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CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY AND LOCAL BUSINESS Barns Green • Billingshurst • Five Oaks • Ifold • Kirdford • Loxwood • Plaistow • Slinfold • Wisborough Green

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December 2010


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t is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the first issue of Village Tweet. Although I have lived in West Sussex for a relatively short time my family and I have already fallen in love with the area and all it has to offer. Billingshurst and its neighbouring villages have a real sense of community and I hope Village Tweet can enhance this further by giving an opportunity to share information, both in terms of community activities and local business. I am always on the lookout for articles, particulary on local matters or village history. I hope that as the magazine grows more people will step forward to write for us, either as a stand alone article or an ‘advertorial’. Similarly, if you have any suggestions on how Village Tweet can be improved, please let me know. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported Village Tweet’s launch, whether by writing an article or choosing to advertise with us. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Grahame

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COPY DATE FOR JANUARY ISSUE: 6th DECEMBER

Games and quizzes Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 Word Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-26 Just for Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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Food & Drink Recipe: Christmas Mulled Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Bat and Ball public house . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Cricketers Arms public house . . . . . . . . . . 9 The Selsey Arms public house . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Dolce Salato (Ristorante Pizzeria) . . . . . . . . .14 Wabi (Japanese restaurant) . . . . . . . . . . .14, 15 Burdfields Country Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 DK Vintners (Wine) . . . . . . . . . . . .18, 21, 24, 29 Clayfield Farm (Geese and other produce) . .24 Barns Green Village Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Leisure & Living Slinfold Golf and Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Pets, Animals & Farming Melanie’s Horse Sitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Homes & Gardens Cousins Conservatories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cubitt & West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Miss Mop House Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 TrueClean Carpet and Floor Cleaning . . . . . .24 Melanie’s House Sitting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Pest B Off Pest removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Churchill Conservatories . . . .Inside Back Cover Professional Services & Businesses Gozone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 29 Across the Globe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Alec McCabe Guitar Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Newell Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Stephen Pearson, Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 A272 Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Motoring Five Oaks Audi . . . . . . . . . Outside Back Cover Paul Berry Driving Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Mini Mission Driving Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Prestige Private Hire Taxi Service . . . . . . . . . 24 Community B.E.A.T. explained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Billifest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Billingshurst Late Night Shopping Event . . . . 19 Billingshurst Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Out & About Wey and Arun Cristmas Canal Cruises . . . . . 18 Features Last Minute Christmas Shopping . . . . . . . . . . .6 The 1914 Christmas Truce . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Sam the Lamb . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Driving Ambition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Protect Your PC From Viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Farming News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Last But Not Least Village Tweet invites contributions . . . . . . . . . 12 What’s On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Twitter and Tweeting explained . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Advert Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30


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Lifestyle

Christmas Mulled Wine

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ulled spiced wine is traditionally served around Christmas time, and on dark, cold winter nights throughout North America and Europe. An alcohol-free form of mulled wine can be made by using fruit juice instead of wine.

Serves 4-6 1. Place the red wine in a large pan with the sugar, orange halves, lemon peel, cinnamon stick and grated nutmeg. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. 2. If you prefer the wine to be a little more sweeter just add a little more sugar. 3. Turn off the heat, and strain the mulled wine into glasses and serve at once. Enjoy and relax. Thank you to Carole Allen for this recipe.

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INGREDIENTS 1 bottle red wine 1 cinnamon stick 1 fresh orange, halved Peel of one lemon (optional) 60g (2oz) demerara sugar Pinch of grated nutmeg


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Christmas shopping

Last Minute? It’s not too late to find the perfect gift.

