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November 2015 #112

Henfield | Small Dole | Woodmancote | Blackstone | Edburton | Fulking


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NOVEMBER 2015 | Contents


07 What’s On




12 News

At the beginning of each month we send the new issue’s cover brief to Helen Boosey, the graphic designer who creates BN5 front covers for us. There’s always a certain amount of trepidation and excitement while we wait for the first proof. This month was no exception. The result was met with oohs and ahhs in the office - we voted the November 15 cover one of our very favourites.

from the BN5 area


32 Local Interest St Barnabas outreach

34 Local History

WWI pilot FW Merriam


39 Local Interest

Remembrance in Henfield


40 Countryside Owls

66 Index

of advertisers

It shows the brave and dashing WWI pilot FW Merriam, grandfather of Henfield resident Sylvia Macintosh, who kindly allowed us to select the image from the wonderful archive of photographs she owns. See Adrian Lee’s article on page 34, thank you Adrian for allowing us to publish. November 15, issue number 112, is also a special one for me because I’ve been publishing BN5 for 10 years now. I started from my spare room with a small laptop and a crash-course (crash being the operative word) in publishing. It got me back to work after two children without the horrible commute to London. Those two boys are now 15 and 12 and there are six of us working on the two magazines in various capacities, part and full timers. We have a circulation of 7,500 and over 150 businesses advertising with us in the two publications. So, a big thank you to the BN5 girls who are quite frankly, brilliant. They are funny, feisty, fabulous and fearless - and they need to be on deadline day! Zoe, Juthy, Sarah, Sue, Emily - thank you for your continued support. Here’s to another 10 years!?!


Best wishes

Copy Deadline Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Adrian Lee, Digby Stephenson and Andrea May. Photography courtesy of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. This month’s BN5 cover image courtesy of Sylvia Macintosh with artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed by Evonprint in Small Dole on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper and is printed using vegetable-based inks.

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NOVEMBER 2015 | What’s on

Saturday 31 October

raffle. £1 including coffee and Jolesfield Community Choir mince pie. Jolesfield School, 7pm (& every Henfield Art Club Weds) HDC Walk Exhibition Email e.carey@sky.com Steyning, 11am (& 17th) Henfield Hall, 10am-4pm 2 mile stroll. Meet at Steyning Henfield Lions Club WEA Henfield Branch Health Centre. Call Linda on George Hotel, 7.30pm (& every Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 01903 816865. 1st Weds) 2.30-4.30pm Call David Pryor on 01273 A talk on ‘Lewes Bonfire Night Knit & Natter and other Sussex traditions’ by Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 494442. 1st Tues) Colin Manton. Chanctonbury Morris Men A drop-in craft group for adults. Woodmancote Parish Hall, Halloween Ball 8-10pm (& every Weds) Action for Deafness The Cat & Canary, 8pm Halloween Disco Henfield Hall, 2pm (every 1st Tues) New Morris dancers or musicians Hearing aid maintenance clinic welcome. Call Clive Funnell on The Plough, 8pm and information, advice and 01273 494377. support.

Sunday 1 November

Aviation Poetry Reading by John Hall

Henfield Parish Council Meeting

HDC Walk

Henfield Garden Club Expert Talk

Henfield Hall, 10am Garden room, Henfield Hall, 7pm Donations for the Poppy Appeal (& every 1st Tues) and Scout Hut Appeal. Washington, 10am Washington-Steyning circular, 9 miles, 3.5 hours. Meet at Washington South Downs Way car park. 01903 745971.

Monday 2

Henfield Hall, 7.30pm ‘The Life and Times of a Gardener’ – a talk by Christine Walkden. Entry by ticket only.

Wednesday 4 HDC Walk

Thursday 5 Rhyme Time

Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs, term time) Fun with music for preschoolers..

Henfield Unattached

White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Thurs) For those who are alone. Call 01273 495820 or drop in.

Tai Chi for over 60s

Maidment Court, 11am-12pm (& every Thurs). Henfield Byways, 10am Southwater Leisure Centre 2-3 miles. Meet at Henfield Know Dementia 10am-12pm (& every Mon) Library. No dogs. Call Anne on Henfield Medical Centre, 1.30Free sports sessions for people 01273 493671. 3.30pm (& every 1st Thurs) with dementia and a family Henfield Computer Club Drop-in for a chat. member. Call 01273 494300. Henfield Leisure Centre, 10amThursday Circle HDC Walk 12pm (& every Weds) Free Church Hall, 2.30-4pm (& Shermanbury, 10am Familiarise yourself with every 1st Thurs) 6 miles, no dogs. Meet at the Bull computers and tablets. Open to Pre-Christmas party. Bring Inn. Call Mike on 01403 242564. all. Just turn up. party hats and enjoy the fun. All Crib The Book Nook welcome. Maidment Court, 2pm (every Mon) The Chapel, Edburton, 10Rotary Club of Henfield & Henfield Badminton Club 11.30am (& every Weds) Steyning Henfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm (& Great selection of books, CDs, The Castle Inn Hotel, Bramber, every Mon) and DVDs. In aid of St Andrew’s, 7.30pm (& every Thurs) Edburton. Contact David Andrew on Bingo 01903 816981 or andrew@ Chatterbox Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am Sobell Court, 2.30pm (every Weds) greathampden.net Contact Carol Rawlings on Henfield Theatre Company (& every Tues) Come and have fun with pre- 01403 226178 or carol.rawlings@ Auditions school play. £1.50 includes saxonweald.com Henfield Hall, 7.30pm (8th 2.30pm) refreshments. Henfield Joggers For March production of Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& ‘Glorious’. See High Street Henfield Self Help notice board or HTC website for every Weds) Christmas Sale more information. See www.henfieldjoggers.co.uk Henfield Hall, 10am- 12pm Cakes, cards, gifts and grand or just turn up.

Sporting Moments

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Friday 6

The Chapel, 11am-4pm (& every Images of War 1914-1918, 2nd Sun) military and civilian photographs Age UK Horsham District Great selection of books, CDs, presented by Jayne Shrimpton. Henfield Dementia Club and DVDs. All proceeds to St Pub Quiz Maidment Court, 10am-3pm (& Andrew’s, Edburton. White Hart, 8.30pm (& 24th) every Fri) Teams up to six, cash prize for For those with dementia and winners. Call 01273 492006. their carers. Price includes lunch, St Peter’s School Open activities and refreshments. Call Week 01403 751327. St Peter’s School, (& all week) Poppy Cross Ceremony For parents / carers of children Knit and Natter who will be 4 before 1 September Residents Lounge, Rayner Court, Henfield Cemetery, 11.30am 2016. Contact 01273 492447 for 10.30am-12pm (& every 2nd Weds) See article page 39. Knitting for charity. Donated appointment. Boards and Banter Steyning Decorative and wool appreciated. Contact Jean Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every Whiting on 01273 493171. Fine Arts 1st Fri) Act of Remembrance The Steyning Centre, 10amA selection of board games and War Memorial, Henfield 11am 12pm (& every 2nd Mon) jigsaw puzzles plus refreshments. Illustrated lecture by Janet A two minute silence. Little Fishes Cannetty–Clarke on Fingals St Peter’s Church, 2-3pm (every Fri) Cave, Mendelsson, Scott For pre-school children and their and Turner. Visitors welcome. St Peter’s Coffee Morning carers. Storytime, songs and Contact 01903 297553 or chair@ St Peter’s Church, 10.30-11.30am (& every 2nd Thurs) steyningdfas.org.uk refreshments. Coffee and homemade cakes. Adur Valley Fine Arts

Monday 9

Wednesday 11

Thursday 12

Saturday 7

Henfield Arts & Crafts Fayre Society (Henfield) Henfield Hall, 10am-4pm See news item.

