LETTER: Wonderful celebrations

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I have just had the most amazing weekend and wanted to put on record my thanks to the following for the tremendous effort they put in to organising the various events:-

Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations - Barbara Baldwin (chair), Val Upton (deputy chair), Linda Dove (Treasurer) and Anita Wright (Development Consultant) from Mid Sussex Older People’s Council for organising the Afternoon Tea for 400 Members and Friends of MSOPC at the Effingham Park Hotel, Copthorne on Friday 10th June. It would have been a superb afternoon, had I not put on about half a stone through just having to try out all those wonderful scones and cakes! One sad note here – having put such an effort in, Barbara Baldwin was ill on the day and unable to attend. We all wish her better health and a speedy return to normal – she was sorely missed.

Frances Barter for organising the reunion of the Mid Sussex Conservation Group (MSCV) which included one of the members who had left the group about twenty years ago and who is now working in Berkshire. We started off at Sheffield Park on Saturday 11th June, only to be met with torrential rain which continued unabated until we got back into cars and left. We decamped to the garden of one of the members in Haywards Heath (which obviously hadn’t seen any rain at all) and managed to stay outside for about twenty minutes before again being subjected to heavy rain. We finally settled for inside though luckily saw the funny side of it – as conservation volunteers, we got used to working in all sorts of weather so it wouldn’t have been right if it had been dry and sunny!

Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations – Bentswood Street Party Sunday 12th June. Anna Sharkey, family and friends who did a tremendous job of organising the street party at Barn Cottage in Haywards Heath. Despite earlier torrential rain and continuing spits and spots throughout the day, we persevered and were eventually rewarded with a watery glimpse of the sun as we packing up. People were waiting to see what it was going to do before coming to the event so the lunch itself didn’t go ahead as there were too few people and too much of a threat of rain. However, the entertainment was very good and the people who were there, I believe, really enjoyed themselves.

Without all these wonderful community minded people, these events wouldn’t have happened so thanks again and looking forward to future events but hoping for a couple of days breathing space before that happens!

Barbara Lank

Wilmington Way, Haywards Heath

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