BN5 Magazine February 20

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February 20


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

FEBRUARY 2020 | Contents

06 What’s on 14 News 26 Local interest 30 Gardening 34 Gardening 40 Local interest 47 Local interest listings

from the BN5 area

The Henfield Shed

Editor’s Letter

We are delighted to bring you two articles this month which for us sum up the essence of all that is great about Henfield: The Henfield Shed is a wonderful village collective which provides its members with a community space in which to connect, chat and create. It’s all about having fun and sharing skills, but also about getting involved in supporting community projects and providing a repair service. The Henfield Shed hasn’t being going that long but it’s already a major part of Henfield village life – we love it! Over the past few years a talented group of volunteers have transformed the Henfield Haven Garden from a dull and uninspiring outdoor area into a beautiful and interactive outdoor space full of colour. Not only did the volunteers give the garden a completely new lease of life, but they also set up the Green Garden Group, a community group for both sharing gardening skills and maintaining the Haven garden. Finally, if you’re looking for a project closer to home, Charlotte Owen from Sussex Wildlife Trust shares her top tips for making gardens more wildlife friendly – there’s plenty you can do even at this time of the year!

Sarah Butler, acting Editor

Henfield Haven Garden

The Wildlife Garden in Winter

Looking Back on 2019 Year of Culture

St Peter’s Church Celebrations in 2020

60 Charity 66 Index

Over 50s Support

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month;

Julie Branson, Mark Davis, Gillian Day, Neil Fletcher, Charlotte Owen, Paul Samrah, Liz Taylor. Cover image by Dominic Honey with additional artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper at Gemini Print in Shoreham and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

Copy deadline & contact...

Copy deadline for advertisements or editorial submissions for the March 2020 issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 31 January.

If you have a local interest story for us please email If your not-for-profit club, group or charity has an event you would like us to publish on our what’s on pages, please submit via our website, this gives you additional automatic website entry. Please note we no longer accept postal or email diary submissions due to potential inaccuracies when transcribing. Priority is given to local, charitable and non-repeating events when we are oversubscribed. For advertising enquiries or to receive a media pack please email Zoë Standing

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What’s on | FEBRUARY 2020 Some repeating events have been omitted, for full listings see All HDC walks are in the Clubs & Groups section. For Henfield Haven events go to

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WISH CLUB Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2-5pm (every Tues to 18/2) Advice, support and interactive workshops for those seeking employment. GROUP MUSIC THERAPY Henfield Haven, 2.30-3.30pm (every Tues) Tuesday 4 Free but booking essential. Saturday 1 HENFIELD DUCKLINGS FREE SNOOKER MEMORY MOMENTS CAFÉ Henfield Hall, 9.30-11.30am Henfield Club, 5–10.30pm Catholic Church Hall, 2-4pm (every Tues) (every Tues) All welcome, especially those Have fun with pre-school play. YOUTH CLUB (AGE 7½-11) with memory loss. ACTION FOR DEAFNESS Henfield Youth Club, 6-7.30pm TENNIS CLUB JUMBLE SALE Henfield Medical Centre, (every Tues, term time) Henfield Hall, 2pm 9.30am-12.30pm (every 1st Tues) Bring jumble to the hall in the Drop-in hearing aid maintenance EVENING BINGO morning or ring 07753 214726 service. Other appointments by Maidment Court, 7pm (every Tues) for collection. GP referral. HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL HENFIELD SHED Sunday 2 MEETING Behind Southdown Galleries, WILL & WOLFIE 9.30am-1pm (every Tues, Weds Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Henfield Club, 12.30pm 7pm (every 1st Tues) & Fri) Eclectic mix of rock & roll, jazz, All welcome to attend. See article. country & western music. HENFIELD GARDEN CLUB SELF HELP GROUP HENFIELD NETBALL CLUB Henfield Hall, 7pm (every 1st Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm 10am-3pm (every Tues) Tues) (every Sun) Mark Saunders, Head Gardener, Social get together for the Fittleworth House ‘An Almost elderly. Lunch provided. A-Z of Good Garden Plants’. MONDAY MARKET Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm (every Mon) DEMENTIA CARERS’ APPOINTMENTS Henfield Haven, 9am-2pm (every 1st Mon)

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FEBRUARY 2020 | What’s on HART PUB QUIZ The White Hart, 8.30pm (alt Tues) In aid of HART. Teams of up to six. Call 01273 492006 to book.

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ST BARNABAS OUTREACH Henfield Hall Car Park, 10am2pm Information and support for patients and their families. TODDLER GROUP Fulking Village Hall, 1011.30am (every Weds) Play & sing. Suggested donation £1. HENFIELD BELL RINGERS St Peter’s Church, 7.45pm (every Weds) New ringers welcome, come along or contact 01273 596485. HENFIELD LIONS CLUB George Hotel, 8pm (every 1st Weds)

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REFURBISHED LIBRARY REOPENS Henfield Library, 10am See News. RHYME TIME Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (every Thurs) Fun with music for pre-schoolers. ART & CRAFTS CLUB Sobell Court, 2-4pm (every Thurs) Bring any art or craft. All materials provided. YOUTH CLUB (AGES 12-17) Henfield Youth Club, 7.309.30pm (every Thurs, term time)

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LITTLE FISHES St Peter’s Church, 9.30-11am (every Fri) For pre-school children and their carers. Storytime, songs and refreshments. HENFIELD SHORT MAT BOWLS Henfield Hall, 9.45-11.45am (every Fri) LADYBIRDS Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am–12pm (every 1st Fri) Antarctica talk. ABCD BRIDGE CLUB Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 2-5pm (every Fri)

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READING GROUP Henfield Library, 2–4pm (every 1st Fri) Sign up at library or call 01273 493587. THE MIGHTY SEA VIXEN Henfield Club, 7.30pm Talk/film with Richard Searles. Tickets from Henfield Club.

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ST PETER’S CHURCH JUMBLE SALE Henfield Hall, 2pm For collection of jumble and auction items, call 01273 493172 or 01273 495532.

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HENFIELD CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS TBC, 10am Contact 01273 494566 or COMMUNITY SUNDAY LUNCH Henfield Haven, 12.30pm Call 01273 494747 to book. THEATRE ORGAN CONCERT Singing Hills, 3-5.30pm Stephen Austin.

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THE ARTS SOCIETY STEYNING The Steyning Centre, 10.30am– 12pm (every 2nd Mon) Man and Animals in Art. BABY CLINIC Committee Room, Henfield Hall, 2-3.30pm (every 2nd & 4th Mon) THE ARTS SOCIETY HENFIELD Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (every 2nd Mon) The Romans in Britain.

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HEALTH & WELLBEING CHECKS Henfield Medical Centre, 3.305.30pm (every 2nd Tues) Horsham District Council’s Health & Wellbeing team are offering free wellbeing drop in sessions. For details, HENFIELD FLOWER CLUB Henfield Hall, 2–4.30pm (every 2nd Tues) AGM followed by talk “The Woodland Project”. WOODMANCOTE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING The Pavilion, 7.30pm (every 2nd Tues)

AN EVENING WITH BRIAN BILSTON The Gluck Studio, Steyning, 7.30pm Presented by Steyning Bookshop. See advert. HENFIELD HISTORY GROUP Free Church Hall, 8pm (every 2nd Tues) Miscellany of Sussex History, Anecdotes and Folklore.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR ELIBRARY Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10-11am See News. KNIT AND NATTER Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm (every 2nd Weds) Knitting for charity. Donated wool appreciated. CHATTY CAFÉ Henfield Haven, 2.30-4pm (every 2nd Weds) Drop by and try our Chatter & Natter table. Also Henfield Tea Gardens, every 4th Tues). STEYNING HISTORY SOCIETY Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, 7.45–9.45pm (every 2nd Weds) “Warrior Queens”. Talk by Tony Turner.

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HENFIELD ANTIQUES FAIR Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7am–12pm (every 2nd Thurs) See advert.

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HENFIELD WILD VIOLETS WI Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am–12pm (every 2nd Fri) Hedgehog Haven. Talk by Ann Winney. A NIGHT OF FRENCH CUISINE Relish, 7pm See advert. CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY The George, 7pm. See advert. VALENTINE’S NIGHT LIVE MUSIC The Wheatsheaf, 7pm See advert.

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THEATRE COMPANY JUMBLE SALE Henfield Hall, 2pm Bring jumble to hall from 9am or call 01273 492172 for collection. BUILD A BIRD NEST BOX Woods Mill, 5.30–7.30pm See News.

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

Tuesday 18

BUSINESS DROP IN EVENT HDC Offices, Horsham, RH12 1RL, 11am-3pm MOBILE CINEMA Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Cats (U). Tickets from Marcus Grimes Henfield or online.

Wednesday 19

WOODMANCOTE & HENFIELD WI Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (every 3rd Weds) Jean Whiting ‘My Work in Haiti’.

Thursday 20

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.

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VINTAGE CAR DAY Crown Inn, Dial Post, 12pm For details MESSY CHURCH Fulking Village Hall, 4.30-6pm (every 3rd Fri) Crafts, bible stories and delicious supper. Call Chris 01273 857322. WILDLIFE IN ANTARCTICA Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Talk hosted by Henfield Birdwatch and given by Trevor Hodgson.

FEBRUARY 2020 | What’s on COLLECTING SUSSEX POSTCARDS Allmond Centre, A272, Cowfold, 8pm Talk by Alan Barwick, curator of Henfield Museum. Includes images of Henfield & Cowfold. Tickets free to members of Horsham Heritage Forum, non members £3.50.

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SATURDAY BRUNCH CLUB Henfield Haven, 9.30am- 12pm (every 3rd Sat) All welcome at our Dementia Friendly café. BRIC A BRAC & JUMBLE SALE Henfield Haven, 2pm Rummage for a bargain and try our cafe. Jumble can be dropped off at the cafe any weekday between 10am and 4pm.

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CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU (OUTREACH) Henfield Medical Centre, 10am–1pm (every 4th Mon) Drop-in 10-10.30am, booked appointments 10.30am-1pm.

Tuesday 25

SMALL DOLE TUESDAY CLUB Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm (every 4th Tues) Ending local homelessness, Charlie Chesman from Turning Tides Charity (follows a short AGM). HENFIELD TREFOIL GUILD Guide Hut, 7.45pm (every 4th Tues) Thinking day and talk on Mexico.

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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. AN EVENING WITH ELLY GRIFFITHS The Gluck Studio, Steyning, 7.30pm Presented by Steyning Bookshop. See advert.

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NHS CARERS HEALTH CLINIC Henfield Haven 10am-2pm (& every last Fri) Physical & mental MOT. Call 01273 494747 to book. MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION Henfield Library, 10.30am12.30pm (& every last Fri) Come and talk one to one to our team. RIO IS COMING The Wheatsheaf, 7pm See advert.

HAVEN GREEN GARDEN GROUP Henfield Haven, 9.30am– 11.30pm (alt Tues) Gardening group for all, Phone 01273 492595 for details. See article. HENFIELD STROKE SUPPORT GROUP The Plough, 11am-2pm (every Advance Notice last Tues) Tuesday 3 March If you or someone you know has had a stroke, come along ANNUAL PARISH MEETING and meet others who’ve been Henfield Hall, 7.30pm affected.

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Christmas Starts Here!

