BN5 Magazine January 2022

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

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JANUARY 2022 | Contents

07 What’s On

from the BN5 area

08 News

from the BN5 area

19 Local Interest

High Street Christmas event

Editor’s Letter

A very Happy New Year to you all. We’re so pleased that Henfield Theatre Company are back on stage with a brilliant production of the ever-popular pantomime, Treasure Island. For obvious reasons they were unable to bring us a pantomime last year, so this year’s production is likely to sell out early, get your tickets soon! It’s going to be so much fun, perfect for brightening up a January evening. They’ve decided to set the performances over two weekends, too, which gives even more children the opportunity of attending one of the matinee performances. Fancy dress optional of course, argh me-hearties! We really enjoyed the Christmas events in Henfield this year, thank you to all the businesses, Churches, clubs and groups involved in bringing so much festive sparkle and magic to our village this year. The sense of community is always strong in Henfield, your hard work is appreciated. Finally, thank you for reading and supporting BN5 in 2021, we look forward to bringing you all the village news, stories and events in 2022. Best wishes

Emma Cole, Editor

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Photographer Amanda Lucas

30 Theatre

Treasure Island from Henfield Theatre Company

35 Kid’s Stuff 41 Local Interest

Bump to Baby - New Classes

Free Church Tree Festival

58 Index

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Martin Love, Sue Willis, Sarah Butler and Paul Samrah. Cover image of HTC’s Treasure Island by Ian Henham with additional artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper at Gemini Print in Shoreham and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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Copy deadline for advertisements or editorial submissions for the February 2022 issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 7 January.

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Woodmancote Parish Council wish to inform residents of the Parish that they are intending to renew the lease of Blackstone Playing Fields to Sussex Cricket for a period of 30 years from April 2022. It has been agreed by the Parish Council and Sussex Cricket that residents will have the opportunity to view the new lease and put forward any comments to the Council for them to consider prior to the lease being signed. The comments will be collated and reviewed at a public meeting to be held in February 2022.

The full lease is available to view at The closing date for comments is 31 January 2022 Please submit comments in writing to the Clerk at or for further information 07884 962453

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JANUARY 2022 | What’s on

SH2030 New Year Walk

Dementia Awareness Session

Blow out the cobwebs on this 1.5hr walk, starting at the Downslink Car Park.Subject to weather conditions check

This free session is led by dementia professional Lorette Mackie, Centre Manager. Advance booking essential

Mon 3 Jan, 10.30am, Downslink Car Park

Tues 11 Jan, 9.30am, Henfield Haven

B-P Guild Christmas Tree Disposal Sat 8 Jan 22, pick-up locations in BN5 area

Bump to Baby Antenatal Class

Have your Christmas tree recycled and raise money for the Scouts Building Appeal. £10 per tree. Call Dave Malkin on 01273 493843 or Eric Williams on 01273 494470

New free antenatal classes for up to 10 women, see article on page 35 for information. Pre-booking only. Organised by Henfield Community Partnership

Treasure Island: The Panto

Thurs 13 Jan, 6.30-8.30pm, Henfield Haven

14, 15, 21, 22 Jan 2022, Henfield Hall

Cinema: West Side Story

Henfield Theatre Company returns with this family favourite. Tickets £13 and £10 (under 16s) on sale from Stevens Estate Agents or

Directed by Steven Spielberg, this musical spectacular follows the warring Jets and Sharks. Tickets from Marcus Grimes or

Tues 18 Jan, 7.30pm, Henfield Hall

Friends of St Peter’s Brunch

Tennis Club Jumble Sale

Come and join us for a delicious brunch with good food and good company. Tickets £10 on sale from 2nd January from St Peter’s Church or Christina’s.

Jumble Sale and Auction. Books, bric-a-brac and £1 stalls, refreshments and raffle. Bring jumble to the Henfield Hall on the day or call 01273 493217

Sat 29 Jan, 10am, Garden Room, Henfield Hall

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Sat 5 Feb, 2pm, Henfield Hall

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Field of Dreams

Peter has been busy planting again, this time with new friends at the Field of Dreams Sussex! The Woodland Trust donated over 250 trees which were then all planted by Gabrielle and her team of volunteers on 13-14 November 2021. Peter also donated an apple tree specifically in remembrance of all the Henfield men who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. If you’re interested in being involved with the community projects at Field of Dreams Sussex, please contact Gabrielle Gardner at angelgstar@gmail. com or follow their Facebook page for details.


Yoga at Tottington

Yoga teacher Marie Page has recently moved to Henfield and has started weekly classes: 10am on Wednesdays at Tottington Manor and 6pm on Thursdays at Henfield Catholic Church Hall. Marie’s classes are designed to be beginnerfriendly and she anticipates a lot of new starters in January if you fancy joining them to improve your flexibility, strength and balance in a friendly relaxing class. As well as the weekly yoga classes there is a monthly Breathwork and Mindfulness Class and occasional workshops for running and other sports. Marie says: “My classes are lots of fun and there is no need to contort yourself into a pretzel to enjoy the benefits of yoga. I’m a believer that yoga is for any age and every body regardless of your level of fitness or lack of bendiness!” More information at www.mariepageyoga. com or all Marie on 07782 171459.

Marie Page

WEA Henfield Branch

Our spring course will be on ‘Women in Shakespeare’, tutored by Francesca Byrne. She will use key speeches in various performances and adaptations to introduce us to a range of female characters from Shakespeare’s plays, including the ‘fiendish queen’ Lady Macbeth and the youthful Juliet among lesser-known heroines. No previous knowledge of the plays is necessary and all are welcome, whether Shakespeare scholars or newcomers to his work. For more information or to enrol visit or phone Maureen Lucas on 01273 493966.

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Maureen Lucas

Henfield Garden and Arts Festival

The very popular Henfield Gardens and Arts Festival will be held on the weekend of 11-12 June 2022 when we hope to be back to our ‘normal’ festival with back gardens open again. Various gardens and venues in the village will welcome visitors and our local artists and musicians will add to the event. We are interested to hear from For more news go to

JANUARY 2022 | News any gardeners who would like to participate in the event. We do not ‘vet’ the gardens and are always keen to hear from new openers from all areas of the village. Local artists interested in exhibiting their art in a garden setting and musicians who like to perform in small settings are also very welcome. Our website is the go to place for information and the necessary paper work and email contact information, alternatively look out for the posters with details on how to join in the Festivals from January.

Suzanne Fisher

250 Year Anniversary

The Henfield Cricket Club have presented to Henfield Museum the photo album prepared for their 250-year anniversary. It shows cricket related photos going back over a hundred years and it can now be viewed by anybody interested at the museum.

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folk in the kitchen played an important part too, as hot drinks, soup, cakes and mulled wine were on offer throughout the day. The day also raised £360 for local charities through the collection of a £1 entrance donation. Congratulations to everyone!

Viv Whitton

Henfield Weekly Market news

The Henfield Weekly Market will be taking a break after Christmas, re-opening on Monday 17 January. Our three January markets will have a Sustainable theme, so we are particularly looking for pre-loved clothes, unwanted Christmas presents, toys, books etc. Make it your New Year resolution to de-clutter and be part of the circular economy! All enquiries to: The Henfield Weekly Market is really pleased to have collected £1,000 for local charities through entrance fees and the sale of teas and coffees at its two Christmas markets in November. At our Charity Auction on 13 December we presented £250 each to the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Know Dementia, the Warren Playgroup and the Henfield Haven who were all extremely grateful. We plan to continue helping local charities with similar proceeds from future special events - watch this space!

Angela Manuel

Arts and Crafts Fair

Sunday 5 December dawned cold, windy and wet - a typical early winter’s morning when most folk would snuggle down further under the duvet with little thought of going out and about. Except for the intrepid crafters who were looking forward to displaying their wares at the Henfield Hall, hoping to tempt visitors into doing some early Christmas shopping. The really keen arrived before the Hall was ready for them but soon everyone had been allocated their table and the following hour or so was filled with chatter and coffee as stalls were set up and decorated. The Hall, decked in seasonal finery, soon looked extremely inviting and the doors opened at 10am - the buzz had begun! Walking through the venue, an amazing display of splendid hand-crafted items were to be seen. Woodwork, pottery, leather handbags, jewellery, quilts and glorious Christmas decorations and cards are just a few to mention, all of which were much appreciated by those who came to buy. The standard of craftsmanship was high and judging by the enthusiasm of the visitors, stall holders were left in no doubt that the long hours of work they had put in had been worth it. The

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Concert raises money for local charities

The October Trafalgar Concert organised by Royal Society of St George Sussex Branch raised enough money to donate to two Sussex Charities: Henfield Area Response Team (HART) is an independent charity which supports the South East Coast Ambulance Service in providing volunteer trained responders for emergency calls in Henfield that are, or potentially are, life-threatening. Local responders attend 999 calls at the request of the ambulance service and provide potential life-saving interventions and care prior to the arrival of the ambulance. They are fully trained and carry medical equipment and defibrillators that can restart a heart during cardiac arrest. When the team are on call the emergency response time in the Henfield area is reduced from a possible 20 minutes to, in many cases, less than 5 minutes,

