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November 2021

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

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write this in the unseasonably warm temperatures of mid-October. However, Christmas is fast approaching…   It will be wonderful to spend time with loved ones following the sacrifices we all made during the pandemic.   If you run a pub, restaurant, gift shop, garden centre or any business with special promotions for the coming festive season why not use Village Tweet to reach out to every home in the area?   Just call or e-mail me before 7th November and we will do the rest! Grahame Cover: Wear Your Poppy With Pride! The Royal British Legion need your help more than ever this year having lost much needed donations due to COVID. Turn to page 9 to find out where to buy your poppy

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

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Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 9 Royal British Legion: The charity celebrates 100 years! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Run Barns Green: Post-race results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Recipe: Poached pears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Billingshurst Lions Club: Putting the FUN in FUNdraising! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Wey & Arun Canal Trust: News roundup including new boat for the disabled . . .17 West Sussex Community Minibus: November trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 St Catherine’s Hospice: Pam and Carrie’s story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 The Sussex 24-hour Novel: 22 writers, 24 hours, 1 novel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 A Good Read: Includes a book from local author Brian Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Keep Pets Safe on Bonfire Night: Fireworks and pets don’t mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 The Spaniel Diaries: The continuing adventures of Billy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Renegades: A welcome oar-deal! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Slinfold Primary School: Summer Fair a great success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Garden View: Protect and survive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Yvonne Fleece: The further adventures of Magnus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 John Nash: Do you eat your greens? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43, 45 Billingshurst Fire Station: Meet new recruit, Paul Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 What’s On near you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47-49 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Social Care Reforms – the truth behind the headlines I don’t think anyone is in any doubt that the current care system needs to be reformed. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that long since the ‘Welfare State’ was introduced to post‐war Britain, bringing with it the idea that care should be freely available to all – from the cradle to the grave. When the reforms were intro‐ duced in 1948, the UK population was 49.4 million – it is now 68 million. Life expectancy has also improved considerably and there are now an increasing number of people living on their own. The Care Act 2014 was billed as the answer to our prayers. The headlines claimed that no‐one would have to spend more than £100,000 on their care, however, the supposedly radical new legislation was very quietly shelved… until now.

£23,250 to £100,000. Sounds great but the devil is in the detail. The cap is likely to be based on the 2014 framework – only money spent on meeting a person’s personal care needs counts. Spending on living costs such as rent, utilities, clothing, etc. doesn’t. The cap also refers to what the local authority would spend on care – not necessarily what a self‐funder actually pays. The cap also ‘starts’ from October 2023 so care costs before this point won’t count. So yes, the cap is welcomed as it will mean that some requir‐ ing care will be funded at an earlier point but it will be vital to understand how the means‐ test works ie what is and what isn’t taken into account. It’s also important to plan carefully. Ask yourself, how long can you safely manage at home. If you become unable to manage your own finances, who will do so? Can anything be done to preserve your estate? If you have a loved one who requires care, how can that be managed after your death?

What are the proposed reforms? The proposed reforms intro‐ duce a new cap of £86,000 on the amount anyone in England will have to spend on their personal care over their life‐ time. It also increased the upper capital limit from It is likely that all of us will be

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Royal British Legion, Billingshurst – 100 years!


his year we marked the Royal British Legion’s 100th birthday on the 15th of May. One hundred years of service to the Armed Forces community is a remarkable achievement, and we would like to thank every member of the Branch and our supporters who have given their time and energy every year to the Poppy Appeal within our catchment area.     We are here to establish a lasting commitment to fair treatment for service personnel, veterans, and their families for years to come – our work is never done!     Earl Haig and Fred Lister would be gladdened to see that their vision of an ex-service organisation that worked ‘for the common cause’ lives on. We must ensure that the wisdom and institutional knowledge of the members, who have served for years, is put to the benefit of all.     We officially launched this years Poppy Appeal on Thursday 28th October. However, we are adhering to the government guidelines and also the in-structions from our RBL HQ regarding the COVID

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pandemic. House-to-house Poppy collection will continue to be restricted, but we have static Poppy Appeal stalls in the High Street and at the Railway Station. There is also be a static Poppy Stand set up at 16 Broomfield Drive. We have the ability to accept payment by card at the prime sites.     Our boxes and Poppy tins have been distributed to Billingshurst Shops and establishments, including locations in Wisborough Green and Barnes Green.     We are still looking for volunteers to help at the various Poppy sites, which will remain on ‘active service’ until our wreath laying at the Billingshurst War Memorial at 11am on Saturday 13th November.     For further information, or if you can help please contact: Colin Banks – Branch President email: or Rob Nicholl – Branch Chairman email: Graeme McAlpine, Press Officer Photo: Billingshurst Remembrance Parade 2017

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Run Barns Green

Run Barns Green post-race report

un Barns Green returned on personal best time. Sunday 26th September after the     The races are scrutinised closely by 2020 event had to be cancelled. It various authorities but once again Run was the 39th anniversary of the event Barns Green was awarded a Gold rating and around 1300 runners registered for by BARR for outstanding race the two races: the Half Marathon and organisation, a real feather in the cap for the 10k. everyone involved. There was a new     The weather was kind and once again sponsor of the event this year, the Green in Barns Green was alive and Architectural Plants, and they helped to thronging with people enjoying the add some style to the event by creating a opportunity to be out and about. There wonderful tree-lined funnel at the start and was a funfair, lots of different stalls and finish area. The official charity was Sponsored by steel band music to keep everyone St Catherine’s Hospice and once again entertained. lots of money was raised for the wonderful     The two races were started by local work that they do.     So, another great event from Run Barns Horsham MP Jeremy Quin. The Half Official charity Green and early bird entries are already Marathon started at 10am and the 10k at open for next year’s race which will take 10.20am. It was so good to see the enthusiasm of all the runners as they got place on Sunday 25th September 2022. the chance to run again in a proper race     The men’s Half Marathon was won by Paul Navesey from City of Portsmouth AC in a time of after all the delays and cancellations caused by COVID.     Run Barns Green is organised entirely by volunteers 1hr 10.26, a repeat of his win in 2019. Neil Boniface was and this year things were made even more complicated second and Parick Acaye was third. In the women’s race Clare Richer came first in a time of 1hr 30.12. Elspeth by all the additional COVID safety regulations and rules. Turner and Daisy Burchfield both from Horsham Blue On race day around 150 people from in and around the village volunteer in a whole range of different capacities, Star Harriers came second and third. In the 10k races, marshalling, manning car parks, preparing food for the the first woman across the line was Sophie Gunning in a volunteers, putting out all the signage and barriers that time of 40 mins 42, Maisie Boast from Horsham Blue are required. Lots of different groups, societies and sports Star Harriers was second and Johanna Terry third. In the clubs help out with a variety of jobs such as manning the men’s 10k Patrick Martin came first in a time of 32 mins drinks stations on the race routes. It is a huge effort from 44, Gary Tomlinson from Horsham Joggers came everyone but it was all worth it to see the excitement on second and Bradley Burke from Horsham Blue Star the faces of the runners when they crossed the finish line, Harriers third. picked up their medal and then realise they have done a Nigel Currie, Run Barns Green Committee

Post-race Podium Top-left: Half Marathon winners (men):     1st Paul Navesey     2nd Neil Boniface     3rd Parick Acaye. Top-right: Half Marathon winners (women):     1st Clare Richer     2nd Elspeth Turner     3rd Daisy Burchfield. Bottom-left: 10k Race (men):     1st Patrick Martin     2nd Gary Tomlinson     3rd Bradley Burke. Bottom-right: 10k Race (women):     2nd Maisie Boast     (1st and 3rd placed women absent     from podium and award presentation) Photos: Dan Stockwell


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Let the waters be no longer troubled…


he golden rusty glow of autumn colours is all around us now. Walks around the village often need woolly hats and warm coats once again. Trees catch our eyes with their displays of colour, and I wonder sometimes at just how many village seasons they have shared and what tales they could tell. The comings and goings of generations of villagers!     As this November unfolds there is hardship, recovery, hope and challenge all around. This chapter of life for us all calls yet again on resilience and rebuilding of community life.     On an autumn walk in the Ashdown Forest recently we came across the famous ‘Winnie the Pooh’ bridge. This was obviously an opportunity not to be missed and the age-old game of floating sticks in a race just had to happen. The original bridge was played on by A.A. Milne in the1920’s. Many have enjoyed a happy visit here since then!     The bridge was a great way of enjoying the fastflowing stream that had been swollen by recent days of rainfall. Watching our racing sticks speed along supported by gurgling water was mesmerising. Our sticks floated speedily on their journey. The water splashed and surged. The sticks were carried along by the power of the water. We watched with great focus

until they disappeared out of view.     I wonder if some may feel that they too are like a stick being tossed about in a fast paced and changing World. Feelings of being overwhelmed and overpowered are a natural reaction in times of hardship and uncertainty.     The Bible has a beautiful picture of humans being held above the ‘waters’ of struggle that life can surround us with. Many a picture is given of God powerfully protecting and holding us steady as we are deeply precious to him. When you pass through the waters, I am with you; when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you. …For I am the LORD your God, your deliverer. Since you are precious and special in my sight, and I love you. Isaiah 43, New English Translation     The next time you are looking at a stream or river perhaps this picture of God holding us above troubled waters will come into your mind.     Come and join in with our activities at St. Mary’s Church and find out more. Check out our website:

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Poached Pears

Pears are in season right now and this is such a great way to serve them


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Pour the wine into a saucepan with the sugar, spices and lemon zest and bring to the boil, stirring dissolve the sugar. 2. Meanwhile, peel the pears. Leave the stalk intact but cut out the core at the base. Use a non-metallic ovenproof dish just wide enough to hold the pears in a single layer and lay them in there. Don’t use a large dish because when you pour the spiced wine over the top the fruit should just be submerged. Cover the dish and bake for about an hour, checking after 45 minutes. When the fruit is tender, but still holds its shape, lift it out of the liquid and set aside. 3. Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce by about half until it becomes thick and syrupy, then taste and pour in the Crème de cassis to taste. Pour the sauce back on to the pears and serve warm or cool, with ice cream, cream, or custard.

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time 1 hour plus 5-10 mins for the sauce. Serves 4


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Lions put FUN into FUNdraising


UNdraising at Billingshurst & District Lions Club, provides the lifeblood for Community Service to offer financial support for people and organisations in need, and for Projects to initiate and give financial and practical help to ten primary schools, pre-schools, residential homes and more recently, a start-up Mens Shed.     The club’s main sources of income are:•  A Secondhand Charity Bookshop in Billingshurst (for over 20 years), •  Carolling at Christmas, •  An annual Charity Golf Day and an •  Easter Egg Prize Draw. With income curtailed due to COVID 19, their enterprising Fundraising Chair, Tim Woodcock, has •  Made and sold 135 jars of marmalade and •  Grown from seed and sold – runner beans, lettuce, potatoes and tomato plants. In addition, people have continued filling Feed the Lions collecting jars with their loose change, and now the Club offers Fun With Flamingos, whereby a ‘flamboyance’ can miraculously appear overnight in a front garden as a surprise, celebrating some special event. For further details contact Roger Skillin, tel: (01403) 700221 or e-mail:

The club is now looking forward to Christmas 2021 with Santa’s ‘Flying Bedstead’ sitting on top of a Skoda estate car, sponsored by Station Garage at Broadbridge Heath, Horsham. Santa is planning to tour the streets, again walking alongside his ‘Bedstead’, using his ‘Track Santa’ app, waving and talking to everyone at a safe distance, with two Elves alongside carrying buckets clipped onto broom handles for socially distanced contributions. Routes and time tables will be posted on Facebook and their new website:     Billingshurst Lions aim to put the FUN into FUNdraising in the 21st century, with their flamboyance of flamingos, Santa’s modern ‘Flying Bedstead’, FaceBook and website posts, ‘Track Santa’ App, and now, with Lady Volunteer Elves wishing to be more involved, Santa may be enlisting the help of Mrs Santa Claus for assistance on occasions this year! Harvey Holmes, Billingshurst & District Lions Club Photo: Billingshurst Lions can arrange for a flamboyance of 30 flamingos for a fee of £30 to appear on a front lawn first thing in the morning as a total surprise for an unsuspecting recipient to celebrate either a birthday or some another special event





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News from the Wey & Arun Canal Trust Welcoming the Walter Grove Wheelyboat The Trust has added another trip boat to its fleet – the Walter Grove Wheelyboat – unveiled at an official ceremony at Loxwood at the end of October.     The Walter Grove is a fully-accessible trip boat and specially designed to take wheelchairs and remove barriers to water-based activities. Its purchase has been made possible by a generous donation from supporter Peter Grove in memory of his grandfather Walter Grove, who was master carpenter on the Wey Navigation from 1885 to 1930.     The boat has flexible seating to allow up to five wheelchairs to be accommodated in comfort, and was supplied and refurbished by charity The Wheelyboat Trust.     It is hoped to offer trips for small groups in the spring. Second defibrillator for tripboats Thanks to the generosity of two boat skippers, the Trust now has a second defibrillator for use on tripboats.     The two tripboat AEDs are in addition to the one available for public use on the outside of the Loxwood Canal Centre and another used by our Midweek Working Party.     In deploying the AEDs the Trust has had the enthusiastic support of St John Ambulance First Aid trainer and Trust member Penny Bridger who provides First Aid training for skippers on a volunteer basis.

