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MARCH 2014 | Contents

07 What’s on







from the BN5 area

22 Local interest Meet the Masterchef


25 Food & drink

Mothering Sunday treat

30 Gardening Sussex Prairies


36 Countryside Mayfield Protest

45 Health

Travel health from HMC


63 Finance from Nsure

64 Business

In my editor letter for the February edition I wished for a little less rain and a little more sunshine. As we go to print, a fair proportion of Somerset is under water and the Thames has flooded in many places. We’ve had some horrible weather - please take time to check on your elderly neighbours during these spells of high wind and rain, if you can help with some shopping or just spare five minutes for a chat it’s always appreciated. Many become housebound with extreme winter conditions. The protests against the proposed Mayfield developments near Henfield become more pertinent as much of the country experiences the misery of flooding. Michael Brown from the CPRE has written for us this month. With most local people appreciating the need for more homes, is this mass-scale development the answer? Make sure you’re informed.

with Paul Samrah


Masterchef: The Professionals is compulsive viewing, made more so by the involvement of one of ‘our’ local chefs. If you’ve eaten at the Camelia Restaurant at South Lodge recently you’ll recognise just how worthy a winner Steven Edwards is. Not only that, he’s a humble, charming family man who is passionate about the bountiful Sussex larder we have at our disposal. Sarah met Steven as he took a break from his hectic kitchen at South Lodge, we’re thrilled he agreed to be interviewed by us. Take a look at page 25 for some inspiration if you’re planning to treat your mum to a special Mothering Sunday lunch.

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Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Mike Beardall, Sam Strachan, Michael Brown, CPRE and Richard Cohen. Cover photograph by Mike Beardall Oakfield Media and cover 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 Monday 3 March. For editorial submissions email Emma Osman editor@bn5magazine.co.uk or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.

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MARCH 2014 | What’s on

Saturday 1 March

Steyning, 11am (& 18th) £1, contact Alison Vine on 01273 2 mile stroll. Meet at Steyning 492620. Jumble Sale Health Centre, Tanyard Lane. Call Henfield Joggers Henfield Village Hall, 2pm Linda on 01903 816865 or Lyn on Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& In aid of Blackstone Stoolball Club. 01903 369752. every Weds) Any jumble can be dropped off at Knit & Natter Beginners course - a run/walk prothe Village Hall after 11am. Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every gramme building up to a distance Horse & Country quiz night 1st Tues) of 3-4 miles. Open to all. Email Henfield Hall, 7.30pm beginners@henfield-joggers.co.uk A drop-in craft group for adults. or just turn up. Also main meeting In aid of The Gambia Horse and Action for Deafness running both on and off-road. Donkey Trust. Refreshments, homemade cakes, super raffle, li- Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 1st Tues) Jolesfield Community censed bar and a film of the char- Hearing aid maintenance clinic and ity’s work. Food hamper and wine information, advice and support on Choir to the winning team. Please bring all aspects of hearing loss. Jolesfield School, 7pm (& every any unwanted bits up to 5” for the Tai Chi Weds) charity’s bit box. Entry £6. For tickOpen to all. Call Elizabeth Carey on ets call Linda on 01273 833211 or Maidment Ct, 2-3pm (& every Tues) 07880 551 751 for more informaFor more details contact the linda.jones1@hotmail.co.uk Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings tion or email e.carey@sky.com

Sunday 2 Netball

on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 Henfield Lions Club carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com George Hotel, Henfield High St,

Birding for beginners

7.30pm (& every 1st Weds) Woods Mill, 7-9pm (& every Tues Meet to discuss fundraising activities, consider requests for assisFor more information call Edna on until 3 June) Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm (& every Sun) 01403 710586.

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Partridge Green Munchkins

The course is suitable for begin- tance and organise social events. ners and those with a little knowl- Call David Pryor on 01273 494442. edge. On one Saturday morning each month the group will meet for Rhyme Time an outdoor field trip.

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PG Methodist Church, High Street, 10-11.30am (& every Mon Annual Parish Meeting term time) Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Warm, friendly environment, come Pub Quiz for a cuppa and a play! For children 0-5 years. £2 per family. For more White Hart, 8.30pm (& 18th) information call Jo on 07926844964 Entry £2 a head. In aid of HART. Teams up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call or see our Facebook page. 01273 492006 to reserve table.

Beetle Drive

Maidment Court, 2.30pm (& every first Mon)

Wednesday 5 Nature Tots

For more details contact the Woods Mill, 10am-12pm (& every Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings Tues until 2 April) on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 Help your little ones explore the carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com natural world. Get to know the forHenfield Badminton Club est school site and the fire circle, woodland activities, stories, singHenfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm (& ing and lots more! Call 01273 every Mon) New members always welcome. 497561 for cost. We play a reasonable standard of The Market badminton but are very patient with Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield rusty players who may not have Nursery, 10-2pm (& every 1st picked up their racquet for some Weds) time! Call Sally on 01273 494231. Local produce market.

Tuesday 4 Chatterbox

Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& every Tues inc half term)

Still £1.50 including refreshments.

HDC Health Walk

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Henfield Computer Club

Henfield Leisure Centre, 12.452.45pm (& every Weds)

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

Free-fun with music for pre-schoolers.

Circle Dancing

Henfield Leisure Centre, 10.40am12.10pm (& every Thurs)

£5 (concessions available) with tea/ coffee included. For information call Brenda Kelly on 01273 842405.

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. There’s no fuss, no joining fee, no subscription. Call 01273 495820 or drop in at our regular coffee morning at the White Hart.

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

Come along to our new ‘Play & Learn Together Sessions’ to explore play through children’s eyes! Part of Rural Henfield, Steyning & Upper Beeding Children & Family Centres.

A friendly club helping you to get to Know Dementia ‘Drop-in grips with the basics of computers for a chat’ and tablets. All welcome, improve your skills and get online! Cost Henfield Medical Centre, 1.30-

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Thursday Circle

Free Church Hall, 2.30pm

Beekeeping Course

Village Hall, Pulborough, 9am-5pm

Suitable for beginners, improvers, and non-beekeepers. It will largely follow the syllabus of the BBKA Basic assessment, but with variations. For more information see www. bbka.org.uk/local/westsussex/

Speaker Mavis Wise who has a fund of stories as a retired Midwife and a carer of physically disabled children. So do come along, even if you haven’t been before. Refresh- HDC Health Walk ments served as usual, Wiston/Steyning, 9am Unsquashable – Henfield Downland Dog Walk. 2 miles, 1¼ Squash Club hours. Park in one of the Steyning car parks if possible; Call Sally on Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm 07720 850064. (& every Thurs) Drop-in and play session only £3.

Little Red Roosters

Good as new sale

Dial Post Village Hall, 1.30-3.30pm

In aid of Shipley CE Primary School. Admission £1. Cash only See this fantastic live band! To on the day. If you are interested in book your table call 492006. selling your pre-loved good quality items please email sara@ellisclan. co.uk or call 07970 542288 before Women’s World Day of Tuesday 4 March.

White Hart, 8.30pm

Friday 7 Prayer

Corpus Christi Church, 2pm

Join in the 24hour round-the world prayer marathon, which was prepared by the women of Egypt before the latest violence erupted. Please come and support them.

BP Guild Shuffleboard Evening Henfield Hall, doors 7pm

Adur Valley Fine Arts Society

The Henfield Hall 2.30-4.30 pm

‘Joseph Wright of the Derby and the Lunar Society’ followed by a cup of tea. Members welcome and visitors for a fee of £5. For further information please call 01273 492702.

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Henfield Flower Club

The Henfield Hall, 2.15 pm

Demonstration by Lucia Dean Taylor: ‘Playing with the Palette’. Visitors very welcome to join us and enjoy this talented flower arranger.

Woodmancote Parish Council Meeting

Parish Hall, Woodmancote, 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues)

Email woodmancoteparishcouncil@gmail.com for information.

Henfield History Group

Free Church Hall, 8pm Lords of Bramber part 1 – Daily life in a Norman castle presented by John & Jeannette Simpson. £3 non-members, members by subscription. Call Ruth Robothom on 01273 494121.

Competition starts at 7.30pm. A very enjoyable family evening (kids welcome) with 3 people to a team. Tickets £8 each from Jasmines FloHenfield Camera Club rist (nibbles included) or call Colin Evangelical Free Church, 7.30pm Samson on 01273 495120. My Photos - A talk by Brighton Knit & Natter Photographer, Jerry Webb. New Members and Visitors welcome. Henfield Conservation The Lounge, Rayner Court, Contact David Barrett at david. Group 10.30am-12pm (& every 2nd Weds) smalldole@btinternet.com We knit gift items and children’s Mill Drive, 10am Bingo Come for a morning of conservation clothes for various charities. There Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& every Fri) work clearing the edge of the is something for everyone to knit whatever their ability or interest. For For more details contact the A281 and planting hawthorn and more information or to donate wool, Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings blackthorn whips. For more info contact Jean on 01273 493171. on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 see the Henfield Hub or email henfieldconservation@gmail.com carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com

Sunday 9

Henfield Garden club

Wednesday 12

Thursday 13

Gobbler Waste Management Coffee Morning

Henfield Library Car Park, 10am-3pm St Peter’s Church, 10.3011.30am (& every 2nd Thurs) Steven Moore: ‘The Story of Rap- Bulky waste service. Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

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kins Nursery & its Plants’. Nonmembers are welcome, admission £3 per person. Refreshments. Lin- Steyning Decorative and da Beresford 01273 492497 linda@ Fine Arts slugbandit.co.uk Steyning Centre, Steyning (&

Join us in St Peters Church for fresh coffee and homemade cakes.

