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12 Charity & Community It’s Panto Time in Storrington!


The Storrington Dramatic Society is in full festive mode with an updated version or the pantomime Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. The production is being performed between Wednesday November 30th to Saturday December 3rd at Sullington Parish Hall.


The Big Bad Wolf (David Chinn) has formed a plot to destroy the forest and build a motorway! Sending his apprentice Norman (Michael Smith...the not so big bad wolf) to huff and puff and blow down the houses of the three little pigs Swampy, Gino de Porco and Bobby and his henchmen Hans Al and Gret Al to seek out the house of the grumpy fairies Donglebelle, Dinglebelle and Dover.


But who will save Little Red Riding Hood (Hannah Bullivant) and her Grandmamma (Roy Stevens)? Could it be the handsome and strong Woodcutter (Graeme Jenkins), or will the woodland fairy queens Tinka and Belle manage to cast a spell to save the day? Come and join in the fun and as you


Children Waiting for Adoption and Fostering in West Sussex


“I miscarried five times because of a genetic condition but I’m really glad I didn’t have a birth child because I wouldn’t now have Nial,” says Mary, 46, from Chichester. Currently there are 27 West Sussex children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. So far this year, 15 children have already been matched and adopted into local families.


Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Peter Evans, said: “We really need more people from all walks of life to come forward to adopt these children who are waiting to become part of someone’s family.


Mary says her advice to anyone considering becoming an adoptive parent is: “Do it, don’t hesitate. If you want to mother or father then adopting a child is just the most wonderful thing in the world. From starting the process to adopting Nial took only nine months and the bond between us is so strong. Our social worker was just fantastic and the home visits were a lot less intrusive than we imagined. We now have a loving, boisterous three year-old son who is very clingy because I know he’s frightened of being rejected. Friends have told me they’ve never seen me smile so much since adopting Nial; and it’s true. We are


along the way! Performances at 7.45pm Weds-Fri, and Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £7 adults, £3.50 under 12s from Fowlers Estate Agents in Storrington or onl ine at www.storringtondramatics.co.uk.


now going through the whole process again in the hope of adopting a little girl to add to our family.”


In addition to this, W e s t S u s s e x also needs more foster c a r e r s , especially those from d i f f e r e n t e t h n i c g r o u p s . This is because one in six children who have come into the Council’s care this year are from ethnic minorities. Crawley foster carer, Pray Molden says: “I think people do want to foster but are scared to do it. These informal drop-in sessions are just fantastic. They give people, who are thinking about fostering, the chance to talk to those who are already doing it so they know what is really involved.” West Sussex County Council makes sure a full package of training and support is provided to all its foster carers to meet the needs of the children and young people they care for. West Sussex County Adoption team on 01403 229553 www.westsussex.gov.uk/adoption Fostering Recruitment Team on 01403 229333 www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering.


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follow the characters through the deepest darkest forest, there are sure to be lots of surprises and plenty of chances for some audience participation


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