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Celebrate what it is to be English this weekend The Horsham English Festival promises to offer a fantastic blend of traditional cultural icons celebrating our English heritage across two days of dance, music, and vehicles, supported by themed stalls and entertainments on Saturday and Sunday 12 & 13 May. Kicking it all off on Saturday will be the incredible 26th annual Broadwood Morris Day of Dance; a riot of colour, music and dance featuring around 25 dance sides mostly from the local area. Commencing with a procession at 10.30am, the dancers will then disperse throughout the town to perform a variety of dance traditions, just listen out for the Drummers! At 3.00pm, the day transforms into an ‘anyone can join in’, open air Barn Dance at the Bandstand. Everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun. A new feature this year is being provided by Crates Local Produce, who will have their iconic

London black cab outside their shop. In return for a donation to the Samaritans, visitors will be able to sit in the driver’s seat and imagine themselves touring London. Crates will also be offering tasting from their wide range of gin; Again, donations to Samaritans will be very welcome. PJ Aldred of Crates, said: “We love the English Festival, and we’re delighted to be taking an active part this year”. The Carfax market traders have been invited to theme their stalls in keeping with the event, and a group of Classic Morris Cars have been invited to display once again on the Forum near Sainsbury’s and TK Maxx/Dunelm. A Celebration of English Tradition featuring the Concert in aid of Samaritans: And if that was not enough, Horsham Folk Club and Horsham Samaritans, supported by Horsham District Council and partners, have planned the festivities for Sunday. continued on page 2

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On 17 May 2018, global Outdoor Classroom Day returns, with over 1 million children in the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) expected to participate in outdoor lessons and play. Following a record 582,000 children in the UK and ROI ditching their desks for the outdoors last year on Outdoor Classroom Day, schools are being challenged to make the event even bigger this year. The initiative, led by national education charity, Learning through Landscapes (LTL), in the UK and ROI and globally by Project Dirt, advocates for 90 minutes of playtime every day in every school around the world and aims to raise awareness of the outdoors as key to improving the health and wellbeing of children. Learning outdoors is proven to increase child activity, enhance problem solving, aid concentration and develop social and team-working skills. It’s also a chance for children to have fun! On the Day, in addition to championing play, teachers will lead a wide variety of lessons including

outdoor Maths, English and Science, gardening and eco projects, bioblitzing, den-building, Art and Drama, tree climbing and much more. Last year, children in as many as 70 countries including Brazil, USA, Australia, Tanzania, China, South Africa, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand - all joined forces to celebrate the Day. This year, for the first time, they’ll be joined by children in Turkey. Carley Sefton, CEO of Learning through Landscapes explained: “Increasing the time children spend outdoors learning and playing is a free and practical way to address a time-bomb of childhood health and wellbeing issues. What’s more, it helps to enhance engagement in learning across the curriculum and enables children to develop positive relationships with the natural environment. “Outdoor Classroom Day is a call for teachers, schools, and parents, to join us in celebrating the benefits of daily outdoor learning and play.”

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At the heart of the day, on the Carfax Bandstand, Horsham Folk Club and friends will be presenting a concert with an outstanding selection of performers. The concert will take place on the Carfax Bandstand between 11am and 4pm. Elsewhere, visitors will be treated to such varied spectacles as British classic cars, including an HWM Aston Martin supported Aston Martin Owners Club display from 11am, story telling and fairground activities for kids. The legendary Loxwood Joust team takes over Market Square

for a mini-festival of medieval mayhem - Look out for their knights around Carfax during the day! Locally produced food and drink will also follow a traditional theme, led by a Hog Roast and Hot Roast Beef, from Pig in a Jacket and Garlic Wood Farm respectively, Loxwood Mead, and Hepworth’s Real Ales. Ice creams will be available from local shops Candy Box and Paninos, and face painting will be provided by Busydays. All car displays will leave in a mass parade through Carfax at 3.30pm.

Working in association with Petworth Festival, celebrating their 40th season this summer, Kevis House Gallery presents an exhibition by artist Ruth Dent. Petworth Festival will also be commemorating the conclusion of the First World War, tying in with Dent’s series of 8 prints inspired by Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. In 2011, Dent accompanied the Rochester Cathedral Choir to Aachen, Germany, where they had been invited to sing with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra and several other choirs, Britten’s War Requiem. During the full dress rehearsal, Dent had the opportunity to sit, listen and draw in a small sketchbook. Britten used Wilfrid Owen’s words to preface his piece: “My subject is War, and the pity of War, The Poetry is in the pity … All a poet can do today is warn .”

From her sketches, Dent has produced a series of 8 prints, one for each movement, with Dies Irae being split into three, as it is the largest part of Britten’s composition. Dent, like Britten, has incorporated Owen’s words into her print series. The prints measure 33cm x 50cm, and are printed in an edition of 10 on handmade paper from Moulin de Larroque, Couzes, France. Each is individual, due to the nature of the paper and the printing process. This is important to Dent, as the handmade paper represents human skill and individuality, “as every soldier was an individual.” Speaking about her work, Ruth Dent, said: “I have endeavoured to capture the spirit of the music and words, as this monumental piece moves along its journey, always bearing in mind the cost to humanity.” The exhibition will open 17 July and run until 4 August 2018.


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Local Co-Op fined after Health and Safety breach

Southern Co-Operative Ltd has been fined £500,000 for breaching health and safety law, after a young woman suffered horrific fractures to her leg. The charges were brought by Horsham District Council, following an investigation into the accident at the Co-Operative store in Guildford Road, Horsham. In a hearing at Brighton Crown Court, District Judge Szagun accepted the guilty plea to a Health and Safety at Work offence that resulted in a serious broken leg to a young female employee, and a fine of £500,000 plus costs for the Co-Operative .The fine was reduced by one third, to £333,334, to reflect

the appropriate credit for the guilty plea and mitigating factors. In February 2016, the young staff member attempted to manoeuvre a defective roll cage, which toppled over, falling onto her legs, causing severe multiple fractures. The roll cage trolley was loaded with milk cartoons, and the weight of the load caused painful and traumatic injury. It was an unnecessary incident, and a disturbing experience to witness for the colleagues who came to her aid until the ambulance attended. The investigation that followed, by Horsham District Council’s Environmental Health team, found the incident was entirely prevent-

able. The roll cage had been identified as broken two days before the accident. The procedures that would have stopped the incident were in place, but were not known or not followed, and the staff had conflicting views on their Health and Safety responsibilities. One concerning feature was the store’s breakdown in its Health and Safety management, their absence of knowledge, and the validity of the necessary training. The Co-Op acknowledged that the abuse of their e-learning system was a troubling feature of the investigation, but were keen to emphasise that they did not condone such a practice.

The Loxwood Joust Advance Tickets are now on sale!

Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye: Tis just three months until you can be transported back in time to experience all the wonders and mediaeval mayhem of the Middle Ages and discounted advance tickets are now on sale. The Loxwood Joust returns to Loxwood Meadow on the 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th August. Each day from 10am to 6pm an unrivalled

programme of mediaeval revelry guarantees a day out like no other, at this unique, fun and educational day out for all the family! So step back in time and experience the verve and vigour of a world where lives were harsh and hearts were passionate. Harken to the call of booming cannon fire and the clash of steel on steel as mighty knights’ fight to reign victorious, before being immersed in the mediaeval battle camp where fully armoured knights show what life was like at that time. Experience the fast-paced, all action jousting tournaments where the pounding of horse’s hooves thunder as magnificent fully armoured jousting knights battle to earn their honour and valour. Try your hand at making a copper bowl, chain-mailing to create your own jewellery, or blacksmithing. Sup fine ales, dine on local organic fayre, or treat yourself to a mediaeval banquet held by Queen of Loxwood. Learn from the apothecaries, let woodland faeries envelope you in nature, partake in hand fasting ceremonies and get close to graceful high-flying hawks. Meet the traders and hawkers in the mediaeval market place and in the

den of Witches, be prepared to be bewildered or enlightened by their strange and arcane delights. And what will be the young knights and princesses’ favorite in their very own Children’s Kingdom? A festival within a festival where the Mediaeval Groat is the currency, this “Mini Mediaeval Mayhem” is where they can ride the jousting horse, or try Have a go Archery, Face and Wound Painting, Pelt the Peasant and learn to be an apprentice Knight in “Sword School”. Listen as the Medieval Housewife presents to you the dirty laundry of the Middle Ages, The Copper Pot cook unveils the myths of mediaeval cookery and revel in the Masked Executioner’s gory stories. Let companies of wandering minstrels entertain with their plays, storytelling and graceful dancing and at the Woodland Stage hear the Mediaeval Baebes’ sing romantic songs of chivalry, love and loss. This is a day out like no other! The Loxwood Joust is excellently located just off the B2133 between Wisborough Green and Loxwood and has ample Free Parking.

