Actor falls in love with Michelham Priory

Daniel Hill and his wife Olivia with organisers Eve Francis and Joyce Bruce
Daniel Hill and his wife Olivia with organisers Eve Francis and Joyce Bruce
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ACTOR Daniel Hill was lavish in his praise of Michelham Priory when he and his wife Olivia were guests of honour at the Friends of the Priory’s lunch in the Great Barn earlier this month.

Mr Hill, known for his character Harvey Bains, a retirement home manager in the ‘Waiting for God’ TV comedy series, said the Priory in Upper Dicker was beautiful and he would return.

The actor declared he wanted to live in the historic building during his visit on June 10.

Mr Hill gave a talk about his career which began aged 12 when he visited the theatre.

His Welsh mother and Irish father encouraged him and he went to drama school before enjoying a 40-year career on stage, screen and television.

Speaking about Waiting for God, he said: “It lasted 47 episodes and type-cast me for five years.”

Daniel Hill has also appeared with Martin Clunes and William Gaunt in ‘No Place Like Home’, another sitcom.

He has also made TV appearances in ‘Blake’s 7’; ‘Minder’; ‘Terry and June’; and famous comedy, ‘Only Fools and Horses’.

The lunch at the priory was organised by Eve Francis and Joyce Bruce.

It is held annually for members of The Friends, which was established as a charity in 1964 and helps support Michelham Priory, owned by Sussex Archaeology Society.

An annual Game and Country Fair will be held at the priory on July 7 and 8 and will feature stalls selling cakes, preserves, bric a brac and books.

There will be pigeon shooting and fishing, and visitors can try their hand at casting a rod on the moat.

Membership of the Friends is £20 for singles; £35 for couples; £54 for a family and two juniors; and £10 for a junior on a yearly basis, March to November.

Any member of the public interested in joining the Friends in support of the historic priory which has been refurbished recently, as reported in the Sussex Express, should send an email to Eve Francis via this email address: ewefrancis@gmail.com