Horsham District Council marks its 50th anniversary

Published: 14 Mar 2024

Community Heroes

This year marks a major milestone for the Council, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

In honour of the golden year, a number of our planned events will have a golden 50th anniversary theme, with the focus on thanking individuals who have made a positive difference to Horsham District communities over the years.

Our Chairman will be hosting a special thank you tea party at Warnham Local Nature Reserve in June for Community Heroes who have been nominated by residents.

You can nominate your Community Hero to thank them for all the amazing things they do to make the Horsham District so special. They could be a friendly face at your local store, a postie who goes the extra mile, a neighbour who is there when you most need them, a carer who goes above and beyond, a super sports coach, a litter picker keeping your street tidy, a fantastic youth leader or a volunteer driver.

Nominating your local Community Hero could not be easier, just visit the Horsham District Council website.

Let us have your entries by 1 May 2024.

We are also calling on creative primary-aged children in the District to design a thank you card for our fantastic Community Heroes. Grown-ups can submit their children’s entries by email to: communications@horsham.gov.uk by 1 May 2024. Full details of the competition can be found on our website.

Commenting on the Council’s special year, Leader of the Council Cllr Martin Boffey said:

The 50th anniversary of the formation of Horsham District Council provides an ideal opportunity to celebrate the many positive contributions so many of our residents have made to Horsham District life and its people over so many years.

“Please get involved, nominate your community hero and come along to as many of the free to attend events as you can to help us celebrate the place we call home during this memorable year.”

Half-term activities this May will have a 50th anniversary golden theme. Children will be invited from across the whole District to join together and create a giant piece of artwork to commemorate Horsham District with local community artists Paint Box.

Check out our website events page for details.

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery will also be marking the anniversary on Friday 7 June by hosting a musical evening in the garden with duo Soph & Simon and a display of artefacts from the last 50 years. You can also visit a pop-up shop organised by Collyer's students. All our museum events can be found on the museum website.

On the same evening, we are continuing our Friday Lates entertainment programme on the Carfax Bandstand with a 70s twist to mark our anniversary – dust off your best 70s outfits and enjoy sounds of the decade from duo Emma Lindars and Lockie Chapman. Find out more on the Council website.

Throughout Sunday afternoons in June, The Capitol will be treating us to classic cinema with films from the 70s for only £3! Look out for showings including The Great Gatsby, Blazing Saddles and The Man with the Golden Gun. Full details are available on The Capitol website.

Horsham District Council was formed in April 1974 when Horsham Urban Council amalgamated with Chanctonbury and Horsham Rural Councils. The meeting of full Council in April will be held in Chanctonbury Leisure Centre to mark the occasion.