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SEPTEMBER 2015 | Contents


07 What’s On







from the BN5 area

22 Local Interest

Henfield Ladies Football

27 Local Interest Henfield’s Strongest


34 Local Interest

Henfield Village Fayre

38 Local Interest

Woodmancote and Henfield WI


53 Local History Henfield’s railway


Welcome to September issue of BN5 magazine. It’s a busy time of year as the school holidays draw to an end and we’re wondering how on earth the children have managed to grow so much since June - or perhaps we’re saying goodbye to older teenagers as they make their way to university. Busy times - and the village is starting to get busy too with clubs and groups starting back after the summer break and new events filling our What’s On pages. The highlight of our summer was the Village Fayre in July. We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather and Henfield Common was packed with crowds of visitors and villagers. It was great to see so many local faces, thanks for visiting us at the BN5 stand and for helping us with our fundraising for The Haven daycare centre. We hope you enjoyed the day. The team of organisers, led by Mike Morgan from Henfield Parish Council, created a fantastic village event. Mike has decided to stand down from his role as organiser due to his commitments at Horsham District Council. If anyone is interested in stepping up to help run this great event in two years time, please do contact the Parish Council office. At the time of going to press I attended a celebration at the newly named Haven Daycare Centre. It’s officially been put in the hands of the Henfield team who will be running this great local resource. We’ll let you know more next issue, or please go to our website for a report there.


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SEPTEMBER 2015 | What’s on

Saturday 29 August

HART Pub Quiz

Archery club open to all. Call 07983 504562 or email White Hart, 8.30pm (& 15th & 29th) Lions Charity Bookstall Forecourt of Barclays Bank, 9am Teams up to six, cash prize for winners. Call 01273 492006 to (& 12th & 26th) Tai Chi for over 60s Subject to weather, selection of reserve a table. Maidment Court, 11am-12pm (& hardback and paperback books for sale. Donations welcome. Henfield Garden Club Outing every Thurs) Family Apple Day Meet Henfield Hall car park, 9am Contact Ian Kendall on 07900 193230 or Stokes & Henfield Club, 12pm Trip to Hambledon House and See news item. Mud Island Garden Centre, Henfield Unattached Hampshire. Contact Julia White Hart, 11am (every 1st Thurs) Purple Angel Café Simpson at jbs@backsettown. For those who are alone. Call Evangelical Church, Henfield, or 01273 493900. 01273 495820 or drop in. 2-4pm (& 12th & 26th)

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Wednesday 2

Know Dementia Informal café for those with The Book Nook memory problems and their The Chapel, Fulking, 10-11.30am Henfield Medical Centre, 1.30(& every Weds) 3.30pm (& every 1st Thurs) family supporters. Books, CDs and DVDs for sale in Drop-in for a chat. aid of St Andrew’s Church. Thursday Circle

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Car Boot Sale

HDC Walk

Parent & Child Textile Workshop

Henfield Computer Club

Sussex Showground, 10am-3pm Henfield Library, 10am (& every Sun) Stallholders entry from 8am. All Henfield byways, 2-3 miles. No dogs. Just turn up or call Anne enquiries call 01444 881938. on 01273 493671. Sussex Prairies, 10am-4pm See

Artists Enclave

Sussex Prairies, 1-5pm (& 31st) See

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NGS Charity Open Day

Sussex Prairies, 11am-5pm See

Tuesday 1 September Tai Chi for over 60s

Henfield Leisure Centre, 10am12pm (& every Weds) Friendly club helping you to get to grips with computers and tablets. £5 membership, £1.50 per session. Call Alison Vine on 01273 492620.


Sobell Court, 2.30pm (every Weds) Contact Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or carol.rawlings@

Henfield Joggers

Free Church Hall, 2.30pm (& every 1st Thurs) Speaker from the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy. All welcome. Refreshments included.


Maidment Court, 7pm (& every Thurs)

Henfield Squash Club

Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm (& every Thurs) Drop-in and play session, £3.

Les Beaux’ Stratagem

Hurstpierpoint Players Theatre, 7-9pm Live National Theatre broadcast. See hurstfilmsociety

Maidment Court, 2-3pm (every Tues) Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& Rotary Club of Henfield & Steyning Contact Ian Kendall on 07900 every Weds) Open to all. www.henfieldjoggers. The Castle Inn Hotel, Bramber, 193230 or or just turn up. 7.30pm (& every Thurs) Knit & Natter Henfield Lions Club Contact David Andrew on Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 01903 816981 or andrew@ George Hotel, Henfield High 1st Tues) A drop-in craft group for adults. Street, 7.30pm (every 1st Weds) Call David Pryor on 01273 Action for Deafness 494442. Age UK Horsham District Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 1st Clear Round Jumping Henfield Dementia Club Tues) Maidment Court, 10am-3pm (& Hearing aid maintenance clinic and Homelands Equestrian, 4.30every Fri) information, advice and support on 7.30pm (& every Weds) www.homelands-equestrian. all aspects of hearing loss. Friendly club for those with or call 01403 711076. dementia and their carers. Henfield Parish Council Shipley Bowmen Price includes lunch, activities Meeting and refreshments. Call 01403 Garden room, Henfield Hall, 7pm Knepp Castle, 8.30-10.30pm (& 751327. every Weds) (& every 1st Tues)

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What’s on | SEPTEMBER 2015 Little Fishes

auditions required. Free sports sessions for people No with dementia and a family Rehearsing for performance of Verdi’s Requiem in December. member. Call 01273 494300. Call Simon on 01903 745647 or Crib Christine on 01903 815467. Maidment Court, 2pm (& every Steyning Music Society Mon) Henfield Badminton Club Steyning Centre, 7.30-9.15pm Instrumental ensemble. Tickets Boards and Banter Henfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm (& from Steyning Bookshop 01093 every Mon) Henfield Library, 2-4pm (& every 812062, Steyning Music Society 1st Fri) Call Chris on 01273 492986. 01903 812662 or on door. A selection of board games and jigsaw puzzles plus refreshments. St Peters Church, 2-3pm (& every Fri) Free, friendly group for children 0-5 years and their parents/ carers. Call Pat Burdock on 01273 493069.

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Jam Pot Vintage Fair

Henfield Village Hall, 10am-4pm See advert for more information.

The Man with the Golden Pen & Larry

St Mary’s House, Bramber, 2.30pm One-man shows from actors Michael Chance and Keith Drinkel on Ian Fleming and Sir Laurence Olivier. £25 incl tea and cake.

Sunday 6

Unusual Plant & Art Fair

Sussex Prairies, 11am-5pm See

Ashurst Country Fair & Fun Dog Show

Tuesday 8 Chatterbox

Henfield Flower Club

Henfield Hall, 2.15pm (& every 2nd Tues) Georgia Miles ‘Victorian Floral Design’ and member’s exhibit ‘Harvest Time’.

Rhyme Time

St Peter’s Coffee Morning

St Peter’s Church, 10.30-11.30am (& every 2nd Thurs) Join us for fresh coffee and homemade cakes.

