Fight goes on to save historic pub

I was interested to read Richard Howell’s well-researched history into the The Black Horse public house in Amberley (West Sussex County Times, South Downs edition, August 2), although the ‘Epitaph’ heading rather suggests it is the end of the road.

On the contrary. May I assure your readers that the fight to save the pub, located in the heart of the village, from conversion into two houses is only just beginning.

On August 6, Amberley Parish Council voted unanimously to reject the planning application. The Amberley Society and the Black Horse Action Group also oppose the closure. More than 400 people have already signed a petition calling for the pub to be reopened.

Popular with walkers, cyclists and other visitors to the South Downs National Park, the pub will no doubt be familiar to many of your readers. If anyone would like to support the campaign, please email me at

The permanent closure of the Black Horse would be a serious loss to the community and visitors alike.


On behalf of the Black Horse Action Group, East Street, Amberley

Thanks for change

I just wanted to say thank you for moving the Family Announcement page to a more affable place in the WSCT, as suggested by me in recent correspondence. I have had favourable comments from folk who have noticed the change.


Greenway, Horsham