Midhurst and Petworth Observer Parish Round-Up

A PAST member of the cast from The Life of Jesus, performed at Wintershall near Guildford, spoke to the Fernhurst Good Companions about the experience.

Charles Scott from Haslemere, an ex-naval officer and treasurer of the Naval Christianity Society took his audience through the various scenes from Jesus’ life that were played out during the six hour performance, explaining that the cast and audience walked from place to place on the 2,000 acre estate.

A picnic lunch and a seat were essentials!

Actors became part of the crowd, and the audience became part of the scenes in a production that swept everyone up in the emotion of the moment.

In notices at the meeting, members were warned again about financial scams, not to pay for jobs until they were satisfactorily finished, not to send money anywhere unless they were sure it was meant to go and to be aware of fraud.

The next meeting is the Spring ploughman’s lunch on Thursday, March 8, open to all.

Tickets at £4 are available from the Post Office.


Following the popular success of the concert organised by violin teacher Hazel Tripp for Marie Curie Cancer Care last year, another is coming along on Sunday, March 11, at 3pm in the Milland Valley Village Hall.

Hazel has called upon a huge range of talented musical friends to perform their own choice of work.

There will be light jazz, folk, vocal, classical and contemporary played by soloists, duets, trios, quartets and groups.

Richard Price will be on his tin whistle and playing his descant recorder accompanied by violin, Hollycombe School Choir will be singing, JP Williams will be playing duets, Nikkie Tripp will sing, as will Pam Way when accompanied by piano and violin and the Village People, the local ensemble, will be playing a composition by Chris Grayson who will also be playing a solo on his clarinet.

Others will also be performing during the afternoon.

Cream teas and home made cakes will be served and available to take home.

The doors open at 2.30pm for the concert at 3pm.

Tickets are £8 for adults, £3 for under 14s, free for under 2’s and with group prices for families.

Anyone who would like more information or tickets should ring Hazel on 01428 741592 or email hazel_tripp@yahoo.co.uk.


A retrospective exhibition of the work of artist Paul Brand, (1916- 2008) opened at the Haslemere Museum on Saturday and will be on display throughout March.

His career extended over 66 years and included works based on his experiences in Iraq, in Greece, in France and, most recently, in Grayshott.

Many of his pictures show local landscapes but he was also fascinated by Greek and Celtic mythology and folk stories.

More information together with his paintings and drawings can be seen on the website www.pbbrand.net/index_chrome.html.