30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, May 7, 1982.

A ‘SITUATIONS vacant’ advertisement, which appeared in last week’s County Times, has been described as ‘outrageous’, ‘deplorable’ and ‘extremely undesirable’.

The box number advertisement for a woman teacher, which listed among the qualifications required ‘experience of caning essential’, has been censured by teachers, local politicians and a leading Horsham clergyman.

The full advertisement said: ‘Small Coaching School, mixed, 9-13 years, to be opened September ’82, Sussex area, requires Senior Mistress to share teaching/supervision with owner. Traditional atmosphere. Must be prepared to teach at last two subjects. Experience of caning essential. Burnham Scale. Details please to Headmaster, Box P59, West Sussex County Times. All replies acknowledged’.

The first protest about the advertisement came from STOPP, the Society of Teachers Opposed to Physical Punishment. Tom Scott, the society’s education secretary, said: “I’ve never heard of an advertisement like this except in Victorian times. It’s outrageous. From the tone of it, it sounds as if they would expect her to be flogging children every day of week.

“I’m amazed and distressed and I just hope that parents won’t send their children to this establishment.”

The advert was further criticised by the Vicar of Horsham, the Rev John Thomas, and Robert Smith, president of the Horsham Association of the National Union of Teachers and president of the Horsham and Billingshurst Association of the National Association of Head Teachers.

TO SPEND little more than £1m on a new theatre for Horsham would be to ‘significantly and dishonestly’ undervalue the worth of the Capitol site.

So says the New Capitol Theatre Group, set up after a public meeting voted overwhelmingly against the council’s plan to convert the ABC cinema in North Street into a replacement for the Capitol Theatre.

The group said there should be substantially more money available for a theatre from the disposal of the Capitol site to Marks and Spencer than the council is proposing to spend.

It argues that the council has admitted a major objective was to attract Marks and Spencer to Horsham and this was reflected in the generous terms offered to the company.

A LONG awaited and much-needed new village hall for Faygate was opened by Lavinia Duchess of Norfolk.

The new hall, in Park Road, is built on land donated by Maj Edmund Calvert, and his wife, Elizabeth, who live in the village. They also invited the Duchess of Norfolk along to perform the opening ceremony by unveiling a plaque.

Money to build the hall was raised by selling off two pieces of land and applying for grants. An appeal fund was launched to provide any extra money that might be needed to make up a deficit.