The Horder Centre celebrates its 60th birthday!


The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and the Mayor of Crowborough were special guest at The Horder Centre’s milestone 60th birthday celebrations.

The award winning orthopaedic centre, that is part of the charity Horder Healthcare, enjoyed a visit by the Lord Lieutenant in the morning followed by an open afternoon to the public, including the Mayor of Crowborough Ron Reed.

The Lord Lieutenant Peter Field enjoyed a tour of the Centre followed by morning tea and cake with members of the Horder team including Chief Executive Di Thomas and the Centre’s first surgeon Charles Gallannaugh.  He concluded his visit by signing a special birthday book that is part of the Centre’s celebration year.

Around 100 people enjoyed a tour around the newly redeveloped facility plus free taster sessions in the outpatient gym including classes and physiotherapy and free weight, BMI and blood pressure tests.

There was also a pictorial celebration of the centre through its 60 year history that began with an idea from Cecilia Bochenek who had suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a child and became disabled as a result of the illness.

Horder Healthcare Chief Executive Di Thomas said:

We were delighted to welcome The Lord Lieutenant to launch our special day and it was wonderful that local people could share the afternoon with us.

The Horder Centre for Arthritis was first registered in 1954 and nine years later was given land at Crowborough on the edge of Ashdown Forest which had previously been occupied by the military.

Crowborough West army base taken before 1945. The tank shed still stands next to the Hospital.

helicopter-princess-margareThe official opening of The Horder Centre in St John’s Road by HRH Princess Margaret took place in 1966 and 15 years later in 1981, a new phase began with the development of a surgical unit.

In recent years, the Centre has completed a multi-million pound redevelopment programme to enhance its facilities even further by adding a new physiotherapy gym, more patient en suite rooms and a new reception and outpatients area. 

For further information about The Horder Centre and its achievements over the past 60 years visit


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