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January 2021

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 January issue of Village Tweet.   At last, with the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine, the end is in sight. For so many reasons, 2020 is a year that I am sure we all wish to put behind us.   The pandemic is not over yet, far from it. As I write this, only a very small number of people have been vaccinated and Christmas is just over a week away. I feel uneasy that the relaxation over the festive period could well result in many new infections come January. Time will tell. Either way, we all need to be careful, at least until the majority of the population has received the vaccine.   Let’s look forward to better times ahead and a return to normality as 2021 progresses. Grahame Cover: We wish all our readers a Happy New Year – it’s gotta be better than 2020!

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Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4, 6 Horsham Museum: Billingshurst Heritage Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Billingshurst Community Partnership: Art Club Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Billingshurst Community Partnership: A COVID-19 Thank you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Royal Britsh Legion: Poppy Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Recipe: Cranachan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 A Good Read: Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Sing for Pleasure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 St Catherine’s Hospice: Memory Bears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Billingshurst Women’s Institute: Busy, busy, busy in lockdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Wey & Arun Canal Trust: Trailboat Festival postponed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Billingshurst Wednesday Group: Reaching out in lockdown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Billingshurst Lions Club: Stan Stevens RIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Wisborough Green Beekeepers Association: Virtual Introduction to Beekeeping .36 Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 The Spaniel Diaries: The continuing adventures of Billy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Garden View: The light fantastic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Renegades Youth Group: Cooking up a storm! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 John Nash: ‘One of my efforts’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Billigreen: Make 2021 a year for nature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45, 47 What’s On near you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48, 49 Mcmillan: Thank you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

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Property management

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Out and about / Insurance / Sport *

New Billingshurst Heritage Trail


One of 19 new local Trail Guides, perfect for lockdown exercise

new heritage trail: Growing up in Billingshurst – Family trail – is an attractive fully illustrated leaflet that takes you on a Horsham Heritage Trails tour of the village, past Growing up in sites hidden in plain sight. Billingshurst     Created by local people Family Trail as part of a district wide initiative, funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and Horsham District Council, with help from Community Partnerships Forum and Horsham Museum, it encourages you to explore a village we all know… or think we know.     The unique trail takes an unusual and engaging approach as it focuses on what it would have been like for a child growing up in the village. The trail looks at the early school and childhood sites. Starting at the library car park the author tells us that Peter Stockwood was caned for scrumping apples from the old orchard on the site. At another site, the vicar pulled down the old school room so he could install stained glass windows. Not only does it take the family past interesting places but also gives them Rusper







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a human touch by recounting local people’s memories of the places. Fascinating, unusual and worth pursuing.     The two-year project has seen 19 other trails of the district Growing up in Billingshurst Family Trail created by volunteer heritage groups and individuals along with a fully illustrated training manual so you can if you wish, create your own trails and share them with friends, family and groups. On your walks you may well come across one or more of the 32 Millennium plaques, many of which have been refurbished as part of the project.     The trail can be picked up from local libraries, venues or download it from horshammuseum.org/learn/ heritage-trails where you will also find trails around Shipley, Rudgwick and further afield including a trail of local churches. Jeremy Knight, Curator, Horsham Museum & Art Gallery Thakeham


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Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a child in the past? Grab your family or friends and come on this fun trail round Billingshurst. Discover what it was like growing up in the village from Victorian times to today. Find out together how schooling has changed. Explore spots on the route that tell us about the jobs children did and the games they played. Even if you aren’t local you’ll still find out a lot about children’s lives during the last 150 years.

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Childhood today is very different to what it was like in Victorian times (1837–1901). Most children were born at home, not in hospital. Within a few days many were baptised in the parish church; Roman Catholic children


Start point: Billingshurst Library, Mill Lane, Billingshurst, would go to Horsham. Sadly some children died when RH14 9JZ. There is a pay and display car park. they were very young, under five years old, and a few

have headstones in the graveyards at St. Mary’s Church and The Chapel.


Walking grade: Easy In early Victorian times there were a number of small Distance and time: 2 miles approx. 1 – 1 ½ hours. private schools in the village. From the 1840s to the In wet weather flagstone steps and paths (such as those1860s a Mr Boorer ran an ‘academy’ in Billingshurst. at St. Mary’s Church and The Chapel) could be slippery. The steps down the Bowling Alley and the path at the The churches, including the United Reformed Church bottom can be slippery and muddy in wet weather. and the Baptist Chapel (now The Chapel) ran Sunday Please use pedestrian crossings to cross the A272 (East schools. As well as reading the Bible the children were Street) and A29 (High Street) as they are busy roads. taught the 3Rs: Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. Toilets: In the car park next to the Library. Children were expected to help at home or work on a Refreshments: Available at a variety of cafes, restaurantsfarm, in a shop or later in service in the larger houses. and pubs in the village. Sunday school was the only chance they had to learn Please respect the privacy of local residents.

Please keep dogs on leads. You’ll find bins for dog poop on the route. Dogs are not allowed in the Mothers’ Garden.

For more information about the village’s history and heritage please visit history.billingshurst.community Take a look at the Millennium Plaque outside the Community and Conference Centre.

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Nationally charities, usually supported by churches, built lots of schools and the government started to give grants to them, including National Schools, like the one in School Lane. Even in these schools you had to pay to attend. Schooling wasn’t free until 1891 – even though it was compulsory for 5–10 year olds from 1880. At the same time the government stopped the amount of work children could do. They spent their free time playing games such as marbles and skipping. They used toys made from natural materials such as conkers for battles and elder wood for pop-guns. There were fun events to join in such as the village fair. Then there were national events to celebrate such as coronation parades, just as there is a carnival procession today to the Billingshurst Show.

Image: The Billingshurst Trail Guide, one of 19 available

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Little Tweeters! / Accountancy

Art Club launches with free-to-enter monthly children’s competition


re your children and grandchildren     The winning entries will be published in the artistic? We’d like to see some of their following month’s Village Tweet and the judges’ creativity and would love it if you would decisions will be final. Prize vouchers will be sent share some of their artwork with us. via e-mail after the winners are announced.     The Billingshurst Community Partnership and     E-mail a good quality photo of the artwork to Village Tweet have joined together to encourage Village Tweet (editor@villagetweet.co.uk) with budding young the words ‘Art Club artists to get January’ in the January’s theme: creative. e-mail subject box     There will be a by 8th January with prize for each of the artist’s name the two age and age and an groups: 5-9 years a £10 Amazon voucher and e-mail address by which they can be contacted. 10-14 years a £15 Amazon voucher.     I look forward to seeing some splendid and     If there is enough interest we would like to original pieces of creativity! continue with a monthly art competition with a     Let’s get the imagination flowing and display of all the winning entries at the end of the encourage our children to get arty! year (December 2021). Denise Campbell, Chair,     Each month will have a different theme. Billingshurst Community Partnership Ltd January’s is My Favourite Thing. Each entry should be clearly titled as to what it is.     The artwork can be in any medium: paint, pastels, embroidery, collage, charcoal, pen & ink pencils (black or coloured), felt pens, etc.

