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Many people dream of being able to play a musical instrument, but the opportunity is not always there – until now! Horsham based charity Music for ALL have guitars to donate to a deserving young person or adult, MfA Chief Executive Paul McManus – an established musician – telling the District Post: “I know how much a guitar has changed my life and I’d love to give others the same chance that I was lucky enough to have, to enable them to experience the joy of music making!” MfA are supported by the music industry and dedicated to helping as many people as possible, of all age groups and social backgrounds, to get involved in the amazing world of music making, an essential part of the fabric of our lives. In some cases the charity can even help with tuition fees. Jools Holland is a patron of MfA, saying: “I am

delighted to help Music for All to inspire more people to participate in music making, either for the first time or to return to playing after having lapsed – have a go!” Music making breaks down cultural barriers and provides a welcome balance to busy lives, improving wellbeing and promoting self expression. The charity was formed in 1996 and is run by and linked to some of the biggest names in the musical instrument industry. It is affiliated with the Music Industries Association - also based in Horsham’s Barttelot Road - which represents leading companies, including Yamaha, Roland, and Fender, in addition to music shops. Paul continues: “We provide many different types of instruments for individuals, groups and community projects and are always happy to accept any instruments no longer needed so that we can pass them on to worthy causes nationwide. Apart from guitars we’ve provided violins, keyboards and even a harp and the feedback received is truly heart-warming.

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It’s that time of the year again when The Rotary Club of Horsham gathers together with Santa to raise money to help the needy and less fortunate people of Horsham and District this Christmas. Santa will be out and about with his Rotary helpers from Saturday December 9th to Saturday December 23rd so please help Horsham Rotary help others by giving as generously as you can this Christ-

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mas. Santa and his Rotary Club helpers will be touring a number of streets and calling at houses on the way with their colourful Christmas music playing sleigh. The streets they are visiting are: Monday December 11 Caterways, Ryecroft Drive, Merryfield Drive, Fairview, Hillmead, Spencers Place, Kempshott Road, Trafalgar Road, Nelson Road, Victory Road, Spencers Road,

Churchill Avenue, Greenway, Vale Drive, Curzon Avenue, Farm Avenue, Croft Way, Ryecroft Drive. Tuesday December 12 Shops in Lambs Farm Road, Lambs Crescent, Farhalls Crescent, Greenfields Way, Rowlands Road, Amberley Road, Glendale Close, Amberley Road, Whitehorse Road, Lambs Farm Road, Willow Road, Shepherds Way, Greenfields Road, Lambs Farm Close. Wednesday December 13 Elm Grove, Macleod Road, Orchard Road, Highlands Road, Nightingale Close, Leonard Way, Highlands Road, Orchard Road, Depot Road, Corunna Drive, Patchings, Pollards Drive, Stirling Way, Depot Road, Burford Road, Oakhill Road, Elm Grove. Thursday December 14 Bluebell Close, Coltsfoot Drive, Speedwell Way, Trefoil Close, Campion Road, Sorrel Road, Chennels Way, Reapers Close, Wain End, North Heath Lane, Heath Close, Gorse End, Erica Way, Broome Close, Owlscastle Close, Goosegreen Close, Barnsnap Close. Monday December 18 Blakes Farm Road, Wild Orchid Way, Thistle Way, Charlock Way, Cornflower Way, Poppy Close, Larkspur Way, Warren Drive, Nyes Lane. In addition to the above days collectors will be at Newbridge Nursery on Saturday 9, Sunday 10, Monday 11 Tuesday 12 December, Sainsburys Horsham on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Sunday 17 December, Tesco Broadbridge Heath on Friday 22 before finishing with Santa in the Carfax on Saturday 23 December. The Rotary Club of Horsham run many events throughout the year providing fun and entertainment while helping individuals, families, charities and organisations, locally and throughout the world. If you would like to help others while having fun and making new friends the club is always looking for new members and helpers. To find out more about The Rotary Club of Horsham contact them through their web site, Facebook or Twitter or ask one of them when you see them out and about this Christmas. uk Twitter - @HorshamRotaryUK Facebook - Rotary Club of

for Christmas Continued from front page. Modern life can be stressful, so it’s special that we’ve been able to make a real difference.” MfA’s supporters include Gareth Malone, Al Murray and Rick Wakeman among many other well known names. How is it that MfA are able to offer guitars as prizes? Paul explains: “We’ve had a lucky windfall – the producers of a TV advert, where guitarists imitated Hank Marvin – contacted us and gave us the instruments used in their ad, and now we’d love to donate these to aspiring musicians in our district!” – the amusing advert can be viewed here - watch?v=-2Q0747iN-I To be in with a golden, unique chance of winning a lovely guitar in time for Christmas all you have to do is to email : Paul Mc Manus – mfa@ , by 15th December (please put GUITAR FOR CHRISTMAS in the subject line) and state the following - your name and telephone number, the age of the hopeful recipient, whether that person is left or right handed, and, in no more than 100 words, say why you think he or she should be given a guitar. Good luck from everyone at MfA and the District Post

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WW2 Bomb discovered at Broadbridge Heath donated for display at the Wings Museum News Daniel Hunt - Wings Museum A World War Two German Luftwaffe SD500kg (1000lb) bomb was discovered by a plant operator who was carrying out shallow excavations on a development site near Broadbridge Heath West Sussex last month. The SD500kg was discovered at a depth of 1.5m in a ‘nose down’ orientation. A UXO Engineer from Fellows International based in Gosport was on hand to identify the item and confirm it was free from explosives. The Fellows Engineer adopted a calm and experienced approach, offering initial safety advice to site management. Without the professionalism and experience of the Fellows UXO Engineer, the bomb would have been assumed to be dangerous and the site evacuated causing

massive disruption to the local area. The emergency services and military bomb disposal teams were not required due to the swift and accurate identification of the inert bomb. The construction site where the casing was found was the former Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal School (JSEOD) that had closed in the early 1960’s. This is where Bomb Disposal Teams of the Royal Engineers were trained after the war. It is likely that the bomb casing had been a UXB that had been de-fuzed and made safe during WW2 and kept for training purposes and buried on site for students to practice bomb disposal techniques. The SD500kg was semi-armour piercing bomb designed for use against re-enforced structures and ships and was used througout the Blitz on London. The bomb casing has recently

been rehomed to be put on public display at the Wings Museum near Balcombe West Sussex. The bomb is now being prepared ready for display when the museum re-opens for the 2018 season in March. Wings Museum are interested tio hear from anyone who may have memorabilia associated with the Broadbridge Heath Bomb Disposal School, the Blitz and World War 2 in general. They can be contacted at info@

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens to be first official sponsor of Horsham District Year of Culture 2019

The first official sponsor of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 is to be Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens in Lower Beeding, West Sussex. Leonardslee Gardens is set to reopen in March 2018, and is expected to become one of the most visited tourist attractions in the district. The alliance between Leonardslee and the Year of Culture 2019 will continue across the entire

year, with events set to take place at the site, encompassing music, entertainment and food and drink events. The celebratory launch of the Year of Culture on New Year’s Eve 2018 will be hosted at the Gardens. As the project’s sponsor, Horsham District Council is coordinating the Year of Culture, working closely with advisors representing arts and heritage throughout the community.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen, commented: “I am delighted that Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens have agreed to be our first official sponsor of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019. “I feel this is a very natural partnership, as the aims of Leonardslee and the Year of Culture 2019 are very similar; encouraging residents to discover what hidden gems there are on their doorstep, as well as promoting an inviting attraction to tourists from outside the district.” Adam Streeter, the owner of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, said of the sponsorship: “We realised from the outset that this was a most significant project to be associated with. The Year of Culture for 2019 presents a massive opportunity for our district’s community, its residents, visitors and businesses, and we are thrilled to be playing such a major part in it. “Our organisations are very aligned in our shared goals of promoting the district as a vibrant host to rich cultural and heritage experiences, which in turn will benefit the growth of our local tourism economy.” Anyone still wanting to organise events should apply for grants, by filling in an expression of interest form which is available from the website: www.hdculture2019. Applications are open until 15 December 2017. Please see the site for information and guidance on applying. Businesses wishing to be involved by sponsoring events or becoming official partners of the Year of Culture, please go to the website, or contact Year of Culture team directly. Email: yearofcul- For further information, please contact the Year of Culture Project Co-ordinator: 01403 215060, or email: yearofculture2019@hor- Follow the Year of Culture on Twitter @culture2019HD, and Facebook (search for Horsham District Year of Culture 2019).

