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Residents of the district are saddened by the sudden, unforeseen shutting of one of Horsham’s most popular restaurants – Strada in East Street. The website had been seeking Christmas bookings and everything appeared up-beat with no hint of impending closure, leaving customers shocked and distraught, because when they were in the restaurant the previous evening there was no suggestion that the business was about to cease functioning. Strada’s London Head Office were unavailable for comment but at the East Street building an announcement reads: “It is with much sadness that we have had to close our branch at Horsham due to disappointing trading and rising costs in an increasingly competitive market.” While there is no shortage of alternative restaurants in East Street and elsewhere in Horsham, the loss of the popular Strada, following the closure of the nearby French restaurant Cote (after a fire in September) has been received

with great disappointment locally, as witnessed by posts on social media, including from diners who were in Strada the night before the closure when “business as normal” seemed to be the case. The company’s statement continues: “Be assured that we have offered all of our team members the chance to relocate to one of our other branches and have been fortunate to see many of them to take this opportunity. Where this hasn’t been possible we have ensured that we have offered the right level of practical and financial support as we appreciate that this is a difficult and unsettling time for all involved. We are very sorry to have to take such actions that affect our team members and local communities alike. This closure in no way reflects (badly upon) the dedication and passion that our staff have put in to serving our loyal customers over the years and we are very thankful for their hard work.” A search on the company website for a nearest remaining Strada restaurant to our area suggests a trip to either Tunbridge Wells or Wimbledon, cold comfort for those hoping to have been able to continue enjoying meals at the Horsham branch.

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Professional safeguarding expert, local resident Ben Jacobs has set up a Horsham Community Safety page on Facebook to help raise awareness aimed at tackling personal safety issues. Ben’s idea was reposted by The Horsham Facebook page and received a huge response proving a need for this kind of project. While the Horsham district is happily regarded as a low crime area compared with inner city locations, crime and potential dangers are nevertheless all around us and Ben’s idea is to use his considerable, successful experience to provide advice on how people can avoid needless exposure to harmful situations, telling the District Post: “My concern is that everyone is so busy and preoccupied today and although in many ways we are more streetwise than ever, we tend to be in a bit of a

I’d just like to provide a spur to encourage people to take individual responsibility for their own safety we ought to be looking out for – and outlining some ways on how difficulties might be avoided.” 38 year old Ben attended Tanbridge House School and has lived locally all of his life, having set up his security business some years ago and been a bodyguard for celebrities around the world and providing protection for visiting foreign dignitaries, and diplomats, too. Ben continues: “The first port of

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call for anyone in difficulty should always be the police and I’m not out to encourage people to become ‘have a go heroes’, but it is clear that the spate of knife crimes and other problems compromising personal safety is creating unease and I’d just like to provide a spur to encourage people to take individual responsibility for their own safety by bringing a few useful remedies to their attention – after all, when somebody is out and about, often the only person that they can rely on is themself!” Ben’s job is to ensure the safety of individuals in his care and he is keen to pass on the necessary safeguarding skills that he has had to acquire - and needed to put in practice on a daily basis – and he sums up saying: “I’ve had considerable interest in my proposed safety sessions and am currently holding funding discussions and talking to a possible venue with a view to holding the first event in April for around 150 people and I invite anyone interesting in attending to get involved, initially by joining my Horsham Community Safety Facebook page.”

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Horsham’s signature Piazza Italia event is ready to roll this Easter weekend with a host of unique attrractions for all ages and interests. Bikes and Scooters Good Friday brings a welcome return to a massive display of Italian bikes, featuring a fascinating cross section of Ducati models and many other brands. (Bike Display in East Street from 12.30pm). The Bullseye Scooter Club will host a terrific display of Italian scooters, alongside their friends at The Bear pub, in Market Square on Easter Monday from 10am. Children’s and family activities Indoors: We have lots of indoor activities this year, should the weather not be so kind to us. On Good Friday and Easter Monday, there is slot car racing with Horsham Rotary at the Council’s Parkside building – just £1 a go with circuits for both novice and more confident ‘drivers’. We have not just one or two, but three F1 Simulators at Parkside this year. Pirelli have brought their replica F1 car as part of the Kwik Fit Road Safety Zone, and Altitude Events have their two simulators inside the Parkside foyer, with one on one challenge racing on Good Friday, and a fastest lap time competition, with a very special prize from Premier GT

as part of their Race Paddock on Easter Monday. (Both just £2 a go, or equivalent donation to Pirelli). Listen to the Mad Music Machine by STEAMCademy, as it produces tunes using samples of all your favourite supercar sounds. Not part of Piazza Italia, but a fun edition to Easter Saturday, there will be Messy Easter activities for younger children, thanks to Horsham Churches Together in Swan Walk near Toy Barnhaus. Outdoors: There are Fun Fair rides on the Forum by Bensons (Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday), and free Pizza making with Dominos on the Carfax (Good Friday). Up at the Parkside offices, there will be face painting and ice cream there, both days, and Jumpin’ Jockeys (Good Friday), plus child’s Go Karts (Easter Monday). The Springboard Project have Easter Arts and Crafts at Parkside, and huge local favourite ‘Tom Foolery’ will be down in the Carfax between 2 and 4pm on Easter Monday. Oh, and we can’t forget the eggcellent Horsham Rotary Easter Bunny Hunt, which starts on Good Friday and hops and skips with you around town through the rest of the two week Easter Holidays. Continued on page 2

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crowded shared accommodation. We provide safe accommodation and opportunities for young people who have been made, or are at risk of becoming homeless. Sleep Easy funds will enable us to do even more. Please sign up at www.ymcadlg.org/SleepEasy18 and help us make a difference to more local young people.” Sleep Easy will take place once again in the grounds of Horsham YMCA Football Club, making use of the club’s facilities – but not touching the hallowed turf! This

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is a special opportunity to sleep under the stars in an unusual location. A volunteer who slept out last year said: “It was a really eye opening experience. It made me think about things I hadn’t even considered before about sleeping rough. Thank you for looking after us so well. This work YMCA do is indispensable.” Another said: “It was one night that could make a difference to lots of nights for others. Great fun and nice people.” There are many young people who, for a range of reasons, find they can no longer remain living at home. Last year, across West Surrey, East and West Sussex, YMCA DLG housed around 550 young people every night who would otherwise have been homeless. The YMCA works hard to help these young people rebuild their lives and move forward, but funding is a constant challenge. The Sleep Easy event will mean that money is available to support young people beyond the confines of statutory funding. I will be taking part in the sleep out so feel free to donate by going to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thedistrictpost Could you give up one night of comfort to make a lifetime of difference? Find out more and sign up at: www.ymcadlg.org/ SleepEasy18

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Tragedy struck the close knit community of Barns Green at around 8.40 last Saturday morning when a train hit a car at the Emms Lane level crossing on the outskirts of the village. Keen footballer 15 year old Will Hallett was being driven by his grandfather Barry Hearnshaw, 72, to play in a match when the horrific accident happened, sadly both died at the scene after the car was severely damaged. Will was an enthusiastic Chelsea supporter – as appreciated by the club, who have been in contact with the family – and he played for Horsham Sparrows. As the police and rail authorities began to investigate the circumstances leading to the collision tributes of cards and flowers were left near the crossing, and Will and Barry’s family said: “One thing this tragedy has proved to us is how popular and loved Will was within our beautiful village of Barns Green, and at Tanbridge House School. He was a high grade achiever who aspired to be an airline pilot. We are utterly devastated by this tragic accident that has robbed us of our gorgeous, lovable and cheeky son.” The family

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Celebrations were in full flow last week as the Sussex Food & Drink Awards revealed the county’s top food and drink producers for 2018, all hailed as local heroes as they received their winning trophies at the Amex Community Stadium in Brighton. Hosted by Danny Pike of BBC Sussex and actress Julie Graham, representing the charity Chestnut Tree House, the glittering 12th awards ceremony saw 400 leaders in the food, drink and farming industry gather together for what is dubbed as ‘the Sussex foodie event of the year’, celebrating the cream of Sussex food and drink producers. Guests were treated to a wonderful ‘Sussex bubbly and ale reception’, sponsored by NFU Mutual Pulborough, with Harveys Ale, Carr Taylor sparkling wine, Wobblegate apple juice and Brighton Gin accompanied by delicious canapés from The Naked Food Company. This was followed by a stunning seven-course banquet created by stadium caterers Sodexo Prestige, using the very best local and seasonal ingredients supplied by Lighthouse Bak-

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As temperatures plummeted this week our first response was to turn up our heating or put on extra layers, but what must it be like for what seems to be an increasing level of homeless people in our town? Whilst some of us are happy to put our hands in our pockets or buy hot drinks for them, this is only a small glimmer of normality for these guys. It has been reported that we saw an increase in homelessness of 15% in 2017 on the previous year and Horsham hasn’t escaped the statistic. If you are wondering what you can do to help, the YMCA DownsLink Group (YMCA DLG) will be staging a Sleep Easy sleepout in Horsham on Friday 16 March. Volunteers are invited to give up their warm beds for one night and make a difference for young people in Horsham.It won’t be warm or comfortable, but this is an opportunity to do something remarkable for the local community. YMCA winter sleepout that raises awareness of youth homelessness and vital funds to change the futures of young people.

