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January 2018 #138

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JANUARY 2018 | Contents

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12 News 22


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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Steve Parnell, David Bremner, Matt Chard, Christina Lyon, Nicki Dowd, James Cuthbertson and Paul Samrah. Cover image Henfield Theatre Company’s Anne of Green Gables taken by Ian Henham at Horsted Keynes Railway Station. 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.


Happy New Year! We hope you had a happy and peaceful Christmas from the BN5 area break. At the time of going to print we are just recovering from a very busy Christmas Shopping Evening in the village and the Big BN5 Christmas Draw. We raised in excess of £6,300 (and still counting!) for the Brain Tumour Charity, inspired Local Interest by Olivia Pugh from Hamfelds. “Only in Henfield” Henfield Christmas seems to be turning into a bit of a catchphrase; we are stunned at the generosity of local businesses Shopping Evening who donated prizes worth £4,000 in total, and the generosity of local people who bought books of tickets so fast we struggled to keep up with demand. But it’s not all good news for the High Street, along Charity The Dark Star Foundation with many other rural communities we face 2018 with a huge challenge. Henfield High Street shops work incredibly hard to keep going in the face of spiralling expenses and online competition. Last year we lost Lloyds Bank, with NatWest to follow this June. Aniseed restaurant stands empty, the car Health sales lot is looking forlorn. White Mischief is set to Local therapists give their close in the New Year and sadly our local butcher of tips for a happy 2018 43 years is closing if a buyer is not found. By shopping locally you are supporting our essential village economy - spending just a small proportion of your budget in Henfield will help the shops to thrive. You will enjoy convenience, save Local Interest fuel, get the freshest and best value produce and unique gifts that are just not available elsewhere. Trek for St Barnabas Let it be your New Year’s Resolution for 2018: Shop Henfield!

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What’s on | JANUARY 2018 Go to for Free Snooker complete listings. For the Haven’s Henfield Club, 5–10.30pm programme, go to www.impact(& every Tues) All welcome to play and learn how to play this popular game.

Girls Football Training

Evangelical Free Church Hall, Henfield Computer Club 9–11.30am (& every Tues) Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Come along and have fun with 9.30am-12pm (& every Weds) pre-school play. Help in an informal atmosphere. Action for Deafness Contact 01273 493403. Audiology Centre, Henfield Haven, Toddler Group 10am-12pm (& every Tues) Fulking Village Hall, 10-11.30am Drop-in hearing aid maintenance (& every Weds) service. Play & sing. Suggested donation £1.

St Peter’s Church, 7.45pm (& every Weds) New ringers always welcome, come along or contact 01273 596485.

Tuesday 2 Chatterbox

Steyning 2 Mile Stroll

Steyning Health Centre for start, 11am (& 16th) 2 mile stroll. All welcome, led by trained volunteers.

Wednesday 3

The Book Nook

The Chapel, Fulking, 10am11.30am (& every Weds, also 2nd Sun 2-4pm) Books, CDs, and DVDs.

Kings Field, 6–7pm (every Weds) Sessions open to all primary age girls. Contact Donna 07584 308414.

Bell Ringing

‘Happy Family’

The Barn Theatre, Southwick, BN42 4TE, 7.45–10pm (until 6th) A disturbing play but also disturbingly funny. Presented by the Wick Theatre. For tickets and further information see www.

Chanctonbury Morris Men

St Julian’s Church Hall, Shoreham 8–10pm (every Weds) We welcome new men, whether Henfield Library, 2–4pm (& every Henfield Free Church Hall, 1st Tues) 10.30am–12pm (every 1st Weds) potential Morris dancers or musicians. Contact bagman@ Come along with knitting, Friendly carers group for crocheting, quilting etc. A space information, support and to meet to meet, chat and work together. other carers.

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Carers’ Support Group

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Thursday 4 Rhyme Time

Henfield Parish Council Eco Friendly Tree Disposal Meeting

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Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am Collection Henfield area (& every Thurs) Organised by the BP Guild. Fun with music for pre-schoolers. To arrange collection, email or phone Henfield Unattached 01273 494470. White Hart, 11am (every 1st Thurs) For those who are alone. Call 01273 495820 or just drop-in. The Arts Society Steyning

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Tai Chi for over 60s

Steyning Centre, 10am–12pm (& Maidment Court, 11am–12pm (& every 2nd Mon) every Thurs) Coffee followed by talk by Malcolm Kenwood ‘Fakes and Thursday Club forgery: the art of deception’. Henfield Haven, 11.30am-3.45pm Visitors welcome. (& every Thurs) Spend the day or drop in for an CAMEO activity. See Haven programme Henfield Haven, 10.30am-12pm for full details. Come and meet each other. All welcome. Thursday Circle Henfield Free Church Hall, 2.30–4pm (& ever 1st Thurs) An informal tea.

Small Dole Art

Sobell Court Lounge, Henfield, 2.30-5pm (& every Thurs) All materials provided.

The Arts Society Henfield

Art with a Difference

Small Dole Village Hall, 2– 4pm (& every Mon) Very informal art group, new members most welcome, just turn up.

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7pm

Woodmancote Parish Council Meeting

Pavilion, Blackstone, 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues)

Henfield History Group

Henfield Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every 2nd Tues) Side Saddle Travels in England with Celia Fiennes (1690s). Presented by Janet Pennington.

HART Pub Quiz

The White Hart, 8.30pm (& 23rd) In aid of HART Teams of up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve a table.

Wednesday 10 Knit and Natter

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

Rampion Talk

Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (& every Henfield Hall, 2.30pm 2nd Mon) Anne of Green Gables Foundations of Fashion. Talk by Chris Tomlinson (Development Henfield Hall, 7.30 pm (daily until Kate Strasdin Guests welcome. Manager for Rampion, EON 6th, also 2.30pm on 6th) Climate & Renewables) will talk Henfield Table Tennis about the Offshore Windfarm A Henfield Theatre Co production. at Brighton/Worthing, covering Tickets from Stevens Estate Henfield Free Church Hall, construction, conservation issues 2-3.30pm (& every Mon) Agents. Open to all, £2.50 per session. and its route across country. Call 01273 494352. Steyning History Society Henfield Short Mat Bowls Games after School Saxon Room, Steyning Centre, Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm (& 7.45–9.45pm (& every 2nd Weds) Henfield Library, 3-4.30pm (& every Fri) Ian Everest ‘Shepherds of the every Mon, term-time) Little Fishes Play games and make friends Sussex Downs – their lives and St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (& after school. Call 01273 493587. times’. every Fri) Steyning Camera Club For pre-school children & carers. Upper Beeding Village Hall, Henfield Antiques Fair Henfield Camera Club 7.30pm (& every Mon) Henfield Hall, 7am–12pm Free Church Hall, 7.30pm (alt Fri) Collectables, jewellery and bric a ‘The Art of Bird Photography’. A brac. talk by George McCarthy FRPS. St Peter’s Coffee Morning All welcome. Call 01273 491204 Self Help Club St. Peter’s Church, 10.30– for tickets. See News Item. Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 11.30am (& 2nd Thurs alt 10am-3pm (& every Tues) Steyning Jazz Club A social get together for the months) Steyning Centre, 8.30–11pm (& Fresh coffee & homemade cakes. elderly. Lunch provided. every 1st Fri)

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‘Profoundly Blue’ – A concert Henfield Garden Club celebrating the music of Louisiana Henfield Hall, 7pm born clarinettist Edmond Hall. AGM, followed by presentation by Audrey Dorset on her trip to Malawi entitled ’An inspirational gardener in Malawi’.

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Jazzled Choir

Corpus Christi Church Hall, Henfield 1.30–3.30pm (& 25th) All ages and abilities welcome, especially people with memory loss.

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JANUARY 2018 | What’s on HCP Management Meeting

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Henfield Hall Car Park, 10am2pm (& every 3rd Weds) Charity Bridge Drive Information and support to Warnham Park, 10.30am–3.30pm patients and their families. A bridge drive organised by the Woodmancote & Henfield WI blood cancer charity, Bloodwise. Contact 01403 243492 or Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (& every 3rd Weds) Skittles afternoon.

Committee Room, Henfield Hall, 7pm For further information about the Henfield Community Partnership, see website.

Henfield Wild Violets WI

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am–12pm (& every 2nd Fri) A talk by Louise Pesket ‘Notorious Women of Sussex’.

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St Barnabas Outreach

Thursday 18

Bereavement Support

Henfield Haven Café, 4.15Steyning/Wiston Walk 5.15pm (& every 3rd Thurs) Cricket Pavilion for start, 9am Non-religious group supporting Downland dog walk. 2 miles, 1¼ local people who have lost a loved hours. All welcome, sociable, led one. Contact St Peter’s Church by trained volunteers; no need to Office 01273 495532. book. Friends of St Barnabas

Friends of St Peter’s Brunch

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10.30am–1pm Welcome in the New Year with a scrumptious Brunch. Admission will be by ticket only! Tickets from Village Care or 01273 492294.

Free Church Hall, 7.30pm

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Messy Church

Charlotte Owen of the Wildlife Trust. A brief AGM precedes the talk.

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Family Evening

Henfield Free Church Hall, 6.30–8pm For families with children of all ages. This month’s theme is recycling.

Hurst Village Cinema, ‘Infernal Affairs’ (15)

The Players Theatre, Hurst, 8pm Tickets from Mishon Mackay, Hurstpierpoint High Street, www. or by calling 01273 835875.

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Fulking Village Hall, 4.30-6pm (& every 3rd Fri) Hurst Village Cinema, ‘My Crafts, stories from the Bible and Cousin Rachel’ (12A) a delicious supper. Call Chris The Players Theatre, Hurst, 3pm 01273 857322. Memory Moments Café Tickets from Mishon Mackay, Henfield Free Church Hall, 2-4pm Henfield Camera Club Hurstpierpoint High Street, www. (& 27th) Free Church Hall, 7.30pm (alt Fri) or by calling All welcome, especially those with Third Competition OPEN. Judge 01273 835875. memory loss. Rob DeRuiter ARPS.

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Henfield Conservation Volunteers

Monday 22

Citizens Advice Bureau (Outreach)

Tuesday 30

Cowfold Snowdrop Walk

Cowfold Football Field for start, 10.30am Venue tba, 10am Henfield Medical Centre, 10am– 4¾ mile flat. Dogs allowed on a lead. Sociable, led by trained Contact 01273 494566 for details. 1pm (& every 4th Mon) These sessions are rewarding Drop-in 10-10.30am, booked volunteers. No need to book. with plenty of fresh air, exercise appointments 10.30am-1pm. and good company. Whatever Henfield Parkinson’s Café your ability, you would be most welcome. Meet Author Peter May Henfield Haven Café, 10.30am– Community Sunday Lunch Sussex Produce Café, Steyning, 12pm (& every last Weds) Friendly meeting for people with 7pm Henfield Haven, 12.30pm (& Tickets £30 include delicious 2 Parkinson’s and their carers. every 2nd Sun) Jointly organised by St Peter’s course meal and Peter’s new Organised by Parkinson’s UK. Church and the Haven. Call 01273 thriller. Call 01903 812062 for tickets/info. 494747 to book.

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Dementia Information Session

Henfield Art Club

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7.15– 9.30pm (& every 4th Tues)

Small Dole Tuesday Club

Henfield Haven, 2.30pm (& 30th Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm at 9.30am) (& every 4th Tues) For carers of those suffering with Attracting more wildlife to your dementia. garden, hedgehogs and friends by

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Advance Notice Saturday 3 February Henfield Tennis Club Jumble Sale

The Henfield Hall, 2pm Please bring jumble to the hall from 9.30am on the day or ring 01903 813864 for more information.

