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July 2019

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Welcome... We have three fabulous competitions for you this month - win tickets to see Jess Glynne at Lingfield Park,, plus tickets to the fabulous Cowdray Park Polo meet in July. We also have VIP family tickets to the Enchanted Horsham festival on page 57. For our main feature this month, Lynn Smith talks to Canine Partners, Partners a charity in Heyshott, West Sussex, which provides specially trained dogs for people with disabilities. As with all the charities we feature, they would love to hear from anyone who can help with donations, see page 26. In our regular features, Andrew helps out with choosing perfect trees for your garden starting on page 36; Chris talks about dreaded leaks on page 40; and Heather discusses changing behaviour in the health feature on page 46. All this, plus catch up with your local Parish Council news from page 59; schools from page 44 plus the regular events and community news round ups.

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The Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra 12 piece band of great renown, features Tony Jacobs and Catherine Sykes Doors Open 19.00 Concerts start 19.30 Licensed Bar with Draught Beer Tickets £10 from NISA West Chiltington & The Card Centre, Storrington. More info Keith: 01903 742914 “Jazz Club”

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Win tickets to see Jess Glynne Saturday 10th August at Lingfield Park Racecourse Jess Glynne has had many hits in the UK; “Rather Be” with Clean Bandit, “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself” and “I’ll Be There”. In fact she holds the record for most No.1’s in the UK for a British woman - seven. In her first few years in the music industry, Jess Glynne has carved out a unique slot all of her own. Where others were contemplating the aftermath of heartache, she was always about standing on your own two feet. At the start of 2018, she took a listen back to her just completed second album, Always in Between. Like her blockbuster debut, I Cry When I Laugh, Jess brokers the hinterlands between pop, soul, R&B and house music. ‘Now I know that you have to be that person for yourself.’ She smiles as she says it. ‘It’s been a right old journey getting here, I can tell you.’ I Cry When I Laugh is one of the defining British pop records of its era. At the time of writing it has been a chart staple for 138 weeks. It debuted at number one, spawning 12 million worldwide singles sales, 39 weeks on the UK top 10, 2.5 billion Spotify streams, a sold out UK arena tour, Brit, MTV: EMA, Ivor Novello, MOBO, Q and Glamour award nominations.

It was in a moment’s inspiration that Jess Glynne alighted upon the title of her second record. She decided album number two would be called Always In Between. ‘There’s loads of different emotions in me but I always know what I’m doing with the music. That’s the one thing I do know. It’s my safe space. In life, I am very in touch with my emotions. Music is the one place I know I can let it out. It’s a way of processing my uncertainty.’ Jess Glynne promises to play all the hits and fan favourites including ‘Hold My Hand’, ‘Thursday’, ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’, ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘Take Me Home’, plus some brand new tracks too.

These are the facts. Underneath is Jess’s peerless ability to commune with an audience through song; to tell the truths young women want to hear about their concerns, the loves that build them up and let them down; the aspirations and dreams that might turn sour but you’ll smile through them anyway. From the beautiful, pared back, gospel inflected uplift of debut cut I’ll Be There, it is clear that Jess is ready to build on the momentous footwork put in on her first foray into fame. Jess Glynne is a girl from North London who is noticeably free of airs and graces. She sings because she loves to and writes songs because she wants answers to her own emotional quandaries. Her powerhouse vocal and fearless delivery have captured so many under its spell.

For an action packed day out, why not enjoy a day of racing with friends and family, before dancing the night away with the delights of the fabulous Jess Glynne in concert finishing off a perfect Summer’s evening. This is a gig not to be missed. Prize includes racing and concert tickets for two people. To buy tickets:

Win tickets to Jess Glynne To enter the competition simply answer the following question: Q: How many No.1s has Jess Glynne had in UK? a) 3 b) 4 c) 7 Send your answer and contact details to: Jess Glynne Competition, PO Box 2237, Pulborough RH20 9AH or enter online at Winner drawn after 28th July 2019. Please indicate if you wish to remain on our mailing list.

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Local Walks - July All walks are led by friendly, trained volunteers - please do check with the organisers for full details and for any last minute changes. Health walks are 30 – 90 minutes, supported by Walking for Health & Horsham District Council. Level 2 & Level 3 are more challenging, for fitter walkers, supported by Horsham District Council Mon 1 Wed 3 Fri 5 Sat 6 Wed 10 Sat 13 Mon 15

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10:30am Littleworth and around 5 miles 2.5 hrs Level 2 Meet at the Windmill Littleworth Lane, RH13 8EJ Jill 07780 701184 10:00am Henfield Byways 2-3 miles 1 hr Health Meet Henfield Library, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9HN Anne 01273 493671 11:00am Southwater 2.6 miles 75 mins Health Meet in the Visitor Centre car park of the Country Park Alex 01403 273751 10am Annual Riverside Walk Meet Horsham Rugby Club, Hammerpond Rd, RH13 6PJ for a 13 mile walk 7:00pm Ron’s Evening Walks 5-6 miles 3 hrs Level 3 Very social walk that usually ending in a pub Ron 07933 106663 9:00am Wiston/Steyning Downland Dog Walk 2 miles 75 mins Level 2 Meet at Steyning Cricket Pavilion, BN44 3LE Ann 01903 297553 10:30am Handcross Jaunt 5 miles 2 hrs 15 mins Level 3 Meet in Car Park, northern end of Handcross on B2110 by sports pavilion/children’s play area (RH17 6BJ) Jill 07780 701184 11:00am Health Centre, Steyning 2 miles 75 mins Health Meet at Steyning Health Centre, Tanyard Lane, BN44 3RJ Ann 01903 297553 10:30am Storrington Riverside Walk 2.5 miles 90 mins Health Meet at Storrington Recreation Ground Car Park, RH20 4PG. Come and explore Storrington's lovely Riverside Walk Mick 01903 745971 13:30pm Nuthurst to South Lodge 2 miles 1.25 hrs Level 2 Meet at South Lodge Jill 07780 701184 9:00am Washington Common & Ashington 6 miles 2 hrs 30 mins Level 3 Meet at Georges Lane National Trust Car Park, Washington Mick 01903 745971 10:00am River, Heath, and Pleasure Garden 4 miles 2 hrs Level 3 Meet at Storrington Recreation Ground Car Park, RH20 4BG Mick 01903 745971 10:00am Kings Head, Rudgwick – going East 4 miles 2 hrs Level 2 Meet car park opposite the pub (TQ 091343, RH12 3EB) Lynne 01403 268157 10:00am RookwoodWarnham Walk 4.5 - 5 miles 2 hrs Level 2 Park in the Rookwood Golf Club car park (RH12 3RR) and meet at the car park entrance Michael 07719 467861 10:00am Irene’s All Day Walk 10+ miles 4+ hrs Level 3 Please phone Irene for details before 8:30am Irene 01403 783637 10:00am Mucky Duck - Baynards (Figure of Eight) 4.5 miles 2.5 hrs Level 3 Follow A281 to Bucks Green. Turn off left into Loxwood Road and proceed for about 1 mile to the pub Pauline 07779 671568 10:30 am Cowfold (2) 4.8 miles 2.5hrs Level 2 Meet in the middle of the village at the football field, Jill 07780 701184 10:00am Whitemans Green, Cuckfield 5.2 miles 2 hrs 15 mins Level 2 Meet in the car park of Whitemans Green recreation ground Mike Powell 01403 242564