Illustrated lecture: ‘All the World’s a Stage - how western painters have explored the world of enterHenfield Hall, 10-11.30am In aid of the Warren Playgroup.If tainment’ by Ann Clements. Memyou wish to sell at the sale please bers and visitors (£5 donation) email contact@warrenplaygroup. welcomed with coffee at 10am followed by meeting 10.30am-12pm. co.uk for more details. Call 01903814390.

A jazz, swing and blues choir, made up of members of the community who may have a medical condition or not (it doesn’t really matter), no need to read music! £4 entry plus tea and biscuits. Call Jennie on 01273 494300 or email info@ knowdementia.co.uk

Saturday 8

Good as New Sale

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Jazzled Choir

Catholic Church Hall, 1.303.30pm (& 17th)

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MARCH 2014 | What’s on Henfield Theatre Company Henfield Village Hall, (& 14th & 15th)

The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell is a brilliant comedy which is full of really witty lines that will certainly give you a good evening’s entertainment. Tickets £8 and £10, are available from Henfield Furnishings.

Saturday 15

Artists’ Open House

Lorimer Photography, Benson Way 9am-5pm (also Sunday 16)

Friday 21

gie, jump jazz, western swing and stand-out classics to Henfield. Henfield Camera Club Tickets £17 each available from Evangelical Free Church, 7.30pm Jasmines Florist, the Henfield Club Infrared Photography. A talk by Kel- and the Cowfold Post Office. vin Stonebrook from Protech. New members and visitors welcome.

Saturday 22

Spring Vintage Fair

Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery, 10am-4pm (& 23rd) Organised by the Jam Pot.

Jumble Sale

Saturday 29

Busy Bees Play Group Open Morning

Henfield Youth Club, 10am-12pm

Come along and meet some of our families and staff, and see what exciting activities we can offer your pre-school child.

Brunch with Brass With guest artists, please drop Henfield Hall, 2pm in. 07984 437615 for information. In aid of PART. (Partridge Green Henfield Hall, 10.30am-1pm www.lorimerphotography.co.uk Easy listening tunes from Brass FuArea Responders) sion including popular favourites Bangers & Cash Lunch with local singer Sidonie Winter. HDC Health Walk Free Church Hall, 12-2pm Ideal Mothers Day treat. Drinks and The Countryman, Shipley, 10am In aid of Henfield Friends of St light snacks available plus raffle. Call Going south, 5½ miles, flat, four Barnabas. Ticket £5 adults, £3 chil- 01273 493469 to reserve ticket (£5). stiles, no dogs. Meet in the pub car dren from Jasmine’s Florist or pay Nearly New Sale park. Call Geoff on 01403 258180 at the door. So please come along and help us get our fund raising for PG Village Hall, 10-11.30pm or Pat on 01403 240654. Sale of children’s clothes (all ages), this year off to a good start. Trefoil Guild maternity wear, equipment, toys Henfield (& every 3rd Tues) 7.30pm and school wear. Refreshments available. Pick up a few bargains in Open to anyone over the age of 18 Wedding Fayre aid of Partridge Green Pre-School who is willing to support our aims. Tottington Manor, 11.30amand stop for a cuppa and a piece Come and join us! For more infor- 3.30pm mation call Mary on 01273 492351 For a selection of wedding suppli- of homemade cake too. Admission £1. Call Rachel on 01403 713688. or Jane on 01403 710061. ers and fashion shows. Free entry.

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Sunday 23

Wednesday 19

Woodmancote & Henfield WI Birthday Meeting Henfield Hall 2.15pm

A talk in costume on Henry VIII will be given by Tony Harris. Tea will be served, there will be a ‘Flower of the Month’ competition, and an Exhibition of Craft by Members. For further details telephone 492419.

Thursday 20

Friends of Henfield Medical Practice

Henfield Medical Centre, 7.30pm

Managing Pain with Dr Stephen Ward, a pain management specialist, and Lord Richard Luce. To book call Ann Ellson on 01273 492772, email ellson.ea@btinternet.com or Peter Bates on 493172, email peter@bateshouse.freeserve.co.uk

Henfield friends of St Barnabas

Tuesday 25

Small Dole Tuesday Club

Henfield Hall, 2pm

Lots of high quality jumble at bargain prices, auction and a raffle Adventures in the Outdoor World with all proceeds going to the BP by Michael Blencowe (Community Guild. Drop your jumble off from Wildlife Officer). Visitors welcome, 9.30am and 12pm on the day or call Eddy Sayers after 14 March. entrance £2. For jumble collection call 492172.

Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm

Thursday 27 4Sight

Day Centre, Henfield, 10.30am12pm (& every last Thurs)

Opportunity for those with sight impairments to meet and socialise with others suffering from sight problems. Occasional speakers, games, quizzes, plus tea and coffee. Call 01273 454343 or email shoreham@4sightsussex.co.uk

Friday 28

The Swing Commanders Henfield Hall, 8-11pm

Jointly organised by the Sussex The Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Weald Branch of the Royal BritWe are always pleased to welcome ish Legion and the Henfield Club the ‘Swing Commanders’ will be new members. bringing their mix of boogie-woo-

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Annual Jumble Sale

A Touch of Summer

Steyning Methodist Church, 2.30pm

Strawberry Cream Tea in aid of Arthritis Research UK, plus a talk with Arthritis Specialist Dr Karen Walker-Bone. £5 membership and £5 for your Tea Ticket. Tickets 01903 814006 or any Committee Member.

ADVANCE NOTICE Wednesday 2 April London Coach Trip

Henfield Post Office, 8.45am

Drops off at the Aldwych on the Strand and returns from same point at 6.15pm. The return fare is £15 per person. Contact Gill Feltham on 07713161343 to book a seat.

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ing. I would oppose any development that moved Henfield away from being the village that it is. The High Street is the heart of the village commercially and soVillagers say plans for a Sussex new town just a few cially, and if it is threatened by another high street close miles from Henfield would devastate their thriving by then we could all lose something very special”. community. Mayfield Market Towns wants to build a 10,000 home town on 1200 acres of countryside just Chairman of Henfield Parish Council, Ray Osgood over a mile outside the village, with a new High Street says Mayfield’s directors approached them last year seeking local support. “It was almost implied that the in the nearby hamlet of Wineham. development was an act of altruism, with the compa“Everyone is in utter disbelief” says Tony Jack- ny doing a huge favour for local people for no personson, Chairman of Henfield Community Partnership. al gain for those involved, he says.”The development “People live here because they want to live in a nice, of a new market town between Henfield and Hurstpirural village community. It just doesn’t make sense, erpoint would have a huge detrimental effect on the there’s no station near here and the roads are very mi- commercial centre of both communities. Developers nor. It would completely destroy our community. The seem to regard any undesignated area of countryside thought of building that number of houses so close, as having no intrinsic natural beauty or worth just bewithout any proper infrastructure, strikes most people cause it isn’t Green Belt or designated as an area of as madness. Many people walk to the village to do natural beauty. One only has to go into the hills above their local shopping. If you walk down the High Street Devils Dyke and look towards the North Downs to see it is very rare that someone doesn’t say ‘good morn- the whole area of agricultural land of the highest ameing’. Henfield is a thriving village with lots of shops nity and of stunning beauty as well.” and services – it’s inevitable that many of these would Henfield Parish Council is in the process of preparing not survive.” its Neighbourhood Plan, looking at how local people Katherine Faber who runs Stokes, which is a long would like to see the village evolve over the next 20 established newsagents and toy shop, says the vil- years. Kenneth McIntosh, who is a member of the Lolage High Street is a life-line for many people of all cal Economy Focus Group, says a new town nearby ages. “Lots of our customers I know come shopping would completely destabilise the area. “Our villages at Stokes for someone else who may be ill or elderly. are well advanced in developing our Neighbourhood Mums and grandparents look after children so par- Plans to support our local planning authorities and ents can go to work,” she says. “The separation and these do not include wholesale unsustainable housvintage Fair March - 23rd 10 - 4pm. anonymity you find inOur larger towns over bigger areas 22nd ing which is notMarch, properly thought out,” he says. makes these sorts acts of kindness less forthcom- Nursery. A mile north of Henfield AtofJack Dunckley’s, Birchfields LAMBS

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MARCH 2014 | News This meeting really does help your local Council and elected representatives to get a feel for those issues which are concerning you. Please take this important opportunity to make your views known. The 2013 Annual Henfield Parish Council Report is now available and can be viewed at www.henfield.gov.uk Copies of the report are also available from the Council Office in The Henfield Hall and will be available at the Annual Parish Meeting.


