AS Midhurst gears up for its annual festival - MADhurst - the box office is now open and ready for business.
THE old library building in Knockhundred Row will be renovated to become a centre for the community, housing the town council and providing facilities for groups and organisations.
MADhurst is the first community group to use it and volunteers have been sweeping, scrubbing and moving bookshelves, to get it ready for the opening on Thursday (July 31).
John Quilter, deputy chairman of Midhurst Town Council and leader of the group that negotiated this new use for the building, said: “It is absolutely fitting that MADhurst, which brings together so many sectors of the community, should be the first to use this lovely old building, which is both literally and figuratively at the heart of Midhurst.”
Chairman of the MADhurst committee John Barrett said: “We are very proud to be the first ‘tenants’ of the old library building in its new use, and excited to be at the beginning of a festival that is bigger and better than ever this year.”
In addition to selling tickets to MADhurst events, the box office will also be the ‘workshop hub’ for the festival – including workshops on cookie decoration for both adults and children, floral arrangement, weaving and the ever-popular straw sculpture, while children will make bunting and other decorations for the huge tea tent on grand finale day.
Satellite locations for yet more MADhurst workshops include the Glass House Cafe at Rotherhill Nurseries, the MSA marquee at the rugby ground and the Jacobean Hall in the Spread Eagle Hotel.
The box office is open 10am-4pm for the next two weeks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and all MADhurst week from August 18-22.
It closes on Friday, August 22 and both bookings and payments can also be made by telephone on 07582 959 440.
The full MADhurst programme has been delivered door to door in Midhurst, is in the library and most shops, and is on the MADhurst website www.madhurst.co.uk
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For more about MADhurst, artists showcasing their work in the town, and the festivities, see this week’s Observer (July 31).