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Cover Photo Peter Pan at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing www.worthingtheatres.co.uk
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'. 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 see page 17. Starring well-known TV celebrities, it promises to ’hook’ the audience (sorry)!
4 ...........................................................................What’s On 16 ............................................Young Readers’ Puzzle Page 17 ..............................Win family Panto tickets to Peter Pan 18 ........................................................................Local Walks 20 ..............................................Charity & Community News 24 ...................................Mission Peake by Veronica Cowan 30 .................................................................Prize Crossword 32 .................................................................................Recipe 34 ...................................................................In Your Garden 40 ..........................................Local History by Valerie Martin 41 .................................Findon Valley Residents Association 44 ...........................................Clapham Village Shop Update 46 .............................................................................Motoring 48 ..............................................................Business Directory 51 ...........................................................Index of Advertisers January Booking Deadline 1st Dec
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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 Valerie Martin writes more on the subject of the area’s long-lost windmills see page 40 and our December recipe on page 32 is, (what else?) Roast Turkey! Finally we wish you good health, happiness and all you wish for yourself this Christmas. Seasons greetings,
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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: www.worthingtheatres.co.uk
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
Reader Letter - Thanks to St Barnabas for wife’s care Dear Editor My wife Susan died at the end of November last year. She was just 63. Susan had collapsed suddenly at her golf club in August the previous year. Scans were taken and showed that she had a large terminal growth on her brain. Her doctor referred us to St Barnabas House and when I took Susan into the hospice for the first time we met with Jackie, a Community Nurse, who we came to know very well. Jackie regularly came out to our home in Storrington and helped me to cope through the bad times. Susan started going to the Day Hospice and it was brilliant for her, a chance to relax, have some therapy and chat to the staff and other patients. Susan spent her last few weeks at St Barnabas. I was with her every day, but each evening I could go home knowing she was receiving the best possible care. All the nurses were so attentive to her, so supportive. St Barnabas House nurses gave Susan the most incredible care. This Christmas, please join me in helping them to offer the same care to other local people at the end of their lives. Thank you and may I wish you and your loved ones a happy and peaceful Christmas. Ian, by email. www.stbarnabas-hospice.org.uk
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Local Walks - December 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 Thu 1 10:00am Broadbridge Heath Circular 4.5 miles 2 hrs 15 mins Level 2 Broadbridge Heath recreation ground, RH12 3JY Lynne 01403 268157 Sat 3 8:30am Washington Common 6.5 miles 2 hrs 45 mins Level 3 National Trust Georges Lane Car Park Washington, RH20 3JH Mick Denness 01903 745971 Sat 3 2:00pm Warminghurst Church 4.7 miles 1 hr 45 mins Level 3 Georges Lane NT car park, Storrington, RH20 3JH Mick Denness 01903 745971 Sun 4 10:00am Roundabout West Chiltington 3.8 miles 1 hr 45 mins Level 2 West Chiltington Village Hall, RH20 2PZ Mick Denness 01903 745971 Mon 5 9:35am Pulborough (Bus and Walk) 5 miles 3 hrs Level 3 Pulborough’s public car park, Brooks Way, RH20 2BQ Mike P 01798 874319 Tue 6 11:00am Health Centre, Steyning 2 miles 75 mins Health Steyning Health Centre, Tanyard Lane, BN44 3RJ Ann 01903 297553 Sat 10 9:00am Wiston/Steyning Dog Walk 2 miles 1 hr 15 mins Level 2 Steyning Cricket Pavilion, BN44 3LE Ann 01903 297553 Sat 10 2:00pm Fryern Park 3 miles 1 hr 15 mins Level 2 Glebe Surgery car park, Monastery Lane, Storrington, RH20 4LR Mick Denness 01903 745971 Sun 11 10:00am Sullington Hill 5 miles 2 hrs Level 3 Glebe Surgery car park, Monastery Lane, Storrington, RH20 4LR Mick Denness 01903 745971 Sun 11 11:00am Parham