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Memories of a Henfield Bomber Command hero

November 2012 #76


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NOVEMBER 2012 | Contents

07 What’s on listings

12 26

12 News

from the BN5 area


Local interest

Bomber Command hero

32 Local interest

Jolesfield Community Choir

34 Local interest

Heritage Conservation


39 Property 45 Pet care

Henfield’s flat-pack home

with Hawthorn Surgery


63 Finance with Nsure

64 Business

with Paul Samrah


66 Index

of advertisers

Editor’s LETTER

Bonfires, sparklers, hotdogs and soup - Firework Night is an incredibly popular Henfield event, it’s also a big fundraiser for St. Peter’s school. The display is always great, you’re sure to bump into lots of people you know and maybe enjoy a glass of mulled wine while you ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’. Although I love the blowsy spectacle of the fireworks my favourite part of the night is always the bonfire. This year at St Peter’s there is a Guy competition, after which the entries will be ceremoniously thrust onto the fire - as tradition rightly dictates. Join in and enjoy the fun - we’ll be featuring the winning entries in next month’s BN5. It is very special for us this November to feature one of the original Bomber Command heroes, who lives right here in Henfield. Bob Noakes saw active service as a wireless operator during the war years in a Lancaster Bomber, he was one of the ‘lucky’ crew who made it home. We are honoured that Bob has chosen to share his story with us. It is thought provoking and relevant as we once again remember those who gave their lives so selflessly, and still do today, in conflicts across the globe. Join the village in the traditional act of Remembrance this 11 November, see our news pages for more details. A late news entry - we have heard, off the record but from a reliable source, that the Shell garage in Henfield has a target re-opening date of February or March 2013, after some essential water pipe redirection takes place in January. Let’s hope this really does happen. Enjoy November.

Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Richard Cohen, Jonathan Underwood and Mike Beardall. Cover graphics by design-copy-print Henfield. 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 Christmas issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 2 November. For editorial submissions email Emma Osman editor@bn5magazine.co.uk or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.

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NOVEMBER 2012 | What’s on

Wednesday 31 October

226178 / carol.rawlings@saxon- HDC Health Walk weald.com Cowfold, 10am Pumpkin Competition 6 miles, no dogs. Meet in pub Camelia Botnar Homes & Coach House car park (TQ 213227, Gardens Centre, Littleworth Christmas Shoe Boxes RH13 8BT). Call Geoff on 01403 Lane, Cowfold, 2pm Free Church, High Street 258180 or Pat on 01403 240654. Various categories. For more informaThis is the last date to deliver your Tai Chi tion visit www.cameliabotnar.com filled boxes to The Free Church. Court, 2pm (& every We are trying to beat the 200 sent Maidment Tues) last year. More info from the Free Rhyme Time Church, Wed-Sat mornings, or Contact Carol Rawlings 01403 226178 Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45 (& / carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com from Jean Whiting on 493171. every Thurs)

Saturday 3

Thursday 1 November

Free fun with music for pre-schoolers.

Charity Christmas card sale

Indigo Spiritual Connection

Henfield Leisure Centre, 10am12pm (& every Thurs)

In aid of Arthritis Research UK.

Mediumship Development. For further info call 01273 844370/891173.

Tiny Tunes

Penfold Hall, Steyning, 10am12.30pm

Fun music classes for babies Sussex Guild and pre-schoolers, run by a fully Contemporary Craft Show qualified teacher. £2.50 a session. Hurstpierpoint College, 10amContact www.tiny-tunes.co.uk or 5pm (& Sun 4) 01273 491441. Selected designer makers display and sell a variety of quality crafts Henfield Unattached White Hart, 11am-12pm (& every in the Sports Hall at Hurst College. Refreshments available. Admission 1st Thurs) Ordinary people who get fed up £1.50. Free parking. Tel: 01273 with being alone due to bereave- 479565 www.thesussexguild.co.uk ment or divorce. Just drop in for New Sussex Singers good sympathetic company. St. Peter’s Church, 7.30 pm New Sussex Singers return to Thursday Circle Henfield to give a performance of Free Church Hall, 2.30pm A talk from Carers Support Servic- ‘A German Requiem’ by Johannes es . Do come along to meet others Brahms, together with works by Elgar, Mealor and Stanford. Tickets and to enjoy a cup of tea. available on the door.

Unsquashable – Henfield Squash Club

Sunday 4

Drop-in and play session only £3.

Small Dole 9.30am-1pm

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm (& every Thurs)

Tottington Woodlanders conservation work

Traditional woodland management by coppicing, no skills or tools required, just suitable clothing. Spiritual Development. For further Contact Malcolm 01273 493316 or info call 01273 844370/891173. Chris 01273 495026

Indigo Spiritual Connection Woodmancote Parish Hall, 8pm

Friday 2

Annual Memorial Service

Age UK Friday Club

Red Oaks Care Home, 11.30am4.45pm (& every Fri)

Lunch, exercises, discussions, newspapers, quizzes, gardening and hairdressing. Call 01903 879916 or email clubsmanager@ ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk

Little Fishes

St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (& every Fri)

Meet for singing, stories and lots of play, including a drink and a biscuit.

Nia Dance

St Peter’s Church, 4.30pm

We shall remember our loved ones who have died. The names of individuals will be read and there will be an opportunity to light a candle as we focus on loss and on hope for the future. All welcome. To add a name, call Church Office on 01273 495532.

Tuesday 6

Chatterbox Baby & Preschool Group

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

Maidment Court, 2pm (& every Fri) £1.50 per family includes all re-

Woodmancote Parish Hall, 8pm (& 20th)

Henfield Garden Club Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

Talk by Julia Jarman ‘12 months of interest’. Members free, Non-members £3. All welcome.

Wednesday 7

Henfield Lions Club

George Hotel, Henfield High Street (& every 1st Wed)

We meet to discuss fundraising activities, consider requests for assistance and organise social events. Call David Pryor on 01273 494442.

Thursday 8

HDC Health Walk Ashurst, 10.30am

4 miles, no dogs. Meet at Fountain Inn on B2135. Call John on 01403 263661.

Sing Along

Sobell Court, Church Street, 2.30pm

Sing Along with a cup of tea and biscuits, plus Tombola. Donations welcome for Parkinson’s. Please contact Jean on 492362.

Henfield Gardens & Arts AGM Red Oaks, 7.45pm

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to join us and give us their thoughts on next year’s event.

Indigo Spiritual Connection Woodmancote Parish Hall, 8pm (& 22nd)

Healing Development. For further info call 01273 844370/891173.

Saturday 10

Charities Christmas Fair Henfield Hall, 10am-1pm

See news item for more detail.

The Mary Rose Lecture Contact Carol Rawlings 01403 freshments. Come and join us, St Mary’s House, Bramber, 2.30pm make friends and have fun! 01273 494002

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What’s on | NOVEMBER 2012 By Dr Peter Marsden. Followed by a ‘Tudor-style’ Tea. On display will be a selection of replica artefacts from the ship. Limited tickets £12.50 each from John Rose on 01273 491584.

St Peter’s Fireworks Night Fabians Way, 5.30pm

For more information see news.

Sunday 11

Remembrance Service St Peters Church, 9.45am

Service at the church followed by a parade and short service at the war memorial at 10.45am and a two minute silence at 11am.

Tottington Woodlanders conservation work Small Dole 9.30am-1pm

Traditional woodland management by coppicing, no skills or tools required, just suitable clothing. Contact Malcolm 01273 493316 or Chris 01273 495026

Monday 12 CAMEO

Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm

The delights of Gilbert & Sullivan by Chris Whitehead. For more information call Gillian Fletcher MBE on 07885 640524.

Sangboc Folk Club The Royal Oak, 8pm

Call Ian on 07957 433894.

Tuesday 13

Henfield Flower Club Open Meeting Henfield Hall, 1.15pm

Fun in Action

Latest MusicBar, Manchester St, Brighton

Headliner: Aisling Bea, Winner of Handel’s Messiah So You Think You’re Funny? 2012. Tickets £8/£5 from 01273 687171 St Mary’s Church, The Causeway, Horsham, 7.30pm http://www.wegottickets.com/ Christ’s Hospital Choral Society comedy/event/183810 will sing the complete Handel’s Messiah. Tickets (£10 Adult, £9 Concession) on sale from Box OfKnit and Natter Rayner Court Lounge, 10.30am- fice on 01403 247434.

Wednesday 14 12pm

Join us if you enjoy knitting and want some easy projects to occupy the winter evenings. Our Christmas gifts will be on sale for St Barnabas House at The charity Christmas Fair and the Village shopping evening. Jean Whiting 493171.

Village Networking

The George, 6-7.30pm (& every 2nd & 4th Wed)

Woodmancote Church Hall (& every 2nd Tues)

White Hart Quiz

Sunday 18

Garden Railway Exhibition Henfield Hall, 11am-4pm

Admission by donation. 10 Layouts including live steam. Trader support, refreshments, raffle, Bring and Buy.

Tottington Woodlanders conservation work Small Dole 9.30am-1pm

Traditional woodland management Friendly business networking group by coppicing, no skills or tools for local businesses. All Welcome. required, just suitable clothing. £2 per meeting. Contact Malcolm 01273 493316.

Thursday 15

Monday 19

Wineham, 10am

Henfield Hall, 2-4pm

HDC Health Walk

Know Dementia

5 miles, no dogs. Meet in Royal Free information and training sesOak car park. Call Geoff on 01403 sion for carers. Call Jennie on 01273 258180 or Pat on 01403 240654. 494300 for more information.

Naomi’s Friends

St Peter’s Church, 3pm

Tea, company and friendship. All who have lost loved ones, however long ago, are very welcome to join us. For more info call Revd Christina Bennett on 01273 492222.

Friday 16

Demonstrator James Burnside from Ireland, title ‘Yuletide’. Tickets Heber Opera can be purchased on the day or St Peters Church, 7.30pm in advance from Norton House or Acis and Galatea by Handel. Tickfrom Mrs Jessie Toft on 492911. ets £12 (£10 concessions) for reSmall Dole Tuesday Club served seats and £10 (£8 concessions) for non-reserved seats. Call Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm the box office on 01273 543709. A talk about a trip round Lake Annecy with slides by Peter Turner. Indigo Spiritual Connection All welcome. Contact Bobbie Ann Woodmancote Parish Hall, 7.30pm Bloomfield on 01273 493057. Fledging evening. For further info call 01273 844370/891173. Woodmancote Parish

Council meeting

homemade cakes & savouries for sale. In aid of HART. www.henfieldartsandcrafts.co.uk

Saturday 17

Wednesday 21

HDC Health Walk

West Grinstead, 10am

4 to 5 miles, no dogs. Meet in Orchard Restaurant car park on A272. Call Daniela on 01403 276973 or Alex on 01403 273751.

Friday 23

Henfield Birdwatch Henfield Hall, 7.30pm

The Birds and Whales of the Macronesian Islands - Madeira, Azores and Canaries. Talk by Dylan Walker. Nonmembers are welcome £3 per person.

Saturday 24

Dolls House Group

Maidment Court, 10-4pm

Contact 01403 226178 carol.rawlings@saxonweald.com

Henfield Arts & Crafts Fayre The Friends of St Marys Christmas Bazaar Henfield Hall, 10am - 4pm

Another fantastic selection of quality art and handcrafted goods, all loEntry £2 a head in aid of HART. Teams cally produced. Pick up some truly up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call unique Christmas gifts for friends, 01273 492006 to reserve table. family, house & home. Delicious


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St Mary’s House, Bramber, 10am-12pm

Father Christmas will be in attendance with one of his helpers. Traditional stalls together with some


NOVEMBER 2012 | What’s on new ones, and start to tick off your 494300 for more information. present list. Entry £2 (children free). £2.50 for coffee and mince pie.

(teams of 4). Call Chris on 01273 857322 or Jane on 07812 465559.

Tuesday 27

Saturday 1 December

Steyning Grammar School White Hart Quiz 8.30pm Winter Fair

Sussex Woodcraft Society

Shooting Field (behind the leisure Entry £2 a head in aid of HART. Teams Henfield Hall, 9am-4.30pm up to six. Cash prize for winners. Call Annual exhibition, competition and centre), 10am-4pm sale of work. Please come to see Over 50 stalls, outside traders, re- 01273 492006 to reserve table. some wonderful creations, and you freshments, santa’s grotto, live mumay also find that special Christsic, auction, grand draw and gormas gift. Free admission. geous gifts organised by Friends of Sylvan Singers Winter Christmas Craft & Gift Fair Steyning Grammar School. Entry Concert Corpus Christi Church Hall, 7.15pm Steyning Centre, 10am-4pm £1, children free. In aid of Pancreatic Cancer Re- Hand-made gifts, cards, paintings, WEA Talk Garden Suite, Henfield Hall, 2.30pm search. Call 01273 492455 or con- Christmas decorations, jewellery, tact any Sylvan Singer for an invitaChicago in the Roaring Twenties tion. Varied programme of new and natural body products, vintage items, accessories and much more. by Mark Parry-Nash. Contact Mau- popular songs and refreshments. Tea/coffee and mince pies or light reen Lucas on 01273 493966. lunch. Fund-raising event in aid of Steyning Music Society’s Piano Christmas Shopping in Fund. Entry fee: 50p, children free. HDC Health Walk London Contact sara199@btinternet.com

Wednesday 28

Thursday 29

Sunday 25

Henfield, 9.30am

Post Office Bus Stop, 8.45am

conservation work

Coffee Morning

Tuesday 4 December

6 or 7 miles, some stiles, dogs on Drop off outside the Waldorf Hoa lead. Meet in the car park behind tel, Aldwych, returning from same Henfield Garden Club Budgens(BN5 9HP). Call Zena on point at 6.15pm. Tickets £14 avail- 7pm. 01273 493163. able from Jill on 07713 161343 or Members only Christmas Social Tottington Woodlanders - Christine on 01273 492340.

Small Dole 9.30am-1pm

Thursday 6 December Thursday Circle Christmas

St Peter’s Church, 10.30-

Party Traditional woodland management 11.30am by coppicing, no skills or tools re- Join us in St Peters Church for fresh Free Church Hall, 2.30pm quired, just suitable clothing. Con- coffee and homemade cakes. Christmas Starts Here! tact Malcolm 01273 493316 Henfield Hall, 7pm Arthritis Research UK – Indigo Spiritual Connection Turkey & Tipple Lunch Woodmancote Parish Hall, 6.55pm

Henfield Hall, 12-2pm

Monday 26

St Andrew’s Day Quiz

Sunday meeting. For further info call 01273 844370/891173.

Know Dementia

Henfield Hall, 6-8pm

See news item for more detail.

Friday 30

Charity Christmas concert in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.Tickets £5 (adults) & £3 (under 12’s), available from Henfield Furnishings & Henfield Churches from 12 November.

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NOVEMBER 2012 | News School Crossing Vacancy


School Crossing patrols provide a vital service to the children of West Sussex by assisting them to cross the road safely on their way to and from school. We currently have a vacancy for a School Crossing Patrol in London Road, Henfield. The rate of pay is ÂŁ6.84 per hour rising to ÂŁ7.19 per hour by annual increments and of course you only work in term-time (38 weeks of the year). In addition you will be paid a five week holiday allowance on top of your salary and also for public holidays. Your salary will be spread equally over 12 months, so you get paid exactly the same every month. There is no upper age limit - we have several patrol people well into their seventies! Uniform and training are provided. Working times at this site are 08.25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;08.50 and 15.25â&#x20AC;&#x201C;15.50. As the role involves working with children, a Criminal Records Check will of course need to be undertaken. For further information and an application form, please contact Julie Finn at West Sussex County Council on 01243 777319 or email to Julie.finn@westsussex.gov.uk

Henfield Gardens and Arts support Youth Club Chairman, Will Green presented a cheque for ÂŁ4,000 to Debbie Slaughter, leader of the Henfield Youth Club on behalf of the Henfield Gardens and Arts organising committee. The money was generously donated by visitors to gardens at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, which took place on the weekend of 13-14 June. The money raised will enable the youth club, which has recently suffered cuts in its funding due to the economic downturn, to continue its valuable work in the local community, supporting and developing the interests of young people. Over the past 13 years, over ÂŁ50,000 pounds has been donated to local and national charities by Henfield Hardens and Arts. Locally, these have included Henfield Area Response Team (HART), which provides emergency first aid, the Sussex Air Ambulance Service, as well as village childcare facilities and educational projects. The 2013 festival will take place on 8-9 June and village gardeners are invited to attend the organising committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AGM at 7.30pm on Thursday 8 November at Red Oaks, Cagefoot Lane, Henfield.

REMEMBRANCE IN HENFIELD Remembrance Sunday this year falls on 11 November. The arrangements in Henfield are similar to last year with a parade and service at St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church at 9.45am followed at 10.45am at Henfield War Memorial in the High Street by a short service which will include the reading of the names of Henfield residents who have died in the service of this country and a two minutes silence at 11am. Henfield High Street will be closed from Golden Square to Church Street between around 9.10 and 9.30am and between 10.30am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11.30am on the 11 November with diversions signposted. There will also be delays in Church Street. On Friday 9 children from St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School will be laying poppies on the war graves and memorial plaque in Henfield Cemetery and the public are very welcome to attend.

Steyning Music Society The final concert in the season on Saturday 24 November at 7.30pm welcomes the lovely girls of the Benyounes String Quartet who share a passion and enthusiasm for their music and communicating with their audiences. Haydn, Debussy and Mendelssohn make up their delightful programme. Zoe Peate

David Blower Following the article we ran on David (Joe) Blower earlier in the year his family would like to thank the residents of Henfield for their support and would like them to know that he is currently in Upper Mead and open to visitors.




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HandEL’s Messiah Christ’s Hospital Choral Society will be singing the complete Handel’s Messiah on Saturday 17 November at 7.30pm in St.Mary’s Church, The Causeway, Horsham. Interval refreshments will be in aid of Shooting Star Chase the Children’s Hospice. Tickets are on sale from Society members or the Christ’s Hospital Box Office on 01403 247434. £10 Adult, £9 Concession and discounts for Staff and Children.

