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Singleton’s Annual Duck Race Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2011 Singleton Cricket Club - 11.30am for 12.15pm start - BBQ, Bar and Bobbing Ducks - Ducks available to buy from local stores and pubs in West Dean and Singleton or on the day - All proceeds going towards the new toilet and shower facilities East Dean Flower Festival


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Royal Celebration Buffet Supper

Following the success of last year’s Flower Festival, there is no stopping us! We are planning another one for this summer. It will take place on the weekend of 18th and 19th June, from 10am – 4pm each day. There will be lots more information in the next issues of the Valley Diary, but in the meantime if you would like to sponsor an arrangement in memory of someone, please get in touch with Kate Shaw (811207) or Helen Bailie (811937). All funds in aid of East Dean Church new heating fund.

Friday 29th April 2011 7.30pm East Dean Village Hall

If the job’s worth doing… See a local solicitor with experience

On the day William and Kate tie the knot, we are holding a celebration evening with fine food and music at East Dean Village Hall.


A special Royal Buffet will be served followed by an evening of music and song with many favourites old and new around the piano. There will be licensed bar. Come and join us for a great night out. Tickets available from Jeremy (811922) and Tim (811992) at £14 per person under 14's £7.

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More on Digital TV in the Villages... Dear Tim I thought it might be helpful if I were to comment upon Sue of Midhurst’s letter in last month’s Valley Diary which drew attention to the prospect of losing some television reception in the area following the digital changeover which is scheduled for March 2012. I cannot speak for the main TV transmitters on the Isle of Wight and in Midhurst, which I know some residents in the Valley villages are able to access, but for most of Singleton, West Dean and East Dean, there is a television relay transmitter on the West Dean Estate located on the hill behind Old Station House and known as Chilsdown. This is currently being upgraded for the digital changeover by Arqiva which manages the transmitter. As far as I understand, following the changeover the signal strength and coverage will remain unaltered, but prompted by Sue’s letter I am asking Arqiva for more information and will gladly share this in a future Valley Diary. Regards Simon Ward Agent & Secretary to the Trustees Edward James Foundation Ltd members of Oak class at Singleton C.E. Primary School

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WEST DEAN STORES Groceries & Provisions Fruit & Vegetables Off License Hardware Stationery Pet Food Calor Gas Coal/Charcoal Stockists of West Dean Forest Hogs Free Range Pork Bedding Plants (during season) Fax & Copy Service Newspapers and Magazines Fish & Chips, Burgers Bacon Rolls, Tea, Coffee Fresh Cut Sandwiches Mon: 6.30am - 6pm Tues: 6.30am - 1pm Wed: 6.30am - 6pm Thu: 6.30pm - 6pm Fri: 6.30am - 6pm Sat: 6.30am - 6pm Sun 8am - 1pm (Post Office: Mon & Wed: 1.30pm 4.30pm)

01243 811210 The Valley Diary Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of entries and adverts in The Valley Diary (TVD). Content is based on the latest info at time of printing. This may change. Every effort will be made to circulate correct info as soon as possible in subsequent editions. This edition will not be reprinted and re-circulated if any info changes during the period of its validity. In no circumstances can TVD accept any liability for loss or damage which may arise or result from any error in, or omission of, any entry or advert whether relating to wording, space, position, artwork or telephone number. TVD is not an agent for any business or individual within its pages and is unable to vouch for advertising claims, professional qualifications, trade certifications, memberships of trade associations or content of web sites whose addresses may be shown in individual entries or adverts published anywhere with its pages. TVD advises readers to satisfy themselves as to the type of goods or services offered or qualifications held by the businesses or individuals appearing its pages. In short, we’re very grateful to advertisers for providing the funds to keep The Valley Diary going but can’t be held liable in any way by readers if advertisers don’t live up to their claims and we won’t get involved in any dispute between advertisers in TVD and their customers. Clinical, ain’t it?

