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Village living

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Lifestyle | Community | Business

Steyning Bramber Beeding Ashington Washington Storrington Henfield Small Dole Shoreham-by-Sea

VintageChic! with Kitty-Boo

Hair & Makeup Design

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On Piste!

A recipe from Lavender and Lovage

Ginette visits Knockhatch Dry Ski Slopes Chris Jones, Big Plant, Local News, Events & Diary Dates

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Welcome to November


Diary – Dates for you to note ginette 15


Food Review – The Rising Sun in Beeding

15-17 Ginette – skiing the slopes at Knockhatch 19/21 Village News tried & tested 21

23 Tried & Tested – Kitty-Boo Hair & Makeup Design 27

Big Plant – What’s new this month?


Chris Jones – Our monthly Mind & Body column


Chutney Recipe – from Karen at Lavender and Lovage

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Welcome to November!


can’t believe it is already November and that we are heading towards Christmas at such a rapid rate! Hope you are all well and enjoying the crisp Autumn weather, its thankfully not too cold yet. This month we have a lovely wintry recipe from Karen at Lavander and Lovage, a fantastic retro pin-up make over from Kitty-Boo Hair and Makeup Design, Ginette reports back from Knockhatch after a great family day out, Becky visits the Rising Sun in Beeding and there’s lots of local news for you! Just a note regarding diary dates for January – *December issue up online mid November, in circulation end of November / beginning of December*. Please get your diary dates regarding Early January 2014 if possible, in by November 10th for our December issue as the Jan issue will be out just after Christmas and we don’t want you to miss out! Have a great November and lots of Bonfire Night fun – don’t forget to be safe on firework night and keep your pets indoors … Have a good month!

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Steyning Holistic Fair Saturday 23rd November 2013 at The Steyning Centre, BN44 3XZ 10am till 4pm Entry £3 Readings ~ Healing Space ~ Life Coaching Local Artists ~ Crystals ~ Massage ~ Gifts Jewellery ~ Natural Products ~ Theta Healing Acupuncture ~ Talks & Meditation Yummy Food & Drink Plus Lots More ... Look forward to seeing you there!

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Village Diary Village Diary is a great way to publicise an event in your village. Email with your listings. Don’t forget to visit for more diary dates!

Markets Henfield Hall – Monday Market from January open every Monday except bank holidays from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m a variety of stalls, ample free parking Shoreham – 2nd Sat of each month. 9.00 – 13.00. East Street Steyning – 1st Sat of each month. 9.00 – 13.00. High St car park Storrington – Village Market at Village Hall 9-10.45am every Friday, a variety of locally home grown and sourced plants, cheeses, meats, breads & crafts West Chiltington – 2nd Sat of month. 9.00 – 12.00. Village Hall

events Every Tuesday 9.30 - 11.30 am CHATTERBOX the Baby & Pre-school Group £1.50 per family, includes refreshments. Free Church Hall, High St, Henfield. Come along for a free trial class! every other Thursday 7.30pm Storrington Camera Club, in the clubroom of the Storrington football club pavilion, located behind Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Spierbridge Road, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4PG. All are welcome, including guests for our various events and talks, refreshments available. A small fee is charged on the door for visitors. Every Thursday 11:00-12:30pm Play and Learn Together session at Henfield Evangelical Free Church, High Street, Henfield BN5 9HP. Open to children aged 0-5 with parents or carers. Free to attend. Contact the Children and Family Centre on 01403 864668 for more information. STEYNING MUSEUM Opening times: Tues, Wed & Fri 10.30 – 12.30 and 2.30 – 4.00, 10.30 – 4.00 Saturday, and 2.30 – 4.00 Sunday. Free Entrance. Food for Free – or at least Very Little! This exhibit gives a sideways look on how food was provided in days gone by, this is addition to all of our permanent exhibits which give an insight into Steyning in the past. Coming up to Christmas don’t forget our Gift Shop which has some fantastic ideas for children of all ages to fill those Christmas Stockings.

