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Welcome to the May issue of Village Tweet.

As the weather improves (hopefully!) we can look forward to some great events. To name a few, we have announcements in this issue of the Slinfold C of E Primary School’s Summer Fair on 30th June (page 6), for the energetic we have Run Wisborough on 9th June (page 9), Run Barns Green on 29th September (page 10) and St Catherine’s Midnight Walk on 8th June (page 12). Then we have the 80th Anniversary of D-Day with a day of commemorative events on 6th June organised jointly by the Royal British Legion and the Parish Council (page 28) plus lots more listed in the What’s On listings (pages 42-44) Grahame

Cover: Participants in last year’s St Catherine’s Midnight Walk – sign up for this year’s event on 8th June – see page 12 for full details

Contents Editorial and advertising enquiries: 07762 767084, editor@villagetweet.co.uk COPY DATE FOR JUNE ISSUE: 5th MAY Christs Hospital Choral Society: Workshop culminating in singing Haydn’s ‘Creation’ . .6 Billingshurst Beck WI: One lady and her loyal companion! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7, 11 Recipe: Double Cheese and Spring Vegetable Tart 8 Run Wisborough: Entries invited for this run on 9th June . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Run Barns Green: Entries invited for this run on 29th September . . . . . . . . . . . .10 St Catherine’s Hospice: Midnight Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Tapestry Day Club: New funding gives a welcome boost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Iggy’s at the Nest: New drop-in for pregnant or new parents, carers and babies! . .14 SLK Aqua Yoga: The therapeutic effects of water explained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 West Sussex Community Minibus: May trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 A Good Read: May’s book reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Your Library: Use it or lose it! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Dauxwood Preschool: Goings on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Billingshurst Fire Station: March’s Charity Car Wash not a washout! . . . . . . . . . .27 Royal Britsh Legion/Billingshurst Parish Council: 80th Anniversary of D-Day . . . .28 John Nash: Summer’s coming… honest!’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 The Renegades: Wheely great fun for the Renegades!' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Billingshurst Lions Club: Billingshurst Showcase report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 The Spaniel Diaries: More canine frivolity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Garden View: Nutritious Nettles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Spot the Difference 37, 46 St Catherine’s Hospice: Gardening fundraising ideas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 What’s On near you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-44 Advertisers Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
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Christs Hospital Choral Society: Workshop: Haydn’s ‘Creation’

Anyone who loves singing is likely to dream of singing in a big choral piece like. Haydn’s Creation. On 4th May singers can join a workshop hosted by Christ’s Hospital Choral Society, led by the school’s new Head of Music James Bartlett. The Creation was described as a sensation from its very first performance. It describes the creation of the world as narrated in Genesis. When the oratorio was first published in 1800 it was in both German and English. At the workshop the English version will be sung!

James Bartlett is an experienced conductor, professional singer and a director at the National Youth Musical Theatre. He has a fun style of teaching and gets the best sounds out of people! Accompanist on the day is the school’s organist Jonathan Lee

The workshop is open to all singers, whether they have sung this piece before or not. Tickets are £20, there will be tea and coffee at the 10.30 welcome and in the afternoon break. The day will focus on the major choruses, and is expected to end around 16.30 after the sing-through of the work.

Christ’s Hospital Big School, Horsham, RH13 0LJ, 4th May, 10.30 for 11.00-16.30. For further information and to book your place please see https://chchoralsoc.org/ about-us/workshops/haydn-creation-workshop-may-2024

Join us to hear Megan Taylor’s story of her ascent of the UK’s highest mountain with her guide dog Rowley. Sharing her experiences with her faithful companion and their amazing journey to the summit of Ben Nevis.

Next meeting 5th June, come along, meet new faces from the village, we’d love to see you. Free to members of the Billingshurst Beck WI or visitors £6 including refreshments. Contact us billingshurstbeckwi@wsfwi.co.uk Wednesday

Held in the Stanley Room, at Billingshurst Community Centre, 1st Wednesday of every month.

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Double Cheese and Spring Vegetable Tart

This light and savoury teatime tart has a wonderfully crisp base

METHOD

1. Take the pastry out of the fridge ten minutes before starting.

2. Lightly dust the work surface with flour then roll the pastry out into a rectangle.

3. Scatter the grated cheese over the rolled-out pastry, fold the pastry in half and roll out again into a circle that fits a 25cm tart tin. Leave the edges of the pastry slightly overhanging the edge of the tin. Pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.

4. Meanwhile, cook the asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold water. Defrost the frozen peas.

5. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan / gas 6. Prick the base of the tart well with a fork, line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans or dried lentils. Bake the tart for 30 minutes, remove the parchment and beans, prick again if it has puffed up, then bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

6. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl, add the crème fraîche and cream, season and add a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg. Scatter the peas and most of the watercress over the tart and crumble over half the goat’s cheese. Pour over the creamy egg mixture, then lay the asparagus spears on top. Finally, slice the remaining goat’s cheese and arrange on top, then bake for 25-30 minutes until the custard is just set and the cheese is golden brown. Leave to cool in the tin, trim the edges of the pastry. Remove from the tin, cut into slices, and serve with the remaining watercress.

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour. Serves: 8

INGREDIENTS

500g block shortcrust pastry

Plain flour, for dusting

25g mature cheddar, finely grated

200g asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed

100g frozen peas

2 eggs

100g crème fraîche

150g double cream

Whole nutmeg, for grating

100g watercress

2 x 150g logs of soft, rindless goat’s cheese

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As I write this, top of the news is the continuing devastation in Gaza, and the immense suffering of civilians, especially children, in the savage conflict that is raging there. Alongside this, there are other stories of suffering: a growing humanitarian crisis in Sudan, and an extreme heatwave in Mali to name just two examples. These stories remind us that for many in our world, life is reduced to a struggle merely to survive.

“We believe in life before death” is the memorable strapline of Christian Aid, and you might encounter it in advertisements this month because it is Christian Aid Week from 12th-18th May. Alongside churches and others across the country, we’ll be concentrating on raising money for Christian Aid, and thinking about some of the issues which lie behind its work. The suffering that’s caused by poverty and conflict is something that we cannot simply ignore.

“What can I do?”

The problems that cause such massive suffering appear to be completely beyond us as individuals to solve: climate change, war, poverty. We might be tempted to wonder if there is anything we can do.

“We believe in life before death” echoes a statement that Jesus made: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”. The reality is that for too many people in our world, including some who live amongst us, the circumstances in which they live make it almost impossible to have fulness of life.

Of course, we can give to agencies like Christian Aid and others that are working to bring relief and hope to those caught up in conflict and disasters. But I suspect I am not alone in thinking that there must be more I can do.

Jesus taught that the fundamental of human relationships is to “love your neighbour as yourself”. Part of loving is recognising that what we do affects others, and seeking to avoid damaging them. For me, Christian Aid Week is an annual reminder to ask myself some hard questions: Do I really need to consume as much as I do? Do I stop to consider whether the things I buy are produced by companies that trade responsibly? Am I contributing to someone else’s oppression through the choices I make?

To deal with the big problems of the world requires change. It needs a change of heart, a change of lifestyle. That has to begin somewhere – so why not with us?

Run Wisborough Returns!

9th June 2024

Run Wisborough is back again on the 9th June and lots of behind the scenes planning is underway to make this another brilliant event.

Run Wisborough is a chip-timed, multiterrain course and recognised by UK athletics. The event includes a 10km race, a 5km race and the ever popular Children’s Colour Run. Make sure you sign up at www.runwisborough.co.uk for the 10km and 5km races. Sign up for the children’s race on the day. How you can help!

What makes Run Wisborough so special is that the whole village gets involved. Don’t forget that you can:

1. Enter to run the 10km or 5km – sign up at www.runwisborough.co.uk.

2. Help by being be a volunteer on the morning of the race – and get a free drink as a thank-you. Email: kilford@btconnect.com to register.

3. Raise awareness of the race in your social media.

4. Prepare ahead! There will be road closures so if you are a resident on the course, please:

1 a) Plan your journey around the road closure (approx. 9am-12 noon).

1 b) Reschedule any food deliveries. There will be road closure signs in place before the race and we will be contacting local residents on the course nearer the time.

And Finally

Runners get help with their training programme with Bluecoat Sports.

It’s not too late to sign up and get training. Not sure where to start? Our primary sponsor Bluecoat Sports Health & Fitness Club, located in Christ’s Hospital, have put together a six-week training plan to help you get race ready. Scan the QR code to access this free programme. You can complete the programme from the comfort of your home or drop in to Bluecoat Sports, make the most of their first class facilities and sign up for a membership with facilities including a 25-metre swimming pool, sauna, fitness suite, over 80 classes per week, and racket sports facilities –, there is something for everyone!

Thank you from the RunWisborough Committee for your support for this amazing event.

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Run Barns Green

The South’s Number 1 rated Family Running Event Race Day: Sunday 29th September 2024

The prestigious Racecheck Awards show Run Barns Green to be the top rated family running event in the South. Following the successful launch last year of a new 5K race, Run Barns Green now offers races for the entire family.

This year will see the 42nd running of the Half Mmarathon race which is open to all those over the age of 18, the 10K race is open to anyone over the age of 16 and the 5K race is open to anyone aged 12 and over. The portfolio is completed by the Jennings Junior Jog which is for youngsters aged from 4 to 11. All the races will take place on Sunday 29th September.

The 5K race will start at 9.50am with the Half Marathon starting at 10.05am and the 10K race setting off at 10.25am. The Jennings Junior Jog will begin around 12.30pm.

Chairman of Run Barns Green, Richard Oram, commented, “Our portfolio of races now means that we are truly an event for the whole family and one of the few events in the county that offers people of all ages the chance to take part in a professionally organised races on the same day”.

This terrific village event first started in 1982 and for the first 34 years of the event there was only the Half Marathon race. In 2016 the 10K race distance was added and in 2022 the Jennings Junior Jog was introduced, followed last year by the new 5K race. All the races help to raise funds for the event’s official charity, St Catherine’s Hospice

The half marathon, 10K and 5K races follow routes on closed roads through some of the most scenic countryside in West Sussex. The half marathon and 10K races also go through the magnificent grounds of Christ’s Hospital School and throughout the race routes there are live bands playing to encourage the runners. There is plenty of free parking, water stations, chip timing for each runner in the adult races and there are also pacemakers running who will help runners to achieve their target finish time as well as quality medals for all finishers.

The 2024 Run Barns Green will take place on 29th September and entries are already open via the website: runbarnsgreen.org.uk.

Nigel Currie, Chairman, Run Barns Green Committee

Jennings Junior Jog, 2023. Photo: Dan Stockwell

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Step out for St Catherine’s Midnight Walk!

St Catherine’s Hospice’s popular Midnight Walk is bouncing back to the streets of Horsham on Saturday 8th June from 8pm.

The night-time walk offers people four different walking routes: 20-, 13- or 7-mile options or a shorter two-mile stroll and raises money that helps to provide expert endof-life care and support to people living with a terminal or life-limiting condition across West Sussex and East Surrey.

Starting off at the Bridge Leisure Centre in Broadbridge Heath, walkers will be treated to an energetic warm-up before being cheered on throughout their walk by volunteer marshals.

your community”.

Last year 575 people took part in the Midnight Walk cheered on by over 80 volunteers. They raised more than £115,000 which is pretty incredible! This year we’re hoping even more people will consider walking and fundraising or volunteering for the Midnight Walk.

There will be refreshment stops and a chance for people walking in memory of someone they love to remember them by sharing a story, picture or thought on a memory wall. People can also light a candle in a remembrance area on the 7-, 13- or 20-mile routes.

Emma Butler, Fundraiser at St Catherine’s said, “Whether you’re walking to honour someone you love, support our hospice, or to get out and catch up with friends, you’ll be doing something incredible. By taking part you’ll be raising vital funds to provide care for people living with a life-limiting or terminal condition in

Whether you’ve taken part before or this is your first time, you’re in for an inspiring, heartwarming night, joining together with others to support St Catherine’s.

Ready to make your steps count? Sign up now at www.stch.org.uk/ midnightwalk or call St Catherine’s Fundraising Team on (01293) 447361. Sign up by Tuesday 30th April to receive an early bird entry rate of £15 for adults, or £12 for under 18s. Your entry fee includes a free T-shirt, refreshments and medal.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to volunteer instead of stepping out? If you’d like to donate your time to support St Catherine’s visit the hospice’s dedicated webpage to sign up: www.stch.org.uk/volunteer-at-the-midnightwalk-2024

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Photo: People taking part in St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk 2023. Also see cover

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Tapestry Day Club has been awarded funding by the Surrey County Council and NHS Surrey Heartlands Better Care Fund Grant Programme.

Co-founder and Ockley resident Clare Jones said, “The journey to be awarded this grant has been a long one and involved a tremendous amount of effort, but it’s been such a worthwhile process.

“It

is such an honour to receive this grant as it is recognition of the difference we make to the lives of people with early-stage dementia and those living in social isolation. This funding will allow us to continue to grow to help even more people.”

Tapestry Day Club provides

Calling all pregnant or new parents, carers and their babies!

A new family drop-in is available – Iggy’s at The Nest. This is a midwife-led group, supported by qualified volunteers. We offer a welcoming space as well as skilled breastfeeding support and we are free to access for all. We welcome babies to crawler/cruisers.

Come and meet local new mums for tea, cake and a chat on Mondays 10am-12pm at Trinity United Reformed Church in Billingshurst. Donations are very welcome.

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Photo, bottom: Co-founder Clare Jones

TAqua Yoga – the benefits

he therapeutic effects of water have been known for centuries – public baths were a place to meet, recuperate and relax, and in more modern times hydrotherapy is often offered as a starting point for recovery – to increase the range of movement of failing joints, or to allow patients to regain movement following injury or surgery as there is little or no impact in water.

Hydrotherapy is hard to find –many hydrotherapy pools closed in the COVID pandemic; there is increasing demand for this type of exercise and pools need to be warm to exercise comfortably and freely. However, there is another option: Aqua Yoga. Yoga adapted to water is increasing in popularity. There are various classes available: Aqua Yoga, Aqua Walk, Aqua Tone or Aqua Jog, for those who have mobility or stability issues, others recovering from injury or surgery or who find exercise on land difficult. Exercise in water is also suited to many more chronic conditions too.

There is one other important factor – wellbeing ‘me time’. Lives are busy and stressful; we all need to take more time out for ourselves. Enjoy time in the water, stretch, exercise, and tone – oxytocin, our feel good hormone, is released as a result –our own ‘mental health re-boot’! Aqua natal classes offer a lovely experience for mums-to-be –they can immerse themselves in water and gently exercise, breathe, relax and bond with their baby – who has its own private swimming pool!

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Billingshurst Schedule May

Date Time Trip Description

Thursday 2nd 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s

Thursday 2nd 1.30pm Tesco Broadbridge Heath

Wednesday 8th 10.00am Chichester Market Day

Thursday 9th 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s

Thursday 9th 2.30pm Lidl Billingshurst

Friday 10th 10.00am Tangmere Aviation Museum

Tuesday 14th 11.00am Sea Lane Café Goring

Wednesday 15th 1.00pm Shoreham Airport for tea

Thursday 16th 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s

Thursday 16th 1.30pm Tesco Broadbridge Heath

Wednesday 22nd 9.00am Eastbourne

Thursday 23rd 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s

Friday 24th 11.00am Old Barn Garden Centre for lunch and tea

Thursday 30th 9.00am Horsham & Sainsbury’s

Thursday 30th 1.30pm Tesco Broadbridge Heath

Friday 31st 1.00pm Hilliers Garden Centre, Horsham

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May’s selection from Tash

The Memory Police –Yoko Ogawa

This is a hauntingly beautiful and dystopian novel that delves into the fragility of memory and the essence of loss. Set on an unnamed island, the story unfolds in a world where objects and concepts are systematically disappearing, erased from existence and memory by the enigmatic Memory Police. The narrative is centred around a young novelist who struggles to preserve her memories and those of the island’s inhabitants.

Ogawa’s writing is elegantly simple yet profoundly deep, weaving a tale that is as much a melancholic meditation on memory as it is a compelling story of resistance and survival. The island’s inhabitants, resigned to the relentless loss of their surroundings, adapt to each disappearance with a troubling nonchalance. This eerie acceptance of loss is one of the novel’s most chilling aspects, highlighting the insidious nature of the Memory Police’s power.

The novelist (who is also unnamed), with the help of an old man and a risk-taking editor who is immune to the forgetfulness, attempts to defy the Memory Police by hiding her editor in a secret room. Their struggle against the inevitable tide of forgetfulness forms the heart of the story, illustrating the human capacity for resilience in the face of oppressive forces.

The atmosphere of subtle suspense and

creeping dread imbues the story with a quiet intensity. The characters are sketched with a delicate touch, yet they are profoundly relatable in their quest to hold onto their memories and identities. This struggle against the erasure of memory becomes a powerful metaphor for the larger human experience of loss and the effort to preserve our own pasts.

The Memory Police is not just a story about an authoritarian regime’s control over personal memories; it is also a reflection on the impermanence of existence. Ogawa explores the idea that what makes us human is not just our ability to remember but also our capacity for empathy and connection.

Clem and Crab – Fiona Lumbers

beaches. The story is a simple one: Clem loves to search the beach for things to put in her bucket. After a finds a crab with its claw tangled in a plastic bag. She keep him safe, but reluctantly lets him go back explains it’s where he belongs. On her way home on the bus, Clem finds Crab tucked away in her

up going on an adventure to Clem’s school and inspires Clem to want to help

This is a lovely story about cleaning up our beaches. The story is a simple one: Clem loves to search the beach for things to put in her bucket. After a fun day at the seaside, Clem finds a crab with its claw tangled in a plastic bag. She wants to take him home and keep him safe, but reluctantly lets him go back to the sea after her sister explains it’s where he belongs. On her way home on the bus, Clem finds Crab tucked away in her trouser leg, and Crab ends up going on an adventure to Clem’s school and inspires Clem to want to help clear the beaches of horrible plastic junk.

The story is fun and easy to follow, and the illustrations are charming. The environmental message is there but it’s never preachy. It’s a nice gentle introduction for children about the importance of taking care of our planet.

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With libraries shortening their hours and even closing in some areas, it’s time to make use of these wonderful institutions. Here are five reasons why. Save money!

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Easter has come and gone but is always a significant time for the Preschool – our annual Easter Fayre included an Easter Egg Hunt, with our own resident Easter Bunny, Easter Biscuit Decorating and a Hamper Raffle. Hot Cross Buns, decorating pens and squash were very kindly donated to us by Tesco, Pulborough.

The Easter Fayre coincided with our Garden Day, which offered an opportunity to get the outdoor space ready for summer for our little ones.

This year we needed to paint a new fence that was put up last summer. The fence was erected to separate our all-weather space from the grassed (or not so grassed) area, to allow the children to get out in the fresh air all year round without them coming back looking like they’ve all completed Tough Mudder!

There is also a significant oak tree present which provides shade in the summer but subsequently fills the gutters and surrounding space in a thick blanket of leaves in the autumn and winter months, which need clearing.

cost of living, etc, means that funds are tight.

We have also suffered two separate ball bearing attacks on our windows, usually on a Sunday or during half-term, which takes monies out of the budget, which we would much rather use to support the children. Instead of training staff or purchasing new books, we are replacing windows! Or investing in CCTV on the lookout for thoughtless vandals with slingshots.

Any improvements and even replacements we, as a Volunteer Committee, need to make come from fundraising. This year, we want to:

• re-turf the outdoor space (now that we can separate it off from the children in bad weather),

• build a state-of-the-art mud kitchen for the children to enjoy,

Hedge trimming, tree pruning, sand pit regeneration and shed clearing were also ticked off the list by our amazing volunteers.

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants kindly supplied materials at a reduced price.

All this requires fundraising to allow us to do it and we are continually looking at new ways of generating extra income.

Like many preschools, many of the children’s hours are funded by the government and whilst this figure has increased, the subsequent increase in energy costs, water, rent, rates, minimum wage,

• transform the storage solutions on the site and

• provide a covered buggy park/dropoff/pick-up area at the front.

We are very lucky at Dauxwood to have such a wonderful Manager and fantastic set of highly trained and qualified staff, as well as hard-working and devoted Committee Members.

The Committee are integral to the long-term running of the Preschool and we are constantly looking for new members to assist us in not only fundraising but managing and being responsible for the school and site.

As Co-Chair, I hope that I can make a difference to current and future attendees of Dauxwood to give them the best start on their educational journey!

