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SUSSEX LIVING October 2011


since its formation it is probable that it has built and installed hundreds of stiles – perhaps over a thousand – in the area of roughly four miles’ radius centred on Ditchling. And if that sounds a lot for such a small area, remember that a four mile radius gives a circle with an area of about 50 square miles. Nobody is prepared to even guess at how far the pathways that have been cleared and maintained in 50 years would stretch. However, as an example, I can tell you that in the year 2009/10 alone the Monday Group made and installed 28 new stiles, modifi ed or repaired 17 other stiles, added 16 dog gates, built or repaired 14 bridges and causeways and made two sets of stairs. I talked about the Monday Group’s work with Bernard Rickard, one of the group’s enthusiastic volunteers and he confi rmed a really extraordinary fact about the group’s formal structure: there isn’t one! It is a matter of some pride that they operate extremely effectively without the need for committees, or offi cers, or minutes, or any of the other petty bureaucracy that slows up similar organisations. The Monday Group, I was told, is composed of independent- minded and committed individuals and they just want to get on with the job.


The clearance group is a good example of how this works, because it simply evolved to meet a


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To raise funds for the Monday Group members make and sell bird boxes of various types, bat boxes, hedgehog houses, bird feeders and other related items. We will also undertake commissions if the item/s required are within our scope and expertise. ALL of the money from the sale of these items goes to the Monday Group funds in order to buy the materials and tools needed to continue the Group’s valuable work. www.mondaygroup.org


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