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Morwen hopes to reach 30-year Remembering the Horsham ace milestone as election nears Over Easter, the streets of were Allen Aldridge, the Old Horsham were throbbing with horsepower as Ferraris toured the Carfax. But , as Horsham Museum reminds us,in April 1879, it was foot power that dominated Good Friday. Today it is state-of-the-art cars, their wealthy owners in designer fashion; then it was some characters of Horsham in homemade clothing. Then it was a sketch artist capturing the moment; thisyear, it is stunning photography. The museum said: “Thanks to the art of Tom Charman and Henry Burstow’s Reminiscences, we have a fascinating account of the Good Friday Race of April 1879. Two lesser lights among Horsham extraordinary characters

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Church organ blower, who in many respects resembled Harry Lambert, and “Foot’em” Jenkins, window cleaner, truck shover, etc remarkable for his short legs, upon which his ready-made trousers appeared like extended concertinas, and his long splay feet. Everyone of these three individuals was interesting in himself; when they combined to entertain the public the fare provided was rich indeed. This they once did on Good Friday afternoon, about 1879, when they ran a race, arranged by a few sportive individuals, from the “Hurst Arms” Inn to Thornton’s Beer Shop (now known as “The Stout house”), on the Carfax, for a gallon of stout. ”

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A candidate from Horsham will hoping to complete 30 years in the council chamber as more than 300 people contest seats in the West Sussex County Council elections next month. Among the most experienced sitting councillors up for election is Morwen Millson, a Liberal Democrat, who was first elected in 1989 and faces four rivals in Riverside. Winning would take Cllr Millson nearer a 30-year anniversary on the county council in 2019 should she serve the new term of office. Among the candidates out of the mainstream are James Smith, who is contesting the Holbrook seat under the banner “Something New” and Jim Duggan , contesting Horsham Riverside under the banner “Peace Party - Nonviolence, Justice, Environment.” The line up within the Horsham district area for the vote on May 4 is as follows: BILLINGSHURST (Billingshurst Itchingfield Shipley) BROWN Robert William Labour GREENWOOD Richard John Liberal Democrat HARPER Graham Hartridge UKIP, JUPP Amanda Jane Conservative. BRAMBER CASTLE (Ashurst Bramber Henfield Small Dole ward, Steyning Upper Beeding Woodmancote) BARLING David Howard Conservative BIRNSTINGL Simon Wildon Labour HUNTER Ivan John UKIP, PRIOR Jo Green Party WELLBY Ross Stephen Liberal Democrat. BROADBRIDGE (Broadbridge Heath, Rudgwick Slinfold Warnham) DEARSLEY Patrick Henry UKIP GAFFAR Matthew Stephen Liberal Democrat MCGILLIVRAY Cameron Scott Labour MITCHELL Christian Richard Conservative ROSS Catherine Mary Green Party. HENFIELD (Cowfold, Henfield Henfield ward, Shermanbury and West Grinstead) BARNARD Lionel Harvey Conservative BOYLE David Liberal Democrat WRIGHT Helen Labour. HOLBROOK (Holbrook West and Holbrook East) CATCHPOLE Peter Charles Conservative CHAPMAN Raymond Edward Labour HELLAWELL Warwick John

Liberal Democrat SMITH James Something New . HORSHAM EAST (Forest part, North Horsham Roffey North ward and North Horsham Roffey South ward ,part) BALDWIN Andrew Norris Conservative HAIGH Frances Margaret Liberal Democrat MACTAVISH Ferial Green Party NICOL Ian David Labour Party ROWLANDS Mike UKIP. HORSHAM HURST (Horsham Park part and Trafalgar) BRITTEN Alan Crawford Conservative DENNIS Nigel Peter Stewart Liberal Democrat HAYTON Carol Labour MONK Robin UKIP. HORSHAM RIVERSIDE (Denne Forest part Horsham Park part) DUGGAN Jim Peace Party - Nonviolence, Justice, Environment DYE Ross Conservative HIDE David Vaughan Labour MILLSON Morwen Elizabeth Liberal Democrat TOOTS Ray UKIP PULBOROUGH (Coldwatham Pulborough Thakeham West Chiltington) ARCULUS Pat Conservative HANCOCK Samuel Henry Anthony Liberal Democrat MOTE Jane Elizabeth Labour WALLACE Liz UKIP. ST LEONARDS FOREST (Colgate, Lower Beeding, North Horsham Roffey South ward part and Rusper) BEVIS Anthony David Liberal Democrat BUTLER Raymond Ben UKIP,HILLMAN Rosalind Joyce Labour KITCHEN Liz Conservative. SOUTHWATER and NUTHURST (Nuthurst Southwater) EVELEIGH Gloria Frances UKIP JUPP Nigel Paul Stafford Conservative O’SULLIVAN Kevin Stephen Labour SHAW Peter Robert Green Party WHEATCROFT Bob Liberal Democrat. STORRINGTON (Amberley, Ashington, Parham, Storrington Sullington, Washington and Wiston.) FIFE Caroline Joan Labour GRACE Peter James Darien UKIP, HOLBROOK Steve Liberal MARSHALL Paul Anthony Conservative At present 43 Conservatives from across West Sussex sit at Chichester, while UKIP has 10, the Liberal Democrats seven, Labour six, with three Independent members and two vacancies.

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Venetian masks, decorating cakes and ‘rolling the stone away’ using marbles and paint. Worshippers had their own reason to celebrate over the weekend with the Horsham Churches Together Walk of Witness and Joint Service. About 1,000 people marked Good Friday with a service at the Bandstand arranged by HorAn engaged couple will have an unusual honour granted them to mark their love story. Jennifer Casey called in a bee keeper after becoming concerned about a swarm of thousands of honey bees at her home in Billingshurst. After hearing about Jennifer’s forthcoming wedding this summer to electrician Adam Spice, 28, the bee expert Daisy Day, from Slinfold, decided to name a new hive after them to add to the romance of their August wedding. Now Jennifer and Adam plan to give guests a honey-themed treat at their reception. And the bees, all females, have been christened the Spice Girls. Jennifer, 28, a primary school teacher, told the Post: “It’s a great little extra to our wedding day. We told Daisy about the wedding date and she said the bees would be making honey by then. Maybe we will do some honey-related favours for the tables or possibly have some with a Pavlova. Because Adam’s surname, and my married name, is Spice Daisy decided to call the bees the Spice Girls. They are all girls, which apparently is unusual. “We called Daisy up and she was down here in 20 minutes and gathered them up in a special basket. I guessed there were a couple of hundred but I think there were in fact about 4,000. Because they were so densely packed they were difficult to count.” Jennifer’s concern was heightened by the knowledge that the bee population is struggling, and she did not want harm to come to them. She said: “They were swarming about our front garden. I wasn’t too sure what they were at first but I understand that bees are the only things that swarm. I think Adam knew what they were, because he said they were not aggressive.”


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sham Churches Together. Before the service, Horsham Churches Togethers’ Walk of Witness started from two locations at St John’s Catholic Church and Brighton Road Baptist Church, with more than 300 Christians walking along West Street and East Street, converging at the Bandstand. An innovation for this year was the distribution

of Hot Cross buns along with serviettes explaining why there is a cross on a Hot Cross Bun. Whether remembering the serious message of Easter or simply having fun Horsham turned out in style to enjoy the holiday weekend. The District Post was there to record some of the activities.

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Horsham MP Jeremy Quin will open a showcase for firms at Billingshurst next month. BilliBiz-The Show 2017 will be staged on May 5 at the Billingshurst Conference and Convention Centre. This is the fifth edition of the successful business-to business “expo” that attracts companies from across the district. Accepting the invitation to open the” expo” Mr. Quin said : “I am delighted to hear that Billingshurst Chamber of Commerce is doing its bit to encourage opportunities for local businesses through its fifth annual ‘BilliBiz-The Show’. I very much look forward to attending and meeting many of the small businesses which do so much

for our local economy and employment”. BilliBiz-The Show is staged by the Billingshurst Chamber of Commerce and is free to visitors on theday. There is a hallmark programme of companion seminars that are presented parallel to the exhibition. The Chamber’s Secretary, Sandy Duck, said: “The seminars at BilliBiz-The Show are very business relevant and are free to all visitors to the Show. They are led by industry experts and include, ‘Digital Marketing for the Terrified’ led by Tim Fifield of BritWeb Ltd, and ‘5 Tips for Start-ups’ led by Gareth Sears from The Dome Enterprise Centre, University of Chichester

Business School. “The show runs on from 10am to 3pm and we have some 30 companies exhibiting their products and services. If anyone still wishes to seize this opportunity to exhibit their products and services, they should contact me as soon as they can as we do have a little expansion space. From past experience, we expect about 250 people to see the show on the day” More details are on the show’s dedicated website at or via Sandy Duck, at or call 07984959281.

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Top coaches help youngsters hone skills Goodbye, hello as Sean goes, stays Dominic Evans, left, and Coach D , right, with players.

Hot on the heels of Collyer’s netball silver success at the final of the Sussex under-18s Schools Cup, the college welcomed an international player and coaches from national basketball and netball sides to Horsham. Tania Hoffman, Director of Netball for England Netball Super League’s Surrey Storm, and New Zealand and Surrey Storm shooter Megan Craig were joined by ‘Coach D’, a Development Coach from British Basketball League’s Surrey Scorchers. Megan, Tania and ‘Coach D’ ran highly technical and energetic coaching sessions for the Collyer’s basketball and netball academy squads. Collyer’s Head of Sports Acade-

my, John Burroughs said: “The idea of our sport academies in rugby, basketball and netball is to help provide our players with quality coaching and establish pathways to elite level sport. We hope that today’s sessions are the start of a partnership with both of these fantastic clubs.” Vice Principal Melanie Russell said: “We are now attracting some of the top basketball, netball and rugby players from across the region to our Academy programmes, as it’s a great chance to combine a full sixth form learning programme with a professional focus on one of these sports.” John Burroughs added: “It was an amazing experience to have two

of the leading teams in the country at Collyer’s to run some coaching sessions for our academy teams. We are hoping this is just the start of what could become an extremely successful partnership. It has always been our target to provide our high level sports player’s with pathways into elite level sport. We have some incredibly talented players, so watch this space.” Ian McAlister from the Collyer’s Progression Directorate said: “Both clubs are also heavily linked with Surrey University, and with many of our players starting to make decisions about higher education, this again provided a great opportunity to help them plan for their future.”

It will be case of goodbye, hello when the top fire and rescue officer for West Sussex retires in flaming June. Sean Ruth will be retiring from his Chief Fire Officer role for West Sussex Fire Rescue Service on June 12. But he will remain with the same authority as West Sussex County Council’s Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Communities and Public Protection, subject to a final approval by Members. The fire service is under the control of West Sussex County Council, and a process to appoint a new permanent Chief Fire Officer is due to start soon. Sean joined West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service more than seven years ago. After a year out of uniform, carrying out wider county council responsibilities, he returned to his substantive position in February when Lee Neale retired. West Sussex County Council Chief Executive Nathan Elvery said: “Sean has played a key role within the county council’s leadership team and I’m delighted he has agreed to continue to work with us as Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Communities and Public Protection. This role has increased responsibilities and will be key to delivering Members’ ambitions for supporting our communities.

“The permanent appointment of a new Chief Fire Officer clearly demonstrates a service under new leadership.” Sean said: “It may be time to hang up my fire boots but I am very pleased to have the opportunity to carry on leading the work of the wider Executive Directorate at the heart of West Sussex County Council. “In the years ahead, I hope the role of the fire and rescue service continues to broaden and people recognise the important part the Service has to play in keeping our residents safe. “It has been my privilege to serve as the Chief Fire Officer of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and I want to thank everyone within the Service for their hard work and commitment, which I know will continue under their new Chief.”


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DIY refuse charge dropped

Residents are able to dump “do it yourself” refuse free of charge again after a Government announcement to local councils, who had been charging at civic amenity sites. A statement from Nathan Elvery, Chief Executive at West Sussex

County Council said: “Following the recent statement made by the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, it is the Government’s intention to review its guidance with regard to the charges that can be made at

local civic amenity sites and the specific reference to the disposal of DIY materials generated by householders. “In order to avoid any potential confusion for our residents in West Sussex we have decided to suspend all charges for these type of materials with immediate effect until the review by the Government has been concluded. “Therefore householders visiting any West Sussex amenity site will no longer be charged for the deposit of material which results from the sort of work householders would normally carry out on their homes, what most people would refer to as DIY waste. “Once the Government’s review has been concluded the County Council will look at the matter again.” Charges for tyres at household waste recycling sites remain in place.


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Big day for work colleagues Sarah Cambridge

Sunday’s London Marathon will be a big day for two workers from the same firm. Beckie Johnson and colleague Sarah Cambridge will support the NSPCC in the gruelling run. They will be helping to support services which include the NSPCC’s Speak Out. Stay Safe Schools Service which delivers safeguarding assemblies and workshops to teach children the tools needed to keep them safe from abuse. Both work for OSCL Project Services IT firm, which has an office at Wisborough Green. Beckie, 23, from Horsham, said: “The NSPCC is a charity that I have always known of and remember raising money for as a nine year old child via a sponsored spelling test at school. I knew that the NSPCC had a phone number for children to call and that abuse is bad, however, although I had the drive to raise money and

help I did not have a deep grasp of the NSPCC’s support. Sarah, 33, said: “The fact that so many helpless children continue to struggle day by day in the care of the people that are supposed to look after and protect them is distressing. “I am inspired by every child to raise awareness about the NSPCC and to go some way towards trying to let them know that they are not alone, that there are people out there that do care and show how the NSPCC are trying to ensure they receive the start in life that every person deserves.” OSCL, which has offices at Wisborough Green, Hove, London, and Cambridge, has chosen the NSPCC for its 2017 charity and aims to raise £25,000 of which anything Beckie and Sarah raise will be a contribution.

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An exciting new football opportunity for girls aged 5 to 11 years ‘Wildcats’ is a nationwide initiative from the Football Association that’s designed to make football more accessible for girls aged from 5 to 11 years old. Sessions will be run by Horsham Sparrows FC on Saturday mornings in Horsham Park with the onus on training sessions that are great fun and engaging for all girls regardless of age or ability. Start date: Saturday 22nd April 2017 (from 10.30-11.30am) Location: Horsham Park, between the Pond and The Pavillions Cost: The first session is free then £2.00 thereafter (or £25.00 one off fee) Participants: For girls aged 5 to 11 years Find out more at


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Horsham Brownies enjoy trip to Westminster

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the District Post: “Westminster and Downing Street have parties of visitors every day and we Undeterred by the terrorist athad a longstanding time slot in tack, 12th Horsham’s Brownies the morning, so we had to be pack were glad that they were at Horsham Station by 7.50am able to visit the Palace of Westand found ourselves travelling minster and enjoyed theirgsrecent s commuters. up ing with the daily Thing limb and Swin s, Rope trip despite the sad events so After the terrorist attack we were fresh in our memories. naturally concerned and sought It was an early start for the advice from local, county and nagirls, Brown Owl Suzy telling tional girlguiding leaders and also

girls about their tour of Westminster and advising them on the best route to Buckingham Palace - and getting a richly deserved and especially big thank you from the Brownies! What did the girls make of the day? Brown Owl’s daughter Sophie said: “It was brilliant! It was a once in a lifetime experience. What I liked most was – all of it!” And, Sophie’s friend Eve enthused: “I loved going to London with the Brownies, because very few people can go and take a selfie in front of the Prime Minister’s front door and I regard it as an honour for Girlguiding and Brownies!” Brown Owl Suzy summed up with: “The Brownie Adventure is about trying new things that teach girls aged seven to ten about themselves, their community and the world. This trip certainly helped the girls learn about democracy, parliament and being a citizen. It was an opportunity that I would not have had without volunteering with Girlguiding and more volunteers are always needed.” If you would like to get involved and share the girls’ enjoyment then further information is available at https://www.girlguiding. and the local contact is Girlguidinghorsham@outlook. com

Local groups are invited to showcase what they do in a changed format to the annual North Horsham Parish Council parish meeting on Monday. This time the statutory meeting will be preceded by a Community Evening to which local organisations have been invited to highlight what they do and perhaps recruit new members and volunteers. The event will take place on April 24 at North Heath Hall, St Marks Lane, Horsham, starting at 7.30 pm. A cross-section of societies, clubs and charities will be represented as well as other key people and organisations that play an important part in life in our community. Representatives from Liberty Property Trust will also be present to answer questions about the development North of Horsham. The evening will conclude with a brief Annual Parish Meeting at 8.45 pm, but parish councillors will be present throughout the evening to meet informally with residents. North Horsham Parish Council says it would like to extend an open invitation to members of the public to attend this exciting event. Entry is free and light refreshments will be served. For more details contact the Parish Council Office on 01403 750786. J361524


consulted the Met Police website. Then, we discussed the situation with the girls’ parents and almost all of them agreed that the visit should proceed as planned.” 14 Brownies made the trip, Brown Owl continuing: “We walked to Westminster from Victoria Station and then toured both chambers, the Queen’s Robing Room, the Royal Gallery and Central Lobby. Neither houses were sitting so we were able to stand among the seats – but we weren’t allowed to sit down because we are not MPs or Lords! Then we went into the iconic Westminster Hall, where the girls were impressed by the stunning atmosphere and amazed to learn of its place at the centre of our history stretching back over 900 years. We were told by our fantastic tour guide that during maintenance of the ceiling they found Tudor tennis balls stuck up in the fantastic hammerbeam vaulting!” The visit coincided with the funeral cortege from Westminster Cathedral for PC Palmer, Brown Owl saying: “We happened to be there and although it is difficult to witness these events with our Brownies, what we saw really focused our thoughts”. The Brownie unit then walked to Downing Street where they were met by Horsham MP Jeremy Quin, who welcomed them, asking the

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Ricki the great survivor says thanks Then and now

A cancer survivor saved by a stem cell transplant is running the Virgin Money London Marathon this weekend to raise money for the charity that saved his life. Ricki Watson, 27, was diagnosed with two strains of leukaemia in October 2013. The only cure was a stem cell transplant. With the help of blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan a donor was found for Ricki, and the transplant took place in January 2014. If a patient has a condition that affects their bone marrow or blood, then a stem cell trans-


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plant may be their best chance of survival. Doctors will give new, healthy stem cells to the patient via their bloodstream, where they begin to grow and create healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Although Ricki has two brothers and two sisters, none of them were a suitable match for him. Anthony Nolan searched the worldwide donor register and found a woman from Germany who matched his tissue type. Although Ricki has not spoken to her directly, the pair have exchanged anonymous cards and

letters. Ricki, who co-owns a scaffolding business, is now determined to raise money for the charity and help others who are going through the same experience. Ricki said: “When I was in hospital I was the most positive I could be. “I nearly died from allergic reactions four times, and was put on a ventilator when my lungs gave up, but I always stayed strong.” Ricki, from Horsham, has made a dramatic recovery, which he credits to eating healthily and exercising since he left hospital. He said: “Two years ago I couldn’t even walk up the stairs. I had to give up my house and live with my mum in Crawley. I had to stop halfway up climbing the stairs to have a breather. “I was determined that I wasn’t just going to get better, I was going to be even stronger than I used to be. As soon as I got out of hospital I was back in the gym. Eight months later I climbed Ben Nevis.’ At his lowest point, Ricki weighed just seven stone and had to be tube-fed. He made a promise to himself in hospital that he would run the London Marathon in memory of two friends he made on the ward, Tanyel and Dan, who sadly passed away. Ricki has already beaten his £5,000 fundraising goal, and is determined to raise as much money as possible for future cancer patients like him. To sponsor Ricki, visit his JustGiving page at https://www. Ricki-Watson

Wine notes for April

For wine enthusiasts it is good to come across a lesser known grape that produces a great drink. One of them is the lesser spotted Fiano, usually a native of southern Italy. But one I came across was from the famous McLaren Vale vineyard in South Australia. It is without doubt the best match I have had for one of my favourite dishes, salmon carbonarra, but would be fine with chicken dishes too. Its citrus and cashew overtones make it distinct from other better known whites such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You can get a bottle in some supermarkets for about £7 but I was fortunately treated to a stunning Hancock and Hancock 2016 that costs £14.55 (stockists include Ann et Vin and Warren Wines. ) The tonque twisting Gewurtztraminer Villa Maria Private Bin 2016 from New Zealand provided a wonderful match with my Chinese takeway, its own highly unusual tones blending well with the sweet and sour aspects of the food. (RRP £11.30

Waitrose, Majestic, Wine Rack, Bin 21, Famous Wines UK). This wine displays all the classic varietal aromas of rose petal, lychee and spice. The light elegant and peachy Maison Kuentz-Bas Muscat D’Alsace 2014 (wine Society £11.50) is racked in accordance with the moon’s cycles under the biodynamic system used in some part of France. Narince is a grape used in Turkey , and the delightful white Kayra Narince from Anatolia (Strictly Wine £12.70) is brilliant with seafood or on its own. Earth Day is April 22 and it is a good time to remember wines where producers pay particular attention to the environment. JeanLuc Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Rouge 2014 (RRP £12.15 Wine Rack, Luvians, John Lewis, Kingsgate Wines) reflects his green philosophy, and the wine is a wonderful match for rich meat dishes, its Grenache grape dominance displaying fruits and spice to spare while being fairly smooth. It is named in honour of the important role that bees play in pollinating their vineyards. It is reminder too that whatever the skills of winemakers, it is nature that is at the heart of our favourite wines.


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Students visit Iceland to help their studies An indoor swim in the snow and seeing the Northern Lights were two of the highlights of a trip to Iceland for students. 30 second year geography and geology students and their teachers from Collyer’s in Horsham too in visits to Reykjavik, Thingevellir National Park, waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches and geothermal centres. The group was even able to enjoy an outdoor swim in the snow at a geothermal lagoon. Geography teacher Noami Lask Lask said: “Students study tectonic hazards, so the trip enabled them to see the infamous Eyjafjallajokull and learn all about the 2010 eruption. They also had the chance to visit the Thingvellir National Park and walk through the rift between the tectonic plates. “Perhaps the most exciting part was seeing the Northern Lights on the first night. It was incredible.” Vice Principal Melanie Russell said: “Massive thanks to Noami, our Head of Geography Kate Walters, and our very own Head of Geology Dr Ian Carr, for organising and accompanying our students on this absolutely incredible educational opportunity. At Collyer’s we have a superb reputation for geography and geology and this is down to our fantastic teachers and inquisitive students, who I know all had a terrific time”

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Pupils model historic sculpture It will reflect themes relating to the past generations of children and depict children marching in their famous Tudor uniform, a tradition that is part of the daily life of the pupils today. The

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Pupils acted as models to create a new public sculpture being created in Billingshurst to commemorate a school’s 350-year milestone. Christ’s Hospital, now at Horsham, was in the City of London from 1552-1902. Sculptor Andrew Brown is using photographs of pupils posing for the maquette, or small scale model, and then again for the final piece, working at his Billingshurst studio. Andrew, a renowned sculptor with many public commissions in his portfolio, was selected following an open competition organised by the City of London Corporation. The sculpture will be moved to a foundry in London in

the summer and is planned to be installed this September. Christ’s Hospital was founded in the City 465 years ago and moved to Horsham in 1902. The new bronze sculpture, 2.4m long and 1.5m high, will be positioned close to where Christ’s Hospital was originally founded in Newgate Street. Currently, the only permanent acknowledgement of its occupation of the site for such a long period of time is a small blue plaque. The sculpture will be very visible to the passer-by positioned on the boundary wall of Christchurch Greyfriars Church Garden. The school says the design will give ‘life’ to the essence of Christ’s Hospital and its vision.

This striking sculpture serves as recognition of Christ’s Hospital’s relationship with the City which remains active today modern day school remains true to its original vision of providing education for children of promise regardless of means. The back of the sculpture facing the garden will feature a copper plate drawing of the Priory buildings before Christ’s Hospital began to occupy the site in 1552, coupled with an extract from a poem by former pupil, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The school said: “This striking sculpture serves as recognition of Christ’s Hospital’s relationship with the City which remains active today. The project has attracted considerable interest.”

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Fat Sam, Dandy Dan and Long and winding road for Chloe Knuckles take stage Chloe West and company

Girls took up the invitation to enjoy themselves on stage when Farlington School’s Prep 5 and 6 years staged Bugsy Malone. Farlington was commended for it “highly successful prep and senior school drama productions” in its recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report, and the school says this production was of the usual and exceptional standard. The writer of “Bugsy Malone” said that it was his young son who had come up with idea for the show – and that he had promptly “pinched it”. No surprise, because David Thomas, who provided the words for this report, said: “This is a musical that shouts out for young children to enjoy themselves on stage. A wonderful array of period costumes – not to mention splurge guns – immediately transformed Farlington Prep School pupils into the gangsters, speakeasy girls, policemen, boxers and “characters” of New York, 1920’s-style. “Amy Crouch as Fat Sam and Amalia Gazala as Dandy Dan showed excellent stage presence as the rival gang leaders, very ably supported by their henchmen, not least the lugubrious Bonnie Hand as Knuckles. Charlotte Mitchell as Blousey Brown and Amelie Holloway as Tallulah contrasted perfectly as the “love interest” and Amelie invested her song “My Name is Tallulah” with glamour and panache. Esme Allford with her deadpan delivery presented Bugsy as a real and convincing character trying to survive in a tough city. “The musical numbers were sung with gusto – not least the catchy “Fat Sam’s Grand Slam”

– and the clever choreography enabled this talented young cast to show they could act, sing and dance. Another hit for the terrific production team of Lucy Cooper and Brian Dallimore.” Scenes from the show are pictured.

Young Chloe West is on song for Sunday’s London Marathon. Chloe warned up for her challengeat Osmund Court in Billingshurst, bringing an afternoon of song to the residents, courtesy of Billingshurst Rock Choir. Chloe, who has worked as a nurse and carer with older people since she left school at the age of 17, has been raising money for the local charity working with older people, Age UK Horsham District. And this weekend she will take on her biggest challenge for the charity so far, to complete the 26.2 mile London Marathon. The charity’s Chief Executive Officer, Sonia Mangan, said: “We can’t thank Chloe enough for giving up her time to train so hard

for this race and raise money for our very vital work in the local community. Without fundraisers like Chloe, we wouldn’t be able to support so many older people who need our help to make the most of later life.” The charity raises money to support many of its free to use services, including home visiting and befriending for lonely and vulnerable older people, and information and advice about a whole host of issues from benefit claims to housing and health. All money raised by Chloe will go towards helping the charity continue services like these. Chloe said: “It’s been a huge commitment, but I’ve really en-


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joyed getting out into my local community and fundraising for Age UK Horsham District. I’ve met lots of lovely people who’ve been really supportive and we had a lot of fun listening to the Rock Choir at Osmund Court. Now I just have to run a marathon.” To support Chloe and Age UK Horsham District, people may donate online at; http:// or call the charity on 01403 260560. If you would like more information how you can fundraise for the charity, email: fundraising@ or call the team on 01403 751304.

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Celebrating 50 years of youth football in Horsham To celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary, Horsham Sparrows FC is holding their annual football and awards day on 6th May at Tanbridge House School. There will be lots going on throughout the day and it would be great to see as many people who have been involved with the club there as possible. This includes current and former players, managers, volunteers and their families. The day will feature:      

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Followed by an evening presentation and awards ceremony in the main sports hall. Tanbridge House School Farthings Hill Horsham From midday on Saturday 6th May 2017

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THE GYPSY, TRAVELLER AND TRAVELLING SHOWPEOPLE DRAFT SITE ALLOCATIONS DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOCUMENT (DPD) – PREFERRED STRATEGY NOTICE OF CONSULTATION The ‘The Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) – Preferred Strategy’ is being published for a six week consultation period between 21 April 2017 and 2 June 2017. The information and options contained in the consultation document are for consultation only and are not council policy at this stage. Should you wish to comment please do so before 5pm on 2 June 2017. Comments on the document may be made using the on-line consultation form on the Council’s web site, submitted via email to or by post to the Strategic Planning Team at the Horsham District Council offices sent to the Council address below. Hard copies of the documents are also free to view at: Horsham District Council Offices Parkside, Chart Way, North Street, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RL 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

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APPLICATION FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN AREA DESIGNATION PUBLIC NOTICE North Horsham Parish Council has applied for Designation of a Neighbourhood Plan Area (under Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) to Horsham District Council. The name of the proposed Neighbourhood Planning Area will be: North Horsham Parish Neighbourhood Plan Area The application is to identify an area for which the Parish Council intend to prepare local planning policies and formulate land allocations to be consulted upon in due course in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and Regulations. The application, draft designation map and supporting submission can be viewed on the website: A copy of the application documents will be available for inspection at:

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HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 Notice is hereby given under Article 15(3), (4) or (5) or Article 16 that the following applications have been submitted to Horsham District Council, registered between 10th April 2017 and 13th April 2017: Please note the below list of applications advertised are only those we are required to do so by law. A full list of applications is available by visiting our website at DC/17/0673 Pennyroyal 68A Lower Street Pulborough West Sussex RH20 2BW Retrospective application for installation of a toilet and shower within the basement area (Listed building consent) Reason for Advert: Conservation Area. Listed Building. DC/17/0835 The Old School School Hill Warnham Horsham West Sussex RH12 3QN Proposed construction of a pitched roof over a freestanding double garage. The proposed tiled roof is to replace a flat roof covered in bituminous felt which has failed. (Listed Building Consent) Reason for Advert: Listed Building. Conservation Area. DC/17/0796 Hamfelds 2 Brick House High Street Henfield West Sussex BN5 9DB Repairs to front bay canopy roof. Including replacing unseen lead finish with asphalt, mortar repairs, reinstate missing panel to soffit, removal of internal canopy awning workings and replace external timber box and paint to look identical to existing. Replace internal ceilings on Ground floor bays and making good further to water ingress (Listed Building Consent) Reason for Advert: Listed Building. Conservation Area.

