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The Mettyears cut the turf

Date: 11/09/2009
From vision to reality

The first turf is cut for the building of the Linklater Pavilion on the Railway Land, Lewes

On September 8th, Jennifer and Peter Mettyear cut the first turf on the site of the Linklater Pavilion at the entrance to the Railway Land, Lewes. During the ceremony, Peter Mettyear spoke of the debt of gratitude all Lewesians owe his late friend Peter Linklater who fought tirelessly to conserve and enhance the character and quality of the Lewes townscape.

‘Were it not for him, Lewes would be scarcely recognisable from what we see today – a so called ’inner relief road’ running through the Elephant and Castle, along the middle of the Paddock, under Western Road and leaping across Winterbourne Hollow; all of South Street demolished instead of the tunnel we now have… ‘ (and, of the Railway Land ) ‘… Others had earlier formed the idea that this former railway goods yard could be kept as an open space but it was Peter’s advocacy which ensured this.’

Lord Denis Healey, Patron of the Railway Land Wildlife Trust, Norman Baker MP and Peter Renshaw, a trustee of Viridor Credits, along with the Mettyear Charitable Trust the major sponsors of the project, spoke warmly of the inspiration and endeavour which have seen the dream of building the Linklater Pavilion become a reality.

This is a major ground breaking initiative. With the completion of the pavilion the people of Lewes will have gained an invaluable resource which will help place Lewes at the forefront of thinking, education and debate about our responsibility for and interdependence with the natural environment.

To learn more about this initiative which is of national and indeed global significance please come along to the Town Hall on November 11th at 7.15 p.m. for a celebration in words, music and pictures. Entry is free. Please join in helping us try to build a new and better future.

Patron, Lord Healey

The Nature Corridors for All team of adults with learning disabilities with Norman Baker, MP.

Dr John Parry handing over the signed JCT contract to Rob Jupp from Lambert Smith Hampton and Andy Burns from ISG Jackson.

Cutting the cake gets the thumbs up from participant Alec Bennison

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