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It’s back!

Issue No. 130

Sunday 26th September Last call for entries: page 16       @VillageTweet

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September 2021

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


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hortly after the August issue went to press Boris declared that ‘Freedom Day’ would go ahead and with it all remaining restrictions would cease including social distancing and mask wearing. Thankfully the public knew better and masks continue to be worn, at least in crowded places.   Nevertheless, the new found normality has resulted in the return of many events that had been non-existent or virtual last year. Run Barns Green is perhaps the best example of this. Why not pop along to Barns Green on 26th September and cheer the runners on? Read all about this long-standing event on page 16. Grahame Cover: The Barns Green Half Marathon and 10k Race is back, now renamed simply Run Barns Green. Photo by Simon Gale was taken at the 2019 10k Race, Simon Bedford and Reece Bowyer in the foreground. There’s still time to enter, see page 16

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Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6, 9 Macmillan: Celebrating 25 years of fundraising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Picnic in the Park report and Community Gardening Day: Come and join in! . . . .10 Macmillan: Have you discovered Pulborough Village Market yet? . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Recipe: Banana Upside Down Cake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Run Barns Green: Yes, it’s back, and there’s time to enter if you’re quick! . . . . . .16 Alfold & Loxwood Parish Church: Cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats . . .19 Billingshurst Tennis Club: Unveiling new street art practice wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 West Sussex Community Minibus: September’s timetable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Time for Dementia: Take part in a new award-winning programme . . . . . . . . . . .23 Billingshurst Wednesday Group: Busy as ever, despite COVID! . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Time to Choose: University advice for new Year 13 students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 St Catherine’s Hospice: Shop Manager Sam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 St Catherine’s Hospice: 50-mile static cycle ride . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Billingshurst Fire Station: Countdown to charity car wash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Billingshurst Lions Club: Join the Lions! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 A Good Read: September’s book reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Renegades: The Renegades deer to be different! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Slinfold Summer Fair: After last year’s virtual fair this one’s for real! . . . . . . . . . .38 Kids Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 The Spaniel Diaries: The continuing adventures of Billy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 John Nash: An apple a day! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Garden View: Prepare for Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Spot the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45, 47 What’s On near you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48, 49 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50


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Billingshurst Macmillan: 25 years fundraising

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he Billingshurst Macmillan Group are celebrating fundraising for 25 years this year and to celebrate they held two Coffee Mornings, one in Pulborough in June and one in Billingshurst in July, both events were well attended and an incredible £1753 was raised.     At each, Terri Ashpool thanked everyone for attending and their wonderful support. At the Billingshurst Coffee Morning Pam Goldsmith was presented with her long service award for fundraising for the group for 25 years, receiving a certificate, flowers, wine and an engraved wine glass. The presentation was made by Joanna Stuttaford, Macmillan Service Lead, from Midhurst. Joanna thanked Pam and the group for all their support and hard work over the years, especially in the pandemic year and a half and stressed how important the group were in keeping funds coming in!     Also in attendance was the local MP, Mr Jeremy Quinn who said, “I am privileged to see first hand the invaluable work Macmillan does for many of my constituents – we are all grateful for a fantastic organisation and those whose fundraising makes it all possible.”     The Group started 25 years ago with Jenny Kern and Mr & Mrs T Giles who wanted to fundraise for a local charity; they baked and sold at local events. The group’s first film night was Chicken Run in December 2000 – it was not certain how well these film nights would go, but they have increased in popularity over the years and proved to be very profitable.     Over the years there have been many wonderful fundraising events, such as Steam Rallies and Harvest Night Auctions – one night in particular was very funny as a husband and wife were, unknowing to themselves, were at either ends of the room bidding for same item!

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These auctions often raised around £1000.     West Chiltington Flower Show was always great fun with music and lots of stalls. The group would run the catering wagon and there were fireworks to end the event and over the two days this would raise £3000.     Tree of Hope has been running for many years. People can buy a light for the tree in memory of a loved lost one. The short service at St Marys Church, Easebourne, is followed by the lighting of the tree (June Whitfield has turned on the lights in previous years) with mince pies and mulled wine. This much loved event raises around £5000 each year.     Annual barbecues were held at Jenny’s house often raising £1000. Stardust in the Garden was another wonderful event held in a supporter’s garden. Local artist/ singer/performer Stephen Foster has held and performed many a music night for us.     The group were recognised for their fundraising in January 2018 when Terri and Pam where invited to attend Buckingham Palace where they were thanked in person by HRH Prince of Wales.     Other ways the group fundraise are through stalls are local fayres/fetes, catering for wakes, birthdays, etc, markets, barn dances, bingo nights, coffee mornings, donations and in memoriam and much more.     The group has gone from strength to strength with many members, all connected through their own experiences with cancer and Macmillan. All members are voluntary and all work tirelessly to raise much needed funds for Macmillan; the group are particularly proud to say that all funds raised go to local cancer care at Midhurst.     Since starting in 1996 the group has raised a staggering £1,437,935. Terri Ashpool Photo: Pam Goldsmith (left) receives her long service award, having fundraised for 25 years, from Joanna Stuttaford, Macmillan Service Lead, Midhurst

Village Tweet Quick Crossword Solution Puzzle on page 6 Across: 7, PRETENDS. 8, AXLE. 9, MUESLI. 10, IMAGE. 11, SEMI. 12, OUTSIDER. 14, DOUGHNUT. 18, SCUM. 20, COVER. 22, REMAKE. 23, TIER. 24, OPINIONS. Down: 1, AROUSE. 2, STASHING. 3, INDIGO. 4, ASSIST. 5, LAVA. 6, ALLEGE. 13, INSOMNIA. 15, ORCHID. 16, NARROW. 17, TURNIP. 19, UNKIND. 21, VARY.

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Out and about

Fun in the Sun – July’s Picnic in the Park raises £400 Station Road Community Gardens, Sunday 18th July

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n Sunday 18th July, Picnic in the Park was held at Station Road Community gardens, on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far.     For those who braved the blazing sun (and made good use of every bit of available shade!) the event featured two sets from local band ‘Corvette’, along with music provided by Noah. Alongside the usual plant stall and cake stand, the event was supported by the Innovation Eco Station from Sussex Green Living along with Billingshurst Community Partnership and Billingshurst Rotary, who provided a find-the-gnome challenge and a popular

scarecrow building competition.     The event raised £400 to support the ongoing maintenance costs of the gardens.     A special thank you goes to Billingshurst Arun Scouts, who provided not only the marquee, generator and tables, but also three fantastic volunteers in Jas, Lucybelle and Martha who helped with the running of the event from start to finish so a big thank you to them, and indeed all the volunteers who contributed towards the event. Thanks also to Plants by Post for their donation towards the plant stall. Sandy Duck, Billingshurst & District Rotary Club Top: Sussex Green Living and the Innovation Eco Station. Bottom: Gazebos offered welcome shade. Photos: Jane Cross Angled: Isla Myskow with her gnome. Photo: Sandra Myskow

Community Gardening Day Station Road Community Gardens, Saturday 18th September from 9.30am

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ollowing the success of our previous two Community Gardening days, our next event is our Autumn Gardening Day on Saturday 18th September.     We hold three of these each year, and they are an opportunity for members of the community to come together and give a few hours to help to keep this fabulous community resource well maintained.

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    If you are able to give a few hours to help, then please be at the gardens from 9.30am onwards, and please bring garden tools if you have them.     Thank you everyone for your ongoing support. Stuart Sexton, Chairman, Friends of Station Road Gardens


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Have you discovered Pulborough Market yet?

