MADhurst declared a success by festival organisers

The MADhurst teddy bear picnic
The MADhurst teddy bear picnic

The nine-day festival MADhurst was pronounced a mega success by chairman Simon Goodale and his team.

It had begun with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and the MADhurst brass band.

It had included art and crafts ranging from braiding and weaving to cup cake decorating.

There was an art exhibition in the Jacobean Hall at the Spread Eagle featuring the work of many artists including internationally renowned Philip Jackson.

There were lunch time recitals, harps and poets at Woolbeding Church and acoustic sessions in Caffe Verdi before the impressive musical line-ups in Market Square and at Cowdray Park.

“It’s been a great success,” said Mr Goodale, “we created a wonderful arena at Cowdray Park on Bank Holiday Monday and were very well supported throughout the nine days.

“People are buying into the Madhurst festival.

“We have broadened it a bit this year and will do so again next year.”

Trina Duncan, a member of the committee added: “There has been a great atmosphere, more tickets than ever before sold and more people supporting all the events.

“It really has been a community event with something for everybody.”