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MARCH 2013 | Contents

07 What’s on listings


12 News

from the BN5 area

26 Local interest HTC’s Calendar Girls


30 Local interest HART survivors

46 Charity

Smiles for Sumatra


61 Kids stuff

HFC match report

63 Finance

From Nsure Financial


64 Business

with Paul Samrah

66 Index

of advertisers


Editor’s LETTER

We hope you like our very sunny March cover, showing the cast of Henfield Theatre Company’s production of Calendar Girls, on stage at the Henfield Hall this month. After the sell-out show Oliver please do try to book your tickets early (the box office is already open when you receive your March copy) to avoid disappointment. We’ve spoken to director Ann Stern and two of the cast members to find out more about the show, see page 26. A hot topic for current debate which has monopolised our Facebook site recently is the proposal by Barratt Homes for 160 new homes on land next to the Downslink at West End Lane. It’s not too late to let Barratt know your opinions on the proposed plans, see page 3 for details and see our report on page 25. Two Henfield women, Ann Clark and Ann Garmston, travelled to Sumatra last year to help the charity The Children of Sumatra, who facilitate life changing surgery for children with cleft lip and palate. Read their interesting story on page 46. As always, we love to hear from you with your interesting stories and news, so do keep in touch if you have something to say. You can email me or visit our facebook page and post your comments there. Enjoy March, spring is just around the corner! Best wishes

Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Richard Cohen, Darren Angood and Mike Beardall. Cover image of Calendar Girls kindly supplied by Henfield Theatre Company. Artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed by Evonprint in Small Dole on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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Copy Deadline

Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the April issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 1 March. For editorial submissions email Emma Osman or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.

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RESTORATION PROJECT COMPLETE! Jenny Davies like many of us leads a very busy life running her own accountancy business, raising a family, keeping fit and competing in Marathons however this was not enough for Jenny last year! On the site of Jenny and husband Alan’s beautiful property Lancasters in West End Lane, was an old piggery and a dilapidated old stable. The buildings were in desperate need of either demolition or redevelopment and the couple did not hesitate when deciding to redevelop using original and in keeping materials. The stable has been converted into Jenny’s office and gym whilst the piggery has been converted into a beautiful self-catering holiday accommodation affectionately known as Hope Cottage. The Cottage has been designed and set out to an exceptionally high standard and you will feel warm and cosy as soon as you step into its tranquil setting. This contemporary holiday cottage has an open plan living area, luxury bathroom and beautiful bedroom all decorated and fitted with the highest quality soft furnishings, appliances and equipment. The entrance through double doors, leads into an open plan sitting/ dining room, featuring the original oak beams and decorated in neutral warm colours. The cottage has one charming double bedroom featuring a classic cast iron bed and there is a large sofa bed in the very comfortable living area. Hope Cottage enjoys its own private courtyard and garden, brimming with fragrant lavender, hellebores and roses. The cottage would offer a perfect stunning base for family or friends visiting for holidays, family weddings and celebrations.

“We are delighted with the restoration, it has been an exciting project and the old piggery now looks beautiful”. Have a look at the pictures and details about the cottage on the recently launched website, and Jenny is available on 01273 492828 if you would like to find out more.

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MARCH 2013 | What’s on

Friday 1

Womens’ World Day of Prayer

Annual Parish Meeting Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Opportunity for residents to comment on local issues and question their locally elected representatives. Copies Henfield Churches will be joining in 24 of the 2012 Henfield Parish Council hours of prayer around the world. One Annual Report (including next year’s hour service followed by a light lunch. Council budget) available from www. or Council Office in Please come and bring a friend. the Henfield Hall.

St Peter’s church, 11am Corpus Christi Church, 3pm

Shepherd & Dog Charity Cider Night Shepherd & Dog, Fulking

Hog roast, live music. Various guest ciders including our homemade cider with profits going to HART. Call 01273 857382 for more information.

Saturday 2

Henfield BP Guild annual shuffleboard evening

Henfield modern line dance club

Henfield Youth Club, 7.45pm (& every Tues)

Free fun with music for pre-schoolers.

Henfield Unattached

White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Thurs)

A meeting point for those who are now alone, and need to get out and widen their horizons. Call 01273 495820 or drop in.

Play & Learn Together Henfield Leisure Centre, 1-2.30pm (& every Thurs)

Come along to our new ‘Play & Learn Together Sessions’ to explore play Various line dance styles included through children’s eyes! Part of Rural each week. First class free - £6 per Henfield, Steyning & Upper Beeding session thereafter. For more details Children & Family Centres. contact Karen on 07735 344 984 or Thursday Circle email

Indigo Spiritual Connection

Woodmancote Parish Hall, An enjoyable family evening. Tickets 8-10pm (& 19th) Henfield Hall, 7pm

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs)

Free Church Hall, 2.30pm

Sidonie Winter, our local opera star, will give us an insight into the world of opera. Refreshments will be served. We do hope that many will come to meet Sidonie.

£7 each inc nibbles. Three people to Mediumship Development Group a team, kids welcome. Tickets from Jasmines Florist, or Colin Sansom on White Hart Quiz Unsquashable – Henfield 01273 495120. White Hart, 8.30pm Entry £2 a head. In aid of HART. Teams Squash Club Sussex Chorus up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm St Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill, 01273 492006 to reserve table. (& every Thurs) 7.30pm Drop-in and play session only £3. Opening concert for the Burgess Hill Fairtrade Festival. Afternoon sing Music Bus South Downs Woodturners through 4- 6pm. £10 for singers and audience from www.sussexchorus. Henfield Hall, 9.30am (& all Weds) Portslade Town Hall, 7-10pm (& org call 01444 412579 or www.bur- A fun-filled hour of music and play. every 1st Thurs) Free tea, coffee and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come along Call 01403 240842, email Hannah@ and see what we do - perhaps you or visit www.musicbus. may like to join us! com Liz Pichon book signing

Wednesday 6

Monday 4

Friends of St Barnabas

Steyning Bookshop, 4.15pm

Jolesfield Community Choir

Tuesday 5

Meeting of the fundraising group to Open to all. Call Elizabeth Carey on plan our fund raising events for the 07880 551 751 for more information rest of the year. Please do join us on or email that evening, we are always looking for new members and new fund raisHenfield Joggers ing ideas.

Liz Pichon will be signing books from her multi- award-winning series at Steyning Bookshop. For more information 01903 812062.


Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& every Tuesday)

Jolesfield School, 7pm (& all Weds)

Henfield Lesiure Centre, 7pm (& every Weds)

Free Church Hall, 7.30pm

Indigo Spiritual Connection

Beginners course - a run/walk pro- Woodmancote Parish Hall, 7.30gramme building up to a distance of £1.50 includes all refreshments. 3-4 miles. Open to all. Email begin- 10pm (& 21st) Come and join the fun. During the or just Mini workshop Easter holidays we will be welcoming turn up. Also main running meeting siblings up to approx 7 years of age. running both on and off road. See HDC Health Walk HDC Health Walk

Friday 8

Steyning, 11am

Henfield Lions Club

2 miles stroll. Meet at Steyning Health George Hotel, Henfield High Centre, Tanyard Lane. Call Linda on Street (& every 1st Weds) 01903 816865 or Lyn on 369752. Meet to discuss fundraising activities, Action for Deafness consider requests for assistance and organise social events. Call David Henfield Hall, 2pm Pryor on 01273 494442. Hearing aid maintenance clinic and information, advice and support on all aspects of hearing loss.

Thursday 7 Rhyme Time

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Southwater, 11am

2 ½ miles level, no stiles, suitable for new walkers. Meet in Country Park car park, Cripplegate Lane. Call Pat on 01403 240654.

Henfield Garden Club Henfield Hall, 7.30pm.

Talk by Paul Patton on ‘Bugs and Beasties’. All welcome. Non-members admission £3. 01273 493118.

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What’s on | MARCH 2013 Henfield Camera Club

Henfield library car park

session (inc. tea/biscuits). info@ For general household waste only. 01273 494300. Call 01243 642106 for more informa- Indigo Spiritual Connection After the Event. Post production of tion. images using proprietary software. A Woodmancote Parish Hall, 7.30practical demonstration by Alec Pel9.30pm (& 28th) ham. Visitors welcome. Healing & Development Group. Knit and Natter

Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 9

Bangers & Cash Lunch

Wednesday 13

Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm

Calendar Girls by Henfield

All knitters are welcome to join us. Theatre Company We are currently knitting Easter Sale Henfield Hall, 7.45pm (& 15th & 16th) Free Church Hall, 12pm-2pm. items for St Barnabas House as well Admission £5 (Children £3) for bangers as hats and mittens for Link Romania. Tickets £10/£8 from Henfield Furnish& mash, cake and tea or coffee. Tick- Contact Jean 493171. ings, 01273 490080. See article for ets from Jasmines, any of the Henfield more information. Friends or at the door on the day.

