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April 2012

‘We’ve gone soft’ We meet the soldier who signed up to go to war when he was fifteen years-old

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Why the big fuss? There’s been an awful lot said and written about Horsham Town Hall in recent years. Horsham District Council wish to see it being used as a business to aid the continued regeneration of The Quarter. Others feel that the Town Hall should be used for community groups, either free of charge or at a vastly reduced rent. Others are so bored of the saga that they’d rather see the Town Hall torn down to open up a nice view of The Causeway! As it stands, there is a large notice board advertising the freehold of the historic listed building. Should we care what it is used for? What is actually inside the Town Hall, and what kind of business could it possibly accommodate? We hope we can answer some of these questions with our feature on the Town Hall. Also this month, we’ve featured rock band Sandweaver in our music section. If you’re bored and find yourself looking through baby pictures posted on Facebook by somebody you sort of spoke to in Geography class at school, why not visit the music page of our website? We have YouTube videos of bands we have featured, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of them. You may see a couple of little squares that look sort of like a fuzzy bar code. They’re not ‘Magic Eye’ puzzles, so don’t stare at them for two minutes and expect to see a tiger. They are QR codes. If you have a fancy phone you can ‘scan’ these codes and

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they will take you through to a website. If the Internet is a mystery to you, ignore this bit completely, and know that you’re really not missing much except for poor grammar and a toddler biting his brother’s finger. We always try to reach new neighbourhoods with each edition, and this month we welcome for the first time readers in Castlewood Road, The Dene, The Glen and Woodlands Way in Southwater.

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Cover Story It was one of those months when we couldn’t decide what was going to go on the cover. We would have liked a striking shot of the Town Hall at dusk, but that is impossible due to the construction of a new bar in Market Square. The two options we had could not have been more different. Toby took some terrific images of a hot rod at a Horsham industrial estate, but it didn’t look right without a

woman in denim shorts draped across the bonnet. So we chose Bob Piper, a War Veteran featured in our ‘My Life So Far’ section. Bob had to get changed twice for the photoshoot as we arrived an hour late, due to Toby scoffing too many freebies at Just Brownies! Toby used minimal light, as well as the antiques and trinkets on the mantelpiece, to give the image a rustic feel.

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CONTENTS 5 News Round-up

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35 Old Town Hall

Snippets of what’s been making the news, including Open Studio dates

We look at the incredible history of Horsham’s Old Town Hall

9 One to Watch

46 Music

At 13, Marco Penge is one of Europe’s youngest scratch golfers

Rock band Sandweaver aiming high with their new album, Making Maps

10 Ten of the Best

51 Art

We look at some of the best local art collected by Horsham Museum

Wineham artist Janine Creaye talks about her unusual wooden sculptures

12 My Life So Far

58 Group Discussion

We speak to Bob Piper, a War Veteran who has lived in Southwater all of his life

Meet members of Manor Theatre Group of Horsham

15 Me & My Motor

64 Events

It’s a 1930s Ford, with a little extra underneath the non-existent bonnet!

The month’s highlights include an Open Day at South Lodge Hotel

22 Meal Review

66 How Interesting...

We meet the new faces at Crompton’s at The Olive Branch in Horsham

The story of the Horsham man who perished in the Titanic disaster

28 Amber Foundation

We meet the young people who have been given a second chance by Amber

Read our feature on Christ’s Hospital School in January’s edition of AAH

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6 1: Horsham Artists’ Open Studios will be held over the last two weekends in June (16th-17th and 23rd-24th June). Artists and makers open their houses and studios to the public to showcase their work. It’s a good opportunity to buy affordable art and contemporary craft.Many of the artists featured in AAH will be involved. Visit 2: Traffic has been banned in East Street, Horsham, during trading hours in a bid to create more of a café culture. East Street and Market Square will be completely free of traffic between 10.30am and 4pm for a trial period of one year. Outside of these hours the area would be accessible for loading and unloading and blue badge holders. 3: Former British Gymnast and celebrity personal trainer Jackie Wren is lending her support to this year’s St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk. Jackie is offering women the chance to benefit from her fitness expertise for free, if they sign up to the charity half marathon walk, which takes place in Horsham

7 Park on Saturday 14th July. All ladies who sign up get a walker pack and t-shirt as well as newsletters with exclusive training videos and tips from Jackie, who will also be leading the warm up on the night before completing the Walk herself. Sign up by calling Jen Wickham on 01293 447364 or by picking up an entry form at St Catherine’s Hospice shops in Horsham and Billingshurst.

All Pictures by Toby Phillips except for Box 6, supplied by Horsham Museum/HDC, Box 7 by Alan Price/SWT and Box 8 supplied by Covers


6 : To tie in with BBC Television’s new series ‘Britain’s First Photo Album,’ presented by John Sergeant, Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is opening a new exhibition, ‘Thomas Honywood: Horsham’s First Photographer.’ The exhibition is on now until 26th May 2012.

4: Hepworth and Company struck Gold with their Conqueror Stout when The Society of Independent Brewers awarded it the top prize. Andy Hepworth said: "Lots of people didn't know that England was the homeland of stout, but in fact we are following a very fine British tradition. But it's our own recipe - those lads in Dublin don't know everything!"

7: There has been a notable rise in buzzards in our skies, according to Mike Russell of Sussex Wildlife Trust. In his latest blog on the SWT website, he reports that there are now nearly 300 buzzards across the county. Mike writes: “The main reasons for the recovery of buzzards is that they became a protected species, though sadly some still are killed illegally. Also, food became more abundant as the rabbit population recovered from myxamatosis.”

5: Over 500 people visited The Drill Hall in Horsham to visit Microbiz on Saturday, 10th March. The award for the best dressed large exhibition stand went to BritWeb and the award for best dressed small exhibition stand went to OFFLOAD Business Resources.

8: Building and timber merchant Covers has moved (a few yards) to a new depot on Foundry Lane, Horsham. In addition to creating four new full time posts, the new depot boasts a saw mill, loose aggregate bins and a vast warehouse, showroom and trade counter.


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14 9: West Street being opened up to traffic is just one idea put forward in a council initiative called ‘The Future Prosperity of Horsham Project’. Key areas which have been identified for regeneration are Albion Way, The Quarter, Bishopric, Hurst Road and Nightingale Road, The Forum, West Street and Swan Walk. The responses received through an additional period of consultation (on 4th May - 1st June) will be considered before a draft Horsham Town Plan is presented in September 2012.

10: Horsham District Councillors have discussed suitable sites for Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople. Last November, the results of a study identified13 potentially suitable sites but the latest findings, reported to councillors on March 13th, show that four of the sites have been found to have ‘clear’ issues which makes them undeliverable. 11: TV personality ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton will open the Horsham Hospital Summer Fete at 2pm on Saturday, May 26th. BBC radio


announcer Chris Aldridge is Master of Ceremonies for the day. There will be stalls, a range of children’s activities including fairground rides, train rides, a magic show and a grand draw with a top prize of £400. 12: Sussex Thunder American Football team will play their first home game of the year at Broadbridge Heath Stadium on Sunday, 27th May against East Kent Mavericks at 2:30pm. 13: Henry Adams’ Lettings team have relocated from offices currently shared with their residential sales and chartered surveyor colleagues, to a new office in Horsham’s Carfax. Henry Adams has also announced a five year sponsorship deal with Horsham Rugby Club (Pictured: Horsham Under-12s at the junior festival held on Sunday, 25th March) 14: Ashington Cougars are looking for new players to strengthen their under-7 and under-8 football teams. The Cougars train on Thursdays on Ashington Recreation Ground at 5pm-6pm, with matches played on Saturday

mornings. The Cougars are an FA Charter Standard Club and officials are CRB checked. For details email 15: Set4Success, the charity which helps young talented sports people who live or go to school in the Horsham District, has given out another 14 awards. The winners are Thomas Haynes (cricket), Beth Britton (swimming), Dan Malov (dancing), Sarah Gray (badminton), Quentin Coole (gymnastics), William Duffin (dancing), Victoria Rudderham (trampolining), Cameron Lambourne (swimming), Sean Richardson (rugby), Marco Penge (golf ), Harry Harrod (gymnastics), Amelia Frett (hockey), Georgia Frett (football) and Lucy Wood (hockey). 16: The Guardian have reviewed The Pass restaurant at South Lodge Hotel. Head chef Matt Gillan, who has recently helped earn The Pass a Michelin star, was described as a ‘serious talent’ although not every aspect of the experience was to the reviewer’s liking. No pleasing some people...

Pictures in Boxes 10, 13 and 16 by Toby Phillips; West Street image courtesy of Horsham Museum/HDC; Sussex Thunder Image by Vic Heritage; Horsham Hospital Fete image by Chris Woolgar; George Harrod (gymnast) image supplied by Set4Success/Horsham Rotary Club; Ashington Cougars image supplied




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17: The Sussex Ferrari Owners’ Club has confirmed their 100th booking for Piazza Italia on 6th April. Stuart Anderson Racing are bringing their 250 TRC Replica, a racing Ferrari from the 1950s, to the Prancing Horse extravaganza. Chef Tony Tobin has confirmed that he will be making a special appearance in the Carfax on Easter Monday as part of the Piazza Italia Cook-Off. For more details on the festival see the Events guide on Page 64. 18: Children are being invited to pick up free cress seeds from Old Barn Nursery & Garden Centre in Dial Post as part of its Spring Gardening Celebration. Youngsters completing an activity sheet can collect free packets of seeds, while stocks last, from 14th-29th April.

