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August 2015
Sun 23rd Singleton Lunches & Teas: 11.30am - 5pm: 811243/811726
Mon 24th Tea & Chat: West Dean Gardens: 10.30am: 839785
Wed 26th Wonderful Wednesdays: Weald & Downland Museum
Wed 26th Singleton Lunch Club
Thu 27th - Mon 31st Woodyard & Charcoal: Weald & Downland Museum
Fri 28th - Sun 30th Goodwood Horseracing
Fri 28th - Mon 31st Star & Garter Beer Festival

September 2015
Tue 1st Goodwood Horseracing
Sat 5th & Sun 6th Harvesting & Brewing: Weald & Downland Museum
Mon 7th Tea & Chat: The Dean: 10.30am: 839785
Tue 8th WI Centenary Event: Weald & Downland Museum
Thu 10th Singleton Skittles Night
Fri 11th - Sun 13th Revival: Goodwood
Sat 12th Ride'n'Stride - 01243 811213
Wed 16th Singleton & Charlton Parish Council Meeting: 7pm: Singleton Village Hall
Fri 18th Valley Gardening Club visit Apuldram - 01243 811544
Sat 19th Tod Anstee Valley Challenge: East Dean Village Hall: 10am
Mon 21st Tea & Chat: West Dean Gardens: 10.30am: 839785
Wed 23rd Singleton Lunch Club
Wed 23rd Goodwood Horseracing
Fri 25th Great Ballard School Open Morning - 01243 814236
Fri 25th Macmillan Fundraiser - The Dean, West Dean - 2.30pm - 01243 818140
Sun 27th Historic Clothing Day: Weald & Downland Museum

October 2015
Sat 3rd - Sun 4th Apple Affair - West Dean Gardens - 01243 811301
Mon 5th Tea & Chat: The Dean: 10.30am: 839785
Tue 6th Gateway Project Launch - Weald & Downland Open Air Museum - 3.45pm - 01243 811363
Thu 8th Singleton Skittles Night
Sat 10th & Sun 11th Autumn Countryside Show: Weald & Downland Museum
Sat 10th Singleton Village Hall Autumn Supper: 7pm
Sun 11th Goodwood Horseracing
Mon 19th Tea & Chat: West Dean Gardens: 10.30am: 839785
Mon 26th - Sat 31st Halloween Activities: West Dean Gardens
Mon 26th - Fri 30th Half-term Activities: Weald & Downland Museum
Mon 26th East Dean Parish Council - East Dean Village Hall - 7.30pm
Wed 28th Singleton Lunch Club

November 2015
Mon 2nd Tea & Chat: The Dean: 10.30am: 839785
Sun 8th Remembrance Service: Charlton Memorial: 10.55am
Thu 12th Singleton Skittles Night
Sat 14th & Sun 15th Christmas Market: £5 entrance: Weald & Downland Museum
Mon 16th Tea & Chat: West Dean Gardens: 10.30am: 839785
Wed 25th Singleton Lunch Club
Mon 30th Tea & Chat: The Dean: 10.30am: 839785

December 2015
Sun 6th Tree Dressing: Weald & Downland Museum
Mon 7th Tea & Chat: Venue TBC: 10.30am: 839785
Thu 10th Singleton Skittles Night
Wed 16th Singleton Lunch Club
Sat 19th & Sun 20th Father Christmas! West Dean Gardens
Mon 21st Tea & Chat: West Dean Gardens: 10.30am: 839785
Sat 26th - Mon 28th Museum at Christmas: Weald & Downland Museum

June 2016
Sat 4th East Dean Village Fete
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Chalk and Clay Week of creative Short Courses at West Dean College
14 – 19 February 2015
West Dean College, Near Chichester West Sussex, PO18 OQZ

Investigate the diversity of earth materials, chalk and clay, and seek inspiration from the West Dean College Estate through exploring drawing and mark-making on a special themed week of short courses. A short cross-over session working with a different tutor brings new ideas and perspectives and each tutor will give a short illustrated talk.  The week offers six different courses – including five brand new ones - to suit all levels from beginners to advanced (5 days 14 – 19 February).

Set within a Grade II* Listed country house, the College offers bed and breakfast residential accommodation (non-residential option also available). You can also explore the award-winning gardens where you can take a walk through the beautiful forty nine acre St. Roche’s Arboretum offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Sussex Downs.  West Dean is the perfect place to treat yourself and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, while learning something new or improving existing creative skills.

