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MARCH 2012 | Contents

07 What’s on listings

14 28

14 News

from the BN5 area

26 Books

from Steyning Bookshop

28 Art & crafts

courses from the area

30

30 Art & crafts

artist Claire Phillips

36 Food & drink Truffles Bakery

36 50

50 Art & crafts Camelia Botnar

60 Health

with Kristina Banner

64 Business

with Paul Samrah

66 Index

Editor’s LETTER

I find the winter months particularly gloomy, but March brings a little warmth to the earth and some early signs of spring. It’s a time to look forward, make new plans and think about having some fun. This is reflected in our listings pages, people are slowly coming out of hibernation. We’re looking forward to hearing from you with your events and news over the coming months. There’s a real buzz about crafts and creativity at the moment so we thought we’d shamelessly jump on the bandwaggon and explore what’s available locally. Have a look at page 28 and find some inspiration, if you’ve always wanted to have a go at painting, printmaking or perhaps flower arranging or quiltmaking then now is the time to get busy. Our local bakery Truffles is celebrating 30 years in April. I caught up with Peter Tompsett, the founder of the company, and satisfied my childlike curiosity about how those lovely big mixers, bakers and rollers create tempting delicacies. Read Peter’s story on page 36. Partridge Green artist Claire Phillips is not only immensely talented but also has a big heart and a social conscience to match. Her work is crossing boundaries to communicate other lives and worlds to us. Find out what motivates her on page 30. Enjoy March and keep those lovely stories rolling in. This is our 68th issue and we’ve not managed to run out of things to say yet!

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MARCH 2012 | What’s on

Thursday 1

Night or indoor photography - de- Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am pending on the weather! Bring your (and all Tuesdays) Come along and meet friends while camera, tripod and a warm coat. the children have fun. £1.50 per Henfield Garden Club family includes all refreshments.

Rhyme Time

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (please note: now all Thursdays)

Fun with musical instruments for Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Talk by John Negus: ‘Gardening Hearing Aid Clinic pre-schoolers. Free of charge. with Flair - associating plants beau- Henfield Parish Council (outer BIG CHEER for Amaze! tifully’. All welcome - non-members office), Henfield Hall, 2-4pm Brighton Dome Concert Hall, HDC Health Walk admission £3. 01273 493754.

8-10.30pm

Fundraising stand-up comedy event featuring: Geordie Jason Cook; Perrier Award-winning Jenny Eclair; and others. Tickets £19.50 available from www.brightondome. org or call 01273 709709. All proceeds go to Amaze to support families with disabled children in Brighton and Hove.

Saturday 3

Shipley, 10am

Southwater, 10am

Wednesday 7

HDC Health Walk

Meet in Countryman Inn car park. Leader Bill 01403 256248.

Meet in Country Park off Cripplegate Lane. Leader Liz 01403 263920.

Crochet lesson

Race night

Steyning Tea Rooms, 10am-12noon Steyning Centre, first race 7.30pm Contact Michelle 07795 627086.

Fun night to support Steyning First Bingo Responders. To reserve a table call Sobell Court, 2.30pm (all Weds) Woodmancote Parish Hall, 7.30pm Diane Couling 01903 812099. Mini Workshops, £5. Call 01273 HDC Health Walk 844370 or visit www.indigospirituCoffee-stop at St Peter’s Fountain Inn, Ashurst, 10.30am alconnection.co.uk St Peter’s Church, 9-10am (and Meet in Countryman Inn car park. Fairtrade Fortnight all Mondays and Thursdays) Leader Bill 01403 256248. (until 11 March) Fancy a cup of coffee (or tea) on your way to do the shopping? Or after dropping the children at play- Auction of promises in aid Little Fishes group or school? Come and join us of Ashurst Primary School St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (all Fridays) in St Peter’s Church on Mondays Ashurst Village Hall, 8pm Meet for singing, stories and lots of and Thursdays (except Thursday play, including a drink and biscuit. 15 March, but do come to the We have an amazing range of monthly coffee morning that day promises to auction including a Womens’ World Day of Prayer at 10.30) All are very welcome - we B&B weekend in France, use of professional music studio and two St Peter’s Church Woodmancote, look forward to seeing you. platinum seats at the Brighton & 2.30pm & Free Church, 7.30pm Mindful Hours Hove Albion. Tickets £2. Adult bar The women of Henfield (and the men) Sussex Osteopath & available. For tickets or call Abigail will be joining in a world-wide Day of Complementary Health Clinic, on 07884054066 or emailfaps@ Prayer ‘Let Justice Prevail’, followed Hurstpierpoint, 6.30-7.30pm ashurstcofe-pri.w-sussex.sch.uk by refreshments. 01273 495934. (and all Mondays) GWNN GWNN To explore meditation and Church House, 7.30-9pm The Triangle, 6.10-8pm mindfulness. £15 a session. To Swimming at the Triangle. Contact book call Nicola on 01444 819075 The Martins Leaving Party BUZZ. Contact Louise Clark in St Peter’s Louise Clark in St Peter’s Parish www.optionsinmind.co.uk Parish Office on 01273 495532. Office on 01273 495532.

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for more information or help with come along. We are always in need transport. of old wool - if you have any oddments at home please donate them For a free programme or to book a Sangboc Folk Club to us. Ring Jean on 01273 493171. free seminar contact 01403 215542. The Royal Oak, Wineham, 8pm Village networking A folk club meeting every 2nd MonJumble sale day of the month. Performing Eng- The George Hotel Meeting Room, Henfield Hall, 2pm 5.45-7.30pm (and Weds 26) With auction at 2.30m. In aid of lish folk song music and sea shan- Friendly business networking group Henfield Guide hut. For collection ties. Suggested donation ÂŁ1 and for local businesses - all welcome. of jumble please call David Mar- includes prize draw. 07057 433894. ÂŁ2 per meeting. shall on 01403 864591.

Horsham, 10am-4pm

Student Art Exhibition

Tuesday 13

Henfield Flower Club

Upper Beeding Village Hall, 10am- Henfield Hall, 12.15pm 4pm (& Sunday, 11am-4pm)

Demonstrator; Anne Maree Dicker Please come and browse our stu- â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;That Spring Feelingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with memdentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lovely paintings. Admission berâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibit the same. All welfree. Contact Lyn Bedford-White come, 01273 492064. on 01903 813058 or visit www. Henfield History Group bedford-white-art.co.uk

Evangelical Free Church Hall, 8pm

Monday 12

CAMEO - The work of Sussex Wildlife Trust Corpus Christi Church Hall, Tanyard 10.30am-12pm

At CAMEO retired people meet together in a friendly atmosphere with a cup of coffee or tea. Join us to meet new friends and hear Mike Russell from the Sussex Wildlife Trust give an informal talk. Call 07548 850828

Thursday 15

Indigo Spiritual Connection Woodmancote Parish Hall, 7.30pm

Mini Workshops, ÂŁ5. Call 01273 844370 or visit www.indigospiritualconnection.co.uk

Friday 16

St barnabas Easter Craft Sale

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Amonite Capital: Hallmark of The Coffee House, Free Church, Brighton and Hoveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; presented by 10-11.30am John Cooper. Admission ÂŁ2 nonmembers. Enquiries 01273 492754. Knit and Natter are having another sale. Please come and support your local hospice and buy some Easter gifts.

