Pageant and Roundhouse opening in South Harting

The roundhouse nearing completion
The roundhouse nearing completion
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THE spectacular Harting roundhouse project is set for its official opening today (Friday, July 19), when the whole community will be invited to get involved and celebrate the effort, time and dedication it took to complete an outstanding piece of craftsmanship.

The roundhouse sits on the grounds of Harting Primary School in Petersfield.

It will be used for arts, sports and educational use, and to support the learning outside the classroom scheme, which seeks to make it easier for children to spend more time outside the classroom.

The building will also be used free of charge as a community resource, by youth groups and village groups who support the school, and leased out to private parties and individuals.

The roundhouse was constructed by eco-building company The Roundwood Timber Framing Company Limited, under the direction of manager Ben Law. A completely organic structure, it was built by Sussex-sourced materials and paid for by grants and donations.

The grand opening will take place today, with a village pageant, celebrating not only the last day of term but this new addition to the community.

The early-evening pageant will begin with a procession round the village to record the historical architectural highlights South Harting has to offer, including the churches, old school, pubs and farms.

There will be entertainment at each stopping point, a hog roast at the school, and a concert involving school pupils and village adults.

The evening will also showcase the acting talents of the community, with a short traditional Sussex Mummers play complete with St George and Father Christmas, Crusaders and Saracens, a quack doctor and the Devil.