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February 2018 #139

LEONARDSLEE springs back to life Henfield | Small Dole | Woodmancote | Blackstone | Edburton | Fulking


SERVICED OFFICES TO LET £250 - £500 pcm all inclusive Call Kevin Joyes

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FEBRUARY 2018 | Contents

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Editor’s LETTER

Welcome to the February issue of BN5 magazine. We were so excited to hear that Leonardslee Gardens, on the outskirts of Horsham, was to from the BN5 area reopen this spring. It closed to the public back in 2010 when it went into private ownership but is now in the capable hands of the owners of Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate. We wish them every success in their new venture; Local Interest these vast, magnificent gardens are a labour Henfield Furnishings to of love; the legacy of generations with the most close in February wonderful mature trees and exquisite planting, with blooms that blaze with colour. After my editor letter about the state of our high street last month I am sorry that we are reporting another retail closure in the village. Henfield Charity Furnishings, owned by Malcolm and Angela Reid, The Brain Tumour Charity will close at the end of February. They’ve served the village for the past 45 years, which is an incredible length of time and we are truly grateful for this. We will be very sorry to see this lovely little shop go, please spare the time to pop in to see Izzy and Gill to wish them well. Local Interest We’ve finally established our fundraising total for Leonardslee re-opens the Brain Tumour Charity and are very excited to report that a magnificent £6,371 was raised through the Big BN5 Draw and Auction. This is a record for us, the generous spirit of people who put coins and notes in our collection boxes and Local Interest bought multiples of draw tickets was extraordinary. Christmas at the Haven A very big thank you to YOU is on page 26, directly from the charity themselves. Best wishes,


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Copy Deadline Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Abi Hames, Pamela Chaston and Paul Samrah. Cover image of Leonardslee Gardens courtesy of Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate. Additional artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper at Gemini Print in Shoreham and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the March issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 2nd February.

For editorial submissions email Emma Osman editor@bn5magazine.co.uk or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002. You can catch up with the latest news and events at www.henfieldbn5.co.uk

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What’s on | FEBRUARY 2018 Due to the number of events, some repeating events have been omitted. For a full listing of events: www.henfieldbn5.co.uk. For the Haven’s programme, visit the Henfield Haven or go to www. impact-initiatives.org.uk/henfieldhaven.

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Games after School

Steyning Jazz Club

6, 7 & 8)

Henfield Library, 3-4.30pm (& every Mon, term-time) Henfield Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Play games and make friends (& alt Fri) after school. Call 01273 493587. ‘Mix and Match’ Henfield Camera Club vs Mid Sussex Camera Club. Youth Club (School years

Henfield Camera Club

Steyning Centre, 8.30–11pm (& Henfield Youth Club, 6.30-8pm (& every Mon, term-time) every 1st Fri) Guest Artist Steyning Camera Club Art Themen’s New Direction Shoreham Gallery, 10am-5.15pm Upper Beeding Village Hall, Quartet. (& until end Feb) 7.30pm (& every Mon) Wendy Quatrill with be exhibiting See www.steyningcc.org.uk. her beautiful wood carvings. Kick It

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Rhyme Time

Henfield Youth Club, 9-10am (& Action for Deafness Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am every Sat, term-time) (& every Thurs) Centre, Henfield Teaching 3–5 year old boys and Audiology Haven, 10am-12pm (& every Tues) Fun with music for pre-schoolers. girls the basics of football. Drop-in hearing aid maintenance Haven Minibus Trip Henfield Tennis Club service. Henfield Haven for pick up, Jumble Sale Self Help Club 10.30am–3.30pm Henfield Hall, 2pm Woolovers Factory Shop and then Bring jumble to the hall from Garden Room, Henfield Hall, the Wool Pack Pub, Burgess Hill. 9.30am on the day or ring 01903 10am-3pm (& every Tues) 813864 for collection. A social get together for the Henfield Unattached elderly. Lunch provided. White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Steyning 2 Mile Stroll Thurs) Swishing Party For those who are alone. Call Cinder Rose, Henfield High Street Steyning Health Centre for start, 11am (& 20th) 01273 495820 or just drop-in. Bring an item of clothing to swap. 2 mile stroll. All welcome, led by Thursday Circle Tickets £10, proceeds to Anti trained volunteers. No need to Henfield Free Church Hall, 2.30– Slavery charity. book. 4pm (& every 1st Thurs) Knit and Natter Suzie from Cornerweighs will be Henfield Library, 2–4pm (& every Small Dole Art giving a talk. All welcome. 1st Tues) Small Dole Village Hall, 2– 4pm (& Cribbage Club every Mon) Bring knitting, crocheting, quilting Maidment Court, 7pm (& every Very informal art group, new etc. Chat and work together. Thurs, Mon 2pm) members most welcome. Youth Club (age 8-11) All welcome, novice or Henfield Youth Club, 6-7.30pm (& Henfield Table Tennis experienced. Henfield Free Church Hall, every Tues, term-time) Youth Club (ages 11-19) 2-3.30pm (& every Mon) Henfield Garden Club Henfield Youth Club, 7.30-9.30pm Henfield Hall, 7pm Open to all. Call 01273 494352. (& every Thurs, term-time)

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Monday 5

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FEBRUARY 2018 | What’s on ‘The Potato – Past/Present/ Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Future’, by Dr Steve Millam at 10am–12pm (& every 2nd Fri) Brinsbury College. Craft Taster – A chance to try your HART Pub Quiz hand at new crafts. The White Hart, 8.30pm (& 20th) Henfield Haven Quiz In aid of HART (Henfield Area Henfield Haven, 7.30pm Response Team). Teams of up to Doors open 7pm. Ticket price six. Call 01273 492006 to book. includes 2 course supper. Bar available. All proceeds to Henfield Haven.

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Henfield Computer Club

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 9.30am-12pm (& every Weds) Help in an informal atmosphere. See news item for workshop on 14th. Contact 01273 493403.

Toddler Group

Fulking Village Hall, 10-11.30am (& every Weds) Play & sing. Suggested donation £1.

Hurst Village Cinema

The Players Theatre, 8pm A Man Called Ove (15). Tickets from Mishon Mackay, Hurstpierpoint High Street, www. hurstfilms.com or by calling 01273 835875.

Saturday 10

Steyning/Wiston Walk

Cricket Pavilion for start, 9am The Book Nook The Chapel, Fulking, 10am- Downland dog walk. 2 miles, 1¼ 11.30am (& every Weds, also 2nd hours. All welcome, led by trained volunteers; no need to book. Sun 2-4pm) Books, CDs, and DVDs.

Carers’ Support Group

St Peter’s Church Jumble Sale

Henfield Free Church Hall, Henfield Hall, 2pm 10.30am–12pm (every 1st Weds) For collection of jumble and Friendly carers group for auction items, telephone 01273 information, support and to meet 493172 or 01273 495532. other carers. Memory Moments Café Henfield Free Church Hall, 2-4pm Girls Football Training Kings Field, 6–7pm (& every Weds) (& 24th) Sessions open to all primary All welcome, especially those age girls. Contact Donna 07584 with memory loss. 308414.

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Henfield Antiques Fair

Henfield Hall, 7am-12pm Collectables, jewellery and bric a brac. Call 07941 994449 for further information.

Haven Minibus Trip

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Henfield Conservation Volunteers

Henfield Common, 10am Rewarding sessions - fresh air, exercise and good company. All welcome irrespective of ability. Contact 01273 494566.

