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High Street Christmas Evening: 3 December Christmas Tree Festival: 10 December Henfield | Small Dole | Woodmancote | Blackstone | Edburton | Fulking


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.

meet the reindeer in the garden Friday 3 December

indulge in our chocolate fountain in the shop

DECEMBER 2021 | Contents

06 Festive What’s On 08 News 19 Local Interest 22 Christmas 26 Christmas 32 Christmas 47 Christmas 61 Christmas 62 Index from the BN5 area

from the BN5 area

Henfield Remembrance 2021

Editor’s Letter

Our December issue is our very favourite; fun, sparkle and festive events galore! Last year was a little quiet on the events front so we’re extra pleased to see such a full and exciting diary for Henfield this December. The traditional Henfield High Street Shopping Evening takes place on Friday 3 December, it’s a great time to enjoy all the great things about Henfield and indulge in a little Christmas shopping too – they really deserve our support, so please come out and join in the fun. Please also take a look at Henfield Hampers, the very best from our local businesses as festive hampers. These are uniquely local gifts for underneath your tree, see page 31 for all the choices. We also love the Evangelical Free Church Christmas Tree Festival, which is always so pretty and creative. Trees are decorated by local businesses and organisations, please don’t miss their special open event on Friday 10 December where you’ll find Spooky the Donkey and carol singers too, just to get you in the festive mood! This is supported by the Post House Café who will be open for warming refreshments afterwards. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas. Best wishes

Emma Cole, Editor

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Andrew Lawton, Kevin Dawkins, Jean Whiting, Sarah Butler and Paul Samrah. Cover photograph of a previous Christmas Tree Festival taken by Emma Cole 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 2022 issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 3 December.

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

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Leonardslee Illuminated

Nativity Sheep Trail

Spectacular illuminated trail through the gardens and estate. Music, theatre, food and funfair. See news item for details.

Collect your entry form in Henfield Library and complete the Sheep Trail by finding the names of all the sheep in shop windows. See page 47 for details.

From 25 Nov, 4.15pm-late, Leonardslee, Horsham

From Wed 1 Dec, Henfield High Street

High Street Christmas Evening

The Henfield Hall Annual Quiz

Join in the fun as local shops open late with fun and festive entertainment. Fancy dress, stalls and streetfood, Santa’s Grotto and live reindeer. See page 22.

The legendary Hall Quiz returns, with Paul Samrah as Quiz Master. Book by calling 01273 493365. Tables of 8 £56 inc. supper.

Fri 3 Dec, 5pm onwards, Henfield High Street

Festive Artisan Market

Sun 5 Dec 10am-2pm, Henfield Hall Car Park Local Artisan Market with a very festive twist! Christmas foodie treats from local producers. NB No market in January, next will be 6 February.

Christmas Tree Festival

Fri 3 Dec, 7.30pm, The Henfield Hall

Arts and Crafts Fair

Sun 5 Dec, 10am-4pm, Henfield Hall Garden Room Leather and fabric bags, handcrafted jewellery, quilts and fabric, lino prints, pottery and wood turned items. Handmade cards, Christmas crackers and decorative wreaths.

Fri 10 (5-9pm) Sat 11 (10am-12, 5-7pm) Sun 12 (10.30am service) Dec, Evangelical Free Church

BP Guild Jumble and Auction

A wonderful, glittering display of trees by local businesses and organisations. See page 26

Last-minute Christmas bargains. Donations gratefully received.

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Sat 11 Dec, 2pm, Henfield Hall

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Christmas Celebration Concert

Psychic Medium

A dazzling celebration of Christmas with Brass Fusion entertaining with some fun festive tunes. Tickets £10, on the door only. Raffle & refreshments

Popular Medium Glyn Davis returns to the Henfield Club. Tickets £15 in advance from Marcus Grimes or the Henfield Club.

Sun 12 Dec, 6.30pm for 7pm start, Henfield Club

Sun 12 Dec, 2.30pm, Henfield Hall

Weekly Market & Hamper Auction

Mon 13 Dec, 9am-1pm, Henfield Hall (auction 11am) A special charity auction of Christmas Hampers takes place at 11am, each stallholder will donate a hamper of goodies with proceeds to local charities. Mulled wine & mince pies.

Christmas Church Services

Services from Sun 19 Dec, all Henfield Churches See page 19 for details of 2021 Christmas services.

QUIZ New Year’s Eve at Tottington

Henfield Club Mystery Quiz

Fri 31 Dec, 7.30pm, Tottington Manor

Mystery Quiz, with Marc Kent. Tickets £2 from the Henfield Club or Marcus Grimes.

Enjoy a fine dining celebration dinner whilst enjoying the music from our 9-piece band Soul Town. Tickets £95. Booking in advance only, see page 28.

B-P Guild Christmas Tree Disposal

Treasure Island: The Panto

Have your Christmas tree recycled and raise money for the Scouts Building Appeal. £10 per tree. Call Dave Malkin on 01273 493843 or Eric Williams on 01273 494470

Henfield Theatre Company returns with this family favourite. Tickets £13 and £10 (under 16s) on sale from 6 Dec at Stevens Estate Agents or from

