The Horder Centre invites YOU to help celebrate its 60th birthday!

The Horder Centre in Crowborough is 60 on December 1st and wants to share its milestone birthday with as many people as possible!

The award winning orthopaedic centre, that is part of the charity Horder Healthcare, will open its doors to the public from 3pm until 7pm on Monday December 1st.

The open day will include a fascinating tour inside a fully set up operating theatre, tours around the newly redeveloped hospital, free taster sessions in the outpatient gym including classes and physiotherapy and free weight, BMI and blood pressure tests.

There will also be 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: “This really is a milestone birthday for The Horder Centre and we thought there couldn’t be a better way to celebrate than inviting local people to share it 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.

The 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. 

If you are interested in attending the open day please contact Neal Fuller on 01892 665577 or email

Page last reviewed on 03/11/2014