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Issue No. 126

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May 2021

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


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rom 17th May there will be further easing of government restrictions. Most notably, pubs can open their doors for indoor seating (subject to the Rule of Six of course); cinemas and theatres can open as can leisure centres and gyms, weddings can take place (for up to 30 people) and accommodation can open.   Many local businesses falling into the above categories have resumed their advertising in Village Tweet resulting in a packed issue. If you want to be in the June issue be quick!   Our country has shown the way in terms of rolling out the vaccination programme which has helped the infection rate to fall.   Many countres are less fortunate (mainland Europe, Brazil, India and others) and we can only hope we remain unaffected by variants coming from abroad. Stay safe! Grahame Cover photo by Svetlana

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

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Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 7 Recipe: Spinach and Ricotta Canneloni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Horsham Matters: Foodbank comes to Billingshurst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 St Catherine’s Hospice: Linda Henson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Born to Run: Tips for healthy running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Kids and Uncertainty: Helping youngsters cope in uncertain times . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Billingshurst Lions Club: Help in the community – Message in a Bottle . . . . . . . .20 Billingshurst Cricket Club: Women’s cricket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Horsham District Council: Nature Recovery Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 A Good Read: Book Reviews, including one from a local author . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Fishers Farm Park: Wins Beautiful South Gold Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 The Weald School: New Headteacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Slinfold CofE School and Pre-school: New Headteacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Renegades: And we’re back… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Billingshurst Fire Station: Smoke alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 John Nash: Nature’s on the move! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 BilliGreen: One year on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Guinea Pigs: Ideal first pet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 The Spaniel Diaries: The continuing adventures of Billy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Garden View: Purple sprouting broccoli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Yvonne Fleece: Papi’s tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Billingshurst Primary School: PE with Joe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48, 51 Bernadi Music Group: Culture Recovery Fund Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 What’s On near you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52, 53 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54


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ďŽƚŚin meetings and at court.” ŚĂŵďĞƌƐΘWĂƌƚŶĞƌƐ ĚŝƌĞĐƚŽƌLJŽĨůĞĂĚŝŶŐůĂǁLJĞƌƐ

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Religion / Insurance

WELCOME TO BILLINGSHURST FAMILY CHURCH Who else enjoys hearing the dawn chorus of birdsong each morning, welcoming the start of a new day and new opportunities?     In many ways this last year has often felt like ‘groundhog day’ with everything grinding to a halt. Fortunately for us, our Billingshurst community has kept going, our local shops made sure we had access to essentials, and residents continued to look out for one another. We at BFC stayed busy too, we launched our first Alpha online course; it has been great to meet up and chew over questions together such as ‘is there more to life than this?’ We still have a few weeks to go and hopefully more animated discussions. We also ran some CAP money courses to help people manage their finances and are hoping to bring some joy to the residents of Longfield residential home with a garden makeover. You may even have spotted our BFC Bunny handing out goody bags to some of our youngest residents over the Easter Weekend. Easter is such an amazing time for Christians as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection; conquering death, a hinge-point in history.     As a church we continue to meet regularly online each Sunday on Facebook or YouTube. We can’t wait, however, to be back meeting face to face at the Community Centre, and when we do, I’m sure you’ll be able to hear us singing and celebrating across the whole of Billingshurst!     As restrictions are eased, there are some other new things happening locally including the opening of the retail park at the top of the village and rumour has it a most anticipated Lidl store! Personally, I am looking forward to checking out the proposed micro pub on the High Street in the old Cubitt & West building.     For a long time, COVID stopped us enjoying things that we took for granted and it was hard, which is why it is good to remember that whatever life throws at us, fire or flood, persecution or pandemic there is always one person who can offer us complete assurance and stability. His name is Jesus.     With Love, Craig, Lead Elder Contact@billingshurstfamily.church / 01403 786706 / www.billingshurstfamily.church Billingshurst Family Church, Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW

REAL LIFE, REAL FAMILY, REAL FAITH

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Still Standing

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ave you ever stood inside an ancient building and wondered how it had managed to withstand the centuries of wear and tear? Even looking at some brave remnants of ruins points to the timeless endurance of a builder’s work and design. A building stands or falls on the foundations buried deep and securely. However grand a design there may be pictured, the strong base to tether it needs investment and care.     Jesus had a knack of telling stories that stuck in people’s minds. These memorable stories prompt the hearer to ask questions about life and choices. They were designed to make us stop and think for ourselves. One of his stories is about two people attempting to build a house. The grand design of one left its builder standing in rubble without shelter! The other builder had the security of a house that could withstand the battering of a storm.     The difference between these two builders? It lay

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in taking care of how and where to build their house. The quality of foundation proved to be essential.     “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a sensible man who builds his house on the rock. Down came the rain and up came the floods, while the winds blew and roared upon that house— and it did not fall because its foundations were on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not follow them can be compared with a foolish man who built his house on sand. Down came the rain and up came the floods, while the winds blew and battered that house till it collapsed, and fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)     What are the foundations that hold your life secure? Remember foundations can be ‘shored up’ to give ourselves a life that us holds firm.

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STOP 3500+ houses at Adversane Make a BigSTAND against mass housing developments

The proposed development will affect you now and in the future. Make a BigSTAND and let your local councillors and MP know that a development at Adversane is not appropriate. Visit bigstand.co.uk/what-can-you-do and make a difference. 3500+ houses will have the following affect: – Traffic on A29 will see 7000+ more journeys per day – Schools will see a massive increase in placements – Medical services will need to double* – Dentist bookings will double* – Destruction of countryside with impact on rare species

– Rail usage will double* – B road congestion e.g. New Bridge, A272 etc – Infrastructure need is massive and will result in over 15 years of building works (*based upon Adversane development being bigger than Billingshurst in size and volume.)

ACT NOW, we only have a few weeks left!


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Food and drink

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni METHOD

1. Heat the olive oil in a wide pan over a medium heat, add the onion, carrot and celery, and fry for two minutes, until they start to brown. Add the tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar, bring everything to a simmer, then turn down the heat and cook gently for about 30 minutes, until thick. Remove the vegetables and herbs, then blend the sauce until fairly smooth, and season to taste. 2. While the sauce is cooking, trim and discard any tough stalks from the spinach and wash the leaves well. Put the still wet spinach into a saucepan over a medium heat, cover and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the spinach is completely wilted, then run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Once it’s cool enough to handle, squeeze until dry, then chop finely. 3. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the garlic, cook for one minute, then add the spinach. Sauté to coat everything with the butter, remove from the heat and leave to cool. 4. Heat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan) / gas mark 6. Mix the ricotta and spinach and add most of the grated cheese, reserving some for the top, season the mixture well with nutmeg and salt. 5. Pour a thick layer of tomato sauce into the bottom of a medium baking tin. Make a sausage shape of filling on the short end of one of the pasta squares and roll it up, until you have slight overlap. Put the filled tube seam side down in the baking dish, then repeat with the remaining pasta and filling; pour the remaining sauce on top. Bake for 30 minutes. Scatter the remaining grated cheese over the dish before serving and place under the grill until it bubbles.

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A classic Italian supper Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour, 20 minutes plus cooling. Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

250g fresh egg lasagne sheets For the sauce 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, peeled and cut in half 1 carrot, cut in half lengthways 1 celery stick, cut in half 800g tinned plum tomatoes 1 small bunch basil Splash of balsamic vinegar For the filling 250g fresh spinach 1 tbsp butter 1 small garlic clove, peeled and crushed 175g fresh ricotta 30g Italian hard cheese, grated Nutmeg


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Foodbank charity comes to Billingshurst Horsham Matters is taking its food bank services on the road in an exciting new initiative to ensure those in need in more rural areas of the Horsham district receive support.     The van will not only provide parcels of emergency food to individuals and families in need, but information on household budgeting and eventually debt advice.     The Hub on the Move will make weekly visits to communities across the District and will visit Billingshurst every Monday from 10-11.30am in the Library car park.

BARGAINS GALORE AT

ANSELLS

VINTAGE SALE & MARKET Every Saturday 10am to 2pm FREE ENTRY & PARKING Stallholders welcome (indoor tables £5, also storage units to let, £25 pw) Antiques • Hornby Trains Furniture • Bric-a-Brac • Jewellery Garden Ornaments • Crafts etc ANSELLS, KIRDFORD ROAD, WISBOROUGH GREEN, RH14 0DD Book/details: (01403) 700633                   or 07798 941940

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Charity

“We’re a link to support for local people”

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inda Henson, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at St Catherine’s Hospice, who works in the community supporting local families, shares what the local charity has learnt through the pandemic, and why your support has been so vital during this time.     “I’ve just finished another long shift, so I thought it would be nice to take some time out and update you, our lovely supporters, on how life has been supporting patients under St Catherine’s care in the community all around us.     “The reality is it’s been hard – very hard. I don’t think I need to tell you about how difficult the daily challenges have been for the NHS and it’s no different for us at St Catherine’s. We’ve had to learn new technology to support new ways of working with our colleagues, including some who are shielding, adapt to a new phone system, and manage concerns about taking COVID to our families and our own safety. We often worry about how long this is going to go on for, and how our resilience will cope with it all. We always want to do our very best for our community. “So we also worry about whether we’re providing the same level of care for people who need us within all the COVID restrictions. But if you think things have felt bad for us during the pandemic, take a moment and think how terrifying and lonely it is for our patients.     “They’re often at home as they’re frail and elderly; their families are shielding to keep them safe, and many of them don’t have any human contact. They’re worried about going out and some of them are even frightened of us coming into their homes dressed in PPE.     “We’re finding our phone calls are becoming much longer because for some people we’re the first person they’ve heard from in quite some time, and they’re just so glad to hear a human voice.     “But despite these challenges, we’re local people’s link to support and a link to their families for support. And that’s really important. It’s thanks to you that we’re on the end of a phone and out there supporting people in our community when it’s needed most. It’s thanks to you someone has some human interaction, and someone to tell them everything will be alright. It’s a wonderful thing knowing so many of you continue to have our backs through these really challenging times. “We all know how much charities have suffered, and we need your support more than ever. We need you to keep bringing money in so that we continue with our vital services and make sure local people don’t feel alone and frightened when facing terminal illness.     “COVID has brought difficulties for everyone, and there have been difficult times for the patients and families we support too, but there are many great stories of the times we’ve made a difference thanks

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to people like you who support us.     “There was the lady who was discharged from hospital as she wanted to die at home. Her family really struggled to think how they were going to look after her at home, but with help from our Practical Care Team organising some night sits, the lady was able to stay there. She died a week later, much to the family’s happiness because they felt they’d achieved her last wish.     “Often, just a few reassuring words on the phone from one of our nurses will help to de-stress the anxiety and worry a family member is feeling, or give a mum, who is living with terminal illness, the strength to carry on homeschooling. This is the real difference you make. At various points during this pandemic, each of us on the team have felt we’re not providing a good enough service or that we’re failing in some way. But we’re not. “We’ve all had to change our aspirations and our expectations of care. Our patients have also had to adapt, knowing that it’s likely they’ll get a phone or video call now instead of a visit.     “We’ve learnt so much from COVID. We’ve learnt that no nurse, doctor, or team can work on their own, and we’ve moved a long way in terms of working as an integrated team at the hospice. We also work closely with our District Nursing colleagues – they are our eyes and ears. On top of that, we work with Primary Care Network teams, made up of lots of different healthcare colleagues. We also continue to support care homes with advice.     “We have learned to be more considerate, more tolerant, and more kind to each other because through all this, everybody is trying their best. We’re more thoughtful and reflective about our work supporting our community, but above all, we’ve learned that we’re human too. We need to know our own limitations and to know when enough is enough. If we seek help, we don’t need to be guilty about that or feel that we failed in any way. If COVID has shown us anything, it’s that we’re all vulnerable and we can only do our best, our very best – and that’s what we’ve been doing.     “To all our hospice supporters, I want to give you a very warm thank you. Because without you none of this work would be able to go on. I can’t tell you how much we value your support, and I ask you to continue to support us, because COVID will pass and we will come out of this.     “My hope is we will come out of it stronger and will live life more fully, and certainly more appreciated.”     To find out more about the work of St Catherine’s please visit www.stch.org.uk or to make a donation to support your local hospice please visit: www.stch.org.uk/donate or call (01293) 447361. Laura Mitchell, St Catherine’s Hospice Photo: Linda Henson at St Catherine’s Hospice


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Dying Matters Awareness Week: 10th-16th May

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his annual national campaign is a chance for organisations and individuals to come together and open up the conversation around death, dying and bereavement. We fully appreciate that these are topics which most of us prefer to avoid thinking about, and hope we can keep it all at arms-length for a long time. However, the last twelve months have, for so many of us, been such a sensitive time as we personally face ill-health or bereavement, for ourselves or those we love. This year, our participation in this campaign must take into account the restrictions for arranging any get-togethers. To adapt, we intend to plan some local village stop-offs for our new mobile community lounge, to be available for conversation and support – please follow our social media for FREE up-to-date information of dates and venues. K BOO for eet As an additional resource, we would like Tw e g Villa ders to highlight an excellent new book, which rea we think is most inspiring and helpful: We All Know How This Ends is a new approach to

death and dying, showing how exploring our mortality really can change our lives. End-of-life doula Anna Lyons and funeral director Louise Winter have joined forces to share a collection of the heart-breaking, surprising and uplifting stories of the ordinary and extraordinary lives they encounter every single day. From working with the living, the dying, the dead and the grieving, Anna and Louise reveal the lessons they've learned about life, death, love and loss. Together they’ve Mobile created a profound but practical community lounge guide to rethinking the one thing that’s guaranteed to happen to us all. “This is a book about life and living, as much as it’s a book about death and dying. It’s a reflection on the beauties, blessings and tragedies of life, the exquisite agony and ecstasy of being alive, and the fragility of everything we hold dear. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.” Come and collect your free copy at Dandelion Farewells! (Please see ad below for address) Judith Dandy, Dandelion Farewells

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Did you have to say goodbye to a dear relative or friend during 2020 and were unable to say that special farewell? Take your time and reflect on how you really want to say goodbye? Perhaps COVID-19 restrictions forced you to have a smaller funeral ceremony with very limited numbers of friends, relatives and loved ones attending. Restrictions are now lifting. We can offer ceremonies that truly celebrate those lost lives and, importantly enable you to invite those who could not previously attend. Please get in touch with any of us to talk about how we can help you plan a Memorial Service or ceremony that will ease the pain of losing someone dear in such difficult times. We are all qualified and trained to help you in any way. Sue King  07729 857203

Judith Dandy Independent Funeral Director Dandelion Farewells warmly invites you to contact us if you have any questions about the funeral you need to arrange. We are committed to enabling families to plan a funeral that is personal, meaningful and affordable. We will support you to create a farewell that is appropriate and unique, thereby taking away much of the strain of planning such a signi昀cant event. We will be with you every step of the way.

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Dying Matters Awareness Week Online Events Freeman Brothers Introduces the Funeral Industry Tuesday 11th May at 11am Abi Pattenden of Freeman Brothers hosts guests from the funeral industry to chat about their work and pose questions from members of the public. She will be joined by: Clare Shaw Children’s Books, The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, LadyLissy Floristry, MuchLoved, Somerset Willow. This is your chance to ask about how willow coffins are designed and made; what goes into planning a funeral service’s content; how to choose funeral flowers; and more.

Meet Freeman Brothers Thursday 13th May at 11am Your chance to ask us anything! Abi is joined by Becky Hughes to discuss what it’s like to work in the funeral industry, how things have changed in recent years, and what the most important considerations are when planning a funeral.

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Cancer Care Company – private cancer support at home

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he words CANCER, TERMINAL and PALLIATIVE are devasting, life changing and dream destroying. Cancer Care Company’s Tina Montague can help immediately – no waiting list, 24/7… Stacey “I can step in at any stage to support you through your journey but ideally we will start our relationship following such a diagnosis so don’t delay, call straight away. (See below for contact details.) “Free initial assessment to discuss your diagnosis, any treatment offered, any questions you forgot to ask the oncologist… I take care of all of this and reassure you I am with you throughout this journey. I will also answer any questions or contact your NHS support team on your behalf. I work alongside them, I don’t replace them. It’s just more intensive support for yourself and your whole family. I’m a consistent support, with you all the way. “Your designated palliative team such as Macmillan or Phylis Tuckell will visit maybe once per month, with a couple of phone calls in between; I will expect to visit at least once a week to build on a relationship with you and your family. “I have arranged a full white wedding in 10 days, cruised to Australia with a terminal patient for 6 weeks and even arranged balloon flights. I will get in touch with that brother you fell out with 20 years ago if you so wish.

“Respite care for your home carer or, if you are alone a fuller package to include all meals, practical help and personal care on bad days following treatment or decline. “Therapy/distraction sessions: art/crafts/animal therapy for you and family affected by your diagnosis giving the opportunity whilst occupied to open up and talk. “We will have the ‘frank’ conversations that need to be said in decline, things that may be hard to relay to family; I am your advocate. If there is discord amongst family members my input is neutral and valuable. “If things turn suddenly – which they tend to do with cancer – and you have no funded care set up, I can step in with late stage care to meet YOUR requirements. Most people choose to remain at home but very few achieve this due to lack of palliative trained staff, I guarantee this will be my ultimate goal to follow your wishes.” Tina has worked 20 years in the independent care industry, 13 in palliative care, a cancer care specialist. She has lived this nightmare when she lost her daughter Stacey (see photo) at 28 to cancer 5 months from diagnosis and she wishes this service was available then. She works with empathy from personal experience as well as professional – from the heart not the pocket. She can help YOU!

