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July 2013

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


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elcome to the July issue of Village Tweet, packed with news of what is going on in our community. The schools breaking up signals the start of the holiday season. As always, be sure to keep your copy of Village Tweet handy as the What’s On pages contain details of many activities for the whole family, just one example being the Loxwood Joust, dispelling the myth that history is boring! On a more serious note, read John Nash’s piece on page 9, regarding the importance of the village store and market in our community. If ever there was a case of ‘use it or lose it’ this is it. Grahame Cover photo: The spectacular Loxwood Joust (See page 20 for details of the 2013 event) Photography by Alexander Hug Food & drink Catering Occasions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Queens Head Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Hungry Guest Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piggin Good, Hog Roasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Recipe: Bailey’s Ice Cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Half Moon Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monsoon Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wisborough Green Farmers & Village Market The Chef Thai Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sumners Ponds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Health & wellbeing Billingshurst Osteopaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Care Comfort Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Davis Foot Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Gozone Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Meraki Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Frances King Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Talk Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 AM Beauty Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 About the house Fowlers, Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vertus Building Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 West Sussex Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Desjoyaux Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 GJ Coles Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Pest B Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Sussex Carpet Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Hamilton Cole, TV & Satellite Equipment . . . . . . . .21 Jef Wilson, Decorator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Odd Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Ovens and More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Re-Nu Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 All About Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Appaloosa Upholstery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Delta Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Goring Road Carpets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Pest Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Oven Revival Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Brazier Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Home Interior Painting Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Ron Osborne Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Lee’s Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 ADC Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Alba Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Apex Aerials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Hallam Trim, Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Holly Boilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Cracknell Pitt-Draffen, Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . .OBC

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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. Garden Tweet! Garden View: Lee Takes a Break . George Nicholls Tree Surgery . . . . John Potter Garden Work . . . . . . . Andrew Gale Tree Surgery . . . . . . Jonathan Carter Tree Surgery . . . . Loxwood Gardens Initiative . . . . . . REM Landscapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Nurseries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wisborough Green Open Gardens Sussex & Surrey Tree Services . .

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Features Billingshurt’s Heritage Volume Two . . . . . . . . Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . When Love Goes Wrong . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Living with Laika: Laika and Friends . . . . . . . Computing: Don’t give hackers an open door

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Community/Out & About/Farming/Smallholding Billingshurst Primary School: Fruity Challenge . . . . . . . . .8 John Nash’s Farming Column: Support Your Local Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Relay for Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Wey & Arun Canal Trust – AGM Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Mobile Home to Rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Wey & Arun Canal Trust – Photo Competition Results . .16 Limeburners Summer Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . .17 The Loxwood Joust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Plaistow Girl Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Billingshurst Street Pastors Commissioned . . . . . .30 Music for a Summer’s Evening, St Nicolas . . . . . . .31 Wisborough Green Art & Music Festival . . . . . . . . .31 Michaela Giles’ Diary of a Smallholder . . . . . . . . . .36 Billingshurst Creatives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Blacksmiths Arms Charity Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Billingshurst Fire Station: New recruit . . . . . . . . . . .42 Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre . . . .43 Little Tweeters! Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All in a Morning’s Work by Yvonne Fleece Claire Bird, music teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fishers Farm Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kirdford Baby & Todlers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tip Top Tutors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Games and quizzes Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6, 41 Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37, 42

Miscellaneous Professional Services & Businesses Southwater Cycles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Catherine’s Pet Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Willows Cattery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Click Computer Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

Motoring KB Private Hire . . . . . . . A-Team Mechanics . . . . Safe Journey . . . . . . . . . EPS Motorcycles . . . . . . Macs Private Hire . . . . . Sussex Towing Brackets

Equine SPR Centre’s page: Starting the young horse . . . .28 Specific Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Last But Not Least What’s On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

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Food and drink

Let me help you organise your private and business functions Traditional Home Cooking Hot/Cold Buffets & Lunches/Dinners Reg. EHO Food & Hygiene Cert.

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

Finest quality, original home cooked food using our home grown and local produce (Some say it’s the Centre of the Universe)

Make a note in your diary for the Classic Car Enthusiasts Show on 25th August

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Wednesday 3rd July Live Music Acoustic Night Wednesday 10th July Curry Night, £10 for curry & a pint (or wine) Tuesday 16th July Music Quiz Tuesday 30th July Magog Clog Dancers 8-9pm, then music Sunday 25th August Classic Car Enthusiasts Show Noon-6pm Every Friday Fish and Chips

Chapel Road, Barns Green, West Sussex RH13 0PS. Tel: 01403 730436

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Bailey’s Ice Cream One for the grown-ups!

METHOD

1. Pour the milk into a medium size, heavy bottomed saucepan. Add 100g of the sugar. Place over medium heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture registers 77°C on a cooking thermometer. If you don’t have a thermometer the milk should be just bearable to dip your finger into… be careful! 2. In a crock or stainless steel medium-size bowl, whisk together the 4 egg yolks and remaining 50g of sugar until foamy and slightly thick. Very slowly add half of the hot milk to the eggs, whisking continuously. Pour this egg mixture back into the sauce pan with the remaining hot milk and return to the stove top on a low-medium heat. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon or heatproof rubber spatula until the mixture reaches 85°C on the thermometer or if you have no thermometer is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon or spatula. Take care to make sure the mixture does not boil. Remove from the heat. If it’s not completely smooth whisk it well before proceeding. 3. Pour the double cream into a clean, large stainless-steel or glass mixing bowl set over an ice bath. Pour the heated custard mixture through a fine mesh sieve or strainer into the cold cream. Add the vanilla extract and stir until fully incorporated. Stir occasionally until the mixture has fully cooled. This should take about half an hour. Remove the mixing bowl from the ice bath, dry off the bottom of the bowl if necessary, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or overnight. Stir in the Baileys. Pour this chilled mixture into the ice-cream maker follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Serves 6-8. Preparation time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes. Chilling time: overnight plus freezing time (30 mins-3 hours depending on method used)

INGREDIENTS 480ml whole milk 150g granulated sugar 4 large egg yolks 240ml double cream 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 4 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur 4. If you have no ice cream maker, don’t worry, you can still make ice cream though it will take a little longer. Pour the chilled mixture into a large container. Pop it in the fast-freeze section of your freezer. Check it after 45 minutes. It will have begun to crystallize around the edges. Use a hand whisk, wooden spoon or electric hand whisk to break the crystals up and incorporate them into the mixture, then refreeze. Keep checking and beating the mixture every 30-40 minutes and within 3 hours you will have ice cream. NB. Alcohol lowers the freezing temperature of ice cream so this ice cream will be quite soft. Don’t be tempted to add more Bailey’s otherwise it might never set!

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Coffee break / Food and drink

Village Tweet Quick Crossword

Solution on page 41

The Half Moon Inn, Kirdford is under new ownership

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Unrivalled quality – unrivalled value Over the last 15 years Monsoon has become one of the most popular restaurants in the area. Our master chefs combine established curry classics with the f inest modern cuisine. Our charming 15th century restaurant offers three large dining areas. Two have characterful oak beams (photo left) while the third is a spacious Party Room (right) with its own entrance and bar, perfect for a celebration or business get-together.