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Religion / Charity / Community

New Days


he whole idea of a new, fresh year may hold extra special appeal this year. 2020 with its experience of pandemic stings in our memories with suffering and wearying challenges.     You may be a person who has held on to hope all the way through. Sadly, you may be one who has suffered loss and endured personal suffering. Within our communities there will have obviously been joys: new babies, new friendships, new pastimes, deepening of love and companionship.     Turning the new calendar over with its empty spaces ready to write in adventures, we may be asking ourselves how we steady ourselves and live life to the full as best we can. The Bible offers us the promise that whatever life holds we have the constant presence of our heavenly Father. He stands beside us as we look onto our next chapter knowing that he fully understands our personal

story of 2020.     Our physical circumstances may constrain us but within our heart there can be a fullness of life and peace that comes from a connection to our loving God. We can come to him as we are. Perhaps we are battered, bruised and hurting beyond words. Perhaps we are full of hope and energy to take hold of our future.     We can come just as we are and feel upheld by the promise of God’s enabling hand that refreshes us when weary and brings the greatest of resources into our tired hearts.     There is a wonderful promise in the Bible which talks about God restoring us and leading us into a newness of life. God leaves us with gifts from his deep love. He goes ahead of us into 2021. “I will give you a new heart and a new mind.” Ezekiel 36, verse 26.

Royal British Legion

A ‘thank you’ to those who helped during the COVID-19 crisis

Billingshurst Branch

2020 Poppy Appeal A big thank you to everyone who supported the Poppy Appeal: the volunteers, the Parish Council, the Parish Church and of course the public, for their enormous effort and generosity. The Royal British Legion has provided lifelong support to serving and ex-serving personnel, along with their families since 1921, and we will be here for as long as they need our help.     The 2020 Poppy Appeal was forced to adapt to the severe restrictions of COVID-19. This was the first time in the history of the Poppy Appeal that our volunteers were unable to carry out door-to-door collections. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods and way of life, leaving some in the armed forces community in dire need of urgent help and support, making the Legion’s work more vital than ever.     Billingshurst residents raised in excess of £5,000 for the Poppy Appeal; we might even make £6,000 by the time the final donations have been counted. Last year we collected almost £15,000 locally, so you can see the fundraising deficit across the country could run into millions of pounds.     Later this year we will publish details about the Poppy Appeal 2021, the Legion’s centenary year. If you are able to spare a few hours as a Poppy Appeal volunteer please contact our Branch Chairman, Rob Nicholl by email: billingshurst.chairman@rbl.community Colin Banks (Billingshurst Branch President)

Over the Christmas period there was a huge amount of generosity and support for some of our families that are enduring hardships because of COVID-19. I would like to thank all those individuals who donated food, hampers, vouchers, and toiletries. (You know who you are, you lovely kind and thoughtful people).     Also thanks to the Billingshurst Lions Club for hampers and the Billingshurst Rotary Club for children’s toys. This generous community spirit meant that families felt valued and not forgotten during a time when they might not have had a lot to celebrate or enjoy. Big thanks also to the Family Church who organised and co-ordinated much of the delivery of the hampers & toys.     We have collectively demonstrated how well our community can work together to achieve something really positive in what was a very tough year for most of us; for some, more than others.     I look forward to partnership working with you all again in 2021!     And to all Village Tweet readers, I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year. Denise Campbell, Chair, Billingshurst Community Partnership Ltd


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Food and drink


A classic Scottish treat for Burns Night


1. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the oatmeal and the sugar then toast, stirring continuously until the sugar has melted and the oatmeal smells sweet and nutty. Pour on to a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper and leave to cool. 2. Meanwhile, puree 175g of the raspberries until smooth (reserve the best-looking ones). You can leave the seeds or pass through a sieve for a smooth puree. 3. Whip the cream to fairly stiff peaks, then fold in the honey and whisky. Add three quarters of the oatmeal and all the puree to the cream then swirl through to give a ripple effect. 4. Spoon into four glass dishes and top with the remaining oatmeal, the reserved raspberries and a drizzle of honey. Serve immediately.   Did you know? Cranachan is a Gaelic word for a kind of milk churn.


Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 4


75g pinhead oatmeal (you can use rolled oats, but the steel cut pinhead variety are nuttier and less porridge-like) 1 tbsp soft brown sugar 250g raspberries 500ml double cream 4 tbsp honey, plus a little extra to drizzle 4 tbsp good Scottish whisky

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Books / Food and drink

A Good Read January’s selection from book reviewer Willow Coby The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce Retirement is meant to be relaxing, isn’t it? You do what you love doing and enjoy yourself. But what if you suddenly receive a letter out of the blue? A woman who worked in your office many years ago has cancer and is dying. She just wants you to know. This touches you for reasons you can’t quite explain, so you write her a note to say that you are sorry to hear that. Putting on your coat and your yacht shoes you leave with the note. Your destination? The post box. Just as far as the end of the road.     And so, starts Harold Fry’s extraordinary journey: 627 miles in 87 days. With no plan, other than to reach Queenie, he sets off on a journey of faith. Scribbling on the note he tells her to wait for him.     This debut novel from radio and TV writer, Rachel Joyce, will take you on a gentle journey with Harold and the various people he meets along the way. Totally unprepared for what he will encounter, his faith in positive thinking keeps him going as he learns more about his life and relationships with his wife and son. The Maze Runner – James Dashner Post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature is perennially popular with teens and adults alike, and the events of 2020 only served to increase its attraction. The Maze Runner was initially published in 2009 but came to prominence with


the release of the film adaptation in 2014.     Thomas is a teenager who awakes to find himself in a box in a place called the Glade. He has no memory of who he is or how he came to be here, but he is thrown into this new community, and as a reader so are you. Before long you become familiar with the terminology used by the boys and you feel as if you are a Glader along with them.     As Thomas adjusts to his new environment, he learns about the Maze which surrounds the Glade. Each day the walls open and a select group of runners spend daylight hours exploring and mapping it. It is a race against the clock because at sunset the Grievers – giant robotic creatures – enter the Maze and they are deadly. The walls close to protect the community and overnight the structure of the Maze changes, leaving the runners to start again in the morning.     The big mystery is why. Why are Thomas and the other boys there and why do the Grievers come out to get them? Why do the walls in the Maze change and will the runners ever solve it? However, more importantly, why has a girl been sent to the Glade and why has all communication with the outside world suddenly stopped?     This is the first book in an engaging series which develop the story and characters beyond the original theme.

