Aldwick Green group marks 25 years

Chloe Rance, 12, her sister Grace, two, and their dog Darli. Pictures: Kate Shemilt ks16000802-5
Chloe Rance, 12, her sister Grace, two, and their dog Darli. Pictures: Kate Shemilt ks16000802-5

Aldwick Green Conservation Society celebrated its 25th anniversary with a successful Grand Fete and Fun Dog Show on Saturday.

Bognor Regis MP Nick Gibb opened the fete and thanked the society for all its hard work in managing Aldwick Village Green and its surrounds for the enjoyment and benefit of residents and wildlife alike.

Kasey Christie, 13, with Buddy, an entrant in the dog show ks16000802-3

Kasey Christie, 13, with Buddy, an entrant in the dog show ks16000802-3

There were nearly 30 stalls, one of which was organised by Ted Elliott, who was a Barnardo’s boy at Margaret House children’s home, known as St Margaret’s and now celebrating the 150th foundation year.

A particularly popular stall was Kay Patel’s curries and refreshments of teas and scones proved a great success.

Secretary Sandy Hiscock said: “We were serenaded by the RAFA skiffle group and our MC, Mr Tim Holland, interviewed both visitors and stallholders throughout the afternoon.

“The Fun Dog Show proved very popular and dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages took part.

Freja Munn, six, tries her hand at Splat the Rat ks16000802-2

Freja Munn, six, tries her hand at Splat the Rat ks16000802-2

“Our thanks to all who helped and those who supported us.”

The proceeds of the fete, just on £2,000, will go towards providing new mowers and equipment to help the society to maintain Aldwick Village Green and its surrounds, and to help keep the area looking at its best.

The society was formed under Arun District Council’s Pocket Park Scheme, after residents were asked what should happen to the Pound and the land to the north of it. In 1995, Aldwick Green was registered as a Village Green.

Over the 25 years, working parties have laid paths, planted trees, hedges and wild flowers, created a snowdrop walk and made a wildflower meadow. Nest, bee, bat and ladybird boxes have encouraged more wildlife.

Bradley Hillsdon, three, with his prize  from the lucky dip ks16000802-1

Bradley Hillsdon, three, with his prize from the lucky dip ks16000802-1

The society’s next fund raising event will be on November 12 at Mosse Hall from 10am to midday.

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