Age UK Horsham welcomes author Veronica Henry for book group

Veronica Arthur (fourth from left) visits the reading friends group
Veronica Arthur (fourth from left) visits the reading friends group

Age UK Horsham District welcomed renowned author Veronica Henry for afternoon tea at their reading friends group held weekly at their Lavinia House Club.

The group were thrilled to discover that Veronica had written a short story featuring one of their own members, Horsham resident Elsie Phillips.

The story reflected on Elsie’s evacuation experience as a child to Devon during world war two.

Elsie said: “It was such a surprise to hear Veronica had written about me and it brought back lots of memories.”

Veronica’s visit will feature in a film commissioned by the National Reading Agency to raise awareness of the Reading Friends project.

The project aims to help combat social isolation by using people’s love of reading to bring them together to build friendships.

The team at Age UK Horsham District were thrilled to be chosen over the summer to work in partnership with the National Reading Agency to deliver Reading Friends across the Horsham District.

Age UK Horsham District’s Reading Friends co-ordinator, Karen McCarthy, said: “We have all enjoyed Veronica’s visit.

“The group were all delighted to hear her story and had great fun being filmed, we felt like film stars for the afternoon!”

Age UK Horsham District are planning to increase the number of Reading Friends groups’ across the district in the coming months.

They are keen to hear from people who are interested in attending a group or volunteering to help run a group.

If you would like to find out more about how Age UK Horsham District could help you or someone you know or how you could help the charity, please contact them on 01403 260560, email or alternatively visit them at