Chatty Café Scheme

As we are all aware, the pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s mental health and has shown us all how important simply talking with other people is and how it enables us to feel connected with others. Horsham District Council’s Community Services Officers, together with Horsham District Older Persons Forum and West Sussex Brighton and Hove Age UK, are working together to promote a scheme which they hope will get people talking again.

The Chatty Café scheme ( was founded in Manchester and now has over 900 cafés and pubs across the UK registered as Chatty Café venues. The scheme is very simple: a ‘This is a Chatter and Natter table’ card is placed on a designated table in the venue which makes it clear that anyone sitting there is happy to engage in conversation. The aim is to get people of all ages back socialising, chatting, and to reduce loneliness and isolation.

A letter has been sent out to cafes across the district and the organisations are looking to encourage as many as possible to join. So far the following have signed up:

  • The Bridge Leisure Centre, Broadbridge Heath
  • Chanctonbury Leisure Centre, Storrington
  • Halcyon Days Café, Storrington
  • Southwater Country Park Café, Southwater
  • Holbrook Heart Café, St Marks Lane, Horsham
  • Muffin Break, Horsham
  • The Pavilions Leisure Centre, Horsham

Horsham District Council is keen to get more chatty cafés, particularly in the rural areas of the district. If any café would like to find out more, please contact

Halls for Hire

We are pleased to announce that we are now hiring our halls for parties and larger events starting on or after 1st April 2022.

Please contact the Parish Council Office for hall prices – 01403 750786.
Setting up and packing away times must be included in your booking.

Please see the following pages for specific venue details:

Bookings are subject to any government restrictions at the time of booking.

A message from the Chief Fire Officer of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service:

‘West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has launched a public consultation around our proposals for our Community Risk Management Plan 2022 – 2026.

This document sets out the direction of the service over the next four years, and as part of this we have six proposals that we are seeking feedback on.

I would like to invite you to view these proposals and take part in our public consultation.

You can find these proposals, along with the survey to take part, on our dedicated Community Risk Management Plan website here.

These are also available on the website in an Easy Read format.

The proposals include:

•        Enhancing our retained (on-call) operating model

•        Weekend protection, prevention and response improvements

•        Improving protection, prevention and response performance in rural areas

•        How WSFRS should deal with false alarms from automatic fire systems

•        When we should review our Emergency Response Standards

•        How WSFRS proposes to undertake a review of our specialist appliance requirements to consider current and future risks to firefighter and public safety

This is a key opportunity for our communities and all partners to have their say on our proposals, and we will assess all of the responses and use to inform our final CRMP which we intend to publish in spring 2022.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to visit the consultation homepage and take part in our consultation.

The closing date for responses is Friday 21 January 2022.

You can find more information on the six proposals and take part in the consultation here.’

Proposals for a new Morrisons store at Rusper Road, North Horsham

Morrisons has been chosen to deliver a new retail food store as part of the north of Horsham development, and they will soon be submitting a reserved matters planning application to Horsham District Council. This will ask permission for the design, scale and appearance of the new store and if successful, will confirm how they will fit in with the surrounding development.

As well as creating around 190 new local jobs, the store will offer their full range of fresh food, (including their ‘Market Street’ with specialist butchers, bakers and fishmongers). They are also looking at a range of features to make it a sustainable development.

Morrisons has launched a consultation website at This contains more information, visuals and a feedback form to allow residents to give their views.

Morrisons, Horsham – Proposed Site Plan