Decorated Bramber-born war hero

14349 Private Stanley Joseph Elliott Townsend, 9th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment

The approach to the former Bramber Railway Station

Railway talk will close the season

Railways, past and present, will be the subject of the next talk at Beeding and Bramber Local History Society.

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Upper Beeding School 2002

Cheeky little monkeys of 2002 are all grown up now

Here are a few pictures from 15 years ago.

A soaking for the headteacher

A wet day in the bright sun

The year was 2002, the month was July – so naturally everyone was a bit worried it would rain on the St Peter’s School fete, in Henfield.

Depiction of the Good Friday foot race c1879

Foot power instead of horse power – a tale of two Good Fridays

This Easter, the streets of Horsham will be throbbing with horsepower as Ferraris tour the Carfax.

Teachers dressed up for World Book Day at Thakeham First School in 1991

Rainbows, skeletons, some cakes and Violet Elizabeth Bott in 1991

A few blasts from the past.

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Southwater fun run 1994

All sorts of sports in 1994

The year was 1994. Forrest Gump and The Lion King were the big cinema hits, Barbara Windsor made her EastEnders debut as Peggy Mitchell, and the opening of the Channel Tunnel brought relief to all sea-sick ferry travellers.

Francis Thompson

Jack the Ripper and muttering poet – were they one and the same?

A new book asks whether the most famous serial killer in the world – Jack the Ripper – was actually Francis Thompson, an eccentric poet who came to Storrington the year after the Whitechapel killings came to an end

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The stars of Autowelds Chitty Chitty Bang Bang float waved to the crowds along the route

All the fun of the 40th Horsham Festival

The Horsham Festival proved that life begins at 40 when it attracted 35,000 people to its ruby anniversary on what turned out to be the hottest day of 1994.

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Pam Bergin, Luke Sarjant, Ben Rose and Claire West, on the Southwater Infants School float at the carnival in 1994

Wee Willie Winkie ran through the town and raised £7,000

The year was 1994 and Wee Willie Winkie, Humpty Dumpty and Little Bo Peep were helping to raise £7,000 for schools in Southwater.
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Haigh being led from Horsham town hall in 1949

‘He asked around for a tub that could hold acid’

John George Haigh and the acid bath murders have been a stain on Sussex history for 70 years.

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Apple howling hullabaloo in 2001

Have you ever heard of apple howling?


Decorated Small Dole war hero

Obed Wood was awarded a Silver War Badge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal in a distinguished military career.

Working at the Warnham Animal Sanctuary in 1997

Gifted, helpful youngsters from 1997

As years go, 1997 was an eventful one.

Taking party in the Steyning and District Walking Races in 1997

Taking a brisk walk through 1997

Not every athletics race has to be about who can run the fastest – sometimes a really brisk walk is all that’s needed.

Horsham School of Dancing 1997

Fun during a chilly winter 20 years ago

It may have been a bit chilly but that didn’t stop members of the Manor Theatre Group hitting the streets in January 1997 to promote their panto, Babes in the Wood.

Celebrating 70 years of Crawley new town

Crawley at 70: Town turns platinum!

A year's worth of celebrations have been planned to mark Crawley new town's 70th birthday.
Boxing Day football in Amberley 1981

Boxing Day footie and more from 1981

Stuffed full with turkey and other Christmas goodies, Boxing Day, for many, is spent vegging out in front of the TV.

Letters home from the Front in 1914

Letters from the Front on a frosty Christmas morning

The Christmas truce of 1914 has become the stuff of legend.

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Simon Bennett is searching for registration details of this Jaguar E Type after he traced it back to Fields Engineering of Crawley - submitted

Car restorer in ‘needle in haystack’ search for details of rare Jag

A man is appealing for information about a dilapidated Jaguar car after tracing it back to a garage in the town.

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