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re you ready for Christmas? Are you so organised that you bought everything in the January sales for gift-giving twelve months later? If you answered “yes”, then there’s no need to read on. However, if you’re like me, Christmas has once again taken you completely by surprise. I suspect we all go into denial at the point when the first Christmas decorations arrive in the shops around about August! Normally we’d panic and snatch the first vaguely suitable gift from the nearest available shop. But wait! Last minute gifts are never well thought out, are they? The adage “it’s the thought that counts” is actually incredibly important. People would rather receive a small, carefully chosen gift than a hastily grabbed box of bath products that scream “this will do”! Don’t panic. Most shops will be open on Christmas Eve, so you can really leave it until the absolute last minute if you plan a little first. Make a list of who you need to buy for and spend time really thinking about those people. What do they like? What would they appreciate? Keeping the recipient in mind and choosing a thoughtful gift is the only way to succeed at this late stage. Some people are just downright impossible to shop for which is why you’ve put off buying anything until now. In this case, present them with a written promise to take them shopping for something they really want. For some people it

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really is better to get their input before buying. Another heartfelt refrain is “what do I get the person who has everything?” The answer is… a box to put it all in. Whether this is an unusual jewellery box, a useful sewing chest or colourful, personalised storage containers for children, you can’t go wrong with an attractive box. Donate the gift of your time. Offer to babysit so parents can take a well-deserved break. Spend a day gardening for someone. Buy tickets for a concert, cinema, sporting event or a play and take the family. Organise a surprise weekend break or holiday and present the tickets on Christmas Day. Bring some nostalgia to Christmas with familyfriendly board games. Introduce extra food with a gourmet gift hamper. A beautiful tree ornament will hold memories every year when it comes out again. Students will always appreciate money. Don’t even attempt to work out what the ‘in-thing’ is as it will surely change next week. If you’re still stuck, there are always gift vouchers. Spabreaks, restaurant vouchers, experience days, animal adoption and cookery courses are unusual vouchers to give. Last minute Christmas gifts don’t have to come from the shops. Use your imagination and take some time to think about what they would really welcome. Have a happy and stress-free Christmas! Suki North


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EAT acts as your areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community First Responder (CFR) team. CFRs are volunteers who are trained, supervised and dispatched by the South East Coast Ambulance Service. CFRs are sent to certain calls such as collapse, chest pain, heart attack and breathing GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWLHVLQRUGHUWRSURYLGHWUHDWPHQWDQG reassurance to patients whilst an ambulance is on route. CFRs are never sent instead of an ambulance, always at the same time, but as they operate in the heart of their communities they RIWHQJHWWRSDWLHQWVĂ&#x20AC;UVW&)5VFDUU\YDULRXV equipment ranging from basic dressings right XSWRDGHĂ&#x20AC;EULOODWRUZKLFKLVDGHYLFHWKDWFRXOG re-start a heart that has stopped. CFRs are also trained to administer oxygen when appropriate. There are a number of calls types that CFRs ZRXOGQRWDWWHQGVXFKDVURDGWUDIĂ&#x20AC;FFROOLVLRQV and calls involving drugs, alcohol and mental illness issues. BEAT has also provided a number of 3XEOLF$FFHVV'HĂ&#x20AC;EULOODWRUVLWHV+HUHPHPEHUV of the public who call a 999 ambulance could EHWROGKRZWRUHWULHYHDQGXVHWKHGHĂ&#x20AC;EULOODWRU

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on a patient who has had a cardiac arrest. The equipment is very safe and easy to use and ambulance call takers explain fully how to operate them over the telephone. So far, BEAT has set up Public Access sites at Oak Tree 6WRUHVLQ,IROG%LOOLQJVKXUVW9LOODJH+DOO/OR\GV Pharmacy in Billingshurst and Fishers Farm in Wisborough Green. Being a CFR is interesting and hugely rewarding and gives a chance to help local people and put something back into the community. On one call you can be just holding someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand and reassuring them and their relatives, on the next you could quite literally save someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. BEAT has members in Billingshurst, Wisborough Green, Pulborough, Barns Green and Ifold and is always keen to attract more members to help increase the groups coverage further. If you are interested in becoming a CFR, visit www.beatresponders.org or call Paul Berry on 01403 786185. BEAT is a registered charity (1119641) and funds its equipment by way of grants, fund-raising and donations. Paul Berry


