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January 2018


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DEMENTIA SUPPORT Modern hub for Tangmere

GARDENING A Winter garden


Former Shops


Home de-cluttering


Old photos & New Year reader offer


Parish Council, Local Schools Charity & Community


What’s On, Local Walks, Recipe, Prize Crossword, Community news, Clubs & Groups, Charity, Local Business Directory

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January 2018 Cover image Frankland Arms Washington by Roger Wilmshurst

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 also have our regular news updates from the area’s parish councils starting on p53 and charity/community news from p20. Ideal for the new year, our competition on page 35 gives you the chance to win a three hour home de-cluttering service! 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 35 ...................................................Win! Home de-cluttering 36 .....................................................................In Your Garden 42 ......................................................................Local Schools 43 .............................................Local History - former shops 48 .....................................”Paws for Thought” - Pet Column 54 ..........................................................Parish Council News 57 .............................................................Business Directory 63 ...........................................................Index of Advertisers February booking deadline 2nd Jan

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WASHINGTON WI Meeting third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in Washington Village Memorial Hall Opportunity to make new friends and have fun whilst finding out about issues that affect others, programme including:  Speakers covering a wide range of subjects  Craft evenings Outings to places of interest  Theatre/cinema trips Walks Pub lunches

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16 Puzzles

Young Readers’ Puzzle Page Wordsearch - Boys Names


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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

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.

Washington Women’s Institute

Formed in 1929, Washington WI meets regularly in Washington Village Memorial Hall. They have an interesting programme of speakers and other events throughout the year. This group is part of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, which is well known for its campaigning and trail-blazing attitude to issues that affect women, as well as campaigning for social and environmental justice. It is the largest women’s organisation in the UK, open to all women aged eighteen and above, and offers opportunities for friendship, support and education. The difference the WI makes to communities everywhere is quite remarkable.

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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Reader letter - World Cup 1966

Dear Editor Chris Ennis may remember some things well but certainly not the year of the World Cup Final of 1966. (The 60’s - Sussex Local, November 2017) I recall it particularly well as I was £30 better off at the end that day. I worked in an office building right next door to Wembley Stadium and had taken a TV set in… so that my 30 (mainly German and Swiss) colleagues and I could watch the game taking place a 100 or so yards away from where we were sitting. I had bet each one of them a pound that England would win but they, to a man, were all routing for the opposition. After collecting the winnings I rushed down to my car to discover the exit blocked by the police, who were waiting for the Queen's car to leave the ground. As the Royal car plus escort speeded away I got immediately behind. This led to my having the fastest ride ever into the West End as every road junction had the traffic lights switched off and was manned by the police instead. A journey that normally took thirty minutes or more took less than ten that day. What a day and what a result all round, me as well. Pity I wasn't aware that a book based on anecdotes surrounding the momentous Saturday, 30th July 1966 was being published last year as the author may've welcomed including some of my own. Derek Palmer, Storrington, by Email

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Storrington Conservation Society In winter, ice and snow can be expected and the Society reminds us to keep birdbaths free of ice over the winter when ponds and puddles freeze. The Society’s first meeting of 2018 is on Saturday 6th January at 10am, when they will be at the Lower Dell managing and restoring the woodland - an opportunity for gentle exercise following the Christmas feasting. For those who wish to give more time, the morning work can be extended to 3pm. Details of the Thursday work party on 18th January at 2pm, can be found on the website nearer the time. The Society wishes a peaceful conservation New Year to all readers. Chairman Mick Denness Tel: 01903 745971

Re-Cycle your Christmas Tree 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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Storrington January 2018 November 2017 solution shown below.

Winner: Sue Pirie from Ashington 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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Recipe 33

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

Squires Garden Centre, Washington 01903 891744




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Win a three hour decluttering session Declutter and reorganise for a simpler life Hspace is a new West Sussex-based business which specialises in decluttering and organising homes and small office spaces. The business was founded by Helen Clutton who found that a career, family and running a home had begun to overwhelm her. She realised that her family just had too much ‘stuff’. She decided to declutter and reorganise the family home, only keeping the things that they loved or needed. The results were startling, and to her amazement, had a very positive impact on the whole family. Helen has been perfecting the art of decluttering ever since and is convinced that living in an ordered environment relieves stress, helps people identify their priorities and saves money. Helen has devised a simple and effective system where she works alongside you as you go through the process of decluttering and reorganising your space. She then offers solutions to help you remain organised for life. Clients say that the results far exceeded their expectations and that they are thrilled with the positive impact de-cluttering has had on their lives.

