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January 2018


Pulborough - Bury - Fittleworth - Nutbourne - West Chiltington

Local news and events through the door to 5,500 homes in this area every month

DEMENTIA SUPPORT Modern hub for Tangmere

GARDENING A Winter garden


VIP Meet & Greet Tickets to Dance to the Music

WHAT’S ON January events


Events, Local Walks, Recipe, Prize Crossword, Charity, Young Readers’ Puzzles, Local News, Gardening, Business Directory

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January 2018 Cover image Frosty tree near Lavington courtesy of Robert Maynard

Welcome... To a brand new year! I hope the festive period has been kind to you and yours and that you have enjoyed an enjoyable break from your usual routine. January can be a bleak month weather-wise but the good news is that every day it stays light just a little bit longer. Our main article this month is a profile on Dementia Support a young charity based in Tangmere. Dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK but many live with the disease for some time and the impact on those effected as well as their families, can be monumental. See page 26. We have our regular news updates from the area’s parish councils starting on page 53 and charity/community news from page 20. This month you can also win tickets and a VIP meet & greet experience for “Dance to the Music“ in Worthing see page 50. If your garden is looking glum at this time of year, you can make plans for a “Winter garden” for next year. Our gardening expert Andrew Staib has some imaginative ideas and monthly gardening tasks, see page 36.

4 ...........................................................................What’s On 16 .............................................Young Readers’ Puzzle Page 18 ........................................................................Local Walks 20 .........................................................Charity & Community 26 .....................................Dementia Support Charity Profile 32 ..................................................................Prize Crossword 34 ..................................................................................Recipe 36 .....................................................................In Your Garden 42 ......................................................................Local Schools 44 ..................................................................Property Doctor 50 ..................................Win! Tickets to Dance to the Music 53 ..........................................................Parish Council News 58 .............................................................Business Directory 63 ...........................................................Index of Advertisers February booking deadline 2nd Jan

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Tuesday January 9th The Sussex Jazz Kings, very popular local band Tuesday February 6th The Bateman Brothers Jazzband, with vocalist Rachael Pennel. Tuesday March 6th Kevin Grenfell’s Giants of Jazz.

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16 Puzzles

Young Readers’ Puzzle Page Wordsearch - Boys Names


Find the listed words in the grid. Words may be hidden horizontally, vertically or diagonally and in either a forwards or backwards direction.

Trace the lines connecting the circles to find out what the 2nd word is







Help the hungry mouse reach his tasty cheese! Start at the arrow on the top of the maze.

Place the numbers 1 – 6 once in each row, column and 3x2 bold-lined box

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Local Walks - January 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 10:45am North Heath, Horsham 2 miles Meet Sussex Barn pub car park, off North Heath Lane, RH12 5PJ Tue 2 11:00am Health Centre, Steyning 2 miles Meet at Steyning Health Centre, Tanyard Lane, BN44 3RJ (TQ176113). Takes in parts of Steyning and the outskirts Wed 3 10:00am Henfield Byways 2-3 miles Meet Henfield Library, High Street, Henfield, BN5 9HN. Lovely walk around the twittens, ginnells and snickets of Henfield Sat 6 2:00pm Under the Downs 3.6 miles Meet at Storrington Recreation Ground car park, RH20 4PG. Towards the bottom of the South Downs escarpment Mon 8 10:45am North Heath, Horsham 2 miles Meet at Sussex Barn pub car park Tue 9 9:30am Buchan Country Park 3 miles Meet in the car park off Horsham Road (A2220), RH11 9HQ, on the Crawley to Horsham side of the dual carriageway Wed 10 7:00pm Ron’s Evening Walks 5-6 miles You WILL be walking in the dark, bring good torch. Car sharing encouraged, please ask if you require a lift. Please ring for details Sat 13 2:00pm Sullington Warren & Church 4 miles Meet at Storrington Recreation Ground car park, RH20 4PG. This walk visits Sullington Church and return via Sullington Warren heathland site Tue 16 10:00am Warnham 2 miles Meet at Village Hall car park in Hollands Way, RH12 3RH (TQ156335). Some gentle slopes and may be muddy. New walkers welcome. No dogs Wed 17 10:30am Storrington Riverside Walk 2.5 miles Meet at Storrington Recreation Ground Car Park, RH20 4PG Sat 20 10.30am Sumners Pond 4 miles Park opposite the Barn (RH13 0PR, TQ124268). A lovely walk through beautiful woodland and peaceful meadows Fri 26 10:00am Horsham (Hilliers Garden Centre) 7 miles Meet at bottom of car park at Hilliers Garden Centre Tue 30 10:30am Cowfold - Snowdrop walk 4.8 miles Meet in the middle of the village at the football field, at the junction of Farthing Cottages and the A272 (TQ214225). May see snowdrops Wed 31 10:30am Horsham Park Stroll 1 mile Meet at bandstand in Carfax (RH12 1FD). Choose a 30 or 60 mins flat walk around park and pond.

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Arun Adur Ramblers – Mon 1 10:30 East Preston Meet at St Mary's church, Station Road, East Preston Wed 3 10:30 Barnham Meet opposite church at end of Church Lane, Barnham Sun 14 10:00 Highdown Meet at Highdown Gardens car park Sun 21 10:30 Lewes Meet at Lewes Railway Station car park Wed 24 10:30 West Wittering Meet at Old House at Home pub, Rookwood Road, West Wittering Wed 31 10:30 Hayling Island Meet at Car park by The Ship Inn, just before the bridge to Hayling Island


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20 Charity & Community

Sussex Snippets Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has launched a county-wide consultation to ask the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex, and has opened an online survey via her website to seek residents’ views on supporting policing in the county. Last year Mrs Bourne carried out her biggest consultation to date: almost 4,500 people responded with nearly 80% supporting an increase in the police precept part of their council tax bill and Sussex Police has already saved £70million since 2010. The Chief Constable’s Local Policing Plan is working towards delivering further savings over the next four years. public-consultations A groundbreaking development led by Adur District Council to safeguard local jobs and generate a return for the taxpayer has got the go-ahead with councillors on the local authority’s planning committee approved a proposal to create a four-storey office block on the former Adur Civic Centre car park in Ham Road, Shoreham. Work on the development,

