Organisers get kitted out ready for MADhurst

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With just over a week to go before the start of MADhurst 2012, organisers are in the final stages of their preparations.

And chairman Simon Goodale took time out to collect marshalling and event manager jackets from Lavant Workwear.

Roger Pocock, who runs the business, and his father Geoff are stalwart supporters of the nine-day festival now in its third year.

Last year they embroidered special MADhurst logos and lettering on some 60 Big Brass Band polo shirts free of charge.

They have also provided high-visibility jackets for marshals and event managers, complete with embroidered logos for the past two years.

Trina Duncan, a member of the MADhurst committee, said: “Lavant Workwear really have been astonishingly helpful and supportive and we are very grateful for everything they have done for us.”

“We like to support any event that brings attention to Midhurst and shows it in a good light,” said Roger Pocock, “especially when so many hard-working volunteers give so willingly of their time.”

The MADhurst ticket office (pictured right) is doing brisk business in ticketed events for the festival. These include the Brass and Swing Band concerts at Capron House on August 19, Midhurst School of Dance on August 20, private opening of Woolbeding Garden and the poetry and harp evening at Woolbeding church on August 20, a bawdy evening of poetry billed as poetry, pie and a pint at the Royal Oak, West Lavington on August 22, Gardeners’ Question Time at the Grange on August 23 and Hansel and Gretel at Cowdray Ruins on August 25.

Entertainment after 5pm at the Midhurst Sports Association grounds on bank holiday Monday is also strictly by ticket only, and wristbands are for sale at the box office in 
West Street.

As part of the 2012 MADhurst Festival an inaugural treasure hunt has been organised around Midhurst.It will be on foot on Tuesday, August 21, starting at the Grange Centre where teams will check in between 5.30pm and 6pm. To enter contact or by telephone on 01730 817579.