hspace can help you:  Transform bedrooms, wardrobes, workplaces, kitchens & children’s rooms.  Prepare your home for sale or for downsizing  Sort through following a bereavement.  Prepare rooms for long-term visitors or a new arrival. hspace is offering a free 3 hour decluttering session to the winner of this competition (terms & conditions apply). Take control of your space. Contact Helen via or email

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36 Gardening

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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40 Computers

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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nance. Darren told us they can offer everything from minor repairs to full services and small scratches and dents as well as total re-sprays and can deal with just about any make and model of car. An important aspect of the business said Darren is their classic car restoration Owner Darren van de Weg and maintenance service. Classic car owners may have spent a lot of time (and often money) on their projects. At DK Classics, their car will be treated with the care it deserves by people who appreciate the importance of these older models. A large spray booth has been installed to facilitate complete restorations and in-house storage is available. Karel himself has a wealth of experience with older cars and DK Classics are currently undertaking 5 classic restorations. If a part is unavailable, they will make it. Darren and the team welcome anyone with a car to take advantage of their experience, advice and attention to customer’s requirements. DK Garage & Classics Ltd, The Large Barn, Link Farm Pulborough Road, Wiggonholt, RH20 2EH telephone: 01798 873600 or visit

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New Year news from Storrington Primary School Our Reception children enjoy sharing a wide variety of texts some of which are used as a focus for our learning. The fabulous Julia Donaldson book, Stick Man, has provided the children with a wonderful starting point for developing creative ideas and imaginative play. As part of the project the children had the opportunity to make their own Stick Man! It started off with a stick hunt around the wooded areas in the school grounds (we are so lucky to have large grounds with lots of trees). Children selected their own stick which they then adapted with leaves and googly eyes to create their own mini Stick Man. The Stick Men look wonderful and have been used for creative play as well as to support early writing and mark making. The children added to learning by writing instructions on how they made their stick man and postcards from stick man to tell his family about his adventures. At the end of the project pupils took their Stick Man home so they could join them for Christmas! As we write older pupils are practising hard for their performance at the O2 in January. This has become an annual event with our pupils joining children from

all over the country to raise their voices and raise money for charity, for 2018 money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Fareshare. Our pupils sound wonderful and we can’t wait to hear them singing alongside thousands of others at the 02, it will be an uplifting start to 2018! Spierbridge Road, Storrington. Tel: 01903 742047 office@storringtonprimary

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Old Businesses This one below we believe was in Amberley, in the days when even the smallest village had at least one general store.

West Chiltington’s shop (above) like so many others wasn’t large but would have been a general store catering for all needs, which in days gone by were simpler.

The museum exhibition looking at businesses that have disappeared from the area, opens on 13th January 2018. 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 visit:

Washington over time had a number of shops, and as shown here (above) they included a post office.


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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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46 Business


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


50 Finance

A record breaking year By Ivan Lyons Director Investment Solutions, Worthing With the company approaching its 30th Anniversary, 2017 was a recordbreaking year for the Chartered Independent Financial Advice firm – Investment Solutions with assets under management now exceeding £325M. The firm is firmly one of the largest independent financial advisor practises in Sussex, providing individual and bespoke advice to its clients in Sussex and further afield. A delighted Ivan Lyons, Managing Director explained: “Our success is down to the quality of our staff and to providing good-old fashioned advice” The company won a number of awards of late, including: New Model Advisor “Top 100 IFA 2017” In commenting as to inclusion within the Top 100 IFA firms within the country for the second year running, the judges commented: “A strong growth over the past 2 years, with assets under management increasing from £220M (2015) to £325M (2017) were found to be impressive, as well as the company investment process, client returns and the financial strength of the organisation”. Citywire – Shortlisted IFA Firm “South East England” 2018 and 2017 The company has been recognised as one of the Top 5 IFA practises by Citywire within the South East of England Most rated IFA Firm in Sussex via Vouchedfor VouchedFor is an independent service that allows the public to find, rate and review their IFA. Investment Solutions and its advisors continue to be rated impressively. Ivan commented to The Times, “at Investment Solutions, we don’t just promise a good service” he said “we guarantee it, whether a client is seeking to make their first investment into an ISA (for instance) or requires investment or pension advice on larger portfolios of £500k plus”.

