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House of Commons
Thursday 12 January 2006
1310 CANINE PARTNERS 20.Dec.2005

That this House commends Canine Partners for their dedicated assistance to people with disabilities, through the provision of specially trained dogs; acknowledges the improved quality of life, companionship and enhanced independence that a dog can provide to people with reduced mobility; congratulates Canine Partners on the opening of their new National Training Centre at Heyshott in West Sussex; and hopes to draw attention to the extraordinary selflessness exhibited by everybody concerned with the charity.

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Tony Smith asks:.....eMail - May 2006
Although it is unlikely, would anyone have had an association with the Royal Sussex Regiment, particularly with the Expeditionary forces in Egypt and involvement in the Gaza battles of 1917?

My Great uncle Henry [Harry] Pledge was killed during the Third battle for Gaza on 6th November 1917. The CWGC advise me that he had no known grave there, but is remembered at the Jerusalem Memorial, he is also mentioned on a memorial in Midhurst, West Sussex. The Sussex County Archivist is searching for material relating to my uncle, we know that he was born in Heyshott, and enlisted in Horsham so he was a Sussex lad. Sadly, all my relatives from that era are all gone now, so I am relying on archives and perhaps the possibility that someone may have had a relative that was there [Egypt] in 1917, and may have spoken of Henry Pledge.

Best regards.
Anthony Smith
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Midhurst cinema c.1960
Midhurst Orion Cinema 1960
Demolished around 1967, Somerfields supermarket was
on on this site until June 2007. Note the garage to the
left with pumps extending across the footpath.
Originally Public Hall opened 1882
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this building & North Street
Midhurst war memorial - click to view from other side
photo - Frank Wales
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Midhurst War Memorial Cross
Red Lion Street on left, Church Hill to right
contains over 60 names
from World War 1 and World War 2.
see Roll of Honour

Pedestrian only Market Square
April 2006
Under proposed plans, Midhursts Market Square, in the historic heart of the town, is to become traffic free. Some car parking will also be lost, vehicle access through the square would be banned, and the area will be paved, with seating and planting. The square dates from the 12th century and borders the south side of the parish church. The study was commissioned by the Town Trust the owners of the Square.

Four years later.....
£350,000 vision for Midhurst - - -31 May 2010

- Great if it happens, it gives the opportunity for a multitude of ventures, maybe even something like giving a market town a real market place, with a real old style market - going 'backwards in time' is sometimes going forwards! In the meantime, who is paying for all these 'consultations and studies'?..and still nothing. There also seems an 'anti car' attitude again, how are all these visitors and customers going to get here then?

Midhurst Vets vow not to leave town
June 2006

Following a warning from West Sussex County Council that the land their surgery occupies is required for the expansion of Midhurst Grammar School, partners of the Springfield Veterinary Group have vowed not to be forced out of Midhurst.
The groups main surgery in Lamberts Lane, which has over 4,000 clients in the area, has been told to vacate the site by 'sometime in 2008'. The county has warned the group that if negotiations fail it has the power to enforce a Compulsory Purchase Order and could seize the land.
The county has stated that they are prepared to be cooperative and that any talk of imposing the CPO was 'premature' and had not yet been considered.

Garages to be demolished.........May 2006

Martlet Homes has gained permission to demolish 35 garages in Petworth and Midhurst and replace them with housing. Chichester District Council gave consent for the demolition and rebuilding on the sites at Wyndham Road and Pound Close in Petworth and Tufts Meadow in Midhurst.
Martlet says it needs to provide more homes to meet a local housing need and replace lost stock.
Residents in both areas have protested that losing the garages 10 in Wyndham Road, 6 in Tufts Meadow and 19 in Pound Close will create even more problems with on-street parking space.

Anger over Petworth cash diversion....May 2006
Angry Petworth residents are asking Chichester District Council to give them their money back, as anger over a decision to take £400,000 left in the Petworth Leisure Fund and spend it in Midhurst.
Residents at Petworth's annual parish meeting made their anger clear on the district executive board's move to spend the leftover money on the project to upgrade or replace Midhurst's ailing Grange Leisure Centre.
Petworth Parish chairman said that the recently-completed and approved action plan for Petworth, had shown the need for more facilities in Petworth, including a youth drop-in, plus play & sports areas, which this money could help fund.

A simple, tongue in cheek, history lesson Written by Mick Fletcher

LIFE IN THE 1500's (Some of you might remember) Just a few amusing facts ! The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500's: These are interesting...
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children, Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."
Houses had thatched roofs - thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet , so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."
(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realised they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer." And that's the truth...
Now, whoever said that History was boring
Although some of the above has a ring of truth, the balance must be taken with a 'pinch of salt' or 'tongue in cheek'.....gravelroots



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