Glider Field 3.6 miles 1 hr 45 mins Level 2 Glebe Surgery car park, Monastery Lane, Storrington, RH20 4LR Mick Denness 01903 745971 Join us for our traditional Christmas Social after either walk on the 11th Dec at 12:30pm. Tickets £3.50 Tue 13 12:00pm Conservatory Café Horsham Park 3.3 miles 1 hr 15 Level 2 Bandstand in Horsham Park, by café, RH12 1RJ Carol 01403 263201 Sat 17 10:30am West Grinstead Mince Pie Walk 5.5 miles 2 hrs 30 mins Level 2 WSCC car park adjacent to the Downs Link RH13 8L Jean 01403 250869 Mon 19 9:35am Pulborough (Bus and Walk) 5 miles 3 hrs Level 3 Pulborough’s public car park, Brooks Way, RH20 2BQ Mike P 01798 874319 Wed 21 10:30am Storrington Riverside Walk 2.5 miles 90 mins Health Storrington Recreation Ground Car Park, RH20 4PG Mick Denness 01903 745971 Sat 24 2:00pm Sandgate Park 3.6 miles 1 hr 45 mins Level 2 Glebe Surgery car park, Monastery Lane, Storrington, RH20 4LR Mick Denness 01903 745971 Thu 29 11:00am Billingshurst 2.3 miles 60 mins Health Billingshurst Library Jean 01403 581865 Fri 30 11:00am Barns Green 2 miles 60 mins Health Barns Green village sign, RH13 0PT Chatter Cheema 07720 714306 Sat 31 2:00pm Sullington Warren & Church 4 miles 1 hr 45 mins Level 2 Glebe Surgery car park, Monastery Lane, Storrington, RH20 4LR Mick Denness 01903 745971
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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.” www.westsussex.gov.uk/energystrategy. 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: www.buildingheroes.org.uk
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 www.firststepschildcare.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org The Big Build Kenya – Rachel Northover - 023 8178 0957 africanadventures.co.uk email@example.com 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: www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/shop, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Can you imagine how you would feel if it was suggested that you leave your home and loved one and move to an “old people’s home”… Panic, anger, fear, betrayal are some words that come to mind. When the time comes for residential specialist dementia care, it is ROOM AVAILABLE NOW! when the quality of life for both sufferer and carer can be improved. Woodlands offers twenty-four hour professional care with the majority of staff having the equivalent of NVQ 3 and 4 with continuous updated courses provided. Families are able to take their loved one out or enjoy home made tea and cake in a relaxed atmosphere within the home daily or when ever is possible for them. This allows for quality social time, and families know that the personal, nutritional and complex care needs of their loved ones are being provided for every hour of the day. There is however one fact that is not frequently admitted. This is… that the earlier this move takes place, the better the result for the resident as they are able to cope with the changes to their lifestyle. No-one wants to make this sad decision, and in reality the temptation is to wait and “see how it goes”. Unfortunately, what so often happens is a catastrophe! A fall, midnight walk, not to mention all the little things that can play havoc with Dementia - lack of nutrition, hydration, cleanliness leading to infections and indeed the appearance that the actual Dementia is worse than it is! Why would we want minimum care at home, instead of the continuously caring atmosphere where a sufferer of Dementia is protected from all of the fear, indignity and complete isolation they experience most of the time. Come and visit Woodlands and see the difference professional family care could make for your loved one. We have a saying at Woodlands, “Enable a person to be the best they can be!” For further information and to visit Woodlands House contact me Oonagh Cacioppo Manager/ Proprietor: firstname.lastname@example.org 01903725458 or 07815762623
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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. Contact: www.thefairytalefair.co.uk. www.stbh.org.uk
Thanks to a £3,000 donation from the Southern Cooperative’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, Sussex Wildlife Trusts (SWT) is able to develop their work with children and young people. SWTs Nature Tots programme of muddy fun for under-fives is taking places at six different places in Sussex, and their Youth Ranger groups have given volunteers aged 16-25 years the opportunity to learn new skills and enhance their career prospects. The My Wild Neighbourhood campaign is supported by proceeds from the 5p carrier bag levy collected by the Southern Co-operative and distributed to Sussex Wildlife Trust and other Wildlife Trusts in the South East.