Tues 28 Dec, 2-4pm, Henfield Club

Sat 8 Jan 22, pick-up locations in BN5 area

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Henfield BP Guild

Our ever-popular Jumble Sale and Auction will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 11 December starting at 2pm. This will be a great opportunity to get some last-minute Christmas bargains. All donations of good quality jumble will be gladly received. Also, I know we do not want to think about the new year yet, but we will be offering our Xmas Tree Disposal Service. If you would like us to dispose of your Christmas Tree in an easy and environmentally friendly way for £10 per tree, please contact Dave Malkin on 01273 493843 or Eric Williams on 01273 494470. The Henfield BP Guild would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has helped Children’s Advent Window Giveaway support us and our activities over the past year, Are you aged between four and nine? Please help and we look forward to your continued support in 2022. Please remember that all the money us decorate and finish our window Christmas we raise with the kind support of the village tree. The advent bags on the tree are full of Christmas throughout the year is spent on good causes in Goodies. Every day during advent we will replace and around our great village. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy a bag with a Christmas Tree decoration, until we have 24 decorations hanging from the tree. If you New Year. Kevin Dawkins would like an advent bag, choose the number on the bag and ring our bell. We will give you a wooden token with your bag number on. Bring Seed Swap the token back on Christmas eve after 3pm and Advance notice - the date for the Henfield you can take your goodie bag for some Christmas seed swap has now been fixed for Saturday 19 Eve fun. First come first served and reindeer poo February at The Henfield Haven. This gives you is included (there is no charge). lots of time for you all to get your seeds sorted, I decorate my kitchen window at 2 Infant School and your wish lists prepared! More details to Cottages on Nep Town Road as often as possible follow nearer the time. for everyone to see. It started as a bit of fun for Liz Taylor the children who pass by, however it’s now a regular occurrence with neighbours and members of the community stop and ask when the next window will be and its theme. It is lovely to see everyone’s expressions as they walk past and I’m incredibly lucky that some have left presents and props on my doorstep. My long-suffering husband gets questioned whilst walking the dog and the window is now a joint effort between us. I do hope that on the 24th, every bag is taken and enjoyed as an extra Christmas eve surprise.

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Peacock Food

Cornerweighs has very kindly agreed to both hold the money raised from the peacock calendar sales and will also be the central point for distributing their feed through this winter. The money (£885 was raised) will be held to buy ornamental bird food from R & H Pet Supplies and to pay any vet bills if needed. The bird feed will be free to village residents and cost 50p to non-residents. If you want to get some bird feed, please come to Cornerweighs with proof that you live in Henfield and you will be given a membership card that will allow you to get For more news go to

DECEMBER 2021 | News bird feed on future visits. Please bring a small container - a margarine tub or jam jar is perfect. Any further ‘Peacock’ fund applications made to Cornerweighs will be posted on the ‘Save the Henfield Peacocks’ group so that all may have a say. The ‘Go Funding’ money (£527 raised so far but minus a bit for admin fees when the account is closed) will remain untouched. Cornerweighs does not have any connection to the Just Giving page, just the calendar money.

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are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination - see (we are not licensed to vaccinate this age group in Henfield). We continue to ask you to wear a mask in the surgery and, while infection rates are high, I would recommend you wear a mask in all crowded locations. Thank you for supporting your local surgery and the NHS. A gentle reminder about testing Lateral flow tests are for use only if you are asymptomatic (no symptoms). If you develop symptoms of Covid such as a cough or fever/ temperature or loss of sense of taste or smell (even if you are vaccinated), you should do a PCR Covid test. These are more accurate and can be booked usually on the day through NHS 111 where you can also find Government guidance on what to do regarding self-isolation.

Karen Crawford Clarke, Senior Partner, Henfield Medical Practice

Arts & Crafts Fair at the Henfield Hall Henfield Medical Practice Update

As the pandemic has evolved we have changed the way we work, increasing the number of telephone and video appointments and now you can choose which consultation is most appropriate for your problem. We also introduced ‘e-consult’ on our website allowing us to assess the urgency of patient queries and deal with them appropriately. For the last six months demand for GP appointments has been higher than ever before. This has coincided with the phenomenal vaccination program that we have run in our own time, alongside other volunteers, so as not to impact on the normal GP appointments. We appreciate our phones are extremely busy at present and this has been exacerbated by staff shortages through illness or isolation. We have noticed patients being angry and sarcastic about access to appointments, when in fact we are offering more appointments than ever before. We are trying to find the right balance of face-to-face and telephone consultations to minimize infection risk for vulnerable patients and also to ensure that the appointments go to those most in need. The number of COVID-19 cases in the village is still high and we urge the small percentage of patients who remain unvaccinated to come forward. It is particularly important to get vaccinated if you are pregnant. We have also started issuing the COVID-19 Pfizer booster which we strongly recommend and we will contact you when you are eligible. If your child is 12-15 years and not in the at-risk category they

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On Sunday 5 December, 10am to 4pm, a number of our wonderful local artisans and crafters will be setting up shop in the Garden Room. We are so lucky to have such great craftspeople in our area who’ll be selling their leather and fabric bags, handcrafted jewellery, quilts and

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News | DECEMBER 2021 fabric, lino prints, pottery and wood turned items – all great gift ideas for Christmas. Perfect for the festive season, there will also be handmade cards, Christmas crackers and decorative wreaths. Hot and cold food and beverages will be available throughout, so be sure to put the date in your diary! Contact:

Angela Manuel

Update on Saskia Lane

You may have seen the article about Saskia’s fight with Covid-19 on page 17 of November’s BN5. Saskia is doing well, fighting her way back to health since she became perilously ill with Covid-19. Some people have asked if they can help this young family to get back on their feet. Please see the GoFundMe page which has been set up to support them all.