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10:30 am Barnham Meet at Church Lane, opposite the Church 10:30 am Petworth Park Meet at Petworth Park car park 10:00 am Pulborough Brooks Meet in overflow car park, Pulborough Brooks

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20 Charity & Community

Sussex Snippets The Group is a social club for unattached men and women aged 50+. The clubs are based in Sussex and gives members the opportunity to meet new friends. Events can include walks, theatre, meals, golf, holidays and more. To become member, or to source more information visit The Wey & Arun Canal Trust is taking part in England's biggest heritage festival with a free event on Sunday 15th September. The Trust is inviting the public to take a trip back in time with a guided walk from the Gunpowder Store at Stonebridge Wharf to the former Bramley Wharf. Wharf To book your place on the walk, which will take about two hours, go to or you can send an email to: Aldingbourne Trust raised over £ 5,600 at their annual charity golf tournament this May. They hosted their 7th annual stableford shotgun charity tournament at the Cowdray Golf Course in aid of the award winning charity. If you are interested in taking part in next years tournament, or would be interested in supporting the event by sponsoring a hole, please contact A 31 year-old from Kirdford wins Young Sussex Farmer of the Year 2019 at the Sussex Food & Drink

SUSSEX LOCAL Awards 2019 which take place at Brighton’s Amex Stadium. Out of a record number of entries, this year’s award was claimed by Kate Lywood, who is the director and dairy herd manager at Marshalls Farm, where she is the third generation of her family to work there. A campaign to help reverse the decline of bees in the South East and create a haven for pollinators in the South Downs National Park has newly launched. The South Downs National Park Trust, the official charity for the National Park, is bidding to raise £75,000 to help restore flower-rich habitats that will protect bees and other important pollinators and allow them to thrive. The campaign, Bee Lines, Lines will work with farmers and other landowners to create new wildflower corridors; essentially a “road system” for insects that will link habitats and encourage pollination. WSCC have released a series of videos showcasing some of the support available to help people maintain their independence. There are more than 197,000 residents aged 65 and over living in West Sussex, and it is known that people want to remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. With this in mind, the council has created a suite of new videos that offer top tips to help people stay independent in later life. Booking is now open at Woods Mill for Nature Tots, Tots woodland fun for ages 3-6 starting from Saturday 14th September. Additionally, Wildlife Watch and bushcraft for ages 5-8 is starting from Saturday 17th August. A group of private landowners and nature conservation organisations, are working together to help the white stork return home to South East England for the first time in several hundred years. The project team are pleased to report that a pair of storks have been sighted nesting in an oak tree on the Knepp Estate in West Sussex. The White Stork Project is a pioneering partnership of private landowners and nature conservation charities, which aims to restore a population of at least 50 breeding pairs in southern England by 2030. Casting for Recovery, a service that uses the unique therapy practice of fly fishing to improve the wellbeing of ladies who are recovering from breast cancer, gets boost from National Lottery funding. Casting for Recovery runs six therapeutic fishing retreats throughout the year for women recovering from breast cancer, including one retreat in Bexhill, East Sussex. The project received over £9,500 from The National Lottery Community Fund to purchase new equipment and specialist clothing. A new initiative to connect families with nature has been launched. “Starter packs” (including maps, walking boots, binoculars, waterproofs, and nature guides) will be given to selected community centres and children’s centres across the South East as families are encouraged to learn about the environment and enjoy the wellbeing benefits from spending time outdoors.

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Storrington Cricket Club On Friday 17th May, Storrington Cricket Club were presented with a cheque from Waitrose for £542. The club had been part of the green token scheme recently at Waitrose in Storrington. The money will go towards buying new outdoor crickets nets which the club badly needs. Head Cygnets coach Martin Fisher said "We urgently need new nets to provide a safe environment for the younger members to practise and for other users of the recreation ground to be safe from flying cricket balls". The Club has had close links with Storrington Primary School and the intention is that the school will also have free use of the new nets when they are installed hopefully this summer. The cost will be just under £40,000 and the club have raised over £27,000 so far. For more information on future fundraisers, visit

New Neighbourhood Wardens Horsham District Council has just recruited four new Neighbourhood Wardens for the Horsham District. Dominic Woodhead and Jacquie Cave are the new warden team for Southwater Parish and Chris Poore

SUSSEX LOCAL and Andy Cotton are the wardens for the parish of Storrington & Sullington. Neighbourhood Wardens carry out high visibility patrols in their respective areas to deter crime and anti-social behaviour. They can also exercise powers available to them as employees of the District Council in relation to environmental offences. Contact details for each warden scheme can be found at communitysafety/communitycommunitysafety/community-safety/neighbourhoodsafety/neighbourhoodwardens

(L to R) Dominic Woodhead, Jacquie Cave, Carly Jenkins, Chris Poore and Andy Cotton.

Storrington Probus Club Last month, twenty-six Storrington Probus Club members and partners set off by coach from West Chiltington and Storrington to Windsor Castle for a blue badge guided tour. The tour was organised by Cliff Palmer, who ensured that a splendid day was had by all. Future events include more coffee mornings, lunches with a variety of speakers, participating in a Croquet competition with other local area Probus Clubs, a trip to the Isle of Man and much more. If you would like to know more about the Club or how to join visit the website www.

Reader Letter - Parish Elections Dear Editor, I read with interest the Storrington Chairman's comments on the so called re-election of existing Parish Councillors when in fact no elections took place. Lack of new nominations was a shame, but probably reflects the elderly population and a weariness about politics in general. Something the 'new' council can do better than the 'old ' council is to support the voluntary sector. Last year they denied the granting of £1,000 from Horsham District Council for no good reason. I was reminded of this shameful decision when reading the 'puff' given to the Village Day where no mention was made to the 100 or so volunteers who will be supporting the event. Shame. Yours sincerely, Graham Nicholson

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Year of Culture events One of the most highly regarded classical music festivals in the UK, The Shipley Arts Festival continues in July and August with a programme of superb music at locations across the District including Billingshurst, Amberley and Shipley. Art lovers will also be excited to learn that Humphrey Ocean RA is exhibiting at Horsham Museum this August after his successful show at the Royal Academy this year. Enjoy great music with Summer Sounds in Horsham Park and a Summer of Love pop concert in Henfield, The Battle of the Bands Finals, and concerts at venues across Horsham including the Horsham Garden Music Festival. Make a note to see the unique triple bill by StopGap Dance, “A Space in Gravity” at The Capitol, and sci-fi lovers should look out for two unique exhibitions on sci-fi writer Eric Williams, and Eric Cusic, the creator of the Daleks, at libraries across the District. Theatre lovers will be able to enjoy some great new shows at The Capitol in the coming months, book tickets for the West Chiltington Drama Festival or invite their

