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Winter wonder at Rushfields

Care for our wildlife in Winter

To ensure that our wild birds are looked after, our Plant Centre has a large selection of nesting boxes, bird feeders, fat balls and nuts. And of course, we stock all you’ll need to keep your garden looking at its best – including new season plants, bulbs and compost.

Wide range of heaters and logs

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Our Farm Shop offers a tempting array of locally-sourced foods, including our award-winning sausages, Sussex cheeses, fresh chicken, beef and pork and home-made pies and pastries. What’s more,we offer a wide range of seasonal vegetables, artisan bread, cheeses and Sussex ales and wine.

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Breakfast, lunch and hot snacks in our Café and heated Gazebo

Our Café is open for limited numbers serving home-made breakfast, lunch and hot drinks. Or why not dine alfresco in our new heated Gazebo?


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JANUARY 2021 | Contents

10 News 20 Countryside 24 Local interest 30 Charity 34 Local interest 39 Recycle 42 Entertainment

from the BN5 area

Enjoy a Winter Wildlife Walk!

The new look Henfield Hall

Editor’s Letter

We’re wishing you all a heartfelt Happy New Year, and I don’t think I’ve ever meant it so sincerely as this year! 2020 has been tough and despite promising news of the new vaccine (some of the Henfield care home staff have already received the jab) it seems we’re not out of the woods by any means. This month we’re focussing on something lovely most of us can participate in, virus or not something which is a huge compensation for missing seeing our friends and family indoors. It’s walking; enjoying the trails, hikes, tracks, twittens and links which surround our villages. We’ve had some help from Val Bentley from Henfield Bird Watch and Libby Morris of Little Plover. Libby has illustrated our cover and the charming birds in the article on page 20. Pull on your wellies, entice your children away from their screens and see how many of the birds you can spot on the circular walk. If you’ve got your phones please take a photo during your walk, it doesn’t have to be one of the birds (flighty little things may not pose for you!) but maybe a close-up or a landscape, we don’t mind. Email me with your favourite (and an age if under 18) and we’ll enter you in a competition and add them to our Facebook page. Here’s to 2021!

Emma Osman, Editor

Copy deadline & contact...

Henfield Food Bank update

Ashurst Primary School

Sustainable Henfield 2030

Henfield Theatre Company

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Henfield’s Coat of Arms

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month;

Martin Love, Jane Pateman, Mandy Hedley, Peter Sheppard, Libby Morris, Val Bentley and Paul Samrah. Cover illustration by Libby Morris of Little Plover, with additional artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper at Gemini Print in Shoreham and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

Copy deadline for advertisements or editorial submissions for the February issue of BN5 magazine is Monday 4 January.

If you have a local interest story for us please email editor@bn5magazine.co.uk. If your not-for-profit club, group or charity has an event you would like us to publish on our what’s on pages, please submit via our website www.henfieldbn5.co.uk, this gives you additional automatic website entry. Please note we no longer accept postal or email diary submissions due to potential inaccuracies when transcribing. Priority is given to local, charitable and non-repeating events when we are oversubscribed. For advertising enquiries or to receive a media pack please email sales@bn5magazine.co.uk

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at Rushfields ? This Winter, we’ve all your store cupboard favourites – from fresh vegetables to delicious home-made pies in our award-winning Farm Shop.

Our Farm Shop has all you need to eat well over the Winter months.

Market-fresh vegetables are collected every morning.

The finest Lamb, beef * and pork from our in-

Seasonal vegetables * from local farms are

house butcher

home-made * Award-winning sausages, plus pastries and pies – freshly baked every day


always available Sparkling wine from Bolney and Ridgeview, plus craft ale and cider

Rushfields Café and heated Gazebo

* * Chunky artisan bread Deli counter, offering * fresh olives, oils and

Tangy Sussex cheeses

in our socially * Relax distanced Café or

outdoor Gazebo with a brilliant breakfast, luscious lunch or coffee and cake



Farm Shop & Café

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Open Tues-Sun: 9.00 – 5.30 Café open Tues-Sun: 9.00 – 4.30

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News | JANUARY 2021 General Manager, Linda Ryan said: “We’ve had a year like no other and the vaccine feels like the light at the end of the tunnel. Our teams have been magnificent in how they have risen to every challenge during this pandemic and we are proud to play our part in this next phase to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.” Marilyn, staff member at Red Oaks said: “I am so pleased to be given the vaccine. It will help to keep our residents safe, and is the first step in getting things back to normal and having a buzz of visitors in the home once again.” We are welcoming new residents into our homes to ensure that we are there for those that need care and support, and have a very clear protocols that must be met including a transition period into our home to help keep everyone safe. For more information please contact Linda Ryan, General Manager at Red Oaks on 01273 493043 or redoaks@barchester.com

Staff at Red Oaks Care Home amongst first to receive Covid-19 vaccine

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Staff at Barchester’s Red Oaks Nursing home, in Henfield were delighted to be invited to have the covid vaccination at Brighton Hospital, which has lifted everyone’s spirits after what has been a very challenging year for everyone.

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Brass Fusion Pop Up Festive Concerts

With indoor venues closed it’s been a challenging few months for local bands, but restrictions haven’t stopped Brass Fusion from performing their Christmas favourites around the village! Sian and Martin Buss arranged for mini outdoor performances at Swains Farm Shop, Red Oaks Care Home and Upper Mead Care Home in December. All were greeted with great delight, especially by staff and residents at the two care homes. Band members performed in the grounds of the two homes, thoroughly entertaining residents who had seen very few people over recent months. Linda Ryan from Red Oaks said: “The residents absolutely loved it, one of them commented that it was a lovely way to start Christmas by hearing live music again, for the first since lock-down began.”


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JANUARY 2021 | News possible and behave as unobtrusively as possible. • Please respect landowners and avoid disturbance to the beavers by keeping to public footpaths and by following the Countryside Code. • Please keep dogs on leads. Although beavers are not aggressive, if attacked by a dog they may fight back. If you see what you think could be a beaver on the Adur or any of its streams, please let Knepp Estate know. Do not try and approach it or disturb it. A beaver is a wild animal and will be collected by a professional team that will return it to Knepp. If you do spot any potential feeding signs (or even Bramber himself) we would be very grateful if you Beaver exploring the Adur landscape could email penny@knepp.co.uk with the following information: With the best of intentions the release of two Your name and contact details. Location name beavers into their new home in the rewilding and description, grid reference, nearest postcode project at Knepp Estate in West Sussex in midor ‘what three words’. Date and time of beaver November, was not publicised. A quiet release sighting or feeding signs found. Please include saw beavers return to Sussex after a 400-year photo/video of beaver or feeding signs if possible. absence. This information will be very much appreciated Both Knepp Estate and Sussex Wildlife Trust and will help us locate Bramber. agreed that for ecological and conservation reasons the beavers were best left with minimal Once the beavers are fully established at Knepp, disturbance in order to settle into their new home. we look forward to sharing much more about Once safely established, an announcement these remarkable creatures and their role as would be made in the spring. So, no fanfare acecosystem engineers but, for now, we just want companied the momentous arrival. The beavers, to get ‘Bramber’ home. however, have made their own debut! Penny Green, Knepp Estate Beavers are notorious for their explorative natures, especially as they orientate themselves in a Getting the right treatment at the new landscape and work out territory boundaries. Even though their extensive and abundant terrain right time in Sussex at Knepp has been reinforced with fencing, elec- A new service, NHS 111 First, is now available tric wire and grilles at strategic points to prevent across Sussex. From 01 December, unless it them heading downstream to join the main river is a medical 999 emergency, the NHS is urging Adur, a beaver (the male of the Knepp pair) has everyone to call 111 rather than turning up at recently been recently spotted on the Adur, North A&E. By calling 111 or visiting their website - 111. of Lancing (Worthing Herald 9th December 2020) nhs.uk – the team will talk to you about the help - the first beaver to swim in the Adur for over 400 you need, and can now give you an arrival time years. for an Urgent Treatment Centre or A&E. Sir Charlie Burrell of the Knepp Estate said: “Bea- Find out more https://www.sussexhealthandcare. vers are very good at existing under the radar uk/news/ in the slower, deeper parts of catchments, and Peter Bates we’re anticipating that he’s found a quiet part of the Adur, probably in an area that contains plenty of willow. We’re keen to retrieve him from where he’s currently living and bring him back home to Knepp, where a mate awaits him.” Mobile Reflexologist covering Horsham, Henri Brocklebank, Director of Conservation Mobile Reflexologist covering Horsham, HORSHAM REFLEXOLOGY at Sussex Wildlife Trust says: “We are asking Cowfold, Henfield surrounding areas. 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News | JANUARY 2021 Barnabas too. Raise £35 and you could provide a patient with one hour of physiotherapy; raise £50 and you could pay for two hours’ care for a patient staying on the hospice ward; raise £120 and you could provide three hours of counselling for a bereaved family member.” Registration is just £5 and all challengers will receive a free St Barnabas t-shirt to wear while completing their challenge. Visit www.stbh.org. uk/fit-feb to join Team Fit Feb today.

Maddy Reid, St Barnabas House

Woodmancote and Henfield WI Join Team Fit Feb and support local hospice care

Fit Feb is your chance to join hundreds of others and kickstart 2021 in a positive way whilst raising money for local hospice, St Barnabas House. Whether you take part alone or challenge a friend or family member, all you have to do is an hour of physical or mental activity a day throughout February 2021, and get sponsored for doing it. You can choose any challenge you like, and you can mix it up throughout the month. So, whether you jive, juggle, or jog … row, ride, or rollerblade ... scoot, skateboard or space hop, there’s something for everyone. Or, if you’d rather focus on your mental fitness, you could meditate for an hour each morning, get lost in a book for an hour before bed, or give up an hour’s TV and tackle a giant jigsaw for a month instead. However you decide to complete your hour each day, you can feel good knowing that as well as looking after yourself, the money you raise will help ensure local people with terminal illnesses are cared for by St Barnabas House throughout their journey. Wendy Bardsley, Fundraising Manager at St Barnabas House, says, “After the rollercoaster that was 2020, there’s never been a more important time to look after our physical and mental health. And by doing so, you can be there for St

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Wishing all the members of Woodmancote and Henfield WI a Happy New Year and to announce that we are hoping to go ahead with our March 2021 meeting. This will be our 30th birthday meeting and we hope to see everyone back together to celebrate. Visitors will be very welcome to join us at Henfield Hall on Wednesday 17th March at 2pm. Please see the March BN5 magazine for further details.

Pam Ewen, Programme Secretary

Henfield Joggers

During the lockdowns of 2020 many people discovered the joy of running, and even more of us discovered the joys of eating. Whichever camp you found yourself in we are delighted to announce that we will be opening up membership to The Henfield Joggers for free in the coming year of 2021. There is no doubt that Covid-19 has made an impact not only on our mental health, which exercise is proved to help with, but also a financial impact hence we’d like to offer membership for free for one year only. Members of the joggers not only benefit from expertise of experienced runners, social runs (COVID-19- regulations allowing) but also many discounts on local running related businesses. Please visit our website www.henfieldjoggers. co.uk for more information and to send us an application form.

