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Things to do and see in Steyning

PUBLISHED: 15:14 10 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:14 10 March 2014

Steyning quilt project

Steyning quilt project

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Steyning has everything you could want – a fine high street, historic buildings, good shops...and it’s surrounded by lovely countryside

The rest is history

Steyning is a Saxon town, and its history dates back to at least the 8th century, so it’s well worth taking a wander around the town to take in its pretty architecture.

The story goes that Steyning was founded by St Cuthman, who is said to have been wheeling his mother around the countryside in a cart when the cart unfortunately broke, much to the mirth of some passing peasants. In response, St Cuthman summoned a great storm which spoilt the hay that the peasants were harvesting. 
Following this episode, St Cuthman decided to settle down and build a church at Steyning.

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Muse the day away

Steyning Museum in Church Street is well worth a visit (01903 813333; steyningmuseum.org.uk), as is the interior of St Andrew’s Church, with its collection of Norman carvings and other treasures on show.

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Shop ‘til you drop

Steyning is one of the few places in Sussex that still enjoys more independent retailers than high street chains. Shopping in Steyning is easy paced and enjoyable as a consequence of this variety of old-fashioned and more modern small shops, like the Sussex Produce Company.

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Take a walk

The gorgeous village of Bramber, with its ruined castle and St Mary’s House and Gardens, not to mention the river, is just a short walk away. The South Downs Way passes just to the south of Steyning at Botolphs, climbing towards some wonderful countryside around the Steyning Bowl.

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Get arty

Steyning Festival is one of the best around, and gets bigger and better every year, whilst still retaining its small village charm.

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Dates for your diary

Steyning Festival Bunting Workshop – Saturday 1 February, 9.30am – 12pm, Penfold Hall, Church Street, Steyning. Having been through last summer’s wind and rain, the wonderful bunting which was made by so many members of the community needs a bit of TLC. Specifically, it needs to be re-taped. So the festival are holding a TLC workshop to get the job done. If you can help, please email Christine at chair@steyningfestival.co.uk. (NB. If you can bring a sewing machine and scissors that would be hugely appreciated, but it is not essential.)

Short Story Competition – Writers are invited to submit short stories for the Steyning Festival ‘Home thoughts, from abroad’ writing competition. Prizes will be awarded in various categories with a top prize of £250. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2014.

To enter, and for more details about the festival, go to www.steyningfestival.co.uk

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Heritage Quilt Project

The Heritage Quilt Project is a major piece of work being produced to mark Steyning Grammar Schools 400th anniversary year in 2014, and has been made possible by Heritage Lottery Funding.

The Heritage Quilt Project was on display for all to see at this year’s Winter Fair. Volunteers spent the day sewing pieces together and embellishing details in the community panels.

The project started over a year ago with the aim of creating five quilted panels. The panels will depict the history of Steyning Grammar School and its relationship with the local community.

Forthcoming ‘sew together sessions’: 25 January, 15 February, 15 March, 26 April, 28 June, 12 July and 25 October.

To get involved, please contact Project Manager, Amanda Duke 01903 814555; aduke@sgs.uk.net

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