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December 2016


Arundel - Barnham - Climping - Fontwell - Ford - Slindon - Walberton

Local news and events through the door to 7,000 homes in this area every month


With the opening of the Tim Peake exhibition in Chichester we speak to Tim’s father Nigel


Children’s book Mice Folk of Arundel Peter Pan Panto Tickets

ARUNDEL HISTORY Arundel Memories of the late Roland Puttock


Designing with layers

NEW PUZZLES For younger readers


What’s On, Local Walks, Recipe, Prize Crossword, Local news Motoring, Local groups & charity, Business Directory

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December 2016

Cover Photo Arundel Town Square courtesy of Robert Maynard Photography

Welcome... to the last month of 2016, I can’t believe another year is nearly over. It has certainly been a year of change culminating in the astonishing presidential election result in the US. Change is not always good, “better the devil you know” as the saying goes. It’s also been a full year since astronaut Tim Peake blasted off from Kazakhstan and orbited the earth for six months. On the anniversary of the mission launch, the Novium Museum in Tim’s home city of Chichester opens it’s major new exhibition 'Tim Peake: An Extraordinary Journey' - and we speak to Tim’s father Nigel Peake for an exclusive interview. See page 24 . Also this month you can win Panto tickets to see Peter Pan at the Worthing Pavilion in January (page 17), ‘Always Here’ a new novel set in Yapton (p15) and a swashbuckling new children’s book, The Mice folk of Arundel (p15).

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...........................................................................What’s On .....................................Win! Signed book - “Always Here” .............Win! Children’s Book - The Mice Folk of Arundel ............................................Young Readers’ Puzzle Page ................................Win! Peter Pan Family Panto Tickets ........................................................................Local Walks ..........................Arundel History - Memories of a ‘Mullet’ ..............................................Charity & Community News ...................................Mission Peake by Veronica Cowan ................................................................Prize Crossword ................................................................................Recipe .............................................................................Motoring ...................................................................In Your Garden ..............................................................Business Directory ...........................................................Index of Advertisers

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Much gardening work can be done indoors this month (with a mince-pie and a cuppa?) by planning your garden for next year. Andrew has plenty of ideas see page 34 Our local history feature is a collection of memories from an Arundel ‘Mullet’, the late Roland Puttock who was ‘Comptroller’ of Arundel castle for many years. See p19 and part two will follow next month. Seasons greetings,

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Always Here - a book set in Yapton Win a signed copy of a new novel based on a real family Nick Symes has written a book in memory of his mother who was one of six children who spent their childhood at Rose cottage, Church Lane, Yapton from the 1930s up to the mid 1940s. Nick had heard a lot about Yapton from his mother and as a family they visited in the 1970s. Nick found it to be very much as she had described it and has returned several times. This is Nick’s first work of fiction and he relished the challenge of telling the story through the eyes of Mary Foster, an eleven year old girl. He set the book at a later time than when the Symes family were in Yapton as the time period where the book begins is 1968. The book follows Mary Foster as she wrestles with being bullied at school, growing pains and coming to terms with an ancient oak tree that starts communicating with her. All this happens just outside her family's cottage against the backdrop of Saint Mary's

Church in Yapton village. Inside the cottage, a ritual of coal fires, washing of hands prior to eating under a disciplinarian but loving mother. A time of no mobile phones or computers, rather a solitary house phone, a black and white television and strict bedtime routines which older readers can relate to and younger readers will smile at. “Always Here” is available at Amazon, and Sussex Local has two signed copies to give away.

Win a signed copy of “Always Here” Q: In which village is the book set? a) Burpham

b) Yapton

c) Barnham

Send your answer and full contact details including daytime telephone number to: ‘Always Here’ Competition, PO Box 2237, Pulborough RH20 9AH or email Winner will be first entry drawn after the closing date 31st December 2016. Please indicate if you wish to remain on our mailing list.

