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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



Ginette visits your local RNLI station!


Food Review...

The Castle Inn, Bramber

‘Glow-uP’ – Locally made Beauty Products

Warming soup recipe from Belleau Kitchen

Big Plant, Anne-Marie & Local News, Events & Diary Dates

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Welcome to March


Diary – Dates for you to note GINETTE 13

13-15 Ginette – Ginette visits the Lifeboat Centre, Shoreham 16-17 Tried and Tested – The amazing Glow-uP range 19

An introduction to Ann-Marie


Big plant – Winter protection


Food Review – The Castle Inn, Bramber


Village News – Lots going on!


Chris Jones – Choosing the right Hypnotherapist


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ope you are all well and haven’t been washed away by this dreadful weather. This month Ginette reports back from a visit to the Lifeboat Centre in Shoreham, we have a lovely warming soup recipe courtesy of Dom at Belleau Kitchen – (don’t forget as always, all ingredients for his and Lavender & Lovage recipes can be sourced locally to you)! Rebecca visits one of our local favourites, the Castle in Bramber – with new Chef Robert (Rob) Ferguson firmly installed, it’s definitely worth a visit! I discover a fabulous home-made line of beauty products – Glow-UP, (see our tried and tested page for a look at whats on offer and most importantly where to get it from)… There are lots of diary dates for you this month and some useful information from HDC on whom to contact if you have a problem with fallen trees in your area. This month Village Living have been mostly hibernating and crochet-ing up a storm – hope you are snuggled up warm wherever you are – hopefully Spring is JUST around the corner!

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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 AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY Henfield Knit and Natter – Adults, First Tuesday of each month, 2.00pm - 4.00pm Rhyme Time – Under 5s, Every Thursday, 10.15am - 10.45am Shoreham Monday afternoon reading group – Adults, First Monday of each month, 2.00pm Rhyme Time – Under 5s, Every Tuesday, 10.15am - 10.45am & 11.30am -12 noon Storytime – Under 5s, Every Friday, 2.10pm - 2.40pm Thursday afternoon reading group – Adults, Second Thursday of each month, 2.00pm Shoreham Knit and Natter – Adults, Every second Thursday of the month, 1.30pm - 3.00pm Steyning Knit and Natter – Adults, Last Wednesday of each month, 2.00pm - 4.00pm Reading Group – Adults, First Wednesday of each month, 2.00pm Rhyme Time – Under 5s, Every Friday, 2.15pm - 2.45pm Storrington Rhyme Time – Under 5s, Every Tuesday, 10.45am - 11.15am Toddler Time – Under 5s, Every Thursday, 2.15pm - 2.45pm March – Steyning Museum: Free Entrance. Our new exhibition to mark the 400th anniversary of the endowment of Steyning Grammar School will be set up during this month. Title: “The Scholar’s Tale – 400 Years of Schooling in Steyning”. Throughout the whole of March there will also be a small temporary exhibition called “Water, Water Everywhere” looking at past periods of heavy rain and floods. SATURDAY MARCH 1ST 7PM FOR 7.30PM Sussex Cinema at Upper Beeding. Blue Jasmine will be shown at Upper Beeding Village Hall. Directed by Woody Allen, starring Cate Blanchett. A ruined New York socialite who visits her sister in San Francisco to try and rebuild their relationship and her life. But can their different lifestyles and characters give them both a brighter future? MONDAY 3RD MARCH Steyning Probus Club Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft. Derek Took Subject: Two Old Boys on Bikes. Probus is a social club for semi retired and retired men with a professional and business background. Forthcoming social events. March: Visit Truffles Bakery for demonstrations at Small Dole. April: 3 night stay at Warners Pembridge Coast Hotel I. O. W. Details on Membership Telephone Colin Davies 01903 814447 or visit

