Show pitched to catch best of summer sun The sun kept his hat on for Framfield Show

John Rider, Kathy Gore, Lakeshia Dennis (clown,) Terry Everitt and Society secretary Clare Dennis
John Rider, Kathy Gore, Lakeshia Dennis (clown,) Terry Everitt and Society secretary Clare Dennis

Councillors, charity organisers, local families, wood carvers, flower arrangers, growers, dogs of all shapes and sizes and birds of prey descended on Framfield Recreation Ground last Saturday.

Pitched perfectly to grab the last of the summer sun - before Hurricane Bertha visited Sussex on Sunday - the Framfield and Blackboys Horticultural Society Summer Show hosted loads of fun stalls, traditional games and races, vintage cars and a local author.

Birds of prey drew an enthusiastic audience while dogs - impeccably bred as well as those who didn’t necessarily know their dads - competed for rosettes and honours.

A twisty course enthralled youngsters who navigated it on Segways - an enterprising new attraction (from Altitude, Framfield) for a village fete. There was a traditional Punch and Judy show too - complete with all the bashing about with large sticks.

Flower, vegetable and domestic entries were displayed in the marquee while visitors satisfied the inner man (and woman) with a hog roast, tea and cakes, ice cream, crepes, Pimms and beers.

Framfield author Pam Allsop signed and sold copies of her book about the history of Framfield - she is all set to produce another which brings the village background up to date.

Framfield resident Kathy Gore, chair of the Friends of Sussex Hospices, was busy doing double duty as vice president of the show, supporting president Terry Everitt.

Wealden’s planning and development portfolio holder and Framfield Parish Council clerk Ann Newton attended.

One of the exhibits attracting attention was a stall loaded with beautifully made wooden engines, toys and furniture - all crafted by carpenter Ken Francis.

John and Anthea Shipley hosted ‘bowling for a leg of pork’ in aid of Herons Ghyll Riding for the Disabled Association and Shalesbrook Morris from Forest Row danced the day away in their beautiful costumes. The day was rounded off in splendid style with an R & B concert in the village hall.