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fan”, being especially keen on Big Brother. And, Eurovision has always captivated Liam’s imagination, too, he confirms: “I love how all of the amazing countries come together and celebrate equality and unity, expressing their music in different ways. It’s so moving and inspiring to so many people around the world.” Last year Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest (for the first time), so, in accordance with tradition, they will host May’s show – the 63rd show - presented by four female presenters from the Altice Arena in Lisbon, when 43 countries will compete. The arena has the capacity for 20,000 spectators and is one of the largest indoor venues in Europe – and, of course, there will be many millions watching on TV around the world. So, how will Liam steady his nerves? “Before going on stage I always do a silly song and dance to try to relax – and I always speak to my late Nan, too!” More on page 5

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ship with Panino, with a new look market offering an even greater range of Italian food delicacies than in previous years . Responding to feedback, a larger selection of Italian style street food will be available this year. Pick up your downloadable menus from the Piazza Italia Facebook page, displaying what’s on offer during both days of the festival. There will be a range of themed entertainments around the town; ranging from professional opera singing, to go-kart racing. New this year is the opportunity to drive the Pirelli Formula One simulator – a life-size replica of

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nis centre stage, supported by HR Owen Pangbourne Lamborghini. There will also be a welcome return of Italian motorbikes, with a display zone in East Street. Good Friday’s largest ever display of fifty plus classic Minis is organised by the ItalianJob.Com charity. On Easter Monday, Premier GT are promising an amazing selection of supercars and an expanded Race Paddock. The Sporting Bears will return on both days, based in Market Square, giving visitors the opportunity to actually ride in these supercars, rather than just visualise them. As well as the amazing cars, Italia in Piazza will return, in partner-

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Horsham District Council’s Piazza Italia festival is returning for a 12th successive year this Easter weekend, on Good Friday (30 March) and Easter Monday (1 April). Taking centre stage in Horsham’s Carfax, the event celebrates all things Italian, from supercars, to fine cuisine and music, and promises to deliver more Italian flavoured variety than ever. The event will showcase thrilling displays of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maserati’s, Abarths, and Alfa Romeos; along with British classics, such as the Mini and McLaren. Good Friday’s Carfax display will be a first in putting Lamborghi-

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Wednesday February 7th will be another big day in the burgeoning show business career of local boy Liam Tamne. Having got through to the final six contestants, on that day Barns Green resident Liam will be going head to head in competition with the five other contenders on live BBC TV to earn the right to perform our Eurovision Song in Portugal on May 12th. Liam is no stranger to our screens – he wowed all four judges with his audition on The Voice and was coached by Will.i.Am. On The Voice, his version of Kate Bush’s This Woman’s Work led Kate to enthuse that he is “a fantastic singer with a special talent.” And, Liam has many strings to his bow – he trained as an actor and his impressive repertoire includes Raoul in Phan-

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unconditional love! My dogs mean everything to me and I really want to work with dogs, perhaps in the police, because I get great enjoyment from being active with dogs.” Lauren’s mother Dominique added: “Lauren had a check up this January and the cancer has returned, resulting in further ongoing invasive treatment. Continued on pg 2

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Horsham’s Lauren Ashby is thrilled to have been voted Young Braveheart of the Year, the annual Crufts award celebrating the achievements of inspiring and innovative young people making a difference for their dogs. The acclaimed award is for really special young dog lovers who have been nominated by the public in recognition of the way that they have overcome personal barriers to achieve success. In January 2017, 14 year old Millais schoolgirl Lauren was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Stage 3 and has since undergone surgery and six months of intensive Chemotherapy treatment, including spells in hospital and travelling to the Royal Marsden Hospital several times a week plus home nursing visits. Three years ago Lauren started agility practice with Billingshurst Dog Training Club with Meg, a six year old Cocker Spaniel/Springer Spaniel cross, and then with Percy, her Cocker Span-

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reasons for doing the skydive. If you wish to donate, no matter what amount, it will be massively appreciated- not only by myself, but also by Beat and those seeking support and guidance from the services they provide. Thank you”. To support Rebecca, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bex-walters-beatskydive

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the UK’s leading eating disorder charity for whom I am raising money for, is invaluable, perhaps now more so than ever; as more and more support on a local level is being slashed, their website offers a place of comfort and refuge for not only those suffering, but also family and friends who are also desperate for relief. I am jumping to not only raise aware-

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“Eating disorders are cruel and manipulative, they will ceaselessly compare you to other unwell individuals, instruct you that you are not as sick as them, that you can’t get better yet. the catch, however, is that you will never be sick enough. You are always worthy of recovery, you warrant freedom and to live a fulfilling life. “This year, we need to use Eating Disorders Awareness Week to make our voices heard-to shout not only above the endless roar within our minds, but also the proclamations of those in power: the ones who hold the ability to invest change, yet are instead stripping local services of funding and crucial support, leaving those most vulnerable at the upmost risk. “Mental health is just as important as physical health, and I hope that one day the two will be viewed on an equal platform. Until then, we must continue to fight; battle not only against our illness, but those who continue to deminish crucial protection and relief to those most in need. “On a more personal note, I am not where I need to be, but I have come a hell of a long way from the girl I was. Sometimes my illness makes me crave that sickness once more, but I continue to choose recovery each day and I am reaping the benefits more and more. I have, therefore, decided to do a skydive to mark a year since my most recent hospital admission for my anorexia. “The work carried out by Beat,

explained: “It took a considerable amount of expertise to remove Mr. Pirie and his donkey and the artist’s representatives had to be contacted to ensure the structure was dealt with safely and securely. The sculpture is now in storage, and will remain there until close to project completion, when it

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Last week was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, states that, on average, 149 weeks pass before those experiencing eating disorder symptoms seek help, and according to a YouGov survey conducted for EDAW, more than one in three adults (34%) in the UK, who gave an answer, could not name any signs or symptoms of eating disorders. Rebecca Walters, from Horsham, has battled with an eating disorder for five years. She spoke, last week, about the devastating effects that Anorexia Nervosa had on her: “My illness has stripped me of my adolescence, forced me to withdraw from university, face two inpatient admissions to specialist hospitals, as well as crippling my physical health.” Rebecca wants to emphasise the importance of transparency in being open with one’s struggles. She continued: “You should not be ashamed, you should not feel the need to lie about appointments, disguise where you’ve been with the umbrella term of a ‘doctor’s appointment’ when in reality you have just sat through an hour of intense therapy, been weighed and measured. It can be hard to ‘come clean’, the hot and heavy shame of the connotations of your illness weighing heavy on your shoulders. “Yet, once you do it, once you reach out, the response is overwhelming and full of love and support. Everyone wants to help, and you deserve to be helped.

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and retail. In addition, Reef will upgrade the public realm and square to create a relaxing environment for outside dining and entertainment. Gilbert Ash, an award winning UK Construction Company, was formally instructed to do the construction works last year. They have started,

As announced in last week’s District Post, plans to create a substantial 24 hour incinerator plant on the site of the former Wealden Brickworks in Langhurstwood Road on the outskirts of Horsham have been re-presented. Britaniacrest Recycycling previously submitted an application to West Sussex County Council but this was withdrawn following residents’ concerns over pollution and environmental damage. Britaniacrest are described as one of the south’s leading private waste management companies and they state that they are: “Passionate about recycling and protecting the environment” and that they have: “achieved 0% to landfill for customers - recycling 90% of the current 250,000 tonnes of waste received yearly.” The planning application comes at a time of mounting concern over the levels of packaging generated by supermarkets and other retail outlets, substantial quanti-

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Travel writers at the Guardian have recognised Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods in Harwood Road, Horsham as top “hidden gem” destinations in the world for 2017. The popular woodland attractions were rated alongside world renowned locations, such as Lake Gaube in the French Pyrenees, Shell Beach; one of Australia’s natural wonders of the world and the Belmonte Calabro coast in Italy and came out as one of the publication’s best hidden discoveries of 2017. Describing the experience of visiting the local woods, the Guardian said it was “transported to another world” as it explored the combined 108 acres of woods and heathland. Horsham District Council

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It was a day of pancakes and biscuits for 1st Rudgwick Scouts as they recently thanked their local community for supporting them as their local chosen charity, as part of the Co-op Local Community Fund Cause. Up and down the country, on Saturday 24 November, a total of £19million was given to local community causes as part of the Co-op’s Payout Celebration Day. By simply choosing a local cause, 1% from the sale of Co-op branded products and services purchased by a Co-op member would go to their local chosen cause. Co-op Regional Manager for the South, Mark, said: “I have been so humbled to have spoken with colleagues, and local causes, to gain a better appreciation of where the Co-op support goes and how many people are impacted by that support”. Receiving £4,189.27 from the Coop Local Community Fund Cause, Rudgwick Scouts will use the funds towards making the front of the Scout Hut vehicle and pedestrian friendly, a benefit for the Rudgwick Community. Chair of 1st Rudgwick Scouts, Mr. Mark Adorian, said: “We would not have achieved this amount without the continued support from the Rudgwick community or indeed from the support of our local Rudgwick Co-op store, so on behalf of Rudgwick Scouts, we simply say Thank You. “The Rudgwick Scout Hut is an important venue in our village. It is used by local community groups and is also home to the Rudgwick Pre-School, so being able to provide easier access to the hut will be a great advantage to all users”. Rudgwick Co-op Manager, Heather, said: “It was just fantastic to have been part of the Celebration Day and to have been involved

with a laser light show to kick start the year- long celebrations. The free to attend launch will take place in the sensory garden behind Park House in Horsham Park from 3-5pm and everyone is invited to come along and enjoy the spectacle. Pop along to meet some magical performers and entertainers, and visit the Conservatory Café to hear from the Year of Culture team, and event organisers, on what’s planned for the year – don’t forget to pick up a programme. Ray Beamer, a mobile light projection bike will be at the launch, so come along and see what ‘he’ looks like, take some photos with ‘him’ and enjoy the light projection show, giving just a taster of what’s to come throughout 2019. There’ll be musical performances on the bandstand, plus food and drink provided by street food vendors, including Just Brownies, Pizzacraft, Cloud 9 Coffee and Freak Treats – as well as some on the day specials from The

Conservatory Café. Be sure to be near to Park House at 4.45pm to watch a spectacular laser show light up the building and mark the official start of the 2019 Year of Cuture. The show is created by LM Productions and RMV Productions. Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “Our launch in January marks the start of hundreds of events taking place across the District during 2019 to celebrate culture in all its forms. “We want to include as many people as possible in this exciting project, so the launch is a perfect chance for residents to find out more and discover what events they can take part in, or go to. Plus, it’s a unique, fun afternoon out, guaranteed to brighten up January. Come along and join us!” To get detailed events listings for the Year of Culture go to www. hdculture2019.co.uk, and make sure to follow @HDCulture2019 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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in helping a local cause, Rudgwick Scouts, raise the funds required for their project. It’s good to give something back and makes you feel part of something, part of the community”. As a way of saying thank you and showing their appreciation on the day, Scouts gave members of the public Scout made pancakes and biscuits. Pancake guru’s Grace and Syrie were whipping up a pancake storm, and even presented store manager Heather with the Co-op name made from pancakes. “It was incredible to see how many people had chosen 1st Rudgwick Scouts as their local cause through the Co-op’s Local Community Fund. It was great for Scouts to give our thanks to the Rudgwick community and to display and talk about some of the activities we do in Scouts” - Grace, aged 11. Article and photographs by Di Toms, 1st Rudgwick Scouts

A resident at a care home in Horsham had her wish come true when she was surprised with a trip to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. Rose Southon, who lives at Care UK’s Skylark House, on St Marks Lane, has always loved travelling and dreamed of going to Paris. So much so, she made a wish upon the home’s ‘Wishing Tree’ to take a trip to Paris. Working with Rose’s son, Nick, the team at Skylark House helped make her wish for a once in a lifetime trip to Paris to see the sights come true. Hopping on board the Eurostar from Ebbsfleet International to Paris, Rose, Nick and Patricia, a

carer from Skylark House, arrived in the city for a weekend of sightseeing, including a special trip to the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Rose embraced the French lifestyle and enjoyed a visit to a Parisian café where she had lobster and sampled some local tipples. Rose said “This experience was the trip of a lifetime and I am delighted that I had the chance to enjoy Paris’ famous landmarks in person. It was such a brilliant surprise - I cannot thank Nick and the team at Skylark enough for helping arrange the trip, and giving me the chance to visit Paris.” Skylark House home manager, Devendra Lallchand, commented: “We always like to go the extramile to grant the residents’ wishes. I am really pleased that we were able to grant this wish for Rose. “Rose had a wonderful trip, and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to get to see the sights of Paris in person – we were delighted to be able to help Nick arrange the special trip. We like to go above and beyond for the residents, and we’re really pleased that we could help make this dream come true for Rose.” Skylark House has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as shortterm respite and palliative care. For more information on Skylark House please call customer relations manager Beverly Jordan on 01403 887 578 or email beverly. jordan@careuk.com. For general information please visit careuk.com/skylark-house.


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£50,000 reward still on offer for information on Gatwick drones

The story of the Gatwick drones shows no real sign of disappearing as Sussex Police put all available resources into finding those responsible. A £50,000 reward is still on offer should information lead to an arrest and successful prosecution. The incident that caused widespread disruption to thousands is alleged to have been caused by multiple drones being flown between December 19th and December 21st. Two damaged drones have since been found in the surrounding area but have been ruled out as part of the enquiry.

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Some have also stated that it may have been Police drones at fault but this has be proven unfounded with Sussex Police stating, Contrary to some reports in the media, we would like to clarify that no Sussex Police drones caused the airport to shut down or kept it shut down at any stage. Disruption at Gatwick Airport was caused categorically by illegal drone activity and not as a result of any use of police drones. No police drones were in operation at the start of the incident and were not launched at all unless in response and only when the airport was closed.

Following a recent Police comment where it was said that there may not have been any drones at all, people were quick to voice the opinion that it was all part of a much larger story, however, the Police, along with a range of partner agencies are now working on relevant sightings by 115 witnesses, 93 of which are classed as credible due to having been from people used to working in the busy airport environment, a pilot, police officers and airport staff. Along with these witnesses more information has been gathered from the 1000 house to house enquiries that have so far been made. Chief Constable Giles York said: “Public safety remains a priority and what we are dealing with is both unprecedented and challenging. “There will be information relevant to this enquiry within the community and, with a £50,000 reward on offer for information from Gatwick Airport Limited, it is vital that people come forward so we can bring to justice the person responsible for this criminal act.” If you do have any information that may assist the police then please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go to www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Local schoolboy’s ambitious Lego project receives cash boost A Year 10 pupil from Christ’s Hospital, who appealed to the local community to donate Lego bricks to complete an ambitious project, has received a welcome cash boost from local business, D.W. Nye in Kingsfold. 14-year-old Levi, who has been interested in Lego and making things all his life, is attempting to build a large model of his school and requires an estimated 60,000 bricks to complete the replica 19th century building. Rex Nye, who is Managing Director at builders’ merchant D.W. Nye, and is a keen Lego fan himself, spotted Levi’s story in

the local news and felt compelled to assist. He said: “I’m a huge fan of Lego, and of course construction. When I saw Levi’s quest to recreate what I consider such a beautiful building and one of our local landmarks, I couldn’t help but immediately think it would be great if our company could assist with funds. I’m really looking forward to seeing the end result of all Levi’s hard work.” Levi is hoping to have his project completed during 2020. The School and Levi have thanked Mr Nye for his kind support and offered him an invitation to the unveiling.

How ‘Dry January’ is the secret to better sleep, saving money and losing weight New research from the University of Sussex shows that taking part in Dry January – abstaining from booze for a month – sees people regaining control of their drinking, having more energy, better skin and losing weight. They also report drinking less months later. The research, led by Sussex psychologist Dr Richard de Visser, was conducted with over 800 people who took part in Dry January in 2018. The results show that Dry January participants are still drinking less in August. They reported that: drinking days fell on average from 4.3 to 3.3 per week; units consumed per drinking day dropped on average from 8.6 to 7.1; frequency of being drunk dropped from 3.4 per month to 2.1 per month on average. Dr Richard de Visser, Reader in Psychology at the University of Sussex, said: “The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week. There are also considerable immediate benefits: nine in ten people save money, seven in ten sleep better and three in five lose weight. “Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn’t manage to stay alcoholfree for the whole month - although they are a bit smaller. This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January.” The University of Sussex research showed that: 93% of par-

ticipants had a sense of achievement; 88% saved money; 82% think more deeply about their relationship with drink; 80% feel more in control of their drinking; 76% learned more about when and why they drink; 71% realised they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves; 70% had generally improved health; 71% slept better; 67% had more energy; 58% lost weight; 57% had better concentration; 54% had better skin. Dr Richard de Visser’s

findings come from three self-completed online surveys: 2,821 on registering for Dry January; 1,715 in the first week of February; and 816 participants in August. A new YouGov poll undertaken for Alcohol Change UK showed

that one in ten people who drink – an estimated 4.2 million people in the UK – are already planning to do Dry January in 2019. Dr Richard Piper, CEO of Alcohol Change UK, said: “Put simply, Dry January can change lives. We hear every day from people who took charge of their drinking using Dry January, and who feel healthier and happier as a result. “The brilliant thing about Dry January is that it’s not really about January. Being alcoholfree for 31 days shows us that we don’t need alcohol to have fun, to relax, to socialise. That means that for the rest of the year we are better able to make decisions about our drinking, and to avoid slipping into drinking more than we really want to. “Many of us know about the health risks of alcohol – seven forms of cancer, liver disease, mental health problems – but we are often unaware that drinking less has more immediate benefits too. Sleeping better, feeling more energetic, saving money, better skin, losing weight… The list goes on. Dry January helps millions to experience those benefits and to make a longer-lasting change to drink more healthily.” Signing up for Dry January increases the chance that you’ll get

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Collyer’s reward outstanding students!