Danielle Kaelin, Henfield Joggers

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Henfield Birdwatch 2019 Survey Book

We have been at it again in 2019. Lots of people sporting binoculars, tripods and telescopes have been spying on the daily life of the birds in the parish and making copious lists in dog-eared notebooks. Local people have been glued to their windows listing the birds that have visited their gardens while others have sent in sightings by e-mail or Facebook. The result: This splendid image of the fast declining Turtle Dove is one of many in the booklet taken locally by our members along with some excellent artwork by Will Green. The booklet is jam packed with articles which together give a lively and authoritative account of what has been using the varied habitat that our village offers. Although scruffy looking scrubland, marsh, reed beds, old woodland, stubble filled winter farmland, derelict barns and the like provide the major bird heaven our gardens are an increasingly important haven and food station which is reflected by people recording 69 species from their kitchen windows. In the booklet you can find out how those enigmatic summer visitors from Africa, Swifts and House Martins, have benefitted from help given by house owners round the village and retailers in the High Street; how our Nightingales are still bucking the trend of national decline; when to expect the arrival and departure of our summer tourists like the assorted Warblers, Cuckoos and Swallows then our winter pilgrims from the frozen north like the various ducks on the Levels and Fieldfares nicking the holly berries; what it’s like to be a new member of Henfield Birdwatch; head guru Mike Russell’s views and thoughts and much more. Henfield was home to 115 species in 2019 and the village can be proud of that. While embracing change let’s hope we can find ways of preserv-

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ing and indeed increasing what we have. This year of 2020 has reminded us of the joy our natural world brings. Books are available to purchase (£5) from R & H Pet Supplies in Coopers Way, or contact Val Bentley on 01273 494723 (free to all members and garden birdwatchers). Any bird or other wildlife sightings are gratefully received at sightings@henfieldbirdwatch. co.uk . If you want to find out more about Henfield and its birds, take a look at our website: www. henfieldbirdwatch.co.uk or find us on Facebook

Nigel Colgate

Library car park works 2021

At the time of going to print, we have just been informed by Horsham District Council of works which will be carried out to undertake major resurfacing and remarking in the Library Car Park starting in mid-January through until mid-March 2021. The southern end of the car park will remain open during the first half of the works (18 January to 12 February) but the whole car park will be closed during the second half of the works (15 February to 12 March). Unfortunately we’ve not had a formal press release from Horsham District Council yet, but indications are that season ticket holders will be given alternative arrangements for the duration of the closure. Season ticket holders will be informed in person over the next few weeks. Dates stated here are subject to change and we’ll update the BN5 Facebook page and February edition with any further news. Information boards will be on site on the run-up to the works.


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Art at the Henfield Haven

This January Maggie Knight is treating us with a selection of her sought after works in the café area of Henfield Haven whilst other members of the Henfield Art Club are showing in the larger room. Maggie’s passion is oil painting and may occasionally incorporate acrylic and collage. She loves the freedom of oil, the canvas, the brush, the palette knife and that each new painting poses a fresh challenge in observation, interpretation, colour and technique. The result is there for us to enjoy. And do remember, artists donate a minimum of 30% of any purchase to support the good work of the Haven. I thank the artists from Horsham and Henfield who exhibited in 2020 and I look forward to 2021 becoming a better one for the Haven and all of us.

Kenneth McIntosh

Introduction to Beekeeping

Have you or anyone you know ever thought of keeping bees, but needed to know more? This well-established one day course will by Zoom will take place on Saturday March 6th 2021 and will provide enough information to answer these questions: How much time do I need? What equipment do I need? How much does it cost? Is my property large enough to keep bees on? Where can I get bees?

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Can I look inside a beehive before I start to see whether or not beekeeping is it ‘for me’? I The tutor is Roger Patterson, who started beekeeping in 1963. He has been teaching, demonstrating and writing about the craft for well over 40 years. This is a popular annual event, now in its sixteenth year, but adapted for webinar presentation for 2021. Organised by the Wisborough Green Beekeepers Association, this day makes a good grounding for the practical ‘Preliminary Sessions’ that we normally run at our teaching apiary near Wisborough Green. If Covid 19 restrictions still prevent these from taking place, we intend as an alternative to produce video’s to help new beekeepers. Further information for beekeepers and nonbeekeepers about the course and the subsequent ‘Preliminary Sessions’, which provide the opportunity to handle bees, can be found on www. wgbka.org.uk. Alternatively, please contact Roger Patterson 01403 790637 or 07976 306492, rogerpatterson@btconnect.com for course details.

John Glover, for Wisborough Green BKA

Remembering Alfred Sturt

Back in November 2017 we featured an article on those Henfield residents who lost their lives at the battle of Passchendaele in the First World War. The granddaughter of Alfred Sturt, Dorothy Whitty, got in touch with us to point out that as her grandfather’s body was unfortunately never recovered, he was not buried at Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium as we incorrectly stated in the article but is honoured there. Dorothy would love to hear from any descendents of either Alfred or his wife Kate (nee Malthouse) in the BN5 community who have any photographs to share, as she has no idea of what her grandparents looked like. Alfred Sturt had two daughters Kitty and Violet (Dorothy’s mother) and was uncle to both Harold Sturt and Alice Sayers (Harold and Alice’s father James and Alfred were brothers). If you have any information to share, please contact BN5 on 01273 494002 or by emailing editor@bn5magazine.co.uk.


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JANUARY 2021 | News “We are delighted to acquire this longstanding business, extending and enhancing our ability to serve customers with high quality fencing and landscaping products”. Adding, “Our expanding network means that our branches have the local knowledge and pride in serving their communities that makes AVS such a trusted name in the market.” AVS was founded 27 years ago and became part of Lawsons Holdings in February 2020. Lawsons, a family-owned business, will be celebrating its 100th year of trading next year. For further information please contact marketing@ avsfencing.co.uk

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AVS Fencing & Landscaping acquisition

AVS Fencing & Landscaping Supplies Ltd, the leading fencing and landscaping business in the South and East of England, are pleased to announce the acquisition of Bell Davis Ltd. AVS has ten branches employing over 120 members of staff and specialises in fencing and hard landscaping materials. Bell Davis is based in Worthing, West Sussex and has been supplying the trade since 2010. The Worthing site will become the eleventh AVS branch in the South of England and will trade under the AVS name. AVS Managing Director, Roger Peace, said:

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Healthy Child Programme (HCP) teams

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust wants to reassurance the community in Henfield that the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) teams (health visitors) are running a full service. Face-to-face appointments are available at a number of Covid safe community venues where infection control and PPE guidance is followed. Appointments are being offered following a telephone assessment; for the Horsham HCP hub; the number to call is 01273 696011 x 4872.