Penny arranged with WEL Medical Ltd of Farnborough to supply the AEDs at a favourable charity price.     The huge life-saving potential of these machines is well documented – they are much more effective than traditional resuscitation techniques – and the Trust is pleased to be able to give the public the reassurance of having the machines present on boat trips. Christmas cheer The Trust will be once again running its Santa Cruises on the Wey & Arun, along with Boxing Day and New Year’s Day trips.     The popular Santa specials will begin on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of December, running every weekend up to Christmas, along with December 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Booking is essential and tickets can be booked on the Trust’s website,     For those who like to get Christmas sorted early, the Trust also sells Gift memberships and Gift Vouchers online, along with Christmas cards and calendars. All profits go towards further restoration of the canal. Gill Davies, Press and Publications Assistant Photo: WACT director John Reynolds (left) and Wheelyboat Trust director Andy Beadsley

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“We had a team behind us, supporting us”


ospices care for whole families and help people to create treasured memories during one of life’s most difficult times. When Elaine Kebble was diagnosed with cancer, she was supported by the team at St Catherine’s Hospice. Here Elaine’s Mum, Pam, and daughter Carrie reflect on the difference this made.     “Mum always spoke so highly of the hospice nurses,” recalls Carrie. “They were so much more than a caring team; they were more like friends to her.     “She had hospice support at home for a while and I remember so many times when I popped in to see her I’d find her having a cuppa and a chat with the nurses. Knowing the hospice team were supporting Mum at home and that she had the medical care she needed was such a relief. It felt like a pressure had been lifted.”     “Elaine was so brave, but she was starting to struggle at home,” explains Pam. “Just before she went into the hospice she said, ‘Mum, I can’t go on any longer.’ I knew then that she’d had enough.”     “Mum felt such an affinity with the hospice and she’d already told me that when the time came, she wanted her last day to be at St Catherine’s because the team made her feel comfortable and content.” says Carrie. When Elaine was admitted to the hospice Carrie, Pam and other family members spent precious time with her “She was wheeled out into the hospice’s beautiful gardens and I have lovely memories of her lying on her bed in the sunshine,” says Pam. “She was so happy, and it was so wonderful to see that the nurses had taken the time to take her outside. It’s a memory I cherish.”     “St Catherine’s didn’t ever feel like a hospice during the time we were there, it was our home,” adds Carrie. “The nurses were amazing, and we really felt we had a team behind us, supporting us.     “An accumulation of small, amazing contributions from the whole hospice team made the care Mum and our family had so special. Once Mum and I were in the garden discussing what beach we’d be sitting on if we weren’t at the hospice when one of the nurses asked us, ‘What beach are you on then?’ When we told her, the team made us a fruit cocktail to help us feel like we were there. The Catering Team had got to know Mum so well; they knew she liked Bacardi and added that to our cocktail without prompting. We sat admiring the colours of the garden flowers and drinking our cocktails in the afternoon sun. I’m so grateful that I shared that precious moment with Mum.”     “We had an X-Factor party at the hospice one evening too,” recalls Pam. “Elaine used to love it and


I remember there were about seven or eight of us in her room all holding her hand. We had food and drink, the X-Factor was playing in the background and it was a lovely, relaxed evening.     “I always looked forward to visiting Elaine as the hospice always made our time together special – we really did cherish it. We had lots of laughs and it wasn’t all sadness. I was so pleased Elaine was there.” Thanks to St Catherine’s Carrie and Pam even have lovely memories of Elaine’s last few days “We were able to make sure Mum passed away with dignity and come away with lovely memories of those last few days,” explains Carrie. “If we hadn’t had the support of the hospice things would have been very different. I probably would have felt like I didn’t do enough for Mum but being with her and embracing the hospice was enough. I was able to be her daughter, not a carer and that was just invaluable.”     “Elaine’s passing was as calm, peaceful and happy as it could be,” recalls Pam. “We were all there, holding her hand and talking to her, it was a real family affair. Elaine went slowly and quietly in her sleep. She didn’t suffer and she wasn’t in pain – that’s all you can hope for. If anybody has to go, St Catherine’s is the place you’d want them to be.”     “They’re the sort of team you want on your side when you’re going through such a massive life challenge,” adds Carrie.     “After Elaine died so many people told me what a wonderful person she was,” says Pam. “I feel so privileged she was my daughter and that people loved her so much. We always said she was too good for this world.” Carrie and Pam are still connected to St Catherine’s “After Mum passed away, I had bereavement counselling with the hospice,” explains Carrie. “It was so positive that I’ve carried on with therapy since. I also started volunteering as it felt right to give something back. Volunteering with the hospice has made me feel a part of the team that gave my family so much.”     “We’ve also hung a memory leaf on the tree in the hospice’s Quiet Room garden for Elaine,” explains Pam. “I play the hospice lottery and have bought their Christmas cards. I’ll always have a soft spot for St Catherine’s.”     Your support means St Catherine’s can continue to provide vital care for other families like Elaine’s. Every donation makes a difference. You can donate online at or call (01293) 447361. Thank you. Laura Mitchell, St Catherine’s Hospice Photo: Elaine Kebble

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reeman Brothers Funeral Directors is pleased to invite you to an Online Remembrance Service. The company’s annual event was launched via its Hurstpierpoint branch in 2019.     Although social distancing restrictions prevented an in person service taking place in 2020, the team worked hard to create an online offering. Broadcast via YouTube, the event widened participation, with viewers enjoying the Service live from as far afield as Norway.     The Service will be led by Freeman Brothers’s Manager, Abi Pattenden, with contributions from members of the team based across the company’s four branches.     There are several ways – beyond watching live on Monday 6th December – that readers are encouraged to get involved, fostering a greater sense of connection to the event:     •  Contact us to express an interest in watching the Service, whether you’d like to do so live or at a time of your choosing after the premiere     •  Let us know whether you’d like to receive a free participant pack – the Service contains an optional interactive element, and we are happy

to send packs upon request. If you will be watching live, please submit your request by Tuesday 30th November     •  Names of those to be commemorated will be read during the Service – if you would like your loved one’s name to be included, please contact us by Monday 8th November to let us know their name(s)     •  Video messages from members of the public are incorporated, to share their thoughts on who they will be remembering this year – if you would like to record your own for inclusion, please contact us for details. We will need to receive these by Wednesday 10th November     •  The Service has an accompanying online tribute page, where you may leave a written message of remembrance, and find details of how to donate to this year’s nominated charity, Kangaroos, should you wish We do hope that you will be able to join us live on Monday 6th December from 7pm via our YouTube Channel –     If you have any questions about the event, please do get in touch with us via Becky Hughes Community Co-Ordinator, Freeman Brothers