The District Judge commented that the Co-Op “should have been pro-active in addressing or redressing the issue before they did” and recognised the Co-Op as a large organisation with mitigating factors. Councillor Tricia Youtan, Cabinet Member for Community & Wellbeing, said: “This was a long and challenging case for Horsham District Council’s Environmental Health team. “Retail supermarkets play an important part in being at the forefront of safety on the high street. They are often the employers of young impressionable adults, new to the working environment, and, as employers, they have a legal and moral obligation to do things correctly. “This incident had a severe impact on the victim, and she will have to live with the injuries she sustained for the rest of her life.” “Horsham District Council supports both small and large businesses in their health and safety obligations, and often plays an important advisory role in helping them, but it is important to remember this was a totally avoidable incident, and it acts as a stark reminder of what can happen when safety measures fail. “Hopefully the incident will result in a renewed focus by the Co-Op to ensure standards are maintained in the future.”

Her Majesty Writes to Towers Pupils Year 3&4 Towers pupils were delighted to receive a letter from Her Majesty the Queen, after they wrote to her whilst working on their topic of recycling waste. The pupils developed two different skills by writing to Her Majesty; their literacy skills were enhanced by the task of writing real letters to real people, and their knowledge of “green” issues was greatly increased.

A tiny bee to look out for now - the Hairyfooted Flower Bee Small, black, with yellow hind legs, the female Hairy-footed Flower bee is busy feeding on spring flowers: here on rosemary in a West Sussex garden. Photo by Peter Lovett. To view more of his pictures of bees flying now, please visit his blog: https://sussexrambler.blogspot.

Dying Matters Awareness Week: 14th-20th May

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…Which is why Dandelion Farewells (independent funeral director) has partnered with charities, suppliers and other professionals to bring you a unique ‘one stop’ Resources Fair to help inform, reassure and prepare you for the possibility of needing to arrange a funeral for yourself or a loved one. Come and join us at Wisborough Green Village Hall on Tuesday 15th May 1.30-4.30pm. The success of our ongoing community information events has highlighted important questions that people need answering. We are hosting this Fair to provide an opportunity for you to find out more, in an informal and relaxed setting. Light refreshments provided and free

information will be available to take away with you. There are no false incentives or elements to sign up or subscribe to, but there will be professionals and volunteers who will gladly and generously give their time to answer your questions, share their knowledge and afford you peace of mind. There is no charge or requirement to book ahead. Dandelion Farewells is totally transparent and open about the processes, procedures and, indeed, myths which surround death and dying. We are passionate about educating the public so that they may be more informed and, therefore, empowered to make the arrangements most appropriate for them and their loved ones when someone dies. Judith Dandy Independent funeral director 01403 701001 / 07769 336022


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Fundraising Target Sky Rockets

Senior pupils from Christ’s Hospital have raised an incredible amount for charities YoungMinds and Chestnut Tree House, almost doubling their original target of £2,500 to £4,273 and still counting, by walking 44 miles from the City of London to their School campus in Horsham on 15 April. The sixth formers met at 6.30am by Christ’s Hospital’s recently installed sculpture (close to

the site of School’s original home in the City 1552-1902) and it took just over 12 hours to reach their School in Horsham, where they celebrated this epic achievement with parents, staff and other pupils. One of the project leaders, Verity Butt, 17, said: “Firstly, a huge thanks to everyone who supported our journey from the City of London to Horsham. Secondly,

we would like to express our gratitude to all those who provided delicious cakes and those who purchased other baked goods at various fundraising events. We are now in the midst of exam season and as it stands, the grand total is at £4,273. “The walk itself was understandably challenging, but exciting and amusing. It was satisfying knowing all our hard work was going to a good cause, and nice to see both teachers and pupils working in unison outside of a classroom setting. This reflects the good nature of the School, and speaks for itself. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and would never have believed our targets would sky rocket. The possibility to further help the work of these two incredible charities is still open until half term, and we would love to increase our target with the help of the public - please help us go the extra mile by reaching a phenomenal £5,000.” If you wish to donate to the cause, please visit: https://www. justgiving.com/teams/monitorswalk2

Epsom trip for those in the race for Oxbridge!

Photos by Ian McAlister An excited coach of 2019 Oxbridge hopefuls made their way from Collyer’s to Epsom Downs Race Course for the annual Oxbridge Conference. Students from the Ofsted Outstanding sixth form college had the opportunity to visit rolling lectures focussing on successful applications, student finance and careers, as well as informative presentations on the nature of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Students also enjoyed talks and Q&A sessions on individual subjects and disciplines. Ian McAlister, Collyer’s Director of HE and Progression, organised the trip. He said: “We have some very able students and the fabulous courses on offer at Oxford and Cambridge are not only attractive, but a very real option for many of them.” Collyer’s Martin Nichols is helping to guide the prospective Oxbridge students. He said: “What the universities are looking for are students who will enjoy the process of learning. They want

engaged, intelligent individuals who will be happy in their studies. This is fortunate because that describes our students well! “It is comforting to hear that as Oxbridge moves towards more complex admissions tests, our students now have the opportunity to show their true ability and understanding. The Conference was both eye opening and practical, with clear balanced advice delivered in an informative and articulate manner.” The students who took part in the Oxbridge event at Epsom Downs were hugely positive about the day. Gracie Enticknap said: “This has been so helpful I have had so many of my questions, from finance to subject based information. It has given me an excellent set of parameters to work to. I am so glad I came.” Sophia Linssen-Pitsaros said: “I have found the science and natural science lectures really helpful today.”

Maisie Burgess added: “Somehow, seeing all the other students enabled me to understand the competition. It seems more real to me now.” Issy Hall also enjoyed the trip: “This has been a very positive day for us. The lectures have been very entertaining and really engaging, this makes me excited for what is ahead!” Ian McAlister was delighted: “‘There was so much on offer this year. The day comprised detailed information on the application process and student finance, and in addition to course talks, our learners also had a chance to talk to students currently studying at Oxbridge.” Collyer’s deputy principal, Steve Martell, said: “At Collyer’s we encourage all of our students to aspire to the very best they can be. We run several Oxbridge events, part of a busy progression programme which continues throughout their time at Collyer’s.”


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A lasting legacy: Major appeal launched as part of RAF100 A major fundraising appeal has been launched by the Royal Air Force, and its four main charities, as part of the Royal Air Force’s centenary. 2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force, and to celebrate there are a number of events taking place across the country, and abroad. Events include a touring display of aircraft from the past century in cities nationwide to a mass flypast in London, 100-day baton relay and the unveiling of new galleries at the RAF Museum.

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The RAF100 Appeal brings together the Royal Air Force, the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Charitable Trust, and the RAF Museum to establish a legacy that matches the vision of Viscount Trenchard who steered the formation of the RAF in 1918. The Appeal encourages the British public to get involved in the celebrations and help repay ‘the debt we owe’ and help to raise funds for the past, present and future RAF Family, inspiring, honouring and supporting all who have given so much. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, said: “For a century, the brave men and women of the RAF have served their country

selflessly. The RAF’s centenary is a proud moment for the service and allows us, as a nation, time to pause and reflect and to celebrate these wonderful achievements. I would urge everyone to get involved, join a fundraising event or host your own.” Appeal Chairman Simon Collins said: “The centenary year of the Royal Air Force provides a unique opportunity to commemorate the service and the sacrifice of those who have gone before. Very few British people can look back at their family history over the past 100 years and find themselves untouched by the courage, capability, and achievements, of the men and women who served – and continue to serve – in our Royal Air Force. The RAF100 Appeal provides an opportunity to show their appreciation and help support RAF charities.” A number of leading companies have already pledged more than £2 million to the Appeal, including headline sponsors Babcock, BAE Systems, Marks and Spencer and Fujitsu. To find out more or get involved, please visit: www.raf100appeal.org

A Life & Death Consultation Campaigners are urging West Sussex residents to tell the County Council that they want a significant improvement in fire and rescue service cover. The Council is currently consulting the public on the service’s Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). Retired firefighter, Tony Morris, said: “Drastic cuts to our fire & rescue service have put residents and firefighters at greater risk, and this consultation hides even more cuts.” Speaking about the IRMP recently, County Councillor, Daniel Purchese, warned: “there is potential for some serious cuts that the public might easily miss”. The Council has cut frontline fire engines from 46 to 35, but it has emerged that, on occasions, only ten of those fire engines are available. “The County Council should be ashamed of providing such incredibly poor protection to the public,” Mr Morris added. The West Sussex Fire & Rescue Stop the Cuts group is advising people, who don’t want to see more deaths and

property damage, to tell the Council that the priorities must be: No more fire engine of firefighter cuts. Fire engines to be normally crewed by five firefighters, with an absolute minimum of four. At least 30 fire engines to be available around the clock. No reduction in response standards. Fire alarm calls to be attended and treated as potential fires. Tony Morris said: “This is a life and death consultation. When people are in trouble, they need properly crewed fire engines to arrive quickly. Sadly, that is no longer guaranteed every time. Elsewhere, similar IRMPs have resulted in additional loss of life and property damage. “It is time for the County Council to stop making excuses, and give the fire & rescue service the resources they need to properly protect the public”. The consultation closes on 28 May 2018 and can be found on the Council’s website.