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Community / Food and drink

Tesco sets fruity challenge for Billingshurst Primary School

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oca schools were invited to enter the Fruity Challenge Competition to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK, Tesco’s National Charity Partner. The winner of the competition were the Groovy Smoothie Team from Billingshurst Primary School. The team of Year 5 children came up with a design, name, poster and packaging to promote their product and sold it in the store. The Groovy Smoothie consisted of orange juice, pineapple and mangoes which was very popular amongst the shoppers who stopped to taste the children’s creation. The tasters also donated generously to raise £256.48. The proceeds of the sales will go towards the £10 million fundraising target. “The children have had a fantastic time with this Apprentice-style challenge and we are

WISBOROUGH GREEN FARMERS’ & VILLAGE MARKET We are in danger of losing our Market because some of the stallholders are not getting enough turnover. The supermarkets have dramatically changed the face of shopping and coupled with the long-lasting recession where one in eight high street shops are empty it should be no surprise that local markets are finding it tough going. Local markets were, and still are, a rearguard action to redressing the situation and getting back to that fresh, local and friendly environment of the past. This is an appeal to you all as existing and potential customers. If OUR local market is to survive we need your support to increase footfall. Our regulars know that we are a friendly market with a warm welcome and a good mix of stallholders – selling a range of mostly local produce and products. It has been running since 2002 and we feel it is an important community asset. A good place to meet for a chat and a coffee, to browse and hopefully buy!

THINK LOCAL BUY LOCAL EAT LOCAL The Market Committee

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delighted to have been able to support and raise awareness for such a worthwhile cause,” said Headteacher, Helen Williamson. Richard Moore, Tesco Metro (Pulborough) Store Manager comments, “The money raised will go towards supporting the 3.8 million people with diabetes and help people at high risk of Type 2 diabetes reduce their risk of the condition. It is an extremely good cause and we thank all our customers for supporting our fruity challenge this weekend.” Bik-Kay Talbot, Co-Chair of BPSCA Photo: Richard Moore, Tesco Metro Store Manager with Billingshurst Primary School Year 5 pupils raising funds for Diabetes UK

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Community

Support them… PLEASE! 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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was spending a pleasant few minutes the other day in my local village shop, chatting away to a fellow villager, and our joint discussion veered onto the way we purchased our provisions in the days of our youth… Now, I am pleased to say that this shop has a tradition that lends itself to such chatter, in that it has not acquired the modern technique of ‘speed selling’. No instant purchase of goods here, no barcodes and pre-packed items. Oh, no. Here there is time to chat, to select and gossip, to ask for and receive amounts that are suitable to your personal requirements. If they haven’t got what you require then they will endeavour to get it. However, if you’re in a hurry, don’t come in! In fact I have on many an occasion threatened to bring my deckchair when there has been a small queue developed at the deli counter. In other words it’s how shopping should be, pleasant and friendly with the added bonus of being served by someone who knows how to smile and even knows your name. So, anyway, we had the time to delve into those days long gone when our shopping needs were met with a range of goods that were sold in a far more ‘organic’ way. Cheese cut from the block, butter patted and marked with wooden paddles, dried fruits loose from the sack, whole sides of beef hanging from the rails at the back of the sawdust floored butcher’s shop. You know the sort of thing that I mean. They were visions from our childhood. Sweets sold loose by the ounce (once they were off ration!) so they stuck together in the bag along with various assorted bits of fluff. Separate counters around the larger Co-op size shops with overhead cables carrying the cash and change to the cashier in her little foyer. How many of you remember your Co-op number? Quite a few I wager. All this got me thinking on how sad it is that villages and towns have lost so many of their small retail outlets over the last 50 years or so. The little shops that sold such a varied range of

goods and the characters that often stood behind the counters dispensing them. I realise that before the advent of the common household fridge, most households would shop on a daily basis as a lot of the goods would not stand the summer heat without adapting a warning aroma of ‘don’t touch’. That said though, mould on the edge of cheese would just be scrapped off, stale bread would turn into bread pudding and a quick taste or delicate sniff of a suspicious sample would replace the modern ‘use by’ date. Even eggs would nestle in a bowl of ‘water glass’ to ensure their freshness. Homemade jams and pickles would take care of summer surplus and smoking or salting meats and fish kept those items fit to eat for some considerable period. Nowadays we consider ourselves lucky if our village has a shop and a pub and I’m sure our children/grandchildren get fed up as we continually point out buildings with, “That was a pub/shop/post office when I was your age”. I know that it is ‘progress’, and that the ability to purchase nearly all our requirements from just a couple of retailers has made life simpler. But at what cost? The loss of these venues for some villages is a disaster really, as they act as a hub for the residents, a listening post and place of news and gossip. Somewhere that the health and welfare of the less fortunate could be checked on and solutions could be decided on what practical help was needed. Thankfully some have set up their own community shops and all credit to them for the foresight and effort that they have made for the future of their area. Without these places a village will die. No matter how pretty or how many houses spring up for newcomers, they are the glue that cements the lives of the villagers together. So, as I climb down from this particular hobby horse, I ask you to please support your local outlets. You’ll get to know so many lovely folk and what’s more you will be donating what these places need so much… your time. John Nash Village Tweet readers are fortunate to have several local village stores and markets. lllustration shows Burdfields in Billingshurst

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Health and wellbeing

Relay for Life raises £24,000 Christ’s Hospital School, 1st-2nd June

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he Christ’s Hospital Relay For Life, announced in May’s Village Tweet, raised over a staggering £24,000 for Cancer Research UK at their recent 24hour walking fundraiser. 18 teams joined together on 1st & 2nd of June, featuring kids and adults of all ages in a joyous event that celebrated life, remembered those lost to cancer and saw survivors fight back. Held at the fabulous grounds of Christ’s Hospital School the weekend kicked off at 12 noon with an opening ceremony which saw Chair Tracy White invite 32-year-old cancer survivor Laura Tully to join her on stage. Recently married, Laura was determined to attend the event despite having had a mastectomy only ten days previously and having endured six months of harsh chemotherapy – Laura wanted to walk the survivor’s lap of honour with her father-in-law Steve, and be joined on the carer’s lap by her husband and two young children Chelsey and Toby. Laura still has to have further treatment but says that next year she plans be there walking with her team for the entire 24 hours. Shortly before the walking began, around 30 survivors made an emotional gesture of thanks when they each released a dove before starting the Relay by walking a lap of honour. Teams then followed, dressed as characters from children’s fiction and so the Relay began. Team members took it in turns to walk around the track at Christ’s Hospital over a period of 24 hours spurred on by visitors and a host of entertainment to keep them motivated. Peach Entertainments very kindly stepped in as firstclass hosts with a main stage heaving with music including jazz from Gary Holder and Aprile Biggs before giving way to bands such as Gatling Camel, Rebecca Lauren and a live acoustic set by Brent Yeomans. Talent competitions