The Mice Folk of Arundel Win a signed copy of this new children’s storybook set in Arundel Set in the real life town in West Sussex. The Mice Folk of Arundel is a story about pirates, rescue and friendship. It begins with the arrival of the Mice Folk and their very first and very big adventure. With 60 pages of full colour illustrations by local artist and illustrator Ian Tyrrell and written by his daughter Jo Tyrrell. “We wanted to create a story set in the place that was close to our hearts. Not only have we lived in Arundel for many years. We also found out through sheer coincidence that our own family history began here too, over 200 years ago with the Murrells of Slindon. Having my own son in the past year has also inspired me to want to give him something that brings the history of the town alive. I grew up with dad making up stories and hours drawing in his design studio. To be able to create a book together has been such a gift. No only has it been wonderful bringing my own

childhood memories back but we also wanted to give local children their own story of a place they know so well. We were both so inspired by the walks in the surrounding countryside and there is something special in that I feel. Arundel has an amazing history, and it really is such a magical place, especially for children but for so many people who live here and visit. So much of the story reflects the people and places that we both see everyday.” For more information visit

Win a signed copy of “The Mice Folk of Arundel” Q: Who is the author of The Mice Folk of Arundel? a) Jo Tyrrell

b) Roald Dahl

c) Ian Tyrrell

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

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Win a family ticket to see Peter Pan at Worthing Pavillion between 1st & 7th January 2017 Patrick Monahan (Show Me the Funny) as the dastardly Captain Hook, Amelia Lily (X Factor) as the feisty and fun-loving Tiger Lily, and Lloyd Daniels (X Factor) as Peter Pan. Win tickets to this family favourite (see below) or to book call the box office on 01903 206206 or more details and bookings:

Win a family ticket to see Peter Pan Panto at The Pavilion is definitely going to hook audiences of all ages this year as it’s anchors away and sails set for the launch of The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan. The JM Barrie classic tale of the boy who refused to grow up gets plenty of 21st century treatment, with spectacular flying sequences and the introduction of the essential pantomime dame, Able Mabel. Starring Richard ‘Dick’ McCourt (Dick & Dom in da Bungalow) as the hilarious pirate Smee, funnyman

Q: Who is the author of Peter Pan? a) J M Barrie

b) Roald Dahl

c) Enid Blyton

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Local Walks - December These walks are supported by Chichester District Council, are led by volunteers and are designed to cater for all ages and abilities. No booking is required but please arrive 10 mins before the walk is due to start. Dogs are welcome unless otherwise stated but must be kept on the lead. If the weather is poor the walk may be cancelled, if unsure please check. 01243 534589 L = Walk Leader Thurs 1st


Dell Quay

L: Bruce

2 hours.

4 miles

2 hrs

4 miles

Flat. Dell Quay Sailing Club. SU835028 (Nearest postcode PO20 7EE) Fri 2nd



L: Jane

A flat walk taking in parts of Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve and Seashore. Car park at the junction of Sea Lane and The Parade Mon 5th


Christmas Lunch & West Dean

L: Anne

1 hour 30 mins

3 miles

Shorter Walk West Dean-Binderton 11:00am. West Dean. SU857124 ( Nearest postcode PO18 0RJ ) Lunch Booking Essential. Sam Miles 01243 534817 or for menu & booking form Tues 6th



L: Andrew

1 hour 30 mins

3 miles


1 mile

2 hrs

4 miles

Along Centurion Way to Binderton. Sheepwash Lane, East Lavant Weds 7th


Chichester Westgate

L: Helen

Entrance to Westgate Leisure Centre, PO19 1RJ. Helen 07921 278 860 Thurs 8th


Nutbourne to Prinsted

L: Jane

Walk through woodland to the harbour shoreline and back through farmland and fields. Meet at the entrance to Maybush Copse, which is about 200yds down Cot Lane on the right hand side Sun 11th



L: Dominic

5 hours 45 mins

5.75 miles

Burpham Racham Banks South Downs Way to Amberley, back to Burpham via Stoke Lane. All day walk - bring lunch, hilly. Burpham Village Hall Car Park Mon 12th


Kingley Vale to West Stoke

L: Peter B

1 hour 30 mins

3 miles

Chichester Oaklands

L: Helen


1 mile

West Stoke car park Tues 13th


A gentle paced walk suitable for beginners. Entrance to Chichester Festival Theatre, PO19 6AP Helen 07921 278 860 Weds 14th


Canal Walk

L: Janet

1 hour 30 mins

3.5 miles

Return by bus. Suitable for beginners. Chichester Canal, Basin Road, Chichester PO19 8DT Thurs 15th


Springshead Hill

L: Peter Br

2 hrs

4.5 miles

Hilly downland walk with stunning views all around. Car Park at Springhead Hill Map ref TQ069124 Mon 19th


