR Jolesfield School, 7.15-8.30 (every Weds, term time) HENFIELD BELL RINGERS St Peter’s Church, 7.45pm (every Weds) New ringers welcome, come along or contact 01273 596485. HENFIELD LIONS CLUB George Hotel, 8pm (every 1st Weds)

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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) Christine Nash “Xmas Tales”. Members exhibit “Christmas Sparkle”. WOODMANCOTE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING The Pavilion, 7.30pm (every 2nd Tues) See News. HART BIG FAT CHRISTMAS QUIZ The White Hart, 8.30pm See advert page 13

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KNIT AND NATTER Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm (every 2nd Weds) Knitting for charity. Donated wool appreciated. STEYNING HISTORY SOCIETY Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, 7.45–9.45pm (every 2nd Weds) “A Policeman’s Lot” Neil Sadler.

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GENERAL ELECTION Check your polling card for location details. Henfield Ward: Henfield Hall, 7am-10pm HENFIELD ANTIQUES FAIR Committee Room, Henfield Hall, 7am–12pm See Advert page 23 HCP MANAGEMENT MEETING Committee Room, Henfield Hall, 7pm (every 2nd Thurs) Henfield Community Partnership, see POETRY READING Henfield Tea Gardens, time tbc. Pre-booking essential. Mulled wine and mince pies. See p33 CHRISTMAS POP UP RESTAURANT Relish, Henfield, time tbc Culinary Adventures and Neha Hampton. Pre-booking essential. See Nov BN5.

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Bring your letter for Santa in to Stokes and receive a gift from his elves! They will ensure your letter is delivered to Santa in good time for Christmas.

Park, 6.30–8.30pm (& 22nd) Friday 13 Christmas music and carols. COWFOLD CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL Contact Sheffield Park for St Peter’s Church, Cowfold (& tickets. 14th, 15th) Local entries of decorated trees. MUSIC SESSION Friday evening (£5) 7-9pm carols The George, 8–11pm (every 2nd Sun) & refreshments, Saturday & Singers, musicians and Sunday (£2) 12 - 3pm teas & audience all welcome. cakes.

DECEMBER 2019 | What’s on

WREATH MAKING EVENING Tuesday 17 Relish, Henfield, time tbc Pre-booking essential. See Nov GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP BN5, call to book 01273 495551 Relish, Henfield time tbc Pre-booking essential. With Saturday 14 Terry Paull-Edwards. See p33 BP GUILD JUMBLE SALE Thursday 19 Henfield Hall, 2pm BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT All donations of good quality jumble welcomed, in the Henfield Haven Café, 4.15morning or for collection contact 5.15pm (every 3rd Thurs) 01273 492172 or 01273 493227. Non-religious group supporting local people. Contact St Peter’s CHRISTMAS MEGA QUIZ Church Office 01273 495532. Henfield Hall, 7-11pm See News. Friday 20 CHRISTMAS CONCERT MESSY CHURCH Newtimber Church, 7-9.15pm Fulking Village Hall, 4.30-6pm With Cotillion. Contact 01273 831877, lucy.newtimber@icloud. (every 3rd Fri) Crafts, bible stories and com or 01273 835013, gillian. delicious supper. 01273 857322. THE SPINETTES LIVE MUSIC: JOE DELLOW Henfield Hall, 7pm The Wheatsheaf, 8pm 07515 552491 or thespinettes@ Covers from Buble to Neil See News. Diamond. See advert page 6 FOLK PLAY: SUMMER MUMMERS Saturday 21 Cat & Canary, 8pm SATURDAY BRUNCH CLUB See advert page 22 Henfield Haven, 9.30am- 12pm (every 3rd Sat) Sunday 15 All welcome at our Dementia HENFIELD CONSERVATION Friendly café. VOLUNTEERS 80S PARTY Oreham Common, 10am The Wheatsheaf, 8pm For details contact 01273 See advert page 6 494566 henfieldconservation@ Monday 23 SUSSEX CHORUS CONCERT SCHOOL HOLIDAYS START The Coach House, Sheffield

St Peter’s Primary & Steyning Grammar, (until 5th Jan) There will be no ‘term time only’ activities. CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU (OUTREACH) Henfield Medical Centre, 10am–1pm (every 4th Mon) Drop-in 10-10.30am, booked appointments 10.30am-1pm.

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CHRISTMAS DAY See advertisement page 43 for details of Henfield, Woodmancote and Shermanbury Church services

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MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION Henfield Library, 10.30am12.30pm Come and talk one to one to our team.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE The White Hart, George Hotel, Cat & Canary & Wheatsheaf See adverts.

Advance Notice Wednesday 1 January

HTC SOUND OF MUSIC Henfield Hall, (& 2nd ,3rd, 4th) See News.

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ECO FRIENDLY TREE DISPOSAL Homes in and around Henfield To have your tree collected email or david.malkin@henfield-scout-cc. org, or phone 01273 494470 or 01273 493843. Cost £10.

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Richard Bates, Henfield resident and consultant solicitor at Cognitive Law in Brighton, comments on how products claiming to protect assets from care fees are sometimes too good to be true. Most people are responsible for the cost of their care if their assets exceed £23,250 (although the home may sometimes be disregarded). Due to worries about the cost of care, I’m often asked how to protect assets in order to leave a healthy inheritance. Often, clients want advice on locally advertised ‘wealth preservation trusts’ or ‘property protection trusts’. Marketed under a range of names, they typically cost £2,000-£8,000. Usually, the trusts are set up to hold the family home, claiming to reduce inheritance tax (‘IHT’) and protect assets from care fees. These arrangements are troubling though because, in my experience, they are often wholly inappropriate, especially now that the Ministry of Justice has scrapped the planned probate fee rise. It’s rarely a good idea to give your property away, even to a trust, as it can leave you without full control of the property and difficulty in arranging future finance. Most trusts I’ve seen were sold to save IHT, even when the client had no IHT problem. Broadly, spouses or civil partners can, between them, give up £650,000 tax-free, and a further £300,000 if their main residence passes to direct lineal descendants. In nearly all trust cases I’ve seen, these exemptions meant that no IHT was payable anyway. The other (misleading) selling point of these trusts is that they will ‘protect the home from care fees’. A ‘Deliberate Deprivation of Assets’ is where a person intentionally diminishes their wealth to accelerate contributions by a local authority towards the cost of care. Wherever possible, local authorities try to use such an argument to refuse to make payments. A local authority’s case is much easier to prove as a person ages, where there is a relevant diagnosis or if the scheme itself is advertised to ‘save care fees’! In addition, one can’t rely on an IHT planning argument if there isn’t an IHT problem in the first place. As a result, unwitting clients can pay thousands for an unsuitable scheme, provided by an unregulated company, often with insufficient insurance. As such, there is little recourse if things go wrong. There are a number of ways to limit care fees, including simply having the right type of will. Such wills cost a fraction of the price of these trusts and you won’t be parting with your home. So please, before you commit to a lifetime trust, do some research and decide if it’s right for you. To discuss this further, please get in touch on 07866 547366 or You can also find out more at Cognitive Law Limited is registered in England & Wales under company number 9753152. Our Registered Office is 15a Brighton Place, Brighton, BN1 1HJ. We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA Number 626344) and comply with the SRA Code of Conduct.



