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Witnesses sought after 86-year-old-woman dies after collision

Police are seeking witnesses to a collision in Horsham on Sunday morning (16 December) in which an elderly woman pedestrian sadly died.



Shortly after 9am emergency services were called to the junction of the A281 Brighton Road and St Leonards Road, Horsham, where a blue Vauxhall Corsa car and the pedestrian had been in collision.

The pedestrian, an 86-year-old local woman, died at the scene. The car driver, a 57-year-old man from Horsham, was uninjured.

The junction was closed until 2pm while the incident was being dealt with.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who may have relevant dash-cam footage.
They are asked to email or call 101, quoting Operation Inline.


Crawley teacher launches new alternative to traditional teaching for 2-7 year-olds

Launched in Horsham at the beginning of July, Reading Rabbits! is a new interactive way for teaching young children.



Ava Labelle wanted to create something that would make learning fun and inclusive for children with all abilities and learning styles. Having been a teacher in Crawley for three years she decided to go it alone with her own phonics learning centre, turning a dream into a reality.

Founder Ava Labelle.

Reading Rabbits delivers interactive phonics classes in what they describe as “a fun, messy learning environment to help shape confident learners.”

Ava says:

“I believe that the enjoyment of learning  should be at the core of every lesson, particularly for the youngest learners.

We offer classes for ages 2-7 and have a unique SEN class with plenty of multi-sensory learning opportunities. Whether parents are looking for the best possible transition into school, consolidation of sounds to support their child’s reading or wanting to get ahead- Reading Rabbits can help them on their journey.”

“There are many tuition centres in the local area, but there are not any that focus purely on the younger years, and the learning styles needed for young children to succeed. Reading Rabbits hopes to fill this gap in the market to provide a fun alternative to traditional tuition.”

“For our preschool classes, children have the opportunity to be fully immersed in play based activities, which focus on the letter sound for that session. Parents are fully involved in the 45 minute classes to share the special moments of phonics learning together and can support their child with that letter sound at home.”

The centre had its first open day in Horsham last weekend which was a huge success.

You can find out more at their website:

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