Becky Knight

Treasure Island, The Panto

It has been a few years since we last enjoyed the mad frolics of a traditional panto in Henfield but it’s nearly that time again. Next month the Henfield Hall stage will be transformed into Treasure Island, complete with Long John Silver and his hapless gang of pirates who find themselves up against the ladies of the Smugglers Cove Women’s Institute! Throw in the love interest between Jim Hawkins and Jenny (beautiful daughter of the Squire), the antics of Polly the rather large and elderly parrot, the excesses of the dame (Jim’s Mum) and a couple of bumbling old sailors (Willy and Sam) and this panto will be up there with the best of them. We can of course expect all the usual shenanigans! The Henfield Theatre Company is delighted to be bringing ‘Treasure Island – The Panto’, written by Ben Crocker, to our shores and it is due to drop anchor over two weekends (14-15th and 21st22nd January) for six performances with evening performances starting at 7.30pm and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. A great crew has been assembled for this one and everyone is looking forward to the fun. The production is directed by Peter Ingledew, musical director is David Barnett and the choreographer is Karen Blunden. Tickets, priced £13 for adults and £10 for children under 16, are available from 6th December at the box office in Stevens Estate Agents or from the HTC website at . The production is kindly sponsored by Coles Automotive. Don’t miss it or you might be given… the black spot!

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Small Dole Harvest Fair

Despite predictions of rain the sun shone and the whole community turned out for the Harvest Fair with local produce, arts and crafts on display. Cakes, coffee, curry, crochet, plants, candles, earrings, vegan food, eggs, Christmas decorations, vegetables and so many arts and crafts....we offered an amazing display of locally produced goodies. For four hours there was a constant stream of neighbours and friends keen to snap up the gorgeous fare. James Harris was run off his feet providing refreshments and cutting up delicious cakes for attendees. Julie Mcrae must have sold a plant a minute... she had spent several months propagating beautiful indoor plants specially for the Fair. Sharon Perry sold many of her beautifully hand painted terracotta plant pots, again, specifically made to raise funds. Rose Murray created unique Mediterranean gardens on French roof tiles, laden with succulents and authenticity. The Woodland Trust both paid for a table and donated to the fund, exhibiting beautiful wooden, hand turned goods along with plant labels and stakes. Generous donations and successful sales resulted in a sum of £1,385 to donate to the Small Dole Skatepark! From a fledgling idea to draw the community together and raise funds for our local skatepark I am proud to say it was an astounding success.

Debbie Forster

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Charity Auction at the Weekly Market

On Monday 13 December at the Weekly Market in the Village Hall, a Charity Auction of Christmas Hampers will take place at 11.00am. Each stallholder is donating a hamper of goodies, and all proceeds will go to local charities. There will be mulled wine and mince pies, so make sure you are there for this special event! Contact:

Angela Manuel

Squirrel Scouts

The Scout Association have announced the launch of its first new section for young people in over 35 years, with the starting of Squirrel Scouts. Squirrels is an early years provision for young children aged 4 and 5, and fits in before Beavers Scouts. The Squirrels meeting will be known as a Squirrel Scout Drey. At the moment 1st Henfield Scout Group does not have plans for a Squirrel section, but is gauging interest for the possibility of starting a new section in the future. In order to understand Trafalgar Day concert any interest, the Group would like to hear about potential Squirrels and their Parents or Guardians, The Sussex branch of the Royal Society of St George held a concert on 23 October to celebrate especially how many of the adults would commit to becoming leaders and take on the running Trafalgar day. Henfield’s own Brass Fusion band of the Drey if it were to start. Due to the young led by Martin and Sian Buss played nautical nature of this age group, a very high ratio of adult music in recognition of a major British victory on to young persons is required for every session, the high seas on 21 October 1805. There was so as a Group we need to know there are lots a good turn-out considering the present Covid of adults able to run the weekly hourly sessions situation. Everyone enjoyed the concert having before we start applying to open a Drey. a good time tapping their feet with music. We are grateful to the local businesses for donating If you are interested in your child becoming raffle prizes. After expenses, the profit will be a Squirrel and you a leader, or if you are just shared amongst two Sussex charities. Dame interested in volunteering to help run a Squirrels Vera Lynn Children’s charity (supporting under section in Henfield then please let us know by 5’s with cerebral palsy and other motor learning emailing: membershipsec@1sthenfieldscoutgr impairments); and HART (first responders in . It will be from this interest that the Henfield). Our thanks go to everyone who Group will decide if we look into starting the attended and helped to make this such an process of creating a Squirrel Scout Drey for enjoyable evening. Henfield.

Arun Agarwal, Chairman RSSG (Sussex)

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Henfield Club

Our WSCC County Councillor Sarah Payne joined the long and wet 10-mile walk and they The Henfield Club is finishing off the year serving all had to cope with unexpectedly high waters. mulled wine, hot dogs and mince pies at the Everyone made it back by 3.15pm to Henfield Henfield’s Late night shopping on Friday 3 Hall where Parish and District Councillors were December. Then on Sunday 12 December we there to meet us for welcome tea, cakes and are pleased to present the popular Medium Glyn conversation. During the day we kept in contact Davies who is amazing (tickets priced £15 are with Walk2Cop26 group going into Glasgow and available from Marcus Grimes and Henfield Club). we heard about the ups and downs of their 500 The annual Club Christmas Draw will take place mile journey on foot over the last month. All of on Friday 17 December and finally on Tuesday us appreciated the messages and support of 28 December the Mystery Quiz will take place local residents, our local MP, local councillors with Marc Kent (tickets priced £2 available from and church leaders. Important messages about Marcus Grimes and the Henfield Club). climate change were shared throughout the day.

Andy Manuel

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Recycling over the Festive Period

Henfield’s support for ‘Walk2COP26’

On 31 October over 50 Henfield residents joined together to raise awareness about the importance for everyone of COP26 which was starting that day. We were inspired to do this by Sam Baker, who has local connections. He asked us to support his group’s efforts to walk the whole 500 miles from London to Glasgow: ‘Walk2COP26’. Henfield Joggers also joined in the fun by logging their practice runs on a special app called ATLASGo! It turns out that between us all, the app shows Henfield planted at least 160 trees… a lovely result from the group effort.

Good news - we will be able to recycle more this year! Forget the recycling symbols; do the ‘scrunch test’ instead. All clean plastic bags, cling film, bubble wrap, plastic film can now be recycled by taking them to bins at Tesco, Sainsbury’s and some Co-op stores, including Steyning and Partridge Green. You can now recycle nearly all wrapping paper and cards – just avoid the ones with glitter and the foil/metallic paper and take off bows, ribbons and excess sticky tape. Could you cut up cards to make gift tags or bookmarks? All cardboard can be recycled, but again try to remove tape

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DECEMBER 2021 | News before putting in your recycling bin. Hamfeld’s sell paper tape and non-plastic Sellotape, so do consider these. If you buy a real Christmas tree, do consider a rooted one that you can then plant in your garden, or if this not an option, give it to the scouts to shred after Christmas to raise money for good causes and make soil improver for gardens. Food waste can be a problem at Christmas – quite a few local people are now using the Olio app to give away food that they can’t manage to eat in time. If you think you may have excess food you would like to give to others, do consider downloading the Olio App and arrange to give it to others locally.

Ruth Robotham

Henfield Repair Café

Have you ever been to one of the Household recycling tips and been horrified by the amount of things that have been thrown away, when they could have been repaired. Well, this is why we are setting up our own Repair Café. We can currently try to repair electronic and wooden items, clothing and leather items, bikes (including bike maintenance), jewellery as well as tool sharpening. We are working in conjunction with the Henfield Shed and the Computer Club. All requests will be taken at the SH2030 Monday Market stall in Henfield Hall which runs between 9am – 1pm, or at our stall at the Traders market on the first Sunday of the month outside Henfield Hall. Please don’t bring the item to the hall, unless it is a piece of jewellery (as these repairers have a stall in the Monday Market). You will be asked to read the Repair Café ‘House Rules’ and then complete a request form. After the market the request form is given to the relevant repairer who will contact you to discuss the repair and then you take the item to them. If a part is needed then you will be asked to purchase this. Not all items can be repaired and if this is the case, you must collect the item from the repairer. Once the repair has been made, you will need to collect it and give a donation to the repairer. This should be commensurate with the length of time that the repair has taken, but in the range of £5 - £10.

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Please note that we don’t repair items in competition with local businesses such as clocks and watches, lawn mowers, white goods, TVs and picture frames. We would welcome helpers on our SH2030 stalls at the Monday Market and Traders Market - please let me know if you can help.

Ruth Robotham

The Friends of St Peter’s

The Friends of St. Peter’s (FOSP) is a secular organisation whose aim is to raise funds to keep the beautiful church of St Peter’s in good repair. We do this by holding various events throughout the year which are aimed at appealing to a broad cross section of the community, whatever their beliefs. Prior to the Pandemic, these events included amongst other things: musical performances; a summer social, with excellent food, drink and company; talks on all sorts of topics and a very popular New Year’s Brunch. We are intending to start up again in January and would like to encourage people who are interested in maintaining the beauty of the Church building for generations to come, to contact us with a view to becoming a member or, if you would prefer to become more actively involved, to join our committee. Contact: Ann Sayce (Membership Secretary) 01273 491850

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Gingerbread House Decorating Competition

On Friday 10 December 2021 it will be the fourth ‘Safe in Sussex’s Gingerbread House Decorating Competition’ for businesses and community groups. It’s great festive fun – they provide the Gingerbread House pieces a couple of weeks before the online event and you put it together and decorate it with anything edible. There’s a trophy for the winner and great publicity to be had too! New for 2021 there is also a Gingerbread House Event on Saturday 11 December from 11.30 -1.30 at St Oscar Romero School, Goring By Sea. Small and large Gingerbread House packs | 13

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relish the festive season... We would like to say a big thank you to all our customers and wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a happy and healthy 2022! With our best wishes, Alison Andre and family and all the relish team. relish will be closed from 24th December and re-opens 6th January. Fully Licensed - DOGS WELCOME - Disabled Toilet Facilities Baby Change – Children’s Menu – Takeaway - Outside Catering Vegan & Vegetarian dishes – Gluten Free


Our Christmas menu will be served every Sunday from 28th November Late night shopping event is on Friday 3rd December

We will have live performances from Richie Sweet Jazz Band Serving mulled wine, warming tomato soup with cheese toastie as well as cakes and scones. We will also have gingerbread that children will be able to decorate with their own designs. More events will be advertised on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Pate with apple cider chutney Warming tomato soup with cheese scone ..... Roast turkey with all the trimmings and rich gravy Mushroom and stilton wellington ..... Merry mince pies Christmas pudding with brandy sauce Cheese board Adults £16 per head, children £10 per head

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DECEMBER 2021 | News are available to buy and make with the added bonus of being able to enter them in one of the competitions being held at this event. Entrance to see the displays will be 12-1 and will be by donation only. For more information, to get involved, or for corporate sponsorship options email

Debbie West

Henfield Haven update

Leonardslee news

Visitors to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens can now enjoy a luxury overnight stay after visiting the Grade I Listed woodland estate and experiencing the multi-course tasting menu at Restaurant Interlude, where Executive Chef Jean Delport recently won a Michelin Star for a second consecutive year. Grade II Listed Leonardslee House, built in an Italianate style in 1855, features 10 charming en-suite bedrooms, newly created on the first floor featuring the fabric and wallpaper style of a quintessential British interior design house, overseen by the Johnston Parke Interiors studio and architects Gould Baxter. The rooms feature superb views over the extensive lawns, down to the 240-acre historic woodlands and across to the South Downs. Leonardslee Illuminated runs from 4.15pm until late, on December 2nd - 5th, 9th - 12th, and 15th to 22nd. Advance booking online only, at . The historic Grade I Listed gardens will be lit up with light displays and large-scale installations throughout the estate, with live music and theatrical performances. The entrance area in the car park will include a funfair, food stalls and a Christmas market. The magic begins on fairy light lit walkways that meander down to the lakes in the valley below. Along the trail there are thousands of lights, artist performances and illuminated designs.

The Henfield Haven has now relaunched our Day Care Services on Mondays and Wednesdays. In the New Year we will also be providing this much valued service on Fridays. We also operate a Thursday Club, which provides a stimulating day of activities for members of our community looking for ‘A Nice Day Out’. All this means an increase in operating costs, and we would be very grateful for anything that you can do to help. We realise that many of you already support the Haven through volunteering; using the Café; and through regular or one-off donations. If you would like to help, please follow the link below and get in touch or donate via the Charities Aid Foundation, or by downloading the Direct Debit mandate at donations.html

Friends of Henfield Haven

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Henfield Remembers

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After missing last year’s commemorations, Henfield residents turned out in their hundreds on Sunday 15 November to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the two World Wars as well as recent conflicts. Led by Brighton City Brass, the Parade mustered at the War Memorial in Cagefoot Lane and marched to St Peter’s Church for a Service of Remembrance. After the service the Parade returned to the War Memorial where they were joined by local people who lined the High Street. A two-minute silence, the Last Post and Reveille sounded and wreaths were laid before a short service of Remembrance led by the three Henfield Churches. Thank you to Mike Morgan and Belinda Samrah of Henfield Parish Council and Revd Paul Doick, Rector of St Peter’s Church, for the organisation of this important event in our village. BN5 Magazine | 17

Christmas Services 2021 St Peter’s Church, Henfield

Henfield Evangelical Free Church, Henfield

Christmas Eve, Fri 24 Dec 4pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Mass

Sun 19 Dec 6.30pm Carols by Candlelight

Sun 19 Dec 5.30pm Carol Service (also live streamed)

Christmas Day, Sat 25 Dec 8.30 Holy Communion (BCP) 10am Family Communion

Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Henfield Christmas Eve, Fri 24 Dec 7.30pm 1st Mass of Christmas

Christmas Morning, Sat 25 Dec 8.30am Mass (with seating restrictions) 10am Christmas Day Masses

Sun 12 Dec 10.30am Christmas Tree Service

Christmas Day, Sat 25 Dec 9.30am Christmas Day Service

St Peter’s Church, Woodmancote

Sun 19 Dec 11am Carol Service Christmas Eve, Fri 24 Dec 6pm Carols and Readings

St Giles’ Church, Shermanbury

Sun 12 Dec 4pm Carol Service Christmas Day, Sat 25 Dec 9.45am Holy Communion

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t’s so wonderful to be celebrating Christmas again this year in the High Street, don’t miss the Henfield Christmas Late Night Shopping event on Friday 3 December from 5pm! Up and down the High Street you will discover street-food stalls such as; Rushfields Pie Van, Jamaican Street Food, The Pizza Oven, D&G Farming Milkshakes, Smoothies from the Henfield FC Girls Smoothie Bike and Barista Project coffee. Traditional sideshows including a Coconut Shy, Tin Can Alley, Clowns and Jugglers and Hook a Duck. You’ll find charity stalls from St Barnabas Friends selling their Christmas cards and a Henfield Haven tombola. There will be a fairground pipe-organ and merry-go-round at Setyres to entertain the children and you can warm yourself on the braziers at Cloud 9. Most importantly – don’t miss the Big Man himself, Santa Claus, who will be in his bus-shelter grotto, ably assisted by the team from Henfield Youth Club! At the White Hart there’s a children’s lucky dip in aid of HART, with mulled wine for the grown-ups! Pop into Henfield Flooring for sweets and treats for the children, while in Goodness you’ll find 22 | BN5 Magazine

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bauble decorating for the children plus mulled apple juice, hot chocolate, soup and treats. Henfield Library be helping children to make a reindeer door hanger, there will be colouring sheets for children to take home and Christmas Sticker Books for sale, as well as the Sheep Trail entry forms. There’s a children’s fancy dress competition with a ‘Superheroes’ theme; 1st prize is a £25 Stokes voucher with a £10 Hamfelds voucher for the runner up. Judging takes place at 7pm at Hamfelds, it’s open to anyone under the age of 16. Newly opened Sussex Fine Foods will have Christmas foodie shopping and lots of delicious deli hampers for sale while South Downs Butchery hosts a piano player and ‘pin the red nose on Rudolph’ competition for the children. The ever-popular Candyfloss machine in aid of the Henfield Haven will be outside Marcus Grimes and the St Barnabas Shop is open for Christmas gifts, decorations, secret Santa presents and a great selection of outfits for Christmas parties. Jeremy’s are selling lots of essential Christmas goodies plus locally grown Nordmann Fir Christmas trees. To put you in the festive spirit The George will

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host Christmas Carols led by Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men, local singers and musicians are welcome to come and join in, while at relish treat yourself to homemade Christmas sausage rolls, Christmas Bakewell and mulled wine, while the children are entertained with Christmas crafts and marshmallow covered hot-chocolate. The Henfield Club will be serving mulled wine, hot dogs and mince pies, you’ll also find the BP Guild Santa Sleigh parked up outside, collecting for local good causes. Stokes of Henfield will be a fun place for the children to visit, with real live reindeer in the garden and a chocolate fountain in the shop! At Henfield Tea Gardens children can decorate gingerbread men and make gingerbread drawings, there will be a jazz band playing some festive favourites. An enormous thank you to all the shops and businesses participating this year, please remember to shop locally to keep your High Street alive. All profits and fundraising go to the Henfield Haven, thank you for your generous donations. Thanks especially to Fiona and Rob from Stokes who have organised the event.

