The Village Living Magazine February 2022

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THE MAJORITY OF DIVORCEES ARE OVERLOOKING PENSIONS AND IT COULD LEAVE THEM FINANCIALLY VULNERABLE Going through a divorce is difficult. So, it’s not surprising that many couples are failing to consider their long-term future and whether they need to discuss splitting pensions. Overlooking pensions, which may be among your largest assets, could leave you financially vulnerable in the long term. assets. For instance, the person with the lower pension wealth may take property to offset this. This can be a simple way to divide assets, but may also mean one Women are losing out on £5 billion of assets each year person is left with little or no provision for retirement. 3. Pension earmarking orders: Also known as “pension The gender wealth gap means that it’s often women attachment orders”, this means some of a partner’s who are affected by not considering pensions during income will be redirected to their ex-partner when the the divorce process. pension benefits are paid. It would mean a couple’s A Scottish Widows report estimated that women lose finances are still linked, so it doesn’t allow for a clean out on £5 billion of assets every year because divorcees break. For example, there may be some uncertainty are ignoring pension wealth. around when the payments will be paid as it will How to make pensions part of a divorce process depend on when the pension holder retires. You should ensure you have up-to-date values for If you’re getting divorced, it’s important to reassess pension and forecasts before you make decisions about your goals and financial plan. The break-up of a how assets are distributed. When splitting pensions, relationship can mean the lifestyle you want now is there are three options for couples to consider: very different to your previous plans. 1. Pension sharing: With this option, pension assets Please contact us on 01273 774855 or email are split immediately. One partner will be awarded a if you’d like to talk to percentage of the other’s pensions, which can then be one of our expert financial planners about your transferred into a pension in their own name. Pension goals. Quote reference PFSVL. sharing allows for a clean split and means both parties A pension is a long-term investment not normally accessible until 55 (57 from April 2028). The have control over their own pension provisions. value of your investments (and any income from them) can go down as well as up, which would The law changed in 2000 to allow pensions to be shared in divorce. However, reports suggest, only around 1 in 8 couples are doing this two decades later.

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Welcome to the February Contents 2022 Edition Hello, Welcome to the February edition of The Village Living Magazine. Happy Valentines Day! Please continue to write or email us about any local events or activities or charity events you may be running or would like to promote locally. In this months edition we have lots to read from all our contributors.

Celebrating Styenings Scottish Connections.......4 Olympic Legends Opens Running Track at Steyning Primary School..............................................5 Are you Man Enough.....................................................6 Introducing the Third Dimension .............................7 Christmas Trees Recycling............................................9 Francis Thompson.........................................................10 Ropetackle Films............................................................13 Storrington Films...........................................................15 Our Cover this month is

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Celebrating Steyning’s Scottish connections To celebrate his 88th birthday, Colin Gray, a long-time resident of Steyning, has presented the George Gray Rose Bowl to Steyning Museum. Muriel Wright, Chairman, was delighted to accept it on behalf of the museum. This beautiful trophy was named after Colin’s father who lived in Dacre Gardens, Upper Beeding and was the founder of the Steyning Reel Club which met weekly at the Steyning Railway Hotel. In the 1950’s Scottish dancing became so popular that members often put on outdoor demonstrations in Brighton and other local venues. The George Gray Rose Bowl will be a focal point in Steyning Museum’s new display on

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Olympic Legend Opens Running track at Steyning Primary School Gold medal Olympian Sally Gunnell OBE visited Steyning C of E Primary School on Monday 31st January to open its new all-weather running track. The Sussex resident was welcomed to the school to cut the ribbon and to run a lap with some of the children to help kick start their challenge – to collectively cover the equivalent 874-mile distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats within five school days.

Sally said: “It was a pleasure to open the track and to meet some of the staff and pupils at the school. It’s great to hear about their challenge and I wish them the best of luck with it in the coming days. I hope the track continues to inspire them to be active everyday as exercise is so important for physical and mental health.”

The 2 metre wide running track is 320m long and so five laps equal a mile. To complete their challenge, the 397 students will be working together to complete at least 4,370 laps within the school week. Made from artificial grass surfacing, the double-lane all-weather track has proved popular with the pupils since mid-November when it was completed. The school raised money for the facility with the help of the local community, including contributions from Steyning Athletics Club, Friends of Steyning Primary School, Wilson Memorial Trust, Umbra Performance, West Grinstead and District Ploughing & Agricultural Society, WSCC Community Interest Fund, Steyning Football Club, and The George Mill Trust. Individual fundraising efforts included a 107km trek around the perimeter of the Isle of Wight and participation in the ‘Race to the Kings’, a whopping 53.6 mile walk along the South Downs Way. There were also many donations made by parents and small businesses within the Steyning Community.

Head teacher Sue Harrison said: “We’re very grateful to Sally for visiting the school to help officially launch the running track. We are also very thankful to everyone who helped raise money for the running track as without the many contributions, we wouldn’t have been able to install it. The children are really enjoying using it and it’s proving a brilliant way to keep them active, regardless of the weather. We’ve been encouraging the children to get used to doing a mile a day, whether walking, jogging, or running.”

The school’s PE teacher Simon Knowles added: “Sport and exercise is a really important part of life at Steyning Primary School. We are proud of our sporting endeavours and the way we encourage the children of all abilities to try different sports, including athletics. We know that exercise is a great way for children to burn off energy and we’re already seeing the benefits in terms of increased concentration and focus in class.”

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Are You Man Enough? The Henfield B-P Guild in conjunction with the charity PCaSO (Prostate Cancer Support Organisation) is offering FREE PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) testing on Saturday 2nd April at Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, BN5 9EQ. This is for men aged between 45 and 80, It is being arranged to get as many men as possible to take up the offer of a free and totally confidential test. Hopefully the tests will not show up any problems, but it is vitally important that if a problem is present, it is identified and acted on as early as possible. This could make all the difference. If this is of interest, please go to the website: events select ‘Henfield’ and book an appointment time. For enquiries only phone 0845 650 2555 The testing will be conducted by trained phlebotomists taking blood from a vein in the arm which will be analysed at a laboratory and the result either posted or emailed to you. Results will also be available on the bookings website. 1 in every 2 men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. It could

be an infection, enlargement or cancer. 1 in every 8 men will develop prostate cancer and those of African-Caribbean origin and those with a family history of the disease are 2 to 3 times more at risk. PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen. It is a simple blood test that measures the amount of antigen, produced by the prostate, entering the blood. It is not a direct test for cancer; a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of a prostate problem and a high reading should trigger further tests to determine if there is a need for any treatment. Without screening, around 50,000 men are diagnosed in the UK with prostate cancer each year. It is now the leading cancer found in men. Around 12,000 men die of this disease annually, one every 45 minutes. Caught in the early stages, cure rates are dramatically improved with over 80% success. General symptoms of problems with the prostate are frequent need to urinate especially at night; bursting to urinate, slow flow, difficult, painful; stop/ start and dribbling, or blood in the urine.

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Introducing the Third Dimension A happy New Year to you all. It may be grey outside but I thought, instead of writing about low light photography I would brighten the mood with saturated colour.

A photograph, either in print or on a screen, is two dimensional. It has length and breadth but photographers can introduce the illusion of a third dimension (depth) by composing pictures that have foreground, mid ground and background interest.

place single figures on the edge, walking out of the frame as I feel it introduces a little tension because a split second later, they would have disappeared from that moment in time.

The second photograph was taken in Berlin.I have used the mundane maintenance hole covers as shapes to lead the eye into the picture to the unusual tones of the Museum wall. This makes the image almost abstract in design which would have been lost if I had included a figure. Many landscapes are composed in this way. The classic being a foreground rock, mid ground lake perhaps with a lone tree and distant hills or mountains. Now, each to their own but those images are not to my taste. Many are captured in touristy places such as the Lake District by groups of photographers standing shoulder to shoulder snappingalmost identical scenes. I urge you to be a little more creative, choose locations and situations that haven’t been shot a million times or at least try to find a different angle when photographing in familiar places.

My two photographs here have interest (maybe a little mundane) from foreground to background. The street scene is from France. The white road graphic represents the landscape rock, the person represents the lone tree and the wall is my mountain range. There is also a colour connection as the portrait posters have been blue toned, the graffiti to the right has been scrawled with blue paint so I have been patient and waited for a figure dressed in blue to walk through the scene. There is also a visual link where the person is looking directly at the posters so is very much involved in the scene. I often

Whatever your taste, your preference, your style, take lots of photographs but try to also step out of your comfort zone once in a while, experiment and see where it takes you. If you would like to be added to my mailing list for details of my workshops, please email me : Steve Boyle. ARPS

The Science of Art at the National Gallery by Aaron Hunter Monday 14th February 2022 The incredible diversity of art within The National Gallery allows us to progress through the history of art in a relatively small space. It also gives us the opportunity to discover the science behind fine art. The lecture looks at the way in which scientific innovation has changed the way we create art, with reference among others, to Leonardo de Vinci, Titian, Turner, Stubbs and The Impressionists. The Steyning Centre, Fletchers Croft, BN44 3XZ 10:00am - 12:00. Free to members, £10 donation for visitors.

