The day was damp and grey, though the sun came out just as we were leaving. The back garden at the Old Vicarage is quite magical, though on a steep slope. It has a number of hidden areas to discover, not least a tree house with a couple of entrances, one obvious, one not so. Spring flowers were massed in the lowest part of the garden, snowdrops in abundance in many places. There were stepping stones through a Japanese garden and through the winter colour. I even came across tulips in full flower. Also a variety of sculpture and coloured metal work used to create decorative seating and a lovely hand rail. Plenty of places to rest weary limbs and stop and stare.
The tea room serves magnificent cakes and is thus very popular, so we ended up driving to Squires Garden Centre for refreshments. When we arrived at the Old Vicarage, I went past the church to turn around and found a car park! At £5 entry to the gardens, it is well worth another visit a little later in the year when protected plants are unwrapped.
Thank you Christine for your account of the visit.
How brilliant are these two young people!
Matt and Kate Dewdney ran the Brighton Half Marathon for the 2nd year running and raised another fantastic sum of over £1600 for Know Dementia. Thank you Matt and Kate and all those people that supported them.
You can still donate on Kate’s Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheDewdneys
Know Dementia Sunday ‘Moments’ – informal meeting up for a Walk and refreshments.
The next Sunday Moment will be on Sunday 26th February.
Walk at the National Garden Schemes Open Gardens this coming Sunday.
The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington, Sussex RH20 4AS
2½m E of Storrington, 4m W of Steyning. From Washington r’about on A24 take A283 to Steyning. 500yds R to Washington. Pass Frankland Arms, R to St Mary’s Church.
Gardens of 3½ acres set around 1832 Regency house (not open). The front, formally laid out with topiary, wide lawn, mixed border, and contemporary water sculpture. The rear, features new and mature trees from C19, herbaceous borders, water garden and stunning uninterrupted views of the North Downs. Also Japanese garden with waterfall and pond.
The garden is open from 11.00am until 3.30pm., Admission is £5.00 per person – for this walk there is funding available for up to 20 entries which will be on a first come first served basis.
Meet Christine and Will at 11.00 at the entrance if you want to take advantage of the free entry . There are drinks and snacks and a tea room at the house otherwise please decide amongst yourselves if you want to have lunch in the pub in Washington afterwards or up the road at The Old Barn garden centre – or somewhere else!
Bob Wilson and his family are raising money for Know Dementia at the Greater Haywards Heath Bike Ride in April. Our thanks to Bob and his family. We hope you have a great day. If you would like to show your support visit Bob’s Just Giving Page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bob-Wilson60
Kate and Matt Dewdney are running the #Brighton Half-Marathon on 26th February to raise funds for Know Dementia again. The money they raised last year was used to keep our #Henfield Memory Cafe running where the family receives support. Best of luck Matt and Kate. We hope you have a fantastic day and thank you for your support.
Lottie, whose Grandfather has dementia, held a fundraising event recently at her flat in aid of Know Dementia as a thank you for all the support the charity gives to her family. She cooked a meal for all her friends who donated money for the tasty experience which raised £100. Thank you Lottie and Lottie’s friends!
Our Sporting Moments Christmas session was held on Monday with a special Christmas circuit set up by Steve at the #Southwater Leisure Centre. Afterwards we all wound down with some delicious nibbles and drinks. Our thanks to Steve Brew who makes Sporting Moments so much fun.
Next Sunday Moment walk will be on Sunday 18th December at Sheffield Park.
Meet by 10.30am at the entrance to the park (National Trust membership needed or pay fee on entry which is £10.50 per adult).
On this walk we will stay in the park and follow the Decorated Christmas tree Festival of Trees walk – if you have time come and have refreshments in the Sheffield Park cafe afterwards.
‘A festival of trees – This December, take a stroll in the garden with it’s winding paths and mirror lakes to discover some unusual Christmas trees. Follow the trail until you reach ‘Christmas tree walk’ where conifers of all shapes and sizes have been dressed for the festive season.’