Rowlands Castle

L: Anne A

1 hr 30 mins

4 miles

Hilly, some stiles. Not suitable for beginners. Recreation Ground off Links Lane Mon 19th


Chichester Westgate

L: Helen

30 mins

1 mile

Entrance to Westgate Leisure Centre, PO19 1RJ Helen on 07921 278 860 Tues 20th



L: Andrew

1 hours 30 mins

3.5 miles

Bognor to Felpahm

L: Jane

1 hour 15 minutes

2.5 miles

L: Dominic

2 hours

5/3 miles

White Horse inn, Chilgrove Thurs 22nd


Bognor Regis pier on the seafront Tues 27th


Black Rabbit

Easy, flat riverside walk, no stiles .Mill Road car park by river in town centre (charge)

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Memories of an Arundel ‘Mullet’ Part 1 Arundel Memories of the late Roland Puttock. By local historian Mark Phillips

and you'd get an apple and an orange and a bag of In May 2015 Arunsweets that were given to you by the duke's sisters.’ del lost one of its great characters in In the run-up to D Day Roland recalls standing in awe Roland Puttock while watching a large number of tanks driving along who sadly passed the A27 into Arundel and parking up under the trees away in the town along Mill Road – then referred to locally as ‘New hospital. Roland Road’. ‘I remember one day a tank came down and was well known parked outside my house in Wood View. Imagine that around the town – a tank parking outside my house! The driver got out and for many years and knocked on the door wanting to speak to my from 1970 he was sister. We had a lot of military in the town and obvithe Comptroller ously they used to invite the girls out. The troops and (No, not a spelling the local people usually got on very well. Roland was mistake.) at Arunin the army until 1948 and after that he worked in the del Castle. He was office at the Pepper family owned Amberley Chalk born in Arundel as Quarry, near Arundel. ‘hadn’t been there that long was his father bewhen the Manager, who was sitting next to me in the Roland Puttock fore him and as office, suddenly dropped dead beside me. Another man such both were proud ‘Mullets’, the name given to was asked to be the Manager. Believe it or not he hadthose born within the Parish. Although the family n’t been in the position for very long before he died as were Catholic and attended the Roman Catholic well, so I was told that I would have to be the Manager. Church, later to become a Cathedral, Roland went to I thought, two dead will I be the third? - this is a bit the Church of England school in School Lane (where worrying! So, I became the Manager and ran the quarry the library is now located). This ‘Did not please the until it closed in 1968.’ ‘I then worked for Mr. White, Roman Catholics!’ Roland says ‘When I went to who had been running the quarry transport business, school I had a friend who I used to call on every mornuntil in 1970 and totally out of the blue, I had a telephone call from the agent at Arundel Castle asking me ing. We used to play in the fields which is where Torto go and see him. When I arrived, he said, “Sit down, I ton Hill and Pearson Road estates are now – we just want to know if you’d like to come and run the called it ‘The Mountains’. We would play there until castle”! I was quite shocked but finally stuttered ‘OK, we heard the school bell ring at which point we would I’ll give it a go’.’ ‘Then the day came when I was offirun like crazy to get to school on time.’ ‘I used to get cially to meet my boss. I arrived wearing my best suit a penny a week to spend on sweets; there were and Duke Bernard turned up, casually dressed with his plenty of places to spend it. There was a sweet shop hands in his pockets. He walked in School Lane called Lawrence’s, over, stretched out his hand to one on the corner of the Slipe shake mine and said, “Good morncalled Spence, just along Tarrant ing Roland, how’s your mother?” street was Brown’s, on the leftwhich was the last thing you expect hand side there was Dean’s and to hear on your first day in a job let another in Norfolk Terrace which alone from the premier peer of Engwas run by the Bennetts’.’ ‘At land! He asked me to sit down and Christmas the Duke & Duchess said “Anything you want to ask me?” used to throw a party at the castle so I asked him a couple of questions for local children, and it was aland that was the end of the meetways held in the Barons Hall. The ing. He got up and left. A bunch of Roman Catholic school always keys was then thrown at me across went up on the first day and the the table and the Duke’s Agent said, Church of England went on the “Well, there you are, get on with it”! second day. As kids we used to say ‘And so, I became Comptroller of the that we got the left-over’s! We used castle. The Duke and I were to get to go up and have tea and be given on very well together.’ With credit to presents off the tree. There were Arundel Museum OHG. always tea chests by the door as The Duke & Duchess of Norfolk on the you came out of the Barons Hall, day of their marriage in 1937 Part 2 to follow next month.