On 5 December 2019 the Henfield Friends of St Barnabas House presented ‘Christmas Starts Here!’ to an appreciative audience at the Henfield Hall. This concert raised over £1,000 for St Barnabas Hospice. St Peter’s School Choir began the proceedings and Revd Harriet Neale-Stevens told of the nativity as seen through the eyes of the animals. Mulled wine and mince pies, donated by Budgens, were served by the Friends of St Barnabas during the interval. There was a raffle after which Rosemarie Finley, the CEO of St Barnabas Hospice spoke of the good work of the Hospice and of the continued need for funding and support from the local community. Solo items were interspersed with community carols, ably accompanied by BF5, Brass Fusion’s new quintet. Sidonie Winter brought the concert to a Nativity Sheep Trail Advent seems a long time ago now but we hope close with ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ accompanying herself at the piano. A really that finding the sheep and discovering their names added to your enjoyment of the Christmas enjoyable evening was had by all. season. Unfortunately we had two naughty sheep Nigel Stevens this year, Humbug left his home at The Shed and Cinder Rose Closure went to visit his friend Albert in Southdown Galleries; and the sheep in Stokes kept his name a We are very sorry to hear that Cinder Rose will secret. Well done to everyone who completed the soon be closing. Erica and the shop have brought trail and named those sheep, especially to those a welcome touch of glamour to Henfield High who found Humbug! The lucky winner now has Street for the past five years and we will be sad to their very own Henfield sheep. it go. We wish Erica all the best.

Henfield Evangelical Free Church

A warm welcome to The George


We are proud of the wide range of beers, lagers, wines and spirits available from the bar. Our restaurant offers an a la carte menu, light lunches and traditional Sunday roasts. Our smart Hotel rooms have been recently renovated. There is limited availability so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Valentine’s Evening Friday 14 February Enjoy our special Valentine’s evening menu with entertainment and songs from Joe Dellow. Book now to avoid disappointment.

For all reservations & enquiries 01273 492296 High Street, Henfield, BN5 9DB

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Residents Petition to Equalise the Speed Limit in Woodmancote

Residents in Woodmancote have started a petition to have the speed limit equalised in Woodmancote along the A281, Brighton Road. We need 100 signatures, please take a look at our 38 Degrees petition page for more details:https://

Kirsteen Daly

Desert Trek for St Catherine’s Hospice

During April 2020, local fundraising team Tracey Prescott, Charlie Prescott, Bek Seager and Georgina Oliphant-Hope will be trekking across the Sahara Desert for three days to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley. Nicknamed the ‘Desert Babes’, Tracey and the team have already raised over £3,000 at their successful quiz evening at the end of 2019. Tracey said “We are humbled by everyone’s support and donations so far and we will be seeking more donations to smash our joint target of £8,080! We would like to thank everyone who attended the Quiz evening, Quiz Master Gyles Culver, David Phillipson for the use of the Henfield Hall, those who donated the amazing raffle prizes and the following businesses who sponsored tables: Rushfields; Steve Prescott Recovery; NK Beauty Salon & Academy; Salon Guru ;Salon Success Ltd; Henfield Handmade Furniture; Grommets Ltd; WC Hire; Peewees Hair Ltd; That Is Right Ltd; Stevens Estate Agents and Lettings; PJ Construction. Also Greg Blurton & Frazer Oliphant-Hope who donated a Helicopter flight experience for 5 people and Thakeham who donated a Goodwood Festival of speed family ticket as prizes for a Heads and Tails game that was part of the Quiz evening During their Sahara Challenge Tracey and the team will be trekking across ancient dried-up river beds, sand dunes and vast sun baked plains in the world’s largest desert. St Catherine’s Hospice, which cared for Tracey’s Dad in 2008, provides expert hospice care for people in West Sussex and East Surrey and is totally reliant on donations. Any support you are able to give to Tracey and the Desert Babes would be very much appreciated – please visit their Just Giving Page at

Tracey Prescott

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The Henfield Haven Christmas Quiz 2019 Results

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of this year’s Christmas Quiz Competition on behalf of the Henfield Haven. Mr Adrian Vieler was the outright winner with Mrs S Bryant only 1.5 points behind. Third place went to Mr David Malkin. Our grateful thanks go to our question setter Phyl Eager and also to our guest question setters Robert Gordon, John Coit and Paul Doick. Our winner has received a huge hamper this year full of seasonal goodies, presented by the Haven’s Lorette Mackie and Digby Stephenson. We would like to thank all those who donated to this wonderful prize. Watch out for our tricky questions already being planned for 2020 and we hope you will take part in this great fundraiser which is becoming a firm seasonal favourite challenge in Henfield. We want to thank everyone for taking part, we hope you found it fun.

Lyn Sheppard and Liz Hodgson

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Planning for the Future

We need to plan for the future by reviewing and developing a new Local Plan for Horsham District, and we need your help. The Government has instructed all local authorities to build a significant number of new houses in the coming years. Horsham District is a popular place to live, with a strong economy and a high quality of life. The new Local Plan will set out how the District will meet the challenges of delivering these developments in a sustainable way, bringing the right infrastructure and community facilities to benefit both existing and new residents, as well as providing opportunities for local well paid jobs. There will be a number of opportunities to get involved during the preparation of the Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036. We will be consulting on the first complete draft of the Local Plan in February to March 2020. Your involvement in this process is very important to us. Sign up today for email updates and news at localplanreview

Sarah Hogben, Horsham District Council

Getting to know your eLibrary

Did you know you can have access to a huge range of books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and comics 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the eLibrary? The eLibrary is part of West Sussex County Council’s library service and is completely free. Library customers can download books and audio titles as well as hundreds of magazines covering gardening, cookery, cars, computers and other popular subjects. Newspapers and comics are also available to download. Not only will you be saving paper but money too. You can download to most types of computer whether a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. The Henfield Computer Club has arranged for a talk on how the eLibrary works to be given by our library’s Area Manager in the Garden Room, Henfield Hall on 12 February at 10am. If you are interested in joining the Computer Club or would like further information call 01273 494822 or email

Sue Willis

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The public conveniences on Henfield High Street have been completely gutted and new cubicles and urinals have been installed, along with baby changing facilities in both male and female toilets. The public conveniences should now be more cost efficient, using less water and electricity. They are also much easier to clean and maintain. The cost of the work – in the region of £65,000 - was paid for with S106 funding received from Horsham District Council, which was generated by the Croudace development to the east of Manor Close. The remainder was provided from the Parish Council reserves. The works have been undertaken by Green Manor Building Limited and the Parish Council is very pleased with the way the whole project has been undertaken by them and the advice they have given throughout.

