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Wonderful Winter!

January 2014

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

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ne of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the winter landscape is to photograph it! Looking at the world through a camera viewfinder enables you to really appreciate the winter’s beauty that is so easy to otherwise take for granted. Winter is perhaps the most photogenic of all the seasons and with most mobile phones now having a pretty decent camera on board why not have a go at taking some snaps this winter? As I write, Santa has yet to squeeze down the Village Tweet office chimney but you will be reading this on or around New Year’s Day. I will therefore close by wishing you a Happy and Prosperous 2014. Grahame Cover photo: Bella and Maria Deleze having fun on their sledge. By Grahame Pearson Food & drink Queens Head Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Recipe: Sausage Bean & Chirizo Casserole Icing on the Cake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piggin Good, Hog Roasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blue Ship Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackerys Vintage Style Coffee Shop . . . . . . . Monsoon Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sumners Ponds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Health & wellbeing Rosemary Conley Dieting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Care Comfort Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Caring Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Billingshurst Leisure Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Billingshurst Osteopaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Miles Wrightman Pshychotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 AM Beauty Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Billingshurst Dental Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Davis Foot Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 NHS Give Blood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Caroline Clarke Mobile Foot Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Meraki Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 About the house Fowlers, Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Cubitt & West, Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Flow-serve, Plumbing, Drainage, Heating . . . . . . . .18 Hallam Trim, Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Miss Mop Domestic Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Oven Revival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 West Sussex Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Sussex Carpet Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Appaloosa Upholstery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Re-Nu Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Woodpeckers House & Garden Maintenance . . . . .21 Crystal Clean Carpet Cleaning Company . . . . . . . .22 Delta Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 GJ Coles Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Lee’s Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 PJM, Building & Property Maintenance . . . . . . . . .23 Hydropower, Generators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Pest Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Ron Osborne Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Brazier Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Mrs Muscle Domestic Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Myskow Refurbishments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Ovens and More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 ADC Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Home Interior Painting Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Pest B Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Goring Road Carpets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Holly Boilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Jef Wilson, Decorator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Odd Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Brazier Driveways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Hamilton Cole, TV & Satellite Equipment . . . . . . . .29 Oven Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Cracknell Pitt-Draffen, Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . .OBC Equine SPR Centre’s page: Caring for Your Golden Oldie .36 Falcon/Willetts Equine Feeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37

COPY DATE FOR FEBRUARY ISSUE: 6th JANUARY Published by A272 Design, PO Box 371, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 4AS

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The area’s longest-established, independent family firm Keith Hutchinson: Director of Billingshurst Office


To start off the New Year Keith Hutchinson from Fowlers Billingshurst is pleased to personally offer free energy assessments and detailed colour floor plans on all new instructions throughout January.

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January 2014 Update

Well I don’t know about everyone else but I am exhausted after Christmas this year! Don’t get me wrong but when you get older and still work full time, you have to let the odd house tidy slip away… The ironing pile becomes a mountain inside of a hill, but we all know it’s worth it and it’s great spending quality time with family and friends, welcoming in the New Year and planning ahead for 2014. You may have have heard that the housing market activity has picked up. At our office, we had a very busy few weeks in December. Demand for housing has continued to gain momentum due to improved mortgage availability, rising household confidence and The Help To Buy Scheme. Buy-to-let demand has remained firm given the low yields available on other investments and inflows of investments from overseas buyers, sometimes seeking a safe haven for funds. We have also heard reports of transactions being delayed by capacity constraints within firms of surveyors, mortgage brokers and conveyancing solicitors.

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our cases are worked to a set time frame. Most of the communication is now emailed so there is no need to wait for the post to arrive with your important documents, unless you’d prefer it that way of course. Our mortgage team Mortgage Matters Direct have been working with a full steam ahead approach and have performed amazingly with their quick turnaround on mortgage offers. I often get told “It’s okay, I have been dealing with a mortgage broker for years and he knows me.” This is great as you are a very loyal customer, but would you just shop in one shop or dealer for say a new sofa or car? It is always worth while to shop around for the best deal available to you, so I recommend talking to Andy here at our office

for some impartial advice. Andy is able to access exclusive rates from some lenders that they can’t even pass onto their own customers. So why not pop in for a chat and a cuppa? We would love the challenge of saving you money to help you move to your dream home. Nikki James, Branch Manager

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Food and drink

Sausage, Bean & Chorizo Casserole METHOD

1. Heat the oil until hot, add the sausages and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until browned but not completely cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside on a warm plate. 2. Add the chorizo to the empty pan and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Remove from the pan and set aside with the pork. Chorizo releases a lot of fat and it’s best to drain this off. 3. Add the onion, chilli to the same pan and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. 4. Add the garlic and the wine then bring the mixture to a simmer until the liquid has reduced in volume by about a quarter. 5. Add the chopped tomatoes and the beans then return the sausages and chorizo to the pan and stir well. 6. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over a low heat, cover the pan with a lid and cook for at least 45 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and reduced in volume. If the sauce becomes too dry, add a little more water or wine. 7. Just before serving, stir in the honey and season, to taste. Then serve over plain boiled rice or creamy mash, and sprinkle with parsley.

This Spanish-style casserole serves 4. Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS 2 tsp vegetable oil 600g/1lb 5½oz thick, good quality pork sausages 150g/5½oz chorizo, cut into serving pieces 1 medium onion, sliced 1 small chilli, seeds removed, flesh chopped 2 fat garlic cloves, finely chopped 75ml/2¾fl oz white wine 400g/14oz tinned tomatoes, chopped 200g/7oz canned butter beans, or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tbsp clear honey

The Queens Head, Barns Green Traditional 17th Century Village Pub Finest quality beers, ciders and wines Cask Marque Pub of Excellence Accredited in CAMRA Good Beer Guide

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Billingshurst Primary School Children Bike It to Breakfast


n Thursday 28th November, Billingshurst Primary School celebrated the launch of its Bike It program with a ‘Bike It Breakfast.’ And what a breakfast it was! Our expectations were far exceeded when over 150 pupils and parents showed up bright and early with helmets in hand and glowing cheeks. An incredible turnout considering Billingshurst Primary virtually has no cycling infrastructure, and very few pupils currently cycle into school. But it shows that there is very real interest! The pupils absolutely loved it, and word has it that there are many more who could not make the first ‘Bike It Breakfast’ and so are clamouring for a second! Philip Burroughs said, “It is really great to see that so many pupils are keen to actively travel to school and that their parents support them. It is the one journey that they will be making almost every day for the rest of their time at school, and if they can travel it in a way that is fun and active, they will be that one step closer to living a happier and healthier life!” Of course, there would have been no ‘Bike It Breakfast’ without an actual breakfast. Kavanagh’s

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Budgens generously supported the breakfast by providing array of fruit, juice, cereals, toast, muffins, pancakes and yogurts for the ravenous pupils and parents who arrived early Thursday morning. Store Manager, Morgan Rees comments, “We are always keen to support our local community and especially for such a worthwhile scheme. It was great to see so many children with their siblings and parents attend the breakfast.” This ‘Bike It Breakfast’ was the first event of many that will be held in Billingshurst Primary School. As a fledgling Bike It School*, Billingshurst Primary will be engaging pupils and parents throughout the year to build a culture of active travel in the school and to enable those pupils and parents who want to change or experiment with their travel to school. Bik-Kay Talbot, Co-Chair of BPSCA *Bike It is a national Sustrans initiative intended to transform young people’s travel to and from school, funded in this case by West Sussex Council Council, and launched in 12 schools across Chichester and Horsham.

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Coffee break / Food and drink Village Tweet Quick Crossword

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The Blue Ship is a unique and charming traditional country pub offering cask ales, quality wines and a wide menu of classic homemade dishes including fresh fish

Serving a variety of loose leaf tea in glass tea pots. Roasted Arabica and Robusta coffee. Homemade cakes and pastries. Freshly made sandwiches, made to order with a wide choice of fillings. Vintage Cream Teas.

New Winter Menu now available January offer for Village Tweet readers – 10% off when ad is presented throughout January, lunchtime or evening excluding Friday evenings and Sundays, minimum booking table for 2.

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Handbags! / Food and drink

Bah – Handbag!


t’s a sad fact that the story of my life can be told in the handbags I have owned. In my tiny, trendy youth I carried a tiny, trendy beaded pouch. As a student I switched to practical-but-cool leather rucksacks. Through the years I gained a degree, a husband and four children, and a larger handbag… much larger! The amount of stuff I lug around now is scary. Makeup for starters (who knows when I may run into Johnny Depp at the post office), a mobile phone (which hadn’t been invented when I was a teen), spare tights (me), spare pants (toddler), tissues, baby wipes, a set of keys that would put a prison warder to shame, a purse of gargantuan proportions (though sadly lacking in cash), a notebook and wi-fi-enabled tablet (well I am a writer), assorted pens and spectacles. I bet I’m not unusual either. My life is in my over-sized bag, but while fine for everyday purposes, when I go out in the evening I face a dilemma. I know my outfit would benefit from a petite, chic clutch, but which bits of paraphernalia can I do without for four whole hours? It’s tempting to grab my normal bag, but I know I’ll regret this when I spy more elegant souls clutching their diminutive designer numbers. So for all of us who struggle I have devised a definitive and minimalist evening bag contents list…

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Lipstick / gloss. An absolute must to keep your pout looking perfect throughout the evening. Compact mirror. Useful for quick make-up adjustments and contact lens emergencies. Coin purse. Ditch your usual purse with its useful pockets and pouches, for a dinky coin purse in which to keep just enough cash for the evening. Mobile phone. They’re so tiny now they hardly take up any room, and most double as a camera which is handy. Blister plasters. These special plasters are life-savers when breaking in new shoes and, even if you don’t need them, they’ll make you very popular when others are hobbling. Mints. Whether you’re single or part of a couple, if you’re hoping to steal a few kisses, keep your breath fresh throughout the evening. Don’t forget. Your house key. You don’t need to take the whole bunch, just remove the one you need. Also, if you’re not driving, do remember to take the number of a reliable taxi firm, just in case your lift falls through. And the bag? With evening bags anything goes. But whether it’s sequins and sparkle, buttons or bows, funky or sophisticated, your bag should make a statement. Now go and bag some fun! Sarah Davey

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Health and wellbeing *When you pre pay £26 for your first month. New Members Only. Valid until 24/02/14.

‘I FEEL FITTER, HEALTHIER & HAPPIER THAN I’VE EVER BEEN’ “It’s brilliant. You start with small steps, eating better and more healthily, getting a little bit fitter and a lot more energetic.” Nina Williams-Kemp, fab at 42, 3st lighter, much, much happier

Our classes combine healthy eating & fitness. There is an optional weigh in for those who want it or you can just take part in the exercise. Choose from Pilates, Aerobics, Zumba® Gold and our fabulous new Fitsteps® class. It doesn’t matter how much you weigh or your level of fitness, everyone is welcome.