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More than ever, Billingshurst families and friends in the area turned out in force The High Street was closed to traffic from 6am to 6pm and more than 40 gazebos were erected by dawn. The Christmas tree, electrical supplies and tables and chairs were brought in by the Billingshurst Community Partnership’s organizing committee as the sun rose, and the aroma of the hog roast filled the morning air as stallholders set up for the 10am opening. The event offered everything from cheeses to Christmas wreathes, and from hand-made pottery to cuddly toys and craft beers. The Scouts & Guides were

there too, as were a number of churches and charities. Ken Johnson, Chair of the Billingshurst Community Partnership’s BilliFest organising committee, said: “More than ever, Billingshurst families and friends in the area turned out in force, for our biggest community event at this festive time of year. We hope that everyone enjoyed it. “We are indebted to our working committee, stallholders and to our principal sponsors, The Big Lottery. Also, we thank our Main Sponsors: Devine Homes, COCO’s Style, Lions, and The King’s Head; plus, our Supporting Sponsors: Riverdale Developments, Truffles, and Billingshurst Chamber of Commerce. BilliFest is organised by the Billingshurst Community Partnership, and we thank everyone who helped make it such a success. “The raffle this year was also a record, with nearly 3,000 tickets sold. If you were not there to hear the top ten winners announced, we will telephone you in the coming days, as there were dozens of great prizes. “A huge thank you, too, goes to our entertainers: Radio Weald students, the Billingshurst Choral Society, Lifestyle Fitness, Billingshurst’s very own crooner, Rob Nicholl; Sandra Myskow, Simon Jones, BilliUke, Charlie Austen and Punch & Judy. We hope that everyone has a wonderful festive season”.


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Another record crowd (exceeding 2,000 people) packed Billingshurst High Street on Saturday 2 December for this year’s BilliFest Family Fun Day & Christmas Fayre. Some 250 children visited Santa and his elves after the 9-year old winner of the BilliFest Poster Painting Competition opened the event to the sound of St. Mary’s bells.

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Thousands enjoy Horsham’s first mediaeval market Thousands of shoppers and visitors flocked to Horsham’s historic centre at the weekend to experience the town’s first medieval Christmas markets. Roving mediaeval knights and jesters roamed the festive clad market stalls, where suitably attired stall holders entered into the spirit of the weekend as they sold an enticing assortment of crafts, festive foods, mulled mead and medieval fayre. On Saturday there were belly dancing performances from the Sultan Siren’s throughout the day. Carols on the bandstand organised by Age UK also added to the festive feel. The Christmas celebration also coincided with the nationally celebrated Small Business Saturday, encouraging the public to “shop small” and support local independent traders. Additionally, Young Enterprise, a national business competition for schools was also welcomed to the event. Four companies from Collyer’s College and Millais in Horsham and two schools from the Worthing area made a great start to their trading experience by selling £1000s worth of product to local shoppers. On Sunday, visitors enjoyed wandering minstrel performances throughout the day and further carols on the bandstand performed by Horsham Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. The ever popular Christmas Cracker Charity Market organised by The Rotary Club of Horsham returned to the amphitheatre along with hugely popular Santa’s

big red steam bus rides around the town centre, provided by the Horsham Traction Company. An ancient stocks photo booth also provided a mediaeval background canvas for those wishing to have their photos taken to mark the day. Much admired and visited was an open air exhibition of bespoke banners depicting Horsham’s medieval history. These were produced by Horsham Museum and Horsham District Council. The Christmas Medieval Market was organised by Horsham District Council in conjunction with Loxwood Joust and Horsham Markets operators Food Rocks.

Tiger Tiger: Opportunity to meet campaigner and photographer at Horsham Museum

For over two hundred years tigers and Sussex have had a connection. From the one time Felpham resident, William Blake, who immortalised it in the now famous

line ‘tyger tyger burning bright’, to Winnie the Pooh, resident of Ashdown Forest whose friend ‘Tigger’ was first illustrated in the 1928 A A Milne classic and later given comic creation by

Walt Disney as Tigger bounced on his tail. Today that connection continues as a West Sussex resident, Michael Vickers, has been campaigning to save

the tiger by capturing images of these magnificent inspirational animals. His photographs can be seen in the new temporary exhibition ‘Tiger Tiger’ at Horsham Museum’s small photographic gallery. “In 2000, after having read an article in a magazine regarding a safari to India, my wife Annie and I travelled to the tiger reserve ‘Bandhavgarh’, where we saw our first wild tiger” Said Michael, “I have been fortunate enough to visit several Indian national parks, enabling me now to recognize a small number of ‘tiger’ families”. The exhibition at Horsham District Council’s Museum & Art Gallery is an opportunity to see not only fantastic wildlife photography, but also to look closely at these animals whose playful and hunting nature is mimicked by the domestic moggy (possibly one of the many reasons why people’s hearts are captured by these wild creatures). The Museum is delighted to offer Michael space to exhibit. In addition to creating a superb exhibition Michael explained: “I am donating all net profits from the sale of my photographs to

the charity ‘Tiger Awareness’ – a small registered UK charity based in Leicester and founded by Philip Davis. Philip, like myself, is totally dedicated to saving wild tiger populations and in this connection he works tirelessly at ground level - both in the UK and India”. Information on the charity will be available at the museum. Should you wish to contact Michael regarding tiger conservation or a visit to the tiger reserves of India his website is: https:// Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Michael Vickers at the museum this Saturday (9 December) between 11am and 1 pm to discuss his work and his photographs. Admission is free. ‘Tiger Tiger’ opened on Wednesday 29 November and runs over the Christmas period until Saturday 3 February 2018. Organisers are inviting the public to: “Come along and bathe in the warm glow of Indian sunshine. A must for animal lovers this Christmas and the opportunity to purchase a special gift while supporting tiger conservation.” For more information, please visit:


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A second special recruitment event has been organised to encourage more people to start working in care. The first event took place on 22 November at Horsham Library and a second, soon to be held at Horsham Jobcentre

I encourage anyone living in and around Horsham to come along to one of these events Plus. The events are part of a major initiative to recruit more care workers in West Sussex, by giving people the opportunity to find out why working in care is so rewarding, meet local care providers and even apply for jobs. West Sussex care worker, Zipporah, found a new job after attending a previous event: “I’ve worked with young

people all my life and this was my first time working with the elderly. It’s still fantastic! “Caring is about compassion, empathy and kindness. At the end of the day you feel fulfilled, because you know that something got done and you helped someone achieve something. There’s nothing more satisfying than that.” The county council has been working with independent providers of care and support at home, extra care housing and residential care providers in the county on initiatives to increase the recruitment and retention of care professionals. Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “Care is a wonderfully rewarding career that offers plenty of opportunities to progress, gain qualifications and give back to the community. “I encourage anyone living in and around Horsham to come along to one of these events and hear for themselves what makes this job so special.” Event details: Thursday 14 December between 10am and 12.30pm at Horsham Jobcentre Plus, Marlborough House, 50 East Street, RH12 1HN

Chance to win luxury hamper worth £75 and help raise funds for local charity

Kingsfold based builders merchant D.W. Nye will be helping to raise funds on behalf of Horsham charity Born Free with their fun, Christmas inspired competition ‘Guess how many sweets are hidden inside the Gingerbread House’. The baked masonry masterpiece, which was constructed by Horsham resident Kat Giannini – partner of D.W. Nye’s managing director Rex Nye - comes complete with its very own gingerbread pick-up truck filled to the brim with sweets. It took

4.5 hours to bake and a further day to decorate, before being transported to its final home as the centrepiece of D.W. Nye’s Christmas decorations at its depot on Dorking Road. Local residents are invited to visit the depot, between now and Friday 22 December, to guess the total number of sweets hidden inside the gingerbread house and its accompanying truck. There will be a suggested donation of £1 per entry, which will go to the Born Free charity, with no limit on the number of entries

per person. The entrant with the best estimate will win a Luscious Hamper, courtesy of Cocoa Loco at Swan Walk. The delicious contents include an array of scrummy handmade chocolates worth £75. Kat commented on her creation: “Building my gingerbread grand design was certainly a labour of love, but unlike conventional building, I was in a nice warm kitchen rather than shivering away in the cold outdoors. Thankfully I didn’t encounter any delays and required only one piece of protective equipment - a pair of oven gloves! “I am really pleased with the final result. I hope everyone else loves it as much as I do and has a go at guessing and helping to raise money for a worthy cause. I can’t give you any real hints as to how many sweets there might be, but let’s just say Santa is feeling generous this year!” D.W. Nye’s ‘Guess how many sweets are in the gingerbread house’ competition runs until Friday 22 December 2017. All money raised will go to Born Free. The winner will be announced in the New Year. For further information about D.W. Nye, please visit www.