Thursday November 14th & 2nd Thursday of every month 7 pm Bingo Evening in aid of the Mary How Trust for Cancer Prevention. 50p entry. Great prizes; raffle & refreshments. Play starts at 7:30 pm. Storrington Village Hall, RH20 4DZ. £50 Jackpot Prize! Storrington Camera Club meets in the clubroom of the Storrington football club pavilion, located behind Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Spierbridge Road, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4PG. All are welcome, including guests for our various events and talks, refreshments available. A small fee is charged on the door for visitors. November 3 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Photoshoot. Chris West. Meet at Staplefield Common from 10:30 until about 13:00 (or when everyone is fed up) for what is always a fun morning of photography. Times are approximate. November 7 50 years at the Monaco Grand Prix. Michael Hewett. An evening of photography and anecdote spanning 50 years of the premier Formula 1 Grand Prix – a unique opportunity. November 14 2 Routes to LRPS + Underwater Photography from Around the World. Liz Barber, Chris West and Robert White. A 2 part meeting – in the first half Liz and Chris will describe the different routes they took to obtain the LRPS and encourage you to try whichever route would suit you.In the second part Robert White of MarinePix will show us some of his wonderful underwater pictures and some of the equipment he uses in his work. November 28 Second PI Competition Second Projected Image Competition – set subject “Architecture” – judged by Mike Warren ARP. Saturday November 9 10-4 pm Steyning Centre. Guild of Village Craftsmen A range of handmade items at competitive prices. Light refreshments. Supporting the work of Macmillan Cancer Support. Admission is free. Friday 22nd November 7.30 pm Henfield Birdwatch Henfield Hall. “Birds & Wildlife of Costa Rica”. Entry £3.50 (Henfield Birdwatch members free) Friday, 15th November Henfield Camera Club ’s 50th birthday A special reception and exhibition for current and past members. To request an invitation please contact David Barrett. Admission free.

Saturday 2nd November 2013 9:30am – 12:30pm Charity Cards for Christmas ANNUAL SALE The Penfold Hall, Church Street, Steyning.There will be 13 different Charity stalls set out in the Hall all selling Christmas cards and Christmas gifts or wrapping paper.Remember your friends and support your favourite charities this Christmas. Charities include: ARC; St Barnabas Hospice; The Dogs Trust; Mission to Seafarers; Traidcraft; Christian Aid; Save the Children Fund; NSPCC; Sussex Air Ambulance Tea and Coffee Available.

Wed 13th November 7.30pm Storrington Film Nights “Quartet”, starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, and Billy Connolly. Tickets are £5, and will be available prior to each performance from ‘The Card Centre’ in Storrington. Contact Ken Collins on 01903 740745, or Malcolm Bennett on 01798 812407

Saturday 2nd November at 7.30pm The Brighton and Hove Russian Choir Parish Church of St Andrew and St Cuthman, Steyning Wonderful harmonies so unique to Russian choral music. Tickets from Steyning Bookshop.

16th November Film Show at Upper Beeding. “Quartet”, Upper Beeding Village Hall. £9.50 includes a drink & nibbles. where you can also buy tickets.

Wednesday 6th November at 7.30 pm Steyning Cricket Club Festival AGM and Quiz Night Short AGMs followed by a fun quiz with questions based on Steyning. There will also be information about plans for the festival on the night. TIckets £5.00 to join in with the Quiz from Steyning Bookshop . Monday 4th November Steyning Probus Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft. ClubSpeaker: Ian Gledhill – The Crystal Palace. Social club for semi retired and retired men with a professional and business background. Forthcoming social events: November: Coach trip to Southampton. December: Christmas Lunch with our ladies Details on Membership Telephone Colin Davies Tel No 01903 814447 or visit

Saturday 9th November 10am - 1pm CHARITIES CHRISTMAS FAIR. The Henfield Hall. Come along to support the charities taking part and stock up on all you need for Christmas. Entrance 30p.

Tuesday 26 November Screenings at 3pm & 7.30pm Mary How Trust Film Society. Mud (12A), West Chiltington Village Hall. Mud is widely-tipped for Oscar nominations. Directed by Jeff Nichols.Tickets cost £6.00. Available on the door, and from Mary How Trust Ticket hotline: 01798 877646 Saturday 16th November 2.30pm Theatre of Widdershins present Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tales. Ask any child or parent who has attended previous shows by this company with their gorgeous puppets and they will tell you what an absolute delight they are so - by popular demand - we have invited them back again. Bring your children and grandchildren - and if you don’t have any to hand, beg a child to take you with them! You will have a wonderful time on a November afternoon. Tickets £5.50 from Steyning Bookshop. | tel: 0785 2231512

