Cuckoo Fayre - 2018 round-up

 Cuckoo Fayre, Cuckfield - May 2018

Cuckoo Fayre, Cuckfield - May 2018

The first Bank Holiday Monday of May is always Cuckoo Fayre in Cuckfield – but it’s not always the beautiful scorcher that was enjoyed earlier this month!

Mayor Evelyn Stenning glided down to the event on the recreation ground in a stunning classic car – the mayor always arrives in style! After a tour round the green, Evelyn wasted no time in declaring the Fayre open.

With around 40 stalls at this year’s event there was plenty for residents and visitors to do. For kids there was hook-a-duck, the steam railway, a bouncy castle and radio-controlled cars to name but a few! For everyone else, a fine array of stallholders with goods to browse and buy, raffles, information stands and the well-stocked bar run by 2018 mayor hopeful Leanne Knapman.

[Full article and photos printed on page 20 of May 2018's Cuckfield Life magazine]


 Cuckfield Life magazine had a stall inviting visitors to get their own cuckfield frame photo

Cuckfield Life magazine had a stall inviting visitors to get their own cuckfield frame photo

5 minutes with... Alastair McPherson

Cuckfield Life like to interview residents of Bolnore and find out what makes them tick. Here is May's interviewee - Alastair McPherson...

 5 mins with Alastair...

5 mins with Alastair...

Alastair is Deputy Mayor of Haywards Heath. He works in the pharmaceutical industry, plays the piano and violin (not together!) and has a yacht master qualification…

How long have you lived in Bolnore? 14 years

What’s the best thing about being here?
We’re very lucky living within such amazing countryside and woods

Favourite ice cream flavour? Chocolate

How many houses have you lived in? Four

What would you like to see in Bolnore that isn’t here?
A vibrant village centre - with all the shops in use at once - we nearly got there a few months ago!

Favourite holiday destination?
Chanteloup - a Chateau in France where we’ve camped for the last few years and had an amazing time

Song you play the most? Anything from Coldplay

What would you do if you won £1million?
Pay off the mortgage, get a VW campervan and make sure the Woodside is sorted financially… and, with my Councillor hat on, sort out South Road!

What was the last present you gave someone?
Lego Friends Hospital for my daughter’s last birthday

Strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Octopus Rice in Portugal

Which would you rather give up for a month – TV or music?
TV - I have a picture in my study that reads ‘without music, life would not be fair’

Which App on your phone do you use the most? Sonos

What’s your proudest moment? 
Apart from getting married and the births of my two girls, it was probably the opening of the Woodside

Your advice for life? You can’t complain if you don’t get involved!


If you would like to provide your own answers for 5 Minutes With, simply email them to editor @cuckfieldlife.co.uk along with a photo of yourself, or do please encourage a friend to send their answers in!

Staplefield Village Fete and Car Show 2018

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With an Elvis tribute act, Ghostbusters, radio-controlled fun cars, Punch and Judy and a host of vintage cars, the Staplefield Village Fete is back again this year, promising to be bigger and better than ever. 

The event takes place on the spring Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018 between midday and 4.30pm in the beautiful setting of Staplefield Village Green.

This popular event has been a village highlight since the 1920s and draws people from near and far.  

The fete will open with a display of Maypole Dancing by St Mark’s School, and entertainment throughout the day will be provided by the fantastic big band sound of the Perdido Players.