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Horsham’s food & drink showcased at Big Nibble festival Walking fruit salads, aperitifs in the afternoon, gin launches and a debut appearance for a fruit and vegetable band – it could only be at Horsham’s Big and Little Nibble 2019 food and drink festival. Food and drink lovers united at last weekend’s (31 August and 1 September) Big Nibble food and drink celebration in Horsham Town Centre, an annual two day event organised by Horsham District Council, Horsham Markets and partners, sponsored by NFU Mutual Henfield. The festival proved even more varied, gregarious and popular than ever, attracting hundreds of visitors and benefitting lots of local businesses to help boost the local economy. On Saturday, The Big Nibble featured a fantastic selection of stalls; The Food and Drink Safari in the Carfax, Horsham General Market in the Bishopric and a Craft Village in the Market Square. This year, in keeping with a strategy to diversify the appeal of the town’s events, Sunday

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introduced a fresh focus for the Little Nibble presenting a broad range of food and drink interests as well as a generous slice of foodie related entertainments to keep both our younger and older visitors engaged. The Live Cookery Theatre in the Amphitheatre in the Carfax ran over both days, expertly curated and compered by the evergreen Sussex Food guru, Hilary Knight. A brilliantly eclectic programme of food producers, street food entrepreneurs and top young restaurant chefs were complemented by author presentations and the return of the outstanding singing chef, Jon Nulty to close the demos each day. On Saturday, Aperitifs in the Afternoon, a new feature with Crates Local and Cabin Pressure Gin combining to launch their new Horsham Serpent Gin followed by Luke from The Horsham Cellar, celebrating the first birthday of his business with an insight into the wonders of Spanish Vermouth. More on page 3

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With climate change in the news daily, heatwaves, the hottest July date ever recorded, wettest August and now the Amazon ablaze, who would blame people to despair? Help is at hand to Horsham District residents, on the first Saturday of every month at the Horsham Repair Café. Not only do the volunteers offer repairs, refills and recycling advice, but they give clean energy advice and switching and climate change solutions. Governments have been talking about climate change since the early ‘90s; it is only now, in 2019, that we are seeing fast escalating action, with more than half the UK’s principal local authorities having declared a climate emergency in the last eight months. The Horsham Repair Café, run by Sussex Green Living with the help of the Horsham Quakers and lots of volunteers, are stepping up to this climate crisis. Carrie the co-founder of the Horsham Repair Café, and founder of Sussex Green Living, said: “Switching to clean energy is part of the solution within everyone’s grasp and is the biggest action anyone can take in the fight against climate change”. More on page 2

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Latest major retailers sign up to help local rough sleepers Horsham’s branches of John Lewis and Waitrose added their names to a growing list of local outlets who have signed up to help support rough sleepers across the Horsham District. Horsham District Council’s Homeless team launched a new initiative in partnership with local community group Horsham Matters and non-profit organisation Greater Change to help combat homelessness in the Horsham District earlier in July this year, giving local residents and visitors a more effective way of donating directly to people living on the streets. Other outlets who have signed up for the new donation scheme include: The Capitol Theatre and Crates Local Produce. Greater Change is a homelessness non-profit service which makes it possible for people to donate cashlessly to homeless individuals to help them achieve their longer term goals and rebuild their lives. The service is facilitated by community group Horsham Matters who nominate individual rough sleepers and refer them to the Greater Change organisation. Homeless individuals, with help

from Horsham Matters, set tangible funding goals for what they need to achieve: a rent deposit, fees for a training course or perhaps help to buy furniture when they find accommodation. Contactless donation points have been set up by the Council in areas that benefit from high footfall such as public buildings, shops and cafes. All people need to do to donate is to tap their debit or credit card or via Apple Pay to the donation terminal and their money will go directly to Greater Change where it will start to benefit the homeless in the Horsham District. Commenting on the new donation scheme and its early success, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing Cllr Tricia Youtan said: “We know that people who live in and visit the Horsham area want to help rough sleepers and many are really generous to people on the streets. “However, it is important that their money goes to the most appropriate channels where it can be used most effectively and this new scheme helps direct the money ex-

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Responding to an emergency call regarding an ongoing blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning, fire engines attended Horsham’s Smith & Western restaurant to find the premises engulfed in flames. A statement from West Sussex Fire & Rescue reads: “We received a call at 01.23am on Wednesday reporting a fire at a restaurant on North Parade, Horsham. Two appliances from Horsham Fire Station were initially sent and arrived within four minutes. Upon arrival a further four appliances were requested, which attended from Crawley, Henfield and Billingshurst. The restaurant was well alight and {the fire} had spread to a neighbouring domestic property. Excellent work from the crews limited the spread of fire and contained the damage to an external food store and 10 per cent of the neighbouring property. Tackling the fire, the crews used six sets of breathing apparatus, two jets and two high pressure hose reels. They also used two thermal imaging cameras to identify any hotspots. Firefighters returned to the scene at 7.30am to reinspect.” Shellie Cox, owner of Smith & Western, paid tribute to the prompt attention of the Fire Service, saying that the damage was restricted within the location of the bin store:

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challenge due to its location away from the centre of Horsham, causing them to look at possible alternative locations to accommodate the restaurant more centrally, planning application DC/19/1527 has been submitted to Horsham District Council to demolish the restaurant and erect a block of flats on the land. The proposal has drawn objections from home own-

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Horsham’s iconic AmeriCARna celebration of all things American makes a welcome return on Sunday 29 September, expanding right across the town centre to include the newly redeveloped Piries Place, Park Place and Parkside Council offices. The event is brought to you by Horsham District Council and a variety of partners who have donated their time and talents to help make the day a success. Here’s the line-up of events, sights and exhibits and where to

find them: The Customs and Hot Rods Zone, curated by partners, MidSurrey Roadsters will be displayed in Park Place and Piries Place in addition to East Street and the Market Square. With a brief to build on previous displays, expect to see some of the most exciting street cars in the South East. Look out for vehicle owners offering opportunities to have a photo in their car in return for donations to St. Catherine’s Hospice.

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will be in the Forum supporting their partners The Children’s Trust Supercar Event. Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Paul Clarke, commented on the return of the event: “It’s great news that this popular event is back for its third year. As one of our newer events, it has certainly grown in popularity year on year. “I am particularly pleased that the town’s newly redeveloped area Piries Place and Park Place

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In addition to the street cars, visit The Berkeley Homes Pick Up Truck Zone near the St. Catherine’s shop at the Bishopric Stream, for a nostalgic look at many examples of this unique American vehicle style. Classic Cruisers once again take pride of place in the Carfax alongside the Pilgrim Motors. The Classic Muscle UK display will be in Swan Yard and the Horsham JEEP display will be outside the Halifax Building Society. The Classic Corvette Club UK

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are going to be showcasing some of the many cars and bikes on display and also that so many of our local shops, cafes, restaurants and bars are entering into the fun with American themed offers and discounts. “Our thanks go out to the many partners who have worked with us to pull off this event, which I am sure will be a great success. “Please do come along to our last event of the summer and enjoy the spectacle.” Continued on page 2.

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Third Horsham AmeriCARna festival hailed roaring success Visitors to Horsham’s AmeriCARna festival at the weekend (Sunday 29 September) enjoyed an amazing spectacle of American themed car and bike displays, food and drink, and song and dance. The town centre was resplendent with exciting displays spreading from Park Place, Piries Place and East Street through the Carfax and the Forum to the Bishopric. Highlights of the day were many and varied, ranging from the lights and sounds of the 16 American Police Car group in East Street to the fabulous ‘Eight Beat Jive’ and Fi Steps Dance School dancing outside The Crown Pub. Other highlights included the Transformers vehicles in the Jubilee Car Park next to the Rec Rooms, a Blues Brothers Tribute band and a triumphant third year finale by The Almost Elvis Band, which saw the whole crowd of spectators on their feet singing and dancing. The outdoor show culminated in a roaring ‘Cruise Out’ thanks to display escorts, SERV Sussex,

which brought together all of the vehicles from their displays around the town into one riotous colourful parade through the Carfax and North Street, appreciated by hundreds of onlookers lining the streets in the now time honoured Horsham car festival tradition. Afterwards, the party continued indoors with Odyssey featuring at The REC Rooms and an Elvis act at The Crown Pub. Organisers Horsham District Council would like to thank all of their partners and sponsors who worked together to make the event happen including; Oddballs Car Club, Pilgrim Motorsports of Small Dole, Guildford Harley Davidson, Horsham JEEP, Food Rocks and Coden Events, Corvette Club UK, Mid-Surrey Roadsters, Motion Picture Motors, Berkeley Homes, Freeman Brothers, Sussex Thunder AFC, Super Hero Parties, The Almost Elvis Band, Blueprint Blues Brothers, The Rec Rooms, The Crown and all of the musicians and performers, the event traders and food concessions.

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At the Horsham District Council meeting on October 16 contentious outline plans were approved to build up to 300 homes. The former Novartis site, Horsham’s Enterprise Park , approval was granted as “the proposal would bring forward the development of a strategic site allocated for mixed use within the Horsham District Planning Framework. The proposal would provide much needed high quality employment space as well as an appropriate residential area. The proposal utilises a brownfield site in a central and sustainable location, resulting in the regeneration of this strategic town centre site.” That the substantial site needs to be re-developed in a way that provides both significant employment opportunities and new homes, 35% of which to be classified as ‘affordable’, was not in dispute. However, there were considerable reservations about the proposals because of concerns regarding the impact that an estimated 900 cars (600 from the envisaged 1,700 employees, plus 300 from around 690 residents) would have on the already busy, narrow neighbourhood roads, Wimblehurst Road and North Heath Lane being regarded as among the most congested streets in Horsham. It was felt that road safety issues had not been addressed critically, Jane Apostolou, Chair of the

Wimblehurst Road Residents’ Association saying: “The quality of life for residents is still the most important thing,” adding that re-development “should be done appropriately.” The original intention was to convert the site into a university campus or “world renowned” science park, but that failed to materialise. At the peak of occupation by pharmaceutical company Novartis they had some 1,400 staff, but the provision of 300 houses, plus additional facilities, probably including a café, crèche and nursery and a convenience store would increase the traffic to and from the site. While there is potential for improvement schemes, and some remodelling, possibly to encourage cycling, a monitoring scheme being proposed, further assessment is considered necessary, particularly regarding use of the site as a local short cut. Initially a pedestrian bridge over the railway line was mooted, but the probable £5 to £6million cost, plus land possession and ongoing maintenance, renders the prospect unlikely. The location is well served by established key bus routes, but the introduction of the high volume of additional vehicles remains a major concern, contesting the consultant’s view that “it is unlikely that the development would cause an unacceptable impact on highway safety”. Cabinet Member for Planning, Claire Vickers regretted that limited traffic investigation had been conducted, but considered that the development would be benefi-