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Sussex Snippets One-year-on since it was opened, Tangmere Solar Farm has generated enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes for an entire year - almost 5,000 MWh (megawatt hour) of clean electricity from 18,000 solar panels - and is one of the country’s first councilowned solar farms and built on 29 acres of land owned by West Sussex County Council on part of the site of the former Tangmere Airfield. Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “This is the first part of a very exciting on-going project to produce clean, efficient energy harnessing nature’s resource.” It is estimated that there are 120,000 unemployed military veterans, and up to 20,000 are leaving the services each year - many will be forced to leave early through physical or mental trauma and are unsure what to do with their futures. Building Heroes was formed two years ago to offer free construction skills training to service leavers and support them into a career in the building trades. Building Heroes is entirely reliant on fundraising, sponsorship and donations, and is holding a Christmas Market on 17th December, at the Brinsbury Campus, near Pulborough, as well as a Santa Run. For more details see:

SUSSEX LOCAL First Steps Childcare operates three full-day care nurseries in West Sussex in Brinsbury (near Pulborough), Chichester and Bersted, and the nurseries have committed to supporting The Big Build Kenya, in partnership with Chichester College, to construct a new primary school in Nakuru, Kenya. This year, the nurseries have raised £4,738, through bake sales, sponsored safari hunts and Africaninspired fun weeks, and hope to raise a further £3,000 next year, and are currently running a sponsored bike ride from Chichester to Nakuru on an exercise bike in the nursery reception, with children and staff following the route, kilometre by kilometre and celebrating each new country destination as they reach it. Contact: First Steps Nursery – Lucy Oldham 07971 436329 The Big Build Kenya – Rachel Northover - 023 8178 0957 Sussex Wildlife Trust, the largest nature conservation charity in the county, has published its first printed calendar following requests from members and other supporters. It features twelve stunning full colour photographs showcasing some of the most beautiful examples of wildlife found in Sussex, as well as fun facts about the featured species and reminders of key UK dates. The calendars are priced at £8.99 and Christmas cards supporting the work of the Trust are also available - money raised from sales will be used to support conservation work throughout the county. Contact:, or call 01273 497532. Postage and packing applies. A new model of support for children and families is beginning to take shape with a vision to create an environment where a number of the County Council’s Children’s Services work together more closely to enable better help for families at the earliest opportunity. This hub model encompasses a whole range of services and the current staff and stakeholder engagement will feed into the proposed structure and plans which will go back to the Select Committee for further discussions on 8th December. More than 100 volunteers were celebrated at a recent, special West Sussex event to mark the Diamond Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). Volunteers came from 26 of the county’s DofE centres to share memories from the past six decades and were awarded a special commemorative certificate by Mark Spofforth OBE, The High Sheriff of West Sussex. Contact:

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So This Is Christmas Fair 4th Dec Brought to you once again by The Fairy Tale Fair and The Northbrook Friends of St Barnabas group, you can visit ‘So This is Christmas’ on Sunday 4th December at The Charmandean Centre, Worthing. Inside will be over 70 craft and vintage stalls selling handmade or hand designed gifts and offering plenty of Christmas gift ideas - jewellery, prints, cards, chocolates, decorations, children’s items, baby clothes, art, vintage accessories. There will also be face painting, homemade bakes, a visit from Santa, and live performers. As well as supporting St Barnabas Hospice, you will also be supporting talented designers and makers, many of whom are local. The fair is open 10.30am to 4pm with visits from the town crier and visits from the Mayor.

Arundel by Candlelight 3rd Dec This year’s Arundel by Candlelight will take place on Saturday 3rd December – the perfect start to the Christmas season. The event will open at 12noon, with a procession led by three churches, local choirs and The Chichester Young Farmers, who will recreate a ‘Live Nativity’ scene, and will be followed at 12.15pm by the Church led Carol service. The Christmas market will showcase a diverse range of hand picked independent stallholders, selling clothing, jewellery, seasonal gifts, holly and mistletoe stall, and stalls offering seasonal treats. The Lantern Procession will take place at 4.30 pm with judging by the Mayor and the Town Crier; lantern workshops for children held from 12.30-3.30 pm in the Norfolk Arms Hotel. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place at 4.45pm with the Rt Hon Nick Herbert CBE, MP for Arundel & South Downs. As in previous years there will be Father Christmas in his grotto, and Crown Yard will feature vintage Victorian fairground rides from Horton’s Steam Fair. Contact information: arundelcandle Direct message on twitter: @arundelcandle arundelbycandlelight Direct message on instagram: @arundelbycandlelight