Co-Chair, Dauxwood Preschool Committee

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Goodbye & Thank you

The Council says goodbye and thank you to Roy Margetts and Caroline Beresford-Pratt for the service they have offered the community since joining the Council.

At the time of going to press, the Council will consider co-option to fill the vacancy/vacancies at its meeting on 1st May 2024. If you would like to be considered for co-option, please ensure that you complete a Co-Option Application form (which can be found on our website under the Council Documents section) and ensure this is received by the Parish Clerk, Greg Burt by midday, Wednesday 1st May. Correctly completed Co-Option Applications must be received by this time or the candidate cannot be put forward for consideration.

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Hello & Welcome

Billingshurst Parish Council welcomes Kate Rowbottom who became a member of the Parish Council following co-option at the Council meeting held on 13th March.

To find out more about your Parish Councillors or what the Parish Council does, please visit the Councillors page on our website www.billingshurst.gov.uk.

Plant Sale

Billingshurst Horticultural Society will be holding their Plant Sale on Saturday 4th May at

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the Women’s Hall, High Street, Billingshurst between 10am and 12 noon. There will be plants, produce, refreshments, cakes and a raffle. Do come along early as this is a very popular event.

Neighbourhood Wardens

If you need to make contact with our Neighbourhood Wardens, their details are as follows:

Barry Faust 07795 051516

Julie Green 07795 051529

The Wardens hold regular drop-in sessions and these are listed on the Parish Council website and social media pages.

Upcoming Council meetings

All meetings are held at the Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre (normally commencing at 7pm but are occasionally subject to short notice change). Agendas and supporting documents, where applicable, are always posted on the Parish Council’s website www.billingshurst.gov.uk.

Upcoming Meetings (May)

1st: Full Council & Trustees

7th: Planning & Environment Committee

29th: Billingshurst Centre and F&GP Committees

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BILLINGSHURST ‘IN BLOOM’ LOCAL COMPETITION – 2024

Back in 2018, the Parish Council started holding its own local ‘In Bloom’ competition encouraging residents to enter their front gardens into a just for fun local contest.

Over the years (other than in 2020 for obvious reasons) the competition has grown in popularity; the categories have been tweaked here and there and now include a specific entry for the Best Pollinator Garden. Entrants for this category will also be judged on the gardens’ biodiversity in providing nourishment for our pollinators. This may include a few daisies or clover left to grow in the lawn, or planting which would specifically appeal to insects, birds, butterflies and mammals.

To enter, please complete the form below and return it to the Parish Council Offices by 21st June. Judging will take place in early July, with awards being presented in September. (You can enter no more than three categories, and all displays must be visible from the street.) Each entry will be judged on Impact, Care & Attention and Horticultural Content. However, you don’t need to be a gardening expert; if you enjoy pottering around and your front garden looks good, why not give it a go and enter the competition! Entries will be judged as either Bronze, Silver, Silver-Gilt & Gold ensuring every entrant will be presented with a certificate.

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Rain failed to put a dampener on Billingshurst Fire Station’s Car Wash!

We would like to give you a quick update following our charity car wash in March. The weather was not kind to us on the day, and we were very close to having to cancel it. However, we managed to squeeze a few hours in and raised just shy of £250 for The Firefighters Charity. This is fantastic for the limited time we were able to wash cars, so thank you to everyone that attended.

On the morning of the car wash, due to bad weather, we attended seven weather-related incidents so felt we wouldn’t be able to continue with the car wash, but by midday the sun came out and so did the sponges!

We will look to do another one later in the summer.

We are also hoping to do an Open Day during

the summer holidays which is always a great day. It’s a chance to come and meet all your local firefighters, see what we get up to and ask any questions about joining the service. As usual we will have live demonstrations too, which are always amazing to watch. We will confirm the date of this in August, but it is likely to be at the end of the summer holidays. We are still attending incidents and finding out that properties do not have working smoke alarms. Don’t forget, we offer a FREE service where we will come and fit smoke alarms to your property. A request can be made via the West Sussex County Council website.

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Commemorating 80th Anniversary of D-Day

The Billingshurst Branch of the Royal British Legion and the Billingshurst Parish Council are preparing a programme of events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. This will culminate in the lighting of a Beacon of Peace at Adversane Green on Thursday 6th June at 9.15pm as part of those being lit all across the United Kingdom that evening.

The Normandy Landings were the largest seaborne invasion in history and, along with the associated airborne operations, marked the beginning of the liberation of Nazi-occupied France and Western Europe. Please join us to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we know today.

At 10pm on Wednesday, 5th June, the Reverend David Beale will be holding a lantern

service at St Mary’s Church

The following morning at 7.30am, Thursday, 6th June, British Legion Branch Chairman, Rob Nicoll, will be conducting a wreathlaying ceremony at the Billingshurst War Memorial. And from 6.15pm that evening there will be a ‘Summer Evening’ on Adversane Green. This will include a British Legion band, refreshment and stalls along with a display of WW2 militaria and vehicles. These events will culminate in the beacon lighting at 9.15pm, when not just our village, but our nation joins together to pause, reflect and give thanks.

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please contact either Branch Chairman Rob Nicholl at billingshurst.chairman@rbl.community or our Billingshurst Parish Council, at clerk@billingshurst.gov.uk.

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Summer’s coming… honest!

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.

Welcome to the month of May folks. 1st of May marks Labour Day. 2nd of May is International Day of Idleness. True, honest! Good start, eh!

May is also the month that superstition says you should never buy a broom, wash a blanket or get married in. “Marry in May and you’ll rue the day.” This apparently dates back to Roman times when it was unlucky to get married during the animals’ mating season! No comment needed.

Now those pleasantries are over with it’s also the month when the countryside bursts into life. Lambs join together in groups and gambol joyfully with the freedom that comes with the first flush of youth. Even us oldies find our joints are more mobile under the growing warmth of the summer sun.

So how did you get through the first quarter of the year? Have you become acclimatised to the water world we have just come through? When a return to having webbed feet would have been very appropriate, and walking the dog each day was a constant battle of wet, muddy towels, musty smelling car seats and frequent mopping of kitchen floors.

should fall without warning onto the road below. I just hope Mother Nature can return the debris left behind to a more picturesque sight over the summer months as it gives the appearance at the moment of a mini hurricane that has rolled along either side of every road in the county.

One huge bonus this year though has been the massive show of primroses that have splashed their yellow faces out from every roadside bank and sheltered woodland edge. I guess the last few years of mild winters have allowed the multitude of seeds that each cluster has released into the spring breezes to survive and spread in far greater numbers than the colder winters of a few years ago would have permitted.

Do I sound like I’m hunting for a small light in the gloom here? Maybe I am turning into the proverbial Grumpy Old Man!

winters of a few years ago would small light in the gloom here? Maybe Grumpy Old Man!