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(classes for older age groups will be started if enough interest) UPPER BEEDING VILLAGE HALL EVERY SATURDAY MORNING DURING TERM TIME Ages 8-11: 10-11AM Ages 12-16: 11-12AM £40 per term (may be paid by the half term in two instalments of £20) Children can come just for fun, but if interested they can be entered for the graded Speech and Drama examinations of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Contact: Maggie Hall 01903 813953

The Crafty Mums Market The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, Steyning

30th November 11am to 4pm 7th December 10am to 3pm (7th December is our Christmas market with FREE gifts for the children from Father Christmas)

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*Cup of tea or coffee with a scone, butter, clotted cream & jam £1.95 or Toasted Tea Cake with a cup of tea or coffee £1.25 with this advert* Crafts, Homebaked doggy treats & accessories, Handmade Gifts, Jams & Chutneys, Jewellery, Cards, Home Wares, Fair Trade, Vintage Treasures, Handmade Baby Accessories, Ceramics, Cupcakes, Sweet Trees, Candle Holders, Handmade Soaps and Candles, Handmade Handbags, Fairies & Angels, Aprons & Bunting Handmade Rustic Tables and Benches to name a few!!! A lot of hard work goes into organising our craft fairs so please spare some time and pop along and support us! November 2013 • Village Living | tel: 0785 2231512

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The Rising Sun Upper Beeding


hen Katie asked me to review the Rising Sun in Upper Beeding I was pleased and very interested. Being a local, and it being the closest pub to my house, I was almost ashamed to admit that I had never eaten there! My friends and I had enjoyed many a lively night out there but their menu was to be a new experience. When we arrived on a gloomy Monday evening we were expecting the pub to be very quiet but there were already several tables taken and a friendly welcoming atmosphere. It really is a traditional pub with cosy corners and a real local flavour. After ordering a drink at the bar, a guest beer called Jail Ale for the other half and a Savvy B for myself, we were shown to a nice table by the window. We’d got the impression from the advertised Wednesday night special (bacon roly-poly and a drink for £7.95) that the menu was going to full of good old pub favourites and we weren’t disappointed and most of the main courses were under £10.00. Everything you might expect from sausage and mash, scampi and chips, homemade burgers, ploughmans and lasagne. There was also a specials board with tempting sounding homemade dishes including an old family favourite of mine, liver and bacon! In the end we decided on welsh rarebit and homemade mushroom soup as our starters. The rarebit consisted of a big granary doorstep with a tangy cheesy topping, my other half thought he detected a hint of marmite but there was definitely plenty of Worcester sauce and wholegrain mustard and a generous fresh and crispy salad on the side.The soup was rich and creamy with a lovely strong mushroom flavour and served with hot ciabatta bread. Either of the starters would have made a lovely hearty lunchtime treat. For our mains we selected the chicken curry from the regular menu and the lamb shank in onion and carrot gravy from the specials board. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the curry but it turned out to be sweet with slow cooked onions, peppers and tomatoes with just the right amount of chilli heat, served with rice, poppadom and chutney. The huge lamb shank was meltingly tender with lots of tasty gravy, fresh steamed vegetables and fluffy mashed potato, it really was perfect wholesome winter food. Despite feeling really rather full we decide to go ahead and order some pudding to finish our meal. Having discounted ice cream there really was no other choice but to go for the sticky toffee pudding and the chocolate fudge cake, both served hot with large scoops of vanilla ice cream. Landlord Barry came over for a chat while we waited for them to arrive and he filled us

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in on some of the upcoming and regular events they have at the pub which include the easy quiz on a Sunday, live bands and an open mike night! They also had their very first beer festival in August this year with loads of local beers to try and 6 music events over the 3 days. It was such a success they’re planning a couple more next summer, and as fans of real ale ourselves that’s definitely something we’ll be looking out for. Overall we had a really fun evening and left feeling very satisfied! The Riser really feels as if it’s in the heart of the community, everybody is welcome and we’d recommend it for a tasty wholesome meal and just as highly to sit at the bar and have a chat with the locals. | tel: 0785 2231512

