May fair to be held in Mayfield

Mayfield celebrates its namesake month over the next two weekends.

Saturday (May 10) is the day of the village’s May Fair, which begins at 12.45pm when children, the Green Man and the Silver Band line up for the High Street grand parade.

The May King and Queen are crowned followed by Maypole dancing by children from local primary schools throughout the afternoon.

The light fantastic is also skipped in a country dancing display and there will be a fascinating mummers’ show, an auction, music and plenty of stalls.

Organisers say this year the plan is to ensure an old-fashioned country fayre so events will include skittles, crockery smashing and apple bobbing. There will be a hog roast, ploughmans’ lunches with cider at the Middle House, tea from the WI, biscuit decorating, sponge throwing and apple bobbing - all in aid of charity.

On Sunday at 10.15am Canon Christopher Irvine, from Canterbury Cathedral, will preach and St Dunstan’s choirs and Schola Cantorum sing at a Mayfield Music Festival Parish Eucharist.

The village’s patron saint is celebrated on Saturday, May 17 at 2pm when Six Voices tell the story of St Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, blacksmith, maker of beautiful objects, advisor to kings and princes and ‘man of Sussex’.

The family event is by donation and tea and cakes will be served in the church at the interval.

On Sunday, May 18, guest preacher Revd. Canon Neil Heavisides, Precentor of Gloucester Cathedral, will attend the Patronal Eucharist. This will be followed by a ‘bring and share’ lunch.