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


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elcome to the April issue of Village Tweet. Yes, it’s the Easter issue – OK, the cover was a bit of a giveaway! Although I am writing this in the long wet and windy spell in March, hopefully by the time you read this it will be feeling more spring-like. Let’s hope so as there are plenty of outdoor family activities to take part in, all listed in the What’s On pages and throughout the magazine. Fishers Farm Adventure Park is a great favourite of course (Back cover), or why not take an Easter Cruise on the Wey and Arun Canal (page 5) to name but two. Grahame

Food & drink Recipe: Spinach & Fetta Frittata . . . . . . . . . . . The Onslow Arms pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Kings Head pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wisborough Green Farmers & Village Market

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Health & wellbeing Alannah Cronin: Health recruitment Holly Stone, Hypnotherapist . . . . . . Impulse First Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katherine Finn, Hyphotherapist . . . . Rebecca Beauty Therapist . . . . . . . Billingshurst Leisure Centre . . . . . . Age UK: Nicky Fuller . . . . . . . . . . . . Park & Brown, opticians . . . . . . . . . Freeman Brothers, Funerals . . . . . .

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Cover: A Happy Easter to all our readers! Art by Susan Murtaugh

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About the house Fowlers, Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KJ Lammas Plumbing & Heating . . . . . . HighSpec Sussex, Bathrooms . . . . . . . . Apex Aerials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hamilton Cole, TV & Satellite Equipment C-Soars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jef Wilson, decorator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millar Property Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1A Acclain Floor Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Goring Road Carpets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Re-Nu Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JB Chic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PJM, Building & Property Maintenance . DM Handyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Flow-Serve Plumbing, Drainage, Heating GJ Coles, Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lee’s Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Osborne Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MW Wingate Painting & Decorating . . . . Sussex Carpet Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AC Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Biji Property Services Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . Best Choice Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holly Boilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N Francis Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oven Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oven Cleaning Direct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aqua Drop, window cleaning . . . . . . . . . . Delta Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Mop Domestic Cleaning . . . . . . . . . Pro Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shisa Gas & Heating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Community/Out & About/Farming/Smallholding LoxFest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10, 11 Plaistow Pre-School: Maypole Fete . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Billingshurst Rotary Club: Car boot Sale . . . . . . . . .11 St Catherine’s Hospice: HeART to Heart trail . . . . .12 St Catherine’s Hospice: 5 Peaks Challenge . . . . . .14 St Catherine’s Hospice: Patrick McIntosh, cyclist . .16 Billingshurst WI: Centenerary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Community Minibus (Billingshurst) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Carolyn Gibbs: Returning from Nicaragua . . . . . . .24 Billingshurst Parish Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26, 27 Billingshurst Fire Station: Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Macmillan: Bring and Buy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 John Nash’s Column: Man’s work! . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Horsham Museum & Gallery: Sussex Churches . . .36 Rotary Club: Wilding project update . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Trefoil Guild seeks new members . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 The Weald School: Trip to Uganda . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Our Community Volunteers: Ray Vernalls . . . . . . . .50

Garden Tweet! Garden View: Open your garden JG Services, Machinery repairs . JMB Gardening Services . . . . . . REM Landscapes . . . . . . . . . . . . Sussex & Surrey Tree Services . West Chiltington Floral Club . . . . Clayton Turner Trees & Gardens Jonathan Carter Tree Surgery . . . Bygone Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . Village Nurseries . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Miscellaneous Professional Services & Businesses A/c’s Direct, Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Jim Hills Sports Warehouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 TaxAssist Accountants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Flackwoods Solicitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Jacintha Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Lee Cuddis Hair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Ingfield Manor School: Recruitment . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Sussex Self Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Dandelion Farewells, Funerals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 David Parker, Professional Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Pest Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Sedgwick Fencing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Emmanuel Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Ifold Christian Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 St Gabriel’s Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Trinity United Reformed Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Fishers Farm Adventure Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC

Features Easter Egg Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 April Fool’s Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 A Good Read . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 SPR Centre: Countryside Code for Dog Owners . .34 Hiring a Tree Surgeon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Motoring and Private Hire Macs Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Billingshurst Service, Repair & MOT Centre Petworth MOT Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-Team Mechanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lintott Auto Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sussex Towing Brackets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Easter / Accountancy

Organise an Easter Egg Hunt

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aster egg hunts are great fun, but it can be hard to come up with original ideas. Depending on the ages of the children the hunt can be easy or fiendishly difficult. Here are some ideas: Bunny Bounce Challenge. Set up different activity posts around the garden or park. At each one, the kids need to complete a physical challenge in order to receive an egg. The challenges could include star jumps, hopping, hula-hooping, or doing a silly dance. Easter Rhyme Challenge. If you’re good at rhymes, create a set of rhyming clues that take the children from one hiding place to another until they find the eggs. Pirate Bunny Treasure Hunt. Create a treasure map which the children have to follow to discover where the chocolate eggs are hidden. Perhaps a paw print or an Easter Egg could mark the spot instead of an X. Easter Craft Challenge. Set up different craft activities around the house or garden. For each cute Easter craft your child completes, they win a little chocolate egg. Easter Bonnet Competition. Challenge the kids to create their own Easter bonnets from craft materials and old hats (charity shops are great for cheap hats). You can give chocolate egg prizes for the most creative, the prettiest, the funniest, etc.

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The Scrambled Egg Hunt. This is a great Easter egg hunt idea for older kids. At each station leave cards with single letters written on them, or a set of plastic toy letters. The challenge is to rearrange the letters to spell the word of the next place to find a clue, for example ‘bath’ or ‘shed’ or ‘stairs’. At the final station they get to collect their eggs. Colour-Coded Easter Egg Hunt. Use a pack of eggs in different colours. Give each child a colour. They can only collect eggs which match that colour. Bunny Vouchers Easter Egg Hunt. Some children can’t have chocolate due to a medical condition, so instead of chocolate treats, pop little slips of paper inside plastic eggs. Each slip should have a little treat written on it for your child to claim over the next week or so; things like ‘Go trampolining with my dad’, or ‘Fly a kite with mummy’. Egg Decoder Hunt. Take apart colourful hollow plastic eggs and put them back together with mismatched colours. The children must work in teams to find the eggs hidden around the garden, take them apart and put them back together with the matching colour. The team with the most colour-matched eggs wins the big prize. Happy hunting! Sarah Davey


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April Fool / Private hire / Accountancy

