30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, September 3, 1982.

Most television viewers in the Horsham area will have to wait until the end of next year before they can watch the fourth channel.

Channel 4 is scheduled to begin broadcasting on November 2.

But transmitters which cover a large area of Sussex will not be converted until late 1983.

The main transmitters for the South of England, which are based at Crystal Palace in London, Rowridge on the Isle of Wight, Harrington near Basingstoke and at Dover, will be broadcasting the new station from day one and are already putting out a test card.

But the transmitter at Midhurst, which serves Horsham and its surrounding area roughly west to the London to Portsmouth railway line, east to the A23 and M23, south to the South Downs and north to Cranleigh, but excluding Ockley and Crawley, will not be converted until September 1983.

The transmitter at Heathfield, which serves the area east of the A23, will not be ready to beam the new channel until October-December 1983.

A spokesman for the Independent Broadcasting Authority said: “We are in the middle of a very big programme of installing new transmitters on the sites of all existing ITV and BBC transmitters.

“But we won’t have got all the way through the installation programme by November and it won’t be complete until the end of 1984.”

An exhibition featuring the new Mid Sussex Hospital, which will eventually replace Cuckfield Hospital, has been unveiled at health centres and hospitals in the area.

It describes the first phase of the hospital’s development, and the accompanying new buildings and improvement schemes on the site.

The new hospital will be built in the grounds of St Francis Hospital, Haywards Heath.

It is likely to have about 288 beds and will open in 1989.

Enabling work to prepare the hospital site for building will begin in April next year.

This will cost £3.8 million.

The first phase of the hospital will be built in two stages.

Stage A will begin in 1985 and open to patients four years later.

Stage B will commence in January 1989 and finish in December 1990. Total cost of both stages together is estimated at £18.5 million.

World champion skiers and an amazing man with X-ray eyes were just two of the attractions which drew thousands of people to this year’s Horsham Lions Gala on Monday.

Despite occasional heavy rain, it was yet again a great family day out in Horsham Park with plenty of fun or all.

Organisers estimate that around 30,000 people attended throughout the day.

One of the top attractions was the Peter Stuyvesant acrobatic ski team with its daredevil act using a 30 foot ramp.

The team performed several times throughout the day drawing large crowds for each show.

The most talked about part of the gala must have been Jon Marshall, the man with X-ray eyes.

He thrilled gala-goes with his blindfold driving act during the course of the event.

Brian Greenwood, chairman of the Horsham and District Lions committee who organise the bumper fun day, said: “I was pleased this year as we managed to get something different for the arena events.’’