At the annual Collyer’s Prize Giving ceremony, successful students have been rewarded for their 2018 achievements at the college. The event was attended by students, teachers, parents and other members of the Collyer’s community. Music was provided by students Vila Zhang and Matthew Luk. Presentation of the awards was made by Chair of the Governing Body, Dr David Skipp, Vice Chair Ann Donoghue, Chair of Trustees, Chris Clementi, and Dave Picknell from the Old Collyerian’s Association, Jenny Gammon (Horsham Town Twinning Association) and Claire Howard. The event was brilliantly organised by Collyer’s Linda MacLeman and Rachel Gander, with help on the day from former Collyer’s student Molly Moss. The Mercer’s School Memorial Prize (The Merrett Bequest), awarded by the Mercer’s Company, was presented to Jenny Fletcher; recipients of the Mercers’ Exhibition Prize, awarded by the Trustees of the Collyer’s Foundation, were: Charlie Brooker, Emma Simmons, Oscar Bray, Reece Packham, Alice Chen and Richard Potter. The Trustees’ Curriculum Prize, also awarded by the Trustees of the Collyer’s Foundation, was presented to: Anna Bodrenkova, Amelia Venturini, Elena Davis, Daniel Brown, Chloe Flintham; Harvey Haydon, Oliver Heinrich, Tom Jarman, Ceri Pennington, Alexandra Holden; Harry Adams, Samuel Carter, William Francis, Israel Harding; Ella Lucas and Dominic Marks. The college prizes were donated by the College of Richard Collyer and Richard Collyer Lodge, Trustees and Mercers; Company, the Collyer’s Association, the Old Collyerian’s Association; Collyer’s Law Department, Chris Martin and Steve Gilham; Chris Clementi, The Estate of the late Brian Alner. And the Horsham Twinning Association. The Trustees’ Top International Student Prize was won by Chen Hei Mok and the Collyer’s Association Prize for Outstanding Contribu-

tion to the Student Community was awarded to Alpha Chackamma, while the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Sport was awarded to Sam Jewell. Emily Hedges picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and college prizes for Excellence in Level 3 Vocational Courses was awarded to Anais Bassett, with the prize for Excellence in Level 2 Vocational Courses going to Megan Chandler. The College Prize for Early Years was presented to Jasmine Chambers, Matthew Coates won the Academic Progress prize, Sheena Stoner picked up the Excellence in Access prize, while Csilla Farkasfalvi was awarded the Special Achievement in Adult Education prize. The Vivien Martin Prize for Special Achievement was awarded to Bilal Qureshi and Olivia Ward was awarded the Adam Howard Law Prize, set up in memory of a very promising law student, and kindly presented by his mum, Claire. The Collyer’s Young Enterprise Team: Dan Goodyer, Tom Williams, Fraser Relleen and Patrick Smith were delighted to receive the Business Prize for Entrepreneurship, with Daniel Butler awarded the prize for Strategic Management. President of the Old Collyerian’s Association, Mr Dave Picknell, presented the Old Collyerian’s Awards (OCA) to Darcy Davies, winning the award for the OCA Outstanding Extra-Curricular Achievement Prize, and Nadia Henning won the OCA Creative Writing Prize. The Chris Clementi Music Prize was presented to Nicholas Hoad, and the College Language prizes were awarded to Samuel Willis (French), Sean Cavallo (German) and Jessica Collett (Spanish). Recipients of Outstanding Contribution to College (Mercers’ Award) prizes were: Ed Cray, Chloe Gardner, Jack Manger, Ed Pirie, Charlie O’Neil and Tom Wheatland. The Brian Alner Prize for Careers was awarded to Dan Goodyer, Andy Clement picked up

the Brian Alner Prize for Geography. The 2018 Alumni Prize, for an ex student who has continued to keep in touch and support the college, went to Ella McEwan. Ella is one of country’s leading costume designers for TV and film, and created many worn in the new Mary Poppins movie! Ella told the audience: “It’s important to love your job and I love my job. Thank-you Collyer’s!” DofE Gold Certificate winners celebrated on the night were: Natalie Crundwell, Louise Dafour, Lauren Green, Freya Mackins, Rachel Partridge; Kate Philps, Amelia Smith, Charlie Brooker and James Hartley. Principal, Sally Bromley, who hosted the ceremony, said: “The Prizegiving event celebrates the wide range of student achievement at Collyer’s. Many students excelled academically, achieving 4 A* A levels and are now studying at Oxford, Cambridge and other prestigious universities, but the range of our students’ achievements do not end there. Students are awarded prizes for the way they engaged in activities outside the classroom, in clubs and societies, sport, music and drama, or the way they supported other students in their studies while persevering with their own. They are all truly awe inspiring young people and all at Collyer’s are extremely proud of them. “Collyer’s really is just a brilliant place. You can really become the best you can be at this college.” Dr David Skipp, Chair of Governors at Collyer’s, told the audience: “The achievements of students from Collyer’s are amazing. We owe thanks to the students, their supportive families and the staff, who work so hard here to create an outstanding college. I congratulate you all sincerely.” Picture credit: Student Photographer, Lucy Beak


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Horsham Lions Club support Horsham’s most needy

Horsham Lions Club and their supporters have worked extremely hard throughout December 2018 to ensure those in most need in our Horsham Community have an enjoyable Christmas. To start with, and with the help of Horsham District Council, Saxon Weald and Safe Sussex, ( The Women’s Refuge) 58 of the most needy families living in Horsham were identified and provided with food parcels. These 58 families, which have a total of 141 members under the age of 16 years, were provided with suitable presents to

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brighten up their Christmas. Horsham Lions Club also became aware, through Hilary Benham of West Sussex County Council, Leaving Care North Team had some 8 young people who had been in care for some, if not most, of their lives and had reached the age of 18, which means they became independent of the Social Care System. To provide these young people with a suitable send off into “The Big Wide World” Horsham Lions provided the funds to pay for a Christmas Lunch and Party, which took place on Saturday 1 December 2018, as well as a small present in the form of a Gift Card to purchase some warm clothing of their choice. The Total Cost of These two projects was £3354.00, courtesy of Christmas & Santa Collections held between 2 and 24 December at various locations around Horsham. The Collections started in the rain on Sunday evening, 2 December, with Father Christmas and his Horsham Lions Helpers in The Cedar Drive Area of Southwater and collections continued in the following manner: Sainsbury’s Store Horsham on 7 & 8 December, a Santa Collection in the Lemmington Way Area of North Horsham, starting at Bartho-

lomew Way on 9 December. This was followed by collections at Newbridge Nurseries at Broadbridge Heath on 13 December, Waitrose Supermarket on 14 December, Newbridge Nursery’s on 20 December, Waitrose on 21 & 22 December and finally Tesco Super Store on Christmas Eve. The total amount raised from the above collections throughout December 2018 is £4714.13. At the time of going to press Horsham Lions is still awaiting the amounts raised through their Christmas Hamper Raffle, which is undertaken by 10 local pubs and businesses. Lion President, Clare Wilson, said: “On behalf of Horsham Lions Members, our thanks to the generosity of the People of Horsham, which has meant that a significant number of the most needy in our Community have been helped and provided with a brighter Christmas as a result. Thanks must also be expressed to the organisations and businesses who have supported the Horsham Lions Christmas Appeals and lastly thanks to all Horsham Lions and their volunteers who have worked on all the service and fundraising projects. Everyone has have worked for the benefit of our Horsham Community”

Millais School Pantomime On the last day of term lessons were suspended as Staff and Prefects presented the ever popular annual pantomime to all pupils at Millais School. This involved three separate performances, with plenty of audience participation, in the magic of a traditional pantomime story, which this year was Peter Pan Special. There was plenty of hissing and booing for the baddies, Captain Hook and his fellow pirate Smee. The other baddie or goodie, depending on how you see it, was the colourful Crocodile, with a taste for Hook! Peter Pan and Wendy provided a romantic element in a fun way, with support from the good fairy, Fairy Nuff - nice to see you, to see you