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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

Pulborough Village Market is well established and held in Pulborough village hall on a monthly basis.     Monthly announcements are seen within West Sussex publications (see What’s On pages. Ed.) as well as locally placed posters giving details of the fresh produce available including flowers, vegetables, eggs, homemade cakes, fresh quiche plus craft stalls including individual designed cards, soft toys and baby wear, hand-crafted gifts and beautiful stitched bags and cushions. The craft stalls can vary from month to month so there are always new and interesting items to view.     If you are looking for something special for yourself or others, please come and take a look.     However, there is another element of the market which is extremely popular. The Market Café caters for all visitors with delicious fresh cakes, sausage rolls with tea and coffee plus the very popular sought after full English breakfast along with breakfast rolls of a combination of sausage/bacon/egg/mushrooms. Very delicious and needs to be tried.     So, a popular market supporting the local Macmillan Team (proceeds to Midhurst Hospital) and many local businesses and visiting craft stalls. A good place to meet up with friends for coffee and a browse.     The next date is 18th September opening at 9am with free parking. Would be great to see you there. Rowena Harris

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Banana Upside Down Cake For lovers of caramel everywhere METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Line a 20 x 20cm square baking tin or a 23cm round tin with baking parchment. It’s best not to use a loose-bottomed tin but if you do fold the parchment so it goes up the sides of the tin too. Otherwise, the caramel will leak out into the oven! 3. To make the topping, place the sugar, butter, and golden syrup into a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. Heat until all the sugar and butter have melted. Stir gently and pour into the tin, tilting the tin backwards and forwards so the layer of caramel completely covers the bottom. 4. Slice the bananas into pieces about 2cm thick. Place them in the caramel. 5. For the cake, mash the bananas with a fork then mix into the yogurt. Set aside. 6. Place the butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Whisk till pale and fluffy. 7. Add the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, whisking after each one. 8. Sift the flour and spices together and gradually fold into the mixing bowl. Then fold in the banana and yoghurt mixture. 9. Spoon the batter into the cake tin on top of the caramel and bananas. 10. Bake at 180°C for about 45 minutes. Test with a skewer to see if it's cooked. If necessary bake for a little longer. 11. When ready, remove the cake from the oven and let it stand for a couple of minutes. Then place a plate on top of the tin and turn it over to remove the cake. 12. Serve warm with cream, custard, or ice cream.

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Preparation time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 45 minutes

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For Banana Topping 120 g brown sugar 60 g butter 1.5 tbsp golden syrup 3 bananas sliced For the Cake 2 ripe bananas 2 tbsp yoghurt 90 g butter at room temperature 180 g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 180 g self-raising flour ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg


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Looking for a local church which cares and goes the extra mile? APPLEYARDS BIBLE CHURCH We are warm and welcoming, seeking to bring the gospel in the Horsham area. If you are wanting to know more about what God may be saying to you or you have questions, even if you don’t usually go to church, we would be delighted to speak to you (use the contact information) or just show up at any of our meetings. You will be made very welcome.

www.appleyardsbiblechurch.org.uk Meetings: 11:15 am and 6:30 pm Sunday. 7 pm Thursday. In the building or on Zoom. All are welcome. Free refreshments served. 72 Brighton Road, Horsham, RH13 5BU. Contact: 07763 191 311 or email: ‘contact us’ on the website.


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his summer our screens have filled with proud sportspeople holding high their Olympic medals – well-deserved rewards for years of relentless training. Behind the triumph of this moment will be the tireless support of families, friends and coaches backing up individuals’ talent with the greatest of support.     Most of us will never hold an Olympic medal high. There may well lurk in our drawers a 5K race medal or a swimming badge from our youth. However, in our personal experience there will have been moments when we feel like we do indeed deserve a medal. Others may never know what life medals we deserve. Those achievements commonly remain unrecognised. For some it might be getting through another day caring for a dependent loved one, costing us all the energy we have. For others, maybe persevering with studying or moving house. How about those private successes of maintaining family relationships despite great difficulties? Living daily with ill health, doing our best to make the most of life. What medal would honour your personal efforts at this moment?     An athlete has a coach to help them achieve

their goals. We too may look around for support and advice. Some of us have the gift of friends and family for wise counsel. The internet overflows with ideas and coaching that in itself takes a medal once you’ve worked out what to believe! Where can we turn for the companionship and encouragement akin to an athlete’s ever-present coach beside them?     Well, the Bible describes God as beside us constantly, understanding and knowing what our life involves. Deep within our heart we may know God’s eternal love and presence through the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been described by some like a coach. How wonderful to have a coach that encourages you, calls you on and fills you with courage to keep going. A coach that inspires and empowers you as you live out your life. All we need to do is ask. “…the One who is coming to stand by you, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will be your teacher” (John 14:25-26 J.B. Phillips New Testament).

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It time to wake up... ^ ... and start SINGING!! BCS is finally able to announce that rehearsals will begin again on Tuesday 7th September at 7:30pm in the Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. New members are always welcome Please call Keith on 07989 412997

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additional volunteers get involved. n Sunday 26th September, These include sports clubs – tennis, Horsham MP, Jeremy Quin cricket, rugby football, stoolball and will start this year’s Run hockey, the local scouts, cubs, Barns Green which is made up of brownies, youth club, church and two races, a Half Marathon starting playgroup. These groups and many at 10am and a 10k race which starts others each take on an area of at 10.20am. The 2021 races will be responsibility – running water stations, the 39th anniversary of the half marathon race which began back in helping with catering, marshalling, car 1982. This will be the 6th anniversary parking, security and de-tagging and of the first running of the 10k race looking after all the runners as they Sponsored by which began in 2016. This year’s finish the races. The Barns Green official charity for the event is once Players provide event commentators again St Catherine’s Hospice and to keep everyone informed about what Official charity the main sponsor is Architectural is going on. Each organisation Plants from Pulborough. receives a donation which helps them     Every possible precaution has been to pay bills, buy new equipment and taken this year to enable the races to generally improve their offering. go ahead given all the problems caused by the     Last year’s races were cancelled because of the pandemic. Of course the situation will be monitored pandemic but in 2019 just over 2000 runners very closely and the race committee is registered for the two races which using guidance from government as follow routes on closed roads through well as Sport England and other the lanes of Barns Green, Itchingfield, Christ’s Hospital and close to running bodies to help maintain the safety and wellbeing of officials, Southwater through some of the most scenic countryside in West Sussex. helpers, competitors and spectators.     Commenting on the return of Run The race also goes through the magnificent grounds of Christ’s Barns Green, Chairman Vernon Jennings, said, “We are delighted that Hospital School. What could be more uplifting for the runners? There is we are able to go ahead with this year’s races. There has been a huge plenty of free car parking and there is chip timing for each runner in both amount of work done by the committee members who are all volunteers in races and they also receive medals on completion of the races. There are order to get the races back on again after last year’s interruption. We are also pacemakers running who will help runners to achieve their target finish thrilled that Jeremy Quin has agreed to be involved. It is always a great boost time.     Registrations for the race are open on the Run to us to have the support of our local MP.”     Run Barns Green is organised entirely by Barns Green website: runbarnsgreen.org.uk. For further information contact Nigel Currie (see below). volunteers and relies completely on the loyalty and commitment of the committee who work tirelessly to Nigel Currie Run Barns Green Committee maintain and improve the standards of the races each year. On race weekend a small army of (01403) 730777, 07774 229305