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News | DECEMBER 2019 chair, The Project for Modern Democracy, and on my global work on tuberculosis and equality. I am proud of the work I have done in Parliament, as a Shadow Cabinet Member and Minister, and in the constituency. I have done my best to stand up for local communities, and I will always be passionate about the countryside and in particular the South Downs which I have grown to love. I am immensely grateful for the support and friendship which local people have given Jason and me, and I will miss working for the constituency a great deal. It has been my honour to be your elected representative.

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Nick Herbert MP resigns from Arundel and South Downs

Henfield’s CPRH saves Sandy Lane

The following edited statement has been issued by Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert. Dear Constituent I am writing to let you know that I have decided not to stand again as the Parliamentary Candidate for Arundel & South Downs. This has been a difficult decision, but after nearly 15 years as MP for this wonderful constituency I feel that this is the right time to move on. I will be focusing on my new role as Chairman of the Countryside Alliance; on the think tank which I

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Campaigners this week celebrated a rare win for a local community against a housing developer. The proposal to build 42 houses on a farmer’s field was rejected by the government’s inspector after a 4-day long public inquiry held in Horsham in August. Phil Johnson, Chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural Henfield (CPRH) said “We were waiting with bated breath for the decision, so much hangs on it. People were concerned that it would open the door to a flood of development in our countryside.

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DECEMBER 2019 | News munity hall over the coming few months. You are probably aware that a proposal has been made to Horsham District Council by Mayfield Market Towns Ltd to build a market town with 10,000 new homes. We have sent some information to each home in the parish to let you know what you can do if you have questions or want to find out more information. Please do let us know if you have a view on this proposal. Come along to any of our meetings to find out how the Parish Council can help you, and to bring forward any issues. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month in the Blackstone Pavilion at 7.30pm. Our new contact details are - Leanne Bannister, “We recognise that more houses are needed but we Clerk, email: clerk@woodmancoteparishcouncil. want them built in the right place. This wasn’t it.”, telephone 07921 822869 Leanne Bannister Local residents greeted the decision with a mixture of relief and joy. Steve Bailey, who lives adjacent to the threatened field, said “It is so up- Hurst College Choral Society lifting to look out at the South Downs and know Hurstpierpoint College Choral Society’s next that those amazing countryside views will still be concert is on Sunday 8 December at 7.30pm in there tomorrow.” the college chapel and will include a performance Another campaigner, Julie Mitchell felt it is wrong of John Rutter’s energetic and joyous Magnificat, that lay people should have to wrestle with all the accompanied by professional symphony orchescomplexities of the planning process. “It has been tra and soloists. Tickets are £10 from college a long fight. People shouldn’t have to go through members, or the music school, telephone 01273 this torture just to protect a beautiful part of our 836895. countryside.” Helen Fyles Local MP for Arundel & South Downs, Mr. Nick Herbert, agreed saying “I was so pleased that local people won this, and was delighted to support their campaign. Too often neighbourhood plans have been undermined by developers, not least in Henfield, so it was great that the community came together to fight their corner so successfully in this case.” Mr Johnson thanked the many people from all over Henfield and beyond who helped and funded the campaign. “It was a true community effort, and everyone can feel proud of what they achieved.” Vehicle Technician / Mechanic


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Happy Christmas from all of us at Woodmancote Parish Council! Welcome to our newest councillor David Lewis. David took his seat in September and we look forward to working with him. We have one seat available so if you are interested in joining the team please contact the Clerk. See our new website – You may already know that the renovation of Woodmancote Hall is no longer going ahead and the hall has been listed for sale. This means that the loan to the Charitable Incorporated Organisation will also not go ahead. Woodmancote Parish Council will look into how it can provide a com-

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Neighbourhood Plan

Library, Henfield Haven Café, Hewitts and Small Dole Post Office. In my last article I spoke to you about the next Please take the opportunity to comment further important stage of the Plan Process which was to analyse all the responses to the Regulation 14 on the Plan. Response forms must be returned Consultation. We carried out further appraisals of to Horsham District Council no later than 5pm on Friday 20th December 2019. For all enquiries a number of sites and five further options were identified and assessed through an addendum to please call the HDC Strategic Planning Line on the SA/SEA. Following this process, we amended 01403 215398. the plan where appropriate. Ray Osgood Chairman, Henfield Neighbourhood We have completed our work on the Basic Condi- Plan Steering Group tion Statement and on the Consultation StateAdvent Calendar donations ment that covers the process we have followed to reach this stage of the Plan, including our As many of you know I have been collecting adresponse to the comments you made during the vent calendars for the Chestnut Tree House for a Regulation 14 Consultation. You now have the few years now. Thanks to your continued support, opportunity to comment further because HDC last year we sent off over 300 advent calendars. are consulting on the Plan across the whole of This year donations will be split between ChestHorsham District until Friday 20 December 2019. nut Tree House and Shoreham Food Bank. The Consultation Documents and all supporting We have started collecting again, so if you could documents are available on the Horsham District buy an extra one or two when you do your weekly Council website, shop and help to put a smile on a child’s face that ning/planning-policy/current-planning-consultawould be truly amazing. tions. There is also a link to that website, as well Henfield donations can be dropped off at Richas all relevant documents, on the Henfield Parish wards Estate Agents and there are also collection Council website, points at Steyning Tearooms and 27 Priory Field, Hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plan with Upper Beeding. supporting documents and response forms are Louise Hunt available from the Horsham District Council Office, Henfield Parish Council Office, Henfield

