BN5 Magazine May 2021

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MAY 2021 | Contents

08 News

from the BN5 area

19 Local interest

Dudes and Dogs

22 Local interest

Henfield Birdwatch Big Bird bash

Seb Oakey age 1, lowering our readership age demographic

Editor’s Letter

Welcome to our May issue. This month it really feels as if the village is ‘opening up’ with the gyms, hairdressers, beauticians and shops finally welcoming their customers back, regulars as well as new faces. Finally, in the middle of this month, we’ll be able to go to a pub with six friends, we’re getting quite excited about that! Our hospitality and retail businesses have been badly hit over the last year or so and they’ll need all your support and patience to get back on their feet. Many will be having to adapt (once again) to unfamiliar social distancing and track and trace rules. It’s a huge burden for these small businesses to adapt, train staff and cover the cost of all these changes. It will be much more work with lower capacity to earn money. But - they will finally be open, which is incredible, and we’re thankful that most of them have survived. They’ll need your help and patience while they readjust. Please shop locally and use local hospitality where you can. Finally, thank you to all the gorgeous children who took part in our BN5 Henfield Bunny Trail in April. It was an absolute joy to see the high street full of happy faces, right now we’re enjoying giving away the fluffy bunnies to all the winners!

Emma Osman, Editor

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28 Kid’s stuff

Henfield Easter Bunny Trail

39 Local interest

Henfield Neighbourhood Plan

43 Local interest

The Henfield Link

54 Index

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month;

Ray Osgood, Nigel Colgate, Paula Blake, Sarah Butler and Paul Samrah. Cover photograph of a wren, one of our smallest birds and a regular visitor to many gardens in Henfield, taken by Paula Blake. For more of Paula’s photos see 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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Henfield Hall

As I write this, things are at last beginning to look up. Schools are back and yesterday it was great to be able to meet our family outside on a beautiful sunny day for the first time in a long while. The Henfield Hall will have to wait a bit longer before its regular activities can restart. Some exercise groups working at a social distance have been able to take place in the Hall garden, but it will not be until 6 May when the Hall will open as a Polling Station that we will then feel we are on our way to some sense of normality. If you are coming to the Henfield Hall to vote then please take time to have a look at the work that we have done over the past year to improve the Main Hall. It will be the first time since the refurbishment last year that we will have been able to officially open the doors for people to see what has been achieved. If all goes well, by the middle of May some activities will start and we hope that things will begin to get back to normal by July. If you wish to make or confirm your bookings for the Hall then please do so early by contacting: David Phillipson on 01273 493365 between 9am-6pm or email: We look forward to welcoming you back to this wonderful village asset.

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Louise Clark, 1968-2021

Henfield has lost a great friend with the very sad passing of Louise Clark, who died after a brief illness in March. Many of you will know Louise from her time as Administrator at St Peter’s Church or from her work as a committed Chair of Governors at St Peter’s School. Working with children was Louise’s passion; she was at the heart of the Little Fishes group and children’s Church groups at St Peter’s and she brought such a wonderful sense of joy and fun to many local children’s lives. At BN5 magazine we were privileged to work with her while she was at the St Peter’s Church office. The many messages we’ve seen about Louise’s kindness resonate with us, as they will with many of her friends in the village. We send our deepest condolences to Louise’s husband Rob and their young family. Rob has set up ‘Louise’s Legacy’ to bring some positivity from the loss of Louise. The plan is to create a beautiful space at St Peter’s School for children to enjoy and explore their faith. Please see for details. You will find a full obituary for Louise in the May edition of the Parish Magazine. Rob would like to thank everyone for their warmth, kindness and love over the last few difficult weeks. The messages of support from across the village have been really special.

