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FEBRUARY 2019 | Contents

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Welcome to the February issue of BN5 magazine. With all the talk of Brexit (there, I said it) and the from the BN5 area gloom of dark evenings, February can be a tricky month and we are all feeling the need for some positivity and motivation! We wanted to find some things to do, things to look forward to and things Local Interest that uplift the spirits, the mind and the body. Feel Good February - Sarah’s resulting article - Feel Good February local things to do to feel gives eight very different views and ideas on making good inside and out! a positive difference to your health, wellbeing and outlook. From singing in a choir to trying Pilates, or a new craft to exercise the creative side of your brain or perhaps some volunteering outside in Local Interest nature to help keep Henfield countryside looking Connector Plus - Baby beautiful, there honestly is something for everyone. Why not get out there and try something new! and Toddler Groups Alex Nevatt from Connector Plus has written an article about all the pre-school and baby groups in the village, please take a look on page 40 if this is something you’re interested in. Alex will be Countryside presenting at the Henfield Parish Council Annual From Sussex Wildlife Meeting if you’d like to find out about this service. Trust Finally, our congratulations to the team at the Henfield Festival for hosting a really successful BBC R4 Any Questions in January as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture, well done to all Index the local ‘questioners’ who did brilliantly. HTC’s of advertisers Cinderella was a storming success too, what a great start to the year!







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Copy Deadline & Contact Us... Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the March 19 issue of BN5 magazine is Wednesday 6 February. Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Liz Marks, Pauline Findlay, Zoe Peate, Angie Cridland, Caroline Rowley, Natasha Scutt, Susie Russell-Smith, John Willis, Sam Bremner, Alex Nevatt, Charlotte Owen and Paul Samrah. Cover photograph of fused glass by Pauline Findlay at Studio Shards 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.

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If you have a local interest story for us please email editor@bn5magazine.co.uk. 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 www.henfieldbn5.co.uk, this gives you additional automatic website entry. Please note we no longer accept postal or email diary submissions due to potential inaccuracies when transcribing. Priority is given to local, charitable and non-repeating events when we are oversubscribed.

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What’s on | FEBRUARY 2019 Due to the number of events, Henfieldbn5.co.uk for details. some repeating events have been Steyning Jazz Club omitted. For a full listing of events, Steyning Centre, 8.30–11pm (& see www.henfieldbn5.co.uk. every 1st Fri) www.steyningjazzclub.co.uk for Henfield Short Mat Bowls details. Henfield Hall, 9.45-11.45am (& every Fri) Tennis Club Jumble Sale See News Item. Henfield Hall, 2pm Henfield Shed Bring jumble to the hall in the Workshop behind Southdown morning or ring 07753 214726 Galleries, 10am-12pm (& every for collection. Tues to Fri) Memory Moments Café See News Item. Catholic Church Hall, 2-4pm Ladybirds – New Group All welcome, especially those Garden Room, Henfield Hall, with memory loss. 10am–12pm (& every 1st Fri) Shockingly Simple - CPR and AEDs with Dave Fletcher. Henfield Conservation Contact Emma 01273 965926. Volunteers Little Fishes Henfield Common, 10am St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (every Fri) Tree work. 01273 494566 For pre-schoolers & their carers. henfieldconservation@gmail.com.

Friday 1 February

Saturday 2

Sunday 3

Henfield Netball Club

Henfield Camera Club

Free Church Hall, 7.30-10pm (& alt Fri)

Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm (& every Sun)

Monday 4

Monday Market

Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm (& every Mon) Table top hire £6. For Hall details, see advert.

Wish Club

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2-5pm (& every Mon) Advice and support for those seeking employment.

Nat West Drop In Surgery

George Hotel, 2-4pm (& every Mon) Advice & support for customers.

Games after School

Henfield Library, 3–4.30pm (& every Mon, term-time)

Tuesday 5

Henfield Ducklings

Henfield Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& every Tues) Following on from Chatterbox, see details page 40 or news.

Action for Deafness

Henfield Medical Centre, 9.30am-


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FEBRUARY 2019 | What’s on 12.30pm (& every Tues) Play & sing. Suggested donation Drop-in hearing aid maintenance £1. All welcome service. Note change of day & The Book Nook location. The Chapel, Fulking, 10-11.30am Self Help Club (& every Weds, also 2nd Sun Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2-4pm) 10am-3pm (& every Tues) Books, CDs, and DVDs. A social get together for the Carers’ Support Group elderly. Lunch provided. Maidment Court, 10.30am–12pm Steyning 2 Mile Stroll (& every 1st Weds) Steyning Health Centre for start, Friendly carers’ group for 11am (& 19th) information and support. 2 mile stroll. All welcome, led by Afternoon Bingo trained volunteers. Sobell Court, 2pm (every Weds)

Knit and Natter

Wildcats – Girls Football

Henfield Library, 2–4pm (& every Training 1st Tues) Rothery Field, 6–7.30pm (& every Bring knitting, crocheting, quilting Weds) etc. Chat & work together. Sessions open to all primary age Group Music Therapy girls. 07584 308414. Henfield Haven, 2.30-3.30pm (& Jolesfield Community Choir every Tues) Jolesfield School, 7pm (& every Music is beneficial to us all. Free Weds, term time) but booking essential. Henfield Lions Club

Youth Club (age 7½-11)

(& every Thurs, term time)

Henfield Women’s Group

The White Hart, 7.30pm (& every 1st Thurs) An interesting history of Henfield. Contact Anne 07901 382976.

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Henfield Wild Violets WI

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am–12pm (& every 2nd Fri) Flower arrangements from supermarket buys.

Live Music The George, 8pm

Willie Austen. See advert.

Saturday 9

Steyning/Wiston Walk

Cricket Pavilion for start, 9-10.15am Downland dog walk. 2 miles. All welcome, led by trained volunteers, no need to book.

St Peter’s Church Jumble

Henfield Hall, 2pm George Hotel, 8pm (every 1st Weds) For collection of jumble and Henfield Youth Club, 6-7.30pm (& New members welcome. auction items, call 01273 493172 every Tues, term time) or 01273 495532.

Evening Bingo

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Steyning Bookshop Event

Henfield Hall Car Park, 10am-2pm Community Sunday Lunch Information and support for Henfield Haven, 12.30pm patients and their families. Call 01273 494747 to book.

Maidment Court, BN5 9LG, 7pm (& every Tues) Cash prizes. Venue TBC, 7.30pm ‘The Unexpected Genius Pigs’. See Advert.

Henfield Garden Club

St Barnabas Outreach

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Music Session

of Henfield Haven for pick up, 10am-4.30pm (& 21st) Contact the Haven for details.

Henfield Hall, 7pm (every 1st Tues) Nat West Mobile Service Henfield Hall Car Park, 10.05‘Pruning, a General Guide’. 11.05am (& every Thurs) HART Pub Quiz For cash deposits, withdrawals, The White Hart, 8.30pm (alt Tues) bill payments & account admin. In aid of HART. Teams of up to Rhyme Time six. Call 01273 492006 to book. Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs) Fun with music for pre-schoolers. Henfield Computer Club

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Henfield Unattached Garden Room, Henfield Hall, White Hart, 11am (every 1st Thurs) 9.30am-12pm (& every Weds) All welcome. 01273 494822 or For those who are alone. henfieldcomputerclub@gmail.com. Enquiries 01273 495820 or just drop-in. Short Mat Bowls Roll Up Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm (& every Weds)

Little Toddler Group

Fulking Village Hall, 10-11.30am (& every Weds)

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

Youth Club (ages 12-17)

Henfield Youth Club, 7.30-9.30pm

The George, 8–11pm (& every 2nd Sun) Singers, musicians and audience are all welcome.

Monday 11

The Arts Society Steyning

The Steyning Centre, 10.30am– 12pm (& every 2nd Mon AGM followed by Masters of the sea - highlights of Maritime Art. Guests welcome.

The Arts Society Henfield

Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (& every 2nd Mon) Downtown to Gatsby, jewellery and fashion 1890-1929. Guests welcome.

Quiz Night

The George, 8pm (& every 2nd Mon) See our advert.

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FEBRUARY 2019 | What’s on

Tuesday 12

Mobile Cinema

Small Dole Tuesday Club

Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm Henfield Flower Club Henfield Hall, 2–4.30pm (& every Mary Poppins Returns (U). See (& every 4th Tues) Advert AGM followed by BP Guild talk 2nd Tues) - Our activities and the ways we AGM, Peter Bates – Farming in support the local community. the 40s & 50s. All welcome. Dementia Carers’ Support

Wednesday 20

Henfield History Group

Henfield Trefoil Guild

Henfield Haven, 9am-1pm (& Guide Hut 7.30pm (every 4th Tues) Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every every 3rd Weds) Hear about Eileen Blann’s trip to 2nd Tues) One to one appointments. Africa. The Central Sussex Women’s Contact the Haven. Suffrage Society. Half Term Special

Wednesday 13

My Life in Television

Henfield Library, 2.30–3.30pm Details from the library.

