Easter fun across Midhurst and Petworth

C130458-8 Mid Petbunny  phot kate''Enjoying their day at Petworth house, Luke Tucker, four, Melania Midgley, seven, Poppy Scott, four, and Jacob Stratford, three.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130458-8
C130458-8 Mid Petbunny phot kate''Enjoying their day at Petworth house, Luke Tucker, four, Melania Midgley, seven, Poppy Scott, four, and Jacob Stratford, three.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130458-8

THE COLDEST March across the Midhurst and Petworth area for six decades did not stop people coming out for some Easter fun.

At Petworth House families joined in the National Trust’s ‘bunny makeover’ activities following a trail of woodland creates to make their own bunny ears, tail and whiskers, and then find a chocolate egghead treat.

A small congregation almost doubled by the number of dogs took part in the Lynchmere Good Friday walk whose route was organised by Hilary Adair.

It started in St Peter’s Church where the vicar, the Rev David Talks, took the congregation through the first seven Stations of the Cross before they walked round the Lynchmere Commons, where Hilary pointed out various ecological and historical aspects.

During the walk, everyone stopped for more prayers at the Stations, which were completed at a service in the church.

And despite the freezing conditions a record number of people took part in the Fernhurst Centre’s Easter egg hunt around the village on Good Friday afternoon.

Nearly 80 people collected their clue forms and set off looking for cunningly semi-hidden cardboard egg shapes which were randomly numbered and devised by Annie Barnesdale and Caroline Lewis.

‘Short back and sides’ showed one was hidden by Haircare, ‘20 is plenty’ indicated the speeding sign, and ‘look at the news’ was by the newsagents.

The winners were presented with Easter eggs by Pauline Colcutt, the centre’s manager.

They were – age 11 and over: Chelsea Lazenby and Keira Pleace; seven to ten years: Regan Hamilton, Ruby Marden, Harvey Marton, Josh Chikhlia and Ruth Sullivan; ages three to six: Elsie Arnold, Evie Cobbord, Alex Sullivan, Millie Lyall and Mary Foong.

Stedham Squirrels pre-school group had a fantastic, fun-filled morning at Stedham Village Memorial Hall with 
their group leaders, parents and grandparents on Maundy Thursday when the children searched the village hall and car park for 170 Easter eggs.

Pre-school leader Gemma Gabler said “We always ensure the children eat plenty of fruit and have healthy lunch boxes, but Easter is an exception!”

Two pages of pictures in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, April 4