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Health and wellbeing

Adjusting for a Better Tomorrow


hen I was at The Weald School in Billingshurst and choosing what path to take, like many I wanted to ‘help’

great, but your body is also having to adapt and it doesn’t always like it. Old injuries may also be rearing their ‘pain in the neck’ status. Or there may be joints that simply don’t ‘feel right’.     Since I graduated back in 2005 I have helped many people feel more comfortable, improve their posture or reduce those aches and pains we all feel. By addressing joint restrictions many people walk out of my Clinic feeling ‘lighter’, even when they walked in feeling ‘okay’.     Obviously, treatment is different for everybody that walks through my door. Just as every body is made, has experienced things and reacts differently.     So, what niggles could you do without? What part of your body ‘doesn’t feel quite right’?     How can I help YOU?     If you’d like to find out more, visit my website at ChiroPractical.biz     You can even sign up to my “The Back Page” for more ‘body’ info.     Keep well,                                              Sarah

people.     Yet, the career I set my heart on was something hardly anyone knew about back then. Thankfully over 25 years later, Chiropractic is much more accepted. And most people have a good idea what it’s about. How times change!     It’s a good reminder that this pandemic will also soon be a thing of the past, too.     Since 1983 I’ve learnt to accommodate to changes as a member of Billingshurst’s Scouts & Guides. “Roll with the punches” you might say (others would say “Dib Dib, Dob Dob” or “Be Prepared”). And during these strange times, most of us are having to do just that.     Some of you are working from home. This often means a laptop on the dining room table. Set-ups like this can result in neck pain, headaches and back ache.     Some of you will be doing alternative jobs or have taken up a new form of exercise. That’s all

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Get swimming this New Year at Billingshurst Leisure Centre


o matter what your fitness level, the benefits of swimming are yours to go out and grab.     It has the power to give your muscles a makeover, transform you into a cardio king, destress you from the daily challenges.     If this isn’t enough to get you reaching for the costume and goggles, here are our top benefits of swimming: An all round body workout. Swimming engages almost every major muscle group, requiring a person to use their arms, legs, torso, and stomach. Builds Cardiovascular Fitness, often referred to as cardio, involves the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. A thorough workout routine, such as one that features swimming, will include this type of exercise. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Some types of exercise may be challenging for people who are new or feel very unfit. However, swimming allows a person to go at their own pace. Good for people with injuries. Having an injury or conditions, such as arthritis, can make it difficult to do high-impact exercise. Water gently supports the muscles, swimming is preferred by many who are unable to take part in high-impact,

high-resistance exercises. Burning calories. Swimming is an excellent way to burn calories. Variety and fun. People tend to get bored with repetitive exercise, but there are many ways to keep swimming interesting, and it is a great way to get the kids active. Boosting moods and managing stress. Exercise releases endorphins, which improve the mood. Swimming may also boost confidence and social skills, which can impact a person’s selfesteem and relieve stress. And it is affordable. We have swim memberships available from £23.00 per month, this includes free access to our Places Locker App, Swimtag (our wearable swim tracker), that allows you to track and review your workout.     If you would like more information please give us a call on (01403) 787500 or visit our website www.placesleisure.org/centres/ billingshurst-leisure-centre where the team will be happy to help you. Billingshurst Leisure Centre


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aren Woolsey shares how St Catherine’s Hospice cared for her Dad, and how she’s creating precious memory bears to keep his memory alive.     “When my dad, Peter, was diagnosed with a terminal illness in September last year, he was adamant he didn’t want to go to the hospice. He told us he wanted to die at home.     “Becoming ill was really hard for Dad. He was very much an outdoors man, never spending much time indoors, and he worked seven days a week right up until his diagnosis. As he became less well, he felt like a caged animal having to spend more time indoors.     “Our family tried to keep Dad at home like he wanted, but at the end of November 2019, Dad was admitted to St Catherine’s. It was a relief for me, my Mum, and my sister as it took the pressure off us – we were exhausted trying to look after him at home. Once Dad was settled at the hospice, he was relieved too. He was happier there as he knew we didn’t have as much pressure on us caring for him.     “The care and support the hospice gave us was amazing. In the three weeks we were there, the staff at the hospice felt like part of our family. They’d always ask after us, as well as asking Dad was, and if we weren’t at the hospice with Mum, we knew the nurses would look after her.     “The nurses cared for my Dad, like he was their Dad. He wasn’t ever just a person in a bed to them.     “We always enjoyed cake in the afternoons together. The chefs even baked cakes for our family on request. We’re a big family so there used to be about 8 or 10 of us visiting the hospice every day, and we always enjoyed cake in the afternoons together. Dad used to enjoy going out into the hospice gardens too, and being a country man, he really enjoyed the therapy dog that came around the wards.     “Dad died on 13th December. The night he died all of our family were at the hospice. We sort of took over! Seven family members took up camp by the piano in the lounge and were given blankets and taken coffee throughout the night. We thought they might have to go home, but everyone was able to stay, and me, my Mum and sister were able to be by Dad’s bedside with him. Nothing was ever too much trouble and Dad had the best care he could have had.     “We were all offered support afterwards. My sister took it up, but so far, I’ve been OK – I think making memory bears out of Dad’s clothing has helped me.     When Dad died, his older great-grandchildren struggled with it. They were missing him, so I made them some memory bears out of his checked shirts


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ince lockdown started in spring this year, members of Billingshurst WI have been unable to hold their monthly meetings due to COVID-19 restrictions.     Billingshurst WI was formed in 1919. We celebrated its centenary year in 2019 with an event held in the Billingshurst Community and Conference Centre in addition to other smaller events to remember the occasion by. We belong to West Sussex Federation and talks and courses are being made available to members via Zoom, at this particular time. Our Committee is having monthly meetings via Zoom and members are being invited/encouraged to participate in courses, etc via Zoom.     Billingshurst WI has met in various premises over time and had first claim on using the Women’s Hall after it had been given to the women of the village by the Beck sisters. Our meetings are held in the Stanley Room of the Billingshurst Centre at 2.30pm on the second Thursday of each month with the exception of August. We have interesting speakers, hobby groups and various outings.     Prior to COVID-19, meetings were held by West

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

Happy New Year!

Councillors and staff at Billingshurst Parish Council would like to wish residents a very happy and healthy 2021 Neighbourhood Warden news The Council would like to thank Glyn Thomas, former Neighbourhood Warden for Billingshurst who resigned from the role towards the end of last year. Glyn was very popular and played a large part in ensuring the success of the Warden scheme during his time in the role. The Council welcomes new recruit Julie Green and wishes her every success in her new Warden role.     If you need to make contact with our Neighbourhood Wardens, their details are as follows:Barry Faust  07795 051516 Julie Green  07795 051529 Covid restrictions depending, the Wardens hold regular drop-in sessions at the Billingshurst Centre and Billingshurst Library; give them a call to find out more.

Money! Money! Money! The Parish Council has a modest Grants Budget to help local charities, and not-forprofit groups. So, if your good cause operates in Billingshurst or provides a service to those who live in the Parish, and needs a few pounds to help with new

project, please consider applying for a grant; applications can be made at any time of the year. Please visit the Council’s website noted on this page, click on Council, scroll down to Council documents where you will find more details on the Council’s Grant Policy and an application form.     In addition, the Council currently receives 15% of all CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) generated by new development in the Parish. This will increase to 25% once the Neighbourhood Plan is formally adopted. The Parish Council would be pleased to receive suggestions on how this money should be allocated. It doesn’t necessarily have to be used on Council land, as long it as it improves infrastructure that benefits the community. Please send any suggestions, even if just ideas, to the Parish Council.

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor There is a vacancy for one member to be co-opted onto Billingshurst Parish Council in January.     If you would like to be considered for the role, visit the Council’s website, look under Council Documents and complete and return the Co-Option application form ASAP.

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The Parish Council has recently decided to try to regularise by way of a licence, for the benefit of council and residents, the issue of private gates from private gardens onto council land, such as recreation grounds. This has been prompted by a recent request to install such a gate which was licensed accordingly. Many such gates have been in existence for many years. Any resident with a gate onto Parish Council land is invited to contact the Council, with a view to obtaining such a licence, at zero cost.

Although we have been streaming our meetings onto Facebook for some months (when technology allows!) we are aware that some residents don’t have, or don’t want, a Facebook account. We are pleased to confirm that you need fear no longer, for we are now broadcasting via YouTube, again, when technology allows. Just enter Billingshurst Parish Council into your YouTube search engine on the dates listed below. Happy watching!

Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan You may recall the parish’s ambition to create a Neighbourhood Plan, which would allow our community to have more say on future planning decisions affecting where we live and work. Regrettably, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, progress on formal adoption of our Plan slowed and the ambition to hold a public referendum before Christmas 2020 was unattainable – the government's Coronavirus Regulations prevented referenda before 6th May 2021. At the time of writing, this remains the case and when a date is permitted, this will be advertised within the parish.     The Draft Plan, which you can view on the Parish Council's website, www.billingshurst.gov.uk/Neighbourhood_ Plan_22674.aspx has been submitted to an independent examiner for review. It is pleasing to report he has been very complimentary on the Plan’s content and has recommended Horsham District Council (HDC) proceed to the next step and make a Decision Statement. This is being taken forward and, once accepted by HDC it will be uploaded to HDC’s website and will carry ‘significant weight’ in the decision-making process. This is even before the Referendum takes place.     It has been a long process to date but the end can reasonably be said to be in sight, giving our community a stronger voice on planning proposals affecting the parish. Thank you for your continuing support and please do show this when, eventually, the Plan is put to referendum.

Upcoming Meetings (January) 6th: Full Council & Trustees (7.30pm) 7th: Planning & Environment Committee (7.30pm) 13th: Working Practices Committee (7.30pm) 27th: Billingshurst Centre and F&GP Committee (7pm)

Spring Flowers at the Billingshurst Centre In late 2019, some of the ladies from the Billingshurst WI and the Parish Council’s Snr. Litter Warden Colin, planted hundreds of crocus bulbs on the front bank at the Billingshurst Centre. Do keep an eye out for them in the next few weeks.

New Skate Park for Jubilee Fields – Consultation Update Many thanks to the 475 residents who responded to our online consultation, asking for views and comments about plans to replace the nearly expired Skate Park at Jubilee Felds. Design F proved to be the runaway winner with 55% of votes cast. The Council is now considering all the comments made, with a view to working with Cambian Engineering on firming up the design. It is planned to give users a final look at the scheme before any work commences on site, some time in 2021.

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Free waterway festival moves to May 2021


he Wey & Arun Canal Trust will be hosting a free family festival over the early Bank Holiday in May 2021, after 2020’s event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.     The IWA Trailboat Festival South, celebrating the Wey & Arun Canal and its restoration, will see an array of trailboats from across the UK take to the water at the restored section at Dunsfold Park on the West Sussex/Surrey border.     Live music, stalls, food and activities on early May Bank Holiday Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd will add to the fun, with special public boat trips running across the weekend.     The festival is being organised jointly with IWA (Inland Waterways Association), the charity that works to protect and restore the country’s 6,500 miles of canals and navigable rivers.     Postponing 2020’s event was a huge disappointment to the organisers, but Wey & Arun Canal Trust chairman Sally Schupke said she was

pleased the Trust would host the event in 2021 and get a chance to show off the restoration progress the Trust has made and the benefits of bringing the canal back to life.     “It is great that new dates could be arranged and we can’t wait to get started on planning 2022’s event, which promises to be a fabulous event for all, from boat lovers, to canal enthusiasts and all the family.”     IWA National Chairman, Paul Rodgers said,“We are very much looking forward to being part of this event, particularly as our Waterway Recovery Group volunteers have been so involved in the regeneration of the Canal. It’s been really exciting to see sections of the Wey & Arun Canal being restored and the Festival is a fantastic way for communities to see some of the benefits of the project.” Gill Davies, Press and Publications Assistant Trailboat procession, 2019. Photo: Phil Sharpe

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he Billingshurst Wednesday Group, like many other groups, sadly had to cancel all the planned summer and autumn activities for this year due to COVID-19.     It could be said that that the average age of a Wednesday Group member is a little older than in most of the other organisations in our village. It was with this in mind that we felt it was imperative to keep in touch with our seventy members in the absence of physical meetings.     Telephone calls were made to folk who were living alone, shielding or unable to go out without assistance. A series of coffee mornings or afternoon teas were arranged in gardens, homes or even the local café, always with a limit of six and within walking distance for our members.     These small groups allowed people to get to know one another and good friendships have

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tan Stevens, an inspirational Lion and a caring human being sadly passed away on 29th October 2020.     Throughout his life Stan made a significant contribution, not only to Billingshurst & District Lions, but also in the wider community, as a Governor at Billingshurst Junior School, at the Community Centre and Sports and Social Club.     Already a member of Lions, Stan was a founder member of East Grinstead Lions in 1968. Moving to Billingshurst in 1973, he instigated the formation of Billingshurst Lions, recruiting members and becoming the first President, as he was on five other occasions. He was very much the driving force in its growth and especially in raising funds.     Most funds were raised at local fêtes, with proceeds given to the organisers; Stan arranged Race Nights where he efficiently ran the tote, and a ‘Caledonian Market’ – a type of auction/jumble sale – at the Weald School when he would occasionally sleep outside at night guarding the items on display in the field.     Members have recalled the Firework Nights he orchestrated, making torches for a torchlight procession through the village to a field along Daux Road, he and members building the bonfire during October. Stan organised the firework display and then lit them, often to the delight of over 2000 onlookers.

