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STARTING YOUNG: Have you noticed that many village/town fetes and town/village days are becoming heavily commercialised? The thought was going through your scribe’s mind when he strolled around Isfield Village Fete last Sunday. Sure enough there were some commercial interests, but then he came across Sophie Carpenter, just 10 years old but something of a little entrepreneur. Sophie decided it was time to have a sort-out of her teddy bears slowly filling her bedroom. It was, she reckoned, time to say ‘au revoir’ to a few. So she shared a stall at the fete and raised £40 from her teddy tombola. Another chat was with Mark Heppell, musical director of inChoir who gave a performance. He said: ‘One of my favourite moments of the afternoon was seeing my Dad Peter, a very young 95-year-old who is our roadie, try to persuade the bikers to join in our singing and then talk to them about the merits of the Harley he used to ride some 80 years ago.’ Among the event results were: Novelty dog show: Best terrier 1, Parsnip, handled by Polly Biggins; 2, Gem, Adrian Scott. Happiest dog 1, Tuesday, Denise Emmerson; 2, Presicoo, Jo Stevens. Prettiest bitch 1, Summer, Diane Barber; 2, Suzy, Angela Sander. Handsomest dog 1, Kaelem, Lynn Watkins; 2, Woody, Sarah Hawes. Best child handler 1, Isla, Lexie Coomber; 2, Maisie, Daisy Lellls. Best local dog 1, Woody, Sarah Hawes, 2, Sprout, Lucy Wells. Terrier races: Small 1, Parsnip, Deb Stevens; Large 1, Sprout, Sarah Beek; Odds and Sods 1, Wilson, Mark Templeton. Scarecrow Trail: 1, Chicken Run, Cynthia and Marcie De-Wolf, 2, Minions, Sophie and Rachael Cranfield, 3, Jaws, Adele Scantlebury. A sign of the fact that organising the fete is far from a five-minute operation: next year’s event is being planned for Sunday June 26.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: Pets’ service on July 12 .Regular services are: St Margaret’s (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

PARISH COUNCIL: The regular meeting of Isfield Parish Council will now be held on July 16 rather than July 23 as previously arranged (village hall, 7.30pm). From September 28, the monthly meetings, open to all parishioners, will be held on Mondays rather than Thursdays.

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