SUSSEX LOCAL which has been supported by £1.8 million of funding from the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, will start in the coming months and now that planning is approved, Adur leaders can now reveal the site will be used by Focus Group, a Southwickbased communications company, which has outgrown their current premises. The chairman of influential business group the Coastal West Sussex Partnership has reviewed his first year in the role by saying that more needs to be done to bridge the gap between educational achievement in areas of the West Sussex coast and the high end skills needs of its businesses. Speaking on the anniversary of his chairmanship of the partnership, Geoff Edwards ­- Vice-President Operations at the Worthing based deluxe sound system company Bowers & Wilkins - says the gulf is still too wide leaving local young people unable to seize the chance to work in blue chip companies such as Rolls-Royce and Ricardo or the growing number of new entrepreneurial businesses starting along the coast. Congratulations are due to all those behind Community Speedwatch Online in Sussex who won a Lord Ferrers Award, which recognises the outstanding contribution of police volunteers, the team took home the Technical Innovation Award after they developed and introduced an internet-based application and web-platform to manage all aspects of Community Speedwatch activity. The Sussex policing area has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the country and Community Speedwatch Online - which now manages almost 2,500 trained volunteers across several counties - has improved the accuracy of recording speeding drivers and brought consistency and clarity to the process. Parking payment machines in rural car parks across Chichester District will be updated so that customers can use the latest payment technology. Work has already started to update facilities in the Bracklesham car park so that customers will be able to pay using card and contactless as well as coins. It is hoped that these facilities will be available in all rural car parks throughout the district by next spring. West Sussex County Council have reminded people of how they can recycle after Christmas. They made a tree from 600 recycled plastic bottles, in Bognor town centre this year. It is a gentle reminder to recycle all plastic bottles at Christmas - from your bathroom as well as your kitchen - figures show 41% still end up in the bin across West Sussex. They also have tips on their website to tell you what you can freeze, what you can compost, and the best leftover recipes, to avoid food waste this Christmas. They also remind citizens to dispose old batteries safely at Household Waste Recycling Sites. See more recycling tips at

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MP Praises Neighbourhood Wardens

Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has praised the work of neighbourhood wardens, saying that he has been “immensely impressed” by their community engagement. Speaking after a recent visit meet Pulborough and Nutbourne’s two neighbourhood wardens, Carol Boniface and Vanessa Green, the MP paid tribute to their work and said that he was a “big supporter” of the scheme. Horsham District Council runs the warden scheme in partnership with parish councils. Wardens have operated in Steyning, Bramber, Upper Beeding

Carol Boniface, Nick Herbert & Vanessa Green (L-R)

SUSSEX LOCAL and Ashington for over a decade, and in July of last year Pulborough and Nutbourne became the third area in the Arundel & South Downs constituency to introduce them. Based in the community, the wardens work alongside partner agencies to improve the quality of life for everyone by undertaking a number of activities from enforcement to community development.

Grant successes for Fittleworth Stores

Following recent grant application successes with Chichester District Council, who granted £15,000 towards build costs, and the South Downs National Park, £10,000 towards fit out costs, the Fittleworth Community Shop committee is thrilled to report they have received three more grants: The West Sussex Members’ Big Society Fund has awarded £12,500 towards the shop whilst the National Lottery Awards for All Scheme has given two separate grants of £10,000 – one towards the build and fit out costs of the shop and a second towards the playground project. These amounts brings the total of overall grants total to £57,500 and the Committee believes that the success of these applications demonstrates funders are confident that they have a well developed concept and a sound business plan. Fittleworth Community Shop, School Lane, Fittleworth, Pulborough, RH20 1JB

Home Library Direct

Home Library Direct service helps people to continue accessing library services from their own home. The service can help anyone who has difficulty accessing a library, whether due to age, illness, disability, caring responsibilities or other reasons. The free, friendly service offers - items selected, delivered and returned by helpful volunteers; a wide range of reading material, including fiction, large print, biography, audiobooks and more; help to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from home; reservations for specific titles from home and signposting to other services. Find or contact a local library – Tel: 01243 642111 or or write to Home Library Direct, West Sussex Library Service, Willow Park, 4b Terminus Road, Chichester PO19 8EQ @ county.countylibraries @

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Community Care Association (PDCCA) held in the Village Hall. The annual gathering of the PDCCA is an opportunity to recognise the significant contribution of the many volunteers in the Pulborough area who support the community. Nick Herbert said: “It is always a pleasure to support the Pulborough volunteers who do so much for their local community and who are so generous with their time. I was delighted to see the launch of the Good Neighbours scheme which is a great initiative to connect residents, especially those more isolated, with the many activities available.” Contacts: Sheila Moore, Secretary, Tel: 01798 813039 or

Re-Cycle your Christmas Tree Peter Jones, Sheila Moore, Nick Herbert, Pat Arculus (L-R)

MP thanks ‘good neighbours’ Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert welcomed the launch of a Good Neighbours scheme at a recent ‘thank you’ evening for the Pulborough and District

If you live within three miles radius of Storrington and Pulborough, or within Ashington Village then, for a minimum donation of £5, the Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough District will collect and re-cycle your tree. They will collect from 6th to 9th January and all proceeds are in aid of Chestnut Tree House, and Charitable causes supported by Rotary.

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Back Health New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Spine Now is the time of year people start thinking about how they can make meaningful changes to their life for better health. Mark Jones from Well Adjusted Heath suggests 6 tips that could help you. 1. Stay Active. Not only will this help keep you in shape, but going for a walk each day will also help maintain a positive mental attitude, and reduce the effect of the cold on all those aches and pains that appear around now. 2. Don’t Do New Year’s Resolutions It’s almost a standing joke – New Year’s Resolutions fail. It’s because your target is behind you, not in front of you. Aim to do something by a certain time, not because of a certain time, and you have a visible goal to work towards. 3. Eat Sensibly. Don’t give up all the nice things and restrict your intake to the point you can think of nothing but how hungry you are. It’s a given that we all over-indulge at Christmas, but by gradually phasing out some of the worst culprits such as anything with a high sugar content you won’t send your body into a carb-craving shock. 4. Be Realistic. Going from doing no exercise to jumping around 6 days a week at the gym is never going to

SUSSEX LOCAL be sustainable – and you are very likely to injure yourself! Start with one or two sessions a week then gradually work up to doing 4 or 5. 5. Exercise Smart. It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. A walk in the countryside can be just as good as half an Mark Jones Chiropractor hour in the gym if you put some effort into it, and half an hour in the gym can be extremely damaging if you don’t do it right. Get advice from a professional if you aren’t sure. 6. Review your relationship with Technology – check your posture when you are texting or sitting at your desk and make a real effort to be conscious of what you are doing. Set an alarm for every 20 minutes when you are sitting working or watching television and get up and move around! One final hint...If you are suffering from aches and pains, the sooner you get them looked after, the sooner they will go – don’t leave it until it is too late! If you would like a ‘New Year New You’ overhaul call Well Adjusted Health for either a FREE 15-minute consultation or book an initial consultation for a special January 2018 discount of 50% OFF (usual price £50.00) Well Adjusted Health, The Sports Pavilion, Church Lane, Ashington tel: 01903 892171 or visit

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Old Mill Travel Local expert travel advice Another year gone by. How time flies! We enjoyed a beautiful week in early October in Puerto Pollensa, Majorca. This part of the island is a great favourite with British visitors. It has a wide sweep of bay and the beach is beautifully clean, perfect for the children, which stretches for miles. There are plenty of Martyn & Judi restaurants and a wonderful market each week. Hire a car, as we did and explore the mountains and beaches around the North Eastern coast. It's rugged and spectacular. In November Judi flew with Etihad from LHR to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This was an exciting opportunity to experience some of the beautiful new 5 star properties, such as The Palazzo Versace, Al Naseem, V on the Palm and The Emirates Palace and she stayed in them all.