RUSHFIELDS AT THE AMEX Staff from Rushfields Plant Centre were delighted to be one of three finalists in the Best Sussex Food/ Farm Shop category of the 2013/14 Sussex Food and Drink Awards. Unfortunately they were pipped to the winning post, but they still enjoyed a fantastic night out at the Amex Stadium in January for the Awards presentation evening. The Awards, which highlight, recognise and support Sussex farmers and producers and the businesses which sell and promote their produce, were presented by Patron Sally Gunnell OBE.

HENFIELD ANNUAL PARISH MEETING The Annual Parish meeting, arranged by Henfield Parish Council, will be held in the Henfield Hall on Tuesday 4 March commencing at 7.30pm. This annual meeting, at which your Parish, District and County Councillors as well as Police representatives will be present, is for the residents of Henfield to express their views and question their elected representatives on anything which is Henfield related. Whilst future development in and around Henfield, including the proposal by Mayfield Towns to build a new town to the north east of Henfield may generate discussion, your Councillors are keen that the meeting covers all aspects of life in the Parish. If you do not wish to speak during the actual meeting, tea and coffee will be served after the meeting business is concluded and this will give you the opportunity to informally talk with your Councillors and Police.

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The year 2014 marks the 400th year anniversary of the foundation of Steyning Grammar School. To celebrate this momentous occasion Caroline Meeson, former Art Teacher at Steyning Grammar School, with the help from local historians George Cockman, Janet Pennington and Joyce Sleight, Steyning Museum curator Chris Tod and old boy George Barker, have produced a book to commemorate the 400th year history of the school. The aim of this book is to give a pictorial and historical account of how the school has developed since 1614 from a single oak beamed candlelit classroom with no more than 50 boys, to the giant split site comprehensive with an international boarding house that is todays thriving school. Much of the material depicting the four centuries of the school has been drawn from photographs and material housed in the school’s archives. The book is on sale from the main school reception, available to purchase online and will be available at our reunion events at a price of £12. You can also purchase the book from the Steyning Bookshop and Steyning Museum. The proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards upgrading our main school drama hall and the foyer reception area which is used by both the school and the community. The school will be celebrating the 400th Anniversary with a variety of events that involve current school students and staff, past students and staff, our ‘Old Boys’ and the Steyning community. The main ‘Reunion Event’ is on Saturday 24 May when the historic Church Street School will be opened to past students and the public. Archive material on the School’s 400 year history will be on display. We will be opening the Church Street School grounds for those wishing to picnic and enjoy some of the Steyning Festival entertainment. For further details on these events please visit our website on www.sgs.uk.net

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News | MARCH 2014 THE BOOK NOOK AT FULKING Just a reminder that the Book Nook in The Street, Fulking is still open in the winter. The opening hours are Wednesday 10-11.30am and Saturday 1.30 -3.30pm. If you haven’t found us we are in the Chapel in front of the Village Hall. There is a large selection of books, CD’s and DVD’s to choose from for a small donation. Christine Wooldridge, St Andrew’s church PCC

PLANNING MATTERS - UPDATE ON PUBLIC INQUIRY As you may know, Barratts the developers are appealing Horsham District Council’s decision to refuse them planning permission for 160 houses on agricultural fields in West End Lane. Hands off Henfield has been researching material to support the case for rejecting this appeal, in collaboration with consultants and a QC. We feel that there is a strong case for having the appeal dismissed: - infrastructure at capacity - inadequate transport links - adverse effects on the landscape character Please try to come to the Public Inquiry on 25 March 2014 to show the strength of feeling in the village against this proposal. For up to date information on venue and time, please check the Henfield Hub, www. henfieldhub.com and posters around the village. The Hands off Henfield Team

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HENFIELD COMPANIES BUY LIFESAVING MACHINE Four Henfield companies have raised £1,000 to buy a heart defibrillator to be used in the case of a cardiac arrest. The machine, supplied by HART (Henfield Area Response Team), will be based at Acacia Groundcare Equipment Hire in Hollands Lane and used by neighbouring businesses, Grommets Ltd, Southern Piling and WC Hire. Managing director Jo Boorsma (centre), who organised the handover, said: “We decided it was vital that we have a defibrillator because we are on the outskirts of the village. The training we received from responders was excellent and we feel better prepared to cope should there be an emergency in a Hollands Lane unit.”


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MARCH 2014 | News HART co-ordinator Dave Fletcher said: “The presence SHERMANBURY FUN DAY AND of a defibrillator gives people some reassurance that COUNTRY FAYRE they can deal with a cardiac emergency while waiting for a paramedic and responder to arrive. Every- The Friends of St Giles, Shermanbury have combined one should have some basic training in resuscitation forces with Shermanbury Parish Council and are planning a joint Fun Day and Country Fayre on Bank techniques.” Holiday Monday, 25 August 2014 in the fields behind the Royal Oak, Wineham. The Friends were hoping to repeat the successes of their three former country fayres at Shermanbury Place but ‘agricultural activities’ there have seen the field used for car parking ploughed up! Shermanbury Parish Council has held a Fun Day at the Royal Oak over the last few years and for 2014 they have suggested we pool our resources and go for the big one! Obviously Michael and Sharon Bailey, the proprietors of the Royal Oak, are closely involved and we acknowledge their close support and assistance and that of the farmers involved. Many of the events held at the Friends former Country Fayres are being repeated and all will be well advertised nearer the day. Photograph courtesy of Pamela Chaston, We are planning and hoping for some new attractions Henfield Parish Magazine but can assure everyone it will be a great day out for the whole family. MATHS WEEK AT ST. PETER’S The Friends are raising funds to repair the internal The aim of the week was to encourage children to walls to St Giles’ Church and the Parish Council think and talk about numbers and maths, outside of needs funds to repair the chapel and for local charity the maths lesson and classroom, and to make maths organisations in the cemetery in Frylands Lane, Wineham. In the meantime please note the date – Monday accessible and fun! 25 August 2014 from 12 noon until 5pm at the Royal On Monday the children came dressed up as any dig- Oak, Wineham - See you there! All enquiries to Richit they liked. Some of the children shared what they ard Putnam – 01273 493154. knew about their number in morning assembly. The children were given their own number which they decorated, laminated and displayed around the school. This will make a long lasting display and the children will be able to identify their number and others around the school for months to come. Groups of children identified different numbers for different reasons, such as finding factors/multiples or primes. Throughout the week the teacher’s had a maths focus within class. Maths found its way into a range of lessons including literacy, P.E. and music. On Wednesday morning, there was a swap around “maths mash up”! Children mixed within their Key stage to attend other classes to try their hand at different strands of maths. We ended the week on Friday with aMar celebration of the work we did, and11:20 there Laurels 09:Layout 1 13/2/09 was be a maths quiz. Congratulations to Kestrels house – the winners.

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE? Since time immemorial travellers into Henfield from the north enjoyed pastoral scenery from the river to the village itself, including the bluebell wood, which enchanted us all every spring. Now a large chunk of our heritage is gone. How did this happen? In 2011 one of my neighbours found an agent of Jack Dunkley’s Birchfield Nursery removing limbs from the beautiful oak tree on the public verge. He went to the Parish Council to complain and discovered plans for an 11.1 metre (over 4 storey) building on the nursery land. The application (DC/11/1250) stressed that the thick tree belt reduced the environmental impact. The decision was that the building would be permitted,

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because based on the woodland belt; “The proposal would not be obtrusive in the landscape or harmful to the visual quality of the area” and; “The proposed development would make a positive contribution to the local environment and community.” Seemingly tight planning restrictions were imposed, including: “No development, including works of any description, including demolition pursuant to the permission granted, ground clearance, or bringing equipment, machinery or materials onto the site, shall take place until the following preliminaries have been completed…” Last week heavy plant reduced the area surrounding the nursery to mud with just a few trees left standing. These now have numbers painted on and their number may soon be up. Dense and historic hedgerow has been removed and the bluebell woods destroyed. The Enforcement Officer from Horsham District Council explained that he was unable to act because until the development (DC/11/1250) begins the planning conditions do not ‘kick in’. Happily a colleague of his is now reopening the file. The Council’s power to revoke this permission should be used. On 31st January I met Jack Dunckley and a colleague, who demanded to know what we were doing standing on the highway verge. I asked him how a true gardener could have so destroyed the environment, to which his companion replied that they had “tidied up.” Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery has now filed a revised application, DC/14/0132, by which the project has been enlarged and residential use is now applied for. Please go to http://public-access.horsham.gov. uk/public-access/, enter BN59AB and click on ‘Comment’ to voice your opinion. Charles Taylor

HENFIELD ‘CEMETERY CLUB’ DEAD CERTAIN FOR LAUGHS Henfield Theatre Company are producing the brilliant comedy ‘The Cemetery Club’ beginning on Thursday March 13 and running for three nights. The play, by Ivan Menchell, is full of witty lines that will guarantee a good evening’s entertainment. It is about friendships that are sparky with plenty of bickering - but loving and poignant bitter-sweet moments. Hilarious dialogue between beautifully-drawn characters and a really moving comedy. The three main characters are Ida (Angela Reid) a sweet-tempered widow ready to begin a new life, Lucille (Sharona Key-Barry), a feisty widow who just wants to have fun, and Doris (Di Norman), a slightly priggish and judgmental widow. The director is Sheila Nye. The performances are on March 13, 14 and 15 at The Henfield Hall, starting at 7.45pm. Tickets, priced £8 and £10, will be available from Henfield Furnishings, High Street, Henfield (call 01273 490080), from 10am on Monday February 24. The play is sponsored by Bungard & Sons Ltd.