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News | JANUARY 2018 NATWEST TO CLOSE At the beginning of December it was announced that the Henfield branch of NatWest has been included in a raft of 259 branch closures. Doors will close on 5th June 2018 meaning that the nearest alternative branch is Shoreham-by-Sea. We received this press release from Sean Palmer at RBS: “Since 2012 we have seen the way in which people use NatWest Henfield branch change dramatically, with 86% of customers already banking in other ways. Transactions in NatWest Henfield branch have reduced by 43% since 2012 with now only 38 customers visiting the branch on a weekly basis. 61% of customers are now choosing to bank digitally with us on a regular basis instead. “We are communicating with those affected by the closure and proactively contacting vulnerable customers and regular branch users. We have extended the time between announcing our decision and the branch closure to six months; so that we can ensure our customers have enough time to consider the right banking options for them and to give us time to support them during the transition. “We provide a range of alternative ways to bank. These include online and mobile banking, telephone banking, video banking and ATMs. We have a

national agreement with the Post Office to provide our customers with a range of banking services. “We are introducing a mobile branch service to the community and we will update our customers and the local community with a new timetable in due course. Serving in the community and surrounding areas after the branch closure, Community Bankers will provide our customers with personal assistance in accessing the right banking options for their needs. They will be able to work flexibly to support customers, including holding customer appointments in community locations and at customer homes where necessary. Our experts can offer training and support with digital skills; they will serve the branch until it closes and work in addition to our branch staff.” Henfield Post Office offers basic banking transactions for NatWest as well as most High Street and online banks. These include cash withdrawals and deposits, balances and cheque deposits. For cash and cheque deposits, customers will need to complete a paying in slip and they should order a paying in book through NatWest in advance. Many thanks to Gail Way from Henfield Post Office for the up to date information. We will publish details of the Mobile Branch Service when we receive further notification. Editor

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The months of October and November were particularly busy for the Steering Group and Focus Groups who have been working very hard on the Neighbourhood plan. Whilst following a similar programme from the first plan, we are making sure the evidence base is sound, much in line with the process of our Local, (District) plan. Thank you for coming in such large numbers to the Open Events we held in the Henfield Hall on the 4th and 8th of November and for the written comments you made which have helped inform the Focus Group draft reports. The two Site Presentation meetings on the 14th and 28th of November were also well attended and dealt with the 31 sites that arose from the Call for Sites notice. Work has already started on the site assessment and we are being helped on this very important task by our planning consultant, Claire Tester, from Action in Rural Sussex (AiRS). Work has also been carried out involving young people and thanks is due to the Youth Club for their help. Further survey work has been undertaken with the Business Community. Work has started on our Scoping report for the Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment, being carried out by Horsham District Council. We will be holding a Planning Workshop later in January with statutory consultees such as English Heritage, the Environment Agency, Southern Water and others. There will be the opportunity for you to have further input into the process when we have assessed the potential development sites. This will be by attending an Open Day event where you will be able to see the sites we think most appropriate for the communities needs and be able to have your say. Our Housing Needs Assessment, now available via local websites, will be instrumental in the decisions we make on your behalf. The community will have further opportunity to influence the plan when the draft plan is subjected to our Pre-Submission Consultation over a six-week period, hopefully some time towards the end of next summer. Ray Osgood. Chairman Henfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

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JEREMY’S 2 OPENS FOR BUSINESS Jeremy and Claire Shotter opened their latest venture, Jeremy’s 2, on Saturday 2nd December, sister shop to the very successful Jeremy’s in Henfield. The shop is situated at the fully refurbished former Union Jack Farm Shop in Cowfold, just 15 minutes from Henfield on the A281. Jeremy’s 2 has an expanded product range, including patisserie bread, cakes and croissants, cold meats and deli products, cheeses and dairy, wines, beers and a full range of farm shop goods. The Jeremy’s butchery will be opening in February next year, watch this space! We wish Jeremy and Claire the best of luck in their new venture. Editor

FRIENDS OF ST. PETER’S HENFIELD - NEW YEAR BRUNCH Welcome in the New Year at The Friends’ Brunch to be held on Saturday 13th January from 10.30am to 1pm in the Henfield Hall. (Food will be served up to 12.30pm). Tickets cost £10 per person which includes a glass of Bucks Fizz and are available from the Ticketline on 01273 492294 or Village Care from early January. Book early for this popular event as numbers are limited and admission will be by ticket only. Diana Halsey

SUSSEX COACHES 17 (SUNDAYS): HORSHAM-HENFIELD-BRIGHTON From January there will be a change to the Sussex Coaches 17 Sunday bus service and it will be reduced to three return journeys only. The Monday to Saturday service operated by Stagecoach continues unchanged. Full timetables for this revised service should be available soon, but in the meantime if you have any queries please visit www. for timetabling information. Andy Warton, West Sussex County Council

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The Anne of Green Gables story, written and set in Canada and so loved around the world, is coming to the Henfield stage in early January. If you don’t already have your tickets, you’ll need to hurry because this show is sure to be a big hit. The lovely music, reminiscent of Rogers and Hammerstein, compliments perfectly the show’s enchanting storyline. The BN5 cover this month features Ellie Rayward, who plays Anne. This will be her first leading role on the Henfield stage but even at her tender age she is an old hand, having been in a number of high profile productions. In the past few months she has played Penny in Honk with the National Youth Music Theatre, accompanied the musical theatre group, Collabro, on the London Palladium stage and been cast to play Cosette in Les Misérables at the Capitol in Horsham. Furthermore, the orchestra is sure to be a joy to listen to. The eight professional and semiprofessional musicians, led by Jane Haines, will portray for us the beautiful musical score that is such a key part of the show. The production, sponsored by Setfords Solicitors, is at The Henfield Hall from Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th January 2018, at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. The box office is at Stevens, Henfield High Street (phone: 01273 492141) and on line at Tickets are priced from £7.50 to £13. Martin Love

The Henfield Haven’s second anniversary concert, recreating Elvis’s 1969 Las Vegas concert, raised an estimated £3,750 for the Haven. In addition to thanking Tim Anscombe, Stephen Holroyd, their team from Anscombe Production Associates and the performers for bringing this professional show to Henfield, we have to thank all the local volunteers who made it possible. Henfield Theatre Company provided the front of house team led by Di Fuell with Janet Oswald, Ken & Jane Jones and Jane Haines. HTC members Ian Henham and Trevor Hodgson also helped with the stage set up, along with board members of Henfield’s Community Interest Company (HSECIC). Haven manager Lorette Mackie’s hardworking team at the Hot Rod Café included Emma, Alex, Sylvie, Esther and Moira. They delivered an unending supply of hot dogs and drinks from the busy kitchen. All the ingredients were sourced from local, independent suppliers. Promoter Digby Stephenson paid tribute to everyone who had given so much to produce the show for supporting the Henfield Haven “It takes a great deal of talent and hard work to bring Elvis to town. Henfield has what it takes!” Digby Stephenson