Let Sleeping Cats Lie Wyevale Garden Centre’s resident cat, Stuart enjoys human company but enjoys sleeping even more, and he can take umbrage when his catnaps are disturbed, lashing out (Stuart’s agent told us he was at some unsuspecting unavailable for comment or This is a substitute cat customers. Wyevale’s photos for illustrative purposes) staff placed a warning sign asking people not to stroke the sleeping cat, which prompted one customer – Teresa Harrison-Best, to write a poem about Stuart: “He’s an independent cat of means who clearly knows his mind. Take heed when entering Stuart’s space or when you read the sign. He has no need to fraternise with the hoi polloi who come. Just admire his beauty from afar whilst he’s basking in the sun. Stuart’s set up home with them but strictly on his terms. Sometimes he makes his mark on you to plainly reconfirm. He’s black and handsome but aloof, a panther they adore, As he struts his stuff around the plants, in Findon’s Wyevale store. I doubt a mouse would stand a chance, with Stuart on the prowl. The bravest rat who chanced his luck would meet with something foul. Yet there he sits without a care enjoying his domain. Resist the urge to cuddle him, as you cannot then complain.”
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Family Tree Workshops in 2017 A new programme of workshops has been organised for people who want to trace their family tree. The “coffee-time” sessions, which are aimed at beginners, will be run by staff at West Sussex Record Office in Chichester throughout 2017. The workshops will be held at 10am on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on 11th January with an introduction to the vast range of family history sources available at the Record Office. Participants will be given an opportunity to learn how to read old handwriting and introduced to the popular family history websites, Ancestry and Findmypast, available free-of-charge at the Record Office. Further sessions will look at the range of archive sources available at the Record Office, which date from as early as 780AD, and how best to use them for family history research. The full programme for 2017 is as follows: 11 January - Introduction to family history sources at the Record Office 1 February - How to read old handwriting 1 March - Beginners guide to Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast 5 April - Researching the history of your house 3 May - Tracing your army ancestors 7 June - Beginners guide to manorial records
5 July - Parish records (not just the registers) 6 September - Beginners guide to Ancestry.co.uk and Findmypast 4 October - How to read old handwriting 1 November - Crime and punishment Anyone interested in signing up for a workshop is advised to book early by calling 01243 753602. Each session costs £7.50 and includes refreshments. For more information, visit the Record Office website (www.westsussex.gov.uk/ro) and view the ‘What’s On’ page.
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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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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.”
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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!”
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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.
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! www.nsurefinancial.co.uk or to arrange a free review please call Sarah Gray on 01903 821010
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Roast Turkey Village Larder have been supplying Sussex reared Turkeys for six years. We wanted to share our family tips for a truly tasty turkey with especially succulent breast meat. Remember that the white (breast) meat of the turkey cooks quicker than the dark (leg) meat and wings, so it is best to cook your turkey breast side down to start with. This should keep the juices in the breast and prevent it from becoming too dry. Another tip for even cooking is to loosen the trussing.
How to cook your turkey: If you wish to stuff your turkey, prepare your favourite stuffing recipe and fill the neck cavity only. You may like to put a large Bramley apple or peeled onion into the body cavity. Sprinkle the bird with salt and pepper, rub generously with goose/duck fat then place it breast side down (covered with foil if you prefer) in a roasting tin. The oven should be pre-heated to 230°C/450°F/Gas mark 8 and the bird cooked at this temperature for 30 to 60 minutes depending on size, before reducing the heat to 190°C/375°F/Gas mark 5. For cooking times please see, www.villagelarder.co.uk/turkey
About 30 minutes before the end of cooking, open the foil if used and turn the bird onto its back to brown the breast. Do try to avoid over-cooking. Test with a fork on the inside of the thigh, ensuring that clear juice comes out of the thigh when you pierce. After removing the turkey from the oven and before carving, allow it to rest for at least 30 minutes.