SUSSEX LOCAL children to take part in a Comedy, Slapstick and Shakespeare workshop in Billingshurst. For families, Enchanted Horsham returns this year bigger and is better than ever – a truly spectacular and magical illuminated summer wonderland. You can also take part in and enjoy the colourful new Children’s Parade in Horsham Park, part of FunDay Sunday, and be a Viking at Chesworth Farm’s Wild Woodies Summer Holiday Club. All this and more! See full details at

Storrington Community FC Are you able to support your community club? A sponsorship opportunity has arisen for Storrington Community Football Club. Sponsorship would enable the club to provide each player with a team polo shirt to arrive to fixtures in, a match day warm-up top and rain jacket, as well as help to fund a training venue. Storrington competes in the Southern Combination League and in the FA Vase. In previous years, sponsors have benefitted from media exposure linking with the club’s training and fixtures. For more details please email: July Fixtures Information: Saturday 20th July vs Saltdean 1pm kick off Tuesday 23rd July vs Worthing Town 7.45pm kick off Saturday 27th July vs Hassocks 3pm kick off

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Thakeham’s Award Winning Tea Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert visited the head office of Only Natural Products in Thakeham to congratulate them on the rare honour of a second Queens Award for International Trade. Trade Mr Herbert met the company’s owner and Chief Executive, Keith Garden, and the team behind the award-winning organic tea ranges which include Higher Living and Dr Stuarts. The family business is based in Thakeham and their factory is located in Gloucester. Last month, the Queen named 200 businesses as among the best in the country in the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise. This is the second time Only Natural Products have been bestowed the honour, the first in 2016, a rare achievement for recipients.

St Barnabas South Downs Trek Registration is open for the South Downs Trek, an exhilarating 26.2 mile hike raising money for local hospice St Barnabas House. Taking place on Saturday 28 September 2019, 2019 the new circular marathon route will see participants tackle steep climbs with breath-taking views across the South Downs, before crossing the finish line at the hospice in Worthing. Many of those taking on the challenge

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will be doing so in memory of a loved one, including Holly Lamper who sadly lost her father, Alan Lamper, to cancer in April 2018. Holly, 31, says: “I have so many precious memories of walking on the South Downs with my Dad from a very young age. But never did we walk quite this far together! I am so grateful for the support we received from St Barnabas and I’m determined to raise money to help other local people who might find themselves in a similar position.” Early bird registration is available until 14 July 2019 and costs just £35 per person. St Barnabas House ask that trekkers raise a minimum sponsorship of £250 which will go towards funding the specialist palliative care services the hospice provides for adults across West Sussex. To register for the South Downs Trek call 01903 706354. or visit

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Canine Partners… Training amazing assistance dogs and transforming the lives of people living with disabilities. By Lynn Smith well as a host of other related conditions, Sally became wheelchair bound after suffering a seizure in 2013. One hundred percent reliant on human care, with heart/ circulatory problems that caused her to faint or induced very full on seizures, and enduring a lot of fatigue and pain, Sally says that she, “Lacked purpose and industry. I couldn’t see how I would ever become a meaningful member of society again.” Then Sally was paired with a “Canine Partner” – Ethan – a step that transformed her life.

In September 2005, Sally Whitney was all set to study Medicine at Edinburgh University when she became unwell, just before her A-levels. Diagnosed, much later, with Lupus and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, as

Based in Heyshott, West Sussex, and with a second centre in Loughborough, Leicestershire, Canine Partners has been providing highly trained assistance dogs – canine partners - since 1990. It was founded in recognition of the life changing benefits assistance dogs could bring to the lives of adults with physical disabilities, offering a greater independence and quality of life, and contributing security, companionship, and practical help with everyday household tasks - as well as providing psychological and social esteem. Nicola Martin, CEO of Canine Partners CEO, explains the charity’s mission as seeking to, “Transform the lives of adults with physical disabilities through partnership with our specially trained assistance dogs. We pride ourselves in ensuring we create the best possible matches between our dogs and the people we support.” Potential Canine Partners undertake a specialist twoyear training programme, which begins when a puppy is selected at seven to eight weeks old and placed with a carefully chosen volunteer, with whom it will spend twelve to fourteen months in puppy training. Currently there are around 250 puppies placed with puppy parents in the UK. Volunteers care for the puppies full time, teaching basic obedience, social skills and the core tasks of tugging, touching and retrieving, all of which are essential if the puppy is to move onto advanced training. “At all stages,” says Nicola, “training is fun and reward-based.” These core skills are built upon once the puppies move into advanced training, at one of Canine Partners’ two centres, extending skills to tasks such as opening doors, retrieving the phone, pressing lift buttons and unloading a washing machine. During the next few months the dogs hone their skills and are carefully matched with a person with a disability from the charity’s waiting list. Nicola explains that,

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“Training is then tailored to meet that individual’s specific requirements. During advanced training the dogs will continue obedience training, visiting local towns and shops to ensure they are confident and well behaved in all situations.” At the end of this period, the applicant is invited to attend a two-week residential course at one of the Canine Partner centres, where, under the guidance of the dog’s trainer, they learn how to work with their dog and continue its training, and how to take care of their canine friend. It is during this busy two weeks that the special bond between dog and partner begins. Canine Partners offers ongoing care and guidance through regular aftercare visits and telephone support, which ensures the success of the partnerships and well being of its dogs. The whole process of selecting, training and supporting a canine partner throughout their working life costs around £20,000, and currently there are over 430 adults across the UK living with one of the charity’s assistance dogs. Each year, Canine Partners creates between 70-75 partnerships and in the thirty years since the charity’s foundation, Canine Partners has created nearly 800 partnerships. The charity currently assists adults, aged eighteen and over, both civilians and former service personnel, and dogs are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex, physical disabilities. The long list of conditions and disabilities that Canine Partners works with includes: multiple sclerosis; spinal injuries and head injuries; stroke; Freidrich’s ataxia; cerebral palsy and, osteoarthritis and scoliosis. Although the waiting list has been closed to new applicants for a couple of years, Nicola Martin tells me, “ … We are now in the final stages of preparing to open to new applications later this year.”