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Adventure Park & Ski Centre


t’s not often enough that we go out for the day as a family. Busy lives mean that calendars often clash and it can be a strategic planning exercise to ensure we are all free at the same time. But luck was on our side when we were kindly invited by Colin and family to spend the day at Knockhatch Adventure Park and Ski Centre. We were all free and raring to go! Knockhatch is situated just the other side of Polegate. It’s easy to find after a simple ride along the A27. Parking is ample and the site well signposted. Having been warmly welcomed at reception and given a guide of the Park, we were soon arguing about what to do first. The kids won and rushed to the Wallaby Walkthrough where they could get up close and personal with the animals. There is a wide variety of animals at Knockhatch, both big and small. My favourite was Pepper the Pig – what a beauty! We then took a walk down to the Adventure Playground via

the Birds of Prey. We were blessed with glorious sunshine the day of our visit, and Nick and I were happy to sit and relax whilst the smaller Stevens let off some steam. They had fun on the various apparatus before heading off to try the Avalanche Slide and Climbing Wall. With a few minutes to spare before the Birds of Prey display, I sent the rest of the family off to the boating lake whilst I caught up with Colin Jaggers, one of the owners of the Park. I was keen to find out more about the history of the Park and how something like this ‘gets off the ground’ and Colin was only too pleased to share this with me. Knockhatch is a true family business. Colin’s Mum and Dad brought it in 1976, and ran it as a successful dairy farm. In the mid 80’s they, along with many farmers, found that times were getting harder and harder and they had to find other ways to make ends meet. Colin’s father took a teaching role whilst his mother did some home help work. The extra hours worked put a strain on all the family. With100 acres of beautiful farmland at their disposal, the family began to discuss what they could do to provide income closer to home. Ideas began to flow and included converting a barn to a house, building holiday lets, opening a camp site and opening up the farm to the general public. These were workable ideas, but how could they be funded? As Colin’s uncle worked in the City, they thought he might know someone willing to invest to get at least one idea off the ground. He did – himself! Soon half the farm was his and initial plans were discussed again in earnest.

By the early 90’s planning permission had been granted for a leisure site and they were soon up and running with paintballing and go-karts. This stop gap in hard times could have ended there, but no – the family had caught the bug of the leisure industry and had visions of what they could offer moving forward. Turned down by the bank for a loan, three family members clubbed together and brought the farm house from their own Company to release funds to finish and improve on various health and safety requirements. The falcon centre was also set up, followed by the animal farm, boating lake and adventure playground. In 1998 they were able to open the doors of the Adventure Park to the general public. Profits are still ploughed back into the Park to allow the family to carry on improving things for the enjoyment of the likes of you and me. Parties and school visits are very popular, and the amount of season tickets holders has risen steadily in the last few years. The Park prides itself on being able to offer something to all age groups and because of this, Colin explained, it will always be an Adventure Park and not a Theme Park. Thanking Colin for his time, I quickly joined the others for the Birds of Prey display. Full of interesting facts and figures, the display allowed us to not only learn about these wonderful creatures but see them in action close up. The trainers were happy for us to ask questions afterwards and spend time with them. After a damp ride on the Wave Runner, we headed off to Froggies for an ice cream via the Runaway Train simulator. Sadly our time in the Park had | tel: 0785 2231512

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come to an end. Happily, we were off for a skiing lesson to round off a very enjoyable day. The ski centre (which opened in 2001) is open all year round, whatever the weather. It is a two minute drive from the Adventure Park and the slope itself has a special type of matting which is similar to astro turf. It is less painful than the traditional matting should you fall (which I wasn’t planning on doing…). It has been scientifically tested and is like the

matting in a school playground. There are only three other places in the UK which use this. 80% of the business done here is dry-skiing and snowboarding. The Centre also run teen clubs, cater for birthday parties and run ‘Ringo’ sessions – going down the slope in a big rubber donut which looked great fun. The slope can be used by both complete novices and more experienced skiers. Colin had told me that after a course of three lessons, you should be confident in snowplough, starting and stopping, turning on the slope and keeping your balance. The aim is to teach you to ski or snowboard and if you have not passed the course after three lessons you can book in for extra lessons at the open practice rate. Sorted with our skis and helmets, we joined another couple and had a brilliant hour and a half learning the basics. I won’t lie, it was hard work and tiring, but I came away feeling that with another lesson or two, I would feel confident to tackle an actual slope. I would recommend this to anyone new to ski-ing or wishing to improve. Knockhatch’s website for the Adventure Park is, and the Ski Centre is Here you can find out all the Park details you may need, including contact details.

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Team Atlantic Splash

Row the Atlantic 2013! Five men, one boat, and the adventure of a lifetime. Departing from the Canary Islands in December 2013, Team Atlantic Splash will aim to raise £200,000 for charity and try bringing a World Record home to Sussex. 3000 Miles across the Atlantic in a rowing boat! This is the challenge five coastal rowers from Worthing will undertake from December 2013, when they set off from San Sebastian de La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, on their long way to the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in English Harbour, Antigua. Neal Marsh, Tom Hyland, Marc Alderman, Terry Munson and Bastien Leclair will take on this extraordinary adventure hoping to raise money and awareness for four charities both very important to them and reflecting the challenge faced at the various stages of life: The Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, The Tall Ships Youth Trust, The British Heart Foundation and the Macular Disease Society. All members of crew will be rotating every two hours of night and day on the boat’s two rowing positions, completing over a million oar-strokes in a journey expected to take between 35 and 45 days. Team Atlantic Splash will also keep an eye on the World Record time for crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Canaries to Antigua as a five-man crew. 37 days and 5 hours is the mark to beat in order to bring the record to Sussex. “Our prime target is to row the boat successfully to Antigua and reach our fundraising target of £200,000”, Bastien Leclair explains, “but the World Record is also an achievable target. With the right sort of preparation and a little help from the Ocean, we firmly believe we can do it!” Team Atlantic Splash is the only Atlantic Rowing Crew based in Worthing, they are offering an opportunity to become part of the Team Atlantic Splash project! From £250, your company can become one of Team Atlantic Splash’s premium sponsors, expose your business to thousands of people and companies locally plus millions internationally! For more details contact Team Atlantic Splash – Worthing Rowing Club Splash Point Marine Parade Worthing – West Sussex, BN11 3PN Email:

It’s a Dog’s Life Local Lads Leon & Matt Henderson-Rood are proud coowners of an exciting and innovative dog excellence centre the launch of which will be in the New Year. House of Hugo (named after one of their many beautiful dogs) is a centre of excellence for dogs – on Dolphin Road Shoreham. Their centre will include the biggest daycare in the U.K spread over 6 acres of land and will boast the very first dog day care which has its own rehoming centre for up to 15 dogs self-funded. With behavioural training and canine hydrotherapy,expert advice and a doggy hotel! Leon and Matt are both highly qualified and extremely enthusiastic dog people and after featuring on Choccywoccydoodah back in July 2012, the boys are in the late stages of finalising their very own reality T.V show for Sky television. Both boys are very well qualified, Leon in hydrotherapy and Matt has just completed and qualified in a very high level Kennel Club accredited behavioural training course. Leon, already NARCH registered has just finished a new qualification to specialise in severe spinal cases and a new Diploma in hydrotherapy which concentrates on anatomy, physiology and disorders of the canine stifle. Matt is thrilled to have completed an intensive years’ worth of training at the International Animal Behaviour Training Centre run by Angela White, number 1 behaviourist for the Kennel Club. He is following the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme and in January he will be a fully qualified dog

trainer and behaviourist. He has also recently completed T-touch training, clicker and target training, agility and most excitingly is the new dog sport Treibball which is fresh from Germany. Whilst they are looking for a new home in Steyning, Leon is all set to write his second book! His first book ‘Leon A Lost Childhood’ was written at his sister’s cottage in Steyning when he moved here 8 years ago. It was such a peaceful tranquil place and he immediately fell in love with it and was able to write his first published book from cover to cover in just under 3 months! Contact – Matt and Leon 07885903509 – House of Hugo | tel: 0785 2231512

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Steyning Winners!

1st Prize went to Cobblestone Tea House in Cobblestone Walk for their great theme of a large cardboard cut-out of the Queen seemingly carrying a basket of produce towards a table set out for a Royal Tea. 2nd Prize went to The Little Sweet Shop in The High Street. A superb window based on wheat & barley with chickens pecking at the grain.