Woodmancote Parish Council Meeting

Gentlemen’s Lunch Club

Henfield History Group

Jazzled Choir

Parish Hall, Woodmancote, 7.30pm (& every 2nd Tues) woodmancoteparishcouncil@ for more information.

Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every 2nd Tues) Ashurst Recreation Ground, 12pm Social evening. See news item.

BP Guild Senior Citizens Outing

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Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30 (& Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am every Tues) (every Thurs) Come and have fun with pre-school Free fun with music for preplay. Refreshments included. schoolers.

Wednesday 9 Knit and Natter

The Partridge Pub, 12pm (& every 2nd Thurs) Informal two-course lunch and drink for £13. All welcome, especially those with memory problems or who live alone. Corpus Christ Church Hall, 1.303.30pm (& 24th) Jazz, swing and blues community choir for everyone including those with dementia and their carers.

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Residents Lounge, Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm (every 2nd Weds) Putting Photos onto Gift items and children’s clothes Different Surfaces knitted for various charities. Sussex Prairies, 10am-4pm Donated wool appreciated. Contact Jean Whiting on 01273 See Netball Henfield Lions Jumble Sale 493171. Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm Henfield Hall, 2pm Jolesfield Community (& every Sun) Jumble can be left in hall 9am or Choir Call Edna on 01403 710586 / call 0777 5727237 for collection. Jolesfield School, 7pm (every Weds) 07708 486973. No large items please. Email Various pick up points, 12pm Annual coach trip and fourcourse dinner at Henfield Hall for seniors. Book a place at Barnards the Bakers.

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Monday Market

The Crop Circle Mystery

Church House, 7.30pm Henfield Hall, 9am-12.30pm (& Andy Thomas explores this every Mon) extraordinary phenomenon. Tickets Stallholder vacancies available. from Jasmine’s or 01273 492294. Call David on 01273 493365.

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WI Celebrate 100 years of music

Worthing Assembly Hall, 7pm Reflecting the ten decades of the WI. Performed by the Federation Centenary Choir, with Brass Chanctonbury Chorus Fusion, Sidone Winter and WI Drama room, Steyning Grammar members. Tickets £12.50 from School, 7.45pm, (& every Weds) the box office 01273 494190. For even more events listings go to

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Free Church Hall, 7.30pm Haven Day Centre, 10.30amTalk by invited speaker. Contact 12pm (& every last Fri) Willow Weaving Garden Opportunity for those with Structures sight impairments to meet and Beer Festival Sussex Prairies, 10am-4pm (& 23rd) Cat and Canary Pub (also Sat 29 socialise. Occasional speakers, See games, quizzes, refreshments. and Sun 20)

Monday 14

New Leisure Centre Access Road Consultation

Henfield Leisure Centre (& until 19th) Initial plans and questionnaire on display. See news item.

Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts

A weekend of fun, entertainment and great beer. See page 26.

Saturday 19

Sussex Woodcraft Society Annual Show Henfield Hall, 9am-4.30pm See news item.

Friday 25

Macmillan Coffee Morning The Old Bell, Henfield High Street, 10.30am Coffee morning hosted Henfield Funeral Services.


Saturday 26

West Grinstead Ploughing Trefoil Guild Coffee Morning Match

The Steyning Centre, 10am (& every 2nd Mon) Garden Room, Henfield Hall, Upper Chancton Farm, 9.30am Illustrated lecture by Bernard 10am-12pm See news item p15. Allen: ‘Laura Knight: From Blackfoot Lodge & Spirit of Cakes, raffle and things for sale. Newlyn to Nuremburg’.

Adur Valley Fine Arts Society

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Sussex Prairies, 1-5pm (& Sun 20th) See

Henfield Hall, 2.30pm (& every 2nd Mon) Lecture by Caroline Knight: ‘The WEA Henfield Branch Garden Square & the Terraced Henfield Hall, 2.30-4.30pm House: 18th Century London’. AGM followed by ‘Oscar Wilde See in Sussex’, by Francesca Byrne. Contact Maureen Lucas on 01273 493966. Trefoil Guild

Tuesday 15

Henfield Guide Hut, 7.30pm (& every 3rd Tues) Call Mary on 01273 492351.

Sunday 20

Henfield Strongest Man/ Woman Competition

Rag Rug Workshop

Sussex Prairies, 10am-4pm See


Dark Star Brewery, 11am-6pm (& 27th) See news item.

Jumble Sale & Auction

Henfield Hall, 2pm In aid of Henfield Guide Hut. Bring jumble to hall in morning or call David Marshall on 01403 864591 for collection.

Henfield Leisure Centre, 10am-5pm Cabaret Evening St Mary’s House, Bramber, See article page 27. St Barnabas Outreach 7.15pm Henfield Village Hall Car Park, Sharon Elizabeth and Paul Lewis 10am-2pm Henfield Art Club entertain with banned and risqué Advice and information on Henfield Hall, 7.15-9.30pm (& songs from the 1920s/30s. £30 hospice care available at St every 4th Tues) (incl bistro-style meal). See www. Barnabas House and in the local Call Alan Harrison on 01273 community. 495262.

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Tuesday 22

Woodmancote & Henfield WI Small Dole Tuesday Club Henfield Hall, 2.15pm Centenary celebration cream tea and social - posh frocks and hats optional. 01273 958202.

Sunday 27

Felted Scarf Workshop

Small Dole Village Hall, 7.30pm Sussex Prairies, 10am-4pm (& every 4th Tues) See Speaker from the Samaritans. Contact Janet Daly at St Catherine’s Hospice PCSO Visit Gift Fair Henfield Library, 3-4pm (& every Knepp Castle, 6.30-9pm (& Thurs last Weds) Coming to Your Senses 17th 9.30am-4pm) A drop-in session for all residents. Beautiful homewares, exquisite Workshop Sussex Prairies, 10am-4.30pm (& home accessories, countryside 25th & 26th) Old Time Music Hall fashion and artisan produce. See St Andrew’s, Edburton, 7.30pm 4sight For tickets call 07812 465559.

