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

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August 2011


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y family have only lived in Billingshurst for two years but already we feel very much part of the community, especially at this time of year when there is so much going on in the area. This issue contains reports on some of these events. As I write this the schools are just about to break up for the hols (as Enid Blyton was fond of calling them!) but with September’s return to school now is the time to contact us if your business is planning a Back to School promotion. Grahame Cover photo: On the old A272 just the other side of the bypass looking west towards Petworth. By Rob Warde. If you have a suitable photo for the cover of Village Tweet please email it to us Health & Beauty Cathryn Hindle Life Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Nikki Durrant Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Jean O’Brien Counselling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 SureSlim Dieting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Food & Drink Recipe: Beet Salad with Feta Cheese . . . . . . .4 Selsey Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Monsoon Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Burdfields Country Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Little Cakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Clayfield Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Kings Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Sumners Ponds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Blacksmiths Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Games and quizzes Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13, 14 Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Wordsearch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29, 30

Contents COPY DATE FOR SEPTEMBER ISSUE: 8th AUGUST Published by A272 Design, PO Box 371, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 4AS

Editorial and Advertising: Grahame Pearson 07762 767084 editor@villagetweet.co.uk Website Design: Stephen Pearson stephen@pearson-design.co.uk

www.villagetweet.co.uk Printed by: The Lavenham Press, Suffolk Disclaimer: All adverts and editorial are printed in good faith. However, A272 Design cannot take any responsibility for the content of the adverts, the services provided by the advertisers or any statements given in the editorial. © No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored without the express permission of the publisher.

Homes & Gardens Cousins Conservatories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Cleansing Service Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Fidelitas Property Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Pest B Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Batchelor & Bacon: Kitchens, Bathrooms . . . .10 SupaJet Driveway and Gutter Cleaning . . . . .11 West Sussex Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Cato Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Pest Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Sabina Edwards Landscape Gardening . . . . .26 Alex Hirsch Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 David Baulch Landscaping and Patios . . . . . .27 Mark Hedges Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Village Nurseries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Bioguard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Cracknell & Pitt-Draffen Estate Agents . . . .OBC Motoring Tri Cars Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Ashpark Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Macs Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

Professional Services & Businesses Hallam Trim Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Hamilton Cole TV & Satellite Equipment . . . . .9 ADC Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Vertus Building Management . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 NP Stanley Electrical & Building . . . . . . . . . . .12 SJ Woodhatch Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Tip Top Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Wakoos Centre4Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Bobtails Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Angel Eyes Images Photography . . . . . . . . . .19 Miss Mop Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Little Russets Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Care Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 TechGeek IT and Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Alsbury Creative Website Design . . . . . . . . . .35 LML Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Gozone Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35

Out & About Billingshurst Primary School Fête . . . . . . . . . .17 Barns Green Half Marathon . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 A Midsummer Night’s Dream . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Loxwood Flower Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Billingshurst Show and Carnival . . . . . . . . . . .34

Pets, Animals & Farming Paws and Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 John Nash’s Farming Column . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Bailey’s page: Performance Perfection . . . . . .32

Last But Not Least How to Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 What’s On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36, 37 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

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Community Faces of Billingshurst: Nick Poston . . . . . . . .25 Billingshurst Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Billibiz Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Wisborough Green Farmers & Village Market . .37 Features Trying for a Baby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Wardrobe Woes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 The New Arrivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Left Handers Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Garden View: Microorganisms . . . . . . . . . . . .26


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Food and drink

Beet Salad with Feta Cheese

Photo: Garrett Ziegler

Light and tasty summer fare. 1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 6 / 200C 2. Tear or cut the tops from the beets, leaving about an inch of stalk attached. Wash and dry them thoroughly. 3. Place beets in a roasting pan or on a flat baking sheet. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast for 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the beets. Test for tenderness after about 30 minutes of cooking by piercing the largest beet with a knife. If the knife easily enters the beet with only a small amount of resistance, it’s done. And the smaller ones will be, too. 4. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes or so. Serves 4 as a starter or 2 light lunches 5. Slip the skins off the beets. They should slip off easily, but use a paring knife on any stubborn spots. 6. Cut the beets into 1cm dice, and toss in a stainless 1 bunch red beets steel mixing bowl with enough olive oil to coat them. 1 bunch golden beets 7. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze one half into the 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese bowl, gently stirring to combine and checking the 1 cup baby green salad leaves, rinsed and dried flavour to taste. 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 8. Season to taste with the sea salt. 9. Whisk together 3 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp lemon juice. 1 lemon Toss the salad leaves in this dressing in a separate bowl. Maldon sea salt, to taste 10. Spoon the beet mixture onto the centre of a salad Any cup will do as a measuring cup. The beauty of a plate and top each portion with about 1 tbsp of salad is you can make as much or as little as you want. crumbled feta cheese and about 1/4 cup of the dressed Just keep the same proportions and you can’t go wrong. greens. Serve right away.

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Delivery service available to the following areas: Billingshurst, Barns Green, Slinfold, Pulborough, Wisborough Green, Loxwood, Ifold, Haven, Rudgwick, Coneyhurst, Coolham, Kirdford, Five Oaks, Itchingfield, West Chiltington (Minimum order £20, Billingshurst £15)

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All this for just £22

Perhaps not the cheapest but we use only the finest ingredients

What makes a meal at Monsoon so special? Good food is our speciality. “Our priority is high quality Indian food.” OK, but exactly what makes it high quality? We achieve this by using only the very best ingredients. Inevitably this means we are not the cheapest (though we are extremely good value), but it is this passion for quality that means our customers return again and again.

What else is special about Monsoon? Our restaurant is in a characterful 15th century building with four spacious seating areas. And last but not least, our service is efficient, friendly and courteous – just as it should be.

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Health and wellbeing

Trying for a Baby? What to eat if you want to conceive

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f you want to try for a baby you’ll want it to be healthy, so plan to be as close to optimum health as you can. My basic nutritional advice is to eat right and eat raw. Eat highly nutritious food, preferably organic and only what you need and not necessarily what you want! The most important supplement to consider is folic acid. This helps to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Take it in a supplement designed for preconception. Avoid problem foods. Intolerances can interfere with the proper absorption of vitamins and minerals, such as zinc and manganese, which are essential to optimum fertility. Statistics suggest that if one parent has allergies, there is a 50% chance of their child having an allergy and it’s almost a certainty if both have them. It is therefore important to remove any foods that could be the source of these allergies. Artificial pesticides and additives can cause or aggravate allergic reactions and contribute to A healthy diet means hyperactivity, so eat organic where possible. Eat at least one salad meal a day and snack on fresh fruit, raw vegetable sticks and juices to obtain essential enzymes often destroyed in cooking. Both parents may need to detox and reduce any excess fat (where many harmful toxins are stored) at least six months before conception. It is best not to diet during pregnancy or when breast-feeding. Begin by cutting alcohol, caffeine, hydrogenated fats, refined foods high in salt and sugar and processed foods for a week. Eat more

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salads, fruit & veg and drink mineral water and herb teas between meals. Continue for another week, also avoiding dairy products, meat and wheat, oats and rye (try brown rice, quinoa, rice milk and fish instead). Use milk thistle complex to support the liver if you’re feeling a bit sluggish and a chromium supplement if you’re suffering from extreme sugar cravings. Gradually reintroduce the different food groups, one each day. This is a good time to discover for yourself any foods you may be intolerant to. Once restored to optimum health, develop a personal healthy eating and drinking plan, similar to week one of the detox and avoid any problem foods. Some women may be deficient in B vitamins, zinc and other minerals, especially if they have been on the contraceptive pill or fertility drugs. The best sources of zinc include meat, shellfish and salmon. For vegetarians, pumpkin seeds offer one of the a healthy baby most concentrated non-meat food sources of zinc and also Brewer’s yeast, eggs, beans, and wholegrain cereals. Excellent sources of manganese include leafy veg, carrots, fruit, seeds, garlic, beans, spices and wholegrain cereals. For more advice on nutrition and supplements, check out Foresight, the Association for the Promotion of Pre-conception care, at www.foresight-preconception.org.uk (01243) 868001 and www.patient.co.uk Sue Blain, Naturopath Photo: Angel Eyes Images (07887 818707), see ad on page 19


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Local history

From Flood to Fire!

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ollowing on from last months bit about the flood of 2nd June 1981 (thanks to Robert Knight who brought in newspaper clippings showing the exact date), I thought I would talk about the Fire of 2004. We bought the old Social Club in May 2006. It had been left to go derelict after it had been set fire to in September 2004. The inside of the building was damaged mainly from the smoke and all plastic items had liquefied in the severe heat. Everything looked like something from a Salvador Dali painting – surreal. The till, the phone, the optics and the hand pumps were all crystallised but amazingly you could still pour a pint. There were cigarette ends in the ashtrays and blackened glasses on the bar. The central roof was badly damaged, the area where the fire was started, which is why we were able to

Our Farm Shop sells wholefoods, herbs & spices, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, biscuits, cakes, jams, chutneys and other ingredients.

replace it with glass bringing natural daylight into an area that would otherwise have been very dark. Imagine the smell, after 18 months, of burnt, damp wood.

We employed a local Billingshurst chap, Garry, to ‘gut’ the building – a major task achieved in five days. We then had the shell of the building to turn into the shop it is today. This task took four months and we opened on 9th October, 2006. You can, of course, still have a beer, cider or wine, all of which are local, but from a bottle rather than a pump. Anita Burdfield

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About the house

Wardrobe Woes What to do when moths attack

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e had a moth infestation recently. I discovered several tiny holes in a favourite top. A bit of panicked searching later and I found three more affected garments. I was horrified. Who knew what else had been chomped and I certainly don’t have endless cash to replace lots of damaged items. My first thought was to visit my local hardware shop for heavy duty insecticide, but as fate would have it the shop was closed for half a day. In desperation I called my aunty Jean, who worked in a large haberdashery department for 30 years. Until the moth debacle I hadn’t realised what a font of knowledge she was. The advice she gave I would never have come across in the normal course of events, so I thought I would collate it and offer it here. Moths are on the increase. They thrive in warm, humid climates and our centrally-heated homes with their fitted wardrobes and lack of air circulation are to blame. Clothes should ideally be freshly laundered before they are placed back into a wardrobe. Moth larvae feed on dead skin, sweat, food stains and the proteins in wool. If laundering isn’t possible then clothes should be aired and brushed down before storing. If you are unfortunate enough to get an infestation then take out all your clothes. Wash what can be washed and dry clean everything

else. Dry cleaning kills moths and the fluid acts as a deterrent against new infestations. Vacuum inside drawers and wardrobes and wash surfaces with soap and water. Don’t forget skirting boards and in cracks where dust and hair accumulate, and behind radiators. Don’t be tempted to use cheap plastic covers on clothes; they increase humidity and the chance of condensation and mildew. Mothballs are effective, but the odour puts many people off using them. However, there are a few natural repellents which smell much nicer. Cedar blocks or balls are terrific natural moth repellents with a lovely scent. They do lose their potency over time, but may be revived by lightly sanding them or by using a few drops of cedar oil. Fill little cloth bags with dried lavender or mint and place them in drawers and cupboards. Cloves, thyme, ginseng and rosemary all make effective moth repellents. They can be used on their own or in combination. Remember, if you have a piano the felts are also susceptible to moth damage. Consult your piano tuner and make sure you check them from time to time. Once you’ve dealt with your infestation make sure you keep on top of it. Check your wardrobes and drawers at the start of each new season and stay moth-free.

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Little Tweeters!

The New Arrivals Once upon a time on a small farm near Billingshurst …

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ailey the German Shepherd noticed that the gate between the house lawn and the small paddock was open and she thought it was a good opportunity to go and visit her friend Ebony the sheep. She wasn’t really allowed in the small paddock because her mum did not like her eating recycled grass. But the sheep had been in the big paddock for a while and now the gate was open. Bailey trotted down to the fence to where Ebony was standing with her baby girl. Of course ‘no show without punch’ and little Magnus the chiwauwa followed her too. Magnus was distracted by chasing butterflies and bumblebees though, so Bailey had a chance to chat with Ebony without being interrupted. “How’s it going?” she asked Bella visited the farm and gets pleasantly. “Did you see my photo?” Ebony responded importantly, “It was on the cover of May’s Village Tweet. I’m famous now. And my little girl was too. I’m sure she’ll be just as famous as me.” She looked around hoping that one of the aunties was nearby to hear her, but they weren’t but that didn’t stop her from thinking she was famous. “Hmm,” said Bailey, “I think I did.” She wasn’t sure but she really didn’t want Ebony knowing she’d only wanted to read the story inside. “I wanted to ask you, Ebony,” she continued, “What’s happening in the small paddock? What’s Bill doing? It had been Bill who had left the gate open while he was carrying stuff through. “Oh, he’s making another pen,” Ebony replied. “How come you don’t know? You live in the big house don’t you?” Bailey felt a little uncomfortable. She wasn’t used to eavesdropping on her humans. She was happy just to let them get on with their jobs. But the activity in the small paddock had intrigued her so of course she had to ask Ebony because Ebony knew everything that went on at the farm. “What is he making a pen for?” Bailey enquired. “Well I heard Anne talking to Bill the other day,” said Ebony, “and she’s getting some other animals. They must be very fierce because the fence is so strong and they’ve put in electric fencing.” “What’s that?”, asked Bailey. Ebony tossed her

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head. “You don’t know much about the country do you? Electric fencing is fencing which gives you a jolt of electricity if you touch it. It’s not very nice.” Bailey wondered what electricity was but didn’t want to show her ignorance any more so she and Ebony caught up on other gossip until Magnus came running up. “Someone’s coming!” he panted. (He always panted, because he never walked anywhere; he ran.) Bailey and Magnus went up to the gate. Sure enough two cars were turning in to the gravel space by the gate. Ann and Gary came over and so did Sally and Bill. The people in the trucks carefully pulled out a cage each. And in each cage was an animal that Bailey and Magnus had never seen before. One was half spotty and half plain and the other to know Stripy and Spotty was black with a white stripe around its middle. Carefully everyone carried the two cages into the new pen and let the animals out. They made funny noises and started to snuffle around the ground. “Oh aren’t they cute!” said Anne. “Hello piggy wiggy,” she called. The ‘piggy wiggies’ ran in the opposite direction. Anne gave them some food. The piggy wiggies ignored it and ran as far away from the humans as they could. Bailey and Magnus watched intently. They were very curious. Everyone stood around talking for a while as humans do and the trucks went away. Sally and Bill went away and so did Gary. But Anne stayed, hoping against hope the ‘piggy wiggies’ would be friendly to her. They weren’t. She walked sadly away after a long while calling Bailey and Magnus with her. But Magnus and Bailey didn’t come. They looked at the new arrivals with wonder. They certainly smelled different. “Who are you staring at?” snarled Spotty who was the bigger. “You,” stuttered Bailey, surprised that they were so rude. “Who are you?” “We’re pigs,” snapped Stripy. “Don’t you know anything?” And they both turned away and started to eat the food Anne had left. Bailey and Magnus ran after Anne for a pat. Bailey thought to herself later as she lay down in her favourite spot, “At last I know something that Ebony doesn’t know.” And she smiled as she fell asleep in the sun. Yvonne Fleece


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Numbers rising for Barns Green Half Marathon

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ntry numbers are beginning to rise for the 2011 Barns Green Half Marathon which will take place on Sunday 30th October. The race is now in its 29th year and over that period this unique village occasion has raised a huge amount of money for charity. Last year over 1,800 runners took part in the race which follows a route through the lanes of Barns Green, Itchingfield, Christ’s Hospital and close to Southwater through some of the most scenic countryside in West Sussex. In 2010 the race was won by the superb Kenyan athlete, 20-year-old Edwin Kipyego who ran an astonishing race finishing in a time of 1 hour 4 minutes 28 seconds, almost 6 minutes ahead of the second placed athlete. Kipyego knocked 21 seconds off the course record which had stood for 24 years. However, the race is not just for serious athletes. Runners of all abilities take part in this great local event and make it one of the great annual spectacles in the village. It requires a huge effort from a lot of people to enable the Barns Green Half Marathon to be staged. Last year 104 volunteer helpers gave their time in the run up to and during the race to help it run smoothly which enabled the event to raise over £15,000 which was distributed to charities and various local organisations, sports and social clubs and youth groups in and around the village. In addition, the competitors raise an estimated £30,000 for various charities and good causes. On raceday, a small army of helpers from in and around Barns Green are involved in making sure that everything goes well. A large team of marshals line the

Last year’s race: the runners at the start. Above: last year’s winner: 20-year-old Kenyan, Edwin Kipyego

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13-mile route to keep the runners motivated and going in the right direction and there are officials driving vehicles in front of and behind all the runners. There are groups of helpers at the four drink stations situated on the route, and at the end of the race teams of helpers hand out medals and goody bags to every runner and remove their timing tags from their shoes. Barns Green Half Marathon Chairman, Vernon Jennings commented, “The Barns Green Half Marathon is all about the local community and attracting runners of all standards to compete in a professionally organised road race. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the sense of achievement on the runners’ faces as they cross the line and receive their medals. We are also incredibly proud of the amounts of money that we are able to raise each year for local charities and organisations. It is always a thrill on raceday to see the huge numbers of people that come into the village to take part in the race or just enjoy the spectacle”. Several local companies are sponsors of the the Barns Green Half Marathon including Slinfold Golf and Country Club but the event is keen to attract more businesses from Horsham, Barns Green, Southwater and the surrounding areas to be involved in this unique event. The event is always keen to attract new runners and there is plenty of time for people to do some training and get themselves in shape to take part. For further details just visit the Barns Green Half Marathon website: barnsgreen-half.org.uk and we look forward to welcoming you to Barns Green on the 30th October. Nigel Currie (Barns Green Half Marathon Committee) 01403 730777 or 07774 229305


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Unwelcome guests

There’s more than just a wasp in your garden! Due to the weather change in the last few days the activity of insects and wildlife has changed dramatically in the pest control world. Wasps are very, very active; I have many customers that have been very badly stung, one lady spent a few days in hospital after turning the hosepipe on a nest in an attempt to get rid of them. Please treat all wasps with respect; you or a member of your family may have an allergy – however, you will only find out when they get stung. Please don’t hesitate to call me so that we can discuss your wasp control problem before your family may be put at risk. If a wasp lands to feed near to you, after he has fed he will fly in a straight line back to his nest. As such they are easy to follow and discover where their nest will be. Also due to the rainfall, worms have come near to the surface of your lawns and your cherished vegetable patches. As a result of this there will be a lot more mole activity in your garden or pony paddocks, due to plenty of food being available with the moisture. Rabbits are now out in numerous numbers ravaging your cherished vegetables along with some bedding plants. This is due to youngsters now emerging and foraging for themselves. It is good practise to control them hard in the winter and spring

months to avoid damage throughout the summer. With the recent rain, squirrels are moving back into roof spaces for shelter, don’t forget that they are a rodent and their teeth grow daily. Like mice and rats they have to gnaw to wear down their teeth. This means that if they invade your loft space they will chew through cables, timber, pipes and increase your risk of water or gas leaks and fire hazard. Once again your family may be put at risk with these pests. So if you are aware of any movement in your loft space please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We are fast approaching the roe deer mating season which is at the end of July, beginning of August. They are one of the few creatures that mate early and have delayed implantation. You may find figure-of eight tracks around your garden and woodland which is what is created when the male (buck) is trying to mount the female (doe) during the pre-mating ritual. The females will have young fawns not too far away and they are now foraging for themselves, so again a lot more deer activity will be around. Colin Richardson Pest Force is more than happy to discuss any pest or environmental issues that concern you. For a free survey call 07776 063787 and mention Village Tweet.

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Left Hand Man 13th August is International Left Handers Day!

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n my time I’ve been called keck-fisted, caggyhanded and even a cuddy-wifter and all because of the hand I use to hold my pen! I blame the Bible! You see, the good are considered to be at God’s right hand and his right hand is exalted, ergo the left hand doesn’t quite measure up. Then there’s the Devil: he’s usually depicted as being left-handed and generally appears on the left of religious paintings. We even throw salt over our left shoulder to ‘Shoot the Devil in the eye.’ In medieval times we might have been accused of witchcraft. Yes, fellow lefties, it could have been a painful death for us. As late as the 1970’s there was little evidence of enlightened thinking at my village primary. I was ‘encouraged’ to sit on my left hand and use my right … with predictable results. My writing was so bad that I was written off as ‘a bit thick’. My teacher told my mother that my fine motor co-ordination was poor because I couldn’t cut out neat paper shapes. I didn’t know it at the time but school technology was against me. The blade position of normal scissors means that a left-hander can’t see the cutting line and the natural squeezing motion of the left hand actually pushes the blades apart, causing the paper or card to get stuck sideways. Try it for yourself and see! But I’m not bitter … at least they didn’t burn me

at the stake! The 13th of August is International LeftHanders Day. Launched in 1992, it is now an annual event where left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality (that’s the posh word for left-handedness) and increase public awareness of the disadvantages of being lefthanded, and also the advantages, because there are quite a few. In many sports for instance, we seem to have an advantage. Leftfooted soccer players and tennis players find it easy to wrong-foot an opponent. A right-handed player is used to ‘like-handed’ opponents who play a similar game. A lefty will have faced more right-handers and thus be used to their ‘opposite’ style of play. We’re also more creative, possibly due to the way our brains are wired: the left half of the brain, which controls the right hand, is also responsible for speech, language, writing, logic and numerical thinking. The right half, which controls the left hand, is also responsible for music, art, creativity, perception, spatial awareness and emotions. I’ve learned to embrace my lefthandedness over the years. It’s part of who I am and I’m pleased to announce that since I purchased a pair of lefthanded scissors I can now cut out neat paper shapes with the best of them!

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Out and about

Haven Heavenlies are spellbinding A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 8th/9th July

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he Haven Heavenlies were spellbinding on their first night of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the magical setting of an outdoor wooded glade. The pub field venue was kindly provided by Sue and Colin Cathie at the Blue Ship in the Haven near Rudgwick. A monsoon of a morning on Friday could not dampen the determination of Director Juliet Sumner and her cast to put on a show. The bar opened and the audience settled in their seats with drinks and picnics. As the Titania falls for Bottom skies cleared and the wind dropped, Theseus, Duke of Athens (local vet Ben Mayes) and Hippolyta (Debby Field) led the Athenians on an evening of intrigue. The love tryst between Lysander (Damian Macdonald) and Hermia (Kathryn Attwood) was played with passion, and entwined with the unrequited love of Helena (Sandy MacNeil) for Demetrius (Ian Hall). Bold and ambitious Bottom, played by Will George, took his role amongst a group of rustics, while the animated Mistress Quince (Liz Kerr) set about presenting a play for the Duke’s wedding party.

Oberon (Andrew Donovan) was magnificent and masterful as he tricked a beguiling Titania (Tess Kennedy), his powerful potions carried by an impish Puck (Roz Hall) with electric energy. As evening fell in the fairy glade, the simple lighting created by David Sumner filled the woods with magic. Enchantments abounded, fairies sang and danced and loves waxed and waned, climaxing when a bewitched Titania fell for Bottom who had been changed to an ass by Puck – a truly memorable scene! Finally, the rustics in their guises as Lion, Wall and Moonshine – complete with dog – acted out their comical play, a love story of Pyramus (aka Bottom) and Thisbe (Jackie Shepherd) and to the assembled Athenians. The play was the director’s A rather impish Puck own dream of an idea, to entertain and raise money for Help for Heroes. Her accomplished experience formed a cast of 22 players, from local experienced amateur dramatists to conscripted novices from the pub, who, over six months of rehearsal in back gardens and the field brought this memorable play to life, and. entertained with skills to spare, raising £2,500 for their chosen charity, Help for Heroes. More, please! Hilary Jubert

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Always there when we need them 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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t must have been well after midnight when the sound of cattle calling to one another woke me from a deep sleep. I lay there for a couple of minutes before the brain engaged enough to assure me that we didn’t have any cattle. I shivered across to the window and looked out across the frosty garden towards the sounds. There was definitely animals out there in the raspberry plantation. Oh Hell! I dressed as quickly as I could and, grabbing a torch, staggered out into the cold. I crossed the lane, passed the two new cottages that had just been built on the farm and entered the plantation. There in the moonlight I could make out the large shapes of some bullocks meandering through the raspberry rows, browsing as they went and every now and then passing a comment to one another in the moonlight. It was the last thing we needed. Although they were only youngsters they were still pretty large animals and beasts that big could do untold damage to all the wiring supports that had been so carefully and exhaustingly erected that autumn. I hurried back home and called for reinforcements from the farm’s staff. Then the three of us ventured forth to do battle. We guessed were they had come from. A small farm some mile or so up the lane and an hour or so of sweating, swearing and shouting they were gated back into their own territory. We went back to bed … along with a large tot of whisky. Came the morning and I ventured out to inspect the damage. A few wires had been torn down and several areas of cane were lying flat but on the whole it could have been a lot worse. So, feeling satisfied, I headed for breakfast. Then I heard it. Somewhere a distinct bellow. Then another. Coming from the hedge area close to the new cottages . I walked over with a horrible feeling rising in the pit of my stomach. That was where the

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newly dug cesspools for the cottages were being prepared. Two huge holes some twelve feet deep waiting for their concrete lining to be installed. The muffled bellow again. And yes … it was coming from the area of the pits. It was with some trepidation that I peered over the edge, to be greeted by the upturned face of a young bullock standing in the soft wet mud at the bottom of the hole. He appeared to be completely unhurt, just puzzled and indignant as to how he got there and how he was to get out. The last part here was beginning to worry me too. He was still a youngster, but even so, there was no way he could ever get out by himself and I could foresee a great deal of earth moving coming up to create a slope for him to climb. After much discussion, someone came up with the bright idea of calling the Fire Brigade … Out came Petworth’s best and they set to straight away. They must have had such events occur before as they seemed to have the situation under full control from the moment they first assessed the poor beast’s dilemma. Down went a ladder followed by one of the men. He was obviously familiar with cattle as he moved around the animal, calming and talking quietly to it as he passed two fire hoses under the beast’s body. Then it was all hands to the pipes and quickly the animal’s bulk appeared up over the edge of the pit. He stood shakily for a couple of minutes and then walked slowly off under a halter to his mates up the road. I guess he must have been pretty stiff for a couple of days, but no longlasting damage seemed to have been done. All we could think of by way of explanation is that in the dark he fell into the pit so quickly that he must have been completely relaxed as he hit the bottom – or he had a parachute. So … there on the frosty grass we all stood and congratulated each other on such a difficult job well done. In fact it was thanks to those superb firemen – many I think were volunteers – who took in the problem and solved it with such calm and quick thinking. Bless em all! John Nash


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Faces of Billingshurst – Nick Poston

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eet Nick Poston, co-founder and manager of DK Vinters, Billingshurst’s one and only fine wine emporium. Nick has lived and worked in Billingshurst for several years, opening this shop in 2007. As well as selling fine wines he also spends time buying. He pays particular attention to what he feels his customers would like. Something a larger outlet, or chain can’t do. While I was there several regular customers came in and took part in tastings. The conversations were interesting to listen to; he has a great rapport with his customers. You wont just find wine in the shop, they sell Champagne, spirits, liqueurs and ale/beer. Nick will also be able to assist with functions and has

glasses available for hire. Its great to meet someone who has a passion for their work, living and breathing it. Although we didn’t discuss specific wines, Nick suggested I have a look at Italian wines and Riesling (a favourite of mine anyway). We also discussed South American wines. When I asked him to select a wine he currently enjoys he picked up a bottle of Urlar Pinot Noir. I’ll have to pop back and buy a bottle some time soon. DK Vintners can be found just off Billingshurst High Street in Jengers Mead and is open seven days a week. 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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s their name suggests you can’t see them, yet microorganisms are some of the most important things you can grow in your garden. Garden soil is teeming with millions of them, or rather it should be. They help to keep the soil healthy. They decompose organic matter, replenish soil nutrients, form humus, promote root growth, increase nutrient uptake, and breakdown herbicides and pesticides. The microorganism family includes bacteria, algae, fungi, and protozoa and we want to do everything we can to encourage these tiny gardening friends. In order to provide a good environment we need to provide oxygen, moisture, carbon-based food matter, and the right temperature and pH. Oxygen content can be kept high by digging in lots of organic matter so that the soil structure is aerated. 75% of microorganisms live in the top two inches (5cm) of soil so particular care should be taken not to compact the topsoil. Improving the drainage of stodgy clay soil is particularly important as water-logged soil contains very little oxygen. Mulching helps to improve the moisture content of soil and also helps to maintain the soil temperature. Bare soil bakes in the summer and freezes in the winter. Mulch acts as both shade

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Loxwood’s Own ‘Chelsea Flower Show’!

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he 2nd Loxwood’s own ‘Chelsea Flower Show’ held on Sunday 26th June, was another outstanding success for the North Hall Refurbishment Fund. The show, which was sponsored by the Harwoods Group, raised almost the same amount as last year – £3,384 – which will go towards the second phase of the refurbishment of the hall and will include the reroofing, insulating, new windows of the old part of the hall and new parking facilities. “We were so lucky with the weather. We had approximately 44 exhibitors with a wide variety of products to tempt us with and visitors could sit in the tea garden and enjoy their lunch while listening to the Slinfold Concert Band and Horsham Accordion Band,” said the organiser and Chairman of the Community Fundraising Committee, Jean Spira. Best in show and Gold medallist for the exhibitors was won by the Garden for the British Heart Foundation specially designed by last year’s winners Sabina Edwards (see her ad on page 26. GP) and Jane Farley to support the British Heart Foundation’s ‘Mending Broken Hearts’ campaign. Sabina and Jane also won Gold for their own garden.

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The floral exhibit this year – ‘Earth, Wind, Fire and Water’ – was arranged by five talented local flower arrangers. “Although the display was not judged, our Judge for the day, Doris Smallwood, said she was very impressed with the display and how beautifully it had been created,” said Jean. The window box /container competition was judged by Doris Smallwood, an RHS Chelsea Gold Medalist and Hampton Court winner. She selected Mrs Sandra Talman of Loxwood’s tub as Best in Show. Doris also gave a talk on ‘Container Planting for all Seasons’ which she illustrated with many of her own beautiful containers. Her audience packed the Speakers Marquee to capacity, as they also did for Dr Simon Thornton-Wood, former Royal Horticultural Society’s Director of Science and Learning, whose talk was entitled ‘How Gardeners are going to save the world!’ Children at the show were treated to Scavenger Hunts led by the Loxwood Community Garden Initiative. The organisers would like to thank everyone who helped on the Saturday with setting up the show and on the Sunday during the day and clearing up afterwards. Without you, it would not have been possible. Photographs are on the North Hall Loxwood website: www.loxwoodvillagehall.org.uk Jean Spira


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Billingshurst Show and Carnival 2011

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ver 3,000 enjoyed the Billingshurst Show at the Recreation Ground on Sunday 19th June. The theme for the colourful Carnival Procession was ‘Musicals’, with the floats ranging from golden oldies like The Wizard of Oz to current hits like Shrek. Led again by the splendid Petworth Town Band, the procession featured the Carnival Princess Jessica Martin with attendants Rose Moran and Victoria Sachs, and Flower Girls Saskia Rohlandt, Alexis Hendriksen and Hollie Laker. Peter Woodman, Headmaster of the Weald School, took on the difficult task of choosing the winning entries from the many excellent floats and declared Billingshurst Brownies to be the winning float, with Dauxwood Cub Pack second and Billingshurst Family Church third. Horsham Bluebelles made a welcome return, Girls from Sandra Wilson School parading their baton twirling skills. The excellent local rock band We Don’t Do Mornings provided more musical entertainment. The Sandra Wilson School of Dance performed at the show for the first time. The school caters for children of all ages, and they entertained the audience with some great dancing to The Sound of Music and Grease. The full programme of arena events included two superb displays from Richard Curtis and his K9 Freestyle Dancing Dogs. The Army Cadets then demonstrated their teamwork in assembling kit cars in no time at all. The winners were the Red team, who constructed their kit car in just over two minutes.