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“Making the best of the rest of your days” FREE initial assessment within 48 hours of a diagnosis of cancer NO WAITING LIST Advanced Care Plan… to ensure your wishes and needs are met and carried out, one on one support for you and your family from day one. Achievable Personal Goals… Whatever is achievable: holiday, wedding, we will arrange in a realistic time line to diagnosis and any treatment. Finance and Practical Assistance… We will fundraise, advise benefit entitlements, mobility vehicle and blue badge. Full support for you and your family… Practical help: meals, housework, care on bad days art/craft/pet therapy sessions for any of your family affected by your diagnosis, the chance to talk without pressure about their own worries and concerns. Late stage Palliative Care… in accordance with your care plan if required, working with other health professionals involved in your care. Ongoing Support… for family members for as long as they require, private grief councilor on board, support and therapies for any family members ongoing support.

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Don’t take my word… “Your business is brilliant. There is a complete lack of care for cancer patients, when dad was really sick there was hardly any help available and every time we called someone we never got a response. I wish we had known about you then.” “Tina has got amazing patience, experience and knowledge, nothing is too much trouble. I think what Tina has been through herself, losing two children, means she works from her heart and knows exactly what others are feeling. When we found out dad was terminal with cancer last year Tina was with us the whole way, we would never have coped without her. She ensured Dad stayed at home, late stage she dealt with everything preventing him dying alone in hospital, she knew it was the last thing we wanted because she built a relationship with our family early. We think she is an earth angel, she did not even charge us and still checks up on us – amazing!” Photo: White wedding arranged in 10 days – 3 weeks before the bride lost her battle with cancer

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It’s time to wake up... ... and start SINGING!!

BCS is delighted to announce that rehearsals will begin again on Tuesday 18th May at 7:30pm. Please keep a lookout for details of our first post lockdown concert.

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Health and wellbeing / Environment

Born to Run Tips for all runners

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id you start Couch to 5K during lockdown? Did you fall in love with running? Or do you need motivating? Here are our top tips as runners. Walk. You heard us right. Walk to warm up, loosen your muscles, and prime your joints for the activity of running. If you walk the first five to ten minutes of your workout, especially if it’s early in the morning, of you’ve been sitting at a desk for hours, it’s easier on your body and you’ll find your rhythm more quickly. Go slower. Not walking this time. We mean find your sustainable pace. This is the pace you can run at easily and most of your runs should be at this level of effort. Once or twice a week you can do the speedwork and tempo runs, which train your body to get faster. Running this way reduces your risk of injury and burnout. The sustainable pace should be slow enough to maintain a

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conversation without huffing and puffing, but not so slow you can sing your favourite song! Find your time of day. We all have a natural body clock. Try running at different times until you find the perfect workout hour for you. Eat wholesome carbs beforehand. The meal you eat before your run should be the most carb rich one of the day (think fruit, veg and wholegrains rather than chocolate cake!), so your body has plenty of ready-to-burn fuel. Obviously don’t eat just before you run… but you knew that, right? Make it recreational. Choose a great playlist, or your favourite audiobook or podcast. Or run with a friend to catch up on all the gossip or put the world to rights. This is your time, and it should be enjoyable, so you’ll look forward to it and want to keep doing it. Izzy Holden and Susan Brown

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Climate Emergency – Act Now! What’s going on in West Sussex regarding the Climate Emergency? What can we do locally, individually and regionally, as we try to ‘Think global and act local’?     ‘Like’ the new, local Facebook page for the ‘United Nations Association Climate and Oceans’ and be updated on local UNA UK initiatives in the Billingshurst region. Excellent webinars and talks, plus signposting to local action groups which you can join and support. www.facebook.com/UNA-Climate-and-Oceans-ChichesterDistrict-Act-local-think-global-107736761365830

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Ready, steady, go! Billingshurst Leisure Centre is now open!

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illingshurst Leisure Centre re-opened on the 12th April and we were delighted to be able to welcome back members, and non-members to use the Gym, Pool, Astro Turf and Sports Hall. Swimming lessons, gymnastics and trampolining courses also resumed. We are also running a limited number of Group Workout Classes outside until the 17th May when we will be able to resume our full timetable inside.     In line with Government and industry guidance we are doing things a little differently – all activities are bookable via our website or the Places Locker app, where you can also see our timetables. Direct Debit and annual members have 14 days’ advance booking rights and Places members (our free pay as you move membership) have 7 days’ advance rights.     We are operating a one-way system for all activities with staggered start times to restrict the numbers of people entering and leaving the building at one time, with programmed cleaning times between each booking slot, to ensure that hygiene standards are maintained. We have screens around our closely grouped equipment and have moved equipment to help with social distancing and all activities have set maximum numbers.

    During the last lockdown the replacement of the Astro Turf was completed, and the Sports Hall Floor was also replaced. If you would like more information on hiring these facilities, please contact us and we will be happy to help.     Various membership options are available: our Gym/Swim only memberships start at £23 per month and our premium memberships start at £34 per month, premium memberships include Gym, Swim, Classes. Benefits include preferential booking rights, access to workouts and programmes via our Places Locker App, use of our Swimtag swimming activity tracker. You can also add up to 4 children (under 16) to your premium membership. We also have spaces on our Swim Lesson programme, which includes free swimming for each child participant.     If you would like more information please give us a call on (01403) 787500 or visit our website www.placesleisure.org/centres/ billingshurst-leisure-centre where the team will be happy to help you. Billingshurst Leisure Centre

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Kids and Uncertainty Helping young people cope in uncertain times

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he COVID-19 pandemic turned our lives upside down. As adults we’ve had too many questions and too few answers, and many of us felt overwhelmed in the face of so much uncertainty.     Now imagine what it’s like to be a child or teenager in this environment.     Young people don’t have the cognitive development, life experience, and coping skills to deal with all the uncertainties we face. So even though we may be struggling, it’s up to us as the adults to help them manage these feelings.     It’s not unusual for young people to be anxious about the future, especially as they near the end of school, or transition from one school to another. They might be stressed about the uncertainty surrounding exams, or what might happen about their university place. The coronavirus pandemic has created more uncertainty than usual. As a parent, it’s hard not to have answers and reassurances.     If your child or teen is anxious it can help give them the sense of some control. Help them to develop a plan A and a Plan B Plan A: The ideal plan they would have followed in normal times. Plan B: An alternative if plan A isn’t viable right now.     Plan A may have involved taking a year out to travel overseas. Plan B may be to complete some online training then volunteer for a charity, with the intention of switching to Plan A several months down the line.     The idea of Plan B is not to give up on Plan A,

but rather to postpone it, while still moving forward in other areas. Show your child how to be OK with uncertainty Tolerating uncertainty is a skill that can be learned by practising how to respond in the best way we can to what’s happening in the present. Try doing small things together differently, such as preparing a meal without a recipe using only what’s in the cupboard or picking a random film to watch or podcast to listen to without knowing anything about it. Validate your child’s feelings and concerns Accept how they feel and resist the urge to ‘fix’ them by minimising their worries or making promises that are not within your control to keep. Instead, encourage them to be kind to themselves and realistic in their thinking. Listen to them and remind them that this is a very unusual situation; it would be weirder if they weren’t anxious! Talk about the things they value It’s usually possible to find something, even a small thing, that they value or appreciate. Help them to refocus on the good things in their life. Share some of the things you are grateful for.     It’s difficult for most of us to remain calm and focused at the moment, and we all have to accept that we can’t predict the future. It helps our children to see us focus on the things we can control. We can model strategies and show them that whatever happens, we can cope with it together. Kate McCarthy

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Community / Health and wellbeing

Help in the Community – Message in a Bottle

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illingshurst & District Lions Club participate in a national Lion initiative whereby millions of people benefit from two simple ideas called ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Message in a Wallet’. Message in a Bottle. More than seven million people in the British Isles keep personal and medical details alongside their milk, cheese, fruit and veg in the fridge – by completing a form safely tucked inside a distinctive green and white sealed bottle. Information suggested includes: •  Individual’s full name (and passport photograph if possible for identification). •  Individual’s doctor’s name, surgery address and telephone number. •  A brief description of any medical conditions the individual is suffering from. •  Allergies and allergic reaction to any medication. •  The names, addresses and phone numbers of two people who may be contacted in an emergency. •  Details of any pets that may be on the premises. In addition to a form, bottles come complete with two small stickers, one for the front or back door, whichever is used for normal access, and the second to be stuck on the outside of the fridge door. In an emergency, the stickers help paramedics, police, fire-fighters or social services personnel quickly locate the bottle giving vital medical information and contact details, which could save valuable time in diagnosis with possible life-threatening situations.

At Phoenix Care we are dedicated to providing person-centred and exemplary health, domestic, social and personal homecare to those in Billingshurst, Horsham, Pulborough, Storrington and the surrounding areas. If you would like to find out more about the services we offer, please contact us using the details below or visit our website. sarah.marshall@phoenixcaresussex.co.uk

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Message in a Wallet is a credit cardsized record card, with similar information for a purse of wallet, should an emergency occur outside the home. Bottles and cards are available free from the Lion’s bookshop in Jengers Mead, at the Billingshurst Community Centre and at a number of local pharmacies.