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MARCH 2012 | What’s on Henfield Camera Club

Orchard Restaurant, West Grinstead, 10am

Saturday 17

Henfield Hall, 2.15pm

Opposite Brighton Pavilion (also Sunday 18, 10am-6pm)

Thursday 22

Woodmancote Parish Hall, 6.55pm

Sunday meeting. Speaker - Dorothy Namibia and Spain - a varied eve- 4½ mile 2hr circular walk. No dogs. Young. Call 01273 844370 or visit www.indigospiritualconnection.co.uk ning of illustrated talks and audio- Leader Michael 07719 467861. visual by Dennis Hunt of Southwick Woodmancote & Henfield Camera Club. WI birthday meeting

Henfield Hall, 8pm

Tuesday 27

Brighton Chocolate Festival

Rampion offshore wind farm meeting

Singing for my Supper with Sidonie Henfield Hall, 11am-6.30pm. Winter. For details visit www.eon-uk.com

Two days of chocolate fuelled fes- Naomi’s Friends tivities. A perfect place to stock up St Peter’s Church, 3pm on Easter gifts and indulge yourNaomi’s Friends will be meeting self. Free Admission. again for tea, company and friendBangers and cash ship. All who have lost loved ones, however long ago, are very welFree Church, 12-2pm A sausage and mash lunch with come to join us. If you would like to tea or coffee. Tickets £5, available know more, call the Revd Christina from St Barnabas shop, Jasmines Bennett on 01273 492222. or Friends of St Barnabas. All in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.

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Henfield Hall, 7.15pm

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Henfield Evangelical Free Church, 10.30am-12pm (and last Thursday of every month) An informal and friendly meeting for the blind and partially sighted GWNN NCT Nearly New Sale living within Henfield and the surChurch House, 7.30-9pm rounding area. £2 includes tea/cofThe Steyning Centre, 10am–12pm Mystery smoothies. Contact Louise fee and biscuits. Contact Nina or Come along and grab some fabuClark in St Peter’s Parish Office on Colin on 01273 453000. lous bargains - we look forward to 01273 495532. seeing you there. Cash and Chip ‘n’ Pin accepted (no cheques). Go to GWNN www.nct.org.uk/branches/sussexWEA talk Free Church, 7.30-9pm downs to register as a seller. Henfield Hall Garden Room, 2.30pm Chocoholics. Contact Louise Clark ‘From Pygmalion to My Fair Lady’ in St Peter’s Parish Office on 01273 with Francesca Byrne. For details 495532. Pioneer Run Passing through Henfield from 9.15am call Maureen Lucas 01273 493966. Indoor picnic and quiz in Organised by Sunbeam MCC Ltd. Henfield and District Lions aid of Henfield Tennis Club For more details contact Ian McGill Club Race Night Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm 01293 771446. Henfield Village Hall, 6.30pm Tables of six available at a cost of In aid of Henfield Youth Club. Tick- £2.50 per person. Raffle and bar ets £12.50 per person and include available. Remember to bring your Henfield Camera Club a fish & chip supper and apple pie own picnic! To book call 01273 Adasta Hall, Hassocks, 7.30pm and cream. Cash bar & Tote for those 491503. Henfield Camera Club takes part in who fancy a flutter. For tickets conthe Crouch Shield Competition host- tact Dick Kent on 01273 492655 or Henfield Camera Club Henfield Hall, 8pm ed by Mid-Sussex Camera Club. email debbie.slaughter@o2.co.uk Members evening helping with camera and computer editing problems. See our HDC Health Walk Indigo Spiritual Connection website www.henfieldcameraclub.org.uk

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with all proceeds going to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Help for Heroesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; charity. Admission is ÂŁ15 per person, advance ticket only. Seating is limited to 80 people so book early. Booking Following their highly forms are available online at www.sussexmilitary.org. successful study day uk or contact Stewart Angell on 07714923925. in 2011, the Sussex Military History Society is Sangboc Folk Club holding another one on Saturday 26 May. Based Following on from our successful meeting in January in the school room held at The Royal Oak in Wineham, we will be meetcasemate at Newhaven ing on the second Monday of each month at 8pm. Fort members of the Proceeds from the January raffle enabled us to join public and military the South East Fold Network and place an advert in enthusiasts alike are Folk Diary. invited to participate. Sangboc is a folk club for English folk songs, music, The theme for the day is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Land, Air & Seaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with all and sea shanties. Donations ÂŁ1, with prize draw. For speakers giving expert illustrated lectures, including: details contact Ian Bush 07957 433894 Geoff Bridger with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Great War Medleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - a collection of over 100 pictures of little known and unusual aspects of the conflict; Andy Saunders with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;One day in Sussex during the Battle of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - an in depth study and analysis of events on Friday 16 August 1940; Ed Tyhurst will take attendees on a guided tour of Newhaven Fort; Peter Hibbs makes a welcome return to continue â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Battlefield Beneath Your Feetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - examining the anti-invasion defences of East Sussex during WWII; Simon Bellamy considers â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Channel Dashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - the controversial escape of the German fleet through the Dover Strait which took place off our coast in February 1942. All the speakers are donating their time free of charge,

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HART award for White Hart NEW - Doggie Sparkle Members of HART (Henfield Area Response Team) presented Gyles Culver, landlord of The White Hart in Henfield, with an engraved plaque for his fundraising efforts. As well as regular quiz nights, Gyles also holds other events to raise funds for HART. Dick Nye chairman of HART said: “Gyles is an enthusiastic supporter of HART and we rely on people like him to continue our work.” Gyles said: “I am bowled over by this award. We are simply supporting what is a vital service in the village community and which has saved many lives. HART relies entirely on donations to fund a team of responders equipped with heart defibrillators who are called out by the ambulance service following 999 calls. HART contact: Dick Nye on 07763 414600. Mike Beardall Pictured: representatives from HART with chairman Dick Nye present a plaque to Gyles Culver (centre).

Doggie Sparkle is a new professional and friendly dog grooming salon and doggie fashion boutique based in Brick Lane, Henfield, and run by fully qualified groomer Charlotte Christensen. The retail shop sells perfect gifts for dog lovers and owners, fashionable clothes, collars and leads. At Doggie Sparkle we welcome and cater for any age, breed and temperament, and each dog receives one to one attention and is groomed with the best shampoo for their breed and coat type or skin condition. A maximum of 2-3 dogs in the salon at any one time creates a calm environment and records are kept for each dog. Please contact us to discuss your requirements or just pop in to have a chat. You will receive 10% off your first salon visit. Opening times Tuesday - Friday 9.30am-5pm and Saturday 9am - 12.30pm. For more details visit www.doggiesparkle.co.uk or contact Charlotte on 01273 457714.