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News | SEPTEMBER 2015 the environment (who needs a plastic carrier bag when you can have a lovely, ethically produced, unbleached cotton BN5 Dave bag?), but you will also be supporting the Henfield Haven - every penny will be donated to the project. Editor


HAVE YOU GOT YOUR BN5 ‘DAVE’ SHOPPER? Those of you who came to visit us at the Summer Fayre in July will have seen our rather lovely shopping bags that feature BN5 dog Dave. Available in three gorgeous colours (blue, pink or orange) these shoppers not only look fantastic, but they are also raising money for a very worthy local cause – the Henfield Haven (formerly Henfield Day Centre). We still have some bags available to buy, either from the BN5 office or from our lovely friends at Pinks hairdressers on the High Street. At only £1 a bag, not only will you be doing your bit for

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Henfield Club and Stokes Newsagents will be hosting a Family Apple Day on Sunday 29 August from 12 noon onwards. There will be fun, activities and games for all the family to celebrate a festival of apples, including cider and apple juice tasting, apple dunking, chocolate apple making, ice creams, BBQ and much more. All proceeds will go the Henfield Youth Club. John Rodriguez

THANK YOU TO LOCAL DOG WALKER I would like to pass my sincere thanks to a lady dog walker who greatly assisted me after I had a fall on Henfield Common on Saturday 4 July. The lady had a large white dog and was most kind in assisting me back to the high street. I would love to buy her chocolates as a thank you – but as I do not know who she is then I hope this thank you via BN5 magazine suffices. Ian Thomson, Rayner Court

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | News As always Lorna, Les and the rest of the shop team will be on hand to help with any t-shirts, hoodies or beer that you’d like to purchase on the day, including a Hopfest 2015 souvenir t shirt. Our brewers will be milling around and only too happy to show you ‘behind the scenes’. Well-behaved and supervised dogs and kids are always welcome to come along, but we do ask you keep an eye on them at all times and on a lead (dogs that is!). James Cuthbertson

CHANGES TO WORSHIP TIMES AT ST PETERS CHURCH, HENFIELD DARK STAR HOPFEST RETURNS Our annual Hopfest weekender will return to the brewery on 26-27 September from 11am -6pm both days. And don’t forget the launch night on Friday 25 September from 7pm at The Partridge pub in Partridge Green, where the season’s first barrel of Green Hop will be tapped and you’ll probably spot most of the Dark Star team there too! Hopfest marks the launch of our Green Hop beer, made from hops fresh from the fields. You’ll be able to sample loads of our beers, including Green Hop, as well as some amazing guest beers. For the food, think a massive hog roast and top-notch locally-made pies, scotch eggs, Pizza, cheese twists and more. Just the right size to grab with your non-beer hand. It’s no secret that Hopfest has become a festival showcasing top local music too, and if you were impressed with last year’s bands, you’ll be blown away this time! Expect mostly folk, a bit of rock and some country, from bands playing right here in the centre of the brewery throughout the day. Morris Men will interlude the music throughout the day to deliver traditional stick-banging fun. But if you think you’ve seen it all before, think again, as the legendary Mythago Morris Men will be returning in their unique, gothic…and slightly scary fashion!

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All are welcome to services at St Peter’s Church, Henfield whether young, old, single, married, disabled, those who mostly have a strong faith, and those who are not so sure, and even those who have never contemplated church very often. In celebrating our diversity we have decided to make changes to the times and types of services we offer, which we hope will make it possible to bring more people together each week to discover more about ourselves and God in thankfulness, joy, hope and love. The new worship times should be easier to remember and there really is something for everyone, from traditional, to contemplative, quiet and said services, to those with organ and choir or piano. For those who wish to stay after a service refreshments are available each week after the 10am service. These changes begin on Sunday 4 October when we will celebrate Harvest in Henfield and the pattern will be: Week 1: 10am - Celebrate! All Age Praise. A service designed for the whole family using songs, hymns, activities, prayers and a short talk and lasting about 45 minutes. - 6.30pm - Quiet, said service of Holy Communion. A contemporary said service including readings, prayers a short sermon and the sharing of bread and wine. Week 2: 8.30am - Holy Communion. A traditional said service of communion using the 1662 Book of

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t has been a fantastic year so far at the Shepherd and Dog, David and Emily have pushed forward with some great changes to the bar and garden and we’ve enjoyed some big successes with our festival season over the very sunny summer. The Cider Festival, our very stylish Gin and Jazz Festival and of course the annual Beer Festival in August have become ‘go to’ events in the local calendar. We’re proud of our reputation for great craft beers, interesting and rare gins (we have one of the biggest ranges in Sussex, including the fantastic Brighton Gin which we twin with juniper berries) and a huge array of small batch ciders. The festivals are celebrations of these great drinks, as well as a way to introduce you all to some fantastic new and unusual brewers and producers. Not forgetting the music, food and great company! You’ll have noticed some big changes in the bar, with the introduction of our ‘locals’ bar’ – complete with comfortable sofas and a dedicated 12 tap font dispensing a rolling selection of kegged craft ales, lagers and ciders. Earlier in the year we had the landscapers in, Our beautiful garden with its stream has always been incredibly popular, but now it’s wider and thankfully level – both customers and waiting staff are finding this a revelation! There’s now more room for weddings, functions and more space for marquees. There is no more perfect spot in Sussex than the Shepherd and Dog garden on a sunny Autumn day! This Autumn will be very busy, we are starting on our upstairs conversion – which will give us a fine dining restaurant and a function space for 50. We hope to be ready for November and those Christmas parties! We hope you can join us. Finally, we’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the local people and local businesses who have supported us this year. Thank you all for your encouragement and positive comments, without you all the changes would not have been possible. Shepherd & Dog, The Street, Fulking ∣ ∣ 01273 857 382 ∣

SEPTEMBER 2015 | News Common Prayer. - 10am - Parish Communion with choir and junior church (Sunday School). A service with hymns, prayers, readings, a sermon/talk with groups for children, this service includes sharing in communion. Week 3: 10am - Parish Communion with choir and junior church. - 6.30pm - Contemplative Prayer Service. These services use resources from many Christian traditions and include times of silence. Week 4: 8.30am - Holy Communion. Said Book of Common Prayer. - 10am - Family Communion with choir and Junior Church. A slightly more informal service with hymns, prayers, readings, a sermon/talk and communion. There are also children’s groups during the service. Week 5: 10am - Parish Communion - 6.30pm - Sung Evensong shared across the Benefice. A sung service of hymns, psalms, readings, prayers and a short sermon using the traditional 1662 Book of Common Prayer. All enquires to the parish office on 01273 495532 or to the Revd Paul Doick on 01273 492017. Revd Paul Doick

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WEST GRINSTEAD & DISTRICT PLOUGHING MATCH AND SHOW The West Grinstead & District Ploughing Match and Show 2015 will be held on Saturday 19 September at Upper Chancton Farm, London Road, Washington (entrance via Hole Street, Wiston only) by kind permission of JG Eales & Sons and the Wiston Estate Starting at 9.30am, there will be 12 different ploughing classes including: vintage, novice and open ploughing to horse ploughing, steam ploughing, hedge laying and welding Competitions. There will also be the livestock show, which includes a range of cattle and sheep classes such as the ever popular lamb and calf handling classes with the future generation of farmers. Have a go on the coconut shy or skittles, watch the farrier display, cheer on the teams in the tugof-war, see the sheep shearing and livestock displays. The show has something for everyone in the family - why not hop on a tractor and trailer ride to see all the show has to offer! Other attractions on the match day include the parade of hounds from the Crawley & Horsham Hunt, terrier racing, ferret racing, clay pigeon shoot, gundog scurry, as well as many local trade stands from West Sussex and surrounding areas. All in all there is much to see and do. With entry only £5 per adult and children under 14 going free, it makes a great day out for all the family. Come along, support and enjoy! For more information contact Rowan Allan, Hon. Secretary on 01903879488 or see Rowan Allan

HENFIELD FRIENDS OF ST BARNABAS So far this year we are pleased to report that a total of almost £1,800 has been raised by various functions including the annual Street Collection. We do appreciate your support and particularly the continuous support of C & T Radmall Funeral Services with their generous donations and assistance at our functions. Particular thanks go to Wendy and Ashley. Please lookout for further fund raising events for the rest of the year. Peggy McComas

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YEAR 6 LEAVING PARTY The Village Hall was ‘rockin’ on Monday 20 July as it was transformed into a 1950’s American Diner. The hall was beautifully decorated by the mums and Jasmine’s supplied lovely colourful balloons. The children were greeted by three mean looking ‘Teddy Boys’ at the door. They then had a 1950’s Jukebox/photobox courtesy of Tina, where the children could get a memory photo taken by Martin Abbs-Burton. They were taught how to ‘rock n roll’ by Karen Rogers. They tucked into cheeseburgers kindly donated by Nicky and Graham Woodley, and chips donated by Kebab Knight. They enjoyed freshly prepared

milkshakes with fruit from Jeremy’s and snacks from Budgens. Fresh popcorn was on ready supply. The teachers got in on the act dressed as the ‘Pink Ladies from Grease’ and then cut a fantastic 1950’s inspired cake created by Jo and Yve. The feedback from the children was “Awesome!”, “Best party ever!” The hard-working mums, Alice, Elaine, Jo, Jo, Katy, Marcia, Michelle, Teresa and Yve would like to thank everyone who helped them make it a memorable night for the children. We wish Year 6 all the very best of luck at their new schools in September. Elaine Telfer

HENFIELD GARDEN CLUB NEWS After a wonderful season of summer visits the final outing of the Henfield Garden Club summer season takes place on Wednesday 2 September 2015. There will be coach outing for members to the garden of Captain and Mrs Hart-Dyke, Hambledon House, Hampshire. Later during the afternoon, a visit will be made to Mud Island Garden Centre, Wickham, Hampshire. To find out about becoming a member of the Garden Club, contact Julia Simpson by e-mail jbs@backsettown.demon. or call 01273493900.

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SEPTEMBER 2015 | News 16 September to answer your questions and listen to your views. There will also be a questionnaire available at the Leisure Centre throughout this week to ensure that we get the views of the local community. You can also email your comments to It should be noted that if this £100,000 is not spent on this road then the monies will be returned to the Developers.
 Malcolm Eastwood, Parish Councillor


NEW ACCESS ROAD TO THE LEISURE CENTRE When the Leisure Centre was built some 25 years ago a promise was made to the residents of Northcroft that when monies became available a new road from the north to the Leisure Centre would be built to alleviate traffic in Northcroft. Since then the School has grown as has the Leisure Centre, the Tennis Club and the Football Club, all increasing the traffic in Northcroft. With the construction of the third phase of the St Peter’s Meadow development £100, 000 has been given to Henfield Parish Council to now build this road. After discussions with the Football Club and the Leisure Centre, who are in support of the proposal, the Parish Council now wish to proceed with this road which will also provide additional car parking at the rear of the Leisure Centre. The Parish Council wish to seek the views of the public and Initial plans of the proposed road and car parking will be on display in the Leisure Centre during the week commencing Monday 14 September. Parish Councillors will be in attendance from 7pm to 9pm on Monday 14 and Wednesday

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In 1985, four friends with interest in Woodcarving and Wood Turning decided to place an advertisement in the Mid-Sussex Times to suggest others might also be interested to exchange of Woodcraft skills who should meet at the Red Cross Hall in Burgess Hill. Over 30 people, male and female, turned up from all over Sussex. It was then agreed that a Club should be formed and called ‘The Sussex Woodcraft Society’. The Skills of the new Members included many differing Woodcraft interests: carving, woodturning, stick making, toys, furniture, musical instruments, pyrography, clocks and barometers, and many more. Since that time we have had an annual show including competition in many categories: carving in the round, relief carving, faceplate turning, woodturning between centres, abstract sculpture and most years we have had over 100 entries. The variety of work is astonishing and is assessed by independent judges with trophies and diplomas awarded in each category. Demonstrations and sales of works are also included on the day. Our 30th anniversary award show will be held on 19 September at Henfield Hall. Please come and enjoy our work. Admission is free as is car parking The Sussex Woodcraft Society meets the second Wednesday of each month at Cyprus Hall, Burgess Hill (except July and August). Further information can be obtained from Bob Jubb at robertjubb7@ or from Brian Campion on 01444 232824. Bob Jubb

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News | SEPTEMBER 2015 01903 816954 to find out more. Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men is an all-male side based in central Sussex. Most of our dancing is done in pub gardens and car parks in the country towns and villages up to about 15 miles from Brighton, although we have been known to venture much further afield in search of a good pub! Our regular dancing night is Wednesday. Email Bagman@ for more details. Clive Funnell

HENFIELD THEATRE COMPANY’S NEXT PRODUCTION CLUBS CO-OPERATION Every Morris Dancing side has its own style of kit, often dependent on their history and traditions they dance. When the Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men (the Chancs’) were approached by the Museum of British Folklore to provide a dressed doll in their kit to display in a gallery within the museum, filled with all the figures of as many Morris teams as possible, they asked another local club to help out. To the rescue came Margaret Storey of Henfield Miniaturists Group (formerly the Henfield Dollshouse Project Group) who dressed two dolls: one in ‘Cotswold’ kit, the other in ‘NorthWest’ kit. Chancs’ Bagman Clive said: “We are delighted that Chancs could respond quickly to the request and are delighted what the Miniaturists have done for us.” The Museum of British Folklore hopes to open the completed gallery later next year, but meanwhile they are organising some shows of the figures with the first likely to be at the Weald & Downland Museum in early May 2016 – for more information see www.museumofbritishfolklore. Henfield Miniaturists Group meets once a month at Maidment Court and make not only dolls’ house things, but anything in miniature. Their main display is held during the Henfield Gardens and Arts Festival each June. Contact June Smith on

The Weir, a wonderfully atmospheric play written by Conor McPherson in 1997, is to be performed by Henfield Theatre Company, at the Henfield Hall on 15, 16 and 17 October 2015. The setting is an Irish pub where four of the local men spin yarns to impress a young woman who has just moved from Dublin… but she has a much bigger tale to share with them! The production is directed by Paul Woodcock and sponsored by The Henfield Club. Don’t miss it; please put the dates in your diary. Tickets will be on sale at Henfield Furnishings from 28 September. Martin Love

