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The team has been working hard to curate more than 30 FREE guided walks across the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty, as well as a range of self-guided walks allowing you to explore this precious landscape at your own pace. This year’s event runs from Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 September 2021.
Things are running a bit differently this year, with a simple booking system to help manage numbers. From Monday 9 August, you will be able to view the walking programme on the Festival website. Each walk has its own Eventbrite booking page, and you can join as many as you like. The process is quick, easy and – most importantly – every walk is free!
Here are a few highlights of the Festival programme to whet your appetite:
- High Weald Dark Skies Walk: This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the stars across the High Weald with a Dark Skies story.
- WealdWay 40th Anniversary Walk: A circular walk using the WealdWay and Tunbridge Wells Circular, visiting the village of Spelhurst for lunch.
- Full Steam Ahead at Horsted Keynes: Recapture the golden age of steam on this walk beside the Bluebell Railway and through fields and woods.
Please share these details with any friends, family or colleagues who might have discovered a love of walking over the last year, and encourage them to join in.
There will be an email reminder when booking goes live, so join the mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out!
We are sad to announce the passing of Vic Glazier on 22 June 2021
Vic was born in 1937 on the border of Pett, down Rosemary Lane and spent most of his life living at Pett Level and in Pett itself. He was a well-known character in the area. He was a one-time member of the Beach Club (old and new) and was part of The Triumph Owners Motorcycle Club, that started at the Royal Oak. In his life and especially in his retirement, he spent much time walking along Cliffend, along the sea wall and watching the wildlife and birds down at the lakes.
The cortege will leave The Glebe, Elms Lane (by the Royal Oak) at 11.45 am on Monday 26th July.
We would love it, if you knew Dad and are able, to come and stand at the roadside along Pett, and
cheer him on, on this his final journey through the village.
Mandie, Suzanne and Caroline (nee Glazier)
Just a reminder that the library is on tomorrow at the village hall.
The thirteenth of June was a very lucky day, first it was gloriously sunny and needing a hat and suncream and second there were two fine gardens to visit in Pett. Opposite the village hall is Chris and Robin Hutt’s Fairlight End and a short stroll along the road is Libby and Tim Rothwell’s Breanross. Both were open for the National Gardens Scheme a national charity with hundreds of garden owners raising funds for a range of medical charities. Last year some £3 million pounds was donated. Included in the list were Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Hospice UK to name 3 out of fifteen.
It is impossible to grasp the scale of Fairlight End from the road and although the front is interesting with the steel retainer, the planting, and a stall with home propagated plants for sale, it isn’t until you emerge from the narrows past the house that the vista presents itself. The garden slopes steeply away from the house which is on the highest part and with the help of garden designer Ian Kitson and the use of locally made cortensteel the upper part has been terraced to make a large level grassed area perfect for the tables and chairs at which to sit and enjoy the refreshments in the sunshine and take in the sweep of garden and countryside beyond.
Chris has a study halfway down the slope near the house with access by some very steep steps flanked with shady subjects. Otherwise the slope is less severe with paths mowed through the grass whose cut will wait until after the wildflower seed has set and for June 13th this meant a carpet of ox-eye daisies studded with orchids A tour with a diversion to inspect the vegetables in their raised beds and greenhouse takes one to the upper spring fed pond fringed with rushes where one can listen to the loud calls of the Marshfrogs and overhead the twittering of the martins swooping off the neighbouring houses. The slope beyond the pond gives a vantage point to look back to the house sitting above this remarkable creation. Return past the lower pond gives upslope views of the meadow effect and returns one to the terrace for delicious refreshment served by a team of volunteers.
Leaving Fairlight End it is a short stroll along to Breanross where Libby has transformed a small steeply sloping south facing garden into a wondrous display. A series of terraces run across the garden creating level beds that are crammed full of a wide variety of plants from roses at the top to shade loving subjects at the bottom. In the middle is a wood framed greenhouse that exemplifies her careful and ordered approach to the whole. Unfortunately this short account does not do her work justice but this correspondent does not know this garden like he knows Chris’s and is writing from memory some time after the event.
Some 230 people took advantage of Chris’s garden so he was able to make a sizable donation to the NGS and to the village hall which supplied the parking space and toilet facilities. Libby’s numbers are not known but it would be easy to overwhelm her space so I hope that her great effort was well rewarded.
You can see details of Fairlight End at www.fairlightend.co.uk and find all you need to know about the National Garden Scheme and garden openings at www.ngs.org.uk