We like to support projects that make Midhurst a better place. In the past, we have paid for seats to be placed at strategic points around Midhurst, and we have supported renovation schemes. We planted an oak tree to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the visit to Cowdray by Queen Elizabeth I on 15 August 1591. We also donated funds to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation to help train master craftsmen in conservation skills, helping ensure such expertise continues to exist in West Sussex.
Although currently on hold (pending the end of Covid-19) we have been involved in several projects recently which will continue to take our time and energy - if not our funds:
1. With the assistance of SDNPA we are looking at the possibility of upgrading to wheelchair-friendly status a short stretch of footpath along the River Rother.
2. We worked for several months with Midhurst Town Council on an exciting new proposal for the Stag Garden Roundabout (by the bus station). The practicalities proved insurmountable, and attention switched to the Market Square, where a suitable site was identified for a bronze sculpture, a generous donation from Cocking-based sculptor Philip Jackson. We are now working with Midhurst Town Trust to identify the problems to be overcome. See News section for more details.
3. We introduced Midhurst Rother College to Schools Energy Co-op (one of the Energy4All family of renewable energy co-ops) with a view to placing solar panels on the roof of the gymnasium.
4. We actively encouraged the creation of a First Responder Group for Midhurst to partly compensate for the loss of our ambulkance station.
Let us know if you have ideas for ways in which the Society can help Midhurst.
In September 2019 we provided 50% of the funding for the Midhurst Green Volunteers to buy a new cutter. This is the message they sent us:
"The cutter has been in lots of action around Midhurst and Easebourne and is saving us lots of time. The edges are also straighter than when using a hand edger.
Thank you to the Midhurst Society for their grant."
In April 2019, using money from the Mrs E G Carne legacy, we donated a defibrillator to the Midhurst Sports Association - sited at the Cowdray Pavilion. We were assisted by The Community Heartbeat Trust, the UK's leading community defribillator charity.
George Burdfield, Director of Rugby - Midhurst Rugby Club
Katherine House, Captain - Midhurst Stoolball Club
Peter Glass, Chairman - Midhurst Cricket Club
Harvey Tordoff, Project Manager - The Midhurst Society
John Whitby, Chairman - Midhurst Sports Association
Andrew Down, President - Midhurst Rugby Club
and the famous Cowdray Ruins!
Defibrillator in North Street
In January 2019, drawing on our legacy funds from Mrs E G Carne, we donated a defibrillator to the town (outside Tesco in North Street) sharing the cost with the charity Tesco Bags of Help.
Photo (by kind permission of Midhurst & Petworth Observer) shows Mike Balmforth (TMS) Peter Shaw (TMS) Zoe Nunn (British Heart Foundation) Judy Fowler (Midhurst Town Council) Sue Balmforth (TMS) Sue Tordoff (TMS) Harvey Tordoff (TMS) Dave Woods (Tesco)