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June 2013

CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY AND LOCAL BUSINESS 11 Barns Green • Billingshurst • Five Oaks • Ifold • Kirdford • Loxwood • Plaistow • Slinfold • Wisborough Green


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elcome to the June issue of Village Tweet, and a big welcome to summer at last! Probably the major event this month is the Billingshurst Show and Carnival which takes place on Sunday 30th – see page 10 for details and also the event’s website: www.billingshurstshow.org.uk. Let’s hope the weather is as good as it was for last year’s show and that the crowds lining the procession’s route through the village are even greater than last year’s throng. If you live in one of the neighbouring villages try and come along to this one, a great day out for all the family. Grahame

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Cover photo: Eloise looking very summery Photography by Andrea Sarlo www.andreasarlo.com Food & drink Queens Head Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piggin Good, Hog Roasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Recipe: Watercress and Pea Soup . . . . . . . . . The Hungry Guest Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Half Moon Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monsoon Indian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wisborough Green Farmers & Village Market The Chef Thai Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sumners Ponds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Health & wellbeing AM Beauty Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Care Comfort Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Davis Foot Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Billingshurst Osteopaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Billingshurst Tennis Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Gozone Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Frances King Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Meraki Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Caring Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Lesley Hawker Sports Massage Therapy . . . . . . . .15 About the house Fowlers, Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Vertus Building Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 West Sussex Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Sussex Carpet Brokers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 ADC Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Apex Aerials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Cleansing Service Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Hallam Trim, Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Holly Boilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Hamilton Cole, TV & Satellite Equipment . . . . . . . .21 Jef Wilson, Decorator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Miss Mop Domestic Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Odd Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Re-Nu Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Austens Home Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 All About Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Appaloosa Upholstery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Delta Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Goring Road Carpets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Pest Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Brazier Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Alba Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Lee’s Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Oven Revival Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Euroll UK, roller garage doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 GJ Coles Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Ron Osborne Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Pest B Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Cracknell Pitt-Draffen, Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . .OBC Equine SPR Centre’s page: Summer horse care . . . . . . . .30 Specific Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Gatley’s Country Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

Garden Tweet! Garden View: Express Yourself George Nicholls Tree Surgery . . John Potter Garden Work . . . . . Andrew Gale Tree Surgery . . . . Jonathan Carter Tree Surgery . . Mark Hedges Garden Services . REM Landscapes . . . . . . . . . . . Village Nurseries . . . . . . . . . . . . Sussex & Surrey Tree Services

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Features Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Living with Laika: Boredom! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Computing: Is your head in the cloud? . . . . . . . . . .40 Miscellaneous Professional Services & Businesses Southwater Cycles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Catherine’s Pet Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Willows Cattery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Bax Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Click Computer Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 One Stop Computer Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Village Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Community/Out & About/Farming/Smallholding Loxwood Beer and Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Wisborough Green Primary School Summer Fayre .8 Billingshurst Show & Carnival Procession . . . . . . .10 Storrington Dramatic Society, Hi-Di-Hi! . . . . . . . . . .13 Haven Heavenlies, St Tinians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Haven Heavenlies, Twelfth Night . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 St Catherine’s Hospice, Horse Racing . . . . . . . . . .28 B.E.A.T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Wey & Arun Canal Trust – A Poddle Through Sussex . .34 John Nash’s Farming Column: Food for Thought . .36 Michaela Giles’ Diary of a Smallholder . . . . . . . . . .37 Kirdford Village Store: Art Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre . . . .43 Little Tweeters! Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The ‘Inside’ by Yvonne Fleece Fishers Farm Park . . . . . . . . . . Little Russets Nursery . . . . . . . Tip Top Tutors . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Community / Food and drink

Loxwood Beer and Music Festival – 22nd June

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ight bands will be performing at this year’s Loxwood Beer and Music Festival on 22nd June. Gates open at 1pm and close at 11pm, with the first band on stage at 2pm… A five-piece rock covers band from Sussex called Startled Hamsters kick things off, followed by a new band called Funksoulnation. Although new they include some experienced musicians and will no doubt get people dancing. Asylum Affair are up next playing some classic festival rock numbers and fronted by a powerful female vocalist in Stacey Cronin. It’s then time to get down with some rocksteady and ska mixed with a little soul as Pier Pressure take the stage – an eight-piece band who will definitely entertain you. The Watermelons are an indie/rock/pop band who have been described as a ‘brilliant band’ by Alex James of Blur and ‘infectious’ by the famous Hope and Anchor in London – where they were very popular last year! Roadster then take the

spotlight – four seasoned musicians who will provide a dynamic show playing some of the very best rock across four decades – pure rock at its best! Then comes Throbbin Hood who many will remember from last year… mad as ever. Having been together for 13 years they should know what they are doing, and believe me they do! Last but certainly not least, Iron Tyger (pictured) will deliver classic ’eighties rock with passion and dedication. The band’s charismatic take on the fun and excitement of the era, combined with a catalogue of iconic tunes has prompted sparkling responses from audiences across the UK – do not miss them! A wide variety of fantastic beers, ciders and food will be available together with plenty of activities for children. Tickets are just £10 (if bought in advance) or £12 on the day (children £5) with proceeds going to Loxwood Pre-School. For everything you need to know visit: www.loxwood beerfestival.com Ray Merridew