At Singleton C.E Primary School on Thursday 10th March, visitors who were children during the Second World War came into school and told the teacher and children all the facts about their lives in WWII. Before all the visitors came, the children made cakes and biscuits for the visitors, WWII style! Mr Haddleton taught the children something very strange about when the gas went out. He got out two halves of a brick and an iron. Then he placed the halves next to each other with a small space between them and then put the iron on top. He explained that you had to get a pan and could start cooking. Also Mrs Haddleton talked about being evacuated. Mrs Norrell told us about the time when she was walking in the woods and a German fighter got shot down. She explained that the German fighter was shooting random bullets through the woods and they nearly hit her. It was very interesting. Mrs Staples told the children about life at the time as she lived in Singleton during WWII. It was very interesting and great to find out first hand what it was like living in the place you live in during WWII. We would like to say a big thank you to all those who came to talk to us!

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“Your most important diary date for 2011” East Dean Church Fete Saturday 11th June!

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PERMISSIVE ACCESS Farmer John & family You will soon notice some permissive access signs being erected at points around East Dean. Droke Farm is now part of a scheme called HLS which is an agricultural environmental stewardship agreement. The two permissive access paths will link up popular footpaths in East Dean and provide good views over the village. The first permissive access path goes from the footpath at the bottom of Court Hill, up the chalk track to the north of the village and meets with the footpath at the top of Court Hill. The second permissive access path goes from the road opposite Manor Farm Barns across Crouchers Paddock and meets with the footpath that links the forest with Butchers Lane. Work will soon begin on infrastructure such as styles to make these paths as accessible as possible. Please remember to observe the countryside code when using these permissive access paths as you would when using other footpaths and public rights of way around the village. We have noticed that some people are still not sticking to the footpaths, particularly walking behind the Church up to Court Hill and up the side of School Field behind the village hall. Grass is a very important crop on our dairy farm and so we once again ask people to respect this fact and not to trespass and walk off the designated paths. As part of our environmental scheme we have implemented a number of exciting measures which will hopefully bring about significant environmental benefits. You will notice some fields with 6 metre uncultivated grass margins which encourage wild flowers and wildlife. We also have areas of fallow plots next to arable crops which provide suitable conditions for the growth of rare arable plants, they also provide foraging areas in the summer for declining farmland birds including Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Linnet. Other measures include planting areas of wild bird seed mix and restoring species rich semi-natural grassland. In April, work on the farm includes muck spreading, ploughing and planting Forage Maize which will be next year’s winter feed for our dairy cows. By the end of the month most of our livestock will be out in the fields enjoying the lush spring grass.

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TAKE YOUR PARTNER BY THEIR HAND… Barn Dance Saturday 4th June at 6.30pm Downland Gridshell Building at the Weald and Downland Museum This fun evening is being organised by the Friends of the Museum and is open to all ages. The live band will be The Odd Bods. Bring a picnic supper and drinks and put on your dancing shoes! Tickets are available from the Museum shop. Adults£10, children £6 and Family £25. This is a fundraising event.

GARDENER’S QUESTIONS Saturday 23rd July at 2.30pm Downland Gridshell Building The Friends of the Weald and Downland Museum are delighted to announce that the well known gardening expert, Pippa Greenwood will be on the panel to answer your gardening questions. Her fellow panellists will be Tom Brown, head gardener at Pareham House, Jane Allen, organiser of West Sussex National Gardener Scheme and John Humphris chairman of Easebourne Allotment society. The afternoon will be chaired by Bob Holman who for many years was the Museum’s gardener. Proceedings will commence with afternoon tea during which you can submit your questions. Tickets £12 in advance only from the Museum shop.

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Volunteer Car Service Singleton & Charlton Transport The following people will take Residents to Lavant Road Surgery and provide lifts elsewhere in case of Emergency… Bridgid Dunn 811283 Michael Weld 811420 Bill Spence 811453 Maurice Pollock 811260 Michael Macdonald 811610 Peter Perks 01243 818044

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There was no end to the creativity of Chef Achim Klein and the staff team at The Partridge in Singleton on Shrove Tuesday this year when they began offering customers the chance to design their favourite pancake. Challenging the kitchen staff to the limit to ensure that as long as they had the Ingredients in their pantry "your wish is our command", what started as an impromptu request during lunchtime service resulted in a cornucopia of dessert delights. One group of satisfied customers celebrating a birthday enjoyed pancakes flambeed with Cointreau & served with orange icecream, pancakes flambeed in malibu with coconut icecream & pancakes in a delicious sauce made with Bailey's Irish cream. While others were content with more traditional choices such as lemon & sugar, it certainly sparked heated debate amongst diners as they let their imaginations run away with them. Pancake Day is such a lovely tradition celebrating the start of lent and it was a real joy to discover that in the heart of Singleton village people were joining in the festivities with gourmet gusto.