RAMPION WINDFARM PRESENTATION Taking place at the Henfield Hall on Wednesday 10th January at 2.30pm there will be a presentation by Chris Tomlinson (Development Manager for Rampion, EON Climate & Renewables). The talk, organised by The Henfield Hub, will cover all aspects of the Offshore Windfarm at Brighton/ Worthing, including construction, conservation issues and its route across country. Chris Tomlinson has given many interviews and talks about the Rampion Windfarm over the years and feedback suggests that they are worth attending. “An informative and entertaining talk which allays many ecological fears while demonstrating the difficulties encountered in building an offshore windfarm.” Barry Chaston. Entrance is free and refreshments will be provided on arrival. The presentation will commence at 3pm, followed by time for questions. This is a good opportunity to find out more about the Rampion Windfarm and we hope you will all come along and give this informative and interesting presentation your full support. Pamela Chaston 1 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

HENFIELD ARTHRITIS FUNDRAISERS A big Thank You to all our supporters at the ‘Turkey and Tipple’ which raised £569.50 and our stall at the Charities Fair which raised £163.59 enabling us to send £733.09 to the charity Arthritis Action. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new to our Special Afternoon Tea on Sunday 18th February in the Henfield Hall Garden Room 3-5pm. Tickets £9. Due to restricted space, it is advisable to book a place for this extremely popular event. Tickets will be available from committee members towards to end of January. To reserve a ticket call 01273 494335. Maureen Dexter For more news go to...

JANUARY 2018 | News and books, both in this country and abroad. In addition to ‘The Art of Bird Photography’, George offers a variety of other lectures, including his Road Trip, conducted over 12 months in the USA, and Wildlife Photography in Florida. George also runs a number of small workshops on photographing bluebells, orchids, butterflies, dragonflies, British reptiles, fungi and deer in rut. He has also published an acclaimed book, ‘The Wild Mushroom’, signed copies of which will be available on the evening. Henfield Camera Club extends a warm welcome to all those who would HART GETS £500 - TWICE! like to attend. HART is so lucky to be supported by shops, pubs, John Harford businesses and private individuals, but 2 recent donators don’t fit any of these descriptions. SAVE THE DATE - SILENT AUCTION Shermanbury Parish Council generously donated On 23rd March 2018 there will be a Silent Auction £500 to HART at a recent SPC meeting. The in The Henfield Hall. All profits will be shared room was cold, but HART received a very warm equally between The Henfield Hall and The welcome from all members of SPC and their Henfield Haven. Secretary Dawn Langton who kindly arranged the From 7pm-9pm, there will be a hot supper available presentation. throughout the evening (included in ticket price of Members of the North West Sussex Seagulls £10). We hope that you will come along to support committee, also handed over a cheque to HART our two special Henfield worthy causes. Perhaps at one of HART’s regular meetings at The Haven. you would like to donate any unwanted Christmas NWSS are a non-profit organisation who arrange presents? Please contact Lyn Sheppard on 01273 transport from the north of our lovely county to the 491935. south coast, for the supporters of a football club Pamela Chaston whose name escapes me! Martin Tooth

HENFIELD CAMERA CLUB On Friday 5th January 2018, Henfield Camera Club will be hosting a talk by the well-known local photographer, George McCarthy. The talk, ‘How to Photograph Birds’ will take place in the Evangelical Free Church Hall in Henfield High Street at 7.30 pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at £5 to non-members and are expected to be eagerly sought after. Tickets may be purchased by ringing 01273 491204. George McCarthy has a long-established reputation as a nature and wildlife photographer and is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. His photographs regularly appear in leading magazines

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DAVID SAYERS INVESTITURE Congratulations to David Sayers who has received the honour of the British Empire Medal. David was invested at The Henfield Evangelical Free Church on 5th December, by Her Majesty the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper. During the ceremony, attended by family, friends and representatives of the Evangelical Church and Henfield Parish Council, the Lord Lieutenant explained the importance of the BEM. David was awarded the medal for services to the Church and to the Henfield community. He has worked tirelessly as a volunteer, as organist at the Church for 63 years, Deacon for 55 years, as well as running the bookshop and tea shop. He was Henfield’s village litter warden for 22 years and in his 85th year still plays piano to entertain residents at Red Oaks and Upper Meads care homes. David celebrated after the ceremony with a tea party in the Church hall, and heard speeches and tributes from his family, from Pastor Rob Harris and Henfield Parish Council chairman Malcolm Eastwood. Congratulations David on your well-deserved honour. More photographs of the event appear on Editor

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In 2017 £5,412.10 was raised during the two weeks of Remembrance by way of donations for a poppy in Henfield, Small Dole and Shermanbury, an increase of £280,06 on the previous year. The total raised in the Henfield District for the Poppy Appeal for the year ending the 30th September 2017 totalled £7,716.30. The additional monies came from the Church collections at the Remembrance Services at Henfield and Shermanbury, sale of wreaths to local organisations, donations and our Coffee Morning in October which raised £288.05. I am most grateful to all those people who have helped me during the year. The Collectors who go house to house, those who stand in the High Street, the shops and business who have poppy boxes on their counters and my helpers at the Coffee Morning. A particular big thank you to Christine Parkes who helps with the distribution of poppies and to Jean and Gerald Cranford who assisted in the mammoth task of counting the monies in the tins. Without the help of all these people none of this would have been possible. I am always looking for people to collect from house to house particularly on the new estates. If you feel that you could spare a few hours next year please contact me on 01273 492134. Mike Morgan

THE DAME ELIZABETH GRESHAM CHARITY AND THE PISTOLOWE FIELD, GRINSTEAD LANE Dame Elizabeth Gresham (1590 – 1664) was a member of the well-known Bysshopp family by birth. In 1661, she founded a charity for the poor of Henfield Parish. She left land in trust, the profits from which were to pay for a sermon to be preached in Henfield Parish Church on each Allhallows Day (1st November) and for woollen flannel to be given to poor inhabitants, so that they could have warm clothes.

