North Horsham Parish Council has, with great sadness, received an announcement from the Lord Lieutenant’s Office regarding the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on 9 April 2021.
The Parish Council joins the nation in expressing its deep sadness at this time, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by Prince Philip. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family.
The funeral will be broadcast, including a minute’s silence at 3pm on Saturday 17th April 2021 . The Palace recommends that communities mark this at home to avoid gatherings.
A national book of condolence will be available at www.royal.uk. This will be closed at 8am on Sunday 18th April 2021.
For residents who do not have online access, a message of condolence can be sent to the Chairman’s Office, Room 102, West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ.
Please follow the link below for information on how to obtain COVID-19 Test kits for those who do not have coronavirus symptoms as well as other testing available, plus what to do if you test positive:
Library staff are full of the joys of spring as from next week (Monday 12 April), all 36 West Sussex Libraries will reopen their doors to the public for limited browsing and pre-bookable IT sessions. Staff are looking forward to welcoming local residents back into libraries and can’t wait to see their regular customers alongside new visitors who have discovered the wonders of the service during lockdown. To keep customers and staff safe, COVID-secure measures will be in place throughout all West Sussex County Council Library buildings. These include: asking all staff and visitors to wear a face covering, unless exempt, asking everyone to sanitise their hands as they come into the building, continuing to take returned items at the library entrance only, limiting the number of people in the library at any one time, additional arrows and floor markings where needed, safety screens at service points, furniture moved to create more space, asking visitors to complete a Test and Trace form or to check in themselves using the app. Returned stock will also be quarantined for 72 hours before going back out on the shelves. The Library Service Customer Charter describes in more detail what measures are in place to keep visitors safe and there is also a picture version which has a quick summary. For those who want to keep their time in the libraries minimal, the Select and Collect offer will remain in place. A limited, pre-bookable IT service will also be available in all 36 libraries. These one-hour sessions will need to be booked in advance, either by phoning or visiting your local library. For current library opening hours and your nearest library, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries. Opening hours will be updated on Monday 12 April.
Car crime is a real problem in the UK. Alarmingly, one car is stolen every ten minutes.(1) With Covid-19 and the recent lockdowns, many people aren’t driving or checking on their cars as much as they used to. At Neighbourhood Watch, we need your help to remind car owners to remain vigilant about where and how they park their cars, in order to keep them safe.
John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, says
“Most car crimes happen because cars are left unlocked. There is a misconception that some cars are auto-locking and lock themselves if left unattended after a period of time. This isn’t always correct. Another misconception is that your car is too old and no one will bother stealing it. This is also incorrect – both new and old cars are at risk. Having a car stolen or broken into is more than simply a hassle, it can impact on people’s livelihoods. The good news is that there are simple steps everyone can take to help reduce the risk to their car. With only a 46% recovery rate3 we’re reminding everyone to leave your car locked, lit and empty.”
Lit (2) 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near street lamps or in a busy area can deter thieves. Leave your car lit video.
Empty (or with no items on show) Owners often forget that personal belongings within the car are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself. Leave your car empty video.
John Hayward-Cripps continues
“Car thieves are opportunists. Leaving items on a car seat or forgetting to lock your car can act as an invitation for crime. We want to instil the habit of double-checking where and how you’ve parked with our three simple steps: leave it locked, lit and empty. As a local charity with a trusted voice in the community, we’re asking everyone to proactively support their neighbours and friends by sharing our three steps with three others. By spreading the word, we’re confident we can crack down on car crime which can be deeply distressing and debilitating for its victims.”