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Singleton Spring Supper Tickets are now on sale for yet another very popular Singleton Supper Saturday 21st May Singleton Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm. Please bring your own wine. Glasses will be provided. Tickets £10 from 01243 811453 or 01243 811726 You are advised to book early.

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Singleton C.E. School pupils take part in Olympic 2012 Maths project Pupils from Singleton C.E. School have taken part in a celebration of maths work linked to the forthcoming Olympic Games to be held in 2012 in London. Teacher Suzanne Fielder worked in collaboration with teachers from several other local schools to plan activities and maths challenges that link to the sports that will be featured at the Games in London next year. A display of the work was presented, attended by teachers and pupils from the schools involved, together with Tom Lord, a member of the GB beach volleyball team. As part of the presentation the pupils were able to try out the activities and challenges for themselves. One of the pupils commented, “The activities were really good fun. It was great.”

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Woodland Reared Tamworth / Wild Boar and Wild Venison Spit Roasts Cooked over Oak Charcoal Pork and Venison products available at West Dean Stores Contact Marc 07979 870261

East Dean Village Hall Now completely modernised and equipped, with a catering standard kitchen and full disabled access. Suitable for almost any occasion. To book the Hall, or arrange to see it, phone Jill Mountford

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International Links at West Dean School Gill Moss, Headteacher Our Y5 and Y6 have enjoyed an educational residential visit to Normandy this term. This was our first trip abroad and had been a long time in preparation and planning, but finally came to fruition when we set sail on Monday 14th March, returning to school on Friday 18th March. Accompanied by myself, Mr Dobson and Mr Murray (class teachers) as well as Mrs Johnson (our French expert), they followed a language trail around the beautiful fishing port of Port-en-Bessin, visited WW2 landing beaches and sites, saw Bayeux cathedral and tapestry as well as enjoying outdoor activities and an afternoon with Etreham Primary School, our twinned school in the region. The children had been well-prepared for the visit and used their learning in languages, history, geography and much more to enrich the experience. The many language sessions at our centre in Normandy were brought to life with fun games and activities, and the opportunities to sample French food were taken to the full. We learnt how to say which food we prefer, love or detest and why, as well as how to discuss prices and choices with market stall holders and in shops, although most of us saved some of our pocket money for our visit to a caramel factory! The children had previously written to their pen friends and our two headteachers had communicated in rather stilted but effective emails! This is a cultural link which will give the children at the school a real purpose to their language learning in school from the age of four upwards, and has provided an additional dimension to the curriculum at the end of Key Stage Two. We hope to visit the school and region again in two years’ time, with our ‘outdoor and adventure activities’ continuing at Cobnor in alternate years to give the children a great range of opportunities. We are even hoping to persuade and facilitate the school visiting us here in West Dean in future years! Our thanks go to the children and staff for making this such a successful visit. The children behaved beautifully and were a credit to West Dean.

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TAKE CARE ON CHARLTON ROAD Anna Douglas Almost every day I walk to Singleton school and home again with my mummy, my sister and my dog. We walk on the road between Charlton and Singleton. Some drivers are considerate and pass us slowly, however some cars whizz by. The fast cars are really annoying. So please remember that the speed limit is 30 miles an hour thank you.