Continuing the musical theme, the Weald School provided a dance display and the Billingshurst Choral Society covered popular musical numbers. The Dog Show again attracted over 70 dogs. The overall winner of Best Pedigree Dog in Show was a beautiful Irish Red and White Setter called Kirsty owned by Mrs Harrison from Tadworth. A tiny puppy called Pippa, owned by Alison Wilkinson of Billingshurst, won the Cutest Puppy class as well as Best Novelty in Show, judged by the Carnival Princess, so winning its owner a husky ride around Anchorage Farm. Thanks were due to Springfield Press and Maltman Cosham Veterinary Clinic for sponsoring the Pedigree/Obedience and Novelty classes. Organising Committee Chairman Paul Starkey said, “It was great to see so many people here today enjoying the attractions, stalls and of Dance perform Grease. arena events, and it’s particularly good to see so many stalls from the local community. “Many people contribute to making the Billingshurst Show a success, and I’d like also to thank everyone on the Organising Committee, which is made up of Rotary Club members and supporters of Billingshurst Scouts & Guides, our many helpers, and our sponsors and advertisers, especially our Principal Sponsors Coco’s of Billingshurst, Essence of Asia, and Gozonet.” “The aims of the Show are to provide a great day out for the local community and to raise money for local charities. This year we expect to raise over £8,000 which represents a great effort from all concerned.” Paul Starkley Photo: Paul Starkley

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put a bark surface on the pathway, as well as building a small bridge and a small seating area. It is very pleasing to see families using this facility. If you have not visited yet, please do go and have a look. Our information board will help to explain what we are trying to achieve. The telephone box in the village centre has been painted and over the next few months we will improve the area around this by planting flowers and shrubs. If you would like to become involved call me on (01403) 751722 or look at our website www.lcgi.org.uk Graham Moore

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What’s On near you

What’s On – August and beyond… Every Mon Fitness for Life. United Reformed Church Hall, High Street, Billingshurst. 9.3010.30am. Info: Sashi (01403) 822504 or 07761 158436 Every Thurs HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst. Meet Library car-park, Billingshurst, 1.5 miles, flat, easy. Free, just turn-up at 11am. Jean (01403) 786201 2 Aug HDC Health Walk. Rudgwick. Meet Health Centre, Station Road. 4 miles, fairly easy. Free, just turn-up at 10am. Arthur (01403) 822861 or Keith 823436 5 Aug HDC Health Walk. Barns Green. Meet Village Club. 2 miles, mostly flat, can be some muddy patches. Free, just turn-up at 11am. Peter (01403) 741305 7 Aug Macmillan 100th Birthday Cream Tea. Billingshurst Village Hall at 3pm. Tickets for the event are £5.00. Contact Jenny on (01403) 782015 or Pam on (01403) 784427 10 Aug Messy Church! Billingshurst Village Hall. 3.30-6pm. Billingshurst churches welcome families to have fun with games, crafts, singing and stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sit-down meal, donation. www.messychurch.org.uk. 10 Aug HDC Health Walk. Bax Castle, Two Mile Ash Road, near Christ’s Hospital, going south. Meet pub car-park. 5.25 miles. Free, just turn up at 10am. No dogs. Tony (01403) 269232 11 Aug Wisborough Green Farmers’ and Village Market. Village Green, 9am-12.30pm. Up to 30 stalls selling a variety of locally produced foods and crafts. Contact: Mary Lindfield (01403) 700624 11 Aug HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst. Meet Sports Pavilion car-park. 4 to 6 miles, some slopes and stiles. Free just turn up at 10am. No dogs. Carol (01403) 785016 16 Aug HDC Health Walk. Rudgwick. As for 2nd August 18 Aug Billingshurst Village Market. Library car-park, Billingshurst. 9am-2pm. Info: Anita Burdfield, (01403) 784445, anita@burdfield.co.uk. 18 Aug HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst. As ‘every Thursday’, plus optional 1 mile extension 19 Aug HDC Health Walk. Barns Green. As for 5th August 19 Aug HDC Health Walk. Barns Green. Meet Village Club. 4 miles, mostly flat, some stiles, can be some muddy patches. Free, just turn up at 11am. Peter (01403) 741305 20 Aug Billingshurst Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show. Village Hall, Roman Way. 2.30 to 5.00pm. Classes for all including non-members and juniors. Refreshments, raffle, cake stall, tombola, sideshows. Schedules available from Austens, High St, Billingshurst. For further information contact Hon. Sec: (01403) 784599 20 Aug HDC Health Walk. Broadbridge Heath. Park and meet BBH Leisure Centre. 3.5 miles to Tower Hill, some stiles, excellent views. Free just turn up at 10am. Liz (01403) 263920 or Simon 260599 29 Aug Wisborough Green Traditional Village Fête, Fun Dog Show and Grand Horticultural Show. On the village green from 1pm. Something for everyone: sideshows, bouncy castle, vintage vehicles, children’s races, egg throwing, live music, dog show and ferret racing! www.wisboroughgreen.org. 30 Aug HDC Health Walk. Rudgwick. As for 2nd August 30 Aug HDC Health Walk. Kings Head, Rudgwick to Baynards. Meet pub car-park. 5.75 miles, stiles. Free, just turn up at 10am. No dogs. Geoff (01403) 258180 3 Sept-2 Oct Horsham District Food & Drink Festival. www.horshamlocalproduce.co.uk 3-4 Sept The Big Nibble – A Slice of Sussex. District-wide food and drink festival. Sussex culture, local produce market and tasters. Southdown Historic Bus Rally and Classic Vintage English Car Rally. Free. www.thebignibble.co.uk 3-4 Sept Annual Steam Rally. Langhurst Hill Farm, Balls Crosswill. 10am to 4.30pm. Macmillan marquee for home-made cakes, jam chutneys and produce. Handicrafts, books, miscellany and jewellery. Christmas cards. Macmillan ‘Food Hall’ featuring home-cooked fare, bacon and egg rolls for breakfast, sausages and lamburgers for lunch and then cream teas. Contact Jenny on (01403) 782015 or Pam on (01403) 784427 7-24 Sept Cranleigh Camera Club Exhibition. Cranleigh Arts Centre. Covering a wide range of subjects. The Art Centre will have leaflets relating to the club which is actively seeking new members. Contact information is available at www.cranleighcameraclub.co.uk 8 Sept Wisborough Green Farmers’ and Village Market. Village Hall, 9am-12.30pm. Up to 30 stalls selling a variety of locally produced foods and crafts. Contact: Mary Lindfield (01403) 700624