ON TUESDAY 4TH & EVERY 1ST TUESDAY IN THE MONTH (EXCEPT AUGUST) 7.30PM Shoreham Beach Women’s Institute at The Church of the Good Shepherd Hall, Kings Walk, on Shoreham Beach. March we celebrate our 22nd Birthday Party and on Tuesday 1st April our speaker Claire Bradford talks on “How to make your Dreams Come True”. FRIDAY, MARCH 7TH 7.30PM HENFIELD CAMERA CLUB Evangelical Free Church, Henfield High Street at. Visitors and New Members are always welcome. Photos. A talk on the work of Brighton Photographer, Jerry Webb. Friday 21st March. Infrared Photography. A talk by Kelvin Stonebrook from Protech. For details contact David Barrett MONDAY 10TH MARCH 10.00AM Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts Society at The Steyning Centre by Fletchers Croft Car Park Steyning. Ann Clements, lecturer, researcher and cataloguer, “All the World’s a Stage – how western painters have explored the world of entertainment” Members and visitors (donation of £5.00). Call 01903814390 or 01903 812232. WED 12TH MARCH 7.30PM The Next Film, “BLUE JASMINE”. Award winning Comedy/Drama film, starring Cate Blanchette & Alex Baldwin. Tickets are £5, and will be available prior to each performance from ‘The Card Centre’ in Storrington. Ken Collins on 01903 740745, or Malcolm Bennett on 01798 812407. WEDNESDAY 9TH APRIL 7:30PM Ashington Residents’ Association AGM The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner will also be speaking & answering questions. Ashington village Community Centre, Foster Lane, Ashington Village. MARCH 13 7:30PM Storrington Camera Club – Night Photography – a talk by Diana Goss ARPS, an acknowledged expert on Night Photography. Bring cameras. Alternate Thursdays from September through to May. Based in the clubroom of the Storrington football club pavilion, located behind Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Spierbridge Road, Storrington, West Sussex, RH20 4PG. SATURDAY 22ND MARCH 10.30AM – 12.30PM JUNKTIQUE & CLUTTER SALE West Chiltington Village Hall, Mill Rd, West Chiltington. RH20 2PZ. (Donation to be made to Macmillan Cancer Care). Adults 30p/Children under 16 free. Sellers 9.30am, Tables £8.50 & must be booked in advance. Tel: 01798-813608/839188). TUESDAY 25 MARCH SCREENINGS AT 3PM & 7.30PM Mary How Trust Film Society at West Chiltington Village Hall. Captain Phillips (12A, 134 mins). Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and his 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates. £6.00. FILMS: Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea Little High Street, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 5EG T: 01273 464440 WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 7.30PM ‘SKYFALL’ Admission £5.00 in advance from Box Office in person or by phone or at door. THURSDAY 27TH MARCH 2.00PM ‘LIFE OF PI’ Admission £3.50 in advance from Box Office in person or by phone or at door. The Artisan Bakehouse & Tea Barn is opening again! Our limited ‘Spring Opening’ will be each Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 12-5pm from 4th March until 3rd April. 01903 810410 | tel: 0785 2231512

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Carrot, Lemon Thyme & Celeriac Soup ... a warm bowl of soup is surely one of the best ways to overcome misery of any kind... sure it won’t pay the rent or solve third world debt but on a cold and windy day there’s very little other than a bowl of soup to warm the cockles of your soul... there’s probably very few of you reading this who don’t now know the sombre news that Somerset and Cornwall have declared independence from the rest of mainland Britain, cutting themselves off from the mainland in a bid for freedom... I understand from their new queen, Choclette, that the new currency is the scone but travel into the new country is sketchy at best... It’s been ages since I’ve taken part in the no croutons required bloggers challenge but now that Jaq from Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa from Lisa’s Kitchen have changed the rules to open up the theme I’ve really got no excuses... I’m also entering this soup into the cooking with herbs challenge hosted by Karen from Lavender and Lovage as the lemon thyme adds more than a wonderful undertone to the whole dish. 1 large onion – peeled and finely chopped 1 whole celeriac – peeled and chopped 2 large carrots – peeled and chopped 1 1/2 pints good veg stock 2 or 3 sprigs of lemon thyme or regular thyme if you can’t find that. Butter, olive oil and seasoning In a large pan, saute the onions in a little butter and olive oil until beginning to soften then throw in the thyme, carrots and celeriac, place the lid on and gently sweat until the veg is soft add the stock and simmer for 20 mins. Blend until smooth and serve with a sprinkling of fresh lemon thyme and a dollop of greek yoghurt. See more at:, lemon thyme and celeriac soup.