Harriet Shelley

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The Henfield Club’s Time Capsule

The Henfield Club continues to make history and to honour that of the past. In this respect material to include in a Time Capsule (TC) has been in preparation since the start of the Club’s Centenary Year, 2020. The capsule will contain selected copies of BN5 magazine, the Parish Magazine, photographs of past years Remembrance Sundays to provide contrast with this year’s ‘Hands, Face, Space’ public health advice. Recordings of various local people with Sussex accents have also been made and a copy of the Centenary Events planned for 2020, (albeit Covid

19 pandemic curtailed most of these) has been included. The capsule contains membership lists and lists of the clubs and organisations regularly using the Henfield Club. There will also be a selection of member’s memories of local life as well as Club events, sports and festivals. All in the hope that some may still exist in the future or be re-resurrected! The photo shows Paul Mason, Henfield Club current Treasurer, taking the opportunity to redecorate the bar areas whilst others (Duncan Campbell, Nigel Stevens, Andy Warren and Kenneth McIntosh) tackled the WC’s and entrance hall. The Time Capsule will be unveiled at some point in 2021, watch this space!

Kenneth McIntosh, Henfield Club

The NHS Living Well Programme is now online! A free self-management course for adults living with any long-term physical or mental health condition. We are now able to offer the course online via MS Teams. We aim to help you take more control of your health by learning new skills and techniques to manage your condition better on a daily basis. Course topics include: How to manage common symptoms such as pain, fatigue, stress, anxiety, isolation, depression, physical limitations, shortness of breath and

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JANUARY 2021 | News poor sleep; Goal setting and problem solving; Healthy eating; Physical activity; Communication skills; Working with your Healthcare team; Relaxation; Positive thinking; Managing medications and Breathing exercises. The course gives you new skills to help you manage your condition and the emotional changes brought about by your condition, and provides a great opportunity to meet others who share similar experiences. The course runs over six weekly sessions starting in January (email for dates and details) lasting two hours each. Each course is facilitated by trained volunteers tutors who themselves are living with a long-term condition. Booking is essential. You do not need a referral to Henfield features on brand new access this service, simply email sc-tr.livingwell@ HorshamTV pilot nhs.net or call 01403 620448 for more information Henfield High Street shops and businesses or to book a place. on the new Horsham TV half-hour Susan Latter, Living Well Programme Coordinator featured programme in December with the Henfield (West Sussex) Hampers initiative which we launched in December BN5 magazine. Henfield Business Network The new pilot, which aims to be a very local ‘One In the December issue of BN5 we sought interest Show’ format, will be showcasing all that’s great from local small businesses, freelancers and self- about the district. Henfield will feature again employed individuals to join the newly formed soon, you can catch up on past issues or watch Henfield Business Network. A small networking out for new by going to https://www.visithorsham. group where we look to bring small businesses co.uk/horshamtv in the village together to meet, share ideas and Editor discuss current challenges. For most small business owners, the focus of 2021 is going to be one of recovery, adjustment and growth following the challenges faced throughout 2020. The group want to use this opportunity to share those ideas, encourage collaboration and build an increased sense of togetherness across the local business community. We will also be looking to bring specialist speakers to the events from areas that we anticipate could be of benefit to local business owners. With support from many local groups, including the local trader’s group and Henfield Community Partnership there has been a great deal of initial interest and we are currently anticipating holding a ‘virtual’ launch meeting in late January (date TBC) in which we will introduce the group, discuss the aims and seek input from members to ensure everyone get as much as possible from the group. It’s not too late to register your interest in joining and we want to hear from as many small business owners in the village and surrounding local area as possible. Please drop Ian an email: ian@newboldology.co.uk or call Ian on 07776 184894 to register. We all know times are tough but believe as a local collaborative business community we can all help each other through these challenges and beyond.

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Henfield Winter Wildlife `Walk



Only present in the UK during the winter months, Redwing are small, beautiful thrushes that you will often see in areas where Fieldfare are present. The key features of a Redwing are a creamy strip across the eye, as well as the rusty red flank patches that start under their wings.

here are plenty of opportunities to go wildlife spotting in an around Henfield, even in the depths of winter! Local wildlife illustrator Libby Morris from Little Plover has collaborated with Val Bentley at Henfield Birdwatch, creating a guide to local birds that you can easily see, together with a local walking route. Why not see how many you can spot on your favourite village walk? Libby has illustrated some of the 30 species of birds she and Val spotted on a 2.5mile circular walk. The walk starts from the Downslink Car Park on West End Lane (next to the Railway Tavern) at map reference TQ 205162. Head north on the Downslink until just before the River Adur at Betley Bridge, where there is a kissing gate on the left heading south west towards the river. Follow the river bank south (this section is not pushchair friendly and can be extremely muddy). To return to the village you can turn left at the first signed footpath past Chates (this path is currently closed) if there is no flooding, and then right to meet Stonepit Lane, or at the second signed footpath along the Fisherman’s Path to reach Stonepit Lane again. All along the walk there are plenty of hedgerows where you may see some or all of the following birds:


Britain’s smallest bird, these tiny little birds weigh the same as a 20p piece! They are common all year round in the UK although, amazingly, Goldcrest travel from Scandinavia to Britain in large numbers for the winter months. They are small, olive green birds with pale, creamy bellies and a striking yellow stripe edged with black on their crown. You will usually hear them before you see them, listen for an extremely high pitched ‘tseep’ call coming from trees. 20 | BN5 Magazine


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Britain’s best-loved bird, the Robin is very likely to cross your path on this route. It has a strong orange belly and face and a dusky-brown back and wings. Robins aren’t particularly shy, you may well have one come up and say hello!

Blue Tit

A common bird in gardens, Blue Tits are easy to identify with their bright blue crowns and wings, greenish backs and yellow bellies with strong black markings across their eyes and under their beaks. They are fairly small and you will usually see them flitting about in trees.