ST ANDREWS CHURCH NEWS It’s been two years since the Book Nook in Fulking Chapel opened and so far we have raised the wonderful sum of £2,220 towards the upkeep St Andrew’s Church at Edburton. We’d like to thank all who have bought or given books. If you haven’t found us yet then please come on the second Sunday of the month from 11am to 4pm. When thinking of buying a calendar for 2016, do look out for St Andrew’s church calendar, which will be in local shops and outlets soon. It will be A4 size, month to view and will showcase Graham Jeffery’s fabulous drawings and thoughts. The cost will be approximately £4 and all proceeds will go to support our wonderful ancient church at Edburton. Christine Wooldridge

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HENFIELD’S ALARM CLOCK IS FOUND A HOME... We’d like to say a very big thank you to The Old Gardens Rescue Centre in Sidlesham near Chichester who have kindly taken in the stray cockerel that someone had abandoned in Henfield. For some weeks we appealed to find the owner with no success - he was quite vocal and acting as a 4am alarm call in various places around the village! The wonderful Irene has taken him to join her huge array of animals; chickens, quails, pigs, sheep, rabbits, goats and geese. Juthy visited and was really impressed with the kindness of Irene and how beautifully looked after all the abandoned animals are. If you are very grateful to Irene for giving Henfield’s cockerel a new home (and if you’re now getting a bit of a lie-in!) please send her a small donation, she desperately needs help to keep going (check out her Facebook page for more information). Thank you Irene! Editor

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Another wonderful Summer Show is now behind us and the residents of Henfield can reflect on another magnificent day in village history. The people turned up in huge numbers, the sun shone, the sheep danced, the pints of beer and burgers were produced in large volumes by the BP Guild, and the Women’s Institute matched them with cups of tea and plates of cake. Many local organisations raised much-needed funds for their coffers, the bands entertained and the Punch and Judy tent seemed as popular with children as it ever has been. Throw in the Show Tent, the Dog Show, the Classic Cars, the Obstacle Race and there was surely something for everyone. There is however a reason why this event is only held every two years. The planning is months in the making and the volunteers are short in supply. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mike Morgan for not just Chairing the Organising Committee in 2015, but for doing so for the past 20 years! Mike has now decided to step down from this role with immediate effect, so we will be looking for a replacement in 2017. Big shoes to fill! Henfield Parish Council’s Museum Committee is currently updating the popular ‘Henfield Guide and Map,’ which will contain information about local organisations, a brief history of the village and will be delivered to all households in the Parish later in the year. If you have set up an organisation in the past three or four years and would like to be included in the new Guide, please contact the Parish Office on 01273 492507 or email office@ And finally, did you know that Henfield Fire Brigade was founded by Henfield Parish Council in 1904? Chanctonbury Rural District Council took it over in 1942 and it then became part of the West Sussex Fire Brigade in 1948. The Henfield Fire Brigade is currently staffed by retained fire fighters, who each live or work within a four minute car journey of the station and provide an invaluable service to Henfield and the surrounding area. Kevin Wright

MID SUSSEX RAMBLERS As ‘the Ramblers’ group for the Mid Sussex area, we offer a varied program of walks throughout 2015 to suit all ages and walking abilities. Walks are arranged for every Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday throughout the year, and on Bank Holidays, and occasionally other days in the week. They consist of half-day walks of 3 to 6 miles and, for the more energetic, all day walks of 9 to 11 miles. During the summer months there are also Wednesday evening walks (3 to 4 miles) and weekend walking breaks and coach outings with walks. During the winter months we hold indoor meetings in Haywards Heath, with illustrated talks on a wide

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News | SEPTEMBER 2015 range of topics, and social evenings in local pubs in the Mid Sussex area. Whether you are new to walking or an experienced walker, you are very welcome to come along and give us a try. To find out more, details of our group and walks are available in local libraries or view our website at or telephone Tony on 01444 483 053. Tony Ormand

ASHURST COUNTRY FAIR AND FUN DOG SHOW The Ashurst Country Fair and Fun Dog Show will be held on Sunday 6 September from midday at Ashurst Recreation Ground. Great food will be available throughout the day from the sizzling BBQ plus there will be a cool ice cream stand and homemade cakes from the tea stall. The bar will have locally brewed beer, refreshing soft drinks and freshly made Pimms. The attractions include a silent auction, wellie wanging, raffle, fruit themed fun, terrier racing, kids activities and lots of country stalls selling delicious locally sourced produce. There will also be a fancy dress class for children (without dogs). The fun dog show will have 10 different classes for dogs over 6 months old and entry is £1 per class. This is a fabulous afternoon for all the family and all proceeds will go to the new Ashurst Village Hall. For more information on the Fair call 01403 711036 or 01403 711296. Please note the booking secretary for the village hall is Les Nicholson (01903 810410 / Mandy Hedley

SELF HELP GROUP NEWS Our annual summer outing this year was on 9 July to Bentley Wildfowl Sanctuary and Motor Museum, east of Lewes. Over 50 of us boarded the coach for a very interesting day out. The Motor Museum was fascinating, from the penny-farthing bicycles and earliest of cars (of the sort which would have been proceeded by

a red flag), to every type of car up to the 1980’s. There was even a huge, deeply carved, wooden and glass Irish Hearse – very old but still in use. With beautiful weather we all enjoyed a good lunch outside in the sun and then walked round the large attractive area of the wildfowl Sanctuary with its amazing variety of different birds, some with tiny chicks. A well recommended place for a family day out, with a children’s play area and a miniature steam railway open at weekends. Bren Holloway

HENFIELD BRANCH ARTHRITIS RESEARCH UK NEWS A delicious afternoon tea, held in aid of Arthritis Research, was enjoyed by an appreciative gathering in the Henfield Hall. Thanks to Pauline Beale and her team for providing food and delightful table settings. Profit from this and from contributions from ABCD Bridge Club and the Friends of Henfield Medical Centre’s Arthritis Forum enabled us to send £650 to head office. Look for our stall at the Charities Fair in November and mark your diaries for this year’s Turkey and Tipple on 19 November. Maureen Dexter

HURSTPIERPOINT SINGERS Do you enjoy singing in the bath? If so, come along and share your talents with a wider audience by joining the above choir. We are a small friendly group who meet every Monday from 7.30 – 9.30pm, starting on 7 September in the Methodist Church, Cuckfield Road. We rehearse between September and March, with a Village Christmas Concert in December and a more traditional work in the spring. This season it will be the ever-popular Stainer’s Crucifixion. Voices welcome in all parts, no auditions, just come and discover for yourself, that making music together can be both satisfying and fun. There will be an open rehearsal on Monday 21 September, at Holy Trinity Church Hurstpierpoint, as part of the Hurst Festival, come and join in! Joan Denley

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WEDDINGS AT HENFIELD MUSEUM 1902 and 1932. Two wedding dresses. Two brides from different worlds. One marriage between ‘below stairs’ and ‘upstairs’. The other, a privileged couple, many wedding gifts: cut glass claret jug, cocktail shaker, beer glasses, a lemonade set, not forgetting hot drinks - the ‘staff’ gave them a morning tea set… they had an excellent start to married life (and were never thirsty!). Mr and Mrs 1902 began married life in a fairy tale, but had no happy ending. You can see from our picture of her and her five children what a pretty young woman Mrs 1902 was. The younger son of a well off family married her and rescued her from life as a maid. They lived in India, where he served in the army. Cholera took him and she returned

