“International Happiness Day is on 20 March. There is something inherently funny about this, implying as it does that the rest of the year may be wilfully abandoned to misery. It reminds me of the slogan that my adored adopted home town is keen on: ‘Brighton and Hove – no place for hate’. Perhaps the originators could tell us where in Sussex, then, we may give full rein to our rancour: Steyning, Fulking, Pease Pottage?”
[Julie Burchill, 19th March 2017]
Horsham District is about to introduce car parking charges. We live in Mid-Sussex District so, obviously, we will be exempt from these charges. Er, no, apparently not. And both Henfield and Steyning are in Horsham District. You probably park briefly in one or the other on several occasions a week. Much the cheapest way to use these car parks on a regular basis will be by purchase of a disc*. Luckily, Horsham District is allowing Mid-Sussex residents to buy their discs so you will not need to bribe an acquaintance in Steyning to secure one for you. During March and April only, you can get two for £12. But the scheme goes live on Monday 3rd April so you will need to order your discs this month. Click the image above to reach the relevant website.
*The alternative is to buy a pay-and-display ticket each time you visit one of the car parks. This will cost you £39 a year assuming that you park just once a week.
The Countryside Awards are open to any project or enterprise, large or small, completed between December 2010 and January 2017. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2017. Categories include Rural Enterprise, Environmental Education, New Sussex Landscapes, and The Making Places Design Award. Further information here.
Readers are encouraged to come up with (even) better local candidates for awards.
A talk by Helen Poole to Steyning History Society in Steyning Centre at 7:30pm on Wednesday 14th January.
A talk to the Henfield History Group by Dr. Janet Pennington of the Sussex School of Archaeology. Dr. Pennington was the archivist at Lancing College for eighteen years and is the author of Chanctonbury Ring: The Story of a Sussex Landmark. At 8:00pm on Tuesday 13th January, Free Church Hall, Henfield.