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7-8 Mar: Kinder Living Home Show

The Kinder Living Show

Horsham Kinder Living Home Show will be held at County Hall North (Parkside),Horsham, RH12 1XH on Saturday 7 March, at 10am – 4pm and Sunday 8 March at 10am – 3pm. The fifth staging of the annual event offers advice and inspiration for anyone looking to repair, decorate or extend their home in a sustainable way. Since it was first held, more people have become aware of environmental issues from extreme weather to deforestation. The Kinder Living Show highlights way to make a difference. Local businesses, charities and not-for-profit groups provide  information, enthusiasm and creativity. Earthkind will bring their organic whole foods and there will be expert advice on energy, waste and water saving. Transition Horsham’s 11th annual Seedy Saturday is also part of the show, whilst the tech team from Horsham Repair Cafe will be on hand to help with broken or slow laptops and appliances. www.kinderliving.co.uk

7 Mar - 27 Jun: Alison Milner-Gulland

Alison Milner-Gulland

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery hosts an exhibition on the life and work of Alison Milner-Gulland on 7 March - 27 June. And what a life, from Oxford to Syria, Russia to the South Downs village of Washington, Alison has led a richly rewarding life, creating outstanding works of art using materials from crayons to ceramics. Horsham Museum, in conjunction with Toovey’s, are delighted to showcase her remarkable art in a temporary exhibition, Alison Milner-Gulland: A Life in Art, as she celebrates her 80th birthday. Alison’s work portrays great beauty, from the moonlight over the sea, to self portraits and Chanctonbury Ring, close to her home. www.horshammuseum.org

8 Mar: Clinton Baptiste at The Capitol

The Blockheads

Clinton Baptiste brings his tour of The Paranomalist Returns to the Capitol on Sunday 8 March, 7.30pm. Clinton Baptiste is the hapless, inaccurate and occasionally brutal clairvoyant medium and psychic created by the comedy actor Alex Lowe for Peter Kay's sitcom, Phoenix Nights. Eighteen years after the show aired, Clinton tells the story of his demise and comeback and on this special night he will attempt to pass over to ‘The Other Side’. Editor’s note: This is a comedy performance. Tickets £19.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

11 Mar: Horsham District Archaeology Group

Horsham Archaeology Group

Horsham District Archaeology Group hosts a talk by Dr Judie English on the Archaeology of the Low Weald at Brighton Road Baptist Church, Horsham, RH13 5BD on Wednesday 11 March, 7.30pm. Recent finds show occupation from the Mesolithic period, farming in the Late Bronze Age, the Middle and Late Iron Age, as well as large-scale land organisation by the Middle Saxon period. Non-members can attend for £4. For details, email horshamarch@hotmail.co.uk

13 Mar: Firewalk for St Catherine's

St Catherine's Hospice Firewalk

The St Catherine's Hospice Firewalk will be held in the Carfax, Horsham, on Friday 13 March 2020, 7pm. The hospice is looking for 100 fundraisers to walk barefoot across 15 feet of red hot embers, in the safe  hands of event partners UK Firewalk. Early bird registration (before 17 January) is £20 with people asked to raise £150 in sponsorship. Sign up at www.stch.org.uk/firewalk

13 Mar: Ashington Speakers Talk

Roger Overton-Smith

Former Lancing pupil and currently Chapel Guide, Roger Overton-Smith, gives a talk on Lancing College and the Cathedral of the Downs at the Ashington Centre, Foster Lane, RH20 3PG, on Friday 13 March, 7.30 – 8.30pm. He unfolds the story of the founder, Nathanial Woodard and his creation of the chapel alongside the college. Admission to this Speakers Corner event is £3 (Students free). Free tea and coffee. For information, email Tony at alhmoss@gmail.com

14 Mar: The History of England Talk

United Reformed Church

Ken Eglinton tells the History of England in two hours at Horsham United Reformed Church, Springfield Road, RH12 2RG, on Saturday 14 March and Saturday 18 April, both at 5.30pm (6pm talk). Ken connects the dots with pictures, humour and a dose of controversy. Finger food is available in return for donations, or visitors can bring supper. Entry free, with donations to children’s charities Siblings Together and the Southwater Youth Project welcome. For details email secretary@horshamurc.org.uk

20 Mar: Sleep Easy for YMCA

YMCA Sleep Easy

Sleep Easy is YMCA DownsLink Group’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Across Sussex and Surrey hundreds of people challenge themselves to spend a night outside to raise money for this local youth charity which works throughout the year to tackle the root causes of youth homelessness. This year, the charity aims to raise £60,000 to support local young people and is encouraging people, of all ages and from all walks of life, to sign up to one of its four events across the region (Guildford, Horsham, Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove) on Friday 20 March 2020.  In West Sussex the mass sleepout event will be hosted by YMCA Horsham at their football ground. Although it is a tough challenge, Sleep Easy is a great community event to be part of. YMCA DownsLink Group is encouraging everyone taking part to secure sponsorship and the money raised will help fund their vital services for local young people. To find out more or sign up visit Sleep Easy (https://www.ymcadlg.org/get-involved/fundraise/sleep-easy/) To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/YMCADLGSleepEasy

30 Mar: Horsham Local Plan Consultation Ends

Greenfield development sites

Horsham District Council is preparing a new Local Plan, to guide future developments across the town and district until 2036. Residents are encouraged to have their say on the draft Local Plan, with a public consultation running until 30 March. Drop-in sessions have been held in recent weeks (unfortunately AAH wasn’t notified of dates by HDC in time for last month’s magazine). The government requires all local authorities to build new homes in the coming years and the Horsham District will be under pressure to provide thousands. Developers have already put forward proposals for significant new housing projects in West Grinstead, Southwater, Adversane, Henfield and Billingshurst, as well as a new neighbourhood at Ifield. The Council needs to decide which of these to proceed with, considering infrastructure, transport links and opportunities for jobs. HDC hopes to have a Local Plan ready for adoption in 2021. The Draft Local Plan is online at www.horsham.gov.uk/localplanreview. A summary exhibition can be viewed at Horsham Library from 6 - 30 March. Responses must be returned by 30 March. 

1-20 Apr: Horsham Town Bunny Hunt

Easter eggs

The Rotary Club of Horsham is again organising an Easter Bunny Hunt. From 1 - 20 April, businesses in the town will host the annual trail. Accompanied children can visit a range of shops and pick ‘Find the Carrot’ cards to discover whether they have won a treat while finding a Bunny hiding in each shop. Entry forms will be available at participating shops and will soon be downloadable from www.horshamrotary.org.uk

11 Apr: Super Hero Fun Run

Super Hero Fun Run

Spider-Man will be leading a children’s Super Hero Fun Run around Tilgate Lake, Crawley, on Saturday 11 April, to raise funds for local charity Home-Start CHAMS. Participants can choose 1.5km or 500m distances, then enjoy a mini event village with stalls and activities for all the family, open from 9am - 12pm (midday). Every Super Hero will receive a Super Hero wrist band and entry into a prize draw. The event is open to all ages and abilities. Under-11's must be accompanied by an adult. Entry £5 per child from www.superherofunrun2020.eventbrite.co.uk

25 Apr: Horsham Vegan Fair

Greek Vegan Deli

Horsham’s Vegan Fair will return to the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on Saturday 25 April, at 10.30am - 4.30pm. There will be health and beauty products, household items, plant-based nutrition, ethical clothing, as well as a series of talks held throughout the day on various aspects of veganism. All profits will go to the Born Free Foundation and Animals Asia. Entry £2 (Under 16s free). For details, visit the ‘Horsham Vegan Fest’ Facebook page.

26 Apr: Ashington Toy & Collectors Fair

Ashington Toy Fair

Ashington Toy & Train Collectors Fair will be held at Ashington Community Centre, Foster Lane, RH20 3PG, on Sunday 26 April, 10am – 1pm (Sellers from 8am). Buy, sell and swap from a large range of toys, old and new. Supported by The Worthing Toy Collectors Club and Model Car Mart. Adults £2 (children free).

2 May: The Fizz at Capitol

Carols

The Fizz bringing their Up Close & Personal tour to the Capitol,Horsham on Saturday 2 May, 7.30pm.The original band (Cheryl Baker, Jay Aston and Mike Nolan) as Bucks Fizz won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest with Making Your Mind Up, becoming household names thanks to their iconic skirt-ripping routine. They have since enjoyed many hits including Land Of Make Believe and My Camera Never Lies. The band was also named Best Group at the 1982 BPI Rock & Pop awards (now the Brits) and won an Ivor Novella Award. In 2019, the band performed live and recorded Smoke & Mirrors, due for release soon. Cheryl Baker said: “The Fizz story has so many ups and downs – winning Eurovision, travelling the world, that terrible coach crash and so much more. This will be a show full of music, stories, laughter and your opportunity to ask us a question.” Tickets £28 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

3 May: Hit the Downs MTB

Hit the Downs

Hit the Downs MTB, an off-road cycling event, returns on Sunday 3 May with a new route on the South Downs. It starts at Adur Recreational Ground in Shoreham-by-Sea and riders can choose from 30km, 60km or 80km distances on a course that includes climbs and descents. The event raises money for St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House. Register at www.hitthedowns.org.uk

8 May: The Navy Lark at The Capitol

James Hurn (Photo by John Clark)

Dead Ringers impersonator James Hurn stars in a homage to popular comedy show The Navy Lark, coming to the Capitol on Friday 8 May, 7.30pm. The Navy Lark sees James Hurn, Richard Usher and Mark Earby bring to life three classic episodes from the much-loved radio series, which ran for 1959 - 1977 and originally featured Leslie Phillips, Dennis Price, Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee. Tickets £19.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

17 May: Horsham 10K Road Race

10K Road Race

The Horsham 10K Road Race, organised by Horsham Joggers, will be held on Sunday 17 May. The race, part of the Sussex Grand Prix League, starts and finishes at Horsham Rugby Club and is popular with club runners and fun runners alike. It is an ideal challenge for park runners looking for the next step up. There is a shorter event for under-16s, with entry costing £5. Early entry is advised at www.horshamjoggers.co.uk/horsham-10k/

30-31 May: Floral Fringe Fair

Floral Fringe Fair

The Floral Fringe Fair will be moving to the Deer Park at Leonardslee Gardens, Lower Beeding over the weekend of 30 - 31 May 2020. It will have the same friendly, eclectic feel as ever with plant nurseries, artists and makers, vintage stalls, street dining, picnics, food, music and a Steampunk twist. To draw attention to the rare plants at Leonardslee’s Grade 1 listed garden, there’s a celebration of Victorian plant hunters. Classic car owners are invited to attend with reduced entry. The entry price will be £8.50 (£3 children /U4s free). www.facebook.com/floralfringefairInstagram @floralfringefair

6 Jun: St Catherine's Midnight Walk

St Catherines Midnight Walk

The St Catherine’s Hospice Midnight Walk will be held on Saturday 6 June. The walk starts at The Bridge Leisure Centre in Broadbridge Heath with 20, 13, seven and two-mile family-friendly routes available. Last year, around 1,000 people took part to help St Catherine’s support more local terminally ill people and their families, with many walking in memory of a loved one. Rose Wood, Events Fundraiser, said: “Everyone has their own reason for walking but they’re united in wanting to make sure that hospice care is there for other people when it’s needed most.” Early bird entry of £15 (includes T-shirt, breakfast and medal) is available until Monday 20 April at www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk