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JUNE 2018 | Contents


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After a fabulously sunny May we are really looking forward to a busy outdoorsy June and there are some really great local events to look forward to. The perennial favourite, Henfield Festival of Gardens and Arts takes place in early June, then there’s the Shipley Arts Festival, the South of England Show at Ardingly, Wood’s Mill 50th anniversary events, Sussex Prairies re-opening with their plant fairs and courses, the Floral Fringe at Knepp, the end of the brilliant Steyning Festival and to finish it all off Henfield’s contribution to the Great Get Together in Henfield High Street. There’s also artists open houses in Horsham and plenty of concerts and exhibitions, and don’t forget the always popular St Peter’s Church Fete! All these wonderful things do a great job to remind us what a busy, happy, caring village we live in. Please don’t think life is changing for the worse when you hear the bad news (which travels a lot faster than the good news), such as the raid on Barclay’s Bank or the assault on a member of the Shell Garage staff. These terrible things are upsetting and can cause real harm to the victims. But, they are rare, this IS a wonderful village and there are a lot of good people who working hard to make a difference. With so many good things happening in June it’s a great time to join in, help where you can, and have fun!


from the BN5 area

26 Local Interest Henfield Fire Station

36 Local Interest Henfield Festival of Gardens and Arts

39 Local Interest Ian Thomson, Sussex Cricketer

46 Local Interest

Henfield Village Evening Editor

66 Index

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Kenneth McIntosh, Sue Willis, Rod Richardson, Ann Donaghue and Paul Samrah. Cover photograph by Amanda Lucas with additional artwork by Emily Walker from Black Design. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper at Gemini Print in Shoreham and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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

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What’s on | JUNE 2018 Due to the number of events, some repeating events have been omitted. For a full listing, see www.henfieldbn5.co.uk. For the Haven’s programme, visit the Henfield Haven, Hewitts, BN5 9DT or go to www.impactinitiatives.org.uk/henfield-haven.

Friday 1

Steyning Festival

Various venues, (until 9th June) Visit www.steyningfestival.co.uk.

Little Fishes

(& 17th) Family and Juniors Teach-In Short Mat Bowls Roll Up for new members and nonmembers. Colin Lammie to book Henfield Hall, 10am-12pm (& every Weds) a place 01903 812115. Shipley Arts Festival Concert All welcome.

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St Andrew’s Church, Steyning 7pm Henfield Byways Henfield Library for start, 10am See www.shipleyartsfestival. co.uk. More concert venues on (& 20th) 2-3 miles. No dogs. All welcome, 8th and 17th. led by trained volunteers, no need to book.

Monday 4

Henfield Table Tennis

Toddler Group

Free Church Hall, 2-4pm (every Mon) Fulking Village Hall, 10-11.30am Open to all. Call 01273 494352 St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (& (& every Weds) for more information. every Fri) Play & sing. Suggested donation £1. For pre-school children and their Riverside Beavers Books, CDs, and DVDs. carers. Storytime, songs and Scout Hut, 5.45-7pm (every Mon) Carers’ Support Group refreshments. 1st Henfield Scouts Free Church Hall, 10.30am– All Stars Cricket Training Scout Hut, 7.30-9pm (every Mon) 12pm (& every 1st Weds) Henfield Cricket Club, 4.30– Friendly carers’ group for 5.30pm (& every Fri) information and support. Haven Green Garden For children aged 5-8, see www. Lakeside Beavers Group ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars. Scout Hut, 5.45-7pm (& every Henfield Haven, 9.30am– Colts Training Weds) 11.30pm (& alt Tues) Henfield Cricket Club, 4.30–7pm Beginners gardening group. Girls Football Training (& every Fri) Kings Field, 6–7pm (every Weds) Boys: U9s & U10s 4.30-5.30pm, Book at Haven. Sessions open to all primary age U11s, U13s & U14s 5.30-7pm. Action for Deafness girls. 07584 308414. Girls: all girls, to learn or develop Audiology Centre, Henfield cricketing skills - 5.30-6.30pm. Haven, 10am-12pm (every Tues) Henfield Joggers Drop-in hearing aid maintenance Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& Adur Cubs every Weds) Scout Hut, 6-7.30pm (& every Fri) service. Open to all. Running both on Henfield Shed Corpus Christi Youth Club and off-road. Stokes Garden, 10am-12pm (& Corpus Christi Church Hall, Henfield Lions Club every Tues, Weds & Fri) 6.30–8pm (& 29th) George Hotel, 7.30pm (& every henfieldshed.org.uk. All children from Year 4 to 7 1st Weds) welcome. Steyning 2 Mile Stroll New members welcome. Steyning Health Centre for start, Henfield Haven Quiz Henfield Bell Ringers 11am (& 19th) Henfield Haven, 7 for 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, 7.45pm (& Ticket includes 2 course supper. 2 mile stroll. All welcome, led every Weds) by trained volunteers, no need Proceeds to the Haven. New ringers welcome, come to book. Steyning Jazz Club along or contact 01273 596485 Knit and Natter Steyning Centre, 8.30–11pm (& Henfield Library, 2–4pm (& every every 1st Fri) 1st Tues) South of England Show The Leon Greening Quartet. Bring knitting, crocheting, quilting South of England Showground (& etc. Chat & work together. until 9th)

Tuesday 5

Thursday 7

Saturday 2 Floral Fringe

Free Snooker

Knepp Castle, 10.30am–5pm (& 3rd) Henfield Club, 5–10.30pm (& An eclectic, quirky, foodie, arty, every Tues) plantaholics wildlife event with a Youth Club (age 8-11) vintage twist! Henfield Youth Club, 6-7.30pm (& every Tues, term-time)

Sunday 3

Angling Society Teach-In

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Spitfire Explorers

Minibus Trip

Henfield Haven for pick up, 10am-4.30pm Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton.

Rhyme Time

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am Scout Hut, 8.15-9.30pm (every Tues) (& every Thurs) For even more events listings go to www.henfieldbn5.co.uk

JUNE 2018 | What’s on Fun with music for preschoolers.

Sussex Prairies Workshop Prairie Gardens, 10.30am–2pm Various dates. See www. sussexprairies.co.uk.

Charity Car Wash

sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk. Henfield Fire Station, 10am-4pm Sussex Prairies Plant Fair Also cake sale & raffle. In aid of Prairie Gardens, 12–5pm the Firefighters Charity. See www.sussexprairies.co.uk.

Artist Open House

Music Session

South Lodge, Littleworth, RH13 The George, 8–11pm (2nd Sun) Henfield Unattached 8JX, 10am–5pm (10th, 16th & 17th) Singers, musicians and audience are all welcome. White Hart, 11am (every 1st Thurs) Jewellery, Textiles, Pottery and Paintings. See henfieldbn5.co.uk For those who are alone. Enquiries 01273 495820 or just for details. The Arts Society Steyning drop-in. Henfield Gardens & Arts The Steyning Centre, 10.30am– Steyning & Henfield Rotary Various locations in Henfield, 12pm (& every 2nd Mon) Club 11am–4pm (& 10th) ‘Artists and Espionage’. See Article. Castle Inn, 7.15-9.45pm (every Thurs) The Arts Society Henfield Photography & Art Youth Club (ages 11-19) Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (& every Exhibition Henfield Youth Club, 7.30-9.30pm 2nd Mon) (& every Thurs, term-time) 8, Orchard Close, Small Dole, 250 years of The Royal Academy. 11am–4pm (& 10th) See News Item Games after School Henfield Wild Violets WI Memory Moments Café Henfield Library, 3–4.30pm (& Garden Room, Henfield Hall, every Mon term-time) Corpus Christi Church Hall, 10am–12pm (& every 2nd Fri) Youth Club (yrs 6, 7, 8) 2-4pm (& alt Sat) ‘Getting to Know You’ – A kind All welcome, especially those Henfield Youth Club, 6.30-8pm (& of speed dating without the with memory loss. every Mon, term-time) dating!