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Get back in the groove…

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ith Legs, Bums and Tums, our FREE class of the month at Billingshurst Leisure Centre.     Legs, Bums and Tums is a full body aerobic workout that aims to tone up thighs, bum and stomach. LBT is helpful if you want to lose weight or improve your fitness level. Exercises include squats, lunges, jogging on the spot, small weights and bodyweight, all to the beat of music. Suitable for all levels of fitness from beginner to advanced.     During September LBT is free to all non-members, classes run on a Monday at 7.30pm and Friday at 6.15pm, to book please contact reception on (01403) 787500 to claim your FREE place.     Since reopening we have been working hard to re-introduce all the old favourites and towards the end of September we will be launching our new This Girl Can class, please visit our website for more information on this exciting new class.     We run a variety of different exercise classes

throughout the week to suit all levels of fitness, ranging from high intensity training to low intensity Aquafit classes. If spin is your thing we have 2 Stages Bikes in the Gym offering on demand Les Mills Spin classes.     Our Premium Membership gives you unlimited access to Group Exercise classes, along with the Gym and Swimming Pool and up to 4 free juniors. Our Gym Only Membership gives you unlimited access to the gym and our Swim Only Membership gives you unlimited access to Just Swim and Lane Swim sessions. All of these memberships benefit from 14 days advanced booking for activities.     Our timetable can be found on our website www.placesleisure.org/centres/billingshurstleisure-centre or call (01403) 787500 where a member of the team will be able to help you. Billingshurst Leisure Centre

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“So you think you’re pretty fit, Rev Greg…” Rev Greg Cushing and Richard Allan cycled from Lands Ends to John O’ Groats in 7 days to raise money for Alfold & Loxwood Parish Church

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year ago, when confronted with COVIDinduced financial worries, plus the financial hits of taking on a new curate and a potential building reordering – I challenged the church family of Alfold & Loxwood Parish to think inventively about raising money for church.     I didn’t realise at that stage that the challenge would be thrown back in my face, “You think you’re pretty fit, Rev Greg,” taunted Richard Allan (a GB age grouped triathlete might I add!), “…why don’t we do a Lands End to John O’ Groats cycle – if a few donated £1 a mile that’s £1000!”     “Great idea,” I replied, thinking most certainly that this challenge was just conjecture and male bravado. But then it happened – somehow we completed it in 7 days from 12th-18th July 2021.     We’d set up a JustGiving page (which is still up and running by the way, see end of article), and alongside external donations we’re very near our goalposts of 10k. We’re incredibly grateful to over 90 donors, many of whom are not churchgoers, and especially thankful for slightly irreverent prayers to cope with sore bottoms. Jokes aside, I love that line “God gives the dignity of causality to our prayers,” and there were some incredible-providential-prayer-answered moments on our trip. Like the time my tyre blew with a shotgun-like sound in a small village in the middle of nowhere, and then lo and behold at just the right time a bloke pops up saying, “Hi chaps, are you OK? I run a bike shop 10 miles away and have my van just here…” – what were the chances!     Or there was the time on the A9 just north of Inverness when a black Transit van tried to overtake an articulated lorry right in front of us and lost control. Its

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back end swerved out and in that moment I wouldn’t have been surprised if behind the scenes an angel had held up the van to stop it from rolling into us. Suffice to say we’re thankful for an answered prayer. God is good. And finally, a huge, huge, thanks must be expressed to Ruth Allan our support vehicle driver who was integral to our completion. She never faltered and popped up with refreshments in places we hadn’t even planned on meeting her, just when we were wilting, like manna from heaven. We were probably burning 7/8000 calories a day, sitting for 10-12hrs a day on a bike, like cars guzzling fuel, eating whatever was on offer: doughnuts, Cornish pasties, Scottish meat pies, basically anything!     The JustGiving page is still active and accepting donations for Alfold & Loxwood Parish Church. Thank you to all who have donated. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ alflox-megacycle?utm_term=yVRge5bkD.     Two final thoughts: 1. They say despite being ‘uphill’, do Lands End to John O’ Groats rather than the other way around because you’ll get the prevailing winds assisting you. Sadly, this isn’t always true and we became firm friends with a constant headwind – God was certainly shaping our characters! 2. If you’re thinking of doing this, bear in mind when farmers do their muck spreading – from Lands End to John O’ Groats farmers seemed to be spreading in unison, which led to some fairly interesting smells! Blessings. Rev Greg Cushing Left: Richard Allan and Rev Greg at the Lands End start Right: Rev Greg and Richard at John O’ Groats 7 days later

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he new street art mural on the Billingshurst Tennis Club practice wall was formally opened on Thursday 29th July by the talented young winning local designer Finley, and representatives from the two lead sponsors –Billlingshurst Lion’s Club and Henry Adams.     Chair of Billingshurst Lion’s Club Community Services, Joan Bobker, said, “When we were approached it was clear this was just the kind of local project the Lions Club are keen to support and when put to the committee it was approved unanimously and I am delighted to see the end result.”     Gareth Overton, Head of Residential Sales at Henry Adams added, “Supporting our local communities is always important to us at Henry Adams and this project is exceptionally inspiring – Billingshurst Tennis Club has brought together young designers and a unique charity to create a dynamic and fun artwork.”     The street art painting was done by Sarah Gillings and her team from south-east based charity U CAN SPRAY who specialize in Street Art. The charity inspires and engages young people from all backgrounds through artistic spray painting. They particularly focus on marginalised and disadvantaged children who are often not in education and who have challenging

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situations to deal with.     Richard Cordy, Chair of Billingshurst Tennis Club, said, “We are very appreciative that this was all made possible by the generous contributions from both our club members and the following local organisations within the village:     Goring Rd Carpets, Fowlers, The Kings Head, Meadows Wellbeing, Yomdel, Little Bean Café, and our two lead sponsors who we were fortunate enough to have substantially underpinning our fundraising efforts – Billingshurst Lions Club and Henry Adams Estate Agents.“     Billingshurst Tennis Club is Tennis Sussex Club of the Year and now has over 260 members. There are four floodlit courts where members of all ages play social and competitive matches with new joiners always welcome. The fourth court can also be booked by the public on a pay as you go basis. For more information, visit clubspark.lta.org.uk/ billingshursttennisclub or visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/BillingshurstTC Phil Beicken, Billingshurst Tennis Club Ribbon Cutting. Left to right: Joan Bobker (Lion’s Club Community Services), Finley (Artist), Gareth Overton (Henry Adams) and Richard Cordy (Chair of Billingshurst Tennis Club). Photo: Sophia Beicken


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Community / Health and wellbeing

West Sussex Community Minibus Association (Billingshurst) At the Minibus Association we’ve increased our range of trips for September. We hope this schedule, although subject to change, will be of interest to new and returning passengers. We recommend use of face masks and use of hand sanitiser / sanitising wipes on our minibus. We offer a friendly door to door service for anyone in the ‘RH14 9xx’ area!

September 2021 Schedule – Provisional Wednesday 1st 9.30am Worthing and Haskins Roundstone for lunch Thursday 2nd 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s 1.15pm Tesco’s Broadbridge Heath Friday 3rd 10.00am Camelia Botnar Tuesday 7th 9.30am Bognor Regis Wednesday 8th 10.00am Chichester Thursday 9th 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s 1.15pm Horsham & Tesco’s Friday 10th 1.15pm Shoreham Airport Tuesday 14th 10.00am Worthing Wednesday 15th 9.30am Eastbourne & Paradise Park Thursday 16th 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s 1.15pm Tesco’s Broadbridge Heath Friday 17th 10.00am Notcutts Cranleigh Tuesday 21st 9.30am Bognor Regis Wednesday 22nd 10.00am Chichester Thursday 23rd 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s 1.15pm Horsham & Tesco’s Friday 24th 1.15pm Horsham Hilliers Tuesday 28th 9.30am Old Barn for lunch then afternoon at Camilia Botnar Wednesday 29th 9.30am Eastbourne & Paradise Park Thursday 30th 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s 1.15pm Tesco’s Broadbridge Heath To book,fortelephone Pike: (01403) 786147 14th We’re also taking bookings Friday 29thGeraldine October at 12.15pm, when we’ll take afrom bus to a memorial event for Audrey Hart at The Cricketers Arms in Wisborough Green

If you’re interested in finding out more about our service, either as a passenger or a volunteer, please contact Steve O’Dowd, email: billingshurst.minibus@btinternet.com or tel: (01403) 784428. Thank you.

