In a clear demonstration of unity across nine rural parishes, LAMBS second Yellow Ribbon Ball was a resounding success, raising another £11,000 towards our fighting fund.
Held in the beautiful setting of Hickstead Showground on a glorious autumn evening, the Ball attracted local people of all ages and was supported by all of our largest land owners.
The highlight of the evening was the Auction of Donations, ranging from a luxury ski holiday to a pair of Alpacas and a life-sized plaster cow. There was also an Art Sale, Silent Auction and Raffle – all made possible thanks to dozens of generous donations from local people and businesses.
“We would like to say thank you to everyone who supported us,” says Ball committee member, Suzi Sawyer. “Organising this year’s event was a rather daunting prospect at first, because we knew that the success of our first Yellow Ribbon Ball would be a difficult act to follow. However the support we have received has been amazing! In fact, I think if anything, this year’s event was even better than last.”
“We would also like to say a special thank you to the team who worked so hard behind the scenes,” she added. “It really was an incredible community effort.”
The Ball got its name from the seven mile long yellow ribbon which LAMBS placed around countryside at the centre of Mayfields’ proposal in 2013. The stunt kick-started the campaign which has been described by Sir Nicholas Soames as one of the most successful and effective he has ever seen.
Despite the success of the Ball, and the substantial boost it has given to LAMBS’s Fighting Fund, more money still needs to be raised to ensure a strong presence at the examination of Mid Sussex’s Plan this winter.
“We need to have a fund of around £55,000 to pay for all the professional reports, plus our planning consultant and barrister,” says LAMBS Treasurer, Zoe Roos. “This will give us the best chance possible of not only seeing Mayfields off for good, but also protecting this area from unwanted and opportunist development in the future.”
Photographs by Alexander White Photography