Midhurst and Petworth parish round-up

A couple from Bignor will devote some of the proceeds from their garden opening to the Sussex Air Ambulance as a personal tribute.

Angie Symes’ life was saved by the swift response of a helicopter crew and its medics after she was involved in a serious accident.

Since then, she and her husband, Nick, have been supporters of the charity.

Eighteen years ago, they transformed a one-acre patch of grass into a country garden at their home at Stane House in Bignor.

They are opening it for National Gardens Scheme charities and Sussex Air Ambulance from 11am-5pm today (Saturday, June 23) and tomorrow (Sunday, June 24).

Visitors will find the romantic style of a classic English country garden themed within the landscape, linking formal planting with far-reaching views of the downs.


The parish church at Kirdford has a gift day today (Saturday, June 23) to launch its fundraising appeal to install kitchen and toilet facilities and new inner glass doors in the building.

Between 10am and 4pm, in and around the church, will be stalls selling plants, books and homemade cakes.

Church tours will be on offer, plus the opportunity to climb the church tower and enjoy the views over the village and surrounding countryside.

There will be a village history display and floral decorations in the church and teas and coffees will be available all day.

At 7pm, Matthew Cooke, organist and choirmaster at St Mary’s, Petworth, will give an organ and keyboard recital, accompanied by soloist Lucienne Suter.

Wine and canapes will be served.

Entry to all events is free, but donations will be welcomed for the fundraising appeal. For more details call 01403 820306.


Spot the Spaniel proved a popular event in Petworth Park.

Despite dreary weather lots of spaniel (and non-spaniel) owners went along for the day.

Demonstrations were given by the Working Clumber Spaniel Society, Leconfield Working Spaniel Club and English Springer Spaniel Welfare.

Dogs and owners could also have a go at a scurry and retrieve, or try the seek and sniff trail round the park.

Highlight of the day was a fun dog show with classes for best-looking spaniel, best-looking non-spaniel, dog most like its owner and best trick.

Sussex spaniel Bella did the double by winning best-looking spaniel and best in show.


Sir Hubert Parry, who composed the music for the hymn Jerusalem, lived a large part of his life at Shulbrede Priory, Lynchmere, and wrote music named after the hamlet.

On Sunday, July 1, at 7pm a piano recital of his work by Hiroaki Takenouchi will take place in Prior’s Chamber at Shulbrede.

Hiroaki, a rising star from the Royal College of Music with which Parry was closely involved, played the composer’s music in the BBC documentary, The Prince and the Composer.

For more information call 01428 652671.