    Another member recalls Stan with his wife Pam taking 20 children on sailing camps at Chichester, organised with the headmaster of Billingshurst Junior School, Ken Thyer, along with others. Stan was a competent sailor and played a full part in setting-up camp. He and Pam carried on even after their own children had left the school.     Stan recovered from a horrific road accident a few years ago, which caused him to slow down. But, always supported by Pam, he remained a committed Lion and in recognition of his dedication Stan was awarded a Melvyn Jones Fellowship in 2016 after 50 years service, the highest accolade bestowed on only few Lions worldwide.     Stan always made potential new members welcome, being the first person going to speak to them. He was a true friend with a good word for everybody, always kind, considerate and thoughtful, as well as having the knack of getting to the heart of any issue. Billingshurst Lions Club was all the richer for having Stan as a member. It is all the poorer now he has gone.     We’ll all miss you Stan! Members of Billingshurst & District Lions Club Photo: Stan receiving his Melvyn Jones award in 2016 in recognition of 50 years service to the Lion movement


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    Organised by the Wisborough Green Beekeepers Association, this day makes a good grounding for the practical ‘Preliminary Sessions’ that we normally run at our teaching apiary near Wisborough Green. If COVID-19 restrictions still prevent these from taking place, we intend as an alternative to produce videos to help new beekeepers.     Further information for beekeepers and non-beekeepers about the course and the subsequent Preliminary Sessions, which provide the opportunity to handle bees, can be found on www.wgbka.org.uk. Alternatively, please contact Roger Patterson, tel: (01403) 790637 or 07976 306492, e-mail: rogerpatterson@btconnect.com for course details. John Glover, WGBKA Photo: it is hoped the Zoom webinar course can be followed by outdoor Preliminary Sessions, COVID-19 permitting

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ello all, as I write it’s cold and dark outside and my activities have slowed down somewhat, I am delighted to have been given a new bed to curl up in of an evening and to be honest I’m not keen on laving it at the ungodly hour that mum insists we go out in the morning, just because those fat grass munchers she call horses demand their breakfast. Mav of course is raring to go, purely because he’s an idiot and loves running about in mud, whatever the hour!     With Christmas been and gone the days are supposed to be getting longer, although they are definitely getting colder and wetter. I’m longing for the warm, summer evenings. For one thing mum is more inclined to go for a walk instead of the training she’s been keen on lately, I think she’s trying to justify it as quality time that tires us out, surely she knows that I, king of Spaniels, know everything there is to know about spanielling! Mav just loves it and runs about with a ball… how common!     The Humans have been getting excited about something called a vaccine and are hoping life can return to normal this year, I’m pretty sure that is what I have once a year when I visit the doggy doctor and get a sharp spike stuck in me, well I hope it is anyway, at least I’ll be able to smirk at mum as she always says it doesn’t hurt when it does! I’ll offer her a doggy biscuit too if she behaves when it’s done! I do hope they find a solution as we missed out on pub lunches last year which means I missed out on my pork pie crumbs!     I have been showing Mav how to find the little

birds in the long grass and chase them when they take off as it drives mum mad, resulting in her making him walk to heel and sit still a lot so I can carry on my leisurely sniffing at my own pace while chuckling at the way the little idiot falls for it every time. Hopefully I can find some bunnies to tempt him with!     Mum has had the cheek to put me on a diet again, while the skinny waif Mav gets extra portions. I have actually managed to steal some of his breakfast on a few occasions, but alas I got caught by mum, so now that little sneak gets fed while mum stands guard. He doesn’t even leave a speck for me to clean up – if you ask me it’s mum who should be on a diet, looking at how much cake she’s eaten over Christmas and wouldn’t even let me have any! You should see her try and run, it’s hilarious. A Hippopotamus looks more graceful!     I have also been in Mum’s bad books for digging up the bulbs she planted in the garden, honestly they are a waste of space as I need those flower beds for burying the sticks and socks I find on my travels, they are my treasures in life! She’s also not happy about the muddy paw prints all over the kitchen floor; I think they look very artistic.     There’s just a couple more months of cold and dark to grapple with and we can look forward to lighter spring evenings and better weather. It can’t come soon enough for me, hopefully we’ll be back out on the Downs for our evening walks and 2021 will be a much better year for all! Until next time – Billy. Jeannette Douglas


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Garden Tweet! / Fencing

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f I say “winter garden” what do you imagine? A stately home? Evergreen shrubs? Topiary maybe?     It dawned on me a few years ago when I was out walking the dog on a frosty morning that winter gardens are really all about the light. From late autumn through the winter there is a pink-gold low slanting light in the morning and afternoon which makes frost and raindrops sparkle, casts interesting shadows and makes everything look magical.     Watch your garden throughout the day from the rooms you where you see it best. Watch where and when the sunlight falls and plan accordingly.     Grasses look beautiful when they are covered in frost and backlit. The red or yellow winter stems of Cornus (or dogwood), however, seem to glow when winter sunshine illuminates them directly.     Most suburban houses have smaller gardens, easily visible from the house, so it’s important to choose plants which look good in more than one season.     As well as shrubs with good stem colour, look for smaller trees with pretty bark. There are plenty of small Japanese maples which can be grown in tubs. If you have a little more space a silver birch can look stunning, or even my favourite, the paper-bark maple, Acer griseum, which is a slow-growing small tree, pretty all

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year round with crimson leaves in the autumn then a characteristic chestnut bark which peels naturally to reveal bright orange red bark underneath.     Look for plants with architectural shapes such as one of the sculptural eryngiums (sea holly), salvias or sedums. All look beautiful in the summer and autumn but gain a second lease of life when covered with frosted cobwebs.     Plants like these will make you want to get out in your garden even in winter, so add a little scent with a winter jasmine or a sarcococca confusa (Christmas box) which has tiny white highly scented flowers. These late flowering plants provide a source of nectar for early pollinators.     I no longer tidy my flower beds. I leave piles of fallen leaves and debris in beds to provide shelter for wildlife. The leaves rot down in the end which is good for the soil too. However, I do spend time neatening the edges of the lawn and sharpening the edges of my borders. It’s amazing how much smarter my garden looks with minimal effort.     I wish you a Happy New Year and happy gardening. Rachel Leverton

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The Renegades cook up a storm!