BILLINGSHURST Billingshurst Community Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00 pm Fitness Pilates Tuesday 7:15 - 8:00 pm FITSTEPS® Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 pm Zumba Gold® Wednesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm Aerobics Friday 9:30 - 10:30 am Fitness Pilates

Rosemary Conley Food & Fitness classes restart on Friday 3rd January. Ease yourself into the New Year at our Pilates class at the Billingshurst Centre at 9.30am.

BROADBRIDGE HEATH Shelley Primary School, Wickhurst Lane, Broadbridge Heath, RH12 3LU Monday 6:00 - 7:15 pm Aerobics Monday 7:30 - 8:15 pm FITSTEPS® HORSHAM North Heath hall, St. Marks Lane, Horsham, RH12 5PU Monday 09:30 - 10:15 am FITSTEPS® Monday 10:30 - 11:45 am Aerobics Thursday 10:45 - 12:00 pm Aerobics

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Health and wellbeing

Relay for Life 2014 Horsham Rugby Club, 24th/25th May


ollowing on from 2013’s massive fundraising effort where a staggering £30,500 was raised by local teams, CANCER RESEARCH UK, Relay For Life, Horsham are pleased to announce the 2014 event taking place at Horsham Rugby Club on 24th/25th May. Relay For Life is an inspirational family fundraiser held on behalf of Cancer Research UK, where teams fundraise throughout the year leading up to the main event and then join together for the actual Relay. Team members then take their turn to walk around a track for 24 hours to signify that ‘cancer never sleeps’ while one and all are welcome to come along and soak up the festival atmosphere taking place around the track. Cancer survivors of all ages launch the event as VIPs by walking the first lap. They’re cheered on by family, friends and relay participants from the community who have come together to celebrate their achievements. A Candle of Hope ceremony will be also be held as dusk falls in memory or in celebration of loved ones. The 2014 Relay For Life will take place at Horsham Rugby Club which offers teams a superb location in which to participate and visitors to enjoy, bringing those who have been touched by cancer together to celebrate life and raise both awareness and money for Cancer Research UK. Teams are made up of friends, family and colleagues all working together to: • Raise awareness of cancer within the community • Raise around £40,000 in funds to help find better

ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating all forms of cancer • Pay tribute to the courage of cancer survivors • Remember those whose lives have been claimed by cancer Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life is a unique celebration which unites communities to help beat cancer and culminates in a fantastic family and team weekend. Volunteer Committee Chair Tracy White is thrilled to be hosting the 2014 event at Horsham Rugby Club, “We’re really grateful to Horsham Rugby Club for supporting us – it’s such a great venue and it’ll be a great family friendly event that raises a huge amount.” Horsham Rugby Club are already in a season of fundraising for CRUK – “With everyone knowing of someone, or themselves being directly affected by cancer, including members of the Club, we are delighted to be involved with Relay For Life and raising funds to help kick cancer into touch,” said Horsham Rugby Club’s Fundraiser Jess Hillicks. For more information on how to get involved with Relay For Life Horsham, please e-mail or for team info please e-mail Cancer survivors should contact Lisa Love on 07792 485650 to join us as a VIP. Visit for more info. Kirstie Flood, Relay For Life Media Volunteer, Cancer Research UK. Tel: 07543 049989 E-mail: Photo: Warming up at Relay for Life 2013 Inset: Candle of Hope ceremony


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A Pain in the Neck

ost of us have suffered neck pain at some point, generally after sleeping in an awkward position, or perhaps after a fall or a jolt. A cricked neck is often a temporary state of affairs. Rest and over-the-counter antiinflammatories like ibuprofen, are usually sufficient to alleviate it. If the problem is muscular, a heat pad can help, though if you suffer with an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, heat may exacerbate any inflammation, so a cold-pack would be preferable. If the cricked neck is a recurring issue, it’s useful to consult your GP in order to rule out the possibility of underlying conditions

such as arthritis or scoliosis. An osteopath can be very helpful, as they are knowledgeable about musculo-skeletal problems and may be able to manipulate your bones and joints to realign them and alleviate the pain. They can also teach you some exercises to strengthen and stretch that area. Manipulating joints, especially in the neck region, is not without risk so be sure that your osteopath is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Long-term, improve your posture, make sure you use a low, firm pillow when you sleep and take the time to stretch your neck gently during the day, especially if you sit at a computer for extended periods. Louise Addison

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“It’s good to talk…” warm welcome from me, Miles Wrightman, your new local psychologist. Sometimesinlifewefind ourselvesoverwhelmedwithproblemsand challengeswhicheffectusatwork,at homeorwithinasocialsetting. Ihavebeeninfull-timepracticeand researchwithadultsandadolescentsfor thePrioryGroup,NHS,Instituteof Psychiatryandnon-profitorganisations beforebeginningindependentpracticein Ifold.Iamdedicatedtoproviding evidence-basedpsychologicaltreatment includingthemosteffectiveinterventions establishedbythebestscientificevidenceavailable. Ibelieveitisgoodtotalkbecauseofthebenefits experiencedbymyclients,butwhydosomanyof usfinditdifficulttodosowhenwefeeldistressed? Theanswervariesfrompersontopersonofcourse butmyclinicalexperiencehasshownseveraltrends. First,theproblemmayhavebeenpresentforlong enoughforsomeonenottoimaginetheirlifetobe anydifferent,and‘notworthmentioning’.Second, somepeoplearen’tusedtotalkingopenlyabout


