From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, December 31, 1982.

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Film shows are to be revived at the former ABC cinema in North Street, Horsham, for a limited season prior to its conversion into an arts centre.

Horsham District Council, which now owns the building says it plans to show films from Sunday to Friday at 7.30pm and Saturdays at 5.30pm.

It is also possible that a Saturday morning programme for children and afternoon matinees during the school holidays will be included, said council information officer Ivan Stevens.

The programmes could begin later in January and would continue until September when the conversion work is due to start on the council’s £1.3m arts centre to replace the doomed Capitol Theatre.

If films are a great success they could be extended beyond September, said Mr Stevens.

“Even if this is very successful, and I hope it will be, that won’t stop the planned conversion,” he added.

Work on creating the new arts centre, with theatre and cinema facilities, is expected to take at least a year and it is hoped that the first productions will begin in October 1984.

About 30 people from Horsham, Worthing and Brighton held placards and shouted protests as the town turned out in force to see the traditional Boxing Day Meet.

Protesters sang verses of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ and chanted ‘hunt out’ as members of the Horsham and Crawley Hunt assembled in the Carfax just before 11 o’clock on Monday morning.

A huge crowd of spectators gathered early to see the well-turned out horses, ladies on side-saddles and men in top hats.

As the riders paraded round the inner Carfax, the ladies smiled at the anti-hunt demonstrators and the men doffed their hats to them.

When the hounds arrived in the Carfax the protesters’ chanting grew louder but was drowned by cheers from the crowd.

Despite the noise, the horses remained calm and the hounds bounded in to be stroked and cuddled by children.

Just after 11am the hunting horn was sounded, the hounds rounded up and the riders made a circuit before heading off up Brighton Road.

Upper Beeding councillors look set to announce plans for the long-awaited village amenity centre.

Over recent months meetings behind doors have heightened speculation that the council has a scheme under wraps. Contradictory rumours have become rife as residents try to guess the council’s next move.

Council chairman, Keith Nethercoate-Bryant, said that all would be revealed at the council’s next meeting. ‘Several properties’ would be discussed he said.

He confirmed that the council was still considering the rumoured deal to buy a bungalow adjoining the village hall.

This plan was the talking point in the village earlier in the year but it seemed the deal was off until it was resurrected at the last village hall committee meeting.

At the same meeting the possibility was discussed of developing land behind the village hall. The hall’s trustees had looked at the covenant and discovered that any building on the land would automatically become the property of the village hall.

Far from killing off the plan to build an amenity centre enthusiasm has mounted.

Mr Nethercoate-Bryant said the eventual owners may be the hall trustees but the village would still reap the benefits.