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Saturday 9

Steyning/Wiston Walk

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

Kick It

Henfield Youth Club, 9-10am (& every Sat, term-time) The basics of football for 3–5 year olds.

Poynings Country Fete Rectory Garden, 2-4.30pm See news item.

St Mary’s Musical Afternoon

St Mary’s House, Bramber, 3pm Visit stmarysbramber.co.uk

Soho Village Jazz Band The White Hart, 3.30-6pm See Advert.

Sunday 10

50th Anniversary Cat & Canary Beer & Cider Celebration Festival Woods Mill Cat & Canary, all day (& 10th) See Advert

Free guided walks throughout June. See news item

Tuesday 12

Henfield Flower Club

Henfield Hall, 2–4.30pm (& every 2nd Tues) Eleanor Bracken – ‘Blooming June’, Member’s Exhibit – ‘Celebrations’.

Archaeology of Rampion Wind Farm

Ropetackle, Shoreham, 7pm A free information evening about the work carried out and what was found.

Henfield History Group

Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every 2nd Tues)

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JUNE 2018 | What’s on A History of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Saturday 16

White Hart, 8.30pm (alt Tues) In aid of HART.

Various locations in Partridge Green, 11am–5pm (& 17th) Includes a scarecrow trail.

HART Pub Quiz

Wednesday 13

Partridge Green Open Gardens

Henfield Garden Club outing Sidonie Winter & Mid Sussex Sinfonia Henfield Hall for start Visit BN5 website for details.

Knit and Natter

Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am12pm (& every 2nd Weds) Items and children’s clothes knitted for charity. Donated wool appreciated.

Friends of Medical Centre AGM

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am–1pm See Advert.

Wineham Walk

Corpus Christi Church Hall, Henfield 1.30–3.30pm (& alt Thurs, term-time) Anyone welcome, especially those with memory loss.

Friday 15

Messy Church

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

Friends of St Peter’s Concert St. Peter’s Church, 7pm See News Item.

Corpus Christi Youth Club Corpus Christi Church Hall, 6.30–8.30pm All children from Year 4 to 7 welcome.

Hurst Village Cinema Pop-Up Cinema, Albourne Vineyard, 7.30pm Sideways (15). Visit www. hurstfilms.com.

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Brighton Consort Concert

Washington Walk

Sunday 17

Henfield Haven, 12.30pm Call 01273 494747 to book.

Jazzled Choir

Hurstpierpoint College Chapel, 7.30pm Rossini - Petite Messe Solennelle. See henfieldbn5.co.uk. St Peter’s Church, 7.30–9pm Madrigils, lute songs and partsongs from across the centuries. www.brightonconsort.org.uk.

Henfield Medical Centre, 7pm AGM followed by Doctors Question Time with HMC staff.

Royal Oak for start, 10am 5 miles. No dogs. All welcome, sociable, led by trained volunteers; no need to book.

Sussex Chorus

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, 7.30–10pm A Viennese evening of arias, duets, overtures and waltzes. See BN5 website for details.

South Downs Way Car Park for start, 10am Circular 9 miles. All welcome, free, sociable, led by trained volunteers; no need to book.

Thursday 14

10am–4pm See Article.

Community Sunday Lunch

Tuesday 19

Dementia Information Session

Henfield Haven, 9.45-10.45am

Sunday 24

Preloved Marketplace

Monday 25

Citizens Advice Bureau (Outreach)

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

Tuesday 26

Henfield Art Club

Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 7.15– 9.30pm (& every 4th Tues) Henfield Hall Car Park, 10am-3pm Rob Wareing – A portrait in pastels. Information and support for patients and their families. Small Dole Tuesday Club Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm every 4th Tues) Woodmancote & Henfield WI (& ‘Flanders and Somme – then Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (& every and now’. 3rd Weds) Elvira Gabos – Waterwise – Southern Water. Henfield Parkinson’s Café Henfield Haven Café, 10.30am– 12pm (& every last Weds) Bereavement Support Friendly meeting for people with Henfield Haven Café, 4.15Parkinson’s and their carers. 5.15pm (& every 3rd Thurs) Organised by Parkinson’s UK. Non-religious group supporting local people. Contact St Peter’s Church Office 01273 495532. Tennis Club Open Day Henfield Tennis Club, 10.30am– 4.30pm Family Evening A free fun filled tennis day. Lots Free Church Hall, 6.30–8pm (& of opportunities to try some every 4th Fri) tennis for all the family. Fun for families with children of St Peter’s Church Fete all ages. Vicarage Garden, 2–4.30 pm There will be lots of stalls, food and attractions for all. The Great Get Together Henfield High Street & around,

St Barnabas Outreach

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Friday 22

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101 quoting serial 185 of 08/05. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. Police are seeking witnesses to a robbery at the Henfield Shell Garage. Shortly before 6am Sussex Police on Tuesday 8 May, a member of staff was FRIENDS OF ST BARNABAS approached from behind by a masked man who was in possession of a claw hammer. He was The Friends Group of Henfield would like to threatened by the suspect, who demanded cash thank the many people who made two recent fund-raising events so successful. We were very from the safe. grateful to a large team of volunteers who gave up Following several failed attempts to open the safe their time to assist us in a great jumble sale. On – on each occasion it was locked for a period of the day we raised over £900 after expenses and time – the suspect eventually left the premises via we hope to see the sale of the remaining donated the rear door at about 6.45am. items bring in at least a further £100. He made off with a small quantity of cash and an Our second event was the popular ‘Bangers and unknown quantity of tobacco, which he carried in a Cash’ and once again the Friends are very grateful black bin bag and a dark coloured holdall. He also to the many people who gave their time, either in stole three cans of Red Bull during the incident. the preparation or actually staging and attending It is possible the suspect left in a vehicle which the event. was parked in Hewitts, Henfield. He is described We would also like to thank S.K Hutchings as white but tanned, about 6’, of stocky build, butchers from Partridge Green, who donated aged 20-30, with dark eyes and eyebrows. He the sausages; Swains Farm Shop, who donated was wearing a grey balaclava covering his face, the potatoes and Radmall Funeral Services who a camouflage jacket with the hood up and light- donated the peas. A good time was had by all and coloured jogging bottoms. everyone thoroughly enjoyed a hearty meal raising The victim was left shaken but unhurt. Anyone with over £200. any information is asked to report it online or call Stephen Parnell