HENFIELD UNATTACHED - A CLUB LIKE NO OTHER Some of other members reckon it’s the best group they’ve ever joined. Why? It has given them new friends at an age (sixty plus) when it can be awkward to do so without joining an ordinary club with its membership fees and commitment. Henfield Unattached is for those who live alone through bereavement,

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MARCH 2014 | News divorce or family breakup. The purpose of the club is for members to get to know one another and do their own thing. Going to the cinema or theatre, playing tennis, shopping at M&S, walking, watching sport, visiting Hove Lagoon followed by superb pastries at the patisserie. Or just having tea or coffee somewhere. There are occasional joint trips on the canal or the Bluebell Line. There’s a regular first Thursday meeting at 11am at the White Hart, Henfield and an enjoyable monthly lunch or dinner at different venues. Do you sometimes tire of your own company? And would like to make new friends, then phone or leave a message: 01273 495820. Better still join us on the first Thursday of the month. Dudley Kent

SPRING FAIR A Spring Fair will be held on Saturday 5 April in aid of ‘The Children of Sumatra’ in the Garden Rooms at Henfield Village Hall, 12 to 4pm and entrance is only 30p. Please come along and support this worthwhile charity which offers life changing opportunities for these children in Indonesia born with cleft lip and palate. Many of these children are orphans and these operations and the after care they receive such as speech therapy and other treatments offers them the chance to build a new life giving them the confidence and selfesteem to face the world and new challenges. A number of local groups have come together to make and donate items for sale. Crafts, books, plants and cakes will be some of the things available to purchase. Why not have a go on the tombola or perhaps take the weight off your feet with a cup of tea and cake. Help us to raise a smile! Go on line to read more about this charity at www.childrenofsumatra.org (registered charity No. 1098761) Pat Spain

CORRECTION Thank you to Martin Hudson who wrote to correct a news item about the tree which came down on Christmas Eve in the village. The tree, as shown in the photo on page 16 of the February issue of BN5 magazine, came down on the grass verge between Manor Way and London Road, not next to the Wantley estate as reported. It did not smash a lamppost but hit the overhead power cables, cutting off electricity supply to number of houses in London Road and Manor Way. Our apologies for not noticing the errors.

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ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH AT NEWTIMBER The church has now completed its long planned renovation and modernization. After 700 years a toilet suitable for the disabled has been built, and a small kitchenette placed in the North transept, which will facilitate our after-service refreshments. The Chancel has been reconfigured to make a larger area suitable for both church and general community and concert activities. It is set three steps above the nave so as well as leading up to the altar it acts as a stage. A handrail has been fitted by the steps. With the improved heating arrangements, completed earlier, we now have a very comfortable building which we hope will be widely used. The church is set in the fields off Church Lane, Newtimber, with a backdrop of Newtimber Hill. The church path is about 100 metres long and is part of a public right of way to Wolstenbury Hill. Walkers call in when they pass by or people come to enjoy our spring flowers which abound in the churchyard, and often record their appreciation of the serenity and beauty of the setting in the visitors book. The Revd. Dr. Caroline Currer and the congregation welcome all to our services, which take place on the second and fifth Sundays in the month at 10am. There will be a concert in the church in March – see the poster. If other people wish to make any other use of the church building, please contact me on 01273 857353, or by email shirleymurrell@btinternet.com. Shirley Murrell, Church Warden

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News | MARCH 2014 DOWNSLINK ACCESS Cyclist’s and walkers frequently use the popular Downs Link trail, however many folk often experience great difficulty accessing the quarter mile stretch just north of Betley Bridge between Henfield and Partridge Green during the winter months. This section is through a farmer’s field and has no hard surface therefore it becomes extremely muddy and is often sodden following a few days of rain. During one period last year it was completely impossible to cycle and passage was only possible for walkers wearing wellingtons due to the ground being waterlogged as far as the river. This issue has been raised with the county rangers and they have advised that it will cost £40k to surface this field to the required standard. Unfortunately this problem is not considered of high enough priority to warrant expenditure of this level, plus any negotiations with the farmer that would be necessary. However more people would be able to use the Downs Link in the winter if this section was hard surfaced. It is an important portion in this excellent off road cycle and walking route that covers the entire distance from Shoreham-by-Sea to Guildford. An improvement in this section of the route would allow local families and children, from both Henfield and Partridge Green, to travel between these villages safely all year round. In addition it could mean potentially less traffic and certainly fewer bicycles on the main roads between these villages and should therefore be given a higher priority. If you are generally in agreement with encouraging this section of the Downs Link to be improved perhaps you could email the Sussex Rangers as follows louise.gandolfi@westsussex.gov.uk and pauline. chandler@westsussex.gov.uk

SWING COMMANDERS RETURN Great evening’ ‘Fabulous’ ‘Outstanding’ Just some of the things that the over 200 people who attended the event said about last years ‘Swing Commanders’ appearance in Henfield. Now you get the chance to join in and experience the groups high energy music and dance style for yourself because, by popular request…they’re back! Jointly organised by the Sussex Weald Branch of the

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Royal British Legion and the Henfield Club (and with the Legion profits going to support the Poppy Appeal) the ‘Swing Commanders’ will be bringing their mix of boogie-woogie, jump jazz, western swing and stand out classics to the Henfield Hall on Friday 28th March from 8pm - 11pm. Tickets (£17 each) are available from Jasmines Florist, High Street, Henfield, the Henfield Club in Cagefoot Lane and from the Cowfold Post Office. Tickets sold out very quickly last year. Best advice: avoid disappointment and get yours as soon as you can. Mike Alderson, Secretary - Sussex Weald Branch, Royal British Legion

THE JAM POT - VINTAGE FAIR We have been braving the crowds and the weather for over a decade now, trawling through crowded car boot sales, competitive auctions and driving the length and breadth of the South of England in search of vintage treasures and antique homewares. Often these treasures have been hidden away in sheds, lofts and sometimes even old barns. The rescue is the first part, then comes hours of rejuvenation, sometimes repair and hours of elbow grease and old fashioned wax! Thats where the idea of ‘The Jam Pot’ began... We have opened stores in Henfield and Hurstpierpoint high streets, offering an eclectic variety of stalls and goods, where we have created a mixture of styles and personalities by offering stall space rental to other local collectors who are equally keen to show off their unique finds and vintage goods. Now is the time to start thinking forward, invigorating the appearance of our homes and garden. We are opening ‘The Jam Pot’ vintage fair on Sat 22nd and sunday 23rd march between 10-4pm,at Jack Dunckleys Birchfield Nursery. There will be a host of bespoke gifts on offer; maybe for Mother’s Day or as a special treat just for you, your friends or your family. These range from beautiful English and French pine furniture to mirrors, paintings, china and glass ware, vintage clothing, shabby chic stalls, antique linen, cushions and garden stock. Please come along and delve through our stunning range of items and support your local shop. There is a cafe on site together with free parking. A warm Jam Pot welcome awaits you. The Jam Pot Team For all enquiries Mary can be contacted on 01273

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POLICE WARNING: COLD CALLERS OFFERING BURGLAR ALARMS Police and Trading Standards in Brighton and Hove are warning residents about cold callers offering cheap burglar alarms. During January police have received reports from concerned local residents about phone cold callers offering alarm or security services. The callers offer the free installation of an alarm box, often claiming that the resident has been selected at random for a free box normally costing thousands of pounds. Sergeant Chris Lane said; “They sometimes claim some kind of affiliation to the police and that they are working with police as a result of issues with police response times. The ‘sales staff’ callers are generally quite pushy and will state that they have a member of staff in the area who will attend shortly and fit the box. Once the ‘free’ box is fitted, residents may then find themselves paying high monthly rates for remote monitoring of the equipment. These callers have no affiliation to the police and our advice is to refuse the services of any cold callers via the telephone or in person. We have received no reports of anyone actually paying any money yet, but any such approaches should be reported to Sussex Police via 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor Trading Standards.” Sussex Police

A BRIGHTER NEW BUDGENS! David and Lynette Knight have recently taken over Budgens in Henfield, in addition to their Hassocks store. Customers will have noticed the shiny new makeover, all ready for new stock lines and a sharper, smarter new store for Henfield. David is a passionate foodie and is pleased to be introducing new product lines from The Real Patisserie Company and Bangers Galore. They’ll be stocking Sussex produce from local suppliers and are looking forward to getting involved in the local community. David and Lynette live in Southwater and have two little girls, which keep them very busy when they’re not running their two stores! Welcome to Henfield David and Lynette, we think the new look Budgens is great and can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us next!