Last Saturday in Steyning was amazing! The Best Food Theme Shop Window Competition was being judged by Nick Herbert and he was also popping into the Farmer’s Market to watch the annual Pumpkin Weigh. To add to the buzz, the Telephone Box Defibrillator was being opened by Phil Bowell, Chairman of the Parish Council, so Nick also witnessed the cutting of the ribbon for this event. The Shop Window Competition attracted 25 competitors within Steyning High Street & Cobblestone Walk, taking in non-foodie outlets as well as food shops. It was awesome the time and effort that had gone into producing these windows, and Nick was genuinely impressed with the enthusiasm that Steyning businesses had poured into the event. It heralded the last day of the Steyning & District Food & Drink Festival, which had been taking place over the last 5 weeks, proving to be an outstanding success.

3rd Prize – Present Harbour. Fish was the theme for this window, found in one of Steyning’s smaller shops based in Cobblestone Walk. Highly Commended went to: Chez Joel – a window incorporating a selection of their pasta, pulses and other goodies found in their store. Garlic Wood Farm Butchery – Game & meat hung above huge cuts of meat made this window a real eye catcher. Other shops that took part and definitely deserve recognition for all their hard works in producing windows for us all to enjoy are:

The Dolls House Shop, Millie Moos, The Steyning Bookshop, Sussex Produce, Jackie Binns Water Colour Studio, Oxfam, Ringcraft, Lansburys, Palace of Pooch, The Old Toy Box, Baby Boutique, The Wool Shop, Sniffy Bears, The Clockhouse Florist, Truffles, Morgans The Fishmonger, Steyning Tea Rooms, Moore’s The Chemist, Judging was difficult, as every window deserved a prize. Originally only a First Prize of £50 – donated by the Steyning St. Barnabas and Steyning Butchers. & District Business Chamber – was to be awarded, but Steyning & District Community Partnership Visitors & because of the high number of entries and the quality Tourism Group organised the Food Festival and this represented, it was decided to extend this to 5 prizes – Competition to run alongside it. They hope to repeat both 1st, 2nd, 3rd & two Highly Commended. The results events next year as the support from local businesses and were as follows: the interest of the public at large has been phenomenal.

Haute Couture arrives in Steyning! Get Waisted design and produce beautiful, made to measure dresses, corsets and wedding/ball gowns. Toni Pickles, the owner and designer, takes great pride in being able to make stylish, top quality clothes exactly to her customers’ specifications at a price that is hard to match. Toni originally trained on Savile Row before her career took her in a different direction. It was only in 2005 that she was able to realise her dream of turning her talent into a real business. Since then Get Waisted Bespoke has gone from strength to strength and now offers a designer service for men as well as women. Her original ‘signature’ item was the bespoke corset but her range includes everything from simple waist cincher belts to elaborate evening gowns and casual daywear to wedding dresses and ball gowns. Buying from Get Waisted (Bespoke) couldn’t be simpler. Get Waisted participate in a number of local charity shows and host their own fashion events – check the website for details. The next one is to be held at the Steyning Centre on 30th November in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. Toni would love to see you there – but if you can’t make it do feel free to visit any time. Steyning Charity Fashion show Saturday 30th November 13 @ 7pm to 11pmThe Steyning CenterFletchers CroftSteyning BN44 3X For more details check out the website, give Toni a call or send her an email! Telephone: 07947497342/01903 812992 Email: | tel: 0785 2231512

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Tried & Tested... T

his month I had a fabulous make over with the very fabulous Kitty-Boo ! What an amazing experience, I have finally got my groove back after years of dressing a little frumpily and have fully embraced the look Kitty styled me with and not looked back! Having always been interested in the pin-up/retro/rockabilly/pyschobilly look, I’ve tried many times over the years (with varying degrees of success!) to create the look myself. Now I know how… Kitty-Boo is a qualified Hairdresser and Beauty Artist specialising in Hair up, Vintage hair styling and Hollywood glamour. Based on Shoreham beach, Weekdays Kitty works from her home Studio offering an extensive range of hairdressing and beauty services. Weekends Kitty works mobile and freelance around the South East, making brides beautiful for their big day or styling gals up for fun-filled hen and Birthday parties! Kitty-Boo & Co. is available for hire to pop up at your venue, to provide you and your friends or colleagues with a red carpet-worthy, hair and makeup styling service. Katie, the girl behind the Kitty brand is very passionate about what she does and I will most definitely be seeking her help when I get married to style my look for the big day! Combining her passion for hairdressing, makeup, old Hollywood glamour and a talent for making women look and feel their absolute best, the business was born. “When Katie said that she would love to do this months tried and tested with me, I was delighted! I see Katie every Monday at the school gates and I was itching to perform some Pin Up magic on her hair, face and brows,

