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Better health is closer than you think! After 12 happy years at The Paddocks it is time for Henfield Chiropractic Clinic to move to a new, more central location. As of October 2020 you will find us at Bowden House, 1 Church Street, Henfield. Parking can be found in the library car park and it is a couple of minutes walk round to the clinic where you’ll receive the usual warm welcome.

What is Health?

The World Health Organisation described health as ‘a state of physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’.

How do we know we are healthy?

If you think of 4 of the most common diseases – cancers, heart disease, diabetes and chronic obstructory pulmonary disease – these do not start with any obvious symptoms. So not having symptoms does not mean you are healthy.

So why is pain your friend?

Pain is your body’s way of communicating with you that something is not right. You can choose to ignore the pain and dumb it down with pain relief medication. It is likely that pain will return, possibly more fierce than before. It is at this point you can choose again to medicate the symptom away or, instead, seek advice to determine the cause of the pain and find a solution to resolve it.

So how can Chiropractic help you?

Chiropractors look to find the source of the pain. We work with the spine and nervous system. Your spine is intimately related to the nervous system, whose job is to control and coordinate the whole body. If you consider your mobile phone when it has a good connection, you can clearly hear the person you are talking too. When the connection is poor you can hardly hear them speak and often get cut off. This is basically how the spine works with a the brain. When your spine moves well, the brain receives clear signals from the body. When the spine stiffens it disrupts the communication to the brain. This is when the pain can start. So, chiropractors look for the areas of the spine that have lost motion and focus their treatment to these areas..

How do we do this?

First we take the time to talk about you, your body and your state of health. We assess the movement within your spinal joints, do a posture assessment and a series of orthopaedic and neurological assessments. All our findings are explained in a clear understandable way and we create a plan to get you on the road to recovery. If it sounds like chiropractic may be able to help you then why not check out our website at www.henfieldchiroclinic.co.uk or give us a call on 01273 494680 and make your body a better place to be. In good health.

Michelle the chiropractor

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NOVEMBER 2020 | Contents

10 News

from the BN5 area

23 Local interest

Remembrance in Henfield

28 Local history

Local memories of POWs

Editor’s Letter

Henfield people know exactly how to commemorate Remembrance. Allowing it to pass without gathering together to pay our respects at the War Memorial and at the Services of Remembrance seems unthinkable, and yet we must. With the current Covid-19 rates heading in the wrong direction, the onset of the winter flu season and a village demographic heavily weighted towards the upper age group, it is our responsibility to act with kindness and safety, to avoid putting vulnerable people and our medical community at risk. This November’s Remembrance in Henfield will be just as important and will be marked with respect. Please turn to page 23 where you’ll find some important information on what we will be doing as a village, please join in where you can. Please stand on your doorsteps for the two minute silence on Remembrance Sunday, and if you can again on Armistice Day. Please also cut out the Henfield Remembers poppy on page 23 and display it in your window. You will find information about live-streaming of services and how to help create a sea of poppies in the High Street. Covid-19 is making all our lives different and more challenging, but we will never forget the sacrifices of those who gave so much.

Emma Osman, Editor

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The Movement Marathon

52 Local history

Henfield Museum’s new website

62 Index

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month;

Robert Gordon, Richard and Edward Searles, Roger Davis, Lesley Ainslie, David Harris, Ruth Robotham, Eddie Colgate and Paul Samrah. Cover photograph of the Harris family of Perching Manor Farm with three POWs by Marjorie Baker (copyright Henfield Museum), with additional artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper at Gemini Print in Shoreham and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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

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HART Update

Henfield Area Response Team (HART) volunteers are pleased to advise that we are out and about once again after an enforced restriction of activity resulting from COVID 19 precautions. Three of our acute responders have so far been appropriately trained by the Ambulance Service in how to manage infection control when called out to local emergencies. This training is ongoing for the remainder of our dedicated team. Despite the lockdown, team members have been active in other local volunteering roles and their clinical skills have continued to develop through on-line training courses. The defibrillators which are sited around the town and vicinity have been maintained and continue to be available and accessible. While we very much hope our skills are not needed, rest assured we are out and about once again ready to assess and assist those in need when alerted by a call from the Ambulance Team.