Jumble Sale with auction Henfield Hall, 2pm

Thursday 14

Steyning & District U3A coffee morning

In aid of Henfield Guide Hut. For collec- Catholic Church Rooms, tion of Jumble please contact David Mar- Henfield, 10.30am shall after 1 March on 01403 864591. Includes displays from several U3A Skyfall - Upper Beeding interest groups and a book and jigsaw exchange. Non-members are very Picture House welcome. Entry 50p for members, £1 Upper Beeding Village Hall, 7pm for visitors and guests. Tickets are £10 includes a drink and popcorn. Pizzas on sale from 7pm Coffee Morning from the mobile Pizza Oven. Tickets St Peter’s Church, 10.30from Upper Beeding Newsagents or 11.30am (& every 2nd Thurs) email Join us in St Peters Church for fresh coffee and homemade cakes. Chestnut Tree House

fundraising dinner dance Tottington Manor, 7pm onwards

HDC Health Walk Ashurst, 10.30am

Friday 15

A vital recital for Born Free with tea! Tottington Manor, 3pm

Include an afternoon tea for the guests. Tickets are priced at £22.50. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Joanne Bartholomew at the Born Free Foundation on joanne@ 01403 240170.

Saturday 16

HDC Health Walk Southwater, 10am

3 ½ miles. Dogs allowed on a lead. 1 ½ hours. Call Liz on 01403 263920 or Simon on 260599.

£30 per ticket to include a full buffet 4 miles, no dogs. Meet at Fountain ARC Coffee Morning and dancing to the fantastic band, Inn on B2135. 01403 263661. Steyning Methodist Church, Champagne Supernova. See news 10.30am-12pm The Keys of St Peter’s – item for more information. In aid of Steyning, Bramber & Beeddaytime concert Wilbury Jam ing branch of Arthritis Research UK. St Peter’s Church, 11.45am See news item for more information. Adastra Hall, Hassocks, 8pm Featuring the oboist Revd Nick Weth- Saints & Sinners Performance from local band - lead erall accompanied by his wife at the singer Nick Forrest is a regular solopiano. Tickets £6 and refreshments Church of St Andrew & St ist with Heber Opera. Tickets £15 inc will be available. Cuthman, Steyning, 2pm (buffet supper) from Goodsman LetKaleidoscope Singers & Cantatrice Jazzled ting on 01273 495220. Voices in aid of the Steyning Museum Catholic Church Hall, 1.30-3.30pm Trust. Tickets from Steyning Museum New Jazz, Blues and Swing choir. Shop and Steyning Book Shop. £7.50 Mobile landfill waste All ages and abilities welcome. All Adults, £3 under 16’s (incl refreshservice (the Gobbler) music learned by ear. Cost £4 per ments afterwards).

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MARCH 2013 | What’s on Family Beetle Drive

Naomi’s Friends meet for tea, company and friendship. All who have lost

Sunday 24

All ages are welcome but young children must be paired with an adult. Tickets £5 and £4 for under 12’s including cream tea. Proceeds to maintenance of St Andrew’s church, Edburton. To book, call 01273 857322.

HART Open Evening

Fundraiser for St Catherine’s Hospice. See or call 01293 447364.

Preston Nomads Cricket Ground, loved ones, however long ago, are Bunny Fun Run Fulking, 2-30pm welcome to join us. 01273 492222. Borde Hill Garden, 9.30am

Fun Quiz Evening

Henfield Guide Hut, 7pm

Henfield Hall Garden Rm, 7-9pm

Come along & find out more about Henfield Area Response team, about responding and about how you can help HART in other ways. For details Indigo Spiritual Connection contact Martin Tooth 01273 493993. Woodmancote Parish Hall, 7.30-

Thursday 28

Ploughman supper provided, tickets Keys of St Peter’s – film & £5 per person, teams of 6 - 8 people, interview bring your own glasses and drink. For St Peter’s Church, time tbc tickets 01403 864591. A showing of the film ‘Amazing Grace’ and interview with the maker and star of the film Robin Meredith Jones. Beginners yoga Tickets £6 (£5 concessions).

Monday 18

Partridge Green Methodist Church Hall, 12-1pm

Friday 22

Blackstone Lane, 6.30pm

Saturday 23

9.30pm (& 28th)

Healing & Development Group.

Sunday 31

Indigo Spiritual Connection Woodmancote Parish Hall 6.45pm Sunday meeting – Marlene Woolgar

Advance notice: Saturday 6 April

Free trial class on Monday 18 March. Henfield Camera Club Call Kristina Banner on 07796 345679 for Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Red Oaks Spring Bazaar more information and to book a place. How to make an Audio Visual PresenRed Oaks, 9.30am-12pm tation. A Demonstration of Proshow Woodmancote & and other methods to produce Exhibition by local artist Blackstone Playing Fields Gold AV. Presented by David Barrett. Visi- Lyn Bedford-White Association AGM tors welcome. Interested persons are welcome to attend. See news item for information.

Henfield Camera Club Chichester

Crouch Shield PDI Competition at Chichester. Judge, Tony Riley LBIPP.

Tuesday 19

HDC Health Walk Steyning, 11am

2 miles stroll. Meet at Steyning Health Centre, Tanyard Lane. Call Linda on 01903 816865 or Lyn on 369752.

White Hart Quiz White Hart, 8.30pm

Entry £2 a head. In aid of HART. Teams up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve table.

Wednesday 20

Woodmancote & Henfield WI Birthday Meeting Henfield Hall 2.15pm

Naomi’s Friends

St Peter’s Church, 3pm

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A diverse range of paintings on display in watercolours and acrylics, including local landscapes, views of Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Venice, still life, portraits and seascapes. Free admission, car parking 10am Cake stall, bric-a-brac, book stall and and disabled access. www.bedfordraffle. Please join us for a coffee and or call 01903 813058 biscuit and support the Poppy Ap- The Equine Quiz Night peal. Call Mike Morgan on 492134 for collection of bric-a brac (not jumble). Henfield Village Hall, 7.30pm fun night on behalf of the GamCraft Fayre for St Peter & Abiajolly Horse and Donkey Trust. RefreshSt James Hospice ments, homemade cakes, raffle and Southway Junior School, Burgess licensed bar. Food hamper, chocolates, and wine to the winning team, Hill, 1-5pm champagne and wine to the runners Free Admission. Lots of stalls home- up. Slide show highlighting the work made crafts, jewellery, cupcakes, of the charity in the Gambia. Entry £5. candles, raffle plus lots more. Call Contact Linda at Linda.jones1@hotPaula on 07883 473916 or Nina on or call 01273 833211. 01444 243105 for more information.

BP Guild Jumble Sale Henfield Village Hall, 2pm

See news item for more information.

A talk on the New Mary Rose Museum will be given by Daniel Banting from the Mary Rose Trust. Tea will be served, there will be a ‘Flower of the Month’ competition, and a Bring and Buy Stall. For further details telephone 492419.

Thursday 21

Poppy Appeal bring & buy coffee morning

The Steyning Centre, 10am-4pm (& Sun 7th)

WEA talk

Henfield Hall Garden Room, 2.30pm

Music for Springtime with Robert Carrington. For details contact Maureen Lucas on 01273 493966.

Fundraising Race Night Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm

Sussex Chorus

Lancing College Chapel, 7.30pm

Celebrating Benjamin Britten’s Centenary. Tickets £15, concessions £12, students & under 16’s £5 from 01444 412579, or The Dome Box Office 01273 709709.

Wednesday 10 April

Spring coach trip to London Henfield Post Office pick up, 8.45am

Book early to confirm a seat. Drop off A Henfield Lions event in aid of Hen- point is Waldorf Hotel, Aldwych refield Leisure Centre. See news item turning at 6.15pm. Cost £14.50. Call for more information. Jill on 07713 161343 for tickets and more information.

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LOCAL EXPERT LAUNCHES PRIVATE PILATES STUDIO Pilates instructor Liz Marks has been teaching Pilates to small groups of beginners through to advanced clients at Henfield Leisure Centre for eight years. From this month on she will also be providing individual Pilates lessons in the peaceful surroundings of her brand new, fully equipped small Private Pilates Studio in the heart of Henfield.

Pilates ‘Reformer’ machine. The Reformer offers additional challenge for those experienced in Pilates with literally hundreds of additional strengthening and stretching moves whilst also providing support and help for those requiring post-op rehabilitation or with a long term injury. It is a fantastic option for older people as it is very low impact and easy on the joints. Liz will be offering 1-1 private lessons to existing clients who would like to enhance their regular Pilates exercise routine. They are ideal for those in need of post-op rehabilitation and to people who already exercise and are looking for a different approach to achieving their health and fitness goals. If you want to improve the way you feel, and experience the unique life changing benefits of Pilates, Liz’s 1-1 private Pilates lessons are a great way to start!

Pilates is well known for improving posture, vitality and fitness, but for decades it has also been recommended by doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths as the ideal way to support treatment for a long term back injury or for post-operative rehabilitation. Liz is the only instructor in the area specialising in APPI Pilates – the world leading rehabilitation based Pilates training method. Unlike more traditional forms of Pilates, this modified form of Pilates is suitable for all, regardless of age or fitness levels. It promotes a more streamlined, balanced stronger body whilst reducing stress and fatigue. The exercises are taught in standing, sitting and lying positions. APPI Pilates quickly become a lifestyle opportunity, not just an exercise programme.

Pilates delivers: • A stronger, toned and more supple body • More energy • Reduced stress • Fewer aches and pains • Improved body confidence • Better posture

At her Private Pilates Studio, alongside private tuition in APPI Pilates matwork, Liz is equipped with the amazing


“I have tried nearly all the forms of exercise, but Pilates is so carefully structured that one feels safe and professionally watched over by Liz who exudes such enthusiasm and confidence that any worries of possible injury or damage are overcome.” D. S. “The classes are enjoyable and challenging- a concentrated workout for the whole body (and mind!) We all leave feeling rejuvenated and energised.” R. T.


