Feast of fun on offer at Priory

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THEY will be celebrating the Feast of St Pancras in grand style at Lewes Priory on Saturday, May 12.

Lewes Priory Trust and Southover Bonfire Society have extended a welcome to all at the prestigious event.

It represents the fourth annual fayre of the Society, motto “Advance”, and features a host of attractions from 11am to 4pm.

The event opens with the arrival of the Eastbourne Giants and Pentacle Drummers, who will march through the town after giving a performance in Cliffe Precinct.

They will later compete in a ‘drum off’ against the Tubthumpers from Skulldrummery, who are also joining the fayre after their own precinct performance.

Visitors will be able to have a go at archery, fire a Tudor cannon, stamp a commemorative coin and take it home, marvel at birds of prey and have their fortune told by Medieval Mystic Meg.

Friends or foes can be placed in the stocks and soaked with wet sponges, swede rolling is rewarded with a meal for two – and so is tossing the cannon ball.

The afternoon will feature Intrepid’s new theatre work ‘A Monk’s Life in Ruins – Part Deux (The Italian’s Job), written by Alison West and performed by local children.

Food and drink a-plenty will be available and there’s the chance to feast on wild boar.

Lovers of arts and crafts will be able to admire the skills of the wood turner, the stained glass designer, the bee keeper, the miller, the potter and the blacksmith among others.

There will also be opportunities to learn more about the Priory itself and its rich history.

Elsewhere, after their successful gig last year ‘The Hustlers’ have agreed to play at St Mary’s Social Centre, Christie Road, Lewes, again on May 12 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 from Claire Lyons on 01273 477986.

The band has been learning some new numbers to play for the gig and all the money raised will again go to the Cottage Pre-school. The pre-school has now extended its hours and for more information call Karen on 01273 474979.