Posted by: lhct | October 24, 2019

Friends events Oct-Dec

Posted by: lhct | December 9, 2019

Task and litter team out in force

In December FCF task and litter volunteers (Jim, Tim, Chris, James & Izzie) work together to clear and tidy the gateway on the corner of Jenny Bare Legs and Great Horsham Hill. They were greeted by a picturesque overgrowth of nettles and brambles, buried in which they found a not-so-attractive heap of litter & flung poo bags. Especial thanks to Izzie who was small enough to reach the debris!

Thanks also to Rachel, Veronica and Linda who litter-picked in other areas. The next litter, task and tea afternoon will be on Saturday 4 January. Everybody welcome. Equipment and refreshments supplied.

Posted by: lhct | December 6, 2019

Cattle grazing in Parlour Mead

The visiting cattle are now grazing in Parlour Mead field (gated, at one end of the wet Riverside Walk). This will be for the next one or two weeks, depending how the ground conditions work for them.

The five British White cattle have been moved by the Horsham countryside warden team and they are now grazing in Great Horsham Hill and Jenny Bare Legs fields for short while.  Photos of them earlier in the season by Chris Taylor and Steve Knight.

Posted by: lhct | November 1, 2019

Walking Saturday afternoon?

Whatever the weather throws at us, the Friends of Chesworth Farm will be in the Volunteer Centre Saturday 2nd Nov afternoon, offering you a warm welcome with hot drinks and biscuits between 2 and 4pm. (Some hardy Friends may be out doing farm tasks and litter picking too.)

And the cattle are temporarily back in the enclosed Riverside fields (next to the wetland area) for the weekend.

 

Posted by: lhct | October 22, 2019

Cattle grazing: Gravel Pit and Spring Barn fields

The British White cattle have made their first move around the farm. From this week they are grazing in adjoining Gravel Pit and Spring Barn fields (Kerves Lane side) where they will stay for a few weeks. These fields are coloured pale pink on the map below.  Please follow the signage advice from Horsham District Council for the safety and welfare of cattle and visitors. Their likely next move will be to Great Horsham Hill and adjoining Jenny Bare Legs fields.

Posted by: lhct | October 10, 2019

Thank you for Macmillan funds

Just wanted to let you all know that we raised a total of £165 at our Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event!” says organiser Lisa White of the Friends.  “It was a rather rainy morning so thanks to all that came to the Volunteer Centre for a cuppa and homemade cake. All being good we will host it on the farm next year so pencil it in for the last day in September 2020.”

With many thanks to all who generously donated cakes plus Sarah Duffield who brought along a beautiful range of her latest artworks.

Photos: Ryan Allison, David Verrall, Lisa White

 

Posted by: lhct | October 4, 2019

Cattle on the farm

The British White cattle have arrived to begin their autumn grazing tour of the farm. They are in the enclosed Riverside fields (wetland area) for the next 2-4 weeks or so. The HDC countryside team and the Friends of Chesworth Farm  will keep you posted on their next locations.

Photographers: Ryan Allison, Philip Danvers, Mark Jarvis,  Steve Knight, Andy Tytherleigh and David Verrall

Posted by: lhct | October 1, 2019

Kestrel box to help reverse a species in decline

See if you can spot the newest bird box on the farm… it’s around 5 metres up an electricity pole. The box is to attract breeding Kestrels, so keep a look out over the Riverside wetland project next spring.

The pole is newly donated and installed by UK Power Networks, thanks to a project developed between local UK Power Networks staff member Paul Maynard and the Friends of Chesworth Farm, supported by the HDC countryside warden team. The Friends funded the nest box itself and they will help keep everyone up to date with news as the seasons change.

With thanks to the UK Power Networks team: Dave Mitchelson, Paul Maynard, Lee Carron, Graham Willard and Craig Wyeth plus Ryan Allison and Tim Thomas. Photography by Ryan Allison, David Verrall and Craig Wyeth. 

UK Power Networks news release

Posted by: lhct | September 28, 2019

Chesworth features in Colourful Places for HDYOC19

“My big, Horsham District Year of Culture Project,” is explained by artist Sarah Duffield, “I’ve been working as a full time artist for approximately six years now. Some people like my work, some people don’t and that’s fine, our lives and homes would be terribly boring if we all liked the same thing… I have found a way of seeing the world that excites me and it is that way of seeing which I try to express when creating a painting.

“Last year I was commissioned by Horsham District Council to produce four landscape paintings of well-known views of the district for the Year of Culture project. We asked residents for suggestions of well-loved views and comprised a list. I bought a map (slow worker and rubbish at geography) and spent a month discovering some the beautiful areas right on my doorstep.

“I met lots of lovely people who were often happy to point me in the right direction, discovered many new places to get a great lunch, found tree houses, a beach, got lost in a forest (the geography thing) walked up some big hills, realized I am petrified of cows and that you need to break walking boots in before you tramp off for miles in them.

“After much consideration and walking we choose views spread across the district which we felt would be familiar to many residents: Knepp estate and ruin, the view from Beeding Hill, the Arun and chalk pits in Amberley and Chesworth Farm in Horsham.

“For Chesworth, I wanted to create an autumnal painting and after a number of visits, and what felt like a long wait, I was over the moon to finally arrive one morning to find the trees had turned golden, bronze, amber and deep red. You can see the spire of St Mary’s church nestled in the trees and the grand avenue of oak trees from the bench at the top of Great Horsham Hill field. In the distance the hills look pale purple – It was definitely “Worth the Wait”: I had my view and my colours.”

Colourful Places: The Multi-Coloured District, Sarah Duffield’s solo exhibition, is at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery Saturday 28 September- Saturday 14 December. The commissioned paintings will be shown alongside other works, sketches and working notes by Sarah.

Sarah will be at the museum from midday on Saturday 5 October to present four mini prints to the people who suggested the titles for the artworks. She will stay for the afternoon to answer any questions people might have about her work, her painting style and this project – everyone is welcome. Refreshments available. Following this exhibition, the four commissioned art works, which are property of the district, will be moved to various venues for accessible viewing by as many residents as possible.

For more information, including prints available for purchase, see Sarah’s website. Limited edition full size prints of “Worth the Wait” and all the HDYOC19 commissions are available in her website Gallery shop, plus standard prints, mini prints and greeting cards.

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