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he Henfield Christmas Tree Festival is here again from Friday 10th through to Sunday 12th December courtesy of the Free Church! This year, as well as the wonderfully creative trees provided by local Henfield businesses, they will also be featuring mini Christmas trees decorated by pupils from St Peters Primary School. On the Friday evening, the Free Church will be open to view the trees from 5pm through until 9pm. To add to the festive atmosphere there will be carol singing on the steps of the Free Church, a visit from Spooky the Donkey from Swains Farm and the return of the hugely popular pop-up nativity photo room where children can dress up as their favourite nativity character. On Saturday 11th December you will be able to view the trees from 10am to 12pm, when the hand bell ringers will be performing, and again from 5-7pm in the evening when the pop-up nativity photo room will be open again. On Sunday 12th December we will be holding a Christmas Tree Service at 10.30am where

everyone is welcome to come and worship with us under the trees. We will also be providing light refreshments after the service. This is a great opportunity to sing more carols, hear the nativity story and spend time over a cuppa enjoying good company. Our Free Church family are very excited to be a part of the village Christmas festivities and we look forward to welcoming you on 10th, 11th and 12th December.

Andrew Lawton, Henfield Free Church

On Friday 10 December the Post House Café (just across the road) will be staying open until 8pm for those visiting the Christmas Tree Festival to sell festive refreshments including hot chocolate, homemade mulled cider (made with local Sussex cider), homemade cakes & free-range sausage rolls.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AMONGST THE TREES Come and join us for a morning of celebration amongst the stunning Christmas Trees on Sunday 12th December, the final day of our Festival. Enjoy singing carols and taking part in an instant Nativity Play, whatever your age. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere, hear the Christmas story and join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus, our Saviour. Refreshments will be available afterwards as you have a final look at the trees in the Church and the hall. Celebration begins at 10.30am at The Free Church, High Street.

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Keeping Henfield safe New local security company Secured 24/7 was set up earlier this year by local expert Jon Bull based on 14 years’ experience in the security industry. Here we find out a bit more about Jon, his business and the services he provides.

“I take an enormous pride in providing a friendly and professional security installation and maintenance service for all budgets and all types and sizes of properties, both domestic and commercial. From intruder alarms and CCTV to fire alarms and access control I can provide the latest technology which can be controlled remotely from phones and laptops if required. I’ve always wanted to run my own business as it means I can control the customer service from start to finish. This starts with a free-of-charge security assessment, site survey and quote and I love being able to offer the best solution for each customer. I really enjoy the installation process, making a really neat job of a system and knowing I’ve provided the best job I can. I always want to give a good service and be recommended, so I strive to be consistently reliable and affordable with the highest possible standards. My dad always ran his own business and he instilled a strong work ethic in me, something I hope to be able to pass on to my son. Although no one wants to think about bad things happening, my top-tip for BN5 readers would be to be pro-active rather than to only think about installing security after a burglary. Getting burgled is a very stressful and upsetting experience which can cause great anxiety. Basic security, such as an alarm doesn’t need to cost much. Illumination is another good prevention too as burglars tend to avoid well-lit properties. I enjoy helping people to

feel safe and secure in their homes and giving them and their families peace of mind.

My wife and I have recently started our own family and so it’s a time of new starts! We currently spend a lot of our free time walking along the Downs Link with our son who loves jumping in all the muddy puddles! We are getting a puppy soon and I’m looking forward to exploring all the local footpaths. Our local is the Old Railway which is a great place to meet friends. Henfield is a nice part of the world and a great place to raise a family, although as I grew up in Small Dole and have always lived in the area, I may be slightly biased! I particularly love the fantastic community spirit: whenever someone is in need we all pull together. I give as much as I can and was very pleased to have been able to install an alarm at the Henfield Football Club and CCTV at the Henfield Haven for free.”


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BUY LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS WITH HENFIELD HAMPERS Shopping locally at Christmas is win-win; you get to support the brilliant businesses in our High Street while reducing your carbon footprint. With Henfield Hampers you have the added bonus of a truly unique, bespoke gift which will bring plenty of smiles on Christmas morning. You can purchase from the comfort of your home, by phoning or emailing your order through and many of these businesses will supply a local delivery service, too. Wonderful treats delivered straight to your door, all packaged and ready to go under the tree. A food hamper has long been a traditional Christmas present, but with Henfield Hampers local businesses have gone one better, providing a huge range of alternative hamper ideas for a more thoughtful and personal present.

From foodies to fitness fanatics and pamper queens, there is quite literally something for everyone! And buying one couldn’t be easier – all you have to do is: • Choose which Henfield Hamper(s) you would like from the range featured on the following pages • Make a phone call to place an order, give a delivery address and pay using a card • Ask for your Hamper to be delivered, or collect in store. Please support Henfield Hampers this Christmas - Buy Local and Gift Happy! Not only will your recipient get a beautifully packaged and memorable gift, but you’ll be doing your bit as a community champion to support our wonderful local shops and businesses.

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A unique gift from Christina’s and Miss Potts, giving the one you love the enjoyable experience of art and afternoon tea! Immerse yourself with a ceramic painting experience; choose from our exciting range of ceramics and let us guide you through the process to create something beautiful and lasting. To accompany the experience, enjoy an Afternoon Tea from Christina’s, complete with delicious homemade cakes and fresh scones, elderflower fizz and freshly cut sandwiches. Price £33 Bespoke options You may choose a higher priced piece of ceramic and pay the difference when you come in and paint. Contact For bookings contact Gail on 07850 656314 or

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These heavenly wellness hampers are a collaboration between Cornerweighs and Holistic Angel Therapies. Everything needed for a relaxing or restorative selfcare routine. Relaxation Plus Hamper Goodies Include: Absolute Aromas Relaxing Himalayan Bath Salts, Room Spray Essential Oil Roll on and Relaxing Oil Blend for diffusers, Pukka Relax Tea, plus a super Holistic Angel Treatment Voucher for 75 minute treatment (RRP £57) Price £55 Restore Plus Hamper Goodies Include: Absolute Aromas De-Stress Himalayan Bath Salts & Natural Room Spray, Pukka Tea of your choice, Absolute Aromas Refresh Essential Oil Blend (for diffuser) Open Heart Yoga to let new things in with positive affirmations – Holistic Angel Rejuvenation Generation Voucher for 75 minute treatment (RRP £57) Price £55

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WELLBEING & FITNESS HAMPERS A fantastic hamper for someone who’d like to improve their fitness and overall wellbeing; a gift of health which has long-lasting benefits from Get Fit Trainer and Pilates Evolved. A choice of two hampers:

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A wonderful gift for someone you love! The Wellness Hamper includes the Goodness 3 day Juice Plan plus a Henfield Holistics treatment. You can choose from either a relaxing deep-tissue massage or a reflexology session. The hamper is tailored to the recipients needs and wellness goals. Price £120

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For super indulgence! This divine hamper includes a treatment for every day of the juice plan to maximise the benefits and time spent on the cleanse. Day 1 is a circulation boosting salt scrub, Day 2 is a stress busting deep tissue massage and Day 3 finishes with reflexology tailored to the recipients individual needs. Price £220 Contact Hannah at Goodness: 07535 285836 Caroline at Henfield Holistics: 07879 330826


Hamfelds is known as the shop with everything, so this bespoke Gardening Hamper can be built exactly as you wish! From trowels, secateurs, gloves and seeds to hampers built with the veg-grower in mind; every hamper will be made uniquely to your specifications and to your budget. It’s also great value; all the items are discounted by 20% when bought as part of a hamper! Price £30-£100 Contact Hamfelds 01273 492388, Collection or free delivery in the BN5 area 34 | BN5 Magazine

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BEER LOVERS HAMPER The White Hart bring you the best of both worlds; beer at home and beer in the pub! This Beer Lovers Hamper includes your favourite Badger ales alongside a voucher for four pints of ale in the White Hart. The hamper includes a selection of four bottles of beers and ales, including Fursty Ferret, Golden Champion, Hopping Hare and Tanglefoot, plus a Badger pint glass and a Badger t-shirt for the perfect pub-to-home experience. Price £30

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Henfield resident Richard Bates, consultant solicitor at Cognitive Law in Brighton, comments on issues around ageing anxiety. The holiday season is traditionally a family affair and many of us are looking forward to spending time with our loved ones. However, this reminds me how often I come across people who have anxiety about their loved ones ageing. Typically, this is due to their noticing that things aren’t as easy to do as they once were, and so being reminded that loved ones simply won’t be around forever. Given that part of my professional role is to support my clients’ families, I thought it might be helpful to share some tips from clinical psychologist, Dr. Bhavna Barmi:•

Accept how the life cycle works. Whilst it might be a painful truth, where there is life, there is also the end of it, and this is something we all need to acknowledge and be brave enough to embrace.

Be a good carer. We’ve been looked after all our lives. It is our turn, now, to be excellent carers to our older loved ones. Whether emotional caring or physical, it’s important to provide them with respect and dignity.

Vent at someone or something. If you’re struggling, find a constructive way to ‘clear your system’.

Celebrate them while they’re with you. You might be feeling anxious about the fact that your loved ones will not be there one day, but you need to concentrate on the ‘now’. With this is mind, it’s time to get to know them better - ask open-ended questions, and then listen.

Just be there for them. Our loved ones might never say that they require our help, but it is important that you’re there for them when they need you.

For me, these points all come back to communication. Being able to talk openly is important for your own relationship, but it’s a sad fact that, often, poor communication is what triggers my involvement. Do remember that we professionals love to facilitate good, healthy relationships, rather than step in when things have broken down. With that in mind, maybe this year you can talk with one another about what’s on your minds and, if I can help, 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 21 Sussex Innovation Centre, Science Park Square, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9SB. 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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Always bet on Labrador… We’re a Quality Street family and always have been. I’m not sure why we still are as ever since they dropped the coffee cream I prefer Roses and that’s before we even get onto Miniature Heroes or Celebrations. However, last Christmas the boys, my Mum and I were playing some sort of game in which we were using around a dozen Quality Street as counters. Enthralling as it was, I wasn’t too displeased when Annelise announced that it was time for dinner and so we left the game “in progress” to return once we had eaten. Half an hour later when we went to resume the game, not a single Quality Street was present. What’s more, despite an in-depth forensic examination of the crime scene, there wasn’t even any evidence that they had ever been there at all – not a shred of a wrapper or a crumb of chocolate was present. Obviously the first two suspects had opposing thumbs but after some thorough questioning and mild threats, it became apparent that neither Elliott nor Owen were guilty, so the attention turned to the four dogs who were present: Our two Labradors, Rye and Iris, German Shorthaired Pointer, Scout or my Mum’s Cocker Spaniel, Fennel. We agreed that the amount ingested could potentially be toxic to a dog, so the sensible thing to do was to make the culprit sick. But who?!? I went to the practice to obtain some apomorphine – an injection of which will make most pooches vomit within 15 minutes or so. When I got back, I was faced with 4 pairs of innocent eyes saying, “It wasn’t me!”. What followed was a rather foul smelling game of doggy roulette in which we had to guess who was most likely to have snaffled the chocolates. Rye was first – seasoned Labrador with form for eating rat poison, scrumping apples and generally being a dustbin. However, we drew a blank and only dog food was regurgitated. After an apologetic pat, Scout (may she rest in peace) was deemed next most likely. Labrador she wasn’t but she was a regular thief of unguarded food

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and cunning to match. How guilty we felt when she too showed us nothing but a second breakfast. This left Iris and Fennel. Mum was adamant that her well trained Fennel would do no such thing, but Iris has no finesse at all and we couldn’t see how she could have left no evidence. In the end, labrador trumped spaniel and rightly so as shortly after the “jab”, Iris verified our suspicions with all the quality street wrappers produced! This also left Fennel in the clear much to my Mum’s relief. Apomorphine doesn’t last long, so 15 minutes later, other than the slight aroma of chocolatey dog vomit, the incident was resolved and we could get back to playing a game which didn’t involve tempting chocolates at nose level! It’s a timely reminder that at this time of year there are more toxins to dogs and cats around than usual. The main protagonists are of course, chocolate as well as Christmas puddings and mince pies (raisins), macadamia nuts, chives, onions, leeks, garlic and good old tinsel to name but a few. The best advice if you suspect your pet may have eaten anything toxic is to call us and we will advise you how to proceed – it will often involve making your pet sick! We hope you have a great Christmas and remember, prevention is better than cure, so best to avoid dietary indiscretion in the first place! Jonathan and the team at Hawthorn Vets.

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Henfield Nativity Sheep Trail


he Henfield Sheep Trail will be running throughout December and is free to enter! It begins in the Library where you can see the Shepherd and one of his sheep, but the others have escaped and are hiding – can you help him find them? Collect a trail leaflet from the Library and then set off up the High street in search of the other 19 sheep! Some of them may be hiding inside the shops, others will be in the windows. Each sheep has its own name label – write the name of each sheep you find on the relevant part of the trail leaflet (parents and carers can help younger children with this activity). Once you have written down the name of each sheep return your form to the collecting box in the Library by the first week in January 2021, remembering to include your name and contact details too. The winner will be the first correct entry drawn out of a hat after this, and will receive one of the sheep as a prize. The Sheep Trail is run by Henfield Evangelical Free Church and sponsored by the High Street businesses taking part. All money raised will go towards the Haiti Earthquake Appeal. Have fun!

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The First Christmas

On 25 December we celebrate Christmas, the birthday of Jesus who was called Christ.

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Before Jesus was born, his parents, Mary and Joseph, went to a town called Bethlehem. It was very busy and they couldn’t find anywhere to stay. A friendly innkeeper let them stay in his stable with the animals. Jesus was born and Mary wrapped him in cloths and put him in the manger. A star appeared in the sky over the stable. Out in the fields, some shepherds were looking after their sheep when suddenly an angel appeared. The shepherds were very scared. The angel told the shepherds not to be scared because he had brought good news. He told them that Jesus had been born and that he would be the person who would save the world. He told the shepherds to go and see Jesus. Then there were lots more angels who sang “Glory to God and peace on earth.” The shepherds went to see baby Jesus. They knelt down in front of the manger and were happy that they had found the one who had been sent by God. When they left, they told everybody they could find about Jesus and how he was going to save the world. Later on some wise men came from the East to see Jesus. They brought special gifts because they knew that Jesus was a king. They were surprised that he had been born in a stable and not a palace. They worshipped Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Each Christmas we celebrate Jesus being born. God gave us the gift of Jesus to show us that he loves us. Each Christmas we give each other gifts to show people that we love them. BN5 Magazine | 47

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he Henfield BP Guild are pleased to let you know that Father Christmas has been double jabbed and he has just had his booster jab, so we will be honoured to bring him round on his sleigh to see you all again this Christmas! We will be maintaining social distancing to keep everyone as safe as possible so this year we will not be knocking on doors, but the Christmas carols will be playing and you should be able to hear us coming from afar. If you feel that you would like to kindly donate to our good causes there will be plenty of elves carrying collection buckets ready to take your cash donations. We also plan to bring Father Christmas to the village square (outside Hawthorn Vets) and to Swains Farm Shop on various dates. The only task we will not be able to help Father Christmas with this year unfortunately is the delivery of presents on Christmas day. Father Christmas will be visiting the following locations as follows (all sleigh rounds start at 7pm unless otherwise stated): Wednesday 1 December – Silver Birches, Hoewood, Tottington Drive area, Downs View, Sands Lane, Shoreham Road & New Hall Lane in Small Dole. Friday 3 December – High Street Shopping Evening, Cagefoot Lane (outside Henfield Club). Saturday 4 December – Barclays Square (outside Hawthorn Vets) 9am-1pm. Monday 6 December – West End Lane, Bishop Park, Upper Station Road, Church Lane, Church Street, Pinchnose Green area. Tuesday 7 December – Hollands Road, Staples

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