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UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT Our function room is available for private hire; Birthdays Weekly/monthly meetings Wakes Baby Showers etc Please contact Lorraine on 01273 492509 or

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Introduction to Beekeeping

Have you or anyone you know ever thought of keeping bees, but needed to know more? This one-day course on Saturday 14 March 2020 at Rudgwick Village Hall will provide enough information to answer any questions you may have. Come along and find out more without any obligation. This is a popular annual event, now in its fifteenth year, organised by the Wisborough Green Beekeepers Association, whose members live in West Sussex, South Surrey, and beyond. This day makes a good grounding for the practical ‘Preliminary Sessions’ that we will be running at our teaching apiary near Wisborough Green. Further information for beekeepers and nonbeekeepers, including our Preliminary Sessions which provide the opportunity to handle bees, can be found on Contact Roger Patterson 01403 790637 or 07976 306492, for course details, or John Glover 01403 751899, wgbees@ to book.

John Glover

Sustainable Henfield Neighbourhood Recycling Boxes

Have you seen these boxes around the Henfield area? The containers with this label are for collecting the recycling waste described in January’s BN5 magazine. We have had a really good response and many people have set up recycling boxes and handed out leaflets to their neighbours on what to recycle. We are promoting the use of these boxes, rather than lots of people going to the Haven as it is a congested area. So if possible please don’t drive to the Haven but walk there or use your local box. If you would be willing to help us with sorting the waste, or have a box for your road or area (where we give you the coloured leaflets to hand out and give you all the support you need), please do contact us on 01273 028156. Thank you for helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

Gill Perry

Successful Local Artist featured on TV

Sussex artist Claire Harrison was interviewed by That’s TV and her solo art exhibition was featured on their news channel on 19 December 2020 at 6pm. ‘Secrets of Nature’ was about the current environmental crisis that mankind face and was a unique opportunity to see several of Claire’s beautiful original paintings, showing her fascination for the natural world. Claire weaves the human form into the flowers and plants that she studies around her. Her passion and love for saving the environment is what inspired the editorial team at That’s TV. Claire’s work can be viewed at

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Henfield Theatre Company – Auditions

As part of the 1,250th anniversary celebrations for St Peter’s Church, Henfield Theatre Company (HTC) will be presenting the first of three plays entitled The Mysteries, by Tony Harrison. The author has taken the York, Wakefield, Chester and Coventry cycles of the traditional Mystery Plays and woven them into three separate celebrations of storytelling and of life. The first one covers several Old Testament stories as well as the birth of Christ. Perhaps surprisingly there are some hilarious moments in the play and the action is accompanied by plenty of folk songs and music. HTC is opening up the production to non-members and will welcome anyone to the auditions. They will be held on Tuesday 11 February at 7.30pm and Sunday 16 February at 2.30pm, both in the Garden Room at The Henfield Hall. Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Thursdays Build a Bird Nest Box from 24 February. The performances will take Help Sussex Wildlife Trust celebrate National Nest place in the church on 18, 19 and 20 June. There Box Week by using hand tools to build a bird box is a wide range of parts from children to older to take home and also make a pine cone bird adults, singers and non-singers and with widely feeder for your own feathered friends. This family varying amounts of dialogue. A detailed breakevent takes place at Woods Mill on Saturday 15 down is available for anyone who is interested. February from 10am-2pm. For more information The language may appear challenging, if you read and to book visit it, but please don’t be put off – all will be ‘transwhats-on lated’! And you do not have to be religious to take Katie Parker, Sussex Wildlife Trust part and enjoy this piece of historical theatre. For more information please contact Jane Haines on 07803 293380 or by email at

Martin Love

Pilates Evolved Fundraiser for Cancer Research

On Saturday 4 January, Pilates Evolved organised a ‘Mighty Mat class’ in support of Cancer Research. Over 30 of our Pilates community attended this very special class and the atmosphere was simply amazing. We have been thrilled with the response and are delighted to announce we have raised over £600! A huge thank you to all who came along to support us and to everyone who donated to this very important charity. Thanks also go to Henfield Leisure Centre for helping us to host the event.

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Henfield Library Temporary Closure

Henfield library closed on Saturday 25 January and reopens on Thursday 6 February at 10am. This is to allow for a change of layout, re-decoration and the installation of new shelving and furniture. We will extend the loan on any books borrowed from Henfield Library so no books will be due back while the library is closed. Alternatively, you can visit any other West Sussex library or why not access our e-books, e-magazines and e-audiobooks at We’ll look forward to welcoming you to our newly refurbished library when we reopen.

