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MAY 2013 | Contents
07 What’s on listings
from the BN5 area
26 Local interest 26
Question Time with Nick Herbert
31 Local interest Mack and Mabel
51 Pet care
Shoreham Dogs Trust
53 Local interest John and Sue WIllis
from Nsure Financial
with Paul Samrah
Our May cover shows some of the St Peter’s School Year 6 pupils who recently grilled Mr Nick Herbert, our elected member of Parliament, on pressing subjects both local and national. We approached Nick some time ago asking if we could interview him for BN5, then came up with the cunning plan of inviting some of our younger residents to do the work for us! This was twofold in its benefits - they were able to put Nick on the spot with some very pressing questions while still looking charming as if butter wouldn’t melt, while we sat back and drank some coffee... The results are on page 26. Huge thanks to Nick and the very lovely Michelle Taylor for being so helpful in the process. (More than once we sighed and marvelled at her ability to juggle Nick’s diary with such aplomb.) I am guessing that I join every parent in Henfield when I say, stating the obvious, how incredibly lucky we are to have such brilliant teachers at St. Peter’s. If Lydia, Gertie, Tom, Jansen and Dominic are representative of the children being sent off to secondary school then you are doing a very fine job. Mrs Lee we applaud you. Have a fantastic month, I am really not wanting to tempt fate here, but does it feel as if spring is FINALLY on the way?! Best wishes
Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Richard Cohen and Liz Marks Cover image of St Peter’s year 6 pupils with Nick Herbert by Emma Osman. Graphics 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.
Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the June issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 3 May, very strictly this month! For editorial submissions email Emma Osman email@example.com or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.
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MAY 2013 | What’s on
Wednesday 1 May
car park, Cripplegate Lane. Call Pat on 01403 240654.
Shoreham Gallery, 10.30am1.30pm (& 8th, 15th & 22nd)
Henfield Hall, 7.30pm
New Jazz, Blues and Swing choir. All ages and abilities welcome. All music learned by ear. Cost £4 per session (inc. tea/biscuits). To book contact Jennie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 494300.
Beaded Jewellery Making
Henfield Camera Club
£25pp. Call Lesley on 01273 595253 Members Choice. A practical evening or 07970 838194 or see www.shore- on a subject or subjects requested by the membership. hamgallery.co.uk/workshops.html
Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& every Weds)
Steyning Grammar School, Beginners course - a run/walk pro- Church Street, 9am-12pm gramme building up to a distance of 3-4 miles. Open to all. Email email@example.com or just turn up. Also main meeting running both on and off road. See www.henfieldjoggers.co.uk
Plants and lovely garden things for sale. Proceeds to Steyning Grammar School. Organised by Friends of Steyning Grammar School (FoSGS). Call Vanessa on 07973 623893.
George Hotel, Henfield High Street (& every 1st Weds)
Shipley Church, 7.30pm
Henfield Lions Club
Shipley Arts Festival – John Rutter CBE
Tickets are available from 01403 750220 Meet to discuss fundraising activities, or www.thecapitolhorsham.com consider requests for assistance and organise social events. Call David Pryor on 01273 494442.
Introduction to Silk Painting
Beginner’s Yoga Class Partridge Green Methodist Church Hall, 12-1pm
Catholic Church Hall, 1.303.30pm
Henfield FC Youth Football Tournament Kings Field (& Sunday 12th)
Under 7s through to Under 16s. Please come along and watch and cheer on our Henfield teams!
Absolution Saxophone Quartet Steyning Centre, 7.30pm
Award-winning young ensemble formed at the Royal Northern College of Music. Programme: Dvorak, Piazzolla, Desenclos, Dubois, Whitlock & Gershwin.