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Sussex Food & Drink Awards This year the Sussex Food and Drink Awards were attended by over 350 people at the Amex Stadium on 26 January, and confirmed what we already know about having so many award-winning food and drink producers right on our doorstep! The first winner of the evening under the category of The Sussex Drink Producer of the Year was awarded to Wobblegate Pure Apple Juice in Bolney. Owner, Tom Stevens shared his reaction as Wobblegate were announced the winners: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We felt ecstatic, excited and overwhelmed, and because our category was the first award of the evening, we were then able to relax and enjoy the rest of the eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitality.â&#x20AC;?

Fun and exciting plans lie ahead for Tom and the Wobblegate team, including the launch of several new mixed juices and of course the eagerly anticipated Wobblegate Real Cider! Â And hopefully theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll receive a couple more awards!! Tom believes that winning this award was down the overwhelming support and enthusiasm given by their trade and retail customers, many of which have supported them from the very beginning. Tom said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are so many people that understand and appreciate good, local and natural products like our juice. As this award is primarily based on public votes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so heart warming to know that so many of our loyal supporters voted for us. Winning the award will help us to grow as a business, allowing us to add to our team and continue to help other fruit growers in Sussex. It would be a dream to see Sussex with a thriving fruit industry again.â&#x20AC;? The awards ceremony continued to celebrate the achievements of many more local producers, and included Daylands Farm in Ashurst who received a finalist award in the Food Producer of the Year category. Sussex Food/Farm Shop of the Year was awarded to The Sussex Produce Company in Steyning. SK Hutchings Butchers in Partridge Green were finalists in the Sussex Butcher of the Year category and Steyning Farmers Market was a finalist in the Best Sussex Farmers Market category. Tottington Manor in Edburton was recognised as a finalist in the Best Eating Experience category.

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MARCH 2012 | News Shell Henfield We have received the following update from Shell International on the status of the remedial and refurbishment work at Shell Henfield: “The samples thus far indicate that there are some dissolved hydrocarbon components (not ‘neat’ fuel) in the deep groundwater to the east of the site. “Our consultants advise us that there is no cause for concern. They are working closely with the regulators to progress the project and restart the site redevelopment. We continue to work closely with environmental and construction specialists to determine how best to meet these conditions in order to reopen the site as soon as possible. We would like to apologise again for any inconvenience the closure of the service station may cause. We will endeavor to keep Henfield residents updated. Your feedback is most welcome.” Ross Whittam, Shell Spokesperson 020 7934 2085. Email: ross.whittam@shell.com

The secret diary of an Ophthalmologist An intriguing title for the next talk organised by the Friends of Henfield Medical Practice, this time all about eye problems and their treatment. Put the date of Thursday 3 May, 7.30 pm at the Medical Centre in your diary. More details to follow in our April edition.

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Mark Haines Derek, Daphne and family would like to thank everyone for all their support, lovely cards and letters of sympathy following the sad loss of their wonderful son Mark. Mark, who died of a massive heart attack on 27 December aged 45, was a kind and gentle soul and he will be greatly missed by many. Derek and Daphne Haines

REMOVAL OF HORSE CHESTNUT TREE IN CHURCH STREET West Sussex County Council propose to remove the large horse chestnut tree in Church Street outside of Martyn Lodge on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 March. To enable this work to be carried out Church Street will be closed from Chestnut Way to Martyn Close between 8.30am and 4.30pm on both days. Diversion will be via Nep Town Road. These dates are provisional as emergency jobs will take priority should they occur. Should anyone want to know more about the condition of the tree a summary of the arboriculturists report can be obtained from the Parish Council.

Auction of promises Ashurst Primary School is hosting an auction of promises evening on Friday 9 March at Ashurst village hall. There are an amazing range of items to auction including B&B weekend in France, two platinum seats at the Brighton and Hove Albion stadium, drumming lesson, use of professional music studio, return taxi ride to London, meals out, oven cleaning, pony rides, child minding and more. The school hall will be decorated and the first item will go under the hammer at 8pm. There will also be an adult bar available. Tickets £2. For details contact Abigail 07884 054066.

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Movember may have finished two months ago, but a Henfield care home worker has finally been able to have a shave! Raising awareness for Testicular and Prostate Cancer, Movember asks men to grow a moustache to support the cause. Martin CarrollHallett, Maintenance Manager at Red Oaks Care Home was bribed with extra sponsorship to keep growing his beard until the end of January. Martin said: “I was only too pleased to agree to the extra time as it is a cause very close to my own heart. I found a lump, and realising this wasn’t right contacted my GP and was referred to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. I was admitted and operated on within a week. It was a really scary time and has totally changed the way I go about life. Thankfully I am ok, and would encourage other men to make regular checks and seek advice if worried about anything.” Martin raised more than £150 for the charity and was shaved by carer April Alexander who was one his sponsors. Some of the residents sat and watched the shaving and all cheered when Martin was cleanshaven once more.

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HFC needs YOU! Henfield Football Club is an established club with FA Chartered Status and various teams ranging from the Academy (3yrs-5yrs) to the adult ladies and mens teams. The Club is always looking for new players to join at all age levels The Club’s committee changes from time to time, but has always had members that fully support the club, its teams, its players and the need to create a great club. We are currently seeking new additions for the committee to replace a couple of members who are standing down after several years. We are looking for new members with a broad combination of skills - you do not have to understand the rules of the game to be involved in the club! It is a great way to meet new people within the village and create a new social network of friends. Two of the titled positions available are Chairman and Secretary - both might suit someone who is retired or has time on their hands and would like to create a new interest for themselves. If you would like to find out more, please contact Rob Slaughter (current Chairman) on 07799 750580 or Tracey Prescott (Ladies manager/CWO) on 07944 372927

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MARCH 2012 | News Henfield Garden Club

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The next event in our busy programme takes place on Friday 2 March at 7.30pm in the Henfield Hall. John Negus will be giving a talk entitled ‘Gardening with flair - associating plants beautifully.’ Admission for non-members is £3 per person. All welcome. Look out next month for details about our annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 14 April. For more details about joining our club please contact our membership secretary Linda Beresford on 01273 492497 or email Linda@slugbandit.co.uk Margaret Hollingsworth

The 777 Fundraising Committee have spent the last twelve months planning the big event which is taking place from 25 – 31 March 2012 at Henfield Leisure Centre. We have 49 teams/solo runners running or walking a marathon over the course of the week and we are on target to raise £21,000. 70% of all proceeds will be donated to CLIC Sargent and 30% to Henfield Leisure Centre. Sam Bremner, Malcolm Lane & Tim Jones (two of the village postman) will be running a marathon a day over the entire week. Between them they need to raise a minimum of £6,552 so all donations will give them a terrific boost. Alternatively come up to Henfield Leisure Centre to cheer them on! We have planned a number of events during the week to support the runners including: • Cake sale throughout the week at the Leisure Centre (more volunteer cake bakers required!) as well as sandwiches, teas and coffees on sale • An amazing raffle - tickets are on sale at the Leisure Centre and will also be sold on the mornings of Saturday 17 and 31 March on the High Street • Massages available for runners on most days during the week and toddler soft play area free of charge on selected days for participants • Brighton and Hove Albion FC will be sending their ‘Gully Girls’ and ‘Gully’ to Henfield Leisure Centre on Saturday 31 March to support the runners and there will also be cheerleader classes for adults and children • A pay bar with food and music will be available at Henfield Leisure Centre on Saturday 31 March from 7pm to celebrate the end of the week - all participants and supporters are welcome You can donate on line at http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/team/777fundraising or there are sponsorship forms available at Henfield Leisure Centre. More information on the website www.777fundraising.com

CABARET CHUMS The Cabaret Chums would like to thank everyone who supported their Winter Cabaret evenings in January. A whopping £3,039.26 was raised for the Sussex Cancer Fund. Both the Friday and Saturday audiences were in real party mood and thoroughly enjoyed songs from the world of musical theatre performed by a cast of 18 ranging in age from 20 to 79 years! We would also like to thank our sponsors: Henry Adams (House Sales and Lettings); Finn Building Supplies and Developments and Brighthelmstone Limited.