Hospice Calls for Volunteers St Wilfrid’s Hospice is calling for volunteers to fill a variety of roles at its Chichester premises and throughout the local area. Volunteers are essential to ensure the smooth day to day running of the Hospice,

SUSSEX LOCAL and Volunteers’ Service Leader Emma Lemm encourages local people to consider making a valuable contribution to the local community: “We have a wide variety of roles available, especially those directly helping with patients,” she says. “In both the ward and the Orchard Day Centre this typically involves welcoming visitors, chatting to patients, and helping to serve refreshments and lunches to patients. In the Orchard Centre there is more interaction with patients, and anyone with arts and crafts skills willing to run small creative groups would be particularly welcome.” St Wilfrid’s offers continuous training and emotional support for its volunteers. Hours are flexible and can vary from a couple of hours a week to a full day. The Hospice is also looking for volunteers for its shops throughout the area, especially in Midhurst, Bognor Regis Queensway and Emsworth. Contact Emma Lemm - 01243 755815, or email:

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Arun sets it vision to address housing issue Arun District Council (ADC) is setting up its own housing company to commercially develop housing for profit, which will be fed back to help subsidise services. I was on the Cabinet working party helping to shape the strategy and the opportunities. I want to look to build shared ownership property where Arun’s young people on modest wages can afford to buy 25 percent of their own property whilst they rent the balance. Government can borrow money at the lowest rates in history, which can be fed through the Public Loans Board to help provide finance for these types of developments. It is, in effect, Social (Council) housing for the 21st century. The rental element is affordable and the fact that buyers borrow a lower amount means they need a smaller deposit and can build up more and more equity over time as their wages improve. I believe this is a golden opportunity to solve the housing crisis in our area. It’s now clear that Arun will have to accept a target of building about 1000 houses a year, which will be a difficult sell to local communities who do not want these numbers. The problem is that the UK needs to build 250,000 per annum, which everyone seems to agree to, but no one wants them built in their locality. This leaves a difficult political conundrum.

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I believe that local communities would accept additional housing if they knew that it was for the sons and daughters of Arun, rather than for new residents from more expensive places like London. Incomers tend to want more expensive larger houses, which creates a local housing inflation. Balancing this type of house building with more shared ownership would, I believe, be an easier sell. Also shared ownership by its nature is of a higher density and takes a smaller land footprint. But also local communities want infrastructure to accompany any new house building. As you read this article, a new white paper will have been issued by Gavin Barwell, the very able Minister for Housing - it will be uncomfortable reading as I think he will promote an acceleration of development and new towns. One (Merryfields) is planned near Partridge Green, close to the M23, but also Ford is looking at a development of up to 1500 houses, which is, in effect, a new village - challenging times. Until next month. Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton and Cabinet member on Arun District Council, send an email to: website:

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Mission Peake By Veronica Cowan. With the opening of the Tim Peake exhibition in Chichester this month we speak to Tim’s father Nigel Peake


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If you met someone at a party who said their son was an astronaut who had orbited the earth, you would think they were off their rocket and dash for the nearest exit. But Nigel Peake seemed well-grounded when I spoke to him about his astronaut son, Tim’s momentous mission, which ended on 18 June 2016, so it must be true. West Sussex born Tim blasted off from Kazakhstan on December 15 last year, bound for the International Space Station, and orbited the earth for six months. The trigger for my space-talk with Nigel was the Novium Museum’s major new exhibition 'Tim Peake: An Extraordinary Journey' - opening in his home city of Chichester on 15 December, the anniversary of the mission launch. Visitors will be able to follow Tim’s astronomical adventure, from growing up in Chichester to becoming the first British European Space Agency astronaut. The UK Space Agency has given a £12,500 grant for the exhibition, which will also celebrate the work of Helen Sharman, the very first British astronaut and first woman in space. It is hoped Tim will visit the exhibition in person. His father, seventy-three-year-old Nigel, is very much part of the project group pulling the exhibition together, but we weren’t about to let him get away with just telling us about that: finding out about Tim is our mission, so how is he doing and is he still suffering from any of the after effects of being in space? “Bone density and muscles can be affected, but the only thing not back is bone density.” Nigel reports. Was that aspect worrying for him and