Sussex Guild Craft Show Hurstpierpoint College, 10am5pm (& Sun 8th) See news item.

Purple Angel Memory Café

Evangelical Free Church Hall, 2-4pm (& 21st) Fun and laughter with games, talk, music, dance etc. All welcome, especially those with memory problems and their family supporters.

St Peter’s Bonfire Night

St Peter’s Primary School, 5-8pm Fireworks at 6pm. Burgers and hotdogs ,also popcorn, candyfloss and toffee apples, and a variety of glowie treats.

Diwali Celebrations

Cat & Canary Pub, 6.30pm Indian street food & entertainment. Booking essential. See page 28.

Sunday 8

Remembrance Sunday See article page 39 for times of parade and service.

Book Nook

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Henfield Hall, 2pm (every 2nd Mon) ‘Krakov: City of Dragons’ by Douglas Skeggs. Guests welcome with member. Contact 01273 494945 or www. a d u r v a l l e y. o rg . u k / A b o u t U s / Register.aspx

Tuesday 10

Gentlemen’s Lunch Club

The Partridge Pub, 12pm (& every 2nd Thurs) Two course lunch and drink for £13. All welcome, especially those with memory problems or who live alone.

Jazzled Choir

Corpus Christ Church Hall, 1.303.30pm (& 26th) Truleigh Hill, Upper Beeding, 2pm Jazz, swing and blues choir for 5 miles, 2 hours. Meet at High everyone including those with Trees Car Park at junction of dementia and their carers. John Crampton Live A283/A2037. 01903 297553. White Hart, 9pm Henfield Flower Club Fantastic live music from this Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (& every one-man band. 2nd Tues) Christmas open meeting with Nick Grounds with ‘Bah Henfield Camera Club Humbug’. Tickets £10 & £10.50 from 01273 492064 / 01273 Henfield Hall, 7.30pm Annual Regnum Print 492911. Competition with eight other Woodmancote Parish Sussex Camera Clubs judged Council Meeting by Nick Scott. Contact alec. Parish Hall, Woodmancote, pelham@btinternet.com 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues) woodmancoteparishcouncil@ HDC Walk gmail.com Wiston/Steyning, 9am Henfield History Group Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every Downland dog walk, 2 miles, 1¼ hours. Meet at Cricket Pavilion. 2nd Tues) Call Sally on 07720 850064.

HDC Walk

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NOVEMBER 2015 | What’s on Charities Christmas Fair Henfield Hall, 10am-1pm See news item.

‘Gatling Camel’

Cat & Canary Pub Rock, soul, reggae and blues.

Talk by Steven Moss, nationally 4sight acclaimed naturalist, writer and Henfield Haven, 10.30am-12pm broadcaster. Free to members, (& every last Thurs) non-members £3. Club for those with sight problems. Speakers, games, quizzes and refreshments. Winter Fair

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Friday 27

Steyning Grammar School, 10am-4pm Hobjoins Barn at Xmas Trefoil Guild In aid of Friends of Steyning Upper Beeding, 1-5pm (& 28th & Grammar School. Stalls, auction, 29th, 11am-5pm) Henfield Guide Hut, 7.30pm (& raffle, food, drink and fun, plus See news item. every 3rd Tues) entertainment in the Drama Hall. Call Mary on 01273 492351. Henfield Camera Club See www.sgs.uk.net Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Christmas Fair The Towers Open Morning Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Second competition with set subject ‘Yellow’ judged by Carol The Towers Convent School, Nursery, 10am-4pm Speight. All welcome. Contact 9am-1pm Visit Father Christmas in his alec.pelham@btinternet.com See the school in action on a grotto. See page 18 for details. normal working day. Contact Andrew’s Church Quiz Ashurst ‘Nearly Christmas’ St 01903 812185. night Fair St Barnabas Outreach Preston Nomads, Clappers Lane, Ashurst Village Hall, 2-4pm 7.30pm Henfield Hall Car Park, 10am-2pm Usual range of stalls with a chance Provides information and advice to buy Christmas goodies, grand Tables of 4, £7.50pp to include on all aspects of hospice and raffle and refreshments. In aid of ploughman’s supper. Popular quiz, please book early. Contact community care. St James’s church. 07812 465557.

Tuesday 17

Wednesday 18

Woodmancote & Henfield WI Henfield Hall Annual Quiz Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (& every 3rd Weds) Talk on ‘The Tudor Kitchen’ by Emma Shelley, freecycle table and flower of the month competition.

Saturday 28

The Henfield Hall, 7.45pm Bar opens 7pm. Includes Steyning Arts at Christmas Ploughman’s Supper. £48 per table The Steyning Centre, 10.30am4.30pm (max 8 people). 01273 493365. Individually created art and craft, refreshments and music. See Heber Opera Why is Church Lane so www.steyningarts.co.uk Steep? Steyning Centre, 6pm WEA Henfield Branch ‘Fairies, phantoms and fiends’ Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Church House, 7.30pm Friends of St. Peter’s Church concert. Tickets £12 (£10 2.30-4.30pm concessions) from www. ‘The birth of St Ives as an event. See news item. heberopera.ticketsource.co.uk, artists’ colony’ by Bernard Allan. or 01273 495220 (office hours). Contact Maureen Lucas on ARC Turkey & Tipple 01273 493966. Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 12-2pm Brass Fusion & Bothy Henfield Art Club Raffle, cards, bric-a-brac and Singers Concert cake. All welcome. Tickets from Henfield Hall, 7.15-9.30pm (& Holy Trinity Church, committee members or on the door. every 4th Tues) Call Alan Harrison 01273 495262. Hurstpierpoint, 6-8pm Cancer as a Long Term Small Dole Tuesday Club Tickets £7 on the door. Contact Condition Heather Hush on 01273 831023. Henfield Medical Centre, 7.30pm Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm (& every 4th Tues) Talk and discussion led by Dr Janet Daly at Heber Opera Gordana Chapman, Macmillan Contact Lead Cancer GP. Booking constancejanetdaly@gmail.com Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, advisable on 01273 493172 / 6pm peter@bateshouse.freeserve.co.uk ‘Fairies, phantoms and fiends’ London Coach Trip concert. Tickets £12 (£10 From Henfield Post Office, concessions) from www. 8.45am prompt Henfield Birdwatch heberopera.ticketsource.co.uk, See news item. Henfield Hall, 7.30pm or 01273 495220 (office hours).