Men’s Shed Billingshurst & District Lions are proposing to facilitate the setting up of a local ‘Men’s Shed’. The concept is based on garden sheds – a place for men (or women) to pursue practical interests at leisure, but in the company of like-minded people, to make social connections and build friendships, sharing skills and knowledge and, of course, laughter. Further information can be found on the Men’s Sheds Association’s website: menssheds.org.uk. If you are interested, please either telephone or e-mail Richard, 07831 550137, richardmelcio@btinternet.com or Kevin, 07944 296375, ridgeway@clara.co.uk or drop into the Lion’s Book Shop in Jengers Mead. Keep up to date with Billingshurst & District Lions Club on their Facebook page or on their website www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/billingshurst. Alternatively you can call 0345 833 5965. Harvey Holmes, Billingshurst & District Lions Club


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Women’s Cricket and a Full Season in Prospect

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hile Billingshurst Cricket Club saw a flurry of matches towards the end of the 2020 season the club’s fixtures and activities were (like many things) heavily curtailed last year. With the gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions coinciding with the beginning of the cricket season the club is optimistic of a full fixture programme in 2021.     The enthusiasm for cricket to begin is demonstrated by an already full pre-season fixture diary with the club’s first friendly fixture scheduled for 17th April at Jubilee Fields. The 20/20 knock-out completion begins at home on 1st May with the league for all three men’s teams beginning the following weekend. Additionally, the club will run a Sunday fixture schedule with games played on a ‘friendly’ basis and encouraging all standards of player to participate.     Women’s and girls’ cricket continues to grow internationally and is now feeding across all counties, including Sussex. Billingshurst Cricket Club is delighted

to be launching their first ever women’s softball team this season with four fixtures already in the diary with clubs from around the county and a home festival scheduled in August. With 30 women already signed up this should prove to be a very successful and welcome addition to the already established men’s and youth (Colt) teams.     The club will continue to build on this foundation with plans afoot to introduce a girls’ section in 2022. Beginning soon, women’s training sessions will take place at Jubilee Fields on Thursday evenings between 6 and 7 o’clock. If you are fun loving, want to be part of a team, or simply want to come and give it a go please contact Rachel at rachelgosling13@hotmail.com.     The club always welcomes new players, members, umpires, scorers and, of course, spectators. For enquiries, including in relation to our youth teams, please e-mail the club on billingshurstcc@gmail.com or call/text Richard on 07887 603458. Rachel Gosling & Richard Bown

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Applications invited for Nature Recovery Award The Nature Recovery Award has been set up by the Sussex Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Council’s Wilder Horsham District project.     The fund is available to support landowners and community groups wishing to put in place practical schemes to expand and improve networks for wildlife across the Horsham District landscape. Applicants can apply for funding for a project of up to £5000.     Applications should be submitted midnight on Sunday 23rd May.      Read more about the Award at sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved/ community-projects/wilder-horsham/ nature-recovery-award Sarah Hogben, Horsham District Council

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A Good Read May’s selection from book reviewers Willow Coby and Grahame Pearson Where the Crawdads in June 2020. Five Cool Cats (Watch out for Sing – Delia Owens Tommy!), Paul’s first book is a story inspired by When a young man is real events (and some imagined!) about five cats found dead on the North who were born in Portugal, and after some ten Carolina coast the local years, three of them now live in Billingshurst. police – and local     Aimed at cat lovers of any age from 14 up, this residents – start looking tale follows the journey of the five moggies from for the culprit. It doesn’t their semi-feral and feral births as kittens into take long before they turn their adulthood seen through the eyes of the their attention to Kya, also couple who adopted them (or as they claim, known as the Marsh Girl. “Simply looking after them”). But is she guilty of     The first part of the story is set in rural Portugal anything more than being on the Atlantic coast and gives the reader a brief an outsider? insight into aspects of life in this part of Iberia.     What follows is actually Later, the tale shifts to Southern England and the two stories intertwined. As the hunt for the chaotic background of Brexit and coronavirus. murderer continues we learn of Kya’s life in the     One of the longest of the marsh. At the age of six she watched book’s 24 chapters tells how Ma walk away from their shack with a the cats – in their own words blue case and high-heeled shoes. – travelled from Portugal to Though Kya waited, her mother never the UK over eight days using returned and over the following months the local-to-Billingshurst her siblings left as well, leaving her international animal transport alone with Pa. He was often drunk or company ‘Animal Couriers’. absent, so it was up to Kya to survive,     The book is written in a until he too finally left when she was ten. deliberately unpolished style     To some extent, this is a coming-ofdesigned to appeal to those age story. It is an unforgettable novel; a who adore cats… and those celebration of nature and some of the who don’t! most engaging parts are the descriptions     These five cool cats of the marsh world through which Kya turned the author – 55 glides effortlessly in her canoe. It years a self-confessed ‘Cat L A C LO becomes a character in its own right. Hater’ into an unashamed R There is no denying that this novel will ‘Cat Lover’! UTHO A stay with you long after you finish it and     While the book has no feel as if you have been along the journey definitive ending – other than the fact that the though the marsh with Kya. chronology stops at February 2021 (it may continue!), it is a lovely, heart-warming read. Five Cool Cats (Watch out for Tommy!) –     Read sample pages on Amazon where you Paul Shave can buy Five Cool Cats (Watch out for Local author Paul Shave moved to Billingshurst Tommy!) for £7.21 paperback or £2.99 Kindle.

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

Would you like to become a Community First Responder? Your local Community First Responder (CFR) team, BEAT, has been very active in the area for over 15 years. The team consists of volunteers who provide emergency medical cover in conjunction with the ambulance service. BEAT is also responsible for 30 public access defibrillator sites in Billingshurst and surrounding villages. Have you ever considered volunteering as a CFR? It is incredibly rewarding and you will learn some amazing skills. Please visit www.secamb.nhs.uk/join-us/community-first-responders for more information. BEAT is a registered charity (no. 119641) and is always keen to attract donations to help the team continue to support those in need of emergency medical care in our community. If you would like to make a donation, please call 07880 507666.

Sign up to our new E-Newsletter In response to requests from residents who wanted the Council to expand on the different ways it engages with residents, you can now sign up to receive e-mails directly from the Council. This is entirely voluntary and is fully GDPR compliant. The Parish Council communicates with its residents more now than it ever has in the past, but we are always looking to spread the word even further. If either you or anyone you know locally would be interested in signing up, please do visit our website www.billingshurst.gov.uk, look at the NEWSFEED section, click the heading about E-Newsletter and complete the required information.

operating a reduced mowing policy on some strips of the land it manages.     Nature networks in towns and villages are vital for the return of wildflowers, longer grasses, bees, butterflies and other insects – needed to support biodiversity as well as reduce pollution and flood risk. Look out for the ‘rewilded’ areas on Clevelands Gardens, Stane Street, Jubilee Fields, Manor Fields Allotments, Lower Station Road Recreation Ground and Adversane Village Green.

Launching Billigreen – Billingshurst’s ‘Nature Network’ Parish Councillors have approved the launch of a new ‘nature network’ in Billingshurst. The Parish Council will be

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Neighbourhood Plan Update The process to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish of Billingshurst is nearing completion. Started in 2016, hundreds if not thousands of hours have been put into developing the plan which will guide the future development of the parish. Whilst we have opted not to try to allocate sites, as this is being done by Horsham District Council through its emerging new Local Plan, our numerous Aims and Policies should provide for a greener and more sustainable community. Our thanks to all those who have contributed in some way whether by being on the Steering Group, or taking the trouble to take part in one of our many public consultations.     The Plan is being put to a Referendum of Parishioners being organised by Horsham District Council on Thursday 6th May 2021 (on the same day as WSCC and PCC elections.) Please visit www.billingshurst. gov.uk to see the plan and supporting documents. Alternatively the document will be able to be inspected Mon-Fri by prior appointment (via e-mail clerk@ billingshurst.gov.uk) only at Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9QW. All visitors must follow any on-site COVID precautions in place.

Hello & Welcome Billingshurst Parish Council is now up to full strength again, with a full complement of 15 councillors. Over the last 6/8 months the Council has welcomed Craig Gale, Doug Waller, James Marchant and Caroline Beresford Pratt who are wished every success in their roles. Your parish councillors are all unpaid volunteers who do not take any allowance for undertaking their role. To find out more about your Parish Councillors or what the Parish Council does, please visit our website www.billingshurst.gov.uk.

Billingshurst Community Speedwatch One of the most frequent complaints heard by the Council over the years relates to speeding vehicles in the parish. If this is something that concerns you, and you would like to be able to try and do something about it, why not consider joining our Community Speedwatch Scheme?     Prior to lockdown in March 2020, the Billingshurst Community Speedwatch Group had been operating in and around

the parish of Billingshurst and as restrictions start to lift, we are looking for more volunteers so that we can start sessions again. The more volunteers we have, the more frequent the Speedwatch sessions can be held and the more areas can be covered. The Council sends its thanks to the outgoing co-ordinators for all their help and involvement over the past couple of years.     If you are interested in joining the scheme, please email the Parish Council on council@billingshurst.gov.uk in the first instance, and we can pass on your contact information to the Speedwatch co-ordinator. If you would rather find out a bit more about the scheme first, you can telephone Graeme on 07999 981547 or visit www.communityspeedwatch.org. We look forward to having you on our team!

Neighbourhood Wardens Drop-In Sessions Barry & Julie, Billingshurst Neighbourhood Wardens will (restrictions permitting) be able to restart their Drop-In Sessions at the end of May. They will be at the following locations between 2pm and 4pm on 25th May 1st June 8th June 15th June

Billingshurst Railway Station Billingshurst Trade Park Jengers Mead Gillman’s Industrial Estate

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions but would like to get in touch with them, they can be contacted on the following numbers: Barry 07795 051516 and Julie 07795 051529

Virtual Council meetings Although we have been streaming our meetings onto Facebook for some months (when technology allows!) we are aware that some residents don’t have, or don’t want, a Facebook account. We are pleased to confirm that you need fear no longer, for we are now broadcasting via YouTube, again, when technology allows. Just enter Billingshurst Parish Council into the YouTube search engine on the dates listed above. Happy watching! Upcoming Meetings (May) 5th: Full Council & Trustees 6th: Planning & Environment Committee 19th: Working Practices 26th: Billingshurst Centre and F&GP Committees


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Fishers Adventure Farm Park wins Gold

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ishers Adventure Farm Park in Wisborough Green, West Sussex has been awarded Gold, in The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2020/21 for Large Visitor Attraction of The Year.     The award recognises large visitor attractions providing truly memorable visitor experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business. Entries came from all over the South including, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and Oxfordshire – a massive achievement for the well-loved family farm.     Tom Rollings, Director of Fishers commented, “After the terrible times most of the nation have endured during lockdown, it was just incredible to receive this highly acclaimed and prestigious award, and a pleasure to be a part of the awards event. What an incredible ‘springboard’ to be able to open again with this exciting award behind us. We could not have done it without our incredible team, who we are really looking forward to having back! We continue to re-invest each year and deliver new attractions for our visitors, as well as maintaining an exceptional level of customer service, and it really means the world to us that our efforts have paid off and been recognised. Thank you so much to all at The Beautiful South in what must have been a tricky event to organise this year – we are truly grateful”.

    Fran Downton, Chief Executive of Tourism South East, said, “Congratulations to all our finalists. Achieving excellence is not easy, particularly in the year we have just navigated. I was blown away by the quality, positivity, and innovation of the tourism businesses we have across the South East. Many of the winners are truly world class. I am extremely grateful to the sponsors and voluntary judges who make the Awards possible. Thank you also to my co-host and headline sponsor, Andrew from the Grand Brighton, who ensured that although we could not be there in person, all our finalists were extended a warm welcome. We look forward to celebrating with our winners and working alongside them as they lead the way in a year of recovery.”     Fishers Adventure Farm Park is now celebrating 31 years in the business, with the original founders Tim and Trina Rollings still very much involved, along with their son Tom and wife Katie Rollings too. It is very much a family affair! This year they are hoping to open a brand-new section of the park, with more details being released soon.     Fishers reopened on Monday 12th April, with tickets available online only. Katie Rollings Director – Fishers Adventure Farm Park

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The Weald School appoints new Headteacher

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ollowing Peter Woodman’s retirement in December 2020, the Governing Body at The Weald School started the search for a new Headteacher. As Deputy Head, Sarah Edwards led the school as Interim Headteacher while the advertising and recruitment process commenced.     The role of a Headteacher is a demanding one at the best of times but leading a school through a pandemic has presented more obstacles and complications than most of us could have imagined. Sarah has dealt with these difficult challenges both effectively and in a calm and level-headed manner.     While the Governing Body provide strategic direction and oversight, the most important role is the recruitment of a new Headteacher. They were required to run a robust, rigorous and independent interview process. This included a student panel, governing board interview and a staff Q&A. The three candidates were put through their paces to determine who would be the strongest and most appropriate leader for the school.     After careful consideration and following a two-day interview programme, the school is delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Edwards as its permanent Headteacher with immediate effect.     Staff, students and parents have expressed their joy in hearing the news of Sarah’s appointment. Many

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parents have taken to Facebook to congratulate her, “Congratulations, The Weald is in safe hands.”     Sarah joined The Weald in June 2014 as Deputy Headteacher. During her 14 years in senior leadership positions in schools, she has been responsible for teaching and learning, the curriculum, outcomes for students at all Key Stages, pastoral support provided for students, well-being for staff and students, and behaviour. She is a languages teacher by trade, having earned her degree at the University of Leeds and her teaching qualification at Cambridge.     In a video message to staff, governors, parents and students thankng them for their support Sarah said, “It’s really a huge honour and a privilege to be given this fantastic opportunity to lead our wonderful Weald community forward in a new era. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be doing that and how grateful I am to have this opportunity. I have a lot of thanks to give: to all of our staff for their support and encouragement, and to our students, governors and parents and carers for their lovely messages. We rely on support from our amazing team around us to make sure that we can serve our community the best that we possibly can.” Izzy Lewis, Communications Manager Photo: New Headteacher Sarah Edwards


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he Governors at Slinfold CofE School and Pre-school are delighted to announce Mr Chris Jowett has been appointed as the new Headteacher, following a rigorous interview process and the resignation of Miss Laura Phibbs.     Chris has been covering the Headteacher role since September, while Miss Phibbs was on maternity leave, and he has made a significant impact: working with staff to develop our successful remote learning provision (which supported the recent period of partial school closure), completing work on the new school logo and organising a redesign of the website. The website now looks modern and appealing – take a look at www.slinfold.w-sussex.sch.uk.     Chris has shared an aspirational plan for moving the school forward and a genuine desire to see the village school thrive. He has ambitious ideas to develop the school in a collaborative way, bringing out the best in both staff and children, and including the wider community.     Parents have expressed their delight with Chris’ appointment: “We are excited to have Mr Jowett join

us; he has done an exceptional job in taking the school forwards through the complications of COVID, ensuring children and parents have been supported throughout, including sourcing additional laptops.”     Chris is passionate about sport and Forest Schools and is planning a wide range of extra-curricular clubs in the summer term, giving children the opportunity to develop their skills in many areas. He is a firm believer in the importance of Growth Mindset – challenging staff and pupils to reflect on how they have become a little bit better each week.     We will be accepting visitors in the Summer term, in line with current guidelines, and would be delighted for you to come and see our beautiful school. We have spaces available in most year groups and would love to show you what makes Slinfold such a special place to work and learn. Please contact the school on (01403 )790253 to arrange your appointment. Sarah Elphick (Chair of Governors) Photo: New Headteacher Chris Jowett

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And we’re back…

ike racehorses rearing and bucking at the starting gate, the Renegades Youth Club and its young members have been straining for so long to get back to something approaching normal activity. Although, having said that, ‘normal’ is not a phrase often associated with the creatively mad antics of the Renegades…     So April Fools Day was the entirely appropriate date for a relaunch party that, quite literally, went with a bang. “We wanted to create a real party atmosphere, despite it having to be outside in a cold snap, so we had the kadai burning, barbecue food (courtesy of Penfolds Estate Agents), music playing and a lot of mad fun and games”, says Group Leader Gareth Miller.     “The kids had a riot. In addition to the loudest fireworks we’ve ever had from our supporters at Aurora, we had great fun trying the old mentos in the coke bottle eruption. Unfortunately, our canine mascot was less than impressed with either activity but she’s a firm favourite with even the most nervous of the children.     “To be honest, we didn’t really need to put on any activity because the kids actually just wanted to hang out with each other as it had been so long. Scientific research has shown the importance of socialising and friendship to teenagers, and that when kids are with

each other everything that feels good feels even better. We saw that in spades that night,” says Gareth.     The relaunch, which brought old and new members together, was quickly followed by a regular Monday night of mixed activities, once again at the chapel in Spy Lane, Loxwood. Archery was joined by bushcrafting, with the children learning to use axes to split wood and make kindling!     “It’s fabulous to see the art and creativity that just oozes out of these children,” smiles Gareth. “Following the usual safety processes, they were given wood and an axe and we watched them do imaginative things with them, whether it be carving patterns, their names or making door plates. And at the same time, discussing subjects like Buddha… they are so bright and intuitive!”     The carpentry wood (and a lot more!) was generously donated to the Renegades by film & TV carpenter Ben Tarlton and Netflix which means the club can spend precious funds on other things: a 3D printer is currently on the shopping list! Renegades membership costs just £10 a month. Please contact Gareth Miller on 07801 862550 or Damian Dixon on 07484 130189 for further info. Vanda Rumney Photo: Enjoying the barbecue

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ou are four times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm. One of our key factors within the Fire Service is prevention. We want to stop fires happening within the home, and having working smoke alarms is a must.     Billingshurst Fire Station offer FREE Home Fire Safety Checks, where we will come and give you advice and fit working smoke alarms if we feel your property needs them. We come and talk about overloading plug sockets, closing doors at night, knowing your escape routes and much more, and this service is completely FREE. We are urging people to get in touch following a number of domestic dwelling fires in our area recently. Thankfully some home owners have been alerted by their smoke alarms, but following fire investigations, some have not had working smoke alarms.      We also find when completing home fire safety checks, that people take the batteries out, because they are annoying when they go off while cooking. We understand some smoke alarms are sensitive, but they really do save lives. Please DO NOT take

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Nature’s on the move!