Introductory offer 25% discount on all bookings made in March

Special packages are available for class members

To find out more about Liz’s classes or to book a 1-1 session in the Studio contact Liz on Henfield 495911 / 07713253604 or email


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MARCH 2013 | News

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aerobathon raises £600 for Leisure Centre studio

“We already have a fund raising plan for 2013 which will be launched soon” said Charles. “I suppose if I had two wishes for the coming year it would be that people remember local charities when making donations and not gift everything to the national causes, and that we also see more involvement from the surrounding communities”. The Trust will be looking for energetic and enthusiastic Trustees from local areas during the course of this year.

More than 50 Henfield adults and children took part in an ‘aerobathon’ in January to raise funds for refurbishing the Leisure Centre aerobics studio. They raised more than £600 with the two hour exercise session in the main hall with music and effects supplied by Rikki’s Audio Hire of Steyning. Studio co-ordinator Amanda Lucas said: “It was a brilliant turnout and we have made enough to refurbish the walls and ceiling Charity needs volunteer - now we need to raise more to put in a new floor.” collectors The target figure is £4,000 and a second event in the Marie Curie Cancer Care is appealing for people summer will include a barbeque. in West Sussex to donate an hour of their time this Steyning charity March, to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pin celebrates double success in return for donations, as part of the charity’s Great Daffodil Appeal. The appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest After a difficult year fund raising for most charitable fundraiser. The money raised from the Great Daffodil organisations, Steyning Millennium Trust are delight- Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more ed that they have added an additional £10,000 to the free care to local people with a terminal illness in their charity and now have the grand sum of £60,000 in the own homes. fund. This has been achieved after paying out nearly £3,000 during the year as awards and nominal running Hollie Lucas, Community Fundraiser, for Marie Curie expenses. To add to their success Charles Ashby, one Cancer Care said: “We need 400 people from West Sussex to help us collect, this March, so it’s great of the trustees, was taken by to have support from celebrities like Keira Knightley complete surprise when and Stephen Mangan. Collecting is such a great exhe was presented with perience and I hope everyone will help us make this a special Gold Award year’s Great Daffodil Appeal a success.” To volunteer Certificate for Outstandto collect for Marie Curie Cancer Care and support the ing Devoted Service and Great Daffodil Appeal call 01273 492739 or visit www. Tireless Fundraising for the Steyning Millennium Trust at the town’s annual reception hosted by Steyning Parish Council. The Anne Giliberti School of Dance The Millennium Trust is a community-funded charPrincipal: Anne Giliberti A.R.A.D. L.I.S.T.D Registered teacher & Life Member of The Royal Academy of Dance ity attached to Steyning Grammar School. It recClasses for children from 3 years to adult ognises students of all ages and abilities, including the disabled, and espeChildren entered for the R.A.D Exams cially the less academically gifted, who have achieved above expectation or done something exceptional Corpus Christi Catholic Church Hall, Henfield to turn their lives around. They believe every student Telephone: 01825 761628 Mobile: 07561 192095 has a gift and with a little encouragement they can become successful and good citizens. Awards of up to £250 are made to 10 youngsters each year to be spent on further education or training for their future career.

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News | MARCH 2013 Got a question for our MP? Here at BN5 magazine we are delighted to be interviewing Nick Herbert, our local MP later this month. If you have any local issues or questions you would like us to raise with him, then please email them to us at by Friday 15 March.

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Tucked half a mile down Blackstone Lane off the Brighton Road at Woodmancote is one of the best kept sporting secrets in the local area: The Sutton Winson Sussex Cricket Academy cricket ground resides at the Woodmancote Parish playing field. It provides superbly maintained facilities for the counties young representative cricketers, Blackstone Stoolball Club and junior football teams from Henfield FC. Re-developed in 2003 the ground has been the home of Blackstone Stoolball Club since the 1949. The club is always on the lookout for new members and play in the mid Sussex Ladies League with matches on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the summer. They also enter regular weekend summer tournaments when occasionally the guys are allowed to have a go in ‘mixed’ events. The game is similar to cricket though without the need for protective equipment. To find out more contact Lyn Baldy, Blackstone Stoolball Club Secretary at Football has also been a feature at Blackstone since local subscription first purchased the field for local sports enthusiasts in 1948. In more recent times it has become a key venue for the Henfield FC junior section who enjoy one of the best playing surfaces in the county away from Brighton & Hove Albions own academy. The pitches are being used this season by the under 8’s, under 11’s and under 14’s teams. Whilst the under 14’s have a full squad, the under 11’s managed by Rebekah Seager ( com) and the under 8’s managed by Dick Hill (dick@ have spaces for new players and they would love to hear from you. There is also a super modern play area for your little ones and a footpath takes you off to the excellent local networks of paths and bridleways that criss-cross our patch of Sussex. The pavilion features a fantastic kitchen and lounge area and makes a great venue for kids parties - contact Phil Scarfield at philip.scar- if you are interested in hiring the venue. If visiting the site please be mindful that there are Parish Council restrictions on parking in Blackstone Lane to afford agricultural vehicle access. The venue is administered by the Woodmancote & Blackstone Playing Fields Association whose AGM is scheduled for 6.30pm on Monday 18 March when interested persons are welcome to attend.

THE Steyning, Bramber AND Beeding BRANCH OF Arthritis Research Uk We need your help to stop the pain suffered by so many people of all ages with arthritic and rheumatic disease and here’s how – support your local branch of Arthritis Research UK. What do we have in store? Well, with your diaries at the ready here are some entries for 2013 (there will be more dates soon!): We are holding a Membership Coffee Morning on Saturday 16 March at Steyning Methodist Church from 10.30am to 12pm. This will be preceded by a talk on developments in Arthritis Research followed by a question and answer session with Dr Karen Walker-Bone, resident specialist at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and specialist in Arthritis. There will be information available about many forms of arthritic and rheumatic disease as well as refreshments and an opportunity to renew your membership (£5). If you are not able to attend the Coffee Morning please contact Angela on 01903 814006 to arrange payment of your membership fee. Our Flag Day will be in the High Street on Saturday 1 June from 9am–1pm. Maggie Blake, Chairman

Henfield Garden Club The next event in our busy programme takes place on Friday 8 March. A talk by Paul Patton entitled ‘Bugs and Beasties’ starts at 7.30pm in the Henfield Hall. Please note the change of day. All are welcome to join us. Admission for non-members is £3 per person. Look out next month for details of our annual Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 13th April. For more details about joining our club please email our membership secretary Linda Beresford, or phone 01273 492497. Jacqui Simmons

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SHEPHERD & DOG FULKING gets HART defibrillator Fulking’s Shepherd and Dog pub has become the second location in the village to receive a heart defibrillator. The presentation of the defibrillator from HART (Henfield Area Response Team) was made by founder Dave Fletcher to proprietor Jenny Tooley. More than half a dozen staff at the pub have been trained to use the machine in the case of a cardiac arrest. Jenny said: “Being in a remote spot means emergency services take longer to get to us and this defibrillator gives us a chance to act in an emergency before a responder or ambulance gets to us.” The pub will be raising funds for HART with a cider celebration day on Friday 1 March. 01273 857382 for more information.

health screening charity celebrates 25 years The Mary How Trust for Cancer Prevention, is celebrating its 25th anniversary and invites you to take part in its Silver Jubilee. Based in Pulborough, the Mary How Trust provides a health screening service to spot the early signs of cancer and other serious illnesses. Thanks to the fundraising support of local people and businesses, the Mary How Trust has been able to transform the lives of people like Mr John Peters from Hurstpierpoint, who received an early diagnosis of colon cancer and prostate cancer as a result of his Mary How Trust screening – even before he had symptoms. He was able to start treatment immediately, before

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the cancers had time to spread. Mr Peters’ wife, Prue, told the Trust: “The outcome, had we not had a health screening – is unthinkable. We are indebted to the Mary How Trust for alerting us to two life-threatening illnesses which are now being treated. We cannot recommend this wonderful facility enough.” The Mary How Trust is entirely funded by donations from the men and women who come for health screenings, and from donors and fundraisers throughout the local community. The charity needs your help to continue its life-changing service. They are encouraging local people to get involved and help raise funds in this Jubilee year. Jubilee Fundraisers can be individuals or groups of friends – as well as clubs, schools, and workplaces. To take part in the Mary How Trust’s Silver Jubilee, please contact the Trust at 08452410956 or

777 fundraising Update It’s a year in March since the mega Henfield fundraising event of seven marathons in seven days on seven treadmills, a total of 49 marathons, by the 777 team. Time has flown but they’ve not stood still – since then the fundraising has continued. Challenges have included the London to Brighton night bike ride; the Brighton Marathon; the London to Brighton off-road challenge; a tandem skydive and a huge fundraiser at Egham Rugby Club. The total raised for Clic Sergeant is over £27,000, with some of the money going to Henfield Leisure Centre. They’re not taking a break though – future events planned are the ‘Tough Mudder’ a marine assault course in Kettering said to be the toughest in the country, as well as the London to Surrey 100 which takes in 100 miles in 9 hours of cycling. Friend of 777 Lee Gold is also taking a literal leap of faith as he embarks on a tandem skydive on 10 March. Please continue to support the 777 fundraising team as they raise money to fight childhood leukemia. If you’re not the sporty type or willing to jump out of a plane, don’t despair – you can always support the team by purchasing one of their hoodies or t-shirts from Henfield Leisure Centre or perhaps you can put a few quid their way next time you see them taking on a new challenge. For details go to www.777fundraising. com or call Tracey Prescott on 07944 372927.