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More cafés help ‘Spread The Warmth’ with Age UK Horsham District

ge UK Horsham District’s ‘Spread The Warmth’ campaign launched at the start of November encouraging the community to raise funds to support older people during winter, as reported in Village Tweet, November and December. Cafés and restaurants are taking part by raising money from their warming products in order to support local vulnerable people during the colder months. December saw The White Horse Smokehouse and Grill in Steyning getting on board by donating £1 from their ‘Christmas In A Glass’, a hot winter cocktail that warms you up and will also warm up a local older person. Helena Hudson, founder of The Real Eating Company’s cafés in East Street and Swan Walk, Horsham (pictured) said, “We are approached regularly by local charities to help them in their fund-raising efforts for worthwhile causes. We are an independent, small business and feel that we should do something for the local community where we work and make our sales.” The company contributed 5p from every hot drink sold in December to help many more elderly people stay warm this Christmas in Horsham. The Old Forge Deli in Storrington and the I-Café above Dixey CB opticians in Horsham have been fundraising throughout November and will be continuing Hi my name is Lee Cuddis. I have been hairdressing for 30 years within Toni&Guy and ran my own salon for 16 years. Being trained by one of the most renowned hairdressers in the world I have been able to go on and train numerous stylists who now run successful, top salons around the globe. In my career I have worked on many catwalk shows, professional photos shoots and been a guest judge for Wella competitions. I am now extremely excited to bring my knowledge to you within a relaxed, beautiful countryside setting at my home here in Coneyhurst, West Sussex, where you will be listened to and given advice on how to get the most from your haircut at home as I understand it can be intimidating in a salon setting. I can show you easy techniques from blow drying to styling your hair at home. You will also be able to enjoy a freshly brewed coffee or a chilled glass of wine while you relax and enjoy your time away from it all. As featured in the West Sussex County Times

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throughout the campaign with offers on products that will warm up and make a contribution to the support Age UK Horsham District provide. The Sussex Produce shop donated 25p for each of their hot chocolate sales in November to help Age UK Horsham District deliver its vital charitable services. ‘Spread The Warmth’ runs through to the beginning of March. You can donate now by texting AUKH00 followed by a donation to 70070. Age UK Horsham District is encouraging the public to get on board and through holding your own warming fundraisers. A simple coffee morning or a sponsored winter walk can raise vital funds to support older people this winter. If you own a food and drink outlet and would like to get involved with the campaign or would like to do something to help raise funds on your own, contact Lawrie Mallyon on 07910 385926 or email for a free information pack and ideas to get you started. You can learn more on the Age UK Horsham District website which includes a whole section on Spread The Warmth. Follow them on facebook or twitter to receive updates. Lawrie Mallyon

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A Good Read January’s selection from book reviewer Kath Bennett The Guts – Roddy Doyle To be honest, it is a shock to find out that Jimmy Rabbitte is middle-aged with teenage children. It shouldn’t be – after all, The Commitments was over 20 years ago – but it is. It seems to be a bit of a shock to Jimmy too – and the shock is compounded when he discovers that he has cancer… The Commitments may be better known as a film (and now as a stage musical), but it was a book first: the first of Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy, which followed the fortunes of the Rabbitte family in Dublin. Here, Doyle revisits the family many years on. Ireland is in the grip of the recession, and Jimmy and his wife are feeling the pinch. He is still in the music business, although rather than discovering new talent, he spends his days digging into the past for old punk bands who still have a following. And he has cancer. At the age of 47 he has to face the fact that he could die. Doyle’s style is not for everyone, and his language is not for the faint-hearted, but the dialogue still sails off the page as authentically as it ever did, and much of the story is carried through speech. There are a series of wellexecuted set pieces too, including the finale which brings together Jimmy, his long-lost brother Les, an old punk and a former bandmate (and fellow cancer sufferer), to witness Jimmy’s eldest son triumph in front of a festival crowd. OK, he is pretending to be Bulgarian and singing a song which is pretending to be 1930s Irish

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Blues, but who cares? If you have read the Barrytown trilogy, this is like meeting a bunch of old friends in the pub. If you haven’t, then read it anyway. Odds are you will go back to the original books to meet the characters as they were in the beginning. The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett “Now... if you trust in yourself... and believe in your dreams... and follow your star... you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.” There is much wisdom in The Wee Free Men – and the above message is my favourite by far. What teenager doesn’t need to hear it? The thing is, Terry Pratchett has a way of passing on this kind of knowledge so that you don’t even know you are thinking about it – you are too busy laughing, or wondering what on earth will happen next. The Wee Free Men is not a Discworld novel as such, but is a story of the Discworld. It follows Tiffany Aching, armed with her trusty frying pan, as she tries to rescue her brother from the Queen of the Fairies. Luckily, she has the Nac Mac Feegle on her side – slightly incomprehensible, tiny little blue folk who are nothing if not fearsome. This is an ideal introduction to Pratchett for the younger reader – and for any Discworld fan, the chance to see the Feegle in action is not to be missed.



