30 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, January 1, 1982.

A MAJOR appeal on behalf of the hard-pressed people of Poland has been launched in Horsham. Its message is: “Please give us your boots, shoes and wellingtons – as many as you can spare.”

The appeal arose out of conversations between Charles Wheeler, the well-known BBC television journalist who has recently reported from Poland, Mrs Ann Bicknell, of Nuthurst, and Mrs Jean Taylor, wife of Horsham district councillor John Taylor.

Mr Wheeler, who lives in Warnham, returned home in early December from Poland, where he spent three weeks reporting on the troubles as London-based foreign correspondent for BBC TV.

He told the two ladies that, after medical supplies, one of the Poles’ most urgent needs was for footwear and that his 17-year-old daughter Marina, a pupil at Bedales School in Hampshire, had already collected 300 pairs of shoes at her school to send to Poland.

Armed with that information, Mrs Bicknell and Mrs Taylor decided to launch their own appeal in the Horsham area and they enlisted Mr Taylor’s help in trying to find a suitable shop in Horsham to receive the boots and shoes.

A PLEA has been made by fire officers in West Sussex for public support in their fight against proposed cuts to the service.

A statement released said: “The National Association of Fire Officers (representing officers up to the highest level of management) appeals to the public not to allow the decimation of a service which is dedicated to their well being.”

The public are asked to write to the Fire and Public Protection Committee at County Hall, Chichester, and their councillors to make their views known.

West Sussex branch secretary, Station Commander John Chandler, is also writing to all of the members of Parliament for the county and to all county councillors.

This follows the recent proposals for major money saving by West Sussex County Council at a meeting of its Fire and Public Protection committee.

The fire officers said: “Successive cuts in the service have taken place each year since 1973. The service cannot take further cuts without serious effects on efficiency. A lower level of efficiency already exists which in the past would not have been acceptable.

RADIO and television personality Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart has presented a Variety Club of Great Britain Sunshine coach to handicapped children at Forest Hospital in Horsham.

The coach was the third of four bought with money raised at the Mannings Heath pro-celebrity golf event in October.

Colin Henningway, senior nursing officer at Forest, said the 12 seater coach will enable nursing staff to take children on short trips whenever the weather allows. All the children’s ward nurses will be taking a driving course to qualify for driving the coach.

The new coach would allow the children to broaden their interests, said Mr Henningway. They will be able to go swimming, horse riding, and take part in other activities outside the hospital.

Ed Stewart, who is captain of the Variety Club golfing society, presented the ‘Sunshine’ coach on behalf of the golf event’s sponsor, British Caledonian Airways. The popular broadcaster said he was glad that one of the new coaches was going to the same area which had raised so much money for the club’s coach fund.