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JUNE 2018 | News MMT’s plan to build a new town straddling both Mid Sussex and Horsham districts is now in tatters with the newly adopted plan not only making no provision for MMTs’ proposals, but also specifically only allowing development in and around existing towns and villages. With Sussex under constant pressure for development, LAMBS fully support the new Mid Sussex Plan’s key aim which is the ‘Protection and Enhancement of Countryside.’ “LAMBS is delighted that the beautiful countryside of Mid Sussex is now free from this dreadful threat,” says the LAMBS’ Committee, “and we Ken Scott © Touching the Light would like to thank everyone who has supported TIM PARSONS MEMORIAL MATCH our campaign over the years. However, our job is not quite done, and we will not give up until Monday 7th May brought record sunshine levels the spectre of Mayfields has gone from Sussex and a huge crowd to Henfield Cricket Club for the completely.” Tim Parsons Memorial Match. Jane Watson Sandra, Jack and Lily Parsons would like to thank everyone who came to support the event and raise NATWEST BANKING CORRECTION money for St Barnabas Hospice. In particular, thanks go to Henfield Cricket Club, Sussex We made an error in our May issue by stating that County Cricket Club, The White Hart for providing Community Banker Jacob Watts would be holding the cricket lunch, The BP Guild for providing the regular drop-in events at Henfield Library. Jacob barbeque, volunteers who baked cakes, donated has not yet found a venue for drop-ins but you raffle prizes and manned the bar, Paul Samrah for can visit the Mobile Banking van in Coopers Way acting as compere and the players, colts, scorers Car Park from 10am-11am every Wednesday from June if you need help or advice. and umpires. At the time of going to print the collection total was Editor at £2,300, thanks to everyone for their kindness and generosity. Editor

CLOUD OF UNWANTED NEW TOWN LIFTS FROM MID SUSSEX On 9 May a dark cloud lifted from thousands of acres of beautiful, unspoilt Mid Sussex countryside as the deadline passed for any legal challenges on the newly adopted District Plan. Mayfield Market Towns had until 9 May 2018 to launch a legal challenge following the Plan’s adoption on 28 March. The statutory six-week period allowed unsuccessful developers like MMT to find ways to challenge a District Plan in accordance with Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. However, with no challenges submitted the Plan is now set in stone and MMT is effectively ‘locked out’ of the District. Mayfields is left out in the cold as Government Planning Inspector, Mr Jonathan Bore, signed off the District Plan. This marks the end of five long years of campaigning in Mid Sussex and bodes well for the ongoing early review of Horsham’s District Plan. The Horsham Plan was adopted in October 2015 on the condition that it was reviewed within its first three years partly due to the uncertainty at the time over the government’s decision on airport expansion. The review is underway.

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FINISH FOR MATT On 22 April, just 3.7 miles from the finishing line of the Virgin London Marathon, celebrity chef Matt Campbell collapsed and tragically died. He had been running in support of charity Brathay Trust and in a national and international mark of respect and solidarity runners and non-runners pledged to finish Matts marathon by completing the last 3.7 miles and making a donation to the charity. Here in Henfield we paid our own respects, with members of Henfield Joggers (some of whom had been running in the marathon when Matt collapsed) and the local community joining together and completing Matts journey. Rest in Peace Matt, in the knowledge that your legacy will live on for many years and help countless young people. Paul Crowe

LLOYDS PRESCRIPTION ASSEMBLY SOLUTION (PAS) Lloyds Pharmacy has for some time been developing an off-site Prescription Assembly Solution (PAS) which is currently servicing nearly 200 stores from Warrington. This will free up time for in-store staff to focus less on the day to day assembly of prescriptions and other tasks and enable them to spend more time with customers providing advice and services. For the Henfield branch this will mean an improved service and increased customer satisfaction. PAS in Warrington is dispensing nearly 100,000 packs per week and a second PAS line is now live at Bristol. The Henfield branch will be serviced from Bristol and training is currently underway in the branch to ensure that all measures have been completed in readiness for this exciting and pioneering development. So how will it work? The prescription remains in the pharmacy, but the data is submitted to the off-site facility at Bristol where the prescription is professionally assembled, labelled and bagged, and then returned to the pharmacy to be handed out to patients. This results in a significant time saving and will transform the customer experience in Henfield. Lynda Caster, Lloyds Cluster Manager 1 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

The Henfield Hall is a registered charity that is managed by a group of trustees formed by members of the organisations that use the Hall regularly. This year, we plan to update the Garden Suite and make further improvements to the Kitchen. This is the second phase of updates the trustees are hoping to complete in 2018. Details of other planned improvements are available on the notice board in the Henfield Hall and in the leaflet, ‘Refurbishment Project 2017-2020.’ If you can help with specialist skills, provision of materials or your time to volunteer for a work party, please contact David Phillipson on 01273 493365 or 0780 8571784 or email the henfieldhall@ btinternet.com. If you would like to make a financial contribution towards the ongoing works of the hall, please make your cheque payable to ‘The Henfield Hall’ and send to the Treasurer - Pat Thorpe, The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield, BN5 9DB. The Henfield Hall is a registered charity 305377 independent of local government. There is much to do, and we need your support to do it. David Phillipson

HENFIELD’S BP GUILD ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN Robin Wadey recently stepped up from Vice Chairman to become Chairman for the next two years. Prior to this, Eric Williams reviewed the year’s volunteering activities including fundraising through BBQs, hiring of marquees & gazebos and jumble sales. He received a resounding thank you from the over 33 or so members present at the AGM. Robin, with the help of elected ‘officers’ will steer members not just through fundraising but also in mobilising the support to organisations such as the Henfield Scouts, Henfield Guides, HART, St Peter’s Church, the Henfield Club, the Henfield Hall, the Haven and the National & International BP Guild. Some support is also given to others by participating in village events. For those not familiar with the BP Guild, there is an active social side throughout the year, all paid for by members themselves of course, which include concerts, evening dinners in and out of the village, camping, canal boating and meeting up to celebrate after an evening’s or day’s volunteer work. The Guild is always keen to welcome interested parties or in hearing from anyone interested in hiring competitively priced marquees. To find out more about us, see www.henfieldbpguild.btck. co.uk. Kenneth McIntosh For more news go to... www.henfieldbn5.co.uk

JUNE 2018 | News WEST END COMES TO HENFIELD The Arts Society Henfield is thrilled to present Ferris and Milne’s, musical duo extraordinaire, at our July meeting in the Henfield Hall on the 5 July at 7pm for 7.30pm. This duo combine comedy, music and vocals in a cocktail of glamour and fun – music for everyone! Hailed as ‘brilliant’ (The Theatre) and ‘hilarious’ (The Telegraph). The evening includes wine and cheese buffet. This event is open to non-members and members © David Plummer guests. For further details about this special evening please contact Stephen Wyman, 01273 494633 or email sjwyman@hotmail.co.uk. Why go COME TO THE PARKINSON’S UK to London or New York when the Henfield Hall is GARDEN GATHERING on your doorstep! Sussex Wildlife Trust photographer David Plummer is opening his naturalistic wildlife garden Stephen Wyman with a combined photographic exhibition at 8 Orchard Close, Small Dole (off Tottington Drive) on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June to raise money for a charity close to his heart, Parkinson’s UK. David’s stunning photography featured in BN5 five years ago and we will be interviewing him again this autumn. David is the author of best-selling book ‘Seven Years with Camera Shake’ about his life as a photographer who has Parkinson’s. Local artist Will Green is also exhibiting and Courtesy Roger Goodyear photography and artwork will be available to purchase, with a percentage going to Parkinson’s UK. The garden will be open from 10am-4pm. Free entry to the garden, with tea, coffee and cake ADUR BRIDGE REPLACEMENT available. Works to install a replacement footbridge across If you’re visiting Henfield for Gardens and Arts the River Adur by West Sussex County Council weekend, then please do pop into David’s has commenced. Work is expected to take place wonderful garden which doesn’t appear on the for approximately 7 weeks, weather and ground official trail. The garden has evolved with nature in conditions permitting. mind and has frequent visits from badgers, foxes The new bridge will be a fibreglass reinforced and owls as well as being home to many wild flora polymer (FRP) footbridge, with a single span and fauna often missing from more intensively between the riverbanks and without the need cultivated gardens. for two piers in the channel, unlike the existing structure. Emma Osman Kevin Wright, Henfield Parish Council