These beautiful finches have been seen on this particular route in large flocks. The male is easily recognised, with his strong triangular bill, blueish-grey cap and brown-red belly and face. In flight, the strong white wing bar across both wings is a good indicator of this species.


One of the most common birds on this route, Blackbirds are present in abundance on the pathway and in the trees. The male is black, with a yellow bill and eye-ring whilst the female is a dusky-brown. They are fairly large and therefore easy to see. Keep an eye out for them foraging in the undergrowth.

Long-Tailed Tit

Bobbing from tree to tree in excited gangs, these lovely little birds are fairly noisy and therefore fairly easy to find, if you are lucky. They are always on the move and they don’t keep still for long! The main feature of this bird is the long black tail which you can easily spot from a distance. Their belly is a dusky pink with a white face and chest. Their wings, tail and back are black. 01273 494002

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Henfield Winter Wildlife `Walk continued... Starling

A common presence to many of us despite being red-listed, Starlings are small, noisy birds with a beautiful, iridescent plumage during breeding season but a dark plumage with strong pale speckling in the winter months. Listen out for their varied calls of whistles, chatters, trills and rattles.


Only here during the winter months between October and April, Fieldfare are distinguishable from other thrushes by their colourful plumage and their large size. They roam the countryside in flocks gorging themselves on berries. They’re very loud, listen out for a cackling chatter.

Henfield Winter Wildlife Photo competition We would love to see photos of your Henfield Winter Wildlife Walks! Send your best pictures to editor@bn5magazine.co.uk before the closing date of 31 January, including the name of the photographer, their age (if under 18) and roughly where the walk was. The lucky winner will receive a prize of wildlife goodies, including prints from Libby Morris and a copy of the Henfield Birdwatch book and a gift from Christina’s Afternoon Tea and Gift Shop (prizes will be age specific). A selection of photos will be featured in the March edition of BN5. See Christina’s High Street window display during January featuring Little Plover gift cards and illustrations. www.littleplover.co.uk The new Henfield Birdwatch book is out now, see our news pages for details. To join Henfield Birdwatch see www.henfieldbirdwatch.co.uk

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or the past 40 plus years the Hall has been the centre of community life for Henfield, providing a base for many of the 200 clubs and societies that flourish in the village. The Henfield Hall was officially opened in November 1974 after several years of hard work and fund raising in the local community. It is totally self funded by the community and is a registered charity, managed by a group of trustees formed by members of the organisations that use the Hall regularly. The Hall provides the home for the Parish Council and also houses our local museum which is run by volunteers dedicated to the history of our village and its surroundings. The local amateur theatre company produces up to five shows a year at the Hall and a travelling cinema attends the village regularly. A weekly self help group for the elderly meets socially for lunch and leisure activities. In 2016 a group of volunteers from the Henfield Theatre Company Workshop Team had just completed the redecoration of the Henfield Haven and decided to offer their services to The Henfield Hall. The 2017-2020 Henfield Hall Refurbishment Project was born. Over the past few years the Hall had been suffering badly from a leaking roof, which had damaged the interior. 24 | BN5 Magazine

Funds were raised to repair and replace the roof but the interior was dated, tired and in need of modernisation. The team of volunteers working with the Trustees drew up a Refurbishment Plan which involved some repairs to the exterior of the building as well as a complete redecoration and modernisation of the interior. At this time a local builder – Nigel Parsons, who had worked with the volunteers at the Haven heard about the Refurbishment Project at the Hall and offered his support. With Nigel’s help and teaching, the group carried out repairs and replacement of the rotting facia boarding around the building during the spring/ summer of 2016 and at that time also agreed to a three phase redecoration project: Phase 1 – The Entrance Hall and Foyer 2017; Phase 2 – The Garden Suite and kitchen; Phase 3 – The Main Hall. The Entrance Hall and Foyer was completed during the Summer of 2017 with the Volunteer group working many weeks to complete modernisation of the area with new ceilings and lighting, decoration, carpets and furniture. Funds to achieve this were raised by the Hall trustees as well as a number of companies providing support www.henfieldbn5.co.uk

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and materials. The transformation was dramatic and the volunteers were keen to continue with phase 2 the following year. In 2018 the Garden room was closed for two months in the summer and underwent a complete makeover. The wooden ceiling was replaced, LED lighting fitted, new flooring and new curtains created and hung, the room was redecorated and a bright welcoming colour scheme used. The kitchen also underwent some further work with new work tops fitted. By 2019 the Main hall roof was still leaking and plans were submitted with the local planning authority to replace the faulty material. During this period the group carried out general repairs and repainting of some smaller areas that had not been covered by the first phases of the project. The following year, planning permission was granted in order to replace the faulty roof. With a grant from the local authority, this was done at the end of the summer 2020. During July, August and September the Volunteers working under Covid 19 restrictions took advantage of the longer than expected Hall closure and completely stripped out all of the timber cladding in the main hall. The Volunteers

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began the mammoth job of relining the walls and repairing and preparing the Hall for decoration. As soon as the roof was water tight work began on the complete overhaul of the interior. New ceilings and LED lighting were installed, new double glazed windows fitted, new curtains including the stage drapes made and fitted and the Hall walls and woodwork repainted with the project finishing by the middle of October. Covid 19 has put restrictions on the use of the Hall. However a full cleaning regime has been implemented and we will be able to welcome back groups and organisations following government guidelines. We hope that in the not too distant future we will be able to get back to normal providing full service to the local community groups as well as providing a key entertainment and cultural centre for Henfield. Thanks to the help of the Henfield Theatre Company volunteers and other volunteers, and the support of Nigel Parsons, Brewers Ltd, Tracey Smyth, Howdens Ltd, Hamfelds and Martin Moore SDT Securities, we now have a fabulous updated asset in the village and we look forward to seeing you there soon.