Discover the many possibilities of working with silver, copper and bronze clay, a soft malleable material which becomes a solid metal when fired. Experimenting with metal clay – silver, copper and bronze with Sarah Macrae (NEW £524 Suitable for all).

Combine different materials with pastel to create mixed media pieces. Apply pastel in new and interesting ways using fabric, fingers and other exploratory methods. Learn to think more laterally about image making and about what you want to communicate and find innovative and personal approaches to drawing. Creative drawing with pastels and mixed media with Freya Pocklington (NEW £559 Intermediate/Advanced).

Consider ‘drawing’ in the broadest sense through the experimental use of clay, chalk and charcoal through a series of exercises. Experimental drawing through physical engagement with materials with Veronique Maria.  (NEW £559 Intermediate/Advanced).

Working from the Sussex chalk landscape use drawing to develop designs for ceramic platters and wall pieces. Discover ways to build complex and layered surfaces and decorate using your own hand cut stencils, stamps, linocuts and sgraffito designs. Slab built ceramics: responding to place with Anna Lambert (NEW £582 Suitable for all).

Take inspiration from the look and feel of the South Downs and in West Dean Gardens. Collect materials as a starting point for a series of exploration into surface qualities using a variety of media and techniques including drawing with ink and wax. Draw, print, scratch and cast – exploring surface qualities with Joanna Veevers (NEW £563 Suitable for all.)

Learn a fast and exciting approach to animal sculpting using a variety of pottery techniques. Working with paper clay and a simple external armature, the goal is not to make a realistic copy but an interpretation that captures the spirit and energy of the animal. Animal sculpting in paper clay with Susan Halls (£594 Suitable for all).

Wake up to beautiful views over the Sussex Downs in the stately splendour of a country mansion. The bedrooms are a mixture of contemporary and traditional styling. From £102 per person sharing a twin room for two nights.

For more information about Short Courses at West Dean and to browse the digital brochure visit First time bookings receive a 10% discount (telephone bookings only call +44 (0)2143 818300)
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Autumn Countryside Show at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October 2015
Visitors to the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum’s Autumn Countryside Show on 10th and 11th October will experience the wonderful autumnal sights and sounds of a traditional harvest. This popular seasonal show features traditional working demonstrations, including heavy horses and vintage tractors ploughing, steam-powered threshing, plus a Horticultural Show, rural craft demonstrations, displays and competitions.
The Museum’s 40-acre downland site is the perfect location for this annual festival, which celebrates and showcases many traditional countryside activities. Working plough horses are a favourite with visitors of all ages, with the Museum's own Shires among the teams of draught horses at work. Vintage tractors will be busy preparing the ground for sowing after the harvest and there will be a display of tractors and farm implements for visitors to enjoy.  The weekend’s celebrations will also include a fun dog show, dog displays and falconry, and a chance for visitors to enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride.
The threshing of the wheat crop – separating the grain from the straw – is one of the main attractions during the weekend. In the days before combine harvesters, the ‘threshing train’ was a common sight – working the farms and travelling the lanes during the autumn and winter months. It usually comprised a steam traction engine, threshing drum, elevator, and living van used by the engine driver and his mate.

The 6th annual Horticultural Show will take place as part of the show, with classes to suit all ages, ranging from vegetables to woodwork, marmalade to miniature gardens. Alongside the class entries will be displays from local clubs, societies and the Museum’s gardening team, plus traditional craft demonstrations. Entry forms can be accessed online at