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DECEMBER 2019 | News initial decision, describing the move as “completely unacceptable.” The MP raised the issue with Barclays Bank and ministers and called for a Commons debate. Following a meeting between the Chief Executive of Barclays UK, Matt Hammerstein, and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen MP, on 24 October, Barclays reversed its decision. Barclays has now affirmed its full participation in the Post Office Banking Framework for the next three years, including maintaining the cash withdrawal facility using debit cards for Barclays’ customers. Mr Herbert’s Arundel & South Downs constituency has had one of the highest rates of bank cloJolesfield Community Choir - thank sures, with just one bank branch remaining in the whole constituency, in Storrington. All the other you to Judith villages are now reliant on Post Office services.  One Saturday in 2010 a group of mums were When bank branches began to close in vilwatching children from Jolesfield School sing in lages, the MP lobbied to ensure that a full range a choir competition, ably led by their teacher and of banking services could be made available music leader, Judith Finlay. through the Post Offices. “Wouldn’t it be great to have a choir for the Mr Herbert said: “After taking up this issue with mums?” they said. “I’ll start one!” said Judith. ministers I was delighted to see Barclays reverse Jolesfield Community Choir was born. It was (and its decision. With so many bank branch closures, still is) totally inclusive - children, parents, grand- it was essential to protect the ability of Post Ofparents, teachers, anyone who fancied a bit of a fices to provide banking services. Barclays’ plans sing was welcome that first Wednesday evening. threatened to undermine that, so I am grateful to The wonderful Liz Burtenshaw volunteered to the Government for stepping in.” accompany us. Michelle Taylor We were nervous and unsure, but Judith made it fun - bringing song suggestions, teaching techHenfield Self Help Group Christmas niques, and coaxing each of us to believe we had sale a voice worth hearing. Judith made us realise the rejuvenating power of music, and the confidence Thanks to all the Henfield residents and traders that comes from a song well-sung. We soon built who helped to make the recent Self Help Group Christmas Sale a success. We raised £722, which up a repertoire and organised our first concert. goes towards the running costs of the group and The choir has grown, and we have sung in many ensures that we can keep our prices within the places: small concerts in church and The Prairie reach of as many people as possible. Gardens; carol singing at retirement homes; and, most memorably, a ‘big sing’, with other choirs, in Our cook, Pauline Beale was responsible for the delicious warm mince pies which were enjoyed by the grounds of Ardingly College. our members and supporters. Now Judith has decided it’s time to step down. We are sad to say goodbye, but we want to say Maureen Dexter thank you! Thank you for ten wonderful years of song, for giving your time and expertise so freely, for creating new friendships and for believing in us. Enjoy your next adventure - JCC members past and present will miss you.

Liz Carey

Barclays u-turn on Post Office cash

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The Sound of Music

Following the success of Henfield Theatre Company’s One Man, Two Guvnors, their next production is that timeless classic, The Sound of Music. Full of memorable songs and characters, the show is set in Austria in the run up to its annexation into Nazi Germany in 1938. During this turbulent time, Maria, a young postulant, is sent by the Mother Abbess as a governess to a large family, while she decides whether to become a nun. Maria loves the children and, in time, also falls in love with their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. Part of the universal fascination with this beautiful show comes from the true and very dramatic events on which it is based. It’s a story of the enduring power of love over evil, music over adversity and a family which is bonded by a wonderful, charismatic woman, Maria von Trapp, whose life has been an inspiration to many. The production is directed by Di Norman, with Dave Barnett as musical director and Ann Atkins as choreographer. The production is kindly sponsored by The Post House Cafe. The Sound of Music will be staged at The Henfield Hall from Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 January 2020. Performances are at 7.30pm each evening with a Saturday matinee starting at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced £12 and £14 for adults and £10 and £12 for under 16’s, are available online ( or, from 29 November, at the box office, Stevens Estate Agents, Henfield High Street, 01273 492141.

Martin Love

The Henfield Hall refurbishment project

As many of you will know The Henfield Hall is undergoing a three to four-year project to refurbish and update. The Hall which was built in 1953 by and for the community is a self-funded Village Hall. It relies entirely on income from letting to community users and fund-raising activities to enable it to survive. A few years ago, the 40-year-old roof was in need of repair and a new roof was installed. Unfor18 | BN5 Magazine

tunately, the new roof still leaks and over the past three years the Hall Executive Committee have been engaged in continued dialogue with the material suppliers and builders to rectify the problem. It has been a difficult time for the trustees, but we are pleased to say we are now close to a resolution and feel confident that in the next few months satisfactory action will be taken to resolve the ongoing issues. Thanks to a group of volunteers, particularly from The Henfield Theatre Company, with advice and help of Nigel Parsons Builders and other companies who have donated materials and services, we have been able to redecorate and update the foyer, Garden Room and other areas of the complex, but there is still much to do. Our next objective, once the roof problems have been rectified is to update and decorate the main Whittome Hall and stage area. This will involve updating electrical and other services, both on and off the stage as well as replacing ceilings and redecorating throughout. This will be a huge task for volunteers, but we hope to start in July/August 2020. We are always looking for volunteers to help particularly with skilled areas. We, like many Community organisations, need financial support. If you are able to help with this, it would be greatly appreciated by the trustees and the community of Henfield. To find out how you can help or donate please contact Anne Hubner on 01273 492878.

Peter Sheppard

The Spinettes Christmas concert

Come and join us for the 4th year running at The Henfield Hall, 7.30pm on 20 December as we bring you an evening of song, dance, laughter and a whole lot of Christmas spirit for all the family. Tickets cost £12 Adult, Concession £10 and Child £8. Globe Trotting Retro Trio ‘The Spinettes’ and West End star Matthew will bring you all the classic Christmas songs we know and love. You will be in safe hands with these professional West End Performers who have been in shows such as Chicago, Guys & Dolls, Dirty Dancing, Cats, Top Hat, Wicked, Annie, The Sound of Music, Fame, 42nd Street and Grease to name but a few. We continue to support The Alzheimer’s Society and so far, we are very proud to say that we have raised over £10,000, #UnitedWeFight. There will be mulled wine and other festive refreshments available prior to and during the interval. For more information see our website www.

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Henfield Brownies and Rainbows World of Adventure!

As part of our counties 40th birthday celebrations, girls from Rainbows and Brownies in Henfield joined 500 other members of Girlguiding Sussex Central for a fun day out at Chessington. We went on lots of rides including Dragon’s Fury and the Vampire and enjoyed birthday cupcakes. Fortunately the rain stayed away and the girls all had an amazing time. If your daughter is aged 5-10 they too can be a Rainbow or Brownie and take part in adventures like this. For more information or to sign up visit register-your-daughter/.

The work of Sussex Wildlife Trust is supported by our many, fantastic business members. One of those, Gemini Print (who print BN5 magazine each month), was successful in their bid for an original mural at the trust’s charity auction held at the Wilderness Wonder Ball. The prize had been donated by international artist Jane Laurie, AKA Mutiny, who is “passionate about nature” and who uses her creations to raise awareness of endangered wildlife and conservation. Jane took her paints and brushes to Gemini Print’s Head Office in Shoreham-by-Sea, where she created a striking wildlife mural in the entrance stairway, where it is now much admired by visitors and staff.