April Fools’ Day

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urprisingly little is known about the origins of April Fools’ Day. There seem to be three main theories. Some attribute it to the 14th Century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. He told a story where a fox plays a prank on a rooster, who nearly gets eaten because of it. He doesn’t refer directly to 1st April but refers to 32 days ‘syn March began’, which translates as 32 days since March began, i.e. 1st April. Some believe April Fools’ Day started because of events in the calendar dating back to Roman times. The Renewal Festivals were a celebration of the start of the new year, which at the time was around the end of March and the Spring Equinox. As part of the tradition servants could boss their masters around and children could boss their parents around, so the idea of pranks

may have come about then. A rival calendar theory is that at some point people started celebrating new year at the beginning of January, instead of the end of March. Those who continued to celebrate it at the end of March were considered to be fools. Finally, some people believe it spread to the UK from Northern Europe. There it is known as April Fish Day. It’s thought this is because there are a lot of fish in French streams and rivers around 1st April, and they are easy to catch – foolish fish! So, it became a tradition to play tricks on people on 1st April by attaching a paper fish to someone’s clothing. The truth is that probably all of these events have played their part in creating the tradition. Have fun… and don’t get pranked! Ian Robbins

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Food and drink

Spinach & Feta Frittata A healthy, tasty brunch METHOD

1. Preheat grill. Heat olive oil in an 8" pan over a medium high heat. Add chopped shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes beginning to soften. Add garlic and cook for a further two minutes until softened. 2. Add spinach and parsley (or basil) and cook, tossing often until spinach is fully wilted and water has cooked off. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 3. In a large bowl, beat eggs and milk with a whisk until mixed together. Add feta, and season with salt and pepper. Pour egg over spinach then gently stir with a spatula to release the spinach from the bottom of the pan so that the eggs are in contact with the surface of the pan, so they cook quickly. 4. Cook until eggs are almost set (10-12 minutes), reducing heat to prevent burning. Place pan under the grill for a couple of minutes, until the top is set as well, keeping a close eye on it so it does not burn. 5. To release frittata from pan, loosen edges with a spatula. Place a plate over pan, and firmly flip pan over so frittata releases onto the plate. Serve warm.

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Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 15 minutes. Serves 4-6

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2 tablespoons olive oil 1 med shallot, finely chopped (about 2 tablespoons) 1 med clove garlic, finely chopped (about 1 teaspoon) 1 (5 oz) bag baby spinach 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaved parsley or basil. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 10 eggs, beaten 1/4 cup milk 3/4 cup (about 3½ ounces) crumbled feta

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LoxFest 2019 – a festival for all the family!

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reparations are well underway for LoxFest 2019 on Saturday 11th May. This fantastic family festival is held at North Hall, Loxwood, RH14 0SF and is the main charity fundraiser for Loxwood Pre-School (UK registered charity 1028253). Now in its 19th year, the festival is once again planning a fantastic, fun-filled day out. Headlining the main stage this year will be Black Market – an amazingly talented indie/rock covers band. Also appearing will be Protostereo – a fantastic tribute to Muse and The Killers. The Acoustic Stage will feature Lee Michael Stevenson, a talented artist who has supported Mark Morris of the Bluetones. Full details of both line-ups can be found on the website: www.loxfest.co.uk. Alongside the musical acts will be the Beer Marquee – serving a selection of local real ales, cider and lager – bigger this year to accommodate all weathers! We will again have our dedicated Pimms, Prosecco, Wine and Gin Bar and will also be joined by a Rum Bar – serving a fabulous rum punch! LoxFest will also have a good selection of delicious food available throughout the event. The dedicated Kids’ Zone will be open from 1-6pm,

with a range of indoor and Proceeds for: outdoor activities as well as our usual inflatable fun area, face painting and some bubble fun from our merchandise tent. Early Bird tickets available online until 10th April. These are priced at Adult Ticket: £10.50, Child Ticket: £6.50 and Family Ticket: £32.00. Advance Tickets are available from 11th April until 10th May and full price tickets are available on the gate – please see the website for full details. Free, overnight, secure parking is available again this year. Gates open at 12.30pm, first band is onstage at 1pm and a DJ set from 10-11pm will close the event. For more information: www.loxfest.co.uk, Facebook @loxfest or Twitter @loxfest1. Rebecca Pearl

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Billingshurst & District Rotary Club

Car Boot Sale Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday)

Car Park rear of Six Bells (off the Library Car Park) Set up time: 8-9am Trading from 9am-12 noon £10 per car, £15 per van If you would like to donate a raffle prize, advertise in our programme, have a stall or make a donation to one of our stalls please get in touch! plaistowps.committee@gmail.com

To book your space please email: sandyduck@btinternet.com Pay on the day. Book early to avoid disappointment. All money raised will go to local good causes Future dates for your diary: Spring Bank Holiday Monday 6th May Late May Bank Holiday Monday 27th May August Bank Holiday Monday 26th August

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Charity / Hair / Fashion

Young artists needed for local hospice art trail

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t Catherine’s Hospice is calling on local schools, early years learning groups and community groups to get involved in an exciting, large scale art project while supporting their local hospice. Eight schools have already signed up for St Catherine’s Young Heart Project incuding Barns Green Primary School. This is part of the hospice’s HeART to Heart trail, sponsored by Thakeham, which will give visitors a chance to follow a trail of giant hearts across Sussex and Surrey this summer. These hearts will be displayed in the areas St Catherine’s provides people with expert end of life care. And there’s still a chance for other local schools, early year learning groups and community groups to become a crucial part of the hospice’s trail by joining the Young Hearts project. The project involves school or groups customising a wire heart for display in local spaces such as libraries and shopping centres. Their wire hearts will be displayed alongside larger heart sculptures. These sculptures have been uniquely designed by local artists and individually sponsored by local businesses and organisations. Each wire heart has also been handmade by a local artist and designed to create a beautiful structure that encourages children’s creative freedom. There is also the opportunity for young people to take part in workshops with local artists.