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Auction of local hospice’s heart sculptures raises over £50,000 St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart trail, headline sponsored by Thakeham, brought joy to parks, high streets, shopping centres and cultural venues across Surrey and Sussex throughout the summer. But the popular trail came to a thrilling end on Wednesday (30 October) when the 26 beautiful heart sculptures, were sold at an exclusive auction. Over 100 people came together to place a bid on a heart they loved, to try to make it theirs forever. There was plenty of competitive bidding and in total more than £50,000 was raised. Ellie Our Angel attracted the highest bid on the night, selling for £12,000. And For the Love of Nature and Doreen also proved popular, selling for £10,000 and £4,000. Welland Medical were thrilled to win the Bee Kind heart. Chris Primett, Managing Director, said, “St. Catherine’s has been our company’s charity for over 10 years and many of our employees have a special connection with their unique work. This heart is in special memory of one of our colleagues, who recently lost his fight with cancer, and the years he

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At around 9pm last Friday police were called to a stabbing incident in an especially violent fight outside the Lynd Cross pub in Horsham town centre, following which a 20 year old Crawley man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The area was cordoned off, the pub closed and dispersal, and emergency stop and search powers implemented, Sussex Police issuing a statement saying that a 55 year old man arrested on suspicion of affray has been released on bail until November 29th and two other men, one aged 26 and the other 38, who were also arrested, both for possible involvement and possession of an offensive weapon, have been released without further action. This is the second Horsham knife attack in less than a fortnight. In the previous stabbing – in the skate park in Horsham Park – a 16 year old boy was the victim of an attempted robbery of his jacket, sustaining a serious stomach wound requiring urgent admission to Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital. A 19 year old man was also taken to hospital after receiving blows to his face. The incidents are all the more shocking because Horsham has long since been regarded as a

pleasant, relatively crime free town where families feel safe. But, it has become clear that the district is not immune from the national trend of increasing knife crime, triggering the perceived need to carry a blade for self protection, only serving to exacerbate the problem. In the wake of the Park attack worried parents went on social media demanding enhanced lighting and security cameras, a Council spokesperson responding with: “The Council was very sorry to hear of the disturbing and traumatic events in the Park and has been fully co-operating with the police investigation. The skate park area is lit until 10pm and is covered by a CCTV camera. Other areas of the Park are also covered by the Public Space CCTV Network and these cameras are fully functioning during the day and after dark. Additionally, the Council’s security contractor and neighbourhood wardens patrol the site, inspecting and deterring any anti-social behaviour.” And, after Friday’s town centre attack, Horsham’s police commander, Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeater confirmed that officers would be maintaining a presence to reassure residents, adding: “We need the community’s support to help tackle this unacceptable behaviour by reporting matters of concern – either online at www. police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/, by calling 101, quoting Operation Evesham, or by contacting the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Horsham’s food & drink showcased at Big Nibble festival Walking fruit salads, aperitifs in the afternoon, gin launches and a debut appearance for a fruit and vegetable band – it could only be at Horsham’s Big and Little Nibble 2019 food and drink festival. Food and drink lovers united at last weekend’s (31 August and 1 September) Big Nibble food and drink celebration in Horsham Town Centre, an annual two day event organised by Horsham District Council, Horsham Markets and partners, sponsored by NFU Mutual Henfield. The festival proved even more varied, gregarious and popular than ever, attracting hundreds of visitors and benefitting lots of local businesses to help boost the local economy. On Saturday, The Big Nibble featured a fantastic selection of stalls; The Food and Drink Safari in the Carfax, Horsham General Market in the Bishopric and a Craft Village in the Market Square. This year, in keeping with a strategy to diversify the appeal of the town’s events, Sunday

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introduced a fresh focus for the Little Nibble presenting a broad range of food and drink interests as well as a generous slice of foodie related entertainments to keep both our younger and older visitors engaged. The Live Cookery Theatre in the Amphitheatre in the Carfax ran over both days, expertly curated and compered by the evergreen Sussex Food guru, Hilary Knight. A brilliantly eclectic programme of food producers, street food entrepreneurs and top young restaurant chefs were complemented by author presentations and the return of the outstanding singing chef, Jon Nulty to close the demos each day. On Saturday, Aperitifs in the Afternoon, a new feature with Crates Local and Cabin Pressure Gin combining to launch their new Horsham Serpent Gin followed by Luke from The Horsham Cellar, celebrating the first birthday of his business with an insight into the wonders of Spanish Vermouth. More on page 3

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Horsham’s branches of John Lewis and Waitrose added their names to a growing list of local outlets who have signed up to help support rough sleepers across the Horsham District. Horsham District Council’s Homeless team launched a new initiative in partnership with local community group Horsham Matters and non-profit organisation Greater Change to help combat homelessness in the Horsham District earlier in July this year, giving local residents and visitors a more effective way of donating directly to people living on the streets. Other outlets who have signed up for the new donation scheme include: The Capitol Theatre and Crates Local Produce. Greater Change is a homelessness non-profit service which makes it possible for people to donate cashlessly to homeless individuals to help them achieve their longer term goals and rebuild their lives. The service is facilitated by community group Horsham Matters who nominate individual rough sleepers and refer them to the Greater Change organisation. Homeless individuals, with help

from Horsham Matters, set tangible funding goals for what they need to achieve: a rent deposit, fees for a training course or perhaps help to buy furniture when they find accommodation. Contactless donation points have been set up by the Council in areas that benefit from high footfall such as public buildings, shops and cafes. All people need to do to donate is to tap their debit or credit card or via Apple Pay to the donation terminal and their money will go directly to Greater Change where it will start to benefit the homeless in the Horsham District. Commenting on the new donation scheme and its early success, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing Cllr Tricia Youtan said: “We know that people who live in and visit the Horsham area want to help rough sleepers and many are really generous to people on the streets. “However, it is important that their money goes to the most appropriate channels where it can be used most effectively and this new scheme helps direct the money ex-

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Responding to an emergency call regarding an ongoing blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning, fire engines attended Horsham’s Smith & Western restaurant to find the premises engulfed in flames. A statement from West Sussex Fire & Rescue reads: “We received a call at 01.23am on Wednesday reporting a fire at a restaurant on North Parade, Horsham. Two appliances from Horsham Fire Station were initially sent and arrived within four minutes. Upon arrival a further four appliances were requested, which attended from Crawley, Henfield and Billingshurst. The restaurant was well alight and {the fire} had spread to a neighbouring domestic property. Excellent work from the crews limited the spread of fire and contained the damage to an external food store and 10 per cent of the neighbouring property. Tackling the fire, the crews used six sets of breathing apparatus, two jets and two high pressure hose reels. They also used two thermal imaging cameras to identify any hotspots. Firefighters returned to the scene at 7.30am to reinspect.” Shellie Cox, owner of Smith & Western, paid tribute to the prompt attention of the Fire Service, saying that the damage was restricted within the location of the bin store:

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challenge due to its location away from the centre of Horsham, causing them to look at possible alternative locations to accommodate the restaurant more centrally, planning application DC/19/1527 has been submitted to Horsham District Council to demolish the restaurant and erect a block of flats on the land. The proposal has drawn objections from home own-

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Horsham’s iconic AmeriCARna celebration of all things American makes a welcome return on Sunday 29 September, expanding right across the town centre to include the newly redeveloped Piries Place, Park Place and Parkside Council offices. The event is brought to you by Horsham District Council and a variety of partners who have donated their time and talents to help make the day a success. Here’s the line-up of events, sights and exhibits and where to

find them: The Customs and Hot Rods Zone, curated by partners, MidSurrey Roadsters will be displayed in Park Place and Piries Place in addition to East Street and the Market Square. With a brief to build on previous displays, expect to see some of the most exciting street cars in the South East. Look out for vehicle owners offering opportunities to have a photo in their car in return for donations to St. Catherine’s Hospice.

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will be in the Forum supporting their partners The Children’s Trust Supercar Event. Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Paul Clarke, commented on the return of the event: “It’s great news that this popular event is back for its third year. As one of our newer events, it has certainly grown in popularity year on year. “I am particularly pleased that the town’s newly redeveloped area Piries Place and Park Place

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In addition to the street cars, visit The Berkeley Homes Pick Up Truck Zone near the St. Catherine’s shop at the Bishopric Stream, for a nostalgic look at many examples of this unique American vehicle style. Classic Cruisers once again take pride of place in the Carfax alongside the Pilgrim Motors. The Classic Muscle UK display will be in Swan Yard and the Horsham JEEP display will be outside the Halifax Building Society. The Classic Corvette Club UK

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are going to be showcasing some of the many cars and bikes on display and also that so many of our local shops, cafes, restaurants and bars are entering into the fun with American themed offers and discounts. “Our thanks go out to the many partners who have worked with us to pull off this event, which I am sure will be a great success. “Please do come along to our last event of the summer and enjoy the spectacle.” Continued on page 2.

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Visitors to Horsham’s AmeriCARna festival at the weekend (Sunday 29 September) enjoyed an amazing spectacle of American themed car and bike displays, food and drink, and song and dance. The town centre was resplendent with exciting displays spreading from Park Place, Piries Place and East Street through the Carfax and the Forum to the Bishopric. Highlights of the day were many and varied, ranging from the lights and sounds of the 16 American Police Car group in East Street to the fabulous ‘Eight Beat Jive’ and Fi Steps Dance School dancing outside The Crown Pub. Other highlights included the Transformers vehicles in the Jubilee Car Park next to the Rec Rooms, a Blues Brothers Tribute band and a triumphant third year finale by The Almost Elvis Band, which saw the whole crowd of spectators on their feet singing and dancing. The outdoor show culminated in a roaring ‘Cruise Out’ thanks to display escorts, SERV Sussex,

which brought together all of the vehicles from their displays around the town into one riotous colourful parade through the Carfax and North Street, appreciated by hundreds of onlookers lining the streets in the now time honoured Horsham car festival tradition. Afterwards, the party continued indoors with Odyssey featuring at The REC Rooms and an Elvis act at The Crown Pub. Organisers Horsham District Council would like to thank all of their partners and sponsors who worked together to make the event happen including; Oddballs Car Club, Pilgrim Motorsports of Small Dole, Guildford Harley Davidson, Horsham JEEP, Food Rocks and Coden Events, Corvette Club UK, Mid-Surrey Roadsters, Motion Picture Motors, Berkeley Homes, Freeman Brothers, Sussex Thunder AFC, Super Hero Parties, The Almost Elvis Band, Blueprint Blues Brothers, The Rec Rooms, The Crown and all of the musicians and performers, the event traders and food concessions.

