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aster holds different meanings for different people. From pagan roots it evolved into a Christian tradition, now being overtaken by more secular celebrations. Like all holidays, though, it should be a time for reflection. Easter is a time of renewal, the egg symbolising rebirth and a chance to take on change. Happy Easter. Starting this month in Village Tweet, on page 6, is Rob Warde’s series, Faces of Billingshurst. If you would like to be featured give Rob a call on 07947 590873. Finally, the gremlins struck in last month’s Beef in Guinness recipe. The first ingredient for the dumplings should have read: ‘75g butter, frozen and grated, or 75g suet.’ Grahame Cover photo: Cadbury’s Mini Eggs. Gorgeous! By Rob Warde. If you have a suitable photo for the cover of Village Tweet please email it to us Health & Beauty Lifestyle Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Nikki Durrant Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Lana Ayling Make-up Atist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Karen Jones Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 SureSlim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Billingshurst Dental Practice . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Food & Drink Monsoon Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Burdfields Country Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 DK Vintners Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 16, 18, 30 Clayfield Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Little Cakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Recipe: Easy Easter Cup Cakes . . . . . . . . . . .9 Selsey Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Leisure & Living Lodge Hill Computer Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Professional Services & Businesses Beadelicious Jewellery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Stephen Pearson Graphic Designer . . . . . . . .12 Alec McCabe Guitar Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Wakoos Centre4Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Across the Globe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 ADC Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Hallam Trim Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . .25 LML Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Tohunga Business Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Bookkeeping & Accountancy . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Hydropower UK Ltd Generators . . . . . . . . . . .27 Care Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Pets, Animals & Farming Jane’s Equestrian Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Kellys Kreature Komforts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 John Nash’s Farming Column . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Paws and Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Catherine’s Pet Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Out & About Wey & Arun Canal Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Contents COPY DATE FOR MAY ISSUE: 7th APRIL Published by A272 Design, PO Box 371, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 4AS

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Homes & Gardens Cousins Conservatories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Time for You Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Miss Mop Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Pest Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Batchelor & Bacon: Kitchens, Bathrooms . . . .22 NP Stanley Electrical & Building . . . . . . . . . . .23 Trevor Miliam Carpentry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Vertus Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 West Sussex Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Fidelitas Property Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Martyn-Johns Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Pest B Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Solid Fuel Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Village Nurseries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Bathstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Roy Spiers Conservatories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Games and quizzes Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13, 14 Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Wordsearch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19, 20 Motoring KB Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Macs Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Ashpark Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Ivans Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Paul Berry Driving Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Community Faces of Billingshurst: Anita Burdfield . . . . . . . 6 Features How Eggstraordinary! Easter traditions . . . . . .4 The Royal Wedding. It’s a mug’s game! . . . . .22 Bailey’s Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Garden View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Last But Not Least What’s On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Advert Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30


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Easter

How Eggstraordinary! Easter traditions

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lthough the Easter weekend is the principal religious feast of the Christian year, most of its traditions have no basis in Christianity at all. In fact, the Jewish festival of Passover is closely linked to Easter by dates and symbolism. Passover, also known as Pesach, was celebrated long before the birth of Jesus. Before Easter was used as a name for this holiday, early Christians celebrated ‘Pascha’, a word derived from Pesach. The word ‘Easter’ comes from an Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess called Eostre, who was associated with spring and new beginnings. Both Easter and Passover centre around re-birth, and bond neatly with the Anglo-Saxon festival of ‘Eostre-monath’ – Eostre’s month. Hot cross buns, traditionally eaten on Good Friday, are linked to Passover. Originally they were unleavened bread, an important Passover food. Nowadays, they are more palatably leavened and marked with a cross to serve as a reminder of the crucifixion. But where does the tradition of eating chocolate eggs come from? In the times of Eostre, eggs were given as gifts to celebrate the end of winter and as a symbol of new life. And need I mention the fertility characteristic of an egg? A traditional dish at a Passover meal is Beitzah, a hardboiled egg to represent life. All this evolved into Christians decorating the shells with colourful