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Farm Shop & Café

Order your locally reared meat, poultry or game from our butcher for the best Christmas dinner ever!! Sussex cheeses and local wines When you need a break take a seat and enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch or tea with us Homemade soups, lunches, cakes and delicious mince pies

Café open daily from 9am Rushfields Farm Shop & Café, Henfield Road, Poynings 01273 857445 www.rushfields.com


AIR CADETS MARK BATTLE OF BRITAIN 75TH ANNIVERSARY On Sunday 20 September the 1140 (Steyning) Air Cadets joined the Royal Air Forces Association, the British Legion, the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service and members of the public in commemorating 75 years since the Battle of Britain with a parade of the Squadron Banner through Steyning High Street followed by a Service at St Andrew’s Church. They also assisted RAFA members with collecting for the Wings Appeal in Steyning High Street on Saturday, collecting almost £250 in four hours!

Following the postponement of last month’s referendum due to concerns raised by some local residents, Henfield’s Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents have now been published by Horsham District Council for a six-week consultation period from Friday 9 October until Friday 20 November 2015. The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are published online at www. horsham.gov.uk/planningpolicy/planning-policy/ neighbourhood-planning/current-neighbourhoodplan-consultations and reference copies are available in the Library and Parish Council Office. Changes to the documents published prior to the referendum have been highlighted in yellow. The key change is the movement of the SE Tyres site from Policy 2 (Housing Site Allocations) to Policy 3 (Mixed Use Site Allocations). Comments can be made by email to neighbourhood.planning@horsham.gov.uk or by post to: Neighbourhood Planning Officer, Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1RL. You can also download a comments form from the above website. Following the consultation and consideration by the independent examiner, it is hoped to hold the referendum in February 2016. It is not thought that the postponement of the referendum will cause a significant delay to the adoption of the Plan. All postal votes for the postponed referendum will be confidentially destroyed. Everyone in Henfield Parish with a permanent postal vote will receive one automatically once the referendum is reorganised. Updates will be posted at www.horsham.gov.uk Henfield Parish Council

This was just one of the busy weekends in September; the others were taken up with putting into practice camp craft skills learnt earlier in the year, a swimming competition and the Annual Wing Training Weekend held at Crowborough Camp. At the camp the cadets competed against the other Sussex Squadrons in events including: drill, band, first aid, aircraft recognition, target shooting, and raft building. They also took part in climbing, archery, clay pigeon shooting and orienteering. The Air Cadets parade on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Cadet Centre, Shooting Field from WW1 EXHIBITION 7-9.30pm. All boys and girls from Years 8 upwards Coinciding with Remembrance, the Henfield are welcome. Museum currently has a temporary exhibition CM Tucker, Flt Lt RAF VR(T), Officer Commanding from a private collection which features objects and ephemera relating to World War One. It includes trench art, war medals and photographs amongst other items and the exhibition will run until December. Opening times are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10-12noon, Wednesdays 2.30-4.30pm, and COWFOLD BASE Saturdays 2.30-4pm. D PLUMBER The Friends of Henfield Museum group is now up SPECIALISING IN and running. Current projects now include guided Complete Bathroom Installation & Tiling historical walks around the village, restarting the Free Estimates, No Call Out Charge oral history project, working with local schools, publicising the museum more, refreshing and email: cleve@cjplumbing.co.uk developing its displays and collection care. Email Call Cleve on 07931 330392 friendsofhenfieldmuseum@gmail.com or www. facebook.com/friendsofhenfieldmuseum Alan Barwick 1 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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NOVEMBER 2015 | News TRACY’S 500-50 CHALLENGE UPDATE Following our article in October’s BN5 magazine about fundraiser Tracey Prescott, she’s now had a new logo and t-shirts printed for her extreme fundraising challenge. If you can help her reach her goal, please see her updated fundraising page. Thank you for www.virginmoneygiving.

30 November.The Haven will be operated by local charity Impact Initiatives who are currently busy recruiting the staff to help to create a lively and active centre. A feature will be the Haven Café, where customers, carers, family and friends can enjoy a chat and delicious snacks – we would love to see you there. For more details about the services that will be available please contact Impact’s Donna Bailey on 01273 729603 / 07584 490190 or donna.bailey@ impact-initiatives.org.uk . You can check on progress by visiting www.henfieldhub.com Digby Stephenson


Come and join Henfield Caroler’s at the Spirit of Christmas night on Friday 11 December to sing for the Children’s Society and raise much needed funds. All ages are welcome and we will only sing for some of the evening. all your support. There will be a short practice on Sunday 29 com/777fundraising November for those who are free. If you are not OPENING DATE FOR THE NEWLY able to come to the practice, then just come along RENOVATED HENFIELD HAVEN on the night. For further details contact Hilary on Though much still remains to be done, the Henfield 01273 494213 or hilary@greenacres141.freeserve. Haven (formerly Hewitt’s Day Centre) is on track co.uk to open for business on Monday 23 November, Hilary Green with a formal launch during the week beginning

Christmas Shoots at my studio in Henfield

14th & 22nd November Tel: 07976 824923

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On Sunday 20 September 2015 Henfield Family Funeral Services Ltd sponsored the first Henfield Family Funeral Community Cup at Henfield Bowling Club. Teams from Hurstpierpoint, West Hoathly and Burgess Hill Bowling Clubs took part with prizes kindly donated by the sponsors. With the sun shining, a great day was enjoyed by all. There were some great matches between the clubs it was a close result with Henfield winning overall by only two points. A silver salver was presented to Men’s Captain Steve Williams. Henfield Bowling Club wishes to thank Henfield Family Funeral Services for their generous sponsorship and everyone looks forward to competing again next year. Gill Feltham

On Saturday 21 November S t e y n i n g Grammar School will open its doors at 10am to host the 25th Steyning Grammar School Winter Fair. This vibrant, festive and fun event is a popular community event, which attracted over 1,000 visitors last year and raised a fantastic £7,800. This year as well as the commercial stalls, school stalls, auction, raffle, food, drink and fun, there is a special programme of entertainment taking place in the Drama Hall with performances from Ariel Drama Academy and Steyning Grammar School students. To book a stall email catherinevstone@ googlemail.com or click on the Community tab at www.sgs.uk.net Suzanne Terrington



Don’t forget to visit our stall at the Charities Fair in the Henfield Hall on Saturday 14 November. We look forward to our Christmas Starts Here Concert on 3 December and we hope to see you there. We are grateful for the continuing support of C&T Radmall Funeral Services in our fund raising activities.

On Thursday 26 November there will be a coach trip to London for village residents, providing easy access to the capital for a day’s shopping, sightseeing or a theatre matinee. The coach will leave Henfield Post Office at 8.45am prompt and will drop off at the Aldwych on The Strand. It departs from the same point at 6.15pm. The coach trip is run as a non-profit making service and costs only £15 per person. To book a place, contact Gill on 07713 161343.


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Henfield Rainbows, Brownies and Guides enjoy Gill Feltham lots of fun activities including: cooking, crafts, canoeing, sailing, challenges, games, day trips, adventures, camping, day trips and international opportunities. We currently have spaces at Rainbows on Mondays and Tuesdays for girls aged 5-7, Brownies on a Tuesday for girls aged 7-10 and Guides on a Wednesday for those aged 10 and above. To register your daughter please visit https://enquiryym.girlguiding.org.uk/ Are you 18 or over and wishing you could do all this too? You can! We need help at Rainbows and Guides to keep providing these opportunities. Open Wednesday to Saturday Whether you used to be a Brownie, Guide or 10am to 4:30pm helper, or have no experience of Guiding, it doesn’t matter, please join us! Call us on 01273 494470. The Pump House, High Street, Natalie Denning Henfield, BN5 9DA

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A FESTIVE DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Make sure you put Friday 11 December in your diary, when Henfield High Street celebrates Christmas! Shops will be open late with many offering mulled wine and Christmassy nibbles to their customers. It’s a great opportunity to purchase some unique local gifts while supporting local businesses and producers. There will be special offers, delicious festive food and the High Street will be twinkling with festive lights and cheer. Children can enjoy the funfair and if they’ve been really good, Santa might just put in an appearance! They can join in the wonderful ‘Sheep Trail’ and spot the knitted sheep in the High Street. There will

be roasted chestnuts, hotdogs, carol singing and Christmas stalls, and you can enjoy the beautiful window displays, afterwards you can rest your feet and enjoy some hospitality at one of our Henfield pubs. It’s a lovely way to start the festive season, meet your friends and enjoy all that Henfield has to offer. Do come and join in the fun between 4-8pm in the High Street! If you’re interested in a charity stall on the night, or you’re a local business who’d like to get involved, please contact Carol Eastwood at Henfield Community Partnership enquiries@ henfieldcp.org Carol Eastwood

HEBER OPERA NEWS Heber Opera will be performing two exciting concerts in November exploring the darker side of opera: ‘Fairies, Phantoms and Fiends’. The programme will include witches in scenes from Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Macbeth (Verdi), fairies as portrayed by Vaughan Williams, Purcell and Sulllivan, and ghosts from Sullivan’s Ruddigore and Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. Even vampires will be under the microscope as Heber Opera will also be including extended excerpts from a little-known opera by Heinrich Marschner, Der Vampyr.

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Entertainment, Raffle, Christmas Tea, Fun & Laughter

Sunday 6th December Henfield Hall 2pm to 5pm Fred Delius – performer and musician extraordinaire Lou Beckerman – international Jazz singer leads the community choir


Gaynor Ryan – providing music & dance from RDA Tickets only £8 - available now from info@knowdementia.co.uk or 01273 494300 All proceeds to support the work of the Charity Registered Number – 1154361

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NOVEMBER 2015 | News The concerts take place on 22 November at the Steyning Centre and on 29 November at Hurstpierpoint Village Centre. Performances start at 6pm, tickets are £12 (£10 concessions) www.heberopera.ticketsource. co.uk or 01273 495220 (office hours). Gillian Goodsman

THANK YOU HENFIELD Once again Henfield businesses excelled in their generosity at the recent memorial football match between Henfield and RSPCA teams. The raffle alone raised £411 and with the profit from the barbecue donated by Karen and Mia at the Plough, £581 was raised altogether. Our aim was £600 and the generosity of two of our friends who added to the fund meant we reached – and exceeded – this figure with £621 raised on the night. The money raised was split between the Henfield Football Club and the RSPCA. The RSPCA portion will go to the Lockwood Centre to provide equipment to rehabilitate rescued horses and donkeys. This was the 17th game played in our son’s memory and each year we continue to be amazed, delighted and very proud at how many people look forward to the evening and enjoy raising money to help these two good causes in the process. David and Angela Pennicard

HENFIELD BP GUILD CHRISTMAS! Never idle, our Guildsmen are now busy choosing the Christmas tree that will be put up outside Barclays Bank. They also invite you to consider your child’s present that Santa can deliver on Christmas Day. To cover costs of the carrots for his reindeer and refreshment of his elves, the Guild seek £2.50 per child. Chosen presents/parcels will need to be delivered to a secret location in Henfield. Full details on this will be provided in the December editions however if you cannot wait, do contact Graham on 01273 492402 or 07961 593729. The Guild’s Christmas Collection Schedule with Father Christmas on his sleigh and a recording of BP Guild members singing carols will also be available next month. The Guild also welcomes contributions to its everpopular jumble sale and auction that will be held on 12 December in the Henfield Hall. Contact Tony Westwood on 01273 492172 if you have any jumble you wish to deliver or you if you have any large items you wish us collect. Kenneth McIntosh

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Following the success of Hobjoins Barn’s community Christmas event last year, we have decided to do it all again! There will be gifts, handmade wreaths, beautiful oak furniture, artwork and treasures for sale as well as an array of pieces from local artists. Mulled wine, mince pies and cakes will also be available and all refreshment donations and selected items for sale will raise money for the wonderful place that is St Barnabas House Hospice. Last year at Xmas we raised over £500 for St Barnabas House. Please help support this charity and local crafts people by attending this event that will take place on Friday 27 (1-5pm), Saturday 28 (11am-5pm) and Sunday 29 (11am-5pm) November. Visit www.hobjoins.co.uk Lucy Black See our new website! www.bn5magazine.co.uk | 1 7

News | NOVEMBER 2015 the West Sussex Weekends event would attract cyclists of all persuasions, and it definitely did. It was great to see families here, confirming that cycling is for everyone to enjoy.” For inspiration on where to visit in West Sussex and for ideas for walking and cycling routes, visit www.westsussex-weekends.com Steve Sole & West Sussex County Council

HENFIELD THEATRE COMPANY’S NEXT PRODUCTION HUNDREDS ATTEND PARTRIDGE GREEN CYCLING DROP-IN EVENT Pedal power won the day in September with hundreds of people attending a free drop-in event in Partridge Green to celebrate the West Sussex countryside Nearly 150 people claimed their free coffee and cake at the event held at Stan’s Bike Shack on Sunday 26 September, and many more dropped in to take part in the activities. The drop-in event was held as part of the West Sussex Weekends campaign to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy and share favourite walking and cycling routes in the county. Steve Sole, owner of Stan’s Bike Shack, said: “We hoped