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Henfield Haven for pick up, 10.30am–2.30pm The Arts Society Steyning Walk along Ferring Beach (weather The Steyning Centre, 10.30am– permitting) then The Woodsman 12pm (& every 2nd Mon) Arms Pub, Angmering. Horace Walpole & Strawberry Hill Jazzled Choir – Philippa Barton. Corpus Christi Church Hall, The Arts Society Henfield Henfield 1.30–3.30pm (& 22nd) Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (& every All ages & abilities welcome, 2nd Mon) especially people with memory loss. Jane Austen, a bicentenary appreciation – Roger Askew.

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Half Term Fun

Steyning Bookshop, 11am Author and illustrator Guy ParkerRees entertains children with stories and live drawing.

Henfield Flower Club

Henfield Hall, 2–4.30pm (& every 2nd Tues) AGM – Followed by talk by Penny Green of Knepp Castle Estate.

Henfield History Group

Henfield Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every 2nd Tues) The Story of Crystal Palace. Presented by Ian Gledhill.

Wednesday 14 Henfield Byways

Henfield Library for start, 10am (& 28th) 2-3 miles. No dogs. All welcome, led by trained volunteers. No need to book.

Knit and Natter

Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am12pm (& every 2nd Weds) We knit gift items and children’s clothes for various charities. Donated wool appreciated.

Hats Off for Half Term!

Henfield Library, 2.30-3.30pm Fun Craft and Stories, all to do with hats! Children of all ages welcome. Free tickets from the library.

Steyning History Society

Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, 7.45–9.45pm (& every 2nd Weds) Matthew Jones ‘The Royal Sussex Regiment at Gallipoli 1915’ (W. Sussex Records Office).

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Bereavement Support

Henfield Haven Café, 4.155.15pm (& every 3rd Thurs) Non-religious group supporting local people. Contact St Peter’s Church Office 01273 495532.

Shipley History Society

Andrew Hall, 7.30pm Mark Perry Nash on Dark Age Sussex.

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Henfield Haven, 9.30am–12.30pm (& alt Tue) gardening group. Fulking Village Hall, 4.30-6pm (& Henfield Hall Car Park, 10am-2pm Beginners Please book. every 3rd Fri) (& every 3rd Weds) Crafts, stories from the Bible and Information and support for Henfield Art Club a delicious supper. Call Chris patients and their families. Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 01273 857322. Woodmancote & Henfield WI 7.15– 9.30pm (& every 4th Tues)

Messy Church

St Barnabas Outreach

Henfield Camera Club

Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (& every 3rd Henfield Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Weds) (& alt Fri) Neil Sadler – California Dreaming. 10 for 10. Members are invited to speak for 10 minutes on a set of Friends of St Peter’s Talk 10 photographs. Prints or PDIs. Catholic Church Hall, 7.30pm Chris Farlowe & Co ‘The Adur Valley’ by Janet Henfield Hall, 8.30pm Sponsored by the Henfield Club Pennington. Tickets from the Ticket Line 01273 492294, Village and Henfield B-P Guild. Care or on the door. All welcome.

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Small Dole Tuesday Club

Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm (& every 4th Tues) WW2 Propaganda Posters. Ian Ivatt.

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Henfield Parkinson’s Café

Henfield Haven Café, 10.30am– 12pm (& every last Weds) Friendly meeting for people with Parkinson’s and their carers. Organised by Parkinson’s UK.

Advance Notice Friday 2 March

Henfield Free Church Hall, 6.30– Henfield Hall, 2pm 8pm (& every 4th Fri) Items (not too large please) to Hall Fun for families with children of all Birdwatch Talk from 9.30am or telephone 01273 ages. Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 492172 for collection. 7.30pm Hurst Village Cinema The Players Theatre, 8pm All welcome. For details see Community Sunday Lunch The Handmaiden (18). For ticket henfieldbirdwatch.co.uk. Henfield Haven, 12.30pm information, see Friday 9th. Jointly organised by St Peter’s Beekeeping Taster Day Church and the Haven. Call 01273 Henfield Hall, 9:30am–5.30pm 494747 to book. Note change of Save the Children Jumble Sale date. See News Item. Henfield Hall, 2pm Arthritis Fundraisers Coffee Morning Afternoon Tea For collection of jumble and Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Garden Room, Henfield Hall, auction items, call 01403 711620. 10am-12pm 3–5pm Disco & Buffet Organised by the Trefoil Guild. Henfield Arthritis Fundraisers Cat & Canary, 8pm Guides Jumble Sale Afternoon Tea. Call 01273 493436 Jackie celebrates 10 years at the Henfield Hall, 2pm for tickets. Cat & Canary. Jumble to the hall in the morning or contact 01403 864591 for collection from 28th Feb. In aid of Whitemans Green Walk Hurst Village Cinema Henfield Guide Hut. Whitemans Green Recreation The Players Theatre, 8pm Ground, RH17 5HX for start, 10am Shuffleboard Evening Lion (12A). For ticket information, Henfield Hall, 7.30pm 5¼ mile 2¼ hours, No dogs. see Friday 9th. All welcome, led by trained An evening of fun for the whole volunteers. No need to book. family. Organised by the BP Guild.

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Citizens Advice Bureau (Outreach)

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Preloved Second-Hand Mobile Cinema, Henfield Hall, Henfield Medical Centre, 10am– Clothes & Shoe Sale 1pm (& every 4th Mon) 7.30pm Henfield Hall, Garden Room, Paddington 2 (PG). Tickets Drop-in 10-10.30am, booked 11am-2pm appointments 10.30am-1pm. from Marcus Grimes or www. Stallholders welcome, see touringcinema.com. news item page 17. For more information contact dbhomebird@ Haven Green Garden gmail.com. Group

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News | FEBRUARY 2018 HENFIELD ACTIVITY PLAN UPDATE As part of the Community Action Plan, Henfield Community Partnership (HCP), with the full support of the Henfield Parish Council (HPC), launched a new initiative, the Henfield Activity Plan (HAP) at the village meeting on 7th March 2017 in the Henfield Hall. Initially, we sorted the more than 100 clubs, societies and voluntary organisations into eight Community Clusters, each of which consists of organisations with common interests, goals or users. (Some organisations may naturally fit into several clusters). The idea is to find ways to help sustain this variety of opportunities by improving connectivity and communication, creating a common events’ calendar and collaborating on the larger village-wide events such as the Summer Fayre, Garden & Arts and Christmas Shopping night. Organisations will of course remain independent in their organisation and management. The majority of the clusters have now met, public contact details updated and ideas and challenges shared as well as alerting new funding streams. Looking forward to 2018, the next steps include the continued collaboration with the ‘Befriending’ initiative, led by the Medical Centre, to bring together those organisations involved in the Health & Wellbeing and Community clusters. A Village Activity Event will take place on Friday 20th April 2018, inviting all residents of the village to come and meet representatives of the 100+ organisations together in one place (Henfield Hall). A Village Sports & Games Day on Sunday 16th September 2018, centred around the common also needs to be planned. The date links to the anniversary of the original opening of the memorial field. We also need to plan for the Henfield Village contributions to the Horsham Year of Culture 2019. Anne Donoghue