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History

Christmas Truce 1914

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y the end of November 1914 the crushing German advance that had swallowed the Low Countries and threatened France had been checked by the allies before it could reach Paris. The opposing armies stared at each other from a line of hastily built defensive trenches that began at the edge of the English Channel and continued to the border of Switzerland. Barbed wire and parapets defended the trenches and between them stretched a â&#x20AC;&#x153;No-Mans-Landâ&#x20AC;? that in some areas was no more than 30 yards wide. Life in the trenches was abominable. &RQWLQXRXVVQLSLQJPDFKLQHJXQĂ&#x20AC;UHDQG artillery shelling took a deadly toll. The misery was heightened by the ravages of Mother Nature, including rain, snow and cold. Many of the trenches, especially those in the low-lying British sector to the west, were continually Ă RRGHGH[SRVLQJWKHWURRSVWRIURVWELWHDQG â&#x20AC;&#x153;trench foot.â&#x20AC;? This treacherous monotony was EULHĂ \LQWHUUXSWHGGXULQJDQXQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDODQG spontaneous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas Truceâ&#x20AC;? that began on Christmas Eve. Both sides had received Christmas packages of food and presents. The clear skies that ended the rain further lifted the spirits on both sides of no-mans-land. 7KH*HUPDQVVHHPWRKDYHPDGHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW move. During the evening of December 24 they delivered a chocolate cake to the British line accompanied by a note that proposed a cease Ă&#x20AC;UHVRWKDWWKH*HUPDQVFRXOGKDYHDFRQFHUW

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The British accepted the proposal and offered some tobacco as their present to the Germans. The goodwill soon spread along the 27-mile length of the British line. Enemy soldiers shouted to one another from the trenches, joined in singing songs and soon met one another in the middle of no-mans-land to talk, H[FKDQJHJLIWVDQGLQVRPHDUHDVWRWDNHSDUW in impromptu soccer matches. The high command on both sides took a dim view of the activities and orders were issued to stop the fraternizing with varying results. In some areas the truce ended Christmas Day in others the following day and in others it H[WHQGHGLQWR-DQXDU\2QHWKLQJLVIRUVXUH² it never happened again. Frank Richards was a British soldier who H[SHULHQFHGWKH´&KULVWPDV7UXFHÂľ:HMRLQKLV story on Christmas morning 1914: ´2Q&KULVWPDVPRUQLQJZHVWXFNXSDERDUG with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Merry Christmasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on it. The enemy had stuck up a similar one. Platoons would sometimes go out for twenty-four hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rest ²LWZDVDGD\DWOHDVWRXWRIWKHWUHQFKDQG UHOLHYHGWKHPRQRWRQ\DELW²DQGP\SODWRRQ had gone out in this way the night before, but a few of us stayed behind to see what would happen. Two of our men then threw their equipment off and jumped on the parapet with their hands above their heads. Two of the Germans done the same and commenced to walk up the river bank, our two men going to meet them. They met and shook hands and