The Henfield Theatre Company’s New Year Production will be Glyn Robbins’ play version of the C.S. Lewis classic ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. The original story, published in 1950, records the adventures of four ordinary English children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, who find themselves in the magical land of Narnia by way of a wardrobe that they stumble across in an old house. The play focuses on all of the most exciting and memorable parts of the book, with great dialogue that preserves the integrity of this magical tale. The production will thoroughly entertain all age groups and is certainly one not to be missed. ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ will run from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 January with evening performances each day and a matinee on the Saturday. The production is directed by Kevin Locke and sponsored by Miss Potts Pottery. Tickets will be on sale at Stevens Estate Agents from 1 December. More information will follow next month. Martin Love

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS Henfield Parish Council (HPC) sets aside a small sum of money each year to give a number of grants to local clubs and organisations. If you would like to apply for funding, please do so in writing to Henfield Parish Council at the Henfield Hall, or email us at office@henfield.gov.uk. If possible, please include a copy of last year’s accounts and let us know what the grant will be used for. Council encourages local groups to apply. The closing date for applications is Friday 4 December. A further vacancy has arisen on Henfield Parish Council due to the resignation of Mr David Hodgkin. Our thanks go to David for his time spent working on Council and we hope that he will continue to let us have the benefit of his expertise as the village Tree Warden. The renovation of the football pitches on the Memorial Field has taken another step forward, as the topographical survey has now been carried out and the consultant will shortly submit his report to Sport England. It is anticipated that work will actually commence in spring 2016, but that the pitches will not then be available for football again 1 8 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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NOVEMBER 2015 | News until the 2017/18 season, as the extent of the work being carried out will necessitate a long settling period. And finally a huge thank you to Tony Jackson for his efforts Chairing the Henfield Community Partnership (HCP) over the past 10 years, as he finally stepped down from the role in September. His accomplishments have been well documented elsewhere, but I will say that Henfield has benefitted greatly from his efforts! I know that we will continue to see Tony, as he concentrates his efforts now towards the development of the Henfield Haven. Welcome therefore to Carol Eastwood, who has taken over the role as Chair of the HCP. I look forward to working with Carol over the coming months. Kevin Wright

showpiece of Henfield’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. Top of the bill is local Royal Opera singer Sidonie Winter; supported by Martin Buss on cornet and local band Brass Fusion, who will be accompanying the community carols. There will be contributions from other local soloists, St Peter’s School Choir; and the Bothy Singers. As in previous years there will be contributions from the local clergy and the Friends of St Barnabas will be serving mulled wine and mince pies during the interval. Seating is reserved, priced at £7 (under 16’s £3), and can be purchased from Henfield Furnishings from Monday 9 November. Nigel Stevens

CHRISTMAS SALE Henfield Self Help Group look forward to welcoming friends, old and new, to their Christmas Sale on 3 November from 10 am to 12noon. There will be opportunities to meet some of the Group members, find out about our activities and enjoy coffee and warm mince pies. Cakes, cards and gift will be on sale and there will be a Grand Raffle. Entrance is only £1. Stephen Dexter

KICK IT Does your son or daughter like football? Do you want to get them playing from a young age? Do you want to see if football is the game for them? If so, ‘Kick It’ is the club for you. Set up by Sam Witherden and Andrew Serby, the one hour session on Saturday mornings from 9-10am at Henfield Youth club will teach kids the basics of football, as well introducing them to the ‘beautiful game’. Sam and Andrew, along with other selected coaches, are fully insured and CBS checked. Kick It is a non-profit making business aimed at giving something back to the localcommunity and kids a head start in their footballing careers. For more information and to add your child to the group please email kickit442@hotmail.com Sam Witherden and Andrew Serby

CHRISTMAS STARTS HERE! The Friends of St Barnabas are promoting a charity concert entitled ‘Christmas Starts Here!’ on Thursday 3 December 2014, at 7pm in the Henfield Hall. This concert is an annual

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To see and purchase the very best of designer crafts in Sussex visit the Sussex Guild Christmas Contemporary Craft Show in Hurstpierpoint held in the Sports Hall at Hurst College on 7 and 8 November. Visitors will find a spectacular variety of work with designer makers showing their unique, well-designed and beautiful crafts including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, printmaking, textiles and wood. Café Murano will be serving delicious light lunches, sandwiches and cakes in the Music Room. Admission to the event is £2 (students and children free) with readmission throughout the weekend; times: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. There is ample free parking at Hurst College. Visit www. thesussexguild.co.uk or call 01273 479565. Helen Warren

Congratulations to Eric Huxham, Ursula Shepherd, Imogen Osborne, Tara Clark, Finty George and Cherry Ellis who were confirmed by the Rt Rev’d Mark Sowerby, the Bishop of Horsham, at St Peter’s Church on 27 September. Eight other candidates from Holy Trinity (Hurstpierpoint) and St John the Evangelist (Burgess Hill) were also confirmed at the same service. Louise Clark

HART RESPONSE CALLS During the last quarter (July-September) HART attended a number of 999 calls at the request of the ambulance service, providing care prior to the arrival of the ambulance, as follows: 30 category A calls. These are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions where speed of response may be critical. 11 category C calls. These are calls where the patient is deemed not to have an immediately life threatening condition, but does require an assessment by an ambulance clinician or transport to hospital. 10 pre-alert calls. These are calls which have not been categorised initially. HART would like to thank the local community for their continued support. Anne Pryor

GET FRUITY WITH FRIENDS OF HENFIELD MEDICAL PRACTICE Help us raise funds for vital equipment in your surgery by donating fresh fruit and small baskets for our tombola stall the Charities Christmas Fayre. Please bring along to the Medical Centre before Friday 13 November. Thank you for your support Elizabeth Ross-Talbot (07795101881) 2 0 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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DARK STAR FOUNDATION SEEKS WORTHY CAUSES The Dark Star Foundation – created by Partridge Green based brewer Dark Star - is seeking worthy causes to apply for funding. In 2014 the Dark Star Foundation was able to assist Partridge Green Players, Sussex Sailability, Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy, PG Munchkins, Age UK Horsham, Cancer UK and Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre. James Cuthbertson of Dark Star said: “We are very proud to have supported so many worthy local causes last year, we just hope that more organisations will hear about what we do and will apply. It’s very important to our whole team that we invest and support our local community.” To submit an entry to apply for funding, please visit www.darkstarbrewing.co.uk/foundation James Cuthbertson

COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED Henfield Youth Club is in urgent need of a new Secretary for the committee and general committee members. If you are able to volunteer some of your time to this hugely worthwhile village resource, please contact the Youth Club on 01273 492161 or email henfieldyouthclub@tiscali.co.uk we would love to hear from you. Debbie Slaughter

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This is a plea on behalf of Henfield Football Club to remind Henfield dog owners of the dangers of allowing your dog to foul on the sports pitches at The Kingsfield and The Rothery Field in particular. This has been an increasing problem over the last few months, with club coaches having to clear up before games can commence. There are adequate dog waste bins at both locations. A single gram of dog waste contains 23 million faecal bacteria and can cause blindness, kidney disorders and stomach disorders in humans, particularly children. Dog faeces can contain whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, parvo, salmonellosis and cryptosporidiosis to name but a few. So please bag it and bin it, don’t leave it to others or even worse, allow a child to become ill or permanently disabled. Simon Andrews.

