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The beer lovers of Horsham and far beyond are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of one of the town’s knowledgeable and helpful purveyors of their favourite tipple - Gareth Jones of the revered Beer Essentials shop in Horsham’s East Street. His passing was announced via a poster in the window of his much loved shop last week, simply saying ‘Gareth Jones, 1962 - 2019. Having delivered beer round the town by bicycle as a young man, Gareth went on to run the shop at the much-loved King & Barnes brewery in Horsham’s Bishopric and when the company was taken over by Hall & Woodhouse and the brewery closed, in 2001 he set up the Beer Essentials shop in the former premises of Agates, the local agricultural merchants. Gareth was in his element in his shop, rejoicing in talking beer, about which he was a true, enthusiastic expert, parting with a huge range of the product with the accompaniment of the correct bespoke glasses. Gareth also supplied racking to display the bar-

rels at the Horsham Sports Club beer festivals and said that the county cricket at Horsham was a particularly rewarding time for his business, sport lovers buying a treasured brew or two to slake their thirst at the game Messages of support poured in on social media after the news was announced by many well wishers, customers, friends and family. Here are just a few of many: ‘Such sad news, Gareth was a really nice fella, I used to pop into his shop on a Saturday, have a chat with him and try some ales, he knew which ones I liked so he would recommend some for me. My thoughts and love goes out to Gareths family. Horsham has lost a true gentleman and a popular face of the town XXX’ ‘One of the very special reasons to love Horsham! A massive loss to the community. Thank you Gareth for making Horsham special xxx’ ‘How incredibly sad. Always such a welcoming and friendly guy who knew his beers and his customers. Was only talking to him about how long he’d keep the shop open for at Christmas. He said ‘oh years yet’ The Beer Essentials shop is understandably now closed and our thoughts are with Gareth’s family at this difficult time. DP x

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A new Starbucks store has opened at Piries Place, Horsham’s recently renovated shopping and leisure centre. Operated by Cobra Coffee, the new Starbucks store has created 10 jobs and is supporting the community through partnerships with the arts department at nearby Collyer’s College and the Horsham arm of Samaritans, a national charity dedicated to providing 24/7 confidential emotional support for those experiencing feelings of distress or despair. To celebrate the opening, the Starbucks team hosted a friends and family fundraiser, benefit-

ting the local charity on Thursday (13 June) afternoon, starting with a ribbon-cutting with Horsham Chairman, Councillor Kate Rowbottom. Representatives from Samaritans spoke about the charity’s work, ways to get involved and how they are working together with local companies, like Starbucks, and nearby Collyer’s College, to support the community and its youth. Claire Ajgaybee, store manager at Starbucks Horsham, said: “We are thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community, which has already welcomed us with open

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arms. Starbucks employees are passionate about getting involved in the communities they serve, and the Horsham store team is especially excited for the chance to work with our partners at Samaritans and to get to know the students at Collyer’s, who have gone above and beyond in supporting a cause they care about.” In addition to the Chairman and representatives from Samaritans, the Starbucks team were also joined by arts students from Collyer’s, who provided live music at the event and decorated 100 re-usable Starbucks cups to raise awareness for mental health. The one-of-a-kind cups were sold in

goodie bags with all proceeds to be donated to Samaritans. Susan McAlister, Head of Art & Design at Collyer’s, said: “It’s been a pleasure getting to know the store team over the past several weeks leading up to Thursday’s opening ceremony, which will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to put their talents towards a cause and organisation they care about. We can already tell the new Starbucks will be a favourite hangout and study spot for students at the College!” Jacqui Clark, Deputy Director for Publicity at Samaritans Horsham & Crawley, said: “We are absolutely delighted to team up with Starbucks and are so grateful for their support. The donations will help us to keep the local branch going and enable us to be there to take calls from people who really need our support.” The first 200 visitors to the new store will receive free Starbucks reusable cups, which provide customers 25p discounts off in-store drink purchases. The Starbucks store team will also be delivering £1 off vouchers to local businesses and residences, redeemable within the new store’s first three months, and distributing buy-one-get-onefree vouchers on the High Street for new customers to take a friend to coffee on launch weekend. The Starbucks is located at 5 Piries Place, Horsham RH12 1DG, and is open from 6:30 until 20.00, Monday to Friday, and from 7:00 until 20:00 on the weekends. Starbucks coffee is 99% ethically sourced and accredited by Conservation International under the

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Steve’s 12,840m ascent for Duchenne

When Steve Foster‘s son, Austin, was diagnosed with a life limiting illness in 2015, he pledged that he wouldn’t stop until he

helped find new treatments to help him. And, true to his word, the Horsham man has taken part in

nine epic fundraising challenges since 2015, for Harrison’s Fund, a charity which funds research into Duchenne, the form of muscular dystrophy that Austin suffers from. Over this time, he has raised nearly £40,000 towards the charity’s work. In 2016, Steve, from Horsham, cycled 300 miles from London to Paris, 115 miles as part of the King of the Downs event in the South East of England, the 90 mile Etape du Tour in France, and ended his challenges with the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – all over three consecutive months. In 2017, Steve undertook the Alpine Challenge and then colleagues from around the world joined him again at Prudential RideLondon. In 2018, he tackled The HotChillee Dolomites and The HotChillee London to Paris within one month of each other, and now he is traversing from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across the Pyrenees in 100 hours, as part of the ‘Raid Pyrenean’. He will be joined on the challenge with friends Graham Harvey, 57, from Leigh on Sea and Martin Astle, 41, from East Lancashire. The 44 year-old, who works for The Siemon Company, has been fundraising for the charity over the last four years since his son, Austin, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy shortly after his second birthday; he is now just five years old.

Steve said: “Three years on from Austin’s diagnosis and his (and our) life changes every day. We attend lots of hospital appointments for speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and, most importantly, his medical trial which takes him to hospital every week for an infusion of medicine. On the outside he still looks like our little boy, but inside we know the clock is ticking against us and Duchenne is slowly starting to ravage his little body. No parent should face what we are having to and we won’t stop trying to raise awareness and funds for Harrison’s Fund until we have better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for this horrendous disease. “We’ll be riding over the Pyrenees Mountains from Biarritz on West Coast France to Perpignan on Mediterranean, in 4.5 days. I’m looking forward to riding in the Pyrenees as I’ve not been there before and there are some very famous mountains from the Tour de France, like the Tourmalet which is meant to be a brute! So I’m looking forward to that and also riding this with Graham and Martin. Hopefully its going to be tough, but rewarding, with amazing scenery and also riding from Biarritz on the Atlantic to Perpignan on the Mediterranean should, hopefully, be an amazing achievement and something I can’t wait to share with Austin.”

Raid Pyrenean occurs over the 1-5 July and will see Steve and his friends conquer the infamous Tour de France cols of Tourmalet and Aubisque. The 735km route encompasses 12,840m ascent. Harrison’s Fund raises money towards research into Duchenne - a rare genetic condition which affects all the muscles in the body, causing them to waste away. The charity was set up in 2012 and its goal is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne. The charity is currently funding 16 research projects in the US and the UK. Steve’s wife, Maxine, has also taken on a number of fundraising challenges for the charity, most recently completing the Surrey Half Marathon and Brighton Marathon, raising nearly £19,000 to date. Heather Smith, Head of Fundraising at Harrison’s Fund, said: “We continue to be amazed by Steve and Maxine’s support. Each year, they push themselves physically and emotionally with these challenges to help us reach our ultimate goal of a world without Duchenne. Their outstanding efforts have seen them raise just over £60,000 towards our work.” To support Steve, please visit: https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/ harrrisons-fund-for-austin?fbclid =IwAR239D7N4Vq9uLRaVqhep1D8 HUEntrnllY5mSWJECYYj8L3yr6fU QzaQLyI

Unique town centre attraction reveals stunning art collection

Horsham’s “en plein air art gallery” is a unique town centre feature that provides an opportunity to see colourful watercolours as you wander through the Carfax. Inspired by the rhododendron - a plant whose popularity is down to the celebrated Horsham based artist John G Millais - and the Loader family of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, the sculptor Tim Ward of Circling the Square, and fabricators Pleshey Forge have created a distinctive feature at the very heart of which are the paintings housed in Horsham District Council’s Horsham Museum and Art Gallery.