SUSSEX LOCAL Canine Partners employs around 80 people, working in a wide variety of roles and locations; from the expert training and aftercare teams based at the two centres and out in communities across the UK, to the Fundraising and Support teams. In addition there are over 1,000 volunteers, supporting all aspects of the training programmes, from Brood Bitch Holders who look after the mums and puppies in the breeding programme; Puppy Parents and socialisers and Foster parents, who provide short to long term placements when needed, to a wide network of fundraising and awareness raising activities. But, Nicola says, “We are always looking for passionate people to join our team of volunteers.“ The charity, she adds,“… receive (s) fantastic support from a huge number of local people … we are extremely lucky to have some very longstanding supporters.” As with all charities, funding is essential and Canine Partners has big projects underway – including, this year, building a new Kennels and Dog welfare Centre at its Midlands Training Centre. Also, with the


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30 Charity Profile / Legal charity’s 30th anniversary coming up in 2020, planning is already underway for celebrations and more exciting initiatives. Funding comes solely from donations. Receiving no funding from government, Canine Partners is always looking for novel ways to generate funds, including the My Amazing Puppy sponsorship scheme and UKwide fundraising events, including Walking Dog Shows - dog walks in beautiful locations with a twist. Canine Partners is particularly excited that during 2019 and 2020 they are the Goodwood Estate Charity of the Year and will have a full calendar of exciting activities that they hope will help create even more partnerships. Nicola says that “Raising awareness of who we are and what we do is an ongoing challenge with so many other vital charities carrying out amazing work across the UK. We are proud to commit to support our partnerships for as long as they feel a Canine Partner can bring a benefit to their lives. This means that we need to ensure we have funds for decades to come so that once someone has experienced the independence and benefits that an assistance dog can bring them, they never have to return to how life was before.”

all areas of my life. He can do a huge range of things for me, both at home and outside the house. The tasks that Ethan and I can do together give me a lot of freedom and bring real joy. I no longer have a dependence on others to make me feel safe and secure. He’s brought me so much happiness … that I have an incredibly hard time imagining my world without him. Canine Partners Mill Lane, Heyshott Midhurst, GU29 0ED

Which brings us back to Sally Whitney whose story opened this article, and who reinforces Nicola’s sentiments, “Life before having a canine partner was totally different … Ethan's impact has been apparent in

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There isn’t anything wrong with choosing to appoint a professional in the first instance but for most of us it is entirely unnecessary. These are some things to consider when choosing your Executors: - Age - too old and they may die before you. - Location - there are practicalities in being an Executor such as securing the deceased’s property and registering the death. - Time - full time working and children to care for may not allow for time to carry out the necessary arrangements. - Capability - choosing your executor isn’t about flattery or being fair but about appointing those that are best for the job. If you’ve got a current Will and your Executors are a professional, ask what their fees will be. If you are single and your current Will is straightforward, and the fees will amount to more than the £150 we charge for a new Will (£200 for straightforward Mirror Wills) then you, and indeed your Estate, will be undoubtedly better off by rewriting your Will with new Executors appointed. Contact Emma Wells: 01903 821010 or email:

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Winner: Richard Barron from Storrington. Congratulations and thank you to all who entered. Finish the crossword and fill out the box below with the letters from the shaded squares. Work out the anagram

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Superior of a monastery (5) Type of gum (6) Waterproof fabric (7) Chocolate ingredient (5) Yellowish citrus fruit (5) Mysterious (7) French national holiday (8,3) Begin (4,3) Brother of Moses (5) Precipitous (5) Blow up (7) Go back (6) Intestine (5)

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Ancient Greek sun god (6) Eating disturbance (7) Kidnapped (5) Adapt for new use (7) Cured pig meat (5) Insane (5) Unentitled (11) Cavalry soldier (7) Flight personnel (7) Imaginary (6) Intense light beam (5) Proficient (5) Unscripted (2,3)

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34 Recipe


Meat Balls – Serves 4 A super wholesome meal, with minimum ingredients & less fuss Ingredients • • • • • • •

4 Beef burgers, divide each burger into 3 and create 12 balls 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp flour 100g mixed pitted olives, chopped roughly 400g Mr Organic passata 2 tbsp mixed herbs Leaves from half a basil plant, roughly torn

Method: 1) Pre heat your oven to 200C/gas 7 2) Heat the oil in a casserole dish on the hob. Sprinkle the meat balls with flour and add to your casserole dish, brown the meatballs on all sides for around 10 minutes 3) Scrape any charred meat from the pan as this will add to the flavour of your sauce, add the olives and a little water if necessary 4) Stir in the passata and sprinkle with the mixed herbs, bring the heat up and simmer. Once it has

rapidly simmered for 20 minutes place your dish in the oven, lid on, for 30 minutes 5) After the first 30 minutes, bring your dish out of the oven and stir in the roughly torn basil, return the dish to the oven uncovered for a minimum of 30 minutes, if you have more time your sauce will reduce further and thicken bringing out a more intense flavour. 6) Season and serve with roasted new potatoes and salad Recipe kindly supplied by Hollie from Village Larder, Squires Garden Centre Washington. All ingredients available from Village Larder. Follow Hollie on Instagram and Twitter for more foodie inspiration and family fun @village_larder

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36 Gardening

In Your Garden Monthly gardening ideas and tasks by Andrew Staib, Principal Designer of Glorious Gardens Small and beautiful choosing the right small tree for your garden. One of the most common issues I find in the many new gardens I visit each week is the lack of perfectly sized trees for the particular space. They are often not singing from the treetops but they have either grown too big and now dominate the space, or have been relentlessly pruned until their little fingers and toes look all knobbly and truncated. Choosing the right tree for the right place is an art based on knowledge and observation. Trees must be chosen carefully. Often when I arrive at a client’s garden there is either one massive tree that dominates the rest of the garden or there is a sad lack of trees. People sometimes assume that planting trees will create too much shade or crowd a garden out. However if your garden is small to medium, well positioned trees with a delicate and spacious leaf and branch character can create a canopy that will give your garden a sense of height, enclosure and intimacy. Evergreen trees Small evergreen trees (3-5metres). The more robust the evergreen presence you want, say for privacy, the more dense the leaf canopy will be. This can have the advantage of being perfect for screening but they will still cast shade. If grown near a fence be careful that over time they won’t block out your neighbours' view or light. These are some of my favourites: Arbutus Uendo and Magnolia Little Gem. Photinia is an another and if you have acid soils you can go for the Rhododendrons and Camellias. Delicate small trees For a more open canopy that lets dappled light through, you could think of Amelenchier lamarki, Weeping Birch, Weeping Cherry, Malus Red Sentinal, Sorbus Pink Pagoda, Viburnum Tinus , Pittisporum ‘Silver Queen’, Cercis Forest Pansey and Albezia (which needs a lot of sun but a sheltered position). There is also Prunus Amanogawa, Hamamaelis and the perfectly formed, classic of all small trees, the Japanese Acers. The only trouble with these is they like to be the centre of attention and need a lot of neutral space around them. Laburnum, Golden Showers, is a tree that has gone out of fashion but after the yellow display of flowers in Spring has a very inter-

esting branch structure. There is also the increasingly commonly planted Olive tree to think about as well as Ligustrum Excelsior Superb. Both have reasonably open branch structures. Lovely vertical fruit trees like Malus ‘Adirondack' and Malus Ballerina can be tucked away in a bed and nicely contrast any weeping trees you might have.

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All of these trees will give your garden a lovely sense of breadth and depth without a tree surgeon being called in every year.

Smaller Shrubs Smaller shrubs can then be chosen that will tend to give longer periods of colour and fit snuggly under the ‘umbrellas’ of the trees.