Shoreham Gallery, 10am-3pm, (& Casual fee £8, concessions for block classes. Contact Kristina Banner for Fulking Village Hall, 11am-3pm 9th, 16th & 23rd) details on 07796345679 or kristina. £40pp. Call Lesley on 01273 595253 firstname.lastname@example.org. or 07970 838194 or see www.shoreStained Glass workshops hamgallery.co.uk/workshops.html
Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs)
Shoreham Gallery, 7-9pm (& every Mon)
Seedlings and garden plants for sale as well as tea, coffee and cakes. The newly decorated and refurbished hall is available for hire for parties and other events. email@example.com
Class also runs on Tuesday mornings from 10.30am-12.30pm. £20pp. HDC Health Walk Free fun with music for pre-schoolers. Call Jose on 07890477306 or 01273 Shermanbury, 10am 455411 for more details or see www. Henfield Unattached 6 miles, no dogs. Meet at The Bull Inn, shorehamgallery.co.uk/workshops White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Thurs) Mockbridge (TQ 211181, BN5 9AD). Call Mike on 01403 242564. A meeting point for those who are now alone, and need to get out and Chatterbox widen their horizons. There’s no fuss, no joining fee, no subscription. Call Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am Henfield History Group 01273 495820 or just drop in. (& every Tues inc half term) Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every Come and have fun! Still £1.50 which Thursday Circle 2nd Tues) includes all refreshments. Free Church Hall, 2.30pm ‘Finding your forebears: getting started with family history research’ by On this occasion one of our members Action for Deafness John and Jeanette Simpson. Everywill be our Speaker. Brenda has a fund Henfield Hall, 2pm of stories and we look forward to her Hearing aid maintenance clinic and one welcome. Admission £3 for nontalk. Refreshments as always provided. information, advice and support on all members and members by subscription. 01273 492754. Unsquashable – Henfield aspects of hearing loss.
Drop-in and play session only £3.
St Peter’s Church, 10.3011.30am (& every 2nd Thurs)
Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm (& every Thurs)
HDC Health Walk Southwater, 11am
Woodmancote Parish Council Meeting
Parish Hall, Woodmancote, 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues)
Email woodmancoteparishcouncil@ Join us in St Peters Church for fresh gmail.com for more information. coffee and homemade cakes.
HDC Health Walk
White Hart, 8.30pm (& 28th)
2½ miles level, no stiles, suitable for Ashurst, 10.30am Entry £2 a head, in aid of HART. Teams new walkers. Meet in Country Park 4 miles, no dogs. Fountain Inn on B2135. 01403 263661.
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MAY 2013 | Whatâ€™s on up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call 01273 492006 to reserve a table.
Woodmancote and Henfield WI Lunch and Resolutions Meeting
Performance of La Traviata sung in EnglishTickets are ÂŁ14 (ÂŁ12 concessions) for reserved seats, and ÂŁ12 Shoreham Dogs Trust (ÂŁ10 concessions) for non-reserved seats. Please call the box office on Family Open Day 01273 543709 (office hours). Shoreham, 11.30-4pm For more information see news item, call 01273 452576 or visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming/searchcenChanctonbury Mobile tres/shoreham Recycling Event
Wednesday 15 Henfield Hall, 2.15pm
After the lunch and Resolutions Meeting, a talk on International Missing Persons will be given by Greta Colman. There will be a â€˜Flower of the Monthâ€™ competition, a â€˜bring and buyâ€™ and produce stall. 01273 492419.
Garden & Local Produce Fair Billingshurst, 10.30am-3.30pm
St Peterâ€™s Church, Henfield, 7.30pm
Library Car Park, 10am-3pm
Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 12.30-2pm
Bring your old, broken or unwanted electricals for recycling. For information call 01243 642106.
Free Church Hall, 10am-12pm
Christian Aid Week â€“ lunch Corpus Christi Church Hall, Tanyard 12-2pm
Organized by the Convent Sisters.
Henfield Camera Club Henfield Hall, 7.30pm
Arthritis Research UK Henfield Branch
Ploughmanâ€™s Lunch - ÂŁ6 - pay at door. Please come with your family and friends to support your local Branch in raising funds for research into this debilitating condition.
Adur Theatre Company
The Shoreham Centre, 7.30pm (& until 1 June)
Catholic Church Hall, 1.30-3.30pm Four one-act plays â€“ see news item
New Jazz, Blues and Swing choir. All for more information. Tickets ÂŁ10 are ages and abilities welcome. All music available from www.adurtheatre.co.uk learned by ear. Cost ÂŁ4 per session or the Shoreham Centre. (inc. tea/biscuits). To book contact Jennie at firstname.lastname@example.org HDC Health Walk or call 01273 494300.
Annual General Meeting. Tonight we discuss the events of the preceding Steyning Art Trail season and elect the committee for Various locations, 11am-4pm (& the forthcoming season.
In aid of St Catherines Hospice New Horizons appeal. Admission ÂŁ4. Tick- HDC Health Walk ets can be purchased by telephoning 01293 447367 or visit www.stch.org. Steyning, 11am uk/newhorizons for more information. 2 miles stroll. Meet at Steyning Health Centre. Call Linda on 01903 816865 Christian Aid Week â€“ or Lyn on 369752.