19: The Boar’s Head has re-opened under chef patron Matt Clifford Brown and his partner Serena Fasoli. Matt has worked in the kitchens of The Savoy, Simpsons on the Strand, Gordon Ramsey’s Boxwood Cafe as well as in a number of pubs in London. Visit or to book a table call 01403 267268. 20: An assortment of RAF displays will once again grace Wings & Wheels at Dunsfold Park, Surrey on 26th-27th August. Aircraft appearing over the Bank Holiday Weekend include Red Arrows, RAF Hawk, RAF Tutor, a Tucano display and a Battle of Britain show with a Spitfire, Hurricane and a Lancaster. For information visit

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One to Watch: Marco Penge

The golf sensation keeping pace with

Tiger Woods Last October, Marco Penge caused a sensation when he became club champion at The Dyke, one of the finest downland courses in the region. Depressingly for his rivals, Marco was only 13years-old. But it didn’t come as a shock for members of the Devils Dyke club, as Marco has been creating headlines for several years. In 2008, aged 10, Marco played for Mannings Heath Men’s team in the Sunday Mail Classic Cup. He won his match 4&3, which led to a full page report in the newspaper. The records keep tumbling for the Horsham golfer and in 2009 he was invited to play in Sir Clive Woodward’s Charity Golf Day, which he duly won. He has won the Sussex Under-15 Championship for three consecutive years and is now a member of the England Under16 Squad. Having become a scratch golfer five months after becoming a teenager- the same age as his hero Tiger Woods - Marco now has his eyes on a career as a professional. There is even a possibility that he could qualify for The Open. Should he manage it this year, he will become the youngest player to compete in the history of

the major tournament. The current record is held by Tom Morris, who was 14 years and four months when he competed back in 1865. But time is on Marco’s side – Justin Rose was seventeen when he made his memorable debut in The Open in 1998. Forest pupil Marco first picked up a club when he was five years old. His dad Angelo, a Director of Norsat, remembers: “My wife Marie bought me some cheap clubs for my 40th birthday. She said I needed to relax and take up a sport. “I went up to the driving range at Pease Pottage and took Marco along with me when he was only five. He just picked it up and drove it straight down the fairway! “I got him some lessons with Neil Darnell, a professional at Mannings Heath Golf Club, and also with Clive Tucker who is now at Wildwood Golf Club in Alfold. His main coach now is Alex Saary, who he has been with for five years. “Marco is known as a big hitter but his swing is similar to Sergio Garcia.” It’s been a while since Angelo could offer his son

much competition, but Marco has grown up playing golf with his friend Charlie Strickland, who plays off a handicap of three and is also among the most promising young players in the country. As his game continues to develop, and the competition invitations come from further afield, the cost of Marco’s golf commitments rise too. But his parents are happy to support their son whilst he remains so dedicated, to the extent that they have even provided Marco with a nine foot putting green in their home! There has been other financial support too; Marco received a grant from Set4Success, a local initiative driven by Horsham Rotary Club and SportsAid (see Page 6), and further funding from the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters Charitable Trust. He is now a member of three clubs – Worthing, Mannings Heath and The Dyke – and this year Marco will be competing in a number of major competitions including the Walker Cup, a junior version of the Ryder Cup. But despite his tender years, he knows what his dream is…to one day pull on the green jacket. “My dream would be to win the Masters at Augusta,” he said. “I’m very focused on my golf. I’m quite an aggressive player like Tiger Woods but I don’t ever get angry on the course. “I’m good at school but I don’t intend to carry on with education after I leave Forest as I want to be a professional golfer. I don’t like the idea of sitting at a desk!”

Ten of the Best: Art collected by Horsham Museum

Bru sh u p on Art Queen’s visit to Christ’s Hospital

This is a limited edition print of an original painting by Barrie R Linklater, commemorating HM Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Christ’s Hospital School. The Queen made the visit to coincide with the school’s 450th anniversary. As well as the Queen, the picture shows the Duke of Edinburgh, various

This painting by Jack Carter dates back to 1953. This flower study is evocative of gentler times. Carter painted a number of botanical images, and there’s another of his studies, Blackberries, in the Museum’s Diamond Collection. This local artist died in 1992.

Horsham Postman

This startling piece of work (only recently purchased by the museum) by Alison Milner-Gulland is different to anything else in the diamond collection. The mixed media etching with hand colouring plays on the myths and legends of Chanctonbury Ring. Legend has it that the devil helped form the Ring and can be summoned by running around the clump of trees seven times in an anticlockwise direction.

Flowers with Toby Jug

Battle Over Chanctonbury

Horsham Museum has launched its Jubilee celebrations by displaying art by many notable local artists. On display in the Diamond Collection are works by the likes of Raoul Millais, Jill Coombs, Graham Rust and Dr Geoffrey Sparrow, as well as contemporary artists such as Claire Phillips and Alison MilnerGulland. The exhibition showcases some of the art that has been collected by the Museum in the last 60 years. For the most part, the artwork has been built up by accepting donations and support from the public. The collecting depends on the artist being local to the town or district, or the subject matter having a local connection. As such it is no surprise to find that there is a large number of pictures and paintings relating to the buildings and streets around the town and local villages, including St Mary’s Church as it was in 1980, the Carfax, Causeway and The Green Man Pub in Jolesfield in 1971. ‘The Diamond Collection’ is on display until 21st April 2012. Here, we’ve picked a few of our own personal highlights of the collection, although we have ommitted Claire Phillips’ painting of Sir Charles Wheeler, on the basis that the artist was featured last month!

dignitaries and pupils, with a statue of the founder King Edward VI. During the same visit in 2003, the Queen opened the Sun Dial in the Forum as well as the renovated Capitol. That remains the Queen’s most recent visit to the town, although she did visit Crawley in 2006.

This pen and wash drawing from Mike Western is unlike much of the work he was best known for. Western, who died in 2008, was a respected comic artist with credits spanning decades of British comics. Among his best known works are ‘The Wild Wonders’ for Valiant and ‘Darkie’s Mob’ for Battle. He also drew for Speed and Tiger comics. He retired from comic strips in later life to focus on painting.

Susan Parmenter’s painting of teddy and toys may look familiar to some readers. The image became a popular Horsham Museum postcard. Susan, a former pupil of Forest School for Girls (now Millais) has specialised in portraiture since 1979. She has work exhibited in the national portrait gallery and was John Player Award (a portrait art prize now sponsored by BP) finalist in 1985 and 1987.

David Western’s Back Street Shops dates back to 1977. There are three paintings - depicting the grocer’s shop and cobblers in Trafalgar Road, the fish and chip shop in Spencer’s Road, and the butcher and the baker on the junction of Swindon Road and Trafalgar Road. Western uses pen and watercolour wash to create superb detail.

Geoffrey Sparrow (18871961) was a popular and respected doctor in the town. Having served his country with distinction in The Great War, he moved to Horsham in 1919. He was also a prolific painter and had a good reputation as a caricature artist. The museum has three Town Hall sketches by Sparrow. This one depicts The Causeway without the Town Hall being there!


One of the most eye-catching pictures of buildings in this pretty pen and wash drawing by Gillian M. Hobbs. It captures cottages in the heart of the idyllic village and shows the spire of St Peter’s Church in the distance. The painting was bought at an auction of art at Toovey’s Auctioneers in Washington in 2009.

Back Street Shops

Also currently on display in the Art Gallery is a small watercolour by Nevill Barnett of The Causeway. Barnett’s 1998 painting depicts the Museum, Causeway House and other buildings along Horsham’s oldest street.

Town Hall Collection

Causeway in the Snow Cottages at Slinfold Teddy and Toys

There are a few drawings and paintings in the Diamond Collection that depict Horsham’s historic town centre. The Friends of Horsham Museum donated this contemporary painting of the Causeway in the snow by John Davies to the Art collection as a Christmas gift. A snowy view of St Mary's Church by the same artist was used as a Christmas card sold in aid of Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SASBAH) in 2008.

Suzanne Merrikin’s watercolour of aubergines is one of a number of botanical drawings and paintings in the museum’s collection. The Royal Botanical Society has recently awarded Suzanne the silver gilt for her watercolours. She lives in Storrington, where she grows most of her own subjects. Other botanic art includes studies by Enid Alison Western, Graham Rust and Jill Coombs.

Bob Piper, 86: A Veteran from Southwater

‘People have gone soft. Our fathers were

tougher than us’ I was born at Little Bridges Farm on Station Road, Southwater, on 10th June 1925. My family has lived here for 300 years. When I was growing up in Southwater, there were about 1,000 people in the village. Everybody knew each other. I am saddened by what has happened to Southwater. Okay, we have to move with the times, but when I went to school we used to walk up the road and get out of the way if a horse and cart or a steam roller came along. If a steam engine went by we used to run to the rails and wave to the driver. Now, nobody knows anybody. I think the plans for more housing in the village would kill Southwater. I got a job as a ten-year-old working for the butcher in Southwater. I worked on Saturdays and during the holidays, but I had to ride my own bike to deliver the meat as I was too small to ride the trade bike. I would start at 6am and finish at 8pm, and was paid half a


I joined the Local Defence Volunteers.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, I would work in the slaughter house. I would deliver meat on my bike all over the place - Copsale, Itchingfield, Shipley - in winter and summer. I did that until I was 14.

When I was 15, I went to the recruiting office. The chap there said ‘how old are you?’ and I replied ‘I’m 15’. ‘Oh’ he said. ‘You look older than that. If you’d have said you were 18 you could have joined the Royal Sussex Regiment.’ I went back a little while later and said I was 18...