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A message from The Rotary Club of Horsham Thanks to the Press, the People of Horsham….and Piles of Pancakes Firstly, may we wish all the people of Horsham a superb 2019 and thank you for your fantastic support in 2019. We also would like to thank everyone associated with Horsham’s Year of Culture 2019 for organising such an exciting array of wonderful events and we wish all participants every success with the venture. December was a very busy month for the Rotary Club of Horsham, and the Club thanks everyone who contributed to their street collections, which raised nearly £6500. Les and Dee Searle’s 1922 steam bus was a popular feature in the town on the first Sunday, and Club members also collected at Waitrose, Tesco and Newbridge Nurseries, as well as in the town centre and local neighbourhoods. We have to thank the Explorer Scout Groups Titan and Europa for their tremendous help with our collections, especially the

evenings around the streets in the pouring rain. They also helped with many other events including Funday Sunday. “The people of Horsham are very generous and we really appreciate their contributions to our charity work” said Rotary Secretary Dave Smith. As well as providing Food Vouchers for needy families at Christmas, proceeds from the collections will help local families as part of the Club’s “Making a Difference” scheme, which donates small sums to local people where a little help will make a significant difference in their lives. Over 450 requests have been fulfilled during the 8 years since the scheme’s inception, with a total of over £90,000 having been donated. We work with various organisations such as CAB, Social Services, Debt Advisory Services, Y Centre and many others in this area and the

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Horsham, with donations of over £40,000 given to good causes in the last 18 months. Most were for local people and organisations, but the Club also raised over £3000 for the BBC’s Children in Need charity, of which Rotary is a National Partner, by running our Pudsey & Pals Party in the Town The Club has also made significant contributions to the victims of natural disasters around the globe by provided Shelter Boxes and £2000 to help with Rotary International’s eradication of polio efforts. Horsham Rotary’s ‘Funday Sunday’ community event attracted thousands to Horsham Park on one beautiful Sunday in July with a magical mix of music, art, dance, drama, sports activities, numerous charity and local business stands and displays and a large variety of food and drink offerings. The Club as usual also organised Horsham’s annual Pancake Races and took part in Horsham’s ‘Piazza Italia and ‘Americarna’ with our popular slot car fundraising, at which we were assisted by our friends from the Explorer Scouts. Set4Success, our subsidiary charity that supports talented young sports people who live or go to school in the Horsham District, presented a further 17 Awards at a ceremony at South Lodge Hotel with special guest, BBC Sports Commentator Simon Brotherton . In total we have now presented 170 Awards covering more than 38 sports. In addition, Neilcott Development, who completed the building of “The Bridge” - the new leisure centre for Broadbridge Heath -

sponsored the charity and this year’s ‘Neilcott Trophy’ award was presented to Emily Orman who had an incredibly successful year in goal for Brighton & Hove and England. Several recipients of a Set4Success Award have gone on to achieve great success and represent their countries….with many more in the pipeline. Set4Success is a partnership between Horsham Rotary Club, Horsham Council, local schools headed by Millais, and local Businesses including Spofforths, ATOM, Wakefields Jewellers, PfP Leisure, Treetop Design and Print, AAH Magazine and Tactic Counsel. Applications for the next award panel need to be submitted by 15th April. Visit

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Storrington & Pulborough District Rotary Club members were out in force for their annual Christmas collections in Storrington and Pulborough in the run up to Christmas and collected £2,930 which will go to charitable causes supported by Rotary. One Saturday shoppers were entertained when the fabulous ‘Ladies That Boogie’ joined our collectors and sang for an hour in our shopping centre in Storrington! “In the current economic cli-

mate when everyone is looking to cut down on expenditure, charities need the support of local people more than ever” said President Penny Barnes. “Through the generosity of the Storrington/Pulborough communities this Christmas, we can continue to support charitable need wherever and whenever it arises. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.” Mike Lavender Rotary Club of Storrington & Pulborough District


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Picturing the District: Horsham Museum and Art Gallery exhibition opens this weekend

and London, has inspired artists. It shows how the everyday is in fact remarkable; from a cottage in Slinfold that caught Gillian Hobbs’ eye, to one in Amberley that inspired R B Wilson to pick up the brush; and why graves in a cemetery in the very centre of the district are so evocative, as seen by Gordon Rushmer. Over the last 250 years, the art world has been transformed, from the introduction of water colours to contemporary art, with all the various art movements in between. Yet one thing has remained constant; the desire to paint landscapes, to capture that magical essence that makes all of us stand and stop to take in what we see. For Sidney Moss (RBA) it can be the industrial workings of Amberley chalk pits, or for Mr Heath, the windmill at Shipley. For others, it can be the village high street, from Amy Scott’s Bramber to Roxby Bott’s Billingshurst, a village that also inspired Fox. There is inspiration across the District, including a back garden in Henfield by Mrs Wells. Dominating the south of the District is the ever looming presence of Chanctonbury Ring, a prehistoricC hill fort enhanced by a crown of M

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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 17th and 28th December 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 S106/18/0029 Land South of Broadbridge Heath Old Wickhurst Lane Broadbridge Heath West Sussex To discharge the obligation requiring the submission of a full specification for SL10 in accordance with schedule 12 part 1 of the S106 Reason for Advert: Section 106.

S106/18/0028 Land Opposite The Dun Horse Brighton Road Mannings Heath West Sussex RH13 6HZ Modification of the Section 106 agreement to remove the contribution element relating to the affordable housing contribution. Reason for Advert: Section 106.

DC/18/2578 The Mead Micklepage Nuthurst Horsham RH13 6RG Erection of semi-detached chalet bungalow comprising 2no. 2-bed starter homes Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of a Listed Building.

S106/18/0027 Rudgwick Metals Ltd Church Street Rudgwick Horsham West Sussex RH12 3EB Amendment to clause 4.5 of the legal agreement (ref: PS/PAG/1235) approved under DC/16/2917 to state that, no more than 50 residential units shall be occupied until the commercial units are constructed and practically completed and capable of being occupied for the purposed permitted by the planning permission. Reason for Advert: Section 106.

DC/18/2661 3 East Street Horsham West Sussex RH12 1HH Change of use from A1 retail to D1 orthodontist Reason for Advert: Conservation Area. DC/18/2687 Former Novartis Site Parsonage Road Horsham West Sussex Outline planning application for the erection of up to 300 dwellings (C3) including the conversion of existing offices (buildings 3 and 36) up to 25,000sqm of employment (B1) floorspaces and provision of 618sqm of flexible commercial/community space (A1 A2 A3 D1 (Creche) use classes) within the ground floor of converted building 36. Improvements to existing pedestrian and vehicular accesses from Parsonage Road and Wimblehurst Road, new cycle and pedestrian accesses from Parsonage Road, together with associated parking and landscaping. All matters reserved except for access. Reason for Advert: The proposed development does not accord with the provisions of the development plan in force in the area in which the land to which the application relates is situated. Major Development. DC/18/2647 Novartis Development Site Parsonage Road Horsham West Sussex Removal of Condition 21 (Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3) of planning application DC/14/1624 (Demolition of existing social club and redevelopment of site to accommodate 160 dwellings) Reason for Advert: Major Development.

DC/18/2671 Holmbush Manor Farm Hayes Lane Slinfold West Sussex RH13 0SL Outline Application for the demolition of existing agricultural building and creation of new dwelling, with all matters reserved Reason for Advert: The development would affect a Public Right of Way. DC/18/2702 Fairlee Cottage Bucks Green Rudgwick Horsham West Sussex RH12 3JE Outline application for the demolition of a single dwelling, including ancillary outbuildings, the erection of up to 65 dwellings with public open space, landscaping and sustainable drainage system (SuDS) and vehicular access point from Guildford Road. All matters reserved except for means of access. Reason for Advert: Major Development. Affecting Setting of a Listed Building. DC/18/2614 Land Adjacent To Elm Cottages Worthing Road Southwater RH13 9DT Erection of 2no. detached dwellings Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of a Listed Building. DC/18/2630 Copsale Farm Copsale Road Copsale Horsham West Sussex RH13 6QU Erection of a timber frame carport Reason for Advert: Affecting Setting of 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.


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How to effortlessly wear the 2019 Colour of the Year – Living Coral

Every year The Pantone Colour Institute chooses ‘a colour of the year’ and you will see it repeatedly on the catwalks and in home and fashion retail outlets. The colour for 2019 has been announced as Living Coral (161546) and has been chosen ‘as an antidote’ to the ‘cold and distant’ digital world and as ‘a shade of connection’. Kate Nicholson, Colour Analyst and Personal Stylist with House of Colour Worthing & Horsham, gives some tips on how to wear the warm and energising Living Coral colour with style. Living Coral is a gorgeous warm hue that has a bright, fresh quality. Some people will positively glow

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dress or summer suit will look stunning, while for others, much more than a blouse, trousers or skirt could be too much of a good thing! Coral looks gorgeous as a pop of colour in a scarf, belt, shoes or handbag and particularly against a backdrop of a dark neutral like warm navy, but you should avoid wearing it with black, as the black will dominate and the coral will lose its brightness. Using coral in your accessories however, will work really well with neutral coloured garments for a memorable business look.” At home, the coral colour will team well with all warm neutrals including the current 1970’s inspired browns and the Dulux colour of the year, Spiced Honey. And you can pair it with greys, coffee, beiges, khaki or dark olive to achieve that rich and expensive look. At a time when looking at how we can reduce pollution, plastics disposal and carbon emissions, Living Coral couldn’t be a better reminder of our precious world and our responsibility to protect it. Kate Nicholson is one of a network of consultants with House of Colour. To find out more or to make a booking, you can contact her on 07885 541742, email kate. nicholson@houseofcolour.co.uk or visit the House of Colour website www.houseofcolour.co.uk/ katenicholson.

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Two high street shops fined £20k each over dangerous adaptors Two major firms have each been ordered to pay more than £20,000 in fines and costs after selling dangerous travel adaptors. TJK UK Ltd, which trades under TK Maxx, and IT Luggage Limited both pleaded guilty in separate cases at Brighton Magistrates Court on December 12 following investigations by West Sussex Trading Standards. Officers bought travel adaptors in January 2018 from various outlets, including the TK Maxx in Worthing and Bags etc. in Horsham, after concerns over the safety of these products. Testing showed several safety failings including the risk of electric shock. Peter Aston, Trading Standards Team Manager, said: “The seriousness of these offences is reflected in the fines these firms have been ordered to pay. “These travel adaptors failed safety testing which means they could cause electrocution and potentially death to an unsuspecting user. “We usually advise people to only buy electrical products from a recognised brand

or high street retailer but as this case proves, that doesn’t always guarantee safety.” Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “It is very worrying to see two big high street retailers selling these dangerous products. “I am relieved that all the adaptors have been recalled and that the firms in question have been fined. “It is of absolute importance that businesses thoroughly test any electrical products before they are sold.” TK Maxx mistakenly treated the adaptors as ‘fashion accessories’ on their system which meant they were not subject to the store’s usual safety checks. IT Luggage Ltd was unaware of the safety requirements relating to this product so carried out no checks when importing them from China. Both companies recalled the products once informed of the results of testing. If you have bought a travel adaptor and have concerns about its safety, you can let Trading Standards know by calling Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.


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Horsham Rocks Presents Horsham Bandstand, The Carfax, Horsham 11:00 til 16:00 Nell BrydenFolk Club Horsham The Capitol Theatre, Normandy Centre -Horsham Horsham 19:30 19:45 - 22:00 Larger Than Life Duo Goffs Park Social Club, Crawley 20:30 Hounds of Sound Open Mic Broadbridge Heath-Village The King’s Arms Centre, Broadbridge Heath Horsham 20:00 20:00 - 23:00 Quo-caine The Mulberry, Goring 20:30 Black Heart Angel Open Mic The Malt Shovel, Horsham The Royal Oak - Crawley 0:30 20:00 - 23:00 Open Mic The Bull Inn - Henfield 20:00 - 23:00 OpenSaxon Mic Beardsmen South The Jolly Tanners Gathering Haywards HeathHorsham The Malt Shovel, 20:00 23:00 12:00 til-18:00 OpenMic Micnight Open George & Dragon - Shipley The Shelley Arms, Broad20:00Heath - 23:00 bridge 19:30 Riverboat Shuffle Horsham Sports Club, Horsham Open Mic 20:00 The Frog & Nightgown Horsham 20:00 - 23:00

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Direct from Las Vegas, the iconic music of Frank Sinatra is brought to life once again HIS WAY. Featuring the swing, the swagger and the velvet vocals of Frank Sinatra in concert, enjoy a notto-be-missed evening with world

renowned vocalist David Alacey. Widely regarded as one of the leading interpreters of Sinatra’s music in the world, Alacey has starred as Frank for over twenty years, both in his own solo concerts and as part of the award-winning Rat Pack cast. His recording of the theme from New York New York for Atari games was described as “Too Close for Comfort to the original recording” by The Sinatra Estate and his unique portrayal of Ol’ Blue Eyes has been commended by many of Sinatra’s closest friends, including the legendary Vegas star Buddy Greco, who stated that “David Alacey really is Sinatra! It’s frightening”. He not only walks the walk, he talks the talk, and gives a masterful performance of delicious vocals delivered with consummate ease. Special guests on the night include Charley Toulan, the UK’s number one Marilyn Monroe look and sound-alike and Birminghamborn comedian, Crackerjack host and Good Morning Sunday presenter, Don Maclean. Fly Me to the Moon, Mack the Knife, New York, New York, My Way, That’s Life, Under My Skin, Lady is a Tramp, My Kind of Town, All the Way and Come Fly With Me delight spellbound audiences. Backed by the fantastic sound of big band swing, Alacey is frankly the best thing since Sinatra himself. Performance: Tuesday 29 January 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £25.50, available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www.hawth.co.uk.

Acoustic Open Mic Night Horsham The Jolly Tanners, Staple20:00 - 23:00 field 20:30 Blues Workshop Northgate Community Centre, Crawley 20:00 Open Mic Night The Royal Oak, Ifield 20:00 Acoustic showcases The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate 19:30

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Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra: New Year’s Eve review Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala, The Dome, Brighton, 31 December 2018. The delighted audience at Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s heart-warming New Year concert must have been glad Ilona Domnich swapped piano for a career as a top singer. Domnich’s sometimes delicate, often dynamic and always delightful lyric coloratura soprano sprinkled magic over the highly-entertaining New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala at the Dome. With charm and poise, Domnich widened the horizons beyond Austria with songs like Ivor Novello’s Waltz of My Heart. Many of the tunes in this concert were popular among radio listeners in the 1950s and early 1960s and for some of the older people in the audience it must have sounded like listening to the old Light Programme. Tunes such as Unter Donner und Blitz Polka, the Lehar Gold and Silver Waltz and the opening Overture to Die Fledermaus jogged a few distant memories and were immaculately performed by the musicians. The inclusion of some English pieces proved a huge success, with the chiming Westminster Waltz and cascading strings of Charmaine

utterly charming. Domnich wasted no opportunity to display her considerable vocal agility in Lehar’s classic aria Meine Lippen, with its drama and high notes leaping towards the Heavens. The up-tempo Laughing Song was perfect showing off material for pitch-perfect “ha-ha-ha” notes while the longing of the Oscar Straus song My Hero, was captured in a piece which could have exposed any vocal weakness. None of Domnich’s power was delivered at the expense of tone, which remained controlled wherever the melody roamed. All this and a stunning encore too. Conductor Richard Balcombe kept a light hand on the tiller but also coaxed urgency from pieces like Czardas with Domnich showing a touch of gypsy fireside. A hushed section of the Gold and Silver Waltz showed typically good control of the orchestra’s dynamics, which only rarely threatened the soloist. Amidst all the inspiring quality principal cellist Peter Adams delivered an immaculate and soulful solo in Von Suppe’s Morning, Noon and Night In Vienna. This captivating concert, without a dud moment, was a great way to beckon in 2019 and the appreciative audience let the musicians know it. Phil Dennett

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No Jacket Required bring their Serious Hits UK Tour to The Hawth this January Phil Collins is one of the most successful recording artists of all time – a string of worldwide number one albums and singles resulted in multi-million sales and a succession of prestigious music industry awards during his 40-year career. In fact, Collins is one of only three artists to have sold over 100 million albums as a solo artist and as part of a band – the others being Sir Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. When, in March 2011, Phil Collins announced his retirement, it led many to re-evaluate his considerable musical legacy. So much so that it brought him out of retirement in 2017 to perform a short series of shows across Europe to his fans, both old and new. It’s unlikely to be a permanent return to the stage for Phil, but fortunately No Jacket Required, the UK’s leading Phil Collins tribute, is continuing to perform his music in their faithful recreation of his live shows. No Jacket Required frontman, Dave Whitehouse, said: “It’s a real pleasure and privilege to perform such great music. There’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to decide what to leave out of our

shows!” Formed in 2002, the band has performed all over the country as well as overseas, to appreciative full houses. Prior to that, Dave spent five years in a Genesis tribute, making him the UK’s most established Phil Collins tribute artist. The band clearly takes its work seriously and has seen Collins perform on over 30 occasions in order to hone their take on the superstar singing drummer. Whitehouse even met Phil Collins prior to one of his arena shows in Germany while in preparation for a show he performed later in Luxembourg: “He was extremely generous with his time and wished me well for my show. It was a special moment and great to be able to thank him for the pleasure his music has given me and so many others”. So what can you expect from the UK’s leading Phil Collins tribute? Dave explained: “A No Jacket Required show lasts over two hours and we perform all the hits plus a few lesser-known album tracks. “Our line-up replicates Phil’s own live shows – we are an 11-piece band with a full brass

section and backing vocalists. While the emphasis is on the music, it’s also a live spectacle and we all have a lot of fun. Our audience is made up of all ages, from 8 to 80 – there’s something for everyone in our shows”. The band celebrated their 15th Anniversary last year, and the band’s founder, drummer Graham Goacher, revealed that the whole project was originally just a oneoff: “There were no full live band tributes to Phil Collins back at the turn of the century. Just as there are now, there are plenty of guys using backing tracks and singing along – but we wondered whether we could get a full live 10-piece band together. We weren’t really sure whether it would come together and so originally we just tried it once to see whether we could get the show to work!” The band has now clocked up almost 200 performances which have taken them around the UK and even abroad. “It’s really special to be returning to The Hawth. Many of the band hail from West Sussex and so it’s always a great night playing at a lovely venue in front of a home audience who are always so supportive” - Guitarist, Vic Chase.