The Museum’s café kiosk will be open, plus there are indoor and outdoor picnic areas. Dogs on short leads are welcome and there is ample free parking. The Museum is open for the Autumn Countryside Show on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October, from 10.30am – 5pm. Regular Museum entry charges apply, which include admission to the Autumn Countryside Show.
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Magnolia Grandiflora
The Magnolia Grandiflora can be seen in Singleton (find it!) with impressive flowers. An impressive, evergreen tree with leathery, dark green, glossy leaves with rust-coloured hairs underneath. In late summer and early autumn, large, fragrant, pure white, goblet-shaped flowers open from upright, woolly buds at the end of the shoots. This tree looks magnificent grown as a wall shrub, or as a large specimen tree in a sheltered spot. This variety is tolerant of chalky soils." [C Mather]
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Here’s a shot of the bench made by Roger Champion situated in front of the Village Hall and replacing the one he had previously made and had given many years of service to weary legs and feet. [C Mather]
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For those of you who enjoyed 'Mouse Almighty' which appeared earlier this year in The Valley Diary, here’s the long awaited sequel by Francis Offa-Sesee...
The Mousequel - Mrs Mouse
There is a mouse, dear reader, whom you've heard about of late,
Well, whilst cleaning out my greenhouse I met his little mate.
I didn't know she'd moved in, and she was very unimpressed,
When with one flick of my besom broom, I flattened her comfy nest.
Her body language said it all with the tapping of the toe,
And fists pressed hard into the hips, the elbows akimbo,
I cannot repeat all that she said, young ears will hear this verse,
But a few choice tips on where the broom belonged were all part of her curse!
So yet again I found myself saying sorry to a mouse,
And yes, you've guessed correctly, She was invited to my house.
She calmed right down and we chatted all the way along the garden,
And she very soon forgave me as I pleaded for a pardon.
Poor thing was in a pickle, "You see I am expecting twins,
And I have not seen Mr Mouse since he went to the compost bins.
For when we are in need of food that's the place he'll usually go,
Like you when you go to West Dean Stores, the Boxgrove Shop or Tesco."
I could not bring myself to say that he who had left her behind,
Was sat with feet up in my lounge watching Mastermind.
As their eyes met his face was a picture as his chin bounced off the floor,
And soon she demanded answers to why, what, when, how, and lots more.
Loud questions kept on coming, ricocheting around the house,
But even she had to smile when she asked him, "Are you man or mouse!?
I then stepped in between them, now just how brave was that?
But in case it got right out of hand there was backup from the cat.
Now Compo, ( that's what we call him now) took it on the chin,
And very soon she warmed to the task of moving in with him.
Now I think they live a blissful life though I really can't be certain,
Because everything that happens is behind the doll's house curtain.
She once cooked RATatouille, and his quip I thought quite funny,
When he said, "well then, for starters, are we eating Rata - one ee?"
Now we can't wait to see the twins, there'll be Champagne and lots of nibbles,
Then I'll be Uncle Francis, and the cat, well, uncle Tibbles!

No animals were harmed during the making of this poem. Not strictly speaking anyway, it was just after actually, when the budgie took a bit of a blow. Well he will sit on the corner of the laptop, and being happy to have finished, I shut the lid a bit suddenly. Oh he's alright now, beak put out a little, but he is back flying, in big circles around the sitting room. He'll be able to do straight flight when the wing sling comes off! 
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East Dean and Singleton Horticultural Society
Valley Gardening Club Annual Show
The sun shone all day for the Annual Show this year and the valley looked exceptionally lovely. As always, the village hall was full of excellent displays of vegetables, fruit and flowers. Congratulations to everyone who exhibited. It was particularly good to have more children's entries, an area we would love to increase.

The 'Made in the Valley' section included copper sculptures, local honey, beautiful tapestry cushions plus the kits to make your own, West's wonderful wooden pieces, cards and plants - all very desirable.

The results of the classes were as follows
Denise Burfield Children's cup was won by Lauren Scott
The Handcraft Plate was won by Wendy Heather
The Long Tankard for Cookery by Valerie Wells
Lady's Challenge Cup went to Viv Mills
Garden of the Year Cup went to John and Lisel Gale
Vegetable Garden Tankard to Max Davies
Yeoman Cup for the large flowered rose was won by Julia Gibbard
Bob Croucher Rose by Robert Heather.
The Lewison Cup (Horticultural classes 1-22 ) went to Max Davies
The Ruck Challenge Cup (Horticultural classes 1-35) went to Tony Boxall
The Banksian Medal went to Max Davies
The Benson Challenge Cup (sections 1-4) went to Tony Boxall

The Garden Competition was held in June when the Best Small Garden was won by Vicky Mudford, the Best Medium Garden by John and Lisel Gale and the Best Large Garden by Max Davies.

Our thanks to all who exhibited, competed, stewarded, made cakes and helped in any way, and particular thanks to our judges - never an easy task!

The next meeting is a visit to NGS Rymans, Apuldram, Chichester, PO20 7EG on Friday 18th September. Arrive at the garden at 3pm. Entrance is £5 with tea and cake an extra £3 - in aid of the local church. All details on your Valley Garden programme. The garden should be in full late summer splendour. Numbers please to 01243 811544 by Wednesday 16th at latest. Car sharing available. Please ring if further information required.
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RUNCTON: Sunday 6th
Conservation – Wetland Management with Peter Etheridge of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers in Leythorne Meadow from 10am. 01243 783365 or 07833 703418


FARLINGTON: Sunday 6th
Morning Bird Walk on Farlington Marsh with Graham Whitehead of the RSPB. Meet at end of lane, Map Ref: SU679044 at 9am: 01243 262833

PULBOROUGH: Wednesday 16th
All Day Bird Walk on Pulborough Brooks with Rob Yarham of the RSPB.  Meet in reserve car park, Map Ref: TQ059165 at 9am: 01243 262833

CHICHESTER: Thursday 24th
Illustrated Talk by Neil Gartshore on “Japan” to the RSPB at The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester at 7.30pm. Entrance members £2-50/visitors £3-50: 01243 262833

DUNCTON: Saturday 26th September
Morning Bird Walk around Burton Mill Pond with Chris Vine of the RSPB.  Meet in mill car park, Map Ref: SU979181 at 10am: 01243 262833

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You are visiting the online pages which support The Valley Diary, a small printed publication which serves the villages of the Lavant Valley just outside Chichester in West Sussex, England, UK. The Valley Diary is distributed free of charge to all 650 homes in the villages as well as local clubs, shops, pubs, churches, public buildings and services and has an estimated readership of 2500 each month. It's paid for by it's advertisers. The Valley Diary at its outset in 2004 aims to publicise forthcoming events in the villages, to the people who live in them. Since that purpose was set out The Valley Diary has developed to include some editorial content of interest to the people who live in the villages, reports and photos of events that have happened, quizzes and crosswords, news and reviews and various other content as submitted either regularly, occasional or just as one-offs. Ted Salmon is the Editor and can be reached on 01243 818161 David Mather deals with Accounts and Advertising and can be reached on 01243 811451 Chris Kelly sorts out Distribution and can be reached on 01243 811833

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Animals in art and crafts, Short courses at West Dean College
West Dean College, Near Chichester West Sussex, PO18 OQZ

West Dean College offers a range of creative short courses for animal lovers from painting to willow work. There is something to suit all levels from beginners to advanced in the latest brochure out now. Enjoy a relaxing creative break at West Dean, with delicious home cooked food. You can also explore the award-winning gardens during your stay. Mix with like-minded creative people as you learn a new skill or improve an existing one.

Capture the vitality and elegance of the horse working from live models and photographs. Begin with pencil drawings to describe the proportions and then use charcoal to study the form. With the knowledge gained you will compose a painting introducing colour. Painting the horse in motion with Trudy Redfern (NEW 19 – 22 November Long Weekend £334 Suitable for all).

Investigate the intricate nature of animal skulls and bone through fine watercolour brushwork. Learn inter-textual dry brush technique, accenting and glazing to enhance and unify your painting. Skull and bone – dry brush watercolour painting with Suzanne Balchin (27 – 29 November Weekend £222 Suitable for all).

Make a full sized indigenous animal, such as a deer, fox or pig using willow with Dominic Parrette, coppice craftsman and experienced basketmaker. Study drawings and photographs to observe how structure and tension in the animal form can express meaning and animation. Sculptural animal forms in willow (18 – 21 January Three Days £372 Beginners/Intermediate).

Learn a fast and exciting approach to animal sculpting using a variety of pottery techniques. Working with paper clay and a simple external armature, the goal is not to make a realistic copy but an interpretation that captures the spirit and energy of the animal. Animal sculpting in clay with Susan Halls (14 – 19 February Five Days £594 Suitable for all).

Enjoy the fascinating details of avian form, feathers, wings, eggs and nests. Create a watercolour composition with examples from hawk, game, garden and hedgerow birds. Learn dry brush technique, weaving fine texture and achieving subtle colour and tonal combinations to enhance and add luminosity to your painting. Feather and nest – dry brush watercolour painting with Suzanne Balchin (27 March to 1 April Five Days £519 Suitable for all).

Make a sculptural insect, reptile, fish or bird for your garden or pond from sheet metal and recycled materials. Develop your design idea as you explore techniques including cutting, heating and cooling, forming and shaping. Metal birds and bugs – making outdoor sculptures (7 – 10 April Long Weekend £376 Suitable for all).

Wake up to beautiful views over the Sussex Downs in the stately splendour of a country mansion. The bedrooms are a mixture of contemporary and traditional styling. From £102 per person (a twin room for two nights).

