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OCTOBER 2013 | Contents
07 What’s on listings
from the BN5 area
26 Local interest Arts and Crafts
The Plant Hunter
34 Local interest Henfield Library
Pilates for back pain
45 Health 34
Dementia friendly communities
From Nsure Financial
with Paul Samrah
Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month; Paul Samrah, Mike Beardall, Richard Cohen and Liz Marks. Cover photograph of Tom Hart Dyke with the kind permission and copyright of Paul Carter Photography www.paulcarter-photographer.co.uk BN5 magazine is printed by Evonprint in Small Dole on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper and is printed using vegetable-based inks.
Our front cover shows the explorer, horticulturalist and plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke, who will be giving an interesting talk on his travels and plant hunting at the Henfield Hall on 5 November. Tom’s adventures were not just of the botanical variety; along with a colleague he was kidnapped and held hostage for nine months by warring guerrilla factions in the Darién Gap. We are sure his talk will be fascinating and informative, don’t delay buying your tickets because it’s likely to be an early sellout. See page 32 for more details. You may have heard about Know Dementia - a Henfield based charity that are aiming to make local villages ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’. There are many small things we can all do to help make life easier for those with dementia and their carers. Dementia affects many families and can be isolating for sufferers. Please take a little time to read the article and see how you can help. As we go to print we have heard that there will be a public meeting at The Adastra Hall in Hassocks about the proposed plans by Mayfield Homes for a new town between Sayer’s Common and Henfield. This would see around 10,000 homes being built. Our MP Nick Herbert joins with Nicholas Soames (MP for Mid Sussex) to speak out against the development at this meeting run by The Campaign to Protect Rural England. To have your say and find out more don’t miss this important date, Friday 18 October at 7.30pm. Keep up to date with information at www.facebook.com/bn5magazine. Best wishes
Copy deadline for any advertisement or editorial submission for the November issue of BN5 magazine is Friday 4 October. For editorial submissions email Emma Osman email@example.com or just call us for a chat on 01273 494002.
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OCTOBER 2013 | What’s on
Tuesday 1 October
A meeting point for those who are now alone, and need to get out and widen their horizons. There’s no fuss, Come and have fun! Still £1.50 which no joining fee, no subscription. Call includes all refreshments. 01273 495820 or drop in at our regular coffee morning at the White Hart. Action for Deafness
Free Church Hall, 9.30-11.30am (& every Tues inc half term)
Henfield Hall, 2pm (& every 1st Tues)
Play & Learn Together
Hearing aid maintenance clinic and Henfield Leisure Centre, information, advice and support on all 1-2.30pm (& every Thurs) aspects of hearing loss. Come along to our new ‘Play & Learn Together Sessions’ to explore play Tai Chi through children’s eyes! Part of Rural Maidment Court 2-3pm (&all Tues) Henfield, Steyning & Upper Beeding For more details contact the Scheme Children & Family Centres. Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. Henfield Squash Club firstname.lastname@example.org Henfield Leisure Centre, 7-9pm
(& every Thurs)
Drop-in and play session only £3.
Stars Gym Club
Henfield Leisure Centre, 4.307.30pm (& every Weds)
Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& every Thurs) Recreational gymnastics for children
from pre-school age and upwards. For more details contact the Scheme www.starsgymclub.co.uk or email Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Henfield Leisure Centre, 7pm (& every Weds)
Beginners course - a run/walk programme building up to a distance of 3-4 miles. Open to all. Email email@example.com or just turn up. www.henfieldjoggers.co.uk
Henfield Lions Club
George Hotel, Henfield High Street (& every 1st Weds)
Children & Family Information Centre
Upper Beeding Baptist Church, 9am-12pm (& every Thurs)
Saturday (tbc) for First Aid Training. Cost £20. To book or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07976 711 610.
Maidment Court, 7.30pm (& every Fri)
Henfield Library, 10.15-10.45am (& every Thurs)
Henfield Hall, 7.30pm
Warren Good as New Sale Henfield Village Hall, 10-11.30am
Free-fun with music for pre-schoolers Good quality items for sale in aid of The Warren Playgroup. Also raffle, Circle Dancing cake stand, Phoenix Trader and other selected traders. Henfield Leisure Centre,
10.30am-12pm (& every Thurs)
£5 (concessions available) with tea/ coffee included. For more information Art textile course call Brenda Kelly on 01273 842405. Sussex Prairies
Henfield Leisure Centre, 5-6pm (& every Sun)
For more information call Edna on 01403 7105867.
Partridge Green Toddlers PG Methodist Church, High St, 10-11.30am (& every Mon)
Warm, friendly environment, come for a cuppa and a play! For children 0-5 years. £2 per family. For more information call Jo on 07926844964 or see our Facebook page.
Maidment Court, 2.30pm (& every first Mon)
For more details contact the Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. email@example.com
New members always welcome. We play a reasonable standard of badminton but are very patient with rusty players who may not have picked up their racquet for some time! Call Sally on 01273 494231.
Woodmancote Parish Council Meeting
For more details contact the Scheme Manager Carol Rawlings on 01403 Parish Hall, Woodmancote, 226178 or 07967 054742 or carol. 7.30pm (& every second Tues) firstname.lastname@example.org Email woodmancoteparishcouncil@ gmail.com for more information. Henfield Camera Club
Sussex Life: a talk by local photographer Chris Mole, who has a clever Part of Rural Henfield, Steyning & Up- knack of winning competitions. New per Beeding Children & Family Cen- members and visitors welcome. tres. Call 01903 270458.
ties welcome. £50. Bring materials and equipment for stitching including a sewing machine if you wish. www. sussexprairiegarden.co.uk
Henfield Youth Club, 7.30-9.30pm Henfield Badminton Club Henfield Hall, 7.30-9.30pm (& (& 10, 17, 24 Oct) For ages 13+ for four weeks, plus one every Mon)
Meet to discuss fundraising activities, consider requests for assistance and organise social events. Call David Pryor on 01273 494442.
Create a piece of garden/nature-inspired textile art with tutor and textile
White Hart, 11am (& every 1st Thurs) artist Anne Kelly. All ages and abili-
Henfield History Group
Free Church Hall, 8pm (& every second Tues)
‘Steaming through Sussex – social history using railways as a platform’ by Bill Gage from West Sussex Records Office. Everyone welcome. £3 non-members, members by subscription. For more information call Steve or Ruth on 494121.