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Due to the success of last year’s lockdown planting project, Warren Playgroup have decided to do it again this year. The children and their families have been eagerly planting seeds and will soon have an array of flowering plants, fruits, herbs and vegetables you can buy in exchange for donations to the playgroup. Please follow the project’s Facebook page ‘Warren Playgroup Planting Project’ which is updated regularly to see what is available. It really is worth a look. There are many ways to get involved and support the project. You can join in by growing and donating the plants – vegetable, herb or flower; you can ‘purchase’ the plants for a small donation; or you can donate materials such as pots, compost or seeds that are needed to keep this project going. As a charity, Warren Playgroup relies on fundraising to provide additional equipment, experiences and activities for the children that cannot be covered by day to day finances. They have also been fundraising to enhance their new woodland classroom area and hope to purchase more fun, stimulating, educational equipment, to make it a wonderful and fulfilling learning environment. Everyone at Warren Playgroup wants to say a huge thank you for all the help they’ve been given so far and hopes that more and more people will

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Campaign to Protect Rural Henfield

It was ten years ago when the ‘Localism Act 2011’ sought to give more power and accountability at a local level and less central Government control and regulation. The idea of Neighbourhood plans became a reality in 2012. This was an opportunity for local communities to have a say in their own future. Henfield embarked on its own Neighbourhood Plan following authority guidelines. It soon became apparent that Neighbourhood plans were vulnerable to legal opposition and indeed the Henfield Plan, despite being supported by over 90% of the local population in a referendum, was quashed by a High Court ruling following objections by a developer. Henfield Cricket Club For Henfield it was back to starting the long As reported in the last edition, 1771 was the year process again, this time following updated guidelines which give greater power to Neighit all began for Henfield Cricket Club. Now, 250 bourhood plans. After several years of hard work years later we are celebrating an historic anniversary and we would love people to come over by the Neighbourhood plan steering group and much consultation within the Community involvto the Common, when restrictions allow, and be a part of this at various matches and events. The ing Focus groups, Workshops, Open days and Community surveys as well as the publication of up and coming season is a milestone in itself as the Men’s 1st XI have been promoted to Division a draft plan, Henfield’s completed plan goes to 3 West of the 1st Central Sussex Cricket League referendum on 6 May. which is the third highest level of cricket in the This is your opportunity to influence the future of county. All our other teams are raring to go as Henfield. Neighbourhood plans carry significant well. weight in how our community develops. Not just with housing but with many aspects of commuThe first home games for the teams are: Sunday XI May 2nd v Woodside Green 14:00; 1st XI May nity life from health and education to environmental infrastructure and bio-diversity. Don’t miss this 8th v Ansty 1230; Women’s XI May 9th v Bognor 13:00; 2nd XI May 15th v Barns Green 13:00; 3rd chance to shape the future of Henfield. Without a Neighbourhood plan be assured Henfield will XI (play at Partridge Green) May 15th v Streat be vulnerable. Vote to support the Neighbour& Westmeston 13:00; Colts fixtures not yet anhood Plan on 6th May, 2021. Probably the most nounced by the league. important thing you could do for your community Just a reminder that to commemorate the this decade. 250th the Club has produced a booklet of light hearted anecdotes and memoirs from players and Peter Sheppard, on behalf of CPRH members covering the last 50 years. This is well worth a read and is available for £10. To secure a Henfield Funeral Services Easter Raffle copy please contact me, Nigel Colgate at nigel. We have drawn our Easter raffle in support Henfield or keep an eye out in Bowls Club and raised an amazing £365. We want the High Street where Fritz will be selling on our to thank everyone who has kindly supported us. behalf outside Budgens.

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MAY 2021 | News lucky to have these birds in and around Henfield, do keep an ear and eye out for them. Henfield Birdwatch has its own website and a Facebook page.

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Whitethroat by Paula Blake

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Spring is here and hopefully our normal summer migrants will make it back to Henfield safe and sound. Birds’ migration has always been strenuous. It has gradually become more perilous as changing and extreme weather patterns can kill them and deforestation and intensive farming has reduced the amount of insect food available during their journeys which can cause starvation. Henfield is still rich in migrants. We can watch and hear House Martins chirping in the High Street, Bishop Park and Deer Park from May into late September. Swifts zoom around screaming in the High Street, where they have nests in Southdown Galleries, the boxes by the side of Stokes and at the back of Henfield Club, in June and July. Cuckoos can be heard all over the village in late April through to June. Nightingales sing during the day along the old railway track in late April and May. Chiffchaffs seem to be everywhere with their ‘chiffchaff’ calls throughout the summer. The chatty, jittery song of Reed Warblers can be heard over the Common in the reed bed in May. Common Whitethroats sing along the track with their jerky, scratchy sound during the summer months. Even the gentle purr of Turtle Doves, a species that is the fastest declining bird in the UK, can be heard occasionally in May. We are

We have a correction to our advertised annual Henfield Garden Club Plant Sale; it will now take place on Saturday 22 May, in the garden of the Henfield Hall from 10am to 1pm, restrictions permitting. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we had to change the date and the April issue of BN5 is incorrect. Please come along; there will be the usual plants for sale, bric-a-brac stall, tombola and home-made cakes. All necessary precautions will be in place to keep people safe including social distancing measures. We look forward to welcoming everyone.