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Gemini Print has enjoyed working with the Sussex Wildlife Trust team for many years. Maxine Cropper, Client Services Manager said, “The significance of the partnership with the Sussex Wildlife Trust is how much their work reminds all the Gemini Print team about the reality of care for our environment and the essential protection of landscape, animals and the coastline.” To find out more about how your business can help wildlife, see

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Mega Christmas Quiz for St Catherine’s Hospice

As you may know, I have participated in and organised many charity challenges over the last 8 years or so and will be joining a team next April with my daughter Charlie and two friends, Bek and Georgina, to raise funds for one of our local hospices - St Catherine’s in Crawley Surrey, that looked after my dad (and us as a family) in his last few days. Like all hospices, they are reliant on fundraising to keep providing a very much needed service. The challenge is a 50km Sahara Trek over 2 days, which doesn’t sound a lot but with intense dry heat and sandy and off-road terrain we are not expecting this to be ‘a walk on the beach.’ We are hosting a Mega Christmas Quiz on Saturday 14 December at The Henfield Hall as we need to raise 80% of our target of £8,800 by January. If you are able to join us that would be fabulous. Teams of up to 8, £10 per person, including a hot supper. If you are not able to attend, you can sponsor

a table for £80 which doubles the table value, provide a raffle prize or provide a business or individual donation by visiting fundraising/desertbabes2020. You can also see some of my previous charity events/challenges at Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you in advance for any support you might be able to provide.

Tracey Prescott

H J Burt welcomes new team member

H J Burt are thrilled to announce that Louise Davis has recently joined the vastly experienced team at the Henfield office bringing her infectious enthusiasm after a successful career with independent estate agencies in Hurstpierpoint and Burgess Hill. Having an excellent reputation for her exemplary customer service, Louise has a particular knack of matching people to the right property. In addition, she lives in Hurstpierpoint with her family and particularly enjoys watching her growing sons play cricket and rugby. Louise would be delighted to discuss the sale of your property or indeed the purchase of your next home.

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What is Age UK Horsham District’s Help at Home Service?

The Help at Home Service is for anyone over the age of 50 and living in Horsham District. It’s that little bit of extra help around the house, so if hoovering, dusting, shopping or changing the bed linen is becoming a struggle, please get in touch and hopefully they’ll be able to help. They can also help with gardening and small DIY jobs. The service is competitively priced, and the hourly rate you pay depends on your income (starting at £9 per hour). The team at Age UK Horsham District are supported by a team of about 40 self-employed Home Helps across the District. They work different hours/days to suit their lifestyle. Age UK Horsham District carries out DBS checks and obtains references for all of the Home Helps who work with them. “When my home help, Mandy, comes each week, she cleans the kitchen and bathroom, dusts, vacuums and changes my bed linen. It is very reassuring to know that the same person will visit For more news go to

DECEMBER 2019 | News me each week. She comes on the same day and time and knows how I like things done.” Mrs G, Horsham. If you, your Mum, Dad, Grandparent, neighbour or friend needs a little bit of extra help at home, please show them this article or get in touch on 01403 260560 or email If you’re interested in working with us, please visit our website

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Scooter Tutors

Over 350,000 mobility scooters are in use in the UK and you see them everywhere as they are so useful for people who cannot walk far. Unfortunately, there have been many scooter accidents with some resulting in serious injuries and even deaths. Horsham Scooter Safety is run by volunteers who recently carried out 90-minute Safety Sessions from the excellent facilities at The Henfield Haven. The aim is to encourage existing mobility scooter and powered wheelchair drivers to be safer by recognising and dealing correctly with hazards, understanding the rules of scooter driving and knowing more about their scooters. They also encourage and welcome those thinking

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of obtaining a scooter in the near future as it gives confidence, can help in the buying decision and they are shown the correct way to drive rather than ‘picking up bad habits as they go along.’ Over 90 scooter drivers have already benefited from attending Safety Sessions which have also been held in Horsham, Pulborough and Billingshurst. Further local sessions are planned and if you drive a scooter, you should consider booking your free place. This is not a test; there is no ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ but a sincere attempt to help drivers become more confident and safer on their scooters. For more information visit horshamscootersafety. or call 01403 269384.

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News | DECEMBER 2019 Lisa paid for the £125 haircut herself and raised £440 for The Little Princess Trust’s research funding. Wendy Tarplee-Morris, a co-founder of The Little Princess Trust, said: “As a charity who rely solely on the kindness of our donors, we are incredibly grateful to Lisa for her generous support. “The hair and money donated will enable us to provide beautiful wigs to children and young people with hair loss and fund vital research into kinder and more effective treatments for childhood cancers.”

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Funeral arranger Lisa donates her hair to help others

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas!

Lisa Lurring of C & T Radmall Funeral Service, Henfield recently donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust to help children and young people dealing with hair loss. She was apprehensive, but she quickly took to her new hairstyle after thinking about the impact her donation would have. Lisa gave 10-inches of hair to The Little Princess Trust, who make real wigs for young people up to the age of 24 who have lost their hair through cancer or other conditions. The charity also funds research into childhood cancers.

Are you tired of the stress, expense and waste associated with Christmas? The Sustainable Henfield 2030 (SH2030) team has been looking at ways to make Christmas greener, and we’d love to see you and chat with you about this and our many other projects (which include planting flowers and trees around the village, protecting local trees, helping hedgehogs, recycling single-use plastics and reducing our carbon-footprint), and hear your ideas and advice, at Henfield’s Christmas Evening on Friday 6 December.

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is no doubt about that. And what’s really incredible is that all of that wonderful care is provided absolutely free of charge. Which means it relies on funding from local people like me and you. So, please, if you can, make a donation to help St Barnabas care for even more people in our local community. Thank you so much, Tanya To donate online visit www.justgiving/stbarnabaschristmas-2019

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Consultation on proposed changes to concessionary rail travel

A new consultation has been launched on a proposed change to the concessionary travel support provided by West Sussex County St Barnabas House Hospice – Council. There will be no changes to the national ‘free bus passes’ provided to older and disabled Sammie’s story people. However, council funding is currently In 2016, when Sammie was 27, she was diagprovided for certain additions to the national ‘free nosed with adenocarcinoma cervical cancer. It’s one of those things that you read in the news and bus pass’ scheme. The proposal being consulted on is to no longer offer a free Senior Railcard as it never affects you. It’s always somebody else. an alternative to the bus pass. But it was really happening. If the proposal goes ahead, eligible older people Sammie had chemoradiotherapy and brachytherapy at the hospital in Brighton. Then she was will be able to receive their free bus pass instead moved to St Barnabas. She was supposed to go of a free Senior Railcard. WSCC will continue to fund some additions to the national scheme in there for pain relief and then go home. That was West Sussex. These include free travel on buses the plan. But, within half an hour of being there the nurses said she wouldn’t be with us for more at any time for Disabled Person’s Bus Pass holders. Also included are companion passes. These than a week. allow qualifying pass holders who need help to In the end, Sammie was in St Barnabas for just travel on buses to take someone with them who two and half days. Me, my mum and my sister can travel for free. Also available is a free Disain law stayed at St Barnabas every night with bled Person’s Railcard instead of the Disabled her. She had loads of visitors and the staff at St Person’s Bus Pass. Barnabas let everyone come in and let us use the Before any decision is made, we are keen to day room. By Sunday night, Sammie was in and gather feedback from passengers. The consultaout of sleep, and not really coherent when she tion questionnaire are available online at www. was awake. She passed away in the early hours - or by calling 01243 of Monday morning. 642105 for a paper copy. Feedback can be made The care at St Barnabas is all you could ever by completing the online consultation questionwant for somebody that you love who is in that naire or by email to situation. If I were seriously ill, I would make it clear The closing date for responses is 4 December. that St Barnabas is where I would want to be. There

