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The Duchess of Cornwall visits East Sussex

The Duchess of Cornwall will formally open a new hospice in Eastbourne, launch Plumpton College’s Wine Research Centre and visit Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft on Wednesday.

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The Duchess will first stop in East Sussex and will visit St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne. There she will talk to staff, patients and their families during a walkabout of the hospice’s new location which opened in November 2013. Camilla will also observe an exercise class in the physiotherapy gym.

More than 1,000 patients are cared for each year at the hospice, which has provided public services in the region for over 30 years. The new facility contains a 20-bed in-patient unit, treatment areas along with a physical therapy gym. St Wilfrid’s also affords a home hospice service.

“We are delighted to be welcoming HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to St Wilfrid’s this week and are looking forward to showing her around our new hospice which has been built due to the generosity of our community. It will be an extremely proud day for us all,” Chief Executive, Kara Bishop, commented on St Wilfrid’s website.

Patron of Plumpton College’s charity, Camilla will visit the College where she will officially open the new Wine Research Centre. The facility is the only one of its kind in the UK. The college will offer the UK’s first postgraduate course in wine making. Graduates will devote 15 months studying wine physiology, chemistry, microbiology and climate studies.

“English winemaking is world-renowned as the one-to-watch, as we continue to beat off competition from the continent, particularly when it comes to sparkling wines,” principal of Plumpton College Des Lambert commented in The Argus.

The Duchess will also stop at the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft where she will tour the museum meet with staff, children and museum supporters who will be taking part in activities in the education area.

The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, reopened in September 2013 after a £2.3 million redevelopment. In the early 20th century, Ditchling grew into a centre for visual arts and crafts.

The Duchess of Cornwall has been President of the museum since 2006.

photo credit: Catholic Church (England and Wales) via photopin cc

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