Carving: The following sequence makes for easy carving: 1. Hold the leg by the end knuckle, cut close to the body and twist off. Carve this dark leg meat. 2. Similarly remove the wing and cut in half. 3. Slice the breast meat from one side. 4. Repeat for the other side.
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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 clientâ€™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 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.
SUSSEX LOCAL 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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Waste recycling By Chris Ennis FRICS Over the years I have arranged for the disposal of many tons of waste building products for clients who are carrying out household improvement works. Years ago, waste disposal was a simple affair and I guess many of us have made tracks to the local ‘dump’ (now known as a Household waste recycling facility HWRF’). Things have changed. With effect from the 1st October the local Worthing HWRF will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays, and whilst household waste is free to deposit, certain forms of trade waste will be charged at the rate of £4 per bag, and £4 per car tyre. These changes are necessary to make financial savings which are necessary due to the shortfall in government funding and are estimated to save about £2million per year. The recycling facility is managed by ‘Virridor’ on behalf of West Sussex County Council. Currently about 44% of waste is recycled in the West Sussex area, and of course any waste that can have a second ‘life’ reduces the need for landfill sites. Domestic recycling continues and is collected fortnightly in the blue bins, take care to clean bottles and cans and keep paper and card dry so as not to damage the sorting equipment at Ford.
Your waste is transported from the HWRF to the local ‘Materials Recycling facility‘ (MRF) at Ford where it is sorted by special machines to separate paper, card ,metal and glass. It is then re-packaged and sold for further treatment and reuse as a raw material elsewhere. I happened to be at the HWRF on the day charges were introduced, and it was apparent that there were problems with collecting charges from some trade users. To counteract the almost inevitable increase in fly tipping the County Council will be enforcing and prosecuting those found dumping waste illegally. It occurs to me that some readers may be interested to visit the interesting Virridor MRF at Ford, and I will be pleased to arrange this for adults over 18yrs. I am told the educational tour takes about 2 hours. Anyone interested please email me at email@example.com Chris Ennis FRICS is a Chartered Surveyor Tel: 01903 261217 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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40 Local History
The Christmas Handshake By Valerie Martin With a shake of the hand and the stroke of a quill just before Christmas on 22nd December 1823 the new owner enthusiastically took over the newly constructed Findon Windmill, money was exchanged and shouts of "Merry Christmas".... "a Merry Christmas to everybody" .... "Happy Christmas to all, and to all good -night" echoed in Findon.
Rain was the only water supply high on the Downs and this was stored in a sump/well and provided the household water. At the time, this was the extent of the structure of the Mill House, the remainder of the property was added at later dates. The household was, no doubt, self-sufficient and relied on passing trade; ambling tramps and wayfarers for local gossip and news from further afield. The Findon Windmill did not stay in the hands of the same family for long. In 1825 it appeared in the newspaper again in search of a new owner. This time "to be sold or let by private contract".
Above is my impression of how the Windmill may have appeared as the sun rose over Findon on Christmas Morning in 1823. The mill started its working life in the New Year. Passing inquisitive mice with whiskers twitching foraged for food and probably squeezed with some agility between the boards and quickly took up residence. As this was a flour mill with a stable and a cart shed, undoubtedly a horse with shiny harness was also housed. The cart would be used for making local deliveries loaded with heavy sacks. The miller lived in a very small purpose built flint cottage within the flint walls encompassing the site. This property is today incorporated within the current Mill House. The front entrance of the original snug residence had an arched door to a short passage leading to the backdoor with an identical archway. On the right-hand side of the passage was a small living room for the family; a somewhat steep staircase led up to a bedchamber, and to the left were steps down to a cellar. A chute ran from the outside to this underground room, where it can be assumed that grain was poured into the cellar. Here an alcove housed an oven â€” the dimensions of the archway being those exactly of the front and backdoor measurements. This indicates it was built at the same time as the house. From this cellar, the miller had access through a narrow door to an unusual flint lined tunnel to the open air and a flight of stone steps up to the roundhouse of the Mill.