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RNLI Shoreham

by Ginette Stevens

Unless you are a real wet weather enthusiast, you will no doubt be as fed up as me with all the rain and windy weather we have been experiencing this winter. Crowned as the wettest January since 1910, the brutality of the flooding and storms have been in the news daily and never far from our thoughts.


ith this in mind, it was high time for a visit to one of the most important services in the South – the RNLI lifeboat station at Shoreham – to see how the appalling weather has impacted them. So with husband and kids in tow, we arrived at the lifeboat station on Kingston Beach on an amazingly calm and sunny Sunday afternoon. Warmly welcomed by Michelle Tugwell, the lifeboat station’s volunteer press officer, we were soon whisked through the shop to the heart of the operation. The building looked remarkably new I remarked to Michelle and she explained that it was – only being opened to the public in January 2011. The old station was demolished at the beginning of 2009 and a two year build then followed which was paid for by a community fundraising appeal and the RNLI. The Shoreham lifeboat station is a flagship station in the South of England. It was the first RNLI in the South East to get a state of the art Tamar lifeboat – at a cost of £2.7 million. The station was extremely fortunate to be left a legacy by Enid Collett and this funded the purchase. The boat, named Enid Collett, is an all-weather lifeboat that can travel at an impressive 25 knots, and can launch in any weather. One of its recent services was when it was called to Brighton – a woman was washed away by the waves after going into the sea in the early hours. Brighton lifeboat was unable to launch because it was too rough so Shoreham’s lifeboat was called upon. As you walk round the station, you can see the Tamar lifeboat. There is a children’s area where the kids can look at posters of the dangers at sea, try on a mini lifeboat crew kit, learn the different flags used and watch footage on an interactive screen. The station receives many visits from schools and organisations. For the older guys there are walls covered with photos and information of the station’s history. It celebrates its 150th anniversary in October 2015 and plans are already being discussed as to how to celebrate this landmark occasion. The crew members awards are on display, as are memorabilia of past rescues and boats. A life jacket from the famous Athina B is on show, as are fragments from Edward Heath’s boat Morning Cloud. | tel: 0785 2231512

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Michelle is brimming with information on the station, crew, the history and the RNLI in general. Asked how she became interested, she laughed and admitted that it was through her husband Simon who has been involved with Shoreham RNLI all his life. His father was a volunteer crew member for 41 years at the station. The entire station is manned by volunteers apart from one full time mechanic. There are currently approximately 60 volunteers – from those who run the souvenir shop and do tours of the station, to the crew including the coxswain who is in charge of the crew and lifeboat, Steve Smith. There are 25 lifeboat crew who can be called upon 24/7, 365 days a year, to man the lifeboats. A crew of seven would go out on the all-weather lifeboat. All crew go through an intensive training programme and live no further than five minutes from the station. You have to be medically fit to apply and aged between 17 and 40. Once through the initial training (you are then on probation for a year), the crew will do routine training every two weeks whether there has been a call out or not. We were extremely lucky to be given a tour of the allweather Tamar lifeboat by Simon Tugwell, second mechanic and second coxswain. The general public are not usually allowed aboard, so we were all really excited. The inside was so much more high tech than I ever imagined. One button switched everything on. There were 3 seats (akin to an aircraft) at the front that myself, Jessica and Cameron were soon strapped into. Nick was busy looking in the engine room and discussing rather high tech stuff with Simon. We also saw the first aid area and the small Y boat which can be launched from the Tamar when it cannot get close enough to the rescue. 118 people can fit onto the boat if needs be – quite a squash I imagine, but a small price to pay for your life being saved. We were also shown the crew changing room where the different types of kit were all hung up, ready for action. Nick tried on one of the lifejackets which was pretty heavy. It had a whole host of useful gear including night and day flares and a first aid card. We then went to see the rigid inflatable D-class inshore lifeboat. Open topped, this is crewed by three people who are low down in the boat on their knees. More for the younger generation I guess! Moving back to the subject of the awful weather we have been experiencing, Simon explained that it had not really affected them. The RNLI have their own flood rescue teams which can be deployed around the country to floods. They are the ones you have probably seen on TV – volunteer crew members rescuing stranded people. At Shoreham, the inshore lifeboat can be busy responding to stranded jet skiers, swimmers in distress, small broken

