Ardingly Safer Streets Scarecrow Festival

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Ardingly Scarecrow Festival!  It was wonderful to see so many people support the Ardingly Safer Streets initiative and so many scarecrows appear around the village. With 61 scarecrows in total, this was a fantastic turn out for our first Scarecrow Festival!  Ardingly residents Esther Clutton, Sophie Koziarski and Tamara Nelson organised the festival as part of the Safer Streets in Ardingly campaign. As parents of young children, they set up the campaign to raise awareness of the problem of speeding traffic in the village. The goal of the Scarecrow Festival was to bring together the community in a positive way to demonstrate the need for measures to be taken to slow down the traffic. The campaign hopes to build on and work alongside the project already underway by the Parish Council and the Traffic Committee, which has recently seen the installation of Speed Indicator Devices, as well as the other Phase 1 measures which are due to be implemented within the next year. In addition to scarecrows, local children have drawn posters encouraging drivers to slow down, which have also been positioned around the village. Thanks to all those that supported this event and to Hanson Aggregates who sponsored the hi-vis tabards displaying a large 30mph sign printed on the reverse, these tabards send out a clear message to the traffic passing through the village, and we are really pleased to see these being worn by parents and children on their way to and from school.

Scarecrows helping slowing down the traffic through the village

Scarecrows helping slowing down the traffic through the village

Plans are already underway for the 2018 Scarecrow Festival so start planning your scarecrow design now!

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Ardingly Fun Run – Sunday, 3rd Septmber 2017 On-line entries are open!

Now in its 2nd year the Ardingly Fun Run welcomes all runners to enjoy the beautiful 5 mile cross country loop around the village and reservoir with great views and a couple of challenging hills. Unique bespoke medal for all finishers, water stop, online results, race photos and enjoy the village fete which takes place all afternoon. Trophies for male and female winner and veteran winners, Prizes for new course records. Well marshalled and very friendly. Online entries £10. On the Day Entries £15 ( if limit not reached) Children’s race at 12pm. (£2 entries on the day) See Facebook page for further information

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Ardingly Gardening Club – Events for 2017

Visit to the Millennium Seed Bank  -  Saturday 17th June 11am – venue Wakehurst Place

We also intend holding various smaller events such as creating Hanging Baskets, Wreath Making and have “pop-up” plant sales – more information will be available shortly.

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Discount Travel Information

Please note that Metrobus have introduced a new 25% Student Discount that replaces the Student 3in1 scheme that is now ending.  25% of the adult bus fare for Crawley Metrorider period tickets – Horsham Metrorider period tickets – Metrovoyager period tickets only when purchased on the key smartcard.  For further details contact 01293 449191 or go to the Metrobus website or see the attached Metro Bus Poster

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Ardingly Country Market – Hapstead Hall – Thursdays – 10am to 11am

Come along to Hapstead Hall on a Thursday morning from 10 am to 12 noon and discover the Ardingly Country Market.  A variety of produce for sale including fresh produce, plants, key rings, jute bags, brooches,  rag dolls, wax art pictures and cards.  Open every Thursday.  Tea/coffee available.


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