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News | JUNE 2018 the world’s leading players since he was fifteen. Please bring your own chair or rug to sit on. The Henfield Hall will be selling delicious jambalaya and American hot dogs accompanied by strawberry daiquiris. What could be nicer? Wow, a chill bar with alternative refreshments to suit your other tastes and desires. So, put on your mask, your tiara and pearls, your braces and funky feather boa, dry or wet the final celebrations will continue (indoors if necessary), daiquiri in hand and foot a tapping. Hey, let’s get ready to party! Angela Toft

FIELDFEST 2018 Following the success of last year’s event, St Peter’s PTA is thrilled to be announcing the date for FieldFest 2018. This will be held at St Peter’s school, Henfield on Saturday 7 July 2018. Gates will open at 4pm with the first act taking the stage at 5pm for an afternoon and evening of live music and so much more. This year’s Festival is shaping up to be even bigger and better than last year with lots of stalls and fun activities for the kids, delicious food for all and of course a beer tent and Pimm’s and Prosecco bar for the grownups. Tickets will go on sale from 7 June and will be available from Stokes and Jasmines Florist on Henfield High Street and St Peter’s School office. For further details please visit the website, www. fieldfest.org. Melissa Pieri

HENFIELD HALL MARDI GRAS The Henfield Hall trustees are delighted to be participating in this year’s Garden and Arts festival in June. Refreshments will be available all day with many stalls, musical items and the opportunity for children to decorate masks. The Festival Finale on Sunday 10 June begins at 5.30pm in the Henfield Hall Gardens. Adrian Cox and his Quartet will serenade us in true Louisiana style. Adrian is one of the country’s foremost jazz masters of the clarinet and has played with

COACH FIRM INCREASES PICK-UP POINTS FOR WEST SUSSEX Residents living in villages in parts of West Sussex will find it easier to head out on day trips from this summer. Coach firm Worthing Coaches is trialling a new route, which will see it expand its pick-up area for day trips. Villages to benefit from brand-new pick up points are Washington, Steyning, Upper Beeding, Small Dole and Henfield. From 5 June, residents in those villages won’t have to go far to jump on a Worthing coach and enjoy one of its popular day trips. Among the trips on offer this summer are RHS Garden, Wisley – 5 June, Horse drawn barge along the Kennet & Avon Canal with cream tea – 26 June, Marwell Zoo – 6 August, Winchester – 6 August, Dover Castle and wartime tunnels trip – 15 August, New Forest drive with cream tea – 13


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JUNE 2018 | News September, Cambridge – 25 September, 42nd Street, the musical at Theatre Royal in London – 3 October and Lion King, the musical at the Lyceum Theatre London – 3 October. To find out more call 01903 505805. Laura Bainbridge

NEW VISITOR INFORMATION POINT FOR HENFIELD Village Care are pleased to announce that they will be providing a Visitor information point with an emphasis on providing information for visitors to Henfield. We will be pleased to receive information from local clubs, events and business who wish to promote themselves. We are grateful for the support from Horsham District council and Henfield Parish council who we are working closely with to ensure we provide a positive visitor experience. Tina Hoad

TALES FROM A HENFIELD AUTHOR Thanks to BN5 magazine, Fiona at Stokes and some sunshine we sold a good number of copies of ‘Letters to Robert’ on Rob’s signing day on Saturday 14 April in aid of Help The Heroes. If you missed out on getting your signed copy, then contact Rob at roblunn550@btinternet.com. Jo Austin

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A year has passed since I contributed to this excellent little magazine, so I thought I should keep you up to date with our unique club that uses the Village Hall on Friday mornings for most of the year. The ‘Henfield Short Mat Bowls Club’ has been playing for 25 years or more and some of our players have been with us for the whole time. The game is similar to the Lawn Bowls outdoor game that you have probably seen but reduced in size – which makes for its own difficulties; it’s not as easy as it might look. We use standard ‘outdoor’ size bowls but it requires less effort than bowling the full length of a grass (often wet) outdoor green. In April we hired the Hall one Sunday to play competitions amongst ourselves. Organised by our efficient Team Manager, Mike Johnson, we played singles and in pairs. Although at times rather chaotic with over 20 brief games during the first couple of hours it worked out well, with the finalists nearly all being ladies – come on you chaps, you must do better! The winning pair was Audrey Heitman with Mavis Wixler and the singles winner, i.e. the Champion, was Brenda Berrett. Congratulations! They are awarded the respective trophies and medals at our summer lunch in June. This is a great club to belong to – giving an interest all through the dark wet days. We have room for one or two more so don’t be shy, come and have a look at us any Friday morning except July and August. You’ll get a free coffee at least and a warm welcome. Hope to see you soon. Derek Rogers www.henfieldbn5.co.uk | 1 7



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Firstly, a big thank you to our loyal supporters, sellers, sponsors, volunteers and committee. Without your time and effort, the event would not be such a great success. Our latest good as new sale on 28 April saw well over 100 shoppers arriving to grab some wonderful bargains. Alongside the sale there was a grand raffle, visit from Henfield fire engine, face painting, Henfield rocks painting, goody bags plus delicious cake and bacon sarnies. We raised a whooping £1220.58! Warren Playgroup is the last charity run, fully inclusive early years setting in the village. The fundraising allows the children to enjoy a variety of enrichment activities such as yoga, dance lessons and reptile handling at no extra cost to families. Fees alone would also not cover the replacement of much needed learning resources and toys, we hope to purchase a mud kitchen, which we know the children will love. Warren Playgroup is thrilled to have been chosen by Tesco Bags of Help scheme as one of the projects they will fund, so please vote for us in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath branches until 30 June 2018, to ensure we secure funding for the school leavers forest school sessions at Woodsmill Nature Reserve taking place this term. The parent committee is always looking for new members, if you fancy being part of a fun team of parents do get in touch. www.warrenplaygroup.co.uk. Emily Slater

The Charity Commission have now confirmed they will amend the governing document under which the Hall is governed. Without this amendment, it would not have been possible to raise funding for the necessary restoration and improvement of the Hall. Once re-opened, the Hall can be used for any social or community purpose at the discretion of the Trustees. This decision of the Charity Commission will allow the Church to grant a new rent free longterm Lease for the Hall, to the new Charity. The Trustees for the Charity have now been appointed and the application to form the Charity is with the Commission for registration. The Trustees will shortly commence a fundraising campaign to enable the necessary works to be put in hand so that the Hall can be reopened. Our initial aim is to raise £70,000 to put the structure, services, and decoration of the Hall into good order. We have already raised £10,000 from local benefactors and will seek further contributions from local organisations, businesses and the general public. Following the Annual Parish Meeting, at which there was in excess of 80% support for the reopening of the Hall, we will re-open discussions with the Parish Council seeking their financial support for the refurbishment of the Cottage. It is a part of the proposal, on which the scheme to reopen the Hall has been advanced, that the cottage should be upgraded and become rent producing to allow further improvement of the Hall. For further information please contact at richard@ sphltd.co.uk. Richard Hill


