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Charitable Giving to the Scouts

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

This year, Hopegar chose the scouts as its preferred charity. Having enjoyed longstanding relationships with local scouting groups, the family was keen to support endeavours that had an affiliation to Hopegar or the estate.

Local scouts groups use the field next door to the estate for their camping and woodland work, and currently every company officer either has children that attend scouts or has been a scout themselves.

Its a great organisation that harnesses the power of committed volunteers to help children learn teamwork, responsibility and a multitude of useful skills from sailing and kayaking to map reading, cooking and on a recent memorable evening, the fine art of chopping kindling in to chopsticks without causing injury. It encourages diversity and inclusion and in a world where children are all too ready to spend screen-time indoors, it allows freedom to explore, learn and enjoy the outside world.

To that end we have been happy to donate to three main groups this year – Third Shoreham Sea Scouts for their ambitious accessible lift project, First Beeding and Bramber Scouts for their educational trip to France this Summer, and finally Moretonhapstead Scouts for their recent fossil hunting trip.

If you wanted to find out more about modern scouting or get in touch with your local group, the details can be found here.

James Mackley presenting a donation for the accessible lift project to award
winning scout leader Colin Strong of the Third Shoreham Sea Scouts


Tottington Woodlanders – Grand Day Out

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

With over 500 visitors to the small patch of ancient woodland in Small Dole, the Tottington Woodlanders 25th anniversary was their most successful event to date.

Dan, Toby and Tookie the wonder-horse, provided their rapt audience with a show to remember. Dragging unfeasibly cut large trees from the woodland glades to the one-man-saw-mill to be converted to pristine planks was amazing to behold. The difference in skills required and the gentle way in which Tookie steadily got the job done compared with the modern machinery methods was lovely to see. Her hoof prints in the forest floor were not a danger to flora and fauna in the same way caterpillar tracks would have been.


The main display area showed us Forest Knights with longbow making and survival crafts, Besom broom making by Arthur Haffenden, Ian Swain and his traditional tools and sharpeners, Pete Brown and his turned items (my daughter is the proud owner of a beautiful wooden mushroom thanks to him), Mike Gordon and his pole lathe, Richard Bingham and his beautiful hand made trugs (Also now in residence with the tiny mushroom), Ken Wood and his walking sticks, Paul Matthews making hurdles, Michael Blencowe with the Sussex Wildlife Trust and last but not least, Ken Hempleman and his leather goods stall. The array of skills and traditional methods on offer was interesting, diverse and a feast for the eyes.

We also enjoyed some amazing ginger cake thanks to Pauline and her hard working team of tea-makers and cake-dispatchers, and I’m told the sausages on Little Lotmans were delicious. I tried the homemade tomato chutney on a cheese roll and it was the best I had ever had.

Finally, it would be re-miss of me not to mention the guided tours given by Malcolm – the chair of the Tottington Woodlanders. At one point he was surrounded by all sides on three generations of Mackleys and despite this he remained unruffled, entertaining and informative – even when we all had to shelter under a large acorn tree to avoid the worst of a downpour. We learnt about the oldest tree in the woods, the ancient art of coppicing and why it is so crucial to the survival of the woods, the hedge laying at the boundaries, the butterfly glade, the threats to the woodland and it’s future. It was fascinating and moving to hear the work that goes in to keeping those trees, and the wildlife that relies on them, healthy and happy.


The Woodlanders are a small, hard working group of dedicated nature lovers, without whom the woods would be a brambly, dark, shadow of their current selves. They always need support and volunteers, so even if you couldn’t come and see the fruits of their labours on their special day, if you would like to find out more then there are other ways to get involved.

They meet on Sundays over the Winter months to do brush clearing and burning, coppicing and all sorts of other general work that the woods demand. Its convivial, welcoming and a great way to get the children off a screen and enjoy some fresh air. (If you’re very lucky, Pauline may even make ginger cake to go with the fire side tea.)

To find out more check out the website and the Facebook page



A Date for Your Diary

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

If you are free this weekend you could spend a very enjoyable day in Small Dole enjoying the hard work of local residents at the annual Small Dole Horticultural Society Show.

Saturday August 12th 2017 – Gate opens at 1.30pm and the show will be on until 5pm. With wonderful music from the Patcham Silver Band, the RSPCA dog show, stalls, refreshments and the all important displays in the marquee, it is a wonderful family day out.

There are more details here…..

Why Choose An Industrial Estate To Site Your Business…

Monday, July 31st, 2017

There are many advantages to running your business from a rural Industrial Estate. Here are some of the key  factors that have attracted new businesses to join us in Small Dole:

  1. Infrastructure – An industrial estate is often already well equipped with fast broadband, excellent security, accessible services and easy transport. An established estate will have made sure these provisions are in place for their existing tenants and will always be looking for opportunities to ensure the offering for new tenants is competitive and meets their needs.
  2. Transport Gains – Most industrial estates have had to consider very carefully where they are placed geographically, with easy access to main roads and ideally being short distances from airports, ports and major motor ways. If you are lucky enough to find an empty unit on an estate in a good location, it should be straightforward to tap in to whatever traffic network you need to run your business effectively. A well designed rural estate will also mean that you do not have to tolerate delays getting on and off site, as you would on town centre units or on ring road estates.
  3. Economies of Scale – Generally speaking, there will be savings in maintenance and repairs and in service provision due the volume of businesses all needing the same types of support. On-site mobile car valeting, local catering vans, local IT support and mobile windscreen repair / tyre replacement all offer our tenants good deals as a result of being able to deal with a number of businesses on each visit.
  4. Support Functions – Given the variety of businesses on most industrial estates, it can be very beneficial to make arrangements with other tenants who effectively become useful suppliers and customers. We have everything from clothes manufacturers, precision parts manufacturers, kitchen designers, toy suppliers and alloy wheel refurbishment that cooperate with each other where there are mutual needs. This also works when some tenants occasionally need to borrow car parking space, sub-let storage or just need some help that would be hard to find off-site.
  5. Local Support – On an established estate like Mackleys, there are usually good relations with local parishioners and councillors as a result of working together on mutually beneficial planning issues. Locally, the jobs that having an industrial estate can provide also enhances the relationship. This also gives a good pool of local talent to recruit from and makes for stronger joint-opposition to issues where it becomes useful.
  6. Security – Being a long term tenant on an industrial estate is akin to living in a tight community for your whole life. Tenants look out for each other and often there will usually be one or two businesses running 24 hours which means there is a constant presence. This is a deterrent to opportunists and provides many more eyes and ears on the rare occasion something does go wrong. Mackley Industrial Estate also has CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition so on top of eye witnesses and an observant population we have definite re-course to deal with anti social behaviour and theft. This is the minimum a well-run estate should be able to offer it’s tenants.
  7. The setting – Not many people get to look out over a national park, enjoy an on-site wild pond and are bordered on three sides by ancient woodland. The peace, the wildlife and the fresh air that comes with being situated on an out-of-town business premises can really enhance your working life. It also lends itself to a lovely commute of you are lucky enough to live locally enough to walk or cycle to work.


We already know there are many advantages to being part of a rural industrial estate and at Mackleys in particular, we enjoy the benefits of a rigorous transport infrastructure set in a beautiful location.

Come and see for yourself what a rural estate can offer you, your employees and your growing business!



Mayoral Bike Ride – Update

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

For those of you that were involved or are interested, the mayoral bike ride went very well this weekend with 140 cyclists taking part in the end.

The weather held out and the mayor will be updating us with the fundraising total in due course, but in the mean time, here is a link to the ITV news piece about the event:

Click here for more info