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.

I hope that this finds you in a position where you can once more move relatively free again. Walking and talking with friends and relatives with a freedom that was restricted to you for the past year.     I write this in the middle of March so for you reading this now a month and a half has gone by. At this moment we are still in the strict lockdown of the early part of the year. In fact yesterday was the first day back to school for the children around the country.     But it’s not this that I want to talk about, It’s not even about our human world at all.     It’s about the beasties around us that have caught my attention this last couple of days.     Early March saw hard frosts across the south. We woke up to white fields and high energy bills. The last couple of nights though it’s all change. The wind is visiting us from the warmer lands to the south and bringing with it an abundance of moisture. This heralded a change in the animals around the farm.     I first noticed it as I walked up the road on my nightly wander around the farm yard. The sudden warmth and rain had signalled the mating call to the frog population.     We have two reservoirs on the farm – one each side of the road that divides the land. Now, as far as I can see, the frogs that live on one have an unstoppable desire to go to the other one to find a partner… and the frogs on the other one, the reverse! Why the devil they can’t just stay put I’ll never know. So, on nights such as this there is a steady migration going both ways across the road.     Result… slaughter! Squashed frogs everywhere.     I spend ages wandering up and down rescuing the little buggers! They sit in the middle of the road, apparently as happy as a pig in a puddle. Just

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waiting for the wheels of a late traveller to flatten them into the tarmac.     Trouble is, they carry no form of identification. I don’t know which reservoir they’ve come from. So I’ve no idea which way is their destination. I just have to assume that they are still pointing in the direction they want to end up at.     They usually respond to me picking them up by uttering a startled grunt, but very little actual struggle. I just hope that the majority are still going in their wanted direction as I cast them into the grassy hedgerow, and not muttering dark things about me as they once more face the twenty feet of black, wet, roadway.     The ducks have also received the spring feeling. They have paired off and visit the garden for their peanuts as couples. The males following the females and standing back while the girls seek out the best titbits before tucking in as well. I think the ducks have started to lay somewhere as for half an hour or so each morning the males sit alone under the bird feeders waiting for the girls to return. This will go on for a couple of weeks until they are happy with the grand total laid and the sitting commences. Then, as usual… the males bugger off!     Hopefully I’ll find some of the nests and then I can keep an eye on them and keep them supplied with food and water as they sit.     All around the farm new life is emerging. Lambs gambol in the fields. The birds sing their warnings and courtship songs to others of their species.     Primrose and celandine cast yellow flashes in the darkness of ditches, and the days gradually lengthen.     Let’s hope that it’s the sign of a world slowly returning to normality.     The natural world carries on as if nothing has happened. Let’s pray we can join it soon too. John Nash

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BilliGreen: one year on

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his month BilliGreen, Billingshurst’s villagewide environmental group, celebrates its first anniversary. It was started by two locals who were aware that more people had come to appreciate the nature on their doorstep during lockdown. They were also keen to work with others to find solutions to the ongoing climate crisis.     During our first year we’ve started a number of successful projects: Single Use Plastic Recycling. Our recycling point at The Chapel (between Laker’s Meadow and The High Street) has collected over 200kg of plastics for recycling, all hand-sorted by a dozen volunteers. This includes items such as crisp packets, small bottle tops and cheese packets. Unfortunately, we can’t take all plastics. See the full list at www.sussexgreenliving.co.uk/single-use-plasticrecycling-in-Billingshurst Making Space for Nature. We are working with parish, district and county councils to establish a network of areas with a reduced mowing policy throughout the village. These areas of longer grasses and wildflowers support biodiversity, attract pollinators (e.g. bees), reduce pollution and lower flood risk. The Parish Council has given us a grant for signage, explaining why the grass has been left long. Other landowners are coming on board, with ‘rewilded’ areas

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hen I was twelve I begged my dad for a pet. He vetoed a dog or a cat but one night he arrived home with a large cage which housed two chubby balls of cuteness. It was my introduction to guinea pigs.     I christened them Siouxsie Sioux and Roxy (which gives away my teenage musical tastes). They became my characterful and vocal companions for the next six or so years.     Guinea pigs, or ‘cavies’, are short-tailed, rough-haired South American rodents. They are longer-lived and friendlier than hamsters, and more socially acceptable than rats (disclaimer… I love rats, but many people don’t).     Guinea pigs are pretty hardy and healthy if fed properly. They can be prone to dental issues and bladder stones, but proper nutrition and regular medical check-ups help prevent this. They originate from cool climates and don’t do well in hot, humid, or freezing conditions, so avoid positioning the cage next to a radiator or keeping them outside unless you have a very sheltered warm shed.     Warnings in the previous paragraph notwithstanding, guinea pigs are actually very easy to care for. They require hay, fresh water, fresh vegetables, a small quantity of specialist guinea pig pellets, and a vitamin C supplement each day. Their cage should be as large as possible and lined with paper-based bedding. It needs to be spot cleaned daily and thoroughly cleaned weekly. They are very sociable and highly fertile so don’t keep a male and female together unless

you want baby guinea pigs! They are great pets for younger children under parental supervision. They can be short- or long-haired and come in a variety of colours. The long-haired ones are very pretty but do require frequent grooming.     The fact that they can live up to 7-8 years (average is around 5-6) is both a bonus but also something to consider if your child requests a guinea pig aged 15 but plans to move out to attend university at 18!     Guinea pigs are rodents with definite personalities so take the time to interact with a few before taking one home. Some are shy and quiet; others are bold and vocal. You need to choose one (or two) that suit your personality and expectations.     One of the most delightful characteristics of guinea pigs is the sounds they make. They purr like a cat when they are happy and relaxed. They make soft squeaks and squeals to communicate and chatter their teeth when disgruntled. They also exhibit a behaviour called ‘popcorning’ – they jump up and down when happy or excited. My son (who has two guinea pigs) calls it their ‘happy dance’. It’s cute to watch.     Guinea pigs really do like people. They bond with their owners and are as interactive and friendly as cats or dogs. The flip side of this is that if they are ignored they can become depressed.     Guinea pigs make amazing companions. If you’re considering a pet then check out these cute little creatures. Louise Addison

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The Spaniel Diaries

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he sun is shining and it’s warm, that makes mum happy so it makes me very happy! Now the clocks have done something strange as I got my breakfast an hour early and we were loaded up and taken out for a lovely walk, it was also really light when we would normally be heading home that evening, so we got to stay out in the fields for longer!     One downside to this extra daylight is mum has resumed trying to train us, she’s even got a thing she calls a book which she gets ideas from, I do humour her as if I’m good she seems pleased and them turns her attention to Mav, which is fine by me! He’s stupid enough to run miles to fetch a smelly canvas dummy she dropped on purpose! I find if I just sniff in the hedge and pretend I didn’t see the disgusting thing she’ll send the idiot for it anyway!     I think mum might be losing the plot as she has bought a seat to put on top of one of the grass munchers – apparently it’s time for him to be ‘broken’ to ride, not sure if I like the sound of that – most broken things in the house get thrown away, let’s hope that doesn’t happen to the grass muncher. Plus I think she’s mad, the way those things charge around the field leaping about… hmm, hope she doesn’t end up broken as I need my walks and food.     As I simply love to get Mav into trouble I have taught him to chase birds, it really saves me doing it and he gets told off and given extra training instead of me! Crows are just brilliant, watching them taunt him by

flying a few feet and landing again really makes me smile, Mum is of course not happy with his antics and he’s relegated to the long lead meaning he can’t go far or get up to anything without her noticing, leaving me free to sniff around in my own world, as long as I come back sharpish when I’m called mum leaves me to it, perfect! I have, however, heard her saying about looking forward to us going back to classes, so that means I really must be on my best behaviour or I will have to face she who must be obeyed. I can’t wait for Mav to mess her around, he’ll get taken down a peg or 3!     Mum has being doing our admin for us and making sure our microchip details are up to date as she had heard that the company we are registered with had changed its website thingy. She said it’s better to be safe than sorry and would hate it if we got lost and our details were not correct as apparently that can happen. I really hope she’s updated me but not bothered with Mav! I would get the whole sofa to myself then!     Mum has started to plant flowers in the garden so I really must show Mav how to pluck the heads off the flowers and tell him that mum really loves us to do that, digging holes in the flower beds is also enormous fun as is burying socks, the look on mum’s face when she digs them up is priceless – I wonder if she’s noticed her gardening gloves are missing yet, I shall of course blame it all on Mav! Jeannette Douglas