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Farlington turns purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month On 16 November, Staff at Farlington School wore 50 shades of purple and bought purple cakes in support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the importance of early diagnosis. The Senior School staff room turned purple, the attendees of the morning’s Governors’ Marketing Committee meeting dressed up, purple cakes were made by the talented Jane from Harrison Catering and there was a bear cuter than Paddington. The ‘Wear Purple Day’ has been organised by Sue Cooper, Farlington’s Head of Textiles,

every year since her brother, Adrian Bunting, died from pancreatic cancer, aged 47. Sue explained: “He wasn’t diagnosed as having cancer by his doctor, but only when he went to A&E. There, he was told he had only four to five weeks to live. Sadly, this is true for many. Pancreatic cancer is hard to diagnose and the only hope for any treatment is early diagnosis.” This year, sadly, the school is commemorating the loss of “much-missed” Catering Manager, Mark Bell. Mark was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and fought bravely to fight the

Youth Cabinet launches videos to help explain extremism A series of animated films have been launched to show how young people can get help if they are feeling pressurised into extremist behaviour. Produced by the West Sussex Youth Cabinet members alongside West Sussex County Council, the videos focus on three topics which they agreed were most relevant to people of their age online gaming, animal rights, and family & faith. The Youth Cabinet, a group of 11 to 19-year-olds elected to represent the views of young people, started looking at radicalisation and extremism as it was felt there was not enough material available aimed at their age group. Stephen Hillier, County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The Youth Cabinet is such an impressive group of individuals. I know a lot of adults who don’t truly understand radicalisation or extremism. “With these videos, the Youth Cabinet has managed to give easy-to-understand, relevant examples of how people could fall victim to radicalisation. Many people relate the word ‘radicalisation’ with religion but it can relate to all extreme views such as political and social. “But these videos are not just about explaining radicalisation, they also show how easy it is to get help and in a number of different ways. I would recommend these videos to everyone as it can be all too easy to feel helpless – you are never alone.” A range of focus groups took

place ahead of the videos being produced to narrow down the types of extremism and the important key messages needed in the videos. The Youth Cabinet then helped to create all three storylines, write the script, develop the storyboard and decide the style of the videos. Youth Cabinet Member Kelly Balmer, 17, from Worthing, said: “This video will help young people understand radicalisation and how to recognise and prevent it if it will ever occur, to themselves

I think it is quite a niche project, and it’s on an issue which isn’t recognised as much as it should be or their mates. “The video idea came off the back of another campaign called ‘don’t hate, educate which was an anti-racism and discrimination campaign and the topic was recognised national issue for young people. “I think it is quite a niche project, and it’s on an issue which isn’t recognised as much as it should be.” It is hoped that the videos will be shared in West Sussex schools. To view the videos and find out more about radicalisation, please visit: prevent.

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Merger ‘beyond expectations’ Having completed the integration of both firms, the recent merger of DMH Stallard and Rawlison Butler is being hailed a great success by the senior management team. DMH Stallard merged with Rawlison Butler in September reinforcing the leading regional presence of the law firm; the move brought the overall team strength to 350, including over 70 partners, and increased the number of offices in Sussex, Surrey and London to six. Richard Pollins, Managing Partner at DMH Stallard, said:“We set a very high bar when we started our merger discussions with Clive Lee and his senior colleagues at Rawlison Butler.“Both sides were extremely ambitious in what we wanted to achieve together. “While maximising financial resilience was a key part of our business modelling, enhancing our reach into new sectors, re-

fining the way we engage with the market and adding value to our relationships with clients, were equally important to us. “The year-end results being forecast now, the feedback from clients and the growth of new business show that the investment in our strategic planning is paying off and realising firm-wide returns that are significantly beyond our initial expectations.” In addition to the exceptionally strong balance sheet, DMH Stallard has recently received top honours in the UK’s two most prestigious legal guides. Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 have recognised DMH Stallard as one of the leading midmarket legal firms in the UK, with numerous partners and practice areas receiving notable accreditations. Clive Lee is part of the DMH Stallard senior management team and was managing partner at Rawlison Butler when the merger was first considered and led on the negotiations with Richard Pollins. Clive said:“The last few months have been terrific and clearly shown that our combined resources make us the stand-out law firm in the south east. “Rawlison Butler’s office in Horsham, which specialises in private client work, will

continue under the DMH Stallard flag to provide the same highquality service to our Horsham clients that they are used to receiving through the same team, but which is being strengthened by the addition of some new personnel coming across from the merged firm. “Rawlison Butler’s commercial teams in Gatwick/Crawley will be combining together with DMH Stallard’s teams in both Griffin House and Gainsborough House to form fully integrated and stronger offerings in the local Sussex market. “When two large businesses join together you expect a few initial challenges, but these have been minimal, reflecting the very deep sense of shared purpose across the organisation. “The opportunities that lay ahead mean we head into 2018 with great excitement and anticipation.” Richard added: “2017 has been a historic year for DMH Stallard. “We celebrated a major expansion in Brighton this time last year that has proved to be one of the best business decisions we’ve ever taken. Our team in the city is flying with month-on-month growth in terms of new business and new high calibre personnel being recruited. “The merger with Rawlison Butler has added even more strength in depth to an already formidable legal offering, a position that bodes very well for next year, and the years to come.”

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Staff and children from Thakeham Pre-School will be moving to a brand new building on the Abingworth Meadows development over the Christmas holiday, period ready for their Open Day in the new year. Lifetime resident of Thakeham and Storrington, Sharon Rance has worked at the ‘outstanding’ pre-school for nearly 20 years and has seen it grow and develop over that time in many ways: “My children came here many years ago which is how I first got involved and started gaining my qualifications. It’s very much part of the local community and we are now

very much looking forward to this very exciting next chapter. “We are especially passionate about outside play and will be encouraging the children to experience the seasons first hand, plant and grow vegetables and flowers, make mud pies, and continue our fantastic campfires which they love. There will be lots more opportunities to challenge their physical skills – climbing, swinging, balancing & riding bikes and scooters with friends.” Thakeham Pre-School follows the Reggio Emilia approach, which provides a cosy and welcoming, home-like environ-

provides weekly PE sessions. The children are also taught makaton sign language. “I love coming to work. I’m very lucky as it’s such an important time in the children’s lives and it’s so rewarding,” Sharon added. “It’s a privilege to be helping them to lay the right foundations for their school life and beyond.” The new setting for Thakeham Pre-School is one of several new community buildings which form part of the landmark Abingworth Meadows development and will also include a village hall, sports facilities and a village shop. The Open Day at Thakeham Preschool will be held on Friday 5 January between 2pm and 5pm and enquiries are welcome via or visit



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Christmas is coming – the season to be jolly, merry and happy all at the same time. But everyone has to keep control of the finances, especially over the festive season. UK shoppers set to spend more this Christmas (2017) compared to last year

British consumers are expected to put Brexit uncertainty aside this Christmas and increase their spending over last year, a survey suggests. British families will spend an average £821.25 on gifts, food and drink and decorations, up 1.3 per cent on last year and 54 per cent more than the European average of £532, according to figures from VoucherCodes and the Centre for Retail Research (CRR). Adults will spend an average £244 each on gifts, up 1.3 per

cent on last year and 51.5 per cent more than the European average of £160.82. Keeping tabs on the spending and making sure you know exactly what you have available to spend isn’t always easy – whether its business or personal, but don’t worry the following tips should help: Check your balance and order statements to keep tabs on your spending –ATMs will provide a balance 24 hours a day. Make use of telephone & online banking services provided free by your bank. This helps with paying bills, transferring money and checking your transaction details. Think about the best way to pay for the goods you are buying. A debit card allows you to make payments over a cheque card limit, but the money will be taken from your account sooner than a cheque. If you need to borrow money you should work out how much you can afford to repay, making sure you have spare cash left to meet any unexpected expenses and bills. If you need an overdraft always speak to your bank manager first. An arranged overdraft is

cheaper than an unarranged one and may avoid embarrassment and additional costs if you do not have enough cash to meet your payments. Sometimes you have more money in your current account than you need. Think about putting some money aside for next Christmas, using a savings account. You can transfer money into and out of it as and when you need it. Over the seasonal period, check with your bank when direct debits and standing orders are due to be paid. The dates may vary from your normal payment day and you don’t want to be caught out and find you have no money in the bank over Christmas. Increase your cash withdrawal limit over Christmas – this will allow you to withdraw funds when the bank is shut. Alternatively, you could use your debit card to obtain a cashback at supermarkets. Credit cards are a convenient way to shop over Christmas. But don’t get carried away with the spirit of giving lots of presents, if you know you will have difficulty repaying any sums you spend. Pack more into Christmas with a personal loan. You will be able

to budget every month because you will have a pre arranged monthly repayment schedule to follow. That way you know exactly what you will have left over every month. Christmas is a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends; you don’t want to be worrying about your bank balance in January, so keep tabs on everything you do spend! Remember that for all financial or business problems – Prevention is better than cure. ABOUT JANETTE Janette Whitney ACIB MCMI is a Multi- Award Winning Business Consultant and business growth specialist providing practical strategic advice to businesses from start-ups to £10m turnover companies. Professionally qualified with 40 yrs. business experience and a proven track record of satisfied clients, she helps businesses to grow profitably and achieve their goals. Janette is also an award winning business author, and media columnist. Contact me at Janette Whitney & Associates on 01403 733671 or visit for more information

Deadline extended for Horsham District Year of Culture funds

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Due to a last minute surge of applicants, the deadline to apply for Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 funds has been extended this week until Friday 15 December. The Year of Culture was launched with an inspiring showcase at The Capitol, Horsh-

am back in September, but there is now only four weeks left for people to register their interest to take part and get involved. Anyone wanting to organise events and benefit from the grant fund money available should apply by Friday 15 December by filling in an Expression

of Interest form which can be found online here - https://www. Guidance notes on how to complete this form are also available on this site. The Year of Culture will feature a key event for each month of

2019, taking place somewhere across the district to celebrate the many facets of culture that make Horsham district unique. As well as the monthly key event, there will be an extensive programme of Year of Culture fringe events throughout the year which will be promoted and celebrated. As the project’s sponsor, Horsham District Council is coordinating the Year of Culture, working closely with advisors representing arts and heritage throughout the community. Encouraging local community groups not to miss the revised application deadline, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, Deputy Leader of Horsham District Council and Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “I am delighted at the response we have had so far and the expressions of interest we have received, but recent feedback has told us there are still many people out there who still wish to apply, so we’ve listened and we’re pleased to announce we can extend the deadline a further two weeks. “I would urge the many of you who have not yet expressed an interest to do so as quickly as possible. “Think big and bold and let us have your ideas of how to showcase something really unique and different to celebrate our Year of

Culture in 2019. “The Year of Culture for 2019 presents a massive opportunity for our district’s community partners and businesses and I don’t want them to miss out. “Talk to our Year of Culture team now and we can see if we can make your plans happen.” The official launch event featured a specially commissioned film celebrating what the Horsham district has to offer culturally which received a great response. The film posed the question ‘What is culture?’ to numerous members of the public and the results were the foundation of the footage which can be viewed on the Year of Culture website, Businesses wishing to be involved by sponsoring events or becoming official partners of the Year of Culture, please go to the website, or contact the Year of Culture team directly by email at yearofculture2019@horsham. For further information contact our Year of Culture Project Co-ordinator on 01403 215060, or email yearofculture2019@ Follow the Year of Culture on Twitter @HDculture2019, and Facebook (search for Horsham District Year of Culture 2019). For media queries please email or call 01403 215571.

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Award Winning Carmela Restaurant – Ideal for Festive Celebrations !

Business Martin Read - Sports Reporter Carmela – Horsham’s iconic restaurant is back! The beautiful 16th century building at the corner of Denne Road and East Street has been refurbished and there is a new menu – showcasing top quality Mediterranean cuisine at its

very best, with the trademark Carmela Sicilian twist. The family run business has many years experience of lovingly preparing their own creations of fresh, mouth-watering specialities with a wide range of delicacies to suit all tastes from classic meat and fish dishes to vegetarian delights, home made pasta

and wonderful pizzas. The restaurant is fully licensed and is ideal for parties (private functions can take advantage of the dedicated upstairs dining suite), or for an exceptionally pleasant lunch or dinner. Carmela has just won a coveted Lux Food and Drinks Best Italian Restaurant Award, after being nominated by happy customers. The customers love the unique, friendly and unhurried atmosphere in such an attractive mediaeval building, the rustic charm

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providing the perfect setting for a memorable gastronomic experience with special bespoke service. On warmer days the terrace really buzzes, too! And, there is a private room with free Wi-Fi, much appreciated for business meetings in a unique location. When Rossella Raciti opened Carmela with her brother Francesco seven years ago they described it as “a dream come true.” And, in response to public demand, Carmela’s opened their delicatessen in 2012 in the Carfax, with its sumptuous array of succulent Italian

specialities not available elsewhere in the town, to eat in or take away. Francesco told the District Post: “I have been in Horsham most of my adult life

We pride ourselves in being different from the other restaurants truly independent and authentic! and wanted to bring something new and fresh at Carmela. We pride ourselves in being different from the other restaurants – truly independent and authentic!” Carmela is strongly recommended for an unforgettable visit – but, be warned, the rare treats are addictive! Carmela Restaurant, 3 Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JE – Horsham 275375 – www.carmelas.

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That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show Topped with lashings of Christmas spirit get ready to party as That’ll Be The Day returns to The Hawth with its brand new Christmas show! The UK’s most popular rock ‘n’ roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the ‘50s, ‘60s & ‘70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy! That’ll Be The Day is renowned nationwide for its incredible live entertainment and unique nostalgia feeling. The show celebrates the very best classic gold festive hits from the ‘50s and on through the decadess, as well as featuring some of the most hilarious comedy sketches you’ll ever see on the stage. Complete with stunning

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20:00 Horsham Rocks Presents: Little Notes Choir Carfax Bandstand, Horsham 17th Saturday 13:00 tl 15:00 September No Pressure Horsham Rocks Presents The Bedford, Horsham Horsham Bandstand, The 21:00 Carfax, Horsham High Octane Junkies 11:00 til 16:00 The Malt Shovel, Horsham Nell Bryden 20:30 The Capitol Theatre, HorDark Star Rising sham The Red Lyon, Slinfold 19:30 20:00 Larger Than Life Duo Goffs Park Social Club, Crawley 20:30 Hounds of Sound Blues Workshop Broadbridge Heath Village Northgate Community Centre, Broadbridge Centre, Crawley Heath 20:00 20:00 Quo-caine Acoustic showcases The Mulberry, Goring The Surrey Oaks, 20:30 Newdigate Black Heart Angel 20:00 The Malt Shovel, Open Mic NightHorsham


The Royal Oak, Ifield 0:30 20:00 Acoustic Open Mic Night The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield South Saxon Beardsmen 20:00 Gathering Open Mic Night The Malt and Shovel, Horsham George Dragon, 12:00 til 18:00 Horsham Open Mic night 20.30 The Shelley Arms, Broadbridge Heath 19:30 Riverboat Shuffle Horsham Sports Open Mic NightClub, Horsham The Cock Inn, Southwater, 20:00 Horsham 20:00

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The Circus of Horrors returns After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world, the phenomenon that is The Circus of Horrors returns to The Hawth with its latest brand new incarnation, Voodoo. The spectacular show features an amazing combination of the bizarre and the fantastic, as act after act perform and weave together a sensational horror story with the darkest of magic. Driven by a mainly original soundscape and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek, The Circus of Horrors is a night at The Theatre you will never forget... Annually, the Circus plays over one hundred UK theatres and now takes in festivals around the world, including The Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, The Wacken Festival in Germany, plus shows in Chile, Uruguay, Holland, Belgium, Argentina, France, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Hong Kong and Moscow, where it became the first UK Circus ever to perform in Russia. The show also played an

astounding ten nights at London’s O2 Arena. This is not the first time that The Circus of Horrors has created history, as it is the only circus ever to reach the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and the first circus to perform in London’s West End for over 100 years. The Circus Of Horrors’ appearances on various TV shows have turned what started as a cult show into a household name – taking the extreme to the mainstream. TV credits include The X Factor, The Slammer, Daybreak, Fairground Attractions, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Body Shockers, Fake Reaction, This Morning, The One Show and A Royal Command Performance. Suitable for age 16+ Performance: Wednesday 10 January 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £25 (discounts: £22), available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online:

costumes and spectacular live music performances, the show guarantees to have audiences on their feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over. The first origins of That’ll be The Day can be traced back to 1985 when a variety show called The Happy Days of Rock ‘n’ Roll was launched for a six week autumn tour of the club and cabaret circuit. Still going strong after more than 30 years, That’ll Be The Day proves Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die. Peformance: Monday 18 December 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £27.50, available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www.