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Young volunteers from the St John Ambulance Horsham Cadet Unit, and the Portslade and Shoreham Badger Unit, have won the charity’s regional First Aid Challenge - a competition held annually for its volunteers. The event, on Saturday 14 April in Guildford, saw Badgers (aged seven to 10) and Cadets (aged 10 to 17) from across the London and the South region compete for the top spot. Portslade and Shoreham Badgers Jessica Redgrave, 9, and Ella Munday, 9, won their age group after having their life saving skills tested by various activities. This included placing action cards with a sequence of treatments placed

in the correct order, as well as explaining, whilst blindfolded, how to place someone in the recovery position to two other Badgers. The Horsham Cadets took two trophies – the highest scoring pair, and the overall winning Cadet team. The ‘pairs’ winners were James Brew, 16, and Alice Chen, 17, with James and Alice competing alongside their teammates, Jasmine Dilloway, 16, and Daisy Bedall, 16, to take the Cadet team title. In the pairs test, James and Alice had to treat two patients – one with abdominal pains, and the other who was feeling faint and then needed CPR. In the team test, the four Cadets – James,

Alice, Jasmine, and Daisy - were asked to treat a sports competitor who’d injured their foot with a javelin, and someone who’d slammed the car door on their hand. Jo Gardner-Smith, regional youth manager, said: “We are extremely proud of all the young people who took part in the competition. It shows how hard they have worked to learn and master first aid skills, which can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.” The St John Ambulance First Aid Challenge is designed to help youth volunteers maintain their essential first aid skills, so they are confident and ready in case of an emergency. The St John Ambulance unit in Portslade and Shoreham is looking for more youngsters to become the next generation of life savers by becoming a Badger. Anyone interested in joining should contact Helen Fox: 07855 455120 or email: Helen.Fox@sja. org.uk And for those interested in joining the Horsham Cadets, please get in touch with Steve Strange: 07880 473604 or email: steve.strange1@sja.org.uk For more information on St John Ambulance, including how to make a donation, volunteering opportunities, and details of training for the public, schools and businesses, please visit: www. sja.org.uk or call: 08700 10 49 50.

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The IT Academy at Crawley College has purchased 8 Makeblock 10-in-1 Robot Kits to support their students’ understanding of mechanical design, electronics and programming. Having built the kits, the IT students are now busy programming the robots to perform a variety of functions, including use as camera dolly robots, which are being developed with help from Creative Media students. Crawley College is committed to promoting practical projects that utilise IT skills, to prepare

students for the workplaces of the future. The project is designed to support creative uses of IT and develop skills in coding, design, and human computer interaction. Dan Creed, the Head of Learning, for IT, Creative Media and Engineering, commented: ‘I’m really excited to see the students testing their IT knowledge with robotics. In a world where software engineering is becoming more important to everyday life, this is a key skill moving forward for manufacturing, and these kits help develop understanding of

how to use programing to give instruction for machines. The important point here, to encourage creative thinking, along with professional approaches to project development.” The IT Academy at Crawley College continues to offer a modern, interactive learning environment, complete with cutting-edge technology and software, to enhance the digital and computing skills of young people, and those already working in the IT industry. In addition, the college offers an impressive range of specialist computer software and hardware courses. The college is keen to explore ways of improving digital skills in the local community and welcomes any opportunities to support individuals or groups. The next Crawley College Open Evening takes place on Thursday 7 June, and on Saturday 9 June, the college is hosting a Taster Day, open to people of all ages to come along and try their hand at a number of courses and activities. For more information regarding IT, Creative Media, Engineering, or any other of the courses at Crawley College, please visit www.crawley.ac.uk. Applications for September 2018 are still being accepted.


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The Film Photography Exhibition by NEG35

The Film Photography Exhibition at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery will display the work of both Paul Holmes and Sarah Ash. Paul and Sarah, the founders of NEG35 Film Photography, are based in Crawley, West Sussex. They are film enthusiasts who like nothing more than going out and shooting film. In this digital age, you might wonder ‘who shoots film anymore?’; however, it is making a surprising comeback with the younger generation, who are

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discovering it for the first time, and with the older generation, rediscovering old cameras that have been gathering dust in a long forgotten drawer. Paul and Sarah aim to spread the joy of film through The NEG35 Society. The society hopes to bring together photographers of all ages, from all backgrounds (both hobbyist and professional), to explore a wide range of photography styles, and to express their creativity, and enjoy this voyage of rediscovery together.

Paul’s work covers many fields of interest, but has an emphasis on street photography and images of people going about their everyday lives. You will see photographs from his recent trip to China, along with more local images. Sarah expresses her inspiration via the medium of film, poetry, and multimedia, creating artwork with no digital intervention. Both photographers use photographic film, and wet printing, to create stunning images with the aid of light sensitive paper, chemical processes, and passion. No digital enhancement or processing is used to produce the pictures you see even the poems seen are printed using darkroom exposure overlays or occasionally, a typewriter. In the exhibition, both artists will use additional text to explain their passion, inspiration, techniques. They also invite the public to watch a video on the darkroom developing processes used to create the final prints on display. The Film Photography Exhibition will run from Saturday 12 May to Saturday 11 August 2018. Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10am5pm, free admission. For more information: www.horshammuseum.org

Top tips for an easy trip to your Recycling Site Spring has finally sprung and the change in weather, and lighter evenings, has seen a big increase in people heading along to a Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS). Whether tending to the garden, having a spring clean, or a general declutter, a quick run to the local HWRS is, for many of us, a seasonal routine. Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The past couple of weeks have brought a dramatic improvement in the weather, and at long last we can mow our lawns. As a result, there has been a big increase in residents visiting their local Household Waste Recycling Sites. “This sudden spring surge has led to a number of very busy periods at our facilities across the county, and sometimes quite a queue has built up. “We are advising all users of our sites to make extra time for their visits, and to follow our five top tips to make their visits as quick and hassle free as possible, allowing them to

enjoy the rest of their evenings and weekends as intended.” TOP TIPS 1. If you can, visit during the week, it is often quieter than at a weekend. 2. At the weekend sites tend to be busier first thing in the morning, so go later in the day to make your trip as hasslefree as possible. 3. When finding a space, take the next available free bay rather than waiting for a bay near a particular container. There are members of staff on site who will be happy to help you unload your car. 4. Try and go when you have a full load, this will save you having to do multiple trips. 5. Pack the car in sections, so you group your wood, garden waste, scrap metal etc together. This will allow you to easily unload and get all your stuff in the right container quickly and efficiently. For further information on where your nearest HWRS is located and opening times, visit www.recycleforwestsussex.org.