Returning to the subject of Mother Nature… how Blackthorn –

I should perhaps also mention here something that this last winter has highlighted even more than many of the previous. Pot holes and floods. How many of you have suffered burst tyres, damaged wheels and/or suspension and long diversions from the results of the weather these past months? You can no longer look at the passing scenery as you travel our beautiful countryside for fear of your vehicle making contact with one or both of these obstacles. I am horrified too at the amount of gorgeous ash trees that are being felled alongside the lanes and roads of the county. With this horrible fungus spreading so quickly through these trees it’s causing devastation to the species throughout the countryside. I can well understand though why the council are cutting them down as they could be a potential danger to vehicles if dead and dying branches

I hope not. There is so much to look forward to as the summer unfolds before us. Have you, like us, just finished eating the last of the Easter eggs? Didn’t take so long this year did it? The manufacturers in their efforts to assist us in our efforts to slim down, have reduced their size by a good 15%… and made them dearer. So kind.

look forward to as the summer unfolds before us. Have you, like us, Easter eggs? Didn’t take so long this their efforts to assist us in our efforts to slim down, have reduced their and them

Returning to the subject of Mother Nature… how about the display of blackthorn this spring. With hope this will foretell a bumper harvest this autumn of sloes. Sloe wine – for winter warmth! It brings to mind in days of long ago when I used to make that most dangerous of substances – homemade wine! Everything from primroses, potatoes, elderflower and berries. Virtually everything and anything that grew could be turned into this lethal liquid. Buckets bubbling ominously in airing cupboards. Bottles at straining point under the bed, wrapped carefully in towels lest the internal forces should overcome the glass pressure chamber. Great days; though one is inclined to wonder how our livers and taste buds survived the continual assault we made upon them. Have you had a go at making this stuff? No? Then you should. Don’t just admire the countryside. Try drinking it! Mind you, if you’re as unsuccessful as I was, well, don’t blame me for the results!

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The wheels on the bus have not stopped turning since the Renegades and Rascals youth clubs took delivery of their first – but hopefully not last – minibus.

“What a difference having our own transport has made already,” exclaims Group Leader Gareth Miller “Because of the support of the Community Minibus charity and Thakeham Homes, we can now deliver free, fun and creative activities for all the children in the surrounding villages – and fight the age-old problem of rural isolation.

“When we had a problem using Loxwood village hall on a Tuesday night, we were able to scoop up both the Rascals and Renegades and ferry them to Kirdford village hall and that will now be our home on a Tuesday night. On top of our existing members, that means that children in the Kirdford area are now able to easily access what we do – so a real positive has come out of a negative.

“My dream has always been to be able to bring the youth club to where the children actually are, and we are finally managing it. We are now looking to expand into Pulborough, Slinfold and Billingshurst. But we

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need to raise money for another minibus, its running costs and insurance along with the towbar cameras, roof racks and canopies for both. If any local company can support us in any way, we would show our thanks on the bus itself.”

And it wasn’t only the children who had a trip in the new minibus… a selection of reptiles did too. Forget Snakes on a Plane… this was Snakes on a Bus! Local herpetologist Drew Hicks lent the clubs her snakes and bearded dragon. Reptiles are always a huge attraction for the Renegades, but this was the first time that the Rascals got to handle the creatures too… and they loved it!

And talking of Rascals, the Renegades Trustees have agreed that the experiment of creating a club for the younger 7-9 age group has been an incredible success and so will continue to run Mondays, Tuesdays and (with parents staying) Fridays.

The Renegades is a Registered Charity. Membership is free so contact Gareth on 07801 862550 for a taster session.

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Lions on Show at Billingshurst Showcase

Billingshurst & District Lions were delighted to welcome visitors to their stand at the Billingshurst Showcase on Saturday 23rd March, providing an opportunity to highlight the many aspects of the club’s wide-ranging involvement in the community, including:

FUNdraising – featuring:

• The Lions Charity Bookshop in Jengers Mead.

• Forthcoming Bank Holiday Car Boot Sales.

• Easter Egg Prize Draw.

• Charity Golf Day, for Little LifeSavers, (Friday 28th May)

• ‘Feed the Lions’ collecting jars for your surplus loose change

• Bookshop Gift Vouchers for Family and Friends, along with

Projects – supporting:

• School Book Give-aways, Funding for Music & Books,

• An Annual ROAR Campaign to find ways to change the world, Practical support for Outdoor Learning, etc. and The Men’s Shed – now open at Station Road Gardens.

• Selling Daffodils for Marie Curie. Community Service – featuring:

• Lions hosting PSA Testing on Saturday 13th April.

• A Schedule of Donations made in 2023, totalling £42,140, including

• £9,100 for 10 Primary Schools to spend as they wish,

• £4,500 to Chestnut Tree House, (Golf Day 23) plus

• Donations for 28 other causes including

• Scouts & Guides, Weald School Classrooms for Kenya and

• International Disasters – all distributed by local Lions Clubs.

• Availability of 2 Motor Scooters

Membership:

To learn more about becoming involved,contact Viv Diggens, tel: (01403) 752968, Mob: 07767 221908, e-mail: diggens2000@hotmail.com

After attending the event, President, Peter Coleman, reflected, “All told, it makes an impressive list–- and we’ve been doing it now for 50 years. It’s a privilege to be President with such a capable group of dedicated volunteers. But, of course, none of it would be possible without your continued support. Can we entice you to give Lions a try, perhaps check it out as a volunteer?”

Follow Billingshurst Lions on Facebook and website www.billingshurstlions.org

Harvey Holmes – Press Officer, Billingshurst & District Lions Club

Photo: Billingshurst & District’s stand at Showcase 24, celebrating 50 years serving the community

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We offer a cosy ‘Home from Home’ alternative to kennels.

During your dog’s stay with us they will spend their time in a family home environment with our two Dalmatians and two young children.

All dogs, female and male, must be neutered, good with children and other dogs.

We are licensed with Chichester Council and fully insured. For more information, please contact Emma, tel: 07765 256073

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34 Charity / Vets / Pets

So, it’s still raining, the webbed feet seem to be evolving and I have got better at swimming than a fish. The ducks are now premanent residents of the paddy fields and a flock of geese have decided to join them!

I have spent most of April by the fireside as mum is still lighting it of an evening as it is so chilly still. My fur is still wavy from our last damp walk in torrential rain. Mum is frustrated because she wants to get going with the vegetable garden but it’s still too sodden to do much with, she has resorted to building raised beds in the polytunnel now. I love it as I can perch on one and survey my kingdom, until mum chases me off of course! We did have a very busy weekend though and I had to supervise the building of the new coldframes and ensure that it was being done properly as well as making sure no one was unearthing my carefully buried logs!

The Spaniel Diaries

practise on the lake – I can’t wait as I love swimming and I am very good at it, she’s also hoping the mad puppy may have improved but he’ll never be as elegant as me in the water! Mum is also careful to only let us swim where the water is clean and there’s no nasty blue-green algae which can be dangerous to us dogs.

We are all getting very excited as we are off on our adventures soon to the fun place called Devon. Mum and dad like to laze around in a massive barrel of warm water they call a hot tub after a days walking… I think it’s odd and looks too much like a bath for my liking so I keep well away in case they get any ideas! I love a muddy puddle but I don’t fancy a bath, I hope they manage to keep that silly pup away from it!