Rampion Windfarm Presentation

Over 200 people enjoyed the afternoon presentation in The Henfield Hall by Chris Tomlinson, Stakeholder Manager for Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, organised jointly by The Henfield Hub and The Henfield Hall. When fully operational later this year, the wind farm will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of around 347,000 homes, almost half of all the homes in East & West Sussex, including the city of Brighton & Hove. This will save almost 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Rampion has also announced a £4million 1 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

community fund. This includes a £100,000 donation to local RNLI stations who help save lives at sea, a £800,000 investment in a Rampion Visitor Centre which will open in Brighton later this year and a £3.1million Rampion Fund for local projects to benefit the Sussex community. Chris’s presentation can be viewed by using the link from the article on The Henfield Hub (www. henfieldhub.com/hub-news/rampion-wind-farmpresentation) and there is more information on the Rampion website. (www.rampionoffshore.com) Our thanks are due to all who attended the presentation, and who contributed to a lively Q&A session. Thanks also to the committee members of the Henfield Hub and Henfield Hall who gave their time and expertise to organise the presentation and provide the afternoon’s refreshments. Steve Bailey

DOWNLAND VILLAGES RECIPE BOOK This wonderful little book is filled with delicious recipes, many of which are traditional Sussex recipes, put forward for inclusion by various cooks who live in Edburton, Poynings, Pycombe and Newtimber. It also includes recipes from some local pubs and restaurants. The book is beautifully illustrated with cartoons from Revd. Graham Jeffery. Available to purchase from Rushfields Farm Shop, the four parish Churches, Coles Automotive and The Book Nook in Fulking to raise money for the Downland Benefice. £7.50 per copy or £20 for 3 copies. St Andrew’s Church For more news go to... www.henfieldbn5.co.uk

FEBRUARY 2018 | News the Haven last June, and will be led by Dr Karen Crawford Clarke and other staff from Henfield Medical Centre, together with Katie Glover, CEO of MIND in West Sussex. Other relevant local organisations are being invited to participate. Posters with more details are around Henfield, but as space is limited, we need to have reasonable notice of numbers attending. To secure a place please telephone 01273 493172 or email jandpbates@gmail.com If you have been unable to book in advance, please do still come along and we hope there will be room for you. Peter Bates


EVENTFUL PRODUCTION RUN FOR HENFIELD THEATRE COMPANY Henfield Theatre Company’s run of the musical show Anne of Green Gables proved to be a wonderful experience for all concerned but with rather more excitement than expected. On the second night the leading lady, 14 year old Ellie Rayward who played Anne was taken ill. As the company does not have the luxury of understudies, 17 year old Phoebe Ralph was asked to step in to take on the major role. The costume team performed several minor miracles and the show went on! Phoebe did a magnificent job and the cast felt that they were all swept along by the warmth and support of the audience. It was quite an evening! There was more to come at the matinee performance the following day. Anne of Green, written by Donald Harron, opened in Charlottetown, Canada, in 1965 and has been on the professional stage for most of the time since then. Donald Harron died three years ago aged 90 but remains something of an icon in Canada. It was, therefore, a huge surprise when his daughter Martha contacted the Henfield Theatre Company to say that she and her daughter Zoe were now living in London and were coming to the matinee performance in Henfield! Following the performance, Martha wrote to thank Lesley Barnes, the show’s director and praised the entire team for their efforts on the night. “I can’t thank you and your splendid team enough for the performance on Saturday. Enormous amounts of work went into it, most of it unpaid but all of it much appreciated.” Martin Love

Through fun-filled fundraising events that Guildsmen and friends participate in, the BP Guild has been able to help many local organisations and individuals. All money raised is returned to the village. Mostly we focus on our youth and our senior citizens and some direct seed money is given to individuals who wish to develop through participating in a charitable project or event. We wish to thank all that supported us in 2017, whether through donations of money, goods or in kind. A total of over £11,000 was given out to local groups. £5000 to the Community Scout Building Appeal, £3300 for the Senior Citizens outing, £1000 to HART, youth e.g. Scouts & Girl Guides HQ Trust etc, £1500 and others £200. Of course, it also supports events such as putting up and taking down our Christmas tree and marshalling Remembrance Sunday. We do incur some costs for insurance cover, rentals and for the repair or replacement of our assets such as the Marquees we hire out and we work hard to keep to these a minimum. To help us at one of our upcoming events, such as our popular Jumble sales (one coming up in March) look out for our notices or our website. Also, see our competitive rates on hiring our party tents/marquees. Kenneth McIntosh

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS On Wednesday 31st January at 7.30pm at the Haven, the Friends of Henfield Medical Practice will be holding an event for anyone interested in Mental Health Matters in our local community. The event will have a similar format to the wellattended ‘Keeping Henfield Healthy’ event at

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Henfield Antiques Fair Collectables, Jewellery and Bric-a-brac

Thursday 8th February 7am – 12.00 midday Henfield Hall

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CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL The Henfield Scout Centre appeal and the BP Guild would like to thank everyone who used our Christmas tree disposal service this year. We collected 160 trees raising £800 for the appeal. Particular thanks to Liquidamber tree surgeons for their help shredding and Downs (Southern) builders plus Tony Westwood for their help with transport. It was a real village effort for the future of our Scout Hut. Eddie Reynolds

OBSERVATIONS FROM THE SIDE LINES For many years I was a trader in the High Street and assisted in organising the Christmas shopping evening. I also observed the work of Mike Beardall who organised what was then a much smaller raffle. It makes me fully aware of the effort that the Henfield Community Partnership and BN5, with the participation of the High Street businesses, must have put in organising the very successful evening this December. I felt someone should make our community aware of the tireless and selfless work that Emma Osman (of BN5 fame) and her amazing crew performed this year. The raffle, which is drawn on the evening, raised over £6000 for a very worthy charity with a local connection and was a record that will be hard to beat. Emma has such a community ethos and takes on local causes with passion. Bear in mind that all this organising goes on at the same time the BN5 and Thirteen8 magazines are being published, a full- time job in itself. Bear in mind also that the work for the event carried out by her team is funded by her. Many a long hour, often well out of office hours, was spent enlisting the support of advertisers and contacts who donated the raffle prizes, the value of which exceeded £3500. On behalf of the Henfield community, sincere thanks for a wonderful evening and congratulations on the amount raised for The Brain Tumour Charity by the BN5 team. John Willis 1 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

We need your ideas - The 100 Objects project was submitted to the Horsham District Council Year of Culture 2019 committee by the recently formed Horsham Heritage Forum of museums, preservation societies and local history groups. The idea is that the 100 Objects will make a timeline through the history of Horsham and across all the places, villages and towns of the District. The word ‘objects’ includes buildings, places and areas as well as artefacts and objects. The Friends of Henfield Museum would like to have your suggestions for Henfield ‘objects’. This is your chance to choose places/objects in Henfield that you feel are special. A high-quality colour illustrated book will be produced describing each object and setting it within the District’s heritage and history. An illustrated map will link the objects’ location to a heritage trail. The map will be an appendix to the book and also be available as a separate information leaflet and download. If approved and funded the project will be developed during 2018 and completed early in 2019. It will be managed by an editorial team of the Heritage Forum. Please take your suggestions to the museum or post them in the Parish Council letter box at the Henfield Hall or email to friendsofhenfieldmuseum@ gmail.com. Leo Jago

