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2 March: Firewalk for St Catherine's

Firewalk for St Catherine's Hospice

St Catherine's Hospice is looking for 100 fundraisers to walk barefoot across red hot embers on Friday 2 March 2018, from 7pm. Alongside the Firewalk in Crawley, there's also a brick walk for under 18's who are keen to tackle a tough challenge to raise money for their local hospice. No previous experience is needed as UK Firewalk's expert staff will share the secrets with everyone who takes part before they face the flames. Fire up and register before Thursday 18 January to quality for an early bird registration of £20 at www.stch.org.uk/firewalk



1 March: Big Chris Barber Band

The Big Chris Barber Band

The ten-piece Big Chris Barber Band perform at The Capitol on Thursday 1 March. Inspired by Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen, the Band perform everything from New Orleans to blues to late 20's Ellington. You will hear Chris’ favourites including Bourbon Street Parade, Jubilee Stomp, Petite Fleur, When the Saints Go Marching In and more. The Big Chris Barber Band stand out as one of the finest of its kind anywhere in the world. Tickets cost £23.50 from www.thecapitolhorsham.com or from (01403) 750220.

9 March: Jimmy Osmond: Moon River and Me

Jimmy Osmond

Jimmy Osmond performs at The Capitol in Horsham on Friday 9 March at 7.30pm. Moon River & Me is a new show full of award-winning music, nostalgic footage and memories of Andy Williams that will touch your heart. Jimmy will sing the songs that made Andy so beloved by millions, including Music To Watch Girls By, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Moon River. Joined by The Moon River Band with special guest stars Charlie Green and Emily Penny, Jimmy will alsoperform several of his own greatest hits. Tickets cost from £32 with VIP packages available from the theatre on (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

13 - 25 Mar: William Blake Exhibition at Petworth

Portrait of William Blake

A major new exhibition at the National Trust’s Petworth House celebrates William Blake’s relationship with Sussex. Some of Blake’s greatest works from poetry to painting will be displayed from 13 January – 25 March 2018. Many of the works were inspired by his experience living in Sussex from 1800 to 1803. The exhibition will include extraordinary works by Blake on loan from the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Tate. These will be combined with three paintings by Blake from the Petworth collection and a fourth on loan from the National Trust’s Arlington Court, Devon. An unmissable addition to the exhibition, on loan from the British Museum, will be the hand-coloured relief etching of Blake’s illustrated epic poem Milton, of which only four are still in existence. There will be a parallel exhibit showing the original drawings by the author and President of the Blake Society, Philip Pullman, made for the internationally acclaimed His Dark Materials books that echo John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost. Entry is by pre-booked, timed tickets only, from www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth 

16-17 March: Edwardian Entertainment

Horsham Unitarian Church

Unity Players present an Edwardian extravaganza at The Unitarian Church, Worthing Road, Horsham, on 16 -17 March, at 7:30pm. Presented in aid of the Home-Start and Multiple Sclerosis charities, this year’s extravaganza presents a kaleidoscope of music, sketches and film excerpts from the heyday of Edwardian entertainment. Reserve your tickets by emailing Pat Poole at patriciamariapoole@gmail.com

17 March: Never Forget in Memory of Julie Jenkins


Never Forget - An Evening of Music and Dance is a family-friendly event featuring a showcase of local talent of all ages, held at The Holbrook Club on 17 March 2018. All proceeds go to Cancer Research U.K. in memory of Julie Jenkins of Horsham, who died of cancer aged 43. The inaugural Never Forget event, named in honour of the Take That hit which was Julie’s favourite song, was a sell-out event and Cath hopes to make it an annual fundraiser. Cath will be among the performers, singing with acapella group The Millar Sisters, whilst Stephen Foster and the Glambusters are also set to appear.  Tickets cost £12 (£8 children/babes in arms free) and are on sale from 1 January at http://www.wegottickets.com/NeverForget2018

17 March: Strictly Vintage at The Drill Hall

Strictly Vintage

Horsham District Age UK presents Strictly Vintage at The Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, on Saturday 17 March, from 2-5pm. The 1940s and 1950s tea dance is open to people of all ages and abilities and includes live music and prizes for best dressed dancers. There will also be a raffle and games. For more information and tickets (£13) call (01403) 751304 ir email fundraising@ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk

17 March: Baptist Church Eco Fair

Eco Fair

Brighton Road Baptist Church hosts an Eco Fair on Saturday 17 March, from 10am – 12:30pm. The Eco Fair will encourage people to consider how they could live a greener life, with recycling tips and a plant and seed swap. There will be a sunflower growing competition (to be judged in September), advice on renewable electricity and Fairtrade cakes and drinks available. All are welcome.

17 March: Parham Point to Point Races

Fun Dog Show

A fun dog show will be held as part of the Crawley and Horsham Point to Point races at Parham on Saturday 17 March. There was a high number of entries last year, with classes run between each race. Guest judge Tim Wonnacott will be making a welcome return to the dog show arena. There are separate classes for best terrier, hound, working/gun dog, cross breed, golden oldies (8 years and over), as well as a judge’s choice and overall champion. The fun dog show starts at 1pm, with entry £2 a class. For further information, contact Susan Humphrey on 07768 958708. Entry to the Parham Races is £13 in advance with race card or £15 on the gate. www.parham-races.co.uk

17 March: Jess Gillam at Horsham Music Circle

Jess Gillam

The Horsham Music Circle welcomes the brilliant young musician Jess Gillam, at St Mark’s Church, North Heath Lane, Horsham, on Saturday 17 March, at 7.30pm. Jess is the first ever saxophonist to reach the finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. She is joined by another star performer, Anthony Hewitt, regarded as one of Britain’s most gifted pianists. They will play works by Marcello, Debussy, Ravel, Nyman, Heath and DeRose. Tickets can be bought from HMC on (01403) 252602, from Horsham Museum or from from www.wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle

23 March: Motown and Soul Night

Soul Night

The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre hosts a Motown and Soul Night at The Roffey Club, Spooners Road, on Friday 23 March. The DJ will be spinning discs from 7.30pm and the event  includes a raffle, with a licensed bar. The night is a fundraiser for the group’s new Horsham centre, opening in the spring. The centre will provide free information, advice and a wide range of complementary therapies to support local people affected by cancer. Tickets £10 from (01293) 534465 or office@olivetreecancersupport.org.uk

27 Jan- 24 Mar: Carol Wagstaff Exhibition

Art by Carol Wagstaff

The sculpture and art of Carol Wagstaff will be exhibited at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery from 27 January to 24 March. Using sculpture, print, photography and painting, Carole explores and then translates the atmospheres, interior or historical significance of spaces to create a response to, and a reflection of, her experience thereby producing a distinctive and unique art work. Carol will be at the museum on 27 January from 11am to 4pm to talk to the public at the opening of her amazing exhibition, Responses and Reflections. www.horshammuseum.org

25 March: Mel's Milers Multi-Terrain Run

Mel's Milers

Mel’s Milers hosts a 10km multi-terrain run at Christ’s Hospital on Sunday 25 March, at 10am. There will be prizes for the first three male and female runners and other categories, with race medals for all finishers. The race is run to UK Athletics rules. Refreshments and changing facilities available. Entry is £12 (£14 for unaffiliated runners) and forms are available from wwwmelsmilers.co.uk

29 Mar: The Magic of Hollywood

The Magic of Hollywood

Pasha Kovalev from Strictly Come Dancing returns to The Capitol with a new show, The Magic of Hollywood, on Thursday 29 March 2018. The show will be packed with glitz and glamour as Pasha takes to the stage with fellow dancer Anya Garnis and his superb team. A 'meet and greet' is held before the show. Tickets for the meet and greet are an additional £20. Tickets £26.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

30 Mar - 15 April: Horsham Bunny Hunt

Easter eggs

As part of Horsham’s Easter celebrations, town businesses will host a Bunny Hunt during the school holidays, from Good Friday 30 March until Sunday 15 April. Accompanied children will be able to visit a range of Shops and draw ‘Find the Carrot’ cards to discover whether they have won a little treat and then find which bunny is hiding in that shop. The children have a chance of winning prizes. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Rotary Club of Horsham page on Facebook or picked up at participating shops. The activity is being organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham.

31 March: Quo-Caine support Rhino's Revenge


Local tribute band, Quo-caine will once again be playing another show with Status Quo bassist, John 'Rhino' Edwards and his band, Rhino's Revenge, at The Holbrook Club on Saturday 31 March, from 7pm. Tickets cost £15 and available from The Holbrook Club on (01403) 751150.

1 April: Geoff Achison at Coolham Live

Geoff Achison (photo by Sam Tilders)

Coolham Live Music Club welcomes Geoff Achison and the UK Souldiggers on Sunday 1 April, from 1:15pm. Geoff is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from Melbourne, who was lead guitarist with bluesman 'Dutch' Tilders before forming his own band. In 2008, he made Guitar Player Magazine's Top 10 Hottest New Guitarists list. The bill also includes Alice Charlotte Armstrong and Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens. Then on Saturday 7 April, the renowned music club welcomes Georgia van Etten and her band, with support from the Lisa Marini Band. For tickets email info@tamepromotions.co.uk 

6 April: Paul Gambaccini at The Capitol

Paul Gambaccini

Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini celebrates his 45th anniversary in the business with a series of live theatre dates, starting at The Capitol in Horsham on 6 April. An Evening with The Great Gambo – The Professor of Pop will see the current BBC Radio 2 presenter reveal for the first time how he started out life in the Bronx and wound up in Great Britain. This accomplished broadcaster, journalist and author will share his lifetime experiences and stories, with clips of some of the great artists he has known and worked with. Tickets cost £24.50 from (01403) 750220 or www.thecapitolhorsham.com

7 April: Come and Sing Messiah

Steve Dummer, Conductor

Come and Sing 'Messiah' at St Margaret's Church, Warnham, on Saturday 7 April. For only £5, you can sing in a scratch performance of Handel's Messiah, conducted by Steve Dummer in what is expected to be a choir of over 70 singers. Tenors and basses are particularly needed, but all voices are sought. Scores will be available to hire for £1. Rehearsals are held from 10am-1pm, with the concert taking place at 7.30pm. Joining conductor Steve Dummer will be organist Ian le Grice, continuo David Hansell and soloists Clare Troth, Jo Browse, Chris Huggon and Ian Gardner. The event is sponsored by Ritchie Phillips. To register to sing or to book a ticket, call Jo Browse on 07530 123473 or email jobrowse@outlook.com

7-8 April: Horsham Contemporary Craft Show

Contemporary craft fair

Horsham Contemporary Craft Show will be held at Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham (Horsham District Council offices next to The Black Jug) on 7-8 April, from 10am - 5pm. Makers will be displaying  beautifully made crafts, which have been created in workshops and studios across Sussex and the adjoining counties. Adults £3, students and children free. http://thesussexguild.co.uk/

8 April: New Ariel Academy opens

Aerial's new Academy team

Ariel Company Theatre has announced that it is opening a new drama academy at Roffey Millennium Hall on 8 April. Ariel is a family theatre company and a leading light in all aspects of theatrical training, including dance, drama and singing, with academies established across West Sussex. The new academy will run on Saturdays from 2.15 - 5pm, welcoming students aged 7 -19. The Horsham team is headed up by principal Ben Simpson, who trained at London School of Musical Theatre. Drama will be taught by Kyle Brown, whilst Chelsea Hennessey teaches singing skills and Becky Gallagher handles administration. Rehearsals for Ariel’s production of Les Misérables will start soon and the show will play at the Capitol in November. For information visit www.arielct.co.uk or to register for a free trial call Nicci Hopson on (01444) 250407.

10 April: Horsham Charity Pancake Races

Horsham Pancake Races

Horsham businesses, charities and organisations, many in fancy dress, will compete in the rescheduled Horsham Rotary Charity Pancake Races in Carfax on Tuesday 10 April, from midday. The event sees teams of four take on an 80m relay race requiring a mix of skill and speed. In addition, mascots will compete in egg and spoon races. The event was initially planned on what transpired to be a miserable Shrove Tuesday.

13-14 April: Manor Theatre Group Plays

Double Bill Manor Theatre Group

The Manor Theatre Group present a double bill with two plays to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War. Keep the Home Fires Burning, a one act play written and directed by Suzanne Page, tells the interweaving story of the men in the trenches, the nurses in the field hospital and the loved ones left behind. PVT Wars, a one act play written by James Mclure and directed by Dennis Manning, is about three G.I.s recovering from Vietnam War injuries. The play was performed at the Leatherhead Drama Festival and received an award, presented by Michael Caine. Both plays run simultaneously at North Heath Hall, Horsham, on Friday 13 April and Saturday 14 April from 7:30pm. Tickets £12 from 0333 666 3366 or www.manorhorsham.com

18-19 May: Last Tango and Last Panto

Turning Point Productions

Turning Point Productions and Entertainment (TPPE) presents Last Tango and Last Panto in North Horsham, at North Heath Hall, Horsham, on 18–19 May, from 7:30pm. The production comprises two one-act comedies by David Tristram, directed by Helen Smith-Turner. Tickets £12.50 (includes two-course supper) from (01403) 541839 or www.tpentertainment.co.uk 

9 June: Midnight Walk

Midnight Walk

St Catherine's Hospice’s Midnight Walk returns to Horsham on Saturday 9 June. Sponsored by Gatwick Airport, the walk is open to everyone aged 10 and over and offers a choice of seven, 13 or 20 miles. It starts at 8pm or 10pm, depending on distance. Nearly 1,000 people took part last year and St Catherine’s is hoping even more will pull on their walking shoes this summer. There’s an early bird entry rate of £10. After 20 April, entry is £15. All entry fees include a free T-shirt, finisher's breakfast and medal. Sign up at www.stch.org.uk/midnightwalk 

28 July: Dhruv Baker at Wefifo event

Wefifo event in 2017

MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker will be cooking at a Wefifo event in Horsham on 28 July. The curry and beer extravaganza will see the chef accompanied by Partridge Green brewery, Dark Star, showcasing a selection of beer matched to the menu. Craft beer will be selected to match the enticing menu. Tickets cost £30 from https://www.wefifo.com

30 Sept: Barns Green Half Marathon

Barns Green Half Marathon

St Catherine’s Hospice has been chosen as the official charity for the Barns Green Half Marathon & 10km race, taking place on Sunday 30 September. Barns Green Half Marathon Race Director, Vernon Jennings said: “This year, our association with St Catherine’s is particularly poignant as we recently lost two dear friends from the village, Brian Muncer and Mike Awcock, who were very prominent figures in village life and who between them clocked up 56 years as senior marshals for our race.  Both passed away just before Christmas and both benefitted enormously from St Catherine’s support.” The success of last year’s Barns Green and 10k races combined with the generosity of the runners resulted in £18,000 being raised for St Catherine’s. For details on how to take part, visit www.barnsgreen-half.org.uk