30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, June 11, 1982.

A move to petition the Queen to grant borough status to Horsham District was proposed at a meeting of the district council’s policy and resources committee.

For a petition to be made to the Queen, the idea from vice-chairman of the council, Brian Watson, would have to be approved by two-thirds of the council’s members.

And if the Queen were to grant a charter conferring bo-rough status on the district, the council’s present chairman and vice-chairman would be re-styled mayor and deputy mayor respectively.

Mr Watson said: “We are custodians of the pride of our district and we should begin to build a bridge between the council and the people it represents.”

Mr Watson went on to argue that with a district council headed by a chairman there was a lack of easy identification for people and that a borough headed by a mayor would ‘create a better image for the people of the district’.

Roland Albrecht, who supported the proposal, treated his committee colleagues to a history lesson on Horsham’s status through the ages.

He said that the town had been granted a charter as a borough by the Plantaganets and had kept that status until the 19th century.

Since then three attempts had been made to regain borough status, but all had failed.

Mrs Marjorie Ward was against the proposal.

“People in the district are going to get very upset about this.

If dressing up and putting on a lot of brass turns you on, then fine.

“If Horsham town wants a mayor then let it have one, but the whole district is 200 square miles and we do not want a borough of Horsham in the villages.”

WHEN old schools are closed, the site and school are usually snapped up by eager buyers anxious to convert them into what have always proved to be attractive homes.

Next to go the way of the auctioneer is likely to be Henfield’s ‘School on the Common’, the original Henfield CE School.

The school is still in use but only as a shadow of the now major school, the more recently built one alongside Fabians Way nearer to the village centre.

Time was when an earlier Henfield had schools in Tanyard and Nep Town as well as that on the Common.

Tanyard and Nep Town were closed, as were the schools at Woodmancote and Shermanbury, and Fabians Way and the Common alone remained active.

When the school in Fabians Way was built as a modern project, the intention then was to concentrate the education facilities of Henfield and its immediate neighbours on that particular site.

THE LAST full-time cinema in Horsham, the ABC in North Street, closes on June 26.

That date will mark the end of the cinema era in the town which at one time had three busy cinemas.

However, the ABC has been acquired by Horsham District Council and is expected to be converted into an arts centre which will provide both theatre and cinema facilities when the building is redeveloped.