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THE HENFIELD BP GUILD Once again the Henfield B-P Guild are pleased to report a successful year and would like to say a big thank you to all the people who so kindly came to the fundraising events run by the Guild. In 2011 our fundraising events included a jumble sale, a barn dance (in partnership with St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School PTA) and a race night (in partnership with Horton Golf Club) and raised a total of ÂŁ8,076. The Guild donated ÂŁ5,150 to various causes including the Royal British Legion, Chanctonbury Play Scheme, Sobell Court, 1st Henfield Scouts and a senior citizen outing and luncheon for 161 local residents. The Guild is also proud to be working with the Henfield Youth Club. Four boys go to Chris Simmonds on three Mondays a month to learn to work with wood and steel and each one is making a coffee table. Additionally the Guild is helping with the maintenance of the Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premises. Our first event in 2012 is the B-P Guild jumble sale on the 24 March. Goods for the jumble sale can be taken to Eddie Sayers at Birtley, The Common, Henfield, Telephone 01273 493227 from the beginning of March. If you need items to be collected from you home please telephone Tony Westwood on 01273 492172.

Rampion Offshore Wind Farm proposals E.ON are putting forward a proposal for an offshore wind farm off the Sussex coast - please visit www. eon-uk.com for more information. Before they submit a consent application, they are holding a 12week formal consultation period, so members of the community can find out more about their proposals and have their say. These consultation meetings will be held in coastal towns and rural areas. There will be plans on display and a number of the Rampion Team on hand to answer questions. A listing of viewing places and all the consultation material is available on the E.ON website. The cabling route for the wind farm is going to be revealed at these events which may well be of interest to residents in the Horsham area, therefore it is really important to get this information out to as many in the community as possible. Events within the area include: Albourne Village Hall, Saturday 17 March, 10am - 6pm; The Steyning Centre, Wednesday 29 February, 12 - 8pm; and Henfield Village Hall, Tuesday 27 March, 11am - 6.30pm. www.eon-uk.com

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MARCH 2012 | News RNLI fun and fundraising It is well known that RNLI crews are all brave volunteers who save lives in all weathers and sometimes horrendous conditions in the middle of the night. But did you know that the RNLI costs £400,000 per day to run? The RNLI Group in Henfield is one of many small groups of volunteers all across the country that fundraise locally. We don’t go out to save lives – in fact we usually sit in small committee meetings drinking wine and organising fundraising events. We could always do with more help so why don’t you think about joining the committee or getting involved in other ways? We meet about once every six weeks to discuss new ideas and forthcoming fundraising events and in-between meetings we each do a bit of organising. If you would like to get involved, or if you would like to come along to one meeting just to see what goes on, then please contact our Chairman, Sarah Jago on 01273 493205 or Vice Chairman, Martin Love on 01273 494861.

Buzz is back! We are looking forward to seeing our old friends as well as welcoming new ones when Buzz starts again on Henfield Common on Saturday 3 March. We have lots of fun planned including kite flying, tracking, rope climbing, football, cycling and much more. Cost is £1.50 and includes a snack and hot drinks. We’re out in most weathers so don’t forget the wellies and warm clothing. If there are any Dads or Mums who could spare some time to help out and have fun with us, we would love to hear from you. Bob Burley.

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HART responders get boost from Freemasons Sussex Freemasons presented HART with a cheque for £600 this week for new equipment. Senior members of the Sussex Province, Joe Wilkins and Colin Scourfield, presented the cheque to HART chairman Dick Nye at Henfield Village Hall. The money will be used to equip the team of HART responders who have saved many lives in the Henfield area using heart defibrillators. Colin Scourfield, chairman of Sussex Freemasons Charities said: “Henfield is an excellent example of how a team of volunteers can make a big difference to people’s lives. Sussex Freemasons do a tremendous amount of fundraising for good causes and in the last four years have given out about £2million to organisations.” Dick Nye, chairman of HART said: “We are very grateful to Sussex Freemasons for their very generous contribution which will make a big difference to us because we rely entirely on public donations to continue our work.”

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NEWS UPDATE FROM HART Congratulations to new HART recruits Claire, Sandra, Steve and Steve who have all successfully passed their assessment. All four are now booked onto the rota, along with an experienced responder, to gain experience before responding on their own. This sensible procedure is a requirement of SECAMB and is seen as an extension to their training. This is only for a short period of time after which they will all be able to complement our cover to the community. Once more we would like to extend our continuing gratitude to the community who support us so magnificently. Dick Nye, Chairman HART

Henfield Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting

Henfield Parish Council has for some time been expressing concern that the existing sewerage system in this part of Henfield is not adequate to meet the needs of the new development. Following various meetings with Southern Water, they have now conceded this is the case and will be making the necessary adaptions to the system to provide sufficient capacity. At the same time this Council has been pressurising Southern Water to better maintain the existing system to overcome a number of sewage related problems experienced by existing homeowners in this area of Henfield. Some work to alleviate this problem has finally taken place but Council considers more work is required and will continue in its efforts until the problem is resolved.

guide & local information for henfield At the Council Offices in The Henfield Hall is a display of free booklets and leaflets about Henfield. These include The Official Henfield Guide, various walks around Henfield, an illustrated guide to the entire Downslink, information about Henfield Museum and Henfield Cemetery, and local bus timetables. In addition there are leaflets advertising places to visit and interesting activities across West Sussex and beyond.

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in The Henfield Hall on Tuesday 6 March commencing at 7.30pm. Your locally elected representatives on Parish, District and County Councils, together with Sussex Police representatives will be present to answer questions and receive comments on any issues affecting Henfield. Following the meeting light refreshments will be served and the representatives will remain should you wish to have a one-to-one discussion away from the glare of the meeting. Henfield Parish Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Report for 2011 will be available from 22 February on the Council website (www.henfield.gov.uk ) or from Council in the Henfield Hall. Copies will also  the    office 

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MARCH 2012 | News MEMORIAL MATCH FUNDRAISER The Henfield Under 16 football team will be playing in a memorial football match in memory of their dear friend Freddie Smith on Sunday 25 March at 2pm on The Kingsfield, Henfield. It is a fitting tribute to Freddie as he was a courageous, active and vital member of the team right up until a few weeks before he died of cancer in May 2010. The boys have really missed him on the pitch and they hope to raise more money for the charity Riders.org, who provide motorcycle transport support in areas of Africa where basic healthcare is hampered by the lack of transport infrastructure. Money donated in memory of Freddie is helping to build a motorcycle workshop in Ruwa, Zimbabwe. It will also be also be the final match the boys will play as a team, before they move onto menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football, if they so wish! The team plan to hold a raffle and tombola, and refreshments will be available. All those who knew Freddie are more than welcome to come along and support on the day. You can find out more and donate at www.justgiving.com/fredster

HENFIELD YOUTH CLUB Henfield Parish Council has agreed its budget for 2012-13 and has set aside funds to enable the Youth Club to remain open. The Trustees, Management Committee and young people are very grateful to the Parish Councillors for this encouragement and support. With this and fundraising, the Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future should be secure until April 2013. However we cannot relax, as we need to raise funds for future years. We are forming a fundraising group and if you can help in any way please contact Christina Bennett, Trustee, Henfield Youth Club on 01273 492222.

Henfield Medical Centre 50p books to buy While waiting for your appointment at the Henfield Medical Centre, please take the opportunity to browse the second-hand books (mainly fiction) that are now contained in a set of filled bookshelves. These books are there for you to buy for 50p each and funds raised will go towards the Friends of Henfield Medical Practice Trust. Just choose the book/s and put the cash in the metal box provided. Any books to be donated should be handed in to the reception staff, but please only those in good condition, and no more than two or three at a time. All monies raised from the scheme will go towards the purchase of equipment for the practice that is not provided by the NHS.

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News | MARCH 2012 RNLI art exhibition The 23rd annual art exhibition, organised on behalf of the RNLI, will be held in The Henfield Hall on Friday 13 (9.30am to 6.00pm) and Saturday 14 April (9.30am to 3.30pm). There will also be a special preview evening from 7.30 to 9pm on Thursday 12 April. The exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to view and purchase artworks of many different styles and subjects, all by local artists. Hundreds of works will be on display including framed and unframed paintings and prints, miniatures and objets dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;art. For more information contact the Chairman, Sarah Jago, on 01273 493205.

However, given the lovely setting of the garden at Red Oaks, we plan to redefine the familiar and challenge the known â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some surprises are in store and others may develop along the way. If you would like to be part of this journey then please contact the Production Manager, Helen Fyles on 01273 493253 for scripts and audition pieces. New members are eagerly sought!

The Importance of Being Earnest - auditions Open auditions for Henfield Theatre Companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor production of Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most enduringly popular play â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Importance of Being Earnestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will be held on Sunday 18 March (2.30pm) and Tuesday 20 March (7.30pm) at Henfield Hall. Performance dates will be from 5 - 8 July in the garden at Red Oaks. This play is a real English classic, with iconic characters, delicate humour and legendary language â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard of the famous â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;handbagâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?! The range of characters wide; each one being beautifully drawn  is 

     

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MARCH 2012 | News Steyning & District U3A coffee morning If you are retired or no longer in full time employment and are keen to meet people, share an interest or learn something new then the U3A is for you! It is run by the members and aims to enable everybody to share their knowledge, skills, and experience and provides a social forum for people of similar interests to meet. Why not come and meet us at our open coffee morning on Thursday 15 March from 10.30am in the Henfield Catholic Church Rooms, Tanyard, off Church Lane? Entry is only £1.00. More information about the Steyning & District U3A is available on our website: www.u3asites.org.uk/steyning or drop us a note at PO Box 2595 Henfield, BN5 0EA.

LOLLYPOP PERSON WANTED West Sussex County Council wants to recruit a School Crossing Officer for the busy London Road at Wantley to start as soon as possible. Job share applications would be welcomed. If you are interested in carrying out this important paid work, or want to find out what is involved, please contact Henfield Parish Clerk Philip Hill on 01273 492507 or email office@henfield.gov.uk

Put the Kettle on for Marie Curie Cancer Care In June and July 2012 Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Blooming Great Tea Party is back. The charity is asking people to hold their own tea parties to raise money to help Marie Curie nurses to provide free care to people with terminal illness. Your blooming great tea party could involve anything from a cuppa and cakes in the office during the week, a vintage inspired high-tea with your neighbours at the weekend to a garden tea party with the family any time you like! It’s a great way to get together with friends and family to do something easy and fun for charity. Don’t forget the official Jubilee weekend is 2-5 June 2012 so that would be the perfect time to hold a Blooming Great Jubilee Tea Party! Funding a Marie Curie nurse costs the charity £20 per hour. This year we are hoping to raise over £24,000 in Sussex alone from tea parties held in June and July. All money raised will really make a difference to the amount of people our nurses can support. If you would like to hold a Blooming Great tea party please visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty to register and we will send you a pack with all you need to put on your event. If you would like to speak to a Sussex community fundraiser about your party please call 01273 492739.

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Books | MARCH 2012

Book reviews from Steyning Bookshop

Hunger Trace by Edward Hogan, published by Simon and Schuster ÂŁ7.99

This powerful and affecting novel written by another Brighton author and graduate of the UEA Creative Writing Degree is set in a remote village in Derbyshire. Two women and a teenage boy with probable autism are left to cope with the running of a declining wildlife park after the sudden death of the owner David Bryant. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hunger traceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of the title refers to the flaw that crops up in a falconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tail feathers when it has experienced a period of starvation as a nestling: no matter how much cosseting it receives thereafter, the mark remains. The metaphor resonates through this beautifully paced novel, as Hoganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cast of characters, like the animals in their care, struggle with their desire to escape and the uneasy relationship that they have with each other. A richly satisfying read.

vourite walks draws upon his knowledge and love of the South Downs landscape and its varied flora and fauna and the tales that surround them. Hand-drawn route maps combine with practical notes on routes that take the walker through the some of the best of the countryside in the far west part of our country.

One Dog and His Boy by Eve Ibbotson, published by Marion Lloyd Books ÂŁ6.99

This final childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book by the much loved author of Which Witch and Journey to the River Sea, is a touching and exciting tale of a runaway boy accompanied by a group of pedigree dogs trying to flee with him from a pet agency to the safety of the boy Halâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cottage in Northumberland. Ibbotsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brilliance at creating stories stayed with her to the end and here we have a beautiful and charming classic in the making.

Now All Roads Lead to France - The Last Years of Edward Monstersaurus by Bob Cort and Claire Freedman, published by Thomas by Matthew Hollis published Simon and Schuster ÂŁ5.99 by Faber ÂŁ7.99 The paperback edition of the Costa Book Award very well deserved overall winner is out this month. The book is an account of the final five years of one of the most influential WW1 poets, Edward Thomas, centring on his friendship with Robert Frost and his fatal decision to fight in the war. Thomas spent most of his adult life in Hampshire and famously had a deep love of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;all that country which is dominated by the Downs or by the English Channelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. By concentrating on the last five years of Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life Matthew Hollis splendidly evokes an extraordinarily creative period in English literary life in a generation that included WB Yeats, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost and Rupert Brook â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a cast of larger-than-life characters who surrounded the figure of Thomas, tormented by his work and his marriage.

