40 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, June 4, 1971.

“WHAT a joy it must be to be young in Britain in 1971,” said Peter Hordern, MP for Horsham, as guest speaker at Springfield Park School commemoration day.

“Many people say that the young have nothing better to do than to appear in demonstrations and to protest against the political events in any country.

“I think that these demonstrations should be taken very seriously indeed.

“It is very easy as a politician to criticise people who protest against political events or affairs – like Vietnam, for instance – but these are forms of idealism that young people wish to demonstrate.”

He contrasted this with the traditional form of political life obtaining in Westminster for seven centuries and said that it was easy to see how young people could become bored with things being done in that way.

“These things have not changed much over the years,” he said, “but we have had the freedom to criticise for 700 years.

“Most people do not have the right to criticise and are not allowed to criticise,” he said, of people in many countries.

“We have had this freedom for long. The power to say what a rotten job the Government is doing is a priceless gift,” the Conservative MP told pupils, parents, staff and guests at the independent school in Springfield Park Road, Horsham.

THE HORSHAM area is suffering a wave of telephone kiosk vandalism, rendering the public telephone service inoperative in whole areas for long periods.

“It has now developed into a kind of sport,” said Brighton area telephone manager K.G. Burling. “In the Horsham and Crawley area it now presents us with a serious problem. Our development department is working continuously to make attacks on telephone boxes more difficult, but the real solution is to find ways of stamping out this vandalism.”

In Warnham, the village postmaster, C. Wood, has offered the use of his telephone to any villagers who may wish to use it. Although there are three kiosks in Warnham, they rarely work. According to parish councillor Mrs E.M. Exler, all three are frequently out of order at the same time for long periods.

UPPER Beeding Parish Council is maintaining its ban on smoking at its meetings. The rule was brought in some time ago when the clerk, Fred Hill, complaining of the fug in the committee room at the village hall.

He said that he would have to resign if the council did not put a stop to smoking.

On Tuesday, Les Ridley tried to get the ruling eased. He said that neighbouring Steyning council had a rule banning smoking for the first hour of any meeting.

The chairman, Derek Emsley, put it to the council and the voting was three for relaxing the no-smoking rule by allowing it after the first hour and five against.

George Newman, who supported Mr Ridley, said that he had cut down on his smoking.

“I only smoke now after meals,” he said. “I’m now down to 40 meals a day.”