s we celebrate leaving 2020 with barely a backwards glance, the Renegades Youth Club is gearing up for a fun and exciting 2021.     Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the mother and daughter team behind Penfolds Estate Agents, the teen and tweens members will be steaming ahead with some cookery sessions with a difference.     Forget rock cakes, Penfolds have very kindly fully stocked the Renegades larder so that the children have the wherewithal to make core ingredients like pickled ginger, tahini paste, green and red Thai chilli pastes as well as curing hams and cheeses and making dried fish.     Renegade Group Leader Gareth Miller says, “Thanks to Penfolds, we’re going to make such a stack of exciting core ingredients that the finest restaurants in the world will be asking to borrow our supplies and they’ll last for months! This also means when we cooking the meals and dishes we’ll be using our ingredients we made ourselves – that’s the spirit of the Renegades.”     And from food as fuel, for bodies as well as the imagination, to a real engine! The Renegades are now proud owners of a 125cc Lifan engine which is being professionally installed into the shell of a go-kart that the children have worked on. The members can’t wait to

get their hands on the working machine… Lewis Hamilton, eat your shorts!     Lockdown meant the Renegades were unfortunately back on Zoom, but this time doing specific activities. Who knew you can learn carpentry and drama at the kitchen table? To add a bit of unruly fun, there were also home-based scavenger hunts and mad quizzes. And as for armpit fudge, well the least said the better!     As lockdown has now eased the Renegades are back doing nightly, floodlit and safely distanced activities from night hikes to archery. We have welcomed a number of new members – some courtesy of Village Tweet’s support!     The Renegades are hoping for more good news next month as a number of grant applications are in the pipeline now that the club is a registered charity. So keep everything crossed and enjoy a safe and healthy New Year from us all.     The Renegades is a youth group for all local children (in roughly The Weald catchment area) aged 10-16. It costs £10 a month and can be joined by calling Gareth Miller on 07801 862550 or for more info call Damian Dixon on 07484 130189. Vanda Rumney Photo: Zoom carpentry

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One of my efforts 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. Firstly folks… I hope you and your dearest have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year celebration.     Writing this in November it’s difficult without a crystal ball to know the circumstances that we all have had to suffer over the holiday period. I can only pray that you all have had a great time and were able to meet and greet you loved ones again.     With the start of a new year, and remembering the constant stop-start of the last nine months of 2020, I wondered how you all managed with the often long days of housebound detention!     That, in its turn, reminded me of my own attempts – over many years, I should add – of trying to ‘fill in time’. That of course translates into Hobbies!     Ye Gods! I must confess, I’ve had a few!     I further admit though that my failure rate for many was worryingly high.     So, what did I try?     Obvious ones are the outdoor pursuits: football, cricket, etc. These, though, I sadly left behind once my schooldays were over. That’s not to say I didn’t spend many hours shouting about the referees’ parentage by the sidelines on many village greens.     I did try Badminton. Even had lessons at The Weald. Took me half an hour to even hit the blasted thing at first, but I did find it an enjoyable sport and one I would recommend. I personally think, though, that whoever invented that first shuttlecock had a very warped sense of humour.     I tried windsurfing. Great while I was on the darn thing but most of the time I was either trying to get on it or successfully falling off.     I did a couple of years of Shotokan Karate with the children when they were young. Packed it up when I couldn’t get my socks on, the morning after a evening session at the Dojo! My legs are just not designed to kick someone in the head; they just don’t reach!     The hobbies I really want to concentrate on are the indoor ones. The ones you can take up for a short period, then drop just as quickly. The solo hobbies. The ones that fill a quiet hour when you’re on your own and bored out of your tiny mind with the constant repeats on the tele.     Macrame… there’s a name to conjure with. Yes, I’ve had a go…     You get a book and buy a load of string and fancy


cord. You then struggle to learn simple twisting and beautiful knots. Your efforts gain feigned admiration from family members followed by gentle head shaking and quiet sniggering as they leave the room.     You get your revenge by hanging a multitude of pots – usually containing spider plants – from the ceiling of the house loos, all suspended with your creations. That’ll teach ’em!     The one I’m most proud of is painting. Not painting the house though. That side of decoration is a personal disaster. I will willingly do the ceiling – white, cream or even magnolia, splashed on with roller or large brush, ideal. I invariably come under criticism about not removing the shades or light fittings. (Right devils to clean once the paint’s dried too.)     No. I refer to art. Real painting. Not by numbers either!     I had the good fortune many years ago to come under the umbrella of that wonderful local artist Peggy Harman. A woman whose talent was a delight to behold and whose patience was infinite with those of us who attended her lessons. Many a time I would be on the point of tearing up my feeble effort when she would appear over my shoulder, whisper encouragement, take hold of the brush, and with one or two strokes transform my daubing into something I was truly pleased with. A great loss to so many of us who loved her, her work, and her friendship.     There are a multitude of other things I have ‘dabbled at’ over the years. Some I’ve written about in past scribbles in Village Tweet.     Short mat bowling down at Kelsey Hall. Something I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the chance to laugh and enjoy a happy afternoon.     Fishing? No, sorry. I live beside a lovely lake full of carp but catching them with a rod and line is the most boring task I can think of. Quick way to be sent to sleep on a sunny day though! (That should stir up the anglers among you.)     Hopefully we are now back on the road to normality and we can resume our lives as we would want them. Going where and when we want and meeting friends and relatives whenever we get the chance.     All the same, if restrictions still hover around you, try something new… get a hobby. I dare you! John Nash One of John’s ‘efforts’ – and rather good it is too!

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Make 2021 a year for nature 2020 was a difficult year for most people but many of us found great comfort in nature. BilliGreen, Billingshurst’s new environmental group which was set up in the middle of the pandemic, is inviting the village to make 2021 a year for nature.     BilliGreen has achieved a lot in the first six months and has plans for the year ahead. Plastic recycling Our single-use plastic recycling point at The Chapel, off Laker’s Meadow, has been a huge hit. Thank you if you have been bringing along your recycling. Since our September launch we have saved over 50kg of plastics being sent to landfill. We have expanded from our initial four products to seven and now take: •  Cheese packaging •  Small plastic bottle tops (coffee jar size and above goes in home recycling) •  Sweet bags and chocolate bar wrappers as well as crisp packets; biscuit, cake and cracker wrappers; baby food pouches and beauty products such as roll on deodorants, pump and trigger spray heads and small pots. The plastics are recycled into pellets which are then used to make products such as outdoor furniture like the bench on the corner of East Street

and Silver Lane. Back to nature Our plans to create a ‘wildlife’ corridor throughout the village will start to take shape this spring. Our group has been working closely with the Parish, District and County Councils to introduce a ‘reduced mowing’ policy in some areas. In spring and summer you will start to see strips of grass in local green spaces and verges being managed as a traditional hay meadow with only twice-yearly mowing. We want to see the return of wild flowers, longer grasses and insects that we so badly need to support biodiversity as well as reduce pollution and flooding. In addition, The Chapel has decided to create a space for nature just off the High Street, with the support of BilliGreen and local youth group Renegades.     We have other ideas for the future, perhaps starting a community orchard. We’d love to hear your ideas. Find out more and get involved on the BilliGreen Facebook page or email: billigreengroup@gmail.com. Melanie Holliker Photo: Bug hotel, one of many initiatives from BilliGreen