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Grow Your Tenner! Canal restoration donations work harder through match funding


onating £10 to the Wey & Arun Canal through will soon result in £20 going towards the work to restore the canal and reconnect the Rivers Wey and Arun. The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has already raised £16,000 through the Grow Your Tenner match funding scheme and has signed up again in a bid to gain a further £11,000 share of the £500,000 funding available under the initiative over the next six months. The funding is a result of a grant from the Office for Civil Society and is being administered by Local Giving. Donations made to WACT under the scheme will be matched poundfor-pound up to £10 per donation and, by using Gift Aid, the donation will be worth 25% more too. According to WACT chairman Sally Schupke, the initiative presents a great opportunity to raise funds for essential restoration work and money

from this new phase of Grow Your Tenner could go towards schemes like the reconstruction of Gennets Bridge Lock. “The scheme matches single donations of £10 but the most valuable way people can help would be to pledge up to £10 per month for six months through what calls a monthly donation,” said Sally. “You are only allowed to set up one monthly donation to any one charity but perhaps other family members and friend could also register to make a donation too.” To find out more about donating to WACT and Grow Your Tenner, please visit and click either the ‘Give Monthly’ or the ‘Single Donation’ button. Sally Schupke, Chairman, WACT

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he first fitted carpet my parents ever owned was medium brown with a deep, textured pile, and it hid a multitude of sins. Grit and dirt from my dad’s work boots, food spills from us kids and the occasional accident by the pet dog were all cleverly concealed. During the 20 years or so it was down it never once required professional cleaning – or so we thought! Years later when I owned a carpet cleaning business, I learned about the dangers lurking beneath a carpet’s surface and discovered that far from being the creature comfort we thought it was, our deeply piled, deeply loved first carpet was something of a death trap (well, almost!). The majority of households in the UK only call in the professionals in response to some kind of incident – they’re having visitors so need to spruce things up a bit, or they’ve had a party and one of their guests has spilled red wine. Post-Christmas you may even find yourself in one of these categories! But sit comfortably while I share a few shocking facts that may keep you awake at night, and prompt you into incorporating regular carpet cleaning into your plans and budget! FACT ONE. An average-sized living room carpet can hold its own weight in trapped soil – around 150 lbs. FACT TWO. About 85% of the dirt a carpet holds is hidden under the surface, buried deep in the pile.

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Haven Heavenlies join RSC’s Open Stages


alented local drama group, Haven Heavenlies, who have delighted audiences over the past three years with their performances of classic English drama will return in July 2014 for an open air production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost. The group is made up of local actors from the Horsham district, Rudgwick, Loxwood and Guildford and rehearse in The Haven, near Billingshurst. All the Heavenlies have a passion for Shakespeare and creating a thoroughly enjoyable experience for our audiences. The Heavenlies are very proud and excited to announce that the group has been selected by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project which supports and mentors amateur theatre groups with professionally run workshops and creative input. The Open Stages project runs until April 2016 – the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare – and there will be opportunities for participating groups to

showcase their productions in a professional theatre setting. Performance dates for Love’s Labours Lost are Thursday-Saturday, 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2014 in the gardens of Ingfield Manor School, Five Oaks near Billingshurst. Charities benefiting from the production will be The Friends of Ingfield Manor, Riding for the Disabled and the Alzheimers Society. Make a diary date to come and see this wonderful play in a beautiful garden setting. So why is this in the January issue of Village Tweet when the performance is in July? Because we are actively looking for actors, dancers and strolling musicians to join us for this charity production. If you would like to be part of this exciting venture please contact Juliet on (01403) 823031 or post on Haven Heavenlies’ facebook page. Juliet Sumner

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“Happy New Year” from Billingshurst Fire fighters


o the New Year is here, and so is that best with hopefully a quick turnaround to get the dreaded feeling of shop re-opened and do returning to work what he does best… Serving excellent fish and chips. during this cold January… Please still take care We hope you have had a during this cold snap as lovely Christmas, most of all roads are icy and will still staying safe. We were fairly catch people out. Look well busy with calls during ahead and avoid sudden December, the main news applications of the brake for the locals was the fire at and accelerator. Lots of the Fish and Chip shop in details on road safety can Jengers Mead at the beginning of the month. Hopefully by the time you read this Jack Fuller’s Fish & be found online, for example Chip shop will have risen like a Phoenix from the ashes Crews were called to a winter-driving cooker fire. However, when Remember those who are we arrived we were faced unable to get out during the with a highly developed fire cold weather, a quick knock causing the shop to be on the door to ask if they heavily smoked-logged. need anything will go a long Flats above were evacuated way… but thankfully we soon had From everyone at the fire under control. As the Billingshurst Fire Station we smoke cleared the wish you a happy and devastating damage soon successful 2014! became apparent. We Jack Fuller the shop owner all the Heed the weather warnings – they’re there for your safety Dan Game

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A Shady Space


ight levels during January are low and the days are short, but now the winter solstice has passed, days are slowly lengthening. There are, however, areas of the garden which never receive much sunlight, and these shady spaces are often the conversation starter when I speak to gardeners. A south-facing garden is on the priority list of most house hunters, but in reality there must be around the same number of houses built on the dark side of the road! If you’re lucky enough to have a front and back garden, then you should have somewhere to grow the sun lovers, but it’s often a rear shady garden which causes most frustration. So what’s my answer? Embrace the shade! Shady spaces can be much more atmospheric than those open to full sun, they have a great earthy smell and can support a diverse range of plants and mosses. My suggestion is to layer the planting, so that it looks like the creation of shade is intentional. I would probably go as far as to erect a structure, such as a pergola or shade sail over the top, creating a cosy outdoor room, and use lighting to visually warm the space at night. Your layering process begins with the boundaries. The first stage is to paint them black, and before you scream “BLACK?!” out loud, hear me out. Painting the boundaries black