The unique feature offers the opportunity for people to explore paintings as they go about their daily life. Over the last three years, Horsham Museum and Art Gallery has, thanks to the Friends of Horsham Museum, created a strong watercolour collection. This unique feature allows the public to see part of the collection. Rather than portray the whole painting, elements of each artwork is shown. Just as Horsham Museum has a changing programme of art exhibitions, this unique feature enables the museum staff to theme the displays and focus on

different aspects of the collection to create a new show of over 20 paintings. The pictures are high quality photographic reproductions of the paintings, undertaken by Toby Phillips Photography for the project. Commenting on the new open air “gallery”, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, said: “I can’t think of a nicer way to capture a snapshot of the many pieces of art that are being exhibited in our Museum and Art Gallery than this unique outdoor display – a first for Horsham. “The outdoor gallery, surrounded by eye-catching flowers and plants, provides a stunning feature for the Carfax and is a clever way to showcase all that’s going on in our Museum to passers- by.” The “en plein air art gallery” stands in the raised flowerbed opposite the taxi rank in the Carfax. It is designed to add another dimension to the attractive planting undertaken by Horsham District Council’s Parks and Countryside team. This new way of promoting the Museum’s art collection was funded through section 106 monies from property developers. Photo: Horsham District Council Chairman, Cllr Kate Rowbottom, with Parks and Countryside Officers Mark Pullen, Jo Nixon and Sally McCormick.

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Spider-Man to start Riverside Walk Using his amazing powers, Spider-Man will drop in to act as starter to this year’s Annual Riverside Walk and pop up later to hand certificates to all who finish by 5 pm. More than 300 people have registered to walk the circular 13mile route on Saturday 6 July. Leaving Horsham Rugby Club at 10 am, walkers will pass through interesting and attractive landscapes, enabling the town and its borders to be seen from new perspectives. David Searle, chairman of organisers, Horsham Town Community Partnership, said: “This year, we are asking participants to get sponsorship or donate to our chosen charity, The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School,

in Horsham. “We want to make it clear, though, that this is not a condition of joining in. The main aim is for everyone have an enjoyable day.” To help those who run out of energy or time, there is a free minibus service to return people to their cars at the Rugby Club, and details are shown in the programme which will be freely available before the start. There is no charge to join the Walk. Further information can be found at www.horsham.community or by phoning 01403 269384. Please note: Walkers are asked to register beforehand by emailing horshamriversidewalk@gmail. com or phoning 01403 269384.

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Rhino Boy ‘proud’ to become Guiness World Record holder

You may remember us covering a story about Horsham local, Chris Green or Rhino Boy as he is famously known, and his fundraising in aid of the charity Save The Rhino International. Last week Chris received confirmation that he is now a Guiness World Record holder for ‘Fastest Marathon dressed as a three dimensional animal’. Chris told The District Post ‘I am proud to hold this title on behalf of the Rhinos and for a great charity in Save The Rhino International. I am also immensely proud also to represent Horsham on the World Stage.” Rhino Boy is currently in the middle of a long series of challenges and from July to date he has run 18 Ultra, Mara and Rhinothons. These events have included a 100mile run from Richmond to Oxford which I covered in 25hrs running through the night and other long distance ultras along the North and South Downs. The

challenges have also included Marathons in places as diverse as Liverpool, Marrakesh and Malaga. Chris continues “The Rhinos are my inspiration and their heartbreaking plight my motivation. On average 2-3Rhinos are killed every single day! Slaughtered by poachers for the illegal trade in their horn so we need to fight back

and do everything possible to help organisations like Save The Rhino International combat the poaching and habitat loss which has pushed this awesome species to the very brink of extinction!” People from all walks of life have been so kind and generous with my campaign so far and I am so grateful. “


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Internationally renown writer supports St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart trail Local author, Peter James, has shown his support for St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart art trail. The HeART to Heart trail will see a collection of beautifully designed, giant fibreglass hearts spread across Sussex and Surrey this summer. Peter James is a UK No. 1 bestselling author, best known for writing crime and thriller novels. Peter has commissioned his own heart for the trail along with Sussex Entrepreneur, Steve Barrey, of The Liquorice Dragon. First Sight, named after Peter’s latest novel, celebrates life and friendship. The heart’s design draws inspiration from the novel’s front cover which features hearts hidden amongst ironwork railings. The artwork is produced by Sculpture Studios featuring air brushing and a vinyl overlay. Following the launch of his latest book, Dead at First Sight, which is part of his much-loved Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, Peter hosted an evening at The Capitol Theatre in Horsham. During the evening, Peter met with hospice staff to admire Love Grows, a heart that has been sponsored by headline

sponsor Thakeham and designed by artist Lindsay Seahorse Wright. Peter said: “I am delighted to be sponsoring a heart on St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart trail. Supporting a local charity is something I believe in strongly, and the work of a hospice is a cause incredibly close to my heart. Aptly, my latest book also focuses on the concept of love at first sight, so I am very excited to be supporting this wonderful community art trail, which conceptualises the sentiments behind the hospice’s love and care. I hope you will all join me in supporting St Catherine’s this summer, and be sure to keep your eyes open for a clue about the location of my heart soon!” Steve Barrey went on to explain what prompted him to get involved in HeART to Heart: “In 2018 I survived against all odds. The love of my family pulled me through and showed me that having hope and love around you can make all the difference when facing huge personal battles. Never underestimate the power of the heart.” The HeART to Heart trail,

Football legends join Horsham firm for seven-a-side event Horsham-based groundworks materials supplier Rudridge swapped high-vis jackets for football kits when they hosted their tenth annual seven-a-side sports event at Crystal Palace. Playing alongside Rudridge’s staff were a number of former football pros and international legends. Amongst them were Peter Beardsley, Paul Walsh, Lee Hendrie, John Salako, Nigel Winterburn and Clinton Morrison. Rudridge, which is located at the Howards Estate on Handcross Road, organises the annual event, with help from former England player Tony Cottee. The company was also joined by a number of its customers and suppliers from across the country. In total, 10 teams – each of which included one of the ex-

pros - competed in a series of matches throughout the afternoon, testing their skills and prowess alongside the legends. The winning team, which included Paul Walsh, was announced as Days Nights from Day Aggregates who beat Bretts Bullets 3-2 on penalties after drawing 0-0. Paul Duke, Sales Director at Rudridge, said: “Once again, we had a great turn out for our popular 7-a-side football event. We’d like to thank everyone who took part, Tony Cottee for making sure it all went smoothly and all the pros for being such good sports.” To find out more about Rudridge, please visit www. rudridge.co.uk.

sponsored by Thakeham, will give the local community a unique chance to follow a heart sculpture trail across Sussex and Surrey. Each heart has been custom designed by a local artist. The trail will be in place across the areas where St Catherine’s provides people with end of life care for around 10 weeks during summer 2019. A free interactive mobile app and trail map will encourage people to visit each heart to unlock its secrets. A community art project will also run alongside the main trail which will be followed by a secret heart exhibition and live auction. It’s hoped the trail will bring income and visitors to the local area. To find out more please visit: www.stch.org.uk/hearttoheart

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The Loxwood Joust confirms its support for Chestnut Tree House and invites nominees for a second charity to support

The Loxwood Joust is once again delighted to announce its support for Chestnut Tree House at the Loxwood Joust on the 3rd and 4th August, and is asking local charities if they would like to be their nominated charity for the second weekend on the 10th and 11th August? The charities provide entertainment in the Children’s Kingdom, by giving children the opportunity to ‘Pelt The Peasant’, or ‘Pelt The Parent’ as some prefer, with wet sponges, for the cost of a mediaeval groat. The

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Loxwood Joust who provides the stocks, groats, sponges and water, then exchanges the groats for cash and the more peasants pelted, the more funds secured for the charity! Choosing to support children’s charities whenever possible, the Loxwood Joust is excited to welcome back Chestnut Tree House for their 7th year. Jayne Todd, Community Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House commented ‘We are thrilled to be a part of the Loxwood Joust again in 2019 and look forward to seeing you all in

the Children’s Kingdom!’ Chestnut Tree House is the children’s hospice in East and West Sussex caring for 300 plus children and young adults, from 0-19 years of age, with progressive life-limiting conditions. Hundreds of pounds are raised each year from the hugely successful pelt the peasant activities, and immense fun is had by all! To take part at the Loxwwod Joust and to be its second nominated charity for 2019, the charity will need to be able to run the Pelt the Peasant activities with three people each day from 10am – 6pm on the weekend of the 10th and 11th August. To nominate your charity, or to find out more about the event, please email info@ loxwoodjoust.co.uk. The Loxwood Joust heralds a fun and educational family day out with mediaeval revelry, mayhem and action packed battles taking place on the 3rd, 4th,10th and 11th August. Meet The Executioner and Witches, dine at a Mediaeval Banquet, visit the Faerie Realm, and see Traders, Hawkers and Wandering Minstrels in the mediaeval market place. Located in the Loxwood Meadow, West Sussex, off the B2133 near Billingshurst, enjoy a day out like no other. www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk

It’s time to slow down! West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is urging residents to cut their speed as part of speeding prevention month. Last year, eight people died and 123 were seriously injured on West Sussex roads due to speeding. The service is highlighting these statistics through an audio message to residents on its social media pages, featuring the voice of a young child asking his father why he is driving so fast. Nicki Peddle, Head of Prevention for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Last year, we attended 684 road traffic collisions. “Attending these incidents is a big part of firefighters’ roles and we want to highlight the potentially fatal consequences of speeding.If drivers maintain a safe speed there is more chance of preventing a tragedy from happening.” Being caught speeding could result in: Up to six points on your licence Fine of up to 175% of your weekly income Driving ban or licence revoked (if you’re still within two years of passing your test)

Disqualification Criminal record Prison sentence The death or serious injury of either yourself or an innocent person. Crews from WSFRS will be out supporting the campaign in their local communities. Follow @WestSussexFire on Twitter and @WSFRS on Facebook for updates. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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Horsham based older people remember the birth of the rock ‘n’ roll - 65th anniversary of ‘Rock around the Clock’

To mark 65 years since rock ‘n’ roll anthem ‘Rock Around the Clock’ was first released, a group of older people have been reminding us all just how much that record changed the face of British society. The hit single, by Bill Haley and his Comets, was the first record to sell over a million copies in the UK and paved the way for a new style of music, dancing and socialising. Along with Rock Island Line by

skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan, it gave young people a genre of music that was noisy, exciting and completely different from the ballads and big band music of the previous decades. To mark the 65th anniversary, Care UK has invited nine care home residents to share their recollections of this iconic record on a specially commissioned film. From the birth of rock ‘n’ roll to profound cultural changes, the sto-

ries from their younger years evoke a time of freedom and prosperity in a post-war climate. For Helen Hardie, aged 86, “It was music to some people, and it was a heck of a noise to others”. Jocelyn Ordidge, aged 82, remembered: “We were all singing Rock Around the Clock – it even gets my feet going now!”. For David Dowie, aged 91, “It really affected most of the youth, and dance halls were full all the time”. This sentiment is echoed by Anthony Scott, aged 71, who added: “You could tell walking down the street – the atmosphere was different”. Dancing constituted an important part of many of the testimonies shared by residents, including Florence ‘Freda’ Purcell, aged 90, who recalled: “Fellas used to swing us around, let go of your hand and then you’d come twirling round and come back again”. For some, it was the freedom of the dancing that appealed, David added: “People came up with new movements, there were no steps”,

although Rose Southon, aged 82, fondly recalled: “All this jiving came in. I never could do it, but I gave it a damn good go”. Residents also reminisced on 1950s fashion, including Douglas ‘Doug’ Champ, aged 91, who remembered the “awful sideburns” which some young men sported, while Freda recalled wearing “flared dresses”. As well as asking residents for their memories, Care UK has used the anniversary to encourage residents and teams at its homes to run 1950s-themed events to relive some of the excitement of this much-loved era. Over 40 homes are taking part with events varying from live music by Elvis impersonators to visits by 1950s cars, dances and vintage menus. There are even plans to decorate the coffee shop of one home as a 1950s diner and plenty of people will be enjoying the chance to wear 1950s fashions. Care UK’s dementia expert Suzanne Mumford said: “For many residents in our care homes, the 1950s are often associated with happy memories from their youth and positive emotions. The release of Rock Around the Clock symbolises much more than just the birth of rock ‘n’ roll in

Britain – it reminds older people of a time when post-war austerity was ending and young people had more freedom to spend evenings, unchaperoned by parents, in coffee shops and dance halls. Suzanne continued: “This has made the record a perfect opportunity to run events that don’t just provide entertainment but give us an opportunity to prompt long-forgotten memories of the 1950s. Many people living in our homes have dementia and reminiscence activities like this are great for getting conversations going and sharing memories. And my colleagues working in the homes have been fascinated to hear what it was like to be a rebellious teenager in 1954 which helps build links between residents and those who support them. “It was wonderful to go on this inspiring journey back to the 1950s with residents, and we hope other people will enjoy stepping back in time too and share their memories on our twitter and facebook pages.” To hear the residents’ stories, please visit: careuk.com/carehomes/RATC For more general information, please visit: careuk.com

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American author, Andrew Murphy, gave a lively and fascinating talk about William Penn to a rapt audience at Thakeham’s new Village Hall on Monday 3 June. Andrew was born and raised in Pennsylvania which was founded by the famous Quaker in 1682. Now Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Andrew has recently published an acclaimed biography entitled, ’William Penn: A Life”, having studied numerous private documents written by Penn and those who knew him. “Andrew explained that William Penn was revered in the US as the founder of liberal Pennsylvania,” said Caroline Instance, Chairman of Thakeham Parish Council. “He went on to say that Penn had many good qualities but that he was a complex man who also had

his faults, including poor financial management and various stints in prison.” Before heading across the Atlantic, William Penn is believed to have preached from the ‘Penn Stone’ which can now be seen by the new pond at Abingworth Meadows by Penn Stone Way. “It would have been just a short walk over the fields from here to where William Penn lived at Warminghurst,” said Caroline. “Members from The Blue Idol, which is in the far north of the parish, joined us for the talk and were very impressed with the landscaping that the developers, Oakford Homes and Abingworth Developments, have given to the Penn Stone which holds an enduring place in our local history and connects us across centuries and continents.”


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Hall & Woodhouse celebrates Jeremy Quin discusses its commitment to Sussex concerns over Gatwick

Hall & Woodhouse, the leading independent brewer, held two exclusive events to celebrate its ongoing commitment to Sussex at two of its pubs in the county. Local councillors and dignitaries were invited to the newly refurbished The Worlds End, Patching and The Hornbrook Inn, Horsham to see first-hand the many characterful features which make the pubs both welcoming and unique. Guests were treated to a Badger beer and cheese tasting session with Hall & Woodhouse’s Family Director, Mark Woodhouse, and Head Brewer, Toby Heasman. There was also the opportunity to learn

about the company’s investment of more than £5million in Sussex over the past five years from Chairman, Anthony Woodhouse. The Worlds End based in Patching, re-opened to guests following a £1.3million investment in May 2018. The pub underwent a three-month project to bring the pub up-to-date, while keeping its homely, welcoming feel to new and returning guests. Following the works, the country pub now boasts a fully refitted kitchen, a ‘Colourful Coffee’ station, new interior décor, an extended bar area and new furniture. Guests can also now head outdoors

in the sunshine to a new terrace seating area at the back of the pub, where families can continue to enjoy the large garden and children’s play area. The Hornbrook Inn also benefitted from a recent refurbishment which totalled more than £288,000. The work completed last summer and included a full redecoration of the external building and a new landscaped garden. Anthony Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall & Woodhouse, said: “These events were a fantastic opportunity to welcome local councillors and dignitaries to two of our newly refurbished pubs in the county. “Hall & Woodhouse continues to invest significantly into Sussex and we are committed to enriching the lives of our local communities. It was a pleasure to celebrate this with our guests throughout the evening at both events.” Hall & Woodhouse runs an estate of 42 high-quality pubs across Sussex. The company plays an active role in the local community through its initiative, The Community Chest Awards, which provides grants to local voluntary groups and causes. In 2018, Hall & Woodhouse awarded just under £25,000 to 24 local causes across the south-east of England. Please visit www.hall-woodhouse.co.uk for more information.

Some of the CAGNE, Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions, committee met with Horsham MP Jeremy Quin to discuss concerns over the Gatwick Airport handling of the modernisation of airspace known as FASIS (Future Airspace Strategy Implementation South). This process is in its second stage of engagement and will be offered out to for public and local councils for full consul-

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Going Green at the Blue Idol Over a hundred people attended a Sustainability Fair at the Blue Idol earlier this month, following a sell out Shipley Festival concert, with Andrew Bernardi, the evening before. The fair brought together over a dozen local organisations who are working towards saving our planet. Each organisation had a stand explaining their work and inviting everyone to “do their bit” towards sustainability. Wooden toys, organic food, reusable cups and containers, in fact, all manner of sustainable goods could be bought. There were workshops and talks given during the afternoon, as well as activities for children, including a wildlife worksheet for children to use to explore the Blue Idol garden. Although it rained during the day, the organisers had pitched tents to

keep the stalls dry, and there was even a tent for families to picnic in. Teas, coffees and cake were served in the Meeting House throughout the afternoon. Carrie from Sussex Green Living said that she thought while they were often preaching to the converted it was good to reinforce and support each other today: “You realise you are not on your own”. “It’s been great for networking,” said Helen from Horsham Repair Café, “I’ve made several new contacts”. A member of West Sussex County Council commented: “Even though you think you know a lot about reuse and recycling there’s always something new to learn. I didn’t realise there was so much going on in the county”.