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26 Local People Nigel Peake at the exhibition press launch

his wife, Angela, I wondered: “No, because everyone had warned about that, so you don’t worry. The worst part only lasted a few hours after the landing.” The British astronaut has himself described this as the “world’s worst hangover”.

hero, Nigel doesn't sound at all spaced out by the media attention he and his wife have been on the receiving end of and gave a down-toearth response: “We are very proud but it makes us laugh that we are now introduced to people as Tim’s parents.” He adds that 44-year-old Tim was delighted and has said it is the pinnacle of his career. Nigel noted that Tim had had 18 years in the Army, and that training for the space mission was so thorough, adding: “They have to cover every eventuality, even the docking and when another astronaut got water in his helmet outside the space station, they just switched into training mode.”

As to whether it is tricky being the father of a national

How have they coped with Tim’s fame and the excitement and worry of having a son who is an astronaut, and did they have any nightmares about space whilst Tim was up there? “No, I can honestly say not,” said Nigel, continuing: “It was wonderful to watch the space walk and we were reassured by the training and kept informed. It was fantastic back up. It gave Tim a new perspective on the earth and space” adding: “He was probably safer up there away from all the traffic!”


Tim must be exceptionally resilient, both physically and mentally, I observed, so does he get that from you, I asked Nigel. “He has always had a positive attitude, and Tim has said he had a very stable family life”, Nigel said. Tim was selected from more than 8,000 candidates, who had applied online to become an astronaut, following a selection process that took a year, followed by five years of training. Was there anything about his childhood that gave any insight into the fact that he would want to go into space as an adult? “He was always interested in flying helicopters, and his main career path was flying helicopters” said Nigel, who recalls that most of the testing was psychological, to test for tenacity and irritability: “With six people in the space ship that is very important. They want to know how you interact with people.”

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Chichester High School, of which Tim is a former pupil, must be on Cloud 9 with all the positive publicity, but can it take much of the credit? Nigel gave an emphatic “Yes!”, in response, adding that Tim has paid tribute to the teacher in charge of the cadet force, which focussed his mind and he knew then that he wanted to join the army. His physics teacher, Mike Gouldstone, was also very supportive of Tim, he added. On finishing school, Tim went to the Royal

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28 Local People / Finance Military Academy at Sandhurst, and started in the army air corps after that.

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Is it true that Tim rang you from the International Space Station but got the wrong number? Nigel recalls: “He rang us but we were out, and he got our Ansaphone, but he also called someone - a pensioner - and she put the ‘phone down.” Well, it’s not every day that one picks up the telephone to be asked: “Hello, is this planet Earth?” The mission was Russian so is Tim now a fluent Russian speaker? Not fluent, said Nigel, but he has a good command of the language. Tim’s sister, who studied Russian at university, helped by having conversations with him in Russian. Since his return to Earth, Tim has been visiting major cities and speaking at events about what it's like to live and work in space, joined by his flight crew member Tim Kopra, NASA and former commander of the International Space Station. But he has a more local engagement ahead of him: Tim has said he would be honoured to take part in a parade through Chichester, after eight-year-old Rufus Knight, a pupil at Oakwood School, asked him

to take part in a ticker-tape parade through his home city. Has the parade occurred yet? “He is still trying to find a date.” Reports Nigel. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase: “I will look for a window in my diary.”

Christmas presents that last a lifetime! By Richard Cohen JP FPFS ACII MCSI Chartered Financial Planner Parents and grandparents are increasingly giving children money instead of buying them gifts for Christmas and birthdays. The future for our young is paved with the need for bigger deposits to buy a home, higher education costs and of course inflation. Whilst some may criticise for showing a lack of imagination, in the long run it can bring more long term happiness than this year’s long forgotten top toy. Savings accounts and premium bonds are familiar ideas but two less considered options are pensions andISAs. Pensions Children are allowed to have up to £3,600 paid into a pension each tax year, despite the fact they are unlikely to be earning. Realistically it will be relatives paying on their behalf. However, the child still receives the tax relief, with contributions grossed up by 20%. Therefore for the maximum £3,600 to be paid in you only pay £2,880. If you were to pay a more typical £100 into a pension £125 would actually be invested. It may seem extreme to consider pensions for a child but money paid in early can really make a difference. If

