Deathwatch beetle invasion poses new crisis for Lewes church

A Lewes church is appealing for help to make one of its most important fund-raising events a success as it faces a crisis.

St Thomas a Becket, in Cliffe High Street, stages its popular Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 7, and needs items for the various stalls.

“In particular demand,” explained the church’s webmaster, Trevor Butler, “are home-made cakes and preserves as these are always enormously popular – but we also need raffle and tombola prizes as well as soft toys for the ‘lucky dip’.

“New this year is ladies’ accessories, so new and nearly-new scarves, hats and gloves will be very welcome.”

Having just completed a major stonework renovation project, to prevent part of the nave at the historic church collapsing, St Thomas is now riddled with deathwatch beetle and a fresh appeal will be launched in the new year to fund the new emergency.

“Money from the Christmas Fair will start us off in the right direction,” added Trevor, “so it’s vitally important that we raise as much as possible.”

Donated items can be taken to Cliffe Hall from 8am on the morning of the Fair.

Unfortunately, the church is unable to accept bric-a-brac, electrical items or books.