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which can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. See For 20 years the Dame Vera Lynn’s Children’s Charity has supported more than 700 families who have children under the age of five with Cerebral Palsy and other motor learning impairments. Its Centre in Cuckfield is a bright, welcoming and inspiring place where children and their families find the hope and specialist support they need. The wonderful people who work there provide small group conductive education sessions, music therapy, speech and language therapy, sensory/messy play, swimming and portage home play – all provided free of charge to families. See or call 01444 473274. The Trustees of the RSSG Charitable Trust Fund have agreed to ‘match-fund’ the money raised by our Trafalgar Concert,effectively doubling the amount donated to both charities. For more information see or to join the Sussex Branch contact Pamela Chaston on 01273 983689.

Pamela Chaston

Works Officer Wanted

Henfield Parish Council is seeking an additional Works Officer to work 25 hours per week (5 days). The role will involve assisting the Parish Clerk in managing and maintaining property, land and facilities under the control of Henfield Parish Council. The applicant should have a full driving licence and be physically fit and able to work outdoors in all seasons. Ideally they will be experienced in the use of hand and power tools (although additional training can be provided), computer literate and able to schedule work, obtain quotes and use the Parish Council systems. If you are interested in the position and would like a full job description please contact the Parish Office on 01273 492507 or uk . Alternatively visit and click on the links for the job advert and application form.

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Vaccination volunteers needed

Daytime volunteers are needed at Henfield Medical Centre to help with the Covid-19 booster roll-out. If you can spare just for an hour or two to marshal people and cars at Henfield Medical Centre, please email Peter Bates on jandpbates@ It’s really cold at the moment and many of our regular elderly volunteers find it difficult to stand out in all weathers. All ages of volunteers are encouraged, as long as you’re over 18 you can help! Henfield Medical Centre is at times a designated Covid booster drop-in with people coming from all over Sussex. It means a huge increase in traffic, many of these visitors will have followed their SatNavs with no local knowledge and will be unaware of the parking issues and local roads. If you live near HMC you may be inconvenienced, please be patient. If you’re local please use the Leisure Centre car park or walk and leave car parking spaces at HMC for those with mobility problems or visitors from out of area. All volunteers and staff should be treated with courtesy and politeness, please remain calm if you have to wait and appreciate that everyone is doing their very best under extraordinary circumstances. Volunteers are unpaid and will be giving up their time to keep our community safe.


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Short mat bowls in the Henfield Hall

Once again a welcoming group is playing a friendly game of short mat bowls every Friday morning in the Henfield Hall. Previously we were the ‘Henfield Short Mat Bowls Club’. However after various covid lockdowns, we passed the anniversary of our last AGM and therefore technically the Club did not exist. So we considered the future. With inevitable ageing over the years, most of our members no longer wanted to drive off on a dark winter Sunday afternoon to play another club, however convivial such occasions were. So if we can still play our Friday games with the good help of David (Hall Steward), why bother to start up the Club again with all the business of officers and meetings and minutes and accounts and so-on? Why pay to belong to the SMB Association, which was mandatory to play inter-club, with all its bureaucratic regulations and instructions? So ‘the club’ has lapsed leaving the same friendly group of players on a Friday morning enjoying the game as always (though the biscuits aren’t as good!). Now I can entice you to come and join, sure in the knowledge that you won’t be asked to ‘be on a committee’. There’s no subs to pay or commitment to make – just come and join the group of Friday Friends for a fun morning out of the winter rain. There are sets of bowls for you to use, | 11

News | JANUARY 2022 or bring your own ‘outdoor woods’, but please you must change your shoes for flat soled ones before you get on a mat. Don’t worry, we’ll soon show you.

Derek Rogers

Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex

Do you belong to a group or club? Would you like to learn about the life-saving care, being provided 24/7, 365 days a year by your local Air Ambulance? Are you interested in hearing real life stories about the people we have helped and finding out about you can help support our work? You can book a talk with us - free of charge - and one of our amazing volunteer speakers will be happy to join you and your members in person or on video call to help spread the word. During an interesting and inspiring presentation, you will get an insight into how we work, innovate and save lives. As a charity we would welcome an opportunity to raise awareness of our work and to explain how your members can get involved in supporting us. If you would like to know more, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch now on 01634 471 900 or at to book a talk at a time and place that suits you.