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Inspired by Andy Murray? Come and join us at Henfield Tennis Club. Playing tennis gets you moving and this is good for the body and mind whether you play competitively, for your health or just for fun. It can be played at nearly any age and at any skill level; the young and young at heart can pick it up easily. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great sport to play with your children and to help keep you and them active while spending time together as a family. Henfield Tennis Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new season runs from 1 March and it costs less than 30 pence a day to be an adult member (even less for juniors and families). With four floodlit courts, and one mini court there are plenty of opportunities to play. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be a member to play when club sessions are not on, just book a court through Henfield Leisure Centre (HLC). Court hire is ÂŁ12 per court per for adults and ÂŁ6 per court per hour for juniors. The mini court is always open and is free to play on - no need to book. In addition HLC also runs indoor in house Compact Tennis, ÂŁ2pp for HLC members and ÂŁ3 for non-members. Our Head Coach JĂśrg Schluter runs a number of different classes for adults (including rusty rackets, cardio tennis and skills training), as well as numerous sessions for juniors (including weekly coaching, holiday clubs and tournaments). During the summer months a number of social events are held, as well as the Club Championships. And if you aspire to play at a high standard then there are opportunities to represent the club in matches against other teams in juniors, menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, ladies or mixed doubles. If you have never played tennis you should try it at least once. You may just fall in love with the game that

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The BP Guild Annual Jumble sale is on the Saturday 23 March at 2pm and as always will be held in the Henfield Village Hall. There will be lots of high quality jumble at bargain prices, an auction and a raffle with profits going to the BP Guild so that we can help local causes. You can deliver your jumble to The Village Hall on the morning of Saturday 23 between 9.30am and 12pm, or if this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t convenient you can take it to Eddy Sayers - please call Eddy on 493227 to fix a time when he will available. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliver your jumble and would like it collected please call Tony Westwood on 492172 and he will collect your jumble.



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Henfield Day Centre is looking for people who spare a couple of hours a week or a month to come and engage with people who attend the Centre. This involves having conversations, helping with games and activities, and generally helping out. Please phone 493119 and ask for Karen or Charlotte.

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A new term has begun for the Hurstpierpoint Singers and rehearsals are now in full swing. Under the new musical direction of Paul Simpson, the choir is reviving the fun and enjoyment of choral singing in preparation for what promises to be a superb and lively spring concert. The main items this year are a celebration of Baroque music with Vivaldi’s Gloria and the less well known but equally beautiful Magnificat, along with a selection of Bach Chorales. The concert will be held on Saturday 16 March 7:30pm at the United Reformed Church in Keymer Road, Hassocks. Tickets (£10) are available from Janton News and The Mint House in Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks Hardware, Orion Parade in Hassocks, choir members or on the door. Becky Furner, Hurstpierpoint Singers

On 23 and 24 January, all Year 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) students were involved in a science project that accounted for 3% of their science grade. Whilst the next Rover to the Red Planet is not planned until 2020, they had just two days to research, test and present their proposal to a panel of in-house scientists. ‘Getting to Mars’ was the mission chosen by Steyning Grammar School for the IB Group 4 science project. It tested personal skills, motivation, perseverance, team work and self-reflection in the students. The group of 24 was split into five teams, each consisting of at least one chemist, one physicist and one biologist, and given a topic to investigate. The teams went their separate ways, each to focus on their individual Mars mission and develop theories for food and water supplies, keeping fit and healthy, avoiding psychological imbalance and providing protection against harmful radiation. Each team produced a very well researched presentation and Danielle Cook, IB Coordinator, was very impressed with everyone: “We were all pleased to see such earnestness in young adults. Each individual immersed themselves in the topic given and the groups worked well together as teams, persevering in their research until they were confident they knew their subjects well enough to make tentative conclusions,

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MARCH 2013 | News Fundraising Race Night Henfield Lions are holding a race night on Saturday 23 March this year in support of the Henfield Leisure Centre in their efforts to raise funds for a soft play area. The event will start at 7pm with a fish and chip supper followed by a pudding. The racing with a tote will start at about 8pm for those who fancy a flutter. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are £12.50 per person. People who wish to purchase tickets or to sponsor a horse should contact Lion David Pryor on 01273 494452 or by email at

Success in Sussex as food heroes crowned winners both important aspects of the IB profile.” Of all the participants, just one said he would be willing to undertake a real mission in space, for the adventure, but not to Mars. “Mars is still to a large extent unknown” they agreed.

The GeorgE HOTEL By the time you read this, the work on The George (including new kitchen re-fit, new men’s toilets and updated ladies toilets) will be finished! We are looking forward to welcoming you to the new-look George, our apologies for any inconvenience while this essential work took place. Our new daily and evening menus will offer some exciting new dishes. We are taking bookings for Mothers Day and Easter - all children that eat with their parents at Easter will receive a free egg on the day. Barry Stevenson, Hotel Manager

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Henfield Tennis Club would like to thank the following Henfield High Street shops for their generous donations of prizes for the raffle at our Jumble Sale on 26 January -Jeremy’s, Truffles, Hamfelds, and Hyatt’s Hair.

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Celebrations were in full flow at this year’s sell-out spectacular Sussex Food & Drink Awards ceremony, where eight of Sussex’s top food and drink producers were hailed as local heroes and received their trophies at the American Express Community Stadium. Over 350 leaders in the food, drink and farming industries gathered for what is now dubbed ‘the Sussex foodie event of the year’, with all tickets sold out. Winners were announced in a BAFTA-style presentation, hosted by the awards patron Sally Gunnell OBE and Danny Pike of BBC Sussex. Local runners up included: Just Brownies of Partridge Green in the Sussex Food Producer of the Year category; The Dark Star Brewing Co of Partridge Green and Wobblegate pure apple juice of Bolney in the Sussex Drink Producer of the Year category; and Charlie Tayler, of the Pass Restaurant at South Lodge Hotel, Lower Beeding in the Sussex Young Chef of the Year category.

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The Keys of St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s This month look out for two events at St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Henfield, beginning a series being promoted by the newly-formed Keys events group. The first is a daytime concert to follow the monthly coffee morning on Thursday 14 March in the Church. It will start at 11.45 and features oboist the Revd Nick Wetherall, accompanied by his wife at the piano. Tickets will cost ÂŁ6 and refreshments will be available. The second is a week later in the evening of 21 March and includes a showing of the film â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Amazing Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; followed by an interview with the maker and star of the film Robin Meredith Jones in discussion with Revd Alastair Cutting. This promises to be a fascinating insight into the slave-master who wrote the well-known song that has moved millions. Tickets for this event will also cost ÂŁ6 (ÂŁ5 concessions).


Keep an eye on the diary of events in this magazine, on the Henfield Hub and on St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own website for further events in this series, which runs right through to November when we will celebrate St Ceciliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day and the centenary of Benjamin Britten with a classical concert.

Steyning & District U3A The Steyning & District U3A are holding a Coffee Morning, Thursday 14 March at 10.30am in the Corpus Christi Church Rooms. There will be displays from several U3A interest groups and a book and jigsaw exchange â&#x20AC;&#x201C; non-members are very welcome and entry is only 50p for members and ÂŁ1 for visitors. Why not come along and find out what the U3A can do for you and what you might do in the U3A? If you have retired from full-time employment and want to make new friends, enjoy life and stretch your mind, then the U3A could be 4U! Steyning & District U3A provides opportunities for educational, creative and leisure activities in a friendly and informal environment. It is part of a national organisation of local U3A groups which are run entirely by volunteers. The Steyning & District U3A, which includes Henfield and other villages, now has over 300 members and around 40 groups covering a wide variety of interests and subjects. You can find out more information about your local U3A on our website www. or by dropping a note to PO Box 2595 Henfield, West Sussex BN5 0EA.



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MARCH 2013 | News Chestnut Tree House shop gets new alarm system

from Henfield. If you would like a copy of the answers please email Sarah Jago at Many thanks to the question setters, outlets who sold our quiz and the Henfield businesses who donated prizes: Rushfields Plant Centre Ltd, Henfield Post Office, Jasmine’s, The George Hotel and The Bull. Finally, the committee would like to thank everyone who supported the RNLI by buying a copy of the quiz.

When alarm engineer Jason Treadgold heard that the Chestnut Tree House shop in Worthing had been burgled just before Christmas he was moved to approach Kestrel Alarms Managing Director Fairtrade Fortnight Hugo Sanderson to see if they This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 25 February could help. to 10 March. Fairtrade marked products will be on This shop was the newest sale in St Peter’s Church on the two relevant Sundays charity shop for Chestnut and also front of house for the performances of CalenTree House and had been dar Girls at The Henfield Hall from 14 to 16 March. You officially opened by London can also help the Fairtrade cause by ordering a real 2012 Equestrian Olympian and local girl, Tina Cook, Easter Egg at £3.99 - call 01273 493172 or email xiaon Saturday 8 December 2012. Just three days later - see last month’s the shop was sadly broken into overnight causing issue of this magazine for more details. hundreds of pounds of damage. Hugo Sanderson was pleased to be able to donate Henfield Parish Council the necessary equipment and with the volunteered The Annual Henfield Parish Meeting will be held in The services of both Jason and Jon Bull, another engineer Henfield Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5 March 2013. at Kestrel Alarms, the new alarm system was fitted in This is a ‘village meeting’, the main purpose being time for Christmas. Hugo said “The charity does an to provide an opportunity to residents to discuss all absolutely invaluable job and it was nice to be able to things Henfield. Your elected Councillors on the Parhelp out, especially at this time of year. Thanks really ish, District and County Councils will be present togo to Jason who bought the matter to my attention.” gether with representatives from Sussex Police. In adKestrel Alarms Ltd, 01403 711000, www.kestrelalarms. dition, with the prospect of more development in the Parish, the meeting will be given news of a proposal

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Once again the Henfield Branch Quiz kept everyone’s brains ticking over during the Christmas break. As usual some rounds were more difficult than others, with the final round being especially difficult. However we received a good number of high scoring entries. The total made has still to be confirmed but should be in the region of £400. Congratulations to the winners: Nigel Stevens from Henfield, Mr and Mrs Petts from Brighton, Mrs Frampton from Exeter, Mrs Dolby from Exmouth and Jean Kemp from Hassocks. The winners of the bottle of Champagne, drawn from those who scored 60 or more correct answers, were Ken and Jane Jones

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News | MARCH 2013 that the community in Henfield develop a Neighbourhood Plan. Such a plan would become an important planning tool for managing further development in Henfield. The Annual Council Report for 2012 is available on line at or from the Parish Council office. For the last six months the Compass Bus 106 Saturday service to Worthing has only been able to run with the financial support of Henfield, Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding Parish Councils. Passenger numbers have been disappointing, but it is considered this was in part due to the major road works on the A27 at Lancing and the resulting temporary bus timetable. Henfield and the other Parish Councils have now agreed to continue to subsidise the service until the end of August 2013. If passenger numbers do not pick up it is likely this service will not continue after that date. It is therefore a case of ‘use it or Lose it’. The Monday to Friday 106 service is operated by Compass commercially and whilst not affected by this subsidy, passenger numbers are kept under review and the service remains at risk unless the service is better used.

from 26-28 April, the event sees thousands of swimmers challenge themselves through 5k, 2.5k and 1.5k individual challenges or Team 5k/1.5k challenges, while raising funds to help Marie Curie Nurses care for terminally ill people at the end of their lives. Presenter, Tim Lovejoy and Swimathon President/ Olympic gold medallist, Duncan Goodhew launched the event with the unveiling of their Swimathon Squad. Tim Lovejoy commented: “Being part of the Swimathon Squad is a fantastic opportunity to brush up on my swimming skills, while raising awareness of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Like many people, my family has been affected by cancer so I know just how important the Marie Curie Nursing service is to people at the end of their lives and their families. Swimmer entry is open at until 24 April 2013.

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MARCH 2013 | News wins, a lot more goals and a much improved league position. The squad is still improving and strengthening and looking for keen players. If you are interested in helping to make HFC one of the best local ladies teams please call Tracey Prescott on 07944 372927, she would love to hear from you.

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Henfield Lions raise £500 for Leisure Centre Henfield Lions presented a cheque for £500 to the village Leisure Centre towards their new soft play area. Lions president David Wise handed the cheque to Leisure Centre chairman Eric Holder. The money was raised from collections at Budgens, Swains, Rushfields and Holmbush. The soft play area will cost around £250,000. Lions membership officer David Pryor said: “We are proud to support the leisure centre and this is a very worthwhile project.”

‘Proms in the Park’ at Red Oaks - 30 june 2013 Do you remember last summer and the Queen’s Jubilee? Were you one of over 500 people who attended Henfield’s own Last Night of the Proms in the gardens of Red Oaks? Everyone enjoyed it so much, that we hope to make it a regular event, so dust off your picnic baskets, find those Union flags you bought, and make a note in your diary. Henfield’s Proms in the Park will take place in the gardens of Red Oaks on 30 June this year. Brass Fusion and opera star Sidonie Winter will again be performing a varied programme including all your ‘Last Night of the Proms’ favourites. Entrance is free and Red Oaks will be running their legendary Pimms Tent!

HFC Ladies football team The team is now ¾ of the way through their season and have enjoyed some good wins and a huge improvement on last season, with more players, more

ANNALISE TO SKYDIVE FOR ST BARNABAS AGAIN Annalise Reynard from Henfield has already raised in the region of £12,000 for St Barnabas Hospice after a sponsored wing balk in August 2003 and a tandem skydive in June 2006. This year Annalise celebrates a special birthday (only 70, shhh…) in an unusual way - with a tandem skydive from a helicopter over the Eiger mountain in Switzerland! The idea came from Annalise’s son Jean Philippe, who will be married in Murren, Switzerland on 15 June this year. Annalise’s skydive, a gift from Jean Philippe, takes place the day before the wedding perhaps a good way to distract from pre-wedding nerves! Annalise will be jumping from the helicopter at 12,000 feet and after freefalling for 40 seconds the parachute will open at 5,000 feet. Annalise is hoping to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice again, if you would like to support her brave challenge you will find sponsorship forms in Bay Tree Trading and the St Barnabas shop in Henfield.

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MARCH 2013 | News Barrattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West End Lane development PROPOSALS go on show An exhibition on proposals for land to the west of the Cat & Canary pub in West End Lane went on display on 1 February in the Henfield Hall. Barratt Southern Counties wish to apply for planning permission in the near future to build 160 homes, developing agricultural land next to the Downslink (see map right). Barratt representatives estimated that around 250 local people attended the event. After an unpopular development application by Wellbeck was passed recently by Horsham District Council for homes east of Manor Way in a position generally regarded to have poor access routes, many Henfield residents feel unhappy that another development is proposed. In addition, many of the phase three Parsonage development have yet to be sold, putting into question the perceived need for more housing in the village. Criticisms for further development include the lack of a neighbourhood plan. Some feel strongly that the Wellbeck appeal has opened the floodgates for the development of other land under option around the village. Barratt Homes representatives Tristan Fitzgerald offered this press release; â&#x20AC;&#x153;More than 250 residents of Henfield attended the public exhibition on Barrattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposals to build up to 160 new homes on land off West End Lane on Friday, 1 February. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We received a good deal of feedback and value constructive comments and opinions from the local community. We are therefore keen for our consultation to continue beyond the exhibition. Now that the exhibition has been viewed by the public, we feel the best forms of grassroots consultation within Henfield are now through the Henfield Hub and the BN5 Magazine. The Facebook pages of both these two web sites have already proved to be a focal point for local feedback. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Therefore, our exhibition boards are on the Henfield Hub, together with our questionnaire. These questionnaires can be returned by post or email (vic.angell@ up to Friday, 1 March, a month after the exhibition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barratt will consider all feedback received and how it can inform the proposals for land at West End Lane.â&#x20AC;?

A poll on the Henfield Hub website showed 32% in favour of the development and 68% against. Plans and updates posted on the BN5 Facebook site elicited some lively debate and an overwhelming majority spoke out against further development in the village. Reasons and opinions cited by those commenting included a lack of resources to accommodate more housing (including the questioning of school places and medical centre provision); access route issues to the development through narrow and already congested streets; the loss of a greenfield site and many questioning the need for further housing when there were developments already underway in the village. Some spoke of the need for affordable housing in the area, of which the proposal is offering 40% with a mix of rented and shared equity homes. You can view images of the proposed development on the BN5 Facebook pages published on 8 March (this is an open site so does not require a Facebook account for access, although if you wish to comment you will need to be an account holder). Go to www. to view. There is also a copy of the questionnaire which you can print and return, or email as directed above, before the deadline of 1 March.

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hursday 14 March sees the opening night of Henfield Theatre Company’s (HTC) production of Calendar Girls, an uplifting and heart-warming comedy about a group of friends from Yorkshire who bare all to create an alternative WI fundraising calendar.

Based on a true story, Calendar Girls was an award winning film in 2003 starring Helen Mirren, Judie Dench and Ceilia Imrie. A stage play based on the film opened in 2008 in Chichester and then subsequently transferred to the West End, becoming the most successful play to ever tour the UK. I met up with some of Henfield’s own Calendar Girls at one of their rehearsals to find out a bit more about them, their role in the production and their involvement with HTC. Anne Stern, the Director of Calendar Girls, has been acting since 1977 and directing since the 1980’s. I started off with little acting parts and then the parts got bigger and bigger. Then during the 1980’s I was asked to direct and I’ve been doing both ever since. I particularly enjoy comedy productions as I like making people laugh! Amateur dramatics is very cre-

ative and very rewarding – you get a real buzz out it. If I’ve been directing a production I like sitting in the audience on the opening night and thinking “Aren’t they good!” A production is a real commitment and a real team effort – for our production of ‘Quartet’ we had at least 50 people involved back stage as well as the actors. At the end of a production my immediate reaction is “Phew, thank goodness that’s over” as it takes over your life, especially if you are directing. But then I wake up on Sunday morning and think “What am I going to do with my time now?” I saw the Chichester production of Calendar Girls and loved it – the play is so much better than the film! Nicki Dowd has been a part of HTC productions ever since she was a little girl. Nicki plays the part of Celia. Not from the same mould as the other Calendar Girls, Ceila has a wealthy husband, dresses to kill, plays golf and likes a drink. Her selfish nature makes her less popular with the other girls but throughout the course of the play she becomes less selfish. When I was little I used to be in a dance group which performed in HTC productions. I stopped acting in my teenage years but then came back to it after I was married. What’s great about it is that it’s very social thing.

