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Revive, recycle and restore

Environmental and upcycle lovers were in for a treat when they visited The Good Life show at the Weald and Downland Living Museum over the bank holiday.


The museum’s spring show had plenty to do for all ages, including talks, demonstrations and activities helping visitors learn how to upcycle, make meals with zero waste or even experience a soundbath.


Children had the opportunity to have a go at juggling balls, spinning plates, wooden stilts and other circus skills as well as face painting, children’s yoga and forest art.


The Good Life show wouldn’t have been complete without cookery theatre guests showing visitors how to save money, reduce waste and eat healthy.


Chefs included Giles Thompson, from the Earl of March pub in Lavant, who gave a demonstration on both Sunday and Monday cooking up his seasonal surprise, making use of nature’s food larder.


Upcycling demonstrations were made by TV’s Salvage Sister, Charis Williams, who told visitors about her career, how she got into the industry and what upcycling on TV is really like.


She also held demonstrations where she showed her audience tricks and tips on how to make upcycled lamps and how to take pallets apart and make a garden trough.


The Friends of Centurion Way and EcoChi had stands at the spring event. Philip Maber from the EcoChi group said: “Mark Record’s home built green pod caravan was at the The Friends of Centurion Way stall.


“Our stall attracted hectic interest throughout the two days as we explained the threats to the southern end of Centurion Way past Bishop Luffa School.


“Some 200 people signed up their support to our campaign that outstandingly good design must be employed by the Whitehouse Farm developers to preserve our heritage pathway for road traffic free walking and cycling.


“We’ve been gaining supporters since day one of our campaign, holding our own monthly events on Centurion Way and with stalls at other numerous events.


“The Weald and Downland Museum spring event was our most successful so far. We met many people from Worthing and Portsmouth and far beyond, who know and love Centurion Way, yet were unaware of the looming threat.


“The only downside was a serious air quality problem caused by the ice cream van adjacent to our stall – with its diesel engine running continuously. I hope that future events can provide a cleaner alternative.”

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