We have also had some wonderful walks in the bluebell woods between rain storms; it’s absolutely beaufiful even though still very muddy. My fur was filthy when we got back and mum made me wear my drying coat as she’s fed up with mud in the car! Mum also washes us down with some diluted hibiscrub after our woodland walks to be on the safe side in case of the very nasty Alabama rot. She also checks the website that has been set up so she can avoid areas where their have been cases (www.alabama-rot. co.uk/live-map-of-cases).

Once we get some better weather mum will take us out swimming again and some retreving

Mum has also set up a bale scurry in the field for us, I might indulge her and have a go but I’d rather be mooching around the stables looking for mice – I swear the horses are laughing watching us jump over the bales of straw and making comments on our syle – especially mine as my legs are quite short – puppy hurls himself over everything at full steam, I suppose I should stop calling him a puppy as he will be two in June, but he’s still a puppy compared to me. Mum said I was ‘senior’ the other day, the cheek of it, there’s plenty of life in this YOUNG dog yet! I am the grand age of eight so barely pushing middle-aged. She on the other hand is over half a century!

Hopefully we will have some exciting adventures to tell you all about next time!

Until next month, Billy.

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As a novice gardener I spent a lot of time pulling out nettles from the overgrown patch I inherited when I bought my first home. Fast forward 20 years and I have learned that I was doing the humble nettle a disservice.

Contrary to their reputation for stinging and being a pervasive nuisance, nettles offer numerous (and free) benefits. These include serving as a rich source of nutrients for your garden, attracting helpful insects, and even being a delightful edible option when gathered properly.

You can leverage the nutrient-rich nature of nettles by making a homemade, organic liquid fertilizer. Nettles are packed with some fabulous garden-friendly elements such as nitrogen, calcium and magnesium, all vital for plant growth.

Nettles also double as an excellent mulch for bigger plants or fruit bushes and act as a compost accelerator by enhancing the breakdown process in your compost pile. However, to prevent unintended growth, avoid using the roots or seeds.

Any part of the plant can be used, even the older, tougher parts, and the process is straightforward. Chop the nettles and pack them into a sealable container (to mitigate any unpleasant smells) before submerging them in water. Let the mixture sit for about a month to create a potent nettle tea. Dilute this tea with water in a ratio of 1:10 for a nutrient-rich feed, ideal for nurturing leafy greens like kale, chard, and spinach.

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By allowing some nettles to grow on your patch, you support the lifecycle of butterfly species such as red admiral, small tortoiseshell, painted lady, and comma butterflies, and also offer a habitat for beneficial insects such as ladybirds, which control aphid populations and other garden pests.

In addition to their usefulness in the garden, nettles are a versatile ingredient in the kitchen. Using gloves to avoid stings, nettles can be harvested and used just like spinach, boasting a similar high iron content. They’re perfect for steaming or as the base for a soup – blend boiled potatoes and tender nettles with vegetable stock, season and enrich with a spoon of cream for a hearty dish…perfect after a day working in the garden!

Happy Gardening!

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We all know nature, fresh air and green spaces are good for us, so St Catherine’s are asking people to become a blooming hero by hosting a garden themed fundraiser.

Whether people are seasoned gardeners, or just discovering the joys of being green fingered, the hospice has a range of ways people can support them:

Proud of your garden?

Open it to your neighbours and the local community in return for a donation to support St Catherine’s. Boost your fundraising further by offering simple refreshments and donating the profit.

friends? It could be anything from flower arranging to growing produce through the seasons.

Seedling starter kits

Put together seedling starter kits with everything someone needs to grow a specific plant. These kits can be sold at events or online, and they make excellent gifts for gardeners of all levels.

Sell plants and produce Organise a plant or produce sale with different flowers, herbs, vegetables and succulents. You could host a sale from your garden, at local markets, community centres, or even online.

Host a garden party

Make the most of the season and invite your family and friends to a garden party for a donation. Your party can be as small or big as you like. Winning fundraising ideas include party games, bake sales, raffles or scavenger hunts.

Challenge your friends

Challenge others to a growing competition. It could be competing for the tallest sunflower, biggest marrow or who can keep their cactus alive the longest. Entry donations can be split between the winner and St Catherine’s.

Share your skills

Have you got a special skill that you could share? Why not lead a workshop for your less green-fingered

Every year, St Catherine’s cares for around 2,000 people on its hospice wards, in their own homes or in care homes. As well as expert medical care, the local charity also provides emotional and practical support including counselling, welfare advice, bereavement support and spiritual care.

Nicky Ifould, Head of Fundraising at St Catherine’s said, “It costs around £10 million to run our hospice each year but less than a third of this comes from the NHS. The rest is raised through the support and generosity of people in our local community. We know fundraising can sometimes seem daunting but there’s so many local people already doing great things in their garden, that we’d like to encourage them to host a garden themed fundraiser for us. By hosting a fundraiser, you’ll be supporting other families through a difficult time and making a huge difference when it matters most. We’re so grateful to anyone who supports us and we’re here to help with your fundraising. As a thank you for your efforts you’ll get a free St Catherine’s orange trowel to add to your gardening kit. We’ll also invite you to an exclusive thank you party if you raise £100 or more for our hospice.”

If you’d like to host a horticultural fundraiser for St Catherine’s please contact their friendly Fundraising Team on (01293) 447341 or fill out this online form: www.stch.org.uk/tell-us-about-your-horticulturalfundraising

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What’s On – May

Every MonKnit & Natter. Billingshurst Library. 10.30am-midday. Open to anyone that likes to knit, crochet, sew and chat! Meet new friends, swap tips and ideas. No need to book. All ages and abilities welcome. Further info: drop in or call Bev at Billingshurst Library on (01403) 783145

Every Mon Horsham Matters Hub on the Move Foodbank. Billingshurst Library car park, 10-11.30am

Every MonTable Tennis. St Mary’s Room, East St, Billingshurst. 2-4pm. A sociable group for all ages. Includes tea & biscuits normally. Suggested donation to church funds £3 per session. Tony, tel: (01403) 783496

Every MonBOOSTfit Horsham. The Forest School, Comptons Lane, RH13 5NT. Judgement & pressure free fitness for all. Clare Lawton, tel: 07983 976 601 or e-mail: clareboostfit@outlook.com. www.boostfit.com

Every MonChair 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 whiterosechairyoga@outlook.com

Every MonSeniors Coffee Club. St Mary’s Room, Billingshurst. 10.30am-12 noon. Coffee & homemade cake, chatter & laughter, and often armchair exercises! A great way to start the week and make new friends. The Community Minibus is available if transport is needed. New members very welcome! More info: (01403) 786706 for more information

Every MonIggy’s at The Nest. Trinity United Reformed Church, Billingshurst. 10am-12pm. Midwife-led family drop-in group, supported by qualified volunteers. Skilled breastfeeding support. We welcome babies to crawler/cruisers. Come and meet local new mums for tea, cake and a chat. Free but donations are very welcome. Weekly updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com/share/yrArMPFMBGx1NksW