you paid £100, left it invested for 50 years, assumed a 5%growth rate after charges it would be worth £1,146. Currently you cannot access your pension until you are at least 55 – often considered a disadvantage. However, you may be pleased that they cannot access this money at 18 when they may not spend it appropriately. Junior ISAs As with their adult equivalents you have both a savings account version and an investment version of a junior ISA. Which is most appropriate depends on attitudes to risk and the child’s age. Generally speaking the younger the child the more likely it is that the investment option will be appropriate. The maximum that can be paid in is £4,080 each year, but you do not get tax relief, so a £4,080 contribution costs you just that. The money grows tax free and the account is theirs to do with as they wish when they are 18. So this year consider a gift that gives your children and grandchildren more than just a Happy Christmas! or to arrange a free review please call Sarah Gray on 01903 821010

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Smoked Salmon Blinis Whether you are two or dozens on Christmas Day a bite of smoked salmon and glass of champagne is the perfect treat! Ingredients. Makes 12:       

1 small packet (12-16) prepared mini blinis 75g pkt sliced smoked salmon or trout Lemon juice Black pepper 150g tub crème frâiche 25g can salmon eggs or lumpfish roe Fresh dill

3 Arrange the blinis on warmed platters. Put a small spoonful of crème fraiche on each one, top with a grating of black pepper, a piece of salmon, a few salmon eggs and a sprig of dill.

Method: 1. 1 Place the blinis on a baking tray and warm through briefly. 2 Cut the salmon into 12-16 pieces and sprinkle with lemon juice and black pepper, divide the dill into small sprigs.

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Winter Motoring See and be Seen by Rex Lloyd ‘See and be seen’ should be the motto of every safety -conscious motorist. So many drivers tend to overlook the necessity of using headlights during daytime driving in bad weather conditions. The first priority of every motorist should be to ensure all the car’s lights are operating at their most efficient. This means clean lenses. It means clean, uncorroded reflectors. It also means changing bulbs as they become dimmed, since at the stage they do not produce the best of light and they are about to ‘go’ anyway. Inspect your lights, at least once a week, more often if you motor daily. Get a friend to help you check rear, brake, reversing and indicator lights. These are extremely important because they warn other drivers of your moves. Light lenses should be cleaned rather more often than the car itself is cleaned. They can so quickly become obscured or dimmed by road dirt. In winter, frost and snow can reduce headlight beams to almost nil. Some cars however do have lamp wipers. And make sure your lights are correctly directed. It is of no use whatsoever, dipping the beam, if the dipped lights are still directed to dazzle, or if the lights are

directed beyond the kerbside. Lights will help you see ahead but it is also important to ensure you can see through the windscreen in the first place. Keep you screen wash topped up, and not with just plain water. Always use a screen wash, it not only cleans better but acts as an anti-freeze in winter. Wipers must be in good repair to work efficiently. They are too often neglected till they split and fall away, just when you need them most. Always replace them as soon as they start to show missed areas when they are in use. Don’t forget to clean your screen on the inside; It is often forgotten how quickly dust and greasy deposits arrive here. If you or your passenger is a smoker, the screen will become dirty even quicker, so keep a cloth and cleaner handy in the car and wipe that screen over at least every other day.



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In Your Garden Monthly gardening ideas and tasks by Andrew Staib of Glorious Gardens Trees Choose your trees carefully. Often I arrive at a client’s garden and there is either one massive tree that dominates the rest of the garden space or there is a lack of trees. People sometimes assume that planting trees will create too much shade but if your garden is small/medium, well positioned trees with a delicate and spacious leaf and branch character can create a canopy that will give your garden a sense of height, enclosure and intimacy. Some trees for the smaller gardens are Amelenchier lamarki, Weeping Birch, Malus, Sorbus, Viburnum Tinus, Albezia and Rhus. All of these trees will give your garden a lovely sense of breadth without a tree surgeon being called in every year. Taller Shrubs

Designing your Garden using Layers Are you bored with your garden? Has it felt two dimensional this summer with long periods where nothing much is happening? If you take a walk in nature you will realise that plant life tries to occupy all the different layers of space. From tall trees to a canopy of small trees underneath, to shrubs then ground cover, bulbs and climbers. Different plants survive on different levels depending on their light requirements with other factors such as wind, soil stability and ability to grow next to other different species. The result is powerful and achieves a complexity that most gardens lack. Of course in many ways gardens are simplifications of nature, bringing out the essential elements whilst allowing for more functional human spaces as well as ease of maintenance. Yet it is possible to bring some of that rich wovenness into the smallest of gardens and the results will give you a deeper satisfaction and a more three dimensional beauty. So if there are gaps in your beds or just one or two layers going on compared with the eight I have mentioned below, you can notice what is missing and plan to enrich your layering for next year!