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Club of Storrington & Pulborough District Rotary Christmas tree re-cycling scheme raises funds for local charities This Christmas, the Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough District once again provided a valuable service to the Community and at the same time, helped to ‘green’ our area. Christmas Trees were collected from residents after twelfth night then recycled at an Ashington farm to provide material for use on local footpaths - all for a minimum donation of £5 per tree. The scheme was publicised by articles in local magazines, posters in local shops and garden centres and handing out leaflets at the Rotary book stall in Storrington and during Rotary’s Christmas collections. Trees were collected from most of the RH20 postcode including Pulborough, Storrington and all the surrounding villages - Fittleworth, Nutbourne, West Chiltington, Thakeham, Coldwaltham, Watersfield and Amberley. Collecting went smoothly thanks to huge assistance provided by members and friends of the Club. 426 trees were collected raising £2,600 which is being donated to - Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, Turning Tides, Family Support Work and other charitable causes supported by Rotary.

Rotarians Ken Collins and John Ollerton collecting Christmas trees for recycling.

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All the trees are now chipped with the residue ready for use. The chipping operation was undertaken by Rob Dakin of Findon Valley Tree President: Paul Weaver European link Rotary Club: Villeneuve Sur Lot in France Care who donated his fee to the charities. Rotary’s project coordinators, Mark and Lynn We meet on Mondays 7pm for 7.30pm at the Roundabout Foss said “We are really pleased with how the Hotel, Monkmead Lane, West Chiltington, RH20 2PF project went and the very positive comments For information about attending or joining Rotary contact Club Secretary Anna Upton on 01903 743004 by many residents. We had a large number of new customers this year and we anticipate Registered Charity No1029115 more trees next year. For a small donation, residents can avoid all the inconvenience and mess of transporting trees to the tip or burning them, knowing that they will have a ‘green’ end use and that very worthwhile charities will benefit in the process.” Storrington & Pulborough District Rotary Club Have a local editorial item?


Francis Thompson Francis Thompson was born on the 16th of December 1859, in Winckley Street, Preston Lancashire. His father was a doctor and his uncles were both authors. At eleven years old Thompson was sent to Ushaw College, near Durham. He was described as frail, delicate and so shy he would slide along the walls with his coat collar turned up. Thompson would spend most of his time in the college library seeking solace from the school’s chaos by reading history and poetry. He was highly respected as an academic in these subjects but punished by beating for his non-participation in PE. Francis Thompson However he was a keen handball player and ways, the broad spaces of the South Downs’ his skill with a cricket bat was exceptional. and according to Sidney James, wrote At eighteen years old upon his father’s into literature ‘the salt-laden wind from the insistence Thompson went on to study English Channel.’ Thompson wrote his finest medicine at Owens College at the University works here, including what is said to be of Manchester. He excelled at written theory his masterpiece, the poem ‘The Hound of but never took part in practical study. He Heaven.’ He also wrote ‘Ode to the Setting wrote poetry and watched the cricket and Sun’ upon hearing a wandering fiddler one never practiced or qualified as a doctor. evening in the village street. It was the same Medically rejected from enlistment into the set of circumstances that inspired ‘The Song army in 1885, he ran away with no money to London. He sold newspapers and matches on of the Hours’ and ‘Daisy’ featured the verse the streets and slept rough in all weathers on ‘O. there were flowers in Storrington, On the turf and on the spray: But the sweetest the Charing Cross Embankment. Falling into -flower on Sussex Hills Was the Daisy flower ill health he was rescued by an anonymous that day.’ Thompson also wrote an essay woman, who gave him temporary lodgings on pet Percy Shelley that was described as and he dedicated the poem ‘Sister Songs’ to the ‘the most important contribution to pure her. letters written in English’. In 1888, after three years of being homeless, The Meynells arranged for publication of the magazine ‘Merrie England’ published Thompson’s first book ‘Poems’ in Thompson’s poetry and its editors Wilfrid 1893 and it was internationally praised. and Alice Meynell went looking for him. The The Bishop of London said of ‘The Hound couple found him back on the embankment, of Heaven’ that it was “one of the most his health having worsened. From there they sent him to Our Lady of England Priory, in the tremendous poems ever written.” Critics praised “the most wonderful lyric in the village of Storrington to recuperate. language.” The Times reported that people It was here in Storrington that Thompson would still be learning it two hundred years found tranquillity and inspiration, enjoying hence. what reporter Sidney James wrote as ‘the Thompson published his last volume in 1897 healthful breeze of this Sussex village.’ and travelled the country for a time, before Thompson wandered along its ‘secluded 10

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settling in Wales. He died aged forty-seven on the 13th of November in 1907 at St John’s Wood in London. Fifty of his selected works were published in 1908, in which his essay on Shelley plus, “The Life of St. Ignatius”, and “Health and Holiness” were highly praised.