‘Echoing Air’ is a dynamic internationally renowned ensemble specialising in the repertoire of the English Baroque, with an emphasis on chamber works featuring countertenor voices with baroque instruments. On Friday 15 June at 7pm The Friends of St Peter’s HENFIELD SHED LATEST are delighted to be hosting one of the concerts to be We are delighted to report held in the South of England. The programme ‘Fairest that we have been successful Isle Then and Now’ featuring the composers Henry in securing funding from the Purcell, G.F. Handel, Henry Lawes, John Eccles and Royal Voluntary Service’s 20th Century composers Walter Bergman, John National Shed Fund. This Joubert and Sir Michael Tippett. will allow us to purchase Countertenor and Founder of ‘Echoing Air’, Steven additional equipment for use Rickards, will be known to many in Sussex from his in our ‘shed’. We continue to henfieldshed.org.uk tutorials at AIMS Summer Music School. Tickets: be grateful for the enduring £12.50 (to include refreshments) available from support and generosity of Fiona Ayres (Stokes Newsagents) for allowing us Village Care or the Ticket Line on 01273 492294. to use the garage in Stokes’ garden as our ‘shed’. Jenny Ives Colin Ansell

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The June issue of thirteen8 magazine which is the sister publication of BN5 magazine, is not only our 100th edition but will sadly thirteen8 be our last. We have loved publishing a magazine for the Cowfold, Partridge Green and surrounding areas, we’ve made lots of friends in the process and being involved with the local community has been a real privilege. It has also meant that we have been able to promote clubs, groups, charities and community events from the Henfield area further afield into this postcode area, which covers some 3,400 properties. However, we have recently been expanding our publishing business and we are finding it difficult to give thirteen8 magazine as much time as it deserves. BN5 magazine is busier than ever and we are now expanding in size and in its 144th issue, so we are not going anywhere! We plan to distribute extra copies of BN5 magazines at drop points in Cowfold, Partridge Green and the surrounding areas, and we hope to be publishing interesting articles from the RH138 area in BN5 too, there are so many interesting local events that cover the whole of this corner of Sussex. An enormous thank you to all our advertising customers for supporting thirteen8 for the last 8½ years, and to everyone who has sent us interesting news and articles and read thirteen8 magazine. We wouldn’t have been able to reach the milestone of 100 issues without you. Partridge Green | Cowfold | Shermanbury | West Grinstead | Dial Post | Shipley | Dragon’s Green | Coolham

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MEDICAL CENTRE LINK The Link is delighted to welcome a new volunteer coordinator, Penny Ann on 01273 494109. The full list of coordinators, who operate from their own homes, and whom you telephone if you need transport to the Medical Centre, hospital, dentist or other medical facility is now: Ann Clayden 01273 494885 Mary Holder 01273 492351, Penny Ann 01273 494109 and Wynn Saunders 01273 495910 The Link is still in need of more volunteer drivers, who can claim back expenses to cover their petrol costs. By volunteering you help to meet the health needs of the local population. If interested, please telephone either Peter Bates on 01273 493172 or John Langhorne on 01273 492591. Peter Bates

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On 8 June 1968 Woods Mill nature reserve at Henfield opened to the public. Over the past 50 years the reserve has been visited by thousands of people of all ages. Whether they are children pond dipping on a school visit, adults learning about wildlife, or just casual visitors enjoying the serenity and wildlife during a relaxing stroll, this beautiful corner of our county has been an invaluable resource to generations of Sussex and Henfield residents. Thanks to generous support from ScottishPower Foundation, Sussex Wildlife Trust is celebrating 50 years of inspiring and educating visitors by organising a wealth of free activities throughout the coming year. The planned programme of walks and talks at Woods Mill are designed to bring you closer to nature so why not visit their website and book your free place on a bluebell walk, bat evening, watch the moth trap being opened or enjoy the dusk chorus of birdsong. Everyone is welcome, and the events are free of charge as part of the Golden Anniversary celebrations, but places are limited so booking is essential. Please do not just turn up. www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/woodsmill50events. Amanda Reeves

POYNINGS COUNTRY FETE On Saturday 9 June Poynings will be hosting its annual traditional Country Fete. Firmly established in the community calendar the event is rooted in tradition and takes place in the delightful Rectory Gardens. Poynings is extremely lucky to possess a traditional Maypole which is brought out each year much to the delight of the children and adults who also indulge in this ancient pastime. Traditional Cream teas are served and for those requesting something a little stronger – there is always the Pimm’s Tent. Raffles, Tombola’s, plant stalls, book stalls and stalls for the children with many other games to partake in, including the old favourite of ‘splat the rat’ and fishing for ducks. Children can be treated to a unique Puppet Show, not the usual Punch and Judy but a Woodland Wonder Story with handcrafted woodland puppets. While parents can be entertained by a live music performance. All proceeds after costs are put towards the Church Restoration Fund. Poynings has a beautiful 14th Century Church and is recognised as one of the finest medieval churches in Sussex. Please make a note of the date in your diary and come along for an afternoon of nostalgic family entertainment. Linda Warburton

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News | JUNE 2018 ENGLAND IN THE SUMMER If you fancy a musical end to a lovely summer’s day Brighton Consort will be presenting a programme of choral music entitled ‘England in the Summer’ on Saturday 23 June at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church, Henfield. The concert will feature a variety of madrigals, lute songs and part-songs from across the centuries. Tickets (£14 or £12 concessions) are available from www.brightonconsort.org.uk or 01273 833746 or on the door. If you can’t make this date the concert is being repeated on Sunday 24 June at 6pm in St Paul’s Church, West Street, Brighton. Mike Clemens


In May Swifts will hopefully have returned all the way from southern Africa to Henfield to nest and rear young. These amazing birds which eat, preen, sleep and mate while flying will be with us until the end of July when they will migrate all the way back to southern Africa – a round trip of around 14,000 miles! They are incredible flyers with a maximum speed of 65 mph. You may have noticed them in the summer months racing up and down the High Street screaming at one another. They fly about 500 miles a day and during their lives they fly about 2 million miles – equivalent to more than 4 trips to the moon and back! They can live for up to 30 years and usually stay with the same partner all their lives. Swifts have nested in Southdown Galleries for a number of years and there are now a few more nests in private houses near the Parish Church. Mostly their nests are in spaces under roofs and in nooks and crannies of old buildings, but special Swift nest boxes can be attached to buildings such as those at the side of Stokes. The Swift population is decreasing rapidly because old buildings are generally knocked down or repaired and new buildings have no nooks and crannies. They are very faithful to their nest sites so, if the nest site is knocked down or repaired – they are homeless! Henfield Birdwatch is looking for new nest sites in Henfield but we can’t snoop around private houses. If you are interested in helping Swifts please go to our Facebook page or email debbie.colgate037@btinternet.com. Debbie Colgate

ACTORS WANTED - AUDITIONS FOR WINNING THE PEACE This year is the centenary of the signing of the armistice ending the First World War. The details of this were decided at a meeting of the War Cabinet at Danny Park, in Hurstpierpoint in October 1918. To mark this momentous event, Hurst Festival has commissioned a play, Winning the Peace, by 2 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

local playwright, Kevin Carey. We are looking for actors to take part in this amateur production. The cast consists of four females (youngest in her late teens, oldest over 45) and 17 men of various ages, The parts vary in size, from the fairly large part of David Lloyd George to smaller parts of just a few lines - ideal for those with enthusiasm but not much experience. Auditions are on 12 & 14 June at 8pm in the Players Theatre, High Street Hurstpierpoint. Those interested in being part of this exciting project are invited to contact the director at sampson. bob@gmail.com or just turn up for the auditions - no special preparation needed as we will just be reading from the script. If you can’t make either audition but wish to take part, please contact Bob. The play will be on for four performances during the Hurst Festival, at 8pm on 24, 25, 26 & 28 September, with a matinée at 2.30pm on Sunday 30th. Kate Cowan