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Henfield’s Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) Diary WORRIED - about a family member, not sure what to do next, need to find out more about dementia and the services available to help. Henfield Practice and Woodlawn Surgery, Partridge Green have provided the charity, Know Dementia, with a room on the first week of every month. CALL IN to find out more. Dates and times below. HOPE - REAL PEOPLE - REAL LIVES

West Sussex Draft Priorities for the Five Year Strategic Dementia Plan We attended the two meetings to input our views about the draft priorities for a plan for adults living with dementia in West Sussex. Currently 13,000 people live in West Sussex with dementia. This is set to grow by 14% by 2017 and by 26% by 2021. The seven priorities are: - Prevention - Recognising there is a problem - Discovering that the condition is dementia - Living well with dementia - Getting the right help at the right time - Nearing the end of life - Research


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teven Edwards, Head Chef at the Camellia Restaurant at South Lodge Hotel, shot to fame at the end of last year when he was crowned winner of MasterChef: The Professionals. Naturally, since winning he has been inundated with media offers and opportunities. So we were delighted that he took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his career, MasterChef, his family and how to make Mother’s Day special.

Both Steven’s parents worked in the hospitality industry: his dad as a waiter and general manager and his mum as a housekeeper. For three years the family lived at Ashdown Park in East Sussex. “I’ve got lovely memories of when we lived there,” said Steven. It’s such a beautiful place and my brother Peter and I used to play hide and seek in the grounds of the park. At the time it was a training venue, not a hotel and when Dad was looking after us we were allowed in the kitchens!” He went on: “The venue would be closed over the Christmas period and so we would have lots of family over for Christmas dinner – I used to love helping my Mum and Dad prepare the food and that was my first taste of catering on a big scale.” Despite this early introduction to hospitality, becoming a chef was not Steven’s first choice of career: “Like most young boys I wanted to be a professional football player, but by the time I got to my early teens, I realised that I was never going to get a call from the talent coach!” By the time he left school, Steven knew what he wanted to do and he enrolled on a modern apprenticeship in catering. After college he worked at a variety of restaurants before joining the South Lodge team in 2008 working under Michelin starred chef Matt Gillan in The Pass restaurant. “I always wanted to focus on fine dining and so coming to work with Matt was brilliant – he really helped me to fine tune my skills,” Steven explained. After working his way up to

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Junior Sous Chef in 2010 Steven also won the Sussex Young Chef of the Year competition, before moving onto the Camellia restaurant and becoming its Head Chef in 2012. It was the Executive Chef at South Lodge, Lewis Hamblet, who suggested that Steven should enter MasterChef: The Professionals. “It sounds arrogant, but I just knew Steven would win it. And after he survived the first round, I was even more convinced,” explained Lewis. “It was a gamble and there was a certain nervousness from the management here as the skills challenge of the competition can throw the best of chefs. If Steven had gone out in the first round then the reputation of the Camellia Restaurant would be on the line.” Steven admitted that he was reluctant to take part in the TV show to begin with for the same reason: “If I had gone out in the first round, I think I would have left South Lodge as I would have felt like I let the team down. I definitely had to be persuaded, but once I made the decision, then I really threw myself into it.” The MasterChef experience has obviously had a massive impact on Steven’s life but he remains remarkably modest and grounded. “I’m not in this for the awards” he explained, “I’m always looking to the customer when I’m creating food and I like to make them happy. Rather than wondering what might be, I’m happy focusing on what is in front of me and going with the flow.” Steven is clearly committed to the team at South Lodge and loves being based in Sussex from a professional point of view: “I love living here as we have the most amazing local produce on our doorstep. Sussex is a great larder - from fresh fish to lamb, venison and beef as well as wine, the range and quality is fantastic.” Steven has two young children with his wife Laura: Scarlett aged three and Kyan who was only a few

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Local interest | MARCH 2014 weeks old when he was filming Master Chef. “That was a really hectic time and I’m not sure how I managed it!” he laughed. At home, Steven confesses to being partial to a bit of marmite on toast: “It’s not all truffles on toast at home! We don’t cook separate meals for the children – we will all eat the same with a smaller portion for Scarlett and a puréed version for Kyan and we always try to sit round the table together.” Unsurprisingly, Steven is passionate about getting children involved in cooking: “I think it’s really important that they know where food comes from. Scarlett already knows that the eggs she eats come from hens and she has picked and tasted strawberries and beetroot from the walled garden here at South Lodge. She loved the strawberries but wasn’t too keen on the beetroot!” Later this month Steven will be helping his daughter Scarlett to help make Mother’s Day special for her mum, Laura. “Unfortunately I will be working on the day itself but Scarlett and I will be giving her breakfast in bed. It’s a great way to treat your mum - even if it’s just a simple cup of tea with toast, you can make it more special by cutting the toast into a heart shape.” Together with head Pastry Chef Peter Howes, Steven

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created a beautiful Mother’s Day pudding for our photo shoot - a sublime beetroot cake with orange sorbet, served with a beetroot gel, poached beetroot, chocolate crumbs, beetroot crisps and chocolate popping candy. “This really is what my cooking is all about.” he said. “Keeping the ingredients simple, but repeating them with different textures.” Steven gave us a simplified version of the recipe to share with our readers (see page 25), so there’s no excuse not to give your mum the MasterChef experience on Mothers Day!

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200g orange juice (freshly squeezed) 80g caster sugar Boil the orange juice and sugar together, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. When the mixture is cool, either, place in an ice-cream maker and churn according to instructions, or alternatively, poor into a strong plastic box and place in the freezer. After 1.5 hours take the mixture out and beat it vigorously until it is slushy. Put it back in the freezer and repeat the process at least twice more every hour and a half and then freeze for at least another hour.

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ussex Prairie garden is taking part in the Chelsea Flower Festival Fringe in 2014 and we are inviting entrants to our Little Paper House on the Prairie Big Gallery in the Garden Art competition.

tion will be on display to the public from 31 May until 8 June during our Chelsea Festival Fringe week. The artwork will be outside accompanying the paper house and prairie garden on wheels which shall be moving around the garden. Although artwork will be laminated, we cannot guarantee that it will not be damaged by the weather whilst it is open to the elements! All artwork can be collected from the garden after 8 June (unfortunately we are unable to return artwork by post). There will be prizes for the best picture submitted in each of the following age groups: 0-5 years; 6-10 years; 11-16 years; and 16-106 years. The winner of each group will win an art set and a Golden Sussex Prairies family season ticket for the 2014 season. The winning entries will also be featured on our website and our blog.

We are inviting artists from the ages of 0 to 106 to submit A4 sized pictures of any type of home from around the world and we would love the readers of BN5 magazine to take part. The homes could be igloos, yurts, tepees, tents, caves, castles, terraced houses, cottages, tree-houses, mansions or any other type of house. The pictures can be painted, Paul and Pauline McBride or drawn with felt-tips, crayons, coloured pencils or whatever medium is preferred. Each design should be clearly marked on the back with the artists name, age, address and contact details and sent to Sussex Prairies (Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield, BN5 9AT) by 30 April 2014. All artwork should be the artists own work. Nature at its finest We will laminate each piece of artwork and they will all become part of the Little Paper House on the PraiBunny Guinness, Sunday Telegraph 2012 rie Big Gallery in the Garden Exhibition. This exhibi-

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We open on 31 May with a Chelsea Fringe week of ‘paper’ events called ‘Little paper house on the prairie’. Our season this year will run until 12 Oct 2014 from 1-5pm and this year we will be closed on a Tuesday. There will be more plants for sale, more cut flowers, more homemade cakes for sale, and a more beautiful big garden to enjoy! We have lots of classes related to the Chelsea Fringe week of paper as well as others throughout the season. Look out for some great events coming up later on including the Incredible Sax Band in July and the Rude Mechanical Theatre Company outdoor theatre in August... See www.sussexprairies.co.uk for more information.

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estled at the foot of the South Downs, artist Pauline Findlay’s studio is a beautiful light-filled space, in the delightful village of Fulking. Looking at this peaceful and organised set–up it’s hard to believe that until last summer Pauline was a full-time assistant head teacher - the calm of her studio is a million miles away from the hubbub of a large secondary school! Pauline has always had a passion for art. Throughout all her years as a teacher and then assistant head-teacher, paper and pencil were never far from her hand.But after a long and successful career in education, Pauline decided that it was time to make some changes in her life. “I decided the timing was right to do something different, something that would allow me to have more time with my daughter and the opportunity to pursue a dream.” That something was glass fusing. Pauline’s background in art was very much 3d ceramics,painting and drawing. However once introduced to glass fusing she hasn’t looked back. “I was hooked straight away” laughs Pauline. “There was just something about the process that just clicked with me.” Glass fusing is a technique to join glass pieces together by melting the glass at very high temperatures in an electric kiln. Instead of fitting glass together using a lead solder, two or more pieces are laid on top of each other and are fired at temperatures ranging from 600 - 925 degrees C.

From bespoke pieces of wall art such as recent commissions for a new hotel and penthouse apartments, to smaller decorative pieces, all Pauline’s pieces have a sense of energy and vibrancy about them and nature is a strong inspiration. The medium of glass lends itself particularly well to water-inspired pieces and waves and water have a strong influence on her work: from splashes of cool water to rolling waves, Pauline takes her inspiration from the beaches of both Sussex and Cornwall. As well as the sea, she also has a range of pieces inspired by the rolling South Downs and the distinctive grasses and flowers of the Sussex Prairie Garden. Pauline’s pieces make perfect little unique gifts to mark those special occasions in life – weddings, anniversaries, the birth of a child and birthdays. And if you can’t find something that’s just right, she will happily work with you to create something bespoke. As well as selling her art Pauline’s workshops are proving to be a great success. No experience is necessary, just some enthusiasm and a willingness to have a go!

You can view some of Pauline’s work online at www.studioshards. co.uk and at the Fig Tree restaurant in Hurstpierpoint. She will also be exhibiting at the Sussex Prairie Garden during the summer and in the Gloobaah House on the Dyke Trail as part of the Brighton Festival. To commission a piece of glasswork, book a workshop or buy a gift voucher, contact Pauline on 07976 405278 or pauline@studioshards.co.uk. She is also contactable on facebook and can also be followed on twitter.


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“HTC - A stage further” OUR NEXT PRODUCTIONS THE CEMETERY CLUB by Ivan Menchell Directed by Sheila Nye, this brilliant comedy is full of really witty lines that will certainly give audiences a thoroughly good evening’s entertainment. The play is about three Jewish women coping with widowhood in New York, and features friendships that are sparky, bickering, but loving; there are also some poignant, bitter-sweet moments. These contrast with the clever, hilarious dialogue and the beautifully-drawn characters. Performances are from 13 to 15 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 24 February. Sponsored by Bungard & Sons Ltd (01273 820018).

STEPPING OUT by Richard Harris This play, directed by Ann Atkins, is about nine ladies and one man, who come together in a dingy local church hall one evening a week to Mavis’s dance class for absolute beginners. Each has their own reasons for getting away from their ordinary and sometimes stressful lives. In fact it is not only a dance class, but also a therapy. Then Mavis announces the news that they are entered into a dance competition... Performances are from 14 to 17 May 2014 at The Henfield Hall. Sponsored by The White Hart (01273 492006).

NODA AWARD Henfield Theatre Company has recently been awarded the National Operatic & Drama Association (NODA) Regional Award of Drama Excellence for the October 2012 production of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, which was directed by Paul Woodcock.

FOLLOWED BY... TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare Directed by Rosemary Nice, this not to be missed Shakespearean comedy will be performed in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Red Oaks Garden from 30 July to 2 August. TERRA NOVA by Ted Tally Terra Nova, meaning ‘new land’, is the name of the whaling ship on which Captain Robert Scott embarked on the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1911-12. This play, directed by Trevor Hodgson, is drawn from original journals and letters and captures the intensity of pride, resolve, bravery and suffering. Performances are from 16 to 18 October at The Henfield Hall.

ABOUT US Henfield Theatre Company has a membership of approximately 200 and we warmly welcome new members to take part on stage in shows and plays, or work backstage in roles such as set design, set building, props, lighting and sound, stage-hand, costumes, make-up, prompt, publicity and front of house. Members receive five email newsletters a year, a first release advance booking opportunity for all productions and invitations to special events. These include ‘welcome evenings’ to introduce new members and ‘launch evenings’ to promote forthcoming productions. Or would you prefer a less active role? We offer a Patron’s Scheme; for a minimum annual donation of £60 Patrons receive a complimentary non-transferable higher priced ticket for each of our four main annual productions, invitations to our special events, a copy of our newsletters and a vote at our AGM. For Patrons’ information please contact Patrick Field, Patrons’ Officer, tel: 01403 711897 or Mack and Mabel email: patrick@cornerhouse2.fsnet.co.uk.

RECENT PRODUCTIONS March 2012 May 2012 July 2012 October 2012 January 2013 March 2013 May 2013 October 2013 January 2014

Hay Fever Acorn Antiques The Importance of Being Earnest The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Oliver! Calendar Girls Mack & Mabel The Woman in White Aladdin

How about sponsorship? Henfield Theatre Company welcomes offers of sponsorship for any of our productions. Sponsors are acknowledged in all publicity material and have the use of the back page of the programme to advertise their services. During the production sponsors may promote their business in the foyer and receive two complimentary tickets for the performance of their choice. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact Peter Bates, tel: 01273 493172 or email: peter@bateshouse.freeserve.co.uk.

WHY NOT JOIN US? For more membership information, please contact our membership secretary, Scilla de Moraes, tel: 01273 494171, or via our website at www.henfieldtheatrecompany.com.

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s many readers will know, Mayfield development company would like to get planning permission to build what it chooses to call a new ‘market town’ for 25,000 people here in the heart of the Low Weald countryside between Henfield and Sayers Common. The proposed development would be centred on Wineham and would straddle Horsham and MidSussex planning districts.

Mayfields’ scheme would involve building a new town nearly as big as Haywards Heath and concreting over 1,200 acres of precious farmland and countryside that is remote from any existing transport, utility, services or communication infrastructure. The project would absorb the villages of Twineham, Wineham and Albourne. Oh, and it would be in the middle of a flood plain. The company has been very actively touting its development proposals to all and sundry. It seeks to beguile us with the supposed virtues of its market town scheme. But it is mis-selling castles in the sand. Its case crumbles to nothing on closer examination of the facts. Mayfield claims that both Horsham and Mid-Sussex face a housing shortage crisis that only the Mayfields scheme can solve. Not so. Both Councils are at an advanced stage of developing their long term strategic plans for their districts, in the course of which they have had to undertake an objective assessment of their Districts’ future housing needs and capacity will be until 2031. The simple fact is that neither Council has identified a 10,000 home market town as being required to meet their future housing targets, and both have rejected the Mayfields concept. Mayfield’s scheme is not needed. The soundness of the Councils’ Plans will have to undergo public examinations before Governmentappointed Planning Inspectors before they can be adopted. Mayfield (along with other developers) will be trying to undermine the Council’s evidence of housing need: being a developer, Mayfield wants to see nearly twice as many houses built as our elected

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councils think necessary. Their case depends on the success of their self-serving argument. Mayfield’s tactics have been described by local MPs Nick Herbert and Nicholas Soames as “unacceptably undermining the District Councils in the discharge of their legal responsibility to determine the correct level of housing for their areas”. Nor is there any truth in the rumour that Brighton and Hove Council is secretly backing the Mayfields scheme as a solution to its own housing challenges. The Council leader is on record as confirming that his Council “is not supporting directly or indirectly the ‘Mayfield Market Towns’ proposals”. Lee Newlyn, one of Mayfield’s directors, is on record as explaining that Mayfield’s intention is to build a “new settlement meeting the growth from Brighton, and the growth from Gatwick and Crawley as well. Those are the two areas where growth is being offered out to the rural districts for meeting it.” To rub it in: “We offer the opportunity clearly for 8,000 dwellings that can’t be met in Brighton and the extra growth that can’t be met in Lewes, to be met just over the border here”. So Mayfield’s stated objective is not that their town should accommodate existing local needs in and around Horsham, but rather that Horsham and MidSussex should become overspill dormitory districts, whilst they cross their fingers that Brighton and Lewes-based businesses will move up to their new town. Mayfield also claim that their market town would help to resolve the problem of the spiraling cost of buying a home. This is nonsense. Like any developer Mayfield is in it for the profit and would doubtless be looking to sell its new homes for as much as it could persuade people to pay. A recent independent survey by Lloyds Bank shows that on average, homes in market towns are 11% more expensive than elsewhere, and that nine out of the 10 most expensive market towns are here in southern England. So much for Mayfield’s scheme helping to reduce house prices - you would pay more to live there! Not only would you pay more