and knew it would suit her so well, as this style does with every woman, it’s timeless and classic. Katie always loved Carmen Miranda as one of her favourite Hollywood stars, so we got to work on creating her dream style and here is the outcome...” (Kitty-Boo) Kitty, and I decided to go with a Carmen Miranda look for our first style, with a fantastic fringe-roll, involving lots of backcombing and styling, my makeup was applied (all brands easily accessible and within budget) plus the vital false eyelashes, and the most definitely obligatory red lipstick (in my case anyway!) With some accessories and army jacket, the look was complete.

We then went for a bow, fringe rolled into what I would call an ‘under quiff’ with a fantastic beehive, luckily I had a spotty retro-esque top on and voila once again… Look complete. Every step of the way Kitty showed me what she was doing and how I could create both the makeup and hair myself. I have since, it’s just a case of practice. I really had fun and had a massive confidence boost doing this with Kitty; she is a wonderful, warm and funny gal, who certainly knows her stuff. As you look around her studio, it is like being in a 50’s beauty emporium, a retro-girls dream! I highly recommend Kitty either for a makeover session for yourself, makeup for an occasion or a group session. Her prices are incredibly reasonable, I certainly advise you to check out her website! Thinking of ideas for the Christmas office Party? Treat your hard working colleagues by having my pop up salon at your party, providing top drawer Hollywood styling treatments at the click of your fingers! Kitty-boo takes her Pop Up Pin Up salon to Old Spitalfields market, London, the 4th Saturday every month, and will be located at Time Out Studios based in Tarmount Studios, Shoreham on the first Saturday of every month. So come along and be pampered, no appointments necessary. Please view her website for a full list of services and available party packages. You can find Kitty-boo Hair and Makeup Design on social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and pinterest for more photos and updates.

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ith Autumn now here, it is the time to get tree planting. This year we have increased our range and are proud to be offering many home grown plants some rarely available elsewhere. Have a look on our website at our new tree page in particular we are especially pleased with our grafted Birch selection also new this year is Hoheria sexstylosa ‘Snow White’ a superb small evergreen tree suitable for gardens of all sizes, it can even be clipped topiary style. We have also been working hard to improve our climbing plant selection with many new home grown additions. As ever we hope you enjoy browsing our website but most of all get out in the garden and do some gardening! Having travelled all over Europe to find quality plants for the nursery the trucks are arriving weekly full of fabulous plants. Much, much more than we can include on our website. We

have a huge range of large specimen and screening plants available too, something that we are asked for more and more. Bruce has found that tweeting photo’s work’s well and is immediate so will continue to do best and keep the smartphone busy! Also if you require images of any plants they can now easily send video clips to make choosing more simple. Just ask ! This month as we expand our range of plants for sale we are pleased to offer 5 great varieties of Liriope muscari a fabulous flowering groundcover plant that we think fits in well with our kind of plants, please have a look and let us know what you think. We have a huge range of evergreen (and evergrey) plants. They give structure to your garden and can make a great architectural statement. A few examples are: Palms – Trachycarpus, Butia, Chamaerops andBrahea. Buxus, balls and pyramids. Phormiums and Cordylines,Eriobotrya and Callistemon,

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Mind & Body Chris Jones Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Sports Performance Mind Coach NLP Master Practioner, MNCH (reg)*

Hypnotherapy & the experience of trance


ost clients come to me not knowing what to expect from the experience of trance. Some have preconceived ideas about not being in control; based on stage hypnosis shows. Others expect some kind of out of body experience. In practice, my clients experience it in one of three ways; the most common of which is to feel wide awake and just having a normal conversation with their eyes shut. Some feel very heavy and others very floaty. The common factor is that they invariably feel extremely relaxed. Hypnotherapy techniques are tranceinducing by their nature and strictly speaking it is not necessary to do a formal trance induction. However, I prefer to do it that way so that the client has the chance to experience trance before any techniques are applied, to iron out any glitches. There are many ways of doing an induction. My preferred method is a head-to-toe relaxation method, in which suggestions are made that the client relaxes the muscles, starting with the eyes and working down to the feet. At this point the client is invited to imagine going to a place where he/she feels totally relaxed. If there are

any remaining doubts about the control issue, I invite the client to do something that will demonstrate that they do really still have control, to eliminate any resistance. In trance, clients can be guided to do many things that they would not be able to do when conscious. For example, some, but not all, are able to control pain, see their problem and with help, the solution, in terms of visual images. Details buried deep in the memory can be brought out. I once had a client who believed that she had been raped and wanted to re-live the period leading up to the event. We were able to achieve this and identify that she had probably been drugged. There is an argument that says that we are in and out of trance during the day. The prime example of this is driving over a distance and then not remembering certain parts of the journey. In addition, the journey may have appeared to have gone much quicker than in reality. These are two of the trance phenomena we call ‘amnesia’ and ‘time distortion’. In effect, daydreaming can be said to be a trance state. Some clients at the end of the session still are not convinced that they have

been in a trance; usually until I ask them how long the hypnotic session had lasted. In one extreme case, many years ago, a client quite aggressively said at the end of a third session that she did not think that she had been hypnotized. I responded by asking her how long she thought that she had been sitting not being hypnotized. Her reply was 7/8 minutes. When I showed her that it had been 28 minutes she was deeply surprised. At the end of the day hypnosis is simply a tool for accessing the subconscious mind, where most of the problems I deal with are situated. In trance clients can invariably be guided to help identify deep-rooted causes of their issue(s) and then accept suggestions that will make changes in the mindset which will help resolve those issue(s). Where there is a potential therapeutic benefit, clients can be taught to selfhypnotize. This gives them a valuable tool to help them deal with everyday psychological problems. 01903 745606 07740 085101

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Jams, Jellies, Chutneys & Pickles There are few things more satisfying then making your own preserves, whether they be from your own home-grown produce, or excess crops from family and friends – also known as desperate measures to offload 40 kilos of marrows, soft fruit, beans and onions etc in under a day! Alternatively, it may be that great bulk buy from the local Farmer’s Markets. Making jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys is an ancient form of long term preserving – and who can fail to smile when opening a jar of ruby red strawberry jam in the midst of winter, the smell redolent of those heady summer days, even before spooning it on to your toast or scones and tasting it! Preserving is really very easy; once the fruit or vegetables have been picked, washed and prepared, the only other criteria is to have some basic equipment and clean, sterile jars or containers. Oh yes, you will need some spare time too! However, I always make my “jamming” days fun; I play my favourite music, make a big pot of coffee, have a few slices of cake handy and sometimes have friends around to join in the “jam session” – a real “Jam and Jerusalem” day! This month in Village Living magazine, I have shared a recipe for Old Fashioned Spiced Apple Chutney, perfect for the Festive cheeseboard and when served with cheese on toast, as well as with cold cuts and meats too. It’s easy to make and can be made with windfall apples if you have any. Have a fun time in the kitchen!


Old Fashioned Spiced Apple Chutney


A delightful Scottish style apple chutney with the added kick of ginger. I make this every autumn when I harvest the apples from my garden – you can use windfall apples if you wish, although try to use good cooking apples with plenty of flavour and tang for the best results. (Bramleys are perfect) This is based on a family recipe and is a mellow and mild type of chutney.

1. P  lace all the prepared onions and apples into a large preserving pan and add the remaining ingredients.


3. S tir the chutney regularly and make sure it does not “catch” and burn on the base of the preserving pan.

• 1 lb (450g) onions, weight is for onions when peeled & finely chopped • 2 lbs (900g) cooking apples, weight is for apples when peeled, cored & roughly chopped • 4 ounces (100g) sultanas • 1 ounce (25g) fresh gingerroot, grated • 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder • 2 teaspoons mixed spice • 1 lb (450g) soft brown sugar • 1/2 pint (300mls) malt vinegar • 1/2 pint (300mls) cider apple cider vinegar • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

2. B  ring slowly to the boil and then lower the heat so that chutney cooks at a fast simmer.

4. K  eep on cooking until the chutney is the consistency of a thick jam and all the liquids have dissolved. (A trick to check if it is cooked is to draw your wooden spoon across the chutney, if the space that is left fills up with liquid, the chutney is not ready yet!). 5. S poon the hot chutney into hot and sterile jars and seal immediately. Makes about 4 lbs chutney. Store in a dark and cool place and leave to mature for at least 2 weeks. Will keep in ideal storage conditions for up to 2 years+.

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