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At the Horsham District Council meeting on October 16 contentious outline plans were approved to build up to 300 homes. The former Novartis site, Horsham’s Enterprise Park , approval was granted as “the proposal would bring forward the development of a strategic site allocated for mixed use within the Horsham District Planning Framework. The proposal would provide much needed high quality employment space as well as an appropriate residential area. The proposal utilises a brownfield site in a central and sustainable location, resulting in the regeneration of this strategic town centre site.” That the substantial site needs to be re-developed in a way that provides both significant employment opportunities and new homes, 35% of which to be classified as ‘affordable’, was not in dispute. However, there were considerable reservations about the proposals because of concerns regarding the impact that an estimated 900 cars (600 from the envisaged 1,700 employees, plus 300 from around 690 residents) would have on the already busy, narrow neighbourhood roads, Wimblehurst Road and North Heath Lane being regarded as among the most congested streets in Horsham. It was felt that road safety issues had not been addressed critically, Jane Apostolou, Chair of the

Wimblehurst Road Residents’ Association saying: “The quality of life for residents is still the most important thing,” adding that re-development “should be done appropriately.” The original intention was to convert the site into a university campus or “world renowned” science park, but that failed to materialise. At the peak of occupation by pharmaceutical company Novartis they had some 1,400 staff, but the provision of 300 houses, plus additional facilities, probably including a café, crèche and nursery and a convenience store would increase the traffic to and from the site. While there is potential for improvement schemes, and some remodelling, possibly to encourage cycling, a monitoring scheme being proposed, further assessment is considered necessary, particularly regarding use of the site as a local short cut. Initially a pedestrian bridge over the railway line was mooted, but the probable £5 to £6million cost, plus land possession and ongoing maintenance, renders the prospect unlikely. The location is well served by established key bus routes, but the introduction of the high volume of additional vehicles remains a major concern, contesting the consultant’s view that “it is unlikely that the development would cause an unacceptable impact on highway safety”. Cabinet Member for Planning, Claire Vickers regretted that limited traffic investigation had been conducted, but considered that the development would be benefi-

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Auction of local hospice’s heart sculptures raises over £50,000 St Catherine’s Hospice HeART to Heart trail, headline sponsored by Thakeham, brought joy to parks, high streets, shopping centres and cultural venues across Surrey and Sussex throughout the summer. But the popular trail came to a thrilling end on Wednesday (30 October) when the 26 beautiful heart sculptures, were sold at an exclusive auction. Over 100 people came together to place a bid on a heart they loved, to try to make it theirs forever. There was plenty of competitive bidding and in total more than £50,000 was raised. Ellie Our Angel attracted the highest bid on the night, selling for £12,000. And For the Love of Nature and Doreen also proved popular, selling for £10,000 and £4,000. Welland Medical were thrilled to win the Bee Kind heart. Chris Primett, Managing Director, said, “St. Catherine’s has been our company’s charity for over 10 years and many of our employees have a special connection with their unique work. This heart is in special memory of one of our colleagues, who recently lost his fight with cancer, and the years he

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A first for the Horsham District, this year-long celebration came to a bright, colourful and magical end on 31 December 2019. From the Horsham Park laser light launch in January to the Light Up Horsham spectacular in Horsham’s Market Square throughout the whole of December, the Year of Culture presented the ultimate profile raiser for the District’s culture and heritage and has left an enduring legacy of learnings, events and activities to be explored and enjoyed by residents and visitors long after 2019. The extensive programme, with some 650 events and activities resulted in every single parish of the District being involved in the celebrations. This major showcase of local arts, heritage, song, dance, literature, theatre and music most certainly did not disappoint in its appeal to everyone from the District and beyond. Some 38 projects were funded directly by the Council’s Year of Culture team including major public art sculptures such as those at Warnham Nature Reserve, the first ever Horsham Film Festival, the triumph of a Horsham Children’s Parade, a year- long series of celebrations in Henfield, a District wide play writing competition, the Horsham District Street Pianos project and many more. Large scale Council organised events included rural touring of the

Red Lion play, outdoor folk opera Tree & Wood at Leonardslee and the Light Up Horsham projections. Specially commissioned district landscapes were created by local artist Sarah Duffield and exhibited for all to enjoy at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, and 12 special hidden gems were revealed to the public. Year of Culture attracted some 400 fringe events including a hugely popular vegan festival, the return of the Christ’s Hospital Band to Horsham Town Centre, a performance from the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, an informal outside art project called Watch This Space and author nights with supper club WeFiFo, to name but a few. Our West Sussex County Council libraries stepped up to the plate and had hundreds of readers involved in the Horsham District Reading Challenge. Thank you to London Gatwick and Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens our headline sponsors, and to the numerous other companies who have sponsored and supported the project along the way. Huge thanks also to the volunteers, organisers, artists, venues and many others who have given their time, talents, energy and enthusiasm to make this year happen. And finally, do look out for future events which are set to return as a result of this game changer of a year.

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Improvements to Rusper Road north of the A264 are part of early infrastructure works Legal & General has submitted detailed plans to Horsham District Council for a key point of arrival into the sustainable new community at land north of Horsham.  The plans for Rusper Road, called Principal Access Works 2 (PAW2) will link the A264 to a new roundabout at the heart of the development and ensure a high-quality environment for everyone using this route.  The plans are part of the early works being delivered by Legal & General to open up the site and provide access to the new homes, businesses, green spaces and amenities within the first phase.  They were a key feature of Legal & General’s consultation events at The Holbrook Club in November and received a positive response from local people.  Sebastian Balcombe, senior land and planning manager at Legal & General, said:  “We are committed to delivering an attractive, welcoming and high-quality community at land north of Horsham and that means getting the detail right.  “Detailed plans for this part of Rusper Road were already approved, but we worked with Horsham District Council to identify how we could make them better. Our plans are for a greener route that respects the existing landscape by retaining as many trees and hedgerows as possible, and creates a more positive sense of arrival for everyone – from people in cars and buses to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders too.  “There are also practical benefits to our plans as they will help to minimise disruption for existing road users and utilities when the works are taking place.  “We are keen to engage the community in all aspects of our plans and we were delighted with the response we received at our first events in November. Most people we talked to could see the benefits of this greener route and agreed with our approach.”  A decision on the enhanced plans for Rusper Road is expected this spring. If approved, construction is expected to begin in autumn 2020 and finish in early 2021.  The Rusper Road enhancements will be the second stage of major road improvements being delivered by Legal & General in the next 18 months. Construction work is due to start early this year on an improved roundabout at the junction of the A264 and Rusper Road. The detailed design of the improved roundabout was approved in 2018 and will increase capacity, reduce delays and improve safety compared with the existing roundabout. The works are expected to finish this autumn.  The improved roundabout is key to the delivery of the new Bohunt Horsham School on the north of Horsham site. Detailed plans for the new school were submitted by the Department for Education in August and approved

by Horsham District Council in December 2019. The school is expected to open in September 2021.  Progress with broader plans to deliver a sustainable community  As well as progressing plans for early infrastructure, Legal & General is also finalising a Design and Landscape Strategy to illustrate the vision for the new community. The Strategy is a key requirement of the planning permission for land north of Horsham and will guide the design of the landscape, public spaces and buildings in the first phase.  Sebastian Balcombe said:  “As master developer, Legal & General will deliver the main public areas of the development, including roads, green spaces and community facilities. New homes and commercial buildings will be built by different housebuilders and contractors. The Design and Landscape Strategy will ensure these meet our quality, design and sustainability aspirations for the site, which was an important issue for local people at our recent events and a commitment we were happy to give.”  Legal & General is expecting to submit the Design and Landscape Strategy to Horsham District Council Strategy early this year. It will include guidance on:  The approach to development in different character areas  Different building types and use of materials  How transport corridors are planned to meet a range of needs  Strategies for open space, sport and recreation areas  How street furniture and public art is incorporated into public spaces  Construction phasing and sustainability principles  Commenting on other priorities for this year, Sebastian Balcombe said:  “Legal & General has only been involved in land north of Horsham for 12 months but we’ve achieved a lot in that time. We’re now ready to start delivering early infrastructure and progressing our vision for the first phase.  “Our community events started a really positive and constructive dialogue with local people. We look forward to continuing that over the next year and asking the community to help shape the detail of our plans for community facilities, green spaces and how they’re used.  “We know also that the pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A264 is a priority for the community and we’re committed to engaging with the relevant authorities to progress the work needed to deliver it.”  Legal & General is the master developer for land north of Horsham, which was granted outline planning permission in 2018 for 2,750 private and affordable homes in a range of sizes and 500,000 sq ft of high-quality employment space. The development will deliver around £50 million of funding for essential services, community facilities and improvements to local roads,

public transport, and walking and cycling routes.  The first phase is located either side of Rusper Road and is set to deliver around 1,000 homes over the next five years. Legal & General is targeting occupation of the first homes in late 2021.  More information is available at www.landnorthofhorsham.co.uk. The Legal & General development team can also be contacted on 020 7323 3544 or via email at info@landnorthofhorsham.co.uk.  Subject to detailed planning approvals, the first phase will be delivered over the next five years. The whole development is expected to take at least 15 years to be completed with further consultation, including more events, taking place on each element of the plans.