Pat Hemsworth, Henfield Garden Club

Art at Henfield Haven, May & June

Members of our district’s Art groups have been showing at the Henfield Haven during lockdown and into April. These will be better seen this May and June (subject government guidelines). Indeed, as the outside garden area became available, you may have already glanced at some and also, perhaps when you picked up their tasty pre-ordered food. The art themes and mediums chosen from a selection our very own Henfield’s Artists are purposefully mixed. It is hoped some of these will move visitors to engage into critical conversations about what they see whilst enjoying lunch, tea/coffee/cakes outside or inside. Purchases will help support the running of the Haven as a good percentage will be donated to it. Indeed 100% of any works purchased that our late Henfield Art Club President Annette Blair-Fish’s created will be donated to the Haven.

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Unwanted goods for the Haven

If you have any saleable items that you don’t use but don’t have time to sell, then please donate them to Sustainable Henfield 2030 who will sell them on Ebay to raise funds for the Henfield Haven. Unlocked mobiles, cameras, furniture, gadgets etc are all welcomed; anything in great condition but too good to recycle! They’ve already raised £2,000, you can help to make this total higher. Please contact Ruth Robotham 07729 483068 email if you’d like to donate. Thank you.

Ashurst Primary School News

Pupils and staff at Ashurst CE Aided Primary School thoroughly enjoyed tree planting with Ashurst Parish Councillors, the tree warden and school governors on Ashurst Recreation Ground. Several varieties were planted, all native species to Britain. Every child took part and added labels to the trees they had planted. The trees will form part of our ongoing environmental studies and each child confirmed they were very keen to keep a watch and see how their own developed over time. Some of the Parish Councillors grew up in Ashurst and planted trees there when they were at the school, which made the event even more special. Ashurst pupils would like to thank all of the adults involved.


Henfield Art Club Painting Day Out

Coming out of lockdown is so exciting but we are all aware this has to happen in stages. In May Henfield Art Club would normally enjoy painting out in groups but due to Covid restrictions this is no longer possible. Wendy Cairns and the Committee have re-designed a brand-new approach for Club Members only and renamed it ‘Painting Day Out’. All Members have now received the first of six specially created day trips to places of interest. The two-page digital publication contains all the information our artists need to enjoy exploring places they may not know about or have glossed over in the past and missed a real gem. The day trips include detailed route directions, timings, places of scenic beauty, contact details to check Mandy Hedley on the opening hours of venues, picnic areas, great pubs, unique shopping opportunities of Book sales on the High Street local produce as well as places to rest, soak in the history rich environment, sketch, paint or Fritz is currently selling copies of the Henfield meditate. These trips are designed to suit the artBirdwatch book and the Henfield Cricket Club anniversary anecdotes on behalf of both Henfield ist preferences, whether it is to paint or research material for future works or to be inspired to get Birdwatch and Henfield Cricket Club. painting again. Membership is free! An applicaShe would like to thank all the local residents who tion form may be accessed from our web site purchased back-issues of The Big Issue from her or inquire through our stall outside Budgens during lockdown, she is Membership Secretary at maggie@henfieldartthrilled to have sold her entire stock and is very grateful for your continued support.


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Hold the Date – a High Street Party!

Please put Sunday 27 June in your diary as Henfield High Street businesses are working to create an event to celebrate the ending of pandemic restrictions (govt. guidelines permitting) with street food, children’s entertainment, a brand new Henfield market, music and fun for everyone. The detail is still being worked out, but we’ll have all the latest information in the June edition of BN5 Magazine and on our Facebook page – watch this space!


