30 years ago

From the West Sussex County Times of Friday, November 12, 1982.

Wearing sky blue and her usual serene smile, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother arrived in West Sussex to mark a milestone in the St Catherine’s Hospice project.

With work well under way on the Malthouse Road, Crawley site for the hospice the Queen Mother tapped home the special commemorative foundation stone.

Her popularity was reflected in the size and enthusiasm of the crowd which Sussex Chief Constable Sir George Terry described as ‘a tremendous turnout on a working day in a working town’. Patiently lining the road on a bright but chilly afternoon, they cheered as her huge maroon car pulled up escorted by two police motorcyclists.

The Earl of March, president of the hospice, was the man who approached the Queen Mother about visiting St Catherine’s. He presented to her some of those most closely involved with the project.

Lord March thanked the Queen Mother for coming. “We live in a society which increasingly does not speak of terminal illness or death – indeed many people push them under the carpet – yet they are realities,” he told the watching crowds. “Your presence here today, Your Majesty, signifies for us your deep concern to see these matters faced openly and honestly and to ensure that the dying and their families are effectively cared for as complete human beings.”

Pulborough Village Hall was 50 years old last week. When the hall was built in 1932 it cost £2,000. Today, the village contemplates raising up to £100,000 for the modernisation scheme.

Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk, visited the hall to ‘herald the start of another half-century’.

Fifty years ago the then Duchess of Norfolk opened the village hall. Among those present was writer John Galsworthy, who lived at nearby Bury.

Her successor, Lavinia, unveiled a print portrait of the Queen, and the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Later, after she had expressed every confidence in Pulborough villagers in their fund-raising efforts to change the hall into a community centre, the Chichester City Band played ‘You’ve got to Pick a Pocket or Two’.

Accepting that she was present to launch the Pulborough project of today and tomorrow the Duchess said the day centre would meet a requirement for those in need of someone to talk to. She also welcomed the fact it would provide a place for the Red Cross detachment to operate from.

Recalling the cost of the present building and comparing it with what lay ahead, the Duchess commented: “No workmanship today is so good as it was when this hall was built.”

Horsham’s new £1.3 million arts centre should be open by October 1984 if recommendations made by district council committees are accepted.

Work could start on converting the former ABC cinema building in North Street, Horsham, in the autumn of next year, several months after the closure of the Capitol Theatre.

A joint meeting of the policy and resources and recreation and environment committees suggested the appointment of consultant architects, at an extra cost of £20,000 with experience of theatre building and conversion which would speed up the project by four or five months.

The architects are likely to be chosen by members of the newly created theatre development sub-committee, which will watch over the scheme in the same way as the former swimming pool committee worked.