French invaders en route to Heathfield

French market
French market

Plans are well advanced for Heathfield’s Le Marche, the French Market which goes to town every August Bank Holiday.

Although organisers are ahead of the game, they now appeal for a younger brigade of helpers to ease the burden on the faithful few who have been involved year after year.

Committee chair Richard Ridley said: “We plan to deliver the best French market ever. We depend on a small but dedicated band of volunteers who, to put it bluntly, could so with some help. If you feel you could be of assistance on the day they’d appreciate some new faces to spread the load.

“We’d love more stewards plus help returning a clean and tidy road (closed to traffic from 5.30am until 5pm) to the public.

“The work is not onerous (especially if enough volunteer), and people can enjoy the market and entertainment, but we feel a greater organisational presence would be desirable in order to spread the load from the willing few.”

The event is open from 9.30am-3.30pm.

This year’s Le Marche offers a ton of entertainment designed to keep visitors enthralled throughout the day. Headline act is The Vox Beatles, who take people back to the 1960s and 70s, or show youngsters what they missed. Local groups or bands include Remnant, 21 Whiskeys, The Sussex Stompers Jazz Band, Heathfield Silver Band, Muso Bango (African drumming) and The Wacky Band (Bexhill.)

For something a bit quieter The Gibbs Trio (strings, from Mozart to McCartney) are not to be missed. Entertainment is spread between the main stage, the High Street, Station Road and the Union Church. Marco the magician and Andy Bosco stroll the streets and there will also be entertainment in the State Hall.

French stalls - some from twin town Forges-les-Eaux - sell fruit, pate, charcuterie, croissants, street food like paella and pancakes, Provencal soaps, baskets and fabrics while Sussex sellers display their own produce such as cheeses, juices, meats, bread and spices.

There is also jewellery, accessories, music, leather goods, tableware, iconic French blue and white enamel name plaques, paintings and crafts. Email: or ring: 07970 237723.