Jenny Taylor, a Year 3 teacher at Whyteleafe School in Tandridge, Surrey said, “We’re excited to take part in St Catherine’s Young Heart Project and to design a heart for the trail. We’re having a competition for the best designed heart and are looking forward to using our new art studio to give us inspiration. Our school council voted for St Catherine’s as our charity for the year. And we’re looking forward to holding lots of fun events to help raise money for our local hospice.” Abi Harley, Community Fundraiser at St Catherine’s said, “I hope lots of schools and groups will get involved in our exciting art trail. And I’m looking forward to seeing the creations from talented young people across our community. To take part in Young Hearts, we ask your school or group to raise £500 or more for your mini heart. The money you raise will help us care for more terminally ill people and their family and friends in the future. And will help us make sure that in years to come, nobody in our community has to face death and loss alone.“ Ready to open your heart? To sign up or for more information please contact Abi Harley, Community Fundraiser at St Catherine’s on (01293) 447319 or email comfun@stch.org.uk. Please note designs need to be completed by the end of May 2019. Sarah Tuhey, St Catherine’s Hospice Photo: Whyteleafe School Pupils with their heart

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re you or someone you know looking for an adventure? Then join your local hospice in the beautiful Lake District as part of their first ever UK trek. Caroline Mendes has already signed up for the challenge. Here, she explains why you should join her. “I work as part of the Clinical Admin team at St Catherine’s providing admin support to teams across the hospice. St Catherine’s is a community and the Lake District is a community too. There’s so much to explore there and much more than you first see. It’s the same at St Catherine’s. People often assume there are just nurses and doctors at the hospice, but there’s a whole team of people working tirelessly to provide the local community with endof-life care. And we have supporters who raise money so we can be there to care for others. I’ve always felt an affinity to the Lake District and when large areas were flooded in December 2015 I started to follow a local website to keep up to date as the community rebuilt. People who live there are always sharing stunning pictures of the area and there are pictures of proposals, sunrises and all sorts! I can’t wait until June when I can experience the beautiful landscape in person instead of admiring it in a photograph. I’ve never walked the Peaks so when this trek came up it was perfect. “In my job I see first hand the positive impact of the money that people raise for St Catherine’s on

those who we care for. And I want to do my bit to raise funds too. It’s important that people support St Catherine’s as you never know when you might need your local hospice. 40 years ago when my grandfather was unwell he didn’t have the option of hospice care. He had to be at home. It’s vital we make sure that hospice care is there for everyone in the future because it really makes a difference. “If you’re tempted, I’d encourage you to join me because you’re doing more than just challenging yourself. You’re helping terminally ill people in your community too. You’ll also get to enjoy breathtaking views without having to travel out of England. It’s a great opportunity to do something that’s not too far from home, and an opportunity that doesn’t always come around. “There’s a fantastic team ready to support you and those of us who have signed up are already doing training walks together. We’d love for you to join us!” The Lake District 5 Peak Challenge takes place from Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June. It includes five of the Lake Districts most demanding mountain peaks, including the highest – Scafell Pike. Ready to make your steps count? To find out more or to sign up, please contact Michaela Clements on (01293) 583063 or email: events@stch.org.uk. Laura Mitchell, St Catherine’s Hospice Photo: St Catherine’s Clinical Administrator Caroline

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Update: Your Age UK Horsham District Rural Outreach Development Worker – Nicky Fuller Hello. My name is Nicky Fuller. You will recall from Otober’s Village Tweet that I am the Rural Outreach Development Worker for Age UK Horsham District. Well, I have been in my notso-new job for ten months now and have had a rewarding time working with the community. It is my job to spread the word about the support and services that Age UK Horsham District can offer the older members of the Horsham District as well as setting up new activities and supporting existing ones. I am here to help in any way I can so do please get in touch if you would like me to come along to one of your groups for a talk about how we at Age UK Horsham District can support local people or

even if you need an extra pair of hands for an event you are organising. In terms of new activities, at present I am promoting some intergenerational mixing. So, if you are a school who would like some older people to come in and read with the children then please do get in touch. Similarly, we have a ‘Reading Friends’ group in Slinfold now so if you would like to come along please get in touch for more information. If I haven’t met you already, I look forward to meeting you soon. My email is NickyF@ ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk or you can leave a message for me at Lavinia House in Horsham on (01403) 260560. Nicky Fuller Photo: Reading Friends groups are increasingly popular

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atrick McIntosh isn’t a man afraid of a challenge! Not content with trekking to the South Pole or beating cancer three times, Patrick is taking on his next challenge – his Lifecycle. And he will be supporting his local hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice, in the process. Patrick is attempting to cycle around the world to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. In May 2019, Patrick will begin his epic cycle ride, taking on a journey of over 7,000 miles to Japan. Eventually he hopes to go on to circumnavigate the world. Patrick will cross several continents in a staggered two-year journey during his global cycling challenge. In May, he will set off from St Catherine’s Hospice in Malthouse Road, cycling towards Pease Pottage, which will be the site of a new, larger hospice building in years to come. From there it’s off to Twickenham Stadium before cycling across Europe and Russia, with the aim of reaching Tokyo for the opening game of the Rugby World Cup in September. As part of his cycle ride, Patrick is raising money for the new hospice building. He said, “It’s an honour to support St Catherine’s as part of my next big adventure. As a cancer survivor I know the importance of their vital care. And I want more people to be able to have hospice care in the future so I’m raising money for St Catherine’s new larger hospice. When you’re seriously ill you need all the

support you can get. Having the support of St Catherine’s expert nurses, doctors and wider teams really helps people to stay positive and live well for as long as they can. Staying positive and living well were things I found crucial to my own survival. Despite being told the most depressing news I tried not to let it get me down and believed that I could still make the most of life. Now I hope I’ll inspire and motivate others to do the same.” After a well earned rest, Patrick intends to continue the next leg of his global cycle ride in early 2020. During this journey Patrick plans to cycle across North America and Iceland, and to visit Ireland, Scotland and Wales on his route back home. Patrick said, “The second leg of my journey is significant as it’s when St Catherine’s Hospice hopes to start the building work of their larger hospice. Knowing my cycle will help my local hospice to build more beds to provide care to more people with cancer and other terminal illnesses in the future will help keep me motivated when the going gets tough.” For the latest updates on Patrick’s amazing adventure follow him on Twitter at: @KMGfoundation. To donate to support Patrick in his epic cycling challenge please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ PatrickMcIntoshLifeCycle. Laura Mitchell, St Catherine’s Hospice Photo: Patricia Brayden, St Catherine’s Hospice Medical Director with Patrick McIntosh

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Big Deal, Small Talk Dying Matters Awareness Week: 13th-19th May