DC/17/0811 Ranfold Barn Five Oaks Road Slinfold Horsham West Sussex RH13 0RL Internal reconfiguration of walls, relocation of bathroom and soil pipes, new staircase, relocation of fire place and flue, replacement windows (Listed Building) Reason for Advert: Listed Building. S106/17/0002 Land West of Blakes Farm Cottage Southwater Street Southwater West Sussex Modification or Discharge of planning obligations to application SQ/91/92 Reason for Advert: Section 106. DC/17/0177 Brinsbury Fields Brinsbury College Pulborough Outline planning permission (with all matters reserved except for access from Stane Street (A29)) for up to 6 commercial buildings comprising a mix of B1, B2 and B8 Use Classes Reason for Advert: Major Development. The development would affect a Public Right of Way. The proposed development does not accord with the provisions of the development plan in force in the area in which the land to which the application relates is situated.

DC/17/0790 Rock Cottage Common Hill West Chiltington Pulborough West Sussex RH20 2NS Proposed single and two storey rear extensions (Full planning) Reason for Advert: Listed Building. A copy of each application and the submitted plans are available for inspection on the Council’s website public-access/ if you cannot view plans on line please call 01403 215187 for guidance. Any person who wishes to make representations about any of the applications below should do so in writing to Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL by no later than 21 days from the date of this advert. Please note that any representations received will be made available for public inspection and posted on the Council’s website or the SDNP website.

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stevensdrake named as a Finalist for ‘Best Law Firm for Collections’ Crawley based lawyers, stevensdrake, have been shortlisted for ‘Best Law Firm for Collections’ by the Credit industry’s largest and most prestigious awards event, The Credit Awards. The independently judged awards are designed to reward best practice, compliance, and innovation across the credit industry. Harry Tumber, Head of Collections at stevensdrake, said: “We are honoured to have been shortlisted in the Collections category at the 2017 Credit Awards. This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our highlyexperienced team, who are determined to deliver outstanding service and fair

outcomes to customers combined with excellent collections performance for our clients. 2016 saw us deploy revamped strategies, providing customers more information about the process, earlier, instead of taking the traditionally abrupt approach of simply serving an LBA. This exemplifies our commitment to a higher standard of collections conduct and has resulted in regular commendations for achieving positive outcomes for our client’s most difficult cases.” stevensdrake has been collecting debt portfolios for in excess of 40 years on behalf of a

number of household name creditors for whom brand protection is vital. Their experience spans a wide range of debt types including consumer and commercial loans, credit cards, asset finance and motor finance.

We are honoured to have been shortlisted in the Collections category at the 2017 Credit Awards The Credit Awards, now in its 18th year, is hosted by independent publication Credit Strategy and takes place in London on May 11th, when the team at stevensdrake will learn if they are to be crowned the overall winners. http://www.creditawards. For more information contact Harry Tumber on 01293 596905 or email

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The Overtures JOE90 Wildwood Golf & Country Horsham Sports Club, Club, Cranleigh Horsham 18:00 T20:00 Slammers Soul Band Eclectic The Barley Mow, Tandridge Railway Inn, Billingshurst 20:00 21:00


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The Bedford, Horsham Horsham Rocks Presents 20:30 Horsham Bandstand, The The Tony Stone Band Carfax, Horsham The Malt Shovel, Horsham 11:00 til 16:00 20:30 Nell Bryden The Capitol Theatre, Horsham 19:30 Larger Than Life Duo Acoustic Mic Night Goff s ParkOpen Social Club, The Jolly Tanners, Crawley Staplefield 20:30 20:00 of Sound Hounds Blues Workshop Broadbridge Heath Village Northgate Community Centre, Broadbridge Heath Centre, Crawley 20:00 20:00 Quo-caine Open Mic Night The Mulberry, Goring The Royal Oak, Ifield 20:30 20:00Heart Angel Black Acoustic showcases The Malt Shovel, Horsham The Surrey Oaks, 0:30 Newdigate 20:00


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South Saxon Beardsmen Gathering The Malt Shovel, Open Mic Night Horsham 12:00 til 18:00 The Bear, Horsham Open 20:00Mic night The Shelley Arms, Broadbridge Heath 19:30 Riverboat Shuffle Horsham Open MicSports night Club, Horsham The Star - Dorking, 20:00 Dorking, Surrey 20:30 Folk night The Emerald Club, Southgate, Crawley 20:00 Acoustic Open Mic Night Open Mic night The StapleTheJolly BullTanners, Inn, Henfi eld field 20:00 20:30 Blues Workshop Northgate Community Centre, Crawley 20:00 Open Mic Night The Royal Oak, Ifield 20:00 Acoustic showcases The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate 19:30

Acclaimed French/British cellist Corinne Morris will be performing in The Hawth Studio on Saturday 13 May. Corinne has performed throughout Europe and beyond. She was chosen by Rostropovich to perform at his festival, in Evian, and subsequently invited to the Verbier Academy in Switzerland. She has made several recordings for the BBC, France Musique, Bayerischer. Corinne obtained an ARCM with honours (Royal College of Music, London) before continuing at the prestigious Conservatoire in Paris, where she graduated in both cello and chamber-music.

Corinne’s programme will include Bach’s Suite Nos 1 and 3, Hindemith’s Sonata Op 25 No3 and Borenstein ‘Soliloquy’ Op 59. She will also be performing two works from British composers David Wilde and John Tavener. She has given highly successful London recitals at St Martin in the Fields, Fairfield Halls and Blackheath Halls and is looking forward to playing at The Hawth. Performance: Sat 13 May 7.30pm, The Hawth Studio Tickets: £15.75, available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or by visiting

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Postscript Summer Shakespeare workshop to begin in Chichester The highly successful ‘Postscript’ drama classes for adults will begin again on Thursday 27 April for nine weeks, ending on 29 June (no class at half term). Newcomers are welcome. It has been announced that the highly successful ‘Postscript’ drama classes for adults will begin again next week, to run for a consecutive (barr half term) 9 week period. The practical classes, which began at the Chichester Festival Theatre seven years ago, moved to the Jubilee Hall, in 2016. The sessions (each two hours long) cover a wide variety of drama activities: voice and movement, characterisation, collaboration, improvisation, devising and work on scripts. Previous classes have covered: Stanislavski, choral speaking, poetry, Forum Theatre, mask, and have shared our work with family and friends. This summer the

group will explore King Lear and use the play to launch a range of drama activities – all based on ideas and themes within the play. Kim Hope, workshop tutor, explained that newcomers are welcome: “No experience is needed - just an open mind, and a willingness to join in. So whether you love or loathe Shakespeare, come along and join this friendly and welcoming group.” To enrol or for further information, please contact Kim Hope, by emailing: kimkhope@, or Alli at the New Park Centre, by calling:01243 536840. Please note the ‘k’ in the middle of Kim’s name in this email address. Kim will send you a booking form. Course venue and dates: Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester, 1.15 pm 3.15 pm, Thurs 27 April - Thurs 29 June (no class at half term). Course price: £72 for the 9 workshops.