For more information about Short Courses at West Dean and to browse the digital brochure visit First time bookings receive a 10% discount (telephone bookings only call +44 (0)2143 818300)
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Tractor Boy
A Poem by Francis

The overriding factor,
When I drive my tractor,
Out along the Queen's high road.
Is to try and win the prize,
For the queue of epic size,
Stuck behind my trailer load.

I never touch the brake,
Well they might overtake,
And think how bad that would make me feel.
I don't use too much power,
Say fifteen miles per hour,
Just enough to launch mud off the wheels.

One will always try,
To speed on by,
And often it can be a great big truck.
I just pull myself together,
Switch on the old 'poo' spreader,
And completely cover up his screen with muck!

The language that I hear,
And it is meant sincere,
Turns the rustic highways rather blue,
And one thing they suggest,
Even if I tried my best,
My tractor would not fit up there 'tis true.

Oh here comes Stirling Moss,
He's obviously quite cross,
Accelerating at a frantic rate,
But soon his fist he'll shake,
As I forget to indicate,
And turn sharp right into the farmyard gate.

Then I get the loud applause,
For the trouble I did cause,
As animals moo and baa and give it up,
For the man who's won the prize,
A World record queueing size,
And for which I got a really lovely cup.

Whilst driving home I say,
"Oh what a perfect day",
But then I see the break lights up ahead.
Three steam engines in a row,
Towing caravans real slow,
And if I'm late for tea then I am dead.

Gone ten o'clock or more,
I stumble through the door,
And there's a note where my tea should be.
It says, "the overriding factor,
I was stuck behind your tractor,
So I couldn't buy you anything for tea!"

Then, "I've taken the precaution,
Your tractor's in an auction".
And on the matter she refused to talk.
Then she kept all the money,
And believe me it's not funny,
Cos everywhere I go I have to walk.

Then the motorists all laughed,
And at first I felt quite daft,
As queueing champ I felt a lot of pain.
Sometimes I welled right up,
With memories of the cup,
As I trod my way along the country lane.

Now the queueing season's back,
And I'll plod my lonely track,
But hang on a mo, she's had a change of heart!
Now watch out motorists all,
I'm going to have a ball,
Cos she's bought me a bloody great horse and cart!
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Charlton and Singleton
Works on the River Lavant will commence on 1st September by contractors BM plant hire. Singleton Valley Flood Action Group have managed to secure a one-off grant awarded by WSCC to improve the flow of the river in our Parish. If you are one of the riparian owners affected then this may help you to maintain your part of the river this year. We will re-assess it when works are done in case we need additional community group work. We are very grateful and thankful for the support from WSCC, the villagers and the Parish Council. If you have any queries please contact Carol Thompson on 07810 301783.
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Summary of the East Dean Parish Council Meeting
Monday 27th July 2015 at 7.30 pm
East Dean Village Hall

Present: Jon Bailie (Chairman), Kate Shaw (Vice Chairman), Tim Calloway, Rob Chalmers, Martin Gibbard, John Holt, Peter West
In attendance: Jeremy Hunt (West Sussex County Council), Susan Fairley (Parish Clerk), three parishioners
Apologies: Henry Potter (Chichester District Council)
Non-attendance: Rob Gillan (PCSO)

Matters Arising from the last meeting
Willow Trees on the Pond: Susan Fairley has applied to Chichester District Council for the appropriate permission to get the willows pollarded. The aim is that this would happen in the autumn.
Highways: there is a meeting on 25th August with Jeremy Hunt, members of the Parish Council and engineers from West Sussex County Council Highways to discuss the condition of Charlton Road.
Defibrillator: around 50 people from the village attended the defibrillator training session held at the Village Hall on Sunday 5th July.
Tony Loten: Kate Shaw organised a presentation on behalf of EDPC. Tony was very grateful and had written a letter of thanks.
Garage: Jon Bailie reported that he did not think that the garage could be listed as it is not old enough. He asked if anyone had any documentary evidence of when it was built, its use and place in the village life. It may be possible to get the building listed locally but it is unlikely to get a national listing, unless it was built pre 1840. Generally, the listing guidelines are: Pre 1700: buildings are automatically listed; 1700 – 1840: buildings are likely to be listed; 1840: unlikely to be listed

Jon Bailie has met with WSCC and Openreach
The telegraph pole mistakenly sited beside Rose and Pond Cottages has been removed. There will be four new poles: one beside Manor Farm House, two on Droke Lane, one each on the north and south side of the road and one in Chapel Row. Openreach made it clear that it is too expensive to underground all connections. Openreach would like to put a trench around the green from Rose Cottage to Walnut Tree Cottage and have asked that the Parish Council grant them a wayleave to do so. The Parish Council agreed to this request. The work should be completed by March 2016 and will deliver Broadband which could be around 600 times faster than at present.