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Henfield Funeral Services Memorial Christmas Tree As from Tuesday 1 December we will be displaying our memorial Christmas tree in our office for families who have lost someone dear to them. We will be providing some Christmas tree tags for you to write a private message to your loved

one on, which you can pop into our office and place on our tree. These messages will be on the memorial Christmas tree throughout December. We have had such lovely feedback over the years from families, who say it gives them great comfort to be able to remember their loved ones with their personal message. If anyone is unable to visit and select a tag, Henfield Funeral Services will be very happy to post one out to you and place it on the tree on your behalf.

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Missing BN5 What’s On pages

You’ll have noticed that we haven’t been publishing a What’s On diary of events since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Although some clubs and groups are still active, many online and in different ways, most key village events which need publicising just haven’t been running. We won’t be publishing a diary of events until we have enough events happening to make it worthwhile and interesting, but we will publish news items about individual clubs, happenings and business openings in our News pages. If you’d like to let us know about your club or group please do email editor@bn5magazine.co.uk. When the What’s On diary returns, it’ll be in a different format entirely, watch this space!


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News | NOVEMBER 2020 donating the tin cans towards his ‘Plant a Tree’ initiative. During 2019 he reports that he planted a total of 10 trees, all with the landowners’ consent and funded through his personal recycling initiative. I came across Peter damping down the soil of his latest tree this year which is in the garden of the Henfield Hall.

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Jamie Robertson Memorial Charity Gig cancelled

The Jamie Robertson Memorial Charity Gig scheduled for 2 November 2020 at the Henfield Village Hall has been cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation. The new date for the gig is 20 November 2021.

Peter plants trees to help our environment

Peter Stanislas is thrilled at the response he had to his appeal for tin cans to sell for recycling which funds the purchase of saplings. Initially the number of tins dropped off outside his house for recycling was a small trickle, but as word got out that the monies raised goes towards the purchase of saplings to be planted around our village, the volume has increased substantially. Peter wishes to thank all who are contributing by

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Wouldn’t it feel good if we could all do something for the natural world? All the evidence suggests that wildlife is suffering. There are far fewer birds, butterflies and moths than 50 years ago. We are losing species faster than ever. Making a home for wildlife will mean we are making a home for all the ladybirds and insects that eat the aphids we don’t like on our plants. There is so much that you and I can do about this. Even if we only have small gardens or courtyards, we can help nature. The natural world is our life support system - plants help provide the oxygen we breathe and provide us with food and water. Our soil and plants rely on insects and other creatures to pollinate plants and replenish the soil. We can grow plants to help this process. We can provide space for birds and insects. We don’t have to cut down plants as soon as they have flowered. We can leave some logs to rot, leave a pile of leaves, be more ‘natural’. Our dream is that everyone - farmers, factory owners, gardeners, pubs, leisure centres, golf clubs, all make some space for wildlife such as flowering plants, birds and insects. Some farmers and gardeners are setting aside a fifth of their land for nature, a good figure to aim at. For more information or to help us with our projects, please get in touch, SH2030@mail.com.

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We would like to thank Ray Osgood for his very kind words in last month’s magazine following our recent move to Bude in Cornwall. What Ray didn’t mention was that the Coat of Arms given to us was beautifully carved by himself – taking over 90 hours of work! It is something we will always treasure, and it will remind us of our 36 years in Henfield, of all the friends we made and many happy experiences. Although we were sad to leave Henfield after so long, we were also excited to be moving to a new part of the country, to be near our youngest son and partner who re-located to the Bude area over a year ago. Now we are here, we can’t believe our luck with the farmhouse we are renting whilst waiting for completion on a bungalow we hope to buy. We could spend all day looking out of the many windows at amazing views in all directions. We will never forget Henfield and hope that its great community spirit will see you through difficult times ahead. And once some normality returns, we look forward to welcoming our friends and showing them the delights of this part of Cornwall.

Pat and Tony Jackson

Sussex Clubs for Young People

Sussex Clubs for Young People are committed to developing a vibrant voluntary and community youth sector which involves, empowers and meets the needs of young people in Sussex. The Purple Bus (a mobile youth provision) will visit Henfield on Wednesday evenings 7-9pm located at The Library Car Park. The young people can expect fresh, fun and rewarding activities throughout the sessions. We also offer opportunities for young people to train and develop their skills through personal challenges in their communities. Our youth workers ensure all young people are empowered to build bright futures, regardless of their background.