down boats and stranded windsurfers while the allweather lifeboat can deal with bigger jobs further our or in rougher conditions. Heading up to the crew room, we finished our visit with a cuppa and an amazing view out to sea from their static binoculars. It made 9.5miles look 2 feet away! The RNLI is a charity and funded by donations and legacies. It receives no government funding. If you ever see someone in distress in the water, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. They may well send a lifeboat... The lifeboat station is open 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Phone number is 01273 596376. No appointment is necessary for families or small groups. There is no charge for tours but a donation to the RNLI would be appreciated. For large group tours or school visits either pop into the lifeboat station during the hours above to arrange in advance or email with your contact details | tel: 0785 2231512

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Tried & Tested...Glow-uP!


fantastic range of beauty products both ethically sourced, high quality, and HOMEMADE by the fabulous Michelle Fontana, I stumbled across recently at the tarmount studios in Shoreham, very stylishly packaged and beautifully presented. At my time of life I should really be putting in that extra effort but was bamboozled by chemicals and put off by extortionate prices in the high street also, I was looking for a locally made product and was absolutely thrilled when I found Glow-up! I got in touch with Michelle via her website and was so pleased she was interested in sharing her product with Village Living for a tried and tested. Giving me free reign down at the Tarmount Studios on her stock I picked and chose carefully from the range (go to Michelle’s website for a look at the full range, you will not be disappointed!) I have long hair with a tendency to be dry, Hot Oil Hair Treatment looked perfect with essential oils of Rosemary, Geranium & Lavender are a great combination for this treatment. Rosemary is thought to stimulate hair growth & improve the shine & condition of the hair. Argan & Jojoba carrier oils are well known for their nourishing properties, also included is Jojoba as it has a natural SPF of 5, so could be used as a ‘holiday oil’. Absolutely worth every penny. Replenishing facial oil, I love this, this is the first product of Michelle’s I discovered and is now a firm staple on my dressing table, I have recommended it to several friends who are now also convertees! It has really moisturised my skin, I have been using it now for a few weeks, and I

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genuinely notice a difference. Where I was prone to sensitive dry cheeks the oils have rebalanced and treated my face to the rehydration it obviously needed so much! The amazing essential oils are an added lift every time you apply it! Rose Damask Absolute & Frankincense are a great combination and perfect for skin that needs rehydration, as they have toning and moisturising properties. Soothing body oil Geranium, Lavender, Rose Damask Absolute & Ylang-Ylang the floral/woody tones complement each other to create a warm scent. This is really lovely, moisturising and relaxing another firm staple on my table. Nourishing cream which makes a great hand cream, I have been using it at night where I feel my skin needs that extra bit of moisturising at the moment with the wind so fierce! A great handbag friendly, decently portioned, tin of Rescue balm which contains contains calendula, rosehip, shea butter chamomile and lavender perfect for chapping peeling flaking scrapes and cracked lips! Oil Cleansing Treatment Castor oil is the real star in this product though as it’s richness provides fantastic nourishment as it draws impurities from the skin, fantastic as a weekly treatment. I had no idea how much I would appreciate the benefits of essential oils in my day to day beauty regime. A fantastic find and highly recommended range of products that is very affordable. You really will not be disappointed, get onto the website now and get ordering your product! I’m off to Tarmount this afternoon to replenish my replenishing and pick up some facial scrub – YUMMY! | tel: 0785 2231512