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)

Drive It Day gathering at The Queens Head, FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN JUNE 21st April 2013 Tuesday 4th Music Quiz Night Wednesday 5th Live Music Acoustic Night Wednesday 12th Curry Night, £10 for curry & a pint (or wine) Sunday 16th FATHER’S DAY / SUSSEX DAY Tuesday 25th General Knowledge Quiz Night Every Friday Take-away Fish & Chips 6.30-9pm

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

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Food and drink / Private hire

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Watercress and Pea Soup Serves 4. Preparation time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes

METHOD

1. Heat half of the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic and fry gently until softened – about 3-4 minutes. 2. Add the watercress, peas, parsley and hot stock or water, bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering and continue to simmer for three minutes, or until the peas are bright green and just tender. 3. Pour in the cream then blend thoroughly using a hand-held blender. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir in the remaining butter until melted. 4. Divide the soup equally among four serving bowls and garnish with baby watercress. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

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Coffee break / Food and drink

Village Tweet Quick Crossword

Solution on page 40

The Half Moon Inn Kirdford Holly and Jeremy welcome you to the Half Moon A great place for family and friends Sensational food, cask ales and fine wines Large garden for all the family

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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 finest modern cuisine. Our charming 15th century restaurant offers three large dining areas. Two have characterful oak beams while the third is a Party Room (pictured) with its own entrance, WC and bar, perfect for a celebration or a business get-together.

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Community / Food and drink

Wisborough Green

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2nd THURSDAY MONTHLY 9:00-12:30 VILLAGE HALL Enquiries: 01403 700624

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The Care Comfort Company 1st Class Private Homecare for Retired Gentlefolk

“Making your twilight years the highlight years” We are a small family run care business and pride ourselves in providing an outstanding care service, allocating you with one of our highly recommended female carers who will ensure you remain independent, safe and content in your own home. CARE Personal care, medication care, nutritional care, practical care, holiday, 24-hour care, palliative care. COMFORT Cleaning, shopping, laundry, de-cluttering and organising, gardening duties, upkeep of domestic pets. COMPANY Company of Carer in home, lunch clubs, regular outings and day trips, transport to family and friends, weekends away and short breaks.

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A.M. Beauty Clinic

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Davis Foot Care Clinic Emma Davis

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Foot Health Professional Visiting practice, providing nail and foot care treatment and advice Services provided include: Nail trimming (including finger nails), removal of calluses and corns Treatment of nail disorders: Thickened toe nails, ingrown toe nails, fungal toe nail infections Verrucae, treatment of the diabetic foot For an appointment please call:

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Health and wellbeing section A full tennis programme all year round, including: Tots, mini, junior & adult coaching Beginners & rusty racquet coaching Adult & junior team tennis Social & competitive tournaments Cardio tennis

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Book reviews / Health and wellbeing

A Good Read June’s selection from book reviewer Kath Bennett Glass Geishas – Susanna Quinn Susanna Quinn’s début novel, Glass Geishas, is a thriller set in modern day Tokyo – specifically, in the notorious Roppongi district – where everything has a price. As the novel opens, Steph, the principal character, is just arriving in Japan with the specific aim of making as much money as possible as quickly as possible. However, her friend Annabel seems to have vanished – and her other friend Julia does not seem to recognise her, let alone welcome her. Something is clearly wrong. Having found Annabel’s abandoned diary, Steph sets out to find out what has happened to her friend and quickly becomes involved in the hostess trade. As the novel moves on, Steph’s own quest is intercut with two other storylines. The first, a set of emails from Chastity, an established hostess, shows the harsh reality of the life that Steph is moving into. The second, the memoirs of Mamasan, owner of one of Roppongi’s oldest clubs, explores how the trade has developed and changed over time. By the end of the novel, these strands are drawn together into a twisting conclusion which will keep you gripped. Quinn has clearly drawn on some of the recent writing about Japan and the significance of the geisha. However, her portrait is far from romanticised, and while her hostesses are certainly as elegant and glamorous as the traditional geisha and maiko, Steph’s world revolves around alcohol, sex and money – a fragile combination which puts her in significant danger. If the novel has a fault, it is in the slow reveal of Annabel’s diary – it is hard to believe that Steph,