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Art at the Henfield Haven

Introducing prize winning artist Carole Rupniak. Two of Carole’s’ four paintings are her impressions of the central Horsham’s Carfax area inspired by archive photos. The buildings, with an absence of pedestrians reflect the need for calm on global warming. Little did she know that a year after painting them, we would bear witness to deserted high streets. Not generally known is that a minimum of 30% of art purchased is gift-aided to the Henfield Haven. www.carolerupniak.com

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Kindersley Trust

The Kindersley Trust will not be meeting in December as usual to receive applications for grants as we are in the process of changing the management of the fund. We should be in a position to receive applications in early 2021. Notification will be in BN5 Magazine once we are in a position to award grants.

Eric Holder, Chairman Kindersley Trust

Henfield Hall AGM

As published in October’s BN5 Magazine, the Henfield Hall is hoping to hold its AGM on Thursday 5 November, in the Whittome Hall, at 7.30pm. This will give people an opportunity to see the beautifully refurbished Hall and hear how we are endeavouring to get back to normal with bookings. We welcome everyone interested in the Hall. The meeting will be subject to current Covid-19 Government regulations which may be different to those at time of going to print. Please register first as we are tightly limited to numbers. There will be no entry without prior registration, thank you for your understanding. In the event of regulations forcing cancellation, we will publicise this on BN5 Magazine Facebook page and on the door of the Henfield Hall. If you wish to attend, please register with Diane Fuell (Secretary) giving your name and contact details on 01273 492701 or dianefuell@gmail.com.

Anne Hubner, Vice Chair

Children’s book published

Henfield Author, Deborah Baldwin, recently published ‘The Year the World had to Stay Inside’, a children’s book, written largely in her Henfield garden during lockdown. “I have five young grandchildren who were, like every other child, slightly bewildered and apprehensive about the situation into which we were all suddenly pitched. I thought it would be reassuring to pinpoint the positives and shed a degree of optimism. Illustrated primarily by my daughter Daisy, it is available on Amazon in paperback or as an ebook. This was a return to publishing for me after a very long gap - I lived in Henfield as a child and published my first book at the age of 17, followed by two more in the late 1970s. “It has been such a rewarding experience, and I am now working on some other manuscripts. I have had a very positive reaction to the book, from both adults and children.”

Deborah Baldwin

Scheme offers local residents’ savings on solar panels

Horsham District Council is working with West Sussex County Council to support a scheme to help residents cut their carbon emissions by installing high quality solar panels at a reduced price. By installing solar panels and generating zero carbon electricity at home, the average household could reduce their annual carbon footprint by approximately one tonne each year and do their bit towards making the Horsham District carbon neutral by 2030.

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NOVEMBER 2020 | News Homeowners can register for ‘Solar Together Sussex’ which uses a group buying approach to secure significant savings on solar panel installations by accredited contractors. The scheme is being run in conjunction with other councils across Sussex and iChoosr, who are experts in group buying. If you are interested, you can register your interest in the scheme at www. solartogether.co.uk/westsussex. Registration is free and there is no obligation to go ahead with an installation. Once registration closes, pre-vetted, accredited installers will tender for the work. This approach helps to drive prices down and ensure that West Sussex residents get a high-quality solar PV system and save money. If your house is suitable for solar panels, you will receive a personal recommendation outlining the cost and return on investment.

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SH2030 Quiz Answers

In the October edition of BN5 Magazine on page 50 Sustainable Henfield 2030 published a ‘BlueTop Bin Quiz’ and here are the answers: Q1 = no; Q2 = yes; Q3 = yes; Q4 = yes; Q5 = no; Q6 = no; Q7 = yes; Q8 = yes; Q9 = no; Q10 = Clean, Dry & Loose.

