WINE and beer flowed and homemade canapes were enjoyed in the sunshine as Stedham villagers held a village get-together on the village green, in aid of the St Cuthman’s Durand fighting fund.
The Save Our Park campaign, led by the Woolbeding and Redford Parish Council, has had to raise thousands of pounds for expert, professional advice as they mount a campaign against the extensive planned development of the St Cuthman’s site by the London Durand Academy.
Organisers are trying to raise money in order to put up a ‘strong and compelling case against well funded opposition’ by engaging with planning, traffic, environmental, legal and construction experts.
There was a vote of 100 per cent against the project at a public meeting held earlier this year by Stedham and Iping Parish Council, and villagers on Saturday affirmed that view.
Generous contributions have already been made by many private individuals, and now the people of Stedham community are also fundraising.
Saturday’s event raised more than £860, generously supported by The Rising Sun in Milland with prize meal vouchers, and Ballards Brewery, who donated the beer.
The campaign began following controversial plans for an academy boarding school for inner city school children at a site in Stedham.