Sally & Eva Wrenwood, the main organisers of the afternoon, said how pleased they were with the event. They emphasised how important it is for us all to take responsibility and play our part. The concert organiser, Chrissie McGinn, explained: “We all need to sustain ourselves too, and the music on Friday evening helped to sustain and nourish the soul.” The week-end was organised as part of the Horsham Year of Culture. The Blue Idol Quakers have organised a series of events reflecting different Quaker values each month. So far, they have looked at simplicity, equality and sustainability, and have future events about truth and integrity, peace, and hospitality. For further info about these and other events at the Blue Idol, please visit www.blueidol.org

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Horsham optician urges residents not to be caught out by the ‘silent thief of sight’

Hundreds of people living in Horsham are at risk of having their vision stolen by a condition often dubbed as the ‘silent thief of sight’. Over 1,700 local residents are in danger of going blind from glaucoma – one of the largest causes of blindness in the world – due to its gradual onset. That is why this Glaucoma Awareness Week (June 17-23), Specsavers in Horsham has been highlighting the importance of looking after our eyes. Glaucoma usually occurs when

naturally-occurring fluid inside the eye does not drain properly, leading to a build-up of pressure. This can then cause damage to the optic nerve and nerve fibres from the retina, in most cases without any symptoms. While the condition cannot be reversed, it can be managed – but early detection is key. Alan McLean, ophthalmic director at Specsavers in Horsham, explained: “There are several factors which can increase your risk of developing glaucoma, such as a family history of the

disease. Other risk factors would include those who have blackAfrican or Asian heritage as well as those who have higher levels of short sightedness. Of course, age also needs to be considered as two in every 100 people over the age of 40 are affected with the condition.” More than 64 million people around the world live with glaucoma – but as long as you are sensible, you don’t need to let it take over your life. Alan added: “The good news is glaucoma can generally be treated effectively if detected early, and, in most cases, daily eye drops are used.” Symptoms can vary depending on what type of glaucoma you have – either chronic or acute. Many don’t realise there is anything wrong with their sight, which is why regular visits to the optician are essential. Alan continued: “With the most common form of glaucoma, visual loss is initially very subtle, affecting mainly the peripheral vision rather than central, which can make it harder to notice. Most people are not even aware there is any visual loss because of the way the eyes’ visual fields overlap to compensate for one

another. “Some forms of glaucoma are more rapid, with a sudden painful build-up of pressure in the eye which produces blurred vision and haloes around lights, but they are less common.” It is vitally important people attend regular check-ups at their optician to check for any signs. At your appointment they will they will test your eye pressure, as high pressure is a common sign of glaucoma, and they’ll do a visual field test which can detect any subtle blind spots you may not be aware of, which can also be an indicator of the condition. Karen Osborn, chief executive of the International Glaucoma Association (IGA), said: ‘We regularly hear from people who have permanently lost sight to glaucoma because of late diagnosis. People are often angry and upset to learn that simple regular visits to their local high street optometrist could have detected the condition. The earlier treatment starts, the more likely that someone will retain useful sight for life, so it’s great that so many Specsavers stores are on board with Awareness Week.” For those who already have glaucoma, digital retinal pho-

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Entertainment Horsham District Gig Guide 21/06/19 Friday 16th Forget The DJ September The King’s Arms - Horsham

The Overtures 20:30 - 23:00 Jason Falloon Wildwood Golf & Country Ashington Village Club Club, Cranleigh Pulborough 18:00 20:00 - 23:00 T Slammers Soul Band Willie Austen & Paul Stenton The Mow, Tandridge TheBarley Cricketers Arms Billingshurst 20:00

21:00 - 23:00 Paul Stanworth Queen’s Head, Barns Green Horsham 20:00 - 23:00 Saturday 17th High Octane Junkies September The Railway Inn Horsham Rocks Presents Billingshurst Horsham Bandstand, The 20:30 - 23:00 Carfax, Horsham Amanda Rose The Olive Branch - Horsham 11:00 til 16:00 20:00 - 23:00 Nell Bryden

The Capitol Theatre, Horsham 19:30 Horsham Rocks Larger Than LifePresents: Duo Sandra & Paul Goffs Park Social Club, Carfax Bandstand - Horsham Crawley 14:00 - 16:00 20:30 The Tony Stone Band Hounds ofShovel Sound- Horsham The Malt Broadbridge 20:30 - 23:00Heath Village Centre, Heath The BigBroadbridge Gig 2019 Horsham Sports Club 20:00 Horsham Quo-caine 13:00 - 10:30 Goring The Mulberry, The Collective 20:30 The Shelley Arms - BroadBlack Heart bridge HeathAngel The Malt Shovel, Horsham 20:30 - 23:00

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South 19:30 Saxon - 23:00Beardsmen Gathering The Rock `n` Roll Pop Party & The MaltShow Shovel, Horsham Medley The Holmbush 12:00 til 18:00 Inn - Horsham 20:30Mic - 23:00 Open night Sounds of the 60s live with The Shelley Arms, BroadTony Blackburn bridge Heath The Capitol Theatre 19:30 Horsham Riverboat Shuffle 19:30 - 23:00 Horsham Sports Club, Horsham 20:00

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Dave Beckett The Railway Inn Billingshurst 13:00 - 16:00 Horsham Folk Club Normandy Centre - Horsham 19:45 - 22:00 Acoustic Open Mic Night

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The Jolly Tanners, Staplefield 20:30 Acoustic Jam Blues Workshop The King’s Arms - Horsham Northgate Community Cen20:00 - 23:00 tre, Crawley 20:00 Open Mic Night Open Mic Oak, Ifield The Royal George & Dragon - Shipley 20:00 20:00 - 23:00 Acoustic showcases The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate 19:30

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Ballet Central at The Hawth Collyer’s Live Lounge Central School of Ballet’s renowned graduate performing company Ballet Central brings its annual tour to The Hawth, Crawley on Monday (24 June). Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will perform in 20 venues across England over a five month period and will go on to perform in Tokyo, Japan. The annual Ballet Central tour offers audiences across the country the chance to see the company’s young and dynamic dancers showcase the best dance theatre from current industry professionals alongside newlycommissioned work and refreshed classics from the world’s top choreographers. This season’s repertoire delivers an exciting performance of theatricality, technical excellence and drama choreographed by top dance industry influencers, with stunning costumes enhanced by powerful music. The repertoire includes Christopher Marney’s Carousel Dances, inspired by the 1945 musical Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, a unique version of the Dying Swan Solo created by Calvin Richardson, and the Company is delighted to present an extract from Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed Valses Nobles et Sentimentales performed to Maurice Ravel’s suite of waltzes. Following the wonderful response to Kenneth MacMillan’s piece in the 2018 tour, Ballet Central is honoured to present another excerpt from MacMillan’s works, House of Birds, based on the Grimm Brothers’ macabre fairy tale, Jorinda and Joringel. Ballet Central also presents Jasmin Vardimon’s (in between), a physical contemporary work first created with the National Youth Dance Company in 2013. And for the first time, Ballet Central is collaborating with Thiago Soares, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, who has created a new work with Ballet Central’s young dancers which will be premiered in London at a series of performances at the Bloomsbury Theatre in July. Ballet Central performed 15 sold-out shows of The Nutcracker at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge

and at the British Museum in December. Adding an international date to the 2019 tour in Tokyo, Japan demonstrates the increasing popularity of the Company’s theatrical dance performances. Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central explained: “Audience attendance for last year’s Ballet Central tour was higher than ever. The exciting repertoire brought by these influential choreographers not only entertains our audiences, but also ensures our talented young dancers secure employment with leading dance companies and musical theatre productions worldwide.” Ballet Central is the touring company of Central School of Ballet in London, the leading centre for professional dance training and education. Students in the final year of their three-year BA (Hons) degree course in Professional Dance and Performance join Ballet Central to gain invaluable touring experience before graduation. Ballet Central’s dancers not only perform, but also help with technical aspects, including lighting, sound, staging and wardrobe. Central’s graduates go on to join the world’s premier dance companies. Performing a range of repertoire on the Ballet Central tour choreographed by some of the most renowned figures in the dance industry to ticket-buying audiences is an enriching experience for the students, enhancing their skills and development, making them particularly employable. Recent Central students are currently employed with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company, Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Ballet Black, Phantom of the Opera, West End & Worldwide, Milwaukee Ballet - USA, Singapore Dance Theatre, Sarasota Ballet - USA, K-Ballet - Japan, New English Ballet Theatre. Performance: Monday 24 June, 7.30pm, The Hawth, Crawley. Tickets: £15 (Discounts: £13), available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www.hawth.co.uk

Collyer’s Music Practitioner students celebrated a successful year with a series of six live lounge style concerts for which they managed, set up, mixed, recorded and performed. Teams of student sound engineers and event mangers set up the event for four student bands, formed in class to play a series of contemporary music to attentive audiences. It was a fitting end to the end of a course that has seen students explore a range of practical areas related to the music industry that include live recording, studio recording, sequencing, mixing and exploring careers in the music industry. Head of Music, Dan Page, was delighted: “I’m extremely proud of

our hard working Music Practitioner students and their performances at these end of year concerts. They have thrown themselves into this course with energy and enthusiasm, gaining a variety of relevant, practical skills and understanding that will set them up well for higher education and a wide range of jobs in the music industry.” Dan Lodge (Vice Principal for Quality and Curriculum) was extremely proud: “The live lounge style gigs worked really well and acted as a great opportunity for our talented students to showcase the broad range of performance and production skills they perfect on the Music Practitioner course. Well played everyone!”

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This incredible live show creates a new era in Irish entertainment, starring a wealth of Irish talent, including world and Irish champion dancers and some of the finest traditional musicians and singers. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, this two-hour dance and music extravaganza takes audiences on an exhilarating and exciting, energy-packed trip through the ages. From the creation of Rhythm of the Dance in 1998 (initially the show was set up for a 3 week tour of the United States) it has toured consistently all over the globe and

achieves critical acclaim, time after time. The show continues to evolve each year, thanks to the work of the director, producer, choreographer, and composer, who all aim to keep it fresh and interesting for audiences who attend performances regularly. There are always new and exciting elements within the programme to delight and entertain. Performance: Tuesday 9 July 7.30pm, The Hawth, Crawley. Tickets: £26.50 (Discounts: £25.50), available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www. hawth.co.uk


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Mark Watson: The Infinite Show

After spending last year being cluster-bombed with yoghurt on ‘Taskmaster’ and half-killed by Bear Grylls, multi award-winning Mark Watson returns with a UK National Tour doing what he’s best: being indoors. Inspired by the basically shocking state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, Watson’s new show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world’s population is made up of other people: why can’t we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, Mark tears into his topic with his notoriously high joke and rant-per-minute rate. And as the title suggests, in this show he takes his unusually collaborative approach one step further, aiming for an evening which will last longer in the mind

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than the hour the audience spend with him… Mark is one of the country’s most beloved and critically acclaimed live comedians, and has had a long and notable Fringe career since he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 Perrier Awards, before being awarded the 2006 if.comedy Panel Prize for performing one of his nowlegendary marathon stand-up shows. Away from Edinburgh, he’s taken home the Time Out Critics Choice Award, been nominated for a Barry Award from the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as well as winning Best Show at both Sydney and Adelaide. Last year saw Mark write songs, hurl coconuts and beg piggybacks as part of Dave’s BAFTAwinning Taskmaster. In a less pleasant TV engagement, he lost

almost three stone and faced a crippling lifelong phobia during a much talked-about stint on The Island with Bear Grylls (C4). Mark has also regularly appeared on BBC 2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and Mock the Week, BBC 1’s Would I Lie To You and Have I Got News For You. He has performed stand-up on BBC 1’s Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala and was the star of Dave TV’s Road to Rio, as well as the host of BBC 4’s We Need Answers. He’s won Celebrity Mastermind and Celebrity Pointless and he once dressed up as a badger for terrible Sky One show Wild Things. As well as his TV and live work, Mark has been a Radio 4 mainstay for a decade, with his various series Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better and Mark Watson’s Live Address To The Nation. For the past two years, he’s hosted the final of the BBC New Comedy Award – one of the only comedy shows on the network to go out live. On top of his comedy stardom, Mark has seven books under his belt. Since last Edinburgh, his graphic novel Dan and Sam has been optioned as a feature film by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and is now in development. Performance: Friday 19 July 8pm, The Hawth, Crawley. Tickets: £21, available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www.hawth.co.uk

CHRIS WOOD: THE CLOSE UP SHOW Come along to The Hawth on Saturday 6 July for an intimate evening of close-up magic, trickery and sleight of hand featuring world-class magicians from The Magic Circle. Chris Wood has been performing exceptional magic for over 30 years. He is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and a regular performer for their public shows. Chris will be joined for the evening by James Fortune, an award-winning Comedy Magician providing world-class fun and entertainment, and Roberto Forzoni, a professional

mind reader and magician – a mix he refers to as ‘psychological magic’. He has performed throughout the UK and internationally for a wide range of clients (including royalty!). Close-up magic is one of the most popular and impressive forms of the art and this unique event showcases some of the best exponents. Prepare to be astonished! Performance: Saturday 6 July 7.45pm, The Hawth Studio, Crawley. Tickets: £18.50, available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 and online: www.hawth.co.uk

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include hats, barbershop singing, puppets, balloons, and loud bangs, along with spectacular musicianship, original tunes and cracking arrangements, and a unique comedy twist. What can go wrong! “Thanks for a great night at Horsham! Good to see talented musicians having lots of fun!” B.L. (Horsham) “Not just great music but the interaction between you all made me smile & giggle!” L.A. (Hor-

sham) “It was absolutely incredible to listen to, and really enjoyed the music arranged and written by the band.” N. (Horsham) “I can’t wait to see you play again” J.D. (Chichester) Performances: Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June, Capitol Studio, Horsham. Tickets: Available from The Capitol Box Office: 01403750220 or online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com.

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Notice of proposal to deregister the land at ‘Frennells’ as village green, known as part of Adversane Green Section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 Proposed deregistration of the land at Frennells, known as part of Adversane Green, Billingshurst Adversane VILLAGE GREEN (VG2) Graham Holmes has applied to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 for land forming part of the abovementioned registered village green (the “release land”) to cease to be so registered. The Planning Inspectorate will decide the application on behalf of the Secretary of State. The purpose of this application is to enable the implementation of planning permission in order to build an access path to serve the property known as ‘Frennells.’ At present, there is only pedestrian access to the property. We are looking to deregister a small section of the village green located Infront of the property, equating to 46M2 in order to implement the planning permission. The release land is described in the First Schedule, below A copy of the application form and accompanying documents can be inspected at Gloucester House, 66a Church Walk, Burgess Hill, RH15 9AS, Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm until July 24th. Any representations in respect of the proposed deregistration [and exchange] should be sent in writing ON or BEFORE that date to: Common Land Team, The Planning Inspectorate, 3F Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN or commonlandcasework@pins.gsi.gov. uk. Representations sent to The Planning Inspectorate cannot be treated as confidential. They will be copied to the applicant and possibly to other interested parties. For information about how The Planning Inspectorate processes personal information please see the Common Land Privacy Policy at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/common- landguidance-sheet-13-privacy-policy

Affordable housing in North Horsham – how can we help? The Parish Council is acutely aware of the lack of realistic, affordable housing in North Horsham and over the last few months a group of parish councillors and residents have been investigating how affordable housing could be provided through the formation of a Community Land Trust. A Community Land Trust is a legal entity in its own right and it makes its own decisions. Its’ board is usually populated by local people and it can hold an asset locked for community use in perpetuity. A Community Land Trust can buy or acquire land to build affordable houses, or convert an existing building to provide affordable accommodation at rents which are realistically affordable to its community. Please let us know if you are interested in helping to form a Community Land Trust for North Horsham. There is more information about Community Land Trusts on the Parish Council website, or you can contact the Clerk. Responses to this request will be considered by the Parish Council and only if there is sufficient support will it move forward. Residents are invited to take a photograph in North Horsham parish on 6th July 2019, to build a historical, photographic record of the parish in 2019 as part of the North Horsham Now and Then project. More details can be found on the Parish Council website. When you have taken your photograph, please submit it to North Horsham Parish Council with a note of where it has been taken. By submitting the photograph, you are agreeing for the photograph to be published on the website. North Horsham is fortunate to have many grass verges which make the parish an attractive place to live. Please be considerate and don’t park on the verges as it soon erodes the grass and makes them unsightly. West Sussex County Council no longer has the resource to repair anything other than serious verge damage so in this case, prevention is much better than cure. Finally, the Parish Council would like to say thank you to Martin Loates and Francis Haigh who stepped down at the May election for their service to the community through the Parish Council. Vacancies for co-opted members still remain. More information about North Horsham Parish Council can be found on the Parish Council website www.northhorsham-pc.gov.uk, or contact the Parish Council through the Clerk on 01403 750786, e-mail parish.clerk@ northhorsham-pc.gov.uk.


Launch of ‘Brookfields’ new homes sees early interest from buyers

Launch of ‘Brookfields’ new homes sees early interest from buyers Homebuyers looking for a certain something extra in their new home should head to Brookfields by Latimer, where they’ll discover exceptional 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes offering generous space and well-designed layouts. Brookfields is set in the thriving village of Pulborough, surrounded by leafy countryside

and yet within walking distance of the primary school which has ‘outstanding early years’ provision, St Mary’s Church, the doctors, Tesco, and Pulborough station which provides direct services to London Victoria. Award winning butcher, A C Coughtrey, the enchanting Corn Exchange, and Hennings Wine Merchants are among the popular Pulborough shops and the village hall offers a busy schedule of events for all ages.

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The homes at Brookfields are also designed with all ages in mind. Two bedroom apartments are available from £260,000 while some of the 3 and 4 bedroom houses feature a ground floor bedroom which is ideal for teens wanting a sense of independence or for older relatives a little less mobile. Laura O’Hara of appointed selling agents Simply New Homes at Henry Adams, said, “Brookfields has a good selection of attractive homes which have

great family appeal including some wonderful 4 and 5 bedroom homes which have plenty of living space. There are some interesting layouts designed with family life in mind, such as open plan kitchen/family rooms and top floor master bedroom suites which create a lovely retreat for parents at the end of a busy day. “The interior designed show home has recently opened and we’ve already welcomed lots of interested people through the door,” added Laura. “Our sales negotiator at Brookfields, Maria, is happy to talk through your various buying options such as the Governments’ Help to Buy scheme which means you may be able to purchase with as little as 5% deposit.” Prices for a 4 bedroom semidetached house at Brookfields start from £430,000 while substantial 5 bedroom family homes range from £670,000. There are also large three bedroom houses with a garage available from £445,000, ideal for couples and young families as well as downsizers looking for a village home with style. The Show Home at Brookfields, set just off Stane Street, is now open from Thursday to Monday between 10am and 5pm or contact Simply New Homes on 01243 521833 or you can discover more information online at brookfields-pulborough.co.uk or simplynewhomes.com.


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7 year old Immy scolds our supermarkets over missing soccer stickers

Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter Seven year old Horsham schoolgirl Immy Masterton has attracted National attention - and backing from former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch - by posting an open letter to supermarkets on Twitter after being unable to find Women’s World Cup football stickers in Sainsbury and Tesco locally. Seven year old Immy condemned the supermarkets for ignoring gender equality by failing to stock the stickers. As an enthusiastic supporter of England’s national women’s football team - the Lionesses – Immy wanted the stickers to complete her Women’s World Cup book, saying that she had previously seen the stores selling stickers for the Men’s World Cup and was disappointed that England’s national women’s team were not treated equally. Immy’s mother, Caroline, had been informed by Tesco customer service that it is not possible for them to carry all collectible items and that she should try to source them elsewhere, leading Immy to charge Sainsbury and Tesco with unequal gender treatment. The open letter said that the lack of stickers

suggested that women are not as important as men, provoking a number of responses from likeminded supporters who had also struggled lo locate the stickers. Eager collector Immy wrote: ‘My name is Immy and I am 7 years old. I love football and I have been excited about watching the Women’s World Cup. I was given a Women’s World Cup sticker book by my football club and was very happy to start collecting stickers. I went to your supermarket today to spend my pocket money on the Women’s World Cup stickers but there wasn’t any there. My mummy phoned your customer services and was told your store is not stocking them. Your store sold the Men’s World Cup stickers, so why don’t you sell the Women’s? Not having the Women’s World Cup stickers is sending a BAD message to kids everywhere that women are less important than men. This makes me sad and very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very ANGRY! Please, please reconsider and show your support for EQUALITY! DO THE RIGHT THING! P.S. We have now found them in WHSmith”. One supporter tweeted: “Shame on you Tesco. My daughter was very disappointed not to find the

stickers in your store, too. How can you judge demand if you don’t sell them ?!” And, former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch agreed, commenting that supermarkets were failing to acknowledge that women’s football is a major sport, adding: “I’ve collected World Cup sticker albums since I was a kid and have been appalled at the lack of availability in the official retailers. Hardly any of my local stores sold them and one that did kept the stickers in a drawer rather than on the shelves because the boys’ football stickers took priority. Panini did a great thing in producing the album but have been failed by the outlets who clearly still have a backward view of women’s interest in football”. A Sainsburys spokesperson said: “Panini Women’s World Cup stickers and book are available to buy in around 550 stores and have been popular with customers. We hope to have them back in stock in our Horsham store shortly.” Earlier, several Sainsbury’s stores visited by the Telegraph newspaper had no sign of them, yet stickers for the men’s Euro 2020 tournament were on sale. Immy Masterton’s campaign is featured on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=kLxJMjPsyJU

Proud Horsham win National silverware at Olympic Park Hockey Martin Read - Sports Reporter Horsham’s Mixed Hockey team were thrilled to return to London’s Olympic Park in Lee Valley for their second consecutive appearance at the National Finals Weekend, and were understandably proud to be crowned winners of the National Plate. On the Saturday, in the Semi

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Final the Horsham team, Managed by Emily White, beat Leeds Adel 2-1, Sean Pearcey and Chas Richardson scoring. After staying in London overnight, Horsham were back at Lee Valley bright and early for their 9am call for the Plate Final, when they overcame Bristol Firebrands 3-2, evergreen goalkeeper Nick Evans, former Horsham Hockey Club Chairman, telling the District Post:

“We were 3-0 up with five minutes to go but we ran out of steam and conceded two late goals, but hung on to win 3-2 ! Louisa Denman scored twice, with Chas Richardson adding another after we’d been 2 nil up at half time. We stayed on to watch the other Finals and it was a superb weekend of Hockey – it was great for us to play at Lee Valley again – and even nicer to win there!”

Fantastic Horsham Gymnastics steal the show in Hungary ! Gymnastics Martin Read - Sports Reporter Horsham Gymnastics Centre enters numerous tournaments, their outstanding athletes gaining National selection for widespread events, but the recent trip to Hungary - where 12 gymnasts competed at the 1st Gyor Open International Competition - was something really special. The girls spent five days training and competing at the National Sports Centre, which staged the European Youth Olympics in 2017. The Centre will also host the forthcoming 1st Junior World Gymnastics Championships. Meanwhile, Horsham Gymnastics’ competition was split into four age categories, with the girls coming up against their counterparts from Romania, Austria, Iceland, Dubai, and the Czech Republic in addition to the host nation’s team. For Horsham, in the 2009/2010 birth date category Georgia Stables was placed 1st overall with team mate Arabella Aston 2nd. Georgia also went on to collect a silver medal on bars and a gold on both beam and floor, Arabella also winning a gold on vault, silver on floor and a bronze on bars. In the 2007/2008 category Horsham had a fantastic clean sweep overall with Brooke Stocker 1st, Tabitha Lees and Lola McNaughton 2nd equal, and Elisha Venturini and Morgan Miller 4th equal. The apparatus medals were also distributed between the superb Horsham gymnasts - on vault Tabitha was placed 2nd and Morgan 3rd, while on the bars Brooke was 1st, Tabitha 2nd and Lola 3rd. The beam title was shared between Brooke and Lola with Elisha 3rd. Horsham also dominated the floor competition, with Brooke, Morgan and Lola grabbing the first three places. The 2005/2006 category followed, with Cissy Marlow finishing 3rd, Phoebe Light 5th and Isabel Carr 6th overall. Cissy

also collected a silver medal on bars, beam and floor, Isabel being awarded a bronze on beam. The final round of the day was the 2003/2004 contest, where Honesty South gained 3rd and Scarlett Tidy 4th overall. Honesty also took the vault title as well as a bronze on bars and Scarlett achieved a bronze on both the beam and floor. Horsham’s remarkable gymnasts at the Gyor Open International carried off a sensational total of 37 medals, including 10 Golds, 11 Silvers and 11 bronze awards. And, two overall champions were crowned - Georgia Stables and Brooke Stocker with Georgia also taking home the trophy for the highest score of the entire competition, a huge 14.6 points on beam. Ecstatic Horsham Gymnastics Centre Artistic Coach Lisa Jestico told the District Post: “This was a massively successful trip for all these girls, aged just 9-15 years old. They not only won all those medals, but also had a fabulous gymnastic and travelling experience. Everyone at the Centre is extremely proud of how they approached this trip and the fantastic results achieved – many congratulations to them all!” Established in 2001, Horsham Gymnastics Centre is one of the UK’s premier gymnastics clubs, with over 1,000 members, and provides a multitude of varied training for gymnasts of all ages and abilities – starting with special awareness classes for three year olds, through to coaching for national and international competitors. The aim of the Centre is to give everyone the opportunity to participate in a safe, welcoming and purpose-built environment with extensive, professionally qualified coaching and guidance. Horsham Gymnastics Centre, Pavilions in the Park, Hurst Road, Horsham, RH12 2DF – 01403 756699 – further contact arrangements are available on the Centre’s website - www.hgc.org.uk


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Premier League round up – matches on Saturday June 15th Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter The shock of the day came in an amazing turn round, catapulting Brighton & Hove to the top of the table, four points clear after Roffey suffered another abandonment. See below! Meanwhile, there was a routine home win for Eastbourne at the Saffrons, where newly promoted, struggling Mayfield, deciding to bat in defiance of an indifferent weather forecast, were all out for 185 in 50.3 overs. Consistent opener, wicketkeeper Harry Lloyd, scored 61, Eastbourne skipper Jacob Smith taking 3-31. Eastbourne had little difficulty in knocking off the runs to win by 6 wickets in 31.1 overs, former Kent batsman James Hockley finishing unbeaten on 91 and Alistair Orr making 38. The game at Middleton Sports Club ended as a damp squib. Cuckfield were inserted, their very promising innings coming to a premature end. The match was eventually abandoned without further play, with Cuckfield on 278-6 off 53.3 overs, courtesy of 128 from in-form Harry Nielsen, 78 from Tom Weston and Ben Candfield’s 35. Sean Heather was the pick of the Middleton bowlers with 3-50. But, the most entertain-

ing Premiership match of the day was the low-scoring affair at East Grinstead’s Saint Hill ground, where the hosts put Brighton & Hove in, shooting them for a surely inadequate 140 off 49 overs. Far more was promised by the 74 run opening partnership, but after Bryce Hounscombe continued his successful season to date with 45, only three other batsmen reached double figures in the face of a Hatchett job. Former Sussex opening bowler Lewis Hatchett took 6-96, and his brother Bradley 4-33, the pair sending down 40 overs between them. Replying, East Grinstead were cruising home on 121-3, Will Adkin and Ian Sturmer each scoring 40 – until Sussex’s Delray Rawlins grabbed four quick scalps and former Brighton skipper Chris Atherton two, the last 7 wickets falling for 6 runs in a spectacular headlong collapse, turning the game on its head and thrusting Brighton to the top of the table, at the expense of beleaguered Roffey. After seven rounds of games, and with 11 still to come, Brighton have 170 points, with Roffey on 166 and Preston Nomads back on 131. With just one win, Mayfield are bringing up the rear with 85 points, 18 behind both Three Bridges and eighth-placed Horsham.

News of Horsham and Roffey’s junior sides Saturday June 15 – Feeder team roundup Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter At Slinfold Horsham 2nds inserted the hosts, who made 208 all out in 44.3 overs, thanks to 47 from Tom Filby and 35 from the skipper – opener Steven Haines - extras, including 26 wides, contributing 32. Joe Clark, James Brehaut, Hamoop Kalsi, Harry Huddlestone, and Tom Williams shared the wickets. Replying, Horsham reached 38-1, but although seven batsmen got to double figures, nobody went on to score more than 22, Horsham finishing on 152 all out with Slinfold winning by 56 runs. Chichester Priory Park are top, two points covering the leading four sides. Horsham remain bottom, trailing Worthing 2nds by 22 points. But, there was better news for Horsham’s 3rds on the John Dew ground at Cricketfield Road, where, in a foot of the table clash, they put Henfield 2nds in, restricting them to 163-9 from 40 overs. Things looked black for Horsham at 115-9, but they battled on through heavy rain for a muchneeded third win of the season - by 1 wicket - the last pair

putting on an unbroken stand of 51 to thwart Henfield. Dan Jordan and skipper Mark Haines both made 31, Haines unbeaten, while extras top scored with 43. Horsham occupy the penultimate berth, eight points shy of Hirmani CC. Selsey head the table, while Henfield 2nds are bottom. At Roffey the 2nd XI inserted Broadwater, keeping them down to 179-9 off 45 overs, Chris Webb taking 4-39 before Roffey went on to win by 4 wickets, wicketkeeper Sanchit Batra’s 80 including 13 fours and 3 sixes, with 34 in support from Webb, the 129 run opening stand giving Roffey an ideal platform. Roffey are top, two points clear of West Chiltington & Thakeham. It was not such a happy result for Roffey 3rds at Barns Green, where the hosts scored 230-6, Jim Barnes taking 2-31. Roffey responded promisingly, but from 30-1 they crashed to 75 all out, Stephen Courquin taking 7-17 in 9 overs, including the first six wickets. Roffey slip to fourth as a result of this defeat, their second of the season. Sixth-placed Roffey fourths were due to play their Horsham Trinity counterparts at Faygate, but a waterlogged pitch resulted in abandonment without a ball bowled.

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Horsham Cricket Club thrilled with Will Beer’s excellent Sussex season Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Although – up to now – Horsham cricketer Will Beer’s role has been primarily as a leg spin bowler, especially in Sussex’s T20 campaigns, everyone seeing him play knows that he can bat, and he has just re-confirmed that with an outstanding 97, as an opener for Sussex – at Arundel. 30 year old Will is having a particularly good season with the bat, having recently notched up a century for Sussex seconds – for whom he has opened – and, in the same week, scoring another hundred for Horsham at Cricketfield Road. In April Will made 75 for Sussex in a limited overs game at Chelmsford, coming in with Sussex on 68-6, and prior to the Arundel match scored an unbeaten 50 for Sussex at Lord’s. An injury to regular opener Phil Salt earned Beer the all too infrequent call up for a Sussex 4 day Championship match. Playing him as an opener proved to be an inspired selection and Will grabbed the opportunity with both hands, taking the responsibility to lead Sussex’s sometimes mercurial top order, demonstrating admirable powers of application and concentration throughout his seven and a half hours at the crease, during which he hit 14 fours. Leaving the field to a standing ovation, the crowd shared his disappointment at falling just short of a richly deserved maiden hundred, cricket sometimes being a cruel game. Arundel has been a happy hunting ground for Beer, the venue where he recorded his best bowling figures for Sussex – 6-29 v South Africa A, followed up by 5-62 in the second innings. And, last year at Arundel Horsham’s Tom Haines scored his maiden century, batting with Salt, who did the same. Beer has been firmly on Sussex’s radar for 20 years, beginning when he led the county’s under 10 side. He went on to cut his teeth at Horsham Cricket Club – following in the footsteps of both his father

Andy and his uncle, Robin – and plays for the town side whenever his Sussex commitments allow. Beer has made more than 180 first team appearances in all formats, with approaching 200 wickets and over 1,000 runs in addition to captaining the 2nd XI on numerous occasions. After progressing through county age group cricket, he impressed for England U19s, taking 10 economical wickets against New Zealand. In 2009 he came to the fore with a gutsy performance on T20 finals day, helping Sussex to lift the trophy, having bowled well in the competition on various other occasions. Winning the current Sussex Team Man of the Year award, the citation read: “Although Will’s first team opportunities have been limited, he has never let the team down with either bat or ball whenever called upon – he always puts the needs of the team above everything else and consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of him.” Sussex Head Coach Jason Gillespie summed up with: “It’s great to have Beero with the club. his attitude around the team is outstanding, and we look forward to seeing him push for more opportunities in the first team in 2019.” At Arundel Sussex skipper Ben Brown said that he and his team-

mates shared Beer’s frustration when he was out: “We were so disappointed for him that he didn’t get his hundred,” he said. “It was a great effort. As a team we have talked about being adaptable and trying to play in a different way for different conditions. The wickets at Arundel can be slow and you can get bowled out for 150 trying to force the pace so the way he played, which allowed the rest of us to bat around him, was an exceptional effort and it’s a shame he didn’t get the hundred he deserved.” Beer said: “I’ve been opening a bit for the second team and we wanted to play an extra spinner here, so the chance came along. Hopefully I can get a few more runs – and wickets! It was tricky out there for an hour or two. It was old-school, attritional four-day cricket. I started at Sussex Under-10 level, as an opening batter, before my leg-spin took over. Bowling is my main skill, but I’ve always worked hard at my batting and consider myself an allrounder.” Horsham Cricket Club Chairman, Richard Marshall, told the District Post: “We’re all delighted for Will and hope that he gets more opportunities for Sussex first team – the only downside for us would be that we won’t see so much of him playing for Horsham!”

Billingshurst stay top despite abandonment Saturday June 15 THE 1st CENTRAL SUSSEX LEAGUE – Division 2 Billingshurst 184-8 declared (47 overs) - Bognor Regis 56-2 (9 overs) Match abandoned (rain) – Bognor 10 points - Billingshurst 10 points Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Sadly, the weather was the winner at Bognor’s Hawthorn Road ground last Saturday, but, with five wins from their previous six games, Billingshurst remain top, albeit now by just five points after second in the table St James’s Montefiore won in a reduced over game a few miles away at Chichester.

Against Billingshurst, Bognor won the toss and, in view of the forecast, elected to field. Billingshurst’s 47 run first wicket partnership deteriorated to 66-4, but with Aussie overseas player Jordan Willoughby batting well again, supported by 37 from Paul Osborne and double figure contributions from Mike Burroughs and Ben Mortimer, Billingshurst declared positively, setting the hosts an 185 run target after Willoughby had finished on 82 with ten fours despite Roy Kaia’s 6-79. When Bognor replied Andy Barr bowled their captain, former Horsham player Ryan Maskell, with the second ball off the innings and Mortimer trapped the other ex Horsham man, Joey Ashmore cheaply – LBW. But, with the

game interestingly poised at 56-2, rain had the last laugh. In the absence of regular Captain, prolific bowler Ben Williams, skipper for the day Ben Mortimer told the District Post: “It was frustrating, of course, but it was always likely that the game would be washed out. There were, though, things to celebrate: Jordan’s batting was fantastic – he’s really settled in to English conditions, and Andy Barr’s raw pace saw him castling another opener. We’ve got a good mix of experience and youth and I’m very much enjoying my first campaign with Billingshurst after playing for Alton in Hampshire for a number of seasons.” On Saturday, Billingshurst return home to host mid table Haywards Heath.


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Horsham rue dropped catches in Bridges frustrating draw

Photo by Simon Rose Saturday June 15 THE 1st CENTRAL SUSSEX LEAGUE – ECB Premier Division Horsham 245 all out (57.4 overs) – Three Bridges 95-9 (42 overs) Match Drawn - Horsham 14 points – Three Bridges 10 points

Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Needing a win to move themselves up the table well clear of the relegation zone, Horsham will kick themselves for not clinching a game that they should have won – they were in

Roffey slip to second after two consecutive abandonments Saturday June 15 THE 1st CENTRAL SUSSEX LEAGUE – ECB Premier Division Preston Nomads 147-5 (42 overs) – Match abandoned (rain) Preston Nomads 10 points Roffey 10 points Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter In their bid to retain their Premiership title, Roffey are always keen to play to, but, for the second week running, adverse weather robbed them of the chance of a result. At the picturesque Fulking home of the former powerhouse of Sussex Premier League cricket - Preston Nomads - at the foot of Devil’s Dyke, where in 2014 Roffey grabbed the first of their four Premier League titles in style, unseating the reigning champion hosts, Nomads elected to bat despite the unfavourable weather forecast. They had put on 57 for the first wicket when former Roffey batsman Usman Khan departed for 23, but fellow opener Nathan Poole soldiered on, finishing with 73 not out when the game was abandoned. Earlier, Luke Barnard with 3-38 and George Fleming (2-21) had worked

their way through Nomads’ top and middle order. Two weeks ago Roffey were 31 points clear at the top of the table, but, after being awarded just the mandatory 20 abandonment points out of a possible 60 in the last two games, they are now second, four behind Brighton & Hove after the seasiders snatched a dramatic victory in a low scoring encounter at East Grinstead (see the separate Premier League round up in this edition of your District Post). . This weekend will be a busy one for Roffey – on Saturday they welcome Middleton, before, on Sunday, going to nearby Slinfold for a Sussex T20 Cup tie (12.30 start). Meanwhile, Roffey skipper Matt Davies told the District Post: “When it stopped raining at Nomads last Saturday, by the time the ground could be made ready for us to restart there wouldn’t have been long enough left for us complete the match. It was frustrating to suffer another abandonment, of course, but there’s nothing we could do about it. I just hope that we can get a full game in this week. Middleton have plenty of batting and can be a difficult side to beat, but we need to play!”

command for the majority of the match, but couldn’t deliver the coup de grace when the opportunity beckoned. Horsham elected to bat after winning the toss and put on 61 in double quick time for the first wicket. The 50 had come up in the eighth over with Craig Gallagher punishing Bridges after being dropped in the gulley on four. Sussex’s Tom Haines was also given a life, a reverse sweep going to ground when he had 17. When Gallagher was out for 32 skipper Michael Thornely took over, launching a straight six down the ground and when Haines got to 50 Horsham were cruising at 125-1 in the 25th over. After Thornely was unexpectedly bowled, for 52, George Garton came in, but was soon caught off a flail in windy drizzle, the umpires keeping the game going despite persistent cold and blustery light rain. Horsham, moved on to 200 in the 43rd over courtesy of a four from Haines, but the young Sussex lefthander was dismissed shortly afterwards, his 151 ball 95 containing 7 fours and 3 sixes. Then, last week’s batting hero Tom Johnson came and went quickly and a smart caught and bowled

accounted for PJ Williams. Further wickets tumbled and from 208-3, Horsham suddenly found themselves 217-7, Nick Oxley, though, shepherded the tail with 35, enabling Horsham to set a reasonably demanding target, albeit less than was hoped for earlier. But, there was something in the wicket for bowlers, Tom Haines telling the District Post: “We’re on the strip used for the Sussex 2nd XI game against Lancashire earlier in the week, its absolutely fine, but there’s a bit of bounce and spin.” Haines opened the bowling from the town end and, after having a catch put down, snared Milo Price LBW next ball. However, Bridges got to 48-1, but once Conor Golding, (33) and David Winn (26) were out, only number 8, Michael Rose, got to double figures while the score subsided to 81-9, Oxley taking 4 exceptionally cheap wickets, including two in one over. Creditably the umpires kept the game going despite some beefy showers, but eventually the teams were forced off by heavier rain, with Bridges on 94-9. Although the ground was very wet, eventually the weather abated just sufficiently to warrant a re-start

at 7.10 with four more overs allowed. Jamie Brown was brought on to bowl, but the tailenders were not fazed by short stuff and subsequently negotiated overs from Haines and Oxley, bowling commendably straight and full, making the batsmen play, but Horsham generously grassed two catches enabling Bridges to escape with a draw. Haines with 3-30 and Jonathan Whiting (222) were Horsham’s other wicket takers, Garton, coming to the end of rehab from a side strain, hopes to resume bowling next week. The draw leaves Three Bridges in the penultimate spot, with Horsham on level points just above them, Michael Thornely told the District Post: “That was a frustrating result – we played all the cricket and they made no attempt to get the runs despite the big outfield. We created chances but dropped catches cost us dear.” It is anticipated that match highlights will be featured on Three Bridges You Tube feed, meanwhile, on Saturday Horsham are back on the road - to East Grinstead, who dramatically collapsed to defeat when on the brink of victory last week

Horsham’s exciting 1st XV Fixtures announced

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Rugby Martin Read - Sports Reporter In an air of heightening anticipation at Horsham Rugby Club, the 1st XV league fixtures have been announced for the forthcoming 2019/20 season, and, following promotion into the London 1 South League, the highest level the Club has ever played, Horsham have the opportunity to rekindle an old rivalry by travelling to Chichester in their first game, on September 7. Richard Ordidge, Horsham’s Vice Chairman tells the District

Post: “We haven’t played Chichester for over 20 years! Then, we host Beckenham, the other side promoted with us from London 2 South East – as champions - they did the double over the Green and Whites last season. After that game comes our trip to HAC (the Honourable Artillery Company) in the City of London. They’ve had a lateral transfer from London 1 North, due to promotions and relegations around them. September is then completed by us hosting Cobham, believed to be the first competitive fixture between the clubs despite them being just a short distance away over the bor-

der into Surrey.” What are Horsham expecting from the new season? Richard Ordidge sums up saying: “We’ll be facing a lot of the clubs for the first time, so this is very much a journey into the unknown. But, given the way we finished the last campaign we are optimistic about our prospects and carrying this form into the exciting new season.” Pre-season August friendlies have been arranged against Brighton (away on Saturday 17), before Horsham host Haywards Heath on the 22nd and then go to Worthing Raiders on the 31st.


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