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Time for Dementia

ocal families affected by dementia are being invited to take part in an award-winning programme, to help train the healthcare professionals of tomorrow and improve dementia care.     Anyone with a diagnosis of dementia, regardless of type or stage, can take part in Time for Dementia with their carer or family member or friend. Time for Dementia provides an opportunity for students to learn the different perspectives of both living with dementia and caring for someone with the condition.     Our research shows that taking part in Time for Dementia improves students’ knowledge and attitudes towards dementia as well as an improvement of person-centred care to patients affected dementia.     The Time for Dementia project, supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, pairs families affected by dementia with undergraduate students, helping to better educate them about life with dementia and the challenges that come with it.     From September, Brighton and Sussex Medical School medical students will be taking part and the Alzheimer’s Society are now seeking families in the area who want to make a difference to training health

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.

professionals.     Time for Dementia is a fantastic way for the next generation of healthcare professionals to gain firsthand knowledge of what it’s like living with dementia.     Through your participation in the Time for Dementia programme you will help us to provide students with a long-term experience of what it is like to live with dementia. Sharing your experiences may influence the way they work with people affected by dementia in the future.     Our research with families suggests that people with dementia and carers gain meaning and satisfaction from taking part in Time for Dementia and that student visits are enjoyable and beneficial to both the person with dementia and their carer.     If you would like to know more about the project, or you know someone with dementia and a family carer who would like to take part, please get in touch with Bik-Kay Talbot at timefordementia@alzheimers.org.uk or call her on 07562 430204. More information can be found at alzheimers.org.uk/timefordementia. Bik-Kay Talbot

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Little Tweeters! / Out and about “The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good. Pupils are generally keen to succeed and invest energy and enthusiasm into their learning.” Ofsted 2018 – A Good School

‘Shipley is a lovely school.’ Parent comment, July 2021 At Shipley, our rich and exciting curriculum equips children with the skills and knowledge they need to be lifelong learners. Learning is fun, connected and full of new experiences. Children are nurtured and supported by experienced staff and there are high academic expectations. We make the most of our beautiful, traffic-free surroundings with plenty of opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

Come and see for yourself what makes Shipley such a special place to learn and grow – we look forward to welcoming you. Call the office on (01403) 741298 or email office@shipley.w-sussex.sch.uk Headteacher: Mrs Jen Harvey, School Lane, Shipley, Horsham, RH13 8PL

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Billingshurst Wednesday Group remain active despite lockdown During the pandemic the Wednesday Group have continued to ‘shine’ to people in our community and have kept in touch with about 80 people, meeting up in small groups, when allowed, for coffee mornings, etc and to share friendship in difficult times.     Recently we have taken on our own ‘Captain Tom Challenge’ to drink 100 coffees in 100 days to raise £100. We achieved this – actually about £200 – and this will be distributed to local charities including Chestnut Tree House, the Air Ambulance and to our local Macmillan Group.     This group of older folk has shown that despite living in difficult times we can help others in their difficult times – not bad for a bunch of oldies (nearly all 70+!).                  Hazel Barnes

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Time to Choose? Where should you go to university?

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f you’re a student now entering Year 13 you may be trying to narrow down your choice of university for September 2022.     It can be quite a task because there are so many. Even if you know what you want to study – chemical engineering, maths, architecture, medicine, music, etc, different universities can have radically different approaches.     Here are some points to consider… Course and Contact Hours. How much tutor contact do you want or need? Do you want a more conventionally academic course, or would you prefer something more practical and hands on? Scholarships. These can be awarded for a variety of reasons; academic excellence, music, and sports are most common. The good news is that you don’t have to be studying music or sports as a subject, just willing to perform on behalf of the university. Bursaries. If you grew up in the care system or come from a background where parental finances are strained, universities may offer a financial incentive for you to attend. Modules. You can usually check course modules online. Do they look interesting? You don’t want to end up studying something you hate for a year. Placements. Are there any placements associated with your course? Are they compulsory? Whereabouts in the course do they fall? Are they paid? Student Halls of Residence. Are there halls and are they near the university? Not having to negotiate transport and bus timetables can be a bonus when there are so many other new skills to learn. Student flats can be great, but in the first year when you don’t know anyone it can be daunting organising billsharing and rent payments on top of everything else.

Consider location; rents in London and the South can be considerably higher than other parts of the UK. Societies. What are you into? Some uni’s are famous for their theatrical societies, others for their sports facilities, sailing clubs, choral societies, or orchestras. If you have a hobby you are passionate about there will be a university society for you. Nightlife. If you’re the nightclub type you might want to make sure you’re going somewhere with a good night scene. People assume all universities have this, but some are situated on isolated campuses, and you might need to take this into consideration. Local area. If you like to get out hill walking at the weekends then London might not be the best choice. However, if you love art galleries and theatre it might be the perfect place. If you love to sail or sea kayak, then you might like to consider universities near the coast. Do you want easy access to a gym? A swimming pool? Dance studio? Is your chosen uni where you think it is? Think I’m joking? I grew up in Warwick and every year without fail we had lots of people wandering around the castle area asking where Warwick University was. They were always surprised when we said, “Coventry!” How far away from home is it and are there are good transport links? If you want to pop home now and then, you might not relish a nine-hour coach ride. Open days. Going to open days is a great idea. You will get a first-hand feel of where you could be staying and an opportunity to talk to students already there. Post-Freedom Day, open days should be happening again, so go to a few, and trust your gut instinct. Jayne Grant

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

Hello & Welcome! Billingshurst Parish Council is now up to full strength again, with a full complement of 15 councillors. The Council welcomed its newest coopted Councillor Phillip Day at the July Council meeting, and wishes him every success in his role. 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. Plant a Tree for Jubilee

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In support of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the Parish Council is hoping to plant more trees in the parish. Last autumn, 27 trees were planted around the parish, funded by Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) held by the Council, and proved very popular leading to requests from residents for even more trees.     The Council is now asking residents to suggest further locations for trees and also inviting donations which the Council will match on a £ for £ basis from its CIL fund. It costs £200 to supply and plant each sturdy standard-sized specimen.     Suggestions for sites must be for land deemed highway, which in the main are grass verges. (If in doubt, send in your suggestions anyway.) Please send a simple sketch map to the Parish Office, by post or e-mail. Each site will be assessed for suitability in terms of sightlines, underground utilities etc. Donations can be way of cheques payable to Billingshurst Parish Council or via BACS: Billingshurst Parish Council / Sort code 60-02-31 / AC No. 95980784. Please put TREE DONATION as the reference. Trees will be planted in the autumn of 2022.

At the time of writing it is hard to believe that autumn is on its way and nights will soon be drawing in! If you are aware of footway or street lighting which isn’t working, please report it to SSE Enterprise Lighting via their ‘Lights On In West Sussex’ website www.lightsoninwestsussex.co.uk or by telephoning their Customer Service Team on 0800 048 2435. You will need the column number of the faulty light and the road name. This is an excellent service and easily accessible for all residents.