patterns, and then moved onto our familiar, delicious chocolate Easter eggs. Well, that’s the eggs worked out. But an Easter Bunny? A rabbit that lays eggs! Not to mention the need for these eggs to be hunted for and rolled down a hill. Well, the origin of the rabbit isn’t too hard to decipher. We go back to the goddess Eostre again. Her sacred animal was the hare. Rabbits are similar to hares and rather more common. Therefore the two creatures became interchangeable. And of course rabbits are well-known for their prolificacy … so I’m afraid we’re back to fertility symbolism again. The Easter Bunny and egg hunts seem to have started in Germany in the 16th century. Children made nests in the garden and, if they were good, the Easter Bunny would leave them coloured hard-boiled eggs to find the next morning. This tradition travelled to America with early German settlers and, like many old traditions, has now returned to Britain substituting chocolate eggs and a more interesting egg hunt. Egg rolling on Easter Monday is a strange old custom, that is said to represent the rolling away of the stone blocking Jesus’ tomb. Also known as Pace-Egging, derived from the word Pesach, it has been fun for centuries, but nobody is sure why. Perhaps it originated as a way of getting everyone out of the house for some much-needed exercise after a long weekend of feasting? Suki North

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Community

Faces of Billingshurst – Anita Burdfield

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n a cold Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of interviewing Anita Burdfield, owner of Burdfields Country Market. Originally selling produce from their farm, Rectory Barn in Itchingfield, the Burdfields purchased their current property in May 2006. After several months refurbishing the building they opened in October 2006. They stock their own produce as well at that of local producers. They have a tea room serving breakfast, lunch and a wide range of home-made produce. While I was there they were busy making jam, apple sauce and home-made cakes. Anita is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Partnership Economy Sub Group. She is keen to encourage people to visit the village. With the advent of the bypass most traffic goes around the village and improved signage is one option currently being discussed.

She is interested in local history and has started to collect press cuttings, articles and photographs which she keeps at the market. If you have any information of historical interest Anita would love to hear from you. The Burdfields are an enterprising family; they also run the Queens Head pub in Barns Green and a joinery business. Anita runs Gourmet Evenings at the market and recently hosted the Billingshurst Bell Ringers. If you are interested in holding your own Gourmet Evening then please get in touch with Anita. Burdfields Country Market is behind the old Post Office opposite the library. Open from 9am to 5pm, 10am to 4pm on Sundays. 01403 784445 www.burdfield.co.uk If you or someone you know wants to take part in this series please go to my website for details: www.facesofbillingshurst.com Rob Warde

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Village life

More snippets of local history

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hen you’re next in our tea room, look up and you’ll see a random collection of trophies and shields on the wall. We found these in the loft of the building, blackened from the smoke of the fire. We cleaned them up and thought it appropriate to display them as a reminder of what the building had been before we turned it into the shop and tea room. On one of the shields is the name, among others, F.A. Stenning. I have been told that Fred Stenning used to have the little shop next to the dentist at the south end of the High Street, No. 116, where he was a cycle and radio dealer. The building is still there, but boarded up. He used to sell and repair cycles, as well as radios and sports equipment and would re-charge car and radio batteries. The small building on the other side of the dentist’s building, No. 112 High Street, was built by Mr R. Rhodes &

Son Ltd in about 1925 when Mr Rhodes senior came to Billingshurst from Shoreham. Mr Stenning was the Chairman of the Billingshurst Cricket Club and was a playing member. He also played badminton and the reason his name is on the shield in the shop is that he was the Captain of the Snooker ‘B’ Team 1951-1952, whose other members were A.J. Perry, A. Phillips, A. Quick, H. Feakins, T. Bristow and A. Gray. Does anyone know or remember any of these snooker players? The ’A’ Team had Mr E. Cook as the Captain and the team members were F. Sharville, A. Perry, T. Deponio, A. Chalk (very apt for a snooker player!), A. Stemp and J. Stenning (Fred’s son maybe?) Meanwhile, does anyone know the link between Mr Higgins, Mr Tribe and Mr Fisher? Anita Burdfield

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Easy Easter Cup Cakes Method: for the cakes 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. 2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light, fluffy and pale.  3. Gradually beat in the egg, adding a little flour if the mixture looks like it might curdle. 4. Beat in the vanilla extract and milk. 5. Place 12 paper cupcake cases into a cake tin and divide the mixture between them.  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.  Method: for the icing 1. In a mixing bowl beat the butter with a wooden spoon or in a mixer until smooth, then sift in the icing sugar, beating regularly. 2. Add the vanilla extract and milk and beat for 5 minutes. The frosting should be light and fluffy.  3. Mix your chosen food colouring colours into the icing to give an even colour.  You can use one colour or split the icing and use several. 4. When the cupcakes are totally cool, spoon or pipe the icing. Finish with your chosen decorations.

