30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, August 20, 1982.

Part-time adult education classes at the Horsham School of Art in Hurst Road are not to be axed after all.

Instead, the pottery classes which used to be held at the school in the daytime, will now be held in the evenings.

Daytime painting classes will move to a new venue at the Forest Community Centre in Comptons Lane, where a special room has been allocated for them. Staff and some of the students involved in the adult courses were advised that the Hurst Road building would no longer be available to them during the daytime.

The reason given was there has been tremendous pressure from schools in the area to develop junior design courses for 16-year-olds at the school.

For the past year, the art annexe in Hurst Road has been part of the West Sussex College of Design at Worthing.

Principal Ken Smith felt that vocational training for youngsters was a top priority but his decision to start design courses this September left part-time students without a venue.

Luckily, at the eleventh hour, the Forest Community Centre has come to the rescue.

When the cruise liner QEII set sail for her first journey after carrying troops to the Falkland Islands, a Rudgwick businessman had reason to be proud.

In under two months of frantic re-fitting, the huge ship was divested of her warlike image and returned to the glamour of luxury transport – and John Kinsey had a sound part to play. Mr Kinsey runs a specialist company which arranges installation of audio equipment in clubs and pubs. As well as repairing damage caused in the Falklands conflict, Cunard, the ship’s owners, decided to complete improvements.

These included providing a radio station for passengers and crew, a mobile disco system, equipment for a brand new bar and servicing the theatre bar disco. That is where Mr Kinsey came in.

The rear of the ship had been ripped off to make a helicopter deck and so it had to be rebuilt. Previously the back had been enclosed but it would now be open air. The new bar was by the pool and part of this would be open to the stars for dancing.

Apart from the improvements, which were due in the normal refit, work had to be done on the damage such as the rust caused by the harsh conditions of the South Atlantic.

A Gatwick airline has slammed the Government for its delay on a decision over whether or not the airport should have a second terminal.

In a letter to the Department of the Environment, British Caledonian’s managing director, Alastair Pugh, said it was now nearly two years since the inquiry into the second terminal had finished and almost a year since the recommendation to go ahead with the new terminal.

Said Mr Pugh: “In British Caledonian’s view there has been ample time to consider all the issues in the case. Further delay will not only frustrate British air transport development, but will play into the hands of those airports on the Continent which would welcome warmly traffic displaced from London.”

The airline remained convinced that the need to build a second terminal at Gatwick was a ‘matter of urgent necessity’.

He said: “Gatwick’s passenger throughput has now passed 11m and is at nearly 70 per cent of the current terminal’s capacity. The current terminal could be at its 16m passenger capacity within five years.”