Midhurst and Petworth parish round-up

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At GRAFFHAM, the January men’s breakfast’ at the Foresters Arms will be on Saturday, January 14 at 9am.

The speaker will be Howard Mackenzie-Wilson, who built the tall ship Tenacious and is vice-president of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, set up to promote better integration and understanding between able-bodied and physically-handicapped people on international voyages.

Still in GRAFFHAM, villagers are preparing for their traditional Burns Night, on January 28 at the Empire Hall, which has been celebrated in the village for more than a quarter of a century, becoming a major fundraiser and a big family event.

Those who feel their reels are a bit rusty are invited to practice dances at the Empire Hall on the two previous Sundays, January 15 and 22 from 4pm to 6pm.

At EASEBOURNE parish council chairman Ian Heustice and his wife Myrna are offering generous donations to the St Mary’s church roof repair fund from direct bookings for holidays at their villa in Portugal.

In the new issue of the parish magazine Mr and Mrs Heustice give details of the three-bedroomed semi-detached villa in Vale do Lobo and say they are prepared to take direct bookings and donate 25 per cent of the proceeds to the fund.

Anyone interested should contact them at Greenbank, 18 Hurst Park, Easebourne.

ROGATE villagers are being invited to take along any photographs they may have of the railway in the area, to the next meeting of the Rogate Society. The speaker will be Dr Vic Mitchell who will be talking on branch lines to Rogate and Midhurst at Rogate Village Hall on Monday, January 16.