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to England to rejection by his family, poverty and a life of misery. Wealth does not guarantee happiness, but we know that Mr and Mrs 1932 had two children and from their photographs they look happy together. Mrs 1902 kept her dress: high fashion of its time, with whitework embroidery, high neck, long sleeves and tiny waist, it has not been altered, nor does it show any signs of wear. Perhaps it was a last link to her old life or more prosaically something that could be pawned again and again. Mrs 1932’s outfit was kept too. She was resplendent in a lace mobcap and veil, a cream chiffon and old lace dress (the lace was from her mother’s 1898 wedding dress) and she wore silk stockings. The stockings are in perfect condition, suggesting she only wore them once. Both dresses have local connections and there is more to see in the case. So if you like weddings and a good story, visit Henfield Museum. Stephanie Richards

HENFIELD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN The Henfield Neighbourhood Plan has passed the independent examination stage and has been approved for final publication by both Henfield Parish and Horsham District Councils. Reference copies are available in the Parish Office and Library, or can be downloaded from the Henfield Hub The referendum whether or not to approve the plan will be held on Tuesday 22nd September in the Henfield Hall. All those on the electoral register in Henfield Parish are eligible to vote. If more than 50% of those voting are in favour, the Plan will be adopted.

KINDERSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST The Kindersley Trust is a Charitable Trust, the object of which is to benefit the inhabitants of Henfield. It does not make grants to individuals but towards projects of organisations who benefit residents of all ages in our community. Last year, grants totalling £3,015 were made. To Henfield Cricket Club towards the cost of purchase of new nets (£585), to St Peter’s School towards the purchase of staging (£500), to Henfield Community Partnership for the purchase of a laptop and associated software for use at the Computer Club (£430) and to Henfield Youth Club towards the new gas boiler project (£1500). The Committee does not make grants towards running expenses but will be happy to consider applications from organisations for assistance towards specific projects or needs. This years meeting is in early December. Written applications giving details of the project or need should be sent to the Chairman, Kindersley Trust, c/o Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP of Croft House, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9DJ, to arrive before Friday, 13th November 2015.

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Henfield’s beautiful game

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he phrase ‘football’s not just for boys’ rang true in impressive style this summer when the nation was captivated by the success of the England Women’s team. Their thrilling performances in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, coming third in the tournament after a nail-biting semi-final against Japan which had all football fans on the edge of their seats, proved that the women’s game can be just as exciting and addictive as the men’s. Henfield ladies may not have quite the signings and the following as the England squad but as far as grass-roots football goes, they are very much holding up the side. The team has struggled for numbers in the past, but the new resurgence in the national game has given the club huge momentum and generated great interest in the sport. Henfield are well placed to strengthen their squad this season and work to improve the quality of their football and their position in the league. They are determined and competitive, much like their men’s team counterparts. Manager player Tracey Prescott intends to keep this enthusiasm going. She’s been managing Henfield teams for the last 15 years, since getting involved when her daughter Charlie was at school. “I love ladies football. It’s a brilliant way to keep fit, it’s social and we have the most fantastic fun. Henfield Football Club is great, we have huge support from them and it’s a real team effort for all of us.” Creating a team and sustaining it season after season is no mean feat and there must be a solid number of players in the squad to be able to fulfill the fixtures. Tracey knows many of the women have work and family commitments to think of, so it’s sometimes a juggle for them to make the matches and the evening training sessions. She relies on Pete Mowatt, an old friend who has been involved with Henfield girls and ladies teams for 2 2 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

some time, as well as Kenny Wyatt, as coaches. The striking pink and black kit (a variation on HFC’s regular black and white) is well known throughout the league. In previous years Casco Aviation generously sponsored their kit. The girls are now in need of a new strip, so if there are any local businesses that’d like to be aligned with this great team, they’d love to hear from you. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with an up and coming team who are showing the boys how it’s done. In the sun of the summer world cup in Canada this year it’s easy to see how football is a great game to watch and play, but what’s the motivation to turn up for training on a drizzly November evening? “Above all, it’s brilliant fun,” said Tracey. “We are serious about our football and always strive to win. My proudest moment with the team was when we won the league Sportsmanship Award. Our opposing teams in the league vote for this so it was a huge honour to receive the award. We work hard, have fun and we’re always courteous to the other teams. We uphold the rules of fair play and respect, so it was great to be rewarded in this way.” Sounds interesting? Please get in touch with Tracey Prescott 07944 372927, all levels and experience (or no experience!) welcome. Training takes place on Thursday nights 7-8.30pm at the Kingsfield and matches take place on Sunday afternoons. Emma Osman

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rganised by Henfield Leisure Centre and open to both novices and professionals, the Henfield’s Strongest 2015 competition will be held on Sunday 20 September from 10am until 5pm in the Leisure Centre car park. It promises to be a fantastic day out, full of excitement, so why not come along to support and encourage the competitors push themselves to their physical limits! Last year Brett Miles was the overall Men’s winner in the under 105kg category and Hannah Boyton was the overall ladies winner. Brett has confirmed he will be back to defend his title this year! Once again Lloyd Renals, local Strongman celebrity will be designing and judging the competition. Lloyd, who was born in Henfield, has competed professionally in Strongman competitions all over the country and abroad, winning many titles including: England’s Strongest Man (2011); Royal Counties Strongest Man (2012); and London’s Strongest Man (2013). Lloyd will be offering advice to competitors in the run up to the

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event - contact Sammy at the Leisure Centre if you would like more information. There will be a refreshment van selling drinks and snacks and the Leisure Centre Bar will be open from lunchtime. Photographer Amanda Lucas will be there to document the event and he photographs will be available to purchase afterwards. Last years event was very familyfriendly and there was a wonderful atmosphere, so do come along and support this wonderful local sporting event. For more information contact the Henfield Leisure Centre on 01273 494984. Sarah Butler

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ay Bishop has worked in Sussex all his life. He set up on his own locally as an upholsterer in 1979, moving to Blacklands Farm in 2007. Ray works with both personal and trade clients, and for 15 years he worked with a name that many of you will know: Barbara Richie. Although Barbara has know retired, she was the main supplier of soft furnishings in the area for many years and we are delighted to be able to re-assure you that the quality and knowledge is still here in the village when using Ray Bishop Soft Furnishings. A versatile and talented upholsterer, Ray covers traditional, mid-century and modern skills. At any given time there will be a mix of antique chairs, modern three-piece suites, conservatory furniture, caravan and boating and general upholstery projects in the workshop. Ray is qualified to take most commissions in-house from a small repair to a full re-upholstery project from the frame up. Whether it is a general household or a high-end piece, Ray takes pride in every commission. Other services he provides include French polishing, wood repairs, leatherwork, furniture spraying and painting, and cushion replacements. Ray prides himself on a good work ethic and delivers a first class service to all customers. He ensures all his work is done properly and mends any element of a project that needs it: from frame repairs to broken springs or worn inner paddings, all

issues are addressed with integrity. Work is quoted at competitive rates, booked into the workshop at the client’s convenience and returned promptly when complete. Ray now shares his workshop with Helen Puxley who is an up and coming traditional upholsterer, as well as providing a separate curtains and blinds service. Helen has a background in fashion and design, making her well equipped to help with the design process of any soft furnishing projects. With Ray Bishop Soft Furnishings, our initial consultation includes a home visit, where we can show the client a range of fabrics and supply a no-obligation quote. We have a large range of fabric books available to view including Sanderson, Harlequin, Linwood, Romo, Ross, Warwick and Wemyss. Fabrics on offer include linens, prints, velvets, chenille’s, wools and weaves both in affordable, everyday ranges as well as designer fabrics. We would be delighted to talk to you about any soft furnishing or upholstery projects you may have.