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Entertainment Phil Dennett The financial future of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra is assured for the rest of this season and next season, fans heard at Sunday’s excellent Dome concert. The John Carewe Brighton Orchestra Trust has given the orchestra a grant of £65,000 and conductor Barry Wordsworth told the biggest audience of the season: “This wonderful donation will mean that the rest of the season is safe and next season is safe.” The orchestra has reported severe financial challenges in the past and it seemed the orchestra was in celebratory mood as it tackled every one of the three pieces with great confidence and sparkle. The orchestra, in which Caroline Harrison played beautiful solo viola, certainly glowed throughout its star turn, the Symphony Number 2 by Sergei Rachmaninov. The musicians took full advantage of the composer’s all-encompassing scoring to show off its considerable talents. The strings captured the glorious sweep of Rachmanivov’s melodies, as well as the more inward looking aspects of the music. Brass and violins showed plenty of energy in the first movement, while some lovely clarinet and

oboe illuminated the lyricism of the attractive second movement. Woodwind wafted some embracing melody in an often dashing third movement, with some silky strings adorning the main theme. After its shattering opening the ravishing Ravel Piano Concerto in G major offered a gorgeous adagio assai, with soloist Melvyn Tan rippling gently on the keys while a beguiling Cor Anglais played beautifully by Clare Hoskins floated above. This seductive movement also contained some enticing clarinet, flute and oboe. Tan was fully extended by the often-jazzy score, chopping chords with urgency and energy as the conflicting demands of a deceptively complex concerto kept everyone on their toes. Tan simply seemed to be relishing the beautiful noise around him as he stamped his own personality on the music. The trombones, who played a major part all afternoon, helped the sprightly opening of the Elgar overture In the South (Alassio), while the strings sung out the sunshine of Italy and the whole orchestra captured the richness of a richly endowed piece that had a little of everything for the music lover.

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Relaxed performance of Horsham Pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk, a brand new story of an ordinary boy on an extraordinary adventure which features a feisty fairy and a not-so-friendly Giant provides the perfect family entertainment for this festive season. The Capitol Horsham have confirmed there will be a special relaxed performance on Wednesday 13 December at 6.30pm for children/adults/families who would enjoy a quieter show, adapted to their needs with less special effects and loud noises. A more informal atmosphere will give families the chance to move around and talk. This performance is intended specifically to be accepting and sensitive to those who may benefit from a relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, individuals with sensory or communication disorders or learning disabilities. A BSL interpreter will be at this performance for our Deaf or Hearing Impaired audience members. FREE tickets for Carers are available for this performance through their Assisted Access Scheme. Further details of this scheme are available


from The Capitol Box Office on 01403-750220. Tickets for The Capitol’s GIANT of a pantomime, sponsored by Brock Taylor, Vines of Gatwick BMW and The West

Sussex County Times, are on sale now online: or via the Box Office 01403 750220

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Friday 8 – Sunday 31 December

The Nutcracker After sell out tours across the country, Let’s All Dance presents this much-loved Christmas classic for the festive season in The Hawth Studio, with extra performances added by popular demand. With dazzling professional dancing, all the famous characters and sumptuous music, this shortened version of festive favourite, The Nutcracker, is a perfect treat for the whole family to enjoy. Let’s All Dance makes highquality ballet accessible and fun for children of all ages. Audiences can expect fantastic dancers, crystal-clear storytelling and stunning visuals to enchant everyone. Come along and journey through the magical night with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, meet the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy in the beautiful Land of Sweets. The Nutcracker is suitable for all ages. The running time: 50 minutes and there will be a photo opportunity with dancers on stage after show. Performance: Thu 21 - Sat 23 December 1pm & 3.30pm, The Studio Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £13 (discounts: £11), available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online:

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the best possible start in life so that they can realise their full potential. And, the Trust’s 12 Days of Christmas Campaign is to generate funding to provide additional resources and equipment to use in sessions with their parents. The District Post is pleased to sponsor the event, which will be set up at around mid day and get underway from 1pm - until 3 each day (when East Street opens for vehicular access). Nero Gilissen, Wabi owner, told us: “Apart from Santa Claus and the elves that assist him, there’ll be photo opportunities with a pop up mural in the style of the one on Brighton Pier, and, of course, there’ll be scrumptious food on offer, too!” Nero added that in Wabi there is a “Kids Eat Free” promotion on Saturdays when accompanied by a paying adult. Bring your children to enjoy the special East Street Christmas event! Dame Vera Lynn says: “It makes it all worthwhile when the children we have helped get in touch to tell us what they are doing and achieving as adults.” Details of how to support Dame Vera’s charity can be found at dvlcc

The eating experience in Horsham’s East Street is surely as good as anywhere in the UK with outstanding world food in a warm and friendly atmosphere, a real credit to the town, and this year Wabi, the award winning Japanese restaurant and cocktail lounge is getting together with near neighbours Beeches Buffet, Carmela and the Mapp & Weston Barista Bar & The District Post to stage a festive Christmas event for the district’s children. It will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 21st, 22nd and 23rd to celebrate Christmas in aid of an exceptionally good cause – The Dame Vera Lynn Trust. The children’s charity is dedicated to supporting families with children under 5 years old with cerebral palsy and motor-learning difficulties. The charity was created to give these very special children a place where they can learn and thrive in a warm, supportive setting that understands their unique journey. The Trust’s early intervention service and support network enables them to work alongside families to give their very young children

BUBLE AND BUBBLES Dec 8 Horsham Sports Club - Cricketfield Road - Dec 08, 2017 - 7 p.m. Join us for an evening of swing, soul, jazz and fizz, as we host a fabulously festive night of Bublé and Bubbles! Tickets £12.50 (includes Welcome Prosecco & canapes) HSC Members £10.00 (available from the office) Groups of 10+ £10.00 per ticket

TOMFOOLERY SAVES CHRISTMAS Dec 9 The Capitol - North Street - Dec 09, 2017 - 11 a.m. It’s the night before Christmas and all through the house... Tomfoolery is making a complete and utter mess! Book tickest to this family favourite at The Capitol Box Office on 01403 750220

LIVE MUSIC Dec 9 DarkStar Rising The Red Lyon - Slinfold - Dec 09, 2017 - 7 p.m. This 4 piece play ‘Classic and Modern Rock, Grunge and Metal... Always with a twist’. Should be another memorable night at the Red Lyon.

HORSHAM TWINNING CAROLS Dec 9 Horsham Twinning Association Carol Concert in English, German and French, featuring the Pleasure Singers is to be held Saturday 9th December, 7.30 pm at the Unitarian Church, Worthing Road, Horsham opposite the bus station. Followed by mulled wine, glu wine, stollen, mince pies, nibbles and light refreshments.


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CHRISTMAS CAROLS Dec 9 ❄7.30 pm St. Mark’s Church, North Heath Lane, HorshaM In aid of St. Mark’s mission-link charity, Fundukuphila (helping foster families in South Africa) .Tickets £9, Children under-12 Free Available on the door, from Horsham Piano Centre, Waterstone’s and The Candy Box

HORSHAM FILM SOCIETY Dec 11 The Capitol, Horsham, 8pm Film: Tulpan Kazakhstan 2008, 100 mins, Comedy, Drama (English subtitles) Tulpan tells the story of a young man who returns home to the barren steppes of Kazahkstan after being de-mobbed from the Russian navy. http://horshamfilmsociety.

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Teenagers donate dog walkers’ bench to animal charity in Sussex

A group of 11 young people have donated a special dog walkers’ bench to the RSPCA. The group of 16 to 17-yearolds who are taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), from Horsham and mid-Sussex, decorated a bench with colourful paint and paw prints to donate to the RSPCA South Godstone Animal Centre. This was part of the group’s social action project. The teenagers decided to support the animal welfare charity after head of education David Allen gave them a talk on the RSPCA and the five

animal welfare needs earlier in the summer. Rose Abram, NCS project officer said: “They really enjoyed the talk from the RSPCA as they are a group of animal lovers. It really inspired them to decide to support the charity and they came up with the idea of a bench when they saw an old, disused bench in Horsham Park. As many are dog walkers themselves, they wanted to make an enjoyable and functional space for dog walkers to rest and socialise. “They decorated the bench to represent the five needs of

animals which they learnt in the session and they decorated it with footprints from lots of different animals.” The group pitched ideas and decided on how to fund their project by hosting a dragon’s den style activity before going ahead with the project. On Sunday (November 12) teenagers and staff from the NCS group visited South Godstone to deliver the bench and present it to the animal centre. They were also given a tour by centre manager Darren Parish. David Allen, head of educa-

tion at the RSPCA, said: “We very much support the role of NCS in helping to build young people’s confidence and help raise awareness of social issues. It is so important that young people are exposed to the issues charities face, whether human or animal, and to show them how they can help to make a difference. “We were delighted they chose to support the RSPCA and it was brilliant to meet the group on Sunday. They had such a good time and have agreed to come back to the centre early next year to varnish, fix-up and improve

the benches and picnic tables on site at South Godstone. This is the second group which has supported the centre with their volunteering initiatives and have really helped RSPCA South Godstone and the many animals the centre cares for.” The bench has now been placed on site as a welcome respite for volunteer dog walkers and guests. For more information on NCS visit To support RSPCA South Godstone visit local/south-godstone-animalcentre