History then we all got out of the trench. Buffalo Bill (the Company Commander) rushed into the trench and endeavoured to prevent it, but he was too late: the whole of the Company were now out, and so were the Germans. He had to accept the situation, VRVRRQKHDQGWKHRWKHUFRPSDQ\RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV FOLPEHGRXWWRR:HDQGWKH*HUPDQVPHW LQWKHPLGGOHRIQRPDQ¡VODQG7KHLURIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV ZHUHDOVRQRZRXW2XURIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVH[FKDQJHG JUHHWLQJVZLWKWKHP2QHRIWKH*HUPDQ RIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVVDLGWKDWKHZLVKHGKHKDGDFDPHUDWR take a snapshot, but they were not allowed to FDUU\FDPHUDV1HLWKHUZHUHRXURIĂ&#x20AC;FHUV :HPXFNHGLQDOOGD\ZLWKRQHDQRWKHU 6RPHZHUH6D[RQVDQGFRXOGVSHDN(QJOLVK By the look of them, their trenches were in DVEDGDVWDWHDVRXURZQ2QHRIWKHLUPHQ mentioned that he had worked in Brighton for some years and that he was fed up to the neck with this damned war and would be glad when LWZDVDOORYHU:HWROGKLPWKDWKHZDVQ¡WWKH only one that was fed up with it. The German Company-Commander asked Buffalo Bill if he would accept a couple of barrels of beer and assured him that they would not make his men drunk. They had plenty of it in the brewery. He accepted the offer with thanks and a couple of their men rolled the barrels over and we took them into RXUWUHQFK7KH*HUPDQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVHQWRQHRIKLV men back to the trench, who appeared shortly after carrying a tray with bottles and glasses RQLW2IĂ&#x20AC;FHUVRIERWKVLGHVFOLQNHGJODVVHV and drunk one anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health. Buffalo Bill had presented them with a plum pudding just EHIRUH7KHRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUVFDPHWRDQXQGHUVWDQGLQJ WKDWWKHXQRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOWUXFHZRXOGHQGDWPLGQLJKW At dusk we went back to our own trenches. &KULVWPDV²WKHEHHUZDVGUXQNDQG WKH*HUPDQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUZDVULJKWLILWZDVSRVVLEOH for a man to have drunk the two barrels himself he would have bursted before he had got drunk. French beer was rotten stuff. -XVWEHIRUHPLGQLJKWZHDOOPDGHLWXSQRW WRFRPPHQFHĂ&#x20AC;ULQJEHIRUHWKH\GLG$WQLJKW WKHUHZDVDOZD\VSOHQW\RIĂ&#x20AC;ULQJE\ERWKVLGHV if there were no working parties or patrols out. 0U5LFKDUGVRQD\RXQJRIĂ&#x20AC;FHUZKRKDGMXVW joined the Battalion and was now a platoon RIĂ&#x20AC;FHULQP\FRPSDQ\ZURWHDSRHPGXULQJ the night about the Briton and the Bosche meeting in no-manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-land on Christmas Day, which he read out to us. A few days later it was published in The Times or Morning Post. 'XULQJWKHZKROHRI%R[LQJ'D\ZHQHYHU Ă&#x20AC;UHGDVKRWDQGWKH\WKHVDPHHDFKVLGH seemed to be waiting for the other to set the

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EDOODUROOLQJ2QHRIWKHLUPHQVKRXWHGDFURVV in English and inquired how we had enjoyed WKHEHHU:HVKRXWHGEDFNDQGWROGKLPLWZDV very weak but that we were very grateful for LW:HZHUHFRQYHUVLQJRIIDQGRQGXULQJWKH whole of the day. :HZHUHUHOLHYHGWKDWHYHQLQJDWGXVN E\DEDWWDOLRQRIDQRWKHUEULJDGH:HZHUH mighty surprised as we had heard no whisper RIDQ\UHOLHIGXULQJWKHGD\:HWROGWKHPHQ who relieved us how we had spent the last couple of days with the enemy, and they told us that by what they had been told the whole of the British troops in the line, with one or two H[FHSWLRQVKDGPXFNHGLQZLWKWKHHQHP\ They had only been out of action themselves forty-eight hours after being twenty-eight days in the front-line trenches. They also told us the French people had heard how we had spent Christmas Day and were saying all manner of nasty things about the British Army.â&#x20AC;? Village Tweetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Comment For a brief moment in time soldiers on both sides rose above the carnage and showed compassion for their adversaries. Disapproval IURPDERYHZDVVZLIW²IXUWKHUDFWVRI ÂśIUDWHUQLVDWLRQ¡ZRXOGOHDGWRDĂ&#x20AC;ULQJVTXDG )URPWKHZDUWRRNRQDJUL]]O\WXUQ² the Christmas Truce never recurredâ&#x20AC;Ś Credit ´&KULVWPDVLQWKH7UHQFKHVÂľ(\H:LWQHVVWR+LVWRU\ www.eyewitnesstohistory.com (2006).

