Henfield Parish Council News 

A substantial financial contribution of £1468 had been agreed for further tree-planting in verges around the village. 

A Youth Co-ordinator has now been appointed by Henfield Parish Council and will be in place by the beginning of October.

There has been a useful visit to Henfield High Street from Chief Constable Jo Shiner and three other police officers, although the presence of the marked police car had meant that there were no cars parked on the zig zag lines outside One Stop. However, the officers conducted some spot checks and pulled over several drivers for not wearing seat belts, not having insurance and one in possession of drugs. There were also several drivers pulled over for speeding. Following the meeting is it hoped that there will be a proposal forthcoming to address the matter of parking on the zig zags, which may include replacing the bollards.

There has been a well attended and very successful skate competition in Henfield, with thanks to Tom from Tic Tac Skate School and Henfield Youth Club.

Horsham District Council News

 Business Climate Action SurveyHorsham District Council wants to understand the support that businesses need to take action on climate change.

Businesses are invited to complete a short online survey to tell us about the actions they are taking and the barriers they currently face to become a more climate friendly business.

The Council recognises how vital businesses will be in reducing carbon emissions across the District and the challenges businesses face in adapting to increasingly extreme and unstable climatic conditions.

Complete The Business Climate Survey

Jobs FairHorsham District Council is issuing a shout out to all local job hunters who are looking for paid work, voluntary work, apprenticeships or new training opportunities to come along to the Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair on Saturday 30 September from 10am to 2pm at the Drill Hall in Denne Road, Horsham.

Jobseekers will be able to meet a broad range of employers from lots of different industries and find out about a host of exciting work and training opportunities available.

The Fair, organised by Horsham District Council, will be a great opportunity for those seeking a job, thinking of changing their existing one or considering on-the-job training through an apprenticeship to meet a wide range of employers eager to recruit and grow their organisations.

West Sussex County Council News

Gro Health, the free weight management app for West Sussex, is offering an Autumn Refresh Challenge if you are looking to start your health and weight loss journey.

Running throughout September, it offers support from a community of like-minded people and expert health coaches.

There are on-demand fitness classes, ‘cookalongs’ and masterclasses covering a range of topics including combating weight stigma and managing hunger.

In addition, 1 to 1 coaching and weekly community virtual meet-ups will help keep you on track.

Gro Health is free for 12 months to anyone who is over 18, lives or works in West Sussex or is registered with a GP in the county, and has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 to 40.

If your child is starting secondary school next year, applications are open until Tuesday 31 October 2023.

The easiest way to apply is online via the link below.

The process is quick and simple to do, and you will receive an automatic confirmation when your application has been submitted.

Covid-19 and flu jabs update

Residents of older adult care homes and people who are housebound will begin receiving their Covid-19 and flu vaccinations from this week, as the NHS kickstarts its winter vaccinations campaign.

The vaccination programme, which was brought forward based on the latest expert advice following the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant, will prioritise those at greatest risk.

Starting with care homes and people who are housebound, other eligible groups will begin to be invited to get their top-up protection from next week.

People will be able to book their jabs from 18 September, through the NHS website, the NHS App, or by calling 119.

Eligible groups may also be offered a vaccination sooner by GP surgeries or other local NHS services.

The NHS is encouraging people to get both vaccinations as soon as they can and not delay, due to the risk of the new Covid-19 variant and ahead of the busy winter period.

It is important for those who are eligible to top up their protection, even if they have had a vaccine or been ill with flu or Covid-19 before, as immunity wanes over time and these viruses change each year.

You can help reduce the risk of catching and passing on Covid-19 by:

  • getting vaccinated.
  • letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or by meeting outside.
  • wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces.
  • trying to stay at home if you are unwell.
  • taking a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive.
  • washing your hands and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.

More on the Covid-19 autumn booster

Our West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is offering free electric blanket testing sessions this autumn.

Last year almost 40% of the blankets tested were found to be defective. Faulty electric blankets are a common cause of fire in the home.

Testing is recommended for blankets more than two years old. Blankets over 10 years old should be replaced.

The sessions will take place between 9.30am and 4.30pm on the dates below, by appointment only. Book an appointment by calling: 0345 872 9719.

  • 3 October – The Studio, New Park Centre, Chichester PO19 7XY.
  • 4 October – Worthing Community Centre, 2 Romany Road, Durrington BN13 3FJ.
  • 5 October – Bognor Fire Station, West Meads Drive, Bognor PO21 5TB.
  • 10 October – Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley RH10 6HG.
  • 11 October – Horsham Library, Lower Tanbridge Way, Horsham RH12 1PJ.
  • 12 October – Haywards Heath Fire Station, Mill Green Road, Haywards Heath RH16 1XQ.

Safe vape disposal

Do not dispose of single-use vapes in either your recycling or waste bins at home. They often contain hazardous materials which can start a fire when they are crushed during collection and sorting.

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