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n event is taking place at Freeman Brothers, Billingshurst High Street on Tuesday 14th May as part of the nationwide annual Dying Matters Awareness Week. The firm recognises that talking about death and bereavement is challenging and this ‘Big Deal, Small Talk’ event will feature the opportunity to get free expert advice on funeral planning, and discussing your wishes with your loved ones. The goal is to create a friendly space for people to ask questions about funerals, with professionals on hand to offer free advice. Although the event is being run in a drop-in format, if you wish to make an appointment to speak to the team regarding something specific, please get in touch. The event will run from 11am until 2pm. There will be giveaways for those who choose to make advance choices about their funeral wishes, and refreshments available to all visitors. Full details of what will be on offer are available via the following Eventbrite page: www.eventbrite.com/e/big-dealsmall-talk-2019-tickets-54910646221. ‘Big Deal, Small Talk’ is one of hundreds of events taking place across England for Dying

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Matters Awareness Week, which runs from May 13th-19th. Freeman Brothers’ Billingshurst funeral director Martin Mitchell said, “We were delighted by the positive impact made by our event in 2018, and it’s great to be opening our doors again this year. “Talking about death can be a bit awkward at first, but it is something we all have to face. We’re excited by the potential to reach even more people this year, and look forward to meeting everyone who comes to visit.” Research from ComRes, commissioned in 2016, found that only 27% of adults in the South East have discussed their funeral wishes. In addition, 65% of people said that following the wishes of their loved one was most important when planning a funeral, and with this in mind, having conversations in order to clarify this would seem imperative. Freeman Brothers believes that by having a simple conversation in advance, what can be a stressful time may be eased by being aware of your loved one’s wishes prior to their death. The team look forward to welcoming you in their Billingshurst branch on 14th May! Becky Hughes Community Co-Ordinator, Freeman Brothers

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A Good Read April’s selection from reviewers Willow Coby and Grahame Pearson One Day – David Nicholls Ah, the hazy days of university. When we are young, with the responsibilities of a family far in the distance, full of potential, with the world at our feet. How many of us sat around with our friends and thought about what our lives would be like when we were 40. Would we be happy? Would we be married with children? Would we even still be friends? Dexter and Emma are both studying at Edinburgh University and on following their graduation they spend the night together. Both have dreams and plans and they wonder what their lives will be like in the future. This night marks the beginning of their friendship. A friendship that is revisited in the book every 15th July for 20 years. This is an interesting format for a novel: one chapter for each day. We see nothing of what happens in the intervening 364 days and are left to deduce what happened from the text. Will their lives turn out as they hoped – will Emma improve the world as she wanted to on that first 15th July? Life, it is clear, never quite turns out as we planned. As joy and tragedy play out for the reader, we are reminded that events have a habit of not asking us for permission first and taking us down a different path.

The Tear Dragon – Pauline Emsley Do your children like bedtimes? If they don’t, they should read The Tear Dragon and find themselves part of a little fun adventure… Meredith didn’t want to go to bed, but then it was time for the bedtime story. She went on a little dreamy adventure and had so much fun, it changed everything for her. But did it really happen? The Tear Dragon is for children aged 4-7 years who just don’t want to go to bed – and anyone who loves a little bit of magic. This story should perform wonders and transform tears. Pauline’s books use well thought out sentence structures, sometimes with longer words but in a non-scary way. The Tear Dragon captures the reader’s imagination, drawing them in with characters that include a dragon (obviously), a teddy bear and a unicorn. It’s a wonderful story. Available on Amazon in paperback, hardback or ebook, more information on the books and the author can be found at www.pdemsley.co.uk. Pauline Emsley lives in Billingshurst – you may remember her previous book, Rag Doll Lost, was featured in May 2018’s Village Tweet. She has also written another charming children’s book, The Ticklish Scarecrow. School Visits As a local author, Pauline would love to hear from schools in the area as she is available for classroom visits to help spread the joy and magic of reading. She will read a story to the pupils, following this up with fun activities. Request a visit via www.pdemsley.co.uk.

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100 years of Billingshurst WI: 1919 - 2019

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n Thursday 14th February, Billingshurst WI celebrated its centenary in the Community Centre, with members and invited guests enjoying a special afternoon tea prepared by WI members. The WI archives were on display, with photos and literature dating back to the inaugural meeting held in February 1919. This was complemented by a display of costumes over the decades, some of which were modelled by WI members, loaned from the West Sussex Federation office. An array of crafts made by members over the years demonstrated a great range of skills with some items previously shown very successfully at the Village Flower Show and the South of England Show. The raffle prizes had all been donated by local businesses and the WI is very grateful for their support. During the afternoon, Alison Merriman, the Federation Archivist gave a brief history of the WI and Shirley Flint, the current WI President, along with three former Presidents cut the celebration birthday cake. Wendy Cross, the longest serving member of

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Billingshurst was presented with a bouquet of flowers. To celebrate its centenary, Billingshurst WI has written a history book which was presented to all the members and guests. In addition a village tea towel designed by the WI is available to buy for £5 from the Community Centre. The WI in Billingshurst over the past 100 years, has provided an opportunity to make friends, listen to good speakers, learn new skills and participate in the local community. It continues to campaign for positive change on a wide range of current issues such as mental health stigma, food waste, microplastic pollution and climate change. As part of its centenary year, Billingshurst WI would like to encourage more younger women in the village to get involved and will be present at future village events when there will be an opportunity to find out more about the WI and to express interest in an evening WI meeitng. More information can be found on the WI website www.thewi.org.uk. Mary Devenport Vice-President, Billingshurst WI Photo: Wendy Cross, Billingshurst WI’s longest serving member

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West Sussex Community Minibus Association (Billingshurst) April Schedule Wednesday 3rd Thursday 4th Friday 5th Saturday 6th Thursday 11th Friday 12th Tuesday 16th Thursday 18th Thursday 25th Tuesday 30th

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To book your place please telephone Geraldine Pike: (01403) 786147 We now offer a friendly door to door service for anyone in the RH14 9xx area! Annual subscriptions (£7 for individuals) are now being collected for 2019, and can be paid at our Tea Afternoon on 6th April. Please book trips at least 24 hours in advance so we can ensure our crews have correct pick-up information! If you’re interested in finding out more about our service, either as a passenger or a volunteer, please contact Steve O’Dowd, email: billingshurst.minibus@btinternet. com or tel: (01403) 784428. Happy New Year and thank you. Registered Charity No. 1173818

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Returning from Ometepe, Nicaragua

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have just returned from another visit to Ometepe Island, Nicaragua, working to support two schools with The Forgotten Children of the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes. You will recall my last visit in May 2018’s issue (you can read it online). Re-entry into the world of plenty is always a culture shock after the simple life in Ometepe, where animals roam the dirt streets, children run barefoot and houses use water sparingly with outdoor kitchens and toilet facilities. Yet the people have big and generous hearts and will help as they can and always have time to talk. This year we supported two schools, The Rafaela Herrera Primary school and its three satellite schools (260 pupils), and Santa Teresa primary school (61 pupils). Santa Teresa received a computer, printer and speaker, and a small office corner was constructed in a classroom; all children received exercise books and pens and some received uniforms. In Rafaela Herrera we overhauled their audio and ICT equipment including donated laptops that arrived courtesy of the Peace and Hope container, to make best use of their existing equipment. This created a small ICT facility for teachers, pupils and the community. Across the two schools around 60 pupils received new uniforms, and more are available for distribution from the containers. We also bought cleaning equipment as the pupils and teachers clean the school themselves, and stationery for the teachers to make displays and do their daily work. I am grateful for the support and hospitality of the two headteachers, Hemer Luisi Ortiz Villanueva and Yasmina Hernandez. Children were playing with the table tennis bats and

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balls sent out last year and now they have proper footballs too. There are some toys for the preschool children and some new musical instruments have been provided for their marching bands. The children would run up to me in the street to say thank you for their uniforms and the parents showed such gratitude for the uniforms, giving me gifts of bananas, avocadoes and oranges, all they had to offer. We gave food parcels to the poorest families, where extended families live with a single adult trying to support their needs, with no income other than from catching fish, collecting firewood or collecting fruit from the countryside. All funds are directed at the needs of the school and community. I pay all my own costs. Funding has come from generous individuals and some local organisations. The latest addition to these is Craig Knight from The Coffee Cup. I plan to return next year; ongoing needs are uniforms, stationery, pens, pencils books, pre-school toys, shoes; the list is endless. As Peace and Hope are able to transport in their containers again, please contact me if you wish to check. Financial donations are also most useful particularly monthly donations which can be made via the Peace and Hope website (www.peaceandhope.org.uk), to my donations page or through their page marked ‘Gibbs-Ometepe Project’. We hope to support a number of teachers and young people with university fees at a cost of around £25 per month. Carolyn Gibbs Tel: 07810 565226, e-mail: gibbs125@btinternet.com Photos: Carolyn (in pink) with a family – poor but with warm hearts and in a classroom


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Billingshurst Parish Council Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW

Annual Parish Meeting of Electors Each year we include a presentation on a matter which we hope will be of interest to residents, and this year is no exception. We are delighted to confirm that this year’s headline act will be the Executive Manager of Billingshurst Surgery, Mike SandfordWest. Mike will be able to tell you all about the surgery’s ambitions and take questions. There will of course be the usual report from the Council, but the rest of the meeting is yours so come along and ask any question relating to the Parish. Don’t forget that this is YOUR Meeting, not a Council meeting! If you would like to join us please pop along to the Billingshurst Centre, Tuesday 16th April, 7.00pm. Don’t forget to vote on 2nd May Local elections will take place on Thursday 2nd May; keep an eye out for election information coming through letterboxes soon.

at the end of Anvil Close would be more effective if surrounding vegetation was cut back first, so we are asking WSCC to do this in the first instance to see if it helps, and then revisit the need for the extra light.

New Play Area coming soon to Manor Fields The Council has given the go-ahead for new play equipment to be installed at this site, replacing that lost in an arson attack in October 2017. The colourful multi-unit containing slides, climbing slopes, ropes and walkways will be joined by a springy and rotating dish, all specially aimed at younger children of all abilities in an effort to attract more families. Vegetation surrounding the site has also been heavily cut back to make the site more open and airy, and allow for greater natural surveillance by nearby housing. The new equipment is expected to be in place by May.

Anvil Close Streetlight on hold Thank you to all those residents who let us know their views on the need for an additional street light between Anvil Close and Wicks Road. Many commented that the existing light

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BILLINGSHURST ‘IN BLOOM’ LOCAL COMPETITION – 2019 Following the success of Station Road Gardens and the village itself in last year’s South & South East in Bloom competition, where Silver Gilt and Silver were achieved respectively, the Parish Council is once again holding its own local In Bloom competition. Last year’s debut competition proved very popular with local residents and businesses, and in an effort to encourage community involvement to help support the entry, it is hoped even more will be keen to get Last year’s winners involved, by entering their garden, tubs and baskets. To enter, please fill in the form below and return to the Parish Office by 30th June. Judging will take place in July, with awards to be presented in September. (You can enter no more than three categories, and all displays must be visible from the street.) Each entry will be judged on Impact, Care & Attention and Horticultural Content. However, you don’t need to be Monty Don to enter, so if you enjoy pottering and it looks good, please have a go! All those who enter will be invited along to a glittering awards evening in September! 9 Best Commercial Basket 10 Best Commercial Tub 11 Best Commercial Window Box 12 Best Residential Premises (Flats, Care Home, Sheltered Housing etc) 13 Tallest Sunflower (Adult) 14 Tallest Sunflower (Children – 16 and under)



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Billingshurst Fire Station – update

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hank you to those who came and supported our Charity Car Wash in March, another great success. As expected, the community were very generous. We will give you a total figure of how much we raised in next month’s issue. Our chosen charity, The Firefighters Charity, is a very worthy cause, who look after firefighters and their families when needed, so once again we thank you for your generosity. This year we will be looking to hold an Open Day at the fire station during the summer. This is a great day for families to come down and see what we get up to! There will be live demonstrations including a kids’ favourite: the chip pan display, barbecue, cake stands and much more. We will set a date for around August/September time and  confirm in a later issue.  An update on the station… we currently have twelve on-call firefighters with another in the