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e don’t think anyone in our community should have to go hungry. That’s why here at BN5 Magazine we are supporting the charity Horsham Matters in providing Henfield Foodbank, a local base from which to collect and provide emergency food for those in crisis. We launched the Henfield Foodbank deliveries with Horsham Matters back in August 2019, supported by the wonderful driver volunteers from the Henfield Lions and Henfield BP Guild. Since then, we have delivered over 200 boxes of emergency food provisions in Henfield. In March 2020, just as the first Coronavirus lockdown hit, we launched collection points on Henfield High Street, working with Knight’s Budgens, One Stop Convenience Store and Stokes Newsagents. St Peter’s Church became a collection point in late November 2020. The wonderful residents of Henfield have massively supported the Henfield Foodbank since then, donating over 2,500 food and toiletry items to help people in need – we are truly grateful for all your support. When the collection points are full of donated items, volunteer Roger Bentley empties the baskets and stores the donations in the BN5 Magazine offices ready for collection by Horsham Matters. The charity (who are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks supported by The Trussell Trust), then collect the donations and create nutritionally balanced food parcels of store-cupboard essentials. These are then delivered back to the BN5 Magazine offices where they are stored ready for delivery locally round the village by the BP Guild volunteers, when and where needed. Typical food parcels include items such as breakfast cereals, long life milk, fruit juice, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, tinned beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tea or coffee, biscuits and snacks. They can also include toiletry items, toilet rolls and non-

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end game for Covid-19, here As we waved a not too fond farewell to 2020, and hopefully the lows. and highs our on reflect at Grommets we grommets; washers; We are a third generation rubber moulding business producing rubber bushes etc. here in Henfield. ns 1.0 and 2.0, Our major triumph was being able to stay open throughout lockdow chain. These included manufacturing parts for customers involved in the critical supply super proud of “Team medical; engineering; electrical and automotive industries. We are ing target dates. demand very some of e challeng the to Grommeteers” who stepped up team continued to deliver to Despite the additional demands for quick turn-a-round orders, the target for our regular consignments. ble energy market We are particularly proud that we are playing a big part in the sustaina chargers for electric car manufacturing parts for industries involved with Wind Energy and are delivered to the UK and batteries. Our components manufactured here in little old Henfield manufacturing business run family local a As all over the world to serve these growing markets. y in this specialised Compan ng expandi and strong a as position our of proud very we are market. industry that received zero Our response to Covid-19 was against the backdrop of being an n by the Health & inspectio an to subject financial support from HM Government (but were threat of losing our the and etc.) g distancin safe with d complie we check to e Safety Executiv Council. District Horsham by site our factory due to redevelopment of we can to stay put! Grommets We sit happily in our unit and surrounding yard and are doing all and employ people locally years 20 for site l Ltd have occupied their Hollands Lane Industria areas. ing surround the and from in 2009, in 2019 we After achieving ISO9001Quality Management System accreditation assessor remarked “it is Register Lloyds body, tion certifica Our . standard transitioned to the 2015 the transition on achieve to y compan cturing unusual and a great achievement for a manufa 2 days and remarked over audit to came assessor same the 2020 August In ”. the first attempt audit to renewal and meet again “what a pleasure it was to visit your business, overseeing your as all our hard work pays off your helpful happy team!” That to me is a credit to all my team, despite the obstacles we have to overcome. Engineering Employers In October we were shortlisted by Make UK (formerly known as the but we are grateful for the winners not were we Sadly, year. Federation) for small business of the r, we enjoyed our first virtual recognition we receive for our contribution to the economy. Howeve ph of the evening, winning awards presentation evening and were winners of the best photogra a bottle of champagne! for our working and importantly The virtual world has become the “new normal” in some settings being able to stay in touch, social environments where loved ones have enjoyed the lifeline of face. to face meet to when it has been difficult we continued our support In recognition of those who tirelessly give up their time to help others, & Fareshare. Henfield Need In Children Crisis, MIND, of numerous national Charities including with local charities and is a remarkable place to live we enjoy supporting wherever we can Cricket Club; Henfield Groups including Henfield Leisure Centre Kids Club; The Haven, Henfield an amazing job supporting Community Partnership; Stokes Newsagents where Fiona Ayres does our local community. We wish Henfield a peaceful and healthy 2021. MANAGING DIRECTOR, GROMMETS LTD www.grommets.co.uk

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upils at Ashurst CE Aided Primary School recently took part in our ‘Annual Sponsored Walks’. Money raised was for the ‘GOSH Charity COVID-19 Appeal’ and the ‘Adivasi Community Media Project’ in India, both chosen by the children. In designated ‘bubble’ groups Y3&4 and Y5&6 pupils set out from school along School Lane, past St James’, Ashurst, and into the magnificent Sussex countryside. We followed woodland paths and open breezy tracks, taking in sights and the sounds as we went. We learnt a lot about the countryside including local history much dating from Tudor times and the geography of the area including the River Adur and Chanctonbury Ring. We saw different methods of farming, including the ‘harvesting’ of the sun, as we passed a local ‘Solar Farm’ with its gleaming black panels. There was an abundance of wildlife including herons along the banks of the river, buzzards flying high overhead and farm animals peacefully grazing as we passed by. We even crept quietly past a badger set, we named it ‘Badger City’ as it ran the whole length of a field! The infants’ walk took us along the Ashurst footpaths, this time pausing at the church to write postcards for parents and carers before making our way to the post-box in Ashurst. Postcards were posted and a picnic lunch was enjoyed before walking back to school tired, but very happy. Many of us through lockdown have used art to express how we feel, so we decided to hold an 34 | BN5 Magazine

‘Art Week’ in school. We chose a sunflower theme to brighten the winter days. We worked in class ‘bubbles’ to create collages, paintings, drawings and poems during the week of activities. Parents and carers saw our work displayed outside using socially distanced viewing areas: “The art was so full of colour and joy!”; “This was a wonderful art exhibition showing some amazing and very talented work across all year groups! There were some beautiful poems too into which much thought & hard work must have gone. Well done to all!”; “What amazing and talented work done by all years. Some of the written work was very moving…” And; “I really enjoyed the different stages of artwork from Reception to Year 6. It was a great achievement”. Just before Christmas we had a lot of fun taking part in our ‘Bubble Christmas Performances’. The infants told the story of the Nativity with the ‘Sleepy Shepherd’, Y3 and Y4 held a ‘Christingle’ service and Y5/Y6 performed ‘Christmas around the World’ using sign language to ‘sing’ Silent Night. We haven’t been able to have audiences in this year but we have shared our fun with video links. We are now looking forward to a bright, happy and healthy Spring Term 2021, we have lots of things planned and look forward to telling you about them soon. Ashurst CE Primary School welcomes all enquiries, please visit www.ashurstcofe-pri.wsussex.sch.uk/website or contact school office for further details and advice on admissions.

