MADhurst festival gets under way: Picture Gallery

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THERE was a distinctly wet start to MADhurst when the festival kicked off with a Picnic in the Park in Woolbeding Parkland.

But the rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of picknickers who carried on regardless under their umbrellas.

Janice Hunt, Becky Dwyer, 12, Stella Howe and her daughter Millie, eight, making jewellery.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131155-2

Janice Hunt, Becky Dwyer, 12, Stella Howe and her daughter Millie, eight, making jewellery.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131155-2

The event, organised by The National Trust and Seen and Heard, included music courtesy of Ruby Tiger, Laughing Gravy and others and Lodsworth brewers, Langham Brewery provided the bar.

On Sunday eight children aged between six and 13 shadowed a member of the Milestones Collective Swing Band for a masterclass led by Easebourne trombonist Alistair Gibson.

They worked on the tune All of Me, learning a vocal and instrumental part then tried their hand at some jazz styles.

After a bit of an improvisation session they impressed Alistair so much they were invited to join the Milestones Collective on stage for the evening performance playing their number under the name ‘The Mini Milestones’ – and they brought the house down.

On Monday there were enthusiastic takers for a free jewellery workshop with Sue Griffiths in the MADhurst West Street box office.

And there was some unusual entertainment in Caffe Verdi through lunchtime with a performance from The Southdowns Ukulele Orchestra with Marco Frankland.

The MADhurst procession will go through Midhurst on Monday, August 26.