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pipeline who is undergoing his recruitment tests before he joins the team. I look forward to introducing him in the next couple of months. All twelve have a main employment and respond to fire calls during their working day, evenings or weekends. Thank you once again to Sainsbury’s, Langrex & Thomas Keating for letting the guys respond during the daytime and thank you to everyone else for giving up your time outside of work to protect your local community. Don’t be alarmed if you see the big red fire engine out and about in the village. We are often visiting local groups and promoting fire safety and prevention in and around the community. Come and say hello if you see us, we don’t bite! Twitter: @Station49Fire Facebook: Billingshurst Fire Station Dan Game, Billingshurst Fire Station Photos: Come along to our forthcoming Open Day and have a ride in the fire engine

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Man’s work! 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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ear reader, I write this month’s article in the certain knowledge that I am becoming an expert in this particular subject. Over many decades of working on farms and a willingness to always take the easiest way, I have acquired a skill in the art and I am only too willing to pass my technique to you all. The skill? How to bodge. How to make do, to take the shortest path, to use what’s available, to be thoroughly lazy in a whole multitude of tasks. They say if you want to find the easiest and quickest way to do a job… give it to the laziest man. i.e. Me. I’ve called this piece ‘Man’s Work’ deliberately as I have found this to be by far a predominantly masculine trait. If one or two of you ladies recognise yourself in the reading, don’t worry, only you know who you are! Now, one thing before you start to practise this art. You must recognise that the result may not actually be beneficial and in fact may not work as intended at all. Don’t be alarmed. Most of us menfolk will have taken on a task around the house; assembling an article or building something, and at the finish find there are parts left over. Screws, bolts, even the odd piece of wood and nearly always, for some unknown reason, metal washers. These you will find glinting on the table or floor as you stand back and survey the finished piece. You will never discover where any of these objects came from or where they should go. There will never seem to be a space available where you could screw, slot or hammer any of these pieces in. Don’t panic. I recommend that you do what I do: just put all these vagrant items ‘into stock’. You’ll never will find a use for them but that’s not to be worried about. One part of bodging you will soon realise, should you have a go, is that it’s not something that you should necessarily own up to. I can with some certainty predict that your good lady will adopt an attitude of only lightly disguised contempt should you be foolish enough to present it to her. By the way, I’m not referring to the small indiscretions we may make in many of the minor tasks we undertake. Like forgetting to mask the carpet when we paint the wainscoting, or covering the floor and furniture before we start splashing paint around the walls and ceiling. We’ve all done it. (I think ceiling light fittings and their shades are really just asking for it.) Putting up new curtain poles? Drilling half a dozen holes in the wall before you find the end of the concrete lintel is a sure sign of a learner bodger. The more advanced will succeed in leaving these holes for some considerable time before finally being persuaded that if he wants to live he should fill ’em in!

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Taking an inch off the bottom of the door when half an inch would have done the job is a mid-term starter. Then following that up by splitting the damn wood and ruining the paintwork as you try to fit the now much needed draft excluder is a good finishing touch. Or putting so many appliances into the multi-socket block that the fuses keep tripping, etc. You know the sort of things. These are all minor indiscretions though, hardly worth a mention in the world of serious bodging. Real bodging is when you try to do one of those jobs that you know in your own mind should really only by tackled by a professional… Anything electrical or involving plumbing is usually best left alone, so they are magnets to the learner bodger. Although, that said, many an apprentice bodger while trying these two items has suffered humiliation, and sometimes pain, in trying to obtain a higher status in his skills. Getting either of these two tasks wrong will also hit the pocket in a rather painful way too as you skulk away to the shed to escape the inevitable verbal abuse from your partner as she phones for professional assistance. Around the farm I’m lucky enough to have the perfect environment to enjoy the art of bodging to Masters Degree level. The incredible versatility of baler twine has no equal. Most farms would creak to a halt if it should suddenly disappear from the landscape, not to mention how many farmer’s trousers would fall to half-mast! Ancient rusting bedsteads make great fillers for gaps in hedges and how many old pieces of equipment would fall apart if it wasn’t for forty years of thick paint, accumulated mud, and aforementioned twine holding them together. Now though, for the really advanced stuff… I have shown the photo in this article to the media before, but I offer no apologies for its reappearance as I think it’s a completely joyous example to those of us who wish to take bodging to a higher plane. I think this is truly a work of art built by a superbly skilled bodger. Just look at the multitude and variety of completely useless pieces of timber that attempt, with glorious futility, to brace the main structure. Each one placed with such a delicate touch of incompetence that only a Master could imitate. All half-heartedly fastened almost certainly with old bent rusty nails or just propped in a random style that takes years to perfect. Only the lightest of touches by any animal seeking something to have a scratch on will demolish such a design instantly. I can only stand and admire such work, and try to reach such a high standard one day. But – I’m proud to say – I’m getting there! So fellow bodgers… go to work. Do your best. It won’t be good enough. But at least you tried! By the way it really was once a profession. A Bodger was a man who made spindles and chair stays from unseasoned green wood using an old foot treadle and bent branch operated lathe. John Nash