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On your doorstep

Diary Date: Don’t Forget BILLIFEST This year’s BILLIFEST promises to be bigger and better than ever!

On Saturday 4th December the village will be in festive mood as the annual all-day market takes place in Jengers Mead. The market opens officially at 9am and will stay open until 5pm. Once again the theme is a Christmas French market and we shall be hosting some fourteen or so stall-holders from Normandy selling authentic French produce and gift items; and many of the local traders will be holding special events. There will be non-stop entertainment for both children and parents, and for the young and old, culminating in a free Willie Austen concert at 1.30pm. 'RQ·WPLVV)DWKHU&KULVWPDVZKRZLOOEHDUULYLQJRXWVLGHWKH3RVW2IÀFHDWSP and giving away free presents for all well-behaved kiddies! Some twenty or more local organisations will be exhibiting in the grand marquee in the main car park, so don’t be put off by the weather – much of the market will be under cover. Put the date in your diary – we look forward to seeing you there on the day!

BILLIFEST – you know it’s the best! Event organised by Billingshurst Community Partnership, Billifest Committee.

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Poinsettia â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Christmas Miracle

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that wonderful time of year when everywhere we look is decked out with festive plants like holly and ivy, Christmas trees and mistletoe, all of which have been part of the English Christmas tradition for hundreds of years. But there is a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;newcomerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to this tradition, the poinsettia. This unassuming plant with its dark green leaves and vivid red bracts has only become a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;must haveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christmas plant in the last twenty years or so. So where does the poinsettia hail from? It is actually native to Mexico. Found growing naturally in the lowlands, the Aztecs who knew it as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cuetlaxochitlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; regarded it as a valuable crop. During the 14th-16th century, they used the sap for medicinal purposes and the leaves to make a reddish purplish dye which was used in the cloth-making industry in what is now Mexico City. The poinsettiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s association with Christmas dates back to a legend from 16th century Mexico, when a poor girl named Maria had no gift to present to the Christ child. On her way to the

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Christmas Song Quiz Answers (Quiz on page 28) Frosty the Snowman, Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!, White Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, Merry Xmas Everybody!, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Ding Song Merrily on High, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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01403 730334 www.barnsgreenvillagestore.co.uk Email: bgvillagestore@aol.com l Christmas Trees – ‘Non Drop’ from only £20 and delivered free to your door throughout December. l Golden Promise Turkeys – Reared in Hurstpierpoint. l Deli – Stocked with a wide variety of English and Continental Cheese & Hams, Homemade Coleslaw and Quiches. l Hampers – Made to order, choose what you would like from our extensive selection of festive foods and we will put it together for you. We can even post them! l Fresh Fruit & Vegetables – We personally buy direct from Brighton market and wherever possible buy local or English produce. From farm to market to you in hours! We pledge to price match or beat the supermarkets. l Xmas Puddings – Made locally in the Village. l Keeping Warm – We are stockists for Calor Gas and have a wide range of coals and logs. We also stock Ecologs made from our recycled cardboard in Barns Green.

If you require any of the above then call in or download an order form at www.barnsgreenvillagestore.co.uk We look forward to seeing you David & Pippa


