It was strawberries all the way for Waldron fundraiser

Waldron’s Five Star Food weekend scored at least six stars in festivalgoers ratings after hundreds packed the village to taste local produce, gourmet dishes and fine wines in an idyllic village setting - all in aid of church funds.

Star landlord Paul Lefort said: “All went really well. The sunshine helped. There was a strawberry theme and the poor early Spring weather meant we couldn’t get hold of local strawberries so we contacted a Kent farm which produces them for Wimbledon. They were happy to help us so we could to serve strawberry daiquiiries, smoothies and cream teas. Chef Paul Botting gave cookery demonstrations and there was a queue for the barbecue.”

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Children arrived in strawberry costumes and adults could buy strawberry earrings and tea cosies.

Local producers manned 18 food stalls with tables for picnicking visitors.

Howdens of Hailsham gave a gas oven and hob to be raffled, won by June and Geoff Kiddell of Heathfield.

Live bands, an acapella group , Punch and Judy and magician Nick Beak entertained. On Saturday there was an open garden.

Friends of Waldron Churches chair Valerie Chidson said: “If the two buildings are to continue to serve the community there is an ongoing need for repair and maintenance and the efforts of the Friends will go on being required.”