BEEKEEPING TASTER DAY Have you ever thought of keeping bees but need to know more? Join us on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at Rudgwick Village Hall for a one day course that will answer all of your questions. It will cover all aspects of beekeeping, including how much time it takes, equipment, cost and if your property is suitable to keep bees on. Come along and find out more with no obligation. This is a popular annual event, which is in its thirteenth year. It is organised by the Wisborough Green Beekeepers Association, whose members live in West Sussex and South Surrey, within about 20 miles of Wisborough Green. Further information for beekeepers and nonbeekeepers, including the Beginners Taster Day can be found on www.wgbka.org.uk. Contact Roger Patterson 01403 790637 or 07976 306492, roger-patterson@btconnect.com for course details, or Gordon Allan 01798 343470, petworthgordon@btopenworld.com to book. John Glover For more news go to... www.henfieldbn5.co.uk


RAISING MONEY FOR THE RAINBOW TRUST CHILDREN’S CHARITY We are raising money for the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity - a lovely charity close to our hearts, as they support our 1 year old niece Alice, who has Bilateral Retinoblastoma. We are doing this by cutting our hair & donating it to the Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs for children who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. The knotting process at the top of the wig alone takes 4 inches in length, so we are aiming to donate at least 12 inches each, to provide a very brave little person somewhere with some hair and hopefully make their day a little brighter. Rainbow Trust provide bespoke support for families who have a child with a serious illness, by offering an invaluable range of services. Simple things like taking a train to the hospital and exposing the child to all the germs which comes with this, could potentially be life threatening for children with suppressed immunity. Rainbow Trust can drive the family to the hospital and offer practical and emotional support during their time there (as well as at home), helping families through a stressful time and allowing parents to take a much appreciated short break every now and again. We are very grateful to the Rainbow Trust as they continue to support Alice (and the whole family) through her journey. You can donate at www. uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Alice1. To find out more about the charities please visit www. rainbowtrust.org.uk / www.littleprincesses.org.uk. Emma Driver & Millie Lear

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Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2017 Sheep trail, especially those brave souls who went out in wet weather and still managed to hand in their entry forms! This year we have raised £600 for the Hope House Haiti charity which provides education for under privileged children in Haiti and this is nearly double the amount we raised last year. We collected the last completed forms from the library on Wednesday 5th January and the winning entries selected at random were: 1st Prize £15 Megan and Beth Hollis, 2nd Prize £10 Noah Gargano and 3rd Prize £5 Bethany Ratcliffe. Well done to our prize winners and to everyone who found all the missing sheep. The full list of sheep and which shops they were hiding in is in the library. The trail is designed to provide a free activity within the village over the Christmas period and can only take place with the support of the participating Traders and the organisation of the event by the Community partnership. We hope you enjoyed looking for the sheep whether you are young or old! Carol Eastwood

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News | FEBRUARY 2018 Sian Kenyon from the Evangelical Free Church said “It was a huge success and so busy on the Friday night you could hardly move! We will be running it again this year!” Thank you to everyone that took part in this unique festive community activity. Sian Kenyon

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL The Evangelical Free Church Christmas Tree Festival was a huge success and one of the many highlights of the Christmas Shopping evening. It was such a hit that it has already been scheduled to take place again this year! The Henfield Shed won the prize for the most creative tree, the ‘Best Photographs Mike Aiscough for BN5 magazine in Show’ was won by Henfield Haven, while the one that most people wanted in their home was decorated by the Wild Violets WI. COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH In the children’s section, the KS1 winner was Bryony Stubbs and the KS2 winner was Ellie SCHEME? Bonniface. Henfield Parish Council has been seeking the views of the parish on what concerns people as far as traffic matters are concerned. One of the most common responses has been that vehicles travel too fast for the safety and comfort of others. This is across the parish in a number of locations, with no clear pattern. One option that is being considered is to initiate a Community Speed Watch scheme - where Relaxing, quiet and volunteers, who have been trained and equipped peaceful environment by the Police, can monitor the speed of vehicles in areas of concern. The owners of vehicles that are High quality aromatherapy oils, identified as going too fast and breaking the speed many of which are Organic limit may be sent an informative warning notice by Fully qualified, registered, the Police. Volunteers are not expected to do more than monitor and record. insured, DBS checked and As well as discouraging speeding, this activity can Data Protection compliant help build up a picture locally and develop a case Weekday and weekend for where further action should be taken, whether that be by a change to the speed limit, Police appointments available enforcement, or other measures. Henfield based Before the Council can seek to set up such a scheme we would need to know whether there Gift vouchers for Valentine’s Day special are enough people who might be interested in aromatherapy massage treatments with volunteering to take part. relaxing foot and hand bath now available If you would consider volunteering to help, please register your interest at the Henfield Parish Council For further details, please contact: Office by emailing office@henfield.gov.uk, or by SMS: 07932 407740 calling 01273 492507.

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FEBRUARY 2018 | News MOTIVATION TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR CLOSET! Henfield-based ‘Homebird’ preloved clothes is excited to announce a fantastic opportunity for local residents to buy and sell good quality, preloved and second-hand women’s and men’s clothing and shoes at our first marketplace event on Sunday 4th March 2018 from 11am-2pm, in the Garden Room, Henfield Hall. Entry to shoppers is free. Rails or tables can be hired by prior arrangement. You may even wish to share a rail or table top with a friend. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact dbhomebird@gmail.com. If the event is popular, we will look to add more dates to the diary and in other locations too. As a local resident selling preloved items through local vintage fairs, I am keen to provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for people to buy and sell preloved, clothes and shoes at fair prices that reflect the quality of the item and the owner’s care. Sellers also have the opportunity to barter with one another which is a great way to exchange unwanted items for new! There is also an opportunity to sell a small amount of good quality childrenswear although this is predominantly an adultwear event. We have invited Henfield’s St Barnabas house to attend the event and they will be selling some of their lovely clothing items donated by Henfield residents. Light refreshments will be on sale in the café including teas, coffees and homemade sausage and vegetarian savoury rolls. Dahlia Brotherton

YOUR WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE IS CHANGING – ARE YOU READY? From February 2018 Horsham District Council will be rolling out changes to your waste and recycling collection service. What’s changing? Your recycling will be collected one week and your household waste will be collected the same day the following week. Garden waste will continue to be collected fortnightly for those who have subscribed to this service. All households will have received information in mid January explaining the changes and giving each household their new personalised collection dates. After that you can also remind yourself of your new collection dates via your online personalised collections calendar: www.horsham. gov.uk/bincalendar Why are we making these changes? The government has set a mandatory national recycling target of 50% by 2020. If we fail to meet this we will incur financial penalties. Currently the Horsham District recycles 44% of its waste so we are close, but we know we can achieve more because investigation into our waste collections have shown that on average 20% of what we


HENFIELD ART CLUB Henfield Art Club is set to go for artists to enjoy a full year’s programme of activities. This includes painting in, painting out, ‘how to do’ demonstrations, books and dvd’s, exhibitions and social events. All this is available for a subscription of £35. The next painting-in sessions, take place on the 14th and 28th February between 2-4pm. Our next demonstration is by Chris Forsey R.I and takes place on the 27th February. Chris is a contemporary artist and contributor to The Artist magazine and he will paint a ‘Sunlit Coastal scene’ in acrylics & mixed media. Throughout 2018 we have 8 other artists demonstrating to non-members for £3, and free to members. The evening demonstrations run from 7-9pm at the Henfield Hall’s Garden Room. See www.henfieldartclub.co.uk for more information. Kenneth McIntosh