Don’t forget to look after your dog’s needs this festive season Whether you’re driving home for Christmas, or rockin’ round the tree – don’t forget to look after your dog’s needs this festive season Christmas is coming and there is much to look forward to for the whole family – including your pet pooch. But while your dog may enjoy their own special Christmas meal, or their own gift under the tree, it’s important to remember the busy festive season can be stressful for your pet. Travelling to new places and a busy home can cause anxiety, and that extra cheeky sausage at dinner is not balanced out with an extra-long walk on Boxing Day. So to lend a helping hand Siobhan Griffin, Learning and Development Executive at Lintbells, manufacturer of natural premium pet supplements has shared some

top tips on how to make your dog’s Christmas the best one yet. Travelling somewhere new “If you’re escaping the madness and treating yourself to a Christmas getaway, or perhaps you are driving home for the festive season and taking your pooch with you, it’s important to bear in mind a few tips and tricks to make sure they are calm and happy. “If you are travelling in a car make sure your canine companion is safe and secure by using a harness, fixed crate or a partition in the back. You will also need to monitor the temperature, don’t let the car get too hot or too cold, and never leave them in the car alone. To ensure a stress free journey allow your dog to become familiar with the car beforehand, let them have a sniff around and even put a blanket in there with a familiar

scent if needed. Keep calm it’s Christmas “Christmas can be a busy time in many households and this can be overwhelming for some dogs, from excited children running around, friends and families visiting to carol singers knocking at the door. If your dog does experience anxiety in situations like this try to keep them as calm and relaxed as possible by creating a cosy area for them away from the fuss with some of their favourite toys and blankets. You could also give them something tasty to chew on that will keep them occupied when you have guests over. Time for presents “It isn’t Christmas without presents under the tree, so don’t forget to hide something exciting for your dog to find on Christmas morning, they are a member of

the family after all. Treat them to a new toy, their favourite healthy treat or even something that will benefit you which they will enjoy, such as a brain training game to keep them occupied when they are home alone. Doggy dinners “We all know one of the best parts of the festive season is the delicious foods; however what you enjoy indulging in may not be the same for your pooch. It can sometimes be hard to resist your furry friend when they are staring up at you at the dinner table, but you should always think before feeding them any leftover turkey or mince pies. Get moving on Boxing Day “Feeling a bit sluggish after all that Christmas indulgence? Then why not get up off the sofa and go for a Boxing Day walk with your

canine companion. Not only can you get outside and enjoy so some fresh winter air and burn off some of those mince pies, but this will also keep you dog active and their joints fit and healthy. Seeing the New Year in with a bang “New Year’s Eve is a cause for celebration all over the country, with lots of fireworks being set off to mark the occasion. Whilst these are beautiful to look at and enjoyed by most, the loud noises can cause anxiety in many dogs. If your furry friend isn’t a fan of fireworks and they appear distressed and/ or nervous there are a number of things you could try. Why not try muffling the noise with a TV or a radio, distracting them during the noise or even create them a small, well insulated doggy den.”

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LICENSING ACT 2003 APPLICATION FOR A PREMISES LICENCE Fake Festivals Ltd is applying for the Grant of a Premises Licence for the premises ‘HORSHAM FAKE FESTIVAL’ (The Premises - a marquee and secured fenced area) which are situated at Horsham Park (a defined area only),Parkside, Chart Way, RH12 1RL. The proposed licensed activity to be carried on at the premises is as follows: ‘Horsham Fake Festival’, to provide on one Saturday per year the: Provision of live and recorded music between 12:00 and 23:00, Supply of alcohol between 12:00 and 22:45. Open to the Public between 12:00 and 23:00. An application for the above has been received for one Saturday per year. The Date for 2018 festival is June 30 th . Fake Festivals Ltd will inform the licensing authority of the date each year. Applications may be inspected at Horsham District Council offices between 9.00am and 4.30pm (Monday – Friday, excluding Bank Holidays) Representations must be made in writing to: Licensing Authority, Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL by January 1 st 2018 It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for making a false statement is a Level 5 fine on the standard scale

HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 Notice is hereby given under Article 15(3), (4) or (5) or Article 16 that the following applications have been submitted to Horsham District Council, registered between 27th November 2017 and 1st December 2017 Please note the below list of applications advertised are only those we are required to do so by law. A full list of applications is available by visiting our website at DC/17/2380 Harsfold Bridge Harsfold Lane To Blackgate Lane Pulborough West Sussex Proposed construction of canal bridge to facilitate reinstatement of historic canal. Reason for Advert: The development would affect a Public Right of Way. DC/17/2668 Hill Farm Barn Hill Farm Lane Codmore Hill Pulborough West Sussex RH20 1BW Retention of existing stable door opening and formation of full height window (Listed Building Consent) Reason for Advert: Listed Building. DC/17/2675 Melbury 34 Richmond Road Horsham West Sussex RH12 2EG Erection of single storey rear extension. Installation of 1x dormer window to rear elevation at first floor level, 2x dormer windows to rear elevation at second floor level and 1x skylight to front elevation at second floor level. Change from pitched to gable end roof at side. Reason for Advert: Conservation Area. DC/17/2657 Land North of Heath Barn Farm Bungalow Billingshurst Road Broadbridge Heath West Sussex Reserved matters application following approval of outline application (DC/14/1943 Residential development of 49 dwellings (Outline application with all matters reserved except access and layout)). Reserved matters of appearance, landscaping and scale to be considered. Reason for Advert: Major Development.

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DC/17/2655 134 Cooks Cottage School Lane Shipley Horsham West Sussex RH13 8PL Part retrospective application for the installation of a vehicular entrance gate and proposed installation of pedestrian gate and archway. Reason for Advert: Conservation Area.

DC/17/2620 Land To The Rear of 37 High Street Steyning West Sussex BN44 3ZA Proposed erection of chalet bungalow to form 2x three bedroom dwellings and conversion of the existing barn to the south of Carters barn to provide 1x bedroom dwelling together with all associated internal works, drainage works, car parking, refuse storage and cycle storage. (Full Application) Reason for Advert: Listed Building. Conservation Area. DC/17/2631 Castle Inn Hotel The Street Bramber Steyning West Sussex BN44 3WE Infill extension to form function room, disabled facilities and access ramp with associated internal alterations. Reason for Advert: Conservation Area. DC/17/2700 Walders Polecat Lane Copsale Horsham West Sussex RH13 9DJ Proposed installation of natural sandstone slate tiles to front roof slope as an alternative to Horsham Stone tiles previously approved under application DC/16/2723 :(Strip and re-tile the Horsham stone and clay tile roof areas including three vertical gables and to include breather felt, sawn treated battens and lead work to valleys and chimney stacks. Furthermore to also include the upgrading the roof voids and skeelings with thermafleece sheepwool insulation) (Listed Building Consent) Reason for Advert: Listed Building.

SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK APPLICATIONS SDNP/17/05626/FUL Gerston Farm, Greyfriars Lane, Storrington, RH20 4HE Proposed change of use from grazing land to visitor accommodation comprising of 4x pitches for camping pods with associated shower block, parking area and creation of a new highway access. Reason for Advert: Major Development.

A copy of each application and the submitted plans are available for inspection on the Council’s website public-access/ if you cannot view plans on line please call 01403 215187 for guidance. Any person who wishes to make representations about any of the applications below should do so in writing to Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL by no later than 21 days from the date of this advert. Please note that any representations received will be made available for public inspection and posted on the Council’s website or the SDNP website.

An outstanding country house full of charm and character

An outstanding country house full of charm and character set perfectly in the centre of its own grounds including woodland, paddocks and lake, at the end of a long driveway. Wineham Place dates back from the early twentieth century with

parts of the first and second floor believed to date back from Elizabethan times. The property has been considerably updated and was extended in 2006 creating a feature room central to modern living, on the west side of the property overlooking the gardens.