Hazel Smith, Library Manager

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Henfield Gardens and Arts 2020

This year the much-enjoyed event will be happening over the weekend of Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. We welcome local gardens, artists and musicians to join this weekend of celebration of all things growing and art. We also have two new projects: The Wheelbarrow Challenge – plant one up with things that grow. The wheelbarrow can be any size and, on any theme, – check out Henfield Shed for planter ideas. Just place it in front of Keep Us Flying High your house, in the window of your business or Would you like to know more about the Air Amhome and join in the fun. We are also very excited bulance Kent Surrey Sussex or maybe even get to have linked up with the Henfield 2030 Project. involved? All our garden openers have the opportunity to Learn about how the charity works, innovates and showcase their efforts to encourage wildlife into saves lives with one of our informative talks. Book their space and gain recognition for this important one of our volunteer speakers to visit your group step in reducing our carbon footprint and preserving our Planet. For up to date information and for free and find out more about our life-saving work - contact or call 01634 the application forms please see (the closing date for garden 471957. Volunteer for one or more of our varied roles and help us go above and beyond - contact applications is 1 March 2020). We look forwards to seeing you there – and let us hope for a sunny or 01634 471900. If weekend. you’d like to find out more please get in touch – we would love to hear from you. Suzanne Fisher,


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Henfield Girls FC Support Women’s Super League Match

Twenty four girls from Henfield Girls FC had an unforgettable experience when they were mascots and ball girls for the Women’s Super League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal on January 12. Twelve members of the under-11 section were mascots and got to walk out with the Brighton players and take part in the pre-match line-up where they shook hands with the Arsenal players, including Dutch superstar Vivianne Miedema. They also had their pictures taken with Brighton and Northern Ireland international defender Laura Rafferty. A further 12 members of the under-12s team had the important job of being ball girls and carried out their roles very professionally as Arsenal beat Brighton 4-0 to strengthen their position at the top of the table. All the girls received Brighton and Hove Albion training shirts and were thrilled to get them signed by the Seagulls players at the end of the game. The game was televised on BBC iPlayer and the BBC red button and was played in front of a crowd of 1,312 – boosted by a strong contingent of parents and friends from Henfield - at Crawley Town’s stadium. Henfield Girls FC train every Wednesday on the Rothery playing fields on Nep Town Road from 6pm to 7.30pm. New players (minimum age is 5) are always welcome.

Stephen Hollis

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Here are three major events concerning Britain in 1771 with the most important shown last: Arkwright builds first cotton mill at Cromford; Spain cedes the Falklands to Britain; and Henfield Cricket Club is constituted to become (possibly) the oldest cricket club in the country and hence the world. Yes, in 2021 Henfield Cricket Club will be 250 years old! We aim to have lots of exciting events and special matches to mark the occasion and would love to welcome people to help us celebrate. Updates on what will be happening, including our new look pavilion fundraising plans, will appear in BN5 and the local press, on and the club’s Facebook page. To keep in touch with what has happened in the past 250 years, and more, check out the history pages on our website, Dr Squire’s 1949 opus ‘Henfield Cricket in its Sussex Cradle’, the historic pictures on the pavilion walls plus the brilliantly researched cricketing snippets in former club stalwart Eddie Colgate’s forthcoming book filled with tales of the 19th century goings on in our village. 2020 is also an important year with the 1st XI promoted to the third tier of Sussex cricket. New playing and non-playing members are always warmly welcomed and anyone considering joining in the latter category is welcome to try us out on a match day where from 6 o’clock onwards the bar is open for a drink as you watch the final thrilling (hopefully) overs.

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Sussex Green Living - positive news in difficult times

With global climate change in the news daily, who would blame people for feeling concerned and worried? Switching to clean energy is part of the solution within everyone’s grasp and is the biggest action anyone can take in the fight against climate change. Unlike electricity generated by burning dirty fossil fuels like oil, coal and gas, clean energy has very little impact in terms of climate change. Sussex Green Living (SGL) offer free clean energy advice and an easy switching service. Volunteer Catherine Edminson says: “What many people do not realise is that wind turbines and solar farms, as well as power stations all feed their energy into the National Grid, like rivers running into a big pond. When you switch to clean energy, your supplier guarantees that however much electricity you take out of the ‘pond’, the same amount of clean energy will be put in.” She continues: “The more people who switch to clean tariffs, the more renewable energy that goes into the pond. This means that the energy sector is producing less pollution and carbon which is crucial if we are to reduce global warming and climate change.” In just five minutes you can see a cost comparison with eight clean renewable energy by visiting People can do this from the comfort of their home or by making an appointment at the Horsham Repair Café. Bring a recent energy bill and you will be helped through the process.

Good Neighbours scheme appeals for volunteers

The Good Neighbours scheme, which partners volunteers with older residents who want help to become more active in their local community or who need practical support, is appealing for new recruits. Run on the County Council’s behalf by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), it connects people who may be feeling isolated with volunteers who offer practical help such as accompanying them to the shops and supporting them to attend local groups, clubs and activities. This can help people to re-engage with others and improve their self-confidence. The RVS is appealing for new volunteers to help clients of the Good Neighbours scheme across West Sussex, particularly in the Crawley and Worthing areas. Helen Kirkham, Service Manager at the RVS, said: “Our Good Neighbours service provides support to those most at risk of social isolation across West Sussex, with many of our dedicated Carrie Cort, Sussex Green Living volunteers giving an hour of their time each week to share their skills, knowledge and experience LED Lighting for Henfield Youth with others.” Club For more information about the Good NeighHenfield Youth Club are really grateful to have bours scheme in the Adur, Arun, Chichester been successful in a Space Hive crowdfunding and Worthing districts contact 01903 257019 or bid to start the first phase enabling us to change and in the high-cost lighting in the youth club building to the Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex districts, LED’s, reducing costs and our carbon footprint. contact 01293 228060 or gnwsnorth@royalvolunWe are very aware of the need for sustainability for the environment and to preserve our service. Helen Kirkham, RVS The cost of our current lighting is huge and changing over to LED’s will help us to reduce our running costs by up to 80% and reduce energy consumption. Our thanks go to West Sussex County Council for their very generous donation, but also a huge thank you to our Lovely Henfield community - so many individuals organisations and companies sprang into action and donated very generously – in fact we have gone over our target so will be putting this towards working on the next phase, allowing us to change even more of the lights FRANKIE WIJENBERGH over, making bigger savings and using our much needed funds to serve the people who need it the 07899 905 418 most - our young people.