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One Man, Two Guvnors

The following is an excerpt from a review of the October production, One Man, Two Guvnors, written by the regional representative of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA), Mr Mark Hall, who saw the Thursday evening performance. Comedic plays are only as good as the actors on the stage and director Peter Ingledew must be delighted with his casting. His clever direction must be commended as, despite the intricate relationships between all the characters, there was never a moment’s confusion as to what was happening on stage. The scene changes were covered by a live skiffle band. Whether by accident or design, the speakers had a crackle to them which made it sound like a 1960s wireless and very authentic. The music was a nice touch, however, it felt a little protracted at times and, given the number of set changes, slowed the otherwise excellent pace of script. All on stage were exceptional, but it would be remiss not to appreciate the work by those unseen by the audience. The lighting was simple but effective, the costumes were of the right period and suited each character as did the properties and the set designs were wonderful. In the final song, with no individual mics, the cast were unable to suf-

ficiently project over the band to the back of the theatre. All other times, the lines and dialogue were delivered clearly and consciously. All in all, this was a thoroughly enjoyable production which left me laughing all the way home. Mark Hall, NODA

Is this you? Henfield Museum This is Dr John Squire’s children’s clinic Christmas party in the Assembly Room in c.1955. The museum has the names of everyone in the photo, but can you recognize yourself or school friends? It’s frightening to think that some of the older children have reached seventy years of age or are very close to it.

Alan Barwick, Henfield Museum

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Henfield Remembrance 2019


emembrance is very important to our village and each year local people come out to honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Come rain or shine, the one thing that can be guaranteed is that Henfield people will gather together, with poppies on their coats and uniforms, to stand in silence for two minutes at the War Memorial in Cagefoot Lane. After a Service of Remembrance at St Peter’s Church on 10th November, the parade returned, led by Brighton and Hove City Brass Band. Clergy from all Henfield Churches contributed to a short service at the War Memorial. In glorious autumn sunshine the names of all soldiers listed on the war memorial were read aloud. Hymns were sung and the Last Post sounded. Children from Guiding and Scouting organisations, Henfield Youth Club and St Peter’s School represented their groups by laying poppy wreaths, which joined those from our local services; Fire, Police, HART responders and the Royal British Legion amongst others. It was very moving to see George Swalwell, who featured on the November 18 BN5 cover and celebrated his

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100th birthday this year, stand up from his chair and with some assistance lay a wreath on behalf of The Merchant Navy Association. Heartfelt thanks from us all go to Henfield Parish Council who organise the event, with Kevin Wright and Claire Fullman working incredibly hard to make sure all the Henfield Remembrance events run smoothly. Dave Page from the Henfield Club was instrumental in organising the 38 marshals who volunteered to help close the roads and Barbara and Margaret at the Henfield Club made sure all veterans and visitors were given a glass of sherry or whisky. Mike Morgan, Henfield’s RBL Poppy Appeal coordinator was Parade Marshall and Digby Stephenson had the task of keeping perfect time. We would also like to mention Bob Reynolds. You may have seen Bob (pictured above, left) standing outside Budgens collecting for the Poppy Appeal this year, as he always does. Henfield people filled three of his collection pots, he stood in all weathers and chatted to everyone. Thank you, Bob, the great work of the Royal British Legion continues because of collectors like you.

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hristmas time is a very busy period for the Henfield BP Guild: Not only do we have our ever popular Jumble Sale and Auction on Saturday 14 December in the Henfield Village Hall, but we also help Santa on his rounds out and about in Henfield in the run-up to Christmas and on Christmas day itself. If you would like Santa to deliver a present on your behalf on Christmas morning, please take it (together with a delivery fee of £3 per present) to the Chief Elf Graham Denyer at 5 Knowles Close, Wednesday 4 December – Silver Birches, Hoewood, Tottington Drive area, Downs view, Sands Lane, Shoreham Road & New Hall Lane in Small Dole. Friday 6 December – Henfield Christmas Evening. Saturday 7 December – Hawthorn Vets Square (formerly Barclays) 9am-1pm. Monday 9 December – West End Lane, Bishop Park, Upper Station Road, Church Lane, Church Street, Pinchnose Green area. Tuesday 10 December – Hollands Road, Staples Barn, Gresham Place, Northcroft, Kings Field, Flower Farm Close, Fabians Way, Broomfield Road, Batts Drive, Greenways, The Hooks.

Full details of present deliveries and Sleigh rounds will also be published on our website at The Henfield BP Guild would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped support us and our activities over the past year, and we look forward to your continued support in 2020. Please remember that ALL of the money we raise with the kind support of the village

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Henfield (01273 492402) on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 December from 3-6pm, or Friday 20 December from 4-7pm. Please mark the present clearly with the child’s name and address. Unfortunately space on the Sleigh is limited so no large presents please. Santa will also be out and about on his Sleigh in the following Henfield locations in the run-up to Christmas – please do come and say hello and you may even get a sweet! Wednesday 11 December – Station Road, Beechings, Lower Station Road, Lower Faircox, Dropping Holmes, Chanctonbury View, Windmill Lane, Nep Town Road, Nep Close, Weavers Lane, South View Terrace, King James Lane, Blackgate Lane, Hewitts. Thurs 12 December – Martyns Close, Chestnut Way, Parsonage Road, Nyes Close, Benson Road, Furners Lane, Furners Mead, Daisycroft. Friday 13 December – Wantley Hill, Meadow Walk, Manor Way, Manor Close, Barn End. Monday 16 December – Cagefoot Lane, The Common, Mill Drive, Cedar Way, London Road. Tuesday 17 December – Deer Park Estate. Saturday 14 & 21 December & Tuesday 24 December – Swains Farm Shop, Henfield Common, 9am-1pm. throughout the year is spent on good causes in and around our great village. We’d like to thank the team at Hawthorn Vets for kindly allowing us to use their power source for the village Christmas Tree. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