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Sunshine at THE Henfield Fayre

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he Henfield Village Fayre and Show on Saturday was a fantastic success. The sun shone on Henfield Common and record crowds flocked to enjoy a traditional village day out, it seemed as if the whole village was there! The show tent was full of delicious looking baked exhibits as well as arts, crafts, produce and some wonderful ‘vegetable aliens’ and creative entries from younger Henfield residents. Members of the WI did a wonderful job of stewarding the event, as well as serving hundreds of cups of tea and slices of coffee and walnut cake. The ever-popular dog show left Jonathan Underwood from Hawthorn Vets with the unenviable task of selecting ‘Best small breed’ and ‘Most obedient dog’ amongst others – with over 50 perfect pooches in just one class it was almost impossible to decide. There have never been more entries! HJ Burt sponsored and Henfield Lions Club was in charge of organisation, which they managed magnificently. Henfield’s finest charities and clubs were out in force with coconut shies, raffles, tombola’s, treasure hunts, crafts and goodies for children to spend their pocket money on – there was even a ‘snail race’ at the St Peter’s School stand. Local businesses who sponsored the show, including Rushfields Farm Shop, Henfield Fencing, Coles Automotive and Perry Plumbers, PHB Contractors and Swains Farm supported the fayre with their stands and help transporting the tents, tables and chairs. This year saw a new addition – the wonderful Sheep Show, which was funny and informative as well as having the ‘ahh’ factor of some wonderful four legged characters. As always, Henfield’s BP Guild ran the bar and barbecue, serving hundreds of pints and hundreds of burgers. The funds raised on the day go towards the Senior Citizen’s day out and other charitable work around the village. 3 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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Visitors to our BN5 stand donated £1 to the Henfield Haven daycare centre in return for a Dave the Dog BN5 eco-shopper and a go at our ‘find Dave’ game to win a bag of Sussex goodies. We raised £351, with donations still coming in! If you’d like a bag they are available from Pinks Hairdressers, Village Care and Cornerweighs for a £1 donation to the Haven. It was fantastic to see everyone, thank you for your support. There were a great number of entries to the show and too many winners to mention here. However the children’s winners deserve a special mention: Harrison Clowe won the BN5 Magazine Cup for age 6 years and under; Marisa Meinecke won the

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s the summer draws to a close and we head into crisp, autumn mornings it might be a time when some are experiencing a great deal of change. This may involve various activities that we do every year without much thought. However, we might also be faced with a life-changing event that is having a greater effect on us than we anticipated. A change that we consider welcome and beneficial, something that we have been working towards for years but, when it arrives, there is some dissonance between our hearts and our heads. I wonder how many of you who are reading this, have recently purchased a school uniform for the first time? Whether your eldest or youngest is starting reception, moving on to the challenges of senior school or, dare I say it, spreading their wings, taking that leap of faith and going off to join like minded people at university, I wonder what impact this may be having on the way you feel? Of course we want our children to be successful, happy and achieve their potential but where does this leave you? Your previous experience will have an influence on how you might feel about moving into a different phase of life. Often when there is a significant change for one member of a family it has repercussions for the others.

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Are you left feeling abandoned or wondering what your role is now that you no longer have the same domestic tasks to perform? Are you left feeling disappointed and that whilst others are forging ahead with their new experiences you are left reflecting that your useful life is over and wondering what the future holds for you? The pain of this transition can be complicated and unsettling. The mourning of a passing era can often feel like a visceral wrench, a physical queasy experience that leaves you feeling hollow. Experiencing profound loss of purpose and identity is not uncommon and there are many ways in which this can be addressed. Counselling can help you get your feelings in perspective and help you explore ways of adjusting to your new role in your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life as well as changes in your identity as a parent. Whether you are just feeling unsettled about the changes life can bring or believe you are in crisis, counselling can help. For more information or to book a free 30 min no obligation consultation please contact me on 07858 420861 or email me at

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he Women’s Institute celebrates its centenary this Hall and has a full and varied calendar of speakers year and the Woodmancote & Henfield WI will be throughout the year. This year the ladies have celebrating in style with a celebration cream tea heard talks about the Land Girls, the intriguingly and social at their meeting in September. named ‘Wheelbarrow Man’, early female aviators, Women join the WI for different reasons and at Sussex feasting and HART as well as taking part in different times of their lives: Local member Pauline craft demonstrations. In addition to these monthly Murphy joined the WI back in 1968 when she was meetings, the WI also has two book groups, two a young mum looking to meet new people. “There walking groups, a scrabble group and a craft are plenty of opportunities in the WI if you take group! The group also organises trips out for them” she explained. “Someone asked me to give members. a talk and at first I refused. But then my husband encouraged me to do it and I ended up giving talks for 30 years!” Fellow member Val Creek didn’t join until she retired: “The WI gives you fantastic friendship and lots of fun and we all look out for each other.” She went on: “It’s a great way of meeting people if you move into an area and you’ll always find some activities that you enjoy.” The WI has had a presence in Woodmancote and Henfield off and on since the early part of the twentieth century. The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the Henfield Photograph Emma Osman BN5 magazine 3 8 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE

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Perhaps the Woodmancote & Henfield WI are most famous for their involvement in the bi-annual Henfield Summer Fayre. Not only do they run the show tent with its numerous categories and entries, but they also run the tea tent: the vast array of rolls, scones, cakes and refreshments they have on offer is quite legendary! “It’s really quite a sociable occasion and most of our members get involved on the day,” said Pauline. “Our members are fantastic bakers and we also cater for groups visiting the village throughout the year.” During 2015, Woodmancote & Henfield WI members are committing to both group and personal challenges – 100 challenges for 100 years. These include planting primroses on Barrow Hill, donating items to charity shops, knitting rugs for older people, collecting books for Henfield Medical Centre and one member is swimming 100 lengths to raise money for the Association of Country Women of the World (ACWW). “It’s all

about getting out into the wider community to help other people” explained Val. The ladies of Woodmancote & Henfield WI are a very friendly bunch, so do pop along to one of their monthly meetings or call Val on 01273 958202 to find out more. Sarah Butler

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The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 during the First World War to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food for the war torn country. After the war the WI broadened out into more of a campaigning organisation, encouraging women to take an active part in society and looking out for the more vulnerable. In the 1920’s the WI was already campaigning on oil pollution and free school meals for school children, as well as calling for public telephone boxes in every village. They passed a resolution in 1943 calling for equal pay for equal work and passed a resolution banning smoking in public places in 1964. In 1975 they started informing members about the importance of breast examination and they were one of the first organisations to talk about AIDS, educating people through their networks. More recent campaigns have included: More Midwives; SOS for Honeybees; Care not Custody; Climate Change; and Dementia Friendly Communities. Being a part of the WI is an opportunity to broaden your horizons. As well as their monthly meetings, the WI has a residential college – Denman College – that offers courses on a wide range of subjects including horticulture, film, astronomy, photography, music and literature as well as the more traditional craft and cookery. See for more information.

