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

May 2012

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ay is that time of year when one thinks of Maypole dancing. Or is it? When I was at primary school back in the ’sixties the Maypole was dusted off every year. However, talking to some children today it seems that many have never even heard of a Maypole. Thankfully, in our community the tradition is not dead yet. There is a Maypole Fête in Plaistow on 7th May (see page 41) while on page 40 you can read John Nash’s account of Maypole dancing past and present written in his usual inimitable style. Grahame Cover photo: Josh on his way to a Teddy Bears Picnic at Little Russets Nursery’s bluebell wood. By Cate Reeves (07979 696651) If you have a suitable photo for the cover of Village Tweet please email it to us Food & drink Queens Head Pub . . . . . . . . Recipe: Lamb Keema . . . . . Monsoon Indian Restaurant Clayfield Farm . . . . . . . . . . . Kings Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . Chantry Farm . . . . . . . . . . . Sumners Ponds . . . . . . . . . . Catering Occasions . . . . . . . Little Cakery . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Health & wellbeing Care Comfort Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Billingshurst Osteopaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Emma Hutchings Mobile Hairdressing . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Gozone Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Rosemary Conley Dieting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 AM Beauty Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Intuitive Touch Wellbeing Treatments . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Yogabody . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 ZM Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 About the house Cracknell Pitt-Draffen Estate Agent . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4, 5 Hamilton Cole TV & Satellite Equipment . . . . . . . . . . .17 M Marshall Decorating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Sweet Pea by Laura (Bunting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Vertus Building Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 West Sussex Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Appaloosa Upholstery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 BRH Services Handyman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Cleansing Service Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 PD Alan Dcorating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Pets, Homes & Gardens Pet Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 ADC Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Catherine’s Pet Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Hallam Trim Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 ATG Property Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Batchelor & Bacon: Kitchens, Bathrooms . . . . . . . . . .21 Bunny Boarding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Creative Curtains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Digby’s Dog Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 MJufa Cleaning Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Pest Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Hydropower Generators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Miss Mop Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Delta Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 GJ Coles Builder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Oven Revival Company Oven Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . .23 Paul Beadell Aerial & Satellie Specialist . . . . . . . . . . .23 Pest B Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 GrEnergy Renewable Energy Solutions . . . . . . . . . . .24 Holly Boilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Home Interior Painting Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Pearson Joinery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Re-Nu Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Goring Road Carpets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Figura Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .OBC Little Tweeters! Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Parallel Lives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36


COPY DATE FOR JUNE ISSUE: 7th MAY Published by A272 Design, PO Box 371, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 4AS

Editorial and Advertising: Grahame Pearson 07762 767084 Website Design: Stephen Pearson 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. Equine SPR Centre’s page: Finding the perfect livery yard . .38 Garden Tweet! Garden View: To sow ot buy… That is the Question George Nicholls Tree Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Hedges Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clayton-Turner Trees & Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LawnMaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Village Nurseries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nigel Rolland Garden Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Simon Martyn-Johns Gardening Services . . . . . . . . . M Marshall Gardening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Surrey & Sussex Tree Services / South East Logs . . UK Lawns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Gale Tree Surgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alec Stoner Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Motoring Pulborough Private Car Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Ashpark Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Macs Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 A-Team Mechanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Partridge Green Motorsport (Caterham 7 Specialist) .35 Sussex Towing Brackets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 West Sussex Private Hire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Miscellaneous Professional Services & Businesses Tip Top Tutors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Little Russets Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Best Computer Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TechGeek IT and Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Help & Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emma Dale Dog Behaviourist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alec McCabe Guitar Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Games and quizzes Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 37 Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22, 41 Community/Farming/Smallholding Faces of Billingshurst: Michelle Websdale . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Billingshurst Stitch ’n’ Bitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Loxwood Diamond Jubilee Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Loxwood Beer & Music Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Tommy Tippetts Atlantic Rower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 John Nash’s Farming Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Briget Cozens-Smith Pedigree Hens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Michaela Giles’ Diary of a Smallholder . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 MacMillan at So India Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Loxwood Canal Centre Opens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Plaistow Girl Guides – Leader Needed . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Horsham Samaritans – Volunterer Needed . . . . . . . . . .46 Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre . . . . . .IBC Features A Good Read Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Tissue Salts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Computing: Cashback Websites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Last But Not Least What’s On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44, 45 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

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Comfort Company 1st Class Private Homecare for Retired Gentlefolk Whether you or your loved one require some assisted living accommodation post-op, on leaving hospital, to regain confidence or just for a little break in the country The Care Comfort Company are proud to announce the opening of‌

The Rosemary Room You or your loved one can now enjoy our luxurious temporary assisted living accommodation in a family farmhouse in the heart of the Sussex countryside, with 24-hour assisted support from the Care Comfort Team. The accommodation comprises of a purpose built en suite ground floor bedroom with a television/sitting room/lounge exclusively for our respite guest to enjoy and entertain if they desire. (Extra accommodation for family or friends can also be provided.) The bedroom boasts of views over a wildlife garden and stables where the horses are kept, always providing stimulation with the activities outside. The menu will be tailored to your preferences and dietary requirements; home produced organically from the farm will be lamb, pork, beef, eggs, vegetables and fruit. All home cooked daily on the kitchen AGA. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters available. Visiting hairdresser and chiropodist.

Limited bookings available for this summer. Please call for details.

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Food and drink

Lamb Keema

A light and healthy supper with a taste of India

Prep time: 15 min, Cooking time: 30 mins, Serves 4-6


1. Dry fry handfuls of minced lamb for about 4-5 minutes until browned. Drain off any fat. 2. Add the ground spices and fry for another minute. 3. Add the chopped onion, red pepper and green beans. Stir-fry for a few moments then add the mushrooms, chickpeas, tomatoes, stock and garlic pickle, if using. 4. Bring to the boil, then cover and cook gently for about 25 minutes, stirring from time to time. Remove the lid for the final ten minutes of cooking to reduce the liquid. The keema should not be allowed to boil dry though. 5. Prepare the salad by mixing together the cucumber, tomatoes, onion and fresh coriander. Season with salt and pepper then chill until ready to serve. 6. Check the seasoning of the keema and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir through the fresh, chopped coriander. 7. Serve with the salad, chapattis or rice and plain yoghurt.


For the Keema 350g / 12oz lean minced lamb 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1 large onion, chopped 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped 115g / 4oz fine green beans, chopped into 2cm pieces 175g / 6oz mushrooms, sliced 400g / 14oz can of chickpeas, drained 400g / 14oz can chopped tomatoes 90ml lamb stock (a stock cube works fine) 2 level tbsp garlic pickle (optional) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped For the salad ¼ cucumber, chopped finely 3 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped finely ½ red onion, finely chopped 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

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)

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


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

We do not compromise on quality “Our priority is high quality Indian food.” We achieve this by using only the very best ingredients. This passion for quality is the reason our customers return again and again

Take-away service available Eat in or takeaway - Sunday to Thursday

Create your own set meal for 2 for £22 (A 30% reduction on our menu prices) (Chicken, meat or prawn) Papadam and chutney Any 2 starters from the menu Any 2 main dishes from the menu Any side dish from the menu Any rice from the menu Any nan bread from the menu

All this for just £22

Take-away offer 7 days a week!

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“We use only the finest ingredients”

View our menu at Monsoon, 42 High Street, Billingshurst

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Community / Food and drink

Faces of Billingshurst – Michelle Websdale


eet Michelle Websdale, owner of Cardelicate. Michelle makes cards, invitations, gift bags and tags to name just a few of her products. All made in Billingshurst, her customers can request a bespoke design or choose from her extensive range of products. All the cards are handmade and have some fantastic details. It all started when Michelle was looking for wedding invitations. She had a particular design in mind and the companies she approached either couldn’t deliver what she wanted or were charging too much. Rather than compromise she decided to make her own. From there she made the odd card for friends and family before deciding to take things further and sell to the public.

A recent addition to the Cardelicate collection are gift bags, tags and money/voucher wallets – all of which can be personalised. She also offers a beautiful range of wedding stationery including invitations, save the date, name place cards as well as personalised canvases for boys and girls which go perfectly in their bedroom or nursery. Michelle sells her products at craft fairs, via her internet shop and directly to the public. She makes full use of social networking and can be found on Twitter, Facebook and the internet. For details go to So why not treat someone special to a handmade, personalised card and help keep local businesses going. Rob Warde


Producing Free range Pork, Lamb & Goose direct to you.

PIG TOURS! Every first and third Wednesday evening of the month throughout May, June & July. Learn about the pigs and production process and try some free samples. Tour to commence no later than 6:15pm. Except through July, to commence no later than 6:45pm. (Booking not necessary). Take a look at our weekly online blog at:

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Book reviews / Food and drink

A Good Read May’s selection from book reviewer Kath Bennett The Complete Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Right now, it seems, you can’t get away from Sherlock Holmes. Guy Ritchie’s hugely successful film franchise and the critically acclaimed BBC TV series have brought the familiar duo of Holmes and Watson to a whole new audience. So, what is it that makes the character so timeless? The best way to find out is to go back to the source, and read the original stories. Although the Holmes canon consists of four short novels and five collections of short stories, all published separately, these days they are commonly collected together into one ‘complete’ volume. Considering their age, the stories are remarkably accessible, partially because of Conan Doyle’s inspired choice of Dr Watson as narrator. The plain speaking doctor acts as a perfect foil for the eccentric, mercurial detective and allows us to see just enough to attempt to second guess what is going on. Regular supporting characters such as Holmes’ brother Mycroft, Inspector Lestrade and of course, Moriarty, are deftly drawn too. What’s more, each case is told clearly and concisely. The short story is an underrated form, but perfectly suited to 21st century reading – an adventure such as Silver Blaze or The Speckled Band is compact enough to be read on a train journey, at bedtime, while having a coffee, but is still a satisfying puzzle. Even the novels are relatively short, but always well paced, allowing the character of Holmes to be developed in more detail and more twists and turns to be added. A welcome addition to any collection – and don’t be surprised if you find yourself reading the Complete Sherlock Holmes in one fell swoop.

Novelty & Occasion cakes made to order Children’s Parties Cake tins to hire Moving to new Billingshurst premises! New tel no: 01403 784099


To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee Is this a children’s book? Well, it is a book about being a child, and is told from a child’s perspective. And, if read at the right time, it is a book which can fundamentally alter a young person’s views on life. Given that it is frequently taught at GCSE, I would argue that it is a book every young person should read – perhaps preferably before they are taught it, so that they can allow the sheer power of Lee’s storytelling to carry them on. Simply put, it is the story of Scout and Jem Finch, their father Atticus and the town of Maycomb, where they live. Scout tells us about her life in 1930s small-town America, as she, Jem and their friend Dill stretch the boundaries of their summers with imagination. At first, the most exciting and dangerous thing they can think of is making Boo Radley, their mysterious neighbour, come out of his house. However, when Atticus is called upon to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, Scout suddenly finds herself dealing with grown up issues and prejudices. There are a number of striking ‘set pieces’ within the novel – the fire that destroys a neighbour’s house, Atticus shooting a mad dog, Jem and Mrs Dubose’s camellias – but none more affecting than the courtroom scenes, seen through Scout’s eyes. One reviewer stated that ‘No-one ever forgets this book’ and I would agree. No-one ever forgets it, and every reader is a better person for reading and understanding it: one of the few really, truly life-changing books there are.

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We are currently recruiting

Care Assistants

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We offer: Excellent rates of pay Full training up to diploma level 2 Flexible working hours For more information please call 01403 783582 Gozone Care, 53-55 High Street, Billingshurst

EMMA HUTCHINGS H o m e H a i rd re s s i n g 20 years experience

Telephone 01403 783 961 Mobile 07974 070 113

Billingshurst Osteopaths pinpoint the cause of your condition and offer detailed treatment plans for a range of skeletal and muscular conditions including: ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡

Back, neck and/or shoulder pain Joint and muscle pain Headache or migraine Sports injuries Whiplash Pregnancy related pain Arthritic concerns Postural problems Babies with persistent crying, irritability and poor sleeping

Tel: 01403 786081

A caring approach to your health

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Tissue Salts What are they and what are they for?


hen you feel in need of a boost, following a long illness or a bout of flu; when nails and hair are in poor condition or you’re suffering aches and pains, many of us reach for multi-vitamins or mineral supplements, unaware that tissue salts (sometimes called mineral or cell salts) might be more helpful. The tiny homeopathically -prepared pills are considered by many to be a better way of dealing with mineral deficiencies than regular supplements. They are certainly cheaper! They balance the mineral levels in our cells, whether skin, bone, nerve, muscle or brain cells, which are then more able to absorb nutrients from our food. They are also safe as they do not cause a harmful build up of the mineral and they do not upset the digestive system with extra fillers and binders. They simply dissolve in the mouth and go straight into the bloodstream. The tiny amount of lactose in each pill does not often upset the lactose intolerant. They were developed by a German doctor, Dr Schuessler, after he discovered there were 12 main mineral salts to be found in the ashes of cremated bodies. His theory maintains that a correct balance of these mineral salts is vital to ensure normal cell function. They are useful for all ages, from teething babies and fast growing