Creationâ€™. Tickets: ÂŁ15, concessions ÂŁ12, students & under 16â€™s ÂŁ5 from 01444 412579, www.sussexchorus. org or www.brightonfringe.org
26th & 27th)
2 Â˝ miles level, no stiles, suitable for new walkers. Meet in Country Park car park, Cripplegate Lane. Call Pat on 01403 240654.
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MAY 2013 | News HFC Youth Tournament Henfield Football Club attained FA Charter status a few years back and with over 200 youth players and 9 squads at youth level, the Club continues to grow. It is a big part of local childrenâ€™s, parentsâ€™ and grandparentsâ€™ lives on match days! For the first time in many years, Henfield FC are hosting a Youth Football Tournament on The Kings Field. The tournament, for Under 7s through to Under 16s, has attracted entries from across Sussex and beyond â€“ and is being held over the week-end of Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May. The â€˜house fullâ€™ signs went up in less than six weeks, we have been amazed at the response â€“ which I am sure is due in no small part to the excellent relationships we have with other Clubs. We have 105 squads entered and many families will be attending. The tournament is run on a group basis, culminating in the finals at the end of each session (around midday and 4pm) on both days. We kick off on Saturday morning with the Under 7s, 8s & 10s; followed by the Under 9s, 11s & 14s in the afternoon. Sunday morning sees an enlarged Under 13s group of 15 squads playing and the afternoon moves on to the Under 15s & 16s. All age groups have a number of host Henfield FC squads competing â€“ so please do put the dates in your diary to pop up and watch the matches (and cheer on our Henfield teams!). We naturally hope the week-end will be a success (please let it be dry!) â€“ we are really grateful to the many local traders that have readily supported the Club by advertising in the tournament programme or providing raffle prizes and we hope they too will benefit financially from our guests and visitors to the village. On site, we will have refreshments including a licensed bar, bouncy castle, ice cream van plus the Albionâ€™s mobile shop will be in attendance. With the numbers expected, there will inevitably be additional traffic leading to parking issues. We will have stewards around the immediate area (Fabians Way, Northcroft, Deer Park, the Leisure & Medical Centres, Youth Club etc) to direct and assist. We apologise though in advance for any inconvenience that may be caused to local residents by the addition-
al street parking and traffic, which we will endeavour to keep to an absolute minimum. Please do come along and support our villageâ€™s youth football teams â€“ as they play with pride and passion and no little skill too. Paul Samrah, Secretary Henfield FC. email paul@ samrah.freeserve.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of Mike Beardall
Fulking pub CIDER EVENT raises funds for HART Fulkingâ€™s Shepherd and Dog pub raised ÂŁ490 with a cider event and handed over a cheque to HART (Henfield Area Response Team). The pub has been given a defibrillator by HART and more than half a dozen staff at the pub have been trained to use the machine. Shepherd and Dog proprietor Jenny Tooley said: â€œBeing 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.â€? A raffle was supported by local suppliers with prizes including a hamper from Jeremys of Henfield, a barrel of cider from Downlands Brewery, a leg of lamb from Standean Butchers of Hassocks, an MOT from Coles Automotive, salmon from Springs and wine from pub suppliers. HART founder Dave Fletcher said: â€œWe are very grateful to Jenny and her staff and customers for all their efforts to keep our voluntary service running.â€?
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News | MAY 2013 work of the Dogs Trust. The event will also feature a bouncy castle, refreshments, stalls, a raffle and tombola. For more information visit www.dogstrust.org. uk/rehoming/searchcentres/shoreham or call 01273 452576.
