Summer fair will help Lewes church to combat death watch beetles

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A Lewes church is very grateful to a 15th century monarch as it battles to combat an infestation of death-watch beetle.

St Thomas a Becket, Cliffe, is holding its summer fair on tomorrow (Saturday) with all money raised going to the fighting-fund.

“We have to treat two supporting beams in the ancient church which have been attached by death-watch beetle,” explained the church’s webmaster Trevor Butler.

“The problem came to light during urgent repairs to the stonework last year, itself a large and expensive project.”

The Cliffe Charter, issued by Henry IV in 1410, granted permission for the historic annual fair. and will be read at 10am tomorrow as the event in Cliffe Hall gets underway.

There will be a host of stalls for all the family as the Bank Holiday weekend begins, everything from home-made cakes, jams, pickles and preserves to books, gifts, toys, bric-a-brac, a tombola, raffle and (new this year) a tin mine.

Donations are welcome from 8.30am - no large and electrical items.