30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, April 23, 1982.

A DREAM came true for one woman when TV personality Cliff Michelmore declared Horsham’s Phoenix Club for stroke victims officially open.

The dream was that of Kay Comely, now chairman of the club’s trustees, who had the original idea to start a club for people who had suffered strokes from serious injuries in road accidents, and their families.

Phoenix now has 20 members and a brand new building in the grounds of Forest School, where Mr Michelmore cut the ribbon.

At Saturday’s opening ceremony, addressing a packed room, Mrs Comely, who is confined to a wheelchair following a road accident in her late teens, said: “Several years ago I tried, on my own, to start a club for victims of strokes and road accidents.

“It proved to be almost impossible as the problems of cash, accommodation and transport were, apparently, insuperable. However, I did not forget it.”

When the club first began, it used a room at the Forest School. Now it has been able to construct its own building with a lot of outside help.

JUST months after the successful battle to keep their zebra crossing, Pulborough villagers are preparing to fight bureaucracy to get a ‘pelican’ which they believe would be safer.

Protests and campaigning against county council plans to remove the crossing in Lower Street paid off when it was reprieved by the roads and transportation committee in March.

Even though the crossing was under-used, according to county council figures, and did not meet minimum requirements, the council spared it the axe as a result of public pressure.

Now residents are determined to push for the traffic-light controlled pelican crossing, which they say will make crossing the road safer.

Voting unanimously to fight for a new crossing, residents at the parish council’s annual meeting said saving their crossing was just the first step to improve safety.

THE FRENCH town St Maixent wants to twin with Horsham, said its Mayor, Monsieur Lemberton recently.

He was speaking at a reception for Horsham’s rugby players who have exchanged visits with St Maixent players for the last few years.

Monsieur Lemberton gave John Taylor, a Horsham councillor and one of the vice-presidents of the rugby club, a gift for the district council.

At the start of the full council meeting in the town hall, Mr Taylor handed over the gift, a glass vase, to council chairman Arthur Sheppard.

There was also a letter which was a reply to one delivered by Henry Sheldon, on behalf of Horsham Twinning Association.

“I am happy to inform you that my council is totally in agreement to the setting up of a committee at St Maixent L’Ecole for the purpose of meeting your committee and working out details concerning the celebration of our twinning,” wrote Monsieur Lemberton.

And the Mayor has come up with the idea of a St Maixent stall at the Horsham Festival which, with his blessing, will now have a French theme.