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alkers and cyclists who use the Downs Link will probably spot the clues that this recreational path once had a totally different use - in fact it was the route of a branch line between Horsham and Brighton during the heyday of the railways. Few will probably be fully aware of the line’s history and cultural associations with Henfield and the surrounding villages. This book works on many levels. The train enthusiast will learn about the line’s construction, engines, carriages, route, stations, timetables and signalling, and enjoy its 120 illustrations, most of which I have not seen in other publications. However, it is far more than just another book for railway enthusiasts. It has not only been extremely well researched but is also a highly personal account by someone who grew up with the railway, been enchanted by it as a small boy and later relied on it to get to school, travel to work and go on holiday. The book brings the railway to life. It provides an insight into the lives of the railway’s passengers, especially those from Henfield. For example, in discussing timetables, the book doesn’t just list the times of the trains but describes the passengers who would have used a particular service and why. It describes how changes in timetables and journey times affected the lives of those who used the line. It documents how the re-building of London Bridge station with its main line service to Brighton had knock-on impacts with severe delays down the line in the days when trains (especially branch line trains) made a point of connecting with the main line. Delays caused by re-building London Bridge is something present day travellers on the Brighton line can still relate to!

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As the perpetrator of the initial operation, it was down to Annelise to rescue the situation. She went for the “belt and braces approach” with no less than 3 layers of stitching. Alas, a few days later and despite a course of antibiotics, there was further wound breakdown. I’m sure that this had nothing to do with the fact that Scout was seen at least 3 times out of the garden, chasing rabbits and everything to do with a poor healing environment for the wound… What followed was 3 weeks, 4 “buster” collars, several broken ornaments and countless bruises on lower legs while the wound closed up naturally. As with most patients, Scout quickly became resigned to her “buster” collar and tolerated it very well. As with most pet owners, we never became accustomed to the “buster” collar and were regularly considering its removal for our own sanity, even when Scout wasn’t particularly bothered! The whole experience certainly put things in perspective and since then, I make a special effort to see things from the perspective of the person to whom I am preaching not just the practitioner! Despite all that, it is worth taking note of the fact that while many of the post operative instructions we give out may seem tedious, they are there for good reason. Adhering to them may just help avoid some of the shenanigans above! Jonathan Underwood

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s the Chancellor delivered the first all-Conservative Budget since 1996, we saw more flexing of party muscles coupled with a few trademark tax surprises. The surprises included a further reduction in the rate of Corporation Tax to an all time low of 18% in 2020, an increase in the rate of Income Tax on dividends and the restriction of tax relief on interest payments for buy-to-let landlords. Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) - The AIA is the allowance available to almost all businesses, whether companies, partnerships, or individuals, and regardless of size, which enables them to write off in full for tax purposes their capital expenditure on plant and machinery. The current limit of £500,000 was set to revert to £25,000 from 1 January 2016. This will now be £200,000. There are some relatively complicated provisions for calculating the AIA where the business’ accounts year straddles 31 December. Expenditure above the limit attracts Capital Allowances in the normal way. Profitable businesses investing over £200,000 in plant should review their programmes and where possible adjust the timing of expenditure to maximise their AIA in the period up to 31 December 2015. Employment Allowance due to increase to £3,000 with anti-avoidance measures strengthened - All employers are currently able to claim a reduction in their employer’s National Insurance bill by £2,000 each year. Two changes have been announced in the Summer Budget – firstly, this is due to increase to £3,000 per year; and secondly, it can no longer be claimed by companies where the sole employee is the director. Inheritance Tax - The introduction of a main residence nil-rate band when a residence is passed to direct descendants will be introduced from 2017/18 and will be increased year on year until it reaches £175,000, and then in line with CPI from 2021/22. The unused nil-rate band can be passed to a surviving spouse or partner, and will be available when a person downsizes or ceases to own a home and assets of an equivalent value are passed to descendants. There will be tapered withdrawal of the relief for estates with a net value of more than £2million. The Government will continue to freeze the Inheritance Tax nil-rate band at £325,000 until April 2021. Taxation of dividends - The increase of taxation on dividends was a shock announcement that came without warning. From April 2016, dividend taxation is changing. The changes are: 6 4 | B N 5 M A GA ZINE


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Griffith Smith Farrington Webb The Sussex Wills Office

63 65

Contain Yourself Storage Inner Space Office & Storage

50 45

MXT Swim


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

52 52 56 54 52

Hawthorn Veterinary Surgeries


We Mend Washing Machines


Fraz Window Cleaning Haigh’s Window Cleaning

62 32

A & S Home Services - Gutter Clearance



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

19 30 49 37 49


HEALTH & COMPLEMENTARY HEALTH DB Foot Clinic Elizabeth Marks Pilates for Life Hear to Listen Henfield Chiropractic Clinic Henfield Physiotherapy Clinic Henfield Podiatry Clinic House of Healing Phil Grant Therapist Sussex Osteopath & Complementary Health

46 37 36 49 49 49 16 44 48

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

04 24 31 40


LEISURE, EVENTS & COMMUNITY Dark Star Hopfest The Henfield Hall The Jam Pot Vintage Fair The Swing Commanders

02 63 12 15





Lucy Locksmith Seymour Locksmiths

61 51

Strawberry Marquees



Inner Space Office & Storage







Henfield Eyecare




Ladies who Decorate Mark Atkinson Decorator

44 62


When booked with your full service! Just MOT £39.95 You must bring your BN5 to qualify!


20 32



Kiln Dried Logs Millbrook Logs


66 |

60 54 51

Aniseed The Bull Inn Cafe des Amis Cat & Canary Pub Dark Star Brewing Company Kebab Knight The Plough Rushfields Farm Shop & Cafe Shepherd & Dog Singing Hills Pavilion Restaurant Stan’s Bike Shack taste...deli catering


BRAZIERS MOT only £29.95

Trim Decorating

ACT Pest Control Mr Wasp (Gogga Pest Control)


01273 492059 „ „ „ „ „ „



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