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The Beat Merchants
THE BEAT MERCHANTS
Vic Sendall and Geoff Farndell were both members of the band that supported The Rolling Stones in Horsham in 1963. Full Story here
Phil Skingsley
PHIL SKINGSLEY

Phil Skingsley, who lives in Thailand, left school at 15 for a job at the brickworks. After playing for Horsham FC, he worked all over the world before settling in Phuket. For full story, click here

Terri LeFavre
TERRI LEFAVRE OF HORSHAM
Teresa LeFavre, who lives in Horsham, recalls her days as a wardrobe mistress in the West End, where she worked with famous names from Judi Dench to Al Pacino. For full story, click here
Sir Michael Checkland
SIR MICHAEL CHECKLAND OF MAPLEHURST
Sir Michael talks about his days as an accountant, before becoming Director-General of a BBC battling for the survival of the licence fee against Thatcher's government. For full story click HERE 
John Davies
JOHN DAVIES OF HORSHAM

John tells of his experiences during the Second World War and in later life how his Christmas paintings have helped raise money for local charities. For full story click here

Peter Lyon
PETER LYON OF BILLINGSHURST

After growing up in Bombay, Peter spent 13 years in the Merchant Navy and tells of his often surreal experiences on the Far East Run. For full story click here

Gilbert Saunders
GILBERT SAUNDERS OF STEYNING

After growing up as one of eleven children in a small council house, Gilbert joined the Partridge Green Home Guard, narrowly surviving a tragic incident on Steyning Rifle Range. For full story click here

Adam Leszczar
ADAM LESZCZAR OF PEASE POTTAGE

After his parents died during the Second World War, Adam spent seven years at an Indian orphanage. He eventually settled in England, building Pease Pottage Golf Course. FOr full story click here

Jack Cottingham

JACK COTTINGHAM, A MOTORING MAN

Jack talks about being a young working class boy in Horsham, his fears during evacuation at Dunkirk and then working at the sawmills in Faygate. Click here

Andy Hepworth
ANDY HEPWORTH OF HORSHAM
How he went from dropping out of University to becoming the country's youngest Head Brewer at King & Barnes.. Visit http://aahorsham.co.uk/content/andyhepworth
Brenda Howlett-Nye
BRENDA HOWLETT-NYE
Brenda talks about her days at Wattlehurst Farm, Kingsfold, where she raised four boys and bred greyhounds and racehorses. Full story at http://aahorsham.co.uk/content/brendahn
Jim Hills
JIM HILLS OF HORSHAM
Jim talks about growing up on a council estate in Horsham and how he came to be a 'legend' at the hugely popular Horsham Boys Club. Visit http://aahorsham.co.uk/content/jimhills
Brian Sturt
BRIAN STURT OF HORSHAM
Brian talks about the early days of Horsham Amateur Operatics and Dramatics Society, and how Horhsam has changed over his lifetime. For full story visit http://aahorsham.co.uk/content/briansturt
Doug Eaton
DOUG EATON OF ASHINGTON
We speak to Doug Eaton about growing up watching The Beatles in The Cavern Club, Liverpool, and becoming a marketing expert with numerous businesses.. Visit http://aahorsham.co.uk/content/dougeaton
Peter Wynne
PETER WYNNE OF BILLINGSHURST
Peter talks about his time as a young pop singer, performing with Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, and meeting Johnny Cash in Nashville. For full story visit http://aahorsham.co.uk/content/peterwynne
Willie Austen
WILLIE AUSTEN OF PETWORTH
The well-known musician talks about his early days with Igneous Strata, supporting the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Genesis, to gigging locally with Big Jim Sullivan. Visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/willieausten
Alma Cook

ALMA COOK, SOUTHWATER SONGWRITER

Alma talks about her days writing for the likes of Shirley Bassey and Des O'Connor, when she was known as the Best B in the Business. Full story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/almacook

 

