It started in 1958 with Friday afternoon meetings of older people at the Parish Room in Causeway for companionship, with cards, draughts, dominoes and refreshments under the banner of the Horsham & District Old Peoples' Welfare Committee.

Then, seeing a need to expand and to open every weekday, a WW1 army hut in Denne Parade was rented (at ten shillings [50p] a week) and renovated.

But it was always known that a more permanent base was needed and six years later the charity moved to a smart, new building at Station Road named after David Bryce, a local businessman and benefactor. Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk, performed the opening ceremony.

Mini-buses were bought and used to bring people from home to the centre and to take them on short visits to local places. The charity, known as Age Concern Horsham District was formed in the early 1980s.

Ahead of plans for redevelopment of the site, operations were transferred to a purpose-built day club at Dukes Square with more rooms, a large garden and offices -- and officially opened by HRH The Duke of Kent in 2008.

At around that time, expansion of the services we offer to older people in the District began under the new name of Age UK Horsham District, by now a well known name assisting many older people each year with advice, practical help and companionship backed by a strong staff and our super volunteers.

Timeline

1958 Horsham Old Peoples Welfare Committee formed. Friday Club meets weekly in the Parish Room. Visiting Service starts; later transferred to WVS
1962 Opened own premises in Denne Parade. Open six days a week
1963 First issue of 'The Arun', to become a free, quarterly magazine
1966 Name changed to Horsham & District Association for the Elderly
1968 David Bryce Day Centre in New Street opened by Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk
1983 name changed to Age Concern Horsham District and registered as a Charity
1998   Suzanne Green Day Centre opened at Challen Court on two days of the week
 2001  became a Company Limited by Guarantee 
2004   Befriending and visiting service transferred to ACHD from WRVS
 2007  Moved to Lavinia House, Dukes Squares
 2008  Lavinia House official opening by HRH Duke of Kent
 2008 Suzanne Green Day Centre increased opening to 4 days per week  
 2009  Help at Home scheme started
 2010  Took up the management of the Storrington Kingsfield Club
 2010  Joined Age UK as a Brand Partner 
 2011  New name, Age UK Horsham District, unveiled by Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex Mrs Susan Pyper
 2011  Commenced opening of day clubs in Pulborough and Chanctonbury area
 2013  Commenced Home from Hospital, Housing Options Adviser and Village Agent
 2013  200th edition of 'The Arun' launched 

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