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ustainable Henfield (SH2030) are starting 2021 on a positive note after all the difficulties that 2020 brought. What really shone through last year was how brilliantly our community worked together to support the things that really matter, even with everything that was happening around the world. Our group’s Recycling Scheme kept going, albeit slightly differently, and Henfield has already diverted a lot of plastic packaging from landfill, raising funds for the Haven and other causes. 2021 will be a key year in the fight against Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss. The UK will hold the presidency of G7 from January 2021 and host the crucial COP 26 Climate Change Conference in November 2021. Reducing emissions, increasing protection of natural areas, cutting waste and conserving water better are all examples of the areas the UK hopes to take a lead in. So how can our Henfield community play its part in bringing this vision of a better world forward? Henfield is a very active community, and we can achieve a lot if we ‘club’ together! To make a real difference we want to encourage our community groups and clubs to reduce the amount of plastics they buy and use and to ask them to work with SH2030 for ‘Sustainability Challenges 2021’. Together we can support each other in finding the best ways to avoid single-use plastic. We’ve asked community groups and clubs to select a Sustainability Ambassador to work with

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us on this. We’ve already got two challenges for our clubs to kick things off: • Plastic Free Pledge for clubs • 10 Sustainability Challenges We also want each club’s (and your own) ideas on how to best make a difference; to make it achievable and also to be enjoyable. If you’re in a club, get your club involved! If not, why not join with SH2030 as an individual to work together and connect with other like-minded people at the same time? On our website we will provide the low-down about local places to shop without wasting lots of plastic so you can see what you can easily achieve, as well as other tips and ideas for the clubs or for each of you to use on our website, on Facebook and on Instagram. You can compete with each other in your own club, or work together and share your results to see which club can achieve the most! We’ll keep you updated with progress throughout 2021. Make a New Year’s Resolution to reduce singleuse plastic in your club, community, or home. For more information on how to get in touch and get involved in these challenges or in SH2030, go to https://sustainablehenfield2030.org where you will find more advice and tips on how to reduce the use of plastics in your life. Let’s make this happen in 2021!

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Local interest | JANUARY 2021


he Henfield coat of arms which is featured on the signs that welcomes visitors to the village looks like it’s been around for hundreds of years, but in fact it was designed by the incredibly talented late Brenda Hobbs who lived in the village for many years. Brenda was born in London in 1934 but her family moved to Brighton when the Second World War began. Whilst attending Brighton High School for Girls she discovered a real talent for art and she went on to study at Brighton Art College. Art remained Brenda’s passion and she was able to make a living from it throughout her life, working at different times as a designer of packaging and advertising artwork. She moved to Henfield with her two children in 1968 when she married her second husband, Michael Hobbs, and she continued to juggle raising a young family with working. 50 | BN5 Magazine

In 1976 Brenda responded to an advert placed by a commercial artist in the Argus and she continued to work with them until 2010, specialising in intricate heraldry painting. Working on vellum with traditional paints and even real gold, Brenda created works of art for individuals, towns, regions and even countries. She worked on commissions for many famous individuals including Alan Titchmarsh and one of the original RAF Dambuster pilots. It was through this work that she received the commission from the then Catholic Priest in Henfield, Father Mark Elvins, to create an official coat of arms for the village in the early 1990’s. And so, rather wonderfully it was that the Henfield village coat of arms was created by a Henfield resident! The unique design incorporates some classic heraldry themes, together with some linked to Henfield’s history. The coat of arms are based on www.henfieldbn5.co.uk

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those of the Bysshopp family of Henfield (Henry Bysshopp was the first Postmaster General who introduced the first ever postmark in 1661). Both main churches are represented - the crossed keys of St Peter represent the parish church and the ‘pelican in her piety’ is a symbol of the Eucharist and refers to the dedication of the Catholic Church in Henfield to Corpus Christi. The golden oriole bird atop a thorn bush references the famous 19th century Henfield botanist William Borrer who recorded seeing 14 such birds in a Hawthorn bush. And finally the latin motto ‘Domine Salva Nos’ (Lord save us) was a favourite of Father Mark Elvins who very generously paid for the process. In addition to the Henfield coat of arms, Brenda worked on a range of other creative projects locally. As part of the village millennial project, Brenda also designed the signs that welcome

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visitors to Henfield which features the Henfield coat of arms, together with a further two representations of Henfield history - a cricketer and a violet farmer. She also collaborated with Alan Barwick on the millennial village map which is displayed in the village hall and a map for Shiprods Farm. She also created a pennant flag for the local Girl Guides. As well as artwork, Brenda transcribed the original village church and school records for the West Sussex archives. In recent years Brenda suffered from ill health but she was wonderfully cared for by the staff at Upper Mead Care Home, all of whom her husband Michael and son Mark would like to thank. Brenda sadly passed away in August 2020, however her creative talent and generosity live on in the many beautiful works of art she created for our village.

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Tax planning for the New Year It is always a good idea to review tax planning opportunities to ensure you are maximising allowances and that your planning is in line with current legislation. Here are a few pointers as we enter the final quarter of the 2020/21 Tax Year. ISAs: Have you used your full ISA allowance? The ISA allowance is £20,000. For a couple, that is a savings allowance of £40,000 this tax year. Any income or growth that is generated within the ISA is tax free. You can save your full allowance in a stocks and shares ISA or a cash ISA, or a combination of both. The limit for a Junior ISA/ Child Trust fund has more than doubled to £9,000.

purposes. This offers a tax efficient deferred income. Be aware of the restrictions for high income earners. Excess contributions above an individual’s annual allowance are subject to an income tax charge (in some circumstances this may be paid by the pension provider).