Deciduous small trees

Some interesting shrubs that come to mind are: Rosa rugosa, Teucrium fruticans, Japanese Quince, most of the Hebes, Hydrangeas, Cistis, Pittisporum ‘Tom Thumb’ and the Choysia range.

Some examples are Acer grissom, Salix exiguta and the two small Magnolias, ‘India Magic’ and ‘Laura’. Unusual Trees For more unusual trees you could try Rhus lacinata (though it will sucker with its roots over the years). You could also think of Euonymous Red Cascade, Liquidamber ‘Gum Ball’ or the majestic, if slow growing, Cornus cows ‘Miss Satori’.

Ground Cover Ground cover can be used as the ‘glue’ that holds all the different layers together. Not only can you plant these in large ribbons and drifts to give your border a sense of flow and unity, but they solve the practical job of suppressing the weeds whilst the trees are establishing themselves.

Acacia pravissima is another interesting tree with an open canopy, especially if you are considering a Mediterranean style garden.

Some tried and tested ground covers that I like are the Geraniums, Sedums, Chaerophyllum ‘Roseum’, White Bay Willow Herb and Persicaria.


Smaller Ground Cover The smaller ground covers tend to be at the front of borders where they won’t be swamped by the bigger plants. Some nice examples are: Pachysandra, Ajuga, Brunnera, Galium odoratum, Epimedium, Bergenias, Lilly of the Valley and Periwinkle.

A tree is not a tree without a lovely well balanced undergrowth to give it context and grace so you can also consider planting underneath your trees. Shrubs Some shrubs can be turned into trees by pruning the lower branches. Some examples are: Sambucus ‘Sutherland’s Gold’ and Sambucus ‘Black Lace’. Taller Shrubs These plants can contribute lots of height when needed but can also be pruned severely each year depending on the plan you have for the shapes in your garden.

Climbers It is surprising how many gardens I visit and see unsightly spaces that a weak climber could easily transform. They can make a wonderful backdrop to the new tree you have chosen or even the smaller Clematis can be grown up the trunks. Climbers hide fences, can shoot up trees like


38 Gardening rambling roses or drop languidly gown from shed grooves or pergodas. They are a first choice for many unsightly wall or tool shed and with their exuberant need to spread out can give your garden a new dimension. More unusual climbers are Akebia, Campsis, Berberidopsis coralline and Solanum. Bulbs The bulb range is enormous. Some come out before the trees have come into leaf to grab the early sunlight when they can, others push through other plant life tenaciously. As I have written in previous articles, plan your bulbs with the months of the year in mind and you can have bright splashes of colour almost all year. I would like to include another dimension to designing you garden with layers and that is what is called ‘Window Plants’. These are plants that even though some are quite tall they can be planted in the middle or even the front of a bed and you can see through their spacious foliage to other plants. They can be planted around your chosen tree and you can still see the trunks. Examples of these - and please look them up as they have a great ethereal feeling - are Sanguisorba ‘ Pink Elephant’, Dierama, Qaura, Molinia Tranparent and Molinia ‘Karl Foestar’, Allium Sphaerocephalon and the more commonly known Verbena Bonsariensis and Stips gigantia. So look at your garden and see if the powerful presence of a small tree could give your garden more depth and more light canopy. And don’t just plant one. See how three or four can be planted in combi-

nation to revitalise that unlimited extra space in the garden - the sky!

Where to visit this July Every year Parham replants its borders and transforms them with new themes. The whole place has an intimate and timeless quality.

July tasks Lots to do so stop reading this and get out there! But if you are just having a quick tea break read on... • Deadhead roses and give them their Summer feed • Divide finished bulbs • Water any new plants you have put in this Spring • Pinch out Fuchias to help them flower in bushy sprays • Cut back old geranium foliage as they will grow again • Plant out seed potatoes and tomatoes, the latter in the sunniest place you have. Believe it or not it is still not too late to plant runner beans

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Water leaks By Chris Ennis FRICS In the last month or so I have stumbled across a number of ‘leaking water’ issues. Over the years I have learned that there is one thing guaranteed to drive householders into a blind panic, and that is the sight, the sound (or even the thought) of leaking water. Leaks can be very minor, or if an underground supply pipe burst it can be a significant calamity costing a lot to repair. There are numerous causes, amongst them being corrosion, chemical action, frost, age, type of materials, and physical abuse of the pipes.

SUSSEX LOCAL Where properties have been extended or modernised it is not uncommon to find a mixture of dis-similar metals in pipes and tanks. This can be a cause of electro-chemical action which can lead to leakage. We mustn’t forget frost damage which can be catastrophic. Ideally, all pipes should be insulated. Pipes laid within a solid floor slab should be isolated/ insulated to minimise the possible re-action between the copper piping and the concrete.

Properties constructed prior to 1930 could still have a mains water pipe formed in lead. Not only is this a potential source of health damage, but the old pipes are by now coming to the end of their useful life. Even the more modern galvanised water barrel piping could well be rusting and leaking. It is now possible to replace such pipes using a ‘mole’ system enabling the insertion of modern polypropylene tubes without extensive excavation. The typical cost of simple mole repair on an average sized property is in the order of £1,000.

For complete peace of mind Householders should consider the merits of joining one of the home maintenance schemes offered by British Gas, or Seeboard.

I still see examples of old galvanised water tanks tucked away in the roof spaces. Such tanks rust internally, and if they burst, damage can be extensive.

Chris Ennis FRICS is a Chartered Surveyor. Call him on 01903 261 217 or you can send an email to or see

There are a multitude of modern plumbing repair systems available, and of course in the event of an emergency, always consult an accredited plumber. If the defect involves any aspect of boiler / gas maintenance, ensure you are dealing with a ‘gas safe’ engineer.

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44 Schools

Storrington Primary Starting school For parents whose children start school in September it is an exciting time with lots to think about. Samira Stratford Storrington’s Head of Early Years and specialist lead in Education for Early Years has a few top tips to help your child settle in and enjoy the start of their school journey: • Talk with your child about starting school, share books about it and discuss what will be new • Children often get very tired when they first start school. Make sure they have time to relax and rest after school and get to bed in good time • Help your child become independent at school by encouraging them to have a go at getting dressed on their own and getting a bag ready to go out • If your child has a packed lunch make sure they have healthy food they are used to eating and only give them the amount you feel confident they will be able to eat. Keep an eye on how much they eat and how hungry they are when they get home • Find a regular time to share books together. Talk about numbers, shape, colours, letters that you see around your home or when out • Ask questions that encourage your child to think and work out the answer to simple problems • Finally there will be lots of outdoor learning so do ensure they have clothes suitable for all weathers! Most children quickly settle into school life but should your child have a problem please don’t worry. Listen to your child, show them you care and help them find a solution. Speak to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible so you can find a solution together.