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Member of Horsham Bridge Club awarded for outstanding service Gerry Stanford, a stalwart of Horsham Bridge Club for over 40 years, has received Sussex’s top award, the Gladys Hakki Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to a Sussex member who has given outstanding service to county and club. Gerry has played for the county team and served as Vice-Chairman, Tournament Manager, and Editor of the Year Book. Recently, he has taught youth Bridge, including at Collyer’s and Farlington. Horsham Bridge Club, which hosts sessions in its East Street premises every weeknight plus two afternoons, is launching a

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beginners’ course in September. Club Chair, Jane Handley, said: “For those looking to brush up their Bridge, we also have options for improvers and intermediates. New members and visitors are assured of a friendly welcome.” Picture: Gerry Stanford (right) receives the Gladys Hakki Trophy from Martin Pool, President of Sussex County Contract Bridge Association, at last week’s (April 29) County AGM. Photo: Andrea Galpin. For more information, please visit: www.horshambridge. co.uk

The Crown Inn at Dial Post has just won Best Pub in the South East in The Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’. Owners, Penny and James Middleton Burn, are thrilled with the award. Penny said: “Having lived in Dial Post for most of my life, this feels like a very special achievement that I share with all our customers who are part of The Crown family. We are all about country life, local people, local

produce, and loyal customers from all walks of life.” The pub category was a new addition to this year’s awards, now in their 13th year, in celebration of the iconic rural local, alongside Best Local Food & Drink, Best Village Shop/Post Office, Best Butcher, Best Rural Enterprise. Over 11,000 businesses were nominated honouring the skills and produce, tradition, enterprise, and the people who go the

FREE FAMILY LAW ADVICE CLINIC IN CRAWLEY AND HORSHAM We offer a free 30 minute consultation at our family law advice clinic every Tuesday 1pm – 4pm, covering: • Divorce, separation and finances • Children matters (contact and residence arrangements) • Cohabitation disputes where couples are unmarried • Consent Orders • Options available on the breakdown marriage or civil partnership • Prenuptial agreements By appointment only. Please book in advance by calling 01293 596947. Crawley clinic: 117-119 High Street, Crawley RH10 1DD Horsham clinic: Lavinia House, Dukes Square, Horsham RH12 1GZ Alternatively, we offer a one hour fixed fee appointment at £100 plus vat (£120). To book a convenient fixed fee appointment please call 01293 596947. www.stevensdrake.com

extra mile for their communities. Local MP, Jeremy Quin, met the Team at the awards Ceremony that was held at the House of Lords: “It was a pleasure to see the team from The Crown up at Westminster, and I am delighted they won the well deserved award for the Best Rural Pub in the South East. Good pubs are at the heart of their communities and I congratulate the Crown on its achievement.”


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Horsham’s leading solicitor opens its doors in Billingshurst

Horsham law firm Mancini Legal, started in 2012 by Alessandro Mancini and his wife Vincenza, have opened a satellite office in Billingshurst at 85 High Street. Mancini Legal, which also recently acquired a practice in Haywards Heath, has grown to become Horsham’s biggest legal practice. Originally specialising in conveyancing and family law, the business has expanded its areas of

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expertise to include Commercial Law, Personal Injury Law, and most other aspects likely to affect the population of a rural town. The office will be run by Deborah Sanford and Patrick Kilby. Deborah graduated with honours from the University of Essex and then specialised in family law at Guildford College of Law. She now has 15 years’ experience in areas such as divorce, financial settle-

ments, children’s work and nonmolestation orders. Patrick is Mancini’s commercial law specialist and will be able to consult on issues for businesses in Billingshurst. ‘The ambition and ethos of the firm is to be able to offer all the law Horsham and the surrounding areas need,’ Deborah said. ‘More than that, at Mancini, we feel it’s important not to be seen to be stuck in town making people come to us – we want to democratise the law and it’s really exciting to be able to bring such broad legal expertise to a growing village like Billingshurst. In particular we want to be able to offer advice to the many small growing businesses in the area who can’t find the time to go into the centre of Horsham.’ Interestingly the office is in the building formerly occupied by The Fat Cow. As Alessandro Mancini himself says: ‘as an Italian it seemed like fate to be offered office space in a former ice-cream parlour – and, after all, Deborah and my team will be serving up legal advice in a huge variety of flavours!’

Nearly 80% of builders call for licensing scheme to crush the cowboys, says FMB Almost 80% of builders are calling for more regulation in the construction industry to end the tyranny of cowboy builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB is calling on the Government to introduce a licensing scheme in construction as part of its new Agenda ‘Raising the bar: A post-Grenfell agenda for quality and professionalism in construction’. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Until we introduce a licensing scheme in construction, cowboy builders will continue to run rampant in our industry. Licensing would ensure a minimum level of competence and professionalism and give consumers greater assurance when hiring a builder. Unlike in the US and Germany, anyone can be a builder in the UK. What this means is that we have allowed a significant minority of cowboy builders to give the whole construction industry a bad name. Our latest research shows that almost 80 per cent of our members are so fed up with rogue builders tarnishing their reputation, they are in favour of introducing a licencing scheme. Our research among consum-

ers also shows that one third of home owners in the UK are so anxious about hiring a dodgy builder that they don’t commission any building work whatsoever. What’s more, the average home owner would spend around £40,000 on major home improvement projects over the next five years if they could be guaranteed a positive experience with their builder. It’s time to release this pent up demand for building work through a licensing scheme consumers can trust.” The Grenfell Tower tragedy reminded us of the price paid when things go wrong in the construction industry. Grenfell raised serious questions about standards, regulation and compliance within the construction sector and although we await the results of the Hackitt Review, we want to start a wider conversation about how we can drive up quality and professionalism in construction. As well as calling on the Government to introduce a licensing scheme for builders, the FMB’s new Agenda calls for mandatory warranties for building projects that require building control sign-off to protect consumers further.

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Entertainment Horsham District Gig Guide Friday 16th September 04/05/2018

The Overtures Wildwood Rewind Golf & Country Club, Cranleigh Railway Inn, Billingshurst 18:00 21:00 TMalt Slammers ShovelSoul BeerBand Festival: The Barley Mow, Tandridge T Slammers The Malt Shovel, Horsham 20:00 21:00 GIGNITE: THE FARMBOYS, LIVI IN THE MIDDLE and REBECCA REIDTMANN Saturday 17th The Shelley Arms, BroadSeptember bridge Heath Horsham Rocks Presents 20:00 Horsham Bandstand, The Carfax, Horsham 11:00 til 16:00 Nell Bryden The Capitol HorMalt ShovelTheatre, Beer Festisham val: 2pm - Sam Clayton, 19:30 Taygan Paxton, Mike Dobie Larger Than Life Duo 8:30pm - The Guvnors Goffs ParkShovel, Social Club, The Malt Horsham Crawley 14:00 & 20:30 20:30 Kit Holmes & Al GreenHounds wood of Sound Broadbridge Heath Village Cranleigh Arts Centre, Centre, Broadbridge Heath Cranleigh 20:00 20:00 Quo-caine Horsham Rocks Presents: The Mulberry, Goring PAUL WINGHAM 20:30 The Carfax Bandstand, Black Heart Angel Horsham The Malt Shovel, Horsham 14:00 - 16:00 Alter Ego 0:30 Sussex Oak, Warnham 20:30

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The Tina Turner Experience Charting the life and career of one of the world’s iconic performers, and full of classic hits, including Private Dancer, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, River Deep Mountain High and Let’s Stay Together, to name but a few, this dazzling concert is sure to get you moving. Complete with state of the art lighting and sound, plus video of the actual life story and career of one of the world’s most iconic performers, Miss Tina Turner.

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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

This concert style show features an incredible, completely live, 7-piece band, making this the only tribute show of its kind. Powerful vocals, backing singers and fabulous professional dancers with electrifying dance routines, make The Tina Turner Experience Simply the Best. Performance: Saturday 12 May 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £24, available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www.hawth.co.uk

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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to The Hawth stage tomorrow (Saturday 5 May) with a brand new show celebrating 40 years of the iconic Rumours album. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music, and channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have

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South Saxon Beardsmen Gathering The Malt Shovel, Malt Shovel BeerHorsham Festival: 12:00 18:00 2pm til - Ben Dixon, Nick Open Mic&night Parsons The Gibbons The Shelley Arms, BroadHyldon Experience 8:30pm bridge Heath - Classix 19:30 The Malt Shovel, Horsham Riverboat Shuffle 14:00 & 20:30 Horsham Sports Club, Horsham 20:00

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ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time. Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups. Peformance: Saturday 5 May 8pm, The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £25 (Golden Circle: £35), available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 or online: www.hawth.co.uk.