I wanted to be an engineer, so I wrote to the air ministry about an apprenticeship, but nothing was available. So I took on a job as a milkman at Abbots Leigh for a time. After that my dad spoke to Ivor Dunkley, who lived in the village and had a lorry business. He would go to London every day to deliver bricks or timber. I worked for him and he paid me 15 bob a week, which is about 75p. Jerry (the Germans) had started dropping bombs and I wanted to do something, as we were in real trouble in Europe. I spoke to the village policeman, who told me to go and speak to Captain Erwin, who lived at Cripplegate House. He told me I could be a messenger because I had my bike. So

I passed a medical in Brighton and that was it. I joined up and in Christmas 1940 we marched to Heathfield and the battalion was split into companies. I started carrying out 24 hour beach patrols. The invasion threat was not on at that time, but they were expecting German commandos to come over and blow up key transport links. So there was me as a 15-year-old prancing up and down the beach in the snow, wondering if Jerry was going to land with the tanks and goodness knows what else. I was sent to RAF Westhampnett, which is now Goodwood, to do gate guarding and

My Life So Far: Bob Piper patrols. We made ammunition belts for the spitfires and hurricanes. My next job was to go to Arundel Castle and guard the Duke of Norfolk. There was always this possibility that somebody might parachute in and kidnap him. We were all given IQ tests and I was assigned to Royal Corps of Signals. I trained as a wireless operator, and I kept improving my speed with Morse code. We were moved all over the place and then in 1944, we had a massive training exercise on the Yorkshire moors. Then finally, one night, they said ‘don’t go to bed, get your kit ready and be outside in 20 minutes’. Troop carrying lorries were coming to pick us up. We went to Leeds station and boarded a train which was all blacked out. We travelled through the night and when it stopped I stepped out and said ‘Partridge Green!’ Two military men grabbed me and asked me how I knew. They feared that somebody had known that the division was moving south. I had to explain that I knew the area well!

13 which was where the country park now sits.

I remember when we landed at Normandy the flow of tanks went through and I was in the advance party. We waited for the rest of the Division to come, and finally we piled the Germans up around Caen. We drove a wedge through Jerry’s line which was six miles deep and just over a thousand yards wide. We lost 2,500 men out of 11,000. You don’t fight for your country, you fight for your friends. The 11th Armoured Division followed us through and got shot to pieces, because Jerry had dug himself in and he had 88mm guns which could knock anything of ours out at 1000 yards. The only thing that eventually shifted them was a bomber raid. On the second day I was in Normandy, I was talking to my driver and a mortar bomb dropped and he was laying on the deck, dead. I didn’t even know his name. I remember he came from Sussex and had two children.

We were taken to West Grinstead House, although it was only me who knew that. They made a sand map, and it showed barb wire and trenches and they said ‘that’s where you’re going to land’. They couldn’t tell us where it was, only that we should remember the map.

After the war, I was posted to 3rd Division and I was sent out to Palestine. It was peacekeeping, but we lost 1,000 men in two years in Palestine. One of my corporals came to me and he said he was going home soon. He told me he was getting married, and that he had got hold of some white silk for his bride-to-be to make a wedding dress. He said he was lucky as he had a job and a house to go back to. John is still out there, aged 20.

We then briefly went to Knepp Castle, as that was the divisional headquarters, before going to Southampton. I remember somebody checking if I had made a will.

I came home to Southwater and did nothing for four months. I walked the dogs in the fields around Southwater. That was it until my dad got me a job at the Southwater Brickworks,

In 1955 I married Betty, the girl next door, in Southwater Church. In 1966 we moved into Wheelwright House, which has been in the family for generations, and have been here ever since. I took on the driving of the minibus for the David Bryce Day Care Centre as a volunteer for 18 years until I got laid up with pneumonia. Ten years ago I had three major operations and eight years ago I had prostate cancer. A year after that I got cancer of the lymph nodes so I’ve undergone operations and chemotherapy. When the doctor told me I had cancer, he said ‘sit down, I’ve got some bad news’. I laughed and said ‘I went to Normandy and I’m still here. My mates are still out there, so I’m lucky’. Every day is a bonus. I’ve returned to Europe and stood in the middle of cemeteries filled with hundreds of soldiers. I have talked to some of our blokes. The thought is always the same - why them and not us? I do look at the war years as being the days of my life. I still meet up with survivors from the Royal Sussex and Royal Signals. We don’t talk about the war. We talk about the way kids are today, going out and getting drunk, and people who live on handouts and don’t appreciate what they have. I think people have gone a bit soft. There are too many handouts these days. Our fathers were tougher than us.

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When David Mott was a young lad, his parents took him along to a drag racing day at Blackbushe in Camberley. It was the middle of the sixties and it was one of the first times that Americans had brought over their dragsters to compete in the UK. For David it triggered a fascination in ‘muscle cars’ and Hot Rods that has lasted a lifetime. It’s been three decades since the runways at the private airfield at Blackbushe have been used for drag racing, but venues such as Santa Pod still regularly attract thousands of people to drag racing and American car shows. Now David owns several cars from across the pond, each a head-turner in its own right. He has a 1968 AMC Javelin Trans Am, painted in the same livery as the car raced in America by Peter Revson. Revson had long been a star of American racing when he was killed in a Formula One car in South Africa in 1974. David also has a 1972 Chevy Nova, Continued on Page 16


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a Station Wagon, a Mustang and an Austin Dorset from 1948 that he is trying to modify at the moment. But the car we have featured here is, believe it or not, a 1932 Ford Model B Coupe, although in terms of original parts there’s only “headlights and a general body shape”. Originally, the Model B was an updated version of the Model A and was replaced by the Model 48. It was a four-cylinder car with an improved

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The Model B has been popular with Hot Rod builders for decades. In fact, the original Model B is extremely rare now because they have all been snapped up for modification! But as a hobby, American cars and Hot Rods remains a moderately affordable passion, at least when compared to collecting classic cars from the UK. David said: “The whole Hot Rod and American car scene has really grown in this country and there are a lot more specialist car builders and suppliers now. They’re turning out some really good stuff which is as good, if not better, than what they

are making in the States. “You can buy spares for American cars for less money than what you can for the English classics. I’ve just bought two headlights for the Station Wagon for £21 each. “You don’t have the number of drag racing venues that there were in the seventies, but at Santa Pod they have enormous crowds.There’s still a great demand for it. “I’d love to slide the car in between some Ferraris at the Piazza Italia. Maybe we can have an American Festival here in Horsham in the future – I reckon we would get quite a few people to turn up to that!”

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Sarah Dover-McCarthy is a Sports and Corrective Exercise Therapist based in Horsham. Sarah discusses her new Total Therapy Centre which will open in Denne Parade soon

Unique Experience Since my column in February’s edition, I am pleased to be able to say that things are progressing well with my new Total Therapy Studio. I was given the keys to the centre at 2 Denne Parade, Horsham, on 14th February. Since then I have been very busy creating a unique centre with three treatment rooms and a large clinical exercise studio. We are coming to the end of the building work, and the final touches are being made to the new website which will be up and running soon. We hope to open for business after the Easter holidays on 16th April with Cranfold Physical Therapy Centre joining us in May. I hope to provide a very unique facility to Horsham and bridge that gap between exercise and medicine.

The studio is our unique selling point as we will provide a different type of exercise experience to anything currently available in the area. The main focus of the studio will be to provide a range of exercise classes, all with a therapeutic and clinical benefit. We will be offering a range of clinical pilates classes, corrective yoga, mobility and stretch, exercise for back pain, pre and post natal pilates. We hope, in future, to be able to work with local groups and offer classes for people that suffer with more specific medical problems such as Parkinson’s, MS, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Our

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AT HORSHAM PUB Review: Crompton’s at The Olive Branch Just when we’d finally stopped calling it The Green Dragon, the Olive Branch has gone and changed its name once again. The Bishopric pub is now in the ownership of Andrew Crompton, a flamboyant Australian who has taken on the pub and re-named it Crompton’s at The Olive Branch, a compromise of the old and the new. Andrew has brought with him a delicious Aussie-inspired Tiramisu, as well as a new manager and head chef. Andrew, formerly the Operations Manager at South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding, is joined at Crompton’s by his friend and former South Lodge colleague Kim Neaves. However, the pub’s greatest asset could prove to be head chef Andy Collard, who is another member of the ‘ex-South Lodge’ club but who most recently worked at Effingham Park in Copthorne. It will be his menu that could raise the bar in terms of the food Horsham town centre pubs are serving, and which will be pivotal if Crompton’s is to entice people away from East Street’s numerous restaurants. There is certainly plenty of potential. It wasn’t long ago that Hall and Woodhouse spent in the region of half a million pounds renovating the 15th century building. As well as improving the interior and installing an open plan kitchen that looks out to the main dining area in the conservatory, a pretty garden area was created, with its own firepit (presumably for unruly guests). With so much in place, it was a relatively easy decision for Andrew to commit to the project. He said: “I have been looking around for something for a few years. “I had my own place in Australia – when I was 22 I was running a bar and restaurant in Melbourne and the infrastructure was basically the same as it is here. “But nothing came up that was quite right, until I saw this place. Kim and I came in for dinner and had a look around and then we

Andrew serves up Tiramisu, and (below) inside Crompton’s at The Olive Branch

met with the area manager for Hall and Woodhouse. The pub was under management before, but that wasn’t working out, so the brewery was looking to offload on to some poor, unsuspecting devils like us! “I’d been looking at country pubs mostly, because of the affordability, and was

probably looking to go somewhere that was a bit run down that we could renovate and build up. But when I saw this place in the great state it’s in, after considerable investment only about 18 months ago, I thought it was ideal. It was ready for us so we’ve been able to hit the ground running.”

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Andrew, who spent seven years working at the Petersham Hotel in Richmond before moving to South Lodge, hopes to inject a bit of fun into the dining out experience. He said: “Kim and I are a bit ‘old school’ – we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re just going to try and give guests a fantastic

experience. We’ll give them good honest value for money with the food, the wine and the service, and try and give people a good time.” But would AAH be entertained? We visited on a weekday evening as we always do, so Toby doesn’t unsettle too many other diners as he takes 32 photographs of the

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soup of the day from various angles. Firstly, we noted that in the five weeks since taking over, the new team had not felt the need to tinker with the interior. There remains an intriguing mix of the rustic, the nostalgic, the historic and the modern. So you have exposed oak beams and original brickwork complemented not only by images of historic Horsham, but also a number of mirrors packed together like a box of broken biscuits. Old library books sit above oak tables, yet the toilets are a gleaming black and white surrealist chess board fantasy land! The idea of the open kitchen has been nicely realised, and

personally I like the frequent shouts of ‘service’ from the chef, as it helps to maintain an atmosphere. It’s also a good excuse to have a peek at some of the food on offer… There are currently six starters and six main courses on the menu. Mains include pork loin medallions with fondant sweet potatoes (£13.50), seared salmon fillet with mini fish cakes and spring vegetables (£13.50) and sirloin steak with spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms and sautéed potatoes (£17.50). Side dishes of mixed vegetables, chips or garden salad cost an additional £2.50. There is currently just one vegetarian option, the fresh Tortellini with sun dried tomato

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‘The menu will stay small but it will evolve and change frequently’ and olive and garlic bread (£11). But Andrew hopes to introduce a menu with more options and variety soon. “The food can be even better,” he said. “What we offer at the moment is what Andy is able to reasonably put together and plate up while he is in the kitchen on his own. He has not had a day off in five weeks, but his commis chef started last week and the sous chef starts soon. “The menu will stay small but it will evolve and change frequently. There will always be



something new coming on. I’m not going to prescribe what Andy should serve up. I’ll guide him a bit but from then on it’s his own interpretation.” For starters we went for the smoked salmon with crème fraîche, cucumber and brown bread (£7) and chilli beef stir fry with vermicelli noodles (£7). Other options include poached pear with blue cheese and walnuts (£5) and the cider braised ham hock salad (£5). The smoked salmon was neatly prepared and presented, although the seafood options may


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improve if Crompton’s do as they hope to and link up with Veasey & Son Fishmongers, which has recently opened in Horsham. The chilli beef stir fry was excellent, light and mild but sweet and tangy too with succulent thin noodles. For main course we selected the seared salmon fillet, and the Sussex lamp rump with broccoli, bubble and squeak cake (£14). The salmon was excellently cooked and carried good flavour, and was well complemented by the bite sized fish cakes.

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‘We’re bold enough to become a destination and I don’t want to be up there with the chains’ The lamb was tender, mouthwateringly delicious, and again immaculately presented with the chef giving thought to the placement of the tenderstem broccoli and sauces. All of the meat is sourced from the awardwinning New Street Butchers. We also ordered fries but in truth need not have bothered as the dish was plentiful. Most of the desserts at Crompton’s at The Olive Branch are also home-made although the ice cream comes courtesy of Purbeck of Dorset. But Crompton’s does have a secret weapon – Andrew’s very own Tiramisu. Andrew said: “The Tiramisu we serve is an Australian recipe. I worked at a pretty good Italian restaurant in Melbourne, and they made it with crunchy chocolate bits which give it a bit of texture. I always serve it out of a large bowl. It’s delicious!” We tried the Tiramisu and it was indeed very tasty, as was the vanilla cheesecake with sorbet. All of the desserts cost £5.50.

Other than having a good chef, Crompton’s at The Olive Branch does have much more going for it. There is a late licence that allows the pub to stay open until 1am on Thursday to Saturday. Kim tells us that there has already been nights when people have enjoyed a meal and then stayed for a while drinking wine and dancing to the Human League. Staff are now being trained to develop their understanding of wine and cocktails. Andrew is also not worried about the view that the pub is located at ‘the wrong end of town’. “I’m not too worried about our location,” he said. “We’re bold enough to become a destination and I don’t want to be up there with all the chains. “There is a niche for a good pub in Horsham, but there is room for competition too. If there are several good places to go to it is healthier for the town and more people will come out. “For people of a certain age that are thinking of going out, the


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The ham hock salad is pretty good. Andy lays it out in lovely fashion. The ham is slowly braised in cider and it just falls off the bone. It’s a lovely starter.

The pork is really popular. The pork comes from New Street Butchers, which is where we get all of our meat from. It’s got good flavours because the potato is cooked very slowly, and the vegetables – carrots and courgettes – are all fresh. We use Downlands Produce for our vegetables.

You can’t look past the Tiramisu of course! But I also make a Hummingbird Cake with banana, mango, pineapple, pecans and walnuts. It’s a great mix and has a real zest to it. It was one of Grandma Crompton’s specialities!

We have a very good wine list here, but people really enjoy the Mitchell sparkling Shiraz. It’s meaty and gutsy but it’s quite unusual. The Mitchells, who run that vineyard, come over from Australia sometimes and when they are next over we’ll run a special menu. It’s all about having fun and giving people the chance to talk about food and wine.

Pictured: The smoked salmon starter (£7) the sussex lamb rump with bubble and squeak cake (£14) and the vanilla cheesecake with sorbet (£5.50)

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The Amber Foundation is giving troubled young people a second chance at life In a small hut set alongside a 17th Century Manor house which overlooks stunning countryside, a former heroin addict called Tom Stock is browsing the internet looking for jobs. Sitting across the room freestyle rapping is Connor Hammond, who has recently been released from prison. His sound is enhanced by the more melodic voice of Jasmine Finnerty, a teenager trying to rid herself of a drug habit. In the kitchen stirring a beef stew is Danny Ireland, a young man who was recently homeless but will soon be heading to college, whilst outside Tom Chapman,

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e Green Light The Amber Foundation helps them to develop their skills and self-confidence and eventually guide them to what they hope will be a better future. Not every case has a fairy tale ending, but in 2010 eight out of every ten young people at Amber left having found a job, started a course or achieved a major goal. Tom Stock is 26 and having been at the foundation for nearly a year is looking to move on soon. There is no set length of commitment for most of the young people, with most moving on having been with Amber for an average of six months although this depends on needs and progression of the individual and sometimes this can be longer. Tom was working as a health care assistant in a hospital, but was heavily into the rave scene and became addicted to drugs. “You can get swallowed up in it all, and that’s what happened to me,” he said. “Drugs became a way of life. I started smoking cannabis when I was 11-years-old and it went on from there – cocaine, speed, acid, ecstasy – anything I could get my hands on. “Then I became addicted to heroin and you can’t lead a normal life when you are off your face all of the time. “I was clean when I arrived here and have tried to stay clean for the year I’ve been here. I had one weekend when I slipped, but I don’t think I could be swallowed up by the whole clubbing scene now as I have been out recently and been fine without drink or drugs. “Now I’m focused on getting a job, hopefully in retail or customer service. I find it easy to talk to people – I feel I’m a people person. Left: Amber fundraiser Rachel Bartlett (centre) with Connor Hammond and Jasmine Finnerty. Below: Marco Pierre White recently visited Amber


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Tom Stock is a recovering drug addict, while Danny Ireland (in the kitchen) hopes to become a doctor. “The Amber Foundation has really helped me out. It makes you see things for what they really are, and people for who they are. There are people out there who want to drag you down, but here they give you the tools to turn your life around. They don’t try and do it for you.” Upon arriving at Farm Place, the first thing you notice is the beautiful location. The house is set within 10 acres of parkland. The centre only opened two years ago, but Farm

Place has a history of rehabilitation, having been used as a specialist addiction treatment centre since 1985. Now, as an Amber Foundation centre, it is a place where young people are given a home until they are ready to lead independent lives. During their time at Amber they learn how to present themselves in a positive light, interact with others, and work as a team. There’s a football pitch and tennis court on

site and access to the internet, but working in teams the residents cook for each other every day and wash the dishes too. It may be an idyllic location but it’s not always an idyllic life. There are times when the young people feel that the rules and regulations are too restrictive. But it’s all part of preparing the ‘Amberteers’ for life outside. Rachel Bartlett, community fundraiser at Amber, said: “Amberteers have a number of different problems they need to address,

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Step into the Tardis The surprisingly spacious Undercutting salon celebrates anniversary Tania Flint-Clarke will soon be celebrating two anniversaries… On 3rd May 2011, Undercutting Hair & Beauty Salon opened at 41 Brighton Road in Horsham, having relocated from Southwater. It was a busy time for Tania – five days earlier she had enjoyed her wedding day! Tania said: “Friends thought I was both mad and brave, expanding in such a trying economic time. The recession was at its lowest point but I was confident in my product, skills, my team and myself.” Tania believes that everyone needs a unique selling point and hers is the training and experience gleaned from her time in Australia. “My forte is foiling. I am now asked to train stylists with 20 years’ experience to show them my way. It means getting closer to the roots, almost on the scalp, which gives clients an extra few weeks of re-growth time. This does have a flip side though as clients often call to postpone their appointment as their hair still looks so good!” Undercutting open two late nights a week, helping the busy professional fit their appointments in and around their work and family commitments.

The salon welcomes pensioners, offering a discount on Wednesdays, and children are entertained with biscuits and toys. Tania is conscious that drivers and passers-by see the fascia of the salon and think it is a small, oldfashioned booth. But she encourages people to come in for a coffee and see just how big her ‘Tardis’ is! “Clients are always surprised at the layout and the fact that our basins are hidden around the back so no-one can see you having your hair washed. They also love our beauty room tucked away for privacy and

the convenience of having everything they need under one roof.” Undercutting also offers spray tans and Gellux (both £20). With these services and Beautified by Sophie (see below) the salon is the ideal choice for any young lady wanting to prepare for their prom. Tania added: “I would like to thank all our existing customers. We hope to continue growing but I promise my salon will never lose its standards.” Please call 01403 274691 to book an appointment, quoting “Happy Anniversary” for a 20% discount

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A Unique Story The history of the Old Town Hall

If the walls of Horsham Town Hall could speak, they would have some stories to tell… For nearly three centuries it has been the most prominent monument of the town centre. Within its walls, sentences have been passed and decisions have been made that have shaped the town. The Hall has known care and attention as well as emptiness and neglect. Since its construction the Town Hall has been revised, renovated, degraded, debated, discussed, rebuilt, improved, enjoyed, neglected and rejected. Two hundred years ago the people of Horsham were divided on its merits, much as they are today. As we write, a ‘For Sale’ board stands

outside like a dubious April Fool Joke. It serves as a reminder that the council no longer feels any obligation to make the building available to the community. So who knows what the next chapter will be for the Grade II listed building? Perhaps the next time you’re inside the Town Hall you’ll be drinking a Cappuccino, ordering a three course meal, sitting in a trendy wine bar or browsing through properties at an estate agents. We can only make an educated guess at what could happen, but we do know the history, and thanks to Horsham Museum we’ve been able to put together this special feature on the Old Town Hall. All we hope is that

the building will once again play a pivotal role in Horsham, be it as a community centre or as a business that will boost the local economy. Back in 1720... ...Edmond Halley had recently been made Astronomer Royal and the famous Pirate Calico Jack was being hanged in Jamaica. But here in Horsham, people were getting richer and developing a taste for the sweeter things in life, as they were across the country. Naturally, as a market town, Horsham saw this wealth through increased market trade. It is perhaps this growth that encouraged the town to build a new town hall.

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Horsham Town Hall One of the earliest known images of the Town Hall, taken from where the bandstand now sits

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No town hall is mentioned in documents from the medieval period, but during the Civil War (1642-1651) the loft of a market house at the site of the Town Hall was used to store arms. But at some time around 1720 a new hall was built. It wasn’t referred to as Town Hall initially - instead it was called a shire hall or market house. Two of the most influential men of Horsham of that time, Charles Eversfield and Arthur Ingram, signed an agreement with various traders in 1721 to complete its construction. It was a two storey building made of Portland stone with a three bayed entrance facing north and five bayed east and west facade forming an open arcade.

In the centre of the hipped roof was a turret clock at the north end. Finally, Horsham had a Town Hall to rival its neighbours and whilst it was probably built as an electoral sweetener (in 1921, Eversfield was Horsham MP and Ingram was Second Member) the town benefited greatly from it. In 1808... around the time that Beethoven was performing his Fifth Symphony for the first time in Vienna, the town of Lewes was putting Horsham to shame with its new £15,000 County Hall. If you think arguments about the Town Hall are a recent phenomenon you’re very

much mistaken; in 1808 an argument raged about pulling the town hall down and rebuilding it. The following year came the suggestion that the quarter sessions – local court sessions held four times a year at the Town Hall - should move elsewhere. This would have been a severe blow to the status of Horsham and to the traders who benefited by the courts coming to town. But 80 years after the Town Hall had been built, the tax base of the town was still too small to be able to pay for improvements. On the 23rd March 1812... ...six weeks after the birth of Charles Dickens, the judges declared the Town Hall

Left: Plans for the proposed alterations to the Town Hall, dated 29/9/1888, and (right) one of the alternative proposals for the Town Hall (pictures supplied by HDC/Horsham Museum)

37 unfit for use. They complained to the Lord Chief Baron, saying they wanted to move out of Horsham. The creation of the turnpike network meant that the poor roads through Sussex were no longer an excuse, and thousands of travellers were going from London to the growing coastal resorts. There was considerable concern. If the Assizes (the periodic criminal courts) left Horsham, then so would all the trade that the Courts brought in. Something had to be done. Horsham’s saviour was Henry Charles Howard, the 13th Duke of Norfolk. He stepped forward with designs sketched out perhaps two years earlier (when he would have been only 19) and rebuilt the Town Hall at a cost of £8,000, which seems to be a lot of money for comparatively little work. It included the addition of a new north façade, decorated with coats of arms made from Coade stone. They remain today - the Duke of Norfolk’s Coat of Arms are to the left, the Royal Coat of Arms is in the centre and to the right are Horsham’s arms, derived from the de Broase family from Chesworth Farm. A new staircase was built at the south end and the open ground floor was permanently enclosed as a lower court

The Town Hall at about the time of the Second World War ( HDC/Horsham Museum)

room. Horsham had lost its market house, but gained according to one quote a building “greatly superior to any other Court of Justice in Sussex.” The Justices stayed, the town folk were grateful and the Duke of Norfolk had built a most unusual monument. Over the years, there were various modifications made to the Town Hall. In 1820 the clock was added, along with a large bell that is now in the care of Horsham Museum. Although the building again

began to deteriorate, plans to build a better court house in the Carfax at the site of the bandstand never amounted to anything. So the Town Hall continued to be used for quarter sessions and other official business, and was even the home of the town’s fire engine. Three prison cells underneath were used until the police station was built in Bartellot Road in 1846. On 26th March, 1867... Continued on Page 38...

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‘The lease was for 99 years at a rate of £1 a year’ ...four days before America bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2million, came another turning point in the life of the Town Hall. The trustees and the guardians of the Duke or Norfolk, the Right Hon. Edward George Fitzalan Howard, an infant, signed a document leasing the Town Hall to three other people. They were Robert Henry Hurst of Horsham Park, who was then MP just as his father had once been; John Aldridge, a Major in the Sussex Militia who lived at Knepp Castle in Shipley, and William Lintott, a merchant. The lease was for 99 years at a rate of £1 a year to be paid each year in two instalments. Along with the charge the lessees also had to maintain and repair the building, insure it and cover any charges. The leasers had the right to send a surveyor in to inspect the Town Hall and five years before the lease was up they could enter the

premises and “make a schedule or particular of all the doors, locks, chimney pieces, windows, window sashes and shutters, partitions, cupboards, shelves, pumps, cisterns, water pipes, gutters, posts, pales, rails, and all other matters which shall be fixed or fastened in or to the said premises…” The lease went on to say that if the building is used for purposes not outlined (Court sessions, lectures, meetings, public purposes connected to the town) or let to fall into disrepair, or if the building was catch fire and not be repaired in two years, the lease reverts. The one difficulty the new Trustees of the Town Hall had was that they needed funds to repair the building. This was solved two years later. On 28th September 1869... ...less than a month after the first recorded fatal car accident, Robert Hurst received a letter


Horsham Town Hall from the Duke of Norfolk’s solicitors that “his Grace will consent to the premises being mortgaged, subject to the terms of the Lease, for a sum not to exceed £300”. Norfolk was also willing to give a subscription of £200 towards the improvements of the Town Hall. So on 20th November 1869, Robert Henry Hurst, John Aldridge (who had briefly been MP for Horsham in 1969, sandwiched between two of Hurst’s spells as MP) and William Lintott signed the mortgage deed with the trustees of the Horsham Building Society (William Lintott the Younger, Henry Michell and John Thorpe). The amount was £288. 15s. The Town Hall could now be repaired. In March 1876... about the time that Alexander Graham Bell made his first telephone call, Lintott, Hurst and Aldridge signed over the Town Hall lease to The Local Board, under the same conditions as the original lease. They also worked out the amount of mortgage money left to pay, which was £207 12/ 1d and took over the mortgage indemnifying the three against any further charge or action

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relating to the mortgage or the Town Hall. It was towards the end of the decade though that the most prominent building in Horsham had its greatest transformation since it was rebuilt by the Duke of Norfolk 70 years earlier. A little over a decade later, The Local Board (the Horsham District Council of its day)

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The Duke agreed to ‘convey the freehold’ with the condition that the Town Hall continued to be used for public purposes. More on that shortly… Architect designs were circulated, and it was these drawings that stung the inhabitants of Market Square into action. On 16th November 1887, a letter to the Horsham Advertiser protesting about the plan laid out for the Town Hall demonstrates the strength of feeling. In it the writer protested that the diminution of their light by the extension of the building “will be a serious evil”. The letter went on to say that “the roadway too on the west side is none too broad, but when made still narrower, will not admit two vehicles to pass. “If the Town Hall must be enlarged why not pull it down and erect a suitable building of increased dimensions on the Carfax or elsewhere? The removal of the present structure would open up the Causeway from the Gaol Green and thus insure a fine carriage drive and an open space.” This letter and other comments resulted in the town Clerk writing to at least two contractors to say that there have been delays in the proposed alterations to the Town Hall. “I have to inform you that the original scheme has been abandoned and the Committee are now preparing a smaller scheme which may possibly not be thrown open to competition.” Early in 1888... at around the time that the Football League was formed, the Local Board wrote to the Local Government Board asking to borrow £1500 to enable them to effect certain alterations and improvements of the Town Hall and the offices of the Local Board therein. On the 14th February the Local Government

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Board replied saying that they wanted a local enquiry held by the Local Board to account for the £1500 estimate. The Public enquiry was held on 5th April at 10.30am, receiving very little comment in the press. However, all did not go to plan, as on 26th May, two days before Celtic and Rangers played their first match, the clerk of Horsham received a letter from the Local Government Board. The letter stated that the Government would not provide the funds, primarily due to issues surrounding funding for prison cells. So the Local Board went back to the drawing board and resubmitted the plan without prison cells on 10th July. The new plan instead outlined “proposed improvement of the building vested in them for the purpose of offices”. With the central government championing a new level of local government – namely county councils – this seemed to do the trick. On 20th August 1888 The Local Government Board sanctioned “the borrowing of £1500 for public offices.” That same year, West Sussex County Council was formed. In September, letters were sent out to hirers of the Town Hall instructing them that it would be closed from the 6th October for alterations. In the autumn of 1888... as Jack the Ripper was spreading fear throughout London, renovation work began on the Town Hall.

The architect employed by the Local Board was J Percy Gates of Horsham and the work was carried out by Joseph Potter of Horsham. It was at this time that a stone that the Duke of Norfolk had included in the Town Hall with the inscription “Thirtysix miles from Westminster Bridge” disappeared. The key part in this story though is that the Town Hall was not re-built to the extent that has often been reported; it couldn’t have been for only £1500. It underwent some extensive repairs to the West wall but the underlying structure remained the same. The accommodation now consisted of a lower and upper hall, each 43ft by 31ft; a committee room, two offices with a large basement with a lavatory and coal cellar. The clock was removed from the tower to the central place on the front façade. But Horsham’s Town Hall is in essence still a Georgian building. We promised more about the lease… The insistence of the Duke of Norfolk that the Town Hall should be used for the people of Horsham has not been forgotten. In fact, it has been raised many times in recent years by local people who oppose the use of the Town Hall being used for anything other than a community facility. But the condition that the Town Hall be used for the public has long since expired. On 28th May 1888, the Duke of Norfolk and the various trustees signed a conveyance of the Town Hall to The Local Board. The Duke Continued on Page 42...

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received just £25 for the Town Hall “to hold the same unto and to the use of the said Local Board their successors and assigns the said premises or any building to be erected on the site thereof to be used for the public purposes of a Town Hall to the end and intent that the said term of ninety nine years”. The agreement continued to say that “the Town Hall had to be used as a Town Hall till the end of the 99 year lease (27th May 1987)”. So ever since Starship topped the charts with Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, The Town Hall’s use has been in the hands of The Local Board, or whoever inherited their assets and liabilities. By 1987, that had become Horsham District Council… On April 1st 1949... ...Eire left the British Commonwealth and became the Republic of Ireland. But Horsham too was attracting national headlines. The Town Hall was buzzing with journalists when John George Haigh appeared before Horsham magistrates, charged with the Acid Bath Murders. Pictures of Haigh smiling as he arrived at the Town Hall, watched by hundreds of people, featured in London newspapers. There were several notorious crimes

in Horsham, particularly during the 18th Century. The Town Hall was used as a Court of Law, and some of cases have been recorded. Ann Cruttenden was hanged and burnt at the stake in 1776 after cutting her husband’s neck and exposing him as prey to her cats. Richard Grazemark had many children by his daughter, before he murdered her on her wedding day. He slit his own throat but survived to be tried at Horsham for incest, murder and attempted suicide. Moving on to 1958... around the time Michael Jackson was born the Town Hall clock was replaced. However, it had stopped working by 1976. The quote for the repairs was in excess of £1000, which was considered excessive by the council. But in September of that year, the West Sussex County Times reported that the clock came back to life again when watchmaker Terry Callaghan wound the mechanism up. By the time the new law courts were built in Hurst Road in 1974, the Town Hall’s importance to Horsham was on the wane. The Quarter sessions had long since been held elsewhere, and the building was no longer considered necessary for the purposes of local Continued on Page 44...

Top Left: Argos filmed a commercial outside of the Town Hall. Above: For two years the Town Hall was used by the Blue Flash Music Trust (Pictures courtesy of Robert Mayfield/Blue Flash Music Trust) Left: The cells are currently used to store old mannequins (Picture: Toby Phillips)

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government. From 1977, it did still play host to Horsham Register Office, ensuring that the Town Hall has created many happy memories in contrast to its darker days as a court of law. But the Horsham Register Office moved on to Park House in 2009 after 32 years at the Town Hall to make way for a proposed restaurant at the historic building. The Town Hall did though continue to be used by the public, for flea markets and for local groups and organisations. Then in 2003, the Blue Flash Music Trust obtained a public entertainment licence at the Town Hall and hosted live music there on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings until 2005. Many local musicians remarked at the building’s excellent acoustics. The Town Hall was then chosen as a location for an advertisement by Argos in 2005, which created much local interest. But that all seems a distant memory now, as the Town hall has sat vacant for over two years. Horsham District Council is seeking offers from parties interested in leasing or buying Horsham Town Hall. An offer in the region of £1million will secure the freehold, whilst the lease would cost about £65,000 a year. As is stands, however, there is a ‘For Sale’ board outside of Horsham’s historic Town Hall. For a building which is the monument of our historic market town, it’s a sad sight, but Horsham Town Hall has been down and out before and bounced back in style. Let’s hope the grand building can do so again in a way that is fit for the 21st Century.

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A strike for Liberty Very little attention is ever given to the architecture of the Town Hall. When The Duke of Norfolk rebuilt the north façade in 1808 he changed it from a classical style building to a Norman style battlemented and turreted building. But why did he do that? The answer lies in the Duke’s ideas of what is portrayed by architecture. The Duke’s greatest construction was not our own Town Hall, but Arundel Castle. Although he was wise enough to seek advice from the leading architects of the day, the Duke project-managed the reconstruction of Arundel. The castle you see today owes a great deal to his efforts. As John Martin Robinson states in his book, The Dukes of Norfolk: “The architectural style of the new parts of the castle was determined by the Duke’s Whig principles; it was a hybrid of Perpendicular Gothic and Norman (then called “Saxon”) which were associated in the Duke’s eyes with ancient liberty, and the whole building was in one sense intended to be a temple of liberty, a fact made clear (in Latin) on the foundation stone: ‘Charles Howard Duke of Norfolk, Earl of Arundel in the year of Christ 1806 in the sixtieth year of his age dedicated this stone to Liberty asserted by the Barons in the reign of John.’ This theme was continued in the sculpture, all of which celebrated the triumph of liberty over royal tyranny. Much of the sculpture was executed in

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as you are Sandweaver, Rock Band Wouldn’t want to meet this lot in a dark woods… This is Sandweaver, a rock band that has been on the verge of a breakthrough for several years. They’re a nice bunch of lads who hope that a new album released in April, Making Maps, will be successful. Who do we have then? There’s drummer John Hickling, bassist Tom Pople, singer/guitarist Matt Sweet and guitarist Johnny Stubbs, who kindly let us tear apart the garden at his Ashington home for the photo shoot! Did you say Sandweaver have had some minor success already? They have. They’re well known on the local circuit, but they also have fans in Canada. That all came about after their song ‘Mending’ was used in a popular TV show called Degrassi, a sort of watered-down Skins for Canadian teens. I’m guessing it’s a tear-jerker… It’s a searing anthem and comfortably the most immediately infectious song on the band’s first album, Invasion. ‘Mending’ has picked up more than 25,000 listens on YouTube. The most ‘liked’ comment is ‘Who’s here because of Degrassi?’ Must be a nice feeling… It gave the band real encouragement. Matt said: “We had been trying to get out there and be heard for so long so it gave us a real boost when someone said one our songs was good enough for television. It triggered a trend and we got a few more little bits – Back into the Middle was used by the Tommy Hilfiger website in New York.” Is that a new track? Back into the Middle was released on iTunes as a taster single for the second album, which will be launched at Worthing Pavilions on 20th April. You can view the

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effectively Matt and his backing band.

What’s the story of Sandweaver then? It goes back to 2003, when Johnny and fellow ex-Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) student John went to a gig in Brighton. They saw Matt playing some of his own songs. Matt recalls: “I was in a band with someone else, but all he did was play Jimi Hendrix songs. Then I got together with Johnny and John. We had a different bass player at the time, also called John, so it was confusing for me for a time!” Then Shaun Ryder changed everything…

What kind of sound do they have? Johnny said: “You had bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol that were big at around that time, but I remember Matt was really into PJ Harvey. That was a big influence on his writing early on and I think he has carried that through. We all draw things off many different bands. I learnt a lot from bands like Coldplay. I don’t think much of their music now, but at the time Parachutes was out I could hear the melodic lines going through the songs and that gave us an idea of what we eventually wanted the band to sound like.”

The Happy Mondays singer? The one and only. One of Sandweaver’s first gigs was a support slot for the ‘Step On’ singer at what was Rutherford’s nightclub in Worthing. From then on, Sandweaver began working more as a collective force, rather than it being

Then an album followed? The band’s debut, Invasion, came out in 2008 with Tom now having taken over on bass. Highlights of the album included Shot Down and Mending.

Tracks were recorded at Northbrook College in Worthing, but it took a long time to complete, because of tinkering… Was the producer a perfectionist? No, the band just couldn’t leave it alone! Matt said: “We kept going back individually to add new parts and in the end we had a good sound – we are all happy with Invasion – but it was over-produced and that was down to our inexperience. Now we write as a band and the sound is more

complete.” Sometimes less is more… Indeed. Tom said: “It’s difficult to know when to stop recording and realise that enough is enough. Because we weren’t paying for studio time we kept changing Invasion and there are times when the songs are a bit overcooked. For Making Maps we’ve sorted that and it’s been great having a producer who is able to give constructive input.”