Woodmancote & Henfield WI St Peter’s Church, 7.30pm An Audience with Simon Nye. Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (& every See News Item. 3rd Weds) My Work in Haiti - Jean Whiting. Steyning History Society Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, 7.45–9.45pm (& every 2nd Weds) Bereavement Support The History of the Royal Observer Henfield Haven Café, 4.15Corps 1915 – 1945. 5.15pm (& every 3rd Thurs) Non-religious group. Contact St Peter’s Church Office 01273 Henfield Antiques Fair 495532. Henfield Hall, 7am–12pm (& Shipley History Society every 2nd Thurs) Collectables, jewellery and bric Andrew Hall, Shipley, RH13 8PH, a brac. 7.30pm Sussex in the Napoleonic Wars. Haven Silent Disco All welcome. Henfield Haven, 2pm A new type of music and dancing. £5 with refreshments. Rumble in the Jumble

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Friday 15

Messy Church

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

Saturday 16

Haven Jumble Sale

Henfield Haven, 11am Good quality jumble to café, weekdays 10am-4pm.

Theatre Co. Jumble Sale

Wednesday 27

Henfield Parkinson’s Café

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

Murder Mystery Dinner White Hart, 7.30pm See Advert.

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The Arts Society Henfield

Henfield Hall, 2.30pm Study Day. Art and medicine. From Ancient Egypt to the Nobel Prize. Guests welcome.

Partridge Green Horticultural Society

Partridge Green Hall, 7.30pm Rewilding at the Knepp Estate.

Wine Tasting

The George, 8pm Henfield Hall, 2pm See advert. Save the Children jumble sale. For collection call 01273 493172, 493968 or 01403 711620.

Monday 25

Citizens Advice Bureau

Advance Notice Friday 1 March

World Day of Prayer

Free Church, 2pm Henfield Medical Centre, 10am– Ecumenical service. See News. 1pm (& every 4th Mon) Organ Recital Drop-in 10-10.30am, booked St Peter’s Church, 7pm appointments 10.30am-1pm.

Tuesday 26

Haven Green Garden Group

Saturday 2

Guides Jumble Sale

Henfield Hall, 2pm Henfield Haven, 9.30am– For collection of jumble call 12.30pm (& alt Tue) 01403 710517. Gardening is good for your health and wellbeing. Join us for fresh Annual Parish Meeting air and fun! Please book. Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Henfield Art Club Steyning Bookshop Event Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Opportunity for Henfield The Gluck Studio, 7.30pm 7.15– 9.30pm (& every 4th Tues) residents to give their views and An evening with novelist Tessa Demonstration Shadows & concerns regarding Henfield, Hadley. See advert. Reflections in water. All welcome. including a presentation on Connector Plus. Henfield Hall, 2pm Items to Hall from 9.30am or call 01273 492172 or 01273 970775 for collection.

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FEBRUARY 2019 | News supporting actors. Trevor Hodgson and Lauren Morley were also nominated for best actor award. Indeed, the company was nominated in 10 out of the 15 categories. In addition to those already mentioned, nominations were received for Best Set Design, Best Costume Design, Best Stage Crew and Best Director. It was a great evening for Henfield. Martin Love


HENFIELD THEATRE COMPANY WINS COVETED AWARD It was a triumphant evening for Henfield Theatre Company (HTC), at the Brighton and Hove Arts Council Drama Awards, held last month at BHASVIC. The awards event is rather like an Oscars evening and HTC was up against the best local amateur drama groups. To their delight, and for the second year running, the Company was awarded the cup for Best Overall Production. The award was given for their October 2018 play, ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’, directed by Sheila Nye. Adjudicator Jane Collins stated in her summary that “She took her hat off to the director….this remarkable company transported us to New York in the 1930s….the accents were spot on and the cast lived their parts absorbing us as an audience into this intense, sweet, funny and unsettling play”. The production was set in the round and she made special mention of this fact and the effectiveness of the lighting. Technician Mike Cawte’s work won the Best Lighting award. She commented on the excellent acting by the younger members; Ewan Fairchild was superb in the lead role and the adjudicators had nominated Saskia Monteiro and Raphael Key Barry for best

After years of hard slog fundraising, finally a week to lift our spirits! Firstly, the BP Guild very kindly donated another hard earned £5,000. We then raised £1,130 recycling Christmas trees, with a lot of help from Alec and his pals from Burleys Tree Surgeons, Henfield Fencing, Downs (Southern) Ltd, builder Tony Westwood and a collection of ever helpful BP Guildsmen. Our next surprise was a pledge of £5,000 from Horsham District Scout Council, followed the next day by the big one, £50,000 from The Rampion Fund at Sussex Community Foundation! We are getting ever closer to our goal, the fund now stands at £165,000 with pledges of £35,000 in goods and services from local companies, so another £100,000 will see us breaking earth and starting construction on the new centre. Please contact Dave Malkin on 01273 493843 or email David.malkin@henfield-scout-cc.org if you have a company that, in return for a tax break, could donate goods or services to the Appeal, or if you’d like to make a cash donation to continue our happy momentum. Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who has kept faith in us throughout the years and helped us get to this point in the quest for a new Scout Community Centre. Dave Malkin, Henfield Scout Community Centre Appeal

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CLASS OF 1977 This is the last class taken by Mr Jones in July 1977. Kenneth Jones moved to Henfield in the early 1950’s and countless children were taught by him. The museum has a number of school photographs in its collection, mainly from the Girls School in the Edwardian period. The thing about school photographs is in most cases we have no idea who the children are, because nobody puts the names on the back. This is also the case with the class of 1977. If you can help identify these children, who are now in their fifties, please get in contact with the museum. Alan Barwick

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You could be forgiven, following the amount of work you were involved in via public consultations and meetings during the latter part of 2017 and the early part of last year, if you thought the production of the second Henfield Neighbourhood Plan had gone off the radar. I can assure you a great deal of hard work has been done throughout the whole of last year towards the production of a second plan, but I have to report that we have not been able to make the progress we hoped to achieve. This has been in large part due to the appraisal of the large number of sites that came forward in our Call for Sites in August 2017. The production of the Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) is an essential part of the evidence base for both Local and Neighbourhood Plans. At the outset of our second plan Horsham District Council offered to undertake this work on behalf of the community. We were grateful to accept this offer and agreed with them at meetings in October 2017 and January 2018 to a timetable that would see the SA/SEA process largely completed by July 2018. Unfortunately, that work, at present confidential, has only just reached that stage at the time of writing.

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FEBRUARY 2019 | News That has therefore delayed our ability to allocate sites to deliver the 260-273 homes Henfield Parish needs to deliver during the plan period up to 2031. A great deal of work has been done by myself and my colleagues in drafting general policies and preparing our Pre-Submission Plan and once we have allocated the most sustainable sites, we can draw all this work together in preparation for our Regulation 14 Consultation across the plan area, which is all of Henfield Parish. This will give you further opportunity to comment on our work so far with the potential to influence the plan content going forward. Work has also been carried out by other volunteers to update the Village Design Statement which may be incorporated in the plan to give it greater weight and our thanks are due to them. Please be assured the plan is moving forward, albeit at a much slower pace than we would like. Ray Osgood, Chairman Henfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

THE HENFIELD SHED HAS MOVED! Members of The Henfield Shed have been busy during January relocating the charities’ workshop to a new home in the buildings behind Southdowns Galleries in the High Street. This move has been completed in time for the celebration of our first anniversary! Trustees and members of the charity are very grateful to Rita Prodger for her amazing kindness in allowing us to use these buildings as our workshop whilst our search for a long-term home continues. We are also indebted to Rob Laughton and Fiona Ayres of Stokes Newsagents for their generosity in allowing us to use the garage in the garden of Stokes as our first workshop. The success of the charity in its first year is without doubt due to the generosity of these very special individuals and the incredible enthusiasm of the local community for The Henfield Shed. Thank you all! Please come and see us in our new workshop if you would like to find out more or email info@