Katie Rose

Sussex Police donate to HART

Henfield Area Response Team (HART) is currently fundraising to relocate a number of the life-saving defibrillators in the local area to ensure access 24/7. They received a major donation in December of £2,500 from Sussex Police towards the purchase of six of the weather-proof cabinets needed. This donation was funded by the Police Property Act Fund which ensure the proceeds of crime are fed back to benefit the local communities like Henfield and surrounding villages. If you would like to help the volunteers of HART maintain these accessible life-saving defibrillators then texting HART to 70460 will donate £5.

Nigel Higson

Are you Dementia Aware?

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At the Henfield Haven we are working to help the village become ‘Dementia Friendly’, to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with dementia and to learn how to help those around you who may be caring for someone who lives with dementia. It’s rare to meet someone who isn’t affected by this disease and we know that the more people who understand it, the easier life will be for those who live with it. If you would like to learn a little about this interesting subject, you can attend a free Dementia Awareness Information Session on Tuesday 11 January at 9.30am. Advance booking is essential please because numbers are limited. The session will last around an hour and is led by expert practitioner Lorette Mackie who is Centre Manager at the Henfield Haven. It’s lively, friendly and interesting and will certainly challenge your perceptions of dementia. To book a space, please email Lorette on or call 01273 494747.

Lorette Mackie

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JANUARY 2022 | News Year Walk where members old and new can chat and walk together in the open air. It should be a good way to start the year off and blow away the cobwebs of the last year. We will meet at the car park near the Downslink and Old Railway pub at 10.30am for a 1.5 hour walk. Please note we will not go ahead with the walk if weather is bad, so check if you are unsure. Thank you for your continued support to Sustainable Henfield by donating your unwanted goods © Amanda Lucas for recycling. We have now raised £13,000 and are now supporting 5 local good causes: Henfield Christmas fundraiser Haven, St Peter’s school, Henfield Youth Club, Henfield Scouts building appeal and SustainThe High Street buzzed with a great turnout of able Henfield. It’s very rewarding to have made happy shoppers on the Christmas Shopping evening, helped by the weather which cleared up this amount of money and thanks are given to all those who have given a lot of their time to make to a dry, if slightly cool, evening. Altogether over this happen – especially Chris and Anne Hyde, £500 was raised for the Henfield Haven. Fiona Sue Eastell, Katherine Chamberlain, Sue Adams held a raffle that had some cracking prizes donated by Richwards, Sussex Builders and Lloyds and Tamsin Gibbs. We are continuing to take Chemists. The BP Guild held a bucket collection donations but need to manage the capacity comand the Haven ran a Tombola table. My thanks to ing in due to the time commitment involved. If you Fiona, Rob and all who contributed to a very suc- have items in very good condition please contact Ruth Robotham on 07729 483068. cessful and enjoyable evening.

Digby Stephenson

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Henfield Arts Society Talk

The Arts Society Henfield meets monthly on the 2nd Monday of each month in The Henfield Hall. Our next event is Monday 10th January 2pm for 2.30pm, “Garibaldi and the British - from biscuits to blouses”. The speaker is Christopher Garibaldi. Guest entry £8.

Jenny Ives

Woodmancote & Henfield WI Sustainable Henfield news

We plan to start 2022 with a friendly and leisurely walk near the village to get to know each other better so keep a calendar note for Monday 3 January 2022 for the Sustainable Henfield New

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The Woodmancote and Henfield WI will begin their first 2022 meeting with a game of skittles! Please come and join us on Wednesday 19th January at 2pm in the Henfield Hall. Tea and cake provided along with a prize for the winner! New members very welcome.

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Fulking Village Toddler Group

The Toddler Group in Fulking Village Hall has returned. This is a small friendly group, where babies and children can play and sing with their parents or carers. There are plenty of toys, a play dough table and refreshments. We meet every Wednesday from 10 until 11.30am term times. We appreciate a donation of £1.00

Tricia Robinson

Living Well Programme

We are pleased to announce more dates for our online version of the Living Well, a free NHS self-management course for patients living with any long term physical or mental health condition, helping patients to take more control of their health by learning new skills to help manage their conditions better on a daily basis. The online course incorporates many of the topics covered in our community course and runs over six weekly sessions each lasting two hours, via Microsoft (MS) Teams. The new course dates are as follows: Mondays 2-4pm from 10 January until 14 February 2022; Thursdays 10am-12pm from 13 January until 17 February 2022; Wednesdays 10am-12pm from 2nd February until 9th March 2022; Tuesdays 2-4pm from 1 March until 5 April 2022; Fridays 10am-12pm from 4 March until 8th April 2022.