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The Sussex 24-hour Novel 22 writers, 24 hours, 1 novel


group of 22 writers from West Sussex has written a collaborative novel in the space of 24 hours. It may be the first time an entire novel has been put together in such a short space of time by a collective.     On Saturday 2nd October, the writers met at Colonnade House, an arts hub and gallery in Worthing town centre. The building dates from the early 1800s and may well have been visited by novelist Jane Austen while she was staying at Stanford Cottage (now Pizza Express, Worthing).     The 22 writers hail from all over Sussex, with a diverse range of ages and backgrounds. The group managed to reach a consensus about the aims of the novel while on the premises. A handful of writers then remained on site to write their allocated 3,000 words of original material, while others went their separate ways.     The theme of the novel will remain shrouded in mystery until its eventual release. Part of the collective’s inspiration came from a paving stone in

the local area which is engraved with lines of poetry.     On Sunday 3rd October, the writers reconvened for a ceremonial printing of the manuscript, led by Joe Bunn, the artist formerly known as the ‘Bard of Worthing’ (he’s now moved to Lancing). Mr Bunn has previously organised three 48-hour albums. This year, he was successful in securing funding from the Sunny Worthing Arts Group and Adur & Worthing Trust for the 24hour novel event.     The final word count of the unedited novel is 60,383 words. After the editing process, it’s likely the novel will be closer to 60,000 words. In addition to be an exciting arts project, the event was also held in support of Turning Tides, a charity focusing on ending homelessness in West Sussex.     You can follow progress towards publication via Facebook: Sussex 24 Hour Novel. Petula Mitchell Photo: 21 of the writers (the 22nd took the photo!)

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A Good Read November’s selection from Grahame Pearson and Tash Donovan Straighten Up and Fly Right – Brian Smith In July 1962 Brian Smith joined British European Airways (BEA) as a steward. In 1991 he retired as a senior training captain with British Airways.     Brian describes this remarkable L development A C LO recalling some of OR the many hurdles AUTH and adventures along the way.     His working life as a training captain with BOAC and British Airways is described in detail. He manages to capture in print what life was like during what many call ‘the golden age of flying’.     The book gives a detailed account of these adventures. If they appear to follow one after the other in rapid succession, that is exactly what happened. Each chapter is laced with humour. The adventures are all true, but you might detect a slight exaggeration of one or two of the characters. If this makes you smile, he’d be happy.     There were two significant adventures that Brian recalls as if they happened yesterday. The first was as a flight controller in the Control Centre for the Breitling record-breaking balloon flight round the world in 1999. He describes the experience “like holding your breath for three weeks”. The following year he was back in the role of flight controller for David Hempleman-Adams’ record-breaking flight to the North Pole by balloon.     Brian also shares details of his latest adventure – building and operating a Spitfire simulator in his barn in West Sussex, to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund. To date £100,000 has been raised.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock This is a young adult novel with a difference. It’s a collection of interconnected short stories all set in the mid-1990s in Alaska and small towns scattered across the American west. Each story centres around one or two disparate teen characters who each face the challenges and rewards of small-town life. Told through the ordinary events of their lives, we glimpse brief moments, like peeking through a window. We can see their inner struggles, how they deal with pain or boredom or survival, and how they find new paths and moments of healing.     There are hitchhikers, kids with a ‘reputation’, free spirits, and young people who have suffered loss. Woven through the stories are some common threads; we get an early warning of wildfire in one story which is at the centre of the plot of another. The aftermath of events in one story, pop up in later ones.     Each character’s life has a ‘butterfly effect’ on the lives of other characters, some big and some small, and most of the characters never know the threads that connect them, even though we as readers are treated to the bigger picture and have the pleasure of seeing where all these lives overlap.     In Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town, Hitchcock takes us into the inner workings of young minds and hearts. A beautiful read for older teens.

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y Jack Russell terrier, Pippa, takes Bonfire night in her stride. but Tess, my mixed breed rescue, transforms into a quivering wreck, who snaps, snarls and once drew actual blood when I tried to fish her out of the tumble drier where she had retreated among the yet-to-be-sorted bed sheets.     Studies suggest that almost half of dogs show signs of fear when they hear fireworks. Tess is at the extreme end of the scale and action was clearly required.     There are a few simple things we can do to help a pet deal with fireworks. Some basic preparation will make Bonfire night a less stressful experience for everyone.     For dogs, walk them earlier in the day to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off. Close windows and curtains at night so loud bangs are muffled, and play music or put the TV on to further mask firework sounds.     Make a doggy den. This is a quiet space where a dog can feel in control. My dogs are crate-trained but the crate wasn’t cutting it for Tess who wanted

a proper bolt-hole, so the following firework season I cleared out a space among the shoes in the cupboard under the stairs and added blankets and chew toys. She dived in headfirst, and we didn't see her till the following morning, when she re-appeared as though nothing was out of the ordinary!     Cats also need hiding places though they are pretty good at finding their own! Try to bring cats inside, even if they normally go out at night, because they can become stressed and disorientated if they’re caught outside during a fireworks display.     If you have small animals – rabbits and guinea pigs for example – covering outside cages and pens with blankets so an area is soundproofed and hidden is a good idea. And provide bedding they can burrow into. If you have a cool room where they can be undisturbed it can be good to move the hutch or cage temporarily inside.     And remember that all pets should be microchipped in case they panic and escape outside. Tracey Anderson

Is it old age or pain? Understanding whether your dog is suffering from old age or pain is a difficult one. It could be any one or a combination of the following: Eyes and Ears. Ageing changes can lead to a gradual deterioration in vision and hearing. Mobility Issues. You might notice they’re a bit stiff when getting up after a rest, or they have difficulty in finding a comfy spot to settle in. Are they limping or reacting when certain areas are touched? Perhaps they choose to amble on walks when before they’d be walking twice as far as you. Muscle Wastage. You should also note any muscle wastage, for example over hindlimbs. This occurs when a dog attempts to alter the way they walk in order to relieve discomfort and weight bearing in affected joints.     You should never assume any changes in how your dog behaves or it’s activity levels are simply normal ageing related changes.     Arthritis is common in dogs and many levels become quite severe. As soon as you notice the signs contact your Vet, a management and treatment plan can be put in place to let your senior citizen enjoy life as much as they possibly can. Sophie Hall B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S.


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ell, what a busy month it’s been! We have had an amazing time in a place called Devon. Mum took us on a very long journey in the box on wheels and when we got out there were so many new smells, we spent loads of time walking on the hills, in some rain too but that doesn’t worry us spaniels at all, although I did hear mum laugh at a man who suggested that walking us in the rain was cruel! I much prefer cool rainy weather to really hot sunshine that’s much worse for us dogs than a bit of rain!     We had to stay on our leads for some parts of our holiday because there were lots of woollies wandering around on the moor.     What we dogs did find weird though was mum and dad sitting in a huge outdoor bath outside our holiday house; they seemed quite taken with it, I can’t think why, I hate baths. I kept myself well out of the way just in case they had any ideas of giving me a shampoo and set, but they wouldn’t let Mav climb in so I did start to feel safer but still kept my distance just in case!     Another thing that has had mum and dad a bit worried is a problem with something called petrol. I think that’s the go juice that they put in the box on wheels. Apparently it’s difficult to find and mum spent time queuing for it as she needs it to get to the fields to see the grass-munching machines and to go to something she calls work where she gets stuff called money that she swaps for our food. Work sounds ‘pawsome’ but mum doesn’t think so! I don’t need go juice, that’s for sure, mum says I have plenty of go but hey I’m a Spaniel so what does she expect!?

Hopefully it’ll be OK as I’m looking forward to something the humans have been talking about, they are saying “days out” and “dog friendly” and talking about the National Trust so I can assume even more exciting walks in new places!     I have been a bit miffed recently as mum is insisting on brushing up my training, especially as the nights are getting shorter. I mean, I’m perfect already, in my eyes anyway so I can’t see what the issue is. I come back when called, just in my own time! Unless there is some roast chicken involved in which case I can give a greyhound a run for its money! Mav is such a goody two shoes he goes back immediately and mum said he’s actually the better behaved of us and I’m old enough to know better – cheek! I think I shall just play along and behave but tune her out when the fun really starts – it’s really funny watching her try to climb through brambles to chase me!     Mum has bought us some really cool collars that light up in the dark. Mine is neon blue and looks amazing; Mav’s is pink, that suits him as he’s a big girl’s blouse! The only downside is mum can see where we are in the fields at night making it harder to sneak off in to the hedgerow or roll in some fox poo!     It’s fireworks season again and although myself and Mav can deal with them happily some dogs really can’t cope so give them a place to feel safe, walk them during the daylight and pop some music or the TV on in the evenings when the bangs are at their worst.     Enjoy the autumn, winter is coming! Billy. Jeannette Douglas

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Christmas Best Dressed Shop Window Competition 2021 2021 will be the 16th year of the Parish Council’s best dressed shop window competition. Judging will take place during the week commencing Monday 6th December and the winner will be notified as soon as possible afterwards. A commemorative shield engraved with the winner’s name and year will be presented to the best with certificates for the two runners up. All shops and businesses in the High Street, Jengers Mead and around Billingshurst Station have an equal chance of winning the competition and there is no need for you to formally enter; our judge(s) will consider every shop/business which has a Christmas window display.

Christmas Fayre – 2021 Billingshurst Parish Council, along with the Billingshurst Centre, is delighted to offer groups and organisations the opportunity to be part of the 2021 Christmas Fayre. The Fayre is due to be held on Saturday 4th December from 10.00am 3.00pm at the Billingshurst Centre in Roman Way.     We are hoping that this event will be supported by the local community, local organisations, traders and charities and we would love you to be involved! To find out more about how you or your organisation can get involved, please contact Sarah on (01403) 782555 or email or complete the slip on the opposite page and return as directed. Keep an eye on our website, social media pages and notice boards for more details about the day and what will be happening!

Winter Resilience Plan The Parish Council has a Winter Resilience Plan in place which links volunteers with those who need help during severe weather conditions. Please consider joining our volunteer list if you are able, and join the ‘help required’ list if you might need a helping hand.     Our volunteers are able to offer help with snow clearing, shopping, prescription collections and similar. The Parish Council and its volunteers are keen to offer help to those who may need it but

are not an emergency service and are limited in what they can do. Please look after yourselves and help vulnerable or elderly neighbours. It is worth considering keeping a good stock of candles/matches and spare torch batteries in case of power cuts and some non-perishable food stocks if you might be unable to leave your home in adverse weather. Please contact the Parish Office for more information and details of how to register for help or how to volunteer.     Copies of the Winter Resilience Plan will be available from the Billingshurst Centre and the Parish Office from late October. In the event of heavy snowfall, large bags of salt/grit will be delivered to various locations throughout the Parish. This is for use on the public highways and is NOT for private paths and driveways.

Upcoming Council meetings All meetings are held at the Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre (normally commencing at 7.30pm), and agendas are always posted on the Parish Council’s website Upcoming Meetings (November) 3rd: Full Council & Trustees 4th: Planning & Environment Committee 17th: Property Committee 24th: Billingshurst Centre and F&GP Committees Email: 01403 782555 / twitter@BillingshurstPC

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he Renegades Youth Club has discovered that they can have their kayak and eat it too!     The fantastic news is that the Postcode Society Trust have given the club a grant of £19,809 to fully fund canoeing. The money will buy nine Enigma Turing 16 canoes (in the Renegades’ colours of red and purple!), paddles and a trailer – plus pay for the tuition for leaders and parents to become qualified instructors.     “It’s been a long-cherished dream, so we are delighted that it’s finally being realised,” says Group Leader Gareth Miller. “I was introduced to the idea of getting canoes by a former fellow Scout leader who made me realise that they offer a number of different benefits.     “The children will learn teamwork, communication and confidence skills as well as water safety and technical paddling. They will also benefit from softer learning – being quietly closer to nature and getting a completely different view on the world from the water.     “As with the archery we offer, canoeing has a strong history that we can teach. It is thought that canoes have been used for the last 9,000 years across the world for transport, fishing and even guerrilla warfare. Also,

because we have ordered Enigma Turing canoes we can also remind them about the fantastic wartime work and tragic life of Alan Turing,” says Gareth.     The Renegades will also be able to sail as a fleet carrying camping equipment and food and go off exploring local rivers and canals.     Soon to be delivered, the canoes will supplement the two that the Renegades already own – one bought second-hand and Group Leader Damian Dixon lent the club his own money to buy a new practice canoe.     We owe a huge thank you to Damian, the generous lady who donated £100, the Postcode Society and – through them – to everyone who has played the Postcode Lottery as 33% of the ticket price goes to good causes – in this case, us!     The Renegades is a Registered Charity. Membership costs £10 a month. Please contact Gareth Miller on 07801 862550 or Damian Dixon on 07484 130189 for further information. Vanda Rumney Photo: Renegades love canoeing and look forward to their new Enigma Turing canoes in Renegade red and purple livery