Make the most of inheritance tax (IHT) allowances: You can gift up to £3,000 each tax year free of IHT, or £6,000 if there was no Pensions: The Lifetime Allowance has increased gift in the previous tax year. Any of the previous to £1,073,100 – should you take advantage of year’s unused allowance can be carried forward, this increase? Have you maximised the £40,000 meaning a couple can between them potentially annual allowance for pension contributions? make a tax free gift of up to £12,000. On the The annual allowance for tax relievable pension occasion of their children’s marriage parents can contributions is up to £40,000, depending on your gift £5,000 (grandparents £2,500). You can make income. Tax relief on personal contributions is as many gifts of up to £250 per person, per tax available at your highest marginal rate of tax. Have year. Gifts as part of your normal expenditure you used carry forward in order to benefit from are exempt from an IHT charge. A pattern of any unused allowances from the previous three making these payments should be established tax years? It may be possible to carry forward and documented. The tax exempt nil rate band unused allowance from the three previous tax remains at £325,000 until April 2021. years, if the current year’s allowance has been Homeowners may benefit from the Residence used up. Nil Rate Band (RNRB) this is in addition to the Dividend allowance: Have you used the dividend allowance of £2,000?

If your income is over £100,000, a pension contribution may also help to reclaim any ‘lost’ personal allowance, potentially resulting in effective tax relief of up to 60% on your contribution. Consider making a net contribution of up to £2,880 (£3,600 gross) for family members including those with no earnings e.g. children. This could help couples make best use of both of their personal allowances for income tax in retirement.

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rate of 36% on assets above £325,000. You can also mitigate any potential IHT liabilities by implementing simple assurance policies written under suitable trusts. Have you reviewed your Will in the last five years? Review your Will to ensure that your current wishes are reflected and that you are maximising the IHT relief available. Capital gains: UK resident individuals are entitled to realise capital gains of up to £12,300 (2020/21) without having to pay any Capital Gains Tax (CGT). The ownership of any asset may be transferred to or shared with a spouse/civil partner without triggering a tax charge, so that each individual’s annual exemptions may be used for that disposal. The 2020/21 CGT rates are 10% for individuals who have not used their entire basic rate tax band against their income and 20% for higher or additional rate taxpayer. The CGT rate for transactions involving residential property (other than your principal residence), or carried interest, remain at 18% at the lower rate and 28% for the higher income tax rate. For further help and guidance, please contact Paul Samrah, Partner at Moore Kingston Smith, on 01737 781546 or email: psamrah@mks.co.uk

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Index of advertisers | JANUARY 2021 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

A&B Matters 04 MB Bookkeeping 44 Moore Kingston Smith LLP 61


A & S Aerials & Satellites Alpine Aerials & Satellites Avant Home Technology Aerials TAS Aerials

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Quantum Surveyors Roger Minost Architect

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BED & BREAKFAST & ACCOMMODATION BUILDERS & CARPENTRY Bartlett Property & Gardens Downs Southern Ltd Henfield Handmade Furniture Henfield Homes Ltd Nigel Parsons Builders

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Gardner & Scardifield Ltd



Newboldology 09


Cherish Care 02 Coastal Homecare 28 Elite Choice Homecare 18 Henfield Home Checks 22 Sussex Healthcare - Upper Mead 08


B&I Carpets


Henfield Chimney Sweep


Ben Daniels Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Sani Mist Sussex Clean Team

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Henfield Computers





Mallards Dental Practice


BHW Glass Ltd N. Constantine Double Glazing Repairs Timber Windows of Horsham

58 55 64

C&K Electrical, Henfield Garden Spark Garden Electrician Herbert Electrical Jeremy Crawley Henfield Electrician

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


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Robert Slaughter Independent Financial Advisor 44

FOOD, DRINK & FARM SHOPS Elegant Feast Frozen Nutritious Fish Relish Cafe Rushfields Farm Shop South Downs Butchery Springs Smoked Salmon

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C&T Radmall Henfield Funeral Services

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

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GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Beechcroft Landscapes Rooted Garden Services Rushfields Plant Centre & Gifts S. Goodridge Gardens


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ACT Pest Control


Gray Cat Animal Home Visiting Service Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries R&H pet Supplies

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King and Stevens PHB Contractors

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JG Plastering


Aquatec Boiler and Burner Services CJ Plumbing Hollinger Trenching Water Engineering MC Services Gas Plumbing & Heating

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Marcus Grimes


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Steyning Book Shop



Hollinger Trenching Water Engineering PHB Contractors

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A&S Gutter Clearance Gutters and More Just Gutters

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Geoff’s Handyman Services



Bigg Change Gina Iveson Reflexology Hear to Listen Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Next Level Fitness Sani Mist

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East Barn Interiors Ltd 54 Helen Puxley Soft Furnishings 36 Henfield Handmade Furniture 40 Hillary’s Blinds 26 Simply Blinding 45


CC Dance 07 Henfield Leisure Centre 41 Henfield Theatre Company 43 The Henfield Hall 26


Inner Space 44 Marcus Grimes 37 Stevens Lettings 40


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Relish Cafe Rushfields Farm Shop

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G & S Roofing Ltd RA Walker Roofing Services Ltd

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Grommets Ltd


Bluebells Day Nursery Dove Nursery Isabello’s Oscar Bears Day Care

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Networked Security Alpine Aerials & Satellites

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SOLICITORS & WILL WRITERS Amanda Shaw Solicitors Cognitive Law Griffith Smith Solicitors LLP Setfords Solicitors The Sussex Wills Office

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VETERINARY SURGERIES Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries



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Andrew’s Decorating 57 Lady Decorator 59 Trim Decorating 55





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