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20th Century Boy

The hit musical inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, 20th Century Boy, returns to the stage on a UK-wide tour to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. The show hits The Hawth stage from Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 May. Following critical acclaim for his portrayal of Marc Bolan in the show’s highly successful runs at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in 2011, and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in 2012, Olivier Award winning West End star, George Maguire (Sunny Afternoon), re-

turns to lead the cast. The producers said: “We are delighted to welcome George Maguire back to the role of Marc. George has been involved with the show from the early workshop stages and has an incredibly close connection with the material.” Featuring a new script by Nicky Graham and Colin Giffin, the production is directed by John Maher, and features more than 20 classic Bolan hits. 20th Century Boy is produced by Great Brit Productions. 20th Century Boy tells the life

story of the legendary Bolan and his band T.Rex, exposing some of the myths and taking the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, which was cut short by a cruel twist of fate. At his peak, Bolan was arguably the biggest rock star the UK had ever seen. Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam and godfather of punk – Marc Bolan became a superstar, and the press dubbed him “Bigger than the Beatles”. Before his tragic death in 1977, a few days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and classics, and an army of obsessive fans. Showcasing some of the greatest rock songs ever written, Marc Bolan and T.Rex’s best-known iconic hits, including Get It On, Ride a White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love to Boogie, 20th Century Boy, and many more of their 70s classics, 20th Century Boy is a glorious celebration of glam rock at its colourful best! Performance: Monday 14 Wednesday 16 May 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £30 (Discounts: £27),available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www.hawth.co.uk

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using their voices to make great harmony, fabulous “ringing” chords, and making the music come “alive” for their audience The Chorus’ fabulous Repertoire currently encompasses a broad range of Great 20th Century American Classics, including “Stepping Out With My Baby,” “Tonight Tonight,” “The Way you Look Tonight,” “The Nearness of You,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Baby” ”If I had my Way” through Spirituals like ”Deep River” to more modern pieces performed by singers like Billy Joel, “The Longest Time,” The Beatles “Blackbird” & “In my Life” and Queen “Crazy Little thing called Love” Zoe Peate explained: “Whilst we have steadily grown in numbers, and put together an exciting

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We take notices for all celebrations, births, deaths, marriages, anniversaries and acknowledgements To book your notice, please contact the team on 01403 289709 or at announcements@thedistrictpost.co.uk TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 PUBLIC INQUIRY Date: Tuesday 12th June 2018 at 10.00 at Main Conference Room, Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL REASON FOR INQUIRY Appeal by Mr John Casey & Mr John Smith, relating to the enforcement notices served by Horsham District Council,. The notices allege: 1) The unauthorised use of the land for the stationing and use of caravans for residential purposes for Gypsies and Travellers and non Gypsies and Travellers without the grant of planning permission. 2) The incidental operational development on the land ancillary to the unauthorised use for the stationing and use of caravans for residential purposes on the land, together with the formation of hardstanding and access track, erection of fences and gates, lighting, utility/dayrooms and stable blocks and laying of drainage pipes and septic tanks without the grant of planning permission without the grant of planning permission’ at Kingfisher Farm, West Chiltington Lane, Billingshurst, West Sussex An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State under paragraph 1(1) of schedule 6 to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 will attend at the place, date and time shown above to decide the appeal. Members of the public may attend the inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, express their views. If you or anyone you know has a disability and is concerned about facilities at the inquiry venue, you should contact the Council to confirm that suitable provisions are in place. Documents relating to the appeal can be viewed at the Council’s offices by prior arrangement or through the Council’s website. Planning Inspectorate References: APP/Z3825/C/16/3153910 – (DC/17/1185 & EN/16/0092) APP/Z3825/C/16/3153915 – (EN/16/0092) APP/Z3825/W/17/3188942 – (DC/17/1184) APP/Z3825/W/17/3188945 – (DC/17/1185 & EN/16/0092) Planning Inspectorate Contact Kate Parfrey – 0303 444 5473

Thank you from The Rotary Club of Horsham The Rotary Club of Horsham would like to thank the 25 Shops in Horsham that participated in this year’s BUNNY HUNT Competition during the Easter holidays. The Competition Winners were Lucas Crouch ; Matilda Smith ; Sophie Anderson ; Bella Hughes ; Chloe Samway; and Grace Chambers. . Congratulations to all of them, and to the many mums and dads who escorted their youngsters. There were over 1000 entries..... thanks to Spirit fm for the fantastic radio promotion and the County Times and District Post for their coverage and for publishing the Competition entry form. Special thanks to our shops for making a lot of kids really happy....and sweetied out. The Competition raised £800 which will be used to help local organisations and individuals. Look out for our annual Trick or Treat Competition during autumn half term....... and have a superb summer. .

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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 30th April 2018 and 4th May 2018 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 www.horsham.gov.uk DC/18/0668 1 Castle Rise West Chiltington Pulborough West Sussex RH20 2GT Conversion of car port into enclosed garage Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of a Listed Building. Conservation Area. DC/18/0896 Green Farm Barn The Pike Washington Pulborough West Sussex RH20 4AA Change of Use of two domestic outbuildings into meat butchery and processing buildings (retrospective). Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of a Listed Building. DC/18/0913 Hawthorns Dragons Lane Dragons Green Horsham West Sussex RH13 8GD Erection of a single storey rear extension Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of a Listed Building. DC/18/0885 The Steyning Centre Fletchers Croft Church Street Steyning West Sussex BN44 3XZ Replace existing wooden windows with UPVC windows on South elevation. Reason for Advert: Conservation Area.

DC/18/0867 The Old Cottage 5 Goose Green Broadbridge Heath Road Warnham Horsham West Sussex RH12 3RS Removal of obsolete shower facility to create a storage cupboard including wall tiles to be removed and flooring to be repaired. (Listed Building Consent) Reason for Advert: Listed Building. DC/18/0947 33 High Street Steyning West Sussex BN44 3YE Installation of metal flue to rear outshot and snow guards above front eave. Reinstatement of metal sign bracket on front elevation with new hand-painted hanging wood sign. Replacement of existing lead roof coverings over front bay windows/entrance. Removal of high-level cupboard in rear kitchen and stabilisation of a section of internal party wall at ground floor level. (Listed Building Consent) Reason for Advert: Listed Building. Conservation Area. DC/18/0750 Hayes Warren Hayes Lane Slinfold Horsham West Sussex RH13 0RF Erection of three bay detached garage to west of property Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of a Listed Building.

DC/18/0685 Hill Farm Hill Farm Lane Codmore Hill Pulborough West Sussex RH20 1BW Erection of new grain store. Reason for Advert: Major Development. Affecting Setting of a Listed Building.

DC/18/0627 Station Studio 13B Station Road Horsham West Sussex RH13 5EZ Demolition of existing storage building and erection of new one bedroom single storey dwelling. Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of a Listed Building.

DC/18/0901 35 Church Street Steyning West Sussex BN44 3YB Demolition of existing first floor projecting bay window and erection of a replacement two storey projecting bay extension to the rear. Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of a Listed Building. Conservation Area.

South Downs National Park Applications SDNP/18/01543/ADV Graveyard Situated Opposite St Giles Church London Road Proposed installation of 1x freestanding non-illuminated aluminium sign Reason for Advert: Involves a Listed Building

A copy of each application and the submitted plans are available for inspection on the Council’s website https://public-access.horsham.gov.uk/ 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.


Unique opportunity to own historic Chequers Hotel and Restaurant

The Historic Chequers Hotel and Restaurant has been owned and run by our client since 2012 and they are now looking to retire. Throughout their ownership, they have invested heavily to restore the proud reputation and charm this property has previously enjoyed down the years.

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Ideally situated at the foot of the South Downs National Park in Pulborough with views over the Arun Wild Brooks and easy access to Goodwood, Parham House, Petworth House, Arundel and many more destinations synonymous to this area of outstanding natural beauty.

The Chequers dates back to as early as 1548 and is an exceptional example of a traditional coaching inn. The property is extensive and has nine guest rooms with the potential for a further two by converting the owner’s accommodation on the ground floor. The freehold accommodation

briefly comprises; 9 en-suite rooms, owners accommodation with 2 further en-suite bedrooms, reception area, lounge (with inglenook fireplace), dining room (28 covers), bar/lounge (providing additional covers), ladies and gents W.C’s, large commercial kitchen, basement, landscaped rear gardens and car park. The business is to be sold as a going concern with a healthy repeat client base and forward bookings. While the business had built up a solid reputation based on its current format, there remains significant scope to scale the business upwards. Trade, accounts and licence/insurance information can be made available by request. The tariff for the guest rooms vary and (based on information provided) the average tariff for the 12 months up to February 2018 was circa £120.00 per night. The restaurant (run by the current owners) serves food and ales from quality locally sourced suppliers. There is also an extensive wine list in place. At this time, our clients run the restaurant on 28 covers. However, the accommodation allows an increase to this number. This is a unique opportunity and any interested party would be encouraged to view in order to appreciate the warm welcome and ambience this charming property has to offer. The Chequers, Pulborough is offered to the market at a Guide Price of £1,200,000. Viewings are strictly by appointment through the sole selling agents Chesworths on 01403 611090.


