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Video: Duchess of Cornwall returns to her home village of Plumpton

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The Duchess of Cornwall returned to her roots on Wednesday when she visited Plumpton College.

As Camilla Shand, she grew up in the village and still has strong links to the area.

She made her second visit to East Sussex in the space of eight days to tour Plumpton College’s new Wine Research Centre.

Her Royal Highness, who became Patron of the college in 2009, met students and teachers in the tasting room, the laboratories and the bottling plant.

The Wine Research Centre – the only one of its kind in the UK – will enable Plumpton to carry out unique work which will help the English wine industry develop over the next decade. The college can now offer MA courses in oenology (winemaking).

The Duchess of Cornwall is also Patron of the UK Vineyards Association.

She had earlier visited St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne, where she met staff, patients and their families.

Following her Plumpton engagement, she made the short trip along the B2116 to nearby Ditchling and the village’s Museum of Art and Craft, of which she is President.

She met staff, supporters and local children taking part in activities in the education space.

The transformed museum reopened in September last year following a £2.3m redevelopment. It focuses on the artists and craftspeople who made Ditchling a creative centre in the early 20th century. It holds a nationally important collection of works by Eric Gill, David Jones, Edward Johnston and Ethel Mairet.

 

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