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So they are happier with the new album? Matt describes it as a patchwork of styles, with the album touching on a lot of different genres. Recorded at Black Wookie Studios in Lancing, it’s again a well-polished record with a distinctive guitar-driven sound. Coldplay remains the most obvious reference point, but there are nods to bands such as Muse and The Enemy too. But are they bringing anything new to the table? When listening to the album, it is obvious that Sandweaver are very good – it’s clean, neatly produced, excellently played and if it came on the radio you wouldn’t think anything was amiss. But you may ask yourself if they have that extra something needed to make a breakthrough. Where’s that hook that might persuade music lovers that Sandweaver are worth investigation? For us it arrived on track seven… Folk Disco? Techno Harp? Track seven is Closing Up, an excellently executed slice of American country rock, the likes of which Jack White has made a good living from with The White Stripes. Bands like The Civil Wars are picking up a fanbase on such sounds. Other than it not coming with a video of a man in jean

Music: Sandweaver dungarees on a swinging porch chair, it sounds like a hit. Now the band just needs a break… Which is not easy, and nobody is handing out many deals to rock bands at the moment. Tom said: “It’s all changed in recent years. Bands can now record a song on a PC at home, and you have channels such as YouTube where you can get noticed without even gigging. But whilst it’s easier to get a song seen there are so many more bands now that it is so much harder for anyone to take notice.” That must be frustrating? As Johnny points out, if every one of the 25,000 people who watched ‘Mending’ on YouTube bought the record, the band could have a career in music! He said: “Many times we have felt we were at a level that was close to being able to go out there and play with some bigger bands. It’s quite frustrating because every time we play we get good feedback, and not just from our mates and family.”

and now they are looking to play a number of gigs this summer. Johnny said: “We’re hoping to play Beach Dreams in Shoreham, which is growing each year and is a great day out.” Matt added: “Primarily, we have to do some more viral campaigns and promote ourselves on the internet.” Maybe their time will come yet… Time will tell, but already they look to be heading along a more acoustic route, having recorded unplugged sessions at St Paul’s Church in Worthing. Matt said: “If we had more money, then we could devote more time to the band. But we can’t, so I think for us it’s going to be a longer story. We’ve just to keep at it and see what happens.” How can I find out more? The band has a good website at www. and here you can listen to the first song on Making Maps, Protest (one of the highlights of the record). There is also a video of the band playing a promising new track called All of You at St Paul’s Church. If you like what you hear, the band would love to welcome you to the Making Maps launch night on 20th April.

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Janine Creaye A Sculptor and Artist from Cowfold At Janine’s home on the outskirts of Cowfold, you will find huge distorted heads carved from marble, a man with seven arms made from cement based around a wire mesh base and a fish made of stone. There are dozens of sketches and paintings too, with everything from portraits to pictures of point-to-point racing at Parham. But although Janine may be skilled in many aspects of art, you are most likely to have

come across her striking wood carvings, which grace many local country parks. More than a dozen chisels are spread across a chair in Janine’s studio in the back garden of her rural home, where a large piece of oak from the Balcombe Estate has been placed down across a worktop. The outline of a grasshopper is starting to take shape at one end, and soon this will be one of five pieces to be placed around Buchan Country Park.

You may have come across more of Janine’s work, perhaps at various locations around Woods Mill in Henfield. Janine carved four colourful panels from green oak for a trail at the Sussex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. In the Walled Gardens at Tilgate Park there is a stone carved centrepiece called The Vessel that is also Janine’s work, and in a copse area at the back of Horsham Park you’ll find The Gateway. Continued on Page 52...

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The two large sculptures (which are four metres tall but about a metre is buried under the ground and secured by steel rods and concrete) were funded by lottery money and Horsham District Council. They have specific references to element of wildlife in the green spaces around the Horsham area. As with most of her carvings, oil pigments and spirit stains were used for the colour and they are treated with Danish oil. Janine said: “The carvings are possibly my favourite form of art, but there’s always the question of how long you can keep doing the big pieces for. I’ve been doing this a long time and if I carve for six or seven hours flat then it’s not doing me any good in the long run. “What I’m gradually trying to do is balance my time so I spend a few hours doing this and then some time doing smaller studies. The carving is intensive and it’s tough on the limbs, but I could never be a painter full time as I need the physical aspect. I need to hit things a lot!” Janine has been carving from wood and stone for 30 years, having trained in Fine Art Sculpture at the University of Northumbria and in Public Art at Chelsea School of Art. She is a professional member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and has received Arts Council grants on four occasions. She has exhibited widely, including at New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Alpha house in Sherborne, Beaux Arts, Bath and Cadogan Contemporary in Knightsbridge, and McHardy Sculpture Company, London. Janine also has extensive experience in working with schools and community groups to create public art. Whilst Janine acknowledges the influence of symbolism in her work (one piece captures the movement of a man preparing for martial arts by depicting him with seven arms) most of her work is simplified and stylised to make an immediate impact. Janine said: “I’m really interested in different cultures. I’ve been to India about nine times

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53 and also been to countries such as Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Cambodia. “You see rock carvings at great temples such as Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Abu Simbel in Egypt, and of course these influences filter down into your own work. “I am always fascinated by the similarities in styles that I come across, so when I make public art I try to make it universal. I want my sculptures to have some power and influence the mood of visitors, but not overwhelm it. “I will often go out and speak to people, perhaps distribute some questionnaires to get a feel for what people would like to see. You want to provoke something, as there’s no point giving back what people already know. But you don’t want to provoke a reaction in a negative way. “I move on quickly from my work, but I hope that they act as a guide and a talking point, especially when they are in public spaces. When this carving is finished, I hope people will come to it and think, well are there grasshoppers here? “It is the same with the carvings at Woods Mill. Young people will look

out for Nightingales because of the carving, so in that way the art enhances the experience. Janine does like to switch between various art forms partly to maintain interest, but also to maintain a creative output. The cement casting, for instance, is a lot faster than stone carving and several pieces of art can be completed as a large sculpture is gradually completed. But one theme that does run through much of Janine’s work is heads, which take on various characteristics. She said: “They are not portraits. Sometimes people ask me who they are supposed to be, even though the faces are so distorted. Continued on Page 54

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“I’d quite like to put together an exhibition in the next couple of years just of heads. I’ve created heads out of wood, stone and cement and I enjoy painting heads or faces too. But there is still great variation in the work as I experiment with different styles and form. “For example, with the cement I’m constructing outwards and with the wood and stone carvings I’m reducing inwards. Even when you’ve been doing this for 30 years, you’re always developing

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Anything goes On the Manor Theatre Group website, there is a promotional poster for the group’s next production, a musical comedy based on James Bond. ‘Shaken and Stirred - A Secret Spy Musical’ takes Manor Theatre to new levels’, it says. But it then adds: ‘Warning: levels can go down as well as up.’ To a degree this sums up Manor Theatre Group; even at a time when amateur dramatics audiences are dwindling, they just can’t resist the opportunity for a joke, even if it could potentially deter people from watching! But then Manor Theatre Group is not like other amateur dramatics groups... The group started out in Manor House in the Causeway, formerly used by the RSPCA, and for a time the actors used the Old Town Hall for rehearsals. Now Manor

Theatre is based at North Heath Hall in St Marks Lane, where they put on a number of productions involving singing, dancing and acting. Whereas groups such as HAODS (Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatics Society) tend to focus primarily on musical theatre, Manor Theatre also write their own comedies, murder mysteries and writes its own very silly pantomime every year. A lot of the current members are in their thirties, making Manor theatre an energetic and diverse group. Laine Watson said: “It’s really only been in the past year or so that many of the younger members have joined. We did ‘Cash on Delivery’ and some of them watched that and came along. The younger membership is now one of our strengths, but we’re always looking for new members of all abilities and ages.”

The group are now rehearsing for the James Bond farce, written by Roger Kidd. The play finds secret agent Tim Bond ageing badly at the Secret Squirrel Old Spooks Home while his old adversaries have risen again to threaten the world. From the obscure depths of the slightly strange MI9 comes James Blonde, a body double in need of training. They plunge into a secret world supported by Em, Manypony and QE plus other agents, Blonde girls and villains. Roger said: “The aim is to take as much fun out of the genre as possible given only the constraints of imagination, CGI, health and safety and the lack of a helipad at North Heath Hall.” Tickets to Shaken Not Stirred, performed at North Heath Hall on 20th and 21st April, cost £8 from


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Darren Worsfold

thought ‘fine, nobody will see me’ but the next thing I knew there was a script shoved in my hand, and before I knew it I had several parts involving singing, dancing, everything. I went from that to being Rene in the next production of ‘Allo ‘Allo! I write the pantomimes with Dennis. For me, writing is a gradual learning process

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and every year there’s always something new you can introduce. We’re restricted with what we can stage as we don’t have a big theatre or much of a budget, and there is also a lot to consider with our quips and puns. You don’t want to cross the line! But it’s nice when a line you’ve written gets a good laugh!

I’m a police officer, based at Horsham station. I knew that Den (Dennis Manning) who I work with was involved in amateur dramatics, and in about 2004 the pantomime he was doing had been hit by a few people leaving. He needed some people to step in and he dragged me along to be the pantomime cow. I

Martin Tinkner

I joined Manor as I thought it looked like fun. I like acting but it’s not like I thought I could go and head off to the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown. My mum runs the M8s sessions at Horsham Youth Centre (for young people with additional needs and disabilities) and it was through M8s that I got involved with Manor Theatre. They needed some extras for a spoof horror and I was recruited to be a zombie! I then auditioned for Jack and the Beanstalk. In the 2011 pantomime, Cinderella, I was given a standing ovation when I sang The Impossible Dream as that was the first solo I had ever sung. I was only nervous when I got wind of what Darren and Dennis were going to do on the last night. They told me they were going to pull my trousers down, but I got my own back by wearing a pair of underpants that said ‘pull my cracker!’ I have a great time here and the guys have made me feel so welcome. It does feel a bit like an extended family, with a good group of people where it’s not just me that is absolutely barmy! I’m just happy to be a part of it.


I’ve always loved theatre, so when I moved to the Horsham area about three and a half years ago I came to Manor Theatre. I didn’t know anyone when I came to the town so the people here became my friends. There’s a community feel to the group; there is a really diverse mix of people here, but they’re all lovely. I love being on

stage too - you get such an adrenaline rush when you walk out. There’s a good mix of plays that we do here as well - murder mysteries, musical reviews, pantomimes, farces - a bit of everything. I love the variety of shows we have here and how we all come together to put on a good performance. “

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Katie Child

I was curious to see what was going on as my mum was involved in putting on a show with Manor, so I went along for the first time when I was about ten. I helped out a bit and realised I wanted to be a part of it. It’s like a big family really – I can come here and I can talk about anything as you can be yourself here. I like singing and acting but I used to cling to my mum as I didn’t know people and I was shy at first. It took two years before I really came out of my shell. My biggest role so far was when I played Erica in Erica and Me, which was amazing for me. Everyone is given a chance here. The group just makes you laugh – they’re all so bright and bubbly.

