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Great Storm at Handcross receation ground
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Great Storm at Handcross receation ground

This is a view of the Handcross recreation ground after the Great Storm looking northwards towards the school. A huge beech tree has flattened one set of goalposts, and the other set appears to have suffered identical problems from the wind alone.
There used to be a hedge running across the recreation ground broadly from the Balcombe Lane junction heading westwards. It later became a row of isolated mature trees, and I think the Great Storm more-or-less wiped out what was left of the original hedge.
Picture added on 06 May 2014 at 09:17
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Great Storm of 1987
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This same storm ripped through the Hyde. It took part of my mother's roof off her house in Horsham Road.
Added by Mick Feist on 18 May 2014
There is a Handcross football team picture with this tree in the background and A23 backdrop.
It holds a few memories as under the tree, one Guy Fawkes night in the late 1970s, a bonfire was built and lit. I'm sure it was the same night that Roger Ray was orchestrating refreshments and fireworks and a few Catherine Wheels were nailed on the wooden swing frames. One failed to ignite; too damp!
I have a good memory of Graham Manthorpe as he was in the crowd where the bonfire took place.
Good memories.
Added by Anon on 26 October 2014
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