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Advice on bonfires

Having a bonfire is not prohibited, but it is controlled. There are good health-based reasons why any materials, whether garden waste or not, should not be burnt even in largely rural areas, because of its contribution to diffuse air pollution. However, having a bonfire is not a statutory nuisance in itself; the nuisance is the emission (or likely emission) of smoke from a fire and how this affects another person’s enjoyment of their property. Neither the number of nor absence of complaints, nor the distance from neighbours is relevant to the judgement of nuisance but may become relevant if proceedings were to follow. For cases where the fire has not yet been lit, there will be no complaints of smoke. However, officers can still act if they are satisfied the scale and/or nature of materials to be burnt are likely to cause nuisance. Garden waste, paper, or any other waste should not be burned, under any circumstances. Everyone should be mindful of their neighbours and fellow community members. The smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis and affect those with heart complaints and this is particularly an issue given that Coronavirus attacks the respiratory system. The disposal of waste or other materials by

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News | NOVEMBER 2020 burning is not the only way in which such items can be disposed of and these options should be exhausted before burning is considered. Garden waste can be composted or put into a garden waste bin for collection, alternatively keep it in a safe place until it can be taken to the tip or have it collected by a collection service.

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St Barnabas House - Ian’s story

In 2014, my wife Susan was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She had two surgeries and intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy. But it was only holding back the inevitable. She started to find daily living more and more difficult and I became her permanent carer. Susan started going to St Barnabas’s Day Hospice. It was a happy time for her, but I couldn’t carry on giving Susan the care she needed at home. So, she went into St Barnabas for full time support. During the four weeks Susan was at the hospice, she received the most wonderful care. All the care and support we received was provided absolutely free of charge. It was a dignified and appropriate way for Susan to slip away from life. She died in the loving arms of St Barnabas in comfort and peace. Before Susan became ill, I didn’t know how important our local hospice is. I now realise how lucky our

community is to have St Barnabas there to care for us and our loved ones when we need it. Please make a gift to St Barnabas so they can provide essential care for even more local people in the months ahead.

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NOVEMBER 2020 | News contributing towards 30% of your total project cost with your own investment. The next round of LEAP funding was launched on 30 September. In order to apply, you must meet the following requirements: - Registered with Companies House or HMRC - Less than 20 employees (FTE) - Trading for less than 12 months (as at 1st September 2020) - Located in Horsham District - 30% match funding All previous applicants that have been awarded a LEAP grant from 2017 to date, are excluded from submitting further applications. Applying is easy. All you need to do is fill in our online form and include the following: Details of the project you are applying for and how it will help establish or ‘future-proof’ your business, the timescale of the project you are intending to use the funding for and a breakdown of how you will use the grant, plus your own financial contribution (at least 30% of the total project value). For information go to: www. horsham.gov.uk/business/business-funding/leapbusiness-grants

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Hidden Henfield Trails

Thanks to Juliette Lowther from Henfield for sending us this wonderful picture of Lavender Cottage (copyright Henfield Museum) pictured while it was being used as a workshop for the violet growing business operated by famous suffragists Ada Brown and Decima Allen. The nextdoor house, Holmgarth (now Providence Cottage) was home to Miss Brown and Miss Allen. This is a small correction to the Hidden Henfield article on page 24 of October issue, which said that Lavender Cottage was the home of suffragists, rather than the violet workshop.


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New butchers opens in Henfield

South Downs Butchery will open at the beginning of November at Norton Mews, Coopers Way in Henfield (just down from Budgens and opposite R&H Pets), offering high quality, high welfare local meat. The news has been greeted with great enthusiasm by local people who posted 1,350 likes, shares and messages of support on social media for the new venture. The team of three who are launching the business include two young men from Henfield, Matt Phillipson and Steve Scott who also run Capital Meats, a wholesale meat business from Henfield. The third is their new business partner and professional butcher Matt Everest. Since the closure of Alan Woodard’s butchers in January 2018 the lack of a butchers shop in the village has been much lamented, so the new South Downs Butchery will bring an essential service back to Henfield and it’s hoped will encourage a resurgence in shopping locally in the village. Since the Covid-19 pandemic many people have realised the importance of their local independent shops and a new, traditional butchery is a welcome addition. For Matt Phillipson the location of the new butchery is incredibly close to home; his dad David is well known in the village as caretaker and manager of the Henfield Hall. Matt and Steve have run Capital Meats for the past six years, building a solid reputation supplying the best butchers in Sussex, Surrey and Kent with local free range, high welfare meat. Matt and Steve grew up together in Henfield before coming together to start their own business. Steve grew up around the industry and has a vast experience of from the family business. Matt Everest has been thirteen years in the trade, most recently at the Surrey Hills Butchers in Oxshott, which is famous for its traditional butchery amongst their many professional footballers and celebrity customers. Matt also represents Team GB at the World Butchery Championships, which