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and choirs also kept the walkers and visitors on their feet and having a good time. Hunger was kept at bay and refreshments flowing with a sumptuous hog roast and breakfast rolls at 4a.m. provided by the stalwarts at 1st Shipley Scouts and St. John’s Ambulance were helpfully on hand for the duration. Traditional family fun was aplenty with touch rugby, flag football, maypole dancing and circus skills challenges. Stalls were also in abundance with each team setting up a themed stand: Hogwarts School gave children a ticket to ‘join’ the Hogwarts express, make a wand and brush up on their spell skills. Team Wonkas Nerds brought a world of imagination with their sweetie tent factory and team Seaside Shiners were supported by wonderful weather for their stall of old fashioned seaside games. As dusk began to fall special candle bags were decorated with memories and messages to honour those who have been touched by cancer and to remember loved ones lost to the disease during the Candle of Hope Ceremony. Candles were lit inside the bags (see photo) in a poignant celebration of loved ones and then lined the track prior to a silent lap of remembrance which took place by all those in attendance – a touching time that truly highlighted the importance of defeating Cancer. At the closing ceremony delighted committee Chair Tracy White announced that in excess of £24,000 had been raised and went on to thank all involved, “especially our VIP survivors, our teams, our volunteers and all the performers, who gave up their time to support us”. Kirstie Flood, Relay For Life Media Volunteer, Cancer Research UK. Tel: 07543 049989 E-mail: globalprnetwork@gmail.com


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Health and wellbeing

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A Good Read July’s selection from book reviewer Kath Bennett Delete This At Your Peril – Neil Forsyth You know those spam emails you receive on a daily basis? What do you do with them? Click and delete? Wonder idly if there really is a longlost relative somewhere who has left you his entire fortune? Swear at the screen? Most likely a combination of all three. Well, here is another answer. Reply. Forsyth’s ‘hero’, Bob Servant, does just that. Every email is read carefully and replied to just as carefully. The ensuing correspondence is detailed in this book, and it is laugh-out-loud funny from beginning to end. Each of the initial scenarios will be familiar to anyone who has ever noticed the spam piling up in their mailbox. The first is from ‘His Royal Highnest [sic]. Jack Thompson’, who offers Bob 20% of a $75m fortune. Bob manages to haggle upwards, eventually requesting four live lions, preferably ones that can talk, as his share of the profits. This is followed by a long saga involving a kidnapped postman; more than one ‘relationship’ with nubile Russians; a misunderstanding which sees Bob flying to Dhaka, Bangladesh rather than Dakar, Senegal and a long-distance relationship between Bob’s female alter-ego Bobby, and Benjamin, who is desperate to see a photograph of his conquest. The exchanges become more and more ridiculous the longer they continue, as Forsyth changes Bob’s stories and demands while drawing the correspondents on in the hope of eventual financial gain. Bob’s own history is

gradually pieced together too, with footnotes to confirm that he is of course, a compulsive liar. The book can be read all at once, or dipped into. Some of the language is not for the faint-hearted, but it will make you laugh. And it will possibly make you look at those emails a little differently... Just Imagine – Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt This is the new book from the author and illustrator behind the perennial favourite You Choose – so popular in some houses that occasionally parents resort to hiding it in the hope of a night off. Just Imagine does exactly what it says in the title – offers children a chance to use their imagination to develop their own stories, dreams and possibilities. Each page is richly illustrated with a series of possibilities – being very BIG or very small for example. Children can read the text and then decide from the pictures what they would like to be – and what they would not! They can go back in time, be magical, live underground, in the air, or even under the sea. At the end, they can choose their dreams for that night. This is a book that promotes talk and play as well as imagination. Readers can role play the different scenarios, pretending to be a wild animal or a pet, or choosing and trying out their favourite vehicle. There are hundreds of ‘What if...’ questions that could be asked, and older children can use the book as a starting point for their own story writing. Destined to be a classic as quickly as its predecessor, this is one for kids of all ages.

Billingshurst’s Heritage A Short History of a West Sussex Village – Volume Two by Geoffrey Lawes

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ou may recall that in the March issue of Village Tweet I reviewed Geoffrey Lawes’ superb book, Billingshurst’s Heritage. The book (pictured left) has sold well. So well, in fact, that a second volume is now well underway. Volume Two will deal with other areas of Billingshurst not covered in Billingshurst’s Heritage and will include much valuable material overlooked or necessarily omitted

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from Volume One. Geoffrey invites people who have old photographs, memoires, anecdotes, curious memories and other historical data to contact him. If you have not read Volume One I would highly recommend you obtain a copy before it sells out. Grahame Pearson Volume One, 170 pages, over 120 illustrations. £12. Available from: Geoffrey Lawes, Mill Barn, East Street, Billingshurst RH14 9DA. Tel: (01403) 785799, email: geoff_gillylawes@yahoo.com


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Volunteers honoured at Wey & Arun Canal Trust AGM

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ime and effort put in by two volunteers working on the restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal over the last year was singled out for praise at the Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s (WACT) AGM at Shalford Village Hall on Saturday 27th April. Without the volunteer workforce, restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal would not be moving forward at its current rate but the Trustees believe that two individuals have shown great commitment in recent years. In front of a large audience of WACT members Eddie Fairman was presented with the Jack King Cup*, while the John East Cup* was presented to Geoff Thomas. “Both Eddie and Geoff are very deserving winners of these awards and their efforts, particularly over the last 12 months, have significantly helped us in our drive to restore the canal,” said WACT chairman Sally Schupke. “Eddie played a key role in the bricklaying work

at Southland lock – and Loxwood lock before that – and we have benefited greatly from his skills as a master craftsman. “Geoff has been a staunch supporter of the TSG working party for many years and he has stepped in to help with the production of the Trust’s WeySouth magazine by taking responsibility for the layout and design. Sally Schupke, Chairman, WACT www.weyandarun.co.uk *The trophies: The Jack King Cup was first presented in 1982. Jack King was a Wisborough Green farmer and was the first landowner to give permission for canal restoration on his land. The John East Trophy commemorates the Trust’s first Chairman. John East was one of two men, unknown to each other at the time, who both had the idea, in the late 1960s, of setting up a society to restore the Wey & Arun Canal. Photos: Sally Schupke presents trophies to Eddie Fairman (left photo) and Geoff Thomas (right photo)

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When Love Goes Wrong…

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nd they all lived happily ever after…” We are all familiar with the fairytale ending; the handsome prince and his beautiful bride sail off into the sunset to enjoy a rosy future together. In the real world though, it isn’t always quite that simple. Marriage often brings difficulties, and sadly around half of UK marriages now end in divorce. So, in the absence of a fairy godmother waving her magic wand, where can we turn for help if it all starts to go wrong? In the past, marriage counselling has been regarded as a last resort to save a sinking ship and has had something of a stigma attached to it. In today’s world though, many couples have discovered that help from a third party, especially if sought early on, can help them resolve many issues that could threaten the health of their relationship. Counselling isn’t just about dealing with major problems like infidelity either. It can help with a whole range of issues, such as the effects of unemployment, illness, stress, children and financial worries can have on a marriage. If, despite all attempts at reconciliation, a couple decides to separate or divorce, it is likely to be a time of anguish and distress. As well as dealing with the emotional upset, there may also be financial implications, housing issues and childcare practicalities to sort out. Whether joint owner or not, married or not, an

individual may still have a financial interest in the property they shared with their ex-partner, and they should register this interest with the land registry. A newly single person may also be eligible for new or additional benefits, so should inform Jobcentre Plus about any changes in their circumstances. The bank needs to be informed and joint mandates cancelled to avoid the possibility of funds being cleared, and in some cases the account may need to be frozen. Whether there is a will in place or not, it is essential that this is reviewed to ensure that the correct people are listed as beneficiaries. Before starting divorce proceedings, a couple is required by law to attend a Meeting for Information and Assessment (or MIAM) with a mediator. Although under no obligation to continue with mediation services, a mediator is trained to deal with all matters relating to divorce and can help couples come to their own settlement with the least amount of antagonism or hostility and without the need for court intervention. The alternative is for a couple to settle entirely on their own, or with the help of a solicitor. For further information on visit www.gingerbread.org.uk and see their factsheet ‘Action to take when a relationship ends’. Debbie Singh-Bhatti

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Children with Cerebral Palsy – you can make a difference!