By the creators of the bestselling Aliens Love Underpants comes a jolly book in rollicking rhyme which romps along, Suitable for the very young since there is a relatively small amount of text but with all the ingredient that 2-3 year olds love and bright, lively illustrations.

With thanks to Sara and Gudrun Bowers from The Steyning Bookshop, 106 High Street, Steyning, 01903 812062. Children can celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 1 March by using their ÂŁ1 book vouchers at Steyning Bookshop.

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with Clive Stafford Smith, the founder of the British human rights charity Reprieve, who moved me to do something to help using my talent. I contacted the British Arts Council and asked for a grant to work with Art has always been a passion for Claire, but it wasn’t Reprieve to paint portraits of inmates on death row in until her three daughters were settled into school life the United States, and associated people such as exthat she pursued it as a career. As a mature student, ecutioners and legislators. Thankfully they agreed.” Claire attended a part-time course in Fine Art at Northbrook College, graduating with a first class honours degree. She went on to become a member of the Association of Sussex Artists, and was later awarded the Anthony Amies Memorial Prize for Painting. Claire communicates personal stories through large-scale oil portraits, (some as high as seven feet), revealing aspects of humanity or human experience in general. She said: “I have always been interested in people - I would look at their faces and wonder what sort of person they were, what job they did, and want to paint them.” After watching a documentary about death row prisoners in the United States of America, Claire was inspired to embark on an unusual project: “I spoke

laire Phillips is a contemporary artist who tells extraordinary stories from ordinary lives through largescale oil portraits. We caught up with Claire, who lives in Partridge Green, to find out more about her art.

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MARCH 2012 | Art & Crafts The project took Claire a year to organise. She said: “I wasn’t allowed to take paper or pencils with me to see the prisoners, who were shackled in chains behind bullet-proof glass. Once I left, I had to frantically draw from memory.” Claire managed to see 13 people in six different states over 11 days. She returned home exhausted but with hundreds of pictures and hours of recorded conversations which helped her complete 12 portraits. The resulting exhibition entitled ‘The Human Face of Death Row’ was shown in 2009 in various locations including the OXO Tower in London. Claire said: “What happened to some of these people could happen to you or me, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Claire’s current project is with Indian charity Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA). BBA is a pioneering organisation working to end child labour, child trafficking and provide free education for all children. Claire said: “I read a newspaper article about Indian children working 14 hours a day in poor conditions, with little food and no money. I got in touch with the charity and was told that an estimated 60 million children are in child labour. I wondered how I would feel as a mother if this happened to my child, and so I wanted to do something to help.” Facilitated by the charity and generously supported by Seawhites in Partridge Green (who donated brushes, paints and books for the children), Claire visited Dehli to research her project. She interviewed, sketched and photographed children rescued from factories and mines, and now cared for at the charity’s rehabilitation centres. “Parents have no idea – they are tricked by traffickers and told their children will be educated and will send them money. The parents never see their children again and never receive any money.” Claire experienced highs and lows during her visit to Dehli: “The happy times were when the children danced Bollywood style, or during drawing sessions seeing how excited they were to show me their books. The children couldn’t say Claire, so they called me ‘Didi’ meaning ‘big sister’. The saddest times were when parents came to the centres to find their children after four or five years and were not able to take them home until it could be proved they were the child’s parents. It was heartbreaking to see.’ Having recently returned from India, Claire has already started work on her oil paintings of the children.

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The resulting exhibition will be shown (accompanied by Claire’s recorded sound tracks of Delhi) in 2013 at the OXO Tower in London before going on tour. Claire concludes: “I want to encourage debates and raise awareness about these issues through my art. I found the more I heard, the more I wanted to get involved.”

‘The Revealing World of Claire Phillips: a Retrospective’ is on show at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery until 17 March 2012. It includes portraits from her death row project, as well as portraits of Sir Charles Wheeler (celebrated BBC journalist), London Mayor Boris Johnson and her daughters. Arlette Wykes

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eter Tompsett, founder of Truffles Bakery which Supermarket cakes will be branded as ‘dairy cream’ celebrates its 30th birthday this year, says just one because they’re pre-frozen – this is because it’s imword when I ask the secret to his success; “Butter.” possible to ship them too far without them collapsing.

“We don’t skimp on ingredients, from the start we have made our bread and cakes from scratch and butter tastes so much better. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons we have customers coming back every day,” said Peter. The baking all happens on the Mackley Estate in Small Dole. By the time I arrive at 10am the bread baking is just a memorable waft of delicious aroma. It was all baked between 3-7am and shipped in time to line the shelves of the 12 stores including Steyning, Horsham, Henfield and Hurstpierpoint by 8am that morning. Four vans carried heaving trays of bread, cakes and delicious confections right across Sussex. Five other ‘Hot Stuff’ vans are on their way out; touring the trading estates around the area with hot bacon rolls, freshly made sandwiches, lunchtime snacks and lots of delicious cakes. Peter is a very hands-on boss. He generally puts in a morning shift with the bakers before joining the office staff to see how each of the shops is getting on. He looks after the mammoth task of purchasing and later on it’s not unusual to see him out delivering with one of the vans. This is all while he’s keeping a close eye on the focus of this ever-evolving business. “One thing I have learnt is that you can’t sit still,” he said. “Markets change; we have huge competition from supermarket bakeries so we need to keep our customers happy. Never straying from our high-quality product has meant we have retained loyalty. For example, our fresh cream cakes really are fresh cream.

Even though the customer may not realise the reason why ours taste nicer, they just do – and they come back for more.” Peter’s seemingly limitless drive and energy has meant that Truffles now employs 196 people, making it one of the largest employers in the area. Incredible to think that 30 years ago Peter was baking ‘out back’ of the Henfield shop, turning over in a year what the business now achieves in a week. To add some scale - last Christmas they produced an incredible 40,000 mince pies. If you use Truffles for your bread each week you may not realise that they also cater for weddings and functions up to 700 people, sit down or buffet. They really are one of Henfield’s biggest success stories. Peter is a big family man, he’s modest and publicity shy. The rather wonderful story of how he met his wife Jane is worth telling. As a young man, he returned from his two-year master baking training in Germany, full of enthusiasm, to start his own business. He bought the Regency Bakery in Henfield and put a notice up for Saturday staff. Jane was his first employee when he opened on 1st April 1982; 30 years later they have four children and a successful business. That’s some partnership and takes the concept of retaining your staff to the ultimate level! Jane is his driving force and works hard behind the scenes to keep the business running smoothly. Two of their children are now part of the Truffles business; Molly is in training as a baker and showing some real skill as a cake