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News from the Village Churches Holy Week: the week beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter Day marks the heart of the Christian Gospel. Christians have always marked and celebrated this week with special devotion. This year, Bishop Mark will be leading the worship in the Valley Parish during this special and Holy week. During these days Christians remember and enter into the events, from Jesus entering into Jerusalem ‘meek and riding on a donkey’ as the crowd shouted ‘Hosanna’; his Last Supper with his disciples, when he ‘showed how perfect his love was’, washing their feet and commanding them to ‘love one another as I have loved you’; then betrayal by those he loved, and being condemned to an unjust and cruel death, as the crowds now shouted ‘crucify’. On Good Friday Christians are reminded that ‘God so loved the world’, and are taken to the foot of the Cross. On Holy Saturday we come together to hear how God worked through human history to save his people and show his love, and how all these events lead up to Cross and Resurrection. We mark this as we renew Baptismal promises and proclaim that Christ is risen— risen—He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Comment from the Archdeacon of Chichester

Church Annual Meetings The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place on April 28th, to elect Churchwardens and PCC members. Members of the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to take part. Forms for membership of the Roll are to be found in the churches. All regular worshippers and parishioners who wish to support the parish churches are encouraged to add their names. tious way we should speak of Jesus, gently share our faith, wear our crosses, pray our prayers, wear our clerical collars (more!) and stand up for Jesus. One final thought on political correctness. Thoughtfulness, courtesy, gentleness and sensitivity are characteristics of the Christian life yet the excesses of political correctness are unnecessarily irksome, increasingly incredulous. Even in humour (I confess Ken Dodd is my favourite comedian – wonderful on income tax!) it is no longer acceptable to say for example: “Have you heard the one about the Englishman, the Scotsman and the Irishman…?” I have Jewish friends who tell wonderful Jewish jokes; I have Irish friends who tell jokes about the English. Enough is enough! By the way, have you heard the one about the Irish Bishop …….! Yes let’s meet the challenge that Jane Williams speaks of, more importantly let us BE that loving challenge Jesus calls us to be. Yours in Christ.

How welcome it was to read a recent article in the Church Times by Jane Williams, Theologian, Christian, Teacher and wife (not partner) of the Archbishop of Canterbury about how Christians are systematically being dismissed as “bigots” who “rely on dogma.” Christians are fallen people who love and depend on God alone for everything. Let us be quite clear Christians are disciples of Christ Jesus and have a primary duty through word and action to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. Christ likeness (holiness of life) is how we Christians convince others of the truth of Jesus. Secularism, European Directives, Human Rights and political correctness in their excesses too often manifest a narrow mindedness intending, at least, to sideline, the Christian voice and as Jane Williams says, such “lazy” and “scornful” attitudes need to be challenged. The Christian life is mod-

elled on Jesus (in whom all things hold together. Col.1:17) and the word of God is the lantern to our feet and the light to our path. Jesus is the source of sound (generous) teaching where we find the very principles on which we need to live our lives as Christians. People have every right not to like them or accept them (freedom of choice) but those who do live by them have every right to be faithful to them, individually and corporately, privately and publicly without the fear of prosecution! Lent is soon upon us and I hope that brothers and sisters throughout our diocese will spend sometime reflecting on how we can challenge locally and nationally some of the nonsensical accretions that are seeking to sideline our Christian faith and those who choose to live as disciples of Jesus today. Let us not be ashamed to proclaim Christ through our lives particularly through our Christian service to all; not in any ostenta-

Rector: The Revd Richard Woods The Rectory, Singleton Telephone 811213 e-mail:

PCC Secretary: Karen Barrett 811427 Churchwardens: 8 Droke Lane, East Dean PO18 0JH Peter Hawley 811556; PCC Treasurer: Jennifer Neelands, Wendy Goacher 811641 Chilgrove Cottage, Chilgrove, PO18 9HU



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News from the Village Churches, cont


4th in Lent

(1st Sunday)


Mothering Sunday

5th in Lent

(2nd Sunday)

Passiontide begins

8am Eucharist SINGLETON 10am Parish Eucharist & Sunday School EAST DEAN 6pm Evensong & Sermon SINGLETON

8am Eucharist EAST DEAN 10am Parish Eucharist & Sunday School SINGLETON 6pm Evensong (with choir) WEST DEAN