Dubai is a 24 hour experience, whether you spend a week enjoying the fun and excitement of the Palm Island and Jumeirah Beach or just a stopover. There is a hotel catering for every pocket from the humble Premier Inn to the 6 star opulence of the iconic Burj al Arab.

Abu Dhabi is more sedate, but with an amazing selection of hotels and beautiful beaches. The Grand Mosque is not to missed, as the call to prayer at sundown casts it's magical spell. Newly opened is the Louvre, the museums first venture outside France. Call us soon to discuss your travel plans for 2018 and beyond. We will be delighted to help you with your planning. With our wealth of knowledge and experience we will ensure that you receive the very best attention to detail at all times. Martyn & Judi, Old Mill Travel. ABTA No. D2426 Ring 01798 813952 or email

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Dementia Support Modern dementia care in Tangmere by Veronica Cowan

Many of us can be quite phlegmatic about the risks of physical injury or disease but have a secret dread of anything happening to our minds. Well, by 2040 an estimated 219,409 people in England and Wales will die from Dementia - a word used to describe a set of symptoms but which has different forms, including memory loss, confusion and mood and behaviour changes. It can be caused by a number of different diseases, with Alzheimer’s disease the most common. But whilst the causes might differ, the need for

help and support doesn’t; around 850,000 people currently have dementia in the UK, and although it is the leading cause of death, they are likely to live with the disease for some time. So much for the bad news: the good news is that it has been recognised that we are behind the curve and need to develop new ways to support people not just to exist, but to live well with the disease, because that is possible. Dementia Support, a young, local charity based in Tangmere, is running pilot sessions for people with Dementia that provide a therapeutic benefit and help improve wellbeing. It is running things like art workshops in partnership with the University of Chichester, Creative Responses and Mindful Movements with the Chichester Festival Theatre, watercolour painting classes, as well as ‘Tea at Tangmere’ socialising events, and exercise and music sessions with Alive! Activities. So far so good, but with an estimated 15,000 people in West Sussex expected to have Dementia in the next two years, the time is right to provide improved, modern Dementia care for the local community. This is particularly important now that research has indicated that in the locality, there has been experienced fragmented Dementia services. People have had to visit various locations; and meaningful activity and good day care have been lacking. The area has been behind in modern Dementia care, such as providing specific support for people with Young Onset Dementia and having a technology showroom with Dementia - friendly equipment, enabling people to remain in their own homes. Because familiar surroundings are important, too. The charity - Dementia Support - is keen to forge ahead and provide an accessible and flexible service that offers care, support, advice and friendship under one roof. So it is creating the Dementia Support Hub, to achieve this for people living with Dementia, their families and carers. It is expected to open in the

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28 Charity Profile spring of 2018, but it all costs money so it needs to raise at least £1.74 million to renovate the building in Tangmere, and install services so the Dementia Support Hub can officially open as planned. “We are currently not receiving any government funding and the charity is reliant on donations for the New Hub Appeal,” explains the Chairman of Trustees, Anthony Wickins, who co-founded the Anthony Wickins, Chichester Dementia Chairman of Trustees Support Group in 2014 with Lucinda Langmead, after her father was diagnosed with Dementia. It was renamed Dementia Support in early 2016 to more accurately reflect the charity's objectives and to avoid giving the impression that its work was limited to the Chichester area only. The new Dementia Support Hub will seek to change the lives of over 5,000 people living with Dementia in the Chichester, Bognor Regis, Arundel, Selsey, Witterings, Emsworth, Midhurst and Petworth areas. Its founders realised there was a need within the community for specific Dementia care for those individuals in the mild to moderate stages of the illness, as well as those diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. The new hub will not be a care home, but a day centre supporting large numbers of people living with Dementia, their friends, family and carers. It can’t do it alone, so Dementia Support is working in partnership with voluntary and charitable organisations, the NHS, West Sussex County Council and other statutory organisations, to create a lasting legacy for current and future generations of people living with dementia in West Sussex. “Our Dementia Hub will create collaborative partnerships to work more effectively and economically with great benefits to service users and customers,” said Wickins, who explains that the purpose-built Dementia friendly Hub and garden will be the first of its kind in the UK to have all the services under one roof; designed to Tea at Tangmere support people living with Dementia throughout their journey. “We want to positively encourage the workforce supporting those living with Dementia to create and share best practice in delivery of services,” he adds. The Hub will welcome anyone who has a concern about memory loss, with or without a formal diagnosis. “For many it is important to have a formal diag-

SUSSEX LOCAL nosis and to know more about their specific circumstances and changes in their memory,” Wickins explains. For those people the Memory Assessment Service is where they can be assessed and formally diagnosed. This is provided jointly by Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society. These organisations will continue to run the service from within the new Hub. “An important feature of the service is that it is held in a non-clinical environment so is less like a hospital or surgery and with a more relaxed atmosphere,” says Wickins. The charity currently runs pilot sessions for people living with Dementia in advance of the official opening. These are therapeutic, helping to improve wellbeing, and include art workshops in partnership with the University of Chichester, Creative Responses An art session and Mindful Movements with the Chichester Festival Theatre, and watercolour painting classes, not forgetting ‘Tea at Tangmere’ socialising events, and exercise and music sessions with Alive! Activities.

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30 Charity Profile Wickins explains that the Hub’s partners hold training and information sessions for carers and family of people living with Dementia, such as the Alzheimer’s Society Carer Information & Support Programme, Coastal West Sussex Mind, the Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Friends. “We are working with them to develop these and our future services, which will be hosted at the Hub when we officially open in spring 2018, said Wickins, who concludes: “We want to create a lasting legacy for generations to come and inspire people to live well with dementia and know they are supported.” A worthy sentiment, a much needed service, so don’t forget to support it. Services the Hub will offer include:  Information and advice - a be-friender service.  Innovative Dementia technology – see what equip-

ment can be set up in the home to promote independence.

 Community café and garden  Social activities - therapeutic sessions such as mu-

sic and reminiscence groups for people with Dementia to access a variety of social activities

 Young Onset Dementia Services  Memory Assessment Service  Day Care services to give respite for carers  Training and education facilities for service providers  Consulting rooms for health care professionals  Health and wellbeing services – sight and hearing

tests, hair dressing, chiropody & podiatry.

Contact: Dementia Support, Salisbury House, City Fields Way, Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 2FP. Telephone number: 01243 888 691 Email or visit website

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32 Crossword

Prize Crossword

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Pulborough January 2018 November 2017 solution shown below.