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he Dame Vera Lynn Trust School for Parents at Ingfield Manor, Five Oaks is a service offered by the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy and other related motor learning difficulties. Parents and children learn daily living skills together using the principles of Conductive Education. We currently help around 80 families in West Sussex and Suffolk. We support families with babies and children under five years of age. For a family to be suddenly and unexpectedly faced with the news that their child is affected by cerebral palsy is a lifealtering experience. The special attention that their child will need in his or her early years is vital and early intervention is crucial. A highly skilled and professional team helps parents to recognise a child’s unique qualities and achievements. Every day is an exciting experience and parents can talk

openly to each other about their child’s activities, sharing an understanding of each other’s situation. The emphasis in School for Parents is to provide strong practical support for all parents who have children with special needs within a mutually sympathetic and encouraging environment. All the services we offer are provided free of charge; we receive no statutory funding and rely entirely on the support of the community to help raise the £650,000 needed every year to ensure that this vital and much needed service can continue. Rosie Wyer, Regional Fundraiser Tel: (01403) 780444. www.dvltrust.org.uk

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Canal photographic competition winners revealed

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n image of a Mallard duck taking off from the water on the Wey & Arun Canal has helped secure Amanda Mariner first place in a photographic competition organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT). The competition, announced in February’s Village Tweet, with the theme of ‘Life on the Wey and Arun Canal’ attracted more than 150 entries giving judges Malcolm Roberts of Castle Studios, Guildford, and WACT member Peter Flatter a difficult task in selecting a winner. Nonetheless, Peter and Malcolm were impressed with the composition and quality of Amanda’s image. “The image of the duck taking

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Limeburners Summer Music Festival – 20th July

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fantastic array of musical talent awaits the crowd at The Limeburners (between Billingshurst and Wisborough Green, RH14 9JA) on Saturday 20th July. Starting shortly after noon with some quality acoustic acts in the afternoon and rounded off towards the evening with some great bands, there is really something for everyone. Bigger Fish Music helped organise all the musicians, the whole event raising funds for Leg4Life (www.leg4life.org.uk) so dig deep into your pockets on the day! Willie Austen, who needs no introduction, will kick things off, followed by the secretive Mr B… who is he? Then we have a simply stunning singer/songwriter, Tobiah. Her song writing brings hope and strength. Do not miss her! We are then lucky to have Ben Pryer, an incredibly talented young singer/songwriter from the South Coast. Just 17 years old, Ben’s sound has been compared to the likes of Ed Sheeran, John Mayer and Alex Turner. He has just launched his debut EP, Again & Again. Shortly after 4 p.m. we are in for another treat. Hailing from Hampshire, Aimée is a professional singer/songwriter who has played many festivals including Guilfest, WeyFest, and Purbeck Folk Festival. She has been likened to Kirsty MacColl, Avril Lavigne, Suzanne Vega, Alanis Morissette and Michelle Branch! A rising star! Tobiah

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‘a festival of mediaeval mayhem’ The Loxwood Meadow, Loxwood, West Sussex RH14 0AL

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he Loxwood Joust is the UK’s premiere mediaeval fun day out taking place at the enchanting Loxwood Meadow. Step back in time and experience the verve and vigour of a world where lives were harsh and hearts were passionate at this unique, fun and educational day out for all the family! Each day from 10am to 6pm The Loxwood Joust’s unrivalled programme of mediaeval revelry guarantees a day out like no other. A new fast-paced, all action jousting tournament will amaze and astound while daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire will enthral as fully armoured knights prepare to meet in a thunderous battle. The main concert stage is where performances from the internationally acclaimed singing group the Mediaeval Baebes will enchant and soothe. Wander the massive Living History Village in the ‘Mediaeval Meadow’ – a totally authentic recreation of a mediaeval battle camp and browse the Mediaeval Market Place where traders and hawkers vie for your attention as companies of actors, wandering minstrels, the Court Jester, puppeteers and dance troupes entertain and delight throughout the

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Plaistow Guides’ Plea for a New Leader

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he thriving Guide Unit at Plaistow will close, if a new Adult Leader cannot be found. Teri Maher has been a Leader with Girlguiding for over 24 years and has been running Plaistow Guides since 2001. She feels it is time for someone younger to take over but, unfortunately, this is proving to be a real challenge. Emma, aged 13, a Guide in the Unit, said, “I really look forward to spending Wednesday evening at Guides. It’s a chance to have fun, learn new things and make new friends. It would be really sad if Guides had to stop after camp.” Plaistow Guides celebrated their 50th birthday last September. They first started in 1926 but had to close at the end of 1946, due to a lack of Leaders. The Unit re-opened in 1962 and has been running successfully since then. They have 22 Guides in the Unit at present and have a long waiting list of girls who wish to join them when they are 10 years old. The only other local unit in Billingshurst is full, so if Plaistow Guides were to close there would be nowhere for Guides to go.

Local District Commissioner Emma Rittmeyer said, “Volunteering with Girlguiding is more than just giving something to your local community. It is a chance to develop skills, meet new people and try something new. It is really rewarding to watch the girls grow, gain confidence and fulfil their potential. Girlguiding offers support, specialised training and all new Leaders have their own mentor to help them through their initial training.” The Guides’ programme of activities for this term includes a science evening, outdoor cooking, sugar craft skills, swimming, rounders and ready-steadycook. The girls will be joining nearly 2,000 Scouts and Guides from around the world this summer at the County’s International Camp, WS2013. To keep this popular Guide Unit running a new Leader is desperately needed. Anyone interested in volunteering should register their interest at www.girlguiding.org.uk/ interested or call 0800 169 5901. Teri Maher