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Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear ye: Tis just four months until you can be transported back in time to experience all the wonders and mediaeval mayhem of the Middle Ages. The Loxwood Joust returns to Loxwood Meadow on the 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th August and discounted advance tickets are now on sale. Step back in time and experience the verve and vigour of a world where lives were harsh and hearts were passionate at this unique, fun and educational day out for all the family! Each day from 10am to 6pm. The Loxwood Joust’s unrivalled programme of mediaeval revelry guarantees a day out like no other. A fast-paced, all action jousting tournament will amaze and astound whilst daring displays of weaponry, archery and cannon fire will enthrall as fully armoured knights prepare to meet in a thunderous battle. The main concert stage is where performances from the internationally acclaimed singing group the Mediaeval Baebes will enchant and soothe. Wander the massive Living History Village in the ‘Mediaeval Meadow’ – a totally authentic recreation of a mediaeval battle camp and browse the Mediaeval Market Place where traders and hawkers vie for your attention as companies of actors, wandering minstrels, the Court Jester and dance troupes entertain and delight throughout the day. Try your hand at archery, sup fine ales and dine on local organic fayre, whilst the little ones enjoy their very own Children’s Kingdom – a festival within a festival where the Mediaeval Groat is the currency! This “Mini Mediaeval Mayhem” includes Have a go Archery, Face and Wound Painting, Pelt the Peasant and “Sword School” where you can learn to be an apprentice Knight New for 2017 is “The Torture

Zone in the Woodland” where you’ll find Gilbert Savage, aka The Executioner, putting his new rack to good use. A replica of the real one that was used in the Tower of London, this gruesome assemblage of rollers, ratchets and metal framework just goes to show that creativity came in all forms during the dark ages. And

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does showcase local produce as well as give our new home owners a tasty treat, whilst they unpack their boxes as they move into their new home. Sarah Payne, Owner of Cocoa Loco said “We feel very privileged to have been chosen to be part of this wonderful gift. Our locally produced chocolate is just one of the amazing selections of food made in and around Horsham. To be able to showcase this and make a new homeowners day even more special, is such a great idea.” It looks like 2017 will be another exciting year for Brock Taylor, as they have already launched a brand new website with an innovative instant valuation tool, that is free to use and will soon be making a major announcement about new offices opening too. So, if you are looking to sell, or let your home then get in contact with the team as over the course of the next few weeks they will also be giving away a number of these highly sought after crates to a number of new valuations too, which is just another great reason to get in contact with the friendly professional team on 01403 272022 for sales, or 01403 272002 for lettings. Alternatively to get an instant, free valuation just visit their website www.brocktaylor.

Why spring is the best time to sell your home Selling a home often tops surveys of the most-stressful life events so finding the

right window to market your property is a key element to making the process as smooth

as possible. And now is the prime time to get your home listed. Spring is well-known as a boom period in the property market – but why is it such a key season for buyers, sellers and estate agents? “With the excess and expense of Christmas and New Year firmly behind us and the sunny weather making everything more attractive, spring has always been a successful season for selling,” said Edward Norman, partner at Surrey estate agent Roger Coupe. “Longer days means prospective buyers can view your property, inside and out, in daylight hours, which is always favourable. “A well-maintained and attractive garden can add value, as can a light, airy conservatory, and spring is the ideal time to showcase these assets if you have them.” Moving dates can also influence buyers and make spring an attractive prospect to start their search. Families are likely to want to move over the summer holidays so their children can be settled in time for the new school year. School dates can also play their part in spring’s appeal. If a family is keen to move to an area for its schools, they will want to be settled in plenty of time to get their children enrolled. Edward said the team at Roger Coupe, who have served the south Surrey/West Sussex border area since 1991, had enjoyed an incredible start to the year, which they have continued to build on.

“We thought many people may have been trying to complete before Brexit officially kicked in, but with article 50 now triggered we have seen no let-up in interest and are on course for an excellent season,” he added. “Our advice to anyone thinking of selling is to act fast and take advantage of the buoyant market we’re enjoying in our corner of Surrey. “Getting their house on the market now will also give sellers plenty of time to complete before the school summer holidays, when interest traditionally tails off.” Getting your house spring sale ready Get gardening – An attractive garden can add value and is a wonderful feature to show off in spring. Mow the lawn, pull up weeds, sweep the patio and tidy bikes, barbecues and tools into a shed or garage. Spring clean – A sparkling kitchen and bathroom, sweet smelling bedrooms and dustfree sitting room will instantly make your house more attractive, and chime with seasonal spring cleaning. Make the most of windows – don’t overlook them. Sparkling windows can instantly brighten your house while demonstrating how much natural light they allow in. Bring the outside in – if you don’t have a garden or are limited on outside space invest in some potted plants and flowers to dot about your home. They will bring colour and fragrance but be sure to keep them in good shape.

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County and national success for Horsham Hawks Basketball Five members of the Horsham Hawks have been selected for county basketball squads. Charla Flint and Ruby LeaClayton of Shelley School will represent the girls U11 age category while Anaya Wakefield of Tanbridge House and Charlotte Willox of the Weald were selected for the girls U15 squad. Joining

them will be Josh Lea-Clayton of Tanbridge House who made the boys U15 squad. The County teams will compete in the South East Regional Tournament to be held at Surrey Sports Park in May. Josh Lea-Clayton also featured in the U14 Worthing Thunder team that defeated the Sheffield Sharks 86-64 in their National Cup quarter final. The victory

sets up a semi-final clash against the Northern Premier division winners, City of Birmingham. The semi-finals and final will be held in Manchester at Belle Vue - the new National Basketball Development Centre - to determine who will be crowned National Champions. The second semi-final will feature Lewisham Thunder and Manchester Magic.

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Horsham and Roffey raring to go! Horsham gymnasts earn regional team places

Roffey & Horsham will do battle again this season

Gymnastics Dave Snith - Sports Editor

Cricket Martin Read - Sports Reporter Local cricket beckons, Horsham Chairman Richard Marshall saying: “We won the Sussex Cup last season, and led the Premier League until fortunes faded. This year we’ve new Captain Michael Thornely with county experience, and new Groundsman Jon Buddington from Tunbridge Wells - and we’ve signed Ryan Maskell, wicket keeper batsman from Bognor, and Sussex 2s’ Nick Oxley. So, we’re optimistic!” Oxley scored 150 in a county U17 match last summer. This season, however, there are two significant changes, introducing unquantifiable: league games at either end of the season will be 50 over matches, and, there are tighter overseas player regulations. Thornely told the District Post: “I’ve played much 50 over cricket - it’s good to switch some

matches onto a result format, suiting our attacking style and encouraging younger players.” Horsham’s Michael Munday, winner of the league bowling award for the last five years, says: “Half the games under limited over rules makes it difficult to take the same volume of wickets, with hauls of five or six much harder to achieve. All sides will need to adapt, but hopefully Horsham’s cup success in 2016 suggests we’re well-placed.” Roffey Chairman Mark Hamilton told us: “Winning the League for the last three years was very special. Four in a row has never been done, and would be even better!” Captain Matt Davies, just back from a prolific winter cricketing in Australia, said: “50/50 cricket is a leveller, but we back ourselves because recently we’ve got further in the National KO Cup than anyone else in Sussex. We’ve underachieved in cups, though, and we’d like to put

that right.” Stalwart all- rounder George Fleming added: “Our strength is our settled side, most of us have grown up playing together – and we like to win!” Groundsman Drew Smallwood says: “The winter has been kind this time, much drier, and the square and ground are in good nick.” With both local sides considering overseas player possibilities, this Sunday Horsham welcomes Ashstead in the National KO Cup, while Roffey entertain Bromley. The following Saturday (April 29) in the Sussex Cup Horsham travel to Brighton & Hove and Roffey to Premier League newcomers Ansty. The league programme begins on Saturday May 6, Horsham having a demanding visit to Preston Nomads, while Roffey host Brighton & Hove. Full coverage of Horsham and Roffey’s league and cup campaigns will appear in the District Post throughout the season.

Shock YM victory knocks Shoreham off the top SCFL Premier Division Shoreham 1 – 2 Horsham YMCA Football Dave Snith - Sports Editor If any match summed up Horsham YMCA’s inconsistent season this was it as against the form book they travelled to the south coast and took all three points from high flying Shoreham. The defeat was a major bow to Shoreham as it resulted in them surrendering top spot to Haywards Heath Town with 3 games to play. Although Shoreham had the better of the first half YM gave as good as they got and the game flowed from end to end with ‘keepers Mark Fox and Josh Heyburn equally as busy. However with Shoreham having the greater possession it took

some fine defending from Harry Shipton, Tom Gilbert and Guy Harding to keep the title chasing Musclemen at bay and to take both sides in at the break goalless. The hosts would have felt confident of all 3 points when within 2 minutes of the restart Alex Laing’s cross shot went in off the foot of the post. Instead of the home side pushing on it was YM who responded the better creating a number of chances with the lively Sam Schaaf coming very close on a couple of occasions. It was Schaaf who pulled YM back into the match when on the hour mark he burst into the box before placing a well struck shot past Heyburn for the equaliser. As Shoreham

fought for the win they so badly needed some hefty challenges

went in from both sides resulting in a flurry of yellow cards from referee Darren Eaton that saw Joseph Dryer collecting 2 of them to reduce his side to 10 men. Then the title chasers were dealt a massive blow 3 minutes into stoppage time when after picking up a stray clearance Schaaf run from the halfway line before planting the ball into the Shoreham net for an unlikely winner. There was still time for the home sides frustrations to boil over once again as they saw out the final minute of added time with 9 players following Jamie Craddock’s late dismissal. So a sickening result for Shoreham and a positive one for YM in their roller coaster of a season.