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urple Sprouting Broccoli is a beautiful, tasty addition to the dinner table, and the garden. It has a great flavour, a long harvesting season and is nutritionally beneficial. A single portion provides half your daily requirement of carotenoids, plus high levels of folic acid and vitamins A and C. It’s definitely a ‘plan-ahead’ crop though. If you start planting now you will give yourself something to look forward to next January, and as it is a ‘cut and come again’ crop, that long season should keep you going until April or May!     Purple-sprouting broccoli is extremely hardy, tolerating temperatures as low as 12°C. You can actually start raising seeds in March, for even earlier crops. I usually start the new year with good intentions of staggering my planting like this (because it is one of my favourites vegetables), then forget and end up planting in April or May.     One of the reasons I love it is that I garden on fairly alkaline soil, in which it thrives. It prefers a heavier soil than mine ideally but seems to do well enough in my garden. I dig in a fair amount of leaf mould and well-rotted manure to bulk it up. Purple sprouting broccoli doesn’t like exposed sites, because the wind buffets the stems, so if your garden is more open it will need a bit of protection.     Sow seeds into small pots or multi-cell trays, using a good quality multi-purpose seed and cuttings compost. When the little plants are large

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enough to handle, prick the seedlings out and transplant them into single 9cm pots, watering them in well.     Once the plants have matured, fork the soil over. Remove large stones and perennial weeds. Even if your soil is heavier it’s worth digging in some organic matter to improve texture and moisture retention. I don’t need to add lime to my soil but if you garden on neutral or acid soil, you’d be advised to work some in. Transplant when the broccoli plants are 7-9cm tall. Water them well before removing from their pots, and plant them 50-60cm apart, with a similar distance between the rows. Brassicas dislike loose soil, so make sure you firm around the plants lightly with your foot. Water again after planting. Six plants will produce enough broccoli to feed a family of four. I grow more because I love it.     Harvest when the flower shoots are well developed but before the flowers have actually opened. Cut the central spears with a sharp knife first, as this encourages the side shoots to develop quickly. Then crop the side shoots regularly to extend the cropping time.     January seems a long way away right now, but a little planning and preparation will ensure that deliciousness will await when we get there.     Happy gardening! Rachel Leverton


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Papi’s Tree

Once upon a time on a small farm near Billingshurst…

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very Christmas Papi (the children’s dad) bought a in and sheep out. live Christmas Tree. The 2019 one, subsequently     This was all organised by Anne and Mary who given to Nanny to plant, was put in a pot, with instructed Izzie on the rules as all three were involved instructions to one of the children to water it. It died. With with the wellbeing of chickens and sheep. It worked until the 2020 one, Papi decided to ensure the one day… tree’s safety. So, in the cold of January and     Izzie asked Nan to go down to the Lower with great ceremony, the tree was planted by Triangle Paddock with her. Nanny was wondering why until she saw it… Papi’s Tree! Papi and the children in the bottom half of the It looked like a skeleton with tufts. The gate Triangle Paddock which at that time was locked off and allowed to fallow. There it had been left open. Aaron and his harem had thrived and took root. Its future looked had a very tasty treat. “Do you think it will promising. That was in January. survive?” she asked. Nanny looked at it     However, the chickens were rehoused in carefully but sadly. “I’m sorry, I don’t think so,” the upper half of the Triangle Paddock. As per she replied, “but we’ll leave it and see what Anne’s instructions they were allowed to roam happens.” And so it was. in the Triangle Paddock but that meant they     Early in April, Anne said to Nanny, “Your could also roam in the No.2 Paddock and sheep are getting through the Lower Triangle share the full space with the sheep. Paddock fence again.” Nanny investigated to Unfortunately this arrangement was not safe find Aaron and two of his girls in the Lower for the chickens with the local foxes around – Triangle Paddock. When Aaron saw her he especially with spring and hungry fox babies Papi’s poor Christmas tree knew he was in trouble and leaped over the fence that they had leaned on and flattened. coming. The logistics needed to be changed.     It went something like this: while the chickens were in The other two followed with less agility. Grimly, Nanny and Mary made some running repairs and Jacob fixed it their house cage (the one that starred in last month’s episode), the gate to the Lower Triangle Paddock was the next day. But not before Aaron and Co had had another go at Papi’s Tree. closed, which left the top half open for the sheep to come up to the hayshed to be fed. When the chickens were out,     Perhaps the 2021 tree will flourish more successfully the gate to the Lower Triangle Paddock was open and on that small farm in Billingshurst. the gate to the Upper half to be closed to keep chickens Yvonne Fleece

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Billingshurst Primary School: ‘PE With Joe’

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Bernardi Music Group rewarded for continued support of young musicians

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he Bernardi Music Group are delighted to be recognised for their resilience, innovation and progression of young musicians’ work with an award from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.     Demonstrating their sustainability in these difficult times, their much respected Ensemble, Stradivarius Piano Trio, String Academy, Shipley Arts Festival and Leonardslee Summer Concert series were acknowledged for their popularity and deep rooted community focus. Reference was also made to their national significance, along with the new music commissions that combined with inspiring originality, ongoing digital innovation and creativity in their concerts.     Set up to help arts organisations recover and reopen following the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic; the Bernardi Music Group is one of only four organisations in Sussex who have been given a sum from the £300 million awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.     Speaking about the award, Andrew Bernardi, violinist and director of Bernardi Music Group, said, “We have been so very fortunate that our sponsors, Festival Friends of Shipley Arts Festival and so many other local, national and international advocates have supported us through the past year. Their encouragement and assistance has enabled us to continue to bring music and joy, while enhancing mental wellbeing for both our local communities and across the world.”     Andrew continued, “This grant will really help us to continue to move forward and provide more opportunities for our professional and youth musicians as they perform ‘side by side;’ whether it be playing live as we all hope, or streaming live online. The award will also allow us to grow our use of developing and sustainable digital technology, and support our long term goals to remain at the leading edge of lived streamed online performances.”

    After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this summer the award will also be supporting the Bernardi Music group’s 21st Anniversary Shipley Arts Festival celebrations and the Leonardslee Summer Concert Series, as they transition back to live concerts in the months ahead.   Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, commented, “Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced. Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors –- helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”     Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said, “Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to reopen theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work. We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”     For further information and tickets for the Shipley Arts Festival and Leonardslee Garden Concert Series, please visit www.bernardimusicgroup.com, check the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages, or email andrew@bernardimusicgroup.com.     The Bernardi Music Group is delighted to have Tooveys, NFU Henfield, Nyetimber, Kreston Reeves, Wakefields and Luxury Cave as sponsors of the Shipley Arts Festival and are proud to be working in partnership with Yu Yuan Arts.     To support or join the String Academy, please call (01403) 741685 or e-mail Andrew Bernardi: andrew@bernardimusicgroup.com. Heather Joy, JoyStars