Billingshurst Community Speedwatch Speedwatch sessions are up and running again. If you are concerned about speeding vehicles in the parish, and you would like to be able to try and do something about it, why not consider joining the Community Speedwatch Scheme? The more volunteers that come forward, the more frequently the Speedwatch sessions can be held and the more areas can be covered. You don’t have to commit to taking part in every session, even just every now and then will help. If you are interested in joining the scheme, please contact Graeme Acraman, the Speedwatch co-ordinator on 07999 981547.

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Next year the May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2nd June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3rd June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Mindful that the parish will wish to celebrate this unique historic milestone, the Parish Council has arranged to host a community meeting on Tuesday 14th September at 7.30pm. Whether you are an individual or belong to a local group or society, and you have some ideas and are willing to actively be involved to help deliver them, please telephone (01403) 782555 or email sarah@billingshurst.gov.uk to leave your details. It is hoped that by many organisations and individuals all working together, a programme can be delivered which includes something for everyone and will be something of which the parish can be justifiably proud. If you already have something planned, please let us know!

Traffic Calming Measures – An update Residents continue to ask what is happening about slowing traffic down in East St and High St. Consultants appointed by the Parish Council (through funding from WSCC) have recently started gathering data etc to inform a program of works in East St and High St to: 1.  Encourage more use of the new spine road; 2.  Encourage cycling and walking into the Village Centre; 3.  Make the Village Centre more attractive to shoppers etc. 4.  Reduce rat-running; 5.  Reduce speeds through East St and High St. We hope to see a design proposal by end of year which will then go to public consultation. Following any amendments, we hope WSCC will fund the works using developer contributions for transport improvements its holds for the parish.

Parcels of Highway land for sale The Parish Council is aware of a number of parcels of land which have recently been advertised for sale online, but which also lie within the highway maintained by West Sussex County Council at the public expense. West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is responsible for this land in its capacity as the Local Highway Authority and therefore the land is, as such, protected by statute from encroachment or obstruction.     The County Council, as the Highway Authority, has a duty to assert and protect

the rights of the public to the use and enjoyment of the highway under Section 130 of the Highways Act 1980. If land falls within the highway maintainable at the public expense, although the underlying freehold of the land can be sold, any purchaser of land such as this will need to be aware that, should they wish to carry out any development on the land, including fencing or obstructing the land in any way or the removal of anything currently on it, they will need to contact and obtain permission from the highway authority before undertaking such works. Understandably, the County Council cannot keep abreast of every online sale but as soon as they are made aware, usually by local residents, the Council’s Legal Services Team proceed to contact the Auctioneers to advise on the highway status of the land.     If residents would like to discuss the situation further or report further potential sales, the Land and Property Information Team can be contacted either by email landandpropertyinfo@westsussex.gov.uk or by telephone (01243) 777100.

Upcoming Council meetings All meetings are back to being held at the Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre (normally commencing at 7.30pm), and agendas are always posted on the Parish Council’s website www.billingshurst.gov.uk. Upcoming Meetings (September) 1st: Full Council & Trustees 2nd: Planning & Environment Committee 15th: Property Committee 29th: Billingshurst Centre and F&GP Committees


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am Williamson is Manager of the Reigate St Catherine’s Hospice charity shop. Here she shares some of her experiences and how community donations make such a difference to the local hospice.     “I joined St Catherine’s three years ago and transferred to the hospice’s Reigate store last year. Volunteers are so important to St Catherine’s “Throughout lockdown, I messaged or called 47 volunteers across St Catherine’s Reigate and Dorking shops to check that they were all doing OK. It was a lovely way to get to know volunteers that I hadn’t met from the Reigate store before I started there. When the shop officially reopened last July, I felt as though I’d known them all for years! Volunteers are the heart and soul of the hospice’s shops “We couldn’t do what we do at St Catherine’s without them – we’re like a family. For National Volunteer’s Week I made them a card to say thank you, and for new Reigate shop volunteers I make a ‘St Catherine’s Hospice Survival Kit. Every day at work is different “Donations are always coming in, customers are constantly asking questions and other hospice departments are often getting in touch, but this is the first job where I don’t wake up and dread going into work; I’m incredibly passionate about what I do. I don’t work here for the money or the accolades, I do it because I love St Catherine’s.     “My nan died six months before I started working

for the hospice. She received community care from St Catherine’s so I like to think that this job was her looking out for me.     “Many supporters also have personal experience of hospice care.     “There’s a gentleman that regularly donates to the Reigate shop as we cared for his wife. We calculated that his donations alone have raised approximately £10,000 – a large part came from a Cartier watch that he donated, that was sold online for over £3,700!     “Gift Aid also makes a big contribution to the total amount raised in hospice shops as it allows our charity to make an extra 25% on an item. I always encourage donors to sign up to Gift Aid if they haven’t already as it’s such a quick and easy way to help raise more money.     “If there was one thing I wish I could tell people it’s ‘Don’t be afraid of charity shops’. There’s such a stigma around the idea that it’s OK to donate, but not to buy. We only sell items that are in extremely good condition and every item you buy funds vital end-of-life care for people in your community.”     If you would like to find out more about your local St Catherine’s shop please visit: www.stch.org.uk/charity-shops-sussex-surrey/ or call (01293) 583077. Or to make a donation to support your local hospice please visit: www.stch.org.uk/donate or call (01293) 447361. Laura Stocker, St Catherine’s Hospice Photo: Sam Williamson in front of Reigate St Catherine’s Hospice shop

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Cycle ride challenge raises over £1,400 for local hospice

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odie Fry and her best friend Becky cycled 50 miles on Sunday 1st August to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice who have been supporting Jodie’s Mum Lisa.     Cheered on by Lisa, family and friends, the pair saddled up on static bikes at the Hornbrook Inn pub in Horsham. They raised over £1,400 for their local hospice.     Jodie said, “In 2019, Mum’s smear test came back all clear. When she began feeling unwell earlier this year, she was originally diagnosed with kidney stones. When we found out she had cervical cancer it was a big shock for us all. We’ve never had cancer in our family so it just goes to show it can happen to anyone.     “At first, Mum was told her cancer was stage one but within weeks we discovered her cancer was aggressively growing and spreading, decreasing her chance of survival. It was so quick and unexpected as Mum has always been the fittest, healthiest person I know.     “Mum’s cancer has been a lot for her to process. She’s had to deal with emotional and physical pain and face her inner demons. Throughout everything, St Catherine’s have supported her and their nurses helped sort out her medication.     “She’s been so strong throughout her illness. Mum was never the type of person to sit in bed feeling sorry for herself. She was always up and about and going to the gym, so to then sit in hospital for two months was a very different change for her. I’m so proud of her. Mum had six weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in lockdown, and amazingly her latest test results showed there’s no tumour anymore. Mum was facing the end of her life but now she’s come out the other side. She’s starting to get her independence

back and can walk and drive again.     “Seeing Mum go through her treatment and knowing we couldn’t physically help her was hard. To show our support, my best friend Becky and I decided to cycle 50 miles on static bikes to raise money for St Catherine’s. Mum has always told us how helpful and responsive the hospice has been, and we want others to have their help in the future.     “It was so special to have Mum at the pub watching us cycling. It’s been an honour to take on this bike ride for her – she’s the strongest, bravest woman we know.”     Arron Trott, Fundraiser at St Catherine’s, said, “We’re so grateful to Jodie and Becky for doing this for Lisa but also for other people who need the help of our hospice. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re still not able to run our usual fundraising events, and we’ve had a drop of around £1.5 million in income. The fundraising efforts of people like Jodie and Becky will make sure we can be here for other families in years to come. Their challenge is inspiring, and on behalf of everyone at St Catherine’s, I’d like to thank Jodie and Becky for their wonderful support.”     To support Jodie and Becky and help them to raise even more money for their local hospice please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jodie-fry.     Or perhaps you’re feeling inspired to take on your own challenge? To discover different ways you can support St Catherine’s please visit: www.stch.org.uk/diy or to make a donation visit: www.stch.org.uk/donate or call 01293 447361. Laura Mitchell, St Catherine’s Hospice Photo: Becky, Mum Lisa and Jodie in front of their static bikes