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tep back in time at this years’ Henfield Christmas Evening which takes place on Friday 6 December from 4-9pm. The theme this year is the Charles Dicken’s classic novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ and many High Street shops and businesses will be staying open late offering festive fun and treats! We are very excited to announce that the Henfield Christmas Evening guest of honour is… Father Christmas! The great man himself has taken a break from his busy pre-Christmas schedule and will be popping into his Henfield Grotto, which once again is kindly hosted by the Henfield Youth Club. Whilst Father Christmas meets the good boys and girls of Henfield, the BP Guild will be guarding his sleigh outside the Henfield Club and his reindeer will be taking a well-earned break in the garden of Stokes (together with some owls!). There will be plenty of other activities to keep the children entertained on the night including: gingerbread decorating and bauble making

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outside Relish; a traditional Victorian-style sawdust lucky-dip hosted by Atty & Smart; a bonfire brazier at Cloud 9 with roasted chestnuts from Sustainable Henfield 2030; and a fancy dress competition at Henfield Tea Rooms. The Free Church has once again organised the wonderful Nativity Sheep Trail around the village and will be hosting the Christmas Tree Festival, as well as a pop-up nativity photo booth. They will also be carol singing with the beavers, cubs and scouts from 5.30 to 6.30pm outside the church. There’s also carol singing outside Henfield Eyecare from 6.30 to 7.30pm, and the WI Wild Violets will be inside serving mince pies and mulled fruit cup, as well as hosting a ‘guess the name of the teddy bear’ competition. Marcus Grimes will be open to receive completed entries for their ‘word search’ and ‘spot the difference’ competitions published in this issue of BN5 Magazine (see pages 36 and 42). The Henfield Shed will also be joining in the festive fun with a stand in the alleyway leading up to the shed

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premises. For the smaller visitors there will be bed-time stories and a character hunt at Henfield Library and you can visit the Christmas Carol children’s art display at Gallery BN5. Al Badar Barbers will be serving refreshments; Alice’s Dog Groomers will be giving out treats for dogs and Prosecco for their owners; All Things Covered and Henfield Flooring will be providing sweets; our Big Issue seller Fritz has designed and donated gingerbread hearts which have been made by Truffles and will be available in Hair & Co, along with drinks and nibbles; Henfield Funeral Care will have mulled wine, mince pies as well as their memorial tree; Pretty’s Hair will have a Christmas jumper theme together with Christmas music, Prosecco, mince pies and chocolates; and there will be a pop-up Christmas shop in Stokes garage. Christmas shopping can be quite tiring but fortunately our fabulous café’s and fantastic pubs will be open during the evening offering an array of refreshments. Relish Café will have festive food stall outside and The George will be selling gingerbread and hot chocolate (with marshmallows for the children and Baileys for the grown-ups!) or mulled wine and there will be mulled wine at Antiques and Home. The Posthouse Café will be serving warming Christmas spiced lattes and luxury hot chocolates while the BP Guild will be selling their delicious burgers and hotdogs outside the Henfield Club. We are incredibly lucky to have such a vibrant High Street. Our High Street shops and businesses go to a lot of trouble to put on community events such as the magical Henfield Christmas Evening, so please do come along show your support and shop local this Christmas.

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Shopping locally is a lot less stressful than fighting the Christmas crowds at a shopping centre or worrying whether your online shopping will arrive in time… and neither will you have to pay for postage or parking! By spending money locally you are keeping more money in the local economy which in turn helps keeps jobs in the local community which is vital for economic recovery and growth. Supporting local food and drink producers is the ethical choice, reducing food miles and excessive packaging as well as supporting local businesses. Why buy something mass produced from a national chain store when local artists, designers and craftspeople can provide you with a truly special and unique gift? Local business owners are usually passionate about what they do - they give great expert advice for free and often go the extra mile to make sure their customers are happy. BN5 Magazine | 31

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Mallards Dental Practice has been in Henfield for over 20 years. It is, and always has been, run with a family ethos, welcoming all members of your family regardless of age or specialist requirements. We would like to welcome you to our friendly environment with easy access, hassle free parking and with same day appointments available. Our welcoming and professional team can offer all elements of dentistry from prevention of dental decay and gum problems to more complex dental treatment, cosmetic dentistry and simple orthodontics. Please contact our reception team to discuss your needs. The practice has also invested in a Cerec machine, an impressive piece of equipment which can turn around crowns, veneers and even bridges on the same day – again, making it more convenient for our patients. The practice is lead by Sarah Almashat who graduated in 2005 and worked as Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Norwich and Norfolk University Hospitals NHS trust to gain exposure and experience in oral surgery, thereafter she has achieved the membership of the royal college of surgeons in Edinburgh (MFDS) 2009, Diploma in Evidence Based Dentistry from Teesside University 2009 and a certificate in restorative dentistry 2015. Her wide exposure has made her competent in wide range of general Dental work including complex Dental reconstruction, Cosmetic Dentistry, dealing with nervous patients, offering Dental services to children and also started marketing and working on Facial Aesthetics including Botox and Dermal Fillers.

Mhiran Patel has graduated in 2010, has worked as an associate dentist, He gained further postgraduate qualifications in 2015 at the University of Manchester in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry. Mhiran joined Mallard Dental Practice in March 2019. Undertaking the complex work required during his Masters degree, Mhiran now has experience with full mouth rehabilitation and cosmetic dentistry. Integrating new aspects and techniques of dentistry such as computer aided design and manufacture of crowns and fillings.

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Lighting up Henfield with the Christmas Tree Festival


he Henfield Christmas Tree Festival is here again from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th December! This is the third year we have been running now and there are no signs of it slowing down! Last year we had over thirty trees from businesses and charities presented in the Free Church and its hall, and lots of small trees from children in the village. The atmosphere was truly warm and happy, Christmas music wafted through the air and even our carollers braved the cold to sing outside! We also provided hundreds of visitors with hot chocolate and biscuits. This year we are changing things a little bit. Instead of the children’s small tree competition, we are opening up the festival to families to enter, whether it’s your birth family, community family or friendship group. Families are invited to decorate a tree to tell us something about their family, show-off their hobbies or even show-off their favourite decorations, whether they are bought or homemade. We are including a pop-up photo booth, complete with costumes and props so every family or friendship group can take away a photo of

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themselves as a part of the nativity scene. We are grateful to the Men’s Shed for help with the props for this! We are very excited about this and hope families will share their photos to our Facebook page (search for Henfield Free Church Xmas Tree Festival) so that everyone can enjoy them! We are also offering Christmas craft on the Saturday afternoon this year, following the carols sing-along in the afternoon, and don’t forget the Hand Bell Ringers on Saturday morning! On the Sunday morning, we will be presenting the ‘The Well Good Nativity’ play in the church followed by yummy morning tea and a special Christmas cake. This is a great opportunity to sing more carols, hear the nativity story and spend time over a cuppa enjoying good company. There is a lot to see and be a part of so come along and join in! Our Free Church family are very excited to be a part of the village Christmas festivities and we look forward to welcoming you on 6th, 7th and 8th of December. For more information please see our flyers or email us at