News from Henfield Scouts

It was with great pleasure and some relief that Henfield Cub Pack were able to return to face-toface operations on 30 March after the lockdown restrictions were eased. Beavers and Scouts followed the next day, and it was a pleasure to see our young people and leaders physically rather than virtually. The face-to-face sessions were run in accordance with the HM Government, National Youth Agency and Scout association rules and all were outside. Full sessions recommenced after Easter, with more young people returning which was great to see. So, if your child was one that stopped because Zoom was not for them and now they wish to return, or you have children that would like to join please get in touch. Scouting is inclusive and is for both boys and girls from ages 6 to 14. They can continue their journey into the District run Explorer and Network Scouts up to age 25 - where if they wish they can complete challenges like the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and Queen Scout Awards. The relevant ages for the Scout Group are: Beavers 6-8; Cubs 7.5-10.5; Scouts 10-14. Like a lot of Groups as we ‘Build back better’ we also need more volunteers. Anyone can volunteer, but if you are a former Scouter, a former leader and especially a current parent - please volunteer! If you or your child are interested in joining or have any queries please contact me at membersh

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All Creatures Great and Small - an Animal Safari in Henfield

Local crafters and artists are busy creating creatures of all shapes and sizes for this event which is taking place from 29 May until 20 June and will be a fun, animal themed walkabout, spotting the creatures dotted around the village, an ideal way to keep the children entertained during half term! This is a socially distanced event and the creatures will be visible from a safe distance. The Quiz sheets and maps will be downloadable from the Henfield Community Partnership’s website ( or alternatively can be collected from Christina’s Tea Rooms on the High Street. For all the latest news about the event, find us on Facebook - Henfield animal safari. We would like to thank all those members of our community who are making the creatures and also Emma and Nick Oliver-Taylor who have created our logo.

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Red Oaks Celebrates Easter in Style

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Red Oaks care home celebrated Easter with a whole host of activities including making our own Easter Eggs, which was a bit messy but great fun. We decorated a basket and filled it with a variety of chocolate eggs and chicks covered in yellow feathers. Leigh Clifford the Head Chef made some delicious Hot Cross Buns which were thoroughly enjoyed on Good Friday. Children from Ashurst Church of England School came with handmade cards for all the residents with Easter Blessings.

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Stokes Newsagents are continuing to support those who are vulnerable in the local community by providing free sanitary products and nappies. Those in need can help themselves to any of the healthcare products on the shelves out the back – the back door in the garden is always open when the shop is open. If you would like to donate, please take your toiletry items to Stokes.

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Residents at Red Oaks all said that they had thoroughly enjoyed the Easter celebrations. Glenda Williams the Red Oaks Pastry Chef made one of her award-winning cakes to celebrate Easter depicting a highly decorated Rabbit. The residents voted to donate the cake to any organisation that received the most votes on the Red Oaks Facebook page. The winner was Henfield Medical Centre. Today we delivered the cake to Henfield Medical Centre which was received by Dr Cheryl Lambe one of the partners at the practice. Dr Lambe said: “This is really amazing that so many people have voted for Henfield Medical Centre, it’s quite touching”.

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MAY 2021 | News Nikolai Gogol. It’s an intriguing comedy of errors and our director, Trevor Hodgson, is itching to tell us all about it. The panto probably doesn’t need much introduction – but after the year that we’ve all had it’s going to be a riot! Peter Ingledew will present that one at the party. Please join us for the relaunch - It happens at 7.30pm on Friday 14 May and all you need is a glass of wine and a Zoom link. Just email and you will receive the joining information.

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Henfield Theatre Company Relaunch Party – you are invited!

Henfield Theatre Company is back – come to our Launch Party! Launch evenings, normally held in The Henfield Hall and just for HTC members, are always a lot of fun and well attended. There’s a party atmosphere and the directors of the coming productions give presentations to tell us all about their plays or shows. This relaunch is going to be a Zoom event and open to anyone interested in what we do. We don’t just look for actors (though they are useful!), we need willing volunteers to help construct or paint the set, move scenery, operate sound and lighting, serve behind the bar, help with front of house and so on. It’s all great fun – we can’t wait to get back to it! The relaunch party is going to focus on the first two productions The Government Inspector (mid-October) and Treasure Island, The Panto (mid-January). The October play is a wonderfully funny piece of satire from the Russian author

The Knit and Natter group have been knitting away during lockdown and are now in desperate need of donations of wool. We are a group of ladies who knit for various charities including: hats, scarves, mittens and clothing for marginalised communities in Eastern Europe; children’s clothing and toys for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice; baby blankets and premature baby clothes for The Princess Royal Hospital. Recently some of our toys have been donated to The Haven for their fundraising stall. We will use up any left-over yarn and transform it into something that will benefit others; I can collect yarn from you if necessary, please call 01273 493171.