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The Fence

Once upon a time on a small farm near Billingshurst…

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Nanny’s New Year resolutions was to change the uring half-term break Nanny spent nearly the fence AGAIN! whole week erecting a new fence. This fence has After all this experience Nanny reckoned she’d got it a long history chronicling the war between a sussed. She bought more steel pins, got some more planted hedgerow and voracious sheep. netting out of her shed and began. She couldn’t have It all began about five years ago when Nanny spent no fence while the work was in progress so the new a small fortune planting a hedgerow along one of the one had to be erected before the old one could be fences, mainly to provide a wildlife corridor connecting removed. So… other hedgerows – sort of trying Step 1: get everything ready to be wild life friendly. Knowing and taken down to the field; she the sheep, which at the time used her little four-wheeled were Sally’s, would eat it, Nanny cart. Not too bad going down erected an electric netting hill. fence. Because it wasn’t live all Step 2: unroll the wire netting. the time, sadly the only black (Not the easiest task; clearly lamb Sally had that year got designed to be as difficult for tangled in it and died. The amateurs as possible.) After a electric netting fence was couple of hours wire unrolled. promptly removed. In its place a Step 3: job of erection begun. plasticised temporary fence was Pins were placed much closer erected and initially seemed together. Slowly the fence grew very efficient. Sadly, over time, across a full two metres from the plastic deteriorated and the the other fence. A bit wobbly. sheep pushed in. Nanny Hoping the wild life appreciate the effort! First half completed. mended the fence and mended Step 4: new roll of netting unrolled. (With Grandad’s the fence until something had to be done. Plasticised help this took much less time and effort). temporary fence removed. Step 5: second half begun. Complicated badly by New plan: ordinary sheep netting erected using having to lengthen wire netting so it began with steel metre-long pins. This fence looked good and was caterpillar-like humps which had to be straightened at very effective. This time the neighbour’s cattle reached intervals to ensure it was long enough to join with the over the fence from the other side and ravaged the end of the first half other fence. Finally completed. End little trees. Neighbour replaced their side of the fence, tied with haybale twine. and cattle thwarted. Step 6: pull up the old fence pins. Not easily done as The next year, by this time Nanny’s own sheep, – the grass had grown up along the bottom of the fence. Shetlands who ate anything – leaned on the fence. Some left for the time being. Because Nanny hadn’t put the steel pins close enough Step 7: pull up the old fence – not easy when using together, leaning in wasn’t difficult. Soon the fence only grass secateurs and elbow power. leaned enough for the sheep to step over. Those little Step 8: put all leftover pins, old netting and tools into trees and others subsequently planted to augment the cart to put away. (Uphill all the way. “Help, please, originals, suffered badly. Ever enterprising, Nanny Grandad!”) propped the fence up using bent steel pins and electric So now Nanny can hardly wait to see what happens fencing poles. And so another year passed. The majority next. By the time you read this, the little trees should of the trees actually not only survived but also grew. be growing and safe. But last year another problem arose. The original Time never stands still on the little farm near sheep netting fence was now too close to the growing Billingshurst. trees. Aaron and his harem only had to put their heads Yvonne Fleece Photo: ‘Gary’ over the fence and it was goodbye trees. So one of

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Countryside code for dog owners

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ith the clocks having changed making way for nice long evenings what could be better than a walk in the countryside with our canine companions, especially if we can stop at the pub for a reward afterwards! Here in this beautiful part of West Sussex we are lucky to have many footpaths and bridleways to choose from on our doorstep, but it is important to know our responsibilities as dog owners towards wildlife and livestock. The most important thing to be aware of when walking in the countryside is livestock. Sheep can become very distressed by the presence of a strange dog. Remember your dog is a predator; some breeds such as Collies and sight hounds can become highly excited when livestock are around and may forget all of their training. ALWAYS keep your dog on a short lead under close control when near livestock; remember these animals are a farmer’s livelihood and worried sheep can abort unborn lambs if put under stress. With lambing in full swing you must be especially aware. Remember, it is legal for a farmer to shoot a dog that is worrying his livestock, so ensure that you keep your dog completely under control at all times. It is totally unacceptable that attacks on livestock are still happening and personally I was glad to hear of a recent successful prosecution of an owner who allowed his dog to worry sheep. Take your litter home, please do not leave poo bags hanging on fences or trees, this is unsightly and bad for the environment and can be harmful to livestock such as cattle who have been known to ingest plastic bags which can cause them to become very sick and even die as a result. Pick up after your dog, especially if he poops in a field grazed by livestock. Take particular care around cattle; they can become spooked by dogs. So, what do you do when cattle are obstructing the path? Find another way, by going around the cattle. If cattle are blocking a path through a field, you’re well within your rights to find a safe way, away from the path to avoid them. You

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should then re-join the footpath as soon as possible – and when you consider it safe to do so. Don’t panic or run – most cattle will stop before they reach you; if they follow just walk on quietly, don’t hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle – let it go as the cattle will chase the dog and not you, and your dog has a much better chance of escape. Dogs must also be kept under close control on a lead in areas where ground nesting birds are breeding, this ruling comes into effect from 1st March until the 31st July in certain areas so check with the authority of the area you intend to visit. The reason for this ruling is dogs running loose may flush out birds sitting on their nests, leading the birds to abandon the nests. Many people are unaware that many birds nest on the ground and it doesn’t help that their nests are cleverly camouflaged. Be sure to take some water with you for your dog, as you cannot be sure where you might get the opportunity to offer him a drink. Ensure that you have a spare lead with you in case you lose one or your primary lead snaps, and ensure that you have enough poo bags with you for the duration of your trip. Maps or plans of the local area can be helpful too, in case you take a wrong turning and find yourself unsure of the way back. Close all gates that you have come through and stick to public rights of way. You will often come across horses and riders when out in the countryside, many of whom are children. Horses can become spooked and can bolt causing the rider to fall and sustain serious injuries. A kick from a frightened horse can easily kill a dog so please, look and listen out for horses. Put your dog on a lead until they have passed and you are sure your dog will not chase. I hope you can all get some quality time in the countryside this summer and enjoy all it has to offer. Jeannette Douglas, SPR Centre. www.sprcentre.com

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War Artist captures the beauty of ancient Sussex churches Horsham Museum & Art Gallery, 30th March until 1st June

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fter 15 years of painting wars brought about by religious conflict, award winning war artist Gordon Rushmer has turned his brush and palette to capture the exquisite beauty of ancient churches of West Sussex and Horsham District in particular. From detailed observation used to record the minutiae of conflict, from recording the right type of kit worn by soldiers, Gordon’s gaze has turned to record the exact poise of the angel at Boxgrove, or wall plaster at Hardham. The stunning new exhibition Accents on the landscape: Ancient Churches of West Sussex at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is not an exercise in replication but of seeing the churches and their landscape through the eyes of an award winning watercolour artist whose work is held in collections around the world. The exhibition, which opens on 30th March, is a remarkable record; three years in the planning and painting. In visiting the churches, imbibing their charm and creating the essence of what makes them special, Gordon Rushmer has created a remarkable work of art that is a wonderful record of the ancient churches of West Sussex. His watercolours will encourage you to explore familiar places anew, whilst also revealing the known unknowns; those places you knew about, but never visited. To act as a guide there is a stunning book published to coincide with this exhibition, using the voice of the artist to reveal what drew him to these special places. The exhibition Accents on the landscape: Ancient Churches of West Sussex includes unusual views of the majestic Chichester Cathedral to the nude paintings in Hardham, lying just south of Pulborough, to portraits of windows that reflect the sun bursting through, highlighting the mellow stone and patina of age on oak pews. Such

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Billingshurst Rotary Club and the Wilding project