Bangers and cash for St Barnabas Henfield Friends of St Barnabas House raised more than £200 in the Free Church Hall on Saturday with a ‘Bangers and Cash’ lunch. Around 50 people enjoyed sausages donated by village butcher Alan Woodward and mash made from potatoes donated by White’s Photograph courtesy of Digby Stephenson Farm Shop, Henfield. Cakes and other items were donated by Budgens of Henfield. Chairman Carolyn Henfield Action for Older Phillips said: “It was a brilliant event with hard work from all the volunteers and thanks to all those who People helped and also made cakes for sale.” Funds go to St. “Computers are for everyone” said Tim Lee Berners Barnabas House, the Worthing hospice. at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Carolyn Phillips Games. But, there are still many older people missing out and here in Henfield we would like to change Thank you from hfc that. If you are older and don’t own a computer and don’t know how to use one, then the annual informa- Henfield Football Club would like to thank Mr & Mrs tion meeting of Henfield Action for Older People with Pennicard for their very kind donation from last years’ Richard Pennicard Memorial Match. This very generthe Henfield Hub could be for you. ous donation has enabled the club to buy three sets Come and listen to what we have to offer as well as of goals for the youth football teams. to someone who is probably around about your age who took that offer up. Then take the opportunity to Martin Standing have a go at using a computer yourself, with someone Marie Curie Cancer Care on hand to give you a bit of help, and see what you think. We would like to convince everyone that no one This six mile race and obstacle course of mud, sweat is to old and it is never too late - all you have to do is and cheers is a great way to have fun, whilst raisdip your toe in the water and do as much or as little ing money to support Marie Curie Nurses caring for as you please. At the end of the meeting if you would people with cancer and other terminal illnesses. On like to go ahead the Henfield Hub will give you a free, Sunday the 12 May, raise funds for Marie Curie Canready to use computer which will be installed for you. cer Care by competing in a cross-country race with a Right from the start one of their ambassadors will be difference through and around the beautiful Ashdown on hand to give you as much help and guidance as Forest. you need. The Whole Hog Forest Row is part of Marie Curie If you have a computer, with a little practise and a Cancer Care’s nationwide programme of adrenahelping hand you can keep in touch at no cost with line events taking place throughout the UK in 2013. family and friends, even if they live on the other side Hindleap Warren Outdoor Centre in Forest Row hosts of the world. If you want to take things further you our electronically timed, six mile assault course run can learn to have all the information you might need for the second year in a row. You can take part as an literally at your fingertips. So why not give it a go and individual or as a team, with the chance to win trocome and join us at 2pm on Wednesday 5 June 2013 phies, and more importantly bragging rights on Monin The Garden Suite of the Henfield Hall. day morning! There will also be a display of up-to-date gadgets that Participants must be ready to get messy, as the obhave been especially designed with older people in stacles include tunnels, mud, water, rope climbs and mind, such as easy to see and easy to use mobile much more. Once you’ve worked up a healthy apphones. And last, but not least, a delicious cream tea petite, help yourself to the complimentary hog roast with home made cake will be served at some point and drink at the post-race reception. Relax with your during the afternoon. supporters or your team, watching the other participants cross the finish line as you enjoy the free enterDogs Trust Shoreham family tainment. Registration for this event is now open and people can sign up at www.mariecurie.org.uk/walkten open day or by calling 08700 340 040. The Dogs Trust Shoreham open day will this year take place on Saturday 26 May from 11.30am-4pm with Dark Star 24/7: Two legs or attractions for all families and their dogs! As well as two wheels? a dog show, doggie dash, demonstrations by police dogs and a ‘re-homing’ parade, there will also be the Walkers and cyclists are invited to join staff and customopportunity to have a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the ers of the Dark Star Brewery in Partridge Green for a
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MAY 2013 | News sponsored walk and/or ride around Sussex to raise cash for the Dark Star Foundation. The Dark Star 24/7 is the first event to be run by the newly formed Dark Star Foundation and takes place on Sunday 21 July. Anyone and everyone is invited to join the sponsored journey, starting at the Dark Star Brewery in Partridge Green, following a round-trip before returning to the Partridge pub for a BBQ and well-earned rest. Cyclists will take on the 24-mile return journey to Shoreham (stopping for refreshments at The Duke of Wellington, Shoreham) and walkers will tackle a 7-mile ramble to Wineham (stopping at The Royal Oak, Wineham) before embarking on the journey home. For more information and to download a registration and sponsor form, please visit: www.darkstarbrewing.co.uk/24/7 James Cuthbertson
will be on the story and the characters at its heart, encouraging the audience to look beneath the superficial glamour of its setting. Heber productions are taken to a different venue each night and are performed in the round, with the actors close enough to touch. Operas are always sung in English and the audience is usually involved in the production in some way, making a Heber show a very accessible way to experience opera. Tickets are £14 (£12 concessions) for reserved seats, and £12 (£10 concessions) for non-reserved seats. Please call the box office on 01273 543709 (office hours).
Henfield Garden Club This article last year began “Writing this the day before the hosepipe ban comes into effect…”. This year we are hoping to dry out, such are the challenges for gardeners! Our winter talks have finished until September and we are looking forward to a busy summer. We are going on a number of coach and car visits to gardens and holding various social events. We are also having a Plant Swap during the Henfield Garden and Arts week-end and are participating in the Henfield Summer Show. Please contact Linda Beresford, our Membership Secretary, by e-mail at linda@slugbandit. co.uk or phone 01273 492497 for more information about joining our club. Jacqui Simmons.
