Sun smiles on Bishopstone May Fair

Bishopstone May Fair
Bishopstone May Fair

Beautiful weather made for a successful day of fundraising at the Bishopstone May Fair on Saturday May 3.

Visitors to the traditional event could listen to the Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band and enjoy clotted cream teas.

In total the fair raised more than £2,000 which will go towards the upkeep of Bishopstone Parish Hall.

Children’s author Giles Paley Philips opened the fair and read stories to children.

According to organiser Linda Wallraven the scarecrow competition proved very popular and is still a talking point in the village.

Linda said: “Last year we took about £1,600. This figure was down because of the awful weather.

“We had wet and cold last year and in contrast the weather was sunny and warm this year, which made all the difference as people stayed, listened to the band and had another cup of tea.

“The organisers, Liz Holland, Gemma MacFarlane and myself, were very pleased with the outcome and have had lovely feedback. We want to make as much money as we can for the upkeep of the Parish Hall but it’s also about people enjoying themselves and also gives other charities and businesses chance to promote themselves.

“Seaford Bonfire Society was absolutely fantastic helping us setting the event up in the morning, through the day and clearing away at the end of the day. Their help was invaluable.”

The total amount raised was £2,167.12.

Other attractions at the fete were a cake decorating competition, a barbecue, stalls, a raffle, tombola and teas.

The traditional fair ran from 1pm to 4pm on the village green and behind St Andrew’s Church.

St Andrew’s Church in the downland village of Bishopstone dates back to Saxon times.

It was built between 700AD and 800AD and is the oldest church in Sussex.