Town and village news

BILLINGSHURST:The Billingshurst Macmillan Support Group is showing “Hope Springs” in Billingshurst Community Centre on Friday November 16 and in Pulborough Village Centre on Monday November 19. Tickets £5.50 from Mansell McTaggart or Four Seasons or risk the doors which open 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

Billinghurst Community and Conference Centre present an evening of stand-up comedy featuring Stephen Foster on Saturday Nov 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 on the door or In aid of Macmillan.

You are invited to Women of Hope on Saturday November 17 at 2.30pm in St Mary’s Room. The speakers are Jan and Rob Hoy who work as volunteers in Rwanda. Join in, bring a friend and enjoy tea after the talk. All welcome.

The Weald SchoolT is holding a bumper Winter Fayre from 11am to 3pm on Sunday November 18.

Stalls, refreshments, tombola and raffle. Entrance £1 for adults, free for children.

FERRING: Families are being invited to enjoy magic and balloon modelling at a Sussex garden centre this weekend (November 17 and 18, 2012).

People can d see children’s entertainer TreeAnna at Ferring Garden Centre as part of its free Christmas Fayre Weekend on November 17 and 18.

Garden centre managerJason Payne said: “We will be welcoming visitors to our special festive weekend and to celebrate we have organised some entertainment for our customers.

“TreeAnna will be performing magic and making balloon models for youngsters on Sunday, November 18 from 11am until 3pm. She will also be bringing Peppie the DoDo bird for people to meet.”

Ferring Garden Centre will have festive displays featuring an array of gifts, decorations, lights and artificial trees. Customers can complete their Christmas shopping in-store with special wrapping papers and ribbons.

WORTHING: At their recent meeting Martin Hayes took The Friends of Worthing Museum back in time to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. He set the scene using photographs from West Sussex Archives.

It was an era of great change celebrated in Worthing with a procession representing all types from Worthing’s population from Coastguards and Firemen to Friendly Societies and Market Gardeners, with the Town Council at the rear.

There was tea for the children and a steamroller ensured sufficient hot water for 20,000 cups of tea.

We next meet on Tuesday 20 November when we welcome Paul Campbell for his talk on “World of Toys” at the usual time of 2.30pm at Worthing museum.

ARUNDEL: Arundel Lions Club will be holding their Annual Christmas Fair at the Norfolk Centre, Mill Road, Arundel on Friday 7th December 2012.

The fair will open from 10.30 am and soft toys, jewellery, greetings cards and books are just a few of the items that will be on sale.

There will also be a Tombola and Club members will be on hand to give you an insight into what the ‘Lions’ do.

Hot and cold refreshments will be available to ensure that you do not go hungry or thirsty as you browse through the stalls at your leisure.

The main beneficiaries from the proceeds will be Chestnut Tree House, the Children’s Hospice, and the Sussex Air Ambulance

HAYWARDS HEATH: The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex’s next concert is on Sunday 2nd December, 2.45pm at The Birch Hotel, Lewes Road, Haywards Heath, when we shall welcome the dashing young tenor Stephen Brown, who has sung with Glyndebourne, Carl Rosa, and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Companies.

The beautiful soprano Emma Victoria Johnston will also be there, as will the brilliant pianist Malcolm Forbes-Peckham and BBC actor John Samson. We are promised a selection of Christmas music, carols, readings, and of course Gilbert & Sullivan.

Everyone is welcome but seating is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Members £4.50, non-members £9.50. These prices include interval refreshments (tea and a mince pie.) Please book in advance by sending your cheque, made payable to G & S Today, together with a stamped, addressed envelope to Bill Colbourne, 12 The Platt, Lindfield, Haywards Heath RH16 2SY.

Your tickets will be sent by return, together with a discount voucher should you wish to have a pre-concert lunch in the Courtyard Restaurant, or a snack at the bar. For further information, or if you wish to become a member of our exciting society, please telephone 01444 456227, or visit

PULBOROUGH: Pulborough Gallery: Come and join us for a glass of Christmas wine and a mince pie at an open evening at the Pulborough Gallery on Thursday 29th November from 6.00 to 9.00 p.m.

Having only opened our doors on the 25th September, we already have an impressive selection of artworks and crafts by some very talented Sussex people including fine paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolours at affordable prices ranging from £20.00 to £650.00, as well as stunning photography and sculptures.

Christmas gift ideas include: handmade jewellery, beautifully turned wooden dishes, colourful quilts and quilt kits, a range of silk scarves and pashminas, unusual cushions, greetings and Christmas cards .

Bring a friend and come and join us at 85A Lower Street, Pulborough., 07796 088962

HENFIELD: Dave Fletcher, founder member of HART - Henfield Area Response Team - received his Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

He was awarded the honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

“It was an incredible day,” said Dave, 59, whose work as a paramedic in Sussex began in 1974 with the renowned Professor Douglas Chamberlain, the consultant cardiologist, who founded the first paramedic unit in Europe.

Dave, pictured above, now works in resuscitation research with Professor Chamberlain.

He is married to Maureen, a nurse, and has three grown-up children - all in the medical profession in Sussex.

Claire is an outreach nurse (intensive care) at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, Richard is a paramedic/clinical team leader in the ambulance service at Haywards Heath, and Rebecca is a learning disabilities nurse who looks after severely disabled people in Brighton.

Dave and Maureen - who nurses at the children’s hospital in Brighton - have five grandchildren.

“I am very proud to receive this award,” says Dave. “It is all thanks to the efforts of Professor Chamberlain and my colleagues in the ambulance service that SECAMB (the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust) - together with our community responders - has the highest out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK.”

Now retired, Dave remains as a part-time paramedic although his present role leans more towards research in cardiac arrest.

He is the co-ordinator of Henfield Area ResponseTeam - a group of trained local residents who respond to calls from the ambulance control to 999 calls in local communities.

“Things have come a long way since I started with the ambulance service in 1974,” he says. “We are so very lucky in Sussex Surrey and Kent to have such a dedicated, motivated ambulance staff who work so hard to deliver the very highest standards in resucitation.

“Place all this alongside an excellent volunteer team of Henfield community responders - supported by 10 strategically placed public access defibrillators that are part of the 23 defibrillators in the village - and you can see that we have a recipe for success.

“I take my hat off to them all!”

SECAMB Chief Executive Paul Sutton said: “Dave is very deserving of this award and a perfect recipient to be chosen - the first time ambulance personnel have been recognised in this way.

“I would like to express both my personal congratulations and that of the Trust for his commitment and dedication over many years.”

HART chairman Dick Nye said: “We are very proud of Dave and his award is very well deserved.”