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In the summer of 2018, Optimus Education advertised their new national accreditation called the Well-Being Award for Schools and Headteacher (Peter Woodman) immediately made enquiries to find out how to participate in the scheme. The school had been working for a long time on increasing and improving pastoral support for students who needed additional care and explained in a statement: “we were also concerned about the

increasing strains put on staff in schools due to external services being cut. We were advised by Optimus that there were two routes towards achieving the accreditation: either a school-led or an advisor-led approach. We opted for the advisor-led approach so that we would receive support from an expert who visits many schools as part of their work and could ensure we adopted best practice. Achieving the award in itself was never the priority; rather, it was the work

that went into achieving the award that was the most significant factor in our decision to go ahead. The first part of the process was a meeting with our advisor who talked us through the 8 areas of the accreditation and asked us to set out our current provision at the time. She then provided concrete strategies for completing each of the 8 stages and gave us an outline of an action plan. We appointed a Well-Being Team, made up of a Head of House (Phillipa Robins),

one of our Sixth Form Managers (Dee Gammond), our safeguarding Governor (Sally Catchpole), our Head of Character and Culture (Matt Fry), a member of staff with an active interest in this area of work (Andy Cooper) and the Deputy Headteacher (Sarah Edwards). We met monthly to review the action plan, complete a SWOT analysis of our provision and set interim targets on the action plan. What quickly became clear was that our provision for staff and students for well-being was varied but not strategic and certainly not coherently drawn together or well advertised to those who needed it. Over the course of 9 months, the team continued working towards achieving the award, and hosted an interim visit from our advisor who checked our progress in the 8 areas and provided support and practical guidance on our next steps. The most significant part of the work was in creating a coherent strategy for the award which involved setting whole-school targets with SMART outcomes and staff responsible for achieving them. Once this was in place, the aims and objectives of what our end result was to look like became much clearer. The most evident impact of this strategy has been a new Weald Framework which moved away from our old community framework and towards a structure to underpin every aspect of our vision and ethos as a school: namely, that educating young people to become decent citizens who are successful in their chosen paths beyond school can

only be done by focussing on their characteristics and not wholly on their academic pursuits. This new framework was drawn up with contributions from the wider student and staff body and has been welcomed wholeheartedly by all stakeholders. The final part of the process was the verification visit at the end of November. Our assessor required meetings with a range of stakeholders (including students, staff, parents and governors), an interview with the Headteacher and a presentation by the Well-Being Team. Finally, he reviewed all of the evidence we had put together and immediately judged our work to be unequivocally in line with their expectations to pass the accreditation. The impact of achieving this award has been very broad: it has served as a tremendous acknowledgement of the work of our pastoral team across the school which in turn has proven to be a great motivator to continue to drive our standards of care for our students even higher. In addition, the assessor provided us with some specific feedback which we are keen to follow up. Whilst we know our aim of making our provision coherent and thorough has been met, the second critical aim of advertising this support needs further work. We look forward to working with students, parents, staff and governors to continue this critical work on behalf of the whole community of The Weald.�


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Although it’s no longer the Christmas season, the story of the grit and determination of a young Horsham student’s race against time, followed by her donation of £275 towards the Horsham Matters Night Shelter for the homeless this winter, needs to be told. Meredith Howes-Yarlett is studying Astrophysics at Aberystwyth University, and applied

for a postal vote for the General Election on 12 December in her home constituency of Horsham. It never arrived and she made the decision to race by train from Aberystwyth to Horsham in order to vote. Her postal vote turned up as she left for the station, but it still needed to be presented in person. Merry then embarked on a journey of hundreds of miles

using five different trains, with the goal of arriving in Horsham at 9.27pm, which would have given her just enough time to tear across to the council offices to present her vote before the deadline of 10pm. Her story spread across both Twitter and Facebook and she was cheered on by thousands of people! Mum Rodena set up a Crowdfunder in Merry’s name to reward her dedication to democracy with the cost of her ticket with any surplus to be donated to the Horsham Matters Night Shelter, which provides food and shelter to the homeless over the Winter. (Details here: https://www. horsham-matters.org.uk/nightshelter) Sadly, due to train delays at Wolverhampton, a connection was missed, and Merry did not make it to Horsham in time to vote. However, some good has come from her adventure as Merry came to the Horsham Matters’ Charity Superstore on Monday (6 January) to present a cheque for £275, to be used to support Horsham street homeless people this winter.

Council advises on the use of drones Many people, including children, may have received a drone or model aircraft for Christmas and Horsham District Council are providing advice about new legislation governing the use of drones. From 30 November 2019, any Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), as drones and model aircraft are officially known, that weighs between 250g and 20kg must now adhere to certain restrictions. Owners of all ages must show they are capable of flying the aircraft safely by passing a

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New table tennis opportunities for Horsham kids this New Year Horsham Table Tennis Club, in conjunction with Horsham District Council, is geared up to offer more opportunities to cater for players of all types and levels in 2020. The New Year will see the introduction of a new one-to-one coaching service to help fasttrack improvement. The details for this and other coaching session opportunities can be viewed in the ‘Programme’ section of www.horshamtabletennisclub. co.uk Additionally, a new starter course TTKidz, is also set to begin in early February and will be run out of the club’s satellite venue at Collyer’s on Friday nights. So parents, if you have a boy or girl eager to get an appropriately pitched and fun grounding in a fantastic and often underestimated sport get him/her signed up at www.ttkidz.co.uk TTKidz is an entry route for youngsters into a more widely growing junior coaching and competition offer. Other sessions for older and more established youngsters are running on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Greenway Academy based table tennis group has grown its coach and volunteer ranks significantly over the last 12 months, having received great support

from Table Tennis England and Horsham District Council, and its expanded team is looking to make further progress in engaging more players to one of the most accessible sports available. Over October and November the club was one of the first to run the new governing body promoted TTKidz eight-week programme, aimed at engaging 6-11 year olds. Some 28 youngsters took up the initiative, making for the biggest initial programme in the whole country. No bigger expression of progress can be seen than the club fielding nine National Cadet League under 15 teams and four teams entering the under 18 National Junior League, running at Sussex University, Brighton. The club’s matchplay nights on Friday evenings at Collyer’s College continue to offer an excellent opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to compete informally in a large facility that allows lots of players to play lots of matches. On the adult front, the club continues to be proactive with the ladies (14 years plus) coaching programme attracting a strong following. Sessions restart at Collyer’s College today (10 January). An inter-business competition

is being planned to run in February to raise funds for local charity Set4Success, which supports talented young sportspeople to achieve their dreams. Local businesses wanting to engage with table tennis as a means of supporting a healthier workforce are also being encouraged to contact the Council’s sports development manager, Ian Ford, (email Ian.ford@horsham.gov.uk or call 07764 146338) as part of a wider plan to secure more investment in the sport’s infrastructure in the District. Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Jonathan Chowen, commented: “Promoting good health and wellbeing is at the heart of what we do at the Council and sports programmes like this do much to support this. “I am delighted that table tennis has taken off so strongly in Horsham. “This sport carries many benefits and is accessible to all – it’s safe to play, relatively cheap to get started in and can be played by the athletic or the ‘fitnesschallenged’. “There’s a place for everyone in Horsham Table Tennis Club, so as a new decade opens why not give table tennis a go?”


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Make recycling your New instructor for strength and New Year’s resolution balance exercise programme

With Christmas trees, wrapping paper and empty boxes to dispose of, January is the busiest time of the year for recycling in West Sussex. Residents recycled 10,000 tonnes of paper and card and 1,700 tonnes of electrical items in the first three months of 2019. This year, people are being reminded which items can be recycled and where to put them. Christmas materials that can be recycled in your home recycling bin include: Christmas cards Cardboard boxes and packaging Plastic pots, tubs, and trays Aluminium foil, cans, pie cases and food trays Bottles (both plastic and glass) Glass jars Wrapping paper (although remember to do a ‘scrunch test’!) Foil and metallic wrapping paper cannot be recycled, but if you’re unsure whether you can recycle other wrapping paper you can do the ‘scrunch test’. If the paper stays scrunched then it’s okay to go in the recycling. If it springs open then unfortunately it can’t be recycled. Real Christmas trees can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) and placed in with the garden waste to ensure it is recycled into compost. If you live in Adur, Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham or Worthing areas, and subscribe to a garden waste collection, you can place your real Christmas tree out for collection. In Mid Sussex, you can take your real Christmas tree to a designated collection point for recycling. For more information, please check with your local

district or borough council. Old electrical and electronic items including tablets, cameras and Christmas lights can also all be recycled free of charge at one of the sites. Please ensure they are placed in the designated area rather than in with general rubbish. There is also a designated bin for recycling batteries at the HWRS, as these can cause fires if put in with general waste. Unwanted toys and clothing can be donated to charity or taken to your nearest HWRS for reuse or recycling. Residents are reminded that they will now need to show ID for example a driving licence or utility bill – when visiting any of the HWRSs in West Sussex. Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Christmas cards and wrapping paper can typically be put in your home recycling bins, so long as it passes the scrunch test, along with many other items. You can help us by making sure your recycling is kept clean, dry and loose. If you’re unsure what can be recycled please go online to the West Sussex recycles website. “If visiting your local Household Waste Recycling Site - just remember to bring along some ID like a driving licence or a utility bill to show you live within West Sussex.” For more information about what can and cannot be recycled, visit: www.westsussexrecycles.org More tips on reducing your waste and recycling can be found by following @WSrecycles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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2020 sees Horsham District Council’s Health and Wellbeing team welcome a new instructor to its Strong and Steady exercise programme. Gill Constable has joined the Health and Wellbeing team with a wealth of experience in delivering group exercise programmes and a specialist LaterLife qualification in postural stability instruction. The Strong & Steady programme includes a free eight week course at The Bridge Leisure Centre in Broadbridge Heath, along with a workshop, new for 2020, that can be taken to rural locations throughout Horsham District. The aim of programme is to improve strength, balance, coordination and flexibility and main-

tain people’s independence. It is suitable for absolute beginners as well as those who are prone to tripping or stumbling. Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing, Cllr Tricia Youtan, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gill and her wealth of knowledge and experience to the Health and Wellbeing team. “It is vital that we can provide this type of community based strength and balance programme to reduce the risk of falls which can have quite nasty consequences. It should also help take pressure off our local NHS services. “I would encourage as many eligible people as possible to sign up for the classes available and bene-

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Horsham care home residents take a trip out of this world with virtual reality A care home in Horsham is treating residents to special trips all over the world, thanks to virtual reality. Care UK’s Skylark House, on St Marks Lane, makes sure residents continue to live active and fulfilling lives, and is always striving to find fun and unusual pastimes. One of the many activities they enjoy is virtual reality sessions, with Horsham District Council Community Link visiting the home to take residents to a whole new world. Residents are asked what they’d like to see on the VR headset and many choose to visit places they have never been

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years, and are so important for their health and happiness. “Activity-based care is at the heart of everything we do at Skylark House, so we want residents to continue to live fulfilling lives.” 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 short-term respite and palliative care. To find out more about Skylark House, please call customer relations manager, Beverly Jordan, on 01403 887 578 or email beverly. jordan@careuk.com

UK Border Force talk careers at Collyer’s Collyer’s recently ran a UK Border Force careers Q&A with Simon Turner (Border Force Officer) in a session facilitated by Deputy Principal Steve Martell. Simon kindly took time to answer a range of questions from the students about his significant experience working in UK Border Control. Apprentice routes and a range of career paths were also explored during a lively and inspiring session. Lucy Hargreaves, Collyer’s Employability Programme Co-

odinator, planned the event and was delighted with the outcome: “Simon spoke with great enthusiasm about UK Border Force careers and the students were certainly actively engaged, asking thoughtful, interesting questions.” Collyer’s Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “Huge thanks to Simon Turner, who is an absolute credit to our UK Border Force professionals. The feedback from the students has been incredibly positive and we were pleased to welcome him to Collyer’s.”