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MARCH 2012 | Food & Drink decorator and Amy is an area manager. Daisy, their eldest, works for KPMG in Brighton and Harry, who is just 11, still has some time to go before Dad introduces him to baking. Taking a tour of the bakery is really fun. The ovens, food mixers, pastry rollers and even the hundreds of bread tins lined up in rows shows a little of the scale of the operation. An enormous mixer filled with chocolate ganache is turning slowly and an oven is baking ĂŠclairs to perfection. They use two tonnes of butter a month and 40 tonnes of flour â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is delivered into a silo and measured through a giant hopper on the factory floor. Peter encourages visitors and groups, local schools and nurseries often come for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and to see how doughnuts really get their jammy middles. Upstairs in a quiet area of the bakery is the cake decorating room. Truffles make countless wedding cakes (they have rescued more than one bride after large stores like Marks and Spencer have made order errors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; their most impressive turnaround was 24 hours for a 4 tier wedding cake). Their novelty cakes, from a jolly looking dragon to

a beautiful fairytale castle would thrill any birthday boy or girl. Each element is lovingly crafted by the very talented Glenda, now ably assisted by Molly. The Truffles sense of family extends to the staff â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there are three bakers who have been with them for 26 years now. As a celebration last year Peter took them to see the Ryder Cup in Wales. Commenting on his leadership style, Peter said; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a normal working man, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a suit behind a desk. I like to get out to the shops and have a chat with the staff, see how we can improve and listen to what our customers are saying.â&#x20AC;? Truffles feels like a good place to work. Gabby and Julia in the office tease Peter about how cramped their desks are and demand a new posh open-plan suite. (He definitely did agree to that, and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in print, girls.) Peter has surrounded himself with loyal, trustworthy and very hardworking staff and this may well be the biggest reason for his success, aside from the butter, that is.

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Local interest | MARCH 2012

Building a better future

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hen Liam O’Connor arrived at the Camelia Botnar Foundation aged 18 he had a troubled past and little to look forward to. Now, nearly two and half years later, he has learnt a trade, gained qualifications and is looking forward to the next chapter of his life with enthusiasm. The Camelia Botnar Foundation provides residential training and work experience, helping young people to learn a skilled trade, embark on a useful career path and successfully make their own way in life. The aim of the Foundation is to instill into trainees that hard work, good work ethics and a commitment to succeed in the workplace can bring personal and professional success. Liam was put in touch with the Foundation by his probation officer and after successfully completing a fiveweek trial period, he was offered a paid apprenticeship in the carpentry workshop. Liam said: “I chose carpentry because my Dad is a carpenter. Although I’d done a few bits I didn’t have the confidence to make anything.” The first item that Liam made was a bookshelf that quickly sold in the Foundation’s retail outlet, Camelia Botnar Homes and Gardens (found on the Littleworth Lane in Cowfold). “It took me a long time to realise that something I had made was good enough to be sold – that someone wanted my bookshelf so much that they spent money on it.” said Liam. Since that first sale, every single item that Liam has made or worked on has sold and this gives him a great sense of pride. Liam’s passion for his work is clear: “It doesn’t feel

like work because I enjoy it so much – I feel alive in myself now”. Most of the things that Liam and the other student’s work on are stock for the showrooms, but they also work on bespoke orders for customers who want something a bit different or unusual. From bedside cabinets and wardrobes to doors and counter tops for the garden centre, Liam has gained a broad range of carpentry and joinery skills. Manager of the workshop, Andy Hespin, describes the qualities that a good carpenter needs: “You obviously need the physical and technical ability but communication and creative skills are also very important. Liam has all these and more.” From time to time the students have the opportunity to work on more creative projects. For the Foundation’s stand at the South of England Show last year, the students designed and built a fabulous beach hut – this helped them win Best Non-Agricultural Stand in Show for the fourth year running. The plans for this years display at the Show are well under way and Liam has worked on one of the main features – a full size Dr Who Tardis! As well as learning a trade, the students at the Foundation are all encouraged to study for qualifications. Liam has achieved City & Guilds Level 2, NVQ Level 2 and Key Skills (which include Maths and English). But just as importantly he has gained a lot of ‘life’ skills. “I’m a lot more confident now and I’m not afraid to take things on or talk to people. If I don’t know how to do something, I will ask for help”.

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MARCH 2012 | Local interest Teamwork is another skill the students learn very early on at the Foundation. As one of the more experienced members, Liam enjoyed taking an active role in helping new starters settle in. He said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new students can relate to me better than the tutors when they first arrive. They see that I have changed my life and that makes them realise that they can do it too.â&#x20AC;? Liamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience at the Foundation has been overwhelming positive, but one highlight really stands out for him: designing and building his prize-winning 10-drawer chest unit (see opposite) which won him third prize in the Young Craftsperson of the Year Award at the 2011 South of England Show. Made out of mahogany and sycamore, the piece attracted lots of admiring comments from visitors to the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listening to what people were saying about my work was brilliant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they were all really positive. The drawers are in my house now and I look at them all the time - I still canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite believe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made something so good.â&#x20AC;? Liam finished his apprenticeship in February and is busy applying for jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ideally I want to get a job in a workshop and then design and make my own furniture at home on the weekends.â&#x20AC;? Liam is very clear that the Foundation has turned his life around: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has definitely changed me for the better. Before I had nothing and now I feel I can get on with life. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better

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elevision in Sussex is going digital and the analogue signal will be switched off very soon. BBC2 will be turned off first and BBC1, ITV and Channel 4 will be turned off on a second date. Most people in Henfield receive their pictures from the Midhurst or Heathfield transmitters and the switchover dates are: • Midhurst - 29 February and 14 March • Heathfield - 30 May and 13 June The Digital TV Channels will then move to new frequencies, which means you may find some of them missing. Re-tuning will bring them back and this will have to be done on both the switchover dates. What if I have an analogue television? Switchover means that almost everyone will be able to receive digital television through their aerial, giving a wider choice of channels. There are a number of different ways to receive digital television: • Add a Freesat or Freeview box or digital recorder • Add Sky or Virgin (this can be quite expensive!) • Replace your TV with an Integrated Digital TV Bowers & Wilkins are the local independent television experts. They can give you details of the ‘free’ services and explain the best and most cost-effective way of converting your television to digital. You may already have a digital television or a satellite service in your lounge, but you need to check the sets in your other rooms to make sure they will work after

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switchover. Bowers & Wilkins stock a great selection of smaller digital sets for the kitchen, study and bedroom. Bowers & Wilkins stock mainly Panasonic and Sony who are the market leaders - top quality and really reliable. And now they now also stock Linsar which is a smaller British company with a great selection of smaller sets starting from around £150 - and all with a free five-year warranty. How will recording be affected? If you currently record TV programmes on an analogue recorder its functions after switchover will be limited, for example it may not record. There are several options available and Bowers & Wilkins offer digital recorders from Panasonic, Sony, and Humax the digibox specialists. These have brilliant features including allowing you to record with the touch of a button and even pausing live TV. So, what should I do now? Bowers & Wilkins’ dedicated staff will provide sensible advice and will tell you what is most appropriate for you, so you are not spending money unnecessarily. So, if you need help with the digital switchover, what better place to go than their shop at the Thomas A Becket crossroads on the Littlehampton Road in Worthing.

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Health | MARCH 2012

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Why massage can benefit us all

ippocrates said that “A wise man ought to realize that his health is his most valuable possession.” Holistic treatments have been used for thousands of years as a simple and effective method of attaining and maintaining good health in many cultures throughout the world. We all need a helping and healing hand sometimes and therapies such as massage & reflexology can offer the perfect antidote to today’s busy lifestyle.

again we are aware and can choose to do something to let it go. Chronic stress creates tension in the body which can reduce the efficiency of our circulatory, hormonal, respiratory and immune systems, and can lead to illness. For example diabetic patients find reflexology can help improve overall health and vitality through treatment of the pancreas & liver reflexes. Additionally the circulatory and nervous systems benefit, the latter helping to prevent some of the neuropathy that may accompany diabetes. Exercise and sport are often used to relax our minds but can lead to injury if we overdo it or do not stretch properly, or at all! Sports massage uses specialist techniques to both palpate and manipulate soft tissues with a view to treating and preventing injuries, eg shortened and inelastic muscles are stretched to improve flexibility and function. Adhesions are broken down and scar tissue build up is reduced therefore restoring muscle integrity and full range of movement. In our latter years massage and reflexology can help those living with dementia by providing a nurturing touch to sooth chronic pain, fear and confusion. Carers of the elderly or ill can also benefit from some “time out” and nurturing to enable them to do their job well. Make 2012 the year to focus on your wellbeing and to try a holistic treatment.

Massage and Reflexology treatments are suitable for all ages. Through the different stages of life the right touch for the moment can give you what you need from the treatment; eg structural or emotional outcome, mental clarity, energetic or spiritual outcome. These are the oldest medicine known to humanity and have the ability to transform lives, heal scars and wounds of trauma, soothe troubled minds, put us in touch with our highest self, teach us to “let go”, and to bring us home to our amazing body that we live in. Your body is the only place you have to live, so take care of it. Touch has the potential to rebalance all meridians, to harmonize chakras and balance chi (life force) at the deepest level. Touch helps to stabilize the body and brings homeostasis to all organs and systems; to change the way we walk through life. According to Chinese proverb when life is lived thinking who we should be we generate tension, whereas relaxation is who we are. Massage and reflexology are wonderfully relaxing and remind us how it feels to Kristina Banner Massage and Reflexology, Golden Square be in this healing state, then when we become tense Chiropody Clinic, Brick Lane, Henfield 01273 493467.

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Upper Mead Care Home

A spacious modern care home within walking distance of the lovely Sussex village of Henfield. The well appointed single rooms have en-suite facilities and many overlook the central courtyard garden which provides a secluded suntrap. There are two fine lounges and a lovely dining room. In the main house a qualified and experienced staff team provide care for the elderly frail and those over 50 years with medical conditions, with a small, homely unit where skilled staff provide holistic care for elderly people with confusion, dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Other facilities include:

• Home cooked food using fresh local produce • Full programme of activities • Chiropody, hairdressing and physiotherapy available For further information please call the Registered Home Manager on 01273 492870 or email uppermead.email@sussexhealthcare.co.uk Upper Mead, Fabians Way, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9PX www.sussexhealthcare.co.uk 6 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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CRACKING THE TAX CODE

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nder the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system, tax is deducted directly from your earnings or company/private pension, before your receive any money.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) gives your employer or pension provider a tax code to show how much tax-free pay you should receive each time you are paid – tax is deducted from anything above this. If your tax code is wrong, you could end up paying too much tax. Over the past month or so, HMRC has been sending out millions of notices of PAYE coding. Regrettably, many tens if not hundreds of thousands of these will be incorrect. The taxpayers most likely to receive incorrect coding notices are those who have changed jobs during the year, pensioners with more than one source of pension income and those with part-time earnings in conjunction with pension income. At best, a tax code is designed to ensure an employee pays approximately the right amount of tax on their earnings each month. The code comprises the allowances to which you are entitled, less deductions for items such as benefits-in-kind. A code will necessarily be based on information relating to a previous year – or perhaps longer ago. Codes recently issued for 2011/12 will typically be based on information derived from the last submitted Tax Return – 2009/10 – so it is important to ensure the code reflects your current circumstances. We ask for about half of the codes we receive to be amended for a number of reasons:a. Where benefits have changed significantly – e.g. the introduction, withdrawal or significant change to a company car; b. Where HMRC claim to be collecting an earlier year’s underpayment although we have requested that it is paid by direct collection on the normal due date; c. Where HMRC are attempting to collect the tax on investment income through the PAYE system instead of it being paid on the normal due date. This is an increasingly frequent HMRC practice to which we object strongly. Such tax would normally be due on the 31st Jan following the tax year. Where it is put in the coding, collection of the liability is being very significantly accelerated and unrepresented taxpayers may not spot this. Pensioners do have tax on their State Pension collected through their coding notice, which is fair enough. Look out for “potential underpayments”. This is a slightly unusual deduction and arises where HMRC believe that you will underpay tax in the current year – perhaps because of a change in benefits – but to try and collect that underpayment during the balance of

the Tax Year would be unduly onerous. It is worth stressing that for taxpayers who are required to file Self Assessment Tax Returns, any errors in the code will ultimately “come out in the wash”. It is merely a question of cashflow timing. To check a code, firstly look at the allowances given – shown on the left hand side of the coding notice. They increase your tax-free pay and include statutory allowances, such as the Personal Allowance, and can include expenses at work and maintenance payments which qualify for tax relief. Listed on the right hand side are the deductions, which reduce tax-free pay. They can include fringe benefits such as company car and medical insurance. Your employer works out how much your taxable benefits are worth and completes form P11d to tell HMRC. Most employee benefits are declared only if you earn at least £8,500 a year. Subtract total deductions from allowances and you arrive at your tax code by knocking off the last number. Stick a ‘9’ on the end and you have your tax-free pay. For example, if subtraction gives £3,506, your code number is 350 and the first £3,509 of your income is tax-free. The most common letters for your tax code will be : • L – You are entitled to the basic Personal Allowance of £7,475; • P – You are entitled to the full Personal Allowance for someone aged 65 to 74 (£9,940); • Y – You are entitled to the full Personal Allowance for someone over 75 (£10,090) • T – If you do not wish anyone to know about your circumstances or if some items of the code require verification by HMRC. Check that deductions for benefits are realistic – as a consequence of moving jobs, your benefits may well have changed. Look out for any deduction relating to savings income – unless you are happy to pay tax in advance on an estimated amount of investment income that you may or may not receive! Your tax code is just an estimate made by your Tax Office. They can only use the information they have. If you tell them what you believe is incorrect, they will amend your code if necessary. If either the deductions are overstated or your allowances are understated and you do not complete a Tax Return, you will end up paying too much tax. So crack the code – sooner rather than later!

www.kingstonsmith.co.uk Paul Samrah, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP T: 01737 781546 E : psamrah@kingstonsmith.co.uk

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Roger Minost Architect

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Carolyn Clark Quiltmaker Chris Birchell Collins Lyn Bedford White Seawhite

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Cherish Care Cherish Development Centre Upper Mead

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Henfield Helpline PC Doctor

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The Conservatory Co.

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BHW Glass Countryman N. Constantine Repairs

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Paul Barnard Jeremy Crawley Electrician SH Electrical

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Marcus Grimes

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DELIVERIES & LIGHT REMOVALS DOUBLE GLAZING

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Henfield Eye Care

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Aerials and More Bowers & Wilkins

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MACHINE HIRE & SERVICING

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Floor Care Services

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HAIR & BEAUTY

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JEWELLERS

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