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teenagers through to the elderly, to ensure adequate nutrition. No doubt many have seen the blue and white tubs of the 12 different Tissue Salts and the multi coloured 18 combination remedies, labelled A-S, lined up in the health or chemist shops and wondered what they were for! The 3 Calcium salts are responsible for bone, dental and skin health. There is an emotional element to all the salts but especially in the 3 Potassium salts, which may help anxiety, poor memory and mental confusion as well as fatigue, colds, arthritis inflammation and dry skin. The 3 Sodium salts balance fluids and support the kidneys and digestive systems. The last 3 salts are Iron Phosphate, useful for anaemia, fever and infection; Magnesium Phosphate, for muscle problems and finally Silica, for unhealthy skin, nails and hair. The 18 Combination Salts each contain 3 to 5 of the original salts and are labelled according to the symptoms they deal with, such as coughs and colds, brittle nails, backache or nervous and migraine headaches. Apparently all the salts are found in Combinations D, F, M and R and I’ve heard that some people buy only these as it is a cheaper way of having them all at hand for first aid and common complaints! Sue Blain, Naturopath

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Lose a Stone in 7 Weeks with Rosemary Conley


ome along to any of our classes and take the first step to losing weight and getting fitter. Exercise and dieting combined achieve quicker results than dieting alone plus you get all the other benefits linked to exercise; lower blood pressure and cholesterol, stronger and more toned muscles, improved flexibility, more energy, a higher metabolism and a boost to your self-esteem. Our diet works, it is simple to follow and you will receive all the help you need from me to help you reach your goal. In your diet pack is a 28-day menu planner with several options for each meal including daily vegetarian alternatives. The calories have all been counted for you and you will receive a set of our fabulous portion pots which make dieting so much easier than when having to weigh everything. Our exercise classes are simple to follow and fun to do. Do not worry if you have not exercised before or are unfit, work at your own pace and

you will soon learn our routines. Choose from Aerobics, Zumba or Pilates. Wear comfortable clothes and wear trainers for Aerobics and Zumba and bring a drink. Join now and receive your diet pack, and a month’s unlimited classes for just £22 when you join our Premier Club and pay £22 monthly by standing order. Premier Club then gives you one class a week or you can upgrade to Premier Plus unlimited classes for just £30.50 per month. Alternatively weekly fees are: £6.00 Aerobics & Zumba with weigh in £7.20 Pilates & weigh in £5.20 Zumba exercise only Everyone is welcome at any of our friendly classes and if you would like a chat before coming to the class please call Helen on 01403 265574 or email or visit

BILLINGSHURST Billingshurst Community Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW Tuesday 6:00 - 7:10 pm (Slim & Fitness Pilates) Tuesday 7:15 - 8:30 pm (Zumba Gold®) Wednesday 11:00 - 12:15 pm (Zumba Gold®) Wednesday 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Slim & Aerobics) Friday 09:30 - 10:45 am (Slim & Fitness Pilates)


“You will love our newstyle classes inspired by exercise supremo, Kardy Laguda.”

Call Helen on 01403 265574 helen.heinrich@rosemaryconley .com ZUMBA®, ZUMBA FITNESS®; and the Zumba Fitness Logo are registered trademarks of Zumba Fitness, Fitness LLC, used with permission.


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FREE Membership & Diet Pack worth £35!* *When you pay £22 for your first month & join our monthly payment option OR Prepay your 1st 5 classes. Valid until 31/05/12. New members only.


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A.M. Beauty Clinic is now open


ichelle has worked in the beauty industry for many years and knows what it takes to create the best treatments in luxurious surroundings. Michelle The Spray Tanning Room said; “I’ve taken great care to make sure my clients have the best of treatments, at affordable prices in a relaxing salon environment, with highly qualified staff. The treatment rooms have been specially designed to give my clients the feeling of being in their own home.” Why not come along and see for yourself, choose from the salon selection of drinks, put your feet up and enjoy the services they have to offer. A.M. Beauty Clinic has a very wide range of treatments, suitable for both men and women. At the salon, clients can enjoy; Facial Treatments, Massage, Gel/Acrylic Nails, Manicure, Pedicure and Waxing Treatments with LYCON that really can take the ouch out of waxing, Ear Piercing,

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f you follow the latest fashion for the handcrafted – clothes, toys, throws, cushions, gifts, etc you have most likely admired a beautiful hand-knit sweater, scarf or a cute knitted toy? And then wished you could produce something like it? Well you can! Historically knitting was a necessity to produce clothing – and done by MEN too! During World War Two we ‘Knitted for Victory’. ‘Make do and mend’ was the title of a booklet produced by the British Ministry of Information. Wool was in very short supply, and the booklet encouraged women to unpick old woollen items in order to re-use the wool. Knitting patterns were issued so that people could make items for the Army and Navy to wear in winter, such as balaclavas and gloves. This not only produced much-needed items, but also gave those on the ‘home front’ a positive sense of contributing to the war effort. Celebrities including Julia Roberts, Winona Ryder, Dakota Fanning, and Cameron Diaz have been seen knitting and have helped to popularise the revival of the craft. The new millennium has also seen a return by men to the art of knitting. In 1999, Debbie Stoller started a Stitch ’n’ Bitch group in New York’s East Village ad Stitch ’n’ Bitch: The Knitters Handbook, published in 2003, was the first in a series of best-selling instructional books on knitting and crochet, all titled with the phrase ‘Stitch ’n’ Bitch’, that has been used to refer to social knitting groups since at least World War Two. With organisations like Stitch ’n’ Bitch and Ravelry (a large international online community and social networking site for knitters and crocheters, founded by Casey and Jessica Forbes in May 2007.), knitting was brought into the cyber present. Since machine-made knitwear is readily and cheaply available, today it’s a hobby. For those of us who want something truly unique, making it yourself is the only way. There is a wide range of fibres readily available, producing a startling array of textures and effects, only limited by our imaginations. You can even knit on a budget by recycling yarn and buying charity shop finds of yarn, equipment and patterns. The profile of knitting has been raised in the ‘noughties’ with yarn bombing, yarn storming, guerrilla


knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting, a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. Examples have been recorded as early as May 2004 in Den Helder, Netherlands. In 2005, Texas knitters used their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide with custom pieces being created by artists. While yarn installations – called yarn bombs or yarn storms – may last for years, they are considered nonpermanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. Nonetheless, the practice is still technically illegal, though it is not often prosecuted vigorously. While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn bombing was initially almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalising sterile or cold public places. It has since developed with groups graffiti knitting and crocheting worldwide, each with their own agendas and public graffiti knitting projects being run. World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes and takes place on the second Saturday of June each year. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. But we got tired of waiting, so you can come down to The Six Bells, in Billingshurst High Street, on a Tuesday evening, between 7pm and 9pm and join us at the ‘Stitch ’n’ Bitch’ or ‘Knit & Natter’ if you prefer. We are a small group of crafting type folks who meet to indulge, discuss, inspire and craft. There’s no charge, no register, no pressure. You can bring any type of crafty project, come when you want and stay as long as is convenient. You can buy a drink if you wish and it doesn’t have to be alcoholic, tea and coffee are also available. We welcome everybody, of any age or ability, who would like to learn, or just wants to chat about needlecrafts and would love to meet knitters, crocheters, etc of any standard. We have knitters, crocheters, spinners, dyers, felters, quilters, embroiderers and cross-stitchers (who make cross-stitch pieces, not stitch crossly!). See you there! Charlotte Colloff-Hinde Tel: (01403) 783236or e-mail:

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hat is the question! In addition to the traditional method of sowing seeds, garden centres, DIY stores and even supermarkets are now providing more options for people looking to grow their own vegetables from young plants, but I’m not sure how I feel about this. In one respect I’m excited about the movement, and think that it’s a great step forward; mainly because it introduces vegetable growing to a wider audience and it takes away the scary ‘unknown science’ of germination. Now you and I know that with most veg, seed sowing does not have to be any more scientific than making a line in the soil with a stick and throwing in a few seeds. Cover them over, slosh on some water and hey presto, as if by magic they germinate (it’s no surprise really as that’s what they were designed to do!). Planting young vegetable plants is also very easy. There’s no thinning out of the seedlings if you over sow, it’s much less time consuming (the whole veg plot could, in theory, be planted up in one go) and it’s great for children (and impatient adults) who like an ‘instant impact’. It also removes the need to spend ages choosing from the bewildering array of varieties on offer, as normally there’s just one type available (although seasoned gardeners will see this as a major disadvantage!). There are other downsides too, and I think the main one has to be the fact that you don’t get the thrill and satisfaction of that special day


when you go outside and observe the seedlings poking through the soil. Having checked daily since the week after you sowed them (as I do!), you get a real sense of achievement when the fresh new leaves emerge from the crusty seed coat. The other major downside is cost, and some young plants do actually work out more expensive than buying the end product from the supermarket, but I guess there’s not much fun in that! Either way, I don’t think it really matters. Whether you’re a time starved parent or have several hours to spare sowing neat rows, there’s nothing quite like eating home grown peas, popping them fresh from the pod. Lee Bestall Photo: Penelope Waits (flickr)

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uring the early part of the year, the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative have been extremely busy in creating a Diamond Jubilee Garden for the Loxwood residents. This garden is situated on what was an overgrown, neglected piece of land between Station Road and Willetts Way. We have just completed Phase One of this garden, which measures approximately one quarter of an acre in size. This work has included a semicircular sleeper wall which has created a backdrop

who have been very generous towards us by supplying their goods at a very competitive rate. They are Covers Builders Merchants at Rudgwick and AVS Fencing Supplies at Rudgwick. Without their help we would not have been able to complete this project. Phase Two will start once we have raised sufficient funds and have got our plans in place. However, we would love to find somebody who would be in a position to donate a totem pole for this area.

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to a stunning stone seating area incorporating a mahogany bench surrounded by two raised beds which we have started to plant up with herbs and salad crops which can be of use to local residents. The whole area has been fenced off with a post and rail fence with access through one entrance gate to ensure the area will be safe for young children. The funds for this have been generated by the members of the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative as well as a grant that we acquired from the Big Lottery Fund. We have again been very fortunate to find a local landscaping company, Paul Swan Landscaping Ltd, who has very kindly donated his time and expertise at a very reasonable cost to help with this project. Paul and his team have produced a fantastic example of their workmanship. As well as Paul, we would like to thank two local companies

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When you are passing Loxwood, do drop in and have a look at what the Loxwood Community Gardens Initiative have achieved from an overgrown, neglected piece of waste land that was being used as a dumping area we have now the start of a magnificent community garden for the benefit of the residents of Loxwood. We are always looking to increase our membership. If you are interested in becoming involved or helping out in any way or would like to make a donation to help our cause, please contact Graham Moore on (01403) 751722 or email Details can also be found on which show our other two community areas. Graham Moore

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Musical talent at this year’s Loxwood Beer & Music Festival


here wil be a fabulous line-up of musical talent at this year’s Loxwood Beer & Music Festival in the grounds of Loxwood North Hall on Saturday 26th May, 2-11pm. As well as local bands there will also be an incredible array of beers, a hog roast and barbecue plus entertainment for the kids too, with proceeds going to the Loxwood Pre-School. The event is sponsored this year by Silverback Studios ( and JGH Plant Services ( Ray Merridew and Mark Bridger from Bigger Fish Music have organised all the bands. The festival will open with Voodoo Rising, an entertaining rock covers band with the vocal talents of Rachel Middle and Louise Crawford. They have a superb varied repertoire with anything from the Blues Brothers to Nickelback or Chuck Berry to U2, so are guaranteed to go down a storm. They will be followed by the hugely talented Aimée and friends. At just 16, Aimée will captivate you with a contrasting set of selfpenned songs alongside some well-known classic and contemporary tracks. Just after 4pm we are in for a real treat with The Watermelons who play Loxwood in amongst several festival dates. In 2011 their single ‘Dancing with the Wrong One’ achieved over 30,000 views within a week and rated number 4 in the MTV download charts. Worthing-based Indie heroes Sandweaver will follow with their dramatic mix of melodic, anthemic sounds. They have quickly gained a strong local following, national radio play and a series of high profile support slots, including Turin Brakes just recently. The Watermelons Left: Aimée


Shortly before 7pm you will need to keep your dancing shoes on for a superb local band, The Reaction. Formed in 2010 but already filling local venues, University gigs and playing at private parties you will soon see why! As if all this wasn’t enough, we then have a massively experienced band having been together for 12 years and having played over 600 gigs across the UK, Europe and USA, Two Choices have come a long way since the ‘pub styled covers band’ that they were in the early days! By 9pm you will still need enough energy to ‘get down’ as The Rhythm Method takes the stage – all 10 of them! Their set list includes everybody’s favourite hits from movies like The Commitments, The Blues Brothers and The Full Monty. The dancing and fun will not stop there either! Our last band of the day really needs no introduction. Throbbin Hood will take to the stage just after 10pm. Talented, wacky, dual guitars, solid thumping bass, a mad drummer and a multi-talented, dancing frontman with a weird guitar … what more do you want? Oh yes, songs you know from the ‘old days’ right up to chart stuff from yesterday. In between bands the crowd will be entertained by Bloco do Sul ‘Band of the South’, bringing their exciting rhythms of Brazil! Tickets go on sale from the 16th April via the website or local shops and post office and are priced at just £10 in advance (includes a free drink) or £12 on the day. Amazing value for all this entertainment so book ahead and get yourself down to Loxwood North Hall on the Guildford Road, RH14 0SF. Ray Merridew

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ill was sitting in the sun reading a book. He was feeling very sad and cross. He’d hurt his back doing a hedging job and it was still very sore. Sally came in from checking the sheep and Bill asked if there was a cup of coffee going. “I’ll get it in a minute,” Sally replied. “I’m making you a sandwich now.” Just as she was finishing, Beth arrived and Sally put the kettle on again. Soon they were all sitting in the watery sun chatting about life and enjoying a cup of coffee. In the Sheep Nursery, The Welsh Witch sniffed her two new baby ewes that had been born in the early dawn that morning. She was very pleased that they were so strong and healthy. Sally and Bill had brought them up and had checked the babies out, and given The Welsh Witch some lovely new food. She really liked being in the Nursery. It was warm and cosy and there was lots of food, twice a day. Dottie the big pig gazed at her not so little piglets running around and jumping about over one another. Some were even scoffing food out of her food bowl, but she didn’t mind too much. She loved them anyway. Dottie lay down beside the ark and enjoyed the sun. Spring couldn’t be too far away. Hens Goldie and Brownie eyed the smaller birds which were trying to thieve their food in the chicken yard. The sun was warm and they’d been scratching about in the dirt. There were a few worms about and other tasty bits and pieces. They did not miss Ashley and Misty but Blackie was all right and Harriet of course was to be respected and allowed to do what she wanted. (Author’s note: You haven’t met Harriet yet. Hers is another tale.) Life was good and they were all content. As the days were drawing out they became more inclined to lay eggs. Jack was in the big house doing the washing. There were always at least two loads and it had to be done every day. Although it wasn’t the most exciting task in the world he took pride in doing it regularly and carefully. Anne was in London working hard. The kids were all at school. Gary was inside working on his computer. And the dogs? Magnus was snoozing on the couch flat on his back with all four feet sticking up in the air.

His paws twitched every so often as if he was trying to run. Bailey was sleeping too, curled up on her blanket but with one eye open. She was watching her Mum who was washing dishes and looking out the window. She was dreaming about the jobs she wanted to do in the garden that day and wondering if the sun would stay out long enough for it to be enjoyable. Suddenly a life and death drama caught Mum’s eye. Jasper the little cat was stretching his paw down the edge of the open drain under the downpipe on the shed. He’d caught a rodent of some kind which had escaped down the drain. He couldn’t reach it. He tried one way and then another, with one paw and then another. He stopped and looked, sat for a bit then tried again. He went as far around as he could and tried putting his paw down again. Mum went outside and moved the downpipe to see if she could see; but it wasn’t visible. She replaced the downpipe and went back inside to make lunch. When she next looked out Jasper had called in reinforcements in the form of the Master Hunter, James Edward. He was trying to hook the rodent out with his much longer paws. He tried and tried. Then he settled back to wait. Jasper of course settled down too but showed his respect by remaining farther back. Half an hour passed and there was no more movement from the drain. Jasper went off to look somewhere else, but James Edward stayed a bit longer. Eventually he too left and came into the house for his lunch. After munching his crunchies, he went back outside and checked the drain again. He stayed for awhile watching and sniffing. The farm settled down for the afternoon, quiet until Sally started the feeding round again and the children came home from school. Just an hour or two in the lives of those who live at the little farm near Billingshurst. Yvonne Fleece

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ommy Tippetts of Kirdford has become the youngest man to row any ocean solo after arriving into Port St Charles, Barbados on the morning of Thursday 12th April. After spending just over 82 days at sea on the Atlantic Ocean, Tommy stepped off his 24ft rowing boat KED Endeavour to be greeted by family and friends. After leaving La Gomera, Canary Islands on Saturday January 21st 2012, Tommy had to deal with many issues whilst at sea (as reported in Village Tweet, October 2011 and March 2012). During his first few weeks he was forced to contend with 30ft waves and strong winds, very aware that similar conditions had capsized five other ocean rowing boats in the weeks before his departure. The weather then turned and for his final six weeks at sea Tommy had unusually light winds which meant ten hours of back-breaking rowing every day in temperatures reaching 36°C. The problems continued when Tommy’s electric water maker, the most important piece of equipment on the boat that turns salt water into fresh drinking water, broke down. From then on Tommy was forced to use his emergency manual water maker and pump for two hours every day to make enough drinking water to survive. The final hurdle Tommy faced was a shortage of food on board, caused by the lack of wind and slow progress he was making. Forced to cut down to less than half the 6000 calories he required each day for the final two weeks, Tommy became more and more exhausted as his


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Finding the perfect livery yard


inding your perfect livery yard can be as hard as finding the perfect horse! Keeping your horse at home is the dream of most horse owners, but it is not always possible and this is where livery yards come in. There are many options to suit all pockets and all have advantages and disadvantages. I will try to cover the most popular types of livery. Full livery. This is the most expensive option. All of the horse’s needs are met by the yard staff, including exercise if needed. The price will include feed, bedding, hay, mucking out, turning out and bringing in. Make sure you know exactly what is included in the weekly fee as some services such as holding for the vet or farrier and tack cleaning will attract an extra charge, and you will be expected to provide any feed supplements the horse has as well as wormers and money for dentist visits and shoes or foot trimming. Full livery tends to be popular with horse owners who work long hours or odd shift patterns as it means the horse is cared for and in a routine if the owner cannot be around. Part-livery. Similar to full but not as comprehensive. Most part-livery includes, turn out, skip out, feed and bedding, but the grooming and riding is down to the owner. DIY. Do it yourself! The most popular livery option by far. The horse owner rents a stable and grazing and the all the stable work is down to them! DIY yards vary greatly in regards to facilities, with some having the luxury of an indoor school and some being just a stable and field. Some DIY yards offer holiday and illness cover too. Grass livery. This is the most basic livery option by far; the owner simply rents a field from a local farmer. The advantage is that it is a very cheap option but I would recommend that you have the use of a stable for emergencies. This option is a good deal for young stock or retirees. Do take into account that paddock maintenance and muck removal will be ultimately down to you. Make sure you can rely on someone in the event of holidays or illness as with this livery you will be going it alone! Once you have decided on which option is right for you and your horse it’s time to look at yards. Make sure you ask exactly what is included in the livery package as extras such as


trailer parking can soon mount up. Good places to look for livery are the notice boards of local feed stores, the local small ad paper and word of mouth from other local horse owners. First impressions count, so when you arrive check that the yard is clean and tidy with no tools left lying around to cause injury. Make sure the yard can offer decent storage for hay and feed and that the tack room is secure, although I always advocate taking your tack home with you due more to outsiders breaking in and stealing everyone’s tack. Turn out is a huge consideration for some and I personally feel that horses need to go out everyday even if just for a few hours. Check that the yard does include some winter turn out for both your and your horse’s sanity! Look carefully at the state of the fencing – barbed wire is dreadful for horses causing nasty injuries. Post and rail is preferable but are high maintenance, so most yards these days opt for electric fencing being both secure and easy to maintain. Whether your horse has an individual paddock or shared, turn out should be considered and discussed at the time of viewing so both parties know where they stand regarding grazing arrangements. If you are the owner of a ‘good doer type’ that gets fat easily, be sure to ask if you can strip graze or if the yard have a starvation/laminitic paddock available for use. Check the yard has a decent worm control strategy in place, one which is endorsed by an SQP or a vet, some yard owners are still a little in the past regarding responsible use of wormers! Make sure you get a feel for the yard you are looking at, and try to chat to other owners – as you will be spending a lot of time there you will want to feel like you are part of the place. ry Make sure you get a written contract le d stating exactly what you get for your d y, sa ha money, notice periods for both , k ly ge parties, and any yard rules. ac pp illa t e , u Jeanette Douglas. SQP, Qualified ol n s ct V lac o Horse Adviser. SPR Centre. h ca ta ll p his c s or on wi t e ng op e c e sid nd i ir d sh as . W g a s a g le ay on re ie n in p d al ca er ru th etc t to ad se g s o , ou cl od ee ur or in fI y or fo Tw yo h rid


