Posted by: laurahct | 05/08/2014

Celebration Riverside Walk stops here

Chesworth Farm played an early part in the Celebration Riverside Walk round nearly 13 miles of Horsham town and countryside on Saturday 26 July.

David Moore, FCF treasurer sent this sketch of our 30 minutes of rolling refreshments  to the West Sussex County Times:

“The first pit stop on the Celebration Riverside Walk was at Chesworth Farm. It was rather like the start of a Grand Prix. Who would get into the lead in the early stages to snaffle a welcome drink and who would grab pole position in the queue for the toilets?

“Ready in the pit lane were around a dozen volunteer Friends of Chesworth Farm, ready to supply hot and cold drinks to the 160 walkers in under half an hour. They were Veronica & Jim Ashworth, Philip Ayerst, Jenny Cain, Loes Coen, Pat Dancy, Kathy Gray, Gordon Holmes, Erik Shopland, Joyce Sloan, Stella Schofield, Laura Thomas and David Tombling.

“It was also nice that Evan Giles, Parks Services Manager at HDC, was there to welcome the walkers and then give them a rousing send-off as they embarked on the next stage of the walk.  We mustn’t forget Steve, the HDC Park Ranger, who made sure that the toilets in the Parks’ depot were available for the walkers to use. Life would have been very difficult without this extra facility.

“It’s so good that we have Chesworth Farm available as a wonderful public green space, which people can use at any time. It’s also fantastic when volunteers are prepared to commit their time in order to ensure that it plays a welcome part in events of this nature.”

With thanks to Jane Apostolou (chair of Horsham Town Community Partnership), Jill Shuker and Mike Powell (walk co-ordinators) and their dedicated team for choosing us as their first refreshment stop.

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