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anny sighed. She hadn’t had a great morning. She’d got up a bit late herself, then as she’d made the kids’ lunches Mary had a meltdown because she couldn’t find her shoes (which, unsurprisingly, were where she had left them yesterday – in the playroom); then Sam had flipped the pizza he wanted for lunch instead of turning it around in the oven to cook both sides properly and she had had to flip it back and clean the bottom of the oven; then she had forgotten to wake Sara up and everyone had had to wait for 15 minutes while she made herself beautiful before leaving for school and then, to top it all off, Izzie had gone to school and forgotten to feed Wolfie and Chocolate Buttons the guinea pigs (who, before you ask, are now ‘inside’ most of the time). At last Nanny could sit down for a minute (after feeding the guinea pigs of course) for a quick cup of coffee and bend her mind to the latest worry. Well, two worries really and they both involved Magnus the Chihuahua. Izzie had gone on and on about getting another dog, and had accompanied Nanny on the dog walk every morning so faithfully, that Mummy had given in and said “Yes”. And so Brody came to the little farm. A year-old Paperanian (Pomeranian and Papillon cross), he was full of energy and fun. He also expected everyone else to have as much energy as him. He loved being with Magnus. He ran after him and with him, and was chased by him. He took his favourite toys and chew bars, he jumped on him, he wrestled with him. He wore Magnus out. When Brody was not around, all Magnus wanted to do was sleep he was so tired. Nanny wondered whether Magnus wasn’t a little depressed. So she decided that she and Grandad would give him extra cuddles and would try and stop Brody being too zealous in games, and see if that made a difference. The other worry was an ongoing one, and it was much more serious. It had come about down at the caravan. Nanny had taken Magnus with Zac the German Shepherd and his mum to the beach. At first it was fun. Magnus of course went up to every dog and said hello to them and then came back. But suddenly something must have caught his attention. He strode off as purposefully as his little short legs could carry him. Up the beach he marched, and over onto the marine walk area

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out of sight, followed by a steaming Nanny walking as fast as her legs could carry her. But she couldn’t see Magnus or his fluffy little tail. But what she could see was a line of people along the walk standing like meerkats and looking away into the distance. “A Chihuahua?” Nanny asked, and one by one they nodded and pointed in the direction he had gone. She ran along the marine walk almost back to the car. Finally she saw him and called him. Although he was very busy meeting and greeting, he listened to her and came trotting back, very unconcerned and with a smile on his face as if to say, “What kept you?” Nanny was not impressed. That was it. Despite a couple of extra ‘recall’ lessons, Magnus still was doing his escape act, if they were out. At home he was the model of obedience and certainly was teaching Brody how to be a well behaved and obedient dog. But away from home it was a different story. As she sat with her coffee, Nanny made a decision. She would get a special ‘spray’ collar for Magnus. Having set her world to rights, Nanny finished tidying the kitchen and got on with her other tasks on that little farm near Billingshurst. Yvonne Fleece Magnus and Brody: ‘Ever the best of friends’ Photo: Grahame Pearson


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Starting the young horse

here is nothing more rewarding than starting and riding a young horse. It is often a dream for many riders to produce their own youngster from the backing stage to riding at its first competition. As well as being rewarding it is often hard work with much sweat and some tears along the way. Young horses vary enormously in temperament and it is vital to assess this and never push the horse beyond his boundaries. Some will learn incredibly quickly and soak up the experience while others can become worried by what is going on around them and need to take things much more slowly. If you have never had experience with young horses it is vital you seek the advice and support of a good trainer or instructor before embarking on your training; you will need support on the ground once it comes to the backing stage. Some people prefer to send a youngster away to be backed. If this is the route you want to pursue make sure you get recommendations for a good trainer as it is very difficult to undo a bad experience for the horse. Before we even consider backing the horse we must get him used to the voice aids and he must be well mannered and controllable on the ground. Lunging and long reining plays a huge part in the training of the horse. You don’t even need a school, a quiet corner of a level paddock will suffice. While handling the horse on a daily basis it is vital to get him to stand, walk on and move backwards and over to the side on command. Mouthing the horse is very important, make sure the horse is comfortable in his mouth and have his teeth looked at and checked for any sharp edges or wolf teeth before introducing the bit. Start the bitting process by letting the horse wear his bridle for short periods of time under supervision; most horses who have been shown in hand as youngsters will be used to a bit and bridle. Make the experience nice and fuss free for the horse and be especially gentle when removing the bridle, being careful not to bash his teeth with the bit. There are hundreds of bits out there and the choice very baffling but most horses are started in a simple snaffle.

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Equine Lunging can best be started by having an assistant guide the horse around the circle, again if you are not sure get help from a good instructor. The voice is incredibly important when lunging; make sure you are consistent with your commands so as not to confuse the horse. Use an encouraging tone when asking for an upward transition and a lower calming tone when asking for a downward transition or a halt. Long reining is a fantastic way of allowing a horse to learn to go forwards and accept the contact of the bit. It can be done in the school or out on walks; if you are going on the road please have a helper at the horse’s head and wear hi-vis. When the horse is deemed ready to back, that is he understands the instructions given to him on the lunge and can walk, trot and canter and halt on command in a consistent manner, and has maybe spent some time being long reined in his tack, we can think about getting a rider on board. If the horse is particularly sensitive or sharp it may well be best to pay a professional to do the job. If you are keen to back the horse yourself enlist the help of a quiet and competent handler to be on the ground. You will need to be a calm and confident rider to give the horse confidence and reassure him. I like to spend a little time just standing on a mounting block with the horse next to it for the days leading up to backing so the horse gets used to someone being above his back.The first step is to lean over the horse quietly, it doesn’t matter how long this takes; some horses take longer than others but the most important thing is not to rush them – the last thing you want is a mistake at this stage. Once they are happy with this the next stage is to pop your leg over and quietly sit up. All going well, make a big fuss of the horse. There is much, much more to backing a horse than can be said in this article but hopefully it will give some a small insight. Happy riding! Jeannette Douglas. SQP, Qualified Horse Adviser. SPR Centre. www.sprcentre.co.uk


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We are looking for musicians, any instrument, age and skill level to join an ensemble this summer. Intense Workshops are a great way to improve overall skill on your instrument. Being able to play within a team builds self confidence as a player in a fun way while making friends!

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Community / Pets

Street Pastors Commissioned in Billingshurst

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espite the heavy rain on 24th May, nothing could dampen the excitement and enthusiasm of those attending the Commissioning Service held in Trinity United Reformed Church for the first group of trained Street Pastors for the village of Billingshurst. Representatives from West Sussex County Council, Horsham District Council, Billingshurst Parish Council, Sussex Police and local clergy, together with Billingshurst residents, all lent their support. Billingshurst Street Pastors have been undertaking a comprehensive training programme for the last six months, benefiting from interaction with and training from, among others, BEAT Responders Heartstart, HDC Youth Support Team, NHS Sussex Partnership and with generous help from Sussex Police (as reported in Village Tweet, November 2012). The first team of volunteers, all drawn from local churches, were commissioned by Anwar and Hannah Bourazza, representatives from the Ascension Trust (the umbrella organisation responsible for Street Pastors which, since its

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formation ten years ago, has trained over 11,000 people for this important voluntary work). After the service the Street Pastors undertook their first patrol in the village and were well received by all those whom they met – in local businesses, pubs, restaurants, etc, as well as on the streets. Billingshurst Street Pastors aim to provide a friendly and helpful presence at various times of the day and evening throughout the village. They will listen to everyone, young and old and provide help to any who need it, without prejudice. Contact with the community may range from a friendly chat to pointing people to an appropriate agency should they have a specific need. As Street Pastors become a familiar sight on the streets we anticipate that more local Christians will decide to get involved. Anyone interested in joining the street patrols or supporting the work by becoming a Prayer Pastor should contact the Ministers of either Trinity United Reformed Church, Billingshurst Family Church or St. Mary’s Church Billingshurst. Emma Fogg

