Dream comes true for Isfield

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A group of self-styled ‘dreamers’ have secured the future of a village field.

Adele and Peter Scantlebury were involved in the set-up of a new organisation called the Isfield Community Enterprise (ICE) with the aim of buying the field at the back of the Laughing Fish and preserving it for the use of the community.

Although many people feared the field - formerly the property of a local farmer - could be earmarked for development or even a bio-mass generator, the generosity of people living nearby has secured its safety.

Peter Scantlebury said: “A small group of ‘dreamers’ formed a company with the object of securing the field. Many thought them mad, some even actively tried to discourge them but eventually through charm and a good helping of bloody-mindedness, ICE was formed. Several meetings and newsletters later the target sum was reached and ICE bought the field.”

A small caravan site at the top of the field generates income and covers costs allowing local groups to continue to use the field free of charge.

ICE has also decided to establish its own event, settling on an Arts and Crafts Market, the first of which takes place this year during Lewes Artwave which runs from now through the first week in September. The market will be held on Saturday, August 30.

Pete explained Isfield has always been a vibrant village which has never stood still. It has a a church, school, cricket team, butcher’s shop, village hall, Bonfire Society and village fete - plus ever-popular steam railway, The Lavender Line. And now it has its own community green space.