Glow-uP! is a range of high quality, affordable, ethically sourced skin and hair care products that are made adhering to the following principles: 1) Only top-grade essential oils and carrier oils are used. 2) Paraben-free preservatives are used in the creams & lotions. No preservatives are used in the oils. 3) Packaging is made from 100% recyclable materials and the labels are chlorine-free. 4) No animal testing is involved in any of these products. 5) The company that Michelle sources her raw ingredients from is ‘vegan friendly’ and have a strong ethical and eco-

friendly manufacturing code of conduct. No preservatives are used in this oil range (other than Vitamin E) and all products are clearly labelled with ingredients, directions and cautions. The creams and lotions do have preservatives in them because it is a legal requirement to do so with any water-based product; as per the recent EU Cosmetics Directive. These are all clearly labelled. All essential and carrier oils are of the highest quality. Please read the ‘cautions’ information that is given with each purchase (& is available on the Glow-up website). There are some medical conditions that prohibit the use of certain essential oils and no essential oil product should be used by pregnant women or children, unless they have taken advice from an appropriately qualified therapist. It is advisable to perform a skin patch with these products; this is standard advice that Michelle believe should be given with any skin care product. All ingredients have been well researched and sourced from reputable companies. Michelle maintains a stringent health and safety regime when making products. Michelle noticed significant changes in her skin as she got older and after trying various products, many with unfamiliar ingredients which had little effect, she began re-studying essential oils again, having used them and discovering their benefits throughout her twenties. Paying close attention to the properties of the carrier oils, she discovered Sweet almond oil and grape seed oil (the two commonest carrier oils) have some lovely properties but for the face, in particular, there are many others that are far more effective. She self-studied essential oils over the years and continues to update her knowledge with regular study. Michelle has also recently completed an excellent Good Manufacturing Practice course and adhere to the standards set out by the recent EU Cosmetics Directive. (This directive seeks to ensure that all cosmetic products sold have safety assessments, are correctly labelled, and packaged appropriately and that all information regarding them is available in the public arena, i.e. available from the seller and/or the European Commission.) Not only does Michelle make fantastic beauty products but she is a midwife here in Sussex! Obviously she adheres to a strict code of practice in my job and takes this ethos through to her work when making products. Please contact Michelle with any feedback you have on the products purchased and any order you would like to make. She can deliver locally so please contact her directly for details. All labels can be personalised. Products can be purchased at Vintage Emporium, Tarmount Studios, and Shoreham by Sea. All products meet requirements of EU cosmetics directive. Email: | tel: 0785 2231512

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Anne-Marie Community “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field, I’ll meet you there” Rumi


s a Multi Faith Minister I have had the great pleasure and joy in discovering mans common need for community, support and love. Regardless of age, race, religion or colour our basic core desire is to feel connected to others and to be seen and heard for who we truly are. As life takes on a faster pace and everything is available and expected to be instant, we can sometimes loose sight of the basic principles of communion and togetherness with our fellow man. To be truly whole, I feel a balance of self nurturing of soul, body and mind

is essential. Spirituality has in many ways been given a ‘bad’ name or association with the need to conform to a certain way of thinking or being. When this happens sometimes the ‘real’ meaning of the message gets lost somewhere. For me freedom has come in aligning myself to the goodness of mankind and sharing our common ground not our separation. Immersing myself in many faiths and traditions has been a true education in more ways that I could have imagined – I have come to realise that the connection we are seeking can come in many names, God, Allah, Buddha, Jehovah, Krishna, Great White Spirit, Beloved, Universe, Cosmos, Mother Nature – the list goes on… The feeling when you connect to that infinite ‘source’ is so simple yet so profound and to be connecting to another regardless of the label they have chosen for their faith, is also beautiful. When we allow our own barriers and masks to fall away we can then truly meet another.

