WEATHER PERMITTING: The weather forecast is being constantly checked by all concerned with the coming weekend’s activities. Last year Bank Holiday Monday torrential rain poured but the show went on and, what surprised the organising team more, lots of visitors came. Everything was set up between the War Memorial Hall and the Church and fun was had.

THE ALFRISTON FESTIVAL: Last week I listed the events, times, venue and ticket prices. I did however mistakenly give the cost of a ticket to the Revue (tonight, Friday 7.30pm, War Memorial Hall) incorrectly - Tickets are £4 from Hicks the Newsagents, or on the door. The full programme for the weekend may be seen on the village website or picked up from tourist offices or any village shop. On Bank Holiday Monday the Boot Fair starts at 7am on the Recreation Field and the Festival fun on the Tye at 1pm ending with the Dine Out and Grand Draw winners being announced at 4.30pm.

PARKING: Parking is always an issue in villages not well served by public transport. On Bank Holiday Monday from 7am part of the Recreation Field will be given over to parking. The cost is £2 for the whole day and it is essential that cars are parked off the residential roads to enable traffic to move around the village freely and to allow, if needed, emergency vehicles access.

EATING AND DRINKING: There is no problem in Alfriston to find something to eat or drink. The village is well known for its many excellent pubs, tea, coffee shops, drinking and eating places all with their own personalities and all will be open during the Festival weekend. Or bring your own and have a picnic on the Tye.

THE CLERGY HOUSE: It is free entry to the Clergy House from 10.30am on Bank Holiday Monday. There will be stalls and family and children’s activities all day; closing at 4.30pm.

NEW SHOP: Tilda Preloved has opened in the village selling ladies and children’s quality preloved clothing handpicked by Bex from Seaford. Bex sources quality clothing for all ages in cotton, linens and silks and she told me ‘we aim to create a capsule wardrobe and everything at Tilda is unique’. Bex also offers ‘a Wardrobe detox helping to reduce your wardrobe allowing you to see what fits, what suits and most of all, what makes you feel good’. The service is personal and the fitting area is private allowing time. The opening hours for Tilda are 10am to 4pm Friday Saturday and Sunday and she will be open on Bank Holiday Monday.

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