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Great Wall of China Trek

My mum, Heather Blower, passed away at St Barnabas House in 2013 and I am trekking on the Great Wall of China in her memory with Toni Redman to raise money for the hospice. The trek is in October this year and I am aiming to raise a minimum of £3,000 pounds. I am covering the cost of the trip so all the money raised will go to the charity. St Barnabas House is an amazing place as I’m sure you know. They show care and compassion at a very difficult time and are totally reliant on fundraising and donations. Anyone can donate through just my Just Giving page at www. or they can contact me in person.

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The Sound of Music

That wonderful production of the Sound of Music was a real highlight of the new year in Henfield. The cast and musicians performed to record breaking houses - four of the five performances were completely sold out and the show was seen by over 1,200 people, in total! They all seemed to leave the hall with big smiles on their faces and, no doubt, with those familiar tunes still in their ears!

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Lifeboat Pram

Henfield Museum have received the following enquiry about this picture: “My grandmother was left Rowlands in Cagefoot Lane and inside was this wonderful object. My mother was very cross that her mother gave it to the Doctor (probably Dr Squire although I’m not sure which one as my mother said John Squire came out of the RAF after the war and joined his father in the Henfield practice), as she wanted it. The boat is smaller version of the unsinkable lifeboat an invention of Samuel Saunders the famous boat maker (see Saunders). Morris and Dorothy Rowe who lived in Rowlands were the children of George Ingleton Rowe and Rose Ellen Saunders younger sister of Samuel Saunders. I would think the boat is the work of either Samuel or an apprentice of his. The person in the pram is probably Dorothy Rowe, although it could be Morris. When my mother knew the boat it was a newspaper storage place in the Roses house and the perambulator base had been changed to a frame that just held the boat. I was wondering if the boat still existed in Henfield and the current owner could now know the story. It’s a bit of a national treasure if it still exists.” If you have any information about the pram, please contact the Henfield Museum.

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The Henfield Shed A

s I approach the Henfield Shed, tucked away in workshops behind Southdown Galleries, I can hear busy conversation, laughter and the chink of tea mugs. Members of the Henfield Shed are getting ready for a productive morning and the first (and arguably most important) job is to get the kettle on. The Henfield Shed, whose members are more commonly known as The Shedders, set up in Henfield just two years ago but already they’ve become familiar feature of village life. The Shed is much greater than the sum of its parts, a lesson in what can be done when people work together. It is a collaborative where there is little distinction between those who set up the group and those who come along to join in. Members work shoulder to shoulder, share skills and learn, forming friendships in the process. 26 | BN5 Magazine

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During my guided tour with Pete Gumbrell and Neville de Moraes, mug of builder’s tea in hand, I get to explore the labyrinth of busy workshops. In one room a jig is in noisy action with two members making Christmas decorations ready for a fundraiser, while at another bench the finishing touches are being put to the Shedder’s Christmas tree. In another workshop a member is working on some intricately turned wooden pen barrels, polishing the grain to expose the beautiful colours of the maple, walnut and holly. Elsewhere others are working on a project for us at BN5 – a wooden tombola box, figuring out how to weight the hexagonal barrel to make it spin and return the correct way up. When they started the Shedders were given a generous kick-start by Rob and Fiona Laughton from Stokes who allowed them to use their garage free of charge. With a small grant from West Sussex County Council and a vast array of donated tools and machinery they were soon up and running. With membership increasing and a growing collection of tools and materials they outgrew the space at Stokes and Rita Prodger from Southdown Galleries stepped in to loan the workshops behind her shop. Neville explained more about their achievements over the past two years. “One of the highlights

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was being asked to help celebrate the Royal Air Force centenary by making wooden planters in the shape of bi-planes. These were displayed in the grounds of Red Oaks during the Henfield Garden and Arts weekend. We have entered the Free Church Christmas Tree competition for the last three years and we’ve won awards every year, we always try to do something different and show of some more of the Shedders’ skills! Another project we loved working on was a set of signs for the Memorial Field re-dedication commissioned by Henfield Parish Council. Then, last summer we were asked by Henfield Library to build a Space Rocket to help inspire the younger children with their Summer Reading Challenge.” Giving back to the village and helping others is a big part of what keeps the Shedders going. Their repair shop, where local people can bring in items to repair and give a new lease of life, is incredibly busy. Sometimes items have huge sentimental value; an elderly gentleman brought in an axe which belonged to his grandfather, it just needed some time, TLC and a new handle to bring it back to life. It will now be used for generations to come and the memories will not fade. Some people are doers who like a project, they have unforgotten skills and a wealth of knowledge that is just waiting to be tapped and passed-

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on. At the Henfield Shed they mend, make and create; it could be wood-turning, working with a lathe, metal-work or intricate painting. There are challenges, making a piece of machinery work or mending a much-loved chair, or even making a disabled ramp for a local church. Every project involves teamwork, a puzzle, getting the greymatter working and sometimes making a mess of it and having to start again. There’s a lovely sense of camaraderie at the Henfield Shed, gentle teasing and mickey-taking between friends as well as a sense of purpose and value. It’s simple really – people need a sense of purpose in life, a sense of belonging and acceptance. Often changes in life (retirement, moving to a new village, bereavement, perhaps a stroke or physical change or the onset of memory loss) mean that the friendships and relationships taken for granted are missing, leading to loneliness and isolation. The Henfield Shed can help fill this gap and keep life purposeful. To find out more about The Henfield Shed visit or sign up to the Shed Facebook page. If you are interested in joining, please contact Pete Gumbrell via The Henfield Shed is open weekday mornings (except Mondays and Thursdays) from 9.30am - 1pm.