St Peters School Bonfire & Fireworks Night The annual St Peters School Bonfire & Firework night will be held on Saturday 10 November from 5.30pm with stalls, BBQ, raffle and fun for all ages. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks will start at 7pm. This year there will be a Best Dressed Guy Competition with a Heroes and Villains theme. All entries need to be in by 6.15pm on the night for judging and prizes (please bring a bucket with your Guy entry). Entry on the night is £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. Pre-school children enter for free. Tickets purchased in advance are 50p each cheaper - contact Sue Powell of the PTA via the school office on 01273 492447. Please do not bring your own fireworks or sparklers into the school.

Pinks We’re very excited to announce that NK Hair has a new name and new owners! Donna Knight and Alison Pink are the new owners of the salon which is now called Pinks. Alison has been working locally and has 18 years experience as stylist and has managed various salons. Donna is the former manager of NK Hair, has 16 years experience and is qualified to teach hairdressing! The rest of the team remain the same, as does the phone number - same team even better service! We will be stocking L’Oreal retail and using L’Oreal colour and Iona which is L’Oreal’s new ammonia-free hair colour. We are also offering Brazilian blow drys! Please come in to say hello or come for your free consultation. Lastly we would like to thank everyone for being patient and to Karen and Neil for setting up a great business. Alison Pink & Donna Knight

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Christmas Starts Here! The Friends of St Barnabas are promoting a charity concert entitled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Christmas Starts Here!â&#x20AC;&#x2122; on Thursday 6 December 2012, at 7pm in the Henfield Hall. This concert is an annual showpiece of Henfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical talent, in support of the wonderful work of St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House in their palliative care of adults and children with life-limiting illnesses. Those of you who attended the Jubilee Concert in Red Oaks last summer will remember Henfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local Royal Opera singer Sidonie Winter, who tops the bill; and Brass Fusion, who will be accompanying the community carols. There will be contributions from other local soloists and songs from St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School Choir. A chorus from Henfield Theatre Company will preview their January production of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. As in previous years there will be musical offerings from The Henfield Consort directed by Lesley Barnes; St Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handbells; and contributions from the local churches. The Friends of St Barnabas will be serving mulled wine and mince pies during the interval. Tickets are priced at ÂŁ5 (under 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ÂŁ3), and will be available from Henfield Furnishings and the Henfield Churches from Monday 12 November. Nigel Stevens





Ploughing Match

The Ploughing Match and Show was in the glorious sunshine and at the superb site at Priors Byne Farm expertly organised by the host farmers John and Alison Ford and our Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee chaired by Philip Bower. It was another record crowd and a great cross section of entrants including 50 ploughmen and women, our first lady hedgelayer, excellent livestock entries including a resurgent dairy section and a very good younger generation entry in the very popular young persons calf and lamb handling classes, plus good field, domestic and children class entries from exhibitors ranging from below 2 years old and those of over 80 years old. Everybody seemed to enjoy the big range of side attractions including the steam ploughing and thresher display, numerous other exhibits and trade stands as well as the mini beer festival at the bar which was pretty much run dry! Rowan Allan, West Grinstead & District Ploughing & Agricultural Society

The Childrens Society Come and join us for our fourth annual carol-singing at Henfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spirit of Christmas on Friday 7 December - carol-singers of all ages are needed to sing. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a small friendly group who will be performing in the High Street in aid of the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love some more people to join us, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to take part phone Hilary on 494213 or e-mail hilary@ greenacres141.freeserve.co.uk We will not be singing for the whole evening, so there will be plenty of time to explore what else is going on in the village that night. Hilary Green


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NOVEMBER 2012 | News Henfield Parish Council At the time of going to press Henfield Parish Council learnt with great sadness of the death of Checkley Keene. Checkley was Parish Clerk in Henfield from 1982 to 1992 and continued to live in the Parish until his death. The efforts of Henfield Parish Council, Henfield Community Partnership, HOPS and CPRE to persuade the planning inspector not to grant outline planning consent for up to 102 new homes on land east of Manor Close Henfield was not successful and the inspector decided to allow the applicant’s appeal. This Council appreciates that Henfield is under threat of further development, as are all larger rural settlements throughout the country, but felt this particular application was not right for Henfield. This appeal only related to outline permission and a more detailed application dealing with such matters as building design will have to be approved before development can commence. The new and colourful Chessbrook Green children’s play area has opened at Wantley Hill. The total cost of £35,000 was provided by Henfield Parish Council, Saxon Weald and S.106 planning gain money resulting from previous new housing development in Henfield. West Sussex CC will be undertaking tree works in Church Street between Parsonage Road and Upper Station Road and it will be necessary to close this stretch of road over two days. The work is scheduled for 8-9 November. Henfield Parish Council makes small grants to local groups and organisations. Whilst Council is keen to see the grants relate to specific projects it is also prepared for the grant to go towards general operating costs. Applications for a grant should be submitted in writing to Henfield Parish Council at The Henfield Hall, Coopers Way Henfield BN5 9DB by no later than 6 December 2012. If available, applications should include a copy of the last full years accounts and an indication of what the grant is required for.

hamfelds 1st anniversary

This month sees a celebration at Hamfelds – Olivia Pugh and the team celebrate their first successful year. “The first year has really flown by, it’s been a very exciting time for us and we’d like to thank all our customers for their support,” said Olivia. Many customers have commented how the shop has visually improved the high street, with hanging baskets, bedding plants and attractive window displays. “Our mantra has always been to ask at Hamfelds first when you’re looking for something for the home. We’re now expanding into some gift ideas for Christmas, we offer vouchers which are great gifts for those who are a little trickier to buy for!” said Olivia. Olivia has the support of her knowledgeable staff; Pat, Rita and Chris. “Thanks to them all for helping me through this first year, it’s been fantastic. Local people have been so kind and I am so looking forward to the next year.”

Charities Christmas Fair

Come to the Charities Christmas Fair at the Henfield Hall on Saturday 10 November from 10am to 1pm. Thirty five favourite charities with great bargains for Christmas will be there with gifts, cards, crafts, preSuccessful dog show serves, puddings, pies, cakes, knitwear, chocolates, The dog show went very well and we raised £111.17 for books, good-as-new, tombola – and of course, wonthe Charity. Heather the founder plans to put the money derful refreshments on sale throughout the morning. towards a new centre for the orphan donkeys in the Gambia. We had Lynn and Chris Hatton from the Sur- Cat & Canary fundraiser rey Weald Dog Training club providing the agility and the Jackie would like to thank all who supported the Cat judge Julia Robertson were a great support as were all and Canary’s fundraising evening in September for the helpers, and cake makers with Paul Miller providing the Macmillan Nurses. Fun was had by all and many the commentary. The weather was better than last year! local businesses donated very generously. A fantastic sum of £2,060 was raised for this very worthy cause. Linda Jones

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News | NOVEMBER 2012 Henfield Calendar 2013 The unique Henfield Calendar with local pictures of Henfield taken by local people has been available from the 17 October in Stokes and the design-copy-print shop. The calendar will also be on sale at local occasions such as the Friday 7 December High Street Christmas event. The Community Partnership gratefully thanks the local business advertisers, the photographers and individuals who gave their time and skills to make the calendar. This year the sales proceeds will be donated to the Youth Club.





Henfield pensioner football comes to Henfield goes on-line thanks to Henfield Football Clubs U7s and U8s are the first village project members of the club to try out a new type of chilFormer Sussex social worker Mary Johnson has taken a first step into the world of the internet – at the age of 83! Mary, who lives at Rayner Court, Henfield, was the first to have a free computer installed as part of a scheme organised by the village website team. Mary, who has four grand-children and four great grandchildren, has a grand-daughter in Tanzania. “It will be the first time I have been able to see and speak to her online,” says Mary. “The Henfield Hub team have been very helpful and shown me all the ropes – as well as installing my computer and making sure I understand all the mysteries of e-mail and the internet.” Henfield Hub editor-in-chief Digby Stephenson said: “Mary is the first person to apply for a free computer and we look forward to hearing from other elderly people who would benefit. Others in need – such as disabled, students and unemployed ¬ may also qualify. We want as many people in Henfield as possible to gain access to the website, which will keep them up-to-date with all the activities in the village.” Mary, a former Cowfold parish councillor and resident for 32 years, says: “The Henfield Hub is an exciting development and I am spreading the word among all my friends about getting free computers. During my career I never used a computer so all this is new to me.” To discover if you qualify for a free computer and training, contact Digby Stephenson on 07815 048609 or e-mail info@henfieldhub.com.

dren’s football introduced by the FA a few years ago and now adopted by the Horsham and District Youth Football League. Children under 9 years of age now play on smaller pitches (not much bigger than a double tennis court) with a maximum of five players per side (goalie included). The goals are smaller, the teams are smaller, even the balls are smaller. The intention is simple - less players on the pitch means more time on the ball for these youngsters at a critical period in their development. Richard Hill, Head Coach of the U8s is delighted with the change. “The single most important thing you can teach a child at this age is to be comfortable on the ball. They must be able to control it, decide what to do with it, and to be able to implement that decision - whether that’s a shot, a dribble or a pass. However the more players there are on the pitch, the less time the individual child has with the ball. Whilst training sessions are important, to have more time in match situations to learn to use the ball as they want, to make more passes, to make more tackles, more runs with the ball - this is how a child will learn to become ‘comfortable’ on the ball. All the other aspects of the game - tactics, positional sense, working as a team - will come later. As the children grow older they will play in bigger teams – seven-a-side, then nine-a-side then finally full 11 a side at the age of 13. “ If you are interested in your child playing (boys or girls - the sport is unisex at this age) please contact Richard on 493218. The Club is particularly keen to hear from children in school year 3.