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Festive fun at Rushfields late night shopping


ushfields Farm Shop in Poynings will be sprinkling the festive fairy dust over their late-night shopping evening on Friday 6 December from 4-8pm and it promises to be a fabulously Christmassy event. You will be able to ‘meet the makers’ who will be offering visitors festive food and drink tastings including: delicious wine from Poynings Grange and Plumpton College; a variety of gins from Pinkster Gin; panettone and an array of other real Italian goodies from Tenuta Marmorelle; and a range of tasty cheeses from Snowdonia Cheese Company. There will also be lots of different pop-up food stalls to visit, each with a different foodie theme including: the Wobblegate Cider bar; the Rushfields famous Pie Shop; Sausage and Bratwurst; Gourmet Hot Chocolate; and Loaded Fries. The evening is not just about food and drink – there will be hundreds of gifts, trees, lights and

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decorations to browse and there will be lots of special offers in both the Garden Centre and Farm Shop. Rushfields are also organising a raffle in aid of St Peter’s and St James Hospice in Chailey with a range of fantastic prizes, all donated by themselves. Younger visitors will be well catered for - the Café area will be taken over by a variety of fun children’s games and entertainment including Hook the Duck, Choose the Snowman’s Nose and Miss Potts Pottery Painting. There will also be a live music from local band ‘Sold as Seen’ who will be playing a range of favourite cover versions (from Amy Winehouse to Thin Lizzy) as well as their own music – check them out at Shopping local this Christmas is so easy to do with fantastic shops on our doorstep, so make a note of the date and pop in to experience the warm Rushfields welcome and immerse yourself in an evening of festive fun!

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ooks make the perfect Christmas gift, especially for the person who has everything, as there is a constant supply of new titles being published. We asked the wonderful Steyning Bookshop to give us their recommendations for this year’s Christmas stockings and they have come up with the following brilliant books (what’s more, they’re also offering a massive 20% discount on these titles if you mention BN5 Magazine).

Higgidy – The Veggie Cookbook by Camilla Stephens (Octopus Books £20)

Camilla Stephens founded the award-winning Higgidy Pies, the phenomenal Sussex success story, which has sky-rocketed from a kitchen-table venture to becoming a premium British brand without losing its deliciousness in the process. Her first cookbook ‘Higgidy – The Cookbook’ was crammed with brilliant family-friendly recipes which really worked. Now Camilla is back with a second collection of mouth-watering recipes ‘Higgidy – The Veggie Cookbook’, which will tempt even the most dedicated meat-eater! As well as Higgidy classics such as Garden Pea and Potato Quiche and Squash Mac and Cheese Pie, the book goes beyond pies and tarts to include ingenious recipes for everything from a One-pan Roast Carrot and Chickpea Traybake to an Artichoke and Butter Bean Salad. Superyummy, fresh practical family cooking at its best!

The Heritage of Horsham District in 100 Objects by Jeremy Knight (Horsham Museum £19.99)

Written by the curator of Horsham Museum Jeremy Knight and edited by Michael Burt of the Horsham District Heritage forum to celebrate HDC’s Year of Culture, this fascinating book, illustrated by over 200 photographs, tells a 100 million year story through objects put forward by local historians and enthusiasts. From the dinosaur Horshamosaurus Rudgwickensis (yes, really!) to the Henfield Violets, from a Steyning 17th Century chamber pot to WW2 Zero Station Shipley, the book is packed with wonderful examples of the District’s rich heritage, revealing often little known buildings, places and artefacts, and giving us a taste of the wonders on our doorstep. The authors could fill several more volumes with the material that they have gathered and hopefully in the future they will.

The Forager’s Calendar by John Wright (Profile Books £18)

A while ago a customer regaled us with a story about the wonderfully eccentric and alcohol fuelled experience of attending a foraging expedition with naturalist and leading fungi expert John Wright, River Cottage forager and author of The Natural History of the Countryside. Our pick for Christmas is this latest book, written in his inimitable style, full of fascinating information about the edible delights of our countryside, beautifully produced and fully illustrated. A gem! “John Wright writes as though he’s talking directly to you, a good friend in the same room. His harvest of fascinating information is worn lightly, with funny, whimsical observations... this wonderful book should be well-thumbed by anyone who is interested in the natural world” (BBC Countryfile). 50 | BN5 Magazine

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Meerkat Christmas by Emily Gravett (Macmillan £12.99)

Sunny the meerkat from Emily’s Meerkat Mail wants a white Christmas. Plus a decorated tree, and Christmas carols and a roast dinner with sprouts. None of which can be found in the Kalahari desert where he lives. So off he sets across the world in search of the perfect Christmas. But maybe the trimmings are not what Christmas is all about, and what he’s been looking for was at home all along… A funny and festive offering from bookshop favourite Emily Gravett, full of amusing flaps and letters.

The Wych Elm by Tana French (Penguin £8.99)

From the writer whose novels inspired the current BBC TV Dublin Murders comes her latest and arguably best novel so far. Toby, a hip Irish art gallery PR in his twenties, feels that he has a charmed life, but his confidence is wrecked by a brutal and mysterious attack in his apartment which leaves him traumatised and recovering all too slowly. A convalescent stay in an old childhood home, Ivy House, as companion to a sick uncle, seems to provide the answer until a grisly discovery is made and Toby finds himself the suspect in a murder case. This is a page turner with the requisite twists of a thriller but pleasingly nuanced in its examination of character and motivation. For those who enjoyed Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

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ne of the greatest concerns expressed by the volunteers who work with the Henfield Area Response Team (HART) is that of not being able to find the collapsed patient quickly enough. When the heart fails, the time window available for successful resuscitation is critical and every minute spent finding the patient is a minute subtracted from this critical time window. For this very reason, HART are launching a campaign to encourage everyone in the village to consider how easy it would be for an emergency responder to find them, or their house, in an emergency - particularly with the long nights and short days that we are going to experience over winter. Walking around the new housing developments by day it must be said that the majority of houses do have clear house numbers showing on their doors or porches. This cannot be said for some of the older parts of the village where it is not uncommon for houses to be named rather than numbered. Whilst names are quaint and add character, regrettably they are a thorn in the side of anyone who has to search for a particular house. Next time you are out and about why not challenge yourself to identify which houses would be easy to find if you had to deliver a parcel… repeat the exercise at night and you will perhaps see the problem faced by others. So what can be done? Illuminated house numbers or signs which are large enough to be seen clearly from the road need to be at least 15 cm (or 6 inches) in height. However they can not only be expensive but also require an electricity supply. While solar powered lights might seem to be the answer, these would not usually be powerful enough to last throughout a winter night, particularly when there is not a lot of sunshine during the day to charge them up. A simple alternative would be to use reflective numbers or letters. These are relatively cheap, are self-adhesive and can be affixed to doors, walls, gates, and fences. But again, choose somewhere which is visible from the road so that anyone driving around at night could find the number easily. If you keep a wheelie bin in your drive way or in front of your house, this could be an ideal place to put a reflective house number. We have asked Hamfeld’s in the High Street to stock these and they are also readily available to purchase online (search for ‘wheely bin numbers’).