HOLY WEEK Mark Sowerby, Bp of Horsham will be with us for Holy Week


Palm Sunday (3rd Sunday) 8am Eucharist SINGLETON 10am Palm Procession & Parish Eucharist Bishop Mark WEST DEAN 6pm Evening Prayer EAST DEAN


Maundy Thursday 7:30pm Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper EAST DEAN Bishop Mark followed by Watch at altar of repose


GOOD FRIDAY 10am Family Worship 12 noon Liturgy of the Day


sung Passion Gospel & Communion

Bishop Mark 2pm At the foot of the Cross


readings, prayers, and meditation


Holy Saturday - EASTER EVE 7:30pm Ceremony of Light, Easter Vigil, Renewal of Baptism & Confirmation and first Eucharist of Easter Bishop Mark SINGLETON


EASTER DAY 8am Eucharist 10am Parish Eucharist 6pm Eucharist

(4th Sunday)




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CLOSURE OF WEST DEAN STORES Geoff and Jane Collier Some of you may remember at the end of 2009 West Dean Stores were facing the very real possibility of closure. Sadly a little over a year later we are back in the same position, though this time, and most regretfully, that possibility is now a reality. The inspiration to give it another go at the eleventh hour came from the generous support and encouragement of both The Edward James Foundation and a financial donation from an anonymous benefactor. We had to do something to try and entice more customers to the shop. When the Post Office changed from full service to “outreach” it resulted in a great financial loss to us. Gone was the Sub-Postmaster salary and commission to be replaced by £50 per week for 66 hours of service. After watching very carefully, it was noted that in excess of 80% of Post Office users did not make a shop purchase so we were forced to change to a “hosted service” and that allowed us to try and make more cost effective use of our time. This is when we had the hot food counter and food prep room built and Jane and I scrubbed and painted the main shop area and fitted a new counter. We tried Friday night fish and chips but by the end of October 2010 interest had dwindled beyond sustainability. We tried staying open until 4pm on Sunday throughout the summer of 2010 in the hope that we would attract extra walkers and cyclists. In reality it equated to one or two customers for the extra three hours. There are many factors that have affected us, amongst them being the ever increasing choice and low cost bargains available at supermarkets and the ability to have these bargains delivered via the internet. This has left us only with the chance that someone may have forgotten something, or to buy a particular product they cannot get at a supermarket. These BOOK NOW FOR EASTER! purchases alone are insufficient to sustain the business. What happens now? There is no set timescale of events at present and we will endeavour to provide and restock perishables and daily items such as newspapers, milk, eggs etc for as long as possible but you will witness inevitable gaps appearing as the stock winds down. We ask that you continue to purchase from us as long as you can. In doing so you will be helping us to clear some of the debts we have already incurred. In the meantime we know that the Foundation is keen to maintain some sort of service in the valley if at all possible and is looking at alternative models and options. The shop with remaining lease has been marketed as we try to come to terms with job hunting and finding somewhere to live. We would dearly like to stay in the area as we love it so much. Thank you all.

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20th Century Choral Masterpieces THE ENGLISH ARTS CHORALE Conductor: Leslie Olive Lauridsen

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Chichester Cathedral - Saturday 7 May 2011 at 7:30pm The English Arts Chorale returns to Tickets: £15, £12, £8 (restricted view) from Chichester Cathedral on 7 May Chichester tickets 01243 813595 following their successful inaugural by phone at 01737 762097 or concert of unaccompanied choral music on-line at in 2009. The first half opens as in 2009 with unaccompanied music; Morten Lauridsen‘s supremely beautiful O magnum mysterium followed by Durufle’s Four Motets, and ends with Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in which many strands of writing are overlaid and woven into a texture that is by turns dense and transparent. The second half of the concert is devoted to a perennial favourite, Duruflé’s setting of the Requiem, with its ethereal harmonies and dramatic changes of dynamics. The two larger works are with organ accompaniment. The Chorale celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2011. The Chichester concert in May is part of an intense period for the Chorale with a performance of Messiah in Reigate at Easter and a concert including Verdi’s Requiem in June in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Founder conductor Leslie Olive, says, “Our Mission Statement is ‘To share with everyone the profound human and spiritual experience of great music’. I am thrilled to bring such wonderful music to Chichester, a centre of worship for more than nine hundred years. It’s as though we are adding another strand to the continuum of worship in this historic place”. Tickets are available from Chichester Tickets on-line at and by telephone at 01243 813595 and at and by telephone at 01737 762097

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THE BOYS COOK UP A NICE TIDY SUM FOR CHARITY East Dean village Monday morning coffee morning was taken over by the boys for a very worthy cause! Instead of the usual coffee and biscuits, the boys did a roaring trade in bacon butties all in aid of the charity Cancer Wise. About 60 people stopped by and around £110 was donated for the charity. Our picture shows from left to right - Peter "Buttie" Burfield, Colin "Cookie" Porter, Thomas "Fryer" Fallon and Martin "the Griddle" Gibbard. Well done boys - fantastic SEASONED HARDWOOD CUT AND SPLIT TO ORDER morning. We look forward to Est. 15 yrs your next takeover of Monday morning anytime soon! Just £60 Single load - £110 Double load as a reminder, the Monday FREE LOCAL DELIVERY Morning Coffee Morning runs EVERY Monday from 10.30 Tel: 01730 815302 / 07793017181 and is open to all. We can't promise bacon butties every Monday, but we can promise a warm welcome and the coffees not that bad either!


FOOTPATH WARDEN Jill Mountford is the Footpath Warden in East Dean. If anyone would like to report a blocked path or broken style, please give her a call on 811358. SINGLETON, EAST DEAN AND WEST DEAN PARISH COUNCILS Minutes of all the meetings are available online at Follow the links to Contents and Parish News. Do go and see what’s being talked about in your community. Don’t Forget Your Camera! Send in your snaps to The Valley Diary for all to enjoy...



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Haredown 2011 Saturday 12th March hailed the 11th year of mountain boarding for Haredown. After a great 2010 which saw local riders Kate Carey and Sophie Houlding from Singleton steal a Ladies one-two in the ATBA-UK International Series Downhill Racing at Haredown in July. We held a Pro weekend for our youngsters in June which involved four of the world’s top mountain boarders coming down for 2 days and teaching them, riding with them and generally inspiring them in their love of mountain boarding. Think the David Beckham and Wayne Rooney of mountain boarding and you can understand how exciting this weekend was for our youngsters. One thing that gave us a great boost in 2010 was the decision by Chichester District Council to grant us permanent planning permission, we had been operating with temporary permission which was renewed every three years and the permanent permission gave us some security as we moved forward. We continue to work closely with the Local Planning Authority to ensure that we meet the terms of our permission. We have lots planned already in 2011 including two Pro weekends, the launch of the new and improved Mountain Boarding Curriculum and of course lots and lots of boarding. Our sport is one that is enjoyed by people of any age and being so easy to learn it is perfect for a family weekend adventure! Most of our staff come from the Valley or very close by and we are very proud to develop local young people’s transferable skills and self confidence as they prepare for their future careers. I have been trying to think of my highlight of last year and it continues to be the same thing, the same thing that gets me out of bed every morning to do a job I lovethe amount of fun and enjoyment that mountain boarding at Haredown brings to people’s lives. Most people I imagine would be delighted that they had helped deliver someone’s ‘best day of my life ever’, my staff and I get this every day and its amazing! Look forward to seeing you at Haredown! Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

Open House on Mothering Sunday: Sunday 3rd April: A special spring day to welcome visitors old and new at the start of the season. £2 entry for everyone, plus our traditional bunch of daffodils for mothers and grandmothers! Wonderful Easter: Wednesdays Children’s Activities: Wednesdays 13th & 20th April: Hands-on activities, crafts and games to occupy accompanied children of all ages. Easter activities: Sunday 24th – Mon 25th April Two days of activities and Easter celebrations, with a bonnet competition and parade on the Monday.

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The Diary Diary - Jan Elliott - 01243 811786 - Distribution - Chris Kelly - 01243 811833 - Editing & Advertising - Tim Salmon - 01243 811968 - April Sun.3rd Open House on Mothering Sunday: Weald & Downland Museum Mon.4th West Dean Tea & Chat: West DeanGardens Visitors Centre: 10.30am Fri.8th Last day of term: Singleton School/West Dean School Wed.13th Wonderful Easter Wednesdays: Weald & Downland Museum Mon.18th Singleton Village Hall AGM: 7pm: All welcome: 811453 Mon.18th West Dean Tea & Chat: West DeanGardens Visitors Centre: 10.30am Wed.20th Wonderful Easter Wednesdays: Weald & Downland Museum Thu.21st Singleton & East Dean WI: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm: Desert Island Discs Sun.24th - Mon.25th Easter at the Museum: Weald & Downland Museum Tue.26th First day of term: Singleton School/West Dean School Wed.27th Singleton Lunch Club: Singleton Village Hall: 811726/811453 Thu.28th East Dean, Singleton and West Dean APCM: West Dean Church: 7.30pm Fri.29th Royal Wedding Buffet Supper: East Dean Village Hall: 7.30pm: 811992/811922 Sat.30th Yeomanry Remembrance Service: Waymark Memorial, Charlton: 11.30am May Sun.1st - Mon.2nd Food and Farming Fair: Weald & Downland Museum Mon.2nd Singleton Duck Race!

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11.30am Tue.3rd Singleton School closed Wed.4th West Dean Parish Council Meeting: 7.30pm: West Dean College: AGM Thu.5th East Dean Parish Council Elections Mon.9th West Dean Tea & Chat: West DeanGardens Visitors Centre: 10.30am Wed.11th Singleton Parish Council AGM: 7pm: Singleton Village Hall Wed.18th West Dean Parish Council AGM Thu.19th Singleton & East Dean WI: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm: Resolutions Sat.21st Singleton Spring Supper: Singleton Village Hall: 811453 Mon.23rd West Dean Tea & Chat: West DeanGardens Visitors Centre: 10.30am Wed.25th Singleton Lunch Club: Singleton Village Hall: 811726/811453 Mon.30th - Fri.3rd (June) Half Term: Singleton School Mon.30th - Fri.3rd (June) South Downs Springtime: Weald & Downland Museum June Sat.4th - Sun.5th Heavy Horse and Working Animals Show: Weald & Downland Museum Sat.4th Barn Dance: Gridshell: 6.30pm Mon.6th West Dean Tea & Chat: West DeanGardens Visitors Centre: 10.30am Sat.11th East Dean Church Fete Thu.16th Singleton & East Dean WI: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm: Visit to Montezumas Taste & Talk Sat.18th - Sun.19th East Dean Flower Festival: 10am - 4pm Sun.19th Fathers Day: Weald & Downland Museum

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Mon.20th West Dean Tea & Chat: West DeanGardens Visitors Centre: 10.30am Wed.22nd Singleton Lunch Club: Singleton Village Hall: 811726/811453 Sun.26th Singleton Open Gardens: 811453 July Mon.4th West Dean Tea & Chat: West DeanGardens Visitors Centre: 10.30am Wed.6th West Dean Parish Council Meeting Sat.9th - Sun.10th MedFest: West Dean Gardens Wed.13th Singleton Parish Council Meeting: 7pm: Singleton Village Hall Sat.16th Singleton Fete: 2.30pm Sun.17th Rare Breeds Show: Weald & Downland Museum Mon.18th West Dean Tea & Chat: West DeanGardens Visitors Centre: 10.30am Thu.21st Last day of term: Singleton School Thu.21st Singleton & East Dean WI: Singleton Village Hall: 7pm: Members' Summer Party Sat.23rd Gardener's Questions: Gridshell: 2.30pm Wed.27th Wonderful Wednesdays: Weald & Downland Museum Wed.27th Singleton Lunch Club: Singleton Village Hall: 811726/811453 Loads more dates online at‌ Get your dates to Jan as soon as you have them please! 811786

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Contact Info‌ Diary Dates can be telephoned through to Jan on 811786 and distribution issues to Chris - 811833. Contributions, articles and anything of interest to Tim on 811968 or emailed to Special thanks to Paul Saunders for graphics


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