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should have taken place this year in Sacramento but has been postponed due to the global pandemic. He’ll be competing when it is rescheduled, we’ll look forward to following his success. The three lads are determined to bring the best traditional butchery skills to the village, but they are also part of a new generation of butchers who work with cutting edge technology; they have already invested in a state of the art dry-ager, which ages and tenderises beef to perfection. Matt is passionate about reviving some of the lessknown cuts and is looking forward to working with customers to give them lots of great recipe ideas and straight-to-oven products. Matt Phillipson said; “We are keen to make sure that South Downs Butchery has a reputation for affordability and friendliness. It won’t be an intimidating shop to enter, we want the younger generation who may be more familiar with buying meat from a supermarket to come to us. We’re passionate that people understand the provenance of what they’re feeding their families; our meat will be low food miles.” Please support this new venture, you can follow Matt, Steve and Matt’s story on Facebook or Instagram by searching for South Downs Butchery.


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emembrance in Henfield has always been an important part of our village life. The annual service, parade and two-minute silence at the War Memorial in the High Street brings hundreds of participants; the roads are closed, the Last Post sounds and we stand in silence to pay our respects and show our gratitude to the fallen. The men whose names are chiselled on our War Memorial deserve to be honoured. Henfield Parish Council, Henfield Churches and village organisations stand with the people of Henfield in their determination to make sure these brave men are remembered. We wear our poppies with pride. Because of the global pandemic, this year’s remembrance needs to be quite different. Like

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The Service of Remembrance at 10am on Sunday 8 November will be shown live on the St Peter’s Henfield Facebook Page and on their website henfield.org, you can join in the service by watching from home and leaving your comments. BN5 magazine will be live-streaming from the Henfield War Memorial at 10.55am on our Facebook page, where the Two Minute Silence will be observed and a small number of community representatives will be laying wreaths. Henfield Parish Council respectfully ask that you do not attend in person, as directed by Government guidelines. This year the traffic will not be stopped. Please stay at home for your own safety and that of the vulnerable members of our community.

Stand on your doorstep to observe the Two Minute Silence

On Sunday, 8th November at 11am, and again Wednesday 11th November at 11am, please observe the Silence, wherever you are. If you can, please stand on your doorsteps, so you can join your neighbours to pay your respects and remember.

Display a poppy in your window

We’ve printed a Remembrance poppy on the page opposite, you will also find a poppy in the Parish Magazine. Please display this in your window, let’s cover Henfield with poppies!

Wear your poppy with pride

Please wear your remembrance poppy, if you choose to wear a knitted or enamel pin, please make a donation too. Poppies are on sale up and down the High Street and there will be some street collections taking place. There are no door-to-door collections this year. Many of the collection boxes will have QR codes for digital donations if you don’t have cash. Please support the Royal British Legion, the Henfield collection last year raised almost £5,000!

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NOVEMBER 2020 | Local interest cities, towns and villages across the country, we will not be able to gather together in the collective act of remembrance. There will be a Service of Remembrance at St Peter’s Church, but numbers will be severely limited. Please see details below (in red) if you would like to be in a ballot for a seat in the Church. There will be no parade through the village and although wreaths will be laid, please do not attend. Think not what we can’t do, but what we CAN do. We must keep people safe. Remember that there are many elderly people in Henfield who need to be protected, as well as protecting our NHS.

So please; stay home. create a sea of poppies in Henfield

After Remembrance Sunday or Armistice Day, please ‘plant’ your paper poppy on the bank outside The Evangelical Free Church, alongside the poppy crosses already displayed there. Between us we can create a swathe of red covering the bank in memory of those who gave their lives.

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The Henfield Rocks Facebook group are encouraging people to paint poppies onto rocks with their family name, or the name of someone they are remembering, on the reverse. Please display these on the bank of Cooper’s Way alongside the poppies.