Winner: Derek Donaldson from West Chiltington Congratulations and thank you to all who entered. Entries to: Sussex Local Crossword, PO Box 2237 Pulborough, RH20 9AH or scan and email the page to



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1 Male relation (8) 2 Sweet-scented shrub (5) 4 Establish by law (6) 5 Not found (12) 6 Annoying (7) 7 Facial feature (4) 8 Lido (8,4) 12 Get ready for a later performance (8) 14 Beat easily (7) 16 Sausage in a roll (3,3) 18 Equipped (5) 19 Touch (4)

Game played by Tiger Woods (4) Style of speech (8) Permitted (7) Fists (5) Withdraw from service (12) Set of clothes (6) Hold fast (6) Bring together into a mass (12) Game of chance (5) Visionary (7) Study of the nature of God (8) Axe-like tool (4)

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Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg on Toast Ingredients 30 g butter , plus a little extra for spreading 6 large free-range eggs  2 slices of artisan bread, toasted (my fav brown chewy - available from Village Larder)  sea salt  freshly ground black pepper  4 slices smoked salmon (available from Village Larder, Springs Salmon)  1 lemon , quartered  

Method 1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a moderate heat until it’s foaming. 2. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add to the saucepan. 3. Stir the eggs continuously with something flexible like a spatula to get right into the corners, and cook until little pieces of cooked egg are surrounded by soft, smooth and still quite runny egg. The egg will continue to cook even when the heat is turned off, so undercook

them slightly and leave them in the pan while you butter your toast. 4. Season the eggs to taste and pour over the toast. 5. Drape the salmon over the eggs and serve it with the lemon wedges. 6. Add plenty of black pepper and serve immediately I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for you custom throughout 2017 and myself and the team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Village Larder will be closed on the 25th, 26th, 27th December 2017 and the 1st & 2nd January 2018 all days in-between we are open as usual, with FRESHLY BAKED BREAD available

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After-Christmas clean up tips

From Pulborough based cleaning agency, Miss Mop With the Christmas decorations back in the attic, now is the perfect time to give your house a new year spruce-up in preparation for lighter, brighter days, Whether it’s a good freshen-up or an act of major decluttering, you certainly don’t have to wait until daffodils bloom to get cracking on a spring clean – now couldn’t be a better time. Here we offer some tips to clear away all evidence of the festivities before your attention turns to the garden:  Pine needles! Still getting those pine needles

caught between your toes? If your hoover attachment isn’t up the job, wrap a piece of strong sticky tape around your fingers and pat over the edges of your carpets & flooring to pick them up.

 For red wine stains on carpets or upholstery, mix

one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Use a clean white cloth to sponge the stain with the solution, pat with a dry cloth and repeat until the stain vanishes. Always test a small area first.

 Cobwebs are likely to be more visible than usual,

especially if you have an open fire. If you don’t have a hoover attachment, use a rubber band to secure an old sock to the handle end of a broomstick.

 Declutter. Make way for

your new Christmas gifts by being ruthless in getting rid of old clothes and toys. There are plenty of charities that would welcome them.

 Get

under furniture. Give your home a thorough vacuum – including under sofa cushions where you are guaranteed to find a hoard of sweet wrappers and behind furniture where you will undoubtedly retrieve a bauble or two!

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In Your Garden Monthly gardening ideas and tasks by Andrew Staib, Principle Designer of Glorious Gardens Design tips for your own winter garden When you look out your window how does your garden look this winter? Is it full of colourful berries and brightly stemmed shrubs, the bark of selected winter trees, interesting structures like internal hedges and topiary plus colourful evergreens peppered amongst winter branches? If not you might like to read on.

the bright green, plastic looking leaves can almost deny that Winter is here which I think is a shame.) Topiary Topiary doesn’t have to be just Box balls and squirrel shaped shrubs. You can ‘cloud’ prune all manner of hedges and shrubs into interesting pyramids, clouds, saucers, columns and blobs which can create a strong presence in Winter especially if you have a few of them well balanced in different areas. Also you can choose plants that have a sculptural appearance. Imagine lots of the conifer Prunus mugo Carsten’s Wintergold placed throughout the beds. Pots and Sculpture Once the flower show is done, ornamental pots and sculpture come into their own in Winter and they are no longer having to compete with the effulgence of nature. If you place them in focal point locations they will lift your garden onto a different level. If at all possible, go Big with them. Even in a small garden they will get lost and look twee if too small and cheap looking.

A Winter Garden can be a thing of great beauty. As the cold and the lack of sunlight have denuded the garden and the rich juice of summer has retreated into roots and trunks and bulbs, the bare bones of a garden can give a deep sense of artistry and peace. We accept that things die, the twilights of winter remind us that all things come to an end, and yet life is powerful and patient. A Good Structure A garden no matter how small needs to have a well proportioned and interesting structure from which Spring and Summer can burst out of. As a designer I know that if the structure I have created looks good in Winter nothing much can go wrong with the infilling of plants later on. That’s why garden designers put most of their energy into making sure the layout works first before anything else. A good structure can be created by many elements. Internal hedges can paradoxically make the garden feel bigger by separating areas and making smaller ‘rooms’ in which a person needs to wander and explore from space to space. Good hedging that looks good in winter are Beech, Yew, Holly and Portuguese Laurel (please avoid Cherry Laurel. There is enough of it already in the world plus

through the door Small evergreen plants As well as the obvious Winter shrubs and trees that don’t loose their leaves think about combinations of a few plants dotted around together. Some examples of perennials with striking Winter foliage are: Cotton Lavender, Stacys bizantia, Rosemary, Bergen delavayi with its fat purple leaves, Hebes, Liriop miscarry and Tiarella Spring Symphony. Seedheads Seedheads are very popular today. They are good for wildlife and look great in Winter sunsets or in the morning covered in frost.



Some examples are: Rudbekia laciniata, Sedums, Monada, Verbenba bonsariensis, Veronicastum virginicum and Phlomis plus the great slightly goofy flower heads of Hydrangeas. Colourful deciduous plants Shrubs and trees with interesting colours and textures are: Acer griseuk, Acer negundo ‘Winter Lightening’, Betula Grayswood Ghost, the twisted branches of Corylus contort, any of the Cornus especially Midwinter Fire, dwarf Willows like ‘Nana’ plus Rubus cockburnianus (this name sends giggles into any horticultural class as you can imagine). Grasses Half the value of having ornamental grasses in your garden is that during Winter they go a hay / bronze colour and still move wonderfully in the wind. Grasses that really retain their shape are Calimagrostis Karl Foerster, Panicum Heavy Metal and and of the Miscanthus varieties. Berries Pyracantha, Catoneaster and Berberis all keep their berries way into Winter and are great cheap birdfeeds. Fruit and Flowers Some trees and shrubs have learnt to come on stage when for most the show is over. Malus Red Sentinal keeps its bright red fruit on its branches almost the


38 Gardening whole way through Winter. Mahonia Lionel Fortescue has lovely fragrant yellow, plus other flowering plants make their appearance. Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’, Helleborous, some of the Clematis, Winter Jasmine, Winter Heather and of course Snowdrops. Water Having water in the garden can be a really wonderful luxury but in Winter it becomes essential. It reflects the ethereal sky and emphasises the stillness of Winter. So after a day Christmas shopping and having retreated yourself from steaming at the queues, the worries that you have forgotten something and the extra mince pie you know you shouldn’t have eaten, let your Winter garden help you pare down to what is most important and beautiful in life.

