Olympic Ice Skater Jayne Torvill officially opened Newton & Frost’s new Timber Building Display Centre at Merriments, Hurst Green.

Jayne is patron of the youth charity Heathfield Works, which aims is to help youngsters make the transition from education to the workplace. And students from the charity have helped to develop the new timber village of summerhouses, sheds, Wendy Houses and a home office at Merriments.

The timber village at Merriments in Hurst Green

The timber village at Merriments in Hurst Green

Newton & Frost was founded in 1979 and has a busy working yard, where fencing products and accessories are sold. With plans to expand, the company recently received assistance from Locate East Sussex in securing a grant from the government’s Regional Growth Fund, which resulted in creating seven new jobs.

Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex, said: “Growing businesses like Newton & Frost are exactly the kind of company that Locate East Sussex can assist, whether it’s with impartial advice on business issues or accessing a skilled workforce.”