MADhurst chairman steps down

THE new chairman of the MADhurst Festival has been forced to resign after just one season at the helm, due to work commitments.

Simon Goodale took over as chairman of the nine-day music, arts and drama festival in February this year, when the founder of MADHURST Father Marcus Ronchetti left the parish to take up a new challenge working as a priest in Spain.

Mr Goodale threw his heart into the running of the festival in its third year this summer and is credited with being ‘the driving force behind the success of MADhurst 2012’.

But in an announcement this week, Mr Goodale said that due to the expansion of his business and work commitments he would have to step down.

Fellow committee member Trina Duncan said: “Simon, who has been hugely inspirational and the driving force behind the success of MADhurst 2012, will be sorely missed. He has however agreed to continue his involvement as and when his commitments permit.”

Vice chairman John Barratt will be heading up the festival committee in the interim, and David Duncan has taken over as chairman of the trustees.

Mrs Duncan added: “As the festival continues to grow, so does our need for volunteers to assist the committee and be part of it or the board of trustees.”

Anyone who is interested and wishes to discuss involvement in more detail should telephone David Duncan on 01730 813362 or email him at