Ron Warburton
RON WARBURTON OF WARNHAM
Ron talks about his days as a flight engineer with 218 Squadron during World War Two, and how the bombing raids have left their mark on his life. For full story visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/ronwarburton
Roy Flogdell
ROY FLOGDELL OF WISBOROUGH GREEN
Roy talks about his time as an officer behind enemy lines with a World War Two reconnaissance unit and the day he felt a higher power saved him from being shot. For full story visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/flogdell
Michael Dalrymple
MICHAEL DALRYMPLE OF SLINFOLD
Michael talks about his life as one of just a handful of tree surgeons in the country, and his incredible fundraising through fixing bikes at his Slinfold home. For full story visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/mikedalrymple
Joan Ward
JOAN WARD OF HORSHAM
Joan talks about her years as a teacher and what inspired her to spend nine years living within a Bedouin community in Jordan. For full story visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/joanward
Matt Charman

MATT CHARMAN, HORSHAM PLAYWRIGHT

Matt talks about his early plays at Forest School, how he honed his skills at the National Theatre, and the day when Steven Spielberg phoned for a chat... Story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/mattcharman

John Snelling
JOHN SNELLING OF HORSHAM
John talks about growing up as the smallest boy in school, histime at Collyer's and Cambridge, and how he came to join Horsham's renowned pharmaceutical company. Visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/johnsnelling
Andrew Bernardi

ANDREW BERNARDI OF COOLHAM

The violinist recalls playing with famous sopranos at Royal Albert Hall, forming the Shipley Arts Festival, and what it feels like to play a Stradivarius. Full story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/andrewbernardi

Victoria Eisermann
VICTORIA EISERMANN OF BILLINGSHURST
Victoria talks about her days growing up as a glamour model, her thoughts on The Sun's Page 3, and how her life is now devoted to saving dogs. For full story visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/eisermann
Roger Liley

ROGER LILEY OF HORSHAM

Roger talks about growing up in Horsham, saving a man's life at the outdoor swimming pool, and helping to build some of the town's housing estates. Story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/rogerliley

Ron Cheesman

RON CHEESMAN OF PEASE POTTAGE

Ron talks about his days drag racing with his wife Joan, who he met at horsham Station when he was just 15 years old. Full story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/roncheesman

Pam Goodall
PAM GOODALL OF HORSHAM
Pam talks about her upbringing, and what led to the day when, aged nearly 60, she diecided to cycle around the world all by herself. For full story visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/pamgoodall
George Brown

GEORGE BROWN OF PARTRIDGE GREEN

George looks back at his time as a Dispatch rider during the Second World War, and his recent reunion with a Royal Enfield motorcycle at Goodwood Revival. Story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/georgebrown

Henry Bessinger

HENRY BESSINGER

Henry talks about growing up in South Africa, the impact political tension had on his family and business, and a lifetime of inventions. read the full story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/henrybessinger

Bhasker Patel
BHASKER PATEL OF MANNINGS HEATH
Bhasker talks about his days growing up in Uganda and India, and his transition into a prolific actor that has seen him become an established cast member on Emmerdale. For full story visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/davedegens
Ted Lynch
TED LYNCH OF HORSHAM
Ted on his dramatic escape from a prisoner of war camp, during which he managed to flee into Italy before hunger forced his recapture with an Australian soldier. Visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/tedlynch
Olive Thornton

OLIVE THORNTON OF WARNHAM

When Olive was just 17, she was looking after youung children during the War. Then one night, a plane crashed nearby and Olive heard a lone German voice calling out for help. Read story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/olivethornton

Lynda Lewis
GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE CONTESTANT LYNDA LEWIS
Lynda Lewis, who lives in Billingshurst, has been gradually improving as the weekss go by on popular BBC2 programme The Great British Sewing Bee. See http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/sewingbee
Kenneth Alwyn
KENNETH ALWYN OF WEST CHILTINGTON
Kenneth talkes about his days conducting The Royal Ballet, taking the helm of Friday Night is Music Night and joing Dudley Moore on his last UK tour. Full story at http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/kennethalwyn
Hugh Pryor

HUGH PRYOR

Pilot hugh Pryor talks about life at Eton, working on a farm on Mount Kilimanjaro and how he came to fly for the Red Cross during the Ethiopian famine. Visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/hughpryor

Dave Degens
DAVE DEGENS OF RUSPER
Dave talks about his days as a top motorcycling racer and how people the world over came to recognise Dresda as a top name in the industry. Visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/davedegens
Gary Cooper

GARY COOPER

Life int he army may not have suited him, but Gary would have a lifelong passion for military history, and was responsible for a rededication of the War Memorial. See http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/garycooper

Andrew Crofts

ANDREW CROFTS, GHOSTWRITER FROM WEST GRINSTEAD

Andrew is one of the world's leading ghostwriters, with numerous best sellers and a film starring Ewan McGregor inspired by his own accounts. Click Here for More. 