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fabulous time for their Summer Fair, held later than usual this year on Sunday 26th September.     We returned with a bang after a year’s absence due to the pandemic with Streetfood and More catering and Bennetts Bar providing refreshments. We enjoyed magic and balloon modelling from David Croucher and music from our regular live band Doomsville. We also welcomed sporting challenges from Slinfold FC’s Beat the Goalie and Slinfold’s Netball coach Sarah Harvey. We had a fabulously successful raffle, with great prizes donated by local companies, much appreciated at this difficult time.     Slinfold’s Summer Fair has always been a fantastic day out for the whole family and this one did not disappoint – beautiful weather, lots of people

astounding given the challenges we faced for the first time this time around! Superheroes all of you – PTA, parents, families, carers, staff and our local communities and supporters. Once again, we were sponsored by Courtney Green Estate Agents and many other companies joined in to make our day a success.     The PTA have managed to stay active throughout all the lockdowns and closures – running virtual fairs, remote cake raffles and delivering lockdown survival kits to our children, as well as funding Forest Schools and supporting extra curricular purchases. Thank you to everyone who supports us in our endeavours to provide for our lovely school! Nic Lewis Photo: Summer Fair – fun for all the family

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o… not the 1970s public information campaign exhorting us to hide under a table in case of nuclear attack. This is far more useful. It’s my public information campaign about protecting tender perennials and taking cuttings to over winter so your plants survive and even multiply.     First the protection: to protect tender perennials such as Salvias and Pelargoniums, lift them and bring them into a greenhouse. If you have a heater, set it to the frost setting (around 5°C). You can use bubble wrap to insulate the greenhouse for additional heat conservation. If you do this the heater will only need to kick in on extremely cold days and nights.     For tender bulbs and tubers such as dahlias, wait until the foliage has been blackened by the frost, then lift them and place in a box of sand in a dry, dark, frost-free location.     Plants like Agapanthus, which are generally happy to be left in the ground with a little protection, are best left undisturbed. Cover the top with a generous quantity of well-rotted compost or bark mulch. This can be removed from around the crown of the plant in spring and will help retain moisture throughout the spring growing season.     November is the start of the bare root planting season. Plant roses, hedging and trees, and it’s

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also a good time to move any of these plants which you think are in the wrong area of the garden. They are more likely to survive this treatment if moved at this time of year.

So, what else can we do in November? Ideally your spring bulbs should already be planted but if you haven’t done it yet, just put some in this month. November is actually the perfect month to plant tulip bulbs are because the less time they are in the ground the less likelihood of them developing a virus called tulip fire blight.     Plant garlic cloves if you have an area with free draining soil.     Dig over the vegetable plot, leaving clods to break down over winter.     Rake the fallen leaves regularly from lawn areas because if you leave them they deprive the lawn of light.     Bring in garden tools for the winter. Clean, sharpen, and oil them first.     Keep removing weeds. It is easier to see them once garden plants have died back. November is a great time to get rid of persistent perennial weeds.     Happy gardening! Rachel Leverton

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The further adventures of Magnus Once upon a time on a small farm near Billingshurst…


s Jeremy Oakhatch was busy establishing of course, didn’t know all the important people like himself in his new territory, and the garden Magnus did. She and her husband called him over was slowly coming under control after the and he obliged thinking about treats. She tied a bit summer, Magnus was having his own adventures. of rope around his collar and when the office     He and Nanny had gone down to the caravan in opened she took him there. Selsey for the weekend on their     “That dog looks familiar,” said own. They had been helping one of the ladies in the staff Magnus’s friend Heidi and her office and took a photo of him mum to settle into the village. The and sent it to Tim, one of the first night it got very windy and it important people on the staff. rained. A loud banging woke “Do you know this dog?” she Nanny up and she got up to see texted? “Of course I do,” Tim what the matter was. A flapping texted back. “That’s Magnus.” vent on the awning was quickly     At just after 9.15 Nanny woke closed and Nanny shut the door to her phone ringing. Stumbling and went back to bed. out of bed, she found the phone     Unbeknownst to her, Magnus and answered it. To her deep had also got up and had a sniff embarrassment she was told, outside. When the door was shut “We have your dog in the office.” Magnus stayed outside. “Good,”     After throwing some clothes he said to himself, “I’ll just have a on Nanny went up to the office to little wander and sniff around.” So find Magnus wet with dew and he followed his nose from one looking very pleased with patch of grass after another, and himself. The lady in office told one post after another. Before he Nanny how Magnus came to be knew it he was across the road there and Nanny said lots of and down the far side of the Early morning explorer, Magnus thank yous and I’m so sorrys and caravan site. He didn’t mind took Magnus home. She dried because he knew everybody who was important him and gave him some breakfast which he and they knew him. scoffed. He then jumped up on the bed, closed his     Gradually other people got up and a car turned eyes and went out like a light. Obviously he was to drive up to the entrance road. Magnus stood tired after his adventure. there looking at the car waiting for it to go around     Of course, Nanny had to do more thank yous to him. The driver obliged with a wide detour to avoid the lady neighbour who’d ‘rescued’ Magnus and flattening him. It was followed by another car doing she told Nanny the whole story. Later, when Tim exactly the same. Magnus continued to mosey and Luke came in they all had a laugh about it. about, fully enjoying the freedom.     However, both Nanny and Magnus had to     What he didn’t know was that someone was realise that being at the caravan has different rules watching him. (Meanwhile Nanny slept on ) A lady than being at home on that small farm near in a neighbouring caravan had become very Billingshurst. worried. She didn’t want him to get run over. She Yvonne Fleece

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Do you eat your greens? 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.