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apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, degrees and even asked for her top-tips for making a positive impression at interview! Collyer’s Deputy Principal, Steve Martell, who teaches the Employability course, was delighted: “Huge thanks to Lauren for taking time out to help Collyer’s students plan for their futures. She is a hugely inspiring

professional and today has been a big success all-round. The students absolutely loved it!” Lauren Monk was also impressed. She said: “Collyer’s is ahead of the game and the work Lucy and Steve are doing in this area is outstanding. I’ve been very impressed with the students I’ve met today, who are actively thinking about their future career paths.”

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Gardening is well known to be good for body and soul – it keeps you physically active and just being outdoors is a natural mood booster that also provides your body with vital doses of sunlight and vitamin D. Creating your own health and wellbeing garden can be as easy as making a natural snug that can be a place in your existing outdoor space for meditation and mindfulness. Dotting focal points around the garden can also help contemplation – clumps of lavender, grasses swaying in the breeze or zen like trees such as Japanese maples. By making a few simple changes you can easily transform any garden into a relaxing space. Step one is to make sure that you have a quiet corner away from all of the hustle and bustle of everyday life where you can sit and simply enjoy the garden. Try to avoid having straight paths and walls where possible as these can bring a feeling of regimentation to your space, instead use meandering paths, curved paving and foliage instead of

fences which gives a more natural feel. Make sure you have a variety of fragrant plants. Lavender is ideal as it attracts butterflies and bees – a joy to watch and good for pollinating your garden. Herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme and sage are also a good choice. Even the smallest of outside space – a front garden or balcony - can accommodate a pot of herbs, which always smell strongest at dusk. Research has shown that brightly coloured flowers are brilliant for lifting the mood so plant some vibrant reds, yellows and oranges as well as cooler whites and blues that are good for relaxation. Finally, think about a water feature. If the constant trickle of a fountain doesn’t work for you then something calmer such as a pond, or small container pond, is a great place to relax and reflect. Whilst planning your peaceful retreat, don’t forget the rest of the garden this month. As the RHS says, January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen the garden starts to grow. Now is a great time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Enjoy the fresh air, on dry sunny days, and check your winter protection, stakes, ties and supports are still working after any severe weather. Also put out food for birds and leave some garden areas uncut, a little longer, to provide shelter for wildlife in your garden. Jobs for this month should include: Cleaning pots and greenhouses ready for spring Dispersing worm casts in lawns Planning your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season Putting out food and water for birds Digging over plots and beds that have not been dug already.

Collyer’s recently welcomed business expert Lauren Monk (Working Options National Development Manager) who visited the college to run a workshop with students and answer questions about her career journey since leaving education. Lucy Hargreaves, Employability Programme Co-ordinator, organised the event in conjunction with the Working Options charity. She felt the session was a huge success: “The level of student engagement and enthusiasm was impressive and testament to Lauren, who is amazing! Working Options have been incredibly supportive of our progression and employability work over the last 3 years.” The aim of the busy and insightful session was to help students from across the college, including those currently studying the highly regarded Employability Programme, gain an understanding of career paths and how to research and apply for a variety of roles. During the interactive presentation, students asked Lauren probing questions about the world of work, apprenticeships, degree

Dear valued supporter of older people The Horsham District Older Peoples Forum continues to go from strength to strength and doing its part for our local older community. If you are not sure just what that means, then please have a quick look at our website: www.horshamdistrictolderpeoplesforum.btck.co.uk Are you aware of what the local older people are talking about or what issues concern them locally? Have your finger on the pulse? Want to raise an issue? Have something you want to raise, an issue or a service you provide to tell us about? Our public meetings are always friendly, informative and interesting. Our next (free to take part in) public meeting is on Wednesday 4th March 2020. 10am free tea/coffee and then

10.30am - 1pm which goes all too quickly and is never enough time. We have guest speakers, Paul Isaacs of OTUS Live in Care and Trustee of Carers Support West Sussex, and Clare Jones, Tapestry Lunch Club and time for discussion. Venue: The Andrew Hall, Red Lane, Shipley, RH13 8PH Following meetings: Wednesday 3rd June 2020 Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way Billingshurst RH14 9QW Tuesday 1st September 2020 Rudgwick Village Hall, Guildford Road, Bucks Green Provisional: Friday 6th November 2020 MP Question Time TBC The Forum and local older people cannot thank you enough for your continuing support.

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Declutter with Purpose for the New Year at The Entertainer

The Entertainer, the fastestgrowing, family owned high street toy retailer in the UK, has announced the return of its hugely successful initiative, The Big Toy Re-homing campaign, in partnership with The Salvation Army. The campaign has been running across all The Entertainer’s 172 stores since Thursday 2 January – calling on families to take part in a New Year’s clear out, giving toys at the bottom of the toy box a chance to bring smiles to new faces. The initiative aims to reduce the number of toys that could find their way into landfill by giving toys no longer played with a new lease of life, whilst aiming to support the 4.1M* underprivileged children living in poverty across the country, via The Salvation Army. Thanks to generous donations from across the country in June and September 2019, The Entertainer re-homed an incredible 16,000 toys, weighing in excess of 10,500 kilos, which could have found its way into landfill. Birthplace of The Entertainer, Amersham generated the most donations with an inspir-

ing total of 481 toys donated in September, Basingstoke followed with 461 toys and Sutton Coldfield saved 230 toys from ending up in landfill. Gary Grant, Founder and Executive Chairman of The Entertainer, said: “We are incredibly proud to announce the return of The Big Toy Re-homing campaign alongside The Salvation Army. It has been especially brilliant to receive feedback from those both on the receiving end of donations and kind families donating, with words of encouragement and praise for the campaign. Last year was a phenomenal success and we hope to continue to increase the number generous donations we receive for 2020, especially as families look to declutter their homes after Christmas and make room for their new toys and games.” Kirk Bradley, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Salvation Army Trading Company, which operates the toy collections on behalf of The Salvation Army, said: “Donations from the last Big Toy Rehoming campaign hugely helped

in continuing to provide practical and emotional support for vulnerable people in the UK. It’s such a worthwhile cause and we’re looking forward to the public joining in again as they declutter their homes after the festive season!” The Big Toy Re-homing campaign will run to 31 January, across the 172 The Entertainer stores in the UK. Those looking to donate their toys to The Entertainer don’t need to worry about including packaging, however all toys must have a CE label or marking for safety reasons. To find out more, please visit www. thetoyshop.com/bigtoyrehoming. For more information about The Entertainer, please visit www. thetoyshop.com

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Business Martin Read Hats off to Horsham lady Tracey Allen, awarded a prestigious and much valued MBE in the recently announced New Years Honours list. Business woman Tracey was educated at Horsham High School for Girls – now Tanbridge House – and served under leaders John Smith, Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair at Labour Party HQ. Then, after pursuing other avenues, she returned to the Westminster environment to work for General Secretary Iain McNicol, now Lord McNicol of West Kilbride, politics being very

much the business of the household, Tracey’s husband Phil subsequently becoming an MP and rising to Minister of State. Tracey cut her teeth beavering away on the development of Covent Garden Market, and after her talents and promise were spotted by her boss, she was encouraged to enrol at college, where she sailed through with a business degree. The MBE award cited both Tracey’s services to politics and her charity projects, Tracey telling the District Post: “I am so proud to have received this acknowledgement of my work and volunteering for the Labour Party and will be more than thrilled if I am lucky enough to be presented to the Queen again - I was very fortunate to meet her majesty at the opening of the Jubilee Market in Covent Garden in 1987, an event I organised, and I always wondered if she might remember me!” And, understandably, Tracey’s achievement has created enormous excitement in the family – especially for parents Phillip and Shirley, long term Horsham residents, Phillip, former Horsham Rugby Club Captain, saying: “Tracey works so hard, so it is wonderful that all of her efforts have been recognised, but the award came as a shock out of the blue and she was sworn to secrecy! We’re now looking forward to learning the date of the investiture – what a day that will be for the family!”

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Hot foot to Horsham for St Catherine’s Hospice Firewalk

St Catherine’s Hospice is getting ready to heat up Horsham with its second ever Firewalk! Now, the local charity is looking for brave soles to come forward and face the flames to raise funds for terminally ill people in their community. St Catherine’s is looking for 100 or more fearless fundraisers to put their bravery to the test and walk barefoot across 15 feet of red hot embers. Taking place on Friday 13 March 2020 at 7pm, in the Carfax, the thrilling Firewalk isn’t for the faint hearted! People will be in safe hands as the event is held in partner-

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ship with UK Firewalk. And their expert staff will share the secrets of successful firewalking with everyone who takes part before they face the flames. Alongside the Firewalk, there’s also a Lego brick walk for under 18’s who are keen to prove they’re not bricking it and tackle their own challenge to raise money for their local hospice. Anyone who has stepped on a stray Lego brick before might argue that this challenge takes more guts than the Firewalk itself! Arron Trott, Events Fundraiser at St Catherine’s, explained:

“We’re really excited to bring such a great challenge to Horsham. We hope lots of you will brave our first Horsham Firewalk or Lego walk and help us make the night a sizzling success! It’s a brilliant thing to be able to say you’ve hot footed across fire for your local hospice, and we can’t wait to celebrate with all our amazing firewalkers. Your efforts have never been more important because at the moment we can only care for one in three local people who need hospice care. But in the future, we want to be there for everyone facing death and bereavement. This is only going to be possible with your support.” Think you can take the heat? Then don’t delay, get your space today! Places are limited, so book early. Fire up and register before Friday 17 January 2020 to quality for an early bird registration of £20. After 17 January it’s £25 to register. To take part you’ll also need to raise at least £150 sponsorship. Registration for the under 18’s Lego walk is £10 and brave brick walkers are asked to try and raise £50 each. Sign up online at: www.stch. org.uk/firewalk, call St Catherine’s events team on 01293 447355 or email events@stch. org.uk

Millais PTA’s Preloved Prom Sale is back for 5th Consecutive Year

Millais School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is presenting their 5th Preloved Prom Dress Sale in February. The sale offers the opportunity to buy and sell Prom Dresses and Accessories at reduced prices, to meet a growing need for alternatives to full price items. Fran Northern of the PTA explained: “Our Preloved Prom Sale is a special event that offers girls an affordable means of buying prom dresses and associated accessories. The Sale is gaining in popularity each year, with the quality of the dresses being of a very high standard. We are delighted that Southwater-based Company, Prom Boutique, will be attending the event for the 2nd year running, with a selection of sample dresses at much discounted price”. Millais PTA is encouraging former students and other residents of the area to get involved by ordering a Sellers Pack and bringing along their prom items for the PTA to try

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Ballet Theatre UK: Jazz at The Hawth The Wizard of Oz Thursday 16 Jan, The Capitol Theatre Join Ballet Theatre UK as we follow the yellow brick road and discover all the wonders of Oz. Enjoy Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion, (and yes Toto too) as they seek the Wonderful Wizard to find that there’s no place like home! The Wizard of Oz is a two act, full-length, ballet adaptation of the iconic tale by L. Frank Baum, told through the magic of classical dance. Set to a classical score which brings the story to life, this production is family friendly and

is the perfect way to introduce children to the classical ballet. The production is presented with beautiful backdrops, stunning theatrical sets and costumes evoking the iconic sketches by W.W. Denslow, from the original publication. “A ballet company of great achievement” - The Dancing Times “Glittering costumes, expressive dancers . . . a pleasure to witness a production of this calibre” - Dance Europe

Get ready for some top notch Jazz at The Hawth this Spring, with our series of Jazz Lunches that offer fantastic music alongside a traditional roast, with a choice of meats followed by a dessert of your choice. Fish and vegetarian options are also available On Sunday 16 February Shireen Francis brings her warm, engaging and soulful style to The Hawth. Shireen has developed her own unique blend of jazz with flavours of gospel, blues, calypso and reggae. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Carmen Lundy and Etta James. Mike Hatchard will be the pianist for a varied and entertaining lunch-

time session. Hawth favourites, JAVAJAM are back on Sunday 26 April. Sarah-Jane has worked extensively in the West End including The Mistress in Evita, Cosette in Les Miserables and Ellen in Miss Saigon. A wealth of experience that she brings to her delightful singing in this musical journey from Gershwin to Porter and Bacharach to Norah Jones. Roger Lewin is the pianist and Phil Brown plays sax and flute. Jo Fooks & Ted Beament make a welcome return on Sunday 10 May. Saxophonist Jo Fooks and pianist Ted Beament both had the pleasure of playing in Humphrey Lyttelton’s band; together they play an entertaining, varied set of standards, as well as some tracks from their own albums. All Jazz Lunches take place from 12noon - 2.30pm in The Hawth’s Spotlight Restaurant and advance booking essential. Jazz Lunches are priced at £26.95 per person. Please visit hawth.co.uk for more information or call The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636.

Rock ‘N’ Roll is here to stay The Classic Rock Show returns to The Hawth on Saturday 1 February with an amazing new live production celebrating the very best of the best of Classic Rock. Paying tribute to many of the world’s all time classic rock greats, The Classic Rock Show’s musicians power through legendary performances from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and The Who, plus much much more. Performed with note-for-note precision, bringing the original iconic and era defining recordings back to life on stage, with a sound and light show to match. Anthem after anthem, riff after riff and solo after solo, The Classic Rock Show takes you on a musical journey through two and a half hours of Classic Rock’s finest moments culminating in a show-stopping guitar duel that is definitely not

to be missed. If that’s not enough for you, the Crawley venue has a bonefide rock and roll legend heading this way on Tuesday 11 February as Joe Brown celebrates 60 years in the business. Combining timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, bluegrass, and rock ‘n’ roll with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences, this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed. Joe’s band includes among others Fiddle virtuoso Tom Leary; Guitar / Mandolin veteran Steve Simpson; Ace Bass player Andy Crowdy and stalwart band member, drummer, percussionist and singer Phil Capaldi. Tickets for The Classic Rock Show are priced £28 (Gold Circle: £38) and tickets for Joe Brown are £33 can be purchased by calling The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or visiting www. hawth.co.uk.


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Dance To The Music Saturday 11th Jan, at The Capitol Theatre Dance To The Music is a sumptuously beautiful, glamorous dance show created, directed, choreographed and starring ex Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff. Kristina is excited to tour the show with even more fabulous costumes, stunning vocals and breathtaking choreography. Hosted by heartthrob Jake Quickenden who first found fame with on the X Factor, I’m A Celebrity and Dancing On Ice and an exciting troupe of dancers featuring South African Danc-

ing With The Stars professionals, Marcella Solimeo & Dylon Daniels, this promises to be an evening not to be missed. Dance To The Music first and only dance show in the UK to portray the evolution of dance through musical eras and genres from the roaring 20s with the Charleston and Tap dances, moving through every decade of dance and finishing with modern day Ballroom and Latin. All sequence are linked by a clever light-hearted script with plenty of humour and anecdotes revellaing

the fun facts of showbiz life. With over 15 styles of dancing performed to the biggest hits of every decade, DTTM is the ultimate family show which can be enjoyed by all generations. Featuring Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Rock-n- Roll, Hustle, Funk, Disco, Breakdancing, Street, Hip Hop, Contemporary Ballet, Salsa and the spectacular Argentine Tango presented by the incredibly talented and versatile team of dancers.

Goodbye Dick Whittington, Hello Cinderella!

The Hawth has waved goodbye to the fabulous cast and crew of its fun-filled pantomime, Dick Whittington. The pantomime, which starred Charlie Brooks (EastEnders), Gemma Hunt (CBeebies) and David Ribi (Ch5’s Milkshake) amongst a host of other incredible entertainers, brought thousands of people to the venue, giving everyone a festive treat to remember. There was high praise from critics who called the pantomime, ‘Absolutely fantastic’ (The Sussex Newspaper) and commented, ‘The

Hawth has done it again - what a show’ (West Sussex County Times), while whatsgoodtodo. com said ‘Undoubtedly the best panto around’ and the Crawley and Horley Observer said, ‘There can’t be a more family friendly, funny, spectacular show around.’ Produced, once again, by Evolution Productions and following the adventures of Dick Whittington and his cat, the story saw Dick travel by land and sea on his way to becoming the Mayor of London. With the help of a supremely talented cast, incredible 3D special effects, hilari-

ous comedy routines, amazing sets and of course, plenty of audience participation, Dick Whittington certainly won the hearts of the audiences who experienced the show. Many took to social media to give fantastic feedback, ‘Loved every second of Dick Whittington at The Hawth’, ‘Definitely the best ever’, ‘A must see, roll on 2020 for Cinderella’ and ‘Absolutely brilliant. The whole production is amazing but Michael J Batchelor and Richard Franks are outstanding’ were just some of the amazing comments that appeared on The Hawth’s Twitter account during the run. The praise for The Hawth’s resident Dame, Michael and Richard means many will be delighted to hear that the comedy pair will be back this year as the ugly sisters in Cinderella, from 4 December 2020 to 3 January 2021. It may feel too early to contemplate next Christmas, but many don’t seem to thinks so. After going on sale in December, tickets for Cinderella are already selling fast, with 6000 people already securing their seats at what is sure to be another hilarious and spectacular family pantomime. You can book yours now by calling The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or visiting hawth.co.uk

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a visual, audio and electrifying journey through an unparalleled catalogue of hits at The Hawth from Monday 17 - Saturday 22 February. You will experience over two hours of non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco as the cast pay homage to a musical legacy and iconic choreography executed with flair, precision and passion, this is a show that you will never forget. Expect your favourite songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band, including: I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, Bad, Rock With You, They Don’t Care About Us, Dangerous and Thriller plus many more! Tickets are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or visiting www.hawth.co.uk.

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This beautiful 1930’s family home has been vastly improved and extended by the current owners to a high standard. Situated to the North West of Horsham, Pondtail Road remains one of the town’s most sought after locations. It is ideally located for access to both Horsham town centre and Littlehaven and Horsham train stations, both of which operate a direct service to central London, a 55 minute journey, or the South coast. Gatwick Airport is just 15 minutes drive but crucially the property does not sit under the flight path. There are several amenities,

ideal for a young family, within easy access to the property. These include two well-furnished parks, a Co-Op convenience store (located on the Warnham Road), and a newly converted children’s nursery, which is located immediately opposite and is due to open in the New Year. Holbrook Primary School is also within walking distance. Horsham’s historic town centre, with its range of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars is only 1.5 miles away and is served by a regular bus service, with a stop immediately opposite the house. The property is set back from the road and has a newly landscaped

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and stunning approach. Upon entering the property, the aspect is bright, airy and spacious feel. The downstairs accommodation is impressive and with over 2000 square feet, the overall space is more than enough for a growing family. To the right of the entrance hall, a large lounge with large bay window, working fireplace and restored original parquet flooring offers a mature and sophisticated place for adults to relax. A study with a bespoke fitted desk, shelves and storage is to the left. At the back of the property is what most purchasers will will regard as the highlight of this family home; a

huge open plan kitchen/dining and family space. This stunning vaulted room is fully 11 metres in length and fitted to a high standard including a handmade solid wood kitchen, under floor heating, high quality surfaces, feature lighting and 4m wide bi-folding doors. These open to connect you with the rear patio and garden space. There is also a substantial utility room and garage accessed from this area and a surprisingly large downstairs cloakroom, accessed via the entrance hall. The upstairs has four generous bedrooms. The master bedroom with en-suite also has full fitted wardrobes, while the second bedroom is of the same size and being situated to the rear of the house, catches the morning light beautifully. The third bedroom is large enough to comfortably accept a double bed, while the fourth better suits a single bed. The family bathroom offers plenty of space as well as bath and shower facilities. The Private rear garden mainly laid to lawn has been recently landscaped with an Indian Sandstone patio extending from the rear of the property creating a lovely environment for the summer months especially. This is the ideal home for a family of any age, but especially those with young children where the nursery and other local amenities represent significant benefit. Alternatively it is also the perfect home for those more established in life, looking to entertain or simply relax in an ideal location. Internal viewings are highly recommended to appreciate the assets of this property fully. Call Chesworths Estates on 01403 255420 to arrange a viewing


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A charismatic and charming cottage pleasantly situated in a small hamlet on the outskirts of the village of Rudgwick. This spacious five-bedroom family home is set within five acres with views over the North Downs.