Light a candle

St Peter’s Church is open during the day, use the QR code when you enter and light a candle in remembrance. The whole of November is a month of Remembrance for the Church calendar, when people remember their loved ones who have died. Thanks go to Henfield Parish Council, St Peter’s Church and Mike Morgan (Poppy Appeal organiser) for their tireless work organising Remembrance events in Henfield each year; 2020 will be different, but we know with your involvement it will be just as special.

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All information printed here is correct at date of print (9 October). However, we are experiencing changing times. Please see regular updates on Henfield Parish Council, St Peter’s Henfield, Henfield Community Partnership and BN5 Magazine Facebook pages; if Government Guidelines change then it is likely that the plans detailed above could be curtailed or adjusted.

Please email admin@henfield.org with your name, number and how many seats you require by Monday 2 November, or call the St Peter’s Church office on 01273 492017. You will be contacted to confirm your seat/s, please do not attend the service without this confirmation.

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The Harris family at Perching Manor Farm, by Marjorie Baker. © Henfield Museum


talian and German enemy prisoners of war would have been a familiar sight to many residents of Henfield during the Second World War. Whilst there were no prisoner of war camps in Henfield itself, there were several in Sussex including ones at Kingsfold Camp in Billingshurst, Brook House in Ardingly and Southsea in East Sussex. In the early days prisoners would be brought by lorry into Henfield and surrounding areas to work on farms where they worked for a shilling (5p) a day, often under the watchful eye of armed guards. However, after Italy surrendered in 1943 and Germany in 1945, many prisoners were allowed to stay on the farms where they were employed with minimal supervision. Repatriation was slow for many prisoners and some were not allowed to return home until 1948. However, many decided to stay and build a new life in the UK, including one Latvian POW named Rudolf, who stayed working at Perching Manor Farm for the Harris family for his entire working life and is buried at St Andrew’s Church in Edburton. Whilst many residents considered these young Italian and German men to be ‘the enemy’ and treated them as such, others just saw them as young men in a difficult situation and a long way from their families and welcomed them into their homes. 28 | BN5 Magazine

Some prisoners who came to Henfield worked on the Browning’s market garden and one ended up married Phyllis Browning, the daughter of Bill Browning. The Harris family at Perching Manor had three Italian prisoners living with them and working on their farm, they feature in the beautiful family portrait above and on our front cover taken by Marjorie Baker (pictured centre, back row). David Harris, son of Geoffrey Harris (pictured above, top row right and quoted on facing page from fulking.net) recalled the stories his father would tell. Geoffrey was given the job of taking care of the three POWs and ‘guarding’ them on the farm. He stayed in touch with two of them after they had been repatriated and travelled to Italy in the early 1970’s to visit them. Adolfo, pictured facing page, subsequently returned to Sussex for a visit and David recalls him helping out at Springs Smoked Salmon. Michael Hobbs remembers the German prisoners working on the construction of the Wantley Road at the end of the war who gave him a homemade wooden toboggan one winter! On the next two pages are some fascinating memories of POWs, many first hand from Henfield residents and some from further afield. If you have any to share we would love to hear from you.

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NOVEMBER 2020 | Local history The German prisoners of war worked at Trusslers Farm and the lorry driver, Fritz, he was an Austrian, he used to pick them up in the morning. He used to stop outside Frenchies Cottage, pick me up too, drop the prisoners off to work on the farm and drive back to Frenchies Cottage and come in and have breakfast with us. Roger Davis2 The other people that stayed of course were German prisoners of war. I don’t know how many but there were certainly some that married English girls… I remember one was the goalkeeper at Partridge Green football team for a long time afterwards. He was looked after, or he lived with… the grocers down South Street Richard & Edward Searles1 In 1947 my parents bought a farm between Ditchling Common and Streat, where there were two German POWs working there: Max Nordmann and Fritz Brandlecht. They came from Southease every day by lorry and were dropped at the gate. Fritz wasn’t very friendly and didn’t want to mix with us, but Max was such a lovely chap, he used to come in the house at lunchtime and have a meal with us, (often rabbit in some form!) then go out in the stable sit on a sack of corn and have a sleep for half hour, with me sitting on his lap. He treated me like his daughter as he had a three year old daughter in Germany who he’d never met... After a few months someone gave him a bike and he used to cycle to our farm each day, he was trusted, that must have been at least 15 miles each way!… It was a sad day for us when Max went back to Germany, but how lovely for him to see his little daughter at last. Things were very hard for them in Germany after the war and my mother used to send food and clothing parcels to them for a long time. They were so grateful and Max used to write to us, and always to ‘Meine Liebe Lesley’! Gradually Max forgot his English, but by then his daughter Heike was learning English at school so she took over letter writing to us, this eventually went on for 55 years! Every Christmas we would receive the most wonderful parcels, full of gorgeous German goodies and homemade crafts. Lesley Ainslie

