Drip Action Theatre Co.

Following the success of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the church in June, Friends of Tortington Church are pleased to announce that Drip Action Theatre Company will be performing, for one night only, ‘Duck Variations’ by David Mamet at 7.30 on Tuesday 18th October, admission £10 (£6 students). Refreshments will be available.

Further details are attached HERE.

This at times funny, sad and thought-provoking exploration of life, death and friendship by two elderly men who regularly meet on a park bench is an early play by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar nominee playwright and screen-writer David Mamet.

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ROMAN road in Tortington!

For the past three years a Heritage Lottery Funded project supported by the South Downs National Park Authority has been revisiting aspects of the archaeology and history of the wooded downland between east Hampshire and the Arun valley. This new research has been based on aerial lidar scanning of the woodland to reveal an ancient landscape never before seen in such detail.

Amongst the new findings, from Neolithic causewayed enclosures to Second World War tank training grounds, the National Mapping Programme revealed the previously speculated Roman road that ran east from Noviomagus (Chichester) along the coastal plain to Kent. This Roman road crossed the northern part of Binsted and Tortington woods just south of the present road.

Further details can be found on Historic England’s web site (Research Report Series No.14-2016).

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On Wednesday evening 17/08/2016 a meeting of Tortington residents took place in the Community Room at Tortington Manor to further discuss what we could do to counter the arguments being put forward by those advocating a Tortington-Binsted bypass route.

The meeting was once again unanimous in supporting the inclusion of the value for money PURPLE ROUTE, a solution which includes a bypass as well as online improvements, in Highways England’s options for public consultation to be announced in November.

It was agreed that we had to raise the profile of Tortington residents in the face of continued suggestions that there was no community at Tortington, that there is no ancient woodland and that Tortington is not even worth a mention let alone a consideration by our elected representatives.

To this end, this TLC website would be used to publish latest information regarding the wider discussions taking place on the bypss options and that a campaign of writing to all interested parties should be undertaken to ‘tell them we are here’!

Further details will be emailed to residents.

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Tortington History Walk

Last Saturday Friends of Tortington Church organized a ‘Tortington History Walk’ led by local historian John Henderson. The assembled band set off on a fine sunny morning to discover where the men listed on the church’s Great War ‘Roll of Honour’ lived and worked before and immediately after the 1914-18 war. John described living conditions in Tortington back then and outlined the close connections between many of these families.

The walk took the group from the church, over to Priory Lane, through Stewards Copse and across the A27 to Park Farm. From there the group walked around the northern limit  of the old parish boundary then down Long lane for a refreshment in the White Swan. Then it was homeward bound through the ancient woodland of Tortington Common.

A gentle seven kilometer walk and a fitting way to remember the Tortington men who lived here when walking was an essential,  not a leisure activity. RIP Private William French, Private Frederick Mant, Privates Ernest and Frank Nicholson and Corporal Charles Upperton.

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Support our friends in Binsted! Bring the whole family!

strawberry fair 2016

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Romeo & Juliet at St Mary’s

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Last Wednesday evening (29th June) St Mary Magdalene Church hosted, for  the first time ever here in Tortington, live theatre!  Theatre company ‘This Is My Theatre’ performed Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the church, actors using the aisles, the chancel, the pulpit and the vestry to recreate the Capulet family crypt in 16th century Verona. And this the company did very effectively indeed. Strong performances allowed a good turnout of theatre-goers to become engrossed in the tragic family feud that has ever since defined the sweet sorrow of lovers’ separation. Hopefully Tortington Church can host more such events in the future.

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Tortington History Talks

On Saturday (18th June) the Friends of Tortington Church hosted yet another successful event in the Church of St Mary Magdalene with the annual event in the ‘Tortington History Talks’ series. Dr Caroline Adams gave the audience a fascinating insight into the workings of the Elizabethan court ‘on the road’ with a talk entitled ‘Elizabeth I in Sussex: the Royal Progress of 1591’.

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Harbingers on the take, courtiers vying for favour, knighthoods for local gentry and spectacular celebrations at Cowdray marked this, the Virgin Queen’s sole visit to Sussex. The audience asked many questions at the end of the talk and everyone left intrigued by this little known episode on Sussex history.

Why didn’t she stop in Arundel? I’m afraid there was no one at home – Elizabeth had the Earl of Arundel locked up in the Tower of London!

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Binsted Arts Weekend

An interesting programme of events in neighbouring Binsted last weekend. Literary talks, art and literature as you walk, folksong, painting, landscape poetry and more. All events were well attended and hopefully the event has reminded people of the great literary and artistic heritage on our doorstep, not to mention the beautiful environment – woodland, meadow and rife – that inspired the likes of Laurie Lee and Lorna Wishart. Congratulations to Camilla and the Binsted Arts Committee for the first of many such events.

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