Fete to support Saxon church in Bishopstone


A traditional summer fete will be staged on Bishopstone village green and at the parish hall on Saturday August 3 from 12 noon to 4.30pm.

It will feature a popular dog show run by Linda Wallraven, music from Seaford Silver Band, games and stacks of stalls.

The annual event usually raises between £2,000 and £3,000 for the upkeep of St Andrew’s Church in the village.

Church member Janet Wright said: “I think the fete is quintessentially English.

“The fete is very traditional and Bishopstone is a lovely village.”

The fete will be opened by Seaford mayor Anthony White.

St Andrew’s Church was built between 600AD and 800AD and is one of the oldest churches in Sussex. It has stunning Anglo Saxon and Norman features.

The church will be open during the fete for quiet contemplation and an organ recital.

Visitors can expect home made cakes, teas, coffees, ploughman’s lunches and refreshments.

There will also be stalls selling plants, preserves and bric a brac, as well as cakes. cards, linens and gifts. Clothes and books will be on sale too.

A raffle and bottle tombola will be held.

Children can look forward to Punch and Judy, face painting and games, such as hoopla and wet sponge throwing, as well as a toy stall.

Seaford Martello Rotary Club will bring along its beer tent, serving traditional ales, other alcoholic drinks and soft drinks.

Charlie the ice cream man is due to attend too.

To take part in the dog show on the day just turn up, but for more information about it, call organiser Linda Wallraven on 01323 872098.