In today’s County Times: ‘5,000 more new homes planned for Horsham’

County Times front page September 25 SUS-140924-170922001
County Times front page September 25 SUS-140924-170922001

Fresh plans for 5,000 new homes near Horsham have been put forward by developers.

Changes to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were agreed this week, tributes have been paid to the principal of a Horsham pre-school who passed away aged 30, a Barns Green farm has opened a healthy bakery, and plans have been submitted for a new 80-bedroom care home in Horsham.

The month-long Horsham District Food and Drink Festival draws to a close, the town is set to welcome a Pandora store, and neighbours of a Horsham nursing home feel their concerns have been ignored by the council.

We preview the Barns Green Half Marathon, our special report looks at youth work in the district, and we speak to the mum of two Ashington brothers who were cast in the fifth series of Donwton Abbey.

Two friends have returned from a trip to Mongolia in an old Ford transit van, a veterans’ moto-cross day will be held near Horsham in aid of Sussex Air Ambulance, a ‘brave’ three-legged dog has been nominated for an ‘Extraordinary Dog Award’, and the skeleton of a mammoth will go under the hammer at an auction in Billingshurst with a reserve price of £150,000.

In South Downs news Upper Beeding villagers are fighting plans for 65 new homes in the village, a woman has braved hot coals to raise money for a West Chiltington animal sanctuary, a former Pulborough sports coach swam 20 miles up the River Arun for charity, and two Henfield firefighters are taking on the London 3 Peaks Challenge, which involves running up the capital’s tallest buildings.

In our ongoing ‘First Day at School’ feature we have pictures from Ashington, Shelley Primary School, Southwater Infant Academy, and Castlewood Primary School.

Meanwhile in Horsham district sport Horsham FC picked up their first away points of the season at Whyteleafe, Loxwood put seven past Horsham YMCA, Broadbridge Heath earned a point at Selsey, while we also have reports from the rest of the week’s fixtures, bowls, hockey, athletics, rugby, netball, swimming, and tennis.

In our 24-page WOW entertainments guide we preview ‘Beyond the Barricade’ a show recreating the hits of the West End and Broadway, which is due to perform at the Capitol Theatre in October, as well as other previews, reviews, what’s on, listings, and nostalgia.