Duchess of Gloucester visiting Lewes & Wealden districts

HER ROYAL Highness, the Duchess of Gloucester, is getting ready to visit the Sussex Express news area later this month.

The Duchess will visit East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted in Herstmonceux, Chailey Heritage School near Lewes and Safety in Action Sussex, in Hailsham on June 23.

Safety in Action is celebrating 20 years of encouraging young people to think for themselves about safety. Wealden District Council, is also receiving a special accreditation from the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents.

Cllr Johanna Howell said: “We are thrilled that the Duchess will be visiting Safety in Action in this, our 20th year.

“We are now beginning to see our second generation of young people attending this multi-service event which provides them with a unique experience in recognising and safely managing a wide range of risks which they may encounter in the outside world.

“Over the past 20 years, over 10,000 young people from primary schools in Wealden have benefited from the Safety in Action. The RSPA’s award is an acknowledgment of the hard work put in by all participating organisations over the years to make Safety in Action a stimulating environment where young people can learn by experience.”

This year 579 children from 24 local primary schools will be attending Safety in Action week (20 - 24 June 2011), which is held in the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle.