Local Environment to the fore

For the many who are focussed on the environment there were a couple of pieces on the BBC in the last week of local interest. Sunday’s Gardeners’ Question Time reported from the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.

2018 - the year ahead

The U.K. enters 2018 benefitting from consistent economic growth and the lowest unemployment since 1975 – but with much to do. Through managing spending and growing our economy this year our national debt will fall as a percentage of what we produce.

Christmas volunteers

As I write, early on the morning of 27th December, I am looking out on flurries of snow falling - and just about settling - in Horsham.  Sadly two days too late to give children a Christmas present of a (very small) snowman and two days and 36 miles too far south for anyone with money on it….  It

A Happy Christmas and thanks to our Paramedics

In Horsham this weekend Christmas shopping was definitely upon us… Despite the UK being the No.1 nation for on-line shopping, the town, I am glad to say, was certainly busy.

Around the Weald: Celebrating International Success

It was a great pleasure to join teachers from The Weald School when they recently accepted the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of the school's work to "bring the world into the classroom".


Financial Inclusion

Occasionally politics goes through periods of high drama. This week the Commons is sitting into the early hours on the EU Withdrawal Bill and the inevitably tense negotiations on Brexit are ongoing in Brussels.

A Budget for Growth

Growth, housing and sensible finance were the three themes of last week’s Budget.

Rising to the Challenge of the Future

Sunday afternoon was an important day in the local Scout’s calendar. The Scouts are thriving in our District and many gathered at Forest School to receive Chief Scout’s Awards.


The lessons of history

There was a huge turnout in Carfax for Remembrance Sunday. It is a short yet moving ceremony – preceding the service at St Marys.


Turning the Interest Rate Cycle

Last week the Bank of England raised base rates for the first time in 10 years. As so often with economic decisions it is easy to argue whether this is a good or bad decision. Many will do so. Some no doubt will agree with both statements!