Every Mon Billingshurst Men’s Shed. Station Road Gardens. 10am. Part of the Men’s Shed movement, we are a Tues & Weds group of men AND women who meet to talk, drink tea and coffee, make and repair things. Contact Keith Witt, Chairman, tel: (01403) 785821 or e-mail: billimensshed@outlook.com

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 MonWisborough 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 MonHorsham Bridge Club. Face-to-Face 1.30pm. 22a East Street, Horsham, RH12 1HL. Graham & Weds Walker, tel: (01403) 734156. www.horshambridge.co.uk

Every Mon Clubbercise with Hayley. Mon: Dial Post Village Hall, RH13 8NH; Thurs: St Gabriel’s Church Hall, & Thurs Billingshurst. 7.45-8.30pm. Aerobic exercise class for all fitness levels, 16 and over. Darkened room with flashing disco lights and music (90s to now). Pre-bookings only: bookwhen.com/clubbercisehayleym. Updates: facebook.com/clubbercisewithhayley

Every Tues Billingshurst Short Mat Bowls. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 2-4pm

Every Tues Billingshurst Choral Society Practice. Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre. 7.30-9.45pm. New members welcome. Tel: Keith Paul on 07989 412997

Every TuesStitch & Knit. We meet in Billingshurst. 7-9.30pm. Welcoming & helpful, just bring your project. No fees. Sarah, tel: 07817 699865 for meeting venue details

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 TuesWalking 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 TuesBOOSTfit Billingshurst. Billingshurst Leisure Centre, RH14 9RY. Judgement & pressure free fitness for all. Clare Lawton, tel: 07983 976 601 or e-mail: clareboostfit@outlook.com. www.boostfit.com

Every Tues Drop in Baby Zone! St Mary’s Room, East St, Billingshurst. 1.30-3pm. Space to meet other parents/carers & their babies (under 1yr. Free. Booking not required. Email: Emma babies@stmarysbillingshurst.org

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 Horsham Bridge Club. Online BBO 7pm & Face-to-Face 7.15pm. 22a East Sreet, Horsham RH12 1HL & Thurs Graham Walker, tel: (01403) 734156. www.horshambridge.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 WedsHorsham 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 WedsThe Millennium Bridge Club. Storrington Village Hall, 1.30-4.30pm. All abilities. Please contact: Barbara: (01903) 741365 or daisy.campling@btinternet.com

Every WedsLine dancing. St Gabriel’s Church Hall. Improvers 6-7.15pm, intermediates 7.15-9.30pm. Details from Maureen, tel: 07774 828282

Every WedsBillingshurst Bell Ringing practice. St Mary’s Church, Billingshurst. 7.30-9.15pm. New learners and visitors welcome, just turn up. For information, phone Alison on (01403) 588181

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. Billingshurst Community Centre. 7.30-9pm, term times. No experience required. A friendly choir singing upbeat pop, rock & Motown. Book a FREE taster session at www.rockchoir.com

Every WedsLoxwood Bridge for Fun. North Hall, Loxwood. 2pm. For more information contact Gina Moore, tel: (01403) 751722 or e-mail: ginamoore@btopenworld.com

Every Weds Yoga Class for all abilities. Billingshurst Community Centre. 7.30-8.30pm. Book via www.yogawithmelita.co.uk

Every evenBilliUke: Billingshurst’s Own Ukulele Jam! The Kings Arms, 7 for 7.30pm start. If you already have week, Weds a 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. Meetings: billiuke.com/ev.php

42 What’s On near you

Every ThursStitch & 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 Wildlife walkabouts. RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve, Wiggonholt, RH20 2EL. 10am-12 noon. £8 per person (£2.50 for RSPB members). (01798) 875851. www.rspb.org.uk/pulboroughbrooks

Every Thurs Clubbercise with Hayley. St Gabriel’s Church Hall, Billingshurst. 7.45-8.30pm. Aerobic exercise class for all fitness levels16 and over. Darkened room with flashing disco lights and music (90s to now). Pre-bookings only: bookwhen.com/clubbercisehayleym. Latest updates: facebook.com/clubbercisewithhayley

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 Crafts and Natter group. The Chapel, Spy Lane, Loxwood, RH14 0SQ. 11am-3pm

Every 1st & ‘We Care’ meeting for carers and people with dementia. Glebe Centre, Ewhurst, GU6 7PY. 10.30am3rd Thurs 12.30. Refreshments, friendship, chat & activities. Carol: 07775 865125 or carol@highedser.co.uk

Every FriBillingshurst Bowling Club. Just behind Station Road Gardens welcomes you to come and try the game of Lawn Bowls. No previous experience required, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm with refreshments after, just turn up or call Barry on 07858 407537 or email: billingshurstbowlsclub@gmail.com for more details

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 Blue Idol Open Day. Oldhouse Lane, Coolham, RH13 8QP. March-November, 10am-1pm. Visit this historic building and discover local history. www.blueidol.org. Tel: (01403) 740039

Every Sat Dempsey School of Irish Dancing for children aged 5+. Billingshurst Community Centre. 9 & 10am. Nicola, e-mail: dempseyirishdance@gmail.com

Every Sat Board Games for Adults. Billingshurst Library. 11am-1pm. Open to all. Games include chess, scrabble, backgammon and more! Further info: drop in or call Bev at Billingshurst Library on (01403) 783145

Every SatBoard Games for Families. Billingshurst Library. 11am-1pm. Drop in to play board games with other families. Further info: drop in or call Bev at Billingshurst Library on (01403) 783145

Every Sun Sussex Sunday Walkers offer led walks every Sunday throughout the year. For more information please view our website www.sussexsundaywalkers.org.uk or email wealdmen@hotmail.com

Every SunThe Emmanuel Fellowship meet every Sunday at ‘The Chapel’, Spy Lane, Loxwood, RH14 0SQ. 10.30am for about an hour with refreshments afterwards. www.emmanuelfellowship.co.uk

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1 May Billingshurst Beck WI Talk: ‘One lady and her loyal companion’. Billingshurst Community Centre, Roman Way, 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. For more information email: billingshurstbeckwi@wsfwi.co.uk. See page 6

1 May Parish Council Full Council & Trustees meeting. Billingshurst Centre. 7pm

1 May The Arts Society South Downs lecture by Tessa Boase: ‘The Housekeeper’s Tale’. Fittleworth Village Hall, EH20 1JB. 10.45am (preceded by coffee at 9.50am). Members free, visitors welcome, £7. Further details: www.theartssocietysouthdowns.org.uk or Jane Allison, tel: (01798) 813314

2 May Reading Friends. Billingshurst Library. 10.30-11.30am. Are you interested in meeting new friends, having a good chat and sharing your love of books? Everyone welcome, just turn up. Tel: (01403) 783145

2 May Wisborough Green Evening WI. Wisborough Green Village Hall. 7.45pm. Every first Thursday. Visitors welcome for taster session. Please contact wisboroughgreenWI@wsfwi.co.uk for our latest calendar of activities, and membership details

