Licking of the Ham and other news

Licking of the Ham – Sunday 3 Dec 3:30pm, the White Lion

Make a note of the date and don’t miss the 10th anniversary of the fabled Thakeham village tradition of the Licking of the Ham at the White Lion!

See details below.



Licking of the Ham 2017

Halloween Fireworks event fundraising

A big thank-you again to everyone who attended and contributed to this event, which ended up raising a fantastic £560 for the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice.



Would you pay more to support policing in Sussex?  Complete the survey!

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is seeking responses to a survey relating to policing priorities and issues such as anti-social behaviour, in the context of Sussex Police needing to find ongoing savings.  She asks:

“Please take a minute to complete my online survey to tell me whether you would be prepared to pay more, through your council tax, for policing in Sussex. You can find all the information at

Help less well-off households by donating your winter fuel payment

Local charity Horsham Matters is working with Horsham District Council again this year to help local residents in need who are finding it difficult to afford to heat their homes. Across the Horsham district there are some 4,000 households struggling to keep warm. Living in a cold home can have serious impacts on health and Horsham Matters and the council want to support as many householders as they can this winter to lower their heating costs, whilst still helping them to keep warm.  The council will work with Horsham Matters to provide Energy Advisors to give advice during home visits to people who are suffering from living in cold homes.

In order to help fund these home visits Horsham Matters are inviting local residents who feel that they don’t need their Winter Fuel Payment to consider donating it to the charity. The Winter Fuel Payment, which ranges between £100 and £300, is distributed by the Department of Work and Pensions to every person of pensionable age, regardless of income every year.  The charity are hoping that some qualifying residents may feel they would like to donate it to support others in need.  Any donated Winter Fuel Payments will directly fund home visits, between January and March 2018.

If you  feel you are in a position to donate your Winter Fuel Payment you are invited to either post your cheque made payable to Horsham Matters at Micah House, Blatchford Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5QR or call them on 0300 124 0204 to get their bank account details. Horsham Matters will be glad to receive any donations by Friday 15 December 2017.

The Winter Fuel Payment started arriving in the banks accounts of eligible residents during November 2017. Residents who think they should have received the Winter Fuel Payment and haven’t, should contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre on 03459 15 15 15.  Residents on a low income who are concerned about heating bills could also contact their energy company to see if they could claim the Warm Home Discount, which is a credit of £140 on electricity accounts.