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hen the Henfield Haven was being created in October 2015, a call went out asking for volunteers to help tidy up the garden. Liz Hodgson and five other keen gardeners volunteered, although when they went to have a proper look at the garden in all its unloved state, they did wonder if they had been a little hasty! The garden was full of low-maintenance shrubbery, typical of a local authority institution and not particularly attractive. There was no incentive to look at the garden, never mind walk around it or enjoy it. Liz and her colleagues decided that radical action was needed to overhaul the Haven Garden and to create something that people would want to spend time in, regardless of their age or physical ability. At first they tried to dig out the shrubs but that proved too hard so instead they fundraised in order to hire some machinery to do it for them. Once they had cleared the bushes they were left with a fantastic open space and the garden slowly began to take shape. As Liz said: “It was really exciting to transform what was a real mess into something that is useful and nice to look at.” As well as planting a new seed lawn, the team created flower beds, borders and raised beds using a variety of free plants and flowers that were surplus to requirements from their own gardens, or grown from seed. The result is a fantastic transformation! From being an ugly, unloved outdoor space, the Haven Garden has been turned into a beautiful, colourful and peaceful place in which people want to spend time. The garden is now full of colour and texture, as well as wildlife, which changes throughout the year – a vast improvement on the boring shrubs! Visitors are able to either enjoy the garden from

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the warmth of the newly built Haven Garden Room, or wander round the garden itself enjoying the plants, flowers, vegetables and fruit upclose. The Little Haven toddler group also enjoy playing in the garden and a new wheelchair friendly path has been installed making the garden accessible to those with mobility problems. Not only have Liz and her team created an amazing transformation at the Henfield Haven through the power of volunteering, but they have also shared their love of gardening with other people in the village. Three years ago Liz and the team set up the Green Garden Group, a community group for those individuals who want to learn how to garden. The group meet every other week in the Henfield Haven Garden from Spring through to Autumn to learn new gardening skills from experienced gardeners, practice existing skills and also to help maintain the Haven Garden. Additionally, as a spin off from the Green Garden Group, Liz has also initiated the Henfield Ground Force team. These are a small group of volunteers who come to the horticultural aid of those in the community who need a little help to enable them to keep on top of their garden. This one-off service is free, but beneficiaries may donate money to the Henfield Haven if they like. So far this year the team have worked on 17 gardens in and around the village and have raised £700 for the Henfield Haven. The team are planning on creating a raised flower and vegetable bed for the Youth Club later this year, together with additional flower beds made from recycled tyres – watch this space!

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opportunity to work in Australia. In Australia I worked for two Australian garden TV Shows named ‘Auction Squad’ and ‘House Calls to the Rescue’. However, I realized that I really missed the English seasons and landscapes and so returned to the UK to set up S Goodridge Gardens. Tell us about your team I currently employ a core of six brilliant individuals in my highly qualified, experienced, award-winning team. They all have a wide-range of skills and qualifications so whatever the requirements, from a simple one-off grass cut to a large country estate make-over, we have the expertise and the passion to complete the job to the highest standards. Within the team we have a Landscaper with BTEC National Diploma in Landscape Studies; Tree Surgeons with NPTC Chainsaw Operations, Level 2 Forestry and Arboriculture Diplomas; a qualified bricklayer with a Level 2 NVQ in Trowel Occupations; and an Electrician who is fully qualified with a 17th Edition Wiring Regulations Level 3 NVQ. What do you like about being based in Henfield? I grew up in Henfield and it has a very warm and welcoming community which makes it a perfect base for my business. Over the years we are proud to have sponsored various local junior sports teams and in more recent years we have been working with local secondary schools to give students horticultural work experience opportunities.

The wildlife

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Hedgehog feeding © Mark Davis Sussex Wildlife Trust

Common toad © Neil Fletcher Sussex Wildlife Trust

Great Tit in nest box © Gillian Day

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ebruary is the perfect month to start thinking about how to make your outside space more wildlife friendly, and we’ve put together some top tips to help you get started. Many of them will have an instant impact to help animals and birds make it through the rest of the winter but it’s also a great time to put some longer-term plans into action. z Feed the birds – stock your bird table with a mixed buffet of seed, chopped apples and raisins; fat balls and suet blocks provide a valuable source of energy and are especially popular with the tit family; feeders full of peanuts, sunflower hearts or niger seed will attract finches and sparrows, while blackbirds and thrushes prefer to feed on the ground. z Provide fresh water in a shallow dish – this will benefit a wide range of thirsty wildlife and birds will use it for bathing too, even in winter. Top up regularly and remember to break the ice if the weather gets frosty. z Keep it clean – dirty feeders and bird baths help spread diseases, so it’s important to clean them regularly in warm soapy water. z Put up a nest box – Valentine’s Day marks the start of National Nest Box Week, so now is the perfect time to put up a nest box for your local lovebirds before the breeding season gets underway in March. z Feed hungry hedgehogs – they may be active if the weather is mild and will appreciate a bowl of meaty cat or dog food. z Dig a pond - it doesn’t have to be large or deep, and the best wildlife ponds have plenty of shallow water. In smaller spaces you can turn an old sink, bucket or bowl into a miniature water feature. Pond life will colonise naturally but adding a range of native plants will speed things up. z Plant a tree that produces berries or fruit – try hawthorn, rowan or apple. z Make a log or rock pile to shelter overwintering frogs, toads and newts. z Start a compost heap – kitchen and garden waste will be broken down by worms and beetles, providing free fertiliser for your flowerbeds and a feast for hungry hedgehogs. z Plan a wildflower meadow for spring sowing – prepare an empty flowerbed or create a mini meadow in a window box or planter. There’s lots more information on our website or you can contact WildCall on 01273 494777 (weekday mornings) or email for tips and advice.