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use planning issues. • Without a NP, the Local Plan produced by Horsham District Council (HDC) will take precedence. • The Government have revised housing numbers Sarah Hobden, Horsham District Council across the country. HDC have been directed to build a minimum of 965 houses per year. Not havUpper Beeding Neighbourhood Plan ing a NP will not stop building. Referendum - 6th May 2021 • Parishes with a made NP will receive additional funding from developers via the Community InThe referendum is determined by a straight frastructure Levy (CiL). Communities with a made majority vote; the more people who vote, the NP receive 25% of the CiL whilst those without greater the true representation of the residents. receive 15%. More information on the NP and associated documents can be found on the Upper Beeding • The sites allocated have been identified as most Parish Council website: www.upperbeeding-pc. suitable for development; however, this is not or you can find all planning permission. Any potential developer will the Neighbourhood Plans on the Horsham District have to submit detailed plans which will need to Council website: be assessed and go through the normal planning planning-policy/current-planning-consultations process, any plans must comply with the policies set out in the NP. If there is no NP developers If you live in the Upper Beeding area of the BN5 have greater flexibility. postcode (part of Small Dole and Edburton) and do not have access to the internet there are hard • A made NP carries a great deal of weight in the copies of the documents for you to view at The planning decision process, therefore any applicaParish Council Office, The Gladys Bevan Hall, tion for a development that is not within the remit Church Lane, Upper Beeding BN44 3HP. Please of the NP is very unlikely to be approved. email or teleTom Kardos, Upper Beeding Parish Council phone 01903 816911 to arrange an appointment. For information on the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan, In Summary: please see the article on page 39. Editor • The Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is a set of policies developed by the Community to guide local land Annual Parking Disc Extension 2021 on our LEAP Small Business Grants page. Alternatively, contact the Council’s Economic Development team on business.development@

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ll sorts of different life events can cause people stress and anxiety, and men in particular often find it difficult to talk about their feelings. However, bottling up emotions and feelings can lead to severe mental ill health and it’s a sobering fact that suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 45 in the UK. The aim of Dudes & Dogs is to provide men of all ages with an opportunity to open-up and talk whilst out-and-about, enjoying fantastic countryside and the company of our four-legged friends. Every Saturday morning at 10am you’ll find local resident Michael Seaborne leading a Dudes & Dogs walk up at Devils Dyke. Along with his dog Loki (a Labrador-Cocker Spaniel cross), he leads a short, socially distanced walk for a small group of men. As a qualified Mental Health First Aider, Michael is trained to actively listen to individuals and signpost them on to additional sources of support if necessary. “By being outside and walking it takes the pressure off communicating. The beauty of being outside means that you can focus on the dog, there are no awkward silences and you don’t even have to make eye contact if you don’t want to!” Dudes & Dogs was started in Bristol by Rob Osman as a community group to support men’s mental health back in 2019. After fantastic local success the initiative has since spread to many different locations around the UK including Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, South Wales as well as Sussex. There is even a military branch of Dudes & Dogs specifically for ex-service men too. Michael discovered Dudes & Dogs himself at the beginning of 2020 after a period of ill health as he explains: “Having struggled for a long time with my own mental health, specifically anxiety and depression, I found I didn’t have a space or time where I felt safe to discuss my thoughts and feelings, so I just kept things in until it became unhealthy.” He went on: “The more I denied my thoughts and feelings the worse it all got until I couldn’t face the idea of anyone having any expectation of me.” After finally opening up and talking to his wife about how he was feeling, Michael started to receive professional help and began to make positive changes to his life including getting

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his dog, Loki. He made contact with the Dudes & Dogs Facebook Group just as the Covid pandemic hit, finding great support in the online community and it wasn’t long before he was leading the online exercises for the group. From his own personal experience, Michael has found that fresh air and nature are great healers and that having the opportunity to talk to someone who has no vested interest in his story, only his wellbeing, has really helped him. “Having connected with the Dudes & Dogs initiative I’ve discovered the benefits of a ‘walk and talk’ and wanted to share this locally. This is a chance for men to share and talk stuff though whilst accompanied by a friendly dog, some fresh air and stunning South Downs views - it’s a winning combination!” Suffering from depression and anxiety can be a very isolating experience, but sharing experiences through peer support groups, whether online or out-and-about, can be extremely beneficial. Michael knows how daunting it can be to take that first step: “It can feel like a monumental activity just making initial contact, especially if you are suffering with anxiety, but everyone is guaranteed a warm welcome. Our vision is for men everywhere to know that it’s not just okay to talk, but that it’s vitally important to talk.”