The Findon Tithe Map of 1839 shows the landowner of the windmill site as being James Bright and he lived at the house and yard on the land. The occupier of the actual windmill during Bright's time was a youthful miller and maltster with the unusual name of Trayton Cane He resided in one of the Mill Cottages which by now had been built on the adjacent land. By now there were two Mill Cottages standing on the barren windmill hilltop. The infilling to create an Lshape took place at a later date.
The above photograph of the Mill Cottages was taken at some period at the end of the 19th century. Do not go looking for these cottages...... they were demolished by "friendly fire" by soldiers practicing during the Second World War. Eventually the Cane family made the momentous decision to emigrate. They spent six weeks crossing the Atlantic Ocean. From Hamilton on Lake Ontario in they travelled by stage coach to Paris in Ontario. Emigrants leaving England tended not to just leap off the boat into the unknown but rather went to where they had either relatives, or friends. It makes sense - if at all possible, to go where others had gone and succeeded. Trayton Cane passed away in Galt in Ontario on 5th November 1869 aged 54 years and 10 months. His name is recorded in the Dumfries Reformers Death Notices 1866-1970 as Trayton Kane. Further stories of local history can be found on Valerie Martin's website please see: www.findonvillage.com
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Findon Valley Residents’ Association The 2017 Findon Valley calendar will be on sale in early December from the Post Office in King’s Parade and various Jacobs Steel offices. The price is £5 and the money raised from the sales will be donated to the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice. The new calendar shows every winning photo taken throughout 2016 in the FVRA/Jacobs Steel photo competition showing the beauty of Mother Nature in the Valley. Vivien Beyer’s photo of a robin was judged the best in October. The next two winners’ photos will appear in the January magazine. From 10am to 12 noon on 9 December we will be holding a Christmas Coffee Morning at Eats and Treats in King’s Parade to thank our team of subscription collectors for their help during 2016. We’d like to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested to join the collectors’ team or indeed become more involved with the FVRA if you have a particular skill to
offer us. There will be some FVRA committee members around to answer any questions you have. We have vacancies for a secretary to write/publish the minutes for our monthly committee meeting and a social/events officer to organise some new gettogethers for building the community spirit in Findon Valley. Please come along on Friday 9 December to find out more on these vacancies. Brian Oliver, a former FVRA committee member, volunteered to be a trustee. He will join Doreen Tickner and Barry Winter. They review FVRA operations and produce an annual report that is sent to the Charities Commission. We wish all Findon Valley residents an enjoyable Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year. To read more about www.findonvalley.org.
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Legal solutions Established, friendly law firm in Broadwater For most of us there will come a time in our lives when we find that we need some legal advice and with issues such as buying or selling property, wills and trusts, debt or dispute problems, not to mention family matters such as separation or divorce, finding a firm that we can put our trust in, is paramount. Based in Broadwater, Worthing, Miller Parris Solicitors has been established since 1948 and partner Mike Metters, spoke to Sussex Local about the firm. Miller Parris has four partners, Christina Rockwood, Martin Troy, Vicky Bates and Mike Metters, and now employs twenty-five staff. Mike told us they have five main departments covering Conveyancing and Property, Family Law, Dispute and Debt Recovery, Business Client matters and Wills and Trusts, and providing a quality, reliable service with customer satisfaction is high on their list of priorities. Quite often clients are surprised how simple some legal matters can become once they deal with an experienced legal professional. Mike said â€œFor example, we work with many clients to put their wills in place; in fact there are more people who have not made a will than those who have one in place. Not everyone realises that making a
Local Business Profile will is usually a very straightforward process and Martin Troy who heads our Wills and Trusts team offers excellent advice to ensure the process is as smooth as possibleâ€?.