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MY LIFE IN TELEVISION: SIMON NYE As part of the Horsham District Year of Culture, St Peter’s Church will be hosting an evening with celebrated local author and screenwriter Simon Nye. Best known for his TV series ‘Men Behaving Badly’ as well as more recently ‘The Durrells’, Simon will be chatting with the audience. Tickets for the event on 12 February are available from Village Care. There are many events to look forward to – keep an eye out for further details in the ‘what’s on’ section of the magazine over the coming months and online at www.bn5magazine.co.uk as well as henfieldfestival.weebly.com. Editor


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VILLAGE CARE WIN WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES COMPETITION Village Care in Henfield won the West Sussex County Times Christmas window dressing competition, voted by readers as the best window in the County. The competition was in addition to Horsham District’s Window Wonderland competition, where finalists were presented in the County Times and readers invited to vote for their overall favourite. Tina has worked really hard to make her shop viable and attractive and is a very well- deserved winner. A true asset to our Village High Street. Editor

I am pleased to report the Henfield Club finished 2018 on a high note and goes into its 100th year with darts now happening regularly on a Monday evening and the Club’s Snooker teams performing well in the Mid Sussex Snooker and Billiards League. The year finished with a well-attended Quiz on 30 December which was won by the Warrens. It is with considerable pleasure I can confirm Roz McCormack, the highly rated and popular Psychic - Medium, will be returning to the Henfield Club to entertain us again on Sunday 17 February. Doors will open at 6.30pm and the show will begin at 7pm. Tickets are £15 and will be available from Jasmines Florist in the High Street. We are looking forward to 2019 being a significant year for the Club and are eager to expand the Snooker teams so, whether you want to learn to play or are an experienced player, please come and have a look with a view to joining the Club. Membership starts from just £10 a year and beer is only £3.60 a pint, so it’s inexpensive to enjoy membership of probably one of the oldest clubs in Sussex. Please call into the Club or contact Entertainment Officer Andy Manuel on 07724 496610 Andy Manuel

SUSSEX PRIVATE HIRE A new taxi service has started in Henfield. Chris, owner of The George Hotel, spent the summer months struggling to book a taxi for his customers and hotel guests. Often resorting to calling a taxi from outside the area, he decided to launch Sussex Private Hire, running from The George Hotel for local journeys and Airport transfers. The service is already proving popular and through Chris’s contacts can have up to 3 cars running around the village at any one time. For more details, please see the advert in this issue of BN5. Chris Edworthy

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER The 2019 World Day of Prayer (formerly known as the Women’s World Day of Prayer) will take place at 2pm on Friday 1 March, and this year, Henfield’s Evangelical Free Church will be hosting it. Every year the service is prepared by the women of a different country: this year it is Slovenia’s turn. The service is a mixture of prayers, readings, and hymns, including music from the country preparing the service, and prayers reflecting the thoughts and hopes of the women of that nation. Refreshments will be served after the service and all are welcome! More details are available at www. wwdp.org.uk. Sidonie Winter 1 8 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL Over the weekend of 7-8 December, Henfield Free Church held their Christmas Tree Festival with attendance of around 800 people enjoying the displays over the course of the weekend. The hand-bell ringers and carols singalong were also well attended on the Saturday. Congratulations to the winners of the children’s Christmas trees, Hannah Butter and Bryony Stubbs and Jake West and Harmony Verrell who were the runners up. The winners of the people’s vote for best trees were: Best overall – Women’s Institute, Most creative – Men’s Shed, Most wanted in own home - Oscar Bears Day care. Andrew Lawton

At the beginning of another year the Short Mat Bowls Club is still thriving and still inviting you to join us. If you are unsure of what we do, then know that it’s the same game with basically the same aims as the outdoor game that you have seen out on the grass in summer. This game is played throughout the country - indoors (with no rain) on a special surface that enables the bowls to play in just the same way. Please come along to the Henfield Hall any Friday morning to watch and get a free coffee. This year, on the last Friday of every month, we are going to dedicate one mat - we have four - for coaching and helping any who need it. So, come and try - we all enjoy the game very much and you might as well - it’s a great way to spend a cold grey winter morning. We operate as a normal club and have matches with other friendly nearby clubs; we have a couple of social lunches each year which are great fun. This last Christmas, for the first time, we ran our lunch as a fund raiser for the local St Barnabas Charity, and that was very successful. So, it is a great friendly club to join and we will help you to play it, and I know you will be glad you tried. We look forward to seeing you soon. Derek Rogers

CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE REVIEW On Thursday 6 December 2018, the Henfield Friends of St Barnabas House presented ‘Christmas Starts Here!’ at the Henfield Hall. This concert, arranged by Nigel and Sidonie Stevens, raised over £1,400 for St Barnabas Hospice, a worthy cause close to all our hearts. The evening featured solo items, festive medleys and amusing anecdotes as well as community carols and a really enjoyable evening was had by all. Nigel Stevens Competitive Prices! Local One off cleans Homes

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News | FEBRUARY 2019 ABSOLUTE PROOF: PETER JAMES Inspired by an unforgettable, real-life phone call received by the author nearly 30 years ago, from a mysterious but altogether credible source, Absolute Proof marks a major milestone for publishing phenomenon Peter James, as his most epic and ambitious stand-alone thriller to date. What would you do if you received a phone call from a stranger claiming to have absolute proof of the existence of God? As newspaper journalist Ross Hunter soon discovers, it’s not information everyone is happy to share with the world. After being given the clue that sets him off on a heart-pounding race from Glastonbury to Egypt to LA, Ross finds himself pursued by a billionaire con artist, the CEO of a shady pharmaceutical company and representatives of the world’s most powerful religious leaders – all with a vested interest in solving the biggest mystery faced by humankind. Known for his fast-paced, gripping stories that thrust regular people into extraordinary situations, Peter James has proved himself to be one of the world’s most successful writers, delivering number one bestsellers time and time again. His Superintendent Roy Grace books have been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over 19 million copies. Before becoming a full-time author, he produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. Caitlin Allen

individuals going through times of crisis. They do this both through supplying food parcels and by supporting clients emotionally, physically and spiritually, as well as signposting them to other agencies across the city for expert advice when this is needed. As a Christian ministry, the Food Bank team see it as a privilege to share their faith with clients and offer prayer when it is desired. They also run a Fuel Aid scheme. A small number of carefully selected families and individuals, struggling with heating their home, benefit from this grant scheme. In addition to this, for those being housed for the first time, the Food Bank team can assist with a Start Up Home Pack, which consists of some essential items, such as kitchen equipment, a towel, and some bedding. Donations of foodstuffs and toiletries for the Food Bank can be left in the basket in the Free Church foyer on weekdays when the church is open (normally on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings). Ron Stanford, Henfield Free Church

THE GEORGE FUNDRAISING After the overwhelming support for the Brain Tumour Trust walk and other events in the village, Leisha and Chris at The George wanted to see if they could help raise some additional money for

COLLECTION POINT FOR BRIGHTON FOOD BANK As part of its support for the Brighton & Hove City Mission, the Henfield Free Church provides a collection point for the Mission’s Food Bank. The Food Bank’s mission is to help families and

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FEBRUARY 2019 | News the charity. Helped by the group of musicians who have a monthly get together at The George, they decided that an open mic night would be a good way of bringing people together and raising money. For 3 hours people were entertained by musicians and singers of all ages. At the final count they had helped The George raise £287. Leisha and Chris would like to thank everyone involved who helped make it the event a success. Chris Edworthy

BBC R4’S ANY QUESTIONS COMES TO HENFIELD It was a fascinating and engaging evening in the Henfield Hall at BBC R4’s live broadcast of Any Questions? on 11th January. A huge thank you to members of the Henfield Festival 2019 committee, Henfield Parish Council and the Henfield Community Partnership for bringing the event to the village as part of Horsham District Year of Culture 2019. The panel were Dominic Lawson, Journalist; FOOD BANK COLLECTION FROM James Brokenshire MP; Amanda Mukwashi, CEO of Christian Aid and Diane Abbott, MP. The evening HENFIELD LIONS was chaired as always by Jonathan Dimbleby. Henfield and District Lions wanted to help serve Editor their community this Christmas and they have been collecting items of food and toiletries to donate to the local food bank in Horsham. David Pryor got the project up and running, collecting and storing donations of food and money and safely delivered the items before Christmas. Henfield Lions hope to repeat this exercise in the summer in order to help feed local children during the long school summer holidays. If you’re interested in helping your local community, volunteering, fund-raising, organising projects, using your talents, gaining new skills, making friends and having fun - you can do all this and more as a Lions Club member or volunteer. If you are interested please contact David Pryor on 01273 494442, david501pryor@sky.com and he will give you more information and arrange an Emma Osman © BN5 magazine introductory meeting with your local Lions group. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to you potentially joining our service organisation. David Pryor