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The master bedroom has a well-appointed en suite bathroom with under floor heating, bath, separate shower, two basins, heated towel rail and WC. There are four further bedrooms, one with an en suite Jack and Jill bathroom, a family bathroom,

separate shower room and WC situated on the first floor; four bedrooms and a bathroom are situated on the second floor. Finally there is a viewing platform at the top of the house giving 360 degree views across Sussex. Wineham Place also features excellent equestrian facilities, several outbuildings and separate guest accommodation all situated within 46.5 acres of pastures and woodland. There are a further 3 separate lots available by separate negotiation or available as a whole consisting of 14 acres of paddocks, 17 acres of woodland, a two bedroom lodge (planning permission in place -application number DC/17/0328) set in just under an acre. Wineham Place is situated in a rural location, in the hamlet of Wineham, home of the popular Royal Oak Pub. There are excellent facilities for leisure and sporting pursuits in the locality and many footpaths and bridleways. Wineham Place is ideally located for the thriving local equestrian scene with Hickstead All England Show Ground and Arena Polo Club within 3 miles. Local shopping facilities and amenities are available in the villages of Hurstpierpoint, Cowfold and Henfield. Henfield Village 4.5 miles, Horsham 9.6 miles, Brighton 15.8 miles, Central London 43 miles (all distances are approximates) Call Knight Frank on 01403 611050 to arrange a viewing

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WITH A NEW HOME AT HIGHWOOD YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL Highwood offers an unrivalled collection of contemporary new homes, set just a short walk from all of the amenities available in Horsham. With its tree lined avenues, riverside walks and exceptionally designed interiors, Highwood offers you a way to enjoy modern country living alongside the tradition, community and craftsmanship of a bygone era.

Stunning 2 bedroom apartments available for early reservation from £290,000* Beautiful 2 & 3 bedroom houses ready to move in to this Winter from £325,000* For further information or to book your personal appointment call 01403 887 151 Sales Suite open daily 10am - 5pm Highwood, Hills Farm Lane, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1EP *Prices correct at time of going to press and subject to availability. Computer generated images depict the houses and apartments at Highwood and are indicative only. Photography depicts lifestyle and is indicative only. Proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of companies

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Volunteering Opportunities Building Heroes based in Pulborough is a charity which retrains military veterans for a career in the building trades. They rely on fundraising activities to fulfil their vital role in helping ex-service personnel into employment and need enthusiastic, friendly and reliable people to support and increase their activities and to raise the profile of the charity in the local area. If you can help organise fundraising events (e.g. sponsored walk, swim, bake sale, coffee mornings, etc, liase with community groups who may hold fundraising events for them, make phone calls to potential supporters, offer support at existing events (e.g. handing out flyers, providing information, serving drinks) or various other support tasks they would love to hear from you. Are you passionate about your community and want to make a difference? Emerging Futures train individuals to work as part of a coaching team to support their local community. Family recovery coaches help individuals in a family develop their own wellbeing and support system and to make valued life choices. And recovery coaches support individuals to move in to the community from structured treatment, detox, residential rehabilitation and prison. Pulborough and District Community Care Association needs a Wednesday club volunteer to help with activities at its social club for older people, for example short mat bowls, games, bingo, and the occasional outing - all accompanied by tea and cake. The association also needs a telephonist to work from home to take appointments for its Community Transport Service. Carers Support West Sussex needs support group co-facilitators to help provide a confidential space for carers to meet, offload and gain information. They also need telephone support volunteers to help carers share emotions and reduce stress and isolation by providing active listening. And the charity seeks young adult carer engagement volunteers to meet and communicate regularly with young adult carers to support them. If you want to know more about any of the opportunities above or are thinking of volunteering and want to know what’s out there, just log on to and explore the many ways in which you can get involved in your community. Can you help beat hunger by offering a couple of hours at your local Tesco store on Nov 30 or December 1 or 2? Volunteers are needed to help collect donation at the UK’s largest food drive this Christmas. The collections take place at Tesco stores UK-wide when volunteers are asked to help collect food donations from customers for a few hours in their local store and hand out the FareShare shopping list. In just three hours you could collect enough food to make 600 meals and change someone’s Christmas. Details are available at where you can also sign up for a shift.

DO YOU LOVE HORSHAM? Want to play your part in the enhancement and preservation of the Town for future generations?

Sales Negotiator Required GL & Co are looking for a Sales Negotiator to join our busy Horsham branch. The successful candidate will drive viewings and be excellent at negotiating sales through to completion, If you have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in estate agency, work hard to deliver outstanding results, can be part of a team and the ability to adapt to our independent family run business that rewards well and builds long term relationships with our staff and customers, then please apply by sending your CV to or call in to the branch. full time, part time and job share considered

For 25 years Horsham in Bloom has worked alongside HDC, local organisations and individuals to make Horsham a Town to be talked about.

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Horsham robbed of two points at the death

Saturday December 2 – South League – Premier – Division 1 Horsham Men’s 1st XI 2 2 Spencer Hockey Martin Read - Sports Reporter Prior to this match Spencer were fifth, six places ahead of Horsham, yet Horsham showed that they are capable of beating upper table teams, but they were thwarted by a very late opposition equaliser. Andy Issacs in the Horsham goal was called upon just after the game got underway but a breakaway Horsham attack saw Barney Knights Johnson cross, Horsham, though, were unable to score. Then, Spencer had a short corner, which Ollie Carr-Hill flicked into the top right of the goal to take the lead. Four minutes later a back handed strike from another set piece almost put the visitors further ahead, but Angus Donaldson soon drew Horsham level with a strong shot from a short. And, it got better when Freddie Campbell’s long range supply was latched onto by Sean Pearcy for him to skirt the Spencer keeper and back hand the ball into the net. Spencer’s third short corner was then batted away by Isaacs, followed

by an immediate Horsham attack, the half finishing with Horsham 2-1 ahead. On the resumption a Richard Blakesley intercept and free kick and a Joey Humphreys foray worried Spencer, who then responded by hitting the post and seeing double rebound strikes repelled. Horsham were holding onto the ball better, but fired an attack just wide. Short corners followed at either end, before Greg Drake converted another to enable Spencer to snatch a galling draw right at the death, leaving Horsham Captain Isaacs with a rueful smile as he told the District Post: “We had our full squad out this week, which hasn’t often been the case this season, and we played well again. With so many new players replacing our experienced departures, it takes time to recreate a team, but we’re getting there. But, we’ll need a good January if we’re to pull clear of the relegation zone. Ahead of that we’ve got a tough assignment on Saturday when we’re away to leaders Oxford Hawks.” Spencer’s assessment of the game was: “We put ourselves into gaol, but then we got ourselves out of it!” Henley remain bottom, with three points, two less than Horsham.

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Horsham Bluebelles: Ireland success

Dublin, Ireland was the destination for an award winning group of Baton Twirlers from Horsham. 15 members of The Horsham Bluebelles travelled to Ireland to compete in a 3 day International Baton Twirling Association competition. Competing against over 300 athletes from England and Ireland their many hours of hard

work and extra practises paid off, returning home with over 50 solo trophies and medals and 8 1st places in their teams. Hannah Jones also won the Top Twirler sash in her age group and the senior pom pom won overall best performance. These fantastic results reflect the commitment and enthusiasm the girls have for their sport. Baton Twirling is a unique

sport combining dance, agility and co-ordination, coupled with grace and flexibility. It teaches athletes good sportsmanship, self discipline and team spirit. Girls and boys can start from the age of 3. For further information about The Horsham Bluebelles and how to join, please contact Carol Wray on 01403 264662 or e-mail horshambluebelles@

Christ’s Hospital Minis Rugby Festival

Horsham notch up another good win Saturday December 2 – South Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Division 1 Horsham Ladies 2 0 Reading 2s Hockey Martin Read - Sports Reporter In their last home game before Christmas and after three draws and an unbeaten run stretching back almost two months, Horsham completed an assured clean sheet win with a goal in each half. Before the break Sam Stares converted a short corner. Then in the second half Louisa Denman continued her goal scoring activities, putting the game beyond doubt with Horsham’s second goal, again from a short corner. The happy Horsham Captain, goalkeeper Hannah Simpson, told the District Post:

“This was a really good all round performance with everyone working hard for each other. Reading were keen but we kept them under pressure and didn’t allow them to play. Our new Coach, Chris Bowen, has settled in really well and we’re enjoying our hockey and are playing well together, but we’ve got a tough away game at Surbiton on Saturday. Surbiton are runaway leaders, recently beating Epsom 10-1. Horsham are fourth, just three points behind secondplaced Basingstoke, while hapless Staines are anchored to the foot of the table. After the Surbiton game the ladies have one more fixture ahead of their prolonged Christmas and New Year break, but, as in previous years, they will be playing an indoor competition in the interim.