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will help them to fade into the background once plants mature. The second stage is to clothe the fences and walls with climbers. Although hated by some, Ivy is perfect for this, but other things to try are shade-tolerant Honeysuckles or wall shrubs such as Hydrangea petiolaris and Garrya elliptica. For additional flower colour, why not cram in a couple of Clematis? Introduce height with a small tree such as Amelanchier ‘Robin Hill’ or the evergreen Trachycarpus fortunei. Clump-forming bamboo makes a great vertical accent, as does the banana Musa basjoo. Next in our ‘shade lasagne’ are the shrubs such as the purple leaved Acers, Viburnum tinus, Box (which can be clipped into shapes to add formality) and Sarcococca. Smaller perennials such as Astilbe, Aconitum and Hellebores provide colour and finally ferns such as the evergreen Asplenium scholopendrium supply wonderful glossy ground cover. So there you have it, a shady oasis, and as with most things in life, if you fully embrace it, a north-facing shady garden can be magical. Until next time, Happy gardening, Lee Bestall

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Robinson Crusoe comes to Barns Green

obinson Crusoe wishes he was left on a deserted island, but unfortunately for him he has not only his fiancée, but also his future mother-in-law, traitorous crew, island natives and a gorilla with him! All that and some really special surprises! It’s Panto time again! and the Barns Green Players are rehearsing in preparation for another great show. This year’s Pantomime is Robinson Crusoe and the cast and backstage crew are preparing yet another blockbuster production with lots of new surprises. This year there will be a total of six shows performed over two weekends in January in the Barns Green Village Hall. The shows will be on Friday 17th (evening), Saturday 18th (afternoon and evening), Friday 24th (evening), and Saturday 25th (afternoon and evening). Graeme Muncer is Directing the production and is extremely excited about this year’s production, “Robinson Crusoe is not one of the classic Pantomime stories but we have a great script and some wonderful songs and dances and I hope I can bring some new twists to the production to make it as much fun and entertainment as possible. There are some new cast members this year who are brilliant

and they are all determined to match and improve on the very high standards that we have set ourselves and look forward to as many people as possible coming to see the shows”. The shows are aimed at all ages although the afternoon performances are particularly suitable for the very youngest children. There are singalongs and sweets for the kids and opportunities for the audience to join in with the fun. For the evening performances there is a licensed bar serving a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks as well as sweets. The afternoon performances begin at 2pm and evening performances at 7.30pm. If you are regulars at the Barns Green Players Panto you will know just what a good show they put on and if you haven’t been before you are in for a real treat. We look forward to welcoming you for some great fun and entertainment. Nigel Currie Tickets cost just £10 for adults and £7 for children. There is a special price of just £6 for all tickets on Friday 17th January. Box Office: (01403) 731566 or Photo: Steve Black (Captain Cutlass) Anna Batten (Polly Perkins) and Zoe Munday (Robinson Crusoe) in rehearsal for this year’s Barns Green Players Panto, Robinson Crusoe

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Diary of a ‘Commuter’ Smallholder The continuing diary of Michaela Giles, a Billingshurst smallholder


o rain for over a week has given our damaged friend’s absolutely massive coolbox, which held the field a chance to level out. Although not dry lot, to collect them. We also took our rare breed enough to use, we can at least ‘Parma style’ ham on its posy stand, get through the gate now; surely our salami and chorizo and had a once you are obsessed with the great day. The number of people that weather that makes you a real farmer? were motivated to buy high ethically The last of the 2013-born produced meat with a known Saddleback piglets have been provenance is definitely increasing weaned and the ones that have sold and I also displayed Waitrose and should be in their new homes soon Tesco prices to show it was cheaper but we have had to keep some back to buy direct from even a small farm as we have almost run out of pork like ours than it is at the due to Christmas. We sent eight supermarket. It gave us renewed lambs and ‘Meatloaf’ the goat off to encouragement for the extra effort it the butcher for existing customers takes to produce it. and also some for Billifest. Every From the 1st January we will be at part of the supply chain works to a the start of numerous pig litters fixed date from when the abattoir will being born and this year includes our take each species through to when Middle White sow who conceived by the butcher we use in Adversane is artificial insemination using pedigree Mouthwatering quality, mouthwatering price boar semen from Ireland. Keep your open for collection. This posed a dilemma as we only have a freezer big enough to fingers crossed that we will have some real show store so much meat and we wanted to sell the meat winners in the litters as we still are yet to achieve fresh. All was solved by our lovely butcher opening our ultimate aim of winning ‘Pig of the Year’. up on the morning of Billifest and borrowing a Michaela Giles

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Living with Laika – Growing up!

ccording to the Dog Age Calculator, Laika now has a human age of 19! Formerly we simply multiplied a dog’s age by seven but now, recognising that different breeds of dogs age at varying speeds and at different stages of their lives, we can find a more exact human age – should we want to! So in human terms, Laika should be at university or college, undergoing an apprenticeship or working. As it is, she is a NEET though strictly speaking she is constantly in training and making slow progress! She’ll sit, lie down and stay but still struggles with recall which presents a problem when it’s time to come home. Bigger and quicker, she is now able to catch rabbits which dangle limp and lifeless after an initial cry. Laika has a surprisingly soft mouth and I can only think that these poor souls die of fright rather than a canine intrusion! She is seldom prepared to share her ‘catch’ with me and invariably follows me at a distance with her prey drooping either side of her mouth like a mad, overgrown Zapata moustache. Eventually, the creature is relinquished and she continues her

exploration alongside my walk, free until home time calls and I attempt to put her on a lead. The worst moments occur when she finds a previous capture and shadows me bearing a rank, purulent, furry corpse! I suppose Laika has been able to make a positive contribution in reducing rabbit overpopulation though and I am pleased that she has been able to end the lives of a number of poor creatures infected with myxomatosis. I have been rather surprised to see that some of her victims had been disfigured by the awful myxoma virus. With dreadful skin tumours and virtually blind, the animals must have suffered enormously and Laika’s presence in our countryside has helped to relieve their misery. A further sign of Laika’s increasing maturity is her need to ‘squat’. She is now ready to leave a message – fine when she’s on grass or in woods but you can imagine my consternation when the squat occurred on a paved footpath! Somehow, a male dog appears more discrete when performing a languid leg-lifting exercise against an adjacent shrub! Ron Myal