Places to visit I was struck recently by a visit to West Dean near Levant, West Sussex. It has some wonderful Winter Structure with flowing hedges, smart rows of Victorian greenhouses, cloud pruned Yew trees plus classical pergolas and a pool. Also their are lots of trained fruit in different shapes and Winter is the perfect time to see how they have been pruned and how the structure of the branches has been created. Well worth a trip this month.

January tasks  Time to prune your roses  Prune back all the shoots from last year’s Wysteria growth, to two beds from the flowering spur, apart from any runners you want to direct into a framework.  Reduce apple and pear trees, depending on their age  Begin to force Rhubarb now  Clean and sort out your greenhouses and sheds

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Computer Care Looking forward by Alan Stainer I was recently asked what I thought were going to be the big tech things in the year ahead. I could have mentioned any number of hardware devices and improvements, but mostly those are not groundbreaking. The latest iPhone for example screams the word iteration into your brain and Android fans will be quick to point out that Android ‘did it years ago anyway’. The trouble with hardware is that even the cheapest devices are actually quite good these days and at the upper end, improvements always seem to be incremental. The real difference is going to come from the software and by that I mean specifically AI (Artificial Intelligence). You have probably all heard of Siri, Cortana, Alexa and the Google Assistant. They each seek to bridge the gap between human and computer. Google are by far the leaders in the market at the moment. They have a vast store of ever increasing data via their many products and with the acquisition of Deep Mind have been doing some amazing things. Regardless of which assistant you use, the future will see integration and interconnectivity. You can already say goodnight to your Google Assistant powered Google Home device and it will lower the heating, turn on your alarm for the morning and wish you goodnight.

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Car care for all

Seeking classic vehicles in need of some TLC Any car owner will be familiar with that sinking feeling when the faithful conveyance makes an unfamiliar noise or even worse makes no noise at all! To avoid the inconveniences of a car which will not start when you want it to, it is essential that it is regularly serviced by someone who understands the complicated workings under the bonnet. Cheapest is not always best and Darren and Karel of DK Classics told Sussex Local that whilst they strive to keep costs down, they are mainly concerned with getting the job right at a fair price. Customers and their cars come in all shapes, sizes and ages and it is DK's aim to adapt to their client's needs by providing the right team to offer individual care and expertise. The company has been operating for some twelve years and recently moved to their current site at Link Farm in Wiggonholt which is conveniently located midway between Storrington and Pulborough on the main Pulborough Road. Being a family business, we were told, means that customers can rely on their vehicle being in the hands of someone who is genuinely interested in them, their car and all aspects of mechanical mainte-

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Bury School

School News

Some very exciting news here at Bury CE Primary this term with our Year 3/4 class winning the November Literacy Film Fest! The children wrote an instructional text, but not just any instructional text… the text was turned into script for a film and the class worked together to record Kitchen Kid. The film was so good that the children won a special filming day and got to professionally record their brilliant writing. In fact, the writing and filming were so good that it is now being hosted by BBC Good Food have a look at the ‘News’ section of

SUSSEX LOCAL our website or on our Twitter feed for a link. Great work from Miss Willett for teaching the children some superb instructional writing, for a very real purpose. We have also been joined by the South Downs National Park and Worthing Astronomers to hold a Star Party at the school. This was a great opportunity to celebrate being right in the middle of our Dark Skies Reserve. Unfortunately, the British weather played its part and the clouds enveloped us for the whole day. Never to be deterred, the show went on and the hall was transformed into the night sky – we will try again in March and hope for a parting of the clouds. The whole school was visited by the NSPCC and Buddy the speech bubble as part of their Speak Out, Stay Safe programme. A great opportunity for all of us to ensure that the children in our care are listened to and understand the importance of staying safe. A quick reminder that the deadline for applications to start in Reception in September 2018 is Monday Jan 15th. If you are looking to apply to our school, please ensure you complete the additional form and send it in to the office (instructions available on the website). Thomas Moore, Headteacher, Bury School Twitter: @BuryCEPrimary

Coldwaltham School Maths Mastery

St James’ Primary School, Coldwaltham, is leading a pioneering approach towards the teaching of Mathematics known as ‘Maths Mastery’. Leading mathematics teacher, Kat Saunders, Senior Teacher at St James’ School, was recruited as a Maths Mastery specialist and the Mastery Approach is being rolled out across the school. Her expertise and knowledge is benefitting colleagues across West Sussex who are adopting the approach to strengthen the quality of mathematics teaching in their own schools. The content and principles underpinning the mathematics curriculum reflect those found in high performing education systems internationally, particularly those of east and south-east Asian countries. Staff at St James’ School proactively promote a ‘can do’ attitude to mathematics and believe that the vast majority of pupils can attain mastery in maths if they are supported correctly; success for children in mathematics is linked to effort and hard work. Attainment at the school showed a significant rise in mathematics scores at Key Stage 2 last year and standards continue to rise.

Fittleworth School A blooming good idea

In the face of the, very well publicized, squeeze on school budgets, a parent at Fittleworth CE Village School came up with a blooming good idea to raise money and brighten spirits. Supported by a fantastic donation of 500 daffodil bulbs from Sharon Browne and her team at the Wyevale Garden Centre, Pulborough, new mum to the school, Sammie King organised a planting day. Mr Bloomfield said “I can’t thank Sammie and her team of parent volunteers enough. It’s win, win for the school! The children had a really fulfilling and fun educational afternoon; early on in the New Year we will enjoy a blaze of colour to remind us that spring is on the way and, crucially, donations on the day go towards our ambitious target to raise £10,000 for new interactive teaching screens for each of our classrooms.” If anyone would be interested in supporting us by making a donation or becoming a sponsor please contact us at school on 01798 865419.