ARTFUL SEW AND SEWS NEW HOLIDAY & AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS Henfield’s Artful Sew and Sews is launching its Fun Summer Holiday and After School children’s Clubs. There will be a Wednesday club for younger children (8-11 years) to begin to learn how to use a sewing machine and start to make cushions, bags, pencil cases etc. Also, there will be a Thursday session for teenagers (12 -15 years, 16+) wanting to create their own clothes and revamp and alter items. For those who like being crafty and enjoy exploring their artistic side, is Art and Craft Club (7-11 years), where we will explore such areas as printing techniques, 3D modelling and drawing techniques. Each club will be on twice a week for two hours in the daytime over the course of the summer holidays. Early booking is advised as places are limited to six per session. Artful Sew and Sews is on a mission to get the young and old hooked on sewing and crafting! Go to artfulsewandsews.co.uk or call 07771678065. Julia Cornwell

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THE FINEST CONTEMPORARY SILVER AND JEWELLERY ON SHOW Showing new work from 30+ of the UK’s leading silversmiths and enamellers, and with over 250 fabulous pieces of contemporary jewellery on show, John Higgins – founder of the Contemporary Silver Gallery – gets his 9th Summer Exhibition in Lindfield underway from 21 June to 1 July 2018. “It’s such a pleasure and privilege for us to be able to show such a wonderful and diverse range of contemporary silver and jewellery, from every part of the UK, by the very best designer/makers”, says event organiser John Higgins. “We have commissioned new work from 5 fantastic silversmiths specifically for this exhibition,

including several enamelled pieces from Jane Short and we are particularly pleased to welcome back Kevin Grey, who first exhibited here in 2010, and has subsequently gone on to win no less than 3 prestigious Goldsmiths’ Company Awards.” “This year we are also welcoming back 7 of our favourite Jewellery Designer/Makers - including Jane Adam, Kayo Saito, Jane Macintosh and Lucy Martin, and whose work is just beautiful, and very popular with our customers, and a further 3 Designer/Makers who will be exhibiting with us for the first time. Everybody is very welcome but please call or email beforehand, so we know when you are coming. Telephone 01444 483782 / 07715 491686 or email John@thecontemporarysilvergallery.co.uk for a personal invitation or visit the website www. thecontemporarysilvergallery.co.uk/exhibitions for detailed information. John Higgins

STEYNING BOOKSHOP NEWS As part of our celebrations for Independent Booksellers Week, The Steyning Bookshop welcome best-selling novelist and crime-writer Robert Goddard to a special Author Supper at the Sussex Produce Company on Thursday 14 June, 7pm.

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JUNE 2018 | News Robert Goddard is a master-storyteller, famous for his taut plotting and edge-of-seat pacing, who has written more than 25 best-sellers, including The Wide World Trilogy. He’ll be chatting to fellow writer William Shaw about his latest thriller, The Panic Room. Tickets are £35 and include a delicious 2 course meal and a copy of Panic Room, which Robert will be happy to sign! On Tuesday 19 June at 7.30pm we have Tor Udall and Charles Elton, two Bloomsbury novelists in conversation, in the charming ambience of the Gluck Studio. Tor Udall’s debut novel A Thousand Paper Birds is a masterful study of love, loss and the healing power of the natural world, set in Kew Gardens. Charles Elton’s The Songs is a riotous, Alan Price, Gatehouse Studio © Sussex Wildlife Trust darkly comic story of siblings searching for the truth about their musician father. Tickets are £12 WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR IN JUNE and include a book.! WITH SUSSEX WILDLIFE TRUST For either of the events call 01903 812062 to book, We’ve had some ups and downs with the weather or check www.steyningbookshop.co.uk. so far this year but as midsummer approaches it Gudrun Bowers finally feels like sunny afternoons might be here to stay. Dragonflies and damselflies are on the wing, bees are buzzing and some of our garden birds have already managed to successfully fledge a brood of chicks - but there are still some hard weeks ahead for tired parents. Look out for the swallows and swifts of summer swooping over water and grassland picking up insects to feed their young. In a few short months they will be getting ready to make the return journey south. Other species that could be arriving on our shores include hummingbird hawk moths, the occasional swallowtail and painted lady butterflies. Look out for Elder blooms, Oxeye daisies, Bats, Common spotted-orchids, Painted lady BARCHESTER’S RED OAKS CARE butterflies, Yellow horned poppies, Elephant hawk moths, Yellowhammers, Beautiful demoiselles and HOME IS ‘OUTSTANDING’ banded demoiselles, Foxgloves and Solitary bees. Staff and residents at Red Oaks Care Home in If you see something special please let us know, Henfield, West Sussex, are celebrating their recent sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/species-record-form. Care Quality Commission inspection rating, where they scored an overall ‘Outstanding’ after being How about doing something wild every day this reviewed for a safe, effective, caring, responsive June? Join us for 30 Days Wild, the UK’s monthlong nature challenge run by The Wildlife Trusts. and well-led service. Now in its fourth year, hundreds of thousands Currently only 2.4% of England’s care homes, of people have signed up to re-connect with the domiciliary care agencies and hospitals have an natural world by doing one wild thing every day overall ‘Outstanding’ rating, so Red Oaks has in June. You could leave part of your lawn uncut been ranked among the best in the country for the and see what grows, hold an outdoor meeting at quality of the services it provides. work, read a wild book or admire the setting sun. Linda Ryan, General Manager at Red Oak Care Find out more and get involved at wildlifetrusts. Home said: “We are ecstatic! Our team at Red org/30DaysWild. Oaks work so hard to provide the highest possible Charlotte Owen standard of care for everyone who lives at the home and we are so delighted to be recognised for our work by the CQC, and to be rated ‘Outstanding’ overall. Tiffany Nicole

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n the fascinating book “Henfield, A Sussex Village” by Marjorie Carreck and Alan Barwick, you will discover that the Henfield Fire Brigade, which was established in 1904 by Henfield Parish Council, once employed ‘call boys’ on bicycles to alert the firemen of an emergency. Each of the firemen had a white, enamel plate on his garden gate with FIREMAN boldly written in red. They used a hand-cart with hoses for the first two years before upgrading to a horse-drawn appliance stored at Mr Tobitt’s Coach House (Magnolia House on the High Street) at a rent of £6 a year, the horses were stabled at The George. This was a crucial role in the village and one that remains crucial to this day; the history of this very local fire station is one that the retained firefighters who crew Station number 56, Henfield, are very proud of. There are now 11 retained firefighters at Henfield and the geographical location of the station, relatively central to the A23, A24 and A272, means that they are kept very busy. Less ‘traditional’ fire emergencies these days (certainly compared to the days of candlelight!) and much more technical rescue work as well as the more proactive education about fire safety. They are very often first on the scene of an emergency, especially RTC’s (road traffic collisions) so the ability to give essential first aid has become even more important to the role. Being a firefighter isn’t just about climbing ladders and operating a hose, it’s a varied role requiring all sorts of skills and personalities. 2 6 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

And this is the key to the team’s success. They are all very different as individuals, and with trust and team spirit they function even more effectively as a whole. They have learnt to work together almost intuitively because at the scene of an accident there is no time for showboating or individual heroes. If you are argumentative or think you know best then you’re not suited for the job, because your pride could cost a life. Jim Mundy, Henfield Crew Manager and firefighter for 26 years, is softly-spoken yet commands huge respect from his team. He explained that remaining calm and expecting just about anything when the phone rings is part of the job. “We get all sorts of call-outs. We always say when a 999 call is made, the control centre directs crime calls to Sussex Police, illness calls to the Ambulance Service and anything else, they call us! In total, there are 194 categories of call outs, we need to be trained and prepared for any one of them.” The majority of their calls are RTC’s which can be harrowing and rewarding in equal measure and demand the latest training and technology in releasing crash victims from vehicles. They also get their fair share of rural emergencies such as cows in the river and the odd chimney fire! The Henfield firefighters; Jim Mundy, Andy Tullett, Gary Singleton, Nick Oliver-Taylor, Steven Mundy,

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Bradley Aldridge, Hugo Healey, Simon Funnell, Nick Whiting, Rich Novis and Darren Ware, have a combined 122 years firefighting experience between them. They all have very different dayjobs, from office jobs to mechanic, construction work and engineering. One member, Nick, is actually a full-time firefighter for East Sussex but as he lives in the village he volunteered as a retained firefighter to keep the numbers up. That’s indicative of the spirit at the Henfield station; Nick was prepared to be on-call virtually 24 hours so that the engine wouldn’t miss a call-out because of lack of numbers. It takes 4-6 firefighters to crew the engine, which is why the only proviso (aside from a good level of fitness and the ability to work at height) is that they live within 4 minutes of the fire station. Because the engine needs a qualified driver and one crew manager on board each time, the team also contains two support managers and eight of the firefighters are qualified to drive. Although there are currently no women at the Henfield station, female firefighters have been part of the team in previous years and the Henfield crew would very much welcome new women recruits, it is a logical career path for many women and no distinction is made. Retained firefighters can choose when they are on call and some will work nights rather than daytimes.

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The Henfield station is particularly short of daytime cover, the shifts best suited to people who work in the village or are perhaps stay at home parents with children at school. It does take a certain level of understanding from an employer to allow staff to be on emergency call-out during work hours. But business owners with experience of their staff taking on this role will tell you that the advantages of your employee having the training and professional characteristics of a highly trained firefighter far outweigh any inconveniences. These inconveniences are also minor when put into the context of the lifesaving service retained firefighters provide. The Henfield team is a professional, friendly, happy and hard-working group of people who are proud to wear the badge of the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. There is no hint of machismo or competition, just the occasional affectionate joke between friends and a steady buzz of activity. This level of camaraderie is borne out of trust; after all, there are not many of us who go to work and put our lives in the hands of our colleagues. If you think you could be a retained firefighter, Henfield Station 56 are actively recruiting right now. Please contact Jim Mundy on james.mundy@westsussex.gov. uk if you would like to find out more, or pop in during one of their recruitment events, dates will be published in BN5 magazine. Emma Osman

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Henfield Festival of

Gardens and Arts 2018

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he Henfield Festival of Gardens and Arts will take place over the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June. This is our 19th festival and we, the committee, hope you will come and join in the fun. The ethos of the event is to celebrate the village and the talented artists and musicians who live here or in the locality, as well as to provide an opportunity to look in to a few gardens for ideas and the joy of seeing the results of hard work that you haven’t had to do! We are generously supported by many local businesses who sponsor the event and also by our community venues which make a donation to take part and provide a valuable exhibition space for some of our larger shows of work. All the gardens and events are free to attend. Our artists display a variety of work including paintings, embroidery, bead-work and ceramics, and some offer their work for sale. Our musicians will provide music to enliven the festival with brass bands, jazz bands and folk bands to name just a few genres. There are 24 gardens and nine community venues to explore and all are listed in the free blue booklet available from numerous outlets in the village and further afield. The blue booklet has a map to help you find your way and many of the village footpaths, known locally as twittens, are

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shown so that you can enjoy a gentle traffic-free meander around the trail. Each venue can choose to support a charity and there will be collection boxes available for donations. We also have our website www. henfieldgardensandarts.net which provides an alternative information point to the blue booklet. The website has lots of information about each venue, the artists and the musicians – much more than we can fit into the blue booklet. It is updated regularly and the latest news is always available so please do visit it. Henfield’s local shops and businesses support the Open Gardens theme by dressing their windows with a garden or arts inspired window and it’s worth a wander down the High Street to see the displays. The Festival starts at 11am each day and finishes at 5pm There are two large car parks in the village centre and many venues have good street parking too, but we ask that you take the opportunity to walk or cycle as this is the best way to see the village. Our Festival will conclude with a ‘Mardi Gras’ celebration at the Henfield Hall on Sunday. The only thing we can’t guarantee is the weather, but we are sure you will have a fun day out! Kenneth McIntosh, The Gardens and Arts Committee

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he Henfield High Street Great Get Together, which will take place on Saturday 23 June, is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June 2016. Jo’s message when she entered parliament was: “We have more in common than that which divides us”. There is a groundswell of people who reject divisive politics and simply want to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us. The BBC is currently running a ‘Crossing Divides’ season and Henfield now has a Befriending initiative. Already community-minded people around the country are organising a variety of events to take place over that weekend. The Henfield High Street Great Get Together will be an all-day event and it’s our chance to show what a friendly place Henfield and its High Street is. We are thrilled by the enthusiasm of our High Street businesses and local organisations in participating. As the theme this year is gingham, the High Street will be decorated with gingham bunting, using fabric donated by the community and made at a community Sewing Bee evening held in May. There are already a number of activities

planned for the day. And the following will give you just a taste of what will be on offer: There will be a treasure trail for the children with a super prize for the winner and there’ll be something special happening in the library for children too. The Free Church is putting on a barbeque and the Youth Club are organising a Karaoke in the bus shelter. The shops and businesses up and down the High Street will be offering a special welcome and some will also have events taking place on their premises. The Friends of the Haven will be on the High Street to chat with you and tell you about this wonderful centre which provides fun activities and services to help people live life to the full. The Henfield Shed behind Stokes will have its doors open, so why not pop in and see how creative as well as enjoyable a place it is, and join in the chat and interaction it generates. If you’re feeling energetic, you will also be able to join in a guided walk from the High Street through Henfield’s many twittens, footpaths and lanes. So make a note of the date and come and join us on the High Street. We’re getting quite excited! Sue Willis


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hose of you who are regular readers of the BN5 Magazine will perhaps remember an article this retired gentleman wrote in the June 2017 issue headed “thank you Henfield” in which he thanked a number of establishments and individuals in the village for their help and generosity. What most of you probably don’t realise is that Ian Thomson who wrote this article is an 89 year-old cricketing legend who has lived in Henfield for more than a decade. I had the pleasure of meeting Ian for the first time about three years ago, when I was invited to a barbecue in the village having been told in advance that Ian would be there. As a long time supporter of Sussex Cricket Club I had as a school boy in the early sixties collected the autographs of most of the then players including Jim Parks, Tony Buss and Alan Oakman. One name that was missing was that of Ian Thomson. I somewhat sheepishly took along my autograph book which, at sixty plus years old, was somewhat tatty and asked Ian if he would sign on the two Sussex team page, which he gracefully did and we have been friends ever since. Ian, over a coffee or glass of wine, can be coaxed into talking about his cricketing achievements and whilst I don’t wish to bore you with statistics it’s worth mentioning a few to understand the skill and ability of this Sussex seam bowler. In the fourteen seasons that Ian played for Sussex (1952 to 1965) Ian’s bowling figures were second to non: for twelve consecutive years he took more than 100 wickets each season, beating Maurice Tate’s record. Ian’s best ever bowling session took place in 1964 when bowling against Warwickshire he took all 10 wickets in one innings for 49 runs. The hapless bowler at the other end was a young John Snow who went on to become one of the best fast