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A converted dairy barn with good sized rooms and an alfresco dining area in a central courtyard. The property has an additional double garage with large storage above.

Guide price £850,000 Freehold

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Haywards Heath 5.8 miles Horsham 6.8 miles Gatwick 13.9 miles Central London 39.8 miles (all distances and times approximate)

A charming early 15th Century updated and extended Grade II listed home offering the opportunity to live in the historic and tranquil West Sussex village setting of Warninglid.

Guide price £695,000 Freehold

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Volunteering Opportunities Registered Charity No. 1158780 Please note that from April 1, 2018 as a result of funding changes from Horsham District Council HAMSVA will no longer be promoting volunteering in the district. For all volunteering opportunities after that date please visit www.horsham.gov.uk/communitysupport/ community-support/community-development/voluntary-sector-support . Would you like to gain some valuable work experience or offer your valuable experience to your local NHS? Horsham Hospital is looking for volunteer administrators. Duties will include helping the administrator with filing patient notes, Making up files for new patients, archiving - filling out forms on the computer stating what is added to the archiving boxes, photocopying paperwork for the nurses to use with patients The minimum commitment for this role is six months after training. No qualifications are required except to be friendly yet professional and happy to work in a possibly noisy environment with children. The hospital also needs administrators to take on a similar role with its wheelchair service and with health visitors, where you would be making up health promotion packs for clinical staff to take to visits, photocopying and updating booklets. If you prefer the great outdoors, how would you like to help preserve the beautiful countryside we enjoy in Sussex? The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Sussex is looking for volunteers across the county to help preserve its beauty. They need a planning assistant to help monitor planning applications in the local area, identifying applications of concern and helping the local team to submit relevant comments and objections. The charity is also looking for general volunteers to work on a wide range of activities, including fund-raising, biodiversity, campaigning, social media, general administration, etc. if you have a specific interest or expertise that might be applicable to their work in protecting the Sussex countryside they would love to hear from you. Winston’s Wish is a charity which supports children who have been bereaved by the death of a parent. They need volunteer fund raisers to support at their events in the Southeast Some things you might do are to meet and greet participants and spectators, help set up and clear down the event, provide information at a Winston’s Wish event stand, answering queries and hand out refreshments or even wear the famous Winston Bear costume! AGE UK Horsham is looking for volunteers to help people coming home from hospital who may feel lonely and isolated and who would benefit greatly from practical and emotional support and confidence building. The NSPCC is looking for volunteers to help with a bucket collection at the Horsham Tesco on Wickhurst Lane on Friday 23 March – even just a couple of hours of your time would be hugely appreciated. Your support and the money raised could help fund the NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe programme, which delivers age-appropriate workshops and assemblies to children aged 5-11 about how to recognise the signs of abuse and to understand where to go if they need help. If you want to know more about the opportunities above or are thinking of volunteering and want to know what’s out there, just log on to www.hamsva.org.uk/opportunities and explore the many ways in which you can get involved in your community.

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We are looking for someone to lead our cleaning team with the daily tasks and organise out of term time cleaning and working with our contractors. You will be responsible for managing the day time and evening cleaners and monitoring their performance and the standards of cleaning around the college. All year round contract, 20 hours per week. The hours in term time will be Monday to Friday 14.30-18.30 Out of term time hours to be agreed. Salary: £9,787pa (£9.33 per hour) Closing Date: 12 Noon Thursday 19 April 2018 Please apply via our website www.collyers.ac.uk If you have any queries or would like to arrange a visit please contact us on jobs@collyers.ac.uk.

Personal assistant needed for lady in her 50 s wheelchair user with restricted mobility with accessing appointments days out ,and willing to do longer drives few times a year essential hence good driver with clean licence essential. The work also involves keeping the home tidy and clean and all aspects of domestic chores so must like cleaning. Must have use of larger car for placing wheelchair in the boot . Must be reliable and organised and can work on own initiative,fit and healthy to undertake above duties, friendly nature more important than experience common sense approach and must be flexible with hours on a weekly basis over 7 days. 9.50 per hour typical rate. This is a contracted 10 hour minimum per week position please phone: Horsham 01403 732724 to arrange an interview

General Practice Surveyor required for Property Consultancy & Estate Agency practice in Horsham town centre, covering the Sussex/Surrey area. The role is varied and wide ranging and will include working with multiple property departments including commercial, agricultural, residential sales and lettings. The candidate must be RICS qualified and able to undertake redbook valuations, lease renewals, rent reviews, landlord and tenant work. The ideal person would come with a good working knowledge of the area, agency experience and a good understanding of property management. We are looking for a self-motivated individual with at least 10 years’ experience. The candidate must have a strong track record and the ability to win new business and clients. For further information or a confidential chat, please contact Andrew Algar – 07868 434449 or andrew.algar@henryadams.co.uk

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Enjoy free tennis in Horsham this weekend Tennis Martin Read - Sports Reporter Horsham Lawn Tennis Club are holding an open day as part of the Great British Tennis Weekend at two venues this weekend - on Saturday (12th) – at the courts at Horsham Cricket & Sports Club in Cricketfield Road, and then on Sunday in Horsham Park. The events are open to those of all ages and abilities, giving the opportunity for everyone to come along and have a go! Rackets and balls will be provided so all you need is a pair of trainers!

And, there will refreshments for sale to raise funds for the club. On Saturday at the Horsham Lawn Tennis Club the sessions available include Adult and Junior coaching, mini-tennis, family and open sessions, plus the annual grass court open “American Tournament”. On Sunday the sessions in Horsham Park will feature cardio tennis, Mini Tennis, and adult and junior coaching, too. Head coach Glyn Jukes says “Once again we are delighted to take part in the Lawn Tennis Association’s hugely successful Great

British Tennis Weekend. These events, which run nationally across a range of tennis venues and sports facilities, offer an opportunity for everyone to pick up a racket and savour tennis for free.” Glyn continues “Whether you are completely new to tennis, want to introduce your child to the sport or would like to rediscover your love for the game, we have something for you and would be very pleased to welcome you on Saturday or Sunday. After the sessions at Horsham Lawn Tennis Club there will be a host

of readily available information on how you can continue with your journey in tennis - whether you are interested in one to one coaching, mini tennis for your child, social drop in sessions or just how to book a court and play. There will also be discounted membership on the day with 50% off our usual membership fees.” For details of timings or to book to guarantee your spot please just visit www.lta.org.uk/gbtw, or you can just turn up on the day. Alternatively, please email Glyn Jukes at glynjukes4@hotmail.com

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Roffey open league campaign with clinical hammering

Saturday May 5 - Sussex Premier League – 50 over game Roffey 281-7 (50 overs) Middleton 117 all out (31.3 overs) Roffey won by 164 runs – Roffey 30 points – Middleton 6 Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter In 2015 Roffey did the double over Middleton, condemning them to relegation with a home thrashing, despite a cameo from Sussex’s Jofra Archer. Middleton, though, bounced back into the Premier League at the first opportunity and have been a side to respect. But, last Saturday at their most pleasant Sea Lane ground they were outplayed in every aspect of the game. Inserted, Roffey rattled up by far the highest Premier League score of the day after creating a sound platform and batting consistently throughout, with fif-

ties from Theo Rivers, Jibran Kahn and Ben Manenti. The ground was still damp and soft at the top end and the groundsman said that the conditions had not allowed him to cut the grass as short as he would have liked, so, although Roffey prefer to chase, their 281 was worth in excess of 300. There were no demons in the pitch and Middleton’s bowling was unthreatening, not helped by shoddy ground fielding and Manenti being dropped on 36, en route to 60. Roffey’s 50 came up in the 11th over, and at the half way stage of their innings they were 125-1 with Rivers, elegant and untroubled on 55, and Khan cutting well on 32. Both were out by the 33rd over, Rivers top scoring with 65, but Manenti pushed on and cameos from Usman Khan, Josh Fleming and Stuart Whittingham enabled Roffey to post a very demanding total – when Roffey had 220 on the board,

a Middleton fielder was asked what he thought would be a good score – fearing the worst, he replied: “This! We’ve not got a strong side out today.” To have any chance of mounting a serious challenge Middleton needed to start well, but they were soon 16-2, both openers succumbing to Whittingham’s pace. 53 was reached with the loss of only one further wicket, before Leigh Harrison (5-19) ripped the heart out of Middleton’s batting with a superb triple wicket maiden, beginning with an LBW. The new batsman was bowled first ball and although the hat trick was somehow avoided by his successor, he was hit on the pads twice before being caught. Suddenly Middleton were 53-6. The slide continued when Manenti pulled off a stunning, lifethreatening catch and although some lusty late order blows took Middleton into three figures, the contest had long since been assigned to Roffey, whose Captain - Matt Davies - told the District Post: “That was pretty convincing! I’d have liked to see one of our batsmen get a hundred, but I’m very happy with our excellent start, especially as we’ve got two big games this weekend – on Saturday at home to current champions East Grinstead and then on Sunday we go to Bromley Common in the National Cup.” Coach Simon Fearnley said: “We set out to win well, and that’s what we did. We’ve got the same, settled side as last year, but we’re better prepared with players performing strongly abroad during the winter and others working on their game at home.” After his outstanding bowling display, Leigh Harrison added: “I wasn’t expecting that when I woke up this morning – the ball was coming out nicely – with a bit of wobble!” Middleton’s woes were compounded by their 2nd XI’s 150 run walloping at Horsham.