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What’s On near you

What’s On – December 3 Dec

Climbing Bears Christmas Market. The Barn on The Green, Wisborough Green, 3.00-7.00 pm 4 Dec Billifest. Billingshurst. French-style festival. See page 12 4/5 Dec Festive Food & Drink Fayre. Ardingly Showground. Lots of quality local produce. www.seas.org.uk/shows.asp?ID=4 9 Dec Billingshurst Late Night Shopping. See page 19 10 Dec- 3 Jan Aladdin. The Capitol, Horsham. Starring Anna Williamson. www.thecapitolhorsham.com 11 Dec Musical Sleigh Ride & Young Peoples' Concert. North Hall, Loxwood. 01403 752954 12 Dec-2 Jan Snow White. Hawth Theatre, Crawley. Starring Craig Revell Horwood. www.hawth.co.uk 14 Dec Jazz & Blues Night. North Hall, 7.30 - 11.00pm. Tickets £10, from Loxwood Post Office or phone 01403 752954. It is advisable to get your tickets in advance. 16 Dec Charity Christmas Concert. Horsham. West Susex Philharmonic Choir. http://westsussexchoir.tripod.com 18 Dec-3 Jan The Magic of Christmas. Fishers Farm Park. www.fishersfarmpark.co.uk 19 Dec Carols by Candlelight. St John the Baptist Church, Loxwood, 6.30pm. Winter Family Fun Day. RSPB Pulborough Brooks. www.rspb.org.uk/pulboroughbrooks 21 Dec

From next month, if it isn’t listed it’s because we haven’t been told about it! Village Tweet will publish details of local events in the What’s On section. Please email brief details to editor@villagetweet.co.uk together with contact or website details. There is no charge for this as Village Tweet aims to support the local community.

ADVERTISERS INDEX A272 Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Across the Globe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Alec McCabe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Barns Green Village Store . . . . . . . .27 Bat and Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .a9 Burdfields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Churchill Conservatories . . . . . . . . .IBC Clayfield Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Cousins Conservatories . . . . . . . . . . .3 Cricketers Arms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Cubitt & West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 DK Vintners . . . . . . . . . . .18, 21, 24, 29 Dolce Salato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Five Oaks Audi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC

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Specialist technicians. Genuine parts. Ordinary prices. You expect exceptional service when you take your car to an Audi Centre but the bill may seem somewhat unexceptional. Our competitive fixed prices mean that, when it’s time to pay, the only surprise you’ll receive is a pleasant one.

Our fixed-price jobs are*

MOT

Major service

£269

Interim service

£149

Your MOT test may be mandatory but paying for it isn’t. At Five Oaks Audi, you can choose to pay nothing for your MOT or pay £49.99 and receive free MOT Protection, which covers you for up to £750 of repair work if your Audi fails its next test.*

Cam belt

£399

Service plan

Brake pads & discs (front or rear) £249 Brake pads (front or rear)

£129

Clutch (quattro®)

£849

Clutch (non quattro®)

£649

Brake fluid change

£49

Front wiper blades

£39

Sometimes, the best decision seems to be obvious. Such as choosing your new Audi and then choosing an Audi Service Plan to go with it. The plan covers all servicing costs and can work out at as little as £25 a month. It puts your Audi in the hands of the experts and gives you a full Audi service history.†

Tyres Your Audi’s tyres are vital in bringing it to a safe and controlled stop. But even a tyre with the legal minimum tread depth of 1.6mm takes much longer to stop than a brand new one. And when road surfaces become more treacherous – for example, following rain – the condition of your tyres is an even greater priority. Fortunately, we offer a range of premium tyres at competitive prices. Speak to a Service Advisor for more information.

Five Oaks Audi Horsham Road, Billingshurst, RH14 9AZ 01403 858734 View all our latest offers online at www.harwoods.uk.com/audi *Privately owned Audi vehicles over 36 months old from date of registration. Up to and including 2.0 litre engines for A2, A3, A4, A6 and TT. Prices subject to change without notice. Prices include VAT at 17.5% and parts and labour. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Excludes Channel Isles. Visit audi.co.uk for terms and conditions. Prices include VAT at 17.5% and parts and labour. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Excludes Channel Isles. †Price is applicable to A3, S3, A4, less than 3 months old/3,000 miles, fixed service regime, annual mileage 10,000, 3 services covered. For full terms and conditions ask a member of our team or visit audi.co.uk.Job no. 44881.


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