No Jacket Required even follow in Phil’s footsteps by raising money for homelessness. They have been supporting The Bridge Trust in West Kent for many years and recently passed the £30,000 mark for their donations: “Another Day In Paradise is a classic Phil Collins track in that it has a message which connects with the listener on a personal level, like so many of his songs”, explained Whitehouse, “We perform it at every show and it seemed apt for

us to collect for a homelessness charity too. Phil has done so much for charity over the years and it’s a cause which he is well-known for supporting.” The band’s brochure and merchandise will be on sale at the show, with all monies raised going to the Bridge Trust. Performance: Friday 11 January, 7.30pm at The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £24.00, available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www.hawth. co.uk.

The Ariel Othellos push the Performance Boundaries

This year’s Ariel Othellos showcase is being rated as the best ever. Packed with creativity, the lasting impression is of a show which took risks and pushed the boundaries. There were no simplistic lines of singers, or dancers and actors performing uncomplicated pieces; every number within this show was challenging, whether it was intricate choreography or drama pieces with evocative acting and lots of lines. The Othellos students, who are aged from 5 up to young adult, rose to the challenge and produced an outstanding show. All the Othellos students who performed on the Hawth’s main stage have special educational or physical needs but with the assistance of their Buddies, none were daunted by the task in hand. The opening number used fluorescent light sabres and

lights attached to wheelchairs to create the alien invasion in musical theatre number ‘War of the Worlds’. Through their great acting skills the students created the threatening mood and prospect of what an invasion from another planet would be like. Likewise, hit musical Tommy saw the young character breaking through the taunts of others to become a hero and pinball wizard. Fulfilling a big vocal challenge the students filled the venue making an impact with these strong numbers. Throughout the evening, the cast sung with soul recreating inspirational numbers from Lady Gaga’s ‘Born this Way’ to a James Bond medley and War Time classics to Fleetwood Mac’s popular song ‘Landslide’. On several numbers the performances were enriched with support from Ariel’s choir and Ariel’s contemporary dance group, adding depth

and more magical choreography. The diversity of the song choices added to the strength of the show and allowed each student to shine in either a lead role or as part of the ensemble. The end of the first act was brought to a dramatic end with percussion instruments and metal upturned refuse bins, used as drums to create a cacophony of sound and rhythm which had the audience cheering with number ‘Run Boy Run’. The acting talents of the Othello students were demonstrated throughout and two students were courageous enough to perform their solo LAMDA exam pieces, both were intricate monologues which were superbly delivered. Fun and enjoyment shone in all the actors’ faces as they captured the audience with their energetic performances of Legally Blonde and West Side Story, everyone kept in character and were clearly having the time of their life. The cast’s enthusiasm for theatre was never more apparent than in the finale piece ‘This is Me’ from the Greatest Showman, from the youngest to the oldest it was clear that everyone was having a night they would remember. Artistic Director, Nicci Hopson, said: “This show was packed with variety and challenging numbers and I am so delighted that it all came together. It takes a huge team to put on a show of this magnitude and I would like to thank the Othellos students, the buddies, our tutors, the Ariel choirs and dancers and our fantastic technical team for producing an unforgettable show.’ Ariel offers free trials for anyone interested in joining the

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Broadbridge Heath pull off hard fought win at Loxwood Wednesday December 26 Southern Combination Football League Premier Division Loxwood 1 2 Broadbridge Heath Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter Broadbridge Heath bounced back from two defeats after their winning streak with a much-relished Boxing Day local derby triumph against lower table Loxwood.

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ers at the club with his Aussie Big Bash debut, Alex Collins saying: “He grabbed his first wicket in style!” While, George Fleming, who knows a thing or two about frugal bowling, said: “You’re in a different class my friend!” Dave Jeal adding: “Welcome to the BBL, Ben!” When first arriving to play for Roffey, Ben was carrying a little weight, but as part of his strict training regime has shed over three stones, earning praise including: “Nobody is more deserving of success – he works his backside off.” Ben’s father John, a former first-grade rugby front rower, telling Ben that he’s got off to a good start, but must keep working. The Six-

Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Roffey Cricket Club are thrilled – but not surprised - that their overseas player Ben Manenti performed brilliantly on his Aussie Big Bash debut, for Sydney Sixers against Melbourne Renegades. Given full rein to exploit his all round skills, Manenti has taken hatfuls of wickets for Roffey and proved to be a devastatingly brutal batsman, especially in T20 format. And, last season, on Sixers’ teammate Joe Denly’s recommendation, he played several games for Kent 2nd XI, scoring a century as an opener. Strangely, Ben was under-used as a bowler by Kent and was due to bat at 11 for the Sixers. In the BBL game Sixers had posted a modest 132-7, although perhaps worth more on a tricky

wicket, and Renegades were well placed in their reply – until Manenti changed the game. In his first over he bowled the well-set and punishing Mackenzie Harvey with a peach of a ball and then tied up batsmen with a flurry of dot balls before snaring Tom Cooper to finish with 2-13 – the most economical return by a Big Bash debutant - off his four overs of off spin, engineering Sixers’ 33 run win as Renegates subsided to 99-9. After winning the Player of the Match award, Manenti – who had only found out an hour before the game that he would be playing – said: “It’s a bit surreal and hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it was awesome to contribute in a win!” Now 21, the burly, unassuming, no nonsense, Manenti first came to Roffey as a teenager, really hitting the ground running, going on to delight his fellow play-

Nobody is more deserving of success – he works his backside off ers commented that Ben is really cool under pressure, backing himself and delivering the goods, with his hard toil paying off after three years of playing for Roffey to hone his skills – “He’s a star on the rise for us”. Roffey skipper Matt Davies enthused about Manenti’s BB achievement, telling the District Post: “We’re expecting Ben back next season, I very much hope that happens and that his introduction to senior cricket won’t create visa problems with the authorities.” Ben Manenti certainly wants to return, saying: “It’s an absolute pleasure playing for Roffey Cricket Club. There’s no better cricket club in England. The supporters and players are like no others anywhere in the world and I can’t wait to be back, hopefully, in 2019.”

Ifield Golf Club - Ladies Section donate to Macmillan! Billingshurst Macmillan Group was delighted to receive an impressive donation from Ifield Golf Club. A spokesperson for the charity said: “A huge thank you to the Ifold Golf ladies for the excellent sum of £2,068.33 which was raised mainly through match fees, where a proportion was given to Macmillan, along with other fundraising events. A very generous donation thank you.” Picture: Clair Milton, captain (on left) and Brenda Holman , committee member and fundraiser (on right). Ray Chick Treasurer receiving the cheque.

Cricket administrators are always busy throughout the winter, and, half way through to the new season the Sussex Premier League fixtures will soon be released, with, we are assured, Horsham and Roffey home matches alternating to avoid clashes after that regular format was disappointingly abandoned for the 2018 campaign. And, the league website is eagerly counting down to the new season to the nearest second. Horsham are aiming to recruit a new groundsman, with interviews imminent – and a new overseas player after the popular Mika Ekstrom accepted an offer to transfer to Usk Cricket Club. Having had good recent seasons, during which they have won the Welsh Cup twice and lifted other silverware, Usk describe themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Wales. They

play in Division 1 of the South East Wales Cricket League and are based at a picturesque ground in the heart of the Monmouthshire countryside. Rumours of departures and new signings abound during the closed season but it can be confirmed that former Roffey Captain Mike “Noz” Norris will be returning to the club after a spell at Ifield, who were relegated at the end of their first season in the Sussex Premier League. Noz will be bringing Ifield opening bowler Jamie Pearce to Roffey with him and it was planned that Australian overseas player Ben Manenti would be returning, but it remains to be seen whether that will happen following his impressive debut in the Aussie Big Bash League, in which three other players with recent Sussex Premiership experience also feature – former Horsham player Jofra Archer, Jordan Silk and Sam Whiteman.

Mid season sports review Martin Read - Sports Reporter At around the half way mark of the winter sports season, several of our teams are going well and in contention for the play offs, if not outright promotion. And, 2019 promises to be another great year for sport in our district with Horsham and Broadbridge Heath Football Clubs and Southwater Cricket and Football all moving to brand new premises with outstanding facilities. After excellent cup runs and league victories against top sides – recently including the hitherto unbeaten league leaders (Cray Wanderers) - Horsham Football Club is in good heart, and, ahead of the New Year’s Day game against Guernsey, are fifth in the Bostik League South East Division, three points behind current runners up, Hastings United. On Saturday Horsham have a lengthy journey to Faversham Town (18th) and entertain thirdplaced Whyteleafe on January 12th. With 17 matches to go, Horsham YMCA are second in the Southern Combination Football League, having recently forfeited top spot to Chichester City, whom they now trail by four points. On Saturday YM entertain 17th in the table Shoreham before visiting Hassocks (14th) on the 12th.YM are still in the Peter Bentley League Challenge Cup after beating Lingfield in the 4th round. The question is: can YM maintain their challenge? Last Christmas they were well placed for promotion only to fade badly in the run in. Broadbridge Heath, in the same league as YM, are also enjoying a good season, being placed 5th, with a visit to Pagham coming up on Saturday.