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Pets / Community Laika and friends

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aika is a gregarious dog who likes nothing better than to investigate/befriend others of her species. She wants to socialise and play, sometimes to the consternation of some owners who see a boisterous GSD bounding towards their beloved pooch! She is respectful towards more elderly dogs whose laboured pace leave them adrift of their owners as they field walk together – witness Monty, a benign greymuzzled black Labrador who she meets in Daux Wood. Contrast this with the high energy frolics with Spud, the plucky, resilient, Staffordshire Bull-terrier and Bo the young Hungarian Vizsla whose speed and agility leaves Laika positively becalmed for hours on end when we get home! Earlier playmates included Bobby, the black lab who first introduced Laika to the joys of ball fetching and Yogi, a large brindled Akita-cross whose size and thunderous gallop might dismay many dogs and their owners! But of all her friends, Henry, the Standard Poodle is probably her favourite. Despite appearing rather aloof with the air of kindly bewhiskered Victorian

patriarch, he is tolerant of her unrestrained affection having been known to her from the start of her life with us. Once a week, the pair, often accompanied by a couple of labradoodles, are chaperoned into the countryside by a good friend where they enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of West Sussex. Now Laika has met many other dogs on her travels and so far hasn’t encountered a Max, Buddy, Bailey or a Rocky (Top four male dog names apparently). Similarly, she has yet to meet a Molly, Maggie, Daisy or Sadie (Top four most popular female dog names). Instead she has chanced upon a Dennis the German Shepherd (her doppelganger) in the Daux Wood fields, Simon the Bull Terrier in Jubilee fields, Roger the Pointer at a dog training class, Muriel the Mastiff at Littlehampton, Bernard the Boxer on Brighton sea front and Andrea the Airedale near Amberley Wildbrooks. As Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name?” Thank goodness she hasn’t met a Satan, Sabre, Tyson or Brutus! Ron Myal

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Thursday 18th July 7.30pm St Nicolas Church, Itchingfield RH13 0NX St Nicolas Church is once again hosting a fund raising evening in their charming Grade 2 listed building.

Set in a conservation area this 12th century church requires a new roof and further repairs. Following our much enjoyed concert last year, we are inviting you to join us for a musical evening of Spanish and classical guitar medleys played by the well known local guitarist Mark Jennings. This will be followed by some light jazz, poetry and well known folk songs performed by the trio ‘Airs and Disgraces’ – Julie Roberts, Leonie Mansell and Gary Holder. A glass of wine and canapés will then be served. Tickets are £8.50 available in advance only. Bookings close on 12th July and numbers are limited. Please contact pip@mcbean.me.uk or tel 01403 738477

A creative fusion is promised for the forthcoming Arts and Music Festival 2013 at Wisborough Green this year, as local artists of various mediums gather together at the parish church of St Peter ad Vincula between 3rd to 7th July. Weds 3rd to Sun 7th July. Local Artists exhibit. The church will be open to view & purchase pieces from the array of local talent on display each day from 10 to 4pm with refreshments available throughout. FREE Thurs 4th July. Malcolm Brinson Presents… A variety of entertaining and stirring organ music. £10 incl glass of wine Fri 5th July. ‘Glamorous Nights’. Roy Flogdell gives an informative slide presentation with music on the popular works of Ivor Novello. £5 incl refreshments Sat 6th July. ‘Proms Night’. A fantastic evening of quality music including local talent The Glee Singers and professional musicians for a flag-waving extravaganza. £15 incl glass of fizz Sun 7th July. Songs of Praise. 10.30pm: Special Festival Sung Eucharist including Haydn’s Little Organ Mass. 6pm: Songs of Praise a community service for all, featuring some of your favourite hymns. FREE Tickets available from Helen on 01403 700567 or on the door **Special 3-Night ticket offer: only £25**

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Garden Tweet!

Lee takes a break

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s I take a break from the heat of the midday sun perched under the shade of a Banyan tree, I am staggered by its beauty and the clever way it has adapted to colonising and ‘getting around’. The large structures which develop from the underside of the 20-foot-high branches head south and take root into the dry dusty soil as they hit the ground. With a record high temperature of 100°F and only 30 inches of water per year these are pretty hostile conditions. Yes, you may have noticed, I am not in the UK! An eleven-hour flight will transport you to Key West, Florida where the views are simply breathtaking and although some locals claim you can almost see Cuba (90 miles out to sea) I found some of the best views had no distance at all. For me the most stunning were the small, intimate courtyards created to the front and rear sides of the colonial houses. These beautiful little oases in the town provide not only a welcoming entrance, but also a cool shady place, where the several layers of plants seem at home. Although none of them are indigenous to the area (due to the lack of soil on the island) they grow happily together and have done for years – mainly thanks to the daily irrigation! The plants are there for one reason only, to provide much needed shade from the sun. The plant life is diverse due to this being the only frost-free place in the USA and to me, looks like a scene from my local garden centre’s houseplant department. Ficus trees and coconut palms provide shade for less sun-loving

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ferns. All tropical and all enjoying the high humidity (so that’s why the tips of my parlour palm always go brown! As I sit in the garden located at the rear of the oldest house on the island a small lizard drinks from what's left of a puddle, created by the irrigation system of course. Jamaican-style music plays in the background, its origin a local bar I presume, disturbed only by the intermittent and even louder ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’ thanks to the resident cockerel. Set free many years ago as a result of illegal cock fighting, these chirpy chaps roam free here, having found it easy to become native – and I can see why. Lee Bestall www.inspiredgardens.net Photo: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar

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Garden Tweet!

Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative – Phase Two

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ur Diamond Jubilee Garden in the centre of the village has recently grown a new seating area, another raised bed and a very child friendly play area for young children. This has completed Phase 2 of our development for this once overgrown, neglected area of land that was used as a bottle dump and a general area that attracted rubbish. To attract the young families with their children to this area, we have constructed a log circle made from oak logs very kindly donated by James Mustill. This is in addition to a network of low balance beams for the children to walk along and play among (see second photo). This whole area, as well as the area around our fantastic totem pole, has now been covered in bark to make this place a very child friendly, safe area. The Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative themselves have raised a substantial amount of the monies needed for this project by running Quizes, having open gardens, a barbecue and Talks in the winter months. However, we would also like to thank a number of organisations and individuals who have supported us in many different ways: West Sussex County Council as well as Billingshurst Lions have provided some of the funds to purchase a magnificent, teak bench which is now situated on a terraced area which has another raised bed to the side.