WHY IS CHURCH LANE SO STEEP? Have you ever wondered why the gradient of Church Lane is so steep? Come to Church House on Church lane at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 November and hear Bill Avenell, a specialist in Geography, give an informative, illustrated presentation. Commencing with a general appreciation of West Sussex, he will go on to cover farms, modern settlement, communication, housing and architectural styles and other issues concerning the environment. This event, promoted by The Friends of St Peter’s, comes at a fortuitous time, given the deferment of the Referendum on the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan when, before casting our vitally important votes, we will need to address such items of flooding, fracking, housing and planning. Tickets cost £8 (Members £7) and are available from Jasmines or from 01273 492294. Anthony Abbott

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THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH We, at St Andrew’s Church, Edburton, have produced an entertaining and limited edition calendar in aid of church funds, illustrated by local author and cartoonist the Reverend Graham Jeffery. The calendar is A4 in size with a ‘monthto-view’ and a spiral top and hanging loop. Each month has an illustration and a thought-provoking saying, below which is plenty of room for daily engagements. Priced only £5, it is now in local outlets including: Small Dole Stores, Rushfields Plant Centre, The Fox pub, Shepherd and Dog pub, Coles Automotive, Henfield Leisure Centre, Springs Smoked Salmon, Wayfield Farm Shop in Pyecombe, the Good Food Shop in Portland Road Hove, St Olave’s Bookshop in Chichester, The White Room in Storrington and The Big Beach Cafe in Hove. For more information and also how to order and buy online, visit www. downlandchurches.co.uk Jane Warne

INTERNET FRAUD WARNING We received a call to the BN5 office from a local lady who was subject to a clever and complicated internet scam. She would like to warn others to be alert to the risks, and to highlight that the

scammers are getting more sophisticated and believable. The lady was sent an email with a link to update her computer to Windows 10. The email appeared to be genuine so she clicked on the link. It took her through a variety of options, and she requested ‘help and advice’ to download the update. The person she spoke to was confident, had prior knowledge of her details which gave credence to their story, and before too long they had gained access to her computer remotely. Before she knew it, her bank details appeared on the screen and she was being asked to pay a yearly ‘help-desk’ charge in dollars. Luckily no cash was removed from the account. If you have concerns about the validity of emails, do not download or click on links. You can get further help from members of the Henfield Computer Club, which takes place on a Wednesday, 10am12 midday at Henfield Leisure Centre. Details can be found at www.bn5magazine.co.uk/clubsand-groups/henfield-computer-club/ or by calling 01273 492620. Editor

WILDLIFE HIT SQUAD NEEDS YOU Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Saturday Conservation Hit Squad needs volunteers (aged 16+) to help keep their nature reserves in tip-top shape. It’s good fun, good exercise and good for the wildlife of Sussex. No experience is needed and tools are provided, you just need to bring lunch and drinks for the day. The Hit Squad travels to beautiful locations across Sussex, meeting at Woods Mill, Henfield at 9am for a lift, returning around 4pm, or meet them at a reserve near you. It’s a great way to meet new friends with an interest in wildlife; some people come along every week, others once or twice a month. To find out more please call Liz Francis on 01273 497562 or email lizfrancis@sussexwt.org.uk Sue Curnock

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Charity | NOVEMBER 2015

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ne of the perks of having our office right in the centre of Henfield is that we are more involved in day-to-day village life. So when a truck emblazoned with the St Barnabas House hospice logo drove into the Henfield Hall car park earlier this year and opened its doors, we immediately popped over to investigate. The truck opens up into a warm and welcoming display area and inside I found the wonderfully friendly Marcelle Palmer and Shaun Dicker from the St Barnabas House Hospice Outreach project. The principle aim of the project is to improve the way people access information and support related to end of life care. Marcelle, who is a fully qualified senior nurse, talked me through how it all works: “Basically our purpose is to take information and advice on life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life care out into communities. People can come and sit down in the warm and have a cup of tea and chat about anything that is worrying them.” The team are happy to talk about any aspect of life-limiting illnesses, from cancer to parkinsons, and dementia to heart disease, as well as endof-life care and bereavement. Shaun, Project Support Worker, showed me the wealth of information they carry on-board about local and national support groups. For those who wish to talk in private, there is also a separate room that can be closed off. The specialist Outreach staff work closely with GPs and community health care teams to give advice and support in areas of symptom management as well as emotional, spiritual, psychological and bereavement support for patients, their families and significant others. “Our care professionals do fantastic work, but sometimes they assume

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that someone else will tell a patient about relevant support groups and other sources of information” explained Marcelle: “People often come on-board a bit lost, overwhelmed and sometimes fearful. It’s very common for people dealing with life-limiting illnesses, including carers, to think that they should be able to manage on their own and they are often reluctant to ask for help. But after talking to us hopefully they leave feeling empowered and with a bit of hope.” The service launched 18 months ago and is still evolving: the team are still working out which locations work the best. As well as Henfield, the truck has regular visits to car parks outside libraries, hospitals, shopping centres, supermarkets and garden centres. “The St Barnabas House hospice is a well-known and trusted name across West

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NOVEMBER 2015 | Charity Sussex and the truck is very visible. People are inquisitive – they’ll often pop in just to find out what we’re all about.” said Marcelle. Another important part of the remit of the Outreach Service is to de-bunk the myths around dying and to encourage people to plan ahead: “We find that people find it really liberating to talk anonymously – they only have to share what they want to share” explained Shaun. “And there’s no time pressure, if people want to chat for an hour, they can chat for an hour.” There are many myths around hospice care and Marcelle, with her expertise in palliative care, is well qualified to talk about the reality: “Hospices are not just about the last few days of life, they can help both patients and their families throughout life-limiting illnesses. And we continue to help families after their loved one has died.” If people want to find out about how they can volunteer and help St Barnabas House hospice, then Marcelle and Shaun are more than happy to point them in the right direction. But as Marcelle explained, the Outreach service is not about fundraising: “We’re purely here to talk to people about their concerns and provide advice where we can and signpost people on to other organisations where appropriate. It’s fantastically satisfying to able to help people.” Sarah Butler

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Local history | NOVEMBER 2015