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‘Sometimes we don’t take ourselves that seriously as it’s a social thing as much as anything’ I went to University and studied Theatre, and then moved to Horsham where I didn’t know anyone. My mum printed off a list of theatre groups in Horsham and said ‘you might be able to meet people’. So I went along to Manor over ten years ago and that was that – I’ve now been chairman for two years. It’s a very open and relaxed group. Some of the others, like HAODS, Act Too and Theatre 48, have a certain way of doing things. We always try to put on a show that’s as professional as possible, but we try to include every person that we can. This is a very diverse group with people of varying levels of ability.

Dennis Manning

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We try and give a big role to somebody who isn’t normally heavily involved at each show we do. Perhaps some people at other groups are not given that opportunity. We don’t take ourselves that seriously as it’s a social thing as much as anything for us and we need that to keep going. That is what makes the group so strong. Darren and I have a great laugh writing the pantos. We do the classics but put our own brand of humour - which can be a little suspect – on them. We both work for Sussex Police and are both based in Horsham. We’re good friends and have a similar sense of humour.

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Bond on a stage at St Marks Hall without the special effects and the car chases! We’re taking a bit of a leap of faith, as we all need to commit to the script in order for it to work. There will be 22 people in the play doing about 44 different roles between them, and it’s a bit of a James Bond meets Carry On meets Airplane scenario. It’s just a big send-up really. We’ve mixed the songs up as a lot of the Bond songs are actually quite dreary. We’re going to have some live music in the show too – there are a couple of guitarists and a saxophonist. It should be a good value show!

I think I’m now the longest serving member here, having joined in 1995. I’m directing the next show, Shaken and Stirred – a Secret Spy Musical. The whole group is run on a shoestring really – there’s very little money to put on big productions. So we just try and hit a balance of having a good time and giving people the chance to do things they wouldn’t normally do, like tap dancing. We wouldn’t be able to sustain it for an entire musical, but in short bursts it’s entertaining and manageable. We rely heavily on the comedy in these productions, which is why we’re daring to try James

It’s a small group - about 28 in all - but it is more like a big family. Manor Theatre comes above anything else in life for me. If anyone here needs me I would drop whatever I am doing to help them. There’s a great camaraderie here – nobody gets paid here, so we put on these shows because we love doing it and that takes a special group of people. It’s nice to be a part of something that is making a difference to people’s lives. The audience may love it or hate it, but we’re making a difference. It’s also nice to meet up with like-minded people who want to have fun – we work hard, but we play hard too! I always walk around the house singing, and I get told off for it at work. All day I’ve been singing Luck be a Lady. Sometimes it doesn’t all quite come together on the stage, but as long as we’re having fun, the audience has fun. We have lots of different plays here and Murder Mysteries tend to be my speciality. Roger writes a lot of comedy and Darren and Dennis work on the pantos. Other groups just focus on musical theatre, but that is not us, and it is not what the audience expects from us.


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South Lodge Open Day 22nd April The house and grounds of South Lodge Hotel come alive for an Open Day, with a free cupcake for every visitor. Activities for the children include traditional fairground stalls, egg & spoon races, birds of prey with a trained falconer, animal antics with the animal ark and a kiddies kitchen. Hotel and garden tours will be held, in which you can see the hotel’s wine cellar, and there will be cocktail making demonstrations too. Held at 12-6pm. Entry is free.

Festival at St George’s 27th-29th April The Festival at St George’s West Grinstead on 27th-29th April is all about Farming and Wildlife in the Sussex Weald. Includes cookery demonstrations by chefs from local pubs, vintage tractors, stationary engines and new farming equipment. There will be tractor rides around the Lock Estate and farm walks led by the farm manager. The events on Saturday include dance and theatre by the stars from Jolesfield School, Morris dancers and folk singers, Harris’s Olde Tyme Fun Fayre, stalls of all descriptions, refreshments, BBQ and Dark Star brews. The weekend ends with a free musical evening performed by the St George’s Choir.

Swimathon 27th-29th April Bluecoat Sports Centre in Christ’s Hospital will again be holding a Swimathon in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. This year, the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief is teaming up with the Swimathon weekend on 27th-29th April. Bluecoats invites swimmers of all ages and levels to take part. Teams can choose to swim 60, 100 or 200 lengths, or if you prefer to do it at your own pace, join the SimplySwim challenge. To Enter visit

Piazza Italia 6th, 7th and 9th April Horsham Piazza Italia Festival is a great chance to see what car you could have had if you were any good at football or at reading stock markets. This wonderful event is packed full of fast cars and bikes, Italian food and lively street entertainment. The Venetian theme returns this time to Good Friday, Saturday goes Milanese as a celebration of fashion, and Monday has a Neapolitan food theme with a live cookery theatre. Festival highlights include a rally of over 100 Ferraris and Ducati-led Italian motorcycles on Friday, the Vines Italian Job Mini Run on Saturday and De Tomaso-led Italian Supercars, Alfas and Fiats on Easter Monday. In our experience, Friday is the best day for cars though... The event is organised by Horsham District Council in aid Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.


14th April

There will be a Birds of Prey Day at Fishers Farm Park. Hawking About will be swooping by with their fantastic array of birds. Demonstrations, photo sessions, and visitors can even hold a Harris Hawk or an Owl!

22nd April

Storrington Museum holds a special exhibition celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The Jubilee exhibition begins today and will last until Sunday, 12th August with special events on Jubilee weekend in June.

The Aardvark of Rock present live music at Weltons Brewery in Foundry Lane, Horsham. The Conspiracy, Rocky Dyson & The Cyclones and Blueprint all play. Tickets £4. Music from 7.30pm. All ages welcome.

Horsham Park Bowls Club (next to the tennis courts) hosts an Open Day from 11am - 3pm. There will be an opportunity to do some bowling. Free coaching is available for those new to the sport. All are welcome to attend.

4th May

13th April

Point to Point races will be held at Parham near Pulborough today. It’s a nice day out if the weather’s nice with good viewing and competitive bookies. RH20 2ER. Admission is £10 with races starting at midday.

21st April

Manor Theatre Group present Shaken and Stirred - a Secret Spy Musical Comedy at North Heath Hall on St Marks Lane, Horsham at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 from 07771 524491 or

Musicians from Millais School will play with the Central Band of the Royal Air Force at the Capitol. 12 pupils at an advanced level of musicianship will perform in the band. Tickets cost £16 from 01403 750220.

28th April

10th April

Join Bill Oddie and his producer Stephen Moss in ‘Un-Plucked’ at the Capitol in Horsham. The life long birders share stories from their careers in television. Tickets cost £16.50 (£15 concessions) from 01403 750220.

20-21st April

17-21st April

HAODS present Gilbert and Sullivan's popular operetta The Mikado at the Capitol. Songs include A Wandering Minstrel I, Three little Maids from School and Tit-Willow. Tickets cost from £12 from 01403 750220.

Sussex Wildlife Trust host an Easter Holiday Club at Owlbeech and Leechpool Woods. Enjoy two hours of environmental fun and games. To book email .uk or call 01273 497561. £4.50 (Non-Members £6)

28th April

8th April

The Vintage Car Show at Amberley Museum is a great family event. Expect vintage cars in an excellent condition. The museum is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park. Visit

24th April

Picture: Elli Saunders/SWT

Ashington Farmers Market is held at Ashington Scout Hall, at 9am-1pm. Buy fresh fruit and veg, bread, meat, cupcakes, hand-crafted jewellery, cards and other unique gifts or just enjoy tea and cake.

Toby’s Photos Over the past year, Toby has taken so many shots that simply by chance a couple of them have been quite good. If you would like to purchase a picture you have seen please do contact Toby through his website.


The ‘things you probably didn’t know about Horsham that are really quite interesting’ page...

The Titanic Steward In the coming weeks you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn more about the sinking of the Titanic. April 15th will mark the 100th anniversary of one of the deadliest and certainly the most famous maritime disasters in history. But you probably didn’t know that among the 1,517 people to have died, there was a resident of Horsham. John James Charman was among the 2,200 to have boarded the passenger liner on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. John, aged 26, was among the 900 crew on the Titanic. He worked as a second class steward. His death was reported in the West Sussex County Times on 20th April - the week after the liner hit the iceberg and went down in the North Atlantic. John was the son of Solomon Charman who died in 1899 at the age of 55. His mother Mary died at the age of 93 in 1935. All three are buried at Denne Road Cemetery in Horsham and the headstone makes reference to John’s death aboard the Titanic. John had two brothers and three sisters, and was the youngest sibling. The family had lived in Pondtail Road before moving to

Burford Road in Horsham after Solomon’s death. As news spread of the scale of the disaster, the Lord Mayor launched a Titanic Disaster Fund. Here in Horsham, that quickly found support. A poster, in a collection at Horsham Museum, shows that the Horsham Recreation Silver Band gave a performance at the Bandstand in the Carfax on Tuesday, April 23rd at 8.15pm to raise money for the fund. Saddler William Albery (front row, fifth from right) played in the band at that time. When he died he gave to the town of his birth his collection of posters spanning 150 years. Some 60 years later, thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £45,000, the Friends of Horsham Museum are embarking on an ambitious project to make these posters relevant to today’s generation by preserving each one of them. The poster of the Titanic concert seen here is among those in the ‘Albery Collection’. The Horsham Recreation Silver Band was founded in 1900 and exists to this day as the Horsham Borough Band. You can find out more at

Pictures kindly provided by Horsham Museum/HDC and Horsham Borough Band


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