Midhurst and Petworth parish round-up

THE coming year is set to be a busy one, with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in June and the Olympics following close behind, putting the eyes of the world on the UK.

Like other villages around the Midhurst and Petworth area, GRAFFHAM is making sure its preparations for the Queen’s landmark anniversary start early.

A meeting has been called for Wednesday, January 11, at 8pm at the Empire Hall, with everyone welcome to go along and suggest ways in which the community can mark the event.

At DUNCTON the date for the village’s jubilee celebration has already been set. It will take place on Sunday, June 3, and will have a vintage theme. More details are promised in the new year but it has been confirmed a beacon will be lit on Duncton Hill the following evening, June 4.

A new community initiative will begin in the new year at PLAISTOW, when a village coffee shop opens. It is planned for Monday mornings from 9-11.30am at the back of the church. Coffee and tea will be on offer, and home-made cakes.

It is hoped the coffee shop will appeal to mums on their way home from the village school, and anyone else who will enjoy meeting friends and neighbours for a chat. The first brew will be on January 9 when, just for this inaugural occasion, there will be no charge.

Proceeds from a carol-singing outing at LOXWOOD have been divided between the village church of St John the Baptist and the North Hall refurbishment fund.

Around 30 people turned out for the tuneful evening and £151.28 was raised.

The National Trust is reviewing its system for collecting parking fees at its Harting Down car park near SOUTH HARTING. The trust will probably install a system similar to that at Hindhead.