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JANUARY 2018 | News Over 350 years later, the Trust still owns two fields, one at the south-western end of New Barn Lane, known as the ‘Flannel Field’ - and the other (the ‘Pistolowe Field’) towards the south-western end of Grinstead Lane. The annual service is still held in the Parham Chapel each 1st November, but social changes have dictated that assistance to needy parishioners is now distributed by means of donations to other organisations within the village. Some readers may be aware, and possibly concerned, that changes are taking place at the Pistolowe Field. For several years this has had to be allowed to revert to nature, because the Trustees did not have sufficient funds to fence and maintain it. This has meant that members of the public have been able to gain access to the field, although there is, in fact, no designated footpath across it. However, new tenants have now undertaken to do the necessary work to return it to grazing, which will eventually allow the Trust to derive a higher income from this field. The Trustees hope that readers will now understand why the land has been cleared and fenced off. Jane Jones, Hon. Sec.

HENFIELD PARISH COUNCIL SIGNS Throughout the year Henfield Parish Council receives requests from groups and clubs wanting to advertise their events by putting up boards along the three main roads leading into Henfield. Putting boards alongside the highway is not usually allowed by West Sussex County Council Highways Department, but many years ago Henfield PC negotiated a concession from the Highways Department to allow up to two boards at a time. This concession applies only to groups, clubs and other organisations that support activities in Henfield, not to commercial concerns. Signs go along verges running alongside the A281 north of Wantley Roundabout; A2037 (Shoreham Road) south of Barrow Hill; and the A281 (Brighton Road) alongside Henfield Common, all facing traffic entering the village centre. Signs should be simple and clear and not distract

drivers; they should contain no metal elements and be placed at least 1m from the road edge; they should be put up and removed promptly on the dates agreed with the Parish Council. If any signs contravene these simple rules the Parish Council retains the right to remove them and hold them for collection at the Parish Council office. Placing such signs is becoming more and more popular, and Henfield Parish Council runs a booking record for groups wanting to advertise in this way. Please call or email the office (01273 492507, e: if you wish to book a place for your advertisement. Currently there is no charge. Please note that West Sussex Highways may remove this concession at any time if they feel the rules are being ignored. Kevin Wright, Clerk

HENFIELD GARDENS AND ARTS FESTIVAL NEEDS YOUR GARDENS This village event will be taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June and although the diary date is a long way off we are collating our list of venues now. If you would like to take part please go to and complete a Private Garden application form. If you are a larger venue please complete the Community venue application. As well as gardens, we also need artists and musicians and information about how to apply to be given a space in a venue or garden can also be found on the website. The closing date for garden and community venues is Sunday 18th February which is earlier than in past years so make a note to do it soon. Paper copies of applications can be made too and to get the necessary information please ring Elizabeth Taylor on 01273 491725. The Festival is entirely funded by sponsorship, fees and commission payments. Every year our costs rise and we are always keen to hear from local businesses who would be happy to sponsor us. All the necessary information about the event, it’s aims and the contact details are on our website. Suzanne Fisher

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News | JANUARY 2018 PETER MAY AUTHOR SUPPER On Tuesday 23rd January 2018, The Steyning Bookshop will be kicking off the New Year with an author supper at the Sussex Produce Cafe, starring best-selling thriller writer Peter May, in conversation with fellow novelist William Shaw. Peter May is the bestselling author of more than 24 novels, including the internationally acclaimed Lewis Trilogy of thrillers set in the Outer Hebrides, which have sold more than a million copies in the UK alone. He will be celebrating the release of his new thriller ‘I’ll Keep You Safe’. This is a truly gripping story which spans Europe following grieving widow Niamh, who is reeling from the death of her husband in a car bomb. She is under suspicion from the police as she is drawn into the shadowy web of her husband’s killer. Peter will share stories from his fascinating background research for the novel, which saw him investigate forensics, the Dark Web, and the world of Harris tweeds.

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PEDAL FOR HENFIELD! On 16th & 17th March 2018 eight intrepid cyclists will be cycling from Paris to Henfield to raise much needed funds for Henfield Leisure Centre and Henfield Haven, two fantastic local charities. The team is a group of friends and Leisure Centre spin class members; Tracey Prescott, Adrian Hillman, Sammy Bremner, Thomas Kemp, Doug Campbell, Rob and Claire Proud and Bek Seager. Many of them have already undertaken fundraising challenges to raise money for HLC and cancer charities. Henfield Leisure Centre is a registered charity with running costs of approximately £450,000 a year. The team plan to raise enough money to purchase new spin bikes. Henfield Haven is the other fantastic local charity chosen to be a beneficiary. The Haven has become a lifeline to many people in the village since it launched two years ago, as a day centre and support for carers and those with dementia, as a drop in for fantastic courses and events, or just as a welcoming community coffee shop. Doug Campbell, said; “Taking on the Paris to Henfield bike ride is a bit of a personal challenge, I have had four major knee operations since 2013. Our motivation is to fundraise for these two Henfield charities, it’ll be a team effort to get to the finish line.” Both Tracey and Adrian are committee members at HLC and can see the uphill struggle to keep the place running. Adrian said; “Sharky’s has been extremely successful but we need to keep fundraising. We are looking for business sponsors for the challenge, all the cyclists are paying their own costs so any extra sponsorship goes straight to the charities.” During the bike ride weekend, there will be a continuous ‘spinathon’ taking place at Henfield Leisure Centre to help add to the fundraising total, with eight continuous spin classes taking place, back to back. If you’d like to get involved or create a relay spin team of your own, please contact Sammy Bremner at Henfield Leisure Centre. You can donate at Henfield Leisure Centre or at The Haven, see February BN5 for Just Giving details. Editor

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Following the closure of Woodmancote Parish Hall, the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men have a new base in Shoreham for this winter’s practice. John the Bagman said; “this makes it a great time for any man to come along and see what ‘Morris’ is all about. We are teaching new men all through the winter months, come along and give it a try.” There is a renewal of interest in Morris Dancing and new men are taking it up, mostly aged 30-40 and the middle aged who appreciate that some of the English traditions are at risk. John suggests that you “leave the stresses of everyday living, come and enjoy yourself, get new mates, learn an ancient English tradition, get to see a lot of new places and drink the odd pint or two with us at local hostelries”. From October, through to April the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men practise every Wednesday from 8–10pm, at St Julian’s Hall, Rectory Road, Shoreham, BN43 6EL. With Christmas out of the way, there are still a few months to come and watch, and learn just one or two dances. In the summer, we are out and about dancing (and drinking) throughout Sussex and sometimes further afield at weekends. www. Clive Funnell

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ALAN WOODWARD BUTCHERS TO CLOSE AFTER 43 YEARS Alan Woodward will be hanging up his striped apron and closing his Henfield shop at the end of January. It’s sad to think that the shining glass refrigerators filled with ordered rows of perfectly butchered ribs of beef, lamb chops, poultry and sides of bacon will soon be a thing of the past. When Alan closes his doors for the last time on 27th January it will be the end of an era. He has thought long and hard about the future of the shop he has so lovingly nurtured, and he will be the first to admit that if a buyer had come forward then the Woodward’s tradition would be continuing today; in fact, he still has hopes for an eleventh hour reprieve. But scaffolding surrounds the building and with major renovation and plans for residential development, this means that Alan loses his cold storage, without which he can’t continue so notice has been served. Alan said: “Unfortunately this will mean that Scotch farm assured beef, lamb, pork and Scotch wild venison will not be available in this area, it will also mean that none of the product recipes (sausages, burgers, black pudding etc) will be available as they are my intellectual property and are only available by licence, which none have been issued.” He went on: I am sorry that no one has taken on manufacturing production of our National and International award-winning sausages.” Alan comes from a grand tradition of butchers. His grandfather owned a shop in Edward Street, Brighton where his father, William was raised helping behind the counter. An old picture dated around 1920 (above) features Alan’s father, aged 13, amongst the butchers and their produce. Alan can recall skinning rabbits and trimming pork bones to make off-ration sausages when he

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ith beautifully festive shop windows, twinkling lights and Christmas carols, Henfield High Street pulled-out all the stops to make sure the 2017 Christmas Shopping Evening was a truly magical event! Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without tradition and there was plenty of that on the night. The BP Guild had Santa’s sleigh on display whilst the man himself made himself comfortable in his Youth Club grotto and handed out gifts. The ever popular High Street Sheep Trail made a return as did the children’s funfair. But new traditions were also started - the gorgeous Christmas Tree Festival at the Evangelical Free Church was a massive sparkling success! Festive nibbles and warming drinks were in plentiful supply as the High Street shops opened their doors and welcomed shoppers in from the cold to browse their special offers and seasonal gifts. And there was plenty of food and drink on 2 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

offer from the High Street hostelries, café’s and pop-up street food vendors. And of course, not forgetting the Big BN5 Christmas Draw! We were kept busy all evening selling the last remaining raffle tickets and then holding the draw itself, as well as a lively auction later on in the White Hart. We don’t have the final total at the time of going to print with collection boxes still to count, but we have raised at least £6,300 for the Brain Tumour Charity through the tremendous generosity of local businesses and residents. More to follow next month. The Henfield Christmas Evening is one of many village events organised by the Henfield Community Partnership together with the Henfield Parish Council, the Henfield Traders Association and BN5 Magazine - all working together to celebrate and promote our brilliant High Street. Thank you for coming everyone! Sarah Butler For more news go to...

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artridge Green based Brewer, Dark Star, who launched their Foundation back in 2012 to assist charities and fund local community projects, have re-opened funding applications for 2018. In previous years, The Dark Star Foundation has supported charities such as The Dame Vera Lynn Trust, Age UK Horsham and The Cowfold Horticultural Society. Dark Star MD, James Cuthbertson, commented: “We aim to support charities and help community projects with funds raised through the year, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to do so much in the past five years.”

Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity is dedicated to supporting families with children under 5 years old with cerebral palsy and other motor learning difficulties. The charity was created to give very special children a place where they can learn and thrive in a warm, supportive setting that understands their unique journey. Parents and children learn together using the principles of Conductive Education. The aim is to educate and help children to develop physically, socially and emotionally to give them the independence they can achieve later in life. “We were delighted that Dark Star Foundation were able to support our work with very young children with cerebral palsy by funding a session of specialist early intervention. Small Charities 2 6 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

Dark Star Brewing Co. raise funds for their Foundation through brewery tours, their annual beer and music event Hopfest, and collection pots in pubs. James added: “It’s been a great privilege to chair the Foundation for the past few years supported by our board made-up of local people and friends of the brewery. Now we’re looking for entries from worthy causes, including those involved in projects to help improve the community.” Some of those who have benefitted:

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In late 2015 Cowfold Horticultural Society were faced with the daunting task of finding sponsorship to finance the hiring of a very large marquee in which to display our annual 2016 Summer Show. Fortunately, Dark Star Foundation came to our rescue. Their article, in Thirteen8 magazine, encouraging applications from local organisations was seen and our request very generously granted in full. Being on Cowfold Fairfield as part of Cowfold Festival allows us to really showcase the amazing range of talents of those entering the many and varied classes. The Summer Show has kept its traditional flower and vegetable, flower arranging and industrial (cakes, bakes and jam) classes together with various crafts and a growing photography section. The children’s classes are a joy to see. The Summer Show is open not just to CHS members, but to all villagers and visiting exhibitors of all ages. Our ultimate aim is to attract new active members to keep Cowfold Horticultural Society in good order for the village in future years. To that end we sought to reinvigorate our efforts this last year. We held our first Family Scarecrow Competition, had Pete the Pond tell us of the importance of

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In March and September 2017, thanks to the support of The Dark Star Foundation by providing grant funding, the team at local, independent charity Age UK Horsham District were able to once again put on their key fundraising event. Their Strictly Vintage dance events have become wellloved in the community and are now embedded in the Horsham events calendar. These events not only raise money for their vital services and raise their profile within the local community they also meet other key aims of

