Isfield & Little Horsted

VILLAGE FETE: Months of planning are coming to an end as the day beckons for Isfield’s annual village fete on Sunday June 28. The fete, one of the village’s big events of the year, once again has a packed programme to keep visitors entertained. Before the gates open at 12.30pm for fete events there will be a 10am church service, arranged by St Margaret’s Parish Church, in one of the marquees on site at the ICE field behind The Laughing Fish pub in Station Road. This will replace the usual Family service held in the church. The service will be led by Gill Comber, with singing led by the Reflections, a small group whose accompaniment includes guitars and flute. Deb’s Dancers get the arena programme under way at 12.45pm with the first of a couple of shows, and other entertainment during the afternoon includes a performance by inChoir, who sing a range of modern songs. Throughout the afternoon the rural touring group Applause will be entertaining with Trixie and Tilly, described as ‘a charming, strolling piece of dance theatre involving vintage bicycles and upbeat music’. Our canine friends are catered for with a novelty dog show, open to all dogs living in Isfield and Little Horsted. There will be prizes in several classes which include Happiest Dog and Best Child Handler. Other arena events will include terrier racing, a scurry race, a tug-of-war, traditional sports events including sack, three-legged and wheelbarrow races, for both children and adults, and the ever-popular egg throwing competition. Scarecrows have started to appear outside homes along Station Road, and prizes for the best entries in this Scarecrow Trail competition, the theme this year is Films, will round off the afternoon, which will be supported by a host of stalls and sideshows. These include a hog roast and various forms of refreshment. Funds raised by the fete go to local good causes. In the past these have included helping to repair the village hall roof, buying the village sign across the road from the recreation ground, and providing a bus shelter. Rachel Cranfield, one of the fete organisers, would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to provide cakes or plants for sale on the day, and would also welcome volunteers to help set up the field on the day and help to ensure that the fete runs smoothly. Rachel can be contacted on 01825 750709 or email

FLOWER SHOW: Another popular event coming up is the annual flower show organised by Isfield’s Forget-Me-Not Club. This will be held in the village hall on Saturday August 15. More details next week.

FILM NIGHT: Topsy-Turvy is the next offering for film-goers at Isfield Village Hall on Saturday June 27. Tickets at £6 a head include light refreshments. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm screening.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield: First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family (see fete details above); fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

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