If it has been a little while since you reviewed your finances – why not make a financial planning wealth check as your New Year’s resolution? Our initial meeting is at our cost. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact Investment Solutions: Grafton House, 26 Grafton Road, Worthing, BN11 1QT. 01903 214640 or send an email to Ivan at: or visit Twitter: @investment_sols

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Local legal assistance Speciality solicitors in Sussex At one time or another in many people's lives the need for some legal expertise becomes apparent. Matters appertaining to property, employment, relationship breakdown, consumer issues or infringements of the law frequently mean that someone with a knowledge of the intricacies of the legal system will be required to steer a passage through its turbulent waters. In Sussex, Mayo Wynne Baxter have a network of offices to cover most eventualities and partner, Rebecca Louis spoke to Sussex Local about their services. Their overriding aim she told us, is client satisfaction built on a relationship based on trust and integrity and the principle that each individual is unique. In fact the firm has recently introduced a Customer Satisfaction Guarantee to allow clients who are not entirely happy

Legal & Finance 51 with the service, to choose not to pay the bill in full. The Storrington office where Rebecca is based, is one of nine offices in Sussex. Mayo Wynne Baxter has several larger offices in the area for example in Brighton, Lewes and Eastbourne. They have solicitors with a vast range of expertise who will happily travel to local offices to meet with clients. In Storrington advice relating to property, Wills, trusts, powers of attorney and employment issues, is readily available. The Mayo Wynne Baxter practice celebrated 150 years in Lewes in 2017. Mr Wynne Edwin Baxter himself was a coroner who investigated some of the grisliest deaths during the Victorian period including Jack the Ripper. Mr Wynne Edwin Baxter was also a solicitor, botanist, geologist and antiquarian who was said to have held more than 2500 inquests; a worthy pedigree to live up to. Rebecca mentioned that the firm runs various free Will writing schemes throughout the year with funds going to local charities and the team will be happy to provide information on request. Mayo Wynne Baxter is also proud to support a partner charity, Rockinghorse Children’s Charity arranging fund raising activities during the year. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Mayo Wynne Baxter 9 The Square, Storrington RH20 4DJ telephone: 0800 84 94 101 or visit their website at

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Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Storrington Nearly 30 years in Storrington, an integral part of village life Storrington’s Chanctonbury Leisure Centre was opened in 1989 after a two year construction period. The original build cost was £573,000 with Horsham District contributing £489,000 and £34,000 coming from the Sports Council. The remaining money was found through local fundraising initiatives.

Above. The build takes shape adjacent to the original play park.

Above, the newly completed Leisure Centre opened in 1989. Below, the original reception area.

Above. A relay fundraiser took place in the summer of 1988 on Hormare Field.

Above from Sept 2005. Leisure Centre top between the two playing fields and the Horemare Estate.

Below, Sally Gunnell OBE opens the New Hall in March 2004 after the first extension.

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Health & Wellbeing 53 Left: photos from the more recent renovations in 2014 when new gym equipment was installed along with the sauna, steam room and new changing facilities.

Registered Charity

Readers may not realise but Chanctonbury Leisure Centre is a registered charity. There are no shareholders or directors and any surplus that is made is reinvested back into the centre. Their mission statement is “Creating Active and Healthy Communities”. Following a collaboration in 2014 Chanctonbury Leisure Centre now pays Impulse Leisure for head office services and support on an annual basis. Facilities at Chanctonbury include, a fitness suite including kinesis studio, weights room, health suite, including an interchangeable salt/steam room & sauna, 4 court badminton sports hall, group exercise studio, outdoor multi-sport pitch, Coffee Republic café.

