Midhurst and Petworth Parish Round-Up

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THE annual Simon Sainsbury Open Dog Trials are taking place at Didling Manor Farm, this weekend.

The competition started yesterday and is running from 8am to 5pm today (Sunday, July 8).

The event is aimed at the whole family, including dogs on leads, and the trials offer a rare chance to see some of the country’s top dog handlers at work with entries from all over the country including former national and area champions as well as members of the English team.

All the money raised at the event is shared between Canine Partners and Naomi House Hospice and, over the last five years, the event has raised over £30,000 for the charities.

Entry to the event is free, but charitable donations are always gratefully accepted.

Access to the event is clearly signposted from the Petersfield and South Harting roads.


It’s all go in Tillington with an art show at the village hall on Sunday, July 15, and Monday, July 16, and Tillington Open Gardens on Sunday, July 15.

The art show will include paintings in various media, photographs, cards, pottery and painted furniture.

The artists are from the village or have local connections and among them is Catherine Rolfe who will be bringing her spinning-wheel for a demonstration.

Entry is free who donations will be welcomed.

On Sunday, together with the Tillington Open Gardens event, the show organisers will be offering cream teas from 2pm-6pm.

And on Monday the art exhibition will be re-opened by Tllington’s Olympic torchbearer, Gerald Gresham-Cooke at 11.30am after his historic run.

All profits will go to the parish church which celebrates its 825th birthday next year.


Its showtime in Fittleworth too where the summer flower show takes place on Saturday, August 11, at Fittleworth Village Hall.


At Milland gardeners are preparing for the annual flower and produce show on Saturday August 11 at Milland Valley Memorial Hall where doors open to the public from 2.30-4pm.

The show is open to all villagers and anyone who would like a schedule should contact show secretary Gareth Jones on 01428 741668 or look on the horticultural society pages on the Milland Parish Council website.


At Kirdford Village Stores the art wall is presenting the work of Heidi Moran until July 30.

Heidi is a keen painter and draws inspiration from things she loves.

She likes to simplify her subjects, namely landscapes, everyday objects, flowers and particularly poppies, and has a great love of colour.

Heidi works with acrylics on canvas and can often be found in her studio at the bottom of her wild cottage garden.