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By Chris Ennis FRICS

These days floors are all too often covered either with carpeting or timber ‘click’ decorative boards. In older property it is most likely that floors at ground level are constructed in timber, quite probably with concrete flooring in the projecting rear kitchen (the ‘back addition’). I remember that years ago before the days of ‘wall to wall’ carpet, we were obliged to inspect the sub-floor spaces by removing sections of timber floor boards using a special saw, crow bar and hammer. These days such exploratory work is not considered to be part of a ‘normal’ survey, and is largely impractical. We are, of course, obliged to follow the trail of suspicion should any of our senses be aroused. A practised surveyor will feel unevenness or irregularity underfoot, and will look further to find the cause. I find myself doing the ‘heel drop test ‘frequently even when not making an inspection. The heel drop test is simple…… raise your body on to your toes and let the body weight fall back on to the heels. If the furniture rattles then there is cause for further examination. I remember in one property, every time the owner walked on a particular section of flooring the chimes in a Grandfather clock

SUSSEX LOCAL sounded. Very often the sections of flooring just inside an entrance door threshold are decayed caused by wind-blown moisture ingress. Floors are often decayed in the rear corner of Edwardian / Victorian houses where the rear garden wall adjoins the main building. Horizontal or vertical damp proof courses were seldom fitted allowing moisture in to a building, causing floors to decay. Where floors are covered with a type of ‘click’ flooring, there is often some slight unevenness caused by incorrect installation. Click flooring should be laid strictly in accord with the manufacturer’s instructions. The substrate should be level, clean, and overlaid with a patent ‘spongy’ underlay. An expansion joint should be formed at the perimeter of the room to accommodate thermal movements. There is so much more I could advise on floor problems and I can see that this is the subject of another article for 2018. Seasons Greetings to all my readers. Chris Ennis FRICS is a Chartered Surveyor Tel: 01903 261217 email:

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Are local businesses ready for the GDPR?

Is your business ready for the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018? The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has advised that businesses should be forging ahead with preparations to comply with the EU GDPR regardless of Brexit. UK organisations cannot afford to lose the public’s trust in their ability to safeguard personal data and should be working to ensure they have that capability. A recent IT Security survey found that 61% of UK companies don’t realise that the new Regulation applies to them. The truth is that the GDPR will affect all companies in the UK. A further study has shown that 21% of senior management have little or no awareness about the effect that the GDPR will have on their organisation. While 31% of the companies questioned had experienced an incident in the last 12 months due to staff negligence or bad practice. It is essential that companies are made aware of the changes and new obligations in the legislation by May 2018 and time is running out. The Regulation contains new rights for people to access the information companies hold about them, obligations for better data management and a new regime of fines. Incidents with serious consequences can have fines of up to €20 million or 4% of a firm's global turnover whichever is greater. Under the GDPR companies will be more accountable for the handling of people's personal information. This will include having data protection policies, data protection impact assessments and data mapping showing how the data is processed. Companies will need to obtain consent and demonstrate why people's information is being collected and processed, providing descriptions of the information that is held, how long it is being kept for and descriptions of the technical security measures in place. The GDPR also gives individuals more power to access the information that is held about them free of charge. A major cause of data breaches is mobile working. Of the companies who were asked to name the greatest security risk to their organisation 51% cited outdated

software followed by 48% their employees. A further 38% of these companies said that they have no control over where company data goes or where it is stored. While 44% expect that mobile workers will expose their organisation to the risks of a data breach. To help prepare for the GDPR the ICO has created a 12-step guide which includes steps such as making key people aware of the Regulation, determining what information is held, reviewing current privacy notices, identifying the lawful basis for processing the data and what should happen in the event of a data breach. Eddie Finch and Tana Jackson are the GDPR Practitioners at Chapter Three Consulting who provide a GDPR compliance review for companies.

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48 Pet Care

Paws for thought Pet obesity

Dr Julian Hoad

The topic of obesity at this time of year, following the indulgent festive period is not uncommon. However, with the likelihood of more food around the home, it would not come as a surprise for pet owners to feed festive treats to our beloved pets.

It is reported that over 4 million pets are fed scraps, treats and leftovers as part of their main meal. Pet obesity is therefore becoming a growing problem in the UK, with 83% of vet’s professionals agreeing that there will be more overweight pets than healthy weight pets in five years’ time! Similarly, to humans, the common factors which increase the likelihood of pets becoming overweight include lack of exercise and being fed too much of the wrong kind of food. Owners can have a lack of awareness of what the right amount of food is for their pet and will often feed them human food when the pet appears to beg at the table. This coupled with a lack of exercise makes it really hard for the pets to burn off the extra calories. Equally symptoms of obesity are the same for us as they are for our pets, with potential for a reduced life expectancy, diabetes, arthritis and cancer. So avoid feeding your pets human food such at takeaways, chips, crisps and cheese because it will not do them any good. If you are worried about your pet being overweight, seek veterinary advice about the options for weight management. Julian Hoad BSc (Hons) B Vet Med. hon MBVNA. MRCVS, Principal, Crossways Veterinary Group Crossways Veterinary Group, School Hill Storrington, High Street Steyning & Findon Road Findon Valley 01903 743040

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Care for your best pal Veterinary Services in Storrington Caring for a pet is a big responsibility. Whether the pet is a large dog or a small gerbil, it cannot fend for itself and it is the owner's duty to attend to its dietary needs, exercise and general health. An integral part of its care will in all likelihood involve the services of a veterinary expert. The training is long and intensive but the rewards are many, as Dr Julian Hoad who qualified over 20 years ago told Sussex Local. Julian is now head vet at the Crossways clinic in Storrington and he explained that like all medicine, new techniques are constantly coming into practice and are being adopted at the clinic. New treatments such as key-hole surgery, laser treatment and regenerative stem cell therapy give their animal patients the best possible treatment options but Julian emphasised that the family feeling of the clinic is equally important. Clients and their pets, he said, need to feel comfortable and the dedication and compassion of his staff help to put both owners and their animals at ease. The practice specialises in the care of small animals.

There are regular clinics run by trained nurses who can give expert and practical advice about general health issues, preventable healthcare, minor procedures and the management of chronic diseases. A recently introduced Pet Health Plan is an exciting new option for Crossways customers and Julian explained how the scheme enables pet owners to spread the costs of regular vaccinations, worming and flea treatment and also benefit from discounts on medication and food. It will ensure that regular health checks are not overlooked so that the general health and wellbeing of the animal is sustained for as long as possible. A happy, healthy pet with the best quality of life available is surely what owners will want for their much loved companions. Crossways Veterinary Group, School Hill, Storrington RH20 4NA 01903 743040


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Win meet & greet tickets to Dance to the Music Friday 26th January, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing Dance to the Music is a new exciting “must see” dance show like no other! Created by and starring Kristina Rihanoff – one of the most renowned dancers and choreographers from the BBC1 Strictly Come Dancing TV show. Kristina will once Kristina Rihanoff & again team up with Chris Maloney her former professional dance partner, Robin Windsor, who starred on Strictly for four years. Also gracing the stage will be beautiful Oksana Platero, who partnered Judge Rinder on Series 14 of the hit show and is famous for her jaw-dropping lifts! Oksana’s husband Jonathan Platero will also be joining the cast. Joining Kristina, Robin and Oksana are a full cast of dancers, plus two amazing singers, Chris Maloney (X Factor finalist), and singer/ songwriter, Beth Sherburn.

Dance to the Music will present to the audience the one and only dance show in theatrical history, which will feature ALL styles of dancing. The audience will experience the evolution of dance through musical eras, starting from the roaring twenties, with tap and Charleston, going through every decade of dance crazes up to modern day. If you are one of the lucky winners, you will win VIP tickets to meet Kristina Rihanoff and Chris Maloney, who once starred on Celebrity Big Brother together. Tickets and info at

Win meet & greet tickets To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question: Q: What show did Kristina Rihanoff work on? a) Strictly Come Dancing b) BBC News c) Dancing on Ice Send your answer and full contact details including daytime telephone number to: Dance to the Music Competition, PO Box 2237, Pulborough RH20 9AH or email Winner will be first entry drawn after 17th Jan 2018. Please indicate if you wish to remain on our mailing list.

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Bury Council News Amberley Rail SOS Campaign

A meeting was held with GTR (who run the Southern franchise) at the end of October. At this stage, GTR were keen to ensure that any off-peak trains serving schools had a stop at Amberley and became a 'protected service' (e.g. they would not run fast through Amberley if the train was delayed). The team have collated and sent this information to GTR, specifically asking for an additional stop on the 15.14 from Billingshurst (serving Weald College). Likewise, GTR felt that a half-hourly Saturday service could be introduced for Amberley to promote tourism and visitors to the area. If this was agreed, GTR (in conjunction with local organisations) would run a marketing campaign to promote Amberley.

Rights of Way Management Plan West Sussex County Council is asking residents' opinions on the County Council's draft Rights of Way Management Plan for 2018 to 2028. Anyone with an interest in accessing the countryside is encouraged to express their views. The county council manages more than 4,000km, or 2,500 miles, of Public Rights of Way, such as footpaths, bridleways and byways. The draft plan sets out its approach to managing the network, as well as signposting how improvements

Parish Council News 53 can be achieved over the next 10 years. The closing date is 31 January 2018.

A29 Closure A29 - During the third week of December, West Sussex County Council Highways team will have closed the road overnight. This work includes cats (c) Rob Farrow Creative Commons AttributionShare Alike 2.0 Generic Licence. eyes, gulley clearance and repairs to the cracks in the middle of the road. They also take the opportunity to pick up the litter which is a hazardous job to do without the road being closed. We have asked for them to paint new lines on the road, but this may not be achieved on this work schedule due to the amount of work to be done. Apparently you need to do the lines during daylight - so this may be a problem. They are also levelling off the sunken drain covers at the bottom of the hill. This is a particular concern with the increasing number of racing bikes using the hill. We are hoping all these improvements will be finished before the start of the ‘racing’ season, which starts in early spring.

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Coldwaltham News Plan caused “community stress” Coldwaltham Parish Council published a formal response to SDNPA Local Plan Site SD64 following a planning meeting on 14th November 2017. Here are edited extracts, full details on the council website. “We cannot endorse or support major development of the Brookview site (SD64) as proposed in the presubmission document. Nor would we support similar projects of such size at any of the other sites local landowners have recently submitted to the SDNPA. The PC has consulted widely across the three villages in the period since mid-March 2017, when we first became aware of these proposals. There has been significant division in our community because of this proposal and because of the way in which this proposal was constructed without proper or due consultation or community involvement. We cannot endorse any single site, on the scale of development that is proposed. Together with Brookview, a range of sites have now been put forward, and we believe there is another way to deal with the local housing need. We do not reject development in the village; we wish to support development which is affordable and would bring new people into the village, especially to support the School. We do believe, and there is evidence for this, that there is a need for additional affordable housing in

SUSSEX LOCAL the village. Prices on current houses that are for sale in all three villages are way beyond the ability of local young people to ‘stay local”. A housing Survey completed 4 years ago would suggest that the current development of 8 affordable houses (still to be completed) at Silverdale, Coldwaltham, would go some way to satisfying demand. Therefore, we would propose that the SDNP should consider the potential for small scale developments of 6-8 houses, which would avoid the impact on landscape, traffic and ecology of a new 30 house estate’ in a small community and location. We also wish to express our concerns about how we got to our current position. We were not aware until the spring of 2017 (mid-March) of the new proposal and this has caused considerable distress and division within our community: we echo the sense that this process has been ‘done to us’ rather than as a process ‘with us’. This has only confused local residents, leaving them feeling divided, insecure and believing that what is proposed is against the fundamental aims and vision of the SDNP. This confusion we believe is the direct result of the way in which this proposal suddenly ‘landed’ in our village without proper process or in our view, without following published process.”

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Fittleworth News Parish Council Minutes

Edited extracts from minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 20th November 2017. a) Co-opting a new Parish Councillor The Clerk will follow the necessary steps required to co-opt a new Parish Councillor, assuming parishioners do not ask for an election. b) Village Shop & Children’s Playground update • Village Shop AW reported that to date 5 grants have been awarded totalling £57,500. 4 grants awarded for the shop and a grant of £10,000, from the National Lottery, awarded for the Playground. Still waiting to hear back on a number of grants that have been submitted. By mid December there will be a clearer picture of the funding granted. • New Playground MA reported on the status of the replacement tree for the Playground. MA spoke to Chichester District Council (CDC) Planning who said the replacement tree could not be a lime tree but was satisfied with a 4m Hornbeam. The condition of the planning approval granted for the felling of the existing tree is that the replacement tree and its location must be approved by CDC Planning. MA spoke to Henry Whitby (CDC

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Trees) on 20th November. Mr Whitby has verbally agreed to the location and the Hornbeam. Before the existing tree is felled and the new tree planted, MA will speak to Mr Whitby and get the CDC agreement in writing. c) Neighbourhood plan. The Neighbourhood Plan has been revised. It still needs more corrections and more photos over the next 2 weeks and then the Plan will be ready for the Pre-submission stage. This is arranged by the Parish council. The Committee have a list of consultees including utility companies, CDC, Natural England, Parishioners and local interested parties. The 6 week Pre-Submission Consultation will run from 5 January to 16 February 2018. There will be 2 sessions in the Village Hall for the public to see the Plan and ask questions. The hall is booked for Friday 19th January 2018 (PM) and Saturday 20 January 2018 (AM). After the consultation, may need further amendments. The steps after the Pre-Submission consultation are as follows:  Submission of the Plan to the SDNPA  Further consultation (another 6 weeks)  Independent Examiner  Referendum Full details of the meeting can be found by visiting

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Pulborough Parish Council Extracts from the minutes of a meeting of the Recreation Committee on 30th November 2017 (minutes unconfirmed at the time of going to press). Sports Pavilion Draft Plans Members and representatives received the draft plans for the sports pavilion. During the discussions, regarding the draft plans, the following comments were made:  The cellar needs to be bigger.  The pressure needed to pump beer up to the first floor will need to be addressed.  There needs to be toilets upstairs.  The bar area is not big enough.  4 changing rooms are required for when multiple sports teams are playing at the same time.  Representatives felt that the plans were more focused on the sports clubs, rather than the social club. Members explained that when discussions first took place for getting these draft plans drawn up, the social club was going through a difficult time financially and it was uncertain as to the future of the social club, so the focus was more on the sports clubs. However, Members acknowledged that the social club has made significant improvements since these first discussions.