We would love to see prospective parents and pupils at one or all of the sessions. There is no need to RSVP but should you have any queries please contact Mel, Lisa or Helen in our school office on 01903 742047 or pop in. Samira Stratford, Head of Early Years Contact: 01903 742047 Spierbridge Road, RH20 4PG email: or visit

Steyning Grammar Designing autonomous cars Selected Year 9 Engineering students took part in a STEM day hosted by Small Piece Trust. This day was about inspiring young engineers in the making who are daring enough to think big and explore their talent. Students worked collaboratively to design, build, programme and market the next generation of autonomous vehicles. Many thanks to the Technology Department, Small Piece Trust and the talented Y9 Engineers for contributing to such a great day.

Excited reception pupils check out the school treehouse

We will be hosting several events for children starting school in September 2019 including: • Stay and Play Saturday 21st September 1010-11am • Open morning and tour 24th September 1010-11am • Open evening and tour 25th September 55-6pm • Open morning and tour 3rd October 1010-11am Each event will be hosted by our Headteacher Marion Smith together with myself and the Early Years team.

Rugby winners! Massive congratulations to the SGS students who won the U18 Rugby Football Union National Cup with Pulborough Rugby Football Club. In the picture overleaf, Lauren F is in the middle, Flo R is 4th and Lottie R 3rd from the right in the back row. Holly C is 2nd from the right in the front row.

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CERN trip

Steyning pupils with the winning Under 18 Rugby Squad

Drama talk from alumni Drama GCSE Year 10 students and some of Year 12 enjoyed a demonstration and talk from one of our alumni, who is now a puppeteer having trained at Northbrook and Central School of Arts. She provided inspiration to students for the work they do on their set text by Kneehigh, giving them examples of professional theatre companies and careers information.

A fabulous time was had by all on a recent Physics A level CERN trip to Geneva. The students got a look behind the scenes of the Antimatter Factory, discovering how anti protons are decelerated to form anti hydrogen addressing one of the greatest challenges in physics: What happened to antimatter after the Big Bang? The United Nations headquarters were also explored observing The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò, as well as taking in the stunning sites of Lake Geneva surrounded by the Alps and a dramatic view of Mont Blanc. Outstanding behaviour by all truly represented the College and added further to a successful trip.

The Steyning physics group at CERN


46 Health & Fitness

Why behaviour change is hard By Heather Smith, Personal Trainer Link your fingers together and hold your palms together. Notice which thumb you naturally put on top. Now try putting the other thumb on top. Weird, right?

never goes away, but once we’ve consciously followed through with the change for long enough, it will become easier and stop needing so much attention.

Not only is every bit of your being shouting at you to go back to what is familiar, but it is now incredibly difficult to think about anything else– all of your concentration is focused on remembering the keep the ‘wrong’ thumb on top.

But until we get to that point, we need to keep ourselves off autopilot. We need to remember to remember, and not allow ourselves to get distracted. As soon as we get distracted, the fast brain can override our desire to change by returning us to our well-practiced habits.

It’s just the same when we’re trying to change our mid-morning latte and croissant to a plain coffee. To make a true life-long change, we have to truly invest in it. We have to stay conscious of the change we are trying to make, and why, and keep the focus on the change all the time. Part of our brain works quickly to make shortcuts so we can do familiar things automatically; like driving, or brushing teeth. Part of our brain works slowly, for things we do consciously. Amazingly, our slow-brain only accounts for about 5% of our decision making! It’s expensive to our brain to change the habits we have on autopilot, which is why we have to invest so much effort into making the change. The old habit

Try putting small routines in place to help you remember to remember, these take much less energy than big changes. These might be writing a list before you go shopping, writing a menu for the week ahead or leaving your trainers by the door. These sound like small actions, but they are pretty easy to remember, and jog your conscious brain into remembering what changes you’re trying to make. Heather Smith is a fat loss specialist Personal Trainer.

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Paws for thought The benefits of owning a pet

Dr Julian Hoad

Research has shown that pet ownership could have a big part to play in enhancing human well-being by staving off the growing social issue of loneliness and social isolation.

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has said that its research reinforces the importance of the social bond between humans and pets. Many people responding to the research said that having a pet made them feel less lonely and 85% believed that interaction with a pet could help to reduce loneliness. In addition a majority of respondents agreed that human-animal interactions helped address social isolation and often helped them to connect with other people. Interestingly the research showed that owning a pet made the owner less shy.

when people understand how good pets are for them, they take better care of them.

Most pet owners know how good they make us feel when we come home from a long day and put a smile on our face. However, the science shows the importance of pets to healthy people, families and communities. It's good news for the pets as well because

Happy pet ownership!

Despite all these benefits, if you are thinking of buying a pet make sure you give it some thought before doing so. We want people to make informed decisions based on the type of animal that would be best for them and, more importantly, to consider if they have the resources to properly care for it. Crossways Veterinary Group, School Hill, Storrington, 01903 743040

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An introduction to Individual Savings Account (ISA) By Ivan Lyons, MD Investment Solutions, Worthing We are here to help We are only a phone call away, so if you have queries or would like to discuss the different types of ISAs (whether you are first time investor or experienced investor) and would like to discuss what works best for you or your family, please do get in touch. Contact: Grafton House, 26 Grafton Road, Worthing, BN11 1QT. Tel: 01903 214640 or

If you are thinking about saving or investing, it can be difficult to decide on the best place to put your money. There are hundreds of different accounts on offer from Banks, Building Societies and Investment Companies. So how do you make your choice? For many people, taking out an ISA can be a good place to begin. What are ISAs? An ISA is a tax efficient way to save or invest. The advantage of these types of accounts is that you don’t pay tax on the interest that you earn, or the increase in the value of your investment (no Capital Gains Tax to pay) and some deliver a Government bonus. There are now several different types of ISA available, designed by the Government to encourage people over the age of 16 to save or invest for their or their children’s future. What types are there? The basic types of ISA are: •

Cash ISA


Innovative Finance ISA

Lifetime ISAs

Stocks & shares ISA

Junior ISA

For further information as to the different type of ISAs and which one may be right for you contact our office for a free guide or email and quote reference: Introduction to ISA Guide request.

On social media you can find us on: : @investment_sols (Twitter) or on Instagram: Investmentsolutions5785 or you can find out more information from our website at

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52 Business Profile

Sauces with a difference IBS friendly & locally produced Every day seems to bring some new food guidance – what is “good” what is “bad” what will benefit or be detrimental to our health and wellbeing. Nevertheless there are millions of people who suffer from some form of food allergy or intolerance, many of these with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Sonia Mason (right) was diagnosed with IBS in 2014 and she told Sussex Local how this led to the setting up of her business in 2018 - Slightly Different Foods. As an IBS sufferer, Sonia struggled to find foods which would did not aggravate her condition and started to experiment with alternative ingredients which provided the same taste without the after effects. Over time, she explained, she discovered that she could produce sauces which were greatly beneficial to her and decided that they could help others with similar food intolerances. So Slightly Different Foods was born and Sonia is now marketing her sauces in retail outlets and exhibiting at food markets and shows. The sauces, she explained, are produced by a local manufacturer and their 6th product - Fruity Curry/Tikka Masala will be available from June. They are all free from artificial flavours, colourings and preservatives and are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. They are also FODMAP Friendly certified (FODMAP refers to foods that are

notorious for triggering digestive symptoms like bloating, gas and stomach pain) an achievement of which she is justifiably proud. The sauces can be used for cooking, marinating or dipping. There are currently five available sauces; sweet, medium and red pepper chilli, tropical curry and Bolognese which can be obtained locally from Village Larder at Squires Garden Centre, Washington or from various online shops. Sonia will be exhibiting at the Allergy & Free From Show at London Olympia from 5th to 7th July and at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair from 1st to 3rd September.