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Table Tennis. St Mary’s Room, East St, Billingshurst, 2-4pm. An informal sociable group for all ages. Newcomers welcome, tea & biscuits included, £1 (goes to church funds). Tony, tel: (01403) 783496 Every 2nd Rotary Club. Blacksmiths Arms, Adversane. 7.30pm. Supper (£13) & talk. Visitors welcome. Social activities & 4th Mon & occasional business meetings. Stuart Pullen, Attendance Secretary, tel: (01798) 873791 or 07967 159034 Every Mon, Shipley Men’s Shed. Shipley football ground off Dragon’s Lane. Part of the international Men’s Shed Tues & Weds organisation. For men interested in woodwork or wish to spend time with like-minded, local chaps. www.HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org. Tel: Philip, 07786 070939 or email: info@HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org Every Mon Wisborough Green Short Mat Bowls Club. Village Hall. Mons 2.30-4.30pm, Weds 1.30-3.30pm. & Weds New members & visitors welcome. £2.50 (includes Tea/Coffee & biscuits). Trial session free for newcomers. Further information: www.wisboroughgreen.org or contact Keith Carter on 01403 700502 Every Tues Stitch & Knit. Six Bells, Billingshurst. 7-9.30pm. Welcoming & helpful, just bring your project & make new friends. No fees. Sarah, tel: 07817 699865 (leave message) Every Tues Billingshurst Short Mat Bowls. Suspended until further notice due to coronavirus Every Tues Billingshurst Choral Society rehearsal. Billingshurst Primary School, 7.30-9.45pm during term time. New members always welcome. For details see www.billingshurstchoralsociety.org Every Tues Slinfold Concert Band rehearsal. Slinfold Village Hall from 7.30-9.30pm. Brass, woodwind and percussion players all welcome. www.slinfoldconcertband.org Every Tues Billingshurst Youth Club. Women’s Hall, High St, Billingshurst, 7.30-9pm, term-time. 11-16 years. Varied activities such as indoor obstacle course, miniature football tournaments and crafts. £1 per session. Contact Ben Sheldon, Community Youth Worker, tel: 07763 302456, e-mail: ben.sheldon@horsham-matters.org.uk Every Tues Walking Football. 10-11.30am. Shipley football ground off Dragon’s Lane (Holbrook Club in mid-Winter). Followed by refreshments. Men & women welcome. www.HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org. Tel: Philip, 07786 070939 or email: info@HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org Every Tues Drop in Baby Zone! St Mary’s Room, East Street, Billingshurst. 1.30-3pm. Meet other parents and their babies. Every week except between Xmas & New Year. Emma: babies@stmarysbillingshurst.org Every Tues Neighbourhood Warden drop-in sessions. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 12-2pm Every Tues Preschool Ballet and street dance classes. Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst. VMA Dance run fun, friendly & Thurs classes for preschool children. Free trial then £4pw pre-booked. 07879 773705 www.vmadance.co.uk Every Tues Pétanque Club. Meets at Shipley Football Ground, 10.15am for 10.30 start (*in the Spring/Summer/ & Fri* Autumn months meet Friday, 6.30pm). Coffee after. All equipment provided. All ages and abilities welcome. www.HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org. Tel: Russell, 07803 259190 or email: info@HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org Every Weds Horsham Accordion Band. Practises in Slinfold Chapel from 7.30-9.30pm. Varied repertoire. Band Leader Mags Fisher tel: (01403) 790717 or email: magsfisher@btinternet.com Every Weds The Millennium Bridge Club. Storrington Village Hall, 1.30-4.30pm. All abilities. Please contact: Barbara: (01903) 741365 or daisy.campling@btinternet.com Every Weds Line dancing. St Gabriel’s Church Hall 7-10 pm. All levels welcome, beginners from 7pm. Details from Maureen 07774 828282 Every Weds Billingshurst Bell Ringing practice. St Mary’s Church, Billingshurst. 7.30-9.15pm. New learners and visitors welcome, just turn up. For information email Kathy at kathyfitzp@hotmail.co.uk Every Weds The Leconfield Singers. United Reformed Church, Petworth. 8-10pm. Mixed voice non-audition community choir. Newcomers welcome. More details and term times see www.leconfieldsingers.co.uk Every Weds Billingshurst Rock Choir. Primary School. 7.30-9pm, term times. No experience required. A friendly choir singing upbeat pop, rock and Motown. Book a FREE taster session at www.rockchoir.com Every 2nd BilliUke: Billingshurst’s Own Ukulele Jam! The Six Bells, from 7.30pm. If you already have a & 4th Weds ukulele, or are thinking about getting one, please come along and join us. It’s a fun couple of hours and you also get to make new friends from the village and beyond. www.billiuke.com Every Thurs Stitch & Knit. 10am-12.30pm. We rove round local cafés & car share, lifts may be possible. Welcoming & helpful, just bring your project. No fees. Sarah, tel: 07817 699865 (leave message) Every Thurs HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst (2). All HDC walks cancelled due to coronavirus Every Thurs Wildlife walkabouts. RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, Wiggonholt, RH20 2EL. 10am-12 noon. Our regular gentle ramble is an ideal introduction to some of our very special wildlife. £8 per person (£2.50 for RSPB members). (01798) 875851. www.rspb.org.uk/pulboroughbrooks Every Fri VMA Dance classes for children 2-18yrs. Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst. Classes in Ballet, Street Dance & Contemporary. Free Trial available then £5pw pre-booked. 07879 773705 www.vmadance.co.uk Every Fri Nationwide Building Society. Billingshurst Community Centre. Cancelled due to coronavirus Every Sat Indoor table top sale and market. Ansell’s Yard, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, RH14 0DD. 10am-2pm. No entrance fee. Tables £5 (must be pre-booked). Tel: (01403) 700633 or 07798 941940 Every Sun The Emmanuel Fellowship meeting. Suspended until further notice due to coronavirus SPACE IS TIGHT IN THE WHAT’S ON PAGES. 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Indoor Antiques Market & Collectors Sale. Ansell’s Yard, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, RH14 0DD. 10am-2pm. No entrance fee. Tables available £8 (must be pre-booked). Telephone (01403) 700633 or 07798 941940 Trefoil Guild Meeting. St Mary’s Room, East St, Billingshurst. 7.30-9pm. First Tuesday of the month. Open to all ex-Brownies, Guides & Guiders. Hillary, tel: (01403) 783792 Parish Council Full Council & Trustees online meeting. YouTube: ‘Billingshurst Parish Council’. 7.30pm

