Sun shines down over Midhurst’s successful show

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More than 500 people flocked to the Grange Centre in Midhurst when it hosted its Home and Garden show for the second year running.

And show organisers Paula Galetti and Ann Blunden had their prayers answered when the torrential rain of the previous week gave way to bright sunny skies for the day.

“We couldn’t believe our good luck with the weather,” they said, adding that the brilliant range of exhibitors and nurserymen attending on Saturday made this year’s show even better than last year.

“We would like to thank all the exhibitors and visitors for their support,” added the organisers.

The Grange Centre was transformed on Saturday with the sight and scent of a sea of plants, turning it into a giant garden centre for the day.

In all the two main halls were filled with more than 60 stalls offering everything from vintage chic to cutting-edge contemporary and tempting visitors with gadgets, ornamental objects and hand-made accessories.

Visitors were also treated to a demonstration of a working forge by local blacksmith Robin Mayer and invited to sample a range of produce highlighting the very best West Sussex has to offer.

Among those manning their stalls were Geoff and Lynne Oram, long-standing supporters of Macmillan Cancer Support who have raised thousands of pounds for the charity selling plants from their home.

They were delighted to add another £200 to the fundraising total.

In addition, Midhurst Garden Club members added their weight to the occasion, also raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Club chairman Sue Austin said: “I am delighted with the members’ response in growing a wide variety of plants for our stall at the Grange Garden event.

“A total of £121 was raised.

“The club also used the event to promote itself and to attract new members.”

Centre manager Mike Boyce said: “The success of the occasion was a tribute to the hard-working staff who organised the show and the large numbers coming through the door on Saturday to take part in the event reflected how the Grange events are embraced by the community and visitors alike.”

Corn dolly maker Mick Gates (pictured) who took part in the event is setting up a workshop for anyone interested in learning the traditional craft.

For more information Mick can be contacted on 01730 816414.