Photograph courtesy of Mike Beardall
HART news Emergency responder Sandra Parsons has raised £530 for her team at HART (Henfield Area Response Team) by completing two half marathons at Brighton and Barns Green. Sandra, who has been a HART responder for two years, also completed the last two Brighton Marathons. “Running half marathons may sound easy compared to full marathons but you still need to keep up the training,” she said. HART gave a demonstration at Henfield Hall last month with their new display trailer to promote the work they do and attract new recruits. Currently the HART display trailer is garaged in Burgess Hill, but the charity is looking for a more local storage facility. It does not have to be in a building, but should be off road and behind a locked gate for insurance purposes. If you can help, please call 01273 492194 or 01273 494162 for more information.
Heber comes to Henfield On 18 May at 7.30pm Heber Opera brings Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ to St Peter’s Church in Henfield. Based on Alexandre Dumas the Younger’s ‘La Dame aux Camélias’, the story is of a famous courtesan who gives up her hedonistic lifestyle for an ardent young suitor and then gives him up for the sake of his family’s honour. The lovers’ reconciliation in the final act will stir even the hardest of hearts. Heber Opera’s new production of this much-loved opera will be colourful and exciting, but the emphasis
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MAY 2013 | News Woven Inspiration Behind a small, blue shop front in Horsham, thereâ€™s an international fabric designer with Hollywood knocking at her door. This wonderful and impressive event is mirrored by the equally remarkable story of how beach pebble inspired designs are being sent to the other side of the globe to be made into exclusive creations. Horsham District Councilâ€™s Horsham Museum tells these two stories in collaboration with the textile designer Fran White, using her personal archive of textiles, clothing, illustrations and notes. Having unique access to the designerâ€™s archive is an amazing opportunity to see creativity at work. The exhibition shows how a simple pebble can be translated into a textile idea, which is then woven into fabric at Irish, Belgian, and Scottish linen mills. However, the story doesnâ€™t end there. Fran White textiles have also been developed into a range of clothing, some of which will be shown in the Museumâ€™s Costume Gallery. Fran Whiteâ€™s own story is also told. At an age when most businesses have reached maturity, she went back to â€˜schoolâ€™ and turned her designs into an award winning business. This built on her previous experience of her fabric hire company that had been used to dress some of the most popular adverts and television series of the last 20 years. This world came knocking when a recent Keats film used her fabric to dress a set. Woven Inspiration: Fran White Textile Designer is on at Horsham museum until 11 May 2013.
when the calendar girls shed important items of their attire was delicately directed and appeared to leave both audience and players comfortable with the outcome. The beautiful singing of Jerusalem towards the end of the play was a lovely surprise, thoroughly appreciated by the audience. Judging from the audience reaction and the standing ovation by some, the play was a resounding success reflected in the smiling faces as the audience left the venue. The Director, entire cast and helpers should be very proud of a near flawless production. JMP
Photograph courtesy of Mike Beardall
Henfield Lions race night raises ÂŁ500
Henfield Lions presented a cheque for ÂŁ500 to Henfield Leisure Centre following a race night attended by more than 70 people. The money will go towards the Centreâ€™s new soft play area. The race night was supported by many Henfield businesses, including Woodward Butchers, Swains Farm Shop, Goodsmanâ€™s Letting, Jeremyâ€™s Greengrocers, Henfield Eye Care, Stokes Newsagents, Stevens Estate Agents, Richwards Estate Agents, HJ Burt Estate HTCâ€™s Calendar Girls review Agents, The Plough Inn and The Bell. Lions Membership Officer David Pryor said: â€œWe were A final showing of Calendar Girls in a packed Henfield delighted by the tremendous support for the race Hall saw a rather tentative start, quickly followed by a night and are proud to support the Leisure Centre in solid performance as the players developed their roles. this very worthwhile project.â€? All the characters had been cleverly cast by Anne Contact Henfield Lions on 01273 494442. Stern (Director) and each Calendar Girl performed their individual parts sympathetically and with panache. In particular Nicky Haines was convincing as Annie and acted with great compassion in an unfaltering Yorkshire accent. It was a moving moment when the lights were dimmed and she gave her speech to the WI conference. She was well supported throughout by the more energetic and versatile character Chris (Sharona Key-Barry). There were also some great one-liners from Jessie (Susanna Seaford) which were delivered :HVW(QG/DQH with aplomb. John Clark (Ken Jones) played his part sensitively and there was an imaginative portrayal +HQËƒHOG%15* of his demise. Lawrence (Matthew Ruffett) showed promise in his role as the young photographer. The storyline was well maintained throughout and the production progressed at a lively pace. The point
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