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 in 1968 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.
The year 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of providing activities and services which promote, influence and improve wellbeing and quality of later life in Horsham District.
|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 (ACHD) 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|
|2018||60th birthday of charity|
Contact for more information
Telephone: 01403 260 560