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MARCH 2014 | Countryside for your home there, but Mayfield’s idea is that you would also be expected to pay an annual management charge to have the estate managed for you and the way you chose to live there regulated by the managers. Supposing that even more houses were needed than our planning authorities believe, would a new town in the middle of the Low Weald countryside next to Henfield be the right answer? Mayfield inevitably claims that the location is sustainable, that the building 10,000 homes and associated services there will miraculously “contribute to the enjoyment of the countryside that we all cherish” and will create zero carbon. These are ludicrous claims. Detailing all the many reasons why this rural location is unsustainable would require an article of its own. There is no road or rail links, or any other infrastructure. How are 25,000 new people supposed to get about to work or to amuse themselves? Mayfield talks airily of bussing people from a giant ‘park and ride’ area at Hickstead (yet more concrete) to Burgess Hill, Brighton and London. But who thinks that Burgess Hill Station, and the London to Brighton line, can cope with such an additional influx? And clearly no one at Mayfield has a clue just how long it would take to drive by coach from Sayers Common to London! There is also the inconvenient fact that the proposed new town would straddle the tidal upper reaches of the river Adur. The land is all low-lying and it floods regularly throughout the year. Are we really going to allow a huge new development that will be exposed to major flooding risk after the country’s recent experience? Then there is the matter of the loss of so much open countryside, its wildlife and biodiversity. We, our children and the creatures we share this patch of Earth with all have a right to a natural environment. Look northwards today from the top of Devils Dyke and you see Weald stretching out open before you, with Horsham barely visible in the distance. Do we really want to replace that with townscapes all the way from Mayfield New Town northwards through Horsham, Crawley and London’s suburbs beyond? Where will our green and pleasant land be then? Mayfield claims that fewer than 100 homes would be directly affected by its scheme, as though it will have little impact on peoples’ lives. This is rubbish. I don’t know what is meant by “directly affected”: knocked down perhaps? Everyone living or working between Henfield and Hurstpierpoint will be directly affected. Local residents are already finding that the prospect of their selling their homes is blighted by the existence of Mayfield’s unwelcome scheme. Investment will be sucked out of the surrounding area: what will happen to the shops in Henfield if a new supermarket or shopping centre is opened as part of the new town? And we will all lose a large swathe of natural countryside that we all owe as a legacy to our children and grandchildren, not to mention the wildlife and flora to which it is home. The Mayfield scheme is facing unprecedented opposition from within the local community and local parish

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councils (including Henfield) as well as the areas’ two MPs and District Councils. Residents working alongside CPRE have established a really impressive action group: Locals against Mayfields Business Sprawl (LAMBS – www.lambs.org.uk), which has been very successful in galvanizing awareness of the implications of Mayfields’ scheme, and which ultimately expects to show that Mayfield has bitten off more than it can chew. If the Government’s localism agenda is to have any substance, it cannot mean overriding such united opposition. As local MP Nick Herbert has succinctly put it: “It seems to be one barmy idea after another at the moment, driven by the Government’s demand for 74,600 houses in West Sussex over the next 20 years. Quite apart from the loss of beautiful countryside, we simply do not have the infrastructure to support development on this scale. A new town in rural West Sussex is completely the wrong way to deal with the need to provide affordable housing in our villages, which should be done through local decision-making and at a realistic level”. Within Horsham District, Mayfield has been stoking up opposition to the District Council’s plan to concentrate future development to the north of the town by circulating leaflets expounding the merits of its new town scheme. Mayfield doesn’t in any case appear to intend that their new town will meet the needs of Horsham residents. Instead its plan envisages that, if Government approval were to be given for a second runway at Gatwick, the new town at Wineham would be a suitable location to house the additional expected workforce round Crawley (despite it being 20 miles away), as well as an overspill of people from Brighton and Lewes. Whilst local concern at what some are calling the risk of creating a new ‘Crawsham’ is understandable, noone should be afraid of being called a NIMBY. Every development is in someone’s back yard and it would not be logical to adopt an ‘anywhere but here is better’ approach. Horsham’s flawed plan already proposes an unrealistic level of new home building; but Mayfield’s idea would involve even more houses and in a totally unsustainable location. Mayfield has impressively regenerated old industrial sites behind Kings Cross and in central Birmingham. But the Low Weald is golden countryside which does not require regeneration via a misconceived scheme that is not needed, not sustainable and not wanted. Mayfield should go and build its sandcastles on firmer ground elsewhere.

Michael Brown, Trustee, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sussex Branch, www.cpresussex.org.uk

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ou have booked your holiday, done your research on trip advisor, Googled the ‘must see’ spots of your destination and found your passport at the back of the kitchen drawer! It’s an exciting time, but have you thought about you or your family’s health and how to stay healthy whilst you travel? This is a very important part of planning to travel. Even if you are a seasoned traveller you should be making an appointment at your surgery least six to eight weeks before travelling, just to make sure that you’ll remain healthy abroad. For your trip you may require vaccinations or boosters which often require more than one appointment and may need to be scheduled over a number of days or months. The nurses at Henfield Medical Centre can help you with this essential part of your holiday preparation. We offer a health assessment of around 20 to 30 minutes for our registered patients where we will discuss healthcare needs for your trip. Before coming, complete the online holiday assessment which can be found on our website (henfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk) or pop into the surgery and pick a form up and bring it along to the appointment with you. The nurse will check your previous vaccinations and recommend the immunisations that you may need along with other health needs (for example, anti-malarial treatment), for your travels. We can also give you important travel web sites and information about the areas you are journeying to. Many injections are free on the NHS, however there are charges for certain vaccinations which are not available on the NHS. Please see our web site or form at the surgery for more information about fees. The important thing to remember is to visit us in good time. For example, the course of Hepatitis-B vaccinations can take a minimum of one month and up to six months to administer. So for safe and healthy trip, complete a holiday assessment form and book your appointment with the nurse in plenty of time before you travel… then you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

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• We Specialise In Custom Made Curtains & Upholstery

• All Types Of Blinds Including Roller, Roman, Venetian & Vertical

Items For Sale Include Fabrics, Wallpapers, Linings, Tracks And Poles • Our Own Fitting Service Available; Free Estimates • Locally Established Business With 25 Years Experience

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We Mend Washing Machines  All Makes of Washing Machines  No Call Out Charge  Same Day Service  Manufacturer Trained  All Work Guaranteed

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Burt Electrical

Henfield 07761 899441 burtelectrical@aol.com



• Boiler installation, service & repair specialist • Landlord Safety Certificates issued, gas cookers & fires installed & serviced • All aspects of plumbing work undertaken

Family-run business

based in Henfield, West Sussex


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Servicing & repairs For all makes & models - cars & commercial Engine management diagnostics MOT & welding repairs Local collection & delivery

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• Domestic Plumbing & Heating • Bathroom / Wet Room Design & Installation • Wall & Floor Tiling - Natural Stone Specialist • Part P Electrical Installation

Office: 01273 649359 Mobile: 07958 958013 www.theplumbingandtilingcompany.com


Local Plasterer

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Call Paul on: 07926 196110

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FOR A FREE ESTIMATE TEL & FAX: HENFIELD (01273) 492918 24 Hour Answerphone


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MARK ATKINSON Interior & Exterior Decorating Wallpaper Specialist

30 Years Experience Henfield (01273) 494044 Mobile 07792 450878 markadecorating@hotmail.co.uk


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Wooden Gates Made To Order

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• Surveys, Planning & Design • Residential projects - large and small • Development of Design brief • Planning Applications & liaison with planning authorities • Building Regulations Applications • Listed Building Applications • Preparation of Tenders • Advice on choice of Contractor • Site supervision • Guidance on Interior Design • Friendly, helpful advice See website for full details Tel/Fax: (01273) 494779 Email: roger@rogerminost.co.uk Web: www.rogerminost.co.uk

Chates Studio, Stonepit Lane, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9QT


hard & soft landscaping

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MARCH 2014 | Finance

Happy 5th Anniversary


his month marks an anniversary that will be celebrated by some and cursed by others – five years of the Bank of England’s official base rate being 0.5%. Three months into the year the consensus seems to be that rates will remain unchanged for the rest of 2014, with the rate possibly rising in early 2015. For savers this has meant five years of below-inflation returns where they have seen the spending power of their money eroded considerably. Accounts paying interest above the rate of inflation are almost nonexistent, certainly without tying your money up for many years. In most cases borrowers ‘have never had it so good’. Those on long term tracker mortgages have benefited hugely and even those who are on the lender’s Standard Variable Rate (SVR) have usually done quite well, whilst those with enough equity in their property can get fixed rates for less than 4%. Unsecured borrowing like personal loans, which has traditionally been far more expensive, can be obtained with a rate of less than 6% if you’ve got a reasonable credit history. Add to this the fact that inflation erodes the real value of debt as well as savings means borrowers have done very well out of the situation. The majority of investors have also had a good time with the FTSE 100 up around 80% over the same period and the less volatile average ‘mixed’ fund up over 45%. The problem with such a long periods of ‘stability’ is that people get into the habit of thinking it will continue forever. Many borrowers have got used to low interest payments, increased their spending and may now struggle if rates were to rise even a little. After

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a long period of positive returns investors often forget that ‘investment can fall as well as rise’. All this can lead to complacency setting in and investors, savers, borrowers and even in some instances their advisers, taking their eyes of the ball. Even if the official interest rate hasn’t changed the financial world is a very different place to what it was five years ago and the need for continual reviews r e mains.