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War again

Once upon a time on a small farm near Billingshurst …


ou may remember that last June, Wolfie and Chocolate Buttons, the guinea pigs, were finally allotted the late James the cat’s outside cage. Unfortunately for them there was no choice. Their space inside the house was needed and they didn’t want to go in their outside cage so they had to be found a home. Nanny hammered a piece of stuff on the roof bit and put their nest box inside, fed them and left them to it. Fortunately for them there was plenty of grass for them to eat and it wasn’t long before they were very happy outside. In fact as they chattered to themselves it was easy to hear that they were well content. As the weather grew colder, Nanny lined their nesting box with extra straw, blocked off the sides of the wire cage to stop the wind and made sure they were cosy. And they loved it. The perfect solution. Or so Nanny thought… But one night as they cuddled up to one another they heard a distinct scratch, scratch, scrape sound. They were terrified. “What’s that?” asked Wolfie in a quivering voice. “I don’t know,” Chocolate Buttons replied in an equally shaky voice, and they cuddled closer together all night quaking in fear. The next morning they were happy to see Nanny with some lovely green leaves and bits of apple. “Oh, oh,” Nanny said, “I see we have had


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orses and ponies are living longer and healthier lives today, and many horses are still in regular work well into their twenties. With old age comes wear and tear to the teeth and it is not uncommon for veteran horses and ponies to have worn or even missing teeth. There are many things owners can do to help a veteran horse get the most from its diet. Some horses lose the ability to chew hay and this can be replaced with short chop chaff type products or with a high fibre mash that is easily eaten. There are many senior feeds on the market some of which contain prebiotics to help with gut function and glucosamine to help joint mobility. Older horses also benefit from as much turnout as possible to keep the joints moving and good quality turnout rugs to keep them warm. Veteran horses and ponies will also benefit from a sixmonthly dental check. For those oldies who find keeping weight on a struggle feeding as much hay or haylage as they will eat is the best start for a feeding plan. If possible, make sure the horse has access to decent grazing or provide hay or haylage in the field while turned out and make sure the animal isn’t being bullied off any food. Using a higher calorie conditioning or veteran feed can help in some cases and high oil feeds such as micronized linseed can be useful to increase calories while keeping meal sizes manageable. Never feed more than 2kg of concentrates in one feed. Another important point with poor doers is to have the horse checked for gastric ulcers; these are becoming increasingly common in horses today. Symptoms include irritability, weight loss, reduced appetite and poor performance. Speak to your vet if you are concerned about the possibility of gastric ulcers, a high fibre diet will lessen the risks of equine gastric ulcers. Cushing’s disease is also common in older horses. It is caused by a growth or an enlargement affecting the pituitary gland and symptoms can vary greatly from equine to equine; they can include the growth of a long wavy coat that is not shed properly over the summer, excessive sweating, a pot-bellied appearance, lethargy, excessive drinking and urination, and bouts of laminitis.

Horses and ponies affected with Cushing’s also have a repressed immune system and are more prone to picking up infections and not so able to fight them off. Your vet can diagnose Cushing’s with a blood test and although not curable it can be greatly managed to give the horse a good quality of life. Medication can be given to slow down the progression of disease which the horse must be kept on for the rest of its life. Keeping the horse or pony clipped so it doesn’t get damp and sweaty will also improve quality of life. Regular foot care is essential for those suffering from Cushing’s and be extra vigilant for signs of laminitis. Another common problem with older equines is wear and tear on the joints. The horse may become stiff in his stable overnight and may take longer to warm up while being ridden. It is important to allow the older horse a longer warm up time especially in cold weather. Many horses have arthritic changes to their joints. This need not mean the end of their ridden work; in many cases exercise is beneficial for the horse’s body and mind. There are many joint supplements on the market to help ease the symptoms of old age but be sure to get an accurate diagnoses from your vet first before treating any lameness problems yourself; many horses are kept happy and comfortable on a small amount of painkiller and your vet will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have. It is also worth having a veteran’s saddle fit checked more frequently as older horses can suffer from loss of muscle tone as well as muscle wastage behind the withers. Keeping your veteran warm during the winter months is very important. Make sure that any rugs worn are a good fit and are not rubbing or slipping. Ensure there is adequate shelter and some older horses who may have lived out all of the time in the past may now appreciate the comfort of a stable or barn overnight in their golden years. Good luck and happy horse keeping in 2014! Jeannette Douglas. SQP, Qualified Horse Adviser. SPR Centre.