Henfield Community Partnership 7th year The Henfield Community Partnership (HCP) held its AGM on 13 September 2012. The Chairman, Tony Jackson, presented the Directors’ report, highlighting a number of topics of particular interest from the work in the year ending 31 March 2012. Commenting on another year of many achievements for the community, he said that “much of this was down to the strong working relationship the Partnership has with the Parish Council. Last October we issued a joint community action plan covering the period 2011-2015, and both organisations since then have focussed on

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NOVEMBER 2012 | News taking forward the high priority actions. The way both bodies are able to work together for the good of the local community is an exemplar for other communities, some of whom unfortunately seem not to have a good working relationship. In Henfield, though, there is no doubt that by working together we can achieve far more than operating alone.” Two particular areas of joint work demonstrate this relationship. One concerns helping to revitalise the local economy where a number of initiatives have been pursued from helping to organise a Christmas evening with the traders, to drawing up a two-year programme of retail training for the High Street shops, building on some initial training last summer delivered by Central Sussex College; the necessary funding for this training programme, however, is proving hard to find. The second example is a project which started last a year ago to set up a state of the art website for Henfield. The Chairman said “thanks to a grant last March from WSCC, work has progressed rapidly and the Henfield Hub was launched on 16 October. I have no doubt that, not only will this be one of the best community websites in the country but, more importantly, it will be a great enabler for helping to achieve a number of our plan objectives.” Other activities mentioned by Tony Jackson included: further surveys of car parking, the results of which were published locally to highlight the best times to park; the work of the Partnership’s Action for Older People’s Group, which currently is the only local group in the Horsham District working on behalf of older residents of their village; a village based employment project; and in the local Budgens store the management of a noticeboard for ads and posters as a means of both increasing awareness of the HCP and raising some money for local charities as well as showing Budgens’ support for the local community – so far, he said, “we have raised £800 for the Youth Centre, quite a success.” Also at the meeting, the Directors were re-elected for a further year, together with volunteer members to the Management Committee. In his closing remarks Tony thanked all the volunteers for their hard work and organisations like the Parish Council for their support in various ways that have contributed so much to the work of the Partnership, showing the valuable role the HCP continues to play in the life of Henfield.

NOTICEBOARD SUCCESS The Community Partnership notice board situated in Budgens has been an overwhelming success, raising £800 for Henfield Youth Club so far. Tony Jackson, chairman of Henfield Community Partnership and manager of Budgens Andrew Warnes presented members of the youth Club and Debbie Slaughter with a cheque. Many thanks go to Paula Blake and her son David, plus Mary Fitzmaurice and Richard Kendall for their sterling work maintaining the notice board.

Dementia charity Know Dementia, the local charity that supports family carers of someone with a dementia, is offering carers the opportunity to attend free information/training sessions in the Henfield Hall. This will give carers the chance to learn how to cope and also to share ideas with each other. Please come along and learn more about this condition. Dates: Monday 19 November from 2-4pm and Monday 26 November from 6-8pm. Call Jennie on 01273 494300 for further information. Jennie Morrison-Cowan, Know Dementia Trustee

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We are your local branch and would welcome new members and helpers. If you would like to know more about our branch please contact Charmian McHoy Tel. 01273 493436. Our fundraising Christmas Turkey & Tipple Lunch will be held in The Henfield Hall, on Thursday 29 November from 12pm-2pm. We will be stalls selling Christmas cards, bric-a-brac and raffle. The cost of the lunch is £7 which includes mincepies, wine and coffee. We hope you can come and support us.

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News | NOVEMBER 2012 North West Sussex Seagulls

Brighton & Hove Albion supporters club North West Sussex Seagulls held their September meeting at the Plough Inn, Henfield. Treasurer Ian Morris gave a brief report on how successful the club had been in transporting fans to the Amex with the two coaches that the club runs on match days now having eighty coach season ticket holders, although some ad hoc coach travel tickets are still available. Club Secretary Mike Wilson reported that the committee had been approached by the official BHAFC Supporters Club for a donation towards some seating in the Amex Memorial Garden. Former Albion goalkeeper Michel Kuipers was the guest speaker and kept the meeting entertained with anecdotes of his earlier career in the marines and more latterly as a professional footballer. A lively Q&A session followed. Born in Amsterdam, Kuipers made 287 appearances for the Albion and was with them for ten years and firmly established himself as a legend amongst fans. In 2010 he left to join Crawley Town FC but still has very strong ties with Albion’s charitable arm, Albion In The Community. At the end of the meeting Albion fans had photographs taken with their hero and Michel then signed autographs. Not only was this man a top goalie for the Albion but he’s also a winner, a gentleman and a really nice guy. Further information on North West Sussex Seagulls can be found at their website www.northwestsussexseagulls. co.uk or by email info@northwestsussexseagulls.co.uk Mike Wilson, Secretary, North West Sussex Seagulls

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Henfield FC U13’s are delighted to announce a new sponsorship deal with Braziers Garage based in Lower Station Road, Henfield. Manager, Donna Angood said “Many thanks to Steve for his support for the team. The players were all very appreciative of the new kit supplied by Braziers and we hope to have a successful season whilst brandishing the Braziers name throughout Sussex”. Coach, Darren Angood added “Our thanks go to Steve for his sponsorship. The team are currently unbeaten this season and are looking to gain promotion from an extremely competitive league and we will continue to promote Braziers throughout the campaign and we are delighted that a prominent business from the village has sponsored the team”. Pictured are some of the U13’s squad prior to the league match with Sedlescombe Rangers with Darren and Steve.

Henfield Day Centre The Hewitts, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9DT Our small and friendly day centre is just outside of the Henfield village. It is a specialist centre for people with longer term and complex needs including people with dementia and physical and sensory impairments. We can also provide short term packages aimed at supporting people to be independent within their community. We provide a warm, social environment by experienced and trained staff and provide a wide range of activities tailored to the needs of the people attending. We recently had a new kitchen installed to provide our customers with an opportunity to promote confidence and develop their kitchen and independence living skills. The centre is surrounded by beautiful mature trees, and the spacious garden will soon be pruned and autumn bulbs planted ready for next year. We provide a cooked meal at lunch time at a small additional cost and can provide advice and support with transport options. In order to attend the centre, you would need to meet the West Sussex County Council eligibility criteria. Contact the Adult Service Help Desk in Horsham for further advice on 01243 642555, and someone will explain the eligibility criteria and assessment process. Alternatively follow the link: http:// tinyurl.com/cwkcs2f If you would like to make an appointment to visit the centre for yourself or a family member, please feel free to contact the Assistant Manager: Karen Pirks on 01273 493119 on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Or contact the Community Connector Charlotte Walshe on the same number.

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NOVEMBER 2012 | News There are Christmas special meal deals throughout December at The White Hart, The Plough, The George and The Cat & Canary. There will also be seasonal curries at Bollywood Spice and Little India. Mike Beardall, chairman of Henfield Enterprise, said: “Henfield is the place to do all your shopping for the festive period – shop local and stay local is our motto.” Tony Jackson, chairman of Henfield Community Partnership, said: “We have great community spirit in Henfield and this is the time of year which proves what great facilities and shops we have. You can regard Henfield High Street as a complete supermarket for all your needs.” Starting school at St Henfield Christmas Contacts: Tony Jackson 01273 Peter’s, Henfield? 492636 (07793 288090) or Mike Beardall 01273 495619 While summer clothes and BBQs may only have re- (07889 707807). Charity stall places still available. cently found their way to winter storage, the process Outstanding Sobell Court for admission to primary school in September next year is already underway. At St Peter’s we have a gardens special open week for prospective parents whose Gardeners at Sobell Court, which is managed by children will be five before 1 September 2013. This Saxon Weald, again entered the RHS South & South gives parents and carers an opportunity to visit the East in Bloom competition. The weather seemed to school during a normal day and to meet both staff be against us at times but we still managed to win an ‘Outstanding’ certificate. Two of our gardeners, and children. Iris Banfield and Hugh Hurdman, are seen here being Our open days are over the week beginning 12 No- presented with the award by Chris Collins. We would vember and includes morning, afternoon and an eve- like to thank the Henfield residents who have been ning opportunity to join us. All you have to do is email so encouraging and we will endeavor to keep up the or telephone the main school office on 01273 492447 good work. / office@st-peters-henfield.w-sussex.sch.uk to make Diane Porter-Brown a convenient appointment. As a ‘taster’ to what you will see, we are very much a community school and value our links and responsibility to the village. The children though are our best ambassadors and will be pleased to talk to you about their school. Special features at St Peter’s include our Learning Resource Centre, ‘state of the art’ play equipment and we even have brand new toilet facilities for Years 1 & 2! So, if you have a child eligible for school next year, we would be very pleased to welcome you to our open week.