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Health

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From a farm somewhere in West Sussex

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have been a riding instructress for over forty years, and in that time the way horses have been looked after has changed, and not always for the best. So, in this time of economic slow-down, and with the soaring price of hay and feed that entails, the old traditional ways of keeping horses and ponies come into their own, as with a bit of pre-thought and a little extra work you can cut costs without losing quality. With that thought in mind over the next few months I might just be able to save you some money certainly for next winter so I will talk about feeding, hay, grazing, saddlery, etc.

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George Wakeford – A Man of Sussex John Nash is a retired, well sort of retired, fruit farm manager in Kirdford who enjoys scribbling about life on the farm from the now to days gone by.

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o many who have spent a good part of their lives in this area the name George Wakeford will bring a smile and a knowing nod to the head. George was a pure Sussex man born and bred. He was a woodsman and countryman in the true sense of the word and for a good part of his life the most respected of men when it came to the handling of bees. I first met George when I worked on a fruit farm in Wisborough Green. Over fifty years ago now but the memories serve me well in the stories and tales that he told of life through the eyes of a man of the soil. George used to supply us with bees for the fruit blossom and one particular year he had installed the dozen or so hives around the orchards. “Keep an eye on ’em, lad … and give us a call if they be up to mischief.” He never explained what ‘up to mischief” might be, and I was not canny enough to ask. A few days later as I walked to work one morning I became aware of a high-pitched hum from the hedge that bordered a paddock near the farmyard. As I got closer I could see, deep in the hedges branches, a huge dark ‘football’ that was distinctly moving. A massive swarm. I ran for cover, I’m no fool. George’s calm voice when I called him assured me that all was ok and that he would call that evening to collect the offending bees. The day was hot. Sticky hot. So early in the evening when I answered the door to George’s knock I was down to T-shirt and shorts. His sleeves were rolled high, though he still retained his flat cap firmly on his head. That cap would hold many a queen bee I was later to discover and his wife would warn anyone entering their house not to open any stray matchboxes they should come across as they could well be the temporary home to a lost or injured bee. Anyway … “Ah lad. Give me a hand will you?”

“Sure, George.” I followed him across the field carrying the straw skep that he had dug from the interior of his old car. He himself carried a contraption that emitted a slight trail of smoke as we made our way to the hedge. It was only as we got near to the destination that I realised that I was not that well dressed for getting within the flight-path of several thousand flying stingers. To my anguished enquiry all I received was, “Don’t worry lad, they’s be on ’oliday.” George’s words at the time didn’t really fill me with any sort of comfort at all and I confess that by the time we got to the central spot I was feeling terrified. “’Ere lad, hold this.” He gave me the skep minus its woven top. “Hold it there lad and keep still.” He then puffed a few streams of wafting smoke over the ball that was humming noisily to itself in the hedge while all around the constant buzz of airborne troopers threatened to persuade my flight instinct to take control. Reaching into the depths of the hedge he pulled the branch holding the living ball clear of the side. He bent the branch over slowly until it was poised a couple of feet above the skep that I was holding in my trembling hands. THEN HE SHOOK THE BUGGER. I could have died. I was frozen. The main ball of bees fell with a weighty thud into the skep while countless thousands took to the air in a ceremonial war dance … well to my mind that’s what it was. They did not sound happy. “They be alright Lad, they wont sting you.’ And he was right. Not one sting. The air full of black bodies, many crawling over my bare arms and legs, and not one sting. George placed the lid on the skep leaving just a small gap on one side and said he would be back once it got dark to collect it. “Mum’s in there and they’ll all go to her once it quietens down.” And so it was. Even his bees followed their master in gentleness and peace. A memory that will stay with me forever of a man who was so in tune with nature, a gentle man in every way who was the epitome of ‘A Man of Sussex.’ John Nash