Wildlife Ponds to the environment and held an open evening at St. Peters Church with a Moths and Bats talk by a Sussex Wildlife Trust speaker, who gave children bat detectors and led them like a pied piper around the churchyard, as dusk brought out the moths and bats. We are now working on our 2018 programme - visit our website Marie Hall, Cowfold Horticultural Society

the charity, which are to reduce social isolation and loneliness, and improve health and wellbeing among those over 50 in Horsham District. By providing a social event that anyone can get involved in, we offer the opportunity for local people to engage with others, encouraging social interaction and active participation through the enjoyment of live music and dancing. Funding from The Dark Star Foundation enables them to cover a significant proportion of the costs for putting on such events, like the venue and band. All money raised through the events stays within Horsham District and goes towards funding the core services the team of staff and volunteers at Age UK Horsham District provide to reduce loneliness, isolation and poverty in our communities. They work to ensure that all older people have the opportunity to live well in their later years and it is thanks to the generosity and support of funders like Dark Star that they can continue to be there for anyone that needs them. Julie Branson, Age UK Horsham

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is to make simple and achievable step changes to improving our happiness and wellbeing and importantly, not beating yourself up when things don’t go quite to plan. We’ve asked some of our local health, wellbeing and fitness experts to share with us their top tips for becoming happier and healthier this year – it’s inspiring and there’s something for everyone! Sarah Butler

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Hear to Listen 1 Stop comparing yourself to others – it’s demoralizing and it doesn’t help

on them. This can have a positive effect on those close to you as well.

Do something – for Counsellor in Henfield Nicki Dowd,achievable Registered Q: How do you relax?

2 example, don’t beat yourself up for

A: I work most evenings so when I’ve finished, get into my dressingwill be pumping andto your blood will gowndrained and watch easyyour TV where haven’t got to have from skin Iand gone on your a demanding absolute For every negative thought you have toconcentrate power up musclesplotforis that heaven! think of at least two positives – it’s fight or flight. Our body does all of a start to increasing your mental this automatically, and it demonstrates Q: What is your favourite local walk and why? wellbeing how physiology is triggered A: Upour on the Lidds in Henfield is my favouriteby walk. our emotions which impacts on our Happy days, happy memories. Q: How can Hear to Listen help with wellbeing?thoughts and behaviours, highlighting Q: above What inspired you toconnections. work in mental health? mentioned A: Many people struggle with all sorts of differentthe Overwhelming isthere a word that I A: aIt’stherapist a long story but I just love a it! warm Being able things in life and think is nothing they can As I offer clients hear daily. Sometimes people are to sometimes start with somebody so broken or do about it. Working with a therapist can improve genuine empathy and lack of judgement referring to emotional work, well stress, you mental and being their and help trapped in emotional turmoil and support them allows them to really their own emotions, responsibility foryouthat through a transformation to explore health isn’t always you come to terms with things that maybe emotions and behaviours family whether beyour young or own easybeliefs, but it is always a real privilege. can’t change but you they can alter perspective old, the kindness of others, the in that all-important confidential, list can be endless. I think that, safe space. Together we reflect from time to time, all of us can accurately on each component and the get a sense of being overwhelmed connections that might be contributing and for some this can easily spiral to the sense of feeling overwhelmed. into something that feels totally Collaboratively we can map out this unmanageable. Getting a balance process and begin to look at ways to between work, home, family and bring about change. For each individual leisure can be tricky and it is important to acknowledge that this will be different. Some people find this equilibrium is not the same for it very easy to wear their heart on their everybody. We are all unique and sleeve. They are comfortable showing we all have different ideas of what and sharing their emotions. For others is right and part of my role as a they meet the world from a cognitive therapist is to sit with clients and place. They are perhaps more reserved explore what unique life balance is with their feelings, but for each unique right for them. person there will be a part where Often people compare themselves to change will be less scary and more others and form an idea that, in order comfortable. Because of the connection to gain approval, they must achieve and communication between beliefs, and do well; if they don’t they can emotions and behaviours, introducing believe they are worthless. This can change in one area naturally impacts lead to distorted negative views of on the others and the sense of being themselves, which in turn can lead to overwhelmed diminishes.


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aware and listen to your body – 1 Be everyone works, takes part in various

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Talk! Chat to a friend, neighbour or someone through the village. It’s a great way to relax, laugh and to connect with others around you

Q: How can Christina Lyon Sports Massage & Remedial Therapy help with wellbeing? A: The primary reason for sports massage therapy is usually to support the reduction of tension and stress which accumulates in the body’s soft tissues through every day repetitive activities. The enhanced blood circulation helps to relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and make for a

faster recovery. It means that massage can help pain relief, build muscles and encourage their recovery as well. Not only does massage feel good on the muscle tissues, it is good for them. Q: How do you relax? A: I love spending time with my family, we’re all active and spend our time out walking, cycling and running. I’m a keen runner so split my time between running around the muddy fields of Henfield and working out in the gym. But there’s always time to catch up with friends over a glass of wine. Q: What is your favourite local walk and why? A: The Downs Link as its right behind my house! It’s perfect for a running toddler and there’s plenty of people and dogs to say ‘hello’ to. Q: What inspired you to work in massage? A: I damaged my knee playing netball nine years ago and after two years of physiotherapy and an operation, I needed something to help relax the muscles and keep me running pain free. I found a wonderful therapist who not only treated me but gave me useful advice. I became interested in the techniques that were used and I wanted to know more - the human body is amazing!


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walking - it’s good for your 1 Keep physical, mental and social health time out with loved ones to 2 Take throw stones into the middle of the pond

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Q: How do you relax? A: Switching off is not easy when you run your own business, however a trip to the coast and a swim in the briny or a good walk over the South Downs (whatever the weather) can lower the blood pressure and help one take stock!

Q: What is your favourite local walk and why? A: I like to get up the Dyke on the South Downs and take in a circular walk that covers four steep hills to Q: How can DB Foot Clinic help with wellbeing? get the heart working. The walk is approximately A: Good foot health is the key to our general 3.5 miles and takes in some fabulous ‘rolling’ mobility, our independence and our ability to Sussex countryside. participate in social and sporting activities. The foot acts as a secondary pump and with each Q: What inspired you to work in foot health? step we take, the muscles of the foot and leg A: After a career in the hotel and travel industry, help to keep the circulation flowing. Walking is the need to do something different coupled with so important for our physical, mental and social an interest in health generally and a desire to make wellbeing - there is some research that suggests a difference in people’s lives, lead me to re-train walking can help to prevent cancer, whilst other as a podiatrist. On a daily basis my team and I are studies indicate that walking can have a positive inspired by a really fantastic group of individuals impact on depression and anxiety as well as who provide all the motivation we need to keep helping to prevent Alzheimer’s. them walking, running and dancing!