Paul Swan Landscaping for supplying the labour and the expertise. Covers Builders Merchants from Rudgwick for their very favourable rates for the hard landscaping materials, along with AVS Fencing, again from Rudgwick, for providing the sleepers and the log poles at very reasonable rates. All the people involved with the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative are very proud of our community area. We have provided some raised beds for growing herbs, salad crops, i.e. lettuce, beetroot, radish and spring onions, as well as some smaller vegetables, such as carrots, courgettes and cucumbers. These vegetables and salad crops are grown for anybody to pick once they are ready. We feel we have also provided a central area within the village where young and old alike can sit, rest, relax, meet for a chat, read the paper, admire the garden or play on the log circle. We intend to use this area for the occasional barbecue or social event in the summer months and would encourage everybody in Loxwood to make full use of this area. If you would like to become a part of this thriving village organisation please contact Graham Moore, email ginamoore@btopenworld.com, or visit our website www.lcgi.org.uk Graham Moore, Chairman, LCGI Photos: Graham Moore

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Horticultural Whirl at Wisborough Open Gardens

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isborough Green was bustling with life on Saturday 8th June, when two great village institutions shared a beautifully sunny day for the Wisborough Green Open Gardens and the Primary School Summer Fayre. People came from miles around to see some stunning gardens in full bloom as well as share in the delights of a traditional English fayre. Day 2 of the Open Gardens on Sunday 9th June proved equally busy, with a bumper number of visitors who, despite a little less sunshine, shared horticultural tips and advice with garden owners while appreciating the immaculate lawns, heady scents, and vibrant blooms on show. New for this year was our special guest, the cheeky Norman the Gnome, who took up residence in the elegant gardens of Fernlea. He was spied by a number of visitors, but the lucky winner who takes Norman home with them was Ruby Jerges.

This event was organised by LINKS, a group of volunteers from church and community who work to raise much needed funds for the ancient church of St Peter ad Vincula in Wisborough Green. They are currently raising money for a long awaited refurbishment project. None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the throng of eager volunteers who stewarded, baked cakes and served refreshments. Lastly, and most importantly, our thanks to the dedicated gardeners who generously shared their private spaces with countless strangers. We are delighted that the Wisborough Green Open Gardens raised in excess of £2,800 this year. Attention now turns to the next exciting LINKS event, the Music & Arts Festival 3rd-7th July 2013. For more information on this please contact Val Mourilyan on (01403) 700089. Charlotte Dixon Photo: Wendy Duff opened her back garden and kiln to visitors

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

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e have some grass! Sighs of relief all command. At the Bath & West Show (the biggest round as we were down to our last few pig show in the UK with nearly 600 pigs entered) bales of hay. Some of the male lambs we were second with our July boar and gilt and are now nearly as tall as last fourth out of a class of 19 with year’s shearling ewes and their our January boar. Oliver’s little mums are refusing access to Middle White was first in her the milk bar and so they try all class but, bless her, lost out in the ewes in turn for a sneaky the championship pot. Then at suckle, invariably the South of England Show we unsuccessfully. We have also won every saddleback class had so many orders for live we entered except the July gilt lambs this year that we won’t class were we were second have much meat for sale. I and took both Champion and think Schmallenberg and the Susie the Middle White with Susie, who Reserve Champion boar titles long wet 2012 has seen fewer and Reserve Breed Champion she was named after. They talk a lot! lambs available this year. with our July Boar. Oliver’s We have had an amazing start to the pig show little Middle White was second place in her class season. At the Nottinghamshire County Show and beaten by her sister who we bred. So a win where we were awarded Male Champion and win for us. Reserve Best of Breed and Female Reserve After the sad death of our cockerels (as Champion for Saddlebacks. At Surrey County our reported last month) we fortunately were able to son Oliver’s Middle White sow was first place in find one for sale on the Isle of Wight and so the Interbreed Sow class and his little February imported him ASAP. Monty has now settled and, born Middle White was placed third but attracted how shall I put it, immediately started working. lots of attention in the pen by sitting on Michaela Giles www.tedfoldcottagefarm.co.uk

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Motoring

Safe journey

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efore you head off in search of the sun this summer, make sure your car is prepared for the trip with these eight essential checks: 1. Make sure your car isn’t due for a service or MOT while you’re away. If there’s anything that doesn’t feel quite right, get it looked at well before your journey. 2. Just before you go, check the oil and coolant levels, and top up the screen wash. 3. Measure your tyre pressures to ensure a smooth and fuel-efficient ride. If you are carrying a heavy load, the tyres may need to be at a higher pressure. And, of course, make sure your tyres are not worn! (The legal limit for car tyre tread depth is 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre though it is recommended you replace your tyres when the tread is less than 3mm as the performance of the tyre, especially in wet conditions, will begin to reduce significantly.) 4. Examine your wiper blades and replace them if they are cracked or worn. You can clean them with a cloth dipped in screen wash.

5. Check all the car’s exterior lights are working, including the fog lights. 6. Clean the windows and mirrors. 7. Take with you supplies of oil, water, antifreeze and screen wash. Not all cars carry a ‘proper’ spare tyre these days (many have an aerosol of ‘get you home’ sealant but if you do have a spare ensure it is properly inflated and legal – and make sure you know how to change it! If you are travelling in mainland Europe, you will also need headlamp beam adapters, an alcohol breathalyser, GB sticker, spare bulbs, a warning triangle and reflective vests. 8. And finally, make sure you have details of your breakdown service and insurance handy, so if you do have a problem you can get it sorted out as quickly as possible. If you have children, why not get them to help you with the above checks? After all, they will have a car of their own one day! Alex Brown

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hatever the reason you ride a bike, we all share the same experience. It’s an experience we at EPS Motorcycles have been enjoying for well over 30 years. We’re a family run business that could be described (by some) as ‘bike mad’. The entire family ride bikes, from road racing, off-road Enduros, to long-distance continent cruising. EPS motorcycles’ foundation is based on

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Billingshurst Creatives – Going from strength to strength

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shop offers a fantastic opportunity to appear in a illingshurst Creatives is no ordinary shop. prime location at a price a fledgling business can As you will recall from the feature in last afford. “It gives me a high street space to sell September’s Village Tweet, it grew out of under my own brand” says Louise Scholefield of an exciting community project to bring many The Silver Torch, her range of hand-made small, creative businesses together under one contemporary silver jewellery. “I could never roof and to entice people to support the village by afford that on my own and it’s so enjoyable to be shopping locally. selling alongside other like-minded people. It “We could see there were a number of creative takes some of the fear out of starting something people in the area wanting to get into business new”. but didn’t necessarily know how to go about it. It offers customers a special experience too as “We thought, well we’ve got the funding, so let’s there aren’t many places where the person go for it”, said Ken Johnson of the Billingshurst behind the counter could be the creator of the Community Partnership who secured the initial piece you’ve funding and chosen. In continue to fact, the support the opportunity to traders as the talk with the shop grows. artists and Unlike the have them ‘average’ high create street shop, something Billingshurst unique and Creatives is affordable for stocked, you is staffed and Above: General shop view. Right: Mosaic decoration something managed by from RSJ Art and Mosaic. Below-right: Exciting work that makes its traders all from Iveta Goddard, Edith Pargh Barton, Tail End Billingshurst of whom rent Art and Katinka Designs. Below: Hand made sterling Creatives shelf space to silver bracelet by The Silver Torch really stand sell their art out. “It’s a and handfantastic crafted gifts opportunity to and share get to know their energy my and customers” knowledge to added Louise, make the “I love shop a working with success. someone to When the create the perfect piece, just for them”. All the doors opened last September there were only 22 traders welcome commissions and no request is traders selling a range of fine art, jewellery, too small from a special birthday card or hairclip textiles, photography, mixed media and more. In crocheted in your chosen colours, to a bespoke the last ten months the number of traders has painting to complement your new home. doubled and with that the range has expanded If you haven’t had the chance yet, pop in to too with something for every age, taste, and browse, buy and chat to the artist behind the pocket from small gifts to unique pieces for the counter. With the continued enthusiasm of local house, or just as a special treat! shoppers it can only go from strength to strength. Everything is done by the group, from If you’d like to exhibit we’d love to hear from designing the window displays to marketing and you, e-mail billinghurstcreatives@gmail.com for organising the staffing rota and it’s this approach more details or just pop into the shop! that makes the shop truly unique. “It feels like a Billingshurst Creatives can be found at 2 Jengers family here” says Iveta Goddard who sells the Mead and is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm. ceramics she makes in her garden studio, “and To find out more, visit www.billingshurstcreatives.com it’s lovely to meet other creative people too”. or ‘like us’ at www.facebook.com/ It’s the first foray into selling for many and the BillingshurstCreatives