Horsham Rugby 1st XV is playing at their highest ever level – in the London SE2 League - and, with 10 fixtures remaining, are currently third behind runaway leaders Beckenham, and Charlton Park. Encouragingly the side includes a number of highly promising young home grown players. This Saturday Horsham has another tough game – at home, against the team immediately below them, Gravesend. Then, the following Saturday, Horsham are up against another Kent team with a long trip to Thanet Wanderers. Pulboro RFC play in London SE3 League, and presently lie 5th. After the Christmas, New Year break they resume with two exceptionally strong challenges, on Saturday at leaders Crowborough, followed by a visit from runners up Beccehamians. Horsham’s top two hockey teams are in cup action this Saturday, protecting their titles with the Men’s 1s travelling to Worthing and the Ladies entertaining East Grinstead 2s. The men are 10th in the South League Premiership Division 2, well clear of Woking, and Slough (who have lost all 11 of their matches to date). On the 12th Horsham men revert to league action, going to play Tulse Hill & Dulwich, whom they beat 5-3 at home in September. Then, on the 12th, Slough visit. In the Investec Women’s Conference East, Horsham Ladies are 6th, with Hampstead & Westminster – and Wimbledon - occupying the top two spots. The Ladies restart their league programme on February 2nd, when Cambridge City (4th) come.


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Photos by John Lines Saturday December 22 – The Bostik League – South East Division Haywards Heath 2 0 Horsham            Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter The previous weekend the Hornets beat league leaders Cray Wanderers convincingly, but it

was a different story at Hanbury Park against Haywards Heath, a juxtaposition side in the table, the game being marked by the sending off of Joe Shelley and a contested penalty. Haywards Heath are, though, a side to be reckoned with – they beat Horsham in September – and, are fellow play off contenders after

winning the Southern Combination Premier Division last season, and SC Division 1 just three years ago. Haywards started as they intended to proceed, Karly Akehurst firing over inside the first quarter of a minute. That was followed by a probe from Callum Saunders, averted by Horsham’s Harvey Sparks. Galvanised, Horsham launched an attack through Tyrell Richardson-Brown but Josh Heyburn thwarted the possibility. Then it was the turn of Horsham keeper Josh Pelling to gather a moderate effort. Richardson-Brown raced through again to supply Rob O’Toole, but the leading Hornets goal scorer’s shot was too high. Horsham then had a real scare, but were relieved to see Akehurst firing wide when looking well set. Chris Smith then got into the box with an opportunity to put Horsham ahead, only to have radar problems. Soon afterwards, Shelley was yellow carded for a foul on former Hornet Alex Laing, before, with the break imminent, Sparks put the ball just wide. Resuming after the goal-less first half, Horsham took time to get into top gear, allowing Saunders to cross from the right for Akehurst to head home. Worse promptly followed when Shelley floored Laing to be sent off. Haywards immediately sought to bury the game, but Joel Daly was wayward. Melford Simpson then headed a Horsham corner away, but, mid way through the second half, Haywards were awarded a penalty when an Oscar might have been more appropriate for Kieran Rowe’s fall after Pelling had extracted the ball from his feet. The ref, though, was unmoved by protests from both on and off the field and when Saunders converted from the spot, the contest was over, the upright subsequently saving the Hornets further embarrassment.

Saturday December 22 – Southern Combination Football League – Premier Division East Preston 0 3 Horsham YMCA            Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter YM, November’s team of the month, came away from the Lashmar with three very useful points, the result never being seriously in doubt. An early East Preston attack was followed by two YM corners in quick succession, the second of which was headed off the line, Guy Harding then unleashing a long range blast singeing the bar. After Preston’s free kick was headed away for a corner, their break away foray hit the post, but YM retaliated with a series of probing incursions, culminating in the ball coming out to Alex Barbary to crash in from 30 yards with the keeper helpless. Long range shots from Tony Garrod and Dean Bown went straight to the keeper, who then rushed out to clear. Preston’s second corner was fired just over, spurring another YM thrust, Bown heading adrift before the woodwork came to Preston’s rescue. A Tony Nwachukwu incursion came to nothing before a Preston effort was easily caught by YM keeper Aaron Jeal, Preston continuing with an errant header and another squandered corner. Garrod’s cross was put off for a YM corner, before, after running off an injury, Nwachukwu side-footed in from two yards, doubling YM’s lead. Although Preston’s Asa Nicholson got through, his close range shot

was batted away by Jeal, who then safely gathered the resultant corner. Two more YM corners followed but the score remained 2-0 in their favour at the break. Although the pitch had been under water the day before it was holding up well, and the hosts young side began the second half with their fourth corner. Next, Garrod fired just wide just before a Preston attack soared well over the bar. The goal minders at each end came into play, Jeal punching clear after YM’s sixth corner ended in the keeper’s grasp. Bown, whose early season scoring has dried up, blazed over and Jeal kept Preston at bay by sinking to his knees in the very muddy goal mouth. YM then passed up a golden opportunity when Garrod was off target in a one on one situation. Jeal rushed out to be yellow carded and Preston balooned the ball over in between two corners. Then, after half an hour, Nwachukwu embarked on a solo run to further increase YM’s lead. Two late YM corner’s produced unfulfilled headers, the game finishing with their 3-0 win, Preston hitting the side netting at the death, Manager Peter Buckland telling the District Post: “We could have been 4-0 up at half time, but that was a satisfying clean sheet win, especially as we were without Ash Dugdale – who is aiming to be fit for January 5th’s game – Luke Donaldson and Callum Donaghey sidelined by illness and injury respectively, forcing us to play in an unaccustomed format.”

Broadbridge Heath beat YMCA in gritty local derby

Photo by Tim Hewlett Saturday December 29 – Southern Combination Football League – Premier Division - Horsham YMCA 0 1 Broadbridge Heath            Football

Martin Read - Sports Reporter Rivalry between near neighbours Horsham YMCA and Broadbridge Heath always produces a competitive contest – and the latest

encounter was certainly that. Last season YMCA did the double over Heath, but this term Heath beat YM 4-1 at the Leisure Centre in September, eliminating them from the RUR Cup, and, despite being depleted by non availability, last Saturday they won again to move up to fifth. YM remain second, but now 4 points behind Chichester after both have played 21 matches. The first half at Gorings Mead was goal-less, and so was the second until George Cousins scored with a superb 25 yard 92 minute volley, breaking YM’s hearts while moving Heath up to 5th in the table. An early Heath corner came to nothing before Aaron Jeal was tested in the YM goal from a long throw in. Dan Mobsby then blasted over for YM before Jeal had to catch another high ball. Alex Barbary had a shot blocked and Jack Hartley’s cross was booted clear for YM’s first corner, following which a series of headers, lastly onto the post, prevented YM from taking the lead. A YM strike was somehow scrambled away, Harley blazing over from

a free kick and Barbary firing wide from a prone position, half timing coming with the game getting increasingly physical. The second half resumed with an early Heath attack ahead of Dean Bown being off target for YM after a solo run. A failed YM clearance led to a Heath corner gathered by Jeal at the post, Bown then having a shot blocked before Ollie Moore fired well wide for Heath. Hartley’s header from Tony Garrod’s cross was unable to break the deadlock and a YM corner was punched away by Kieron Thorp in the Heath goal. Mobsby’s shot was negated, then sub Tony Nwachukwu unleashed a fierce blast and saw his subsequent short range header caught. End to end play continued, Heath hitting the crossbar with Jeal grounded. YM responded with an attack, but Barbary was wayward and Luke Gedling broke through, challenging Thorp, but still there was no score. Three corners followed – Heath’s set piece coming before two of YM’s.

Time was fast evaporating and a vain YM run gave way to the game’s telling moment – George Cousins finding himself clear on the left cleanly striking the ball into the top left of the net, giving Jeal no chance. A single goal had always looked likely to decide the clash, and so it proved after Thorp had punched away YM’s desperately late corner. YM Manager Peter Buckland told the District Post: “This was a game of missed opportunities for both sides. It was a scrappy game, but what a blinder of a goal to win it! It’s not the end of the world, but we need to pick ourselves up on Saturday, when we’ve got 17th placed Shoreham at Gorings Mead.” Cockahoop Broadbridge Heath visit eighth-placed Pagham at Nyetimber Lane on Saturday. Meanwhile, promotion contenders YM, who were in a strong position this time last year, but faded in the run in, have taken four points out of a possible 12 from their last four games.


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