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Ifold Gardening Club 35th Horticultural Show. 2.30pm, Kelsey Hall, Chalk Road. Free entry and complimentary refreshments. We allow a 45min ‘window’ to view exhibits (60 Classes), then at about 3.15pm we have prize-giving followed at 3.30pm by an auction of many of the exhibits, so you will have a chance to buy scrumptious cakes, jams, vegetables, fruit and flowers, all homegrown/homemade. Sarah (Show Sec) (01403) 753447 Messy Church! Billingshurst Village Hall. 3.30-6pm. Billingshurst churches welcome families to have fun with games, crafts, singing and stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sit-down meal, donation. www.messychurch.org.uk. Billingshurst Village Market. Library car-park, Billingshurst. 9am-2pm. Info: Anita Burdfield, (01403) 784445, anita@burdfield.co.uk Seaside Souvenirs. Talk by Sylvia Endicott. St Mary’s Guild. Meetings are held in St Mary’s Room, East Street, Billingshurst. Visitors very welcome. Info: Beryl Peacock (01403) 782835 New Horizons Appeal Autumn Gift Fair. Knepp Castle, Shipley, West Sussex. 9.30am-4pm. In aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. A great days shopping and a must for lunch. Admission £5 includes a coffee and cupcake. Free parking and disabled facilities. Billingshurst French Market. Library car-park, Billingshurst. Info: Anita Burdfield, (01403) 784445, anita@burdfield.co.uk

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ADVERTISERS INDEX August 2011 ADC Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Alex Hirsch Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Alsbury Creative Website Design . . . . . . . . .35 Angel Eyes Images Photography . . . . . . . . .19 Ashpark Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Batchelor & Bacon Kitchens, Bathrooms . . .10 Billibiz Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Bioguard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Blacksmiths Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC Bobtails Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Burdfields Country Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Care Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Cathryn Hindle Life Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Cato Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Clayfield Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Cleansing Service Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Cousins Conservatories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Cracknell & Pitt-Draffen Estate Agents . . .OBC David Baulch Landscaping and Patios . . . . .27 Fidelitas Property Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Gozone Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Hallam Trim Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Hamilton Cole TV & Satellite Equipment . . . .9 Jean O’Brien Counselling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Kings Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Little Cakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

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Little Russets Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 LML Accounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Mac’s Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Mark Hedges Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Miss Mop Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Monsoon Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Nikki Durrant Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 NP Stanley Electrical & Building . . . . . . . . . .12 Paws and Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Pest B Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Pest Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Sabina Edwards Landscape Gardening . . . .26 Selsey Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 SJ Woodhatch Electrician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Sumners Ponds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 SupaJet Driveway and Gutter Cleaning . . . .11 SureSlim Dieting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Tech Geek IT and Computers . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Tip Top Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Tri Cars Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Vertus Building Management . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Village Nurseries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Wakoos Centre4Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 West Sussex Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Wisborough Green Farmers & Village Market .37


“We are proud to have completed our first successful year in new management of the Blacksmiths Arms”

Doug Simpson, Landlord

• Traditional English pub with friendly and efficient service • Fine selection of cask ales such as Harveys and London Pride • We pride ourselves on being family friendly! • Beer garden • Large car-park at rear • Easy to find: on A29 near Billingshurst

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• Traditional English home-cooked food using local suppliers and ingredients • Vast menu and ‘Specials’ board • Generous portions. (Smaller portions available for children and those with a smaller appetite) • Our dining areas can accommodate functions and special occasions • View our full menu on our website

10th August: (and every 2nd Weds): Fish ’n’ Chip Day £7.95 31st August: (and every last Weds): Home-made Bacon Roly Poly Day £7.95 Sunday Roast: £6.95 (chicken), £8.95 (Scotch sirloin beef), £9.95 (our popular ‘Combination Roast’: lamb, beef & pork)

Stane Street, Adversane, near Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9JH Tel: (01403) 782809 www.blacksmithsarmssussex.co.uk


Village Tweet - August 2011  

August issue of Village Tweet - West Sussex community magazine.