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e have now come to that long, cold and often most miserable month of the year. The excitement of Christmas has passed and the warmth of spring and summer seems so very long away. So how do we fill our time during these bleak and dreary winter evenings? There’s the tele of course, but we all can get a little square-eyed after a while, even those of us who are addicted to soaps, drama or documentaries. I know – lets go out… The pub. That bastion of Britishness. Warm and friendly, fine ale and good conversation and if you are lucky, maybe some live music. Most hostelries still sport an array of pub games to entertain the customer and the regular quiz is now an important part of the week’s bill of fare. The demise of so many of these wonderful establishments over the years is something that many of us look back on with sadness: a village that loses its pub loses its heart. Then there’s the cinema. Once, this was a weekly event for a huge mass of people. The queue outside the Odeon on a Friday or Saturday night could be enormous. Folk standing patiently, in all weathers, behind that wooden sign that designated your ticket price. The Saturday morning shows for the kids. A tanner to get in, a sing-song, cartoon and a serial, ending with Roy Rogers, or similar, persuading us to ride an imaginary horse all the way home while shooting at anything and everything in our path. I hadn’t been to the cinema in years until quite recently when my son invited his old dad to see a couple of Sci-fi films that he knew I would enjoy. What an eye-opener. A screen as big as a house, sound to blow your ears off, and 3D effects that allowed you to reach out and catch the drifting tears that fell from Sandra Bullock’s cheeks in the blockbuster, Gravity. Some years ago my late mother and father-inlaw ran the great Christmas Whist Drive at Petworth. So we felt that it was prudent to give our support to the charitable evening’s event. It soon became obvious that those attending knew the game backwards. I did not. How was I to realise that the lady sitting opposite to me (apparently my


partner) was calling for my Queen of Hearts? How did she know I was holding it? I swear she never said a word, lifted an eye or even kicked my shin. The whole game is a mystery of silent mindreading as far as I can see. Go and try it. Cribbage is along the same lines, with calls of “fifteen two”, “fifteen four”, “fifteen six” and “a pairs eight” mixing with the odd adage that “his knob makes nine”… the mind boggles. Oh, the wonders of village hall entertainment. You should also not forget here the tremendous fun that the local drama groups can bring to a winter’s evening. From Variety to Panto they devote huge quantities of their time and effort into producing fantastic performances that will delight you and fill you with amazement at the skills and talent locked up in the everyday folk around you. For those with a more energetic bent, there are other events that beckon from the mist and cold of the winter evening. Indoor bowls have proved to be a growing and delightful way of spending a couple of hours on such a night. Most villages have a club and all are welcome to come and ‘have a go’, so give it a try. I must confess that I have found great fun at my local hall. Forget the old view of white trousers, straw boaters and softly spoken words of encouragement. That may be the case in competition, but it does not apply here. Mind you, once again there is a snag if you have never bowled a ‘wood’ before. I presume it was some evil-minded genius with nothing better to do who came up with the design of these wondrous cannon balls. You would think that it should be a simple task to bowl the short length of a village hall and finish within fairly close proximity to that little white jack. It should be a doddle. WRONG. The results from the efforts of learners such as myself can make for much merriment and more than a fair share of profanities to be directed at the offending object as it once more runs out of bounds. But stick with it. I love the game, as by its very nature it gets under the skin and teases that extra ounce of determination to master the blasted things. So, you couch potatoes, don’t just sit there. Get out and try your luck. Roll a bowl, deal a card, watch a play, or just visit your local hostelry and enjoy good company and friendly chat. Perhaps for just a little while the winter’s night will yield the warmth that we all crave for in the darkness and cold of January. John Nash

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ADVERTISERS INDEX January 2014 A-Team Mechanics............................42 ADC Appliances ................................27 AM Beauty Clinic...............................15 Andrew Gale Tree Surgery................32 Appaloosa Upholstery.......................21 Bax Computers .................................41 Billingshurst Dental Practice .............15 Billingshurst Leisure Centre ..............12 Billingshurst Osteopaths ...................13 Billingshurst Service, Repair & MOT Centre...................................43 Blue Ship Pub .....................................7 Brazier Building Solutions .................25 Brazier Driveways .............................29 Care Comfort Company ....................11 Caring Homes ...................................11 Caroline Clarke Mobile Foot Care.....17 Catherine’s Pet Services...................35 Clark’s Tree Surgery..........................34 Cracknell Pit-Draffen, Estate Agent .........................................OBC Cubitt & West, Estate Agent................4 Davis Foot Care ................................15 Delta Decor .......................................23 Falcon/Willetts Equine Feeds............37 Fishers Farm Park.............................40 Flow-serve, Plumbing, Drainage, Heating..........................................18


Fowlers, Estate Agent .........................3 GJ Coles, Builder ..............................23 Goring Road Carpet Centre..............28 Hallam Trim, Window Cleaning .........18 Hamilton Cole, TV & Satellite Equipment .....................................29 Hardwood Seasoned Logs................33 HJS Land Services ...........................30 Holly Boilers ......................................28 Home Interior Painting Services .......27 Hydropower, Generators ...................24 Icing on the Cake ................................6 Infinity Driving School .......................43 Jackerys Vintage Style Coffee Shop...7 Jef Wilson, Decorator........................28 Jonathan Carter Tree Surgery...........30 KB Private Hire..................................36 Lawns & Edges .................................33 Lee’s Locks .......................................23 Mac’s Private Hire .............................43 Meraki Hairdressing ..........................17 Miles Wrightman Pshychotherapy.....14 Miss Mop Domestic Cleaning ...........19 Monsoon Indian Restaurant................8 Moon Hall School..............................40 Mrs Muscle Domestic Cleaning ........25 Myskow Refurbishments ...................25 Natural Nurture Nursery School........40

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