New Year Offer - save £55! No joining fee (usually £55 or £90 for joint membership) and no contract membership valid if you join between 2nd Jan – 28th Feb 2018 (T&C’s apply). Contact Chanctonbury Leisure Centre for full details on 01903 746070 or visit their website at: or pop in to see them at: Spierbridge Road, Storrington, RH20 4PG


54 Parish Council News

Ashington Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan The Neighbourhood Plan is now moving into the Site Assessment phase of the project. There are 17 Sites on the ‘long-list’ and these will be whittled down over the coming months to those that are considered most sustainable, developable, deliverable and beneficial to our community. Site selection is a very technical process and decisions will be made for sound planning reasons. We will be holding an exhibition of potential sites in early 2018, distributing leaflets to all households, businesses, stakeholders, community groups etc so that everyone has an opportunity to study the proposals and give us their feedback. Over the years the house-building targets for the country have been increasing and pressure is on local councils to release suitable land for development. The Neighbourhood Plan is a way for our community to

have their say on where the new houses in Ashington should be built. We have a target of 123-200 homes until 2031 (from an independent Housing Needs Survey) so any resident that wants ‘no development’ needs to reconsider this viewpoint. The houses are coming, whether residents agree with them or not, we just ask that residents get involved in giving their opinions on where best to put them in our village. Every Parish will need to take some new homes, the numbers of which are generally proportionate to the size of the Parish. Replace play equipment In other news, the Parish Council is working on projects to replace play equipment in both the Posthorses/Turnpike Way and Warmingshurst Close play areas. Some of the funding is being provided by the Parish Council itself but the majority will (subject to agreement by HDC) come from a pot of Developers money that was allocated to Ashington following construction of new houses in the village (eg Linfield Lane, Blakiston Close) over the past 10 years.

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Storrington & Sullington Parish Council News by Anna Worthington-Leese – Parish Council Chairman I thought I would use this opportunity to review the Parish Council’s activities during 2017 and to let you know what is being planned for 2018.

Youth Provision

Much of 2017’s activity was focused on providing facilities for our young people. The new toddler playground and skate park has been installed and the Parish Council has invested in making improvements to the Hormare field to provide the Storrington Community Football Club Juniors (the Vipers) with a home. Since WSCC cut its budget for youth services, the Parish Council has been funding a youth worker to organise activities including the Youth Café and the Friday night youth club at the Parish Hall.

Mobile Phone & Wi-Fi Some of our Councillors have worked really hard to find ways to improve the mobile phone and Wi-Fi signal in the village and as previously re-

ported, the new mast has been installed at Storrington Recreation Ground as a result of this work (although at the time of writing this article, it has yet to be switched on). We hope that the mast will be active very shortly and will continue our efforts to work with the mobile phone companies to improve the signal throughout the parish.

Parking in North Street You may remember that the Parish Council has applied to WSCC Highways to install a “No Stopping” restriction outside of the shops on North Street. I am pleased to report that this application has been approved and the project will go ahead during the next financial year.

HGVs WSCC has now agreed to the Parish Council’s request to put in place restrictions to prevent HGVs entering the bottom part of School Hill. This will involve a ban on HGVs turning into or out of School Hill and, we feel, will go a long towards preventing the constant damage to buildings on this corner as well as contributing towards improved air quality. This is also on the programme of works for WSCC for the next financial year.

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Neighbourhood Plan

fence was installed but this was pulled down and recently several hawthorn bushes were planted only to be ripped out the next day. As mentioned earlier, this field is now used by young children for football and by dog walkers and this access point opens up directly onto no pavement. It is a real shame that the Parish Council’s efforts to make this a safer space have been spoilt by some people who seemingly need to leave the field at this point rather than using the main gate a few metres away. If you would like further information on these topics or any of the Parish Council’s activities, please contact the Clerk on 01903 746547.

We will shortly be submitting the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents to HDC for its final statutory consultation and hope that the independent examination can take place in the Spring.

Storrington Christmas Night

Once again this was a very successful evening with a great turnout and lots of local businesses taking part. I would like to thank all of those involved in organising the evening (planning for it starts in July!) and also all of those who took part. This type of event can only be a success if it is supported by the community so I would also like to thank everyone who came along to the evening.

Public Toilets

Following the announcement by Waitrose that they would not be expanding the Storrington Store and providing a public toilet, the Parish Council has been in discussion with HDC about potential locations for a new facility. We hope to be in a position to provide more information over the next few months with the aim of having a public loo installed before the end of 2018.

Hormare Field Vandalism Over the last few months, the Parish Council has attempted to seal up the dangerous man-made gap in the hedge at the corner of Pulborough Road. Firstly a

Meetings January 2018 Infrastructure, Communications and Environment Committee – 10th January - 7pm Recreation and Property Committee – 10th January - 8pm Planning and Development Committee 11th January - 7pm Parish Council Meeting 24th January - 7pm 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:

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Thakeham News Traffic calming We hope readers have had a restful Christmas break. At time of writing the news on traffic calming is that new vehicle-activated signs for the Abingworth 30mph zone are ready to be installed and commissioned but, in the latest of many frustrating delays, this is awaiting Highways granting a license for traffic controls for the works period. However, this should be happening by the time you read this. Village 'gateway' features will follow. In relation to the 'pinch point' traffic calming scheme, after very constructive local consultations in late October, we have further amended the scheme details with consultants and it is now submitted to WSCC Highways for approval. We will be looking to get this expedited quickly so that works can happen in spring 2018.

Pre-school building Many readers will have watched the new Pre-School building at Abingworth approaching completion, and everyone is working hard so that the doors of this wonderful new facility open for the children on schedule in early January. We wish pre-school colleagues every success in their new home! Community events Thinking towards a community events programme for 2018, the PC is coordinating with both schools at the Rock Road site (Thakeham Primary and Steyning Grammar), and with other groups including the organisers of the biennial Thakeham Festival. Amongst the options will be some form of celebration of the opening of the new Village Hall and shop, which remains on course for the first half of 2018. Community bus We would still like to hear from anyone who is interested in helping coordinate a new community transport (minibus) scheme. Mr Owen Richards, Thakeham Parish Clerk. For more information please visit:

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Business Directory / Advertiser Index 63 Accountants ACS Direct Monks Business Services Ltd Aerials and Satellites Apex Aerials Southern Ltd Bathrooms Bathe in Safety Blinds Direct Blinds The Blind Lady Builders Miller Redshaw Padwick Builders Ltd Building Services SD Building Services Business Consultants Chapter 3 Consulting Car Servicing DK Garage & Classics Ltd LMC Auto Services (Sussex) Ltd O J Motors Ltd Stedmans Garage Wiggs Auto Repairs Ltd Carpentry R&M Carpentry Carpets & Flooring Carpets & Vinyls Direct Wall Brothers Carpets and Curtains Funnells Chauffeur Cars Pulborough Private Car Hire Chiropractor Well Adjusted Health Cleaning Miss Mop Community Organisation Washington Village WI Courses You Can Do Courses Dentist Green Arbor Dental Practice Domestic Appliances Carters Domestic Appliances Drainage The Drain Guys Ltd Elderly Care Care South Clapham Village Care Home Estate Agency Cubitt & West Fencing & Gardening Storrington Fencing & Garden Function Room Hire West Chiltington Hall Furniture CFS Furniture Garden Centre Village Nurseries Garden Design Glorious Gardens Greenacre Garden Design Garden Machinery Servicing Findon Garden Machinery Gardeners Chantry Green Tom Hoadley

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Hairdressers Blush Hair Boutique Health and Fitness South Downs Performance Health Club Impulse Leisure Group Heating & Electrical Domestic Heating & Electrical Heating and Boiler Engineers David Cooper Gas Technician Home Entertainment Bowers & Wilkins Home Furnishings & Gifts Velvet Hare Horse Manure Sussex Manures Ltd Independent Financial Advisors Investment Solutions Kitchens & Bathrooms Trueloves Bathrooms Ltd Land Services HJS Land Services Letting Agents/Estate Agents Batcheller Monkhouse Mobility Solutions Kardinal Independent Living Mortgages Inspire Mortgages Solutions Ltd Osteopath Nicholas Coysh Osteopath Oven Cleaning Oven Rescue Ovens and More Painters & Decorators Gary Block Picture Framers Belchamber Ltd Podiatry Podiatry Services Roofing BG Roofing School The Towers School Security and Locksmiths Invader Security Solutions Ltd Shoes Railtonward Ltd Solicitors Anderson Rowntree Solicitors Mayo Wynne Baxter Taxis MJ Cars Travel & Holidays Old Mill Travel Roadmark Travel Tree Surgeon Andrew Gale Tree Surgery Ashwood Tree Surgery TV & Electrical Hamilton Cole Vet Arun Veterinary Group Crossways Animal Care Ltd Visitor Attraction Worthing Ice Rink Windows Doors Conservatories Attwater Home Improvements Rustington Windows

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Sussex Local - Storrington - January 2018  

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

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