Jolesfield Community Choir Jolesfield School, 7pm (& all Weds)
Open to all. Call Elizabeth Carey on 07880 551 751 for more information or email email@example.com
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OCTOBER 2013 | What’s on
Jackie Sweet. £80 including teas, experience the Manor dressed for a coffees and a piece of cake. For more wedding or party. 01903 815757. information see www.sussexprairieWEA Henfield Branch garden.co.uk
St Peter’s Church, 10.3011.30am (& every secondThurs)
Join us in St Peters Church for fresh coffee and homemade cakes.
Henfield Theatre Company Grand Jumble Sale Henfield Hall, 2pm
Autumn Rhythms – concert of music & words
In aid of Steyning Methodist Church. home by Janet Pennington. Call MauJazz, folk, gospel and rock ‘n’ roll mu- reen Lucas 01273 493966. sic. Tickets £5 (including refreshment) from Steyning Book Shop.
Heber Opera Craft Fair
‘Life inside Gatwick’ by Elke Whitehead. All welcome. CAMEO is sponsored by the Community Church. For transport or more information call Gillian Fletcher MBE on 07885 640524.
Tuesday 15 Trefoil Guild
Henfield (& every third Tues)
Open to anyone over the age of 18 who is willing to support our aims. Come and join us! For more information call Mary on 01273 492351 or Jane on 01403 710061.
Witches, Warlocks and Wellingtons -
Steyning Methodist Church, 7.30pm A talk on the ritual protection of the
Auction, raffle, teas and cakes. For collection of jumble please call 01273 Henfield Arts & Crafts Fayre 494566 (or 492172 for large items). Henfield Hall, 10am-4pm Free admission and parking. See news item for more information or CAMEO www.henfieldartsandcrafts.co.uk
Garden Room, Rayner Court, 10.30am-12pm.
Garden Room, Henfield Hall,2.30pm
Hurstpierpoint Village Centre, 11am-3pm
Social Business Networking Evenings White Hart, 6.30-8pm
A quarterly social business networking evening open to all village networkers as well as all Henfield businesspeople.
Thursday 31 4Sight
Wide variety of craft stalls, homemade cakes and refreshments on sale and raffle. Admission 50p to include a cup of tea/coffee/orange juice. Stallholders please contact Jenny Letton on 01273 834703 or jenny.letton@ btinternet.com
Day Centre, Henfield, 10.30am12pm (& every last Thurs)
Church House, Church Lane, 8pm
Advance notice: Saturday 2 November
A Sussex farm in the 1950’s
Opportunity for those with sight impairments to meet and socialise with others suffering from sight problems. Occasional speakers, games, quizes, plus tea and coffee. For more information call 01273 454343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Everest will describe a year in the life of a Downland farm during the 1950s. Ticket £5 for Members; £7 for non-members from Jasmines Florists Contemporary Craft Fair or call 01273 492294. Hurstpierpoint College (& Sun 3) Pub Blessing Sussex Guild exhibition of ceramics, furniture, glass, creative textiles, jewThe Plough, 8pm ellery, printmaking, woodturning and Reverend Peter from St Peters Church will Charity Cake Sale woodcarving. Refreshments availbless the pub, the beer and customers. Hyatt’s Hair, Henfield able and free parking. £2 entry for the In support of Breast Cancer Awareness. weekend, children free. www.thesussexguild.co.uk
Mayfield Public Meeting
Adastra Hall, Hassocks 7.30pm
To discuss the impact of the proposed Mayfields development of 10,000 homes near Henfield. Nick Herbert MP and Nicholas Soames MP will be speaking. Come along and have your say. Further details www.facebook.com/bn5magazine
Henfield Camera Club Henfield Hall, 7.30pm
Steve Lawrenson ARPS APAGB is our judge for the first competition of the new season. The set subject is ‘In the Garden’.
Willow garden structure weaving Sussex Prairies
Make useful and beautiful garden structures out of willow with expert
Poppy Appeal Bring & Buy Christmas Card Sale Penfold Hall, Steyning, 10amCoffee Morning
12.30pm Garden Room, Henfield Hall, 10am In aid of Steyning, Bramber & Beed-
In aid of the Royal British Legion Pop- ing Branch of Arthritis Research UK. py Appeal. Cake stall, bric-a-brac, book stall and raffle. If you have any Cowfold Fireworks & BBQ bric-a-brac (not jumble) for collection Cowfold Playing Fields, 6.30pm call Mike Morgan on 492134. Organised by St Peters Church. BBQ & bar, mulled wine, hot Ribena, fairy Jumble Sale and traditional carved pumpkin Catholic Church Hall, 11am-3pm cakes lantern competition (50p to enter). In aid of Corpus Christi Catholic Fireworks start at 7.30pm. No charge Church. Bric-a-brac, books, toys, but donations welcome. clothing, cake stall, tombola and raffle. For jumble collection from Film Show: Quartet Monday 21 October call Margaret on Upper Beeding Village Hall 01273 493754. For a good night out, come and watch Wedding & Party Open Day ‘Quartet’, a delightful, entertaining and humourous film with a starry Tottington Manor, Edburton, British cast. Tickets £9.50 includes 12-6pm a drink and nibbles. For tickets see Planning a celebration? Pop in and www.sussexcinema.co.uk
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Kayleigh Peters creates gorgeous cupcakes and celebration cakes which are not only visually stunning but (just as importantly!) are also delicious to eat. She only launched her business, Kaylee’s Cakery, in November last year, but she has had such phenomenal success that she has now opened a shop where you can sit down with a tea or coffee to enjoy one of her fantastic cakes. “I love the flexibility of working for myself and this is just the logical next step,” said Kayleigh. “I wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment for everyone who lives and works in the village, from young families, to working professionals and retired people.” The shop is conveniently located behind Henfield High Street and very close to the Village Hall car park at 2 Norton Mews. The shop is just as much a visual delight as the cakes Kayleigh bakes. With a beautiful ‘shabby chic’ feel the shop showcases not only her delicious cakes, but also a range of craft items from local artists. There is a tempting range of cakes on offer, including the more traditional fruitcake and rock cakes as well as cupcakes. All her cakes are made at home in her kitchen in Henfield using high quality ingredients. Where possible Kayleigh likes to keep things local and she is sourcing her quality coffee from the Horsham Coffee Roaster and hot chocolate from Cocoa Loco. She also has a delicious range of speciality teas and cold drinks including pink lemonade and elderflower juice. Regular customers will benefit from her loyalty card scheme and Kayleigh is keen to get customer feedback: “I love it when customers suggest new flavours and things they would like to try” she said. “As any parent knows, young children are often the most demanding customers” laughs Kayleigh. “I’m mum to two young boys and I know how important it is to keep them occupied so we have a selection of toys and books for our younger customers.” The shop also has a toilet for customers which is both wheelchair and baby-buggy friendly. Kayleigh is still taking commissions for bespoke cupcakes, giant cupcakes and celebration cakes. She can cater for any occasion (including birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and even hen parties!) and whatever your theme, Kayleigh will recreate it for you: “I have a creative background and I love the challenge of 3D cake art” she said. She also takes commissions from commercial organisations and has recently supplied bespoke cakes for Santander Bank, Virgin Holidays and Dandy Candy.