MARCH BN5 - LATER DELIVERY We print 4,900 copies of BN5 each month, most delivered via Royal Mail with the remainder placed in over 60 collection points across the area. Next month our March issue will be delivered slightly later than usual, from Monday 4th March, because although we book 12 months in advance we were unable to secure an earlier booking. The April issue will be delivered on Monday 1st April. Editor

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News | FEBRUARY 2019 NEW TODDLER/BABY GROUP The newly formed Henfield Ducklings will be meeting in the Henfield Hall every Tuesday 9.3011.30am. Their first meeting took place on 8 January and was well attended so do please do come along and join in the fun. Please bring in your own snacks and drinks. Suggested contribution of £2 per family. Please spread the word as much as possible so that friends, parents and carers can join us, everyone is welcome. You can also visit our Facebook page, ‘Henfield (and surrounding Areas) Baby and Toddler parent’s group’. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Rebecca Cornell

BP GUILD NEWS Our Village Christmas Tree in Henfield was kindly donated by Jeremy’s and transported by Peter Booth (PHB Contractors). It was erected with the help of Sean Preston (Southdown Engineers) who loaned the crane and driver/operator. It has been returned to the earth by the BP Guild and proceeds given to the Scouts Community Building Appeal. The next Jumble & Auction will take place on 16 March 2019 at the Henfield Hall. Thank you to our hardworking volunteers. Kenneth McIntosh

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GUILD MEMBER STEVENS ESTATE AGENTS SHORTLISTED FOR REGIONAL PROPERTY AWARD The Guild of Property Professionals is proud to announce that Guild Member Stevens Estate Agents (Henfield) has been shortlisted for a Regional Property Award, based on their exceptional service within the property sector during 2018. Winners will be announced at an awards event on 17 January 2019 at the QE11 Centre in London. “As exclusive Members of The Guild of Property Professionals, we are part of a prestigious network that values knowledge in integrity and results. Together we are raising industry standards for the better and ensuring that we provide our customers with a high-quality estate agency experience. We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for a Regional Property Award, it is a testament to our hard work and dedication over the past 12 months,” said Kevin Joyes, Director of Stevens Estate Agents. Stevens Estate Agents are a family run business having opened in Henfield in 1988 and operate from a prominent office within the High Street. The business prides itself on delivering a first-class service achieving the best possible price, in a friendly, helpful and courteous way. Kevin Joyes

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FEBRUARY 2019 | News box. As you leave refreshed, uplifted and rejuvenated, you will be inspired to give your garden at home an injection of winter colour! Wakehurst is run by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. For more information on Wakehurst or to plan your visit, see kew.org/wakehurst Georgina Richards


WAKEHURST’S WINTER GARDEN A stunning new Winter Garden has been planted at Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Ardingly, West Sussex. Flourishing from mid-January, the garden is the perfect place to chase away the winter blues. Long nights and dull, cold winter days – it’s easy not to make the effort to leave the house unless you have too. But, if you are brave enough to pull on a warm coat and head outside, you will be richly rewarded. Exercise, especially in a beautiful and natural environment, has been shown to lift the spirits, clear the mind, and make you feel relaxed and refreshed. And, this is exactly what garden designers set out to do when planning the new Winter Garden at Wakehurst. Planted by horticulturists and volunteers in early 2018, the beauty of the Winter Garden is now emerging – shimmering bark, soft foliage and rich scents. As you set off on the winding path, you will encounter an incredible 33,000 plants across 5,500 square metres. Flowers and shrubs are woven together with mature trees, creating a stunning blast of colour against a wintery landscape. The Winter Garden is a great place to draw inspiration for you own garden – or even window

The Mary How Trust was founded 30 years ago to offer health screenings for the early detection of cancer and other serious illnesses. The charity makes its health screenings available to people from all walks of life, asking for a donation based on ability to pay, rather than charging a fee. To mark its 30th anniversary, the charity launched its ‘£30 For 30 Years’ appeal to raise funds for two important projects: a new ultrasound scanner, and diagnostic supplies for its blood laboratory. Thanks to a warm response from across the community, the charity has reached its first target of £30,000 for the new ultrasound scanner, which will use the latest technology to offer even more detailed health information. A major award from the Big Lottery Fund launched the second phase of the appeal, which will raise £30,000 for diagnostic supplies for the charity’s laboratory. Fundraising Manager, Roanne Moore explains, “The lab is at the heart of all we do and means your blood tests can be analysed quickly and accurately. It costs £30,000 a year to keep the laboratory running, and it’s wonderful to have the support of the Big Lottery Fund to help us on our way.” The charity is holding a variety of fundraising events in aid of its Anniversary appeal and is encouraging its supporters to get involved with some fun and simple ‘30’-themed fundraising ideas that can be found on its website. If you would like to donate to the appeal, find out more about how you can get involved, or request a health screening, please visit www.maryhowtrust.org. Roanne Moore

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News | FEBRUARY 2019 PATCHAM SILVER YOUTH BAND Spaces are now available in our friendly youth band. One free terms membership for new joiners then £1 per week, payable in term time only. This includes an instrument if needed. We have members from across Sussex and rehearse on Friday evenings 7-7.45pm. Our rehearsal venue is near the A27/A23 junction and on the number 5 bus route from Brighton. Visit www. patchmansilverband.co.uk or call 07803 605516 to find out more.

LEONARDSLEE CRIME FESTIVAL: 2-3 MARCH 2019 HAVEN EXTENSION IS OPEN! The new extension, funded by a Big Lottery grant as well as a huge fundraising effort by Henfield’s Team 777, is now open and being used, two months ahead of schedule! Downs Southern completed the build and the extra space is being warmly welcomed by visitors and the Haven. We’ll bring you more news of the ‘official’ opening soon, as well as some more photos and thankyou’s. Congratulations to all involved for creating a community space for Henfield to be proud of. Do pop in for a coffee and take a look! Editor

The Book Lovers’ Supper Club has announced the first Leonardslee Crime Festival, to celebrate the best of crime writing in the South East of England. On 2 and 3 March 2019 many of the UK’s bestknown crime writers will visit Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens at Horsham, West Sussex, to entertain audiences in a series of specially-crafted events. Tickets start from £35. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.leonardsleegardens. co.uk/leonardslee-crime-festival/. Patrick Rea

ACTION FOR DEAFNESS Action for Deafness will operate an NHS audiology service at Henfield Medical Centre. The Hearing Aid Maintenance clinic will run every Tuesday, 9.30am–12.30pm from 8 January 2019 at Henfield Medical Centre. Laura Ajidahun, Action for Deafness Note from BN5: Our apologies for any confusion due to incorrect information published in January’s BN5 magazine regarding the Action for Deafness clinics. Unfortunately we received notification of this change after January issue had been printed. We updated our website and Facebook page with the change immediately. Please go to our website www.henfieldbn5.co.uk for the most up to date information, or follow us on Facebook for alerts and updates, often we receive details after the magazine is printed and this is a great way of staying in touch with what’s happening in the village. Editor

FRIENDS OF ST PETER’S HENFIELD ORGAN RECITAL The Friends of St Peter’s Henfield will be hosting an Organ Recital by Stephen Davies at St Peter’s Church, Henfield on Friday 1st March at 7pm. Tickets £12.50 to include wine and nibbles available from Village Care, Henfield mid February or on the door. Diana Halsey 2 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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ebruary can sometimes be a dark and difficult month: the excitement of Christmas and New Year is long gone, but the longer, warmer days of Summer still seem a way-off. So why not challenge yourself to change all that this year and to feel good this February? Feel-good February is all about trying a new activity to boost your self-confidence, which in turn can help boost your overall happiness and wellbeing. What it’s not about is setting yourself unrealistic goals or trying to be something that you’re not. The list of things you can try is endless, many of them for free, but we’ve spoken to some local experts to see what they recommend to give you some inspiration. Whether you want to relax more, get fitter, eat better, de-stress, look good or learn a new skill, our Feel Good February experts have something for you. We’d also like to hear your top tips for a feel-good February and you can share them with us via our Facebook page. Sarah Butler

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ovement is something we all take for granted, until we start to feel those little niggles of pain and stiffness, or we suffer an injury. How we move has an enormous impact on our enjoyment of everyday life and so learning how to move better will not only help us to feel better but also to live better. Liz Marks of Pilates Evolved has been teaching Pilates for 15 years in Henfield and has had success with people of all ages: “Whether you are looking to improve your general mobility or increase your sports performance, Pilates improves the way you move and the way you feel. By focussing mindfully on movements and on breathing within classes, this allows for the ultimate ’switch off’ time to de-stress and, at the same time, improve whole body strength and flexibility.” As well as the physical benefits, there are substantial social and mental wellbeing benefits to Pilates too as Emma points out: “Practicing Pilates in a group is a regular and sociable commitment. Our classes are friendly and welcoming, with many of our clients now knowing each other well and becoming buddies outside of class.” She went on: “Many of us are finding it increasingly difficult to switch-off from the constant flow of emails, work pressures and family commitments. Lots of our clients find that their dedicated weekly sessions are ’sacrosanct’ for focusing purely on their own health and wellbeing.” Liz and her team love teaching in the village and really value being part of the community. “It’s great being a part of our clients’ movement journey and observing the real changes and benefits that Pilates delivers. My top tip for Feel-good February would be to make a commitment to your health and wellbeing, invest in your movement and spend time in nature. It’s easy to set intentions in January and to feel by February that the time has past. It is never too late to begin. We are launching brand new Absolute Beginners courses in February and looking forward to introducing more of the village community to the benefits of Pilates.”

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ocal fused glass artist Pauline Findlay believes that making art for your own enjoyment benefits both the mind and body in many ways. “So much of our lives is spent rushing around after everyday commitments such family and work, so embracing things that can reduce anxiety and stress, and clear the mind will make you feel better.” She runs creative workshops for groups of friends, couples and work colleagues: “I often get repeat bookings because once people have had a go, it inspires them to have more ideas. I also have a couple of groups of regulars who do a session once a month - they love doing the glass work, but also love the social aspect too. I’ve worked with a few lovely individuals who are going through some difficult times and they are the first to say that losing themselves creatively has been very therapeutic. You can lose yourself in the moment and divert your mind from worries and negative thoughts.” Pauline hasn’t yet had anyone who isn’t impressed with themselves at the end of one of her sessions, even if they don’t consider themselves to be at all creative. “I think working in fused glass is very organic and forgiving. I always say if the bit of glass doesn’t cut out exactly as they planned it doesn’t matter - the piece will evolve! It is lovely to see people of all ages learning new skills, growing in confidence and observing their absorption in the activity itself and then their excitement at achieving something.” Being creative is beneficial in other ways too as Pauline points out: “There are so many different aspects to my work that I love; I love the challenge of thinking up new ideas; I really enjoy the problems solving aspects - how can I get a certain effect or overcome a structural challenge? The very act of cutting the glass and laying it is very absorbing and gives me a real buzz! And finally, I love meeting new people, teaching new skills and sharing my techniques to help them realise an idea.” Pauline’s top tip for Feel-good February is: “Do something creative – you might just surprise yourself!”

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s an activity, singing is hard to beat as something that leaves you feeling fantastic. Whilst singling alone in the shower or car is fun, singing with others as part of a choir brings people great joy as well as numerous health benefits. As a professionally trained singer and conductor of local choirs, Zoe Peate is well versed in the many social, physical and psychological benefits of singing: “Singing, apart from the obvious health benefits of using your lungs, is also great fun, good for your brain, offers social interaction with other singers and is totally rewarding when you get that positive audience feedback!” she said. “Choirs and their members are like an extended family - you can find new friends though singing. Many members have found singing to be a great healer too after experiencing something traumatic in their lives.” Zoe conducts four choirs: Cantatrice, which consists of two choirs under the same name, one in Steyning and one in Horsham; Vocal Fusion Acapella, which is a men’s vocal group; and the Kaleidoscope Singers, which is a more

challenging chamber choir. This involves all aspects of administration, including deciding on the music, finding venues and concert opportunities and organising posters and programmes. Although Zoe trained and performed professionally as a singer, she has found working with amateurs has broadened her musical tastes: “Rehearsing singers, helping improve their singing and hearing that development is wonderful thing. It has given me a greater understanding of all the many characters I work with and a wonderful sense of fulfilment - I love it! My choirs are my inspiration the more they improve the more I do!” As well as the choirs that Zoe is involved with, there are numerous other local choirs, including community choirs which don’t require auditions such as the Jolesfield Community Choir, the Brighton Male Voice Choir and the Chanctonbury Chorus. We asked Zoe what her top tip was for Feelgood February: “The only person judging you is yourself! So many people say ‘I always wanted to sing’ so why not make February your time to jump in to singing feet first to feel good!”


and Reflexology Therapists Angie Cridland and Caroline Rowley of Henfield Holistics recommend that everyone takes regular ‘time-out’ to give themselves an opportunity to stop and think about how they feel both physically and emotionally. And what better way to do this than through the healing power of touch? As Angie points out: “Holistic treatments can help you to learn how to relax again and make you feel better about yourself – I love it when a client leaves with a smile of serenity on their face.” Angie and Caroline offer a range of holistic

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eeling confident and healthy is what we all want to achieve, but sometimes justifying the time or attention spent on ourselves is more difficult. However, as any good beauty therapist will tell you, that small window just for you is certainly time well spent, leaving you energised and ready for what life has to throw at you. Natasha from Natasha’s Beauty has been a beauty therapist for 19 years and her favourite treatments are the ones that leave people feeling good in themselves, glowing with health, relaxed and invigorated. She’s fully embraced the direction the beauty industry has gone in, towards a more holistic, organic and natural approach. “It’s about sitting down and letting someone take care of you, letting go of what’s going on in your life and the great feeling of being pampered,” she said. “We use organic treatments and mineral products, our aim is to work in harmony with nature rather than against it.” Being part of Henfield is also hugely important to Natasha. “There’s a lovely sense of community in the village and I’ve made great friendships with other high street traders, I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful village where I can walk my dog in the countryside and take my children out on their bikes, or walk them to school.”

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and encouraging a state of balance. Regular treatments have helped clients with various longterm health issues including immunity and sinus problems, hormone-related issues and chronic fatigue syndrome.” Angie’s top tip for Feel-good February is to take a moment at the end of each day to acknowledge and write down all the good things that have happened: “Then on days where you are struggling to find anything good, you can reflect back on happier times, ending the day on a positive note!” For Caroline, her top tip is to treat yourself to a monthly massage or reflexology treatment: “Your body will thank you for it!”

Natasha’s salon is not only a relaxing place to go, but the laughter endorphins are usually put into action too! It’s a happy space where customers can come out feeling much better about themselves and more positive. “I love connecting with my clients and I’ve built up some fantastic friendships, lots of them have been with me from the beginning and watched me grow into being a wife and a mother, and I’ve seen all the changes in their lives, too. We have a lot of fun and there’s nothing better than seeing someone leave the salon feeling happy, confident and positive,” said Natasha. And Natasha’s top tip for Feel Good February? “It’s cold out there and we’ve all been hibernating and suffering from a lack of sunshine. The harsh elements can make our skin feel sluggish, so treat yourself to a hydrating mask or a facial, you’ll be ready to face the day feeling regenerated.”

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ccording to advice from the British Heart Foundation, a healthy diet can help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease and stop you gaining weight, reducing your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. It can also help lower your cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of some cancers. Even if you already have a heart condition, a healthy diet can benefit your heart. However, knowing where to start when trying to eat more healthily can sometimes be a real challenge.

Luckily, we have some experts on-hand in the village at Cornerweighs health food store where you can find a whole range of wholefoods, including organic and vegan ranges, healthy snacks, vitamins and supplements as well as a range of self-serve mueslis, nut and fruit mixes. Owner, Susie Russell-Smith, explains what inspired her to open a health food shop: “I had been looking for specific supplements which were only available in Horsham or Brighton but not all in one shop. I never thought that 22 years later I would still be doing it - I love it!” For Susie, healthy eating is just one aspect of leading a healthier lifestyle: “I could not imagine living another way. All aspects of healthy living fit together, and all aspects benefit from attention and nurture. Ask a gardener - a beautiful garden doesn’t just happen, but daily attention reaps huge rewards. If you focus on one area too much, then the others will suffer.” Cornerweighs is a real treasure trove for healthy living as it also stocks a wide variety of hygiene products (shampoos, soaps and face creams etc) and eco-friendly cleaning products. Susie’s top tip for Feel-good February is to ‘just do it’: “There is nothing worse than having a job you know you should have done hanging over you. If you ‘just do it’ this keeps you mentally strong and other things seem to slot in to place. Enjoy the lighter evenings too: 15 extra minutes a week - that’s a thought to make anyone smile!”


