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SANDCASTLE building and end-of-the-pier fun came to a shopping centre in a celebration of summer.

Strictly summer activities at The Orchards in Haywards Heath also included a dog show, pony rides, dancing and singing, decorated flower pot competitions and cupcake contests.

Laura Morgan Photography provided end-of-the-pier style props for people to have fun with and donations raised more than £100 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Orchards manager Nicola Bird said the shopping centre had never had so much activity going on.

“We were especially glad and grateful to our schools and nursing homes for brightening the centre with their pots. Judges had a tough time choosing the winners.”

Deputy Lieutenant of West Sussex Carole Hayward, Mid Sussex District Council chairman Bruce Forbes and Haywards Heath deputy mayor Alastair McPherson judged Maplehurst Nursing Home’s entry the winner in the nursing/care home decorated flower pots contest. Warden Park Academy students had provided the nursing home with drawings for the design and helped residents with the decorating.

Nicola said: “It was so great to see so many organisations coming together in friendship to make our first ‘strictly summer’ such a big

success. A truly wonderful celebration of summer – and we’re already planning an even better and bigger one next year.”

Strictly summer was organised by The Orchards, the Town Team, Haywards Heath Horticultural Society, Mid Sussex Older People’s Council and Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance.

Source: The Argus