Village Plan Update
The Village Plan identified 12 green areas and two have been picked for immediate work
Lych gate: Rob Chalmers and Martin Gibbard have worked on this area. The next stage will be in September when they will chain saw small stumps and neaten the big stumps. Then a mix of grass and plant seeds will be sown to stabilise the bank. Kate Shaw reported that the bank is unearthing interesting pieces of pottery, which date back to 250-300 AD.  She is consulting maps and reporting to the county archaeologist.
Butchers Lane: Martin Gibbard reported that the aim is to open this up to allow more light and make the area ‘dappley’. The main area of work will be at the Droke Lane end where it is proposed that 120m of hedge will be laid. On the south side of the lane closest to Butchers Lane, the mature species will be left and the remainder reduced to 4-5’, with new hedge whips as necessary. John Holt will lead this and asked for help, to provide some direction. John Holt praised Martin Gibbard on doing a very good job on this project.
Martin Gibbard agreed to set up dates in the winter for the work and encourage volunteers.  A notice asking for volunteers with weeks and dates of proposed work will be issued.

Undergrounding electricity cables
Jon Bailie has spoken to SDNPA about undergrounding electricity cables in the vicinity of the village. SDNPA have now added the three phase line that runs along the valley to the East and West of East Dean to their list of future undergrounding projects. Additionally, they have added the single phase spur running from behind the village hall to East Dean church and the three phase spur running across the football pitch.

Bonfire night
A torch light procession was discussed, which the council agreed to consider, with diligent reference to Health and Safety and risk assessments. The meeting discussed limiting the torches to local children and possibly arranging this through the local primary schools.

Date of next meeting: 26th October at 7.30pm, East Dean Village Hall
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Apple Affair, celebrate the British Harvest at West Dean Gardens
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October
10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

West Dean Gardens’ Apple Affair is a celebration of the best of the British autumn harvest including the impressive apple harvest from West Dean’s own orchards and pumpkins and gourds from the Victorian Kitchen Garden. West Dean Apple Affair is held during the British Food Fortnight which runs from 19th September to 4th October 2015. Visitors can bring their own apple varieties along for identification and shop at around 30 artisan stalls offering seasonal produce and products. Live music throughout the weekend will be provided by Lady & The Dukes, FB Pocket Orchestra, The Kites and Steel Strum, and other local bands.

Early Bird prices from £8.25 (Standard £9.00) Adult for either Saturday or Sunday £1 Child (Age 5-15).
Saturday 3 October 11.30am and 2.30pm Make a Floral Table Centrepiece £15 Adult. Sunday 4th October 11.30am and 2.30pm Make your own Beetroot & Apple Pickle workshop £12 Adults. Each workshop is limited to 20 places so early online booking is advised.
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John Jones

We are approaching the end of the outdoor season with only one match to play. This will be followed by the club championships and internal competition known as the Spoon Drive.
West Dean 55 Lavant 46

This match was the second leg against Lavant Short Mat for the SID HITCHMAN Trophy. In the first leg, on the indoor short mat, Lavant were the winners by 5 shots. The outdoor match, played on the West Dean green, was won by West Dean Bowls Club by 9 shots and this meant that West Dean were the overall winners by 4 shots. Scores: Clare Beardmore, Andy Wood, John Butterworth [s] won 20 – 14, Ann Hiscock, David Turner, Jim Sharrod [s] lost 7 – 19, Chris Warrington, Ian Morrison, Tony Boxall [s] won 28 – 13.

Results of matches played during August
West Dean BC 54 – Pagham 31
West Dean BC 52 – Fishbourne 43
West Dean BC 63 – Stedham 48
West Dean BC 68 - Little Spain51
West Dean BC 30 – Fittleworth 69
West Dean BC 51 – Southbourne 46

West Dean Bowls Club have now finished all their home matches on the rinks in West Dean Gardens and have won them all.

Future Bowls Games on the rinks in West Dean Gardens
Sunday 30th August - Club Championships Finals Day
Sunday 6th September - Spoon Drive
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