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54 History

Rydon School Thakeham workhouse was closed and pulled down in the mid 1930s. Below.

Rydon School was built on the site of the workhouse and was opened in 1940 by Mr Rydon. Below.

Below. Florrie Greenfield organised a wonderful bamboo pipe band at Rydon in the 1960s, many of the pipes were decorated by the pupils and can be seen at Storrington Museum. Come to the museum for the new exhibition showcasing Rydon School.

Photos and text courtesy of Storrington Museum The Old School, School Lane, Storrington, RH20 4LL Open: Wednesday, Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm & Sunday 10.00am-1.00pm. Telephone: 01903 740188 or please visit:


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Win a pair of tickets for the thrilling final of the King Power Gold Cup Sunday 21st July at Cowdray Park Being at Cowdray Park, Midhurst, for the Final of the Gold Cup for the British Open Polo Championship is a totally thrilling experience. Ten teams have entered the 2019 King Power Gold Cup and the best two teams in the 2019 tournament will battle it out in the Final on Sunday 21st July for the title of British Open Champions. Why not take a picnic and meet up with friends in Cowdray’s stunning location within the South Downs National Park? There’s plenty to do before the match starts with a range of entertainments, tempting shopping in the retail village, children’s mini funfair, excellent bars and food stalls. With the RAF Parachute Display Team ‘dropping in’ before the high-octane match starts, this is truly a gala day in the summer sporting calendar. And, with the finest players in the world in action, Cowdray’s experienced commentators can guide you through all the thrills and spills. Tickets for the King Power Gold Cup Final start at £18.50 per adult (pre booked), or £22.50 on the day – under 12s are free. For further information visit:

Win pair of tickets for the Final of the King Power Gold Cup To enter the competition answer the question below: Q: Where is Cowdray Park located? a) Chichester b) Midhurst c) Arundel Send your answer and contact details to: Cowdray Park Polo Competition, PO Box 2237, Pulborough, RH20 9AH or enter online at features/competitions Winner drawn after 12th July 2019. Please indicate if you wish to remain on our mailing list.



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Win a family VIP ticket to Enchanted Horsham A family friendly festival full of magic and fun, Fri 23rd - Sun 25th Aug

Enchanted Horsham, the dazzling festival for families and friends of all ages, returns to Horsham Park on 23, 24 and 25 August 2019. And as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 programme, it is bigger and more spectacular than ever. Taking place from 5pm to 11.30pm daily it is a wonderland of entertainment, music and fun. Meet Gnomus the incredible 4m tall puppet and Keeper of the Dragon’s Eggs, and before you dig for dragon bones… perhaps you would like to fly across the sky as a dragon looking down at the event using a Dragon’s Eye Virtual Reality headset? Listen to an eclectic lineup of rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, jazz, ska, along with the UK’s best Beatles cover band and be sure to see Princess the unicorn, who will enchant you with her beauty. The magic continues as you become immersed in the mermaid’s tales and interact with life-sized puppets; and there’s circus performance, street theatre and circus workshops, along with roving bands, entertainers and of course, Harris’s Vintage Victorian Funfair. Boutique stalls will tempt you as you wander through the vibrant market to find unique items to adorn both you and your lifestyle, and as you are assailed with tempting aromas, what will you treat your taste buds to? Choose from a mouth-watering array of global street food stalls and pop-up restaurants as they nestle alongside beer from Harvey’s, Kent Cider, wine, champagne, gin and cocktail bars. As dusk falls, a huge mechanical dragon with pyrotechnical performers headlines the spectacular fire show and heralds the opening of The Secret

Illuminated Gardens. As the magical gardens reveal themselves and bring to life the dragon’s eggs and mystical tales, the beautiful illuminations, large scale projections, and performers, will light your way with pathways of light and fire! Don’t forget to come dressed in your most ‘Enchanted’ costume, to pose on the catwalk and see if you will be the lucky winner of the £500 goody bag awarded to the ‘Best Dressed’ child, adult or dog! And will you dance the night away in the silent disco or perhaps relax and watch a film in the silent cinema, where you can see The Greatest Showman, The Princess Bride & Enchanted? Lucky winners will receive a Family VIP Ticket worth £150, which includes fast track entry for the all 3 days of the Bank Holiday weekend; a glass of sparkling wine or soft drink, and entry to the VIP marquee. Buy tickets and more

Win tickets to Enchanted Horsham To enter the competition simply answer the following question: Q: What is the name of the Giant Gnome? a) Bob b) Gnomus c) Gnomeo Send your answer and contact details to: Enchanted Horsham Competition, PO Box 2237, Pulborough RH20 9AH or enter online at Winner drawn after 31st July 2019. Please indicate if you wish to remain on our mailing list.



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Ashington Parish Council July news The Neighbourhood Plan should have now reached a Key Milestone known as Regulation 14 Pre-Submission consultation. Basically, our draft Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared: using the evidence that we have gathered from consultations over the years; following advice and guidance from HDC (Horsham District Council) on housing numbers and other matters and using the expertise of our own, qualified, Planning Consultant who knows how to prepare these technical documents and knows the planning rules (from Government and HDC) that we must comply with. At the May Parish Council meeting, District Councillor John Blackall reported that the biggest priority at HDC at present is Housing and the number of new homes required in the District. HDC’s current target is 900pa, likely to be increased by Government to 1000pa in 2020 and probably 1100pa in 2021 and beyond. HDC does have a current 5 year Housing Land Supply (HLS) ie it has plans that will see the right number of homes built in the next 5 years but needs to look beyond this. If it can’t demonstrate a 5 year HLS then it will be vulnerable to speculative planning applications on potentially unsustainable sites anywhere in the District. HDC has to co-operate with neighbouring

Councils and help supply their housing needs if they don’t have a 5 year HLS. Areas such as Crawley, the coastal strip and to the south of the District are constrained because of the SDNP, AONB, other protected land or they are simply ‘full’. With such pressure to find land for homes Parishes are much less vulnerable to high levels of new homes if they have a Neighbourhood Plan than if they don’t. You may not like the fact that the Neighbourhood Plan is proposing 225 new homes in the period up to 2031 but if they aren’t delivered through the Neighbourhood Plan then HDC will rightly take control of new housing numbers and locations in Ashington. Please visit our Facebook page ‘Ashington Parish Council’ and website for up to date news on village issues. Karen Dare Parish Clerk – 07851 009655.