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The author J.R.R.Tolkien said that Thompson had inspired his own writing. The U.S. Supreme Court in its ruling to desegregate schools also drew influence from Thompson by using the quote “with all deliberate speed.” Judy Upton Sources: ‘The Advocate’ (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954), Thursday 27 November 1930, page 13 Wikipedia

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ROPETACKLE CINEMA February 2022 ROPETACKLE CINEMA presents A SUNDAY SPECIAL: A LOWLAND CINDERELLA 1921 British silent romance directed by Sidney Morgan and starring his daughter Joan. Filmed at Progress Films Shoreham Beach Studio, the film was restored and shown in 1995 with Joan Morgan in attendance. Local musician Richard Durrant was commissioned in 1995 to compose the film score which will accompany this screening. Cert U, duration 58 mins. Sunday 13th February, 3.00 pm. Tickets available from Box Office or on-line, £5. See Ropetackle web site for Covid-19 safety arrangements. ROPETACKLE CINEMA presents a MATINEE FILM: CRUELLA Estella is a renegade schoolgirl who lands in London, orphaned and alone. She meets a pair of pickpockets and together they build a life for themselves on the streets. Her ambition soon shifts to high fashion when she befriends fashion legend Baroness Von Hellman and embraces her wicked side to become revenge-bent Cruella. Cert 12A, duration 129 mins. Tuesday 15th February, 2.00 pm. Tickets available from Box Office or on-line, £5. See Ropetackle web site for Covid-19 safety arrangements. ROPETACKLE CINEMA presents an EXHIBITION ON SCREEN:RAPHAEL REVEALED Marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, the greatest exhibition of his works ever held took place in Rome. Exhibition on Screen was granted exclusive access to this once-in-a-lifetime show. The film provides a fresh look at this giant of the Renaissance, and shows why he is considered one of the all-time greats. Cert PG, duration 85 mins. Wednesday 16th February, 7.30 pm, £12. Please pre-book tickets at the Box Office or on-line. See Ropetackle web site for Covid-19 safety arrangements. ROPETACKLE CINEMA presents a RELAXED AND FRIENDLY FILM open to all GIGI Presented in relaxed and friendly conditions - suitable for all, especially people with any form of memory loss. Gigi (Leslie Caron) radiates sunny gamine charm until she transforms from girl to woman in that stunning outfit. Also stars Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan and Hermione Gingold; winner of nine Oscars. Cert PG, duration 115 mins. Monday 21st February, 2.00 pm. Tickets available from Box Office or on-line, £5. Carers free/refreshments included See Ropetackle web site for Covid-19 safety arrangements. ROPETACKLE CINEMA presents a FAMILY FILM: RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON In a realm known as Kumandra, a reimagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilisation, a warrior named

Raya is determined to find the last dragon. A wonderful, watchable animation from the Disney organisation. Cert PG, duration 103 mins. Animation. Wednesday 23rd February, 2.00 pm. Tickets available from Box Office or on-line, £4. See Ropetackle web site for Covid-19 safety arrangements. ROPETACKLE CINEMA presents a BLOCKBUSTER FILM: JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH In 1960s Chicago, the Feds enlist a small-time criminal to infiltrate the local chapter of the Black Panther party. An electrifying dramatisation of historical events and a forceful condemnation of racial injustice. The film won 2 Oscars. Cert 15, duration 126 mins. Tuesday 1st March, 7.30 pm. Tickets available from Box Office or on-line, £7. See Ropetackle web site for Covid-19 safety arrangements. ROPETACKLE CINEMA presents a RELAXED AND FRIENDLY FILM open to all BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Presented in relaxed and friendly conditions - suitable for all, especially people with any form of memory loss. A celebration of the group Queen, their music and their lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. Cert 12, duration 129 mins.

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Storrington Film Night is organised by the Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough District. The next film on Wednesday February 9th, will be “The Last Bus”, The Last Bus is a 2021 drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon. ... It stars Timothy Spall as an elderly gentleman who travels the length of the United Kingdom.The showing commences at 7.30pm, at Sullington Hall, Thakeham Road, RH20 3PP. Tickets are £5, and are available from the Card Shop in Storrington. Any unsold tickets will available on the door, on the night. There is a Bar and a Raffle during the interval. Anyone requiring transport should contact Roger Jamieson 01798 813956 For further information please contact Ken Collins 01903 740745.

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Julian & Georgina Rebera share how their lives were transformed from hopelessness to caring for a huge community in one of the poorest areas of Brighton!

March 18th Lauren Windle from London talks of her miraculous transformation from drug and alcohol addiction to freedom.

April 22nd Local people from very different backgrounds talk about struggles and suffering, disability and despair and how their lives were radically changed by the Easter story.

May 20th Josh Fortune, a former paratrooper is forced to leave the army and his life is a mess. Join us to hearJosh’s journey back from the edge.