Richard Cohen, F P F S , 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 10903 821010. www.nsure.co.uk

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Business | MARCH 2014

End of Year Tax Planning


Income Tax • As transfers of assets between spouses/civil partners are not chargeable to CGT, consider transferring income-producing assets to a spouse/civil partner paying tax at a lower rate. You will then be able to utilise two Personal Allowances (of £9,440 for 2013/14), and two basic rate bands (up to £32,010 of the remaining income). • For those aged over 65, one way of best using the age allowances is by sharing income producing assets to keep adjusted individual income to below £26,100 as this ensures that the maximum age allowance is given. • Income producing assets can also be given to children over 18 to utilise their Personal Allowance and lower tax rates if the gift is being made by their parents. Parental gifts to children under 18 may though result in the parents being subject to tax on the income arising. • For business owners, you could consider paying a spouse/civil partner, provided this can be justified in the context of your business, instead of drawing additional salary, to ensure that income stays below £41,450, £100,000, or £150,000 to avoid the higher Income Tax rates or potentially losing your Personal Allowance. • Gift Aid could also be considered for reducing your net adjusted income. • Consider the transfer of assets from other relatives to use minor children’s Personal Allowances and basic rate band. This approach may be appropriate as part of planning to pay school fees. Investments • Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) – up to £1,000,000 can be invested in 2013/14 Tax Year with 30% Income Tax relief being given on the amount invested (as well as unlimited CGT deferral relief). The full allowance of EIS relief in the year could equate to a £300,000 reduction in your Income Tax bill. • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

– up to £100,000 can be invested in 2013/14. The relief provides a 50% income tax credit and exemption from capital gains up to 50% of the amount invested. This equates to 64% tax relief on gains for 2013/14. Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) – up to £200,000 can be invested in 2013/14 Tax Year and 30% IncomeTax relief received with future dividends exempt from Income Tax. Stocks and Shares ISAs are available to anyone over 18 up to a maximum investment of £11,520 each year (or £5,760 if the full cash ISA allowance is being utilised). You cannot carry forward any unused ISA allowance, so use it or lose it! • Offshore investment bonds can be useful for providing tax deferred income or growth for individuals who will be moving down through the tax bands in future years, e.g. gearing up for retirement, planning to or currently living abroad. Pensions • The Annual Allowance of £50,000 is being reduced to £40,000 on 6 April. • You can carry forward any unused Annual Allowance from the previous three Tax Years to potentially contribute up to £200,000 carrying £90,000 tax relief. Your 2010/2011 carry forward allowance will be lost come 6 April. • The Lifetime Allowance is being reduced again. If you have cumulative pension funds (final salary and/or defined contribution) approaching or in excess of £1.25 million then planning is needed now, in order to avoid the potential 55% tax charge. • Salary sacrifice can reduce National Insurance contributions and reduce the rate of tax paid on other assets and income. • The maximum rate at which you can withdraw your pension has increased. This may present planning opportunities for those in or approaching retirement. • Children and spouses have their own £3,600 p.a. pension contribution allowance with automatic 20% tax relief, so pensions can be set up even if they do not have any income. Estate Planning • Each year, every individual has a £3,000 exemption for Inheritance Tax (IHT). This means that £3,000 of assets can be transferred outside of a married/civil partnership without lifetime IHT implications. Any unused exemption from the prior year may also be brought forward and used this year. • Gifts as part of your normal expenditure (i.e. made regularly out of income not needed to fund your ‘normal’ lifestyle) are exempt from an

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n my February article, I highlighted various Capital Gains Tax (CGT) planning ideas. As we approach the end of the Tax Year, other areas • of tax planning should be considered - some of which may need to be implemented before 5 April. Some suggestions may • seem like simple housekeeping exercises, however their importance should not be overlooked.

MARCH 2014 | Business IHT charge. A pattern of making these payments should be established and documented. • Consider restructuring your investment portfolio in a more tax efficient manner for the purposes of IHT, as certain types of investments are exempt from IHT after two years. • It is important to ensure that your wills are up to date and remain tax efficient. If you hold assets abroad, a separate will in these territories should be considered to avoid any contentious disputes over your estate in the future. These suggestions are for information only and should not be treated as personalised financial advice. All possible care has been taken to ensure its accuracy and is based upon our understanding of current HMRC practice. You should seek professional tax and investment advice before any planning is put into action. Please note the value of investments may fall as well as rise. You may not get back what you invest and in the case of EIS and VCT investments, it is possible that you could lose all of your investment. Tax savings should be considered in light of wider financial planning objectives and some planning opportunities require the acceptance of higher investment risk levels than you may wish to accept.

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

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Index of advertisers | MARCH 2014 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

A&B Matters 04 The Accountancy Practice 49 Kingston Smith LLP 65 R J Dewdney 63


Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels




Adlam and Beadle Henfield Homes & Property Maintenance Nigel Parsons Optimal Property Maintenance Willow Construction

32 57 56 59 54


Cherish Care 38 Know Dementia 20 Red Oaks Care Home 52 Upper Mead 61


B&I Carpets 56 Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran 60 Henfield Flooring 15 Selectacarpet 48

CATERING & FARM SHOPS Kaylee’s Cakery Rushfields Farm Shop Springs Smoked Salmon taste...deli


Sussex Oven Cleaning


24 03 24 16 57

Henfield Helpline 51 PC Doctor 44


The Conservatory Co. The Countryman Home Improvements

48 47

The Mallards




Amanda Wilde 17 Canine Adventures 42 The Grooming Shed 19


BHW Glass 58 N. Constantine Repairs 58


Burt Electrical 57 Jeremy Crawley Electrician 58 Paul Barnard 58 Paul McDermott 55


Premier Fencing




Braziers Autos Coles Automotive Mile Oak Servicing Setyres

62 65 66 43 57 68


Beechcroft Landscapes 60 Gardener Tom 50 Hamfelds 50 Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nursery 13 JD Mowing 46 Martin Standing 50 The Green Reaper 55 Rooted 60 Rushfields 02 S. Goodridge 50 Wilkinson Cox Garden Design 55


ACT Pest Control Mr Mole (Gogga Pest Control)

49 50

Gareth’s Emporium 18 The Jam Pot Vintage Fair 12 Katherine Lawrie 33 Lorimer Photography 33 The Shoreham Gallery 33 Steyning Bookshop 33 Stokes Newsagents 10 Studio Shards 31 Sussex Prairies 30

King and Stevens




B Muzeen Groundworks





Hair and Co 39 Hyatt’s Hair 29 Louisa Jayne Partridge Green 41 Natasha 10 Pinks Hairdressing 41


Optimal Property Services Henfield Homes and Property Maintenance


59 57

Hamfelds 50

HEALTH & COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH Emotional Freedom Techniques Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Physiotherapy Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic Kristina Banner Massage Sussex Osteopath & CHC Tai Chi & Qui Gong


38 40 38 40 44 53 44

Oven Heaven 49


Ladies who Decorate 50 Mark Atkinson 59 Mick Patching 55 Trim Decorating 48



Adrian Over 58


A. Stenning 59 Aspect Plumbing & Heating 59 Aquatec 56 CJ Plumbing 48 Colin Sansom 58 MC Services 57 The Plumbing and Tiling Company 58 PST Plumbing 60


The Cat and Canary 04 The Plough 11 The Shepherd and Dog 14 The White Hart 06



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

26 26 41 28



Amanda Shaw 47 Griffith Smith Farrington Webb 65


Contain Yourself Storage



MXT Swim


Swanage Holiday Lets




Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Service

38 51

56 18

Aerials and More Bowers and Wilkins

49 60

The Plumbing and Tiling Company



INTERIORS, FURNITURE & CURTAINS Barbara Ritchie Gareth’s Emporium


Adlam and Beadle


The Community Church The Henfield Club The Henfield Hall Henfield Theatre Company St Barnabas House


32 21 27 51 34, 35 44

Beacon Lettings


Lucy Locksmith



Henfield Eye Care


BRAZIERS eld Garage Henfi



The Green Reaper 55 Jonathan Carter Trees 55 Southern Beeches 54 The Tree Works 54



We Mend Washing Machines


Slimming World



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Delivering Better Dentistry

We will give you something to smile about

enquiries@mallardsdental.co.uk 01273 495966

At the Mallards we cater for all your dental needs including:

• Routine dental care for the whole family Before

• Dental hygienists • Implants

• Tooth whitening

• Snoring & sleep apnea devices After

• Cosmetic treatments • Smile makeovers

• Orthodontics for front teeth

Fabulous Orthodontic results with Inman Aligners

• Same day crowns & bridges with Cerec technology

The beauty of CEREC technology is that the procedure can be completed in just one surgery visit.


CEREC technology is an advanced system for the construction of all ceramic dental procedures including crowns, fillings, inlays, front crowns and veneers.


Please ask at the surgery for more information about Denplan.

Easy on-site parking with wheelchair access.

Peter Apostolopoulos D.D.S & Associates

Please feel free to pop in to discuss your dental


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