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Apple tree to remember CHF founder

29 May 2019

An apple tree has been planted in the garden of the new Dream Centre. The tree was kindly donated by the Kimmins and Hanbury families in memory of their Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Dame Grace Kimmins, the founder of Chailey Heritage.

The apple tree is a nod to one of Grace’s many imaginative fundraising iniatives. In 1930, she launched the Golden Apple Appeal to raise funds for St George’s residential accommodation (by the windmill on Chailey Common) which still bears the carving of the apple tree above the main entrance. The Appeal invited donors to donate £50 to have an apple hung from a tree outside the Chapel, with lesser contributions meriting a leaf or a pip – allowing a wide range of sympathisers to offer financial support. We are very fortunate to have a golden apple and other memorabilia from that appeal displayed in the history cabinets in Main Reception.

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