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The Day Care Centre is open every Tuesday between 10:00am and 3:30pm. It is aimed at people over 65 including those who have early dementia or memory problems, those who need to get away from the isolation felt in their house or those who need some variety in their lives. Refreshments and a home cooked two-course lunch are available plus a warm, safe, welcoming environment in which to enjoy your visit. Help and Company offer a free trial session which will allow you to sample some of the activities which are on offer every Tuesday. Their unique attitude and professional approach allows them to make a substantial and distinctive impact in the lives of many people. They have a large number of clients and carers but, very importantly, they strongly believe in matching only one or two carers, all of whom are enhanced CRB checked, to each client. To arrange a visit to the Day Care Centre, or to discuss help at home, please call the number shown below. Further days will be available soon. Help and Company at Home Ltd 01403 788080 / 07799 067512


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Maypole Dance and the cruel hand of fête! 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.


t’s that time of year again. The start of the Village fête season. And especially that most glorious of institutions… the May Day Maypole fête. Every year, villagers meet to celebrate this tradition that dates back beyond medieval times – and every year things go wrong. Oh yes, perhaps just the odd mishap at each event I know, but if you put them all together, what a wonderful day that would make! So lets amalgamate this May celebration from over the years and see what sort of day it would be… For starters there must be rain. Not necessarily on the day. No, I’m thinking of the long periods of rain that seemed to precede the day so that although the morn beamed bright and sunny there lurked beneath the fresh green grass a gluttonous, patient layer of mud. This would only show itself later in the afternoon when it was time to recover the car from the local field. Many a car bumper has been lost to the sharp tug of a tractor! So to the event itself… There is always a ‘show ’ ring. This will be carefully marked off to one side of the manicured cricket square which in turn is roped off by the groundsman in the vain hope that the children will respect the valiant efforts he has made trying to get the pitch ready for the new season. (One suspects that if he had his way the rope would be replaced with an electric fence borrowed from the local dairy farm.) The ring itself will be occupied all afternoon by a steady stream of players all urged on to greater efforts by some chap yelling full bore into the sound system accompanied by the feedback from the microphone that utters shrill shrieks every few minutes, much of this is in a far higher register than the human ear can detect, but which the dogs assembled for their part in the afternoon’s events can hear with obvious agitation, their roused humour evident in the complete lack of discipline that they show as they partake in the mid-afternoon Obedience Class. There are, of course, the compulsory races. The children’s present no problem, and even the mothers


do their bit with some degree of decorum. But the men’s! Now that’s something else. This is a case of losing face in front of the entire village. Reputations and manhood have to be demonstrated to all who have gathered. The result: complete hilarity. Men are not designed to run 100 yards after a full belly of beer, two hot-dogs and no exercise for the past twelve months. The first 20 are covered with some form of dignity, encouraged by the shouts of their wives and children. The last 80 are pure unmitigated torture. Redfaced, eyes bulging, and gasping for breath, the majority stagger over the finishing tape with legs as heavy as lead and leaking most of their liquid intake through sweating faces and soggy shirts. Over the years the older menfolk have learnt that it is far safer and a great deal more fun to observe the festivities from the relative safety of the pub doorway and only venture forth to the edge of the melée when the hog roast has reached maturity. Thus we come to the main event. The Maypole Dance… The CD strikes up. Out from the school doorway comes the enthusiastic children herded by two or three teachers and an assortment of volunteer mothers. The girls look like little angels in their May Day finery, the boys look suitably fed up and bored. There is a five-minute pause while the various ribbons from the pole are untangled and distributed. Minor squabbles are settled with some difficulty and one girl inevitably refuses to join in and sits weeping noisily at the Maypole’s base while two boys kick each other with distinct pleasure as the teachers are distracted from their warder roles. At last there is some measure of organisation and for a quarter of an hour there is pure delight on everyone’s face as the age-old designs are formed and re-formed on the latticework of ribbons. The children finally depart the green with the sound of warm and heartfelt applause from the assembly. Even the menfolk raise a glass from the pub forecourt and hide a misty eye. I know I may be slightly exaggerating the occasion but it does all happen. Go and see for yourself, you’ll enjoy it, I promise. John Nash Photo: falashad (flickr)

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


hat a difference a month can make on a sized litters and I have scanned five more as smallholding. Since the last Village pregnant, although two have been sold to make Tweet we have started and finished way for more of our own lambing, the Brahmas have stock. We have also sold our started laying and we have fantastic boar Clooney, which had even more piglets born. I am a little sad about, who Our flock of sheep have despite being massive is still had a bumper crop of lambs my baby boy, but as we this year with a high number slowly sell off our foundation of twins and even one set of stock we are running out of triplets. There were no sows and gilts. He is birthing problems again this unrelated too. In addition to year, which we put down to our private pig courses, we our “keep them lean” before also hosted a government birth concept and then pump funded course on pig the King of the Castle!” “I’m them with food after the breeding through ADAS and birth. We escaped the dreaded Schmallenberg Livestock Health South East. These are free to virus thank goodness and Jimmy the ram is as attend and cover all livestock so check out their good with his babies as the others have been. websites. The West Sussex Smallholders Club The Brahmas have gone from zero eggs to will be holding their May meeting on 30th and it almost one per day each and so our incubators will be all about on-farm biosecurity which is are packed full. We are currently working out the probably the single most useful practice for farm hatching rate and have trimmed around the health. Lambs, piglets and soon chicks chicken’s fluffy private areas to maximise fertility. everywhere, summer is on its way! Two saddleback sows gave birth to decent Michaela Giles

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illingshurst Support Group for MacMillan joined forces with So India Restaurant in Codmore Hill, Pulborough to put on a brilliant fundraising evening on 21st March. With a full restaurant serving a delicious set menu and a fantastic raffle success was guaranteed! Mujib of So India donated a very generous £350 plus proceeds from the raffle of an amazing £260 giving a total of £610 was raised for MacMillan. Jenny Kern of the Billingshurst


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ore than 200 supporters and guests enthusiastically welcomed the opening of the Canal Centre at Loxwood, West Sussex, on Sunday 1st April. Mike Coleman, Chairman of West Sussex County Council, cut the red ribbon and saluted the exceptional work by all the volunteers. Sally Schupke, Chairman of the Wey & Arun Canal Trust, said that the history of the Canal Centre went back a long way. The Trust had started by planning a wooden ticket office in the car-park, then started thinking about a log cabin. A fortunate meeting with generous sponsors led to more ambitious thoughts and the splendid new building was the result. The Canal Trust was an environmentally aware group and had wanted a very ‘green’ building – constructed from sustainably sourced materials and with exceptionally low energy requirements. Sussex company Fordingbridge plc had responded skilfully to the Trust’s requirements. Sally hoped that Loxwood residents would be proud of the



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What’s On near you

What’s On – May and beyond… Every Mon Fitness for Life. United Reformed Church Hall, High Street, Billingshurst. 9.30-10.30am. Info: Sashi (01403) 822504 or 07761 158436 Every Mon Coffee Shop in Plaistow Church. 9-11.30am. Real coffee and a selection of cakes. Why not drop in with your friends after you’ve dropped your children off at school? Every Mon Careful Hands – Day Club for people with Dementia. Dial Post Village Hall, 10am-3.30pm. Jenny Jupp, 07951 652788. & Thurs Every Tues Short mat bowls. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre (formerly Village Hall). 2-4pm. £2.50. Come and try a game. It’s great fun with friendly people in a small club. Further details Gerry (01403) 265873 or John (01403) 783477 Every Tues Help and Company’s Day Care Centre for the elderly. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre, 10am-3.30pm. To reserve your place and book your home-cooked two-course lunch please phone (01403) 788080 Last Thurs Social evening for the villagers of Ifold, Plaistow and Kirdford. Monthly, from 7pm. Meet other local people and enjoy a nice social event. Janice: Every Thurs Wildlife walkabouts. RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve, Wiggonholt. 10am-12 noon. These gentle rambles are an ideal introduction to the reserve and its varied habitats and wildlife, taking in the seasonal delights on the brooks or on our heathland trail. £4 per person (£2 for RSPB members). Visitor Centre: (01798) 875851 Every Thurs HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst. Meet Library car-park, Billingshurst, 2.25 miles, flat, easy. Free, just turn up at 11am. Jean (01403) 786201 Every Sat Indoor table top sale and market. Ansell’s Yard, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, RH14 0DD. 10am-2pm. No entrance fee. Tables available £5 (must be pre-booked). Telephone (01403) 700633 or 07798 941940 Billingshurst Horticultural Society. New Zealand with the Wheelbarrow Man, 2 May Illustrated talk by Harry Townsend. Women’s Hall, High Street, Billingshurst. 8pm. Visitors welcome, £1 inc refreshments. Raffle. Never played croquet? Introduction to croquet. West Chiltington Croquet Club, Mill Road, West 2 May Chiltington RH20 2PZ. Meet in the Cricket Pavilion on the Recreation Ground behind the Village Hall. Bring flat shoes, everything else will be provided HDC Health Walk. Bax Castle, Two Mile Ash Road, 4 miles mostly flat, free, just turn-up in pub 2 May car-park at 10.30 am, No dogs. John (01403) 263661 New HDC Health Walk. Kings Head, Rudgwick going east, 4 miles mostly flat, some stiles, excellent 3 May views and bluebells, free just turn-up in pub car-park at 10am. No dogs. Bill (01403) 256248 Exhibition of local paintings. Evershed Arts, Unitarian Chapel, High St, Billingshurst. Tea and coffee 4-11 May 4, 11, 18 & Billingshurst Bowling Club (80th Anniversary 1932-2012). Behind the ‘old’ cricket field in Station Road – access also via Myrtle Lane (down the public footpath and turn right). Now 25 May open for 2012 season. New members welcome, experience not necessary. Come along and have a try on one of our open evenings – all Fridays in May 6-8pm (other days/times by arrangement). All equipment supplied. Info from Roy (Captain): (01403) 784299, June (Vice-Captain): (01403) 785695 or Keith: (01403) 784599 Evershed Arts Folk Club. Evershed Arts, Unitarian Chapel, High Street, Billingshurst. 8pm. £2.50. 5 May ‘Floor-spot’ performers welcome. (01403) 260046 A Downs Dash. In connection with b-footloose. Explore 40 miles of the South Downs Way over 2 5-6 May days from Winchester to Midhurst. £50, includes meals, accommodation, etc. Entry form and full details e-mail We ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £100 via sponsorship, payable after the walk. Indoor Antiques Market & Collectors Sale. Ansell’s Yard, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, 6 May RH14 0DD. 10am-3pm. No entrance fee. Tables available £8 (must be pre-booked). Telephone (01403) 700633 or 07798 941940 Indoor Antiques Market & Collectors Sale. Ansell’s Yard, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, 6 May RH14 0DD. 10am-3pm. No entrance fee. Tables available £8 (must be pre-booked). Telephone (01403) 700633 or 07798 941940 Plaistow Preschool Maypole Fête. Plaistow Village Green. 12pm-3pm. Barbecue, 7 May children’s entertainment, dog show, beer & Pimms, raffle and much more. Enquiries: See ad on page 41 Loxwood Jazz & Blues Club. Village Hall. With candlelit tables and a licensed bar, it has a very 9 May intimate atmosphere with international standard jazz and blues. All profits go towards the renovation Loxwood Village Hall. Tickets are priced at the amazing price of £10 each, available from Loxwood Village Stores or Anita Bates on (01403) 752954 Messy Church! Billingshurst Village Hall. 3.30-5.45pm. Billingshurst churches welcome 9 May families to have fun with games, crafts, singing and stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sit-down meal, donation. Horsham & Crawley Samaritans Open Day. 21 Denne Road, Horsham. 7pm-9pm. For potential 9 May listening volunteers wanting to find out more about the service. Talk to existing volunteers and watch a DVD about the work of Samaritans Wisborough Green Farmers’ and Village Market. Village Hall, 9am-12.30pm. Up to 30 stalls selling 10 May a variety of locally produced foods and crafts. Contact: Mary Lindfield (01403) 700624 HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst. Meet at Sports Pavilion car-park, 4 to 6 miles, some slopes and 10 May stiles, free just turn-up at 10am. No dogs. Sue (01403) 255710


