Happy Holidays?

For many, including the emergency services, bank holidays mean more work not less but I hope that everyone who could enjoyed the break.

Enhancing Mental Health

Last week in Horsham I met Emma McCarthy of the Richmond Fellowship. Working where required alongside other specialist teams, the Fellowship is the identified lead provider locally of support to people who are experiencing Mental Health issues both emotionally and practically.

Helping Beat Cancer

The Cancer Research donation collection in Swan Walk has made a phenomenal start.  550 bags have so far been collected.  At an average £30 per bag this is making a huge contribution to achieving the charity’s target. 

Supporting our Emergency Workers

I had the pleasure of meeting two school trips this week to Westminster.  One frequent question is the balance of time between Horsham and Parliament.  There is no rule book.  You need to be connected in the constituency to know the issues and equally connected in Westminster to be effective in t

Improving our Rail Service for the 21st Century

It is been a while since I wrote about our local rail service – which is a good sign!  My experience and that of most local rail users seems to be that the service has, albeit from a very low base, improved markedly this year.

A Humanitarian Action Executed Well

When I wrote last week that our response to the Syrian gas atrocity must be carefully targeted and “based on certainty, caution, openness and proportionality” I had no illusions of how complex a task that would be.

Hard Choices in Syria

Rotary’s Pancake Race in Carfax last Tuesday was conducted with all its usual panache with local charities and businesses competing in style.

A busy run in to Easter

Horsham can recreate bits of Italy in Carfax but sadly it can’t guarantee Italian weather…. On Good Friday many were however out enjoying Piazza Italia whatever rain was thrown at them (and there was a lot of it)!

The NHS at 70

In November I welcomed budget small print which I believed opened up the prospect of a pay rise for nursing staff.  I was, therefore, delighted by last week’s announcement that more money is indeed being found for nurses’ salaries: every level benefits with a nurse with three years’ experience re