40 years ago

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, July 2, 1971.

IN THE face of dis-inclination by the county planning office to approve a site for the proposed new village hall in Southwater, the hall committee is to ask to be allowed to build a new hall on the site occupied by the present one.

Irritated by the attitude of West Sussex County Council Horsham Rural Parish Council decided to remind the county planning officer that Croudace, the developers, would soon be building more houses and that realigning of Station Road would have to be done.

In this way the planned development of Southwater which includes provision for a new hall, would be taking shape.

The parish council was told that the approach to the county divisional surveyor to try to get the A24 and New Road junction improved had not met with any success.

Mr John Onions, county divisional surveyor, had pointed out that New Road was a private road and that any improvements contemplated would have to be made by the frontagers.

He suggested that to make the junction safer for motorists emerging from New Road a sighting mirror might be sited on the east side of the A24. To do this it would be necessary for planning consent to be obtained and to get the cooperation of the landowner on the other side of the main road.

NEARLY 200 children in the Horsham and Chanctonbury areas had an unexpected day off school on Wednesday because of strike action by the National Association of Schoolmasters and the Union of Women Teachers.

Two schools were closed – at Rusper and Shipley – and others were also affected.

Mr Charles Andrews, headmaster of Rusper school, went to London to attend the NAS rally in Hyde Park. So did Mr R J Johnson, headmaster of Shipley school.

Although no other teachers at either school were on strike, the schools had to be closed because of county council regulations. The teachers went in as usual, and did other work.

Storrington primary school was also affected. Two teachers there are members of the NAS, and children in their classes had no lessons.

Rydon middle school, Thakeham, was also expected to be affected, but not pupils had to be sent home. Headmaster Mr I Williams would not say whether any teachers were on strike.

Colgate school was also affected but did not close.

Almost 30 teachers from the Horsham area attended the rally, about half of the association’s branch strength, and many more attended from Crawley.

The demonstration coincided with the opening of the arbitration on teachers’ pay claims and about 35,000 teachers were on strike for the day to attend the protest.

THERE is now some doubt whether the redecorated Capitol Theatre, Horsham, will include a projection room and equipment for the establishment of a Regional Film Theatre when it re-opens in the autumn.

Mrs Evelyn Mauchel, chairman of the Recreation and Amenities Committee, told Horsham Urban Council that the council still had no news from the British Film Institute, which has said it was making a grant of £13,000, £10,000 for projection equipment and screen and £3,000 for the construction of a projection room.

“They seem very slow in letting us have plans of the projection box so we have set a deadline, otherwise it will have to be held up,” she said.

“It will set back the opening date of the Capitol and we just can’t hold up this work.”

Doubts on the establishment of a Regional Film Theatre were suggested by Mr Colin Brown who said, “I believe we were carried away some time ago by the enthusiasm of the Horsham and Crawley Film Society and supporters who were looking for £13,000.

“I believe that the people who have promised £13,000, the British Film Institute, are not as businesslike as they might be and may not be able to give this support.”

Discussions had taken place with representatives of the Horsham and Crawley Film Society and the British Film Institute on the establishment of Regional Film Theatre at the Capitol, and that a Film Theatre Company committee would be formed.