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MARCH 2013 | Local interest You can choose your level of commitment- if you can’t commit the time to acting there are plenty of other roles: prompt, stage management, front of house, make-up, stage hand and others. I love comedy productions and anything by Alan Ayckbourn. I often play ‘tart with a heart’ characters, like Celia! On the opening night, no matter how many times I’ve rehearsed, I feel really nervous. But by scenes three or four I feel very relaxed. On the last night it feels more smiley! There is less anxiety, more excitement and a little bit of sadness. I saw a production of Calendar Girls in London and afterwards I thought to myself “If HTC ever do Calendar Girls, I want to be a part of it.” The Calendar Girls cast is lovely – it‘s all girls together! Susanna Seaford came to Henfield 40 years ago and this will be the 50th production that she has either acted in or directed for HTC. Susanna plays the part of Jessie, an ex-school teacher and the oldest of the group. Jessie resented being made to retire and does not like getting old, but she lives her life to the full and is up for anything - including posing for the calendar. I trained in theatre and then went into teaching, I love working with children and so I like directing musicals and Christmas productions as they often have the most children’s parts.

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I prefer playing character roles to straight roles, but I’ve played all sorts. I’ve played the Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz, Guinevere in Camelot and Kate in Kiss me Kate. I am incredibly nervous before a production and often the week before I have nightmares that I’m standing in the wings and I don’t know my words! At the end of a production I’m always quite sad as it leaves a gap in my life. I had retired from acting but I came back for Calendar Girls because I love the humour of it. I don’t think I’ll worry about the nudity – it’s more teasing than anything else! The other actresses in the production include: Sharona Key-Barry who plays Chris, the driving force in the play and an outspoken leader; Nicky Haines who plays Annie, the best friend of Chris, who has to cope with her husband John’s illness; Hilary Westlake who plays Cora, a single mum who likes to play the joker as a cover for her insecurity; Heather McFarlane-Cryer who plays Ruth, a seemingly timid and unworldly character who is hiding an unhappy marriage. Jane Haines has composed the score for the production.

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any people braved the cold and snowy weather on Monday 21 January to attend the Henfield Area Response Team (HART) lunch at the White Hart in honour of a visit from Professor Maaret Castrén, Chair of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

Professor Maaret Castrén is professor in emergency medicine at Karolinksa Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden and also at Turku University, Finland as well as the chair of the European Resuscitation Council (the network of National Resuscitation Councils in Europe). She has a huge amount of experience in chain of care in cardiac arrest, resuscitation skills and emergency care technology. Professor Castrén explained that although most countries in the European Union have responder units, they vary enormously in terms of how they operate. For example, in some countries only doctors and nurses are allowed to use defibrillator units. But as Professor Castrén pointed out, what sets HART apart from many other responder unit is the “Fantastic community involvement.” She went on to add “It doesn’t matter if you have the best ambulance unit in the world if you don’t have a good first responder unit.” The responders are the very visual element of HART, but behind the scenes there are numerous individuals, groups and organisations in our community all doing their bit to support HART in different ways. Some of those who were thanked on the day by Dave Fletcher and Dick Nye include: Giles Culver, landlord of the White Hart who organises a twice monthly pub quiz in aid of HART; the local band RetrOactive who have raised in excess of £10,000 for HART over the past five years at their annual fundraising supper dance; and the Henfield Medical Practice who have provided

“great support” over the years. “We can’t thank the community enough,” said Dave. “and we are very grateful for all the volunteer support.” This sentiment was echoed by the representative from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), who formally thanked HART stating “We are very grateful to the responders for giving up their time.” Also attending the lunch was another eminent medical expert, Professor Douglas Chamberlain CBE who worked at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for over thirty years as a Consultant Cardiologist. Now in his eighties, Professor Chamberlain was instrumental in ensuring that all ambulance staff were trained in resuscitation in the early 1970’s. He then went on to found the first paramedic unit in Europe, revolutionising pre-hospital clinical care. Professor Chamberlain, who has worked with Dave Fletcher for many years and is an honorary member of HART, said that with cases of cardiac arrest “Ambulances hardly ever get there in time.” He then went on to describe HART as “the best responder unit in the world”. Two of the lunch guests had more reason than most to be grateful for HART. Erin Makey from Lower Beeding was at a family celebration at the Bull Inn five years ago when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Aged only 21 at the time she had no previous history of cardiac problems. Whilst two friends of her brother carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), her cousin dialled 999 for an ambulance and relayed the instructions of the operator to the two friends. Within five minutes of making the call, three HART responders (Anne Dewdeney, Tony Anscombe and Dave Fletcher) were on the scene and took charge

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of the situation. “They really do make a difference” said Erin. “With cardiac arrest you have a magic five minutes - I was extremely lucky that the HART responders arrived so quickly.” Erin spent a week at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and then underwent further tests at Brighton Hospital and St Georges in Tooting, London. “I’ve had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implanted in my heart just in case I have another attack but I’ve been fine since. I just need to be careful and not put my body under too much stress.” Malcolm Town from Lancing was also attended the event, looking fit and well after his recent health scare. As reported in our January edition, Malcolm was playing golf at Horton Golf Club in Small Dole back in October 2012 when he went into sudden cardiac arrest. Fortu-

nately for Malcolm he was playing golf with Martin Tooth, HART responder, who happened to have his defibrillator in the boot of his car. “I was very lucky that day,” said Malcolm. “The doctors told me it was a two million to one chance that I survived and it’s all down to HART and Martin in particular – without him I wouldn’t be here.” Despite the enormous success of HART over the past few years, Dave Fletcher is still looking towards the future: “There is an on-going demand; we want more Public Access Defibrillators (PADs), we want to deliver more training and we want to teach the community how to do CPR.” He concluded: “Eventually we want to build up a system where people will have the confidence to get down on the floor and do CPR.”

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SERVICES THIS EASTER Have you seen any spring lambs in the fields yet? Woolly bundles of joy! They are a regular part of our spring and Easter imagery - but not all of the connotations are so pleasant. In the Exodus from Egypt, each escaping Hebrew family sacrificed a lamb to represent their own salvation. The “sacrificial lamb” became a phrase that passed into their language, and ours. As John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him, he said “behold the Lamb of God”. He recognised in Jesus a similar role being played out on the eternal stage of salvation. Jesus’s work is still remembered in our church services, where the ancient Latin liturgical phrase Agnus Dei, Lamb of God, is still used in translation: Jesus, Lamb of God, Have mercy on us. So when you see any lambs in the fields this year, remember too the cross on the hill; and the risen Jesus who’s work of salvation is now completed. And - Happy Easter from the Henfield churches!

St Peter’s Church, Henfield Palm Sunday 24th March 9am Parish Communion (BCP said) with blessing of palm crosses 10am meet the donkey at The Common (behind Golden Square) 10.30 am Celebrate! Communion with blessing of palm crosses

Good Friday 29th March 10am All Age Worship

10.45am Walk of Witness – all Henfield’s churches together - with tea/coffee and hot cross-buns in the Free Church Hall afterwards 2 pm Good Friday Service 8 pm Tenebrae Service

Easter Day 31st March 5.45 am Dawn Service 9.00 am Parish Communion (CW) 10.30 am Celebrate! Communion with Baptism 6.30 pm Easter Praise – all Henfield’s churches together (Alastair’s last service)

St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, Woodmancote Palm Sunday 24th March 9.45am Morning Prayer

Good Friday 29th March 9.45am Devotional Service

Easter Day 31st March 9.45am Holy Communion

St Gilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Church, Shermanbury Palm Sunday 24th March 11.15am Morning Prayer

Good Friday 29th March

Corpus Christi RC Church, Tanyard, Henfield Palm Sunday 24th March 9am Blessing of Palms and Mass of the Passion of the Lord

Good Friday 29th March 3pm The Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday 30th March 8pm Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

Easter Day 31st March 9am Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

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The Evangelical Free Church, High Street, Henfield

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Palm Sunday 24th March

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The Community Church, Henfield Youth Club, Deer Park, Henfield Easter Day 31st March 10.30am Family Easter Celebration Join the fun! Starting with an Easter egg hunt and followed by a family celebration including refreshments

10.30am Palm Sunday Worship 6.30pm Palm Sunday Praise.

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Calendar Girls A play by Tim Firth Directed by Anne Stern

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Directed by Angela Reid, with musical direction by Dave Barnett and choreography by Ann Atkins, this is considered by many as one of the best musicals ever. A truly great score, with bright, up-tempo songs (Look What Happened to Mabel), dramatic ballads (I Won’t Send Roses) and real show stoppers (Tap Your Troubles Away). Plus a terrific storyline with characters from real life whose stories are larger than life – Mack, the movie mogul and Mabel, his silent screen star discovery – and their tempestuous and ultimately moving relationship, touched by success, failure, drugs and murder. Performances are from 15 to 18 May at The Henfield Hall.

Tickets, priced £10 and £12, will be available from the box office at Henfield Furnishings, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9BD (tel: 01273 490080) from Monday 22 April.


Directed by Anne Stern, this stage adaptation of the smashhit film is based upon the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the auspices of the Women’s Institute. The stage adaptation opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become one of the fastest selling plays in British theatre history. Performances are from 14 to 16 March at The Henfield Hall.

Tickets, priced £8 and £10, are available from the box office at Henfield Furnishings, High Street, Henfield BN5 9DB (tel: 01273 490080) from Monday 25 February. Sponsored by Rushfields Plant Centre (01273 447507)


THE WOMAN IN WHITE By Wilkie Collins

Directed by Di Norman, this sensational Victorian thriller is a compelling story of love, betrayal and greed. Written and published in 1859, it is regarded as one of the first and the very finest in the genre of mystery sensation novels. Performances are from 17 to 19 October at The Henfield Hall.


OLIVER! By Lionel Bart

Henfield Theatre Company presented four performances of Oliver! directed by Susanna Seaford, with musical direction by Jane Haines and choreography by Wendy Hoare, to full houses from 3 to 5 January.

Backed by a splendid and most accomplished band under the direction of Jane Haines, Susanna Seaford directed a most entertaining show, which deserved the acclaim of a very happy full house. In her programme notes the director referred to the qualities of the non-acting members of the Company. That praise was richly deserved, as everything from set design and construction to make-up and lighting was admirable. Toby Hinton’s performance as Oliver could not be faulted. He spoke and sang clearly, showed great confidence earning


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the sympathy and support of the audience throughout. Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney worked well together and it was pleasing to see the business during I shall scream not taken to extremes. Mr. And Mrs. Sowerberry, Charlotte and Noah carried off their big scene admirably, each creating their individual characters well. Reuben Crawford-Clarke was a confident and capable Dodger with just the right laid-back approach to the role. Chris Whitehead gave a very calm and almost gentle interpretation of the role of Fagin. He worked extremely well with the children, showing just the right level of affection for them while keeping them firmly in their place. His diction was commendably clear throughout with only the very occasional drift from his accent.

Ellie Hill was a splendid Nancy. This is the one character that is required to show tenderness, defiance, uncertainty and fear all in the same evening and this Ellie managed very well. It was interesting to see Oom-Pah-Pah shared out, most effectively among the ladies. Ian Henham made a good Sykes. He was not simply evil, but maintained an angry, threatening presence enhanced by a most unpleasant appearance. All of the smaller roles were very sensitively played. The choruses worked well giving their all on every occasion with Who Will Buy as one of the musical highlights of the evening. Throughout the production the choreography and general movement about the stage of a very large Company was admirable. By Phillip Hall, National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA)

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chance meeting led to an inspiring and eye opening trip for two Henfield women – Ann Clark and Ann Garmston took three weeks from their everyday village life to travel half way across the world to the island of Sumatra.

Ann Clark, a semi-retired special needs teacher and member of Billingshurst Rotary Club, met Katie Pavett from the charity The Children of Sumatra at her local Rotary meeting. Katie spoke passionately about the work of this small but incredibly effective charity, whose volunteers travel into the wilds of rural Sumatra to help those cut off from the opportunity of life changing surgery to correct cleft lip and palate. Along with other Rotarians in the group (who now actively fundraise for the charity) she was impressed by their tireless work towards restoring the smiles and a normal life to many forgotten children. When an opportunity arose to visit the country and work as a volunteer in the rehabilitation centre, Ann spoke with good friend and retired nurse Ann Garmston about the charity and they both decided to put their professional training to good use for the charity. The Children of Sumatra charity was launched 10 years ago, not only helping children from rural areas to access the skills of European doctors with their life changing surgery, but also to prepare them for surgery. In this poverty stricken country many children suffer from malnutrition and TB, so surgeons are unable to operate until they are well. This is where the Harapan Jaya Rehabilitation Centre comes in. The Centre, where Ann and Ann volunteered for three weeks, is a place where children can prepare and get well before

surgery and are supported after, as they recover and undergo speech and other therapies. Sometimes, when small children are abandoned (sadly this is often the case with ‘disfigured’ children) the centre will foster them until they can be adopted, helping them to become educated and rehabilitated. Ann and Ann spent three weeks living in very basic accommodation, nursing and caring for the children as they underwent surgery. The European surgeons (mainly from a Dutch university hospital, harking back to Dutch colonial links with Sumatra) visit the country to perform surgery over a one month period – performing some 200 operations during their visit. Both Ann and Ann are seasoned travellers and have volunteered previously. Ann Garmston spent two weeks in India five years ago helping with a women’s health charity. The conditions and environment in Sumatra were a shock to neither of them, although Ann remarked that the nursing conditions and equipment took her back to her training days in 1965, with antiquated traditions and a lack of the basic resources that we take for granted in the West. For example, surgical gloves are washed and recycled, wards are resemblent of 1950s Britain with old fashioned drip stands and rubber sheets. Entire families ‘camp out’ around the patients’ bed as they have travelled many miles to be there. Ann and Ann’s daily routine involved caring and nursing for the children who had just received surgery as well as preparing children who had just arrived from the furthest reaches of rural Sumatra to undergo procedures. Many of the children were too poorly

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MARCH 2013 | Charity to undergo surgery. Despite language barriers, the women found themselves acting as a counselor to one young mother for whom there was, tragically, no hope for her small baby. The needs are extreme and provision is basic so they rolled up their sleeves and helped where they could, making friends and becoming attached to some wonderful characters who showed such bravery and joy, despite the problems that were thrown at them. Both Ann and Ann found enormous support for their visit from the Billingshurst Rotary Club as well as close friends and family, who donated clothes and equipment for their visit. Singapore Airlines were very generous with a large luggage allowance, allowing the women to transport the donated clothes, crutches and essentials to Sumatra. Not only that, they travelled back fairly light of luggage having left most of their clothing behind for the families of those who were being treated! Ann Garmston said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing we were most struck by in Sumatra was the attitude of the children, their smiles were overwhelming, such beautiful children who were so joyful â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we will never forget their smiles.â&#x20AC;? One young boy, called Hendri, they will never forget. Hendri and his father have live TB so Hendri was unable to be treated. The Children of Sumatra charity is supporting the family through treatment for the illness and they hope to return next year, well and ready to undergo surgery. There is taboo attached to facial deformity in many undeveloped countries and children who grow to be adults with cleft lip and palate have very little chance of enjoying a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;normalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; existence unless they are lucky enough to undergo these fairly routine (and comparatively, to western standards) inexpensive surgical treatments. The change in these children is astonishing, with speech therapy they go on to lead useful lives and contribute to society. Otherwise, they are destined for a life on the periphery of society, with no chance of marriage and children and often ending up on the streets.

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Your local, family run, homecare company, providing a professional service to the communities of Henfield and the surrounding villages. Do you or a family member need some support at home with things you have always taken for granted? Our highly trained Personal Carers work with you, finding out what is important to you, so that we can help you to have a better quality of life. We offer: • friendship and laughter • help with everyday living and personal care • family support through respite visits and advice • social outings and help with appointments • choice in how you want things done • flexibility (because we know plans can change) • local staff ensuring reliability (especially in the snow)

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Upper Mead Care Home

Cherish Care, your local Company, run by a family with family values, provides a service that exceeds all expectations - so our clients tell us.

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 Upper Mead, Fabians Way, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9PX

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MARCH 2013 | Kid’s stuff

HENFIELD U10’S MATCH REPORTS Crawley United v Henfield Henfield travelled to Crawley in cold, damp conditions on

Saturday 12 January to take on teams that had proved competitive opponents in previous meetings


George Sellwood, Sid Hamilton, Otto Schulter, Amon Ilda-Bowers, Reuben Freeman, Ollie Robertson, Josh Rudling


Rufus Crawley, Ben Neale, Morgan Standing, Toby Bloomfield, Cameron King, Joshua Cridland Henfield made the early running when Morgan Standing found Ben Neale who played the ball onto JJ Angood who ran from midfield before firing a low shot beyond the keeper. Crawley fought back strongly but the away side doubled their advantage when Joshua Cridland and JJ Angood combined to find Toby Bloomfield to fire an unstoppable shot past the home keeper. Henfield continued to dominate possession and on the rare occasions when Crawley did break through, they couldn’t get past Rufus Crawley in goal. With the half reaching a conclusion JJ Angood scored again. Half time: Crawley United 0 v 3 Henfield. Henfield continued to dictate the game in the second half and Toby Bloomfield extended their lead with a shot from distance that nestled into the bottom corner of the net. At the other end a rare attack from the hosts was extinguished when Rufus Crawley rushed from his line to smother the ball bravely at the feet of an attacker. Another goal came when Morgan Standing won possession and found JJ Angood who played the ball onto Cameron King who beat his marker before firing beyond the keeper. Against the run of play the home side pulled a goal back but the visitor’s continued to pile on the pressure when Toby Bloomfield completed his hat-trick. The referee ended the game soon after to end a superb Thunder performance. Full Time: Crawley United 1 v 6 Henfield.

