Show pays for Green’s benches

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS - By SUE COR­CO­RAN

HURST Show and Coun­try Fayre has given its high­est ever to­tal, over £20,000, to char­i­ties and other good causes this year.

The event’s chair, Sue Payne, said: “Huge thanks goes to the many peo­ple who helped stage the show in June, to our vis­i­tors and our hard­work­ing com­mit­tee.

“We’re de­lighted to help 24 dif­fer­ent char­i­ties and good causes. We’re also in­vest­ing in new equip­ment in­clud­ing more mar­quees.”

As we re­ported last week, St Ni­cholas Pri­mary School at Hurst was given £10,000 to help pay for spe­cial needs teach­ing as­sis­tants.

Like many pri­mary schools, St Ni­cholas is fac­ing fund­ing chal­lenges.

Oth­ers helped in­clude the Just Around the Cor­ner char­ity, Hurst, help­ing Wok­ing­ham young peo­ple, Alexan­der Devine Chil­dren’s Hos­pice, St Ni­cholas Pre-School, Hurst Scout­ing and Guid­ing groups and Brack­nell and Wok­ing­ham Red Di­a­mond dis­abled sports.

The show, founded in 1979, has also given two new benches for Martineau Green, Hurst.

Strangely, they’re the green’s first benches in its 30-year his­tory.

The benches were of­fi­cially un­veiled at a bunting (and rain) be­decked event last Satur­day.

Parish coun­cil chair – and Wok­ing­ham bor­ough coun­cil­lor for Hurst – Wayne Smith said: “It’s good to have th­ese lovely benches here for ev­ery­one. We’re very grate­ful to the show.”

The benches are not the only changes to be made to the vil­lage: Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil has just trans­ferred three parcels of Hurst land, Martineau green, the Tape Lane al­lot­ments and land at Church Hill to Hurst Parish Coun­cil.

The Church Hill land is to be a com­mu­nity or­chard open­ing next year. There will be benches, beau­ti­ful views, ap­ple pick­ing and an Ap­ple Day.

“Un­veil­ing the new benches co­in­cides with the trans­fer of the green to the parish coun­cil. The trans­fer means the parish coun­cil will have con­trol over main­te­nance and will pre­serve it as a green for the vil­lage,” added Cllr Smith.

“Care of all three ar­eas of land will be within the vil­lage and we can keep a re­ally good eye on them.”

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