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bowlers to ever play for England. Unfortunately, a Sussex batting collapse cost Sussex the match. During his career Ian took the wickets of some very accomplished batsman including the great Len Hutton, Denis Compton and the Australian left handed Neil Harvey. At Sussex he played under a number of captains including the Rev David Sheppard who went on to become the Bishop of Liverpool and Ted Dexter. Ian’s international career started relatively late for a medium pace bowler being selected to play for the MCC tour of South Africa weeks before his 36th birthday. Fred Titmus and Geoff Boycott also bowled. In recent years Ian suffered a stroke which has left him with limited use of his left arm and the need to use a walking stick. This has not stopped him being very active and during the summer months I have joined him on occasions at the Hove County Ground where he is still treated with great reverence and the mention that he is in the car guarantees you a private parking space. Last season we visited a county match on the second day when the Sussex bowlers were being hit all over the park as we entered the stand area a fan of a certain age immediately recognised Ian and shouted “Ian get on that pitch we need you!” Ian stopped, lent on his walking stick looked up at the fan and said “I wish I could” he then moved on to our front row seats. It occurred to me then that whilst time had robbed him of his ability to bowl in swingers and leg cutters, once much feared by top international batsman, his spirit was still as strong as ever. I once asked Ian if he had any regrets in his career: he has one and it is that he gave into pressure from his father to join the family business situated in East Ham in 1965, shortening his cricketing career by at least three seasons. He hated the change and in 1970 returned to Hove and following teacher training at Brighton University, taught at a number of schools in the area including Bevendean Secondary and Brighton College. I hinted earlier of Ian’s modesty and this was no more apparent than two years ago when Ian invited me as a guest to a past-players lunch at Hove. After the meal one of the stewards asked Ian if he would be happy to sign autographs, to save him leaving the table it was suggested that the autograph hunters should visit the table. I counted 20 plus in the queue and when Ian had finished signing he turned to me and said “I don’t know what all the fuss is about, all I did was to play cricket!” Rod Richardson

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f you were one of the 400+ people in the Henfield Hall on evening of Friday 20 April at the Henfield Village Activity Evening, then you will have seen just how friendly and active a village we are - a comment made by many on the night. The main objective of this Parish Council sponsored event (which runs every four years), was to enable Henfield residents, and particularly new ones, to come and meet lots of community organisations all in one place. For those organisations that exhibited on the evening, 75% of the clubs said they either signed up new members or had interest shown in them. On the night there was also a lot of networking going on, for example the Youth Club were planning a future visit to the Bowls club. I met a number of visitors at the door who told me they had just or were about to retire, or had just moved to the village and were looking for things that might interest them. Some of them succeeded as they mentioned a cross-section of the clubs. If, however, you did not find anything that interested you on the night, or you weren’t able to attend, please do get in touch on hcptemporary@gmail. com and I will be happy to share my knowledge of all the various organisations in Henfield to see if we can help with a match. For example, I know of clubs that would really welcome those with marketing, finance, or legal background to help with projects they have in hand. On the same evening the Henfield Museum launched its new temporary exhibit: ‘100 years of Henfield Women and the Vote.’ Henfield had strong connections with the suffragette movement and this fantastic display is definitely worth checking out. We look forward to everyone coming together to support the next few Henfield Community events which will be taking place over the coming months, including: • The Henfield Festival of Garden & Arts which takes place over the weekend of 9-10 June all over the village. • The Memorial Field Sports day on Sunday 16 September – a festival of games, food and drink on Henfield Common. Ann Donaghue

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Buy to Let – tax implications

If you are considering purchasing a residential buyto-let property, you may not be aware of all the tax implications. Usually there will be two taxes that you may have to pay. These are Income Tax, which is payable at your marginal tax rate each year based on your income from the property after deducting certain expenses that you have incurred, and Capital Gains Tax (CGT), which is payable when you sell the property and is based on the sale proceeds of the property less the original cost. Income Tax There are two types of income that you will receive from your tenants – rent and deposits. Rent is taxed each year based on the income that is due to you during a Tax Year, rather than on the rent that you actually receive during the year. For example, if a tenant pays you in advance, only that part which falls due within the Tax Year will be taxed in that year. The remainder will be taxed in the following Tax Year. Similarly, if a tenant is late paying you, that part which was payable in the earlier Tax Year will still be taxed in that year. The only exception to this is when a tenant defaults on a payment and you are not able to recover the amount due. Deposits are not taxable whilst they are still repayable to the tenant, but once either part or all of the deposit ceases to become repayable, for instance, because there has been damage to the property, then it becomes taxable at that point. There will be various expenses that you will incur on your property, those that you can offset against your rental income (allowable expenses) and those that you cannot offset against your rental income (disallowable expenses). The more usual items are listed below. Allowable: • Advertising the property for let; • Repairs to the property and general maintenance costs; • Costs of services provided to your tenants, such as utilities; • Managing agents’ fees; • Accountancy fees, where you employ a professional agent; • Insuring the building and contents; and • Interest paid on any loan taken out to buy the property (subject to below): Disallowable: • Renovation work and improvements made to the property, e.g. replacing an item with one of

a higher specification, installing central heating, carrying out any work which was accounted for by a reduced purchased price for the property; • Capital repaid on any loan taken out to buy the property; • Costs incurred whilst the property is not available for letting; and • Costs of purchasing/selling the property. This list is not exhaustive and you should seek advice to ensure that you obtain any tax relief available. Loan Interest Relief Until 5 April 2017, you could deduct the amount of mortgage interest you have paid on your let properties against your rental income. Relief was therefore given in full at your marginal rate (20% for basic rate taxpayers, 40% for higher rate taxpayers and 45% for additional rate taxpayers). From 6 April 2017, this relief reduced to basic rate relief as follows:

2017/18 2018/19 2019/20

% of interest relievable at marginal rate 75%


% of interest relievable at basic rate 25% 50%


75% From 2020/21, relief will only be available at basic rate. For basic rate taxpayers there will be no change; however, for higher and additional rate taxpayers this will effectively mean you have a further 20% or 25% charge on loan interest paid. Where rental yields are low, particularly in London and the South East, this could even result in a net cash loss. Where property businesses are highly geared, this could also affect profitability significantly. Where an expense is not allowed for Income Tax, you may be able to obtain tax relief for these expenses once you sell the property and this falls within the CGT regime. There are additional rules regarding furnished lettings, including furnished holiday lettings. These rules may result in you being able to claim additional expenses against your income. Capital Gains Tax The gain, subject to tax, comprises the proceeds that you receive from the sale less the price that you originally paid for the property. These costs will include your costs of purchasing and selling the property, such as legal expenses, estate agents’ fees and Stamp Duty Land Tax. If you have carried out any improvements to the property, including renovation work, and these costs have not qualified for relief under the Income Tax rules, then you may be able to get relief for these expenses now.

After deducting the CGT exemption (presently £11,700), the gain is taxed at between 18% and 28% depending on your overall level of income. The tax is payable on 31 January following the end of the Tax Year in which the disposal took place. Advice should be sought before you put the property on the market with a view to mitigating any potential gain. Various options might be available, including joint ownership or giving consideration as to whether you could validly elect for the property to be treated as your Principal Private Residence (PPR) prior to disposal. Administration You are required to complete a Personal Tax Return and pay your tax liability for each Tax Year once your letting has started, even if you do not already receive a Return from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). HMRC charges penalties where a Tax Return is submitted late and interest where tax is paid late.

For further advice on this or other business issues, contact Paul Samrah on: T: 01737 781546 or E: psamrah@kingstonsmith.co.uk

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