Horsham suffer defeat Saturday May 5 - Sussex Premier League East Grinstead 233-5 (45 overs) – Horsham 161-9 (45 overs) East Grinstead won by 72 runs – East Grinstead 30 points Horsham 6 Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter At Cricketfield Road in June last season Horsham inflicted one of East Grinstead’s only two league defeats, courtesy of two outstanding performances – a century from Michael Thornely and 6-32 from Michael Munday - but Horsham were unable to repeat the dose at Saint Hill, when East Grinstead took their revenge, being crowned Sussex Premier League champions in the process. Last Saturday, Horsham won the toss and put Grinstead in to bat, overseas player Mika Ekstrom

and Sussex’s Tom Haines taking a wicket apiece – both LBWs - to reduce the hosts to 21-2, but it proved to be a

false dawn when a third wicket stand took the score to 184, captain Will Adler making 84. Another wicket soon fell, but, Grinstead

were deeply indebted to 21 year old Leo Cammish’s unbeaten 108 - the former Hurstpierpoint, Sussex and Leicestershire right hand bat’s fourth league century. Grinstead’s other five batsmen only contributed 20 runs between them. Ekstrom and, making a welcome return to Horsham’s colours, Jamie Thornely, each took two wickets. But, with the overs reduced to 45 per side after a delayed start to allow East Grinstead’s Saint Hill ground to recover from recent deluges, a target of 234 was demanding. Horsham needed a good start, but they too lost two early wickets. They recovered from 15-2 with a stand of 48, but were then reduced to 96-5. Tom Haines batted well for his 89, but extras with 22, was the next highest contributor, only two other batsmen reaching double figures. Left arm pace-

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Billingshurst off to a cracking start Saturday May 5 - Sussex League Division 2 Billingshurst 194 all out (45 overs) Three Bridges 147 all out (33.2) Billingshurst won by 47 runs – Billingshurst 28 points, Three Bridges 12 Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Billingshurst are an ambitious club and have made no secret of the fact that they want to get back into the Premier League – they have bolstered their side with several winter signings. And, last Saturday, against Three Bridges, another former Premier League club, Billingshurst got off to the best possible start – with a strong win after hosts Three Bridges had inserted them. Despite three run outs, Billingshurst posted a very useful, if not killer total, Tom

Haynes top scoring with 87 and new boy Louis Storey making 28. Storey joined from East Preston, where, in addition to several big hundreds, he also made an unbeaten double century. When Three Bridges replied, Andy Barr took 4-29, dismissing both openers for ducks and despatching four of the first five batsmen. Former skipper Ben Williams snared 3-47 and Haynes chipped in with 2-16, Three Bridges subsiding to comprehensive defeat. Billingshurst Captain, Tom Haynes, told the District Post: “This was a great win for us, getting our season off with a bang. Andy (Barr) bowled beautifully and the boys played very well as a team.” On Saturday Billingshurst are hoping that their Jubilee Fields ground will have recovered sufficiently to enable them to stage their first home game of the season – against Haywards Heath.

Horsham thrash Haywards Heath in Sussex Cup Sunday May 6 - Sussex GrayNicholls T20 Cup – Round 1 Haywards Heath 87-8 (20 overs) Horsham 88-0 (12-1 overs) Horsham won by 10 wickets Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Last Sunday at Cricketfield Road Horsham eliminated Haywards Heath from the Sussex Cup in a re-scheduled match following the previous bad weather postponement. It was a completely one-sided affair, even though Horsham had far from their strongest side. Haywards Heath won the toss and elected to bat. They soon regretted the decision. In no time they were 18-3 and although they made a partial recovery to 44-4, progress was very slow and, when further wickets fell, they were not able to set a meaningful target from a parlous 57-6. At the end of their 20 over allocation they had staggered to a totally inadequate 87-8. Four batsmen made double figure scores, the highest being 16 – exceeded by 20 extras, early season rustiness producing 15 wides. Tom Haines took 2-9 from his four overs, Joe Ashmore

man Lewis Hatchett took 2-19 from his nine over allocation and Ian Sturmer 4-42 as Horsham fell some distance short. In former Sussex players Will Adkin, Fynn Hudson-Prentice and Lewis Hatchett, East Grinstead have a strong nucleus, and with consistently accurate bowler Ian Sturmer, also with first class experience, they will again be one of the main teams to beat in this year’s league campaign. On Saturday, in their first home league game of the season, Horsham welcome perennial

2-16 and Mika Ekstrom 2-21. Keen to experience Premier League cricket, Ashmore has joined Horsham from Bognor, where in ten seasons he bagged considerably more than 300 wickets. Replying, Horsham set off in hot pursuit – and made short work of the task. Haywards Heath were unable to take a single wicket, Haines finishing with an unbeaten 42 and evergreen Craig Gallagher 36. Heath’s bowling figures are best not dwelt upon, Horsham winning at a gallop with almost eight overs unused. In their hey day Haywards Heath were one of the town sides then prevalent in the Sussex Premier League and, while they had won in Division 2 the day before and had retained a nucleus of that team, the side put out was not really worthy of the club’s reputation. There seems little point in entering a competition if players have no real interest or commitment in supporting it, reaffirming the declining appetite for once highly popular Sunday cricket. Round 2 of the Sussex Cup will take place on Sunday June 10th. Details of the draw are awaited and will appear in the sports pages of your District Post paper.

adversary Preston Nomads, while on Sunday, in the second round of the National knockout cup, after a bye in the first, Horsham entertain Banstead. Results from other matches in last Saturday’s Premier League: Brighton 241 all out (48.4 overs) – Cuckfield 184 all out (43.3) – Brighton won by 57 runs. Hastings 145 all out (44.0) – Ifield 102 all out (32.0) Hastings won by 43 runs. Eastbourne 178 all out (47.4) – Preston Nomads 180-6 (45.4) – Nomads won by 4 wickets.


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YMCA’s cup dream ends in disappointment

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Monday May 7 – Peter Bentley League Challenge Cup Final Haywards Heath Town 4 0 Horsham YMCA Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter This was YM’s third recent appearance at The Beacon at Hassocks – once in league & now twice in Cup, and they had won on the last two visits – but, this time the result failed to match their hopes. Haywards Heath are promoted League Champions – something that they missed out on last year because of a player registration irregularity – and were on the crest of a wave, whereas, at the end of a very long season, stretching back almost 10 months, YM’s form had slumped dramatically, knocking them off their perch as well-established league leaders in the run in. Although YM had beaten Heath at Gorings Mead in October, they lost 2-0 at Haywards Heath in April, so, with Heath brim full of confidence, this showpiece cup final was likely to be a stiff challenge. YM sorely missed Guy Harding, suspended after a red card versus Newhaven, and they needed to keep it tight up front and frustrate Heath, as they had

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done at Gorings Mead. But, in front of a big crown, on Bank Holiday Monday, the hottest day of the year to date, Heath came out with all guns blazing and YM found themselves two goals down within the first quarter of an hour. First a ball came over from the left for Karl Akehurst to complete a clean strike and then