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Brownie Silver Award

As part of the new Girlguiding programme, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides can earn Bronze, Silver and Gold awards by completing various activities and badges. I am pleased to say that Chloe has become the first Henfield Brownie to earn her Silver award. It has taken her two years to get this far, (not helped by Covid) and she earned her Bronze award during the first lockdown, showing how keen she was to get the award by doing a number of activities at home. Some of the activities Chloe has done to earn Silver, include making slime, painting with milk, learning how mobile phones work, learning about her rights and completing her inventing badge. Over the next two terms Chloe will be going for Gold by taking action learning how to Be Well. Hopefully I will soon be presenting more Brownie Bronze and Silver Awards and the all-important Gold Awards. If your daughter would like to join Girlguiding in Henfield and earn these awards herself, we have spaces at most units. You can register your daughter via the Girlguiding website: www. . We also need some new adult volunteers to help at Rainbows and Guides, so if you want to help empower the young women of the future and offer them the chance to earn these awards, please register on the Girlguiding website. You don’t need to have been a member of Guiding before and all training is provided.

Natalie Denning

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Community Climate Fund reopens for new applications New applications for Horsham District Council’s Community Climate Fund will open from 3 January - 11 February 2022 for projects that help to protect the environment. All residents and businesses have a valuable role to play in

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JANUARY 2022 | News tackling climate change. The Council hopes that this Fund will enable community-led groups to deliver projects that share everyone’s vision of becoming a carbon neutral District. Projects should include a commitment to inform the wider community about the project and inspire others to take action. So far 13 community groups from across the District have received funding for projects as diverse as installing bicycle racks, LED lighting, solar panels and air source heat pumps, to Male Reed Bunting © Paula Blake sustainable planting schemes, recycling initiatives and educational projects. Find out more and apBN5 Birds ply for funding at , call Winter is here and we have started to feed the 01403 215358 or email community.development@ garden birds. I have noticed that they are more tolerant of each other at present. Normally I expect Blackbirds to chase off Song Thrushes, Sarah Hogben Great Tits to scare off Blue Tits and Blue Tits to terrorise Coal Tits. One morning there were two Blackbirds having a bath in our pond with a Song Thrush and a Starling queuing up at the side. We have seen Starlings, Blackbirds and a Robin pecking on the ground together and Blue Tits on the feeder with a Coal Tit - all in perfect harmony. I’d like to think that it’s Christmas spirit but, as they become more territorial over the winter, I know things will get back to normal. Redwings and Fieldfares, our winter thrush visitors, have arrived from Scandinavia and Northern Europe and can be seen in the fields around Henfield and the Downs Link. You may see more Blackbirds than normal in your garden over the winter; these additional birds will have flown over St Barnabas Hamper Winners from Northern Europe also. Look out for Reed Congratulations to Anne and Chris who won this Buntings (a brown bird, bigger that a House Sparrow, with a black head and white collar) which will lovely hamper packed with festive goodies from come into gardens from the fields and Blackcaps the Henfield Friends of St Barnabas House. The charity ran a stall at the Henfield High Street Late (a grey warbler, same size as a House Sparrow with either a black or brown ‘cap’) which used Night Shopping evening on 3rd December. They are pleased to have raised £230 which will go to- to be a summer visitor but are now increasingly wards helping St Barnabas hospice provide their staying all year round. If you need help identifying tremendous care service, thank you everyone for your garden birds have a look at and click on Henyour generosity. field’s Birds and Bird Identification. Steve Parnell

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he village turned out in force on Friday 3 December to help celebrate the beginning of the festive season with the Henfield High Street Christmas Shopping evening. With the High Street lights on, the village Christmas tree lit-up, and all the shops, cafes and pubs all beautifully decorated, it was a wonderful evening that put everyone in the festive mood. There was plenty of entertainment for children up and down the High Street including clowns, jugglers, side-shows, a merry-go-round, bauble decorating and a lucky dip to name just a few. Congratulations to the winners of the Fancy Dress competition with the Superhero theme; Ocean Standing and Teddy Cracknell who won vouchers from Stokes, there are free lollipops in Hamfelds for all the entrants. There was a background of music throughout the evening including carol singers, a beautiful vintage fairground pipe-organ, a piano player and even a jazz band playing some festive tunes at Henfield Tea Gardens. Father Christmas also put in an appearance despite his busy December schedule, he had help from his Youth Club elves and we’re hoping he remembers all the gift wishes of the local children. He left his reindeer to rest in Stokes Garden and his sleigh on Cagefoot

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Lane with the BP Guildsmen. There was plenty of food and drink to keep shoppers sustained throughout the evening from spiced mulled wine, gingerbread men, mince pies and hot chocolate to the less traditional but equally popular milkshakes, pies, smoothies and candyfloss. This is a busy time of year for our local traders and we are hugely lucky to have a vibrant High Street offering us the opportunity to do much of our festive shopping locally. Many of the shops were open late on the evening, offering shoppers the chance to browse and purchase cards, decorations, gift ideas and stocking-fillers well in advance of the festive period. Thank you for supporting them and thank you for your generosity to the local charities who attended; over £500 was raised for the Henfield Haven. Everyone worked incredibly hard to create a wonderful Christmas atmosphere on the night and big thanks must go to Rob and Fiona Ayres from Stokes for organising the evening and to all the local businesses who put in so much effort. We would also like to thank all those who came and supported our fabulous High Street.

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Amanda Lucas of Amanda Lucas Photography has been providing special memories for couples, parents and families for eight years. Whether its weddings, christenings or family get-togethers Amanda has a magical touch with her photography. We talked to her to find out more about her business. “It all started when my best friend had a baby and I decided to give her baby photos as a gift. I had studied photography in college and once I started the project for my friend I absolutely loved it! I set up my business, Amanda Lucas Photography, in 2013 and I’ve never looked back. I love taking pictures of special events such as weddings and family shoots and I enjoy capturing natural moments rather than creating them. My favourite feedback is when a bride and groom tell me they didn’t notice I was there. I think I’m just a really nosy person at heart and I relish being a fly on the wall! I get to meet so many new people through my work and I just love becoming part of their family for the duration of the event. I often work with people over years capturing their wedding, then their baby shoots and family shoots it feels like I’m evolving with them over time. My husband Rob has been a huge inspiration to me. He’s a videographer and when we got together we spent many nights out capturing the stars and ‘geeking’ out with cameras! He helped me set up

Amanda Lucas Photography and he has always encouraged me to pursue photography as a career. In partnership with Rob we provide the full service for all the important life events, photos and film from start to finish. The final edit of a wedding video is such a special moment, encapsulating the joy, laughter and emotions of the whole day. We love working together and that’s our special skill; having experienced this special day with the family we just love to put all the beautiful moments together for them. I grew up in Henfield and lived there until my early 20’s. The Downs Link is where I learnt to ride a bike and spent many hours riding my horse – it will always be a special place for me and it’s also where I love to take family shoots. I’m often in Henfield catching up with friends and at nearly every wedding I capture there’s always someone from Henfield there! I love the community aspect of the village and I’ve been super lucky to capture so many community events for BN5 Magazine. They’ve been incredibly supportive of me and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for them. People often ask me the way to stand or what to do when I’m taking pictures. My best advice is for them to forget anyone’s looking and just have a good time!” 07867 475 806

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ave you ever walked along a perfect beach on a Caribbean island and noticed the glitter of diamonds breaking through the surface of the white sand, catching the evening sunlight? No – we haven’t either, but at the Henfield Theatre Company (HTC) we are all set to portray the dreams of Squire Trelawny and his mates who have a map that promises to lead them to buried treasure beyond their wildest dreams. Yes, pantomime is back in Henfield and what a scorcher it is set to be! It is, perhaps, a far cry from the original Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson but the essential elements

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are all there. Long John Silver and his gang of pirates have their glass eyes on the treasure of course. However in order to compete with Squire Trelawny they find themselves needing to enlist the help of the ladies of the Smugglers Cove Women’s Institute as well as a couple of bumbling old sailors (Willy and Sam)! Not ideal for the pirates but it has hilarious consequences for the audience! Jim Hawkins the principal boy soon falls in love with the Squire’s beautiful daughter and they get caught up in the adventure to retrieve the treasure. Jim’s Mum (the Dame) and Polly the pantomime parrot add colour and hilarity and are sure to be a big hit with children and adults alike.


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‘Treasure Island – The Panto’ is setting sail on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd January 2022. Evening performances will start at 7.30pm and there will be a matinée on both Saturdays at 2.30pm. As usual the production will have a live band. Come along to either of the matinées in pirate fancy dress and prizes will be awarded to the children with the best costumes. Loads of pirate goodies will also available to buy for pirates of any age! Get your tickets and enjoy the fun – this one is really going to have the aaarrrr factor! A great crew has been assembled and everyone is looking forward to the fun. It was expertly

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written by Ben Crocker and our production is directed by Peter Ingledew, musical director is David Barnett and the choreographer is Karen Blunden. Tickets (priced £13 for adults and £10 for children under 16), are available from the box office in Stevens Estate Agents or from the HTC website at The production is kindly sponsored by Coles Automotive. Don’t miss it or you might be given… the Black Spot!