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moved from Partridge Green to Billingshurst, and is now on call for the Billingshurst community. He has settled in well, and is a valued team member in our already great team.     We also have a potential new recruit joining us this month too if training courses continue and he is successful. Watch this space for an introduction.     We will be hopefully continue with school visits and welcoming back small groups to the station once the summer holidays end and the government’s rules allow us to do this. It feels like we are starting to get back to normality which is really exciting as it’s been a difficult 18 months for everyone.     We hope to see as many of you as possible at our charity car wash. Stay safe everyone.  Twitter: @Station49Fire Facebook: Billingshurst Fire Station Dan Game, Billingshurst Fire Station Photo: Always plenty of cakes available to show our appreciation of your donations at our charity car washes

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illingshurst & District Lions are looking to encourage people of all ages, men and women, to bring their skills, knowledge and ideas to an active Club – still young at heart after 46 years – in providing help and assistance wherever necessary in the local community.     Billingshurst Lions pride themselves in being a friendly welcoming club, best known locally for its Charity Bookshop in Jengers Mead, raising substantial amounts in the past 18 years, together with a Charity Golf Day, Christmas Carolling with Santa’s Flying Bedstead touring Billingshurst and surrounding villages, plus events at schools and village fetes. What could I expect if I get involved? The Club’s primary objective is Fund Raising, for Community Service to offer financial support to any local person or organisation with a specific need, and for Projects to provide financial and practical help to Primary Schools, Pre-Schools, Residential Homes and community schemes. How could I be involved? There is ample scope to choose and to further the activity you would enjoy in bringing your skills, experience and new ideas to the Club, but most importantly, doing what you would like to do. What could I get out of it? This could be many things:-

•  Satisfaction from using your skills and experience to benefit the community. •  The opportunity to bring new ideas   and gain new   experiences. •  Pleasure in seeing the result of your efforts, particularly on people’s faces. •  The chance, if you are new to the area, or recently retired, to meet new friends. What about the social aspect? It’s not all work and no play; the Club normally has a full and varied social calendar.     President Richard Melchio says, “Since joining the Lions, I have met, without exception, a bunch of very likeable, well meaning, and fun people, who are only too eager to go out of their way to help, particularly the young and vulnerable. I find it’s always more enjoyable to give than receive!” Tempted – possibly starting as a volunteer? Call Viv Diggens (01403) 752968     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 Image: Look out for the leaflet about supporting Billingshurst Lions, available locally and in the Jengers Mead Bookshop

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A Good Read September’s selection from book reviewer Willow Coby Love, Sex, Death & Words – John Sutherland and Stephen Fender Sometimes it can feel like the shelves of the local bookshop are planning your life out for you, with their collections of 1001 Places to Go/Films to See/Things to do Before You Die/Turn 40/Lose the Will to Live… Such collections vary in quality too – some are weighty coffee table tomes, beautifully illustrated, which reward random opening and selection, whereas others have a distinct sense of being ‘thrown together’ for a key shopping moment in the crowded calendar.   Well, if you have a book buff among your acquaintances, here is a collection with a difference. Sutherland and Fender have used the days of the year as their format, and each day contains a mini essay concerning a literary event from history. Some are uproariously funny anecdotes, some are well-known tales of foolishness or excessiveness which stand up well to a second/third/tenth telling, and some are serious musings on life and literature – in other words Love, Sex, Death & Words.     So, in a typical month, you might go from Peter Pan to TS Eliot, or from Francis Bacon to Harry Potter. The day-by-day format suggests that the authors intended this to be a book ‘dipped in to’ on any given day. However, the quality and variety is such that it can be read all at once should you so wish – I did and passed an

enormously entertaining train journey rattling straight through from January to June.     Not just for avid readers, but for anyone interested in life and literature, this is an excellent bedside or holiday companion – funny, entertaining, and educational. Be warned though – one thing leads to another, and you will soon find yourself putting many of the authors who feature here on your wish list. The Queen’s Knickers – Nicholas Allan Ever wondered why the Queen’s Christmas Speech is so short? It’s the holly on her knickers. But they are not her most impressive pair – well, not compared to the special parachute-equipped pants that she wears for transatlantic flights, or the ones that inflate into a rubber dinghy…     Confused? Don’t worry, Nicholas Allan explains it all in this gloriously mad and ever-soslightly-rude fantasy tale about the Queen’s underwear choices. The text may be deadpan, but the illustrations show just how much fun the writer is having dreaming up all kinds of different knicker varieties. It’s contagious – by the end, you too will be pondering what else the Queen (and her loyal servant Dilys) should have packed in the special pants trunk.     Since it was first published back in 2000 The Queen’s Knickers has become a modern classic. Go on, take a peek!

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The Renegades deer to be different!

he Renegades Youth Club found themselves in deer straits when they had their first ever attempt at skinning a roe.     “The children were initially very reticent about touching the creature, which had been donated by a local farmer, and stood right back. It took about a minute for their natural curiosity to kick in, and then they all had a go and had great fun in the process,” says Group Leader Gareth Miller.     “They were really good at it and there were only two or three nicks into the flesh by the end. They were so proud of mastering such a traditional country skill, and then they all took some venison home to show their parents. We are always looking for new and different things for the kids to experience but even I never expected this one!”     Now that all the schools are on their long summer break, the Renegades (unlike most youth organisations) is continuing to operate throughout the holidays. Each week the youth club hires a local minibus – though we would love one of our own – and takes the members on a day trip. Most recently, a large group had a whale of a time in the sand dunes at the beach at West Wittering.

    “They were in their element,” says Gareth. “They went swimming and snorkelling, had packed lunches and then, for some reason, made an enormous sofa and chair out of the sand… which they all then sat on. The camaraderie was just fantastic – whatever their ages – as they all worked together. It was just lovely to see.”     Unfortunately, the planned camping trip was wiped out by the weather and will hopefully be reinstated by the end of the summer but getting back to nature is still proving very popular thanks to Bushcraft Officer Becci Coombes.     “This week we made campfire bread. The kids made the dough, then whittled willow sticks and wound the bread round the sticks to make spirals which they then cooked on the campfire. Some of the children added cheese, some marshmallows and hilariously some added both!” laughed Becci.     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 skinning a roe deer

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‘Superheroes’ are visiting for Slinfold School’s Summer Fair 2021

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linfold CE Primary and Pre-School are delighted to invite you to their celebrated Summer Fair, which will be held on Sunday 26th September from 12-3pm.     This year we have food from Streetfood and More and bar refreshments; we will also be enjoying the heroic theme with magic and many other of our usual attractions such as a live band. We also welcome some physical challenges from our afterschool clubs. We have invited many retail stalls to join us this year to add to the attraction.     We are running a raffle and auction, with great prizes generously donated by local companies, as well as other chances to win a prize!     Pick up a programme from a local business for more information!     Slinfold’s Summer Fair has always been a fantastic day out for the whole family – with high attendance and record-breaking fundraising. We raised over £7000 in 2019, which is amazing for such a small village and school. In 2020, we continued

the fun with a VIRTUAL fair and still managed to raise in excess of £3000.     The money raised by the PTA over the year pays for the whole school to attend ‘Forest Schools’ and also funds extra-curricular activities and learning – last year we contributed to outdoor learning spaces and lockdown goodies for our children. With your support this year, we hope to be able to continue supporting our school and their teaching.     Our PTA work hard all year round to raise funds – we run several events including a weekly cake raffle (yes, even through lockdown!) – but we would not be able to achieve any of this success without the tremendous support from the headteacher, the school staff, parents and extended family who attend our events.     Please come along to join us at our number one event and enjoy every second! See you all on Sunday 26th September for a fabulous day out! Nic Lewis Photo: 2019’s Summer Fair – 2020’s was ‘virtual’!