Max Nordmann and his family. Photograph Lesley Ainslie 1. Interviewed by Rose Sharp in 2019

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Adolfo, by Marjorie Baker. © Henfield Museum

In 1942 three Italian POWs came and worked on the farm. They were billeted in the cellar at Perching Manor, which was a great help, as most of our young labourers had been called up. The Italians weren’t repatriated until 1947 and in the meantime we also acquired two German POWs who returned home in 1948. Before the Germans left we were allocated two Latvian displaced persons. One left for Canada after about 3 years, the other, Rudolf, remained at Perching for his entire working life. Geoffrey Harris3

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Reunion with the Nordmann family, 1988. Photograph Lesley Ainslie

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Local history | NOVEMBER 2020 I lived in a house in the grounds of Brook House, near Ardingly... My father rented the Victorian kitchen garden and converted stable, and during the war grew vegetables and fruit to feed people. I can remember the Nissen huts where the POWs lived, many of which were around the bottom of our plant nursery. The POWs had a lovely time there working for local businesses and farms and for my father. They had a recreation hall where they watched films, played football on the cricket pitch and had a hospital and dentist. I can remember my parents talking fondly of the German dentist, saying he made them ‘the best set of dentures they ever had’! They also made us gifts, a ship in a bottle, toys and a jewellery box. Ruth Robotham

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My friend Paul and I met POWs still working at Henfield in 1946. That September Paul and I were 10 and just beginning at Steyning Grammar School. We both lived in Nep Town so walked along Dropping Holms to the station for the train each morning. One day a group of about 20 POWs were at the roadside down by New Cottages beginning to dig a trench. I was very wary. We’d had years of being afraid of the enemy; of them trying to invade us, dropping bombs and sending doodle bugs like the one Paul and I had watched from South View droning right over us. Paul was made of sterner stuff. His Dad had come back safely from Dunkirk. He was a soldier’s son. Paul got talking with the prisoners and eventually I joined in. One of them said he would carve a chalk head for Paul and all Paul had to do for it was take a sixpence up to Jennings shop – the Golden Hen – and buy a packet of five Woodbine cigarettes. Paul delivered the Woodbines and the prisoner showed Paul the head he was carving. The cigarette trade spread to others with the warned exception of one man. He was pointed out as a Nazi. We looked his way and were met with a malevolent stare – I’m still certain it was. The prisoner finished the carved head and gave it to Paul. It was small but terrific. I wished I was getting one. The cigarette trade continued until suddenly the trench had been refilled and the men were no longer there. I had been sure they must be German because Germany was ‘the enemy’ – but I think they were Italian billeted across at Billingshurst. Eddie Colgate www.henfieldbn5.co.uk

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The money raised will be helping to keep the Henfield Haven providing essential carer and dementia support and a safe haven for those who are the most vulnerable in our community. Haven CIO Chairman Digby Stephenson said: “Saturday 12th September was yet another brilliant day for the Haven’s recovery programme. Altogether an incredible sum was raised, which will be a huge help as the Haven gets back on its feet. I’d like to thank all the participants; the Marathon was particularly significant in that it involved the younger elements of the community, which is a connection we are very keen to embrace as we look to support all generations and needs.” Pete Mowatt, Manager of the Henfield Football Club Girls team said: “I was incredibly proud of all the girls who participated in the Movement Marathon, it was a great start to our football season. The teams and their families were fantastic, we couldn’t believe the amount of money they raised! I’d particularly like to thank the coaches for all their time and efforts, including Donna Copsey and Tracy Mowatt. Each of the girls asked family and friends to sponsor them, www.henfieldbn5.co.uk