SUSSEX LOCAL It was felt that there was not enough time discuss all of the comments at this meeting, so, Members asked the representatives present to send a list of the minimum ‘must haves’, including dimensions and ‘nice to haves’ and send to the Parish Office by Thursday 7th December 2017 for consideration by the Sports Pavilion Development Working Group. The Cricket Club gave a copy of their list to the Deputy Clerk at the meeting. Pocket Park Members previously discussed the need to coppice a hazel shrub in Pocket Park, and advised of a willowweaver/coppice worker who may be interested in helping in return for the stems/branches. It was agreed to meet with them, but If they are unable to help, the Groundsman has advised that he could carry out the work with advice from councillors. The Groundsman would also find it useful to use a chipper to break down branches and vegetation from Pocket Park & Rivermead and use the chippings for the path at Rivermead. It was agreed to hire one at a time to provide maximum use for the time hired. Cricket field worm control This is carried out annually, and members agreed to proceed with quotation of £295 for this year. Full details:

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West Chiltington Parish Council News for the community Meet and Greet 2017 We were delighted to see so many people at our open morning on 25th November. We had many positive comments about our work on behalf of residents and discussions about current issues of concern. We hope this will be an annual event so look out for next year’s date. As always if you wish to make a comment please come to any meeting on the second Tuesday of every month or contact our Parish Clerk. Speeding One issue discussed at the Meet and Greet morning was excessive speeding through our parish. Realistically if we want speeding monitored, the first step is to set up a Community Speedwatch scheme. A couple of people have already offered, and they need more volunteers. Community Speedwatch is separate from the Parish Council but we are happy to put volunteers in touch with each other – contact our Parish Clerk. New Councillors We are happy to announce that we now have a full complement of 13 Parish Councillors, you will find details on our website. Please note that all councillors have new email addresses and/or can be contacted through the parish office.

Winter Plan During very cold weather we hope everyone will look out for their vulnerable neighbours – the elderly, ill, alone, to check that they are keeping warm and have food in the home. Should we get extreme weather e.g. heavy snow, the Parish Council will put a Winter Plan into operation. If you think you or someone you know will need help during such a situation, please tell us who and where you are either in advance or at the time by calling the Parish Council 01798 817434. Schools Admission Consultation – closes 15th January West Sussex County Council would like to obtain your views on its proposed admission arrangements for children who will be starting or transferring schools in September 2019. This consultation document includes proposals about: • The admission process for 2019/2020 and the timelines for co-ordination • Admission numbers for all schools in West Sussex Find out more: consultation or phone 03330142903. To contact the Parish Council: 01798 817434


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60 Business Directory Garden Services

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Business Directory 61

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Pest Control cont.

Plumbing & Heating cont.


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62 Business Directory Any Category Advertisement


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Business Directory / Advertiser Index 63

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Window Cleaning

Accountants ACS Direct Monks Business Services Aerials and Satellites Apex Aerials Southern Ltd Bathrooms Bathe in Safety Beauty Therapy Inessence Beauty Blinds Direct Blinds Builders Guy Brumwell Ltd Miller Redshaw Padwick Builders Ltd Building Services SD Building Services Business Consultants Chapter 3 Consulting Car Servicing DK Garage & Classics Ltd LMC Auto Services Wiggs Auto Repairs Ltd Carpets & Flooring Wall Brothers

20 53 43 12 21 28 43 45 44 45 46 41 2 57 29

Carpets and Curtains Funnells 13 Chauffeur Cars Pulborough Private Car Hire 8 Chiropractor Well Adjusted Health 24 Cleaning Miss Mop Ltd 35 MTS Cleaning 43 Courses You Can Do Courses 7 Curtains and Blinds Mobile Curtain Showroom 50 Domestic Appliances Carters Domestic Appliances 64 Drainage The Drain Guys Ltd 17 Driveways Real Resin 37 Elderly Care Clapham Village Care Home 22 Estate Agency Comyn & James 27 Cubitt & West 31 Fencing & Gardening Storrington Fencing Garden 39 Fireplaces Home is Where the Hearth Is 52 Function Room Hire West Chiltington Hall 6 Furniture CFS Furniture 48 Furniture Restorers Barcombe Wood Finish Ltd 30 Garden Centre Village Nurseries 39 Garden Design Glorious Gardens 36 Greenacre Garden Design 36 Garden Machinery Servicing Findon Garden Machinery 38 Gardeners Chantry Green 38 Tom Hoadley 38 Hairdresser Shampoo 21 Hairdressers Blush Hair Boutique Ltd 9 Health and Fitness South Downs Performance 55 Tone 2 Perfection 19 Health Club Impulse Leisure Group 19 Heating and Boiler Engineers David Cooper Gas 39

Horse Manure Sussex Manures Ltd 39 Kitchens & Bathrooms Design at 32 17 Trueloves Bathrooms Ltd 43 Land Services HJS Land Services 39 Letting Agents/Estate Agents Batcheller Monkhouse 47 Mobility Solutions Kardinal Independent Living 56 Music concerts West Chilt Jazz 10 Osteopath Nicholas Coysh Osteopath 53 Oven Cleaning Oven Rescue 34 Ovens and More 48 Painters & Decorators Gary Block 30 Pilates Issy-B Pilates 19 Plumbers Kevin Jones Pulborough 43 Removals Move Relocations 7 Roofing and Gutters The Roof and Gutter People 45 Security and Locksmiths Invader Security Solutions 26 Shoes Railtonward Ltd 11 Slimming Slimming World Pulborough 19 Solicitors Anderson Rowntree 54 Mayo Wynne Baxter 51 Taxis MJ Cars 7 Travel & Holidays Ltd 25 Michelle Murray Travel 33 Old Mill Travel 24 Tree Surgeon Andrew Gale Tree Surgery 37 TV & Electrical Hamilton Cole 40 Upholsterer Appalossa Upholstery 24 Vet Arun Veterinary Group 14 Crossways Animal Care Ltd 49 Visitor Attraction The Aldingbourne Trust 5 Worthing Ice Rink 6 Windows Doors Conservatories Attwater Improvements 17 Rustington Windows 39

Sussex Local - Pulborough - January 2018  
Sussex Local - Pulborough - January 2018  

Sussex Local Magazine - local news, views, business directory and lots more, with the focus on events and activities around the Pulborough,...