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Q: How do you relax? A: I always switch off and have a clearer mind after exercising. This could be running, rowing, doing a workout or some weights. This makes watching a Start a new activity - aim for at least mini series or film while enjoying a coffee with my 30 minutes activity a day to elevate wife even better. the heart rate and keep good cardiac Q: What is your favourite local walk and why? health, for example brisk walking, A: The Downs Link! having it on our doorsteps is cycling, fitness classes, running or such a privilege. You can really see the country swimming and fall in love again with our surroundings. It’s also a great change to pick berries and see locals Just watch what you eat Monday to who also take to the Downs Link with a cycle, run Friday - a good varied diet of proteins, or walk. low sugar, carbohydrates and Q: What inspired you to work in fitness? vegetables, then enjoy the weekend A: Being in the fitness industry is just me. I love with a couple of treats you have been to train and coach, plus making people fitter and thinking about during the week healthier is so rewarding because anyone can exercise - its just finding the right way of doing it. I’ve done it for so many years now that finding Q: How can Get Fit help with wellbeing? someone who doesn’t think they can do it, and A: Getting fit is so important to your body it’s helping them to do it makes me happy. This is untrue! It helps in so many ways; a clearer mind, why I got into the industry because helping people improved energy levels, better sleep and a better achieve things they couldn’t before is one of the body for easier living. most rewarding things in life.



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he Chancellor was under pressure as he stepped up to the despatch box, needing to deliver a Budget that appeased sceptical colleagues, voters and the business community. He certainly made plenty of promises – to meet challenges head on, to help families with the cost of living, to create a prosperous and inclusive economy, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to shine, and to make the dream of home ownership a reality.

Personal Allowances - From April 2018 the tax free Personal Allowance will increase to £11,850 (from £11,500) and the higher rate threshold to £46,350 (from £45,000). Any extension to tax free allowances is always welcome and this will be pleasing for many lower earners and low income families. Providing an extension to the basic rate band to allow individuals to receive annual income of up to £46,350 before higher rate tax is suffered should keep many more tax payers outside of 40% tax. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) - The Individual Savings Account (ISA) subscription limit is frozen at £20,000 for 2018/19 but the subscription limit for Junior ISAs and Child Trust Funds will be increased to £4,260. Capital Gains Exemption - The annual Capital Gains Tax exemption limit for individuals will increase to £11,700 for 2018/19 (currently £11,300). Mileage rates for landlords - The Chancellor announced that he will introduce legislation to give private landlords the ability to claim a fixed rate tax deduction for business-related journeys. This will be as an alternative to claims for Capital Allowances on the cost of vehicles, and deductions for actual expenses such as fuel.

First-time buyers will be happy with a reduction in Stamp Duty Land Tax and other younger voters will like the promise of reduced train fares for longer. The older generation who were expecting to foot the bill to fund giveaways to the younger generation will be pleased that there were no specific measures to rebalance wealth as feared, and no changes to pensions. The continued focus on fiscal responsibility, combined with newly announced targeted investment, will also have allayed various fears around the country even though growth forecasts have been downgraded in anticipation of the impact of Brexit. Many of the announcements will be considered ‘tweaks’, but one notable exception concerns the government’s plan to bring non-UK resident individuals and companies within the scope of UK tax VAT Registration and De-registration on future gains made on all UK property, which was Limits - From 1 April 2018 until 31 March 2020, the the surprise announcement of the Budget. VAT registration threshold, above which businesses So, on to the key points: are required to be VAT-registered, will remain at The de-registration threshold will remain SDLT relief for first-time buyers - Bowing £85,000. at £83,000, and the government will consult on the to pressure, the Chancellor announced an exemption minor details relating to the thresholds. from SDLT for first-time buyers. No SDLT will be payable on properties priced up to £300,000, with a reduction Businesses that are close to the limit but not VATin rates for properties costing between £300,000 and registered should monitor their sales on a rolling £500,000. Above £500,000, the calculation of SDLT 12 monthly basis, so that when they are liable to will revert to current rules on the entire consideration. be registered they apply on time and do not incur unnecessary penalties. The fact that the threshold is This will be welcomed, and is worth £5,000 to qualifying not to be reduced will be welcomed by many smaller first-time buyers. The sting in the tail however is the businesses, who would not have appreciated the £500,000 limit after which SDLT calculation reverts to additional administration that would have been the current system – for a qualifying property priced at involved. £500,001 the £5,000 saving is fully and immediately lost. Corporate & Business Tax - As far as radical - ATED, which is payable by companies owning UK measures are concerned, there was relatively little in the residential property, will increase by 3% from 1 April Chancellor’s announcements in relation to corporate and 2018. business taxation. There was however the – now to be SDLT payment window shortened - From expected – plethora of targeted anti-avoidance measures, 1 March 2019, SDLT will need to be paid within 14 and some changes designed to increase the Corporation days of transaction completion (presently 30 days). Tax base. The headline rate of Corporation Tax will be maintained at its current, historically low, level.

Corporate chargeable gains - The Finance Bill will include a number of measures targeting Corporation Tax on chargeable gains including the removal of Capital Gains indexation allowance from 1 January 2018. Unlike individuals and Trustees, a company that disposes of a capital asset giving rise to a chargeable gain is entitled to claim Indexation Allowance based on the increase in the RPI from the date of acquisition to the date of sale. For disposals from 1 January 2018, the allowance will be based on the RPI for December 2017, with no future increases being taken into account - meaning that the tax liabilities of companies will increase in the future. Companies owning properties, which are surplus to requirements, will be assessing their total investment returns (net of tax) and reviewing their investment strategies. This measure might release properties into the market, triggering opportunities for investors with funds. The next Budget won’t be until November – assuming the Government doesn’t change in the meantime… Paul Samrah For further advice on this or other business issues contact Paul Samrah on: 01737 781546 or Email

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