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Jeff’s Adventures In A Land Down Under

Jeff’s Adventures In A Land Down Under

On January 26, millions of Australians worldwide will be celebrating Australia Day – the commemoration of the First Fleet’s arrival from England in 1788 at Port Jackson. To mark the anniversary, RH History Uncovered speaks to Crawley resident Jeff Herbert about his time spent Down Under in the 1960s as part of the Big Brother Movement. At 7,692,024 km2 (2,969,907 …

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155 Years Young!

155 Years Young!

On The Beat In Reigate Following the formation of the Borough of Reigate by Royal Charter, a year later the council formed its own borough police force. It initially featured one superintendent, one sergeant and ten constables to keep law and order. In the early days, a private house was used as a police station but there were no cells …

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60 Years Of Taking To The Skies From Gatwick

60 Years Of Taking To The Skies

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of London Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second busiest airport. The airport was entirely revamped before a reopening ceremony in  1958 attended by the Queen, although, the airport’s travel operations date back to well before the Second World War. As early as 1930 Gatwick was known for flying, the Surrey Aero Club, a …

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Business Set To Boom For Local Organic Veg Team

Things are looking good for Simon French, who delivers Riverford’s organic veg boxes to homes in Reigate and the surrounding area, following the latest Soil Association Organic Market Report.  The report tells of a 6% growth to the organic market in the last year. This is the sixth year of growth for the organic market with sales rising to a record £2.2 billion. Simon …

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Riverford Organic ‘cooks-up’ support for local boy Sumner Malik

Self-confessed veg nerds, Riverford Organic Reigate, held it’s first Charity Master Veg Class on 23rd October to raise funds for local boy Sumner Malik. Sumner Malik, one of a triplet and one of the brightest and bubbliest young squash players in the local area, has been diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). DIPG is a terminal, paediatric form …

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The Great Storm 30 Years On

The Great Storm 30 Years On

The night of Sunday, October 15 marks 30 years since the UK’s Great Storm of 1987, in which 18 people were killed as winds reached speeds of 120mph. The highest gust in the UK was recorded at Shoreham-by-Sea. This month, RH History Uncovered looks back at the wild weather of that night. The storm made landfall in Cornwall, before tracking …

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Higher Education

Higher Education

“There is a fountain of youth – it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren Although I left school more than 40 years ago without an A level to my name, I am …

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Sew Special – Knights Haberdashery

Sew Special

When Knights department store closed in early 2016 cries from local dressmakers could be heard – “Where will we buy our haberdashery supplies now?!” Happily for them, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Knights Haberdashery lives on, each stage of its relocation process fitting together as neatly as a dress pattern, and it is now sitting pretty in the …

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Horsted Keynes Celebrates The Austen Family

Horsted Keynes Celebrates The Austen Family

The lovely Mid Sussex village of Horsted Keynes has been the home to several famous people – Land of Hope and Glory author Arthur Benson, former Prime Minister Sir Harold Macmillan and three relatives of Jane Austen – perhaps the nation’s favourite novelist. Sackville, John and William Austen were Rectors of St Giles Church in Horsted Keynes for 39 years, …

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COS Musical Theatre

COS Musical Theatre

For 60 years a Crawley group has been staging award-winning entertainment for the town and surrounding area – in its 60th birthday year I spoke to Charlotte Cosh, a member of COS Musical Theatre to find out more about the group and its diamond anniversary celebrations. Since 1957 COS Musical Theatre, previously known as Crawley Operatic Society, has been entertaining …

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