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ast May, during a weekend of garden watches and organised walks, Henfield residents found 62 different species of birds in the village. Some were locals and some were long distance travellers from Africa and southern Europe. This year the Henfield Birdwatch Group (HBG) would love you all to join in again by completing a one-hour garden survey or by joining one of our walks detailed below to raise money for the Henfield Haven. Birdwatching is about having fun and noone has to be an expert to join in. For garden watchers there is a great identification guide on our website and the walks will be led by an experienced birder. Just to show that the walk leaders are not a scary bunch, here’s a little story. Our chairman Mike Russell, a well-respected and knowledgeable enthusiast who has led wildlife trips all over the world, once pointed out a Buzzard to his bird I.D. class and then realised that as it had barbed wire going through its neck, it was actually an oddly shaped piece of wood! So don’t be put off, every birder makes mistakes and we love sharing our knowledge, especially with absolute beginners! The walks cover a wide range of locations and generally take about three hours. There should be lots to see and, of course, springtime is also full of birdsong. You should be well serenaded on the morning walks, although unfortunately the closest hotspot to the village for hearing Nightingale and Cuckoo (along Furners Lane), has been cleared of scrub so we may have to listen for these iconic songsters a bit further out this year. My idea of doing a garden survey is to start off at an early hour in the morning with a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich. There are usually more birds about early and it’s a good excuse to indulge

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yourself. The hour whizzes past so if something else turns up later over the weekend please cheat and add it on! You can complete the recording sheet on line or we can get you a hard copy. The Big Bird Bash is just one of many things the HBW group does. We were recently praised as a great advert for Citizen Science by no less than Chris Packham at his Self-Isolating Bird Club. He brandished a copy of our latest survey book (for sale from R & H Pet Supplies and Fritz outside Budgens) and was astonished that we have 200 members actively supporting the wildlife of our village. We know there are pressures locally and elsewhere with the need for new housing, which inevitably impacts the local environment. What the collection of data does is to potentially enable a sensible dialogue to take place so that conservationists and developers can work in partnership to find solutions that benefit both the green and built-on areas of the land. A good example is where builders agree to incorporate ‘Swift bricks’ in new builds. HBW has been collecting this data regularly since 1999 but the story goes much further back than this. Paul Cole, one of our newest members, has been researching historical records which include the book The Birds of Sussex by erstwhile Henfield resident William Borrer written back in the early to mid-19th Century. From this diligent detective work, Paul is producing an all-time Henfield list (yes! Birdwatchers love a good list). To date the total has reached a staggering 178 species. So, let’s see if we can add something new and amazing on the Big Bird Bash weekend (although the peacocks are not included!)

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fter running amok in the shop and café windows up and down Henfield High Street for a few weeks, I’m pleased to say that all the mischievous Easter JellyCat bunnies have now found lovely new forever-homes where they will receive plenty of cuddles! The shops made a tremendous effort, producing beautiful Easter themed window displays and many of you voted for your favourites, we had over 1,000 votes cast! They were all fantastic, but Pinks received the most - a whopping 233 - and received a bottle of fizz as a prize, which they promptly donated to the Trail winners adult helper. A huge number of families took part in the Bunny Trail, coming from far and wide and it was lovely to see and hear children of all ages taking part in searching out the 26 bunnies. We had 250 entries in total and lots of happy children, it was the perfect antidote to a long lockdown. The winning entry was pulled out of the hat by the South Downs Butchery Easter Bunny on Facebook live, and a very excited 5 year old Morgan Robotham gave a home to the gorgeous giant JellyCat bunny. There were 16 further winners as many of the shops donated their bunnies. We would like to thank all the shops and business who hosted the bunnies and all those who took part in the competition and in voting for their favourite windows – the event provided the village with a much needed splash of colour and fun!

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MAY 2021 | Local interest



t last, the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions will allow Horsham District Council to hold a referendum regarding the adoption of the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan. The referendum will be held on Thursday 6th May at the Henfield and Small Dole Village Halls where you will be asked “Do you want Horsham District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to use the neighbourhood plan for Henfield Parish to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”. The plan has been four years in preparation due to the far greater complexities of Neighbourhood Planning now as opposed to the ‘light touch evidence base’ required for neighbourhood plans at the outset following the adoption of the Localism Act 2011. Added to this has been the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the suspension of referenda and elections until May of this year. For the plan to be ‘made’ by Horsham District Council it requires support in excess of 50% of those electors who vote. Please take the opportunity to cast your vote. During the time it has taken to get to this stage of the plan we have seen the Local Planning Authority come under a great deal of pressure to increase housing numbers throughout the district. This of course passes down to the parishes and because of the adoption of the ‘Standard Methodology’ to calculate housing numbers Henfield will be asked to deliver, in conjunction with Horsham District Council, an increased number of homes to those brought forward by the neighbourhood plan. Despite this I feel the community as a whole will be better protected from speculative development

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Gift Aid The Gift Aid scheme enables charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs to increase the value of monetary gifts from UK taxpayers by claiming back the basic-rate tax paid by the donor. It can increase the value of donations by a quarter at no extra cost to the donor. Charities claim back the tax (25%) already paid by UK taxpayers on any donation made. There are no limits to the size of donation on which the tax reclaim can be made. So a donation of £1 is currently worth £1.25 to the charity. To qualify for Gift Aid the donation must be from an individual who pays Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax in the UK to at least the value of the reclaim being made. Donations from companies, community groups, parishes, sports clubs, etc, do not count for Gift Aid for these purposes. The donation must be made to a body registered with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as a charity. The charity needs to obtain and retain a valid declaration from the donor. The gift/donation must be in cash, not goods or services, and there must be no expectation of a return from the gift, although charities are allowed to give small tokens of thanks and appreciation.

sponsor is a UK taxpayer and has paid sufficient tax to cover the donation. It should also state the amount donated. Claims can be made online using the Charities Online Service run by HMRC at any time and the repayment is usually received within 14 days. Reduced membership subscriptions - By setting the junior subscriptions at a lower level and asking for the difference to be made as a voluntary donation, significant additional monies can be raised. For example, current subscription £30 per annum – revise to a £5 subscription with a voluntary donation of £25. So if there are 100 junior members, Gift Aid monies raised will total 25% x 100 x £25.00 = £625.00. The donation must however be voluntary, so there is a risk that the members will only pay £5 rather than £30.

Auctions - A payment to your charity will only qualify for Gift Aid if it is a voluntary donation. Where an individual successfully bids for goods or services at a charity auction, their payment for the item is not a donation and therefore not strictly a gift to charity. However, HMRC recognises that sometimes payments made for goods and services auctioned for charity will intentionally be more than their retail value. In these circumstances, HMRC will treat payments as And what’s in it for the donor? Well, apart from the donations which will qualify for Gift Aid, provided that the other rules of the scheme are met and the act of charitable giving itself, the donor benefits benefits don’t exceed certain limits. by claiming back the difference between the higher-rate tax and basic-rate tax on the gross Gift Aid tax relief can be claimed on auction donation. For example, if a 40% taxpayer donated purchases for commercially available items, £100, the gross donation would be £125 and they e.g. a haircut - if they are sold for more than the would claim back 20% on £125, which equals commercial price and the commercial price is £25. The net cost to the donor would therefore be made clear, before the auction, to bidders by the just £75. Taxpayers subject to the 45% tax rate promoters, e.g. in the auction catalogue. Provided will benefit even more. the rules are met, then Gift Aid can be claimed So how can Gift Aid be used to improve the results of fundraising?

Sponsored events - Perhaps the most obvious way to generate Gift Aid income is on sponsored events. Donations from sponsors are eligible for Gift Aid for most types of sponsored event, e.g. fun runs, silences, instrumental events, pancake tossing, etc.

on the full amount paid if the value of the goods falls within the de-minimis rules - otherwise it can be claimed on the amount paid above the retail price of the goods/services. The bad news, and commonly misunderstood, is that if the item is not commercially available, e.g. a signed football shirt, then Gift Aid cannot be claimed at all. Note that the purchase of raffle tickets is not eligible for tax relief under the Gift Aid scheme as a benefit is being purchased.