Horsham Artistic Gymnastics squad competed at the South East Regional Grades competition at the Guildford Spectrum Leisure Spectrum and recorded some superb results. Morgan Millar was the first from Horsham to compete and started things off well for the squad by achieving consistently high scores that saw her finish 2nd overall. Next up in round 2 were Phoebe Light, Charley Bargman and Isabella Carr all competing at national grade 3 and all three passed the grade with commendation. In the same round, but at national grade 2, Millie Craven also passed with commendation and finished 6 overall which earned her a place as the non-travelling reserve for the South East team at the National Finals. In the third round Horsham’s

Elisha Venturini, Brooke Stocker and Tabitha Lees all passed the compulsory grade 4 with ease with Elisha placed 11th, Brooke 6th and Tabitha 6th, with Tabatha named as the travelling reserve for the South East team at the National Finals. In the final round of the competition Scarlett Tidy competed at national grade 1 and finished 2nd overall earning her a place in the south east team member at the National Finals. Finally, competing at National grade 4, Lola McNaughton was crowned the overall champion and will also go on to compete at the National Finals as a member of the south east team. Over the two weekends of grades competitions out of the 18 Horsham gymnasts that competed the squad achieved one gold medal, three silver medals, one bronze medal, and a further eight gymnasts recording top ten finishes.

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Val triumphs while parkrun smashes record Athletics Phil Liberman - Horsham Joggers

Gold & silver for Val Purnell

With many runners either resting up from their exertions at the previous weeks Brighton Marathon, or taking it easy before next week’s London Marathon, Val Purnell put in a tremendous performance at the British Masters 10K Championship at the Gravesend Cyclopark. She finished an amazing 2nd overall and first in the Southern Veterans category taking a silver and gold medal respectively in a time of 48.55. Closer to home, Neil Boniface broke the Global parkrun best time for a Veteran 40 at Horsham parkrun by clocking 15.21 on the same day as Horsham parkrun broke its own attendance record with a massive field of 501 runners.

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Hornets let the points slip in defeat to Sittingbourne Alfie Rogers worked tirelessly but could not score

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Photos by John Lines Ryman League Division One South Horsham 0 – 1 Sittingbourne Football Dave Smith - Sports Editor Given the victory over table topping Tooting & Mitcham and the fine win in Guernsey on their last outing hopes were of another Horsham victory in this mid-table clash; however a single second half goal from Sittingbourne condemned the Hornets to a somewhat surprise defeat.

The result mattered not of course although manager Dom Di Paola will have no doubt noted this failure – and that of previous ones this season - to take all 3 points when there for the taking as he looks ahead to next season Horsham started brightly with Darren Boswell and Alfie Rogers having early efforts before at the other end defender Jono Richardson headed straight into Josh Pellings arms. The opportunity of the half then fell to Boswell who after collecting a pass from Tony

Nwachukwu smashed a curling shot against the bar with visiting ‘keeper Simon Overland well beaten. If that had gone in then the game could have gone the way of Horsham but it was Sittingbourne who responded the better and Jake Embery would have given his side the lead if not for a superb goal line clearance from Ashely Jones. Horsham then suffered a blow when after having a decent cross shot the influential Nwachukwu had to leave the field through injury and was replaced by George Branford.

Just before the break Horsham missed another good chance and once again showed Di Paola what is needed next season when, with the goal gaping before him, Steve Metcalf blasted over from close range. The best player of the first half, Boswell, continued to be a threat in the second 45 hitting a shot inches wide of the goal before having a fierce drive go directly at Overland. Sittingbourne always looked a threat and gave as good as they got and Pelling had to be at his very best to save Embery’s

shot that was heading into the top corner. Pelling was beaten not long after however when after some neat play from Embery and Kane Phillip the ball was played to the far post where Gil Carvalho poked the ball into the net. After that it became a total stalemate as both teams seemed to accept that it was always going to be a one goal match and that on this occasion it was the Kent side’s one goal that took the points and earned them the double of Horsham.

Heath field youngsters as Hornets, YM and Heath will look to improve injuries hit Painter’s options Hornets’ Di Paola and YM’s Buckland

SCFL Premier Division Broadbridge Heath 1 - 4 Pagham Football Dave Smith - Sports Editor Steve Painter’s Broadbridge Heath have struggled with player availability in recent weeks and for the visit of Pagham there were only three players who played in the reverse fixture back in September. However, the biggest blow for Painter was that he was without a recognised goalkeeper with first choice Michael Chester away, reserve keeper Paul Williams unavailable and U18 keeper Tom Gandy injured; so reserve team midfielder and novice goalkeeper Josh Maher stood in. The visitors took the lead with their first attack in the 3rd minute as George Cody got behind debutant fullback Dan Longo and whipped in a ball that was bundled into the net by Callum Overton. After Jamal Sultan hit a right foot shot narrowly over the bar, on 10 minutes it was 2-0 when Matt Ryan beat the offside trap and placed a shot wide of Maher into the bottom right hand corner. The game was over as a contest when three minutes later Josh Maher came off his line

quickly in an attempt to win the ball but instead crashed straight into a Pagham player to concede a penalty which Ryan converted with ease and that’s how it remained until half-time. Heath made a double-substitution for the start of the second period bringing on Jamie Liddell and Callum Nash and the change had an immediate impact with Nash receiving the ball in midfield and played it to Liddell who crossed for Jahobi Maher to score. Any chance of a comeback ended in the 60th minute when the ball came off ‘keeper Maher straight into the path of Overton who completed his hat-trick. Painter wasn’t too downhearted after the game, saying, “If we had Michael in goal today the game would have been completely different. All you can do is look at the positives; we had three 17 year olds in our starting line-up Dan Longo, Kyle Sim and Curtis Grffin and I thought they all did well and this experience is just what they need to improve their game. It was also good to have Liddell back in the dressing room, he’s not match fit but we’ll probably need him in our remaining games because Jake Holmes is out for the rest of the season along with Tim M

Football Dave Smith - Sports Editor As the local football season comes to an end Horsham, Horsham YMCA and Broadbridge Heath are not involved at the top or the bottom of their respective divisions. However, mid-table security gives all three a platform to build on next season although YM will no doubt feel the most disappointment in failing to put in a promotion challenge. Tomorrow, Saturday 22, Horsham play their final league game of the season when they host seventh placed Hythe Town. The match has little importance to either side other than a win for Horsham could result in them climbing a few plac-

es in the table while a defeat for Hythe Town could drop them a few. The match has more significance in that it will be Horsham’s final home game at Gorings Mead before they spend next season at Culver Road, Lancing, and then hopefully onto the new ground at Hop Oast for the 2018/19 season. Horsham have adapted fairly well to life back in the Ryman League and although manager Dom Di Paola would have liked better maintaining the teams Ryman status was always number one priority, so it’s a job well done. YM visit AFC Uckfield Town tomorrow before wrapping up the season at home to title chasing Haywards Heath Town on Saturday 29. Peter Buckland’s side has suffered inconsistency all season and

have never really got going after started out as one of the teams likely to be in the mix for promotion come this stage of the season. The team has been hit by injuries to key players throughout the campaign and that has contributed immensely to YM’s roller coaster season. The ever competitive and determined Buckland will be disappointed however with what will be a middle of the division finish. Next season - with a bit of luck with injuries - YM should pose a bigger threat to the higher places of the Premier. Like Buckland, Broadbridge Heath’s manager Steve Painter has also suffered more than his fair share of injuries while also losing a few players during the season to other clubs. Hassocks visit the Leisure Centre tomorrow and then Heath finish up away at Eastbourne Town on April 29. Although a top six place is probably beyond them Heath are likely to finish eighth or ninth which, given the injuries and the club being at this level for only a few seasons, can be classed as a decent season. With a new ground also on the horizon the club will be hoping to improve again next term. But for now it’s nearly time to put the array of multi-coloured boots away for the summer; well at least until July when the customary series of pre-season friendlies kick things off once again.