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Calling all new mums... Do you want to weigh your baby? Drop in session | Every Monday | 2-4pm In the North Wing via the New Entrance at Henfield Medical Centre Just walk up the new ramp, let yourself in and use the scales which will be laid out for you. Any questions please email 34 | BN5 Magazine

Bump to Baby in 2022


enfield is a hugely popular village for young couples to move to in order to start a family. But despite its popularity, sadly there has been no provision for antenatal or postnatal groups in the village for several years now. Working together with various local groups, the Henfield Community Partnership (HCP) is looking to change all that in 2022. The free village antenatal classes will start on Thursday 13 January and will be held at the Henfield Haven on Thursday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm for up to 10 women (over 28 weeks of pregnancy) and their partners. Run by a practicing and experienced midwife, there will be the opportunity to meet other parents to-be and free tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. The information covered in the course will be consistent and evidence based and will include: What to expect in labour and birth; C-section births, forceps, ventouse delivery and pain relief; going home with baby, breast feeding and formula feeding. If successful, it is hoped to run the antenatal courses bi-monthly going forward. The free village postnatal drop-in sessions will start on Tuesday 8 February at the Henfield Haven Garden Room from 9.30-11.30am. These will be specifically for new parents (i.e. parents of pre-crawling babies) and the sessions will

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provide support and an opportunity to socialise as well as the chance to weigh babies. There will be free tea/coffee and biscuits available (although donations will be welcome) and parents will be able to purchase additional food and drink from the Haven Café. The sessions will be run by experienced volunteers. In addition, Henfield Medical Centre are now inviting all new parents to come and weigh their babies. Please just walk into the building via the new entrance on a Monday anytime between 2pm-4pm, no appointment is needed. Any questions please email Once the HCP has established the antenatal and postnatal groups they plan to set up a parent and toddler group for the village too. For more information or to book a place on the antenatal course, please email Alex Nevatt at If you think you would like to volunteer at the drop-in postnatal sessions the HCP would love to hear from you at You can find us on Facebook if you search for Henfield Bump to Baby, please join our group to keep up to date with the latest information.

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Christmas Tree Festival

Henfield was sparkling with beautiful lights and decorations over the festive period and the wonderful Henfield Evangelical Free Church Christmas Tree Festival was the most sparkling event of them all! This traditional festival sees the Free Church, situated in the heart of Henfield High Street, filled with beautiful, creative and clever displays, many of them produced by local businesses and clubs. All visitors are all tasked with voting for their favourite tree, which can be a tricky assignment! Children also participated, with the younger Year One children from St Peter’s decorating their very own miniature trees. Pastor Andrew Lawton and myself had the enjoyable task of voting for the winning trees. Congratulations to Penelope

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Midwinter-Johnson and Frankie Jeffries who have both won Sharky’s vouchers for their entries, we were really impressed with the levels of imagination and creativity. Visitors enjoyed a visit from Spooky the Swains Donkey, afterwards, the Post House Cafe was open for hot chocolates and mulled cider and homemade cakes to warm everyone up! The trees stayed in place for the entire weekend and a special Christmas Service took place with a Pop Up Nativity on the Sunday. Congratulations to Pastor Andrew Lawton and Karmel Lawton and the team at the Evangelical Free Church for creating this beautiful festival for us all to enjoy.

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Managing the cashflow As every entrepreneur knows cash is the life blood of any business and it is therefore vital that owner managers put the management of cash near the top of their business priorities. Whether or not your business is in profit, you cannot leave anything to chance regarding managing your cash flow. You need to know that you have sufficient cash to meet the requirements of your business going forward and therefore you should have an early warning system to alert you to future problems.

Bank managers do not like surprises and they are more likely to assist you with a temporary problem, when you have warned them well in advance. This reassures them that you are that you are on top of your business and are planning ahead. If you do need to ask for help from your bank manager, in order to resolve a crisis, make sure that you know what has caused the current problem and ensure any future problems can be addressed and resolved. For example, you may have had some recent unexpected expenditure that could not be avoided and this has put a strain on your normal cash flows. This happens to many businesses and if you do not have the accumulated reserves to ride through these setbacks, you will need to ask for some support from your bankers.

the problem.

Poor cashflow frequently results from poor credit control - the damage caused to your business from incurring bad debts can be considerable. Generally the cost of a single debt is equal to the net profits from a further 15 sales. By imposing some discipline at the beginning of the sales cycle and monitoring the situation through to the end of the cycle, you should be able to secure a smooth collection of debts, improve cash flow and avoid compromising the relationship you have with your customers. 1.



