Fishbourne Roman Palace appeals for Friends

EVERYONE needs a little help from their friends – including Fishbourne Roman Palace.

It is looking to expand its Friends scheme – the only requirement is for potential members to have a love for the internationally-renowned archaeological site.

Britain’s largest Roman residence currently has a small team of dedicated friends, including the palace’s former director David Rudkin, and they are now looking to swell their numbers.

Current director Jaane Rowehl said: “We are looking for people to join the friends who love the site and who would be willing to help with fundraising and other activities.

“They could be retired or just looking to try their hand at new things – from event managers to accountants and fundraisers to artists.

“We are hoping to attract an army of willing champions.”

The Friends bring a wealth of outside experience and hands-on help – some have known the site for decades, such as treasurer Keith Lawson, of Emsworth, who helped excavate the ‘Fortress’ mosaic which was discovered underneath the famous ‘Cupid on a Dolphin’ in 1979.

Others are relative newcomers.

Secretary, Anne Wingfield Hays, moved into the area three years ago, and being fascinated by the unique heritage of the site, decided to become more actively involved.

Anne has recently been appointed to represent the Friends at the Sussex Archaeology Society board level.

Friends pay an annual individual membership fee of £18.50 or £37 for a family (two adults, two children), which provides benefits including free entry, a guidebook, invitations to exclusive events, discounts in the cafe and a newsletter twice a year.

For details email fishbournefriends@googlemail.com or call 01243 78982.