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he Henfield Year of Culture 2019 has now come to a close and we can draw breath after a hectic year of events. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the village societies and clubs, 2019 was filled with exciting and different activities from start to finish - there are too many to mention, but here are some of the highlights. At the beginning of the year we were treated to the thrill of a live Radio 4 broadcast of Any Questions in the Henfield Hall. It was one of Jonathan Dimbleby’s last appearances as chairman, commemorated by his autograph and a photo of the panel now hanging in the Hall. Following the wonderful ‘Then and Now Henfield at Work’ exhibition (which paired photographs of Henfield workers from the 1900s with today’s counterparts), we were lucky enough to enjoy a talk by Simon Nye reflecting on his TV screenwriting career which includes the popular series Men Behaving Badly and The Durrells. American cars and VW campervans, together with other vintage cars and touring supercars, drew huge crowds to the High Street on a beautifully sunny day in March for the District Showcase Tour. This was followed by an evening of English country dancing on St George’s Day in April where a good time was had by all who survived the carnage on the dance floor! The Henfield Gardens and Arts Festival in June gave everyone musical, artistic and flower-based treats including the chance to visit local gardens and a Flower Festival in St Peter’s Church. In July our biennial Summer Fair was full of fun family events including the Sheep Show, bakeoff’s and grow-off’s. The stargazing evening at Sussex Prairie Gardens was so popular that it will hopefully be repeated this year. Musical and theatrical events appeared throughout the year, notably the delightfully retro Summer of Love and ABBA Chique concerts as well as classical events including an evening of Mozart. The Henfield Museum did us proud by contributing items to the ‘Heritage of Horsham District in 100 Objects’ project, hosting the subsequent exhibition and also putting on a number of fascinating talks on the subject of local history. The proceeds from some of these events have been used to subsidise two of the lasting memorials to the 2019 Year of Culture including the ‘Toad in the Hole’ tree stump sculpture between the Leisure Centre and Tennis Club and plants for the ongoing revitalisation of Borrer Bank. Finally, huge thanks must go to all those who either organised or attended the various events and for helping make the Henfield 2019 Year of Culture the success it was.

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020 is an incredibly important year for St Peter’s, Henfield when the church celebrates 1,250 years of continuous Christian worship on the same site. It seems hard to believe that it was the year 770 AD when the Saxon King Osmund gave land and permission for a church to be built. We kicked-off our celebrations last month but there are lots of things coming up throughout the year, including the launch of a new guide to the church’s history organised by the Friends of St Peter’s. On Sunday 9 February at 4pm there will a wonderful opportunity to come to the Church to share tea, cake and your own memories of St Peter’s. If you were married in the church, or remember school services when we still had pews, or even recall church fetes of yester-year, please do come and share those memories. We would love to see any photos of the church you may have too! There are plenty of other opportunities to come

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to an event at St Peter’s during 2020, from a performance of Handel’s Messiah and a Bible read-a-thon, to a sing-along film night and a production of The Mysteries performed by Henfield Theatre Company in June. Some events are still at an early planning stage, so watch this space for more information. 1,250 years is a long time, but our year of celebration will not be all about giving thanks for the past: it will also be about celebrating the present and looking forward to the future. To mark this important year the Parochial Church Council will also be considering how the west end of the church, and especially the outer doors, might be improved so that the building is even more inviting to people. We hope that even if you haven’t been into the church for several years, or you have recently moved to the area and haven’t had the opportunity to visit St Peter’s yet, you will come and share in one of our events. We look forward to welcoming you.

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They also set up new groups and look at initiatives such as health issues, i.e. oral health. Nicky Fuller is a regular visitor to Henfield and she would love to hear from you. We are very grateful that our services are supported by a team of wonderful volunteers, we simply could not do it without them. Our volunteers have helped people like Mildred, who has several health conditions and lives alone. Mildred’s was getting worried about her well-being as she didn’t see many people. Our Home Visiting Service Co-ordinator visited Mildred at home to discuss our service. In April we introduced Mildred to one of our volunteers, Gwen, who now visits regularly. Gwen and Mildred play scrabble together and chat, Mildred looks forward to Gwen’s visits. If you would like to find out more about how Age UK Horsham District could help you or someone you know or how you could help the charity, please contact us on 01403 260560, email or visit

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Brexit is being delivered

So the General Election is now well and truly Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein should check if they and their families need to apply to the behind us and Brexit is being delivered. The end transition date (31 December) remains settlement scheme. unchanged – and now enshrined in law, so any extension is now extremely unlikely. During the transition period, current trading arrangements between the EU and UK will continue. The idea is to give time for a new deal on the future trading and political relationship between the EU and UK to be worked out after the UK leaves on 31 December.

UK companies with their seat in the EU27 - the seat being where management takes place and where its decisions are transformed into the day-to-day activities of the company. Post transition and with no trade deal in place, such UK companies will lose their current right to freedom of establishment.

UK government.

Forward-thinking businesses are strategically evaluating their level of readiness for a no trade deal. We have developed an analysis tool – BX360 – that provides a detailed breakdown of actions needed in the post Brexit era. It dissects customs and tariffs, finance and taxation, legal aspects and contracts, and people implications to help businesses prioritise actions.

Instead, each EU27 member state will apply its own The UK will continue to abide by the EU’s rules and rules on recognising UK-registered companies. be subject to the rulings of EU courts but will have no Limited companies could be treated as partnerships, meaning shareholders will lose the benefit of voice at the EU table. Contrary to popular belief, in the absence of a trade limited liability and become personally liable for the deal come December 2020, the UK will not move to company’s debts. Some might require a cross-border World Trade Organization rules. Instead, different merger into a local limited liability company. Whatever rates of customs duty on imports into the UK from the a business’s restructuring needs, we can readily EU27 and the rest of the world would apply, set by the assist at local country level. Importers should therefore negotiate with suppliers sooner rather than later, as tariffs will be based on the full market value of the goods and services. Importers will be responsible for using the correct commodity codes, so ensure the necessary procedures and controls are in place to ensure errors do not occur, causing delays at ports. Have a contingency plan: allow time to make the necessary adjustments and train staff, and prepare for cash flow interruption. Businesses





Our advice remains the same: be prepared! Explore our Brexit hub for the latest guidance on what to do EU27, and how Moore Kingston Smith can help.

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