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For those who possess a smartphone, another excellent way for you to describe your location to the emergency services is by using the ‘what3words’ app. This gives every 3m x 3m plot of land in the world a three word reference. So even if you collapse in the middle of a field, the emergency services can locate you with ease. This is especially useful for dog walkers or horse riders who might fall and be a long way from a public road. See our website for more information. Help emergency responders, just in case, by ensuring your location is visible for 2020.

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ne of the greatest nightmares for a parent is when their child needs to visit a hospital. Sadly that happens to over 45,000 young people who are treated at Brighton’s Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (The Alex) every year. And wherever there is a show of hands around Sussex, you can be sure that a huge majority of the audience will be familiar with The Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. Whether grandparents, parents or youngsters, most of us have been touched by the support the charity offers during those stressful times. The Alex has been based for the last twelve years at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and the role of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, as the official fundraising arm, is to make their experience a little less uncomfortable. Established just over 50 years ago by Dr Trevor Mann, the charity works closely with consultants and paediatricians to ensure the best equipment is provided to benefit the babies, children and teenagers who need them. In recent times this has included supporting the introduction of a dedicated Children’s Emergency Department and a new Sensory Garden. And yet for all their great work, which extends 72 | BN5 Magazine

to the baby unit in Haywards Heath and other hospitals around Sussex, the charity receives no Government funding. All income comes from donations, events, fundraisers, and for this article, lotteries. Henfield resident Trevor Watson used to run the lotteries for Brighton and Hove Albion. However, when the club decided it wanted to change direction, Trevor sought a new home for his fantastic team of fundraisers. “I felt for the lottery agents, many of whom had walked the streets selling Albion scratchcards and lottery tickets for over 30 years. The service they provided extended beyond the sale, as it involved going to regular customers, for whom they were often their only visitor each week. I realised that I couldn’t just walk away, though I would not blame a single agent for thinking differently.” Trevor made contact with the Rockinghorse CEO Ryan Heal, to gauge his interest. Ryan was very enthusiastic, so Trevor set up the society ‘Friends of Rockinghorse’. He just needed to convince the lottery agents to join the project. “I feared most choose to enjoy warm evenings indoors. However, it was incredibly humbling that all bar one wanted to support Rockinghorse,

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Amy Farmer from the Alex, Ryan Heal Rockinghorse CEO, Trevor Watson, and Rockinghorse Community Fundraiser, Hollie Trezise

and the one retiree, willingly handed over his customers to another agent. To be fair to the Albion, they agreed to a handover event at the Amex, which, together with Ryan’s enthusiasm, certainly helped overcome the previous disappointment.” Five years later and while a few agents may have retired, there is still a fantastic team treading the streets from Hailsham to Littlehampton, selling scratchcards and weekly lottery tickets to their equally committed regular customers. In November the total monies raised since inception passed £75,000. And over the years there have also been some surprising initiatives. As Trevor says, “While we have had people asking for scratchcards as wedding favours, the most successful idea was to sell packs of scratchcards in Christmas wrapping paper with a chocolate on top. Last year we sold over 400 packs of three or five card sets. People love them as stocking fillers or table presents. It is a bit of fun, also the chance to make a small donation to the charity, and a little reminder that even at Christmas children are in hospital.” Trevor and wife Julie (who has lived in the village for over 40 years and is the society’s treasurer), have their own heartwarming Rockinghorse story.

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Their daughter started visiting the hospital from the age of two and was a regular over the next sixteen years. Julie takes up the story: “Kelly had a few problems and as every parent knows a visit to a hospital is an incredibly stressful and concerning experience. When we first went The Alex was based in Dyke Road, a horribly dated and unpleasant building. However, from walking in and seeing the actual rockinghorse, our spirits and more importantly those of Kelly, lifted every time. Throughout the years the support we were given by everyone was incredible.” Kelly is now grown up and fully recovered. But for Julie those memories linger: “We have experienced what many parents and young patients go through and perhaps not surprisingly Rockinghorse is our favourite charity. Therefore, it is wonderful to be able to give a little back.” If you would like more information about the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, visit If you would like to join the £2 weekly lottery (you could win up to £5,000) or wish to purchase some Christmas wrapped (or unwrapped) scratchcards, call Trevor or Julie on 01273 495224.

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Eight ways for businesses to recruit for growth In a Small or Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) your people are your business, so recruiting the right talent is imperative. Finding the right talent can be a huge and expensive task. What can you do to ensure you are not only recruiting the right talent, but also talent who will grow with your business? Here are some easy steps to recruit and retain for growth: 1.

Benchmark the salaries and benefits you 5. offer It isn’t all about the money, so think about other benefits as well (they go a long way). Research what your competitors are offering and use it as a benchmark.

Establish annual reviews With the right team in place, annual performance reviews should be carried out – these will motivate your team and benefit your business. Meaningful and realistic personal action plans can be reviewed and monitored.


Have an exciting recruitment and onboarding process Create an interview process that gives you a real insight into the people you may be hiring. Once you have offered the job, get them excited about joining your organisation. Create a welcome pack giving them some personal insights about the team. Build a great induction experience that is slick and informative.


Turn your managers into leaders Your managers are key your success. Train them to be great leaders, not task givers. If you do, they will inspire your team and be the future directors of your business.


Run an employee survey Surveys are a great way to find out what your team likes and dislikes about your organisation. Showing interest and responding to their concerns is vitally important. Employee engagement surveys can be conducted annually and anonymously. Specialist firms will provide an on-line tailored survey for your business and will benchmark the results year-on-year.


Manage your external reputation Bolster your social media profile and reinvigorate your website to show everyone what a great place to work you have. Keep reviewing and updating as your business grows and changes. Success stories, testimonials, case studies are highly valuable.


Implement an organisation structure It is good to have a career path, if your structure is flat, you may want to change it. Employees with a sense of direction and career structure will be motivated and less likely to leave.


Link competencies to your job descriptions Don’t just think about what tasks you want people to do, think about the person that you want and their personality and skills. Having the right mix of personalities and skills is important for any organisation.

For further help and guidance please contact Paul Samrah on 01737 781546 or email




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