To find out more see www.kayleescakery.co.uk or see the Kaylee’s Cakery Facebook page. You can contact Kayleigh at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01273 965339.
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t’s now an accepted fact that skin is not only affected by external factors but also by our diet and lifestyle. Most beauty treatments focus on treating problem skin from the outside, but things in the beauty industry are changing. Natasha from Natasha’s always keeps up to date with the very latest research and technology and one of the most exciting developments she’s seen has come from a company called Environ. Environ have created a whole package to revitalize and help protect skin. They draw on cutting-edge technology, combined with proven botanicals and scientiﬁc principles to create skincare ranges that address different needs and problems for people of all ages. The cornerstone of Environ treatments is vitamin A. Extensive research has shown that vitamin A has a corrective effect on skin, smoothing and softening and protecting it from the effects of ultraviolet radiation and free radicals. The way skin responds to aging is due in part to genetic make-up. But, how you treat your skin has a huge impact on the visible signs. Sunlight is a big enemy of the skin, as well as air pollution, toxins in food and your lifestyle. Lack of sleep, smoking, stress and alcohol can speed up the visible signs of aging. These are all factors that can be controlled and make a material difference to your skin. Environ was developed by a plastic surgeon who has a special interest in sun-damaged skin and skin cancers. He discovered that high doses of vitamin A can improve the visible effect on the quality of the skin and has made groundbreaking research into the essential role of vitamin A in skin health. Environ is now acclaimed worldwide for its health beneﬁts, being the favourite of dermatologists, skincare therapists and beauty editors. The Environ programme can assist all types of skin conditions including acne, aging skin, pigmentation and sun damage and eczema. It encompasses a skincare beauty routine, skin treatments, a range of natural supplements and multi-vitamins and advice on nutrition. This holistic approach gives overall health beneﬁts, with skin, hair and nails responding positively. “I have been using Environ myself and trialing the products on some of my customers and the changes are really fantastic,” said Natasha. “The skin looks younger and more hydrated with a much more even tone. I am really excited to be offering this system, it’s the future of skincare and a very healthy approach for all ages and lifestyles.”
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OCTOBER 2013 | News
Walking the Camino Earlier this year Jane Tullett and her friend Kerry Holder laced up their walking boots to walk the 292 kilometers (or 181 miles) Camino from Ferrol to Fisterra via Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain to raise money for Young Epilepsy. The charity is very close to Jane’s hear as her 15 year old niece Katie was diagnosed with epilepsy three years ago. Katie now attends St Piers School in Lingfield which is a specialist school for children with neurological conditions. Young Epilepsy supports this school as well as funding research into the condition. As well as the sponsored walk, Jane had fundraising stalls at both the Henfield Summer Fayre and Small Dole Summer Fete and so far they have raised £400. They also have a ‘loose change’ jar on the bar of The Fox in Small Dole which they are hoping to fill.
Mrs Mabel Julia (Mamie) Jones 4 December 1911 - 20 July 2013 When we first knew of the Cancers that were to remain deliberately untreated I asked for some help with her obituary. Those who knew of her extraordinary skill and knowledge of the English language, reinforced with crosswords, Scrabble and with a fountain pen and dictionary in her hand for most of her life, will know why I asked. You will not be surprised to know that I would have to do it myself, though Mum would edit. Sadly it never happened, and I fear you may notice! By any standard Mum live into extreme old age. Although our family moved from Cheshire to live in Henfield half a century ago Mum had lived in Sussex for only the last half of her life. However, we’re quite
certain that the last 50 years of their Henfield village life have brought much love and pleasure to both our parents and many others. Our Mother wrote fondly of that for our Father’s obituary, written in 2003. As many know, Ma was a generous lady. It is some time ago that mum decided to bequeath her body to Anatomical Science. Whilst we discussed the formal support necessary for this fairly radical decision Elizabeth and I became fully aware that Ma knew well that such a decision would preclude more conventional ceremony. Many have said “typical!” Mum had some strongly held beliefs – political, personal, financial and moral – which provided a sometimes Victorian yardstick and compass for the years I remember of our lives together. Despite that, her warmth, care, compassion, concern and respect for those with very different views enabled the development of lifelong and mutually deep friendships. As most of those friends died – some very sorely missed – Ma shared with us and younger equally dear friends “I have lived long enough”. The final months of her life saw an initially gradual deterioration in health, stamina and faculty. We would not have been able to care for her at home, as we all wished, without the love and professional support – often beyond duty – of several carers, healthcare professionals and very close and loyal friends. Thank you all. Thank you too for all the cards, letters and messages of sympathy and condolence. Many correspondents have remembered with gratitude lengthy friendships. Elizabeth and I continue to sadly miss our Mother and her subtle and feisty influence on our lives. We’re sure we are not alone. Her skills at knitting, as a seamstress, gardening, as a wordsmith and cook we will fondly remember. Christopher Jones
Calling all road cyclists! I’m trying to find a group of road cyclist to start a regular cycling group up in the Henfield area. I cycle a lot and notice loads of single riders going around and I suspect there are a few in Henfield that would like some company. If you are local to Henfield and would like to cycle in a group on a regular basis starting and ending in the village please contact Bek Seager on 07789 650171.
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News | OCTOBER 2013
Small Dole Summer Show Held on Saturday 17 August on Mackleyâ€™s Sports Field, the Small Dole Summer Show was our 69th show. We had been eagerly watching the weather forecast over the last week and had hoped we would escape the rain. The morning started well with plenty of sunshine (even if rather windy), but it was not to last! It must have been a jinxed year for us as a couple of months ago we had our steel container broken into and a gas urn and a stainless steel sink stolen. We thought that was all but yesterday we discovered our 100metre heavy duty cable and reel was also taken! The reel was really heavy so we are looking for a thief with a hernia!! The number of entries was considerably up this year and the display marquee was full. What was particu-
larly encouraging was the number of childrenâ€™s entries and some of their imaginative exhibits. The show ground was also full, with more stalls than ever, as well as a very busy dog show. With car park full to the brim and crowds enjoying the afternoon the afternoon started off well â€“ and then it rained! Everyone headed to the marquee exhibition or the tea tent which did a roaring trade, but the Patcham Silver Band played on. Last year it had been so hot that the ice cream man sold out whilst the tea tent takings suffered from the heat! You cannot seem to win! However, overall it was one of our best shows ever, despite the rain. David Barrett
Thank you FROM THE BUTLIN FAMILY A sincere thank you to all relatives, neighbours and friends for all the beautiful messages and tributes received after the loss of our Mum. Special thanks to George and Brenda for always being on hand to help during the latter months, turning dark days to light and tears to laughter. Suzanne a former neighbour for help and support, be that on the phone or in our home. Your kindness and compassion given to Mum made life so much easier for both myself and her, being able to join her in her world and keeping her as stress free as possible. I know she appreciated and loved you all. George you must have gained a NVQ in folding. Denise Butlin
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OCTOBER 2013 | News Local training opportunity for gardeners
HART on top of the world Henfield members of HART (Henfield Area Response Team) climbed Snowdon last month as part of their training for the three peaks challenge next June. The challenge will entail climbing Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (Cumbria) and Snowdon (Wales) with 24 hours, transported to each by a volunteer team in a mini-bus. Supporter Mark Skilton, Josh Westlake, Martin Tooth, Sandra Parsons, Kas Fletcher, Dave Fletcher and Anne Dewdney are being sponsored by solicitors Griffith Smith Farrington Webb. They are currently looking for a transport company to supply the mini-bus (to carry 10 people) as part of the fund-raising effort. Henfield White Hart landlord Gyles Culver has offered to cover half the cost of the transport. HART chairman Dick Nye said: â€œItâ€™s a tough challenge but the team are well into training - and while next June seems a while away they are working hard to get into top form for the event.â€?
Did you contact the â€˜Returned Serviceâ€™? A lady contacted John Hill of the â€˜Returned serviceâ€™ looking for the grave of a relative who died in the First World War. John does not have the ladyâ€™s contact details but wanted us to print the following information in the hope that she will make contact again: Tom Brunsdon served in the Royal Engineers and died on 27 March 1918 in captivity and he is buried in plot x11.g.14 in the Southern Cemetery in Cologne. John can be contacted on 01273 492376.
A national charity which arranges training in beautiful gardens for returners to the workforce who are passionate about gardening has a new opportunity in the local area. The Womenâ€™s Farm and Garden Association (WFGA) is looking for new recruits (female and male) to its â€˜Women Returners to Amenity Gardening Schemeâ€™, otherwise known as WRAGS. The 12-month scheme enables trainees to gain practical gardening skills working in carefully sourced gardens, under the guidance of a head gardener or experienced garden owner. Trainees benefit from a wide range of public and private gardens of all sizes, gardens that open under the National Gardens Scheme, gardens under restoration and even royal gardens. The commitment is for 15 hours a week for which a training allowance of ÂŁ70 a week is paid by the garden owner. Trainees come from many backgrounds but have to be members of the WFGA. The Association charges both the garden owner and trainee a registration fee to help with the costs of the scheme. For more information contact the WFGA on 01285 658339, email email@example.com. uk or visit www.wfga.org.uk
Short breaks for disabled children A new short breaks directory has been launched by West Sussex County Council for families with disabled children and young people. Short breaks enable disabled children and young people to learn new skills, try new experiences and increase their confidence by providing fun and social activities outside the school day. They also give parents and carers a well-deserved break, giving them the chance to rest, catch up on day-to-day activities or spend time with other family members. Short breaks can involve leisure and sports, drama and arts, sensory, youth clubs and after-school or holiday schemes. Short breaks funding also provides some specialist services and resources for parents. Specialist short breaks for children with more complex needs such as overnight stays or weekend clubs are also available. www.westsussex.gov.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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News | OCTOBER 2013 Zumba Gold class Zumba Gold will take place every Thursday at 11.30am in the Henfield Hall. It is specifically designed to take the exciting Latin and international dance rhythms created to bring the original Zumba to the active older adult, the beginner and anyone else. We will cha-cha, swing, tango, salsa and many others to music that will make you want to move. I keep all the same dances and music the same for at least a term to give you the chance to learn, relax into and enjoy each dance. The class lasts approximately 50 minutes, you can of course rest at any time. If you love to dance, want to have fun and socialize, want to feel like you have exercised without feeling pain then come along and give it a try. The first class is free (ÂŁ5 per week thereafter). For more information call Sally on 07549 400756 or 01273 831632, or just come along and give it a try! Sally Marples
Contemporary Craft Fair at Hurstpierpoint College The friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show at Hurstpierpoint College on 2 and 3 November is just the place to find that special Christmas present. Designer makers of the Sussex Guild will exhibit a variety of crafts, including: ceramics, furniture, glass, creative textiles, jewellery, printmaking, woodturning and woodcarving. Refreshments will be served in the Music Room and there is free parking in the school car park. The admission ticket of ÂŁ2 affords entry and re-entry throughout the weekend, with accompanied children free. For more information see www.thesussexguild.co.uk
Ashurst Village Hall project Ashurstâ€™s exciting new project has really begun to take shape over the past three months and it now actually looks like a Village Hall! Work on the timber framing began in May and soon the outline of the building be-
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came a reality. Our fundraising efforts have continued successfully: funding for the groundwork construction was provided by a major grant from Viridor Credits and a generous donation from Cordek Ltd. Further major funding from Sussex and Low Weald Action Group (Leaders Programme), Garfield Weston Foundation and The Big Society Fund, along with Gatwick Airport Community Fund and Waitrose have enabled us to proceed with the timber frame, roof and walls. Two thirds of the total funding required has been raised over the past year and we are now seeking finance to help complete the final stages of the project. If you can help in any way please do contact us.
Henfield Museum Henfield museum is just one room, but what a room! The display cases are wood and glass. There are lots of bits and pieces that make you go â€œOh do you remember those?â€? and some mystery curios with a label asking â€œDo you know what this is?â€? And there are the clothes. There was a Victorian ladies purple two-piece with a short jacket and black ribbon trim. The matching skirt had a little bustle at the back. There was a very smart town dress in a silver striped fabric with leg oâ€™mutton sleeves and a long slim skirt. The third item in the case was a skirt. Made about forty years before the dresses, it was soft and floaty, in misty grey cotton with a purple sprigged pattern. In the case it looked slim and modern and wearable, but it would have been worn draped over a large crinoline frame. Henfield museum has just such a frame. It looks like a big wire bird cage and is very heavy, with hooks and eyes on a tape to fasten it round your waist. This particular frame is very special because it can be transformed from a museum exhibit into a piece of clothing owned and worn by a lady from Henfield. The lady was called Miss West. At the end of the nineteenth century she got married, became Mrs Holdaway and left Henfield to live on a sheep farm in Australia. Her father had been the Chemist in Henfield in the late 1870â€™s and when he died, his widow became the landlady of the White Hart pub. So, add together a fragment of someoneâ€™s life and an article of clothing, and a piece of Henfield history comes to life. Do pay a visit. Museum details on www.henfieldhub.com Stephanie Richards
A Sussex farm IN the 1950â€™s On Thursday 24 October at 8pm in Church House, Church Lane, Ian Everest will describe a year in the life of a Downland farm during the 1950s. He will introduce a coloured cine-film, for which he has provided the narration. The film shows an age when over twenty men were employed on the 1,000-acre farm â€“ and forty at harvest-time. This is a good opportunity for us to learn of the way in which farming was carried out at a time when mega combine-harvesters, now commonly seen around rural communities, were machines of the future. This event is promoted by The Friends of St Peterâ€™s Church, Henfield. Admission is by ticket (ÂŁ5 for Members; ÂŁ7 for non-members) available from Jasmines Florists in the High Street or by telephoning (01273) 492294. Anthony Abbott
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OCTOBER 2013 | News South Downs Produce MARKET The South Downs Produce Market launches at Jack Dunckleyâ€™s Birchfield Nursery in Henfield on Wednesday 6 November. The fully-covered local produce market, which will continue to take place on every first Wednesday of the month, is being organised by Lisa and Justine, with assistance from Jack Dunckley and his team at Birchfield Nursery. Lisa said, â€œWe know people in Henfield and the surrounding area appreciate good produce and we wanted to organise a market where producers and customers can come together and celebrate their love of goods made and bred to the highest level, with the finest locally sourced ingredients. We are keen to set high standards from the beginning and this way we know weâ€™re selling the best local produce we can source to our customers.â€? Visitors to the nursery will be able to choose from a wide selection of produce on market days, ranging from coffee to chutneys, meat to marmalade as well as everything in between. Visitors can then make their way along the fully covered walkway to enjoy a drink and slice of cake in the Cloud Coffee Shop â€“ with coffee from the same suppliers as Harrods. To finish off the visit, customers can spend time wandering around the Nursery and see the amazing selection of plants available. The South Downs Produce Market will also be part of the Christmas Spectacular at Jack Dunckleyâ€™s Birchfield Nursery, kicking off the festivities with a
two day festive market on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 December from 10am until 2pm. For updates on producers attending as well as plenty of other event information visit www.facebook.com/thesouthdownsproducemarket or follow the market on Twitter @sthdownsprodmkt. Alternatively call 07719 112064.
Kindersley Charitable Trust Further to the invitation in the July issue of BN5 magazine to charities, societies or organisations to make applications to Kindersley Trust for assistance towards specific projects or needs, this is a reminder that Friday 15 November 2013 is the date by which 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, West Sussex, BN5 9DJ. DJW
Jumble Sale Corpus Christi Catholic Church will be holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 26 October in their Church Hall, Tanyard from 11am to 3pm. All the usual stalls will be featured with lots of bric a brac, books, toys, clothing etc. as well as our famous cake stall, tombola and raffle. Put the date in your diary now and then come along on Saturday 26 to find lots of bargains. For jumble collection during the week commencing Monday 21 October or for more details contact Margaret on 01273 493754.
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Henfield Medical Centre – Protect Yourself This Winter
Henfield Arts & Crafts Fayre The creative people of Henfield will be out in force again at the Henfield Hall, on Saturday 19 October for the annual Henfield Arts & Crafts Fayre. From past feedback people have said they like to see the processes involved in creating the various masterpieces on display. So in response to this, a demonstration room will be an exciting new addition with demonstrations including woodturning, carving, soft stone sculpting, patchwork, wreath making and weaving. At last years event scarves by ‘Manic Weavers’ that were still in the loom, were being snapped up by keen shoppers! For those who’ve never visited before, the event is a great place to go for those unique and handcrafted, quality gifts, all being showcased by local artist, craftsmen and small business. All the exhibitors enjoy chatting with visitors about their work and processes involved and this all makes for a lively and bubbly atmosphere in the hall on the day. Often exhibitors will undertake bespoke commissions for unique and special purchases. On display and available to purchase, will be something for everyone and every budget, ranging from the simple, fun and pretty to stylish accessories and unique artwork for you, your family, home and garden. Visitors will be able to enjoy a great selection of our now famous homemade cakes with their tea and coffee, and savouries, including mini pizzas and cheese scones, whilst relaxing and pondering on their purchases. The Fayre will take place on Saturday 19 October, from 10am till 4pm at the Henfield Hall. Admission and parking is free. See www.henfieldartsandcrafts.co.uk for more details.
During October 2013 we will be running the following sessions to help our patients stay well this winter: • Flu immunisations for all patients aged 65 and over, and for carers, pregnant women, anyone who is on regular treatment for asthma or suffers from diseases of the lung, heart, kidney, liver, a chronic neurological disease, diabetes or is immunosuppressed. Walk –in clinics on Tuesdays 8, 15, 22 and 29 October from 2-4pm and Wednesdays 9, 16, 23 and 30 October from 4-6pm. Pre-bookable appointments on Saturdays 12 and 19 October from 9.30am-12pm. • Flu nasal spray immunisation for children aged 2 and 3 on 1 September 2013. Influenza can be an unpleasant illness in children, with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, dry cough and aching muscles lasting several days. Some children need to go to hospital for treatment, and it can lead to complications such as bronchitis, pneumonia and a painful ear condition. For pre-bookable appointments in October please call 01273 492255 for an appointment or book online at www.henfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk (see online section at the bottom of the home page). • Pneumococcal for all patients aged 65 and over and any patients who suffer from diseases of the lung, heart, liver, kidney, have diabetes, are immunosuppressed or have a cochlear implant. Invasive pneumococcal disease (pneumonia) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, especially among the very young and elderly population. This is a one off single injection given subcutaneously or intramuscularly into the arm. Walk –in clinics on Tuesdays 8, 15, 22 and 29 October from 2-4pm and Wednesdays 9, 16, 23 and 30 October from 4-6pm. • Shingles for patients aged 70 & 79 on 1 September 2013. A new vaccination programme introduced this year to protect older people against shingles. Shingles causes a range of symptoms, depending on where it appears on your body. These often include a rash and clusters of painful, itchy, fluid-filled blisters. Eyesight can also be affected, if it develops in the eye. It can leave people with on-going, severe pain called post-herpetic neuralgia. This pain can last for several months or even years and can be bad enough to need to be admitted to hospital. Pre-bookable clinics on
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OCTOBER 2013 | News 1-4 October 2013. Please phone 01273 492255 for an appointment or book online at www.henfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk (see online section at the bottom of the home page). For more information visit www.henfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk or pick up a leaflet from the Medical Centre.
encouragement for all the young people and thanked the leaders and organisers for all their hard work. David Walliams admitted to having been a member of the Brownies when he was younger and that it brought back a lot of memories coming to the camp and seeing what fun the guides and scouts were having! A fantastic week ensued for all involved with some wonderful activities for the young people to take part in during the day, and entertainment ever evening, from discos to live bands. We had five teams entered in the box car racing over the different age groups and one of them made it right through to the semi-finals. We are so proud of them and one of the organisers even noted how well they had done. As leaders we are incredibly proud of all the girls that attended and know that they had a fantastic week and we are already looking forward to the future and the next WS in four years’ time. Laura Owens
mayfield PUBLIC MEETING Henfield Tennis Club A few words to those of you that visited the Tennis Club Stall on the day of the Henfield Fayre. Thanks for calling in for a chat and a try at the tennis game and guessing the number of tennis balls in the lantern. Many of you enjoyed the mini-tennis that was set up as well. The junior winner of the Tennis Game was Toby. There were 145 tennis balls in the lantern and Lisa was the only one with the exact and correct number. Well done to all of you. Henfield Tennis Club would also like to take this opportunity to thank The Bell for sponsoring this year’s prizes. Several people took the opportunity to become members, at the reduced rate, and have already been seen out on the courts. If you enjoyed your ‘tennis experience’ and want to find out more please visit our web site at www.henfieldtennisclub.com or text / call Caitlin (Membership Sec) on 07818 060041.
CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Sussex are holding a public meeting on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm at The Adastra Hall in Hassocks to discuss the impact of the proposed Mayfields development of 10,000 homes near Henfield. Nick Herbert MP (Arundel & South Downs) and Nicholas Soames MP (Mid Sussex) will be speaking. Please come along and have your say. Look for further details on the BN5 Facebook page.
International Guide Camp What a fantastic year to be involved in the Guiding and Scouting movement in West Sussex. In August over 2000 adults and young people joined together for the international WS camp 2013. The aim of the camp is to forge international links and make new friends. The theme of this year’s camp was Ancient civilisations, with our unit 1st Henfield Guides being part of the Ancient Egyptian sub-camp. Our link for the camp was with a group of guides from Guernsey and we were joined by five guides and a leader. We had a fantastic week with the girls and their leader and some friendships were made that I am sure will last for many years to come. As a result of the friendships forged we hope to be able to go and visit the girls on Guernsey for a camp in 2015 as well as the girls returning to the next WS! There were Guides and Scouts from 17 different countries attending this year’s camp. The camp began on Saturday 3 August with an opening ceremony, attended by none other than Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout, and ambassador for scouting David Walliams! Bear offered some wise words and
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News | OCTOBER 2013 Henfield Parish Council Henfield Parish Council was pleased that the application by Barratts Homes to build 160 new dwellings on farm land beside West End Lane was rejected by Horsham District Council. It is however realistic to the fact that the applicant could seek to reverse this decision before a planning inspector. In the meantime, Council Chairman Ray Osgood and Plans Committee Chair Elizabeth Taylor continue to represent Henfield Parish Council at meetings of a group of all the Parish Councils in the area who are working together to resist proposals by Mayfield Towns to build a new town of up to 10,000 dwellings on open land between Sayers Common and Henfield. Local MPs Nick Herbert and Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) have also expressed their strong opposition to this development. The old Village Well in the Library Car Park has been ‘freed’ from the undergrowth that has surrounded it for many years. Council will now be landscaping the surrounding raised bed to remove what had become an eyesore and provide an attractive feature in this busy car park. Following the introduction of the household blue top re-cycling bins the Library Car Park re-cycling bins have been getting greatly reduced usage and have now been removed from this car park to provide an additional six car parking spaces. Bottle re-cycling bins remain in the Leisure Centre and Village Hall car parks; the latter also has a shoe re-cy-
cling bin. Salvation Army re-cycling bins remain in the playing field car park at Cowfold and the car park at the Steyning Centre. The Horsham District Council ‘Have Your Say’ resident survey can be found in the centre pages of the Horsham District News magazine which is posted to every household. The deadline for completing and returning the survey is 31 October 2013. All surveys returned will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £50 High Street shopping vouchers. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. You can also complete the survey online at www.horsham.gov.uk and by clicking on the mini advert.
‘Thank you’ to Tony Brooks. Everyone at St Andrew’s Church, Edburton are very grateful to Anthony Brooks who gave us £3,800 from the proceeds of his book entitled ‘The changing times of Fulking and Edburton 1900-2007’. We have now used the money to enlarge the area of paving in front of the porch. This is now a lovely open space where wedding photos can be taken or the congregation can gather before and after services. We have used the remainder of the money to install an air curtain above the main door inside the church. This will help in the colder weather to warm the congregation as they enter the church. We would all like to thank Tony for his very generous donation Christine Wooldridge
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OCTOBER 2013 | News Henfield Neighbourhood Plan
Ellie to play Annie Local girl Ellie Rayward has been cast as the lead role in a production of â€˜Annieâ€™ to be performed at The Hawth in Crawley at the end of October. Ellie is a member of the Henfield Theatre Company and was one of Faganâ€™s gang in Oliver! last Christmas. It was also in Henfield that Ellie first saw â€˜Annieâ€™ when Nina Schluter played the main part. Animal lover Ellie is really enjoying rehearsals and is looking forward to the performances - especially as one of her co-stars is a cuddly Golden Retriever dog. Show dates are 30 October to 2 November and tickets can be purchased from The Hawth Box Office 01293 553636 or direct from COS Musical Theatre 07583 534628, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henfield has started work to produce a Neighbourhood Plan (a formal planning document), enabling us to have a greater say on how we want our community to develop over the next 15-20 years. Henfield Parish Council (HPC) has set up a Steering Group which has now met a number of times. To obtain initial community feedback, a limited number of survey forms were distributed in July. A similar form has now been delivered to all households (it is also available on the Henfield Hub). This is just the start of an extensive and vital consultation exercise, which will encompass a wide cross-section of local individuals, community groups, businesses and other bodies to obtain views from as many sources as possible. Everyone with an interest in the future development of Henfield is urged to complete and return the form by 7 October. A robust Neighbourhood Plan will take time to prepare and will need input from professional planning experts. The cost of such advice is significant but HPC has agreed to provide up to ÂŁ10,000 for this purpose. Additional funding may be available from elsewhere. We are now in discussions with Action in Rural Sussex (and other providers of professional planning consultancy) about how they can help us produce an effective plan. We are grateful to those who have already offered to become directly involved with the production of the Neighbourhood Plan. If anyone else would like to help, please contact the Parish Council Clerk, Philip Hill, either by email email@example.com or visit during opening hours. Once the results of the initial survey are known and other issues resolved, we shall hold one or more public meetings to which everyone who wishes to participate will be invited to attend.
Christmas Sale Henfield Self Help Group invites everyone to their Christmas Sale on Tuesday 5 November from 10.30am to 12 noon in the Henfield Hall Garden Room. Admission is 50p and includes hot mince pies and coffee. There will be a Gift Stall, Grand Draw, and Cakes and Preserves. Also look out for our cakes and pastries stall at the Charities Fair in Henfield Hall on 9 November.
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OCTOBER 2013 | News Charities Christmas Fair This year the Charities Christmas Fair will take place at The Henfield Hall on Saturday 9 November, from 10am to 1pm, entry is only 30p. A total of 37 charities will be in attendance, all with lots of exciting bargains. Stock up on your Christmas gifts and cards and support all your favourite charities. There will also be raffles, tombola, cakes, preserves and the usual excellent refreshments. There will be more details in the November BN5 but in the meantime make a note of the date in your diary.
Small Dole Village Hall Did you know that this well-equipped venue is available for hire? Rates are very reasonable: £6 per hour for local users; £7 per hour for groups from outside the area; and £7 per hour for business users. For children’s parties, rates are negotiable. To book the hall and for more information call Jessica Sproxton Miller on 01273 493975.
performance. We drew both from our own original choreography and musical arrangement and the creative ideas of the children. We are incredibly proud of the final piece. Extracts from the show included the ‘Alice’ theme by Danny Elfman sung beautifully by the girls, a 1920’s style Mad Hatter’s Tea Party dance, a contemporary dance portraying the Caterpillar to electronic folk music as well as classic musical theatre numbers, for example ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. The performance received some great feedback from the parents and former West End actress Jean Reeve came to the performance and commented: “The children coped very well with the material. To learn all those songs and routines in just one week is a real achievement.” Both Helen and Simi found their love for the arts in Henfield when they joined the local theatre company as children. They are now training professionally in London. Helen and Simi hope to continue this project next year. www.letsmakeashow.webs.com and www. facebook.com/letsmakeashow12
4Sight - Supporting blind & Thank you gardens & arts partially sighted Henfield Youth Club would like to say a huge thank you Do you have a couple of hours, once a month to help run a club for 4Sight in Henfield? The Club meets at the Day Centre, Hewitts, Henfield, on the last Thursday of each month from 10.30 until 12 noon. It is an opportunity for those with sight impairments to meet and socialise with others suffering from sight problems. We occasionally have speakers who talk on topics of interest – not always sight related - and perhaps a game of bingo using tactile dominoes, a quiz, plus tea and coffee. The present Club leaders, who don’t live locally, would welcome one or two volunteers from Henfield or the surrounding area who could initially assist, but eventually take over the running of the Club. If you feel you could help, or require more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 4Sight, Kirstie Thomas, on 01273 454343 (email shoreham@4sightsussex. co.uk) or the present leaders, Nina and Colin Major, on 01273 453000 (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
to the committee of the garden and Arts group, plus to everybody who opened their gardens. Once again a huge amount was raised to support the chosen charities of The Youth Club and Know Dementia. We are truly grateful for the continued support from the village. Debbie Slaughter
Garage Sale thanks We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported our garage sale over the bank holiday. Thanks to your generosity we are delighted to have been able to send a total of £605 to The Brain Tumour Charity, who continue to fund vital research into this devastating disease. Your support is greatly appreciated - thank you to you all. Pete and Hilary Bagguley
Let’s make a show The musical theatre summer school ‘Let’s Make a Show,’ set up in 2012 by Helen Haines and Simi Fyles, returned this August and was another big success. This year the six-day course took place at the Henfield Youth Club and culminated in a unique performance of Alice in Wonderland. Our idea was to combine Lewis Carroll’s original text and characters with a range of music and movement; various improvisations, workshops and games have led us to this