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hese days almost everyone who uses a computer has at least one password, usually more, and like your PIN number the more you have the harder they are to remember. This leads people to make the potentially disastrous mistake of creating one simple password and then using it for absolutely everything. It may sound scary but there are people out there who spend their time writing programmes that specifically aim to crack your password and once these programmes are set to run – they don’t stop. So the stronger your password the safer you are online. There is lots of advice about passwords available on the Internet, especially how to create a strong one. If you Google “why you need a secure password” one of the first results that comes up on the UK pages is a page about that very topic from the University of Manchester. Their website says: “The longer and more complex your password is, the more difficult it is to discover it.” The problem is the longer and more complex your password is, the harder it is to remember! So here is are three simple steps to creating a really strong password that will give those cracking

programmes some food for thought: 1. Choose a word or phrase that has some meaning to you. Ideally it needs to have more than eight letters. This will make it easy to remember, e.g. ‘I love my cat’ (without the spaces of course) or your child’s first name and surname will do. 2. Strong passwords have a mixture of upper and lower case, so use sentence capitalisation. i.e. for each new word use a capital letter: ‘I Love My Cat’. 3. The strongest passwords have a mixture of letters and numbers, so replace certain letters with the a visually similar number (like on personalised car number plates). So an I becomes a number 1; an E becomes a 3, an A becomes a 4 and an O becomes an 0 (zero). Upper or lower case doesn’t matter, it’s the same numbers for those letters. Now your simple phrase that’s easy to remember becomes: 1L0v3MyC4t. That would be pretty hard to guess and even though you might recognise it as an easy to remember phrase, to a decryption programme this is a truly random mix of numbers and letters. Clever huh? To be extra safe you should really change your passwords every few months (if you can bear to!). Bax Computer Services

Have a great night out at The Blacksmiths Arms and help children in Kenya! My name is Jessica Blanch, I’m 19 and live in Billingshurst. In April 2014 I am going to Nakuru in Kenya for two weeks to help children in poverty. I will visit schools and assist local charity by giving the schools resources and teaching the children. (I am currently studying a Level 3 Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education at Chichester College before going on to do a Teaching degree next year.) On Friday 2nd August I am running a fundraising event at The Blacksmiths Arms, Adversane (where I work). This great evening will comprise a two-course meal and music from the two lead guitarists of The Fabulous Shadows. Tickets are just £20, £12 of which goes towards my trip. The staff have volunteered to work that night for free. For tickets, more information and to view the menu please visit The Blacksmiths Arms. A Raffle will be drawn at the event with the top prize being two tickets to see Jimmy Jemain and The Fabulous Shadows on Saturday 10th August. Jimmy Jemain is the World’s Number One Cliff Richard Tribute Act and has been voted No.1 in the Official National Tribute Awards 2013.

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Billingshurst welcomes new Firefighter

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ike Hartley has joined the team at Billingshurst Fire Station. Mike is a full time Landscaper who lives in Wisborough Green but responds to Emergency Fire Calls during the evenings and weekends when he is at home. Although we have had a quiet month with fire calls Mike has experienced and got the taste for what it’s like to repsond during the evenings and weekends. He will undergo further training to become a competent Firefighter which takes around two years. Hard work and committment on station and gathering experience on calls will see him to the end of his probation. Mike will also be heavily involved in Fire Safety which is a key role all

Firefighters play. We like to give advice on any fire safety related issues. For example, working smoke alarms is a must in all homes, testing them is just as important but is often neglected. One way to remember, is ‘Test it Tuesday’. Go on, test yours now! I will return to smoke alarms in a future article, together with other ways to ensure you, your loved ones, and your house remain safe. Dan Game

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“…We’ve just moved to Billingshurst, and I was wondering where: ► ► ► ► ►

I could hire a room for business purposes I could find out more about Billingshurst My wife and daughter could join a fun choir My son could try martial arts We could all go and see a film, without having to drive anywhere ► We could hold a party for our friends and relations…”

The answer: Centre

► We have rooms for hire for whole days, evenings, or by the hour, all equipped with data projectors and laptops, and can provide refreshments and lunch ► We can tell you about the village, which clubs meet here and when Billingshurst Local History Society hold their meetings ► Rock Choir starts here in September, and are holding a taster session at the Centre on Wednesday the 10th of July, at 7.30pm ► Kick Boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Dynamix Martial Arts are some of the thirtyplus activities that take place at the Centre every week ► Macmillan have a film here almost every month of the year; tickets are a modest £6, wine, coffee and ice creams are sold in the interval and a good sum is raised for an excellent charity – and on the 26th of July, the film is The Great Gatsby ► We’re a popular venue for parties, and can advise you about local DJs, caterers, vintners, children’s entertainers, bouncy castles and magicians. We have excellent facilities and are fully licensed

The next Macmillan film, The Great Gatsby will be shown on Friday the 26th of July. Tickets are £6 and are available from Mansell McTaggart and at the Centre on the night. All films start at 7.30pm.

Returning to Billingshurst Centre this autumn, after their brilliant folk music concert last September:

Cotillion Saturday the 5th of October further details to follow

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thai restaurant

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Delicious Thai cuisine prepared with finest locally sourced ingredients

Please view our menu online: www.thechefthaicuisine.co.uk Eat in or take-away

Lunch 12.00am - 2.00pm

Dinner 5.30pm -10.00pm

TEL: 01403 786128 MOBILE: 07825 517439 9 JENGERS MEAD, BILLINGSHURST, WEST SUSSEX RH14 9PB

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* IMPORTANT * Saturday 20th July - Raft Race and Fun Day * IMPORTANT * WITH REGRET THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED The Charity Raft Race & Fun Day on Saturday 20th July has been re-scheduled to 2014 in order to allow more preparation time for both us and the sports groups, clubs & local businesses to be invited. We hope this may provide the time to develop the day better and encourage a good number of participants to ensure it is the best Charity Raft Race & Fun Day it can be. Many Thanks for your Understanding.



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