Tough choices

The announcement of the budget (to be delivered, unusually, on a Monday, 29th October) has provoked an influx of campaigns on where more taxpayers’ money should best be invested.

Looking to the future

One of the hardest issues in politics is ensuring that among all the immediate issues that rightly receive focus we don’t lose sight of the long term. 

Social care for the future

Last week in Horsham’s Carfax it was a pleasure to touch base with two great charities.  On Saturday with Dame Vera Lynn’s Childrens’ Charity which does wonderful work helping toddlers with cerebral palsy achieve their full potential through early intervention.  On Thursday with Age UK who are ra

Policing in action

I spent much of Thursday with the rapid response units based at Horsham police station. I left enormously impressed with the professionalism of the officers concerned and their camaraderie and mutual support.

RAF at 100

It was great to join our local Horsham Squadron of the Air Cadets and veterans at the Carfax War Memorial and afterwards at St Marys for “Battle of Britain” Sunday.  The annual event remembers the climax of the Battle of Britain, on 15th September, 1940 when 1,500 aircraft took part in air battle

Calling Out Russia

September brings with it the last of the summer fetes.  Southwater Church’s fete was up on numbers this year and there was also a very relaxed atmosphere for Crawley Down’s “Superheroes” themed fayre.  In Horsham, St Mary’s played host to a bell ringing competition.  It was great to see teams com

Investing in Sport

A tale of two pitches…both hugely successful and united by their community bond, their love of the same sport and a desire to see it thrive and increase support in the younger generation.  Back in June I found myself knee high in grass meeting the brilliant Barns Green Rugby Club committee.  They

Tackling strokes

Many will have seen the recent campaigns focussing on the treatment for strokes. The condition in which the supply of blood to the brain is restricted requires urgent medical attention.

Celebrating Horsham Museum

This month Horsham Museum reaches its 125th anniversary: a remarkable achievement which they will be celebrating formally in November.