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Crawley made the early running and Sid Hamilton was well placed to dispossess a forward before George Sellwood saved well from a low shot. Henfield fought back and took a deserved lead when Otto Schulter’s clearance found Reuben Freeman who burst through the Crawley defence before firing beyond the keeper. Crawley fought back strongly and only a sliding challenge from Sid Hamilton kept them at bay. When they did break through George Sellwood reacted quickly to save. With the first half drawing to a conclusion it was Henfield who continued to finish the stronger with Reuben Freeman and Josh Rudling both forcing the Crawley keeper into making saves and Ollie Robertson repelling the home side at the other end. Half time: Crawley United 0 v 1 Henfield. The second half began with Ollie Robertson taking over in goal and George Sellwood moving into the midfield. Crawley brought on three of their first team players to try and nullify Henfield’s superiority. Henfield doubled their lead when Amon IldaBowers burst down the wing before finding George Sellwood who saw his well struck shot saved but Josh Rudling following up, slotting in the rebound. Crawley then put Henfield under an intense period of pressure but excellent challenges from Sid Hamilton and Otto Schulter kept them at bay. Henfield’s resistance was finally broken when Crawley broke through to score. Crawley continued to push and eventually drew level. With the game drawing to a conclusion and Henfield proving good value for the draw, the game was cruelly snatched from them when Ollie Robertson saved another shot but with the visitor’s unable to clear, a forward pounced to fire home with virtually the last kick of the game. Full time: Crawley United 3 v 2 Henfield.

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MARCH 2013 | Finance

The “Other” ISA Allowance


This leaves anyone with savings with an often uncomfortable three way choice – accept that your money is losing its value, spend your money now before it loses its value or invest in real assets that have the potential for a real return. If you feel this low interest rate policy is bullying you into picking one of the last two then the Bank of England has done its job perfectly because ow much is your ISA allowance increasing to for that’s exactly what they want everyone to do to stimuthe 2013-14 tax year? If like most people you late the economy.

answered £5,760 you are wrong by 100%. That is the maximum that can be paid into a Cash ISA. The total allowance is increasing to £11,520. However, to utilise this full allowance you will have to make use of an Investment ISA.

The Investment ISA is very often missed, even by those who pride themselves on using their allowance on 6th April each year, but why? For one, they are subject to much less marketing than the Cash ISAs. Secondly, I think they are deliberately ignored by many because they are perceived as risky. In my opinion, in the current market, the real risk is keeping everything in cash. There is no getting away from the fact that any investment that pays more than a savings account will have the potential to fall as well as rise, i.e. you can lose money. But currently, with a one year fixed rate bond you are guaranteed to lose money! The top one year fixed rate bond on the market pays 2.25%, whereas inflation, as measured by the consumer prices index (CPI), is 2.7%. Let’s suppose you have £10,000 in the bank, you can either buy £10,000 worth of goods and services or put it in a one year bond. If you choose the bond, in a years’ time your money will have increased to £10,225. However, assuming inflation remains the same it would cost £10,270 to buy the same goods and services that cost £10,000 a year ago. If you only have £10,225, you have in fact lost £45. This compares to five years ago when you could get a one year fixed rate bond paying over 7% while inflation was 2.5%, meaning that over a year you would have made £450 in real terms on your £10,000.

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All that said, you should always remember that investing is for the long term and that the value of your investments can, and at times will, fall. It is essential you keep an easily accessible emergency fund and for that you have little choice but to use a loss-making savings account. However, if you want your hard earned money to stand a real chance of retaining its real value then investing in real assets is your only real option. The “other” ISA allowance may be a good way of starting to do this. Richard Cohen, FPFS, Chartered Financial Planner Nsure Financial Services provide Independent Financial Advice | Nsure Financial Services Ltd, Nsure House, 93 Rowlands Road, Worthing, BN11 3JX. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. To arrange a meeting call Sarah Gray on 01903 821010.

We are a group of friendly people from Henfield and surrounding villages who enjoy socialising whilst raising money for local charities and good causes.



Interested in joining us? Ring Paul Dedman on 01903 814178 who will be happy to give you more information

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Business | MARCH 2013

The search for success T

here are approximately 4.5 million small businesses in the UK providing 13.7 million jobs, half the private sector workforce in 2011. However, while Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are important, it is their durability that carries even greater significance. The precarious nature of SME existence has been well documented. Only about 65% of small businesses are still trading after the first three years of initial start-up. After five years, less than 45% of businesses have survived. Much of the research into small firms has focused on their failure. The danger of this approach is that it identifies what has gone wrong, but may fail to discover what businesses need to do right.

In conjunction with the University of Surrey, Kingston Smith recently commissioned a major research study into the triggers that lead to SME success, to highlight more effective strategy decisions for firms themselves, and to inform better policy decisions for government. A return of over 1,000 survey questionnaires completed by SME owners/directors or senior managers, 20 in depth interviews and 14 focus groups, makes this one of the largest surveys into the strategic management of SMEs in the UK. Launched by the Rt. Hon. Michael Fallon MP., Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, ‘Success in Challenging Times: Key Lessons for UK SMEs’ is now available for download (at or in hard copy. Among the topics examined during the project were: what success looks like for SMEs; how successful businesses cope with new competition and market fluctuations; and how significant digital media is to gaining a competitive advantage.

• Reinvesting profit (68%) • Personal/family savings (39%) • Bank loan (29%) • The attitude of SMEs towards banks ranges from disappointment to contempt. Cash flow and liquidity: Successful SMEs proactively monitor their cash flow and liquidity • SMEs with larger numbers of employees recognise the importance of the broad range of success factors (e.g. planning, sales, marketing, managing people, having a web site, using social media) alongside cash flow. Social capital, social media and the web: Successful SMEs consider direct referrals and search engine optimisation as central to their success • SMEs with smaller numbers of employees place greater importance on direct referrals. • 44% of SMEs consider LinkedIn important to their continuing success; 33% consider Twitter important. Innovation: Successful SMEs are willing to find new ways of doing things and encourage their employees to think and behave innovatively • SMEs are significantly more likely to be innovative than competitively aggressive, proactive in the market or risk taking.


Finance: Successful SMEs are likely to use more than one source of finance to both start and sustain their business • Most SMEs only use one source of finance to start the business, the main source being personal/family savings with a smaller proportion using bank loans. • The main sources of finance used by SMEs to fund their businesses now are:

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MARCH 2013 | Business Learning orientation: Successful SMEs believe that learning gives them competitive advantage • Newer SMEs are more committed to learning • SMEs with less than 5 employees are significantly more likely to have a shared vision. • SMEs with larger numbers of employees are more likely to learn from crises. Advice and support: Successful SMEs are more willing to seek external advice • Most SMEs seek external advice on their website (including search engine optimisation). • SMEs with larger numbers of employees are more likely to purchase external advice on managing people and developing management skills. Outsourcing and exporting: Successful SMEs have the flexibility to adapt to changing market conditions • SMEs with larger numbers of employees view exporting as important to their continuing success. • Half of SMEs outsource some of their activities, including: accountancy (payroll and bookkeeping), IT and web development, HR and marketing.

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The report makes a number of recommendations for business owners, policymakers and professional advisers.

For further information, contact: Paul Samrah, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP, T: 01737 781546 E: psamrah@

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Index of advertisers | MARCH 2013 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Kingston Smith LLP R J Dewdney

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Kestrel Alarms



Roger Minost Architect


Hope Cottage Self Catering Number One The Laurels

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Henfield Homes & Prop. Maintenance Mick Patching Nigel Parsons Optimal Property Maintenance Willow Construction

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Cherish Care Cherish Development Centre Otus Care Red Oaks Care Home Upper Mead

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CARPET SUPPLY & CARE Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Selectacarpet

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Pizza Oven taste...deli

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A1 Henfield Helpline PC Doctor

49 65

The Conservatory Co.


Anne Giliberti School of Dance


BHW Glass Countryman Windows N. Constantine Repairs

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Paul Barnard Jeremy Crawley Electrician

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Bankhouse Electric Gates


Barratt Homes Southern



Homelands Equestrian


FARM SHOPS / GREENGROCERS Jeremyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rushfields Farm Shop

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Braziersâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Autos Coles Automotive Dent Magician (Frosts) Mile Oak Servicing Setyres Spot On Vehicle Paint Repairs

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GARDENERS, GARDENS & NURSERIES Beechcroft Landscapes Camelia Botnar JD Mowing Martin Standing The Green Reaper Rooted Rushfields S Goodridge Gardens

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Lucy Locksmith


King and Stevens


One C Marketing


The Music Bus


Henfield Eye Care


Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Trim Decorating

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Personal Trainer Linda Rusby


Mr Mole


Adrian Over JK Plastering

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A. Stenning Aspect Plumbing & Heating Aquatec CJ Plumbing Colin Sansom MC Services PST Plumbing

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Camelia Botnar Photos in Glass Seawhite of Brighton Art Supplies Steyning Bookshop Stokes Newsagents

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B Muzeen Groundworks


Just Gutters


Hair and Co Hyattâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hair Louisa Jayne Partridge Green Natasha The Retreat

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Optimal Property Services


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PR Roofing


DB Foot Clinic (Golden Square Chiropody) Emotional Freedom Techniques Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Physiotherapy Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic Holistic Angel Massage Ideal Weight Julie Craig Fitness Nia Personal Training Linda Rusby Pilates for Life South Downs Osteopath Sussex Osteopath & CHC

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Busy Bees The Dove Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care The Towers Convent School

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Anthony Jackson Furniture Restoration Barbara Ritchie Vincent Reed Furniture Restoration

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Katherine Lawrie


Henfield Hall Henfield Theatre Company Indigo Spiritual Connection The Henfield Churches

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Contain Yourself Storage


MXT Swim


Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Services

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Aerials and More


Alpha Tiling Glen Reid Tiling

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BN5 magazine March 2013  

2013 03 - BN5 magazine