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n February 80 people crowded into the back room of The Blacksmith’s Arms at Adversane to hear Lady Isabella Burrell talk about the Wilding Project on the Knepp Castle Estate, now in its 19th year. Many of those present had heard about the project through the article in December’s Village Tweet. In 1988 Charlie Burrell inherited Knepp Castle and its 3500-acre estate, and the title, from his Grandfather, Sir Walter Burrell. By 2000, having tried various farming approaches, including ice cream production from their own cattle, it became clear that conventional farming methods, in small fields on the heavy Wealden clay, couldn’t compete with larger farms on better soil elsewhere, so he and Isabella decided to hand the farm over to Nature and see if ‘she’ could do a better job. So started the Knepp Wilding project, and the results have been spectacular, and unexpected. For a start all the insects came back, by the million, followed by the birds, which took advantage of the wider hedgerows and scrubland for cover, and today Knepp has the largest population of Turtle Doves in the country and is home to many nesting pairs of Nightingales during the migration season. The natural grazers that would have roamed the wooded countryside in prehistoric times such as Aurochs, Tarpan and Boar have been replaced by Old English longhorn cattle, Exmoor ponies, and Tamworth pigs. The natural roe

deer population has been reinforced with red deer, and fallow deer, and the introduction of all these grazers has resulted in a dynamic mosaic of habitats with the pigs turning over the soil and the grazers fertilizing the ground naturally. The cattle, pigs and deer are regularly culled as they have no natural predators so the Knepp Estate provides a local source of pasture-fed beef, pork and venison, and a burgeoning eco-tourism business – comprising camping, glamping and guided safaris for nature lovers. As a result of all these changes the farmland is now operating at a profit. Lady Isabella has recently (2018) written a book on this fascinating and ongoing project called simply, Wilding, under her maiden name of Isabella Tree, and it is now in its 10th reprint, just one year later, breaking records for a book devoted to nature. The book is available from Waterstones at £20 ISBN-10: 1509805095. This talk was arranged by the Billingshurst Rotary Club. If you would like to keep up to date about what Rotary is doing in the village check the website www.billingshurst-rotary.net. Peter Hooper www.billingshurstrotary.org. facebook/billingshurstrotary Photo: Turtle Dove at Knepp Castle. Wilding by Isabella Tree

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Weald trip to Uganda 2019

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ganda is a beautiful country. Those of us on the trip were aware – thanks to prior research – of the corruption and poor management that leads a country as fertile as Uganda to experience the problems it does. Having said that, it is very easy to be blindsided by the smiling faces, exotic smells, delicious foods and fascinating customs of the parts of the country we witnessed on the trip. The Uganda trip, which took place from 15th to 23rd February, evoked all of the emotions, from awe and wonder to sadness and sympathy, and took year 11 students on a whirlwind tour of an extremely complex, yet achingly gorgeous country. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Uganda Hands for Hope (UHfH). Hands for Hope is an organisation founded by a good friend of the Weald, Joseph Cumminsky, who over a decade ago set out on a mission to support the most vulnerable children of Uganda’s worst slums. His success is an inspiration to us all, and we were very lucky to have spent time in his company on this year’s trip. UHfH is now a functioning primary school, providing education, food and hope to the children who need it most. We visited the Namuwongo slum to see where the children had come from and were shocked and

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appalled by the conditions, with many individuals brought to tears by the experience. We left the slum and headed towards the Hands for Hope centre, to find children who ordinarily lived in the most deprived conditions imaginable actually thriving in in a caring, loving environment. If you are able to, we would urge you to take a look at the charity website (www.ugandahandsforhope.org) and consider sponsoring a child. It is rare to have a guarantee that your money will be put to good use, but this is absolutely the case with UHfH. School brass band We would also Left: Bella Deleze and new friends like to pay a huge thanks to our partner school Namilyango College for their generous hospitality. The Weald School is incredibly proud of its international partnerships, and the relationship we have with Namilyango College grows stronger and more fruitful each year. If you attend the Weald and are interested in going on the trip once you get to year 11 or if you would like to help us in our fundraising for Uganda Hands for Hope then please email Mr Sladden (jsladden@theweald.org.uk) who will be able to answer your questions. Mr Sladden, 2019 Ugandan trip leader


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his month I’m going to talk about The National Garden Scheme. This wonderful initiative gives garden-lovers unique access to more than 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales. It also raises money for nursing and health charities through admission fees, teas and cake. Beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute. By opening your garden to visitors you’ll give many people a great day out, and raise money to help those in need. Even better, you’ll connect with a community of like-minded garden owners, all passionate about their beautiful gardens. Is your garden worth visiting? Do friends and family wax lyrical about your plot? Do neighbours ask for advice and cuttings? Do you sometimes wish you could show other people the result of all your hard work? If you answered yes to these questions, then it’s very likely other people would love to see your garden too. It might seem a somewhat daunting

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Our Community Volunteers – Ray Vernalls

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ay Vernalls didn’t set out to become Treasurer of the Wisborough Green Market. He went (unsuspectingly) to a plant sale in the village about four years ago, having retired from his job in the building industry and moved to Wisborough Green from Plaistow, and one of the committee asked him for help with setting out chairs. It was not long before he found himself a lot more involved in the not-for-profit organisation, which gathers stallholders and the public together at Wisborough Green Village Hall each month to provide an opportunity for people to meet and buy from local producers. Any profits made are used to support local concerns, for example, taking advertising space in the local school’s publications. Wisborough Green Market started 17 years ago, set up by a group of people including the recently-retired Chairman, Mary Lindfield, who remains a passionate advocate of the event. The stallholders are a broad mixture of food producers and suppliers on the one hand, including a butcher, a turkey farmer, a fishmonger, a linseed farmer and a chocolatier, and other local

artisans or suppliers, including a local artist, a ceramics business and people selling health or ecological products. The focus is mainly on local businesses but some come from further afield. Ray points out that they are looking for a greengrocer or vegetable grower to take part as well. Coffee and cake are supplied by Macmillan who do a roaring trade, and contribute to the shopping experience. The Market, which takes place on the second Thursday morning of each month except January, is run by villagers for the village, and so is staffed entirely by volunteers. There is a five-strong committee who between them take care of the publicity (recently re-vamped), administration, finances and general running of the event, but they are keen to hear from more people who may like to be involved. For more information, please e-mail the market: wisboroughmarket@gmail.com. Pippa Cleeve If you know someone who you feel deserves recognition in Our Community Volunteers please email Pippa: pppclv@spektrum.demon.co.uk

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