I feel so inspired and moved by the diversity of our planet and of its people. We have achieved many great things and continue to do so. I hope you will join with me to continue to grow a community of like minded, open and loving souls who whish to share their hearts as one. I have no affiliated religion but I do have the freedom to embrace all and offer heartfelt, individual and unique ceremonies for those looking to acknowledge or celebrate a particular momentous occasion in their lives. I perform funerals, memorial services, baby blessings/naming, weddings, civil ceremonies, hand fasting, renewal of vows, healing ceremonies and one-toone spiritual guidance and mentoring. You choose the venue, style and feel you wish for your occasion and I support that process and help you create your wish. I would love to hear from you if you are looking for something a little different and are wishing to bring your community of family and friends together. Rev. Ann-Marie Marchant

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t Big Plant Nursery, we stock a large range of hardy palm trees, most of which are suitable for outdoor cultivation in the UK. By far the hardiest of these palm trees is the Chusan Palm, Trachycarpus fortunei, which originates from China, and can tolerate temperatures down to -12°C or even less. If you are looking for a palm to grow in a pot then consider Chamaerops humilis, the Mediterranean Fan Palm, which makes a lovely bushy palm and is relatively slow growing, it is also one of the best palms for coastal environments. Cordyline australis, the Cabbage Palm or Torbay Palm (but not actually a palm) should always be considered for coastal and windswept areas due to its remarkable ability to survive well in both environments. The Blue Needle Palm, Trithrinax campestris makes a majestic specimen palm suitable for most sunny situations with incredibly stiff, blue foliage. The Jelly Palm, Butia capitata is an often under-used palm but is proving to be hardy in the milder regions of the UK, but may need to be wrapped for the winter months in colder areas. For more information on wrapping up your palm tree for extra winter protection, we have a photographic guide of how to wrap up your palm tree for the winter. An excellent, fast growing and value-for-

money palm is the Canary Island Date Palm, Phoenix canariensis; it works really really as an impressive palm in a pot or as a feature palm in the lawn. It is not fully hardy and will also need some winter protection in the colder parts of the UK. These are some of our favourite palms, but we do stock a few others in smaller numbers at the nursery, so if these is a particular palm you are trying to get hold of, please just email us and we will try our best to help. Palms are considered by many, to be the backbone of any exotic garden, and as more varieties are finding their way into gardens all over the UK, protection is becoming more important – especially in colder areas. Some palms are fantastically hardy, for instance Trachycarpus fortunei and Trithinax campestris. Others are really showing great resistance to our winters, especially in the south and in urban areas (Phoenix canariensis and Butia capitata to name but two). If you love palms and wish to grow some of the less hardy varieties, then give them a bit of a hand through the worst of the weather by following the guidelines below. As with many exotics, free-draining soil can be pivotal in cold resistance and frozen, claggy soil can be a nightmare for palms. Add grit, sand and compost to heavy soils or mound up an area and plant on top - which will help with drainage and give you more height for your money!

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1. A  s an example we are using Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island Date Palm) – this fantastic palm is becoming increasingly popular due to its ease of protection and fast summer growth. 2. A  s with most palms, the growing point is the most important area to protect. To do this gather the leaves around the crown and for larger palms get someone to give you a hand. 3. U  sing strong twine tie all the palm leaves together. This will protect the centre from cold and wet as well as snow. The leaves can be pulled quite tight but watch out for the spikes! 4. In cold areas, covering the crown with straw will really boost the cold tolerance of the palm. Tie the straw in to avoid wind blowing it around your garden. 5. If the palm is on the tender side or the minimum temperature is low, then wrap the whole thing in frost protection fleece. 6. T he palm is ready for the worst of the winter. If you don’t like the snowman look you can wrap some heather screening around it or just add some eyes and a mouth! Please visit our website for step by step images to accompany these instructions or give us a call and we can help you!

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The Castle Bramber Reviewed by Katie Downes


e arrived at The Castle Pub and Hotel in Bramber on a very wet and windy Thursday evening in January and were greeted by very friendly staff and a warm and cosy feeling in the bar. As locals we had last been to the pub for a drink on New Year’s Eve for a drink but had never eaten. I had looked up the menu online and was just expecting fairly standard pub food such as fish and chips and sausage and mash but glancing up at the specials board above the bar was a real surprise, my expectations were suddenly raised! We grabbed a glass of wine and a pint of real ale and were looking forward to a delicious dinner, knowing already that we had to save room for desert. We were shown to a table by the fireplace and landlord Steve Mitchell came over for a chat. He filled us in on his family background in the pub and explained that he had a new chef from the West Country via the Boars Head in Horsham that had only been there 2 weeks. It seems the new addition to the kitchen was starting to make his mark and introduce some fresh seafood and other interesting dishes including curries and steak, all at very reasonable prices. I was really tempted by the calves liver dish but couldn’t resist the sea bass fillet with langoustine and leek tartlet served with pepperonata from the specials board. Keeping the fish theme going I also decided to have the Springs smoked salmon starter, a regular favourite from the regular menu. My other half is a confirmed carnivore and went for the ham hock terrine and a burger and he was impressed straight away to be asked how he would like the burger to be cooked! The starters arrived beautifully presented. The terrine was accompanied by a sharp lemony piccalilli and plenty of bread and crunchy salad and the smoked salmon was very artfully arranged with the surprising addition of some tangy little capers in the dressing. With appetites suitable whetted we ordered another drink and waited for our main courses. The burger came with a modern presentation, on a board with a mini bucket full of delicious looking chips, it certainly was a man sized portion and cooked medium rare, just as we asked for. It was juicy and well-seasoned and the sweet toasted brioche bun was perfect. The star of the show for me though was the sea bass. It was as pretty as a picture and you could immediately see the care and skill of the chef. The fish was tender with soft flesh and slightly crispy skin. The tartlet had delicate thin and crispy

pastry with no sign of a soggy bottom and the plump langoustine and creamy leeks inside were a real treat. Sweet soft peppers and a peppery rocket salad with parmesan shavings all contributed to a nicely balanced dish that I wish I had the ability and patience to replicate! Often the pudding menu in a pub goes either unnoticed or you can take it or leave it but we knew from the outset that room in our bellys had to be saved for the Chocolate Junkyard and Blueberry crème brulee and neither were a disappointment. The junkyard turned out to be a super rich and dense chocolate truffle style mousse on a chocolate pastry decorated with nuts and chocolate curls and flakes and the brulee had a delightful creamy texture, plenty of fresh fruit and just the right crack and crunch on the top. Overall its safe to say we were very impressed and have vowed to return for the ever popular Thai night. The fact that hotel guests ensure their stay includes a Monday night is recommendation enough for that! Then perhaps a visit on a Friday for steak night could be in order too! Thanks to everyone at The Castle for ensuring we had a fantastic evening. | tel: 0785 2231512

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WHO TO CONTACT IN THE EVENT OF TREE DAMAGE RECENT wet weather has seen a number of trees being damaged in the District and Horsham District Council is reminding residents of who to contact in the event of damage to trees. Extremely wet ground conditions can make trees more vulnerable to wind damage, particularly if they are already in a weakened condition as the result of disease. The Council has an ongoing programme of inspections for all of the trees that it owns, which are located almost entirely within recreational land and public green spaces. Parish councils are responsible for trees growing on land in their ownership, while the majority of trees growing on roadside verges are the responsibility of West Sussex County Council. It is often the case that trees causing concern are growing on private land, and in these cases it is always the land owner who is responsible for them. Unless a tree is deemed to be imminently hazardous, it is important to check that it is not listed as having a Tree Preservation Order, or growing within a conservation area, before carrying out any remedial work. Contact the Council’s Planning team for advice on these such trees by emailing or call 01403 215515. Horsham District Council’s Parks & Countryside team: 01403 215255

STEYNING SAPLINGS – COMING SOON! Birds, bugs and butterflies – these are just some of the creatures that a new nature group for 2 - 4 year olds will be learning about on the Steyning Downland Scheme from Easter. The charity, which looks after the countryside around Steyning has teamed up with The Outdoors Project to run fun outdoor sessions, where parents and young children can explore and enjoy nature right in the heart of Steyning. The pre-school nature group is just one of the family events that Steyning Downland Scheme have planned this year – with others including; Not-Quite-Dawn Chorus Walks, Seed Bomb Making and Tree Parties. The first event in January was a family Stargazing event at The Star Inn. Which, despite the cloudy weather, still attracted nearly 80 people. Organiser, Ellie Gloster, said “We were so amazed by the turn out that we’re planning another Star Inn Stargazing evening in March – but this time we want clear skies!” Families with children under 10 are invited to come to the ‘Bug-Tastic’ day on Tuesday 15th April in the Easter holidays. From 10am - 12noon kids will be able to make bug hotels and minibeast mansions on the Rifle Range area – along the footpath from Mouse Lane. The Steyning Saplings nature group will run on Tuesday mornings 10 -11.30am from 29 April to 27 May. The cost is £25 for five sessions, discounts are available for siblings. To book a place email: For full details of all Steyning Downland Schemes events, including Stargazing and Bug-Tastic go to or e-mail

‘Spread The Warmth’ More café’s help ‘Spread The Warmth’ with Age UK Horsham District. Age UK Horsham District’s ‘Spread The Warmth’ campaign which launched at the start of November encourages the community to raise funds to support older people during winter. Cafes and restaurants are taking part by raising money from their warming products in order to support local vulnerable people during the colder months. All funds raised will be used to support older people in Horsham district

as part of Age UK Horsham District’s ‘Spread The Warmth’ campaign. For more information or ways to get involved contact their community fundraiser Lawrie Mallyon on 07910 385926 or email communityfundraising@ for a free information pack and ideas to get you started. You can learn more on the Age UK Horsham District website www. which includes a whole section on Spread The Warmth. Follow them on facebook or twitter to receive updates. | tel: 0785 2231512

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

Choosing a Hypnotherapist


was doing some research on my competitors recently and looked at the various websites and lists of qualifications and memberships attributed to the various therapists in this area.I must confess that it is difficult for me, even as a practicing Hypnotherapist, to sort out the wheat from the chaff and so I thought that I would offer a few guidelines for those individuals who may be seeking help. Memberships. It is essential that the therapist belongs to an organisation that has a code of conduct, which is available to view. Under recent reforms, nationally, Hypnotherapy has undergone voluntary selfregulation and a body called the C.N.H.C. (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) has been established to oversee the various individual organisations, with a view to establishing common practices and codes of ethics. The CNHC has its own website that explains this in detail and has a therapist finder section, for those registered ( Qualifications. These do not give you any insight into the ability of a practitioner. However, there is one universal qualification, The HPD ( Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma ) that has been established as the hallmark by the C.N.H.C. Success rates. These are meaningless. I see

therapists who claim to have, for example “95% success rates with smokers”. Does this mean from day one; is success complete abstention permanently? It is very difficult to get feedback from clients after the initial treatment is over, so such claims should be treated with a pinch of salt. Even more so, when dealing with psychological issues, such as anxieties, depression etc. What actually constitutes 100% success in any given case? Charges. There is the old adage ‘You get what you pay for’. This can equally apply to therapists. Basing a decision on hourly rate may not provide a cost saving overall, let alone produce an effective result. Websites. Some of these are modern, flashy and offer untold possibilities. Don’t be fooled simply by the glitz. Does the website tell you what the therapist wants you to read or what you want to discover? How many sessions will be required is like asking how long is a piece of string? My answer to this one is that it depends upon the client’s responsiveness to treatment along with the depth of the problems involved; neither of which can be established until treatment has actually begun. One of the most important things, I would suggest, is the credibility of the therapist. This can usually only be ascertained by having a conversation with

the therapist. Yes, you can question him/her about qualifications, memberships etc., but you might want to look in the follows areas (and remember that bull is not unique to Car salesmen!): • What makes his style of Hypnotherapy more effective than another? • How much understanding and experience of your problem does he have? • What is his philosophy on treatment? One of the most important things to me is ‘gut feeling’. By interrogating a potential therapist, you will almost certainly get a feel for how that person is going to perform. Coupled with rapport, which is an essential ingredient in therapy, you can make a judgement on how he comes across to you. To make a comparison, you might choose to talk to 2 or 3 therapists. As there is an ever growing number of Hypnotherapists in our area, you should be able to find one who should be capable of meeting your needs. Good luck! 01903 745606 07740 085101

Village Living Issue 54 March 2013  

Magazine for people and businesses in West Sussex