Nothing much went right for us today, but, fair play to them – they’re a good outfit Callum Saunders kicked a text book penalty after YM’s defence had missed the opportunity to clear and, in desperation to avoid conceding another goal, a trip in the area curtailed an attack. YM, though, had already had two corners, and created opportunities but they looked unthreatening in front of goal compared with the dangers posed by Heath. However, YM were gaining greater possession and earned two more corners, yet Heath broke their hearts when Akehurst scored

again just before half time to give Heath a 3-0 lead at the break, and it might have been even worse, but for a goal being disallowed after being ruled offside. YM resumed in more positive vein, a Tony Garrod cross coming to nothing before Phil Johnson was floored in the box, only to be penalised for simulation and Luke Gedling and Dan Evans combined well, for the ball to be fired wide. Mid way through the second half Aaron Jeal was yellow carded for an infringement outside the box, but YM were reprieved when the crossbar denied Akehurst his hat trick from the resultant penalty. Earlier Dean Carden had limped off with a suspected broken foot, Charlie Cooke substituting, then Callum Jeal replaced the injured Dave Brown and Mark Cave came on for Sam Schaaf, but the changes did not provide an elusive goal. Although YM had a much better second half, the ultimate denouement came when, the ball was fired straight at Cooke on the YM goal line and he was unable to keep his hands clear, former Horsham player Max Miller making no mistake from the spot to seal Haywards Heath’s deserved 4-0 win. Post match, Peter Bentley said: “Nothing much went right for us today, but, fair play to them – they’re a good outfit.” YM had won the John O’Hara Cup (the predecessor to the Peter Bentley Cup) four times, but the senior side last lifted silverware four years ago. Yet, at the club the 2017-2018 season was memorable overall despite recent disappointments – the seniors finished fourth in the league and got through to the Peter Bentley Final, the reserves reached the semi final of their cup and were in with a possibility of winning their league right up to the end and the Under 18s won their cup in style at the county HQ at Lancing. So, YM is in good shape and the season’s awards will be presented at Gorings Mead on Friday May 18th, the ceremony starting at 7pm.

Horsham review this season and plan ahead Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter The season may just have finished, but Horsham are already planning ahead for the next campaign, in what will be a momentous development for the club when they move into their long awaited new ground at Hop Oast. Looking back on last season, Horsham played well on occasions – notably beating the then leaders Lewes on New Year’s Day and overturning strong clubs like Greenwich Borough. But, the Hornets were inconsistent – not helped by a succession of injuries. With 46 league matches, plus some disappointing cup games, it was a long hard season with a bit of madness thrown in – including midweek winter evening trips to the far reaches of East Kent and an early morning flight to Guernsey on Boxing Day. The Hornets finished 15th in the league – one place higher than the previous season – but the move to Hop Oast is destined to herald an up-turn in the club’s fortunes. Meanwhile, reflecting on the season just completed, Manager Dom di Paola said: “What a season! Playing away from Horsham has been harder than any of us expected and we all agree, whilst a necessity, Lancing has not felt like home. Our gates have reflected that, but with the new ground we can see light at the end of the tunnel and we’ll soon be back in Horsham for the first time in over ten years! This has easily been the toughest of my twelve seasons as a manager pre-season saw us put together a squad we felt would improve us. The friendlies were largely positive and we played some fantastic football. But, almost as soon as the season started, the problems began with injuries destroying us within a month. We started well but September was a horror show with players out for months and a few moving on. We took the view we had to re-build. At one stage we had twelve players out injured and others playing out of position or playing when they were not fit or not ready to play at our level. We had to make a change urgently! Our best period of the season was from November to January. We brought in some players, had some good loanees, and flirted with the top ten for a long spell. We even had a slim chance for the play-offs, but February saw a poor run of results and with the weather

taking a turn for the worse, our momentum evaporated. Further injuries to key players meant we were missing some of our star performers so we looked at players for next season, giving a number of them a run of games – in particular some of the younger ones – to see how they did. The results were poor in general, though, and from midMarch we haemorrhaged goals with the team constantly changing. Without some of the more established players we looked lost at times. We have spluttered over the finish line and finished far below where we could have done. Too often we have had to put out sides below the standard of this league and with key players missing we lacked leaders to help the inexperienced players through games, so I draw a line under this season, never to speak of it again! I really hope with the positivity around next season, the new ground, supporters returning and a fresh start we will only be better for the troubles of 2017/18 and I thank our committee and volunteers for their tireless work, in particular Jeff Barrett who is so helpful and kept us going when we had to get players in at the last minute. The whole backstage team have all contributed so much to the management, helping me through some of the darkest periods! As always, the most important part of the club is the supporters - this season has been just as hard for them and their endless encouragement has motivated us to strive to do better in 2018/19.” And, Horsham have appointed a new Head Coach – former Worthing and Eastbourne Borough’s Jon Meeney, Dom di Paola saying: “I’ve known Jon for some time and he’s done pretty well. He was Joint Manager at Worthing and brought them up to the Premier Division. Latterly he has been shadowing the Manager at Eastbourne Borough and has done a lot of work with Worthing’s Academy. He’s an excellent coach, being good with the young players – he has been on my radar for a long time. He will give us good value. We want to produce our own players and Jon has a proven record in doing that – he has done youth team coaching at Brighton and Chelsea.”


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Horsham’s dream becoming a happy reality

Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter Horsham’s new Hop Oast ground has transformed from an inspiring egg into a chrysalis and, before too much longer it will spread its wings. The historic old Queen Street ground was like a favourite jacket – full of character but more than a little frayed round the edges and the time had come to wish it a fond farewell. Departure from the historic venue seems a lifetime away, since when Horsham have been enduring a nomadic existence, latterly at the Lancing Headquarters of the Sussex FA. Lancing is fine, but it is too far away to encourage support except from diehard fans – and there’s no place like home. The dream of the Hornets’ new ground has often been more of a nightmare. First the club bought the Holbrook Club with the intention of moving there, but, with much to be recommended about the plan, aspirations were dashed when protestors went into overdrive forcing abandonment of the scheme. Then came the search for alternative sites within Hor-

sham’s confines, no easy task, with various options coming onto the radar but fading away like ships in the night. The possibility of a move to the established sporting venue at the Horsham

Masses of earth shifting has taken place and the car park area has been surfaced with a layer of Tarmac Golf & Fitness Centre at Hop Oast then emerged as a strong favourite option, but, again protesters persuaded the council to refuse planning permission. Anxious to be a good neighbour, the club responded to the concerns by re-drawing their proposals and at a dramatic meeting councillors finally gave their overwhelming consent, much to the relief of the club and loyal supporters. Problems over? No! Newts had to be rounded up and re-housed, skyscraper netting needed to be

erected to provide safe separation from the adjacent driving range and a host of other challenges addressed, making a stressful house move appear to be child’s play. Now, though, the end of the interminable saga approaches – a saga stretching back more than 12 years. At last, Horsham Football Club own the freehold land for their new Hop Oast ground and visible activity is under way to turn the Hornets’ dream of a new, modern home into reality. Giving an up-date on the development of the new facility, Horsham CEO John Lines says: “Masses of earth shifting has taken place and the car park area has been surfaced with a layer of Tarmac. Beyond that, the match pitch has started to be levelled and the training pitch will follow. We are currently running on time and on budget thanks to our excellent and thoroughly professional Project Manager, Robin Bishop of TDS and the expert proficiency of our main contractors, Velocity. Robin is Physio for Guernsey FC but is based in Horsham. As a football man, he understands just what we need to achieve and in the next few months the pitches

will have their foundations and drains laid, ready to take the final 3G surface. The biggest item remaining on the agenda is the placing of the contract to build the clubhouse and ancillary buildings for plant storage, laundry room and pitch-side toilet facilities. When is all this going

to be ready for us to play our first game? I would dearly love to give a firm answer but at this point I can only make an educated guess. By the end of June we should have the clubhouse foundations in place, the pitches levelled and be more or less ready to install state of the art LED floodlighting. Soon after that construction of the clubhouse should commence and if all goes well we should be looking at the end of November or so to be ready for opening. That said, we will not arrange our first game until we have tried and tested all aspects - from playing on the pitches to pouring a pint in the bar and ensuring there is hot water in the showers. This will take time but we are getting ready to move home games from Lancing by around mid season. I can’t wait !!” Horsham Football Club was created in 1871 and, having played in Hurst Park and elsewhere, the Queen Street ground opened in 1904. After surviving two world wars, and various ups and downs before, during and since the hostilities, the Hornets will soon create more history with the opening of their iconic new Hop Oast HQ, which is surely destined to become a much coveted venue among their peers and many other teams up and down the leagues. Continuing progress at the Hornets’ new Hop Oast ground will be brought to you in your District Post.

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