unny question but do any of you like to chew on the raw stalk of a cabbage? Not the tough outer part, but that white, crisp internal part. I myself love it.     I ask because of the association it has with the theme of my ramble today. It also marks the demise of a crop that was lost partly through the modernisation that has occurred on farms.     First the crop. I’m talking about the wonderful plant, kale. Not the modern leafy stuff you buy in the supermarket or grow in the garden. This is the old fodder crop that most farms used to grow for their animals.     Once it was a plant that farmers grew to either strip graze their animals on or for cutting by hand to feed stock that had been brought indoors for the winter. Often a small acreage would be grown to give protection and food for the pheasants on farms.     Nowadays, with greatly improved methods of cutting and storing hay and silage, a field of kale has become a very rare sight.     The most common sort grown are the Thousand Head varieties. These have long stiff stems that carry a multitude of sprouting leaves some three or four feet in the air. They can be cut by hand for home consumption – the foliage is great if you are fond of a strong cabbage taste. Usually, though, when cutting for the stock, farmers would use an old bladed mower to do the job quickly and easily, saving a load of time as well as a soaking. Autumn mornings are more often than not, cold and wet so hand-cutting ensured getting soaked and frozen by the tall wet leaves.     The other type of kale, though, is a different beast. These are the ‘marrow stem’ varieties. They are aptly named. The stem on these beasts, if well

grown, can be inches in diameter. Stems like tree trunks. A thick outer layer that took the hardest swing of a sickle to sever, exposing the wonderful inner part that was so delicious to eat raw. The cows especially loved this type; their large grinding teeth cracking through the outer layer to munch with obvious enjoyment on the flesh beneath.     Like most things that bring enjoyment though… there was a snag!     This stuff couldn’t be cut by a mower. No ordinary mower could tackle these stems and last very long, and to manufacture something that could was not really viable. So it was always cut by hand.     Now… to cut it by hand needed three things. A very sharp sickle, a strong arm, and an ability to withstand pain. Remember, this was often cut on a frosty morning when the tough stems were slippery with hoar frost, and a deflected sickle blade could impart a nasty wound on the careless worker. You couldn’t go through that tough stem horizontally very easily. So the kale was gripped, bent over, and the cut was angled upwards, leaving behind a large stub that pointed like a short stake from the ground.     Now all that was needed was a tractor to haul the harvest back to the barns. There was only one sort of tractor that could do this job. A very old one. No modern tractor could do it! Why? Because only the old ones had iron-clad shoes on. No rubber tyre would last five minutes running over those sharp points sticking up like a fakir’s nail-bed from the ground. It needed those iron-clad wheels to grind their way over the waiting spikes without harm, and then to cope with the ploughing after the field had been cleared.     You can see why so few people grow it now. Shame really, I loved the stuff.     On second thoughts, though, I don’t think my teeth could cope now. Sad really, isn’t it! John Nash

‘Bloody Ploughman’ An occasional mini-series on apple varieties… n 1883 on the Megginch Estate in Scotland a ploughman was spotted by the gamekeeper scrumping apples from the Laird’s orchard. Without thinking he promptly shot the man.     Later in the day he took the bag the ploughman had been carrying back to the man’s cottage and returned it to his widow. Inside the bag was some of the scrumped fruit. In disgust she threw the apples onto



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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 Mon BOOSTfit Horsham. The Forest School, Comptons Lane, RH13 5NT. Judgement & pressure free fitness for all. Clare Lawton, tel: 07983 976 601 or e-mail: Every Mon Seniors’ Coffee Morning. St Mary’s Room, Billingshurst. 10.30am to 12 noon. £3 a head. Transport available. Tel: (01403) 786706 Every Mon Chair Yoga. St Mary’s Room, Billingshurst. 3.45-4.30pm. For those who want to feel the benefits of yoga, but from a chair! All welcome. £5. Kim, tel: 07780 439155 or e-mail 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 Clubbercise with Hayley. Wisborough Green. 7.45-8.30pm. Aerobic exercise class for all fitness (except levels16 and over. Darkened room with flashing disco lights and music (90s to now). Pre-bookings first Mon) only: Latest updates: 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. Tel: Philip, 07786 070939 or email: 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: or contact Keith Carter on 01403 700502 Every Tues Billingshurst Short Mat Bowls. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 2-4pm. £4 per session. Come and try a game. It’s great fun with friendly people in a small club. Further details please contact Alan Barnes, tel: (01403) 783721 Every Tues Billingshurst Choral Society Practice. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 7.30-9.45pm. New members welcome. Tel: Keith Paul on 07989 412997 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 Slinfold Concert Band rehearsal. Slinfold Village Hall from 7.30-9.30pm. Brass, woodwind and percussion players all welcome. 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: 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. Tel: Philip, 07786 070939 or email: Every Tues Neighbourhood Warden drop-in sessions. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 12-2pm Every Tues BOOSTfit Billingshurst. Billingshurst Leisure Centre, RH14 9RY. Judgement & pressure free fitness for all. Clare Lawton, tel: 07983 976 601 or e-mail: Every Tues Chair Yoga. Kelsey Hall, Ifold. 2.15-3pm. For those who want to feel the benefits of yoga, but from a chair! All welcome. £5. Kim, tel: 07780 439155 or e-mail 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 Every Tues Pétanque Club. Shipley Football Ground, 10.15 for 10.30am start (*spring/summer/autumn, Friday, 6.30pm) & Fri* Coffee after. Equipment provided. All ages and abilities. Tel: Russell, 07803 259190 or email: 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: Every Weds The Millennium Bridge Club. Storrington Village Hall, 1.30-4.30pm. All abilities. Please contact: Barbara: (01903) 741365 or Every Weds Line dancing. St Gabriel’s Church Hall. Improvers 6-7.15pm, intermediates 7.15-9.30pm. Details from Maureen, tel: 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 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 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 Every Weds Yoga Flow. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 6-7pm. 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Every Thurs Drop in Baby Zone! St Mary’s Room, East Street, Billingshurst. 10.30-11.30am Thurs & Fri plus 1.30& Fri 2.30pm Thurs. Meet other parents and their babies. Every week except between Xmas & New Year. Emma: Free spaces, book at 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 Every Fri Nationwide Building Society. Billingshurst Community Centre. Cancelled due to coronavirus Every Fri Blue Idol Open Day. Oldhouse Lane, Coolham, RH13 8QP. 10am-1pm. March-November. Visit this historic building and discover local history., Facebook @BlueIdolQuakers, (01403) 740039 Every Fri The Mother’s Fire. Nature connection group for mothers and children of all ages. 10am-12 noon at a beautiful, secure farm in Billingshurst, runs all year round. 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Hazel Barnes, tel: (01403) 780660 or email: 3 Nov CAGNE virtual talk: ‘The Concerns of Future Generations’. 7pm. CAGNE, the umbrella aviation community and environment group for Sussex, Surrey and Kent, are delighted to offer you a unique opportunity to hear from international experts talking about how Gatwick Airport’s plan to rebuild the emergency runway as a second runway would further impact you, your children’s children and our planet. 1 hour with informal Q&A. FREE. E-mail to Book a Talk 3 Nov The Arts Society – South Downs lecture by Tony Faber: ‘Imperial Eggs of Fabergé’. Fittleworth Village Hall. 10.45am. Visitors welcome, £6, contact Jane Allison, tel: (01798) 813314 or e-mail: 4 Nov Reading Friends. Billingshurst Library. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus Wisborough Green WI Evening. Wisborough Green Village Hall. 8pm. Every first Thurs (except Jan: 4 Nov 2nd Thursday). No August meeting. Visitors welcome. Ruth Isaacs, Secretary: (01403) 785402 4 Nov Parish Council Planning & Environmental Committee meeting. Billingshurst Centre. 7.30pm 4 Nov Billingshurst Horticultural Society Illustrated talk: ‘Vegetables – growing & tips’ by Barry Newman. St Gabriel’s Parish Hall, East Street, 8pm. Admission free to members. Visitors welcome £2 (inc refreshments) 5 Nov Wisborough Green Primary School Bonfire Night & Fireworks. Gates open 6pm. See page 38 6 Nov Table Top Sale. St Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 18 East Street, Billingshurst. 11am-1pm. Bric-a-brac, gifts, toys & games, books, CDs & DVDs, cakes. Proceeds to Offene Arme, a charity helping refugees on the North Agean island of Chios and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees who are helping displaced people throughout Afghanistan with shelter, food, water and medicines. 6 Nov Terri’s Macmillan Home Sale. 26 Coombe Hill, Billingshurst. 10am-12 noon. Cakes and preserves can be pre-ordered or call (01403) 588996 7 Nov 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 10 Nov Billingshurst Wednesday Group Talk: ‘My Life’. St Mary’s Room, Billingshurst, 10am. Three members share interesting times in their lives. Hazel Barnes, tel: (01403) 780660 or email: 10 Nov Billingshurst Carers Group (for carers of people with dementia or long-term condition). Longfield Manor, West Street, RH14 9LX. 2.30-4pm. (Every 2nd Weds.) or 10 Nov Messy Church! Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus 11 Nov Billingshurst Local History Society Talk: Jeremy Clarke on Timber-Framed Buildings of The Weald. Billingshurst Community and Conference Centre, 7.30pm. An overview of the progression of traditional house designs from 1400 to 1700. Membership £20 per annum. Visitors £5 per meeting. Ms G Knight, tel: (01403) 451401, email: 11 Nov Billingshurst WI Talk by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance. Community Centre, Roman Way. 2.30pm. Interesting speakers, hobby groups, various outings. Visitors welcome. Secretary, tel: (01403) 780810