4. Alternatively, there could be a more fundamental problem in that your business is not trading profitably. If this is the case, you need to meet with your financial advisers and make some realistic projections for the business moving 5. forward. This process will involve looking at all your business costs that you incur and making cuts to save cash. In some circumstances, it may be possible to return surplus stock held to the suppliers. You will also need to predict your future sales based on previous experience. If you do find that your business does not have enough cash going forward, do not sit on your hands and do nothing about it, as this could make things worse. Act now and take control of 56 | BN5 Magazine


The credit control procedure should be such that goods cannot be dispatched or services provided, unless the credit control department has positively confirmed that the sale should proceed. Up to date information must be readily available and this will often require a good computerised management information system. Invoicing must be done at the earliest opportunity. Remember that a customer will rarely pay an invoice, before it has been received!

To reduce the potential for disputes and delays, ensure that the customer has all the necessary documentation and evidence of delivery to allow the invoice to be authorised for payment. Understanding your customers’ systems can greatly assist your cash collection. For example, ensure your statement is received by them in time for their monthly payment run. Take up references as a matter of course. Customers must be given a realistic credit limit, which should only be increased after receiving good credit references and by reviewing their payment history with you. Be prepared to reduce a credit limit if necessary. When you open a new account, obtain confirmation that your customer has




received and understood your terms of business and payment requirements.

The chasing of customers should start with telephone contact before the due date to ensure all is well and there are no reasons why the invoice will not be paid on time. The first contact should not be when they fall into the 3 months’ column on an aged debtor report.

Inducements to improve cash inflow are sometimes appropriate. You can offer discounts for early settlement/and or interest surcharges for late payers. Adjustments to your printed terms of trade may be needed to cover these items. If your business needs cash before your customer is willing or able to deliver his payment, then factoring and invoice discounting should be considered.

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Index of advertisers | JANUARY 2022 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

A&B Matters 04 Moore Kingston Smith LLP 57


A & S Aerials & Satellites 53 Avant Home Technology 39 TAS Aerials 52

ARCHITECTS & SURVEYORS Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels B&B



MeloVelo 33

BUILDERS & CARPENTRY Bartlett Property & Gardens Gardener & Scardifeld Henfield Homes Ltd Salamander Group

46 43 54 37

Gardner & Scardifeld Ltd Nigel Parsons Builders

43 42

Coastal Homecare Elite Choice Homecare Henfield Home Checks

49 48 24



B&I Carpets 52


Henfield Chimney Sweep


Henfield Computers


Mallards Dental Practice


BHW Glass Ltd N. Constantine Double Glazing Repairs

54 52



C&K Electrical 55 Garden Spark (Avant Home Technology) 46 Herbert Electrical 55 Jeremy Crawley Electrical 46

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


55 52 59

Robert Slaughter Independent Financial Advisor 51

FOOD, DRINK & FARM SHOPS Relish Cafe Rushfields Farm Shop South Downs Butchery


12 16 24

C&T Radmall 39 Henfield Funeral Services 39

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

58 28 & 40 54

Beechcroft Landscapes Rooted Garden Services Rushfields Plant Centre & Gifts Stephen Wakeham Trugreen West Sussex

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Henfield Art Club Steyning Book Shop

10 13

Hollinger Trenching Water Engineering PHB Contractors

45 51

A&S Gutter Clearance Just Gutters

46 50

Geoff’s Handyman Services





Beverley Robinson Mobile Foot Health 39 Bigg Change 33 Fit For Good 14 Hear to Listen 32 Henfield Chiropractic Clinic 32 Henfield Leisure Centre 02 & 22 Marie Page Yoga 08 Stepping Stones Podiatry 39

INTERIORS, BLINDS & UPHOLSTERY East Barn Interiors Ltd Helen Puxley Soft Furnishings Hillary’s Blinds The Design Lab

50 42 44 20

Cinemobile Fit For Good Henfield Theatre Company Henfield Hall Henfield Leisure Centre Henfield Weekly Market The Evangelical Free Church Woodmancote Parish Council

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Marcus Grimes Letting Stevens Lettings


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

38 44 38

AMP Groundcare Machinery Services King & Stevens PHB Contractors

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Salamander Group & JG Plastering





Aquatec 54 CJ Plumbing 55 MC Services Gas Plumbing & Heating 55 Oil Only Burners 45


Marcus Grimes 17 Stevens 52



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Henfield Tea Garden Singing Hills Golf Course Relish Cafe Tottington Manor The Wheatsheaf

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G Standing Roofing G & S Roofing Ltd

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Bluebells Day Nursery Dove Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care Our Lady of Scion School Warren Playgroup

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Amanda Shaw Solicitors Cognitive Law Setfords Solicitors The Sussex Wills Office

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Henfield Village Cars







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Albany Desk Rental



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AJG Interiors 38 Keltons 37 Trim Decorating 42


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