ocal conservation volunteer John Willis has been interested in natural history ever since he was a young boy: “I remember going on lots of picnics and walks over the South Downs and Ashdown Forest and rooting around in the rock pools at Black Rock, Brighton before ‘money making’ lost that wonderful habitat to the concrete jungle that is now The Brighton Marina. All of this was a little boy’s exploring paradise before technology changed later generations’ attention.” John still loves the great outdoors: “To get out into the many habitats that our lovely village is lucky enough to possess can open your eyes to a new natural world. Look around at your surroundings and very soon you can start to identify plants, birds and animals that you had never noticed before. To hear a cuckoo or a nightingale on a spring day is uplifting or to see swifts and swallows arriving for summer from far away Africa lifts the soul.” The exercise of getting out and about is just as important for our wellbeing, as John points out: “To walk across our three Commons or down to the river where peace and quiet preside is a great tonic and allows our minds to leave behind our everyday problems. You will feel the benefit and meet like-minded people.” 3 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

John helped to start the Henfield Conservation Volunteers over 18 years ago: “I still manage to participate with the same enthusiasm, although now with less physical stamina! There are three Commons in the parish to work on, plus The Tanyard, and other parcels of land which the Parish Council are responsible for maintaining.” He continues: “The work can be very varied including reduction of invasive non-native plants such as bamboo, cherry laurel and wild rhododendron. There are many ponds to maintain and several streams to keep flowing, and tree whips and wild plants to introduce or encourage.” As with many

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volunteer organisations, there is more work to do as time goes on, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to recruit new volunteers, especially from the younger age groups. John has also been a member of the Henfield Birdwatch since its inception, and for many years has helped in the monthly Parish survey which gives indications of how our local birds are surviving or not as the case may be. In 2019 the Birdwatch group is undertaking a massive exercise and asking as many Henfield residents as possible to record their

garden birds on a regular basis in order to help build a comprehensive picture of avian life in the village. John’s top tip for Feel-good February is to get out and join a local walking group or to volunteer with Henfield Birdwatch or Henfield Conservation Volunteers: “It is February and it’s still winter of course, but wrap-up warm, get out of the house and investigate the natural world. It’s all there for you, it’s free, and my goodness it does you good this comes with a money back guarantee!”

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or Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer Sammy Bremner, exercising more is something that can literally be life-changing. We are not talking about turning yourself into a gym bunny or training to run a marathon, (although you may want to do those too!), but rather just increasing your level of fitness in order to make you feel better about yourself. Sammy has first-hand experience of the benefits of exercise: seven years ago, she decided to get fit in order to raise money for a charity close to her heart. Not only did she achieve her fundraising goals, but it also led to her changing her career to work in a field which she was passionate about: “I saw the transformation in myself and wanted to help other people achieve the same. I love watching my clients develop and reach their fitness goals, whatever they are.” The health benefits of regular exercise are numerous and well documented, even if it’s just 20 minutes a day: Physically it will help you to sleep better, be more productive, live longer, strengthen your bones, lower your risk of injury, increase your flexibility, lower your blood pressure, prevent weight gain, lower your risk of serious illness (including stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer), increase your energy levels and boost your immune system. Mentally, the moodboosting endorphins that regular exercise gives

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you will help boost your self-confidence, ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, manage your stress levels and generally just make you feel good about yourself! If you are new to exercising knowing what to do can be quite daunting. A one-to-one session with a personal fitness instructor is a good place to start in order to work out what your goals are and how best to achieve them. Sammy says: “The gym and fitness classes at Henfield Leisure Centre are very social way of getting fit and now with the lift installed, even those people with reduced mobility can access them.” But getting fitter is not just about the gym, as Sammy points out: “There’s so much more to it than that. It’s about leaving the car at home and walking more, taking the stairs rather than the lift, dusting off your bike and taking it for a spin, getting back into team sports, taking up dance, going for a walk in your lunch hour or following an online yoga class from the comfort of your front room.” Sammy has two top-tips for Feel-good February: “Make fitness a gradual lifestyle change, rather than just a fad for a particular month or event. And when you’ve had a really stressful day and are tempted to skip your exercise and stay on the sofa, don’t! Exercise is the perfect way to make yourself feel better.”

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Contemporary Original Handmade Fused Glass Beautiful unique gifts for the home and garden, to buy, or with Pauline’s help make your own personalised piece in a workshop. A great way to spend time with friends or family, have some fun, make memories. No previous art success or experience required, just enthusiasm and a willingness to have a go! Workshops can be tailor-made to you and your groups requirements.

For prices and details on...

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Personal Training Couples Training Small Group Classes Sports Specific Training Rehab Training HIIT, Boxing, Bootcamp, Kettlebell and Weights classes Train at home, outdoors or in the Fit Studio in Henfield EXPERT QUALITY TRAINING AT AFFORDABLE RATES

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FEBRUARY FEEL GOOD FACIAL Microdermabrasion £35 with free Environ Skincare sample

A complete range of Beauty and Nail treatments in a luxurious environment with friendly staff for women, men and children. BRICK LANE



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“Hello If you seek good health and are looking for a well-stocked health shop you would do well to pay us a visit. Our range of quality wholefoods includes a very comprehensive selection of organic products, including the Infinity foods Organic label. Where non-organic or natural foods are stocked, we aim to provide products of high quality, minimal processing and GM free.“ Susie, Cornerweighs


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What to expect during an Ayurvedic Massage therapy session If you have never had one, you might be wondering what is an Ayurvedic Massage Treatment and how it differs from a regular massage. Because everyone is unique, special handcrafted organic oils are used which are infused with Ayurvedic herbs for your individual body-mind constitution (Doshas) The oils are heated to a comfortable temperature and are applied during a whole body massage involving the back, arms, hands, neck, head, legs, feet, and hips. I will also massage the marmas points (similar to acupressure points) throughout the body massage. These are considered to be the seat of vital energy (prana) and by massaging, this helps to mobilise blocked energy. You will be covered with soft towels throughout the treatment, and only the parts being massaged will be exposed, ensuring you feel warm and secure. Your hair will also come in contact with the oils; the oils are good for your skin and hair and offers deep nourishment. If you would like to try an Ayurvedic Massage, please contact me, Catherine Hanicotte on:

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s a Connector Plus Coordinator my job is to help residents of Henfield who may not know many people in the village or know what is available for them, to help increase their wellbeing and enjoyment of living in the village. During the course of my work ‘baby and toddler groups’ came up as an area in need of some help. These groups are essential to any community for socialising, support and contact for new parents, often new mums, and their children. Here is a list of groups in the Henfield area that always welcome new visitors, if you’re a new mum, or a parent, grandparent or carer of a pre-school child, please read on to see what’s available to you. You might like to be involved starting up and helping with a new group in the area. Meeting up with other parents who can understand the day to day struggles and joys of raising children is invaluable and often you form friendships that can last a lifetime. 4 0 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

Please contact me if you would like any further information to help and support in setting up a group or activity, I will endeavor to connect you to the right support. Connector Plus also runs a befriending service if you would like someone to come with you to a group or activity. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Connector Plus service in its befriending capacity or helping to connect Henfield resident to what’s going on in the village, please get in contact. Alexandra Nevatt, Connector Plus Coordinator, based at The Haven, Hewitts, Henfield. 01273 494747 or email: connector.plus@impact-initiatives.org.uk Alex Nevatt, Connector Plus If you know of any other groups or activities that fit into this category please let us know at www.henfieldbn5.co.uk, group entry listings are completely free and we have a diary of events with over 1,400 published. We can also offer editorial features in BN5 magazine for your group or club to encourage more members, please email editor@bn5magazine.co.uk for information. Editor

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PG Munchkins: PG Methodist Church 10 - 11.30am | 01403 713505 | £2 per family Partridge Green Baby & Toddler Group – PGPS Munchkins Healthy Child Clinic: The Henfield Hall 2nd & 4th Mon | 2 - 3.30pm | 01903 270444 | Free Help with breast feeding & NHS support. Little Footsteps Children & Baby Centre (for full programme) Henfield Ducklings: The Henfield Hall 9.30 - 11.30am | £2 per family contribution welcomed A temporary meeting place for parents with children aged under 5 for the next 12 weeks. Please bring your own drinks and snacks. Henfield (and Surrounding Areas) Baby and Toddler Parents Group Little Toddler Group: Fulking Village Hall 10.00-11.30am | £1 donation It is a fun time with play & music & drinks! www.fulking.net

01273 494002

Rhyme Time: Henfield Library 10.15-10.45am | 01273 493587 | Free Henfield Library Learning Through Play: The Free Church (run by Little Footsteps CFC from Storrington) 11.00-12.00pm | 01903 270444 Little Footsteps Children & Family Centre 4Dribblers: Henfield Leisure Centre 10-11am | 0-4yrs | 07707 834834 £7 weekly or £50 for a 10 week course Cost includes free entry to Sharky’s FDP@4-corner.com Little Fishes: St Peters Church, Henfield 2.00-3.30pm | 01273 495532 | Free Stories, singing, activities and refreshments St Peters, Henfield

Sharky’s Soft Play: Henfield Leisure Centre Mon-Fri 9.00 - 6.00pm | Sat & Sun 9.00-4.30pm 01273 494984 | 0-1yrs & Adults free | 1-5yrs £5.50 | 6+yrs £6 | Additional child £4 Sharky’s Soft Play at Henfield Leisure Centre

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Advanced Clinical & Sports Massage for the Treatment of Chronic Pain nb treatments are a fusion of Eastern and Western methods that can help reduce pain and/or increase range of movement about a joint. The focus is on results. Effective for

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Day Nursery Ltd

Providing Excellent Childcare from 0-5years old The Nursery is in a beautiful rural setting with a large garden and access to 50 acres of farmland.

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Hear to Listen Nicki Dowd,

Registered counsellor and psychotherapist Based in Henfield To book a free 30 minute no-obligation consultation please contact me

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Roller, vertical and venetian blinds, curtain poles and tracks Complete service for design, advice, quotation, and fitting, in the comfort of your own home

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DON’T MAKE A PROMISE YOU CAN’T KEEP! There are many things that can occur as a result of a couple of “social” beers in the pub. This article is hopefully suitable for anyone with a reading age of 10 and above, so while there are quite a few stories I could tell on this subject (that I can remember), I’m going to keep this family friendly! Hard as it may seem to recall, we had a lovely, warm summer last year and one evening, I had arranged to meet some friends at local pub with a good selection of real ales. It was a balmy evening, so I thought I’d cycle there and burn off a few pre-beer calories in the process. I’m not normally much of a cycler, so I arrived feeling suitably self-righteous (and a bit sweaty) to be greeted by friends who had arrived more conventionally, by car. The conversation predictably turned to exercise and fitness, and one of my friends reminded me that last season I had agreed to join the hockey team that he played for and had reneged on my promise. At this point, having consumed a fair bit of 7.5% porter and still smug from my cycling prowess, I was quick to vow that I would definitely join the ranks of the Mid Sussex Men’s hockey team in the season to come. The next morning, my thoughts were mainly on what could only be described as a terrifying cycle home down some dark country lanes with some bike lights that would make Florence Nightingale’s lamp seem like the Star of David. I forgot all about my oath until an email came through in September advising me of the first hockey fixture of the season.

discomfort that many of our elderly pets suffer from in the form of osteoarthritis. This is very common in dogs as they age and also affects a proportion of cats. Larger breeds of dog, such as Labradors are more prone, but any breed can be susceptible. Pets with arthritis will experience anything from low grade constant pain to acute pain if an affected joint is over-exerted or suffers trauma/damage of any kind. The most common early signs of arthritis are stiffness on rising when a pet has been lying down, lameness, licking of the underlying joint and slowing down on walks. They are normally worse in the colder, winter months. If your pet is showing any of these signs, it is worth getting them assessed. There are many treatment options available ranging from joint supplements, acupuncture, anti-inflammatories, joint injections and even some surgical procedures such as arthroscopy. We offer free assessments with our experienced nurses to assess for elderly problems such as arthritis, or you can have a consultation with one of our vets. There’s a lot we can do, but unfortunately nothing to make middle-aged Achilles tendons young again! Please get in touch if you would like to arrange an appointment.

There was nothing else to do, but dust down my hockey stick, which had been idle since the arrival of our firstborn 6 years ago, and set off to the match. I did a token warm up involving a couple of “lunges” and an attempt at touching my toes and jogged onto the pitch, just like I had back in the day. Actually the match went pretty well – we won and I even scored a goal! It wasn’t until the next day when the repercussions set in – getting out of bed was painful enough and going up and down stairs was a definite no-no! After a week of discomfort, I consulted a physiotherapist who advised that I had “Achilles tendonitis” – common in middle aged men who play sports only on weekends without much exercise in between. That’ll be me then! I’m happy to say that this hasn’t stopped my hockey come-back, but does mean a fairly persistent, dull ache as the tendons slowly get used to the extra stresses and strains that middle aged life doesn’t normally require! The result of this is that I am much more aware of the

Please feel free to contact Jonathan and Annelise Underwood MRCVS and associates to discuss any aspect of your pets’ care at the practice.

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Hamfelds HOME & GARDEN Open on your High Street 7 days a week Mon – Sat 9-5.30 pm Sun 10-2 pm • Your local supplier of tools, plumbing & timber • Bagged logs, coal & kindling • Key cutting • Decorating • Electrical • Gardening • Kitchenware • Ironmongery Next day delivery | Trade accounts available

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The Old Mill Removal & Storage Company Ltd , Henfield Family Founded Business - 45 years experience

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• Boiler installation, service & repair specialist • Landlord Safety Certificates issued, gas cookers & fires installed & serviced • All aspects of plumbing work undertaken

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Blue Tit chicks © Neil Fletcher Sussex Wildlife Trust

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ove is in the air for our garden birds as they start preparing for the breeding season, preening their feathers to perfection and starting to sing again as males try to lure in the ladies and drive off any rivals. Soon they’ll be on the lookout for the best place to build a nest and raise a family: a cosy tree cavity, a dense thicket of ivy, a penthouse under the eaves – or perhaps a newly-built nest box. February 14th marks the start of National Nest Box Week, so now is the perfect time to put up a box or two. It’s important to choose the right design: blue tits, great tits and sparrows like an enclosed box with a small (32mm) entry hole; starlings need a bigger box with a larger (45mm) entrance; whereas robins, blackbirds, thrushes and wrens prefer an open-fronted box. A good quality nest box will be made of thick wood or Woodcrete so that it’s waterproof and well insulated to protect the occupants from getting too hot or too cold. Once your bird box is ready, it’s all down to location. Choose a sheltered spot away from the prevailing wind, rain and direct sunlight, either on a tree, fence or wall. Face nest boxes between north and east; small-hole boxes should be fixed at a height of 2 – 4 metres with a clear flight path to the entrance, whereas open-fronted boxes need to be lower down and hidden from view amongst vegetation. Starlings and sparrows like to be high up and tend to nest in loose colonies, so you could space out several boxes under the eaves on the same side of the house to encourage these birds to breed. There’s no need to add any nesting materials as the birds will find their own. Moss, dry grass, pine needles, dead leaves, lichen, twigs and soft mud from the edges of garden ponds are all used for nest building. If you do want to add a little extra then horse hair, dog fur, sheep’s wool or feathers from old pillows can make excellent lining materials, and you can provide these either in piles around the garden or stuffed inside a suet feeder. By Charlotte Owen, WildCall Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust

UPCOMING SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT WOODS MILL House Sparrow © Alan Price,Gatehouse Studio Sussex Wildlife Trust

Pre-booking is essential for most events. For more information, details of costs involved and to book, please see www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on, or call 01273 497532. BUILD A BIRD NEST BOX Sat 16 Feb, 10am – 12pm Help us celebrate National Nest Box Week by using hand tools to build your own bird nest box to take home with you. Family event. WINTER BIRD WALK Tue 19 Feb, 8am - 10am Join us as we set out to explore Woods Mill in late winter, observing and identifying the bird species that inhabit the reserve. Free event, no booking required, just turn up! BIRDSONG FOR BEGINNERS Fri 26 Apr, 10am - 4pm In the spring the birds in our gardens, parks and woodlands are singing to proclaim their territories and attract a mate. But how many of these war cries and love songs do you recognise? DAWN CHORUS Sun 5 May 4.15am - 7am approx Experience the spring dawn chorus at Woods Mill on International Dawn Chorus Day. After the performance, we’ll finish off with a lovely continental breakfast. AN EVENING WITH NIGHTINGALES Tue 7 May, 7.30pm – 10pm approx Join us for a special evening where we’ll learn about the nightingale’s life and folklore in an illustrated indoor session, followed by a walk around the reserve where we will hopefully get the chance to hear one.

Blue Tit-bird box © Roger Wilmshurst Sussex Wildlife Trust

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THE OWLS OF SUSSEX 8th, 11th, 15th & 18th Sep Owls are popular birds, but their nocturnal habits means they are elusive and rarely seen. Learn about their ecology, diets, behaviour and how to identify them by sight and by call.

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We are the local, family run blinds company, with over fourteen years experience. Approved by the local Trading Standards via the Office of Fair Trading “Buy with Confidence” scheme. Our advice, ideas and quotations are without cost or obligation. Our new, stunning range of solid wood shutters cost less than the inferior MDF shutters currently on the market. See the picture above. We will beat any like for like written quotations! We offer a striking range of 29 wooden Venetian Blind colours with tapes if required and a range of seven affordable “faux” Venetian Blind colours, also with tapes if required. We have a practical and extensive range of aluminium Venetian Blinds, some in four different sizes. There is a huge range of roller fabrics available, with a large choice of blackout fabrics, that can have three levels cost effective light reducing frames. For patio doors and large windows we have a great range of Vertical Blinds, with the new ‘sewn in’ weights and wand operation for safer, easier use and child safety.

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What’s new for 2019... Whilst Brexit and its consequences loom large, as we go to print still nothing has been confirmed one way or other. Hopefully next month I can cover the ramifications of what the MPs have voted for on the Brexit front, but please don’t hold me to it! Therefore this month I take a look at what we do know is happening on the finance front in 2019. Pensions Dashboard - One of the biggest shake-ups of 2019 from a personal finance perspective will be the launch of the long-awaited pensions dashboard. Despite speculation that the entire project would be ditched altogether, the government unveiled proposals late last year which confirmed that the pensions dashboard was going ahead. There are plenty of positives for savers, including the simplification of a complex and clunky system. It will also mean that you can finally see information from multiple pension schemes in one place online, reducing the likelihood of you ‘losing’ a pension. By giving savers an overall picture of their pension pot, the dashboard could incentivise everyone to save more for retirement. Auto-Enrolment Boost - From April, minimum autoenrolment contribution levels rise to 8% (of which employers pay 3%). This is up from the current level of 5% (of which employers pay 2%). In its brief fouryear history, auto-enrolment has already proved hugely successful, encouraging millions to save for retirement. However, with employee contributions rising to 5% from the current 3%, many will probably feel the pinch, particularly while salaries remain stagnant. The worry is that the contribution increase will prompt people to opt out of their workplace pension scheme. Remember though, that opting out means that you miss out on pension tax breaks, which apply to your employer’s contribution, as well as your own. There have been talks to extend auto-enrolment to the self-employed, with the government publishing a report outlining how this would work in practice. However the recommendations proved disappointing and were widely criticised by the pensions industry. So if you’re self-employed, you might have to wait a bit longer for good news on the pension front. Allowance Increases - This year marks some changes to the amount you earn before tax, with the Personal Allowance threshold rising to £12,500 in April, up from the current £11,850. This amounts to an extra £130 each year. It’s even better news for those on high tax bands, with the government raising the 40% tax band from the current £46,350 limit to those earning more than £50,000 a year.

Death Tax Overhaul - There are some major changes afoot as to how beneficiaries of Estates are taxed when a loved one dies. The government has recognised that the hugely unpopular inheritance tax (IHT) is overdue a major overhaul and has proposed that the IHT service gets a much needed digital makeover, streamlining the form-filling process, and improving communication with HMRC. The second set of recommendations is due to be published in the Spring, which will give us a clue as to how the government plans to change some of the technical aspects of IHT. Admittedly, we might not see any changes implemented this year, but 2019 marks the start of a radical shake-up that will come as a relief to taxpayers. And at some point down the line, you will no longer have to navigate through a complex web of rules, while you are coming to terms with the death of someone you love. Probate Fee Structure - While improvements to IHT are welcome, many families are unhappy about the upcoming changes to probate fees. A fee is charged when applying for a document known as a ‘grant of probate’, which gives you legal access to someone’s money, property and possessions when they pass away. At the moment, there is a flat fee of £215. But in April the government is introducing a sliding scale structure, where you can be charged up to £6,000 depending on the value of the Estate you are inheriting. For a lot of households, this is a massive jump in cost, and means that people will have to figure out the logistics of paying this sum of money upfront. Of course, these are just some of the planned changes that will hit finances, and don’t account for the multitude of other shifts that will indirectly affect your wealth. With so much hanging in the balance with Brexit, it’s likely that house prices, interest rates, and the value of sterling will alter dramatically depending on the outcome. But when it comes to your finances, try and focus on what you can control, rather than what is out of your hands.

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Index of advertisers | FEBRUARY 2019 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Kingston Smith LLP

04 48 65

Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels B&B Holiday Bungalow in Henfield

62 21

Bartlett Property & Gardens Downs Southern Ltd Henfield Handmade Furniture Henfield Homes Ltd

51 62 19 59

Gardner & Scardifield Ltd Hamfelds

16 49




B&I Carpets 58


Henfield Chimney Sweep


Ben Daniels Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Vicky’s Cleaning

63 19

Henfield Helpline


Alice’s Dog Grooming


BHW Glass Ltd N. Constantine Double Glazing Repairs

58 52



C&K Electrical 63 Carvers Electrical Limited 23 Herbert Electrical 51 Jeremy Crawley Henfield Electrician 63 PD Electrical Ltd 62

FENCING, GATES & SHEDS The Henfield Fencing Co. Jasper Fencing Contractors R.J Meaker Fencing Limited

49 50 67


Robert Slaughter Independent Financial Advisor 53

FOOD, DRINK & FARM SHOPS The Elegant Feast Rushfields Farm Shop Swains Farm Shop

23 13 24


C&T Radmall 50 Henfield Funeral Services 50

GARAGES REPAIRS AND SALES Braziers Garage Henfield Coles Automotive Ltd Mile Oak Servicing

66 68 52

GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Bartlett Property & Gardens Ltd Beechcroft Landscapes Best by Myles Four Landscapes Hamfelds Home & Garden Hugh Tanton Garden Design

51 51 48 12 49 20

Rooted Garden Services Rushfields Plant Centre & Gifts S. Goodridge Gardens


50 03 63

Henfield Antiques Fair 14 Katherine Lawrie Jewellery 14 The Steyning Bookshop 27 Studio Shards 36

GROUNDWORKS & LANDSCAPING A Hyatt Contractors PHB Contractors


A&S Gutter Clearance


53 57 59

Chloe’s Beauty 27 Natasha’s Beauty Salon 37 Pinks Hair 18

HANDYMAN & PROPERTY SERVICES Geoff’s Handyman Services Henfield Homes Ltd

58 59

Hamfelds Home & Garden




Cornerweighs 38 DB Foot Clinic 42 Feet Plus Henfield 38 Get Fit 36 Hear to Listen 45 Henfield Chiropractic Clinic 38 Henfield Holistics 28 Henfield Physiotherapy & Osteopathy 20 NB Clinical Massage 43 Pilates Evolved 29 Slimming World 36 Sussex Osteopath & Complementary Health 39


NFU Mutual Insurance


East Barn Interiors Ltd Henfield Handmade Furniture Just Shutters Ray Bishop Upholstery Simply Blinding Ltd.

45 19 22 63 56



Cantatrice Choir 37 Cinemobile 15 Henfield Antiques Fair 14 The Henfield Hall 43 Henfield Leisure Centre 60 Kaleidoscope Choir 28 South East Water 10 Vocal Fusion 28 Wakehurst Place 11


Batcheller Monkhouse 44 Inner Space 65 Marcus Grimes 46 Stevens Lettings 17


Lucy Locksmith




Henfield Eyecare


Ovenu-Worthing 57


Andrew’s Decorating 45 Trim Decorating 63


ACT Pest Control


Gray Cat Animal Home Visiting Service


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JG Plastering 50


Aquatec 58 CJ Plumbing 58 MC Services Gas Plumbing & Heating 52


Batcheller Monkhouse Marcus Grimes

44 25

Contain Yourself Storage GA Lomer and Son Inner Space Office & Storage The Old Mill Removals

58 48 65 52

The George Hotel Wickwoods, The Glasshouse The White Hart

06 02 08

G & S Roofing Ltd RA Walker Roofing Services Ltd Steyning Roofing

51 53 59

Bluebells Nursery Dove Nursery Isabello’s Pre-School Oscar Bears Day Care

43 49 41 41

Jack’s Mowing


Amanda Shaw Solicitors Griffith Smith Solicitors LLP Setfords Solicitors The Sussex Wills Office

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Corporate Cars 61 Henfield Village Cars 62 Sussex Private Hire 10

TELEVISION, AUDIO & AERIALS A & S Aerials & Satellites TAS Aerials

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Southern Beeches Ltd.


Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries




PPC Windows 57




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