Councillor’s fine record

WHILE clearing out some papers, I came across the enclosed cutting taken from the County Times of February 2, 1951 which I thought might be of interest and which refers to councillor Albert Francis Lower ( 1879-1951).

Today, one never hears of a member of the Labour Party holding positions of authority on either the district or county councils.

But the late Albert Francis Lower was a respected member of both.

He was also the owner of Horsham’s oldest grocery and provision stores – then at the corner of Depot Road and Station Road, Horsham.

Albert Lower was a committed Christian, Socialist and Pacifist and the following are some of his extensive civic achievements:

Horsham Urban District councillor for over 20 years and county councillor for 14 years.

In 1938 he was chairman of Horsham Urban District Council.

He was chairman of the HUDC Electricity Committee for 14 years and was responsible for bringing electric street lighting ton the town.

He was the earliest committee member of Horsham YMCA and was an active worker for Brighton Road Baptist Church and Sunday School.

He was a founder member of the Horsham League of Nations Union – later to become the United Nations Association.

He was vice-president of the Horsham branch of the International Friendship League.

For 25 years he was a member of the Horsham Workers’ Education Association.

He was a member of Horsham Philharmonic Society – champion choir of West Sussex.

He was a governor of both Collyer’s School and Horsham High School for Girls.

He was a long-standing member of the Labour Party, also chairman of Horsham Divisional Labour Party.

Married with three sons, one may well ask how on earth Albert Lower managed to run a busy grocery shop – and find time for relaxation!

In his County Times interview following a spell in hospital, he mentions ‘a little girl we know, named Barbara, sent him some snowdrops while he was in hospital’. He added, ‘Yes, she went down the town with her own pocket money’.

That little girl was me!

Mr and Mrs Lower’s pastimes were modest and were usually restricted to the occasional Saturday afternoon ramble in St Leonard’s Forest.

And Albert Lower took honesty and ethical practice in business to extremes – often breaking a biscuit in order to achieve the absolute correct weight on the scales!

If you have managed to read thus far, I think you will agree that they don’t make the likes of Albert Francis Lower these days! Not long after this newspaper interview, he died – in June 1951. I imagine simply worn out – devotedly working for the good of others.

BARBARA A. WORLEY

Ayshe Court Drive, Horsham