curious as she is, would not read the whole book at once. However, this is a minor point, and by stringing this out, Quinn is able to keep us guessing at what has happened to Steph’s friend – and what will happen to Steph herself – making us turn the pages rapidly as the end approaches. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems What do small children like best in a picture book? If anyone knows, it is Mo Willems, who spent several years as a scriptwriter for Sesame Street. And here, what he has hit on is that little word beloved of toddlers – “NO!” The premise of the book is simple – and summed up neatly in the title. The reader needs to stop the pigeon driving the bus while the bus driver is away for a few minutes. However, this is a very determined pigeon. On every page he comes up with a good reason why he could, should and must drive that bus! Reading this book aloud is a delight. As you read the pigeon’s increasingly desperate attempts to get behind the wheel, your audience can say – or shout – “No!” at each page, usually accompanied by a great deal of giggling. And parents will recognise the toddler’s range of tactics – from pleading, to sulking, to promises to ‘be your best friend’ – all of which are summarily rejected. With simple drawings and a thoroughly endearing main character, this book is ideal to read to pre-school children of any age. The pigeon makes several reappearances in Willems’ other books – Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late is probably the next one you will want to seek out, and it is just as much fun. Really.

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Community / Health and wellbeing Hi-de-hi! Ho-de-ho!

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torrington Dramatic Society opens the doors to Maplin’s Holiday Camp and welcomes you to an evening of seaside entertainment – where you will find that it is Egyptian Night in the Hawaiian Ballroom, and the Yellowcoats are waiting to transport you to 1959. Director Sue Goble says, “Come wearing any of the themes of the evening, and there will be a prize for the bestdressed camper!” In this stage adaptation of the hugely popular TV series, all your favourite characters are on hand as Sullington Parish Hall is transformed into the Hawaiian Ballroom, complete with Tiki Bar. So, sip a Maplin’s special cocktail, sit back and enjoy the fun! It’s the start of another season and Joe Maplin is opening a new camp in the Bahamas. The most popular female Yellowcoats from each British camp are being chosen to staff it, so competition is intense, with Gladys (Hannah Bullivant) and Sylvia (Hari Flanagan) joint favourites to win the coveted prize. Daffy chalet maid, Peggy (Amanda Hislop), is desperate to fill the consequent Yellowcoat vacancy. Will she get her wish? Or will something happen to scupper her chances? Hapless Entertainments Manager, Jeffrey Fairbrother (Graeme Jenkins), is hopelessly out of his depth as he juggles the demands of the staff and tries to keep the campers happy. Camp Host, Ted Bovis (Mike Chapple) has to operate some dodgy money-making schemes in order to keep both his battle-axe of an ex-wife (Susan

Nicel), and the Bailiff (David Mead) at bay – much to the disapproval of eager young Comic, Spike (Sam Standen). Ballroom dancers, Yvonne and Barry (Judy Fowler and Roy Stevens, who were recently seen in leading roles as the husband and wife in Storrington Dramatic Society’s acclaimed production of An Inspector Calls), insist on ‘improving’ their chalet, while complaining bitterly about having to associate with ex-jockey, Fred (Denis Back) and washed-up Punch and Judy man, Mr Partridge (Geoff Goble). The Yellowcoats (Charlotte Amey, Karla Geal, Matthew Wassell and Amy Burroughs) work their ankle socks off to give the campers (including David Chinn, taking a minor role after his tour de force as the Inspector in An Inspector Calls) a good time with competitions and sing-alongs. Camp pianist and Maplin’s answer to Mrs Mills, Doris Sidebottom (Nessa Osgood), tinkles the ivories, and the Tiki Bar staff (Christine Tobitt and Liz Rosoman) keep the coconut shells filled with punch while demonstrating a mean hand jive. Hi-de-hi! will be at Sullington Parish Hall from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th June, with performances starting each night at 7.45pm. But do get there early so that you can appreciate the special atmosphere SDS will be creating for the show. Tickets are £8 and can be obtained from Fowlers Estate Agents, Storrington or online: www.storringtondramatics.co.uk Graeme Jenkins

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in the mysterious fun. he Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children There will be a scrummy school supper of with Cerebral Palsy are absolutely bangers, mash and beans followed by delighted to be working with a spotted dick and custard and all very talented group of local served by ‘dinner ladies’ dressed in thespians, the Haven Heavenlies, pinnies and hairnets. There is also a for what we hope will be a bar selling real alcohol for those particularly amusing event on prepared to run the gauntlet of getting Sunday 7th July at the Billingshurst caught drinking! Community and Conference Centre. We’d like guests to arrive at 7pm The Haven Heavenlies are for a prompt start to the Staff End of generously giving their time and talent Term Report. at no charge because they strongly Tickets are £17.50 and available believe in the specialist service we from the Trust Office (01403 780444). offer children under the age of five and Tongues in cheek are essential for their families at the School for Parents. this very silly evening! Together we are holding a Murder Rosie Wyer Mystery evening entitled Murder at St Tinian’s (very closely associated to the original school for wayward young ladies) and because this particular in association with The Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy school is Co-Ed we hope that both Proudly Present ‘grown up boys and girls’Please wouldcontact enjoyRosie Wyer, Regional Fundraiser on: 01403up 780444 sporting hockey sticks, dressing in or rosie.wyer@dvltrust.org.uk caps, hats, short skirts, laddered www.dvltrust.org.uk stockings, short trousers, and joining in association with The Dame Vera Lynn Trust

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Review: Haven Heavenlies’ Twelfth Night

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hen Blackadder tells Baldrick, “You’d laugh at a Shakespeare comedy”, he is not exactly complimentary about either his servant or the Bard’s sense of humour. Thankfully, at the Haven Heavenlies’ performance of Twelfth Night in Fishers Farm Park’s Barn Theatre on 2nd March, the large and enthusiastic audience felt no need to hide their amusement. Rightly so, for this was a comedy that was genuinely funny. The cast (photo) were in fine form, and clearly enjoyed the play’s intricacies of character, identity and language. Will George as a convincing Sir Toby Belch and Chris Dale as an outrageous, at times scene-stealing Sir Andrew Aguecheek provided many of the night’s loudest laughs, but these also came from the interplay of high comedy and serious drama in the scenes involving Kathryn Attwood’s excellent Maria, Kevin Summers’s proud puritan Malvolio and

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e all know that without a balanced diet our health can suffer. It’s the same for plants too, which is why there appears to be a bewildering array of fertilisers on the market to assist the propagation of everything from houseplants to lawns and dahlias to cucumbers. If this all seems a bit confusing, then pop down to Austen’s Home Hardware, Billingshurst for some friendly advice and the right products to help you get the best from your garden this summer. Most plants need three major nutrients to thrive: nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Plants need these nutrients for different reasons. Nitrogen promotes leaf growth, phosphorous is for the roots, and potassium is needed for flowers and fruits. The ratio of these elements contained in different fertilisers is an indication of their intended use. For instance, a product branded ‘general purpose’ will contain equal nutrients and will therefore aid all-round growth, whilst others will contain higher proportions of a particular nutrient. A tomato fertiliser is designed to promote crops of plump fruit so it will be high in potassium, whereas one designed for reinvigorating a lawn in spring will be high in nitrogen. To maintain healthy growth, plants also need other nutrients such as calcium, sulphur, magnesium, iron, copper, boron and manganese. Smaller amounts of some or all of these trace elements are found in most good general fertilisers. So, if it were as simple as this there would be just three

fertilisers on the market, right? Well, in theory maybe. But in practice, different types of plants take up the goodness from fertilisers in different ways. Hence we have: Controlled release fertiliser – Ideal for containers, these generally come as granule form mixed into compost and designed to release their nutrients over a long period of time, some for up to 12 months. Slow release fertiliser – Good for feeding plants in the soil. Usually applied as a powder that can be scattered around perennials, trees, shrubs and vegetables. This is often known as top dressing. Fast acting fertiliser – For plants in need of a pick-me-up. These are ideal if a plant is suffering from a deficiency and are usually applied in a liquid form that can be absorbed by the plant quickly. During the growing season, hanging baskets, window boxes and containers should be fed once a week, using a liquid feed applied from a watering can. Other 'greedy' flowering plants, such as sweet peas, clematis and roses, will benefit from a mid-summer ‘top up’. Sprinkle fertiliser around plants and water in. There’s no need to feed in late summer. This only encourages a flush of late, lush growth that may suffer early frost damage. The right fertilisers will help ensure you have a blooming good summer. You’ll find just what you need at Austen’s Home Hardware, Billingshurst together with a crop of tips and advise from our friendly staff. David Lobley