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NOVEMBER 2020 | Charity Is this a lockdown project which you the museum and Marjorie Carreck (1991-2011), who succeeded her husband John and spent see before you? Yes, verily it is! much time on the accreditation process. Moving to our current location during the hall extension We are very happy to announce in print the launch of the new standalone website of Henfield of 1994, we subsequently became an Arts Museum for the browsing pleasure of all, near or Council accredited museum - the current industry standard. Storage of a collection which struggles far: www.henfieldmuseum.org Developed and funded by the Friends of Henfield to fit within our limited space is a real ongoing challenge, but our digital presence, community Museum, this virtual space complements the projects and roving displays still provide welcome museum itself and provides a digital showcase avenues. for our collections. It offers a new space to tell the stories of Henfield and its people, a signpost In recent years, The Friends of Henfield Museum launched in 2014, the main aim being twofold for ongoing projects and a repository of links to - to directly support the museum and to propel research resources. Over the next months we’d general interest in local heritage. It was much like to introduce some of the main areas of our inspired by Wynn Saunders who became its first website, but before this, it seems appropriate to Chair, succeeded by the writer in 2017. Take a start with the story of the museum... look at the Friends page on the website for some of the projects we have ongoing. The museum The Story of Henfield Museum social media channels were also launched in Bringing us to the launch of the website in 2014 - follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for this unusual year, we can look back on a 90 regular images and shorter and longer features. year museum journey. The origins lie with the Some of the photos accompanying this article collection of Lucie Bishop and her Aunt Alice Standen, who in the 1930s put together displays have been restored, enhanced and suggestively of their collection of local antiquities for occasions colourised - part of a broader museum image such as the coronation of George VI. These were restoration and enhancement project. displayed, along with artworks, in Henfield’s And the Physical Museum - we have reopened! old Assembly Rooms. This building on the High Street, most recently home to Stevens and Age While we’ve bolstered the digital, extensive efforts UK, still proudly bears its clock face, although have been made by the Curator and Assistant the 19th century mechanism now ticks away Curator to reopen the physical. As of writing in in the museum. In normal times it is wound by early October, we have reopened with Covid-19 volunteers, a comforting metronomic link to the precautions in place including: a maximum of museum’s past. two visitors or one family group at any one time, a set route, and new cleaning and merchandise Alice had been Henfield’s first female Parish procedures. We ask that all visitors please wear Councillor in 1919, while Lucie became involved masks and (sadly) now refrain from directly in many village societies and later followed in interacting with any objects. We will maintain the Alice’s footsteps as a Parish and later District opening with our standard times as long as local Councillor. However, as solid a building as the and national conditions allow. Assembly Rooms was, the display space was small and outside of special events, the key had to be sought from the caretaker for any viewing New Display: ‘The Thames Mudlark’ of the displays. Lucie had wanted to acquire and To support our reopening, we are pleased to host open the Cat House as a museum, but being until January 2021 a striking new exhibition on sadly unable to raise the funds needed, the effort the world of mudlarking, featuring items from the switched to securing a space in the new village collection of enthusiastic local retired mudlarker hall. After a village appeal for the donation of and author Graham du Heaume. Complementing further objects, this was achieved in 1974, with the display, an accompanying article will be the expanded museum continuing under the published in October on the museum blog management of its Parish Council committee webpage. (long headed by Lucie) and successive Honorary Discover a lost world of the everyday and the Curators. This was done while determinedly exotic, ranging from the Medieval to the Victorian. resisting centralising efforts by Horsham District Knives, keys to the unknown, padlocks and Council to have the museum management horseshoes, a Georgian love token, a bearded reassigned away from the village. bottle, a British Bulldog revolver, perhaps cast In the current era, Alan Barwick is now the sixth into the river after deeds unremembered... All Curator, with Steve Robotham (who heads up the were preserved, deep in the anaerobic mud - now Henfield History Group) the Assistant Curator. they see the light of the modern day. Long stints were previously served by Dorothy Chalmers (1965-1987) who worked to embed Robert Gordon, Chairman, Friends of Henfield Museum

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