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Horsham Matters Hub on the Move Foodbank. Billingshurst Library car park, 10-11.30am Table Tennis. St Mary’s Room, East St, Billingshurst, 2-4pm. An informal sociable group for all ages. Newcomers welcome, tea & biscuits included, £1 (goes to church funds). Tony, tel: (01403) 783496 Every 2nd Rotary Club. Blacksmiths Arms, Adversane. 7.30pm. Supper (£13) & talk. Visitors welcome. Social activities & 4th Mon & occasional business meetings. Stuart Pullen, Attendance Secretary, tel: (01798) 873791 or 07967 159034 Every Mon, Shipley Men’s Shed. Shipley football ground off Dragon’s Lane. Part of the international Men’s Shed Tues & Weds organisation. For men interested in woodwork or wish to spend time with like-minded, local chaps. www.HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org. Tel: Philip, 07786 070939 or email: info@HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org Every Mon Wisborough Green Short Mat Bowls Club. Village Hall. Mons 2.30-4.30pm, Weds 1.30-3.30pm. & Weds New members & visitors welcome. £2.50 (includes Tea/Coffee & biscuits). Trial session free for newcomers. Further information: www.wisboroughgreen.org or contact Keith Carter on 01403 700502 Every Tues Stitch & Knit. Six Bells, Billingshurst. 7-9.30pm. Welcoming & helpful, just bring your project & make new friends. No fees. Sarah, tel: 07817 699865 (leave message) Every Tues Billingshurst Short Mat Bowls. Suspended until further notice due to coronavirus Every Tues Billingshurst Choral Society rehearsal. Billingshurst Primary School, 7.30-9.45pm during term time. New members always welcome. For details see www.billingshurstchoralsociety.org Every Tues Slinfold Concert Band rehearsal. Slinfold Village Hall from 7.30-9.30pm. Brass, woodwind and percussion players all welcome. www.slinfoldconcertband.org Every Tues Billingshurst Youth Club. Women’s Hall, High St, Billingshurst, 7.30-9pm, term-time. 11-16 years. Varied activities such as indoor obstacle course, miniature football tournaments and crafts. £1 per session. Contact Ben Sheldon, Community Youth Worker, tel: 07763 302456, e-mail: ben.sheldon@horsham-matters.org.uk Every Tues Walking Football. 10-11.30am. Shipley football ground off Dragon’s Lane (Holbrook Club in mid-Winter). Followed by refreshments. Men & women welcome. www.HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org. Tel: Philip, 07786 070939 or email: info@HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org Every Tues Drop in Baby Zone! St Mary’s Room, East Street, Billingshurst. 1.30-3pm. Meet other parents and their babies. Every week except between Xmas & New Year. Emma: babies@stmarysbillingshurst.org Every Tues Neighbourhood Warden drop-in sessions. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 12-2pm Every Tues Preschool Ballet and street dance classes. Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst. VMA Dance run fun, friendly & Thurs classes for preschool children. Free trial then £4pw pre-booked. 07879 773705 www.vmadance.co.uk Every Tues Pétanque Club. Meets at Shipley Football Ground, 10.15am for 10.30 start (*in the Spring/Summer/ & Fri* Autumn months meet Friday, 6.30pm). Coffee after. All equipment provided. All ages and abilities welcome. www.HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org. Tel: Russell, 07803 259190 or email: info@HorshamShipleyCommunityProject.org Every Weds Horsham Accordion Band. Practises in Slinfold Chapel from 7.30-9.30pm. Varied repertoire. Band Leader Mags Fisher tel: (01403) 790717 or email: magsfisher@btinternet.com Every Weds The Millennium Bridge Club. Storrington Village Hall, 1.30-4.30pm. All abilities. Please contact: Barbara: (01903) 741365 or daisy.campling@btinternet.com Every Weds Line dancing. St Gabriel’s Church Hall 7-10 pm. All levels welcome, beginners from 7pm. Details from Maureen 07774 828282 Every Weds Billingshurst Bell Ringing practice. St Mary’s Church, Billingshurst. 7.30-9.15pm. New learners and visitors welcome, just turn up. For information email Kathy at kathyfitzp@hotmail.co.uk Every Weds The Leconfield Singers. United Reformed Church, Petworth. 8-10pm. Mixed voice non-audition community choir. Newcomers welcome. More details and term times see www.leconfieldsingers.co.uk Every Weds Billingshurst Rock Choir. Primary School. 7.30-9pm, term times. No experience required. A friendly choir singing upbeat pop, rock and Motown. Book a FREE taster session at www.rockchoir.com Every 2nd BilliUke: Billingshurst’s Own Ukulele Jam! The Six Bells, from 7.30pm. If you already have a & 4th Weds ukulele, or are thinking about getting one, please come along and join us. It’s a fun couple of hours and you also get to make new friends from the village and beyond. www.billiuke.com Every Thurs Stitch & Knit. 10am-12.30pm. We rove round local cafés & car share, lifts may be possible. Welcoming & helpful, just bring your project. No fees. Sarah, tel: 07817 699865 (leave message) Every Thurs HDC Health Walk. Billingshurst (2). All HDC walks cancelled due to coronavirus Every Thurs Wildlife walkabouts. RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, Wiggonholt, RH20 2EL. 10am-12 noon. Our regular gentle ramble is an ideal introduction to some of our very special wildlife. £8 per person (£2.50 for RSPB members). (01798) 875851. www.rspb.org.uk/pulboroughbrooks Every Fri VMA Dance classes for children 2-18yrs. Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst. Classes in Ballet, Street Dance & Contemporary. Free Trial available then £5pw pre-booked. 07879 773705 www.vmadance.co.uk Every Fri Nationwide Building Society. Billingshurst Community Centre. Cancelled due to coronavirus Every Sat Indoor table top sale and market. Ansell’s Yard, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, RH14 0DD. 10am-2pm. No entrance fee. Tables £5 (must be pre-booked). Tel: (01403) 700633 or 07798 941940 Every Sat Dempsey School of Irish Dancing for children aged 5+. Billingshurst Community Centre. 9 & 10am. Nicola, e-mail: dempseyirishdance@gmail.com Every Sun The Emmanuel Fellowship meeting. Suspended until further notice due to coronavirus SPACE IS TIGHT IN THE WHAT’S ON PAGES. IF ANYONE HAS TRIED TO TAKE PART IN ANY OF THE REGULAR ENTRIES (ABOVE) AND FOUND THEM TO BE NO LONGER AVAILABLE PLEASE LET VILLAGE TWEET KNOW 2 May Indoor Antiques Market & Collectors Sale. Ansell’s Yard, Kirdford Road, Wisborough Green, RH14 0DD. 10am-2pm. No entrance fee. Tables available £5 (must be pre-booked), also storage units to let, £25 pw. Telephone (01403) 700633 or 07798 941940 5 May The Arts Society – South Downs Pandemic Online Zoom Talk by Sandy Burnett: ‘Beethoven@ 250’. 10.30am. These online talks are for Members, but if you are interested in a trial lecture please contact Jane Allison on 01798 813314 or jane@theallisonfamily.co.uk. We look forward to returning to Fittleworth Hall as soon as it is safe to do so. www.theartssocietysouthdowns.org.uk

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Parish Council Full Council & Trustees online meeting. YouTube: ‘Billingshurst Parish Council’. 7.30pm Billingshurst Wednesday Group. We look forward to meeting again when coronavirus regulations permit Billingshurst Horticultural Society meeting. Cancelled due to coronavirus Parish Council Planning & Environmental Committee online meeting. YouTube: ‘Billingshurst Parish Council’. 7.30pm Reading Friends. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus CDC Health Walk: Wey & Arun Canal (Loxwood, West). Meet in the Canal Centre car park, behind the Onslow Arms, RH14 0RD, 10.30am. A level 4.7 mile walk. 2¼ hours. Due to coronavirus 5 people max, pre-book at www.chichester.gov.uk/heartsmart or (01243) 521041 up to 1 week in advance Billingshurst Horticultural Society Plant Sale. Cancelled due to coronavirus Billingshurst United Reformed Church Dementia Café. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus Billingshurst WI Meeting. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus Billingshurst and District Wine and Beer Circle meeting. Cancelled due to coronavirus St Mary’s Guild Members’ Meeting. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus Loxwood Jazz Club. Cancelled due to coronavirus, resumes in September Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan online meeting. YouTube: ‘Billingshurst Parish Council’. 7.30pm Live Music: Luke Jones, Pianist. Cranleigh Arts Centre. 7.30pm. Online stream and socially distanced audience. Bach, Tchaikovsky and more. Tickets £15: www.cranleighartscentre.org CDC Health Walk: Plaistow. Meet on east side of Green near shop, 10.30am. A level 4.2 mile walk. 2 hours. No dogs. Due to coronavirus 5 people max, pre-book at www.chichester.gov.uk/heartsmart or (01243) 521041 up to 1 week in advance Pulborough Village Market. Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, RH20 2BF. 9am-12.30pm. Fresh produce, bread, delicatessen, local honey, organic condiments, plants, local crafts, fairtrade goods and much more. Café serving a full English breakfast, tea/coffee and cakes. Free entry. Please like us on Facebook. Market Coordinator Terri Ashpool, tel: (01403) 588996, e-mail: terriashpool@uwclub.net Parish Council Billingshurst Centre & F&GP Committees online meetings. YouTube: ‘Billingshurst Parish Council’. 7pm Quiet Garden Afternoon at The Blue Idol. Suspended due to coronavirus. www.blueidol.org Sing for Pleasure. Cancelled due to coronavirus Live Music: Mithras Trio. Cranleigh Arts Centre. 7.30pm. Online stream and socially distanced audience. Mozart, Schumann and more. Tickets £15: www.cranleighartscentre.org Wisborough Green Open Gardens. Over 12 beautiful gardens and village allotments. 1-5.30pm. Tickets £6 on the Green on the day. Homemade Teas

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part in the Petworth Taskmaster. We had great fun trying to do the cookie challenge (which my sister found really funny to watch and cheered me on), making a moustache out of something and sticking to it our face. We were also given the challenge of getting something on our head with our hands tied behind our back – it was soooo hard but so much fun. I tried to get a sofa cushion on my head and managed to do it by lots of throwing in the air. Another task was to draw a self-portrait while not looking at the paper – it was really hard not to look. Out of all the challenges my favourite was definitely the cookie challenge.     The rest of the day was spent completing activities from the day before, before the closing ceremony in the afternoon.     I want to say a huge thank you to Chris, Nat and all the other leaders for giving us an amazing weekend. I can’t wait to do this properly next year!     If you want to be part of Girlguiding register at www.girlguiding.org.uk/joinus Maddie – Guide, 2nd Billingshurst Guides Photo: ‘Smores’: toast marshmallows over a meths burner and place between chocolate digestives. Yummy!

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