Walk for Louise: Sunday 22 August

Louise Clark, who passed away very suddenly earlier this year, was well known to many of you. She was the former Administrator to our three local churches, was deeply involved in St Peter’s Mother & Baby group ‘Little Fishes’ and was also a Governor at St Peter’s School.

But Louise was so much more than this. She was a bright and energetic individual who loved walking in nature and children. She was also a mother, a wife and a friend to many. We wanted to find a way for the local community to get together to celebrate Louise’s life and so a group of us came together and idea of  a ‘Walk for Louise’ was born.

To celebrate Louise’s life we have organised walks from our three local Church of England Churches (St Peters Henfield, St Giles’ Shermanbury and St Peter’s Woodmancote) on Sunday 22 August 2021 all of which will end at the beautiful Sussex Prairie Gardens. Paul and Pauline McBride have kindly agreed free entrance to their beautiful gardens for this event for all walkers so please make sure you collect your wristband from one of the starting venues and show it on arrival.

If you would like to take part, please arrive at one of the three churches ready to start walking between 1pm – 2pm. Each church will have a registration desk for individuals to register themselves and collect their wrist band which will give them free access to Sussex Prairie Gardens. The three routes are shown on the map opposite: regardless of which one you choose each walk will take between 1 and 1.5 hours and there will be stiles to climb (so are not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs).

Please do bring something to eat and drink along the way if necessary, however it will be possible to buy delicious drinks, cake and ice cream from the Sussex Prairie Gardens Café. There will also be a designated picnic area should you wish to bring your own picnic. We are hoping for fine weather on the day so sun cream and a sun hat may be necessary! Children are very welcome on all walks but please do ensure they are capable of walking the distances involved. Well behaved dogs are also welcome but must they must remain on a lead at all times and please do ensure you clean up after them. Don’t forget to conserve some energy for the return walk home!

In addition to the spectacular gardens to enjoy, you will also be able to browse the fabulous Indian Bazaar (which sells a beautiful range of quirky items) and tap your toes along to the Soho Village JazzBand who will be performing between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. There will also be some children’s entertainment.

If you are unable to walk the distances involved but would still like to take part, the organisers will be running a minibus between the three churches and the Sussex Prairie Gardens between 1.30pm and 5pm. Children will go free but we are asking for a donation of £5 to cover the costs for each adult.

  • The is a free event, but donations can be made en-route or online. There will be collecting buckets at the churches and Sussex Prairie gardens so please bring some cash or you can donate using the QR code below, or via https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/12987 .

You may wish to fundraise or ask your friends to sponsor you. All money raised will be donated to St Peter’s Church where it will be well used for their Children’s Church projects and the Little Fishes group. The event is a collaboration between St Peter’s Church, Henfield Parish Council, Community Partnership and other local organisations.

Thank you for your support,

Rev’d Paul Doick (Rector of the Parish of Henfield with Shermanbury & Woodmancote)

Malcolm Eastwood (Chairman, Henfield Parish Council)

Photographs with the kind permission of Mike Ainscough