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LOCAL NEWS St George’s


Millenium Garden Trust


St George’s Millennium Gar- den Trust welcome Alison Wright and Desmond Gun- ner who will give a joint presentation on ‘The Val- ue of Trees – a View from Sussex and Rwanda’ on Wednesday 14 March, 8pm at the Bowls Pavilion, South Avenue, Hurstpierpoint. Desmond Gunner was Chairman of the Internation- al Tree Foundation for many years and Alison Wright is an Executive Manager for Rwanda Aid, with a par- ticular concern for farming training and tree production. Their talk will follow a short AGM. Members and visitors are most welcome. The Millennium Garden lies between St George’s Lane and Brown Twins Road, thus connecting the Highfield Drive/ College Lane area to the centre of the village. It is well used by residents and visiting walkers and man- aged by the Trust with much appreciated volunteer help. There are, of course, running costs which are covered by a small membership scheme. For enquiries, please ring the secretary on 01273 832575.


Ditchling Characters


Meet three more Ditchling Characters on Monday March 26th at 7.30pm in the Old Meeting House Ditchling. In an evening of three short talks, with time for questions and shared reminiscence, members of Ditchling Histo- ry Project will tell the stories


of Peter Parsons (19th cen- tury shoemaker and music maker, pictured below), Hel- en Knowles (hockey-playing headmistress) and Dr Freder- ick Linton-Bogle (well-loved GP and calligraper). Tickets are £5, including wine, available from Ditch- ling


Post Office, Parker’s,


Village Hair Studio or bay calling 01273 845383. Visit www.ditchlinghistoryproject. org for details about our pro- jects and events for 2012.


St Mary’s Spring Concert, East Grinstead


In late 2010, St Mary’s Par- ish Church launched its £100,000 campaign to re- store their landmark church in Windmill Lane, East Grinstead. Already signifi- cant money has been raised to repair the bell turret but there is much more work to do to make the 110-year-old church watertight and fit to serve the next generation. St Mary’s Parish Church was constructed at the end of the 19th Century to meet the needs of the northern half of East Grinstead at a time when the market town was expand- ing towards the village of Felbridge with few amenities north of the railway line. Today, under the leader-


ship of Fr Paul Seaman, St Mary’s still prides itself on its service to the northern half of the town and its reputation as a caring and welcoming community to everyone of all ages who enter its doors. St Mary’s Spring Concert will take place on Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm, at St Mary The Virgin, Windmill Lane, East Grinstead. Performance by the award-winning Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir and feda- turing a rousing programme of


spirituals, jazz, hymns,


show & popular music. Tick- ets £10 from Andrew Bass, contact 01342 850511.


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St Lawrence Fair Sculpture


Former local schoolteacher Sylvia Thornhill’s sculpture of children has been cho- sen in the contest to find a commemorative sculpture to mark Hurstpierpoint’s 700th St Lawrence Fair in 2013. Sylvia has lived in the vil- lage for 40 years and for 12 of them she was a teacher at St Lawrence Primary School in the village.


A group of organisations, including the Parish Coun- cil, Hurstpierpoint Society and the St Lawrence Fair Committee, ran the competi- tion last year to find a work to mark the anniversary. The three selected entries have been on display in the Vil- lage Centre since November for local people to make their comments.


Since the 14th century the village has celebrated the Feast of St Lawrence with a Fair, which is one of the oldest in the country. Sylvia’s sculpture will be unveiled on the Village Green in the High Street on Saturday July 6th 2013.


The project organisation group was made up from St Lawrence Fair Commit- tee, Hurst Society, Museum Group, Parish Council and others and met earlier this month to chose the win- ning entry. The other two selected entries, but unsuc- cessful, were by local art- ists Janine Creaye and Will Spankie.


Sylvia comments that her work aims to show the fun of the fair over the centuries. The figures will be cast in bronze resin and the work will be mounted on a sand- stone plinth on the green. Please contact Hurstpi- erpoint Parish Council. For more information please contact Steve Whitehead on 01273 835323.


Wild about Mid Sussex


Following the successful event held at the Martlets Hall in November 2010, an even better and bigger event will take place on Saturday 14th April, 10am-4pm, this time at Oakmeeds Commu- nity School, Station Road, Burgess Hill.


There will be a host of displays and exhibitions re- lating to the wonderful wild- life and countryside we are lucky enough to enjoy here in Sussex, plus there will be guided walks to the neigh- bouring Green Crescent and a seminar/workshop aimed at existing community groups and people who would may- be like to form one.


Refreshments will be provided by the innovative school catering staff and there will be a fantastic art


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display by 10 local schools exhibiting


some 300 pieces


of their own unique art in the main hall.


bees,


Come and see live bats, exotic


insects, pond


life and plenty more. For more information about this event please contact Dominic Moore, Chair of the Green Circle Network at dominicmoore13@gmail.com.


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