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The Family Law team also works very hard to ensure clients are as well advised and supported as they can be, as often this can be an area that comes with emotional distress. Mike recognises that it is important for clients to feel comfortable with their choice of legal professional and to this end an initial free consultation can be arranged, if appropriate, to see how Miller Parris could help. With offices in the heart of Broadwater and with ample parking space available, Miller Parris is in a unique position to provide quality and confidential legal advice to local businesses and individuals. Mike added that they enjoy being part of the local Worthing community and look forward to continuing to grow their business for many more years to come. 3-9 Cricketers Parade, Broadwater BN14 8JB. Telephone: 01903 205771 email: email@example.com www.millerparris.co.uk
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Reader Letter Clapham Village Shop Dear Editor I am writing in response to your short item in the October issue of Sussex Local, in which you offer to publish a letter from anyone who wishes to write in. I am a long-time resident of The Street in Clapham Village; I am personally all in favour of the residents of Clapham and Patching continuing to have a convenient shop and café if possible. However, although you are welcome to publish this letter, I must ask for it to be anonymous. This is because the supporters of the ‘Save Our Shop’ group have indulged in nasty personal attacks on anyone who they think – rightly or wrongly - opposes their aims. Their reactions have created an atmosphere of unpleasant hostility in what has always been a friendly and supportive community. This is no doubt why your previous correspondents don’t want you to publish their letters. I would like to set the record straight on a number of matters raised in the original item in the September issue, and in the follow-up piece: 1) The shop itself is not in fact under threat, as the campaign’s name might suggest – and the drains are no longer an immediate issue. The business now operates primarily as a café; only a small percentage of the space is used as a shop. It is only the café side which currently does not have the appropriate permission (although the owner argues, understandably, that the business could not survive without the café side). When he applied for ‘change of use’ permission, he was required to install mains drainage for the kitchen sink, and proper customer toilets in place of the current Portaloo, in order to comply with Environmental Health regulations. Although a deadline of 17th August was originally given for these changes, this has now been extended to 13th February 2017, when the current temporary planning permission runs out; the planning deadline was given to allow time to fund and construct a replacement or alternative building, and the Clapham & Patching Community Shop and Café Project (see below) was set up to do exactly this. 2) The situation with the Trustees is complicated. The current shop/café stands on a part of Clapham Recreation Ground, which was donated for the benefit of the village residents in the 1930s, and is managed on their behalf by a group of Trustees. For many years the Trustees – who have no funds – leased the ground to Arun District Council, who arranged for mowing of the grass and maintenance of the playground equipment. When the Portakabin in which the shop/café now operates was first installed in 1989, to house the Clapham and Patching Post Office and Stores, the building (but not the plot on which it stands) was owned by a separate group of
Trustees; Arun sub-let the relevant plot to a succession of Sub-Postmasters, who operated the business. After the Post Office ceased to operate, the second Trust was dissolved and the Portakabin was sold. The new owner ran it as a tea room, but planning permission for the change of use was never obtained. After the tearoom closed down, the building and the goodwill were sold to the present owner, who unfortunately did not discover the absence of the relevant permission. Arun have now said they intend to terminate their own lease, and so to cease maintaining the grounds and equipment. This gives the Trustees of the Recreation Ground a problem, as they have no funds to cover the maintenance costs. They have therefore offered to transfer the land to the Parish Council (who are able to raise funds, either through increasing the Precept - i.e. their part of the Council Charge - or by charging rent for the shop/café plot, or indeed a combination of both). The Parish Council are willing in principle; however, they need to clarify the situation of the shop/café first. The precise terms of the current sub-lease need to be known (Arun’s legal department are looking into this, but it is taking a while). Then the existing sub-lease needs to be appropriately terminated so that a new relationship can be set up with the Clapham & Patching Community Shop & Café Project (see below), before the transfer can happen. 3) The purpose of the shop/café has become confused. The Clapham & Patching Community Shop & Café Project (quite separate from the ‘Save Our Shop’ campaign) was set up 2½ years ago, specifically to raise funds to build a replacement, communityowned, building, from which a business could be run for the benefit of the community. The intention is that this replacement shop/café will serve all the residents of both Clapham and Patching. To do this, they all need to be consulted (confidentially) about what they want from a shop/café (increased opening hours have been mentioned by many) – this has not happened so far. They also need to be asked where it should be - the
through the door present location, while very convenient for the 90 households in Clapham Village itself, is not particularly convenient for the 30 in Clapham Common, let alone the 120 in Patching and the outlying hamlets of both villages. While many of the current users and supporters of the shop/café would like the new building to be on the same site as at present, this is not a given – the scope for a larger building is limited, and there are already major parking problems in The Street, which an increased flow of customers would only exacerbate. There is some support for the idea of an alternative site, such as alongside the Clapham and Patching Village Hall. The involvement of the current owners is also not a given, although there is nothing to prevent the Project employing a manager, or even (if the terms of any grants, and of their future lease from the Parish Council, permit) sub-letting the building to a private operator at an appropriate rent. 4) Local support is not quite as unanimous as has been suggested. Although it is true that two-thirds of respondents to the Clapham Neighbourhood Development Plan survey last year were in favour of the village retaining a shop and/or café, support was lower (understandably) the further away the respondents lived from The Street. Residents of Patching (whom the shop/café is also intended to serve) have not, as far as I know, been surveyed recently, but the Project’s own survey back in 2014 indicated that support was even lower there. Most of the participants in this summer’s discussion on the ‘Save Our Shop’ Facebook page live outside the two parishes – only 23 are from Clapham Village itself (immediately adjacent to the shop/café), 6 from Clapham Common and elsewhere in the parish, and just 2 from Patching; the remaining 130 all live elsewhere. Many residents of both parishes, who have in the past supported the principle of continuing to have a shop/café for the benefit of all who live there, want nothing to do with it at present, because of the nastiness that now surrounds the campaign. I hope this provides some factual information that was previously lacking. Yours sincerely (name supplied) Editor’s note - this letter was sent to us by email during October, but it was too late and too long to include in our November issue. We didn’t want to cut it, so we informed the writer that it would appear in this issue. We asked Neil Austen, who runs the shop and cafe, for a comment on the leter, and he replied: “It is shameful that so much discontent has manifested from a minority who are set against such a popular amenity. They have it within their power to allow progress, yet refuse to, without explanation to the customers.
Clapham Village Shop
It is beneath me to get into a tit for tat exchange of public letters. A little more decorum wouldn't go amiss. We remain open and ready to serve the village and the wider community and we thank the good people of Clapham for their genuine and constructive support. Thank you for my right to reply.”
Meanwhile, on the Facebook group for the Save Our Shop campaign, Giles Allen, the newly-elected parish councillor, writes: “The trustees have previously said they will allow the SOS group to pay for the insurance, however the list of requirements is very difficult to achieve what they require (I have also passed their requirements on the project group previously). Their requirements (are) that the insurer be directly informed (of the following): There is a play area on the other side of the field, The fact the lease is holding over, That the name of the lease was not updated to Neil Austine once it was purchased though he does own the lease That the land the drainage will be across is leased to Arun (District Council), and that Arun are in the process of terminating their lease. This is all very difficult to achieve. However with Arun backing out I feel this gives the trustees a great opportunity to resolve any lease issues directly and ensure Neil's lease is signed any other issues are resolved and that we can proceed. A round the table discussion with all parties where we actually progress the situation would be ideal here, and would allow us to show that people are genuinely all working for the good of the village.” We entitled our original article in October “A real-life mystery” and it doesn’t seem to us to be any clearer. Why our correspondent says “The involvement of the current owners (in a community shop) is also not a given” when it is currently their business; nor why the Trustees still appear to be maintaining radio silence. Comments? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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