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CAGNE Virtual Talk: ‘Concerns of future generations’ – the climate emergency and Gatwick airport expansion plans. (Date changed from 3 Nov to allow Caroline Lucas MP to attend.) 7pm. Full details of all talks at This meeting can be booked at talk-four-the-concerns-of-future-generations Billingshurst and District Wine and Beer Circle meeting. Circle meets 2nd Friday (except August) at St Gabriel’s Hall, East Street, 8pm. New members welcome. Contact Chris 07790 762052 or Linda 07806 327917. Email: Loxwood Movie Night: ‘Little Women. North Hall, RH14 0SF. 7 for 7.30 start. £5 on the door. Bar Billingshurst Dementia Café. United Reformed Church Hall, Second Saturday of every month, from 10am-12pm. Please join us for tea, coffee and cake. All are welcome Billingshurst Lions Club Meeting. Sports Pavilion, Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst. 7.30pm. For information about the Club contact Viv Diggens on (01403) 752968 or call in at the Lions Bookshop, Jengers Mead St Mary’s Guild Members’ Meeting. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus Loxwood Jazz Club. Village Hall. With candle-lit tables and a licensed bar, it has a very intimate atmosphere with international standard jazz. Tickets £15 from Loxwood Village Store or Peter Winney, tel: (01403) 752377 Parish Council Property Committee meeting. Billingshurst Centre. 7.30pm Billingshurst Wednesday Group Talk by Julian Bell, Curator at the Weald & Downland Museum. St Mary’s Room, Billingshurst, 10am. How buildings are found, dismantled and re-erected at the museum. Hazel Barnes, tel: (01403) 780660 or email: Barns Green & Itchingfield Women’s Institute Meeting. Barns Green Village Hall. 2.30pm followed by tea. New members welcome. Meetings 3rd Thurs of the month. For more information contact Annette Relph (01403) 732580 Macmillan Film night. ‘It’s No Time to Die’. Billingshurst Centre. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments, raffle and Macmillan stall. Tickets £6.50 from or Austens Home Hardware, 48-52 High Street or Terri Ashpool, tel: (01403) 588996 or on the door (subject to availability) Billingshurst Choral Society Concert. St Mary’s Church, Billingshurst. 7.30pm. Fauré’s Requiem and more. Tickets £10 from or 07704 521131. See page 14 Slinfold Village Cinema. Slinfold Village Hall. Doors 7pm. Film 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Slinfold Village Stores or on the door. For film details see Vivace Chorus performs Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’. Dorking Halls. 7.30pm. Details: To book e-mail: or tel: (01306) 881717 Macmillan Film night. ‘It’s No Time to Die’. Pulborough Village Hall. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments, raffle and Macmillan stall. Tickets £6.50 from or Pulborough Village Hall or Terri Ashpool, tel: (01403) 588996 or on the door (subject to availability) Parish Council Billingshurst Centre & F&GP Committees meetings. Billingshurst Centre. 7 & 7.30pm Billingshurst Wednesday Group: Harpist Margaret Watson. St Mary’s Church, Billingshurst, 10.30am. Visitors welcome, £5. Hazel Barnes, tel: (01403) 780660 or email: CAGNE virtual talk: ‘Alternatives to Flying for Pleasure’. 7pm. CAGNE, the umbrella aviation community and environment group for Sussex, Surrey and Kent, are delighted to offer you a unique opportunity to hear from international experts talking about how Gatwick Airport’s plan to rebuild the emergency runway as a second runway would further impact you, your children’s children and our planet. 1 hour with informal Q&A. FREE. E-mail to Book a Talk Sing for Pleasure. Billingshurst Community Centre. 3.00-4.30pm. We are a friendly, informal group who enjoy a sing-along. If you are a lady or gentleman in the more mature age group, even if you think you can’t sing, we’d love you to join us for an enjoyable afternoon. £3, includes tea and biscuits Plaistow & Kirdford Primary School Christmas Fair. 5.45-8pm. Lots of festive fun! Entry free Pulborough Village Market. Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, RH20 2BF. 9am-12 noon. Fresh produce, bread, delicatessen, local honey, organic condiments, plants, local crafts 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:

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