You should design the sponsorship form carefully so that it also acts as your Gift Aid declaration, For further help and guidance, please avoiding the need for extra paperwork. You will contact Paul Samrah, Partner at Moore need the full name and address of the sponsor and a tick box which affirms a declaration that the Kingston Smith, on 01737 781546 or email:

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Index of advertisers | MAY 2021 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

A&B Matters 04 Moore Kingston Smith LLP 53


A & S Aerials & Satellites 49 Alpine Aerials & Satellites 35 Avant Home Technology 34 TAS Aerials 48

ARCHITECTS & SURVEYORS Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels B&B


Bartlett Property & Gardens Henfield Homes Ltd Nigel Parsons Builders Salamander Group Smart Foster Handmade Furniture

45 50 34 27 35

Gardner & Scardifield Ltd






Habcheck 18


Coastal Homecare Elite Choice Homecare Henfield Home Checks Sussex Healthcare - Upper Mead


37 43 13 38

B&I Carpets 48


Henfield Chimney Sweep



The Home Check


Henfield Computers


Mallards Dental Practice


BHW Glass Ltd N. Constantine Double Glazing Repairs

50 48

C&K Electrical, Henfield Garden Electrician (Avant Home Technology) Herbert Electrical Jeremy Crawley Electrical

48 45 51 45

AVS Fencing Bankhouse Electric Gates The Henfield Fencing Co. Jasper Fencing Contractors R.J Meaker Fencing Limited

06 35 48 48 55





Robert Slaughter Independent Financial Advisor 47


Elegant Feast Frozen 18 Nutritious Fish 12 Relish Cafe 08

Rushfields Farm Shop South Downs Butchery Swains Garden Centre & Farm Shop

07 25 17


C&T Radmall 40 Henfield Funeral Services 36

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

54 03 50

GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Acacia Ground Care Alderbrook Estate & Garden Maintenance Beechcroft Landscapes Jack’s Mowing & Garden Maintenance Rooted Garden Services Rushfields Plant Centre & Gifts Stonepit Nursery Trugreen West Sussex S. Goodridge Gardens


10 11 45 47 45 56 27 35 51

Alison Crowe Jewellery Katherine Lawrie Jewellery Steyning Book Shop Stokes of Henfield

18 14 34 02

Acacia Ground Care Hollinger Trenching Water Engineering PHB Contractors

10 40 32

A&S Gutter Clearance Just Gutters

44 47



HANDYMAN & PROPERTY SERVICES Geoff’s Handyman Services


Hear to Listen Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Stepping Stones Podiatry

31 31 15



East Barn Interiors Ltd 46 Helen Puxley Soft Furnishings 17 Smart Foster Handmade Furniture 35 Hillary’s Blinds 36 Simply Blinding 41


Land wanted to purchase


Borde Hill Garden Sussex Prairies

16 27

Inner Space Marcus Grimes Stevens Lettings

31 33 42



Oven U Worthing



AJG Interiors 15 Andrew’s Decorating 49 Lady Decorator 51 Trim Decorating 36



ACT Pest Control


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

34 30 34

AMP Groundcare Machinery Services King and Stevens PHB Contractors

21 40 32

Salamander Group & JG Plastering






Aquatec 50 Boiler and Burner Services 41 CJ Plumbing 51 Hollinger Trenching Water Engineering 40 MC Services Gas Plumbing & Heating 51 Oil Only Burners 18


Marcus Grimes


Oil Only Burners


Contain Yourself Storage




Relish Cafe 08 The Wheatsheaf 20

ROOFING & ROOF MAINTENANCE G & S Roofing Ltd RA Walker Roofing Services Ltd

44 46

Bluebells Day Nursery Dove Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care Warren Playgroup

31 31 31 08

Alpine Aerials & Satellites Network Security (Avant Home Technology)

35 35

Amanda Shaw Solicitors Cognitive Law Setfords Solicitors The Sussex Wills Office

53 53 42 47






Jayess Tools.


Southern Beeches Ltd.



VETERINARY SURGERIES Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries


Gramna Ltd



PPC Windows





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