Ignore the moon landing – come to tea!

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It’s hard to think of a greater human achievement than the Moon landing of 1969 – except possibly Mrs Holman’s tea party, which was held on the same day in Ellens Green.

The party may not have been recognised on quite the same worldwide scale as Neil Armstrong’s antics, but it was the only mention of that ‘one small step’ to be found in the County Times that week.

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OK, so it wasn’t strictly local but given every eye in the county was probably turned skywards, you would have thought it warranted a line or two! Instead, we had Mrs Holman and a talk about the herbs the Romans brought with them when they invaded. Did you know rosemary was used to keep witches away?

The report started: “Tearing themselves away from the Moon shot, Rudgewick members were amply rewarded with a pleasant afternoon in Mrs Holman’s garden at Ellens Green, including a sumptuous tea.” And that was it.

Away from all things stellar, unemployment in Horsham rose to 212, work on a new health centre ground to a halt after unhappy doctors pulled out of the project, and young tennis players were showing off their skills.

Our picture shows Comptons Tennis Club chairman Bob Bowman demonstrating a swing to members of the junior section, which was described in the report as ‘thriving’.

As for the older members, they had just beaten a Bognor team in the Sussex Inter-Club Cup competition, with Ian Booth, Ray Roberts, Tony Summerfield and Ron Davis all being mentioned in dispatches.

Our final picture shows a group of children from Warnham School demonstrating their swimming skills in front of parents, friends and headteacher Mr KG Wakeman.

Do you recognise any of the people in these pictures?

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