Festive Henfield Henfield is gearing up for a bright December of Christmas trading culminating in the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ event in the High Street on Friday 7 December. Traders are pouring all their efforts into Christmas attractions, special offers and glorious window displays. So why not avoid the ‘hassle of Holmbush’ and do all your shopping in Henfield? Virtually everything is available, from gifts and household items to decorations and food. In the High Street on Friday 7 December there will be fairground rides for young children, carol singers, charity stalls, Father Christmas and his sleigh (courtesy of the BP Guild) and shops offering nibbles and drinks to customers. Henfield Youth Club will have a base for Santa’s Grotto in the bus shelter and lucky children will get to meet the great man himself – and collect a gift. Henfield pubs and restaurants are stepping up to the seasonal mark with real offers.

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News | NOVEMBER 2012 Henfield Garden Club After a year of celebrations and sporting achievements our Garden Club year will soon be coming to an end. Apart from our December Christmas social, the last of our socials were held in August. We enjoyed a wonderful tea party in Small Dole and offer belated thanks to our host, Janet Daley and her family, for hosting this event in her wonderful garden. We also welcomed nineteen new members to a ‘meet the committee’ social at the end of August and we hope these same members will continue to enjoy and take part in our club activities in the coming years. November sees the last of our winter talks, when we welcome experienced plants woman Julia Jarman to the Henfield Hall on Tuesday 6 November. Over the last seven years Julia has transformed a neglected plot into an award winning 1.25 acre garden containing, at the last count, 1,600 plants! The talk entitled ‘Twelve Months of Interest’ begins at 7.30pm. As usual admission is free for members and £3 for non-members. All welcome. For more information about joining our club email margaret@deadlinegraphics.co.uk or phone 01273 493754. Margaret Hollingsworth

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Perry’s a winner!

The winner of the Hawthorne vet ‘Pet vaccination reminder photo competition!’ was a flat coated Retriever called Perry owned by Roe Baldwin. Perry was the overall winner with a whopping 190 ‘likes’ on the Hawthorn Vets Facebook page - www.facebook.com/hawthornvets

Come And Meet Each Other - CAMEO

Olive and Helen would like to say thank you to everyone who supported their coffee morning in aid of CAMEO was formed in 2005 for retired people to meet Macmillan Nurses. Through your generous support over tea/coffee and a chat from 10.30-12 noon on the second Monday of the month with invited speakers. One of they raised £250. our regular members Dora says “I find CAMEO a wonderful way to spend a Monday morning once a month, always being warmly welcomed and assured of an interesting varied programme throughout the year. I very much appreciate the kind and friendly atmosphere”. Our next few meetings include 12 November, The delights of Gilbert and Sullivan by Chris Whitehead and the CAMEO Christmas party on 9 December. In September we moved to a new venue -The Garden Room at Rayner Court, The Hooks, Henfield BN5 9UY. We would really like to welcome some new members and do hope you might be able to join us. If you need transport or any further information please contact Gillian Fletcher MBE on 07885 640524.

Jasmin’s jam wins gold! Jasmin started doing lots of homemade baking whilst on holiday in Scotland and my mum asked her if she would like to enter the ‘World Jampionships’ something her cousin Riley Bridgewater had won in 2011 with his raspberry jam. Jasmin was up for the challenge... I think partly to see if she could knock Riley off the top spot (cousin rivalry!). She spent hours trying to perfect a good flavour and texture for blackcurrant, strawberry and raspberry jams. She almost gave up with the blackcurrant as topping and tailing hundreds of little berries was extremely tedious and actually took longer than making the jam itself! However she kept on going and after lots of time spent in the kitchen all three jam’s were ready to be entered. She was so thrilled and pleased when she received a certificate in the post saying that she had won Gold for her blackcurrant jam! Entries come in from all over the world and this was her first attempt at making any kind of jam, so I know I’m slightly biased, but I thought she did extremely well! Vikki McNaughton Jones

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NOVEMBER 2012 | News BN5 Area Employment Survey Getting a job is not easy. Recruiting staff is not easy. We want to hear from youâ&#x20AC;Ś employers, those wishing to become employed or currently self employed, parents wanting to return to work, school/college leavers, those on Job Seekers Allowance, those wanting to set up their own business. We want to know what you need. What could we do to provide local support to help you into work or put you in touch with keen would-be employees? Should we set up a Job Club? Do local businesses need support recruiting local people? Do young unemployed have enough or the right information about finding work? Do women returners know where to start looking? We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, but the survey is intended to provide that sort of information. The survey is designed in three sections so you can choose which applies to you: 1) Looking for Employment, 2) Self employment/own business or 3) Employer. The survey is organised by a group of volunteers and specialists involved in helping people into work and is under the umbrella of the Henfield Community Partnership. More details about the project group can be found on www.henfieldhub.com Go to the website and type Employment Survey into the Search window and that will take you to the survey. You can complete the questionnaire online. The printed version will be available from the Partnership noticeboard in Budgens and the Parish Council outer office at the Henfield Hall.


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Bysshop Meadow shared ownership scheme Situated on the northern side of Henfield, the Bysshops Meadow development has been thoughtfully designed to ensure there are a variety of attractive and contemporary homes. Southern Home Ownership have an exclusive selection of homes at Bysshop Meadow (built by Charles Church) available under the shared ownership scheme. Providing local people with an opportunity to get on the housing ladder, this highly desirable selection of homes includes both 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and 2 & 3 bedroom houses, which will be released in phases into early 2013. Shared Ownership (also known as part buy part rent) is a Government funded scheme aimed at first time buyers to give them the opportunity of owning a home of their own. The scheme is simple - you buy an affordable share of between 30% and 75% of the propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full value and pay a subsidised rent on the remainder, with an option to purchase further shares at a later date. The shared ownership scheme is open to first time buyers or those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t currently own a property. Purchasers must also be in employment, registered with the local Homebuy Agent (www.homebuyoptions.co.uk) and have a household income of under ÂŁ60,000. Purchasers must also have enough savings to cover their deposit and fees. Priority for these homes will be given to residents of the Parish of Henfield. For more details on Bysshop Meadow, or about the shared ownership scheme itself, then please contact Southern Home Ownership on 08456 12 12 71 or email: sales@shgroup.org.uk. You can also visit their website: www.shgroup.org.uk

Annual flu vaccination Hello, if we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met, I would like to introduce myself, my name is Sam. I joined Henfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team of practice nurses 15 months ago. I have been a nurse for 25 years, 4½ of those in practice nursing. I love the different aspects of working in the medical centre and I enjoy meeting and looking after the local community in my clinic. At the surgery we are getting ready for our annual flu campaign. Fiona, Tina, Linda, Angela, Sue and I are ready to give and advise on the flu vaccines. There is information in the surgery and on our website. It is best to get protection as early in the winter as possible but after October we will continue to give the vaccination up until at January 2013 if stocks last. Every year a different vaccination is produced by monitoring and identifying the strains of flu viruses that are present. The people who fall into the groups the NHS need to vaccinate and protect are the over 65â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, people with lung problems, heart problems, chronic kidney problems, people with low immunity, carers and those who are pregnant. People who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fall into these groups and want a vaccination can organise this at a high street chemist or private clinic, it will generally cost around ÂŁ12 -ÂŁ20. Unfortunately we cannot vaccinate you. It is really important to take up this FREE vaccination the NHS offers - we want you stay healthy this winter, so come and see the team and say hello.

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ogether with the Spitfire, the Lancaster bomber is one of the most iconic airplanes from the Second World War. We were very privileged to meet with Henfield resident Bob Noakes who saw active service as wireless operator in Squadron 635 (part of Bomber Command) and hear his story.

Bob was born in 1921 and grew up in the East End of London. He left school at the age of 14 and went to work for the Observer newspaper. However, office work wasn’t exciting enough for Bob and when the war broke out in 1939 he went to work for the Fire Brigade. “I was bored of being in an office and wanted to be out and about,” he said. “As I was too young to fight fires, I worked as a despatch rider, riding between the fire crews.” At the beginning of the war the docks received a lot of heavy bombing from the Germans and Bob saw the destruction. He often had to dig people out of air raid shelters and his parent’s house was destroyed along with many others. However Bob’s ambition was to fly and he joined the RAF as a volunteer reserve at the end of 1940. “I really wanted to be a pilot, but ended up being a wireless operator as I didn’t have the right education to be a pilot.” The training process was very long and Bob had months of ground duties before actually getting into a plane. One job involved operating a flashing beacon on the east coast to guide damaged planes in to land. It was while he was training as an air gunner on Anglesey in North Wales in 1943 that Bob met Janet Robinson and they married the following year. “After we were married I put my wireless temporarily out of action

so that I could spend the w e e k e n d with my wife” said Bob with a twinkle in his eye. “Of course I ‘fixed’ it at the end of the weekend so everyone thought I was a good boy!” After completing his training both as a wireless operator and an air gunner, Bob had a spell in the Operational Training Unit (OUT) on the Isle of Man training new recruits. “This probably saved my life as lots of aircraft were shot down at this time,” admitted Bob. It was usual for bomber pilots to choose their six crew members and Bob was chosen by Flight Lieutenant Doug Jarvis as his wireless operator. “It was a good crew” said Bob proudly. “Not once did we argue – we were all good friends and we had some laughs. When we had time-off we went down to the pub on our bikes to get drunk – it was our way of letting off steam.” In October 1944 they were sent to Yorkshire as part of 578 Squadron where they flew on seven operations over Germany in Halifax bombers. Whilst there, Flight Lieutenant Jarvis was selected to join the 635 Squadron – part of the Bomber Command Pathfinder Force based in Norfolk – and Bob and the rest of the crew went with him.

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to come back on just two engines.” Many other crews weren’t so lucky as Bob was only too aware: “On Christmas eve 1944 we went out on a mission with another crew. Before we left were laughing and joking and talking about our Christmas dinner. The next day we got back to the airfield but the other crew didn’t make it. We really missed them.” At the end of the war Bob left the RAF and took a job in a manufacturing company in London so that he could spend more time with his new wife and baby daughter. But the camaraderie of his crew has never left him. “We stuck together and always kept in touch. Every year, up until three years ago, we would take it in turns to meet up at each-others houses. There’s only two of us left now.” Because of the controversy surrounding the high civilian losses during the bombing of German cities such as Dresden, the Bomber Command aircrews found themselves snubbed at the end of the war. “None of us received a victory medal at the end of the war like the Army and Navy did and that really hurt,” said Bob. It has taken nearly 70 years for a memorial to be erected to honour the Bomber Command aircrew who lost their lives fighting to end the war. Back in June Bob was invited to attend the official unveiling of the RAF Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park in London by the Queen. He was accompanied by his daughter, Jan and he met Prince Charles. “We have fought for nearly 70 years for recognition so I am very, very pleased about the memorial – it was a very emotional day.”

In total Bob flew 29 operations in for 635 Squadron during 1944 and 1945 in Lancaster bombers. Most of these were bombing missions over Germany, but towards the end of the war he was involved in dropping food supplies for civilians over Rotterdam in the Netherlands. After victory in Europe was declared, operations involved transporting prisoners of war and bringing British soldiers based in Italy home on leave. Over 12,000 aircraft from Bomber Command were shot down during the war, and more than 55,000 aircrew were killed - the highest attrition rate of any British unit . “I was lucky - someone was looking over us,” admitted Bob. “We got knocked about quite a bit and we often came back with shell holes in the aircraft. On one occasion we had an engine knocked out and had Sarah Butler

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Jolesfield Community Choir


hen was the last time you had a good sing? Unless you are a regular church goer, there are limited opportunities for adults to enjoy singing as part of a choir. But an exciting community choir based in Partridge Green is giving residents the opportunity to sing to their hearts out once a week.

The Jolesfield Community Choir was set up in September 2010 by Judith Finlay, a teacher at Jolesfield Primary School and a fully trained musician. “The school has had a children’s choir for some time and we’re part of the ‘Sing Up’ initiative,” said Judith. “Some of the parents kept asking about an adult choir and eventually I decided to put a questionnaire out to parents at the school and the wider community. I had such a good response that I decided to set up a community choir and see what happened.” What happened was that around 40 local people aged between 7 and 86 turn up on a weekly basis to sing together. It’s a nonaudition choir and singers of all abilities and ages are welcome, whether they feel they can sing or not. They sing a range of music in four-part harmonies (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) from pop songs to religious choral works and show tunes to secular music. Whatever the style of music, the resulting sound is absolutely gorgeous. Whilst I was there they sang a traditional African song as a warm-up and then launched into a beautiful version of ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol – a real spine tingler! As I was leaving they were starting to practice a choral piece in latin by Bruchner. Although Judith had previously sung in many choirs, she had only ever conducted chil-

dren’s choirs. “I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at first and I was quite nervous to begin with,” she admitted. “But it’s been a very enjoyable experience and I’m very proud of the quality of sound they produce.” Word quickly got round about the quality of the choir’s singing and after only a couple of months in existence they were approached by one of the local churches to sing at the St Celia’s day celebrations (St Celia being the patron saint of singing!). They were also approached by Becky and Nick Illes to sing at the Green Man’s evening of festive music and carols. Both events have now become a regular annual fixture. Singing has many health benefits, both physical and

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NOVEMBER 2012 | Local interest psychological. As an aerobic activity, singing increases the oxygen in the blood stream, increases lung capacity, improves posture, clears respiratory tubes and sinuses and exercises major muscle groups (including the heart) in the upper body. Psychologically singing is a great stress buster as is it releases endorphins or feel-good hormones. Or, as one member put it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;After singing with the choir you walk out of the door with a lift in your step.â&#x20AC;? Other members talked about the increased confidence they got from singing as part of a community and the sense of achievement they got from mastering a particularly tricky piece of music. The great thing about the Jolesfield Community Choir is that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need any experience or even know how to read music to join. In fact, as one of the members said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an elitist choir and you end up learning about music in a drip-feed kind of way!â&#x20AC;? The choir has a great team spirit and although they work hard when learning a new piece of music, there is a lighthearted and fun element to the evening. If you are one of those people who sing in the shower or the car, you probably ought to go along and give it a go. After all, as Ella Fitzgerald said, the only thing better than singingâ&#x20AC;Ś is more singing!

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ore and more of us are turning (or returning) to wood burning as a form of energy. When sourced locally from well-managed and sustainable sources, lighting your fire on an autumn evening can actually have a positive impact on your carbon footprint. The pleasure of an open fire or wood-burner and the aroma of seasoned wood is also a very good reason to enjoy this natural resource.

Living in Sussex we have many sustainable woodlands right on our doorsteps, if you have ever walked along the Knepp estate footpaths you will be right in the heart of Heritage Conservation. Their wood yard is conveniently located on the A272 just west of the Buck Barn (or McDonald’s), crossroads, before the turn off to Shipley. You may have driven past it before; next time maybe turn in and take a look. A country track signposted on the right hand side of the road leads down to a clearing in the woodland. Ash, oak, beech, sycamore, hawthorne, silverbirch and alder cordwood (the un-processed logs) is stacked high, piles of well-seasoned logs and a wood-craft area greets the visitor. The wonderfully fragrant aroma of freshly split logs is ever present and the dappled shade from surrounding woodland and constant birdsong completes the idyllic setting. I met Dave Ansell, co-owner (above) and Della Guy, (pictured right) who runs the shop and office on site, to find out more. “I’ve been greeted by so many people saying ‘Wow, what a wonderful place’ when they first visit and I can’t agree more,” said Della. “I’ve been working here for three years and I love it. Not only can customers come and pick their own wood, either for delivery or to take home on the spot, but we have so many other

wood related products - there is plenty to see.” The ‘environmentally friendly’ statement, so often over-used, is a reality at Heritage. The wood is sourced from sustainable Sussex woodlands, as locally as possible, which cuts down on carbon emissions from transportation and also makes the wood cheaper. While I am visiting a huge transporter arrives, stacked high with cordwood. Jake, who is in charge of processing, guides the lorry for unloading, while the yard around is busy with the flurry of tractors moving pallets of logs, nets and bags. An industrial size log splitter cuts wood into even sizes ranging from 6-8” for a small stove, 10” for a fire place right up to 16” for inglenook fireplaces or wood burners. It’s fascinating to watch the process in action. Customers are able to select exactly what they want – the type of wood, either in smaller nets or large crates that can be loaded manually into the back of their cars. They can get advice from Jake about the best types of wood for open fires or stoves, maybe collect a bag of kindling or some mulch, woodchip, bark or compost for their gardens. There is a free local delivery service – you can either phone

your order through to Della or go on-line to order. During busy periods demand for deliveries is high, so get your winter order in early. The Wood Shop is full of lovely hand-crafted wood products, from coat hooks to wellie racks, besom brooms to hurdles and Sussex pimps (traditional firelighters), all locally made by craftsmen. If you are planning outdoor events then Heritage ‘log candles’ create an impressive display – giving heat and a romantic light as the logs slowly burn downwards, leaving a natural burnt log sculpture when they finally extinguish. At Christmas time Heritage comes into its’ own. Like a winter wonderland, twinkling lights are strung up and row upon row of local Christmas trees of all sizes and types are ready for your selection. This beautiful forest of festive pines are left un-netted so that you can see exactly how wide and even they are. Although the wood yard is a busy place of work there is still an abundance of wildlife. Nuthatch, Robin, Chaffinch, Woodpecker, to name a few regularly visit the feeders outside Della’s office. Overhead there can be up to six buzzards at any time soaring on thermals, circling as they pass over. Heritage is a magical place to visit, a peaceful corner of Sussex woodland. With winter fuel prices escalating, the natural warmth of wood has never been more attractive. Pop along to see Della and Jake for the best advice on Sussex wood.

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an and Andrew Holden, who have lived all their lives in Henfield, were looking to build a traditional English home and that’s just what they did – with a twist!

Inspired by the Grand Designs TV programme, Jan and Andrew started to look around for a plot and came across Bramcote Nurseries on Bramlands Lane, which used to belong to Christobel Williams - Henfield’s former ballet teacher. The house is an intriguing mix of old meets new on a beautiful site surrounded by mature oak trees. “We wanted to build a new house, but because there are so many oak trees around we felt that a traditional oak framed house would be more appropriate in this setting” said Jan. The house started life as a ‘flat pack’ and it took the suppliers nine days to put up the frame which is made from 50 oak trees. The walls between the frame are filled with Styrofoam, a type of dense polystyrene, which is extremely energy efficient. The foam is coated with a special waterproof membrane on the outside and rendered and plastered and painted on the inside. Other energy efficiency features include an Air Source Heat pump and a plan to put Photovoltaic Panels on the out-buildings. Although the frame came from Herefordshire, much of the subsequent work was carried out by local tradesmen and the unusual owl finials on the front of the house came from a local company in Small Dole! The result is a beautiful, light and airy house which looks remarkably at home in its setting. “We love the house” said Jan. We’ve still got a lot to do but we’ve been in since July this year and it’s been absolutlely fabulous.” Despite the house looking typically English, only the design is home grown as Jan explained: “The oak comes from France, the bricks come from Belgium and the tiles come from Poland – it’s a truly international house! There has been much interest in Jan and Andrew’s house both locally and further afield. They are hoping it will feature on the programme ‘My Flat Pack Home’ this Autumn which is on the Home Channel.

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How clean is your pets mouth?

ast week I had a long overdue check-up at the dentist. Despite my appointment being at 2.30 (no word of a lie!), Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleased to report that the experience was uneventful.

shatter when they are chewed, but instead rub the tooth and remove the tartar. The kibble is larger than normal dry foods, which ensures that it is crunched and not swallowed whole. Generally, feeding these diets as 30% or more of your petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total daily intake will significantly reduce tartar build up and keep their teeth clean. At Hawthorn, we recommend Hills Veterinary Essentials which is a maintenance diet made up of teeth-cleaning kibble. Unfortunately, there will be many pets where instigating brushing or a change of diet is shutting the door after the horse as bolted! Once gum disease and tartar build-up have reached a certain level, then the only way of dealing with the problem is to have a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;dentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performed. This consists of removing tartar using an ultrasonic de-scaler, cleaning and polishing the healthy teeth and possibly removing any diseased or rotten dentition. Dentals have to be carried out under a general anaesthetic at the surgery. What are the signs of dental disease? Dogs and cats are excellent at tolerating and hiding dental pain which would have any normal human being in mortal agony and waving a white flag. As you may have guessed, the primary sign to look put for is halitosis. If it is mildly unpleasant you may get away with a diet change or toothbrushing. But if you dog can melt plastic with his breath, then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably time to get something done about it! Other signs to look out for are bleeding gums or blood on or around the food, dropping food whilst eating, reluctance to eat hard food and excess salivation or drooling. If your dog or cat actually stops eating as a result of dental disease, then the problem will be very far advanced and very painful. If you think your pet may need a dental, then now is the time to act because in the months of December and January, we are running a fixed price dental offer! ÂŁ110 for a cat and ÂŁ140 for a dog. This includes the anaesthetic, descale, polish and any extractions. We also offer FREE dental checks with our nurses, so feel free to book an appointment if you just want to get your cat or dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teeth assessed. If you have any questions regarding your petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dental problems, then please contact us at the surgery and a member of staff will be happy to advise you. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pleased to know that Scoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breath is now as fresh as a summer meadow, in a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;meatyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sort of wayâ&#x20AC;Ś

However, as I sat on the sofa afterwards eating a mars bar and drinking a coffee with eight sugars, I was greeted by our dog, Scout, who came up and gave me a close-up yawn followed by a canine belch. The rancid miasma which permeated my nostrils was enough to put me off my confectionery and I was forced to eat some cake and ice-cream to recover. I am ashamed to say that having been rather busy in the past few months, we had neglected to monitor Scoutâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dental health that had resulted in the kind of weaponâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grade halitosis which could probably get us arrested by the UN! There are several causes of halitosis, but dental disease is by far and away the most common. Halitosis can also be a side effect of metabolic problems such as diabetes, kidney and liver disease. Dental disease manifests in bad breath because the waste products of bacteria in the mouth smell bad! Unhealthy mouths have inflamed gums (gingivitis) and more tartar on the teeth. Bacterial numbers increase between the tooth, tartar and gum which leads to the eye watering aroma that you may receive from your dog, cat or possibly less hygienic relativeâ&#x20AC;Ś Dental hygiene is the pet equivalent to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how clean is your houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on television â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some pets have lovely â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pearly-whitesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, while others would have Kim and Aggie scrabbling for the bacteriology swabs and facemasks from fifty paces! So, what are the options for dogs and cats with halitosis? Prevention is better than cure, so any action that you can take to prevent tartar build up is a good one. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;There is no substitution for mechanical removal of plaque on a daily basisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was the mantra that was drummed into us in dentistry lectures at university â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so much so that I suspect that it was some kind of mechanical device that gave the lectures in the first place. Essentially, this means brushing your petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teeth as often as possible. There is no denying that regular brushing of teeth is the best thing that you Jonathan Underwood MRCVS, Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries can do to prevent dental disease, however, it does hinge 01273 495227 www.hawthornvets.co.uk on having the time and a co-operative â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brusheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in order to be successful. If their TV show is anything to go by, Kim and Aggie would probably advise cleaning teeth with lemon juice and a brillo pad, but these days, meaty flavoured toothpaste and special dog and cat toothbrushes <RXÂśFDQ¡WHDFKDQROGGRJQHZWULFNV do make the job of cleaning your petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teeth much easier. If brushing isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for you (or more likely your dog or cat has made that decision), then you can influence dental hygiene with the diet that you feed. Dental chews and similar can help, but in order for diet to have a meaning- 6SHFLDOLVWLQDJJUHVVLRQ ful effect, dental-friendly food must be fed a significant EHKDYLRXUDOLVVXHV amount of the time. This is not really practical with dental chews as they are designed to be fed in addition to a $QLPDO7UDLQHUIRU)LOP 79 diet, not as a replacement. Also, cats really arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fans of dental chews! There are several diets on the market that 70 are specially designed to prevent tartar build up and keep teeth clean. They consist of kibble (biscuits) that do not (HPPDGDOHLQF#OLYHFRXN


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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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� painting and decorating � kitchens and bathrooms � floor and wall tiling � fencing and decking � garage and loft conversions you and your home treated with respect Tel 01273 491822 Mobile 07775 671167 www.henfieldhomes.co.uk 5 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE


PERSONAL CARERS REQUIRED FULL/PART TIME (QUALIFIED or UNQUALIFIED) To provide quality, specialist care services for adults in their own homes. Henfield, Horsham and Surrounding Areas

Cherish Care is a family business with family values – we provide a service that exceeds all expectations – so our clients tell us.

YOU OFFER: laughter, dignity, respect, dedication, responsibility; able to work as part of a team/alone; keen to learn or achieve a care qualification; own transport; flexible hours. WE PROVIDE: shift work, full/part time, excellent hourly rates with enhanced pay rates for unsocial hours; 28 days holiday; mileage allowance; uniform; paid training; career opportunities; enhanced CRB checks, timed visits. Join our unique team by contacting Denise for an application pack on

01273 494990 or info@cherishcare.co.uk

Cherish Development Centre

Promoting Wellbeing and Growth

A Centre of Excellence for people to enjoy Our Centre is purpose built and our staff fully trained and qualified to provide clubs which have activities, entertainment and company. Our Daily Clubs provide friendship and laughter through: • • • • •

music, song and dance arts and crafts – painting, mosaics, needlework, knitting etc cooking and baking gardening – building and maintaining our own allotment on site social outings As one client said, “When I am here, they know who I am”. PLACES AVAILABLE ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS (Transport to and from the club can be arranged)

Talk to one of our team about how we can help you by calling 01273 494300 or email cherishdevelopment@gmail.com


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CARPET FITTING We will ďŹ t your own carpets

Re-stretching - Repairs - Cleaning Supply underlay - Hardboard - Screeding We supply - carpets, vinyls, laminates and woods

Call Les on:

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DOUBLE GLAZING REPAIRS Repairs to all UPVC and Aluminium Windows, Doors and Conservatories Misted up & broken sealed units � Locks � Seals � Hinges � Handles � Patio Door Wheels � Catflaps � Letterboxes

No Call-out Charge & No VAT

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Installation ďż˝ Testing ďż˝ Certification ďż˝ PAT Testing

Jeremy Crawley Henfield Electrician

01273 492914 07968 335871 jcelectrical@talktalk.net

NEED A LOCAL PLUMBER? ďż˝ repairing / replacing taps ďż˝ un-blocking sinks ďż˝ fixing leaks ďż˝ washing machine/dishwasher installation ďż˝ replacing radiators, pumps, valves etc. original

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Est. 1966 Specialist in all aspects of plastering and rendering. For free estimates and a prompt, friendly service please call Henfield

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l Surveys. Planning and Design

l Residential Projects - large and small

l Extensive knowledge of Listed Buildings l Thirty years in Practice l Small, local family ďŹ rm

l Friendly, helpful advice

See web for full details

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ASPECT PLUMBING & HEATING Boiler servicing/breakdowns l Central heating installation (compliant to Part L) l Bathroom refurbishment l

Landlord & Safety CertiďŹ cates issued All work guaranteed & insured l Local Engineer l l

24 Emergency call out service - No call out charge Call Paul on: 07926 196110

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

TELEPHONE: MOBILE 07885 241844 stenning@btinternet.com


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MARK ATKINSON Interior & Exterior Decorating Wallpaper Specialist

30 Years Experience Henfield (01273) 494044

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE No job too small - Free estimates Complete project planning Including kitchen & bathrooms Working in partnership with local tradesmen

07736 675074

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NOVEMBER 2012 | Finance

Are you throwing away £23,000?


t might come as a shock, but that’s how much it could cost if you don’t shop around to find the best income for your retirement.

Not all annuity providers are equal. Whilst your pension provider may be a good place to save for retirement, that doesn’t necessarily make them the best choice for your annuity when the time comes to retire. In fact, you might be able to increase your income by as much as 19% by using your right to shop around for a better annuity, known as the Open Market Option. To put this into perspective, with a fund of £45,000 that’s roughly the same as someone adding about £8,500 to your pension fund pot. And don’t forget, any extra income you secure is guaranteed to last for your lifetime. Using your Open Market Option allows you to make the most of your existing pension fund by finding a better annuity deal. Our free seminar will explain the process and the myriad of options available to you. Furthermore, you could be one of the estimated 60% of people who could qualify for an “enhanced annuity”. Depending on your medical situation you could improve your lifetime income by around 50% over your pension provider’s annuity offer. In the case of a fund of £45,000 that works out about the same as having your fund boosted by over £23,000. To check if you qualify is simple and we will explain how at our seminar. Research shows that the majority of retirees could qualify for an enhanced annuity and with over 1,500 conditions and lifestyle factors taken into account, this should be the first consideration in your retirement income plans. It is imperative you ensure you are getting the best income you can when you come to take your benefits. That’s where we come in – as independent financial advisers we can explore your options with you and help you maximise your retirement income and even help you to decide whether an annuity is the best

option for you. Please look at the details on the facing page on how to register to attend. Our last seminar was 40% oversubscribed so early booking is essential. Richard Cohen, FPFS, Chartered Financial Planner Nsure Financial Services provide Independent Financial Advice | Nsure Financial Services Ltd, Nsure House, 93 Rowlands Road, Worthing, BN11 3JX. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. To arrange a meeting call Sarah Gray on 01903 821010. www.nsure.co.uk


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Business | NOVEMBER 2012



ven though the economy is barely showing any signs of recovery, you may be planning a Christmas party for your staff - be sure not to let the taxman crush your festive spirits! Paul Samrah of Kingston Smith LLP advises how to celebrate in style.

A staff party paid for by an employer technically counts as a benefit in-kind, on which employees are taxed. However there is an exemption that allows employers to host the event without it being treated as a taxable benefit – provided the cost per head is no more than £150. For the exemption to apply, the event must be generally open to all and not be exclusive to a particular group. However events based on separate working locations or departments of employees are allowed if generally available to all employees within the location or department. Unless the principle of generality is achieved, then the full amount is taxable against the employees who attended. For example, an exclusively Directors event which excluded employees would not qualify for the exemption. Employers may organise more than one annual event and all such events may qualify for relief as long as the cost per head, in any one Tax Year, does not exceed £150 in aggregate. If say, two events are held, one costing £120 per head and the second £50 per head, in total you have breached the £150 limit. In this case, the whole of the first event will fall within the £150 exemption but none of the second. If only one event is held in the year and the sum spent is more than £150 per head, then the full amount spent will become liable to Income Tax and National Insurance (NI) for both staff and employer alike. It is taxed as a benefit which could bring a nasty chill in the New Year. When planning your event and estimating the tax implications, remember that the price per head is calculated on the total number of attendees, that is all staff, their partners and any clients, and not just employees. Secondly, make sure you include all incidental costs. This means adding up not just the venue hire and catering costs but all the other things, such as entertainment fees, taxi fares, overnight accommodation and VAT (whatever the VAT status of the employer). Divide the total cost of each function by the total number of people (including non-employees) who attend in order to arrive at the cost per head. If an HMRC enquiry is

launched, you will need to provide details of all the costs and attendees. Beware of trying to apply the HMRC’s concession to ordinary staff entertaining. You need to hold an event that is clearly a formally organised function. Some employers also make the mistake of charging the party to entertainment in the accounts, then forgetting that an event worth over £150 per head must be disclosed on the P11D. There are potentially harsh penalties for incorrect completion of the forms as well as Corporation Tax implications. It is worth remembering that although VAT on entertainment is not reclaimable, VAT on staff parties can be reclaimed, even if it exceeds £150 per head. This is an extra Christmas bonus not to be overlooked. Turning to gifts for staff from their employer – HMRC do accept nowadays that minor gifts may be provided tax-free for employees. There is no statutory ‘de minimis’ limit, so care is needed. For instance an employer may provide employees with a seasonal gift, such as a turkey, an ordinary bottle of wine or a box of chocolates at Christmas. All of these gifts are considered to be trivial and are as such not taxable. Where there are a large number of employees, the total cost of providing a gift to each employee may be considerable, but where the gift to each employee is a trivial benefit, this principle applies regardless of the total cost to the employer and the number of employees concerned. If the gift extends beyond the trivial, for example from a bottle or two of wine to a case, or from a turkey to a Christmas hamper, you should take advice as it is likely to be treated as a taxable benefit in kind. As a consequence, unless the cost is shown on the employee’s P11d (and the employee pays the tax accordingly) the employer will need to enter into a PAYE settlement agreement with HMRC. The employer will also have a Class 1A (or 1B) NI liability. If the gift comprised non-cash vouchers, the Class 1A NI liability would transfer to a Class 1 NI liability, meaning both employees and employers would be liable. The cost to the employer of providing the vouchers would need to be added to the employee’s gross pay in the pay period that the vouchers were provided, to enable the calculation and deduction of Class 1 NI to be made. Cash presents, such as Christmas bonuses or vouchers redeemable for cash will have to have tax and NI contributions paid through the PAYE system. Finally, if you are considering making Christmas gifts to customers or clients, beware there is a £50 limit in any one Tax Year. The gift must be a business related gift, for example a calendar, clock or pen. It must clearly carry an advertisement for your business, otherwise it will be classed as entertainment expenditure and will be disallowed. www.kingstonsmith.co.uk Paul Samrah, Partner, Kingston Smith LLP, T: 01737 781546 E: psamrah@kingstonsmith.co.uk

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Index of advertisers | NOVEMBER 2012 ACCOUNTANCY, TAX & BOOKKEEPING A&B Matters The Accountancy Practice Kingston Smith LLP R J Dewdney

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Roger Minost Architect


Number One The Laurels





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

54 15 60 54 59 52

Cherish Care Cherish Development Centre Red Oaks Care Home Upper Mead

55 55 50 53

Carpet Fitting Les Sheeran Selectacarpet Vestis Carpet Cleaning

56 49 33

taste...deli Mucky Trucks professional cleaning









Croftonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foot Clinic Emotional Freedom Techniques Goldenâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Square Chiropody Kristina Banner massage Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Physiotherapy Henfield Podiatry Clinic Holistic Angel Massage Julie Craig Fitness Nia Sussex Osteopath & CHC

29 47 28 28 42 29 42 19 28 46 67

BHW Glass Countryman Windows N. Constantine Repairs

58 61 57 58 56 58


Homelands Equestrian

39 12 44

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


Premier Fencing

24 68 59



Braziersâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Autos Coles Automotive Mile Oak Servicing Setyres

59 59 54 48 58 57 60 60




A. Stenning Aspect Plumbing & Heating Aquatec CJ Plumbing Colin Sansom iHeat 2o MC Services PST Plumbing


Optimal Property Services

Emma Dale Dog Training

Marcus Grimes Southern Housing Group


Adrian Over






22 04


Personal Trainer Linda Rusby




Beach Electrical Paul Barnard Jeremy Crawley Electrician

Mr Mole Pest Control


43 28 29 29 11 03

Billy Whizz Transport


Black Design Design Copy Print

57 59 48

Hair and Co Louisa Jayne Partridge Green Natasha Nicoleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nail Bar Pinks The Retreat

Anne Giliberti School of Dance



20 41 33 24


Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Trim Decorating



48 61


Bay Tree Trading Camelia Botnar Steyning Bookshop Stokes Newsagents

Henfield Eye Care

Just Gutters

The Conservatory Co. Countryman Windows




48 18

47 65


60 41 60 52 60 68

B Muzeen Groundworks CB Groundworks and Construction

A1 Henfield Helpline PC Doctor


Beechcroft Landscapes Camelia Botnar Martin Standing The Green Reaper Rooted Rushfields

62 65 66 30 54 02





Nsure PXL Insurance

62 63



The Cat & Canary The Fox Small Dole The George Hotel Tottington Manor The White Hart

16 16 10 41 25

GRP Flat Roofs PR Roofing

56 48

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

46 46 46 31

Amanda Shaw


Stay Home Stairlifts


Contain Yourself Storage Inner Space

47 63

Asda, Ferring


MXT Swim




Henfield Village Cars Personal Car Services

57 24

Aerials and More Bowers and Wilkins

49 61

Alpha Tiling Glen Reid Tiling

41 24




Barbara Ritchie


DC Designer Jewellery Katherine Lawrie

23 29

The Community Church, Henfield Henfield Hall Henfield Leisure Centre Indigo Spiritual Connection

16 49 51 47

Beacon Lettings


Lucy Locksmith


The Green Reaper Southern Beeches The Tree Works

52 52 52

Heritage Conservation


Utility Warehouse


Hawthorn Surgeries








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