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Storrington & Sullington Parish Council News by Anna Worthington-Leese – Parish Council Chairman Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Public Referendum 18th July 2019. The Public Referendum has been set for Thursday 18th July and the voting process will be similar to a normal election with voting cards being distributed by Horsham District Council and polling stations being opened for you to go along and cast your vote. Please don’t miss the chance to have your say.

Italian Market The Italian Market will be visiting Storrington again on Saturday 20th July. Stalls selling authentic Italian produce will be in Old Mill Drive from 9 am.

Storrington Village Day Hopefully you will receive this in time to remind you about this Year’s Village Day. The Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough District is leading the revival of this highly popular event to be held on the Hormare Recreation Ground on 29th June from 1pm-6pm. Free entry.

The Happy Days Big Band will be the headline act and will open the event. Other attractions will include: a Dog Show, singing and dancing by local school children, a professional entertainer, a climbing wall, funfair and games, Morris dancing, bar & BBQ, Lions giant book fair, grand raffle, car boot sale, tea & cakes, songs performed by Chance as well as charity, craft and trade stalls.

SADCASE – Classic Car Show 28th July 2019. Another popular event to mark on your calendar – The classic car show is being held on the Hormare Recreation Ground from 11am – 4pm. This is a fabulous chance to see a variety of classic and sports cars up close so please do come along to join in the fun.

Storrington and Sullington Supporting Youth (SASSY) Awards. The Parish Council has great pleasure in repeating a grant scheme aimed at supporting youth activities in the community. “Storrington and Sullington Supporting Youth” –

through the door SASSY!) invites not for profit groups and organisations in our community to apply for a share of the fund, up to £500 per bid, by submitting a written request. Ideas can be for equipment or apparatus that will benefit young people. It can be for an activity or day out that will provide education and enrichment. It might be that you are planning a new venture or event to encourage new or younger members to your group or it can be used to provide pure fun and enjoyment! Submissions can be made to the Parish Clerk by post or by email by 31st July 2019 and should include:• Details of your idea • How your proposal focusses on supporting young

people from the parish • How many young people will benefit • How much you are applying for • Timeline of your project

Applications will be discussed shortly after the closing date, at a meeting of the Recreation and Property Committee and successful bidders will be notified soon after. Plot Vacancies at Ravenscroft Allotments – open to residents from other Parishes. We currently have a number of plots available at the Ravenscroft Allotment site and the Parish Council has decided to open up the offer to residents of our neighbouring parishes where allotments aren’t available. If you are interested in growing your own fruit & vegetables, please contact the Parish Office. If you would like any further information on these topics or any of the Parish Council’s activities, please contact the Clerk on 01903 746547. If you would like further information on these topics or any of the Parish Council’s activities, please contact the Clerk on 01903 746547.

Meetings July 2019 Infrastructure, Communications & Environment Committee No meeting in July Recreation & Property Committee No meeting in July Planning & Development Committee 11th July 7pm Full Parish Council No meeting in July All meetings are held in the Chanctonbury Room, The Parish Hall, Thakeham Road, Storrington RH20 3PP. Dates and times are subject to change so please refer to website: Email: Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 10am - 1pm

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Thakeham News UPCOMING! Don’t forget to come to Thakeham Village Day on Saturday 6th July at the Abingworth Playing Fields! This is the major fundraiser for both Thakeham Preschool and Thakeham Primary School. Building on last year’s success we will be catering for all ages in the day followed by an evening of music and merriment. There will also be commercial and local business stalls and a bar. The free day event runs from 12pm to 4pm, Interlude 4 – 6pm with live music and bar while stalls are cleared. The ticketed evening “Fun Guy Fest” runs 6pm – late. Tickets start from £5 and can be found on the Thakeham Parish website. A new Traffic Calming Speed Study on the 30mph zone on the B2139 is now available (see our website) comparing current data with data from before installation of the pinch points. The key findings were that

Parish Council News 63 northbound vehicle speeds have decreased by 11.1mph from 40.1mph to 29.0mph and southbound vehicle speeds have decreased by 6.3mph from 38.3mph to 32mph. Notwithstanding some local comments, WSCC Highways have confirmed that they consider the directional layout the only viable one. The PC is still pressing for improvements to some visibility issues and signage. Join our Community SpeedWatch group to help make our village safer. On 3 June we hosted US academic Andrew R. Murphy for a talk about his new book William Penn: A Life. It was a fantastic event attended by many keen historians and book lovers alike, learning about Penn, the man, a little of his life at Warminghurst and the strong historical roots of Quakerism and the Blue Idol Meeting House in Thakeham. Members of the meeting took the opportunity to view the Penn Stone in its new tranquil setting by the new Abingworth pond. The consultation on the developer’s revised plans for Phase 3 of the Abingworth development has closed. The Parish Council will consider the feedback from residents when it responds to the formal application which it is envisaged will be later in the year. The Parish website will be updated as the matter progresses. Charlotte Dumbrill, Assistant Parish Clerk. Find us at

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Washington Council Neighbourhood Plan Referendum - use your Vote Following many years of hard work by local people and parish councillors, the joint Storrington, Sullington & Washington Neighbourhood Plan is finally going to public referendum on Thursday 18th July. If approved by a simple majority of those who vote, it will become a statutory document to guide all future planning applications in these parishes, alongside the Horsham District Plan. Two sites in our parish have been allocated for potential future development – “Vineyards” in Old London Rd, and the disused “Luckings Yard” between Old London Rd and Montpelier Gardens. There are no sites allocated for development in the centre of the village or within the Heath Common area. We would urge all parish residents to study the plan, not only for our own areas in Washington and Heath Common, but for the wider area comprising Storrington and Sullington. Voting papers and polling station information will be sent to everyone on the electoral role, and we urge every resident to exercise their right to vote in this important local matter. For more information on the Neighbourhood Plan, and to view the documents in detail, please visit the parish website at Hard copies are available to view in Storrington Library. Annual Parish Meeting Around 50 local people attended the Annual Parish

SUSSEX LOCAL Meeting on Friday 31st May, Guest speaker was Richard Cook of local business Green Farm Butchery, who provided samples of his “Washington Wonder” and various other sausages. Refreshments were provided throughout, and at the end of the meeting, guests enjoyed a glass of wine and chat with the councillors present. Rock Road Traffic Speed During the parish meeting, several residents expressed concerns over traffic speeds on Rock Rd between the A24 and Sullington. With various developments under consideration, including a potentially large housing development at the Thakeham Tiles site, councillors will monitor and review these concerns in the months ahead. Village Day Sat 6th July Head for Washington Recreation Ground on Saturday 6th July for the annual Washington Village Day. This year’s event includes a bird display, classic cars, wellie wangling, sweetie hoopla, tug-of war, tombola and much more. There will be a bar, BBQ and café. Free Admission, all welcome! Your Parish Needs You At the time of writing we have a vacancy for a parish councillor in each of our two wards, Washington and Heath Common. If you would like to get involved, and have a little time to spare, please request further details from the parish clerk, Zoe Saville.

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