Looking Back

FROM the West Sussex County Times of Friday, July 15, 1983.

A number of Rudgwick villagers were without water for nearly two days after the reservoir, which supplies the village, was emptied.

The water supply, which, villagers say, has always been poor, ceased completely for some outlying houses at 7pm on Sunday until the reservoir began to recharge on Tuesday.

In the village itself there was no water from 1pm on Sunday until 6am on Monday.

One resident whose husband Patrick has written to his MP Peter Hordern about the village’s water problems, said she returned from holiday at the weekend to find she was unable to do any washing.

“We have lived here for 13 years and there have always been problems with water.

“The pressure was always slightly low but things have got worse over the past few years and during the past year we have become a bit fed up with it.

“It is not just due to the hot weather – the pressure was low from Easter to May when the weather was wet.

“Our water rates are going up and up and the service is getting worse.”

Over 500 people delivered a clear message to Horsham District Council on its arts centre proposals – think again.

Braving sweltering heat, they packed Tanbridge school hall to hear the Horsham Society’s alternative arts centre plans.

At the end of the evening, demands that the council should stop and look at all suggestions for a centre were greeted with prolonged applause.

The public meeting, which was the society’s last ditch effort to pressure the council into looking at its ideas, was opened by Lord Ezra, who said that the gathering represented democracy at work.

“The new arts centre will be with us certainly ‘till the end of the century,” he said.

“We must be certain that the right decisions on it are made.”

Before the meeting, the society let it be known that it was considering two sites for a centre – one on the Worthing Road playing fields, an idea inherited from the defunct New Capitol Theatre Group; the other a closely guarded secret.

There were murmurs of astonishment when Mrs Brenda Brooks, chairman of the society’s theatre sub-committee, revealed that the mystery site was right in the heart of Horsham behind the Carfax.

Centenary of the erection of Beeding Towers and 80th anniversary of its being converted to use as a convent school were celebrated at The Towers School open day in Upper Beeding.

A Mr George Smith had built and been first occupant of The Towers when it was built and brought into use as a residence. Several direct descendants of the original owner were present by invitation.

In the course of a full programme of varying entertainment on the lawn, pupils demonstrated in mime the great occasion of the first arrival of five RC sisters and five pupils from France in 1903.

Remembering that the Order of the Blessed Sacrament from which the Beeding convent derived its name had its roots in France the entertainment on the upper lawn also included a variety of French songs as well as Scottish dances which it was claimed had been brought by Mary Queen of Scots from France where she had her education.

Conversion of Father Vigne and the Founding of the Order of the Blessed Sacrament also were featured in mime.