4 May Billingshurst Horticultural Society Plant Sale. Women’s Hall, 10am-12 noon. Contributions please – plants, cakes, produce. Free admission. Mrs S Wells, tel: (01403) 784159

4 May Craft and Chat Group. Unitarian Chapel, Billingshurst. Every 1st Saturday, 12.15-3.45pm. Bring your own project. Refreshments on offer. Tel: (01403)785116

4 May Christ’s Hospital Choral Society Workshop and Concert: Haydn’s ‘The Creation’. Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, RH13 0LJ. Led by the school’s Head of Music James Bartlett, scores are provided. Please e-mail: workshop@chchoralsoc.org. See April’s Village Tweet, page 11 and this issue page 6

7 May Billingshurst Ladies Who Latte group. Sir Roger Tichborne, Alfold. Every 1st Tuesday, 9.45-11.45am. Networking group for female business owners. Share, support, learn & have fun with other entrepreneurs. £5

7 May The Arts Society West Sussex lecture by Jacqueline Cockburn: ‘Sorolla – Master of Light’. Fittleworth Village Hall. Doors open 1.15, lecture 2pm followed by tea and coffee. Visitors (£8 cash only) most welcome. Contact Jackie Buckler, tel: (01903) 411086 or email: jackiebuckler@sky.com www.theartssocietywestsussex.org

7 May Parish Council Planning & Environmental Committee meeting. Billingshurst Centre. 7pm

8 May Messy Church! Billingshurst Community Centre. 3.45-5.45pm. Billingshurst churches welcome families to have fun with games, crafts, singing and stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sit-down meal, donation. Contact Beth at St Mary’s for more information, e-mail: familyworker@stmarysbillingshurst.org. www.messychurch.org.uk

9 May Billingshurst Horticultural Society Talk: ‘Dahlias’ by Darren Everest, a dahlia & sweet pea specialist grower and exhibitor. Dahlia plants available for sale. St Gabriel’s Hall, East Street, 7.30-8.30pm followed by refreshments. Admission free to members. Visitors welcome £3. Refreshments available. Mrs S Wells, tel: (01403) 784159

9 May Billingshurst Weald Probus Club men’s group meeting. Stanley Room, Community Centre. 10 for 10.15am12 noon. Every 2nd Thurs except Dec. Alan Galer, tel: 07956 443228 or email: alan.galer@btinternet.com

9 May Billingshurst WI: Resolutions discussion. Community Centre, Roman Way. 2.30pm. Resolutions –amendments and outcomes of voting, with cheese & wine. WI members enjoy interesting speakers, hobby groups and various outings. Visitors welcome. Tel: (01403) 257531

10 May 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. Email

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11 May Wrestling. Cranleigh Arts Centre. 7pm. £15, £45 (family of 4). To book: Tel: (01483) 278000 (Tues-Sat 10am-4pm) or visit cranleigharts.org

11 May BilliLit Festival. Women’s Hall, High Street. Parking: Library car park. Info: juliajepps@yahoo.co.uk or tgooda100@gmail.com or via Facebook @Billilit. See April’s Village Tweet, page 22

11 May Billingshurst Horticultural Society Plant Sale. Women’s Hall, 10am-12 noon. Produce, cakes, raffle and refreshments. Free admission. Mrs S Wells, tel: (01403) 784159

11 May 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

11 May Crochet Storage Basket Workshop. Cranleigh Arts Centre. 10.30am-2pm. For beginners/ intermediates. Make a beautifully designed basket. £58. To book: www.cocoonandme.com

12 May Live Music: George Harrison trinute band: ‘All Things Must Pass’. Billingshurst Community Centre. 7.30pm. Tickets: allthingsmustpass.co.uk. See April’s Village Tweet, page 10

17 May Cinemobile Film Night. ‘Priscilla’. Billingshurst Conference & Community Centre. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments, raffle and sales table – proceeds go to the Midhurst Macmillan Service. Tickets £7 from www.touringcinema.com or Austens Home Hardware, 48-52 High Street or on the door

18 May Vivace Chorus presents: ‘Verdi’s Requiem’. With National Symphony Orchestra. GLive, London Road, Guildford, GU1 2AA. 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50-£35 from 0343 310 0055 GLive.co.uk

18 May Cranleigh Art & Crafts Society Demonstration by Sue Cooper: ‘Gelli Plate Printing’ The Band Room, Village Way, GU6 8AF. 2.30pm. Visitors welcome £5. Info: info@caacs.co.uk

18 May Wisborough Green Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale. 11.30am. Outside Wisborough Green Village Hall (RH140D) or inside if the weather is inclement. There will be a wonderful array of interesting perennials, vegetable and fruit plants, herbs and annuals for sale. Refreshments will be available along with free parking at the village hall

18 May Open Garden. Meadow Farm, Blackgate Lane, Pulborough RH20 1DF – see yellow signs. 2.30-5.30pm. Two-acre garden with a variety of planting, including a walled vegetable garden, orchard and mixed borders. Wildlife swimming pond with surrounding bog garden and a newly planted gravel garden. Teas being served. Free parking. £5 for adults, free for children. All proceeds go to the NGS charities.

19 May Billingshurst Artisan Market. Six Bells car park. 9.30am-1.30pm. Local foods and crafts. See page 6

20 May 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

20 May Laughter Yoga Club. Unitarian Hall (side door), Billingshurst, RH14 9QS. (Park Lakers Mead.) 1-2pm. £6. Boosts seratonine and nervous systems & improves wellbeing! Non-profit-making club. All welcome. Contact Linda, tel: 07806.327917, email: lstevenson201854@gmail.com

20 May Pulborough Film night. ‘Priscilla’. Pulborough Village Hall. 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £7 from Pulborough Village Hall, on the door or on line from www.touringcinema.com

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St Mary’s Guild Members’ Meeting. St Mary’s Room, East Street, Billingshurst. 10.30am. We are a friendly women’s group and we welcome visitors. Beryl Peacock (01403) 782835

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 Peter Winney, tel: (01403) 752377

Royal British Legion Quiz Night. King’s Head, Billingshurst. 7.30 for 8pm start. Raising funds for Billingshurst branch. £5 per person, max 6 per team. £5 bowl of chilli available (book in advance) with £1 donated to Legion. To reserve a table e-mail Rob Nicholl: billingshurst.chairman@rbl.community

23 May Sing for Pleasure. (4th Thursday except December: 3rd Thursday.) 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

25 May Pulborough Village Market. (4th Saturday except December: 2nd Saturday.) Pulborough Village Hall, Swan View, RH20 2BF. 9am-12 noon. Fresh produce, bread, local honey, 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: 07711 470635, e-mail: terriashpool@uwclub.net

29 May Parish Council Billingshurst Centre & F&GP Committees meetings. Billingshurst Centre. 7 & 7.30pm Village Tweet will publish details of local events in this free What’s On section. Please email brief details to editor@villagetweet.co.uk together with contact or website details

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