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no, the ram lamb, was not the only should be fed. They did not like being handled animal at the farm who preferred ‘inside’ much and try as she might Izzie couldn’t get to ‘outside’ although as April moved on them to stop running away and hiding. and the sun began to shine he enjoyed As April turned into May, and as the sun ‘outside’ more and more; he played chasey and finally began to shine, Mummy said the guinea went exploring, slept by Lily his mum and his pigs should go outside during the day. She set friends all told him how handsome he was with up their outside cage and Izzie put Wolfie and his lovely horns. Yes, Uno now loved ‘outside’ Chocolate Buttons into the house part of the the best. outside cage. It But Wolfie and was cosy and Chocolate small but had a Buttons, the nice load of clean new guinea straw for them to pigs, did not. sleep in. And that They hated is exactly what ‘outside’. It they did. Because was open, it felt very safe there was there, they slept grass and inside their although it was outside house all tasty they did day till it was not want to eat night and they it. Even though had to come in. their favourite They were so food was in a happy to be back bowl and their inside in their hay rack was lovely big inside conveniently cage. They ate placed they did their dinner and not want to be played loudly ‘outside’ at all. nearly all night It all started long. when Izzie The next announced she morning they wanted her own tried to run away New arrivals at the farm: Wolfie and Chocolate Buttons pet. Figgy when Izzie put Pudding the hen her hands in to take had joined all the other hens and was no longer them outside again. They struggled and interested in Izzie. “Please can I have a dog?”, squealed and wriggled, but Izzie clutched them Izzie had asked, but everyone said “No”. Then tightly and put them on the grass in the outside Nanny had persuaded Mummy to let Izzie have cage. Once again they ran into the house part some guinea pigs and finally Mummy relented. and stayed there all day, till evening when they Nanny and the kids went to a guinea pig place were put back into the inside cage. and chose two furry ‘Teddy’ guinea pigs and This happened every fine day for a week. brought them home. Izzie even paid for them Wolfie and Chocolate Buttons hated ‘outside’, herself from her pocket money. they hated it, they hated it, they absolutely Mummy bought two cages, an inside one hated it. No way were they going to go outside and an outside one. Because the weather was willingly, no way at all. They had decided that cold, Wolfie and Chocolate Buttons, as they ‘inside’ was best and that was that. Mummy were named, had to be kept in the inside cage was equally determined they would go ‘outside’ at first. It was big and was always filled with in the daytime. comfy straw and they burrowed into it, It will be interesting to see who wins this squeaking loudly when they thought they battle of wills. Yvonne Fleece

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Living with Laika – Boredom!

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etirement has meant that time is now my own but there is a limit to how much dog walking one can do. Laika has thankfully dispensed with my need to give the garden much more than a cursory trim with a mower and a snip with the secateurs and I have yet to turn my hand to any DIY more adventurous than painting the window frames and hosing down my wellies! In those moments away from Laika, I’m happy to read, write and potter – the gentle art of doing nothing in particular but appearing to be busy and satisfied! Now what does a 15-month-old German Shepherd who has three walks a day, one of which is usually an unshackled caper through the countryside do? How does she manage to fill her time when not pounding the streets or frolicking (often accompanied by other dogs) through rural West Sussex? Could she possibly be bored? I feel rather like a parent who begins to question his/her suitability to bring up children especially when there is a long school holiday and nothing has been planned for their amusement and gratification. I don’t suppose I’m alone in feeling a pang of self-loathing when seeing an idle dog – somehow it seems perfectly acceptable for a cat to stretch out endlessly in looselimbed slumber! I feel so incredibly guilty when Laika has nothing to do and her doe eyes glance up at me

especially when she comes bearing ‘gifts’ – her favourites are a squeaky yellow tennis ball and a small, equally noisy, plastic boxing glove donated by a kindly gentleman whose own dog, Bertie, is more inclined to take it easy now that it has reached Shakespeare’s Sixth Age! I was interested to read that Dr Teresa Belton, a researcher at the University of East Anglia’s School of Education, thinks that children should be allowed to get bored in order to develop their imagination and creativity. Well, there we are of course, Laika has clearly been able to develop her innate ability to be creative away from my ministrations – witness the dragging of 25L bags of compost and the removal of the growbags as previously recorded. Witness the chewing of patio planters and the wanton destruction of heirloom garden statuary. There are those times in the day when Laika and I really can unwind – quality time away from exhibitions of creativity and the need to be up and out. What better than to listen to music? Laika is not surprisingly partial to Ralph Vaughan William’s Symphony No.3 ‘A Pastoral Symphony’ and the aria ‘Sheep may safely graze’ from a Bach cantata while I have always enjoyed Sibelius – music therapy for both of us! Ron Myal

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Rachel Davie Receives Saddlers Award at Buckingham Palace Rachel Davie of Gatley’s Country Store (Barns Farm Lane, Storrington), headed to Buckingham Palace to receive her much deserved Worshipful Company of Saddlers Award 2013 from the Princess Royal. Rachel won the Worshipful Company of Saddlers Award 2013 having demonstrated excellence in saddler skills, versatility and innovation whilst studying for her saddler qualifications with the City & Guilds Saddlery Scheme. Rachel says, “I have worked for many years at Gatley’s Country Store and this has given me the perfect foundation for my dream to be a Master Saddler”. Most young apprentices work under a master saddler, but Rachel not only studied for four years but has set up the Saddlery at Gatley’s Country Store, where you can now have a saddle fitted and repaired as well as a full harness for your horse. (As an added bonus, you can have your favourite leather bag repaired or a leather belt made to fit!). Robin Duke, owner of Gatley’s Country Store & Pet Shops said,

“We are so proud of Rachel and the hard work and time she has put into this. She has shown dedication and incredible skill to achieve this award. We are over the moon to have our own saddler and saddlery at Gatley’s Country Store.” Gatley’s Country Store also offers a wide range of equine feeds, supplements and accessories, pet foods and accessories, clothing, boots and many other products for pets, gardens and small-holdings. To be able to offer the services of a Saddlery as well, enables customers to have all their horse and pony requirements under one roof.

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t a time when I’m making preparations for my summer holidays and browsing through pictures of tropical locations, I can’t help but compare them with the images of England that I hold in my mind. It wasn’t until I visited America last year, that I realised how very English we are, and how we really do live up to the stereotype we’ve been given. I wouldn’t say I’m a shrinking violet when it comes to confidence, but I really did feel quite reserved. As a nation, I don’t think we’re very good at expressing ourselves, our thoughts or our emotions, and while I’m not advocating yelling at random people in the street because “your dust cart is blocking my parking lot” or applauding in the cinema (both of which I experienced while over there last year), I do think that when it comes to gardens we are, in the main, a little unadventurous. In fact, I would go as far as to say that a striped lawn and three borders are as traditional as our Sunday roast! But fear not, it doesn’t have to be this way. Expressing yourself outdoors needn’t mean exposing your innermost secrets, but I do think your outdoor space should reflect your personality. The residents at Bestall Towers are generally neat and tidy (in fact clutter makes my head hurt), so my garden reflects this with its simple straight lines, well ordered borders,

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Canal Trust invites walkers for a Poddle through Sussex

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alkers are invited to explore some new paths through Sussex and help raise funds to restore the Wey & Arun Canal with the 41st annual ‘Poddle’ on Sunday, 9th June. Starting from the Brinsbury Campus of Chichester College, near Adversane, the circular walk organised by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust will cover just 15 miles and include four refreshment points and a lunch stop. The route will take walkers through some of Brinsbury’s farmland with views of the North and South Downs and also pass beside a quarry which supplied some of the stone for locks on the Wey & Arun Canal. Woodland paths will lead walkers to their free lunch at the Scout and Guide HQ at Lower Fittleworth before returning to the woods to reach the canal towpath and a return to Brinsbury. The route will be way-marked and transport can be arranged for walkers who wish to just walk 7¼ miles and return to the start from the

lunch stop, rather than completing the final 7½ miles. But if 15, or even 7¼, miles seems too far then you can still support the restoration work by joining in a WACT tradition of sponsoring ‘the last man (or woman)’ rather than taking part. This will be WACT’s 41st annual sponsored walk intended to raise funds for the canal's restoration. The first was back in 1973 and brought in some £50; last year’s walk raised £8,000 and the walk remains WACT’s biggest public fundraising event of the year. To join the walk and raise money towards the restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal, please call (01403) 752403 or email office@weyandarun.co.uk. A sponsorship form is available for download from the WACT website www.weyandarun.co.uk. Walkers are asked to raise a minimum of £20. Sally Schupke, Chairman, WACT www.weyandarun.co.uk

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EAT has been operating as your local Community First Responder (CFR) group since 2006. CFRs are volunteers who attend certain 999 calls with the ambulance service, the idea being that as they are local, CFRs will often arrive before an ambulance so the patient will receive treatment sooner. CFRs are trained in basic life support and carry a range of medical equipment including a defibrillator, a device that could re-start a heart that had stopped. BEAT is always looking for new members to help the group provide more cover. The role is incredibly interesting and rewarding and is a great way to help people in the area you live; you may even literally save a life! Could you provide cover a few hours per week, either from home or work? Full training is given and all equipment is supplied by BEAT, a registered

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charity. The role is very flexible and you can vary the times you can provide cover if needed. All of BEAT’s current members are on call around work, family and other commitments. BEAT also sets up Public Access Defibrillators in the community; to date the group has set up ten. BEAT also offers training sessions to local clubs and groups in basic life support such as how to carry out effective CPR. We would like to see as many members of the public trained in CPR as possible. If you would like to find out more about becoming a CFR, or would like details of the training sessions we offer, please contact us. Phone: Paul Berry (01403) 786185 Online: beatresponers.org Twitter: @BEATresponders


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Food for thought 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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here are all the foods that were once consumed in the countryside? No, not the snacks and goodies that we ourselves tuck into. No, I refer to the crops we used to grow and harvest just for our animals. There was a whole range of arable feeds that once graced our fields just so that the beasts on the farm would have something that could fill their hungry stomachs in the cold of the winter months. Now nearly all seem to have disappeared into the mists of time. Or, as is more likely, we have found something easier and more convenient to give them. Let’s peruse a few that were once on offer to them, and perhaps the reasons that they have gone from the menu… The Mangel Wurzel. Once a mainstay of cattle and sheep through the depths of winter, with every farm growing its own field of them. A large, or even very large root crop. Closely resembling a giant orangey turnip that had somehow forgotten to stop growing. They could indeed be enormous, weighing in at several pounds (sorry, kilos) and required harvesting just as the ground became as hard as iron with the first winter frosts. Pulling and clamping the blasted things was the first job I was ever given on a farm, and it still haunts my memory. Getting the darn things out of the frozen ground was hard enough, but trying to throw them onto the horse-drawn cart as it slowly crept up the rows was something else. I was not exactly Charles Atlas, and they were heavy. I had a sad day listening to the taunts of the other farmhands whose brawny arms showed no effort in tossing the weighty things on board while mine would often fall far short of their destination. The whole thing crowned off when I was addressed by one bawdy individual who could not resist the remark, “What’s up lad? Had a busy night?” ( Or words to that effect). For all that though the animals seem to love them. The cows would munch them whole, gnawing off large chunks, happily dribbling the juice down their chins as they crunched noisily with eyes half closed with pleasure. The sheep and calves needed them chipped as their more delicate mouths could not cope with the sheer size of the brutes. I should mention here that they made a tasty wine too, and we would even chew the odd chip as we chopped them up in the barn.

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Kale. Still grown by some farms in small areas, kale is now used mainly as a small cover plot for the pheasants. There were two sorts, the main one being the Thousand Head type. This had a tall thin stalk carrying a large mass of cabbage like leaves. It could be cut by hand or machine or even strip-grazed using the new-fangled electric fence. The older sort was the Marrow Stem. Now this was something else. It carried a head like the other one but the stem could grow to a huge dimension, as thick as a strong man’s wrist. No machine could tackle this devil; it had to be cut by hand. (Memories here of a hand frozen solid with cold while wielding a sickle that preferred to bounce off the tough stem rather than cut through it.) Again, the animals loved it, chewing through the thick outer shell to get at the core of pulpy fibre. We too enjoyed this part as it was like the inside of an ordinary cabbage stem, only of massive proportion. It helped keep the hunger pangs at bay on a winter’s day for a while anyway. Its downfall came once tractors lost their steel-shod wheels in favour of the rubber tyre. The stub left after the sickle had done its work was a sharp tough point waiting for any inflated wheel to pass over it. Tyres were expensive and farmers are well known to be ‘careful ‘when it comes to the pocket. Sugar Beet. Another food that was popular then, which I believe is still available in some parts of the country, was sugar beet pulp. This looked like grey shredded coconut. It was a dried residue from the sugar industry and was an exceedingly light material.it therefore came in sacks that were nearly as tall and wide as a man. Fine… except when we had to get them to the food store. It was like carrying an overstuffed giant panda. They flopped around the shoulders, dragged along the ground and refused to go through any normal size door. However, once the stuff was soaked in a water trough the resulting mash was devoured with great relish by the cows and the sound of slurping and satisfied chomping that accompanied the feed was a delight to behold. There were many others but they too have faded away as the years have passed. Nowadays it’s cow cake, silage and hay. Good food, nutritious and full of all the requirements needed. I wonder though, if we gave them the choice, which menu would they choose. I know which one would be for me. John Nash Photo (www.gettyimages.com): Mangel Wurzels


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

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he lambs are doing well and having a ball Just as well as the horsemeat scandal has seen playing. We still have to supplement their our weaner sales and course booking enquires diet with hay but hopefully double; I am having to source for not much longer as we are weaners from others to keep fast running out. The bluebells up with demand. were a month later than usual We kicked off the pig show so we should have the grass season with a pre-show curry shooting up very soon. We with some of the other have one shearling that didn’t exhibitors to put us in the give birth (we didn’t expect her mood. Hubby has been to) and in the early hours one practising with some of the morning I could hear a very pigs born last July particularly young lamb’s bleat, so I made the boar who so far has been a hubby get dressed and walk up very good boy and learning the field to check it wasn’t her. I fast. We had a feisty time in Destined for the show ring couldn’t hear what he was the ring a couple of years ago muttering under his breath but I think it was with a boar so we are keen not to repeat the “Yipee”. It turns out our neighbours have now experience. started lambing…Oops. OK, I tempted fate with the Brahmas. Just as The pigs we hoped to be pregnant all are, and they started laying, both cockerels decided to are ready to give birth in July. The pregnancy keel over and die for no reason. I even opened scanner I use was detecting one after another as up the younger one and it all looked normal. As pregnant to the point I thought it was broken so I they are so rare it is going to be very difficult to checked it with a boar and a confused dog and replace them quickly. it’s not; so tiny trotters will be with us again soon. Michaela Giles www.tedfoldcottagefarm.co.uk

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An Exhibition by Frances King The ART WALL at Kirdford Village Stores, ends 3rd June so be quick!

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started painting about five years ago after going to a beginners art class with a friend, I was hooked at once, and tried different media though watercolour remains my favourite. I take photos while dog walking, so most of my paintings are of landscapes and nature, art makes you see everything in a Nets at Night totally new way. The constant change in the countryside with trees being cut down and land clearance means some of my scenes are now gone forever which make that moment in time very special to me. I also love foreign travel and last year I snorkelled in the Maldives. Apart from amazing fish, the ripples of sunlight coming through the crystal turquoise water led to my paintings of

underwater scenes at the exhibition. I have been a member of the Kirdford Art Group for a few years which gives me a chance to meet other artists; we hope to get together with a couple of local schools with view to having a display of the children’s art. Sadly, with the pressure on young people to Plaistow Stores study for exams, many lose or forget the fantastic talent they had for art when they were young. I would urge everyone to buy a pad of art paper, some watercolours, pastels or acrylic and have a go! By the way, Kirdford art group are looking for new members, so get in touch if you fancy joining. You can contact me via my website www.francestherapy.co.uk Frances King

An Exhibition by Caroline Gibbs The ART WALL at Kirdford Village Stores, 3rd June-1st July

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have held a lifelong interest in art and had approach. some success at school; as with many people As a member of the local embroiderers’ guild, I of my generation this was deemed suitable for am always looking for opportunities to develop a hobby not a career. So, for many years that my ideas into textiles. I am constantly learning was exactly from others and what art was to enjoy trying out me, although new techniques. my years as a Most of my primary school work is inspired teacher and by flora, either headteacher specific species allowed me to or by the effect indulge this of plants in a interest. scene. All of my In 2009 as I profits support Ballet shoes 2011 moved towards Painting in Manzac, France 2012 charity, in retirement, I took up botanical painting evening memory of my late husband; my major charity is classes, which complemented my interest in Macmillan. I only recoup costs of materials such gardening. I loved the exactness and precision as frames or printing costs, as for me it is a although at times found this constraining. I have rewarding and enjoyable pastime. You can had lessons in acrylic and looser style contact me on 07810 565226. watercolour, which has inspired a bolder Carolyn Gibbs Kirdford Village Stores – so much more than just a village store Winner of the Daily Telegraph’s Best Small Shops in Britain Award 2011. Winner of Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscars’ South East 2011 & 2012 Russett Place, Kirdford, West Sussex RH14 0NQ. Tel: (01403) 820815. www.kirdfordvillagestores.com

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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 - 2.30pm

Dinner 6.00pm -10.30pm

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

ADVERTISERS INDEX June 2013 A-Team Mechanics............................39 ADC Appliances ................................19 Alba Architecture...............................25 All About Kitchens.............................23 AM Beauty Clinic.................................9 Andrew Gale Tree Surgery................33 Apex Aerials ......................................19 Appaloosa Upholstery.......................23 Austens Home Hardware ..................22 Bax Computers .................................40 Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre........................43 Billingshurst Osteopaths ...................11 Billingshurst Show & Carnival Procession ....................................10 Billingshurst Tennis Club ...................11 Brazier Building Solutions .................24 Care Comfort Company ......................9 Caring Homes ...................................15 Catherine’s Pet Services...................28 Cleansing Service Group ..................19 Click Computer Training ....................40 Cracknell Pit-Draffen, Estate Agent .........................................OBC Davis Foot Care ..................................9 Delta Decor .......................................23 EPS Motorcycles...............................39 Euroll UK, roller garage doors...........27

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One Stop Computer Store ................41 Oven Revival Company.....................25 Pest B Off..........................................27 Pest Man ...........................................23 Piggin Good, Hog Roasts ...................5 Queens Head Pub ..............................4 REM Landscapes..............................35 Re-Nu Kitchens .................................21 Ron Osborne Roofing .......................27 Southwater Cycles ............................12 Specific Projects, Equine ..................30 St Catherine’s Hospice......................28 Sumners Ponds...............................IBC Sussex & Surrey Tree Services.........37 Sussex Carpet Brokers .....................17 Sussex Towing Brackets....................39 The Chef Thai Restaurant.................46 The Hungry Guest Café......................5 Tip Top Tutors....................................29 Vertus Building Management ............16 Village Networking ............................42 Village Nurseries...............................35 West Sussex Interiors .......................16 Willows Cattery .................................28 Wisborough Green Primary School PTA Summer Fayre .........................8 Wisborough Green Farmers’ & Village Market .................................8



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