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News | FEBRUARY 2018 currently throw away in our household waste bins can be put into our mixed recycling bin. Over three quarters of local authorities now operate this alternate weekly collection service with some of these councils seeing a resulting increase in recycling of up to 9%. Introducing these changes will also save the council money which will enable us to maintain essential public services against a backdrop of declining government income. If you have any questions about this please visit our website in the first instance which will answer most of your queries and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section. Further information: New waste and recycling collection service: www.horsham.gov.uk/newbincollections 01403 733144 Recycling top tips: www.horsham.gov.uk/bins/thinkbeforeyouthrow

CHANCTONBURY CHORUS CONCERT REVIEW The pre-Christmas performance of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem delivered by the combined talent of the Chanctonbury Chorus and the Hurstpierpoint College Chamber Choir and Orchestra resulted in a standing ovation from the packed audience. The majestic surroundings of Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, the setting for this performance, added a unique atmosphere to Brahms’ seven movement piece which was written in the mid 1800’s and based on the Lutheran Bible. Leslie-Jane Rogers (Soprano) and James Cleverton (Baritone) performed faultlessly whilst the full orchestra led by Charlotte Scott and conducted by Siobhan Denning (founder of the Chanctonbury Chorus) was more than a match for the musical and emotional challenges of this sometimes reflective and dramatic piece.

The packed programme began with a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ first major choral piece entitled ‘Towards the Unknown Region’, sung by the Hurst Chamber Choir made up of pupils from the college and conducted by Neil Matthews, Head of Music. Francis Poulenc’s Concerto in G Minor for Organ, Timpani and Strings FP93 with Kate Bray at the helm of the Chapel’s organ followed. Chanctonbury Chorus is an established group of about 50 singers who enjoy getting together weekly to rehearse a big choral masterpiece. The Chorus meet for rehearsals at 7.45pm on Wednesday evenings, during term time, in the Drama Room of the Lower School, Church Street, Steyning – all are welcome to join without an audition, just turn up on the night! Please email chanctonburychorus@btinternet. com for further information. Theresa Gilsenan

WOODMANCOTE VILLAGE HALL Following the Church’s decision to close the village hall in October of last year, the local community have been given an opportunity by the diocese to breathe new life into the building by becoming trustees of a separate Charitable Independent Organisation (CIO) that would be granted a lease to maintain and manage the cottage and village hall. The trustees would be made up of a completely new and autonomous board selected from within the Woodmancote community and will include some Parish Councillors and a representative from the church. Any interested parties looking to hear more should come to the April Annual Parish Meeting (Tuesday 10th) at Blackstone Cricket Pavilion. Marcus Grimes, Chairman Woodmancote Parish Council

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HENFIELD THEATRE COMPANY AWARDS The play, Billy Liar, staged by the Henfield Theatre Company in October has won multiple awards from the Brighton and Hove Arts Council. Members of the cast and production team went along to the Oscars style awards evening held at the BHASVIC Hall in Hove in the hope of some nominations, at least, for their production. They were in competition with some of the best amateur theatre groups in the Brighton and Hove area and were very happy to find that they had indeed been nominated in a number of categories, such as Best Set Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Actor but were over the moon when they had their first victory - Best Costume Design. Towards the end of the evening they were thrilled to hear that Ann Atkins, Director of Billy Liar, had won the Best Director award. But there was more to come when they won the final award of the evening, ‘The Bea Waters Challenge Cup’ for Best Overall Production. Many congratulations must go to all of the cast and production team for this wonderful achievement and to Henfield Theatre Company for the formal recognition of the high standard of their productions. The next one to look out for will be Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious comedy, Confusions, running from 15th- 17th March 2018. Martin Love

Trumpet Shall Sound’ from Messiah – Revd Paul Doick in a duo with Revd Harriet Neale-Stevens on trumpet, accompanied by Sidonie Winter. The Sussex Wind Quintet made their first appearance at these concerts with ‘Festival of Carols’, ‘12 days of Christmas’ and ‘Sleigh ride’, all pieces that demonstrated their superb ensemble playing. Sidonie Winter then brought the first half to a close with a hilarious ‘Christmas Carol’ by Tom Lehrer. Brass Fusion began the second half with ‘The Three Kings March’; Sophie Wells sang ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’; and the Bothy Singers showed their versatility with ‘The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B’, ‘Deck the Halls’, and a selection from Sister Act. Deacons Seamus and Liam amused us with jokes and the juxtapositioning of ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag’. Finally, Sidonie Winter returned to sing ‘Little Road to Bethlehem’. There were seasonal contributions from Sheila Nye bringing to life the joys of carol singing from ‘Cider with Rosie’; and Pastor Andrew Lawton reciting the problems Santa has down under. The solo items were interspersed with Community Carols, ably accompanied by members of Brass Fusion. A really enjoyable evening was had by all. Nigel Stevens

ST BARNABAS FUNDRAISER, CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE REVIEW On Thursday 7th December 2017, the Henfield Friends of St Barnabas House staged ‘Christmas Starts Here!’ at the Henfield Hall. This concert, arranged by Nigel and Sidonie Stevens, raised over £1000 for St Barnabas Hospice, a very worthy cause. Amy and Martin Buss’s brass close-harmony Welsh song ‘Calon Lan’ was followed by Henry Godwin’s accomplished rendition of ‘The Christmas Song’. This was followed up with an uplifting ‘The

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TIM PARSONS, 1956-2017 The much loved and respected Tim Parsons, recordbreaking HCC bowler, passed away peacefully at St Barnabas Hospice on 30th November 2017 after a short illness. Tim was Henfield born and bred. He leaves a wife, Sandra, and two children Jack and Lily, as well as his mum, Rita. The hundreds of local people at Tim’s funeral at St Peter’s Church on 12th December heard tributes from friends and family, with wonderful stories of his idyllic childhood in Henfield as well as his cricketing achievements. It was standingroom only in the church, his family have found this support a huge comfort over the difficult weeks since Tim died. Tim’s contribution to the centuries-old cricketing tradition in Henfield is immeasurable. Cricket and the club ran through Tim’s veins; he barely missed a match in his 46 year career of over 1,085 matches for the club and always remained loyal to HCC. Many representatives from neighbouring clubs and villages attended the funeral to pay their respects. Tim and Sandra met at the Cricket Club and were married 27 years ago, on a Sunday – because Tim didn’t want to miss an important league game as captain, although he sacrificed the Sunday game for his wedding! Tim was a fine bowler, in his career he took an incredible 2,107 wickets for the club, a record which is likely to stand for some years to come. The Henfield Cricket Club website says; “This is a remarkable achievement in itself, but is enhanced by the fact that many of Tim’s wickets were taken in the harsh competitiveness of league cricket. You don’t take over two thousand wickets, take more than five in an innings 77 times, or have a 9 for 59, without talent. To do so in such a quiet, unassuming manner is as much to his credit as taking the wickets”. His cricketing legacy remains in his son Jack and 2 0 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

daughter Lily, both of whom play for Henfield. Jack gained a sports scholarship to Hurst School age 11 and played for the England U19s team. Jack’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2011 as part of the England U19 team was one of the many times that Tim was incredibly proud of his two children. Sandra, Jack and Lily would like to thank Dr Reade for his kindness and attention during Tim’s illness and to thank everyone for their flowers, cards and messages. They would especially like to thank the village for their support of Rita, Tim’s mum. Tim was cared for by the wonderful team at St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing and their kindness, care and attention made Tim’s final weeks comfortable and bearable. Sandra and Jack will be running the Brighton Marathon in memory of Tim and to raise funds for St Barnabas. If you would like to support them and please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mcroshaw There will be a memorial match for Tim in the summer at Henfield Cricket Club. We will publish dates and more information in BN5 magazine nearer the time. Emma Osman Photograph of Tim by Ken Scott, ARPS. Ken took these photographs as Tim approached his 2,000th wicket for HCC.

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COUNCIL BESTOW HONORARY ALDERMAN TITLE ON FORMER COUNCILLORS Horsham District Council has bestowed one of the highest honours in its gift in conferring four former councillors as Honorary Aldermen for their outstanding service and dedication to the Horsham District. Mr Deridan Hilliard, Dr David Holmes, Sheila Matthews MBE and Mr Roger J Paterson were all conferred with the title of Honorary Alderman at an Extraordinary Council Meeting on 6th December 2017. Vice Chairman of the Council Cllr Peter Burgess said: “With more than 60 years of service combined, they have contributed so much to the work of the Council through their wisdom, knowledge and vast experience, between them undertaking the various roles of Cabinet Member and Chairmen of numerous committees and the office of Chairman themselves. They have served the Council and people of Horsham District with enormous dedication and the Council agreed that they each be honoured by the conferring of the title of Honorary Alderman.” West Sussex County Council

HURSTPIERPOINT SINGERS SPRING TERM 2018 Our spring concert will be held on Saturday 24th March, once again at the United Reformed Church in Hassocks, but it will be rather different from anything the choir has done in the last few years. The programme will consist of a mix of popular and less well-known pieces from opera and operetta including a number of works by Gilbert & Sullivan. Rehearsals start Monday 8th January at the Methodist Church in Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint, with practices running from 7.309.30pm and singers of all voices are warmly welcomed to come along! Please contact David Redd on 01273 831801.

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In the two and a half years that I have lived in Henfield, I have always found it such a polite place to drive around - with the exception of the two mini roundabouts situated on the Upper Station Road at Fabians Way and Broomfield Road junctions With the increase of vehicle passage along Upper Station Road it seems a good moment to revisit some basic Highway Code regulations and to highlight the proper practice and use of this traffic management system. The Highway Code says that you should give way to the right at mini roundabouts and also to traffic already on the roundabout. This is logical and good driving practice; if in doubt yield. From either direction on Upper Station Road at the first mini roundabout we also have a GIVEWAY SIGN and GIVEWAY LINE. So, on approaching a mini roundabout and faced with a Give Way sign and road marking in addition to the blue roundabout sign what do you do? A Give Way sign means you yield to everything. If someone is entering the mini roundabout BEFORE you have reached it from Upper Station Road, even from your left, you should wait. This area also has a lot of foot passage of young children and their young parents so please take those extra few seconds, have consideration of others and respect of the Highway Code. Make for more smiles and a happier Henfield. Sally Bland

KNIT AND NATTER Do you enjoy Knitting but have no one to knit for? If so then come and join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 10.30am in the lounge at Rayner Court. We are a friendly group of ladies who meet monthly to chat and knit over a cup of coffee. All of our knitting is donated to charity; we knit hats, scarves and mittens to send out to Eastern Europe, children’s and baby clothes for Chestnut Tree House and premature baby blankets for The Princess Royal Hospital. We also knit gift items for our stall at the Charity Christmas Fair each year. Last year we raised £150 for Link to Hope who send out the Christmas shoe boxes to Eastern Europe. Our next meeting is Wednesday 14th February. We are always grateful to receive donated wool and will put it to good use. For more information ring Jean on 01273 493171. Jean Whiting

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enfield Furnishings, one of the longest serving shops on our High Street, will be closing its doors on 28 February after 45 years in the village. An absolute ‘go-to’ shop which combines the very practical with the very beautiful, the closure of this wonderfully colourful bazaar of delights will be a huge loss to the fabric of our high street. The freehold of the building (pictured here in 1901 when it was a saddlery shop) was purchased back in 1972 by Henfield’s Malcolm and Angela Reid in partnership with Mike and Jenny Avery from Horsham. Those who have long memories will remember the shop as ‘Scats’ – and its change to ‘The Averys of Henfield (Furnishings)’. Five years later, when Mike and Jenny retired, it became Henfield Furnishings Limited, focussing mainly on furnishing fabrics with some cookware essentials. Malcolm said; “We have employed very few people in the 45 years of owning Henfield Furnishings as they remained very loyal and happy working for us. However, changes in the personal situations of our current staff means that two of them have recently left the village and a third follows soon. After much reflection, we have decided to end on a high note and close the business now. Changes in retail habits, including online shopping and the lack of an optimistic future in high street retail trade nationally, make it unfair to train new staff without the prospect of long-term employment.” During the 1970s, Malcolm and Angela developed Caudle Street, in conjunction with Alf Gander from Vinalls, to create access and a shopping area from the Henfield Hall through to the High Street. 2 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

Around this time Alf gifted a plot of land next to the Henfield Hall to provide free parking for the village. Malcolm and Angela have noticed the negative impact of recent car parking charges implemented by Horsham District Council. Angela commented; “The infliction of car parking charges has seen footfall in our Henfield shop drop sharply since last April. A substantial amount of our turnover came from visitors to Henfield.” There have been many changes and challenges over the past years and one of the secrets of Henfield Furnishings’ success was always to place themselves at the forefront of retail trends, to keep a keen eye on shopping habits and respond quickly to the markets. They began increasing their kitchenware product lines during the 1980s with the popularity of TV celebrity chefs. Their longest-standing staff member of 25 years, Gill Feltham, remembers a particular egg whisk used by Delia Smith as being a record-breaking seller. She said; “Malcolm and Angela always allowed us to develop the shop as we felt best, both to serve the village and also to attract customers from outside Henfield. Some of you may remember that we were right there at the explosion of the fashion for Christmas decorations and fabrics in the late nineties. There was one year during the Christmas Shopping Evening when we had to close our doors because there was no room for more customers!” It is very sad to think that the Henfield Furnishings windows will soon be standing empty, when their displays have always added such sparkle to the high street. They have been an absolute delight

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for window-shoppers, always capable of stopping passing customers in their tracks to tempt them inside. Staff are proud to have won numerous prizes for their artistic, witty and clever displays, especially during the Christmas Shopping events. They have wholeheartedly joined in Henfield Trader competitions, always supporting initiatives to improve the village. Most recently they won the 2017 award for Best Christmas Window Display and their 2016 window graced the cover of the December issue of BN5 magazine, epitomising the magic of Christmas. Chairman of Henfield Parish Council, Malcolm Eastwood, commented; ““We are sorry to be losing Henfield Furnishings from our village. It has been an attractive addition to our High Street, somewhere for visitors to find different and useful gifts. Our thanks go to all of the team at Henfield Furnishings and we send them our best wishes for the future”. The loss of Henfield Furnishings to the village is immeasurable. Staff have always been incredibly supportive of the Henfield Theatre Company, regularly acting as box office for events and incorporating show promotion into their window displays. In fact, both Malcolm and Angela, as actors, directors and backstage, have been immensely influential in the theatre life of the village; but that’s for another article. Angela said; “The future of the premises will remain in limbo for a few months until we deal

with unsold stock. Our thanks to our regular and loyal customers for their support over the years. Our heartfelt thanks too, to our wonderful staff, particularly those of the past few years – Gill, Katrina, Jo, Izzy and Sandra, all of whom have worked with courtesy, energy and enthusiasm.” A final thank-you must go to Angela and Malcolm. For their tireless energy, for their investment in Henfield, and for continuing to serve the village during 45 years of changes, ideas and innovations which have all been embraced and celebrated. The village will miss this wonderful shop. Henfield Furnishings will be a very hard act to follow. Emma Osman

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ver the past few years we have run a Big BN5 Draw for a local charity, which culminates at the High Street Shopping Evening in December. Our choice of charity for 2017 was The Brain Tumour Charity and this was prompted by the personal experience of local resident and owner of Hamfelds, Olivia Pugh, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour right out of the blue in July. The response was quite overwhelming, leaving us with a lot of ‘thank yous’ to make! We are so grateful to everyone who sent us donations, put extra coins and notes in our collection boxes, bid in our Grand Auction at the White Hart and bought multiple books of tickets for their friends or their staff. The donations are still being made; the support of the BTC was village wide with businesses like Natasha Beauty donating 10% of their takings for November, resulting in a donation of over £500. Full of Beans put all their tips on the run-up to the draw into the collection boxes too. Thank you to everyone for your kindness and generosity. This message came from the Brain Tumour Charity:

Dear Henfield Community, From everyone at The Brain Tumour Charity we would like to say a huge THANK YOU for your support during December 2017! It was a true pleasure to join you on Friday 8th December for your Christmas Extravaganza. It is rare to see such a huge response from a community, with so many wonderful fundraising ideas! You should be so proud of everything you have achieved. Your passion and dedication to make a difference to your chosen charity at this special time of year is truly amazing…. Thank you! With strength in numbers and hard work you have been a part of raising over £6,300 to help us defeat brain tumours. To put this into perspective, this money could fund 25 days of pioneering research which is so desperately needed. 2 6 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

Please know we are working incredibly hard to defeat brain tumours, and because of amazing people like you it is making a difference. Recently, researchers funded by The Brain Tumour Charity have shown that a naturallyoccurring virus, delivered to patients via a simple injection into the arm, can cross the blood-brain barrier and kill cancer cells in the brain. This is really promising news, and will help shape future treatments. As we rely 100% on voluntary funding we can only fund this work with the help of you, so thank you very much. We very much value all your support. Every penny you have raised really will help bring us achieve our goals, of doubling survival and halving the harm, for all those affected by brain tumours. Thank you. Sending very best wishes and warm thanks, Abi Hames Senior Community Fundraiser (South) thebraintumourcharity.org Support Line: 0808 800 0004 Thank you also to the wonderful local businesses, clubs and individuals who supported the Big BN5 Draw, with prize donations, collection boxes, draw ticket sales and other fantastic help. Manning’s Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate | Accountancy & Business Matters | Coles Automotive | Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa | Amazon Prime & Chump Productions | Henfield Fencing | Penny Farthing Jewellery | Redhill Helicopters |The White Hart | Liz Marks at Pilates Evolved | Hotel Du Vin Brighton | Rushfields Farm Shop| Marcus Grimes Estate Agents | The Shepherd & Dog, Fulking | Horsham Ice Rink | The Glasshouse, Wickwoods | Sussex Prairies | Singing Hills | Studio Shards | Kingston Smith LLP | Henfield Holistics | Peewees | Bespoke Interiors | Swains Farm Shop | Pinks | Henfield Furnishings | Stevens Estate Agents | Grommets | Christina Lyons

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hen Adam Streeter announced via social media last year that his family business had acquired the 200-acre Leonardslee Estate at Lower Beeding and was planning to reopen it to the public in spring 2018, he had little idea of the response he would get. The news spread quickly and he was astounded by the number of people contacting him: “We had a really positive response with lots of people from different walks of life contacting me from all over the country – it’s been incredibly encouraging!” Those contacting Adam included the lady who created the original dolls house displayed on the Estate, keen to restore it and a wallaby breeder interested in the rare colony of wallabies that live there, as well as garden enthusiasts and people enquiring whether they will be able to access the Estate with their dogs (they will, as long as the dog is kept on a lead!). Leonardslee House and Gardens, often described as one of Britain’s most beautiful gardens, were built in 1801. Sir Edmund Loder, a Victorian plant collector, bought the 200-acre estate in 1889 and he planted a dazzling collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias, considered by many to be one of the finest collections in the UK. The flowering season starts in early spring and reaches a glorious peak in May, although the gardens are spectacular throughout the year. In addition to the beautiful flowering shrubs and spring bulbs, there are a series of tranquil lakes, two alpine glasshouses and an impressive rock garden as well as a unique doll’s house exhibition depicting the Edwardian estate and neighbouring villages at 1/12th scale. The Estate remained in the Loder family for five

generations, with each generation adding to and developing the landscape. Leonardslee became a tourist destination in the twentieth century, attracting some 50,000 visitors a year until 2010 when it was sold by the Loder family to a private buyer and closed to the public. It was Adam’s mother Penny Streeter, business entrepreneur and owner of the Benguela Collection vineyards and hospitality group (which includes the nearby 400-acre Mannings Heath Golf Club and Wine Estate), who first saw the potential of the Leonardslee Estate when it was put back on the market. Adam said: “We have a really fantastic opportunity to restore the Estate to its former glory and create a major local attraction for families, wedding groups and others. We plan to re-open the gardens to the public in the spring and then over the coming years introduce a tea room, dining facilities, a farm shop and B&B as well as possibly planting some vineyards if the conditions are right and creating a winery. Our vision is to create a whole visitor experience around a working winery to complement the Grade 1 listed gardens.” When I spoke to Adam he was at the planning stage. “After being neglected for several years, we are desperate to get the gardens into a good state before we open in the spring. Just trying to clear the paths has been quite an overwhelming task.” He went on: “The public response to us taking on the Estate has been fantastic and it’s an amazing responsibility to bring Leonardslee back to life for all these people – we’re really looking forward to welcoming the public back.” Sarah Butler

Leonardslee House and Gardens will open to the public in early Spring 2018 – the exact date will be announced in February. For more information and to purchase annual membership or gift vouchers visit www.leonardsleegardens.co.uk. All annual membership holders will have access to the gardens 10 days before they open to the general public. You can contact Leonardslee House and Gardens at info@leonardsleegardens.co.uk

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n conjunction with St Peter’s Church, Henfield Haven has been hosting very successful Community Sunday Lunches for some time now, and when Haven manager Lorette Mackie came up with the idea of holding a festive lunch on Christmas Day it was greeted with universal enthusiasm, not least from Haven customers! The day, which started at midday with pre-lunch prosecco and nibbles, was an enormous success attracting around 40 lunch guests. Some came as family groups and others came on their own to join the fun and socialise. Some were Haven regulars, others were new faces, but every guest enjoyed

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impeccably. Around ten local people volunteered to help Lorette on the day; serving, taxi-driving those without transport, and tackling the big mountain of washing up! There were lots of other ‘hands on deck’ on Christmas eve for potato peeling, veg prep and setting up the tables. By the time 4.30pm came the last customer had been taken home and the last roasting tin had been washed up. We sat down to our own Christmas lunch and a large glass of wine - it really had been the most rewarding day, hopefully to be repeated again next year. We received some very touching ‘thank you’s’ from guests, some of whom would have been on their own for Christmas day if it hadn’t been for the Henfield Haven.