On 19 November, over 300 children, along with their supporters, visited Christ’s Hospital for a Minis Rugby Festival organised by the School’s Director of Rugby, Ian Davies. The Festival attracted 10 different clubs, from Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, and was a chance for the clubs to experience Christ’s Hospital’s fabulous grounds. The 300 boys and girls demonstrated some fantastic rugby skills in near perfect conditions, in terms of both weather and playing surfaces. There were three separate levels of competition, seeing the

under 9s, and under 10s ‘A’ and ‘B’ strands playing a combined total of over 70 matches over the course of the morning. At the close of the Festival, all players were presented with a souvenir gift of their visit to the School and, organisers hope, left with some lasting impressions. One of the visiting coaches summed up the day from his and the team’s point of view: “Thank you Christ’s Hospital for hosting an excellent minis rugby festival last weekend. Our Under 9 and Under 10 boys and girls were extremely excited to be

playing on the immaculate pitches on which Joe Launchbury once marauded. This combined with the spectacular surrounds and the rare opportunity for the Surrey clubs to play teams from Sussex and Hampshire ensured for an especially memorable morning of rugby. Ian Davies and his cheerful band of staff and senior pupils created an atmosphere which prompted healthy and harmonious competition in an event which proved to be an excellent advert for the benefits of the new rules of play.” (Rorie Whybro, Farnham RFC)

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Early goal scuppers Hornets’ Kentish foray Saturday December 2 – Bostik Football League South Division Phoenix Sports 1 0 Horsham Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter Horsham did not enjoy their trip to Kent, their four match unbeaten league run ending in the narrowest of defeats in their first ever league contest with Phoenix Sports, who returned to winning ways after four defeats from their last six encounters. The game was over almost before it had started when an early attack earned the hosts a corner, which Danny Young headed home, putting Phoenix ahead after just three minutes. Horsham replied, but Charlie Farmer’s push was safely gathered by Steve Phil-

lips in the Phoenix goal. Phoenix, though, promptly challenged again, but Hornets’ keeper Brannon Daly negated Christie Pattisson’s effort before Kweku Ansah shot wide. Scott Kirkwood then attempted to level the score with a speculative long range shot, but was off target. A second goal for Phoenix beckoned when Jeff Duah-Kessie had a golden opportunity only to squander the chance, as did Gil Carvalho, Daly preventing him from scoring. Just ahead of half time Horsham might have equalised, but Alex Duncan’s onrush was cleared for an unfulfilled corner, leaving Phoenix one up at the break. After the resumption, Kirkwood tested Phillips with a distant volley, the keeper winning that skirmish, but the Hornets were pressing for parity and Dar-

ren Boswell tried his luck, without success. The woodwork then came to Horsham’s rescue as Tony Robinson was denied. After Boswell threatened, a double strike by Ansah was kept out by a diving Daly save. Amid far too robust, but unsanctioned Phoenix tactics, Toby House came on as a Hornets’ sub but was unable to take advantage of Jack Hartley’s supply. With the clock running down Pattisson might have put the game totally beyond Horsham’s reach but, although his shot was wayward, it mattered not as the single early goal of the match proved sufficient to give Phoenix all three points. Horsham, now 17th in the table, revert to Sussex Senior Cup action against Littlehampton.

YMCA quickly return to winning ways

Photos by Keith Holmes Saturday December 2 Macron Store Southern Combination Football League – Premier Division Horsham YMCA 1 0 AFC Uckfield Town Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter Returning to Gorings Mead after three away games, YM bounced back with a gritty win after their


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surprise loss at Loxwood had ended an unbeaten nine match run. But, the game started with an Uckfield attack cleared off the goal-line and two Aaron Jeal saves. YM responded only to see their attempt thwarted and the game continued in similar vein with both defences in action, but with Uckfield looking lively, for a time there seemed to be more of their blue shirts than the

white of YM and, at each end, the linesmen’s flags were signalling series of offsides, negating many forays. But, YM had a corner and then a wasted opportunity before a breakaway Uckfield run induced a brilliant diving save from Jeal, who then punched away the resultant corner. Sam Schaaf scored, but it was ruled offside, ahead of an Uckfield corner, the first half ending goal-less. Restarting, Jeal kept Uckfield at bay, another corner going unfulfilled. YM, though, also created chances, hitting the post from the left, followed by Luke Donaldson blazing over. YM now piled on the pressure and a goal looked certain – it duly arrived in the 57th minute when Sam Schaaf fired in from close range. This motivated Uckfield to respond and they skimmed the bar and then shot wide. Mark Cave was also off target for YM and Uckfield were doing their best to equalise, testing Jeal with a strike that went just over the bar and a further shot. Neither side were prepared to concede, YM responding from the right, pin ball play eventually being cleared for a free kick and they successfully closed the game down in the face of a late Uckfield push. Talking to the District Post, YM Manager Peter Buckley said: “This was an ugly game and I felt that we should have wrapped it up earlier with more goals. Uckfield came for a point and meant business – Callum Donaghey lost at least one tooth! This was a gritty team win, but if I had to name a Man of the Match it would be Sam Schaaf for his unstinting effort.” On Saturday YM, now sixth, are at Gorings Mead again - against fourth-placed Pagham – to whom they lost 4-0 at Nyetimber Lane in August. And, on Tuesday (12th), they travel to Chichester in the Quarter Final of the Royal Ulster Rifles Charity Cup. When YM visited second in the league Chichester - in October the teams drew 1-1.

Hornets ease through in the Sussex Senior Cup Hornets ease through in the Sussex Senior Cup Tuesday December 5 – Sussex Senior Cup Round 3 Horsham 4 2 Littlehampton Town Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter Horsham got through to the next round of the Sussex Senior Cup without too much difficulty, the difference in status between the two sides being more and more evident as the game wore on (Littlehampton, the Marigolds, are currently bottom of the Sussex County Football Premier League – the tier below Horsham, where they have conceded 43 goals, the worst record of any of the contenders). Littlehampton gave away a free kick almost from the off when Liam MacDevitt was floored. The ball was fired into the wall and cleared, but the Hornets did not have long to wait before they were on the score sheet, Josh Street firing home in the sixth minute. Horsham’s lead might have been surrendered immediately, but, with the defence caught napping, Littlehampton’s Lee Garnham was denied by the woodwork. Then, Steve Metcalf had the opportunity to put Horsham further ahead, only to shoot wide from a free kick. Horsham, though, did go two up in the 14th minute when Toby House converted a corner

at the second attempt. And, it might have got even worse for the Marigolds when the same player almost induced the visitors to donate an own goal. But, Littlehampton did reduce the deficit when Lucas Pattenden stole through after 25 minutes before House was unable to fulfil an opportunity and Street fired over. Resuming after the break 2-1 to the good, the Hornets tested Littlehampton but Metcalf’s distant blast was pushed over by keeper Luke Hutchings for an unfulfilled corner. With Horsham now having much more of the ball, Charlie Farmer and House were both thwarted – House twice. However, House was rewarded when his sustained pressure enabled him to complete MacDevitt’s supply in the 73rd minute. Two substitutes were then in action, Horsham’s Dean Bown beating Mitchell Bromage in the Marigold’s goal to put the hosts 4-1 ahead. Bown then surged through, but was off target, until, at the very death, Harry Heath gave Littlehampton a measure of consolation when he got past Brannon Daly in the Horsham goal.On Saturday the Hornets remain at Lancing, when they have a league fixture against East Grinstead, who are flirting with the relegation zone. Then on Tuesday (12th), again in the league at their temporary home, Horsham play present runners up Corinthian Casuals.

Horsham Joggers weekly round up

Horsham Joggers were getting all seasonal on the south coast this weekend as the ladies took part in the Christmas Crackers 5&10K in Worthing. The day got off to a flyer with Val Purnell finishing 1st in the 5K in 22.08 with Judy Brucker and Amanda Avery also completing in 32.35 and 39.37. In the 10K event Lorraine Treadwell lead the contingent home in 4th in 47.04 followed by Emma Catlow 48.23 Viv Underhill 56.05 Fiona Clifton 60.32 Steph Charman 61.05

Lorraine Hunter 62.14 Caroline Bransden 66.37 Kath Clegg 66.57 Fiona Lear 67.56 Victoria Saunders 69.41 Jane Adams 73.33 and Jenny Boyd 81.51. It was also the last Sussex Grand Prix of the year at Crowborough over a tough 10K course which included crossing a small river! Brian Frost lead 7 Horsham Joggers home in 47.53 other results were Steve Keary 50.51 Penny Barron 51.06 Alistair Coyle 55.47 Richard Barron 62.45 Paul Arnold 68.24 and Claire Burrows 75.29.

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The District Post 8th December 2017  
The District Post 8th December 2017