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s the UK continues to commemorate the centenary of WWI, we were delighted when local resident Sylvia Macintosh contacted us to share her grandfather’s memoirs and photographs with us: Frederick Warren Merriam, known simply as FW, was an aviation ace who played an crucial role in training British WWI pilots. The following is an edited version of an article written by Adrian Lee, which first appeared in The Express in July 2014. As the clock ticked down to the start of World War I the British air force was nothing short of a shambles. It was barely five years since the first aircraft flew across the Channel and aviation was still in its infancy. The latest bi-planes were cumbersome, desperately unreliable and prone to crashing. Although the Royal Flying Corps had been founded in 1912, military top brass doubted that aircraft would play any meaningful role in the looming conflict. The entire strength of our air force when war was declared was just 111 planes, along with a squadron of reconnaissance balloons, and the RFC was vastly outnumbered by its German equivalent. There was also a

shortage of skilled pilots because flying was considered a rather frivolous rich man’s hobby and few ordinary enthusiasts could afford the £75 licence fee. Into that background stepped a dashing aviator called Frederick Warren Merriam whose claim to fame was becoming the first pilot to fly through

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the clouds. Merriam was a 34 year-old instructor at Brooklands Aerodrome in Surrey and was widely considered to be the nation’s finest aviator: in 1914 he was approached to lick novice fliers into shape. Ever since he was a very young boy Merriam’s ambition had been to fly. Before the war he’d competed in air races for prizes in a flimsy boxkite aircraft. On one occasion Merriam crashlanded upside down in a sewage farm and emerged unhurt but stinking from the wreckage. Many years later the incident would become an inspiration from a scene in the comedy film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. At the time flying was a perilous occupation. It was not uncommon for engines to become unattached and the pilots did not wear harnesses, so frequently fell from their aircraft. FW, clearly unimpressed by some of the aircraft in service, described one as “a flying death trap”. Merriam described how the pilots initially took to the skies carrying whatever weapons were to hand: “None of our machines were equipped with offensive weapons,” he wrote. “Everyone who could fly took off with a passenger armed with a rifle. I cannot resist a smile at the thought of our makeshift squadron with its rifles roaring into the air against the might of Germany.” By 1915 the government had no doubt about the important role of aircraft in the war and Merriam was receiving “shoals of pupils arriving weekly.” One of his students was Canadian Roy Brown who was credited with shooting down the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Despite his poor eyesight Merriam occasionally climbed into an aircraft to take on the ‘gas bags’ that were becoming a growing nighttime menace.

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“We received instructions that if we were to encounter a Zeppelin and fail to destroy it with our rifles and hand grenades we were to ram it,” Merriam wrote. They were highly dangerous missions and, without any navigation devices, there were heavy British casualties. Eventually the warplanes were fitted with machine guns and that year one of his star pupils, flying in a tri-plane, encountered an entire German squadron and managed to bring down two enemies. Yet Merriam was always envious of the front-line pilots and was overjoyed when he was allowed to take part in anti-submarine patrols. In the autumn of 1917 he was flying over the North Sea when he spotted a U-Boat and dived in to attack, while priming his bombs by hand. Moments later FW was celebrating as his explosives hit the conning tower. Merriam took great pride in seeing the strides made by the young pilots. He wrote: “I experienced great satisfaction in seeing my fledglings soar and I could not help feeling that my work had been of some national importance.”

After the war Merriam continued to fly and opened his own gliding club on the Isle of Wight. He was working on his memoirs at the time of his death aged 76 in 1956 and his granddaughter, Sylvia, recently uncovered his notes. “In his retirement my grandfather spent a lot of time pottering round the garden, or working on his book, and never really spoke much about his war-time exploits” she explained. “I was more excited that he taught me to swim and it was only later when I became more interested in his background.” Adrian Lee Merriam’s memoirs and anecdotes from pilots he trained have been collated into a book ‘Echoes from Dawn Skies’ which will be published shortly.

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NOVEMBER 2015 | Local interest

Henfield remembers


lub chairman Digby Stephenson stated that Remembrance Day in Henfield has, over recent years, become an event that has drawn together villagers and visitors from our surrounding area. Working closely with the Parish Council and three local Churches, the Club is proud of its contribution, and honoured to be the custodian of our War Memorials. Founded in 1919 as The Comrades of the Great War Club we are pleased to carry forward this tradition, and count the Royal British Legion as an integral part of our membership. Following the service at the War Memorial on November 8th the Club will be open to all attendees for light refreshments. Friday 6th November at 11:30 6th Year children say a short eulogy and lay a poppy cross at each of the 11 service graves in the cemetery, followed by a single cross on the Memorial Wall to recognise all the fallen Henfield servicemen & women who are not buried in our cemetery. All welcome. Sunday 8th November 09:15 Parade will rendezvous at the War Memorial outside ate Henfield Club and march to St Peter’s Church

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09:45 Remembrance Day service 10:30 Parade returns from Church to the War Memorial 10:50 Short service, including wreath laying 11:15 Refreshments in the Henfield Club. Wednesday 11th November 11:00 2 minutes silence at the War Memorial Villagers are encouraged to come into the Henfield Club to view the newly created “Memorial Alcove”. This includes one of the 800,000 + poppy field that was so movingly created last year at the Tower of London. The Club’s most distant member, Squadron Leader Colin Rippey, RNZF (Retd) bought one of the poppies in memory of his grandfather. Sergeant Donald McLean, New Zealand 4th Auckland Regiment, who died 6th October 1917, Aged 23. He is buried in the New British Cemetery at Zonnebeke in Belgium. The poppy was sent to Colin’s home in Auckland, and last month it completed its world circumnavigation when he flew it back to the UK and presented it to Club Chairman Digby Stephenson. Digby Stephenson

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n the huge willow tree next door, something large is flapping about and then cutting through the night air with a high-pitched, raucous squeak. A dark shape swoops out gliding to rest on the neighbour’s roof. The creature is the tawny owl, its fat round shape silhouetted on the chimney like in a picture book. Autumn is here and the tawny owls will use their voices to the full to defend their territories. Quivering ‘hoo-hoos’ and rising ‘ker-wicks’ fill the dark garden and trees. The classic ‘Tu-whit’ ‘tuwhoo’ is female call and male response. The young owlets born in spring are now trying to take hold of their own patch. Their dappled fluffy bodies and round eyes, black as ebony, look almost cat-like. Sometimes the males fight over territories and can sound like a couple of brawling toms. The tawny owl is a nature success as there are around 50,000 breeding pairs in Britain. They make their homes in woodland, parks and towns in the holes of big trees and sometimes in old squirrel nests. Once a pair of owls has claimed their territory they may stay all their lives, catching 4 0 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

and eating frogs, small birds and mammals and worms. Tawny and little owls drop from trees, poles and roofs onto their prey, or like barn owls, glide low while hunting for rodents. The felling of large broad-leafed trees, rodent poison and cars are some of the dangers that our owls face. Now is a good chance to hear and see the nocturnal and vocal tawny owl. Take a walk down the rich wildlife corridor of the Downs Link, or onto the fields at dusk west of the village. I did going south of Hollands Lane and one flew silently, inches past my head, and perched low on a tree in front of me. It was thrilling to see the great round head turned easily 90-degrees left and how it settled itself on the branch rocking side-to-side. The bird looked west over fields, mixed hedges and trees down to the pastures around the River Adur and the Downs beyond. For small children frightened of the owl’s strange night sounds, read the gorgeously illustrated ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and the eerie noises could become more familiar and friendly. Andrea May

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Henfield Birdwatch 2015 I

n 2014 Henfield Birdwatch members started work on our 4th survey report . They recorded the birds in their gardens, made a note of other birds seen and heard around the Parish (roving records) and our area surveyors completed their monthly survey walks in their various patches. During 2015 we have input the data and our area surveyors have written their reports. Members have provided their own photos, drawings and linoprints and the publication is ready to go. Our 2010 report won the Marsh Local Ornithology Award presented by The British Trust for Ornithology.