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The Spaniel Diaries

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ell, my threats to bite the weatherman haven’t seemed to have worked; it’s been more like November than August lately. We have been getting absolutely soaked on our walks and mum has taken to putting us in silly drying coats afterwards; I would prefer to roll around in the horses’ stables in their nice wood shavings, but mum put the kibosh on that after I shook half the contents of one of the stables all over the inside of the car. Personally I couldn’t see the problem as it made the car smell better anyway!     Mav isn’t very impressed as he went to the groomer this week, I thought it was hilarious as he really hates being groomed and he always comes home smelling like flowers! I really must search him out some fox poo to roll in as I do feel a tiny bit sorry for him having to smell so flowery. One thing that is driving mum mad at the moment is the burrs. We spaniels love to snuffle around in the undergrowth and we come out full of them, which then takes mum ages to pick them all out of our fur. She has taken to using the slippery stuff she sprays on the horses’ tails and spraying us with it to stop the burrs from sticking to us. I find this disappointing as when she’s busy picking those out of our ears it gives her less time to plan training!     Mum has been doing more gardening recently which has been lovely for us dogs as we get to potter around with her while she trims and tidies the plants, although I

have to say that I feel insulted when she tells me off for trying to help by picking the heads off the marigolds! Mav gets told off for eating snails, he really is a disgusting little urchin and it’s totally his fault that we have to go to the vet and have horrible medicine to stop us get lungworm from those slimy critters. Yuk! I am a gentleman so I don’t eat slugs or snails, I’m even picky over my bedtime biscuit; only a gravy bone will do you know!     I’m really noticing the evenings starting to draw in and as such mum has got obsessed with trying to take pictures of us saying something about perfect light, I try to hide my face as much as I can, I mean, she should be paying me in gravy bones for this, especially my good side! I know it drives her mad, especially as I’m quick to recognise the camera coming out and thus I stick my head in a bush, I also find flopping down when she’s sat me up for a pic is fun too! That little sneak Mav poses like a supermodel, mum loves it and spends hours taking photos of him, lord knows why, he’s nowhere near as handsome as I am and hasn’t got any beauty spots either like me.     Mum is talking alot about a place called ‘Devon’ so it sounds as though we may be off on some travels again soon. I really hope it’s like the Cornwall place where we got to run and swim in the sea – I’m not sure who was more tired, us dogs or mum! Jeannette Douglas

Itchy dogs? All dogs scratch, but when it comes persistent you should see your vet. An itchy dog might have a skin infection, a flea problem, an allergy or something else.     There’s lots of different treatments your vet can suggest you try, some are to give immediate relief from the irritation, and some are long-term treatments to help with allergies.     Like us, dogs can be allergic to pollens, dust/house mites, fungal spores, flea bites and food.     Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want you to rush to your vets each time your dog is scratching, so here’s a few things to look out for: •  Excessive licking, chewing, biting or scratching •  Excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting •  Chewing, especially around the base of the tail and paws •  Redness of the skin •  Changes in the skin, such as sores or darkened colour •  Body odour I believe in a preventative approach so recommend regular parasite treatment to avoid flea bites as one of the causes. Some vets have health plans which allow you to spread the cost of your preventative treatment across the year. Sophie Hall B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S. (veterinary surgeon and owner of Meadow Hall Vets)

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Community / Fencing

An apple a day!

John Nash is a retired, well sort of retired, fruit farm manager in Kirdford who enjoys scribbling about life on the farm from the now to days gone by.

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s some of you good folk know if you read my scribbles, I’ve spent a lifetime growing , talking, lecturing about… and loving apples. In fact on one particular gardening board I’ve just described my 215th apple variety. With many thousands available I have plenty of material!     However, there are a some that are of great local interest to our own patch of the country and I wondered if the history of one of them may be of interest to the fruit lovers among you.     Many apples have names that carry a story. Many of these stories are better than the fruit itself. This I believe is one such story…     This particular apple was first raised in a garden in Chatham in Kent by a Mr Jacob in 1849. The following year he moved to Petworth and brought his new tree with him. Here he set himself up in business as a ‘Sheep Doctor and Taxidermist’. (I presume he figured if he failed in the first he could always fall back on the second!)     Around 1885 he was proud enough to start showing his apple, which he had named ‘Jacobs Strawberry’.     Somehow one of the most famous nurserymen of that period, C Bunyard, saw the fruit and, expressing admiration for the red and gold colouring, he bought some scions from Mr Jacob and started to propagate a number of trees.     Now, one of Bunyard’s best customers was Lord Sudeley who lived up on his Toddington Estate in Gloucestershire. The nurseryman showed the fruit to him and Sudeley expressed an interest in the

apple. Bunyard, hearing his Lordship remark that the fruit’s colour reminded him of the dress that her Ladyship wore to court promptly renamed the apple Lady Sudeley… creep!     It worked though! Lord Sudeley purchased a large amount of the variety for his collection.     His Lordship, over the years, bought around a half a million trees from Bunyard’s nurseries for his orchards and with all this fruit duly set up the Toddington Fruit Company.     Lord Sudeley was an MP under Gladstone and a member of the Privy Council. Also, beside his political career, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society.     Towards the end of the century, due to huge debts and massive changes in agriculture, he sadly became bankrupt in 1893, and this resulted in the loss of the family seat of Toddington Manor.     Lady Sudeley – the apple – became popular for a while in the late 19th century and was grown a lot in gardens in the early 1900’s before gradually fading from the scene as it was superseded by new varieties.     It’s still available from nurseries, and being a local apple we grew a few trees on the farm and it is a pretty fruit. It crops very early and fresh off the tree eats well. But it’s one of those apples that after a few days goes soft and mushy! So it’s understandable why it has disappeared from the garden scene.     I have tried to find out what happened to our Mr Jacob and whether he spent the rest of his days at Petworth but so far no joy.     So, he has faded from history but his apple lives on, albeit with another name. Still, the story’s a good one don’t you think? John Nash

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Prepare for Spring

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eptember is the time to plan your spring bulb purchases. The best selections always sell out quickly and it’s frustrating when the prettiest crocuses and tulips are not available.     If you’re planting bulbs for the first time, or in a new area of the garden it helps to have a colour scheme in mind. Being in a boydominated house (three sons and a husband) I like to give some areas of my garden a more girly theme. Tulips are great for this purpose (and are some of my favourite flowers). Try ‘La Belle Epoque’, which is a frothy peony-flowered tulip with pale coffee petals flushed with pink. I would contrast the texture of its showier blooms with another more traditional tulip, ‘Pink Diamond’ or ‘Apricot Beauty’. If you’d prefer less ‘pretty’ and more drama try the almost-black ‘Paul Scherer’, which should flower in late April or early May and makes a good foil to the aforementioned Apricot Beauty, which flowers at the same time.     I garden on quite dry limey soil, and I’ve mentioned before my love affair with Bath Chatto’s planting schemes. Sadly, she died in 2018 but her gardens and trust continue and are well worth a visit. This year on their recommendation I’m trying Ornithogalum pyrenaicum, known poetically as the spiked star of Bethlehem, and more prosaically as Bath asparagus. It has subtle, green flowers and grows to 50-60cm tall. It pairs well with silver-