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Watch Out, There’s a Pest About! Squirrels. Right now squirrels are a big problem for you to watch out for. They will be more active with the warmer weather and with the onset of their breeding season – squirrels normally have 4-5 young in the spring. We have been up in a lot of loft spaces recently to evict them and to proof the loft to prevent re-entry. Squirrels will chew house wiring which will be a risk of fire; they can drown in your water tanks (if there is no lid) and they can move your insulation for building their nests in your loft. When outside feeding they will strip bark off trees and will chew lead flashings, cables, etc, trying to gain entry to your house. This week we had to trap some that would have killed a lovely willow tree by removing the young bark and chewing the new shoots. They are one of the reasons we see fewer garden birds about because of their liking for chicks and eggs. Our poor garden birds struggle to survive because of squirrels, magpies and crows. The grey squirrel was introduced to Britain and other parts of Europe in 1876. Since then our native red squirrel has become extinct in all but a few parts of the British Isles.

Rats. Brown rats are found throughout the UK especially near humans, feeding off all waste products. They reproduce at 3-4 months of age and can have 3-6 litters per year. An average litter is 6-11 young and they live for 12-18 months. On average you are only 15 metres from a rat. Major hazards with rats are leptospirosis (or Weil’s disease) and cable gnawing which can cause fires. Also, if the rats’ nests flood they are likely to move into your home. To prevent infestation, stop their food source and entry, keep rubbish (especially vegetation) clear around buildings. If you have had rats the house must be proofed to prevent reinfestation. Rats will eat almost everything we discard but they prefer grain by choice. Rats are harmful to humans; they contaminate everything they touch with droppings, urine and hair. Leptospirosis can be fatal. Just last week we found food in a house that had been part-eaten by rats. They had run over the pots, pans and dishes to hide and store some dried dog food in the kitchen units. All exposed food had to be thrown away and all utensils thoroughly washed. Colin Richardson’s Pest Force is more than happy to discuss any pest or environmental issues that concern you. For a free survey call him on 07776 063787.

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anada is a big country in every sense, an enthralling world of wide open spaces. The natural beauty of this vast, northern territory does not have its parallel anywhere else in the world. The choices facing you are fascinating and diverse: The spectacular snow capped mountain ranges and glaciers, sparkling lakes and lush forests, canyons and valleys, deep inlets and pristine coastlines. Whichever location, whichever season, whatever age, the outdoors beckons you. Canada’s geography inspires hikers, climbers, skiers, golfers, sailors and fishing enthusiasts to embrace their lungs with arguably the purest air in the world. These fun filled outdoor activities can be enjoyed at every age and are organised for families with young children as well as for retired couples. There is something for everyone. Amazing wildlife complement the natural beauty. Excursions are organised to track down black and grizzly bears, pods of whales and orcas in their natural habitat can be viewed up close from zodiac boats whilst moose, elk, deer and bison roam freely within the national parks. Itinerary choices are limitless. Relaxed and infamous rail journeys offer a window on

majestic Canadian backdrops and tours can vary from overnight journeys to week-long expeditions. Alternatively, self-drive is hassle free on the well maintained road network and can be combined with accommodation if opting for well equipped luxury campers allowing to explore and digest every corner, spectacular wonders, at your own pace. And finally, sitting amidst it all, vibrant and colourful modern urban centres of which each holds on to its own identity. Calgary and its exhilarating annual Stampede, Vancouver hosts the world’s largest ‘Celebration of Light’ firework competition, French established Quebec still holds on to its original language, its rich history and distinct heritage. Each and every area visited make for a unique tourist destination. Above all, Canada is an awe inspiring and very affordable holiday destination. Anita Kuypers Anita Kuypers founded Across the Globe, Independent Travel Agency in Billingshurst after years of travelling the world. She puts her passion and expertise to full use in creating unique, tailored itineraries to suit individual holiday wishes.