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Local interest | OCTOBER 2013
ARTS & CRAFTS
n our hectic and fast-paced world it is all too easy to buy mass-produced and poor quality objects online at the click of a mouse or even at an out-of-town shopping centre along with our weekly shop. But if you are furnishing your home or looking for a special piece of jewellery it is so much more enjoyable to buy something that is unique, handmade and original. And there is nothing more lovely than receiving a gift which you know has been handmade with love and is designed to last. There have always been artists and craftsmen making beautiful and unique objects, but often the cost of producing them meant that only they were only available for the very rich. However, innovations in technology in recent years now mean that such objects are within the reach of virtually everyone. Our beautiful Sussex countryside provides inspiration for many talented and original artists, ceramicists and jewellers. Here is just a selection of those who live and work on our doorstep producing beautiful, individual and above all, affordable works of art. Ceramic artist Cat Brown produces a beautiful range of dinnerware, home decorations and pottery gifts using traditional ceramic hand-building techniques. In her own words: â€œI take a rough pile of a thousand year old earth, bashing it and squishing it, then delicately forming it with my hands into something beautiful, unique and ultimately useful. My pieces will last even
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more than a lifetime…to be passed on and cherished from generation to generation.” From plates and bowls to butterflies and herb stakes, her pieces have a cool and contemporary styling which mixes beauty and function. Cat is inspired by the natural world and often uses leaves, flowers and other natural objects to create her pieces. The Sussex Guild, which is exhibiting at Hurstpierpoint College on 2 and 3 November, is a group of professional designers and makers of fine contemporary and traditional craftwork. Guild members represent a range of different crafts (including: ceramics; glass; jewellery and silversmithing; metals; printmaking; textiles; and wood) and have been selected for their high degree of skill and creativity. The aim of the Guild is to inspire and encourage public appreciation of fine craftsmanship by organising shows and exhibitions in a wide variety of venues. Exhibitors are always willing to talk about their work, the design process, the techniques, tools and materials used. Pieces can be bought at the shows or specially commissioned. Local photographer Louise Lorimer is a passionate and diverse artist whose subjects range from botanical close-ups to landscapes, portraiture and more edgy shots which wouldn’t be out of place in a fashion layout. She then turns these photographic images into large, limited edition canvasses or high quality greetings cards. Louise also works with acrylic paints and has a range of beautiful canvasses What started off as a hobby for Katherine Lawrie
ended up turning into her vocation. Kathryn creates stylish and sophisticated jewellery working with sterling silver and 18ct yellow gold as well as semiprecious stones such as garnets, amethysts, tourmalines, moonstones and labradorites. “I use various techniques in my work but I do favour a technique called roller texturing. This gives the metal an air of subtlety; it enriches the surface without taking away anything from the overall form.” For the texturing Katherine uses lots of materials such as handmade paper, bonsai leaves and woven fabrics, each of which transfers to the metal its own character. Katherine’s work is also subtly inspired by the natural world and in particular the South Downs and the Sussex coast.
The Shoreham Gallery is passionate about supporting local arts and crafts. It is a relaxed and friendly environment which showcases a wonderfully eclectic range of quality work from around 20 local artists. The different mediums on display include: distinctive silver and glass jewellery; functional and decorative ceramics; classic and contemporary paintings; beautiful stained and fused glass; inspirational photography; mixed media pictures; gorgeous soft furnishings and textiles; and wonderfully crafted wood carvings. It’s the perfect place to browse if you are looking for a one-off special gift and you would be hard pushed to leave empty handed. And for those feeling creatively inspired, the gallery offers a range of workshops including: printmaking; stained glass; beaded-jewellery making; photography; and silk painting. Sarah Butler
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Gardening | OCTOBER 2013
Plant Hunter Renowned international plant-hunter, Tom Hart Dyke, will be giving a talk ‘From Captive to Castle’ on Tuesday 5 November at 7.30pm in the Henfield Hall. Tickets for this exciting event, hosted by Henfield Garden Club, are only £5 and they will be available to buy from Jasmines the Florist in Henfield from Tuesday 1 October.
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OCTOBER 2013 | Gardening
he following is taken from Tom Hart Dykeâ€™s website (www.tomhartdyke.co.uk) and will give you a taster of what promises to be a fascinating evening.
Fortunately, Tom and Paul were not executed and after nine months in captivity they were released on 16 December 2000. On their return, Tom and Paul penned the best-selling book The Cloud Garden (Transworld 2002) detailing their experiences in the jungle. Tomâ€™s jungle antics, such as building gardens in the mountains, much to the annoyance of his captors, cemented his reputation as a â€˜plant nutâ€™! Since his release Tom has been busy building the â€˜Worldâ€™ in a two-acre Tudor and Victorian walled area at Lullingstone Castle, his ancestral home. One-acre contains the World Garden laid out as a miniature map of the world with plants located in their correct miniature native land masses. The other acre hosts the â€˜Hot and Spikeyâ€™ Cactus House, the â€˜Cloud Gardenâ€™ temperate House and the new â€˜Islamic Bulbâ€™ House. The plant collection of the World Garden totals around 6,000 different types of plants and each month it continues to grow and develop, with many rare and new important botanical specimens being added from Tomâ€™s travels. Since his Colombian captivity, Tom has made five intrepid (but safer) return journeys to South America. His collecting travels have also taken him to the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Islands, Tasmania, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and the remote Mentawai Islands in Indonesia.
Tom Hart Dyke, creator of the UKâ€™s first ever World Garden of Plants at Lullingstone Castle in Kent, first shot to international prominence in 2000, when he was kidnapped in the Columbian jungle on an orchid hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong. Tom and his travelling companion, Paul Winder, were taken hostage while trekking through â€˜The Darien Gapâ€™, a dangerous place abandoned by all to warring guerrilla factions. The idea of The World Garden was born in the depths of despair when, three months into their kidnap ordeal, Tom and his fellow captive Paul were told to prepare to die that night. Paul spent the afternoon of that fateful day in prayer, but Tom decided that the best course of action would be to spend his final day on Earth designing his dream garden! He spent the day drawing plans in his diary for a â€˜World Gardenâ€™ containing the To find out more about Henfield Garden Club, call 01273 plants heâ€™d collected from across the globe, planted 492497 or email email@example.com out in their respective countries of origin.
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