They heard from Philip Jackson of the skills shown and the hard work undertaken by the Group on the project over the last few years. Kim Leslie of the County Record Office then explained how the monument was also part of the West Sussex Millennium Parish Maps Project. He added that the two village maps set in the plinth were not only unique within Sussex in being cast in bronze, but that they were the only such Millennium Maps in the UK.
Dedication prayers were then led by the Revd. Colin Bradley and the guests took a closer look at the column before retiring to Manor Farm Barn for an excellent lunch.
The main topic of discussion for the evening was the proposal to investigate options for a successor to the current Sports Pavilion. Miss Russell explained that having received a report stating that the existing wooden building had reached the end of its useful life, the Council had sought the views of parishioners through a survey. The 25% response rate, high for this type of survey, included replies from only a handful of respondents against the principle of a replacement facility.
Miss Russell said that she had received numerous offers of help and that there was the strong possibility of substantial grant aid as long as any resulting project showed local commitment, including some financial commitment.
Parishioners raised a variety of views from the floor with the options of a new wooden building on the existing site, use of the Church and also Manor Farm Barn being raised. The overwhelming consensus was that further work should be undertaken to examine options and costs before consulting the village again.Following the meeting, refreshments were served and the discussion continued informally for some time.