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A grand fundraising event will be held at the Henfield Hall on Friday 23 March from 7-9pm (the bar will open at 6.30pm). There are fantastic lots up for grabs in the silent auction and the list of tempting items being auctioned on the evening includes: • • • • •

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Entrance to the silent auction costs just £10 and tickets are available now from the Henfield Haven, Stokes and Jasmines. How does a silent auction work? There is a description beside each item. Write clearly your name, telephone number and amount you are willing to pay underneath the description of the item you are interest in bidding on. The next bid, by someone else, will go on the next line. You may return to the same lot to keep bidding. All final bids are binding, please don’t cross out anything. Bring your purse and credit card. When the Auction finishes at 9pm there will be announcements and distribution of details to bid winners. All profits from the event will be equally shared between the Henfield Hall and the Henfield Haven. Despite residents working to upgrade the Henfield Hall with their skills, time and materials so that the entrance hall, kitchen, bar, Garden Room and Committee Room have had complete redecoration, there is still work to be done. After major expenditure to repair the roof last year there is little left over for the planned major refurbishment to the main Whittome Hall which is a massive undertaking and will cost a great deal of money. The Henfield Haven now has a wide range of facilities including the establishment of a threeday week high-needs service as well as many other activities and therapies and a full ‘Action for Hearing’ extension. It now has a minibus and an excellent café with a growing reputation for cooked meals at reasonable prices. Many clubs meet here and there is a special Wendy House (Mini Haven) for tiny tots in the beautiful garden. However, this wonderful facility will only be able to continue its service to the community provided it can support the work with on-going fund raising. Pamela Chaston Photos courtesy of Barry Chaston (Henfield Hall) & Digby Stephenson (Haven Garden)

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Run Robla Run! I am writing this article just after the Christmas break. We had the honour of hosting Annelise’s parents and while on a Christmas day walk, my mother in law made the observation that I was looking particularly “well”. Knowing her as I do, she was not referring to the fact that my electrolyte or mineral levels were in perfect harmony but more that I had been experiencing too much of the “bon viveur” lifestyle in recent weeks. It was hard to deny that the old waistline had expanded, so when she had left (after a celebratory glass of port and some cheese), I resolved to try and do something about it. The next day I hit the running machine. I’ll be honest and say I have never enjoyed running for the pure purpose of exercise. I know there are many, many people who will not understand my point of view, but I am like a dog – give me a ball to chase and I’ll run around after it not thinking about the fact that I am being healthy, getting fitter and burning calories – it’s all incidental! This is not the case with a running machine. For me, the treadmill is the epitome of my dislike of running – you don’t see anything, you don’t go anywhere, you just count every tiresome minute and every gruelling kilometre wondering how long to can endure it for. However, as with all exercise, at least you have the solace of knowing that you have achieved something and you have a general feeling of satisfaction having completed your personal challenge. In my case having got my heart rate up to 500 and with my lungs burning and my legs aching I picked myself up off the floor where I had been ejected by the stupid machine, massaged the rubber burn on my chin and the sweat from my eyes and surveyed the display to see how many mars bars I could now eat for the rest of the day. Apparently, I had burned 126 calories…. 126 calories – that’s only half a mars bar! If I wasn’t so dehydrated, I think I would have cried…

What this emphasis on exercise has bought into focus for me is the achievements of a veterinary friend of mine who I went to the Royal Veterinary College with. His name is Rob Pope and he was always a keen runner back in the day. He has completed several London Marathons, the New York Marathon and even won the Australian marathon in 2015. There’s no denying he has a good running pedigree. However, in the past 15 months or so, he has been embarking on a challenge which makes a marathon quite literally look like a walk in the park. In September 2016 he decided to become a real life “Forrest Gump” and run across America. This sounds like a feat in itself, however, in the film, Gump crossed America 5 times... Currently Rob has just completed his fourth crossing of the continent and has run over 13,000 miles. He averages around 40miles per day and is aiming to complete the 5th crossing before his first child is born in March. Rob has taken on the challenge in order to raise money for 2 very worthwhile charities – WWF and Peace Direct. He is doing well, but his achievements have not received anywhere near as much of the recognition that they deserve which is why I thought I would be good to give him some publicity! If you would like to support Rob, then you can help by “liking” his facebook page and spreading the word. If he can get to 10,000 likes then he will receive much more attention from major sponsors. He’s not far off, so every “like” helps. Of course, he would also be grateful for any donations to the two charities as well. Rob’s facebook page is www.facebook.com/runroblarun You can also visit his website if you are not on facebook www.goingthedistancerun.com Phew, writing that was tiring work – think I need a glass of wine and a piece of cake to revive myself! Jonathan Underwood

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Brexit – some thoughts…


nd so the Brexit negotiations roll on – and the only predictable thing is unpredictability. What has been agreed so far? Er, I’m not too sure… ‘sufficient progress’ needs to be put into legal text and there are lots of details to be addressed. What does ‘full alignment’ at the Irish border actually mean? In practical terms, how will Northern Ireland trade with Eire? The EU27 were united over getting the UK to agree to pay as much as possible for the Brexit bill and that was concluded. That was the easy bit of course compared to what lies ahead. At the end of January, formal negotiations are due to begin on the transition period post-Brexit. However, EU negotiators won’t have the authority to start discussions with the UK on future relations (including trade, security and foreign policy) until another set of guidelines is adopted in March. That gives the two sides not much more than 6 months to agree the text of a broad political declaration on the outlines of a future relationship. It will be, says the European Council President Donald Tusk, a “furious race against time”. The EU wants to have the withdrawal agreement (including transition arrangements) and a broad political declaration about the future relationship (not a full a trade deal) finalised by October. That will give time for the withdrawal agreement to be ratified in full before the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. It needs the approval of a qualified majority of the EU27, as well as simple majorities in both the UK and European parliaments. Until those votes are cast, no-one can say that agreement has been concluded. The EU’s position is that the transition has to take place under all existing rules and regulations (including budget payments, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the movement of people) and that it will end on 31 December 2020. The UK will have become a rule-taker rather than a rule-maker. The end game is 1 January 2021 – where we will enter a new world of trade and immigration less than 36 months away. The clock ticks. What happens if a trade deal isn’t concluded by the very latest the end of the transition is very unclear. Whilst your business might not itself export to the EU, you may very well still be affected by Brexit through its effects on your supply chain. Within your supply chain, there will be businesses that have EU27

trade connections – therefore your business will not be immune from the ‘fall-out’. Increased prices and slower import times due to trade restrictions and associated paperwork are but two significant issues. Turning to your staff - your people are your greatest asset. In a communications vacuum, employees will fear the worst. So far as your workforce is concerned, if you have EU national employees then in order to protect their current employment status, think about: > 5 qualifying years in the UK? Then an application for Permanent Residence (PR) is recommended; Apply for British citizenship (mandatory to apply for PR first though); The rights of employees’ children – they may be different to their parents; < 5 qualifying years in the UK? Apply for registration certificates to confirm status. For British citizens, assess dual citizen eligibility via any EU ancestry or long residence. With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fast approaching in May and affecting every business, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has confirmed that the UK will implement GDPR and that Brexit has no effect on GDPR at all. Paul Samrah

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