Underneath this layer one can plant a layer which I call Tall Shrubs. These plants can contribute lots of height when needed but can also be pruned severely each year depending on the plan you have for the shapes in your garden.


through the door Some are Sambucus ‘Sutherland’s Gold’ and Sambucus ‘Black Lace’, Philadelphus, Forsythia, some of the taller Cornus, Ceanothus, Fatsia, most of the the Pittisporums and the different types of Laurel. Smaller Shrubs Smaller shrubs can then be chosen that will tend to give longer periods of colour and fit snuggly under the ‘umbrellas’ of the taller trees. Some interesting shrubs that come to mind are: Rosa rugosa, Teucrium fruticans, Japanese Quince, most of the Hebes, Hydrangeas, Cistis, Pittisporum ‘Tom Thumb’ and the Choysia range. Ground Cover Ground cover can be used as the ‘glue’ that holds all the different layers together. Not only can you plant these in large ribbons and drifts to give your border a sense of flow and unity but they solve the practical job of suppressing the weeds whilst the trees are establishing themselves. Some tried and tested ground covers that I like are the Geraniums, Sedums, Chaerophyllum ‘Roseum’, White Bay Willow Herb and Persicaria. Smaller Ground Cover The smaller ground covers tend


to be at the front of borders where they won’t be swamped by the bigger plants. Some nice examples are: Pachysandra, Ajuga, Brunnera, Galium odoratum, Epimedium, Bergenias, Lilly of the Valley and Periwinkle. Climbers It is surprising how many gardens I visit and see unsightly spaces that a week chosen climber could easily transform. Climbers hide fences, can shoot up trees like rambling roses or drop languidly gown from shed grooves or pergodas. They are a first choice for many unsightly wall or tool shed and with their exuberant need to spread out can give your garden a new dimension of space. More unusual climbers are Akebia, Campsis, Berberidopsis coralline and Solanum Bulbs The bulb range is enormous. Some come out before the trees have come into leaf to grab the early sunlight when they can, others push through other plant life tenaciously. As I have written in previous articles, plan your bulbs with the months of the year in mind and you can have


36 Gardening / Business Directory bright splashes of colour almost all year. (The bright blue of Gentians at Wakefield were intense to look at this weekend). I would like to include another dimension to designing your garden with layers and that is what is called ‘Window Plants’. These are plants that even though some are quite tall they can be planted in the middle or even the front of a bed and you can see through their spacious foliage to other plants. Examples of theseand please look them up as they have a great ethereal feeling - are; Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’, Dierama, Qaura, Molinia Tranparent and Molinia ‘Karl Foestar’, Allium Sphaerocephalon and the more commonly known Verbena Bonsariensis and Stips gigantia.

What to do in December Obviously it is the time of Christmas Fairs - Horsham Sunday Christmas market, plus the Ukfield Festival of Christmas, Arundel by Candlelight on Dec 3rd and ice skating at the Pavillion in Brighton are just a few things to do! Happy Xmas Everyone and give your back a well earned rest.

What to do in December  It’s the right time to plant trees and hedges taken straight from the field. They are normally called ‘bareroot’ as opposed to ‘container grown’. They are half the price and settle in nicely into the cool moist earth.  If you have any tomatoes left in the green house harvest them all even if they are green. In a bowl in the sun indoors they will still ripen.  It is still ok to order and plant bulbs. The soil is still very warm even if the air isn’t.  Prune heavily sapping trees like Birches now and Grape vines before the winter sets in.  Harvest the rest of your root crops and lift and store your Dahlia bulbs.  Don’t worry if your garden looks messy. The more mess the better for wildlife that needs a place to hide during the winter. You will have plenty of time to clean your beds in Spring. Just think, laziness now is creating a 5 star hotel for wildlife!  However where needs must, continue to rake up leaves and store them separately from the summer’s grass clippings as they need a different process to break down quickly.

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