Football, Recycling And Battery News From WSCC

Football, Recycling And Battery News From WSCC


A Christmas tree made entirely of 600 reused green plastic bottles will stand outside County Hall North in Horsham for the festive period. Artist Tracey Graham, known as the ‘Rubbish Artist’, has converted the bottles into a yuletide masterpiece to help raise awareness of plastic waste. The tree’s lights will be officially switched on outside County Hall North, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham RH12 1XH, at 4pm on Monday 7 December.

David Barling, Cabinet Member for Resident Services, said: “We hope people will be inspired by this wonderful creation and will continue in their efforts to improve the environment. It symbolises why we reuse and recycle, to turn ‘rubbish’ into something truly special.”

Mince pies will be served to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, with the West Sussex Waste Prevention Team on hand to provide more information on the importance of recycling across the holidays and throughout the New Year. The festive fabrication was originally created as part of the ‘Pledge 4 Plastics’ campaign, backed by West Sussex. Data from the last Waste Composition Analysis for the county showed that only 62% of plastic bottles are being captured for recycling in West Sussex. It’s hoped the ‘tree’ will encourage everyone to recycle at least one more plastic bottle a week, which could lead to an extra 1.4m bottles being recycled a month.


Lancing College will host the World’s Longest Football Match record attempt next May. The current world record stands at 4 and a half days and all proceeds from the attempt will go to the British Heart Foundation in its fight against heart and circulatory disease. The organisers are looking for applications now to start the five month training programme in order to prepare them both mentally and physically to beat the current record of 105 hours set in 2015 by a UK team, the Craig Gowans Memorial Fund, which played non-stop.

The game is in memory of Matt Chaplain, a keen footballer from Worthing who tragically died of cardiac arrest, aged 38. Teams play on a full-sized pitch, with two standard match squads of 18 players (eleven playing with seven substitutes). All players are required to remain pitch-side for the duration of the game.

Michael Standing, Equiniti Premier Services, said: “It will be a tremendous physical and mental challenge for all the players, and we are looking for keen, motivated and committed individuals to join us on this challenge. We are also looking for any corporate sponsors to join Lancing College and Equiniti in the bid to raise thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation.”

Further details about the challenge, sponsorship opportunities and how to play in the match can be obtained from Mike Standing on, or call 01903 695078 or 07779 271739.


Parents and others buying children’s Christmas toys are being urged to ensure any small ‘button’ batteries are securely fixed in place. Button batteries are used to power many children’s toys, but are highly dangerous if accidently swallowed.

Peter Aston, West Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards Manager, said: “This is not scaremongering. As well as being a choking hazard, if a button battery is swallowed by a child, the electrical charge creates caustic soda inside the body. This can burn a hole through the throat and major blood vessels and children can bleed to death. We shall be buying a selection of cheap button battery powered toys in the run-up to Christmas to check they are safe.”

The warning follows a campaign to raise awareness of the issues by the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “We really urge parents and carers to ensure all toys that use button batteries have the battery compartment properly secured to meet the required toy safety standards. There are many cheap imports where this is not the case. Before buying, we suggest people check to make sure the batteries aren’t easily accessible to young children.”

Parents and carers are also warned not to leave replacement button cell batteries or items powered by button cells within reach of young children.

Examples of such products are:

  • calculators
  • hearing aids
  • children’s toys
  • small remote controls
  • musical greeting cards
  • animated Christmas decorations
  • children’s thermometers
  • flameless candles and nightlights

If any readers have bought a toy that allows easy access to button cell batteries you can let Trading Standards know by calling Citizens’ Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or by going online to