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Inspirational Women cream tea

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Mayor Councillor Gill Mattock (left) and speaker Margaret Paren, Chair of South Downs National Park
Pictured: Mayor Councillor Gill Mattock (left) and speaker Margaret Paren, Chair of South Downs National Park

The battle to win national park status for the South Downs was revealed at the latest Inspirational Women cream tea organised by Eastbourne’s Mayor Councillor Gill Mattock.

Speaker Margaret Paren, Chair of South Downs National Park, described the struggle she and others faced to gain national park status of the South Downs for which she was awarded an OBE in 2012.

In conversation with the Mayor, Margaret also told how she had once climbed on a bulldozer to protest against a new housing estate in her village and of when she was the sole woman among 2,000 men while on a trip to Ascension Island for a government project.

The cream teas are being organised every month by the Mayor to focus on the contribution women have made as part of her mayoral theme.

The next Inspirational Women event will be held on Saturday, 1 September, 3.30pm, at the View Hotel in Eastbourne, when the speaker will be journalist and TV presenter Sian Williams.

Tickets can be bought from the Mayor’s Office or the Tourist Information Centre for £10 per person with proceeds going to the Mayor’s chosen charities Wayfinder Woman and dementia charity Memory Lane.

Published on 7 August, 2018