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Come ‘ZUMBA’ for one crazy hour only. Billingshurst Community and Conference Centre, 6.30pm. For the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy courtesy of Musical Friends. Call Rosie (01403) 780444 or just turn up HDC Health Walk. Barns Green. Meet by the Village Club, 2 miles, mostly flat, can be some muddy patches, free, just turn-up at 11am. Peter (01403) 741305 HDC Health Walk. Barns Green. Meet by the Village Club, 4 miles, mostly flat, some stiles, can be some muddy patches, free, just turn-up at 11am. Peter (01403) 741305 Table Top Sale. Barns Green Village Hall, RH13 0PT. 10am-12 noon. Tables available £10 (must be pre-booked). No entrance fee. Refreshments available. We are raising funds for St Nicolas Church, Itchingfield. Contact Mags Fisher: (01403) 790717 or e-mail Billingshurst Horticultural Society. Bargain Plant Sale. Women’s Hall, High Street, Billingshurst. 10am-12 noon. Cake stall, raffle, refreshments. Admission free Classical Concert. Evershed Arts, Unitarian Chapel, High Street, Billingshurst. 8pm. Andrew Wickens (Violin) and Elizabeth Hills (Piano). £5.00. (01403) 260046 HDC Health Walk. Sumners Ponds Fishery & Campsite, Barns Green, 4.5 mile mostly flat, some stiles, through woodland and meadows, free just turn-up at reception/café at 9am. No dogs. Pauline (01403) 240419 or Jane 261672 St Mary’s Guild Talk: The Women of Newfoundland, Jeanette & John Simpson. St Mary’s Room, East Street, Billingshurst. 8pm. Visitors welcome. Beryl Peacock (01403) 782835 Christian Aid Concert. St Peter’s Church, Slinfold. 7.30pm. Slinfold Handbell Ringers, Conductor Rhona Barrett. Horsham Accordion Band led by Maggs Fisher, Organist John Wickenden, accompanied by a rumpeter. Refreshments in interval. Retiring collection New Horizons Appeal St Catherine's Hospice Garden & Local Produce Fair. Summers Place, Billingshurst, RH14 9AB. 10.30am-3.30pm. £3.50 and for early birds, a Bubbly Breakfast £12.50 from 8.30-10.30am. Tickets and stall info from Paula tel: (01293) 447367 or e-mail: Billingshurst Village Market. Library car-park, Billingshurst. 9am-2pm. Info: Anita Burdfield, (01403) 784445, An Evening with Alan Mullery MBE. Hosted by David Hamilton. North Hall, Loxwood. 8pm (doors open 7.30). Alan has 35 England caps, managed Brighton, Charlton, Crystal Palace & QPR. Licensed Bar with Local Real Ale. Tickets: £12 from Loxwood Post Office or Graham on (01403) 751722 Macmillan Film night. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Billingshurst Conference & Community Centre. 7.30pm. Tickets £5.50 from Mansell McTaggart (ex-Mallards) or on the door on the night The Music of Rachmaninov. Guildford Cathedral. 7.30pm. Piano Concerto No 2. The Vespers (extracts). The Bells. The Brandenburg Sinfonia, soloists from the Royal Academy of Music. Vivace Chorus. Free pre-concert talk 6.30pm. Tickets £11-£22 from Tourist Information 01483 444334 Floral Fringe Fair. Bignor Park, nr Pulborough, RH20 1HG. 10am-5pm. £6 (under 14 free). 11 acres of gardens. Info: 07939 272443 or e-mail: Macmillan Film night. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Pulborough Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets £5.50 from Four Seasons or on the door on the night HDC Health Walk. Barns Green, 11am, 2 miles as for 11 May Loxwood Beer & Music Festival. A feast of musical talent. Charity event in aid of Loxwood Pre-School. Ray Merridew, Bigger Fish Music: 07788 639222 Billingshurst Primary School Table Top Sale. 10am-12pm. £1 entry on the door. Seller tables are £10. Homeware, Clothing, Bric-A-Brac, Toys and Games, Books, etc. E-mail: to book or for more details HDC Health Walk. Itchingfield. Meet outside the school, 4.5 miles, some stiles, may be mud, free, just turn-up at 10am. No dogs. Tony (01403) 269232 HDC Health Walk. Loxwood. Meet at the Arun Trust car-park behind the Onslow Arms, 7 miles partly along the Wey & Arun Canal, mostly flat, two stiles, free, just turn-up at 10am. No dogs. Mike (01403) 242564 West Sussex Smallholders Club meeting. Arundel Room, Brinsbury campus, Chichester College, Pulborough. 7:30pm. Info: Evershed Arts Folk Club. Evershed Arts, Unitarian Chapel, High Street, Billingshurst. 8pm. £2.50. ‘Floor-spot’ performers welcome. (01403) 260046 Procession of vintage vehicles. Leaves Kelsey Hall, Ifold 11am to Plaistow Village Green. Stalls, dog show, flower arranging competition, fun races for all the family, hot food and Bar. Grand Draw. In the evening Sticky Bun will entertain us plus a hog roast. For further information and stall enquiries please contact Stuart East 01403 753795 25th Shipley Art Exhibition. Andrew Hall Shipley. 11am-5pm. Art and Pottery, delicious refreshments. Free admission and parking. Karen Brown (01403) 741562

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Volunteer Treasurer CAN YOU HELP? Were you ever a Girl Guide? Or may be a Guide or Brownie Leader? 1st Plaistow Guides are looking for someone to join their leadership team to help run the unit.

needed for Horsham & Crawley Samaritans to be a trustee member of friendly committee meeting monthly. Book-keeping or similar experience, qualifications not necessary. 2-3 hours a week including time in the office at Denne Road, Horsham. Preparation of monthly and annual accounts on Excel. Online banking for bill and expenses payments. Contact Philip Midwinter: 07977 596209 or 01403 700402

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Macmillan films Saturday the 19th of May… The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Friday the 15th of June: The Help Tickets: £5.50 from Mansell McTaggart in advance, at the Centre on the night or online via All films start at 7.30pm

Returning to Billingshurst, by popular demand:

Los Endos – performing the music of Genesis Los Endos performed at Billingshurst in June last year. They were so good that - in the interval – they were re-booked them to perform in 2012. Their set-list has changed a little, but their light show, sonic perfection and accurate rendition of Genesis classics from the Gabriel/Hackett era remains unchanged. For two hours of spinetingling music that you will wish could go on all night, see them at the Centre on

Saturday 12th May Tickets are now on sale at Reception and online at

In May our art exhibition will be a selection of paintings by Ted Poole – whose work was very popular in Spring 2011 (his painting Old Town, Crete, is to the left). Arundel Arts Society will be displaying artwork in June and the the Weald School will display the best GCSE and A Level work between the 22nd of June and the 6th of July – last year’s work was excellent. Budding artists who wish to display (and sell) their work should contact the Centre by ‘phone….. 01403 787690

We have excellent facilities for training, meetings and conferences; call us for details or go to our website We also have excellent party facilities and host the following weekly activities: Rosemary Conley, Zumba Dance, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, WeightWatchers, Table Tennis, Badminton, Floristry, Short Mat Bowls, French, Spanish, Yoga, Ballroom Dancing, Tai Chi, TAG Youth Club, Rainbow Toddlers, Lacemaking, Craft Classes, Sketching, Watercolour Painting, Spiritual Healing, Local History, Pilates, Children’s Dance classes, IT training for the IT-illiterate and Blood Donor sessions (for which absolutely no training is needed, although a penchant for tea and biscuits helps!) Details of all our activities and facilities are on our website - see below. Alternatively, give us a call to find out about our excellent facilities - and how very reasonable we are, too! – or ‘phone us on 01403 787690

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