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1. What will you charge? There’s never been more choice when choosing an estate agent to sell your home. From traditional high street agents, to online services and hybrids, knowing which is best can be a difficult decision. Remember to ask if the fee is all-inclusive and whether it is paid upfront or at the end of the process.

2. How long am I tied in for? Before signing on the dotted line, establish how long you will be tied to their contract. Most agents will stipulate that your property remains with them as a sole agency for a number of weeks. Once that initial period is up, if your property hasn’t been sold you can change agents or market with more than one agent.

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Farhalls Crescent – For Sale £585,000 Offering all the space a growing family could need, this bright and spacious four bedroom detached house is located in a popular residential area only a few minutes’ walk from Littlehaven station.

The beauty of traditional high street agents is the knowledge they have regarding the local market. While the asking price decision is ultimately yours, having the full picture from a well informed and knowledgeable agent can really help.

4. Is my property ready to be sold? Getting your agent’s opinion on your property and its condition is a great way to prepare for the marketing process. The agent should know the kind of decor that is appealing to buyers in your area and be able to suggest improvements to make it appeal to more buyers.

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The property has been expertly extended to create a large main living room with adjoining dining area both giving direct access to the secluded rear garden. The stunning refitted kitchen has been finished to an exceptional standard, with integrated appliances, breakfast bar and ample worktop space. Upstairs you will find the large family bathroom, an en-suite shower room and all the bedrooms are complemented by fitted wardrobes.

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Horsham Market Overview Over the last 12 months there have been 2,025 transactions in Horsham. This is a change of 4% compared to the previous 12 month period. 23% of sales in the past 12 months were flats, whilst new-builds accounted for nearly a quarter of all sales in the last three months. The highest value recorded over the last year was £487,500 for a flat and £3,450,000 for a house. All figures supplied by Land Registry.


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Calling all ladies – free rugby sessions start this Saturday ! Rugby Martin Read - Sports Reporter

We’ve seen out 2019 and welcomed in the New Year – this is the time for resolutions! So, come on – Horsham Rugby Football Club invites women (age 17 and above) to unleash their inner warrior and take part in free rugby fitness sessions. Step out of your comfort zone and take on a fresh challenge in the form of a sport you might not have considered trying before – rugby. Go ahead Horsham Rugby Football Club is offering women and girls the opportunity to change up their usual workout routine, with fun, free, fitness-based rugby sessions, “Warrior Camps”. No special equipment is needed – just come along in trainers and your normal keep fit clothes. The continuing success and popularity of the Warrior Camps over the past three years has seen 18,000 women and girls find their love of rugby. So, England Rugby has decided to increase their Warrior Camp offering to meet the popular demand for more sessions, with Warrior Camps at Horsham RFC over five consecutive weekends – FROM THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 11th - to 8th February to help build real momentum in your New Year fitness regime whilst enjoying even more of an opportunity to experience rugby. The Warrior Camps offer women a free opportunity to meet like-minded people and build friendships with women who share a passion to get fit and experience rugby. The Sessions will take place from 10:00-11:00am, with a sprinkle of rugby focused activity that will get you out in the fresh air, while introducing you to like-minded women who are there to have a good time and keep fit this January. For the first time, Warrior Camps will be taking place over four to five consecutive weekends, so you can build some real momentum in your fitness regime whist truly getting to grips with the basics of rugby. Each session will be

slightly different, building on the previous week whilst increasing your confidence and skills under the guidance of experienced England Rugby community coaches. Don’t worry if you can’t join the first session, the sessions are designed so that you can join at any time throughout the series. Rugby offers an opportunity for people of all shapes, sizes and skill sets to play, and welcomes anyone who may have overindulged during the festive period! The Warrior Camps also welcome back any players who previously hung up their boots for a few seasons; this could be the perfect opportunity to locate a club and ease back into the game. Sarah Hunter, England Red Rose Captain says: “It can often be daunting to try a new sport, that’s why Warrior Camps are the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself and as a result, you can have fun and get fit all at the same time! Warm up activities, learning passing, catching skills, and fitness drills are combined to create these unique and exciting sessions. Bringing a friend with you can also help with the nerves but don’t worry if not, you’ll still meet plenty of great ladies at the sessions. I’ve made friends for life!” Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU adds: “2019 was a great year for women’s rugby with the Red Roses winning the Six Nations Grand Slam and continuing their winning streak at the Quilter Internationals this autumn. What better inspiration for any girls and women who might want to get involved and try it for themselves! We welcome anyone interested to head down to their local Warrior Camp this January to enjoy a rugby taster session in a fun and welcoming environment”. https://www.englandrugby. com/participation/playing/ ways-to-play/inner-warrior Follow Inner Warrior on Facebook or Instagram and via the hashtag #InnerWarrior on Twitter. Horsham Rugby Club, Hammerpond Rd, Horsham RH13 6PJ

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Hat-trick hero Vince has artillery to down H.A.C

Saturday January 4 – RFU London 1 South League Horsham 55- 24 Dartfordians Rugby Richard Ordidge Horsham began the New Year in style, entertaining the large crowd by completing the double over H.A.C. with an impressive victory, consolidating their hold on eighth place with their third successive win – an eight try romp – to look increasingly comfortable in this league. The Honourable Artillery Company based in the heart of the City of London, has an illustrious history, with its teams originally comprising solely members of the Regiment. They finished fifth in London 1 North last year but are having a difficult season, playing sides south of the River Thames following league reorganisation. Horsham started well with strong possession and a penalty converted by Joe Blake. Great linking between former Colts combination of Aaron Linfield and Blake then saw tremendous strength from Vince Everitt to hold off several tacklers to run in and score from 40 metres. Then, Everitt finish well again for his second try with a fine line off a ruck, well converted by Blake, to lead 15-0 afer 10 minutes. Lack of concentration conceded a try, but Horsham soon bounced back with great ball retention across the pitch, finished by Jonny Goward and maximised by Blake again. Missed tackles in the centres saw H.A.C. score a second try, but Horsham

responded on the stroke of half time with another try, Johnny Ordidge, prominent with his carries, offloading to Marcus Condon to secure the four try bonus point, and, with Blake’s conversion, Horsham went into the break leading 29-10.

We had a wobble for 20 minutes, attributable to fitness and enforced changes due to knocks, but having weathered that storm, finished strongly to record a pleasing bonus point win Horsham restarted strongly, great retention eventually finding Declan Nwachukwu to finish, before Blake broke through to score and convert, putting the game beyond H.A.C. at 41-10. Ringing the changes to bring on the bench, Horsham went 25 minutes without adding to their score. Meanwhile, with Horsham going off the boil, suffering an injury to Blake and picking up yellow cards, reducing their playing contingent, H.A.C. added two further scores to secure their own four try bonus point. But, restored to their full compliment, Horsham finished the half vigorously, with Everitt completing his hat-trick following a

Nwachukwu break converted by Harrison Sims - who then completed the scoring converting his own try after a dominant scrum. Delighted Horsham Head Coach Nick Stocker said: “A pleasing return to league action, starting at incredible pace and making very few mistakes, belying any rustiness, which, combined with the ball retention, meant we pressured H.A.C. from the start. It was pleasing to see the players deliver on their hard work in training. We had a wobble for 20 minutes, attributable to fitness and enforced changes due to knocks, but having weathered that storm, finished strongly to record a pleasing bonus point win - our first result over 50 points this season. Again the front row was excellent, consistently getting us on the front foot. Our young half backs were impressive with speed of service and running threat throughout and in Joe Blake, we had another contender for Man of the Match until his unfortunate knock. Johnny Ordidge was a handful all afternoon offering another carrying option and the threat posed by the outside backs was clearly shown at every opportunity. With the back row everywhere today, the man of match was eventually awarded to Vince Everitt for his all-round performance capped off with 3 excellent tries. On Saturday we have a tough away match to Cobham - one of the form teams in the league - and we’ll need to be at our best to get a result. On the HAC performance, it promises to be an exciting game!”


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Horsham win kicks off New Year at the double

Competent win moves YMCA up to 7th place Saturday January 4 - Southern Combination Football League: Premier Division Horsham YMCA 3-1 Loxwood Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter

Wednesday January 1 2020 – The BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division Horsham 3-0 Lewes Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter In front of an enthusiastic, near 1,000 crowd, Horsham got the New Year off to the best possible start with a strong home league win against struggling Lewes, whom they had previously beaten 2-0 at the Dripping Pan in scorching late August Bank Holiday weather. With leaders Folkestone and second-placed Worthing both winning, the Hornets needed to do likewise to maintain their third spot in the table after coming a cropper against Worthing at the coast on Boxing Day. Horsham started quietly, but went on to lead comfortably at the break, from when the result was never in

serious doubt. The first opportunity came when Charlie Harris’ free kick scythed through the defence, only to be stopped by Lewes keeper Nathan Stroomberg. However, in the 12th minute, Horsham went in front when Stroomberg was well beaten by unmarked Joe Shelley’s dynamic header from another Harris set piece. Although Horsham had to be alert to prevent Lewes equalising, the defence keeping out Alex Malins’ attempt to maximise both a cross and the rebound, Hornets’ skipper Jack Brivio maintained pressure with a rocket that screamed past the post, before Taurean Roberts’ blast was pushed over by the busy Stroomberg. Kayne Diedrick-Roberts then attempted to get Lewes back on equal terms, but his shot was blocked by Will Miles – ahead of the moment of the match, the moment of any match, or season - Rob O‘Toole treating spectators to a superb goal from a seemingly impossible position just

before half time, with an incredible gravity-defying bicycle kick from just inside the box. Shelley almost gave Horsham a three goal cushion, but his header from Roberts’ cross was just too aerial, but, leading 2-0 at the break, Horsham were in an enviably strong position. And, before the hour mark, the outcome was put beyond all possible doubt when another pin point Harris free kick found Brivio in open space to unleash a powerful header into the net. With Lewes on the ropes, Harris headed over, yet the visitors did have the possibility of a consolation goal, but Captain Frankie Chappell nodded sub Jason Dawson’s supply well adrift. With Horsham just needing to close the game down, chances arose at either end, Harris’s effort sliding past the goal and a late Lewes corner coming and going without undue alarm, the result having been a foregone conclusion from much earlier in the contest.

Horsham YMCA notched up a much needed win – their first success in five matches – in a competitive encounter against basement side Loxwood at Gorings Mead last Saturday. In the opening minutes there was a worrying mix up in the YM defence, but they soon recovered, Sam Lemon crossing to Matt Daniel, only for the centre forward to head wide. Daniel, though, soon made amends after Dean Carden had put new signing Johden de Meyer through against his former club. The debutant was thwarted by the crossbar, but the ball rebounded for Daniel to head home. YM kept pressing, but opportunities came and went, Loxwood keeper Rob East denying Daniel just beyond the mid point of the half. Then, Loxwood equalised when a cross from the left hit the far post and bounced in, with Sam Karl credited. A subsequent YM free kick was stopped by East, the score remaining 1-1 at the break. YM retook the lead early in the second half when Tony

Nwachukwu drove through up the right to shoot against the post, Ash Wadhams – who had been brought on after Lemon had sustained a first half injury induced by some robust tackles - being on hand to tap in. And, with around half an hour to play, YM went further ahead, when Dean Carden converted a penalty after Nwachukwu had been brought down. Loxwood supporters protested vehemently, claiming that the foul was committed outside the area, but the goal stood. To their credit, despite still being in search of their first win of the season, Loxwood mounted a series of spirited attacks, but YM successfully closed down the game ensuring three most welcome points. The line ups saw the Frankland brothers on opposite sides, Jack for YM, Tom for Loxwood, while Johden de Meyer was cited as YM Player of the Match “for ceaseless energy, always being in the thick of the action, cool and competent on the ball – plus an assist with YM’s first goal.” On Saturday YM, now 7th, cross the border to visit fourth-placed Horley Town, to whom they lost 1-0 at Gorings Mead in August. Meanwhile, Lancing is top, four points clear of Eastbourne Town, both of whom YM play at the beginning of a run of four home matches next month.

Heath complete gritty double over Alfold Saturday January 4 Southern Combination Football League Premier Division Alfold 1-2 Broadbridge Heath Football Andrew Crisp-Reporter The Bears made it two wins and two draws from their last four games, the local derby including three red cards, Heath scoring the winning goal when down to nine men. However, the game was played in a good spirit with both teams working hard on a difficult surface. Heath welcomed back Michael Chester in goal, the unavailable Jamie Wanstall being replaced by Ollie Joells - the only changes from the line-up that came close to victory at YMCA the previous week. Alfold’s Jack Nourse had the first shot, easily covered by

Chester. Jake Hull then wriggled his way behind the Alfold defence to cross, but Max Howell’s strike was just two high. Next, Chester had to be alert to beat Kelvin Lucas to a through ball, but Alfold opened the scoring when ex Bear Tiago Andrade fed Adrian Todd to drill a fine finish into the far bottom corner. Andrade put a free kick over the bar then Howell’s raking run ended in a shot which Alex Harris spilled, for another former Bear - Andy Howard - to tidy up the rebound. Heath’s best chance of the half came when Jamie Taylor intercepted an Alfold pass and rounded Harris but as the angle narrowed, he fired against the bar. The half ending with Heath trailing by the single goal after Watts had shot straight at Harris and Lucas fired into the side netting. After a quiet restart the game burst into life when Taylor robbed

Todd in the box and was wrestled to the ground for a certain-looking penalty, but, inexplicably, play was allowed to continue, perhaps on the basis of advantage, but by the time Taylor had recovered his footing, Clyde Jaques had got back to block his shot. To make matters worse, Alfold broke away and Jamie Robinson brought Lucas down 30 yards out but although Ollie Joells was running back into a covering position, the referee decided that Robinson had stopped a clear goal scoring opportunity and produced the red card. Then, as an afterthought, Todd was summoned and given a red card for bringing down Taylor even though the penalty had not materialised, baffling both dugouts. Heath, though, hit back, a corner resulting in Waddingham shooting over the bar. Jake Hull who had toiled during the first

half in the boggiest part of the pitch was then replaced by Archie Goddard who almost immediately danced into the box to be brought down by Powell. The confident 17 year old grabbed the ball and sent Harris the wrong way from the spot to equalise with his second goal in senior football. Alfold retaliated, Chester having to scramble Howard’s back header away for a corner. With the game heading for a quiet draw, Alfie Jones received a red card for treading on Andrade’s leg, yet, now down to nine men, Heath were still going for the winner and Steve Painter kept two strikers up when many teams would have tried to shut up shop so close to the end of the game, Taylor bringing a fine diving save from Harris. Chester then came right to the edge of his area to swallow up Bold’s pass, and the drama continued with a

dangerous cross missing everyone in front of the Heath goal, to fall for Martyn Flack beyond the far post. He fed Taylor on half way, who skipped past Powell and squared the ball to Goddard who beat Harris and Jacques’ efforts to keep it out with Taylor following up to make sure. Leading for the first time, Heath dropped Taylor back into midfield and for the rest of stoppage time kept feeding Goddard to take the ball right up the home side’s corner flag, the final whistle giving Heath a hard earned win. Heath’s spirit and determination added to the impact of Goddard made the real difference. On Saturday Heath – now 13th in the table - return home to welcome 8th-placed Crawley Down Gatwick, whom they beat 2-1 in August’s corresponding away fixture.


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Tuesday January 7 - Sussex Senior Cup – Quarter Final Horsham 2-3 Worthing Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter Horsham’s inability to get beyond the Quarter Final stage in the prestigious Sussex Cup for almost ten years came back to haunt them at their Camping World Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Hornets led 2-0 at the break and seemed set to avenge their 3-0 away league defeat to the high-flying Worthing visitors on Boxing Day, only for three second half goals to rob them of the possibility of an appearance at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium. Played in persistent rain almost throughout, the game started with Horsham calling the shots, Kieran Lavery twice testing the

Worthing defence – first drawing out a good save from Carl Rushworth and then seeing his second effort put off for a corner after being set up by Rob O’Toole. And, sustained pressure soon paid off, when an excellent Horsham team build up enabled penetration of the defence, an O’Toole corkscrew propelling the ball into the far corner to give Horsham the lead after seven minutes. However, Worthing responded

immediately and the Hornets were relieved when Callum Kealy’s shot whistled just over. Charlie Harris then frightened the visitors with a blast just past the post. With Worthing struggling to put together further goal scoring chances, Harris and O’Toole were just unable to maximise successive opportunities. Worthing’s Ollie Pearce did manage to unleash a strong shot – mercifully wayward, until, in a moment of magic, Horsham went two up. George Bentley cleared the ball up field, and when it reached midfielder Lea Dawson, he fired in a rocket, leaving Rushworth rooted. With 20 minutes of the first half still to play, Horsham might promptly have gone even further ahead, but for Rushworth’s swift recovery before a Taurean Roberts/O’Toole foray lost steam. Galvanised, Worthing put Horsham under the cosh for the final five minutes of the half, the enterprising Pearce running through to no avail, until Bentley thwarted Pattenden with a punched clearance and then blocked further danger from Perace. While Horsham were somewhat relieved to hear the half time whistle, they were more than pleased with their two goal advantage. Resuming with Pamment replacing the injured O’Toole, the sub was soon in action, and Worthing’s Darren Budd shot came to nothing, as did an attempt from Harris. Then, after Horsham scrambled the ball away, follow-

ing claims that it had crossed the line and been handballed, play was waved on for Pamment to be denied by Rushworth. Pamment then fired just wide, before with Horsham looking likely to get the next goal, Sparks was sanctioned for an infringement in the box, Pearce converting coolly the penalty to claw back a goal for Worthing. The visitors might then have equalised, but Bentley pushed away Pearce’s incursion. A Horsham free kick came and went, and action continued at either end, with heartbreak soon following when Bentley was only able to parry the ball, Peace equalising from close quarters. Suddenly, the game was on the line, Horsham retaliating with a Roberts launch brilliantly averted by Rushworth. Counterpart Bentley then comfortably gathered a speculative long range effort from Aguiar, before, amid calls for a foul - and then offside against Myles-Meekums – play continued with disastrous consequences, Myles-Meekums delivering the killer blow with an unstoppable close quarter strike. Three Worthing goals had come in 19 minutes and, while there was still time for Horsham to threaten to upset Worthing’s euphoria, a Pamment goal was ruled offside and then Dawson found the top of the net. Worthing had somehow snatched the game, leaving Horsham supporters desperately disappointed.

Hat-trick of away losses concerns Horsham Saturday January 4 – The BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division Hornchurch 2-1 Horsham Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter

Horsham remain third despite notching up their third consecutive away defeat – against Hornchurch, whom Horsham had beaten 1-0 at home in October – the Essex side being one spot below the Hornets in the table, but with three games in hand. The Hornets went ahead, with a goal mid way through the first half, but Hornchurch soon equalised, following up with their second half decider. And, Horsham were somewhat fortunate to survive a major early

scare when a corner was headed in by Chris Dickson, only to be seemingly harshly overruled by a linesman’s decision. Horsham keeper George Bentley was then in the thick of the action – first to negate a Matt Johnson header and then to catch a cross from Dickson. But, after keeping the hosts at bay, Horsham opened the scoring when Greg Cundle found the net for the first time for the club with an excellent individual goal, firing into the far corner at the end of a solo run. The lead was, though, short-lived – Hornchurch drawing level after just four minutes when Ricky Hayles headed home Ronnie Winn’s corner, the score remaining 1-1 at the break Bentley had to be at his best to pull of a superb save on the restart, palming the ball away,

when Hornchurch sub Marvin Morgan unfurled a dynamic header. Morgan then put Horsham under pressure again, but the danger was averted, before Bentley had to clear another of the player’s headers. Frustrations over-spilled culminating in cautions after some jostling, then, before normality had entirely returned, Horsham were undone by a further Hornchurch corner routine, Dickson converting another well-taken set piece. The best part of half an hour remained, but the attacks that Horsham were able to mount were blunted by disciplined home defending, a late chance to force a draw evaporated when Will Miles’ long range drive was saved by Hornchurch keeper Joe Wright without undue difficulty. In need of a win to re-boot

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their play-off aspirations, this Saturday Horsham return home for a league encounter against

struggling Corinthian-Casuals, whom they beat 2-1 at Tolworth three months ago.


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