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Late Hornets winner hits Town’s survival hopes Photos by John Lines

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Ryman League Division One South Godalming Town 1 – 2 Horsham Football Dave Smith - Sports Editor This was a match that Horsham should have won at ease after they wasted numerous chances and were the victims of some strange decisions from the match officials. In the end it was a last minute George Branford winner that gave Horsham the points and all but destroyed Godalming’s hopes of escaping relegation. This was Horsham’s last away match of the season and was played on a surface that more resembled a farmer’s field than a football pitch. As what was a thoroughly forgettable half entered its final stages two bits of action injected a bit of life into the match. James Thurgar chased a through ball into the box and was unceremoniously brought down by defender Chris Wales giving referee Blake no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Scott Kirk-

wood stepped up to take the kick and somehow managed to fire the penalty high over the bar. Horsham despite the wild finishing were the better side and on the stroke of half time they took the lead when Darren Boswell superbly controlled a long ball before hitting a half volley past ‘keeper Oneal Garnes. There was still time for another Horsham glaring miss as Boswell spurned the chance to hit his and his team’s second goal when he shot well wide. After an early Chris Musgrove header just missed Pelling’s goal the game again slipped into a contest of little quality and urgency. Godalming did have something to play for, their Ryman survival, and after an hour they regained parity with a well struck goal. A Horsham headed clearance dropped out to defender Carl Garstang who hit a superb volley past Pelling into the bottom corner. Then as if to give the crowd some entertainment referee Blake stepped into the spotlight with the first of his strange decisions when he waved away

Horsham’s loud appeals following Town’s Steve Brown’s blatant push on Rogers in the penalty area. Then as both sides decided to have a go for the win Horsham were again denied by referee Blake. With two Godalming players on the goal line Metcalf crossed into the box from where Charlie Farmer slotted the ball past ‘keeper Garnes and the two players on the line into the net. Somehow the referee and his assistant deemed Farmer offside and again Horsham were denied by poor refereeing. With the match about to go into added time justice was done when Horsham grabbed the winner. After being awarded a free kick over 30 yards out George Branford stood over the ball and given the match was in its final seconds the Horsham man decided to try his luck and to the delight of the visiting fans his effort beat the diving Garnes to seal the win. Horsham finish their very satisfactory season tomorrow (Saturday 22) when they host Hythe Town at Gorings Mead.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK Our strength is our settled side, most of us have grown up playing together – and we like to win! George Fleming

Powerful second half gives depleted YM big win SCFL Premier Division Horsham YMCA 4 - 1 Crawley Down Gatwick Football Martin Read - Sports Reporter

James Thurgar presented a threat all afternoon

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Pre-match YMCA Manager Peter Buckland said: “It should be a tight game – it usually is when we meet Crawley Down Gatwick, we drew 2-2 over there just after Christmas” and it was tight, but only in the first half. The second half was all YM as they romped home with their second win in four days. Crawley, though, produced most of the early chances, duly converting in the 22nd minute when Sam Cane fired home, appeals for off side going unheeded. Forays at both ends came to nothing until just before the interval a YM shot was parried out to Phil Johnson who made no mistake with his 21st goal of the season. YM, still without several long term injury hit regulars, compensated with energy and commitment, which paid off shortly after the break when Sam Schaaf calmly slotted into an empty goal for the lead. It soon got even

better when Johnson’s shot was blocked on the line but came back out to Schaaf to put YM 3-1 in front. YM kept running and creating opportunities - a forceful Dan Evans header was pushed out before Schaaf scythed through, crossing for Nick Sullivan to impressively seal YM’s well deserved 4-1 victory. Peter Buckley told the District Post: “Wow, I wish it was August! That certainly didn’t look like a mid-table clash with nothing to play for. Crawley pushed us hard for the first 25 minutes, but we fought our way back in and then the senior players really did their stuff in the second half.” On Saturday (tomorrow) YM travel to AFC Uckfield Town, having beaten them 3-0 at home in January. Uckfield are hovering just above the relegation zone, but YM’s last game of their long, mercurial season – encompassing 38 league games and five cup competitions – finishes with a tough challenge on the following Saturday (April 29), when they host top of the table Haywards Heath Town, to whom they lost 4-1 away in November.

YM’s Mark Cave sets up an attack

Palmer bemoans lack of pace at Bahrain GP Jolyon Palmer racing at the Bahrain GP

Formula 1 Dave Smith - Sports Editor Jolyon Palmer’s Renault Sport Formula One Team scored its first points of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix with Palmer’s teammate Nico Hülkenberg breaking into the point scoring first ten with a ninth place finish.

However both drivers bemoaned the speed obtainable from the Renault and that it contributed greatly to both drivers finishing lower that their grid position with Palmer starting from 10th on the grid and finishing 13th while Hülkenberg’s ninth place came from starting 7th on the grid. Both drivers used a two stop

strategy during the 57 lap race with palmer coming for tyre changes on lap 13 while the safety car was out and then again on lap 37. Palmer commented after the race, saying, “It was a tough race; I had a good fight with Alonso and Kvyat after the safety car bunched everyone up, but the couple of touches with Kvyat didn’t help things. I didn’t really have the pace to get further after that and the degradation seemed to be more for us than the cars around. It made for a difficult evening, unfortunately, where we struggled with a lack of pace.” His teammate Hülkenberg adding, “It’s good to have the first points of the season on the board and I think I had a good race given the pace of the car. I really wrestled with it a lot and two points were the best we could do on the strategy we ran. The drivers now head to the Sochi Autodrom for the Russian Grand Prix to be held over the weekend of April 28-30.

Photo by Keith Holmes

Scrappy derby ends in narrow Loxwood win SCFL Premier Division Loxwood 2 – 1 Broadbridge Heath Football Dave Smith - Sports Editor Going into the match just one place and one point separated these two local rivals in 7th and 8th places in the Premier Division. When the final whistle blew the positions remained the same but the point gap was up to 4 in Loxwood’s advantage. This was a typical local derby all huff and puff and little quality that resulted in a scrappy game shaded by the home side with a second half winner. Heath went behind in the 6th minute when Napper’s header put former Bear striker Andrade

in on goal to slot past Chester. The lead only lasted for 10 minutes as Mayer’s cross was met by the head of Sultan who left ‘keeper Carruthers no chance. Both teams had efforts but none of any quality and the score remained 1-1 at the break. The second half was much more of the same but just after Sultan had forced a save out of Carruthers and Mayer had rattled the bar with Carruthers beaten the home side grabbed the winner. A good break by Wood was complete by a decent ball into the box that Andrade dummied allowing Napper to side foot into the net. A couple of half chances were all the last 30 minutes could produce and a fairly unforgettable local derby ended with a Loxwood victory.

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