Joe Grout
JOE GROUT OF DIAL POST
Joe talks about si difficult childhood and how he became 'someone' by joining up with the parachute regiment. Click here for more
Dr Annabelle Hughes
DR ANNABELLE HUGHES OF HORSHAM
Dr Hughes talks about her love of Horsham and extensive studies in the ancient buildings in the town. Click here for more
Sara Leighton
SARA LEIGHTON OF SOUTHWATER
Sara talks about her days as an actress and artist, from being eaten by a tree to painting The Queen Mother, with some interesting friendships in between! Click here for more
Virginia McKenna

VIRGINIA MCKENNA

Virginia McKenna was one of the country's best loved performers, but the award-winning film Born Free would change her life forever... Click here for More

Colin Urquhart
COLIN URQUHART, FOUNDER OF KINGDOM FAITH
Colin was known as a radical Anglican vicar before founding the Kingdom Faith Church, where he still ectures at the Bible College several times a week. Click here for more
Paul Bellringer
PAUL BELLRINGER OF HORSHAM
Paul pursued a career in the navy, before working in the probation service. Eventually, he was awarded an OBE for his efforts in helping people with addictions to gambling. Click here for more
Jim Duggan
JIM DUGGAN OF HORSHAM
Jim Duggan has been involved with the Peace Party for more than 40 years. He talks about his time at radio Caroline, growing up inth e Sixties, and his political goals. Click here for more
Natalie van de Braam
NATALIE VAN DE BRAAM OF BILLINGSHURST
Natalie spent many years on television, including seven seasons as a hostess on Play Your Cards Right, before running  her own dance school. Click here for more
Violet Phillips
VIOLET PHILLIPS OF HORSHAM
'One day I was told I had been chosen to work on the D-Day Landings serving Dwight D. Eisenhower, then the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces Click here for more
Jackie Wilson
JACKIE WILSON OF SOUTHWATER
Jackie was a well-known personality in Southwater thanks to his garage and marine dealership. He was also known around the world for his powerboating exploits. Click here for more
Dulcie Kup
DULCIE KUP OF WARNHAM
Dulcie was travelling on a ship with her two-year-old son when it was suddenly attacked by a German U-Boat. Click here for more
Sir Peter Hordern
MARY VILLIERS OF HORSHAM
Mary talks about the days she flew Spitfires during World War II Click here for more
Dr David Skipp
DR DAVID SKIPP OF HORSHAM
Dr Skipp has not only been a doctor in Horsham for over 30 year. He has caried at coroner's inquests and even appears in local theatre productions. Click here for more
Bill Lucas
BILL LUCAS OF COWFOLD
Bill flew numerous missions as a bomber during World War Two and went on to compete at the 1948 Olympics in London. Click here for more
Victor Jannels
VICTOR JANNELS OF SLINFOLD
Vic talks about his days as a leading tenpin bowler, to the foundation of his own business, AToM, one of Horsham's most successful family businesses. Click here for more
Sir Peter Hordern
SIR PETER HORDERN OF HORSHAM
The former Horsham member of parliament talks about is days in business and politics. For the report visit http://www.aahorsham.co.uk/content/peterhordern
Ted Streeter
TED STREETER OF ROFFEY
Ted talks about his days in football, from his time at Horsham and brighton and Hove Albion, through to the formation of the North Sussex Soccer Academy. Click here for more
Bob Piper
BOB PIPER OF SOUTHWATER
Bob talks about his life in Southwater, joining the army as a young boy and how the war years have come to define him. Click here for more
Shirley Rae
SHIRLEY RAE OF HORSHAM
Shirley talks about her days on dialysis, the problem with finding donors and how she has made the most of the transplants she has been given. Click here for more
John Jochimsen
JOHN JOCHIMSEN OF SOUTHWATER
John talks about his days as a News of the World photographer, ducking bullets in Africa and how digital cameras just don't do the trick. Click here for more