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On 20th November we will publish the report and, to celebrate, we have a guest speaker at the Henfield Hall. He is Stephen Moss, a nationally acclaimed naturalist, writer and broadcaster who was the original producer of Springwatch. He is a great speaker and very entertaining. We’d love you to come along for a 7.30pm start. Admission is free for members and £3.00 for non-members.

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Puppy Pitfalls


s this is the November edition, the chances are when you are reading this that Christmas is only around seven weeks away! If you’re like my wife, Annelise, you’ll probably have been thinking of and buying presents since Boxing Day last year. I on the other hand am confident I can sort everything out on the 23rd December – thank God for Amazon Prime! The old adage that “a puppy is for life, not just for Christmas” is as true as ever, however, there are still many 4 legged new additions to the family around the festive period. Even pet owners with the best intentions can get caught out, so I thought that it would be useful to put down a few words of advice if you are considering getting a new puppy. Unforeseen problems can occur with even the best bred dog, but making sure that your pup is as healthy as possible when he or she arrives will help avoid additional complications. I bought a second hand car last year, and on reflection, there are many parallels between buying a car and a pet. Granted, I’ve never come across a Labrador with a dipstick or heard of anyone test-driving a border terrier, but in terms of decision making prior to a purchase, there are definite similarities! Do your research: Decide on what is the best breed for you! A 2-seater convertible may be great fun to drive, but isn’t much good for a family of four. Equally, don’t go buying a large breed dog if you don’t have the space outside or the time to walk it. Make sure that you have considered the requirements of your new addition and that you can accommodate them. It’s also advisable to research the breeder. If they are kennel Club registered, this provides a good degree of confidence that the

breeder is reputable. However, many respectable breeders are not Kennel Club Registered. If so, ask for a reference of someone else who has purchased a puppy from them – honest breeders will not have a problem with this. Meet the vendor: Just as it is inadvisable to meet someone at some motorway services to test drive and buy a car, the same applies to purchasing a pet. Always make sure to go the breeder’s house and at least see the dam of the puppy. Even if the offer to “save you a journey” seems genuine, you should always endeavour to see the environment that your prospective pet has been brought up in. Watch out for dealers: Unlike the world of cars, caution needs to be exercised when making a purchase from someone who buys puppies and sells them for a profit. Puppies can be born anywhere and sold more locally. Again, asking to see the dam of the puppy will confirm that the vendor did breed it. If the puppy has been vaccinated, it should have a vaccination card. Look at the address of the veterinary surgeon who administered the vaccines – if it is not local, the chances are that you are buying from a dealer. Check the MOT certificate and service history: When buying a new set of wheels, you want to make that it has been well looked after and is running well. The same applies to a puppy! Ideally they will have been checked over by a veterinary surgeon and hopefully received a vaccination if they are old enough. Also check to see if they have been treated for fleas or worms and have documentation to support this. If your new pet has not been vet checked, then it is advisable to get them seen as soon as possible after you get them home to make sure there are no problems. In conclusion, the vast majority of dog breeders are genuine and take pride in producing healthy and lovable pups! The above advice is by no means exhaustive, but hopefully it will help to ensure that any prospective puppy owners can avoid additional pitfalls when they take on their new pet. Jonathan Underwood

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Robert Slaughter Independent Financial Advisor 65


Rushfields Farm Shop & Cafe Swains Garden Centre & Farm Shop taste...deli catering


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Coles Automotive Ltd Setyres Mile Oak Servicing

03 68 59

Amy Robertson Garden Design Beechcroft Landscapes The Green Reaper Hamfelds Home & Garden Rooted Garden Services S. Goodridge Gardens

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Cinder Rose Boutique Gemma Hughes Photography Henfield Birdwatch Hobjoin’s Barn Katherine Lawrie Jeweller Rushfields Plant Centre & Gifts Sussex Craft Guild The Steyning Bookshop

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A & S Home Services - Gutter Clearance Just Gutters


Brown’s Barbers Hair & Co Henfield Louisa Jayne Unisex Hair Salon Natasha’s Beauty Salon Pinks Hair

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Hamfelds Home & Garden


DB Foot Clinic Hear to Listen Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Physiotherapy Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic House of Healing Sussex Osteopath & Complementary Health

46 49 49 49 49 31 48

East Barn Interiors Ltd Harding & Cox Ray Bishop Upholstery Simply Blinding Ltd.

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Christmas Fair: Jack Dunckley’s Birchfield Nurs. 18 The Henfield Hall 63 Henfield Theatre Company 23 Know Dementia Christmas Extravaganza 16


Kiln Dried Logs


Lucy Locksmith


Inner Space Office & Storage




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Braziers Garage Henfield



Henfield Eyecare



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Geoff’s Handyman Services Optimal Property Solutions Henfield Homes Ltd

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Andrew’s Decorating Ltd 22 Ladies who Decorate 44 Mark Atkinson Decorator 61 Trim Decorating 50

PLANT & TOOL HIRE & SALES King & Stevens Ltd


A. Stenning Aquatec Aspect Plumbing & Heating CJ Plumbing Jeffery & Dunne Ltd. MC Services Gas Plumbing & Heating PST Plumbing

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Aniseed (formerly Bollywood Spice) The Bull Inn Cafe des Amis Cat & Canary Pub The Plough Rushfields Farm Shop & Cafe Shepherd & Dog Singing Hills Pavilion Restaurant Stan’s Bike Shack taste...deli catering The White Hart

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PRINT AND GRAPHIC DESIGN Design Copy Print DT Page Printing and Graphic

10 36

Steyning Roofing Sussex Flat Roofs

31 50

Dove Nursery Oscar Bears Day Care The Towers Convent School

44 44 38

Plastic Toy Soldier Co. Ltd


Griffith Smith Farrington Webb The Sussex Wills Office

63 65

Contain Yourself Storage Inner Space Office & Storage

50 45

Chauffeur Car Service Henfield Village Cars

54 44

A & S Aerials & Satellites Aerials & More

59 58

The Green Reaper Jonathan Carter Tree Surgeon Liquidamber Tree Surgery Ltd. Southern Beeches Ltd. The Tree Works

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Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries


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