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leaved plants like Stachys, which grows like a weed in my garden, and best of all, once established you can harvest it like asparagus.     I like to plant up a few pots this month, for some late autumn and winter colour. I favour Rust-toned heucheras, paired with miniature grasses such as Carex buchananii; Oxbloodcoloured ajuga, silver-leaved thymes and small-leaved trailing ivies make great combinations too.     I have sempervivums shoved in crevices all over my garden. They are incredibly hardy and will survive all manner of frost and poor weather. We have a lovely sheltered sunny patio with a small table and chairs which is lovely to sit out on even in the winter. A few years ago, I started planting up shallow terracotta trays and a couple of old tin bowls with differing varieties of house leek. I mix one-part horticultural grit to one part peat-free multipurpose compost for the planting mix, and make sure any container has lots of drainage. Handy tip: top dress with grit or stones if you don’t want the birds to start digging around scattering your planting mix and unearthing your plants! I learned the hard way! These little flat planting bowls make a lovely table display and also make wonderful birthday and… erm… Christmas gifts.     Happy planning. Rachel Leverton

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What’s On – September Every Mon Every Mon

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 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 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 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. Shipley Football Ground, 10.15 for 10.30am start (*spring/summer/autumn, Friday, 6.30pm) & Fri* Coffee after. Equipment provided. All ages and abilities. 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. 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 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 Weds Yoga Flow. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 6-7pm. Emily Apps, tel: 07976 226525 or email: emilyapps@yahoo.co.uk 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). Meet 11am, Library car park, Billingshurst (TQ086260). Parking free with annnual permit or 75p per hour. 2¼ miles, flat, easy. 1 hour. Chris (01403) 782745. All HDC walks are guided, free and sociable. Led by trained volunteers; no need to book, just turn-up 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 Blue Idol Open Day. Oldhouse Lane, Coolham, RH13 8QP. 10am-1pm. March-November. Visit this historic Every Fri building and discover local history. www.blueidol.org, Facebook @BlueIdolQuakers, (01403) 740039 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 Dempsey School of Irish Dancing for children aged 5+. Billingshurst Community Centre. 9 & 10am. Every Sat Nicola, e-mail: dempseyirishdance@gmail.com Every Sat Amities Boules Club. Foresters Arms, Kirdford. New members always welcome. Sats: 10.45 for & Weds 11am start, finish 1.30pm. Weds (summer only, weather permitting): 2pm. David, tel: (01483) 278346 Every Sun The Emmanuel Fellowship meeting. Suspended until further notice due to coronavirus SPACE IS TIGHT IN THE WHAT’S ON PAGES. 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The Arts Society – South Downs lecture by Caroline Shenton: ‘Packing Up The Nation’. Fittleworth Village Hall. 10.30am. How a band of heroic curators and eccentric custodians saved Britain’s national heritage during our Darkest Hour. These talks are for Members, but if you are interested in a trial talk, please contact Jane Allison on (01798) 813314 or jane@theallisonfamily.co.uk. www.theartssocietysouthdowns.org.uk Parish Council Full Council & Trustees meeting. Billingshurst Centre. 7.30pm Reading Friends. Billingshurst Library. Temporarily suspended due to coronavirus Wisborough Green WI Evening. Wisborough Green Village Hall. 8pm. Every first Thurs (except Jan: 2nd Thursday). No August meeting. Visitors welcome. Ruth Isaacs, Secretary: (01403) 785402 Parish Council Planning & Environmental Committee meeting. Billingshurst Centre. 7.30pm Billingshurst Dramatic Society: ‘Late Summer Follies’. Station Road Gardens. 6.15pm. Bring a picnic. Free via Eventbrite, link via www.billingshurstdramaticsociety.com. See August’s Village Tweet, page 9 ABC Animal Sanctuary Spectacular. Juggs Lane, West Chiltington. Family day out to meet the animals. £5 per person (children free). Music, craft stalls/ Free parking. See August’s Village Tweet, page 36 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 Classical: Ben Tarlton. Cranleigh Arts Centre. 1pm. J.S. Bach, John Taverner and Henri Dutilleux. This concert is free though we ask you to donate what you can to support Cranleigh Arts in our mission to enrich, entertain and inspire our community. www.cranleighartscentre.org Billingshurst Choral Society’s first rehearsal of the new season. If you are interested in coming along, please telephone the chairman, Keith Paul for further details on: 07989 412997. See page 15 Laughter Yoga Club. Unitarian Hall (side door), Billingshurst, RH14 9TB. (Park Lakers Mead.) 1.35 for 1.45pm start till 2.45pm. £6. Boosts seratonine and nervous systems & improves wellbeing! Non-profitmaking club. All welcome. Contact Linda, tel: 07806.327917, email: lstevenson201854@gmail.com Trefoil Guild Meeting. Meetings are temporarily suspended due to COVID but we hope to restart them again in 2022. Julia, tel: (01403) 784363 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.) info@carerssupport.org.uk or www.carerssupport.org.uk Billingshurst WI Talk: ‘Half a Continent in 80 days’ Dr Helena Griffiths. Stanley Room, Community Centre, Roman Way. 2.30pm. Interesting speakers, hobby groups, various outings. Visitors welcome. Secretary, tel: (01403) 780810 Billingshurst and District Wine and Beer Circle meeting with Southlands cellars showing six wines: 3 reds, 3 whites. St Gabriel’s Hall, East Street. £7 members £9 non-members, tasting followed by buffet after three wines. Arrive 7.30pm. New members welcome. Contact Chris 07790 762052 or Linda 07806 327917. Email: edwinstevenson51@gmail.com. www.billingshurstwineandbeercircle.com 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 Fire Brigade Charity Car Wash. Billingshurst Fire Station. 10am-2pm. Please come along, have your car (or any vehicle) washed and support The Firefighters’ Charity. See page 31 Meeting to discuss June 2022’s Jubilee Celebrations. Community Centre. 7.30pm. See page 27 Parish Council Property Committee meeting. Billingshurst Centre. 7.30pm Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) 10-week course: ‘South-east England at Work’. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre, Roman Way, RH14 9QW, 2-4pm. Tutor is Dr Geoffery Mead. Fee £90 for 20 hours’ tuition. Half-term 27th October. Enrol online: wea.org.uk or telephone 0300 303 3464 Pulborough Village Market. Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, RH20 2BF. 9am-12.30pm. 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: terriashpool@uwclub.net Community Gardening Day. Station Road Community Gardens, Billingshurst. 9.30am. See page 10 Billingshurst Lions Club Meeting. Sports Pavilion, Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst. 7.30pm. For information about the Club contact Viv Diggens on (01403) 752068 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 Anita Bates on (01403) 752954 Pulborough Village Market. Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, RH20 2BF. 9am-12.30pm. 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: terriashpool@uwclub.net Slinfold Summer Fair. Slinfold CE Primary and Pre-School. 12 noon-3pm. See page 38 Parish Council Billingshurst Centre & F&GP Committees meetings. Billingshurst Centre. 7 & 7.30pm CAGNE virtual talk: Our Natural World. 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 cagnegatwick@gmail.com. See page 11 Sing for Pleasure resumes! 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

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