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nless you’ve been living as a hermit it can’t have escaped your notice that a significant event takes place this month. Yes we all have an extra day’s holiday to look forward to. Oh, and there’s a nice young couple getting married too. Royal weddings have always been significant events in the history of our country. As I type shop shelves are groaning under the weight of commemorative mugs, while TV adverts exhort us to send off for decorative gold coins. I’d always assumed that Royal souvenirs were a relatively modern invention, but in fact they have been a popular way of marking weddings and Jubilees for the last three centuries. The earliest known English commemorative items date from the Restoration of Charles II, in 1660. They must have been a hit because more followed for his Coronation in 1661 and wedding in 1662! At first such items were purchased only by the wealthy, but as new manufacturing methods developed the ordinary general public was able to buy a little piece of Royal history too. What they bought hasn’t changed a great deal over the years: the most popular items are and have always been coins, stamps and ceramics, especially mugs. Oh we Brits do love a Royal mug. I wonder if that’s related to our love of tea! Special issue coins were first used to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887. The majority of jubilee coins are issued in ‘crown’ size. This has nothing to do with a Royal crown but is in fact the size of an old crown coin, which was equal in value to five shillings. The reason for this is that the large size of the coin allows for more detail. These special coins are not intended for

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ailey was lying down in front of the garage in the sun. It was her favourite place for three reasons: 1) it was sheltered and warm in the sun like it was today; 2) she could see who was coming out of the big house or along the drive, and; 3) she was well placed to hear and see her mum if she was going out in the car or for a walk. Yep it sure was her favourite place. She’d been for a walk, and now here she was dozing in her favourite place. As she enjoyed the sun, she got to thinking that moving (or relocating) so many times had made her life full of adventures. First of all she’d moved families. She’d lived with a lady and a man with kids. They didn’t have much time for her and after a while the man left and she’d moved to a new house with the lady, the kids and another man. That man didn’t like her and he’d been mean to her. One day after she’d been outside for a long time in the cold, and was feeling pretty bored and lonely, another lady and man came to meet her. Bailey didn’t know it yet, but it was her new mum and dad. They took her home with them in their car. Bailey liked the car but she was nervous and scared. They were kind to her and took her for walks and made a special place for her. Gradually she had started to trust them and she’d finally taken them on as her mum and dad. She had enjoyed living in that house They had moved again. In this house, she had a garden and a park across the road. Mum took her to work everyday and Bailey met the big kids next door. She even went on a snow trip with them and got stuck in a snow drift. She chuckled to her self as she remembered that. Mum had had to pull her out. That was a good place she reckoned – long walks in the woods and some really great swimming in the river. Mum and dad had got a caravan and they’d gone to lots of different places with beaches. Bailey wasn’t sure she liked the salt water of beaches but she loved chasing sticks in the rivers. Then one day mum and dad started to pack again. She’d known it was moving time again. They took her in the car across in a big boat to Aunty Jo’s place. Aunty Jo had other dogs. She smiled to herself as she remembered how she’d showed them how to open the door and come inside all by herself. They’d thought she was pretty clever. She was surprised that mum and dad left without her. Although Aunty Jo took her pack of dogs for walks which she’d really enjoyed, she’d often wondered

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sadly why her mum and dad had left her behind. Then came a terrible time. Aunty Jo took her to another place and those people put her in a big box. She was very worried and cried but no one let her out. Then some other men took her box and put it in a dark place in an aeroplane. Her box was left in this dark place and then the plane moved and her ears hurt and she was scared. She curled up in the corner of the box and tried to shut out the noise. After a long while the noise stopped. Some people took her box out of the plane, they put her lead on and took her for a little walk. They gave her something to eat and drink. She wasn’t hungry, she was thirsty. She wondered where she was because it was very hot but nobody told her. Then they put her back in her box and on another plane. The dark noise started all over again. This time she wasn’t so scared but she did worry about what was happening to her. The plane stopped. After a long while the box was put on a trolley and pulled out into a big hall where a smiling lady was. “Hello Bailey,” she said. “How are you? Welcome to England, you’re a long way from New Zealand now.” Bailey of course hadn’t known what she was talking about but she’d wagged her tail anyway. Then the lady put her in a car and they drove away. Bailey had looked through the windows and wondered where they were going. After what seemed to be miles and miles the lady drove though some gates to a house. Someone was waiting there. Bailey had looked once and then twice. She couldn’t believe her eyes. She jumped up and down. She twisted around. She whined and barked. IT WAS HER MUM! And there was her dad too. She jumped up at them and they’d cuddled her and patted her and mum had even had tears in her eyes. “We’re so glad to see you again, Big Bubba,” she said. Bailey was so happy she just couldn’t let her mum out of her sight. It was at that house that Bailey had discovered how good garage doors were for lying in the sun and keeping an eye on things – like who came to the house and watching the kids playing. There’d been good walks at that place too, she remembered. And trips in the caravan. Just when she thought that they’d settled, they’d moved yet again. They’d moved to this place – a small farm near Billingshurst … her eyes started to close … too much thinking, she thought to herself … but she smiled as she slept in the sun because she liked this place best of all. Yvonne Fleece Photo: Grahame Pearson


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Craft Fayre. Alfold Village Hall. 7pm-9pm. FREE ENTRY. Great selection of quality crafts and gifts. Proceeds in aid of Cherry Tree House. Lisa (01403) 783012 HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Doctors car-park, Farm Close, RH14 0UT. 3.75 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am. Billingshurst Horticultural Society evening meeting. Women’s Hall, High Street, Billingshurst. 8pm. Mountains of Scotland, illustrated talk by Patrick Coulcher. Visitors welcome. £1 (inc refreshments). Hon Sec (01403) 784599. ‘HONK’. A contemporary retelling of The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson. A hilarious, satirical script that is suitable for children and rewarding for adults. Billingshurst Village Hall. 7pm. Performed by the University of Chichester Musical Theatre Students. Tickets £8 Children & Concessions £6 from Billingshurst Village Hall or 01403 787690 HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Farm Close. 5 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am. Chamber of Commerce AGM. Burdfields. 6pm ‘Some early churches in West Sussex and Hampshire’, Dr David Parsons, Billingshurst Local History Society. Billingshurst Village Hall. 7.30pm Film Night. Never Let Me Go (cert 12A). Barns Green Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm, film starts at 8pm. Tickets £6. Contact www.barnsgreen.com or phone (01403) 734408 for details and bookings. HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Farm Close. 5 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am. Billingshurst Bowling Club opens for the new season. 2pm. Come along and have a try! Find us behind the ‘old cricket field’ in Station Road. Alternative access via Myrtle Lane, down the public footpath at the end, turn right then left just before entering ‘old cricket field’. Roy (01403) 784299, June (01403) 785695 or Keith (01403) 784599. HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Farm Close. 4 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am. HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Doctors car-park, Farm Close, RH14 0UT. 7.25 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am. Plaistow Maypole Fête. Plaistow Village Green, RH14 0PX. Traditional village fête in aid of Plaistow Pre-school. Hog roast, dog show, giant slide, stalls, grand raffle, etc. 2am-5.30pm. Enquiries: plaistow.preschool@googlemail.com Billingshurst Horticultural Society evening meeting. Women’s Hall, High Street, Billingshurst. 8pm. Jerusalem Botanic Gardens and the Gardens of Israel, illustrated talk by Alan Martin. Visitors welcome. £1 (inc refreshments). Hon Sec (01403) 784599. A New Heart for the Village – Grand Opening Ceremony of North Hall, Loxwood. To celebrate the completion of new extension, an afternoon and evening of festivities. From 2pm activities; 4pm Opening Ceremony; evening party. Tickets £15 from Loxwood Post Office on a first-come, first served basis. Jean Spira (01403) 752534. HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Farm Close. 5.75 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am. HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Canal car-park, Onslow Arms, RH14 0RD. 3.25 miles. Free, just turn-up at 7pm. HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Farm Close. 5 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am. HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Canal car-park. 3.75 miles. Free, just turn-up at 7pm. St Catherine’s Hospice Garden and Local Produce Fair. Summers Place, Billingshurst. Over 50 stalls, so come and buy local produce and plants for your garden and help to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice. 10.30am-3.30pm. Admission: £3.50. Also Bubbly Breakfast, 8.30-10.30am, £12.50 in advance: (01293) 447367. Visit: www.stch.org.uk/howyoucanhelp/newhorizonsappeal/gardenandlocalproducefair2011.asp Come Fly With Us! Tandem Skydive, Headcorn Aerodrome. Held by The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for children with Cerebral Palsy at Five Oaks. Must sign up by 26th March. Rosie Wyer (01403) 780444. HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst. Meet Library car-park. 8 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am. HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst. Meet Library car-park, 5 miles. Free, just turn-up at 7pm. HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet Farm Close. 6 miles. Free, just turn-up at 10am.

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Dedicated care for ALL your animals Dog walking Pet Sitting/House Sitting Pet Visits Tel: 01403 700745 Mobile: 07545313126 Email: catherinespetservices@hotmail.com

COMPUTING MADE EASY Talk and Practical Introduction to Internet & Email Tuesday 12th April 1.30 – 4pm cost £20.00 this includes your yearly £10.00 membership fee. Also Tuesday 12th July & Tuesday 11th October 2011. Small friendly Groups Membership only £10.00 per year • FREE use of self-teach packages & discounts on courses • Assistance with Windows 7 • Laptop training (excludes Apple Macs) • If you struggle with email or surfing help is available The benefits of the RCC is that even if you do not own a computer the centre offers you access to surf or type a letter for just your annual membership. Come and join us today. Booking is essential Telephone Carol Holly 01798 831411 Mon-Thurs 2-5pm The Rural Computer Centre, Lodge Hill Centre, London Road, Watersfield, Pulborough West Sussex RH20 1LZ

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ADVERTISERS INDEX April 2011 Across the Globe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 ADC Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Alec McCabe Guitar Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Ashpark Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Bookkeeping & Accountancy . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Batchelor & Bacon: Kitchens, Bathrooms . . .22 Bathstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Beadelicious Jewellery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Billingshurst Dental Practce . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Burdfields Country Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Care Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Catherine’s Pet Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Clayfield Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Cousins Conservatories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 DK Vintners Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . .9, 16, 18, 30 Fidelitas Property Advice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Hallam Trim Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . .25 Hydropower UK Ltd Generators . . . . . . . . . .27 Ivans Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Karen Jones Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 KB Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Kellys Kreature Komforts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Lana Ayling Make-up Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Lifestyle Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Little Cakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

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LML Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Lodge Hill Computer Courses . . . . . . . . . . .30 Mac’s Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Martyn-Johns Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Miss Mop Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Monsoon Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Nikki Durrant Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 NP Stanley Electrical & Building . . . . . . . . . .23 Paul Berry Driving Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Paws and Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Pest B Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Pest Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Roy Spiers Conservatories . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Selsey Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Solid Fuel Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Stephen Pearson Graphic Designer . . . . . . .12 SureSlim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Time for You Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Tohunga Business Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Trevor Miliam Carpentry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Vertus Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Village Nurseries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Wakoos Centre4Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 West Sussex Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Wey & Arun Canal Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14


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Our services include: General Dentistry White/Cosmetic Fillings Hygienist Service Veneers Tooth Whitening Dental Implants Sedation for Nervous Patients Oral Surgery Gum Shields Same day emergency appointments Evening and Saturday appointments available Originally established in the 1960’s, Billingshurst Dental Practice remains the only dental practice in Billingshurst

We welcome new private patients 114 HIGH STREET, BILLINGSHURST WEST SUSSEX RH14 9QS

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The Care Comfort Company 1st Class Private Homecare for Retired Gentlefolk ‘Making your twilight years the highlight years’ A comprehensive private care service designed to assist the elderly to remain independent, comfortable and content in their own home

Tel: (office) 01403 782217, (mobile) 07944 594141 We are a family run business consisting of a team of three highly recommended female carers with over 30 years combined experience in elderly care; all police checked. Same carer guaranteed each visit. Flexible packages are available to suit all pockets/pensions and tailored to the needs of the individual

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 Assistance with all aspects of personal care and hygiene  Assistance with domestic duties  Assistance with appointments, pension and prescription collection and shopping  Shopping trips at Christmas and Easter. Outings to the coast and social gatherings

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