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The Arts Society – South Downs Pandemic Online Zoom Talk by Douglas Skeggs: ‘James Whistler and the Gentle Art of Making Enemies’. 10.30a.m. These online talks are for Members, but if you are interested in a trial lecture please contact Hilary, tel: (01403) 785302. We look forward to returning to Fittleworth Hall as soon as it is safe to do so. www.theartssocietysouthdowns.org.uk 7 Jan Parish Council Planning & Environmental Committee online meeting. YouTube: ‘Billingshurst Parish Council’. 7.30pm 7 Jan CDC Health Walk: Graffham. Meet playing field car park south of Foresters Arms, GU28 0QA. 10.30am. 4.4 mile, some stiles. 2 hours. Due to coronavirus 5 people max, pre-book at www.chichester.gov.uk/heartsmart or (01243) 521041 up to 1 week in advance 7 Jan Reading Friends. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus 8 Jan Billingshurst and District Wine and Beer Circle meeting. Cancelled due to coronavirus 9 Jan Billingshurst United Reformed Church Dementia Café. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus 13 Jan Parish Council Working Practices Committee online meeting. YouTube: ‘Billingshurst Parish Council’. 7.30pm 13 Jan Billingshurst Carers Group (for carers of people with dementia or long-term condition). Longfield Manor, West Street, RH14 9LX. 2.30-4pm. (Every 2nd Weds.) info@carerssupport.org.uk or www.carerssupport.org.uk 13 Jan for Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) 10-week online course: ‘All Smoke and Mirrors’. 10 sessions Tutor: local historian Jennifer Goldsmith. This course looks at the lives and activities of local people involved in undercover schemes from Tudor times to the mid-20th century. Dramatic, intriguing and even sometimes amusingly inept. £64 for 10 2-hour sessions via CANVAS and ZOOM, 2-4pm, Wednesdays. Starts 13th January to 24th March with half-term 17th February. Enrol: wea.org.uk or tel: 0300 303 3464. More info: David Daley, tel: (01798) 815601 or email: david@daviddaley.plus.com 14 Jan Wisborough Green WI Evening. Wisborough Green Village Hall. 8pm. Every first Thurs (except Jan: 2nd Thursday). No August meeting. Visitors welcome. Ruth Isaacs, Secretary: (01403) 785402 14 Jan Billingshurst WI Meeting. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus 18 Jan Billingshurst Lions Club Meeting. Sports Pavilion, Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst. 8pm. For information about the Club contact Alan Ridout on (01403) 871370 or call in at the Lions Bookshop, Jengers Mead 19 Jan Loxwood Jazz & Blues Club. Cancelled due to coronavirus 19 Jan St Mary’s Guild Members’ Meeting. St Mary’s Room, East Street, Billingshurst. 10.30am. We are a friendly women’s group and we welcome visitors. Beryl Peacock (01403) 782835 21 Jan CDC Health Walk: Wey & Arun Canal (Loxwood West). Meet in the Canal Centre car park, behind the Onslow Arms, RH14 0RD, 10.30am. A level 4.7 mile walk. 2¼ hours. Due to coronavirus 5 people max, pre-book at www.chichester.gov.uk/heartsmart or (01243) 521041 up to 1 week in advance 23 Jan Pulborough Village Market. Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, RH20 2BF. 9am-12.30pm. Fresh produce, bread, delicatessen, local honey, organic condiments, plants, local crafts, fairtrade goods and much more. Café serving a full English breakfast, tea/coffee and cakes. Free entry. Please like us on Facebook. Market Coordinator Terri Ashpool, tel: (01403) 588996, e-mail: terriashpool@uwclub.net 27 Jan Parish Council Billingshurst Centre & F&GP Committees online meetings. YouTube: ‘Billingshurst Parish Council’. 7pm 27 Jan Quiet Garden Afternoon at The Blue Idol. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus. See website for details: www.blueidol.org 28 Jan Sing for Pleasure. Cancelled due to coronavirus IF ATTENDING A MEETING YOU MUST ADHERE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S ‘RULE OF SIX’ i.e. A MAXIMUM OF SIX PEOPLE AT ANY MEETING OR GATHERING. YOU RISK A £100 FINE FOR NON-COMPLIANCE

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ADVERTISERS INDEX January 2021 A-Team Mechanics............................47 A/c’s Direct, Accounting ....................10 AC Decor...........................................31 Alba Plumbing...................................30 Ansells Market.....................................6 Apex Aerials ......................................37 Bat and Ball pub................................12 Best Choice Roofing .........................36 Billingshurst Leisure Centre ..............16 Billingshurst Parish Council ........26, 27 Billingshurst Service, Repair & MOT Centre ..................................46 Bluecoat Sports.................................21 Bygone Gardening ............................45 CAGNE .............................................17 Chef’s Farms.....................................13 Cherry Trees, handmade curtains.....24 Chiro Practical...................................15 CJ Sewage Treatment ......................29 Coole Bevis Solicitors .........................3 Dandelion Farewells, funerals...........19 Danny, golf clubs...............................49 Direct LPAs .........................................4 DM Handyman ..................................31 DW Gardens .....................................43 Essex Cares Ltd, recruitment............23 Evans Electrical.................................35 Fix-Up Gardens.................................41 Flackwoods Solicitors..........................6


Flow-serve Plumbing, Drainage, Heating..........................................33 GB Glazing Ltd..................................30 GJ Coles, builder ..............................28 Goring Road Carpet Centre..............32 Hamilton Cole TV & Satellite Equipment .....................................37 Heritage Decorating ..........................28 Holly Stone Hypnotherapy ................20 Horsham District Council ..................18 JC Plumbing......................................28 Jim Hills Sports Warehouse................9 Jonathan Carter Tree Surgery ..........43 Just Care...........................................20 Katherine Finn Hypnotherapy ...........19 KJ Lammas Plumbing & Heating ......24 Lee’s Locks .......................................35 LMC Auto Services ...........................51 Mac’s Private Hire...............................6 Meadow Hall Veterinary Practice ......39 Meadows Wellbeing ..........................19 Menace Scaffolding...........................25 Mike Lord Building ............................29 Miss Mop Domestic Cleaning ...........31 MW Wingate Painting & Decorating .33 MPS Home Improvements Ltd..........30 N Francis Electrical Ltd.....................33 NFP Forestry.....................................43 NFU Mutual Insurance ........................7

Omni Davis Insurance.........................8 Onslow Arms pub..............................14 Oven Cleaning Direct........................36 Oven Rescue ....................................33 Ovens & More ...................................30 P&W Jordan Upholstery....................24 Park House Kitchens.....................OBC Pest Man...........................................31 Petworth MOT Centre .......................46 PJM Building & Property Maintenance..................................37 Rebecca Beauty Therapist................20 REM Landscapes..............................45 Re-Nu Kitchens.................................29 Revive ...............................................17 Rudgwick Fencing.............................40 Scriven Arboriculture.........................44 Sherlock Installations ........................25 Southdown Gliding Club ...................50 St Mary’s church................................11 Sussex Carpet Brokers .....................34 Sussex Exteriors ...............................25 Sussex Towing Brackets ...................47 Titchmarsh Services, tree surgery ....41 Tulip Accounting..................................4 Village Homecare..............................20 Village Nurseries ...............................43 Wey & Arun Property Management ....5


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